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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo)

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. I thought we would test out an open thread here at Dear Author. On the first Sunday of every month, there will be an Author Promo Night Open Thread. On the first Monday of the month, there will be a Reader Open Thread. Both threads will be linked to on the front of the site.

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 April would be a May 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.

30 Comments

  1. JL Merrow
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 15:11:32

    I’m thrilled to tell you that DA recommended read and DABWAHA finalist CAMWOLF will be out in paperback on April 3rd. My first novel out in dead tree format! :D
    Pre-order available here: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/camwolf-p-6792.html

    *To save his lover, he must become his own worst nightmare.*

    Dr. Nick Sewell. Non-conformist. Werewolf. The first puts him at odds with his colleagues’ idea of how an All Saints College lecturer should behave. The second, bestowed upon him by an ex-boyfriend, puts him at odds with himself.

    There’s his tendency to change into a wolf on the full moon. And his visceral attraction to Julian Lauder, a troubled young German student. Despite his determination not to act on his desire, Nick’s brutal response to seeing Julian with another man frightens them both. At first.

    Product Warnings:
    Contains hot outdoor sex, alliterative insults, allusions to abuse, and really awful sherry.

  2. Heather Massey
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 15:36:46

    Mix one Victorian clockwork sex doll, a watchmaker hero with a fertile imagination, and a supercharged take on the Pygmalion myth, and you get THE WATCHMAKER’S LADY (Clockpunk Trilogy #1), my erotic clockpunk romance e-novella (Red Sage Publishing).

    Here’s the basic premise:

    In 1840, New England, a watchmaker falls in love with a beautiful clockwork automaton of his own creation, but how long can he keep her safe before the townspeople discover their forbidden affair?

    Here are some of the other elements you can look forward to in the story:

    * A soul mate romance
    * Sensual love scenes that deliver a medium level of kink
    * An unusual setting
    * A super secret twist

    Help yourself to a free, first chapter download at my site (heathermassey.com) (multiple formats available). This title is priced at only $2.29 on eredsage.com.

  3. Juliana Ross
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 15:37:06

    Thanks so much for this opportunity to let the DA community know about my debut work, Improper Relations. An erotic historical romance novella, it will be released by Carina Press on April 23rd.

    Improper Relations is set in England in the late 1850s, and tells the story of Hannah Taylor Bell. An unpaid companion to her late husband’s aunt, the Marchioness of Dorchester, Hannah spends her days sitting quietly in shadowed corners, ignored by all.

    But not, as it turns out, by Lady Dorchester’s younger son, Lord Alfred Frederick Leopold Wraxhall. Known to his intimates as Leo. he’s the black sheep of the family, a profligate wastrel with nothing but his good looks, easy charm and noble birth to recommend him.
    When Hannah discovers him debauching one of the maidservants in the library one afternoon, she is appalled. Appalled, yet also intrigued. For there is something about Leo that compels her to stay, to listen, and then to acquiesce when he proposes something even more shocking.

    To read an excerpt or learn more about Improper Relations, please visit my website at http://www.julianaross.com

    Thanks again — and best wishes to all my fellow authors with releases this month.

    Juliana Ross

  4. Crista McHugh
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 15:48:20

    Thanks for opening up DA for authors. A SOUL FOR TROUBLE, which got 4 1/2 STARS in the May issue of RT Book Reviews, will be out in both print and ebook on April 3. It’s a Fantasy Romance with a mild heat level.

    *When you’re a witch named Trouble, chaos follows.*

    Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god’s limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity — literally. Now she has a sexy but cynical knight claiming to be her protector, a prince trying to seduce her to his cause (and his bed), and a snarky chaos god who offers a play-by-play commentary on it all, whether she wants to hear it or not. To make matters worse, a necromancer wants to capture the soul of Loku for his own dark purposes, and the only way he can get it is by killing her first.
    (more info – including reviews and buy links – can be found at http://bit.ly/w52ECa)

  5. Zo
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 16:28:24

    Dear Readers,

    First, a hearty thank you to Jane and the DA crew for allowing us authors this promo thread.

