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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for December 2010

Welcome to the December 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 November would be a December 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.

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  2. Zoe Archer
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 16:39:27

    This is it! STRANGER, the final book in the Blades of the Rose series releases on December 7 (or December 1 on Kindle)! I’m really, really excited about this book because it features my absolute favorite hero, Catullus Graves. Catullus is the mechanical and scientific genius for the Blades, as well as an avid collector of waistcoats and admirer of women with freckles. Unfortunately for Catullus, he’s much better either in his workshop or in the field than he is talking with women. But American reporter Gemma Murphy can see past his shy exterior to see the man beneath the waistcoats.

    Scientist heroes FTW!

    Here’s the official blurb:

    He protects the world’s magic-‘with his science. But even the best scientists can fall prey to the right chemistry…

    Looking For Trouble

    Gemma Murphy has a nose for a story-‘even if the boys in Chicago’s newsrooms would rather focus on her chest. So when she runs into a handsome man of mystery discussing how to save the world from fancy-pants Brit conspirators, she’s sensing a scoop. Especially when he mentions there’s magic involved. Of course, getting him on the record would be easier if he hadn’t caught her eavesdropping…

    Lighting His Fuse

    Catullus Graves knows what it’s like to be shut out: his ancestors were slaves. And he’s a genius inventor with appropriately eccentric habits, so even people who love him find him a little odd. But after meeting a certain redheaded scribbler, he’s thinking of other types of science. Inconvenient, given that he needs to focus on preventing the end of the world as we know it. But with Gemma’s insatiable curiosity sparking Catullus’s inventive impulses, they might set off something explosive anyway…

    You can also buy STRANGER as part of a four-book bundle on Kindle or Nook for only $9.99!

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Blades-of-the-Rose-Bundle/Zoe-Archer/e/9781420122954/?itm=3

    http://www.amazon.com/Blades-Rose-Bundle-Scoundrel-ebook/dp/B004CLYLRG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1290983815&sr=1-4

    http://www.zoearcherbooks.com
    http://twitter.com/Zoe_Archer
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/zoe.archer1

  3. Jenny Schwartz
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 18:04:04

    Am I the first to post? *looks around, suddenly shy*

    “Angel Thief” is a paranormal romance novella from Carina Press, available Nov 29. It has an angel archivist heroine, an impossibly sexy Australian djinni hero, a crime boss, a kidnapping and more. It’s the second story in my “Out of the Bottle” series.

    http://bit.ly/AngThief will take you to the blurb and exerpt on the Carina Press site. Happy reading!

  4. Jenny Schwartz
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 18:07:08

    @Jenny Schwartz: How did I not see Zoe’s post? And I have “Stranger” on pre-order!

  5. Shannon Stacey
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 19:00:47

    I have HOLIDAY SPARKS, a Christmas novella, releasing from Carina Press on December 6th (though it’s available for preorder now). You can read the official cover copy and an excerpt here (and you really should because the Carina Press team writes wonderful cover copy). But I’ve had a glass of wine (okay, two) and when I have a glass of wine (or two), I like for words to rhyme (more or less).

    So here’s my unofficial, rhyming (more or less) blurb:

    Twas a month before Christmas and all through the house,
    The circuits are popping and in darkness Chloe is doused.

    She calls an electrician and asks him to come, because wires are fried and the microwave dead.
    And since he’s the hero and not just some guy, Scott jumps in his truck and to her rescue he sped.

    With his first glimpse of Chloe, Scott feels a stirring in his testicles,
    But he hides behind his toolbox, so as not to be a spectacle.

    His brown eyes and naughty grin light a fire in her belly,
    And those tight abs that don’t jiggle turn her knees into jelly.

    When Scott gets her turned on and offers wiring all new
    Love, sex, laughter and hijinks ensue.

    And thank you to Jaci Burton for rhyming “testicle” with “spectacle”. Just one of the many, many reasons I’m glad she’s my friend

  6. Sela Carsen
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 19:13:36

    I can’t compete with Shannon’s rhyming blurb, but what the heck — I wrote another novella!

    CAROLINA PEARL released from Samhain on Nov 23 (just made it in under that week before Dec deadline) and it’s a paranormal romantic comedy set in the same town as my previous story, Carolina Wolf.

    Because Samhain rocks the warnings, here goes:
    This book contains a smokin' hot werewolf chick with serious DIY know-how and a man who thinks that's sexy; illegal use of nail guns; things to do in a claw-foot tub; pirate references; piddling Dobermans and meddling ghosts. Which is better than meddling Dobermans and piddling ghosts.

    You can read the rest of the blurb and an excerpt here.

    Enjoy!

  7. Liz Talley
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 19:15:54

    Yay for December books!

    I have The Way to Texas coming out December 7th from Harelquin Superromance. I’m super excited about it (pun totally intended) because it’s a continuation of my Oak Stand, Texas series. Warm and realistic, The Way to Texas features a heroine who’s been unlucky in love several times who tries like heck to ignore the powerful attraction she has to Tyson Hart, a man who is on the rebound himself. Both Dawn and Tyson have been dinged up in the romance department and neither is looking for love…but that’s when it strikes! Throw in some funny geriatric clients and a few teenagers who think the world revolves around them, and it’s a bumpy ride to happily ever after.

