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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for January 2010

Welcome to the January 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 December would be a January 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.

30 Comments

  1. Zoe Archer
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 14:19:56

    I’ll start the ball rolling with a promo for my upcoming anthology HALF PAST DEAD (release date: 12/29), featuring myself and the lovely Bianca D’Arc. “The Undying Heart” is a prequel to my new BLADES OF THE ROSE paranormal historical adventure series.

    You might be asking, What can I look forward to in a BLADES OF THE ROSE story? Good question! Here’s just a sampling of what every BLADES story contains:

    -Adventure
    -Magic
    -Action
    -Danger
    -Exotic historical settings
    -Diabolical steampunk inventions
    -Sexy men in tall boots
    -Heroines who kick ass
    -Red hot romance

    Finally, here’s the official blurb for HALF PAST DEAD:

    There are good guys, there are bad boys, and then there are men with a danger all their own-‘these are the ones who take you places you never imagined. . .and will never forget.

    The Undying Heart by Zoe Archer

    Samuel Reed had no idea magic existed, until it almost destroyed him. Thirsting for vengeance against the enemy who made him something less than human, Sam returns to England and crosses paths with Cassandra Fielding. His best friend’s little sister has become a fearless woman on a dangerous mission of her own. And against all odds, she sees past what he’s become, and stirs a desire he thought he’d lost forever. . .

    Simon Says by Bianca D’Arc

    Special Forces soldier Simon Blackwell ended his affair with Mariana Daniels three years ago, but he hasn’t stopped protecting her. Mariana has no knowledge of the dark, deadly creatures that lurk in the forest surrounding her clinic, or of the mysterious powers that make Simon the only one who can defeat them. But soon he’ll have no choice but to reveal the truth, and urge her to trust in an explosive passion that never faded. . .

    Enjoy!

  2. Jill Myles
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 15:35:25

    Hey Ja(y)nes!

    Book 2 of my Succubus Diaries — SUCCUBI LIKE IT HOT — will be out on January 19th (just 3 short weeks after book 1 releases!). Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:

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    Nobody said Sucking was easy.

    With a flirtatious new figure, her dream job as an archaeologist, and two gorgeous boyfriends to scratch her seductive Itch-‘an angel and a vampire-‘Jackie Brighton is totally getting the hang of life as a succubus. Then her need for sex spirals out of control, and she accidentally knocks the pizza guy unconscious with her touch. Great, she's cursed. Unfortunately, neither of her jealous lovers is exactly talking to her right now.

    So after Jackie strikes a deal with a crafty demon, she and her best friend Remy take a cross-country road trip to deliver a cryptic message to the nation's oldest succubus (who doesn't look a day over eighteen.) Their journey gets weirder with every mile-‘demonic possession, a charming stalker, a deadly hotel room warning-‘but when they get to New Orleans, Jackie discovers a dangerous catch to her supernatural bargain. Someone wants her dead (again), but has she been sleeping with the enemy?

    Or do the forces of evil think they're some kind of match for a vixen in a miniskirt?

    #

    Both book 1 and book 2 should be available at all major retailers (and even occasionally at Wal-Mart! Woo!).

    There should be a free short story on the Simon & Schuster webpage within the next few weeks, so if you’re into that sort of thing, keep an eye peeled and I’ll post/tweet the link when it’s available.

  3. Monica Burns
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 16:43:00

    Thanks for the opportunity to announce my Berkley Sensation debut.

    Kismet hits the shelves, January 5th.
    ISBN 978-1-59998-831-3 —– PreOrder

    Blurb, reviews & excerpt link below.

    It was a gamble she was born to make…

    Raised in a brothel at a young age, Allegra Synnford quickly learned that survival meant taking charge of her destiny. Now, a renowned courtesan skilled in the pleasures of the flesh, she chooses her lovers carefully-‘vowing never to be vulnerable to any one man. Until a mesmerizing Sheikh strips that control from her…

    With a man who wasn't used to losing.

    Sheikh Shaheen of the Amazigh has been hiding from his past for a long time, but not enough to forget how another courtesan made him abandon his life as the Viscount Newcastle. It's why the yearnings this dangerous temptress ignites within him are so troubling. Worse, thoughts of Allegra pervade every fantasy, threatening to undermine his cover. With old enemies circling, experience tells him he must resist her charms at all cost. In fact, he's betting on it. That's a risky wager when it comes to a woman of pleasure. But Allegra has her own reasons for playing games…with a man who can't afford to lose.

