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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for April 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. Emma
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 15:19:56

    Thank you so much for the opportunity!

    On April 7, I have a release with Carina called Special Interests, a contemporary political romance. Here’s the blurb:

    Compared to love, politics is easy…

    Union organizer Millie Frank’s world isn’t filled with cocktails and nightclubs…until she’s turned into an unwitting minor celebrity. As if being part of a hostage situation wasn’t traumatizing enough, now her face is splashed across the news. But Millie’s got fresher wounds to nurse—like being shot down by the arrogant bad boy she stupidly hit on.

    Parker Beckett will do whatever it takes to close a deal for the senate majority leader, including selling out union labor. Charming and smart on the surface, he’s also cynical and uncommitted—an asset on the Hill. But something about Millie has stuck with him and when negotiations bring her to his office, Parker breaks his own rules and asks her out.

    Parker can’t understand how Millie has retained her idealism in a place like D.C. Millie can’t believe what Parker’s willing to sacrifice in order to pass a budget. But as they navigate their political differences, what grows between them looks a lot like a relationship…and maybe even a little like love.

    More info, buy links, and an excerpt are on my website at:

  2. S A Meade
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 15:43:23

    Hi, thanks for the opportunity!

    My latest release is ‘Tournament of Shadows’ an historical M/M set in Central Asia and Russia in the 19th century.
    In a shadowy game where defeat can mean death, a deal with the enemy can change things forever.
    In 1842, Captain Gabriel O’Riordan of the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars is sent on a mission to Bukhara. His task—to try to free two of his compatriots from the clutches of a mentally unstable Emir. On his way, he encounters Valentin Yakolev, an officer in the Russian Army, who is also on a mission—to persuade the Emir that an alliance with Russia would be in his best interest. Gabriel, disguised as a holy man, is not happy to be the object of Yakolev’s intense scrutiny. After all, he’s working for the opposing team in the Great Game being played between their two nations. When Gabriel realises that his mission is little more than a forlorn hope, a game he has no chance of winning, he’s desperate enough to turn to Valentin for help and offers him anything in return. What he doesn’t expect is to have his plans to return to Calcutta scuppered by events.
    Instead, he and Valentin flee north, fighting off bandits, their desire for each other and the hardship of desert travel. Their travails bring them closer together until a secret from Valentin’s past tears them apart.
    Can they set the past behind them and move on together?

    It’s available from ARe:
    And from Totally Bound:

  3. DL McDermott
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 16:17:44

    The second installment in my Cold Iron series, SILVER SKIN, comes out on April 14th!

    Helene Whitney has been losing time. Not losing track of time—but finding whole blank spaces, hours, in her day she can’t account for. A year ago she would have written it off as overwork and exhaustion, but that was before she found out about the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Beautiful People, the Fae.

    Ancient, immortal, tricksy, and cruel, these creatures out of myth and legend rule the Irish enclaves of South Boston and Charlestown, and one of them has been using magic to abduct and control Helene for hours every day. That’s because the collection at her museum contains ancient objects of Fae power, and the Fae want access to this magic for their own ends. Now, Helene’s only hope of escaping this unknown assailant lies with the Fae sorcerer Miach MacCecht, a man she knows she can never trust—and who may prove impossible to resist.

    Read more about the series at my website:

    Or check out the trailer for the first book:

  4. Lauren Willig
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 16:17:48

    Thanks for hosting this thread!

    My multigenerational saga, THE ASHFORD AFFAIR comes out in paperback this Tuesday.

    Sweeping from Edwardian England to Jazz Age London to 1920s Kenya to 1990s New York, THE ASHFORD AFFAIR follows the interwoven stories of three generations of women– and the secret that reverberates through all of their lives.

    Hailed as a “reader’s treat” by Kate Alcott, THE ASHFORD AFFAIR garnered a starred review from Library Journal and is an Indie Next pick.