    Thanks for letting us post our promo – very generous of you! :)

    Liz Talley

  8. Jaci Burton
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 19:24:16

    Yeah, I’m totally toast trying to follow Shan’s rhyming blurb, but my holiday novella, ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS
    releases December 6th from Carina Press.

    Big Star, Small-town Christmas

    Country singer Riley Jensen would never have returned to her small Missouri hometown if her publicist hadn't come up with the scheme to tape a Christmas special there. So she never would have known that the man who broke her heart at eighteen-‘causing her to flee to Nashville-‘was now a widower with a seven-year-old daughter. Riley has ten years of angst-filled hit songs and Grammy awards to prove she doesn't need Ethan Kent. But suddenly, she can't help thinking of all she gave up by running away…

    Ethan Kent knew Riley had the talent and the drive to make it as a singer. He also knew she wasn't going anywhere if she stayed in their nowhere town for him. Then one night and one huge mistake sent her running on the road to fame. Which doesn't mean he ever stopped loving her…

    But with so much separating them, can Riley and Ethan find their way back together one magical country Christmas?

    Excerpt and preorder here at Carina Press.

    Thank you!

  9. Debra Tash
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 19:48:08

    Even a lawyer can find redemption, especially if he's been dead for 1900 years.

    http://www.mundania.com/book.php?title=Dead+Lawyers

    Dead Lawyers by Debra Tash: Antinous Maricus Philippus, once distinguished Roman advocate, cursed by the goddess Justitia and quite dead for a very long time, must win one case before he can go onto the Elysian Fields. Among the more notable cases he's been given to defend since being dead are two of Henry the Eighth's wives, the two who were beheaded, and Joan of Arc always comes to mind. So when he is assigned waitress, Kate Wender's straight-forward small claims suit to reclaim her refrigerator from her no good, chiropractor ex-boyfriend, Antinous believes the cosmos has finally given him a deserved break-that is, until Kate's ex-boyfriend is shot dead. After Kate is framed by the Las Vegas mob for the murder, Antinous must clear his seemingly scatterbrained client of the crime before she's sent off across the River Styx by the same thugs who dispatched her former squeeze. From the card tables of 1970s Las Vegas to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Antinous must discover who's responsible for a pile of dirty dealings or be forever trapped between life and death.

  10. Lori
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 20:30:20

    Thank you Jane.

    My debut novel with Lyrical Press releases on Dec.6: 666 Angel Lane

    Hell never looked so good.

    Reality television is the newest battleground for God and Satan. Caught in the middle is Kate Thomas, an ordinary woman stuck between flaming Archangels and scorching hot War demons. When her heart is captured by Demon Michael, Kate has to face the hardest choice any woman can make: the fate of her soul versus the future of her heart.

    If you like lawyer jokes, existential questions and Yiddish speaking Rabbis along with imp tossing and burning bedsheets, 666 Angel Lane might be an address worth visiting.

  11. Kaylea Cross
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 23:40:26

    The 5th and final book in my romantic suspense series from The Wild Rose Press releases December 10th. Absolution is an emotional story about two lovers reunited against all odds.

    Blurb:
    A lifetime of regret…
    After legendary CIA contractor Luke Hutchinson unknowingly trained the man who would become the world's most dangerous terrorist, he has no choice but to hunt him across the globe. Driven to complete that final mission, he fears his enemy has targeted the only woman Luke has ever loved. Unfortunately for him she's his ex-wife, and already facing another deadly threat he can't protect her from.
    A lifetime of pain…
    Emily always hoped Luke would find his way back to her, but she's finally given up on that impossible dream. Now that she's fighting her own life and death battle, the last thing she wants is to get entangled with the man who ripped out her heart and left her to raise their son on her own.
    One final chance at absolution…
    Undeniable sparks fly when they're forced to share a roof, but unless Luke can get Emily to trust him, they won't get the second chance they've waited over two decades for. And time is running out. The monster Luke created is on the move again, bent on destroying him and anyone who gets in the way.

    Buy now in print:
    http://www.amazon.com/Absolution-Kaylea-Cross/dp/1601548621/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1290113548&sr=8-1

    http://www.kayleacross.com
    http://www.kayleacross.blogspot.com

  12. Rachel Randall
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 07:06:39

    Want to attend the ultimate Christmas party from the comfort of your own home? May I recommend my novella “His Christmas Present”, released on December 20th…

    His Christmas Present
    by Rachel Randall

    You are cordially commanded to attend my Christmas revel…

    When London cabbie Tim drives the gorgeous Diana to a costume party, he eagerly accepts her invitation to stay. He soon learns that this is no ordinary holiday bash-‘it's an exclusive sex party, where saucy secret Santa favours are exchanged and even the Christmas tree's hung-‘with condoms.

