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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for July 2014

Author Open ThreadWelcome to the Promotional Thread for Authors. What’s this you say? I read quite a few blogs outside the romance blogosphere and many of the big ones have a daily open thread where the commenters drive the bus.

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 February would be a March 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.
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. Sorry.)
That’s it. Post away.

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

22 Comments

  1. Zoe
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 15:40:22

    My book Immersion will be released July 29, 2014. It’s a fantasy/romance and you can read the first chapter here: http://www.zoegarner.com/books/immersion/

    The description is below!

    In a world perfected by technology, life becomes the most precious commodity of all…

    Faye Connor has a gift. With a single touch she can manipulate the living world around her, shaping the organic to her will or mending a body when it breaks. For over a decade she’s kept her ability a secret—until one of the most powerful men in the Republic tracks her down. In the span of a single night, Faye’s carefully constructed life falls apart at her feet.

    Senior Council Senator Julien Hadad isn’t satisfied with the lifespan afforded to him by 25th-century medicine. The average person expects to live two hundred years or more, but Hadad has no intention of ever dying—not if he can help it. Where technology fails, Faye is the key to his research, and Hadad doesn’t plan to give her up.

    Cornered and out of options, Faye is intercepted by a man who offers her freedom at a price. Leander Rivkin will give Faye a new identity if she agrees to use her power to help him. She has no choice but to trust this stranger, and when she delves into the task of healing a mysterious disease, she uncovers a dark and bloody history and learns she’s capable of more than she’d ever imagined. As she finds herself increasingly drawn to Leander, her power begins to consume her… until she isn’t sure she’ll make it out of her side of the bargain alive.

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  2. Jennifer Faye
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 15:49:03

    THE RETURN OF THE REBEL is a July release…

    Jax is drawn to Vegas as a means of escape, hoping to get lost in a crowd while enjoying the rush of excitement as he tests Lady Luck. What he doesn’t count on is running into a blast from the past–his best friend’s little sister, who isn’t so little anymore. But this unexpected reunion isn’t the only hitch in his Vegas getaway.

    BLURB:

    The guy from the wrong side of the tracks…

    Being promoted should be a dream come true, only it means working closely with Cleo’s childhood crush, Jax Monroe. Jax may no longer be the rebel she remembers, but he still gets her heart racing like no other.

    Jax cares too much about Cleo to let her get too close—but keeping his distance is proving impossible! As Jax reveals the extent of what he’s been through, will Cleo show him that some things are too precious to put off until tomorrow?

    TOP PICK! RT Book Reviews 4.5 Stars ~ “Faye’s romance tugs at the heartstrings and the surprising element of suspense is the perfect addition to make this one fly off the shelves. Readers will be engaged from start to finish as they try to unearth secrets alongside the bold characters.”

    Available at:

    Amazon US – http://amzn.to/1itSo46
    B&N – http://bit.ly/1kfK2tU
    Kobo US: http://bit.ly/1mTe35k
    iBooks US: http://bit.ly/QWqemt
    Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/1fn3w2v
    Amazon Canada – http://amzn.to/1pIdK1P

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to post! :-)

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  3. Kendra Leigh Castle
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 16:09:03

    Thanks for the opportunity to share here! After spending a number of years writing paranormals, I’m making my contemporary debut on July 1st with For the Longest Time, the first book in my Harvest Cove series. If you like second chance romances filled with humor, warmth, and the occasional poorly behaved kitten, this may be the book for you. You can check it out here, and read an excerpt here. The blurb:

    For Samantha Henry, it took a ten-year absence to appreciate the close-knit New England town with an appeal all its own….

    After a perfect storm of events leaves Sam high, dry, and jobless, she has to head home to Harvest Cove to regroup. Growing up, she was the town misfit, and a brief high school romance that resulted in heartbreak made her realize she was never going to fit in. But now, with the support of her mother and an unexpected circle of allies, Sam starts to wonder if she’s misjudged the town all these years.

    Life’s been good to Jake Smith. He transitioned from popular jock to town veterinarian without any trouble. But Sam’s homecoming makes him question his choices. The sharp-tongued beauty was never a good fit for the small community, but he’s never forgotten her—or how good they were together. While she makes it clear she’s not about to repeat the past, Jake’s determined to convince her to give him—and Harvest Cove—a second chance.

