Spotlight and Giveaway – The Holders by Julianna Scott

 
The Holders (Holders #1)
Release Date: 03/05/2013
 
Summary from Goodreads:
17-year-old Becca spent her whole life protecting her brother from, well, everything. The abandonment of their father, the so called ‘experts’ who insist that voices in his head are unnatural and must be dealt with, and the constant threat of being taken away to some hospital and studied like an animal. When two representatives appear claiming to have the answers to Ryland’s perceived problem, Becca doesn’t buy it for one second. That is until they seem to know things about Ryland and about Becca and Ryland’s family, that forces Becca to concede that there may be more to these people than meets the eye. Though still highly skeptical, Becca agrees to do what’s best for Ryland.
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Meet Sir Gareth Solimere from Everlasting Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy and Giveaway!

Please give a warm welcome to Sir Gareth Solimere!

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

{Sir Gareth} I live in honor.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Sir Gareth Solimere?

{Sir Gareth}  I have been trapped within the relic for so long, that I forget what the sun feels like upon my shoulders. So my days are naught but dreams, but the nights…the nights are filled with soft flesh and womanly sighs, as I try to find my one true love to break the enchantment Merlin cast upon me.

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

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Review: Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile by Bianca Turetsky

The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I enjoyed Louise’s first adventures as a Time-Traveling Fashionista, so when I was offered the opportunity to revisit  her, I jumped at the chance.  This is the third book in the series, and this time, Louise is going to Ancient Egypt!  How could I possibly resist?

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Interview with Carly Drake, Author of Words Once Spoken

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Welcome, Carly! Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Carly Drake] Lover of creative challenges, paper and things written on them, too sarcastic for my own good, boot obsessed, & fond of many things UK/Irish

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Words Once Spoken?

[Carly Drake] The story is a YA Paranormal Fantasy, set in Medieval England. As the daughter of a feudal lord, Evelyn is destined to be married off like a prized cow, however she prefers the comforts of the woods, her bow & arrow, and trousers to the confines of four walls, dresses, and balls.  When her family takes her to the princess’s coming out gala she comes across a young noble who is almost as strange as she is.  Through him she learns of the predatory fey, the vampires and werewolves they created with a curse, and her own blood-filled past. Words Once Spoken refers to the fact that once a spell or curse is cast only the caster can revoke what was done. It is the first in a three book series.

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Interview with J. Kathleen Cheney, Author of The Golden City

Please welcome J Kathleen Cheney to the virtual offices this morning! She dropped by to chat about The Golden City.

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

[J Kathleen Cheney] Former math teacher and retail buyer turned historical fantasy writer who’s holding her breath until November 5th.

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

[J Kathleen Cheney] In an alternate 1902 Portugal, Oriana Paredes is a spy among the social elite of the Golden City. Her people, the sereia, are sea folk banned from the city’s shores. When her employer and only confidante decides to elope, Oriana agrees to accompany her to Paris, but before they can depart, the two women are abducted and left to drown.

Oriana’s heritage allows her to survive while she is forced to watch her only friend die. Oriana vows vengeance, but as a spy she can’t take her information to the police. She’ll have to stop the killer alone. But then she crosses paths with Duilio Ferreira—a police consultant who has been investigating the disappearance of a string of servants from the city’s wealthiest homes. Duilio also has a secret: He is a seer and his gifts have led him to Oriana.

Bound by their secrets, not trusting each other completely yet having no choice but to work together, Oriana and Duilio must expose a twisted plot of magic so dark that it could cause the very fabric of history to come undone….

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

[J Kathleen Cheney] When I started this piece, I meant for it to be about a woman (Oriana) who’s unable to go to the police, so I made her of a race that’s banned. She’s caught between two antagonists, unsure which is lying and which means her harm.

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