This Week’s New and Notable YA Releases

Apollo’s Outcasts and The Lazarus Machine are at the top of my wish list this week.  What’s on yours?

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Apollo’s Outcasts by Allen Steele (Nov 27, 2012)

Crazy Love by Amir Abrams (Nov 27, 2012)

Dramatic Pause (Commercial Breaks) by P.G. Kain (Nov 27, 2012)


Elixir: A Covenant Novella by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Nov 27, 2012)

Fragile Darkness: A Midnight Dragonfly Novel by Ellie James (Nov 27, 2012)

The Kingdom Of Strange by Shula Klinger (Nov 27, 2012)

Lazarus Machine, The (A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure) by Paul Crilley (Nov 27, 2012)

The Lucky Ones: A Bright Young Things Novel by Anna Godbersen (Nov 27, 2012)

Throwing Like a Girl by Weezie Kerr Mackey (Nov 27, 2012)

Touched (Sense Thieves) by Corrine Jackson (Nov 27, 2012)

Enchanted Frost (Frost Series #8) (A YA Romantic Fantasy Adventure) by Kailin Gow (Nov 26, 2012)

Interview with Elizabeth Richards, Author of Black City and Giveaway!


Elizabeth Richards recently stopped by the virtual offices to chat about her new release, Black City.  After the interview, you can enter for a chance to win Black City and Phoenix, the next book in the series!

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

[Elizabeth Richards] Sci-fi/fantasy and horror loving geek girl. Wants to be a Gryffindor, but knows in her heart she’s a Hufflepuff. Four is my book boyfriend.

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

[Elizabeth Richards] Here’s the official blurb, which sums it up best!

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable — they fall in love.

Bonded by a mysterious connection, that causes Ash’s long dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught they’ll be executed —but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

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

[Elizabeth Richards] It all started with Ash. His character came to me, fully formed, while I was watching a movie one night. I just couldn’t shift this idea of a drug-dealing, supernatural boy who gets a heartbeat when he meets his true love. As soon as the movie finished, I wrote a scene between Ash and his best friend Beetle. Everything else fell into place organically after that. I’ve always been drawn to the gothic and dark, and many of my all-time favorite books have dystopian settings, so it was inevitable this would be the world I would put Ash and Natalie in.

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

[Elizabeth Richards] Dark, sexy, dangerous.

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

[Elizabeth Richards] Girl by Tori Amos.

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

[Elizabeth Richards] Her bodyguard (but that’s not her choice).

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

[Elizabeth Richards] Anything silver (he’s allergic), gum (it gets stuck in his fangs), girls’ telephone numbers (it’s illegal for him to date humans).

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

[Elizabeth Richards] I’m at my most creative when I’m staying in my family’s home in Co. Sligo, Ireland. Our home is in a beautiful fishing village, which has stunning views of Donegal Bay and Ben Bulben (the mountain referenced in W. B. Yeats’ poem ‘Under Ben Bulben).The place just has a wild, gothic, and romantic feel about it, and there’s a lot of rich history and folklore around there, which I find very inspirational. Plus there’s no cell-phone reception, or internet connection at the house, so it’s very peaceful. I wrote the first draft of Black City there, actually!

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

[Elizabeth Richards] Laptop, Pepsi Max, solitude.

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

[Elizabeth Richards] Divergent by Veronica Roth. It was utterly superb. I devoured the book in a few hours, and then immediately re-read it. The characters were brilliantly developed, the world was fresh and exciting, the action was thrilling, and Four…oh, Four! *swooooon* I think my faction would be Dauntless, or possibly Candor, given that I’m a terrible liar.

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

[Elizabeth Richards] To be honest, I don’t recall one specific book as a kid that got me into reading—it just seemed to be something we did in our family, and was always a big part of my life. But the most influential and life-changing book I’ve ever read was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I’m a huge fan of the series, and it’s been a big part of my life for all these years.

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

[Elizabeth Richards] I enjoy drawing, watching sci-fi TV shows with my hubbie, and going out for dinner with my friends. Occasionally, I like going to gigs as well, but I haven’t had the opportunity to go to one for a while. Hoping to get to Download next year!

