Meet Miguel Sanchez of Caridad Pineiro’s For Love or Vengeance

Please welcome Miguel Sanchez to the virtual offices this morning!  He’s the hunky hero of Caridad Pineiro’s For Love or Vengeance.

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

[Miguel Sanchez] Reliable. Honorable. Patient. Family man. Dedicated.

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

[Miguel Sanchez] For a long time I’ve been totally devoted to my work. I’m at FBI headquarters early and stay late often when I’m on a case. Lately my dreams have been filled with thoughts about my new partner which is a little troubling. Okay, maybe more than a little troubling since she’s hard-headed, determined and sees everything in black and white. That’s a dangerous thing, especially since I’m so attracted to her and her mindset is one that I can’t live with.

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

[Miguel Sanchez] LOL! Hard-headed, determined and judgmental. But I think that inside there is a very loving, passionate and caring woman. I wish I could figure out how to get past the tough shell she’s erected around herself.

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

[Miguel Sanchez] Her lack of compassion. It’s like she doesn’t understand how to handle people’s emotions or her own for that matter. But she is trying lately so I’ll give her props for that.

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

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Interview with Gail Ransom, Author of Sweet Treason and Giveaway

Please welcome special guest Gail Ranstrom to the virtual offices this morning!

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

[Gail Ranstrom] Yikes! I’m awful at this stuff. Okay, try this…

Quirky, funny and friendly, Gail Ranstrom has written historical romantic suspense for Harlequin and Entangled Publishing.

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

[Gail Ranstrom] Sweet Treason is a story about two people caught up in the extraordinary circumstances of war, intrigue and betrayal. Emily Nevins only wants to keep her family safe. Ryan Sutton is willing to die for justice, equality and security. When they discover their goals threaten the other’s goal, they must find a way to reconcile their differences before one of them has to pay the price for treason.

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

[Gail Ranstrom] The concept grew out of a movie I was watching that made me ask myself if the American rebellion was any different than the lords who forced King John to sign the Magna Carta. Was it simply the span of an ocean that made it escalate from rebellion to revolution? Or was it more? In exploring that question, I found my characters, what they believed in, and how far they’d go to achieve it.

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

[Gail Ranstrom] Determined, loyal, fierce.

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

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Meet Malachim Jerrod from Naima Simone’s Secrets and Sins: Malachim and Giveaway

Please welcome Malachim Jerrod from Naima Simone’s Secrets and Sins: Malachim.  Be sure to enter the giveaway after getting to know Malachim better.

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

[Malachim Jerrod] *Snort* You’re asking an attorney to say anything in five words or less? Okay, I’ll play along. *leans back in leather office chair with fingers laced over his stomach* How about stubborn, suspicious, loyal, and the best trait of all? Able to keep my mouth shut.

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

[Malachim Jerrod] *spreads his hands wide, palms up* I’m here at my office from morning well past dark. Working to save my ass and my law firm. *smirks* It’s a full time job.

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

[Malachim Jerrod] *smile drops from his mouth* Madonna—the saint, not the singer. Brilliant. *frowns* Liar.

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

[Malachim Jerrod] I guess you didn’t catch the “liar” part? *shoots out of his chair, slides hands in pants pockets, and paces to the window. Stares out.*She’s…wrapped in them—lies.

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

[Malachim Jerrod] Let me guess. You expect me to say helping Chay, Gabe, and Rafe bury Richard Pierce’s body? *shrugs* Sorry to disappoint. Actually, the one thing I would change in my life would be not killing Richard myself.

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Spotlight and Giveaway! Mercy by Jan Coffey

Author Interview with Jan Coffey (aka May McGoldrick, aka Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick)

Q. What inspired you to become an author?

We’ve always been writers and readers! Nikoo used to write stories for her grade school friends. After high school, being very good at math and sciences, she was encouraged to go to engineering school. After all, that was where the JOBS were. So she did…and tucked away her love of writing (in a safe spot) in favor of her immediate responsibilities. Later on, writing took a backseat to paying a mortgage and raising a family. She never lost her love of storytelling, though.

Jim wrote poetry and ‘007’ skits for the other kids in the neighborhood. He later became an English major and at least tried to stay in touch with his desire to write. In fact, after finishing college he wrote a screenplay that almost sold to Robert Redford’s production company. But real life again interfered with dreams as he pursued a career in a submarine shipyard before going back to school and getting his PhD some ten years later.

Q. Why did you decide to write together?

After our younger son successfully came through heart surgery as an infant, we found ourselves reassessing our lives and our goals. We have always been storytellers and readers, and we decided to try writing a short story together. That story, a prizewinner in a national writing contest, was the first step. The next step, naturally, was a full-length historical novel!

Q. You are somewhat unique in that you are a married writing team. How well does that work for you, and what are the pluses and minuses?

