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Author Promo for February

An Author with a book to promote?   Post something enticing in the comments.

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 April would be a May 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
    Feb 08, 2009 @ 20:23:26

    The latest book in the Fatal Writers’ Conference series is now out … if you attend writing conferences (especially ones that feature romance and/or mystery authors), these books are for you.

    Sun, Surf, and Sandy Strangulation finds best-selling author Bea Emerson at the Clue Con Writer's Conference. She stumbles on the body of a male model on the beach, and that’s only the beginning of the trouble as other guests in the publishing world start dying under very mysterious circumstances.

    Was it Miss Scarlett with the gun in the Library or Colonel Mustard with the wrench in the billiard room? But more importantly -‘ can Bea and and her lover, Lucas, rescue their faltering love affair before someone makes her a victim?

    Check out Surf at (download)
    or (print). And find out more about the series at

  2. evie byrne
    Feb 08, 2009 @ 21:32:54

    Okay, so it’s a vampire book and everyone is pretty much projectile vomiting at the mere mention of vampires these days. But tell me, how many other erotic vamp stories have you read which involve nude elk hunting, bonding over NPR and sexy, sexy trips to Safeway?

    Not many, I’ll warrant.

    CALLED BY BLOOD by Evie Byrne, from Samhain Publishing. Available where ebooks are sold.

    It’s a Stroke of Midnight winner, and one of Book Utopia’s “Books to Look Forward to in 2009.”

    Read one excerpt at Samhain. Read another at my site.

  3. JulieLeto
    Feb 08, 2009 @ 21:45:11

    SOMETHING WICKED, my first Blaze since STRIPPED, is out this month. It’s a follow-up to that book, which won Best Blaze for 2007 from RT, and the final in my St. Lyon witches series. It’s got a wickedly delicious cover, a Latina hero AND heroine (a first for Blaze, and yes, she’s a natural blonde) and a lot of religious themes with a Catholic hero and a Wiccan heroine who have to rely on their faith as well as each other to beat the Big Bad. And oh yeah, there’s hot sex. Hope readers will check it out.

  4. drey
    Feb 08, 2009 @ 21:47:22

    Julie~ Sounds delish. I’ll have to check it out… =)

  5. Shiloh Walker
    Feb 08, 2009 @ 22:37:23

    FRAGILE, my first straight romantic suspense with Berkley Sensation, released in trade paperback on 2/3/09.

    The blurb…


    Six years after trading in his combat gear for hospital scrubs, Luke Rafferty still hasn't found what he's been searching for: a normal life. At his job, Luke is faced with things just as heartbreaking as those on the battlefield, none more so than the abused children brought in by a pretty red-headed social worker.


    For Devon Manning, being a social worker is a rewarding job, but also a constant reminder of her own troubled youth. Devon takes everything one day at a time-‘unable to form a relationship with anyone except the children she rescues.


    When Luke meets Devon, he thinks he might have found what he's been looking for, but in order to get the life he wants, Luke has to break through Devon's emotional barriers and make her realize that his healing touch might be just the complication her life needs…

    And if anybody wants to check out an excerpt, you can find one here.

    Thanks, DA!

  6. Rae Lori
    Feb 08, 2009 @ 23:48:42

    Thanks for opening this up, Jane!

    The first in my paranormal ASHEN TWILIGHT SERIES was released on February 2nd and is available at Lyrical Press.

    Here’s a blurb:


    Will it be love or death when fairy and vampire come together?

    An attack on her family drives Ariya to seek protection at the Ashen Twilight House. Once there, she encounters only more danger, along with the dark rescuer who haunts her dreams.

    Jace Archane is a vampire on the hunt, and distractions like Ariya are the last thing he wants or needs. But their survival might just hinge on one another when a vicious elemental creature threatens the underground world of Nightwalkers, Lycans and Shifter Elves.

    Caught between a shared enemy and otherworldly love, Jace and Ariya must unite before fear can tear them apart.

    Merging African fairy myth, Scottish, English and Moorish history and myths the ASHEN TWILIGHT series will explore the underground world of the Nightwalkers, Shifter Elves and Lycans living under human eyes…until they are discovered and the war begins for their survival and integration into mortal society.

    Book 2 WITHIN THE SHADOWS OF MORTALS will be released this summer
    Book 3 INHERITANCE OF ASHES will be released thus fall

    Feel free to check out an excerpt of the first chapter.

