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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for May 2012

Welcome 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. Kate Hewitt
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 16:01:46

    My Mills & Boon Modern The Darkest of Secrets is out in the UK this month. You can find it here:

    This book isn’t for everyone (see the review on the page!) but if you like flawed heroines you might enjoy it. I find the more I write, the more flawed my characters become, and the more satisfying it is to write their HEA.

  2. Madelynne Ellis
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 16:58:25


    The first novella in my new Romps & Rakehells series set at a Regency house party is now available from Ai Press.

    A botched marriage proposal. A mischievous wager. All leading to a game of hide and seek that turns highly erotic…

    Branwell “Tinker” Locke believes in grand gestures. However, when his marriage proposal to Miss Cora Reeve is dismissed as a jape, Bran has to find another way to persuade Cora of his utmost sincerity. Even if it means using his tongue for something other than pretty words.

    Cora fears that her former childhood friend is simply set upon helping her win a wager, that is, until they’re thrust together during a game of hide and seek and previously un-expressed passion blooms between them. Then, Cora is left wondering if she’s made a terrible mistake. Does Bran really love her, or was that forbidden pleasure between them in the cupboard just a moment that’s gone forever?

    The onus is now on her to convince Bran that she really does want him. She’s ready to bare not just her heart and emotions, but all she has. Things a lady should never give without a promise of forever…

    You can find it here

  3. Amy Andrews
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 17:15:10

    Am very excited to announce that after 28 books with Harlequin my first single title book is released tomorrow May 1st.
    Sister Pact(by Ali Ahearn and Ros Baxter)is a tandem novel my sister and I wrote and is published by Harper Collins.
    Blurb –
    Two very different sisters. Once inseparable, they have long been estranged after an unimaginable betrayal.
    Organised and uptight Frances married the only man she’d ever slept with. But no-one told her that seven years later she’d be having sexual fantasies about everyone from the pizza delivery guy to Denis Thatcher. Scatterbrained animal-lover Joni never knew she was so attached to her kneecaps until she thought she might have to say goodbye to them forever.
    After their beloved grandmother — a game-show addict — dies, they discover that they have each been left one million pounds in her will. The kicker is that they can only inherit if they participate as a team in a gruelling reality TV program, Endurance Island.

    Whilst this is essentially a sister book a romance novelist knows that no book is complete without a bit of loving so we have spunky, hard man Nick who can shear a sheep, light a fire, build a shelter and slay dragons all before breakfast and the wonderful Lex who can quote Shakespeare and is exceptionally good at smuggling pink doughnuts.
    There’s also a very cute ferret called Des (named after Desmond Tutu) who is smuggled to Australia in a bra high on rodent valium.

    Sister Pact is a cross between In Her Shoes and Dead Famous and is available as a digital book on Amazon as well as a paper book on shelf here in Australia.

    You can find Ali and Ros here at

    Thanks DA!

  4. Lori Green
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 18:40:39

    Mariposa by CL McCullough releases from Lyrical Press on May 21.

    Mariposa is set in the 1920s in a small town in the Appalachian mountains where Mari has just lost her beloved grandmother and is facing strange dreams of dragons and evil and perhaps, the love of her life.

    Strangers and old friends might not be who they seem, and her mother’s anger might hide a secret that could change Mari’s life.

    If you love dragon shifters, witches and snarky, talking cats then Mariposa is an amazing read.

    Available from Amazon, All Romance, B & N and all major ebook retailers.

  5. Jez Morrow
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 20:06:00

    Jayne, thank you so much for the chance to pitch.

    Two Chicago detectives on the track of a killer find the trail leads to each other in CHASING SHADOWS by Jez Morrow, an m/m romance novel available from Torquere as of April 25, 2012.
    It’s a contemporary paranormal. Coming from me, that means it has a wolf shifter in it.
    A print edition will follow, but I don’t have a date.
    Walk in Beauty.

  6. Jez Morrow
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 20:11:14

    Nothing says professional like posting the wrong link.
    Chasing Shadows can actually be found at

  7. Jane Davitt
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 21:34:24

    Alexa Snow and I have a new book coming out from Loose Id on May 8, ‘Rock and a Hard Place’. It’s an m/m contemporary.

    Determined to outdo each other, business rivals Sean and Andrew land themselves in hot water when their private feud spills over at a very public charity auction.

    With neither willing to back down over the dream vacation at stake, they’re told by their boss that they’re both going and that they’re to return as friends.

    As fate would have it, their plane crashes and they wash up on a desert island where their feud is as likely to doom them as the lack of food and their inability to start a fire. But there’s enough heat between them to set sparks flying once out and proud Sean discovers that Andrew’s gay, but determined to remain in the closet.