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

[Elizabeth Richards] You can send me a message via the contact form on my website (, or I can be found on Facebook (, and on Twitter (!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Elizabeth had one more thing to say, and you are going to love it!

One last thing, there will be a tour wide giveaway.  We are offering TWO FINISHED copies of Black City and TWO pre-orders of PHOENIX. So there will be two winners. Those who keep up with the tour and comment as they go (once a day) can enter.

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You can order Black City from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below.  You can also pre-order Phoenix, the next book in the series!



North America’s Leading Digital Manga Magazine Eliminates Time Delay To Celebrate One Year Anniversary; New Series To Join Anthology Starting With NISEKOI Debuting Today

San Francisco, CA, November 26, 2012 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, will synchronize its WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA (WEEKLY SJ ALPHA), a weekly serial anthology of some of the most popular manga series in the world, to Japan releases starting with the January 21, 2013 issue.

WEEKLY SJ Alpha, available exclusively on the VIZ Manga digital platform, will feature new installments of BLEACH, CROSS MANAGE, NARUTO, NISEKOI, ONE PIECE, and TORIKO on the same day as their general release in Japan. Monthly series such as BLUE EXORCIST, RUROUNI KENSHIN: RESTORATION and YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL will debut the closest Monday after the Japanese release. There are also plans for additional series to join the WEEKLY SJ ALPHA lineup.

“North American fans have been waiting for a long time for real-time publishing to synchronize with Japan, and it’s about to happen in WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA,” says Alvin Lu, Executive Vice President, Publishing. “A robust VIZ Manga digital infrastructure, combined with our close relationship with WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP in Japan allows us to close the gap in release schedules. We look forward to fans continuing to look to WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA for the latest hot new manga titles straight from Japan!”

WEEKLY SJ ALPHA also launches its newest weekly manga title today as it debuts Naoshi Komi’s romantic comedy series, NISEKOI (rated ‘T’ for Teens). In the laugh-out-loud feel-good manga series, it was hate at first sight…rather a knee-to-the-head at first sight when Raku Ichijo meets Chitoge Kirisaki! Unfortunately, Raku’s gangster father arranges a false love match with their rival’s daughter, who just so happens to be Chitoge! However, Raku’s searching for his childhood sweetheart from ten years ago, with a pendant around his neck as a memento, and he can’t even remember her name or face! For a free sample, fans are invited to check out the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA Starter Pack, which has been updated to include Chapter 1 of NISEKOI, available from and!

NISEKOI, Volume 1 is also available for digital download for $4.99 (USD/CAN) VIZ Manga, VIZ Media’s innovative digital platform that allows for complete interoperability to read manga from your iPhone®, iPod® touch, iPad®, and supported Android smart phones and tablets (including the Kindle Fire), with for desktop/laptop computers. With one account, registered users are able to view their purchases across even more devices than ever, and the rapidly growing platform features over 1,000 volumes across 100 different series.

Each digital edition of WEEKLY SJ ALPHA treats manga fans across North America to the latest chapters of some of the world’s most popular manga titles, and is available through the VIZ Manga digital platform through an annual membership that provides 52 weeks of digital access to 48 weekly issues for just $25.99. Members also receive exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME promotional cards throughout the year, an annual collector’s yearbook and access to exclusive content, including creator interviews and exclusive videos.

For more information on WEEKLY SJ ALPHA and exclusive subscriber offers, please visit

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About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at

This Week’s New and Notable Releases–Part 2

Tons of good stuff this week!  I think The Emperor’s Conspiracy , Fallen, and Linda Howard’s book all need to be on my wish list.  What are you adding to yours?

