Spotlight & Giveaway: 33 Valentines by Stephanie Monahan

Posted February 11th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 37 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome Entangled Publishing debut author Stephanie Monahan to HJ!

Stephanie congrats on your debut release, please tell us about yourself, and your writing.

I am thirty-four years old and live in Central Massachusetts, about 40 miles west of Boston.


I’ve been married for nearly 12 years. I’m a little obsessed with British pop music, tea, and of course, books.

I write character-driven romance/women’s fiction stories with lots of humor and heart.

Are you a plotter or do you write from the seat of your pants?

I’m partly both. I like to jump right into a story—beginnings are always the easiest and most fun for me. When I’m a few chapters in I usually take a breather and do the outline. It makes it less intimidating to have a guide for the rest of the book.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

I work 8-5. I’ll come home, feed the dog and let him out. Once he’s all taken care of, I sit at my desk and put some music on. I usually choose music that suits the mood of what I’m writing that day. I do at least 1,000 words a day (sometimes more, never less). I like to leave off in the middle of a sentence at the end of the night. It makes it easier to get back into it the next day.

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Who do you love to read? Favorite authors, favorite books?

I love to read all kinds of books. My favorite author of all time is probably Margaret Atwood—Cat’s Eye is one of my all time favorite books. I love YA authors like Sarah Dessen and John Green. I am a huge fan of contemporary women’s fiction, authors like Leah Stewart, Julie Buxbaum, Jodi Picoult, and Amanda Eyre Ward. I love funny, witty books like This is Where I Leave You. I also like to read memoirs and biographies. Whatever I can get my hands on, I’ll read!

What is something you’d like to accomplish in your writing career next year?

I would love to see my work-in-progress be published. It is about a former mean girl whose life comes back to haunt her in the form of a top 40 hit. It’s a little bit darker than 33 VALENTINES, but there’s still lots of humor, plus hot musicians and a main character who is stronger than she thinks she is.

If you could travel anywhere and do anything, no limits or money holding you back, where would you go?

I would love to go to London one day. I think I would fit right in—my niece and I have been practicing our accent for years, and if there’s even the slightest chance of meeting Prince Harry, I’m in.

Tell us a little about your latest release.

33V33 VALENTINES tells the story of Sophie Parker, a Boston native who is haunted by a string of unlucky Februaries, and especially Valentine’s Days. She decides to take matters into her own hands this year and start the month off right: by telling her best friend, Sam, that she’s in love with him. Before she can do that, though, Sam tells her he’s got a date with his dream girl. February only gets worse from there.

Sophie is sarcastic, funny, and a little sad. She wants to move forward in her life but she’s not sure how. I think everyone can relate to that.

If you were on the staff to have a book adapted to movie, what would you pick?

Can I pick my own book?? I would love to see 33 VALENTINES on the big (or small) screen—as long as James Marsden’s available to play Sam ☺. Other than my own book I would have to say THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green, even though I’m not sure a movie could do it justice.

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About the book:

All Sophie wants for her thirty-third year is a calendar without a February—and without a Valentine’s Day. The unlucky month haunts her with regrets, loss, and missteps she can never take back. But this year, she’s determined to make a change— and she’s going to start with telling her best friend, Sam, how she feels about him.

But February isn’t making it easy for her. Sam’s got a date with his dream girl, and Sophie finds herself in the hospital. Then there’s her father, who has a surprise that’s about to turn her world upside-down, and her little brother, who doesn’t seem to have any room for her in his life. While everyone else seems to be living life, Sophie is stuck in neutral.

Now, Sophie must come to terms with everything that’s holding her back in order to fight for what she wants before she loses the chance to turn her luck around.

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About the Author

Stephanie Monahan received her degree in English Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University. It was there, in her first Creative Writing workshop, that she fell in love not only with storytelling but also with the man she would go on to marry. In addition to reading and writing, she is passionate about the New York Giants, finding the perfect cup of chai tea, and her dog. She is a firm believer in the healing powers of a good night’s sleep and British pop music. Born and raised in upstate New York, Stephanie now lives in central Massachusetts with her husband.

