Cover Shot! Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

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?

Oh, look!  Sherry Thomas has written a YA fantasy!  Everyone raves about her historical romances, and while I have a few on my TBR, I haven’t had a chance to read any of them yet.  The Burning Sky looks to be right up my alley, and I hope I can get to it sooner than later.  Love the cover, too!

In stores September 2013


It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to revenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

Feed Your Kindle! Cheap YA Reads!


The Crown of Embers – $1.99


Elisa is a hero. She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country’s ruler should be secure. But it isn’t.
Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from foreign realms and even from within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.
To conquer the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trail of long-forgotten–and forbidden–clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man whom–despite everything–she is falling in love with.
If she’s lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.


Timepiece– $1.99

From Amazon:

Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples—cracks in time. Are Kaleb’s powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before Kaleb can find out, Jonathan Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?
In the wake of Landers’s return, the Hourglass organization is offered an ultimatum by a mysterious man. Either they find Landers and the research he has stolen on people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered—with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.
Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their extraordinary powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? Even if they succeed, just finding him may not be enough. . . .
The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science-fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

Hourglass is $1.99

From Amazon:


One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?
Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

Frost – $2.99

From Amazon:


In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.
She saves his life.
Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.
But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.
Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

Interview with Tanya Michaels, Author of Her Secret, His Baby

Please give a warm welcome to special guest Tanya Michaels.  Tanya is visiting the virtual offices to chat about Her Secret, His Baby, which is part of her Colorado Cades trilogy, and is published by Harlequin under their American Romance line.

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

[Tanya Michaels]  Mom. Writer. Reader. Joss Whedon uber-fan. Geek. She who cries at 80% of movies (including cartoons) & the occasional soup commercial.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Her Secret, His Baby?

[Tanya Michaels] Spoiler alert: it’s a secret baby story ? It’s such a classic storyline in the romance genre that, after thirty books, I wanted to give it a try. The challenge was writing it in a way readers could relate to—a reasonable explanation as to how it happened and why the heroine might keep it a secret. This is the first story in my “Colorado Cades” trilogy, and I’ve been very pleased with the early reviews for the book!

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

[Tanya Michaels] The heroine, Arden, came to me first, since she’s part of the Cade family. Once I knew her background, which includes a lot of loss, I knew I wanted Garrett (the hero) to have the opposite upbringing. Until now, rancher Garrett Frost has led a seemingly charmed life. But early in the book he learns a family secret that pulls the rug out from under him. On top of that, he discovers he’s going to be a father. How will a man who’s known very little adversity react to the sudden curveballs life is hurling at him? And how can he forgive the woman who lied to him?

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

[Tanya Michaels] Survivor, sister, hopeful.

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

[Tanya Michaels] Bon Jovi’s “Bang a Drum”

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

[Tanya Michaels] Caramel-filled chocolates. She keeps them in her house, purse and photo studio.

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

[Tanya Michaels] Self-help books, tanning lotion, or a sewing machine.

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

[Tanya Michaels]  At the opening of the book, her greatest regret is that she can’t do more to help her widowed oldest brother, who raised her and held their family together for so many years.

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

[Tanya Michaels] Shakespeare, Jennifer Crusie, Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson and my friends. An hour laughing and talking with the warm, wise women in my life fires up my imagination and inspires me to write characters as wonderful as they are.

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

[Tanya Michaels] Aside from a computer with an ergonomic keyboard? Diet coke, music, and a combination of wrist braces/medicine/ointments to cope with my tendonitis. The week before a book’s due, my entire house smells like Icy Hot!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Her Secret, His Baby?

[Tanya Michaels] The holiday season. I was writing during November, amid Thanksgiving houseguests and school fall festivals. By the time I turned in the manuscript and my editor had a chance to read it and give me revision notes, it was mid-December. In my sleep-deprived rush to finish the book before Christmas, I burned a few batches of cookies and hid a stocking-stuffer for my son so well that we still haven’t located it.

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

[Tanya Michaels] That may be a tie between Kresley Cole’s latest paranormal romance, MacRieve, and Joshilyn Jackson’s women’s fiction novel, A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. The two books have little in common except for strong writing and my inability to put them down—sleep be darned!

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

[Tanya Michaels] I’ve loved books since before I can remember. But I know from the inscription that a childhood favorite was given to me the Christmas I was three. My German grandfather sent me a hardcover collection of fairy tales from around the world, nearly a thousand pages long. They were mesmerizing—some with happy endings, others dark, grisly or bittersweet. I remember my mom reading those tales to me and my younger sister. When I was old enough, I read and re-read them by myself. The table of contents eventually fell out, the pages have aged and the “binding” is now entirely duct tape, but my kids still read from that book.

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

[Tanya Michaels] I try to celebrate each deadline with a girls’ night out to Shakespeare Tavern, one of my favorite places to go in downtown Atlanta. Between books, I also spend as much time with my family as possible, read like a maniac and watch TV. I went from hardly ever watching television when I got married fifteen years ago to realizing that good shows are just another form of storytelling and character development. My DVR is full of episodes of Castle, Vampire Diaries, Big Bang Theory, White Collar, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, and Suits; my DVD collection includes seasons of Buffy, Firefly, Veronica Mars, Battlestar Galactica and Supernatural.

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

[Tanya Michaels] The easiest, fastest way is through Twitter or Facebook. When I can squeeze in a few precious hours at the computer (usually around midnight, when my family is asleep), I spend that time buried in a manuscript so my website is rarely my top priority. But I have Twitter & Facebook apps on my phone and check them constantly—while stuck in a long line at the bank, sitting through my son’s baseball practice, etc. I love connecting with readers in such a direct way and hearing what books they’re currently enjoying.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Life’s been full of surprises lately for rancher Garrett Frost, and not in a good way. His mother has just dropped a bombshell about his past, so Garrett takes some time away to come to terms with family secrets. And who should he run into but Arden Cade, the beautiful photographer who shared a single night of passion with Garrett six months ago. He is even more shocked when he discovers she’s pregnant; and he’s the daddy.

To make matters worse, Arden hadn’t even planned on telling Garrett about the baby. Despite her lies, Garrett is determined to be a good father. He’s not the type to cut and run, and he can’t deny that he’s falling for Arden all over again. But he’ll have to find a way to forgive her betrayal and make peace with that skeleton in the family closet

About the author:

Tanya Michaels is the award-winning author of over thirty books and mother of two highly imaginative children. She is an avid reader who also watches way, way too much TV–spending a lot of time in Mystic Falls, Bluebell, Alabama or rating the Runway.  Her husband is a very patient man who sometimes helps her brainstorm stories, including her upcoming Colorado Cades trilogy from Harlequin.