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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for July 2012

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. Violetta Vane
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 15:38:32

    Ori and Kalani were childhood friends too afraid to be lovers. Now in their darkest hour—Ori disgraced and Kalani a wandering spirit—they’ll fight the world and death itself for a second chance.

    Hawaiian Gothic, a unique and intense m/m romance, had a limited release on June 12th at Loose Id ( and will be fully available from Amazon, B&N and ARE after June 29th. The mini-website at contains multimedia, the first-chapter excerpt, links to reviews, and links to blog tour posts that have touched on such subjects as disability, the intersection of racism and homophobia, multicultural characters and underwritten mythologies, as well as some lighter stuff, like a cute video on how to cook pork adobo.

    Thank you for the promo opportunity!

  2. Ros
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 15:45:11

    His duty… her dreams… undone by their desire.

    For Olivia McInnes, the contract to drill for oil in the waters of Saqat is the opportunity of a lifetime. No one is going to stand in the way of her success. But ten years working as a marine biologist have shown Sheikh Khaled ibn Saqat al Mayim just how serious the environmental damage can be from such an operation. He isn’t prepared to take that risk.

    Destined to clash in the boardroom, Khaled and Olivia are drawn together in the bedroom. But as they journey from the cold shores of the Scottish North Sea to the warm, sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf, his duty to his country and her ambition for her career threaten to force them apart forever.

    Coming out from Entangled’s Indulgence line on July 16th. SO EXCITED!!!!

  3. Kat Black
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 15:49:20

    Pleasure Bound by Kat Black – out June 29 with Ellora’s Cave.

    Sam Tyler is thrilled to discover that her lover is whisking her away for a weekend of exotic luxury as a treat for her birthday. As a woman who knows just what she wants—her man all tied up like a living, breathing present—she’s quick to take advantage of his generous mood and begins planning a surprise of her own. One she fears he’s not going to like very much.

    Things could be going better, Adam has to admit, as his plans for Sam’s birthday begin to unravel. Having thought that the biggest shock of the weekend would come courtesy of the diamond engagement ring he has stashed in his luggage, he’s rocked to his core to discover that the petite, feminine, woman he hopes to make his loving wife turns out to have a secret and very kinky side that wants to see him helplessly bound for her pleasure. Even with mind blowing sex as an incentive, it’s a hell of a tough ask for a man who insists on always being in control. Does he have the kind of strength it takes to surrender?

  4. Christine Rimmer
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 16:11:47

    The Last Single Maverick by Christine Rimmer, Harlequin Special Edition, Montana Mavericks series, Thunder Canyon, Back in the Saddle Book 1, July Release; Paperback available now; General ebook release July 1

    Texas Cowboy Lassoes Runaway Bride?

    Look out ladies: there’s another Traub bachelor in town! Jason “Jace” Traub is every bit as gorgeous as his sexy twin brother, but rumor has it he is even more marriage-shy. There’s not a woman alive who could make this restless rancher settle down….

    Yet insiders whisper that Jace has been talking wedding plans with Jocelyn Bennings, the chestnut-haired beauty who ran out on her own wedding just days ago! Could the confirmed bachelor really be hooking up with heartbroken, headstrong Joss? Stay tuned, loyal readers, to find out if their marriage of convenience runs amuck-or if lasting passion will finally rope in the last single maverick!

  5. wikkidsexycool
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 16:45:28

    Hi Jayne,

    Thanks so much for this opportunity!

    In the YA multicultural romance novel HEAVEN, A therapy dog transforms the lives of the teen inmate who trains her and the wounded young marine who becomes her owner.

    After four years in prison, seventeen year old Heaven AKA Nevaeh’s confinement takes an unexpected turn when she joins a program that saves unwanted dogs from being euthanized. Not only does the scrawny puppy she coaches thrive, but Nevaeh finds a talent she never knew she possessed.