    Diana has chosen Tim as the perfect gift for their charismatic host, Max. But before Max gets to unwrap his Christmas present, the other guests want to play naughty and nice with his new boy-toy. Tim's in for a very sexy Christmas Eve. Welcome to the party.

    Available from Total-E-Bound on December 20th.

  13. Tina Donahue
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 08:24:43

    My newest erotic romance “Sensual Stranger” will release December 15 from Ellora’s Cave: http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-8932-50-sensual-stranger.aspx

    Blurb:

    Into his life she came-‘wanting…willing…wanton

    It's no ordinary morning when Toni Starr arrives at Zach's garage. Flat broke, with a past she won't share, Toni's instantly taken by such a potently virile man. Direct and unashamed, she tells him she's a motorcycle performance artist who needs work and knows motors.

    Zach knows women, and Toni's unlike any he's met. Lushly sensuous, exceedingly assured, she'd easily be his match in business and bed. A provocative challenge that stirs him as nothing has since losing his wife. A chance he's reluctant to take, offering no more than a month's employment, then she'll have to be on her way.

    The hours tick by. Each word and glance intensifies their denied yet escalating desire, forcing them to surrender to passion and Toni's need for Zach's dominance. Driven by carnal hunger, conquered by yearning, they face the unforeseen truth of Toni's past and a future neither of them expected.

    I’m a three-time EPIC 2011 finalist in erotic romance and an RWA award-winning author.

    Tina

    Tina Donahue
    “Heat with Heart”

    SENSUAL STRANGER (EC – 12/15/2010)
    THE YEARNING (Samhain – 2/2011)
    IN HIS ARMS (SIX – 5 Star Reviews)
    ADORED (award winning – 4 Stars RT)
    DEEP, DARK, DELICIOUS (5 Stars NOR – 4 Stars RT)

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/tinadonahue

  14. Darcy Abriel
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 09:41:38

    Thanks, Jane. I appreciate the opportunity to share a little bit about my upcoming release from Samhain Publishing.

    Warning: Contains wickedly inventive sexual situations and language, including not-so-ordinary body modification and same-sex scenes with BDSM elements. And a most unusual application of decorative silver. Please step away if your taste doesn't run toward the exotic.

    Now that you’re appropriately warned. Silver is erotic fantasy romance. It’s the first book in my Humanotica Series, and is also my first book with Samhain Publishing. It’s scheduled for release December 14th.

    Silver is a story of a different flavor. In Silver I blur definition. Silver is complex, the terms “he” and “she” in many ways may be redefined. Mechanisms, the Factorium, a place where in many ways a bogeyman probably resides, alters perceptions and physicality. And love may be experienced differently.

    Quentopolis is a city of contradictions, of humanotic fetishes, where machine and humans converge. It is home to the Dominatae nobility, a society dedicated to sexual exploration. It is a city run by the Concilium whose intelligence is fueled by the E.L.L.C.–the Elite Logical Life Core. It is a story where things may not always be as they appear. Where sex toys take on new identities and new purpose. And passions and sexuality are an intricate part in contract negotiations. It’s GLBT, but it’s more, it’s dominance and submission, but more again, it’s male and female relationships, but goes further, it’s man and machine, woman and machine, man and woman, man and man, but more yet again.

    The Official Blurb:

    Humanotica, Book 1

    No matter what the law decrees, Entreus is no one's chattel. And he's determined that no other humanotic-‘part human, part robot-‘spends one more second under the stranglehold of the power-mad government machine. That means doing whatever it takes to advance the cause for freedom. Even seduce a government minister's favorite toy, a newly minted trinex named Silver.

    Silver was a free woman until she committed the ultimate sin-‘pretending to be male to gain entrance to an exclusive science academy. Her punishment: modification. Now she is equal parts female, male and machine. The property of the secretive, charismatic Lel Kesselbaum, whose appetites push her new sexual abilities to heights of pleasure that make her wonder who is master, who is slave.

    Until Entreus bargains his body in exchange for a secret meeting that rekindles her longing for freedom. Yet helping the fiery revolutionary execute his plan isn't so simple, especially when she discovers her master's secret-‘a secret that leaves her heart torn between two men. And one step in the wrong direction could mean death for them all.

    Silver by Darcy Abriel
    Genre: Erotica, Gay-Lesbian Romance
    ISBN: 978-1-60928-266-0
    Length: Novel
    Author Website
    Humanotica Website
    Publisher Website
    Publication Date: December 2010
    Cover art by Kanaxa

    Silver is available for pre-order at Amazon.com

  15. Bonnie Dee
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 10:20:29

    LIKE CLOCKWORK, a steampunk romance will be released at Carina on December 13. It contains murder, mayhem, espionage, inventions, romance and steam.

    Victoria Waters is a woman ahead of her time, part of a team of scientists that created working automatons. She intended the machines to replace human laborers in dangerous occupations, but the original project idea mushroomed beyond her expectations. The mechanical people have replaced all types of workers, putting much of the lower class out of work.

