Cover Reveal! Ruined by Tracy Wolff

Here’s another LoveSwept cover reveal, this time for Ruined by Tracy Wolff.  I don’t know why, but I really like this cover.  I have included info about Tracy’s Full Exposure, which got a new cover, too.  I don’t like that one as much as I like Ruined.  What do you think about them?

 

 

RUINED Book Blurb:

He was the last man I should love … but the first I ever could.

Ethan Frost was a visionary. A genius. Every woman’s deepest, darkest fantasy—even mine. And, somehow, I was his.

He stole into my life like a dream. Turned my reality upside down and made my every desire come true—especially those I never knew I had. He demanded everything I had to give. Gave me everything of himself in return.

But dreams don’t last forever, and ours was no exception.  Because my nightmares were darker, and my wounds deeper, than I could ever reveal.  And much as Ethan wanted to protect me, the secrets we didn’t know we shared could only tear us apart. 

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FULL EXPOSURE

Written by Tracy Wolff

Loveswept Contemporary Erotic Romance | 978080417764

On sale October 28, 2013

FULL EXPOSURE Book Blurb:

In Tracy Wolff’s sizzling novel of erotic tension—perfect for fans of Sylvia Day, E. L. James, and J. Kenner—sex and suspense steam up the sultry bayou.

Desperate to leave a traumatic past behind, photographer Serena Macafee prefers sex with no strings attached—no commitment, just pure pleasure. Her new subject, sculptor Kevin Riley, seems like the perfect man to fulfill her hottest fantasies. And where better than the torrid wetlands of Baton Rouge, where Kevin works—and plays? But as their sessions heat up, so do Serena’s feelings for Kevin.

As she opens herself up to emotions she never wanted, Serena leaves herself vulnerable to everything she thought she’d escaped. As her guard breaks down, her fears are aroused. Something has followed her to the sweltering southern bayou, exposing her to the twisted fantasies of someone in the shadows—and to dangers beyond her wildest dreams.

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About Tracy Wolff:

Tracy Wolff lives in Texas and teaches writing at her local community college. She is married and the mother of three young sons.

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[PR] Viz Media Announces Happy Marriage?! Manga Debut

{Ed. And here’s their other new series, Happy Marriage?!  I think it will appeal to older romance readers, so if you’re interested in manga and haven’t read any yet, hop over to Viz’s website and read the free sample}

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES HAPPY MARRIAGE?! MANGA DEBUT

Will Two Strangers Living In Matrimony Find Their Way To A Happy Marriage?! A New Romantic Comedy From Manga Creator Maki Enjoji

San Francisco, CA, August 19, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, presents a new take on domestic bliss as releases Maki Enjoji’s shojo manga (graphic novel) series, HAPPY MARRIAGE?! The first volume is available now from the Shojo Beat imprint, is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers, and carries an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

HAPPY MARRIAGE?! is also available digitally for $4.99 (U.S / CAN) from VIZManga.com and for digital download through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones, and also for NOOK tablets and devices.

In order to help her father, Chiwa Takanashi agrees to an arranged marriage with the company president, Hokuto Mamiya – a man she doesn’t know – at the request of Hokuto’s grandfather. Chiwa believes the arrangement isn’t binding, but her new partner seems to think otherwise.

“HAPPY MARRIAGE has been eagerly anticipated by many of our readers,” says Nancy Thistlethwaite, Editor. “This series is our next offering in manga for adult women, following Yuki Yoshihara’s BUTTERFLIES, FLOWERS, which was serialized in the same Japanese magazine, Petit Comics. Fans of modern romance will find HAPPY MARRIAGE?! delightful and endearing.

Maki Enjo made her debut with the manga series Fu•Junai (Wicked Pure Love). She is currently published with Petit Comics magazine. HAPPY MARRIAGE?! is her fourth series.

For more information on HAPPY MARRIAGE?!, or other popular shojo manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit http://www.viz.com/manga/print/shojo-beat.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

[PR] VIZ Debuts Office Romance Midnight Secretary

{ED. I have a couple press releases to share today.  First up is Viz’s Midnight Secretary, which I think will have cross-over appeal for New Adult readers}

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VIZ MEDIA OFFERS AN OFFICE ROMANCE WITH A DARK TWIST IN THE MANGA LAUNCH OF MIDNIGHT SECRETARY

New Series From The Shojo Beat Imprint Follows A Dedicated Office Worker And Her Mysterious Boss, Who Turns Out To Be A Vampire!

