Review: Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

Going Down in Flames is a very fun book.  It features a tried and true premise;  the big family secret.   Bryn’s parents have been keeping a big secret from her, and when she learns that she’s a dragon, she is less than pleased with them.  Her parents have fled from the dragon community because they were forbidden to be together, and Bryn, the offspring of a blue and red dragon, should never have been born.  The governing body of the dragons, the Directorate, has carefully kept the dragon clans segregated, and they are not happy with Bryn’s parents, or about Bryn.  Not at all!  Yet they force her, on her 16th birthday, to move into the boarding school where young dragons are taught to control their powers.  Poor Bryn! The only crossbred, she’s met with suspicion and hatred.  I wouldn’t have been too happy with my parents, either!

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Spotlight and Giveaway–Wolf’s Strength by Ambrielle Kirk

Wolf’s Strength

Caedmon Wolves, #5

Tension grows between old rivals.

Cold-blooded murder sparks a feud between rivals that could lead to the deadliest civil war in Pack history. Alpha Devin Caedmon and his council are forced to risk all that is precious to protect their bloodline. Tristan Arnou, Caedmon’s rival, isn’t the only force trying to tear down the unity holding them together. The source of the threats must be eliminated before their entire race is destroyed.

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PR-Viz to Release Ranma 1/2 in Newly Re-Mastered 2-In-1 Manga Format

{ED – And this, folks, is the series that started it all for me.  If you enjoy comedy, martial arts, and gender-bending hijinks, give it a spin.  Just prep at for a long ride, because this manga ran forever!} 

VIZ MEDIA INVITES FANS TO CATCH THE EXCITING RETURN OF RANMA ½ IN A BRAND NEW OMNIBUS MANGA EDITION

Creator Rumiko Takahashi’s Groundbreaking

Gender-Bending Martial Arts Comedy Returns To North America In A Newly Re-Mastered 2-In-1 Manga Format

San Francisco, CA, February 28, 2014 – The wait is almost over as VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, announces next month’s exciting release of Rumiko Takahashi’s adored manga (graphic novel) series – RANMA ½ – as newly re-mastered 2-in-1 omnibus editions. The opening volume debuts on March 11th, presented for the first time ever in a right-to-left reading format that remains faithful to the original work. RANMA ½ is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will carry a MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.

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Interview with Terry Spear, Author of Savage Hunger and Giveaway!

Terry Spear is no stranger to fans of paranormal romance.  She has been a fan favorite for years, and I was delighted when she took time out of her busy day to drop by the virtual offices for a chat.  She is celebrating the release of her latest novel, Savage Hunger, which is the kick-off of her new series, The Heart of the Jaguar.  She brought a present for one of you, too!  After the interview, enter for a chance to win a copy of Savage Hunger.

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

[Terry Spear] I love creating things from teddy bears to books to photography. The first two I’ve won awards at. The last is just a hobby!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Savage Hunger?

[Terry Spear] In the beginning, there were wolves. Now jaguar shifters are on the scene. Not that werewolves exist as far as the jaguars are concerned, but…

The shifters need to take a break and become one with their wild nature from time to time. When Connor and his sister Maya visit their home away from home in the Amazon, Connor doesn’t expect to meet up with the same woman he’d rescued months ago on an Army mission gone wrong. Now she’s in the jungle again…and he can’t deny the way he feels about her, has felt about her since the first meeting. The problem? She’s human. And no way is he turning a human into one of their kind, IF they can even do such a thing. What does he know about it? He and his sister were born shifters. But he can’t deny wanting to turn Kathleen. And that could be a total disaster.

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

[Terry Spear] My editor wanted me to come up with a new series, and so I thought what would be better? I already had a canine series. How about cat shifters? I wanted ones that live close enough to the States, and I wanted something exotic, rather than pumas/cougars that live all over the states. Though who knows. Maybe one of those will pop up in a future story. The characters evolve as the story moves along. I needed Kathleen to be in the jungle to meet up with Connor the first time. So she became an Army officer on a drug mission. Connor’s a big cat just relaxing in a tree when he has to come to her rescue. I wanted to show the shifter side of him right off to set the tone of the series.

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

[Terry Spear] Spunky, fighter, lost (the lost part describes me. I finally got a GPS, but it wouldn’t help in the jungle)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Connor would never have in his bedroom?

[Terry Spear] A dog (it’s a cat thing, you know), a woman (not unless it’s Kathleen), waterbed (jaguars love the water, but claws on a waterbed could prove disastrous).

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

[Terry Spear] Connor’s more into the wild and nature…so something with a jungle beat, South American tune would suit him.

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

[Terry Spear] Reading. The first shifter story I read was a children’s tale about a prince who was a polar bear by day and a man by night and had taken a woman as his wife, but she could never see him as a man or he’d be a polar bear forever. I fell in love with wolves through Jack London’s Call of the Wild and White Fang. Many of my childhood stories were about princes coming to rescue the princesses and living a happily ever after. Only in my tales, the princess is just as likely to save the prince as the other way around.

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

[Terry Spear] Green tea, my open file if I’m writing on the computer, or a pad of paper, if I’m writing scenes without it. That’s it!

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

[Terry Spear] I loved Kidnapped by Stevenson, and then I read a romance version of it that I totally loved.

