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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for August 2013

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.

20 Comments

  1. Melissa Cutler
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 15:21:13

    Thanks for this great opportunity, Jane.

    My August release is COLTON BY BLOOD, a Harlequin Romantic Suspense about Levi, a cowboy doctor who’s summoned to his estranged father’s deathbed and discovered an instant, palpable connection to the ranch’s pastry chef, Kate.

    From the back cover:
    Rising romantic suspense star Melissa Cutler reveals more secrets from the Coltons of Wyoming… An unsolved murder haunts those who live and work at Dead River Ranch. When called to care for the ailing Colton patriarch, Dr. Levi Colton must face the father who never claimed him. He’s not looking for distraction, but he finds it in Kate McCord, the irresistible pastry chef. Beneath her sweet smile are scars from her own tragedy-and a determination for justice.

    As a wildfire forces them together with an unknown killer, Levi and Kate must confront an attraction that flares hotter than flames. They edge closer to the truth, discovering that the secret that links their pasts could lead them straight into the killer’s trap.
    ***
    Did I mention there’s a love scene involving peaches? Yeah, I went there. =)

    Buy links:
    iTunes: http://bit.ly/17IWqNo
    Amazon: http://amzn.to/XvLzns
    B&N: http://bit.ly/13LhWlR
    Audible Audio Books: http://bit.ly/19n0c2R

    If you’re a book reviewer, COLTON BY BLOOD is available on NetGalley.

    And if you’d like to read Chapter One, I have it posted on my website:
    http://www.melissacutler.net

    Happy reading!

    ~Melissa

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  2. Susanna Fraser
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 15:55:43

    Tomorrow is release day for A DREAM DEFIANT, my interracial historical romance novella:

    Spain, 1813

    Elijah Cameron, the son of runaway slaves, has spent his whole life in the British army proving that a black man can be as good a soldier as a white man. After a victory over the French, Elijah promises one of his dying men that he will deliver a scavenged ruby necklace to his wife, Rose, a woman Elijah has admired for years.

    Elijah feels bound to protect her and knows a widow with a fortune in jewels will be a target. Rose dreams of using the necklace to return to England, but after a violent attack, she realizes that she needs Elijah’s help to make the journey safely.

    Her appreciation for Elijah’s strength and integrity soon turns into love, but he doubts she could want a life with him, knowing the challenges they’d face. As their relationship grows, she must convince Elijah that she wants him as more than a bodyguard. And she must prove that their love can overcome all obstacles, no matter the color of their skin.

    A Dream Defiant is now available for order pretty much wherever ebooks are sold, including:

    - Directly from my publisher, Carina Press. Note that Carina is having a sale on historical romances through July 31 at midnight Eastern time. Order now and enter coupon code HISTC25 and you can get 25% off on all historical romance purchases, including my three previous releases.

    Amazon.com
    Barnes & Noble
    Google Play
    iTunes
    Kobo
    AllRomance Ebooks

    For more information, including an excerpt, visit my website.

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  3. Maggie Robinson
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 16:27:01

    Thanks, DA!

    Lady Anne’s Lover, the last book in the London List Trilogy (those of the anachronistic yet hunky covers), releases July 30. The book is set in Wales in 1820, so of course the cover features Big Ben, which was not then constructed. But the hero kind of looks like Brad Pitt, so it’s all good.

    Back cover blurb:

    Scandal is in the eye of the beholder…

    Lady Imaculata Anne Egremont has appeared in the scandalous pages of the London List often enough. The reading public is so bored with her nonsense, she couldn’t make news now unless she took a vow of chastity. But behind her naughty hijinks is a terrible fear. It’s time the List helped her. With a quick scan through its job postings and a few whacks at her ridiculous name, she’s off to keep house for a bachelor veteran as plain Anne Mont.