    My first steampunk romance, SKIES OF FIRE, is being released by Avon Impulse in both e-format on April 3 and POD on April 17. Here’s a little more about the book:

    SKIES OF FIRE: The Ether Chronicles Book 1

    Man made of metal and flesh

    Captain Christopher Redmond has just one weakness: the alluring spy who loved and left him years before when he was still just a man. Now he’s superhuman—a Man O’ War, made as part of the British Navy’s weapons program—and his responsibility is to protect the skies of Europe. If only he could forget Louisa Shaw.

    A most inconvenient desire

    Louisa, a British Naval Intelligence agent, has never left a job undone. But when her assignment is compromised, the one man who can help her complete her mission is also the only man ever to tempt her body and heart. As burning skies loom and passion ignites, Louisa and Christopher must slip behind enemy lines if they are to deliver a devastating strike against their foe . . . and still get out alive.

    Library Journal has this to say about SKIES OF FIRE:

    “The RITA Award–nominated Archer skillfully weaves adventure and romance into the first of a new steampunk series reminiscent of her “Blades of the Rose” books (Warrior; Scoundrel; Rebel; Stranger). Fans of “The Blades of the Rose” and of Meljean Brook’s The Iron Duke will devour the latest from this rising star in the romance industry.”

    For more information, including an excerpt and links to buy, stop by my website: http://www.zoearcherbooks.com/Ether_Chronicles.html

  6. Kate Sherwood
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 16:46:22

    I have TWO releases this (technical) month!

    Of Dark and Bright, the third and (probably) final book in the Dark Horse series came out March 26.
    Jeff, Evan, and Dan have been living happily together for the past two years. They still have problems, especially between Evan and Dan, but they’re mostly able to convert the interpersonal disagreements to sexual tension—and then resolve it—so nobody’s complaining.

    Then Dan’s long-lost sister shows up seven months pregnant and on the run from the law, and the situation goes from complicated to overwhelming. Jeff and Evan want to help, but with Evan fearful for his own sister’s safety and Jeff struggling to keep his health issues under wraps, they’re a little distracted. As Dan’s sister struggles with her past, Evan’s seems intent on gambling with her future. With emotions and family ties pulling them in different directions, the threesome have to hold together—or the people they love may tear them apart.

    Available as an e-book or paperback from Dreamspinner Press, or wherever fine m/m romances are sold on-line. http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2840

    AND, Shining Armor, my first m/f release, is coming on April 2nd. I have no idea how much crossover there is between the m/m and m/f crowd, but I guess I’m about to find out!

    Twelve years ago, Mark McCormick escaped an abusive home and a town that had turned on him. Now he’s back for Meg, the sister he left behind.

    She’s been seriously injured in a car accident, and somebody needs to look after her small children and struggling business. Tara Hudson is an expert on the kids and the business; she could make things easy for Mark, if only she didn’t hate him.

    Forced to work together, Mark and Tara become a team, and then something more. But there’s still a lot of anger and distrust between them. Mark was hurt when Tara’s family, along with everyone else, believed the worst of him twelve years earlier. And Tara still carries the pain of his departure; he’d been her first crush, maybe even her first love, and she’d felt betrayed when he left without a backwards glance. They could be something special, now, but only if they’re both able to let go of the past. Can they shed the armor that’s keeping them from truly loving each other?

    There’s no sales link yet, but once there is, I’ll update my website, so you can check that at http://www.katesherwoodbooks.com/?page_id=145#Shining%20Armor and it’ll point you in the right direction. This one’s coming from Liquid Silver Books.

    Thanks for the thread!

  7. Suleikha Snyder
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 17:06:34

    Thank you so much, DA, for the chance to share our upcoming works with readers.

    In my debut novella, Spice and Smoke, six Bollywood actors converge on the location shoot for an epic period drama … and the true drama erupts offscreen!

