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July Open Thread for Authors

It’s Author Promo Time.   Apparently the July releases are escaping into the bookstore as we speak and thus it is time for authors to tell us what books to buy and why

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 June would be a July 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.
  • WAIT before reposting. These comments get stuck in the spam filter. Give us some time to fish it out.
  • 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. )

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. Karen Whiddon
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 11:12:57

    I have a July book out from Silhouette Nocturne called WILD WOLF

    The story:

    Turning her back on humans because of her ability to shape-shift into a wolf, young and beautiful Raven doesn’t believe she needs anyone. Until the day a darkly handsome man appears near her remote cave…and she watches him turn into a wolf.

    Simon Caldwell has been sent to assess the threat of a new feral wolf prowling the Rockies. But he’s wholly unprepared for his intense attraction to Raven. His investigation is about to take a deadly turn as he and Raven become the hunted. Now their very survival depends on Simon’s ability to win what this wild wolf holds most dear!

    You can buy this book at, or or or any bookstore.

  2. kirsten saell
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 11:24:27

    I have an erotic m/m/f fantasy romance, The Chancellor’s Bride, releasing July 21 from Samhain.

    Her love for two men could save their future. Her secrets could destroy them all.

    Recently re-elected Chancellor Collin sur-Gaerig is a rising star on the political scene, and everyone expects he'll soon be rewarded with an estate and title. He also has a dirty little secret: he's in love with his manservant, Harral. If anyone-‘especially the wife he's expected to take-‘discovers their affair, all his aspirations will go up in smoke.

    The mysterious woman he finds lying half-dead in the street is strong, beautiful, independent…and aroused when she catches him and Harral in a compromising position. As Aelis worms her way past their closely guarded defenses and into their bed, they realize she's the perfect match for both of them.

    But Aelis has a secret of her own, an ex-lover's blackmail scheme that could get them all killed. To save the men she's come to love, she's willing to sacrifice her own happiness, maybe even her life.

    Collin's not about to let that happen. For the first time in his life, he's willing to risk it all in order to have it all. Even if it means he could lose the man he's loved for years-‘and the woman they both want to love forever.

    You can read an excerpt here, or a slightly steamier one I posted for Excerpt Monday here.

  3. Jane
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 11:27:00

    @Karen Whiddon I’ve been interested in reading your books but am intimidated by the series aspect. Can readers start with this one?

  4. Bonnie Dee
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 11:29:09

    THE THIEF AND THE DESERT FLOWER will be available at Samhain on July 7.

    Can a princess find love in the arms of a desert thief?

    Princess Chala is facing an arranged marriage to a man she's never met. When her caravan is attacked in the desert and she's kidnapped by the nomad leader, she thinks only of escape-‘at first. But the charming rogue, Kyo is set on seducing her until she freely gives him what he's craved from the moment he saw her. The fiery-tempered princess and the unscrupulous scoundrel engage in a battle of the sexes.

    Lust slowly turns to love as they share details of their lives and realize they have more common ground than expected. But Chala's powerful bridegroom, Brachas isn't about to let a merger between two kingdoms dissolve without a fight. His soldiers find and reclaim the princess, who now has an agenda of her own.

    Can a clever princess and her determined lover save a desert people, bring a despot to justice and find a future together in a world of their choosing?

  5. Tracy Madison
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 11:37:43

    I have a July book releasing on June 30th (well, Amazon & B&N are already shipping, lol) from Dorchester called A STROKE OF MAGIC. It is the second in the series, but can be read without reading the first, as the books have different heroines. Here’s the cover copy:

    You know how freaky it is, to expect one taste and get another? Imagine picking up a can of tepid ginger ale and taking a swig of delicious, icy-cold peppermint tea. Alice Raymond did just that. And though the tea is exactly what she wants, she bought herself a soda.

    One Stroke of Magic And Everything Has Changed

    No. Alice’s life isn’t exactly paint-by-the-numbers. After breaking things off with her lying, stealing, bum of an ex, she discovered she was pregnant. Motherhood was definitely on her “someday” wish list, but a baby means less time for her art, and no time for recent hallucinations that include this switcheroo with the tea. She has to impress her new boss, the ridiculously long-lashed, smoky-eyed Ethan Gallagher, and she has to deal with her family, who has started rambling about gypsy curses. Only a soul-deep bond with the right man can save her and her child? As if being single wasn’t pressure enough!

    You can read an excerpt here and an excerpt from later in the book here.

    The book is available at all the normal places. :)

  6. Leslie Dicken
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 11:39:26

    My sexy, Victorian Gothic, BEAUTY TEMPTS THE BEAST, will be released from Samhain on July 7.

    Is the enemy of her enemy a friend…or a beast?

