Cover Reveal and Giveaway! His Risk to Take by Tessa Bailey and Giveaway!

Entangled Publishing and Tessa Bailey have a cover reveal for Tessa’s new novella His Risk To Take!  To celebrate, they are hosting a giveaway! You can win a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Check out the steamy cover!



About the book:

The greater the risk, the hotter the reward…

Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation on the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control—until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he’ll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler.

Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy’s avoiding, but when she walks into O’Hanlon’s Pub and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her—risks be damned. But there’s a connection between Ruby’s shadowed past and a case Troy’s working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?



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Interview with Aimée Duffy, author of Never Say Never


Please welcome Aimée Duffy to the virtual offices today. She is celebrating the release of Never Say Never, and she brought along a short excerpt for you to enjoy.  Check out what she has to say!

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

[Aimée] Manic reader, compulsive shoe shopper and closet Dr Who fan—oops.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Never Say Never?

[Aimée] Singer and reality television presenter, Sander Chase is being forced into going to his ex-fiancé’s engagement party. He bribes a waitress, Chloe Butler, from his local coffee shop to go with him. Part of the deal is spending enough time together to be photographed around London.

He’s too busy to date for real, and Chloe has a bad history dating celebrities, so they are not looking for anything more. Unfortunately they’re also very attracted to each other and fighting to keep their hands to themselves is harder than it should be, especially since Sander has a dark secret that means there can’t possibly be any future for them.

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

[Aimée] Sander is one of the judges on the reality singing competition Do You Have What it Takes? in book 1, The Monster of Fame. I already had a rough idea of who he was, and what he didn’t need in his life—a relationship.

Chloe is his perfect and worst match, all rolled into one. She has the beauty to reel him in, the backbone to put him in his place and the smarts to keep him interested—which in his opinion makes her dangerous.

The story isn’t set during the show. I wanted to make the book readable as a standalone or a follow up to The Monster of Fame, so Sander and Chloe are completely separate from the other characters, although the heroine from The Monster of Fame does make an appearance.

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

[Aimée] Stubborn, compassionate, loyal.

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

[Aimée] Green Day’s, Boulevard of Broken Dreams. He’d probably disagree, but it suits his past.

[Manga Maniac Café] Name one thing Chloe is never without.

[Aimée] Her cell phone, but only because her mum’s ill and she needs to be contacted easily.

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

[Aimée] Anything pink.

Fancy soaps.

Hair spray.

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

[Aimée] Moving to LA after college.

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

[Aimée] Gossip magazines. It’s amazing what the mind comes up with when reading about famous people’s lives.

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

[Aimée] Music, a comfy seat and Wikipedia

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

[Aimée] Tempted by Trouble, by Michelle Smart.

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

[Aimée] Of Mice and Men, or the Goosebumps series. Probably the latter.

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

[Aimée] Shop. When it’s not raining, I love to go hillwalking. Way cheaper than letting me loose with my credit card.

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

[Aimée] Website



[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

You can purchase Never Say Never from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below:

About the book:

When pretend turns to desire, heartbreak is unavoidable.

Sander Chase needs a date for his ex-fiancée’s engagement party, but he doesn’t have time for a woman in his life. Between working on the TV show Do You Have What It Takes? and his band reforming, he’s too busy for a relationship. What he needs is a pretend girlfriend. He thinks he may have found the perfect woman for the job, and the bribe he offers means she’s sure to accept.

After losing her job in the film industry, breaking up with her movie star boyfriend, and finding out her mum has dementia, Chloe Butler returned to the UK determined to put her life back together. The last thing she needs is to parade around London on the arm of a celebrity, and after the heartbreak caused by her ex, she swore she’d never again date a star. But when Sander offers her a chance at her dream job, it’s not something she can turn down.

As Chloe gets to know Sander she learns he’s nothing like her scumbag ex. But she struggles to fight her attraction to him, knowing their relationship is only for show and their separation date is closing in fast.

Ignoring the insane chemistry between them should be easy for Sander, especially since he carries a secret that means there can be no future for them, but the more time he spends with Chloe, the harder it is to keep his hands to himself.

Content Warning: contains more denial than you’ll find in a courtroom, more sexual tension than most people could handle, and explosive sex that some readers may find long overdue.

