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Spooky Legends: Monica Burns

Click to see the Spooky Legends Master List with links to all the previous posts and giveaways

Today’s Spooky Legends guest is Monica Burns, author of the Order of the Sicari paranormal romance series from Berkley.  The series begins with ASSASSIN’S HONOR, followed by ASSASSIN’S HEART (both already available), and continues with the recently released INFERNO’S KISS.  Our story today features The Bogeyman urban legend.  Want to win your own copy to start this wonderful series? Check out the giveaway details below.

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Monica Burns: Happy Halloween everyone, I’m delighted to be here today with my friend Cleopatra Vorenus—

Cleopatra Vorenus (Sicari assassin from Inferno’s Kiss): Jupiter’s Stone. You know I hate to be called Cleopatra, will you just use Cleo for Vesta’s sake.

Monica: Well you never chew Dante out for calling you Cleopatra.

Cleo: That’s different. I like the way he says it. *mutters a few choice words as glares at Monica*

Monica:  ookaay.  *eyes Cleo with a bit of hesitation. The woman is an assassin after all*  Anyway folks, I brought Cleo along today to talk about an urban legend. One that’s been around for hundreds of years. The Bogeyman

Cleo: That’s right. In Italy, he’s called Babau. Supposedly, he’s a pretty nasty creature used to frighten children.

Monica: I don’t remember my parents ever threatening me with the Bogeyman. I seem to recall kids at school during Halloween mentioning him, but then I had my head in a book all the time, so I was pretty oblivious to a lot of things.

Cleo: My father wasn’t around while I was growing up, and I have to say that this legend of Babau seems pretty tame to me when it comes to my childhood fear that a Praetorian could show up when I least expected it. Of course, I suppose I could say that the Praetorians are the Sicari version of the Bogeyman. What I find really interesting is that this story’s been around for a long time, and its part of a lot of different cultures.

Monica: It is kind of cool that the Bogeyman exists all over the world, isn’t it. In fact, it got me to thinking—

Cleo: You think way too much, bella. How many times have I told you to stop thinking and just do?

Monica: SERIOUSLY. You’re going to say something like that to me? What about all the times you stopped talking to me while I was writing Inferno’s Kiss. What were you doing then, huh? Sleeping? No. More like sulking I think. Trust me, if I’d had any way of making you talk, I would have threatened you with a lot more then the Bogeyman.

Cleo: Bene! I’m talking now. So tell us what you were thinking about this Babau story.

Monica: Well, all the legends talk about a man who’s black, dark and indistinguishable. *pause* Say that might be a good idea for a—

Cleo: Vesta spare me! Will you focus for just one fucking minute and stick to the Bogeyman story. You do this all the time when you’re writing, it’s why it was so goddamn difficult telling you about Dante and me. *sighs with pained weariness*

Monica: Okay, okay *grumbles*  As I was saying, the legends all talk about this man who doesn’t have any real distinguishing characteristics, and I was thinking he might be a representation of death.

Cleo: Death? *frowns*

Monica: Yeah, think about it. All parents want their kids to behave, primarily for safety reasons. You know, don’t play in the street. Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t walk home in the dark, stuff like that.

Cleo: Those warnings I understand completely. If I’d done something like that growing up, my mother would have sentenced me to the Indictio.

Monica: Indictio, I can’t remember what that is. I know it’s in my world-building rules somewhere. Give me a minute…

Cleo: For the love of Juno! *exasperated and glaring at Monica* Indictio is hard labor in the kitchen, cleaning the bathroom, that sort of thing. Are you sure you’re the author who wrote the Order of the Sicari series.

Monica: Don’t get smart! I wrote you into a book, I can write you out. *grits teeth and glares back at Cleo*

Where was I? Oh right, parents a hundred years ago had just as many fears for their kids as parents do today. They were just different kinds of fears. For instance, two hundred years ago, rural areas had wolves and other predators nearby. In the populated cities, criminals didn’t think twice about kidnapping a child and forcing them to work in gangs.

Cleo: But when parents mention the Bogeyman, it’s when they want their children to behave.

