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2011 Kensington Backlist Titles (and Giveaway)


1) Evangeline Holland
2) Pam P
3) Andra
4) Pat L.
5) brooklynshoebabe
6) Sarah W
7) MarieC
8) Linda S


I am gathering the publishing lists of houses for 2011. I know, 2011 is nearly half way over, but better late than never. This list is from Kensington. To celebrate the publication of this list, Kensington is giving away 1 print copy of the following books. Browse through the table, bookmark the link for future reference, and leave a comment about a Kensington title that you are either interested in or would recommend (no need to limit it to 2011). I’ll close this contest on Friday night at 8 pm cst and announce the winners on Saturday.

kensington may dearauthor

  • VIENNA WALTZ by Teresa Grant
  • STARFIRE by Kate Douglas
  • BLUE ANGEL by Logan Belle
  • BIG BAD BEAST by Shelly Laurenston
  • TOUCH OF A THIEF by Mia Marlowe
  • SONG OF THE SILK ROAD by Mingmei Yip

My Kensington comment is this.  Robin is a big fan of Shelly Laurentson. When I received the finished copy, I snuck a peak at the first few chapters. It’s classic Laurentson, funny and over the top; but in the first few chapters, I was intrigued enough to buy Beast Behaving Badly because it features an OCD hero and a crazy heroine (who apparently thrills in drawing hearts and flowers all over the hero’s lists).

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You can also see the 2010 Kensington publishing list here.

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. MarieC
    May 02, 2011 @ 10:11:04

    Great giveaway!

    Going through the list, I didn’t realize how many of these I’ve already read! Yah me!

    I would love to get a hold of MJ Putney’s “Nowhere Near Respectable”, though!

  2. Nadia Lee
    May 02, 2011 @ 10:15:02

    I’m intrigued by Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston because my friend keeps telling me how awesome she is. :-D

  3. Rashda Khan
    May 02, 2011 @ 10:17:29

    I’d love to get my hands on Demon Hunting in Dixie because I’ve been hearing a lot of good talk about it and the story just sounds like fun.

    Also, I love Cynthia Eden’s paranormal titles published by Kensington. Hot and intelligent.

  4. StacieDM
    May 02, 2011 @ 10:23:20

    I would love to win Nowhere Near Respectable. I like that they heroine goes after the man she wants even if they aren’t of the same class. I’ve read excerpts and it sounds lovely.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  5. Kristi
    May 02, 2011 @ 10:24:26

    That sounds like an awesome compliment for Laurenston, I’ve never read her but sounds like I might have to!

    Personally though, I love a great Mary Jo Putney. I can’t wait to read her new one.

  6. Shannon H
    May 02, 2011 @ 10:26:41

    Starfire sounds very interesting, I’d love to read it

  7. Jill Sorenson
    May 02, 2011 @ 10:39:25

    Can I enter? I’d love to win Blue Angel. Just read the description it sounds like f/f/m. !!!

  8. Erica H
    May 02, 2011 @ 10:51:35

    I always love Shelly Laurenston. Her books are soo funny. I can’t wait to read Big Bad Beast.

  9. Debra`
    May 02, 2011 @ 11:12:08

    I got to read the ARC of Big BAd Beast and loved it!! Would love to win the book. But then I love all of her books. Can’t wait for the next Hannah Howell book.

  10. Marianne
    May 02, 2011 @ 11:16:16

    I’d love to read all of them!! lol but given a choice I would like Big Bad Beast…I love Shelly Laurenston!

  11. Sarah
    May 02, 2011 @ 11:28:31

    Demon Hunting in Dixie sounds like a fun read. Also looking forward to the Mary Jo Putney.

  12. Bernie Stock
    May 02, 2011 @ 11:40:21

    Or any thing you you want to give me! :))

  13. DeeCee
    May 02, 2011 @ 11:45:39

    Laurenston. I love her Pack books and her Dragon novels (under G.A. Aiken). They’re hilarious!

