Interview with Christine Warner, Author of Bachelor’s Special and Giveaway!

Please welcome Christine Warner to the virtual offices today! Christine is here to introduce herself and chat about her new Entangled Publishing release, Bachelor’s Special.  After, she has some really cool prizes for  you to win!

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

[Christine Warner] Life is good when it’s full of family, friends, laughter, romance, and chocolate.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Bachelor’s Special?

[Christine Warner] I’d love to. I’m going to share my blurb, because it breaks it down beautifully ?

Saute, simmer, and flambé…

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a prosperous businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved with any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: Work for him for the next eight weeks as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking with her commitment-phobic employer is a recipe for disaster…but it’s just too tasty to not take a bite.

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

[Christine Warner] A lot of my story ideas come to me while I’m driving. I have about a 45 minute commute each way to and from work and it allows me a lot of time to plot. The idea of Bachelor’s Special started out with the fact that I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. I thought it’d be fun to write a story involving a down on her luck female chef who ends up on a blind date that isn’t so blind.

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

[Christine Warner] Generous, strong, passionate

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

[Christine Warner] Chet is very passionate and I think the song that would be the best theme song for him would be “Let’s Make Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

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

[Christine Warner] She’s never without something vintage. She loves the 50’s fashions and styles and if she can’t find something vintage to wear—be it jewelry, clothes, or something in her hair—she’ll at least wear a replica.

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

[Christine Warner] A towel on the floor (he’s very meticulous and would always put his laundry in the hamper), an empty toilet paper roll—yep, he’s that guy and would replace it—and another woman besides Jill ;)

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

[Christine Warner] One of her biggest regrets is that she doesn’t always speak up for herself quick enough. She’s always tried to do what was right while staying in the boundaries of what is considered good manners—especially at her job—and sometimes not speaking up has made her life difficult.

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

[Christine Warner] My greatest influences come from people watching. I’ve always enjoyed watching people at various public places and attaching a story to them. I’ve actually come up with some interesting scenarios and bits and pieces of them have ended up as character quirks in my writing.

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

[Christine Warner] 1. I need something to drink. Depending on the time of year it’ll either be something ice cold like water or tea, or in the winter you can’t beat a cup of hot cocoa. Unfortunately I’ve given up coffee ?

2. I also like peace and quiet. I can’t concentrate if music is playing, or the television is on, or if my family is chatting it up in the background. Lol

3. My phone turned off. If it rings I have to answer it, and that usually brings my writing to a standstill.

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

[Christine Warner] I have read several good ones lately. One that is particularly memorable is The Practice Proposal by Tracy March. It’s also a release from Entangled Publishing. A very nice story that was well written. Loved the characters.

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

[Christine Warner] When I was about 4 my mother bought me The Kitten Twins. I still have that book and at the time I read it repeatedly…so much so that my entire family would run when they saw me coming because I’d want to read them the story. My love of reading was born with that book and I haven’t looked back since.

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

[Christine Warner] I’m just an average girl…nothing very exciting. I guess you could say I enjoy the simple things. I love to read and I enjoy cooking. It’s fun to try out new recipes. Some are good, some not so much. I also enjoy my family and any time we spend together is always treasured.

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

[Christine Warner] My blog: Christine’s Words http://christine-warner.com/

Twitter: @ChristinesWords https://twitter.com/ChristinesWords

Facebook…stop by and LIKE my page and stay up to the minute on what I have going on and play along with some of the games we play: https://www.facebook.com/authorchristinewarner?ref=hl

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5763713.Christine_Warner

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Christine has a special message for you: I’d love to share an excerpt from Bachelor’s Special. Enjoy! ?Smile

 

Laughter swelled Chet’s chest. He stopped short when he looked

into Jill’s upturned face, enjoying the fact he could inspect her so

closely and she didn’t know. Blinded by the soup, she was at his

mercy.

Thick, yellowish-orange liquid covered her skin, hiding the

sprinkle of fine freckles dotting her nose. Black eyelashes spiked

from the moisture, and her parted lips revealed the whiteness

of her teeth. The apron she wore reminded him of something a

housewife would wear on a fifties sitcom. Undeniably cute and

damn sexy. All she needed was a set of pearls.

She’d be the type of girl he’d bring home to his mother.

Hold up, Castle! You don’t play the girlfriend game. His blood

raced as her tongue darted out and she licked her lips again. The

twinge of his groin reminded him once more that a fling with the

lovely Jill would be on his list, but nothing more.

