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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for June 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.

21 Comments

  1. Meljean
    May 25, 2014 @ 15:35:14

    My serial steampunk romance, THE KRAKEN KING, will be wrapping up on June 3rd. I know quite a few readers have been waiting for the last installment to be issued before tackling the book, so this is just a heads-up that they will all be available on that date.

    I don’t have a publication date yet for the compiled version (all eight parts collected) but I should have it soon. I’ll be putting the date up on my website as soon as I know it.

  2. Grace Draven
    May 25, 2014 @ 15:48:32

    I typically write novel-length fantasy romance, but this time I have a short story of contemporary romance coming out in the first half of June called REMEMBER WHEN under the pen name Annabeth DenBoer.

    story description:

    Phee Angeles reluctantly agrees to attend her ex-fiancé’s wedding, not because she dreads seeing the groom, but because she’ll once again meet the man she’d fallen in love with five years earlier—his brother.

    It will be available on Amazon, Smashwords and B&N Nook Press

    Thanks to DA for posting the Open Thread for Authors.

  3. DL McDermott
    May 25, 2014 @ 17:19:29

    The third book in my COLD IRON series, STONE SONG, comes out on June 9.

    You can read an excerpt here: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Stone-Song/D-L-McDermott/A-Cold-Iron-Novel/9781476734415

    If you’re curious about the series, the trailer for book one gives you a good idea of what to expect:

    Beth Carter doesn’t believe in the Fae. He’s about to changer her mind.
    https://vimeo.com/82346560

    And the first two installments are on sale right now for $1.99.

  4. R.T. Lucas and LJ Halkett
    May 25, 2014 @ 18:10:49

    The first in our Tainted Blood series – The Heist- is being published on 26 June 2014 by Dark Hollows Press.

    It is a supernatural romance with suspense and all set within a mafia underworld. Meet Commander Xavier Raige – 6’7″ no nonsense, straight talking leader of a mercenary unit. His world collides with the petite, feisty and independent Alicia Carberletti – who is not all that she seems. Then there is the ancient Highland warrior Shuggie MacAndrew – vampire and lieutenant in Xavier’s unit who is as humerous as he is loyal.

    With a cast of interesting supporting characters, the layered story builds to an exciting crescendo… Will you join us on our journey into the world of Tainted Blood. Warning – once you enter you may not ever want to leave!!

    The Heist is available from http://www.darkhollowspress.com from 26 July 2014
    For all Tainted Blood news, videos and character information see our website http://www.Xali.net
    We are on Facebook and Twitter – see website for details! #Xali1

  5. Jennifer Lohmann
    May 25, 2014 @ 18:29:25

    My June Superromance release is Weekends in Carolina. From the back cover copy:

    Wishing the weekend would never end!
    Trey Harris wants nothing to do with his late father’s farm. In fact, he can’t get rid of it fast enough so he can enjoy his city life. Then he meets Maxine “Max” Backstrom—the gorgeous woman leasing the land. Between her passion for his family’s farm and her determination to show him its beauty…well, Trey can’t stop thinking about what it would be like to kiss her!
    Still, their lives are worlds apart. If he sells, her livelihood vanishes. But his interests aren’t here. And no matter how magical their weekends together are, this can’t lead to anything…can it?

    You can read an excerpt at my on my website at http://jenniferlohmann.com/booklist/weekends-in-carolina/

    Thanks, Dear Author, for having the Open Thread for Authors.

  6. Jennifer Lohmann
    May 25, 2014 @ 18:30:34

    Sorry for the messed up formatting! Where did the edit button go?

  7. Sunita
    May 25, 2014 @ 18:51:08

    @Jennifer Lohmann: Fixed!

  8. Jenny Schwartz
    May 25, 2014 @ 19:44:34

    Thanks, Jane and everyone, for the chance to share Hero Duty here. I’m terrible at formatting (apologies in advance), so keeping it simple. The blurb is below and Escape Publishing (Harlequin’s Australian digital only line) has all the buy links here, http://bit.ly/HeroDuty . Hero Duty releases 1 June. I can’t wait!

    She can buy anything she wants, except the courage to stand up to her family. That’s where he comes in.