  14. Billie Davis
    May 02, 2011 @ 12:08:49

    I would like to have A Touch of A Thief by Mia
    Marlowe. Enjoyed her lst one.

  15. Kim
    May 02, 2011 @ 12:15:14

    A TASTE OF DESIRE by Beverley Kendall was a great read. This was a wonderful sophomore effort from a new writer.

    Please enter me for: NOWHERE NEAR RESPECTABLE by Mary Jo Putney

  16. vita
    May 02, 2011 @ 12:17:18

    Well,I’ve never read the much raved about Shelly Laurenston, and I really, really have a thing about reading a series in order! Still I guess I’d like Big Bad Beast…or Demon Hunting in Dixie.

  17. Julie
    May 02, 2011 @ 12:23:04

    Anything by Shelly Laurenston! I haven’t yet come across a book of hers that hasn’t made me laugh.

  18. Carin
    May 02, 2011 @ 12:26:34

    •BIG BAD BEAST by Shelly Laurenston
    I LOVE Laurenston! She’s a never fail and awesome to re-read author for me!

  19. ruth
    May 02, 2011 @ 12:32:42

    Shelly Laurenston/G.A.Aiken is amazing as always! She is a must read!

  20. g_lavo
    May 02, 2011 @ 12:35:03

    This is a great resource! Thanks so much for providing so many publishing dates. My calendar is now full of reminders for new books.

    I can’t wait to try Shelly Laurenston and Mary Jo Putney.

  21. Sotheara
    May 02, 2011 @ 12:40:25

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway. There are so many books I want to get my greedy hands on. . . I would love get any book by Mary Jo Putney, Blood Wicked by Sharon Page, and Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston.

  22. Danielle D
    May 02, 2011 @ 12:51:48

    Great Giveaway!

    I would love a chance to win My Favorite Countess by Vanessa Kelly

  23. Phyllis
    May 02, 2011 @ 13:04:46

    I love Mary Jo Putney and Jo Beverley and Susan Andersen and… well, historicals and contemporary and let’s see… and werewolves in there? I love shapeshifters. What else? Oh, most of them :)

  24. Heather S
    May 02, 2011 @ 13:08:09

    I just ordered Laurenston’s book (have all of the books in that series) and can’t wait to read it. Of the others Douglas’s Starfire and Putney’s No Where Near Respectable is on my hitlist too!

  25. redheadedgirl
    May 02, 2011 @ 13:21:53

    I read Mistress by Mistake earlier this year, and am intrigued enough to want to read Mistress by Mistake, as well.

  26. Jennie M.
    May 02, 2011 @ 13:25:27

    I’m looking forward to reading Mistress by Midnight by Maggie Robinson, The Perfect Mistress by Victoria Alexander and The Bargain by Mary Jo Putney.

  27. Linda S
    May 02, 2011 @ 13:26:54

    I’m looking forward to the new Alexandra Ivy book, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Mary Jo Putney books, so would like to read Nowhere Near Respectable.

  28. Karen
    May 02, 2011 @ 13:31:10

    I would like to hop on the Big Bad Beast bandwagon! :-D

  29. EGS
    May 02, 2011 @ 13:36:03

    I’d love a copy of MJP’s The Bargain. :)

  30. Kaya H
    May 02, 2011 @ 13:49:40

    Big Bad Beast is one I have had my eye on also. These all look fantastic though.

  31. Melissa (Books and Things)
    May 02, 2011 @ 13:49:49

    Oh, I’d go for Seaborn. Sounds very interesting!

  32. Teri C
    May 02, 2011 @ 13:50:47

    Starfire! I love some of Kate’s other books and Starfire sounds great. These are some great books coming out in 2011. Thanx for the update on them.

  33. Emma_I
    May 02, 2011 @ 14:01:12

    I’d love to read Mary Jo Putney’s Nowhere Near Respectable as I’ve enjoyed a few of her previous books.