  7. Florence Case
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 00:17:10

    Here’s my February Steeple Hill LI Suspense, DEADLY REUNION, w/a Florence Case:

    What would you do if a man you knew to be a wife murderer was engaged to your sister? Police Officer Angie Delitano knows her sister’s fiance killed his wife–she saw the evidence at the crime scene that later disappeared. But Angie’s fiance, a lawyer, believed otherwise, took him on as a client, and got a “not guilty” verdict, by hurting her reputation after warning her he would do anything to get a client free. She walked out on him. When she gets a lead on the missing evidence, she plans on retrieving it, but her life is threatened. So she goes for help to Boone, knowing if he makes a promise to keep her safe, just like with his clients, he’ll keep his word.

    Even if the two get whoever is threatening her life, Angie still has three problems. She stopped her sister’s first wedding a while back, so her family is barely talking to her and doesn’t trust her, and if they find out her plans to stop this one, she’ll be out the family she desperately wants back. She still might be even if she has absolute proof he is guilty. The second is Boone. Because he still loves her, he agrees to keep her safe, but he refuses to help her stop the upcoming wedding, still certain of his client’s innocence. The third is someone out there seems to want her dead, and Boone is certain it’s not the freed fiance.

    Thanks for giving me this opportunity.
    Florence Moyer

  8. Dee Tenorio
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 01:08:09

    I have my very first Romantic Suspense out right now from Samhain Publishing, “Love Me Tomorrow”, about a firefighter, the woman who loves him and the arsonist out to destroy them both…

    A bit about the characters:

    Josh Whittaker is a firefighter whom everyone in town thinks has it all together. He's a lieutenant in the local Engine #15, a renown bachelor, handsome and when the crap hits the fan-‘ie: Your house is on fire, which-‘in Southern California-‘is pretty often, he's a guy you want to come save you. Because saving people is just what Josh does. It's who he is. But Josh is NOT a guy who has it all together.

    Driven by dark memories, he's harder on no one more than himself. Though, that's a topic for debate. If you were to ask her, Miranda McTiernan might have a different answer…

    Miranda is a children's book author and illustrator. It's a great job for her and for the most part, Miranda is something of the town happy-flake. A cross between a hippy and a bulldog, Randa never lets anything get her down, which is important because honestly, her life kinda sucks. Hard as she tries, she's never been able to stop loving Josh and she's tried pretty hard. She's tried hating him, berating him, annoying him, doing what he asks (for a little while anyway) and flat out ignoring him. But a lifetime of love doesn't just fade away, not even when you want it to. Now Randa has reached the point where she's decided Josh doesn't get to decide her happiness anymore.

    To view the trailer:

    To read an excerpt:

    Thanks for the opportunity Ladies!

  9. Madeleine Urban
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 08:04:13

    Just released today:

    THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, a contemporary m/m romance written by myself and Rhianne Aile.

    It’s a lovely “gay-for-you” romance! After an accident, straight Trace moves in with best friend David to take care of him. Read along as their close friendship grows happily into something much more, to the delight of both men! If you like handsome men, banter, romance, a slow buildup to hot sex, and a very happy ending, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is for you!

    Check it out at:
    Read an excerpt at:

    Thank you, Dear Author, for letting us post!

  10. Angelia Sparrow
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 09:17:29

    Glad Hands is coming out Feb 25. It’s an m/m science fiction road-picture, so to speak.

    Chuck rolls his rig across the no-longer-United States, from Montana to Arkansas. He expects a fast run with no complications. What he doesn't expect is Seven, a pretty blue-eyed drifter who turns not only his head but makes his blood burn.

    His gayness tattooed into his very skin, Seven needs Chuck's help to escape the very limited life Heartland forces upon him. And when the even more repressive Confederated States take an interest, Chuck and Seven are in for the ride of their lives.

    Excerpt here

  11. K. Z. Snow
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 11:09:56

    Seeking Something Wicked, the second book in my Utopia-X series for Loose Id (m/m urban fantasy) will be out February 24. The first, Looking for Some Touch, is now available.

    Sorry, no purchase page yet, but it should be up soon.

  12. Kathryn Smith
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 11:26:37

    Night After Night, the final book in the Brotherhood of the Blood series is out!

