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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for July 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. Shannyn Schroeder
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 15:17:54

    Hi Jane – Thanks for giving us the opportunity to spread the word about new releases.

    The second book of my O’Leary series is being released on July 4. A GOOD TIME is a contemporary romance that can be read without having read the first book in the series (MORE THAN THIS – which is on sale)

    Here’s the blurb:
    A passionate free spirit and a sweet-talking playboy sound like a match made in heaven—until life gets in the way of all the fun and games…

    Indy Adams values her freedom above all else. She works hard to support herself, moonlighting as a waitress while she fights for her first big sale in the Chicago real estate market. The last thing she needs is to be tied down, so she doesn’t think twice about declining her philandering boyfriend’s marriage proposal. Besides, she just landed a new client, a wealthy lothario—exactly the kind of guy who would understand her no-strings approach…

    Handsome, rich, and charitable, most women jump at the chance to even talk to video game developer Griffin Walker, let alone date him. So he can’t understand why Indy wants nothing more than a few steamy nights together. Despite his romantic track record, Griffin longs for real love—complete with a home and family—and he wants it with Indy. But a blessing in disguise may lead them both to a life they never expected, and give Griffin a chance to show Indy that it’s okay to want more than a good time…

    It’s ebook only, with POD to follow later.


  2. Jane Davitt
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 15:20:12

    Thanks for the helpful post!

    ‘The Broken Triangle’ by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow will be published on July 2 2013 by Loose Id.

    It’s the sequel to The Square Peg.

    Vin’s a hot Goth, tattooed and pierced and the most popular bartender at the Square Peg. Want to date him or buy him a drink? Sorry. Vin’s body is a temple and he’s barely been kissed. His heart belongs to Riley, the guy he crushed on in high school and can’t forget.

    How about Vin’s BFF Patrick? He’d let you buy him a drink and have your wicked way with him in the men’s room (shh, don’t tell Shane or Ben, the bar owners!) Okay, maybe Vin needs to loosen up and Patrick needs to calm down, but they’re set in their ways.

    Enter Riley, looking for Vin, and suddenly everything changes. Vin’s handed a happy ending on a plate and Patrick’s free and easy lifestyle loses its glitter as he sees what Vin has.

    But does Vin really have his dream guy or does he just have Riley? Maybe they’re not the same thing, after all.

    As reality ruins fantasies and divided loyalties make life complicated, choices need to be made by Vin and Patrick, but timing’s everything. Speak too soon or wait too long…either can leave a true happy ending out of reach.

  3. Jennifer Estep
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 16:00:16

    Thanks for the opportunity to post.

    SPARTAN FROST, an e-story in my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series, will be out on June 25. The e-story is around 14,000 words long and is told from the point of view of Logan Quinn.

    Here is the description, although please note that this does have some spoilers for previous books in the series:

    I’m Logan Quinn, the deadliest Spartan warrior at Mythos Academy. At least I was — until the day I almost killed Gwen Frost.

    Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I’m fine, that Loki and the Reapers don’t have a hold on me anymore, but I can’t risk it. I can’t risk hurting Gwen again. So I’m leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.

    I know Gwen wonders what’s happening to me, whether I’m safe. I can’t tell her, but this is my story …

    You can read an excerpt of SPARTAN FROST here:

    More info about my Mythos Academy series can be found here:

    Happy reading, everyone!

  4. Kate Hewitt
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 16:24:32

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    His Brand of Passion is my latest Harlequin Presents, and is the third in the Bryant Brothers Trilogy. If you like a modern and different (and perhaps objectionable!) take on the normal Presents tropes then this book might be for you. I fully admit the hero starts out as a big jerk–in the first scene he is texting on his phone while best man at his brother’s wedding–but he does grovel in the end! You can learn more here

  5. Berinn Rae
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 17:14:39

    Thanks for the opportunity to share my latest release!

    EXPLOSION is the earth-shattering conclusion of the Colliding Worlds trilogy. It comes out July 1 from Crimson Romance and fits under science fiction romance.

    You can pre-buy on Amazon:
    (Pre-buy everywhere else should be available soon!)

    Here’s what it’s all about:

    It’s been one year since the Sephians, Draeken, and humans reached a truce. Peace, at last.

    It’s been six months since news footage revealed that earth no longer stood alone in the universe. Panic ensued. Truces were broken. All aliens were quarantined.

