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April Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo)

This is our Author Promo Thread for April. It’s a place for authors to tell us about their awesome April releases. The rules for Author Promo Night Open Thread are as follows:

  • The book has to be released in that month (i.e., anything released during the last week of March would be an April release)
  • You can post for yourself or you can have a friend post for you if the idea of posting about your book paralyzes you .
  • No self published authors unless you write romance. No, I am not a POD hater, I am just thinking about the manageability of the thread.
  • Think about the readership. I.e., does your non fiction book about psoriasis really fit?
  • This one is more of a guideline than a rule, but be smart about your comment because if it is just a link to your website and the title of your book, I doubt you are going to get any interest.
  • DA reserves the right to delete the post if it promotes objectionable content (i.e., no daddy/daughter incest recommends are going to be allowed. Sorry.)

That’s it. Post away.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. J L Wilson
    Mar 29, 2009 @ 17:43:55

    Death on an ice-frozen lake (kinda like Fargo in the news now, but frozen solid) … Nowhere To Run releases on April 7 in download and in July in print (hmm. In July it might be hard to imagine a frozen lake. Or by then, you might WANT to imagine a frozen lake).

    It features Mac Shefflington, who’s been running from her past and Harry Mortonson, the retired sheriff who decides to help her. Toss in an ex-CIA operative, a government cover-up, and a deadly chase on a frozen Minnesota lake and voila: you’ve got Nowhere To Run. Check my web site for release details and links (

  2. Deidre Knight
    Mar 29, 2009 @ 17:50:54

    Hi, Guys!
    Thanks for the opportunity to plug my April release. I have a novel coming out in e-book format from Samhain, one that’s very dear to my heart. Here’s the blurb copy from Samhain:

    Just when the darkness seems permanent, fate flips a switch.

    Butterfly Tattoo
    © 2009 Deidre Knight

    Michael Warner has been drifting in a numb haze since his lover was killed by a drunk driver. As the anniversary of the wreck approaches, Michael's grief grows more suffocating. Yet he must find a way through the maze of pain and secrets to live for their troubled young daughter who struggles with guilt that she survived the crash.

    Out of the darkness comes a voice, a lifeline he never expected to find-‘Rebecca O'Neill, a development executive in the studio where Michael works as an electrician.

    Rebecca, a former sitcom celebrity left scarred from a crazed fan's attack, has retreated from the limelight and from life in general, certain no man can ever get past her disfigurement. The instant sparks between her and Michael, who arrives to help her during a power outage, come as a complete surprise-‘and so does her uncanny bond with his daughter.

    For the first time, all three feel compelled to examine their inner and outer scars in the light of love. But trust is hard to come by, especially when you're not sure what to believe when you look in the mirror. The scars? Or the truth?

    Warning: This title contains a three-hankie redemptive romance, a man with a complicated past, a heroine who's stronger than she knows, and tender, explicit sex scenes that may just break your heart-‘and make you believe in love once again.

    On sale date is 4/21 and you can order BUTTERFLY TATTOO from here:

    Here’s the first chapter excerpt:

    And here’s my website where you can read a second excerpt:

    I hope you love this book as much as I loved writing it. Thanks again for the opportunity to mention the novel! Best, Deidre Knight

  3. Anika Hamilton
    Mar 29, 2009 @ 18:40:25

    My book is a gay fantasy romance and has been available since March 26, 2009 from Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. Below is a story blurb and a link to the book where you can read a couple of excerpts:


    Fabian Baxter has loved Caden Eliot his whole life. but figured the blacksmith didn’t return his feelings. Now a chance encounter with a secret admirer and the sudden courtship of Caden has Fabian confused.

    Caden Eliot has loved Fabian Baxter his whole life, and now has finally decided on a course of action. To win Fabian’s love, Caden will come at him from two different angles. However, his plan has the potential to backfire.

    These two men must overcome their secrets in order to yield their heart’s desire.

    Dancing can be a very sensual expression of one’s love for another. The feel of that special someone in your arms, the syncing of your bodies when you move as one, all these things can but bring you closer together. All those things ensure that you are dancing with your heart.
    ~ Anika ~

    Siren Erotic Romance

    Available Now from Siren-Bookstrand, Inc..

  4. Becca Sheridan Furrow
    Mar 29, 2009 @ 19:33:16

    Coming April 10!
    Becca Sheridan-Furrow

    The Del Fantasma stories are centered around a bar and restaurant on the Southern California beach, the Del Fantasma. Cody the owner, chief bartender and matchmaker, is a vampire. Most of his patrons are more than human. Cody’s special drinks have magical power…

    Jagger is a white tiger shifter from an Old World clan. He runs a successful contracting company and is ready to give in to his Grandmother’s urging for an arranged marriage.

    Letha fled a repressive religious community in North Dakota. All her life a stigma of demon blood has followed her, and when she finds the job at the Del Fantasma she finds a new world, one where she may begin to understand her ablities.

    Jagger and Letha are thrown together–with Cody’s help– during The Storm of the Century. The night unleashes passion and enormous changes for Letha. Are they changes for the better, changes she can live with? Or should she return to her old life?

  5. Eve Boston
    Mar 29, 2009 @ 21:10:43

    Loving Will by Eve Boston, is a full-length contemporary BDSM romance that tests the physical and emotional boundaries of a relationship, as an experienced ex-dom lifts an emotionally fragile woman above her tragic past, and his. Their relationship is based upon trust, honesty, communication, and sexual submission.

    Will is analytical and intellectual; Jane is talented in art and literature. They have a common interest in past lives and were once ancient lovers. Will, a researcher with a brand-new doctorate, believes in the science of genetic memory.

    Jane, a journaler of her past lives, takes a more esoteric, spiritual view of destiny. The story reveals love's power exchange; it is a delicate balance of will versus desire.

    The e-book release date for Loving Will will be April 10, 2009 from Please drop by to read an excerpt or just to say hello on my blog.

