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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for January 2011

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.


  1. Jill Myles
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 14:14:44

    Thanks for letting us plug, ladies! :)

    My third book, MY FAIR SUCCUBI, hits shelves on Tuesday. While it is the third book in the series, you don’t have to read the other two to catch up on this story (though of course I always recommend it!). If you haven’t tried my books, I tend to compare them to Katie Macalister’s Aisling Grey (but with a lot more sex).

    If you’ve never read my books before, you can download some free shorts of my stuff on Smashwords:

    The Succubus Diaries shorts are also available for free on B&N’s nook.

    You can also check my website (where you can also read the first chapter of all 3 books):


  2. Lynne Connolly
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 14:22:56

    Thank you, DA, for the opportunity.

    I don’t usually do direct promotions, but I’m so chuffed about the Cougar Challenge series that I’m going to do it this time.
    Many books in the series got nominated for the CAPA awards last week, and we’ve had some wonderful reviews. And it’s been a joyful experience, working with the ladies on the series.

    So my second Cougar Challenge book, Sunshine On Chrome, is coming out from Ellora’s Cave on the 29th December. It’s the story of Lacey, a 45 year old woman who owns a cosmetics company in Chicago and Verill, a 35 year old cybernetics expert and would-be around the world motorcyclist. His leaving date is set, and Lacey won’t go with him.

    This was such fun to write, and check out the cover!

  3. Liz Talley
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 14:31:33

    Wow! I’m early!
    Thanks for the promo, Dear Author.

    This January 11th, I’ve got something to warm you even if snow is up to your eaves. My third Superromance A Little Texas comes out – it will take you back to Oak Stand, Texas, with the fiesty, fabulous Kate Newman as she attempts to blackmail her birthfather and save her Vegas salon from being sold to pay the IRS. Her father agrees to her demands with one caveat – she has to spend two weeks with him at his palatial Texas estate. He sends the seriously sexy Rick Mendez to fetch her. Kate’s heart is a bitter and hard as a wizened seed. Can emptying it of the anger and pain she’s carried, create enough room for love to grow? Well, yeah, it’s a romance! LOL

    You find out more about my books at

    Thanks again, DA!

  4. liz talley
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 14:34:53

    @Liz Talley: Oops. I didn’t mean “caveat,” I meant “exception”. Jeez, my head’s still foggy from celebrating Christmas. :)

  5. Marie Force
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 14:38:00

    Thanks for the opportunity! FATAL JUSTICE, Book 2 in my Fatal Series, releases January 3, continuing Sam and Nick’s story that began in FATAL AFFAIR:

    She looked into the dead face of the man she’d dined with the night before

    Standing over the body of a Supreme Court nominee, Lieutenant Sam Holland is hip-deep in another high-profile murder case. The fact that she was one of the last people to see Julian Sinclair alive just complicates things even more. On the plus side, her relationship with Senator Nick Cappuano is heating up-‘but it’s also attracting a lot of unwanted media attention and blinding flash bulbs.

    The pressure is on for Sam to find Sinclair’s killer, but a new lead in her father’s unsolved shooting puts her in unexpected danger. When long-buried secrets threaten to derail her relationship with Nick, Sam realizes that while justice can be blind, mixing romance with politics has the potential to be fatal…

    Get it at under the Romantic Suspense tab. Read more about The Fatal Series on my website at

    Thanks again!

  6. Lauren Willig
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 14:59:52

    Happy holidays, all! And thanks so much, Dear Author folks, for providing us with this forum.

    My latest book, THE ORCHID AFFAIR, comes out on January 20th. I call this my Sound of Music meets James Bond book. Paris. 1804. Former governess, Laura Grey, will do anything to get away from governessing, including apprenticing herself to that elusive floral spy, the Pink Carnation. Laura is quickly given an assignment– as a governess. Placed in the home of Andre Jaouen, right hand man to Napoleon’s sinister minister of police, Laura quickly deduces there’s more to Andre than meets the eye….

    Library Journal calls THE ORCHID AFFAIR a “supremely nerve-wracking, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, can't-sleep-until-everyone-is-safe read”. Kirkus Reviews adds, “Willig's sparkling series continues to elevate the Regency romance genre.”

    You can find out more about THE ORCHID AFFAIR (including an excerpt) here:

    For those curious about my earlier books, I’m posting daily excerpts from each between now and New Year’s Day, when I’ll be kicking off the New Year with a sneak peek at a chapter from THE ORCHID AFFAIR. You can find those here:

    Happy New Year and happy reading!

