[PR] Get Your Manga Fix! VIZ Manga Digital Releases for September!

{ED – Basara rocks, so if you haven’t read it yet, check out the free sample at Vizmanga.com}

September 17, 2013


Shojo Manga Titles BABY & ME, BASARA, DOUBT!, THE MAGIC TOUCH, MIDNIGHT SECRETARY, SUGAR PRINCESS: SKATING TO WIN, And W. JULIET Make Their North American Digital Debut Along With Updates To More Than 30 Other Existing Series

VIZ Media delivers a substantial digital manga (graphic novel) update for the month of September featuring a host of new titles on VIZManga.com and available 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.

A trio of new shojo manga series that are available now include creator Yumi Tamura’s celebrated classic, BASARA (Vols. 1-2 available), as well as the dark romance of MIDNIGHT SECRETARY, and the on-the-ice drama of SUGAR PRINCESS: SKATING TO WIN. The second-half of this month offers the launch of four additional shojo series including BABY & ME, DOUBT!, THE MAGIC TOUCH, and W. JULIET (Vols. 1-2 available).

More than 30 other acclaimed series also feature new monthly updates. Many are available now! Don’t miss notable multi-volume weekly updates for fan favorites such as CASE CLOSED, HANA KIMI, SKIP BEAT and YU-GI-OH! DUELIST.

New September Titles Available Now Include:

BASARA Vols. 1-2 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens!

Born under a prophecy that will liberate and unite Japan, Sarasa has had to take her brother Tatara’s place as the "Boy of Destiny." Fighting for the oppressed, Sarasa journeys across Japan to gain allies and defeat her enemies – all while keeping her identity a secret! BASARA creator Yumi Tamura broke into the manga world with a bang, winning the 1983 Shogakukan Grand Prize for new artists. She has gone on to write many extremely popular shojo manga stories such as the hit series, There Goes Tomoe, That Summer has Ended, and X-DAY. But the title that solidified her reputation as a top shojo manga artist was the breakthrough fantasy/action manga smash hit, BASARA. Always one to experiment in action/adventure formats, CHICAGO (also available from VIZ Media) is Tamura’s latest completed work.

MIDNIGHT SECRETARY Vol. 1 · Rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers

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 Touma. He’s as prickly – and hot – as rumors paint him, but Kaya is unfazed… until she discovers that he’s a vampire!! Manga creator Tomu Ohmi debuted in 2000 with the romantic supernatural series, Let’s Make Forbidden Love. Her series, MIDNIGHT SECRETARY, also ran in the popular Japanese shojo magazine, Petit Comic.

SUGAR PRINCESS: SKATING TO WIN Vol. 1 · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages

When ice-skating novice Maya Kurinoki lands a double axel for the first time, coach Eishi Todo sees her potential and vows to make her a figure skating "princess." All Maya has to do is convince famous skater Shun Kano to become her partner. Too bad Shun doesn’t want to have anything to do with her!

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Help Celebrate the Release of Born Wild by Julie Ann Walker and Giveaway!

Sourcebooks and Julie Ann Walker are celebrating the release of Born Wild with some swag and a giveaway! Full details below.  You can also enter below for a chance to win Thrill Ride!


A Gift for You, for Pre-Ordering BORN WILD by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Ann Walker

For US and Canadian Black Knights Inc. Lovers!

Send us your proof of pre-order and we’ll send you a Black Knights Inc. bandana!

We’ll send a bandana to anyone who shows us their pre-order receipt until October 31, or supplies run out. Just email your receipt to sbpublicity@sourcebooks.com

As an added bonus: EVERYONE who receives a bandana will have an opportunity to win a fabulous motorcycle-themed gift basket, inspired by the Black Knights.

– All you have to do is post a photo of you with your bandana and show it to us!

o Post your photo to one of the following places:

§ Julie Ann Walker’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jawalkerauthor

§ Sourcebooks Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sourcebooks

§ Or you can Tweet your photo—be sure to tag @jawalkerauthor or @SourcebooksCasa

– You have until November 15, 2013 to send us your photo! The winner will be chosen at random, and announced on Julie Ann Walker’s Facebook Page on Monday, November 18.

About the book:

1. Trust no one… Eve Edens has been abandoned, used, or manipulated by almost everyone she’s ever met. Born into ridiculous wealth, she’s dealt with the petty jealousies and sordid little resentments for nearly thirty years. But after three botched attempts on her life, she can no longer ignore the truth. Someone wants her dead.
2. Avoid the bad boys at all costs… William "Wild Bill" Reichert, the wonderfully sexy boy who abandoned her years ago, is back in town. Only he’s no boy. Now he’s a covert operative – and he’s all man. When Eve hires Bill to help her discover who is behind the attacks, Bill soon comes to suspect it’s someone much closer to Eve than she dares to believe.
3. And never fall for the same ruse twice… The search for the killer takes Bill and Eve deep into the dark secrets and strange world of the rich and famous, and into the heart of red-hot passion re-ignited by the peril that threatens to consume them both. But does Eve dare risk her heart on Bill a second time?


And now for my giveaway! Thanks to Sourcebooks, I have a copy of Thrill Ride to give to one of you!


About the book

He’s Gone Rogue
Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux’s job is to get information, and he’s one of the best in the business. Until something goes horribly wrong and he’s being hunted by his own government. Even his best friends at the covert special-ops organization Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. He thinks he can outrun them all, but his former partner—a curvy bombshell who knows just how to drive him wild—refuses to cut him loose.
She Won’t Back Down
Vanessa Cordova hasn’t been the team’s communication specialist
very long, but she knows how to read people—no way is Rock guilty of murder. And she’ll go to hell and back to help him prove it. Sure, the sexy Cajun has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good, because they’re about to get very tight…



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Interview with Jennifer Hayward, Author of The Divorce Party and Giveaway!