  34. Joder
    May 02, 2011 @ 14:04:44

    I’ve already read the Laurenston and loved it so I choose NOWHERE NEAR RESPECTABLE by Mary Jo Putney since I cut my romance reading chops on her early works.

  35. DS
    May 02, 2011 @ 14:22:20

    Teresa Grant is aka Tracy Grant and this I think is the book she has been required to change the names of her sleuthing couple for some reason that probably has to do with the bookstore sell through on her last New York published book. I did buy Mask of Night last month when someone mentioned she had self published it on Kindle.

  36. Linda Henderson
    May 02, 2011 @ 14:45:23

    I think Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston or Starfire by Kate Douglas would be great.

  37. Sarah W
    May 02, 2011 @ 14:47:00

    I LOVED Beast Behaving Badly, so much I had to read it twice. But the main female character of Big Bad Beast was a jerk in it, so I’m not sure I want to buy her story. But if I won it then I wouldn’t have to spend the money to try it out!

  38. Ann
    May 02, 2011 @ 15:07:13

    There’s some excellent books out there! In order of requests: NOWHERE NEAR RESPECTABLE by Mary Jo Putney or BIG BAD BEAST by Shelly Laurenston. Of course, any of the other books would be fine, too.

  39. Nikki
    May 02, 2011 @ 15:09:56

    Since I have Big Bad Beast already(ebook and print), I can only say I highly recommend it. But I have to say Sarah W., that we have had some interesting hints about Dee-Ann along the way and she has been interesting. She had the same tendencies she has had in prior books, but you get more details and background. And really, you need to read it for the scene at her apartment. It was so funny.

    I enjoyed it and honestly felt like I do at the end of all her books, where is the next one!

  40. brooklynshoebabe
    May 02, 2011 @ 15:26:08

    Lovin’ Blue by Zuri Day sounds good. Who wouldn’t want to be seduced by a hot cop? ;-)

  41. Susan Laura
    May 02, 2011 @ 15:32:13

    I read a sneak peak of Sylvia Day’s “Pride and Pleasure” and was very interested in reading more. (Kensington, might you like to discount the ebook? $14 is a bit much . . .)And I have heard good things about Shelley Laurenston but have yet to read one of her stories.

  42. emmad
    May 02, 2011 @ 15:33:22

    Ohh lots of books to choose from. Hmm I think I’d pick Starfire Kate Douglas

  43. Danielle Gorman
    May 02, 2011 @ 15:45:36

    There are a few that I am looking forward to reading or have already read. I am really looking forward to reading Fated by Rebecca Zanetti, The Perfect Mistress by Victoria Alexander, Starfire by Kate Douglas, A Touch of a Theif by Mia Marlowe, and My Favorite Countess by Vanessa Kelly to name a few.

    I would love a copy of either STARFIRE by Kate Douglas or TOUCH OF A THIEF by Mia Marlowe

  44. Ann
    May 02, 2011 @ 16:05:50

    I’m really looking forward to Shannon Mckenna’s new release. I’ve loved all of her books.

    I’m also interested in Shelly Laurenston. I’ve been hearing good things about her writing.

  45. Lori
    May 02, 2011 @ 16:09:25

    I’ve been wanting to try a Shelly Laurenston novel so now seems like a good time. Plus, I’m always up for a Shannon Mckenna novel.

  46. Tessa K.
    May 02, 2011 @ 16:23:28

    I would love to try NOWHERE NEAR RESPECTABLE by Mary Jo Putney It sounds like something I would love!


  47. Pam P
    May 02, 2011 @ 16:25:14

    Love to enter for Vienna Waltz by Teresa Grant, having liked her Tracy Grant books a lot. Agree Shelly Laurenston books are a hoot, particulary like her Aiken dragon books. Have that Putney now, a favorite author – highly recommend her older The Rake (aka The Rake and the Reformer), and her Fallen Angel series.

