Interview with Roxanne Snopek, Author of Three River Ranch and Giveaway!

Roxanne Snopek is celebrating the release of her new book, Three River Ranch.  Please welcome her to the virtual offices today!

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

[Roxanne Snopek] Artistic, driven, solitary, peacekeeper, INFP + a dash of OCD & ADHD. Also, Scorpio Sun/Moon/Mercury/Neptune, so stand back when I get mad.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Three River Ranch?

[Roxanne Snopek] It’s a romance for people who don’t like reading romance! At least, that’s what reviewers are saying. It’s the story of two ordinary people with good but wounded hearts, who want to save the world and end up rescuing each other.

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

[Roxanne Snopek]  I love cowboys, so Carson was just a natural character to write. But instead of a traditional riding-the-range kind of guy, I made him a conservationist with a passion for saving the wild mustangs. The setting and world of Three River Ranch came alive for me as soon as I had this tiny bit, and the rest sort of evolved… a bit like a photo coming into focus.

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

[Roxanne Snopek] Authentic. Resilient. Selfless.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Carson would never have in his bathroom?

[Roxanne Snopek] Hm. Great question. He doesn’t buy aerosols. He doesn’t use products that have been tested on animals. Also, no harsh cleaning products! He’s a baking-soda-and-vinegar kind of guy.

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

[Roxanne Snopek]  “Born to be Wild”

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

[Roxanne Snopek]  Well, she loves her dog, Mistral, although she argues vehemently that animals are companions, not “possessions.” So, as far as inanimate objects, she has a crimson wrap that she wears to go out with Carson. The rich color and fabric are flattering, even for a pregnant woman!

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

[Roxanne Snopek]  Naturally, I’m a voracious reader and have been all my life. So books and writers, probably. There’s a book by the late Madeleine L’Engle called “Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art” that touched me deeply about a decade ago. Stephen King’s “On Writing” is just great, even for non-writers. Barbara Kingsolver’s “Poisonwood Bible” is the kind of book that, in my ideal life, I’d have the skill and wisdom and heart and maturity to write.

Then, of course, there’s Allie Brosh and her blog Hyperbole and a Half. Probably the funniest stuff I’ve ever read. A true outside-the-box thinker, a hilarious writer and artist. Go there. You won’t be sorry. http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca/

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

[Roxanne Snopek] Quiet. A non-sticky floor. Matrimonial cake. (I always order this if I’m in a coffee shop, but no one makes it like my mom…. dates…. oatmeal….mmm.)

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

[Roxanne Snopek] I just finished “Don’t Say a Word” by Barbara Freethy and it was great! Suspenseful, fast-paced, great mix of romance and thriller.

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

[Roxanne Snopek]  “Hurry Home Candy” by Meindert DeJong and “Jennie” by Paul Gallico. Both are stories of animals lost and in need of rescuing, which explains one aspect of my writing. And both end well, which explains the romance, I suppose. I don’t mind crying in a book, but I cannot bear unhappy endings. Oops. You said one book. Oh well…

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

[Roxanne Snopek]  I love to play in the dirt, making stuff grow if I can, pruning it or digging it out if I can’t. I like hiking through crunchy leaves with my dogs. I dabble in painting from time to time – big, splashy canvases that I stencil quotes on. I enjoy baking, but my doctor says I have to lay off starches, dang it. Also, I love to watch TV (can I admit that??) Right now I’m totally into The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Castle and am about to start watching Sons of Anarchy. I was a staunch ER fan before it ended, and St. Elsewhere before that. I LOVED Firefly. Big Bang Theory cracks me up and I still happen onto the occasional Friends episode I haven’t seen.

Oh, and I *love* Bikram yoga. Yoga of all kinds, really, but something about the heat really works for me.