Monica: True, but if you told a young kid that Babau might get them if they played outside after dark, or that strangers might be the Bogeyman in disguise, don’t you think that would get their attention.

Cleo: *nods slowly in agreement* In other words, using the Bogeyman as a fear factor meant the child was less likely to do something that might put them in harm’s way.

Monica: Exactly. Today’s parents aren’t any different than the parents from the past. We’re just afraid of different kinds of predators getting our children. The wolves of yesterday are the sexual predators of today. Criminals are still kidnapping children and using them for their own ends. But these bad forces all have something in common. Death. Whether it’s physical death, emotional death or a parent’s loss of a child, the Bogeyman represents that fear.

Cleo: Hmm…that does make sense. The Grim Reaper is always a black, shadowy skeleton figure shrouded in a cloak as I’ve heard some of my Italian friends describe Babau. Not a bad theory, bella. Not bad at all. So maybe thinking isn’t so bad where you’re concerned.

Monica: See—and you were certain this chat about the Bogeyman would be a complete writer’s block moment for me.

Cleo:  I never said that. You’re always putting words into my mouth.

Monica:  It’s what I do. I’m the author, you’re the character. What don’t you get about that?

Cleo: Fuck. Don’t start with me. I can kick your ass from here to Rome and back.

Monica: *arching eyebrow* Oh really. Who’s the writer here?

Cleo: You are.

Monica: *hits a couple of keys on the keyboard really fast*  That’s right. I’m the writer. Cleopatra, meet the Bogeyman.

*Monica nods to someone over Cleo’s shoulder. Cleo draws her sword and whirls around in one smooth as velvet move.*

Cleo:  What the fuck. Where did you did this guy up? *leaps forward to attack a shadowy figure that’s shaking a bony finger at her.

Monica: There you have it folks. The pen truly is mightier than the sword. I can write him in and I can write him out. It’s my pen and I wield it how I want. So tell me who should win?

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About Monica:

An award-winning author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

You can visit Monica around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter |Facebook

Want to read more from Monica Burns?

Assassin's Honor Assassin's Heart Inferno's Kiss

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This giveaway is provided by Monica Burns

One winner will receive a copy of Assassin’s Honor (A Novel of the Order) by Monica Burns

Available on October 4, 2011 from Penguin/Berkley

About the Book:

The laws of desire…

 Dante Condellaire, heir apparent to the Sicari Lords, knows that being a true leader means sacrifice. For Dante it was relinquishing all erotic pleasures. But he never expected his willpower to be tested so fiercely by Cleopatra Vorenus, expert assassin of the Order, and daughter of the man he is positioned to succeed.

The rules of battle…

 Cleo prefers working alone—until she meets Dante who shares her goal: to destroy a Praetorian stronghold where Sicari women are imprisoned for devious purposes. Bringing the mission off without a hitch pumps up more than their resolve. It sets off a sexual spark too combustible to ignore.

Are all made to be broken.

 As their attraction flares like an inferno, the stakes are raised. So are the risks. Before the mission is over, Dante and Cleo will be plunged into a dangerous conspiracy where a traitor threatens the very foundation of the Order, as well as the fiery bond between Dante and Cleo—warriors and lovers now torn between duty and desire.

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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**Don’t forget to visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Spooky Legends guest blog with Hannah Jayne and a chance to win a copy of UNDER ATTACK**

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31 Responses to “Spooky Legends: Monica Burns

  1. RebeLovesBooksNo Gravatar
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    Ha ha! I love it! This interview cracked me up! I love how Monica shows Cleo who’s boss. I’ll definitely have to check this series out!

    rwschwarz11ATgmailDOTcom

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  2. Teri CNo Gravatar
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    Ohh I have not read this series but I am in the mood for a dark hero type book with action. Thank you for coming on and sharing your series with us.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

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  3. Denise ZNo Gravatar
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    What a wonderful interview. I only wish we had Indictio, seems our threats were much scarier. I am happy I never knew about Babau, as it was I was always checking under the bed or in the closet before going to bed LOL Assassins Honor sounds great and the series sounds like a lot of fun. I love a good series and I am excited that I found out about yours today:)

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Love the interview!!

