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More manga please! by Eva Lefoy


More manga please!



I sometimes wonder, why isn’t there more really meaty manga romance out there? I realize the manga style originated in Japan but I find myself wanting different storylines that are more like the books I usually read. I want more romance manga for U.S. readers’ tastes, and here’s why I think it’s a good idea.

First, being a former comic book collector – ah yes, I owned a lot of the original Akira series, Lone Wolf and Cub, the Watchmen, Batman: The Dark Knight, The Joker, Electra Assassin, even some Swamp Thing, Cerebus and Sandman, and much more – I’ve seen first-hand how so many of these stories get turned into movies. Like hugely popular action films. Which proves movie execs, like readers are always looking for new stories and it seems….

The more paranormal or dark the storyline is the better!

So, secondly, comics and manga seem to lend themselves naturally to paranormal & UF type works. What are the most popular romance genres today? Only sales figures will tell, but I’m guessing paranormal is at the top of the list. Which begs the question, why isn’t PNR magna flooding the market?

Perhaps someone will write some soon!

In the meantime, I’ll keep supplementing my reading diet with Fruits Basket, yaoi and Supernatural. Yeah, the last one isn’t a romance at all, but hey, the eye candy is worth the watch!

More power to the manga,



Sexy to Go volume #6 Book Blurb:

JuneCover11 sizzling stories for women who like it hot! Erotic romance for women by women featuring contemporary, paranormal, BDSM, and more. A new volume every month, always delicious.


Excerpt from Unburied Hatchet, part of Sexy to Go Volume #6:



Next to her, Snake hit the turf with a thump and changed quickly. When complete, he growled, then looked up at her as if waiting for her to join him.

Good lord, was she really going to do this? Become an animal, like them? She fought the tingling sensation rolling up her spine with all her might, determined to hang onto her humanity, and deathly afraid of what the change would bring. She’d only had mere months to get used to the idea she harbored a wolf’s soul inside. Having the physical reality of it thrust upon her – by her father – made the situation even more desperate. She had to stop this – stop it at once!

But Conri’s force allowed no compromise. He watched her struggle, saw her resistance and offered only one more command. “Now.”

She dropped to the ground clumsily, her body tired and her spirit uncertain. Letting go wasn’t in her rule book. Trusting a father who’d abandoned her long ago wasn’t either. But beside her, Snake licked her shoulder, assuring her of his protection. Gritting her teeth, she closed her eyes and slipped into a darkness reserved for monsters from fairy tales. From deep inside, she heard a scream. The sound seemed to shake and tear her limbs apart, rearranging them until everything she knew of herself was gone. Then, like a whip crack, her new body snapped into place. She opened her eyes.

Before her stood a giant black wolf, solid as rock through the shoulders, its eyes an eerie gray. They shone with approval, with wildness, with expectation.

In her body, she sensed Conri’s non-verbal message. Run, daughter. Let’s run.




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Author Bio:

Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a die-hard Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.

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Character Background/Profiles for “When I Grow Up…” by Patricia Asedegbega

The storyline of the book “When I grow up…” revolves around Alicia and her world. At work she is surrounded by the five lawyers and her fellow personal assistants, the interrelationships between them are the key element to solving all the enigmas in the novel. Apart from Alicia, there is really not a lot of difference between the main or supporting characters in the novel as in their own way, each of them bring something to the table and help to construct the plot of the novel. The heroine in this novel tells the story from her point of view with her particular point of humor.

Alicia is a thirty-five year old young woman who comes from a normal working class family with very solid values. She spent a great part of her life in a small town environment, surrounded by her loved ones who were her world until she had to leave them to earn a living when she concluded her studies. There had never been a doubt in her mind about what she wanted to do, but real life got in the way of it all and she had to get a job and park her dreams, hopefully momentarily. Her family and friends if they had to describe her would say she is impulsive, generous, loyal and a dreamer who finds it hard to see the bad side of people…One thing they´d all agree on is the fact that till this day, she has still not been able to master the concept of having some savings for a rainy day. Like her mother used to tell her often “you have a hole in your palm that prevents you from holding on to anything that closely resembles money.”

Her life is greatly influenced by her ever changing relationship with her boss, Julia. A brilliant lawyer who has worked really hard for all she has and is both feared and respected amongst her peers, mostly feared by Alicia. A woman not afraid of anything or anyone and terribly difficult to read or see what is behind her carefully fashioned mask.

Alejandro, the senior associate of the law firm Alicia works in, is another of the important characters in the book. Also in his mid-thirties, he is young, successful, intelligent and very handsome. He is one of the most eligible bachelors in the country and is never in want for a female companion. Each one of them hopes that she will become the new Sra. de Fernández but he does not at all seem in a hurry to settle down to and is oblivious to the illusions of his numerous female companions. He has gotten the best education that money can buy and On him, it was not wasted. After his father left him the firm he worked all his life to build as his legacy, Alejandro his son, made sure that standards were maintained and held. He thinks he has control over his destiny, but he soon finds out that nothing is what it seems.