    “I’m Temple, Guardian of the Blood Grail

    Centuries ago, this magnificent chalice sealed my fate as a vampire, and now I am its protector. Many have hunted me for it, but only Vivian has accomplished the task. Strong, lovely, haunted . . . I am more attracted to her than I should be, yet her loyalty lies with a man determined to bring about my destruction. But I am not so easily locked in a cage, and now the captive has become the captor.

    Though her stormy eyes tempt me, there is too much at stake-‘not merely my life, but the lives of my vampire Brotherhood. And I am not above using Vivian to achieve my goals, even if it means denying my own heart. The battle to end all battles is just beginning, and I must fight . . . if I could only let my desire be damned.”

  13. Donna
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 12:18:08

    Hi guys,

    I believe the essence of any good fiction work is its anchor in plausibility. I think you can weave a great story on just about any topic, but you gotta persuade your audience, not that what you are telling them is probably, but how your characters react to the unbelievable is conceivable. That is what I try to bring to all my writings.

    My novel, This life Isn’t Perfect Holla, is a therapeutic journey that showcases the life of one Kimberly Riley. You will have a front row seat to her many ups and downs and hopefully you’ll be standing and cheering when the curtain falls on her tale.

    Visit me at

    For an excerpt just go to and type in my name.

  14. Kate Pearce
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 13:00:57

    “Riding the Line”
    Kate Pearce
    published by Virgin ‘Cheek’ Feb 3rd 09

    Western contemporary erotic romance. (aka sexy cowboy road trip)

    Back Cover Blurb:

    “Every Fallen Angel needs a Hero”

    “Rodeo cowboy Dakota Scott has a problem. He’s due in LA but his truck has broken down and he’s stranded in small town New Mexico. To complicate matters he’s picked up another stray, this time a sassy woman who needs his help.

    Robyn Sparrow is a washed-up child celebrity who’s reached rock bottom. When she meets Dakota she’s desperate enough to promise him anything if he’ll drive her back to the West Coat.

    While Dakota struggles to understand Robyn and comes to care for her, he unwittingly leads her back toward the spotlight that almost killed her. Can she resist the lure of Hollywood and can Dakota really believe she’ll give it all up for love?”

    Thank you!
    Kate Pearce x

  15. Zoe Marriott
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 14:21:32

    Thanks for opening this thread up!

    What if your deadliest enemy…was the only one who could save you?

    Zira is fifteen years old. She’s an orphan. She has a terrible scar on her face from the fire that killed her family. And she hates the Sedorne – the murdering slugs that invaded her country and set her home on fire when she was five – like a vegan hates a double-bacon cheeseburger. She’s been in training ten years to become a warrior priestess, defending her oppressed people against these barbarians. Her solution to a problem is to kick its ass so hard that it runs away. Screaming.

    Nobody messes with Zira.

    So what happens when she meets a problem whose ass she can’t kick: the problem of her destiny? What happens when she finds out the people she loves have been lying to her all her life about who she is? That she’s half Sedorne herself? What happens when she finds out that it’s somehow up to her to make peace in a country that’s been at war as long as she remember – and that violence might not be the answer?

    What happens when she falls in love with her deadliest enemy?

    Can you kick destiny’s butt? Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, Zira’s going to have a damn good try.

    Daughter of the Flames is my second young adult book, due out from Candlewick Press on the 10th of Feb.

  16. Carolan Ivey
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 16:35:39

    A Ghost of a Chance, Legends Book 2, the sequel to the award-winning paranormal romance Beaudry’s Ghost, is now available from Samhain Publishing.


    One life hangs on the thread of her imagination…

    Troy Brannon is a ghost with no time for heaven. Thanks to his well-intentioned meddling, he's got a missing soul on his hands. Fortunately he's learned a skill no well-behaved spirit should have-‘the ability to zip through time and space.

    A side trip to revive a drowning woman should've been simple. But the moment he locks lips with Carey Magennis, she generates an inner fire he's never felt before, alive or dead-‘and his ability to time travel disappears.

    When the rising tide closes over Carey's head, it's the end-‘but only of life as she knows it. She wakes up haunted by the idea she no longer fits in, and by the sexy, lion-hearted ghost of the man who saved her. No one wants to hear about the strange things that have been happening to her since her near-death experience, least of all her image-conscious fiancé.

    Troy realizes Carey accidentally stole his gift-‘and she has no idea the danger she's in. Wherever her imagination takes her, she goes with it. Literally. Plus, that fiancé of hers has an agenda that doesn't include her survival.

