Spotlight and Giveaway–Uniform Desires Anthology!

 

About Uniform Desires

(Make Mine Military Romance)

Publisher: MMM Publishing

Publication Date: November 11, 2013

Authors: Sharon Hamilton, Melissa Schroeder, Elle James, Delilah Devlin, JM Madden, Cat Johnson

Six New York Times, USA Today and National Bestselling Authors combine their love of hot military romance, weaving tales of super alpha heroes and the women who love them. They love hard. They love intensely, like everything else in life they do. This is intended as a toe-curling, knee-wobbling read not for the faint of heart as we learn about heroes who put their lives on the line every day.

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Meet Dan McCullum from Anne Elizabeth’s Once a Seal and Giveaway!

 

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

[Dan McCullum] Male. SEAL. Loyal. Dedicated. Goal-oriented.

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

[Dan McCullum] I get up for work. Kiss my wife. Drive to the Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA. I typically run ten or more miles. Go to a briefing. Work-out or go to the gun range; though oftentimes we are sent on a training mission. They tend to change things up pretty quickly. I try to shower before I go home, but my wife often gets me fresh from whatever hell I’ve been wading through.

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Interview with Lynn Raye Harris, Author of Hot Pursuit

Please welcome USA TODAY bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris to the virtual offices this morning.  She’s here to chat about Hot Pursuit.

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] I’m a Southern girl who loves romance novels, hot military guys, kitty cats, and shopping — especially when shoes are involved.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Hot Pursuit?

[Lynn Raye Harris ] Evie Baker’s luck just ran out. Thanks to an ex-partner with organized crime ties, she’s lost her restaurant, her money, and nearly all her self-respect. Forced to return to her hometown and work as a shampoo girl in her mother’s salon, she doesn’t think her luck can get any worse.
But then someone starts shooting at her, her sullen baby sister is suddenly missing, and the high school heartthrob who stole her heart—and her virginity—is the only man big enough and bad enough to help.
Captain Matt “Richie Rich” Girard can’t afford to get involved. He’s already on the verge of a court-martial after a Top Secret op gone wrong, and he’s been ordered to stay out of trouble while he’s home for his sister’s wedding.
But when Evie’s ex-partner turns up dead, staying out of trouble is the last thing on Matt’s mind. He failed Evie once before; he can’t fail her again. If he’s going to protect her from a killer, and find her sister before time runs out, he’ll have to risk his entire future—and both their lives—to do it.

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] Boy, that’s the million dollar question!  Hot Pursuit took a lot of time and thought, because it was my first suspense and I actually began it around 2005.  I wrote many versions of it over the years because I believed in this story and these characters!  I think Evie came to me first.  She was down on her luck, but not completely defeated.  And then there was David, her ex-partner who stole everything.  That came from a real life incident that happened to someone I knew.  She’d started her own restaurant and had this suave boyfriend who went in on it with her.  And then one day he took the money out of the safe, in front of her, and told her there was nothing she could do about it.  Well, David is a bit more sneaky than that, but that’s where that idea came from!  Matt had to be a military guy because in 2005 that was my life.  My husband was in the Air Force and I was surrounded by military.  I love a man in uniform!  Mr. Harris hasn’t worn one since 2007, but they’re still in the closet.  I’m thinking about asking him to put one on… ;)

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] Determined, loyal, and kind.

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] It’s cheesy but how could it not be Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out For a Hero?

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] Her determination to land on her feet!  She’s not always certain she will, but when she starts to feel sorry for herself, she gets mad and vows she will come out on top in the end.

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] A bottle of cologne (who has time for that?), Crest Whitestrips (really, he’s a badass, he doesn’t walk around with strips on his teeth), and male skin care products (he’s too manly for that, though I’ve implored Mr. Harris for years to moisturize — you can guess the answer).

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] Not keeping in better contact with her baby sister as she grew up.

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] Oh my, I’m not sure!  I get inspired by many things.  Reading, watching a movie, listening to a friend tell a story, people watching.  Everything goes in the churn in my head and you never know what will come out!

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] I must have a computer.  Not a longhand writer at all, though I can in a pinch.  I also like to have quiet, though sometimes music is good.  And knowing there are readers waiting for the result?  That’s the best thing of all. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Hot Pursuit?

[Lynn Raye Harris ] Oh man, there are so many!  Like I said before, this book was written and rewritten a few times, so there were many distractions.  One of the most major distractions was me.  I wasn’t sure it was good enough.  I doubted myself and questioned and second-guessed and wondered if anyone besides me would ever want to read this story.  The response thus far has been overwhelming and vindicating too.  An agent added to my doubts when she told me the book wasn’t dark or gritty enough and wouldn’t sell to a big house.  The book never went out on submission, so I won’t know if that’s true or not — but the readers seem to enjoy it just the way it is!  I wrote it because I love stories just like this.  Very romantic adventures with action and suspense but lots of romance too.

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] A Week To Be Wicked by Tessa Dare.  I *love* a bookish spinster heroine and the handsome rake.  So so much.  Oh, when Colin begins to see that Miranda is intriguing beneath those glasses?  Melts my heart.  I could not put that book down!

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] That’s kinda hard, because I’ve always been a reader, but when I was a kid my favorite books by far were the Black Stallion books by Walter Farley.  I devoured them.  And I wanted to write stories just like that! 

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] Watch good things on TV with my husband, shop for shoes and clothes and the occasional antique, hang out with friends, and go for drives in the countryside.  We live in the South and there is so much to see.  Just last weekend we saw a gorgeous plantation home called Rattle and Snap. 

