Cover Reveal: Harbinger by Philippa Ballantine

Today I have the cover reveal for Philippa Ballantine’s upcoming release Harbinger.  What do you think of it?  Keep reading to learn more about Harbinger and Pip!

Harbinger by Philippa (Pip) Ballantine

Release date July 30th

Book Description:

The Deacons of the Order are all that stand between the wicked spirits of the Otherside and the innocent citizens of the Empire. They are sworn to protect humanity, even when they cannot protect themselves…

After the Razing of the Order, Sorcha Faris, one of the most powerful Deacons, is struggling to regain control of the runes she once wielded. The Deacons are needed more desperately than ever. The barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead is weakening, and the Emperor has abandoned his throne, seeking to destroy those he feels have betrayed him.

Though she is haunted by the terrible truth of her past, Sorcha must lead the charge against the gathering hordes of geists seeking to cross into the Empire. But to do so, she will need to manipulate powers beyond her understanding—powers that may prove to be her undoing…

About the Author:

Long Version

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa has always had her head in a book. For this she blames her father who thought Lord of the Rings was suitable bedtime reading for an eight year old. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself.

She first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science and then a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library and Information Science. So soon enough she found herself working in the magical world of libraries where she stayed for over a decade.

Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce mostly novel length fiction. In 2006 she became New Zealand’s first podcast novelist, and she has voiced and produced Weaver’s Web, Chasing the Bard, Weather Child and Digital Magic as podiobooks. Her podcasts have won both a Parsec Award and a Sir Julius Vogel award.

Philippa is the author of the Books of the Order series with Ace- Geist, Spectyr, Wrayth and Harbinger coming in July 2013.

She is also the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with Tee Morris. Phoenix Rising debuted in May 2011 and The Janus Affair came out in May 2012. Phoenix Rising won the Airship Award for best written steampunk, and was the number eight best Science Fiction book of 2011 according to The Janus Affair was the seventh most popular science fiction book of 2012 on The series continues with Dawn’s Early Light in December 2013.

In addition she is also the author of the Shifted World series with Pyr Books, with the first book Hunter and Fox released in June 2012, and the second Kindred and Wings scheduled for August 2013.

When not writing or podcasting, Philippa loves reading, gardening, and whenever possible traveling. With her husband Tee and her daughter, she is looked after by a mighty clowder of five cats in Manassas, Virginia.

Short and pithy version:

New Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. Her awards include an Airship, a Parsec, and a Sir Julius Vogel. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and a mighty clowder of cats.

Author of: Geist, Spectyr, Wrayth and Harbinger (2013) from Ace Books and Hunter and Fox and Kindred and Wings (2013) from Pyr Books

Co-author (with Tee Morris) of Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences— an Airship Award winning steampunk series. Novels: Phoenix Rising and the Janus Affair. Also includes digital short stories and a free award winning podcast series


Twitter: philippajane


Interview with Jennifer Ryan, Author of Saved by the Rancher and Giveaway!


Please welcome Jennifer Ryan to the virtual offices today!  The first book in her The Hunted series, Saved by the Rancher, is in stores now! After the interview, enter for a chance to win a copy of Saved by the Rancher!

[Manga Maniac Café] Hi, Jennifer! Thanks for dropping by today.

[Jennifer Ryan] Julie, thank you so much for inviting me over today.

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

[Jennifer Ryan]  author, avid reader, mother, wife, daughter, sister, gardener, chocolate addict – the order changes by the minute some days.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Saved by the Rancher?

[Jennifer Ryan] SAVED BY THE RANCHER is a fast paced romantic suspense.

Jenna Caldwell Merrick divorces millionaire businessman David Merrick and takes part of his company with her. Furious, he demands she return to him and give back the Merrick shares she received in the settlement. Refusing to do either, she runs.

Jenna finds a new place to hide on Jack Turner’s ranch. Hurt and in pain, he’s forced to tend her wounds and try to make her well again. From that moment on, he’s invested in more than just saving her life, he wants to find the bastard who hurt her, stop him, and make Jenna his wife. Before that can happen, he’ll have to earn her trust and convince her to stay with him, because if she runs again, he knows he can’t live without her.

Obsessed, she has become a virus to David, infecting his system, destroying his rationality. If she’s not his, then she might as well be dead.

Jenna’s been plotting and planning to take down David for years. Past time to end this deadly game, she sets her plan in motion to destroy David both publicly and privately. The hunted becomes the hunter, and Jenna walks into the Merrick boardroom to take David down. He’s left her no choice but to take back her life the only way she can, by destroying his.

In a rage, David comes after her, seeking retribution. Jack knows the only way to protect Jenna is to eliminate the threat against her…for good.

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

[Jennifer Ryan] The original idea was to create a story about a woman on the run. Someone who had money and means, but couldn’t escape the danger no matter how hard she tried. I needed a compelling and determined character to keep her on the run and David Merrick’s evil obsession with his ex-wife gave me the perfect setup. It also gave Jenna the perfect reason for revenge.

