Interview with Robin Covington, Author of Secret Santa Baby and Giveaway!

Robin Covington dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her holiday romance Secret Santa Baby.  Please give her a warm welcome.

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

[Robin Covington] I hit forty and eliminated the words “can’t” and “shouldn’t” from my vocabulary. Don’t dare me because I’ll do it!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Secret Santa Baby?

[Robin Covington] It is about two best friends who have been in love with each other for years but never acted on it. The hero, Nick, decides to go for broke, makes sure he’s Tessa’s Secret Santa at the office and seduces her with the gifts in the song, “Santa Baby”.

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

[Robin Covington] Entangled Publishing (my fab publisher) put out a call for submissions for short stories based on the song “Santa Baby”. I started thinking about what would happen if the gift giver in the song was anonymous, linked it up the office Secret Santa game and the story poured out of me.

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

[Robin Covington] Reserved. Passionate. Loyal.

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

[Robin Covington]  Every Girl Like Me by Sugarland

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Nicholas won’t leave the house without.

[Robin Covington] His eyeglasses.

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

[Robin Covington] Gum (she never chews gum – it grosses her out), a hairbrush (With her curls she has to fix it in the morning and then leave it alone except for finger-combing), and a designer wallet.

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

[Robin Covington] Music – I listen to it all the time. Other writers – I read voraciously. Some of my favorites are Harper Fox, Jill Shalvis and Hank Edwards. Movies – I love the vividness of visual stories.

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

[Robin Covington] Time. Time. Time. ( I can write anywhere – just give me five minutes.)

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

[Robin Covington] Half-Moon Chambers by Harper Fox. She writes emotion, plotlines and characters who keep me turning the page. I can’t open a book of hers without having time to finish it in one sitting.

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

[Robin Covington] Hang out with my husband and kids. I sing in a band and that is a ton of fun. I also do needlework – intricate cross stitch over linen of antique patterns.

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

[Robin Covington] Website:


Twitter: @RobinCovington

Entangled Publishing/buy links:

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Blurb for Secret Santa Baby:

Tessa Stoneman hasn’t been able to get long-time friend and business partner Nicholas Boone out of her head since they shared a single kiss in college. Even when she dated Nicholas’s best friend. Now that she’s giving up her position at GameNerdz to strike out on her own—and now that she’s single—maybe it’s the right time to see if there’s still something between them.

Nicholas knows once Tessa leaves the company she helped found, they might drift apart. Before she starts her own company in the new year, he wants to woo the woman he fell in love with during college. So he poses as her Secret Santa, gifts her with items from the song “Santa Baby,” and plans a big reveal at the company holiday party. But when his best friend wants to rekindle his romance with Tessa, will Nicholas lose his last chance?


Robin Covington, who NYT Best Selling authors, Robyn Carr and Carly Phillips, said was their new “auto-buy author”, writes sizzling hot contemporary and paranormal romance. A Night of Southern Comfort, her best-selling debut was nominated by RT Book Reviews for the 2012 Best Contemporary Romance from an Indie Press for bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. When she’s not exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Mangianello.

Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of the Waterworld Mermaids, a Goddess at The Naked Hero, and a contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today. You can find Robin on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (@RobinCovington).

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One thought on “Interview with Robin Covington, Author of Secret Santa Baby and Giveaway!

  • January 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Nice interview! Had to laugh about the gum comment. I’ve become obsessed with gum, I think. I most always chew on a piece of gum after I eat, sometimes even after just drinking something other than water. LOL
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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