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Eden Monroe




GENRE:  Mystery






The motion picture, Retribution, could be the big break Alexandra Martel has been waiting for. A Canadian movie star and strong female lead, even greater success may be within reach. But she also envies her married sisters, and has been hoping to meet her own soulmate.


Dr. Beau Remington, handsome male lead is the hometown veterinarian. He’s been contracted by motion picture execs to be on set when animals are called for, so when he and Alexandra eventually cross paths there is undeniable chemistry. However, Hollywood heartthrob James Langford has already laid claim to the striking young actress and tries to stop the budding romance.


Then everything changes at sunrise one morning when Alexandra goes for a run alone in the picturesque Belleisle, New Brunswick countryside. That’s when the man who’s been stalking her for weeks finally makes his move. She must endure the terrifying ordeal of being kidnapped and drugged in this Eastern Canada romantic suspense.



Excerpt One:


The old dog, soaked from a tumble into the icy water and limping badly, continued to pick its way along the creek that rushed between steep boulder-strewn banks. Beau Remington, far above on horseback, spotted the bedraggled canine and quickly dismounted, clamouring down the embankment toward it. With one arm wrapped around a sturdy yellow birch to anchor himself, he stretched forward to scoop up the small dog and slipped it inside his jacket. Steadying the terrified animal with one hand he then began the climb back up to the trail where his horse, Chance, waited patiently.


He talked to the dog soothingly, the rich timbre of his voice comforting as the shivering slowly began to subside within the warmth of leather on a cool spring day. Beau urged the gelding into a trot for the final half-mile to his ranch nestled deep in the rolling hills of Belleisle, New Brunswick, Canada’s picture province. He loved the quiet solitude, but soon the area would have some unlikely visitors when they started shooting the movie, Retribution, a few miles up the road. As a veterinarian he’d already agreed to be on set when animals were scheduled to appear in the movie, so it should be an interesting experience.


The dog whimpered plaintively against him, reigniting Beau’s anger at the insensibility of some selfish, cold-hearted pet owners. This had definitely been a dump, an old dog, half-blind and likely no longer wanted. The poor thing had either been lame before being abandoned, or injured in the fall, and it was because of situations like this that he’d dedicated his life to animals.




Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself.


I am from New Brunswick, on the East Coast of Canada. I am a retired legal assistant and worked for many years as a freelance newspaper and magazine reporter. I also write greeting cards and plays. I like to hike, travel and read, but as you might guess, the lion’s share of my time is spent writing.


Tell us about your book. How did it get started?


Sunrise Interrupted is book number three in The Martel Sisters trilogy, and is about Alexandra Martel. She’s an actress who has just gotten her big break in the movies, starring in the motion picture, Retribution. Enter local veterinarian, Dr. Beau Remington, who will be on set as emergency and critical care specialist for the animals used on the film. When he and Alexandra meet, their chemistry is off the charts, but Alexandra has also attracted a stalker just waiting to make his move. The first book in the trilogy, Sudden Turn, features Ginger, and the second book, Barlowe Pride, features Naomi. I thought it would be fun to have a movie star in the family, so the third sister, Alexandra, became an actress.


How do you create your characters?

I usually have a movie or television actor in mind when I begin to flesh out a character. I pay attention to how they speak, how they move … try to get inside their skin. Most often though characters come to life on their own as the story develops and I get to know them better. 


What inspires you and what got you started in writing?

I wrote my first short story when I was eight, so the interest has always been there. Like everyone, I had my favourite television shows as a child, and that’s when I began to create my own scripts in my head for the actors. I’ve always had trouble falling asleep, and that’s how I put myself to sleep at night, watching my own scripts being acted out in my head. I still do it. Reading Anne of Green Gables as a teenager made me want to write books.


Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

I used to write all manuscripts in longhand first, sitting in my armchair, and during the summer, outdoors. Then there was the tedious work of typing it all into the computer, which really slowed the creative process. Nowadays I write everything on my desktop computer and I find no interruption in the flow, although I thought I might, considering the much faster pace. I produce 8,000 words per day, and work best in silence, save for the sounds of nature.


How do you get your ideas for writing?

Very often it’s while listening to a song on the radio. It’s like I can imagine it being a much bigger story. Also, hearing a snippet of conversation when I’m walking past someone. Something that tweaks my imagination. Like if I heard: “I don’t know if I can make it up that hill or not!” then a whole story around that begins to build in my imagination. Sometimes two books start coming in at the same time, but I have to write one before I can start the other. But I never forget the second book while I’m working on the first. It just has to wait its turn.


What do you like to read?

I love to read the genre in which I write, which is romantic suspense, but I really just enjoy a good novel. I also read a lot of nonfiction, usually about philosophy, science, economics and history. I like some biographies, but usually avoid autobiographies.

What would your advice be for authors or aspiring authors in regards to writing?

For aspiring authors I would say read relentlessly to fuel your imagination for fiction, and to increase your knowledge base for nonfiction. Know your subject matter well before you begin. For indie authors, have your work professionally edited. It’s very easy to tell those that have been seen by a good editor, and those that haven’t. You really have to have that second set of eyes on your work, someone who’s trained to present your work in its best light.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Only that when I’m writing a book, I live, eat, sleep and breathe that project until it’s finished. I leave it all on the stage as they say, and always, when I’m writing, the reader is uppermost in my mind. I feel a tremendous responsibility to create something worthwhile for them.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Eden Monroe writes about real life, real issues and struggles, and triumphing against all odds. A proud east coast Canadian, she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, and a good book.






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Goddess Fish Promotions 05/06/2024 - 6:54 am

We appreciate you hosting today – thank you!

Eden Monroe 05/06/2024 - 7:31 am

I am delighted to be featured on your site. Many thanks for this wonderful opportunity!

Really looking forward to meeting my readers. What would you most like to know about me that might not be mentioned here? : )

MICHAEL A LAW 05/06/2024 - 12:18 pm

This looks like a fantastic read. Thanks for sharing and hosting this tour.

Eden Monroe 05/06/2024 - 2:50 pm

Hi Michael, hope you enjoy the read!

Marcy Meyer 05/06/2024 - 1:47 pm

I enjoyed the blurb and excerpt. Sounds like a good mystery.

Eden Monroe 05/06/2024 - 2:51 pm

Hi Marcy, hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I still think about that book.

Cali W. 05/06/2024 - 1:48 pm

Great excerpt and giveaway. 🙂

Eden Monroe 05/06/2024 - 2:52 pm

Hi Cali, great to hear from you. Hope you enjoy the book, and good luck with the draw!

Sherry 05/06/2024 - 10:02 pm

I like the book details.

Eden Monroe 05/07/2024 - 7:37 am

Thank you, Sherry! It was certainly an adventure writing this book.

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Eden Monroe 05/07/2024 - 7:39 am

Hi, glad you found this content to be intriguing. Hope you find the book to be equally so. Enjoy! : )

Tracie M Cooper 05/09/2024 - 2:28 pm

What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you?

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