    Major Gareth Ripton-Jones is dangerously young and handsome on the face of it, but after losing his love and his arm in short order, he is also too deep in his cups to notice that his suspiciously young housekeeper is suspiciously terrible at keeping house. Until, that is, her sharp tongue and her burnt coffee penetrate even his misery—and the charm underneath surprises them both. Trust the worst cook in Wales to propose a most unexpected solution to his troubles…

    First chapter and some reviews can be found here: http://www.maggierobinson.net/books/lady-annes-lover/

    Lord Gray’s List 3.7 on Amazon/3.53 Goodreads
    Captain Durant’s Countess 3.7 on Amazon/3.69 Goodreads

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  4. Fiona Lowe
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 17:24:56

    Thanks so much for the opportunity, DA.

    Picture Perfect Wedding, Book 2 in my Wedding Fever Trilogy, (August 12, Carina Press) features a sexy farmer, a geographically-challenged photographer, cute dogs, baby calves and a family that’s facing a life-changing event. I think it will make you both laugh and cry. I know I had heaps of fun writing it! Early reviews at Goodreads

    The Blurb says…..
    Erin Davis will do whatever it takes to be the photographer for high-end brides. So what if capturing the moments of people’s lives means she has no time for her own. Nothing will get between her and the security she craves, not even the gorgeous farmer refusing to let her shoot in his sunflowers.
    His family has always been tied to the land, but lately Luke Anderson feels more like he’s chained. While he ponders his future, he still has cows to milk and no time to deal with Erin or Bridezillas in his fields. Yet there’s something about the sexy city girl he can’t say no to. So he says yes: just this once.
    With the town in need of a photographer, Erin agrees to spend wedding season in Whitetail. The sparks flying between her and Luke quickly ignite, but just as Erin starts to picture her own happy ending, Luke takes a gamble that could risk it all…

    On pre-order now and out on August 12th.
    Carina Press
    All Romance Boooks
    Amazon Kindle
    Nook
    And where all eBooks are sold!

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  5. Sandra Schwab
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 17:53:32

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    After having to take a break from writing for several years, I’m excited that I’m finally able to announce a new release: BETRAYAL is a Regency-set historical romance and came out exactly a week (and half an hour) ago. Here’s the blurb:

    On a golden day in early summer, two young boys meet in the crowded streets of Florence and change the lives of a man and a woman forevermore.

    For seventeen years Ash has been eaten up alive by bitterness and hatred, caught fast in the clutches of the past. For seventeen years he has not been able to look at the boy he raised as his heir and not remember the terrible betrayal he had to endure. And yet, for seventeen years he has closed his eyes against the even more terrible truth …

    Seventeen years ago Georgina fled from England and all she ever held dear. But for the sake of her child, she must return to confront the man whom she once loved more than life itself until lies and deceit tore her life and marriage apart.

    Will their love stand a second chance?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    You can read an excerpt here, or let me read the Prologue and the First Chapter to you here.

    At the moment, the novel is only available on Amazon, but more retailers and a print edition will follow soon.

    Thank you!

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  6. Angelia Sparrow
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 19:33:33

    There is no buy link yet.
    But the Turning the Tables anthology is due out in late August from Storm Moon Press.

    It contains my cyberpunk story, “Double Dealing.” Zara is called on to reward her husband in the way he loves best, with a deep, BDSM pegging session. When she learns an unpleasant truth, she must act fast to save her husband’s life and sanity, as well as the lives of all around her.

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  7. Kate Hewitt
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 04:36:26

    Thanks for the opportunity! My first women’s fiction, This Fragile Life, (I’ve been writing for Harlequin Presents for the last few years) is out with Carina UK this August. Here is the back cover blurb:

    You love your best friend. You trust her with your life.
    But could you give her the most precious gift of all?
    Alex’s life is a mess. She’s barely holding down a job, only just affording her apartment, and can’t remember when she was last in a relationship. An unexpected pregnancy is the last thing she needs.
    Martha’s life is on track. She’s got the high-flying career, the gorgeous home and the loving husband. But one big thing is missing. Five rounds of IVF and still no baby.
    The solution seems simple.
    Alex knows that Martha can give her child everything that she can’t provide.
    But Martha’s world may not be as perfect as it seems, and letting go isn’t as easy as Alex expected it to be.
    Now they face a decision that could shatter their friendship for ever.