    Earth’s final war is here and time is running out…

    Talla Kolhm is a Draeken warrior-woman, beaten down but never broken. She refuses to feel any emotion, especially love or compassion. When she meets a kindred spirit in Jax Jerrick, a human soldier with his own share of scars, they develop an uncommon but comfortable rapport. But when a deadly toxin is released across the planet, all aliens are quickly blamed and ordered to be executed. With the help of her human, she escapes, and, despite her vows, Jax reawakens her darkest desires.

    Betrayed once before, Jax can barely bring himself to trust another woman. Regardless, as Jax deals with his past, Talla reawakens his heart. While battling their simmering passion, they join the resistance committed to finding an antidote. And so the fight begins. Talla will do anything for earth’s survival, even sacrifice herself and her heart, which may be the only way to save us all.

    If alien wars are up your alley, you may like Explosion.
    You can read the first chapter on my website:

    Thanks again, and have a great summer!

  6. Avery Flynn
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 17:19:27

    Thanks for happy dancing with me about my latest release. :)

    “Avery Flynn leads us into a shimmering magical world with a sexy twist that is pure, unadulterated fun. I loved this story!” – Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author

    Jax and the Beanstalk Zombies by Avery Flynn

    You know there’s trouble ahead when zombies aren’t your biggest worry.

    The treasure hunter… Veronica Kwon is determined to be the only person in control of her destiny. After surviving a broken engagement and turning her back on her wealthy manipulative father, she’s started a treasure hunting company and is ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

    The ex-fiance… Jax Taylor is a Southern charmer with enough sex appeal to melt the polar ice caps. He disappeared three months before their wedding and swore he’d never cross paths with Veronica again.

    The magic beanstalk… Brought together again by their dying mentor, who has found three enchanted beans, Veronica and Jax agree to an uneasy partnership. Together they’ll climb a magic beanstalk to the cloud kingdom, but will their destiny be the riches they so desire, the passion they thought dead…or will the undead get them first?

    Check out the excerpt on Amazon:

  7. Berinn Rae
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 17:25:13

    I’ve got a sci-fi rom anthology to share with you!

    Tales from the SFR Brigade (vol. 1) comes out July 14 everywhere as ebook. This is a FREE anthology showcasing female science fiction authors. This anthology was edited by Jayne Hicks and includes stories by (in order of story): Pippa Jay, Amy Laurens, Marcella Burnard, Kyndra Hatch, Linnea Sinclair, Liana Brooks, Berinn Rae, and Erica Hayes.

    As of today, it’s available on Smashwords:

    Here’s the blurb:

    Experience love and adventure among the stars in ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade,’ a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories.

    • A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be her greatest enemy.
    • A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous stranger to help her escape a terrible fate.
    • A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then left her for dead.
    • A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming alien.
    • An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter who seeks to capture her.
    • A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved.
    • A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is determined to bring her to justice.
    • A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity, one stranger at a time.

    From Earth to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, explore the worlds of Science Fiction Romance with stories from Linnea Sinclair, Marcella Burnard, Erica Hayes, Liana Brooks, Pippa Jay, Berinn Rae, Amy Laurens, and Kyndra Hatch.

    Please consider picking up a free copy!

  8. Lisa J
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 18:41:38

    @Berinn Rae: Sold. I am totally on a sci/fi romance binge.

  9. wikkidsexycool
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 19:14:46

    Thanks for this opportunity Jane!

    Coming in late July, a scifi romance epic, with a cast of multicultural characters, a virgin hero, and aliens who side with earth’s females:

    “A Women is a Weapon”

    This is the mantra Onyx Dagonese lives and inflicts death on others by.

    Onyx was just a child when the global war between man and woman exploded, plunging the earth back into the dark age of superstition and religious tyranny. Now she’s an assassin for the female run government, fighting against male hit squads and her own heart, torn between the way things are, and longing for what once was.

    Life under female rule is as oppressive as male domination had ever been. Women who challenge The Authority disappear. Youth and beauty are considered a curse. And falling in love with a man brings the swiftest punishment, which is death.

    As men remake themselves into machines and women counter with magic, extra terrestrials tip the balance of power in QUEENSREALM

    Read an excerpt here (from the ebook):

  10. Hailey Edwards
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 19:14:58

    Thanks for the opportunity to post!

    A Time of Dying, book three in my Araneae Nation series, will be released on July 30th from Samhain Publishing.

    They just might survive…if they don’t kill each other first.

    Once the future Segestriidae maven, Kaidi lived a privileged life. Now she spends her nights haunting cities ravaged by the plague. Spade in hand, she stalks rows of freshly dug graves for corpses…and then she takes their heads.

