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.

Interview with Andrea Laurence, Author of A Beauty Uncovered

Please give a warm welcome to Andrea Laurence. Andrea is visiting the virtual offices to chat about her latest release A  Beauty Uncovered.

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

[Andrea] I would describe myself as sarcastic, smart, determined, ambitious and creative. I’m also tall with naturally curly hair and a shoe fetish.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Beauty Uncovered?

[Andrea] A Beauty Uncovered is the second book in my Secrets of Eden miniseries. It picks up where Undeniable Demands leaves off, focusing on Brody, the most mysterious of the four Eden boys. He’s forced to deal with a temporary secretary while his usual employee is on an extended vacation and he gets a lot more than he bargains for.

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

[Andrea] Brody was a character that I felt very strongly about wanting to do. I wanted to do a scarred and reclusive hero. He’s a billionaire, the brilliant CEO of a software empire, but he’s extremely self-conscious and unsure of himself when it comes to dealing with people instead of machines. The perfect counterpart for him was Samantha. She’s super feminine, very confident of herself and her looks, and she’s the ultimate fixer. She sees his life as a problem just waiting for her to fix.

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

[Andrea] Sparkly, Fashionable, Meddling

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

[Andrea] There’s two that are hard to choose between. They’re both on Brody & Sam’s playlist that I used while writing the book. First is Broken by Seether (Featuring Amy Lee). The second is Mad World by Gary Jules. They’re both so haunting and emotional.

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

[Andrea] His smartphone. He doesn’t communicate with people in person, so without it, he’s lost.

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

[Andrea] You would never find cheap makeup or skin care products. No scrunchies. No at-home hair dye. She invests in quality products for quality results.

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

[Andrea] Probably the day he walked into the garage and sent his father into the rage that permanently scarred him.

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

[Andrea] This one is hard. If I had to name a person, this might seem silly, but Walt Disney. He was a man what wasn’t afraid to dream. He was ambitious enough to work hard and get his vision out into the world. His standards for himself and others were sky high. He left a legacy behind that anyone would be proud of. Not the money or the parks or the films, but the laughter and wonder he brought to the lives of millions of people, even after he was gone. He has always inspired me to dream big and make magic happen. I have no illusions that I will ever write a critically important book (I hope I am never required reading in high school) but I will die happy knowing that I entertained even one person.

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

[Andrea] Candy (usually M&Ms or Jelly Bellys), Caffeine (diet coke or unsweetened tea) and the iTunes playlist for the book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on A Beauty Uncovered?

[Andrea] Looking at pictures of Matt Bomer. I decided early on that he was my character inspiration, so I started collecting some pictures of him on my Pinterest boards. Then I would find myself just looking at him. So pretty!

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

[Andrea]  I read a lot of great books, but the last book I absolutely raved about… you know, the whole Harry Potter series has to be my answer. The amount of – not just creativity and talent – but planning and focus that went into writing that detailed of a series just blows my mind. Especially the way so many insignificant things from the earlier books came back at the end of the series in such a critical way that you knew she had it all laid out from the very beginning. I’m doing a very simple four book series and I can’t imagine doing one as long and complicated as Harry Potter. She created a whole world that I was immediately immersed in. Perfect.

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

[Andrea] Skye O’Malley was my romance gateway book. I read it in my early teens and just loved the mix of romance, adventure and history. I learned more about Elizabethan England reading that series than I did in school.

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

[Andrea] I used to have hobbies, but working two full time jobs has pushed that to the side. When I can, I like to scrapbook. I also like to unwind with a good movie or night watching the History Channel. Yeah, I’m a wild one. Most of all, I enjoy hanging out with my fellow writer friends. We have all sold books in the eight years we’ve been friends and there’s nothing better than a night talking and laughing with my ladies.

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

[Andrea] Lots of ways! First, I have a fanpage on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAndreaLaurence. I also have an active Twitter account : https://twitter.com/Andrea_Laurence. I have Pinterest boards about all my different books and other fun stuff: http://pinterest.com/aclaurence/. You can also send me an email via my webpage: http://andrealaurence.com/contact/.  That page has links to all my accounts and my PO box if you want to send me actual snail mail.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

A beastly boss is tamed in this Secrets of Eden book from Andrea Laurence….
CEO Brody Eden is a loner. The brooding billionaire has secrets that he refuses to unveil to anyone …until he meets his new assistant, Samantha Davis. She’s temptation personified, and she’s sitting right outside his door. 
Samantha’s never met a man as guarded and gorgeous as Brody. She doesn’t want to fall for her boss, but there’s something about Brody…. Beneath his gruff manner, Sam senses tenderness and an intense passion waiting to be unleashed. And she’ll make it her mission to enter his lair …and his bed.

