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GIVEAWAY: What’s Next for Berkley

NOTE: This post will close it’s comments tonight at 8 PM CST and the winners will be posted in the A.M. Jane

I have SEVENTEEN Berkley ARCs of titles scheduled to be published in March, April and May including NYT bestselling authors like Christine Feehan and Lora Leigh. Cindy Hwang, executive editor of Berkley, has donated these books to giveaway to highlight some of their spring titles.   Play the slideshow (there is a 4 sec delay) or click through the covers and then take a look at the highlights below. Drop a note in the comments with the title of three books you would like and anything else you think Berkley should know.   Winners will be picked at random. I will note that Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy has been read once (by me). It’s hysterical and contains the following line “You are the hottest biscuit this side of the gravy boat.”


This spring, Berkley has some really fabulous romances coming up, and it was especially hard to narrow down the list to just two highlights per month. So I cheated a bit and included three books in May. But there are many other exciting Berkley romances not mentioned here, so to find out about all the other current and upcoming books, check out


  • Known for her bestselling Psy-Changeling series, Nalini Singh has written a new paranormal series, this time featuring vampires and angels. It’s darker and even edgier than her Psy-Changeling series, and I think of it as a bit of a hybrid between paranormal romance and urban fantasy, so the category on the spine is Urban Fantasy Romance–a first for Berkley. You may think that you’ve already read every possible version possible of vampires–with ANGELS’ BLOOD, I guarantee that Nalini brings a real freshness to her world, a new twist that readers wouldn’t have read before. Plus, it has all the sexual tension and passionate romance that readers have come to expect from Nalini. All that and one of the sexiest heroes ever (Raphael is definitely on my personal top 5 list)!
  • Robin Schone is no stranger to romance readers–she’s been one of the most innovative and popular names in erotic romance for years–a true groundbreaker. Now, she makes her Berkley debut with CRY FOR PASSION. Set in Victorian London, CRY FOR PASSION is sexy, intense, complex, and emotional–vintage Schone. Berkley also has a special bonus for e-book readers–a free e-book of her previous historical romance, SCANDALOUS LOVERS, is bundled with the e-book of CRY FOR PASSION, so e-book readers will get a great two-fer!


  • Jory Strong made her name writing erotic romance e-books for Ellora’s Cave, and she makes her Berkley debut with GHOSTLAND, a fascinating blend of urban fantasy and sexy paranormal romance–the second Berkley title that is categorized Urban Fantasy Romance. GHOSTLAND is set in a post-apocalyptic world devastated by plague and war, and where paranormals have come out of hiding, and where society is sharply divided along paranormal lines. A struggle for power among the ruling classes may allow the Djinns to emerge from their self-imposed exile to reclaim their rightful place in the world. Jory has created a fascinating, complex world rich with mythology, and grounded it with a fabulous romance as well.
  • Known for her popular military-set category romances, DEFENDER is the first in Catherine Mann’s fabulous "Dark Ops Defenders" series-‘sexy romances featuring an elite squadron of fighter pilots who will do anything for their country-or their women! When a USO boat goes down in flames, test pilot Jimmy Gage pulls a scantily clad Chloe Nelson out of the shark-filled Mediterranean. Although she is grateful and he’s hot as the fire that took the boat down, the last thing Chloe needs is a jet-jock to be her bodyguard-‘until she inadvertently finds herself closer to Gage than she ever expected, and side by side in a dangerous mission. DEFENDER will be followed by HOTSHOT in May 2009, and RENEGADE in Jan 2010.