    Rescue comes, but brings with it new challenges. They’re whisked back to their old lives with secrets to keep and a shared passion that makes it impossible for them to stay apart for long.

    Choices must be made, new paths taken, and two men who have always been good at fighting find themselves, finally, with something worth fighting for: each other.

  8. Lisa Renee Jones
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 00:01:51

    The Danger that is Damion
    Sourcebooks Casablanca

    Third in a hot military-themed paranormal romantic suspense series by award-winning and bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

    Product Description:

    Lethally passionate, wickedly dangerous…
    Renegade warrior Damion Browne is a soldier of soldiers, an enforcer of the code of honor. With ruthless precision, he calculates risks as deliberately as he does his lover’s satisfaction. Now it’s up to him to defeat a new generation of female Super Soldiers, including the one woman perfectly programmed to be his downfall.
    His enemy…or his soul mate?

    Lara Martin has never felt powerful, until she’s brainwashed to destroy the one man who can help her find the answers she so desperately seeks. Alone and embroiled in lies, Lara must turn to Damion for the key to the truth …


    Thank you!

  9. Linda Hilton
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 00:50:42

    Many thanks, Jayne and Jane, for this opportunity.

    After almost 24 years, my award-winning FIREFLY is once again “in print” — as a Kindle Select edition at Amazon.

    Julie Hollstrom came to the Arizona Territory leaving behind her scandal, humiliation and devastating loss. Blamed for her family’s misfortunes, Julie is resigned to her fate as a lonely spinster. Duty, obligation, and guilt rule her life; there is no room for love or happiness.

    Once the respected physician in the dusty frontier mining town of Plato, Del Morgan suffered heart-breaking tragedy too. He drowned his sorrow in drink until all that remained was an empty, bitter shell.

    Del and Julie are two lost souls trapped in the darkness of the past. Can an unlooked-for passion light their future?

  10. Angelia Sparrow
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 00:53:10

    LIKE IT OR NOT, from Storm Moon Press, is releasing in May.
    It’s an anthology where consent is very blurry.

    My story:
    When Connor’s rent money is due and not even hooking can make up the shortfall, he really is Out of Options. So when playboy Jarrett makes him a very generous offer, he doesn’t look too closely at the terms—and lives to regret it.
    Pre-orders are being taken at a discount.

  11. Angelia Sparrow
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 01:03:53

    Please disregard previous post. Apparently the release is June 1.

  12. Marguerite Kaye
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 01:21:42

    My latest Regency, Rake with a Frozen Heart, is out in the UK and North America in May. It’s a classic governess meets rake plot, but with a twist. Here’s 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?

    There’s excerpts and more background on my website, and a whole host of reviews up on Goodreads.

    And if you fancy a free on-line read and aren’t fed up with Titanic hype, then you can read my Titanic: A Date with Destiny on Harlequin’s website (the link is on the foot of the front page).

  13. Nell Dixon
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 02:30:59

    Releasing on the 21st of May – Passionate Harvest – my new release from E-Scape Press.
    Nursery nurse Lucy Morgan, unexpectedly inherits half a Somerset vineyard with conditions and a co-owner attached.
    Unwilling co-owner Dominic LeFevre, doesn’t want or need a new business partner, especially one who knows nothing about wine.
    With Lucy having left behind her old life, and love in Tenerife, she has twelve months to convince Dominic that she’s exactly what both he, and the business, need.
    (Warning – for my clean read fans – this is not a clean read title – contains smexy stuff)

  14. JL Merrow
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 03:02:17

    HARD TAIL by JL Merrow is out from Samhain Publishing on May 8th and now available to pre-order at a reduced price for a limited time only!

    Finding love can be a bumpy ride.

    His job: downsized out of existence. His marriage: dead in the water. It doesn’t take a lot of arm twisting for Tim Knight to agree to get out of London and take over his injured brother’s mountain bike shop for a while. A few weeks in Southampton is a welcome break from the wreck his life has become, even though he feels like a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and unfamiliar technical jargon.

    The young man who falls—literally—through the door of the shop brings everything into sharp, unexpected focus. Tim barely accepts he’s even in the closet until his attraction to Matt Berridge pulls him close enough to touch the doorknob.

    There’s only one problem with the loveable klutz: his bullying boyfriend. Tim is convinced Steve is the cause of the bruises that Matt blows off as part of his risky sport. But rising to the defense of the man he’s beginning to love, means coming to terms with who he is—in public—in a battle not even his black belt prepared him to fight. Until now.

