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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for July 2011

Welcome to the July 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 June would be a July 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. Kat Holmes
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 12:09:56

    Dang I did have a June release but the beginning of June. Nothing now till September. LOL. Guess I can try then.:-)

  2. Lori
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 12:51:31

    Thank you Jayne for this opportunity.

    The Seduction of Lady Bea by C.L. McCullough releases July 4 from Lyrical Press.

    C. L. McCullough has woven a contemporary story with historical feel. Lady Bea is a modern woman trying to keep the family estate running while her father is lost in his private sorrows and the walls are literally crumbling.

    The arrival of an opera company fronted by the sexiest Spaniard baritone to ever ave a maria, sets Bea’s heart fluttering. But his reputation worries her and his sense of honor in refusing to discuss a past scandal makes her too reluctant to trust her heart.

    There’s real bulls, serious bullshit and a love story that will set your heart aflutter.

    This year the fourth of July will have more than just fireworks to enjoy.

  3. Patricia Rice
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 14:19:01

    Since I am apparently the only living romance writer not on the way to NYC today, I’ll add that THE DEVILISH MONTAGUE, the next in the Rebellious Sons Regency series, will be released July 5th. A surly, cynical hero who needs officer’s colors, a legally blonde heroine with a new inheritance, an autistic brother and a potty-mouthed parrot, and we have a marriage of inconvenience story.

  4. vita anne hoffman
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 16:12:35

    Thank you Dear Author for the chance to promote my upcoming e-book release–Disobedient–from New Concepts Publishing.

    This erotic paranormal, third in a loosely interconnected series–following Willing, and Insolent–is set in Aurora, the Realm of Magic and Light, a parallel world to Earth, derided as the Twilight Realm by the magical ElfFeyen.

    The nigh immortal ElfFeyen are the wellspring of all mortal myths. Their ephemeral presence within the earthly Twilight Realm is known only in legend and lore, creating our myths, vampires, incubi, and witches: all encounters—and there are many between the extremely carnal ElfFeyen and their easily enthralled human partners—are removed from mortals with ElfFeyen mind-magic, the most common of the core ElfFeyen powers.

    In Disobedient, Dominic Bellaclava, the fourth prince in succession to the Black Griffon throne, has survived a near fatal ambush by were-caste wolf, and alpha-wannabe, Kestrel Cerberus through curative-magic: however, a second darker spell of outlawed passion-magic has been used to strip Nic of affection for Fin’neal Cerberus, for she is a Lesser ElfFeyen, a low caste wolf-shifter, a taboo lover for a Greater ElfFeyen prince. But, as the blurb for Disobedient reveals, Nic cannot quite so easily give up Fin’neal…

    When a casting of outlawed passion-magic strips ElfFeyen prince Dominic Bellaclava of love for were-cast wolf Fin’neal Cerberus, twisting affection into disdain, can he tame her disobedient nature…or will he lose his heart to her all over again?

    The first sample chapter for both Willing and Insolent is available at Disobedient, the third book in this series, is tentatively set for release on the 8th of July.

    Warning: these are explicit stories and are appropriately rated as carnal.

  5. Sheryl Nantus
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 18:10:13

    Releasing in early July from Samhain Publishing:

    Wild Cards and Iron Horses

    Their love rides on a spring and a prayer…
    During the recent Civil War, a soldier risked his life to save Jonathan Handleston—and lost. With the help of an advanced metal brace on his crippled hand, Jon now travels from one poker tournament to the next, determined to earn enough money to repay the man’s debt.

    Prosperity Ridge is supposed to be the last stop on his quest, but his brace is broken and he needs an engineer to repair the delicate mechanisms. The only one available is Samantha Weatherly, a beautiful anomaly in a world ruled by men.

    Sam is no fool. Jon is no different from any other gambler—except for his amazing prosthetic. Despite a demanding project to win a critical contract to develop an iron horse, she succumbs to the lure of working on the delicate mechanisms. And working with the handsome Englishman.

    Like a spring being coiled, Samantha and Jon are inexorably drawn together. Sam begins to realize honor wears many faces, and she becomes the light at the end of Jon’s journey to redemption. The only monkey wrench is Victor, a rival gambler who will stop at nothing to make sure Jon misses the tournament. Even destroy Jon’s and Sam’s lives.


    Product Warnings
    Contains crazed card games, gears and springs galore and a wild ride that’ll have you panting at the end of the book.

    Also available in ebook form!