  • Erin McCarthy returns to the stock car racing world with HARD AND FAST, the follow-up to FLAT-OUT SEXY. And if it’s possible, HARD AND FAST is even funnier than FLAT-OUT SEXY. Erin is fabulous combining smart and sexy with laugh-out-loud funny, and there were moments in HARD AND FAST I literally could not stop laughing. The heroine, Imogen, is a character very close to my heart (I want to be Imogen when I grow up!), and her romance with race car driver Ty is bone-meltingly sensual. One of my favorite moments in the book is the camping scene–I’ll just say I have a similar wardrobe to Imogen, and also learned the hard way that it’s not the most appropriate wardrobe for hiking.
  • SEA LORD by Virginia Kantra is the third book in the Children of the Sea series, which is her selkie paranormal romance series. In case you don’t know, selkies are half-human, half-seal–on land, they’re human but transform to seals in the water–as long as they still have their pelt. Take away their pelt, and you take away their ability to transform. SEA LORD is the story of Lucy Hunter and Conn ap Llyr, the selkie prince, and Virginia doesn’t disappoint. Virginia’s selkies are some of the most fascinating paranormal creatures around, and I love how she develops the selkies through their relationships (romantic and otherwise) with humans in her books. Lucy and Conn’s romance is both epic and wonderfully intimate, and SEA LORD really delivers–both on the emotional front, and on the action front. The stakes are high in SEA LORD, and readers will feel every moment.
  • From bestselling Deirdre Martin, best known for her hockey romances, comes WITH A TWIST. It’s the first in Martin’s fabulous new series about a large, loving Irish American family named the O’Briens who own the Wild Hart, a pub in the heart of New York City. Readers will love the Irish flair and charming cast of characters as they watch newspaper reporter Quinn O’Brien fall in love with Natalie Bocuse, the sister of the heroine in JUST A TASTE. They will also be pleased with surprise appearances from some of the heroes of Martin’s hockey books.

Cindy Hwang is the executive editor of Berkley who is actively seeking fresh voices in romance. In her spare time, she enjoys Bravo Reality TV and cinema remakes of comic books.

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. Carol
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 19:43:25

    In this day and times, these giveaways are awesomely welcome! It’s so hard to choose, so I’ll list down five that caught my eye. ;p I hope that doesn’t disqualify me. LOL


  2. Pamk
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 19:56:28

    would love to win
    Naughty Intentions by Lora Leigh
    Ghostland by Jory Srong
    The Accidental Human by Dakota Cassidy

    I finished Angel’s Blood today and it absolutly rocked. Very nice series and al I can is I want some more please, prettly please.

  3. Jennifer B
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 20:05:16

    Oh all of those books look so good!

    Though I have to say that for my pics it would have to be:

    Erin McCarthy ~ Hard & Fast – sorry that one line hooked me!
    Lora Leigh ~ Nauti Intentions
    Jory Strong ~ Ghostland – I’ve heard alot of people talk about her so this would be a cool way to see if she’s as good as they say :)

    As for Ms Hwang, I gotta hand it to ya, most of the books that I read seem to have your name mentioned time and again. You know what you’re doing ;)

  4. Maggie
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 20:10:17

    Angels Blood by Nalini Sighn –
    Burning Wild – Christine Feehan –
    GhostLand – Jory Strong.

    I would love to read these dearly. As a full time mom of two little boys and the day care provider of two more toddlers reading is my escape. I would dearly love to have the opportunity to have these in my paws uh, hands. Thank you Berkly Books. What a Treat!


  5. Karen T
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 20:12:53

    The books I would like are
    Hard and Fast
    Riding on Instinct
    Rewriting Monday

  6. Amy S.
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 20:18:11

    Ghostland by Jory Strong, Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh, and Cry for Passion by Robin Schone

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Cynthia Gander
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 20:18:41

    I would like Christine Feehan’s Burning Wild, Lora Leigh Nauti Intentions and Jaci Burton Riding on Instinct.

  8. othena
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 20:21:34

    If I win I would like:

    Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy
    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
    Burning Wild by Christine Feehan

    Thank you for the opportunity to win great books.

  9. Kammie
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 20:23:34

    I’d like to read one of these stories:

    With a Twist by Deirdre Martin

    Nauti Intentions by Lori Leigh

    Revealed by Kate Noble

  10. Heather P
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 20:29:18

    I would like to have the following books if chosen to be a winner:

    Erin McCarthy- Hard and Fast
    Julie James- Practice Makes Perfect
    Jodi Thomas- Rewriting Monday

  11. Jennie M.
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 20:35:38

    I would love to win:
    The Accidental Human by Dakota Cassidy
    Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
    Dead if I Do by Tate Hallaway

    Thanks for having this contest!

