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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) December

What’s this you say? I read quite a few blogs outside the romance blogosphere and many of the big ones have a daily open thread where the commenters drive the bus.

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. JulieLeto
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 12:54:38

    Thanks for the thread, Jane. My new book, PHANTOM’S TOUCH, the second in my Phantom series, is in stores now. Excerpts at my website…and the most delicious cover I think I’ve ever had. It’s from Signet Eclipse.

    And remember…Phantoms Are the New Black. :-)

  2. Catherine
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 14:04:16

    @ JulieLeto

    You’re right, gorgeous cover. The storyline sounds interesting. Is this a Romance, Erotic Romance, etc.? Is this a series, or is it just part of the same world as your other book? What I mean is: do I have to read the first book to have a good grasp of the second book?

    I love these threads. I get exposure to books/authors I had never noticed before.

  3. Lindsay Townsend
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 14:50:18

    Thank you so much for this thread!

    Here are details of my erotic historical romance, ESCAPE TO LOVE, published on Dec 4th by Siren Bookstrand. If you like historicals with different time settings, this may be for you. It has an ancient Roman setting. (Like my previous mainstream novel, ‘Flavia’s Secret).

    Escape To Love
    Word Count: 15,753
    Heat Level: SIZZLING
    Published By: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.

    Severus is a slave, dragged from the fields to an uncertain future.
    Warned to expect no mercy from a mysterious young woman who comes to
    him in the night, he learns that his natural father is his owner,
    Calvus, and that he has a half-brother, Thallus.

    Thallus has no sexual interest in women but he is desperate for an
    heir. Severus and Thallus’ sexy young wife Lydia, whom Severus
    recognizes as the mystery woman who warned him, are sent to the
    family palace at Baiae and expected to breed.

    Lydia, used to an unconsummated, loveless marriage, is intrigued by
    the handsome Severus and appalled by her husband’s and father-in-
    law’s treatment of him. She finds herself anticipating their
    lovemaking. She also wants to help Severus to escape because she
    knows that once he has served his purpose, Thallus and Calvus will
    never let him live.

    They have just a month to escape.

    Best wishes, Lindsay
    Lindsay Townsend

  4. Jill Shalvis
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 14:59:23

    I have a Christmas anthology out now called HEATING UP THE HOLIDAYS. The cover alone is worth the price of admission – a sexy, half nekkid firefighter. It’s a Harlequin Blaze, more details and excerpts at my site and on my blog.

    Thanks, DA, for the chance for me to promote the book!

  5. Carrie Lofty
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 15:21:28

    I know a certain scoundrel who’d love to home with a few hundred readers. Jayne liked it too. Make my holiday dreams come true with the lovely and successful debut of WHAT A SCOUNDREL WANTS, and read an incredible story (if I do say so myself) to boot!

  6. JulieLeto
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 15:39:00

    Hi, Catherine! Thanks for asking. (And thanks for the compliments on the cover…I’m so thrilled with it.)

    You really can read book two without reading book one. They’re definitely in the same “world” (I use the term loosely as the first book was set in Florida and the second entirely in California) and hopefully, when you’re done, you’ll want to know how certain characters got where they are and read PHANTOM PLEASURES (book one,) but I tried very hard to reintroduce any characters from book one as if they were brand new. The hero and heroine of PHANTOM PLEASURES do not make any appearances in PHANTOM’S TOUCH. It’s the secondary characters who continue through from one book until the next, but you meet them in the prologue, so you’ll be immediately brought up to speed. The hero (soldier Aiden Forsyth) and heroine (actress Lauren Cole) aren’t even aware that the people from book one exist until the very end. I hope that’s not giving too much away, but I don’t think I am.

    I hope you decide to give it a chance. I have excerpts up at my website, but also posted excerpts recently at my blog, Plotmonkeys. Here is the start of the prologue and here is a sexy scene, if you want more of a taste of the book.


  7. JulieLeto
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 15:40:00

    Carrie, congrats on your book! I downloaded a sample to my Kindle when the review here came out and I just finished the book I was reading, so I’m digging in soon!

  8. Carrie Lofty
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 15:43:45

    Thanks, Julie. Hope you enjoy it :)

  9. Cynthia Eden
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 16:43:04

    Thanks for the thread!

    MIDNIGHT SINS, the second book in my Midnight trilogy for Kensington Brava, is on store shelves now. I like to think of this book as “Basic Instinct” meets “The X-Files.” :-) I have an excerpt up on my website if you’d like to check it out.

