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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for May 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.


  1. Theresa Romain
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 15:08:30

    Hi, DA–thanks for the chance to tell readers about my newest historical romance! TO CHARM A NAUGHTY COUNTESS, out May 6 from Sourcebooks, is a Pygmalion story with an virgin hero and a rakish heroine. The first chapter is up on my site, and here’s the back cover blurb:

    Brilliant but rumored mad, Michael Layward, the impoverished Duke of Wyverne, has no success courting heiresses until widowed Lady Stratton takes up his cause–after first refusing his suit.

    Caroline Graves, the popular Countess of Stratton, sits alone at the pinnacle of London society and has vowed never to remarry. When Michael–her counterpart in an old scandal–returns to town after a long absence, she finds herself as enthralled with him as ever. As she guides the anxiety-ridden duke through the trials of society, Caroline realizes that she’s lost her heart. But if she gives herself to the only man she’s ever loved, she’ll lose the hard-won independence she prizes above all.

  2. Leah Braemel
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 15:18:57

    Thanks for the opportunity — book 2 in my Grady Legacy series is coming out May 19th from Carina Press.

    Jake Grady loves Bull’s Hollow ranch and all the challenges and hard work it entails. But the past year hasn’t been easy—his father’s good name has been tarnished, and new financial problems are threatening to destroy everything the Gradys have built. Performing live under a stage name has become his escape, a way of blowing off some serious steam.

    Accountant Paige Reynolds found Jake’s guitar-playing alter ego intriguing, but her connection with the real Jake sends her attraction into overdrive. When she’s summoned to make order out of the chaotic paper trail at Bull’s Hollow, he sets her world a-rocking—both in bed and out. But Paige has a plan; she’s determined to create her own path for the future, but is soon left scrambling for firmer ground.

    Good news about Jake’s potential singing career is followed by the revelation of another family secret, one that has him questioning whether he belongs at Bull’s Hollow at all. But leaving the ranch would mean leaving his family…and Paige. How much is he willing to give up for a real shot at fame?

    You can find out more at my website:

  3. Jill Sorenson
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 15:22:07

    Island Peril releases May 1st. It’s free for pre-order until then:

    This is an action/adventure romance novella with its own couple and HFN. It can be read as a stand alone or as a prequel to Backwoods, my June release for HQN. Both stories have nature/camping settings. Thanks!!

  4. Kate Sherwood
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 15:23:06

    I’m excited about Mark of Cain, coming May 20th from Samhain.

    It’s a m/m romance between an Anglican priest and the man who killed the priest’s brother. I was trying to find ways to ramp up the conflict between the characters, and I think I found it!

    It’s got a nice romance and a bit of steamy sex, but I was also really interested in exploring issues of repentance and forgiveness, the division between the working class and the middle class, and what happens when young men are encouraged to be aggressive and then given nothing productive to do with their energy. (I listened to a lot of Dropkick Murphies when I was writing the parts from Lucas Cain’s POV).

    Details at:

  5. Sandy James
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 15:36:12

    Thanks, DA!!

    The first book in my new contemporary romance series with Grand Central Forever Yours releases on May 6th! The Bottom line introduces the Ladies Who Lunch.

    Here’s the official blurb:

    When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. Surviving a failed marriage and an illness that almost takes her life, high school teacher Mallory Hamilton needs the Ladies Who Lunch more than ever . . .

    After a year of upheaval, Mallory has had her fill of change–with one exception. Her house is a disaster, and she wants it fixed. Hiring a contractor to finish the projects her ex-husband started will help her banish the past so she can return to the life she had before everything went awry. But her contractor is sexy, sweet, and single which threatens the peaceful, solitary life Mallory has planned for herself.

    Ben Carpenter has had a hard time raising his daughter without his ex-wife’s help. His new client’s projects will give him the extra income he needs, not to mention afternoons alone with a gorgeous woman. Though their attraction is undeniable, Ben sees the fear and pain hiding in Mallory’s beautiful eyes. But how can he help her if she won’t let him in? Ben can fix about anything, but can he fix Mallory’s broken heart?

    Thanks again, DA!!