  12. Kanch
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 20:54:02

    The three books I’d like are:
    1) White Star by Elizabeth Vaughan- I’ve loved her from her 1st book!
    2) Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James – There’s been major buzz about this author on listserves.
    3) Ghostland by Jory Strong – the cover is gorgeous!

    Comments for Berkley
    I’d really like it if the ebooks were priced cheaper and also, if author backlists could start appearing as ebooks too? thanks for the giveaway- its great.

  13. Sandra Marlow
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 20:59:14

    Wow, terrific giveaway! Thanks!

    It was hard to make a choice, they’re all beautifully done and sound great. Finally narrowed it down, though:

    Ghostland by Jory Strong
    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
    Revealed by Kate Noble

  14. aliquis
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 21:19:02

    What a great give away – thank you, DA ladies and Cindy!

    I’d love to win: Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy, Revealed by Kate Noble, and Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh.

    Seems like a winning combination to me!

  15. Jo B.
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 21:20:21

    If I’m chosen, I’d like:

    Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
    Dead if I Do by Tate Hallaway
    The Accidental Human by Dakota Cassidy

    Of couse I’d actually like more than that, but since I’m limited to three… ;)

  16. Jacqueline
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 21:24:02

    I’d love to get my hands on these three books.

    Nalini Singh – Angels’ Blood
    Jory Strong – Ghostland
    Virginia Kantra – Sea Lord

  17. Terri W.
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 21:33:24

    What an awesome giveaway, thanks Dear Author and Berkley especially Cindy!

    If I’m chosen I would like:

    1. Riding on Instinct by Jaci Burton
    2. Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
    3. Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy

    Thanks for a chance to win books!

  18. Shunda
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 21:52:56

    There certainly are some great books up for grabs, but since I can only pick three, here they are:
    The Accidental Human
    Cry for Passion
    Naughty Intentions

  19. Senora
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 21:55:22

    OK, I’m totally jealous and drooling over these ARC.

    I would be happy with any of the books and I will likely read all of them.

    Here are my choices:

    Nauti Intentions: The Great Lora Leigh

    Burning Wild: Christine Feehan

    The Mage: Jean Johnson

  20. Mickey MacDougal
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 21:58:20

    I hope I’m not late in entering!!!! I’d L-O-V-E to win these books:

    Hard and Fast
    With a Twist
    Riding on Instinct

    Thanks a bunch!

  21. Gin
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 22:08:31

    Ooo! Pick my number!

    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
    Her Ladyship's Companion by Evangeline Collins
    Rewriting Monday by Jodi Thomas

  22. kim h
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 22:24:21

    oh very ncie yes pick pick pick me

    lora leigh books
    erin mccarthhylove her

    jaci burotn books

    love it

  23. danni t
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 22:38:58

    Wow i love a lot of the books offered. I always have to check Berkley each month because a lot of my favorite authors have books published from there. Hmmm.. I would choose….hard choice…

    Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
    The Mage by Jean Johnson
    Ghostland by Jory Stong

    Thank you very much!!!

  24. skykingbna
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 22:39:52

    Out of 17 we have to narrow it down to just THREE we’d like to win. Oh, the stress!!!

    okay, here’s mine:
    Burning Wild – Christine Feehan
    Eternal Moon – Rebecca York
    Ghostland – Jory Strong

    And Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh… have it… read it… LOVED it! If you like paranormal fantasy/romance, run, don’t walk to get this book.


  25. Maili
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 00:23:11

    Holy cow. I had no idea that Robin Schone is back.