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  8. Olivia Brynn
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 16:52:04

    Hey thanks, DA for the plug spot!

    My next short story Last Call comes out on Monday 1/3/11 from Liquid Silver Books.

    She’s drunk dialing. He’s a firefighter with a conscience. Together they make sparks.

    More info:

    Thanks again!
    Olivia Brynn

  9. Pamela Turner
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 17:47:22

    Thanks, DA, for the opportunity! Hope I get this right. :-)

    My debut short novel, Death Sword, a paranormal/urban fantasy, releases January 3 from Lyrical Press.

    The only thing more dangerous than an angel of death is one obsessed with vengeance.

    For more information and an excerpt:

    You can also read short descriptions of the characters, link to the trailer, and read some flash fiction at

    Thanks again!

    Pamela Turner

  10. Sophie Gunn
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 18:45:55

    The first book in my Enemy Club series comes out January 3rd. Four women who were the worst of enemies in high school are now the best of friends as adults. But they’re friends with a difference: they promise each other to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth as they each see it from their very (very!) different points of view.

    How Sweet It Is. to find out more.


  11. Kenneth Rosenberg
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 20:31:40

    Hello, I am a male author, but yes, I did write a contemporary romance. Crazy, I know! It is POD, and is scheduled to come out on January 3rd. Here is the description:

    Katherine Spencer is an up-and-coming architect in New York City. Her professional life is on the fast-track. Her personal life is a shambles. Katherine compares every man she ever meets to Nick Bancroft, the billionaire's son who broke her heart one summer long ago. Now, twelve years later he's suddenly reappeared, asking her to design a house at the cove where they shared their first kiss. Is he looking for an architect, or something more? And should she forgive him?

    You can find out more here:


  12. Delilah Hunt
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 23:07:49

    Hi everyone. I write erotic interracial romance. My e-book Tempting Mr. Parker will be released on Jan 7th from Evernight Publishing.
    Thirty-nine year old CEO and architect Caden Parker is in love with Shakara James. For years he's kept his attraction to the alluring stripper a secret, masking his guilty desire with disdain and contempt. When his hunger for the twenty-one year old becomes too hot to handle, he reveals his feelings, even though he's afraid she'll be disgusted and reject him.

    Shakara yearns for the day when Caden, her best friend's brother, will look beyond her poverty and the choices she was forced to make as a teenage runaway. As Cade's feelings come to light, Shakara is stunned and overjoyed, but will there be consequences for their love?

    Excerpt on my page:

  13. Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 07:13:18

    Thanks for the promo op! Mistress by Midnight, the second book in my Courtesan Court series releases tomorrow (12/28). It’s Cathy and Heathcliff without the crazy obsession and dead puppies.

  14. Keri Stevens
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 10:08:09

    Thanks, Jayne!

    My Carina Press paranormal, STONE KISSED, debuts today on your friendly neighborhood eReader. For more info and an excerpt, please visit

  15. Olivia Brynn
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 10:12:59

    I just got word that my short hot interracial At Ease will be out on January 21, 2011 from Ellora’s Cave!

    “A man in uniform is always hard to resist. So are Jaycee’s classroom fantasies about Tyler.”

    More info here:

    Thanks again, Dear Author!

  16. Angela Henry
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 14:36:39

    Thanks Dear Author for letting us share! My romantic suspense/thriller, The Paris Secret, will be released January 17th from Carina Press!

    Less than twenty-four hours after fleeing to Paris, Maya Sinclair is the prime suspect in a brutal murder-and targeted by the real killer. When she’s viciously attacked in the gardens of Versailles, Maya barely escapes with her life thanks to sexy french journalist Simon Girard.

    Simon has been investigating the mysterious death of his brother, and art forger with ties the the woman Maya is suspected of killing. Still healing from a heartbreak of his own, Simon reluctantly joins forces with Maya, who has awakened feeling within him he thought long dead.

    Their search for answers uncovers the existence of a secret society, and puts them on a quest to find a missing crucifix rumored to hold the key to everlasting life. Together, Maya and Simon race through Paris one step ahead of a killer who will do anything to ensure some secrets stay buried forever…

    The Paris Secret is available for preorder at

    Review copies are available on NetGalley!

    For more information, please visit:

  17. Karina Bliss-
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 17:51:23

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Here Comes The Groom is my January Harlequin Superromance release. Here’s the blurb:

    If Jocelyn Swann weren’t so furious she’d probably laugh. Her best friend, Dan Jansen, has launched a campaign worthy of his Special Forces Training to arrange their wedding, from music and minister to flowers and food. What part of no does he not understand?

