Interview with Jennifer Hayward, Author of The Divorce Party and Giveaway!

Jennifer Hayward is celebrating the release of The Divorce Party this morning.  She dropped by the virtual offices for a chat, and brought along a copy of her book for one of you to win!

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Writer/PR person who lives to travel, drink great wine and hang with friends and family – preferably in combination

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Divorce Party?

[Jennifer Hayward] The Divorce Party is the story of a billionaire wine magnate whose only failure has been the dissolution of his marriage to his wife. The story of two people who love each other beyond reason, but who perhaps cannot be together because of who they are and the pressure that puts on their relationship. I wanted to explore the issue of infidelity in this book. The reader doesn’t just think Riccardo did something wrong, he did cross the line. I truly believe you can never fully cast judgment on such a complex subject until you put yourself in someone else’s shoes and I hope, in the end, the reader will understand what it’s like to be in Riccardo and Lilly’s shoes.

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

[Jennifer Hayward] The story was inspired by a million-dollar divorce party a Manhattan billionaire threw to celebrate the end of his three-year marriage. Embossed invitations, the society event of the year. When I saw the newspaper article I couldn’t believe anyone would want to end their marriage this way and it made me wonder why? Why would anyone do this? Perhaps my hero didn’t actually want a divorce and it was the only way he could get his wife into a room with him. Thus appeared Riccardo and Lilly’s story.

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Vulnerable, steely and goodhearted

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Eye of The Tiger :)

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Her phone

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

[Jennifer Hayward] A robe, smelly soap, a hair dryer

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Her fractured family life

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

[Jennifer Hayward] The news, television/movies, travelling, backstory from my PR career (it’s amazing what actually happens)

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Concentration/quiet (sometimes music is good, especially for love scenes :)), coffee and a storyline that inspires me. A beach house with the waves lapping at the base of the steps is preferable!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on The Divorce Party?

[Jennifer Hayward] So You Think You Can Write! I had entered the manuscript into Harlequin’s global competition to find a new author. It was the most exciting, distracting roller coaster ride of my life! Amazingly enough – I won! And got the chance to write all three of the De Campo brother’s books! The second book of the trilogy comes out in Feb with Presents – Alex & Gabe’s story is called An Exquisite Affair.

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – utterly compelling can’t put it down genius

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Early on I would say the Nancy Drew mysteries, then Judy Blume :)

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Hang with my husband and little boy, with my amazing ten-year-strong book club, travel and hike

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Please do! My website is jenniferhaywardromance.com, twitter – jenhayward_ and facebook – facebook.com/jenniferhaywardromance

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

"You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?" 

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn’t easy to say "no" to. 

Forced back into Riccardo’s glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly’s old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media’s golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.

Congratulations to Jennifer Hayward, winner of Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write competition!


About the author:

JENNIFER HAYWARD has been a fan of romance and adventure since filching her sister’s Harlequin Presents novels to escape her teenaged angst.

Jennifer penned her first romance at nineteen. When it was rejected, she went on to complete a journalism degree and intern as a sports broadcaster before settling into a career in public relations. Years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and traveling the world provided perfect fodder for the arrogant alpha males she loves to write, and free research on the some of the world’s most glamorous locales.

Her debut novel, The Divorce Party, was the winner of Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write contest. Jennifer writes for Harlequin’s Presents/Mills & Boon Modern line.

A native of Canada’s gorgeous East coast, Jennifer now lives in Toronto with her Viking husband and their young Viking-in-training.

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Interview with Rebecca Winters, Author of Daddy Dude Ranch Series

Please welcome Rebecca Winters to the virtual offices this morning! Rebecca is here to discuss her Daddy Dude Ranch series, which is published by Harlequin.

[Manga Maniac Café] Please tell us a little about yourself.