    Josh Duval went from spending summers in Canjun to fighting for his country half a world away. His dream of a military career is derailed after he’s severely injured in Afghanistan. Used to having others indulge him, Josh’s inner demons finally rise to the surface as he acts out chilling death wish scenarios once he returns home.

    When he’s paired with Myst to assist him with daily routines, the dog trainer and new owner don’t hit it off, with Nevaeh convinced that Myst won’t be happy with the deeply troubled soldier. But when Myst’s nightmares seem to rival his own, Josh decides to visit Nevaeh in prison, hoping to get more information about the dog and just as intrigued by the girl who trained her.

    While Josh aches for the girl behind bars who proclaims her innocence, when evidence comes to light that could get Nevaeh released, he’s terrified that the one who knows him the best will realize what he’s been hiding the whole time. As the truth is slowly revealed their love must be strong enough to cover a multitude of sins, both past and present.

    This book can be found in July on Amazon

  6. Angelia Sparrow
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 17:19:41

    HARD REBOOT is coming in late July from Amber Heat.

    Two years ago, Sean O’Neill’s wife, Caitlin—the net-runner called Irishgirl–was stolen from their bed. Now, he knows where she is, but getting her back is only the first step in a long journey.

    Caitlin has been trained as a sex slave, her former skills as a net-runner and cyber-thief totally stripped from her, along with her identity and most independent thought. Powerful and wealthy men, playing their own dangerous high-stakes games, have hired Sean to retrieve her and make her what she once was.

    But two years is a long time to be out of the net and out of society. A lot of new programming has been laid down. And giving Irishgirl a hard reboot may take everything Sean has in him, and more.

    (Dr. Tammyjo Eckhert said, “There are two kinds of kinky books: the kind that reflects BDSM, and the fantasy kind that people who do BDSM like.” This is definitely the latter. )

  7. Berinn Rae
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 17:53:47

    Thank you for the opportunity to share my latest release with you! Stealing Fate is a short & spicy novella starring one of the Greek Fates. When its July 24 launch comes around, I’m hosting lots of fun giveaways (you can find those links on my website and facebook page). Here’s what Stealing Fate is about:

    She stole his fate…
    Lachesis is a Fate, an ancient goddess in whose hands our destinies are unraveled. When she’s not weaving fortune, she does what she wants when she wants. That all changes when she runs into the man she craves but prayed to never see again. And she’ll soon discover the god of terror can really hold a grudge.

    Now it’s his turn…
    The most frightening of gods, Phobos is a predator who takes pleasure in terrorizing the world. After millennia of relentless searching, he finds the Fate who caused him to be cast down from Olympus. Now he plans to use every bit of his talents on the goddess to regain his lost heritage without losing his heart in the process.

    Read an excerpt or the entire first chapter for free at my website:

    Happy reading!

    You can find Stealing Fate here:

  8. Danielle
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 18:47:10

    @Ros: Sheikh romances are not usually my thing but marine biologist + Persian Gulf = wow. I tried checking your site and Entangled Publishing for a title but cannot find one. Sorry to be obtuse, but can you spell it out for me?

  9. Ros
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 18:55:50

    @Danielle: Hee! I hope you love it. There are baby dugongs. My editor and I are still discussing the final version of the title. Working title is The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh but its a bit of a mouthful. I’ll let you know when I know.

  10. Lori
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 19:01:17

    Two women run away to Greece to find new lives and new loves but only if the past can let them free.

    In Letters from Greece internet friends Kate and Min make a sudden decision to run away to the small island of Dyvos and escape their disappointments.

    With a small house that’s falling down around them, a taverna that does terrible business and a complete lack of knowing the language, these women slowly find themselves and new loves.

    Only Min’s not quite ex-husband isn’t willing to be forgotten and if he has to kill the woman that he believes stole his wife from him, then he will.

    This book releases July 9 from Lyrical Press. It has snarky women, sexy men who aren’t afraid of snarky women, scenes from an abusive marriage and a friendship that transcends whatever life throws at it.

    Written by best friends Lori Green and CL McCullough, because we always wondered what would happen if we threw it all in and moved to Greece.

