Graphic Novel Review: Food Wars! Vol 1 & 2 by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki

I like food so I thought I’d give Food Wars! a try.  I thought the first volume was okay, but it didn’t blow me away.  Soma’s family owns a diner, and Soma’s number one goal in life is to be a better cook than his dad.  I love this storyline; it kept me reading The Prince of Tennis for a long time (and I need to catch up on that one!).  I’m not sure why I find this trope so appealing, but it is one of my favorites.  The protagonist working to hone his skills, hoping to one day surpass the person who taught him almost everything he knows, yeah, I really like that.

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Win a Kindle Fire or Nook Color From Jessica Scott, Author of Until There Was You!

Jessica Scott is hosting a preorder contest for her latest book, UNTIL THERE WAS YOU.  The prize is a Kindle Fire or a Nook Color!!  She asked me to help spread the word, so please read on if you are interested! 

ENTER TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE OF A KINDLE FIRE OR A NOOK COLOR!

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the contest, forward your email receipt of purchase of UNTIL THERE WAS YOU to “contest@jessicascott.net” . Entries must be received by OCTOBER 7, 11:59pm EST.

UNTIL THERE WAS YOU He plays by the rules, she’s not afraid to break them. Now these two strong-willed army captains will prove that opposites attract . . .

A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.

Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye.

He’s more than the rank on his chest; he’s a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.

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Interview with Tamara Hogan, Author of Chase Me and Giveaway!

Tamara Hogan is the author of Chase Me, a paranormal romance from Sourcebooks. Tamara stopped by the virtual offices to chat about her new release, and she brought a present!  One of you can win a copy of Chase Me just by filling out the widget below!

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

[Tamara Hogan] Feral reader, newbie author, Mark’s partner, INFP, cat mom, boot hoarder, TV addict, Type B, digitally-overloaded technologist.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Chase Me?

[Tamara Hogan] In this follow-up to Underbelly Chronicles Book 1, TASTE ME, CHASE ME delves more deeply into the paranormals’ origin story. Millennia ago, when their ship crashed to Earth, paranormals of all types settled secretly into our world, quietly going about their business with humans none the wiser. Self–ruling and careful to stay below the radar, all is threatened when Valkyrie archaeologist Lorin Schlessinger and her werewolf geologist partner Gabe Lupinsky inadvertently draw evil attention to Earth and its treasured natural resources. As the threat intensifies, Lorin and Gabe struggle to contain the chaos they’ve unleashed, and to resist their explosive mutual attraction…

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

[Tamara Hogan] Though they were both dating other people at the time, Lorin and Gabe shared a scene – and some sparks – in TASTE ME. Half a year later, after the events of the first book, CHASE ME opens with Gabe having to travel to Lorin’s home turf, a remote archaeological site located in northern Minnesota, to exert some damage control.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?

[Tamara Hogan] I found writing the scenes that take place on the spaceship—the villain’s home base—to be very challenging. I wanted the TonTon to be a workplace that is sometimes grimy and messy, not sterile and squeaky-clean like the starship Enterprise. The TonTon is basically a flying Playboy Mansion, an intergalactic pleasure dome, where the captain’s word is law—where anything goes, but where all is far from perfect.

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

[Tamara Hogan] : Practical, physical, aggressive.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Gabe would never have in his bedroom?

[Tamara Hogan] Plates, glasses or food. Plants—he has a complete black thumb. A novel, because all his reading is technical or work-oriented.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Lorin’s single most prized possession?

[Tamara Hogan]  Her deceased dog’s leather collar. Her bulldog, Princess Buttercup, died about five years ago.

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

[Tamara Hogan]  Other authors’ books. My worldview expands, and I learn something about craft, from every book I read, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, or a great book or a wallbanger.

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

[Tamara Hogan] Pen and paper, coffee with cream, and a loaded iPod to block out the world.

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

[Tamara Hogan] Nalini Singh’s recent novella collection, Angel’s Flight. I was reading this book in the bathtub, and asked Mark if he would bring me some paper and a pen. I figured if I was going to be so enjoyably and thoroughly schooled while I was reading for pleasure, I might as well take some notes. In my opinion, her sensory descriptions are unrivaled

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

[Tamara Hogan]  This is a question I can’t answer. I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t read, when there weren’t books in my life. Apparently, at age 3, I negotiated a deal with my mother where I didn’t have to take a nap—I HATED naps—if I sat quietly on the bed with a book instead. Mom got a break, and I got to read. Talk about a win/win! And half the time, I fell asleep with the book open on my lap anyway. Moms are clever that way. ;-)

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

[Tamara Hogan] Read (of course)! I adore watching television, especially Science Channel, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. I also make contemporary quilts, the more brightly colored and obnoxious the better.