    Warning: Contains an out-and-proud klutz, a closeted, karate-loving accountant—and a cat who thinks it’s all about him. Watch for a cameo appearance from the Pricks and Pragmatism lovers. May inspire yearnings for fresh air, exercise, and a fit, tanned bike mechanic of your very own.

    As always with this English author, the main characters are lovable and quirky and the secondary characters are compelling and push the story forward…Wolverine may just steal a few scenes and keep one of the main characters out of trouble! – 4.5 stars, Gennie at Guilty Pleasures

    Hard Tail by JL Merrow

  15. Caridad Pineiro
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 07:03:02

    Thanks for this opportunity! I’m sharing with you my May 2012 paranormal romance release from Forever Romance – THE CLAIMED. Here is a little teaser for it and some reviews:

    Victoria Johnson loves her life. She’s her own boss in a quaint beachside town, and has great friends who keep her grounded. If only they knew who she really is: an heiress to an ancient race who possesses astonishing superhuman powers. It’s Victoria’s duty to restore her clan of Light Hunters to their former glory by choosing the perfect mate. In Christopher Sombrosa, she just may have found him. Strong, smart, and successful, Christopher exudes a powerful energy. Their connection is sensual, irresistible-and forbidden.

    A member of the Shadow Hunter clan, Christopher has defied his own father to lead his people away from affliction and violence. Yet he cannot ignore his duty to carry on his ancient bloodline. Stunningly beautiful and brimming with an erotic life force, Victoria is everything Christopher ever hoped for in a mate . . . but as a Light Hunter, she’s his mortal enemy. Together, they could unite their warring tribes. But murderous factions on both sides don’t want peace-and they’ll stop at nothing to keep light and darkness apart forever . . .

    RT Book Reviews – 4 Stars: “Second in the Sin Hunters series, The Claimed will not disappoint fans new or old. The Light Hunters and Shadow Hunters are mortal enemies and this paranormal Romeo and Juliet romance with an edge will keep readers intrigued. Just like her characters, Pineiro’s books are smart, sensual and irresistible.”

    Single – “The love story in THE CLAIMED is enchantingly romantic, while the paranormal aspects are particularly creative.…Caridad Piñeiro masterfully creates innovative paranormal worlds. The supernatural characters in the Sin Hunters series are extremely distinctive in their inherited skills, and how they use their natural abilities is cleverly shown in THE CLAIMED. . . THE CLAIMED is imaginative paranormal at its best, where the characters are genuine with affecting emotions.”

    Available everywhere and as an e-book. For more information, please visit

  16. Violetta Vane
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 07:28:30


    While not a romance—it’s more erotic horror—our novelette “Cruce de Caminos is a prequel to a full romance coming from Carina in August.

    Please check Riptide’s page linked above for warnings and sexual content. “Cruce de Caminos” releases as a single title May 21st and can also be purchased as part of the Riptide Rentboy Collection releasing May 7th.

    Street kid Sean O’Hara never had it easy, but New Orleans has driven him to his knees. His girlfriend’s broken up with him for a sugar daddy, a gun-toting pimp has robbed him of everything but the clothes on his back, and he’s down to his last two OxyContin. Sean’s no seasoned streetwalker, but he’s not above it either, not when he’s already itching for his next fix.

    A familiar-seeming stranger named Ángel may be his ticket to some quick cash, but only if Sean’s willing to help him indulge a high-class john’s weird fetish for the night. As Ángel tells him, in this city and this business, you have to get a little weird to survive.

    When night falls on the French Quarter, Sean realizes Ángel and the john want more from him than he was expecting to give. What once seemed merely strange soon crosses the line into supernatural and sinister. And Ángel, the man Sean had viewed as a partner and protector, might also be his otherworldly judge and executioner.

  17. Violetta Vane
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 07:29:53

  18. Shiloh Walker
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 08:26:49

    I’ve actually got a couple…


    The Second Book of Grimm…in print

    Heroes don’t always come packaged in shining armor.

    Grimm’s Circle. Two more mind-bending tales that will change the way you look at fairy tales…forever.

    Crazed Hearts
    Out of necessity, Ren hides himself and his empathic ability far away from people. A woman finding her way to his wood is a surprise; his unexpected reaction to her is overwhelming.

    Aileas isn’t sure what she’s running from, but it killed her brother and a cursed book is connected. Then there’s Ren, who seems to want something from her. And she wants him right back, shadows and all. At least, until he claims to be a guardian angel. And she thought she was going crazy.

