Character Interview with Bion Donkova from Mary Wine’s A Captain and A Corset and Giveaway!

Please welcome Bion Donkova, intrepid airship captain from Mary Wine’s A Captain and A Corset.  After the interview, enter for a chance to win a copy of A Captain and A Corset!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Bion Donkova] Right. Always Right. Never, ever wrong. Ms. Stevenson calls me arrogant. I believe she is ignorant of the world. But that is a given, she’s been raised with the narrow views of Victorian society.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Bion Donkova?

[Bion Donkova] Dedication to duty. I set a goal to become a Navigator and it is something only achieved by the best. My skills in piloting an airship must be above excellent. Security is a chief concern, so Asian fighting skills are a must and they require daily training periods. Now I have the added duty of instructing Ms. Stevenson in the arts of being a Navigator. I do not mind mentoring her but she is stubborn.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Sophia?

[Bion Donkova] Stubborn, Unfairly fortunate. She encountered a Root Ball, which transformed her sight. It’s something I have been working toward for years and she stumbled upon.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the first thing that you noticed about her?

[Bion Donkova] Madam, that is not fit for public discussion.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Bion Donkova] Hummm, I believe that would involve the night that my good friend Sven and I went drinking at the Red Petticoat. I would decline the wager to seduce the madam who ran the upstairs establishment. Who might have guessed that so petite a woman might have leg irons secured so firmly to the sides of her bed?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Bion Donkova] My integrity. Honor defines a man.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t saving Sophia from the forces of evil?

[Bion Donkova] Raising eyebrow. A gentleman never kisses and tells.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Bion Donkova] I could never confine a definition of my new wife to so few words. I expect mayhem but confess I have become addicted to it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Giveaway!

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About the book:

Airship Captain Bion Donkova has devoted his life to enhancing his navigational powers. When he discovers Sophia Stevenson has inadvertently received the gift of every captain’s dreams—the rare and powerful root crystal—he is just about ready to throw her overboard.

Sophia’s not so enchanted with her newfound powers—especially when she becomes the target of a corrupt airship deadset on using her powers for evil. When Sophia goes missing, Captain Bion drops his grudge and thunders to her rescue. Once the two are free of danger, it doesn’t take long before old grudges return, tempers flare, and red-hot passion ignite

PR: Debbie Macomber Fan Retreat – Grab Your Girlfriends and Head to Nashville

 

I received a press release for Debbie Macomber’s Fan Retreat, and because it sounds like fun, I wanted to share all of the deets.  Check it out:

Looking for an easy summer getaway? Grab your girlfriends and head to Nashville for a special weekend with fellow book lovers in one of the South’s most vibrant cities! Held at the exquisite Opryland Resort from August 9–11, Debbie Macomber Fan Retreat offers the perfect way to experience the tastes, sounds and Southern charms of Nashville.

Enjoy a weekend of fun without planning a thing

Book your hotel room and your Fan Retreat ticket covers the rest! Get ready for an all-inclusive weekend of entertainment: listen to a country music band under the Tennessee stars; hop on a bus tour of Nashville’s landmarks and celebrity homes; dance the night away with friends at the Sock Hop Dinner; and spend time with one of America’s favorite authors, Debbie Macomber.

Experience the famed Opryland Resort for less

Fan Retreat guests will enjoy Opryland Resort‘s many amenities—luxurious guest rooms, acres of beautiful indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls, three pools to lounge by—all at an exclusive discount, making this the perfect weekend escape.

Exclusive perks at Fan Retreat

At Fan Retreat you’ll also walk away with tons of swag: early access to Debbie Macomber’s new novel, Rose Harbor in Bloom; and special giveaways from event partners including FitBit, Celestial Seasonings and local favorite, GooGoo Clusters. Plus a one year subscription to ALL YOU. To lighten the load, we’re including a Debbie Macomber tote bag to help bring everything home!

Win a Consultation with Publishing Professionals

Are you an aspiring writer? Sign up for the Fan Retreat between now and June 30th and your entered to win a consultation with a member from Debbie’s Random House publishing team. Meet with someone from editorial, marketing, or publicity to get an in-depth look at what goes on at a major publishing house and tips on how to navigate it all.

For more information on Debbie Macomber Fan Retreat and tickets, go to MacomberRetreat.com.

Interview with P. J. Hoover, Author of Solstice

Please welcome P. J. Hoover to the virtual offices today! P. J. is here to chat about her debut novel Solstice.  Check out what she has to say.

