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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for January 2012

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. Zoe Archer
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 18:00:31

    Dear Readers,

    CHAIN REACTION, Book 2 in my 8th Wing sci-fi romance series, will be released by Carina Press on January 9. The hero is one of my favorite types of heroes to write—the kick-ass nerd. Here’s the blurb:

    Elite 8th Wing pilot Celene Jur was taken captive after a mysterious device temporarily disabled her ship’s controls. Three solar months later, when Celene receives intel on the man who built the device, she’s ready to get the bastard. Only problem is, the higher-ups think her mission partner should be Nils Calder, a tech-head who can understand the disabling device. The attraction between them is electric – but Celene needs a soldier who can watch her back as she exacts her revenge.

    Nils knows the pilots refer to his department as NerdWorks. As far as Celene is concerned, the closest the tech geeks come to combat is all-night Nifalian chess tournaments. But behind the NerdWorks insignia on his sleeve Nils is an able fighter, ready to prove himself and gain Celene’s trust.

    The desire between the two is unexpected, but with the fate of thousands of lives hanging in the balance, the hotshot pilot and the tech genius must succeed in their mission – no matter the cost.

    Read an excerpt and find links to pre-order here:

    Thanks for the promo opportunity, DA!

  2. Sheryl Nantus
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 18:08:39

    “Heroes Without, Monsters Within”, the second in my superhero romance “Blaze of Glory” series, comes out January 3rd from Samhain Publishing!

    Fight alone, die alone.

    In the weeks since Jo “Surf” Tanis and her rough-and-tumble band of super-powered actors broke free of the government-sponsored superhero show, they’re all still dealing with the aftershock of adjusting to this thing called reality.

    It doesn’t get much more real than a mission to dig survivors out of what’s left of Erie, PA, after a mysterious earthquake. A trembler that powerful is as out of place as Jo feels as the de-facto leader of the troupe. Not to mention the soul-shaking feelings she has for Hunter, a team member whose past as an Agency Guardian casts a heavy shadow over any possible relationship.

    It seems one of the supers, an earth-warper named Ground Pounder, has gone rogue, using his freedom from the Agency’s brand of virtual slavery to put the “villain” back in supervillain. Failure to find him before any more innocent bystanders are hurt means the team could be back under the Agency’s thumb.

    It’s a burden that doesn’t rest easy on Jo’s shoulders…especially when the man who’s invaded her heart is caught in the crossfire.

    Excerpt and links at my website:

    Available now as a pre-order at Amazon, B&N and Samhain Publishing!

    (and yes – thanks to DA for the chance to plug!)

  3. Avery Flynn
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 19:31:14

    That Horrible Itch – A heartbreaking tale of a psoriasis sufferer with daddy issues …

    Just kidding. :)

    A DRY CREEK BED by Avery Flynn out Jan. 4 from Evernight Publishing.

    Dry Creek County Sheriff Hank Layton is the stuff of dreams. Nasty, steamy, delicious fantasies that leave Beth Martinez weak-kneed and desperately wanting the man she can never have.

    Hank can’t stop thinking about Beth to the point where he’s afraid of becoming permanently bowlegged. And even though the sexual tension between them is thick enough to trip over, she runs every time he chases.

    But when a mysterious developer forces her neighbors off their land, Beth becomes the one person standing between the scoundrel and millions of dollars. Only Hank can help her uncover the truth. Together they risk their lives exposing decades-old secrets and learn that everything is not as it seems in their rural Nebraska town.

    In A DRY CREEK BED, Avery Flynn once again brings readers a strong and sexy romantic suspense novel, with plenty of action, engaging characters and an unexpected ending.

    Excerpts and trailer:

    Thanks to everyone at Dear Author for the opportunity to share!

  4. Cari Quinn
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 19:33:58

    My sexy contemporary novella, No Dress Required, will be releasing soon from Entangled Publishing. Here’s the blurb and link with excerpt (buy links will be up soon):

    After years of ho-hum dating, Noelle Gregory is tired of fooling around. There’s only ever been one guy for her—Jake Conroy, her best friend’s older brother. Now that Jake’s back in town, she’s headed to his sister’s New Year’s Eve party to make her move. Purse full of condoms? Check. Sparkly dress guaranteed to show Jake the sexy woman she’s become? Check.

    Carjacker that makes off with both two hours before the party? Check.

