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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for February 2014

Author Open ThreadWelcome to the Promotional Thread for Authors. What’s this you say? I read quite a few blogs outside the romance blogosphere and many of the big ones have a daily open thread where the commenters drive the bus.

The rules for Author Promo Night Open Thread are as follows:

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

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

21 Comments

  1. Kate Sherwood
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 15:12:58

    I’ve got a new m/m romance coming out February 3 from Dreamspinner. It’s part two of a two-book series, but it would be okay as a standalone.

    Joe Sutton and Scott Mackenzie have ridden off into the sunset, but they wake to the cruel light of reality. Joe loves his family, even with the addition of three neighbors orphaned by a house fire. He loves the land that has supported them for generations. While there’s plenty of room left in his heart for Mackenzie, Joe must make room for him in his life.

    Tired of taking and determined not to depend on another sugar daddy, Mackenzie returns to modeling in the city, but the wild clubs he once loved aren’t home anymore. Yet things aren’t right back at the ranch either. Joe is no longer the man he knew. Before the love of his life reaches his breaking point, Mackenzie must convince Joe he’s not lazy if he takes a break and not weak if he needs a little help. Finding the balance between give and take might leave them time for happily ever after.
    http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4645

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  2. Amy Jo Cousins
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 15:25:57

    I’m part of the new Harlequin-E Contemporary Box Set release (February 3rd too!) with Sarina Bowen, Rebecca Avery & Denise McDonald. The box set is four brand new books that will sell at this discounted price for 90 days, before all the books are released individually in May. So early readers taking a chance on this new line from Harlequin get a 69% discount on the combined cover prices of the four books! (We don’t think that discount percentage was an accident, do we?)

    We’ll be announcing a Boxes Are Beautiful! giveaway soon (on amyjocousins.com and elsewhere) but in the meantime, please check us out!

    COMING IN FROM THE COLD by Sarina Bowen…Stranded together by a blizzard, scholar-turned-farmer Willow Reade and bad-boy ski champion Dane “Danger” Hollister generate enough body heat to make it through the night. But the sparks don’t stop flying when the snow does….

    MAID TO FIT by Rebecca M. Avery (Man Maid, Book 1)…When stressed-out single mom Kayla Clark hires “retired soldier” Ronnie Brown from Man Maid to whip her household into shape, she’s not expecting him to be young, hot and willing to take care of her more personal needs….

    CALLING HIS BLUFF by Amy Jo Cousins…Veterinarian Sarah Tyler isn’t going to wait another eternity for hotshot photographer J. D. Damico to kiss her again. And she’s gambling that what happens in Vegas will change her luck!

    BAKER’S LAW by Denise McDonald…Bakery owner Marissa Llewellyn has always been sweet on sheriff Jax Carlisles, but her efforts to help a wayward teen have her bending the rules he’s bound to uphold….

    http://www.amazon.com/Contemporary-Romance-Box-Set-Bluff%5CBakers-ebook/dp/B00GPDYIQ8/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388198833&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=harlequine+contemporary+box+set+amy+jo+cousins

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  3. Sandy James
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 15:34:01

    I’m so pleased that Siren-BookStrand has chosen my Damaged Heroes series as their first “Collection”!
    You can get all five of my award-winning, bestselling Damaged Heroes contemporary romances for only $4.99! They’re exclusively available for pre-order on the BookStrand website now, but they will release to other major sites soon! The official release date is Feb. 2nd.

    These books include a HOLT Medallion winner, two EPIC finalists, a Gayle Wilson AOE finalist, Booksellers’ Best finalist, Colorado RWA AOE finalist, two Lories Published winners, two Heart of Excellence finalists, and many more awards!

    Here’s the blurb for the Damaged Heroes Collection!