    As far as the public’s concerned, Avinash Kumar and Trishna Chaudhury are Bollywood’s sweethearts. Behind closed doors, their open marriage affords them the freedom to be more spice than sugar. When their co-stars Harsh Mathur and Michael Gill arrive on the set of their latest film, it sends their relationship, and their hearts, into a tailspin. Can Michael resist Avi’s dangerous dysfunction? Will Harsh and Trish’s past translate to a present passion? Meanwhile, ex-boyfriends Vikram Malhotra and Sam Khanna, cast as fictional enemies, can’t help but be drawn back together.

    When the cameras stop rolling, the real scene begins.

    Spice and Smoke releases on Tuesday, April 10, and is available for pre-order at http://store.samhainpublishing.com/spice-smoke-p-6742.html as well as Amazon and B&N.

  8. Angelia Sparrow
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 17:56:12

    Adventuresses a collection of lesbian adventure stories came out from Inkstained Succubus Productions. About half these are reprinted from various other houses, the rest are new to the collection.

  9. Berinn Rae
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 19:04:48

    HELLBOUND, the second book in the Guardians of the Seven Seals fantasy romance series, came out March 27. For the launch, I’m hosting lots of fun giveaways (you can find those links on my website and facebook page) throughout April. Here’s what HELLBOUND is about:

    The Seven Seals are said to be all that stands between humanity’s survival and the end of days. Led by a reclusive angel, the Seven are immortals, enhanced by the marks they bear. After centuries of bloodshed, the Seven and their Guardians have brought down the nefarious Dominion. But the world isn’t safe yet. Now, an outlaw hellhound is building an army to claim the Seven Seals for himself.

    A year ago, Lana Wolfe was brutally attacked—reborn a walking nightmare. Carrying scars from her past, she dedicates her life to destroying others like her. That is, until she’s challenged by Orion Benandanti, the Alpha of all hellhounds and host to the Third Seal. But when the hunter becomes the hunted and Orion’s Seal is put at risk, the only way to survive is for Lana to trust the man who very well may destroy her soul.

    Read an excerpt or the entire first chapter: http://www.berinnrae.com/hellbound.html

    While it’s beneficial to read the books in order, HELLBOUND is a standalone novel, so you don’t have to read KNIGHTFALL to know what’s going on. Thanks for the opportunity to share, and happy reading!

    You can find HELLBOUND here:
    Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/7mnnk74
    ARe: http://tinyurl.com/6qq7pzu
    B&N: http://tinyurl.com/7lv7u82

  10. J.N. Duncan
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 20:37:38

    The third book in my Deadworld series is out on Tuesday, the 3rd. This book continues the story of troubled FBI agent, Jackie Rutledge, as she attempts to rebuild her career after being put on leave for the death of a Chicago Detective (The Vengeful Dead), and muddle her way through her personal issues to make something, anything work with vampire, Nick Anderson. Attempting to tackle some of the FBI’s cold cases that may or may not involve supernatural elements, they find themselves in the quaint, little town of Thatcher’s Mill, teeming with the ghosts of young women and an unfortunate tie to Nick’s past.
    Will they figure out the mystery behind the town’s dead girls before yet another ghost is added to the mix? Can Jackie finally work past her fears to make things work with Nick? And perhaps most worrisome of all, why is the strange creature from Deadworld, the Spindly Man, haunting Jackie’s every move? What could it possibly want with her? Check out The Lingering Dead to find out!
    Available at Amazon, B/N (links below) and other places you can scoop up books.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0758255659
    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lingering-dead-j-n-duncan/1104235802?ean=9780758277718&format=nook-book&itm=1&usri=the+lingering+dead

  11. Lynda Hilburn
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 20:40:54

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about my April release, The Vampire Shrink (new expanded version). Here’s a blurb:

    A sizzlingly sexy urban fantasy sure to feed the hunger of ravenous, vampire-loving fans.

    Kismet Knight, a brainy Denver-based psychologist with a stalled career and a nonexistent love life, is about to have her world rocked. Not only does her newest patient, Midnight, long to become a vampire, but the teenager insists that a coven of the undead hangs out at a local goth club. The always-rational Kismet dismisses Midnight’s claims as the delusions of an attention-starved girl–until bodies start turning up drained of blood and the hottest self-proclaimed vampire ever to walk the face of the earth enters her office.