    Thank you for the opportunity to post this! — Eve Boston

  6. Barbara Scott
    Mar 29, 2009 @ 22:38:19

    Thank you for the opportunity to to promote my April books. Listen with Your Heart was released by Desert Breeze Publishing which launched their new venture today, March 29.

    LISTEN WITH YOUR HEART by Barbara Scott 
    What if the man of your dreams stepped into your arms? Can real life ever be as sweet as the fantasy?  Set in 1871, LISTEN WITH YOUR HEART sweeps from the tragedy of the Chicago Fire to the streets of New York and finally to the wild, dangerous coast of Ireland.  “If you love a story with a charming Irish hero, an intrepid heroine, and a wee bit of mystery, don’t miss this one!”  Carol Carson, author of FAMILY MAN

    From below, Daniel Connolly's voice pierced her consciousness on its sweetest, saddest final note and the thunder of the audience resounded through her feet. “Bravo!  Encore!  Encore!” they shouted.  
    Morgan snatched the envelope from the mirror and crushed it in her hand. She stared at her fist for a moment as the applause quieted, and in the expectant hush that followed, she waited for Daniel's voice again.
    “Deserto sulla terra…” 
    She shoved the letter deep into her pocket and hurried from the room. High -above the stage, amid the riggings and the cables, she found a perch on the catwalk that allowed her to see the burnished gold of Daniel Connolly's head, his broad, silk-clad shoulders, and his hands, reaching, imploring, expressing all the emotion carried in his voice. She did not know the meaning of the Italian words he sang, only that they must come from a heart as lonely and broken as hers.  
      From this high sanctuary, Morgan imagined that he sang only to her. Neither the hundreds filling the audience tonight nor Daniel's wife who waited in the wings could rob her of that joy tonight. Those hands were reaching out to Morgan, and that voice beseeched her alone to understand and heal him of his sorrow. The sadness in his voice shuddered through her, and she accepted it, nestled in her soul beside her own. 
    A tear slipped down her cheek and then another. So involved in the performance was she that she did not notice the two men who rumbled up the stairs to her father's room. It was Rupert's confused and strangely-muffled bellowing that jolted her to her feet. 
    And it was the sound of the scuffle, followed by an alarming silence that sent her racing toward the disturbance. Their trunk was already on the landing blocking the doorway. She squeezed past it and shoved through the door. Inside were the two bruisers who usually guarded the box office for Faraday. Her father slumped in a stupor in one man's arms while another struggled to get his rubbery legs into the trousers she had laid out for him.
    “How dare you hurt my father!”  Morgan punched her fist into the side of the man who supported Rupert and clawed at his stranglehold around her father's chest. “You’re holding him too tight. Let him go. He can’t breathe!” she yelled at him.
    With a quick jerk of his elbow, he caught Morgan on the cheek 
    and sent her tottering backward. She screamed in frustration as she fell. 
    “Shut her up, Douglas. Ain't we been told to keep this whole 
    thing quiet?” the man hissed at his partner.  
    “Can't ye see I got my hands full here, Jack?” Douglas wrestled with Rupert's legs, trying to shove them into his trousers. Just as he jammed one leg in, the other crumpled at the knee. “Hold him up, would ye? Can't ye keep his damn knees straight?” 
    Morgan took advantage of their bumbling to scramble up behind Jack and clamp her arms around his leg. Before he could shake her off, she bit him behind the knee.  
    “Arrrgh!  Why, you little bitch!” Jack hollered as he dropped 
    Rupert and grabbed her by the hair. He dragged Morgan to her feet and, with one arm, pinned both of hers to her sides. He raised a wide palm to clamp over her mouth. Douglas and Rupert toppled in a tangled heap on the floor. Douglas cursed and her father moaned. 
    “Let me go!” she squeaked against Jack's salty palm with what little air she managed to gulp. “I’ll dress him and we'll leave. Just don’t hurt him anymore.” 
    “Let her go, Jack,” came Clive Faraday's voice from the door. “I want them out of here before Connolly comes off stage.”
    Jack released her «and she staggered to her father. Finding him to be relatively unharmed, she launched herself at Faraday.
    “Is this how you settle things, Mr. Faraday?  By throwing us into the street? What about the contract you signed, an act presented, and money owed?” 
    “Money? An act? That falling down fool should pay me!” 
    “My father is not a fool. And when his many friends in the theater hear of the way the Victoria refuses payment on duly performed acts, you won’t get another performer to set foot on your stage. I believe I’ll start by informing Mr. Connolly of your conniving.”  She pushed past him toward the door.
    “Stop!  Catch her,” Faraday ordered his guards. But she was all the way to the middle of the catwalk before they ;followed.
    “Well, should I do it, Mr. Faraday?” she whispered loud enough for him to hear over “Green Grow the Lilacs.” She cupped her hands around her mouth and leaned over the railing. “Oh, Mr. Con-‘” 
    “No!  Stop, I’ll pay.” 
    “The full contract?” she whispered.
    Faraday’s shoulders slumped. “The full contract.”

  7. Madison Blake
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 00:04:30

    Available on April 17!

    Psychic Heat
    By Madison Blake
    All Rights Reserved

    Telepath journeywoman Rhiane loves her job as a translator at the Federation of Intergalactic Commerce. When she starts to experience frequent blackouts, she's terrified that her psychic powers are fading. She seeks the help of Master Healer Morgan, only to realize that he and his lover Jaden were the men with whom she had a magnificent, unforgettable one-night stand six months ago.

    Attraction flares anew, and this time, Morgan and Jaden are not taking any chances that she would disappear from their lives once again, no matter the cost, no matter how hard she resists. However, dread chills their spines when they discover that Rhiane's blackouts may not simply be due to work-related stress, but that someone may have a sinister motive for deliberately tampering with her mind…

    For more info, visit my website

  8. Erastes
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 03:26:33

    Transgressions by Erastes (gay historical romance)
    Published by Running Press/Perseus April 2009

    It is 1642. England is on the brink of civil war.