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

[Roxanne Snopek]  www.roxannesnopek.ca

Facebook: RoxanneSnopekAuthor

Twitter: @RoxanneSnopek

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/RoxanneSnopek

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

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More about the book:

Needing a fresh start from her two-timing fiancé, Aurora McAllister answers a realtor’s ad for a guesthouse on the beautiful, serene Three River Ranch. She shows up at Three River tired, heartbroken, and with no one but her trusty Labradoodle as a companion.

Cowboy Carson Granger has enough trouble in his life without adding a woman and her dog to the mix. There’s the untamed mustang he’s prepping to release into the wild, not to mention his father’s crazy will, which stipulates that if Carson wants to fully inherit Three River, he’ll need to find a bride. Carson wants nothing to do with love and especially not a marriage of convenience. But he soon realizes Rory, and everything she represents, might just be exactly what he needs.

Sometimes love arrives on your doorstep when you least expect it…

More about the author:

Roxanne Willems Snopek is an award-winning freelance writer of everything from corporate newsletters to personal essays. Author of the Amazing Stories series of true life animal adventures, she now focuses on fiction. Snopek grew up in Saskatchewan and now lives in British Columbia.

This Week’s New and Notable Releases-October 28 Part One

Another heavy release week!  I split this into two posts, so check back tomorrow for the rest of this week’s awesome releases!  I am looking forward to Dead of Winter, Iced, A Trace of Moonlight , and Heart of the Dragon’s Realm.  What titles are on your wish list?

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Shoggoths in Bloom by Elizabeth Bear (Oct 31, 2012)

The Annotated Sword of Shannara: 35th Anniversary Edition by Terry Brooks (Oct 30, 2012)

Beneath a Darkening Moon (Ripple Creek) by Keri Arthur (Oct 30, 2012)

The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost (Oct 30, 2012)

Black Lament (A Black Wings Novel) by Christina Henry (Oct 30, 2012)

Blood Crime (Graphic Novel): An Original Hollows Graphic Novel by Kim Harrison and Gemma Magno (Oct 30, 2012)

Dark Nights by Christine Feehan (Oct 30, 2012)

The Dead of Winter by Lee Collins and Kaleo Griffith (Oct 30, 2012)

Death’s Apprentice: A Grimm City Novel by K. W. Jeter and Gareth Jefferson Jones (Oct 30, 2012)

Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter (Midnight Liaisons) by Jessica Sims (Oct 30, 2012)

Dream Unchained by Kate Douglas (Oct 30, 2012)

Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank (Oct 30, 2012)

Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher (Oct 30, 2012)

Hell to Heaven: Journey to Wudang: Book Two by Kylie Chan (Oct 30, 2012)

Iced: A Dani O’Malley Novel by Karen Marie Moning, Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross (Oct 30, 2012)

The Lands of Ice and Fire (A Game of Thrones) by George R.R. Martin (Oct 30, 2012)

Midnight’s Seduction by Donna Grant (Oct 30, 2012)

Need by Todd Gregory (Oct 30, 2012)

Pandaemonium by Ben Macallan (Oct 30, 2012)

Ruins (Pathfinder Series) by Orson Scott Card, Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne and Emily Janice Card (Oct 30, 2012)

Shadow Rising (An Otherworld Novel) by Yasmine Galenorn (Oct 30, 2012)

The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams (Oct 30, 2012)

Stray Souls (Magicals Anonymous) by Kate Griffin (Oct 30, 2012)

Succubus Dreams by Richelle Mead (Oct 30, 2012)

A Trace of Moonlight (Abby Sinclair) by Allison Pang (Oct 30, 2012)

Fury’s Kiss: Midnight’s Daughter (Dorina Basarab) by Karen Chance and Joyce Bean (Oct 29, 2012)

Heart of the Dragon’s Realm by Karalynn Lee (Oct 29, 2012)

The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves–October 28 Edition

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

I am getting kind of antsy to have another dog join the family.  Our house is just a house without a  happy canine, and it is really, really quiet here when I’m home alone.  I never felt alone before when Buu was here to keep me company, and I don’t like the feeling!  We found two dogs that we would like to adopt, but we haven’t heard back from the rescue yet, and I emailed over a week ago.  It’s kind of silly to get hung up on two dogs I haven’t even met in person, but I am getting such a good vibe from their pictures that I will be heartbroken if this doesn’t work out.  Have you ever pinned your hopes on something that seems a bit irrational?