[Rebecca Winters] I’m a mother and a grandmother and have been a student all my life which means I’ve been a reader first. Victor Hugo is a favorite author. I have a great love of Europe because I went to school both in Paris and in Switzerland and did a lot of traveling. Because I had to learn French, I found myself wanting to learn Spanish and Italian. It seems like every step I’ve taken in my life has led me to a new place. When I turned my hand to writing, I was able to go everywhere in my mind. I love the British comedies, Days of Our Lives, politics, canasta, great art (The French Impressionists) I played the piano and love classical music. My favorites are the piano concertos of Brahms, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Tchkaikowsky. I love opera: Aida, Carmen, Tosca. I’m an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your Daddy Dude Ranch series? How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the series?

[Rebecca Winters] I was reading about some military men in a magazine who developed a coughing problem while they were deployed and it gave me an idea about 3 vets who are in a hospital at a low point in their lives. They have to leave the military and go home. TO WHAT? Their therapist suggests they find a way to serve others so they won’t feel so empty. One of the vets comes from a ranch in Wyoming, but with his grandfather gone, he’s going back to an empty ranch house. He and his buddies start talking about turning the place into a dude ranch for kids who’ve lost a father in the war. They can be dads and bring a little joy into their lives. Maybe for a week?

[Manga Maniac Café] What traits best define the heroes of these books?

[Rebecca Winters] These guys are pretty selfless. Although they’re ill and down for a while, they have this wonderful desire to be of use and never give up hope. Their compassion for their comrades who died in battle and left wives and children at home takes them out of their despair. They are steadfast and indomitable in their desire to make a difference.

[Manga Maniac Café] Why did you choose to have the series set in Wyoming?

[Rebecca Winters] The Tetons are my favorite vacation place in the West. You can’t see them without it taking your breath. It’s glorious scenery and air, the perfect place for a son or daughter to enjoy nature in God’s country. That’s what I call it.

[Manga Maniac Café] What motivated you to write about former marines?

[Rebecca Winters] They have a reputation for being in there first during war and they’re fearless. I wanted to use them for the great example they are.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you enjoy best about writing for Harlequin?

[Rebecca Winters] They encourage me to write about the subjects and places I know best. I love Europe and I love the West, so I’m very happy.

[Manga Maniac Café] You are so prolific! What’s your secret to keeping your stories so fresh?

[Rebecca Winters] I’ve done a lot of genealogy in my life. As you study the stories of those who have passed on, you realize every living soul has his or her own story to tell. Keeping that in mind, I find I never run out of ideas. Each person is precious and has a unique history. Like snowflakes and grains of sand, not one is alike. That’s what makes it fun to write.

[Manga Maniac Café] What has changed the most in publishing since you started your career as an author?

[Rebecca Winters] Technology! I used to hand write, then write on an old black typewriter, then an electric typewriter, then a keyboard and computer. I used to have to go to the library to look up all the research. It took hours, days, weeks. Now I can get answers to a hundred different questions in one day on the Internet. Because of the speed, you can write more books at a time and there are new avenues with the digital printings and of course ebooks with the Kindle and Nooks. The public’s appetite for more stories is greater than ever before. We lucky authors want to meet those needs. Don’t forget I’m a reader first and I look forward to one of my favorite author’s next books as much as the next reader does.

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

[Rebecca Winters] Due to my marvelous mom who opened my eyes to this wonderful world, I’m influenced by: music, movies, art, theater, opera, nature itself, travel, family. Everything!

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

[Rebecca Winters] An idea.

Something to help me get it down.

Energy to keep at it!

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

[Rebecca Winters] THE HELP.  A few years ago I took my children on a driving trip to the South and we toured several plantations and tried to get a feel for the past. I only recently read THE HELP and it opened my eyes to so much!

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

[Rebecca Winters] I spend time with my children and grandchildren, read, watch movies, spend time at the park, the mountains, travel to the beach.

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

[Rebecca Winters] Email me at rebeccaburton485@gmail.com

Facebook  www.cleanromances.com

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

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Meet Jace from Kait Ballenger’s Twilight Hunter and Giveaway!