  48. Ammarylis
    May 02, 2011 @ 16:44:10

    Oh, wow! This is really helpful! Thanks for all of your work, Jane!

    The Kensington book I’m most interested in reading is Changeling Moon by Dani Harper. The Kensington book I’m most interesting in reading for this giveaway is NOWHERE NEAR RESPECTABLE by MARY JO PUTNEY. I’ve never read her before (yes, I know, Live Under a Rock “R” Us) & I’m trying to add more historical romances to my literary diet.

  49. Kelsey
    May 02, 2011 @ 17:06:27

    TOUCH OF A THIEF by Mia Marlowe sounds like it would keep me up all night reading, but wonderful nonetheless. :)

  50. Kaetrin
    May 02, 2011 @ 17:30:54

    I’d be interested in the Laurenston – I keep hearing great things about the series and I’ve been meaning to try it.

  51. Mickie T
    May 02, 2011 @ 17:40:39

    Add me to the pack of (howling?) Laurenston readers, since I’d also love to read Big Bad Beast. Or Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George, Touch of a Thief by Mia Marlowe, or even Blue Angel by Logan Belle — although finding yourself unexpectedly on stage doing a striptease sounds more like a nightmare, not a plot point!

    Mickie T

  52. Suzy K
    May 02, 2011 @ 18:47:51

    I’d like to give Shelly Laurenston at try after everyone commenting so positively!! and I haven’t read the MJ Putney one yet, either!

  53. Robin K
    May 02, 2011 @ 18:55:10

    There are so many great authors to choose from. Sands, Davidson and Howell are some of my favorites.

  54. Elaine G
    May 02, 2011 @ 19:31:47

    Great list of books.
    I’m interested in Bastian: The Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber.

  55. Virginia C
    May 02, 2011 @ 19:40:34

    •TOUCH OF A THIEF by Mia Marlowe

    A new author for me–story line and characters sound terrific!

  56. muneera n
    May 02, 2011 @ 20:07:05

    All of the books sound great, but I would love to receive a copy of Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston!

  57. LSUReader
    May 02, 2011 @ 20:17:15

    I’d love to win/read the new Mia Marlowe book.

    As for other recommendations, Mary Jo Putney’s Lost Lord’s series is terrific–I have the new one on order already.

  58. Amber E.
    May 02, 2011 @ 20:48:20

    Great giveaway! I would love a chance to win MY FAVORITE COUNTESS by Vanessa Kelly or DEADLY LITTLE SECRETS by Jeanne Adams. Thank you for the chance!

  59. Pat L.
    May 02, 2011 @ 20:48:52

    I would love Blue Angel.

  60. Evangeline Holland
    May 02, 2011 @ 21:01:27

    I’ve been looking at Logan Belle’s Blue Angel since it involves a neo-burlesque lounge.

  61. DP
    May 02, 2011 @ 21:35:29

    I’d like to read Vienna Waltz by Teresa Grant because it got an excellent review in the Historical Novels Review.

  62. Penny
    May 02, 2011 @ 21:50:54

    I would like BIG BAD BEAST by Shelly Laurenston. Shelly’s books are always great reads!

  63. Barbara Elness
    May 02, 2011 @ 21:53:06

    I can recommend Beverley Kendall’s A Taste of Desire, and I’m looking forward to reading Diane Whiteside’s The Shadow Guard, Erica Ridley’s Too Sinful to Deny, Mia Marlow’s Touch of a Thief, and Vanessa Kelly’s My Favorite Countess.

  64. Chris
    May 02, 2011 @ 22:34:35

    Ooh what a great giveaway.

    Dianne Duvall’s Darkness Dawns was recommended by a friend, so I’d like to give that one a shot.

