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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for February 2012

Welcome to the February 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 January would be a February release)
  • You can post for yourself or you can have a friend post for you if the idea of posting about your book paralyzes you .
  • No self published authors unless you write romance. No, I am not a POD hater, I am just thinking about the manageability of the thread.
  • Think about the readership. I.e., does your non fiction book about psoriasis really fit?
  • This one is more of a guideline than a rule, but be smart about your comment because if it is just a link to your website and the title of your book, I doubt you are going to get any interest.
  • DA reserves the right to delete the post if it promotes objectionable content (i.e., no daddy/daughter incest recommends are going to be allowed. Sorry.)

That’s it. Post away.

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. Lori
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:22:11

    Song of Life by C.L. McCullough releases on Monday February 6 via Lyrical Press, available on Amazon, B&N and well, everywhere…

    Song appeared as a First Page here on DA and the encouragement Carolyn received from the readers and authors here paid off in a story of a man running from a violent and pain filled past to a hopeful future.

    Cas just wants to hide from his violent and vengeful father. When he finds a temporary stop as a handyman for Sunny, an inn owner in the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks about making a home finally. The older woman, a widow, has been lost since her husband passed away and in the younger man’s heart she finds an unexpected refuge.

    Small town gossips and prejudices as well as Cas’s own past might tear the couple apart in a violent end. Only the strength they find together offers them a chance to prevail.

    This is a sweet romance set in a beautiful place with rich, deep characterizations. It’s a wonderful and engrossing read.

  2. Dani Alexander
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:33:04

    My m/m mystery/romance novel will be out in February Shattered Glass.

    A male prostitute, a mangy cat, a murder and a maniachal mix-up that threatens his career, his impending marriage and his life. Nothing is going as planned for Austin Glass.

    Austin – seems to have it all. At least on the surface. A loving fiancee. A future with the FBI and a healthy sized trust fund. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to everyone hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember. And his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled. Until he meets someone who immediately sees him better than he sees himself.

    As events unfold and Austin’s world unravels, he finds himself pushed into making quick life-changing decisions. But can he trust Peter or what’s happening between them when each meeting seems to be just a series of volatile reactions?

    What are we capable of when illusion becomes reality and the truth of ourselves is laid bare before us?

    I hope you’ll stop by and read the first chapter.

    Thank you, Dear Author for this platform =)

  3. Eve Langlais
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:50:46

    Coming February 18th as part of AllRomance’s exclusive Perfect Strangers series.

    Claiming Her Geeks

    Genre: Paranormal/Werewolf/Multi Partner Romance

    How does an alpha she-wolf, who can snap a man in half, learn to love and accept a pair of males who can only beat her in a game of chess?

    Deena’s searched a long time for a man she can claim, but nobody has ever stirred her interest, until Simon and Frank. The moment she meets the nerdy friends, she wants to mark them as her own, but as alpha of her pack, she can’t settle for a pair of geeks as her mates even if in the bedroom they make her submit.

    At first Deena terrifies them, but as Simon and Frank get to know her, they realize that beneath the tough exterior is a woman who wants a man–or two–to take control. When it comes to fistfights, they might not have the strength to prevail, but in a battle of the mind, and heart, they’ve got the smarts it takes to emerge victorious…to her screaming pleasure.

    Trust fate and two men, to show this she-wolf that with a little bit of bondage, teasing and pleasure, she can claim the geeks who draw her, because after all, even a bitch can’t fight fate and her need for love.

    For an excerpt or more info please see

    Happy reading :)

  4. Ros
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:51:11

    I have another short coming out with Entangled, for Valentine’s Day. I *think* the title will be Table For One.

    Restaurant critic Claudia Thomas has a reservation at the hottest place in town. Trouble is, she’s just been dumped and it’s Valentine’s Day. There’s no way she’ll find a date for this evening, so she’ll have to eat alone. Ward Nicholls, chef, restaurateur, and the seventh sexiest man in London, knows instinctively what food to serve people. A Valentine’s menu designed for couples falling in love won’t do for a woman dining alone. Each successive dish sends Claudia’s senses reeling and heightens her desire. When Ward joins her for coffee, she knows he’s inviting her into his bed – and Claudia can hardly wait

  5. Sarah Morgan
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 16:21:16

    Once A Ferrara Wife is my Feb release for Harlequin Presents. It’s an emotional marriage-in-trouble story set on the romantic Mediterranean island of Sicily.

    Laurel is a fitness instructor, a strong independent woman who had never relied on anyone in her life until she fell in love with Cristiano Ferrara. He let her down so badly that she walked away from their marriage. Briefly reunited at his sister’s wedding, they are forced to re-evaluate what went wrong. Unable to forgive or forget, Laurel intends to walk away again once the wedding is over but Cristiano has other plans…. He wants his wife back and he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to heal the rift in their marriage – even consider the fact that he might have been in the wrong….(Warning: This book is doormat free and contains scenes of serious groveling)

    It’s available now in stores, from eharlequin and and the ebook version will be out on 1st Feb.

    The book was available to UK readers in November and you can read reviews here and the first chapter on my website.

  6. Jennifer Estep
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 16:52:40

    THREAD OF DEATH, an e-novella in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, will be released on Jan. 31. Here is the description:

    Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, might have finally killed her nemesis, Mab Monroe, but that doesn’t mean that it’s smooth sailing. Gin goes to Mab’s funeral to say her goodbyes and runs into some of Ashland’s most notorious underworld power players, including Jonah McAllister and Phillip Kincaid. McAllister wants her dead, and Kincaid has his own murky motives when it comes to the Spider, and Gin once again finds herself fighting for her life. Only this time, she might wind up in the cemetery right next to Mab….