Still holding her wrists, he leaned forward and flicked his

tongue out to taste the drop of soup forming on the tip of her chin.

Jill’s body went quiet at his touch. The pulse beating against

the soft skin of her inner wrist burst forward at a quick tempo.

Her button-down shirt pulled with each quick breath she took.

“Damn, you’re right. Tastes great.” A salty quality mingled

with the rich flavor of the soup. A dash of Jill mixed in to add a

more potent flavor.

“I told you I’m an awesome cook.” Her husky voice lowered

further.

“I particularly like your presentation.” He matched her tone,

his heartbeat erratic.

She tried to step back, but her butt connected with the

counter. If she took a half step forward she’d be pushed against

his chest. Not that he minded.

“Let me loose. I’d like to wipe my eyes.” A giggle slipped past

her lips.

“Not yet. I’m not sure you’ve learned your lesson.”

“I guarantee you I have.”

Her struggled swallow caught his attention. “Nervous?”

Jill shook her head as if trying to clear away the thick soup.

“Never.”

He laughed. “I’m going to have more soup.”

“Can’t, it’s all on my…” She stiffened in his arms and a soft

sigh, almost a whimper, caught in her throat.

His attraction grew tenfold. He lowered his head, brushing

her lips with his own before pulling back. His heart pounded

against his chest, bongo drums in a heady rhythm. This situation

had escalated into a major turn on.

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About the book:

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: work as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking is a recipe for disaster…

Purchase Links:

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Amazon:

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Interview with Roby Grady, Author of The Goddess and Giveaway!

 

Please welcome Robyn Grady to the virtual offices this morning! Robyn is here to chat about The Goddess, and after, she has a digital copy of her new book up for grabs!

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

[Robyn Grady] A little obsessive. Lover of great stories that make me laugh or truly think or cry. Gerard Butler fan. Writer, wife, mother. Going to Greek Isles one day. Please God, soon!

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

[Robyn Grady] The Goddess is true fantasy mixed with “this could happen to you.” Helene is a woman who delayed getting her college degree and is now enjoying a few months free from family expectations to explore the world and find herself. The Aegean twin islands of Teirenias are Helen’s ultimate destination—so much history and incomparable beauty. She feels strangely at home there, perhaps because an ancestor came from around those parts.

When she meets the prince (she almost drops a bucket of paint on his head), tradition is set aside in favor of curiosity, sexual attraction and, ultimately, fate.

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

[Robyn Grady] I’m drawn to a touch of the magical—the unexplained. I also wanted to write a slightly bigger story than my Harlequin reads allow. So I worked on the idea to create a series that focused on couples who should never, ever fall in love, but who are drawn together and then won over by a wider web that incorporates another time and, sometimes, place.

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

[Robyn Grady] Adventurous! Every-day. Committed.

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

[Robyn Grady] Private Emotion by Ricky Martin. If you haven’t heard it (or seen the clip), do yourself a favor ? http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xi6ax_ricky-martin-private-emotion_music#.UZP4JdB-9Ms

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

[Robyn Grady] Curiosity. If she were an animal, she’d be a tabby cat.

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

[Robyn Grady] A TV remote control.

Bubblegum.

An alarm clock that sounds like a gnarly rooster clearing its lungs.

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

[Robyn Grady] That her father passed away so early in her life. He was the person who inspired her adventurous spirit!

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

[Robyn Grady] Authors I love! They make it feel so easy to create vivid images and deep emotions and connections. I read a great book and feel jazzed about diving back into my own WIP.

I also get a heap out of workshops conducted by experts like Michael Hauge, Donald Maass and the Television Writer’s Studio. In February I attended a TWS three day workshop in Melbourne with a friend. Best part was working in a group to create an episode of a smash TV series. Later, some episodes were performed by a group of talented actors. Coming home, I was so charged to write!

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

[Robyn Grady] Well, my trusty laptop. To write lots and fast, I need quiet. (I know some writers need music, but then I just want to sing along.) Most importantly, to write I need characters who are coming to life as I tap away on the keyboard! It’s great when they begin to write their own story.

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

[Robyn Grady] The other night I downloaded a romance by Claire Baxter – More Than Just One Night. It’s a romance with a younger hero and I enjoyed every single word!