    Dash is a man who has lived a life of poverty in one of the worst slums in London. Only the intervention of a kindly mentor taught him to use his keen mind. He is part of a subversive group called the Brotherhood which speaks against the influx of automatons. To draw attention to their cause they plan to kidnap Victoria and hold her ransom until their demand for representation on the Commission for Animatronic Affairs is met.

    Dash soon finds his captive is on the same page in her beliefs and willing to help the Brotherhood reach their goal. But when the Southwark Slasher strikes again, murdering a woman who was close to Dash, he and Victoria's relationship abruptly changes. They become close very quickly, sharing personal history and discovering a mutual attraction.

    Danger looms as Victoria learns more from a colleague about the Commission and their long term agenda for the automatons. Romance blooms as Dash and Victoria grow closer. And death threatens when Victoria comes face to face with the Southwark Slasher.

  16. K. Piet
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 10:20:56

    Rachmaninoff by S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet

    Release Date: November 28th, 2010 (three days earlier than expected!)

    Rachmaninoff is a traditional vampire novel set in the context of M/M Erotic Romance. While the story plays with the familiar trope of a human falling in love with a reclusive vampire, it is also a clash of modern and archaic, of hot and cold, and the impulsiveness of youth with the caution shaped by centuries of experience.

    Nineteen-year-old Aric Reynolds has spent most of his life in boarding schools, summer camps, or on tour as a prodigy with the piano. His wealthy parents have never had time for him, and after a failed year at college, they have decided on a final course of action. Aric is brought to Nikola Jovanović’s beautiful, sprawling manor in Serbia.

    Nikola is known the world around as a master in music, unsurpassed by any, but terribly reclusive. For one year, Aric is to be his student, but in the modern day, it is easy for Aric to learn Nikola’s secrets. With a dark shadow lurking from Nikola’s past and Aric’s stubborn, promiscuous nature, the sexual tension between the pair simply explodes, and Aric’s very mortal life is held in the balance.

    Read an excerpt at Storm Moon Press!

    Thank you for this wonderful promotional opportunity, Dear Author!

  17. Shirin Dubbin
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 18:37:34

    I can’t wait to share Dreams’ Dark Kiss, my romantic urban fantasy. It’s dark, funny, filled with action…and my hero, Keoni, is all kinds of Hawaiian surfer deliciousness. Mmm Mmm! You'll meet Keoni on December 20th through a mutual friend, aka Carina Press. Wear something to fight nightmares in while maintaining your sexy!

    Here’s a preview:

    The nightmares will strike tonight…

    Ciaran Letang has taken care of preternatural business since childhood. Her job is soul conducting, ferrying the dead into the afterlife. She's never had reason to be afraid. The ankou, nightmarish beasts escaped from the Dreaming, will change that tonight.

    For Keoni Maka, protecting dreamers is business as usual. Meeting the enthralling, yet annoying, Ciaran is a life-altering event. One that will force him to face both his childhood demons, and those born of nightmares melded to hijacked human flesh.

    The pair will have to suck-it-up and deal because the ankou pack leader plans to take dominion over the waking world-‘and he means to do it now. Together, Ciaran and Keoni must avert their enemy's schemes or risk an invasion akin to dropping the Earth into the pits of hell.

    Oh, what a night.

    Best! Shirin
    ~———————————–~
    Shirin Dubbin
    web | twitter | facebook | blog

  18. Emily Ryan-Davis
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 22:56:22

    Like Sela, I wrote another novella too!

    ALL HE WANTS, a story in Ellora’s Cave’s Merry Kinkmas series, is available Nov 30.

    http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-8849-50-all-he-wants.aspx

    Marine Captain Keith Moss is home for the holidays and all he wants for Christmas is his best friend's sister, Telly Johnson…and her belly. Her pregnancy is his new obsession.

    When he discovers Telly's body is easier to coerce than her heart, Keith finds himself facing the hardest mission of his life-‘convincing her to say yes.

    Because, despite his enjoyment of her hormonally boosted sex drive, Keith needs more than a casual lover. He's ready for a future and a family, and both involve claiming Telly-‘and the baby-‘as his own.

  19. Emily Ryan-Davis
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 22:59:07

    As if one holiday story from me this year wasn’t enough, I’m also excited to announce the release of MORE THAN A MAN, a collaboration between myself and Elise Logan.


    Manporium. It’s where women of The Future go to buy the men of their dreams…and where twice-widowed Noelle Lytton is going to buy the third man of her dreams. Like a child crafting a Christmas wish list and checking it twice, Noelle has poured every last measure of hope into the traits she’s selected to make up her third husband. She’s checked her list more than twice, weighed it against past mistakes and future anticipations, and as she uploads her life’s savings to pay the balance, she knows it’s this man or nothing.

    Sometimes things don’t go quite as expected at Manporium, however, and a bride’s wish list is, er…subject to interpretation. A man might, for example, come out smelling like gingerbread cookies and possessing extra appendages. All of which Noelle discovers as she comes to terms with the husband who, despite mistakes, is everything she wanted and much, much more.


    Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/More-than-a-Man-ebook/dp/B004CLYGDK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1291093058&sr=1-3

    Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/30193

  20. K. Z. Snow
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 00:12:49

    My m/m fantasy-steampunk novel, MONGREL (yes, it’s erotic romance), is coming December 8 from Dreamspinner Press. You can read the entire first chapter and see the stunning Anne Cain cover by going to my LJ — http://kz-snow.livejournal.com/3645.html.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Hunzinger’s Mechanical Circus, a rollicking seaside carnival where imagination meets machinery, seems like the only bright spot in the dreary city of Purinton. But a shadow is cast there one day by a tall, cloaked figure striding down the boardwalk and behaving in a most eccentric way — a man with strange eyes and strange ears and a mark at the base of his throat. He’s Fanule Perfidor, commonly known as the Dog King, and he isn’t welcome at the Circus. No resident of Taintwell is. They’re all Branded Mongrels, and they’re officially shunned.

    So it’s understandable that Will Marchman, a young patent-medicine salesman, is wary when Perfidor approaches his stand and begins asking questions. Much to his chagrin, Will is beguiled as well. When the two men meet again at a public house in the city’s seediest district, all prejudice falls away. Lust takes over, then affection. An affair is born.

    The naive but plucky pitchman soon becomes embroiled in a dangerous quest. Fanule suspects that Alphonse Hunzinger and Purinton’s civic leaders are responsible for the disappearance or incarceration of countless Branded Mongrels. But why? As Will’s passion and regard for his tormented lover grow, he’s determined to help Fanule get answers and prevent any further persecution . . . or worse.

    With the aid of a dead and dismembered witch, a vulgar bounty hunter, and a dapper, voracious vampire, Fan and Will take on a group of ruthless enemies. If only they can stay together and stay alive long enough to see their plan through…

  21. Vivi Andrews
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 00:58:56

    Thanks, DA, for the chance to pimp our books!

    My novella No Angel releases December 6th and can be picked up alone or as part of Carina’s Winter Wishes holiday paranormal collection including Tangled Tinsel by the fabulous Vivian Arend & Freeze Line by the marvelous Moira Rogers.

    When Sasha’s boyfriend, Jay, is sucked through a fiery vortex to Hell, an angel reveals that Sasha’s been chosen as the Champion of Virtue in the battle for his immortal soul. As a perennial offender on Santa’s naughty list, Sasha can’t believe she’s anyone’s idea of a girl fighting on the side of the angels. But if she doesn’t save Jay, he’ll be stuck in Hell forever!

    Jay-‘aka Jevroth-‘isn’t surprised to find himself back in Hell. His visa to visit the mortal plane expired three months ago, but to steal more time with Sasha he’s been ignoring his mother’s demands that he come home to spend time with his new stepfather: Lucifer.

    Sasha has until dawn on the twenty-fifth of December to fight the Legions of Hell and rescue Jay, or be trapped there for eternity herself. But now she must decide if the lying son-of-a-demon is even worth saving…

    Read an excerpt of No Angel.

    For more holiday fabulousness, check out Tangled Tinsel by Vivian Arend and Freeze Line by Moira Rogers or pre-order the Winter Wishes collection for Kindle or Nook.

  22. Lily Harlem
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 03:22:54

    Thanks for this opportunity Dear Author.

    I would like to tell readers about my new release ‘Hired' which is due out at Ellora's Cave on the 17th of December. Its the first in my ‘Hot Ice' series about those bad boys of ice hockey and the girls who tame them – or don't as the case may be!!

    Here is the blurb –

    One hundred grand to babysit bad boy Logan “Phoenix” Taylor on a paradise island -‘ seriously, how bad could he be?
    Frankly, it didn't matter. Not when it would make my dreams of going to nursing school possible. I wasn't even expected to talk to him, just hang out in a luxurious villa on a private beach and study. Simple, right?
    But I hadn't counted on Logan being so deliciously bad that he was oh so good. And when the temperature cranked to boiling point, he knew just how to satisfy the deepest, darkest part of my soul and give my body exactly what it needed. Amongst the sand and waves, we transported each other to an exquisite world of pleasure where only we existed, only we mattered.
    But the heady mix of emotions and lust couldn't keep things from spiraling out of control back in reality, where I had to keep the truth that I'd been hired to entertain him a secret at all costs…even if it shattered my delicate heart. Even if it cost me my destiny.

    I hope you will check it out, here is the buy link –
    http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-8939-50-hired.aspx

    And to see what else I've written and find FREE stories head to my website http://www.lilyharlem.weebly.com

    Kind regards

    Lily Harlem

    Winner of the 2009 Love Honey Award for Erotic Fiction

  23. Alisha Rai
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 11:47:02

    Thanks DA!

    Never Have I Ever releases December 14th from Samhain…you can check out the excerpt here: http://samhainpublishing.com/excerpt/never-have-i-ever

    Blurb:

    The higher the stakes, the hotter the game.