  6. L. A. Witt & Lauren Gallagher
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 19:39:20

    TRUST ME, the sequel to COVER ME, out July 6 from Carnal Passions: (M/M Erotic Suspense)

    On the scene of a multiple murder that’s grisly even for a veteran homicide detective, Brian Clifton is stunned when one of the victims bears an uncanny resemblance to his boyfriend, James. As the similarities keep piling up, so do the bodies…and the evidence pointing to James as the killer.

    Since long before the shooting, James has been dishonest. He’s been evasive. Oh, and there’s that minor little detail he withheld from Brian about being a gambling-addicted drug dealer. He may not be the best boyfriend in the world, but he begs Brian to believe he’s no murderer. In fact, whoever did pull the trigger undoubtedly wants to finish what they started, and Brian is the only one James trusts to keep him safe.

    But how much is Brian willing to risk to protect a man he may not even know?

  7. K.M. Mahoney
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 19:58:34

    Releasing July 3rd from Amber Allure

    Allegro Romani is a fairy. Literally. Disowned by his family because of his sexual orientation, he’s left the Fae realm for Earth. He’s done all right for himself, establishing a small store in a paranormal-friendly town. He’s even made a few friends, despite his awkward social skills. But one day a week, everything goes to hell.

    Alli is a Fayte, and they don’t tend to fare very well out of the magic-laden air of their home world. Once a week, their body rebels. And the result? A day full of the worst luck imaginable. For Alli, that day is always Friday. He’s come to dread them and would, in fact, spend every Friday tucked up in bed with the covers over his head if he could. But he’s found out from past experience that it doesn’t help, so now he just grits his teeth and tries to get through Friday without killing himself. Or someone else.

    Then one particular Friday, his bad luck results in something surprisingly good. He meets a gorgeous bear-shifter named Michael Lakkis. And despite seeing Alli at his worst, Michael isn’t running the opposite direction. In fact, he’s chasing down Alli with resolve and determination.

    Now Alli just has to find a way to keep his bear-shifter, get rid of the trouble plaguing him, and figure out who wants him out of Putman County for good. It’s enough to make any sane fairy run for the hills. Fortunately, Alli has never been accused of being particularly sane. And with his new bear at his side? Alli is determined to hang onto his new life. Bad luck or no bad luck…

    Be sure to check out my website at for an excerpt!

  8. Cassandra Dean
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 20:49:56

    Thank you for this opportunity, it is greatly appreciated.

    Hi all, I’m Cassandra Dean and my very first novel will be published this month!

    Released on July 15 by Decadent Publishing

    ENSLAVED by Cassandra Dean

    I was to teach a slave.

    Marcus, a gladiator in my father’s ludus, was compelled to my presence to learn of Rome’s gods, her legends. When first he came, fear consumed me – fear of this silent, resentful slave who burned with his anger.

    Time, though, changes much. Marcus softened and I grew unafraid. As we became closer, I grew more than merely unafraid – I grew to love him. Never did I think we would be separated.

    I was wrong.

    I forced myself to forget. Forget Marcus, forget the almost-smile he gave to me alone, forget everything but my life as it was now. Then, one day, I wandered into a market and spied Marcus, and the truth I had always hidden, thought to forget, was thrust upon me.

    I had never ceased to love my slave.


    Please let me know what you think via my website or on twitter or facebook!

  9. Cynthia Eden
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 21:27:23

    Thanks so much for the promo opportunity! (And, Patricia, you’re not alone–sadly, I’m not heading to NY either.)

    My werewolf romance, NEVER CRY WOLF, is a July release from Kensington Brava:


    Lucas Simone is not the kind of guy you mess with. He’s big, he’s strong, and his eyes hint at a wilder side most women can’t handle. Of course, that’s because his predatory instincts are no metaphor—he’s a genuine Grade-A top-quality werewolf, tough enough to fight his way to dominance over the scariest pack on the West Coast. There’s only one chink in his armor. Unlike most alpha dogs, Lucas has a reputation for protecting the weak and innocent.

    Sarah King is counting on that protective impulse—it’s the only thing standing between her and certain death. There are only two problems: one, she’s not quite as innocent as she’d like Lucas to believe. And two, if he doesn’t stop stoking Sarah’s animal lust, it’s only a matter of time before her own wild side gets unleashed…

    Again, thanks for the opportunity! More information can be found on my website:

  10. Marguerite Kaye
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 04:25:50

    I’m another ostracised soul not in NY. I keep thinking of that Simon and Garfunkel song, The Only Living Boy in New York, except I’m the only living author not in NY, is how I feel.

