Chat with Emily Greenwood, Author of A Little Night Mischief and Giveaway!

Please welcome Emily Greenwood to the virtual offices today. Emily dropped by to introduce herself and to talk about her new release A Little Night Mischief.  After, she has a copy for one of  you to win!!  Now I’m going to turn the dashboard over to our special guest.

Emily Greenwood, Author of A Little Night Mischief

Thanks for having me here today!

Me in 140 characters or less: If I can’t live in a sanitized version of the Regency era that includes running water and decent medical care, I’ll write about it instead.

A LITTLE NIGHT MISCHIEF is the story of Miss Felicity Wilcox, who’s centered her life around running her family’s estate. Unfortunately, it’s just been gambled away by her deadbeat uncle, but Felicity refuses to accept that it’s truly gone. So when the handsome new owner, James Collington, arrives to take possession, she decides she’s going to make it really unappealing for him to stay.

James isn’t going to be easily chased off, though, because he needs Felicity’s estate to help pay a huge family debt. So Felicity has to get pretty creative with her eviction campaign, and her efforts involve odd costumes and midnight adventures. Before long, these two adversaries are finding that they just might be falling in love.

I came up with the concept for A LITTLE NIGHT MISCHIEF when I was playing around with the idea of two dogs + one bone = instant conflict.

The three words that best describe Felicity are determined, creative, and hard-working.

If James had a theme song it would be Mirrors by Justin Timberlake.

Felicity is never without her unusual dresses. Her family’s fallen on hard times, so she’s raided the attic for her clothes. Now she doesn’t have to worry about anyone copying her look :)

Three things you will never find in James’s pocket: A memento from his brother; a pipe, because smoking would be a waste of time and money; an advice column, because he already knows exactly what he’s going to do :)

Felicity’s greatest regret is not being able to live up to the future she thinks her mother wanted for her.

I’m inspired by the novels of nineteenth-century Britain, though I doubt anyone would see much resemblance between my books and those stories J Especially love novels by Eloisa James and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Three things I need in order to write: an empty house, my computer, and peanuts.

The last book I read that knocked my socks off was I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits.

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t turned on to reading. As a young child I thought Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen was weirdly fascinating, and being a picky eater, I identified a lot with Bread and Jam for Francis. Later, I read all the Nancy Drew books and every Judy Blume I could find.

When I’m not writing, I like to hang with my family, read, walk, cook, and watch movies.

Readers can find me at emilygreenwood.net, on Facebook, and on Twitter at emigreenwood.

Thank you, Emily!!

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Regency romance author Emily Greenwood makes a strong debut with a playful series about young ladies who discover that a little mischief can be a good thing!

When Miss Felicity Wilcox’s uncle gambles away the estate, she decides to disguise herself as a ghost to rid her home of the handsome new owner. Except James Collington doesn’t scare easily, and haunting his nights is turning out to be far more amusing mischief than she ever would have guessed. With everything to lose, these two adversaries can’t allow their hearts to rule—or can they?

Interview with Anne Cleeland, Author of Tainted Angel and Giveaway!

Please welcome Anne Cleeland to the virtual offices this morning! Anne is here to talk about Tainted Angel, and after, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of your own!

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Anne Cleeland] Mild-mannered lawyer and mother of four writes stories about ordinary people swept up in extraordinary events. Also likes chocolate.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Tainted Angel?

[Anne Cleeland] The heroine is an agent for the Crown, but her spymaster suspects she is “tainted”—a double agent working for Napoleon. Her love interest has his own dark secrets—unless his affection is feigned and he is actually setting a trap to reveal her own treason. There are twists and double-crosses as the attraction between the two spies becomes more powerful than their mutual distrust—and England’s future hangs in the balance.

[Manga Maniac Café]  How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Anne Cleeland] The story is a Regency version of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. I loved that movie.

[Manga Maniac Café]  What three words best describe Vidia?

[Anne Cleeland] Beautiful, vulnerable, steely.

[Manga Maniac Café]  If Lucien had a theme song, what would it be?

[Anne Cleeland] Let’s go with a James Bond theme, and say “The Spy Who Loved Me.”

[Manga Maniac Café]  Name one thing Vidia is never without.

[Anne Cleeland] The dagger she keeps in her garter. She learned a hard lesson, once.