Ebele, Juan, Oscar and No-good Carlos are Alicia´s world outside the building and a very important part of it. “When I grow up…” is a story full of hope, with characters from very different walks of life that somehow have the same dreams and aspirations. It is a novel for anyone that wants something more, no matter their circumstances.

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“You need a plan B,” said Alicia’s mother when at five years old she told her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Thirty odd years later, Alicia is on plan D: sharing a flat, no tangible savings, and working for hateful Julia, whose sole purpose in life is to make her existence utterly miserable. Good thing she has Oscar and the girls to make the long hours at work bearable. But when a series of events tears the close-knit group apart, putting friendships and motives under suspicion, will Alicia be able to restore balance and set things right? More importantly, will she ever be able to upgrade her life to at least plan C?

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Author of Bienvenidos a gatos anónimos, Pasarse cuatro Pueblos, Sesenta segundos dan para mucho, Rewind, I stand corrected and Balou uncensored, Patricia Asedegbega Nieto was born to a Spanish mother and a Nigerian father in Madrid. As a child, she relocated with her family to Nigeria and later returned to Spain, where she acquired her BSc and master´s degree. She is currently living near Madrid with her family and her very stubborn cat, Merlin Mojito.



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Help! I’m in love with an alien! by Jessica E Subject

Hello readers! I’m here with the heroines from my new box set, An Alien to Love, to engage in a panel discussion with them about dating an alien, or aliens, as is the case for one guest. So, being as we don’t have a lot of time, let’s get started.

Ladies, what was your first reaction when you learned your date was an alien?

Ava: I was shocked. I mean, I knew Nate came from a different planet, but I didn’t expect him to be Claustrian. Though, it explained why he vanished from my life all those years ago.

Carrie: You were shocked? I didn’t even know aliens existed until I met Frey.

Danyka: Me, too! I mean, I believed, but I never expected to come face-to-face with an extraterrestrial, let alone end up the soul mate to two of them.

Melinda: I was happy. I write about relationships with aliens all the time. Though, I never believed my childhood neighbor to be from another planet. His reaction to my finding out was much worse. Thank goodness he got over that.

Skylar: I’m not sure I can answer your question, since I’m not from Earth. But, when I learned the identity of my date, I ran. I thought he planned to take me back to the tentacled space pirate I was supposed to marry.


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All interesting reactions, but your dates seem to have worked out in the end. So, let me in on a secret. What’s the worst thing about being with a man from another planet?


Carrie: I couldn’t give birth to my daughter in a hospital. I had to disappear when I was ready to deliver, and remain in hiding for the early part of her life.

Danyka: Yes, it’s hard to live on Earth when the government wants to dissect the man or men you love.

Melinda: Wow, I hadn’t thought of that. Cooper has lived here all his life, but… Maybe we won’t have children.

Well, this is depressing. How about you all tell me the best thing about being with an alien.

Skylar: Finally, a question I can answer. He understands me. And he makes me happy.

Carrie: [nodding] He knew what I longed for from the moment we met.

Melinda: He’s all my fantasies come true.

Danyka: Fine, I’ll say it. The sex is out of this world.

Ava: Yes, explosive.

[The is a lot of smiling and nodding around the room.]

And on that note, I’ll let you all go. I know some of you have a spaceship to catch. Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today!


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Five HOT 1Night Stand stories by Jessica E. Subject about sexy heroes from other planets.

What do a librarian, a nurse, a director’s assistant, a housekeeper, and an orphan have in common? They all end up spending an evening with a gorgeous stranger. But, will one night lead to more, or will the women end up running away when they learn their sexy suitor comes from another planet? Find out in these five sensual 1Night Stand stories by sci-fi romance author, Jessica E. Subject.

Contains: Celestial Seduction, Satin Sheets in Space, Another Night, Another Planet, His Alien Virgin, and Her Alien Hero

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Author Bio:
Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at and on twitter @jsubject.


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Interview with Braden from “Colors” by G.C. Nichols

Q: So tell us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

“I think G.C. chose to write about me because I’m the epitome of what she perceives to be strong and passionate. Not only because of my special ability, or that I’m a leader, but because of the world I’m from.

Being in an outlaw motorcycle club people assume I’m some sort of criminal but that’s not the case at all. In our culture, you end up here for a reason. It stems from a desire to live free. There’s a bond in that and it unites us, like an extended family. I think G.C. wanted to portray the good in our culture, not the stereotypical mentality people have held onto for decades. Our club, Sovereign Few, joined together by our unique traits, a family of misfits, provided her that opportunity.”

Q: What was it that drew you to your mate?

“Even though I fought it, I knew Gioia was my mate almost immediately. She stole every bit of my sanity. I was worried at first that I’d just screw up her life worse after everything she’d already been through. In spite of that, I only wanted her more. I hadn’t met too many people with the same bad luck as me. Plus, her eyes… I couldn’t figure it out, but there was something in them. She was special, and every nerve in my body sensed it.”

Q: A little naughty fun, where was the wildest place you seduced your partner(s)?

Looks down and smirks, exposing his infamous dimple. “On my bike. We had a great ride that day. No pun intended.”