    David Caverly is a beautiful but indolent youth, who dreams of honour and glory and of joining the King's Army. His father employs Jonathan Graie as an apprentice smith – Jonathan is a Puritan and although shocked by David's behaviour and blasphemous mouth, he is inexorably drawn to him.

    When the King declares war against his own government, the country is split in half. Separated by lies and the war, David and Jonathan fight their way across the country, never thinking they’ll find each other again.

    This novel covers one of the most turbulent periods of English history where brother fought against brother, son against father and a King lost his crown, and his head.

    Released with its ‘running mate’: “False Colors” by Alex Beecroft (Age of Sail), these two books will be available in the main romance sections of bookshops and also as a giveaway at the Romance Writers of America Conference in July.

    Details and excerpt on my site

    Publisher’s page

  9. Eve Summers
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 03:35:31

    Eve Summers
    Red Rose Publishing, 23 April 2009

    Skyla is a PR officer for a 22nd century company that makes a special kind of condom: one that protects the user from the 21st century disease called love. In her world, love is an obscene word and a banned emotion. As with all prohibitions, the love prohibition has given rise to a pro-love group, a group whose actions may jeopardize Skyla’s dream of a promotion.

    Jin is a school teacher – or is he something more? Skyla is instantly drawn to him and when they are together, she forgets about Love Condoms….

    Link to publisher

  10. Alex Beecroft
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 03:55:15

    False Colors (gay historical romance)
    by Alex Beecroft

    Published by Running Press/Perseus 13th April 2009

    In 1762 the handsome, zealous, lieutenant of the British Royal Navy John Cavendish is finally given his own ship to command. His first mission is to take the run-down HMS Meteor and the unruly crew to Algiers to interrupt the growing white slave trade. However, Captain Cavendish knows this is a one-way trip. They will inevitably run afoul of the Ottoman Empire and become the martyrs Britain needs in order to declare war.

    The charming Lieutenant Alfie Donwell is hopelessly in love with his new captain-‘a love punishable by death. With the arrival of his former captain-‘and lover-‘on the scene of the disastrous mission, Alfie is torn between the security of his past and the uncertain promise of a future with the straight-laced, devoutly Christian John.

    Set amidst the stunning backdrop of such far away lands as London, Algiers, Sardinia, Jamaica, Tobago and the Arctic, False Colors encounters the ups and downs, miscommunications, evil interlopers, old flames, bad timing, and quiet moments that are found in the best of epic romances.

    Released with its ‘running mate': “Transgressions” by Erastes (English Civil War), these two books will be available in the main romance sections of bookshops and also as a giveaway at the Romance Writers of America Conference in July.

    Details and excerpt on my site

    Publisher's page

  11. Jaci Burton
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 08:21:49

    Thank you for this opportunity to present RIDING ON INSTINCT, the third book in my Wild Riders series, releasing from Berkley HEAT on April 7th.

    Department of Justice agent Shadoe Grayson is out to prove she's no rookie, and eagerly accepts her first undercover assignment at a strip club in New Orleans. Working with the Wild Riders, a government agency of bad boy bikers, her goal is to bring down a corrupt DEA agent. All she has to do now is learn to strip like a pro.

    Standing in Shadoe's way is the arrogant and smokin' hot Spencer King, her new partner and one of the Wild Riders. Spence thinks she looks more like a schoolteacher than a stripper, and doubts her ability to do the job. But when he mockingly challenges Shadoe to strip just for him, he finds out there's more to the surprisingly sexy agent than by-the-book rules and Government Issue pantsuits.

    Now Spencer has to resist his baser instincts while Shadoe learns that taking off your clothes doesn't always equal losing control…

    Excerpt and buy info here

    Wild Riders series info here

  12. Michelle Rowen
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 08:22:02

    Thanks to Dear Author for this promo opportunity. :)

    STAKES & STILETTOS is the 4th book in my Immortality Bites series.

    Staked, cursed, and still single…

    Newly-vamped Sarah Dearly wants her normal life back, but fate is fighting against her. She tries to get a nice, regular job and gets staked at the interview, only to be rescued by a masked vampire who calls himself the Red Devil. Then a wallflower-turned-witch curses her, making her a bloodthirsty, sun-allergic nightwalker -‘ the worst vampire there is. As if all that weren't bad enough, she can't get married because her 600-year-old boyfriend, Thierry, is in a centuries-long marriage of convenience he can't escape.

    …it's enough to make a girl start biting.

    As Sarah's nightwalker tendencies make her more dangerous, even to those she loves, she'll have to counteract that curse, unmask the increasingly intriguing Red Devil, and -‘ oh yeah – get a commitment from her man. But if that's what it takes to secure her happiness, Sarah is ready…even if it means embracing her inner vamp to do it.

    More details and first chapter are on my website

  13. Larissa Ione
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 08:29:38

    Thanks for letting me introduce Passion Unleashed, the third book in a dark paranormal series set in and around an underworld hospital run by vampires, demons, and werewolves. :)

    Forbidden Temptations…

    Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter-‘and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she's been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality . . . as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn't all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she's finally met the one man she cannot resist.

    Fatal Desires…

    Wraith is a Seminus demon and a vampire with a death wish. But when an old enemy poisons him, he must find Serena and persuade her to give him the only known antidote in the universe-‘her charm. Yet, as she begins to surrender to his seductions, and Wraith senses the cure is within his grasp, he realizes a horrible truth: he's falling for the woman whose life he must take in order to save his own.

    For excerpt and more information

    For series overview

    To buy

  14. Elise Logan
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 09:04:50

    Thank you for this opportunity!

    Are you looking for a fast read – a little something to distract you from the every day?

    Dining In

    Everything can change in an instant. When Carrie asks Adam a simple question, she certainly doesn't expect his sexual demand in response. Stunned, Carrie's body answers for her, submitting to Adam's control as he draws her into a scorching interlude. Their deeply sensual connection encourages them to explore forbidden territory, testing the limits of Carrie’s endurance and Adam’s control.

    But playtime exists within the confines of real life, and real life has a few surprises of its own.

