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More manga please! by Eva Lefoy

 

More manga please!

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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,

Eva

 

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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**Giveaway: 1 brand new copy of the soon to be released Sexy to Go Volume #7. Be the first reader on your block to have it! Contest ends 7/30 at 11:59PM EST. 
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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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!

 

Book Blurb:

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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 jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

 

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Scandalous Intentions (Ladies and Scoundrels #2) by Amanda Mariel

When I wrote book one in my Ladies and Scoundrels series it was supposed to be a stand alone. Shortly after Scandalous Endeavors was written it became clear that I needed to write another book in this world and Scandalous Intentions was born. I have fallen in love with my characters and it seems readers have as well because everyone wants to know the rest of the cast’s stories. Ladies and Scoundrels is now planned to be a five book series with Scandalous Retribution coming out next.

In Scandalous Retribution we will get Lord Shillington from book one and Lady Claudia from book two’s story. IN book three we will get Lady Jane from book one and Lord Keery from book two’s tale. The series will wrap up with Lady Grace and Uncle Lewis.

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Here is a sneak peak at book three in my series: Scandalous Retribution.

She swayed and clung to his arm as he led her out into the open country air. What would compel a lady to become foxed in the middle of the day? And who was she? Surly they had never met before.

He turned her down a path lined with various flowers and green foliage. The details did not signify. She was clearly in distress and he intended to help if he could.

“Might we sit, Lord…what is your name?” Her giggle floated through the empty space.

He’d never heard a sweeter sound. It tugged at his heart, endearing the strange woman to him. “Lord Shillington. And yours?” He stopped in front of a cast iron bench. He could not take his eyes off her as she lowered herself onto the seat in a flutter of skirts and auburn curls. Her gaze reflected sorrow but her lips held a breathtaking smile. His heart rate increased.

“Do sit with me, Lord Shillington.” She patted the bench next to her.

He positioned himself near her, but not to close. Being out here with an un-chaperoned lady was scandalous enough. He had no desire to compromise her, or himself. Given her state, he’d no choice but to remove her from the gathering. But he had a responsibility to control the propriety of his behavior.

A cool breeze ruffled her elegant skirts, drawing his gaze over her form. Heat climbed into his cheeks as he studied her. Tall and lean, yet she possessed curves in all the places a man liked to see them. He trailed his gaze back to hers, then grinned. “Your name, my lady?”

She looked at him through hooded lashes, her green eyes sparkling. “Lady Claudia Akford.”

His heart skipped a beat and his throat tightened. The notorious Lady Claudia who’d caused trouble for Lady Sara and Lord Luvington. He should not be anywhere near her, least of all attempting to aid her. The scandalous lady brought on her own troubles.

Book Blurb:

AM_ScandalousIntentions_Front_HiRes (1)When faced with losing his inheritance, notorious rake Lord Julian Luvington sets his sights on Lady Sara. She’s as respectable as they come, just what his father ordered. But the lady shall not be easily won.

She’s determined to marry for love or not at all, and she’ll do anything to obtain the freedom granted to men. A blackguard like Lord Luvington could destroy her hard-won reputation, but marriage to him also offers her the opportunities she can’t achieve on her own. What’s a lady to do?

When Lord Luvington refuses to abandon his pursuit, Lady Sara proposes an arrangement. Only the price may be more than either bargained for. Lady Sara could lose more than her social standing and Julian could lose his heart.

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Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Mariel’s favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper’s Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits every chance she gets.

Amanda Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.
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Lullaby – a deleted scene by Catherine Peace

 

Gemini nearly drove me nuts. I never thought I’d get it done, and at one point almost threw in the towel. Thank the writing gods for awesome friends/crit partners/sanity keepers.

After some intense heart-to-heart (read: bitch) sessions, the story finally reached a cohesive point. I rewrote the first bit and felt great about it. Until my editor wanted the story. Once I got my edits back, I sat down, looked at what I’d written, and began the arduous process of sewing it all together. Unfortunately, something I really wanted in there didn’t quite make it.

To strengthen the relationship between my heroine Shadi and her father-figure Ezra, I thought it’d be awesome to show that side of their relationship through a lullaby. After all, he practically raised her and her twin brother. But since Ezra was a slaver—and ended up selling them anyway—the lullaby needed to be inappropriate. Cue “Long Black Veil.”