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

[Lynn Raye Harris ] You can find me on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLynnRayeHarris
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LynnRayeHarris
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2973925.Lynn_Raye_Harris
Wattpad:  http://www.wattpad.com/user/LynnRayeHarris

Come say hello!  Also, I love my newsletter subscribers.  Once a month, on the first, I give away a $50 gift card to Amazon, B&N, or Kobo to one lucky subscriber.  All you have to do is subscribe!  I only send emails when I have a new release, and I do not share your address with anyone.  I don’t believe in spamming you when you’ve trusted me with your information!  And hey, you might win a gift card!

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

Purchase links:

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About the book:

The last man she ever wanted to see…

Might be the only one who can save her…

Things are about to get HOT in the bayou!

Evie Baker’s luck just ran out. Thanks to an ex-partner with organized crime ties, she’s lost her restaurant, her money, and nearly all her self-respect. Forced to return to her hometown and work as a shampoo girl in her mother’s salon, she doesn’t think her luck can get any worse.

But then someone starts shooting at her, her sullen baby sister is suddenly missing, and the high school heartthrob who stole her heart—and her virginity—is the only man big enough and bad enough to help.

Captain Matt “Richie Rich” Girard can’t afford to get involved. He’s already on the verge of a court-martial after a Top Secret op gone wrong, and he’s been ordered to stay out of trouble while he’s home for his sister’s wedding.

But when Evie’s ex-partner turns up dead, staying out of trouble is the last thing on Matt’s mind. He failed Evie once before; he can’t fail her again. If he’s going to protect her from a killer, and find her sister before time runs out, he’ll have to risk his entire future—and both their lives—to do it.

Things are about to get HOT in the bayou!

About the author:

Bio:  USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. The prize was an editor for a year — but only six months later, Lynn sold her first novel. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome husband and two crazy cats. You can learn more at her website, www.LynnRayeHarris.com.
For more information about HOT PURSUIT, visit Lynn’s book page at http://www.lynnrayeharris.com/books/hot-pursuit/.  Buy links will be posted there as soon as the book is live on all the retailers’ sites!

Interview with Anne Elizabeth, Author of SEAL at Heart & Giveaway!

Anne Elizabeth, author of SEAL at Heart, is visiting the virtual offices today.  Please give her a warm welcome! After the interview, enter for your chance to win a copy of SEAL at Heart!

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

[Anne Elizabeth] I’m a romance writer, comic book creator, monthly columnist, wife, step-mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, godmother, daughter, sister, friend, and adventurer. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about SEAL at Heart?

[Anne Elizabeth] Being a SEAL means everything to Petty Officer First Class John Roaker. So when a head injury coupled with a bout of amnesia takes him out of the action, he has to find a way to heal his wounds and recover his lost memories. Enlisting the help of beautiful physical therapist Laurie Smith, he heals his body and discovers that his unlocked memories hold a dangerous secret about his last mission that threatens his life, his country, and the woman he’s starting to fall in love with.

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

[Anne Elizabeth] One night, my husband and I were sitting around the dinner table with a friend talking about SEALS and romance. The idea popped out of my mouth and I knew it was the one. BTW, my husband is retired from the Teams.

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

[Anne Elizabeth] Courageous, passionate, and determined.

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

[Anne Elizabeth] Queen, WE WILL ROCK YOU

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

[Anne Elizabeth] Laurie would never leave the house without her purse. It holds all the magical things she cannot live without during the day–from lipstick to a small first aid kit. 

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

[Anne Elizabeth] Collectible figurines, framed photographs, and large pieces of furniture—Jack doesn’t have any of those things.  Instead, he can pack and be out the door in under an hour with everything he owns packed in duffel bags. 

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

[Anne Elizabeth] I have a lot of creative influences. From my husband’s presence to the nature surrounding us, I draw it all in and it ends up in my stories.

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

[Anne Elizabeth] In order to craft, I need a strong connection with my story and characters, support from my family and friends, and my laptop. I also need time–an opportunity to research, think, and type.

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

[Anne Elizabeth] I read a lot of books. I am huge fan of Cathy Maxwell, Suzanne Brockmann, and Anne Rice. I’ve loved all of their latest books!

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

[Anne Elizabeth] Dante’s THE DIVINE COMEDY—I’ve read that book at least a hundred times.

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

[Anne Elizabeth] I love adventures! Kayaking on the ocean, biking or hiking in the mountains with my husband and our dog, cooking for family and friends, flying, or reading a book—these are some of my favorite activities.

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

[Anne Elizabeth] Fans can contact me through my website and I’m on facebook and twitter, too.

Link to website: www.AnneElizabeth.net

Twitter: http://twitter.com/aeanneelizabeth

Link to personal Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Anne-Elizabeth/e/B002BX3M7C/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Link to book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/SEAL-at-Heart-Anne-Elizabeth/dp/1402268904/ref=la_B002BX3M7C_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353888262&sr=1-1

I have a monthly column in RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine on comics, manga, and graphic novels. I also attend the Comic Cons in New York and San Diego as well as the RT BOOK LOVERS CONVENTION.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Being a SEAL means everything to Petty Officer First Class John Roaker. So when a head injury coupled with a bout of amnesia makes him undeployable, he has to find a way to heal from his wounds and recover his lost memories. Enlisting the help of beautiful psychoanalyst Laurie Smith, he discovers his unlocked memories hold a dangerous secret about his last mission that threatens his life, his country, and the woman he’s starting to fall in love with.