    AVAILABLE: Sunday, February 2nd

    Box Set #1: The Damaged Heroes Collection (All 5 books for $4.99)

    In Murphy’s Law, Seth Remington had a fortune at his fingertips, but Katie Murphy can give him something money can’t buy. In Free Falling, although Ross Kennedy never learned to enjoy life, he may have found his dream woman after being stranded in a blizzard. In All the Right Reasons, Lucas Mitchell returned home from Iraq a bitter and changed man, but Joy Kovacs could give him something to believe in again. In Faith of the Heart, when Joshua Miller turns his back on life, it’s going to take a determined faith healer to lead him back to love. In Twist of Fate, James Williams is drifting apart from his wife, and they must rediscover their bond after an unexpected supernatural event.

    With faith and a little help from fate, can they all change their lives and find happily ever after?

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  4. D.L. McDermott
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 16:59:19

    My paranormal debut from Pocket Star, COLD IRON, featuring an archaeologist heroine and a sword wielding Fae hero, comes out on February 10th. You can check out the trailer, read a synopsis, and pre-order here: http://www.dlmcdermott.net

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  5. Crista McHugh
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 17:35:31

    Thank you, as always, for opening up this thread for authors every month.

    The second book in the Kelly Brothers series, Breakaway Hearts, is coming out February 3rd–just in time for the Olympic Games in Sochi. It’s a sexy contemporary romance about a female hockey player looking for a second chance to make the Olympic team, and the man looking for a second chance to win her heart.
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    Hockey star Ben Kelly has retreated to his mountain cabin in the ski town of Cascade, BC, to recuperate from a season-ending knee injury and contemplate his future in the NHL. He never expects to run into the one woman who got away. Nine years may have passed, but nothing has dulled the explosive chemistry between them. Now he wants more than just one night.

    Hailey Eriksson had Olympic-sized dreams until an accidental pregnancy from a one-night stand halted her ambitions. Her life was shattered when her son died. Nothing will keep her from fulfilling her promise to him to make the Olympic team, especially not the charming Ben Kelly. Unfortunately, he’s out of sweep her off her feet this time, and she finds him harder and harder to resist with each passionate kiss. But when he learns about the child he never knew, will their rekindled romance be on thin ice?

    Available at Amazon, B&N, BAM, Kobo, and Apple.
    See why readers are raving about BREAKAWAY HEARTS on Goodreads.

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  6. A.M. Arthur
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 19:11:14

    Thank you for this thread!

    NO SUCH THING, the first book in my contemporary m/m romance series with Carina Press, debuts February 17. It’s got a reformed bad boy, an eager virgin, and a very sexy scene in a dance club where limits are put to the test.
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    When Jaime Winters put the “Help Needed!!!” sign in his sister’s breakfast diner window, he never imagined she’d end up hiring super-hottie Alessandro Silva right off the street—and Alessandro is just as eager to fill the position. A few weeks ago, reformed troublemaker Alessandro left behind his life in the city to move back to his small hometown in order to support his newly-widowed foster mother, and help her with her two foster kids. Unlike Alessandro, Jaime has spent most of his adult life watching the world go by—first from a series of hospital windows, and now over the spines of history textbooks. It’s easier to put all of his energy into his Bachelor’s Degree than to face the fact that years of battling heart disease means he’s a twenty-three year-old virgin—until Alessandro awakens desires he’d long ago given up on. The last thing Alessandro wants is a relationship with someone as innocent and fragile as Jaime, only he can’t fight his attraction, or his need to be with Jaime.

    But Alessandro doesn’t believe in “one and only.” He’s willing to be Jaime’s first, but can’t hang his heart on the idea that this is a forever kind of thing. And Jaime may have been given a second chance with a new heart, but he’s scared of what giving it to another person means. They agree to an arrangement—Alessandro will teach Jaime the finer points of gay sex, no feelings involved, no strings attached, and then he’ll let Jaime go. Easier said than done. Alessandro doesn’t mean to get attached, but when an angry ghost from his troubled past threatens the people in his present, Alessandro realizes how hard he’s fallen for Jaime—and that Jaime’s feelings just might be mutual.

