Interview with Jade Lee, Author of What the Bride Wore and Giveaway!

Please welcome special guest Jade Lee to the virtual offices!  Jade is here this evening to chat about her latest release What the Bride Wore, and she has a copy to giveaway!

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

[Jade Lee] An extrovert who is fun at parties. I tell anecdotes, stories, and if nothing else, I’ll resort to physical comedy. Yes, I’ll fall down to make you laugh.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about What the Bride Wore?

[Jade Lee]  It’s the story of a man who used to be a fool, who is now trying to redeem his family’s honor. Five years ago, Grant Benton made a huge mistake, and he has spent the last five years working as a mill owner to regain his family’s fortune. He’s got the money now and intends to buy back the land he lost, but nothing goes as planned. And what he certainly didn’t plan was to fall for a widowed purchaser from a lady’s dress shop. Lord Crowle needs an aristocratic wife, but Irene Knopp is more than she appears. Unless she’s just another temptation to disaster?

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

[Jade Lee] I love stories about identity, especially how does one change that fundamental aspect of who you are. Grant was a fool, but now he’s trying to remake himself as a responsible aristocrat. He’s got the money now, but there’s so much more to a title—family honor, stewardship of the land, societal expectations—it’s hard to figure out who and what that means. Especially when falling in love with someone who is not exactly what she pretends either.

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

[Jade Lee] Robert Downey, Jr, Nathan Fillian, and Hugh Jackman. Oh I’m sorry. You didn’t want my fantasy men? Okay, um…Joss Whedon, Jim Butcher, and Stephen Moffett. Oh wait, you didn’t want my fantasy WRITER men? Well, um…Manchest, men’s watersports calendars, and… Oh wait, that’s not what you meant either.

Okay, serious answer: meditation. Seriously. Everything just gets all jumbled up in my brain—every aspect of my life from the cashier at Starbucks to the ad I saw on the side of a bus. It’s not until I sit in silence and let everything flow out of me that something cool inevitably rises to the surface.

I need no excuses to post pictures of Robert Downey, Jr
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Jade Lee] The 3 Cs: Coffee, computer, chocolate Yes, I’m a caffeine addict. I’ve quit a few times, and I felt better—eventually. But then one morning, I just don’t feel as awake and I head straight back to Starbucks.

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

[Jade Lee]  I’ve been listening to Courtney Milan on audio. Unveiled and Unclaimed were AMAZING. The books and the narrator were fabulous! I loved the third book of the trilogy too, but the narrator wasn’t nearly as good.

Jim Butcher – a man who knows how to dress

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

[Jade Lee] The Narnian Chronicles. I really loved The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, but my favorite was always The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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

[Jade Lee]  I play a lot of racquetball. Years ago, I was a pro for 2 weeks before I blew my knees. I didn’t even have time to fill out the paperwork before it was over. I still play a lot, but not like I used to.

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

[Jade Lee] www.JadeLeeAuthor.com FB is where I hang out the most as JadeLeeBooks. I’m also on Twitter at JadeLeeAuthor.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Giveaway!

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About the book:

Jade Lee’s hot Bridal Favors series is set in a daring, high-energy Regency world where deep longings, secret scandals, and the competition for social stature are all set against the glittering weddings of the season.

Grant Benton, Earl of Crowle, finally has the funds he always pretended to have, and what he wants now is a woman. That woman is Lady Irene Knopp, who spends her days helping debutantes plan their weddings. A recent widow, Irene longs for love again, but she’s afraid to risk her heart, especially to the notorious Grant Benton.

Interview with Mandy Baggot, Author of Do You Remember?

Please welcome Mandy Baggot to the blog this morning.  Mandy is here to discuss her latest release, Do You Remember?

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

Mandy: Award-winning romance novelist who loves white wine, strong men and mashed potato. Addicted to Nashville, Brantley Gilbert and Twitter!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Do You Remember?

Mandy: Do You Remember? is Emma and Guy’s story. There are two stories flowing through the book, one where the pair meet in France as teenagers and one present day in England, 8 years on, as twenty-somethings. Emma’s gone from student to school teacher with a young son and Guy has gone from amateur football coach at a French campsite to being an international footballer just signed to a high-profile UK team.

It’s all about first love, loss and second chances. It’s also about the choices people make and how those decisions impact on everything in the future.