 

Please welcome Jace McCannon, the dangerous and sexy hero from Kait Ballenger’s Twilight Hunter.  He stopped by the virtual offices for a chat, and brought along a copy of Twilight Hunter for one of you to win!

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

[Jace McCannon] Werewolf hunter. Stubborn. Bullheaded. Loyal.

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

[Jace McCannon] My days usually consist of sleeping. It’s my nights that see all the action. A typical night for me is spent hunting down any werewolves who are attacking humans. If there happens to be no targets for me to hunt, I usually spend my evening doing shitloads of boring paperwork for Headquarters so my division leader doesn’t chew my ass out.

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

[Jace McCannon] Smart. Beautiful. Strong.

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

[Jace McCannon] That she’s equally as stubborn as I am when she wants to be.

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

[Jace McCannon] I try not to have regrets.

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

[Jace McCannon] My Mateba handgun. I never go anywhere without it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t protecting humanity from sadistic murderers?

[Jace McCannon] I usually kick back and relax with a drink, occasionally I hang out with my fellow hunters. I try to stay busy though. I live for my job.

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

[Jace McCannon] Frankie and continue hunting

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

About the book:

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face-to-face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind-or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…

About the author:

Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, bellydancer, graduate student, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published, award-winning author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series. With a B.A in English from Stetson University, Kait is currently earning an M.F.A in Writing. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she hopes to be a bestseller and to see her novels on the big screen. Look for the next two books in her page-turning Execution Underground series: Twilight Hunter, book one (August 2013) and Immortal Hunter, book two (January 2014), and don’t forget to check out Shadow Hunter, a prequel novella to the series featured in the After Dark anthology along NYT Bestseller Gena Showalter—now available in trade paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats. For more information, please visit www.kaitballenger.com or follow her on Twitter @kait_ballenger.

Website: www.kaitballenger.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kait_ballenger

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaitlynschulzromanceauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5989661.Kait_Ballenger

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Twilight Hunter on Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/twilight-hunter-kait-ballenger/1114504377?ean=9780373777389

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Review: Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

 

Title: Twilight Hunter

Author: Kait Ballenger

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but what happens when danger collides with desire?
Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.
Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind–or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…


Review:

I was trying to put my finger on why I don’t didn’t really care for Twilight Hunter, and I think I finally figured it out.  Kait Ballanger’s Execution Underground world is grim, bleak, and brutal, and it’s not one that I would want to visit.   There is nothing cutesy about the series or the characters, and there are times when the darkness caught me off guard.  This installment focuses on Jace, a half-werewolf whose abusive childhood shaped him into a cold, hard killer.  Jace hunts werewolves for a living, and every rogue werewolf has him hoping that it’s his father he’s hunting down.  He will never forgive his father for beating his mother, and worse, for walking out on them so many years before.

When a serial killer begins preying on young women, torturing, raping, and ripping them to shreds, Jace is certain that a werewolf is committing the horrible crimes.  He’s determined to stop the killer before he murders again, but he can’t catch a break in the case.  Finding Frankie at one of the murder scenes, he’s positive she has something to do with the deaths.  She’s an abomination, isn’t she? She has to be responsible for the killings, or know who the killer is.  What Jace doesn’t know is that Frankie is the leader of the local pack, and she’s on the trail of the killer, too, in part to avoid the full moon and her expected joining with her childhood friend Alejandro.  Now, she’s Jace’s captive, and if he doesn’t back off, they are going to be doing the bronto  bop when her estrus is at its height.

Mating rituals is a  component of werewolf stories that I don’t like.  It kind of takes all of the guessing out of the game if whenever that full moon looms overhead the protagonists are so compelled by their wolf that they will jump the first available prospect they see.  In this context, it gave Jace something else to beat himself up over, because he was too weak to keep himself from sleeping with a werewolf.  It also gave him another excuse to hold Frankie in contempt, because she would obviously sleep with anybody.  Sigh.

