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No Further Books
I was hoping to continue writing after returning to work, but find myself too busy. Sorry to say that no further books are planned. Thank you for sharing Mona Lisa and Lucinda’s adventures.

A Birder's Guide To Everything

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Sunny’s Son Co-Stars With Sir Ben Kingsley
Her son’s new movie, “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” just premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival. Click here to read Variety’s film review.

Author Appearance at MIAMI BOOK FESTIVAL
Saturday, November 19, 2:00 pm in Room 3410
Along with Tasha Alexander (A Crimson Warning), Lynn Schnurnberger (The Best Laid Plans) and Ellen Hopkins (Triangles)

3 CHANCES TO WIN A FREE COPY OF Mona Lisa Eclipsing at the interview.
Enter by posting a comment through this link. Contest ends April 15, 2011.

MONA LISA THREE is available now as an eSpecial novella single at

RomCon Contest Finalist
MONA LISA DARKENING is an finalist in RomCon’s Readers’ Crown Contest in Erotic Romance.

Just got the news. MONA LISA ECLIPSING will be published on April 5, 2011.
More about the next installment…

From the time she was an orphan, Mona Lisa knew she was different. As a Mixed-Blood daughter of the Monère, she rules her domain in the Louisiana Bayou. But she’s about to become the hunted as her mind begins playing tricks, and no one is who they seem.

Roberto Carderas, a dangerous drug lord of mixed Monère heritage, arrives in Cozumel to eliminate a rival. But the jaguar-shifter has encountered a much more valuable prize on the island: Mona Lisa, the first female Monère he’s ever met—and one especially vulnerable in that she has lost her memory. Now, with all knowledge of her real life as stripped away as her defenses, Mona Lisa can be manipulated into believing…anything.

Convinced that Roberto is her kind and sensual protector, Mona Lisa thwarts all attempts at her rescue—including those made by her desperate lover Dante. As Roberto’s devious scheme gets underway, Dante can only hope that the touch of his warm flesh will reignite total recall in the body and mind of the woman he loves. But escape for both of them could be as forever elusive as Mona Lisa’s past.

New interview by Sunny at A Book-Lovers’ Review blog, with 7 free signed books in the Monere series being given away, one each month from February to August 2010. Click here To enter the contest. Click here To read the Interview and find out details about the next Monere novel.

2009 CAPA Award finalist
MONA LISA DARKENING is a finalist in The Romance Studio’s 2009 CAPA Awards for Fantasy Erotic Romance.

Romantic Times 2009 Reviewers’ Choice Award finalist
MONA LISA DARKENING is a Romantic Times 2009 best Erotic Fiction nominee!

PRISM Award Winner
MONA LISA CRAVING is the 2009 PRISM Award winner in Dark Paranormal!

INTERVIEW with Amberkatze’s Book Blog – WIN a free copy of MONA LISA DARKENING
Berkley is giving away 2 free copies of MONA LISA DARKENING, to U.S. residents only.
Click here to post a comment and enter the contest.

Sunny’s 11-year-old son, Michael Chen, has garnered 2 acting awards
Special Jury Prize for New Talent to Watch in Acting/2009 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting/2009 Nashville Film Festival

Official Movie Trailer
Click here to view the official movie trailor for the film Michael Chen (Sunny’s son) stars in. Children of Invention, a Sundance Film, and Special Jury Award winner of the SFIAA Film Festival.

2009 Sundance Film Festival
Sunny’s husband and son just returned from Sundance, which they say was fun and fabulous. Below is the Sundance Channel Studio’s interview with the cast and director of Children of Invention, which is a 2009 Sundance Film Festival official selection in the Spectrum category. Includes two short scenes from the movie.

Son’s film
More info in Sunny’s son, Michael, and the feature film he is starring in. Film title has been changed to “Children of Invention.” Click here to view website. Click here to view more photos of the film shoot (near bottom of page) .