  11. Liz Talley
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 19:02:42

    Love that you do this every month :) Thanks so much!

    I’m excited about the 2nd book in my Boys of Bayou Bridge series only because I’m so ready for football to start! Here’s a blurb and the link on Amazon if you want to take a peek at it:

    Abram Dufrene has one goal – advance through the ranks of college coaching to a head coaching job. To fulfill this mission, the new tight ends coach for the Louisiana University Fighting Panthers, has to bring in high profile recruit Waylon Boyd and get him to sign with the class of 2012. Should be easy. But when he makes a side trip and runs into a breathtaking blonde at a backwoods juke joint, things get rocky.

    Louise “Lou” Boyd, a heavy equipment operator for a local construction company, wants nothing to do with her friends’ night on the town. And she wants nothing to do with any man. Her goal is to get her brother and sister, for whom she serves as guardian, into college so she can start the life she put on hold when her parents died ten years before. All she has to do is survive recruiting season. She’s not looking for love…but does love ever really care?

    Thanks again…love seeing all the other books, too :)

  12. EC Sheedy
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 19:32:21

    Thanks Jayne :-)
    This is a romance finding new life on Amazon–as of about five days ago.

    A Man Called Blue
    London, England. Today.
    A contemporary romance

    Simone Doucet, a woman caught between her own ambition and loyalty to her boss, her ruthless mother, is determined to prove herself during a critical business trip to London. That means staying focused, efficient, and predatory.

    But when a last minute staff change places a man called Blue at the hatch of her private jet moments before she’s scheduled for takeoff, Simone’s focus starts to blur.

    Thomas Bludell opted out of the corporate game years ago. He knows how it plays, knows the rules—or lack of them—and doesn’t want any part of it. This trip to London, and taking orders from a female corporate shark, is a favor to a friend nothing more.

    Trouble is Blue isn’t good at taking orders.

    What Blue is good at is seduction.

    The book is here:

  13. Danielle
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 20:00:49

    @Ros: Thank you, and I look forward to reading it!

  14. Missy Lyons
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 20:22:22

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my latest release. I do love seeing this page every month and it is a pure joy when I can actually post something on it. lol

    Shark’s Mate (m/m) is the first in my shape shifting romance series Sexier When Wet. It is now available for pre-order from Siren Bookstrand but will be available to download June 28 and is also 10% off the cover price for a limited time.

    Here’s just a little about the book:

    Shanghai Shindu lives a carefree life in the tropics as a shape-shifting shark, hunting the land and the sea. He shows up with the rest of his pack of shape-shifting sharks at the wedding party for his brother. Shanghai never expects to meet his mate at a party full of werewolves and vampires, and is even more shocked to find he is human.

    Cain Castle is working undercover as a handyman on the private island, but he is a psychic and a healer helping to keep an eye on the wedding guests. It’s a dangerous job, but there is also the crazy, overwhelming attraction to Shanghai, who doesn’t even acknowledge he exists until the day Shanghai stops a vampire from having him as lunch. Suddenly Cain is swept up in a world full of dark pleasures and sinful delights.

    A Siren Erotic Romance

    You can pick up your copy here:

    You can see all my books on my Siren Author page here:

    Thank you so much for your support and for looking!

    Lots of love,

  15. Shannon Stacey
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 20:55:14

    @Liz Talley: Football! Off to preorder and, because I twitch if I don’t read in order, to buy book one.