Q: If your partner wants to seduce you, what’s one trick she can play?

“She usually doesn’t have to work too hard at it. I’m usually after her like a wolf ready to pounce on a lamb.” Chuckles loudly. “When Gioia is around I’m so connected to her presence, it’s like my blood slithers through my veins. I can’t say one thing for sure. Maybe the smell of her hair… the way her jeans hug all the right curves… her smile.”

Q: What is the one place on your partner’s body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?

“Now you’re pushin’ it.” Speaking sternly. “She’s my ‘ol lady. That’s for me to know and no one else to ever find out.”

Q: What was one of the most embarrassing thing your author did to you in “Colors”?

“She showed my vulnerability, my insecurities.”

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Book Blurb: Gypsies bestowed the curse. A sadistic man unleashed its power.

Gioia Vita, at thirty-four, is not living the joyous life her cultural name might suggest. Haunted by an abusive past and tormented by the harsh illustrations of a cynical world she struggles to bury her secrets and find serenity in her life. Plagued by a glitch in her vision, she perceives colors and mystical imagery surrounding people that warn her of their intrinsic nature. With a fear of old world superstitions implanted into her from an early age, Gioia finds herself believing in these enchantments. Especially now, that she is seeing these… colors.

The desire for adventure in her sheltered life prevails when an acquaintance invites her back into the subculture of her rebellious youth. Her vision helps her navigate this tumultuous world few get to experience, the world of 1%ers. An enclave of brothers, bearing colors that reject normal society. She unexpectedly finds the warm colors of family, friends and a new love. Braden Davies restores passion in her heart, but can an outlaw from a chaotic underground culture heal her wounds? First, they must conquer the manipulative adversary that haunts them, unearth long buried family secrets, and learn that sometimes a curse can really be a gift.

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G.C. Nichols is a Creative Director by day, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, and writer by night. Other than getting lost in the imaginary worlds her mind creates, G.C. enjoys riding, hunting, and fishing, with her husband, family and friends. She is happiest on the wooded acres of serenity they call home in upstate New York, surrounded by a wild array of entertaining pets.

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The Circles of Writing Life by KD Rose

Our circle starts with a new book, at about 90 degrees around. It’s brilliant! It’s original! Very few will “get” it! It doesn’t fit in a genre! It’s a hard sell! It’s almost unnoticed! Wait— did the exclamatory hyperbole change?

First books usually have the author’s internal organs indelibly attached, and whether the books are avant-garde or simply lost among the growing number published each month, most author’s still wouldn’t change a word.

The circle moves to authors who’ve had better fortune. Or talent. Or both. And those special ones who’ve done even more. For example, Dave Eggers. Dave Eggers does not need another article written about him. (Wouldn’t the rest of us like to say that.) Yet Eggers continues to be one of the most deserving. Egger’s is now known for his work with 826 National Nonprofit and McSweeney’s Publishing House. His actual award-winning first novel, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, almost takes a backseat.

Eggers is one of the co-founders of 826 National, a nonprofit that uses pirates, superheroes and mysterious voices booming from the back of rooms to create a learning environment for kids that actually produces results, while almost tricking them into increasing their reading and writing skills. The kids write books. Real books. Titled, bound, printed and sold books.

When we forget, when we’re so busy marketing our wares, selling ourselves on social media, pleading for unknown strangers to just take a chance on our book, it’s fitting and rejuvenating to return to the beginning of the circle.

“826 helps young people learn that language can be play, that work can be joyful, and that they, themselves can be the inventors and caretakers of their world.” – Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning author and 826 volunteer.

So in the middle of this authorship, this selling off pieces of ourselves-but hopefully not our souls, we can think back, and thereby forward. Words are play. Writing, (even marketing) is creating. A writer is a caretaker who bears responsibility for all his or her words touch.

Then perhaps the pen becomes a little lighter. Facebook becomes a way to share information that matters. Twitter becomes a tool to express wit and connect with other minds- minds that are enigmas yet have unlimited potential. And maybe, just maybe, one of those minds will add play to words, authenticity to redundancy, and launch a caretaking campaign that touches future generations. After all, who wouldn’t want a career like Dave Eggers?

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A_Taste_For_Mystery_Cover_for_KindleFollow private detectives Carolyn Woods, Jack Heart, and friends as they try to navigate murder, mystery, and romantic entanglements. Two novellas, two detectives, two lovers….what could go wrong?



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K.D. Rose is a poet and author who currently has published “Heavy Bags of Soul”, “Inside Sorrow”, “I AM”, “Erasing: Shadows”, “Anger’s Children: Three Shorts That Will Blow Your Mind”, “A Taste for Mystery: Two Novellas” and “The Brevity of Twit”.


Her poetry has been published in Candlelit Journal, the Voices Project, and showcased in the Tophat Raven Art and Literary Magazine. K.D.’s book, Inside Sorrow won the Readers Favorite 2013 international Silver Medal for Poetry.


K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art, writing, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who. KD Rose is an avid supporter of music, the arts, cutting edge science, technology, and creativity in all forms.

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