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GIVEAWAY: Bantam/Ballantine’s Fall Release Preview

Shauna Summers, Senior Editor   for Bantam/Ballantine, wanted to share with the Dear Author readers a bit about their fall line up. We thought it would be fun to give away a copy of the book that preceded the upcoming release. For every paper book giveaway, I’m going to giveaway an ecopy of the book via Fictionwise (because they are the only store that allows me to gift a particular book). Just drop a note in the comments to let us know what two books you would like. Every winner will receive two copies of a book. Go forth and comment.


0385341652.01.LZZZZZZZ DREAMFEVER by Karen Marie Moning (on sale 8/18). This is the fourth book in the Fever series following FAEFEVER, which just went on sale. That book ended with a big cliffhanger, so I think (and when I say I think, I mean I know) Karen’s fans will be clamoring for this next installment. And boy does it deliver! It’s been such a satisfying experience working with Karen on this series, especially since the books are so great and are performing so well. It’s been fascinating and inspiring to watch her go to a whole new level as a writer and as a storyteller. Also, I have complete confidence in Karen as far as where she’s going with the story. But I’m not saying anything else about the book–you just have to read it. And while it’s better to have read the previous three books, we’ve had fresh readers start here and they’ve loved it too…

We will give away 3 copies of DREAMFEVER.

0345517199.01.LZZZZZZZICE by Linda Howard (on sale 11/10). What could be better than a Christmas novella from Linda Howard? ICE will be a smaller trim hardcover, on sale just in time for the holidays. And it’s Linda doing what she does best–a man and a woman trapped in a cabin amidst an ice storm with plenty of bad guys running around.

We will give away 3 copies of BURN.

0440244633.01.LZZZZZZZA PRECIOUS JEWEL by Mary Balogh (on sale 11/24). We’ve had a great year with Mary Balogh and her Huxtable family series. And our re-issues of her out of print Regencies always do very nicely. But this book is extra special. I think it’s one of Mary’s most beloved and sought-after backlist titles and also one of her most unique and, dare I say, cutting edge stories. The heroine is a prostitute and the hero is one of her clients. Mary says this book poured out of her and she then put it on the shelf, convinced that her publisher (Signet at the time) would never go for it. When she finally sent it in, they published it with no questions or even revision. I hear other writers talk about this book, and it shows up on lists of favorite romances regularly, so it will be great to have it widely available again. Trust me, you will never forget it.

We will give away 3 copies of The Ideal Wife.

044024501X.01.LZZZZZZZHOT AS SIN by Bella Andre (on sale 10/27). This is our second book with Bella Andre, following WILD HEAT which we published earlier this year. I’m really excited about Bella and this series. It’s romantic suspense about wildlife firefighters, which means great alpha heroes and very sexy romance with a lot of emotion. While this book definitely still has suspense and a very fast pace, it also plays to Bella’s strengths of character development and relationships, which she will focus on even more in the third book in the series, NEVER TOO HOT, which comes out in Summer 2010.

We will give away three copies of HOT AS SIN.

0345506871.01.LZZZZZZZSURRENDER OF A SIREN (on sale 8/25) and A LADY OF PERSUASION (on sale 9/29) by Tessa Dare. We are really excited about Tessa Dare and think she is going to be a huge star. Her first book, GODDESS OF THE HUNT, is on sale now and we are publishing the next two books quick on its heels in consecutive months. She’s received starred reviews in PW and Library Journal, and there already seems to be a lot of buzz about her. She writes great alpha heroes and just delicious historical romance, the kind that is my go-to reading when I want something I know will deliver for me. We have more books coming from this author in 2010, so this is only the beginning…

We will giveaway three copies of GODDESS OF THE HUNT.

044024434X.01.LZZZZZZZHARD TO HOLD by Stephanie Tyler (on sale 11/24). This is the first book in a debut trilogy that we will be publishing back to back into early 2010. What I love best about Stephanie’s books is the characters and the emotion and intensity she creates within the relationships. These are juicy, fast-paced, high-action reads about three adopted brothers, all of them Navy SEALs. The natural comparison is Suzanne Brockmann or Cherry Adair, but they also make me think of Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay series. Obviously the romance is the focus of the book, but the relationship among these brothers is really the heart of the series. I dare you not to fall in love with these guys. One more thing, Stephanie is half of the team behind Sydney Croft (Larissa Ione is the other half), writing paranormal erotic romance. If you haven’t checked those books out, I highly recommend…

0440244285.01.LZZZZZZZSTRANGER’S KISS by Mary Blayney (on sale 8/25). We published Mary’s first two books of this series featuring the Pennistan family in one volume last fall with TRAITOR’S KISS/LOVER’S KISS. Some readers might also be familiar with Mary’s novellas in the J.D. Robb anthologies. I really love this series. Mary writes a more gentle romance while still delivering all of the emotion, character development, and compelling storytelling that readers always want and expect from great romance. So if you’re needing a break from all the ultra sexy, super hot romances out there, Mary is the author for you! We have another book called COURTESAN’S KISS coming from this wonderful author in Summer 2010.

We are giving away 3 copies of TRAITOR’S KISS/LOVER’S KISS (which is like 6 books because these are two full length books in one).

0345503945.01.LZZZZZZZA WICKED LORD AT THE WEDDING (on sale 9/29) and THE WICKED DUKE TAKES A WIFE (on sale 10/27).
by Jillian Hunter And speaking of great historical romance… Jillian Hunter is known for her very sexy and emotional stories with wonderfully dark, brooding heroes. These books feature the much beloved Boscastle family who have appeared in all of Jillian’s titles for us, and we’re publishing them back to back.

We are giving away 3 copies of WICKED AS SIN

0345506359.01.LZZZZZZZSOUL MAGIC (on sale 10/27) by Jennifer Lyon. This is our second book with newcomer Jennifer Lyon following BLOOD MAGIC which we published earlier this year. Jennifer delivers great paranormal romance that will satisfy fans of J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, and Lara Adrian. The heroes are the very definition of alpha and there’s great world building and star-crossed conflict. Here’s a little set up for you: In the days when powerful witches used their magic to shield humanity from demons, their allies and guardians were a group of men gifted with preternatural abilities of their own–the witch guardians. But when a band of witches traded their humanity for demonic power, the ancient bond was broken, and the guardians became the hunters…

We are giving away three copies of BLOOD MAGIC.

0553592025.01.LZZZZZZZSET THE DARK ON FIRE (on sale 8/25) by Jill Sorenson. Here’s what I love about Jill’s books–they’re the kind of old school romantic suspense that I don’t see a lot of these days, sort of like early Tami Hoag. Her writing and characters are a little gritty and edgy but there’s a lot of emotion and intensity, making for a very satisfying romance. The characters are very real-life rather than larger-than-life, and she has great secondary characters, particularly teenagers, which take the books to another level for me. Also, this is a stand-alone story, which we don’t see a lot of these days, and while I love series, it’s kind of nice to read a book that is completely its own thing. So if you’re wanting something a little different than the usual high-action, black ops romantic suspense, give Jill a try.

We are giving away three copies of SET THE DARK ON FIRE.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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


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