    I was wrong. A fan of hers was utterly convinced she will return some day, but I thought she wouldn’t. It’s a good thing that I was wrong, eh? :D

  26. Zhan
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 00:36:51

    I’d like to enter to win these three books below:
    Nauti Intentions: Lora Leigh
    Burning Wild: Christine Feehan
    Riding On Instinct: Jaci Burton

  27. May B.
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 00:46:04

    I would like to try the author I never read, which are

    1. With a twist by Deidre Martin
    2. Her Ladyship’s companion by Evangeline Collins
    3. Revealed by Kate Noble

  28. Dawn M.
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 00:52:18

    What a great list of books to choose from! My choices would be:

    Ghostland – Jory Strong
    Angel’s Blood – Nalini Singh
    Defender – Catherine Mann

    Thanks! :0)

  29. Beverley
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 01:04:42

    If chosen, I’d like to read

    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
    Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy
    Riding on Instinct by Jaci Burton

    Thanks for the chance to read these tempting coming releases!

  30. Aymless
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 01:25:02

    So many to chose from! The three I would like are:

    1. The Mage by Jean Johnson
    2. White Star by Elizabeth Vaughan
    3. Burning Wild by Christine Feehan

  31. Samantha
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 01:31:16

    Berkley really seems to do a superior job of editing. Authors that have written for other houses in the past seem to have a stronger voice when at Berkley.

    Contest wise (and otherwise) bring back the contemporary!

    I’d love the Erin McCarthy, but I am probably gonna buy it anyway.

    So my first three choices are:

    1 Practice Makes Perfect-J.James
    2 Defender C. Mann
    3 With a Twist- D Martin

  32. Trisha
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 02:01:49

    Ghostland by Jory Strong
    White Star by Elizabeth Vaughan
    Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh

  33. ShellBell
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 02:19:30

    So many great books to choose from!

    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
    Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
    Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

  34. Larissa
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 02:24:39

    I would like

    Sea Lord by Virginia Kantra
    A Vampire’s Kiss by Joey W Hill
    The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop



  35. Michelle B
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 03:16:40

    They are all great but my 3 choices are:

    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
    Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy
    Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

  36. Holly
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 04:31:12

    So many good choices!

    1) Angel’s Blood
    2) With a Twist
    3) Ghostland

  37. Jess W
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 05:48:58

    Thank you to Cindy Hwang and DA for the chance to preview some of the Berkeley upcoming books and the chance to win free fun.

    I am interested in the following:
    Hard and Fast by McCarthy
    (usually can depend on funny and sexy stories from EM)
    Her Ladyship’s Companion by Collins
    (I like the cover)
    Angel’s Blood by Singh
    (not much into vamps but loved psy-changling series so i am curious to see NS’s take on the bloodsuckers)

  38. Ashley V
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 06:37:25

    oh man it is hard to pick just 3. I would go with Hard and Fast, Dead if I Do, and Ghostland. I’ve been waiting for these 3 forever it seems like.

  39. krystal j
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 06:45:52

    erin mccarthy- hard and fast

    lora leigh- nauti intentions

    christine feehan- burning wild

    It was really hard to choose just three.

  40. Emma Petersen
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 07:03:00

    Seriously, how fricking awesome are those covers. I love all of them but especially Ghostland and Sea Lord. I don’t know who the artists were but they killed those covers.

    My picks.

    1. Cry For Passion by Robin Schone (of course)
    2. Ghostland by Jory Strong
    3. With A Twist by Deirdre Martin

    Thanks for the opportunity DA! You guys rock!

  41. Janine B
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 07:34:09

    This it tough! My picks…

    1. Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh – promising fun and hot read
    2. Burning Wild by Christine Feehan – I’ve been waiting for-EVAH for another leopard
    3. The Mage by Jean Johnson – I just read the 1st in this series and dangit, I have to continue…

    Thanks DA!

  42. Candace
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 07:40:48

    I have been dying for the new Tate Hallaway, Dead If I Do, and Dakota Cassidy’s Accidental Human, that series is awesome! Also, Ghostland is a highly anticipated read!!!!!

  43. Mishel
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 07:55:41

    This is such a generous giveaway! If I was chosen I’d love to have:

    1. Burning Wild :: Christine Feehan
    2. Angel's Blood :: Nalini Singh
    3. Ghostland :: Jory Strong

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

    Thanks so much!