    Available April 7 from Freya’s Bower.

  15. AshleighRaine Jen
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 09:10:49

    Thanks for the opportunity to mention my upcoming paranormal romance release. Available Friday, April 3 from Samhain Publishing.

    Forsaken Talisman

    Is she a victim of a madman's agenda, or a willing player in his demonic games?

    Book two in the Talisman Bay series.

    Kidnapped and mind-wiped by the Shadow Walkers' greatest nemesis, Skylar has no memories of her own, except for her name. All she knows is what memories she does possess belong to someone else-‘as does her face-‘and that she can't trust anyone, including herself.

    Shadow Walker Dusty Clements goes against direct orders to rescue Skylar and take her into hiding. It's the only way to get to the truth, and keep her out of the hands of an enemy who could use her to wipe out the entire organization. The last complication Dusty needs is to fall for her.

    As Dusty and Skylar work to uncover the secrets of her past, they discover a mystery more than twenty years in the making, and a love they can't deny.

    The enemy has one more trick up his sleeve though-‘a magical kiss capable of probing the deepest secrets of the mind. All he needs to bring the Shadow Walkers down is to get his lips on Skylar one more time…

    This book was previously published but has been completely revised, rewritten, re-edited, with an addition of more than 20,000 words.

    Warning, this title contains the following: Sex in an interdimensional cave. Hot men ripping demons apart bare-handed. Liberal use of the f-word as verb, adjective, threat and sexual promise. Oh, and wet and soapy sex in the shower followed by warm bodies sliding between cool sheets-‘yes, sex in a bed. It's almost normal!

    Read some excerpts here:

    Prologue and Chapter One

    Dusty and Skylar dance

    First Kiss

  16. Lindsay Townsend
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 09:47:46

    A KNIGHT’S CAPTIVE. The perfect prison is in his arms…
    (Sensual historical romance.)

    In the year 1066, England struggles against Norman invaders, and two strangers cross paths on a pilgrimage fraught with peril – only to discover a love worth any danger….

    Battle-weary Marc de Sens has never encountered a woman like Sunniva of Wereford: beautiful, brilliant, and miles above the curs who call themselves her kin. Alas, she is promised to another and Marc’s obligation is to his three orphaned nieces. But when Sunniva’s circumstances suddenly change, Marc learns the truth about her “betrothal”…

    A rough-hewn knight so gentle with children intrigues Sunniva, who never knew a kind word or caring touch from any man until Marc rescued her from the grimmest of fates. When her loutish father and brothers are killed, Sunniva is finally free, but her troubles are far from over. Although Marc has appointed himself her protector, he has a dark secret – as well as an uncanny ability to disarm her completely…

    Best wishes, Lindsay Townsend
    My covers, blurbs and excerpts can be found at these links:

    A Knight’s Vow:
    A Knight’s Captive:
    Flavia’s Secret:
    Blue Gold:
    A Secret Treasure:
    Bronze Lightning:

  17. Mara Allen
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 09:57:08

    Previously published by Torquere Press, Downtime is an m/m historical time travel romance mystery now available in both print and e-book at


    On assignment in London, FBI Agent Morgan Nash finds himself moments away from a bullet through the heart when the case he's working goes awry. But fate has other plans, he discovers when he wakes in a world far removed from his own.

    At work cataloguing ancient manuscripts in the British Museum, Ezra Glacenbie inadvertently creates the magic that pulls Morgan out of the twenty-first century and into the nineteenth. It's an impromptu vacation which may become permanent when the spellbook goes missing.

    Further upsetting Morgan's search for a way back home is the irresistible temptation to investigate the most notorious crime of the nineteenth century. But it's the unexpected romance blossoming between Morgan and Ezra that becomes the most dangerous complication of all.

    An excerpt is available at my webpage –

  18. Ann Aguirre
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 09:59:53

    Thanks for this forum.

    So BLUE DIABLO releases in just over a week. I could present blurbs & excerpts here, but y’all are ‘net savvy. You know how to find that stuff, should you want it. Instead, I offer some reader comments:

    “GOD BLESS ANN AGUIRRE! Within just the first few pages of Blue Diablo, I said to myself, THIS is why I love to read.

    Ann has given us a heroine who's more BFF than avatar. She'll have your back in a bar fight; but she won't be bailing you out of jail because she'll drag your butt out from under the bar and through the window before the cops ever get there. She loves food, drinks, and damns her hips. Corine sometimes has to bite her tongue to hold back inappropriate comments, and sometimes she doesn't bother to hold back. She gets horny and gets satisfied, whether alone or with someone else-‘unless she's denying herself to prove a point. She unabashedly appreciates a nice helping of eye candy. And, oh yeah, she also happens to possess a few paranormal gifts that have kept her on the run most of her life and get her involved with other not-quite-normal characters. Those other characters include her ex-boyfriend, Chance, who's complicating her life again, but still needs to prove to Corine that he's not just offering lip service (in more ways than one).

    Within just a few moments of meeting Corine I eagerly followed her away from my world and into hers. Is there anything better than feeling reality slip away as you settle into a great book? Blue Diablo reminded me why I love to read, and Corine reminded me why I love to read Ann Aguirre's characters.” –Bev/QB, of Cubie’s Confections

    The consensus is: If you want some different UF, this is your stop. All aboard! The no-vampire, no-were, no-fey train is leaving from this station.

    PS – Patricia Briggs really loved this book, so don’t you owe it to her to check it out?

  19. Cherrie Lynn
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 13:22:51

    I can’t believe April is finally upon us! But I’m glad it got here in a hurry, because on April 21, my red hot contemporary romance will be released in ebook format from Samhain Publishing.

    Unleashed is the story of what could happen when two best friends jet off to paradise to escape shared heartbreak, only to find their demons came along for the ride…

    It's not enough that Kelsey's husband left her for another woman. Oh, no. The “other woman” had to be her best friend Evan's fiancée. Not only has she lost her marriage, she fears losing Evan to the lingering awkwardness and humiliation that hangs between them.