[Manga Maniac Café]  What three things will you never find in Lucien’s pocket?

[Anne Cleeland] A miniature portrait of his late wife, his signet ring, or state secrets. He learned a hard lesson once, too.

[Manga Maniac Café]  What are your greatest creative influences?

[Anne Cleeland] Gosh, I wish I was that deep! Mainly I just sit down with a laptop and try to keep up with the characters as they run around and say things. I love action movies and adventure stories, so I suppose that has been my greatest creative influence. There’s nothing like a book or a movie that starts out with a slightly ominous scene, and then allows things to get worse from there.

[Manga Maniac Café]  What three things do you need in order to write?

[Anne Cleeland] A laptop, a spiral notebook and a diet Dr. Pepper! It doesn’t matter where I am or what’s going on in the background; I’m lucky that way.

[Manga Maniac Café]  What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Anne Cleeland] My good friend Laura Drake writes a great cowboy story—The Sweet Spot just came out.

[Manga Maniac Café]  If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Anne Cleeland] Brace yourself; I loved Tarzan of the Apes and then I read everything Edgar Rice Burroughs ever wrote. Did I mention I love adventure stories?

[Manga Maniac Café]  What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Anne Cleeland] I do a lot of lurking in blogs like this one. What did we do with ourselves before blogs? Or Goodreads? I could lurk around Goodreads all day.

[Manga Maniac Café]  How can readers connect with you?

[Anne Cleeland] I hope they do, I’d love to hear from them! My website is Annecleeland.com, and I have a Facebook page and a Goodreads page. For your readers who are mystery fans, I have a contemporary mystery series starting in August with Murder in Thrall. Then the second historical will come out in November—Daughter of the God-King. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself!

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

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A deadly game of deception

A notorious beauty with a shadowy past

In the time of Napoleon, Vidia Swanson appears to live a gilded life of ease and luxury. Beneath this façade, however, she works for the Home Office as an ‘angel,’ coaxing secrets from powerful men who may or may not be traitors to the Crown. In the course of her latest assignment, matters take an alarming turn when she realizes that her spymaster suspects that she is the one who is tainted–a double agent working for the enemy.

Lucien Carstairs is a fellow agent with his own dark secrets–unless he is setting an elaborate trap to reveal her own supposed treason. Backed into a corner, she can only hope to stay one step ahead of the hangman in a race to stop the next war before it destroys them–and destroys England.

Tainted Angel offers up a compelling game of cat and mouse in which no one can be trusted–and anyone can be tainted.

Character Interview: Nathaniel Colton from Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe’s One Night With a Rake and Giveaway!

Please welcome Nathaniel Colton, the hero of Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe’s One Night with a Rake.  After Nathaniel charms your pants off, be sure to enter to win a copy of Waking Up With a Rake!  Mia has a special giveaway for International readers, too!  Read the interview for details.

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

[Nathaniel] Incorrigible. That says it all.

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

[Nathaniel] Dawn finds me in search of my bed, not that I may not have found someone else’s before that. I rise when I’m rested and head for White’s for a game of poque. Don’t make that tsking noise! It’s not gambling when one consistently wins. My evenings are spent in riotous living. The charm of wearing myself out with mindless hedonism is that it leaves no opportunity for thoughts of Anne’s death to creep in. I despise maudlin people and what could be more maudlin than a man who cannot forget his first love?

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

[Nathaniel] Anne’s sister… Stubborn… Addictive. That’s four words, but you’ll simply have to forgive me. In truth, a thousand words would not be sufficient to explain the minor miracle that is Lady Georgette.

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

[Nathaniel] It’s her confounded desire to fix everyone. She undoubtedly means well, but there are some things that cannot be mended.

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

[Nathaniel] I would not have trusted the scout’s reports before leading my men into the disastrous battle at Maubeuge, France. If not for that debacle, I would not find myself susceptible to a certain Member of Parliament’s blackmail and wouldn’t be tasked with seducing Georgette. The more I learn of her—her kindness, her vulnerability, her open heart—the more untenable I find my position. When I am with Georgette, I can indulge the fantasy that I might become a different sort of man. But if I am bound to ruin her, I must remain what I am—an unrepentant rake.

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

[Nathaniel] My wits. I do not routinely carry a weapon, having seen enough bloodshed to last a lifetime on the Continent. Though that is not to say I cannot acquit myself well if matters turn to violence.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t charming the ladies?