    You can read an excerpt of THREAD OF DEATH on my website:

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

  7. joanne
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 17:41:19

    @Lori: Thank you. Once in a while it’s nice to see what becomes of a DA First Page submission. I’ll look for the story in February.

  8. Francis Ray
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 17:44:18

    Thank you so much for the open promo for February.

    WITH JUST ONE KISS(Grayson Friends series, # 6) by Francis Ray
    Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
    February 28, 2012
    St. Martin’s

    Cicely St. John is not impressed by her friend C.J. Callahan’s so-called passion in life: running a New York City bar that he inherited from his uncle. So why can’t Cicely stop thinking about the dance they shared at their mutual friend’s wedding-or the mutual attraction she felt in C.J.’s arms?

    As far as C.J. is concerned, Cicely is a snob whose “passion” in life-writing for fashion magazines-is as pretentious as she is. So why can’t he keep his eyes off her? C.J. has a business to run. And Cicely has a job opportunity in Paris. Neither of them even has time to think about romance right now. But maybe, just once, the two could test their friendship…with just one kiss.

    Available in paperback and eBook formats.
    Pre-order also available.

  9. Francis Ray
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 17:48:58

    Also available for pre-order for paperback and eBook.
    A SEDUCTIVE KISS (Grayson Friends series, #5) by Francis Ray
    Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
    January 31, 2012
    St. Martin’s

    Dianna Harrington is known throughout the world as “The Face”-the stunningly beautiful spokesmodel for her family’s fashion empire. She could probably have her pick of any man she wants. But Dianna would rather kick back and relax with a good friend-namely Alex Stewart, who she’s known, and harbored a crush on, her whole life…

    Ever since they were kids, Alex has been Dianna’s protector and pal, a shoulder to cry on. But as the brother of her best friend, Alex always seemed untouchable. Now a handsome, successful New York lawyer, Alex never realized how lonely Dianna’s life has been-or how innocent she is in the ways of love. Alex wants more than anything to reach out to her, to heal her heart. But is his desire worth the risk? After a lifetime of longing building up between them, somethings gotta give. Maybe all it takes is just one kiss…

    Thank you for the platform.

  10. shiloh walker
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 17:56:08

    The next book in my Ash trilogy is due out on 1/31…

    IF YOU SEE HER, ASH book 2


    Hope Carson may not look like a survivor, but she has escaped an abusive ex-husband and recovered from a vicious assault. Now she endures the painful memories and suspicious rumors surrounding her involvement in the attack. Her ex is a cop, so the last people she trusts are law enforcement officials—and she certainly doesn’t trust how the local DA makes her feel inside.

    Remy Jennings should know better. He has no business falling for a woman who he suspects may have a deeply troubled mind. And even if he did make a move, she’d bolt like a frightened rabbit. But how can he deny a burning desire that threatens to consume him? As Hope’s past catches up with her in the worst way, Remy is determined to break through her defenses, earn her trust, and keep her safe in his arms—before it’s too late.


    Thanks, ladies…

  11. Jody W.
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 18:07:24

    Pack and Coven, a paranormal romance about a witch and a shifter, will be out mid February from Carina. Rather than paste the blurb, I’ll briefly tell you guys what it’s not, with respect to some reader conversations I’ve seen lately!

    It does not have fated mates.
    The alpha male shifter hero has no interest in being the boss of anybody.
    It is, in some respects, a May-December romance.
    The heroine is not a virgin, or even close.
    There are some funny parts. IMO.
    There is also a car chase. And dog jokes. And a tea room.

    Here’s a link to more:

  12. Bernadette Walsh
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 18:26:53

    The House on Prospect by Bernadette Walsh was release by Echelon Press on January 11th. It is available on kindle, nook and smashwords. The House on Prospect is a work of women’s fiction and explores the relationships between three generations of an Irish-American family. A perfect antidote to all this football !


    Ellen Murphy spent her childhood in an idyllic house by the sea. A house surrounded by flower-filled gardens and a white picket fence. A house she fled at eighteen. A house full of secrets.

    When her mother Rose, an ex-nun, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ellen reluctantly returns home to care for her and uncovers a clue to the one secret that has haunted Ellen all her life: the identity of her father. But that is just one of the many secrets hidden behind the beautiful facade of the house on Prospect Road. Ellen discovers the high price both her mother and her Irish grandmother paid for the house on Prospect and she realizes that her meek mother is more of stranger to her than her absent father.

    My website is

  13. Amber Green
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 18:33:47

    Dead Kitties Don’t Purr, Amber Green’s first f/f romantic suspense, will be released by Noble Romance as the second act in Lesbians vs Zombies, The Musical Revue:


    People who take their shots and do as they’re told have nothing to fear, right?

    The Rabies Z epidemic began and ended in Miami this past summer, didn’t it? And that guy my daddy saw at the Jacksonville airport last week was just having an epileptic fit. No cause for alarm. Epilepsy always causes an eighteen-hour hazmat shutdown at a major airport.

    So while my twin tours to flog her newest album, here I am, Camie Invisible, parked at this nice, safe college—as far as I can get from the infection and still pay in-state tuition. Only now, my studies have become focused on the fascinating Risa Ruiz. And she has eyes for me.