PRISM Winner in 3 categories
MONA LISA BLOSSOMING won first place for best Erotica/Romantica.
OVER THE MOON won first place for best novella.
And LUCINDA, DARKLY won 2nd place in fantasy.

Interview with Michelle Lauren
Click here to view.

Son Starring in Independant Movie
More great news, acting-wise. Sunny’s 10-year-old son landed a leading role in The Kids are Alright, an independant movie written and directed by Tse Chun. Click here for more details on film. Shooting will take place in July in New York and Boston.

Bank of America TV Commercial
Life is getting fun. Sunny and her family just shot a Bank of America TV commercial, playing Dodgers fans. Should be playing throughout this summer, likely on the west coast.

MASS MARKET PAPERBACK RE-ISSUES of the Mona Lisa series coming this fall.
~ October 7, 2008 – Mona Lisa Awakening
~ November 4, 2008 – Mona Lisa Blossoming
~ December 2008 – Mona Lisa Craving
~ January 2009 – Mona Lisa Darkening (new release)

Sunny is featured in RWR’s (Romance Writers Report) April 2008 “Writers on Writing” column. Here’s the link to article. Need to be a RWA member to view. Click here.

On The Prowl ON THE PROWL is the 2007 PEARL award winner for best paranormal anthology!

Sunny is featured in Simply Romance Reviews’ January Author Spotlight. Click here to view.

Available as eBooks. Here’s the list:

Publisher's WeeklyOctober 29, 2007 Publishers Weekly. Read about the 2007 Quill Awards which Sunny attended with her husband, Da Chen, who was a finalist in the general fiction category. Held at Lincoln Center and televised October 27th on NBC.

PW 2007 Quills Awards Page 1PW 2007 Quills Awards Page 2Publishers Weekly’s photos of the 3rd annual Quill Awards.
Click the thumbnails on the left for a larger view of PW’s 2 pages of photos of the event. Sunny & Da are on the 2nd page, bottom left.

Also, some personal photos from the Quills just posted.


ON THE PROWL is a USA Today bestseller and hit the New York Times extended list. 😀
LUCINDA, DARKLY is a national bestseller. #3 on Borders’ romance trade paperback bestseller list, #5 at Barnes & Noble, and #7 on BookScan’s fantasy bestselling list.

LUCINDA, DARKLY received a 4-1/2 Star TOP PICK review from Romantic Times.


is a Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence finalist in erotic romance.

“Mona Lisa Three” novella in OVER THE MOON
is a 2008 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence finalist.

won the Passionate Plume Award for best paranormal.

A DOUBLE FINALIST in the Desert Rose 2008 GOLDEN QUILL AWARDS– MONA LISA BLOSSOMING in the Erotic category
– LUCINDA, DARKLY in the Fantasy, Sci Fi, Futuristic category

is a 2007 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee in Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi Erotic Romance.

won the Award of Excellence, erotic romance category:smile:
won the Write Touch Readers’ Award, erotica/romantica category:razz:
won New Jersey Romance Writers’ Golden Leaf Award , best paranormal:smile:

is a 2007 PRISM finalist, 2nd place winner
a National Readers’ Choice Award double finalist
& a Golden Quill Awards double finalist

Romance Reviews Today Erotic La Grande Mort nominee for Best Book of the Year
in the catetory of paranormal romance

BROTHERS by Sunny’s husband Da Chen is a 2006 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by
Washington Post
San Francisco Chronicle
Publishers Weekly
Kirkus Reviews

“Chinatown” in THE HARD STUFF
won New Jersey Romance Writers’ 2006 Golden Leaf Award for best novella

TV & Radio Appearances

“Sunny, coauthor of THE HARD STUFF, is part of the fastest growing niche in female fiction?erotic romance.”
Geraldo At Large

CNBC World
On The Money “HARDCORE” segment about erotic romance novels going mainstream
featuring Romantic Times Magazine CEO/founder Kathryn Falk, Kensington editor Audrey LaFehr, and Sunny

Boston Channel 7
“Sunny…is a stay at home mother of two. But when she writes, her alter ego takes over.”
View Transcript
Boston Channel 7 News, NBC

Sunny and her husband Da Chen interviewed by host Joe Donahue
NPR’s WAMC Round Table

Articles & More

Win an early copy of MONA LISA ECLIPSING tomorrow!