Check out my current contests! See the Contest Widget on the Sidebar to enter!

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews to share new additions to our library. Click here to learn more about it.

New Arrivals at the Café:

Quantum Coin by E C Myers

London Eye by Tim Lebbon

City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

Born To Be Wild by Patricia Rosemoor

Heroman Vol 1 by Stan Lee, Bones, Tamon Ohta

Love, Suburban Style by Wendy Markham

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst

The Rancher’s Unexpected Family (Harlequin Romance) by Mackenzie, Myrna

Dark of the Moon by Barrett, Tracy

Collected by Madison, Shawntelle

A great big thanks to the publishers for their continued support!

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Excerpt – When the Duke Found Love by Isabella Bradford

Random House posted an excerpt from Isabella Bradford’s When the Duke Found Love.  Check it out while you read your morning coffee!  In stores November 27.

When the Duke Found Love by Isabella Bradford (Preview)

About the book:

The spirited Wylder sisters continue to scandalize the ton in Isabella Bradford’s witty and winsome trilogy. This time, the most impulsive of the siblings meets her match: a charming rake determined to save her from an arranged marriage.

The youngest of the Wylder girls—and the last left unwed—Lady Diana is also the most willful, a trait that’s leading her ever closer to dishonorable disaster. While her family’s solution is a fast and excruciatingly respectable marriage, Diana can’t imagine being wed to the very staid and dull Lord Crump. But while wedding plans are being made, a chance meeting at a gala turns Diana’s world upside down.

A kiss from a dazzling stranger gives Diana a most intimate introduction to one of the ton’s most resolute and scandalous bachelors, the Duke of Sheffield. Torn between family duty and her heart’s desire, Diana recklessly surrenders to the headiest of passions, recognizing that she has found a kindred soul in the handsome young duke. Soon it’s clear that seduction is no longer the game: Something deep and lasting has come to bind their hearts, and the stakes are nothing less than true love.

Cover Shot! Soulbound by Tessa Adams

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?

There are a ton of intriguing February 2013 releases! Soulbound by Tessa Adams is the first book in a new urban fantasy series, and it looks really good!  I love the intense expression and the pop of red from Xandra’s dress.  I am looking forward to giving this a read next year.

In stores February 2013

 

 

 

As the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter—and a member of Ipswitch’s Royal family—Xandra Morgan should be a witch of incredible power. But things don’t always turn out like you expect…

While she hasn’t lived up to her family’s expectations, Xandra has come to terms with her latent magic and made a life for herself in Austin, Texas, running a coffee shop where she makes potions of a non-magical nature. While things aren’t perfect, Xandra is happy—until she runs into powerful warlock Declan Chumomisto.

Xandra hasn’t seen Declan in years, and though she’s still overwhelmed by his power, she doesn’t trust him. And when her own powers awaken one night and lead her to the body of a woman in the woods bearing the symbol of Isis—the same one that has marked Xandra since the day she met Declan—she’s filled with a terrible suspicion, soon confirmed: the woman is connected to him.

Xandra doesn’t want to believe that Declan is capable of murder, but as the body count mounts, and Xandra’s own powers spiral out of control, she’s not sure she can trust her own instincts…

Feed Your Kindle with Cheap Reads!

Here are some post-apocalypse eBooks to get you in the mood for Halloween.  Everything priced at under 5 bucks!