  10. Tili
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 17:03:16

    Lindsay: are you planning to do more Roman-setting books? I’m a high school Latin student, so I can’t buy Escape to Love, but I am interested in Flavia’s Secret and I’d love to see more.

  11. Ann Somerville
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 17:45:49

    As part of Samhain Publishing’s free holiday ebook giveaway, I wrote The Gift of Giving, which is now available for download here. It’s m/m, and entirely worksafe.

    I recommend the other holiday shorts up there too, if you want something sweet, seasonal and cheap!

    Another seasonal freebie – if you’ve ever wondered what Santa might resort to when he gets tired of competing with Walmart for the children’s hearts, go on over to The Playground Mystique blog and read Santa’s New Line by Jaime Samms.

  12. Christie Craig
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 19:11:35

    Detective Jason Dodd kissed mystery writer Sue Finley. The kind of kiss that makes a girl melt into her panties. Then he gave her that chicken-shit grin that bad boys are so good at delivering, and said those famous words, “I'll call you.” But the two-bit-no-good-for nothing piece of poo didn't call. And she waited, wanted, and then she finally just got pissed off. No one checks out her tonsils like that and doesn't call! Truth is no one has checked out her tonsils for a long time. Her divorce pretty much left her heart feeling like chicken liver that has been run through a Cuisinard. Twice.

    Now, when her life couldn't get more complicated, when Sue's got a stalker sending her dead rats, a boyfriend whose kisses leave her panties powder-puff dry, (but hey, at least he calls), a mother whose dog won't stop sniffing everyone's crotch and is dating an Elvis impersonator, (her mom is dating Elvis, not the dog) and Jason, good cop/bad boy, saunters back into her life insisting she can lean on him.

    Right! Okay, truth is, she might trust him with her life, but can she trust him with her heart? Oh, heck no! But who says she can't have a little fun making him wish he'd called her back?

    Divorced, Desperate and Dating is my third humorous Romantic Suspense and my second novel in the Divorced & Desperate Series. My second novel, Weddings Can Be Murder, has just been nominated for a RT Reviewers Choice award. And wow, I'm in the running with some REAL writers. I'm so honored and scared shitless that someone is going to tell me it was just a typo.

    Come check out my blog tomorrow at Killer Fiction: for a chance to win some prizes. Go to my website, to check out my book videos.

    Thanks for the opportunity to tell you about my book. And everyone have a very, merry Christmas.

    Christie Craig
    Sexy, Suspenseful and Seriously Funny.

  13. Catherine
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 19:31:58

    @ Christie Craig

    Is it slapstick funny? A good example of what I mean would be the Stephanie Plum novels (if you’ve read them). Is it that kind of humor?

  14. GrowlyCub
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 19:40:39

    Hey Jill!

    My copy is hopefully leaving Harlequin tomorrow to travel my way. I’m looking forward to reading Dustin’s story.

  15. Faye Hughes
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 20:54:06

    Hi, Catherine,

    Christie’s books are hysterical. If you’re a fan of the Stephanie Plum books, you’ll probably enjoy CC’s work.

    I love Weddings Can Be Murder. The heroine is a nervous puker, so when you first meet her, she’s bent over a toilet, losing her lunch and her engagement ring. (She’s engaged to marry a nice guy but neither one is in love with the other.) The hero is a PI and a sympathetic puker and, well, it gets a little crazy from there. LOL.


  16. Christie Craig
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 21:14:44


    A lot of people say I’m a cross between Janet Evanovich and Jennifer Crusie. Add a bit of Rachael Gibson, and I think you may be close. When I think of slapstick humor, I think of physical humor, falling down kind of stuff. I’m not going to say I don’t have anyone falling down, but most of my humor comes from dialogue and just the crazy way my characters respond to situations.

    And in Weddings Can Be Murder, yes there are some funny…throw up scenes. But I guess you could say it’s done tastefully. (Big Smile)

    Thanks for asking.


  17. Holli Winters
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 22:01:48

    I have A CHRISTMAS WISH, an ebook out now from Whispers Publishing.

    Two years ago, Brady and Macy kissed and walked on the edge of giving into their desire, but the time was not right. She was newly widowed after the death of her abusive husband, who was also Brady’s cousin. Now it’s Christmas Eve in the midst of a snow storm. Macy heads to Brady’s bar for a drink and ends up stranded when the storm turns into a blizzard. Now, she’s trapped with a man she’s wanted for a long, long time…and the timing couldn’t be better.