    Evan has no intention of letting that happen. He's got plans…namely, an extra plane ticket to Hawaii now his future wife is out of the picture. There's only one person he wants on the trip with him, the one who's always been there for him. The one he should never have let slip away into the arms of a traitorous friend who shattered her heart.

    Kelsey is anticipating a week of fun in the sun with the man who's always treated her like a little sister. No one's more surprised when she discovers that Evan has seduction on his mind-‘and that she's more than ready for it.

    Love is the most powerful healing force of all. But past demons have a way of ripping open old wounds, and threatening the survival of even the strongest friendship…

    Warning: This title contains explicit sex between best friends, graphic language…and a hero who knows how to put the hot in “hot tub”.

    You can find an excerpt and all that good stuff over at Samhain, or on my website.

    Thanks for this opportunity, and I hope you enjoy all the great releases this month!

  20. Lindsay Townsend
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 13:27:46

    A KNIGHT’S CAPTIVE. The perfect prison is in his arms…

    In the year 1066, England struggles against Norman invaders, and two strangers cross paths on a pilgrimage fraught with peril – only to discover a love worth any danger….

    Battle-weary Marc de Sens has never encountered a woman like Sunniva of Wereford: beautiful, brilliant, and miles above the curs who call themselves her kin. Alas, she is promised to another and Marc’s obligation is to his three orphaned nieces. But when Sunniva’s circumstances suddenly change, Marc learns the truth about her “betrothal”…

    A rough-hewn knight so gentle with children intrigues Sunniva, who never knew a kind word or caring touch from any man until Marc rescued her from the grimmest of fates. When her loutish father and brothers are killed, Sunniva is finally free, but her troubles are far from over. Although Marc has appointed himself her protector, he has a dark secret – as well as an uncanny ability to disarm her completely…

    Best wishes, Lindsay Townsend

    Amazon link here:

  21. Barbara Scott
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 18:44:16

    CAST A PALE SHADOW by Barbara Scott releases April 17 from The Wild Rose Press.



    “Once upon a time,” Nicholas whispered, so close he could feel the cold alabaster of her ear brush his lips, “There was a Sleeping Princess who waited only the kiss of her true love to awaken her from her long, lonely sleep.” He stretched himself out beside her, the chill of her body drawing away his warmth even through their clothes. He would see the soft, dark, warmth of her eyes again. She would open them to him. He would find the magic in her, in both of them this time.

    With a light sweep of his fingertips-‘ he could not bear to touch the pale stone of her forehead for fear the ice would reach in to pierce his soul-‘ he lifted the tumbled wisps of her hair away from her eyes. He waited the very moment she flickered them open, when she would see that it was he Nicholas who performed the miracle and love him all the more for it. She had failed to give him the miracle he asked, but he would not fail her. They would have another chance.

    Her perfect stillness nearly daunted him even while he envied her for it. Wasn’t that utter peace what he had wanted? That she had attained it so effortlessly while he was left alone and wanting filled him with resentment and fear. Perhaps it would never be possible for him and, in slipping away as she had, she had demonstrated her despair of him, her lack of trust.

    “I can’t live without you,” she said so softly in her tear-filled whisper.

    “I wouldn’t ask that of you,” he promised. But he realized now that she had not understood what he truly was asking of her. He couldn't let himself believe her failure was deliberate. A misunderstanding. Yes, a tragic misunderstanding. That was all.

    Her lips were slightly parted and nearly as pale as her ashen cheeks. Nicholas brushed his own tears until his fingertips were wet with them, then traced her mouth with their moistness. He could taste the saltiness of them as he kissed her, thinking of magic and miracles and wishes and love. But nothing happened. Her stillness was impenetrable. Her eyes refused to open. She was gone, and he could not reach her.

    Tenderly, he straightened her crisp, white collar and smoothed the bright red wool of her favorite skirt, then folded the quilt around her, tucking it up and around her shiny black shoes, the ones she loved with the heels she could barely walk in. He tied the first rope at her knees and the second at her hips. Her cold, little fingers were stiffening slightly as he folded her hands, one over the other. across her chest.

    Too late, he remembered the ring he had bought her and never gave her, never had time to. A vision of her bright, loving eyes brimming with tears as they might have been when she saw it for the first time staggered him back to sag in the cracked, leather armchair where she had sat on his lap so many times.

    He would never see her again. He would never again hear her sweet laughter when he whispered in her ear. He would never again feel the, tender heat of her surrounding him, taking him with her as she plummeted over the brink of her waterfall of stars, as she called it.

    Forcing himself to rise, Nicholas searched the drawers of the painted chest they both shared until he found the ring, still in its blue velvet box, still in its white paper bag. It had two tiny rubies, her birthstone and his.

    “We are almost cosmic twins, did you know that? Only three days and two years apart,” she murmured with delight when he told her his birthdate. Lifting the ring from its satin nest, he breathed on it and polished it against his jeans before placing it on her third finger, left hand.

    “Until death do us part, Cynthia. But it wasn't supposed to part us. Why couldn’t you take me with you?” He rested his forehead against her hands until he felt their ice numb his heart.

    Finally, there was nothing to do but fold the corner of the quilt over her face and tie another rope at her shoulders. Just enough twilight remained for him to complete his task without a lantern. Nicholas gathered his precious bundle in his arms and left the silent, empty cabin, winding his way through the trees until he reached the grave he had prepared.

    Gently, he lay Cynthia at the edge, then jumped in, positioning himself to shoulder her and nestle her into the soft, cool earth at the bottom. If he could just think of a way, he would lay down beside her and pull the dirt like a blanket around them both.

    But there was no way, so he hoisted himself up out of the grave and bid her goodbye. He began to fill the hole.

    Cynthia. Michigan. Eventually he hoped that would be all he would remember. And in time that would fade and jumble, so that when the night terrors struck, he wouldn’t recall which face belonged to which name or whether last year had been the year for Laura in Milwaukee or was it the year before? Could it really have been as long as five years ago when Valerie-‘ ?