    Isn’t this the perfect time for the zombies to show up?

    Excerpt here:

  14. Jane
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 18:43:33

    @Jody W. This sounds great.

  15. Leigh Ellwood
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 18:57:15

    I also have a February release with the All Romance Perfect Strangers series.

    Odd – M/M Contemporary Erotic
    Published by All Romance, exclusive in eBook through ARe

    Greg Hargrove has a ticket to the hottest party in town: Drew Bradley’s annual Odd Ball. Dressed for the theme as one half of a popular sitcom duo, Greg doesn’t expect to meet his match and engage in a secret night of passion while the festivities rage on. When handsome Rick Wade falls on his radar, however, Greg decides to partake of more explicit party favors. Is Rick more than a one-night stand, though, or can Greg look forward to many passion-filled reruns?

  16. Cassandra Dean
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 19:01:13

    Hi peeps!

    Cassandra Dean here. My second book, TEACH ME, comes out on 10 February 2012 from Decadent Publishing! Check it out below:

    Ever curious, Elizabeth, Viscountess Rocksley, has turned her curiosity to erotic pleasure. Three years a widow, she boldly employs the madame of a brothel for guidance but never had she expected her education to be conducted by a coldly handsome peer of the realm.

    To the Earl of Malvern, the erotic tutelage of a skittish widow is little more than sport, however the woman he teaches is far from the mouse he expects. With her sly humor and insistent joy, Elizabeth obliterates all his expectations and he, unwillingly fascinated, can’t prevent his fall.

    Each more intrigued than they are willing to admit, Elizabeth and Malvern embark upon a tutelage that will challenge them, change them, come to mean everything to them…until a heartbreaking betrayal threatens to tear them apart forever.

    Hope you peeps enjoy!


  17. Sandra Sookoo
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 19:05:35

    Ricochet–a sci-fi, interracial romance coming 2-28-12 from Samhain Publishing. Available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble right now.

    They’re in it to win it—or die trying.

    Willa Rayes, only daughter of a legendary Lingorian fighter pilot, can fly any ship in the galaxy. Better than her brothers, in fact. But does that get her any respect? Not as long as she has breasts. Winning the Nebulon Trike will not only force her family to notice her, it’ll be her declaration of independence from men in general.

    Then she meets her race partner, Stratton Sinnet. Arrogant and chauvinistic, he ignites her libido like no man ever before. And threatens to send her well-planned strategy straight to hell.
    A bounty hunter by trade, Sin enters the Trike for one reason: money. Somewhere among the racers his quarry is hiding, but he’s not worried. He always gets his man, and winning the race will be a nice bonus. It sure would be a hell of a lot easier, though, if he wasn’t saddled with a know-it-all navigator who’s getting on his last nerve—and under his skin.

    As the checkpoints go by and the danger escalates, the fight for control, the lead—and satisfaction—approaches supernova heat. Burning away their resistance, and the tough shells that protect their one vulnerability…their hearts.

    Warning: This story contains a hot, bald bounty hunter whose sex appeal rivals his cockiness; a smart-mouthed pilot who refuses to let a mere male beat her in anything; and love scenes that’ll make you’ll think a star exploded. Dramamine recommended to counteract the effects of fancy flying.

    You can find an excerpt on my website in the coming days.

  18. Tamara Morgan
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 19:14:27

    Love is a Battlefield, my debut contemporary romance novel, comes out through Samhain on Valentine’s Day. It’s the traditional tale of a team of Highland Games athletes going head-to-head with a group of Jane Austen re-enactors over a plot of land.

    You can read the blurb and a first chapter excerpt at my website ( There’s also a virtual paper doll of my hero over there.

    Feel free to divest him of his kilt. He likes it.

  19. Ursula Whistler
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 19:16:03

    Basically Bad, a m/f erotic romance, releases February 17th with Rebel Ink Press.

    Socialite Jackie spends her evenings as Delilah, a sex toy saleswoman, but her boyfriend, Vince, has grown tired of her reliance on battery-powered toys to have an orgasm. Under the ruse of a special weekend away, he lures her to his primitive fish camp on Lake Maurepas, Louisiana, where he plans to delight her without vibrators.

    To Jackie, the camp is another world compared to her comfortable, Uptown New Orleans home, and she’s afraid she’ll lose this man due to her toy use, the exact same way she lost her ex-husband. But, she doesn’t know if she can do without the toys. Or the man.

    You can find it at Amazon or look on my website for buy links (

  20. JL Merrow
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 02:15:34

    Midnight in Berlin – m/m werewolf romance, due out Feb 21st from Samhain.

    The hook-up from hell – or the ride of his life?

    It’s midnight in Berlin, and drifter Leon is hitchhiking home in the rain after a festival in the city park. When he’s picked up by a good looking man in a Porsche, Leon thinks it’s his lucky night. But Christoph is hiding a dark secret: he’s a werewolf. Not only that, he thinks Leon is one too. By the time Christoph realizes his mistake, it’s too late for both of them. While Leon’s life changes drastically, Christoph disappears.

    As Leon struggles to cope with his new reality—and his feelings for the man who bit him—he’s desperate to discover not only what’s happened to Christoph, but the secrets their pack leader is hiding from them all.

    Secrets the pack will kill to protect.