    Her new life is caked in blood and spattered with gore, but it’s hers. At least until—to her fury—she’s caught napping.

    A plague survivor by the skin of his teeth, Murdoch risks his neck to solve the mysteries left in its wake. Bodies have gone missing. Guards have left their posts and never returned home.

    When he rouses a female dozing among the dead, he’s unprepared for the violence of her response. Or his. Beneath the grime, she’s lovely. Too bad the blood under her fingernails belongs to his clansmen.

    He has no choice but to follow this alluring creature deeper into her world of winged beasts and flesh-eating monsters. She holds the knowledge he craves, but the price is high—and they may both pay for it with their lives.

    Warning: This book contains one heroine in desperate need of a bath and one hero willing to wash away her sins. Expect threats, swears and general cursing. Love is a slippery slope, and these two are sliding.

    You can find an excerpt and ordering information here:

  11. Eleri Stone
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 19:52:50

    My paranormal romance based on Norse mythology, WITCH BOUND, is out June 24th. Here’s the blurb:
    Raquel Lindgren knows what her future holds. An arranged marriage. A new home in Ragnarok, Iowa, with another clan of refugees from Asgard. She should be happy. But there’s a mental block preventing her from tapping in to her true abilities as a witch. And she’s more attracted to the best man than she is to the groom…
    Fen can’t believe he’s falling for his best friend’s future wife. As a hound, a wolf shifter, his duty lies with the pack. He’s seen too many hounds destroyed by love, and he’s sworn never to take a mate, never to have children of his own. He can’t deny his desire for Raquel, but she deserves more than he can offer her.
    Raquel’s been raised to trust in magic, her clan and her destiny. But when a vengeful demon threatens to break out of Asgard and destroy the clan, Raquel learns she must trust in love if she is to take the future into her own hands.
    It’s the second in the series, but if you’d like to jump in with this one, you can find the series cheat sheet here:
    And an excerpt and ordering information here:
    Thanks for the opportunity to post!

  12. Jessa Slade
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 20:18:04

    The third story in my dark fae Steel Born series, MATED BY MOONLIGHT (now with twice the werewolves!) is out July 1 from Harlequin Nocturne Cravings.

    The latest in a long line of female Alphas, Merrilee Delemont lives by the code ‘be strong always’. While she will never forsake her duty to her pack, she sometimes longs for a mate to share her life with. At least she’s found someone to share her bed: Beck Villanova, leader of the neighboring wolf pack.

    Their red-hot attraction and struggle for dominance leads to wild sex, but any chance of a real relationship goes up in smoke. Until dark invaders threaten the peace of their remote valley, forcing Merrille and Beck to finally decide which is more important: vying for power, or a passionate partnership that could change their lives forever.

    More info at

    Thanks, DA, for helping us spread the words! Happy reading, all!

  13. Sirius
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 20:50:52

    @Jane Davitt: Sold!!! Loved “Square Peg”, loved Vin.

  14. Jane Davitt
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 21:23:18


    Thank you, Sirius! Vin’s was a story we knew we wanted to explore even when we were in the middle of writing Square Peg which is why we ended it as we did.

  15. JL Merrow
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 03:35:01

    It seems to be the month for SF and paranormals! And I’ve got another, releasing today:

    Damned if You Do

    The Lars and Rael Paranormal Detective series

    Some sins are worth the price.

    Sexy male succubus Rael has an insatiable appetite for men that gets him into all kinds of trouble. And he’s just found his favorite flavor: hunky blond detective Lars Thornsson. When those cool Nordic looks combine with Rael’s smoldering dark charms, all Hell could break loose.

    Lars’s job at the Paranormal Enforcement Agency means he’s supposed to be policing demons, not falling in lust—or love—with them. But there’s something about this feisty little sex demon that hits all his buttons.

    With no shortage of deadly sinners in his city, from serial-killing succubi to drug-dealing demons, all Lars can do is try to keep his private life from interfering with his work. But Rael has a knack for getting mixed up in cases that threaten both their domestic harmony and their lives.

    More info here:

  16. Lorenda Christensen
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 08:12:56

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    My debut novel, Never Deal with Dragons, is releasing July 22nd from Carina press and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s an urban fantasy/romance story with a voice closer to Stephanie Plum than Black Dagger Brotherhood. The blurb is below, and the first chapter is on my website.

    “Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it’s her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her “typical” day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.

    Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he’s been sent by North America’s reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she’ll be stuck with Trian as a partner.

    As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive – and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.”