    Thanks Jane, for the chance to flaunt my book.

    The second of my Princes of the Desert series, Innocent in the Sheikh’s Harem is out from Harlequin Historical on 1st July (though it’s actually available on-line now).

    Here’s the blurb:

    Lady Celia Cleveden thinks of herself as eminently sensible from the tips of her sturdy boots to the top of her unadorned bonnet. It seemed logical she would marry an equally practical gentleman.

    Until she’s rescued by wildly enigmatic desert prince Ramiz of A’Qadiz, while traveling across his unforgiving sands. He offers her a place in his harem and Lady Celia ought to be shocked…except the seductive desert and intoxicating Ramiz make it curiously tempting….

    Wendy Superlibrarian described it as probably the hottest HH title she’d ever read! I call it sheikh with a twist (like my martini). There’s excerpts and more on my website.

  11. Phillipa Ashley
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 08:52:24

    Thanks for the opportunity to tell you about my July 12th release for Samhain. It’s a sexy contemporary called FEVER CURE (probably my hottest book so far…)

    The road to heartbreak is paved with honorable intentions strong

    After a year dealing with her mum’s health scare and the end of a bad relationship, Keira Grayson was looking forward to kicking up her heels at her best friend’s wedding. Until she kicks off her (spare) knickers in front of the trifecta of perfection. Tom Carew. Son of an earl, honorable doctor and possibly the hottest man on the planet.

    One look at Keira’s delightful embarrassment, and Tom’s hormone meter spins off the charts. Trouble is, his bags are already packed to return to the jungles of Papua New Guinea. He has patients waiting—and amends to make for a terrible choice that left devastation in its wake.

    They both reason that indulging in a one-time dinner date won’t hurt until their inhibitions melt away in the heat of their lethal sexual chemistry. Leaving Keira wondering if a sizzling fling is just what the doctor ordered, or another prescription for relationship disaster. And Tom fighting a battle against inner demons that could shatter both their hearts.

    Warning: This book contains a hot aristocratic doctor, sparky heroine, new uses for a chaise longue, a steamy shower scene and a knicker-ripping encounter in a four-poster bed.

    Available as an e book first

  12. Annabel Joseph
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 11:33:01

    Just letting everyone know that my book Lily Mine is finally seeing the light of day this month!

    Lily Mine is a Victorian-era erotic romance about a young botanist who strikes a deal with a reclusive gentleman to play the part of his absent wife. Their pact of convenience eventually turns into something more emotional–and erotic–and there are a lot of unexpected twists and turns for them both.

    I hope you’ll check it out! It will be out the second week of July.

  13. Bev Pettersen
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 11:45:43

    Thanks, Jayne, for the opportunity and congratulations to all the other authors on their July releases. What an interesting variety.

    COLOR MY HORSE, coming July 25–Desperate to prove her worth, a pampered heiress swaps her credit cards for a pitchfork and shovel. But at the track, she must earn the respect of an uncompromising horse trainer who has little tolerance for greenhorns, especially one he’s been forced to hire.

    Mark Russell never expected his cocky new groom to have the smarts or spunk to last at his race barn. Or that she’ll drive him wild with desire. But as the attraction between them sizzles, manipulation and murder threaten not only the horses but also their forbidden love.

  14. Jennifer Estep
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 14:02:02

    Hope this is okay to post, but I have a prequel e-story to my Mythos Academy young adult series. The story is called First Frost and will be available on July 1 as a 99-cent download through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Here’s the story description:

    I am Gwen Frost, and I have a Gypsy gift. It’s called psychometry — that’s a fancy way of saying that I see images in my head and get flashes of other people’s memories off almost everything I touch, even guys.

    My gift makes me kind of nosy. Okay, okay, maybe a lot nosy — to the point of obsession sometimes. I want to know everything about everyone around me. But even I don’t want to know the secret that a girl in my class is hiding or the terrible loss that will send me to a new school — Mythos Academy, where the teachers aren’t preparing us for the SATs, but to battle Reapers of Chaos. Now I have no friends and no idea how my gift fits in with all these warrior whiz kids. The only thing I do know is that my life is never, ever going to be the same …

    Folks can read an excerpt of the story here:

    Happy reading, everyone!

  15. Kasey Mackenzie
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 14:21:16

  16. Gillian Archer
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 17:07:28

    Thanks for the opportunity, Jane!

    My shiny, new debut release will be out July 18th with Total-e-Bound and is titled Faery Seductive Escape.

    Her escape attempt was going to plan…until she stumbled across a faerie orgy.