  65. Sandy Marlow
    May 02, 2011 @ 22:37:52

    Three of my all-time fave authors – Lucy Monroe, Shelly Laurentson, and Sylvia Day – I read anything by them. Since I’ve already read Pride and Pleasure, I’d love to get my hands on either Deal with This or Big Bad Beast. And if you haven’t read Pride and Pleasure yet, you should soon!

  66. Carly M.
    May 02, 2011 @ 22:40:31

    @Susan Laura — Pride & Pleasure e-book is discounted — it was around $8.50 when I bought it for my Nook.

    I’m looking forward to Mia Marlowe’s Touch of a Thief. I loved her Emily Bryan books.

    Tangentially, does anyone know where Hilary Sares landed? I remember she left Kensington Aphrodisia a few years ago, and I’m curious if she’s still editing/acquiring books (and if so, who, because I’d buy their books!)

  67. Chelsea B.
    May 02, 2011 @ 23:47:39

    I have been looking forward to reading •TOUCH OF A THIEF by Mia Marlowe for EVEA! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this!

  68. Stephanie K.
    May 03, 2011 @ 00:06:01

    I’d like to read Off Kilter by Donna Kauffman.

  69. donnas
    May 03, 2011 @ 00:32:53

    What a great list of books. Starfire, Darkness Unleashed, Darkness Dawns are a few I cant wait to get.

  70. Edith
    May 03, 2011 @ 00:46:37

    I’d love to get VIENNA WALTZ by Teresa Grant. Her book DAUGHTER OF THE GAME was the best book I read that year. Brilliant author!!

  71. Cherry Mischievous
    May 03, 2011 @ 02:50:25

    I’ve seen Beast Behaving Badly around but after all this time it is still expensive even in the secondhand market… gotta love a snarky heroine who drives the hero up-the-wall insane :)

  72. Mary
    May 03, 2011 @ 06:51:44

    I would love to get hold of “Nowhere near respectable”. From the other titles on the list, I would recommend “A bargain” to someone else – it’s firmly on my keeper shelf, along with many other Putneys.

  73. Amy P.
    May 03, 2011 @ 07:55:38

    Wow – what a great list (I can’t believe how many I’ve read)!

    I would love to read “Touch of a Thief” by Mia Marlowe.

  74. jayhjay
    May 03, 2011 @ 08:14:21

    Thanks for the giveaway! I am dying to try to the Shelley Laurenston book!

  75. Maureen
    May 03, 2011 @ 08:14:28

    I would recommend both of Mary Burton’s romantic suspense novels, Senseless and Merciless. I am pretty picky about romantic suspense since sometimes the actions of the hero and heroine don’t make a lot of sense but these were good and kept me guessing.

  76. Maureen
    May 03, 2011 @ 08:16:44

    I would recommend Senseless and Merciless by Mary Burton.

  77. dayna
    May 03, 2011 @ 08:36:41

    I’d love the one by Mingmei Yip, Song of the Silk Road. I’m a sucker for the unusual historical.

  78. Victoria Zumbrum
    May 03, 2011 @ 08:43:50

  79. Nicole Zoltack
    May 03, 2011 @ 09:04:24

    Big Bad Beast sounds like such an awesome book!

  80. Helen L.
    May 03, 2011 @ 09:19:15

    I would love to try Logan Belle’s Blue Angel!

  81. Lizzielvr
    May 03, 2011 @ 10:38:23

    Mia Marlowe & Lexi George would be my choice(s)! Thanks Jane.

  82. Patrice
    May 03, 2011 @ 10:44:43

    I’d like to win Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston. I’ve read her since she was “only” pubbed in ebook format and she always has great characters and makes me laugh.

    I will check out several from this list, including Mary Burton. I have been on the lookout for some new to me authors. TY for these publications lists. It’s great to have to keep up with my favorites!

  83. terhi
    May 03, 2011 @ 10:54:46

    MJ Putney. I only recently really got into her books. That Laurentson sounds fun too, I may need to check it out as well. Thanks for posting the list!

