Please welcome my talented fellow author Zee Monodee. She’s is playing “If you were…” with me today, and let me tell you she has a great sense of humour. By the way you’ll also meet her character, the sexy, dangerous Rayne 🙂


Hi Chris, and thanks for having us over! Hey everyone! I’m Zee Monodee, the author of the Corpus Brides romantic suspense/espionage series from Noble Romance Publishing. Chris has been awesome to invite me over for a game of “If you were…” today, and would you believe it – the heroine from my latest Corpus Brides release, Rayne Cheltham of BEFORE THE MORNING (Book 2 in the series) has decided to tag along.

We both cannot wait to see what Chris has in store for us.

And FYI – I’m a crazy-loony author as well as a wife and mum. Rayne, on the other hand, happens to be a super-efficient secret agent from the clandestine Corpus agency. She just got married, btw, to Ash Gilfoy, her childhood best friend and the man she never stopped loving…

So, Chris, shoot!


 If you were an animal?

Zee: I’d be a cat! They get to lounge around all day, order their humans around; they get spoiled and pampered… Believe me, you cross any luxury off your life the day you become a mother, and I’d love to be a cat just to get away from all the jobs and chores of motherhood!

Rayne: I’d be a lioness.

Zee:  Huh? Care to elaborate?

Rayne *smiles*: They say behind every successful man is a woman, right? The lion, the ‘king of the jungle’ supposedly, would be nothing without his lioness. She’s the one who really rules, who hunts, who looks after the pack, keeps everything running smoothly. And no one messes with a lioness!

Zee: I suppose you’re right… I never saw it that way.

Rayne: *quirks an eyebrow*


 If you were a famous person (alive)?

Zee:  The Duchess of Cambridge aka Kate Middleton. She’s a normal, everyday girl who snagged a prince and stepped into royalty. Not to mention she’s now a style icon… and William isn’t hard on the eyes either, lol!

Rayne:  I have to agree with Zee. I’d love to be Kate, too. She gets the man she loves despite all the odds against them.

Zee: Get out of here!  You, the super spy, would want to be a princess?

Rayne *rolls her eyes*: I never said I wanted to be a princess. I said that Kate got her man despite the odds. I’d want that, too!

Zee: You already have Ash.

Rayne: Do I?

Zee: I’m sorry; what do you mean by that? He married you, innit?

Rayne: Yes.

Zee: So?

Rayne: So, there’s a lot you don’t know, and neither does he…

Zee: Wait a second—

Rayne: Chris is waiting with the next question, Zee!


If you were a famous person (dead)?

Zee: Jane Austen. Best writer of her time, and I love the way she depicted her society in her works. And I think I’d have loved living in the Regency era.

Rayne *snorts*: Really? With all their rules of propriety and class system? You’d have been out of there screaming like a banshee, sister!

Zee: Oh, get lost! Why don’t you answer the question, instead of finding fault with my answer?

Rayne: Suit yourself… Famous dead person? Why not Lady Diana?

Zee: What is it with you and the royals? I thought I was the one who loved a good soapie drama!

Rayne: Oh, I’ve had to tamp down a lot of who and what I am to become Kali, the Corpus agent. You have no idea how much I’ve given up— *clamps down suddenly, silent, with a distant stare*

Zee: Rayne? You okay?

Rayne *nods*: Chris? Next question, please?

If you were a town?

Zee:Paris! Beautiful, majestic, full of good food and charming locations, and a sense of history and grandeur in the architecture…

Rayne *laughs*: Anyone hearing you would think you’re an old woman looking back wistfully on her prime. You’re not even 30, Zee!

Zee: Allow me to tell you that I’ve lived a lot in my close-to-30 years!

Rayne: If you say so!

Zee: What about you? A town?

Rayne:London, of course! Is there any place more cosmopolitan, diverse, and vibrant thanLondon?

Zee *snorts*:  Is there any place with less rainy weather all year round too?

Rayne: Oh, shut up, you cow! Chris? Next question?


 If you were a plant?

Zee: You know, I’ve got a really black thumb, so I don’t know how well I’d fare as a plant…

Rayne: Come on. No one’s asking you to take care of a plant here, Zee.

Zee: I suppose so… Then I guess I’d be a sunflower. They look solid and quite rustic, and there’s no hiding what they are really, rather plain flowers but they don’t have any pretension to be what they’re not. And they’re always looking toward the sun…

Rayne: You are such a romantic!

Zee: And what would you be, missy?

Rayne: I’m older than you are, so don’t start calling me ‘Missy’!

Zee: I invented your persona, sweetie, so I’m kinda like your mother. Show some respect!

Rayne: Tell me you’re not as neurotic as my real mother is!

Zee: A basket case, isn’t she?

Rayne *shivers*: You don’t know the half of it!

Zee *laughing under her breath to see the super-spy so rattled by the prospect of engaging with her mother once again*: So, what plant would you be?

Rayne: Easy. A chestnut tree.

Zee: Why?

Rayne *smiles*: Let’s just say a chestnut tree changed my whole life…

Zee: Arghh! You know I hate secrets!

Rayne: Read my story – you’ll see what I mean then.


If you were an object?

Zee: a smartphone. I love being social, and I’d die without the Internet.

Rayne: A gun, preferably a semi-automatic with a silencer.

*quiet descends on the room*

Zee *that girl sounded almost normal up there, and now she’s back to being super-creepy*: A gun? Seriously?

Rayne *shrugs*: Never known one to let me down and not get me out of trouble…


 If you were a country?

Zee: any warm, tropical island with beautiful beaches and crystal-clear sea. Like I said above, I’m very social and love meeting people – I think a tropical island would be a good representation of who I am.

Rayne: Russia. Vast and majestic, yet full of secrets and needs a lot of delving deep to discover the true heart…


If you were a job?