Here’s the link http://www.amazon.com/Night-Selwood-Sisters-Novellas-ebook/dp/B00BKQRDL2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1368521601&sr=1-1&keywords=claire+baxter

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

[Robyn Grady]Well, we’d have to go waaaaay back to when I was around eight years old. I can’t remember the story but I remember the title and how I was drawn in, perhaps because of my own position within the sibling dynamic. The Middle Moppet. It opened up a whole other world for me and I ran toward it, arms open wide! I had older sisters so I was reading books like The Exorcist and Carrie (Stephen King) when I was probably too young. But those kinds of books nurtured a fascination for the spooky that I still enjoy. Romance came later ?

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

[Robyn Grady] We live near the beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast (Australia) so I like to walk by the water, lunch at some fabulous cafes on the beach (here’s a great one if you’re ever down this way (http://www.saltwateratkings.com/Home.html), and I bob around in the surf when the water’s warm enough. We also have three daughters ranging from 23 to 11, so a lot of my spare time is taken up with fielding college assignment questions or sixth grade math (not that I can always answer them!) and enjoying family.

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

[Robyn Grady] I have a website www.robyngrady.com Twitter @robyngrady and Facebook @AuthorRobynGrady.

I also show up on the Entangled authors The Naked Hero blog around the 10th of every month. http://thenakedhero.com/

Thanks so much for the great questions, Julie!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

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LINKS

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-goddess/id639380810?mt=11&uo=4

First Chapter Excerpt: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/the-goddess/

ABOUT THE GODDESS

After college graduation, Helene Masters is excited to land a job in a picturesque Aegean kingdom. Tasked with sprucing up the Prince’s villa, she inadvertently finds herself trapped on the island with the sexiest man alive. Of course she has to fall for a man who is destined to only marry royalty.

Darius Vasily, Prince of Teirenias, can’t figure out what pretty, but accident-prone, Helene is doing at his private estate. After dousing him in paint, she disappears inside the secret cave holding the royal family treasure–a fertility statue, but a cave-in traps them both. Now Darius has to figure out how to save them before he kills her for getting them into this mess in the first place–or gives into their amazing chemistry.

ABOUT ROBYN GRADY

Robyn Grady was first published with Harlequin (Silhouette, New York in 2007 and Mills and Boon, London in 2008). Her books feature regularly on bestsellers lists and at award ceremonies, including The National Readers Choice, The Booksellers Best, Cataromance Reviewers Choice and Australia’s prestigious Romantic Book of the Year.

Recently, she signed a three book deal with Entangled Publishing for her IDOL contemporary romance series.

Robyn lives on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast with her real life hero husband and three daughters. When she can be dragged away from tapping out her next story, Robyn visits the beach or the theatre. These days she’d rather keep fit reliving her youth and shaking it to Just Dance than pretending to jog

Robyn believes writing romance is the best job on the planet and she loves to hear from her readers.

Find her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/robyngrady), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRobynGrady), or on her website (http://robyngrady.com/).

Interview with Hayson Manning, Author of Wife in Name Only

Special guest Hayson Manning is visiting the virtual offices to chat about her new romance, Wife in Name Only.  Please give her a warm welcome.

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

[Hayson Manning] Incredibly average in all departments. I love TV commercials that make me cry. I sneak off to read all the time. I think cereal for dinner is magic. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Wife in Name Only?

[Hayson Manning] Wife in Name Only is the story of two people once so in love, who let their marriage slip away and their journey back to each other.

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe Hughes escaped to make a new life for herself on a tiny island in Tonga. Now she runs a successful boutique honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she’s married in name only. At least until America’s premier honeymoon magazine wants to publish a feature on her perfect marriage. Now she must convince her estranged husband to rip himself away from plotting corporate Monopoly with his henchmen in LA to save her island paradise.

Rory agrees to come for forty-eight hours, but only because he needs the positive PR. To his surprise, the wife he finds in Tonga isn’t the same woman who left him. She’s moved on, but he wants her back by his side in LA and more than a wife in name only.

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

[Hayson Manning] I love me an Alpha male. Yep, a straight up Alpha dude who swears (Spoiler Alert: Rory swears like a trucker), and I love strong, sassy women who challenge them. I love a reunion story. For me, after the I do’s have been said, that’s when the hard part comes in. I wanted to write a story about a couple who loved each other deeply but their lives and priorities changed and their marriage fell apart, and their struggle to find their way back to each other.

I’ve been lucky enough to journey to the island in Tonga and it is pure magic. I thought about setting a book there the moment I stepped onto the silky sand. Having Zoe live there and showing how different hers and Rory’s lives had become was like going there on a vay cay again.

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

[Hayson Manning] ABBA-addict, kind, determined. (I know I cheated with the hyphen).