 

 The Apocalypse Blog Book 1: End of the Old by Melanie Edmonds -  2.99

"The world is broken. It’s broken and it wants to kill us. All of us. I think it might succeed."
On Christmas Eve, a bomb tears apart the city where Faith MacIntyre lives. At first, it feels like the whole world has ended. After a while, Faith realises that feeling might be right.
Help stops coming, communications break down, and Faith’s group is increasingly isolated. They push on to get to the hospital, the last hope for their injured, fighting loss and starvation and other, desperate people who have turned to violence in the darkness.
Worse, it seems as if nature itself is broken and turned against them. Acid taints the rain, dissolving the city around Faith and her group. They soon realise that the hardest battle to fight is the one for hope.
This is the first installment of Faith’s journey, with new, extended content!
Contains violence, occasional swearing and adult themes.

 

 

Tomorrow Land  by Mari Mancusi – .2.99

Can true love survive the end of the world?

Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice–between her family–and Chris Parker, the boy she’d given her heart. And now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he’s the only thing on her mind.

All Chris "Chase" Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed–breaking his heart without ever telling him why.

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones of a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk…and feed. As they begin their pilgrimage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost–all the while attempting to save what’s left of the human race?

Previously published in paperback as RAZOR GIRL.

 

 

 Frost (The Frost Chronicles) by Kate Avery Ellison – 2.99

In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

She saves his life.

Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.

But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.

Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

 

 Reign of Blood by Alexia Purdy -  2.99

"Never tease anything that wants to eat you. My name is April Tate and my blood is the new gold. Vampires and hybrids have overrun my world, once vibrant with life, but now a graveyard of death shrouded in shadows. I fight to survive; I fight for my mother and brother. The journey is full of turns that I am quite unprepared for. And I’m just hoping to make it to the next Vegas sunrise…"

In a post-apocalyptic world, a viral epidemic has wiped out most of the earth’s population, leaving behind few humans but untold numbers of mutated vampires. April is a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after the outbreak. She has become a ferocious vampire killer and after her family is abducted, she goes searching for them. What she finds is a new breed of vampire, unlike any she has seen before. Unsure of whom she can trust, she discovers that her view of the world is not as black and white as she once thought, and she’s willing to bend the rules to rescue her family. But in trying to save them, she may only succeed in bringing her fragile world crashing down around her.


 

    Ephemeral (The Countenance)  -  Addison Moore -  3.99

Young Adult/ Mature Situations

In the grand scheme of things, you’ll be dead a lot longer than you’ll ever be alive.
The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield.

Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely.

Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma.

In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says.

Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she?

Cover Reveal-Embers in a Dark Frost by Kelly Keaton!

Kelly Keaton has a cover reveal for her latest release, Embers in a Dark Frost. This is a New Adult fantasy, and Kelly is self-publishing this title. Kelly also writes as Kelly Gay, so she’s no stranger to crafting engaging, can’t put down stories.

Here’s the cover – what do you think of it? 

Embers in a Dark Frost will be available November 15th!

 

Cover by Claudia McKinney at Phat Puppy Creations (and Hot Damn Designs did the typography).

Description:

The Fire Breathers have come. The Underworld calls. A choice must be made…

With her feared half blood and flame-colored hair, DEIRA D’ANU is a constant reminder of human betrayal and the war that claimed the light from Innis Fail. Now, darkness and frost creep across the land, strengthening the Lord of the Underworld. War is imminent—an allegiance with the Fire Breathers is vital. When their champion, Balen, sees Deira, he believes she is the key to finding the light and stopping the dark frost.

But the Underworld calls to Deira, tempting her to turn her back on a world that never cared and betray the champion willing to sacrifice everything to keep her safe and save his world from darkness.