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  4. Miranda Neville
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 16:34:13

    Lady Windermere’s Lover, a historical set in 1800, will be released June 24th.

    Damian, Earl of Windermere, rues the day he drunkenly gambled away his family’s estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. Now, after hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is called home, only to discover that his modest bride has become an alluring beauty—and rumor has it that she’s taken a lover, his former best friend the Duke of Denford. Damian vows to keep his wife from straying again, but to do so he must seduce the wife he never knew he wanted. In her husband’s absence, Cynthia has made a worthwhile life for herself. Can she forgive her husband for his neglect and trust him with her secrets?

    Details and an excerpt on my website: http://mirandaneville.com/lady_windermeres_lover.php

    Thanks for letting me post.

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  5. Imogene Nix
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 16:42:51

    Executing Justice ~ This is the *final* book of the Reunion Trilogy featuring the Ito Family and was released last Monday :)

    Blurb:

    The end game is looming, but whether the last of the Ito family will find his happily ever after is in the balance.

    Tomi Ito must deal with the knowledge that the woman he’s loved forever, Gillian Edgemont, thinks he’s abandoned her in her time of need. But when he’s abducted, she’s there to help save him.

    Gillian is running from the wreck of her life and the unrequited passion she holds for her former boss, Senator Tomi Ito. When he follows her to Vega II so does the danger that’s been dogging the Ito family.

    As the finale looms, does it include a future for Tomi and Gillian? Or will it all turn to ashes?

    To Purchase: http://beachwalkpress.com/executing-justice/

    Thanks for the opportunity to post!

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  6. Lynn Rae
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 18:08:12

    My first SFR will be released on July 17 by Ellora’s Cave Blush. Here’s the blurb;
    Delphine Browen knows what it takes to survive on the rough agricultural planet of Sayre. She helps with her family recycling business, prospects for salvage in the Outlands, and keeps clear of corrupt officials. When an earnest security officer asks for her help on a secret mission, she’s understandably suspicious. She’s equally wary of how attractive she finds him.
    Lazlo Casta wants to impress his boss and prove to himself he can handle a clandestine assignment to recover a cache of weapons lost in the unsettled regions of Sayre. To do that, he needs the assistance of an expert guide. When he meets Del Browen, he’s certain she’s the woman for the job, but it takes some convincing to get her to join him. He vows to keep their interactions professional even though his thoughts often stray to sharing activities more pleasant than scaling crumbling cliff faces.
    As they undertake their adventure among the rocks, sands, and ravines, Del keeps Lazlo safe in the rugged terrain while he resolves to protect her from the threat of others who might be after the same treasure.

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  7. Lynn Rae
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 18:10:42

    I also have a contemporary out on July 28 with Liquid Silver; First Choice, Second Chance. Here’s a blurb:
    Conscientious Emily Fontaine is on a mission to prove her marketing and public relations skills. When she volunteers to restore a historic statue, she isn’t prepared for her attraction to one of her fellow committee members.
    Paul Ellison has stayed out of circulation since his wife’s death, but once he meets Emily, he can’t resist her quiet allure, despite the difference in their age.
    When the statue which brought them together is vandalized, and both Paul’s daughter and sister strenuously object to their burgeoning relationship, Paul and Emily realize the sacrifices they’ll have to make for each other. Will Paul have a second chance at love?

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  8. Lynn Rae
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 18:11:41

    I blame distraction by USA vs Portugal World Cup action! Forgot to mention the title on my SFR is Salvaged Destiny!

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  9. kris fletcher
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 19:02:43

    Oh, thank you for this opportunity!

    Dating A Single Dad, a Harlequin Superromance set in the small town of Comeback Cove in the the Canadian Thousand Islands region, will be released on July 1 – appropriately enough, Canada Day!

    Brynn Catalano – sister of the hero in my first Super, A Better Father – is in Comeback Cove to help her cousin with a relationship crisis and plan an anniversary celebration for the local dairy. Sure, her new landlord, Hank North, is worth a second look…or three! But she’s here only for a short time, and definitely not for romance, especially with a headstrong single dad who says he doesn’t need her help.

    Still, she can’t resist Hank’s daughter, Millie. The girl is almost as irresistible as her gorgeous daddy, and Brynn is surprised at how easily their twosome accommodates her…and how much she likes that. Yet when the job and the crisis are over there’s nothing to keep Brynn here. Or is there?