    Tarnished Knight
    What does Jack need Grimm training for? Perci can see he’s a one-man wrecking crew, and something…more. Even covered in blood, he makes her feel more alive than she’s felt in three centuries.

    Born with a natural talent for killing unnatural things, Jack has an unholy urge to see how fast he can turn Perci’s don’t touch me into touch me there. When they come together, the cataclysm resurrects memories of a destined love from the distant past. And calls forth the evil that destroyed them once before.

    Excerpt and Info

    **these are available separately in ebook and these stories do work fairly well as standalones

    Grimm Tidings


    Never fear the pain. Fear what lies behind it…

    Grimm’s Circle, Book 6

    In his mortal life, the only thing Jacob liked better than money as a good brawl—until he stuck his fist into the wrong fight, and a demon sent him spinning into a new life as a Grimm.

    Now, a hundred years later, he’s been called to protect someone too much like himself. A woman who could let the chains of her past drag her down unless she learns to let go. A woman who fights like there’s no tomorrow, because she clearly doesn’t want a tomorrow.

    Celine thought her second chance at life would be an opportunity to fix some of her worst mistakes, to set things straight. She couldn’t have been more wrong. She’s trapped by the past and her regrets, and nothing—not even her darkly sexy new trainer, Jacob—has a blade sharp enough to cut her loose.

    Chains are Jacob’s specialty, but his help comes with a price. To her, the cost is her heart. To Jacob…something much more.

    Warning: Contains a heroine with enough fight in her to put the 300 to shame. And a hero who knows how to take a punch.

    Excerpt and Info

    Works well as standalone

  19. Zo
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 11:18:18

    Thanks so much for the promo opportunity, Jane!

    DEMON’S BRIDE, the second book in my Hellraisers historical paranormal romance series, comes out 5/1.

    Leo Bailey may have been born to poverty, but ruthless business sense and sparkling intelligence have made money worries a thing of his past. It doesn’t hurt that the Devil himself has granted Leo the ability to read the future.

    But even infallible predictions are a déclassé commoner’s trick to some members of the ton. They’ll never see Leo as their equal – one good reason to prove himself their better. And a noble marriage is an obvious start.

    Bookish Anne Hartfield, daughter of a baron, is hardly the flashiest miss on the marriage market. But her thoughtful reserve complements Leo’s brash boldness in an attraction neither can deny. A whirlwind courtship sweeps Anne and Leo into a smoldering marriage before either can believe their luck. But happiness built on Leo’s dark powers can’t last. Soon, Anne will have to save her husband…or lose her heart.

    More info, including excerpt and links:

  20. Alexia Reed
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 13:36:58

    Thanks Jane!

    HUNTING THE SHADOWS, a paranormal romantic suspense (dark).

    Amy has spent her entire life in isolation. Locked away in the Centre, a secret government facility where children with extraordinary abilities are raised as highly skilled fighters, she longs for a normal life. A life where being around people doesn’t overload her sensitive telepathic mind. A life where she can’t see through the eyes of a murderer as he hunts his next victim…

    J.C. Nikolaiev was a top researcher, but when his conscience got the better of him, he tried to destroy his work and free his subjects–and was imprisoned as a traitor. To save himself and prevent more people from dying, J.C. must catch the serial killer stalking the halls of the facility. But his only leads come from a woman whose thoughts have invaded his mind…

    Finally out of the psych ward, Amy joins forces with J.C. to find the killer before he closes in on them. Can their growing attraction withstand the truths they uncover?

    You can find more info and excerpts at

  21. Sirius
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 14:51:03

    @JL Merrow: Yay, sold :)

  22. Sirius
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 14:54:20

    @Violetta Vane: Oy, I purchased the whole Rentboys collection and looking forward to the sequel of this one, but this one I guess I will be skipping – thanks for clarifying that it is horror (usually dont read one, unless it is a small part of large story about something else, scared way too easily :)).

  23. Sirius
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 14:55:49

    @Jane Davitt: Weeeee, from enemies to lovers – cant resist. Sold :)

  24. Anitra Lynn McLeod
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 15:02:29

    STRIPPER, book 4 in the Fringe series

    The woman he can’t forget…a betrayal that must be forgiven.

    Duster Jennings loves his job as master-of-arms on Windmere, the only independent planet in the galaxy. Except he has no life. Not since his dream of a large, loving family was ripped to shreds by Diane Black. The woman who abandoned him.

    Desperate to move on, Duster pays a fortune to board a courtesan ship and hire a “stripper”—a specialist in erasing unwanted memories. Except when he wakes up, his memories are intact, his money is gone…and the woman he vowed to forget is holding him captive.

