Guest Post: Sara Humphreys, Author of Undone and Giveaway!

 

Please welcome Sara Humphreys, author of Undone, to the virtual offices today!  Sara has taken over the control panel to share a very special guest post with all of you.  Afterwards, she has a copy of Untamed up for grabs!

The Scene from UNDONE That Melts My Butter—By Sara Humphreys

Thanks so much to the Manga  Maniac Cafe gang for having me here today! When I was asked to blog about my favorite scene from UNDONE, I found myself in a pickle. I have a couple favorite moments and to be quite honest, it’s hard to pick one because Pete and Marianna were a fun couple to write about. Pete has that smart-ass edge to him that makes him irresistible and Marianna’s tough enough to give him a run for his money.

However, there is one scene in particular that stands out in my mind and so far, it seems to be rather memorable to the readers as well. It’s fondly being referred to as the “snowmobile scene” and some reviewers have said that they’ll never look at a snowmobile the same way again.

A little background before I post a snippet. Pete is human but unlike most humans, he knows about the existence of the Amoveo, the shapshifters who live secretly among society. He works for Marianna’s twin brother, Dante, and was hired to keep an eye on Marianna because the Purist Amoveo are causing all kinds of problems. You see, the Purists don’t want their race mixing with humans and as a result, a civil war has broken out among their race.

Marianna, a pureblood party girl from the Bear Clan, wants no part of politics and hasn’t publicly declared a side. However, since she’s an unmated pureblood female, the Purists are doing their best to persuade her to join their side. It soon becomes clear, that they want her to join them, even if it’s against her will. In an effort to protect her, Pete takes Marianna to his cabin in upstate New York. Needless to say, the sparks between them fly.

Now, I can’t share the whole scene because it’s a tad too saucy to post on the blog but here’s a little teaser to wet your appetite.

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Pete hauled ass back to the cabin and Marianna thought at several points they were going to go careening into the trees but in true Pete fashion, they made it back safely. Driving like a man with a mission, he pulled the snowmobile up in front of the cabin and skidded to a halt, sending a wave of snow onto the already snow covered steps.

Marianna took off her helmet and hopped off the blasted contraption. Pete stared up at her through serious eyes as he removed his helmet and tossed it into the snow bank. He didn’t shut off the engine but slid back and patted the empty space in front of him.

“What?” Marianna shouted over the noise of the engine. “I’m not driving that thing.”

“No,” Pete agreed. “You’re definitely not driving tonight.”

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Thanks again for hosting me and I hope you’ll check out Pete and Marianna’s story!

Dream on….
Sara

 

Thanks so much, Sara! 

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

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About the book:

UNDONE BY SARA HUMPHREYS – IN STORES MAY 2013

She’s Far From Human…

With her secret race of shapeshifteres embroiled in civil war, all Marianna Coltari wants is to stay far from controversy. Even so, when her overprotective brother insists on hiring his human friend Pete as her bodyguard, Marianna is furious.

Does She Dare to Love One?

Like most retired cops, Pete Castro resents his new job as a bodyguard. It’s even worse because he’ll be babysitting a party girl like Marianna. But that’s before he meets her for the first time and discovers his instincts on red alert. Would he kill to protect her?

Praise for Undone:

“Humphreys’ skillful storytelling is so intriguing, you’ll have a hard time putting this book down. 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick of the Month!” —RT Book Reviews

” Spellbinding… This fast-paced, jam-packed thrill ride will delight paranormal romance fans.” —Publishers Weekly

“Sara Humphreys has truly created her own world.” —Under the Covers

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, NY, with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. Look for a brand new paranormal romance series, Dead in the City, starting with Tall, Dark and Vampire this August, and the next Amoveo Legend book, Unclaimed, in December 2013! For more information about her books and to join her street team, please visit www.sarahumphreys.com or follow her on Twitter, @AuthorSara.

To purchase Undone:

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Chapters/Indigo

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Interview with Hayson Manning, Author of Wife in Name Only

Special guest Hayson Manning is visiting the virtual offices to chat about her new romance, Wife in Name Only.  Please give her a warm welcome.

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

[Hayson Manning] Incredibly average in all departments. I love TV commercials that make me cry. I sneak off to read all the time. I think cereal for dinner is magic. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Wife in Name Only?

[Hayson Manning] Wife in Name Only is the story of two people once so in love, who let their marriage slip away and their journey back to each other.

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe Hughes escaped to make a new life for herself on a tiny island in Tonga. Now she runs a successful boutique honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she’s married in name only. At least until America’s premier honeymoon magazine wants to publish a feature on her perfect marriage. Now she must convince her estranged husband to rip himself away from plotting corporate Monopoly with his henchmen in LA to save her island paradise.

Rory agrees to come for forty-eight hours, but only because he needs the positive PR. To his surprise, the wife he finds in Tonga isn’t the same woman who left him. She’s moved on, but he wants her back by his side in LA and more than a wife in name only.