    What’s real? What’s not? As inexplicable events and romantic opportunities pile up, along with the corpses, Kismet finds herself in a whirlwind of passion, mystery, and danger. But this tough and funny heroine–who doesn’t do damsel in distress–is about to turn the vampire-meets-girl convention on its head.

    In honor of my release, I’m offering a giveaway. Details on my blog:
    http://paranormalityuniverse.blogspot.com

    For more information, please visit:
    Website: http://www.lyndahilburnauthor.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lyndahilburnauthor
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lyndahilburn

  12. Amber Green
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 20:57:38

    Khyber Run is being released in paperback soon.

    In Afghanistan, all the easy answers are wrong and the best-laid plans don’t stand a chance.

    Hell-bent on justice for a murdered brother Marine, USMC scout-snipers kidnap Zarak Momand, a burnt-out Navy hospital corpsman, to guide them into Momand land. They don’t tell him their target murdered Zarak’s estranged baby brother.

    Zarak has lost touch with his brothers, his heritage, his religion–anything that might inspire true passion. Code-named Zulu, he must navigate the ambiguities of fourth generation warfare, where there are no front lines and where the moral high ground shifts without notice. He can rely on no one but Oscar, a sexually compelling cipher who is every bit the warrior young Zarak had once hoped to be. Together, they may find home. But is Oscar’s rough passion a betrayal between brothers?

    http://www.loose-id.com/Khyber-Run.aspx

    Amber
    Visit http://www.shapeshiftersinlust.com tonight!

  13. Ella Drake
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 20:58:05

    Thank you to DA and readers for allowing me to share my upcoming novella from Carina Press, April 23rd.
    DESERT BLADE is a near-future post-apocalyptic story that will appeal to action/adventure romance readers.

    In the post-apocalyptic Midwest, now a ravaged dust bowl, former guardsman Derek Covington must find help for a sick boy. With nothing but memories of all he lost, Derek crosses the desert alone in search of the doctor who saved his own life ten years ago. Drifter gangs who loot and pillage don’t dare come near, for Derek has a formidable weapon: a prosthetic arm with a deadly blade.

    For a decade, Dr. Lidia Sullivan has fantasized about the handsome guardsman who’d been in her care. And now she can’t deny his dangerous request. But as they make the treacherous journey back to Old St. Louis, they must contend with much more than fierce desert winds and their unthinkable attraction. A fearless gang has spotted Lidia—a rare woman—and will fight Derek to the death to get her. And though he risks his life to save her for the sake of the child who needs her, she fears there’s one thing Derek will never risk: his heart.
    http://elladrake.com/DesertBlade.htm

  14. Gabi Stevens
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 21:19:21

    The third book in my Time of Transition series, WISHFUL THINKING, comes out April 24. Free-spirit Stormy Jones-Smythe lives in a loving community of artists, but when she is chosen as the third fairy godmother, the Arcani world forces its boundaries and expectations on her. The first two godmothers have gone rogue, and the Council assigns her a full time guard to prevent her from doing the same. Luckily even a rigid and strict bodyguard can’t contain her exuberance.

    Hunter Merrick doesn’t appreciate the babysitting job he’s been given, especially when Stormy proves as chaotic as her name implies. But a threat forces Hunter to choose which side deserves his loyalty and both choices have dire consequences.

    You can read the first chapter here: http://www.gabistevens.com/WishfulThinkingCh1.html

    In honor of the end of the series, I’m having a giveaway at my blog: http://gabistevens.blogspot.com/2012/03/dont-you-wish-you-had-magic-wand.html

    Want to know more about Stormy or the Time of Transition? You can reach me at http://www.GabiStevens.com, at FaceBook– http://facebook.com/gabi.stevens, and at Twitter–https://twitter.com/GabiStevens

    WISHFUL THINKING is available anywhere books are sold. From Tor Books.

  15. Hailey Edwards
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 21:41:43

    Thank you to DA for allowing us authors to share our upcoming releases with readers.

    My fantasy romance, A HINT OF FROST, is being released by Samhain Publishing on April 17.