    Their marriage agreement was a tipsy scrawl on the back of a coaster three years ago. It’s not a question of love. Of course she loves Dan. She’s loved him all her life. If only she could get him to slow down a minute and listen – to be the friend she needs right now – she could convince him that marriage would ruin everything.

    You can read an except on my website at

    Karina Bliss

  18. Allison Pang
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 22:08:12

    Thanks for the opportunity to shout out. :)

    My debut UF novel, A Brush of Darkness, will be out on the 25th.

    You can check out more info on my website at:

    I should have an excerpt up soon!

    I had a naked incubus in my bedroom. With a frying pan of half-cooked bacon and a hard-on. And a unicorn bite on his ass. Christ, this was turning out to be a weird morning.

  19. K. Z. Snow
    Dec 28, 2010 @ 00:11:34

    Many thanks again, DA, for giving us an opp to get the word out.

    My m/m contemporary, precious_boy, is being released January 5 by Dreamspinner Press. Following is a blurb. You can see the striking Anne Cain cover as well as read an excerpt by going to DSP’s “Coming Soon” page and clicking on the book’s listing.


    It was just an amateur porn video, like thousands of others on the Internet. Like hundreds Jonathan Wright has seen and hundreds more he’s ignored. He hadn’t intended to watch it, but he finally gives in to his curiosity. When he sees the lithe, blond young man who’s doing naughty things with a bearish, older man, he’s seduced … and feels like a pervert afterward. The youth in the video seems a little too young, despite the fact he has his own escort service. Worse yet, Jon gets the nagging feeling he’s seen “Justin Time,” aka precious_boy, before.

    When Jon takes a chance and meets Justin in a Chicago hotel room, Jon's past, present, and possibly his future begin to converge in alarming and confusing ways. There's no escaping the resulting dilemma: Jon must decide just how involved he wants to get with a sweet kid whose life has turned sour — a decision made more complex by a surprising connection to a lover from Jon's past.

  20. Lisa Hendrix
    Dec 28, 2010 @ 03:29:45

    Thanks to DA for this venue.

    Immortal Champion, out January 4 from Berkley, is part my Immortal Brotherhood series, about a crew of Viking warriors cursed by a powerful sorceress, Although it’s the third in the series, it stands alone.

    Gunnar the Red must toil through eternity as a were-beast, living out his days as a great bull, while his nights are spent in human form. Though he keeps mostly to the wilds, his heart yearns for the simple comforts of man…until one fateful night when fate offers him the chance to redeem a tragic past. Can the maid he rescues save him in return?

  21. Lexxie Couper
    Dec 29, 2010 @ 03:56:04

    Two men, one woman, one momentous dare.

    So, when my editor dared me to write a contemporary erotic menage rom-com, I kinda freaked out. I’ve never written anything but disturbing, twisted, dark paranormals. But out of my head poured Triple Dare, a smoldering hot tale set on the side of a snow covered mountain.

    Serious and determined, Joseph Hudson isn't Australia's businessman of the year for nothing. So now he's asking himself, how did he get lost on the side of a mountain in the Colorado Rockies-‘in the middle of winter-‘with night fast approaching? Three simple words. I dare you.

    Fear isn't in Rob Thorton's vocabulary. Life is for the taking, and Rob uses both hands. Challenging his best mate to take an impromptu snowboarding trip to the U.S. is just the latest in a lifetime of dares. Besides, he has an ulterior motive for the trip. And a plan…

    Park Ranger Anna McCarthy knows what trouble looks like, and it's written all over the two Aussies she first encounters in the ski lodge. Instinct has her following them onto the mountain, and sure enough, they end up needing her winter survival expertise. But not even her skills can stop her body from responding to the sexy muscles she finds beneath their ski suits.

    Stuck in a remote cabin until the storm passes, the temperatures rise until all bets are off. And a double dare turns into a triple threat-‘to their hearts.

    Triple Dare is part of Samhain’s Red Hot Winter anthology along with Jess Dee’s Winter Fire and Delilah Devlin’s True Heart. Check it out at

    Thank you so much, DA for this brilliant promo op.

  22. Caridad Pineiro
    Dec 30, 2010 @ 07:43:41

    Thanks so much for this opportunity!

    My next release, AZTEC GOLD, comes out from Carina Press on January 3 and as an audio book at on January 12.