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/No-Such-Thing-M-Arthur-ebook/dp/B00GKBHIS0

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  7. Liz Talley
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 20:49:49

    Oooh, me!

    I have a February Superromance which is perfect because it’s Mardi Gras, and this story revolves around rival Mardi Gras companies. It’s girl meets boy, girl falls for boy, boy steals her job…and that’s where the fun starts. All set in fabulous New Orleans!

    Here’s the link to read more about His Forever Girl at Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/His-Forever-Girl-Harlequin-Superromance/dp/0373608268/ref=tmm_mmp_title_0

    As always, thanks for the opportunity to share what we have releasing each month with your readers :)

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  8. Suleikha Snyder
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 06:34:01

    Thanks for the open thread!

    My third Bollywood romance from Samhain, Bollywood and the Beast, comes out on February 11. If you haven’t read the first two, it’s more or less a stand-alone with a few recurring characters.

    American-born ingénue Rakhee “Rocky” Varma knows a career in Bollywood is no fairy tale, but that truth hits home when her outspoken nature lands her in hot water with the media.

    Banished to her leading man’s crumbling mansion on the outskirts of Delhi until things cool down, she is wholly unprepared to meet her costar’s reclusive brother, Taj Ali Khan. Taj, a former action hero until a stunt gone horribly wrong ended his career, wears a cape of scars and a crown of rudeness.

    As his cynicism collides with her determination to stick it out in Bollywood no matter what, sparks fly. But little do they know that demons not of their making may turn their fiery, fragile connection to ash. And it will take more than sheer grit to face down the most frightening monsters of all—the ones inside themselves.

    Available at Amazon, B&N and, of course, the Samhain store.

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  9. Evangeline Holland
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 13:34:42

    I think my non-fic title fits the audience (I hope!) ;)

    Edwardian England: A Guide to Everyday Life, 1900-1914
    Second edition of The Pocket Guide to Edwardian England, newly revised and expanded.

    The Edwardian Era simplified, organized, and easy to reference.

    Aimed towards writers of historical fiction, though genealogists, Downton Abbey fans, and the curious alike will find this an excellent starting point for their own research.

    Compiled from lectures and blog posts on Edwardian Promenade, as well as 70% more original content, Edwardian England: A Guide to Everyday Life, 1900-1914 poses to give a entry level, but thorough look at the time period made popular by Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge.

    Available at Kindle US & Kindle UK, Smashwords, Nook, Google Play, iTunes, and Kobo.

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  10. Rachel Cross
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 15:13:10

    Thanks!

    Spiraling (1/27/14)
    Blue-blooded Amelia “Amy” Astor was a champion, America’s sweetheart, and on track to give the US Olympic medal glory before she gave it all up to join skating’s equivalent of the circus. Now she’s a professional princess, the lead in Enchanted Ice. But in an industry that values young, cheap, and healthy, her age, salary, and injuries are a liability.

    So when she’s offered a job teaching Hollywood heartthrob Shane Marx to skate for a role in a hockey film, she leaps at the opportunity. Maybe with the right kind of exposure, she can survive one more season and put off decisions about her future a little longer. If she invites the wrong kind of exposure . . . well, there’s that pesky morals clause waiting in the wings.

    Shane Marx traded his boy band dance moves in TruAchord for acting lessons years ago. His blonde, blue-eyed gorgeousness makes him the most sought after romantic comedy lead in the movie industry. But lately his clean-cut image has been tarnished by one sex scandal after another.

    When America’s ice princess meets Hollywood’s hottest leading man, what could go wrong? Inside that sequined costume is a woman of steely determination who has conquered many of her demons. And beneath his sinfully attractive exterior, Shane Marx is a man still battling his.
    http://www.amazon.com/Spiraling-Crimson-Romance-Rachel-Cross-ebook/dp/B00HK1XX8S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1390855009&sr=1-1&keywords=spiraling

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  11. Julie Brannagh
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 15:43:54

    Thank you for this thread!

