Review: In Bloom by Katie Delahanty



May Contain Spoilers


Ahhhhhh – where to begin?  I am of two minds about In Bloom.  Part of me loved the whole fantasy of this read – young woman meets rock star and gets to live the dream of being his girlfriend.  Part of me didn’t like all that her new relationship entailed.  While many women would faint at the thought of being pampered and getting celebrity make-overs, complete with designer gowns and shoes, the thought of needing five dedicated individuals to help get me ready for a night on the town made me kind of nauseous.  So while I could buy into the fantasy  of living a glamorous life, I was left thinking – Nah, that just would not be fore me!

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Book Blitz: Crash Into Me by Tracy Wolff

Entangled is celebrating the release of Tracy Wolff’s new series with a giveaway.  I can’t resist books about rock stars, so I want to check Crash into Me out.



Crash Into My by Tracy Wolff

She’s totally off limits, but this rocker wants a taste…

Jamison Matthews has lusted after Ryder Montgomery since she was a preteen. But now that Ryder and her brother’s band, Shaken Dirty, has made it huge, she’s just one of many pining for the brooding lead singer. Too bad Ryder still sees her as a little sister. Not that it matters. Her brother would never allow it, and the last thing Jamison wants is to be another notch on a rock star’s bed post. Even if it’s Ryder’s.

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Interview with Madelynne Ellis, Author of Come Undone

Please welcome Madelynne Ellis to the virtual offices this morning.  She dropped by to chat about her latest release Come Undone.

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

[Madelynne Ellis] The quiet one, who listens and doesn’t say much.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Come  Undone?

[Madelynne Ellis] Come Undone is the first in a series of books that explore the relationship between Dani Fosbrook, a university student with Xane Geist, the frontman of an internationally famous goth metal band called Black Halo. (I’ve also plans for other members of the band, but I’m trying not to get ahead of myself.) Come Undone covers the first few critical days of Xane and Dani’s relationship, which happen to coincide with Xane announcing the band’s demise.

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

[Madelynne Ellis] I’m never entirely sure where my characters come from. They mostly arrive, tell me there names, and I learn about them as I write. I did know I wanted to write about an extreme metal band and the dynamics within such a group.

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

[Madelynne Ellis] Insecure. Loyal. Survivor.

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

[Madelynne Ellis] I really, really want to say something loud and raucous, much like the sort of music Xane likes to write and perform, but actually, it’s Come Undone by Robbie Williams.

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

[Madelynne Ellis] Clothing. She really doesn’t like being exposed.

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

[Madelynne Ellis] Hairspray, Ash’s underwear (Black Halo’s lead guitarist) and anything pink or frilly.

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

[Madelynne Ellis] Losing contact with her father.

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

[Madelynne Ellis] I’m not sure I have any very specific ones. I tend to mine ideas from all over the place. I have a bit of a fangirl crush on Gackt, does that count?

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

[Madelynne Ellis] 1) Writing implement, laptop out of preference but I’ve been known to write on toilet tissue using eyeliner pencil. 2) Silence, if at all possible and 3) A large cup of decaf coffee.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Come Undone?

[Madelynne Ellis] Watching clips of rock bands and music videos, but it was research, honest.

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

[Madelynne Ellis] It’s not often that a book grabs hold of me and won’t let go anymore. I think being a writer makes it harder to read without analysing the work at the same time. Probably either Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn or Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning.

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

[Madelynne Ellis] Finally, an easy question 🙂 That would be The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. I’ve adored that book since I was about thirteen.

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

[Madelynne Ellis] Roleplay, both tabletop and live, read and watch DVDs.

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

[Madelynne Ellis] By using any of the following:







or by email madelynne at madelynne-ellis dot com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

On stage he’s dynamite. Off stage he rocks her world.
When red-hot, Goth-metal band, Black Halo, split live on stage, fate throws Daniella Fosbrook into the path of sexy vocalist Xane Geist. Initially, Xane’s only looking for a ride home, but Dani tempts him in a way a thousand other women haven’t. Determined to explore their heady chemistry and avoid hashing things out with the band, Xane whisks Dani off to Monaco for a steamy weekend.
There, Dani tries her best to hang onto her heart and some clothing, while Xane soon loses both. However, Xane isn’t being entirely honest about the reason for the band’s demise. When the truth comes out, can Dani accept the facts, or will everything come undone.