    Due out in ebook from Samhain publishing 21st February 2012.
    Available to pre-order on here:
    Read an excerpt here:

  21. Tory Michaels
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 03:57:24

    My debut novel, Blood Rage, is due out on February 8, 2012 from Evernight publishing. In an earlier incarnation, the first page was actually critted here at DA (and later deleted from the work), so it’s particularly exciting to be able to promote/mention it here. Hope you’ll check it out.

    For eighty years since the Great Awakening, humans and non-humans have lived in relative peace together. That peace is threatened when three bodies turn up less than a mile from the Bureau of Non-Human Affairs in Tampa bearing the signature of vampires who once terrorized Europe.
    The Bureau’s chief liaison to the vampires, Dara MacKechnie, learns that the Tampa victims are not alone when her ex-lover, and head of the vampire’s Great Council, Anthony Caldwell comes calling.
    The pair discover the lie that separated them two centuries ago only banked their passion, not extinguished it. Dara must decide whether she can trust Anthony with her heart a second time as they try to head off the war that threatens all they hold dear.

    I’ll be doing a short excerpt from Chapter One later this week. Hope you’ll come by and check it out at

  22. Jane Davitt
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 07:44:36

    My first m/m with a fantasy/historical setting, ‘Spoken from the Heart’ comes out from Torquere on February 22nd.

    As an actor in the city of Sorrent, Julian’s always got the perfect words to say, even if someone else wrote them. But when it comes to wooing the innocent young man from the country he’s rescued and befriended, he’s going to find that the only words that count are spoken from the heart, not the page.

    Alex is innocent, eager to please, friendly, lovable — and a trouble magnet. With the ducal court offering both temptations and danger, and the theater at risk from the duke’s temper, both men find it difficult to separate friend from foe. Julian’s ambitions drive him, even as his heart tries to lead the way and Alex tumbles from one scrape to the next as the city swelters in the summer heat and sickness stalks the streets.

    When Julian is faced with an impossible choice that will change his life, he’s left with no script to follow, no stage direction to guide him.

    But if they’re to make it unscathed and take a final bow, they’ll need to be sure of only one thing. Each other.

  23. Lauren Willig
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 09:23:43

    Thanks so much for hosting this thread! THE GARDEN INTRIGUE, the latest in my Napoleonic spy series, comes out on February 16th.

    Here’s the official blurb:

    “Secret agent Augustus Whittlesby has spent a decade undercover in France, posing as an insufferably bad poet. The French surveillance officers can’t bear to read his work closely enough to recognize the information drowned in a sea of verbiage.

    New York-born Emma Morris Delagardie is a thorn in Augustus’s side. An old school friend of Napoleon’s stepdaughter, she came to France with her uncle, the American envoy; eloped with a Frenchman; and has been rattling around the salons of Paris ever since. Widowed for four years, she entertains herself by drinking too much champagne, holding a weekly salon, and loudly critiquing Augustus’s poetry.

    As Napoleon pursues his plans for the invasion of England, Whittlesby hears of a top-secret device to be demonstrated at a house party at Malmaison. The catch? The only way in is with Emma, who has been asked to write a masque for the weekend’s entertainment.

    Emma is at a crossroads: Should she return to the States or remain in France? She’ll do anything to postpone the decision-even if it means teaming up with that silly poet Whittlesby to write a masque for Bonaparte’s house party. But each soon learns that surface appearances are misleading. In this complicated masque within a masque, nothing goes quite as scripted– especially Augustus’s feelings for Emma.”

    You can find an excerpt here:

    If you’re in Scottsdale, come join us for the official launch party at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore on February 16th! There’ll be champagne, chocolates– and a special guest appearance by Deanna Raybourn!

  24. Cynthia Garner
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 11:41:59

    Thank you so much for this opportunity! My name is Cynthia Garner, and I’m very excited to roll out my Warriors of the Rift (paranormal romance) series. The first book, KISS OF THE VAMPIRE, comes out on February 1st.

    Overall description: Once a generation, the rift between the paranormal world and the human world opens, allowing supernatural entities to cross. Vampire, demon, or shapeshifter, they can save the world–or send it spiraling into chaos.

    ISBN: 9780446585118
    Published by: Grand Central Publishing
    Format: Mass Market

    Half-demon, half-human, Nix de la Fuente is accepted by neither and mistrusted by both. Determined to prove she’s more human than not, she devotes herself to solving crimes between the world’s mortals and its most unsavory undead. But her latest case brings her face to face with the one vampire she could never resist…

    Called in to investigate a string of violent murders, special agent Tobias Caine isn’t interested in rekindling his relationship with Nix. Yet one look and the vampire knows his need for her is as strong as ever. Once, their all-consuming passion nearly cost Nix her fragile hold on her humanity. Now, as their hunger for one another intensifies, exposing them to an unimaginable danger, it could cost them both their lives.

    You can read an excerpt and check out the “extras” at

  25. Cecilia Grant
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 13:01:25

    @Ros: You had me at “seventh sexiest man in London.”

    Can you post again when the title is definite? A cursory search of Entangled’s site didn’t turn up anything, so I assume it’s not there yet.

  26. Jenny Lyn
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 13:03:18

    I love this idea! Thanks so much for giving us a chance to promote our work.

    My debut novel, SAVING SYDNEY, releases February 10 from Breathless Press. It’s a contemporary erotic romance.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Sydney Carson doesn’t have room in her life for the complications of a relationship. Her life is busy enough, what with having to referee her parent’s separation, keep her playboy brother out of trouble, and still manage to run her family’s busy real estate investment firm. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for personal needs.