  17. Maggie Robinson
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 09:17:51

    Thanks so much for the chance to post about the first book in the Edwardian Ladies Unlaced series, In the Arms of the Heiress, out on July 2 from Berkley Sensation. The first chapter and some reviews are here:

    Back cover blurb:
    It’s all fun and games until someone falls in love…

    Independent heiress Louisa Stratton is going home to Rosemont for the holidays, and at the family’s request, she’s bringing her new husband—Maximillian Norwich, art connoisseur and artful lover, the man she’s written of so glowingly. There’s one hitch—he doesn’t exist. Louisa needs a fake husband, and fast, to make the proper impression.

    Charles Cooper, captain of the Boer War and far from silver spoons or gilded cages, is so hard up that even this crazy scheme appeals to him. It’s only thirty days, not till death do them part. What’s so difficult about impersonating a husband, even if he doesn’t know a Rembrandt from a Rousseau?

    The true difficulty is keeping his hands off Louisa once there’s nobody around to see their ruse. And then there’s the small problem of someone at Rosemont trying to kill him. Keeping his wits about him and protecting Louisa brings out the honor he thought he’d left on the battlefield. But when Louisa tries to protect him, Charles knows he’s found a way to face his future—in the arms of his heiress.

  18. K. Z. Snow
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 09:59:41

    Thank you, DA!

    Merman, the sequel to my m/m steampunk novel Mongrel (, is coming in July from Dreamspinner Press. Following is a blurb. Two different excerpts are posted at my website and my blog (

    When vampire Clancy Marrowbone returns to Purin province 22 months after his departure, he intends only to visit briefly with his Branded Mongrel friend Fanule Perfidor in the village of Taintwell. He also intends to avoid his former lover, the unfortunately mortal Simon Bentcross. What would be the point of rekindling their affair? Marrowbone merely wants to know how Simon is faring.

    Quite well, it turns out. Bentcross, who now owns a machinery repair shop, has designed a submersible vessel for underwater exploration. He’ll be manning his “Bubble” for a marine research expedition shrouded in secrecy.

    Vaguely troubled after his visit with Perfidor, the restless vampire stops at a deserted stretch of beach in Purinton, the provincial capital. He needs time to reflect before he moves on. But two unexpected turns, including a startling discovery, substantially alter his plans.

    By the following evening, Marrowbone realizes his visit to the province won’t be so short after all . . . especially when Simon Bentcross reenters his life. In addition to their conflicted passion, Simon’s involvement in the mysterious Tower Hole project and Clancy’s involvement with a mysterious mutant lead to a growing host of complications and dangers. As if their affair weren’t star-crossed enough, both vampire and mortal become hunted men — in Purinton, Taintwell, and beyond.

  19. Tamara Hogan
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 10:45:11

    Thanks for the posting opportunity!

    I’m pleased and excited to announce the release of my first Underbelly Chronicles novella, TOUCH ME. TOUCH ME is the story of what REALLY happened between Bailey Brown and Rafe Sebastiani the night of Scarlett Fontaine’s concert, which occurred in my award-winning paranormal romance debut, TASTE ME.

    TOUCH ME is a prequel to Bailey and Rafe’s full-length book, TEMPT ME, releasing in Fall 2013.

    The blurb:
    Mere hours after human technology whiz Bailey Brown learns the truth about her Sebastiani Security co-workers—they’re all vampires, incubi, succubi, sirens, faeries, Valkyrie, and werewolves!—she’s thrown into an undercover operation protecting a siren singer at Underbelly, one of Minneapolis’s premier nightclubs. With pheromones saturating the air like sweet chloroform, starving for touch, and her inhibitions fading fast, Bailey has to avoid Rafe Sebastiani, her boss’s gorgeous sex demon brother, at all costs…

    Because only his touch will do.

    $.99 at Available in other digital formats in Fall 2013. To read an excerpt, go to

  20. Robyn Bachar
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 11:03:12

    Thanks for the opportunity! I also have a Sci-Fi Romance. NIGHTFALL is the first in my Cy’ren Rising trilogy, and it’s out in ebook and print!

    Her heart says “never”. Her body says “now”.

    When a wounded runner stumbles into her workshop, sculptor Talena Spenser’s comfortable, quiet life is shattered. Aiding the escaped slave risks losing more than just her freedom. She is in phase, when Cy’ren females are overwhelmed by the drive to mate.