    One night of passion isn’t enough for Brady, but can he convince Macy they have more going for them than just the desire that’s been simmering for years?

  18. Fionn J.
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 22:35:31

    This thread is awesome. Did I say awesome? Good, because I meant it.

    This Christmas season, I have a special gift for everyone!

    “Arjun”, a paranormal short story, is released FREE at Freya’s Bower.

    All Evelyn Kent wanted was the perfect Christmas tree. All Arjun wanted was someone who could love him, despite his true identity. Together, this Christmas will be one they'll never forget.

  19. Crystal-Rain Love
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 23:32:30

    Thanks for this thread, Jane! I’m assuming I can post the blurb to Moonlit Dream since it was released the last week of November? (If not, just delete me. I don’t want to break rules).

    Moonlit Dream is a paranormal romance available at

    The pack number is low, and the reigning pack leader has demanded all unmated werewolves to breed each moon cycle. Ming knows who her destined mate is, but Jason has been locked away in a prison for the past ten years. Desperate to stay true to him and avoid the new breeding law, Ming begs the pack leader to spare her from the ruling.
    Thanks to a little magic, and a lot of faith, Jason is brought to Ming through a mystical realm.
    Now the two destined mates must run from the pack hot on their trail while Jason struggles to come to terms with his past, something he must do in order to give Ming a moon vow.
    Ming’s fate lies in the decision Jason makes with his heart and soul.

    (You can read the first chapter for free at

  20. Lindsay Townsend
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 03:18:19

    Hi Tili!
    Lovely to hear from you. ‘Flavia’s Secret’ has quite a bit of Romano-British social history in it and is mainstream PG13. If you look on the blog, you will see a section titled LINDSAYS PICKS where I have the covers and buy details of other ancient world novels I have enjoyed. (The Caroline Lawrence novels, although for children, are great fun and full of Roman details.)
    I have not yet done any more ancient Roman novels, although I may. I have done other ancient world set novels. BRONZE LIGHTNING, which is set in Bronze Age Krete, Egypt and ancient Britain, is coming out in 2009 from Bookstrand. The heroine, Sarmatia (taken from a Linear B tablet and a real ancient Kretan name) is a bull leaper who moves north. It an coming of age adventure romance. It is however rather violent in places. I am not sure if it is PG13 or older. (Working mainly in mainstream adult fiction, I am not used to ratings and so on.)
    BLUE GOLD, my other ancient world novel, is set in ancient Egypt during the Hyksos period. It has some of the characters from BRONZE LIGHTNING in it. Again this novel features warfare in rather grim detail.
    Both these novels are more mainstream than FLAVIA’S SECRET, which is a romance with a mystery in it.
    Hope this helps and thank you for your interest in my work. Best wishes, Lindsay

  21. Kim Knox
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 05:05:55

    Thanks for the thread Jane :D

    I have a sf romance release from Liquid Silver Books, LOST GODS, out last night :D

    Frozen for decades on an abandoned asteroid, Katya Ortaega thaws and collapses at the feet of the most deliciously sinful man she has ever seen… she thinks.

    Katya's problem is her memory-‘she hasn't got one. Her mind is blank. And now she's stuck on a drilling platform with James Kinsare, a man who has her skin tingling and sometimes not in a good way. James is not who he appears to be and she can’t trust him … even as she finds him far too attractive.

    All too soon, her past rears in the form of a man intent on killing both of them and now they have to work together to stay alive. However, Katya’s memories begin to resurface. And James Kinsare, the man who’s kept her alive against all the odds, the man who's thawing her frozen heart, might prove to be the biggest threat of all.

    You can also read the first chapter of LOST GODS on its book page at LSB

    Kim Knox
    …darkness and romance…

  22. LA Day
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 06:05:49

    Thanks for this thread, Jane.

    I have a December 12th release with Ellora’s Cave titled, Greek Temptation.

    Haunted by dreams, Samantha Bastille paints a castle ruin only to discover the ruin exists-‘in Greece. Lykaios Diotrephes owns the ruin and invites her to stay at his villa. He's tall, dark and gorgeous and just a glance sends shivers down her spine.

    Mate with me or die.

    Lykaios is alpha and with only one day left until the Herangetta mating ritual, he must convince Samantha to mate with him and Arcas-‘a younger male, as beautiful as Lykaios, who is his second, his lover. He knows that if she doesn't, she'll die. How do you convince someone to believe in lycan customs if they don't believe in lycans? Lykaios and Arcas set out to seduce Samantha. She must accept them both…for life.

