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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for January 2013

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.


  1. Cathy Pegau
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 15:18:19

    Sweet! Thanks, Jayne and D.A.!

    I have a science fiction romance coming out Jan. 28 from Carina Press. CAUGHT IN AMBER is the second book set on the mining colony of Navarro. Though it’s in the same world as my first book, RULEBREAKER, and there are overlapping characters, CiA can be read (and enjoyed ; ) without having read RULEBREAKER. But if you want to buy that one too, you can : )

    CAUGHT IN AMBER is available for pre-order at

    Thanks! Happy reading and happy holidays, all! : )

  2. Laura Hunsaker
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 15:45:07

    Hi! Thanks DA, I love that you let authors promo here :)
    I’m Laura Hunsaker and my next in the Magic of the Highlands series is called Highland Games and releases December 28.

    This one follows Highland Destiny, but it can stand-alone as well. It’s a time travel Scottish Romance, and it’s novella length.

    “Malcolm “Colm” MacRobert is ordered by his chief to travel through time and return with a woman. Not just any woman, the daughter of Laird and Lady Grant. There’s one problem, though. Everyone knows the Grants never had a daughter. Who is he bringing back? And why is she so important that his laird using the village witch to send Colm over 200 years into the future?”

    Thanks again, DA!

  3. Christy McKellen
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 16:01:05

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to promo here.

    My debut novel HER NEW WORST ENEMY will be released on 7th January 2013 by Crimson Romance as part of their Spicy line (sexy contemporary). It’s category length, coming in at just over 50,000 words.


    Six months ago Ellie Holdsworthy’s life was all planned out – kids, wedding, happy ever after – until her boyfriend dumped her for another woman. Now her best friend, Penny – an heiress to a small fortune – looks set to run off with a gold-digger, and Ellie is determined to save her from certain doom . Unfortunately, the only person who can help is the one person she’d rather not ask…

    Little does Ellie know, persuading her brother’s best friend – commitment phobic, playboy businessman, Gideon DeLancy – to hold an intervention at his beautiful Georgian manor would be the easy part. Keeping her hands off him is a whole other matter.

    Gideon doesn’t intend to fall for his friend’s snarky sister, and he sure as hell doesn’t expect their weekend to develop into a full-on sex-fest. When passion takes a strangle-hold, their differences don’t seem to matter. After all, a torrid weekend affair should be the easiest thing in the world to walk away from, so why are they finding it so difficult…?


    All the best
    Christy x

  4. Sandy James
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 16:06:19

    Thanks for this opportunity!!
    The second book in my Alliance of the Amazon series will be released by Carina Press on January 14th. Although it’s the second book, it stands alone as well. The first book–The Reluctant Amazon–was a USA Today Recommended Read and is Carina Press’s #1 Fantasy Romance of all time! I’d be honored if you’d give my award-winning series a try!!

    Amazon Link BN Link Carina Link

    Here’s the blurb:
    Megan Feurer is strong and impetuous, like the Fire element she represents. She is an Amazon, sworn to protect humanity from demons, demigods and all manner of supernatural beings who wish ill upon the world. But her fire burns hot and fast, and her unpredictable control of the element brings into question her fitness as an Amazon.

    Johann Herrmann chose the life of a Sentinel–a trainer of the four Amazons–to save his sister’s life. Now bound to the patron goddess Rhiannon, he knows his duty demands a solitary existence. But when he’s assigned to evaluate the Fire Amazon, his sacrifice becomes much more difficult.

    Megan’s passions ignite a flame that neither she nor Johann can control, and the goddess Freya has reason to fan those flames. A mysterious force is gaining power, and Megan and Johann must join together to fight. And once a passionate fire has started, it’s nearly impossible to stop…

  5. Lori Sjoberg
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 16:09:42

    Thanks so much for the promo opportunity!

    My debut paranormal romance, GRAVE INTENTIONS, will be released on on January 3, 2013 by Kensington Publishing.

    Here’s the blurb:

    He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual—the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent—and now he’s got more than his soul to lose…

    One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah…and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.

    You can find Grave Intentions at:

    Happy holidays!

  6. Debra Kayn
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 16:12:08

    Wildly by Debra Kayn releases digitally January 21st from Crimson Romance, the romance imprint of F+W Media, and will release in print in March.