About the author:

Aimée writes steamy, contemporary romance for the 21st century woman who enjoys the 21st century alpha male. She’s addicted to reading, shopping and can’t go a day without music. When she’s not writing you can find her traipsing up the Ochils (weather permitting of course) or procrastinating on Facebook and Twitter.


Chloe Butler’s mouth dropped open. She struggled to remember how to close it as she stared at the man with the expectant expression on his avenging angel face. She couldn’t have heard him right. Sander Chase would never ask someone like her out on a date.

“Excuse me?”

He flashed his Hollywood smile. “Come on. Don’t make a guy ask twice.”

Nope, she’d not misheard him, nor had she gone mad. Months of serving him coffee and this was the first time he’d shown any kind of interest in her.

“I’m sorry.” She retreated a few steps. She couldn’t date a celebrity, not after what happened the last time. She was just beginning to get her life back together. Not to mention the fact her mum needed her around more than ever. “I can’t. Thank you for the offer.”

Chloe tried to smile politely, but it was harder than usual. She turned to head back to the counter to get on with her work. If her boss Richard caught her talking to a celebrity, he’d get the wrong idea and hand her a P45 before she could explain. After all, the coffee shop was a classy place. Not even the press were allowed in.

A large, warm hand ensnared her wrist and drew her to a halt. Electrified jolts shot up her arm from the contact.

“Can’t or don’t want to?”

She turned back to Sander and saw his brow was raised and amusement glittered in his baby blue eyes. Pushy, wasn’t he?

“Don’t want to,” she replied, determined not to give him any hope.

Can’t left wiggle room, and there was definitely no wiggle room. She’d sworn off men after the last one had taken her for a mug.

Her reply seemed to please him. His grin grew huge and her heart sped. She frowned at the reaction and put it down to the stress of the situation. After all, as far as she was concerned, her libido was extinct.

“That’s perfect.”

Was he mad? From her experience, celebrities could be a little…odd. But she’d never met a full-blown lunatic before. “I’m sorry, I don’t know what you mean.”

Why wasn’t she backing away? Better yet, why wasn’t she demanding he let go of her arm? She darted a glance around the coffee shop. Most of the customers’ attention was on their morning papers.

“I don’t need a date. I need a pretend one.”

Character Interview with Greg from Hope Tarr’s The Cinderella Makeover


Hope Tarr and Greg Knickerbocker, hero of The Cinderella Makeover, took over the virtual offices recently.  They stormed the offices and I wasn’t even able to get a word in edgewise!  Read on for details!

*thump! rattle! Klonk!! Keyboard wrestled from my control as Hope and Greg descend on the studio*

Is this thing on??

Hi Folks! First off, many thanks to our wonderful blogger for having me here as her guest to chat about THE CINDERELLA MAKEOVER, the second novel in my Suddenly Cinderella Series of contemporary fairytale themed romances for Entangled Publishing.

Internationally famous fashion photographer, Francesca St. James (Ross’s ex from OPERATION CINDERELLA) gets considerably more than she bargained for when she leaves New York for Los Angeles to join the cast of a newly launched reality TV show as a fashion coach. “Project Cinderella” aims to remake fashion frogs into styling Cinderella princes and princesses. Silicon Valley CEO Contestant Gregory Knickerbocker is a geek with a heart of gold, a six-foot three leanly-muscled hunk in need of a mercy makeover. Fortunately Francesca loves nothing more than a challenge and serving as Greg’s “fashion fairy god mentor” promises to be that and then some. Can a pair of vintage Saks Fifth Avenue red slippers help her look beyond Greg’s center-parted hair and gray hoodies to the Prince Charming that lies beneath?

Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to Greg Knickerbocker, the hero of THE CINDERELLA MAKEOVER.

Greg, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m the CEO and founder of a Silicon Valley tech startup, Cloud Flyer, as well as the developer of a bunch of awesome apps and software products. Most recently, I’ve been a contestant on Project Cinderella, a reality TV show that aims to turn ugly ducklings into swans, so to speak.

What are your hobbies? How did these come about?

I don’t really have hobbies—I have passions. I’m a huge fan of classic films from the silver screen era and beyond. And thanks to my time on the show, I’ve become kind of a gym rat.

What is your job and how did you come to do that?

See my response to #1. I made my first million when I was still in college—enough said. ((grins))

Do you have an enemy or nemesis?

One of the fairy god mentors on the show turned out to be a real biyatch but mostly because of her ongoing rivalry with Francesca. I guess you could say I was collateral damage, not the main target, still it was pretty tough going for a while.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Getting past the whole frenemies thing with Francesca so we could be together.

