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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for December 2011

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.

18 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Raines
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 15:09:54

    Coming next week exclusively to Siren! Entanglements, The Sextet Anthologies, Volume 4 Six super hot looks at bondage.

    Here are the novella blurbs:

    Handcuffs and neckties and belts, oh my! Many may fantasize about being bound while their lover has his or her wicked way with them, but when faced with the opportunity, would you trust your partner enough to relinquish all control? Or would you prefer to be the one in charge? Or are you among the ranks of the undecided?

    Join the ladies of the Sextet for a look at both sides of the coin, and discover what it means to be the recipient of intensely provocative sensual delights, or to be the lady who knows how to tie a man down and take him to heights of ecstasy beyond his imagination. Then try, if you will, to decide which you would prefer. Just remember, there is no right or wrong here; there is only trust. When it comes to passion and love, you should never underestimate the power of restraint.

    * * * * *

    Trust by Elizabeth Raines [Contemporary, bondage, sex toys]
    Type A Angie Traylor can’t seem to let go—even when she’s in bed with the man she loves. Spiriting her away, Noah James uses enticing methods of seduction to teach her to enjoy life and love and learn to trust.

    A Delicate Procedure by Cheryl Brooks [Contemporary, bondage]
    Restraints are required when hunky graduate student Aidan Vidal asks Nurse Trish Davis, his neighbor and former babysitter, for help with an embarrassing problem. When he winds up tied to her bed, an unexpected and intensely erotic development occurs. Suddenly, their age difference is no longer an impediment to love.

    Believe It or Knot by Bethany Michaels [Contemporary, bondage]
    When Las Vegas magician’s assistant Hannah Dunn convinces her boss and longtime crush Marcus Lorenzo to try a dangerous new act involving a bed, a blindfold, and razor-sharp throwing knives, she learns that losing control can have dangerous—and extremely erotic—consequences.

    Lines of Communication by Annie Morgan [Contemporary, bondage]
    Three years ago, expert mountain climbers Rebecca Graham and Cameron Fitzgerald had a friendship and perhaps more. Until business severed their ties. Now partnered again, can she belay her animosity long enough to untangle the truth?

    String Theory by Mellanie Szereto [Contemporary, bondage]
    Physicist Andromeda Fetter’s attraction to colleague Gunnar Keyes has her fit to be tied. Her solution? She invites him to assist her with an experiment—one involving elastic bands and how much force they can withstand. Will Gunnar submit to the bonds and help unlock Andromeda’s inner vixen?

    Tangled Metal and Emotions by Niki Hayes [Contemporary, bondage]
    Losing control is not an option for Lindsey Valentine, and she’s not about to let an arrogant NASCAR driver—even one as sexy as Craig Westmoreland—railroad her new job. Craig’s met his match with Lindsey, but when the two tangle, it’s unclear who will lose control first.

    A Siren Erotic Romance

  2. Elizabeth Raines
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 15:21:36

    Coming Dec. 19th, Mistletoe & Menage, The Sextet Anthologies, Volume 5

    Here are the blurbs for the novellas:

    Looking for something to keep you warm this Christmas? The Sextet Santas are cranking up the heat and filling your stockings with a lot more than candy. Grab a cup of hot chocolate, take a seat under the mistletoe, and get ready for a sleigh full of Christmas joy!

    Elizabeth Raines ~ Home for Christmas
    Childhood friends Jayne Reynolds, Steve Mason, and Matt Wagner were always The Three Musketeers, sharing everything. When the three of them become Yuletide lovers, will the consequences tear apart their lifelong friendship or lead them to a happily ever after for three?

    Cheryl Brooks ~ Angel on Broadway
    Still mourning her late husband, Ariel Nathanson is drawn to the music of downtown Nashville. Alexei and Nico Tomaris are two Greek cousins playing in a country band. Alexei has carried a torch for Ariel for years, but Nico found her first. Sharing her isn’t an option—or is it?