San Francisco, CA, August 19, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, debuts the sexy supernatural office romance of MIDNIGHT SECRETARY as the manga (graphic novel) series launches on September 3rd. MIDNIGHT SECRETARY was created by Tomu Ohmi and will be published under the Shojo Beat imprint, is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers, and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

Kaya Satozuka prides herself on being an excellent secretary and a consummate professional, so she doesn’t even bat an eye when she’s reassigned to the office of her company’s difficult director, Kyohei Tohma. He’s as prickly – and hot – as rumors paint him, but Kaya is unfazed… until she discovers that he’s a vampire!!

“Despite uncovering his secret bloodthirsty identity, Kaya dedicates herself to serving the wicked Director Tohma to the best of her ability, even if it means lots of late nights at the office,” says Pancha Diaz, Editor. “This highly requested shojo series should become a favorite with mature readers who will delight as Kaya slowly breaks down her boss’s tough and demanding exterior. But the plot quickly thickens as the pair slowly develops feelings for each other. Each will have difficult choices to face in order to reconcile the feelings of the heart with the vastly different lives they lead.”

Manga creator Tomu Ohmi debuted in 2000 with the romantic supernatural series, Kindan no Koi wo Shiyou (Let’s Make Forbidden Love). Her series, MIDNIGHT SECRETARY, also ran in the popular Japanese shojo magazine, Petit Comic.

For more information on MIDNIGHT SECRETARY, or other popular shojo manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.shojobeat.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

Review: The Best Man’s Baby by Victoria James

 

Title: The Best Man’s Baby

Author: Victoria James

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

Florist Claire Holbrook has always played by the rules her entire life, but breaks them to spend one night with sexy lone wolf Jake Manning, a man she’s adored since she was a teenager. Six weeks later things get complicated when she discovers they created a bond that will last a lifetime…Jake has never played by the rules. Getting Minister Holbrook’s daughter pregnant wasn’t part of any life plan, but he won’t run from his responsibilities. He’ll step up and be the best man he can, even if he doesn’t have a clue where to begin. The more time he spends with Claire, though, the more he wants her, and the harder it is to get close because that would mean sharing the one thing he hasn’t with anyone–the truth and his heart.


Review:

The second book in Victoria James’ Red River series is a knock out.  Both Claire and Jake are believably broken, suffering from dysfunctional childhoods.  Claire’s mother is a perfectionist, and she pressured a shy, uncertain Claire to be the best she could be.  Relentlessly.  Any imperfection was picked apart, leaving Claire feeling worthless.  Add in bullying at school, and before long, she had tried to drown her sorrow by overeating.  As the pounds began to pile on, both her mother and her classmates hounded her, mocking her figure and adding yet another blow to her self-esteem.

Jake, too, suffered emotional trauma during his childhood.  He never understood why his parents treated him differently from his two brothers, and when he discovered the awful truth, he felt nothing but revulsion for himself.  With nobody to confide in, he acted out, causing suffering for himself and earning himself a bad boy reputation.  Only Claire’s father, a minister, saved him, and now he’s grateful to him and forever in his debt. 

After hooking up at his brother’s wedding, Jake abruptly abandons Claire.  He leaves town, returning to an unpleasant surprise.  Claire, pregnant with his child and with a mounting fury that would cause a Navy SEAL to run for cover, makes her condition – and his betrayal – publically known.  How? By stabbing the positive pregnancy test stick in his burger at a barbeque.  This moment in Romancelandia will go down in history as the most creative, and socially awkward, way to make a pregnancy announcement.