    What happens between them is…Kismet

    Click Here to Read an Excerpt

    Babbling About Books, and More

    “…a wonderful historical fiction voice. The way she builds up the attraction between her hero and heroine shows her skill as an author…”

    RT BOOKreviews

    “She succeeds with a classic captive/captor romance akin to a Johanna Lindsey classic.”

    TwoLipsReviews

    “Tenacious, sassy heroines and strong, sexy heroes are her signature style…”

  4. Miranda Neville
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 16:44:55

    I have a free Regency short story on my website entitled A Gift for a Princess. It’s a stand alone story though it introduces the heroine of A Wild Marquis (coming in March).

    Susanna Burley adores Mr. Simon Wynford, but he’s courting her cousin and never notices her. Until one night she attends a public masquerade ball. Not at all the sort of thing a respectable companion ought to do…
    http://www.mirandaneville.com/contentpage.php?contentid=0015

    If this post falls outside the guidelines for the promo, I apologize and please delete it.

  5. Vivi Andrews
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 19:14:23

    The second novella in my lion-shifter series, Serengeti Storm, releases January 12th from Samhain. In SS, the bad girl from Serengeti Heat gets her chance at happily-ever-after. Here’s the blurb:

    The bitch is back, and nothing gets in her way. Except her own heart…
    Shana Delray is hissing mad. The pride's Alpha has chosen a mate-‘and it's not her. Bred to be his consort, she's not going to let some runt of the litter take her destined place-‘no matter how much ass she has to kick in the process.

    Her way back into the pride is Caleb Minor-‘her former lover, the Alpha's loyal enforcer…and the runt's brother. And if she has to go through Caleb to get what she wants, so be it. She'll do whatever it takes to pry the little usurper out of her way.

    Caleb's familiarity with Shana's manipulative ways serves him well when he's assigned to keep the seething she-cat in line. A nearly impossible task, as he's forced to use his body-‘in more ways than one-‘to save her from herself. Now if only he can save his battered heart from the explosive desire that isn't as dormant as he'd thought.

    Caleb's stronger now. Tougher and harder. And, to Shana's fury, he won't be used. The harder she pushes, the more she finds her heart yielding…and suddenly she wonders if she can somehow win back the man she spent a decade trying to destroy…

    You can read an excerpt here, and A Serengeti Christmas, the freebie prequel, is available for download here. Kindle pre-order here. Thanks, DA!

  6. Bev
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 19:19:59

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon this post. Thanks Dear Author, for the opportunity.

    My debut historical romance, SINFUL SURRENDER, releases January 5, 2010 from Kensington/Zebra. One minor correction (or major, depending on how you look at it) to make regarding the book. It is not a Regency, as listed on most book store sites, it’s a Victorian (1852-1855).

    Here’s the back cover blurb:

    Millicent ‘Missy’ Armstrong
    is entering her fourth London Season, but not for lack of suitors. Since her debut three years ago, Missy has received twenty marriage proposals. But she is interested in only one man–her brother’s best friend, James Rutherford. As a child, Missy looked up to James. As a grown up, her admiration has blossomed into the longings of a beautiful, sensuous woman–and she won’t rest until James admits his love–and desire–for her…

    James Rutherford rues the day he let his physical weaknesses get the better of him by kissing Missy. His best friend has made it clear that Missy is off limits, and though he’s avoided her for three years, he hasn’t forgotten the feel of her soft lips pressed against his–and it seems neither has she. For no matter how much James tries to discourage Missy, he keeps winding up in her arms, sharing heated caresses that promise the most delirious pleasure.

    I have the first 2 chapters available for .pdf download here.

    Click to preorder.

    To find out what others are saying about it so far, click here.

  7. Vivian Arend
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 22:50:51

    In a totally new track, I’ve got a Contemporary Red-Hot releasing from Samhain Publishing, January 19th. Well, maybe not totally new, but there are no werewolves, no people who turn into shiny lights, no…well, you get the idea.

    Just two people having to deal with life, love and the pursuit of the perfect progressive dinner. Wait, there’s true love in there as well. And a porch swing–very nb to remember the porch swing.

    Turn It On celebrates families and how they drive us crazy make us whole. And um, the story is a little on the hot side, so if you like them sweet AND spicy, you might like to give it a try.

    Excerpt to check out here at my website.

    Inheriting her grandmother's home is a dream come true for web designer Maxine Turner. She's looking forward to a little freedom from the constant demands of her beloved, crazy mob of a family. When vandals expose just how vulnerable she is living alone, she seeks help.