  44. michele H.
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 07:57:01

    Wow! This is exciting! My three choices are as follows:

    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
    Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
    Ghostland by Jory Strong

    I really would like to see Berkley offer books in an eBook format. I read so much and travel a great deal for work. It is much easier to load twenty books on my eReader than to pack and tote 20 paperbacks or hardback novels with me. As a consumer, I would purchase more books from Berkley in an eFormat and expand my interest to additional authors.

  45. Frannie
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 08:24:58

    Wow, what a great giveaway – there are so many books by authors I really like and some, by authors I don’t know seem really intriguing. A wealth of choice, but, I’d love to receive the books by:
    Virginia Kantra, Julie James and Erin McCarthy.

  46. Lynn R.
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 08:25:26

    If I am chosen, I would love to have:

    1. Riding on Instinct
    2. Hard and Fast
    3. Rewriting Monday.

    They all sound right up my alley.

  47. Debbie G
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 08:34:26

    My picks…

    Burning Wild – Christine Feehan
    Cry for Passion – Robin Schone
    The Mage – Jean Johnson


  48. Jessica B.
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 08:37:30

    Wow! It’s so generous that you’ve got so many books that your giving away.

    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
    Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
    The Accidental Human by Dakota Cassidy

    If Angel’s Blood is one in the selection that is being offered then I would like to have that one in place of The Accidental Human.

    So will you announce the winners, what books they got, and when you make the selection?


  49. Kelly C.
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 08:51:15

    I think it is tres generous of all involved to offer these books up. And let’s face it, with the way things are and have been going, who can’t use not only free books but the pick me up that any/all books do/will bring. Cheers to that! :)

    My choices are:

    HARD AND FAST – Erin McCarthy
    WITH A TWIST – Deirdre Martin

  50. Susan Bussey
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 08:59:29


    There are some great choices here & a lot of eagerly anticipated Berkley books this year on my list. Thank you for the great give-away!!

    Nauti Intentions `by Lora Leigh
    Ghostland ““` by Jory Strong
    Burning Wild““ by Christine Feehan

    Thanks again,

  51. Kim W
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 09:22:52

    The Mage by Jean Johnson

    Burning Wild by Christine Feehan

    With a Twist by Deirdre Martin

  52. tammy k
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 09:57:28

    The Accidental Human – Dakota Cassidy
    Cry For Passion – Robin Schone
    Nauti Intentions – Lora Leigh

  53. Lily
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 10:18:01

    My choices are:

    Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
    A Vampire's Kiss by Joey W Hill
    White Star by Elizabeth Vaughan

    Please! Please! Please! Let me win!!!

  54. Sarah
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 10:18:39

    Oooh, they all look good. My picks are

    Ghostland by Jory Strong
    The Accidental Human by Dakota Cassidy
    Her Ladyships Companion by Evangeline Collins


  55. Natalie S.
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 10:29:52

    If chosen, I would like to win:

    Sea Lord by Virginia Kantra
    Ghostland by Jory Strong
    Revealed by Kate Noble


  56. Christine
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 10:38:11

    A hard choice to just pick three:

    Hard& FAst by Erin Mccarthy
    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
    The Mage by Jean Johnson

  57. Eva S
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 11:34:47

    Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
    Riding on Instinct by Jaci Burton

    So many great books…

  58. Suzette
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 12:09:48

    If I win, I would love the following three books:

    Burning Wild-I never pass up any of her books
    Angel’s Blood-Would love to see what sets this book apart from others like it
    Nauti Intentions-Because these are always so hot!

  59. Alyssa
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 12:17:37

    so many books so little time

  60. Daniela Brodner
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 12:21:18

    I would loveeee to win

    Hard and Fast by Erin Mccarthy (I loved Flat Out Sexy and im dying for this One)

    Dead if I Do by Tate Hallaway

    With a Twist by Deidre Martin

    How can i sign up to hear about news and more releases??? I got this link in Nalini Singh’s blog but im totally interested in a lot of this books!!!
    Maybe a small exerpt of the books on the slidde show would help attract more attention to the ones we dont know….

  61. Saneeya
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 13:14:25

    Thanks for the giveaway. Heard great things about Practice Makes Perfect; Would love to read Eternal Moon and Revealed.