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

[Tamara Hogan] Come on over to www.tamarahogan.com, and comment on my blog or send me an email! You can also find me on Twitter @TamaraHogan1 and Facebook at Tamara Hogan Author. I also blog monthly at the Sourcebooks Casablanca Author Blog, and at The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!


Here’s more info about Chase Me:

CHASE ME BY TAMARA HOGAN – IN STORES JUNE 2012

THE SECRETS SHE’S UNCOVERING WILL BE HIS TO KEEP…

Centuries ago, when their ship crashed to Earth, paranormals of all types settled secretly into our world, quietly going about their business with humans none the wiser. Self–ruling and careful to stay below the radar, all is threatened when Valkyrie archaeologist Lorin Schlessinger and her werewolf geologist partner Gabe Lupinsky inadvertently draw evil attention to Earth and its treasured natural resources.

As the threat intensifies, Lorin and Gabe struggle to contain the chaos they’ve unleashed, and to resist their explosive mutual attraction…

“Hogan’s sharp, funny dialogue and strong but subtle character development elevate both the story and the fierce chemistry between insecure, bespectacled Gabe and lusty, aggressive Lorin. Paranormal fans will enjoy this fresh take on the genre.” — Publishers Weekly

Read an excerpt here.

Ready for your chance to win a copy?  Just fill out the widget to enter!  Extra entries for following.  Open to US and Canadian addresses only.

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Didn’t win? You can purchase Chase Me and Taste Me from your favorite bookseller, or by clicking the widget below.

[PR] Contest News! 4th Annual U.S. Military Wives Contest—Open for Entries!

{I received a press release about this contest, and I thought I would share it.}

4th Annual U.S. Military Wives Contest—Open for Entries!

For the past couple of years, as a special thank you to our service members and their families, I have held a contest just for Military Wives. It turned out to be an incredibly rewarding experience. I had the privilege of meeting several incredible women and their beautiful families. It’s so easy to forget that there are real people who are deeply affected by the conflicts overseas. Hearing the personal stories of these families helped me remember that our troops are husbands, fathers, brothers and sons who are immensely loved and sorely missed.

This contest will run from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend but start sending those entries in now!

Who is eligible? Wives of any U.S. military service member may enter. Retired or active-duty.

How do you enter? Send an email to info@novelromance.net with a picture of you and your family member in uniform. Tell us a bit about what branch he serves in, where you’ve been stationed, challenges and so forth. We want to hear your story! Please put "4th Annual Military Families Contest" in the subject line.

Once a week, beginning Memorial Day weekend, I will pick one entrant to be highlighted on my blog. These weekly entrants are semi-finalists. Labor Day weekend I will select three winners.

Second Prize: A $25 Amazon Gift Card, Signed copies of Unleashed and Untouched

First Prize: A $50 Amazon Gift Card, and signed copies of Unleashed and Untouched

Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon Gift card and signed copies of Unleashed and Untouched

For more information about the contest and Sara Humphreys, please visit http://sarahumphreys.com/ and follow Sara on Twitter, @AuthorSara.

Check out the Huffington Post Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sara-taney-humphreys/military-families-_b_1533949.html?ref=tw

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, New York with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. For more information about the contest and Sara Humphreys, please visit http://sarahumphreys.com/

Love In Bloom Giveaway Hop–Win When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle!

Welcome to my Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Portrait of a Book.  This hop runs from May 18th to 23rd, and you can win lots of new reads.  This hop is for romances, so cuddle up with your sweetie and get ready to enter for your chance to win a ton of contemporary love stories!  Click here for a complete list of blogs participating in the hop.

I am giving away a finished copy of When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle.  This is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, one of the most enduring romances ever told. Only this is narrated from the point of view of Rosaline, Romeo’s spurned lover.  I couldn’t put the book down, and now I want to share the book with one of you.  It’s about finding yourself, hope, and new beginnings, so enter for your chance to win!

Entering is easy! Just fill out the widget.  Earn extra entries for following on Twitter and Goodreads, or by subscribing to receive an email with blog updates.  Easy, Huh?!  US shipping addresses only.

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Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop! Win Cat Girl’s Day Off!

 

Here’s a chance to win free books!  KidLitFrenzy, Classic Children’s Books, Mymcbooks & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer are hosting the Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop.  The giveaway is May 7 – May 13.   There will be a ton of chances for you to win some new reading material.  Just hop on over to I am a Reader, Not a Writer to see the other giveaways!  Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

What is Children’s Book Week?

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast!

I am giving away an ARC of Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly  Pauley!  This is a fun summer read, and you know you want to win it!

Entering is easy! Just fill out the widget.  Earn extra entries for following on Twitter and Goodreads, or by subscribing to receive an email with blog updates.  Easy, Huh?!  Open INTERNATIONALLY!

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Win Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa!

Want to win a copy of Julie Kagawa’s new book, Immortal Rules??  Just fill out the widget below! You can earn extra entries by following.  US mailing addresses only, please. Contest ends April 23th.

 

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