About the author:

Madelynne Ellis is a multi-published British author of erotic romance. Her novels and short stories have been published by a variety of houses including HarperCollins, Harlequin, Samhain and Virgin Books, and have been translated into German, Spanish, Italian and Norwegian. Her aim is to deliver scorching, character-driven stories that enchant, torment and don’t shy from darker aspects of life.

Madelynne lives in the UK with her partner of 20+ years, their two adorable children, a chocoholic rabbit and a demented puppy. When not writing she enjoys live role-playing, and solving puzzles. She loves hearing from readers. You can reach her at Madelynne at Madelynne-ellis dot com.

Spotlight and Giveaway: Lost In Oblivion by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliot


I have a series spotlight and giveaway this morning!  Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliot have joined forces to bring you the Lost in Oblivion series.  Read on for more info about the books, and then enter the giveaways!



A PREQUEL to the NA rock star series Lost In Oblivion.


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Warning: get ready for a testosterone overload. The guys are in the driver’s seat in Seduced – and the ride’s gonna rock.
Twenty-three year old Nick Crandall has one focus in his life: Oblivion, the band he formed with his best friend Simon Kagan. With gigs coming up and the band members lacking focus after losing their drummer to rehab, they’re out of ideas. Until Oblivion’s bassist, Deacon McCoy, poses a surprising suggestion.
Bring in someone new. Two someones.
One You Tube video gone viral later, Oblivion is poised on the brink of stardom. With their new hot drummer chick — who comes in a package deal with a talented guitarist who happens to be head over pick in unrequited love with her – it seems like everything’s falling into place. Or will the band Nick and Simon have fought to keep together disintegrate before their eyes?
Four guys & one woman + more success than they ever bargained for = trouble, of the sexiest kind.
Get Seduced by this novel-length introduction to the band Oblivion. This preview occurs before the four forthcoming books about each of the band members. Sometimes getting lost means finding yourself…

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Book 1 in the NA rock star series, Lost in Oblivion
Coming in September

Onstage he’s Demon, the unsurpassable bassist.
Offstage he’s the Peacemaker, the mastermind who keeps his volatile band from imploding.
Opening for their idols on their first ever tour, Oblivion is living the dream. That dream becomes a nightmare when Oblivion draws more attention than the headliner and egos clash. Frustrated at being shoved out of his mediator role by their new manager, Deacon McCoy loses himself in brutal workouts only coming up for air long enough to refuel—and that means hunting down the catering truck at odd hours.
Especially the deliciously cute chef who excites his taste buds as much as his body.
The child of roadie parents, Harper Pruitt has heard every pickup line twice. To her, musicians are one step above the scraps on her cutting board. All she wants is to get enough experience to run her own catering company, but Deacon and his bottomless and surprisingly gourmet stomach is too tempting to resist. Before long, she finds herself wanting to experiment with him outside the kitchen.
When Harper sees that Deacon’s sense of responsibility is doing him serious damage, she realizes he’s far from the typical rock star. But as the band’s fame grows, she wonders if she can love a man who doesn’t know how to let anyone in—even her.
You met Deacon McCoy in SEDUCED, now you can watch just how far a big man can fall.

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BIO: Cari Quinn

USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story—a bible parable—in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars. When she’s not scribbling furiously, she can usually be found watching men’s college basketball, playing her music way too loud or causing trouble. Sometimes simultaneously.




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BIO: Taryn Elliott

I’m from the great state of New York–upstate NY, thank you very much. My family consists of a brother who takes care of keeping the snarky side of me alive and a dog that is more spoiled child than mutt. My writer-friends are the glue that keeps my crazy ideas more in the sane category, and my non-writerly friends are the reason I’m not a complete hermit. I can’t go a day without laughing and I truly do fall in love with each and every one of my leading men as I write their book. Music is life and every story has its own soundtrack.




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Enter to win a copy of Seduced!

