Interview with JM Stewart, Author of Her Knight in Black Leather

JM Stewart recently dropped by the virtual offices to discuss her new release Her Knight in Black Leather.  Please give her a warm welcome.

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

[J.M. Stewart] Writer of contemporary romance, reader, wife, mother, spiritualist, lover of puppies.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Her Knight in Black Leather?

[J.M. Stewart] The story is set in a small (fictional) town on the Oregon Coast. Cat Edwards has spent her life playing the wallflower in an effort to escape the repressive weight of her mother’s tarnished name. Dragged to the local pub by her best friend in an effort to get over a broken heart, she longs to be someone else for the night, but gets in over her head. She’s “rescued” by dark mysterious stranger wearing a black leather jacket and mischievous grin that proves exactly what she needs.

Michael Brant has come home to settle his debts. His first night in town, he’s captured by a damsel in distress with bright green eyes he can’t resist. Cat’s temptation is made all the more alluring when he realizes she has no idea who he is. He can’t resist spending a single night in her arms. With her, he’s only a man, disconnected from his family’s name and the past that haunts him here.

They find freedom in each other, but the next morning, the town erupts with news of Michael’s return. Pictures of them keep ending up in the paper, Cat’s safety is threatened. Michael is desperate to keep history from repeating itself, and offers her his family’s name in order to keep her safe. But the lie spirals out of control as they find themselves caught up in the charade.

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

[J.M. Stewart] For me, I always say I don’t create my characters. They come to me and they tell me their stories. I just take dictation. I call myself a secretary. ;) That’s about how this story came about. I actually started this story over seven years ago, and the original began as the sequel to my first novel, The Playboy’s Baby. What happens for me is that I sit down and I started to ponder the brother’s book, whose name was Logan. Cat shyly introduced herself.

As I wrote, the story grew beyond the limits of the first book, so I separated the two. I started by changing the hero’s name. It just popped into my head one day, and Michael stepped out and introduced himself. The minute I changed his name, Michael finally came to life for me.

Plot wise, all I knew when I started the book was that they would share a single night. I had help with the plot. Somewhere between critique partners and my agent and a revise and resubmit, the story finally ended up where it is.

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

[J.M. Stewart] wallflower. bookworm. strong.

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

[J.M. Stewart] Bad to the Bone… ;) No, seriously. This was a tough question. Usually I get one or two songs that represent the story or a character, but I’ve never found one for Michael. Doing a search, though, I found the lyrics to “Unbreakable Heart” by Three Day’s Grace fit for him. Also, “Somewhere I Belong” by Linkin’ Park.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Cat is never without.

[J.M. Stewart] Her keys.

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

[J.M. Stewart] Another hard question. Michael’s a simple guy. It’s a bit easier to say what’s in his room, but for the sake of the question… Anything pink or frilly. Extra pillows—as in throw pillows. A desk and/or other furniture outside of a dresser.

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

[J.M. Stewart] Letting her fear (of becoming her mother) rule her life.

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

[J.M. Stewart] Life. And books.  Everything I read, every person I pass or interact with, is all inspiration for me. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes it’s a song or something I read in passing.

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

[J.M. Stewart] Oh gosh, I can only think of two that I absolutely need: Coffee and a quiet house. Everything else is negotiable. lol

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

[J.M. Stewart] Those Violet Eyes by Vonnie Davis. Her hero, Win Fairchild, is a war veteran, and she had me in tears by the end of the first chapter. He really touched me. I’ve read some great books since, but this one really got to me.

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

[J.M. Stewart] I couldn’t recall one particular book, but it was those Romana Quinby books. I found one in the school library in I think it was sixth grade and I’ve been hooked since.

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

[J.M. Stewart] Read. Play games. I’m a sucker for those mind numbing computer games, like Diner Dash. Cause that’s what they do—they numb the mind, so I can shut down for a while.

Also watch TV, and movies. For the same reason.

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

[J.M. Stewart] Website: http://authorjmstewart.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/JMStewartWriter

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-JM-Stewart/129990420383155

Blog: http://jm-stewart.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3159044.J_M_Stewart

Amazon Author Page—http://www.amazon.com/JM-Stewart/e/B004SJPT6O/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/authorjmstewart/

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Her Knight in Black Leather is out NOW.  You can order it from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below.

