From chemistry in the lab to chemistry of the hearts:
Let me tell you about my traveling to Belarus that changed my career and inspired the book of my heart.
TO LOVE A HERO: Would her love cost him everything he values? A sizzling romance full of intrigues and suspense.
In a previous life, I was the director of an environmental laboratory. Day after day, I supervised a staff of chemists who performed analytical tests. I wrote proposals and competed for government contracts—a boring predictable life.
Suddenly everything changed when my boss asked me to look into the DOD section for international projects. Not one to refuse a challenge, I wrote a winning proposal and our company was awarded a contract to refurbish a military laboratory in Belarus. To be honest, I almost collapsed when the boss ordered, “Now you need to go to Belarus and work on this refurbishment.”
The Internet didn’t abound in information about Belarus, a former USSR country located South of Russia, East of Poland, and North of Ukraine. After learning a little bit about the food, I decided to play it safe and take my own supply of water and nonperishable food: crackers, BabyBel gouda cheese, and green apples previously washed and individually wrapped in plastic bags and of course a dozen bottles of water. At the time, it wasn’t forbidden to carry liquid on the plane.
My first trip to Minsk, capital of Belarus, occurred at the end of October 1994. Our delegation included the DOD contract manager and his interpreter, two government auditors, my lab manager, our computer specialist and me.
My initial impressions are related through the heroine’s voice: cold weather, gray skies, and cigarette smell everywhere. The curious looks of the local people made me feel as if I was wearing the wrong clothes. Of course I didn’t have a chapka (fur round hat). I remedied the problem by buying a cute mink chapka at the Minsk Big Bazaar.
Between May and October there is no central heating in Belarus. On my first night at the hotel, I literally froze in the drafty room. The next day, our delegation bought several electric heaters. During our meetings, I continuously asked for a hot cup of tea. Of course I was often offered vodka instead.
Many of my special stories are related in my book, TO LOVE A HERO, that has been released at Amazon.com
My fall on the broken escalator of the airport is included. I was rescued by my lab manager while my heroine, Dr. Cecile Lornier (the smart woman) fell into the arms of a hero to die for, the handsome Major General of Belarus, Sergei Fedorin, who stole her heart with his penetrating blue gaze.
My story, TO LOVE A HERO, highlights the hospitality and warmth of the gorgeous and gallant Belarusian officers who sing and toast and make a woman feel like a goddess. I had a lot of fun writing this book and I hope you will discover a new country and interesting civilization while reading TO LOVE A HERO.
Admired by men and adored by women, Major General Sergei is a true hero in his country. When a lovely American chemist stumbles straight into his arms, Sergei has more on his mind than patriotic duty.
On her first international business trip to Belarus, a Russian country dominated by male chauvinism and intrigues, Cecile finds more chemistry than she bargains for.
Can she betray his trust to save his career? Would her love cost him everything he values?
Two Lips Review: Mona Risk tells a poignant yet beautiful and sweet story of two people falling in love, who must fight their attraction… This is a story readers will enjoy.
Review Your book: Mona Risk is a talented author. She knows how to weave intrigue and romance into her story. Fans of romance and suspense will enjoy To Love a Hero.
Simply Romance Review: Outstanding Read. Mona Risk’s To Love a Hero is a wonderful love story complete with deception, conceit, stubbornness and the love of a lifetime for two people who couldn’t be more different. Ms. Risk hits a homerun with this story.
Publishers Weekly, Saturday Blurb Special Beyond her Book Blog: “The sense of the unfamiliar makes the story exotic, and a subtle tension was maintained with the trace of fear for an unknown culture and its politics…”
If you like sexy romantic comedies, you’ll enjoy reading Mona Risk’s other novels:
Holiday Babies Series: CHRISTMAS BABIES , VALENTINE BABIES , and MOTHER’S DAY BABIES
BABIES IN THE BARGAIN: “ER” and “Grey’s Anatomy” in the NICU.
NEIGHBORS and MORE: With too many skeletons in their own closets, would her dear neighbors do their best to save her or incriminate her?
NO MORE LIES: a lie that brings a smile or a truth drawing tears?
RIGHT NAME, WRONG MAN: What’s a girl to do when she whispers another man’s name in her fiancé’s arms?