  6. Elyssa Patrick
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 15:38:37

    Thanks so much for the opportunity, DA!

    My contemporary romance, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP, releases on May 12th. I’m really excited about this one! More info (including the first chapter and some pre-order links) can be found at my site.

    Here’s the blurb:

    One fake relationship . . .

    Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and—ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago—hailed a hero. Except she doesn’t feel like a hero. She can’t even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she’s powerless to resist. A fake relationship is exactly what’s needed to keep her small town’s matchmakers at bay during the upcoming wedding season. If only her attraction to Wes were as easy to ignore.

    Too many real kisses . . .

    Wes Dalton doesn’t have many regrets, and that includes his night with Ginny. But he’s always hoped to strengthen his relationship with his estranged family. When his father’s health takes a bad turn, Wes puts his life on hold and moves to the meddling seaside town of Cape Hope. With his barriers in place—and a beautiful woman to help him hold them up—he’s prepared for anything. Or so he thinks. Despite his determination to leave as soon as the summer is over, those fake kisses are starting to feel an awful lot like the real thing.

  7. Mia West
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 15:48:51

    Thanks, DA!

    INVASION, Book 6 (of 7) in the TELL ME WHEN erotic time-travel series will launch May 15:

    Doc’s protective instincts are scraping Bryn’s last nerve, but she’s determined to track down her treacherous boss. After launch turns into a battle of wills and bodies, Bryn lands on a desolate Scottish beach without the pendant she needs to get home. And just in time for a Viking raid.

    Believing she’s stranded forever in the past, Bryn throws herself at the dubious mercy and considerable lust of the Norsemen. But when they haul their new slave to their longship, Bryn discovers a surprise that will change everything.

    INVASION is an erotic novelette (approx. 12,000 words) featuring contentious M/F, berserker M/M/M/F, and three long-awaited words.

  8. Vivian Arend
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 16:22:50

    Thank for a chance to share, DA.

    If you like knowing more about secondary characters in a book, I’ve got a fun one for you! Lillie and Jim are together in the Rita nominated DIAMOND DUST, but my new release for May 1 is a story set six months earlier, explaining how they got together! (i.e. if you like to read in order, you can safely start here. ;)

    COPPER KING: more information here

    Three things make billionaire Jim Halcyon’s to-do list: women, work…and more women. It’s a perfect agenda for a rich shifter who has no problem letting his inner grizzly out to play. From the bright lights of Vegas, to the sophisticated action of New York—he’s got the money and the power to do anything he wants.

    Anything, except resist the lure of Lady Luck, an ancient copper coin he gambles yearly to possess. Jim is determined to regain control of the pretty penny, and damn if he’ll let any bit of eye candy distract him from his goal. Not even the mesmerizing woman in the middle of the casino floor with the shimmering hair and enormous green eyes.

    With a life-changing move ahead of her, Lillie’s finagled a temporary layover en route to her future. She’s got five days to soak in new experiences, and while Vegas is too big and shiny and loud for her shy bear self, she’s eager to do this up right. It’s the last chance she’s got to let her hair down.

    Until his challenge begins, Jim is more than willing to oblige Lillie’s wish for a final fling. Only Lady Luck has some twists of fate planned for them both…

    May 27 the final book of the Takhini Wolves series is out. More information about MOON SHINE can be found here


    Meet Evan Stone. Laid-back, in-control Alpha of the Takhini Wolves. Life’s not perfect, but he’s got a good handle on his world. At least, he did—until the night he ends up in jail, soaking wet and wondering what the hell just happened.

    The “what” is Amy Ryba, a vengeful female who’s decided it’s long past time to make Evan pay for his sins. Amy has spent years tracking him down, and the last nine months working in secret to destroy him. She’s ready for anything—except discovering the shifter she hates is her mate.

    Suddenly, Evan’s not so very in control, of himself or his pack. And unless Amy can learn to forgive and forget, she’ll have to do the unthinkable: reject her mate.

    With two packs watching, one thing is certain. Their personal issues won’t stay personal for long. If Amy and Evan can’t find a way to work together, there won’t a happily-ever-after for them…or any of the wolves of Whitehorse.