[Nathaniel] When I cannot lay aside the shadows that gather on my soul, I enjoy listening to my sister Caroline play the pianoforte. I’m not musically inclined, but her melodies never fail to sooth me.

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

[Nathaniel] Something other than my present.

I am on the horns of a dilemma. I must ruin Georgette or my family will be engulfed in scandal. Yet the idea of harming that delicate creature offends even my debauched spirit. There is not enough wine, not enough laudanum in the world, to make me easy with my impossible choice.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Nathaniel] No, thank you, my dear. You’ve been a charming hostess and I’ve been . . . well, myself. I should try not to let my dark humors get the best of me. You see, my authors assure me it all turns out well in the end.

Oh, one last thing! If you would be so kind, dear reader, as to leave a comment or question for me, you will be entered in a random drawing for Waking Up with a Rake—the story of my friend Rhys Warrington and the young lady he was sent to remove from royal consideration. USA/Canada only. My author Mia Marlowe will also offer winner’s choice of one of her Rock*It Read ebooks. Open Internationally.

 

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ONE NIGHT WITH A RAKE BY CONNIE MASON AND MIA MARLOWE – IN STORES JUNE 2013

For King and Country, Three Notorious Rakes Will Put All Their Seductive Skills to Work.

After All, The Fate of England’s Monarchy is in Their Hands.

Since the death of his fiancée, Nathaniel Colton’s polished boots have rested beneath the beds of countless wayward wives and widows of the ton. He’s careful to leave each lady smiling, and equally careful to guard his heart. So seducing Lady Georgette should pose no problem. But the beautiful reformist is no easy conquest, and Nate’s considerable charm fails to entice Georgette to his bed. To woo her, Nate will have to make her believe he cares about someone besides himself–and no one is more surprised than Nate when he realizes he actually does.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Connie Mason is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels. She was named Storyteller of the Year in 1990 and received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews in 1994. She currently lives in Florida. Mia Marlowe is a highly acclaimed new voice in romance whose debut novel released in Spring 2011 from Kensington. She lives in Boston. Together, they are working on the next book in the Royal Rakes series, Between a Rake and a Hard Place, which will be in stores in January 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.miamarlowe.com .

Mia loves to connect with readers. Find her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Mia_Marlowe & Facebook: http://facebook.com/MiaMarloweFanPage .

Character Interview with Colton Nelson from Carolyn Brown’s Billion Dollar Cowboy and Giveaway!

Please welcome special guest Carolyn Brown to the virtual offices this morning! Carolyn and her sexy new protagonist, Colton Nelson, are here to answer a few questions, and after, they have a copy of Billion Dollar Cowboy for one of you to win!

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

[Carolyn Brown] Very lucky. Dependable. Hard-working.

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

[Carolyn Brown] A rancher’s day is never typical. Any number of things can rise up in a moment to change plans. Like cows getting out of the pasture when I had a lovely evening planned with Laura. But on a normal day—it’s breakfast about the time the sun comes up, going about feeding, working cattle, hauling hay, plowing, fixing fences and thinking about Laura all day while I’m doing it. Don’t tell her that, please. She’s already skittish as an unbroken colt. Then coming back to the house in the evening to spend some time with the family…and Laura.

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

[Carolyn Brown] Oh, my. Only three words? I could talk about Laura all day. Okay, then three words…gorgeous (from the inside out); honest (even if it hurts); sexy (even in her glasses).

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the first thing that you noticed about her?

[Carolyn Brown] We were sitting at the supper table and I was still feeling the effects of the drug the women in a bar had dosed me with the night before. Andy brought Laura to supper and he’d introduced her around the table, telling her that the cowboy at the end who looked like shit was me. Thanks again, Andy, for that comment from my best friend! And even though I felt like exactly what Andy said I looked like, I noticed the sweet nature Laura had when she talked to Roxie. That can’t be faked and it appealed to me. She wasn’t there to fleece me and as I found out later, she didn’t give a damn about money. Outside of my grandmother, Laura might have been the first totally honest person, I ever met.

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

[Carolyn Brown] Nothing because it is the choices that I made yesterday that makes me the man I am today. However, I might have learned a little more about the financial world along the way. Thank goodness Andy takes care of that for me. I trust him explicitly to make the right choices about investments and to steer me right when it comes to my bank account.