What is the one event that you feel has helped to shape your personality?

Going on the show has changed me in a major way, especially the one-on-one photography episode. Stripping down to your g-string in a room full of people with cameras rolling isn’t something I’d ever imagined doing, but it was part of being a contestant on the show. I’d say more, but I don’t want to give anything away. ((winks))

What is your earliest memory from your childhood?

Playing outside with my siblings and our dog.

Are you involved in a romance?

I am now! I just never thought my soul mate would turn out to be the same pushy, nose-in-the-air, beautiful Brit photographer who first barged into my office.

Favorite indulgence?

Beer and chips.

Do you have any pets?

Not currently, but I plan to fix that soon, once Francesca and I settle which coast we’ll live on. A dog would be really nice, preferably one from a shelter or rescue group. Francesca’s more of a cat person—but thanks to Bosco she’s coming around.

What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

For Francesca to agree to marry me. I am definitely working on it—and her! By the time the Suddenly Cinderella series wrap up releases this summer, she may just have said yes. That’s my goal anyway.

If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

Hold onto your dreams—and then build foundations beneath them. Cloud Flyer started out as a crazy vision I had when I was a teen—and now it’s a multi-billion dollar company that recently went public. Likewise I came on Project Cinderella hoping a public makeover would turn my love life around and steer me toward my soul mate—and did it ever!

If you could say one thing to your author, what would it be?

Did you have to put Francesca and me through such hell, Hope? I mean, seriously, wasn’t the whole opposites-attract setup enough of a challenge? Did you have to add the enemies-to-lovers trope, not to mention all the other logistical complications? And starting off by dressing me in gray hoodies and track pants—you had to know that as a fashion photographer, she would hate my fashion failures. You’re just evil, Hope, seriously evil.

I hope readers in search of unusual heroes and heroines will love Francesca and Greg as much as I do. And, if you enjoy THE CINDERELLA MAKEOVER, please check out my previous Suddenly Cinderella releases: OPERATION CINDERELLA (Macie and Ross’s story) and the in-series novella, A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS CAROL (Starr and Matt’s story).

*And with a whoosh, they were both gone, leaving me alone in the empty office*

You can purchase The Cinderella Makeover from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below

About the book:

Fashionista Francesca St. James has agreed to work as a "fairy godmother" on the reality TV show Project Cinderella, taking contestants from geeky to dreamy. When Francesca’s archrival bets she can’t transform the awkwardly sweet CEO to hot in under eight weeks, Francesca accepts the challenge.

As CEO of a tech company, Greg may have billions, but what’s it worth without a woman to share it with? From day one on the show though, he clashes with his gorgeous fairy godmother—yet off-set, he can’t stop thinking about her. But this sexy woman is so far out of his league…and wants to change every single thing about him. It’s up to him to show her it’s more than clothes that make the man.May the best man or geek win…

About the author:

Hope Tarr is the award-winning author of twenty historical and contemporary romance novels including THE CINDERELLA MAKEOVER, Book #2 in her Suddenly Cinderella Series of contemporary fairy-tale themed romance novels. Hope is also a cofounder and current principal of Lady Jane’s Salon™, New York City’s first, and so far only, monthly romance reading series now in its fifth year with five satellites nationwide. Visit Hope online at and as well as on Facebook ( and Twitter (@HopeTarr).

Interview with Amber T Smith, Author of If The Shoe Fits

Please welcome Amber T Smith to the virtual offices today! Amber is here to chat about her new book, It The Shoe Fits.

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

[Amber T Smith] Wife, worker, & writer, mother of two children, two cats, and two lizards. Tries not to procrastinate too much, but usually fails abysmally!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about If the Shoe Fits?

[Amber T Smith] IF THE SHOE FITS is a modern comic spin on Cinderella. My Ella is a fun and flirty heroine, with a fondness for vodka and swearing, and an unfortunate habit of tripping over fresh air and flashing her body parts. She’s also under the impression that she’s losing her marbles, owing to the fact that her cat has started talking to her, claiming to be Ella’s fairy godmother. There are lots of giggles throughout as Ella flies from one disaster to the next in her quest to hook her very own Prince Charming!