    Lord Ashworth is scarred by a night of terror years ago that left his face in ruins and his life in shreds. He hides in Silverstone Manor, using rumors that paint him as a horrible, murdering monster to keep visitors at bay. Yet he can't shake the feeling that the rumors might be true. He tells himself it's better this way. If his memories ever resurface, at least he will be the only one hurt by them.

    The woman on his doorstep, however, simply refuses to fear him. That's not only an oddity, it's a threat to his secret…and his heart.

    Vivian Suttley has seen the face of evil more than once in her young life. She's on the run from the latest, a cruel man determined to force her to marry him. Whatever the whispers about the reclusive Ashworth, surely it's nothing compared to the bleak, violent future she leaves behind.

    Ashworth saved her once before, and he's her last hope for refuge. Yet she wonders if she's truly safer at Silverstone-‘or if she has just made the biggest mistake of her life.

    Excerpt found here and page at Samhain here (link to buy not available until July 7).

  7. P.N. Elrod
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 11:40:26

    Everyone is welcome to check out the July 7 release of STRANGE BREW, an urban fantasy collection I had the pleasure of editing for St. Martin’s Griffin.

    It features nine novelettes loaded with intoxicating witchy mischief by these amazing authors:

    Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Rachel Caine, Karen Chance, Charlaine Harris, Faith Hunter, Caitlin Kittredge, Jenna MacLaine—-and yours truly!

    There is something for everyone in this one!

  8. Karen Whiddon
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 11:42:06

    Jane – all of the books are stand-alone, so you can read them in any order. Some may hae re-occuring characters, though never the hero or heroine. These are series only because they feature The Pack, my shapeshifters! I hope you enjoy the book.

  9. Sandy James
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 11:46:54

    Thank you so much for this opportunity! And such great timing… The fourth book in my award-winning Damaged Heroes series released today! Faith of the Heart is in ebook and available at Siren-BookStrand.

    I’m so proud of this story! It won both the Lone Star and Winter Rose contests and finaled in Reveal Your Inner Vixen and GOTCHA.

    Don’t let the title fool you. This isn’t an inspirational. It’s a contemporary romance on the steamy side. And although it’s the fourth in the series, all of the books can stand alone.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Investigative reporter Joshua Miller has turned his back on life. Since cancer claimed his wife, he can’t bring himself to write another story. Then he hears about a fascinating woman who piques his curiosity.

    After being struck by lightning, Sarah Reid finds herself with a gift… and a curse. She can heal the sick and dying. She soon realizes that along with the special gift also comes danger to her own life. Feeling responsible for the death of her best friend, Sarah reasons that perhaps she has received the gift to make amends, no matter the personal cost.

    Neither expects sparks to fly when they meet. Sarah discourages Josh’s persistence in investigating her while he fights his attraction, refusing to acknowledge that she can truly save people.

    Can Sarah break through Josh’s stubborn cynicism and show him that miracles really can come true by leading him back to love?


  10. David Mack
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 11:58:27

    My first original novel, an urban fantasy-thriller titled The Calling, is slated to be published on July 21 by Simon & Schuster. The first chapter is available on my web site. Here is the back-cover copy:

    No one would guess by looking at Tom Nash that he’s extraordinary, and that’s just fine with him. A tall, broad-shouldered jack-of-all-trades from Sawyer, Pennsylvania, Tom has a knack for fixing things. He also hides a secret talent: he hears people’s prayers. Stranger still, he answers them. Maybe it’s because he’s a handyman, but Tom feels compelled to fix people’s problems. Which is all well and good — until the soul-shattering plea of a terrified girl sends him on the darkest journey of his life…


    Heeding the call and leaving his home for New York City, Tom discovers a secret world beyond the range of mortal perception — a world of angels and demons and those who serve them. With the guidance of a knowing stranger named Erin, Tom learns that he himself is one of The Called, born with a divine purpose and a daunting task: to help the powers of Heaven in the war against the agents of Hell, an army of fallen angels known as the Scorned. Thrust into an epic battle of the sacred and the profane, Tom Nash must find the girl who prayed for his help — because her fate will determine whether humanity deserves to be saved, or damned for all eternity…

  11. Janet Mullany
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 12:08:48

    Thanks, Janes, for the pimpage opportunity!

    A MOST LAMENTABLE COMEDY, my sequel (sort-of) to THE RULES OF GENTILITY, is released July 23, 2009.

    Here’s the back cover blurb:

    1822, England. Young, beautiful Lady Caroline Elmhurst is down on her luck. Twice-widowed (once is unfortunate, twice just looks like carelessness…), pursued by creditors, she needs to get back on track before the world realizes just how desperate she's become.