    He hated that it happened that way. It seemed disloyal to Cynthia and Laura and-‘ no, it was best not to think of Valerie at all.

    Nicholas had loved each of them, loved them to the depths of his soul, but he had to forget them. Or else how would he have the strength to go on to the next?

    And maybe the next would be the one.

    It was safer, he believed, to count to only two: the last one and the next one. He could not allow himself to think of the others, or to suppose there would be any beyond the next one. He was not some monster who wanted this to go on forever. Cynthia didn’t think him a monster. None of them did. Did they?

  22. Chrystal Kincaid
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 19:11:53

    What an awesome opportunity for authors! Thanks so much!

    I'll Do Anything
    by Chrystal Kincaid

    Cade Taylor, eat your heart out.

    For years, Julia Campbell has secretly lusted after her girlhood crush, Cade Taylor. Now the shoe is on the other foot and Cade is limping along helplessly behind her size seven pumps.

    Two successful attorneys argue on opposite sides of a high profile DUI manslaughter case, there’s more than just a failed affair behind their spirited debates. Between them lies four-year-old Laura with Cade’s blue eyes and Julia’s black curls. Cade will do anything to get them back — even if it means losing the biggest case of his life.

    This e-book was previously released under the now defunct Triskelion Publishing. Portions of the plot have been re-written and the revised version was released by Desert Breeze Publishing on 29 March, 2009. Also available for your Kindle!

  23. Jory Strong
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 19:35:17

    Thanks Dear Author for the chance to promote Ghostland, my debut Berkley release, an urban fantasy romance available on April 7. Here’s the official blurb:

    In a post-Apocalyptic world where supernaturals have emerged from hiding, wealthy humans delight in decadence while the religious gain power through temptation. For the masses, fear reigns from birth to death, and the afterlife holds beings that only the bravest can summon-‘or dare to desire…

    Taken from her home and family, shamaness Aisling McConaughey has no choice except to enter the “ghostlands” in order to learn the fate of a wealthy man's mistress. But there is always a price to pay for the use of her power. To save the woman's life she must summon the Djinn prince Zurael en Caym-‘and yield to his savage, sensual rage.

    Zurael fears nothing except being called and bound to a human's will. He intends to kill Aisling after she's served as bait to find an enemy in possession of an ancient tablet. But the more he tastes of her innocent spirit, the more he'll use his fiery touch and seductive whispers to keep her hungry for his mercy-‘even as they weave an erotic spell that he cannot escape…

    Powerful forces threaten both their worlds, leaving Aisling and Zurael with an unbearable choice. Follow their hearts…or stay true to their honor and risk losing an eternity of pleasure.

    Four and 1/2 stars from Romantic Times BOOKreviews-”As much a whodunit as a paranormal adventure, Strong's terrific tale should win her many new fans. Really good stuff!”

    An excerpt can be found on my website and on my Dear Reader letter on the Penguin web site.

  24. Nicole Zoltack
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 06:49:55

    Thank you for allowing me to post about my newest release!

    Woman of Honor is a fantasy romance, available from March 29, 20009 from Desert Breeze Publishing

    Aislinn of Bairbhe dreams of becoming a lady knight to honor the death of her fallen brother. To her mother’s horror, King Patrick grants Aislinn’s wish and she begins her long years of training.

    Despite the mockery of the other pages, and the disdain of Prince Caelan who also trains to be a knight, Aislinn commits herself to her dreams and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and bravery. Through the years, Aislinn and Caelan grow from sparing classmates to good friends. They both know that someday Caelan will marry for the sake of the kingdom, but even that cannot keep them from falling in love.

    The threat of war with the Speicans is a constant threat, and one that grows more frightening as she and Caelan train toward their eventual knighthood. Aislinn has committed herself to serving Arnhem, and has promised herself as King’s Champion when Caelan claims the throne. She is willing to give up everything… her childhood, her life, even her heart for Arnhem. No matter the pain it brings.

    Visit my site or publisher’s page for more details.

  25. Shelli Stevens
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 23:13:58

    Oh this is so cool! My friend just told me about this!

    I’d like to share my book Theirs to Capture which released today March 31st.
    It’s a short erotic novella released by Samhain Publishing.

    When there's a tiger-‘and a lion-‘on your tail, there's no escape…

    Delilah is strong, independent-‘and a princess on the run. Her father, King of the Falcon kingdom, wants to unite her with Pierce, Prince of the Tiger kingdom, and Jason, Prince of the Lions. Never can she imagine giving herself to one man if there is no love-‘let alone two! So she flees her home in hopes of avoiding the union.

    Delilah may be dead-set against the plan, but Jason and Pierce have no doubts. She is the one they want to complete their triad, to be their mate. She alone has the power to form the bond that will, in turn, join all their kingdoms in peace.

    They're prepared to use every means of pleasure to convince her they are all destined to be together. But first they have to catch her…

    Warning: This book is hot! Hot! Hot! Threesomes, m/m, and capture fantasies, oh my!

    You can purchase and/or read an excerpt here

    Shelli :)

  26. Kim Knox
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 07:38:34

    Thanks for the promo op :D

    CONSORT, a paranormal romance, is out now with Ellora’s Cave.

    November Eve. The Hunt Ball. And to prove her right to rule, Tate must capture a mate. It should've been simple. Snag a vampire barely turned and have him kneel and swear devotion to her. But Fate has other plans…and one of them involves the powerful son of the ruling Queen.

    Jager, a vampire she's hungered after for years, allows himself to become her prey. But with his promise of sinful, wicked pleasure comes a catch. Jager only wants her as his slave. Nothing more.

    Tate has no plans to bow down to him…until Jager shares a shocking truth with her. Suddenly Fate is playing hardball.

    You can read an excerpt here and buy it here. :D

  27. Maria Zannini
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 18:19:24

    Thanks for opening this up to us!