  16. Liz Talley
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 22:38:00

    @Shannon Stacey:

    Oddly enough, just bought one of yours. You’re highly recommended on the Harlequin boards :) By more than one person. In fact, by many readers. Can’t wait to dig in :)

    And, yes, I’m counting down the days until football starts again…

  17. Nell Dixon
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 03:49:34

    New Bay Wedding is the perfect short read for Summer! Available from
    Also on Nook and all other good e-tailers.
    Emma has been busy organizing her older brother’s lovelife but now Noah plans to turn the tables on his meddlesome match-making sister. But is Ian the best man for this very particular bridesmaid?
    Here’s a snippet!
    “To our best man and chief bridesmaid.” Noah grinned at them and raised his glass to chink it against theirs.
    “Cheers!” Emma dutifully lifted her drink for the toast. True to form Ian managed to knock her glass so hard with his that half of her drink slopped over the rim of her glass and onto the table.
    “Oh, Emma, your jeans are soaked.” Posy pulled some tissues from her bag.
    “I’ll get a cloth.” Ian’s face turned a deeper shade of crimson and he jumped from his seat to beg a towel from the bar staff. Ian rushed back with a small cloth towel and began to dab ineffectively at the wet patch on Emma’s thigh. “Sorry, Em.”
    “It’s okay.” She took the towel from him and soaked up as much of the spilled cider as she could. How Ian had ever managed to become a vet she would never know. Whenever she met him he either trod on her, spilled something down her and, on one memorable occasion, he’d managed to set her hair on fire. He was a one man walking disaster area and her brother had asked him to be his best man. (C) Nell Dixon 2012 Available from Astraea press and all good e-tailers Don’t forget you can meet the people of New Bay, Cornwall in Making Waves, September Song, A Cornish Christmas and Easter Holiday.

  18. Kate Hewitt
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 07:21:45

    Thanks for the opportunity! My Harlequin Presents Santina’s Scandalous Princess is coming out in July, as part of the Santina Crown Series.

    If you enjoy a book with a flawed heroine and a hero who is just a *little* OCD, along with a good dose of emotional angst, then you might want to check it out. Here is the blurb:

    Santina’s Princess Natalia has been spotted on the arm of billionaire Ben Jackson, famous for his ruthless work ethic, devastating good looks and disdain for the spotlight. But Ben has no chance of avoiding the cameras with notorious party girl Natalia in tow!

    Most surprising of all, Natalia has been seen putting in a full day’s work in Ben’s office! Has the legendary socialite swapped couture and cocktails for photocopying?

    One thing’s for sure—if we could all have a brooding, dynamic boss like the devilishly attractive Ben, work would be a whole lot more exciting.…

  19. Traci Olsen
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 08:08:44

    This is a great resource, thanks so much!

    Our June release is from our “Alternative Romance” section, Book Two in the Keyhole Series, “Saving sunni”. Written by Kasi Alexander and her real life “Sir Rune”, Reggie Alexander, this series is a fascinating peek through the keyhole at how a real, loving, kinky, polyamorous family lives in a world where not everybody understands that this is a lifestyle they choose to live, as submissives and Dominant, as Master and slaves.

    Compared to the rest of her poly family, Jessie Chambers—“sunni” to the local BDSM community—needs to grow up. While her serious sister slave, sage, struggles through college, their master, Sir Rune, insists that sunni needs a job. sunni finds a position at the local goth/kink store, The Fringe Element, and is immediately embraced by its quirky owner.

    Things start to get complicated when sunni’s ex tracks her down, claiming he’s found God wants to be together again, and a video of sunni and Sir Rune doing a dramatic scene at the Keyhole ends up on television. sunni must find a way to restore her relationships, keep her master from being deported, take over running the store, and stop everyone else from trying to “save sunni.”

  20. Hanna Martine
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 10:09:47

    So very excited to say that my debut paranormal romance, LIQUID LIES, releases from Berkley Sensation on July 3. Wahoo!

    Magic is Corporate America’s best-kept secret.

    Gwen possesses the unique ability to pick up any language in an instant—a power that will globally expand the profitable family business. As dutiful future leader of her race of water elementals, she’ll do anything to protect her people’s secrets and bloodlines—including enter an arranged marriage. Inside, however, she yearns for forbidden human men.