    When Jake finds Noelle stranded on the side of the road—looking sexier than ever in her striped socks and silly holiday shirt, damn it—he’s glad for the snowstorm that cancels his sister’s party. His and Noelle’s friendship has tormented him for years, and now, Jake wonders if he should dare to sample what he’s always wanted…and if he’ll be able to walk away when it’s over.

    Thank you, DA, for the opportunity to share our releases!

  5. L. A. Witt & Lauren Gallagher
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 21:09:03

    I have two releases as L. A. Witt:

    (Vamp/Were M/M/M, book 1 of the Tooth & Claw series)
    Samhain Publishing, January 3


    Love’s compass is never wrong—even when it points in two different directions.

    After pleading his case to his wolf clan’s Elders, Levi is granted the right to bond with Ian, his male human lover, on one condition: they must spend one year apart. Then Levi must use only their spiritual connection to find Ian, or the deal is off.

    Tracking down his lover is easy, but Levi isn’t prepared for the changed man he finds.

    The agony of separation was too much for Ian. In a moment of weakness, he reached out—to a vampire. Now he’s a vampire himself, and Levi’s devastation—and rejection—is like a stake to his heart. But it’s nothing compared to the fury of the clan that wants Ian brought to justice for desecrating their most sacred ritual.

    Afraid for Ian’s safety, Levi puts the pain aside and races to get to Ian first, but he faces unexpected competition: Darius, Ian’s maker. When they come together, all hell breaks loose, Ian is on the run…and the only way Levi and Darius can save the man they love is work together.

    If they don’t kill each other first.

    Product Warnings — Contains two vampires and a werewolf who really, really, really want to hate each other. Except when they want each other. And have violent, sweaty, angry sex with each other. But they still hate each other. Mostly.

    The second is NOBLE METALS
    (M/M Steampunk Novella)
    January 4 from Carnal Passions

    Ever since he gambled away his chance to make it to Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush, Robert Belton has been stranded in Seattle working as a prostitute. When an attractive customer carrying a mysterious wooden box comes into the brothel in search of a bed for the night, Robert’s more than willing to oblige. When he learns his customer is also looking for a crew to help him haul provisions to the gold fields in the frozen north, Robert jumps at the chance and volunteers.

    Dr. John Fauth is only looking for one thing in Dawson City, and it isn’t gold. He needs platinum for his semiconductor research, and if he doesn’t find it in the Klondike, the university that employs him will be more than happy to redirect their funds to more profitable scientists. Just getting to the gold fields is a grueling, dangerous journey, especially when a competitor will stop at nothing to get his hands on an invaluable device in John’s possession.

    As they fall for each other out on the bitterly cold trail, John and Robert may just find themselves with more to lose than they could ever gain in the gold fields of the Yukon Territory.

  6. Skye Warren
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 21:53:45

    Releasing late January is my erotic romance, Trust In Me:

    Mia is a whore on a mission. She’ll free the shipment of human cargo from her mobster boyfriend, a.k.a. her owner, and, if she’s lucky, die in the process. But luck abandons her yet again when she finds out that the security expert in charge of the shipment is none other than her childhood crush, Tyler Martinez. Turns out he’s an FBI undercover agent with the same goal as Mia. Though he doesn’t trust her, Tyler and Mia must work together to free the slaves – and stay alive. Trust In Me is a story of erotic pain and incipient romance, spiraling ever faster toward betrayal or redemption.

    Thanks so much!

  7. Finn Marlowe
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 23:24:21

    Cheating death is easy—the hard part is knowing when not to…

    Discover the reason in Forever in One Second (M/M, paranormal), my January 10, 2012 release from Samhain Publishing:

    From the moment an anonymous rescuer pulled him back from the brink of death, Dane Harper has vowed to live every second of his life to the fullest. Nothing would please him more than to share those stolen moments with the man who, literally, held his life in his hands. First, though, he has to find him. Then convince him it’s safe to come out of his self-imposed shadows.

    Even if it means playing dirty.

    Court has no regrets about manipulating that one second of fate to save Dane’s life, but having this accursed power to cheat death isn’t the only thing darkening his lonely existence. The last thing he needs is an eternal optimist shining a cheery light on the dark, tortured corners of his past. Except now that Dane has found him, there’s no shaking him…and the longer Court basks in Dane’s relentless warmth, the more he begins to believe that maybe, just maybe, happiness can at last be his.