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

[Amber T Smith] Honestly, I have NO idea!! I’m a pantser when it comes to writing, and ideas tend to come out of the blue. One day I woke up and decided to write a modern fairy tale. My beautiful cat was in her usual place (on my lap), and she has such a quirky nature that I thought I’d include her in the story, too. Next thing I know, I had a feline fairy godmother who spoke to the heroine, and the modern fairy tale became a comic caper!

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

[Amber T Smith] Cute, clumsy & cheeky!

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

[Amber T Smith] Ha! What a fab question! Let me see… the theme from Mission Impossible, I would think, as she plainly thinks that her quest to get Ella hooked up with ‘Prince Charming’ is bordering on lunacy.

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

[Amber T Smith] Her sarcastic wit!

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

[Amber T Smith] Bottled water, a hairbrush, and a diary. She’s SO disorganized!

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

[Amber T Smith] I have several, spread across a few genres. J.K.Rowling is one, as I admire her determination so much. J.R.R.Tolkien, as the sheer scale of his storytelling is phenomenal. In the romance genre, I’m a sucker for historicals, so Mary Balogh and Julia Quinn are my top picks. Both characterize beautifully, and often have a fabulous witty undertone in their writing, which I adore.

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

[Amber T Smith] Social media – I have several windows open on my laptop at all times, and when I feel stumped I take five minute breaks to clear my head.  Other than that, I’m not really needy – I like to have a couple of coffees, maybe, and also a pen to chew at while I’m thinking (bad habit, I know, but there we are).

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

[Amber T Smith] I read Robin Hobbs’s Farseer Trilogy, and it blew me away so much that I read it again within a month!

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

[Amber T Smith] I’ve been a bookworm since I was about eight years old, and I’d probably say that my first ever favorite book was Louisa M. Alcott’s ‘Little Women’. I still love that book, it’s a classic!

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

[Amber T Smith] I read. Not very original for a writer, I know, but it’s what I do whenever I get any spare time. Other than that, I love interacting with different people on social media sites.

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

[Amber T Smith] They can find me at either of my blogs: and

My Twitter handle is @Amber_T_Smith_ , plus I have an author page on Facebook –

Thanks for hosting me and having such fabulous questions!!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase If The Shoe Fits from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below

About the book:

Life isn’t a fairy tale . . . except when it is.

There’s nothing wrong with Ella Gibson’s life – it just isn’t very exciting, despite being surrounded by lingerie. Working for Cardiff’s top modeling agency should have been glamorous, but most of the time Ella is running around with memos and cups of coffee. It’s a far cry from living the dream, but skirting the edge of her fantasy life is enough.

Then comes the day when her cat starts to talk, claiming to be Ella’s fairy godmother. As if that weren’t crazy enough, the pesky puss becomes a fashion advisor and behavioral expert, too. Add an evil ex-stepmother, a hunk called Charming, plus a looming party-cum-ball, and you have all the elements of a classical fairy tale. There’s even a couple of ugly sisters – the fact that they are two gorgeous gay men being neither here nor there.

Ella’s not your typical fairy-tale princess though, and it will take more than a discarded glass slipper to get her man. It’s quite possible she may have to curb her enthusiasm for cursing a wee bit, not to mention her love of vodka. And can Muse, her surprisingly straight-laced feline friend, overcome her prudishness long enough for Ella to sneak a kiss or three with her intended beau? 

Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves–April 27th Edition


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

I have been out of town since Tuesday, which is why it’s been kind of quiet around the Café.   I packed up my horses and took them to the first horse show of the season.  They were both great!  Pixie did everything I asked for her first time showing under saddle, though by the last class she was like a little freight train.  Elle was beautiful under harness; she just decided that she didn’t want to walk.  Now we have a better idea about what we need to work on for the next show.  I’m really excited about getting down to work with them.  Both girls have a great work ethic, which makes them both so much fun to show.  I’m probably going to take them to a small show in May, and then it’s on to Morgan Gold Cup, which is always a lot of fun.  Sorry about not having any pictures; the weather was miserable until! Saturday.  Cold and rainy, and just so unpleasant to spend four days outside.  Where is Spring?

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews to share new additions to our library.  Click here to learn more about it.

New Arrivals at the Café:

The Mad Earl’s Bride by Loretta Chase

Earthfall by Mark Walden

Damn Him to Hell by Jamie Quaid

A great big thanks to the publishers for their continued support!

