Interview with Kathleen Shaputis, Author of Her Ghost Wears Kilts

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Kathleen, and welcome to the Manga Maniac Café! Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Kathleen Shaputis] A wanna-be hermit trapped in the disguise of a working full-time wife and grandmother who winnows her other spare time in writing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Her Ghost Wears Kilts?

[Kathleen Shaputis] Inspired by the movie “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” this book is a paranormal romance where Baillie, is a 54 year-old business owner and the ghost Kai is a gorgeous 27 year old (plus three hundred or so) Highlander. Baillie inherits a castle in Scotland and Kai tries to warn her of threats on her life. But does she listen? No-o-o. Stubborn and independent, Baillie leaves Washington and finds herself in the middle of an ancient clan dispute, with her life on the line.

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

[Kathleen Shaputis] The original concept came in a 1993 writing class exercise where we had to brainstorm an idea for a genre we didn’t read. Mine was mystery. My outline or mind mapping started as more a clash between two clans, the Baillies versus the Bruces and a working title of The B & B Mystery. I kept my notes in a drawer where eventually Gillian Nation, a character from my debut romantic comedy “Changes in Attitude” demanded inclusion in this musty old story idea. He was the nudge to finally write the book. Being gay, he couldn’t be the love interest, but loves to steal a scene every chance he gets.

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

[Kathleen Shaputis] Independent, stubborn, likeable.

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

[Kathleen Shaputis] Hmm, though not a theme song I have to mention during one part of the story I could hear Bonnie Tyler singing “Holding Out for a Hero” in my head and goose bumps ran up and down my arms.

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

[Kathleen Shaputis] First impulse is to say she’s never without a Diet Coke. But that’s not true in the castle. I’d say she’s never without her sense of wonder, the ability to look at the world with rose-colored spectacles.

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

[Kathleen Shaputis] Those cutesy little guest soaps shaped like seashells or flowers; a variety of partly-used hair products as she’s rather brand dedicated and definitely no bathroom scale.

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

[Kathleen Shaputis] I would say she regrets not being adventurous in her younger years, traveling more, opening her world. She was content over the decades, a gentle lifestyle like riding the carousel over and over, but not necessarily happy. And now she’s discovered the thrill of stepping off the safe ride onto something more intense and she sparkles.

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

[Kathleen Shaputis] Movies and music, absolutely. I am thoroughly addicted to movies: light-hearted romances, musicals, black and white classics and the three-tissue animal stories. I have no problem going to the movies alone if I don’t have someone tagging along. I can watch a good movie over and over again, picking out different nuances in dialogue or surroundings. My dialogue tends to flow as if I’m watching a movie of my characters. A good instrumental soundtrack of violins, large wind section and drums will also lead me down the road of words.

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

[Kathleen Shaputis] Three? Hmm, that would be something to write on, something to write with and a Diet Coke. Whether it’s a pad of paper and a pen, a pencil and the back of scratch paper in my purse, I’ll use anything if the muse strikes. And I tend to dry up if there isn’t a can, glass or paper cup of Diet Coke within reach. I’ve used AlphaSmarts to write with, a variety of notepads and notebooks and you don’t want to know the dozens of various pens I have in almost every room of the house including my purse.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Her Ghost Wears Kilts?

[Kathleen Shaputis] Besides life in general? Have you seen my world with adult children moving in and out, grandchildren everywhere, taking care of aging parents and a sibling until they passed away plus that full time job I need to help pay the bills? Actually it was more myself in the way. I finished almost a dozen other books before I let myself be serious. The storyline never moved too far from the back of my mind but I let other things, other people keep pushing it to the back of the line. I love this story, but I guess it wasn’t its time. Now that’s it’s done, the sequel is not letting much get in the way.

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

[Kathleen Shaputis] That’s easy, the ebook “Wool” by Hugh Howey. That little novella thing just plunked me into his alternate reality and I couldn’t believe how quickly I was drawn in and strapped down. I’ve read the series and his easy style of writing is deceiving.

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

[Kathleen Shaputis] I would have to say “The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I acted out scenes in the book for months, especially eating pieces of cheddar cheese with plain bread slices. My husband found a first edition for my birthday one year. It is my treasure.

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

[Kathleen Shaputis] I have grandchildren who seem to fill up most hours. But relaxing comes with watching movies on Lifetime, Hallmark channel, TMC, AMC, and an occasional theater romp with my own box of buttered popcorn. And of course, I read before falling asleep, a delicious way to wrap up the day.