We can no longer even imagine writing separately. In our nonfiction book, Marriage of Minds: Collaborative Fiction Writing, we talk about the difficulties and the delights of working together, but we can tell you that the joys outweigh the hardships by a mile…at least for us. To sum it up, everything comes down to our ability to separate the work from the person. We came to the realization early on that just because we don’t like a passage or a paragraph or a chapter that our partner wrote, that doesn’t mean we don’t like THEM. Another thing that has made our writing career possible is that we had a solid foundation in our marriage (thirteen years!) before we started collaborating on our fiction.

Q. What is the biggest challenge and the biggest pleasure about writing as a team? Do you each have a particular area of specialty in the writing?

Two heads being better than one should be the theme song for every collaborative writing team. You are never alone. You always have someone to talk over your ideas with. But of course, having two heads doesn’t necessarily mean that you have twice the brain… or that you can write twice as fast. Also, feeding times are difficult…bathroom times are hell.

The biggest pleasure that we’ve found in the actual act of writing is the feeling of complementing each other. While we don’t really have specialty areas, Nikoo could be characterized as the screenwriter type (she loves writing dialogue), and Jim is more the poet type (he loves imagery and language, descriptive passages… he also loves sleeping in late, long walks on the beach, old movies… anything to keep from working.)

Q. Do you write in different genres?

We do. Our choice of historical romance was simple… Jim had the historical information from his dissertation work and his PhD, and Nikoo had the stories. And we’re both fervent believers in satisfying endings! So May McGoldrick was born.

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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 Rebecca York, Author of Bad Nights and Giveaway!

I’m excited to have Rebecca York in the virtual offices this morning.  She dropped in to chat about Bad Nights, and she brought along a copy for one of you to win!

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

[Rebecca] I’m a stubborn, determined woman who has the best job in the world—making up exciting, romantic stories and sharing them with readers.

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

[Rebecca] it’s the story of two people who never would have met under ordinary circumstances. Although they are very different from each other, they fall in love as they fight to save their lives from a homegrown militia led by a dangerous fanatic. There’s a synopsis of the story below.

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

[Rebecca] I wanted a tough hero with a military background who was reckless enough to infiltrate a militia bent on attacking the U.S. Capitol. And I wanted him to meet the heroine of the story in a completely unexpected way.

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

[Rebecca] She’s intelligent. At the beginning of the story, she’s sad, still mourning the loss of her husband. Later, she’s determined to survive and forge a bond with Jack Brandt.

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

[Rebecca] Well, I keep thinking about Jack determined not to cave in under torture. Maybe his song is “I Won’t Back Down.”

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

[Rebecca] Her training as a psychologist.

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

[Rebecca] You know, this has to change as a result of Jack’s falling in love with Morgan. At the beginning he’d never have silk sheets, family photos or a bathrobe. I think she gets him into all three.

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

[Rebecca] I have been greatly influenced by two writers: Jack Williamson and Ken Follett. Williamson because his was the first werewolf book I read, and I loved the concept. Follett because he’s a master of romantic suspense. When I read his Key to Rebecca, my reaction was, “That’s what I want to write.”

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

[Rebecca] A laptop computer. A comfortable place to sit. (Not at a desk.) And a glass of iced tea.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Bad Nights?

[Rebecca] The usual. E-mail, Facebook and Twitter.

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

[Rebecca] Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey

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

[Rebecca] I am dyslexic and had a terrible time learning to read. My mom read to me, until I got the hang of it. One of the first books I enjoyed reading on my own was Red Planet, by Robert Heinlein.

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

[Rebecca] I love cooking, gardening, decorating my house, hanging out with my husband and the cats, traveling, reading.

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

[Rebecca] You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-York/122426234846?ref=hl and at my web page www.rebeccayork.com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

BAD NIGHTS BY REBECCA YORK – IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2013

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca York’s newest series will keep you on the edge of your seat

When Professor Morgan Rains goes out to investigate a strange sound coming from her backyard, the last thing she expects to see is a naked man covered with burns and bruises. Jack Brandt is a former Navy SEAL on an undercover mission, and he’s barely managed to escape from a terrorist militia’s torture. Jack and Morgan are thrown into a pressure cooker of danger and intrigue, and they soon find themselves falling in love. When Morgan is captured by the terrorists, Jack must rescue the woman whose life now means more to him than his own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca York’s writing has been compared to Dick Francis, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Maggie Shayne. Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages and optioned for film. She lives in Maryland, near Washington, D.C., which is often the setting of her romantic suspense novels. Rebecca’s next romantic suspense novel from Sourcebooks Casablanca, Betrayed, will be in stores in July 2014. For more information, please visit http://rebeccayork.com/.

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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!

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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.