  84. Little Lamb Lost
    May 03, 2011 @ 11:41:03

    I would recommend Mary Burton’s Senseless and Merciless. They are great romantic suspense authors, heavy on the suspense.

  85. Bella F.
    May 03, 2011 @ 12:11:42

    From the books listed I’d love Beast Behaving Badly :)
    But my favorite Kensington books are Succubus Blues and the entire Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead!! I love LoVe LOVE them and can’t wait for book 6 to come out this summer :D

  86. Larena Wirum
    May 03, 2011 @ 12:19:30

    I would love to win either Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston (I love her books) or Rivals in the Tudor Court by D.L. Bogdan (I thought the first one was great) :-)

  87. delitealex
    May 03, 2011 @ 12:38:42

    I would love to win Big Bad Beast. I love the Pride series and would recommend it if you love to laugh.

  88. erin
    May 03, 2011 @ 13:59:45

    Wow… TBR pile just got a lot bigger!

    I would love any on that list but I think that I would like a new author, so it’s Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George for me :) thanks for a wonderful contest!

  89. Lorraine from CA
    May 03, 2011 @ 15:21:26

    I forgot Big Bad Beast came out! I love Shelly Laurenston. Would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaways.

  90. Lynnette Flagler
    May 03, 2011 @ 17:19:07

    I am looking forward to Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston

  91. peggy Quidor
    May 03, 2011 @ 17:55:12

    I would love to win my favorite countess

  92. Leni
    May 03, 2011 @ 19:35:36

  93. Susan
    May 03, 2011 @ 20:14:55

    Wow! What a great list. I would love to win Starfire by Kate Douglas or Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston.

  94. SaraC
    May 03, 2011 @ 21:49:56

    I’m currently reading Warrior by Zoe Archer and loving it!

  95. AB
    May 03, 2011 @ 21:50:24

    I’m looking forward to reading SONG OF THE SILK ROAD by Mingmei Yip

  96. Pam S (pams00)
    May 03, 2011 @ 23:26:02

    What an awesome list ! Lots added to my must haves :).

    Lexi George’s debut Demon Hunting in Dixie is one I’d really like.

  97. Shannon
    May 03, 2011 @ 23:47:43

    Out of the list, Vienna Waltz sounds the most interesting to me.

  98. Rachel Elizabeth
    May 04, 2011 @ 00:40:04

    I love Shelly Laurenston’s books, so I definitely recommend those. I haven’t read Big Bad Beast yet, but I’m sure it’s awesome!
    And from the list, I also rec. Alexandra Ivy.

  99. Carol Thompson
    May 04, 2011 @ 01:08:48

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    The list certainly covers a lot of good books.

    If the giveaway is open worldwide I would like to be entered.

    RIVALS IN THE TUDOR COURT by D.L. Bogdan is a book I have read good reviews on and would like to get hold of.


    Carol T

  100. Mariee
    May 04, 2011 @ 10:42:09

    Great giveaway!

    I’d love to win The Perfect Mistress by Victoria Alexander.

  101. Karen T.
    May 04, 2011 @ 12:17:41

    Would love to win Lovin Blue. Great giveaway!

  102. Johanna J
    May 04, 2011 @ 15:37:55

    I wish I could read them all! I would love a chance to win and try out Lexi George’s Demon Hunting in Dixie! Sounds interesting! Thanks!

  103. Andra
    May 05, 2011 @ 23:11:44

    I don’t know if this is open to Canadian entries, but if it is, I’ve heard a lot of great things about Big Bad Beast and would love to win it.

  104. Cyndi
    May 06, 2011 @ 16:00:21

    I would recommend Touch of a Thief by Mia Marlow. It sounds really interesting and I would like to read it.

  105. Fran
    May 06, 2011 @ 16:11:25

    I really love Shelly Laurenston and can’t wait to read Big Bad Beast. I would love to win a copy of it.

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