Interview with Kris Fletcher, Author of Now You See Me and Giveaway!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Hi, Kris, and welcome to the Manga Maniac Café!  Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Kris Fletcher] I’m a doughnut-loving mother/wife/writer who likes to make up happily-ever-afters while bursting into song at random moments.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Now You See Me?

[Kris Fletcher] JT Delaney, the infamous bad boy of Comeback Cove, is back in town after 25 years away. He just wants to help his mother settle her affairs and move south with him. But Lydia Brewster looks beyond his reputation and sees the one person who can help her stave off the "heroic widow" label the town is determined to hang on her before she begins to believe it herself.

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

[Kris Fletcher] In all honesty, I don’t remember! I wrote the first draft of this book a good 8 or 9 years ago, then put it away. I do know I wanted to find the most unbelievable match for a bad boy that I could think of. The next thing I knew, JT and Lyddie were parading through my head.

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

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Interview with Colleen Thompson, Author of The Colton Heir

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Colleen, welcome to the Manga Maniac Café! Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Colleen Thompson] A Texas-dwelling, book-obsessed animal lover thrilled to be writing novels of romantic suspense and intrigue.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Colton Heir?

[Colleen Thompson] When Dead River Ranch’s large animal whisperer Dylan Frick learns he may be the missing Colton heir, he’s thrown into a tailspin. Unable to accept that his murdered mother could have been involved in a kidnapping, he is obsessed with disproving the theory—and blown completely off course by his attraction to the mysterious new maid, a gorgeous showstopper with deadly secrets of her own.

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

[Colleen Thompson] As part of an overarching continuity series, The Coltons of Wyoming, The Colton Heir came to me with a set of characters and plot points I needed to cover. The challenge of it—and the fun—was in embellishing these characters, making them larger-than-life but still relatable, and in twisting the story in surprising and creative ways.

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

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Review: Siren’s Secret by Debbie Herbert

Siren’s Secret (Harlequin Nocturne)

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I love mermaid stories, so when I saw Debbie Herbert’s debut, I had to read it.  I really enjoyed Siren’s Secret.  It’s told through protagonist Shelly’s POV, as well as that of her love interest, Tillman, and the serial killer, Melkie.  I didn’t find Melkie a compelling character, and wish his POV hadn’t been as prominent.  While I found Shelly and Tillman engaging, Melkie was too one dimensional for me to find him interesting. 

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Interview with Kimberly Van Meter, Author of That Reckless Night

Please give a warm welcome to special guest Kimberly Van Meter, author of That Reckless Night.

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] On a good day, driven, focused and creative; on all other days, forgetful, easily distracted, and wishing I was curled up with a good book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about That Reckless Night?

[Kimberly Van Meter] That Reckless Night is the first in my new Alaska series featuring the Sinclair family. Eight years ago, the Sinclair family was fractured when the youngest, Simone, was abducted after work, sexually assaulted and left to die in the harsh Alaskan mountains. The killer was never found and the tragedy tore apart the family in different ways as they individually tried to cope with their grief. The first story is about Miranda, the big sister, who blames herself for Simone being in the parking lot that night. Miranda was supposed to pick her up from work but after a spat, told her to find her own way home. Except Simone never made it home. Miranda punishes herself with bad choices in her personal life but she values her professional life as a Fish and Game tracker. Unfortunately, she inadvertently sleeps with her new boss, Jeremiah Burke, before realizing who the handsome stranger is and thus, sets her life on a whole new track of discovery about who she is and why she does the things she does. Jeremiah knows a thing or two about grief and guilt, having arrived in Alaska after escaping the pain of losing his only son to an ATV accident back in Wyoming. The two clash and spark but together they find how to let go of the grief that is strangling them both.

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] My characters always come to me by stumbling into my brain and kicking around until I figure out their story. I take the core of who they are as people and then ask, "Who would really mess up their life if they were attracted to them?" and go from there. I am character-driven in my writing so once I have the characters figured out, I shape the concept around them. 

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] Brash, ballsy, tough-as-nails. (Okay, that was more than three words. Sorry.)

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] Oh, that’s a hard one. Hmm…well, even though it’s a female singer, Rhiannon’s "Stay" would be a good one. He’s damaged and Miranda is also damaged…who’s to say who needs emotional protection more?