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

[P. J. Hoover] MG/YA SFF author. Prior Electrical Engineer. Solves the Rubik’s Cube. Practices Kung Fu. Plays Wizard101. SOLSTICE (Tor 2013) & TUT (Tor 2014)

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

[P. J. Hoover] Sure! It’s a YA dystopian/mythology novel aimed at fans of Hunger Games and Percy Jackson. Solstice is set in Austin, in the future, when Global Warming is destroying the earth. It’s about this girl, Piper, who on her 18th birthday opens a mysterious present and all of a sudden this crazy world of mythology starts to explode around her. Her best friend almost dies, Piper has to travel to the Underworld to save her, and there are Greek gods.

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

[P. J. Hoover] I’ve always been a huge mythology buff, so I knew I wanted to do something with Greek mythology. The Persephone/Hades story was one of my favorites, but rather than writing a retelling, I wanted to do more of a “what happens after the myth” take on things. And so Solstice was born.

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

[P. J. Hoover] Rebellious, Overprotected, and Passionate

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

[P. J. Hoover] It’s the End of the World as We Know It – R.E.M.

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

[P. J. Hoover] Curiosity

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

[P. J. Hoover] Dead flowers, a heater, wool socks

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

[P. J. Hoover] Randy Conner’s death

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

[P. J. Hoover] J. R. R. Tolkien, Joseph Campbell, and Homer

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

[P. J. Hoover] Silence from my kids’ chatter, a computer, motivation

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

[P. J. Hoover] I just finished The Madman’s Daughter and loved the story, the characters, and the basis for the novel. I am totally going to watch the Dr. Moreau movie now to compare them.

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

[P. J. Hoover] The Cave of Time (a Choose your Own Adventure Book from my book fair back in elementary school)

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

[P. J. Hoover] Hang with my family, practice Kung Fu, play Wizard101, and spend time with friends

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

[P. J. Hoover] Thanks for asking! Readers can connect to me through the below places!

Website: http://www.pjhoover.com

Blog: http://pjhoover.blogspot.com

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorPJHoover

Facebook Personal Page: https://www.facebook.com/pj.hoover1

Twitter: http://twitter.com/pj_hoover

Intagram: http://instagram.com/pj_hoover

Tumblr: http://pjhoover.tumblr.com

Email: http://www.pjhoover.com/contact.php

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

About the author:

P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik’s cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her first novel for teens, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade novel, Tut (Tor Children’s, 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who’s been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website www.pjhoover.com.

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About the book:

Piper’s world is dying.

Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

An imaginative melding of mythology and dystopia, Solstice is the first YA novel by talented newcomer P. J. Hoover.

Interview with Cathy Perkins, Author of For Love or Money and Giveaway!

Please welcome Cathy Perkins to the virtual offices this morning! Cathy is here to chat about her new release For Love or Money, and after the interview, she has an awesome giveaway for you to enter! Cathy  is offering a Kindle Paperwhite to one lucky winner as part of her For Love of Money Blog Tour celebration! Simply fill out the rafflecopter form provided below for your chance to be entered. ?

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

[Cathy Perkins] Oh wow, I’m so much better talking about someone else. Hmm, here’s my favorite descriptive tweet: Award-winning mystery writer, financial geek, thinks the best part of the Mediterranean diet is the wine. And the cheese. Maybe the olives

Whew – 2 characters to spare :)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about For Love Or Money?

[Cathy Perkins] For Love or Money just released from Entangled Publishing. After writing several dark stories, I moved to the lighter end of the mystery/suspense spectrum with this new series. Written from Holly Price’s perspective, the mystery romps through eastern Washington State with its rivers, wineries, Native American casinos, and assorted farm animals. The relationship, some wicked fun chemistry between the CPA (Certified Pain in the Ass) amateur sleuth and a Franklin County detective, is a big part of the story. For Love or Money was huge fun to write and the advance reviews say readers like it!

Here’s the official blurb:

When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect. Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters.

To protect her future, her business…and her heart…the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiancé. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass…and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.

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

[Cathy Perkins] Most of my stories start with either a daydream or a “what if,” but inspiration can hit in the strangest places. My husband and I were hiking along the Snake River in a game management area called Big Flats (which happens to feature in For Love or Money) and had to push through some tangled foliage at the shoreline. Being a mystery writer whose mind can go all kinds of strange places, I glanced over my shoulder and said, “Wouldn’t this be a great place to find a body?”

That germ of an idea kept growing. Why would the heroine be out at Big Flats to stumble over the body? How did the body end up beside the river in the first place?

The characters evolved as the story progressed. At first, I had Holly & JC simply meeting and rejecting the mutual attraction for assorted reasons. The chemistry between them kept growing and I realized they knew each other “before.” While that earlier relationship ended badly, the attraction was very definitely still there. It was a lovely way to add to Holly’s relationship conflict – was JC using her to get information or was he really interested in her? After the disastrous first time, could she ever trust him?