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

[Carolyn Brown] An extra set of pickup keys. I wouldn’t want to be left without a way to get out of a situation if someone stole my keys so I keep a set taped to the underside of the tail gate with duct tape.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t chasing off women in love with your bank account?

[Carolyn Brown] I love snow cones. I like sitting in the swings at the school yard while I eat snow cones. I like talking to Laura who also likes eating snow cones while she swings. She’s what my grandmother would call an old soul and peace surrounds me when I’m with her.

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

[Carolyn Brown] I lived happily-ever-after! I know that sounds like a romance novel but hey, if a person can achieve happy-ever-after, they don’t need much else.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Carolyn Brown] Thank you all at Manga Maniac Cafe for asking me to stop by your site today. Now I’ve got to get on back to the ranch. You never know what Roxie and Laura might be cooking up! Laura and I both thank Carolyn for telling our story just the way it happened. She had some ideas there in the beginning of her own but after we disturbed her sleep a few nights she figured out that we really did know exactly what happened from page one all the way to the end.

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BILLION DOLLAR COWBOY BY CAROLYN BROWN – IN STORES JUNE 2013

A Billionaire Can Buy Anything…

Colton Nelson was twenty-eight years old when he won the Texas Lottery and went from ranch hand to ranch owner overnight. Now he’s desperate to keep the gold diggers away. It shouldn’t be too hard to find a pretty girl and hire her to pretend to be his one-and-only.

Or Can He?

Laura Baker’s got mixed feelings about this—she’s on the ranch to work, not to be arm candy. On the other hand, being stuck for a while in the boondocks with a gorgeous cowboy isn’t half-bad.

What neither Colton nor Laura expects are the intensely hard lessons they have to learn about the real cost of love…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than 60 books published. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. Carolyn’s first women’s fiction novel, The Blue Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee is now available, and you can look for her next cowboy romance, Cowboy Seeks Bride in August 2013! For more information, please visit: www.carolynlbrown.com.

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Interview with Karen Kelley, Author of Smoking Hot and Giveaway!

Please welcome Karen Kelley to the virtual offices today! I asked Karen some questions about her latest release, Smoking Hot, so check out what she has to say.  After, enter for a chance to win a copy of Smoking Hot!

[Karen Kelley] Hi Everyone and thanks for the warm welcome!

Describe myself? I’m an introvert–although a lot of people would disagree! I discovered early on in my career that if I’m around writers or readers who love romance as much as I do then I become an extrovert. The first time I walked into a writers group meeting I knew I had come home. The first time I talked to readers who shared my love of reading romances, I was in Heaven!

The Good Girl series was from an idea brewing for a long time inside my head. I combined humor, paranormal and erotic romance. The challenge was the combination of all three elements.Dillon’s a nephilim, half angel/half man who breaks more rules than he keeps. He would love to answer every naughty prayer Raine has ever had, but Raine is in serious danger. Dillon can only fulfill her every fantasy if he can keep her alive. This is the third book but they’re all stand alone. Where There’s Smoke came out first, then Where There’s A Will and now Smoking Hot. I hope everyone enjoys them!

[Manga Maniac Café] Three words that best describes Raine?

[Karen Kelley ]Loyal, headstrong, tempting

[Manga Maniac Café] If Dillon had a theme song what would it be?

[Karen Kelley] When A Man Loves A Woman.Of course, he doesn’t realize this. Raine aggravates the hell out of him.

[Manga Maniac Café] One thing Raine is never without?

[Karen Kelley]Her gun. Well, she has it most of the time. She’s a cop.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things will you never find in Dillon’s bathroom?

[Karen Kelley] A demon (they wouldn’t dare!), a woman (they cause more trouble than they’re worth), and a bandaid (nephilims heal really fast)

[Manga Maniac Café] What is Raine’s greatest regret?

[Karen Kelley] Not being able to reach her father after her mother ran off. He slipped into a world of his own making and it didn’t include her.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Karen Kelley] Hands down, other authors! I love reading. Music also works for me. Scented candles.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Karen Kelley] Pen, paper and the germ of an idea. I’ve gone back to my roots. I’ve discovered that just writing things on paper starts ideas rolling. Sometimes I sit and doodle and ideas will start to form. Doodling helps get rid of all the clutter–the mental lists that clog my brain. Who really cares if I didn’t run to the store and grab a gallon of milk? Now, a bottle of merlot is a whole different story!