    Hope dangles by a silken thread.

    When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.

    Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys’s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart.

    Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes’s sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she’s worth her silk or if she’s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.

    Warning: This book contains one mercenary hero with a biting fetish, one determined heroine who gets nibbled, and an answer to the age-old question, “What does dragon taste like?” Matricide and sibling rivalry are available upon request. The house special is revenge, best served cold.

    RT Book Reviews has this to say about A HINT OF FROST:

    “The author spins an action-packed story of intrigue and betrayal, with an endearing romance at it’s heart. I adore a good marriage of convenience tale that ultimately turns into much more – and this one is exceptional. The dialogue is strong, the storyline compelling, and the prose artful. I nearly devoured this book in a single sitting, I was so hesitant to put it down once I’d been caught in it’s web.” 4 ½ Stars – Angela Blount

    To read an excerpt or for more information, stop by my website:
    http://araneaenation.com/books/by-series/araneae-nation/a-hint-of-frost/

  16. Fiona Lowe
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 23:30:43

    Thanks to DA for this opportunity.

    If you love a tortured hero and doctor hero then Sydney Harbour Hospital: Tom’s Redemption is the book for you. Blinded in an accident, Tom Jordan has to return to SHH and start over but what is an ex-neurosurgeon going to do when being a doctor defined him? A stand alone book as well as book four of the Sydney Harbour Hospital Series (Harlequin Medical Romance), one review said, “Best medical romance I’ve read this year”. For pictures of glorious Sydney and more info on the book head to http://www.fionalowe.com

  17. Jill Sorenson
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 07:30:29

    My latest romantic suspense novel, CAUGHT IN THE ACT, released 3/27 from Bantam Dell:

    As the owner of a flourishing Latin American crafts boutique, Karina Strauss should be basking in her success. Instead she’s worried about her troubled sister, the girlfriend—and prisoner—of drug lord Carlos Moreno. Kari wants no part of that life, but when she helps a friend cross into the United States illegally, two men on opposite sides of the law take notice: Moreno and Adam Cortez, the handsome border protection officer who lets Kari off the hook. It’s not just Kari’s tantalizing flash of skin that catches Adam’s attention—her drug cartel connections bring back the demons of his past.

    Moreno demands that Kari smuggle a package for him in exchange for her sister’s freedom. Adam also gets dangerously close, tempting her to surrender and fulfill her wildest desires. As Kari prepares for the drug run, dark secrets, violent criminals, and deadly consequences lurk around every corner. But concern for her sister drives Kari toward a terrifying act, despite Adam’s warnings, despite her overwhelming fears—and despite the odds against coming out alive.

    For more info: http://www.jillsorenson.com/books/caught.php

    It’s available at NetGalley. http://netgalley.com/PopupHandler.php?module=catalog&func=galleyTitleDetails&projectid=14159

    thanks DA!

  18. Caridad Pineiro
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 08:09:45

    Thank you so much for this opportunity. Here’s a little teaser about my April Nocturne Cravings erotic paranormal romance release, THE VAMPIRE’S CONSORT.

    Vampire Adrian offered Eliza a choice: die of a fatal illness, or become his consort and attend to his every need. Eliza chose life, but she did not expect to fall in love–and lust–with him.

    Nothing compares to the erotic excitement of watching Adrian pleasure one of his many willing companions, but she’s tired of waiting for Adrian to see her as more than his consort. She thinks she’s ready to move on with her human lover, John–until Adrian surprises all three of them with a sensual encounter that changes everything.

    Paranormal Romance Guild had this to say about this novella:

    “Caridad Pineiro has written such a sensual story of love and yearning that will have your heart breaking for these two star crossed lovers dying for each other. Actually, it has been 200 years, six months, and 3 days that they have yearned for each other.”

    For more information, please visit http://www.caridad.com.

  19. Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 08:41:23

    Thanks for the chance to mention Master of Sin, the final Courtesan Court book. It’s a standalone, but the hero is inroduced in Mistress by Marriage, and kind of a villain. Let’s hope I redeemed him!

