Meet Pat Garahan from CH Admirand’s Welcome Back to Apple Grove and Giveaway!


Please welcome Pat Garahan from CH Admirand’s Welcome Back to Apple Grove to the virtual offices this morning!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Pat Garahan] I’m taller than my older brother, Tommy, but shorter than our youngest brother, Johnny. Hey I’m Irish—it’s that gift of gab thing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Pat Garahan?

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Meet Duncan Maclachlan from Amanda Forester’s A Midsummer Bride and Giveaway!


Please welcome Duncan Maclachlan, Earl of Thornton to the virtual offices this morning!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Duncan Maclachlan?

[Thornton]  I wake early. Aye, I ken it’s unusual for a lord, but I am what ye might call embarrassed of funds at the moment so I need to work to pay the creditors. Aye, I ken that’s unusual too, but I will do what I must. And dinna bother telling me to marry some rich heiress to right my fortunes. I have learned from my parent’s mistake. I will never, never marry an heiress.

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Meet Dan McCullum from Anne Elizabeth’s Once a Seal and Giveaway!


[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Dan McCullum] Male. SEAL. Loyal. Dedicated. Goal-oriented.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Daniel McCullum?

[Dan McCullum] I get up for work. Kiss my wife. Drive to the Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA. I typically run ten or more miles. Go to a briefing. Work-out or go to the gun range; though oftentimes we are sent on a training mission. They tend to change things up pretty quickly. I try to shower before I go home, but my wife often gets me fresh from whatever hell I’ve been wading through.

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Meet Hattie Blackhouse from Anne Cleeland’s Daughter of the God-King and Giveaway!

[Manga Maniac Café] Good morning, Hattie! Can you please describe yourself in five words or less.

[Hattie Blackhouse]  Well, I wish I were taller, so I supposed you would say I am petite. I am also determined, resilient, a bit naïve, perhaps, but practical, too.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share a typical day in the life of Hattie Blackhouse?

[Hattie Blackhouse]  Before I set sail for Egypt, my days in Cornwall were completely tedious; aside from the Tremaine family on the neighboring estate, I hardly knew anyone and I never went anywhere.

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Meet Fulke FitzWarin from Elizabeth Chadwick’s The Outlaw Knight and Giveaway!

Please welcome Fulke FitzWarin, hero of Elizabeth Chadwick’s The Outlaw Knight  to the virtual offices this morning. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Fulke FitzWarin] Honourable, strong, loyal, virile, chivalric

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Fulke FitzWarin?

[Fulke FitzWarin] It would be different things at different points of my life. But let’s take it as an outlaw on the run:

1.Get up in morning and hope it hasn’t rained in the night and made everything damp.

2. See to the horses, eat whatever food might be to hand, provided either from handouts, from foraging, or from a spot of judicious thievery.

3. Discuss the day’s plans with the men. One of King John’s treasure carts is supposed to be coming through the area.

4. Cover up signs of the camp and head off to ambush the treasure cart.

5. Apprehend the treasure cart after a bit of fighting. Take the treasure and remove it to a safe hiding place.

6.When it starts to rain heavily go to the manor house of a sympathizer and take shelter there, paying for the meal and board with part of King John’s treasure.

7. Spend the night there by the fire telling tales and sharpening weapons. Write a letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury who is sympathetic to my cause even while he serves King John.

8. Next morning leave and move on before word gets out and the heavy mob arrives.

9. Select next target.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you describe your relationship with King John?

[Fulke FitzWarin] He hates me and he’s jealous of me. He bears a grudge against me because I once got the better of him at chess when we were youths. It came to blows and I knocked him down. I have no love for him and rebelled against him when he took away my land and gave it to someone else just to spite me. He covets and harasses my lovely wife too. He is my king, yet how can I bend the knee to such a tyrant?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What irks you most about him?

[Fulke FitzWarin] The fact that he took away my land when I was grieving over the death of my father, and gave it to another man without justification. I will never forgive him for that.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Fulke FitzWarin] I would not let feuding over land become the be-all and end-all of my life.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Fulke FitzWarin] A good thick cloak.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t antagonizing a king?

[Fulke FitzWarin] To sit around the fire with my brothers swapping tales. To lie abed with my wife and just admire her beauty. To go riding with her and know we are not threatened. To teach my sons the paths they must follow to manhood.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Fulke FitzWarin] Grandchildren, stability, peace, decent king!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Fulke FitzWarin] Thank you, you are welcome!


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A Deadly Rival.
An Ancient Family Dispute.
An Impossible Love.

He should have known better than to fight with the future King John. Ruthless and feared, John is not one to forget or forgive. But Fulke FitzWarin couldn’t help himself, and now the vindictive John has insured that Fulke will never become lord of the castle he loves.

Instead of accepting his fate, Fulke rebels. He begins an affair with Maude Walter, the wealthy widow desired by John himself. Negotiating a maze of deceit, treachery, and shifting alliances, Fulke’s route to success is blocked at every turn. And when the turmoil of the Magna Carta rebellion combines with a shocking tragedy, everything Fulke has fought for is thrown into the path of destruction.

"A star back in Britain, Elizabeth Chadwick is finally getting the attention she deserves here."—USA Today

"The best writer of medieval fiction currently around."—Richard Lee, founder and publisher, Historical Novel Society

Meet Henry Middlebrook from Theresa Romain’s It Takes Two to Tangle and Giveaway!


Please welcome special guest Henry Middlebrook to the virtual offices today!  Henry is the red-hot hero of Theresa Romain’s It Takes Two to Tangle. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Henry] Determined. Embattled but not defeated.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Henry Middlebrook?