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    OMG, I loved this interview!! So much fun :)

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  6. Jennifer KNo Gravatar
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    I really enjoyed this interview and I definitely have to check out this series. It looks great!

    moc.oohaynull@917trevlacj

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  7. BarbaraNo Gravatar
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    Fun interview…I enjoyed your sense of humor and bet I’d enjoy this series as well! What’d I think of the Urban legend…I agree with you about the boogyman…in that parents use(d) him as a threat to make children behave and/or to keep them safe. I’m not sure he’s used as such today, because unfortunately, we have REAL boogymen that are far scarier than the legend.

    Rafflecopter isn’t working…again. I already follow this blog and ‘like’ FB pg (+5):roll:

    moc.oohaynull@ailgattabbrab

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  8. SusanNo Gravatar
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    I loved the interview and reading about this urban legend. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sab5723 at hotmail dot com

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  9. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Fun interview! Monica is a new author to me and I would love to read her books because the covers look so hot, especially the cover of Inferno’s Kiss!

    angeldream3[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  10. Brenda D.No Gravatar
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    I was scared of the bogeyman growing up. This interview was fun! This is a new series for me. I am going to put it on the tbr pile. Thanks for the giveaway! ten.tsacmocnull@7mednerb

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  11. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    Hi Monica! I have soooo been wanting to start this series!! I loved the little Monica/Cleo interview. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb

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    Enjoyed reading the interview and urban legend.
    I love these covers :)

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  13. JenMNo Gravatar
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    Some things really are universal and one of them is that parents have to figure out some way to keep their children in line. I enjoyed the post and the interaction between Monica and her creation, Cleo.

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  14. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I liked this take on the Bogeyman urban legend. That’s always a scary one, especially when you’re a kid.

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  15. NaNo Gravatar
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    Hi Monica, I have heard of the bogeyman before and it scared me a little when I was growing up. Not as scary though as other monsters.

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    I liked the legend, what a fun way to tell it–and Cleo should win, she’s the heroine.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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  17. Maria D.No Gravatar
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    Fun interview! Lol…I don’t believe in the Bogeyman ….I really don’t believe in any of the urban legends…though I think they can be very entertaining when told correctly….

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. KatieNo Gravatar
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    this looks interesting. can’t wait to check it out.

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  19. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    My grandpa called him Swampy Joe and us grandkids never ever went to the outdoor john after dark. We were believers!

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    I enjoyed it. Interesting story.

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  21. SharonSNo Gravatar
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    Everyone had heard of the boogeyman! Here is a song about him . Not appropriate for young ears! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upFDT790ft4

    I think the boogie man is a manifestation of our fear. He can take on any shape or form.

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  22. ColeyNo Gravatar
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    I never thought about it before, but there is a version of the Bogeyman all over the world. This urban legend was quite interesting. Thank you!

    ntelhiard(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. erinf1No Gravatar
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    Thanks for an awesome post and giveaway!

    Huh… never thought the Bogeyman through like that ;) This is why this blog series is so much fun, gives new life/twists to the old myths.

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Amber HughesNo Gravatar
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    Lol! Great interview! Loved the bantering back & forth between Monica & Cleo. Great take on the Bogeyman Urban Legend!

    I’ve added this series to my TBR list. Sounds great!

    Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

    Ambercruz1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. RhiannaNo Gravatar
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    I was never afraid of the bogeyman as a kid because my mum had the sense not to use that one on me. It makes so much sense to me now that I have kids of my own why someone would though.

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    Although I never heard about this urban legend as a kid, I’ve seen many variations of it in horror films.

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  27. Stephanie EcksteinNo Gravatar
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    Such a great interview, so entertaining and fun. I’d love to read this book, it looks so fantastic. Thank you for the giveaway!!!

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    This sounds great can’t wait to read it thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Loved the urban legend and I can not wait to read the book.
    truebloodfan AT rock DOT com

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    I dont like them there scary and I cant sleep at night when i hear them

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  31. Mickie TNo Gravatar
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    Loved the snark between character and author! WTG wielding that pen, Monica.

    mdturett at juno dot com

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