    Distracted by the devilish sparkle in Dane’s eyes, Court begins to forget that there are those who would kill to control his stunning power. And that Dane is the perfect bait…

    Excerpt and purchase information available at:
    or read more at:


  8. Nadia Lee
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 00:37:21

    I have a new release from Carina! :-)

    The Last Slayer

    Ashera del Cid is a talented demon hunter, but when she kills a demigod’s pet dragon, the hunter becomes the hunted. Her only potential ally is Ramiel, a sexy-as-hell demon. Now the two must work together to battle dragons and demigods…and the chemistry crackling between them.

    Ramiel has his own reasons for offering Ashera his protection. He knows her true identity and the real reason the demigods want her dead. What he can’t predict is how she’ll react when she discovers he knew who she was all along…

    Ashera is shocked to discover that she is the only daughter of the last slayer. To claim her destiny, she and Ramiel must join forces to face down danger and outwit their enemies. Only then will she be able to truly accept her legacy…

    102,000 words

    For more info including excerpts, reviews & buy links —

  9. Marguerite Kaye
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 05:39:58

    I have a new release from Harlequin Historical. The Wicked Lord Rasenby was actually the first book I wrote for Mills&Boon, and it’s an old skool historical. Here’s the blurb:

    A scandalous proposition only a rake would accept!

    The Honourable Clarissa Warrington despairs when her beautiful, foolish sister becomes the latest female to set her cap at the ton’s most notorious rake. For Amelia’s sake, Clarissa must act fast… The devastatingly attractive and wealthy Kit, Lord Rasenby, is bored. London society holds little excitement for him, so the incurable womaniser is tempted by a most unusual offer. If he can provide the intriguing Clarissa with the adventure of a lifetime, she will provide him with – herself!

    Out in North America 20th Jan, it’s actually available on Kindle in the UK now and there’s an excerpt on my website, with a Goodreads giveaway of a signed copy running now.

  10. Lindsay Townsend
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 06:55:31

    My medieval historical romance, ‘The Snow Bride,’ is out today. For cover, details and excerpts please see my blog:

    Thank you.
    Lindsay Townsend

  11. Bonnie Dee
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 07:26:36

    THE PSYCHIC AND THE SLEUTH, another Devon/Dee joint, will be available from Samhain in January. Those who’ve enjoyed our historicals will be sure to like this tale with a paranormal bent.

    To stop a killer, a cynical investigator must trust in the powers of a handsome and gifted psychic.

    Inspector Robert Court works to uncover frauds among the mediums in the thriving culture of spiritualism existing in late Victorian London. Psychic Oliver Marsh is a confidence man who sometimes experiences flashes of insight. One night during a séance Marsh experiences a full blown paranormal incident and reveals information about a murder case Court knows too well. Soon the detective begins to believe the psychic has true abilities as more facts about the murder of Court’s cousin are revealed.

    The two men are on the case, and on each other, racing to stop a murderer before he kills again. Court fights his attraction to the handsome young psychic, who’s rapidly breaking down the stolid detective’s defenses and weaving a spell around his heart.

  12. Eleri Stone
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 09:36:52

    My paranormal romance Demon Crossings will be released January 2 from Carina Press. Here’s the blurb:

    Private investigator Grace tracks a kidnapped child to middle-of-nowhere Iowa. Encountering a strange creature she knows can’t be a local animal, she doesn’t need her psychic abilities to figure out the sleepy town is not what it seems. When she meets the intriguing Aiden, she’s plunged into a world of Norse gods and fire demons where the Wild Hunt still rides the night.

    Aiden needs Grace’s help to cross the portal between worlds and rescue his daughter. Grace is unlike any woman he’s ever met. He’s drawn to her courage, distressed by her vulnerability and doubtful of her motives. But he knows that her visions are the key to defeating the enemy and bringing everyone home alive.

    Grace wants a future with Aiden, even if it means she’ll never have a normal life. When a test run to the portal takes a terrifying turn, they must learn to finally trust each other or Aiden’s daughter, and their chance at love, will be lost forever…

    You can find more information, including an excerpt here.

  13. Angelia Sparrow
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 13:01:50

    POWER IN THE BLOOD is coming in January from Storm Moon Press and is currently available for pre-order.
    Oren Stolt understands the natural order better than most people. Vampires prey on humans and Undying keep the vampires’ numbers in check.

    Until now.