    You can read more about the book here or visit my website


    Shauna Marino left Cottage Grove, California an innocent teenager, gangly, wild and with no fashion sense, always diving headfirst into whatever feelings ruled the moment. Now, she’s back to fix her mistakes. She’s gained a respectable job, set a plan in motion to benefit the town, and all that’s left is to prove to Grayson Schyler she’s changed. Maybe this time, he won’t tell her no when she shows up naked and asks him to make her a woman.

    Grayson Schyler, former Wimbledon champion, would’ve recognized Shauna anywhere. She’s made his life sweeter one moment, and hell the next. As someone in the public eye, he’d gone to great strains not to allow the media to misread their relationship, which wasn’t always easy when Shauna was around. Now she’s back, asking for his help, and all he can think about is if she came back to make him pay for what he’d done.

  7. Sandy James
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 17:38:01

    @Cathy Pegau:
    I love your cover, Cathy!! Doesn’t Carina do great cover designs?? Congrats on the release!

  8. Jennifer Estep
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 17:57:54

    Thanks for the opportunity to post.

    CRIMSON FROST, the fourth book in my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series, will be released on Dec. 24. Here’s some more info about the book, although please note that this does have spoilers for the previous books in the series. So if you don’t like spoilers, you may want to skip the description:

    For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes — the most hideous face I’d ever seen. No matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw him everywhere I went. It was Loki — the evil god that I’d helped set free against my will.

    I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming. I’ve been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison — and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I’m guilty. If I’m going to get out of this mess alive, I’ll have to do it myself …

    You can read the first chapter of CRIMSON FROST here:

    There is also more information about the Mythos Academy books, characters, and more here:

    Happy reading and happy holidays, everyone!

  9. Gennita Low
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 18:23:13

    My new spy romance, Tempting Trouble, was released 27 Nov, so it’s a December book. It’s available on Amazon, BN, and Smashwords. Here’s the Amazon link:
    Having a top spy for a father has its benefits–Grace O’Connor can out-think and outsmart most people–and its downside–her secret must remain one. But that had never stopped her from getting into trouble. That is, after all, the nickname her father gave her.

    Taking an intern job at GNE for the summer at DC, she soon finds out the agency for which she works provides more than translation services. GNE sends out “recorders” to events of interest for the purpose of gathering and selling information. It doesn’t take long before Grace is involved in the middle of a chase for an important list of corrupt politicians. Or maybe there’s more to that because every spy agency seems to be after it too, including the arrogant and sexy Lance Mercy.

    Mercy, top COS commando, has been brought in to 1) extract a Chinese dissident with information about some weaponry stolen from the US and 2) catch the mole among them. Everything seems to be running smoothly until the appearance of that confounding woman who might or might not be an enemy. He has never met someone quite like Grace O’Connor–seemingly too young, incredibly sexy, and absolutely up-to-neck in the thick of this crazy business.

    Nuns on the run, odd Chinese words, double agents, dangerous daddy, non-aligned ghosts, three grains of rice, plus an assortment of spy games–falling in love would just be tempting trouble.
    Thanks for the promo op and happy holidays to everyone!

  10. Caroline A. Godin
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 19:07:06

    Hi, my Christmas novella HER CHRISTMAS PRINCE has just been released on Amazon worldwide in e-book format only. It’s a sweet romance set in the Florida Keys. Thanks for taking a look! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and all good things for 2013.


  11. Cathy Pegay
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 20:25:35

    @Sandy James:
    Thanks, Sandy! Love yours too :) And yes, Carina covers rock! Congrats on your release as well!

  12. wikkidsexycool
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 20:46:07

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks so much for this opportunity to promo ebook number two from the YA Alpha Girls Series.

    The first Alpha Girl was RAZHER, the tale of a Maori she-wolf on the run with a Russian vampire, and how the two become the Bonnie and Clyde of the Netherworld. Her book was released in November and it’s available at Amazon.

