Interview with Angela Campbell, Author of On the Scent

Please give a warm welcome to Angela Campbell! She’s here to chat about her Harper Impulse release On the Scent.

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

[Angela Campbell] Pet fanatic. Romance Author. Film buff. Admirer of Men in Tights. All-Around Weirdo.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about On the Scent?

[Angela Campbell] It’s about a hot psychic detective protecting a nurse and her snarky cat and goofy dog, and all kinds of hijinks that happen as a result. Here’s the official blurb:

Hannah Dawson has a big problem: she’s just become the unexpected owner of a snarky cat, a loveable but not-so-bright dog… and their $10 million fortune!

Which would be awesome if it hadn’t made her the target of every wacko in the metro Atlanta area. Now Hannah and her famous pets need protecting and there’s only one man who can help them…

Enter Zachary Collins: ex-TV star of ‘The Psychic Detective’ and street-wise private investigator – all 6-foot, blue-eyed gorgeousness!

Only Zach’s got secrets of his own – not least that he finds his new client irresistibly hot. The more time he spends keeping Hannah out of harm’s way, the more he’s tempted to give in to the attraction… even if it means breaking all his own rules.

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

[Angela Campbell] I read an article about an Italian heiress who left her entire fortune of £10 million to a stray black cat she fed regularly, and her nurse was left in charge of the cat. I’m a huge animal lover, but even I thought, “That’s craaazy!” But as my mind has a tendency to do, it started pinging off ideas for a story in different directions. What if this happened to a nurse here? She might need protection. Oooh, hunky bodyguard! What if he was more than a bodyguard? What if he had psychic abilities and could communicate with the animals? What if the heiress wasn’t who she’d claimed to be? And so on.

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

[Angela Campbell] Caring, cautious and smart.

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

[Angela Campbell] Ooh, tough one! I think it would be “Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who, because he’s so misunderstood by some of the people in his life, and that’s fed the way he views himself, too. Plus, he has blue eyes, so… :)

But, I suspect Zach would prefer the Limp Bizkit version though.

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

[Angela Campbell] Her cell phone — in case someone needs to get in touch with her because of an emergency with her pets!

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

[Angela Campbell] Expensive hair products, pink tiles, or flowers — real or otherwise.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will Costello never, ever eat?

[Angela Campbell] Are you kidding? That dog will eat anything!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Abbott’s favorite activity?

[Angela Campbell] Making Zach’s life difficult by ignoring Zach’s questions, hiding when he’s needed, and playing coy when he’s found.

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

[Angela Campbell] If I get stuck in my writing, I can usually get through it if I watch a good movie or read a great book, so books and movies are huge creative influences in my own writing. There are so many incredible authors I’d like to mention, but it would take up too much space. I also do a lot of reading of magazines, newspapers and headlines because I never know where my next idea will come from.

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

[Angela Campbell] Quiet, a computer and a flash drive to back things up on!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on On the Scent?

[Angela Campbell] Life. Life is always the biggest distraction, whether it be in the form of day-job responsibilities, working overtime, family emergencies, or illness. I experienced them all when writing this book.

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

[Angela Campbell] I just finished reading “Tangible” by Jody Wallace, and if you’re a fan of world-building and urban fantasy with your romance, you should read this book. The alpha hero was just…awesome.

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

[Angela Campbell] I remember reading “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton in high school and then going to the school library the next day to look for similar books. It was the same with “Wuthering Heights,” so I fell in love with classics before branching out to contemporary books. It wasn’t too long after that I read my first Harlequin novel. The rest is history!

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

[Angela Campbell] I like to chill with my kitty and watch a good movie. And by good, I mean either truly good or just so, so bad it becomes good by making fun of it.

