I can’t even begin to tell y’all what this woman meant to me. When I got word yesterday that she had died, my whole spirit just collapsed. When I met Monica back in 2005 I was in a bad way, really struggling in publishing’s shark infested waters. I was definitely a guppy in dire need of school. Monica was more than a mentor, she was my sherpa, literally carrying me through that tumultuous first year. Monica was a tireless advocate for multicultural romance, and mentored numerous people. Those of us who love this genre owe her much. Over the years she’d been beset with some health challenges and shut down her blog for a time. I was so excited last year when she returned and looked forward to more books and long talks. Alas, that is not to be. So with a broken heart I’m forced to say, goodbye, until we meet again.