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] Metaphorically, I’d say the ghost of her little sister, Simone. Literally, I’d say her gun and credentials. :-)

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] 1. Clutter

2. Any music by a boy band

3. Dirty sheets

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] Her biggest regret is fighting with her younger sister, Simone, over a blouse. If they hadn’t fought, Simone would still be alive.

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] Gone With The Wind changed my life. I read it eight times before graduating high school. Margaret Mitchell ignited that passion to create. Since then, my greatest influences have been my desire to write bigger and better stories. I am driven by an intense hunger to reach greater heights within my professional life and it is this hunger that propels me. But, as always, I am inspired by good writing and my greatest love is to curl up with a fabulous book and lose myself in the pages.

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] 1. The right music (or quiet, depending on my mood).

2. The characters’ voices in my head.

3. A deadline

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on That Reckless Night?

[Kimberly Van Meter] My personal life. 

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] Kresley Cole’s Lothaire. Love her style.

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] James and the Giant Peach.

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] Read, create book covers, watch my favorite DVRed shows, watch my kids in their various sporting events, spend time with my husband.

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

[Kimberly Van Meter] I am soooo available to my fans! I’m on Twitter, Facebook, personal blog, and I’m thinking of assembling a street team! I love chatting with fans about stuff that supercede writing and what’s on my agenda. I enjoy connecting on a deep, personal level because unlike most writers, I’m an EXTROVERT. LOL! I love meeting new people, chatting, and being social. So, yeah…there are a million different ways to connect with me. :-)

Thank you for the opportunity to share about my newest Superromance and I loved being a guest!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

He’s just a warm body on a cold Alaskan night…

Miranda Sinclair, reeling on the anniversary of her sister’s death, indulges in a passionate night with a stranger. The next day she’s shocked to discover he’s her new boss, Jeremiah Burke! And he got the job she thought was hers.

Still, she’s nothing if not practical. She wants to forget about their night together and focus on tracking the poachers killing black bears on her mountain. Besides, she’s not looking for a relationship, and her instincts tell her Jeremiah is hiding something. Too bad the attraction between them won’t go away, and Miranda starts to wonder if one night will ever be enough….

Interview with Debbie Herbert, Author of Siren’s Secret

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Debbie, and welcome to the Manga Maniac Café!  Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Debbie Herbert]  I truly believe love is magical, pizza and diet coke are dietary staples, and that cats are the coolest creatures roaming the planet.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Siren’s Secret?

[Debbie Herbert] In the dark waters of an Alabama bayou, two deadly secrets collide.  Shelly, half-mermaid, half-human, witnesses a serial killer disposing the body of his latest victim.  The killer can’t afford to let her live to tell the tale.  Shelly can’t afford to let a human reveal her true identity.

Each becomes the hunter and the hunted in a lethal game that threatens the future of the mermaid species. By land or by sea, the end approaches for one of them.

Shelly lives on the boundary of two worlds.  An aquatic therapist at the local YMCA and the love interest of Tillman, the local sheriff, no one knows Shelly’s secret except for her two full-blooded mermaid cousins – and a serial killer.

In order to stop the killer, Shelly is forced to reveal her true nature to Tillman, an act that violates her promise to protect the hidden mermaid world and threatens to alienate her from her only family.

Caught in the middle is the sheriff. Torn between duty and his undeniable attraction to Shelly, Tillman struggles to solve a series of brutal murders and capture the killer before he strikes again. His trust in Shelly wavers with his growing suspicion that she is keeping secrets and knows something about the killer terrorizing the bayou he’s sworn to protect.

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

[Debbie Herbert] I dreamed the concept! Part of the opening scene, anyway. In my dream I was swimming in deep waters and saw a man dumping something from his boat. I swam over to see what it was. As I approached he spotted me, gave me a venomous look . . . and I woke up. I embellished from there with What if questions – what if I were a mermaid? What if he hunted me down? How far would I go to protect my secrets?

A character dear to my heart is Eddie who, like my eldest son, is severely autistic. Despite his almost complete lack of verbal skills, Eddie plays a pivotal role in the novel.