Zee: Nothing else but being a romance author! I get to imagine stories featuring strong, super-handsome heroes and live in the shoes of the woman each will fall in love with. I also get to travel the world when I set those stories in exotic locations, plus I get to meet so many people that inhabit all those books! Doesn’t quite beat the hunky hero part, though *grin*

Rayne: If your husband could hear you, girl!

Zee: Hey, here’s the original hero; he knows that! Anything else is good-humored fantasy.

Rayne *with a steely glint in her eye*: So you’re not gonna start chasing after Ash?

Zee *better be careful here*: Rayne, sweetie, I came up with Ash right along as I came up with you. You two are meant to be together. Full stop. And you still haven’t answered!

Rayne *shrugs again*: What else can I be except a super-swift assassin with no conscience? That’s what I’ve been trained for…

Zee: Come on! You must’ve wanted to be something else.

Rayne: No point crying over spilt milk, Zee. I’ll never be what I really wanted to be.

Zee: Which is?

Rayne *in a small, squeaky voice*: Ash’s wife, and the mother of his children…

Zee: Oh, Rayne—

Rayne: Don’t you start getting all mushy on me! *voice dwindles to a whisper* I couldn’t stand it… Chris? Next?


If you were a literary genre?

Zee: Romance! Romance can be anything from light to dark to sweet and sexy to funny and complex and dangerous. There is so much scope in romance, and of course, the happy ending. I think everyone, and every story, deserves a happy ending – which is why I stick to romance!

Rayne: What do you call the literary fare from authors like Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum?

Zee: Espionage thrillers.

Rayne *snaps her fingers*: That’s what I’d be. All action and adventure!

Zee: But you do have the prospect of your happy ending.

Rayne: Believe me, so far, it doesn’t look like any one of us can escape unscathed from this mess.

Zee: You mean your super-secret past that you haven’t told Ash about yet?

Rayne *nods*: And don’t forget the person inside the Corpus who doesn’t want me to leave the agency. He or she will do anything to win me back, or dispatch me ASAP…


If you were a star (as in the sun, Venus, the moon…..)

Zee: The Sun, definitely! To have everything rotating around you, the anchor in the middle of it all… Gosh, that makes me sound like a megalomaniac, innit?

Rayne: Yes, it does!

Zee: What would you be?

Rayne *wistful smile*: The moon… to Ash’s earth…

Zee: Damn, girl. You’ve got it bad.

Rayne *sigh*: I know!


If you were a book?

Zee: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. ‘Nuff said! J

Rayne: A Game of Thrones, by George RR Martin. My life is a succession of clashes and fights, with secrets lurking in every dark corner, and where you never know who you can really trust!


Thank you Zee and Rayne, you’ve played a fantastic game. Now what is BEFORE THE MORNING all about?

Before The Morning. . . is a time of great darkness. . .

A trained killer with borderline sociopathic tendencies:

Rayne Cheltham traced out her life’s path when she was twelve: she would marry her best friend and bear his children, and in the process, stifle the restless edge in her. When he vows never to marry, she gives in to the darkness and becomes a clandestine agent—until the day he walks into her world again, and her carefully fabricated façade crumbles.

A former cop burned by life and his personal demons:

When Ash Gilfoy meets a woman who reminds him of his childhood best friend, he starts upon a path that leads him down into an abyss once again. The day Rayne waltzes back into his life, he knows she is his second chance, and the one who will save him.

Each thinks the other is their redemption . . . until they discover how deep the other’s edge of darkness goes

No one knows Rayne used to be a spy and an assassin, and no one knows why Ash left the police force. The secrets between them make them sit on a keg of gunpowder with a lit fuse in their hands. Neither knows what ‘normal’ means now, especially Rayne, whose whole life is built on a lie. Truth is threatening to explode in their faces, and that is not the only menace they have to face. Someone is out to get Rayne, and she must disclose her past before it is too late.

Can Rayne and Ash survive all that’s thrown in their path? Can they hang on to the last thread of their relationship, and can they emerge, still together and still alive, in the morning after the deepest darkness.

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About romance author Zee Monodee:

Stories about love, life, relationships… in a melting-pot of culture Zee is an author who grew up on a fence – on one side there was modernity and the global world, on the other there was culture and traditions. Putting up with the culture for half of her life, one day she decided she’d stand tall on her wall and dip toes every now and then into both sides of her non-conventional upbringing. From this resolution spanned a world of adaptation and learning to live on said wall. The realization also came that many other young women of the world were on their own fence. This particular position became her favorite when she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of writing – her heroines all sit ‘on a fence’, whether cultural or societal, in today’s world or in times past, and face dilemmas about life and love. Hailing from the multicultural island of Mauritius, Zee is a degree holder in Communications Science. She is married,mum to a tween son, & stepmum to a teenage lad.


Where you can find Zee’s books:

BEFORE THE MORNING (Corpus Brides: Book 2): An action/adventure, romantic suspense tale on the backdrop of a clandestine espionage agency – come read the story of Rayne, a spy who leaves that life in the name of love, & Ash, the man who changes her world!

WALKING THE EDGE (Corpus Brides: Book 1): Currently FREE – A romantic suspense novel, wherein an amnesiac woman is on the quest for her forgotten memory… Escape from London all the way to Marseille, France, and discover the secrets, deceit, danger, & the powerful love, she uncovers during her search!


Where you can find Zee:


Facebook & Goodreads: Zee Monodee

Twitter: @ZeeMonodee



  1. First…I love the name Zee!!! That is my God Daughter’s nickname. We spell it the same way!

    Great game of “If you were…”. This is one we play at home with the kids. I love the banter going. I would agree with Rayne on the gun. Can never have enough!

    Thanks! Going on the TBR for sure.

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