    But after bumping in to high school friend, Reece Myers, and feeling the searing heat of their instant chemistry, Sydney figures that finding time for the occasional hour of mind-numbing sex certainly couldn’t hurt. Or could it?

    Reece Myers has finally gotten his life where he wants it. His blue-collar bar is a success, he’s got good friends, and a building nest egg in the bank. The only thing missing is the right woman to share that life with. He thinks he’s found her in the form of one long-legged, gorgeous redhead from his past, but the hard part is convincing Sydney it’s worth a shot.

    Going in, Reece knows Sydney has money, but her sweetness and unassuming nature make it easy to ignore. However, when their personal and professional lives clash, the vast difference in their bottom lines shocks him back to reality. Can he overcome his insecurities for a chance at a future with the woman of his dreams?

    If you’d like to read an excerpt, go here:

    Thanks again for the oppurtunity, DA!

  27. Laura Wright
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:06:36

    Thanks for having this thread! The third book in my Mark of the Vampire Series, ETERNAL CAPTIVE (Lucian’s book) is out Feb 7 from NAL.

    Here is the blurb:)

    Lucian Roman knows he must stay away from Bronwyn Kettler for sanity’s sake. Since feeding her his blood, he can think of nothing else but possessing her – fighting an uncontrollable desire to kill her, if need be, and the vampire she has sworn to wed.
    Bronwyn, a brilliant vampire genealogist, can never escape her connection to Lucian. He sustained her when she was starving. He still rules her dreams. And when the nights get dark enough, she still craves him, but although his essence still courses through her body, she has found a true mate in someone else.
    But when a dangerous enemy threatens Bronwyn, only Lucian – bound to her for ever by blood – can save her life. Even if it means sacrificing his own

  28. Jenny
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:49:50

    @Ros: Ooh, this does sound delicious *snort*. I’m putting it on my “want list”.

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  30. Delaney Diamond
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 17:16:33

    Thanks for the opportunity! My books are below.

    Release date: February 3, 2012
    A HARD MAN TO LOVE, Book 2 of the Hawthorne Family series
    by Delaney Diamond

    Hating him is easy. Loving him is hard.

    Derrick Hoffman never quite got over not having a relationship with his biological father. The woman he was seeing is pregnant, and there’s no way he’s going to let her raise his child without him–even if it means coercing her into marriage.

    Eva Jacob made the mistake of falling in love with Derrick, a man she knows is incapable of love. After their breakup, she discovers she’s pregnant. When she agrees to a loveless marriage, she tries to shield her heart from further pain. But she soon discovers that the heart wants what the heart wants, and her heart wants Derrick’s love.


    Release date: February 10, 2012
    PRIVATE ACTS, Book 3 of the Hot Latin Men series
    by Delaney Diamond

    Miguel Delgado fell hard the first time he saw a beautiful woman on stage during a karaoke competition at a bar in Ecuador. Interested in a short, casual affair, he turns on the charm. But she won’t give him the time of day.

    Samirah Jamison has met her match—in the form of a tall, hard-bodied sculptor who won’t leave her alone. She’s not running scared. She’s just trying to keep a level head and stay out of trouble for once. But it’s really, really hard to be good…when you’re used to being bad.

  31. Delaney Diamond
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 17:38:46

    Thanks for the opportunity! My books are below:

    Release date: February 3, 2012
    A HARD MAN TO LOVE, Book 2 of the Hawthorne Family series

    Hating him is easy. Loving him is hard.

    Derrick Hoffman never quite got over not having a relationship with his biological father. The woman he was seeing is pregnant, and there’s no way he’s going to let her raise his child without him–even if it means coercing her into marriage.

    Eva Jacob made the mistake of falling in love with Derrick, a man she knows is incapable of love. After their breakup, she discovers she’s pregnant. When she agrees to a loveless marriage, she tries to shield her heart from further pain. But she soon discovers that the heart wants what the heart wants, and her heart wants Derrick’s love.


    Release date: February 10, 2012
    PRIVATE ACTS, Book 3 of the Hot Latin Men series

    Miguel Delgado fell hard the first time he saw a beautiful woman on stage during a karaoke competition at a bar in Ecuador. Interested in a short, casual affair, he turns on the charm. But she won’t give him the time of day.

    Samirah Jamison has met her match—in the form of a tall, hard-bodied sculptor who won’t leave her alone. She’s not running scared. She’s just trying to keep a level head and stay out of trouble for once. But it’s really, really hard to be good…when you’re used to being bad.

  32. Crista McHugh
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 20:54:08

    My sweet historical romance novella, A WALTZ AT MIDNIGHT, is coming out on Feb. 27, 2012 from Carina Press. It’s a Cinderella meets Cyrano de Bergerac story, and it’s available for pre-order on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

    Here’s the blurb:

    New York, 1866

    When her mistress receives an utterly unromantic letter from a potential suitor, servant Susanna Parkwell is asked to craft an appropriate response. Though hesitant to take part in the deception, Susanna agrees, never dreaming the scorned suitor will write back.

    Theodore Blakely abhors being pressured by his family to marry, but he’s intrigued by the witty refusal he receives from “Charlotte”. After exchanging more letters, Ted believes he’s found a soul mate in his thoughtful and understanding correspondent, and asks permission to formally court her.

