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 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!

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About the book:

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:

Twitter, @ktlane3