    Ryan Claymore's well-thought-out life was wrenched out from under him when responsibility for his special-needs step-brother landed on his shoulders. Going from military man to business man hasn't been easy. He counts himself lucky he's found Maxine to trade his security-system knowledge for her web site expertise.

    The red-hot chemistry that sizzles between them comes from out of the blue, and they both fight a losing battle to resist. Even the secret Ryan hides isn't enough to keep Maxine from working her way into his heart-‘and his bed.

    But something else might tear them apart. Whoever seems determined to destroy her home, and her sanity along with it.

    Pre-order here if you’re a kindle-ish person. Otherwise, Turn It On will be available from My Bookstore & More January 19th

    Thanks DA for a place to share!

  8. Lolita Lopez
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 03:14:37

    Midnight Craving, a steamy paranormal novella, releases from Samhain on January 19.

    Patrolling Houston's gritty supernatural underbelly has its perks. For Isla Alvarez, it's working alongside nephilim SWAT Officer Jace Lane. Ruggedly handsome and possessed of mad skills, Jace embodies everything she's ever wanted.

    Unfortunately, the demonic blood pumping through her veins keeps them separated, since relationships between human descendants of archangels and demons aren't actively encouraged. Staying away from him, though, is impossible after she winds up on the receiving end of a nasty sexual-compulsion curse, courtesy of a sadistic vampiress. Suddenly Isla is overwhelmed with a life-threatening lust only Jace can sate.

    Jace's principles were once strong enough to resist his longing for the alluring Isla, but in the face of her desperate craving, his desire breaks free-‘leaving him wondering if she's not the only one affected by the spell. He'd be more than happy to satisfy Isla's increasing need for sexual release, if they weren't in a race against time to reverse the curse before it turns deadly.

    For Isla, it's not just her life she's worried about losing. It's her heart.

    You can read a rather yummy excerpt here.

  9. Lindsay Townsend
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 05:13:54

    My sweet contemporary romance, ‘Holiday in Bologna’ is now available from Bookstrand of Siren-Bookstrand.

    http://www.bookstrand.com/product-holidayinbologna-16119-330.html
    Categories: Contemporary Mainstream ROMANCE
    Word Count: 30,268
    Heat Level: SWEET
    Published By: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.

    OUT NOW

    Heidi Manelli, a bright, lively Anglo-Italian, arrives in Italy on a mission. A letter given to her on her 21st birthday revealed that her real name is Soleari and she has family living in Bologna. Orphaned, she is unsure how her estranged relatives will receive her.

    Standing outside the Soleari villa, she encounters the quietly charismatic yet aloof Stefano. He’s suspicious of her sudden appearance and disinclined to believe who she is. After pleading from her aunt, Heidi reluctantly agrees to stay at the villa, where she swiftly discovers more mysteries, and danger.

    She turns to Stefano for help, but will he come through? Is their developing relationship a holiday romance, or something deeper? Is her holiday in Bologna going to change her life forever?

    “I spent time with my husband in Northern Italy and we both fell in love with the region. Writing ‘Holiday in Bologna’ is my homage to the city. The incident of hearing someone playing bagpipes in one of the gardens as we climbed to the sanctuary of San Luca really happened, too!” ~ Lindsay ~

    A BookStrand Mainstream Romance

    Best wishes, Lindsay

    Lindsay Townsend, historical romance. http://www.lindsaytownsend.net

  10. Nell Dixon
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 05:14:27

    Crystal Clear by Nell Dixon
    Fall in love with this sparkling story of crystals, chaos and re-kindled romance!

    For years Zee has tried to ignore her real name (who calls their kid Azure Dawn?) and her mother Marla's alternative lifestyle. A million miles away from all that new-age nonsense, she's got a reliable teaching job, a perfect life plan and sensible accountant Simon for a fiancé. But when Marla gets sick, the foundations of Zee's rock-steady world are seriously shaken. Soon she's back home, in touch with the boy who broke her heart and even being sucked into one of her mum's hare-brained schemes. What about Zee's plans for the future? Could they ever include a free-spirit from her past?

    ‘A brilliantly fun read that will have you hooked!*****' (OK! magazine )
    Published by Little Black Dress
    Available now from Amazon

  11. Bonnie Dee
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 09:39:32

    Shifters’ Captive by Bonnie Dee is available from Samhain on Jan. 5.

    Animal attraction is the essence of their power…Magical Ménages, Book 1

    Waitress Sherrie Stolz never thought she'd need her chatting-up skills to play along with a hot, sexy kidnapper who rants about were-animals and psychic possession. Then he proves his story by changing into a wolf before her eyes.