    Saving her will be as dangerous to his mission as she is to his heart.

    Warning: This title contains some gratuitous bad language; the sex of your dreams with a professional bad-ass hero; bloody Civil War battles; astral joy rides; and a heroine who “gets it” in more ways than one! Oh, and another ghost hero who gets a HEA!

    Excerpts and Buy Links

  17. Kristina Cook/Kristi Astor
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 19:19:52

    The just-released anthology LORDS OF DESIRE (Kensington, trade paperback) includes my very-first release under my new pen name, Kristi Astor. The novella “Swept Away” is my first Edwardian-set historical romance–and a little ‘hotter’ than my previous titles written as Kristina Cook. Here’s the little blurb:

    Vivacious Christobel Smyth is a gentleman's daughter, while brooding, proud John Leyden comes from a family of northern mill owners. The two could not be more different, yet as passion flares at a country house party, Christobel finds he may be her match in every way…

    You can read an excerpt here.

    The anthology also includes historical novellas by Virginia Henley, Sally MacKenzie, and Victoria Dahl.

    Hope you’ll check it out!

  18. SonomaLass
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 20:51:29

    @Kristi: I already had this book on my list for Victoria’s novella, and now your excerpt has me thinking that I’ll be very glad I got it. Woo hoo for an Edwardian setting, too!

  19. Kristina Cook/Kristi Astor
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 20:54:12

    Thanks, SonomaLass!! I must say, I am *loving* writing in the Edwardian era! It’s really such a fascinating time!

  20. Kate Davies
    Feb 10, 2009 @ 02:04:57

    Is it that time of the month again?

    And how is it that every time I post on this thread, I’ve got a book from the last week of the previous month? :)

    Anywho, my contemporary rodeo-set romance, The Devil Inside, is now available from Samhain. Here’s a quick blurb:

    It'll take more than one go-round to win this rodeo of the heart…

    Thirteen years after her father was killed in a rodeo accident, Samantha Quincannon is facing her worst nightmare. An EMT, she has avoided rodeo duty like the plague. Now her career depends on her ability to face down her fear.

    Cody Shaw hasn't seen Sam since the night of her father's accident, and their reunion is anything but typical. So is her reaction when a bull ride gone wrong lands him, broke and bleeding, in her reluctant care. And, until he's well enough to travel, in her bed. He knows he's far from a model patient, but would it kill Sam not to act like she'd rather climb on a bull herself than have him underfoot?

    One thing hasn't changed-‘their off-the-charts sexual tension. They both put up a good fight, but soon the heat burns through their resistance.

    Even as Sam fights to protect her heart from the one danger she didn't see coming, something else becomes clear. Rodeo is in Cody's blood, and nothing, not even Sam, can make him quit taking crazy risks.

    It's up to Sam to decide if she's ready to put on her big-girl boots-‘and ride.

    Warning: Lots of hot, sweaty, down-and-dirty lovin'. Cowgirl up!

    Buy Link

    Thanks again for the opportunity!

  21. MJ Fredrick
    Feb 10, 2009 @ 04:02:36

    My book Hot Shot is available in print this month! It’s a 2-time Golden Heart finalist and a 2009 Eppie finalist, and has garnered some pretty good reviews, which you can see at my website, Here’s the blurb.

    Their passion rivals the fires they battle. Peyton Michaels expected her assignment to be simple-write an article about everyday heroes. Heroes like Hot Shot firefighter Gabe Cooper. She never expected to find herself running up a mountain, a wildfire nipping at her heels, her life in his hands. And she never expected to be drawn to Gabe. After the loss of her husband in the line of duty, the last thing she wants is to fall in love with yet another man who routinely puts his life at risk. Gabe has had enough of women who want to make him into someone he’s not. Women like his ex, who couldn’t handle the heat of his job. Like Peyton, who sees him as a hero when he’s just a man doing a job. Except time after time, the pesky reporter proves her mettle. And gets deeper under his skin. But there’s an arsonist at work, and danger is closing in with the speed of a raging brush fire. Peyton and Gabe have to dig deep for what it takes to be a real hero-to find the courage to reach out and grab a forever kind of love. Before it’s too late.

  22. Marisa Chenery
    Feb 10, 2009 @ 20:13:32

    Book Four, Mated to a Wolf, in my erotic werewolf series at Liquid Silver Books was released on Feb. 9th.