No one should get away with hurting another.

Jack was easy to write. I’m married to an ex-Army Ranger, so I’m familiar with the aftereffects soldiers suffer when they return home from war. Jack’s isolated himself from family and friends, but can’t escape his haunting memories. Jenna and her injuries bring back the past, but open him up to a brighter, happier future filled with love.

These two need each other and David gives them a common goal to eliminate, which only draws them closer together.

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

[Jennifer Ryan] Strong. Generous. Kind.

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

[Jennifer Ryan] Jason Aldean’s – When She Says Baby

There’s this lyric…

Everything gonna be alright – just lay down by my side – let me love you through this life – Yea she’s the perfect shot of faith – when every bit of mine is gone – something I can believe in – a best friend – a heaven sent love to lean on

This is exactly how Jack feels about Jenna.

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

[Jennifer Ryan] The heart shaped green amethyst necklace Jack gave her. She always wears it close to her heart.

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

[Jennifer Ryan] Hair gel. A manicure set. Scented candles.

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

[Jennifer Ryan] Not protecting Jenna when her ex comes to the ranch and takes her. He’ll never forgive himself, but he makes sure David will never do it again.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Saved by the Rancher is the first book of your Hunted series. How are the books interconnected, and how many will there be?

[Jennifer Ryan] The books are interconnected through family and friends. In Saved by the Rancher, we meet Jack’s identical twin brother and FBI agent, Sam. He’s the main character in Book 2 – Lucky Like US – releasing on April 9, 2013. We also meet Cameron Shaw, who takes over Merrick International with Jenna. He gets stuck in a love triangle in Book 3 – The Right Bride – releasing on April 30, 2013.

Tyler Reed, Sam’s FBI partner in Lucky Like US, will finally meet his psychic ghost in Book 4 – Morgan’s Gift. Tyler and Morgan will track a serial killer bent on eliminating San Francisco of all the fake psychics, ending with Morgan as his final victim, unless Tyler stops him.

Those are the four books I’ve written, but I hope to continue the series with Jenna’s lawyer, Ben, from Saved by the Rancher. In Book 2 – Lucky Like Us, we meet Elizabeth’s two brothers, Patrick and Daniel, along with her best friend, Kay.

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

[Jennifer Ryan] I’m an avid reader. I love romance novels of all kinds, from contemporary, to suspense, and historical. I love it when I read something great and it sparks my creativity and I can’t wait to sit down and write. Some of my favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Sharon Sala, Sabrina Jefferies, and Hannah Howell.

I have a great group of writer friends, both published and unpublished. If you haven’t heard of some of these ladies, you soon will: Marina Adair, Elisabeth Barrett, Hannah Jayne, Sharon Hamilton, and Brit Bury to name a few.

I also love country music. I find inspiration in the song lyrics. A single line can spark an idea for a new book. Country songs are short stories set to music.

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

[Jennifer Ryan] A movie I’ve seen a billion times playing in the background, cookies or chocolate, and a cup of tea.

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

[Jennifer Ryan] I just finished the first two books in Sharon Sala’s Rebel Ridge series – Next of Kin and Don’t Cry for Me. I can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out.

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

[Jennifer Ryan] As a kid, I wasn’t a big reader. My mom was always reading and as I got older, she started giving me books after she’d read them. It wasn’t one book that turned me into a bookaholic, but one author – Nora Roberts. One book wasn’t enough, I’d read four or five of hers a week until I worked through all her current and backlist books.

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

[Jennifer Ryan] With three kids, a husband, and a full time job, what little free time I find I use to write (or read). When I need to be alone and outside, I work in the garden. I love planting and fixing up the yard. It’s a great sense of accomplishment in a short amount of time. I love to stand back and look at the garden after I’m all done and just enjoy the flowers and peace.

Most of the time, I let my mind run wild and plot. The garden looks great, and I’ve got an idea for another book – or two.

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

[Jennifer Ryan] You can find more information on my website –

Twitter – @JenRyan_author

Facebook –!/pages/Jennifer-Ryan/520021168037391

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!


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From the moment rancher Jack Turner rescues Jenna Caldwell Merrick, he is determined to help her. Soon, he is tending more than her wounds, he is mending her heart. Jenna is a woman on the run—hunted down by her ex-husband, David Merrick, from the moment she left him, taking part of his company with her, to the second she found herself on the safety of Jack’s ranch. More than just a safe haven, Jack’s offering the love, family, and home she thought was out of reach.

Jack’s support and love will give her the strength she needs to reclaim her life. The hunted will become the hunter, as David gets what he deserves when they have an explosive confrontation in the boardroom of Merrick International. But not before Jack and Jenna enter into a fight…for their lives.

Author Bio:

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three children, her dog, Bella, and cat, Shadow.

When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession for both is often revealed in the state of her home and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

For more information about Jennifer and her upcoming releases, visit