    Human contact never interested John Walker, but his mission is desperate. The pack seer insists Sherrie is the only one who can save his people from a rash of mysterious comas. His connection with Sherrie is instant, powerful and beyond rational explanation. And then a third piece of the puzzle enters the picture.

    Grant Perron follows his instincts only to find his prize in the hands of his rival. He's poised for battle-‘until he learns his panther shifter clan suffers the same fate as John's pack. But there's more. When the three of them touch, the primal, erotic power surge swells like the waves of an earthquake.

    Sherrie's hands-‘and bed-‘are suddenly full, figuring out how to manage two snarling alpha males without giving in to the urge to knock their heads together. And channel her new-found power before a villain uses it to destroy them all…

  12. S. W. Vaughn
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 09:55:54

    Sadly, I have no friends I could coerce into posting this for me, so I guess I’ll just have to suck it up and post myself. :-) Thank you for the opportunity!

    I’m pleased to announce that my first erotic romance was released on Dec. 22 from Loose Id. Here are the details:

    Skin Deep by S. W. Vaughn
    a M/M urban fantasy novel

    Will Ambrose knows everything about love – except how to find it himself. He hosts a popular GLBT relationship radio show, but his own affairs have been rocky and abusive. With sexy, seductive tattoo artist Cobalt, it’s lust at first sight. Unfortunately he’s already involved … until that night, when his late arrival home sends his cop partner into a jealous, violent rage.

    Cobalt is a Fae, banished to live among humans. His studio, The Grotto, is both a hot spot for the NYC body art crowd and a haven for other Fae seeking protection. Though he’s given up on relationships, since his human lovers tend to go insane when they discover his true nature, he can’t help his lustful reaction to Will when the radio host visits The Grotto. He tries to dismiss it, but is compelled to get involved when a cab deposits a battered, broken Will at his door, with Cobalt’s name on his lips.

    Can their powerful attraction – and phenomenal sex – overcome an abusive closeted cop, a traitorous Fae who tries to divide them, and an ex-lover with inhuman powers who’ll stop at nothing to take Cobalt back … including going through Will?

    Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, violence.

    You can read an excerpt here (and Loose Id is offering 10% off all ebook titles through midnight tonight, December 28)

    Thanks again for the shout-out opportunity!

  13. Lauren Willig
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 18:06:43

    Is it really almost January already? When did that happen? I have two books coming out this month– and a free novella on my website.

    The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (in paperback on January 5th!) follows Lady Charlotte Lansdowne to the court of George III, where the King’s madness may not be quite what it seems. Neither, for that matter, is Robert, Duke of Dovedale, once Charlotte’s knight in shining armor, now inexplicably entangled with the Hellfire Club. Spies, intrigue, demanding dowagers, a mad monarch– and, yes, True Love.

    The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (coming out January 12th) takes place in India in 1804, where the former Miss Penelope Deveraux, now Lady Frederick Staines, has been packed off to allow time for the scandal surrounding her hasty marriage to die down. Penelope plunges into the treacherous waters of the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad. In a strange country where elaborate court dress masks even more elaborate intrigues and a spy called the Marigold leaves cobras as his calling card, there is only one person Penelope can trust…. You can find an excerpt here.

    You can also find Ivy & Intrigue, a free Christmas novella, on my website.

    Thanks so much, Dear Author, for hosting this thread! And a very happy New Year to all.

  14. Alisha Rai
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 22:57:32

    Thanks for the thread! My debut novel from Samhain Publishing, Glutton for Pleasure, will be released in print on January 5, 2010.

    Blurb:

    They're craving something sweet. She likes it spicy.

    Devi Malik knows how to heat things up. She does it every night as head chef in her family's Indian restaurant. Her love life, though, is stuck in the subzero freezer. Now, with a chance to fulfill a secret fantasy with her long-time crush and his brother, it's time to put her desire on the front two burners.

    For Marcus Callahan, a love-'em-and-leave-'em attitude isn't only a necessary evil of their kink. It's a protective device. Lately, though, his brother Jace has been making noises about craving something more.

    Jace's dissatisfaction with their lifestyle grows with every glimpse of sweet little Devi. Yet Marcus is too haunted by the pain of their shared past to give love a chance.

    Despite their reputation for vanishing with the dawn, they discover one night with Devi isn't nearly enough. And Devi finds herself falling in love with two very different men.