    You can find more information (the cover, and excerpt, buy links, info on my other books, etc) at my website – http://krisfletcher.com/. Thanks again!

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  10. robert eggleton
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 20:40:50

    In 2006, I created the Lacy Dawn Adventures Project. Three short stories have been published, two in print magazines and one in an electronic magazine. Rarity from the Hollow, my first novel, was published by a short-lived ebook publisher started by the Acquisition Editor for the University of Michigan Library. In 2012, it was reprinted by Dog Horn Publishing located in Leeds. Unfortunately, sales have been poor despite several glowing book reviews and blurbs, including by the Missouri Review, Darrell Bain, Piers Anthony, Barry Hunter, and others. I believe that several factors may have contributed to my lack of success: my poor self-promotion skill, mixed genre of the work, book covers that didn’t target a specific audience, lack of advertising funds in the budgets of small presses.

    Please consider leaving this post up even though my novel was not a July release. To be on a blog of someone of your standing would likely boost sales.

    While my novel is listed as soft SF/F, it is cross genre. Author proceeds have been donated to prevent child abuse in West Virginia where I work as a mental health therapist. Additional information is available if you are interested. Following is an excerpt of a book review that serves as my synopsis. I’ll send you the first (very short) chapter if I’ve sparked an opportunity for further consideration, including my request that you waive policy regarding this request and the publication date.

    Thank you,

    Robert
    http://www.lacydawnadventures.com

    Rarity from the Hollow
    411 Pages
    Science Fiction/Fantasy

    ISBN: 1907133062 / ISBN-13: 9781907133060

    Dog Horn Publishing, Leeds, England

    http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-from-the-Hollow-ebook/dp/B007JDI508 (ebook)

    http://www.lulu.com/shop/robert-eggleton/rarity-from-the-hollow/paperback/product-20203207.html (paperback)

    http://www.doghornpublishing.com/books/rarity_from_the_hollow.html (hardback)

    Excerpt of Review by Adicus Ryan Garton, Atomjack Science Fiction Magazine: “Imagine Wizard of Oz and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy smashed together and taking place in a hollow in the hills of West Virginia. Now you have an idea of what to expect when you sit down to read Rarity From the Hollow…unabashed, unashamed exploration of the life of young Lacy Dawn, as she learns that she is the savior of the universe. The naked, genderless android, Dot-com… Add her abusive father, her weak-willed mother, a sexually-abused ghost for a best friend…trees that talk to her, a dog that can communicate telepathically with cockroaches and so much more. There is so much to this story, and its writing is so unblinkingly honest…spares us nothing…her father beating her and her mother, the emotions…the dark creeping insanity that eats away at her Iraq-veteran father, and the life in general of people too poor, too uneducated to escape. In part, it is a grueling exposition of what children endure when …abused. …the only way…to escape is to learn that she is the savior… strong, tough, smart—all those attributes that any child should have—and she reminds us that children are survivors, adaptive and optimistic.

    But don’t think you’re going to be reading something harsh and brutal and tragic. This book is laugh-out-loud funny at times, satiric of almost everything it touches upon…The characters from the hollow and from the planet Shptiludrp (the Mall of the Universe) are funny almost to the point of tears.

    …It’s absolutely fantastic….”

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  11. Shannyn Schroeder
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 22:44:35

    Hi – Thanks again for this opportunity.

    On July 3, the 4th book in my contemporary romance O’Leary series will release. Although the books are part of a series, they all stand alone.

    Catch Your Breath

    As kids they steered clear of one another–but now a beautiful, well-connected reporter and a sexy, driven detective are all grown-up and on the job. . .

    Moira O’Leary’s work as a reporter gives her access to some of Chicago’s swankiest soirées. She knows how to navigate the jet-set crowd, and her style and confidence help her blend right in. But when her childhood crush starts popping up at posh events, her poise begins to falter–until she realizes she has the upper hand in a high-stakes game of secrets and seduction. . .

    Jimmy O’Malley has always tried to avoid his friend Liam’s little sister. Something about Moira spelled trouble. But he’s out of his element working undercover in Chicago’s high society, and Moira is his ticket to the inner circle. As sparks begin to fly–and their chemistry heats up–Moira gets dangerously close to his investigation. Will Jimmy be forced to push her away to keep her safe–or will they surrender to a desire that could leave them breathless?