    Kidnapped into slavery by the fae, medical student Ashley Jones is desperate to get back to the human world. Her opportunity arrives when the faeries assume human guises for their Midsummers Night costume party. Knowing this is her only chance, she steals a human costume and blends in. She’s moments from freedom when a crowd of faeries sweep her into the Great hall filled with revelers having an orgy. Ashley doesn’t know where to look, what to do. Panicked, she scrambles to escape but finds the exit barred by a gorgeous faery prince.

    Tiarnan Dáirine is entranced by the faery who has disguised herself so well that she truly appears human. Although he hates mortals, he admits the human guise she’s wearing is enchanting. Seeing her shock at the activities in the Great hall, he realizes this must be her first Beltane celebration, and takes her up into his private viewing box.

    Spellbound by the sexy faery prince and the erotic activities below, Ashley finds herself in a most awkward position. Her mind is screaming for her to leave but her body is begging her to stay. Tiarnan’s touch decides the matter, but when they make love, he captures not only her body, but her heart as well. When the night is over and their two worlds collide, will Tiarnan forgive her for being human?

    Excerpt and pub link

  17. Eve Langlais
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 05:51:55

    Hi, and thanks to Dear Author for allowing us to mention new releases.
    I’ve got a menage novel featuring shapeshifters coming out July 7th.

    Delicate Freakn’ Flower

    Dammit , just how many toes was she going to have to stomp on before people realized she was a delicate freakin’ flower?

    Naomi doesn’t want to follow tradition and settle down with a violence-loving, chest thumping shapeshifter. She grew up in a household with five, testosterone laden brothers where none of the dishes ever matched, the ugly-as-sin furniture could withstand any catastrophe, and where crazy glue was bought by the case.

    When fate—with a snicker—makes her meet not one, but two mates, Naomi digs her heels in and refuses to do what her wolf—and her body—demands. No way is she voluntarily allowing herself to get hitched to a pair of dumbass—totally hot and muscled—lacrosse players.

    Can Ethan, the towering Kodiak bear, and Javier, the sexy, tanned jaguar convince this she-wolf that life with them won’t be all chaos? And can this delicate freakn’ flower unbend her prejudices enough to recognize she needs a pair of men who can handle her thorns—and her passion?

    Thanks for checking it out, Eve :)

  18. Lindsay Townsend
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 08:14:05

    My historical romance, TO TOUCH THE KNIGHT, is released by Kensington Zebra this month. To see the cover and read an excerpt, please visit my website.

    Thanks! Lindsay Townsend.

  19. Cathryn Cade
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 09:19:20

    Thanks for the chance to talk about my FIRST book in print! PRINCE OF DRAGONS is Available July 5 from Samhain Publishing.

    Product Warnings;
    Space cougar on the prowl, a handsome virgin in her sights. Hot love scenes, and even hotter dragon shape-shifting.

    His beast will have her beauty—but only on his terms.

    Sirena Blaze has left a string of smiling males across the galaxy—but she’s not smiling now. After two attempts to sabotage her ship, it’s time to call for backup. Her warriors deserve the best, and that means recruiting a member of the elite Serpentian guard as co-commander.

    One look at Slyde Stone, and Sirena’s smile returns. She sets out to indulge in the sensual delights for which his people are legendary.

    Slyde would like nothing more than to bed the famous beauty, but a secret binds the hands that burn to take her. He is a half-dragon shifter, a race thought to be nothing more than a myth. He’s real, and so is the code he must live by—he can mate only once.

    Sirena’s fury at Slyde’s refusal knows no bounds—until saboteurs loose a pair of deadly serpents on board the Orion. And the infuriating man has the gall to make a wager. If she finds them first, she can have him. But if he wins, she must agree to be his alone—for life.

    Stop by Samhain for an excerpt @


  20. JL Merrow
    Jun 30, 2011 @ 09:36:14

    Hi! I’m delighted to have this opportunity to tell you about my latest novella from Samhain, which will be releasing on July 19th: Muscling Through. It’s an opposites-attract story of love across the social—and intellectual—divide:

    The bigger they come, the harder they fall… in love.

    Cambridge art professor Larry Morton takes one, alcohol-glazed look at the huge, tattooed man looming in a dark alley, and assumes he’s done for. Moments later he finds himself disarmed—literally and figuratively. And, the next morning, he can’t rest until he offers an apology to the man who turned out to be more gentle than giant.

