Interview with Elizabeth Otto, Author of Tempting the Cowboy

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Elizabeth!  Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Elizabeth Otto] Introverted country girl with a quirky sense of humor and a deep love of animals, my children, football and dark chocolate.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Tempting the Cowboy?

[Elizabeth Otto] TEMPTING THE COWBOY is really a story of making a major life change and taking all the chances and risks that come with something that big. The heroine, Rylan, isn’t looking for anything beyond hard work to take her mind off her personal pain, but when she allows herself to really see this new life she’s started, so many possibilities crop up. The hero, Cole, takes a big chance in putting his heart, and his family, on the line for love. I think anyone who has made a drastic life change, or even daydreamed about it, will be able to relate to the basic fears of letting go, finding acceptance and opening your heart to new things, which both characters face.

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

[Elizabeth Otto] One day while working a slow 911 shift (I’m an emergency medical technician in my professional life), I had a random thought of what would I do if I got off a Greyhound bus in the wrong town—the middle of nowhere? What would I do? Why was I on that bus in the first place and where was I heading? My brain took these thoughts and ran with it, and when it came down to plotting the story, Montana was a natural setting. I have a deep appreciation for female police officers and how they tackle a “man’s” job. Rylan’s character developed around her past a cop, and the one, excruciating thing that would make a woman that tough and strong, basically run away from everything she knows. Because cowboys have a special place in my heart, Cole’s occupation was a no-brainer. Everything else just developed from there.

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

[Elizabeth Otto] Independent, loyal, vulnerable.

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

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Interview with Barbara Dunlop, Author of A Cowboy’s Temptation

 

Please welcome USA TODAY bestselling author Barbara Dunlop to the virtual offices this morning! Barbara is celebrating the release of A Cowboy’s Temptation.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] I write contemporary romance, most of it with a comedic slant.  I live in northern Canada.  And, though I write 3 – 4 books a year, I still have a day job that I enjoy very much.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Cowboy’s Temptation?

[Barbara Dunlop] A Cowboy’s Temptation is the fifth book in a six book series for Harlequin Desire titled Colorado Cattle Barons.  The series centers around two families with deep roots in Colorado ranching country.  In A Cowboy’s Temptation, rancher and current Mayor of Lyndon City, Seth Jacobs runs afoul of inn owner Darby Carroll over the extension of a railway into town.  They battle for the hearts and minds of the townspeople, while fighting a growing attraction to each other that culminates in a secret affair.  Cowboys are some of my favorite heroes, rugged, sexy, principled, so I’ve really enjoyed the writing I’ve done in this series.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] It’s hard to go wrong with cowboys. And they seem to work extraordinarily well in the Desire line.  I also have an affinity for writing sibling relationships, especially brothers.  I love the way people who have known others their entire lives can manage push each other’s buttons.  I started Colorado Cattle Barons with two brothers, fraternal twins, actually—Caleb and Reed Terrell.  They’d been estranged since they were eighteen when their mother died.  Both blamed their hard-nosed father for her illness and death.  Caleb chose to leave the ranch, while Reed chose to stay and fight for his mother’s heritage.  In the first story, Caleb returns to the ranch to confront his twin brother and falls in love with Mandy Jacobs, bringing the Jacobs family into the series.  After that, there were many siblings, secret siblings, cousins and friends to choose from to carry the series forward.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] He’s a cowboy, so rugged, sexy, principled.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel

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

[Barbara Dunlop] Seth is never without the multi-tool/knife on his belt.  There are a million things a cowboy can fix with that.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] You won’t find a lot of makeup in Darby’s bathroom, or perfume, or fancy hair products.  She’s a  down to earth woman.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] Seth wishes he could have stayed on the ranch instead of running for Mayor.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] The early, incredibly creative romance novelists like Sandra Brown, Iris Johansen and Kathleen Woodiwiss.  I also greatly admire work by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Kleypas and Aline Adams.  It’s a joy to read their stories.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] A computer, a clear head and quiet.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] You are so prolific! What’s your secret to keeping your stories so fresh?

[Barbara Dunlop] Ironically, I think the more you write the better you get at it.  There are thousands of stories out there, and thousands of ways to approach them.  When you stay in practice, you have the tools you need to take on the next project.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  What has changed the most in publishing since you sold your first manuscript?