    Reader Advisory: This book contains male/male sex and a public sex scene.

    Remember Alpha Males are only a ‘Day’ away!

  23. Dawn Montgomery
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 06:34:29

    Thank you, Jane.

    I’ve had two novella releases this month. Both are paranormal erotic romances.

    For the light and fun side, I have a short story that takes place in Serendipity Estates. Blurb:
    Welcome to Serendipity Estates, where accidental meetings, a little magic, and a bit of hot lust are a recipe for love ever after. We hope you enjoy your stay.

    In an apartment complex where fortunate accidents in love occur, two neighbors will have a Christmas present mix-up that shows a little bit of their kinky side.

    Gingersnaps: Serendipity 5a

    Buying a Gingersnaps also puts you in a Changeling contest to win free books for a year.

    This next one came about when I asked myself…what would happen if Jack Frost took a holiday? I had an opportunity to write for Aspen Mountain Press’s Del Fantasma series and couldn’t pass up the chance!

    Christmas alone isn't all it's cracked up to be and for adult toy QA tech, Nicollete Snow a little non-silicone action at the Del Fantasma is just the ticket. Who shows up a little ticked off and delicious riding a sweet bike but Jack Frost, ready to cause a little mischief. What happens when Old Man Winter takes a holiday?

    Del Fantasma: Winter Break

    Both were a lot of fun to write and I know I’ll be picking up some of the others on this list today!

  24. Angelia Sparrow
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 07:30:20

    Dark Roast Press is putting out a holiday anthology. My contribution is “One Gift at a Time,” set in the Nikolai dark future universe and chronicling Tanis and Steven’s first Christmas together.

    “Eight Days Ablaze,” a sexy cyberpunk Hanukkah story, is coming from Ellora’s Cave on Dec 24 (right in the middle of the Festival of Lights).

    Adina barJonas, a junior law partner, gets a very special Hanukkah present from her doting papa: a VirtualClone. The latest in home-entertainment, the VirtualClone provides a “fully integrated sensory experience in the safety and comfort of your home.” Trouble begins when Adina starts using it as a substitute for a social life, because, as always, Mishael barJonas is five steps ahead of the rest of the world, including his daughter.

    She hooked up to the VirtualClone, not quite sure what she wanted tonight. The boy before her was a bit of a surprise. He was dressed in early Victorian country style, trousers held with suspenders, a hand-sewn shirt, heavy leather shoes up over his ankles and a straw hat. She recognized him instantly as Tom Sawyer. The room had changed too. A cave entrance loomed where her fireplace had been and her opium den decor had been replaced with a meadow. Fully integrated, she reminded herself.

    She took Tom's hand and let him lead her into McDougal's cave, their candles sputtering. It was all there, from their initials in smoke, to the rock features of Aladdin's Palace and the Drawing Room. Remembering the story, she thrilled to the swooping bats, the river deep in the cave, the cake in his pocket stolen from the picnic he and Becky had been at and even the clutching fear when she realized they were lost. Her heart pounded in her throat. Adrenaline flooded her and she gripped Tom's hand until he complained. The twisty passages and guttering candles, the kite string that they tried marking their path with, the hunger that was only whetted and not assuaged by the cake, all of these only made her more excited. The excitement was childlike and thrilling, without the urgency of sex.

    As they stepped out of the cave, smeared with clay, spattered with tallow, she watched a curious thing happen. Adina, appearing adolescent herself, had entered the cave with a boy of twelve. As the morning sun on the meadow struck him, she saw a handsome man of about twenty, dressed rather foppishly in the style of the late 1850s. Like Tom, she transformed as well, looking as she had in graduate school, except for the corset and hoop skirt.

    “Miss Jonas,” he said, formally. “It cannot have escaped your attention that the feelings I have always borne you have, of late blossomed and grown into something deeper than mere childhood affection.”

  25. Bonnie Dee
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 10:07:25

    The Countess Lends a Hand, sequel to The Countess Takes a Lover releases today at Samhain. In this sequel, Meredith plays at matchmaking for her ladies’ maid, Cecile.

    The man of her dreams is a nobleman. What's a poor ladies' maid to do? Reinvent herself, of course.

    La Comtesse de Chevalier is back! This time Meredith, the heroine of The Countess Takes a Lover, helps her maid, Cecile Lambeaux pass as a gentlewoman in order to gain the attention of Sir Nathaniel Covington.