    Though racked with guilt over her lies, Susanna can’t resist the opportunity to meet Ted in person. So she poses as Charlotte at a holiday ball, where she vows to tell him the truth. But when the clock strikes midnight, will Susanna have the courage to reveal her identity and risk losing the man she loves?

    For more details and an excerpt, please check out my website (

    Thanks for hosting this thread!

  33. Ros
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 03:01:34

    @Cecilia Grant: LOL! I will certainly let you know when it’s confirmed.

  34. Caridad Pineiro
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 07:51:18

    Thank you so much for this opportunity. I’ve recently started writing erotic paranormal romance for Nocturne Cravings and my second novella will be out on February 1. Here’s a little blurb for NOCTURNAL WHISPERS:

    For over a century, Lord Alec Wright has been condemned to wander the Earth searching for a mummy he stole from an Egyptian tomb. Cursed to see all his loved ones die, he also must endure the spirit that tortures him with unrelenting arousal every night until he atones for his crime.

    After years of searching, Alec has finally found what he seeks—but museum curator Kate Morton stands his way. The mummy’s spirit is affecting her as well, driving her wild with desire. It is the perfect opportunity for Alec to seduce Kate and obtain the artifact. But in his quest to end his torment, will Alec wind up losing his heart?

    You can read an excerpt here:

    Thanks again and congrats to everyone on their February releases.

  35. Annette B.
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 12:11:57

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    The Stormy Weather Collectors Edition from Selena Blake.

    Paranormal Romance at its best. And its one of my favorite new series.

    After centuries of solitude the stars are finally aligned just right. The handsome Deveraux men of Louisiana are going to meet their match this Hurricane Season.

    Anthology includes: The Cajun’s Captive, Bitten In the Bayou, Seduced by a Cajun Werewolf, Mated to a Cajun Werewolf and Stranded with a Cajun Werewolf
    Also, two bonus stories: More Than Attraction and A Cajun Werewolf Christmas

    The Collector’s Edition includes over 15,000 words of bonus content including an interview with the author, questions for the characters, soundtrack, behind the scenes and the making of the Stormy Weather series. Inside you’ll find 450 pages of content for the die hard Stormy Weather fan.

    And just a blurb from one of the books included: The Cajun’s Captive
    Sebastian Deveraux is the Alpha of his pack and like all the Deveraux men, he’s sexy as pure sin. He’s waited for decades for just the right woman. For his mate. And ten years ago he’d been sure he’d found her in Amanda St. James. But she’d run from him.

    Now she’s back. He’ll do anything to keep her. Even if it means tying her to his bed.

    Warning: Contains one sinfully seductive cajun werewolf with plenty of pent up sexual tension, a little light bondage, and a love that will last a lifetime.

  36. Ellie Heller
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 16:36:03

    Thank you for hosting this thread.

    On February 27, my debut novella, GINNY’S CAPTURE will be published as part of Noble Romance’s Lesbian vs Zombie line. My story is an urban/contemporary fantasy romance, somewhat different than other works in the series.

    The blurb:
    Two years ago Deidra Montague royally screwed up with Guinevere. Now Dee secretly works for the fae council, breaking up potential zombie swarms, while Ginny–a mortal–attends grad school, preparing for a career helping survivors of zombie attacks. Even apart, Dee still watches over Ginny. How could she not, after learning that the woman she betrayed has been blessed as her mate?

    Now students from Ginny’s school are dropping out in alarming numbers and turning up infected with the zombie virus. When Dee finds out, she decides it’s time to extract her mate from the mounting peril. Only she arrives to find Ginny in the thick of things, trying to solve the problem herself. Just like old times.

    With drugged-up zombies everywhere, casket sales on the rise, and saccharine bubblegum pop constantly playing in the background, Dee decides it’s time to lay her heart on the line. Because she’s the only one who’s going to capture Ginny.

  37. Sirius
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 19:53:17

    @Jane Davitt: I want :). Will be looking forward to it, thank you.

  38. Sirius
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 19:54:39

    @JL Merrow: Weeee, preordered and cant wait :)

  39. Portia Da Costa
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 05:40:03

    Hi! I’ve got two new releases in February, both erotic romance but in two different sub genres.

    A GENTLEWOMAN’S PLEASURE – historical erotic romance from Spice Briefs. [1st Feb]

    London, 1890

    Miss Lucy Dawson always thought she was dull compared to the other women in the Ladies’ Sewing Circle, who never hesitate to share stories of their naughty exploits and fantasies. As a plain, eccentric spinster with spectacles and a bicycle, Lucy hasn’t enjoyed a man’s touch for years—though she yearns to experience the full pleasure of lovemaking.

    Then Lucy encounters Ethan Oakley, a tantalizing stranger who reawakens her desires. And the Ladies’ Sewing Circle will never believe what happens next….

    Part of the Ladies’ Sewing Circle series.

    More info and an excerpt here:

    INTIMATE EXPOSURE – contemporary BDSM romance from Carina Press [6th Feb]

    From the moment Red Webster arrives at executive Vicki Renard’s firm, sparks fly between them. The photographer is supposed to create a company profile for its new owner, but he spends most of his time flirting with her. His sexy teasing infuriates Vicki…and piques a desire to submit to him. His hypnotic eyes promise what she’s been secretly craving: a sexually dominant master, like the ones in her favorite erotic novels.

