Harlequin’s Publisher & CEO Donna Hayes wins the YWCA of the City of New York’s 2010 “W Award”


The YWCA of the City of New York’s sixth annual Summer Soirée and W Award presentation will take place on Thursday, June 24 at the Trump SoHo New York at 246 Spring Street beginning at 6:00 PM. Jerome D. Grant, the YWCA-NYC’s Vice President of Development and External Affairs announced that the organization will be honoring Donna Hayes, Publisher and CEO of Harlequin Enterprises Limited.

Created in 2005, the YWCA-NYC’s W Award honors women and companies that embody the YW’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism. A visionary, innovator and trendsetter, the past W Award honorees are all prominent figures or organizations that stand as an example for all to aspire. Past recipients include Marian McEvoy, founding editor of Elle Décor and former editor-in-chief of House Beautiful; TV personality Star Jones; CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien; New York Times bestselling travel writer Patricia Schultz; Carla Hendra, Co-CEO of Ogilvy North America; the editors of Women’s Health magazine; WNBC-TV’s meteorologist Janice Huff, New York Liberty’s Kym Hampton, and Hyperion publishing executive Barbara Jones.

“The YWCA-NYC Summer Soirée is New York City’s premier inter-generational event in celebration of contemporary women. It brings together families and guests from all over the city in support of our mission. This year we are pleased to honor Donna Hayes with the W Awards. Ms. Hayes embodies the entrepreneurial spirit. She is an excellent role model for the women in the YW’s programs – the next generation of leaders!” says Anne Winters-Bishop, the YWCA-NYC’s CEO.

Donna Hayes, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Harlequin Enterprises Limited, is a 25-year veteran who has worked in almost all areas of the company. She is most notably the first woman to run the company since Harlequin was founded in Winnipeg in 1949. Harlequin Enterprises is one of the leading global publishers of books for women, publishing close to 110 titles a month in 28 languages in 114 international markets on six continents. Hayes has widened the scope of Harlequin’s focus from romance fiction to publisher of books (fiction and nonfiction) for women. Many of the company’s most successful lines were developed under her leadership. Above all, she stresses Harlequin’s mission to entertain, enrich and inspire women.

The evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and the annual “Box Project” silent auction in addition to the awards ceremony. Tickets to the event (starting at $225) can be purchased by contacting Sara Raassi at (212) 735-9708 or sraassi@ywcanyc.org or by visiting the YW’s website at www.ywcanyc.org .

May’s Manic Deal – 45% OFF


This Month’s Manic Deals is in partnership with Noble Romance.  From May 23 – May 29th the following titles can be purchased from Noble Romance for 45% off of the regular price.  To receive  your discount you will need to enter the special Manic Readers code of:  ZGLRQF

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Great Contests and Manic Deals!

News / Updates

Introducing Manic Deals
We have created partnerships with various publishers to bring our readers some significant discounts on select books.  This month’s Manic Deals is with Breathless Press.


Breathless Press is offering a 45% discount on the following three titles for one week only — exclusively to our readers.  Titles can be purchased separately or together, but you must enter the special code MRCoupon411 at checkout to receive the Manic Deals pricing.  

Bound by Love
  Regular price    $4.95
  Discount            45%

  Manic Deals     $2.72

Blue Moon
  Regular price    $2.45

  Discount            45%

  Manic Deals     $1.35



  Regular price    $3.45

  Discount            45%

  Manic Deals     $1.90



You can get all three books for under $6… That’s what we call a manic deal.
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Now here’s a page you’ll want to bookmark.  The Manic Readers Contest Page has some great contests for readers and authors.  Readers can enter a multitude of author contests and authors can find out about various writing contests. 



March Book Giveaway
Congratulations to Stephanie M. for winning our February book giveaway contest.  Stephanie won 11 print books.  Woohoo!


This month we have another easy-to-enter contest.  All you have to do to enter is send an email to BookGiveAway@manicreaders.com with “March Book Giveaway” in the subject line.  We will be accepting entries through March. 27th.  Please, no duplicate entries and you must be 18 years old or older (some of these are spicy books).

One lucky winner will receive:
– Lucy Monroe – (Signed) Moon Craving (Print)
– Anne Rainey – (Signed) Some Like it Rough (Print)
– Deanna Jewel – (Signed) Never Surrender (Print)
– Mary Eason – Shadow Games (eBook)
– Madison Scott – Bliss (eBook)
– Jean Hart Stewart – Damien’s Destiny (eBook)
– Jane Goodger – A Christmas Scandal (Print)
– Deborah Raleigh – Seduce Me by Christmas (Print)
Authors – If you are interested in giving away a book in one of our monthly contests, please email us @ info@manicreaders.com.



Twenty Questions Tuesday with Rhian Cahill


Stop by and visit us on MySpace to see our 20 questions interview with Rhian Cahill.