    This book has been brewing in my mind and heart for years, and I’m so thrilled it’s found a home. You can see/buy it from Amazon here:

    http://www.amazon.com/This-Fragile-Life-ebook/dp/B00DY37OXG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375090316&sr=8-1&keywords=kate+hewitt+this+fragile+life

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  8. Eve Langlais
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 06:36:48

    A Demon And Her Scot
    Welcome To Hell, #3

    Coming August 20th ,2013

    Genre: Paranormal/Demon/ Humorous Romance

    An unlikely duo, the golfing match from Hell, and a devil determined to win, even if he has to cheat. Lucifer’s up to his matchmaking mischief again in this fast-paced, humorous jaunt into the bowels of the pit. Think you can handle the heat?

    “Fetch me a Scot,” Lucifer commands. Sounds simple, except the skirt-wearing jerk won’t cooperate. But Aella isn’t one to give up. Willing or not, she delivers her target to the Lord of Sin. In retaliation, the much-too-sexy Scot has Aella assigned as his bodyguard for the golfing match from Hell.

    One shot ruined Niall’s life. A second shot could help him regain it. Niall sold his soul once to win a lady’s heart only to end up betrayed. Does he dare take a risk and give love a second chance?

    The Welcome to Hell series (is best read in order for full enjoyment of Lucifer and his ongoing matchmaking attempts):
    Book One : A Demon and his Witch
    Book Two : A Demon and his Psycho
    Book Two and a Half : Date With Death
    Book Three : A Demon and her Scot

    I hope everyone is having a great summer,
    Eve :)

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  9. Jennifer Estep
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 08:18:36

    Thanks for the opportunity to post.

    MIDNIGHT FROST, the fifth book in my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series, will be released on July 30. Here is the back cover copy. Please note that this does contain some spoilers for previous books in the series:

    Here we go again …

    Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

    As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …

    You can read the first chapter here: http://www.jenniferestep.com/midnight-frost/

    More info about the series is available here: http://www.jenniferestep.com/books-series/mythos-academy-series/

    The book will be available in print, audio, and e-book formats. Happy reading, everyone!

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  10. Kierney Scott
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 11:29:58

    Thanks for the opportunity to post!
    My debut novel TWICE IN A LIFETIME is out from Carina UK on August 29th.

    A second chance at redemption… A lifetime ago, Sarah and Liam were childhood sweethearts in a dingy Edinburgh block, dreaming of making it in the big wide world. But reality called. Sarah stayed to make a difference in her community, while Liam forged a career in international finance and never looked back. Ten years on, a friend in crisis brings Sarah and Liam together in Dubai. There’s no trace of the boy she once loved – the man Liam has become is hard, mercenary, infuriating… and arousing. In an opulent desert city far away from everything she knows, can Sarah take the heat?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Twice-in-a-Lifetime-ebook/dp/B00DJ6QKH4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375114919&sr=8-1&keywords=kierney+scott
    http://www.amazon.com/Twice-in-a-Lifetime-ebook/dp/B00DJ6QKH4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375115136&sr=8-1&keywords=twice+in+a+lifetime+kierney+scott

    The other links are not available yet, but I will add them to my website when they are up.
    Thanks! Kierney

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  11. Leah Raeder
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 17:23:52

    Oh, how awesome of you guys. I’ll toss my hat in! I just released my NA contemp romance debut, Unteachable, about a high school senior who falls in love with her teacher. This was going to be an August 1 release, but I bumped it up a few days.

    Unteachable
    New Adult Contemporary Romance
    Available now at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E6VENSE

    Blurb:

    I met him at a carnival, of all corny places. The summer I turned eighteen, in that chaos of neon lights and cheap thrills, I met a man so sweet, so beautiful, he seemed to come from another world. We had one night: intense, scary, real. Then I ran, like I always do. Because I didn’t want to be abandoned again.

    But I couldn’t run far enough.

    I knew him as Evan that night. When I walked into his classroom, he became Mr. Wilke.

    My teacher.