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One lucky winner that follows the tour will receive the following prizes:

Sterling Silver earrings (attached jpg)
$10 GC to iTunes
$15 GC to Starbucks
paperback of Seduced.
paperback of Cari Quinn’s Unveil Me:

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Meet Jake Olsen from Robyn Thomas’ Famously Engaged and Giveaway!


We have a special guest in the virtual offices this morning!  Rocker hottie Jake Olsen from Robyn Thomas’ Famously Engaged dropped in for a visit, so please give him a warm welcome.

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

[Jake Olsen] Only five? I’m accustomed to being the ‘mouth’ of Five Awesome Emperors and talking us up in interview situations, so limiting my answer will be a challenge. I’d have to say: caged, ambitious, loyal, itinerant and overconfident.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share a typical day in the life of Jake Olsen?

[Jake Olsen] There is no pattern to my days. They start early, finish late and usually involve some combination of the following: long distance travel, public appearances, radio interviews, video and photo shoots, working out, recording, performing and song writing. If all five Emperors are in the same city, and our schedule can be twisted to accommodate it, I get the band together for a quick jam session.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words come to mind when you think of Beth?

[Jake Olsen] Beth is essential, admirable, strong and grounded. (Did I mention that I can’t count?)

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

[Jake Olsen] Beth’s loyalty to her ex-husband drives me CRAZY. Their divorce failed to break the bond between them and his upcoming wedding shows no sign of succeeding either. I can’t understand why she’d settle for his company when she has access to me 24/7.

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

[Jake Olsen] I wouldn’t change a thing. I carried around some hefty regrets before I met Beth, but every bad decision and foolish mistake I ever made combined to lead me to her doorstep. Music is important to me, but I could always write songs for other people, tour with a different band or pursue a solo career. Beth is my weakness, my strength and my reason for living. I can’t imagine a life better than the one I share with Beth, so I have no desire to change anything.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!


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About the book:

A chef and a rock star. They couldn’t be from more different worlds…

Rock star royalty’s favorite son, Jake Olsen, couldn’t help but interfere after listening to his future brother-in-law talk non-stop about his ex-wife, Beth Carlisle. Jake decides that the only way to get the groom’s mind off his ex-wife is to give her a fake fiancé.

Before Jake can convince Beth of his plan, he’s forced to move in with her to avoid the paparazzi. Their instant attraction makes for a sizzling "first date", but soon Jake’s fame gets in the way and Beth wants out. Too bad Jake’s figured out just why her ex is so obsessed with her, and he’s afraid he’s not going to be able to give her up either.

Now it’s up to Jake to convince this chef together they make the perfect recipe.

About Robyn Thomas:

Robyn is a cheesecake connoisseur, caffeine addict, and mother of two boys. Happily married, she lives in Melbourne, Australia. Writing romance helps her balance the effects of living in an all-male household. Robyn loves romantic comedies, art glass, cooking and browsing in quirky gift shops.

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Cover Reveal: Falling for the Backup by Toni Aleo

Oh-lala!  I have a cover reveal for Toni Aleo’s Falling for the Backup!  This is an Assassins series novella, and it will be available June 24.  What do you think of it?

Falling for the Backup: An Assassins Series Novella by Toni Aleo

Loveswept – Random House |  June 24, 2013  |  $0.99

Toni Aleo’s sexy new eBook original novella featuring the Nashville Assassins will have you believing in the power of love at first sight . . . and second sight . . . and third.

After serving as a dutiful bridesmaid in the wedding from hell, Aynslee Shaw just wants to slink home to Nashville and forget the whole trip. That is until the hottest guy she’s ever seen is seated next to her on the flight and charms her with his easy laugh and killer smile. But just when she thinks things are getting good, he vanishes, leaving Aynslee wondering, was that guy the one? And did she just let him slip through her fingers?
Former superstar goalie Jordan Ryan is back on the ice—finally. After a crippling knee injury that had him wondering if he’d ever play pro hockey again, he’s got his full attention on rebuilding his career. So a pretty—okay, beautiful—girl on a plane shouldn’t be a distraction. But Jordan is very, very distracted. And when Aynslee crosses his path again, he’s not sure any job in the world is worth missing his second chance with a woman like her.

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