    Reynolds Pack, Book 1

    Ana Hudson enjoys her picture-perfect marriage to the love of her life. Everything is pleasant, easy-‘and satisfying. Then an anonymous e-mail arrives filled with lurid pictures of Taylor's youthful exploits, leaving her wondering if she really knows him at all. More importantly…does she know herself?

    Driven to uncover the truth and push the limits of their sexual boundaries, she convinces Taylor to arrange a weekend getaway to a friend's luxury cottage in the mountains. It's the perfect place to get her husband to spill his secrets-‘and show him there's a wealth of kinky fantasies hiding inside his good girl.

    Taylor's spent years suppressing his animalistic side, hiding the not-completely-human DNA that once drove him wild. Except now his once quiet, reserved Ana has launched a campaign to destroy every inch of his hard-won control.

    With the snowy wilderness containing his darkest memories surrounding them, and his old pack-mate dropping in to give them a few pointers, the sexual battle of wills gets fierce.

    Let the games begin.

    Warning: Contains a brooding, dirty-minded, not-quite-human hero, a sweet not-quite-good-girl heroine, a howling-hawt car ride up a mountain, a chase through the snow followed by an erotic adventure with sports equipment, oral sex, anal sex, and a M/F/M ménage scene that will leave you panting.

  24. Estara
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 15:19:21

    @Zoe Archer: For all the people who don’t own a Nook or a Kindle – the Zoe Archer bundle will also be available as regular .epub at BooksonBoard.com

  25. Joselyn Vaughn
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 12:14:13

    My second book, Courting Sparks comes out from Avalon Books this month.

    Dusting off the ashes of a failed relationship, Daphne Morrow decides she is ready to date again. But when her scorched prom photos are discovered to be the ignition point for a small forest blaze, marking her as the prime suspect for the arson, she finds they're not the only part of her past sparking interest. After a friend's wedding provides a romantic interlude with her longtime friend Noah Banks, Daphne tries to explain away her attraction to him: the atmosphere of the wedding, his resemblance to her ex, his heroic efforts as a volunteer firefighter. Still, their desire just won't sputter out.
    When the arsonist strikes much closer to home, Daphne fears she must risk Noah's friendship to find the culprit and clear her name. She'll know their love is real if his interest isn't put out by her need to uncover the truth.

    It is available at Amazon.com

    Happy December!

  26. Marisa Chenery
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 12:36:17

    My first Time Travel romance, Touched by a Gladiator, will be released at Ellora’s Cave on December 8th http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-8866-50-touched-by-a-gladiator.aspx

    Blurb:

    Petra never expected an antique replica of a gladiator's rudis would impact her life, but impact it did, deliciously so. The moment she touches the relic a window to the past appears, and what she sees on the other side is shocking, beyond reason…hot. She can see into the world of an ancient Roman gladiator who is sexy as sin, and she soon discovers she'll do anything for the opportunity to touch him.

    Euric doesn't know what to make of the strange window that appears in his cell, but he knows exactly what he wants to do with the woman on the other side. If only he could get to her. When the two discover they can touch through the portal, their sexual chemistry ignites and all thought as to why they shouldn't be together disappears.

    But when faced with the decision of leaving behind the lives they know, can either of them take that final step through the window, into the life, and arms, of the one they love?

  27. Deb Kinnard
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 18:52:24

    For those of you who read on the sweeter side: ALOHA, MY LOVE released today from Desert Breeze Publishing, for all known Terran e-book readers.

    Quick blurb: Adam Whitford, smarting from a failed relationship, figures he’s ready to move forward. On a winter singles’ trip to Hawaii, he decides to see if his best friend, Delaine Bishop, is interested in being more than friends. He figures blue skies, trade winds, friendly seas and some romancing might thaw Delaine’s frozen responses and bring her back. But she has other ideas. It takes a near disaster to get her close. Now all he has to do is get her past “just friends.”

    Thanks, DA, for inviting us to showcase our December books!

  28. T. Harrison
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 22:27:56

    Thanks, DA!

    My novella The Undoing of Langston Black is now available at various distributors!

    Blurb:

    “When Langston thinks of it now, it’s hard to separate the truth from the lies. All he sees is her. He feels her go limp and soft under his hand. He sees her pretty eyes close slowly. He feels her give in. She was everything he ever wanted. Everything he ever imagined. He still doesn’t know how it went so wrong.”

    We meet Langston in the interrogation room of a Philadelphia Police Station.
    Handcuffed to a table. Charged with a serious crime. All because of a beautiful girl named Sonrisa. Sonrisa whose name means smile, though she rarely ever does. Sonrisa, a girl who would be his undoing.

    Please visit my blog: http://www.dirtyscribbler.com for all the purchase details!

  29. Anne Rainey
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 18:58:24

    Thanks, DA!

    The second book in my Cape May series releases on December 14th with Samhain Publishing. What She Craves is a mega hot m/f/m menage. Here’s a blurb:

    Unwrapping these gifts could get a girl in a world of trouble.