    Investigating a newly acquired business holding incognito, billionaire F. W. Shanley–aka Red–is turned on by Vicki’s fiery personality and undeniable beauty. When he discovers her reading a BDSM novel on her eReader, he knows he’s found a woman who shares his desires and promises to be a challenging submissive.

    When Red arranges a perverse weekend at a secluded luxury hotel, Vicki agrees to indulge in no-strings-attached erotic fun. But can she fully commit to this kind of life with Red when he realizes they can have so much more together?

    More info and an excerpt here:

    Many thanks for this opportunity to present my new releases.

  40. Nico Rosso
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 10:02:51

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to get the word out.

    On February 13th, the apocalypse arrives with my Carina release, THE LAST NIGHT. Can love survive after the world has been torn apart and mutants hunger for our flesh?

    Here’s the blurb:
    After a chain of earthquakes ravaged the globe, long-dormant viruses were released into the air, turning many humans into creatures with an appetite for human ashes. Erica and a group of survivors are barricaded in a half-destroyed hotel, and every day brings them closer to being devoured by the seemingly unstoppable ashers. Even though Erica is a fighter, she’s tired of just surviving…

    When a mysterious stranger rides into town, everything changes. Jake knows how to kill the ashers, and he’s the only man brave enough to leave the safety of the hotel in search of a better life. Erica and Jake make a deadly fighting team, with even hotter sparks flying between them. But Jake has survived this long because he rides alone. He doesn’t trust easily, especially in this harsh new reality. Can Erica convince Jake that living is more than just surviving to the next day?

    Find more information, including a playlist of songs to accompany the apocalypse, on my website:

    THE LAST NIGHT is available for pre-order on Amazon ( and Barnes&Noble ( now.

  41. Estara
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 07:21:05

    @Jody W.: Sounds fun, but your excerpt on your site only leads back to the original page. I guess Carina doesn’t allow excerpts so early?

    Oh and I’ll check out Song of Life, too – a first page DA with younger man, older woman – interesting.

  42. April
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 15:03:23

    @JL Merrow: Midnight in Berlin sounds great! Definitely adding it to my TBR list.

  43. Angela James
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 19:08:56

    @Estara: Carina doesn’t put any such restrictions on excerpts, so I took a peek at Jody’s site and found this excerpt, if you’re interested:

  44. Barbara Wallace
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 09:28:49

    For fans of sweeter category romance, my book Daring to Date the Boss will be released by Harlequin Romance on February 7th.

    Liz Strauss is the queen of control. As a single mom she’s got to be. But her attraction to new boss Charles “Ice King” Bishop throws oh-so-careful Liz into a complete tailspin. It’s been years since Liz has trusted anyone not to hurt her. Sharing sizzling kisses with Charles is one thing, but believing that his frosty exterior conceals a heart that will beat for her—for always—is quite another.…

    This is my fourth title with the Romance line, and focuses on the idea of learning to trust love after years of feeling unwanted. For an excerpt, visit:

  45. Jane Davitt
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 13:33:53


    Good to hear! Hope you enjoy it.

  46. Jenn LeBlanc
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 09:57:57

    A woman out of time.
    A man stifled by propriety.
    A nemesis determined to take her away.
    A brother to the rescue.

    How will a powerful Duke deal with a woman who doesn’t know her place? How will a woman used to the 21st century survive in time where she is considered property?

    THE RAKE AND THE RCLUSE crashed into hearts all over last year with it’s endearing, adventurous, and sexy story of the brother’s Trumbull. But we hadn’t yet learned what happened with Perry!

    TRATR is a time travel romance set in Victorian England:

    I have completely re-edited TRATR and added new content and in February the never before released story of Perry is added to the mix.

    SUBMISSION : The Rake and The Recluse : Part Five is out on February 14, and
    RETRIBUTION : The Rake and The Recluse : Part six, the final installment in the illustrated serial novel will be released.

    That’s right, ILLUSTRATED. I’m also a photographer. So peruse my website, see some of the images, watch the BRAND new trailer (now with gratuitous water sequence) and check out the book.

    This is not a series, it is a SERIAL, which means it needs to be read in order for the story.

    It can be purchased on B&N, Amazon and ARe, and the first part is only $1.99!

    If you want to dive right in the full serial (which is updated with each release) is only $5.99 right now.

    (I’m also on a blog tour right now with some pretty fab prizes, so check out the WICKED tour page while you’re there! Win the book, or even a Kindel Fire or Nook!)

    Thank you! Jenn

  47. Lucy Francis
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 21:11:46

    I’m a little late to the party, but it’s still February, right?

    My first contemporary romance, Mending Fences, was released on February 10th…sorry, I have to sneak in a little happy dance here, don’t mind me… Here’s the blurb:

    She was the first woman to turn him down.

    Businessman-turned-rancher Curran Shaw is no stranger to hard work, but women have never required much effort. When a mysterious brunette at a resort-town Halloween party sparks his interest and then vanishes, he vows to finish what she started. It’s finding her that’s going to be the hard part.

    He was her fantasy, and that’s all he could ever be.

    Victoria Linden has reconstructed her life and soul from the devastation wrought by an abusive ex and her own failures. She desperately wants to be loved, but what man will agree to the control and limitations she needs in order to hold herself together? Especially a man like Curran, who’s used to getting whatever he wants. Walking away from him after a searing kiss is her only option.

