Trailer Reveal–Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan and Giveaway!

I am super excited to be able to participate in the trailer reveal for Katlyn Duncan’s SOUL TAKEN which released on June 4th!

This book sounds absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to share the TRAILER and the EXCERPT the author provided, both of which are below.

There is also an awesome GIVEAWAY for an eBook Kindle copy of the book to one winner. So be sure to check that out, too!

With its gorgeous cover, it’s intriguing description, its totally captivating excerpt and awesome trailer, I am thrilled to be able share SOUL TAKEN with you. So without further ado….


The SOUL TAKEN Trailer


About the Book

Title: SOUL TAKEN (The Life After #1)
Author: Katlyn Duncan
Publisher: Carina UK
Release date: June 4th
Formats: eBook

After-life just got a lot more complicated

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body.

Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years. But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies…

To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!


About the Author

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.


The SOUL TAKEN Excerpt


A suffocating heat pressed all points of my soul. Even though I hadn’t breathed in a hundred years, I felt the need to inhale, yet I couldn’t. A fire burned in my chest.

I attempted to open my eyes, to move one finger, a toe maybe, but the pressure immobilized my body. The burning sensation tore through me over and over until I had just about given up the fight.

But, just as quickly as the pressure came, it lifted, bringing a seemingly endless barrage of images. I was experiencing someone else’s memories, as if I took a back seat in her mind and watched her life flash before our eyes. I caught her image in a mirror, a small golden-haired girl.


I tried to slow the images or possibly make sense of them but, just as I grabbed a hold on one of them, it slipped through my fingers and moved onto the next. I followed this girl through all the moments of her life as her memories flashed before my eyes.

Darker emotions overlapped the girl’s happy memories. I saw a young red-haired girl in an old-fashioned dress; her demure eyes looked back at me. Jealousy flared through me. My heart squeezed, watching this girl who was not part of Ally’s memories. A rush of energy pumped through my body; the power touched every fiber of my soul. Then the vision dissolved and I was forced back to experiencing Ally.

Was I dreaming?

Souls didn’t dream. I told myself firmly.

The visions started to slow and I was able to focus on one.

I had to tell them, even though Dad said I couldn’t. But in a week I wouldn’t be the same girl. Or would I? I still wasn’t clear on everything. Becoming a Guard: it was my life’s mission, he had said. A life that was no longer my own. Would it be easier to let this life slip away? I would regret each day if I didn’t. Maybe I would start with Seth. Sweet Seth. He’d be crushed, but someone would take my place. Dad had said something about people—humans— was I not human? Humans were drawn to those like me. Maybe Seth only liked me because I was different, unexplainably different.

I ripped the paper off the coffee sleeve. It was now or never.


The SOUL TAKEN Giveaway

An eBook Kindle copy of SOUL TAKEN to ONE (1) winner.

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
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Meet Nick Andreakos From Maya Blake’s Hostage to Love and Giveaway!

Please welcome special guest Nick Andreakos, hero of Maya Blake’s Hostage To Love, to the virtual offices this morning! 

[Manga Maniac Café] So, Nick, your story is out there in the world now and anyone who hasn’t read it will be wondering from the blurb just what was going on with you and Belle that led to such a mess at the start of the book.

[Nick Andreakos] Yeah, things were messed up weren’t they? I admit freely, I took my eye off the ball on that one. But in my defence, I was pretty cut up when Belle walked away from me six months into our marriage. I believed we had a great thing going on, but I guess I was wrong.

[Manga Maniac Café] You guess? You mean you didn’t know what was going on in your own marriage?

[Nick Andreakos] *winces* Look, I’m holding my hands up right now and saying, no I didn’t. I thought what we had was solid but then I realized we had a lot of disagreements before she walked out and I had been keeping stuff bottled inside and festering that needed to be aired. But I wasn’t counting on her being kidnapped by some psycho before I got the chance to put things right.

[Manga Maniac Café] Yes, let’s talk about that. What happened in Nawaka, Africa to make this madman so fixated on Belle?

[Nick Andreakos] What happens when every man sees my Belle. She’s has a kind, generous heart and she’s the strongest, most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. But she’s mine and I’d lay down my life before I let any harm come to her.

[Manga Maniac Café] So what happens now? We’re here on Althea, your private Greek island, a breathtaking paradise. Have you found your own personal paradise with Belle yet?

[Nick Andreakos] Not quite yet. I’ve got her back to Althea, but Charles Mwana is still out there. He needs to be stopped before he dares to harm another hair on Belle’s head. I won’t rest until I put him away for good.

[Manga Maniac Café] It’s been a while since you hung up your Marine uniform. You think you’re equipped to take on a rebel leader with a small army?

[Nick Andreakos] If you read the news, you’ll know what I did to his so-called army when I rescued Belle from Nawaka. I’m hoping his learnt his lesson the first time we clashed. If he didn’t, if he’s crazy enough to try again, I say, “bring it”.

[Manga Maniac Café] Well, our readers wish you the very best of luck. And a happy ending.

[Nick Andreakos] You can count on it. My Belle deserves nothing less!

[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks for stopping by!


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Hostage to Love by Maya Blake

Entangled Publishing July 2013

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: July 2013


*On an idyllic Greek island, danger surfaces…and passion re-ignites.*

During a charity mission to a war-torn African country, Belle Jones is kidnapped by the vicious rebel leader determined to make her his. Belle’s estranged husband, Greek billionaire Nick Andreakos, stages a daring rescue, saving her from the horror.

To hide her from the obsessed kidnapper—-and to repair their broken relationship—-Nick whisks Belle away to his private island paradise. But she still won’t put up with his controlling ways…even if she’s still defenseless against their scorching-hot chemistry. With the brutal killer hot on their heels, Nick knows he must earn Belle’s trust again—-and *fast*. Even if it means risking everything. And losing his heart forever. 

Maya Blake’s Bio:

Maya Blake’s dreams of becoming a romance author began when she picked up her first romance novel at age thirteen. She eventually realised this dream in 2007 when her first romantic suspense was published. Maya lives in Kent, Southeastern England, with her husband and two kids and an endless supply of romance novels.

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, 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