    Buy links –
    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Catch-Your-Breath-O-Learys-ebook/dp/B00IO3QQZI/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1403494845&sr=1-3&keywords=shannyn+schroeder

    B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/catch-your-breath-shannyn-schroeder/1118882332?ean=9781601831859&itm=1&usri=shannyn+schroeder

    Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/catch-your-breath-1

    iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/catch-your-breath/id829109598?mt=11

    And right now the first 3 books are on sale at Amazon and B&N

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  12. Crista McHugh
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 23:37:28

    The fourth book in my best-selling Kelly Brothers series comes out on July 7th. It features an interracial geek romance between two gamers. The first book in the series is free, and each book is stand-alone.

    What happens at Comic-Con, stays at Comic-Con…

    Robotics engineer Jenny Nguyen has given up on finding Mr. Right. So when her brother and his husband approach her to act as surrogate for their child, she sees it as her only chance to have a child and accepts. One week after she initiates the process, however, she meets a man who gets her heart pumping for all the right reasons and gives into the temptation. When the test turns positive, she’s believes she can’t handle both the pregnancy and dating, but she underestimates how persistent a Daniel Kelly can be.

    When surgeon and gamer-geek Dan meets a pretty woman dressed as a Sailor Scout at Comic-Con, a roll of his lucky 20-sided die tells him he should take a gamble on her. One night of passion leaves him longing for more, but Jenny’s refusal to return his calls afterward leaves him wondering if the attraction was one-sided. An accidental discovery of her pregnancy has him convinced the baby is his, and he’ll stop at nothing to win her heart.

    It’s up for pre-order at Apple and Kobo and will be on Amazon and B&N on release day.
    iBooks: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-hearts-game/id882944872?mt=11
    Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-heart-s-game

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  13. Crista McHugh
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 23:40:34

    Ugh – forgot to give the title. The upcoming release is The Heart’s Game.

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  14. Sandy James
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 06:57:29

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    Coming July 1st! The second book in the bestselling Ladies Who Lunch series! Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

    For the fans of Jennifer Probst, Ruth Cardello and Jill Shalvis, comes a series about love, friendship, and lunch!

    When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Juliana Kelley tells the Ladies Who Lunch that her life needs an overhaul . . . and gets a whole lot more than she wished for.

    Juliana has spent thirteen years in the same teaching job. She’s ready to dive into a new career with both feet . . . when a run-in with the hottest man she’s ever seen knocks her head over heels. But with her failed marriage to a fellow teacher fresh on her mind, Jules can’t afford to lose herself in a relationship-no matter how perfect it may seem.

    Connor Wilson has hit rock bottom when he loses his career as a top-notch Realtor because of a large gambling debt. Now, in a small town he finds a fresh start-and a gorgeous redhead who sparks new life into him. Together they start a successful real estate company, but when pleasure sneaks into the business, they’ll have to decide what they can let go . . . and what they can’t live without.

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  15. Kat Cantrell
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 08:17:29

    MATCHED TO A BILLIONAIRE releases July 1st from Harlequin Desire, the first in the Happily Ever Inc. trilogy: Their business is makoevers and matchmaking, but love doesn’t always go according to plan!

    Wanted: one convenient wife

    Venture capitalist Leo Reynolds is married to his work, but now he needs a wife. Someone to run his home, host his parties—and accept a marriage that’s strictly business. His one rule: love will play no part in their union. At least that’s the lie he tells himself, until he meets his match….

    Enter Daniella White—handpicked by the matchmaker as the perfect wife. Marriage to Leo means security, and she’s willing to give up passion for friendship. But the moment they meet, sparks fly. And now temptation—and Leo’s own heart—have the billionaire ready to change all the rules.

    Buy links are on my website: http://wp.me/PYhJU-fv

    Thank you!

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  16. DJ Liamson
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 18:25:47

    Thanks for the opportunity to share!

    Demonspawn Academy, the first installment of my m/m erotica series, comes out July 11th from Dark Hollows Press.

    Chance Bane wakes up with no memories of who he is and soon finds out he’s been engineered to become a demon hunter. On his first mission with Demonspawn Academy, he’s tasked with charting a topography of Hell, assuming he can find an entrance to Hell first. He’s assigned to fellow demon hunter Riley Than, and when his emotions are super charged from demon hunting on their first mission, Chance experiences feelings he didn’t know he had. How will Chance deal with his burgeoning sexuality, while dealing with his memory loss, while trying to figure out how to become the best demon hunter he can be?