    Bethany Michaels ~ Thrice upon a Yuletide
    The best of friends since their youth, Anna, Stephen and Phillip have always shared everything, including a marriage bed. But when Stephen, Viscount Avonmore, makes a desperate request of his oldest friend on Christmas Eve, the ties between all three lovers begin to fray and they begin to wonder if their unconventional love can weather the approaching storm.

    Mellanie Szereto ~ A Little Elfin Magic
    When Noelle Merriweather’s best friends ask her to play Mrs. Claus, she insists that they dress up too–as elves, complete with tights. Christopher Greene and Nick Slater claim the costumes will give them erectile dysfunction, but will they refuse her offer to test drive their equipment after the party?

    Niki Hayes ~ Two Kisses Under the Mistletoe
    Julie Logan hasn’t felt much since her grandmother passed away, but she’s hoping for a Christmas miracle when she returns home to Iris Hills, where she reconnects with her high school friends John and Keith. Can these two sexy men, help her find what she’s looking for under the Mistletoe?

  3. Kiru Taye
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 16:23:57

    Coming December 2, 2011 – His Treasure (Book 1, Men of Valor series) Published by Breathless Press

    Available for pre-order at $1.99 http://www.breathlesspress.com/his-treasure

    His Treasure is a historical romance set in medieval West Africa.

    In a time when men rule their households with firm hands, can a quiet man tame his rebellious wife with persevering love?

    Angry at being forced to marry a man not of her choosing, Adaku stubbornly shuns her new husband on their wedding night. However, she soon discovers there are worse things than giving in to a man whose touch awakens her deep desires. In a land where fruitfulness is celebrated, she could soon be labeled a barren woman.

    Obinna knows there are several ways to tame a rebellious woman. Patience and perseverance are two of them. Adaku is his treasure and he would never let her go. When her fears push her into his arms, will he be able to convince her to stay with him forever by unleashing the passion within her?

  4. Lacey Wolfe
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 16:37:05

    December 19th, I kick off the first book in my erotic contemporary romance novella series. Its title Fool Me Once and I am so excited. I love the heroine in this book. She is very feisty (she’s a red head).

    Here is the official blurb:

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…

    Drew is the last person Skylar wanted to see across from her at a local bar. A month ago he’d wined and dined her all weekend, leaving her feeling fully in love, but then she awoke alone in an empty hotel room and she hadn’t heard from him since.

    The weekend Drew spent with Skylar was phenomenal. There had never been anyone who made him feel as complete as she did. He shouldn’t have disappeared, he should have called, but his feelings for her scared him, so he distanced himself. But when he saw her again, he knew he couldn’t stay away any longer.

    Skylar’s determined not to give Drew another chance to hurt her, but he’s just as determined to win her back. Although it won’t be easy, he’s up to the challenge, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish his goal.

  5. Jill Sorenson
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 17:10:24

    My latest release is the RISKY CHRISTMAS anthology for Harlequin Romantic Suspense:

    Holiday Secrets by Jill Sorenson

    After witnessing her husband’s murder eighteen months ago, Leah is in hiding and has no plans to celebrate Christmas. Though she tries to resist, her handsome new neighbor awakens long-buried feelings of attraction…and brings a killer to her door.

    Kidnapped at Christmas by Jennifer Morey

    Chloe is a struggling artist and thoroughly bored with her life—until a rugged FBI agent pulls her into a fast-paced adventure…and a sizzling love affair! The only damper on their mistletoe madness is a vengeful mobster who won’t stop until they are both silenced…forever.

    Only $3.99 on Kindle.

    http://www.amazon.com/Risky-Christmas-Secrets-Kidnapped-Harlequin-ebook/dp/B005JSRBU0/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

    And Nook:

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Risky-Christmas/Jill-Sorenson/e/9780373277490

    Happy Holidays!

  6. Ikechukwu Nwaogu
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 17:29:43

    I’m really glad to see that authors are being given the chance to publicise their up coming books, and that geographical location is not a limiting factor. My Question however, is this: how does one get his work published on Amazon.com, and how will such a person get paid?

  7. Tara Chevrestt
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 17:29:48

    I have a contemporary romance coming out December 16th from Breathless Press. It’s not on the website just yet, but http://www.breathlesspress.com/catalog/2.