    It'll take more than explosive sex to light up the shadows surrounding the Callahan brothers' secrets. But Devi's never been afraid of the dark…

    Warning: This title contains two sizzling men for the price of one, ménage a trois, oral sex, anal sex, fun toys, great food, and creative uses for syrup and dressing rooms.

    You can read an excerpt here or check it out on Amazon

    Thanks again and Happy New Year!

  15. Cathryn Brunet
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 01:27:03

    Hi and thanks for the opportunity to post about my Samhain release, Ritual Passion.

    RITUAL PASSION

    A passion to appease the gods…or call down their vengeance.

    The jungle-wrapped city of Challas is dying, crumbling under the weight of its corrupt priesthood and degenerate new gods. But an even greater threat looms on the horizon. Outside the city walls, a pestilence breeds. Unless stopped, it will crawl through the city's decaying streets and destroy everyone.

    Phalandria wants to see her magnificent city reborn and freed from the perversion of the priests who murdered her father. And she wants Massilis, the man who has stood by her side since childhood. The man who's developed into a magnificent, jungle-hardened warrior…and ignites her unquenchable desire. Although Massilis has always protected her, only once has he allowed his hunger for her to show.

    Now the water oracle has called for Phalandria and Massilis to perform the Concubitia, a sexual rite to propitiate the gods. But the priests suspect a conspiracy and will do anything to protect themselves. And Phalandria realizes that the priests are not the only ones sabotaging the ritual.

    The man she loves has an agenda of his own.

    WARNING: This title contains steamy jungle sex with a magnificently proportioned warrior, sex with multiple partners, and sex in front of overexcited onlookers…who sometimes join in the fun. And many rude words your mother wouldn't like you to read.

    Genre: Fantasy Romance, Red Hots!
    ISBN: 978-1-60504-850-5
    Length: Novella

    Available now from Samhain Publishing: http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/ritual-passion

    Enjoy a sizzling excerpt here: http://www.cathrynbrunet.com/rpx.html

    Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2010!

  16. Karenna Colcroft
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 07:02:00

    Can love be found in a Boston subway station? Why not?

    Courtney Southard left her country home for the big city expecting fun and adventure. So far, she’s found neither, and is ready to go back home. Subway musician Tanner Wohl is recovering from a broken heart, and refuses to let anyone in.

    When an attempted mugging brings the two together, can they put aside their pain and find love?

    My novella Deep Down, a contemporary romance, will release from Siren-Bookstrand on January 7. To read an excerpt, please visit http://www.karennacolcroft.com/?page_id=15. To buy the book, please visit http://www.sirenpublishing.com/karennacolcroft/

    Happy New Year!

  17. Jo Ramsey
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 07:09:52

    Hi, all! I’ve seen YA paranormals reviewed here on DA, so hopefully this is okay to post here.

    My YA paranormal, Connection, will be released in late January by Jupiter Gardens Press. Shanna Bailey is the one everyone picks on. Her home life is horrible, and school’s no better. She enters high school expecting more of the same.

    After she meets Jonah Leighton, everything changes. Although their schoolmates give Jonah a hard time, he’s kind and caring, and despite herself Shanna enjoys spending time with him. For the first time, she believes she has a friend.

    Kaylie Sturbridge, the most popular girl in school, starts acting strangely, and only Jonah knows what’s really happening to her: a demon is trying to possess her. Can Shanna find the strength and confidence in herself to help Jonah banish the demon?

    For more information about the book and the series it’s from, as well as an excerpt or two, please visit http://www.joramsey.com. When it’s available, the book can be purchased at http://www.jupitergardens.com.

    Happy new reading!

  18. Carrie Lofty
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 08:29:16

    SCOUNDREL’S KISS, the sequel to my Robin Hood-themed debut, WHAT A SCOUNDREL WANTS.

    In medieval Spain, a hunted warrior monk must cure an English translator of her opium addiction, but she’s ready to seduce her way to freedom, jeopardizing his vows of obedience, nonviolence, and chastity.

    Available now from Amazon and most online retailers. On the shelves Jan 5. Excerpt, trailer and more at my website. Enjoy!

  19. K. Z. Snow
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 11:16:38

    Thank you again for this opportunity, DA ladies.

    The fourth and final book of my Utopia-X series, FINDING UTOPIA, will be released by Loose Id on January 5. This series is m/m futuristic urban fantasy. Here’s the blurb.