    I’m thrilled to announce that RUSHING AMY, the second book in my contemporary Love and Football series is e-published on Tuesday, February 11th! The print version is available on Tuesday, February 25th.

    For Amy Hamilton, only three Fs matter: Family, Football, and Flowers. It might be nice to find someone to share Forever with, too, but right now she’s working double overtime while she gets her flower shop off the ground. The last thing she needs or wants is a distraction … or help, for that matter. Especially in the form of gorgeous and aggravatingly arrogant ex-NFL star Matt Stephens.

    Matt lives by a playbook—his playbook. He never thought his toughest opponent would come in the form of a stunning florist with a stubborn streak to match his own. Since meeting her in the bar after her sister’s wedding, he’s known there’s something between them. After she refuses—again and again—to go out with him, Matt will do anything to win her heart … But will Amy, who has everything to lose, let the clock run out on the one-yard line?

    RUSHING AMY is available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Rushing-Amy-Love-Football-Novel-ebook/dp/B00DB3AA0S/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=, Barnes and Noble and iTunes.

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  12. Sirius
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 17:19:08

    A.M. Arthur may I ask whether your book ends in cliffhanger? Thanks.

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  13. Avery Flynn
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 11:08:35

    Shoes? Stalkers? Hot Dudes? Bring it on!

    “When a fashionista and her bodyguard get tangled up together, watch out for sizzling sex and surprising plot twists.” – New York Times best selling author Rebecca York

    “…Thrilling, funny passionate and even contains a few tips to keep the fashion police away from your doorstep.” 4 Stars RT Book Reviews

    Sylvie Bissette may be one of Harbor City’s youngest glitterati, but only her best friends know her most closely guarded secret. She’s the woman behind The High-Heeled Wonder, a must-read blog for fashionistas everywhere. Gossip, fashion advice, exposés. Too bad some people can’t take a little criticism. When an internet troll discovers her secret identity and escalates from stalking her to threatening her life, Sylvie turns to security expert Tony Falcon for help. The investigator from the other side of the tracks is the olive oil to her Evian water and aggravates her to no end, but it’s not just her temper he’s inciting…

    Tony Falcon wouldn’t know a kitten heel from a tabby cat, but since most of the bad guys he tracks down aren’t wearing stilettos, it’s never been a problem…until he meets Sylvie. When a murder investigation leads him to the same place Sylvie works, he realizes the feisty fashionista may be his best chance at catching the criminals who killed his best friend. It all leads back to the cut-throat fashion world. But solving that case means going after the people Sylvie cares about, and soon his attraction for her–and the danger she’s in–has him wondering if solving the case is worth hurting the woman he can’t stop fantasizing about …

    When Sylvie’s almost run over in broad daylight, Tony goes undercover as her boyfriend to infiltrate the close-knit fashion community. And when they discover Sylvie’s stalker may be linked to Tony’s own investigation, what started as a simple plan to find his friend’s killers turns into a hot bed of secrets and revelations. In a world full of overblown egos and dog-eat-dog ambition, Tony and Sylvie must work together to find her revenge-obsessed stalker before Sylvie ends up with a literal knife in the back.

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  14. Shelli Stevens
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 13:23:31

    Thanks for this opportunity! My book Kilty Pleasure is out today! This is a contemporary romance with an imported Scottish hero ;)

    The McLaughlins, Book 2

    After being ditched at the altar over a year ago, Deputy Colin McLaughlin is fine with being single. Despite the fact that nearly every eligible female on the island wants him, he isn’t looking for love.

    But something stirs his blood when Hailey starts showing up more on the island. And it’s not just the conviction that the apple doesn’t fall far from her troublemaking, drugged-out family tree. His frustration mounts that even after she ruined his twin brother’s life, the desire he’s felt for her since high school still simmers.