    It’s called A Facebook Affair and it has a deaf heroine and delves into the subject and the after effects of school bullying.

    Here is a blurb:

    When Kelly Littleton takes the plunge and finally joins Facebook to socialize without the limits that her hearing impairment gives her. On a whim, she looks up a childhood friend. In sending him that first message, she ignites the memories of a crush from twenty years ago. But will they turn into the flames of romance, or end up the ashes of a Facebook affair?

    Brandon Hopkins has a lot on his plate. A recent divorce, a pregnant sister, and now, he realizes he’s in love with a woman who lives states away. Can he overcome the boundaries of internet romance to make this desire turn into something real, or will adversity and distance be their undoing?

  8. Grace Wen
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 18:53:01

    For fans of pulp confession stories (e.g., True Confessions magazine), I have a women’s fiction novella coming out November 25 from Musa Publishing.

    http://www.musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=83

    AN IMPERFECT WIFE

    A homesick woman finds comfort in the arms of a new friend — her husband’s boss.

    Nicole Evans wanted to support her husband Josh’s career, even if it meant moving away from their hometown, family, and friends. So what if he didn’t ask for her input before accepting the job? They needed the money, and the opportunity was too good to pass up. Standing by him was the right thing to do.

    But Josh’s crazy schedule leaves her lonely and taken for granted. With no friends or job to fill the long hours, she turns to Adam Cahill, Josh’s handsome boss, for a sympathetic ear. She tells herself it’s a harmless crush. Until she kisses him. And he kisses her back.

    Nicole feels guilty, but she’s doesn’t want the affair to end. What will she do when Josh discovers she’s an imperfect wife?

  9. Jennifer Estep
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 19:38:06

    KISS OF FROST, the second book in my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series, will be released on Nov. 29 from Kensington. Here’s the description:

    Logan Quinn was trying to kill me. My Spartan classmate relentlessly pursued me, swinging his sword at me over and over again, the shining silver blade inching closer to my throat every time. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice-blue eyes practically glowed with the thrill of battle …

    I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Academy, and I have no idea how I’m going to survive the rest of the semester. One day, I’m getting schooled in swordplay by the guy who broke my heart — the drop-dead gorgeous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invisible archer in the Library of Antiquities decides to use me for target practice. And now, I find out that someone at the academy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword — with Logan’s help — I just might die by the sword …

    You can read an excerpt of the book here: http://www.jenniferestep.com/excerpts-short-stories/kiss-of-frost/

    Or you can learn more about the series here: http://www.jenniferestep.com/books-series/mythos-academy-series/

    TOUCH OF FROST, the first book in the series, and FIRST FROST, a prequel e-story, are also available.

    Thanks for the opportunity to post. Happy reading, everyone!

  10. Anthea Lawson
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 21:58:06

    Thanks, Jane, for the promo thread. :)

    I’m excited to announce my YA urban fantasy Feyland: The Dark Realm will be released December 16 ~

    WHEN A GAME…

    Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and fifteen-year-old Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.

    TURNS REAL…

    Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her.

    WINNING IS EVERYTHING…

    Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.

    FEYLAND will release December 16, 2011, in both paperback and ebook formats. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12953903-feyland

  11. Jenny Schwartz
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 23:57:41

    Why not try some Steampunk with your Christmas? Carina Press has a steampunk anthology, “A Clockwork Christmas”, releasing Dec 5 with four toe-curling romances.

    WE WISH YOU A STEAMPUNK CHRISTMAS

    Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband’s love. A man learns that love isn’t always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.

    Anthology includes:

    Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail
    This Winter Heart by PG Forte
    Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz
    Far From Broken by JK Coi

    And because it’s one spoilt anthology — too much Steampunk attitude ;) — it even has its own Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AClockworkChristmas where you can keep up with contests, reviews and all things Steampunk!

    Available for pre-order from Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/Clockwork-Christmas-Corset%5CWanted-Scoundrel%5CThis-ebook/dp/B005Z1C47Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321854602&sr=8-1

  12. Rachael Johns
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 06:51:26

    I have a contemporary Christmas romance coming out Dec 19th from Carina Press.