I loved this story because I could relate so well to both characters.  My own internment in high school was soul draining and challenging, and I have fought to put every insult, nickname, and prank  behind me.  It hasn’t been easy to find a sense of worth after suffering through years of bullying, and I could easily sympathize with Claire.  Struggling to live up to the high expectations of her mother, she had nowhere to turn, and only found refuge when she became friends with Holly (the heroine of A Risk Worth Taking).  Claire is used to taking care of herself, and she’s made a successful business of her florist shop.  Now that she is pregnant by the guy she’s been crushing on since she was a teen, she realizes that he’s just a jerk.  He couldn’t run away from her fast enough after their night of unbridled passion, and now she is determined to raise her child by herself.  What she doesn’t expect is that Jake wants to be part of his child’s life, too.  She resists Jake’s attempts to apologize, and digs her heels in when he insists she let him accompany her to doctor appointments.  And when he suggests that they get married?  Oh, hell, no, Mr Love ‘em and Leave ‘em!

There’s a lot of humor in this book, as well as heartache, and ultimately, redemption, for Jake and a new understanding between Claire and her mother.  When Jake refused to share himself with Claire, I wanted to scream with frustration.  He is finally given the chance to be himself and share his most terrible secret, and he almost blows it, and his relationship with Claire, to Kingdom Come.  He lacks the ability to trust anybody, even his brothers, and it almost costs him his happiness with Claire. 

The Best Man’s Baby is a moving read, with highs, lows, and every emotion in between.  As with A Risk Worth Taking, I was caught up in the characters and their emotional turmoil, and found myself cheering for their HEA.  I usually dislike baby books, but this romance is now one of my favorites.

Grade:  A-/B+

Review copy provided by publisher

Interview with Tommie Conrad, Author of Heart Trouble

Please give a warm welcome to this morning’s special guest, Tommie Conrad.  Tommie is here to chat about Heart Trouble.

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

[Tommie Conrad] I’ve always found me hard to categorize. I alternately refer to myself as an author, cowboy, dreamer, librarian, therapist, optimist, stargazer, loner, and introvert, and I will easily toss off labels when I find they no longer fit.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Heart Trouble?

[Tommie Conrad] Heart Trouble is a very simply love story about two people who find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. Brandt and Marissa are separately trying to figure out what is the next step in their lives, how they’re going to occupy the next few years, when fate decides to intervene. Brandt has his family’s ranch to think about, but isn’t sure if that precludes a personal life, while Marissa’s overarching goal is to attend graduate school. Add into the mix an unexpected love story, family strife, and several young people who are at varying stages of maturity and you have the ingredients for both happiness and conflict as Brandt and Marissa pursue their goals together.

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

[Tommie Conrad] I had just completed a family saga that spanned four books and took one year to complete. While I have a great attachment to those characters as well as the settings that spawned them, I decided I wanted to simplify for my next project and narrow my focus. I had a very rural upbringing, and that informs much of my writing. The planting of vegetables and the picking of blackberries and mushrooms are activities with which I’m very familiar, and thus they made their way into Heart Trouble. I tend to focus on farms or ranches, and small towns and rural settings when I sit down to write a novel. The characters are driving the stories rather than the hustle and bustle of everyday life, making the best decisions they can in a world where life isn’t always filled with a plethora of choices. I have also previously written characters that have a wealth of family support, while others have difficult pasts or have been orphaned. For Heart Trouble I elected to write about two only-children, a pair of characters who had to form their own attachments because Mother Nature hadn’t gifted them with siblings. Brandt plays straight man to his best friend, Rawlings, who has his own unhappy past to contend with. For Marissa, finding her high school friend Rowan in town is a blessing in disguise. Certain elements are informed by my own status as an only child—Brandt’s relationship with his parents is similar in some ways to how I interact with my parents, albeit with a heavy dose of dramatic tension added. Marissa’s struggles with education and joblessness are reflective of my own three-year quest to be admitted to graduate school and the long-term unemployment that followed that. The rest of it is just a product of my mind—the towns referred to are fictional, as are the settings. And as much as the characters may contain traits of myself, they are much better looking than anyone I know in real life!

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

[Tommie Conrad] Intelligent, determined, empathetic

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

[Tommie Conrad] “Cowboys Like Us” by George Strait. For all of Brandt’s foibles and flaws—and, yes, sometimes lack of maturity—he knows how incredibly lucky he is to live the life he loves.