 

About the book:

Title: Her Knight in Black Leather

Subtitle: n/a

Author: J.M. Stewart

Editor: Jennifer Lawler

Cat Edwards has spent her life playing the wallflower in an effort to escape the repressive weight of her mother’s tarnished name. Dragged to a bar by her best friend in an effort to forget a broken heart, the shy bookworm is determined to be someone else for the night, but quickly gets in over her head. She discovers chivalry isn’t dead after all when a mysterious stranger comes to her rescue. He’s wearing black leather and a mischievous smile that promises to be exactly what she needs.

When his terminally ill father suffers a setback, Michael Brant returns to the town he swore ten years ago he’d never return to. He’s come home this time determined to make peace with the past that haunts him, but being home brings up memories he doesn’t want to remember anymore. His first night in town, he’s captured by a damsel in distress. Cat’s beauty is made all the more alluring when he realizes she has no idea who he is. He can’t resist spending a single night in her arms. With her, he’s only a man, disconnected from his family’s name and the past that haunts him here.

As the town erupts with the news of his return, Michael’s dark past comes back to haunt him, putting Cat danger. Someone is threatening her life and the life of her family. Desperate to keep history from repeating itself, Michael offers her his family’s name in order to keep her safe. When the lie spirals beyond their control, can they stop their hearts from becoming entangled as well?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Author Bio: J.M. writes what she likes to call sweet and spicy contemporary romance. She’s a stay-at-home mom who lives in Seattle Washington, with her husband, two boys, and their two very spoiled puppies. She’s been devouring romances for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her passion. Find out more about her at http://authorjmstewart.com/

And follow her on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/JMStewartWriter

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-JM-Stewart/129990420383155

Blog: http://jm-stewart.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3159044.J_M_Stewart

Excerpt: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian

Random House has another excerpt to share! This time, check out a sample from Lara Adrian’s Edge of Dawn.

 

Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian (Excerpt) by

If you enjoyed reading this excerpt, you can order Edge of Dawn from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below.

 

About the Book:

In this pulse-pounding and thrillingly sensual novel, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian returns to the mesmerizing world of the Midnight Breed, following new characters into a dark future where an uneasy peace can unravel into war—and a great betrayal can mask an all-consuming love.

Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.

Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift—and even lethal—justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order’s hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.

Kellan didn’t think he would ever see Mira again—or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides—between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts.

The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves–February 24th 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.

Last Sunday the pups went to their first play date.  Picture four puppies and two dogs running around for three hours.  Pandemonium.  We had so much fun we are doing it again later today.

Here are five of the canine participants (and one young human handing out treats).  Mine are on the right.

This is Ziva, Sniper, and Bumble peeking inside the house.

 

Bumble on the short drive home. He could barely keep his eyes open.  Both he and Poppy slept the rest of the day.  We had a peaceful house for the first time in almost three months!

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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:

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles De Lint and Charles Vess (This is a beautiful book!)

A Bride by Moonlight by Liz Carlyle

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

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Excerpt: A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara

Ashlyn Macnamara visited the virtual offices last week, and now Random House has an excerpt from A Most Scandalous Proposal to share with you! 

 

A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara (Excerpt)

 

If you enjoyed this excerpt, you can purchase A Most Scandalous Proposal from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below:

About the book:

In Ashlyn Macnamara’s stunning romance debut—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries—two childhood friends in Regency England discover love with the most unlikely of partners: each other.

“A tale of high-stakes scandal and heartfelt passion . . . a most delicious treat!”—New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare

After watching her beloved sister, Sophia, pine over the ton’s golden boy for years, Miss Julia St. Claire has foresworn love and put herself firmly on the shelf. Unfortunately, her social-climbing mother and debt-ridden father have other ideas, and jump at the chance to marry Julia off to the newly named Earl of Clivesden . . . the man of Sophia’s dreams.

Since resigning his cavalry commission, Benedict Revelstoke has spent his time in London avoiding the marriage mart. But when he discovers that the Earl of Clivesden has his sights set on Julia, Benedict tries to protect his childhood best friend from the man’s advances—only to discover that more than friendship is driving his desire to defend her. He surprises them both with the force of his feelings, but when Julia refuses him, and her father announces her betrothal, Benedict fears he’s lost her forever—until Julia approaches him with a shocking scheme that will ruin her for all respectable society and lead them into an exquisite world of forbidden pleasures.

Includes a preview of Ashlyn Macnamara’s next novel, A Most Devilish Rogue

About the author:

Ashlyn Macnamara writes Regency romance with a dash of wit and a hint of wicked. She considers writing her mid-life crisis but reckons producing romance novels is a lot less dangerous than skydiving or rock climbing. She lives outside Montreal with her husband, two teenage daughters and a cat. When not thinking about ballrooms and gentleman’s clubs, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research.