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

[Kathleen Shaputis] https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gifI enjoy getting a chance to talk with my readers. My website is www.shaputis.com (Yes, it was a good thing my husband was cute, sticking me with a Lithuanian name) or my blog at HerGhostWearsKilts.com. My Twitter handle is NwAuthor and I have a Facebook fan page.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Something’s not right at Baillie’s popular used bookstore in rain-soaked western Washington and frigid, heart-stopping air is her first clue. When the cat refuses to enter the shop and Baillie hears faint bagpipes in the travel book section, her nerves are rubbed raw.

Meanwhile in Scotland, the heir of a local castle falls to a suspicious death. An evil banker claims ownership of the castle, leaving the staff to ponder their fate.

How are these events connected? The answer lies in a Ghost and Mrs. Muir tale 21st century style that flips the table with a ghostly twenty-seven-year-old hunk, Lord Kai, and fifty-something bachelorette Baillie.

Her gay best friend Gillian Nation and his girls dash to Scotland to Baillie’s rescue when the combination of alcohol, villainous banker, DNA, and good old-fashioned jealousy throw Baillie into the fight of her life. Will she choose to reclaim her normal Northwest existence or grab onto an unorthodox love that makes life magical and breath-taking?

About the author:

Author of six published books and ghostwriter of another dozen, Kathleen Shaputis lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Bob and two Pomeranian pups, Brugh and Bouncer.

Interview with J. Arlene Culiner, Author of All About Charming Alice

Please welcome J Arlene Culiner to the virtual offices today! She’s here to chat about her book All About Charming Alice.

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

[J. Arlene Culiner] I was born in New York, raised in Toronto, but for most of my life, I’ve been living in England, Germany, Holland, Turkey, France, Greece, Hungary and the Sahara. At the moment I’m in a very dull French village, in a 300-year-old former inn that I open to the public on Heritage Day. My wildlife garden is a reserve for butterflies and birds and, like my heroine in All About Charming Alice, I also protect spiders, snakes, any living creature. As far as character goes, I’m suppose I’m rather unconventional. I do love well-written books of any genre, rousing discussions, and having a roaring great laugh, but I’ve never owned or wanted a television and, aside from the very occasional documentary, never go to see films. And I’d far rather walk from village to village than drive there.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about All About Charming Alice?

[J. Arlene Culiner] All About Charming Alice, is the story of two warm, rather wary but intelligent people falling in love. Both lead interesting lives, both are passionate, idealistic, and both are somewhat older than the usual romance heroes and heroines. My heroine, Alice, because of a past she’d rather forget, has to learn how to trust again, whereas my hero Jace has to become flexible. And although the budding – and sometimes hopeless-sounding – romance is the main story, quite a few quirky, often amusing, secondary characters also make their appearance. And there’s even some fascinating but little-known history of the American far west.

Here’s the blurb:  

Alice Treemont has given up hope of meeting the right man and falling in love. Living in depopulated Blake’s Folly, a quirky community of rusting cars, old trailers, clapboard shacks and thirsty weeds, she spends her time cooking vegetarian meals, rescuing unwanted dogs and protecting the most unloved creatures on earth: snakes. What man would share those interests? Certainly not Jace Constant whose life in Chicago includes elegant women, fine dining and contemporary art.
Jace has come to Nevada to research the new book he’s writing, but he won’t be staying; as far as he’s concerned, Blake’s Folly is hell on earth. He’s disgusted by desert dust on his fine Italian shoes, dog hair on his cashmere sweaters and by desert bleakness. As for snakes, he doesn’t only despise them: they terrify him.
So how is it possible that each time Alice and Jace meet, the air sizzles? That she’s as fascinated by him as he is by her? That they know their feelings go deeper than raw desire? Still, it looks like this relationship is doomed before it starts: Jace won’t be around for long, and Alice wants to avoid the heartbreak of a short fling.

In need of some juicy romantic gossip, the other 52 residents of Blake’s Folly have decided Alice has been alone for long enough. The attraction between her and Jace is obvious to everyone, so why worry about essential differences? If you trust in love, solutions do appear. But don’t those solutions call for too many compromises, too much self-sacrifice? 

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

[J. Arlene Culiner] Many years ago, I spent a few days in a crumbling Nevada community of shacks, old trailers, and one dilapidated old hotel/bar/restaurant. I loved the place, and the atmosphere has stayed with me throughout my rather itinerant life. I have, of course, gone back to Nevada and looked for that community but, strangely enough, I’ve never found it. Therefore, I decided to recreate it in my book, All About Charming Alice, to name it Blake’s Folly, and to populate it with all the original and strange folk you’d find in out-of-the-way places. Of course, my heroine Alice is also a rather strange character – you’d have to be if you lived in Blake’s Folly -  but she’s endearing as well.