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

[Hayson Manning] Nothing by ABBA!

Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones

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

[Hayson Manning] Her one eyed dog, Cinderella who she saved from a beating. They adore each other.

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

[Hayson Manning] Scented soap. A hairdryer and conditioner (he’s always in a hurry and goes for the two in one shampoo and conditioner thing.)

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

[Hayson Manning] That he didn’t see how desperately unhappy Zoe was in LA and he waited a year before he discovered she’d moved on without him.

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

[Hayson Manning] Reading. Getting lost in a story. I love that! It inspires me to write stronger, funnier, tighter. I love a story that can make me laugh and cry. That’s what I want to write. Now, I’m no Tolstoy here and I write category romance which I hope is fun and flirty. Well, that’s the hope.

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

[Hayson Manning] My terrible procrastination hat off. All the self-doubt demons in my head having a party and telling me I’m useless to be asleep and warm feet. I can’t do anything if my feet are cold. I shall be buried in my Uggs.

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

[Hayson Manning] Neathenderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City) by Penny Reid. Funny, sexy and with secondary characters that rocked. I had trouble putting it down which is why there’s the cereal for dinner comment.

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

[Hayson Manning] The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. How awesome is a tree which at the top has  changing lands?  There’s Do-As-You-Please land (my favorite) and the land of Topsy-Turvy. I’d sit and read that book for hours and dream of the lands I’d create. Chocolate land was up there along with I-Don’t-Have-To-Do-The-Dishes-Ever-Again
land. My grandmother read it to my mother who read it to me and I in turn to my kids.

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

[Hayson Manning] I like to avoid ways to exercise, like my hair hurts or I’ll crack the pavement if I attempt to run, which I feel are valid excuses. Occasionally, I glance, reluctantly at my butt and sometimes climb on the Elliptical I promised myself I’d use every day.

I love to read and can often be found sitting in a car waiting for one of the kids, glued to my iPad.

We foster dogs and I’m either dolling out TLC or taking them for a walk.

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

[Hayson Manning] I have readers? I’d love to have readers! I promise to reply to anyone who writes to me at www.haysonmanning.com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase Wife in Name Only from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below:

About the book:

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe Hughes escaped to make a new life for herself on the tiny island of Tonga. Now she runs a successful boutique honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she’s married in name only. At least until America’s premier honeymoon magazine wants to publish a feature on her perfect marriage. Now she must convince her estranged husband to rip himself away from plotting corporate takeovers in LA to save her island paradise.
Rory agrees to come for forty-eight hours, but only because he needs the positive PR. To his surprise, the wife he finds in Tonga isn’t the same woman he married. Now she’s so much more…
When a storm strands Rory in Tonga, will he win back his wife or leave paradise empty-handed?

About the author:

Hayson Manning’s debut release, Wife in Name Only with Entangled Publishing, is available now. She lives in Southern California with her lovely sloth children, infuriating but much loved shoe-dropping husband, a tubby opinionated cat (as if a cat doesn’t ever have an opinion). There will often be a foster dog parked on the couch waiting for their forever home. She loves to read, cries while watching Antiques Roadshow and cannot speak she’s sobbing so much by the end of Undercover Boss. She is an expert at finding new and inventive ways to avoid exercise.

Interview with Michelle Smart, Author of Tempted by Trouble and Giveaway!

Please welcome Michelle Smart to the virtual offices today!  She’s here to chat about her debut book Tempted by Trouble.  She also has a $30 gift card of the winner’s choice for Amazon, Amazon U.K., Barnes and Noble or Book Depository to give away at the end of her blog tour, so make sure that you enter for a chance to win. 

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

[Michelle Smart] Bubbly and scatty are the two most common descriptions. My kids would also add grumpy, but only in the morning. Oh, and I’m a redhead.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Tempted by Trouble?

[Michelle Smart] It’s about Pippa Rowantree, a socialite, who is shunted off by her family in disgrace to the Caribbean to stay with her nemesis, Marco Capello. But Marco is not just her nemesis – he’s the man her adolescent heart fell in love with, and the man who rejected her. He’s also the man whose life she almost, unknowingly, ruined.

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

[Michelle Smart] Gosh – I’m sorry but this is a really hard one to answer. Sometimes stories come fully formed but this was not one of them. I knew I wanted to write about adolescent love  and the sheer intensity of it all, and about the inappropriate crushes I’m sure most adolescent girls have, especially for older men. I remember I had more than a few of them! I always used to create my own stories (in my head) about my future, and those crushes meeting me as an adult and falling in love with me.