    Thanks again!

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  17. Sandra Schwab
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 12:10:59

    Thanks so much for this opportunity! I’m just a tiny little bit late to the party…

    A Tangled Web: Allan’s Miscellany 1846, a historical novella set in the world of Victorian publishing (& featuring a giant equestrian statue), will come out in mid-July. Here’s the blurb:

    Lawrence Pelham works as a comic artist for Allan’s Miscellany. A chance meeting with a young woman dressed in mourning changes Pel’s whole life, and without his even knowing, he is thrown into a world of mystery and intrigue, where nothing is quite as it seems to be – especially not the woman he has given his heart to.

    Her whole life Sarah Browne has been told how plain she is, how nondescript, destined to become an old maid. For years she has been her family’s dutiful nursing maid, but now a secret inheritance and an encounter with the charming Mr. Pelham seem to offer her a chance to break out of her life of duty and drudgery – if she dares to take it. Yet how could such an interesting, witty man be possibly interested in her boring self?

    And so, Sarah soon find herself entangled in a web of lies and deceit, which threatens to cost her the love of her life.

    ~~~
    You can find out more about the novella and the series (the stories are all stand-alones) on my website: http://www.sandraschwab.com/a-tangled-web.html (includes pictures of the aforementioned equestrian statue, about which the satirical magazine Punch speculated that it would probably tear the world asunder)

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  18. Charlotte Russell
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 22:14:30

    Thank you for the opportunity to post about my new release. My historical romance A Spy’s Honor debuts on July 15.

    Looking for a beta hero? I’ve got your man:-)

    Embroiled in a scheme to catch an assassin, Lady Claire Talbot will soon learn all that His Majesty’s spy Lord John Reyburn has to hide, and all that his heart is dying to reveal.

    Blurb:
    LOVE & LIES
    At seventeen, Lady Claire Talbot thought she’d found her one true love. But after rescuing her from a dangerous situation, in undue haste he fled to the Continent instead of marrying her. Now, after years of suppressing her romantic side and honing her practicality, Claire is on the verge of an altogether convenient match.

    A man of few words but much passion, Lord John Reyburn always regretted his decision to turn back from Gretna Green. Now, wounded in more ways than one, he is in the place—but not the position—to correct his mistake. His mission in England is to capture an assassin. And, so, one of His Majesty’s more unconventional spies, John must add yet a further deceit: cold indifference to Claire’s impending marital bliss. For unless sweet loyalty and devotion couple with suspicion and betrayal, nothing can make things right.

    Check Boroughs Publishing http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com on July 15 for purchasing details or visit your favorite ebook retailer. More information will be available on my website as well: http://www.authorcharlotterussell.com.

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  19. Victoria Paige
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 22:32:50

    Thanks for this opportunity! My new book “It’s always been you” is now live on Amazon. It’s an amnesia-back-from-the-dead story with a Navy SEAL hero.

    Available on Amazon for 99 cents until July 15th: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LNQ27TW

    Blurb:
    Former Navy SEAL Travis Blake is a rising star in the security business. In two short years, Blake Security Inc. has become highly sought after by the who’s who in Washington DC.

    But unbeknownst to many, Travis is haunted by the mysterious death of his wife three years before. He carries with him the guilt of not being there to protect the one person who meant everything to him. He has buried his wife, but his heart refuses to accept that the body six feet under is hers. His obsessive search for her leads him deep into the trenches of covert ops—and everything is not what it seems.

    Caitlin Kincaid has been on the run for a while. The sum of her memories began three years ago when she awakened with a broken arm and leg and a severe concussion. Hunted down by a secret group within the U.S. government, her companion persuades her to stay off the grid because of the standing kill order on their heads. One night, while fleeing assassins, she is left on the side of the road with a cryptic message: “It’s time for you to stop running. I’m not the one you love.”

    When Travis receives news that the woman who has turned up at the American Embassy in Berlin could be his wife, he wastes no time getting to her. He is unprepared for the devastation that shreds him when Caitlin looks at him with no recognition in her eyes. Amnesia is a challenging enough obstacle for winning the love of his life back. But with lies defining the past three years of her life, Caitlin becomes wary of anyone’s help.

    Love was never the problem. A marriage cannot survive without trust. As sinister forces threaten the bond they are trying to rebuild, trust must come quickly or one of them will die.