The hero and heroine evolved from imagining two people with the same goal (finding the killer), but who go about it differently because of their separate agendas.

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

[Debbie Herbert] Vulnerable, compassionate, gorgeous.

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

[Debbie Herbert] If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback

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

[Debbie Herbert] In mer-form she’s never without her sporran that holds her knife. She needs it for protection from sharks and for escaping tuna nets.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find on Tillman’s bathroom?

[Debbie Herbert] spongy scrubbers

body lotion

hair conditioner

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

[Debbie Herbert] I don’t know if it’s regret, but her greatest sadness is that her mother married a man who moved her far from the sea she loved and that her mother died unhappy and sickly.

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

[Debbie Herbert] All of the great books I read growing up. As an adult, meeting other writers rekindled that childhood dream of writing. My local critique group and writing buddies give me the encouragement to keep at it.

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

[Debbie Herbert] Grendel, my orange tabby, thinks I need him draped across my desk, paws dangling on my keyboard, in order to write. But what I really need is my huge posterboard/storyboard of the novel by my side, and peace and quiet if possible. I’m not one of those writers who can listen to a soundtrack.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Siren’s Secret?

[Debbie Herbert] My inner critic that kept telling me this would never sell. Or the other little voice in my head that whispered, “You really should be cleaning the house.”

Oh, and watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory TV show was a distraction. I love Shelton Cooper and his nerd gang.

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

[Debbie Herbert] The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner. Everything she writes is fabulous.

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

[Debbie Herbert] Jane Eyre, with Little Women as a close second. Does anyone read Little Women anymore? And can I give Harriet the Spy an Honorable Mention?

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

[Debbie Herbert] Besides reading . . .

recumbent bike riding, motorcycling the back-roads with DH, or watching the greatest college football team, the University of Alabama – ROLL TIDE Y’ALL!

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

[Debbie Herbert] As a debut author, I would be thrilled to connect with readers!

My website is:  www.debbieherbert.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.herbert.737
Twitter: https://twitter.com/debherbertwrit

Thanks, Julie!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

In Debbie Herbert’s debut novel, there are two secrets, each one with a deadly consequence… 
Shelly Connors’s worlds—on land and in the sea—are turned upside down when an evening swim turns into a nightmare. On a sweltering night deep in the bayou, the mystical mermaid witnesses a horrifying act. With a monstrous killer now hot on her trail, her life and the lives of her kin are in jeopardy. 
Terrified of becoming the next victim, Shelly has no choice but to turn to Sheriff Tillman Angier. Tillman has had his intense gray eyes on the sultry honey-haired beauty for a while. The feelings are mutual…and impossible to ignore. But he’s determined to solve the murders, and he knows Shelly’s hiding something. Can she trust him with her deepest secret?

 

About the author:

Debbie Herbert writes paranormal romance novels reflecting her belief that love, like magic, casts its own spell of enchantment. She’s always been fascinated by magic, romance and gothic stories.

Married and living in Alabama, she roots for the Crimson Tide football team. Her oldest son, like many of her characters, has autism. Her youngest son is in the U.S. Army. Unlike the mermaid characters in Siren’s Secret, she loves cats and has two spoiled feline companions. When not working on her upcoming book, Siren’s Treasure, Debbie enjoys recumbent bicycling and motorcycle riding with her husband.

A past Maggie finalist in both Young Adult & Paranormal Romance, she’s a member of the Georgia Romance Writers of America. Debbie has a degree in English (Berry College, GA) and a master’s in Library Studies (University of Alabama).

Interview with Janice Maynard, Author of A Wolff at Heart

Please say hello to special guest, USA TODAY bestselling author Janice Maynard.  Janice dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her latest release A Wolff at Heart.

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

[Janice Maynard] I am an introvert (love spending time alone working on a book), but I am not shy. I love people, and I treasure friends I have made in the reading and writing community.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Wolff at Heart?

[Janice Maynard] A WOLFF AT HEART is the seventh and final book in The Men of Wolff Mountain series I have been writing for Harlequin Desire. It introduces a surprise character and wraps up several secrets. My editor tells me it’s her favorite story of the whole lot. ?