    Hailey Alexander knows her past is littered with mistakes. She’s done her best to make amends and move on, but a certain Scottish-born deputy doesn’t seem in any hurry to forgive or forget.

    More than just fighting the attraction that’s compromising their hearts, they face a new threat from Hailey’s past that may threaten her life.

    Warning: Contains sexy Scottish men living in America. The occasional kilt. A hero deputy who can’t forgive or forget, and a nurse immune to bullshit. Angry kisses. Scalding sex. And a drugged-out stalker ex to keep these two on their toes.

    Read an excerpt and find buy links on my site: http://www.shellistevens.com/my-books/kilty-pleasure/

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  15. Amy Andrews
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 07:09:00

    Thanks DA!

    And now for something a little different! Calling all Bold fans!

    This month sees the launch of The Bold And The Beautiful from the small screen to the page. In a collaboration between Pan Mac Australia/Momentum Publishing and Bell Productions, a series of novellas written by established romance authors set in the Bold world, with Bold characters, will be released throughout the year.

    Here’s the media release announcing the venture.
    http://momentumbooks.com.au/blog/media-release-emmy-winning-daytime-drama-the-bold-and-the-beautiful-and-publisher-pan-macmillan-strike-book-deal/

    The first 2 – Forbidden Affair by moi (Amy Andrews) and Collision Course by Shannon Curtis are out now – in digital globally and as paperback in Australia in all good books stores.

    Links –
    Forbidden Affair – http://www.amazon.com/Forbidden-Affair-The-Bold-Beautiful-ebook/dp/B00H8KB53G/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_d_1

    Collision Course – http://www.amazon.com/Collision-Course-The-Bold-Beautiful-ebook/dp/B00H8KB5PE/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_d_7

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  16. Melisa Hale
    Jan 30, 2014 @ 01:34:36

    What a great idea! Thanks for the opportunity.

    Morning After

    The first book in the Reynolds Security Series was released at the beginning of the month.

    Erica has her life planned down to an exact timeline. It is working in all aspects except one, her love life. She wants what every girl wants, to fall in love with Prince Charming, get married, have babies and live happily ever after. That doesn’t seem so unreasonable. Unfortunately, Prince Charming has eluded her. Until a robbery, an attack and a stalker turn her organized life upside down and she is forced to recognize the Prince Charming she might have missed.

    Ethan Reynolds is a former Marine who runs a successful security company. He’s not looking to settle down, he’s looking to expand. That is until the woman who owns the coffee shop across the street captures his attention. Unfortunately, she doesn’t give him a chance until a threat makes him the perfect ally. Now in addition to trying to keep her safe he has to convince her they can have so much more than a working relationship. Until he realizes he could be putting her in danger.

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HMYXP9A

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  17. Gennita Low
    Feb 01, 2014 @ 23:42:48

    My new book, a SEAL military romance titled WARRIOR, just came out. It is currently available in ebook format on Amazon, Nook and ARe. Will be out soon at iTunes and Kobo.

    Blurb:
    Three best friends–everyone on the SEAL team called them The Stooges. A little wild, a bit crazy, always fun to watch. And deadly in the war arena.

    Lucas Branson, navy SEAL, tough, meat-and-potatoes, straightshooter-to-the-max is one of the three confirmed bachelors. He meets Kit-Ling, also from a family of tough men, and yeah, maybe this relationship business befalling all his comrades isn’t that bad after all. But then, on a secret assignment overseas, things become complicated when he bumps into Kit and her media crew looking for information.

    How is Lucas going to stop his team’s mission from becoming public? How is Kit going to work around self-interest and hard-hitting news? In a land whose borders and politics are nebulous, where danger explodes without explanation, where only warriors survive, Lucas and Kit must fight for their love and ultimately, their lives.