[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Karen Kelley] I’m currently reading an older Nora Roberts book. Man,she nails characterization!

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Karen Kelley] Easy, Rosemary Rogers, Sweet Savage Love. I was always a reader, but after that book I couldn’t get enough to read.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Karen Kelley] Travel. Or make plans to travel. I think half the fun is planning trips. We’re looking for an RV and plan to retire in one. That’s our dream. What’s your dream? And what are you doing to make it/them come true?

[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?

[Karen Kelley] www.authorkarenkelley.com Anyone can join my free newsletter group.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

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Working the graveyard shift at the sheriff’s office is hard work. And Deputy Rain McCandless is busy keeping her dog-napping grandfather out of trouble all day. So when a sexy intruder claims to be an angel then warns her she’s going to die, Rain starts to wonder if she’s going off the deep end.

Dillon Taylor isn’t exactly an angel–he’s a nephilim. He doesn’t live by the same rules as angels or humans, but there is on rule he doesn’t like to break: never get involved with mortals. But the old man’s granddaughter is in danger and it couldn’t hurt to change fate just this once…could it

Interview with Amanda Forester, Author of A Wedding in Springtime and Giveaway!

Please give a warm welcome to Amanda Forester! She’s visiting the virtual offices to talk about her newest release, A Wedding in Springtime, which is taking the internet by storm!  After the interview, enter for a chance to win a copy of A Wedding in Springtime.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Amanda Forester]  I am a writer of my two favorite heroes: rugged medieval Highlanders and witty Regency gentlemen. A Wedding in Springtime is my new release!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Wedding in Springtime?

[Amanda Forester]  Five minutes into Miss Eugenia Talbot’s presentation at court, notorious rogue Mr. William Grant makes her laugh before the queen, ruining her debut. To hush up the scandal, Genie needs to make a brilliant marriage, and fast.  Genie’s aunt hires a matchmaker to find a suitor—anyone except the infamous William Grant—but amiable Genie shows a disturbing tendency to follow her heart.  When a traitor creeps closer, threatening to ruin more than just her reputation, Genie and Grant are drawn into a dangerous world of deceit and intrigue, where losing their hearts could mean their ultimate undoing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Amanda Forester]  This series is a little different because I first came up with the secondary characters and then the main heroes came into focus. We meet strong secondary characters through the first two books in the series, who finally have their own story in the third book in the Marriage Mart trilogy. Each book is stand alone though, and Wedding in Springtime has my absolute favorite hero – I adore Grant. He was so much fun to write and would whisper things in my ear that had me laughing out loud!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Eugenia?

[Amanda Forester]  Humorous, Clever, Compassionate

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If William had a theme song, what would it be?

[Amanda Forester]  Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding – at least until he met Eugenia Talbot, then it was I’m a Believer by Smash Mouth.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Eugenia is never without.

[Amanda Forester]  Her good humor, and a guidebook of London

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in William’s bedroom?

[Amanda Forester]  Flowers, Books, Anything resembling a hard day’s work

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Eugenia’s greatest regret?

[Amanda Forester]  Eugenia is content to live in the present moment without a lot of regrets. However, she does regret laughing before the queen at her presentation.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Amanda Forester]  My two greatest influences for writing Regencies are the two greats, Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. Their captivating plots and insightful wit have kept me entertained and inspired me to write something of the genre myself, only with Napoleonic spies. Not sure where the spies came from…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Amanda Forester]  Time, quiet, ability to stay awake at the keyboard

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Amanda Forester]  The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete. I’m in the process of trying to domesticate a crazy puppy.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Amanda Forester]  I’m not sure exactly which book, but I’m sure it was written by Dr. Seuss. I think it may have been the classic, HOP ON POP, or possibly my favorite GREEN EGGS AND HAM.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Amanda Forester]  Sleep. No, really, sleeping sounds heavenly right now. When I’m not grabbing a nap I enjoy doing family activities, walking (running after my puppy while hollering her name) the dog, hiking, camping, scrapbooking, and working in the garden. Mostly if I have a free moment I write!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Amanda Forester]  I love to hear from readers so come visit me at my website, facebook, or twitter.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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Her Timing Couldn’t Be Worse…

Miss Eugenia Talbot’s presentation to the queen is spoiled by a serious faux pas—the despicable William Grant made her laugh, right in front of Her Majesty. Now Eugenia is ruined and had better marry—someone, anyone—at once…

And His Couldn’t Be Better…

Roguish William Grant has never taken anything seriously in his life. Until he meets Eugenia Talbot, who makes him feel and do thing he never thought he would.