    Warning: Contains angsty wolves. Lots of angsty wolves causing explosions of all sorts, playing bad pranks, hacking computers, and having angry sex against a wall or two. Not all at the same time, though, because that would be silly.

  9. Nicky Charles
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 16:57:49

    Hello and thank you for allowing us this opportunity to speak.
    My 6th Law of the Lycans book, Betrayed: Book Two-The Road to Redemption, will be released May 1st. It is a paranormal romance a little over 116 K in length.

    This is the trailer a fan made:

    And here’s the blurb:
    How do you love again when your heart is dead? How do you know when it’s time to let go?

    Damien’s kicked about the country these past three years. No pack. No purpose. No reason to keep on living. When an old friend, Kane Sinclair, asks for his help, he agrees and heads to Chicago. After all, what does he have to lose?

    Sam’s grown up on the streets. Raised to be an Alpha, she’s strong and independent. Her duty to her pack rules her every move. As much as it irks her, she finds herself looking for help when Sinclair threatens to take over her territory. With the pack’s future at stake, does she dare gamble on a rogue?

    Can a rogue let go of his past and dare to face the future? Are strength and duty enough to pave the road to redemption?

    Road can be preorderd on iTunes, Kobo and B&N


  10. Brenna Aubrey
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 17:15:09

    AT ANY TURN (Book 2 in the Gaming the System series and sequel to AT ANY PRICE)
    New Adult Contemporary Romance
    Releases April 30th


    So You Want to Be a Hero?

    Millionaire CEO Adam Drake overcame a tortured past to take control of his life and build his own gaming empire. The final piece falls into place with his newfound love for brilliant geek girl blogger, Mia Strong. Now Adam is at the top of his game.

    Your Princess Is in Another Castle.

    Until Mia suddenly breaks things off, leaving Adam in the dark. He senses she needs his help but that she’s too stubborn or scared to ask. The more he tries to take control, the further she shies away. This is one problem he can’t solve by writing a check or a few clever lines of code.

    He will have to dig deep and put himself at risk…or else risk losing her forever.

    For more info/excerpt:

    Thank you.

  11. Melissa Cutler
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 18:09:20

    Thank you for the opportunity to tell readers about my new contemporary western romance, DA!

    HOW TO ROPE A REAL MAN is the third book in my Catcher Creek Cowboy series, but it reads great as a stand-alone. The hero is a truly decent guy, so if you need a break from alphahole heroes, consider checking out this book!

    What you’ll find in HOW TO ROPE: a single mom getting her engineering degree, a Jewish cowboy hero, lots of hot sex, a florist who’s allergic to flowers, a wedding from hell, a reluctant best man, “The Banjo Rule”, bickering sisters, lots of laughter, lots of tears, and a really, really good reason why a teenage mother kept her baby daddy’s identity a secret for six years…

    From the back cover:
    Jenna Sorentino is as independent as they come. Despite her wild past, she’s grown up enough to keep quiet about the identity of her baby’s daddy, go to night college—and hide her plan to escape tiny Catcher Creek. She’s also stopped dreaming of happily ever after—except in the case of gorgeous, rugged, Santa Fe native Matt Roenick. Too bad the oil rights attorney acts like he barely knows she’s alive…

    Matt knows only too well that Jenna’s alive—in fact, she’s driving him crazy with desire. But Matt’s got his reasons for resisting her. And when her son’s father shows up, those reasons multiply. Trouble is, Jenna’s secrets are more complicated than he imagined, and forgetting her isn’t as easy as he’d hoped. Matt knows life can be messy as hell. For Jenna, maybe it’s time he got dirty…

    HOW TO ROPE A REAL MAN will be in stores and e-retailers on May 6th
    Right now, the best pre-sale price is at Amazon ($4.61 for kindle/$5.06 for paperback)


    Goodreads (note: a GR giveaway for ROPE is going on now)

    My newsletter subscribers will get a notice on release day, complete with an extended excerpt of the first two chapters. You can subscribe here:

    Thank you for checking my book out, and thanks again to DA for this opportunity!

    ~ Melissa Cutler

  12. Moriah Jovan
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 19:33:30

    Hi, DA!