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37 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: 33 Valentines by Stephanie Monahan”

  1. Suzanne (@suzyrph55)

    I have 3 places to visit on my bucket list. Australia and New Zealand- I want to fly out to a ranch and see what the living is like; I have a 23 day bus tour of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland- I want to see where some of the historical books I had read took place; and see whats under their kilts. The Pearl Harbor Memorial because I want to drop flowers and say a few prayers for those who died there, and that they are remembered..

  2. Brenda M.

    If I could travel anywhere no holds bared I think I would do a World Food Tour. All over Asia, Germany, Russia, France, Ireland, Spain, Morocco and of course Greece because I am OBESSED with Greek food.

  3. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I would cruise. I want to take an Alaskan cruise, Mediterian cruise and Australian Cruise.

  4. Annwitch

    I would love to visit Russia and Norway. I know they are two totally different places, but they are part of my heritage. My father is 100% Noweigan and my Grandmother on my mothers side was 100% Russian. Both countries have so much history and I would love to take a grand tour of both. Maybe I could find some family I didn’t know I had.

  5. Sue Peace

    I would love, love to explore Scotland!! I have lots of relatives there I’ve never met, and a sister is living there now.

  6. Becky M.

    I would travel to all the places I’ve taught about in my history classes but have never been to–Macchu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, the ruins of Greece and Rome, Ireland, Alaska, Hawaii–and revisit England and France, since I was still in high school when I went and surely didn’t appreciate them enough.

    Thanks for the giveaway–the book sounds great!

  7. cahmmerritt

    I’d travel ahead in time… see the progress – know that we are doing the right things to our earth.
    It would be great to see how the kindle will advance and if paperback books are worth lots of money.

  8. Kai W.

    It would be Africa. I have always want to go there to work with World Wildlife Fund to save the endangered animals. The funny thing is I don’t like hot weather but I’m willing to tolerate it in order to do the one thing I really love without money being involved.

  9. Mary Preston

    I’d travel the world in style & just keep on going. Somewhere & something new to see every time around.

  10. mylunar

    I would do a World Nature and Historic Tour. Visit all national park around the world, the most beautiful diving site in the world, and historical place in each country.

  11. amel armeliana

    No limits? Wow!! I would travel all around the world. First, all around my country of course. My country is such a beautiful country, there’s so many places that you could go. Then Asia, Europe, America, Australia, Africa, all of it. Whew!! Such a beautiful dream. But hey, who knows?

    Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

  12. Veronica

    Private cruise all around the world with my honet, with a MUST-stop over in Australia : )

  13. Brandy Bosquez

    I would love to go to Alaska! Looks like beautiful country and I would love to see some of the wildlife. England is also another one. The accents, tea, and Prince Harry. I agree that would great!

  14. Lola Karns

    I’ll have to go with Machu Pichu or Antarica – because it is a lack of funds holding me back from going to either. Oh – Hong Kong or Tokyo would be okay too. 33 Valentines looks really fun.

  15. Joanne B

    I’d love to travel to Wales, Scotland, and Germany to see the beautiful countryside, castles, men in kilts, and learn more about my ancestors.

  16. Tawnya Bentley

    Scotland and Ireland! I would take months just exploring the old castles and learning more about their history.

  17. Rebe

    I’d love to visit China and Japan! They are fascinating to me, but there are many other places I have work/family reasons for visiting, so I’ve thought it would hard to justify the expense.

  18. Marcy Shuler

    The book sounds cute!

    I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland. I like highland historicals, castles and men in kilts. 😀

  19. cecilia

    Italy, I always want to going to Rome.. and Paris too. All around the world. That would be great

  20. Michelle Harlan

    I would travel to Spain & then Italy. I’ve always wanted to visit that part of the world. Gorgeous scenery, beautiful museums & then there’s the added bonus of hearing their beautiful languages spoken all day. I think it’d be a really romantic getaway for my husband and I.

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