    But she's optimistic about finding a new husband and when she meets handsome, mysterious Nicholas Congrevance at a houseparty in the country, she sets out to entice him. For his part, Nicholas simply sees Lady Caroline as just the sort of woman he's used to exploiting-rich, available, and gullible. Neither realizes the other is penniless-and neither has any intention of falling in love…

    You can buy it online with free shipping worldwide at

    There’s an excerpt and contest at my site, and Pam Rosenthal‘s current contest offers copies as prizes.

  12. toni mcgee causey
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 12:34:49

    I, too, have a June 30th release: GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE GUNS — book 2 in the Bobbie Faye series.

    (Book one is out now — Charmed and Dangerous)

    Accused of one man’s murder, Bobbie Faye’s on the run. She has to find some diamonds, figure out the motives of the dead sexy FBI agent, and avoid her detective ex-boyfriend before the deadline arrives and the diamonds disappear.

    Back cover copy:

    Bobbie Faye Sumrall just landed in a mess of trouble. It started when she agreed to help her diva cousin, Francesca. Turns out Francesca’s mom, Marie, swiped a fortune in gems from Bobbie Faye’s uncle, who’d swiped them from someone else. Now there’s a hit out on Marie, and Bobbie Faye is racing to find her-‘and the jewels.

    Plenty of people would shoot Bobbie Faye for a stash of diamonds. Hell, some would pay for the privilege. But now Bobbie Faye has other distractions-‘including Trevor, the drop-dead-sexy FBI agent who may or may not be the real deal, and Cam, her steamy (and steamed) detective ex-boyfriend who’d do anything to keep Bobbie Faye out of harm’s way… and get her back into his arms.

    Reviews and an EXCERPT.

    Thanks so much!

    Toni McGee Causey

  13. Christine Wells
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 12:35:59

    WICKED LITTLE GAME, my sexy Regency-set historical is out from Berkley on July 7. It’s a Regency spin on the movie, Indecent Proposal.

    “You want my wife. You always have…”

    For years, the Marquis of Vane has hungered for Lady Sarah from afar, watching the beauty brave a cruel marriage. When Sarah’s wastrel husband makes Vane a shocking proposal – one night with Sarah for 10,000 pounds – the temptation is almost too great.

    Tricked by her husband into fulfilling his wicked bargain, Sarah can’t refuse a night of exquisite pleasure with the devastating man who haunts her dreams. But neither she nor Vane imagined their passionate encounter would set the stage for murder, or that a deadly twist of fate could spell a love to last all time…

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  14. Jill Shalvis
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 12:43:10

    Double Play is my first mass market Berkley, out 7/1.

    With the end of his career looming, the last thing ace pitcher Pace Martin needs is a distraction, even if it comes in the form of a tough, beautiful, tell-it-like-it-is writer who sees past his defenses.

    Thanks for letting it pimp it here!

  15. JennaJ
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 12:50:30

    Myself, Alexa Snow and J.J. Massa have an m/m anthology called Going to the Chapel that will be released June 24th from Torquere Press. My story is called “Apples & Gin.”

    Country singer Sawyer Shaw loves photographer Noah Kingston and is tired of hiding it. He's kept his sexuality hidden for the sake of his career and his family, but over the past ten years Sawyer has come to realize what matters most to him is Noah and his happiness. Sawyer is ready not only to make it public but also to make it permanent.

    I’ll have a link to purchasing information at my website late tonight or as soon as possible tomorrow. Thanks for letting me promote!

  16. Jessica Andersen
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 13:23:32

    Thanks for the pimpportunity, Jane!

    I’ve got an Intrigue coming out in July: MOUNTAIN INVESTIGATION.

    From the back cover:

    FBI special agent Michael “Gray” Grayson had an agenda…and it didn’t include protecting a beautiful loner in the wilds of Colorado who probably knew more than she was sharing. Still, the fear in Mariah Shore’s amber eyes after he rescued her from the clutches of a terrorist mastermind seemed all too real. And since Gray wasn’t about to watch another person suffer while he felt helpless to stop it, Mariah was now his unwilling partner in uncovering a deadly plot.

    Before long, looking for answers and hiding out in the cold, tight canyons of the Colorado mountains turned their investigation much more intimate. And believing in Mariah’s claims of innocence gave Gray that much more to lose.

    “Andersen’s first-class novel is terrifyingly real, shatteringly topical and sweepingly romantic.”

    Romantic Times Magazine- Top Pick and 4.5 stars

    For more info, an excerpt, and preorder links, check out

    Thanks again, and happy reading, all! It looks like we’ve got a fun month coming up :)

  17. Vivian Arend
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 13:32:47

    Thank you Janes! What fun. I didn’t know you did this until last month.

    I have a shifter menage releasing July 21st from Samhain Publishing. The first chapter of Tidal Wave is available through the link.

    Slippery when wet…

    Forces of Nature, Book 1

    From her first kiss to her first sight of dolphins dancing on the waves, Alexia Colten has always held a special place in her heart for Jaffrey’s Cove. Now that she’s back to help her grandmother settle into a home, she discovers this place has lost none of its remembered magic. In fact, it seems more magical than before-‘and more erotic.