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

[Michelle Smart] Feisty, misunderstood and proud.

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

[Michelle Smart] And I thought the concept question was hard! If his song was connected to his relationship with Pippa, I would say Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way.

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

[Michelle Smart] Her piano.

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

[Michelle Smart] Hair dye, epilator and lipstick.

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

[Michelle Smart] Screwing up her education.

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

[Michelle Smart] Ooo, books, obviously. I love reading a book and being blown away by the sheer talent of the author. Stephen King, especially his books of the past two decades, does that to me and (other end of the spectrum) Jilly Cooper’s book Rivals. For pure romance, I find Sarah Morgan’s books wonderful – when I grow up I hope I can write half as well as her! I also love films that hit me in the heart and make my throat hitch, even if I’m watching it for the twentieth time.

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

[Michelle Smart] Music, earphones and a laptop – you can stick me anywhere, and as long as I can tune the world out with my music, I can write.

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

[Michelle Smart] Hilary Mantel’s Wolfe Hall. That was an utterly fabulous book. It took a couple of pages for me to get into the rhythm of her writing, but once I was there, that was it – I was hooked.

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

[Michelle Smart] I can’t answer that, sorry. I’ve been a bookworm since babyhood. Honestly, I refused to cuddle teddies when I was in my cot as all I wanted was my books!

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

[Michelle Smart] Read, read and read! I will read anything and everything, from contemporary romance to comedies and thrillers and more literary works. Saying that, I have a particular loathing for pretentious books. What I read at any particular time depends entirely on my mood.

Oh yes, I also like cooking – catch me in the right mood and I think I’m a Cordon Bleu chef.

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

[Michelle Smart] Readers can contact me via my website, which is http://www.michelle-smart.com – this also links to my blog, which is http://michellesmartblog.blogspot.co.uk/

I also have a facebook page, www.facebook.com/michellesmartauthor and my twitter handle is @chellebellwrite

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you! 

You can order Tempted by Trouble from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below:

About the book:

Socialite Pippa Rowantree has always provided excellent fodder for the UK’s gossip rags. After another unfortunate scandal sends the gossips into a feeding frenzy, her shamed family retaliates by forcing her into hiding at old family friend Marco Capello’s lush Caribbean estate—literally the last place on earth she wants to be.

As far as Marco’s concerned, wild child Pippa has ruined his life once and he’ll be damned if he lets her do it again. But it’s hard to reconcile the adolescent he knew with the mature, beautiful woman who stands before him. Soon he’s questioning if everything the media is claiming about PIppa is the truth or if he should trust his heart.

Giveaway!

Michelle is giving away a $30 gift card of the winner’s choice of Amazon, Amazon U.K., Barnes and Noble or Book Depository. The giveaway will be given at the end of the tour to one international winner.  Just fill out the widget to enter for your chance to win!

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A bit about the author Michelle Smart:

Michelle’s love affair with books began as a baby when, according to her mum, she would throw her teddies out of the cot and cuddle with books instead. This love of all things wordy has never left her. A voracious reader, her tastes cross all genres. Her first experience with romance was as a child devouring copious amount of fairy tales. As her reading tastes evolved, she discovered something special–a book has the capacity to make her heart beat as if falling in love the first time.

When not reading or pretending to do the housework, Michelle loves nothing more than creating worlds of her own featuring handsome heroes and the sparkly, feisty women who refuse to take crap from them. She hopes her books can make her readers’ hearts beat a little faster, too.

Character Interview–Meet Quinn from Victoria James’ A Risk Worth Taking and Giveaway!

 

Please welcome Quinn from Victoria James’ A Risk Worth Taking.  After the interview, enter for your chance to win  a $100 Coach gift card.

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

[Quinn] Hardworking, loyal, dependable, and uh, *coughs* good-looking.

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

[Quinn] *Shrugs* Sure, if you find that kind of thing interesting. Wake up, shower, go to the office then do site visits on our different construction projects. Grab lunch somewhere in between that. Then go home, eat a late dinner then go to bed. Oh, if it’s Monday, I’ll meet my brother Jake for breakfast at John’s diner. Except now that Holly’s back, my routine is kind of all thrown off.

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

[Quinn] Stubborn, Bossy, and, *coughs* hot.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your first reaction after you learned that she was coming back home?

