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The Devil Wears Prada meets Lost in Translation in this irresistible new novel from L. A. Woman author Cathy Yardley

Meet Lisa Falloya, an aspiring half-Japanese, half-Italian American manga artist who follows her bliss by moving to Tokyo to draw the Japanese-style comics she’s been reading for years. Leaving behind the comforts of a humdrum desk job and her workaholic fiancée, Lisa has everything planned—right down to a room with a nice Japanese family—but hasn’t taken into account that being half-Asian and enthusiastic isn’t going to cut it. Faced with an exacting boss and a conniving “big fish” manga author, Lisa risks her wedding, her friends, and her fears for a shot at making it big.

First, I’d like to thank Fatin for inviting me to guest blog here at Novel Thoughts!

I’m very lucky – I get to wear a lot of different hats as a writer. I write sexy books: I currently have two erotic retellings of fairy tales out from Avon Red, CRAVE: The Seduction of Snow White, and RAVISH: The Awakening of Sleeping Beauty. When I’m not working on those, I write funny books. On April 14th, I’ve got a chick lit book coming out from St. Martin’s Griffin called Turning Japanese, about a half-Japanese, half-Italian American woman who wins an internship to work for a manga (Japanese comic book) publisher in Tokyo for a year. When I’m not writing those, I get to write funny and sexy books for Harlequin Blaze (which I’m under deadline for as I type this, gulp!)

For those who like it hot, here’s a blurb for RAVISH:

An innocent beauty, trapped in sleep . . .

Sheltered from society, Aurora Jacquard has yet to feel the sweet release of physical love. Then, on the night she is about to give in to temptation, she inexplicably falls into a deep coma.

A handsome prince, determined to discover her secrets . . .

Jacob White is one of the best neurologists in the world, and he intends to awaken Aurora from her virginal slumber. But when she begins to invade his dreams every night, beckoning him into a sensuous place of lust and danger, Jacob realizes there’s more to this woman than meets the eye.

It will take more than a kiss to wake her up . . .

Trapped in a world of erotic dreams, Aurora and Jacob must surrender to their deepest darkest desires … but how far are they willing to go?”

More of a fan of chick lit? Here’s the blurb for Turning Japanese:

The Devil Wears Prada meets Lost in Translation in this irresistible new novel from L. A. Woman author Cathy Yardley.

Meet Lisa Falloya, an aspiring half-Japanese, half-Italian American manga artist who follows her bliss by moving to Tokyo to draw the Japanese-style comics she’s been reading for years. Leaving behind the comforts of a humdrum desk job and her workaholic fiancé, Lisa has everything planned– right down to a room with a nice Japanese family– but hasn’t taken into account that being half-Asian and enthusiastic isn’t going to cut it. Faced with an exacting boss and a conniving ‘big fish’ manga author, Lisa risks her wedding, her friends, and her fears for a shot at making it big.”

For those who like sexy and funny… um, I’m writing as fast as I can! 🙂 My next Blaze series, called The Players’ Club, will come out in 2010.

I’m lucky to be able to write for three amazing publishers, who each encourage me to follow the different voices in my head. (Wait. That sounds bad, doesn’t it? But aren’t all writers a little crazy?) I’ve been able to pursue all the things I love in each venue. My fairy tales let me take classic stories I love, and turn them into modern-day adventures with plenty of heat, still incorporating most of the original elements. Those stories let me really stretch my creativity. My chick lit lets me explore alternative lives, whether it’s being a party girl in L.A., a DJ in San Francisco… or an artist in Tokyo. And my Blazes let me make a mix of both worlds.

I love, love, love what I do. With any luck, I hope you enjoy my work, too! 🙂

— Cathy

www.cathyyardley.com

*****Leave a comment for the chance to win a book from Cathy! Good Luck! 🙂

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