    Here is a little teaser:

    Six months ago, Cynthia Guerrera's lover and fellow archaeologist Rafael Santiago trekked into the Mexican jungle in search of one of the fabled Cities of Gold-‘and never emerged. Guilty over their parting, Cynthia won't rest until she knows what happened. When the discovery of a conquistador's journal corroborates Rafe's intended path, Cynthia is determined to finally leave the safety of the museum to rescue him, despite the conquistador's dire warnings, and her own traumatic past.

    Arriving at a remote village deep in the jungle, Cynthia is both elated and angered to find Rafe alive. But he is far from well, having watched his team be decimated by a bloodthirsty demon-goddess. When Rafe reveals he has been gifted with supernatural powers-‘powers he plans to use to kill the beast and save his brother, still held captive in the temple-‘Cynthia must face her own inner demons to fight alongside the man she loves.

    You can also drop by the Carina Press blog on January 4 to find out more about what inspired this book, including a hair rising climb to the top of a Mexican pyramid! (Did I mention I’m afraid of heights?)

    Thank you all for taking the time to drop by!

  23. Jess Dee
    Dec 30, 2010 @ 23:32:40

    Thanx DA, for giving us the chance for this promo.

    I have a book releasing at Samhain Publishing on the 4th of January, as part of the Red Hot Winter Anthology. It’s called Winter Fire:

    Guilty pleasures can heat the coldest winter night…

    There's never been any question in Rachel Ashberg's mind. Jackson Brooks is the one, and they both know it. The problem? Thanks to his unbreakable rule-‘never date his twin sister's friends-‘he's completely off-limits. Even if they can't imagine being with anyone else.

    It's been over two years since their last encounter, when they gave in-‘just once-‘to their passion. Now, as the Brooks twins' milestone birthday approaches, Rachel and Jackson are about to meet again at a gorgeous mountain resort. Needing something to take the edge off the desire that has never faded, she indulges in a fling with sexy stranger Garreth Halt. He even makes her forget Jackson for a while. Or…maybe not.

    When she mentions Jackson's name in passing, Garreth picks up on all the hidden undertones in her voice. And he brings Jackson into their bed, if only in a fantasy they play out together. Funny thing about Garreth's fantasies, though. Even the most improbable, impossible ones have a way of becoming reality…

    Warning: Enough heat is contained within these pages that you won't even notice the winter cold. You might fall in love with Jackson-‘the real-life hero, determined to protect his sister from further pain-‘but it's the handsome stranger, Garreth, who'll take your breath away.

    Winter Fire releases along with Lexxie Couper’s Triple Dare and Delilah Devlin's True Heart.

  24. Emma Petersen
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 11:52:23

    Hey DA Ladies,

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to pimp my latest release, Reign of Pleasure.

    Deposed queen Rhiannon's sexual proclivities have finally gotten her into trouble. After Rhiannon took a pleasure slave who didn't belong to her, the courtesan's master is asking the ultimate price for the trespass-‘not Rhiannon's life, but her body…and complete submission for three days. Rhiannon is determined to submit only her body, but Lord Ignius Sebastian, her new master, will settle for nothing less than her soul.

    You can find an excerpt here and here. And you can buy your very own copy here.

    Author’s Note: This title contains one kick ass queen, F/F sexxorring, spanking & sorta knife play. Meaning there’s a knife inovlved but not involved involved.

    Thanks again ladies & congrats to al the other authors with January releases!

  25. Timothy McGivney
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 17:58:03

    hello to everyone at Dear Author!

    I’m exited to announce that my very first novel, Zombielicious, published by MLRpress, is now available.
    I’m rating the book triple X for sex, violence and profanity.

    Amidst a zombie outbreak, Walt, athletic and confident, meets shy and quiet Joey, the attraction between them both instant and electric. With strength in numbers, they band together alongside fellow survivors; Jill, an ex-porn star turned nurse who’s made a startling discovery about her past; Ace, a disgruntled security guard who just can’t live up to certain short comings; and Molly, the fiery redhead unwilling to give up on her dreams of stardom.
    In this apocalyptic new world of the dead, an anything-goes attitude has become the law of the land and lust, betrayal, true love and redemption are all just a gunshot away.

    Thanks and take care, Tim.

  26. silverheart7102
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 21:54:20

    Hola everyone! I have lurked around for awhile and I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Andy and I am a 21 year old nursing student. Well, I don’t know what else to write so… hello!

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