    Cape May, Book 2

    Tory Jeffries likes things simple. A modest home, a web design business, easygoing men. Except there's never one around when she needs one-‘and she needs a date for the event of the year, her friend Con Walker's annual Christmas party. Not that she couldn't go alone, but spending the evening as a third wheel doesn't appeal.

    When her old friend Devon Mason turns up dateless as well, she anticipates a fun evening with her flirty, bad-boy buddy. Then Devon and Con offer her a Christmas treat that her inner slut begs her not to refuse. A night with both delicious, muscular men. In Con's bed. Naked.

    After growing up together with an up-close-and-personal view of life's ugly side, it doesn't surprise Devon and Con that they've fallen for the same woman. They've watched her date men who aren't nearly good enough for her, and now it's time to show the fiery blonde just how perfectly she fits in their sinful fantasy sandwich. When they take their first long, slow taste, something extraordinary happens. They fall in love.

    Now all they have to do is convince their suddenly skittish princess that fairy tales can come true…

    Warning: This book contains one sassy heroine getting two tasty alpha heroes for Christmas. Expect some crazy hot m/f/m sex and a Christmas Eve party that'll blow your stockings clean off.

    Read Chapter One
    See More Info

  30. Suzanne Rossi
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 11:55:23

    Hi everyone. Just wanted to say my fourth book, NEARLY DEPARTED is now available in print format and will be released as an e-book from The Wild Rose Press on December 10th.

    It’s a light paranormal about an author who, in order to escape a dysfunctional family, buys a dilapidated antebellum home only to discover she’s not the only resident. She shares the home with the former owners–all ghosts. Throw in a hunky geneeral contractor doing the renovations and she has a whole new novel.

    I’m usually a murder and mayhem writer, but loved doing something different.

    Suzanne

  31. Tarah Scott
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 11:40:22

    Born Into Fire an erotic fantasy/paranormal released from Loose Id November 23

    Ryalda, the Element heroes of old, leak from the void and bring with them beauty, desire…and destruction.

    Change is hard, but the unexpected metamorphosis into fire goes beyond any change Kenna Lang could ever have imagined. When she discovers her ancestors are actually ancient beings who exist in a void beyond our universe and the dragons of her childhood dreams are real, life as she knows it is over.

    Erion, an Air Element, answers the call of Kenna's emerging fire to discover a woman on the cusp of transformation. He's drawn to her, the need to mate overwhelming. However, Erion killed once before by having sex in element form, and has sworn not to merge with another Element. But the discovery that a male Fire Element is intent upon enslaving Kenna's soul forces Erion to get involved. He will save her. But he aches to do more than protect her. He wants to touch her — to pleasure her, but he can’t risk bonding his Element to hers.

    Erion is unprepared for the emotions Kenna awakens in him — or the lengths to which she will go to save him.

    If you like your romances sexy and with strong fantasy elements, Born Into Fire may just be for you.

    For the opening excerpt:
    http://www.loose-id.com/Born-into-Fire.aspx

  32. KyAnn Waters
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 13:27:08

    The Naughty List
    Released today Dec 8th at Ellora’s Cave!
    m/m BDSM.

    T'was a week before Christmas and Mrs. Claus conspires. Proposition Jack Frost to give Santa his greatest desire…

    The deviant Dominant Jack Frost can be good…very good. But for being so good at being so bad, Santa keeps him on the naughty list. What would Jack do to get on the good list? Kidnap Santa? With the help of Mrs. Claus, Jack could force Santa's submission and give him the one thing he's always wanted-‘to be on the naughty list himself. Then Jack could show Santa just how very good he can be.

    http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-8874-50-the-naughty-list.aspx

  33. Linda Mooney
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 17:43:40

    A DIFFERENT YESTERDAY
    An erotic sci-fi/apocalyptic/futuristic romance novel
    by Linda Mooney
    from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
    http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=555
    (ebook) ISBN# 978-1-60313-841-3
    The Apocalypse.

    It didn’t come because of man’s inhumanity to man. It didn’t come from bombs, or plague, or even from aliens descending from outer space. In fact, no one knows what triggered it. And even if they did, there was no way to turn back time.

    Only one thing was certain. One evening the sun had grown unexpectedly bigger and hotter, and heat and radiation unlike anything ever experienced washed over the Earth, bathing it in searing rays that devoured over three-quarters of the world’s population.

    Now the sun is smaller, and it doesn’t radiate as much heat as it used to. The world is colder. Food is scarce, and people are fighting to stay alive.

    Andrew Michael Tollson, aka “The Silent Wraith”, was a man who roamed from settlement to outpost to city, offering his protection from scavengers and renegades. Years ago, right before the sun had exploded, when he had been a boy growing up in a small Texas town, he had felt his first crush for the little tomboy he knew as Jo. Now, as a grown man, he has finally made his way back to his boyhood home to see if Jo is still alive, or if she has been a victim of the Apocalypse. He has to know if the dreams and memories he has harbored were mere fantasies, or if the infatuation he’d felt then has grown into something else, something stronger and more tangible.