    I don’t know if what we’re doing is wrong. The rules say one thing; my heart says screw the rules. I can’t let him lose his job. And I can’t lose him.

    In the movies, this would have a happy ending. I grow up. I love, I lose, I learn. And I move on. But this is life, and there’s no script. You make it up as you go along.

    And you don’t pray for a happy ending. You pray for it to never end.

    My website: http://www.leahraeder.com/
    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17978680-unteachable

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  12. Amy Andrews
    Aug 01, 2013 @ 07:23:42

    Hello and thank you.

    My August Harlequin KISS release, Girl least Likely to Marry, is out now.
    It’s number two of four in the Wedding Season quartet (Aimee Carson’s The Unexpected Wedding Guest was book #1)

    Here’s the blurb –

    Talk nerdy to me .
    Samuel Tucker is absolutely the last person scientist Cassie Barclay would ever date. Yes, he’s gorgeous, but he’s also far too cocky for his own good and thinks that Pi is a tasty afternoon treat. So when he asks her to dance at her friend Reese’s non-wedding she’s wondering why on earth she says yes!
    Tuck is used to people assuming he’s all brawn and no brain, and amuses himself by winding Cassie up. But when he finally takes her to bed, suddenly it’s Tuck who can show Cassie a thing or two! Can he convince her that love and sex have nothing to do with logic and everything to do with chemistry?

    Available at Harlequin – http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=28624

    And more information about all four books on our FB page including details of an international giveaway of GLLTM running for the next three days – https://www.facebook.com/KISSWeddingSeason?ref=hl

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  13. Kat Cantrell
    Aug 01, 2013 @ 08:11:08

    Thanks for the opportunity to post Dear Author!

    THE BABY DEAL releases today in digital format at a special promotional price of $1.99 at the eRetailer of your choice! This title received four and a half stars from RT Magazine and is part of Harlequin Desire’s Billionaires & Babies line. The hero is an aerospace engineer and I’m grateful to my editor for letting me take the book in a little bit of an unusual direction than a typical Harlequin Desire.

    Blurb:
    When billionaire entrepreneur Michael “Shay” Shaylen becomes guardian to a baby boy, he knows there’s only one woman who can teach him how to be a father—his ex-lover, child psychologist Juliana Cane. So he makes her a deal: if she gives him two months, he’ll give her a boost in her career.

    She says yes. Suddenly, Juliana has everything she’s ever wanted: a home, a child—Shay. But she knows this seductive situation is only temporary. Because even as desire burns between them—so do the reasons Juliana has to say goodbye….

    Print version is also available.
    Buy links: http://bit.ly/15folGJ

    Thanks and happy reading!

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  14. Karenna Colcroft
    Aug 01, 2013 @ 12:18:16

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    New month, new release… my novel Try the Tofu, book 5 in the Real Werewolves Don’t Eat Meat series from MLR Press, releases today (August 1) and will shortly be available on all third-party retailers as well as the MLR Press site.

    Blurb:
    As he and his mate Kyle Slidell prepare to travel to Pennsylvania for the twice-yearly regional Alpha gathering, Tobias Rogan knows something will go wrong. His fears are proven correct when a visiting werewolf from another region challenges Arkhon Zane Wolfskin for leadership of the Northeast–and wins.

    Tobias and his allies learn the challenge was part of a larger plan to destroy their region, and Tobias will not allow it to happen. But can he defeat the new Arkhon and take charge of the region himself?

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  15. Melisse Aires
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 21:36:30

    Starwoman’s Sanctuary, Diaspora Worlds Book Three is available now.

    Danger followed Kyler’s brother so he feels responsible. Skyleen built the Sanctuary up from nothing so she feels responsible.

    How will five hundred orphans, elderly and working poor families survive the Armada headed for the space hub?

    Scifirom novella, 142 pgs, can be read as a stand alone. Sensual heat rating

    This is my Charity Workers in Spaaace story. Also inspired by ‘Father Goose’ the old Cary Grant movie.

    amzn.com/B00E89RK1G

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  16. Gennita Low
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 13:31:45

    I have a new novella out this week. It’s available now on Kindle. iTunes, Nook, Smashwords, aRe, and Kobo formats will be available in a week or so. Thank you.