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

[Terry Spear] I devoured every book I could since I was little. My first books that I learned to read off and adored: Dick and Jane! That was the beginning. I couldn’t get enough of reading. I was way ahead in English classes, so spent most of the year during the English hour in the library reading books. When I was older, I loved Last of the Mohicans, which had me reading every kind of Native American story there was, and tales around the world. And I loved Jack London’s White Fang and Call of the Wild that influenced my love of wolves.

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

[Terry Spear] I love taking pictures! I want to learn how to enhance them to make them even more interesting! And gardening—creating a forest as I live in a cornfield half the year, and forests mean shade from the hot Texas heat! Swimming—especially when it’s in crystal blue waters. Hiking—especially when it’s in cool Oregon forests, or New Hampshire woods, or Colorado forests, or…I love the woods! Making award-winning teddy bears, and reading, of course!!

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

[Terry Spear] For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com, or follow me on Twitter, @TerrySpear.  I am also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/terry.spear .

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

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SAVAGE HUNGER BY TERRY SPEAR – OCTOBER 2012

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has captured hearts worldwide by wrapping the realities of nature into the glorious romance of the wild. Now, she turns her award—winning imagination from the sexy werewolf hunt to the intense sizzle of jaguar shape-shifters.

As a jaguar he is graceful and gorgeous…

Speedy and stealthy…

Fierce, independent, and wild…

As a man he is passionate and powerful…

Willful and wonderful…

And he’ll stop at nothing to protect what’s his…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Terry Spear has written a couple of dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. Her first werewolf romance, Heart of the Wolf, was named a 2008 Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year, and her subsequent titles have garnered high praise and hit the USA Today bestseller list. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on her next werewolf romance and continuing her new series about shapeshifting jaguars. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/terry.spear .

Interview with Linda Grimes, Author of In a Fix

 

Linda Grimes is the author of In A Fix, a new Urban Fantasy release from Tor Books.  It will be hitting store shelves next week, and in the meantime, Linda dropped by the virtual offices to introduce herself and chat about her book.

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

[Linda Grimes] My tweetography, huh? Okay, let’s see … "Linda Grimes is a smartass writer of light urban fantasy who will do anything (except take her clothes off) for a laugh."

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about In a Fix?

[Linda Grimes] Yes, I can.

Oh, wait … you want me to actually do it? Okay, I’ll give you the short and long of it.

Short version:

Ciel Halligan, a kind of human chameleon, has a great job: she steps into her clients’ lives and fixes their problems for them—as them—but collecting her hefty paycheck can be a real killer.

Longer version:

Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she’s able to take on her clients’ appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don’t want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck. This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable…that is, until Ciel’s island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client’s about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated. Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she’s been crushing on for years – both skilled adaptors – step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client’s intended. Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.

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

[Linda Grimes] Is it too "woo-woo" to say I think they were always there in my head, just waiting for the right trigger to make them spring into view? Because, weird as that sounds, that’s what happened. The trigger was seeing a vanity license plate with the name "Ciel" on it while I was riding along on the Fairfax County Parkway. Ciel—and her story—popped into my consciousness just like that.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Ciel?

[Linda Grimes] Short, sharp, and hilarious.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Mark would never have in his bedroom?

[Linda Grimes] Ruffles, a throw pillow, and a French poodle. (So, of course, Ciel will no doubt give him a ruffled throw pillow embroidered with a French poodle for his next birthday, because that’s just how she rolls.)

[Manga Maniac Café] What is Billy’s single most prized possession?

[Linda Grimes] Oh, that’s easy—his cherry-red 1957 Chevy Bel Air. Nothing else comes close. He was born in the back seat of it, so his connection to it goes back a long way.

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

[Linda Grimes] You mean other than booze and chocolate? (Not really. Okay, maybe a little.)

No, clichéd as it sounds, I’d have to say good books (way too many of them to name here—besides, I’m terrified I’d leave some favorite off the list, and never forgive myself). Every time I read a book that really grabs me—that drags me into another world—I think to myself, I want to do that to somebody!

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

[Linda Grimes] Booze, chocolate, and … oh, all right. I’ll try to be serious. I need my laptop, quiet, and a good night’s sleep. Without those things I’m pretty useless.

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

[Linda Grimes] The Taken, by Vicki Pettersson. The rockabilly-noir sensibility, coupled with the paranormal aspects, just blew me away. It’s so original—I love it!

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

[Linda Grimes] Astrid Lindgen’s Circus Child was the first book I could read all by myself. Once I broke the key, there was no stopping me! I read everything I could get my hands on.

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

[Linda Grimes] Read, of course. But also hang out with my husband, and my kids (when they visit the nest). Not just because I’m related to them, either—they’re genuinely fun to be around.

I’m also quite fond of providing feedback to people on their cooking, as long as they don’t expect me to participate in the prep. I’m a wonderful culinary audience.

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

[Linda Grimes] They can find me at my blog, Visiting Reality (lindagrimes.com), or on Twitter (@linda_grimes).

I’m also on GoodReads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5029662.Linda_Grimes).

Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog, and for asking such fun questions!

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

You can preorder In A Fix from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the widget below

 

Author Bio:

Linda grew up in Texas, where she rode horses and embarrassed herself onstage a lot. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband, whom she snagged after he saw her in a musical number at the now defunct Melodrama Theater in San Antonio. (There’s nothing like a rousing chorus of "If You Wanna Catch a Fish You Gotta Wiggle Your Bait" to hook a man for a lifetime.) Like her globetrotting main character, Linda has spent her fair share of time overseas, though fortunately under less stressful circumstances. Kidnapping and daring rescues are all well and good in fiction, but she prefers sanity in her real life.