    Reed is a mercenary addicted to the money and adrenaline rush of his work. After he inadvertently saves Gwen’s life, he ignites her taboo desire for men without magic—and with bodies of gods. Just as things heat up, Reed discovers that Gwen is exactly who he’s been hired to kidnap. He resolves to put work before lust, yet her luscious beauty and fiery spirit unravel him…

    But there is a terrible truth behind Gwen’s family business—and now, caught between the kinsmen she no longer trusts and an enemy bent on vengeance, the only ally she has is her abductor…

  21. Eve Langlais
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 10:28:38

    Thanks for the opportunity to mention my upcoming release from Amira Press.

    Seeking Pack Redemption
    Pack # 3
    Coming July 20th

    Sometimes even outcasts can earn forgiveness.

    Thrust into a nightmare, Thea thinks all hope is lost, until an unexpected rescue by three strangers. Forget returning to her old life though, because not only does a psycho vampire want her back, a trio of wolves wants to claim her as their mate.

    What started out as a search for his missing sibling, turns into a rescue mission of a woman who makes his inner beast howl. Trent knows it wrong to want his dead brother’s mate, but he can’t help himself, and neither can his friends. However, danger stalks the one they want and they’ll have to face true evil before they can set her free.

    And for an outcast wolf, the path to redemption is lonely. Can Jaxon ever atone enough to be welcomed back to his pack and into the arms of the woman he loves?

    Purchase links (Amazon, B&N, ARE etc) will be posted on my site as they become active

    Thanks and happy reading everyone :)

  22. Hanna Martine
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 10:34:57

    @Hanna Martine:

    Oh hell. Forgot to include the buy links for Liquid Lies. Coffee hasn’t kicked in yet.


  23. Nico Rosso
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 11:53:55

    Hi, and thanks so much for the opportunity to share my work.

    NIGHT OF FIRE is a steampunk Western romance that will be available from Avon Impulse on July 10th. It’s book two of the Ether Chronicles, a series created by me and my wife, Zoë Archer. We’re trading off writing the books, so the first one, SKIES OF FIRE, was written by her and released last April. Mine are the Westerns and hers are the everywhere else.

    Here’s the blurb for NIGHT OF FIRE:
    US Army Upland Ranger Tom Knox always knew going home wouldn’t be easy. Three years ago, he skipped town, leaving behind the only woman who ever mattered; now that he’s seen the front lines of war, he’s ready to do what he must to win her back.

    Rosa Campos is long past wasting tears on Tom Knox, and now that she’s sheriff of Thornville, she has more than enough to do. Especially when a five-story rock-eating mining machine barrels toward the town she’s sworn to protect.

    Tom’s the last person Rosa expects to see riding to her aid on his ether-borne mechanical horse. She may not be ready to forgive, but Rosa can’t deny that having him at her side brings back blissful memories . . . even as it reignites a flame more dangerous than the enemy threatening to destroy them both.

    And links:
    Amazon –

    Barnes & Noble –

    Thanks again! Hope you enjoy the adventure.

  24. Coleen Kwan
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 22:22:56

    My steampunk romance novella, ASHER’S INVENTION, is now available.

    Here’s the blurb:
    Five years ago, Asher Quigley broke his engagement to Minerva Lambkin, believing she was an accomplice in a scheme to steal his prototype for a wondrous device. Minerva swore she was innocent, though the thief—and Asher’s mentor—was her own father.

    Now, sheer desperation has driven Minerva to Asher’s door. Her father has been kidnapped by investors furious that he’s never been able to make the machine work. Only Asher, now a rich and famous inventor in his own right, can replicate the device. He’s also become a hard, distant stranger far different from the young idealist she once loved.

    Despite their troubled past, Asher agrees to help Minerva. He still harbors his suspicions about her, but their reunion stirs emotions and desires they both thought were buried forever. Can they rebuild their fragile relationship in time to save her father and their future together?