[Barbara Dunlop] When I published my first book in 2000, there were limited avenues for writers if they wanted to put their work in front of readers.  That’s all changed today.  There are many channels for publication, and there are authors succeeding in virtually all of them.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on A Cowboy’s Temptation?

[Barbara Dunlop] Although I love my day job, it does take up quite a lot of time.  I’m constantly balancing obligations and focusing on time management. 

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

[Barbara Dunlop] Most recently, I loved Lisa Kleypas’s trilogy: Sugar Daddy, Blue Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] My first book was Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.  I don’t think I’ve looked back since.

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

[Barbara Dunlop] If I’m not working, I’m usually writing.  Though my husband and I do try for movie night on Fridays.

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

[Barbara Dunlop ] It’s easy to contact me through my web site www.barbaradunlop.com.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

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About the book:

In this Colorado Cattle Barons novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Barbara Dunlop, a cowboy seduces the enemy 

Mayor Seth Jacobs has plans, and he won’t let do-gooder Darby Carroll ruin them. Her need for peace and quiet is standing in the way of a crucial railroad project. Now he must put his cowboy charms to good use and persuade Darby to see things his way. But seduction is a two-way street, and Seth soon realizes he underestimated his opponent. Now that he’s caught in his own trap, his desire for this woman could be his downfall….

About the author:

USA Today bestselling author Barbara Dunlop sold her first book to Harlequin in 2000.  Since then, she has sold more than 35 novels.  She has won a number of writing awards and is two-time RITA award finalist.  Married to her high school sweetheart, they live on a hobby ranch in Canada’s north amidst ruggedly beautiful mountains, where bears wander by their log house, and moose and deer graze in the fields.

Spotlight: Reforming the Cowboy by Marisa Cleveland

It’s already the middle of September?!  Yikes!  That means that I’m way, way behind on my diet of new Indulgence titles!  I’m going to spotlight one title each morning for the next four days, so check out these releases if they look interesting to you.  I’ll get things kicked off with – no surprise – COWBOYS!!!

 

 

Reforming the Cowboy: A South Beach Book by Marisa Cleveland

Imprint: Entangled Indulgence

About the book:

Country singer Billy Hardy needs to get back on the charts. His manager assures him headlining the opening of a cafe in South Beach is his best chance at getting back to the big time. If he fails, his career is over for good this time.

Lacey Durant can’t believe opening night includes the country singer she crushed on through college. And her customers agree he’s dreamy. But his playboy reputation threatens her cafe’s image and she can’t afford that. She insists Billy stay with her so she can keep an eye on him, and thwart overenthusiastic fans.

Billy’s charms and Lacey’s sexy curves prove more than either can resist, but she refuses to be just another lyric in his well-known songs of heartbreak.

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About the author:

Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. Perhaps because she married her best friend, her adult romance novels focus on relationships developed through friendship and family-oriented values. She loves to connect with other writers and readers.

Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. Perhaps because she married her best friend, her adult romance novels focus on relationships developed through friendship and family-oriented values. She loves to connect with other writers and readers.

Marisa’s Social Media:

Twitter – http://twitter.com/marisacleveland

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Goodreads – http://goodreads.com/marisacleveland

Interview with Rebecca Winters, Author of Daddy Dude Ranch Series

Please welcome Rebecca Winters to the virtual offices this morning! Rebecca is here to discuss her Daddy Dude Ranch series, which is published by Harlequin.

[Manga Maniac Café] Please tell us a little about yourself.

[Rebecca Winters] I’m a mother and a grandmother and have been a student all my life which means I’ve been a reader first. Victor Hugo is a favorite author. I have a great love of Europe because I went to school both in Paris and in Switzerland and did a lot of traveling. Because I had to learn French, I found myself wanting to learn Spanish and Italian. It seems like every step I’ve taken in my life has led me to a new place. When I turned my hand to writing, I was able to go everywhere in my mind. I love the British comedies, Days of Our Lives, politics, canasta, great art (The French Impressionists) I played the piano and love classical music. My favorites are the piano concertos of Brahms, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Tchkaikowsky. I love opera: Aida, Carmen, Tosca. I’m an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your Daddy Dude Ranch series? How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the series?