    You can read an excerpt– or listen to a chapter from the audio version– here:

    While I have the floor, I’d like to mention two other wonderful books that are coming out in paperback this Tuesday: Bee Ridgway’s THE RIVER OF NO RETURN (!theriverofnoreturn/cfvg), in which a Regency nobleman is swept into the future and then back again, and Tracy Grant’s THE BERKELEY SQUARE AFFAIR (, the latest of her wonderful Regency mystery series.

    Happy reading, all!

  5. Jenna Jones
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 17:14:49

    Thank you for the promo op! I have a self-published M/M romance, Shaken, that will be available March 31st.

    When Sebastian learns his cancer is in remission, his husband Patrick wants to celebrate with a dream vacation. But Sebastian has been shaken to his foundations, and in his efforts to rebuild himself he reassess his life, his goals, and his relationship.

    Is Patrick still his bedrock, or is it time for Sebastian to move on?

    Pre-order information is here. Thanks for reading!

  6. Bonnie Dee
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 17:28:23

    The fourth book in my Promise series, The New Leaf Pledge is available…about any minute now, as soon as it gets processed and put up at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc. Below is the blurb for The New Leaf Pledge and for the entire Promise series of books.
    Adya Parish has drifted through life for too long and vows to take back control, not relying on any man to take care of her. Her pledge to become more self-reliant requires time spent alone—not with the sweet man, his adorable daughter and crazy dog that careen into her life. But with one chance meeting in the park, Adya begins to find the family she has always longed for. It will take real strength of will to refuse to fall for them and continue to stand on her own two feet for the first time in her life.
    The Promise Series
    Five best friends scattered by time and distance will soon come together to witness the wedding vows of one. But in the meantime, each woman make pledges of her own and finds unexpected new love waiting just around the corner. Promises will be made and sometimes broken but sisterhood endures in this series about five forever-friends and the men who love them.
    Book 1 – The Seduction Vow
    Book 2 – The Temporary Promise
    Book 3 – The Matchmaking Pact
    Book 4 – The New Leaf Pledge
    Book 5 – The Wedding Affirmation
    If you want to check out the series, go over to any of the usual sellers and get The Seduction Vow for free.

  7. wikkidsexycool
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 18:42:57

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    My ebook RUSH comes out in April:

    A motorcycle gang protecting their territory
    Refugees attempting to revitalize a run-down area
    A deranged man determined to keep his loved ones imprisoned
    It all begins and ends . . . in a RUSH

    Book Blurb:
    He’s called Ghost. And he’s tired of running from who he really is, and the girl he truly loves.

    When Aiden “Ghost” De Lucca sees even more Somali Bantu immigrants moving onto the dead end street his motorcycle gang has taken over, their close-knit ethnic ties make him not only curious, but also anxious at what his gang will do to drive them out.

    There’s one refugee he’s developed feelings for, a girl struggling with adjusting to life in the US and the expectations placed on her.

    Because Aiden didn’t grow up following rules, he wonders why someone as young as Aaliyah Saamir is so religious. Yet the more he’s exposed to Aaliyah’s defense of her faith, the more he’s faced with realizing that the life he’s led has its own strict code, and breaking free will not only be highly dangerous for himself, but also for Aaliyah.

    To read a short excerpt:

    I’ve also got the novella The Player coming out in April:

    Harlow Jennings has always been complimented on her beauty. More than a few admirers make it a point to tell her she’s very pretty, for a dark skinned woman. Harlow’s managed to support herself and her daughter, even keeping her child out of the media storm surrounding her ex-husband, a rapper she grew up with in Trinidad and whose manic outbursts are almost as famous as he is.

    Though their divorce was drama-free, Harlow’s ex isn’t quite ready to let her go, especially into the waiting arms of Kyle McClure.

    Kyle’s a star quarterback and a former undrafted free agent whose superhuman efforts on the field have made him the Raleigh Renegades franchise player. Over the years he’s pushed his body to the edge, but with a large extended family to support, Kyle’s life has never truly been on his own.

    He realizes Harlow’s what his hectic life has been missing, and Harlow’s receptive, but she’s not willing to take second place to yet another famous male’s career, or Kyle’s domineering sister. Although she’s ready to move on, her ex is making it mighty hard. And Kyle’s not backing down either. So what’s a girl to do, besides . . . play on.