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

[J. Arlene Culiner] Alice is definitely determined. And a giving sort of person, one who wants to please – despite her prickly exterior and her need to protect herself. And she respects all living creatures.

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

[J. Arlene Culiner] I’m certainly not good at naming theme songs, however, one morning, my hero Jace tells Alice he’s going walking in the desert with her. Desperate to keep some distance between them, Alice refuses, although she knows Jace is a pretty determined guy and he’ll win in the end. And as she furiously storms back into her house, she hears Jace whistling: You’ll Never Walk Alone.  

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

[J. Arlene Culiner] A camera

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

[J Arlene] You’ll never, ever, find men’s perfume or aftershave or cologne of any kind; you’ll never find hair gel; and you’ll certainly never find Viagra.

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

[J. Arlene Culiner] She regrets that she allowed herself – many years before – to be dominated by her unfaithful, ambitious and manipulative first husband. He bullied her into an acting career she’d never wanted, into a Hollywood lifestyle she hated, and forced her to spend her energy hiding his infidelities from the press. After much scandal and losing a baby, she eventually ran away, started doing what she really wanted – working as a herpetologist in the desert. But she is sorry she compromised for so long.

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

[J. Arlene Culiner] Hearing new ideas, finding new ways of looking at things. Social criticism particularly stimulates me, but so do landscapes – especially lonely, out-of-the-way places like deserts or flat plains, or groves, or sleepy old towns with their original architecture. All these things inspire me to create, work, think.

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

[J. Arlene Culiner] 1. Solitude. I can’t be sitting next to someone I know. I need the peace of my own work space. But I can – and do – also write in train stations, on trains or in cafés. Yes, sure there are other people all around me in such places, but I don’t know them so the solitude is definitely there.

2. A need to communicate with the world: I want to share a good story, amuse people, make them weepy or get them chuckling.

3. My inner voice: it wakes me up in the early morning; it has dialogue racing through my head; it sends me bright images, sly characters and snappy tales. It’s a strange kind of electricity, that inner voice.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on All About Charming Alice?

[J. Arlene Culiner] I suppose my dogs are always a terrible distraction. Dogs are forever lying around at your feet, watching your every move. You know that all they want is to be touched, talked to, taken out for a walk. You are their whole life, and you certainly have to get up from time to time, give in to their wishes – even if you’d much rather stay put and keep writing. And then there are the cats… They come strutting by, and if you ignore them, they’ll roll over the computer keyboard, bump and rub against you until you pay attention to them and give them some love.

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

[J. Arlene Culiner]]  Limonov by the French writer Emmanuel Carrère. This brilliantly written book is not only the portrait of a Russian dissident, one of society’s rebels, it also presents 20th-21st century Russia, is an analysis of Russian literature and Russian authors. Limonov is even more than a book: it’s a whole journey.

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

[J. Arlene Culiner] I  can’t think of one book only. There were several that, as a child, opened the window to life, gave it another dimension. One, Magic by the Lake, had a turtle that granted wishes, and ever after I always hoped I’d find the right lake so that adventure would come to me too. Then there was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis in which, by simply walking into a closet, four children find themselves in an alternate world. Believe me, after devouring that, I tried out every wardrobe, closet and closed door in every single house I passed through. But perhaps it was those Trixie Belden books that taught me that there were adventures and mysteries to be found in even the most boring, domestic settings.

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

[J. Arlene Culiner] I’m an amateur musician. I play the oboe, English horn, oboe d’amore, flute, piccolo and bombarde, and I play every chance I get – with four different bands, two orchestras, two chamber music groups and a double reed group. I go on workshops, travel all over France to play with different musicians and give concerts. If that isn’t an obsession, I don’t know what is.

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

[J. Arlene Culiner] They can come visit my site and write to me there: www.j-arleneculiner.com

They can come see my blog, read the – sometimes provocative – articles I write, and tell me what they think: j-arleneculiner.over-blog.com

And they can also write to me at jarleneculiner@gmail.com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Purchase link

About the book:

Alice Treemont has given up hope of meeting the right man and falling in love. Living in depopulated Blake’s Folly, a quirky community of rusting cars, old trailers, clapboard shacks and thirsty weeds, she spends her time cooking vegetarian meals, rescuing unwanted dogs and protecting the most unloved creatures on earth: snakes. What man would share those interests? Certainly not Jace Constant whose life in Chicago includes elegant women, fine dining and contemporary art.