    I have two new books out, with special introductory pricing of $1.99 each until May 15. You can buy directly from me or go to one of the major ebook retailers from my page.


    Emilio Bautista is bored with his job as a matador and has a PhD in chemistry he’s not using. Cube-farm chemistry is out of the question, but the universities in Andalusia are well staffed—except Covarrubias University. They’re desperate, but he still can’t get hired. Further, for the last six years, he’s been obsessed with a woman he can’t manage to meet, much less seduce.

    Victoria LaMontagne is worried about her job as an English professor at Covarrubias University. After six years of being on tenure track, her new department chair is pressuring her to change her teaching style—or else. Further, she learns that one of Spain’s star matadors has a crush on her and threatens her hobby job for a chance to chat with her over tapas and flamenco.

    Though they have never met, when Dr. LaMontagne and Dr. Bautista crash into each other in the administration offices, they fall into conversation as if they were long-time friends who’d had a spat. He finds her charming in spite of her tactlessness, vanity, and demanding personality. She finds him intriguing in spite of his obsession with her, his legendary promiscuity, and his boring bullfighting.

    She makes him laugh. He solves her problems. They’re just friends

    —right up to the first kiss …



    After a 20-year marriage and five children, teenage sweethearts Étienne and Tess LaMontagne had burnt out. Tess, once a brilliant architect, was exhausted, drained of energy and vision, and no longer building with her engineer husband. Étienne was feeling trapped and frustrated by a life that had taken a direction he had not wanted and missing the vivacious, creative woman he had married.

    Five years after their bitter divorce forced each to experience life on their own, Étienne is drawn home to rescue his oldest daughter. Tess, having brilliantly revived her career, is also dealing with a sick child. When her latest project and their children’s crises bring Étienne and Tess face to face, they must decide whether they want to reunite, and if so, how to overcome the issues they’d run from years before—

    —because even separated by distance and time, they never stopped loving each other, never stopped wanting. It’s just that sometimes, love isn’t enough.

    Until it is.


  13. Cynthia Sax
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 20:44:18

    Alien Tryst, my SciFi Erotic Romance from Ellora’s Cave, releases on May 7th.

    While investigating some mysterious disappearances, Kane uncovers two secrets that change his world. He’s not entirely human. He’s also dangerously close to death. His alien grandfather has broken a sacred rule, putting his entire bloodline, including Kane, at risk of termination.

    Eshe, a sexy blonde scientist with lush lips and a hot body, is Kane’s only hope to save his family. He’ll do anything to keep her safe, including fighting alien warriors, crossing vast galaxies and giving his woman the pleasure she craves again and again, using every inch of his fit physique.

    In this world, passion is power and love is necessary for survival.

  14. Tamara Morgan
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 21:06:46

    Thanks, DA!

    I have a new contemporary series kicking off with Carina on May 12th. Montgomery Manor is a modern-day upstairs/downstairs series featuring a wealthy hotelier family and the staff members who keep their Connecticut home running.

    IF I STAY starts readers off with a downstairs love affair between the nanny and the chauffeur.

    Ryan Lucas would rather be anywhere but Ransom Creek, Connecticut. After losing his high-adrenaline career as a Hollywood stunt driver, he’s had to tuck his tail between his legs and take up employment as a chauffeur for the Montgomerys, a wealthy hotelier family.

    Amy Sanders has returned home to Ransom Creek to take over her mother’s former position as nanny to the Montgomerys—bringing her close to dashing Jake Montgomery once again. She grew up with a major crush on Jake, and it’s not easy to leave those feelings behind, even though her friendship with the hard-edged family chauffeur, Ryan, has a sizzling undercurrent of undeniable attraction.

    Amy’s determined to prove to Ryan that life at Montgomery Manor isn’t all bad, but each time they draw closer Jake swoops in. Amy is torn between two men—and two worlds. And Ryan is rapidly coming to learn that if he wants to make Amy his, he’ll have to prove to her that life downstairs can be everything they both want.

  15. Amara Royce
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 21:37:40

    Thanks so much to DA for this opportunity!

    ALWAYS A STRANGER will be released by eKensington on May 15th! It will be available as an ebook and as a trade paperback (POD).