    After she’s gifted with a beautiful, dolphin-etched medallion, she finds herself surrounded by the golden boys of summers past. Her body is filled with longings she can’t explain and dreams of blue lights that turn into lovers.

    Joshua Marley and his cousin Anthony are merfolk, a people capable of living beneath the waves as either dolphin or human. Alexia holds the medallion that marks her as the next in line to lead their people-‘if she can prove she can transform. Working in tandem, they’re sure they can arouse her passion and protect her from those who would use her simply to gain power.

    But their strength alone may not be enough to help her face the challenge of her new position…

    Warning: This title contains a conniving granny, naked men in the surf and shifters who take fun in the water to new depths. Snorkels not required.

    And because it’s seriously too gorgeous to ignore, the cover art is here.

  18. Rosemary Laurey
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 13:43:42

    Bloody Awful is the second book in my Georgia Evans WW2 Trilogy.

    Out from Kensington on July7th but seems to be on sale already.

    Bloody Awful
    Brytewood, England October 1940

    In the second of Georgia Evans’ supernatural trilogy, Gloria Prewitt must reveal her greatest secret to have any hope of saving the people she loves… .

    As the district nurse for a country village outside London, Gloria has the respect of the town and the satisfaction of helping those who need it most. She’d lose both if anyone discovered that she turns into a furry red fox and runs through the Surrey hills by moonlight. But what she sees on those wild nights suggests Brytewood is under attack from a saboteur with superhuman powers and the force of the Nazi Luftwaffe behind him.

    What can one werefox do against a predator with devastating weapons at his command and the strength of the undead besides? What can a woman with a secret reveal without losing all she has? With the help of a couple of Devonshire Pixies, a Welsh dragon, and two men too stubborn to admit they’re outnumbered, Gloria might just find out the answers.

    I have an excerpt on my web site:

    Plus a giveaway and some goodies.

  19. Beth Williamson
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 13:57:41

    My second Kensington Brava, The Redemption of Micah, releases June 30. To celebrate, I’ve been having a daily contest on my blog that runs through the 28th – one free autographed copy every day!

    It’s an emotional ride with plenty of sex, laughter and tears – all set in 1875 Colorado with a sexy hero and a wonderfully outspoken heroine. And Nathan Kemp is on the cover. *sigh*


    Nothing about the room that Eppie awakens in feels like home-‘not the furnishings, the ill-fitting clothes, or the Colorado sunlight streaming in through the windows. And certainly not the stranger with long dark hair and silver eyes who claims to have been waiting for her for three long years.

    Micah Spalding has spent each day hoping that Eppie would open her eyes and return to him. Yet the Eppie he loved was spirited and outspoken-‘utterly different to this reserved, aloof woman. Since her injury, Eppie has no memory of Micah or their daughter, or of a passion that was powerful enough to defy every convention. And though his scent and touch trigger something deep within her, Eppie can't bring herself to believe in him.

    Once, when war between his countrymen had almost broken him, Eppie brought Micah back to life. Now he must find a way to reach through the distance between them and remind her of everything they once shared, and prove that he has belief enough for both of them…

    “The characters are both flawed human beings, but they’re wonderfully endearing. The fast-paced story touches the heart.” ~ Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4 Stars for THE REDEMPTION OF MICAH

    “…an exciting historical romance starring two strong but flawed lead characters and a strong support cast…Fans will enjoy this entertaining profound historical tale in which a Miracle is the only hope for this family to come together.” ~ Harriet Klausner on THE REDEMPTION OF MICAH

  20. Julia Barrett
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 14:48:11

    My third book with Cerridwen Press is a work of women’s fiction – Cara, by Julia Barrett – The book will be released July 16.

    Cara's life has been one nightmare after another. She grows to adulthood blaming herself for everything that's happened. She believes her safest path is to keep other people at a distance, especially men.
    James, a young doctor who is aware of Cara's history, is determined to break through her barriers, enter her world and love her. Cara cautiously allows him in and returns his love, only to watch her new world of happiness, a world she never genuinely trusted, come crashing down. She turns from James and runs far away in an attempt to reinvent herself. She discovers she's run out of the frying pan and straight into the fire. Now Cara must fight for her survival. No one, not even her beloved James, can rescue her. Cara must believe in herself or perish.

    Reader Advisory: Includes scenes of domestic violence, child abuse and rape.

