Cover Shot! Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

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?

Brodi Ashton has had a fantastic cover for every book in her Everneath trilogy.  I think each has been gorgeous, and the covers have kept this series on my radar. I do have the first book in my TBR, but I am waiting until closer to the release date of the final book to give them a go.  I love the textures and colors of this cover, as well as the sense of movement.  Is she swirling away into a cloud, or solidifying from the threatening storm clouds surrounding her? Either way works for me!

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Excerpt and Giveaway! Suddenly Beautiful by Boone Brux

I have a special treat this morning! Boone Brux wanted to share an excerpt from her latest Covet release, Suddenly Beautiful.  If you enjoy it, please use the links below to order a copy for yourself.  Be sure to enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card, too!

Excerpt: Suddenly Beautiful by Boone Brux

“I can’t give up my sources.” The man’s gaze tracked to Nikki’s belly. “You don’t look pregnant.”

“Because I’m not, you idiot.” She knew exactly who the paparazzo’s informant was. It looked like she’d be commencing Operation Butt Sweat-Unibrow after all.

“But you two are in a relationship—right?” He pointed a stubby finger at her and Tor. “I know what I saw when I walked in.”

“What you saw was me and my assistant talking about today’s schedule.” Tor shoved the camera into Herbert’s stomach and moved forward, crowding the man back into the elevator. “Leave.”

Nikki picked up the phone and dialed security’s extension. “A short man with a camera and an ugly yellow jacket will be getting off the elevator in a minute. Please escort him from the premises and make sure he doesn’t return.”

She pressed the phone back onto its cradle, not waiting to hear the guard’s answer. Tor reached in the elevator and punched one of the buttons. As the doors slid shut, he released the camera and stepped back, sealing Herbert inside.

“Can you believe the nerve of some people?” Nikki plopped back down in her chair.

Tor turned and stared at her. “You’re not, are you?”

She furrowed her brow. “Not what?”

“Pregnant.” He approached her desk. “You’d tell me, wouldn’t you?”

“No, I’m not pregnant.” Though now that he said it, she supposed she could be. They’d used protection in the elevator, but the rest of the night had been free loving. “This is one of Demetria’s tricks.”

“But—” He shoved his hands in his pockets. “You’d tell me if you were, right?”

Would she tell him? The thought of having Tor’s child sent a thrill through her, but a child wasn’t the reason she wanted him to be in a relationship with her. In an effort to avoid directly lying to him, she answered his question with a question. “It would be a little difficult to hide, don’t you think?”


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About the book:

Being the son of Aphrodite isn’t a walk in the clouds. Rebelling against his demi-god status, billionaire make-up mogul Toraos Stephanos fights to separate his personal life and the immortal world by swearing off demi-god girlfriends forever. Too bad his newest employee can’t take the hint.

Though Nikki secretly pines for her smoking hot boss, no way will she jeopardize her job and independence professing her love to a guy so clearly out of her league. Too bad that leaves her with only imagining him naked and thinking evil thoughts about the new girl.

After a single bottle of Ambrosia and one night of passion… Nikki finally thinks she has a chance with the man of her dreams. But the next morning, Tor pretends like nothing happened, leaving Nikki with an emerging drive for combat—after all, turns out she is the daughter of Ares and she’s about to make her mama proud.

All is fair in love and war… and Nikki’s not about to let anyone forget it.

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Author Bio:

As a multi-published and an award winning author, Boone’s writing drips with experiences from real life.

Addicted to anything that might make a good story, she weaves tales that range from dark fantasy to humorous romance. Settled in the icy regions of Alaska with the love of her life and twin daughters, it’s not uncommon to find her tapping away on her iPad on a windy beach or the barren tundra.

Be warned, anyone and everything is fodder for one of Boone’s novels.

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Interview with Christine Rimmer, Author of Marooned with the Maverick


Please give Christine Rimmer a warm welcome this morning! She’s visiting the virtual offices to chat about her latest Harlequin Special Edition, Marooned with the Maverick.

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

[Christine Rimmer] Passionate about family & friends, romance, reading books & writing them. Endlessly grateful for the Pacific Northwest and Chocolate Creme Oreos.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Marooned with the Maverick?