    * * * * *

    When human-angel-demon hybrids fall in love, it makes them a little crazy. But that’s not the worst of it for Regenerie’s Coven of Three. Now that Win, Tole, and Zee are involved in passionate relationships, they can’t generate enough sex-energy with each other to activate their indispensable oracle, the Celestine.

    The Dark Elves of Bildezir couldn’t have picked a better time to attempt a takeover of the Utopian Metroplex. Its leaders have gone off to seek a solution to their quandary. Their employee Pablo, left behind, decides to party — a little too hard. There’s ample evidence he’s committed a serious indiscretion. Both the Coven’s headquarters and Pablo’s bond with Win end up in shambles. And here come the elvish warriors.

    Kicked to the curb, Pablo has his hands full. He must prove he didn’t betray Win during his night of drunken revelry. And he must figure out how to save both the Coven and the Metroplex from a power-hungry and sexually ruthless enemy with magic on its side.

    What does Pablo have, aside from his love and devotion? A twink named Skeep, a mongrel humanoid…and a seraph.

  20. JeXica
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 14:57:49

    Thanks for the opportunity, I hope its alright to post my FREE online YA graphic novel, launching January 1st.

    What do a hawt Chinese Gargoyle, a bi-racial she-wolf (Maori and African American)and Russian teen vampire have in common?

    They’re all characters in the teen graphic novel launching January 1st, called RAZHER.

    Even as a veiled bridesmaid Razher stood out, catching the eye of her cousin's soon to be husband on their wedding day. When he decides to make the New Zealand teen wife number twelve, Razher's defiance only ignites the passion of Hostile, a crime lord from America who soon wishes he'd never kidnapped her, especially when she teams with the unorthodox but deadly sexy blond vampire Machiavelli Faust. Razher and Machiavelli launch a series of strikes against the corrupt elders of their species, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, all while taking on zombie's, minotaurs, and gorgons. But Razher's ultimate goal is to bring down the sex slave ring of Hostile, and to expose the males who profit from it.

    Website: http://razher.com/

  21. Julia Rachel Barrett
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 15:33:23

    I just got word that my first book with Siren, in fact it’s my first erotic science fiction romance, will be released three months early – coming January 6!!! Yay!
    Here’s a blurb – and if you go to the Siren site and check out coming soon, you’ll see that Jinger Heaston has done an amazing cover!

    Mari never expects to find herself caged, in a cargo hold on a spaceship. She learns from her captors she’s headed to the meat market. When they try to return her to stasis, she resists. The male in charge, Ekkatt, allows her to remain awake. Mari realizes her survival depends upon connecting with Ekkatt. She must make him see her as a sentient being or she will end up dinner.

    Ekkatt has never spoken to any human. Humans are beasts. They are valued for one thing, the money they bring at auction. The Attun are vegetarians, but other species prize human flesh and Ekkatt makes good money trapping. Then the female with red hair awakens. She speaks to him and forces him to admit she has a name. Mari throws Ekkatt’s entire life into question, the biggest question…can he watch her sold to the highest bidder?

  22. JCmilar
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 16:20:37

    Thanks for this opportunity. I hope its alright to post about my free online YA graphic novel (filled with romance of course!)

    What do a hot Chinese Gargoyle, a bi-racial she wolf (African American and Maori) and a Russian vampire prince have in common?

    They're all characters in RAZHER, an online YA graphic novel launching January 1st http://razher.com

    Even as a veiled bridesmaid Razher stood out, catching the eye of her cousin's soon to be husband on their wedding day. When he decides to make the New Zealand teen wife number twelve, Razher's defiance only ignites the passion of Hostile, a crime lord from America who soon wishes he'd never kidnapped her, especially when she teams with the unorthodox but deadly sexy blond vampire Machiavelli Faust. Razher and Machiavelli launch a series of strikes against the corrupt elders of their species, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, all while taking on zombie's, minotaurs, and gorgons. But Razher's ultimate goal is to bring down the sex slave ring of Hostile, and to expose the males who profit from it.

  23. Jess Dee
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 22:39:45

    Thanx for the opportunity to post here!

    I have a new release from Samhain today. It’s a smokin’ hot, contemporary, m/m/f menage called Going All In.

    Wanna know a little more about it?
    This is the blurb:

    The higher the stakes, the harder they fall-‘in love.

    Julia Savage's weekly poker games are tearing her apart. She's in love with two of her fellow card players, and much as she'd like to pick and confess her true feelings to one man, she won't. Not if it means risking the love of the other.