    TOUCH OF FIRE is set 1200 years in the future on an Earth that knows only magic. An ancient book has surfaced and it threatens to destroy the delicate balance between plainfolk and the Elementals, magical beings who can control one of the four elements: earth, air, water and fire.

    Leda, a fire Elemental is charged with finding this troublesome book. Instead she comes across a different sort of trouble. Greyhawke Tams is a scoundrel and a scavenger, and the last known person to have had possession of the book.

    Check out the links below for excerpts, reviews and contests. TOUCH OF FIRE is the first in a series of post-apocalyptic stories.

    • Discover how the Elementals came to be.
    • See what survived from the 21st century and why our descendents only remember bits and pieces of our society.
    • Speculate on how a statue of a black and white mouse standing on its hind legs gets mistaken for a deity. —yes, THAT mouse.

    It’s all in there and it goes on sale at bookstores on April 28th! If your bookstore isn’t carrying it, be sure to ask them to order it.

    Touch Of Fire is at:
    Barnes & Nobles
    My Bookstore and More

    Read an excerpt at Samhain Publishing

    My Website

    TOUCH OF FIRE Contest information

    Buy TOUCH OF FIRE by Maria Zannini

  28. Jordan Castillo Price
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 17:53:23

    Sweet Oblivion 2: Snare just came out today!

    With summer ending and temperatures dipping low at night, Michael’s eager to get his leather jacket back, and although Wild Bill could easily vamp any sales clerk into giving Michael some new duds, it wouldn’t be quite the same as the jacket he left at his parents’ house. Not unless the malls have begun selling clothing with rohypnol and ketamine sewn into the seams.

    The return of the jacket comes with a price: a new cell phone from Michael’s parents. Surprisingly, Wild Bill encourages Michael to keep the phone. After all, Michael wouldn’t want to be the only 21-year-old in the world without one. Seems innocent enough. Right?

    But you never know where an innocent gift will lead. Michael worries the phone may be some shiny bait, meant to lure him closer to his family, and then, college. Everyone seems intent on getting Michael to enroll, but he’s busy looking to catch a vampire.

    More about Michael and Wild Bill at
    The Channeling Morpheus and Sweet Oblivion series at Changeling Press

  29. Koko Brown
    Apr 06, 2009 @ 12:16:41

    THE MERRY WIDOW • KOKO BROWN • Red Sage Publishing

    Victorian England is a man’s world. And no one knows this better than Phillipa Jones who must fight society’s conventions along with chauvinistic ship captains and a greedy yet undeniably handsome Viscount to keep her late husband’s shipping business afloat.

    Unfortunately, one moment of weakness and a case of mistaken identities will place her in a compromising position, which will see everything she’s worked for come to ruins including her reputation.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One
    To buy The Merry Widow from Red Sage Publishing
    To visit my website for more titles

  30. Lauri Robinson
    Apr 08, 2009 @ 09:17:26

    Thanks for allowing me to share information about An April to Remember. It was released April 3rd in e-book from The Wild Rose Press and print at Amazon

    April Simonson hated all men. They were cruel, sinful beasts. Her disfigured face was proof. That is until she met Jerek Brinkley. Then, as the revered Sultana explodes, April falls into the dark, muddy waters of the Mississippi River terrified she’ll never see the light of day or the handsome riverboat gambler again.

    Jerek Brinkley fought hell and high water to save the northern vixen who’d won his heart with her card tricks, only to fear Allan Pinkerton’s arrival in Memphis might reveal secrets he’s not ready for her to know.

    Based on history’s greatest maritime disaster, An April to Remember, sprinkled with real facts and events, revives the Sultana, a civil war riverboat whose death toll surpassed the Titanic’s, and offers a new twist on what might have happened that fateful night in 1865.

    With unexplainable speed, she shot through the water. Gulps of air scorched aching lungs as her face broke the surface. Amongst the debris of wood, cargo and bodies, the colossal side of the Sultana careened. White-capped waves boiled, threatening to drive her into the massive hull or back into the frightening abyss below. Murky water hit the back of her throat before a scream could join hundreds of others echoing through the night.

    She threw her head back, choking and gasping for air as her arms flayed against the assaulting water and kicked both feet at the force lugging her downward. Something wrapped around one hand, and another strong heave wrenched her shoulder. She twisted away from the splashes trying to fill her mouth and nose. The steely grip tightened as it towed her away from the ship.

    “Jerek!” Her free hand tried to latch onto the fingers wrapped around her wrist.

    “I’ve got you!” he yelled above the roar of chaos. His other arm swiftly glided in and out of the water before it wrapped around a bobbing object. With a hard tug, he pulled her next to it. “Grab on with both hands!”

    The current was too swift. Her skirt, yards of wet material, acted like a sail and tugged her away from him. The sleeve of his shirt threatened to slip from her fingers.

    Jerek seized an elbow and thrust her forward. She wheezed for air as her chest slammed against the floating log.

    His hands forced her arms around the cold, wet wood. “April! Don’t let go! Don’t you dare let go!”

    Visit me at

  31. Jeannie Ruesch
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 11:48:08

    My regency-set historical romance SOMETHING ABOUT HER released on April 10th.


    “…the evolution and emotion inherent in each character makes for a rich, well-presented tale…” ~ Keitha Hart, RT Book Reviews


    A wonderful debut! Jeannie Ruesch writes with tremendous heart.” — Gaelen Foley, NYT Bestselling Author of HER EVERY PLEASURE


    He is the one man she knows she shouldn’t trust…

    Michael Ashton, the Duke of Ravensdale, is caught in two scandals, neither of which is his own doing. The first involves a woman (don't they always), and the second…well, it also involves a woman and a large sum of stolen money. In order to save the reputation Michael has spent his life rebuilding, he must track down the widow of his presumed-dead cousin in order to charm…or seduce her missing husband’s whereabouts from her.

    She is the one woman he knows he can’t have….but the only one he wants.