[Rebecca Winters] I was reading about some military men in a magazine who developed a coughing problem while they were deployed and it gave me an idea about 3 vets who are in a hospital at a low point in their lives. They have to leave the military and go home. TO WHAT? Their therapist suggests they find a way to serve others so they won’t feel so empty. One of the vets comes from a ranch in Wyoming, but with his grandfather gone, he’s going back to an empty ranch house. He and his buddies start talking about turning the place into a dude ranch for kids who’ve lost a father in the war. They can be dads and bring a little joy into their lives. Maybe for a week?

[Manga Maniac Café] What traits best define the heroes of these books?

[Rebecca Winters] These guys are pretty selfless. Although they’re ill and down for a while, they have this wonderful desire to be of use and never give up hope. Their compassion for their comrades who died in battle and left wives and children at home takes them out of their despair. They are steadfast and indomitable in their desire to make a difference.

[Manga Maniac Café] Why did you choose to have the series set in Wyoming?

[Rebecca Winters] The Tetons are my favorite vacation place in the West. You can’t see them without it taking your breath. It’s glorious scenery and air, the perfect place for a son or daughter to enjoy nature in God’s country. That’s what I call it.

[Manga Maniac Café] What motivated you to write about former marines?

[Rebecca Winters] They have a reputation for being in there first during war and they’re fearless. I wanted to use them for the great example they are.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you enjoy best about writing for Harlequin?

[Rebecca Winters] They encourage me to write about the subjects and places I know best. I love Europe and I love the West, so I’m very happy.

[Manga Maniac Café] You are so prolific! What’s your secret to keeping your stories so fresh?

[Rebecca Winters] I’ve done a lot of genealogy in my life. As you study the stories of those who have passed on, you realize every living soul has his or her own story to tell. Keeping that in mind, I find I never run out of ideas. Each person is precious and has a unique history. Like snowflakes and grains of sand, not one is alike. That’s what makes it fun to write.

[Manga Maniac Café] What has changed the most in publishing since you started your career as an author?

[Rebecca Winters] Technology! I used to hand write, then write on an old black typewriter, then an electric typewriter, then a keyboard and computer. I used to have to go to the library to look up all the research. It took hours, days, weeks. Now I can get answers to a hundred different questions in one day on the Internet. Because of the speed, you can write more books at a time and there are new avenues with the digital printings and of course ebooks with the Kindle and Nooks. The public’s appetite for more stories is greater than ever before. We lucky authors want to meet those needs. Don’t forget I’m a reader first and I look forward to one of my favorite author’s next books as much as the next reader does.

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

[Rebecca Winters] Due to my marvelous mom who opened my eyes to this wonderful world, I’m influenced by: music, movies, art, theater, opera, nature itself, travel, family. Everything!

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

[Rebecca Winters] An idea.

Something to help me get it down.

Energy to keep at it!

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

[Rebecca Winters] THE HELP.  A few years ago I took my children on a driving trip to the South and we toured several plantations and tried to get a feel for the past. I only recently read THE HELP and it opened my eyes to so much!

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

[Rebecca Winters] I spend time with my children and grandchildren, read, watch movies, spend time at the park, the mountains, travel to the beach.

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

[Rebecca Winters] Email me at rebeccaburton485@gmail.com

Facebook  www.cleanromances.com

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

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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.

Interview with Katie Lane, Author of Flirting with Texas

Please give a warm welcome to bestselling author Katie Lane! She’s visiting the virtual offices to talk about her latest release Flirting with Texas.

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

[Katie Lane] Zany, unfocused daydreamer who loves God, family, books, and a good laugh.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Flirting with Texas?

[Katie Lane] It’s the story of Jenna Jay Scroggs and Beauregard Cates, two misplaced Texans who are trying to find their way back home. (literally and figuratively) Fate and a runaway carriage ride through Central Park will bring them together, but the folks of Bramble and “the hens” from Miss Hattie’s Henhouse will keep them in Texas long enough to find their happily-ever-after.