Interview with Jennifer McQuiston, Author of What Happens in Scotland

Jennifer McQuiston is visiting the virtual offices today to talk about her book What Happens in Scotland.  Please give her a warm welcome!

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

[Jennifer McQuiston] I am a newbie romance author/mom/scientist/veterinarian/wife/critique partner/Girl Scout troop leader. Not necessarily in that order.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about What Happens in Scotland?

[Jennifer McQuiston]   What happens in Scotland is your typical "she woke up married" Vegas story… only based in Scotland. In 1842, no less. Which made it loads of fun to write, and hopefully loads of fun to read.

Lady Georgette Thorold is a widow who survived a disastrous first marriage, and who is determined to enjoy her life now that her self-imposed period of mourning is over. James MacKenzie is a miscreant second son who is starting to build a better life with his own two hands. When the pair wake up in bed together surrounded by the evidence of a night gone wrong, each thinks the worst of the other. The truth is bound to be something unpalatable… especially as the clues start to trickle in. But was it a night worth remembering? Or a mistake they would rather forget?

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

[Jennifer McQuiston]  I decided to turn the big 4-0 in Vegas, with my husband and some close friends. As I started planning the trip in November of 2011, I was also trying to plot out a new story idea. It occurred to me in a flash of insight that modern-day Vegas was not that different from Regency and early Victorian-era Scotland, at least in terms of quickie weddings. Scotland at the time was the go-to destination for young lovers looking to elope, and more often than not they were married by a blacksmith (yup. I said blacksmith). Preacher dressed like Elvis, anyone? The two life-altering events–birthday and book proposal–merged into an indistinguishable mess in my mind, and the result was What Happens in Scotland.

The main characters spilled out of me from places unknown. I would like to say the yummy bearded hero, James MacKenzie is based on my husband… alas, while yummy, my husband cannot grow a decent beard to save his life.

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

[Jennifer McQuiston] I’ll describe them in order, as she discovers herself in the book.

Panicked. Resilient. Passionate.

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

[Jennifer McQuiston] Oh, it would definitely be "Viva Las Vegas". And Georgette’s would be Carrie Underwood’s country tune "I Don’t Even Know My Last Name".

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Georgette is never without.

[Jennifer McQuiston] Shoes that would never be described as sensible.

She is always, however, losing her corset.

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

[Jennifer McQuiston] 1) Enough money

2) Stolen goods

3) Rope (I don’t know why, I just made this one up. But I am guessing he is not into that.)

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

[Jennifer McQuiston] Georgette’s current panic upon discovering she may have gotten hitched during a forgotten night of debauchery is based on the fact that her first marriage (a well-planned affair) was absolutely disastrous, with a philandering, drunkard husband. She regrets having given up so much of herself, and not being the sort of wife she thought she ought to be.

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

[Jennifer McQuiston] I am a scientist by training, so I need all the creative help I can get to avoid spitting out stilted dialogue and backstory that reads like Wikipedia. I love reading excellent authors, and I count Joanna Bourne, Meredith Duran, Cecilia Grant, and Ken Follet among my favorites (that last one is weird, I know. But I swear the man writes Romance).

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

[Jennifer McQuiston] I get very cranky in the winter when the days get short, and I swear by my Happy Light. I spend two hours every morning writing in its warm glow, and I swear it’s like an IV drip for productivity. Well, that plus the pot of tea I drink every morning. Who isn’t creative on caffeine? Finally, in order to write, I need complete quiet in my busy house, and because I am a morning person, I need that time to be on the early side of the day. Believe it or not, I set my alarm for 4am and write from 4-6 every morning. Which makes me crazy. And more than a little tired come 9pm. But this is the process that works for me, and I am sticking to it!

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

[Jennifer McQuiston] I am going with Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell. I was blown away by its incredible toughness, its no-holds-barred and unsentimental look at the heroine’s struggle. Not very romantic, of course, but it left an indelible impression on my brain. I wonder if I could work a meth lab into a historical romance… will have to give that some thought.

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

[Jennifer McQuiston] Without a doubt, it was Ken Follet’s Lie Down with Lions. I was traveling in Ghana, West Africa working on the polio eradication program, and had stupidly only brought 5 books to last 3 months… I ran through those books in less than a week. Luckily, I discovered a used bookstore in Accra, and this book was one of the first I bought there. I was enthralled by the gut-wrenching description of the conflict in 1980’s Pakistan, and the beautiful love story the author had crafted. I then sought out everything Follet had ever written (and his early WWII spy novels feature the most amazing, tough female leads and love stories you could ever want). But Lie Down With Lions is hands-down my favorite book of all time – if only because it saved my sanity during those long, lonely nights in Africa.