Jennifer Hayward is celebrating the release of The Divorce Party this morning.  She dropped by the virtual offices for a chat, and brought along a copy of her book for one of you to win!

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Writer/PR person who lives to travel, drink great wine and hang with friends and family – preferably in combination

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Divorce Party?

[Jennifer Hayward] The Divorce Party is the story of a billionaire wine magnate whose only failure has been the dissolution of his marriage to his wife. The story of two people who love each other beyond reason, but who perhaps cannot be together because of who they are and the pressure that puts on their relationship. I wanted to explore the issue of infidelity in this book. The reader doesn’t just think Riccardo did something wrong, he did cross the line. I truly believe you can never fully cast judgment on such a complex subject until you put yourself in someone else’s shoes and I hope, in the end, the reader will understand what it’s like to be in Riccardo and Lilly’s shoes.

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

[Jennifer Hayward] The story was inspired by a million-dollar divorce party a Manhattan billionaire threw to celebrate the end of his three-year marriage. Embossed invitations, the society event of the year. When I saw the newspaper article I couldn’t believe anyone would want to end their marriage this way and it made me wonder why? Why would anyone do this? Perhaps my hero didn’t actually want a divorce and it was the only way he could get his wife into a room with him. Thus appeared Riccardo and Lilly’s story.

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Vulnerable, steely and goodhearted

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Eye of The Tiger 🙂

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Her phone

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

[Jennifer Hayward] A robe, smelly soap, a hair dryer

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Her fractured family life

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

[Jennifer Hayward] The news, television/movies, travelling, backstory from my PR career (it’s amazing what actually happens)

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Concentration/quiet (sometimes music is good, especially for love scenes :)), coffee and a storyline that inspires me. A beach house with the waves lapping at the base of the steps is preferable!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on The Divorce Party?

[Jennifer Hayward] So You Think You Can Write! I had entered the manuscript into Harlequin’s global competition to find a new author. It was the most exciting, distracting roller coaster ride of my life! Amazingly enough – I won! And got the chance to write all three of the De Campo brother’s books! The second book of the trilogy comes out in Feb with Presents – Alex & Gabe’s story is called An Exquisite Affair.

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – utterly compelling can’t put it down genius

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Early on I would say the Nancy Drew mysteries, then Judy Blume 🙂

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Hang with my husband and little boy, with my amazing ten-year-strong book club, travel and hike

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

[Jennifer Hayward] Please do! My website is jenniferhaywardromance.com, twitter – jenhayward_ and facebook – facebook.com/jenniferhaywardromance

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

"You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?" 

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn’t easy to say "no" to. 

Forced back into Riccardo’s glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly’s old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media’s golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.

Congratulations to Jennifer Hayward, winner of Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write competition!

About the author:

JENNIFER HAYWARD has been a fan of romance and adventure since filching her sister’s Harlequin Presents novels to escape her teenaged angst.

Jennifer penned her first romance at nineteen. When it was rejected, she went on to complete a journalism degree and intern as a sports broadcaster before settling into a career in public relations. Years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and traveling the world provided perfect fodder for the arrogant alpha males she loves to write, and free research on the some of the world’s most glamorous locales.

Her debut novel, The Divorce Party, was the winner of Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write contest. Jennifer writes for Harlequin’s Presents/Mills & Boon Modern line.

A native of Canada’s gorgeous East coast, Jennifer now lives in Toronto with her Viking husband and their young Viking-in-training.


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Spotlight: Hot Knight in Paradise by Sofia Harper



Hot Knight in Paradise by Sofia Harper

Stranded in paradise with no way to get home, Leah Smith needs a miracle, and fast. Instead, she gets Marshall Jackson, surely the sexiest man alive. Too bad he’s got an emotional wall around himself–and her only hope of getting off the island …

Marshall has a strict no damsels in distress policy, but there’s something about Leah that makes him want to break his own rules. He agrees to let her work in his bar until she earns enough to get home. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny the scorching attraction between them. Soon hot island nights provide balm to their wounded souls, but will these two flawed exiles make peace with the past in time to claim the future they deserve together–or will paradise be lost?

Stranded in paradise with no way to get home, Leah Smith needs a miracle, and fast. Instead, she gets Marshall Jackson, surely the sexiest man alive. Too bad he’s got an emotional wall around himself–and her only hope of getting off the island …

Marshall has a strict no damsels in distress policy, but there’s something about Leah that makes him want to break his own rules. He agrees to let her work in his bar until she earns enough to get home. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny the scorching attraction between them. Soon hot island nights provide balm to their wounded souls, but will these two flawed exiles make peace with the past in time to claim the future they deserve together–or will paradise be lost?

Check out the book at the publisher’s website – http://www.entangledpublishing.com/hot-knight-in-paradise/

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About the author:

Sofia Harper started writing contemporary romance a long, long time ago. When Sofia’s not spending time with imaginary people in her head, she’s corrupting two little trouble makers. Currently she lives in California where the wine is good. She also isn’t published at the moment. These two thoughts are not related.

Blog http://sofiaharper.blogspot.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/sofiaharp

Cover Reveal: East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye

This morning I have a cover reveal for Laura Kaye’s East of Ecstasy. This is the final book in the award-winning Hearts of the Anemoi series.   What do you think?  Have you been following the series?


About East of Ecstasy:

Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost.


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Books in Series:

North of Need

West of Want

South of Surrender

About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in paranormal and contemporary romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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