    Mordacki Loren, shadow sword of House Nightfall, knows the pain of losing a mate. He never intended to take another. But Talena, raised by humans with little knowledge of Cy’ren ways, leaves him no choice. As the mating lust consumes them, Dack promises to honor her wishes—even if that means letting her go.

    Scarred and hardened by a munitions accident that sent her Alliance career up in flames, Carmen Hawke joined the Cy’ren resistance as captain of the flagship Talon. When old flame Dack returns from a mission with Carmen’s childhood friend and first love, Talena, in tow, the temptation to allow someone—or two someones—close to her again cracks her emotional armor.

    Pursued by an unknown enemy, the trio works together to discover the secrets of Talena’s past, and to uncover a threat that could destroy the fragile peace of the Cy’ren homeworld.

    Warning: If the epic space battles, gunfights and swordplay aren’t enough to get you going, strap yourself in for a male-female-female threesome that’s scorching enough to fire your engines into overdrive.

    It’s available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Samhain.

  21. Carrie G
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 11:17:53

    @Berinn Rae: Thank you!

  22. Carrie G
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 11:18:55

    @Lorenda Christensen: This sounds fun! I’ll look for it.

  23. Lucy Woodhull
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 11:55:10

    Thanks, Dear Author!

    My new contemp romantic comedy THE DIMPLE OF DOOM is available for pre-order today, and releases in paperback and digital direct from my pub on July 8th. (Wide release (Amazon, etc.) August 5th.) Ordering and a sample at the link:

    by Lucy Woodhull

    It may sound like common sense, but never hump an art thief. Turns out, Samantha Lytton’s Common-Sense-O-Meter is super duper broken.

    Failed actress Samantha Lytton is getting along just fine in her lonely little life when a charming criminal called Sam or Nate or maybe even Richmond kisses her, square dances most provocatively, opens his not-so-wicked heart, and gets her in trouble with not one, but two international art theft rings as well as the LAPD.

    She’s either gonna end up in jail or famous. Maybe both.

    Along the way, she fights for her life and falls for this funny, sexy disaster of a man… and learns that finding happily-ever-after with yourself is the first step to real contentment. A cute dimple is just the second.

  24. wikkidsexycool
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 13:07:20

    Sorry, but my typo is killing me.

    Instead of “women” in post #9, it should be “woman” as in

    “A Woman is a Weapon”

  25. MaryK
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 13:47:04

    @Lorenda Christensen: I enjoyed the excerpt and wanted to keep reading. Your website says this is part of a trilogy. Does each book have a self contained romance or does the romance continue through all the books?

  26. Lorenda Christensen
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 13:49:37


    I’m so glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Yes – this is the first book of a trilogy, but the romance is self-contained. While you will see Myrna and Trian again in the second book, the heroine of Book #2 will be Myrna’s friend Carol, and she will have a love story of her own. Same for book #3.

  27. Lorenda Christensen
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 13:51:55

    @Lucy Woodhull:

    Lucy – I ADORE your title. I’m buying this based on it alone. (Though I’m convinced the story will be just as awesome!)

  28. Lucy Woodhull
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 18:24:18

    @Lorenda Christensen:

    Aw, Lorenda — you made my day! :) Thanks!

  29. Sirius
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 20:36:39

    @Jane Davitt: You guys feed my “from enemies to lovers” addiction very nicely, so thank you very much :-).

  30. Sirius
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 20:37:43

    @K. Z. Snow: OOOOOOOOO. SOLD.

  31. Jane Davitt
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 20:43:35


    Heh, it’s certainly something that happens a fair bit in our books, I cannot lie :-) I have a thing for arguments that turn into frantic kissing and up against a wall sex. Also, arguments are like alcohol; they bring emotions to the surface and a lot of truths/secrets get spilled so they’re useful from a storytelling POV.

  32. Sirius
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 21:10:09

    @Jane Davitt: I know, I read almost all of them :). The ones you guys did together I mean.

  33. Zoe York
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 21:16:23

    Thanks for the opportunity, DA!

    I’m thrilled to introduce my debut novel, What Once Was Perfect – a modern, sexy, small town contemporary romance. It’s available in ebook now, and the paperback official release date is July 1.

    Heading home always stirs up mixed emotions for Laney Calhoun. Twelve years ago she left for graduate school, broken-hearted. She’s found professional success, but positive personal relationships have proved elusive. Running into her ex-boyfriend fans flames she thought long extinguished, and causes a renewed interest in love. Not with Kyle, of course. Never again. But as sparks fly and items of clothing disappear, she scrambles to keep her emotions in check.