Jace has come to Nevada to research the new book he’s writing, but he won’t be staying; as far as he’s concerned, Blake’s Folly is hell on earth. He’s disgusted by desert dust on his fine Italian shoes, dog hair on his cashmere sweaters and by desert bleakness. As for snakes, he doesn’t only despise them: they terrify him.

So how is it possible that each time Alice and Jace meet, the air sizzles? That she’s as fascinated by him as he is by her? That they know their feelings go deeper than raw desire? Still, it looks like this relationship is doomed before it starts: Jace won’t be around for long, and Alice wants to avoid the heartbreak of a short fling.

In need of some juicy romantic gossip, the other 52 residents of Blake’s Folly have decided Alice has been alone for long enough. The attraction between her and Jace is obvious to everyone, so why worry about essential differences? If you trust in love, solutions do appear. But don’t those solutions call for too many compromises, too much self-sacrifice

Interview with Monica Tillery, Author of Kiss Me, Katie

Please welcome Monica Tillery to the virtual offices this morning!

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

[Monica Tillery] Wife, mother, friend, writer. I’m a reader lucky enough to have the best job in the world, and I’m totally living my own happily ever after.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Kiss Me, Katie?

[Monica Tillery] Kiss Me, Katie is a sweet, fairy tale romance set on a national country tour.  A young, talented fiddler goes with her band to join national superstar Blake Jackson on his tour.  They’re scheduled for a dozen shows and then they’ll head back to Texas.  Unfortunately for Katie, our young fiddler, she’s fallen in love with Blake, and their tour buses are driving off in opposite directions.  They must figure out how to make their relationship work, and they can’t do it without lots of hurt feelings, frustration, and all-out mistakes.  When they finally find their way back to one another, it’s nothing short of magic.

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

[Monica Tillery] Kiss Me, Katie is the product of my deliberate decision to write a romance.  I had never tried it before, so I did a ton of research about romance and how to write them.  I brainstormed ideas and concepts until I came up with the idea of placing a musician on tour with a bigger act and went with it.  I love the idea of falling in love with a celebrity, the exciting life on the road with a major act.  We love romance because of the rush of being chosen by someone, of being the one above all others to that special person.  With Kiss Me, Katie, I took it a little further.  You get the rush of falling in love and being chosen, but when you’re chosen by the someone that everyone else wants, it’s that much more exciting. 

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

[Monica Tillery] Driven, talented, but sweet.

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

[Monica Tillery] Mud on the Tires by Brad Paisley.  Blake is a huge star, but at his heart he sees himself as a country boy who loves simple pleasures.

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

[Monica Tillery] Probably her phone.  When she’s on the road she wants to keep in touch with friends and family.  When she’s away from Blake, of course she’ll want to stay connected.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find on Blake’s tour bus?

[Monica Tillery] Groupies (he’s a one woman man),candy (no sweet tooth here), lots of fancy health & beauty products.  His space is his sanctuary, and he keeps it manly. :)

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

[Monica Tillery] Hmm..maybe that she never went to college?  Playing in a band is literally the only thing she’s qualified to do professionally.  I think that can be very frightening for her sometimes.

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

[Monica Tillery] My fellow authors.  I read romances with an eye towards craft, and I take advantage of the educational opportunities that abound with writing. 

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

[Monica Tillery] I wrote Kiss Me, Katie in a recliner, so I honestly don’t need much.  I’ve since upgraded to an actual desk and find that I most often use a white board (so I can keep people and details straight), my iPod, and something to drink.  I always have coffee, tea, or something while I work.

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

[Monica Tillery] The book I’m reading right now is pretty amazing, but it’s not yet released and I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be talking about it.  Watch for my reviews on Goodreads in September…I’ll definitely spill it then.  I read a lot of great books, but the last one to suck me in and drag me under was The Good Daughter by Jane Porter.  Start with The Good Wife and then read that one and you’ll fall in love with the Brennan sisters and that whole crazy family.

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

[Monica Tillery] Do I have to pick one?  I honestly can’t remember the book that started it all–I’ve been a voracious reader since I was a kid.  I was reading Stephen King books before I was really old enough to be reading Stephen King books, though.  I read Firestarter when I was way too young and still remember how brilliant I thought it was.  I haven’t read it in decades, so it may not be as mind-blowing as I remember, but that one does stick out.

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

[Monica Tillery] Read!  Of course, I’m an avid reader like most authors.  I also love hanging out with friends–I have a movie group, a book club, a bunco group, and love to go out to dinner, play games, and shop with friends.  My family and I love to do game nights at home, watch movies, and hang out. 

