Monroe -- who grew up in Alabama and Alliance, but now lives in Oakland -- shot to the top of the best-seller lists with her God Dont Like Ugly series, which debuted seven years ago. She says stand-alone books, like Evil, give her a welcome break -- even though she doesnt stray too far from the cheating, backstabbing ladies that made her a hit with black female readers. I need a vacation from some of those [Ugly] characters, she says. I need time away from them to figure out what Im going to do next. Sometimes those characters just get on my nerves. www.bordersstores.com.
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