Cover Shot! The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross

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?

Kady Cross must have pleased the cover gods, because all of her books are blessed with incredible covers.  The Girl with the Iron Touch has the best so far! This is another May 2013 that I can hardly wait to get my hands on!


Finley Jayne, Griffin and their crew are stunned when one of their own is kidnapped. Emily has a way with machines—she can literally talk to them. But the automatons who abducted her aren’t ordinary machines. They’re almost human—and they want Emily to do something as horrifying as it seems possible.

To save Emily, Finley must contact the highly unsettling Jack Dandy and face her feelings for two vastly different men, even as Griffin’s nightmares threaten to turn into a reality that might just end them all.

Puppy Update

My puppies are keeping me hopping, so I haven’t had much time to read. I spend most of my time at home removing things from their mouths (like books, my iPad, my iPhone, my jacket, my shoes – you get the picture). Here are some pictures – forgive the poor quality; they don’t ever stop moving.

Puppies never do what you ask them to do. I have used the word “No” more in the last week than I have my whole life.

Puppies never stand still. I am burning those pesky calories chasing those pesky puppies.

Puppies have the attention span of fleas. They spend most of their waking hours jumping on each other and wrestling. Or chasing leaves. Or trying to eat fluff off the carpet. Or trying to eat anything that’s not nailed down. *sigh*

Puppies look like angels. Don’t be fooled. They are really devils. Especially this one. She has the innocent, sweet puppy look down pat. She waits until you are ready for a cuddle to kamikaze your face.

Interview with Victoria James, Author of The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby

 Please welcome Victoria James to the virtual offices today.  She’s here to chat about her holiday themed romance The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby.

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

[Victoria James] Mom, wife, daughter, writer, entrepreneur. I’m loyal, optimistic, a total sap, and a dreamer. Oh, and coffee addict.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby?

[Victoria James] Jackson Pierce had a perfect childhood-until a death changed everything. The tragedy shattered his family, and he grew to hate the holidays, and everything that reminded him of the people he had lost. Hannah Woods, the woman who is about to challenge all his beliefs, grew up with nothing, with no one. And yet, it is Hannah who teaches him the importance of family ties, and the power of forgiveness. Somehow, the two of them must overcome their pasts and find a way to be the family that both of them secretly desire…

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

[Victoria James] A few years ago, surrounded by my extended family, I started wondering about how much of who I was today was shaped by the people around me. I had always known the love of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins. But what if I hadn’t? How would that have changed me? And that thought triggered the characters in THE BILLIONAIRE’S CHRISTMAS BABY. How would different people react to the holidays if they didn’t have a family? If they had no one? Would they build walls around themselves? Or would they be in a perpetual search for a soul-mate, for love? The hero and heroine that took shape in my mind became larger than life. Their pain, their need for acceptance and unconditional love tugged at my heartstrings until I was forced to find a way to create a happily-ever-after for the three of them! And of course, it would have to take place during the holidays!

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

[Victoria James] Hannah is determined, gutsy, and optimistic.

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

[Victoria James] Eye of the Tiger, by Survivor. LOL.

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

[Victoria James] Her BlackBerry. It’s her connection to her job-and she takes her career as a social worker very seriously.

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

[Victoria James] Cigarettes, pictures of his family, anything Christmas related.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Jackson’s greatest regret?

[Victoria James] Not reconciling with his sister.

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

[Victoria James] Everything around me. I’m one of those people in a crowd who watches and observes-I’m not the talker or the life of the party. I love people-watching and often I get swept away by a scenario or a face, and a whole new story emerges! People’s unique life journeys intrigue me. And I’m always inspired by people’s real-life stories.

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

[Victoria James] Coffee, a quiet space, my laptop.

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

[Victoria James] OK-don’t laugh (well, a little giggle is fine, I guess): Llama Llama Holiday Drama. Seriously, if you have small children you must get this book. I loved all the Llama Llama books, and this one is just so sweet and funny, I love reading it…with the kids, of course.

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

[Victoria James] Well, we’re going back many years here, but I think the first books were the Laura Ingalls Wilder books…and in my genre, once I was older, it was Judith McNaught. I fell in love with her historical books, her heroes and heroines. I was a total historical-romance junkie for years!

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

[Victoria James] Mostly family stuff. We have small children and it seems like there’s always something going on! But when I’m not doing ‘kid-stuff’ I’m putting my interior design background to use-I’m always rearranging furniture and pictures in our house. I still do freelance work as well. I love seasonal decorating. Basically, I drive my husband nuts, because he hates change…and thing are always changing!

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

Visit Victoria James:

Twitter: @vicjames101

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[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can order The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below

About The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby:

Jackson Pierce didn’t make his fortune entertaining every half-cocked idea, especially one involving diaper changes. Not even the cute brunette who links him to the baby in her arms can crack his icy heart.

A baby on the doorsteps is the least of Hannah Woods problems–she has to find the baby’s uncle, or the child will end up in foster care. She sleuths her way to the reclusive CEO’s doorstep only to find six feet of holiday sexy–and a door slammed in her face. But when Jackson comes around, and urges they marry for little Emily’s sake, Hannah finds herself falling for the jaded billionaire and wishing for a holiday miracle of their own…

About Victoria James:

Victoria James is a romance writer living near Toronto, Canada. Victoria is a mother to two young children, and one very disorderly feline. Victoria attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and graduated with a degree in English Literature, where she met and then later married, her own hero. After Queen’s, Victoria earned a degree in Interior Design. After the birth of her first child she began pursuing her life-long passion of writing. Her dream of being a published romance author was realized last February, 2012, when Entangled Publishing bought her manuscript. Victoria is living her dream-staying home with her children and conjuring up happy endings for her characters.