  62. Katharina Frank
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 13:25:15

    Thank you for the giveaways! Such a great idea and I really would love to win, too.

    I would love a chance to win a copy of:

    1. GHOSTLAND by Jory Strong
    2. ANGELS' BLOOD by Nalini Singh
    3. ETERNAL MOON by Rebecca York

    Thank you again and by by!

  63. Robyn B
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 13:25:40

    The 3 that I would like to win are:

    white star by elizabeth vaughn
    revealed by kate noble
    her ladyship’s companion

  64. Louisa Cornell
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 13:36:21

    What a great lineup !

    I would love to read :

    Revealed by Kate Noble

    Cry for Passion by Robin Shone (get well soon, Robin!)

    Her Ladyship’s Companion by Evangeline Collins

  65. Lizzie (greeneyed fem)
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 13:39:56

    Ooo! Book contest!

    I’d love:

    Ghostland (love the cover and the description sold me)
    Angel’s Blood
    Her Ladyship’s Companion

    I was a little confused about if our 3 choices had to come from the 17 books in the graphic, or if we could include a choice from the descriptions. So if Angel’s Blood doesn’t count, I’d swap in Hard and Fast.

    *fingers crossed*

  66. Tricia R
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 13:45:43

    It was really hard to choose only 3, but here’s my best shot:

    Defender by Catherine Mann
    Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy
    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh

    Thanks! Good luck to all.

  67. Lynette
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 13:47:35

    Hope I’m not too late:

    Burning Wild (Christine Feehan)
    Riding on Instinct (Jaci Burton)
    White Star (Elizabeth Vaughn)

  68. Maija
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 14:11:25

    If shipping to Finland is possible:

    Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
    Ghostland by Jory Strong
    Burning Wild by Christine Feehan

  69. Kathleen Collins
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 14:42:06

    Angel’s Blood and Ghostland have been on my to read list since I first heard about them, so those would be great.
    With a Twist would be my third choice because I love Deidre Martin and I’m a sucker for anything Irish.

  70. Emma
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 15:11:16

    It’s so hard to choose, but the three I’d like to win are:
    Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy
    Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh

  71. Chenebe
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 15:19:22

    Berkley and Cindy Hwang have again shown that they are publishers who take every opportunity to listen to what their readers have to say. This giveaway is a great idea to generate interest in upcoming books and for them to guage what really gets their audience ticking (you really have to think hard to pick three books out of that list! But the truth is if we were to have to buy the books … we are likely to choose around three).

    I think Berkley is also on its way to build audience loyalty, to the publishing house for consistently choosing some of the best authors in the genre out there. There is a lot of choice out there, and I don’t know if I am the only one or if most people will flick their eyes to see who published a book, before I even read the blurb!

    Listing out all their new titles like this really raises awareness that they have something for everyone. I’m impressed, eventhough I am partial to paranormal.

    Their cover art is exceptional and moving fast away from the cheesy covers that have plagued romance novels and prevented them from being taken out into public (seriously, the publishers who created an ‘adult cover’ for Harry Potter knew what they were about).

    Regarding the paranormal titles that Berkley has out there, I have to first qualify that I am traditionally more a fantasy/sci-fi reader, who has been driven through sheer desperation to search for fresh world building and views outside of that genre. My search has seen me foraging in YA territory (some of the best and most original fantasy is in this category) and more recently, I’ve been giving paranormal romance a go. I did read historical romances when I was younger, but eventually got bored by the eternal sameness.

    I am perhaps a little less impressed by the current level of the world building in romance novels than the average. I read reviews praising the world building to the skies and I am often still dissatisfied when I actually do read the books. I think it still has quite a way to go before it reaches the levels seen in the pure fantasy/sci-fi genre. I suppose that is inevitable if a book is classed as romance – and I am aware there is a backlash from readers who think the romance is sacrificed for world building.