 

About the author:

Andrea Laurence is an award winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she’s working on her own “happily ever after” with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody’s business.

Interview with Barbara Dunlop, Author of A Cowboy’s Temptation

 

Please welcome USA TODAY bestselling author Barbara Dunlop to the virtual offices this morning! Barbara is celebrating the release of A Cowboy’s Temptation.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] I write contemporary romance, most of it with a comedic slant.  I live in northern Canada.  And, though I write 3 – 4 books a year, I still have a day job that I enjoy very much.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Cowboy’s Temptation?

[Barbara Dunlop] A Cowboy’s Temptation is the fifth book in a six book series for Harlequin Desire titled Colorado Cattle Barons.  The series centers around two families with deep roots in Colorado ranching country.  In A Cowboy’s Temptation, rancher and current Mayor of Lyndon City, Seth Jacobs runs afoul of inn owner Darby Carroll over the extension of a railway into town.  They battle for the hearts and minds of the townspeople, while fighting a growing attraction to each other that culminates in a secret affair.  Cowboys are some of my favorite heroes, rugged, sexy, principled, so I’ve really enjoyed the writing I’ve done in this series.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] It’s hard to go wrong with cowboys. And they seem to work extraordinarily well in the Desire line.  I also have an affinity for writing sibling relationships, especially brothers.  I love the way people who have known others their entire lives can manage push each other’s buttons.  I started Colorado Cattle Barons with two brothers, fraternal twins, actually—Caleb and Reed Terrell.  They’d been estranged since they were eighteen when their mother died.  Both blamed their hard-nosed father for her illness and death.  Caleb chose to leave the ranch, while Reed chose to stay and fight for his mother’s heritage.  In the first story, Caleb returns to the ranch to confront his twin brother and falls in love with Mandy Jacobs, bringing the Jacobs family into the series.  After that, there were many siblings, secret siblings, cousins and friends to choose from to carry the series forward.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] He’s a cowboy, so rugged, sexy, principled.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel

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

[Barbara Dunlop] Seth is never without the multi-tool/knife on his belt.  There are a million things a cowboy can fix with that.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] You won’t find a lot of makeup in Darby’s bathroom, or perfume, or fancy hair products.  She’s a  down to earth woman.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] Seth wishes he could have stayed on the ranch instead of running for Mayor.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] The early, incredibly creative romance novelists like Sandra Brown, Iris Johansen and Kathleen Woodiwiss.  I also greatly admire work by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Kleypas and Aline Adams.  It’s a joy to read their stories.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] A computer, a clear head and quiet.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] Ironically, I think the more you write the better you get at it.  There are thousands of stories out there, and thousands of ways to approach them.  When you stay in practice, you have the tools you need to take on the next project.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  What has changed the most in publishing since you sold your first manuscript?

[Barbara Dunlop] When I published my first book in 2000, there were limited avenues for writers if they wanted to put their work in front of readers.  That’s all changed today.  There are many channels for publication, and there are authors succeeding in virtually all of them.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on A Cowboy’s Temptation?

[Barbara Dunlop] Although I love my day job, it does take up quite a lot of time.  I’m constantly balancing obligations and focusing on time management. 

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

[Barbara Dunlop] Most recently, I loved Lisa Kleypas’s trilogy: Sugar Daddy, Blue Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] My first book was Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.  I don’t think I’ve looked back since.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] If I’m not working, I’m usually writing.  Though my husband and I do try for movie night on Fridays.

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

[Barbara Dunlop ] It’s easy to contact me through my web site www.barbaradunlop.com.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

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About the book:

In this Colorado Cattle Barons novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Barbara Dunlop, a cowboy seduces the enemy 

Mayor Seth Jacobs has plans, and he won’t let do-gooder Darby Carroll ruin them. Her need for peace and quiet is standing in the way of a crucial railroad project. Now he must put his cowboy charms to good use and persuade Darby to see things his way. But seduction is a two-way street, and Seth soon realizes he underestimated his opponent. Now that he’s caught in his own trap, his desire for this woman could be his downfall….

About the author:

USA Today bestselling author Barbara Dunlop sold her first book to Harlequin in 2000.  Since then, she has sold more than 35 novels.  She has won a number of writing awards and is two-time RITA award finalist.  Married to her high school sweetheart, they live on a hobby ranch in Canada’s north amidst ruggedly beautiful mountains, where bears wander by their log house, and moose and deer graze in the fields.

Interview with Loreth Anne White, Author of The Missing Colton and Giveaway!

