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Save the Contemporary, One Book at a Time

Did you know that straight contemps are still a hard sell? It’s true.   And while contemporary sales are up, we aren’t backing down from our support.   Sarah and I are back to celebrate the contemporary romance with a recommendation and a contest for you readers.  We don’t pick a book every month so that when we launch the STC you know that you are getting a recommendation for a book that we both really loved.

Erin McCarthy is one of our favorite contemporary authors. She brings the funny, the great dialogue, the steamy sex, and, of course, the great romance. In Hot Finish, readers are treated to the reunited lovers story about a woman who never believed she was good enough and a man determined to show her that she has always been the best thing that happened to him.

Share your love for the contemporary by spreading the good word about this book either by writing about this campaign on your blog*, Facebook*, Twitter (use #stc hashtag), or by going to and emailing the Hot Finish post  to a friend.

You can steal the code for this graphic here:

Spread the good word, save the contemporary, and you’ll be entered to win an iPod Touch, 8 GB.

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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. Kim in Hawaii
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 08:34:33

    I enjoy reading contempories in between my historical reading so I’ll join this grass roots campaign!

    FYI, it is easier for me to giveaway contempories (vs any other genre) to the military spouses on Oahu. So I picked up many contemparies at RWA to “share the love” in Hawaii.

  2. Shuzluva
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 09:42:38

    I’m all over this! I need a break from SciFi/Paranormal/Space/Steam and I adore Contemporaries. Thank you authors, for continuing to write them.

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  4. Ivy
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 11:22:10

    I’m willing to do what I can….I love Erin McCarthy’s books & contemps in general.

  5. cursingmama
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 12:47:31

    I don’t understand how a contemporary can be a hard sell?!? I love them, Erin McCarthy, and this series!

  6. Shanna
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 16:04:38

    Hmm, it doesn’t seem to be available right now in Kindle. The link is broken so I searched and it’s only in paperback at the moment :(

    Hopefully it’s just a temporary problem with Amazon.

  7. cories
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 16:43:31

    I’ve tweeted although I think I can do a better job recommending this book had I received the copy I had won last month. *sigh*

  8. Jane
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 19:10:17

    @cories I hope your sigh will become a smile when you receive your book. We shipped out a second copy for you. Not sure what happened to the first one.

  9. Jane
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 19:11:23

    @Shanna There are Berkley Trade books in Kindle (Awakened by A Kiss by Lila can’t spell her last name) but weirdly none of the August mass market titles. Chop chop Amazon!

  10. Pat L.
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 20:27:18

    I love straight contemps and don’t know why they are a hard sell. I rarely read anything else.

    Most blog sites discuss and giveaway historicals, vamps, urban fantasy, paranormals – not my cup of tea, so I guess I must be in the minority.

  11. Jane
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 22:03:50

    Update: apparently there was something wrong with the files and new files are being sent to Amazon so hopefully the Kindle versions will be available soon.

  12. Jane
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 22:06:18

    @Pat L. I love contemporaries too. I get a good contemporary fix by reading categories like Harlequin Superromance books but I love the funny contemps which are much harder to find in category books. Also, many category books are told from the female POV, primarily, and with McCarthy you get a lot of the male POV (whether it is realistic or not) and I really appreciate that.

  13. Sami
    Aug 04, 2010 @ 04:56:59

    I love straight contemps and don't know why they are a hard sell. I rarely read anything else.

    What she said. Here’s to loving those contemporaries.

  14. lucy
    Aug 04, 2010 @ 14:28:01

    Straight contemporaries are my favorite kind of romance books, for now, but I can never find enough of them.

    Too bad no one I know actually likes reading romance.

  15. Shanna
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 09:04:19

    The Kindle version is appearing now but says it’s not available for customers in the U.S.


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