    Kyle Nixon let Laney slip away once. Their chemistry together is undeniable, but steamy sex is not enough to convince her to let him back into her heart. Even if she did trust him again, her medical career is five hundred kilometers away from the hometown that he loves, and the life that he once chose over her.

    Amazon | Barnes & Noble | KoboBooks | Goodreads

  34. Vivacia K. Ahwen
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 11:59:53

    Thanks for the opportunity, again, Jane! Finally, my debut novel Angels’ Prey is out and about. Angels’ Prey is a story-within-a story, quick read, fun. Durty.

    In a nutshell:

    Round one is historical romance: MMF; though not all at the same time. A sadistic Lord, his well-meaning son, and an innocent servant girl in a Gothic Victorian mansion. There are swords.

    Round two is paranormal erotica: MMF; all together with feeling. A beautiful seraph, a repentant nun (the servant girl was given her walking papers), and a rock-star-like daemon. There are feathers.

    Extended dance-mix summary…

    Clarice Larrabee’s scandalous dalliances as a maid in the Oakesdale estate have her expelled to the Holy Order of St. Anne for a life of celibacy and repentance. Lord Frothingham’s calculated seduction and Clarice’s romance with his handsome son George led to her social and spiritual ruin, leaving her heartbroken, scorned, and bereft. There is no place in Victorian English society for a love so passionate, nor a will so bold, nor a mind so bright as Clarice Larrabee, who now dedicates herself to the convent, praying with all her might for redemption. Yet how long can she run from her true nature?


    An amorous visitation from an Angel named Jabazael reawakens the sensual side of Clarice, from which there is no turning back. After a night of wanton lust in the arms of this powerful being, she realizes her destiny is not within the confines of a manse, nor the walls of a cathedral, but in another realm altogether. After her surrender to Angel Jabazael, she encounters Daemon Maelfar, who reveals Clarice’s unique destiny as a receptacle of angelic light and diabolical darkness. But her role in the universal balance between good and evil can only begin after a ritual of erotic pleasure when both holy creatures share her body, where she eternally submits to becoming. . .

  35. library addict
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 15:41:21

    @Shannyn Schroeder: I’m getting page not found when I click on your name link.

    I did manage to access your site by searching for it though.

  36. Missy Lyons
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 20:53:06

    Thank you for the opportunity Jane! I have an erotic western romance book which releases in just a few days but is available for pre-order now. :)

    COWBOYS DON’T SING is the third book in the Riding Western Style series but you don’t have to read the other books to enjoy the cowboy loving in this book. The story and the characters can stand alone but they are all set in the same little town in Texas.


    The talented country music singer Loretta Brooks is going through a scandalous divorce, and the media are eating up every dirty detail. All she wants is an escape from the reporters camping on her lawn and a vacation from her life. That and maybe to be able to forget her ex and feel loved in the arms of a real cowboy or two.

    Two sexier than life cowboys come to her rescue and whisk her away to their working cattle ranch. Roland and Esteban Carter don’t try to impress Loretta with lies or songs. They are determined to give the space and time she needs to heal, but when she comes on to them they realize this may be the one woman they can love and share their hearts with. She is a perfect fit in their arms and in their home.

    None of the young lovers expect the outside world to understand or respect their newfound love, and the secret passion is like a ticking time bomb. How long can it last before the world tears their happy threesome apart?

    COWBOYS DON’T SING is available for purchase on Siren Publishing

    The ebook will be available to download June 27, 2013 and will be 15% off the cover price until July 4th. This book will also be available in print this Fall for those readers who have to have a paper copy.

    This direct link is to my author page on Siren and just in case the other page link is broken. Thank you again!!

  37. Alison Packard
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 00:26:50

    Thanks for the opportunity, DA!

    The Winning Season, my second novel with Carina Press, is a contemporary sports romance and will be released on July 15.

    Kelly Maxwell has finally landed her dream job as publicist for the San Francisco Blaze. But the team’s newest member, handsome bad boy catcher Matt Scanlon, is refusing every interview. She’s got to get him to open up before the season ends, or she may not be back next year. And after everything she overcame to achieve her dream, Kelly’s not about to let that happen.

    Matt Scanlon just wants to be left alone to rebuild his life and his career. After a year of masking the pain of a recent loss with hard partying and fast women, he finally hit rock bottom and was traded to a team he’s loathed his entire life—a team with little to no chance at the post-season.

