Friday, March 25, 2011


My new contemporary romance, Rx IN RUSSIAN is up for pre-orders at The Wild Rose Press.

The setting is inspired by my business traveling to Belarus during the nineties. With my heroine, Dr. Jillian Burton, you will discover a different civilization, visit interesting places, marvel at the Russian architecture, taste the exotic food, toast with vodka, wear the warm chapka, experience many of the local customs, and fall in love with a gallant Belarussian doctor.

Fyodor Vassilov is a Russian widower, surgeon and officer— Jillian Burton is an American pediatrician on a mission to improve medical conditions in Belarus.

Jillian blames herself and her ex-husband for their son’s death, and has lost her illusions about men and marriage—Duty demands that Fyodor provide a mother to his four little boys and marry a woman who loves children and big family.

When they work together for six months in his hospital, their fascination with one another shocks them both. Can attraction and love overcome guilt, duty, and a clash of cultures?

The eighteen-hour flight to Belarus had hardly dented Jillian’s stamina, but the sight of the man standing in the cluttered office wiped every thought from her mind. His daunting height and broad shoulders overpowered the meek desk and weakened her knees.

He said something in Russian.

Hauling a deep breath, she gathered the pathetic shreds of her can-do energy and stepped closer. “Good morning.” The gray cells in her brain squeezed in a desperate attempt to recall the Russian words she’d crammed into her head a week ago. “I mean dubra outra.” An unexpected bout of amnesia sapped her wits as she skimmed his chiseled features with mouth-watering appreciation. She mentally shook herself. “English? No? Sorry, me nyet Russian.”

“Yes?” He arched his eyebrows, revealing dark lashes, too long for a man, and sky blue eyes sparkling with midnight stars.

A sigh escaped her. They might be able to communicate after all. “I’m Jillian Burton, from the American Health Delegation,” she said, praying that she sounded like her usual self—the collected rational woman she’d been ten minutes ago. A career-oriented pediatrician and neonatologist who steered clear of charming men—unless the charming male was a newborn baby.

“Dr. Burton. Welcome to Minsk.” He greeted her in accented but fluent English. “I am Fyodor Vassilov, Director of the Minsk Solidarity Hospital.” His smile brightened the dimly lit room. And her shadowed heart.

The Health and Safety nurses who’d injected her with a dozen vaccines had forgotten to immunize her against the mind-crippling power of his smile. “I... Uh...” Unable to express any coherent thought, she locked her sagging jaw. How come you’re not old and unsexy like the other hospital directors?

If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy my international romances. I will take you around the world through stories that simmer with emotion and sizzle with heat.

BABIES IN THE BARGAIN winner of 2009 Best Romance Novel at Preditors & Editors and winner of 2009 Best Contemporary Romance at Readers Favorite.
Rx FOR TRUST, winner of 2010 Best Contemporary Romance at Readers Favorite and 2011 EPICON


Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Mona,

I enjoyed your excerpt and particularly enjoyed the line about not getting immunized against his killer smile.

Looking forward to reading your new release!


Mona Risk said...

Thank you, Maggie.