    When Diane Black discovers her mysterious client is Duster, she’s overjoyed to learn he’s still alive—and unsure what to do with him now. Seven years ago her mission was to kill him. Instead she fell in love. If the network finds out she let him go, it won’t be just her and Duster’s necks in the noose.

    Duster’s fury knows no bounds…and damn it, neither does the lust that still burns for her. But when their ship is attacked, survival means trusting each other with their backs—even if they can no longer trust their hearts.

    Contains a knife-wielding hero overcoming a crackleseed addiction, a heroine with a secret skill and a more secret past, bitter betrayals, burning lusts, and bulging canvas trousers.

    Buy it here!

  25. Liz Talley
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 15:47:13

    Thanks for providing the promo opportunity, DA!

    I’m super excited to announce that the first book in my Louisiana trilogy will be on shelves tomorrow. Waters Run Deep, a Superromance, is the story of the Dufrene family featuring three sexy Cajun brothers, a Mambo’s prophecy and a sister lost years before…and, of course, sexy fun with three fabulous ladies. I’m so happy to be writing about my native state (which turns 200 yrs old today). Don’t cha know everything’s hotter down on the bayou? :)

    Here’s the back cover blurb:

    Getting attached to someone nearly sidelined agent Annie Perez’s career. So she’s not about to make the same mistake twice. This latest undercover assignment in Louisiana—acting as nanny for a famous couple under threat—suits her perfectly. She can investigate quietly and under the radar. That is, provided she can stay clear of way-too-suspicious detective Nate Dufrene.

    Easier said than done when Nate seems to be around every corner. And with each encounter, Annie is tempted a little more by this son of Bayou Bridge. Yet regardless of their chemistry, they are worlds apart, and she’s not willing to compromise for love again. But when she needs an ally, Nate has her back. And that could convince her to get very attached!

    And the amazon link:

    Hope that works…and thanks again for an easy and painless way to get the word out. Appreciate it.


  26. K. Z. Snow
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 20:00:24

    Carny’s Magic, an m/m paranormal/urban fantasy, is coming May 29 from Loose Id. Following is an unofficial blurb.

    Carny Jessup here. The best part of my life began when my aunt’s homophobic squeeze smashed his fist into my face. I already knew a wizard named Jackson Spey lived on my side of town, so I figured I’d turn things around by becoming his apprentice.

    Problem was, Spey didn’t want an apprentice. He was going through a midlife crisis. All he wanted was to build beautiful furniture and live in peace with his beautiful husband, Adin. He still took me in, though. Guess he felt sorry for me. And the red paths I’d been seeing in the air really intrigued him.

    Hey, I’m only 19, so how could I have foreseen the rest? That I’d fall for a breathtaking boy named Peter, who was at the center of some strange magic tied to Jackson’s past. And I’d have to deal with a sorcerer named Bezod, an evil pig who plagued all four of us and threatened to destroy our relationships.

    Sometimes you just have to fight for what’s right. Like love. I might’ve been new to the boyfriend gig and Jackson might’ve been a reluctant wizard, but when the time came, we were ready to kick some supernatural ass.

  27. Nicole Helm
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 20:29:32

  28. Nicole Helm
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 20:34:23

    I apologize for the messed up formatting above. The book is All’s Fair in Love & Politics and can be found here:

    Blurb & excerpt available here:

  29. Nicole Helm
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 20:39:06

    I apologize for the messed up formatting above. The book is All’s Fair in Love & Politics and can be found here:

    Blurb & excerpt available here:

  30. Holley Trent
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 21:50:22

    Nikki Stacy inherited a lackluster middle school cheerleading squad mid-season when the former advisor quit. She took on the challenge because she needed the money, but between the girls’ recklessness, insubordination and pre-teen attitude problems, Nikki decides it’s not worth the hassle.

    When she quits her teaching job and flees to the comfort of a corporate salary, one cheer dad–a stubborn loudmouth named Charlie–takes offense and calls her out on her lack of follow-through. Nikki would have to be dragged back to her old job kicking and screaming, but the idea of a new challenge, one named Charlie, might be enough to get her to go home.

    The Spirit of Things from Rebel Ink Press will be available for purchase on 5/3! Check out the excerpt at

  31. Raine Weaver
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 22:32:32

    “Lucidity”, my next Samhain Publishing release, will be available on May 22nd.

    He’s found the woman of his dreams—in the midst of his worst nightmare.

    Carlotta Phelps never considered herself special, except for a peculiar ability to control the course of her dreams. Other than being a handy cure for nightmares, it’s a pretty worthless talent. Until she’s recruited for the One Hundred, a team of lucid dreamers whose combined visualizations have been proven to affect reality.