    ONE PERFECT NIGHT

    Peppa Grant’s fellow employees may call their new CEO Mr. McSexy, but she’s also heard that he’s aloof and distant. Cameron McCormac certainly seems cold toward Christmas when she meets him at the company’s annual party…but he’s also the sexiest man Peppa has ever seen. And when he offers to forgive the damage she accidentally caused to his expensive car in exchange for accompanying him to his family’s holiday get-together, she agrees.

    Cameron needs a date to the family party to get his matchmaking relatives off his back. Their chemistry is instant and undeniable, leading to an incredible one-night stand. But Peppa wants love and family, while Cameron’s only interested in temporary pleasure. When their relationship takes an unexpectedly serious turn, will he run the other way—or will he give love a second chance?

    You can read an excerpt at http://www.rachaeljohns.com/pages/bookshelf.html

    Available for pre-order on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/One-Perfect-Night-ebook/dp/B005Z1CF2A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321879797&sr=1-1

    Thanks for this opportunity :)

  13. January
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 10:51:17

    My writing partner and good friend Ainsley Davidson has a new book coming out! LESSERBLOOD LIES, a science fiction romance, releases December 12 with Carina Press. (Available on NetGalley.)

    To protect her children from the despotic Trueblood, Merianne defied them by taking her girls and fleeing the planet. Even though Merianne’s daughters are Lesserblood, they have the Talents. The Trueblood would train her children to use their dangerous gifts, but their methods are cruel, and Merianne would never see her girls again.

    Merianne tries to give her girls a safe, quiet life, but when they befriend Thorne, a brilliant scientist, she finds herself drawn to the kind and captivating man—despite his uncanny resemblance to the Trueblood.

    Thorne wants to help the girls control their emerging Talents, and he’s intrigued by their mother. But just as Merianne finally accepts Thorne’s help, two of her children are seized. To rescue the girls, Merianne and Thorne must risk death at the hands of the Trueblood, who will kill to protect their lies.

    If you like emotionally rich science fiction adventure stories I hope you’ll check out Ainsley’s novel.

    Available for pre-order at amazon http://www.amazon.com/Lesserblood-Lies-ebook/dp/B005Z1CU9S and other fine ebookstores.

  14. Marguerite Kaye
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 02:34:36

    I have a Christmas novella out with Harlequin Undone on 1st December (1st January in the UK)

    Spellbound and Seduced

    1822, Scottish Highlands.

    Laurence Connaught is heir to a remote Scottish castle, courtesy of a distant relative. Anxious to avoid his mother’s matchmaking, he has come north to see his inheritence, when he is caught in a snowstorm.

    Jura Mcnair is a witch. A two-hundred-year-old curse promises that any man she loves is doomed to an early death. Determined to break the cycle, Jura lives alone and untouched.

    Until she rescues Laurence…

    Beguiled by passion, bewtiched by their feelings for each other, can Jura and Laurence find a way to break the spell?

    This is a ‘paranormal lite’ story, with lots of cold snow, hot sex, and a few spells along the way to Jura and Laurence’s special Christmas feel-good happy ever after!

  15. Zoe Archer
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 13:01:41

    DEVIL’S KISS, Book #1 in my new paranormal historical series, THE HELLRAISERS, will be available December 6. DEVIL’S KISS received 4 1/2 Stars and Top Pick from RT Book Reviews.

    A handsome devil

    1762. James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney, is a gambling man. Not for the money. But for the thrill, the danger—and the company: Whit has become one of the infamous Hellraisers, losing himself in the chase for adventure and pleasure with his four closest friends.

    Which was how Whit found himself in a gypsy encampment, betting against a lovely Romani girl. Zora Grey’s smoky voice and sharp tongue entrance Whit nearly as much as her clever hands—watching them handle cards inspires thoughts of another kind…

    Zora can’t explain her attraction to the careless blue-eyed Whit. She also can’t stop him and his Hellraisers from a fiendish curse: the power to grant their own hearts’ desires, to chase their pleasures from the merely debauched to the truly diabolical. And if Zora can’t save Whit, she still has to escape him…

    You can read an excerpt here: http://www.zoearcherbooks.com/DK_Excerpt.html

    And you can preorder using the links here: http://www.zoearcherbooks.com/Hellraisers.html

    Thanks for the promo opportunity, Jayne and Jane!

