New and Notable Releases Week of August 13 Part Two Young Adult and Middle Grade

Here are some new and notable Young Adult and Middle Grade releases for the week:


The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau

After Eli by Rebecca Rupp

Department 19: The Rising by Will Hill


Spookygirl by Jill Baguchinsky

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Long

Blood Crave by Jennifer Knight


Counting  Backwards by Laura Lascarso

The Fallen 4 by Thomas E Sniegoski

Intentions by Deborah Heligman


The Kill Order by James Dashner

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts


My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

The Mourning Emporium by Michelle Lovric

Touched by Cyn Balog


The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

What’s on your shopping list this week?

Cover Shot! Enchanted Ever After by Robin D Owens

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

This is the coolest cover!  I love the soft, dreamy pastel shades, and the rounded title font.  I also love the mermaid reflected in the water.  Enchanted Ever After by Robin D Owens is high on my wish list!

In stores December 2012.


Magic was just around the corner….  
Kiri Palger knew the difference between reality-new house,  hard work and not too many friends-and fantasy-the fun she had playing online games. So when the chance to work for the best gaming company in the world came up, giving her a chance to merge business with pleasure, how could she not apply? 
Suddenly she has more friends, interesting neighbors and an intriguing love interest. But when the game begins to awaken something inside her, Kiri is shocked by the talents she never knew she had… and an evil she’d never imagined. 
Her nice, safe life is imploding around her-and if she takes up  the mantle of her powers, it will never be the same again….

You can preorder from Amazon: Enchanted Ever After (Mystic Circle) by Robin D Owens

Interview with M L Buchman, Author of I Own the Dawn and Giveaway!

M L Buchman is the author of I Own the Dawn.  This is the second book in his Night Stalkers series.  I love the covers for both books; they are so intense! I was thrilled when ML dropped by the virtual offices for a chat.  After the interview, stick around for your chance to win a copy of I Own The Dawn!

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

[ML Buchman] Introvert Type A+, pedaled a bicycle around world, built houses, designed IT systems, crazy in love with wife, oh, and writes romance novels.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about I Own the Dawn?

[ML Buchman]  Real-life Army secret helicopters. Pig-headed, kick-butt sniper—she’s from wrong side of tracks. Refined copilot from the right side. They help start a war and now must end it. But first they have to survive each other.

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

[ML Buchman]  A crazy bit of serendipitous research while writing a foodie thriller, Swap Out! (the U.S. Army 160th is a really cool, secret helicopter regiment). A what if question (“What if the first women showed up and were assigned to the nastiest helicopter ever put in the night sky because they were just that good?”) And a goal (to write a romance that would be hard for anyone to put down, especially my wife). And Dilya, a Uzbekistani orphan, just showed up on the page one day and refused to go away. She stole Kee’s heart and mine.

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

[ML Buchman]  Kick-ass, stubborn, loyal

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Archie would never have in his bedroom?

[ML Buchman]  Kee’s rifle, cracker crumbs, a TV

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Kee’s single most prized possession?

[ML Buchman]  Her Heckler & Koch MSG-90A1 sniper rifle.

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

[ML Buchman]  My wife (so much of what I write is to make her laugh or smile), my travels (I’ve met amazing people in wonderful places), and the written words of others that have shaped my life, my thinking, and my heart most of all.

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

[ML Buchman]  Rock n’ roll (except opera on Sundays), a “What if?” or “What’s next?” question, any stretch of time over about 10 minutes.

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

[ML Buchman] Karen L. McKee’s romances. I just can’t get enough of them. Nor her science fiction as Karen L. Abrahamson.

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

[ML Buchman]  Arthur C Clarke’s The City and the Stars. At 8 years old it took me from rereading Winnie the Pooh to devouring novels and I never looked back.

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

[ML Buchman]  walking in new places with my wife (we hold hands a lot), watching movies (romances and B-grade science fiction mostly), teasing my step-kid

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

[ML Buchman] And please check out the contest page on my website: by following along my blog tour for the month of August, you will have multiple chances to win a signed copy of I Own the Dawn:

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!


To enter for a chance to win a copy of I Own The Dawn, just fill out the widget below.  Earn extra entries for following.  Open to US and Canadian mailing addresses.  Make sure to visit ML Buchman’s blog for another chance to win a copy of I Own the Dawn!

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Didn’t win?  You can purchase The Night is Mine and I Own The Dawn by clicking the widget below.  Both are available in print and digital, and The Night is Mine is only $1.99 for the Kindle, as of this writing.


Name: Archibald Jeffrey Stevenson III

Rank: First Lieutenant, Dap Hawk Copilot

Mission: Strategy and execution of special ops maneuvers

Name: Kee Smith

Rank: Sergeant, Night Stalker Gunner and Sharpshooter

Mission: Whatever it takes to get the job done

You Wouldn’t Think It Could Get Worse, Until It Does…

When a special mission slowly unravels, it is up to Kee and Archie to get their team out of an impossible situation with international implications. With her weaponry knowledge and his strategic thinking, plus the explosive attraction that puts them into exact synchrony, together they might just have a fighting chance.


M. L. Buchman has worked in fast food, theater, computers, publishing, and light manufacturing. It’s amazing what you can do with a degree in geophysics. At one point he sold everything and spent 18-months riding a bicycle around the world. In 11,000 miles, he touched 15 countries and hundreds of amazing people. Since then, he has acquired a loving lady, the coolest kid on the planet, and lives in Portland, Oregon. For more information, please visit

Be sure to check the Contest page for a chance to win a free, signed copy of I Own the Dawn.