    With a giant asteroid hurtling straight toward Earth and the scientific technology to avert it uncertain, the dreamers are the fallback—the last line of defense. And the man who’s been assigned as her bodyguard is messing with her focus, big time.

    Ex-Special Ops soldier Parker Munroe has no idea why he’s been assigned to protect the luscious, gentle-eyed Carly. She’s a frustrating temptation, but he’s a hard-core realist. The only power he believes in is brute force.

    Then he learns that his charge, who practically lives in lacy negligees, wields an awesome power—and an even bigger responsibility. She and her kind are being hunted by an enemy he can’t even identify, against which all his skill with weaponry is useless. If he can’t find a way to protect her, the world is as doomed as the heart he’s already lost.
    Product Warnings
    This title contains a hero who packs a really big gun, government conspiracies, hot-buttered murder, witch hunting, and drop-your-drawers-there’s-a-new-sheriff-in-town-and-she’s-carryin’-cuffs kinda sex.

    Excerpts from “Lucidity” can be found here:

    (Thanks, ladies!).

  32. Kate Hewitt
    May 01, 2012 @ 05:42:02

    Besides the Harlequin Presents/Mills & Boon Modern mentioned above, I am also releasing two historical romances, previously published in hardcover, on Amazon Kindle. The first one, Far Horizons, is for sale here:

    These books are based on the actual love letters of my ancestors and are set in the early 1800s in both Scotland and Canada. I was inspired to write Far Horizons when I read this letter written by my great-great-uncle to his betrothed:

    How can I express the consternation of my heart, or account for the long and cruel silence on your part? This is the fifteenth letter I have written you since, but I am afraid they never got your length, or you would not be so long in writing me. I know you too well to imagine you capable of any change or caprice towards me, and I hope you know me too well to expect any change on my side…

    Far Horizons is my attempt to answer the question of why she didn’t write for so long. If you like sweeping historical sagas, give it a try.

  33. Darlene Marshall
    May 01, 2012 @ 08:59:53

    Thanks, Jayne!

    My newest release, CASTAWAY DREAMS, will be out in print and ebook this month from Amber Quill Press, with Kindle edition to follow. Here’s a link and a blurb:

    “After a lifetime in the Royal Navy, surgeon Alexander Murray knows one cannot exist without a brain. Daphne Farnham may be the exception. Her head contains nothing but rainbows, shoes, bonnets, pink frills and butterflies. Even her fluffy dog is useless. But the war with Napoleon is finally over and Alexander is sure he can put up with the cloth-headed Miss Farnham for a couple of months until they reach England.

    Did that naval officer have his sense of humor surgically removed? It is bad enough Alexander has no fashion sensibilities, never smiles at Daphne like other men do and doesn’t adore her darling pup Pompom. He had the gall to proclaim her “useless” when everyone knows it’s Daphne who’s the best at picking out just the right ensemble for any social occasion. Fortunately, she only has to put up with the sour Scotsman for a couple of months until they reach England.

    But when their ship goes down, the dour doctor (after a fashion), the dizzy damsel (more or less) and the darling (and potentially delicious) doggy are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime as unlikely companions, castaway on a desert island. One of them may have fleas.”

    Some readers will recognize Alexander as a secondary character from Sea Change. I thought he needed a woman of his own.[g]

  34. Jane Davitt
    May 01, 2012 @ 13:15:38


    Glad it caught your eye; hope you enjoy it!

  35. April
    May 01, 2012 @ 16:27:12

    @K. Z. Snow: Awesome! I’ll definitely add that to my TBR list. :)

  36. More 2012 Books I Want #10: Son of Even More M/M Romance | CSI: Librarian
    May 01, 2012 @ 16:33:26

    […] of the May releases mentioned here were found thanks to Dear Author‘s latest Open Thread for Authors, and the books that are already out are titles I was just lucky enough to finally stumble […]

  37. Janet Mullany
    May 01, 2012 @ 18:41:17


    The Malorie Phoenix, Regency-set historical available for Nook or Kindle. Reviewers, check it out at NetGalley. Book trailer:

    She plays a deadly game, but nothing is as dangerous as love.

    Benedict de Malorie, Earl of Trevisan, can never forget the masked woman he met one night at a London pleasure garden. The clever pickpocket stole his heart and his family’s prized jewel – the Malorie Phoenix. But the family treasure reappears in Benedict’s darkest hour, returned by its thief, along with the unexpected gift of his infant daughter.