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A Bush Christmas by Margareta Osborn (Nov 28, 2012)

Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes (Nov 27, 2012)

Badlands Bride by Adrianne Wood (Nov 27, 2012)

Body Heat by Susan Fox (Nov 27, 2012)

Caribbean Christmas by Jenna Bayley-Burke (Nov 27, 2012)

A Christmas Bride/Christmas Beau by Mary Balogh (Nov 27, 2012)

Drive Me Wild (The Others) by Christine Warren (Nov 27, 2012)

The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener (Nov 27, 2012)

Fallen by Celeste Bradley (Nov 27, 2012)

Gold Fire by Starr Ambrose (Nov 27, 2012)

How to Deceive a Duke by Lecia Cornwall (Nov 27, 2012)

The Importance of Being Wicked by Miranda Neville (Nov 27, 2012)

The Key by Lynsay Sands (Nov 27, 2012)

King of the Damned: A League of Guardians Novel by Juliana Stone (Nov 27, 2012)

Love for Christmas by Denise Patrick (Nov 27, 2012)

Midnight in Your Arms by Morgan Kelly (Nov 27, 2012)

My Lord Eternity (Immortal Rogues) by Alexandra Ivy (Nov 27, 2012)

A Private Duel with Agent Gunn (The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard) by Jillian Stone (Nov 27, 2012)

Running Wild: The Men from Battle Ridge by Linda Howard, Linda Jones and Maggie Wheeler (Nov 27, 2012)

Savage Betrayal by Shelli Stevens (Nov 27, 2012)

The Second Seduction of a Lady by Miranda Neville (Nov 27, 2012)

Slow Heat (Bounty Hunter 5) by Lorie O’Clare (Nov 27, 2012)

When the Duke Found Love by Isabella Bradford (Nov 27, 2012)

Lord Stillwell’s Excellent Engagement by Victoria Alexander (Nov 26, 2012)

Interview with Emi Gayle, Author of After Dark and Giveaway!

Emi Gayle is celebrating the release of her new book  After Dark.  She stopped by the virtual offices to chat, and she brought along a digital copy of After Dark for one of you to win!

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

[Emi Gayle] Chief-Mom to three. Writer of two minds. Workerbee. Still in love with the guy I met at 14 and married at 20. That’s me!

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

[Emi Gayle] After Dark is about Mackenzie Thorne, a changeling, the changeling who has one goal … get through her senior year, get to her nineteenth birthday and choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life. The whole rest of her life. No take backs. No changes. Forever.

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

[Emi Gayle] One day I was thinking about how my life and career has changed over time. I’ve gone up the corporate ladder, gotten out, gone back in, had three kids, done creative stuff, done logic stuff … but what do I really want to be when I grow up? Well … what if what I’d picked in that first job was it and I could never change. Tada! After Dark!

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

[Emi Gayle] Stubborn. Undecided. Brilliant.

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

[Emi Gayle] Give Your Heart a Break by Demi Lovato

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

[Emi Gayle] Something, anything, to hold her hair back.

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

[Emi Gayle] A pocket dictionary – he’s really, really smart

A picture of his mom – can’t tell you why

Pixie dust. He hasn’t learned if they are real or not yet.

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

[Emi Gayle] My children. They really are because their life (and my past time as a teen) are what bring me back and let me remember what I didn’t know I didn’t know.

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

[Emi Gayle] My laptop.

My laptop.

My laptop.

Yup. That’s it.

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

[Emi Gayle] Crux by Julie Reece. LOVED it.

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

[Emi Gayle] That’s a toughie for me because as a kid, one of my ‘chores’ was to read for 30 minutes every day. EVERY day. And the books I read didn’t turn me on to reading per se. They were just ‘read’. So even the classics weren’t something I liked exactly. Now once I started reading romance, that’s when the fun started, but I was married with children by then. 

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

[Emi Gayle] I LOVE watching the DIY network and HGTV. I can’t wait, one day, when I have money, to redo my kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom. I’m just hoping to meet one of the ‘Bath Crasher’, ‘Kitchen Crasher’ or "Yard Crasher’ people in my local Lowes or Home Depot. 

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

[Emi Gayle] I’m at all these places:

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!


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About the book:

What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.
Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists—which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.

