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Get “Into the Pride” with Michelle Monkou

Spring Has Sprung – Michelle Monkou

Is the brutal winter over?

I really hope so. Spring isn’t waiting, although a snow day has been called for this week in Maryland. Otherwise, this is the season of rebirth and renewal.

This favorite time of year takes me back to my Caribbean roots when most carnival celebrations take place. From March, we can look forward to the sun rising earlier and setting later—means more daylight hours. YES! I’m so sun deprived.

Even the birds, flowers, and other life bloom, multiply and celebrate in their own way.

Spring is like nature’s runway for the new and renewed…and…the sexy male hotness that emerge under sun-kissed skies.



Yeah, my imagination runs wild. Probably how I came up with my story, Into The Pride, about the Nuuba Dynasty, a pride of lion shifters.

If I had to pick a season that fit my hero – David Chastain – I’d definitely pick spring. Enjoy this teaser:

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Scars marked his body. Each slash, burn, incision told a story. Memory loss prevented total recall. However, between the frequent nightmares and increasing flashbacks, details about the trauma painted a horrific picture. Every day he looked in the mirror to check the healing process. He bent his elbow, wincing slightly. Would he ever be whole, again?

Battle scars were one thing, the tattoo on the upper left side of his body was another. The tat had grown over three years, spreading like a vine. Maybe the mark was a brand for his former status as a royal bodyguard, a vocation complete with blood oath and a lifelong commitment. His fingers traced the inked design of tribal swirls, thick lines, and sharp hooks that took over most of his left pectoral. Its progress continued over his shoulder and along his neck, curling up behind his left ear.

Childhood memories didn’t include such markings. Flashes of him in battle gear were void of any tattoos. So why did this happen?

For instance, when did he get inked on the right pec with this majestic lion wearing a full mane, sitting in repose? Its profile showed off a tiny diamond, as its eye, partially embedded in his skin. He touched and circled the precious gem.

A wave of vertigo rocked his balance. He grabbed the sink and shook his head to clear away the nauseous dizziness.

SHARE: So what is your favorite season? What makes it your favorite?

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About Michelle:

Michelle is a multi-published author with over 20 books in print and digital. She writes contemporary romances, paranormal/urban fantasy and publishes her backlist and original stories on her independent digital platform, Stella Maris Publishing. She’s a weekly contributor on USA TODAY’s Happy Ever Blog conducting author interviews, recommending and reviewing books, and providing commentary on romance fiction. She resides in Maryland writing many more stories to fill the hands and e-readers of romantic bookaholics.

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Twitter & Pinterest: @michellemonkou


Totally Tantalizing Tuesday – Brantley Gilbert

This past weekend, I was with some friends sitting around drinking a few beers and chatting about music. We discussed the crossover of genres, particularly that of country music and how country music is different from the days of Waylon Jennings or Hank Williams. Certainly, there’s truth to that. It seems country music has blended with aspects of pop and aspects of rock that give it appeal to those who may not have given it a chance in the past. It certainly helps that the genre is littered with country boys that make most females’ mouths water… Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Chris Young and this week’s Totally Tantalizing Tuesday spotlight – Brantley Gilbert!

To me, Brantley has several things going for him outside of his budding music career though he did win the 2013 ACM New Male Artist… and rightfully so! He started out as a songwriter moving from Georgia to Nashville, selling his music to other artists, which I find pretty damn cool. I’m very much a lyrical girl. And I heart his songs! He has the sexiest voice! 🙂 He plays guitar. And he has this sort of “bad boy” look I just love… tattoos and Harley included!

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If you’re new to Brantley Gilbert, welcome aboard. You can learn more about him at If you want to check out some of his music, check out his newest video for “Bottoms Up”! Enjoy!

If you missed DC Stone’s Man Candy Monday, miss out no more! Check it out here:

Totally Tantalizing Tuesday – Mark Wahlberg

Okay! I admit… I was a New Kids on the Block fan back in the day. First concert I ever attended was at thirteen years old and I jumped and screamed all the lyrics to “Hangin’ Tough.” So when Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch eventually made their appearance, I was also all about that! I mean – Donnie Wahlberg had a baby brother! Life doesn’t get better than that… until it does. Mark Wahlberg has made quite the name for himself.




Yay! That’s exactly what I’m talking about! Good dog! 😉



Aside from being extremely good looking, he’s also quite talented. He can play a tough guy or the average Joe, but he’s believable and enjoyable to watch.

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He’s also a dad, which to me is always sexy!

***EXCLUSIVE***Mark Wahlberg films a scene in his underwear on the set of 'Pain and Gain' in Miami

And at age 42, he still looks pretty spectacular!

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Totally Tantalizing Tuesday with Marky Mark Wahlberg! I know I did. And if you missed DC Stone’s St. Patty’s Day Man Candy Monday, make sure to swing by now.

Totally Tantalizing Tuesday – Alex Michael Turner

There certainly isn’t a shortage of good looking men to look at, but every week I have to find a guy that is not only good looking, but Totally Tantalizing. That’s not always an easy task. We all have our own taste and we all look for something different. But once in awhile, we all want a young, tattooed hottie that just makes us drool. This week’s highlight for Totally Tantalizing Tuesday is just that… welcome Alex Michael Turner.



Table Rock shoot with Raciel Castroand Alex Turner

He’s young! He’s tattooed! He’s beautiful!


Am I the only one that wants to be that towel?




This could be one of my favorites! I’m a sucker for a ball cap turned backward!


Ahhhh… a Boise, Idaho boy that brings it full scale! And people thought the only thing they could find in Idaho was potatoes! 😉 I think I may have found my inspiration for character Jake Hayworth in Book 2 of the Ryewood Series.

If you’d like to see more of Alex, you can find him here on Facebook. He’s worth it… trust me! If you haven’t checked out DC Stone’s Man Candy Monday from yesterday, don’t miss it! She has Scott Eastwood!

(P.S. I may no claim to ownership of these pictures. They – and many others – are readily available on Google Images. Enjoy!)

Totally Tantalizing Tuesday – Hey Girl! It’s Ryan Gosling!

I take special pleasure in this week’s Totally Tantalizing Tuesday! Ryan Gosling has always been on my radar, especially after The Notebook. Then he has had a trail of great movies. And to top it off, he has been my husband’s first male crush! Hahaha! But I’m being serious! After watching Drive, my husband put all of Ryan’s movies on our Netflix and we both got our fill! 😉

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He’s a versatile actor and I find that just as attractive as… well almost as attractive as his looks. His role in Blue Valentine broke my heart. Then he had me cracking up laughing in Crazy, Stupid Love. I always look forward to his films.


Not everyone can make glasses look hot!


This is my kind of umbrella.

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My favorite part of Crazy, Stupid Love


Yes, please!


You all know I have a soft spot for a bad boy and motorcycles…  

Hey Girl… you need a ride?

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Totally Tantalizing Tuesday! I know I enjoyed gathering all these great photos off Google Images of Ryan. If you missed DC Stone’s Man Candy Monday, you’ll be sorry! This week is David Beckham! Uh huh! I know! Check him out!