Now Eugenia’s great sense of humor and kindheartedness may be her undoing, unless William can help her find a husband. To his surprise, that’s the last thing he wants to do…

Guest Post: Sara Humphreys, Author of Undone and Giveaway!

 

Please welcome Sara Humphreys, author of Undone, to the virtual offices today!  Sara has taken over the control panel to share a very special guest post with all of you.  Afterwards, she has a copy of Untamed up for grabs!

The Scene from UNDONE That Melts My Butter—By Sara Humphreys

Thanks so much to the Manga  Maniac Cafe gang for having me here today! When I was asked to blog about my favorite scene from UNDONE, I found myself in a pickle. I have a couple favorite moments and to be quite honest, it’s hard to pick one because Pete and Marianna were a fun couple to write about. Pete has that smart-ass edge to him that makes him irresistible and Marianna’s tough enough to give him a run for his money.

However, there is one scene in particular that stands out in my mind and so far, it seems to be rather memorable to the readers as well. It’s fondly being referred to as the “snowmobile scene” and some reviewers have said that they’ll never look at a snowmobile the same way again.

A little background before I post a snippet. Pete is human but unlike most humans, he knows about the existence of the Amoveo, the shapshifters who live secretly among society. He works for Marianna’s twin brother, Dante, and was hired to keep an eye on Marianna because the Purist Amoveo are causing all kinds of problems. You see, the Purists don’t want their race mixing with humans and as a result, a civil war has broken out among their race.

Marianna, a pureblood party girl from the Bear Clan, wants no part of politics and hasn’t publicly declared a side. However, since she’s an unmated pureblood female, the Purists are doing their best to persuade her to join their side. It soon becomes clear, that they want her to join them, even if it’s against her will. In an effort to protect her, Pete takes Marianna to his cabin in upstate New York. Needless to say, the sparks between them fly.

Now, I can’t share the whole scene because it’s a tad too saucy to post on the blog but here’s a little teaser to wet your appetite.

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Pete hauled ass back to the cabin and Marianna thought at several points they were going to go careening into the trees but in true Pete fashion, they made it back safely. Driving like a man with a mission, he pulled the snowmobile up in front of the cabin and skidded to a halt, sending a wave of snow onto the already snow covered steps.

Marianna took off her helmet and hopped off the blasted contraption. Pete stared up at her through serious eyes as he removed his helmet and tossed it into the snow bank. He didn’t shut off the engine but slid back and patted the empty space in front of him.

“What?” Marianna shouted over the noise of the engine. “I’m not driving that thing.”

“No,” Pete agreed. “You’re definitely not driving tonight.”

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Thanks again for hosting me and I hope you’ll check out Pete and Marianna’s story!

Dream on….
Sara

 

Thanks so much, Sara! 

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UNDONE BY SARA HUMPHREYS – IN STORES MAY 2013

She’s Far From Human…

With her secret race of shapeshifteres embroiled in civil war, all Marianna Coltari wants is to stay far from controversy. Even so, when her overprotective brother insists on hiring his human friend Pete as her bodyguard, Marianna is furious.

Does She Dare to Love One?

Like most retired cops, Pete Castro resents his new job as a bodyguard. It’s even worse because he’ll be babysitting a party girl like Marianna. But that’s before he meets her for the first time and discovers his instincts on red alert. Would he kill to protect her?

Praise for Undone:

“Humphreys’ skillful storytelling is so intriguing, you’ll have a hard time putting this book down. 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick of the Month!” —RT Book Reviews

” Spellbinding… This fast-paced, jam-packed thrill ride will delight paranormal romance fans.” —Publishers Weekly

“Sara Humphreys has truly created her own world.” —Under the Covers

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, NY, with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. Look for a brand new paranormal romance series, Dead in the City, starting with Tall, Dark and Vampire this August, and the next Amoveo Legend book, Unclaimed, in December 2013! For more information about her books and to join her street team, please visit www.sarahumphreys.com or follow her on Twitter, @AuthorSara.