Please give a warm welcome to Loreth Anne White!  She’s visiting the virtual offices to chat about The Missing Colton, and she has a book for one of you to win!

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

[Loreth Anne White]   Hugely empathetic. Passionate. Intense. Analytical. Philosophical … Serious. (Yeah, yeah, makes me sound like a barrel of fun, I know!) Understanding. Open minded. Adventurous. Unsettled. Solitary.

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

[Loreth Anne White] THE MISSING COLTON is book 3 in the Colton’s of Wyoming Continuity from Harlequin Romantic Suspense. The dark mystery of a Colton child’s disappearance has haunted Dead River Ranch for thirty years and solving the crime is foreign correspondent Jagger McKnight’s last chance to put his war-ravaged past to rest.

But his undercover mission leaves him the victim of an attack. And he wakes up to discover that beautiful infirmary nurse Mia Sanders believes he’s the missing Colton.

Now the real danger begins. An unknown enemy has Jagger—and Mia—in sight. For survival and the sake of his story, he must lie to the woman he’ll do anything to protect. But when deception turns deadly, can love save them both?

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

[Loreth Anne White] The story concept was the brainchild of the Harlequin Romantic Suspense editorial team, and they gave all six of us contributing authors a ‘bible’ from which to work. The bible outlined the overall arc of the series and within that framework, we were each given room to create our own characters and sub stories. I was given an amnesia theme, and a war-ravaged hero who was partnered with the ranch nurse. It gave me the opportunity to play with the concept of how memory shapes who we are, and how the secrets we keep affect not only those around us, but ourselves. All this set against the exciting and drama-laden backdrop of the Colton ranch and missing baby saga. It was a challenge juggling the huge cast that appeared across the books, but it was also huge fun!

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Interview with Tara Pammi, Author of A Hint of Scandal and Giveaway!

 

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Please give a warm welcome to guest Tara Pammi! She’s visiting the virtual offices to chat about A Hint Of Scandal.  She also brought along a copy for one of you to win!

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

[Tara Pammi] Author, work-in-progress wife, mom, and coffee fueled insomniac

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Hint of Scandal?

[Tara Pammi] A Hint of Scandal is a story of opposites falling in love. Alexander King is perfection personified, a control freak who’s long ago cut off any emotion from his life whereas Olivia as Alexander calls her is an Emotion Junkie thriving on everything she feels- whether love or hurt or attraction.

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

[Tara Pammi] This is going to sound hooey…but the characters always come first to me. In this case, it was Olivia first. Olivia had so much love to give but the problem was that she kept giving it to the wrong men. Once I had in Olivia in mind, I thought of what kind of a man would find her irresistible but would want nothing of what she had to give and Alexander came into picture.

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

[Tara Pammi] Impulsive, loving, loyal.

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

[Tara Pammi] Poison and Wine by Civil Wars.

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

[Tara Pammi] Her bright red lipstick- her armor against a world that has never been kind to her

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

[Tara Pammi] Anything that belonged to his ex-girlfriends, or scented calendars and in the beginning of the story- anything that belonged to Olivia either…;-)

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

[Tara Pammi] That in search of someone who loved her, in search of validation, she fell in love with the wrong man at the age of nineteen.

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

[Tara Pammi] My father who had been a writer. I remember him sitting at his table, with a pen and paper in hand, writing, and in the middle of it sometimes realizing I was there, and smiling.

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

[Tara Pammi] Coffee, quiet and my laptop ?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on A Hint of Scandal?

[Tara Pammi] LOL…this one’s the easiest. It is always the Internet. Writing is such a solitary occupation that you want to forever see who’s on twitter/FB etc. so that you feel like you are interacting with people other than those in our heads.

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

[Tara Pammi] Nalini Singh’s Heart of Obsidian.

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

[Tara Pammi] I grew up surrounded by books and it’s really hard to pick one.

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

[Tara Pammi] Read, and playing board games with my girls.

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

[Tara Pammi] I would love to hear from readers.

They can email me at tara.pammi@gmail.com or drop me a line through the Contact form on my website www.tarapammi.com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you

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About the book:

 

Notorious socialite in over her head?  Olivia Stanton’s name has been synonymous with scandal-every bad choice scrutinized in the headlines–but she’s finally getting herself together. That is, until her twin sister disappears right before her wedding and Olivia’s needed to stand in–as the bride! 

Alexander King’s ruthless determination for perfection is world renowned and he’ll make Olivia pay for her latest stunt–by enforcing their marriage vows! He expects her to be the model wife in public. And in private? With her feisty attitude and his strong will, it won’t be long before the tension between them reaches boiling point!

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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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