    Cara’s story was difficult to tell as her story is my own. Obviously, it’s been tweaked to protect the identities of all involved, however, some of the scenes and conversations are written exactly as they occurred. I have a link to the book and a copy of a great pre-release review by Romance Junkies on my website:

    Thanks for hosting this Open Thread! Julia

  21. T. Lynn Ocean
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 15:14:33

    Hi and thanks for reading! Third in the Jersey Barnes mystery series, SOUTHERN PERIL, is due out by St. Martin’s Minotaur June 23. Read on for a brief blurb…

    Jersey Barnes keeps trying to leave home without a weapon. She’d love to stuff her store-boughts into a coconut shell bikini top on a tropical beach to see what transpires. Sip frozen banana drinks. Maybe take up golf or tennis. She wants to retire. Well, sort of. When her judge friend asks Jersey for a favor, the unconventional security specialist readily agrees. The judge’s brother, an introvert from Dallas, Texas, has moved to Jersey’s stomping ground because he inherited a restaurant. But Argos isn’t just any eatery-‘it’s the hippest place in town where Wilmington’s elite dine. It’s also the site of a mysterious and dangerous secret that could land the judge’s brother in jail…or worse, a cemetery.

    Even though SOUTHERN PERIL is one of a series, you don’t have to read the prior ones to enjoy this one. And I honestly think it’s the best so far. Hope readers and reviewers do, too! For more info, visit HAPPY SUMMER READING, EVERYONE.

  22. Kimberly Van Meter
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 15:38:53

    My July book, KIDS ON THE DOORSTEP, is a Harlequin Superromance release and part of the Emmett’s Mill series. Thanks for the chance to pimp it! Here’s the back blurb.

    John Murphy gets the shock of his life when he finds three abandoned girls on his doorstep. Once he takes them in, it isn’t long before the little tykes bring out his fiercest protective instincts. So when their mother shows up at his Emmett’s Mill ranch, he’s ready to do battle.

    Except Renee Dolling isn’t what he expects. She clearly loves her girls and wants to make up for past mistakes. John wants to trust her, but he’s got the girls to think about. Unless Renee can prove she’s the mother her daughters deserve…and the woman this solitary rancher needs.

  23. Marjorie Liu
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 15:42:05

    I’ve got several things coming out in July, so thanks for the opportunity to dish!

    First up is the second in my Hunter Kiss series, DARKNESS CALLS (to be released on June 30th) — about a woman covered in living tattoos that protect her body during the day — making her invulnerable, virtually immortal — and that peel off her skin at night to form her own small, incredibly lethal, demonic army. The plot is a bit complex, but there are alternate worlds involved, time travel, genetic manipulation, crazy psychic barmaids, secret societies, and many references to Bon Jovi.

    If you’re interested, there’s a web-exclusive letter from the hero, Grant, to the unborn daughter he hopes to one day have with the heroine. It’s being released in four parts, and the third has just been released at SBTB. Leave a comment for a chance to win an iTunes gift certificate!

    Next is the anthology, HUNTRESS (also to be released on June 30th), with authors Christine Warren, Caitlin Kittredge, Jenna Maclaine, and me. My story is called “The Robber Bride” and is about a girl who runs a junkyard in post-apocalyptic America — and who has to save her mentor from a sex-crazed demonic biker gang.

    Finally, issue #76 of DARK WOLVERINE, with Marvel Comics, will be out in July (issue #75 comes out tomorrow). Co-written with Daniel Way, this first arc focuses on Wolverine’s psychotic (but elegantly cool) son, Daken, who is now part of the Avengers. The Fantastic Four also make an appearance.


  24. SonomaLass
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 15:49:47

    I’m going to pimp for some authors, even though I’m not one.

    Jill Shalvis also has the second of her Wilder brothers trilogy, Instant Gratification, coming out June 30. It’s published by Brava and I know a number of readers who can’t wait to get their hands on it.

    I am personally thrilled that July sees the next of Victoria Dahl’s contemporary romances, Start Me Up. Save the contemporary!

    Lastly, I would be remiss if I failed to mention the book my daughter bought me (on pre-order) for my birthday, Julia Quinn’s What Happens In London.

    Since I’m out of the country on vacation most of July, I’ll be rushing around getting all of these to take with me!

  25. Suzanne Rock
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 16:46:47

    Thanks for the opportunity Jane!

    I have an erotic paranormal romance coming out June 30th from Loose-Id called Spyder’s Web. Here’s the blurb:

    Spyder has a dark secret. The curse she carries is an intense sexual desire that can never be satisfied. When she tries to submit to her needs, she blacks out and her partners end up dead. When she abstains, she goes mad. Her only hope for salvation is to locate a protector, a soul mate, but she has yet to find him. Until she does, she’ll just have to find a way to get by…

    James is a decorated detective who’s convinced he’s tracked down “The Black Widow” serial killer. As he waits in the shadows, his initial fascination turns into an obsession. Is James willing to risk it all to capture the city’s most wanted criminal?