    When two worlds collide, anything is possible. . .

    An international affair, London’s Great Exhibition has taken the city by storm. As its newest Royal Commissioner, Lord Skyler Ridgemont must ensure the performers are properly contracted. Among them is the delicate and graceful Hanako Sumaki. Draped in vivid silk robes, Hanako’s exotic Japanese fan dance captivates Skyler–and he longs to learn more about her. . .

    But Hanako’s enigmatic employer keeps his exquisite charge very close. The consummate artist, she shows the handsome nobleman many faces, but never her true heart, which holds a desperate secret. When Skyler learns the real reason Hanako has been brought to London, he will risk his entire world to win her trust–and save her from losing both body and soul. It’s a feat that will require the type of courage only love can give. . .

    Amazon: (Currently, it’s at a discounted price of $3.82 for pre-order!)

    Barnes and Noble:

    Google Play: (Also currently $3.82 for pre-order!)

    It’s also available for iBooks!


  16. Angelia Sparrow
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 22:14:33

    Thanks, ladies.

    The first Brooks and Sparrow in a long time is coming out this next week.
    “Riding the Edge” in DOMINANT TENDENCIES from Inkstained Succubus Productions.
    This is an all male BDSM, all genre anthology.
    When a new combat mage joins their unit, VP Antoine has to cross color lines and his own preferences to ease the kid down after his first battle. But Cody is an edger, one who likes riding the thin knife-edge of sensation between pleasure and denial.

    Inkstained is also publishing RESISTANCE by BR Sanders.
    Resistance has many faces, and one of them is Shandolin’s. When she finds her friend brutally murdered, Shandolin decides to fight instead of run–but her only hope of survival is a takeover of the City government. Shandolin draws everyone she loves into the fray with her: her assassin lover, Rivna; her mentor, Moshel; and her best friend, Kel. Apart, they are weak, but together Shandolin and her friends, lovers and fellows may be just strong enough to save their skins and the skins of the other elves in the City.!shop–cart/c1ljh is the buy link for both.

  17. Beth Bolden
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 23:27:33

    I’m really excited to have an opportunity to post here, my very first!

    Yes, my debut novel is being released this week, on April 30.

    The title is The Lucky Charm, and here’s the blurb:


    Izzy Dalton’s about to strike out. Her new job as the sideline reporter for the Portland Pioneers major league baseball team is problematic on several levels:

    1. Baseball is her least-favorite sport. Falling behind golf, tennis, and maybe even curling.
    2. What Izzy knows about baseball could fill about three minutes of airtime.
    3. Her last experience in front of a camera was in college. Six years ago.
    4. The Pioneers’ second baseman has a wicked sense of humor and even wickeder blue eyes.


    Jack Bennett couldn’t be more uninterested in a little sideline action. He just wants to show up at the park and win baseball games. Izzy is the one woman he should steer clear of, but she’s also the key to his success–and his heart, too.

    All Izzy has to do is convince her misogynistic boss she’s competent, learn what the heck an RBI is, and stay away from Jack Bennett. Izzy tells herself it’ll be a snap, but 162 games is longer than she ever imagined and Jack more irresistible than she counted on.

    The Lucky Charm is on Goodreads:

    When published, it will be on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.

    More details are available on my website,

    Thanks for the great opportunity, DA!

  18. Cynthia Sax
    Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:30:06

    Awww… congrats on your first release, Beth!!! (big hugs)
    Release days are crazy but try to take some time and enjoy it.
    You only have ONE debut release!

  19. Beth Bolden
    Apr 28, 2014 @ 18:55:23

    @Cynthia Sax: Thanks I hope everything goes off smoothly!

  20. Shiloh Walker
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 08:12:50

    On May 13, the third & final novella in my ‘mini-series’…so to speak, comes out. There are three novellas in the Secrets & Shadows series that release before the first print book comes out, LONG FOR ME wraps up the story about the Bell siblings and it’s a friends to lovers story, of a kind…

    Christina Bell remembers what it was like to be part of a loving family. The youngest of the Bell children, she simply cannot believe that her dad, or anyone else she loves, had a hand in her mother’s disappearance. She’s looking forward to moving on and spending more time with her sexy best friend, Guy Miller, who she is starting to see in a whole new light.Their attraction sizzling and love deepening, Christina feels confident in her life and ability to handle what comes her way…But when Nichole’s body is found—and the mystery of her death slowly reveals itself—Christina is left not knowing who to trust. What if Guy, her one true desire, proves to be her biggest danger?