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

[Janice Maynard] In the fall of 2010 I was in South Carolina at a writers’ retreat. Although I was already writing for Harlequin, I had only done 2 books, and I needed a proposal for a new book(s). Through the grapevine I heard that my current editor was interested in big family sagas. Since my husband and I have spent a lot of time in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I decided to use Virginia as my setting. After that, I began brainstorming “what ifs”. I started with a tragedy that happened back in the 1980s and then came up with a cast of characters in the present.

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

[Janice Maynard] Straightforward, honorable, fun-loving…

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

[Janice Maynard] Intriguing question! The first song that came to mind is “Bruises” by Train….

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

[Janice Maynard] Pierce is never without a natural tan, because he spends so much time outdoors.

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

[Janice Maynard] In Nicola’s bathroom you will never find expensive make-up, a man’s toothbrush, or a picture of her family.

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

[Janice Maynard] Pierce’s greatest regret is that he gave his parents so many sleepless nights when he was in high school and college.

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

[Janice Maynard] My greatest creative influences… hmmm… I suppose my first would be silence. Although I adore music and can’t drive without the XM radio on, when I am home working, I love the purity of silence. It enables my thoughts to take free reign. Beyond that, I find that getting plenty of sleep and reducing stress helps my creativity immensely.

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

[Janice Maynard] In order to write I need my MacBook Air (is it wrong to be in love with a computer??), usually a Coke, though I am trying to cut back, and a note pad and pen at my side to jot down random thoughts (or even a grocery list).

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on A Wolff at Heart?

[Janice Maynard] A WOLFF AT HEART was due in the late fall of 2012. By that time of year, I am mentally gearing up for decorating, entertaining, shopping, wrapping, and generally getting ready for the holidays. It was very hard to stay focused on finishing the book, because I really love the Christmas season, and I wanted to play. ?

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

[Janice Maynard] One of the downsides of my current writing schedule (a 50,000 word book due every 10 weeks) is that my reading time has shrunk to almost nothing. I love reading and really miss it. Having said that, it is sometimes hard to read for pleasure without analyzing an author’s style, etc. My favorite books of all time: classic – GONE WITH THE WIND, modern – OUTLANDER. The writer I most want to emulate – Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Storyteller I most admire – J. K. Rowling.

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

[Janice Maynard] I was an early and voracious reader. To give you an idea, in third grade I set myself a goal of reading every fiction book in our school library. To my credit, I made it all the way through the A section, which as I recall was easily over 200 books. Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson was one of the A books. I was particularly intrigued by it, because it was set in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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

[Janice Maynard] I love to travel! My husband and I just returned from a vacation in the Tetons and Yellowstone. Not our first visit, but one of my favorite places. We did lots of hiking, and I was particularly proud when I managed to climb up Mt. Washburn, a six-mile hike that begins around 8700 feet and goes up to 10,250 feet. Breathtaking views…. Other than travel, I love to bake and spend time with family and go to movies.

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

[Janice Maynard] I love to hear from readers: www.janicemaynard.com, www.wolffmountain.com. www.facebook.com/JanieMaynardReaderpage, www.twitter.com/janicemaynard

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

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About the book:

Just when you thought you knew all The Men of Wolff Mountain, USA TODAY bestselling author Janice Maynard has a surprise!

Realizing his entire life is a lie, Pierce Avery hires Nicola Parrish to find answers. Learning his father is not his biological parent is mind-blowing; discovering the desirable woman behind his new lawyer’s professional facade puts him over the edge. But his growing passion for Nicola could be blinding him to her motives for getting him to embrace the truth of his past. His heart may be ready for more, but can he really trust her?

About the author:

Janice Maynard knew she loved books and writing by the time she was eight years old. But it took multiple rejections and many years of trying before she sold her first three novels in 1996 and 1997. After teaching kindergarten and second grade for sixteen years, Janice turned to writing full-time in the fall of 2002. Since then she has written and sold over twenty-five books and novellas. Her publishers include Kensington, Penguin/NAL, Berkley, and Harlequin.

Janice lives in east Tennessee with her husband, Charles. They love hiking, traveling, and spending time with their daughters, Caroline and Anna, sons-in-law, Jamie and Chris, three granddaughters, Anastasia, Ainsley, and Allie, and the newest addition to the family, Levi.