    Spyder’s curious prey is about to be lured to the very center of her deadly web

    On June 30th, you can buy it here:

  26. Steven Harper Piziks
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 17:08:34

    I’m pleased to announce that my novels DREAMER and NIGHTMARE (originally published by Penguin/Putnam) are now available for the Kindle. Price: $1.79. They got great reviews. Go check them out!

    DREAMER is available here.

    NIGHTMARE is available here.

    The books are science fiction with a male/male romance. DREAMER is the first in the series, NIGHTMARE is the second. TRICKSTER and OFFSPRING will be available soon.

    I also keep up a blog and web site about the writing life, parenting, autism, and adoption at

    From the cover of DREAMER:

    It is through first contact with an alien species that humanity learns of the Dream. It is a plane of mental existence where people are able to communicate by their thoughts alone–over distances of thousands of light-years. To ensure that future generations will have this ability, human genetic engineering produces newborns capable of finding and navigating the Dream.

    They become known as the Silent.

    Rust is just one planet among many in the Empire of Human Unity. It’s nothing special, nothing unusual…except for the fact that it is home to an unknown boy who may be the most powerful Silent telepath ever born–a Silent with the ability to possess the bodies of others against their will. This mysterious child may be causing tremors within the Dream itself.

    For now, only the Children of Irfan know about him. A monastic-like order of the Silent, the Children protect their members even as they barter their services with the governments and corporations that control known space. But power like that cannot be hidden, and soon every Silent in the universe will know about the boy–and every government will be willing to go to war to control him.

    And if the Children of Irfan cannot find him first, the Dream itself may be shattered…

    You can read the cover copy for NIGHTMARE here.

    –Steven Harper Piziks

  27. Nalini Singh
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 17:10:30

    I’ve got Branded By Fire, the next book in my Psy/Changeling series, coming out July 7th, and I’m beyond excited! This book features Mercy and Riley, sentinel and lieutenant from two different changeling packs, and let’s just say that there are sparks aplenty.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he's a wolf, she's a cat, and they're both used to being on top.

    But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young man-‘before his shadowy captors decide he's no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it'll leave them both branded by fire…

    You can find an excerpt here, and another one, here.

    Thanks for the chance to share!

  28. Patti O'Shea
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 18:15:31

    Edge of Dawn is the third book from Tor in my paranormal action/adventure romance series. It focuses on magic users who covertly protect humans from demons and other things that go bump in the night. I’ve had such fun with the Light Warriors series! All three books can stand alone, BTW. The story releases on June 30th.

    The blurb is:

    Glass artist Shona Blackwood has lost her ability to create, but instead of panic, all she feels is apathy. Her detachment is shaken when she narrowly avoids being mugged, thanks to a timely rescue by a man who makes all her senses come roaring to life.

    Logan Andrews is a magical troubleshooter assigned to protect Shona from an unseen enemy. Shona is unaware that magic actually exists and Logan is under orders not to tell her, but it isn’t long before he finds his loyalty torn between his people and the passionate woman he is guarding.

    He thought this would be a straightforward job, but Logan quickly realizes that in an edgy contest between magic and passion, love is destined to win.

    There’s an excerpt available on my website.

    Jun 23, 2009 @ 18:26:14

    KNIGHT OF DESIRE is my debut novel and the first in my medieval series, ALL THE KING’S MEN. You can imagine how pleased I was to see the recent posts by all the readers who love medievals!


    His surcoat still bloody from battle, William FitzAlan comes to claim the strategic borderlands granted to him by the king. One last prize awaits him at the castle gates: the lovely Lady Catherine Rayburn.

    Catherine risked everything to spy for the crown. Her reward? Her lands are declared forfeit and she is given this choice: marry FitzAlan or be taken to the Tower. Catherine agrees to give her handsome new husband her body, but she's keeping secrets and dares not give him her heart. As passion ignites and danger closes in, Catherine and William must learn to trust in each other to save their marriage, their land, and their very lives.
    The release date for KNIGHT OF DESIRE is July 1st, but it has already started hitting the shelves.

    Margaret Mallory

  30. Shelia Goss
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 19:06:19

    His Invisible Wife (Kensington Books/Urban Soul) will be in stores on July 7th.

    About the book:


    Texas businessman Jacob “Jake” Banks is about to lose his business and everything else he's worked for until his uncle dies and leaves him as the executor of his estate-only catch is, he has to marry and marry a specific woman in order to cash in on the inheritance. Big problem, since Jake has vowed to be a bachelor for life.

    Brianna Mayfield is at her last rope. Her father lost his business due to Jake's uncle turning down a loan. She's convinced this caused her father to fall into a deep depression. She blames the Banks and vows to pay them back one day. When she sees an ad in the paper for a job at her self-proclaimed enemy's company, she feels her luck is turning around. She applies and is later approached by Jake with a proposition she can't turn down.