    Buy Links:
    Carina Press
    Barnes & Noble

  25. Karenna Colcroft
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 15:31:42

    Thanks for the opportunity. I have two releases this week (last week of June)…

    On July 27, Dreamspinner Press releases my M/M novella Bishie Sparkles
    Blurb: Long-time yaoi fan Grant didn’t expect to be so attracted to the main character of his latest purchase—and he definitely didn’t expect to wake up next to him one morning. But that’s what happened. Even the sparkles, hearts, and small animals from the manga follow Teruo around Grant’s apartment. If Grant weren’t so distracted by lust, he’d find it really annoying.
    When Teruo announces that he intends to stay with Grant because he has nowhere else to go, Grant is both pleased and terrified. Grant has been alone too long, and even with the sparkles, Teruo has made his way into Grant’s heart. But if Grant can’t find the words to tell Teruo how he feels, Teruo might vanish as suddenly as he appeared.

    And on June 29, MLR Press releases my stand-alone M/M contemporary short story A Little Road Trip.
    Although Braden Porter and Vince Gutierrez have been seeing each other since February, no one else knows. Both men are firmly in the closet. But neither of them is happy with the situation, which leaves them feeling more like bed-buddies than lovers.
    When Braden is hired to pick up a classic car in Philadelphia and bring it back to Anglesey, Maine, in time for the Independence Day parade, he seizes the chance for some quality time with Vince. And Vince takes the chance to let Braden know how unhappy he is. Will the road trip allow them to deepen their relationship?

  26. Karenna Colcroft
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 15:32:34

    @Karenna Colcroft: Er… that should be JUNE 27 for the Dreamspinner release… I can’t see a way to edit my post. Sorry :(

  27. Gennita Low
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 10:54:18

    I’ve reissued the first book of my SEAL Crossfire series out on Kindle, now titled PROTECTOR. I’ve included most of the cut scenes and phrases (almost 40 typed pages) that didn’t make it into the pubbed version (cut last minute by publisher due to their book length/signature constraints). So, I guess it’s added and re-editted :).


    There are two things Navy SEAL Jazz Zeringue knows:
    1) his black ops team will always have his back, and
    2) there’s nothing more enticing than a woman of mystery

    When the best of intentions gets Jazz arrested overseas, he couldn’t be more surprised to find Vivi Verreau ready to spring him out of jail. Obviously more than the civilian she claims to be, he’s sure Vivi is hiding an agenda…and he’s determined to stick by her side until he uncovers all her secrets.

    A covert agent who shrouds herself in disguises, and who fearlessly jumps into dangerous situations without thoughts for her own safety, Vivi has no need for a protector. But if she is to have any hope of completing her most important mission, she’ll have no choice but to recruit Jazz and his men.

    And when everything explodes around them, they will need each other more than they ever imagined…

    Thanks for the opportunity to promote.

  28. Lorelie Brown
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 12:39:59

    It’ll be out 31 July, so it just barely counts, but Double Down is coming from Katie Porter, the co-writing team of myself + Carrie Lofty.

    It’s already an RT 4 1/2 stars Top Pick!

    As part of the 64th Aggressor Squadron, Major Ryan “Fang” Haverty flies like the enemy to teach Allied pilots how not to die. The glittering excess of the Strip can’t compare to the glowing jet engines of his F-16. But a sexy, redheaded waitress in seamed stockings? Now she gets his blood pumping.
    Cassandra Whitman’s good-girl ways haven’t earned any slack from her manager ex-boyfriend, or prevented a bad case of frazzle from holding down two and a half jobs. She sure wouldn’t mind letting the handsome Southern charmer shake up her routine.
    Their wild weekend lives up to Sin City’s reputation. Especially when they discover a matched passion for roleplaying. For Cass, it’s an exciting departure from her normal, shy persona. But for Ryan, it triggers memories of a time when his fetish drove away the woman he loved—leaving him reluctant to risk a repeat performance.
    Except Cass refuses to settle for ordinary ever again. She’s about to show the man with hair-trigger hands that she’s got a few surprise moves of her own.
    Warning: This book contains dirty-hot roleplaying, featuring an all-alpha fighter pilot and an ambitious waitress with a fabulous imagination. Also: dressing-room sex, a plaid schoolgirl skirt, and a sprinkling of spankings.