    For the first time in her life, reserved Cecile has fallen madly in love…with a man she's only seen from a distance. She's willing to have even a brief affair with Sir Nathaniel, whose haunted face touches her heart across the social chasm separating them.

    Many burdens and secrets weigh down Nathaniel's lonely soul. He goes to the countess's house party to take a break from his troubles and finds a woman who stirs him deeply.

    As Cecile and Nathaniel's connection grows stronger, Cecile's lie hangs over her head. Meanwhile, Meredith and Chris work through their own relationship issues regarding trust. Will both women learn their lesson about keeping secrets before they ruin their chance at love?

  26. Alannah Lynne
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 18:15:36

    Hi everyone!

    I have an erotic romance e-book – Reaction Time – out from Samhain on Tues. December 16th. Here’s the blurb:

    Nikki Kincaid carries her smart mouth and in-your-face attitude like other women carry mace. However, that bad attitude and razor sharp tongue aren't wielded on everyone; they're reserved specifically for Adam Guthrie. With nothing more than a heated visual stroke, her body's reaction time to Adam is quicker than her reaction time at the starting line of a race. And that out-of-control response terrifies her because Nikki is always in control.

    When someone starts sending her threatening letters, her brother and crew chief, Nate, asks his good friend, Adam, to help protect Nikki. And Adam jumps at the chance. For the past year and a half he's been watching Nikki, analyzing her body language and cutting remarks, and has come to the conclusion she's a sexual submissive. Spending five days in close quarters with her is the opportunity he's been waiting for. He knows there's a strong chemistry between them and, as a seasoned Dom, he's certain he can bring her deeply buried submissive nature to the surface. Doing so, while also fulfilling her deepest desires, will be the greatest challenge of his life. And if he succeeds it will also be his greatest reward.

  27. Barbara Sheridan
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 18:33:33

    Since there’s been positive response amongst DA readers on the recent M/M reviews I offer up my just released short from Noble Romance Publishing.

    I’m not posting the book’s title since it might fall under your objectionable content rule above but here’s a nice safe blurb:

    What NYPD patrolman Ray Watts wants to do is finish his shift and take a much needed vacation. If he has to first suffer through playing chauffeur to some pain in the ass foreign cop visiting New York on a special fact-finding detail then so be it.

    But what Ray gets is a pleasant and arousing surprise when Inspector Miki Nabeshima from Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department shows up and skillfully escorts him into a world like none he's ever known.

  28. Ciar Cullen
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 18:45:57


    I also have a free holiday ebook posted at Samhain, ready for download:

    This is a worksafe m/f romance–and it happens to be a true story! Set in Baltimore in the late 1800s, it describes the rather dramatic (life and death, to be sure) story of two Irish immigrants, a tragic fire, heroics, and the real meaning of the holidays (through my eyes, at least).

  29. Gwyneth Bolton
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 20:23:14

    The third novel in the Hightower Honors series, THE LAW OF DESIRE, is available now. Be sure and get a copy so that you can see what the latest brother in this family of cops and firefighters has been up to.

    Here's the blurb:


    Decorated police detective Lawrence Hightower’s instincts click into high gear when a beautiful but suspicious stranger appears in his stakeout zone. Soon he realizes Minerva Jones is in danger and needs protection. He can’t trust her. But he can’t get this tough, feisty, stubborn siren out of his head.

    Desperate to keep a low profile, the last thing Minerva needs is a sexy cop getting too close for comfort. Not that she’s guilty of anything, except her own intense attraction to the too fine detective. But she’s got a few secrets, and trouble is closing in. Dare she surrender to the promise this sensual hero holds in his strong, protective embrace?

    Four brothers on a mission to protect, serve, and love…

    You can read an excerpt here:

    Here's what the critics are saying so far:

    Gwyneth Bolton delivers another awe-inspiring tale to her HIGHTOWER HONORS series. .. It's full of passion, heated arguments, laugh out loud funny scenes and several heartbreaking moments that brought tears to my eyes. Exactly the sort of tale I've come to admire from this talented author. ~ Chrissy Dionne, Romance Junkies, 5 Blue Ribbons

    Gwyneth Bolton presents with her greatest Hightower thus far. In the 3rd book of this series, Ms. Bolton entertains her readers with a solid and satisfying story which only serves to prove why she is praised as being a master of her craft… ~ Eleanor Shields, Black Butterfly Review, 5 Flutters

    THE LAW OF DESIRE, by far, is Ms. Bolton's best Hightower story. The connection between these characters is hypnotic… The love scenes were explosive and Lawrence definitely knew how to satisfy a woman… Ms. Bolton did an excellent job and I definitely recommend reading this book. ~ Keren Childers, Romance In Color, 4++ Stars

  30. Zoe Winters
    Dec 10, 2008 @ 00:37:58

    Greta is a werecat whose tribe plans to sacrifice her during the next full moon. Her only hope for survival is Dayne, a sorcerer who once massacred most of the tribe. What's that thing they say about the enemy of your enemy?