    Read a short excerpt here:

  8. Angelia Sparrow
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 19:37:52

    I have three anthologies releasing this month:

    Dominant Tendencies from Inkstained Succubus. It’s an m/m all genre BDSM anth. My story is about pair of combat mages, and the hazards of romancing a fire wizard.

    Tall Dark and Wriggly from Storm Moon Press. My oputing in this m/m tentacle anth is a piece of cyberpunk,

    Hungry Hearts is an erotic horror anth from Inkstained Succubus. In my story, “Blood Roses” a young lady learns that not even Death can stop true love…

  9. Sarah Title
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 21:19:58

    Thanks for the chance to share the book love!

    Home Sweet Home comes out on April 3rd. It’s the timeless tale of a gal with a house that’s falling down, and the only guy who can fix it is the one guy in town she can’t stand…

    Just because English professor Grace Williams is a woman whose “new” house is crumbling around her doesn’t mean she needs an arrogant, condescending man’s help, even if he does look gorgeous in faded jeans and a tool belt. What she needs is a working bathroom, not a ridiculous crush.

    Jake Burdette has no use for the university types who stumble around Willow Springs, with their noses in the air whenever they’re not in a book. He may not be a scholar, but he’s proud of the hard, honest work he does—even if he would appreciate a little more of it. He doesn’t need Grace’s pity, even if he does wish she wasn’t so adorably sexy.

    They’re all wrong for each other. But Grace’s troublesome house seems to feel differently…

    More info about me and my books is right on this here website:

    Stop on by! My blog features many dog pictures!

  10. Heather Massey
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 21:34:41

    @Angelia Sparrow: I’m looking forward to your Tall Dark and Wriggly story!

  11. Jael Wye
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 22:50:02

    Thanks for this opportunity! My new science fiction romance, Ladder to the Red Star, will be released by Carina Press on April 28. This is book II of my Once Upon a Red World series. It’s a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk set on a high tech but troubled planet Earth.

    Once upon a ruined Earth 300 years in the future…
    Jacques Tallinn, biotech smuggler and thief, is after the cure for a brain disorder he’s suffered since childhood–a disorder inflicted by a powerful tyrant. To get the cure, Jacques will need to climb the space elevator to the new Zenith space station hovering above Earth and go undercover in the lab where it’s produced. Martian head tech Devi Chandra is immediately intrigued by her sexy new lab assistant. Though she insists on keeping things professional, she finds herself charmed by Jacques. Until he betrays her trust, kidnapping her and spiriting her off to Earth. All Jacques needed to do was steal the biotech and get back home. But when things go wrong, he can’t bring himself to leave Devi behind. Now she’s injured and a simple caper has become an intergalactic cause, endangering his life and the lives of millions of others. But the hardest part? Winning back Devi’s trust.
    99,000 words

    Website —

    Amazon —

    Carina Press —

  12. Ros
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 07:06:29

    Oh, me, me! I do!

    AN UNSUITABLE HUSBAND (aka the sexy French footballer story) is coming out in Entangled’s Indulgence line on April 14th. Theresa’s a corporate lawyer whose mother thinks she’s on the shelf. Emile’s a superstar soccer player whose name is rarely out of the gossip pages. He needs a way to clean up his act for the sake of his next contract. She needs a way to get her mother off her back. Cue a modern marriage of convenience that includes an object lesson in how to shock your in-laws, and a disastrous non-proposal on Copacabana Beach in the moonlight. It’s funny, sexy and the perfect way to get in the mood for the soccer World Cup (or the perfect antidote to endless discussions of the offside rule, if that’s what you need).


    ISLAND FLING is a short story set on a tiny, remote Scottish island. Here’s the blurb:

    Seven years of separation. One night to reconnect.