A chance to win an early copy of MONA LISA ECLIPSING at
tomorrow, March 25, and read the next Monere novel 1 week before the release date. The actual trade paperback–not an advanced readers edition. Just drop by and post a comment for a chance to win.

Also a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card next Monday, March 28. Visit my website’s contest page for more details.

RT July 2007July 2007 issue of Romantic Times. Kathryn Falk’s To Booklovers P. 4 pictures of Sunny with Kathryn.
View the Article (PDF, opens in a new window)

Catskill Guide“Celebrating the Written Word”
Authors Sunny and Da Chen at CMF Readers and Writers Series
– Catskill Mountain Region GUIDE
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“Write of Passage” for Sunny & Da Chen
– Daily Freeman
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Read the Article online

Hudson ValleyFeature in the November issue of Hudson Valley Magazine
A Couple of Best-Sellers
His poignant memoirs have captivated the world. Her racy romances keep readers up late at night. Da Chen and his wife, Sunny of Highland, tell us about their rapid rise up the literary ladder.
By Olivia J. Abel

“Shaping History” – Sun Valley Writers’ Conference
by The Wood River Journal
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Channel 7 News, Boston, NBC
“Sunny…is a stay at home mother of two. But when she writes, her alter ego takes over.”
View Transcript

Romantic Times December 2006To Booklovers…
From Kathryn Falk, Lady of Barrow

Sunny & Da’s Book Party

While in New York recently, I attended the book party of book parties in Greenwich Village—in celebration of Sunny’s Mona Lisa Awakening (Berkley) and her husband Da Chen’s book, Brothers (Crown), both October releases. The party was hosted by Da’s former boss and family friend, Robert S Pirie, the previous president and CEO of the investment banking firm Rothchilds Inc. and the scion of Chicago’s Carson Scott Pirie department stores fortune. Imagine drinking
champagne and nibbling Asian fusion hors d’oeuvres in a beautiful 1870 Manhattan townhouse while standing in front of original art by Toulouse-Lautrec, Thomas Eakins and Degas.

Toute le publishing was there. Guests at the lovely party for this special couple included Hilary Sares, Sunny’s Kensington editor; Cindy Hwang, her Berkley editor; Jenny Frost, president of Crown Publishing Group; Sara Nelson, Publishers Weekly editor-in-chief; and Jill Lamar, Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers director. Da’s editor, Laura Geringer of Laura Geringer Books (HarperCollins), and his publisher, Shaye Areheart, also attended.

Rounding out the publishing crowd were Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden; Chloe Breyer, the daughter of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; and author and candidate for New York state governor Malachy McCourt. Kenneth and I had a grand time. The evening proved that books and book people do inspire romantic times.

Romantic Times BOOKreviews December 2006 issue, page 4

ChronogramChronogram “Signature Pieces”
Segment on Page 3. Sunny and her husband Da Chen’s brush calligraphy signature on Page 1.
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Woodstock Times
“Erotic Awakening: Doctor wife of author Da Chen tosses hat in the literary ring with steamy dark fantasy.”
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RT BookReviews Interview
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Interview at
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Interview with French webzine (in French)
Interview on pages 22-25.
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Bitten by Books Interview
Brief Blog: Click here to view
Lengthier Earlier Interview: Click here to view

Interview with A Book-lovers’ Review
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Amberkatze’s Book Blog
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Interview Part One: Click here to view
Interview Part Two: Click here to view

PNR’s feature interview
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Fresh Fiction Blog
Sunny talks about her journey from Physician to Writer
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Howling at the moon with Howler’s
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Romping with Candace Havens on her livejournal blog


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