Win an iPod from Ophelia London, Author of Playing at Love!

Ophelia London is celebrating the release of her first book, Playing at Love, with an awesome giveaway!  Check this out!  She is giving away an iPod!


a brand spanking new iPod loaded with . . . get this . . .

the playlist inspired by the book!

More info about the book:

Show choir teacher Tess Johansson loves three things: music, her job, and sharing that passion with her students. But when a school budget crisis forces funding to be pulled from either the sports or music programs, she finds herself going head to head with Jack, the gorgeous new football coach who broke her heart fifteen years ago.

Jack Marshall wants two things: to be closer to his young daughter and to make his mark as a football coach. Taking the new job, with the promise that he’d have time to build a solid team, gave him both. But now he must win the season with a group of boys who aren’t anywhere near ready or he’ll lose everything he’s worked so hard for. Being pitted against Tess, the summer love he never forgot, is like being fourth and long with only seconds on the clock.

On opposing sides of a fierce battle and with everything at stake, Tess and Jack find themselves torn between doing what it takes to win and doing what it takes to be together.


More info about Ophelia:

Ophelia London loves great books, sweet treats, complicated sweaters, live music, looking at Adam Levine, and all things Hitchcock. She can dwell for hours over changing a comma to a semi-colon.  Pretty shoes make her happy, as do pretty cupcakes and chocolate in general. She loathes writing query letters. It sometimes takes her a week to read a 250-page novel because she’ll read a sentence, smile, think about it, love it, then reread the entire page to relive the full effect. She dreams about being at the beach practically every day but loves being cozy at home most of all. She doesn’t deny that she’s not cool enough for Coldplay but a bit too cool for Mandy Moore—both are all over her iPod. She’s attended 20+ shows at London’s West End, and she saw (in the theater, first run) "Star Wars, the Phantom Menace" 16 times. Most days you can find her wishing she was wearing a fabulous hat or singing karaoke in her car. She finds Ryan Seacrest both fascinating and repulsive. She firmly believes that her conflicting personality makes her charming; as does her sarcasm. "Playing at Love," the first book in her Sweet Kisses series, launched into the ebook universe on September 25, 2013. Its spin off, "Speaking of Love…" will land in January 2013. Both are part of Entangled Publishing’s brand new Bliss imprint. Her dreamy little debut print novel, "Abby Road," is slanted for a March 2013 release.

The giveaway ends soon, so make sure you enter today.  Don’t forget to drop by Ophelia’s website to say “hi!”  Check back here next week for my interview with Ophelia, too!

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Feed Your Kindle! Cheap YA eBooks!

Here are some YA eBooks for your reading pleasure.  Everything priced at under 5 bucks!


  The Academy  by Emmaline Andrews -  .99

The Academy

Where things are not always as they seem…

My name is Kris Jameson and I’m a student at the Royal Academy. I’m at the top of all my classes, what they call a “model student.” There’s only one problem—the Academy is an all boys school and I’m a girl.

It started as a prank when I took my brother’s place. But things got complicated when I caught Broward, the school bully, in a compromising position. They got even worse when I was assigned my roommate—the handsome but enigmatic North who saved me several times from the bully’s attacks.

Now the consequences of my deception are coming back to haunt me. The penalty for fraud at this exclusive school is much worse than simple expulsion—I could lose a hand. Worse, so could my beloved brother.

With so much at stake, it’s imperative that I keep my secret safe. And the person I’m closest to, North, is the one I have to be most wary of.

The trouble is, I think I’m falling in love with him…



Summer Storm by Kristina Dunker – .94

The day begins innocently enough: Annie and her friends are enjoying a leisurely afternoon of sunbathing when an ominous storm approaches. In the scramble to leave, Annie realizes her cousin Gina is missing. After a fruitless search in the rain, the teens call the police. And as the hours tick by, Annie’s fear for Gina’s safety mounts. How could this have happened? Wasn’t anyone watching her? Didn’t anyone see? The possibilities are too horrific to consider, and Annie turns for support to the friends who were with her and Gina on that fateful afternoon. But as the days pass without a trace of the lost girl, accusations begin to fly between friends, and disturbing information about one of their own comes to light. At first Annie refuses to believe it. But as the evidence begins to mount and the accused does nothing to clarify the situation, Annie realizes the relationships she once held dear are not at all what they seemed. And if a girl can’t trust her best friends…who can she trust?