    The second is the story of a teen Valkyrie, in the YA paranormal Valkyrie Jones:

    Valencia Perez just found out her real name is Valkyrie -yes that kind of Valkyrie- which explains her glowing skin whenever she gets anxious and the lightning, thunder and rain when she can’t control her emotions. After fourteen years in foster care, her uncle Heimdallr finally reveals all. Now she’s got a snarky, hundred year old Elf as her guide through the netherworld, and a large Werebear as a protector. Not to mention Loki’s estranged son has the hots for her, but he’s a Kitsune, or a trickster and the first time they met he tried to kill her. Actually, since finding out who and what she is, all sorts of creatures have been trying to either kill her or hook up with her. Hopefully, if she’s able to survive shield maiden training “Uncle” Odin might let her have her Quinceañera in Asgaard. Now that would be truly AWESOME.

    Read a free excerpt here:

  13. Tara Thompson
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 21:50:11

    Happy Holidays!!!
    I love your blog and am happy to announce my debut novel has recently been published.
    Trouble is brewing in MELTDOWN, a juicy, glamorous 80,000 word novel. NYSSA escaped an abusive father to become a runway renegade. Lately she’s caught the eye of STEVE, soon-to-be Governor of Texas. As he publicly dumps his Miss Texas wife for Hollywood’s latest ‘It’ girl, his state faces financial crisis. DEMETRI, a sexy hedge fund manager, is distracted by Steve’s new girlfriend. Years ago, Nyssa ran from him and he’s never forgotten her. But why is he still interested? Demetri’s dating AISLINN, a woman as brilliant as she is beautiful. She’s falling fast for Demetri and has no idea that she might be the one getting played. Can a MELTDOWN be avoided?
    Please download at

  14. Sheryl Nantus
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 22:13:27

    “Claws Bared” comes out on January 21st, the sequel to “Blood of the Pride” from Carina Press!

    Book two of Blood of the Pride

    Rebecca Desjardin, a P.I. and cat shifter, doesn’t normally find herself in strip clubs. But a popular male dancer has been murdered in Pennsylvania, and it looks like the work of a shifter from the local Pride. Rebecca has a duty to help protect her kind–and she needs to find justice for the dead.

    Her impromptu trip leaves her boyfriend, reporter Brandon Hanover, unhappy. He’s only just come to terms with the fact that she’s a Felis, and their relationship is still so new… Rebecca is determined to deal with the murder first, then deal with their future.

    As her investigation unfolds, she’s met with grudging cooperation and half-truths. Does the Pride want her to find justice, or help them hide a killer? Frustrated and unable to shake the sexy local shifter who says he’s on her side, Rebecca can’t seem to scratch out the truth–at least not on her own. But when Brandon shows up, is he there to help or to mark his territory?

    (Love ya, DA!)

  15. Shannyn Schroeder
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 22:38:05

    Hi – Thanks for the opportunity to promote my debut with eKensington. My novel is a single-title contemporary romance that releases on January 3, 2013.

    More Than This

    When a lonely teacher teams up with a handsome bartender for some outrageous acts, they both get more than they bargained for…

    Learning her ex-husband is going to be a father, Quinn Adams is determined to have a baby of her own—without the partnership of a man. But her sister and friends believe she needs to focus on herself first, and step out of her comfort zone by completing a list of adventures. Challenge number one is to go on five dates within two weeks. After a few disastrous attempts, Quinn’s ready to give up—until sexy bartender Ryan O’Leary offers his assistance.

    Ryan has always been the dependable one in his family, often at his expense. But lately, he’s been longing for a life—and a woman—of his own. The woman he has in mind is Quinn. Though it seems all she wants is friendship, Ryan can’t ignore the explosive chemistry he feels between them. In the hopes of becoming closer, Ryan offers to help out with Quinn’s list. But when she asks him for a serious favor, he’s afraid it will jeopardize his chance to become more than friends.

    Buy links:
    Amazon –

    B&N –

    Excerpt and more buy links on my web site

    Thanks and have a great holiday!!

  16. lisa
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 00:15:42

    Rebecca’s Lost Journals are being released as a serial to connect to my INSIDE OUT TRILOGY
    Volume 1 THE SEDUCTION is January 28th

    The journals read like stories and they are super sizzling. They have TONS of clues to the mystery in the series and lead up to BEING ME. There are lots of clues in the serials related to BEING ME and lots of chances to see Chris, Mark, Ricco, Ava and more, to try to figure out where they fit into the mystery.