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

[Tommie Conrad] A picture of her mother. Prior to meeting Brandt, her mother was the only constant in Marissa’s life, and the single-greatest influence upon her.

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

[Tommie Conrad] 1. Any type of body spray—for Brandt it’s cologne or nothing

2. An electric razor—too modern for a guy who’s used to the simple life

3. Anything from Bath and Body Works—self-explanatory

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

[Tommie Conrad] Prior to the beginning of the book, I would say never knowing her father. By the story’s end, however, she has no more regrets.

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

[Tommie Conrad] Tough question. My parents never dissuaded me from using my imagination or being creative, and I certainly don’t have an internal filter that reigns in my creative process. I also try to think in terms of the natural world and how it should be described in narrative form; description of settings is an area that, for me, is still a work in progress.

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

[Tommie Conrad] Great music—I rarely, if ever, write without some kind of soundtrack in my ears. Music helps to set the scene for me, and put me in the proper frame of mind.

Limited interruptions. I like to write as many pages as I can while the ideas are fresh in my mind. When that isn’t feasible, I do the best I can. Other times I purposefully hold off on writing until the ideas have fully crystallized in my mind. I’m no good at making outlines.

A title! I know that sounds superficial but it is very difficult for me to begin a project without having the title in place. The opposite is true for writing an essay or blog, however—I usually decide on a title at the end.

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

[Tommie Conrad] “Lethal” by Sandra Brown. Her books are always incredible, but that one was a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller with twists and turns aplenty as it reached the final chapters. I also found “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman to be a really harrowing, descriptive tale of two people trying but usually failing to do the right thing, simply by pursuing what they feel is best for themselves and their marriage.

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

[Tommie Conrad] “The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I think the fact that it was a series intrigued me and made me want to read more. And, yeah, it’s a children’s book, but my lifelong love of reading pretty much began there.

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

[Tommie Conrad] Reading, of course. While I sometimes have to do academic research in the course of writing a novel, I have found a few story ideas just by perusing magazines. I love to travel, which also has benefits for the creative process. Drawing and painting are two more lifelong hobbies that, unfortunately, have been pushed by the wayside due to my writing, though I did paint the cover for my first novel. I’ve also spent a lot of time in the garden this year, something else that made its way into Heart Trouble.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a little about your next project?

[Tommie Conrad] I just completed and am now working on the first edit of a romantic thriller, something I’d never tried before. I tried to balance out the love story with the suspense, but I’m pretty sure the love story won out.

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

[Tommie Conrad] I have a plethora of ways readers can connect with me, and I am amenable to comments and feedback. I try to maintain a regular blog at http://tommieconrad.blogspot.com/ and they can follow me on Twitter at @tommieconrad84. I’m also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/tommieconrad) and have author pages on both Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Tommie-Conrad/e/B009KNDQMW and Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6571946.Tommie_Conrad , the latter of which I am still learning to use. And if they want to follow me on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/conradcorner/ or connect with me on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tommie-conrad/72/b12/30a that is also fine.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

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About the book:

Brandt Conner is living the good life. Sure, work on his family’s ranch is hard and keeps him busy from sunup to sundown, but at least he’s got his best friend to help. There are only two sore spots in his life: lack of a loving, romantic relationship and a brittle connection with his father.

Marissa Sloan has no relationship with her father; she doesn’t even remember the man. But her dreams and plans haven’t worked out, and she finds herself working at a feed store to make ends meet. When Marissa meets Brandt, sparks fly and they are forced to grow up in a hurry.

Brandt isn’t rich but he wants for nothing in the material sense, and Marissa must ignore the negative view some have of Brandt’s ways, his romantic past and his free-wheeling reputation. In Marissa, Brandt finds his other half—but if Marissa pursues her dreams of higher education, she’ll have to leave after just one summer together.

Will Brandt let her go? Or can he become the man he was meant to be?

About the author:

Becoming an author was more about challenging myself and seeing if I could actually write a full-length novel than about anything else. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Kentucky, but thus far writing is the only career that’s taken off for me. Heart Trouble is the first novel I’ve written that was done specifically to fit into the mold of popular romantic fiction. The other novels I just kind of self-published and hoped for the best.