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Cover Reveal: Adorned by Georgeann Swiger

I’m excited to help reveal the cover for Adorned by Georgeann Swiger.  This is a Entranced Publishing release, under their Blush imprint, and it hits stores in November.  Check out all of the details below!  What do you think of the cover?  I love stories about angels, so I’m curious to give Adorned a read.


Adorned by Georgeann Swiger

Title: Adorned (Book I in The Trinity of Souls series)

Author: Georgeann Swiger

Publisher: Entranced Publishing

Genre: YA paranormal romance

Length: 80k words

Release Date: November 4, 2013

About the book:

When seventeen-year-old Anya finds out she’s actually an angel being trained to protect humanity, she discovers that becoming an angel has nothing to do with wings and haloes. For Anya, becoming an angel has to do with death—her death.

Micah, the angelic soldier ordered to protect her until she transitions from human to angel, promises her death will be a glorious experience as long as she follows his rules. But getting Anya through this life and to the next isn’t as simple as Micah expects. His job becomes even more difficult after he unwittingly performs a miracle that exposes Anya’s hidden angelic light.

With her secret out, Hell’s legions begin targeting her. Unfortunately, Hell’s minions are the least of Micah’s worries. He’s more concerned about the forbidden human emotions he’s developed toward Anya. Even more troubling, is she seems to love him too. And giving in to those feelings, could mean dire consequences for them both.

About the Author

Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV. After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy. Imagining interesting characters and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher. She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.





Guest Post: Robin Covington, Author of His Southern Temptation

Please welcome Robin Covington to the virtual offices today!  Robin dropped by to fill us in on heroines who are nothing but trouble for the hero.  After reading her thoughts on the matter, be sure to hop to the bottom of the post and order her latest book, His Southern Temptation.

Nothing But Trouble: Heroines who kick A**

In my recent release, my heroine Taylor Elliott is strong, successful, stubborn, sexy, self-possessed —all the “s” words that spell nothing but trouble for her hero. Not only did she not follow directions but she decided to take initiative and ended up creating even more trouble for Lucky. In the end, he knew she was worth all the trouble but man, did she make him work for it.

I love a heroine who can take charge and control her own destiny. Now, some of the best heroines don’t start out that way but they grow, learn and gain the confidence to put on those Wonder Woman underoos and be awesome. And, of course, as they grow they become a case of serious heartburn for the men in their lives. Being a huge movie junkie, I thought I’d share with you some of faves:

Marge the Police Chief in Fargo: This woman was the epitome of womanly strength and you just know that her hubby was pulling his hair out knowing that she was giving it her all. I mean, how can you fail to love a woman who is 9 months pregnant who can catch a killer in between bouts of morning sickness?

Evelyn Salt in Salt: A U.S. Agent becomes a fugitive after being accused of being a Russian spy. If you doubt her kick-assery, just check out the scene of how she gets out of the CIA building with no shoes or weapons.

Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: What didn’t happen to this woman? Raped, minimized by society, virtually without any power, she comes back to exact justice on her abusers and to emerge as a ballsy equal with the male protagonist. She defies society with every move and a strong woman, takes on a man who is her equal and gives it as good as she gets.

Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone: Sure, Joan doesn’t really know how to wield a weapon or hack into a computer but she steps out of her comfort zone to help her sister, takes on danger, uses her talents to make sure she is able to save her sister and seduces Michael Douglas (if you think for one minute that he’s seducing her, go watch it again)

Maggie Murdock in Love and Other Drugs: Afflicted with early onset Parkinson’s Maggie is bravery in action. She takes in her disease and also helps others with the same issues surrounding availability of affordable prescriptions and treatment. But, she does this all while being vulnerable and changing the life of her womanizing love interest until he becomes the man he’s supposed to be. Love her.

So, that’s my take on heroines who have cheering as they drive the menfolk crazy. Who would you add to the list?

Thank you, Robin!

You can order His Southern Temptation from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below:

About the book:

Some women are bad. Some women are a bad idea. The best ones are both…

A former Black Ops assassin, “Lucky” Landon has had more near-misses than a man should ever have. Now he’s out of that business and settling into the simple life in his small hometown. So the last thing he ever expected was to end up at gunpoint. Or that the woman holding the gun would be his best friend’s little sister and Lucky’s on-again/off-again lover.

Taylor Elliott is Trouble, and she likes it that way. And seeing Lucky again? Well, he’s been her dirty little secret for the past few years and everyone knows that secrets in a small town are almost impossible to keep. But Taylor has bigger problems on her plate. Like the local mob boss who wants her dead.