One thing that I do like about werewolves stories is the action, and there is a ton of it here.  The fighting scenes are a blast to read, and Frankie is a kick-ass heroine.  She doesn’t back down from anything or anyone,  especially when she’s defending her position in her own pack.  Not all of the members are happy that she’s their leader, and it’s a constant struggle to maintain her place.  Her parents were murdered a few years ago, and she took their place in the pack.  The altercations within the pack are no-holds barred exchanges, and only Frankie’s fighting skills and determination have kept her in charge, and still breathing.

Both Jace’s and Frankie’s pasts collide during their attempts to capture and kill the murderer.  The killer is one sick puppy, and his demise couldn’t come soon enough.  He made me uncomfortable, with his remorseless drive to inflict pain and death.  At first I was afraid that there wouldn’t be an explanation for his behavior, other than that he was a psycho (which he was, in spades), but there was rational behind his nutcase behavior.

Twilight Hunter will appeal to fans who enjoy grittier tales with a high steam factor and lots of intense action.

Review copy provided by author

Waiting on Wednesday – What The Bride Didn’t Know by Kelly Hunter

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I love Kelly Hunter!  What the Bride Didn’t Know will be in stores November 1st (Kindle version)

 

What the Bride Didn’t Know (The West Family)

Shh…it’s a secret! 
Special ops expert Trig Sinclair is a man’s man, and that means he knows the cardinal rule of the bro code—no matter how dynamite Lena West is, as his best friend’s younger sister, she’s strictly off-limits! 
But when a secret mission to Istanbul sees Lena and Trig pretending to be married (and sharing a bed!), he finds himself in a whole new world of sweet torture…. But if Trig thinks playing the honor-bound hero is tough, it’s got nothing on how Lena feels when she discovers what her "groom" is really hiding….

What are you waiting on?

Review: Everything You Need to Know by HelenKay Dimon

 

Title: Everything You Need To Know

Author: HelenKay Dimon

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

From the award winning author of romance and romantic suspense, HelenKay Dimon comes a sizzling new story from Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin.

Jordan McAdam rates men on her anonymous Need To Know website. Everything from the quickness with which they pick up a dinner check, to their playbook for getting a woman naked. Enter Forest Redder. He’s convinced Jordan burned his friend so he flirts with her, intending to learn the truth. But Jordan plans to date Forest to gather the dirt on him! Oh, how the best laid plans can be ruined by sex…and love.


Review:

Everything You Need To Know is the second title I’ve read under the Cosmo Red-Hot Reads imprint.  The first one, Fearless, wasn’t my cup of tea, and I couldn’t relate to heroine.  This one, though, was a complete success.  I loved Jordan, I loved her attitude, and I admired her courage.  She didn’t back down from a challenge, and after losing her job at a law firm shortly after purchasing a condo, she was determined to make her website, Need To Know, a financial powerhouse.  Since I’m a blogger, I immediately felt that I understood Jordan, and was even envious that her website was actually making some money!  Maybe one day mine will, too.

Jordan’s website is subscription based, and it rates men in the DC area.  Wondering if it’s worth chasing up that hottie from the PR department?  Just login to Need To Know, check the database, and see if he’s a complete scumbag.  I loved the concept of this, and it gave Jordan a believable excuse to be bouncing around from one temp job to another.  That was the perfect way to get some hands on research and stay anonymous at the same time.  Things are going smoothly and according to plan, right up until she meets Forest Redder.  He is everything in a man that she’s been avoiding after her spectacularly ugly breakup with her previous boyfriend. 

The sparks flew from the moment that they met, and I was immediately engrossed in Jordan’s efforts to steer clear of the handsome businessman, while he was even more determined to get to know her  better.  The chemistry blazed between them, and as Jordan was swept off her feet, she was desperate to keep her involvement with the website a secret.  It’s harder than she expected, especially when one  of Forest’s former business partners is convinced that Forest is feeding derogatory info to the website, and threatens to sue everyone involved.  Yikes!  Poor Jordan’s guilty conscience took a beating after that!