    Read more

    Read about the Secrets & Shadows series

    Thank you!

  21. J. J. Lore
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 08:20:05

    Thanks for the opportunity DA!
    I’m here to promote my first release, Bondmate, out this Friday, May 2. It’s a MFM sci-fi erotic romance, the first release in Evernight Publishing’s new Planet Alpha series.
    Here’s a blurb:
    Decorated Alphan warriors Mateen and Bynton are on a clandestine mission to one of Earth’s refugee camps, in search of the one woman who might complete their bond. Tempering their instincts to capture and hold, both men realize they must court their chosen woman to win her trust.
    Avanelle Rein is merely trying to survive in the chaos of a dying society. The last thing she expects is rescue at the hands of golden-skinned alien men. Despite her attraction to them, she fears their warrior ferocity.
    Facing danger from Xyran raiders draws the three together as they explore their new relationship and one another. An unexpected challenge during an ancient claiming right forces Avanelle, Bynton, and Mateen to decide if their bond is strong enough to survive.
    Learn more about the book and Evernight’s other releases at:
    Thanks again,
    J. J. Lore

  22. Leah Braemel
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 08:21:30

    @Leah Braemel: @Leah Braemel: Rats — I totally forgot to put the title in there — my book is called No Accounting for Cowboys. It’s a sexy contemporary romance.

  23. J. J. Lore
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 08:23:19

    Thanks for the opportunity, DA!
    I’m here to promote my first release, Bondmate, due out this Friday, May 2. It’s a MFM sci-fi erotic romance and the first book in Evernight Publishing’s new Planet Alpha Series.
    Here’s a blurb:
    Decorated Alphan warriors Mateen and Bynton are on a clandestine mission to one of Earth’s refugee camps, in search of the one woman who might complete their bond. Tempering their instincts to capture and hold, both men realize they must court their chosen woman to win her trust.
    Avanelle Rein is merely trying to survive in the chaos of a dying society. The last thing she expects is rescue at the hands of golden-skinned alien men. Despite her attraction to them, she fears their warrior ferocity.
    Facing danger from Xyran raiders draws the three together as they explore their new relationship and one another. An unexpected challenge during an ancient claiming right forces Avanelle, Bynton, and Mateen to decide if their bond is strong enough to survive.
    Learn more about the all the Planet Alpha books at:
    Thanks again,
    J. J. Lore

  24. K. Z. Snow
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 09:24:25

    Machine, the final book in my m/m fantasy-steampunk Mongrel trilogy, will be released April 30 by Dreamspinner Press. Anne Cain’s cover is, as usual, fabulous.

  25. Avery Aster
    May 01, 2014 @ 11:20:36


    “Hilariously clever LOVE, LEX is New Adult at its naughtiest.”—S&M’s Book Obsessions

    This summer, I’d planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites—Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth—until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I’d supposedly blown-up my mother’s penthouse. Like I’m walking around Soho with a stick of dynamite in my Louis Vuitton purse—not! Now, my besties and I are in jail.

    Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin’ biker cop who arrested us, keeps sticking his perfectly-sculpted nose into my case. His inked body is jacked like a superhero, and he says I can trust him. He wants me to fess up. I won’t. Not again. Why should I? My friends and I had a previous stint in juvie that nearly destroyed us. I gotta protect them and keep my mouth shut. Right? —Lex Easton, women’s studies major, motorcycle enthusiast, and virgin.

    The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships.

    Interact with Avery while reading Love, Lex on Instagram and Twitter @AveryAster using the hashtags #UndergradYears #NewAdult

    Intended for readers age 18+ due to its sexual content and language. It may not be appropriate for all audiences. Please read at your own discretion.



    99 cents on Amazon and BN.