    Believing that she is dying, Jenny Smith leaves her daughter in the custody of the baby’s blueblood father. Seven years later she finds herself in good health and alone, yearning for her only child. To raise enough money to support them both, she takes part in a daring escapade that requires her to impersonate a woman of quality. She fools the ton and Benedict himself.

    When Jenny finds herself entangled in a murderous plot against Benedict, the father of her child, her carefully laid plans begin to fall apart. All she wants is her daughter back, but she never thought she’d fall in love with Benedict. Revealing her part in the plot means she will almost certainly lose Benedict and their daughter forever. But continuing to play her role puts them all in terrible danger.

  38. Lily Harlem
    May 03, 2012 @ 10:05:09


    STOCKHOLM SURRENDER is coming May 9 at Ellora’s Cave by popular reader request and is the full-length story of what happens after Stockholm Seduction (free read – ) .


    My soul was in turmoil. Ty Winters had not only kidnapped me in Oz, my heartstoppingly gorgeous surfer had also stoked my darkest desires, bringing all my fantasies to the surface. So Oxford wasn’t going well. Until, that is, he creeped from the shadows—desperate, sexy, dangerous and wanting a piece of me, literally!

    He teased me with a taste of his carnal skills, leaving me burning with frustration then forced to stand by as he fought for his beliefs using my lust-addled body as his most powerful weapon.

    Oh, my kidnapper knew just how to get what he wanted, giving me just what I needed, while hiding our relationship from the British foreign minister and police. Because sometimes two people are meant to be, even in the most unconventional circumstances and twisted situations. We could fight the world, but we couldn’t fight our passion.

    Reader Advisory: This book contains a steamy scene where Ty shares Penny with his best mate—lucky girl!

    Publisher’s Note: Stockholm Seduction, a free short-short story, is reproduced as the Prologue within Stockholm Surrender.


    Lily Harlem –

  39. Joely
    May 08, 2012 @ 09:52:48

    Thank you for the opportunity! My next Samhain release is available today, YOURS TO TAKE, The Connaghers #3 (though they don’t have to be read in order).

    All fire and gunpowder need is a stray spark…

    The day one of her old clients gunned down a cop, former defense attorney Vicki Connagher lost everything—her passion for justice, and her lover, Detective Elias Reyes. The dead cop’s partner.
    Even though she’s following her dream to start her own fashion line, it’s tough with heartache as her only companion. Until she brings Jesse, a wandering street artist, in from a freak Texas snowstorm. His submissive flirting brings out dominant tendencies she never knew she possessed, yet she hesitates to let him take her as far and as hard as she wants to go.

    Some homeless junkie in Vicki’s house? Not on Elias’s watch. Pride kept him away, but as long as Jesse is staying in Vicki’s downstairs shop, he’s staying with Vicki. On the couch, but it’s a start.

    As the days go by, the three work out an uneasy alliance. But Vicki’s joy at having Elias back in her life is tempered with a growing desire to have it all. Elias in her bed, and Jesse under her command. The only question remaining is if her tough alpha cop is willing to embrace all that she is…

    Product Warnings Explicit sex, BDSM, a tough alpha cop, a reluctant Domme, and a smoldering submissive street artist willing to do anything to belong to her.

    More information including reviews and excerpts can be found on my website.

  40. Melissa Blue
    May 09, 2012 @ 12:28:08

    @Raine Weaver: Because I’m a dork I totally cheered when I saw your post. YAY!


    My newest contemporary romance came about because the ending of You’ve Got Mail bugged the crap out of me. That small annoyance sparked a small idea that grew into See Lynne Chased. This title is self-published, but it’s predecessor, See Megan Run, is a re-release. This is the follow up. Official release date May 11th, 2012, but you can buy it now.

    Nathan Craine eats small businesses for breakfast. There’s one store he is dying to buy, but this time it is for very personal reasons. He’s certain the owner will hand over the store; it’s only the matter of naming a price. To his surprise, Lynne Kelley refuses to sell, now or ever.

    For Lynne, this is more than a business–it’s a home. For Nate, it is a way to honor his father and right a past wrong. Both are determined to win, yet the more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction grows. In this battle, someone has to lose. And the cost of winning might be far more than either is willing to pay.


    All Romance Ebooks:

    You can find more about me and my books at:

  41. Fayth Devlin
    May 09, 2012 @ 12:56:52

    First time poster!! Here is the information for my debut paranormal romance novel, BLOOD LUST RISING – the first book in the Vampire Queen Trilogy! (Release date May 4th)

    Blurb: Vampire Queen and Demon son – Together they will wreak havoc and total destruction. Or at least, that’s what the prophecy says. When a sex-seething succubus focuses in on Ella Grey, a half-breed vampire and her Shadow Hunting partner, Micah McGregor, a power is released neither can control or comprehend.