    * Strong sexual content and language. Disturbing situations.

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  20. robert eggleton
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 19:46:29

    411 Pages
    Science Fiction/Fantasy
    ISBN: 1907133062 / ISBN-13: 9781907133060
    Dog Horn Publishing, Leeds, England
    http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-from-the-Hollow-ebook/dp/B007JDI508 (ebook)
    http://www.lulu.com/shop/robert-eggleton/rarity-from-the-hollow/paperback/product-20203207.html (paperback)
    http://www.doghornpublishing.com/books/rarity_from_the_hollow.html (hardback)
    Excerpt of Review by Adicus Ryan Garton, Atomjack Science Fiction Magazine: http://susurruspress.com/Atomjack/7/current.htm
    “Imagine Wizard of Oz and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy smashed together and taking place in a hollow in the hills of West Virginia. Now you have an idea of what to expect when you sit down to read Rarity From the Hollow…unabashed, unashamed exploration of the life of young Lacy Dawn, as she learns that she is the savior of the universe. The naked, genderless android, Dot-com… Add her abusive father, her weak-willed mother, a sexually-abused ghost for a best friend…trees that talk to her, a dog that can communicate telepathically with cockroaches and so much more. There is so much to this story, and its writing is so unblinkingly honest…spares us nothing…her father beating her and her mother, the emotions…the dark creeping insanity that eats away at her Iraq-veteran father, and the life in general of people too poor, too uneducated to escape. In part, it is a grueling exposition of what children endure when …abused. …the only way…to escape is to learn that she is the savior… strong, tough, smart—all those attributes that any child should have—and she reminds us that children are survivors, adaptive and optimistic.
    But don’t think you’re going to be reading something harsh and brutal and tragic. This book is laugh-out-loud funny at times, satiric of almost everything it touches upon…The characters from the hollow and from the planet Shptiludrp (the Mall of the Universe) are funny almost to the point of tears.
    …It’s absolutely fantastic….”

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  21. Beth Matthews
    Jul 12, 2014 @ 18:58:45

    Thanks for hosting these. :)

    My new contemporary romance A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING features a pair of reunited lovers trying to survive all the madness backstage at a theater company. Fans of Victoria Dahl or Julie James might enjoy the book’s wry humor and playful sexiness.

    BLURB:
    After dating her childhood sweetheart Max on and off for years, aspiring actress Nicola Charles is finally ready to move on. It’s time for her to focus on her stage career and stay away from Max–before he can break her heart again.

    Max regrets hurting Nicola, but he wants another chance. So when his play loses its leading lady, giving Nicola the part seems like the perfect opportunity to win back his old flame.

    But the course of true love—and a theater production—never do run smooth. As Max fights to reignite Nicola’s love, the onstage antics can’t rival the bedlam backstage: a neurotic cast, a prickly crew, and an evil diva of a director who’s got designs on Max.

    As Nicola and Max battle to keep the drama onstage, Max can’t help wondering if their romance will end with the last performance. Or have the two of them finally captured what they’ve dreamed of all their lives? True Love.

    Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LHDTHF8/

    Other buy links and more info about the book at my website:
    http://bethmatthewsbooks.com/about-beth-matthews-books/a-midsummer-nights-fling/

    Thanks again! :)
    Beth Matthews
    @IAmBethMatthews

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  22. Jules Court
    Jul 12, 2014 @ 20:07:31

    Thanks for this opportunity! My contemporary romance, Rescuing Love, featuring a Coast Guard rescue swimmer hero is now available at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and Bookstrand.

    Blurb:

    Recently fired attorney, Becca Lynch, only came home to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to strap on a bridesmaid dress and accompany an old friend down the aisle. Just one week of pretending that her life’s great and she’s not secretly falling apart.

    A complication of the male variety is the last thing she wants. But a blistering encounter with a handsome stranger in the employee bathroom of her hometown bar might be just what she needs.

    As a rescue swimmer for the United States Coast Guard, Alex Petrov doesn’t think twice about jumping from a helicopter into raging seas if lives are at stake, but off the clock, he prefers calmer waters.

    Hooking up with a stranger, who turns out to be his roommate’s sister, just isn’t something he does. Until Becca.

    But passion doesn’t worry about bad timing, and love can prove a more uncontrollable force than any ocean wave.

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