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

[Jennifer McQuiston] Sometimes I can’t believe how busy I am. Writing is my escape, what I do when I am not working at my day job as an infectious disease researcher or yelling at my girls to clean up their messes. My family loves to travel, and during 2012 we visited Mexico, Belize, the Outer Banks, upstate New York, Virginia, and New York City. If I have even a few free hours, my favorite thing to do is take my girls to ride their pony, Mr. Beaux Regard. (ED – Oh, my gosh! I love his name!)

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

[Jennifer McQuiston] I love hearing from readers on Twitter (@jenmcqwrites) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/jennifermcquistonauthor) . They can also email me via my website, www.jenmcquiston.com .

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase What Happens in Scotland from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below. Available in print and digital.

About the book:

She Woke Up Married

When Lady Georgette Thorold awoke she saw . . . her corset hanging from the armoire . . . a very handsome, very naked Scotsman lying beside her . . . and a wedding ring on her finger!

Before the attractive stranger can tell her his name, Georgette does the only sensible thing—she runs for it.

Little does she know, James MacKenzie isn’t clear on what happened the night before either. All he knows is that his money is missing and the stunning woman who just ran from the room is either his wife or a thief . . . or possibly both.

What happens in Scotland when two complete strangers fall madly, deeply in love?


About the author:

Jennifer McQuiston lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two daughters (who got a pony out of mom’s book deal!) and a house full of mostly mammalian pets. A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. Jennifer was a 2011 and a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist with two previous novels. She is signed with literary agent Kevan Lyon, and works with Esi Sogah, Tessa Woodward, and the amazing team at Avon.

Interview with Ashlyn Macnamara, Author of A Most Scandalous Proposal

Ashlyn Macnamara is visiting the virtual offices today to chat about A Most Scandalous Proposal.  Please give her a warm welcome!

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

[Ashlyn Macnamara] Reader, writer, mother, bilingual, cat-lover, escapist, Internet junkie.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Most Scandalous Proposal?

[Ashlyn Macnamara] My debut Regency begins when my hero, Benedict Revelstoke, sees his old childhood friend, Julia St. Claire, named as party to a wager in White’s betting book. Neither one of them is sure what’s going on at first, but they piece it together soon enough. Julia’s sister’s long-term crush on has set his sights on winning Julia’s hand in marriage. She only has to find a way to dissuade a man who won’t take no for an answer—which is understandable since he’s already bet a considerable sum on her saying yes.

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

[Ashlyn Macnamara] A couple of years ago, I read two separate historical romances. One was Beverley Kendall’s debut Sinful Surrender, in which the heroine has a long-time crush on the hero. Missy, the heroine, confides a lot in her sister, and that relationship got me thinking about how the angst of a long-standing, unrequited crush might color the younger sister’s views of love and romance.

At the same time, I read Emma Wildes’s Lessons From a Scarlet Lady, which featured two romances. So that got me thinking about telling the story of both sisters in the same book. My working title was A TALE OF TWO SISTERS to reflect the duality of the story.

And then somewhere along the way I realized I was unconsciously riffing on Sense and Sensibility, but that was perfectly in line with my Regency setting, so I went with it.

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

[Ashlyn Macnamara] Loyal, headstrong, devious.

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

[Ashlyn Macnamara] Benedict begs I not reveal this particular bit of information, lest the Upperton sisters get wind of it and insist on performing it at their next musicale. They’re certain to butcher anything they attempt. However, they’ll have a job trying to present “Wonderwall” by Oasis on Regency musical instruments. “There are many things that I would like to say to you, but I don’t know how…”

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Julia is never without.

[Ashlyn Macnamara] Unlike her sister, who always has her head in the clouds, Julia is never without the head on her shoulders. Well, unless Benedict gives her a bit too much wine. At that point, all bets are off.

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

[Ashlyn Macnamara] Oooh, let me think about that one.

He’d never carry lumps of sugar to feed his horses as treats. He prefers to give them carrots, as it’s better for them. Plus sugar was a bit of a luxury item in the Regency.

He would most definitely never have an invitation to one of the Earl of Clivesden’s parties. He hasn’t liked Clivesden since they were in school together, and the blow-up over Clivesden’s choice of bride only exacerbated matters.