    From the back of the book:
    Andrew Rossiter has used his gorgeous body and angelic face for all they’re worth—shocking the proper, seducing the willing, and pleasuring the wealthy. But with a young son depending on him for rescue, suddenly discretion is far more important than desire. He’ll have to quench his desires—fast. And he’ll have to find somewhere his scandalous reputation hasn’t yet reached…

    Miss Gemma Peartree seems like a plain, virginal governess—or so she hopes. No matter how many sparks fly between them, she has too much to hide to catch Andrew’s eye. But with a stormy Scottish winter driving them together, it will be hard to keep her secrets. Especially when Andrew feels he has found the woman who can restore his soul—one kiss at a time…

    RT Book Reviews: “Robinson crafts an intelligent, powerful, emotional, highly sensual love story with a damaged hero and an exceptional heroine, moving the story beyond the typical and into the unconventional. Readers will become so invested in the characters that the fast pace and heated sexual tension only add to the delight. Fine storytelling.”

    Publishers Weekly:”Robinson turns in an unusual Regency packed with drama…Despite the heavy secrets, the romance is unaffected and pure.”

    The first chapter is posted on Facebook: http://apps.facebook.com/kensingtonpublishing/exclusives/View/3950?code=AQBbR_6c5tsn-TO4opNvsQyBA8ATRaQk6tXpeMbO5dSGh5u3a6A0RWVhytV2UWkMSeMKPGkJjw7pEH1UTrQvYzSyo-_no_aZYYSFMFth2OzojvJuDYFq16M3aSa4Ck1IwEooxu_Ve8sIDwJr1iMlUi2Ub4q4ISNdaXekg6Frd9OoJmlAQZcsNANz3MidQsAD_iU#_=_

  20. Sandy James
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 09:00:41

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    My first book with Carina Press releases today!! Rules of the Game is contemporary romance and is available in ebook and Audible!!

    Blurb:
    Kathryn West has it all–she’s a confident, bestselling author living it up in New York City. Too bad she doesn’t actually exist, and is only timid Maddie Sawyer’s pseudonym. Determined to attend her high school reunion with a man right out of one of her racy romance novels, she plots to find a sexy bad boy who’s up to Kathryn’s standards.

    She finds Mr. Perfect shooting pool in a biker bar. He’s a blue-collar hunk who just happens to look great in leather. But the mysterious Scott Brady has some rules of his own: he won’t agree to her deal unless she poses as his girlfriend in front of his family and friends first.

    As the reunion nears, Maddie tries to maintain her carefree façade, knowing she’ll soon face some old ghosts. She’s torn between her growing attraction to Scott and the nagging feeling that he’s hiding something important. Will she still want him when she finds out his secret? What about when he discovers hers?

  21. Marguerite Kaye
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 09:43:00

    First up, my latest ebook novella, BEHIND THE COURTESAN’S MASK is out in the UK and Australia from 1st April (it was relased last month in the US and Canada). This is a fun and sexy read, nothing deep or conflicted, about an identical twin who takes over her dead sister’s profession to try and discover what she was like.

    Next, I have a short story to commemorate the Titanic. TITANIC: A DATE WITH DESTINY will be released as an ebook in the UK on 13th April, and will be a free on-line read (a chapter a day over four weeks) on the Harlequin website from April 23rd. Here is the blurb:

    A love against all the odds… For stewardess Jennifer Spencer, working on-board the luxurious Titanic means more than just a ticket to America – it’s her ticket to a better life! So when handsome American tycoon Max Blakely steals a sizzling kiss from her, the temptation to enjoy her Cinderella moment is irresistible! Max’s sweet seduction feels like a dream to Jennifer, but when the unthinkable happens and the nightmare begins, will their love be strong enough to survive?