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

[Angela Campbell] I love hearing from readers! As for social media, I’m mostly on twitter @angelacampbel or they can connect with me through my website at www.AngelaCampbellOnline.com, where I’ve also profiled the real-life animals who inspired Abbott and Costello.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

About the book:

Hannah Dawson has a big problem: she’s just become the unexpected owner of a snarky cat, a loveable but not-so-bright dog… and their $10 million fortune!
Which would be awesome if it hadn’t made her the target of every wacko in the metro Atlanta area. Now Hannah and her famous pets need protecting and there’s only one man who can help them…
Enter Zachary Collins: ex-TV star of ‘The Psychic Detective’ and street-wise private investigator – all 6 foot blue-eyed gorgeousness!
Only Zach’s got secrets of his own – not least that he finds his new client irresistibly hot. The more time he spends keeping Hannah out of harm’s way, the more he’s tempted to give in to the attraction… even if it means breaking all his own rules.
Book one in an exciting new trilogy from the witty, wonderful world of Angela Campbell!

About the author:

Angela Campbell is an overachiever with a soft spot for men who dress funny. Superman, Charlie Chaplin, Dracula, Doctor Who, Elvis – those are her kind of heroes. An eclectic reader who loves almost every genre, Angela read her first romance novel at 16 and immediately endeavored to write one, too. Many offbeat attempts (and a couple of decades) later, she published her first novel through Carina Press. Her new romantic suspense series is being published by Harper Impulse. With every story she pens, Angela aims to build in a paranormal element to a contemporary and recognizable world with characters who find love in oftentimes humorous and extraordinary situations.

A mild-mannered reporter with almost 15 years experience as a general assignment reporter, features editor and graphic designer, Angela has also worked as a production assistant in TV and film. Learn more about her books at www.angelacampbellonline.com.

Win Infinityglass by Myra McEntire

Thanks to Egmont USA, I have a copy of Infinityglass and an Infinityglass poster to giveaway! 

 

About the book:

The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn’t an object. It’s a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?

About the author:

Myra McEntire has had her nose in a book since she could hold one.  She was once caught reading in the shower (true story) and only stopped when her father disconnected the hot water heater.  She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two boys.  You can visit her online at www.myramcentire.com or follow her on twitter at @MyraMcEntire

Giveaway!

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The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves

 

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.

It finally cooled off!  I was able to take the puppers for a walkie, which they really enjoy. 

Yesterday, I discovered a strange dog in the front yard, in the pouring rain.  I didn’t know what to do with him!  His collar didn’t have any contact info, and he seemed like a nice enough fellow, so when he followed me into the garage, I snapped a leash on his collar, grabbed an umbrella, and took a walk around the neighborhood to see if I could find out where he lived (in my pjs!! – that tells you how much I love dogs!)

The first person I ran into didn’t know the dog, but he told me to hang on a second because his wife would.  Sure enough, she must be the resident dog whisperer because she knew the dog’s name, Oscar, and that he lived across the street from me.  Ironically enough, the neighbors across the street have bushes all along their fence line, so while I knew they had a dog, I didn’t know what it looked like.  Now I do.  They were very happy to see Oscar and were heading out to look for him.  A repairman left their back gate open, and that’s how he got out.  That was the extent of excitement for my week.

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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:

ZOGM! So many AWESOME books!

Catch Rider by Jennifer H Lyne

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Alphadia (This is an old-school RPG available for Android devices)

Heart of Briar by Laura Anne Gilman

These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner

Into the Dark by Bree Despain

White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland

Bikers and Pearls by Vicki Wilkerson

Fake Fiance, Real Revenge by Roxanne Snopek

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black   (SQUEEEE!)

The Tycoon and the Texan by Phyliss Miranda

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

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Cheap Reads for Your Kindle! Romance Edition

Here are some cheap romances to fill your eReader for the weekend.

The Lass Wore Black  $1.99

In The Lass Wore Black, New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney offers up a new tale of desire and romance in the Scottish Highlands.

After a near-death experience at the hands of her lover in London, a physically and emotionally damaged Catriona Cameron flees to Edinburgh to heal. It’s up to Dr. Mark Thorburn, disguised as a footman, to capture her heart and make her whole again.