Both Jordan and Forest have ghosts from their childhoods to taint their expectations of relationships, and reading along as they worked through their hang-ups made this a page turner.  It is novella length, so it won’t take you long to power through the book; it’s the perfect read to load on your smartphone to read on the go, and it will make those waits in  the checkout line fly by. 

Grade:  B+

Review copy provided by publisher

Interview with Karen Whiddon, Author of The Lost Wolf’s Destiny

Please welcome special guest Karen Whiddon to the virtual offices this morning! Karen is here to chat about her latest Harlequin Nocturne release The Lost Wolf’s Destiny.

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

[Karen Whiddon] Pale, animal-lover, nature-lover, writer, wife, mother, friend, Boxer-rescue volunteer, imaginative, clumsy, shy, awkward, deep.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Lost Wolf’s Destiny? 

[Karen Whiddon] This book is part of my "Pack" series. One of the characters from Touch of the Wolf, Samantha Warren, makes a brief appearance (along with her husband)

Shapeshifter Blythe Daphne is desperate to save her five year old daughter’s life. So desperate that, when everything else has failed, she turns to a prominent Faith Healer(the hero’s father– Jacob Gideon) and his church, Sanctuary. Can Lucas Kenyon save the mother and daughter from a man he knows is evil personified?

When Lucas Kenyon sees the news report on television about his estranged father Jacob Gideon welcoming a Shapeshifter and her child into his fold with promises to heal them, he knows they are actually in grave danger. Because Jacob believes Shapeshifters are demons straight from hell, and has vowed he will "cure" them, no matter what the cost. After years of abuse, Lucas witnessed his twin sister’s death at the hands of the man he called father. He escaped, changed his name, and gradually built a life for himself. But the guilt that he wasn’t able to save his sister never left him. So when he realizes Jacob has found more victims, he knows he must save them, before they are tortured and killed.

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

[Karen Whiddon] Honestly, I can’t answer that.  I don’t really know where my ideas come from.

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

[Karen Whiddon] Brave, Determined, Beautiful

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

[Karen Whiddon]  Broken, by Seether.  My working title for this book was The Broken Wolf, though I didn’t get to keep it.

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

[Karen Whiddon] Her daughter – she is a single mom and her daughter Hailey is critically ill.

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

[Karen Whiddon] Hair products, teeth whitener, after-shave.  He doesn’t need anything to help him look HOT!

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

[Karen Whiddon] Trusting the wrong person.

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

[Karen Whiddon] Younger days – Ray Bradbury.  I devoured everything he wrote.  Nowadays, there are so many authors I love.  Kristin Hannah and Barbara Samuel (Barbara O’Neal) come to mind. 

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

[Karen Whiddon] Something to write with, whether it’s a computer, Alphasmart, or pen and paper.  Music – I usually create a playlist on ITunes for each book.  And a beverage, whether it’s coffee or ginger ale, or tea.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on The Lost Destiny?

[Karen Whiddon] My biggest distraction as a writer on all of my books is the internet.  Email, Facebook, etc. 

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

[Karen Whiddon] Kristin Hannah’s Fly Away.  I devoured it!

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

[Karen Whiddon] That’s a hard question.  I’ve always read – Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys as a kid, Ray Bradbury, and the old Harlequin’s.  The first big romance author who made me want to write would be Judith McNaught. 

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

[Karen Whiddon] Sleep <G>, eat, play with my dogs, volunteer for Legacy Boxer Rescue, hang out with my husband and or daughter, and travel.

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

[Karen Whiddon] I have a webpage (www.karenwhiddon.com), a blog (www.karenwhiddon.blogspot.com) a PO Box (PO Box 820807, Fort Worth, TX  76182) and my email is KWhiddon1@aol.com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

 

About the book:

A desperate mother. A scarred man. A powerful bond… The moment he saw Blythe Daphne on the television news, Lucas Kenyon knew three things: she was a shapeshifter, like him. She was the most desirable creature he had ever seen. And she was in terrible danger.