    Hunter Miles has wanted Julia for four months, and he's about to deal a hand she couldn't see coming. He's determined to give her a New Year's Eve celebration she never expected. He's going to seduce her-‘in front of his friend and rival for her affections, Jay Baxter. But Jay's not willing to lay down his cards. He's going after Julia too, and he's not above bluffing to get what he wants. Either way, one of them is going to win her over.

    Unless they change the rules of the game. If they double up, there's a chance they can split the pot…

    Warning: This book contains two hunky heroes, a heroine worth betting on, sizzling hot three-way action (m/f/m and m/m/f), a whole lot of unexpected fireworks and a New Year's Eve to remember.

    You can pick up a copy of Going All In here

    If you’d like to read a little more about the book – a snippet and a review – check out my website.

    Regards

    Jess

  24. Suzanne Allain
    Jan 01, 2010 @ 09:51:52

    I am not the author, but the editor of the book IN ANOTHER GIRL’S SHOES by Berta Ruck, first published in 1916.

    Since she wrote this book before there were any rules governing the romance genre, I can’t guarantee the hero and heroine will have met by page 25, that there will be a few requisite sex scenes (actually, there are none) and that the plot won’t be somewhat far-fetched and coincidental. (These were simpler times, my friends.) I can guarantee a cute story with some great romantic dialogue and men in uniform.

    It’s currently available in Kindle and Paperback here. (And at other on-line retailers.)

  25. MJ Fredrick
    Jan 01, 2010 @ 12:02:53

    BREAKING DAYLIGHT, my fourth novel, is out Tuesday January 5 from Samhain.

    http://samhainpublishing.com/authors/m-j-fredrick

    Sergeant Alex Shepard is all about getting the job done. That single-minded purpose helps him forget the fact he hates the jungle as he leads his Special Forces team in search of Honduran drug lord Santiago Saldana. His quarry eludes him, but the woman left behind in the compound is the next best thing. Saldana's mistress-‘an American woman who clearly puts her own pleasure over right and wrong.

    Isabella Canales has been Saldana's prisoner for four long years. Worse, he's taken away her most precious possession. Except Alex doesn't believe a word of it. The clock is ticking, and she's frantic to do anything to convince him to take her home. Even agree to serve as bait to draw Saldana out.

    As they push through the tangled jungle dodging bullets and ambushes, Alex fights his growing respect for Isabella's determination-‘and an attraction that's impossible to resist, whatever she's done. But Saldana never lets go of what's his. And betrayal is his deadliest weapon…

    Warning: An arrogant hero who meets his match in a sexy heroine who makes him look past her face and into his soul. Gunfights and explosions (in and out of the bedroom).

    Check out my Facebook fan page for reviews and more information! http://www.facebook.com/pages/MJ-Fredrick-Fan-Page/224464194236?ref=mf

  26. Sheryl Nantus
    Jan 03, 2010 @ 18:14:02

    Grab the New Year by the tail!

    What God and Cats Know” by Sheryl Nantus pounces on January 4th!

    There’s no such thing as a “Purr”-fect murder…

    Rebecca Desjardin thought she had put her past behind her…until a dead “cat woman” appears on the front page of a local tabloid.

    Street-smart and sassy, Rebecca is a survivor. Outcast from her Felis family because she can no longer change shape, she's adapted to the world of men, and is quite capable of taking care of herself in her sometimes challenging career as a private investigator. But for her success she pays a price, her heritage, which she must keep secret at all costs.

    Along for the ride, investigative reporter Brandon Hanover has his own troubled past. A photograph of the dead woman was supposedly slipped under his door, marking him as a possible suspect in the murder. Now all he wants to do is find the killer, clear his name, and get a good story…And maybe find out more about this mysterious woman he might be falling for.

    Content Warning: Violence, Sexual Situations.

    Check out my website for excerpts and leap into the New Year!

  27. Deborah Schneider
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 18:18:10

    Promise Me
    Deborah Schneider
    The Wild Rose Press
    January 2010

    The Wild Rose Press

    After spending years in an arranged marriage as the repressed wife of an older man, Amanda Wainwright has learned the hard way that money can't buy happiness. She arrives in Willow Creek, Montana determined to keep a deathbed promise to her husband and do something to help other people. When Amanda meets a handsome, mysterious stranger who tempts her with sweet promises and long nights of passion, she discovers a fiery, passionate nature that could lead her to disaster.