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Interview with Grace Burrowes, Author of Darius and Giveaway!

Please welcome bestselling romance author Grace Burrowes to the virtual offices today!  Grace is celebrating the release of her latest book, DARIUS, and she brought along a copy for one of you to win!  Please check out what she has to say, and then enter for your chance to win1

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Grace Burrowes] Quiet writer lady with many beasties, much humor, and a tender heart. Love books, dear friends, good cheese, good chocolate, and happy ever afters.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about DARIUS?

[Grace Burrowes] Darius is the next thing to a man-ho, and he hates himself for it. Mean twists of fate (including a villainous father) have backed him into a financial corner, and his own sense of honor has obligated him to provide for those too weak to look after themselves. Along comes aging Lord William Longstreet, offering Darius a devil’s bargain: If Darius will give up the last shred his self-respect to get William’s young wife of convenience with child, William will solve Darius’ financial problems once and for all. Darius accepts the bargain and finds that rather than surrender his self-respect, his regard for Lady Vivian becomes the means by which he reclaims his honor and his soul.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Grace Burrowes] Darius was a secondary character in an earlier book, The Virtuoso, and I noticed he kept dodging back into London (or so he said), and he was forever going for a hack across the countryside. “What’s up with that?” says me. He was also a secondary character in his sister’s story with Nicholas Haddonfield, and again, he was out until all hours doing something naughty. I asked myself: What is the worst compromise a man can make, the lowest point at which he could start a book where the goal is to come out a hero? This book is the result.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Vivian?

[Grace Burrowes] Kind, honest, brave.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Darius had a theme song, what would it be?

[Grace Burrowes] The slow movement from the Emperor Concerto, by Beethoven. Beautiful, sad, despairing, noble, lost, but ending in triumph. Beethoven started the composition thinking Napoleon was the hero of a new age, and ended up realizing Europe was being turned into a bloody wasteland instead. Darius never intended to end up where we find him at the beginning of the book…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVk73dFpZ0M

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Vivian is never without.

[Grace Burrowes] Her integrity.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Darius’ bedroom?

[Grace Burrowes] The women who are exploiting him, a riding crop, money.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Vivian’s greatest regret?

[Grace Burrowes] That she did not protect her mother from the man who exploited her.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Grace Burrowes] The first author whose books I consider keepers was Judith Ivory. She’s brilliant. In terms of broader influences, I have a degree in music history that sparked my interest in how technology, art, and politics interact to create stories, and I have a degree in conflict resolution that has honed my fascination with how people do (and do not) solve problems.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Grace Burrowes] Peace, quiet, my computer.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Grace Burrowes] Joanna Bourne’s The Black Hawk. THE. BEST.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Grace Burrowes] The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss (shows my age)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Grace Burrowes] I have a day job as a lawyer for foster children, and that’s interesting, meaningful work. I love to read, particularly period sources, keepers and craft books. I do not own a TV.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Grace Burrowes] My Grace Burrowes Author Facebook page, my www.graceburrowes.com website, @GraceBurrowes on Twitter, or simply by emailing me at graceburrowes@yahoo.com.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

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DARIUS BY GRACE BURROWES – IN STORES APRIL 2013

A story that breaks all the rules…

Darius is a tender and remarkable tale of desperation, devotion, and redemption from award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes. Her gorgeous writing and lush Regency world will stay with you long after you turn the final page…

With his beloved sister tainted by scandal, his widowed brother shattered by grief, and his funds cut off, Darius Lindsey sees no option but to sell himself—body and soul. Until the day he encounters lovely, beguiling Lady Vivian Longstreet, whose tenderness and understanding wrap his soul in a grace he knows he’ll never deserve…

Praise for Darius:

“Burrowes brings to life a deeply moving romance that’s sure to be remembered and treasured.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick

“This rising author handles powerful romance and complicated family life with skill in romances with great appeal.” —Booklist

“Burrowes creates her usual intelligent characters, exciting chemistry, and flowing dialogue…” —Publishers Weekly

“Very compelling… Likable characters with enough angst to keep the story moving along.” —Night Owl Reviews, 4.5 stars, Reviewer Top Pick

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into novellas and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland. For more information, please visit www.graceburrowes.com.

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