The Weepers: The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker – 3.99

Sherry has lived with her family in a bunker for more than three years. Her grandfather’s body has been in the freezer for the last six months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago, they ran out of food. Sherry and her father must leave the safety of the bunker. What they find is an empty Los Angeles, destroyed by bombs and haunted by Weepers – savage humans infected with a rabies virus. While searching for food, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a vineyard where a handful of survivors are picking up the pieces of their other lives, before the virus changed everything. Sherry must find a way to help her family, stay alive, and decide whether Joshua is their savior or greatest danger as his desire for vengeance threatens them all. This debut novel is a page-turner that is not easy to forget.


Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy) by Kerstin Gier- 2.99

Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.


Princess of the Midnight Ball  by Jessica Day George – 1.59

Rose is one of twelve princesses forced to dance through the night in an underground palace. The key to breaking the spell lies in magic knitting needles, an invisibility cloak, and-of course-true love. Inspired by "The Twelve Dancing Princesses,"this novel is as captivating as it is fresh. Enchanted readers are sure to clamor for the new companion, Princess of Glass, also published.

Interview with Samantha Kane, Author of The Devil’s Thief and Giveaway!

I’m excited to welcome Samantha Kane to the virtual offices today.  Samantha is the author of The Devil’s Thief, a new release from Loveswept, one of my favorite romance imprints.  Say “hi” to Samantha, and after the interview, enter for a chance to win a digital copy of The Devil’s Thief!

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

[Samantha Kane] I’m a 45 year old mom, writer, wife. I’m a bit introverted, laid back in some ways and high strung in others. I like to knit and bake and sit outside on beautiful days. I do not multi-task well. I don’t understand how the internet works, or my cell phone, but I use them just the same. This can be said of a lot of things in my life. I drive a minivan by choice, and I am a cat person.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Devil’s Thief?

[Samantha Kane] The Devil’s Thief is the first book in a new Regency historical romance series called The Saint’s Devils. The series is about a group of rakes who’ve been friends since their school days. Their unofficial leader is Sir Hilary St. John, a sort of brilliant, hedonistic Sherlock Holmes character. The Devil’s Thief is about Alasdair Sharp, a well to-do gentleman whose famous family heirloom The Stewart Pearl is stolen by Miss Julianna Harte, a quiet lady who needs the money from the pearl to save the foundling home she sponsors. When Alasdair catches Julianna stealing the pearl she lies about her identity and he thinks she’s an experienced thief, a product of the underworld. So he offers her a bargain–one night in his bed for the pearl. He never means to keep the bargain, however. He plans to pay her off with something else in the morning and make her his mistress. But when morning comes Julianna has disappeared with his pearl and Alasdair has to enlist the aid of his friends to find her and his family heirloom.

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

[Samantha Kane] Many years ago I came up with the concept of the Alasdair and Julianna characters, but in a different series context. Another author and I discussed doing that series together. That idea fell through because of schedules and prior commitments, so I shelved it. Then came Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes, and the Sir Hilary St. John character came to me, and Alasdair and Julianna and their story fit so well with his character The Saint’s Devils were born.

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

[Samantha Kane] Guarded, sincere, misguided.

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

[Samantha Kane] King of Diamonds by Motopony.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Julianna won’t leave the house without.

[Samantha Kane] Her lock picks.

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

[Samantha Kane ]Pajamas, anything out of place, another woman after Julianna.

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

[Samantha Kane] Music, movies, the outdoors.

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

[Samantha Kane] Music, isolation, a computer (I can’t write free hand. I block.)

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

[Samantha Kane ]Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh.

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

[Samantha Kane] Watership Down by Richard Adams.

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

[Samantha Kane] Hang out with my kids and husband.

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

[Samantha Kane] website:

twitter: skaneauthor

Facebook: authorSamanthaKane

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!


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Excerpt: Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank

Jacquelyn Frank’s latest release, Forbidden, hits shelves October 30. Check out this excerpt.

Forbidden (World of the Nightwalkers) by Jacquelyn Frank

More info about the book:

From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes this first book in The World of the Nightwalkers—an exciting and sensual new spin-off series in which the Bodywalkers, an ancient race of the night, battles the evil forces who prey on them.

