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BERKLEY Fall Fantastic Preview and Giveaway

In exchange for a little of your time, Executive editor Cindy Hwang of Berkley/Jove and Senior Editor, Anne Sowards of Ace/Roc, are going to give away 2 books from their fall collection to a group of random commenters today.   First up is Cindy Hwang’s highlights of some of the Fall titles. 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.   This giveaway will run through Friday at 9 PM CST.


Welcome to the fall 2009 edition of the Great Berkley Giveaway–I’m excited to be able to share with you some of the exciting romances coming out this fall, and as always, thanks to Dear Author for hosting this. Don’t forget–this is just a taste of all the awesome books Berkley has in store this fall–for a complete list of all the titles and their descriptions, you can check out:

September 2009

Pleasure and Purpose book coverPLEASURE AND PURPOSE by Megan Hart

PLEASURE AND PURPOSE is my favorite kind of book–a book that defies easy categorization. Part fantasy, part erotic, part historical, part romance–it’s all of these things, but it’s also a case where the sum is truly greater than its parts. No matter what you call it, it’s a great read, and a fascinating introduction to the Handmaidens of the Order of Solace. In PLEASURE AND PURPOSE, you’re introduced to three very different Handmaidens in three very different novellas, and the love that they all find, in unexpected ways with three very tortured heroes. And PLEASURE AND PURPOSE is just a taste–in October, Megan is back with another Handmaiden in NO GREATER PLEASURE, a stand-alone romance that is just as wonderful as this anthology.


It’s not often that I read a book that keeps me glued to the pages, unable to stop until I find out exactly what happens next, but that was exactly my experience with WAKING NIGHTMARE. This is the perfect book for all you romantic thriller lovers–not only could I not put it down, the ending still manage to shock, surprise and actually thrill me–something you always want a thriller to do. But as a romance lover, I also loved the relationship that developed between Ryne Robel and Abbie Phillips–their sensual, tender romance made me sigh. The first in Kylie’s new Mindhunters series, and it will be followed in October by WAKING EVIL and in November by WAKING THE DEAD.

HOW TO DAZZLE A DUKE by  Claudia Dain

Claudia Dain returns a new marvelous historical romance, the 4th in her Courtesan Chronicles series. And it’s just as romantic, witty, and yes dazzling as the previous books in the series. Miss Penelope Prestwick wants a duke for a husband and clearly the dashing Duke of Edenham is the best choice. Just as Sophia, Lady Dalby is clearly the best person to arrange the match. But how exactly should Penelope go about dazzling a duke? Claudia crafts a fabulous read as Penelope finds love with the most unexpected person, despite her best laid plans.

October 2009

DEMON FORGED by Meljean Brook

DEMON FORGED is the latest in Meljean’s paranormal Guardian series, and it’s absolutely, completely unforgettable. Meljean has always been known for combining epic romance with terrific world-building, and in DEMON FORGED, she not only delivers, but she does it with two of the most memorable characters you’ll ever meet. Both Irena and Alejandro are such marvelous, multi-dimensional characters, and Irena especially is complete kickass. Their love, and their story, will stay with you for a long, long time. A final note–for any fans of Michael, the enigmatic, brooding and oh-so-sexy leader of the Guardians–and I know you’re out there–this book is a MUST READ. And just plain awesome!

INDISCREET by Carolyn Jewel

Who doesn’t love a luscious, sexy, complex historical romance? INDISCREET by Carolyn Jewel is all that and more. Edward, Marquess of Foye, would have been happy to continue his life as an unmarried gentleman rake. His brother’s death changed everything. As the last of his line, Edward must now marry. Heart already broken by a capricious young girl, he vows to find an older woman-seasoned, mature. . .and no threat to his feelings. Sabine Godard was educated by an Oxford don beyond what was proper. Her studies became her salvation after her past left her unwilling to accept the touch of any man. Though she never intended to fall in love, when she and Edward meet, passion defies logic. Together they explore temptation and sensuality, healing old wounds. . .until events require them to risk everything for their love.

November 2009

BLAZE OF MEMORY by Nalini Singh

I know a lot of people are really looking forward to BLAZE OF MEMORY, the next Psy/Changeling romance from Nalini Singh, and I’m here to tell you that you won’t be disappointed. Not only does this book hits expectations, it shatters them. This is also one of the most emotional of Nalini’s books–I’m not too proud to admit I cried like a baby on more than one occasion while reading, so don’t forget to keep a box of tissues handy! Nalini just keeps getting better and better, and I can’t wait wait to see where she’ll go next in this wonderful series.

SKIN GAME by Ava Gray

Ava Gray is a new author to the Berkley Sensation list, but not to readers who love great books–in her other life, she’s also Ann Aguirre, who writes fabulous science fiction romance for Ace and urban fantasy for Roc. Now, as Ava Gray, Ann is donning her romance hat, and the result is a complete WOW. SKIN GAME is wonderful contemporary romantic suspense/adventure with a paranormal twist, and is as edgy, sexy and unconventional as anything you’ll read this year. This book is for anyone who’s ever wanted to read something different in romance–I know you won’t be disappointed!

FINDING THE LOST by Shannon K. Butcher

I’m cheating a little because FINDING THE LOST isn’t a Berkley title–it’s actual NAL. But since I’m the lucky editor of this book, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to include it. FINDING THE LOST is the 2nd book in Shannon’s The Sentinel Wars paranormal romance series, and it’s everything I love to read in paranormal romance–fresh, fabulous voice, complex, original world-building, fascinating characters, terrific adventure and thrills, and a sensual, unforgettable love story. If you’ve never read Shannon before, you’re really missing out on a terrific treat.

So we are giving away these books, 38 in total.   To win:

  1. Read the post
  2. Determine which 2 books you would like best.
  3. Comment which 2 books you would like best.
  4. Sacrifice non essential beings in your household. (this is optional and will be largely determined by how badly you want a copy of the aforementioned books).

Books in the giveaway:

  • PLEASURE AND PURPOSE / Megan Hart (3 finished copies)
  • WAKING NIGHTMARE / Kylie Brant (1 ARC, 2 finished copies)
  • HOW TO DAZZLE A DUKE Claudia Dain (3 finished copies)
  • DEMON FORGED / Meljean Brook (1 ARC, 2 finished copies)
  • INDISCREET / Carolyn Jewel (1 ARC, 2 finished copies)
  • BLAZE OF MEMORY / Nalini Singh (1 ARC, 2 finished copies)
  • SKIN GAME / Ava Gray (1 ARC, 2 finished copies)
  • FINDING THE LOST / Shannon K. Butcher (1 ARC, 2 finished copies)

PLUS from my stash, 1 ARC copy of the following:

  • STORM OF SHADOWS / Christina Dodd
  • THE LONE TEXAN / Jodi Thomas
  • MUST LOVE HELLHOUNDS / Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Meljean Brook
  • WAKING THE DEAD / Kylie Brant
  • WAKING EVIL / Kylie Brant
  • HOT FOR THE HOLIDAYS / Lora Leigh, Angela Knight, Anya Bast, Allyson James
  • DRAGON MOON / Rebecca York
  • DARK SLAYER / Christine Feehan
  • A HIGHLANDER CHRISTMAS / Dawn Halliday, Cindy Miles, Sophie Renwick
  • OUT OF THE LIGHT, INTO THE SHADOWS / Lori Foster, L.L. Foster, Erin McCarthy
  • VIKING HEAT / Sandra Hill
  • THE KINDRED / L.L. Foster
  • TO CATCH A BRIDE / Anne Gracie

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


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