Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Sarah Monzon Confesses All

Posted October 17, 2018 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance, Sarah Monzon / 33 Comments

I’m excited about today’s guest for several reasons, namely because I adore her as a person and I adore her books and I adore that cover!!

Today, she ‘confesses all’ about her new release, Literarily for Keeps! Plus, I’m giving away a copy so stay tuned for those details 🙂

She only has to pretend to be married for five days. What’s the worst that could happen?

Literature professor Ashleigh Darmody never imagined her life would turn into a classic trope, but that’s exactly what happens when her sister Claire calls with a bizarre request–quickly find a fake husband. Backstory is a powerful thing, and Ashleigh’s has plenty of shadows, but is her past so shady that it requires an elaborate scheme to ensure Claire’s prospective father-in-law, renowned TV evangelist Ken Abrams, will give her his blessing to marry his son?

Already divorced from a man who turned out to be other than he claimed, Ashleigh now has to pretend to be blissfully married to a stranger for the next five days. But when the lines of fiction and reality blur with each tick of the clock, could a temporary deal turn into something for keeps?


Confession #1. I argued with God over this story.

Confession #2. I am a people-pleaser and want people to like me.

So the conversation with God went something like this…

God: Write it this way.

Me: But that might make some people uncomfortable

God: Write it this way.

Me: But I don’t want to offend anyone

God: Write it this way.

Me: But I’m going to get scathing reviews and nasty emails from readers.

God: Write it this way.

Me: *sigh* You win.

(He may have reminded me in our conversation that I needed to please Him more than man, as well).

So I wrote Literarily For Keeps the way God led me to write it. Now, you’re probably pondering to yourselves, “And what way is that, Sarah?” So I’ll go ahead and tell you, and this can serve as the “warning label” I went back and forth over if I should put alongside the blurb or not. The main character in Literarily For Keeps has a couple of taboos attached to her. She’s divorced (gasp) and her ex-husband is gay (double gasp). Now you can understand why I thought writing her with such a backstory could potentially make some readers uncomfortable. However, I pray that I handled both topics with sensitivity and grace.

The story is [not] about divorce or homosexuality though. In reality, its message is something that every person has fallen victim of at least once in their life and something we all need to actively do better with. And that’s judging one another. Stereotyping. Making preconceived generalities without first having a conversation with a person. Not everyone who voted for Trump is a such-and-such type of person just as every Obama supported is so-and-so. Not all Christians are going to act like this and not all Muslims are going to act like that. Packed within this little, hopefully funny!, story is a reminder not to lump everyone together in defined groups, but to approach each person as a unique and God-created individual.

Confession #3. I really hope you enjoy this story, that it makes you laugh, and ultimately that it brings God glory.

Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in a small desert town in central Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

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What about you? What interests you most about this book?

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33 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Sarah Monzon Confesses All

  1. Perrianne Askew

    I’m not sure but this book sounds like it takes some topics that may (or may not) make us squirm and handle them in a kinder and gentler manner than we would imagine. I’m definitely interested in reading it.

  2. Hi Sarah, wrestling with God is so exhausting, isn’t it. Although I haven’t read Literarily for Keeps YET I’m so glad you followed His lead. I’m pretty sure He knows what’s best! LOL!

  3. Arletta

    What interests me most is discovering where she found her fake “husband” and then what events transpired during their pretending that (hopefully) made them like each other.

  4. Rebecca Maney

    Honestly, I did squirm a bit in the beginning, but only because my family has been touched by both of the sensitive topics that you mentioned and I did not want to “react”, simply because an author had not walked in our shoes. You’re right, it’s such a complicated issue from every side of the coin.

    That being said, you did a great job of not majoring on minors and not biting off “more than you could chew” in what turned out to be a short, but delightful little story.

  5. Melissa Andres

    Mmmm I’m not sure what most intriguing…these taboo items that are attached to the main character, the adorable cover, the buzz around it…suffice it to say, I’m looking forward to reading this story! Can’t wait!

  6. Alison Boss

    You had me at….”find a fake husband”! My curiousity definitely flared, and so I have to quench my curiousity, right?! 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Literarily For Keeps!

  7. Mallori

    After reading this post, the thing that interests me most is to see how the subjects of divorce and homosexuality are handled. But I do always love a good “fake marriage/engagement” story.

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