Cover Reveal and Giveaway! All My Life by Rucy Ban

Rucy Ban invited me to take part in the cover reveal for her book All My Life.   To celebrate, Rucy is giving away an ARC(epub/mobi) of ALL MY LIFE and $35 as Paypal credit (INTL). The giveaway starts on 22nd and ends on 6th May, 2013, so make sure to you fill out the widget to enter for your chance to win!

Here’s some info about All My Life:

Seventeen-year-old Kari meets Neil Mars. “Neil as in Armstrong and Mars…as in Bruno.” A boy who beats every vampire, werewolf, highlander fantasy Kari has ever had. But she knows can’t get close to him. Not ever. Because that would mean telling him everything. Coming clean. And Kari can’t bear the idea of changing the way Neil looks at her. Like she’s the only girl in the world. His reverence is something too precious to lose. Perhaps even at the cost of losing him. 

But Kari doesn’t know why Neil calls her his ‘Angel’ and when she finds out, she realizes what love is all about. Boundless joy, unending longing and a fuckload of heartache.

And here’s the cover! This is a full length New Adult Contemporary Romance.  Rucy sent over some excerpts so you can enjoy a small sample from the book, too!



EXCERPTS from All My Life:

“I can take care of myself,” I tell him.

His lips twitch in response. “Oh, I’m sure you can, little shrub.”

“You are warned!” I take my voice down a notch and point my ring at him, “I’ll tunnel your leathery knighthood right out of this galaxy!”

Neil suddenly halts in his tracks and pins me down with eyes. “Batman vs. Green Lantern? Batman wins. Every. Single. Time.”

“Ohmygod! So not true. In the…”

He cuts me. “One word…yellow.” I stare at him with my mouth half-open.

“‘Nuff said,” he says smugly and then tugs on my hand.


Maybe I’ll forget this feeling someday. Maybe it’ll just be reduced to a memory made up of a flickering gas heater, the salty dew of his skin and the love in his dark, inky eyes. This feeling of pure unadulterated joy. Of reaching a high so potent that your spirit feels like it’s soaring across the universe…and falling from that glorious peak only to find yourself enveloped in someone’s warm caring hands. When you feel like you’ve just died or been born, right at the same time.

It could be that I’ll forget this feeling someday. But I’m sure it won’t be anytime soon. Maybe when I’m a hundred and looking forward to my lunch of mashed bread. Not one single day before.

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About the author:

Rucy Ban was born in 1978 and still continues to thrive. Ever since she first met Francine (the protagonist of her favorite novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), Rucy fell in love with the written word. Rucy has a B-school degree in Marketing which she now puts to good use teaching lovable rowdy rogues and negotiating with her equally belligerent adolescent. In her previous avatar, she handled corporate communications for companies. At present, Rucy lives in Sao Paulo, travels often, speaks decent, if not quite fluent, Portuguese and really hates talking about herself in third person.

You can find Rucy here:





Assassin’s Hockey Hop! Win Free Books from Random House!!


Random House is  hosting The Assassins Hockey Hop!  Just fill out the widget to win free books!!  You can win:


  • 5 sets of the series to etailer of choice;
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    About The Assassins Series by Toni Aleo:

    Taking Shots:

    In Toni Aleo’s exhilarating debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past.

    No matter how hard she tries, Eleanor Fisher never thinks she’s good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL’s Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what’s happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world.

    A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he’s living outside of it: the girls, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he’s just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together—if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside throw her insecurities out the window before she misses out on a shot at love.
    Trying to Score:
    In a captivating novel of hockey and healing hearts, the newest member of the Nashville Assassins pulls a power play to make things right with the one that got away.

    Fallon Parker’s dream has always been to turn her family’s wine company into a runaway success and eventually to start a cellar of her own. Since graduating from college, she has worked relentlessly to make that dream a reality, especially after taking a chance on love—and losing. By the time Fallon becomes an official sponsor of the Nashville Assassins, she feels like all her hard work is finally paying off. And then the man who broke her heart skates back into her life.

    On the ice, Lucas Brooks is the NHL’s leading scorer—at least when he’s not in the box. Off the ice, he’s a mess, with all his anger and misery bottled up inside. He threw away the most important person in his life and has regretted it ever since. But when Lucas returns to Nashville in a trade, he’s determined to convince Fallon that he’s a changed man. The attraction is still there. The tension is electrifying. But the odds are stacked against them—especially after Lucas finds out that Fallon has been keeping a devastating secret.

    Empty Net:

    The chiseled men of the Nashville Assassins can make anything happen when they go all-out for the women they want—even turn a one-night stand into a happily ever after.

    Audrey Parker is up against the boards. She’s stuck in a job she hates and pining for a total jerk. Meanwhile, her sister Fallon is moving out and getting married to hockey star Lucas Brooks. Where is Audrey’s Prince Charming? Nothing she does has ever seemed to be good enough for any of the men in her life. Audrey’s about to hit rock bottom . . . until she wakes up next to Tate Odder.

    The thrill of moving up from the minors to the Nashville Assassins was a welcome distraction. But not even becoming the first rookie goalie to tally three shutouts in the Stanley Cup Finals alleviates the pain. With the loss of his parents and sister weighing as heavily on his soul as ever, Tate Odder can’t keep pretending he’s okay. That’s when he meets smart, sexy Audrey. Her gentle warmth and quirky sense of humor make him feel whole for the first time in too long. But to stay that way forever, Tate must find a way to accept his past and learn to live for love.

    And, look for FALLING FOR THE BACKUP Novella & BLUE LINES in August!