    Jessica Trove is a billionaire Cinderella, bullied by her family, and terrified of the responsibilities crashing down on her shoulders. She knows what she needs to do – she just needs to find the courage to do it.

    That’s where Brodie Carlton comes in. Jessica is used to buying anything she wants, and what she wants right now is a hero. She’s going to make Brodie Carlton an offer he can’t refuse: be her emotional bodyguard, and she’ll make him rich. The only question is who will guard their hearts?

  9. Robyn Bachar
    May 25, 2014 @ 20:39:56

    My Victorian paranormal romance POISON IN THE BLOOD is out in print on June 3 (and it includes the novella The Importance of Being Emily, so it’s two books in one). Here’s the blurb:

    She is honey to his throat…but one sweet taste could part them forever…

    Banished from home while her husband adjusts to life as an immortal, blood-drinking chronicler, Emily Black is homesick, heartsick and struggling under the constant sensory barrage of a city drenched in ancient magic. When an old friend asks for her aid in solving a string of murders, she welcomes the distraction, despite the danger.

    Justine Dubois is grateful for a seer’s help, and more understanding than anyone of Emily’s plight. As a guardian, Justine commands respect; as a woman, her magic is considered inferior. Together, they are determined to prove their worth to London’s magicians, starting with solving these murders–with maybe a bit of matchmaking on the side.

    Long before he met his soul mate, Michael Black made a commitment to join the Order of St. Jerome. He will live forever, forced to watch the woman he loves age and die. As Emily hunts the murderer, Michael struggles to protect her. But if he loses control of his hunger, the greatest threat to her safety could be Michael himself.

    Warning: Contains tortured soul mates, scheming faeries, vampire debauchery, deadly parasols, illicit blood-drinker relations, and adorable plot moppets.

    http://store.samhainpublishing.com/poison-blood-p-73439.html

  10. Elizabeth Briggs
    May 25, 2014 @ 21:58:09

    Thanks for this post!

    My New Adult romance MORE THAN MUSIC releases on June 17th. It’s about a geeky guitarist who joins a rock band with a tattooed lead singer to compete on a reality TV show similar to The Voice. Here’s the full blurb:

    Music major Maddie Taylor seems to have her life all figured out. She’s just finished her junior year of college, has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, and plans to go to grad school to write movie scores. Only her roommates know she practices guitar every night and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars.

    Tattooed singer Jared Cross has a new girl every week, but when he catches Maddie playing one of his songs, she attracts his attention in an unexpected way. His band needs a fourth member for The Sound, a reality TV show competition—and he wants her. Though Maddie refuses to be another notch on Jared’s bedpost, she agrees to risk everything for the chance to be a rock star.

    Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared behind his flirty smile, and with each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore. When the show pressures Jared to flaunt his player image, they’re forced to keep their relationship secret, but Maddie can’t help but want something real.

    As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21861133-more-than-music

  11. Jane Lovering
    May 26, 2014 @ 03:54:53

    I admit it! I keep getting the Prevent Spam math problem wrong! I always was useless with numbers..

    But, in case you are more interested in my facility with words – the second book in my Vampires of York series is out in paperback in June. Featuring the same cast as in the first book, ‘Vampire State of Mind’, it follows the further adventures of Jess and Liam who work for York city Council, and Sil and Zan the two vampires that run the Otherworld administration.
    ‘In the mean streets of York, the stakes just got higher – and even pointier.

    Jessica Grant liaises with Otherworlders for York Council so she knows that falling in love with a vampire takes a leap of faith. But her lover Sil, the City Vampire in charge of Otherworld York, he wouldn’t run out on her, would he? He wouldn’t let his demon get the better of him. Or would he?

    Sil knows there’s a reason for his bad haircut, worse clothes and the trail of bleeding humans in his wake. If only he could remember exactly what he did before someone finds him and shoots him on sight.

    With her loyalties already questioned for defending zombies, the Otherworlders no one cares about, Jess must choose which side she’s on, either help her lover or turn him in. Human or Other? Whatever she decides, there’s a high price to pay – and someone to lose.’