    How far would you go for a million dollars?

  31. Tammy Kane
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 19:59:08

    Breath of Fire is my debut novel, and available June 30th. I hope you enjoy reading about the seduction of my virgin hero as much as I enjoyed writing it!

    Here’s the back blurb:

    When the dragon came to claim him, Karl knew his great plan had gone horribly wrong. If he had known the creature was real, he wouldn’t have scoffed at the villagers… and he certainly wouldn’t have been so quick to let them chain him to a rock. Mattaen Initiates trained as warriors, but no man could defeat a dragon.

    “My name is Elera daughter of Shane. And you, Initiate, are my virgin prize.”

    She had vanquished the beast and named her price: one night with the virgin sacrifice she’d saved. He’d taken a vow of chastity, but Karl still had a man’s needs–and Elera’s sultry curves made him ache to taste his first woman. With a scorching kiss she shattered his defenses… and led him into a world of deception and seduction, where he’d be forced to choose between the brotherhood that had raised him and the woman whose courage set his heart on fire.

    To find details on my ‘First Kiss’ contest, and to read the first chapter of Breath of Fire, please visit my website.

    Happy reading!
    Tammy Kane

  32. Grace Draven
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 06:45:22

    Thank you, DA, for this opportunity.

    I have a novel-length fantasy romance coming out from Amber Quill Press on July 5th called MASTER OF CROWS.

    Quick blurb:

    What would you do to win your freedom?

    That is the question which sets bondwoman, Martise of Asher, on a dangerous path. In exchange for her freedom, she has bargained with her masters, the mage-priests of Conclave, to spy on the renegade sorcerer, Silhara of Neith. The priests want Martise to expose the sorcerer's treachery and turn him over to Conclave justice. A risky endeavor, but one she accepts without hesitation-‘until she falls in love with her intended target.

    Silhara of Neith, Master of Crows, is a desperate man. The god called Corruption invades his mind, seducing him with promises of limitless power if he will help it gain dominion over the world. Silhara struggles against Corruption's influence and searches for ways to destroy the god. When Conclave sends Martise as an apprentice to help him, he knows she's a spy. Now he fights a war on two fronts-‘against the god who would possess him and the apprentice who would betray him.

    Mage and spy search together for a ritual that will annihilate Corruption, but in doing so discover secrets about each other that may damn them both. Silhara must decide if his fate, and the fate of nations, is worth the soul of the woman he has come to love, and Martise must choose continued enslavement or freedom at the cost of a man's life. And love.

    In addition to the publisher’s cover art, I have some amazing artwork for this story from various, incredibly talented artists. If you’d like to read an excerpt and see the illustrations (they are work-safe), swing by here:

    My publisher’s website:

  33. Kim Knox
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 06:57:33

    I have two releases out in July. First is a SF Erotic Romance:

    7 July Demonic Attraction, an Exotika title from Ellora’s Cave
    Book Link

    Anya Sigurdson is counting down the days. Alone, working on an array orbiting a distant moon, the isolation is seriously cramping her access to sex. Until her remaining thirteen days are up, her own fingers will have to do-‘or so she thinks.

    The Damianos have other plans. Coming from a race of pure energy, the Damianos seeks pleasure in flesh and have an unusual talent. They can fracture into as many lovers as Anya needs. She is a joy, a rare find, and they intend to enjoy her, love her every chance and every way they can. But to keep her they need something else, an anchor, another body to fix them in her dimension.

    And a prime candidate is on his way.
    Except Link

    And my other release is a SF Romance:

    27 July Dark Host from Liquid Silver Books

    Feline Mosaic, Charis Sur, thought her mission aboard the INS Pagidion would be quick and easy. All she has to do is watch her target and keep him alive until Betelgeuse goes nova.

    Simple. Until one of the passengers drops dead in front of her.

    Suddenly everything is not simple. Her life depends on a successful mission and she has to protect her target from whatever killed this man. That throws her into the path of Jason Narak, the one man she never wanted to see again. The man who burned her six months before. Yet, even as her past with Jason hurls her mission, her life into disarray, Charis finds that…something…is waiting for them aboard the INS Pagidion.

    It calls itself darkness. And it needs a host.

    Excerpt Link at the LSB Forum

    Cheers :)
    Kim Knox

  34. Marie Force
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 21:49:29

    Thanks for the opportunity, Jane!

    LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT (July 1, but already showing up in bookstores)

    Juliana isn’t looking for love. . . When she meets Michael in an airport, Juliana’s been dating Jeremy for ten years. While Jeremy is taken in by the lure of other women, Michael offers Juliana everything she’s ever wanted.

    Michael is going to his engagement party. . . But with one look at Juliana, his beautiful but manipulative fiancée fades to the background.