    Free Ebook, here:

  31. Jenyfer Matthews
    Dec 11, 2008 @ 11:29:20

    I’m pleased to announce that my first book HERE TO STAY (romantic suspense) is now available in print!

    All Julia Sullivan wanted was a fresh start in a new place. But cutting ties with the past and starting over can be a difficult thing to do.

    After leaving her husband and quitting her job, Julia was emotionally spent. She needed a quiet place to recharge and to think about what she wanted from life. She thought she had found just that when she inherited her aunt's oceanfront Victorian house in Haven, New Jersey. It wasn't going to be that simple, however. In addition to her new house being a complete shambles, her charming soon-to-be ex-husband Patrick, whom she discovers she still loves, arrives with the intention of winning her back. To complicate matters further, it seems as if her aunt's death wasn't an accident after all. And there's just something about her new house that seems to interest all sorts of people.

    “There are many twists and turns and the kind suspense that keep the reader on edge and very much involved. The many truths are revealed slowly, in completely logical, well-plotted fashion. The sense of danger is palpable.[…] This kept me turning pages until the very satisfying ending. Jenyfer Matthews is a skillful writer. She has crafted a tale of romantic affection within a superb suspense story. Recommended.”
    Lynn Bushey, The Romance Studio, on HERE TO STAY

  32. Mara
    Dec 12, 2008 @ 12:19:30

    My book, Whistling in the Dark, is available at

    It’s historical romance, m/m but of the sweet romance variety, published by Lethe Press.

    Here’s a blurb:

    New York, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after an affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, he heads to New York with no plans and little money, only a desire to call his life his own. Jack Bailey’s life has changed as well. After losing his parents in the influenza epidemic, he hopes to save their beloved novelty shop, now his, by advertising on the radio, barely more than a novelty, itself. Sutton lands work in Jack’s corner of the city and the two conclude they couldn’t be less suited for friendship. But when Sutton loses his job, Jack gives him a place to stay. Sutton returns to the piano to play for Jack and finds the intervening months have healed him. The program promises to rescue Jack’s business and Sutton’s career… but success brings its own risks for two men falling in love.

    There’s an excerpt available at the allromanceebooks site.
    Tamara Allen

    And thank you, Jane, for the opportunity to promote.:)

  33. Mara
    Dec 12, 2008 @ 12:36:45

    I forgot to add that all proceeds from the sale of Whistling in the Dark will go to fund leukemia research.

  34. Ann Somerville
    Dec 12, 2008 @ 15:31:39

    Ooh, can I say Whistling in the Dark is absolutely terrific? It was one of the best reads of 2008 for me, and one of my most favourite m/m novels ever. My review here, and I’m still blown away by it. Don’t buy it because it’s for a good cause – buy it because you’ll love it!

  35. Emma Petersen
    Dec 12, 2008 @ 16:24:14

    Seducing St. Nic is now available from Ellora’s Cave. The first book in the Dating the Undead series is a heart warming tale about a woman obsessed with Christmas and the vampire she works for.


    I stayed up until two in the morning to wrap Duchess' Christmas presents, all the while trying to convince myself that not only crazy cat ladies bought their cats presents. I knew if I went to sleep, it wouldn't stop me from thinking about St. Nic because I'd dream of him. So instead, I found a dozen things that just had to be done.

    Like putting up our stockings. A traditional-shaped one for me and a fishy-shaped one for Duchess. Hanging the half dozen or so bulbs Duchess had knocked off the tree during one of her flying squirrel imitations and decorating little gingerbread men.

    But try as I might, thoughts of St. Nic were always on the edge my consciousness, just waiting for my first unguarded moment. Even the information my brother had shared with me earlier hadn't stopped the pathetic hope I unwillingly clung to.

    I don't want St. Nic.

    Of course you don't, Bad BJ taunted. That is why your gingerbread men have fangs.

    I looked down and, sure enough, two dozen little brown cookie people had eyes, noses and two pointy little teeth coming out of their smiling mouths.

    “I have lost my mind.”