    Now, across the United States, vampire numbers are exploding, thanks to a new church. The Tabernacle of the Firstfruits preaches a Risen Lord and invites believers to follow Him in death and resurrection… quite literally.

    In Memphis, the church is about to host its first conference, with an eye to converting the whole world to the vampiric gospel.

    And all that stands between humanity and eternal night is Oren, his kids, and a thin line of insane immortals.

    Contains same-sex and opposite-sex relationships (bisexual characters) set against a family drama that plays out during a vampire apocalypse.

    Buy link:

  14. Veronica Scott
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 15:05:55

    Priestess of the Nile, a paranormal romance and my debut novella, coming from Carina Press January 23rd!

    Here’s the blurb:
    Egypt, 1500 BC

    Drawn to his abandoned temple on the banks of the Nile by an enchanting song, Sobek the Crocodile God is even more captivated by the sight of the singer herself. Appearing to her as a man, he learns she is Merys, a descendant of his last priestess. Though filled with lust, Sobek believes Merys deserves to be more than just his mistress. But the rules that govern the Egyptian pantheon forbid anything beyond a physical joining of a Great One and a human.

    Merys is attracted to the handsome stranger, who arouses passions in her that no man ever has. But with no dowry and no hope of ever leaving her village, she dares not dream of the future—or love.

    Sobek takes every opportunity to visit Merys, taxing his resolve to leave her pure. When he saves her life, their mutual desire must be sated. But can a love between a human and an immortal survive the ultimate test of the gods?

    Thank you for the opportunity & Happy New Year!

  15. Kerry Connor
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 10:01:36

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    My latest release, A HARD MAN TO FORGET, is a gothic-flavored romantic suspense available as an ebook for just 99 cents.

    Laura Morgan spent two years searching for the truth about her past, ever since the vicious attack that robbed her of her memory and her identity. She never expected answers to come in the form of a tall, dark stranger who believed she was his long-lost wife. Swept away to Simon Randall’s isolated home, she only found more questions, lurking danger…and unexpected passion with this stranger, her “husband.”

    Meanwhile, my next romantic thriller from Harlequin Intrigue, HER COWBOY DEFENDER, is officially a February release, but will be available in print or for immediate download from eHarlequin starting January 1:

    From the moment he finds himself staring down the barrel of her gun, Rancher Cade McClain knows Piper Lowry isn’t just another stranded tourist. Armed and desperate, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to carry out her mission. A mission she claims only he can help her with. Knowing it would be impossible to walk away from this tempting, determined woman, Cade offers her a place to hide from the gunmen on her trail. Despite his broad shoulders and intimidating gaze, it isn’t long before the straight-shooting cowboy realizes he can’t guarantee Piper’s safety. Even if his heart is beginning to tell him he has no choice but to try….

    Thanks again!

  16. Lee Hyat
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 15:12:25

    Available January 3rd, 2012!
    A Promise of Safekeeping by Lisa Dale

    Nine years ago, Lauren Matthews prosecuted the case of a lifetime. But her error in judgment sent an innocent man to prison. Now Arlen Fieldstone’s finally been released, and Lauren has only one thing on her mind: asking forgiveness. But how can she make up for nine years of his life?

    To get to Arlen, Lauren must first get through Arlen’s best friend, Will Farris. Will hasn’t forgotten Lauren from those days, and hasn’t forgiven her for destroying his best friend’s life. He is Arlen’s keeper—protecting him from suspicious neighbors as well as from Lauren.

    In the steaming summer streets of Richmond, Virginia, three people’s lives collide. Lauren needs forgiveness. Arlen needs hope. And Will? He needs something too, something that no one can know—especially not Lauren…

    Thanks for the promo opportunity!

  17. P. Kirby
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 16:39:37

    THE CANVAS THIEF, a paranormal romance, coming soon from Carina Press, January 9, 2012.
    Maya saw her first demon when she was seven. She learned to hide what she saw, ignore the paranormal beings around her and build an ordinary life. But she had to tell her secrets somehow, so she began drawing, creating her own world, her own characters.

    Twenty years after that first demon entered her life, her normal existence is shattered when she’s faced with two of her comic book characters come to life. Living in our world for years, each has his own agenda.

    Benjamin Black, sexy thief with a cause, wants to get back to his own world. The world Maya thought she created. Only now he says she’s his reason to stay in this one.