    A chain of events is triggered, forcing Ella and Micah down a shadowed path riddled with unrestrained passion, violence and betrayal. The truth of Micah’s demonic origins will reveal a heart-breaking conspiracy within the Shadow Agency that once swore to protect humanity from vampires and demons. Ella and Micah are proof that nothing is as it appears.





  42. Missy Lyons
    May 14, 2012 @ 08:59:43

    I am very pleased to announce Beach Bound, a gay erotic romance is now available from Sugar and Spice Press.

    Title: Beach Bound
    Price: $3.99
    Genre: m/m
    Length: 18k


    Ryan wasn’t on a vacation. He may be recovering from an abusive relationship he was stuck in the last six months, but he was a scientist first and foremost. He had to prove to the entire scientific community that the Crested Hairy Necked Dodo bird not only existed but thrived away from predators and humans on the outlying uninhabited islands of Hawaii.

    He just needed a boat to prove it.

    Hokuikekai is a seaman, but with a bad fishing season he’s looking for extra work to make ends meet. What he doesn’t know is this daytrip is going to turn into several weeks on a deserted island filled with exotic plants and animals from a prehistoric era. Plants that seem to raise the sexual arousal, and with the only two men in sight, sex was the only thing on their minds.

    You can read the excerpt here:

    You can buy your copy here:

    Follow me on my Facebook Page here:

    Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to share my newest release.

    Take care,
    Missy Lyons

  43. Lily Harlem
    May 25, 2012 @ 04:15:41

    Thanks DA!

    New on Amazon Kindle is my latest erotic romance novel, SCORED.

    Scored is a sexy sport story all about the England football team (soccer team to you US guys!). With the European Tournament just about to start the nation is working up to a frenzy of excitement and hopes are being pinned on the star players to lead us to victory.

    So with so many gorgeous guys to choose from I decided to write a steamy tale that included their antics off the pitch as well as on it. Watch out Beckham, Lewis Tate might just tip the balance here in the hotness stakes not to mention sheer determination when he decides there is something, or someone, he wants!!


    Okay, so I eat, sleep and breathe football and reporting the beautiful game is my dream career. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have time for a major crush on the England captain, Lewis Tate. The bloke is sex on legs, hot with a capital H. Add in his awe-inspiring talent, his brooding good looks and what’s not to lust after?

    So my excitement is sky-high as I set off with the official press team to cover England’s battle for the European Cup. But when a series of unfortunate, or as it turns out fortunate events, attracts Tate’s attention my way, who am I to say no?

    Add in a misogynistic manager, an over-zealous colleague, two blue silk ties and some incredible ball-handling skills and it becomes clear the road to victory, for me, will be an intensely erotic journey. Determined to savor every moment, I hang onto my sanity as best I can while living the fantasy and wondering if it can ever become reality. Because once Lewis Tate has taken me to heaven and back, its clear no one else will ever compare.

    Reader Advisory – Scored is an erotic romance suitable for mature readers.

    Stop by my blog to find out more and read a steamy excerpt –

    Buy here –

    And read Scored’s 5* review (Golden Nib Award Winner) at Miz Love Loves Books –

  44. Anne Rainey
    May 26, 2012 @ 16:06:14

    Thanks DA!

    I’m excited to announce the release of Vance’s Rules, book 2 in my Blackwater series at Samhain Publishing!

    Here’s a blurb, and below there is a link to read the first chapter.

    His tools, his rules…

    Blackwater, Book 2

    Looking at Vance Jennings now, no one would guess that the tough-as-nails building contractor once suffered a broken heart. Twelve years has blunted the pain of the breakup with his high school sweetheart, but not the memory. Until she shows up on his doorstep asking for a second chance.

    One look at the sexy redhead, and Vance adds a foot or two to his rock-solid emotional barriers. No way is he letting her back into his life. But he’ll be happy to let her close enough to sample her delectable body.

    Shayla Riggs is no longer the vulnerable teenager who was forced to give up her first and only love. She’s older, wiser, and determined to make things right. Except the changes in Vance throw her for a loop. He’s definitely not the sweet boy she remembers. In fact, the grown-up version lights her up hotter than a firecracker.

    It takes only a kiss, a caress, to bring back the explosive passion they once shared. But if Shayla can’t find a way to break through the bitter walls around his heart, it just might destroy them both. Again.

    You can read the first chapter on my website here:

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