  16. Penny Watson
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 17:45:12

    SWEET MAGIK, Book #2 of the Klaus Brothers Series, is now available from The Wild Rose Press.

    Oskar Klaus’ job is killing him. Not even his favorite hobbies (extreme snowboarding and browsing old bookstores) are enough to snap him out of his funk. It’s not easy living in the shadow of four successful older brothers and a father named Santa. Little does he know that a kiss on New Year’s Eve is about to turn his life upside-down.

    Kiana Grant’s Manhattan life is a world away from her childhood in Oahu. She traded sunsets and surfing for a respectable career in library science, but Oskar Klaus is a temptation that’s hard to resist. Before she knows it, she’s in the midst of an outrageous adventure in the North Pole, dealing with mischievous elves, wicked demons, and a devastating attraction to Santa’s youngest son.

    There’s just one problem…a bitter elf hell-bent on revenge threatens the future of everyone in the North Pole, even Santa himself….

    ***
    Excerpt available here…
    http://www.pennywatsonbooks.com/books.htm

    Available for purchase at Amazon…
    http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Magik-Christmas-Brothers-ebook/dp/B0063D7MCM/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

  17. Riley Shane
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 04:26:00

    Thank you for this promo thread :)

    BLOOD ROSE, the first book in my Realm of Nine series, was released today (Nov. 29th) at Loose Id.

    To save his people, a half-mad prince must enlist the aid of a woman who has no reason to help him…and who he has every reason to desire.

    At sixteen, Rose Carrison lost both her parents and her freedom. Since her father’s death, Rose has had to pick up the mantle of her family’s legacy and guard an object of incredible power, one the monsters who murdered her parents would kill to get their hands on. After ten years on the run, Rose’s luck finally runs out. A fate worse than death threatens to consume her. Then, out of the darkness, comes the most unlikely of rescuers…

    Grayson van Court is a man skating on the edge of damnation. He’s a revenant: a powerful, blood-drinking, returned-from-the-dead, magical creature that no other magical species wants anything to do with. For centuries, Gray has bargained and fought for the revenants’ right to survive, but his efforts are hampered by his sociopathic mother and the madness that permeates his own soul. When Gray rescues Rose from his mother’s machinations, his intention is only to stop the attacks against his people that would surely come if Rose were harmed. But then he sees her, and everything changes. Two people who should never have met soon find themselves fighting side by side for the chance at a love that could prove to be their salvation.

    You can read an excerpt here: http://www.loose-id.com/excerpt.aspx?ID=1495

    And you can purchase BLOOD ROSE here: http://www.loose-id.com/Blood-Rose.aspx

  18. Ros
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 20:08:20

    So, when Jane posted this thread on Nov 20th, I had no idea that I would have a December release. But I do! It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks since I had a short story accepted by Entangled Publishing for their new Flirt line. It’s a Christmas story, hence the need for the very swift turnaround. My head is still spinning from five rounds of edits in three days.

    Anyway, I’m pleased and excited to tell you about “All I Want For Christmas”. It’s a sweet, contemporary romance story (11,000 words) set in London. Here’s the blurb:

    Last night, Anna Gardner was the life of the office Christmas party – right up until she threw herself at gorgeous advertising executive playboy, Hugh Munro. Again. Last year, Hugh let her pretend their passionate kiss never happened, but this year he’s determined to make Anna admit she wants him as much as he wants her.

    Except, Hugh doesn’t know the office party is the only night of the year his friend lets her hair down. That every hour she’s away from the office is spent caring for her sickly mother. That her mother’s condition, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, is hereditary.

    When Hugh finds out what she’s been hiding, he’s forced to do some serious soul-searching. It’s not fair to Anna or her mother for him to get involved casually, but casual relationships are all he knows. Can he prove to himself – and to Anna – that she’s all he wants for Christmas?

    It should be on sale on December 6th and you can find out more here.

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