    I looked at Duchess, resentful at how agreeing her meow sounded. “At least I don't think the tree is a monster that is trying to steal my soul, you judgmental tart.”

    Closing my eyes, I counted to ten. Yes. I had just called my cat a tart. Gathering up the fanged cookies, I bit the head off one of them before tossing the rest in the trash and heading to bed.

  36. Nicolette Zamora
    Dec 14, 2008 @ 22:57:33

    My first published short story is called “Little Cowgirl” and it is included in a wonderful book called One Touch, One Glance: A Sweet Romance Anthology. It’s available from Freya’s Bower.

    Book blurb: Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned romance? Remember reading about a man's clothed physique, or how a fellow admired a woman in a pretty red dress? How about stories where couples fall in love with just one glance or that first gentle touch? Then open this anthology and enjoy 18 beautiful stories of love lost, love found, intrigue, heartache healed, the miracles of life, passionate admissions, and tearjerkers that make one sigh with longing. From best friends who find romance to time travel to a bit of Christmas magic, step into the realm of hearts on fire and love everlasting.

    As for reviews, we received an entite bottle of champagne from Cocktail Reviews. You can read the review here:

  37. Nicolette Zamora
    Dec 14, 2008 @ 23:03:23

    I’m not sure why the link didn’t post so I’ll try again:

  38. Jordan Castillo Price
    Dec 18, 2008 @ 07:47:34

    Camp Hell, PsyCop #5
    by Jordan Castillo Price

    The riveting fifth story in the PsyCop series is available now in PDF, HTML, Mobi and Lit

    Victor Bayne honed his dubious psychic skills at one of the first psych training facilities in the country, Heliotrope Station, otherwise known as Camp Hell to the psychics who’ve been guests behind its razorwire fence.

    Vic discovered that none of the people he remembers from Camp Hell can be found online, and there’s no mention of Heliotrope Station itself, either. Someone’s gone through a lot of trouble to bury the past. But who?

    I lay in bed staring up at the tin ceiling, racking my brain and trying to figure out which was worse: knowing that Roger Burke would walk sooner, maybe even immediately, if I recanted my statement-‘or knowing that he could tell me everything I wanted to know about Camp Hell and then some, but that I was too gutless to pay the price he wanted for the information.

    I heard Jacob come in and bound up the stairs. He’s got energy to do things like that, because he eats right, exercises, and doesn’t take questionable pills.

    “Are you mad?” he said.

    I glanced down from the ceiling. He stood in the bedroom doorway, loosening his tie.

    “No. Why?”

    “Me. Forgetting your birthday.” He slipped out of his suitcoat and hung it in the closet. “Do you want to go out? It’s not that late. I’ll bet I can get us in at Villa Prego.”

    Villa Prego was fancy enough that I didn’t think the staff would ruin my dinner by trooping out and singing me a half-hearted, cheesy birthday song. But they served fussy little portions of things that once crawled around on the bottoms of ponds. “Nah. Let’s just get a pizza. I’m really not big into birthdays.”

    Jacob took off his holster and put it in a drawer. “How hungry are you?”

    Thanks to my cozy alone-time with Roger Burke, my stomach felt like it’d been ripped out, switched with a giant wad of rotting trash, then stuffed back into my abdominal cavity. I shrugged.

    Jacob flashed some skin while he pulled on a T-shirt and sweats, and even his unintentional strip tease wasn’t enough to cheer me up. I was too busy mulling over just how much I hated Burke, and wishing that he wasn’t the one who had the information I needed.

    Jacob shut the closet door and looked at me hard enough to make him squint. “Something’s wrong. Is it Lisa?”

    “Lisa’s fine. She sent me her e-mail address. Maybe one of these days she’ll trust me with her phone number again.”

    He planted his hands on his hips and kept on staring. I felt myself scowl even harder. I know he was accustomed to teaming up with the Human Polygraph, but didn’t he understand that sometimes people lied and minimized because they were wrestling with something too ugly to lay out there for everyone to see?

    “You’re mad that I borrowed your Auracel,” he said, finally.

    There-‘something I could hang my mood on. Thank you, Jacob. “Don’t go through my pockets.”

    “I’m sorry.”

    Like I gave a damn that he’d slipped some of my meds to an astral rapist. It wasn’t as if it was my last pill or anything. And it’d gone to a good cause. I did my best to scowl harder.

    Jacob sat on the edge of the bed, pulled my foot into his lap and dug his thumb into the sole. I turned all to jelly inside, but I think my scowl didn’t slip, much. “I’m truly sorry. I did what I thought was right at the time.”