    Finally, I have a brand new Harlequin Historical which will be out in paperback in the US and Canada from 17th April. It’s ‘simultaneously’ published in the UK from 1st May, which is also when the Kindle version will be out. RAKE WITH A FROZEN HEART is a Regency with a twist, and it’s been chosen as Mills&Boon’s book of the month. Here is the blurb:

    Waking up in a stranger’s bed, Henrietta Markham encounters the most darkly sensual man she has ever met. The last thing she remembers is being attacked by a housebreaker—yet being rescued by the notorious Earl of Pentland feels much more dangerous!
    Since the cataclysmic failure of his marriage, ice has flowed in Rafe St. Alban’s veins. But meeting impetuous, all-too-distracting governess Henrietta heats his blood to the boiling point.
    When she’s accused of theft, Rafe finds himself offering to clear her name. Can Henrietta’s innocence bring this hardened rake to his knees?

    Excerpts and more details over on my website: http://www.margueritekaye.com

  22. Karenna Colcroft
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 10:43:53

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    My novella REMIND ME will be available from Ellora’s Cave on April 6, part of their “Branded” line of romances about married couples. http://www.jasminejade.com/p-10005-remind-me.aspx.

    Serena and Pete’s marriage has gone a bit stale. They’re both so busy working that sex has become an afterthought. When Serena confronts Pete, they agree to try bringing back the spice and adventure to their sex life. From making out on a subway platform to making love on a boat in the middle of the harbor, they go to great lengths to remind each other how hot their relationship can be.

  23. Suzanne Brandyn
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 11:21:09

    [Deleted by Jane for not complying with the guidelines. Only books that are being released in April should be promoted in this thread. ]

  24. Bonnie Dee
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 11:41:49

    Summer Devon and I would like to announce the birth of our latest book… Serious Play, available at Carina Press April 30.
    Luke Bailey has dreams of building homes and putting down roots. But for a man with a rough past, finding any job isn’t easy. When Mary Scott offers him a job–and a place to stay–mixing drinks and tapping beer at her theme bar, My Parents’ Basement, Luke accepts. Customers flock to the cozy pub, designed to evoke memories of lost childhood, to meet and mingle and play games.
    For Mary, her gorgeous new employee should be off-limits. She’s his boss. And they’re very different–something her interfering family constantly points out. But Mary’s done playing the good girl. And Luke isn’t the bad boy everyone thinks he is. Their attraction simmers until Mary seduces Luke into playing some deliciously adult games. Then a shocking betrayal threatens everything…

  25. Lily Harlem
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 14:48:06

    My first co-author novel written with the fabulous Natalie Dae is out today.

    “That Filthy Book”

    Blurb

    Out of sight, out of mind. Or so I thought, but it turns out an old, dog-eared book with contents so filthy and so depraved that I’d been forced to hide it after reading, has sank deeper into my erotic subconscious than I’d ever imagined. Luckily though, Jacob is up for exploring the new side of me that has risen to the surface after all these years.

    In a whirlwind of wanton adventures that push us to the limits of our sexuality, we begin to re-discover what it once was that had us screaming with pleasure and how to accept that nothing will ever be the same again between us.

    Buy link – http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1604

  26. Shiloh Walker
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 17:19:32

    Thanks, DA…

    My next Hunter book is due out…

    Hunter’s Rise

    His past is a mystery, even to him—a werewolf with memories so lost in a fog that even the Hunter’s healers cannot help him. Two hundred years ago, Toronto awakened on an unfamiliar street, naked and alone. Dogged by the unanswered questions of his enigmatic existence, he fears he will never find the missing pieces of the puzzle that is his life.

    The vampire Sylvia is no Hunter. She’s a take-no-prisoner mercenary that just barely skates this side of what the Hunters consider acceptable. She has no use for them, their laws, their rules. All she wants is to hunt her quarry, and make a lot of money. Her newest prey is a killer as devious as he is slippery. But her newest complication is of a more intimate sort: A blonde, blue-eyed werewolf who interferes with her plans in so many exquisite ways.

    Excerpt

  27. Suzanne Brandyn
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 18:08:31

    Sorry Jane. I must have read it wrong. Opppsss. :)

  28. Kaylea Cross
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 18:21:20

    Thanks to Dear Author!

    My first venture into the world of paranormal romance, Darkest Caress, will release from Carina Press on April 23rd. The book contains no vampires or shifters of any sort. Rather, the characters are an ancient magical race I dreamed up while visiting a seaside town in Lithuania, where I got hooked on the local folklore.