    Butting heads is getting Kelly and Matt nowhere but annoyed, and with the team’s schedule on the road, they can’t avoid close quarters—or their surprising attraction to one another. As the season winds down, Matt finds his growing feelings for Kelly have brought his numbed emotions back to life. But when betrayal shatters their fragile trust, winning it all seems more impossible than ever.

    Read an excerpt at:

    The Winning Season is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

  38. Mary Ann Rivers
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 07:09:39

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my July release with Dear Author readers.

    My debut novella from Loveswept, THE STORY GUY, is available July, 8 2013 at all retailers of digital books.

    THE STORY GUY is contemporary romance set in an urban, rustbelt, midwestern city. The couple meet via an enigmatic personal ad, posted by the hero, Brian (official blurb follows below):

    “I will meet you on Wednesdays at noon in Celebration Park. Kissing only.”

    Carrie West is happy with her life . . . isn’t she? But when she sees this provocative online ad, the thirtysomething librarian can’t help but be tempted. After all, the photo of the anonymous poster is far too attractive to ignore. And when Wednesday finally arrives, it brings a first kiss that’s hotter than any she’s ever imagined. Brian Newburgh is an attorney, but there’s more to his life . . . that he won’t share with Carrie. Determined to have more than just Wednesdays, Carrie embarks on a quest to learn Brian’s story, certain that he will be worth the cost. But is she ready to gamble her heart on a man who just might be The One . . . even though she has no idea how their love story will end?

    And excerpt is available on my website at

  39. Aimee Carson
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 22:23:38

    Thanks for this fabulous opportunity!

    The Unexpected Wedding Guest comes out in July and is the first book in the Harlequin KISS quartet, The Wedding Season.

    The blurb:
    Getting caught in her wedding dress by her drop-dead-gorgeous ex-husband is Reese Michael’s worst nightmare. Especially when her perfect-on-paper fiancé then cancels their wedding!

    Reese has spent years trying to forget how her marriage to Mason Hicks crashed and burned—yes, their chemistry was incredible, but a girl can’t live on lust alone! And what’s a jilted bride supposed to do when the one man she could never forget is back in her life, as irresistible as ever? Mason might be her own personal brand of Kryptonite, but surely life is meant to be lived a little dangerously…?

    Read The Wedding Dress Diaries, the free prequel here:

    Find out more about The Wedding Season here:

  40. Holley Trent
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 20:34:11

    Thanks for the forum, DA!

    I have a new sensual contemporary via Lyrical Press releasing officially 7/1 (although it’s already up at the big vendors). It’s called Saint and Scholar. Here’s a blurb:

    He teaches about the Irish past. She worries about their Irish future.

    Grant Fennell seems to lack the luck of the Irish. He’s had his nose broken three times, his dissertation advisor was a useless lump, he’s thirty-one and finishing his PhD, and he can’t find a teaching position in the US. Then he accepts a job in his native Ireland on the same day the stunning former student he’s been intrigued by for nearly eight years shows a shred of interest. Finally, he catches a break: Carla Gill needs his expertise.

    Carla is at a dead end on her late Irish-American father’s family tree project. Who better to assist than an expert on Irish history? Especially one with the face of an Adonis and a brogue that makes her want to shed her clothes. She’ll be his girlfriend, all right, in spite of her overprotective brothers and nay-saying friend.

    But when Carla accompanies Grant to Ireland to conduct her research, he makes it clear he wants to put her on the fast track to matrimony. The professor wants to teach her something about “happily ever after.” Does she really want her happy ending to start right now?

    There’s a little excerpt and buy links on my website, here:

  41. Emma
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 10:43:54

    Thank you so much for the forum, DA!

    My second-chance-at-love, American Civil War-set novel launched today. Here’s the short blurb: “Theodore Ward is a man of deep passions and strong principles—none of which he acts on. Margaret Hampton thus ends their engagement, breaking both of their hearts in the process. But when he strives to win her back, they are caught in the bloodiest conflict in American history.”

    For more information, including excerpts and buy links, please click here.

  42. Moriah Jovan
    Jul 03, 2013 @ 13:11:11

    Dunham, set during the Revolutionary War, is out today (yes, I lied about the date–I blame Amazon’s efficiency).

    It’s 1780.

    The Americans are losing their desperate fight for independence from the most powerful nation on Earth. Britain’s navy is crushing outposts up and down the eastern seaboard and the Americans’ pitiful navy consists mostly of small-vessel privateers on missions of profit.

    “Captain Jack” Celia Bancroft is one of those privateers, whose list of debts of honor is a nautical mile long. Sailing for the Americans is the current project on her to-do list, and once she has finished all her tasks, she will then be free to sail on a tide of whimsy.

