Interview with Robin Covington, Author of Secret Santa Baby and Giveaway!

Robin Covington dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her holiday romance Secret Santa Baby.  Please give her a warm welcome.

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

[Robin Covington] I hit forty and eliminated the words “can’t” and “shouldn’t” from my vocabulary. Don’t dare me because I’ll do it!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Secret Santa Baby?

[Robin Covington] It is about two best friends who have been in love with each other for years but never acted on it. The hero, Nick, decides to go for broke, makes sure he’s Tessa’s Secret Santa at the office and seduces her with the gifts in the song, “Santa Baby”.

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

[Robin Covington] Entangled Publishing (my fab publisher) put out a call for submissions for short stories based on the song “Santa Baby”. I started thinking about what would happen if the gift giver in the song was anonymous, linked it up the office Secret Santa game and the story poured out of me.

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

[Robin Covington] Reserved. Passionate. Loyal.

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

[Robin Covington]  Every Girl Like Me by Sugarland

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

[Robin Covington] His eyeglasses.

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

[Robin Covington] Gum (she never chews gum – it grosses her out), a hairbrush (With her curls she has to fix it in the morning and then leave it alone except for finger-combing), and a designer wallet.

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

[Robin Covington] Music – I listen to it all the time. Other writers – I read voraciously. Some of my favorites are Harper Fox, Jill Shalvis and Hank Edwards. Movies – I love the vividness of visual stories.

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

[Robin Covington] Time. Time. Time. ( I can write anywhere – just give me five minutes.)

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

[Robin Covington] Half-Moon Chambers by Harper Fox. She writes emotion, plotlines and characters who keep me turning the page. I can’t open a book of hers without having time to finish it in one sitting.

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

[Robin Covington] Hang out with my husband and kids. I sing in a band and that is a ton of fun. I also do needlework – intricate cross stitch over linen of antique patterns.

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

[Robin Covington] Website:


Twitter: @RobinCovington

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[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Blurb for Secret Santa Baby:

Tessa Stoneman hasn’t been able to get long-time friend and business partner Nicholas Boone out of her head since they shared a single kiss in college. Even when she dated Nicholas’s best friend. Now that she’s giving up her position at GameNerdz to strike out on her own—and now that she’s single—maybe it’s the right time to see if there’s still something between them.

Nicholas knows once Tessa leaves the company she helped found, they might drift apart. Before she starts her own company in the new year, he wants to woo the woman he fell in love with during college. So he poses as her Secret Santa, gifts her with items from the song “Santa Baby,” and plans a big reveal at the company holiday party. But when his best friend wants to rekindle his romance with Tessa, will Nicholas lose his last chance?


Robin Covington, who NYT Best Selling authors, Robyn Carr and Carly Phillips, said was their new “auto-buy author”, writes sizzling hot contemporary and paranormal romance. A Night of Southern Comfort, her best-selling debut was nominated by RT Book Reviews for the 2012 Best Contemporary Romance from an Indie Press for bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. When she’s not exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Mangianello.

Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of the Waterworld Mermaids, a Goddess at The Naked Hero, and a contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today. You can find Robin on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (@RobinCovington).

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The Sons of Jude by Brandt Dodson Trailer Reveal and Giveaway! Win a Kindle Fire HD!

Today I have a trailer reveal for The Sons of Jude by Brandt Dodson, as well as the opportunity for you to enter for  a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD!

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About the Book:

When Chicago detectives Frank Campello and Andy Polanski are assigned to investigate the murder of Trina Martinez it seems like an ordinary homicide. An unfortunate young girl in the wrong place at the wrong time has been brutally murdered. But their investigation is halted by a wall of silence, a wall erected by powerful interests that will render their inquiry a lost cause.

Then they enlist the support of reporter Christy Lee – and come under immediate fire. Polanski is arrested. Campello threatened. Christy is attacked.

It’s the case that every cop gets. The one that changes his life. The one where justice is elusive and the hunter becomes the hunted.

Frank Campello and Andy Polanski are The Sons of Jude.


About the Author:

Brandt Dodson was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which he would later choose as the setting for his Colton Parker Mystery series. Although he discovered in grade school that he wanted to be a writer, it would be another twenty-one years before he would put pen to paper.“I knew in fifth grade that I wanted to be a writer. Our teacher had given each of us a photograph which we were to use as inspiration for a short story. The particular photo I was given was of several young men playing handball in New York City. I don’t remember all of the particulars of the story now, but I do remember the thrill that writing it gave me.”

Later, while in college, one of Brandt’s professors would echo that teacher’s comment.

“But life intervened and I found myself working at a variety of jobs. I worked in the toy department of a local department store and fried chicken for a local fast food outlet. Over the course of the next several years I finished my college degree and worked for the Indianapolis office of the FBI, and served for eight years as a Naval Officer in the United States Naval Reserve. I also obtained my doctorate in Podiatric Medicine, and after completion of my surgical residency, opened my own practice. But I never forgot my first love. I wanted to write.”

During his early years in practice, Brandt began reading the work of Dean Koontz.

“I discovered Dean’s book, The Bad Place, and was completely blown away by his craftsmanship. I read something like 13 or 14 of his back list over the following two weeks. It wasn’t long after that I began to write and submit in earnest.”

Still, it would be another twelve years before Brandt was able to secure the publishing contract he so desperately desired.

“I began by writing the type of fiction that I enjoyed; I wrote edgy crime thrillers that were laced with liberal amounts of suspense. Over the years, I’ve begun to write increasingly more complex work by using broader canvases and themes.

Since securing his first contract, Brandt has continued to pen the type of stories that inspired him to write when he was a boy, and that have entertained his legions of readers.

“I love to write, and as long as others love to read, I plan on being around for a long time to come.”

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