    Years ago, Andrew and Maggie tumbled into love too hard and too fast. One harsh collision with reality shattered everything between them. But now they’re older – and maybe a little bit wiser – is there a way to make peace in the tranquility of a remote Scottish island? Or is this one night fling just a way to finally say goodbye?

    Buy it now at B&N and iTunes. Should be at Amazon later today.

  13. Hanna Martine
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 17:53:46

    Hi everyone! My next paranormal romance, DROWNING IN FIRE, releases April 1. It’s enemies to lovers, and is the next installment in my Elementals series.

    **Hidden deep in the Hawaiian islands is magic pure enough to heal a broken heart …**

    Some men you never forget. Even if you only knew them for a very short time, they continue to invade your senses, drive your thoughts. Though you tell yourself to forget them, they still manage to consume your memories.

    Griffin Aames, the hero in DROWNING IN FIRE, is just that kind of man.

    He is unforgettable to Keko, the woman who dared to love him years ago … and who can’t erase him from her desire. Though their affair ended in a storm of fire and ice, and they are forbidden from being together by a law that bans liaisons between different elemental races, her heart has never released him. They are opposites—Griffin leads the powerful race of water elementals, while Keko commands fire.

    He is noble and selfless. When Keko, the lover that slipped through his fingers years ago, places herself in danger for what he believes to be a foolish reason, he turns his back on elemental law and braves the wilds of Hawaii’s Big Island to bring her back from certain death … and into his arms.

    Read more about the book here:

    RT Magazine gives DROWNING IN FIRE (and the whole series) 4 stars, and says about the book: “Martine is back with the third installment of her gripping and gritty Elementals series. This is one series that is only growing in richness and complexity!”

  14. Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne)
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 16:51:36

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    I have two interracial romantic suspense ebook releases coming in April.

    The Devil Has Many Faces releases April 4th from Amira Press


    While investigating the murder of Brett Myers, homicide detective Alexis Adams and her partner Penelope find a possible connection between Myers’ murder and Grant Copeland, the most powerful man in Tate Valley, California. Alexis has recently moved back to her hometown with one mission in mind: to destroy Grant whom she blames for ruining her mother’s life and recently killing her father.

    Hungry for revenge, Alexis jumps at the chance to nail Grant for Brett’s murder. She’s sidetracked when the case leads her to Kevin Reed, a handsome executive who works for Grant’s company. Kevin and Alexis clash when they first meet but it does not take long for them to realize they are incredibly attracted to each other. Unfortunately, Alexis doesn’t trust Kevin and is determined to keep her mind off him and on the case, but the more she pushes Kevin away, the closer they get.

    Alexis becomes torn between finding out what happened to Brett, her obsession with getting Grant, and her attraction for a man who seems as deceitful as he is irresistible.

    Book #1 in the Devil Series

    Amira Press:

    My second release in April is Disturbed (Book 3 in the Bruised Series) Releases April 12 from Sugar and Spice Press


    Baltimore Detective Lisa Swanson is stunned when Detective Winston Lewis informs her that Devon Barnes, a young man stabbed to death in a park, had her name and number in his phone. Lisa insists she never met or heard of Devon and has no idea why he would have her information.

    As Winston investigates, he has an eerie feeling that Lisa’s information being in Devon’s phone connects to his murder as well as a belief that Lisa might be hiding something. Lisa remains adamant that she does not know Barnes, but when her fingerprints show up on the knife used in Devon’s murder, Winston finds himself choosing between his feelings for her and doing his duty as a police officer. Pushed into a corner, Winston arrests Lisa for Devon’s murder.

    After Lisa makes bail, she teams up with Winston to find out how and why the evidence points to her as Devon’s killer. The investigation leads to Lisa questioning someone from her past who not only could have the answers to her questions, but could also be the reason for her recent nightmare.

    Sugar and Spice Press:


  15. Beth Matthews
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 21:32:53

    Hi everyone, my sweet fantasy romance THE BEAUTY’S BEAST was released this month. It’s the story of a werewolf knight and the lady who loves him:

    Lady Kathryn’s father sends her to court to find a husband, but being penniless and disinterested doesn’t bode well for her success. Bored by the petty intrigues of court, her frustration and loneliness are eased when the king charges her with the care of his newest acquisition: a wolf he and his hunters have recently captured. What the king doesn’t realize is his remarkable pet was once Gabriel, his favorite knight, cursed into wolf form by an unfaithful wife.