    Larry’s intrigued to find there’s more to Al Fletcher than meets the eye; he possesses a natural artistic talent that shines through untutored technique. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see the sensitive soul beneath Al’s imposing, scarred, undeniably sexy exterior. Least of all Larry’s class-conscious family, who would like nothing better than to split up this mismatched pair.

    Is it physical? Oh, yes, it’s deliciously physical, and so much more—which makes Larry’s next task so daunting. Not just convincing his colleagues, friends and family that their relationship is more than skin deep. It’s convincing Al.
    Product Warnings
    Contains comic misunderstandings, misuse of art materials, and unexpected poignancy.

    Read an excerpt or pre-order at a reduced price here:

  21. A.C. Ruttan
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 17:22:30

    Available July 5, 2011 from Samhain Publishing


    Urban Fantasy, Angels and Demons, Paranormal

    For an innocent man, she’ll go to her grave. Again.

    The Portal Keepers, Book 1

    Cia is serving her sentence in the Canadian Arctic, guarding one of the many portals that seal off Earth from Heaven and Hell. She doesn’t mind the cold. What she does mind? Someone’s bumping off other Incarnates, the dual-souled beings who hold the Apocalypse at bay. And she’s next on the list.

    Worse, she learns the prime suspect is Arthur, her ex. Arthur is many things, but despite their history, he’s no murderer. Cia has only thirty days to find him and prove it before the Wrath is unleashed to mete out justice.

    It’s no relief when he shows up in her truck’s headlights on the side of the ice road. He stirs turmoil between her volatile old soul and the younger one that keeps it in line. Worse, he shows all the signs of turning into a demon.

    The closer they get to Yellowknife, the more rogue demons pour out of Hell, dragging with them a past she thought would never haunt her again. Another murder, and the elders prepare to summon the Wrath ahead of schedule. A move that will, literally, let all Hell break loose. Unless Cia makes a soul-tearing choice.


    Product Warnings
    Ice, frigid temperatures, lots of Poutine consuming and a mention of blubber. Many demons were harmed in the writing of this book, but the polar bear really is okay.

    Read excerpt here:

  22. Annie Nicholas
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 18:58:35

    Thanks for having this open thread!

    Irresistble released on July 18th.

    Werewolves believe in soul mates. Sirens eat theirs.

    Sirens, a mutation of mermaids, need sexual energy to survive. Marie Laframboise lost her only food source when her strip club burned down. Not wanting to kill any of her victims, she’d learned to glean the lust off her clients, and now she is starving. She can’t resist the temptation to invite herself to the singles shifter party held by local werewolf stud, Maxwell Cox, and feed.

    Max doesn’t want a soul mate, but to his dismay, she shows up at his party. Just as Marie can’t resist the temptation to feed, Max can’t resist the instinctual urge to claim her. Marie has never wanted a relationship, but she can’t shake off Max’s pursuit. He offers her things she has only dreamed of, but she fears the hunger will turn those dreams into nightmares.

    Her appetite is not one to mess with. Max thinks he’s found the perfect mate, but Marie may have found the perfect prey.

    Graphic sexual content, hot shifters, and one scary-ass siren.

    Link for more info:

  23. Ruth A. Casie
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 16:10:52

    Thank you Jayne for the opportunity to promote my new release. I’ve read down the list on the blog and my TBR pile will be expanded!

    The Guardian’s Witch is a historical fantasy published by Carina Press. It releases on July 1.

    England, 1290

    Lord Alex Stelton can’t resist a challenge, especially one with a prize like this: protect a castle on the Scottish border for a year, and it’s his. Desperate for land of his own, he’ll do anything to win the estate—even enter a proxy marriage to Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, the rumored witch who lives there.

    Feared and scorned for her second sight, Lisbeth swore she’d never marry, but she is drawn to the handsome, confident Alex. She sees great love with him but fears what he would think of her gift and her visions of a traitor in their midst.

    Despite his own vow never to fall in love, Alex can’t get the alluring Lisbeth out of his mind and is driven to protect her when attacks begin on the border. But as her visions of danger intensify, Lisbeth knows it is she who must protect him. Realizing they’ll secure their future only by facing the threat together, she must choose between keeping her magic a secret and losing the man she loves.

    Product Warning! This book contains magick spells. It is best if you find your most comfortable seat, light a white candle, have a nice glass of wine, sit back and enjoy the adventure.

    Please visit my blog, to see the itinerary for my blog tour, to enter in my tour wide giveaway, to see the book trailer for my story, and links to Amazon and B&N.

    Jayne, thank you again for this wonderful opportunity.

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