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

[Katie Lane] Beau is one of the Cates brothers and was next in line for a book. So all I had to do was find his perfect match. My readers helped me out with this. They wanted me to write a story about Faith and Hope Scroggs’s (Going Cowboy Crazy and Make Mine a Bad Boy) little sister. As it turned out, Jenna’s fiery personality complimented Beau’s laidback personality to a tee. Once I have my characters, the storyline just happens.

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

[Katie Lane] Determined, insecure, savior.

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

[Katie Lane] Live Like You Were Dying/Tim McGraw

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

[Katie Lane] Her Texas drawl.

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

[Katie Lane] Painkillers. Men’s Grecian Formula. A regular toothbrush.(His pearly whites must have the rotating bristles.)

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

[Katie Lane] Leaving Bramble. Jenna is a champion for every underdog that comes down the pike. But while she’s busy saving street kids from drugs and her neighbors from high grocery prices, she forgets to fight for herself and what she wants. Luckily, Beau, the hens, and the town of Bramble will get her back home where she belongs.

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

[Katie Lane]  My family. I’m surrounded by this wonderfully crazy group of people who inspire me every single day—from my grumpy dad who has turned his Chihuahua into Cujo right down to my hilarious grandkids who keep me in stitches with their antics.

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

[Katie Lane] God, food, and air.

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

[Katie Lane] Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It’s one of those love stories you can’t put down, even when you know that it might end with you sobbing like a two-year-old who just lost her blanky. The characters are believable, funny, and heartbreaking. The story is well written and engaging. I always know I enjoyed a book when after I read it I think “Damn, I wish I’d written that.”

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

[Katie Lane] One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Or anything by Dr. Seuss. When I was little, every month I got a different Dr. Seuss book in the mail. Which might explain my wacky sense of humor and love of rhyming words.

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

[Katie Lane] Read, hang out with my kids and grandkids, motorcycle or bike with my husband, watch HGTV and dream about what I would do to my house if I had the time, or watch Food Network and dream about what my chef would fix me for dinner if I had a chef.

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

[Katie Lane]  My website www.katielanebooks.com Facebook Katie Lane author page Twitter @ktlane3

[Katie Lane] Thanks so much for having me Manga Maniac Café! (Love the name:o)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Purchase link:

B&N:    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flirting-with-texas-katie-lane/1113742225?ean=9781455515691

About the book:

YOU’RE A LONG WAY FROM HOME, COWGIRL
On her own in the Big Apple, Jenna Jay Scroggs can handle herself when trouble arises. But when she tries to rescue a horse, the passionate do-gooder ends up on a runaway Central Park carriage ride with a hunky stranger. With his sexy drawl and well-worn Levis, Beauregard Cates is doing his darnedest to make Jenna homesick for the small western town she’s spent years trying to forget. And it’s working: She’s dangerously close to falling head over boot heels for the rugged rodeo star with hair the color of moonshine.
Beau came to the big city to escape his past and live life to the fullest. Yet the leggy blonde with eyes as blue as a western sky causes a real hitch in his giddy-up. So when the well-meaning folks of Bramble plot to bring Jenna home, Beau will need to convince her that she won’t ever get Texas out of her blood – or one good-time, ever-lovin’ cowboy out of her heart.

About the author:

Katie Lane’s interest in romance was sparked in high school in the backseat of a ’65 Mustang – okay, so maybe it wasn’t romance as much as raging teenage hormones.  Still, coupled with a wild imagination, those make-out sessions inspired many a steamy storyline along with a strong belief that true love does prevail.  Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with the owner of that Mustang and would love to hear from her readers.

Learn more about Katie Lane at:

www.katielanebooks.com

Facebook.com/katielaneauthor

Twitter, @ktlane3

Interview with Jennifer Faye, Author of Rancher to the Rescue

Please welcome Jennifer Faye to the virtual offices this morning.  Jennifer is here to chat about her debut Harlequin Romance Rancher to the Rescue.

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

[Jennifer Faye] List-maker. Romance reader. Wife. Mother. Animal lover. Gardener. Procrastinator. Homebody. Loves sewing. Not enough time for everything.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Rancher to the Rescue?