    Details are HERE with the first two covers that I think turned out super sexy!

    Pre-orders should be up around January 1

    Thanks for letting me post and Happy Holidays!

  17. Jessa Slade
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 00:39:19

    New year and a new book on January 1!

    Harlequin Nocturne Cravings

    Convicted of treason, Adelyn has been banished to the sunlit realm of humans—a fate worse than death for a musetta who exists only to inspire other phae. To reverse her exile, she must find a pair of lovers who have fled the court and return them to face the Queen’s wrath. But once in the mortal realm, she meets a man who unveils her hidden desires…

    When Josh Reimer discovers an ethereal beauty at a cabin near his ranch, he decides the neighborly thing to do is take her in. Adelyn inspires a passion unlike anything he’s ever known and he vows not to lose the magic they’ve found together—even if that means she must choose between her home and their love.

    Barnes & Noble

    Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

  18. Cassandra Dean
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 07:30:20

    Hi all and happy festivus!

    I have a new release in January, on the 9th in fact (huzzah!). The second in the Diamond Series, FOOL’S GOLD is the tale of singer Pearl la Monte and the burr in her side, Ethan Garrett:

    Christmas in Freewill

    Christmas Eve, the Diamond Saloon is empty of its people, and Pearl la Monte has a hankering to retire early. A pounding at the Diamond’s door rids her of such a fool notion. Her irritation rises when she sees the prissy, polite-like Garrett standing outside.

    Ethan Garrett has a powerful need to gain succor. When the saloon’s voluptuous redheaded singer scowls at him from the threshold of the Diamond, he doesn’t stop to think on how his ire at her has disappeared. Or how he just wants to spend some time in her company.

    When a blizzard storms in, trapping them, will they spend their time arguing or find their irritation for each other disguises something more?

    Links should be up on my website real soon –

    Thanks for reading!
    Cassandra Dean

  19. Kate McMurray
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 10:07:43

    I have a m/m paranormal romance set in New York coming out on January 8 called Show and Tell.

    One of the few joys in Dan’s life is the TV show Junk Shop, a reality show about antiques hosted by the handsome and charismatic Malcolm Tell. Then an old music box turns up, and Dan’s sister encourages him to try to get on the show and meet the object of his affection. He does, and his life changes completely.

    When Dan and Malcolm first meet, they have a sudden vision of a couple from the past. Is it a glimpse at a past life or something else entirely? They agree to work together to figure out what is going on, and they stumble upon a forgotten Celtic myth that may explain everything. If the myth is true, then Dan and Malcolm could be a pair of lovers who have been reincarnated over and over again over two thousand years. That seems impossible, but it’s hard to deny that something very strange is happening.

    As Dan and Malcolm work to find the truth, they fall for each other hard. But searching for who they really are puts them both in grave danger, and they find themselves racing against time to keep their happily ever after.

    It will be available from Loose Id or you can check out my website for more info. Happy reading!

  20. Sirius
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 10:26:32

    @Kate McMurray: Sold :-)

  21. Edie Harris
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 23:15:13

    Thank you for the opportunity to promote my Samhain debut, WILD BURN, coming 15 January 2013! A frontier/western set in Colorado Territory in the months following the Civil War, WILD BURN is a full-length novel e-release, currently up for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Samhain website.


    Shoot first. Ask her name later.

    Infamy weighs heavy on Delaney Crawford’s broad shoulders, first as a supposed Confederate turncoat, then as a relentless hunter of Cheyenne dog soldiers. Summoned to the small mining community of Red Creek, the exhausted, embittered Del is doing what he does best—ridding the town of its savage scourge—when one of his bullets misses the mark.

    Ex-nun Moira Tully has been working with John White Horse for months to integrate a band of peaceful Cheyenne with the local townsfolk. Now he’s hurt, and she’s been caught in the crossfire. There’s only one man to blame for her simmering anger and the inexplicable attraction that tilts her heart on its axis. Del.

    When Del is forced to acknowledge the truth that the Cheyenne are no threat, his task just gets more complicated: fighting a wild attraction that catches flame at the most inconvenient times, and figuring out the treacherous motives behind his hiring.