The unexpected happens in an instant. On her way to work, secretary Docia Waverley hurtles into a crashing crossroads, and she quickly begins to suspect that things will never be the same. Then, when a tall, blond, muscular stranger intervenes on her behalf, telling her it is his duty to protect her at all cost, what is just a feeling turns to proof positive. That is, as long as Docia’s savior doesn’t turn out to be a crazed kidnapper.

When Ram finds Docia, he has no doubt that she is his queen. But as this golden warrior sweeps in to protect her, he feels something more than body heat every time they touch. He is overwhelmed by a searing connection that goes deep into the twin souls inside him. A desire rises in him that is forbidden—this woman is his queen, the mate of his king, his leader, his best friend. And yet Docia is so vulnerable and attractive that she awakens a hunger in Ram that is undeniable, a carnal craving he cannot yield to . . . not without risking the very survival of the Bodywalkers.


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Interview with Sean Cummings, Author of Poltergeeks

Sean Cummings dropped by the virtual offices to chat about his new release, Poltergeeks. Check out what he has to say!

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

[Sean Cummings] Middle-aged introvert with obsessive compulsive tendencies. Life long cat person who is morphing into the crazy old man on your street.

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

[Sean Cummings] Poltergeeks is book with a strong female protagonist who is snarky, fearless, loyal to those closest to her and who is desperate to prove herself to her over protective mother. It’s a book that is brooding vampire-free where there are romantic elements that differ from a lot of the love triangle formula you see in many young adult books these days. Julie and her best friend Marcus are quintessential geeks (Marcus, more so) who are quite happy about their social standing and comfortable in their own skin. There’s a bit of high school in the book but most of the story takes place on the streets of my hometown of Calgary. The reader is introduced to some very eccentric characters and Betty Priddy tops the list – she’s a blast to write about and the fact that she’s an immortal spirit who steals bodies at death’s door so she can manifest in the mortal plane creates a couple of interesting choices by which she pops into Julie’s life. This is a fun and funny story that gets very dark, very quickly. It’s non-stop action because the clock is ticking for Julie if she plans to save her mother’s life.

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

[Sean Cummings] The book started with the title, actually. The word POLTERGEEKS just popped into my head and I started jotting down ideas. Given that it’s been nearly thirty years since I was in high school I took a gamble when I decided to write something aimed at young adults and I wanted to make the characters as genuine as possible. So there’s mother-daughter angst. There’s a protagonist who wants very much to prove herself. There’s a missing piece to my protagonist’s life in that her father died when she was very young. All of this started to gel once I sat down and worked on an outline and the actual plot took shape very quickly once I sat down with a sheet of paper and a pencil. I wanted to write something different than a lot of urban fantasy featuring teenagers, so I adopted a mindset very quickly that my characters, though low on the social scale at school should still be quite comfortable with their standing in life. In Julie you have the hero’s journey. In Marcus, you have the Watson to Julie’s Sherlock Holmes.

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

[Sean Cummings] Feisty. Fearless. Irresponsible at times. Grounded in her friendships. Extremely loyal. Extremely self-sufficient. Comfortable in her own skin. She’s also a very, very powerful witch – more so than other witches her age. And finally, she’s snarky. A good female protagonist in an urban fantasy needs to be snarky, and Julie’s level of snark jumps right off the page.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Marcus would never have in his pocket?

[Sean Cummings] That’s a good question. He would never have car keys in his pocket because he’s all about saving the planet. He wouldn’t have a Starbucks gift card because he hates evil corporate entities save for McDonald’s. He wouldn’t carry lip balm unless he’s analyzed its chemical components first.

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

[Sean Cummings] The faint, wispy memories of her late father who died when she was four. He’s the missing piece in her life – his non-presence has shaped the person that she’s becoming. His legacy is coming back to haunt her in a very dark and dangerous way.

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

[Sean Cummings] Comic books top the list. Anything written by Alan Moore because he re-imagined what a comic book can possibly be with Watchmen. Stephen King, obviously, but also authors like Robert R. McCammon, John Saul and Simon R. Green. Believe it or not, Buffy didn’t influence me, though I did enjoy the show immensely.

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

[Sean Cummings] 1) Silence. I need absolute silence. 2) Coffee. I need that kick start first thing in the morning. 3) Early morning. I can’t write after twelve in the afternoon. I’m a morning person and my creative juices are always flowing when I’ve crawled out of bed to begin pounding away at the keyboard.