    More information and an excerpt:

  29. Dusk Peterson
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 13:52:04

    SPY HILL (Commando series)

    This m/m romance novella is now available in Kindle and multiformat editions. For a limited time, a special multiformat edition, published by the M/M Romance Group at Goodreads, is free.

    “Fairview was the finest friend a man could have, and the finest battle-companion. I dared not risk doing anything that might break our friendship.”

    On a hot summer’s day, on a high hill surrounded by the enemy, the best battle-companion can turn out to be the truth.

    Rook and Fairview have worked alongside each other for years, first as officers in the navy, then as officers on a steampship, and finally as colonels in an invading army. Members of a nation where tiny differences of rank are considered all-important, the two men defy convention by treating each other as equals.

    But now their life-long bond is about to meet its greatest strain, when they are ordered to seize and defend a hill whose landscape is unknown, in the company of soldiers who may be incompetent or treacherous. Will Rook and Fairview’s friendship remain by the end of the battle? Or will their lives take an unexpected detour as they struggle to survive on Spy Hill?

    This novella can be read on its own or as part of Commando, a historical fantasy series that imagines what the South African Boer War could have been like if it had been fought on American soil.

    === Where to find “Spy Hill” ===

    You can read a sample online, download a sample, or download the novel:

    Spy Hill.

    === Excerpt ===


    We turned. Tice had taken shelter under a chestnut tree; his pipe glowed in the darkness of that shelter. His face was too shadow-grey for me to read his expression.

    Fairview could be blunt when necessity arose. “Tice,” he said, “can we count on you in this battle?”

    Tice paused to draw in a breath of smoke before replying. He was a large, stocky man – not the sort of man you’d expect to be a scout, which was how he had started his army career. Before that, he had served in the navy; most Landsteaders did, at one time or another, since all of the landsteads border the Bay. We have the finest navies in the Midcoast nations. I wish I could say the same about our armies.

    It was during our naval years that Fairview and I had first met Tice. Now Tice contemplated his pipe, saying, “We go back a long ways, gentlemen.”

    “We do,” Fairview agreed quietly.

    “Back in those days, you two were just a couple of harum-scarum university lads – all full of jests and wild threats, the way boys often are. It was amusing to watch your posturing.” He stroked his pipe-stem carefully. “Amusing, that is, until you sunk half my battle fleet.”

    We said nothing. All the tension of the landstead rivalries was present at this moment – the tension that had caused foreign nations to deny that we Landsteaders would be able to hold together our military alliance. Even our landsteads’ political alliance, which had lasted nearly two thousand years, was forever on the point of breaking.

    Suddenly, in the darkness under the tree, Tice’s craggy face broke into a smile. “Frankly, gentlemen, if I must be on a battlefield with you again, I’d far rather be on your side. You can count on me to protect your backs.”

    I let out the breath I hadn’t known I was holding. Fairview said lightly, “And we’ll do all we can to protect you and your men. However, you’ve ten years’ more experience than we do in the army. I hope you’ll be willing to give us advice, should we need it.”

    Tice stepped out from under the tree, tapping his ashes to the ground and grinding them underfoot with his boot. “First piece of advice: Go to bed. It’s much easier to fight a battle when you’ve rested. Both of you have rings under your eyes.”

    “Are you planning to take that advice yourself?” I challenged him.

    “I wish I could.” His gaze drifted eastward. “I’ve persuaded the General to let me scout the hill this afternoon. I only wish I had time to send scouts further east.”

    “A recent map would help.” Fairview adjusted the angle of his helmet; the rain was beginning to lighten to a drizzle. “If the General sent up an observation balloon . . .”

    “I suggested as much to the General,” replied Tice.

    He said nothing more, so we could both guess how his suggestion had been received. We were all silent for a minute, until the silence was interrupted by a series of booms.

    We turned to look east, but it was impossible to see far in the drizzle. Fairview shook his head. “The enemy certainly has its big guns there somewhere. I wish I knew where.”