 

Title: EMBERS IN A DARK FROST

Author: Kelly Keaton

ISBN-13: 978-0-9885225-0-3
ISBN-10: 0988522500

Release Date: November 15, 2012

Genre: New Adult Fantasy

LINKS:  www.kellykeaton.net
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KellyKeaton
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelly-Keaton/101061679938748?ref=hl

Review: Three River Ranch by Roxanne Snopek

 

 

Title:  Three River Ranch

Author: Roxanne Snopek

Publisher: Entangled – Bliss

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Needing a fresh start from her two-timing fiancé, Aurora McAllister answers a realtor’s ad for a guesthouse on the beautiful, serene Three River Ranch. She shows up at Three River tired, heartbroken, and with no one but her trusty Labradoodle as a companion. Cowboy Carson Granger has enough trouble in his life without adding a woman and her dog to the mix. There’s the untamed mustang he’s prepping to release into the wild, not to mention his father’s crazy will, which stipulates that if Carson wants to fully inherit Three River, he’ll need to find a bride. Carson wants nothing to do with love and especially not a marriage of convenience. But he soon realizes Rory, and everything she represents, might just be exactly what he needs. Sometimes love arrives on your doorstep when you least expect it…

Review:

Ah!  A series romance with mustangs!  How could I resist? Especially when Three River Ranch is a launch title for Entangled Publishing’s new Bliss line.  I was most eager to start reading this one! 

This is a nice introduction to the Bliss line.  The story moves along at a rapid clip, and it reminded me of a Harlequin Romance.  Just enough angst to propel the plot forward and softer sex scenes.  A feisty heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and a slightly socially awkward hero to challenge her resolve to not get involved with men. I am not a big fan of baby books, so I wasn’t totally charmed to learn that Rory is pregnant, but her situation made her character more interesting.  After being dumped by her two-timing fiancé, she is left to fend for herself, pregnant and jobless.  When she rents a house on a ranch, she thinks her prayers have been answered.  She’ll take a little time for herself, have her baby in a less stressful setting, and then make a life for herself and her child, all by herself.  Men are heartless jerks and she’s better off without one.

It is with a great deal of dismay that Rory first sets eyes on her new home.  The place is a complete dump, and it’s not fit for her to live in.  Then she discovers that she actually rented the other dwelling on the property, which has been kept up since the death of the ranch’s owner, but that his estranged son, Carson, is back in town and he intends to living in the house.  Oops! Perfect set up for lots of conflict between the protagonists.  Like Rory, Carson wants nothing to do with a relationship.  Women are too much trouble, and he has to focus his energy on his dream of establishing a mustang sanctuary.  He doesn’t have the time or the money to waste on women.  Well, except for that stupid clause in his father’s will.  If Carson wants to inherit the ranch, which he desperately need for his horses, he has to get married.  Pronto.  So maybe Carson and Rory can work out a mutually beneficial arrangement what will get them both what they want.  The land for Carson, and financial security for Rory.

I liked how large a part the animals played in the story.  Rory has a service dog, and because of a heartbreaking event in her past, she wants to help families with children with disabilities obtain service animals, because she is firmly convinced that they make an impact on the lives of those families.  Carson has rescued a pregnant mustang from certain death, and he is determined to nurse her back to health so she will be strong enough to deliver a healthy foal.  The animals interacted with each other, which guaranteed that I remained engaged in the plot.  Whenever an animal was part of a scene, the story rocked for me.  When they weren’t, things got a little bogged down.  Why?  Because Carson could be a jerk.  I had a hard time feeling any sympathy for him when he was acting like a spoiled child.  He took his frustrations out on Rory, and if I were her, I would be running as far away from him as I could get.  When even his best friend had to tell him he was a thoughtless douchebag, one had to wonder at how quickly he could turn over a new leaf.  Carson constantly shifted blame for his bad behavior to his emotionally distant and demanding father.  I wanted him to take ownership of himself and his actions, and it just took too long for his light blub moment.

Overall, I did enjoy Three River Ranch, with the reservations mentioned.   This is the first Bliss title that I have read, and I am looking forward to sampling more of them.

Grade:  B-

Review copy provided by publisher