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  26. Jennifer Hayward
    May 01, 2014 @ 16:12:27

    Hi DA –
    Thanks for the opportunity! The finale to my Delicious De Campos comes out this month, The Truth About De Campo, which follows up on my Harlequin So You Think Can Write winning book, The Divorce Party and An Exquisite Challenge, the second in the series.

    The Truth About De Campo is Matteo’ story, the youngest, most reckless De Campo brother whose reckless actions take him a step too far one night and drive him to make a mistake that many would consider unforgivable. Forgiving himself, however, will be his biggest challenge.

    Here’s the back cover blurb: Have a great month!

    Matteo De Campo: every woman’s wildest fantasy and the man looking to secure a multimillion-dollar deal with her family’s company.

    Desperate to prove herself once and for all, Quinn Davis finally has the power to make this ultimate, impartial decision–which means she must not fall prey to De Campo’s enticing appeal!

    But Matteo will not be denied. She knows he needs his wine empire to be chosen to overwrite his recent mistakes. But when Quinn glimpses the true demons behind his smoldering gaze, she questions everything….

    Just who is the real Matteo De Campo? Quinn Davis is about to find out!

  27. Jennifer Hayward
    May 01, 2014 @ 16:21:19

  28. Cynthia Garner
    May 02, 2014 @ 19:16:56

    VAMPIRE’S THIRST, book 2 in The Awakening series, available May 6th!

    In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, civilization no longer exists, and only the strongest survive. The few remaining humans must band together with supernatural beings to battle unspeakable evil–or all hope will be lost.

    After accidentally starting the zombie apocalypse, Kimber Treat now lives with her vampire lover in a compound where humans and vampires live together peacefully. A gifted necromancer who can summon the dead, Kimber is beyond happy when she learns she’s pregnant. But as her body changes, Kimber fears that her powers are being influenced by evil, a fact she must keep from everyone, including Duncan…

    Duncan MacDonnough is preoccupied with his new role as leader of the local vampire conclave, but not so preoccupied that he doesn’t notice that Kimber is acting strangely. She’s grown distant, and Duncan is convinced she’s hiding something. Duncan knows the key to stopping the apocalypse is Kimber’s powers, but using them puts her life at risk. With the threat from the zombie outbreak looming, will Kimber and Duncan learn to trust each other once more to save themselves, their unborn child, and the rest of the world?

    Other e-tailers:

    Thank you, DA, for the opportunity!

  29. Bonnie Dee
    May 05, 2014 @ 09:11:47

    The Beyond Desire Collection Boxed Set is available for 99 cents for the month of May only at Amazon, B&N and more. Includes NYT & USA Today Bestselling authors.
    The mini-synopses add up, so I’ll just post the author names: J.S. Scott, M. Malone, Mimi Strong, Cali McKay, Deanna Chase, Marie Hall, Roxie Rivera, Nadia Lee, Bonnie Dee, Rachel Schurig

  30. Patricia Burroughs [aka pooks]
    May 05, 2014 @ 15:15:31

    Thanks for letting me pimp my tale!

    This Crumbling Pageant

    Be swept away into the first book of a dark fantasy series combining swashbuckling adventure, heart-pounding romance, and plot-twisting suspense.

    Persephone Fury is the Dark daughter, the one they hide.

    England, 1811. Few are aware of a hidden magical England, a people not ruled by poor mad George, but the dying King Pellinore of the House of Pendragon.

    The Furys are known for their music, their magic, and their historic role as kingmakers. When Fury ambitions demand a political marriage, Persephone is drugged and presented to Society–

    Only to be abducted from the man she loves by the man she loathes.

    But devious and ruthless, Persephone must defy ancient prophecy, embrace her Dark magic, and seize her own fate.

    THIS CRUMBLING PAGEANT is available TODAY in print and digital at Amazon and BN.

    Hardcover, Kobo and iBook links coming soon!

  31. Rachel Blaufeld
    May 06, 2014 @ 14:47:32

    Hi Dear Author and all…thanks for the chance for some self promoting.
    I released my first book the last week of April, so it counts here….
    I’ve waited until today when amazon, nook, and ibooks are actually carrying my book.