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

[Monica Tillery] I’m always on Facebook and can be found at www.facebook.com/monicatilleryauthor.  You can follow me on Twitter, @MonicaTillery, and email me monica@monicatillery.com.  I love connecting with readers.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Talented fiddler Katie McCoy finds out that her band, Sterling, will join the very famous, extremely handsome, Blake Jackson on his Country Summer Nights tour. Her career is taking off, but after dating too many guys who let her down, her love life is going nowhere.

Blake is America’s biggest country star, and he can date a different beautiful woman every night of the week. After years on the road, each woman starts to seem the same and none of them ever want more than the experience of dating a celebrity. In Katie, he finally finds a woman who is interested in who he is as a man, someone who loves him for his true self. Being on tour together is a bit like being in a relationship pressure cooker, and things get serious. Everything moves faster than outside in the real world. Theirs is a match made in music heaven, but in three short weeks, Katie’s band leaves the tour and she’ll be out of his arms.

Katie wants true love more than anything else, but her tour bus is heading back to Texas with or without her. Sterling’s new level of success means that her career must take top priority and any man she’s with will have to respect that. She’s done with guys who don’t take her career seriously, and Blake can’t leave his own tour. How can they stay together when their paths have them moving in opposite directions? Will they find a way to make it work or say goodbye?

About the author:

Monica Tillery has been a social worker and a massage therapist, but is now living her dream as a romance novelist. She loves nothing more than to get lost in a beautiful love story, holding her breath as the hero and heroine fight their way through obstacles to get to their happily ever after. Monica lives in Texas with her own real-life romance hero, her husband of over a dozen years, and two wonderful sons. When she’s not reading and writing romance, Monica loves playing bunco and bingo, hanging out with friends, and wasting time online. She loves hearing from and connecting with readers. Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/monicatilleryauthor, on Twitter @monicatillery, or visit her website www.monicatillery.com. Monica maintains her website on her own, so she warns you that it’s very basic and rarely changes, but all the pertinent information is updated.

Interview with Christy Newton, Author of Begin Again

Please welcome Christy Newton to the virtual offices this morning! Christy is here to chat about her Crimson Romance Begin Again.

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

[Christy Newton] I’m creative. Purple is my favorite color, but as an artist I love all colors. I am very particular about things. I have faith and love.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Begin Again?

[Christy Newton] Begin Again is a story about loss and second chances. It’s about two people finding each other and falling in love after they thought their broken hearts would never heal.

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

[Christy Newton] One day, I thought… what if a young woman lost everything? Her husband, her child and her home. How would she ever get over such a big loss? Then a hero popped into my head. He’d have to be genuine and sweet and patient but persistent. There were lots of tears while writing both happy and sad. Begin Again was a story I truly wrote from the heart.

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

[Christy Newton] Broken, lost, kind.

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

[Christy Newton] Oh, this one is perfect: Phillip Phillips song Gone, Gone, Gone. A fan told me that the song reminded her of Ryan and I agree.

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

[Christy Newton] Her heart earrings.

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

[Christy Newton] Girlie magazines, cigarettes, beer bottles.

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

[Christy Newton] Not being able to protect her family.

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

[Christy Newton] Art and music.

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

[Christy Newton] 7Up, dark chocolate and Post-its

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Begin Again?

[Christy Newton] My dog, Happy, of 16 years got really sick and passed away.

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

[Christy Newton] There are so many! But the most recent was Macy Beckett’s Sultry with a Twist

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

[Christy Newton] Well, that would go all the way back to my childhood. My favorite series was The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin. As an adult I read a lot of Janet Evanovich, before I started writing.

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

[Christy Newton] Read, watch reality TV shows, shop, and spend time with family. But even when I’m not writing I am still thinking about my characters and new plots.

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

[Christy Newton] My website www.christynewton.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christy-Newton/359791990763912
Twitter @CNewtonAuthor

I love to hear from readers!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

What if one night changed your life forever?

Maisie Scott lost not only her husband and unborn child in a tornado two years ago, she lost her will to live. Keeping busy is the only way she can get by. This small town waitress won’t let herself get attached to anyone … until Ryan, the new veterinarian for exotic animals, starts making regular trips to her diner. As hard as she tries not to feel anything, Ryan ignites a spark in her broken heart.

Ryan Tucker craves a happy family of his own more than his Momma’s apple pie. Getting over his fiancée leaving him six months ago, he moves to Pleasant Valley for a fresh start. When he meets Maisie and notices the sadness in her eyes, he is determined to put a smile on her pretty face.

When another dangerous storm hits, Ryan stays by Maisie’s side. She fills the missing piece in his heart, but will Ryan share his secret? Can Maisie move on from the past and learn to begin again?