[Quinn] *Shifts in chair* I was happy, I mean, I hated how we left things. And I felt bad for her because of her sister, Jennifer. But, I thought Holly was coming back to Red River for good. So when I found out her real plan, I was floored.

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

[Quinn] Ever letting Holly leave Red River in the first place. But, I don’t like looking back and thinking of what could have and should have happened.

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

[Quinn] My BlackBerry.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you have some downtime?

[Quinn] With Holly back in town? There is no downtime. Before Holly and Ella came back to Red River, I really spent most of my time working. Maybe spend time with my brothers, though they can be pretty irritating. I run the family business and it’s pretty demanding.

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

[Quinn] Easy: Love, Holly and Ella.

[Quinn] Thanks for having me on your blog, Julie-and for asking me all these awkward and personal questions.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] *evil laugh*  This was absolutely a pleasure.

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About the book:

Interior designer Holly Carrington worked hard for her success. Then tragedy struck, leaving Holly the sole guardian of her infant niece. Now she’s swapped her designer purse for a diaper bag, and is going ahead with plans to renovate—and sell—her childhood home in Red River. But facing her past also means coming face-to-face with Quinn Manning all over again…

Quinn was the object of her girlhood crush—and heartbreak— and is more gorgeous than ever. He’s also the only person qualified to oversee the renovation. Now they’re butting heads every step of the way… and their attraction is more electrifying than ever! But once the house is sold, Holly needs to return to her real life. And falling for Quinn all over again is one risk she can’t take…

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A bit about Victoria James:

Victoria James is a romance writer living near Toronto, Canada. Victoria is a mother to two young children, and one very disorderly feline. Victoria attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and graduated with a degree in English Literature, where she met and then later married, her own hero. After Queen’s, Victoria earned a degree in Interior Design. After the birth of her first child she began pursuing her life-long passion of writing. Her dream of being a published romance author was realized last February, 2012, when Entangled Publishing bought her manuscript. Victoria is living her dream-staying home with her children and conjuring up happy endings for her characters.

Review: A Risk Worth Taking by Victoria James

 

Title:  A Risk Worth Taking

Author: Victoria James

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Interior designer Holly Carrington worked hard for her success. Then tragedy struck, leaving Holly the sole guardian of her infant niece. Now she’s swapped her designer purse for a diaper bag, and is going ahead with plans to renovate—and sell—her childhood home in Red River. But facing her past also means coming face-to-face with Quinn Manning all over again…Quinn was the object of her girlhood crush—and heartbreak— and is more gorgeous than ever. He’s also the only person qualified to oversee the renovation. Now they’re butting heads every step of the way… and their attraction is more electrifying than ever! But once the house is sold, Holly needs to return to her real life. And falling for Quinn all over again is one risk she can’t take…


Review:

This book had me invested in Holly’s life by the end of the first chapter.  It was heart-breaking.  It’s her big day at work, and she has worked the last ten years for this moment.  Her wardrobe was carefully picked out, and she is glowing with happiness. She is finally going to be made a partner at the prestigious design firm where she’s employed when she gets the call that makes her realize how pointless her achievement really is.  Her sister and brother-in-law have been killed in an accident, and now she’s left reeling, the guardian of her infant niece.  How can she raise a child alone?  How will she recover from yet another loss?  Everyone she has loved has died – her parents,  the grandparents who raised her and her sister, and now her sister’s gone, too.  It’s just too much, and Holly is devastated.

Returning to her rural hometown to renovate and then flip her grandparents’ house, she is confronted with painful memories of her past.  She has loved Quinn for a lifetime, but he rejected her when she was eighteen.  Now she has to put on a brave front and face him, and all of her childhood memories.  All she wants to do is get the house finished and get out of town, and back to her life in the city where she’s so busy she doesn’t have time to dwell on the emptiness of her life.

I enjoyed A Risk Worth Taking very much.  I loved the interactions between Holly and Quinn, and even enjoyed Ella, Holly’s little niece.  I usually am not a big fan of babies in romances, but Ella wasn’t just window-dressing here.  She was central to the storyline, and she helped both Holly and Quinn’s hearts to heal.  Despite her best efforts to not get caught up in her feelings for Quinn, which still burned bright, Holly’s resolve crumbled as he became an important addition to her new family.  And Quinn, though he didn’t feel worthy of Ella’s love or trust, was able to put his painful past behind him with the baby and Holly’s help. 

A Risk Worth Taking is a feel good read.  You’ll get caught up in Quinn and Holly’s romance, and cheer along as they both learn to trust again.   As Holly puts aside her sadness, she begins to remember all of the happiness she has turned her back on. As she remembers what is really important in life, she is willing to face the risks, and the rewards, of loving Quinn. 