    Opposites do more than just attract in Toni Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist.

    The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him—wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lie behind that superstar hockey jock demeanor, too. So when he sidles up to her at a bar and slinks his arm around her waist, she’s lost. What follows is the wildest night of her life . . . followed by inevitable heartbreak the next morning. And then, a few weeks later, a very big surprise: two blue lines on a pregnancy test.

    Only a check to the head could make Erik fall for a nice girl like Piper. But since their crazy-sexy night together, he’s been trying to forget about her alluring body by falling into bed with every woman in Nashville, and it’s not working. So when Piper shows up at his house with a baby-bomb to drop, it doesn’t take much for Erik to suggest the nuclear option: marriage. While it’s supposed to be all for show, the second they say “I do,” the ice between them starts to melt into sizzling steam.

    About the author:

    Toni Aleo a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic is the author of the fabulous Assassins Hockey Series — Join us for the celebration of the re-release of The Assassins Hockey Series including: Taking Shots; Trying to Score and Empty Net – on sale 4/23/13:

Interview with Ainslie Paton, Author of Getting Real

Please give a warm welcome to Ainslie Paton, who is visiting the virtual offices to chat about her rock n’ roll romance, Getting Real.

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

[Ainslie Paton] Oh Mom, do I have to? Okay. I like to watch. That’s it, that’s the key plot point. That tells you both too little and too much. And has the side benefit of making me sound way more interesting than I actually am.

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

[Ainslie Paton] This is not your classic rock star romance.

In the classic rock star romance the hero is the musician and the leading lady is in some ways subservient or dependent on him as either a groupie, a fan, a journalist or an ex-girlfriend from his pre-fame days. Oh sure, the heroine eventually puts the dude on his knees, but I wondered what would happen when it was the other way around.

I wanted my heroine on top and in control. I wanted her powerful and independent. And then I wanted to screw with her and put all the things she’d rejected in her life in a different perspective, particularly men.

Getting Real is a story about how tragedy shapes people and how forgiveness is the only way forward. It’s also about fear, both rational and irrational, change and learning to be true.

It’s the story of a badass rock chick and a boy next door roadie and what happens when they challenge each other.

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

[Ainslie Paton] You do not want to be in my dreams. I had a waking vision where I saw a singer suspended above her raging, screaming audience. She was performing her heart out, fearless and fabulous. But with her was a man who was terrified – meltdown point terrified. He was holding on to her as if she was the only thing that would keep him from falling.

Of course I had to find a story to go with that.

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

[Ainslie Paton] Hard shell, soft interior, brave. Have I mentioned I do words not numbers?

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

[Ainslie Paton] Old AC/DC. “It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll.”

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

[Ainslie Paton] Her tough girl rock chick disguise.

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

[Ainslie Paton] Primarily Jake! As a professional touring roadie he’s rarely at home. Also clean sheets and stray women. He’s a nice boy!

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

[Ainslie Paton] Ah – now that would be a huge spoiler. HUGE. I reserve the right to totally fudge this question. It’s not the tattoos, or the scar.

But ok if you read the free prequel you’ll get the picture:

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

[Ainslie Paton] Okay, you’re going to think I’m a lunatic and oh, oh so, so boring. There are two key ones: Butt in seat—meaning I have to sweat it and sleep—meaning stuff comes to me in dreams and waking moments. And then there’s brilliant TV, other clever writers and what happens inside my brain at the gym when I’m on the deadly boring elliptical and simply trying to breath. Oh and sometimes migraine medication is a blast! But maybe don’t tell anyone that.

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

[Ainslie Paton] I can write in my head and frequently do. But I do need to scratch it down eventually. So keyboard and screen, pen and pad, pencil and scrap paper, finger and steamed up mirror. They all work. But they work way better with coffee!

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

[Ainslie Paton] Gone Girl. I squealed! And I’m not a squealer. I like to watch remember. Squealing would just give me away! If you’re a watcher you have to be quiet.

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

[Ainslie Paton] Not a book, a person. My grandfather. He used to tell stories. They always had chocolate cake and fire engines in them. A storybook was the next best thing to a grandfather story.

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

[Ainslie Paton] Oh gawd I’m so boring. Read!

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

[Ainslie Paton] They can read my blog – although I wouldn’t read my blog. It’s random! I have a facebook page I occasionally remember to feed and I twitter when I should be doing something more valuable.

Here’s the dets:

@Ainslie Paton

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase Getting Real from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below

About the book:

From the bestselling author of Grease Monkey Jive comes a rollercoaster rock-and-roll ride of confronting fears, making music, and learning to be true.
Rielle Mainline is a rock star with a hardcore image, a troubled heart, and a twenty-five-city tour to front with her band, Ice Queen. She should be ecstatic. But the tour includes Sydney and Rielle has spent years running away from that city.
Jake Reed knows Rielle’s reputation as a prize bitch will make being Ice Queen’s tour manager a challenge, but Jake’s confident he can handle her — until he meets her. Then he’s off-balance, not sure if he wants to run as fast as he can towards or away from her. Sparks fly, tempers flare, and two loners are about to discover that being alone isn’t the same as being lonely.

See Escape Publishing for free 3000 word prequel:  Ice Queen Origins.

About the author

Ainslie Paton is a corporate storyteller working in marketing, public relations and advertising. She’s written about everything from the African refugee crisis and Toxic Shock Syndrome, to high?speed data networks and hamburgers.

She writes cracking, hyper?real romances about strong women and the exciting men who love them. She’s the author of Grease Monkey Jive and other stories. And she dances when no one is looking.