    “At least they aren’t shelling the camp presently,” said Tice. “A brief respite. Gentlemen, if you will excuse me . . . ”

    I waited until Tice was well out of earshot before asking in a low voice, “Do you think we can trust him?”

    Fairview shrugged. “Can one ever trust an Eighth Landsteader? Tice and his men have a reputation for honor. I suppose we’ll see tonight whether they live up to it.”

    I looked sharply at Fairview. “You think the mounted infantry will lead us into an ambush?”

    “Tice does seem to have taken great care to ensure that he would be in charge of the scouting.” Fairview took out a cigarette, studied it, and then threw it away with a gesture of disgust. “Now I’m as bad as the war-fiends of whom the General is always complaining. The General is right about this much: we need to trust our allies in this war. If the Dozen Landsteads fall once more to quarrelling amongst one another—”

    “—we’ll lose this war.” I sighed heavily. “The General is leading us, Tice is scouting for us, the Mippite guns are hidden somewhere. . . . I don’t like the odds we’re facing.”

    “Think of the women and children at Fort Frederick.” Fairview spoke softly. Like me, he was unmarried, and knowing him, he would not have fathered any illegitimate children. But he had been raised by his grandmother after his mother died of influenza and his father died in an earlier war between the Ninth Landstead and the Sixth and Seventh Landsteads. He had a high opinion of his grandmother and of all women and children and creatures that are in need of help.

    I furrowed my brow, thinking. Fairview’s estimate of women was high enough that I wondered sometimes what was preventing him from marrying. But since I lived in fear that Fairview would ask me the same question, I had never raised the topic with him. . . .


    Honored thrice in the Rainbow Awards, Dusk Peterson writes fantasy, historical fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary fiction. Suspense plays an important role in many of the tales; the conflict in those tales is both external and internal. Peterson’s stories are often placed in dark settings, such as prisons or wartime locations. The mood of the stories, however, is not one of unrelieved gloominess: friendship, heterosexual romance, gay love, and faithful service are recurring themes. Visit for e-books and free fiction.

  30. Kait Gamble
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 10:06:18

    Thanks for this! My Sci-fi romance, LIAR’S GAME is coming out from Carina Press July 2nd

    Rumors of Aurelia Popkiss’s death have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, she and her crew have been drifting through the big black, scavenging to survive since the day she “died.” Yet after years of being on the wrong side of less than favorable odds, they never thought that finding a young girl stowed away on their ship would prove to be among the worst things to happen to them.

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  31. Lily Harlem
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 03:42:57

    Thans DA :-)

    My spicy novella DESSERT hits the virtual shelves at Ellora’s Cave on 13th July. It is part of their new Ellora’s Cave for Men line and is designed to get your guy hot-under-the-collar and ready for action!! Why not treat him, and yourself?! (18+)


    Nyotaimori was new for me, eating my dinner off a beautiful naked woman an experience I’d never been lucky enough to indulge in. So when a customer treated me to a meal at The Geisha Plate it was an effort to keep my cock under control and my focus on the food. Damn, it had been a while!

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  32. Kerry Connor
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 05:36:42

    My new erotic romantic suspense novel, A KEPT MAN, is available now on Amazon and free through Sunday if anyone would like to check it out:

    At her service…

    Struggling writer Jess Harper thought her Aunt Felicity’s secluded hideaway in the Hollywood Hills would be the perfect place to finish her manuscript. She didn’t count on Charlie. Blond, buff and bronzed, he lives in Felicity’s guest house and earns his keep by taking care of Felicity when she’s in residence and the property in her absence. He cooks and cleans, seems to have an aversion to wearing clothes, and makes it known he’s willing to cater to Jess’s every need. He’s a distraction she doesn’t want…and a temptation she might not be able to resist.

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    Recovery agent Caleb Carpenter is known for doing whatever it takes to reclaim the treasures his employer insures. He’s perfectly willing to seduce Jess to uncover the secrets he believes she’s keeping. He doesn’t count on this game of seduction becoming all too real, or on the danger that’s stalking them both….


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