    Warning – this book is very British, please don’t read New York for York! It features the British admiration of control-through-filing, and an almost fetishistic attitude to biscuits and tea.

  12. Avery Flynn
    May 26, 2014 @ 08:04:22

    Hola! This Year’s Black, the second book in my Killer Style series, comes out tomorrow May 27! It’ll be 99 cents until Sunday so you can grab it this week before the price jacks up to $3.99. :) And don’t worry, it’s a series but each book can be read as a stand alone. Here are the deets:

    This Year’s Black by Avery Flynn
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22080860-this-year-s-black

    “Incredible writing with witty humor and scorching sex scenes. This Year’s Black belongs at the top of everyone’s TBR list.”– New York Times bestselling author, Gina L. Maxwell

    A fighter since birth, Allegra “Ryder” Falcon would rather trade in her all-black wardrobe for
    head-to-toe hot pink than let anyone ever see the cracks in her tough exterior. But one night with
    a stranger changes everything.

    Devin Harris may have given up his MMA fighting dreams for high fashion, but that doesn’t
    mean he isn’t always in control. So when someone embezzles millions under his watch, he isn’t
    going to let the private investigator working the case go it alone–even if she is the woman who
    blew him away in bed and then blew him off.

    Just when it seems like it couldn’t get any hotter between Ryder and Devin, the case takes them
    to a tropical paradise where the danger increases. From the catwalk to the pineapple fields, they
    have to work together to track down the missing millions before the thief finds–and kills–
    them.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22080860-this-year-s-black

  13. Jill Sorenson
    May 26, 2014 @ 08:08:33

    Island Peril is still free until May 31!

    http://www.jillsorenson.com/books/islandperil.php

    And Backwoods releases tomorrow:

    http://www.jillsorenson.com/books/backwoods.php

    The more you trust, the more you risk…

    When plans for a wilderness retreat with her teenage daughter Brooke go awry, Abby Hammond reluctantly pairs up with Brooke’s stepbrother and his dad, Nathan Strom, for the weeklong trek. The only thing Abby has in common with the bad-boy former pro athlete is that their exes cheated with each other. That…and a visceral attraction that’s growing more complicated with every step through the picturesque woods.

    Nathan’s wild-card reputation lost him his career and his family. After years of regret, he’s ready to fight for what truly matters—and that includes Abby’s hard-won trust. When Brooke goes missing, Nathan knows he’s her best and only hope of rescue. But the deeper into the rugged mountains they go, the more dangerous the territory will prove—for their safety and for their hearts.

  14. Jennifer Lohmann
    May 27, 2014 @ 05:33:47

    @Sunita:

    Thank you!

  15. Jillian Eaton
    May 27, 2014 @ 06:51:49

    A DARK AFFAIR ON DOWER STREET, the second entry in the new Rookery Rakes series, comes out June 3rd! It is preceded by THE DUKE OF ST. GILES (available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo) and will be followed by THE PRINCE OF KING STREET (September 2014).

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22043278-a-dark-affair-on-dower-street

    Ava is in distress, but she’s certainly no damsel.

    Born and raised in the slums of St. Giles, she knows how to take care of herself and doesn’t take kindly to help, even when it’s offered by Heath Mason, the handsome stranger who appeared out of nowhere to save her life.

    On the run from men who want her dead for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Ava reluctantly places herself in Heath’s care and, against all odds, begins to develop feelings for the brooding, mysterious stranger.

    But Ava is in more danger than she ever realized, for the man she’s falling in love with is the same one who has been hired to hunt her down…

    Thanks for the opportunity to promote!

  16. Kate McMurray
    May 27, 2014 @ 14:36:29

    Thanks for this opportunity! My next book, an m/m contemporary, is out May 30:

    The sequel to The Stars that Tremble.

    Sandy Sullivan has gotten so good at covering up his emotions, he’s waiting for someone to hand him an Oscar. On the outside, he’s a cheerful, funny guy, but his good humor is the only thing keeping awful memories from his army tours in Afghanistan at bay. Worse, Sandy is now adrift after breaking up with the only man who ever understood him, but who also wanted to fix him the way Sandy’s been fixing up his new house in Brooklyn.