[Jennifer Faye] Meghan Finnegan is a rising star as television’s celebrity chef. So when this hometown girl is about to marry a millionaire, the wedding makes the perfect story for her television show. With cameras rolling, the bride is jilted at the altar. She makes a mad dash out of the church with the press hot on her trail. Cash Sullivan is waiting outside for his grandmother. Past experience taught him that pledges of love are only for fools. And he wants nothing to do with love or weddings. But when the runaway bride ends up hiding in his truck, he’s got a choice to make: have his face splashed on the tabloids with the runaway bride or be her getaway driver.

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

[Jennifer Faye] I actually came up with three totally different concepts before writing RANCHER TO THE RESCUE. I was gearing up for one of Harlequin’s Fast Track opportunities where they respond on the first chapter by a specific date. By this point I’d been submitting manuscripts to Harlequin for a while to various lines. I really wanted to find a home with the Romance line. So I wrote the beginning of three totally different stories and then I made some family and close friends vote on the strongest. It was unanimous. RANCHER TO THE RESCUE won. As for its inspiration, I’ve always loved RUNAWAY BRIDE with Julie Roberts and Richard Gere. So I had to ask myself why would a bride standing at the altar not got through with the wedding. After that I kept answering a long list of “why?” until I had Meghan and Cash’s story.

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

[Jennifer Faye] Creative. Thoughtful. Strong.

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

[Jennifer Faye] Mamas Don`t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys ~ Waylon Jennings

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

[Jennifer Faye] Her smart phone…until the wedding…

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

[Jennifer Faye] An extra toothbrush. Cutesy decorations. Hair mousse.

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

[Jennifer Faye] Up until the point where her life plan fell apart, she thought she had it all figured out. Now she regrets thinking that she could have been satisfied in a loveless, marriage-of-convenience.

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

[Jennifer Faye] My imagination. It goes non-stop. All of my life I’ve been asking, “But what if…”

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

[Jennifer Faye] My kitty. A laptop. A HUGE mug of tea. :-) Not necessarily in that order.

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

[Jennifer Faye] Robyn Carr’s VIRGIN RIVER book #1. I totally fell in love with the town and the intriguing characters. I devoured that book. :-)

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

[Jennifer Faye] The very first books that gave me a passion for reading and writing were by Dr. Seuss. :-) Then as a teenager I fell in love with books by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Danielle Steele, and Johanna Lindsey.

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

[Jennifer Faye] First up is spending time with my family. I also like to do needlework of all different varieties. I like to garden. Talk to my friends on Twitter. And read.

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

[Jennifer Faye] I love to chat with other book lovers. You can reach me at:

Website | Twitter |Goodreads |Facebook

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Purchase links:

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About the book:

RANCHER TO THE RESCUE

Damsel in a wedding dress!

Jilted at the altar, celebrity chef Meghan Finnegan flees the scene–and the baying press–only to run straight into the muscled torso of Cash Sullivan.

The former rodeo champion knows what it’s like to have your life crumble in the spotlight, so he offers Meghan a place to lie low at his ranch.

Fresh air, no paparazzi and the brooding rancher’s lazy smile are making Meghan not want to leave her sanctuary. But she and her unborn baby can’t stay here forever…can they?

Read an excerpt

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About the author:

As far back as Jennifer can remember, she’s had her nose buried in a book. She remembers anxiously awaiting Santa to bring her a typewriter in order to write her first book. But before she could reach for her dreams, her life took a detour. She moved around a bit before settling into the position of statistician by day and wife/mother by night. Each new life adventure added fodder for her fertile imagination. Through it all she never lost sight of her dream.

When at last she had the opportunity to once again put pen to paper, she couldn’t stop. As an unpublished writer, she’s gone on to win/final in nearly two dozen contests including Harlequin’s “So You Think You Can Write” Contest (2-time finalist), Finally A Bride (winner), and Linda Howard Award of Excellence (finalist).

She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her very patient husband, one amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter has flown the coop to chase her own dreams) and two spoiled rotten cats. When she’s not glued to her laptop (which isn’t often) or enjoying some family time, she likes reading, cross-stitch, embroidery, quilting, knitting, hockey (go Pittsburgh Penguins!), and gardening.