    I am interested to see the publishers pushing sub-genres like the two urban fantasy titles mentioned here. This is something I will be watching with interest. Another neglected sub-genre is sci-fi or novels emphasising technology levels. There is a lot out there currently about shape-shifters, and other mythical creatures which I do enjoy, but technology can be as/more fascinating as elves or people turning into tigers. Would love to see someone make it sexy! ;P Sci-fi is often targeted at a male audience (the romance is often very dry and yawn) and I am sure geek girls out there would love to read about technology and great love stories against that setting.

    Another thought is that a fantasy of epic proportions might be nice … you know, sort of like what they used to do with medieval romances, only populated with otherworldly creatures, where you get a sense of the length and breadth of the created world. But again, perhaps a romance novel (which focusses on the very intimate relationship between two people) is not the right vehicle for that. The series that comes to mind is Jaqueline Carey’s Kushiel books, but then, that is classed as fantasy (even though there is some pretty hot sex in there).

    Another gripe I have about the current romances out there – what’s with the grisly murders, gore, serial killers and mental cases out there? In romance novels no less. I know the whole death heightens awareness of life (a.k.a. hot sex) connection, but I find it hard to avoid the blood splatters on the wall as I navigate in the bucolic waters of romance. It really spoils it for me (it is one of the reasons why I never bought into the Psy/Changeling books, though I thought that was a sure ringer for me). I begin to think that women are far more violent and bloodthirsty than men (considering the kinds of death I have to read in sci-fi/fantasy – are are present but they are not so … gross).

    Anyway, enough of me yammering on, my three choices:

    #1 Ghostland – Jory Strong (the cover is so good, I’m not entirely certain I was not influenced by it; it reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s urban fantasy ‘Neverwhere’)
    #2 The Mage – Jean Johnson
    #3 Sea Lord – Virginia Kantra

    I will probably also read Angels’ Blood, the excerpt on the author’s website looked very good and quite different from the Psy/Changeling books, though it did make me think of Anita Blake and Sharon Shinn’s ‘Archangel’.

  72. LouiseD
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 15:43:20

    Angel’s Blood – Nalini Singh
    Ghostland – Jory Strong
    Defender – Catherine Mann

    I’m with Chenebe, I too come from a fantasy/Sci-fi reading background, read historical got a bit board, found paranormals but wish the world building was a little deeper.
    Saying that though, I really like the Psy/Changling series

  73. Helen L.
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 15:57:50

    Catherine Mann, Erin McCarthy, Jodi Thomas.

  74. Sharon
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 16:15:43

    Wow, what a selection.

    1. Lora Leigh’s Nauti Intentions, because, hey, who can resist any of Lora’s super alpha heroes? :) Seriously can’t wait for Alex’s story!

    2. Erin McCarthy’s Hard and Fast. She always has the fantastic ability to make her readers laugh and fall in love with everyone of her books.

    3. Christine Feehan’s Burning Wild. Read the excerpt at the end of Murder Game and I’m excited to see how this book will pan out.

  75. Jan
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 16:26:54

    It looks like lots of good books coming out this spring.

    My choices:

    Ghostland by Jory Strong
    White Star by Elizabeth Vaughan
    Sea Lord by Virginia Kantra

  76. Monica Kaye
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 17:10:22

    My choices are:

    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
    Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
    Sea Lord by Virginia Kantra

    There are so many awesome books out this year!

  77. Julie
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 17:17:30

    So many to choose from…

    1. Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh
    2. Ghostland by Jory Strong
    3. Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy

  78. Lili
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 17:34:17

    My 3 choices are:

    1. Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy
    2. With a Twist by Deirdre Martin
    3. Defender by Catherine Mann

  79. Shel
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 17:57:17

    1) Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy
    2) Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
    3) Defender by Catherine Mann

    Thanks, so many to choose from.

  80. AngelaG.
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 18:42:44

    The 3 I really want the most are:

    Jean Johnson ~ The Mage
    Erin Mccarty ~ Hard and Fast
    Elizabeth Vaughn ~ White Star

    Very hard pick only 3 though

  81. nriffel
    Mar 10, 2009 @ 19:10:04

    The 3 I want most are:

    Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
    Defender by Catherine Mann
    With a Twist by Deirdre Martin

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