[Christine Rimmer] I’ll let this 4 1/2 star review from Debbie Haupt at RT BOOKReviews do that for me:

“Bad boy, renegade and eternal bachelor Collin Traub and good-girl schoolmarm Willa Christensen are lifetime adversaries who have always secretly lusted for one another. When the worst flood their town of Rust Creek, Montana has ever seen brings them together, they indulge publicly in their attraction under the scrutiny of the town’s prying eyes. When things take a serious turn, Willa must decide if he’s worth the risk of heartbreak and Collin must figure out if he’s ready for forever. Rimmer’s romance is a pleasure to read, filled with belly laughs and a tragedy that gives the tale its realism, as well as a bucolic setting that radiates small-town wholesomeness.”

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

[Christine Rimmer] We are talking Montana Mavericks here. Harlequin Books has been publishing this ongoing series for years now and readers love these stories. Marooned with the Maverick kicks off a six-book Montana Mavericks subseries in Harlequin Special Edition called Rust Creek Cowboys. Each of the six books will be written by a different Special Edition author. The basic idea for Marooned with the Maverick and the five stories that follow it was developed by Marcia Book Adirim, a former Harlequin editor who now freelances for Harlequin. I love Marcia’s story setups. They’re always fun to work with and get me thinking of ways I might make the story mine. In this case, Marcia gave me the bad boy and the schoolteacher—and the flood of the century that nearly wipes out the small town of Rust Creek Falls. I took it from there, developing the backstories for the main characters and giving them a past with each other that has made them adversaries all their lives. Also, I enjoyed working with the other five authors on this project, getting the details of the town of Rust Creek Falls right, and setting up future heroes and heroines so that readers can’t wait to read their stories.

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

[Christine Rimmer] Determined passionate schoolteacher

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

[Christine Rimmer] Probably Eminem’s I’M NOT AFRAID. Not because he’s breaking free of addiction, but because he’s breaking free of his own out-grown image of himself and becoming the leader he was meant to be.

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

[Christine Rimmer] Her dog, Buster—well, except when he wanders off.

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

[Christine Rimmer] A Barbie Doll, lace curtains, Willa Christensen (at least not when the book opens.)

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

[Christine Rimmer] That she wasn’t braver sooner. But she’s working on that.

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

[Christine Rimmer] Don’t know where to start. There are waaayyy too many. Hans Christian Anderson, The Brothers Grimm, Louisa May Alcott, the Brontes, Lawrence Durrell, Colette, Sandra Brown, LaVyrle Spencer, Lisa Gregory, Susan Mallery. The list is endless…

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

[Christine Rimmer] Iced Tea, my Eye Candy Board and a computer.

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

[Christine Rimmer] I would say Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley. Now there is a voice like no other.

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

[Christine Rimmer] Little Women

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

[Christine Rimmer] Read, shop, cook dinner with my husband.

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

[Christine Rimmer] My website,, and facebook,, and I have a group blog with other Special Edition authors,

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!!

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About the book:

Rust Creek Ramblings

Seducing the Schoolteacher?

We apologize, dear readers, for our brief hiatus in publication. The offices of the Rust Creek Rambler were damaged in the Great Flood, but we are now filing our reports from a bar stool at the Ace in the Hole. And do we have scandalous news for you!

We have it on good authority that during the storm, gorgeous rapscallion Collin Traub was stranded with our beloved kindergarten teacher Willa Christensen—alone. In a barn. Overnight. No one knows why, but Willa could barely stand the sight of Collin before. And now? Oh, readers—we don’t like to kiss and tell. But our sources tell us that the sexy Rust Creek cowboy has set his sights on lassoing the sweet schoolmarm…for good!

About the author:

Christine Rimmer has written more than eighty contemporary romances for Harlequin Books. A reader favorite, Christine’s stories consistently appear on national bestseller lists, including the USA TODAY and BOOKSCAN lists. She has won Romantic Times BOOKreview’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Silhouette Special Edition. She has been nominated six times for the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award and four times for Romantic Times Series Storyteller of the Year.

Christine lives in Oregon with her family, loves her work and plans to go on writing romance for years to come. Visit her at