    Finn York had a bad experience with werewolves. Marked emotionally and physically from the experience, his aversion causes him to fight the attraction he feels for the female werewolf he meets at Wulf's Den. Yet her scent draws him with the irresistible power of a werewolf's mating instinct.

    Jocelyn works as a waitress at Wulf's Den. She'd noticed Finn months before but the sudden changes in him confuse her. When she serves him drinks one night he growls and sniffs the air as if he can smell her arousal and Jocelyn's confusion escalates. But her interest in Finn heightens and she plots a way to force him to overlook his disgust to claim her as his mate.

  23. Jill Sorenson
    Feb 15, 2009 @ 10:16:28

    Oh, I was waiting for the author promo thread! I goofed up and almost missed it.

    My debut single-title romantic suspense, Crash Into Me, features a surfer hero/murder suspect and a tough FBI agent heroine sent to investigate him. Jane liked the San Diego/La Jolla setting and the teen romance subplot. She gave it a B.

    Thanks DA.

  24. Koko Brown
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 13:17:29

    Koko Brown & Taige Crenshaw's Forever, I Do
    Genre: Multicultural Erotic Contemporary
    Length: Novella, for Loose-Id’s Marriage For All Themed Releases

    Rosalind Fletcher has a secret. Her one-of-a-kind wedding cakes are infused with a loving spell handed down from mother to daughter for over a century. Her sought-after creations are not only delicious, but rumored to be lucky as well: producing long-lasting marriages where the men never stray, the women don’t nag, and 99.7 percent never face each other on opposite ends of a court room.

    But what happens when her spell falls into the hands of the wrong person? Like Ashley Benedict, notorious playboy and wedding planner extraordinaire, who eats a sample meant for his clients? There’s only one thing that can happen: he succumbs to the spell’s bewitching powers and sets out to charm the pants off of the hardworking sole proprietress of Forever, I Do cakes.

    While Rosalind frantically searches for an antidote, she surrenders to Ashley’s lustful appetites. Will guilt push her into finding a successful cure for her bewitched lover, or will her heart allow herself to be locked into a loving relationship with a man who might not really be in love with her?

    To read another Excerpt/Blub please visit Loose-Id’s website

  25. Monica Burns
    Feb 19, 2009 @ 11:34:34

    Dangerous by Monica Burns
    Samhain Publishing – Released Jan 27
    eBook -‘ ISBN 1-59998-882-8 MBaM
    Print – ISBN 978-1-60504-121-6
    Available Borders, Amazon, MBaM and Other Fine Bookstores

    Behind the mask lies love-a dangerous and deadly emotion.

    Constance Athelson, Viscountess Westbury has a gift she can't reveal. She sees things others can't, including the dead. The only thing she can't see is into the heart of Lucien Blakemore, Earl of Lyndham. After one blissful night in his arms, she knows if she's ever to win his heart, she must free him from his tortured past.

    Lucien Blakemore met the Egyptian goddess Isis at a masked ball, but she vanished into the night before he could learn her real name. It's just as well, since the Blakemore Curse makes love a dangerous and deadly emotion for him. But the erotic night he spent with his mysterious lover makes him want to throw caution aside-if only for one more night with his masked goddess.


    Free Epilogue (minor spoiler)

    Critical Acclaim

    2009 EPPIE Finalist

    4 1/2 Stars
    “Jane Eyre meets The Mummy…[her] characters are so multidimensional that readers will swear they're based on real people.”
    -‘ Romantic Times BOOKreviews

    “[She] writes lovely erotic romance with plenty of heart and passionate soul.”
    -‘ Michelle Buonfiglio, Romance B(u)y The Book

    “Burns manages to have Constance breaking a few stereotypes without coming off too much like a contemporary character… I find Dangerous is a pretty good read…” -‘ Mrs. Giggles

  26. Lori
    Feb 26, 2009 @ 18:09:42

    Am I late to the party?

    Paper Bag Press launched on Valentines Day ( and I have, a humorous story about a single mother seeking a fling via the personals (and the joy of the men one meets that way)

    and also

    Just Desserts. Where the coffee gal lusts after the handsome Asian executive and wants to offer him a special dark dessert to tease his palate.

    (I’ve always wanted to post in Author Promos. This is a squee moment for me!)

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