For the third, I’m going to say a copy of Debrett’s Peerage, because while he is the (younger) son of a marquess, he doesn’t hold much with all the goings-on in London. He much prefers a quieter life in the country.

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

[Ashlyn Macnamara] This is going to be difficult to answer without introducing spoilers. I think Julia’s answer at the beginning of the book and at the end would be two different things. At the beginning, anyway, she’d have made reference to a traumatic event she experienced during her childhood, which colored her view of love and passionate feelings.

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

[Ashlyn Macnamara] Odd as it might sound, J. K. Rowling. If it wasn’t for Harry Potter fanfiction, I’d never have learned I can write. When I was in school, I never wanted to get anywhere near anything that smacked of creative writing, but maybe that’s because my teachers often forced us to write poetry. Adhering to things like rhythm and rhyme schemes require far too much discipline.

For this particular book, see the reply to the concept and characters question.

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

[Ashlyn Macnamara] An empty house, a broken Internet connection, and at least an idea of where things are going (but I can’t decide this ahead of time—my characters have their own ideas and don’t like to listen to me).

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

[Ashlyn Macnamara] I’m going to go with Sherry Thomas’s Tempting the Bride, only because it’s her latest. Just about anything she writes, really. I love, love, love her lush prose style.

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

[Ashlyn Macnamara] I don’t know if I can pinpoint one book that turned me on to reading per se. I’ve always loved to read, and before that I loved to have stories read to me. What I recall most is a book of fairy tale we owned when I was a child. I remember asking for “Wassilissa the Beautiful” as often as possible, because, like any good Russian tale, it was the longest in the collection. It was a great way to delay bedtime.

I can tell you which books turned me on to re-reading: the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read those over and over when I was younger.

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

[Ashlyn Macnamara] Anything that allows me to avoid the housework. I’ve got a teetering TBR pile, so I’m pretty good. If I don’t feel like reading, I’ve got a stash of yarn begging for me to knit it into something. Or I might decide to catch up with the latest goings-on at Downton Abbey.

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

[Ashlyn Macnamara] Through my website: http://ashlynmacnamara.net

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshlynMacnamara

On Twitter: http://twitter.com/ashlyn_mac

Sign up for my newsletter.

And you can often find me blogging with the Dashing Duchesses.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase A Most Scandalous Proposal from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below.  Available in print and digital.

About the book:

In Ashlyn Macnamara’s stunning romance debut—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries—two childhood friends in Regency England discover love with the most unlikely of partners: each other.

“A tale of high-stakes scandal and heartfelt passion . . . a most delicious treat!”—New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare

After watching her beloved sister, Sophia, pine over the ton’s golden boy for years, Miss Julia St. Claire has foresworn love and put herself firmly on the shelf. Unfortunately, her social-climbing mother and debt-ridden father have other ideas, and jump at the chance to marry Julia off to the newly named Earl of Clivesden . . . the man of Sophia’s dreams.

Since resigning his cavalry commission, Benedict Revelstoke has spent his time in London avoiding the marriage mart. But when he discovers that the Earl of Clivesden has his sights set on Julia, Benedict tries to protect his childhood best friend from the man’s advances—only to discover that more than friendship is driving his desire to defend her. He surprises them both with the force of his feelings, but when Julia refuses him, and her father announces her betrothal, Benedict fears he’s lost her forever—until Julia approaches him with a shocking scheme that will ruin her for all respectable society and lead them into an exquisite world of forbidden pleasures.

Includes a preview of Ashlyn Macnamara’s next novel, A Most Devilish Rogue

About the author:

Ashlyn Macnamara writes Regency romance with a dash of wit and a hint of wicked. She considers writing her mid-life crisis but reckons producing romance novels is a lot less dangerous than skydiving or rock climbing. She lives outside Montreal with her husband, two teenage daughters and a cat. When not thinking about ballrooms and gentleman’s clubs, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research.

YA Paranormal Hop–Win Nobody and Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes!

 

Welcome to my Young Adult Paranormal Giveaway Hop  hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and co – hosted by YA Between the Lines.  This hop runs from February 21st – 27th,  and you can win lots of new reads.   Click here for a complete list of blogs participating in the hop.

I am giving away a hardcover copy of NOBODY and a paperback copy of Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, thanks to Egmont USA.  Yup, you win TWO books with just one hop!