Fans of Mary Balogh won’t be able to resist this tale from Karen Ranney, the Queen of the Scottish historical romance. Deeply emotional and satisfying, The Lass Wore Black is a suspenseful tale mixed with adventure, passion, and compelling characters you will fall in love with

Blame It on Bath: The Truth About the Duke $2.99

What happens in Bath stays in Bath—or not. Blame It on Bath is the second installment in Caroline Linden’s breathtaking new historical romance series, The Truth About the Duke, in which the three sons of the Duke of Durham, at risk of losing their inheritance, seek their fortunes…and, hopefully, love. Writing in a voice that will remind readers of Julia Quinn and Liz Carlyle, RITA Award-nominee Linden spins a wonderfully sensual yarn about a blackmailed nobleman facing the loss of his birthright and bent on revenge, and the willing heiress he intends to marry for her money—a lady who has loved him from afar for years.


 

Trials of Artemis (The Haberdashers Book One)   .99

 

The Haberdashers
In 1805 three little girls decided to create a "boys club" because boys have more fun. Their childhood was filled with sword fighting, horse racing, and archery. Now in 1815 they are all grown up and expected to join Society. Who will marry such independent and deadly misses?
Trials of Artemis
(Regency, Hot) Loving Lord Lucifer…
An independent bluestocking sneaks into a library to read rare Greek texts and ends up with a husband instead.

Jacqueline "Jack" Walters loves archery and Greek military history. In her third season she has failed to inspire so much as one marriage proposal and is planning to settle into the quiet life of a spinster.
Gideon Wolfe, Earl of Harrington, has been avoiding marriage but a case of mistaken identity in the library has left him saddled with an argumentative and unwilling fiancée.


 

Love’s Price (Lord Trent Series)  .99

CHERYL HOLT dazzles readers once again with another tale of soaring romance and breathtaking drama as she delivers the second novel in her critically-acclaimed ‘Lord Trent’ trilogy.

Helen Stewart never understood why—as a tiny girl—she and her twin sister Harriet were sent away to boarding school and never allowed home for holidays. At age sixteen, they were shocked to discover that they are the illegitimate daughters of the notorious rogue, Charles Sinclair. Cast out by their relatives, they moved to London, and Helen has made a life for herself as a lady’s companion. In her line of employment, she must maintain a stellar reputation, but she’s exhausted by the fussy whims of the debutantes she’s forced to chaperone. She’d give anything to change her fate.

James Harcourt, Earl of Westwood, is in a bind. After his father died, he learned that his estates were bankrupt. He gambles to replenish his coffers so he’s living a dissolute bachelor’s life. When his female ward arrives unexpectedly for an extended visit, he must protect her from scandal by hiring a lady’s companion. When pretty, alluring Helen interviews for the position, he’s instantly smitten. She possesses the qualifications to fill a much more intimate role.

He shocks her by suggesting she become his mistress, and when his offer is rebuffed, he begins a cunning seduction, aimed at wearing her down. Helen can’t resist the temptation he offers, but she doesn’t have the sophistication to survive in his world. And as James immerses them in a dangerous spiral of pleasure and excitement, he proves that he is determined to have her at any cost…

Cover Shot! Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café.  I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share.  More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents.  There is an allure to a beautiful cover.  Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

Wow! This is the seventh Play by Play novel, and I still haven’t read The Perfect Play (which I purchased at Borders during their fire sale).  I like that the background looks like ice. Even though everything about this cover makes me think of winter, which I hate, I still think it’s fun to look at.

In stores February 2014

 

Carolina Preston has only one goal in mind—launching her new fashion line. She needs only one last thing to make it perfect—hockey phenom Drew Hogan. But Carolina and Drew have a history that goes back to their college days, and Carolina doesn’t want the embarrassment of her past to cloud the brightness of her future.

Drew is eager for the chance to show Carolina he isn’t the boy who hurt her back then, but a man now, with the skills necessary to melt the icy exterior of her cold heart.

Interview with Katie Lane, Author of Flirting with Texas

Please give a warm welcome to bestselling author Katie Lane! She’s visiting the virtual offices to talk about her latest release Flirting with Texas.

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

[Katie Lane] Zany, unfocused daydreamer who loves God, family, books, and a good laugh.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Flirting with Texas?

[Katie Lane] It’s the story of Jenna Jay Scroggs and Beauregard Cates, two misplaced Texans who are trying to find their way back home. (literally and figuratively) Fate and a runaway carriage ride through Central Park will bring them together, but the folks of Bramble and “the hens” from Miss Hattie’s Henhouse will keep them in Texas long enough to find their happily-ever-after.