Now, the wolf in Lucas is driving him to save Blythe and her young daughter from a man he knows is evil personified. A man who believes all shapeshifters are demons straight from hell. But Lucas knows he must never reveal the secret that threatens to tear him apart—not even to the one woman who could heal him.

Interview with CJ Miller, Author of Shielding the Suspect

CJ Miller dropped by the virtual offices this morning to chat about her latest release.  Shielding the Suspect is published under Harlequin’s Romantic Suspense line, so you can expect lots of pulse pounding danger and excitement! 

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

[CJ Miller] Full-time mom, part-time IT professional, and a full-time writer. Coffee’s an essential part of my day. Busy, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Shielding the Suspect?

[CJ Miller] Shielding the Suspect is a reunion romance about a former air force pararescueman and his ex-girlfriend, an artist who is accused of murdering her fiancé. They are on the run from mysterious hit men who don’t want them finding out the truth about the murder. As if murder accusations and killers gunning for them aren’t enough, there’s the matter of their still-simmering attraction to deal with…

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

[CJ Miller] Before I wrote my first book, HIDING HIS WITNESS, I knew each of the Truman brothers would have their own book. In SHIELDING THE SUSPECT, the hero’s personality is based loosely on my middle brother Brian’s and the concept for the book sprang from a few scenes I had in mind. When I write, I usually know how a book starts and I know how it ends and the middle grows from those.

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

[CJ Miller] Creative, caring and strong.

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

[CJ Miller] For his relationship with Susan, Nickelback’s Far Away.

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

[CJ Miller] As an artist, Susan is never without her work. She keeps digital copies of important pictures and files on a USB drive that is always on her person.

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

[CJ Miller] Wallpaper (too fancy), mildew (as a military man, he’s very clean), or adult diapers.

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

[CJ Miller] Jumping into a relationship on the rebound. I don’t want to spoil the plot, but a few pages into Shielding the Suspect, it’s obvious why.

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

[CJ Miller] The people in my life. I sometimes realize after I’ve written a book that a person or situation that happened months ago has shown up on the pages in some dramatized form.

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

[CJ Miller] My computer, coffee and time.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Shielding the Suspect?

[CJ Miller] I have a two adorable children. They keep me busy and their antics can be quite distracting.

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

[CJ Miller] Maid for Love by Marie Force. I recently discovered her and have been working my way through her backlist. She’s amazing!

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

[CJ Miller] The Bride by Julie Garwood. I remember reading her books at a young age and loving them. When I reread them as an adult, I loved them even more.

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

[CJ Miller] I love spending time with my family and I love reading. My children love when I read to them, so that’s the best of both worlds.

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

[CJ Miller] I love hearing from readers. I can be reached through my website (the contact tab has all my info) : www.cj-miller.com or through my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CJMillerWrites .

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Purchase links:

B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shielding-the-suspect-cj-miller/1114827861?ean=9780373278404

About the book:

C. J. Miller weaves a story of deception and framing that will keep you guessing…. She woke up on her ex-fiancé’s boat with his blood on her hands. Is it possible that Susan Prescott killed Justin and didn’t remember it? When the artist is accused of murder, the only one who will believe and protect her is Brady Truman. Brady, her former lover. Brady, who must dispel his agonizing self-doubts if he hopes to help anyone else…. 
To find the real killer—and the hitmen gunning for them—Susan and Brady have to deal with their still-simmering desire. It all hinges on Susan’s memory. Will returning to the boat trigger her recall…or plunge her deeper into danger?

About the author:

Short bio: A 3rd generation Harlequin reader and the 1st in her family to write professionally, C.J. published her first book with Harlequin Romantic Suspense in 2012. She lives in Maryland with her family. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and reading. C.J. believes in first loves, second chances, and happily ever after.