And right now the only thing standing between Trouble and disaster is a hottie named Lucky..

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Interview with Maggie Gilbert, Author of Riding on Air

Please welcome Maggie Gilbert to the virtual offices today!  Maggie is celebrating the release of Riding on Air, a YA romance set in the world of competitive riding.  Yeah!  One look at the cover and I knew I wanted to ask Maggie some questions, and she graciously agreed to stop by for a chat.

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

[Maggie Gilbert] Eclectic. And maybe heading for eccentric too 🙂

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Riding on Air?

[Maggie Gilbert] It’s about a teenage girl with a horse she’s devoted to and a dream she’ll do almost anything to achieve, despite some fairly significant obstacles in her way. And then a gorgeous boy she’s always ached for comes along to complicate things even further. Horses, a gorgeous boy and romance – what more could you want?

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

[Maggie Gilbert] I’d planned on writing some horse books aimed at younger readers but then I started thinking about what it’s like to be a teenage girl besotted with your horse but also crushing madly on a boy. With the characters, once I knew Melissa had JRA then who she is evolved out of her illness; there were things she just couldn’t do and this shaped everything about her. When it came to William, I wanted a boy worthy of her courage and determination, and he had to be sweet but also strong. He had to be someone who will do the right thing even if that is going to cost him. And he had to be totally gorgeous, of course.

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

[Maggie Gilbert] Resolute, self-contained, fervent

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

[Maggie Gilbert] What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction. It sums up the way William sees Melissa, and how she makes his heart skip even though she has no idea. Not that he’d admit he’s ever even heard of that song Smile

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

[Maggie Gilbert] Hope. She goes after her dreams even when it seems impossible.

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

[Maggie Gilbert] Money, receipts, phone. He tends to leave everything in his ute, such a boy.

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

[Maggie Gilbert]  I can’t answer that without plot spoilers!

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

[Maggie Gilbert] Stephen King would be the biggest influence. I read everything he writes and he is the master of making the ordinary interesting, and of developing utterly believable characters. And although on the surface his stories are about monsters, underneath he’s writing about themes that resonate for me, like love, loyalty, friendship and heroism. I think all the creative works you expose yourself to – art, photos, magazines, songs, movies, books, TV series – have an impact on what you write even if you don’t realise it.

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

[Maggie Gilbert] Coffee, laptop, time. Especially coffee – I can always make do with a pen and notebook Smile

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

[Maggie Gilbert] Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter.

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

[Maggie Gilbert] Gosh, it’s hard to say – Mum taught me to read when I was three, so that’s a lot of books ago. An early book that sticks out though is Wild Pony by Lucy Rees. I’d read a lot of horsey books but that one blew me away. It stayed with me and I re-read it over the years.

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

[Maggie Gilbert] It can vary depending on what the latest obsession is (gardening, learning cello, quilting). But there are some constants: I read as much as I can – sometimes when I really should be doing other things! I also like watching a movie or an episode of a favourite TV series. I love to run and I’m trying to get back into that. If I’m not inside at the laptop, there’s not much better than a sunny afternoon in the back yard with a good book and my dogs.

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

[Maggie Gilbert] I have a website with blog and also newly established author pages on Goodreads and Amazon or you can find me on Twitter or Facebook. I’d love it for people to pop in and say ‘Hi’.






[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

For readers of Jenny Downham, John Greene and Maureen McCarthy, a poignant young adult romance about following your dreams and realising what really matters.

What can you do when your own hands are the enemy? Hold on tight, for as long as it takes.

Melissa has secrets. Sure it’s pretty obvious she has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, but no one knows how bad it is or how many pills she takes for the pain. She’s determined to make her horse Jinx into a champion and she dreams that her childhood friend William will one day see her, rather than her condition.

So when William asks her out and Jinx is shortlisted for selection in an elite training program, it seems Melissa’s dreams have come true. But when her secrets are exposed, all those dreams come crashing down around her. Can William ever forgive her? And can she learn about letting go in time to truly ride on air when it matters most?


About the author:

Maggie Gilbert can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a writer, even when she was otherwise occupied. She’s been an executive editor, an equestrian journalist and worked with horses for the Modern Pentathlon event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Currently she’s an administration officer with an Agricultural Society by day and a writer of romantic stories by night—an ideal combination. She lives on a property in country NSW with her family and dogs.