    Anyway – I will cut to the chase. Electrified is a fairly naughty romantic suspense that takes places in or around a fictional strip club, The Electric Tunnel, in Las Vegas (where else?). Sienna Flower, the heroine, has a past like most women she works with, but her background is a secret with good reason. duh-duh-duh, Enter a bunch of men delving into those secrets and Sienna can’t seem to figure out who is good and who is not.
    With an overly protective boss and a bunch of bouncers/bodyguards following her around, there are a lot of men in the mix, but does that help solve anything?

    This is a book with a strong heroine despite the idea of Sienna being an adult dancer – to find out more, here are the links.

    iBooks –

    amazon –

    Nook –

    GoodReads –

    thanks, R

  32. Amanda Weaver
    May 10, 2014 @ 11:37:31

    Hi Dear Author! I just stumbled on this thread and I *hope* it’s still okay for me to promote my book here. It released April 15th, but it’s been out less than a month, so maybe it’s okay? Feel free to delete if it’s not.

    Always is a stand-alone contemporary romance.

    From the moment they meet, their connection is perfect in every way but one.

    It’s New Year’s Eve, 2007, and Justine James is fronting her dead-end band for a less-than-adoring crowd. But there’s one person there who sees what she could be—one person who changes everything for her.

    Dillon Pierce clawed his way up from the LA streets with no one to count on but his best friend, Ash. Their years of struggle finally pay off when their band, Outlaw Rovers, gets signed and their single takes off. With Ash as the magnetic lead singer and Dillon as the band’s musical soul, they’re destined for greatness, provided Dillon can keep Ash from self-destructing first.

    Dillon might not be fronting Outlaw Rovers, but he’s always been the only one Justine sees. She’s followed his career from afar and when he shows up at her crummy New Year’s Eve gig, nothing will stop her from meeting him. They forge an intense connection, rapidly moving from friends to musical soul mates. Justine wants much more, but she’s not willing to climb over groupies and industry bottom-feeders to make it happen. Dillon becomes a fixture in her life, but she has to figure out how to keep him out of her heart.

    Outlaw Rovers begins to implode as Justine’s star is on the rise. The years that follow bring equal parts fame and ruin. For Justine, a new love supplants her old heartbreak, and Dillon has to reboot his life after losing nearly everything that matters. Despite the odds, Dillon and Justine remain devoted friends and musical collaborators. After all the missed chances, wrong turns and painful detours, can they finally find the happiness together that seemed destined from the start?


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  33. Cindy Wells
    May 11, 2014 @ 17:17:37

    Thanks, DA, for letting me share HARD AS MASON, the first volume of my Sultry Tides series (contemporary erotic romance) that was released on Amazon this week (May 9).

    Here’s the official blurb:

    Laura Bellamy is a rising star at her San Francisco company. She is smart, beautiful, professional, respected, and driven to succeed. Unfortunately, the greater her success grows, the more her husband’s insecurities are revealed. The couple has only been married three years since busy Laura took a chance on finding love on an internet dating website. But once the honeymoon ended, the more she tried to make their marriage succeed, the more Greg’s true colors stained their crumbling relationship. He is jealous, paranoid, and cruel. Adding to their pressure-cooker marriage, he focuses his insecurities into pressuring his wife to start a family and give up the career that makes her happy.

    Laura has worked with the same company for longer than she’s known her husband. In that time, not only has she loved her career, she’s also enjoyed her friendship with Mason Paladino; a fellow executive who is witty, sophisticated, and a bit of a goofball who happens to sport a gorgeous swimmer’s body. For too long, the friends have suspected they share romantic chemistry, but will they act on their simmering desires? Neither wants to break their vows, but if the right conditions present themselves, would it be wrong to deny their love? Can she trust her heart to show her the right path after failing miserably with her husband?

    When Greg’s insecurities push him over the edge from cruel to criminal, will Laura stay, or end the toxic relationship? And if he catches her with a new man, how far will his anger drive his actions to tear them apart?

    Find out what happens to Laura and Mason in book one of the Sultry Tides series.

    Cindy’s FB:
    Twitter: @CindyBWells

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