    JoBeth Wythe was a member of The Triad, three leaders who protected their little settlement, and tried to recall the carefree days before the Apocalypse. All they wanted was the chance at a decent life, with enough food, some shared warmth, and a little hope for the future. She had never forgotten the pudgy little kid who had followed her around when she was growing up, the little boy she called Mikey. Every time she thought of him, it only brought back pain and a wistfulness for a past that no longer existed.

    For Drew and Jo, it was only a matter of time before they would be reunited to fight together. To survive together. And to discover that the innocent kisses they had shared as children had grown into a love that would overwhelm them with desire.

    Warning! Contains permanent extreme cold, love everlasting, survivalists, separation, a legend in the making, a brutal mass murder, childhood sweethearts, and the end of the world as we know it.

  34. Jamie Hill
    Dec 09, 2010 @ 12:28:12

    Mardi Gravestone by Sandy Semerad was just re-released by BWLPP.

    On her drive to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, Lilah-‘a young widow-‘confronts the unthinkable: A man falls in front of her van. The man's suitcase and its contents make her a target. Yet, she is unsuspecting and seeks answers, heeding the advice of a graveyard psychic. The psychic gives her a crystal necklace and tells her to find a secret diary. In searching for the diary, Lilah becomes intimate with a handsome musician and dangerously close to murders involving the White House.

    “Marvelous job, diverse and credible people, magical evocation of New Orleans, would nominate for this year's Best First Mystery…” Award winning author Jeremiah Healy.

    “A very exciting mystery…” Romantic Times Magazine.

    Find Mardi Gravestone here.

    Thank you so much for this very generous opportunity to tell readers about our books. Books We Love Publishing Partners (BWLPP) is a different kind of publisher, formed by three authors. At BWLPP we really care about our authors. We're excited to bring out some of the wonderful books we ourselves have read over the years.

    We refer to ourselves as the Beverly Hills Boutique of eBook publishers. Vintage and New ebooks from award winning authors. We bring you Books You'll Love from Books We Love. Visit our website to see all our titles.

  35. Ginger Simpson
    Dec 09, 2010 @ 12:55:34

    A December released from Eternal Press (http://www.eternalpress.biz) and available on Amazon (Kindle and print)

    White Heart, Lakota Spirit is a stand-alone continuation of Prairie Peace and follows my deep respect and love for the Lakota Sioux. Grace Cummings and her family are camped near the Black Hills while her father and brother search for gold. Their camp is attacked by a young band of Lakota and Grace is the only survivor. Travel with her back to the Sioux village and see how it feels to be in her shoes.

    Six young warriors rode into camp-‘their faces and horses painted for war. Shock and confusion jolted Lone Eagle at seeing
    his nephew, Little Elk, among them. Where had the group been?

    He had no idea they'd left the village. He shoved his way through the throng.

    His gaze shifted to the white woman tethered and stumbling behind the Appaloosa of his nephew's closest friend, Black Crow.

    Each faltering step testified to her exhaustion. She struggled to remain standing. Her chin lifted momentarily, and she looked directly at Lone Eagle. Long blonde hair hung in matted strands.
    Her blue eyes, barely visible beneath the dirty tresses, were wide with fright. One sleeve of her soiled dress hung in tatters down her arm, and crimson chafe marks marred her wrists. Raw and weeping red spots peeked through the veil of dust on her bare feet.

    Rage burned within Lone Eagle. He stood in the path of Black

    Crow's horse and raised his hand. “As your Chief, I demand to

    know what you have done.”

  36. joanhallhovey
    Dec 10, 2010 @ 08:02:58

    BWLPP, my ebook publisher, is running a holiday special of my 3 Award Winning suspense novels for just $9.50 on amazon.com and smashwords.com (or buy them separately) All have a thread of romance running through them.

    Also in paperback

    CHILL WATERS

    * Bloody Dagger Award Winner *

    Following the breakup of her marriage, Rachael retreats to the old beachhouse in
    Jenny’s Cove, where she once lived with her grandmother. From the moment of
    Rachael’s arrival, a man watches. He has already killed, and mercilessly will do
    so again.

    “. . . Joan Hall Hovey is a female Stephen King. . . a stunning,
    multi-layered, modern-day gothic, a true master of suspense. . . ” Rendezvous
    Magazine

    NOWHERE TO HIDE

    * Eppie Winner – Best Thriller *

    A note, written in red ink, slipped under the windshield wipers of her car,
    ‘You’re It.’ Ellen has stirred the monster in his lair . . . and the hunter has become the hunted!

    “If you are looking for the suspense thriller of the
    year-look no further. . . you will find it in Nowhere To Hide. . . ” Jewel
    Dartt Midnight Scribe Reviews

    LISTEN TO THE SHADOWS

    When artist Katie Summers emerged from a four-day coma, she remembered all too
    vividly the horror of that night – the terrifying dead eyes that had stared back
    at her in the rear view mirror, causing her to crash her car. But nobody
    believed her.

    “. . . a work so accomplished, so fluid and so suspenseful it is
    difficult to believe it really is a first novel!” – Felix Griffin – Rave
    Reviews, NY

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