About the author:

I’m a hopeless romantic author, inspired by art, love, music and hope. I was lucky to have the support of my family and friends in my journey to publication. I’ve always been a creative person, but until I started writing, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Once my first novel was complete, it felt natural to continue writing. I just might be the only writer out there that doesn’t drink caffeine. Dark chocolate and warm cookies are my weaknesses. I love to read books that make me laugh out loud or make me want to live in the place they are set in. The thought of a world without books makes me very sad.

Interview with Christine S. Feldman, Author of The Bargain

Please give a warm welcome to this morning’s special guest.  Christine S Feldman is here to chat about her recent release The Bargain.

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

[Christine] I’m a neurotic introvert who likes to read, write, draw, and dance. I’m married to a wonderful man, I love beagles, and I’m addicted to ice cream. And M&Ms.

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

[Christine] It’s a contemporary romance, more sweet than spicy. (I think I might spontaneously combust if I ever tried to write a love scene, and my health insurance doesn’t cover that, so…) It’s sort of an ugly duckling meets beautiful swan story, and in this case, the ugly duckling is the heroine, Shannon Mahoney. She’s a socially awkward plain Jane who has been secretly pining for her boss, Drew, since they were in high school. But Drew isn’t the love interest in this story; his older brother Michael is. Michael is everything Shannon isn’t: a gorgeous heartthrob who exudes confidence. He’s also, however, deeply troubled. At first the two butt heads over Drew, but then they become unlikely allies…and then friends…and then they start to turn into something more. It’s a romance, but it’s also a story about transformation—inner more than outer.

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

[Christine] I knew I wanted to write a story about an unlikely romance heroine, and I wanted to pair her up with someone who was her complete opposite in many ways. I prefer flawed characters to perfect ones because I think their struggles to overcome their flaws make for great stories. And quite frankly, I just thought it would be a lot of fun to have the former high school wallflower grow up to sweep the former high school heartthrob off his feet—and not because she suddenly turned gorgeous overnight, but because these two characters bring out the best in each other.

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

[Christine] Awkward, tenacious tomboy.

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

[Christine] Hmm…maybe “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas? He is very much the wayward son, and there is something inside him that’s weary and longing for a place to rest his head—or, actually, his heart. He just doesn’t realize it at first.

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

[Christine] Swiss army knife. You know, the kind with 50 little different gadgets on it from screwdrivers to bottle openers to who knows what else. Hey, she is a tomboy, and she’s awfully good with tools.

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

[Christine] Stuffed animals, anything pink, and John Tesh’s Greatest Hits.

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

[Christine] That she’s let her shyness hold her back.

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

[Christine] Jennifer Crusie, LaVyrle Spencer, Neil Gaiman, Nevada Barr, Stephen King, Barbara Michaels, J.R.R. Tolkein… Authors whose stories and characters just pull you in right from the start. Whether they do it through humor or emotion or suspense, they all have a quality about their writing that just keeps me turning pages until there aren’t any left to turn. And then I go look for their next book.

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

[Christine] My laptop, my couch, and my notes and outlines. And although it’s not absolutely necessary, it’s also nice to have my dog curled up next to me.

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

[Christine] The biggest distraction for me whenever I write is probably the television. It’s a huge time sucker. When I’m stuck on something in a scene, it’s incredibly tempting to take a break for a while and turn on the TV, and then before I know it, a couple of hours have gone by without me having written anything. Sometimes I have to stick the remote control on the other side of the room to remove me from temptation’s path.

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

[Christine] I just finished reading Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I enjoyed that one a lot. It had been a while since I read a book that I didn’t want to put down until I was finished, but this one had that effect on me. I love how he gives you hints of the otherworldly without coming right out and explaining every detail to you until any mystical quality about it just disappears. Plus he had me biting my nails over the safety of the narrator, and it’s not every writer that can get you so invested in a character’s well-being like that. I actually thought there were some aspects of this particular book that reminded me of the menace I always seem to feel when reading a Stephen King book, and I don’t remember feeling that way about other Gaiman books I’ve read. Anyway, I thought it was very effective.

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

[Christine] Just one? That’s hard. My parents read to me as a child, so if I had to go back and try to pick one of my earliest favorites, I think it would be an old illustrated treasury of children’s literature. It was full of fairy tales and classic adventures, and I loved every page. When I was old enough to read things to myself, I know I loved the Narnia books a lot. Those might very well have been my favorites.