    The beast’s too-knowing eyes and the way he understands and responds to her every utterance convince Kathryn he is more than what he seems. Resolving to restore him, she doesn’t count on the greatest obstacle being Gabriel himself. The longer he stays in wolf form as a captive of the court, the harder it becomes for him to remember his humanity and to fight his wolfish urges to maim and kill.

    Only Kathryn’s affection and determination stand between Gabriel the wolf and Gabriel the man. But when the one who betrayed him returns to court, will Kathryn’s love be enough to keep Gabriel from exacting a brutish revenge that will condemn the wolf to death?

    Learn more about the book here:

    Thanks for the thread, DA! :)

  16. Sirius
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 22:04:58

    @S A Meade: Russian character in m/m! Sold :)

  17. M.M. Justus
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 17:02:36

    Thank you for this opportunity.

    My contemporary small-town romance homage to the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing, called, so imaginatively, Much Ado in Montana, will be coming out in print and digital versions through all major retailers on April 1st.

    All bets are off

    Tara Hillerman, town librarian, has lived in remote, tiny Campbell, Montana, all of her life. Except for the college years she’d like to
    forget. Don’t bet she’ll leave.

    Tim Swanson escaped Campbell when he went off to med school nine years ago. Now he’s home to help his ailing father close up the town’s only medical clinic. Don’t bet he’ll stay.

    Then Tim’s father makes a medical mistake that almost ruins their best friends’ lives. Tara bets Tim their own future that he can’t set things right, and who will back down now?

    If you would like to read the first two chapters, they’re available on my blog here: and here:

  18. Missy Lyons
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 08:08:26

    Thank you Jayne for the opportunity to share my work!

    I have an erotic gay romance that released this morning from Siren Bookstrand Publishing. Just a little something about the book:

    Joshua Morrison stumbles across an entry into a secret world on a website review for an exclusively gay bar. One review promises a good time if he orders a Sex on the Beach, a drink which is really code for “I want to be your sex slave for the night.” Joshua is in way over his head when he unknowingly promises a night of sex and submission to an incubus.

    Tyler Draehomon isn’t happy to have this last just one night.

    Destiny brought him a human, and he recognizes the man as his mate. He won’t be happy until he has claimed him fully and Joshua is bedded, branded, and mated so many times there is no doubt in the human’s mind that he belongs to a sex demon.

    But with a vengeful would-be lover on the rampage and a stubborn human for a mate, nothing is as simple as it should be.

    You can read an excerpt or more about it on Siren Bookstrand’s website here:

    Missy Lyons
    Facebook Page:
    Twitter: @missylyons

  19. Elizabeth Langston
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 12:48:24

    A WHISPER IN TIME released 8 Apr. It’s the second book in my YA magical realism (time travel) series, WHISPER FALLS.

    Although there aren’t any cliffhangers, it’s best to read this series in order.

    jacket copy for A WHISPER IN TIME

    “I have never been useless in my life…”

    Rescued from a life of servitude by the boy she loves, Susanna Marsh escapes across two centuries, only to be plunged into a world she’s ill-prepared to face. Unable to work or go to school, Susanna finds herself dependent on others to survive.

    Immersed in the fun and demands of his senior year of high school, Mark Lewis longs to share his world with the girl who’s captured his heart. But first he must tackle government bureaucracy to prove Susanna’s identity.

    Overwhelmed by her new home, Susanna seeks refuge in history and in news of the people she left behind. But when she learns that danger stalks her sister, Susanna must weigh whether to risk her own future in order to save Phoebe’s happiness.
    – there’s a giveaway on my blog avail thru 13 Apr
    – Whisper Falls (book #1) is on sale on Amazon
    – books 1&2 are available on netgalley
    – Amazon:

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