    ***First pg excerpt***
    He could hear the story being passed around his team now. The Stooges pretty in pink. The Stooges spent a night together on a pink four-poster bed. The Stooges had pink bathrobes and slippers.
    “Ya gotta admit, Cumber, pink is sexy.”
    “I prefer them on my women, hidden away for my pleasure,” he said.
    “True, but maybe this room was meant to be inspiring, right, Dirk?”
    “Mink, if you’re spotting a boner, you get to sleep on the floor.”
    Lucas Branson, AKA Cucumber by his SEAL team mates, came from a family of warriors. His father was an Airborne Ranger of the 173rd, the biggest, baddest fighting group of men ever. His cousins were scattered around the world, playing war games in special operations and doing what warriors do best, bringing down the enemy. He came from a family of tall men, big hulks descended from, as his father liked to tell him when he was a kid, giants who ruled the earth. And he’d grown up believing his father as he grew up towering over shorter men and taking lessons to become the next warrior-in-line in a family fueled by competition and medals.
    And now he was a SEAL, the U.S. Navy’s special operations force specializing in Sea, Air and Land where the biggest, baddest group of boys resided. His team mates were his best friends and part of the family, and he didn’t let anybody get to him. They called him Cucumber—Cumber for short—because he always kept his cool, no matter the situation.
    But not tonight. Tonight, he was thinking about killing his sister. He loved her very, very much, but yeah, he might just strangle her.
    He stared up at the bright pink canopy above him with its frilly lace and big bows and drooping flowery shit with children’s faces inside them, all smiling down on the bed occupants. Strings of pink pearls dangled, waving gently.
    It had to be a slow death. Because he knew she was laughing her ass off right now. A slow, painful…”
    “Hey, Cumber, how big is your dick?”
    “I’m in a fucking pink bed with two men in a fucking pink room. My head is resting on a fucking pink pillow the shape of a pink flamingo. I’m not discussing my dick with you.”
    “But what else can you talk about on a pink bed in a pink room?” Dirk insisted. “Unless you want to chitchat about the pearls and bows. Or the cupids around the pink mirror. I was mesmerized by them while using the pink hairdryer.”
    Mink gave a loud sigh. “I need a dose of manhood. Let’s talk about Cumber’s dick. A huge dick should cure us from an overdose of estrogen. Come on, Cumber, how big is your dick?”
    Lucas ignored his friends. His sister…what was the best way for revenge? Maybe he could sit on her till she begged for mercy. Except, she had a black belt and as a big brother, he’d taught her quite a few moves to protect herself. He used to hide her favorite toy, but at their age he needed something a bit more…painful.
    “You know he’s got the biggest dick of all of us,” Dirk said, “so why the need to know?”
    “If it’s so damn big, why didn’t he have the balls to say no to the Pink Room?”
    Lucas closed his eyes as his two friends, having made their point, roared out laughing. They were very close buddies—they were often called the Stooges—so close they could adlib a whole comedy routine without a script on the spot. He’d known one was coming the moment they’d stepped into the Pink Room, the “most popular” suite at his aunt’s B&B.

    ***

    Thank you for the opportunity to tell you about my new book. And Happy Chinese New Year!

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  18. Holley Trent
    Feb 06, 2014 @ 21:15:40

    I think I’ve got one to warm up all the folks in the freezing US.

    Snark, sex, and small-town shenanigans collide in my newest contemporary romance, Teaching the Cowboy, available 2/7.

    A year in godforsaken Storafalt, Wyoming? No big deal…or so traveling tutor Veronica Silver tells herself. She needs hands-on experience with a special group of students to qualify for a grant, and her assigned passel of ranch kids are special cases, all right. Ronnie loves a challenge, but pitted against a small town’s far-too-active grapevine and a woeful lack of amenities, she worries she won’t be able to hack it.

    With the education system in Storafalt sorely lacking, rancher John Lundstrom thought hiring a private tutor would ease some of his considerable stress. What he didn’t expect was a powerful mutual attraction with Ronnie or her steadfast refusal to let him properly court her. She’s on a one-year assignment and wants no entanglements when it’s time to go home to North Carolina.