    For Samuel Calhoun, falling in love wouldn't just be foolish, it could be deadly. He's on assignment as an undercover agent for the Secret Service. In order to maintain his secret identity he accepts an offer from a consortium of mine owners to seduce, humiliate and ruin the Widow Wainwright. Before long, Sam knows he's met the woman who can banish the aching emptiness in his soul and he's willing to risk everything – even his life – to be with her.

    4 Stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews – Crisp dialogue and enjoyable characters mark this lovely novel.

    Thank you for this opportunity!
    Deborah Schneider – 2009 RWA Librarian of the Year

  28. Julia Knight
    Jan 18, 2010 @ 08:22:46

    Oooh free promo! :D

    Love is My Sin the second in my fantasy romance series, came out from Samhain on the 12th January. The first, Ilfayne’s Bane is now in print ( and a finalist in the Epic awards)

    Break his oath, he loses his soul. Keep it-‘and he loses his heart.

    Oathcursed, Book 2

    Devastated crops force regent Lord Hunter to do the one thing he always swore he'd never do: form an alliance with the neighboring tribal kingdom. The oath to offer his beloved foster son in marriage, however, begins digging holes in his heart the moment he meets the intended bride. He can't afford to fall in love with the alluring Reethan Chieftain, not if he's to keep his oath-‘and his soul-‘intact.

    Nerinna has always used her charms to manipulate her tribal chiefs, as tradition demands. But Lord Hunter's honest, passionate nature intrigues her like no other man's has before, challenging her cynical notions. Her wiles have no effect on him. In fact, her every action only seems to alienate him more.

    Although their desire hangs thick and heavy in the air, Hunter keeps to the letter of his oath-‘until the god of justice decrees that Hunter must die. Nerinna knows of only one way to save him: offer herself in exchange. It's a sacrifice Hunter can't allow her to make, but to defy the priest means he must choose a side.

    With his god-‘or against him.

    Warning: Includes a sultry temptress, a noble hero, a fatal attraction, a sarcastic wizard, a forbidden passion, a vengeful god, a sly priest and a religious war. Oh, and people spontaneously combusting.

  29. Kris Norris
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 13:10:10

    Healing Hands
    Book 1: Enchanted Lovers
    by: Kris Norris
    Released: January 4th
    Total-e-Bound

    Mira has only five days to lose her virginity, or face certain death…and only one man is up for the job.

    Shunned by her Kingdom because she’s been given the gift of healing over fire, Mira anxiously awaits her freedom. All she has to do is complete her Rite of Passage and pass the auspicious Ritual of Sisterhood. There’s just one catch. If she doesn’t lose her virginity before the Ritual begins, she’ll die. And just her luck, none of the Kingdom’s tutors will touch her.

    Hoping to ensure failure, Mira’s been given a tutor with a curse of his own. Hailing from Garinth, Keegan’s plagued with a serious problem. His body only reacts to women who possess certain qualities. So when he wakes to find himself imprisoned in a Kingdom ruled by witches, he can’t imagine how any of them measure up. But then, he never counted on Mira, or the way his body comes to life, filling his head with delicious images of seduction.

    He’d love nothing more than to tame this pretty little witch, but can he claim her before their time runs out?

    Warning: Erotic Romance… Hot and spicy. Fan and water may be required.

    For excerpts or to watch a book trailer, please visit my website at KrisNorris.ca

    Thanks for having me.
    Kris

  30. UrsulaGrey
    Feb 07, 2010 @ 15:00:04

    Hello All!

    Let me introduce myself, I'm Ursula Grey, an author of romance and erotic romance. I've recently been published with eXcessica and Bookstrand! I've been writing all my life, and I feel fortunate to be able to share my work with you, my future readers, (I hope)! I believe in happy endings, that writing should inspire, and leave readers with a positive message and a good feeling. I hope you'll enjoy my work!

    Sincerely,
    Ursula

    Visit me at: http://ursulagrey.wordpress.com

    Second Chances, a Bookstrand Mainstream Romance, is now available at Amazon and ARE!

    Here’s the blurb for Second Chances:

    Chance encounters bring together three women from very different walks of life and with little in common-‘except for the desire to obtain a second chance at life…and perhaps even love.

    A mysterious birthday gift, a husband’s devastating deception, and a secret past during World War II send the women on an unforgettable journey to France that will change their lives forever. Will Delia, the young runaway, find the father she never knew, a father who knows nothing of her existence? Will one impulsive night change Gwen, a soon-to-be-divorcee’s, life forever? Can Jeanne, a French war bride, face her past and rekindle a romance with a lost love? When Delia disappears, the answers to these questions must wait.

    Thank you for this opportunity, Dear Author!

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