    My first m/m romantic suspense novella: http://www.amazon.com/The-Pawn-Lies-Spies-ebook/dp/B00ECC3MVQ Treasure hunt, guns, car crashes, swearing…and two hot guys ;).

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  17. Annie Thomas
    Aug 11, 2013 @ 05:25:51

    Thank you Dear Author for this opportunity to post about my new novel.

    Set in the vibrancy of early twentieth century New York, the story follows the young emigrant Clara and the people she meets on the way, through tenement living and sweatshop labour to success. But as the horror of World War One in Europe threatens to engulf America, Clara learns that personal lives cannot be lived apart from public events, and finds that the people she has loved, and who love her, are not always what they seem.
    All the incidents in ‘A Woman’s Choice’ are based on what really happened: to many thousands of emigrant families, and in particular to women born in poverty, striving to establish an independent life from adverse circumstances. I’ve used a popular genre to try and tell their story.
    If you want to know more about the book, please see my web site,
    http://www.anniethomasbooks.com
    or see the cover and sample on Amazon,
    Amazon/AWomansChoice

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  18. Lucy Felthouse
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 09:23:11

    Wow, I can’t believe I only just discovered this thread. Hi everyone!

    Okay, bear with me as I have several August releases. Hope you’ll forgive me!

    Testing Tom is a femdom erotic romance which is getting some excellent reviews: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/testing-tom/

    A Taste of Paris is the second book in my A Taste of… series. The boys now visit Paris and sample its delights: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/a-taste-of-paris/

    HIS: Manlove Edition is a m/m erotic romance anthology, released today. It contains my story Garden of Eden which is about a young man looking to explore his submissive side: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/his-manlove-edition/

    I tried to keep it brief as I was posting several, but if you click the links, there’s lots more information. Happy reading! x

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  19. Lily Harlem
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 03:47:29

    OUT NOW! Grand Slam book #1 in the Raw Talent Series.

    If you love hot sporting heroes, dark desires AND are just warming up for the US Open then dive into this erotic romance I’ve co-written with the fabulous Lucy Felthouse.

    Blurb

    California had seduced me with promises of a new life working at Los Carlos Tennis Academy. What I didn’t expect was the dark, brooding number one seed Travis Connolly resisting my help. He wasn’t interested in my psychology skills. Instead his attention was drawn to the edgy, sharper corners of my desires, proving that they existed, setting me challenges and driving me crazy to the point of combustion.

    I’m the best tennis player in the world—officially—so why would I need a damn woman full of psychobabble to get me on form? Despite my irritation, however, I can’t resist pushing Marie Sherratt’s buttons, even though doing so shows her the darkest shades of my lust, the parts of me I bury deep. So I set her a challenge, one she rises to, one that has me rising too, and before long my game relies on her calling the shots, hitting the target and bending to my will. One thing is certain, being not just master of the court but also of Marie is seriously good for my soul.

    You can find out more about Grand Slam on the Raw Talent website and read a scorching excerpt that’s high on sexual tension.

    http://rawtalentseries.co.uk

    Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/Grand-Slam-ebook/dp/B00EQ88XX8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377277591&sr=8-1&keywords=grand+slam+by+lily+harlem

    Amazon UK
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grand-Slam-ebook/dp/B00EQ88XX8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1377332999&sr=1-1&keywords=grand+slam+by+lily+harlem

    Ellora’s Cave
    http://www.ellorascave.com/grand-slam.html

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  20. clash of clans triche
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 02:54:16

    I almost never leave a response, however i did a few searching and wound up here Open Thread for
    Authors (Author Promo) for August 2013. And I do have 2 questions for you
    if it’s allright. Could it be just me or does it look like some
    of these responses come across like they are left by brain dead individuals?

    :-P And, if you are writing at additional online social sites, I
    would like to follow anything new you have to post.
    Could you list of every one of your communal pages like your twitter feed,
    Facebook page or linkedin profile?

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