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

Mandy: I’m not really sure how/why I came up with the idea if I’m really honest! I usually start off with my hero and heroine and for some reason I was desperate to write a French hero. I think this could be down to being completely in love with David Ginola when he played in England. Wasn’t everyone?

The story just developed around the two characters. I never really know how my stories are going to end up until I start writing. I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of girl!

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

Mandy: Organised, reliable, passionate

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

Mandy: It has to be ‘Remember the Time’ by Michael Jackson. The lyrics really fit the book so well.

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

Mandy: I would say her son, Dominic! She is also never without a notepad and pen!

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

Mandy: Bathroom scales – Guy looks after himself, eats well and trains hard. He never has to worry about his weight.

Hair dye – Guy has a fantastic mane of dark hair. No grey hairs here!

Flannel – Guy is a splash your face with water guy! He’s also a bit of a moisturiser if he has a modelling assignment lined up!

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

Mandy: People! I learn so much about behaviour and character traits from meeting people. I also have to admit to eavesdropping on conversations whenever possible – trains, planes, school playground, shops etc.

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

Mandy: Constant supply of tea

A tidy desk or some clear space somewhere else in the house

Inspiration

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Do You Remember?

Mandy: Looking on Dreamstime for pictures of hot men to be Guy! I like to find a picture of my hero to replicate how he is in my head…but he has to be right. This can take hours of gazing at photos until the right one is found. I love my research!

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

Mandy: I absolutely loved ‘Finding Claire Fletcher’ by Lisa Regan. This is a very dark thriller and is brilliantly written. I couldn’t believe it was her debut novel. Her next book is out and I’ve bought it and can’t wait to read it.

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

Mandy: I actually have two books. ‘Wuthering Heights’ was the book I adored at school. The passion between Cathy and Heathcliff gave me that first love of romance and the desire to write it. Sophie Kinsella’s ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ was the book that got me back to reading after an absence. I realised after reading that how much I loved chick-lit and romance books and I’ve never stopped turning the pages since then!

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

Mandy: I have a husband and two young daughters (8 and almost 6) so I like to spend time with them when I’m not writing. I also love country and rock/pop music so I try and go and see bands as often as I can. I went to the Country 2 Country Festival in the O2 in London last March seeing some of my favourite country stars and I’m going again in 2014!

I also have a love of Corfu, Greece and as often as we can afford (twice a year if I’m really lucky!) we travel there for a week or so. I love the sun, the scenery and the hospitality of the Greek people.

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

Mandy: Readers can find me on my website, on Twitter (at least 24 hours a day LOL), Facebook, Goodreads etc. etc. All the links are below and I would LOVE to connect with you!

Website: www.mandybaggot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mandybaggot

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mandy.baggot

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2968625.Mandy_Baggot

Loveahappyending Bookshelf: http://loveahappyending.org/mandy-baggot/

Sapphire Star Publishing: http://www.sapphirestarpublishing.com/mandybaggot

Harper Impulse: http://ow.ly/mAQBP

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

First Love. First Loss. Last chance?

2005 was the most traumatic year of Emma Barron’s life. It was the year her mother died and the year she met Guy Duval. Eight years on, she’s an English teacher with a doting boyfriend and a young son. Life’s been hard but now it’s comfortable. She’s settled and content…so why would she risk it all for another chance with the man that broke her heart?

Guy’s an international renowned footballer newly signed to a top UK team. But behind the confident facade is a man determined to drown the horrors from his childhood with fame, success and money.
Unable to confide in her best friend, Ally, Emma tries to hold her life together as her heart is pulled apart. Did she turn her back on love too soon?

Neither of them know what really happened on 5 September 2005 and as events are slowly revealed can anyone cope with the truth?

About the author:

Mandy Baggot is a romantic fiction author. In 2012 she won the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance. Her self-published title, Strings Attached was also short-listed for the Best Author Published Read award.

Also in 2012 she signed with American publishing house, Sapphire Star Publishing, who produced her novels, Taking Charge and romantic suspense, Security.

In June 2013 she signed a two book deal with Harper Collins’ digital first romance imprint, Harper Impulse.

She is a regular contributor to writing blogs and on-line magazine, Loveahappyending Lifestyle http://www.loveahappyending.com/.

Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, World’s Strongest Man, travel and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.

Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.