    Adam Richards, once a cop, now a ruthless crime lord, wants to be immortal and he’ll do anything, including hurting Maya’s loved ones, to get what he wants.

    The problem is, the men are inextricably linked through Maya’s drawings. Ridding the world of Adam means Benjamin disappears from Maya’s life forever…
    Currently available for pre-order at Amazon. (Also available to reviewer-folk via NetGalley.) Cover and a longer blurb here.

    Thanks for the promo opportunity and Happy New Year!

  18. Bernadette Walsh
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 18:15:28

    THE HOUSE ON PROSPECT, commercial women’s fiction with romantic elements, will be released by Echelon Press on January 15, 2012 and will be available on kindle, nook and other e-retailers.

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

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

    THE HOUSE ON PROSPECT is the winner of the 2010 WisRWA Fab Five Contest along with other RWA contests and is my second published novel. GOLD COAST WIVES was published by Lyrical Press in November 2011 and the first book in my paranormal trilogy, DEVIL’S MOUNTAIN, will be released by Lyrical Press in April 2012.

    Thank you for the opportunity. I love Dear Author!

  19. Missy Lyons
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 09:29:40

    Dear Readers,

    I invite you to check out my newest release, Bareback on the Beach. It is a contemporary m/m interracial romance and has just been released from Sugar and Spice Press. Here’s a few details about this sexy ebook that is guaranteed to heat up the coldest winter nights.

    Bareback on the Beach
    Publisher: Sugar and Spice Press
    Price: $3.99
    Length 15k
    Genre: Gay Interracial Romance

    Looking for love in all the wrong places can totally fuck up your life. Gerald Ford should know. He’s made one mistake after another, while learning a lesson or two along the way. One was to never let a woman try to talk you out of being gay. The second lesson was to not pick a woman over family, because that kind of thing burns bridges.

    He was about to fly to Hawaii to see his brother Harry get married, after not having talked to the man in over two years. Gerald’s not looking for a torrid love affair or a testosterone laden hunk who seduces him at every opportunity.

    But while in paradise, Gerry finds the last thing he is expecting, and the true meaning of Aloha is Love.

    You can buy it at the publishers website here:

    Thanks for reading and I appreciate all your support.

    Lots of Love!
    Missy Lyons
    writing wicked temptations in exotic locations

  20. Liz Flaherty
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 13:03:21

    ONE MORE SUMMER is a contemporary romance released by Carina Press on January 2, 2012.
    Grace has taken care of her widowed father her entire adult life and the ornery old goat has finally died. She has no job, no skills and very little money, and has heard her father’s prediction that no decent man would ever want her so often she accepts it as fact.

    But she does have a big old house on Lawyers Row in Peacock, Tennessee. She opens a rooming house and quickly gathers a motley crew of tenants: Promise, Grace’s best friend since kindergarten, who’s fighting cancer; Maxie, an aging soap opera actress who hasn’t lost her flair for the dramatic; Jonah, a sweet, gullible old man with a crush on Maxie.

    And Dillon, Grace’s brother’s best friend, who stood her up on the night of her senior prom and has regretted it ever since. Dillon rents Grace’s guest house for the summer and hopes to make up for lost time and past hurts—but first, he’ll have to convince Grace that she’s worth loving…

    Come visit me at


  21. Megan Erickson
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 13:41:09

    Anchor Me is a contemporary romance released the beginning of January 2013.

    It is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback versions. For an excerpt and purchasing info, please see my site here:

    Here is a blurb:
    Jillian Banner is adrift.

    Her brother, Gabe, had been her anchor since she was 13. But now he’s dead, leaving behind a pregnant fiancée and a business under investigation by the IRS. She is alone, having left the only man she ever loved under a haze of betrayal.

    Mark Chambers spent the summer trying to get over the loss of Jillian. Now that he also lost his best friend, Gabe, he’s barely keeping it together. He never betrayed Jillian, but he can’t tell her the truth, even if it was all for her. He made promises, and those promises go beyond the grave.

    In mourning, Mark and Jillian tentatively restart a relationship, throwing their support behind the mother of Gabe’s child. As the owner of an aquatic store, Jillian takes on her hardest challenge yet, helping a business partner sell captive-bred seahorses.

    But just when Jillian begins to trust Mark again, she finds the men in her life built walls of lies to protect her. To stay afloat, Jillian has to learn what she wants, what she needs and how to be her own anchor.

    Thank you!

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