    When serendipity brings them together in the snowy mountains of Utah, will Victoria and Curran be able to mend the fences in their hearts, or will discovery and heartbreak tear them apart?

    The ebook is available now at: – –
    Smashwords –

    Thanks for the opportunity to post!

  48. Ros
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 16:32:22

    For those who were interested, Table For One is now on sale. Excerpt and details here.

  49. Heather Snow
    Feb 18, 2012 @ 02:35:45

    Thank you for this opportunity! My debut, SWEET ENEMY, a Regency romance with a touch of mystery, released from NAL Signet Eclipse on February 7, 2012.

    Sweet Enemy…
    A Veiled Seduction Novel ~ Book One
    “Historical intrigue and heart-pounding passion make Sweet Enemy a great read. Romance fans will love it.” ~#1NYT Bestselling Author JULIE GARWOOD

    Beakers and ball gowns don’t mix, so when a lady chemist goes undercover as a husband hunter to investigate the earl whose family she thinks murdered her father, romance isn’t part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can’t control…

    If you’d like a more detailed blurb, to view the trailer or to read the Prologue and first Chapter of Sweet Enemy, you can find it on my website at .

  50. Sally Malcolm
    Feb 18, 2012 @ 11:31:41

    My historical romance, Beyond the Far Horizon, was published by Fandemonium Books on 10th February. For fans of romance, adventure, angst – and pirates!

    Beyond the Far Horizon – Sally Malcolm

    1716: Amelia Dauphin, summer child of Ile Sainte Anne, has grown up in total liberty among the free men of the sea. Unfettered and naive, she knows little of the world outside her island paradise and can’t imagine the danger skulking beyond the horizon.

    Captain Zach Hazard doesn’t have to imagine – he knows the danger all too well. Returning after a six-year exile, Zach sweeps into Ile Sainte Anne intending to deliver a warning and be gone. But he hasn’t counted on Amelia Dauphin capturing his heart with her adventurer’s eyes and sunshine smile. Yet as passion draws them together, fate pulls them apart and Amelia soon finds herself torn between duty and desire, between saving her home and saving the man she loves.

    Years later, as Amelia awaits the gallows in London’s infamous Newgate prison, there is only one man who can save her: the man she has already betrayed. If he can forgive her…

    For an extract see:

  51. Missy Lyons
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 13:27:11

    Hi everyone. Thanks for the opportunity to share about our new releases. I had one release with my co-author Cherie Denis and it’s an erotic romance with a lot of fun humor. We had a private joke inside while naming the characters from the movie When Harry met Sally and just had fun with it all the way through.

    Which made it a blast to write and hopefully just as much fun to read.

    So to share a little about the book:

    Sally lives a dream life on the Garden Isle of Kauai, but living in a huge empty house has made her achingly lonely. She can’t even remember the last time a man was in her bed. So when a sinfully sexy cowboy wanders onto a deserted strip of beach she was ready for some casual sexy fun.

    Harry had been widowed for two years, but despite his guarded heart he fell hard for the smoking hot beautiful creature on the beach. As Harry and Sally explore the island together, it’s near impossible to keep her insatiable appetite for sexy adventures filled. The more time they spend together, the more his heart wants her as much as his cock. Yet when her employers return unexpectedly, her job is at risk.

    Everything goes wrong in Harry’s desperate attempt to keep her safe and protected, but he is determined that nothing can keep them apart. Even if his life is on the line.

    And it’s now available on Whispers Publishing and at all major ebook retailors such as Amazon and All Romance Ebooks.

    Thanks so much for reading and I hope you can enjoy it!

  52. REVIEW: Pack and Coven by Jody Wallace | Dear Author
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 22:59:59

    […] my quest to read more pack romance fiction, I requested this book from NetGalley.  You left a comment here in our February Open Thread for Authors about the book stating that it contained a nice alpha […]

  53. Melissa Blue
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 14:46:21

    Late Feb.(Feb. 20th) release for me. Thanks Dear Author for the opportunity:

    All Megan Hazely has to do is stay home for thirty days and attend her mother’s wedding to get the deed to her father’s home. Except the last person she wants to spend more than five minutes with is her estranged mother.

    And then there’s Aiden Blake, Megan’s ex-boyfriend. The boy she loved has become a man. Time hasn’t lessened the spark between them, a spark that should have died the day she hitchhiked out of her small town.

    Megan must deal with the troubles she left behind twelve years ago and somehow leave again with her heart intact.

    A rock and a hard place has nothing on Megan.

    This title is self-published, but it’s a backlist title. You can find out more about me on my blog:

    You can buy at Amazon:


    Or Smashwords:

  54. Vanessa Stark
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 22:12:16

    ‘Room Service’ – an erotic romance February release for Escape Publishing (Harlequin Australia) only 99c for a limited time only!

    Natasha Raven has a secret. Although she is the bestselling author of erotic fiction, she has never penned a sex scene. Her sister, Liza, was responsible for the sizzle in Natasha’s books – until she passed away only months ago. Now Natasha must write the scenes herself. Trouble is, she hasn’t a clue what to write and being a virgin doesn’t help. When she is invited to speak at a conference workshop titled ‘From Your Sheets to the Page,’ Natasha panics. But a suggestive wink from a young hotel staffer named Jace gives her an idea. If she can muster the confidence to have a one night stand with Jace, she just may be able to endure the workshop without feeling a total fraud. But will she go through with it? And is Jace all that he seems?
    Amazon link:

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