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

[Katie Lane] Beau is one of the Cates brothers and was next in line for a book. So all I had to do was find his perfect match. My readers helped me out with this. They wanted me to write a story about Faith and Hope Scroggs’s (Going Cowboy Crazy and Make Mine a Bad Boy) little sister. As it turned out, Jenna’s fiery personality complimented Beau’s laidback personality to a tee. Once I have my characters, the storyline just happens.

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

[Katie Lane] Determined, insecure, savior.

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

[Katie Lane] Live Like You Were Dying/Tim McGraw

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

[Katie Lane] Her Texas drawl.

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

[Katie Lane] Painkillers. Men’s Grecian Formula. A regular toothbrush.(His pearly whites must have the rotating bristles.)

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

[Katie Lane] Leaving Bramble. Jenna is a champion for every underdog that comes down the pike. But while she’s busy saving street kids from drugs and her neighbors from high grocery prices, she forgets to fight for herself and what she wants. Luckily, Beau, the hens, and the town of Bramble will get her back home where she belongs.

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

[Katie Lane]  My family. I’m surrounded by this wonderfully crazy group of people who inspire me every single day—from my grumpy dad who has turned his Chihuahua into Cujo right down to my hilarious grandkids who keep me in stitches with their antics.

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

[Katie Lane] God, food, and air.

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

[Katie Lane] Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It’s one of those love stories you can’t put down, even when you know that it might end with you sobbing like a two-year-old who just lost her blanky. The characters are believable, funny, and heartbreaking. The story is well written and engaging. I always know I enjoyed a book when after I read it I think “Damn, I wish I’d written that.”

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

[Katie Lane] One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Or anything by Dr. Seuss. When I was little, every month I got a different Dr. Seuss book in the mail. Which might explain my wacky sense of humor and love of rhyming words.

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

[Katie Lane] Read, hang out with my kids and grandkids, motorcycle or bike with my husband, watch HGTV and dream about what I would do to my house if I had the time, or watch Food Network and dream about what my chef would fix me for dinner if I had a chef.

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

[Katie Lane]  My website www.katielanebooks.com Facebook Katie Lane author page Twitter @ktlane3

[Katie Lane] Thanks so much for having me Manga Maniac Café! (Love the name:o)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Purchase link:

B&N:    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flirting-with-texas-katie-lane/1113742225?ean=9781455515691

About the book:

YOU’RE A LONG WAY FROM HOME, COWGIRL
On her own in the Big Apple, Jenna Jay Scroggs can handle herself when trouble arises. But when she tries to rescue a horse, the passionate do-gooder ends up on a runaway Central Park carriage ride with a hunky stranger. With his sexy drawl and well-worn Levis, Beauregard Cates is doing his darnedest to make Jenna homesick for the small western town she’s spent years trying to forget. And it’s working: She’s dangerously close to falling head over boot heels for the rugged rodeo star with hair the color of moonshine.
Beau came to the big city to escape his past and live life to the fullest. Yet the leggy blonde with eyes as blue as a western sky causes a real hitch in his giddy-up. So when the well-meaning folks of Bramble plot to bring Jenna home, Beau will need to convince her that she won’t ever get Texas out of her blood – or one good-time, ever-lovin’ cowboy out of her heart.

About the author:

Katie Lane’s interest in romance was sparked in high school in the backseat of a ’65 Mustang – okay, so maybe it wasn’t romance as much as raging teenage hormones.  Still, coupled with a wild imagination, those make-out sessions inspired many a steamy storyline along with a strong belief that true love does prevail.  Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with the owner of that Mustang and would love to hear from her readers.

Learn more about Katie Lane at:

www.katielanebooks.com

Facebook.com/katielaneauthor

Twitter, @ktlane3

Cover Shot! ZOM-B: Baby by Darren Shan

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café.  I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share.  More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents.  There is an allure to a beautiful cover.  Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

Here is one of my guilty pleasures.  The ZOM-B series by Darren Shan is like crack.  It’s fast-paced and fun to read, and just like with potato chips, I couldn’t stop at one. 

In stores September 2013

 

No description yet, but who cares? I know it will be full of zombie mayhem!