Grade:  B+

Review copy provided by publisher

Edited to correct Ella’s name – oops!

Interview with Nicole Helm, Author of Seven Night Stand and Giveaway

Please welcome special guest Nicole Helm to the virtual offices today.  Nicole is here to chat about her new release Seven Night Stand.  She also brought along a $10 Amazon gift card for one of you to win after the interview!

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

[Nicole Helm] I’m a mom of two young boys who writes contemporary romance novels between changing diapers and fielding incessant toddler questions.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Seven Night Stand?

[Nicole Helm] Seven-Night Stand is about a reality TV scout, Vivvy Marsh, who lands at a small private airfield in Kansas to try and find a reality TV show that will work. She’s pretty desperate for Harrington Airfield & Mechanics to be the setting for that show, but small airport owner Nate Harrington has way too many skeletons in his closet to let that happen. What he does let happen is a seven-night stand that turns complicated when feelings enter the equation.

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

[Nicole Helm] I actually wrote the first 1,000 words for a contest where the opening scene had to have a man and a plane. Nate and his airfield were born. The reality TV idea came from something my grandpa mentioned in passing once regarding someone calling him from a TV station with the possibility of doing a show on his business (which is an airfield, although a different kind of one than the Harrington Airfield in my book). It never came to fruition, but it was enough of a seed in my brain for me to use it as a story premise.

The characters themselves came from the idea of wanting a woman to be bowled over by a man and a plane in the first thousand words. Thus, hunky Nate was born. He’s got a little swagger, so I knew he’d need a confident woman who didn’t take anyone’s crap. And that’s how Vivvy came to be.

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

[Nicole Helm] No-nonsense, guarded, driven.

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

[Nicole Helm] Oooh, I love this question! A good theme song for Nate would probably be Guys Like Me by Eric Church. Even though Nate’s a successful businessman, he’s a little rough around the edges, and he definitely embodies his small town.

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

[Nicole Helm] Her cell phone–her only connection to the outside world when she’s in Kansas.

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

[Nicole Helm] This is hard. Nate’s a pretty laid back guy, but I’d have to go with a suit, throw pillows, and hair dye.

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

[Nicole Helm] Spending so much of her life fearing connection.

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

[Nicole Helm] Books. I’m a lifelong reader, I was once an English major and then an English teacher, so books of all shapes and sizes influence–not just my writing life–but my life in general. I also love music, especially country music. A lot of story ideas have started from listening to a country song.

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

[Nicole Helm] My iPad, something distracting my kids, and the internet so I can procrastinate when I get stuck.

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

[Nicole Helm] Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe. I think Molly is writing some of the most complex, interesting heroines in contemporary romance right now and this book totally blew me away.

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

[Nicole Helm] I’ve been a reader my whole life. I remember my dad reading me and my sister a picture book called "Pudgy Pals" when we were tiny, tiny, and I remember the first books I read on my own were a collection of Dr. Seuss books, but I have always, always loved to read. I think I was born with it.

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

[Nicole Helm] Spend time with my husband and kids, watch St. Louis Cardinals baseball, hike (if it’s a nice day), bake, and, of course, read.

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

[Nicole Helm] My website: www.nicolehelm.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicole-Helm/125277964228020?ref=hl

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832703.Nicole_Helm

But the best bet is Twitter because, as my husband can attest, I spend waaay too much time on it. @NicoleTHelm

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About Seven Night Stand:

Reality TV scout Vivvy Marsh loves her job, but she’ll lose it if she doesn’t find a hit. When she’s sent to Kansas to scout a show, it looks like a bust…until she meets sexy pilot, Nate Harrington. His family would make the perfect show to save her career.
Nate can’t deny his attraction to Vivvy, but no way can he let this show take off. The Harrington family is riddled with secrets, and she wants it all out in the open. For the next seven days, he’s going to stop at nothing to keep her out of his family’s business, even if it means keeping her distracted in his bedroom.

Nicole’s Bio:

I grew up with my nose in a book and a dream of becoming a writer. Luckily, after a few failed career choices, a husband, and two kids, I get to pursue that dream.
I write down-to-earth contemporary romance over the backdrop of America’s flyover states for Entangled Indulgence and Samhain Publishing.
I live in Missouri with my husband and two young sons, and write my novels one baby’s nap at a time. I’m slightly (okay, totally) addicted to Twitter (nicolethelm), the St. Louis Cardinals, and someday owning a barn.
You can contact me at NicoleTHelm@gmail.com. I am a contributor at the From Fact to Fiction blog and the Entangled Indulgence Author’s blog.
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Interview with Bronwen Evans, Author of The Reluctant Wife and Giveaway!