The scene where Shadi sings it didn’t fit, but I wanted to share it because I really love it.

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For a while, she kept to herself, curled into a ball on the softest cot she’d ever laid on, unable to sleep. The engine’s hum lulled her into a doze, but every other sound she heard pulled her back into full alertness. She expected one of the nyx to kick her awake. When no one came, she was both grateful and concerned. What did the man expect of her?

“She walks these hills in a long black veil,” she sang under her breath for what had to be the thirtieth time. “She visits my grave where the night winds wail. Nobody knows, no and nobody sees. Nobody knows but me.” She sighed. “Ezra, where are you? You haven’t forgotten us, have you?”

Eventually, she headed to the cockpit where the man sat in quiet repose. Sitting in the vacant co-pilot’s chair, she studied him. Scars marred his forearms, and the markings of hard work covered his hands, same as hers. In his face, she read weariness and a small trace of fear around his eyes. What right did he have to be afraid? “Why.”

He jerked awake, as though from a nightmare.

 

Uri drew his pistol. He swiveled around, and seeing the girl, put the gun back in its holster, impressed that she remained stone-faced. “Why what?”

“You took me. Why.” Though she asked questions, her voice held only accusation. “Where’s Ezra.” Her voice broke and pierced his heart. Fully awake, he reached for her, but she pulled her knees up against her chest, blocking him out.

“I don’t know,” he answered and hoped to God she wasn’t asking about the Ezra he knew. “I’m sorry. I don’t know.”

“Stop lying to me!” A sob shook her frame. He wrapped his arms around her, unsurprised when she struggled; he simply tightened his grip. “He promised,” she muttered against him. “He promised….”

**GIVEAWAY: Like what you read? Tell me about a favorite lullaby and you’ll be entered to win a $5 gift card! Contest ends 6/28 at 11:59 PM EDT**

 

 

Book Blurb:

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Being one of the Embassy’s glorified treasure-seekers has its perks… 

Komandan Uriah Jacobs recovers ancient artifacts in exchange for more than just decent pay; he also receives guaranteed protection from his former owners, the nyx…until an emergency landing on a too-familiar colony brings him face-to-face with his past life and something more—a surprisingly priceless treasure in the form of a human woman.

A slave to the nyx since childhood… 
Shadi spends her waking hours in the forge, dreaming of rescuing her brother with the help of a man she once worshipped like a father. A crashed ship on the colony becomes her only hope to escape. But before she can steal the ship, the pilot abducts her. They may be the same species, but will he help her find her Shilah?

Their attraction is undeniable… 
Fighting it seems inconsequential as they evade the nyx’s bounty hunter and uncover a conspiracy that shines unwanted light on Shadi’s past and reveals the corruption in Uri’s beloved Embassy, placing their fledgling love in danger.

As the universe systematically falls apart, will Shadi and Uri’s newfound passion be enough to keep them alive?

 

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Catherine Peace loves telling stories. Recent ones include her dog really being a Russian spy. Find out more about her and her projects at authorcpeace.com

 

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An Interview with Mia Sanford from Risky Business by Dena Garson

 

Hi Mia – thank you so much for agreeing to join me here on Literary Lagniappe for this interview. To start us off, why don’t you give the readers a little bit of your background?

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MIA: Okay, sure. I’m Mia Sanford. I am Analyst in the Marketing Department. I have a background in mathematics and minored in business statistics.

Mathematics and statistics? Wow. You must really like working with numbers.

MIA: *chuckles* Yes, I do. I like finding patterns in data and projecting trends. It keeps me challenged. And the people I work with are fun.

I understand you’re very good at your job.

MIA: Well, I make every effort to provide the information our management team needs in order to grow the company.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

MIA: A group of girls from work and I play in a softball league. But when we’re not practicing or playing in tournaments we like to get together at The Cabana and share pitchers of margaritas.

Are you a morning person or a night person? And how do you know?

MIA: Definitely a morning person. I know because I often wake up before my alarm even goes off. I like to get into the office early and knock out all my email and run reports before everyone else gets in and clogs up the system.

What is your greatest extravagance?

MIA: Normally it’s that fancy chocolate you can only buy at the gourmet at the mall. But lately I’ve been keeping my eye on a purse I found online. It’s way more than I should ever spend on a bag but it’s perfect! Just the right size for my wallet and things as well as my tablet. And the leather is so-o-o-o soft. Maybe after payday…

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

MIA: I finished my degree with a 3.9 grade point average. If it hadn’t been for that physics class, I might have managed a 4.0.