Writing the mystery from Holly’s perspective put a different spin to the murder investigation. (It would’ve been a completely different story told from JC’s perspective or even if they shared the POV role.) At times, though, I had to write scenes from JC’s perspective to make sure I knew where his head was. Then I had to filter those thoughts and reactions through Holly’s POV to get it on the page. A lovely challenge! I’ll put the “JC scene” on my website under “extras.”

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

[Cathy Perkins] Smart; tenacious; witty

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

[Cathy Perkins] A theme song? JC has a theme song? Damn. He never shared that little detail. Then again, he does hold his cards close to his vest.

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

[Cathy Perkins] Holly is never without her phone. She’s constantly using it for notes, texts, calls… and maybe for rescue.

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

[Cathy Perkins] JC wouldn’t come close to qualifying as a metrosexual, so definitely no hair styling products. After a failed marriage, he’s not about to let another woman move in and set up even temporary residence (although he would definitely make an exception for Holly), so no women’s tampons. And no candles. The only thing he wants to smell is the unique fragrance that is all Holly.

I started to add a rubber duck to the list, but given there actually is a Duck Float on the Columbia River (huge fundraiser with yes, little rubber ducks :) ), he might’ve ended up with one. Or two. Hmm… I can use that in the sequel…

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

[Cathy Perkins] When Holly’s staring at the wrong end of the killer’s gun, she rather regrets she doesn’t have super-powers or at least a Kevlar vest. But the rest of the time, she regrets not giving JC a chance.

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

[Cathy Perkins] My laptop – or a pad of paper and a pen with endless ink. I don’t have to be at my desk or the counter in the kitchen. The location can be anywhere. I once wrote a scene on the back of my bank deposit slip while standing in line to vote. The only thing I need to write is a starting point – an idea or a direction to get the words flowing.

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

[Cathy Perkins] I recently read Tana French’s In the Woods and loved both her use of language and the characters.

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

[Cathy Perkins] I’ve read so many books, I’m struggling to pick just one. (I was the kid who was always lost in a story.) I read My Friend Flicka (did you know there was a sequel titled, Thunderhead?) when I was in elementary school. It’s the first time I remember actually writing myself into the story. Years later, the Anne McCaffrey novels had the same impact. Of course, I’d also have a dragon. I loved the world building and the characters became friends I couldn’t wait to hang out with.

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

[Cathy Perkins] Like most authors, I still have a day job that demands a lot of time. When I’m not doing that or writing, I’m usually at our place in the mountains. We bought land that was a complete mess – collapsed barns, miles of rusting barbed wire fence and acres of trees and grass that hadn’t been maintained any better than the barns and fencing! (We’ve become close personal friends with everyone who works at the local dump!) It’s coming together and I love sitting on our (new) deck with friends, sharing a glass of wine at the end of the day.

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

[Cathy Perkins] I’m active on Facebook and Twitter or you can check my website for the rest of the tour’s schedule or other updates about new releases.

Thanks so much for inviting me to the Cafe – it’s been fun chatting with you.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

Giveaway!!

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Book Description:

When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect.

Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters.

To protect her future, her business…and her heart…the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiancé. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass…and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.

Book Information

Title: For Love or Money
Author: Cathy Perkins
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 367 pages
Release Date: May 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-097-1
Imprint: Suspense

Buy Links:

Purchase from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/For-Love-or-Money-ebook/dp/B00CK51J3U/

Purchase from Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-love-or-money-cathy-perkins/1115213927

About the  Author:

Author Website: http://cperkinswrites.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cperkinswrites

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5367341.Cathy_Perkins

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CathyPerkinsAuthor

Bio: Cathy Perkins is a member of the Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationship aspect of her characters’ lives. Her suspense writing lurks behind a financial day-job, where she learned firsthand the camouflaged, hide in plain sight, skills employed by her villains.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the setting of FOR LOVE OR MONEY, with her work-a-holic husband, a 75-pound Lab who thinks she’s still a lap-puppy and a Wirehair puppy’s who’s intent on digging her way to China. You can learn more about Cathy on her website http://cperkinswrites.com.

Waiting on Wednesday–Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I want a dragon!!!

In stores September 2013

Trinity
Don’t leave me here… It starts with a whisper. At first Trinity thinks she’s going crazy. It wouldn’t be a big surprise–her grandpa firmly believes there’s a genuine dragon egg in their dusty little West Texas town. But this voice is real, and it’s begging for her protection. Even if no one else can hear it…
Connor
He’s come from a future scorched by dragonfire. His mission: Find the girl. Destroy the egg. Save the world.
Caleb
He’s everything his twin brother Connor hates: cocky, undisciplined, and obsessed with saving dragons.
Trinity has no idea which brother to believe. All she has to go by is the voice in her head–a dragon that won’t be tamed.

 

What are you waiting on?