Rhian Cahill is the alter ego of a Australian-born stay at home mother of four who currently lives in the beautiful city of Singapore.  She loves to read and write all kinds of books but those with a happy ever after ending are her favorite.  As Rhian she writes erotic romance and loves to use Tropical and exotic locations as the backdrop for her stories. The steamier the better but the one thing you’ll never find missing is the romance, love and happily ever after.  Her debute book, One Night in Bangkok, was released April 11, 2009 and was a smashing hit with readers and reviewers.  It was quickly followed up by Singapore Fling which received equally rave reviews. 


New Website and Author Promotion Tools!

Manic Readers v2.0 


Manic Readers has recently announced its new website and Plus Membership, which helps authors promote their books. 


Readers can  quickly find the latest news, contests, and promotions through dedicated pages on the MR website.  In addition, authors and readers can chat with each other through a chat link on the author’s page.


The Plus Membership gives authors access to:

  • Post news to the MR news page
  • Post contests to the MR contest page 
  • Post promotions to the MR promo page
  • Host live chats from their Author Page
  • 15% advertising discounts
  • Twitter integration – Author Page, new books and book updates show up on the author’s Twitter page.

View one of the Plus Member pages here.

Authors interested in the Plus Membership can view all of the benefits on the MR service comparision page. 

Weekly Random Featured Review

Wulf’s Den-Mated to a Wolf
by Marisa Chenery

MR Reviewer: Victoria Lyn

See the review HERE at Manic Readers and for more information on the book go HERE

Finn York despises werewolves. After all, he was kidnapped and experimented on by one. It’s because of that experiment that he now has heightened senses and foretelling visions. Even with his aversion to wolves he can’t seem to stay away from Wulf’s Den, a local watering hole where wolves and mortals rub elbows. While sulking in a corner, he meets waitress Jocelyn Swen. She’s a werewolf so Finn wants to ignore her, but there’s something tantalizing about her scent.

Jocelyn first noticed Finn months ago when he started coming to Wulf’s Den with his twin brother. She’s observed him from a distance and noticed a recent change in him. He’s still mortal, but there is an underlying scent of wolf. After only one kiss, she knows he’s her mate but how long before she convinces Finn? Will Finn let his visions drive her away?

Mated to a Wolf is an exceptional short, but fulfilling story! Ms. Chenery can’t help but write a delightful and entertaining story. She hooks you with the storyline and leaves you breathless with her lovemaking scenes. Her characters are entertaining and almost make you believe in werewolves. After her parents’ death, Jocelyn was raised by her uncle. He holds some very old-fashioned views of women and their roles. He’s also prejudiced when it comes to mortals. Will he try to interfere with Jocelyn and Finn’s mating? I love Ms. Chenery’s Wulf’s Den series! Although it’s best to read the entire series, you can pick up Mated to a Wolf and still figure out what’s going on. I can’t wait to see what she has planned with her next installment!

Some October News, Releases and Contests



Ashleigh Raine is having a contest to celebrate the upcoming release of Twofold Desires. Win a gorgeous Twilight’s Fancy beaded necklace. HERE

Be sure to enter Lorie O’Clare’s new contest on her WEBSITE!


Shelley Bradley a.k.a. Shayla Black will be signing at Barnes & Noble in Hurst, TX


Hot for the Holidays  BY: Anya Bast, Lora Leigh, Angela Knight and Allyson James

Seduce me in Shadow BY: Shayla Black

Altered States BY: Delilah Devlin, Betty Hanawa, and Myla Jackson

New Contracts

Lauren Dane’s INSIDE OUT, continuing the contemporary romance series which began with LAID BARE; and MESMERIZED, the fourth book in her futuristic/Phantom Corps series, have sold to Leis Pederson at Berkley Heat, in a nice deal, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

17 Book deal for James Patterson

The prolific author has just inked a new 17-book deal that will keep him with publisher Hachette through 2012. The deal includes 11 adult titles, to be published in hardcover by Little, Brown and Company and in paperback by Grand Central Publishing, and six titles for young readers, to be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

The contract includes new novels in Patterson’s three series of #1 bestselling detective novels, featuring Washington, D.C’s detective Alex Cross; San Francisco’s Women’s Murder Club; and NYC’s detective Michael Bennett. The books for young readers include new titles in the Maximum Ride and Daniel X series, and the Witch & Wizard series debuting this December. The contract also features new stand-alone novels, summer thrillers, nonfiction books, and  what Hachette calls “other surprises.” In a statement, Patterson said ,”I love writing stories. I have more to tell and I’m thrilled that the wonderful Hachette Book Group will continue to be my partner in exciting readers with these stories that I love.”

 Patterson was represented in the negotiation by Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell of Williams & Connolly LLP.

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