This Week’s New and Notable Releases Part One

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Dreams (Sarah Midnight Trilogy 1) by Daniela Sacerdoti (Nov 28, 2012)

Angel In Chains (The Fallen) by Cynthia Eden (Nov 27, 2012)

Bard’s Oath (Dragonlords) by Joanne Bertin (Nov 27, 2012)

City of Dark Magic: A Novel by Magnus Flyte (Nov 27, 2012)

Creative Fire, The (Book One of Ruby’s Song) by Brenda Cooper (Nov 27, 2012)

Crossed Blades by Kelly McCullough (Nov 27, 2012)

Drive Me Wild (The Others) by Christine Warren (Nov 27, 2012)

Heaven to Wudang: Journey to Wudang: Book Three by Kylie Chan (Nov 27, 2012)

Kept: A Coveted Novel by Shawntelle Madison (Nov 27, 2012)

King of the Dead (The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle) by Joseph Nassise (Nov 27, 2012)

Kiss of Surrender: A Deadly Angels Book by Sandra Hill (Nov 27, 2012)

Lust for Life (Ciara Griffin) by Jeri Smith-Ready (Nov 27, 2012)

Midnight’s Warrior (Dark Warriors) by Donna Grant (Nov 27, 2012)

Moonshifted (An Edie Spence Novel) by Cassie Alexander (Nov 27, 2012)

The Rise of Ransom City (Half-Made World) by Felix Gilman (Nov 27, 2012)

Shadow’s Claim (Immortals After Dark: the Dacians) by Kresley Cole (Nov 27, 2012)

Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews (Nov 27, 2012)

The Sum of Her Parts (Tipping Point Trilogy) by Alan Dean Foster (Nov 27, 2012)

Sword of Caledor (Tyrion & Teclis) by William King (Nov 27, 2012)

Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Five) by Kevin Hearne (Nov 27, 2012)

Undead to the World (Bloodhound Files) by DD Barant (Nov 27, 2012)

Wild About You (Love at Stake) by Kerrelyn Sparks (Nov 27, 2012)

Dark Dealings by Kim Knox (Nov 26, 2012)

Excerpt: Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones

Here’s another excerpt from Random House.  This time, it’s for their upcoming release by Linda Howard and Linda Jones, Running Wild, which I am looking forward to.  If you enjoy the excerpt, you can pre-order using the links below.

RUNNING WILD by Linda Howard and Linda Jones

About the book:

In book 1 of this steamy new contemporary Western romance series by two blockbuster authors, a cowboy and a woman on the run take a stand and fight for love.

Carlin Reed lives in fear, off the grid, moving from place to place. So Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town in the middle of nowhere, seems like a good place to lie low for a while. But after becoming cook and housekeeper to cattle rancher Zeke Decker, Carlin suspects that she’s made her first mistake. Rugged, sexy, and too distracting for his own good, Zeke is pure temptation mixed with something deep and primal that makes Carlin feel almost safe. Soon things are getting way too hot in the kitchen.

Zeke doesn’t challenge Carlin’s terms: cash, dead bolts, and no questions. It is easy to see that she’s a woman in trouble. Problem is, he’s so blindsided by his attraction to her he can’t think straight. Zeke tries to stay all business, no complications—but that game plan is sabotaged the second Carlin gets under his skin. And when her terrifying past follows her to the ranch, Carlin faces a heartbreaking choice: run away from the man she loves, or put him in the crosshairs of a madman.

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The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves – November 25th 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 still running around the Wonderful World of Disney with my family, so updates will be sparse for about another week.  I always think I’m going to squeeze some reading in on these visits, but there’s so much running around from park to park, while we try to take in as many holiday decorations, ADR’s, fireworks, and yummy food as possible that I don’t get much accomplished.  I hope you are all having a fun weekend!

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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:

I went a little nuts on Harlequin releases – lol

Confidence Tricks by Tamara Morgan

Tracking Justice by Shirlee McCoy

Rancher’s Refuge by  Linda Goodnight

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

Back to the Good Fortune Diner by Vicki Essex

Wild for the Sheriff by Kathleen O’Brien

The One That Got Away by Kelly Hunter

Hitched! by Jessica hart

The Downfall of a Good Girl by Kimberly Lang

How To Get Over Your Ex by Nikki Logan

My Cowboy Valentine by Jane Porter

Aftershock by Jill Sorenson

Enchanted Ever After by Robin D Owens

Big Sky River by Linda Lael Miller

Forbidden Jewel of India by Louise Allen

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

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