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

[Christine] Read, of course. And I like to go out dancing with my husband occasionally. I used to take bellydance lessons, but I’m too shy to do any of it in front of anyone except my dog. I like to dabble in lots of things, actually. I even took a fencing class for one semester—but I had too much respect for the sport to continue. Turns out I’m not so graceful with swords. Well, fencing foils, anyway. Who knows, though? Maybe I’d be a natural with a broadsword and I just don’t know it yet. Renaissance fairs, here I come…

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

[Christine] Author website – http://christinesfeldman.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ChristineSFeldman

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6934883.Christine_S_Feldman

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Tomboy Shannon Mahoney has always been a lot more comfortable with power tools than high heels or lipstick, and she wishes she could reinvent herself and finally tell her perfect boss, Drew Kingston, she has had a crush on him since high school. But she is just as tongue-tied and awkward around him now as she ever was, and long-familiar patterns are hard things from which to break free…

Ladies’ man Michael is a former bad boy looking for redemption. He is desperate to atone for past mistakes that he made with his family, but younger brother Drew has cut him out of his life and refuses to even speak to him. Which means Michael needs help getting to Drew.

And so he approaches Shannon with a proposition: If she will get Drew to agree to hear him out, Michael will mentor Shannon in how to win his brother’s heart. Suspicious of Michael’s motives, Shannon initially enters into the bargain just to make sure Michael isn’t actually in town to cause trouble for Drew, but the two unlikely allies are surprised to discover they enjoy each other’s company far more than either expected.

Shannon starts to realize that maybe love isn’t about reinventing yourself after all. It’s about finding your perfect match.

 

About the author:

Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and, to her great delight, she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts—and has even won a couple of them. In 2012 one of her screenplays was featured as a staged reading in New York City at the Gotham Screen International Film Festival (http://www.gsiff.com/content/staged-screenplay-reading-1), and later that same year she signed her first publishing contract for her debut novel, Coming Home, with her second one, The Bargain, out this summer. When she is not writing, she is teaching kindergarten, puttering around in her garden, ballroom dancing with her husband, or doing research for her next project. Please visit her at her website http://christinesfeldman.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChristineSFeldman.

Meet Dominic Chekovsky From Debra Kayn’s Seductively

Please welcome special guest Dominic Chekovsky to the virtual offices this morning.  Dominic took some time away from his busy practice schedule to introduce himself, so give him a big hello!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Dominic Chekovsky] Dedicated, competitive, sincere, misunderstood, and sensitive. What? I am.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Dominic Chekovsky?

[Dominic Chekovsky] It’s all about hockey and Diana. I get up and plug in the coffee maker for Diana while I make a protein shake for myself. Usually this takes about an hour, because Diana strolls into the kitchen looking adorable with her curls going in every direction and distracts me. Then I head to the arena for hockey practice. I play hard. It’s going to be a banner season. By the evening, I’m ready to reconnect with Diana again and relax. We’re homebodies lately, preferring to entertain ourselves at home. She’s still trying to beat me in sock hockey. Once in awhile I let her win, because it benefits me. In two weeks, we’re taking a few days to travel to Cottage Grove and meet up with our friends.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to choose one moment that made you the person you are today, which would it be?

[Dominic Chekovsky] *grows serious* My parents. Their unending support and dedication in my career have made me the man I am today. My father gave me the advice as a young boy, "Whatever you do, throw your heart into it and you’ll always be happy." I think that’s true, don’t you?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Diana?

[Dominic Chekovsky] Hot, Mouthy, Adorable. *sighs on a smile* She’s perfect for me.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about her?

[Dominic Chekovsky] *scoots to the edge of his chair and lowers his voice* She argues a lot. Don’t tell her I said this, but her attitude drives me crazy. Sometimes I’ll argue with her just to set her off, so I can see the passion in her. She’s beautiful but when she fights, she steals my breath away.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Dominic Chekovsky] Ugh. I approached Diana all wrong back when I first met her. I’ve learned a lot about women since we got together, thanks to her. It all worked out for the best but if I would’ve known the secret to handling women, I would’ve stayed out of trouble early on in my career. I would’ve learned to say no to them sooner, before my life derailed.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Dominic Chekovsky] My car keys. Only because if I don’t take them with me, Diana steals my Porsche out of the garage. I’ve never seen a woman so attached to a car before. She drives way too fast.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Dominic Chekovsky] Babies. *grins and looks away* Yeah, babies with Diana.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Dominic Chekovsky] Thanks! It’s been fun. Don’t forget to watch the San Jose Sharks. We’re gonna kick ass this season.

To learn more about Dominic and Diana, be sure to read Debra Kayn’s Seductively.