What is your most treasured possession?

MIA: A locket my grandmother gave me when I turned sixteen. It was one she had gotten when she hit her sweet sixteen. I plan to keep up the tradition and pass it down to my granddaughter.

Awww… I love that! Family heirlooms are special.

And do you plan to have those grandchildren by way of Jake?

MIA: (blushes) It’s a little early in our relationship to plan something like that but I’d certainly like to think the possibility exists.

So would I!

Well, thanks for joining me for this interview! And you’ll have to keep me posted on where that locket ends up.
Book Blurb:

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Mia Sanford has admired Jake Hudson from afar ever since she transferred to Marketing. She might be comfortable tangling with the company playboy in meeting rooms but not in private. Facts and figures she can handle, but that blue-eyed devil is out of her league.

Jake was impressed with Mia, the sexy analyst who provides his monthly Marketing data, the first day he met her. Not only is she smart and reliable, she has legs that have inspired a few sizzling hot workplace fantasies. However, her girl-next-door demeanor and the company’s no fraternization rules force Jake to keep things strictly professional.

When Mia becomes the target of an embarrassing betting pool at the annual office party, Jake alerts her to the danger. But since he never expressed an interest in her until now Mia isn’t certain if he’s really looking out for her, or just trying to win the pool himself. If she trusts him, it might place both her reputation and her heart on the line.

 

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Leather bracelet with a Risky Business charm and other author swag. Comment to enter. Contest ends 6/25 at 11:59PM EDT.

Author Bio:

Dena Garson is a Process Redesign Specialist by day and a writer and jewelry designer by night. She is raising two rowdy boys who play lots of sports which forces her to spend way too much time on the practice field and/or sidelines. Thankfully she has a loyal and loving Labrador Retriever to listen when she complains and a spoiled cat who reminds her daily she is merely a servant.

 

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A Kiss Is Never Just A Kiss by Lisa Fox

Do you remember your first kiss? Most people do. It’s one of those complex life moments full of anticipation, nerves, and wonder. A kiss shared by a couple in a romance novel is like that first kiss all over again, beautiful, enchanting, and life-changing.

One Kiss, my first novella for Harper Impulse, was set on New Year’s Eve, and I think we all know how important that midnight kiss is! For Kat and Dean, it was a pivotal moment, the turning point when their friendship became something else – something more.

As I was writing it, I thought a lot about how significant a first kiss can be for a couple, and from there, the foundation for what has become my Midnight Kiss series was born. What could be more fun – or romantic! – then having all my couples share their first kisses at midnight?

Of course, all the stories couldn’t take place on New Year’s Eve, so I had to come up with new and interesting ways for these midnight kisses to occur. For Stacy and Ten in Her Perfect Lips, church bells ring in the hour as their lips meet. And for Ryan and Grace, the hero and heroine of my latest release, A Kiss in the Dark, it’s at the moment the power is restored after a blackout.

These stories have been incredibly fun for me. I’m so thrilled with A Kiss in the Dark. I’m totally in love with Ryan, an amateur boxer and web designer, and Grace, a cozy mystery writer, who made me a bit teary more than once. He is bad boy, and she is a nice girl, and their instant attraction and very sweet chemistry was a pleasure to write. A Kiss in the Dark is out today and I hope you all come to love Ryan and Grace just as much as I do!

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A Kiss in the Dark

A Kiss in the Dark by Lisa Fox

Book Three of the Midnight Kiss Series, set in the dynamic world of ONE KISS

Blurb: A bad boy can make a girl feel so good.

Grace’s attraction to her new web designer, amateur boxer and all-around playboy, Ryan Granger, is off the charts. But the bad boy of programming is not someone she needs to get entangled with. She’s got too many responsibilities and no time for games. She has deadlines to meet and a sick father to care for. Ryan is tempting, but being with him is completely unrealistic. Still, a girl can fantasize, right?

Ryan wants Grace badly, but while he’s building her website, they have to keep things strictly professional. Thankfully, walking her home during a city-wide blackout is on his own time and whatever happens in the dark doesn’t count. He’s falling hard for Grace and he is a man used to winning. The only problem is, he’s got to convince her that he’s worthy of her trust.

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