    Blurb: Two-hundred-year-old Daegan Blackwell is one of the last remaining Empowered, an ancient magical race. Daegan’s duty is to lead and protect his remaining Brethren in the coming war foretold by prophecy. The last thing he expects is to meet the one woman who will either save or destroy him—his destined mate.

    Fiercely independent Realtor Olivia Farrell believes darkly handsome Daegan is simply a prospective client. Until she’s attacked by a man with a strange aura—and Daegan fights him off, taking away her pain with just his touch. At first, Olivia refuses to believe she’s part of a magical race, yet mounting evidence and her powerful chemistry with Daegan are too strong to deny.

    But as Daegan’s partner, Olivia becomes a target in the battle between good and evil that threatens her life, as well as the very existence of the Empowered. And the only one who can save her is the man claiming to be her destiny…

    92,000 words

    Purchase links are listed at: http://www.kayleacross.com

  29. Melisse Aires
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 21:27:55

    Thanks, Dear Author, for hosting this thread! Here is my April 9th release:

    REFUGEES ON URLOON
    $3.99
    Genre: Romance/Science Fiction
    ISBN: 9781616503659
    Length: Novella
    Word Count: 37,000
    ePub Page Count: 113
    Publication Date: April 9, 2012
    http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=81&products_id=511

    Two weary refugees, two moons and a life-changing fertility festival. Watch out for a whole lot of sensuality.

    Under normal circumstances, Svana, non-military maintenance crew, and Captain Liam Ringel, a highly respected military instructor, would never have crossed paths. A sudden anomaly, however, thrusts them into deep space where they are rescued by the inhabitants of an exotic and isolated waterworld, Urloon.

    With no rescue forthcoming, the refugees can choose between adapting to the sea or farming the land. Svana is saddened when her budding friendship with Liam changes due to their different choices. However, when they are invited to an alien fertility festival, the Moonfest, they are given the opportunity to create a memory that will impact and intertwine both their futures.

    WARNING: Alien fertility festival, aurora lights, dancing alien beasts, body paints and hot pheromones. M/F Sensual.

    Other Tags:
    *Older couple
    *Class difference
    *Friends to Lovers
    *Family theme
    *Second chances
    *Planetary scifi
    *Action-Adventure

  30. Kate Noble
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 11:35:17

    Thanks, DA for this thread! I have two historical romances coming out today (april 3rd) — the first is IF I FALL, a romantic adventure –

    After a duke’s betrayal, the resilient Sarah Forrester reinvents herself as the Golden Lady: society’s leading light, the beautiful and witty life of the party. It’s all a façade of course-one that protects her from another intimate disloyalty. When her old friend, Lieutenant Jackson Fletcher, returns to London, he is determined to rediscover the true and trusting Sarah he once knew. It’ll take more than a kiss and a promise. It might even call for an innocent and necessary deception.

    Then Jackson is enlisted to help capture the lead suspect in a murder— a man who happens to be Sarah’s most ardent suitor. Jack must continue the deception, and weathering this newest and gravest betrayal will be Sarah’s ultimate test. But as Jack’s passion for her grows, he must also reveal his own secrets. And as the killer turns his attention to his pursuers, more than love and trust is put at risk…

    Also coming out today is THE DRESS OF THE SEASON, my first e-novella! It’s the story of Harris Dane, Viscount Osterley, who orders a very fine and scandalously cut dress to be made for a certain lady he wishes to woo. While with the dress designer, he also orders a pair of gloves to be sent to his ward, Miss Felicity Grove, to wish her well for the new Season. But when Felicity accidentally receives the dress, along with Osterley’s affectionate note, it sets into motion a tale of scandalous misunderstandings and love in the last place you look.

    While both IF I FALL and DRESS OF THE SEASON exist in the same universe, you don’t have to read one to enjoy the other. (I, of course, hope you’ll enjoy both.)

    Excerpts, info, and order links for both are available at http://www.katenoble.com.

    Thanks!

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