    Everett Blake seems to have everything: good looks, money, and talent to spare. He parlayed a successful career as a violinist into a teaching job at Manhattan’s elite Olcott School and until four months ago, he even had the perfect boyfriend. Now he’s on his own, trying to give his new apartment some personality, even if it is unkempt compared to the perfect home he shared with his ex. When hiring a contractor to renovate his kitchen sends Sandy barreling into his life, Everett is only too happy to accept the chaos… until he realizes he’s in over his head.

    More info at my website.

  17. clare london
    May 29, 2014 @ 13:20:22

    Many thanks for the opportunity to share my new release out on June 15 at Amber Allure. NO ANGEL is a m/m contemporary romance, with a paranormal twist, a mystery and a healthy dose of British humour.

    Felix’s life is full, juggling a supportive homelife for his disabled brother, a job as a care home assistant, a brand new boyfriend – and now he’s had his arse pinched by a lewd gay ghost on the late night bus!

    If only that were the end of it. But Bryn the ghost follows him home and wheedles himself into Felix’s life. That includes sharing his shameless opinions on the patronising way Felix treats his brother, on how Felix should eat more food and put some flesh on his bones, and – worst of all – exactly how Felix should be getting down to it with his seriously sexy new boyfriend Mickey! And in between all that, Bryn finds time to leer at Felix himself and make outrageous suggestions on what they’d be doing if Bryn wasn’t … well … ghostly.

    Felix considers he’s a tolerant guy. But the last thing he needs now is to get wrapped up in the mystery of a missing teenage girl, the inhabitants of a local squat, and conversations with a fire-and-brimstone old preacher. However, with a nudge or six from Bryn, the help of his brother Patrick, and some cosy loving from Mickey – Felix starts to wonder how he ever thought his life was busy before!

    More details and an excerpt can be found on my website http://clarelondon.com/novels-2/novellas/.

    Many thanks!

  18. Kristina Cook
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 23:37:21

    UNDRESSED (book #2 in my “Undone by Love” series, originally published by Kensington/Zebra Books in 2006) released today in Kindle & NOOK formats. Book #1 in the series, UNLACED, is now on sale for 99 cents until June 25th. This is the first time UNLACED (originally published in 2004) has been available in digital format. The best part about re-releasing these books? New covers–and they’re so much better than their original, cartoony covers that didn’t look even remotely like historical romance!

    UNLACED
    All Lucy Abbington wants is to get through her first London season without losing sight of her true ambition—gaining some informal training in veterinary arts so that she can retire peacefully to the countryside with her beloved horses. Instead, she’s caught up in a whirlwind of balls, marriage proposals, and ton intrigues. Worse, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to her sponsors’ maddening neighbor, Henry Ashton, the Marquess of Mandeville. The handsome, arrogant, sometimes infuriating Mandeville stokes a passionate fire within her that won’t be denied, no matter the consequence.

    Deep, emotional scars secretly plague Henry, Lord Mandeville. As a result, he’s avoided romantic entanglements at all costs. Only, now he needs a wife—someone from a wealthy, powerful family to further his political aspirations. Instead, he finds himself all but obsessed with the beautiful but unconventional Lucy Abbington—a woman whose passions and wit stir desires he’d rather ignore. And yet…she might just be the one woman who can heal his wounded heart.

    Lucy and Henry’s heads say no, but their hearts say yes. Will they find themselves undone by love?

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22061471-unlaced
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22457830-undressed

  19. Joely Sue Burkhart
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 23:50:30

    Billionaires, billionaires, billionaires! They’re everywhere. But I bet you haven’t seen too many billionaire submissives. Releasing June 17th from Samhain is The Billionaire Submissive, the first book in my new Billionaires in Bondage series.

    Lesson one: She makes the rules. Lesson two: Refer to lesson one.

    The Billionaire.

    Donovan Morgan rules his billion-dollar international company with an iron fist. But in the privacy of his bedroom, he hungers for an iron lady to rule his body.

    The Mistress.