    After being abandoned a mere hour after her wedding, Blythe Willoughby Ashton wonders how she could have been fooled by such a cad and still feels humiliated and betrayed a year later. Her husband wooed her, married her, took her money and left. When she learns of his death, she decides unceremoniously to go on with her life-‘without a man. So when Thomas's cousin-‘a Duke, no less-‘shows up uninvited on her doorstep, looking more handsome and irresistible than any man should, Blythe instinctively doesn't trust him nor does she want to like him. But her traitorous heart doesn't seem to care. At the same time, Michael's clear agenda gets quite blurry when the woman he believes an accomplice to his cousin’s schemes turns out to be the woman he can give his heart to…and the only one he can't have.

    …romantic…” ~ Booklovers Bookstore, Sacramento, CA
    Preview: Chapter One & See the Book Video
    Purchase: Amazon | eBook at Wild Rose Press

    Thank you for reading!
    Jeannie Ruesch

  32. TJ Bennett
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 13:40:51

    I just wanted to let everyone know my outside-the-box historical romance THE PROMISE, the sequel to my debut novel THE LEGACY, is available now. It was released ahead of its May 1 date and is already shipping orders. It should be in book stores soon, but if it isn’t, you can ask your retailer to order it (ask them to order a few extra so your friends can get theirs, too, LOL!).

    Romantic Times Magazine BOOK Reviews gave it four stars and said “Passion, intrigue and romance distinguish this wonderful tale. The well-defined characters and fast pace will keep your attention from the first page to the last. Passion and humor are seamlessly inserted into this tale of love and adventure, and the emotional conclusion is very satisfying.”

    Eye on Romance gave it a 4.5 star Top Pick review and said THE PROMISE is “passionate, enchanting, and moving.” Historical Romance Writers said “I enjoyed Ms. Bennett’s first book The Legacy and this book is just as good….The journey these two people take is one of true love.”

    Monica McCarty, NY Times bestselling author of HIGHLANDER UNCHAINED, says THE PROMISE is “a delightful breath of fresh air in historical romance! With a unique setting and memorable characters, TJ Bennett delivers a gripping romantic adventure that will leave you breathless for more.”

    Victoria Dahl, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Nominee and author of To Tempt a Scotsman and A Rake’s Guide to Pleasure says, “Lush, sexy and exciting, The Promise offers a fascinating glimpse into a rarely-visited age!”

    What is it about, you ask? Here’s the scoop:

    THE PROMISE is about the brother of my hero from the first novel. He is a mercenary in the service of Emperor Charles V during the Italian campaigns who falls in love with an unattainable woman. She believes she is cursed, as every man who has ever loved her died violently, but he's willing to risk everything to be with her-‘even death.


    TJ Bennett
    THE LEGACY (AAR Desert Isle Keeper and “Buried Treasure 2008”)
    When secrets destroy, can love live on?
    THE PROMISE (available now!) (RT 4 stars! Eye on Romance TOP PICK!)
    In a dangerous world, sometimes the greatest risk is love….

  33. Suzanne Allain
    May 04, 2009 @ 13:37:35

    My second traditional Regency Romance, MR. MALCOLM’S LIST, was released the end of March 2009. Here is a list of 10 reasons you should purchase it:

    10. There aren't enough Jane Austen imitators out there already.

    9. You got a Kindle for Christmas.

    8. You like the cover.

    7. It's not part of the Twilight saga.

    6. You refuse to give any more money to the major publishing houses so they can give huge advances to fake memoirists/liars.

    5. All the proceeds go to the author.

    4. You really want to know the proper way to address the younger son of an

    3. It's not on Oprah's Book Club list.

    2. You're a romantic, but you'd prefer not to read about laving tongues and glistening orbs.

    And the number one reason you should purchase MR. MALCOLM'S LIST:

    1. It's guaranteed to make you laugh out loud or your money back. *

    Convinced? You can buy it here:

    Mr. Malcolm's List on (Paperback)

    Mr. Malcolm's List on (Kindle)

    Mr. Malcolm's List on (eBook)

    Read the first chapter here.

    (I apologize for the late post; I just found this thread. However, I figured MR. MALCOLM’S LIST still qualifies as an April release even if I didn’t post about it until May.)

  34. D. B. Reynolds
    May 07, 2009 @ 15:57:37

    My very first book, RAPHAEL, released March 31st by ImaJinn Books.

    Malibu, California-home to rock-and-roll gods and movie stars, the beautiful, the rich . . . and vampires. Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he’d give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it’s too late.
    Cynthia Leighton is smart, tough and sexy, a private investigator and former cop who’s tired of spying on cheating spouses and digging out old bank accounts. When Raphael asks for her help in tracking down the kidnappers, Cyn’s happy to accept. But she soon realizes her greatest danger comes not from the humans, but from Raphael himself.
    Battling Russian mobsters and treacherous vampires, and betrayed by those they trusted, Cyn and Raphael find themselves fighting for their lives while caught up in a passion of blood and violence that is destined to destroy them both.

  35. Savanna Kougar
    May 12, 2009 @ 23:47:35

    My May 1 release, HER INSATIABLE DARK HEROES, from Siren’s Menage Amour line has been #2 on Siren-BookStrand’s bestseller list for the past four days.
    ~ Wendy & the Dark Brothers ~ Zavier, Zent, Zion and Zotorro ~ invite you to read their love story ~ How many Superheroes does it take to satisfy one woman who dances like a fire-goddess? ~ ~

    Blurb ~

    How many Superheroes does it take to satisfy the one woman who dances like a fire goddess? Answer: the four Dark Valorous Brothers of Chrontropolis.
    Before the weather wars destroyed her world, Wendra was the girl next door, except for her dancing talent and her desire to become a top performer. When she is rescued from her own desperate attempt to fly inside her flame by Dark Zavier, then Claimed by the four Dark Valorous brothers, she has no idea how to cope with their primitive insatiable sexual needs, or their passionate longing to bond with her.
    On top of that, her own super power, the ability to use flame as a weapon, is becoming stronger by the day, even if it remains useless against the Dark Brothers' determination to master her. Still, how does she make her own blazing mark, in the new world of Superheroes and Super Villains?

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