    An unplanned pregnancy and Ronnie’s ensuing deception spins the Lundstrom ranch into a major upheaval. John refuses to let Ronnie run away with his daughter, but he may be forced to compromise when her homesickness threatens to drive a wedge between the two lonely hearts once and for all.

    This big, single-title book is on sale during release week (between 2/7 and 2/13) for $2.99, after which the price will settle in at $4.99. Check out more details, including an excerpt, here.

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  19. Alison Packard
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 00:25:14

    Thanks for the opportunity, Dear Author!

    Catching Heat, my third full-length novel in the Feeling the Heat Series will be released on February 10th.

    Life has taught Angie DeMarco that all baseball players are womanizers, and her incredible one-night stand with sexy San Francisco Blaze back-up catcher J.T. Sawyer seemed to prove it. Determined not to give in to their sizzling chemistry a second time, she’s kept her distance ever since, focusing on her accounting job with the team. But now she’s laid off…and pregnant.

    J.T. was hurt by Angie’s rejection, but with one more year with the Blaze, he has no time for love. He needs to spend the off season training hard so he can negotiate a better contract with a new team at the end of the year. But when Angie shows up on his doorstep, he‘s overwhelmed by wanting to not just do right by her but pursue a relationship with her. Hoping for a second chance, he proposes.

    Angie agrees to marry J.T. on one condition: the marriage will be purely a business arrangement. But as Angie spends time with him and his family, and J.T. neglects his training to spend time with her, what begins as a union in name only slowly grows into something more—something that looks a whole lot like love and friendship.

    Catching Heat is available at:

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Catching-Heat-Feeling-Alison-Packard-ebook/dp/B00GKBHITE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1391840562&sr=1-1&keywords=catching+heat

    B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/catching-heat-alison-packard/1117366824?ean=9781426897788

    Carina Press: http://ebooks.carinapress.com/6ACB75BB-BCD4-4AAE-A7B1-ACCB7DBA1565/10/134/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=50DF3701-7A6A-4A9D-A6F0-5C34BA51C3F1

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  20. Dawn Hawkins
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 14:10:07

    My debut novel was released on Jan. 28, 2014 through Rocking Horse Publishing. It is titled Danny’s Grace and follows the life of a man named Danny Rush. A novelist interviews Danny in hopes of using him as a basis for her main character. Danny leads Grace on a wild ride through stories of abuse, rising to fame as a teen idol in the seventies, and his ultimate abuse of drugs and alcohol.

    The book is not suitable for children under 18 years of age because the subject matter is a very raw look at the trials of being an adult living with the consequences of early abuse. Pre-release reviews were very good and can be accessed here: http://authordawnhawkins.yolasite.com/ There are two new reviews on Amazon as well. They were both 5-star reviews.

    It is written in an unusual manner and brings the reader up close and personal with the protagonist as he battles with his conscience and his antagonists. Several reviewers have said that Danny’s trials will not soon be forgotten by the reader.

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  21. Georgina Penney
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 02:31:32

    Like your heroes sardonic and naughty and your heroines foxy and sweet?

    Irrepressible You, my debut novel was launched on Valentines day by Penguin Destiny as a part of their brand new chick lit line.

    You don’t become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, which is why writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the latest media frenzy dies down.

    When he meets Amy Blaine, a perky blonde who dresses like a 1950s pin-up girl, he knows he’s hit the satirical jackpot. He begins to fill his weekly London column with snarky observations about her life, clothes, and even their most intimate moments. It doesn’t occur to him that Amy, who is letting her guard down for the first time in her adult life, might be upset – after all, it’s hilarious, and his readers love her!

    It isn’t until Amy discovers the extent of his betrayal that Ben begins to realise just how badly he’s cocked up the best thing that ever happened to him. But is it too late?

    Thanks so much guys. I had fun reading through all of your pitches and now I’ve got a bunch of books to add to my to-read list! This thread is such a great idea:)

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