    Commander Elliott Raxham, cashiered from His Majesty’s Royal Navy, is a newly made British earl who schemes for his own independence — from the title he never expected to inherit and the country that has betrayed him time and again.

    They meet in a Caribbean tavern where he steals a kiss that starts a brawl she finishes. In retaliation, he steals her ship’s figurehead and, if that isn’t a grave enough insult, proceeds to chase her across the Atlantic to collect on the promise in her kiss.

    With that, the romance is on, but the adventure is only beginning as Elliott and Celia face obstacle after obstacle in their own fight for independence — a new life together on the American frontier.

    It’s on sale at all the usual places. You can get there from here: Dunham.

    Thanks for the space, Jane!

  43. Lily Harlem
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 10:12:54

    New Release – Sexy as Hell Trilogy – The Virgin, The Player, The Vixen – by Harlem Dae

    Sexy as Hell is an erotic trilogy that will submerge you into the black heart of a world of bondage and discipline, Dominance and submission, sadism and masochism.

    Dare to take this twisting journey with Victor and you’ll learn the ropes with him, experience every carnal sensation and fall into a dark and dangerous love that grips like a fist and binds like a collar.

    Get to know Zara, his sultry teacher, and you’ll gasp when she doles out her sinful instructions but then delight in the stunning results she not only demands but achieves. It seems Heaven and Hell are not so far apart when she holds the reins.

    Victor has his layers peeled back, but when he does the same to try to get to his Vixen’s core, a revelation appears. Because Zara is a woman whose vast sexual experience is both her strength and her weakness; she can inflict pain and pleasure, make lusty demands and instruct, but she needs so much more, she needs…

    Yes, the time has come to for her to admit to her needs and confess to the repairing her soul hungers for. A sea of memories, a lifetime of control requires an acknowledgement that will cut through her barriers, and there’s only one man up for the job—her virgin, her student, her newly trained monster, Victor Partridge.

    Please note, in order to enjoy Victor and Zara’s adventures, the trilogy must be read in order.

    About the Authors

    Lily Harlem and Natalie Dae have been writing together for several years on top of their individual author projects. Their joint name is now Harlem Dae. They enjoy being represented by traditional houses including HarperCollins and Total-E- Bound as well self-publishing their sexy stories on Amazon. Both live in the UK and gain great satisfaction from bouncing characters and their raunchy antics back and forth, growing, nurturing and stoking plot lines until they steam off the page and push boundaries. They consider themselves to be solitary, whacky, spontaneous and desirous for many things including perfection and are frequently caught sending messages back and forth referring to each other as Rodney and Delboy.

    The Virgin

    The Player

    The Vixen

    Check out the Harlem Dae Magazine – for all of the gossip about the Sexy as Hell characters and the author’s inspiration. Don’t miss the Harlem Dae website to read sneak peek quotes and keep up to date with spin-off stories about the secondary characters. then please head on over to the Harlem Dae Facebook page and hit LIKE

    What’s more, if Sexy as Hell has tickled your fancy and you’re keen to get your boundaries pushed then pick up a copy of THE VIRGIN absolutely FREE for 5 days (25th-29th July) to whet your appetite for Victor and Zara’s wild journey of dominance and submission. Quick, go, grab a copy, if you dare…

    Amazon US –
    Amazon UK –

    Thanks for reading and thanks DA for this promotional opportunity!

    Lily Harlem and Natalie Dae

  44. Stacy-Deanne
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 00:25:37

    Hi Everyone,

    My seventh book has just been released! The Wild Life is the third installment in my interracial romantic suspense series. The series is published by Peace in the Storm Publishing and is available in ebook and print.

    When Albany Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris learns that Cuban crime lord Milan Varela wants her estranged father dead, she heads off to Miami to find out why. With Homicide Detective Jayce Matthews and her ex-lover Detective Steven Kemp she devises a plot to get close to the Varela organization.

    Brianna finds herself attracted to the older Milan and falls deep into his web of seduction while fighting to keep her mind on her mission. Milan is equally drawn to Brianna and vows to win her trust and her heart.

    Is Milan really the villain when it comes to Brianna’s father? Or is he the victim?

    Is Brianna’s father really in danger or is there more to the story than anyone could ever imagine?

    Brianna risks her life to save her father’s but will she end up losing her own?

    The steamy, explosive, and super-hot new installment in the Bree and Steven Series!

    To learn more about the series as well as upcoming releases check out my website:

    Buy Links:

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