    But the most heart-wrenching challenge could be overcoming sordid pasts that won’t stay in the past—pasts that threaten to bury all hope of happily ever after.

    Warning: Features a trigger-happy Southern gentleman, an ex-nun gone rogue and consistently thwarted desires that frustrate them both.

    The following is a link to the book’s page on my website, with an excerpt from one of my favorite scenes:

  22. Alissa Callen
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 03:36:12

    Thanks so much for this promo thread!

    January 10 sees the release of my Australian romance ebook out with Escape Publishing titled What Love Sounds Like.

    Blurb: Outback speech pathologist, Mia Windsor, believes her morning from hell is over. Then suited-up, city-boy Kade Reid strides into her office and announces he and his wide-eyed niece are the clients that she will be living with for the fortnight.

    Kade Reid adheres to a single edict — money is as important as breathing. But when he becomes an instant father to four-year-old Tilly, he escapes to the only place he was allowed to be a child…the family property of Berrilea.

    As Mia and Kade work together to help Tilly overcome her speech delay, can they face their fears in order to give Tilly the family she so desperately needs?

    Book link:
    On sale for 99C on Amazon and Kobo for a limited time.


    Happy reading:)

  23. Valerie Bowman
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 07:41:23

    My first novella in the SECRET BRIDES series, A SECRET PROPOSAL, came out Jan 1. (St. Martin’s Press) More at Thanks for this thread. Happy reading in 2013!

    After reading a scandalous pamphlet entitled SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, Miss Amelia Templeton cried off from her engagement. But her mother is set on seeing her daughter land a peer before the end of the Season. Amelia will do her duty. This time she has a list of the oldest, and most titled men in the ton who are looking for a wife. She’ll marry one of them. But first she needs to get over her fear of a wedding night.

    She enlists the help of Mr. Thaddeus Hammond, a mere mister who is riddled with scandal, but worse, he’s her dead brother’s closest friend. Thad has never told the story of what happened the night Amelia’s brother died, but he did make her a promise. She issues him a scandalous proposal: spend the night with her to show her the real secrets of a wedding night.



  24. Lily Harlem
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 03:47:51

    Thanks DA.

    Confessions of a Naughty Night Nurse by Lily Harlem. Published by Mischief at Harper Collins


    When scalpels are set down, the ward lights turned off and the patients asleep, there is always time for mischief …

    I guess you could call me a jack-of-all-trades nurse. I find work satisfaction in whichever department the hospital needs me most, as long as it’s through the darkest hours. Needless to say I’ve seen it all over the years, been there and done that, what’s left to shock me isn’t worth knowing. But it’s so often the quieter nighttime where the real high jinx abound.

    Yes, the nocturnal life is the one for me. With a weakness for sexy guys wearing white coats and dangling stethoscopes, my fantasies are often realised and I’m adept at finding relief from the hospital grind in shadowy corners and cozy linen cupboards.

    Of course my dedication to patient comfort is paramount. What kind of nurse would I be if it wasn’t? But when one act of extreme, albeit highly inappropriate, kindness forced me to become the hospital director’s snitch, the length I went to in order to keep my job, satisfied my desires and found me the love that had always evaded me. A love that made me push even my not-so-professional boundaries to the extreme.

    Amazon US $1.60 –

    Amazon UK 99p –

    Kobo –

    Barnes and Noble –

    More buy links available on the Mischief website – and Lily Harlem’s website –

    Lily Harlem is an award-winning author of contemporary erotic romance and lives in the UK with Mr Harlem and a host of rescued pets. Since giving up a career in nursing she loves to spend her days dreaming up naughty stories that have a happy ever afters. When you read her books be warned though, the bedroom door is always left wide open!

    Lily Harlem links


  25. Anne Tenino
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 10:42:02

    Oooh, an open, undefended thread . . . I shall take advantage, thank you!

    Too Stupid to Live, the first in the “Romancelandia” series, came out on January 14th from Riptide Publishing. TSTL is the humorous, romantic tale of how Sam and Ian* finally get a clue and find each other and true love.

    Buy Link

    It isn’t true love until someone gets hurt.

    Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.
    Until he meets Ian.
    Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now—possibly—ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.
    Until he meets Sam.
    Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong . . . can they?

    *Characters from the prequel Whitetail Rock stories, available free here.

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