    What begins in an airport takes off into friendship and then love for Michael and Juliana. But with desperate exes who won’t let go and an out-of-control murder trial that threatens their safety, their love at first sight is tested beyond anything either of them ever could have imagined.

    Reviews and an excerpt.

  35. Leslie Kelly-Parrish
    Jun 25, 2009 @ 09:45:00

    I’m late to the party, as I was away. But I did want to mention the first book in my new Black CATs trilogy, FADE TO BLACK, comes out in July! These books will appeal to readers who enjoy dark romantic-suspense with a strong romance. The books feature a team of FBI agents tasked to solve Internet-related murders.

    From the back cover:

    Dean Taggert, a former street cop turned FBI agent, has accepted a transfer into a new CAT for one reason: he needs to remove the violence from his life in order to get his ex to give him more time with his son. Not easy to do when he’s been thrust into the darkest, most violent investigation of his career. A psychopath calling himself the Reaper is auctioning off murder at a deviant cyber club called Satan’s Playground, and Dean and his team are forced to helplessly witness the killer’s brutal crimes online.

    Stacey Rhodes is happy in her quiet, sleepy little town of Hope Valley, Virginia, where she has taken over as Sheriff because of her father’s ill health. Nothing much seems to happen here, except for the mysterious disappearance of the town bad girl a year ago. So she is shocked when a sexy, brooding FBI agent intrudes on her world, bringing evidence that the missing local girl was the victim of a serial killer. Even more shocking, that serial killer might be someone she knows.

    Maybe even someone she loves….

    If you’d like to read an excerpt, I posted a “scavenger hunt” of them at Plotmonkeys on Tuesday. Click here to check it out!

    Thanks Jane!

  36. roslynholcomb
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 17:10:28

    Sorry I’m late, for some reason I was expecting this post in July. Anyway, my next book, Pussycat Death Squad will be released from Loose-Id on July 14th. I’m very excited about this book for a lot of reasons, it features a heroine who is Muslimah and falls for an American Marine. The story was inspired by an article I read about Muammar Qadaffi of Libya and his all-female bodyguard contingent. Please check it out and let me know what you think of it.

    Lelia is the leader of the Pussycat Death Squad. Danger ensues when this hot, deadly virgin meets an equally lethal alpha Marine. Can they overcome the threat of death and dismemberment to find true love?

  37. Angelia Sparrow
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 03:52:11

    Niko-Chan, the sequel to Nikolai, goes live July 1.

    It’s not exactly a romance. More like a love story or an extended training montage from an 80s movie.


    Niko-chan, the second book in the Nicholas Boyd series, finds Nick in hot water again. Nick Boyd passed his Test, a grueling challenge to prove his worthiness to serve James Ligatos, one of the ruling cabal called The Eight. Now, he finds himself swept from his native Memphis to The Eight’s training compound outside of Rome.

    In the city called The Great Harlot, Nick must learn new lessons, from the mysterious Mistress Benta, from his tutor, Steven, and from the imposing Master Michelino. When he fails to learn fast enough, he is sold to become a Daughter of the Dragon…

  38. Keira Ramsay
    Jul 06, 2009 @ 15:19:16

    I’m totally jazzed to announce that Into the Fire, one half of Hearts Afire: July releases TONIGHT from Liquid Silver Books. Here’s some blurbage for grins and giggles…

    Charly Davis has clawed her way to the job that she's wanted all her life, arson investigator, despite the rumors and innuendo surrounding her somewhat kinky sexual preferences. When the man that she suspects of spreading the rumors, the one man that claimed her heart, returns home to Michigan, can she forgive him and solve the biggest case of her career?

    Nate Andrews has never forgotten Charly, and after eight years in the Air Force, he's ready to claim the love he fled from all those years ago. He was a scared boy then, but now he's determined to win back the one woman whose passion equaled his own–Charly.

    However, the arsonist plaguing Ludington has other ideas and may very well hold the two lovers' lives in the palm of a single, scorched hand.

  39. Jade James
    Jul 30, 2009 @ 13:45:14

    Good Afternoon.

    My brand new release titled: Naughty Fantasies is available now at Loose ID.

    Blurb: Jolie Amato loses her most prized possession; her private journal. It's filled with dark, carnal fantasies, she's never revealed to anyone. Finding the right person to explore her dreams with has proven impossible. But she may have finally hit the jackpot, when she awakens bound to her bed.

    While walking out of the gated community where he resides, Detective Mac Dumont stumbles upon a diary with no name of ownership on the outside. Trying to discover the owner to return it, he opens the journal and begins to read…and falls head over heels in lust with Jolie. A dominant looking to take charge of the right woman, he has no problem giving life to her naughtiest dreams.

    For an Excerpt and Purchase Information please CLICK HERE

  40. Treasure Hunters roadshow
    May 22, 2011 @ 23:40:43

    Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a 30 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

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