[Henry] I wish such a thing as a typical day existed for me. During my years in the army, I could rely on a steady routine of early rising, marching, camping, shouting, helping, and any other verb that might occur to a person. Since selling my commission, I have found life among the ton in London to be less dangerous but more unsettling. At the moment, I reside with my brother the Earl of Tallant and tolerate his excessive helpfulness. It is kindly meant—and with one arm useless, I need more help than I care to admit. Nothing from correspondence to paying calls to dressing to dancing is the same as it used to be before wartime and my recent injury.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Frances?

[Henry] Stubborn, brilliant, unexpected.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about her?

[Henry] She wants my trust, but she won’t give me hers. In the years since she was widowed, she has relied on her own wits and scraped by at the edge of respectability as companion to her wealthy cousin. She is proud of the life she’s built on her own terms, and quite rightly. But secrets have become a habit with her. How I shall ever convince her to trust me, I don’t know. I shall probably have to spill a few secrets of my own…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Henry] I would not ask a soldier without medical training to adjust my dislocated shoulder. The result was…let me say, unfortunate. I cannot regret my years defending England, though. And sometimes I wonder what sort of turns my life would have taken had I not been injured. Would I still be a soldier? If so, I would be nearly a stranger to my brother. And I would never have been given the chance to know Frances.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Henry] A passionate letter from “a friend.” So it is signed, but I know who wrote it. On the letters from “a friend,” I pin many hopes. These letters remind me that there is much good to be found in a new sort of life, and that love is within reach.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t attempting to woo potential brides?

[Henry] I have always liked to paint with oils, though since losing the use of my right arm, the results of my painting are not pleasing to the eye. Thinking about color and understanding the art of others is still a favorite pastime of mine. I enjoy every trip to the British Institution to look at new paintings. And if my lifelong friend Bart Crosby comes along and tries to pretend he isn’t bored within five minutes—well, that’s always good for a grin.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Henry] Paint, love, laugh, teach, learn.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Henry] Thank you. It is my honor to engage in conversation with such a gracious hostess.

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Henry Middlebrook is back from fighting Napoleon, ready to re-enter London society where he left it. Wounded and battle weary, he decides that the right wife is all he needs. Selecting the most desirable lady in the ton, Henry turns to her best friend and companion to help him with his suit…


Young and beautiful, war widow Frances Whittier is no stranger to social intrigue. She finds Henry Middlebrook courageous and manly, unlike the foppish aristocrats she is used to, and is inspired to exercise her considerable wit on his behalf. But she may be too clever for her own good, and Frances discovers that she has set in motion a complicated train of events that’s only going to break her own heart…



Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest and is working on more Regency romances. Please visit for more information.

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Help Celebrate the Release of Born Wild by Julie Ann Walker and Giveaway!

Sourcebooks and Julie Ann Walker are celebrating the release of Born Wild with some swag and a giveaway! Full details below.  You can also enter below for a chance to win Thrill Ride!


A Gift for You, for Pre-Ordering BORN WILD by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Ann Walker

For US and Canadian Black Knights Inc. Lovers!

Send us your proof of pre-order and we’ll send you a Black Knights Inc. bandana!

We’ll send a bandana to anyone who shows us their pre-order receipt until October 31, or supplies run out. Just email your receipt to

As an added bonus: EVERYONE who receives a bandana will have an opportunity to win a fabulous motorcycle-themed gift basket, inspired by the Black Knights.

– All you have to do is post a photo of you with your bandana and show it to us!

o Post your photo to one of the following places:

§ Julie Ann Walker’s Facebook Page:

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§ Or you can Tweet your photo—be sure to tag @jawalkerauthor or @SourcebooksCasa

– You have until November 15, 2013 to send us your photo! The winner will be chosen at random, and announced on Julie Ann Walker’s Facebook Page on Monday, November 18.

About the book:

1. Trust no one… Eve Edens has been abandoned, used, or manipulated by almost everyone she’s ever met. Born into ridiculous wealth, she’s dealt with the petty jealousies and sordid little resentments for nearly thirty years. But after three botched attempts on her life, she can no longer ignore the truth. Someone wants her dead.
2. Avoid the bad boys at all costs… William "Wild Bill" Reichert, the wonderfully sexy boy who abandoned her years ago, is back in town. Only he’s no boy. Now he’s a covert operative – and he’s all man. When Eve hires Bill to help her discover who is behind the attacks, Bill soon comes to suspect it’s someone much closer to Eve than she dares to believe.
3. And never fall for the same ruse twice… The search for the killer takes Bill and Eve deep into the dark secrets and strange world of the rich and famous, and into the heart of red-hot passion re-ignited by the peril that threatens to consume them both. But does Eve dare risk her heart on Bill a second time?


And now for my giveaway! Thanks to Sourcebooks, I have a copy of Thrill Ride to give to one of you!


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He’s Gone Rogue
Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux’s job is to get information, and he’s one of the best in the business. Until something goes horribly wrong and he’s being hunted by his own government. Even his best friends at the covert special-ops organization Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. He thinks he can outrun them all, but his former partner—a curvy bombshell who knows just how to drive him wild—refuses to cut him loose.
She Won’t Back Down
Vanessa Cordova hasn’t been the team’s communication specialist
very long, but she knows how to read people—no way is Rock guilty of murder. And she’ll go to hell and back to help him prove it. Sure, the sexy Cajun has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good, because they’re about to get very tight…



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