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

[Sean Cummings] The one that stands out the most is BLACKBIRDS by Chuck Wendig. I believe that in Miriam Black, Wendig has completely re-written the rules for what’s possible in dark fantasy with a strong female protagonist. Like, completely and utterly demolished them. No, I’m serious. He hopped his ass into a Sherman Tank and bloody well smashed through them with his main cannon firing. Miriam Black is unbelievably damaged goods – she touches your skin, she sees your death. BOOM! How can that NOT mess your mind up? How can you NOT smoke a three packs of cigarettes a day or guzzle whiskey to numb everything. It’s gritty, frightening and at times downright hilarious. This is the first book in a long time where I don’t have a bloody clue the direction the main character is going to go because Miriam doesn’t really have a clue where her life is leading her either. BLACKBIRDS is the best book of the year – hand’s down. I expect you’re going to see a lot of authors writing books with similar style characters because they’ve been influenced by Wendig’s writing. God knows, I have.

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

[Sean Cummings] Oh that’s easy. WHEN THE WIND BLOWS by John Saul. It’s the first "adult" book I ever read and the irony is that its main characters are children. All of Saul’s books deal with themes that can resonate with someone writing young adult. The setting is always a small town where everyone knows each other. There’s always something dark and terrible in that house two blocks away from your house. There’s always something evil lurking in the shadows and it usually revolves around young people.

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

[Sean Cummings] I’m a massive English football fan. Love love love the game! So I watch it on the dish Saturday and Sunday mornings at an obscenely early hour when I should be writing. I like to hang out with my son. I read, obviously. I watch a lot of science fiction and fantasy with the better half. I basically immerse myself in being a happy middle aged man who lives in a nice neighborhood (finally).

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

[Sean Cummings] I’m on Twitter (saskatoonauthor). My website is I’m on Facebook. My email is info AT sean DASH cummings DOT ca.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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Waiting on Wednesday–Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore

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

I love the title for Stephen Blackmoore’s February release – Dead Things just sounds so cool!

In stores February 2013


Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it’s a title Eric Carter is stuck with.

He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He’s turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.

When he left L.A. fifteen years ago he thought he’d never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.

But now his sister’s been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why.

Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it’s the patron saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who’s taken an unusually keen interest in him.

Carter’s going to find out who did it and he’s going to make them pay.

As long as they don’t kill him first.

What are you waiting on?

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop-Win The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle!

Welcome to my  Spooktacular giveaway,  hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Rhiannon from The Diary of a Bookworm.  This hop runs from October 24 to October 31  and you can win lots of new reads. There are over 400 blogs participating in this hop!  Click here for a complete list of blogs participating in the hop.

I recently read and enjoyed The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle, and I think you will, too!  It is scary and suspenseful, and oh-so hard to put down!

About the book:

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

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This Week’s New and Notable YA Releases

This week I’m most excited about Dark Star.  Which books are on your shopping list?

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Burning Blue by Paul Griffin (Oct 25, 2012)  

This Is Not a Drill by Beck McDowell (Oct 25, 2012)  

Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly (Oct 23, 2012)


Blind Spot by Laura Ellen (Oct 23, 2012)  

The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef (Oct 23, 2012)  

The Candy Shop War, Book 2: Arcade Catastrophe by Brandon Mull (Oct 23, 2012)


The Crimson Crown (A Seven Realms Novel) by Cinda Williams Chima (Oct 23, 2012)  

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette (Oct 23, 2012)  

Divine Madness (Cherub) by Robert Muchamore (Oct 23, 2012)


The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Oct 23, 2012)  

Flutter by Gina Linko (Oct 23, 2012)

The Lost Prince (Iron Fey) by Julie Kagawa (Oct 23, 2012)

Mastiff: The Legend of Beka Cooper #3 by Tamora Pierce (Oct 23, 2012)  

Perry’s Killer Playlist by Joe Schreiber (Oct 23, 2012)

Regine’s Book: A Teen Girl’s Last Words by Regine Stokke (Oct 23, 2012)


Sacrifice (Harlequin Teen) by Cayla Kluver (Oct 23, 2012)  

The Twinning Project by Robert Lipsyte (Oct 23, 2012)  

The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Destiny Rising by L. J. Smith (Oct 23, 2012)