    Lilly Harrison helps her clients tame their personal demons by taming them. Lots of men—blue collar to white collar—enjoy female domination. But the ultra-rich and powerful CEO is alpha to the core. In public, that is. The challenge will be to teach him that bossy isn’t always better.

    The Contract.

    Donovan selects his potential Mistress as carefully as a prime investment opportunity, and negotiates a contract as tight and binding as any corporate takeover. He must ensure his privacy at all cost—even if he has to resort to a little blackmail to ensure her full cooperation.

    His First Lesson.

    When the indomitable Miss Harrison laughs in his face, tears his contract up, and walks out without a backward glance, it seals the deal. Donovan will have her. Even if she makes him crawl to her side.

    Warning: A billionaire used to buying everything he could possibly want—except in the bedroom; a Mistress determined to bring him to heel with her sexy red stilettos; inappropriate use of cherry pie and silk ties; and a steel-clad contract that will keep him exactly where she wants him.

    An excerpt can be found on my website here. Thanks for the opportunity to share about this release!

  20. Belea T. Keeney
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 16:48:09

    The Tiger Whisperer, available in print and e-book, all formats.

    A man. A tiger. A tornado.

    Jared Montaine owns a big cat rescue in Florida and faces financial pressures, getting over his ex-wife, and the challenge of suburbia creeping ever closer to his enclave for the animals. But when a tornado wrecks part of the refuge, Jared’s worst fear comes to life: his Siberian tiger, Sultan, escapes.

    It’s a big cat handler’s nightmare: a tiger on the loose, confused, lost — and hungry.

    Jared races against the police, the media, and the hysterical public, all of whom are clamoring for the tiger’s hide. He must re-capture Sultan before the cat is killed — by traffic, by SWAT, or by a civilian who just wants to shoot a tiger. With fellow wildlife handlers at his side, Jared fights desperately to find and capture Sultan before the tiger injures or kills a human. Because that would lead to his worst nightmare — having to kill the tiger he hand-raised from a cub. Jared’s commitment is tested — to his animals, his refuge, and his belief that saving the life of even one tiger is worth losing everything.

    Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Whisperer-Belea-T-Keeney/dp/1499276133/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400876750&sr=1-1&keywords=9781499276138

  21. Kat Simons
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 15:49:03

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to let readers know about our books! (I’m going to go broke shopping these threads. *g*)

    The second book in my paranormal romance Tiger Shifters series — ALONG CAME A TIGER — released June 19th! It’s currently available at Amazon, All Romance eBooks and Smashwords, and will be distributed to other vendors by the end of June.

    ***
    Never kill a human.

    Daniel Borowski, Tracker and enforcer of tiger shifter law, faces an impossible choice when the woman he loves is set on breaking one of their people’s most fundamental rules—don’t kill humans. Daniel’s own sense of justice cries out for the life of the man who murdered one of their own, but killing him—especially in tiger form—is an automatic death sentence. Daniel loves Sarah too much to allow her to throw her life away for revenge. But preventing her from killing could cost him any chance at a future with her.

    Her soul demands blood.

    Sarah Chu never imagined losing her best friend so young and in such a gruesome way. Until then, she was focused on her career as a genetics researcher and trying to get pregnant during the Mate Run so she could be with the man she loves. After her friend’s murder, Sarah can think of little beyond ripping the man responsible to pieces. So when Daniel stops her from taking her revenge, anger and frustration make her lash out at him even as the chemistry between them roars through her. If she kills the human, she’ll sacrifice the life she imagined with Daniel. If she lets the human go, she’s not sure she’ll be able to live with herself.

    Justice will come at a price.

    To protect Sarah, Daniel will do whatever it takes, including finding another way to get justice. Even that might not be enough for her, though. But when the murderer comes after them, intend on torture and death, Daniel and Sarah will have to choose…destroy the killer or protect their own future. Because they can’t have both.

    ***

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Along-Came-Tiger-Shifters-Book-ebook/dp/B00L3QEB50/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1403469956&sr=8-2&keywords=kat+simons+tiger+shifters

    ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-alongcameatiger-1554150-143.html

    Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/449559

    My website for more details on the series (including the first book Once Upon a Tiger, priced at only $0.99!): http://www.katsimons.com

    Thanks!

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