About Nobody:

There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.
That’s why they make the perfect assassins.
The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.
Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

About Every Other Day:

Every other day, Kali D’Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She argues with her father. She’s human.
And then every day in between . . . she’s something else entirely.
Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.
When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her, and unfortunately she’ll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive . . . and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the

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Interview with Wendy Sparrow, Author of Frosted and Giveaway!

Today, Wendy Sparrow is visiting the virtual offices!  Wendy’s here to chat about Frosted, and then you can enter to win a beautiful sterling silver snowflake necklace with blue and white Swarovski crystals as well as a copy of Frosted!

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

[Wendy Sparrow] Wife. Mother. Quirky. Obsessive and compulsive. Addicted to Mtn Dew. Professional Insomniac. Believer in happily-ever-afters. Easily amused.

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

[Wendy Sparrow] Frosted is Jack Frost’s love story. Seven years ago, as prophesied, Kate fell through the ice and into his world. Jack is the Peter Pan of winter at the time. He’s giddy that he’s found his queen and doesn’t see any obstacles. Kate, on the other hand, comes from a broken family and she’s never thought anything could last forever let alone have an immortal bond with a guy she’d thought was only part of a song. In return for marrying him, Jack lets Kate go back to the mortal world so she can say goodbye…and Kate runs off to Florida—out of his reach.

Seven years have passed—five years longer than Kate had agreed to—and Jack is done waiting. His kingdom and its king both need their queen back. Frosted is that story. The courtship of Kate by the king of winter.

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

[Wendy Sparrow] I had this dream about a girl, Kate, walking on the sidewalk and avoiding stepping off with a serious determination—she was not going to step in the snow. She looked down into a frozen puddle and saw Jack Frost’s reflection and he’s irked because she’s his queen and she’s out of reach. I typed it down and tossed it in a folder and then a year later, I heard Kate say in my head, “You’re going to have to find yourself a new queen,” and it was time to write it.

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

[Wendy Sparrow] Insecure. Independent. And even though it doesn’t seem like it at times…deep down…she’s hopeful.

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

[Wendy Sparrow] Let it Snow. Actually, I guess it should maybe be the Christmas song where he’s been tagged as a nose-nipper…but he hates that. Don’t ever sing that around him.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Kate is never without.

[Wendy Sparrow] Seven layers of clothing.

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

[Wendy Sparrow] A roaring fire. A book on dealing with death. A DVD with the stop motion animated TV special Jack Frost.

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

[Wendy Sparrow] Kate regrets the extra years she took to realize…uhh…I almost spoiled it. Phew. Close one. She regrets running away.

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

[Wendy Sparrow] Does insomnia count? Insomnia and my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are usually what drive me to write. I can’t sleep if I’ve got a story stuck in my head—and I already don’t sleep much.

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

[Wendy Sparrow] Mountain Dew. Quiet. My laptop. Everything else is negotiable.

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

[Wendy Sparrow] I just read a suspense last month that had a haunted house filled with secret passages on a bayou and some elements of the paranormal. It was just about as much fun as you can have with a book without it getting kinky. The Secret of Cyprier Bayou by Jana DeLeon. Last year, though, I read a lot that were fantastic. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, the False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen, and I, Robot by Isaac Asimov just to name a few.

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

[Wendy Sparrow] Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

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

[Wendy Sparrow] When I’m not writing, I’m either reading or on Twitter—I’m fairly addicted to both.

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

[Wendy Sparrow] Twitter. @WendySparrow I will talk to anyone about anything and due to my insomnia…the hour usually isn’t a factor.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!!

[Wendy Sparrow] Thanks for having me on your blog!

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About Frosted:

Seven years ago, Kate Finley fell through the ice into the Winter World and straight into the heart of its king, Jack Frost. Then cold feet set in and Kate ran from the one man who made her feel complete.

Jack let his queen go back to the mortal world to say goodbye but she escaped out of his reach to sunny Florida. Now time is short, and he must convince his runaway bride to give him a second chance to melt her heart.

About Wendy Sparrow:

At home in the Pacific Northwest, Wendy Sparrow writes for both an adult and young adult crowd. She has two wonderfully quirky kids, a supportive husband, and a perpetually messy house because writing is more fun than cleaning. She enjoys reading with a flashlight under a blanket—the way all the best books should be read—and believes in the Oxford comma, the pursuit of cupcakes, and that every story deserves a happily ever after. Most days she can be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks back, and occasionally just to herself.

Wendy can be reached at the following:

website:  http://wendysparrow.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Wendy-Sparrow/471652932872034

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/WendySparrow

Blog:  http://ladybugsroar.blogspot.com/

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3346109.Wendy_Sparrow