    The nerves at the bottom of my foot seemed to be connected directly to my spine. I sagged into the mattress, and my eyes rolled up to stare at the ceiling again. Jacob swept his thumb over the ball of my foot, and I made a noise that I usually reserve for sex.

    “Please don’t be mad.”

    “I’m not mad,” I said. “It’s just been a rough couple of days.”

    Visit for the PsyCop series and other m/m paranormal delights

  39. Jordan Castillo Price
    Dec 19, 2008 @ 13:03:48

    Channeling Morpheus 5: Rebirth is available today at Changeling Press.

    Michael has never put much stock in clichés, but there's one he probably should have listened to: You can never go home again.

    His family assures him that plenty of young people take a few semesters off between high school and college, that a year of travel is practically a prerequisite nowadays. His father can pull a few strings, and he'll be a freshman at ISU by September.

    Michael's neglected to tell them that he's not just driving around aimlessly, stopping only to have sex with his chain-smoking boyfriend — that in fact, he's hunting vampires.

    We drove. There were maps in the glove box, but Wild Bill wasn't in the habit of looking at them. He'd stare at the big “you are here” signs next to the soda machines at the rest stops and fix all the routes in his head so that he always had a sense of where we were, even while I was frantically folding and unfolding, only to discover the route I'd meant to take was closed off with construction.

    I pressed my boots against the dash and shoved back hard until the seat creaked. I couldn't take my frustration out on Bill, and it was useless to talk to my family, so I did my best to show the van how angry I was. The van didn't seem to care.

    The seat felt strange, and I realized I'd left my jacket hanging over the kitchen chair. I felt for my wallet. It was in my back pocket. Screw it. I was sure Bill would be happy to vamp me a new jacket.

    We drove for an hour, or maybe it was only an excruciating ten minutes that seemed like an hour, and then finally, Wild Bill said, “Arboretum sound like a good place to hole up for the day?”

    I wanted to yell at him, ask him how he could act like nothing had happened, that everything was normal. I said, “Sure.”

    We approached a two-stoplight town with a gas station garishly lit against the flat, dark landscape. “Gassing up,” said Bill. “Need anything?”

    “A sister who's not a fucking idiot,” may have slipped out. I glanced over at Wild Bill to see if he'd heard — of course he'd heard. He's a vampire. He would've heard it if I'd whispered it into the headrest.

    Check out the whole Channeling Morpheus series at Changeling Press!

  40. Anne Douglas
    Dec 19, 2008 @ 15:08:44

    All Boxed Up
    A Loose Id Holiday Kiss
    Full-figured Heroine Erotic Contemporary

    Christmas Eve is not supposed to be celebrated naked, tied up, and locked in a dark cardboard box. But that’s exactly where Aimee Small finds herself. Has she been kidnapped by some strange Christmas themed psycho-killer, fascinated with the owner of the local Christmas shop? Or is it something else entirely?

    Joseph Christopher was not expecting to come home and find a huge-ass box in his foyer — especially one that makes noises. When he lifts up the lid, he finds that Santa’s come early this year and left him a tasty gift indeed: Aimee, the girl he’s been crushing on all year. She’s naked, bar some red satin ribbon wrapped, candy cane-style, around her luscious body.

    Oh, yeah!
    Some years it pays to end up on Santa’s naughty list….

    And just at the end of Nov:

    Huntingdawn 2:Witch Vamp Were?
    Shape-shifter/Vampire Paranormal Menage

    Shaun’s best friend had proven Weres existed, so why not Vampires? That’s Shaun’s reason for wandering a cemetery in the middle of the night, and she’s sticking to it — no matter how many things go bump in the night. A girl has to do what a girl has to do to prove she’s right.

    As for Rob, he’s the big bad wolf…err, cat…here to scare Little Gothic Riding Hood right out of her cherry-red shit-kickers and teach her a lesson about being a sticky beak. Oh the things a Pack Alpha has to do to keep pretty, pert little noses out of his business.

    Jakov Pieter’s just the token Vamp that Rob dragged along for atmosphere. After all, what’s not fun about hanging upside down from a tree? The things a Vamp does to humor his friends…pity humoring’s not all he wants to do.

    Throw in a three-hundred-year-old ghost, some 7th century mythology, lots of blue sparkles, and a cryptic prophecy about a fated trio of mates, and you have all the fixings of a Greek Tragedy…or maybe it's a Romance. Capital R, double on the “man.”

    Which vamp where? This vamp here. And this witch and were.

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