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Check out Wildly Book One in Debra’s Playing for Hearts series, too

About the book:

Independent and goal orientated, Diana Spenner has set her sights on buying the old Ferriday House and running her own Bed and Breakfast by the end of the year. Nothing will sway her from her plans, especially the famous hockey player Dominic Chekovsky, who can’t take no for an answer. But, when Dominic strolls into Cottage Grove and begs her in his thick Russian accent to keep his adoring female fans away from him, she’s not going to turn him down—because the job pays half a million dollars.

Dominic Chekovsky life is out of control. American women go crazy around him. They invade his personal space, leave their husbands for him, and make his life hell. Except, Diana. She’s the one woman who always turns him down, no matter how many times he asks her out on a date. Now he’s desperate. He needs Diana’s help to figure out why she’s the only female immune to his charm, so he can continue to play hockey in the United States. Maybe when Diana finally allows herself to say yes to having sex with him, he’ll be over his wild fascination with the one woman who always tells him no.
Warning: Sexy Russian accent, big ego, and thick, hard thighs on ice. Go Sharks!

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.

Interview with Rachel Donnelly, Author of Lady Broke

Please welcome Rachel Donnelly to the virtual offices this morning! Rachel is celebrating the release of her latest romance, Lady Broke. This is a rollicking adventure set in the Wild West.  Check it out!

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

[Rachel Donnelly] I’m a dreamer who believes in following your heart to fulfill your destiny.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Lady Broke?

[Rachel Donnelly] It’s a wild adventure of two unlikely lovers in the Wild West.

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

[Rachel Donnelly] I wanted to write a story about a hero and heroine, who were both used to being in charge, but approach problems in opposite ways and see how that conflict played out.

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

[Rachel Donnelly] She’s a spunky, moral, crusader, but a little naive. Sorry that’s four. LOL.

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

[Rachel Donnelly] “Wanted Dead or Alive” Bon Jovi

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

[Rachel Donnelly] Her hat.

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

[Rachel Donnelly] Boy, I could go to some really dark places with that one. LOL A bible-he has no use for one anymore. Clutter- he lives a sparse existence. A full bottle of whiskey- he needs a few shots to sleep at night.

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

[Rachel Donnelly] She regrets not having taken every opportunity to have fun.

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

[Rachel Donnelly] That’s a tough one. History is a great influence, people and characters that I meet, art theatre, my crazy life, you name it.

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

[Rachel Donnelly] All I need to write is coffee, silence, and time.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Lady Broke?

[Rachel Donnelly] Life is always my biggest distraction, but it’s also my inspiration. My life seems to move from one crisis to another with lots of joy in between. It’s a roller coaster ride. I think we’re all living the same wild dream. My cure is to bury myself in the story between all of my other responsibilities of kids, husband, household and job.

I started writing Lady Broke several years ago when I finaled in the Golden Heart with another book. So I had to block out the excitement and just get back to work.

We all have stories, art, and wonderful creativity churning inside of us. The trick is to be determined and dedicated enough to focus on whatever project you’re working on at the time.
You’ve got to love the process. Writing is like life to me – it’s the journey that’s important.

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

[Rachel Donnelly] Good question. I read a lot of poetry and classics. I’m also a huge Johanna Lindsay fan.

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

[Rachel Donnelly] “Lord of the Flies”

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

[Rachel Donnelly] Spend time with my family. I’m a big gardener. I also love to shop, decorate, sew—you name it. I’ve always got several projects on the go. I’m a big treasure hunter as well. I love vintage and have tried to keep our big Victorian house on the farm as authentic as possible.

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

[Rachel Donnelly] You can find me at-

http://author-racheldonnelly.blogspot.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/rachel.donnelly.73

https://twitter.com/authorRDonnelly

Thanks so much for having me!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

East meets west when a high-principled Boston socialite teams up with a revenge driven bounty hunter to catch a gang of outlaws in the wilds of Nevada.

It’s tough being a witness when the last one turned up dead. But Christie Wallace is determined to bring the Everett gang to justice. Unfortunately, the law can’t protect her from pistol-toting outlaws or the intoxicating lure of a dangerous man. But, after escaping the suffocating prospects of an arranged marriage, she has no intention of allowing her heart to rule her head, even when temptation comes in the form of an incorrigible lawman named Nat Randall.

Dead or alive—it made no difference to Nat Randall. He’d tried to bring the Everett gang to trial once before, but the law let him down. It seems frontier justice is all he has left. But he didn’t count on protecting a bewitching Easterner whose courageous spirit challenges him as much as her beauty distracts. It’s not long before he’s torn between pursuing her or the outlaws.

A timeless, rollicking adventure of unlikely lovers, set in the Wild West