Bronwen Evans, author of The Reluctant Wife, stopped by the virtual offices to discuss her latest release.  She brought along a digital copy of The Reluctant Wife for one of you to win, too!  Please give her a warm welcome!

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

[Bronwen Evans] Hi Julie

Waving from New Zealand. I’m a woman who loves life, and who doesn’t want to get to the end and have regrets. When I know what I want, I’m determined to get it. Just go for it is my motto.

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

[Bronwen Evans] It’s a story close to my heart, for personal reasons. Read the story and guess. When my hero, Dante, and my heroine, Abby, marry they are at different stages in their lives, and they want different things. This leads to lies and deceit and the marriage falls apart. Three years later, they are forced to confront what truly matters in life and love when tragedy strikes.

She married the wrong man, but has to pretend he’s the right guy…

Abby Taylor walked out on her irresistible husband three years ago. Now she has no choice but to return to Italy to ask him for a favor. To pay for her grandmother’s heart operation she needs his money, but it comes with strings attached.

Conte Dante Lombardi has it all—an Italian villa, a successful family business, and a noble title. But he needs a child to carry on his legacy and time is running out. He also hopes to satisfy the desire Abby rouses in him.

As Abby uncovers why he’s in such a hurry for a child, she falls in love with him again … just as she realizes it might be impossible to keep her end of the deal.

…an intense, passionate rollercoaster of a love story—just perfect!

- USA TODAY bestselling author Natalie Anderson

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

[Bronwen Evans] I love looking at what is happening around me and thinking what this situation would be like if you were not simply an observer but actually living it.

I have a friend who is battling prostate cancer. His father died of it and my friend was regularly tested. He’s young to have got the disease and it made me think about the position he finds himself in. Luckily because he is tested they got it fairly early. He’s head of a very successful family business and I know he worries about what will happen should the cancer beat him.

What would a man who thought he may die young want most of all – and in my story I made it worse by giving the hero a title, he’s an Italian Conte–he wants children and security for his family, which is linked to his title and company.

As Melanie Milburn, one of my favorite contemporary authors, once said to me, always, always make the story worse. What could be worse? A man facing his own mortality whose wife is estranged. He needs her back because time might be running out and because he thinks what is important is keeping the title for future generations—children. Then what would make the story even worse…His wife might not be able to have children…

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

[Bronwen Evans] Contained, quietly determined and hopeful

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

[Bronwen Evans] Have a Nice Day by the Stereophonics

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

[Bronwen Evans] As she lives in Tuscany, Italy, her sunglasses – squinting causes lines.

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

[Bronwen Evans] Pornography. A sex manual. Viagra. He doesn’t need any of them…

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

[Bronwen Evans] Not going after Abby when she first left him and begging her to come back to him. He wasted three years in which they could have been together and he’ll never get that time back.

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

[Bronwen Evans] A lot of things get my creative juices flowing. I’m rarely without a gem of a story and new characters are always popping into my head.

I get ideas from TV or movies, or people I meet, or things I read in the news.

And lastly I sit and look at the beautiful view out of my study window and because I’m happy and content I want all my characters to have their happy ever after too.

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

[Bronwen Evans] My netbook or laptop, a desk and a comfortable chair.

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

[Bronwen Evans] Sarah MacLean’s A Rogue by Any Other Name

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

[Bronwen Evans] One of Penny Jordan’s first Mills and Boon books, I can’t remember the title.

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

[Bronwen Evans] I love catching up with friends and family. I play bridge and sometimes, if the weather’s good, you’ll find me on the golf course.

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

[Bronwen Evans] I love social media but email works too – romance@bronwenevans.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/bronwenevansauthor

Twitter: @bronwenevans_NZ

Website: http://www.bronwenevans.com/

Blog: http://www.bronwenevans.com/bronwen-blog.html

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bronwenevans/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4331713.Bronwen_Evans

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

About Bron:

New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer?

She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012. Look out for her first Entangled Publishing Indulgence released Dec 2012, The Reluctant Wife.

Bronwen loves hearing from avid romance readers at romance@bronwenevans.com
you can keep up with Bronwen’s news by visiting her website www.bronwenevans.com

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