By Monica L Patton
Genre: Steamy Psychological Thriller
Orphaned and brain-washed from the age of six, Philomene Doucette is a beautiful assassin programmed to be a soulless killing machine by the CIA— and death has never looked so good.
In the, steamy, psychological thriller, Beautiful Carnage, Philomene is given her most important assignment yet: executing Haruto Mori, the leader of a deadly Japanese clan. To conceal her identity, Philomene is smuggled into Japan under the guise of being a sex worker and is presented as a gift for Haruto. Philomene’s mission to kill Haruto becomes an inner battle as she struggles between her conditioning, the affection she feels for Haruto and her increasing desire for Tadakai, her CIA handler.
When Haruto is unexpectedly murdered, Philomene uses her deadly training to find answers. She learns of a shocking government plot for mass murder at an upcoming Yakuza Summit—where Tadakai will be in attendance.
Philomene rescues Tadakai, and together they find a haven in a remote, abandoned farmhouse. As they forge a deeper connection, the two make a life-changing decision to leave this dangerous lifestyle behind to create a new life together…but their past misdeeds will not be absolved without exacting bloody sacrifices
1. Catherine Mckenzie must have her tunes, Dan Brown must have his gravity boots, what must you have to be able to write?
A drink! Wine. Coffee. Take your pick.
2. What was a turning point in your writing or how did you know this was something you should do?
I am a performing artist, and I travel for a living with a family in tow. I have conditioned myself to write anytime, anywhere. I write when my daughter is doing her school work independently. I write in the offstage dressing booth at the theater, in between scenes. I love performing but of late, my desire to write has me wanting to take a holiday from the theater.
3. The standard question….who has inspired you and why?
Not really who but what. Drama! Theater shaped me. I am surrounded by larger than life characters
4. Another standard question….who is your favorite author and book?
James Lee Burke and Tennesse Williams. Dave Robicheaux series, Baby Doll, Glass Menagerie–A caldron of a southern gothic hot mess!
5. What are some of your hidden pleasure books…and I know you have some….everyone does!!!!
Laurell K. Hamilton–Anita Blake series. The Queen of Paranormal Romance. Keep your chaste vampires. I want my fangs with a side of sex!
Currently performing in the Broadway National Tour of The Book of Mormon, Monica has worked with such notables as Jesse Norman, Diahann Carroll and Freda Payne. She covered Eartha Kitt as the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s’ Cinderella and sang opposite Jon Secada as the Narrator in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Her other credits include; Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow, Abby’s Song, and Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Little Ham. National Tours: Disney’s The Lion King, Annie 30th Anniversary; City Center Encores! productions: On The Town, Pipe Dream, Fanny, Anyone Can Whistle, Purlie, Finian’s Rainbow and Applause. The Distinguished Achievement in Production award was presented to Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices, by Walter Dean Myers. Monica was honored to have been a featured Narrator on the production. when she is not onstage, you can find her in a quick change booth–writing, playing video games with her daughter or perched on a stool, having a craft cocktail.
Monica Patton @neogeishaforeve