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

[Hayson Manning] I love me an Alpha male. Yep, a straight up Alpha dude who swears (Spoiler Alert: Rory swears like a trucker), and I love strong, sassy women who challenge them. I love a reunion story. For me, after the I do’s have been said, that’s when the hard part comes in. I wanted to write a story about a couple who loved each other deeply but their lives and priorities changed and their marriage fell apart, and their struggle to find their way back to each other.

I’ve been lucky enough to journey to the island in Tonga and it is pure magic. I thought about setting a book there the moment I stepped onto the silky sand. Having Zoe live there and showing how different hers and Rory’s lives had become was like going there on a vay cay again.

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

[Hayson Manning] ABBA-addict, kind, determined. (I know I cheated with the hyphen).

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

[Hayson Manning] Nothing by ABBA!

Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones

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

[Hayson Manning] Her one eyed dog, Cinderella who she saved from a beating. They adore each other.

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

[Hayson Manning] Scented soap. A hairdryer and conditioner (he’s always in a hurry and goes for the two in one shampoo and conditioner thing.)

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

[Hayson Manning] That he didn’t see how desperately unhappy Zoe was in LA and he waited a year before he discovered she’d moved on without him.

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

[Hayson Manning] Reading. Getting lost in a story. I love that! It inspires me to write stronger, funnier, tighter. I love a story that can make me laugh and cry. That’s what I want to write. Now, I’m no Tolstoy here and I write category romance which I hope is fun and flirty. Well, that’s the hope.

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

[Hayson Manning] My terrible procrastination hat off. All the self-doubt demons in my head having a party and telling me I’m useless to be asleep and warm feet. I can’t do anything if my feet are cold. I shall be buried in my Uggs.

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

[Hayson Manning] Neathenderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City) by Penny Reid. Funny, sexy and with secondary characters that rocked. I had trouble putting it down which is why there’s the cereal for dinner comment.

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

[Hayson Manning] The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. How awesome is a tree which at the top has  changing lands?  There’s Do-As-You-Please land (my favorite) and the land of Topsy-Turvy. I’d sit and read that book for hours and dream of the lands I’d create. Chocolate land was up there along with I-Don’t-Have-To-Do-The-Dishes-Ever-Again
land. My grandmother read it to my mother who read it to me and I in turn to my kids.

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

[Hayson Manning] I like to avoid ways to exercise, like my hair hurts or I’ll crack the pavement if I attempt to run, which I feel are valid excuses. Occasionally, I glance, reluctantly at my butt and sometimes climb on the Elliptical I promised myself I’d use every day.

I love to read and can often be found sitting in a car waiting for one of the kids, glued to my iPad.

We foster dogs and I’m either dolling out TLC or taking them for a walk.

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

[Hayson Manning] I have readers? I’d love to have readers! I promise to reply to anyone who writes to me at www.haysonmanning.com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase Wife in Name Only from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below:

About the book:

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe Hughes escaped to make a new life for herself on the tiny island of Tonga. Now she runs a successful boutique honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she’s married in name only. At least until America’s premier honeymoon magazine wants to publish a feature on her perfect marriage. Now she must convince her estranged husband to rip himself away from plotting corporate takeovers in LA to save her island paradise.
Rory agrees to come for forty-eight hours, but only because he needs the positive PR. To his surprise, the wife he finds in Tonga isn’t the same woman he married. Now she’s so much more…
When a storm strands Rory in Tonga, will he win back his wife or leave paradise empty-handed?

About the author:

Hayson Manning’s debut release, Wife in Name Only with Entangled Publishing, is available now. She lives in Southern California with her lovely sloth children, infuriating but much loved shoe-dropping husband, a tubby opinionated cat (as if a cat doesn’t ever have an opinion). There will often be a foster dog parked on the couch waiting for their forever home. She loves to read, cries while watching Antiques Roadshow and cannot speak she’s sobbing so much by the end of Undercover Boss. She is an expert at finding new and inventive ways to avoid exercise.

New Adult Sleepover Weekend Blog Tour & Giveaway!


New Adult Sleepover Weekend is a convention taking place December 6th – 8th featuring some of today’s BEST SELLING New Adult authors, and some upcoming authors that you want to keep on your radar.

The weekend will be filled with parties, a book signing, reader and author dinners, and tons more! Not only do you get to discover some new authors, but you get to know them on a personal level.

Damaris @ Good Choice Reading is co-director of the con, and she has also put together an amazing blog tour to give readers a chance to get to know the authors before the convention. This blog tour will be filled with book highlights, reviews, sneak peeks into the authors books, and tons of giveaways! This tour will run from now until September! Yes, you read correctly. A 5 month tour and at the end of every month a chance to win big!

Some of the giveaways involve Gift Cards, books, and even two registrations to NASW! All donated by the authors. So if you’re thinking about attending, make sure you check out the blog tour, which I am proud to be a tour host for.

This months FIRST NASW giveaway is below. You can enter just for checking out this post!

Just keep an eye for the following logo’s below for your chance to win! You can enter each blog tour stop, not just once.

      

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