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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for June 2011

Welcome to the June 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 May would be an June 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. Dee Carney
    May 22, 2011 @ 14:53:42

    Younger men do it longer… My debut release with Samhain, KEEPING PACE, will be available June 21, 2011.

    One spark could burn her world down.

    Six years after her husband’s death, Regina Pace is still just going through the motions, her only pleasure a nightly glass (or three) of wine to dull the ache. Tonight is no exception—until a sensual outdoor encounter with her neighbor’s son, freshly home from college. He’s older, wiser, more devastatingly handsome than she remembered. He’s also fifteen years her junior.

    Despite her misgivings, it isn’t long before her nightly ritual includes a long, deep drink of Josh Smith. Ogling leads to touching, then the sparks flare into an erotic encounter that feels wickedly right—and deliciously forbidden.

    Yet the intense heat can’t burn away the doubt pestering the back of her mind. That the gap between their ages is too large, even for the most determined leap of faith…

    Product Warnings: Features a boy-next-door who won’t take no for an answer, more than one sexual fantasy (including some outdoor self-loving!), and a burning romance that proves age is just a number.

    Available for pre-order for Kindle and Nook.

  2. Dee Tenorio
    May 22, 2011 @ 15:09:46

    Undercover Lovers
    An Anthology by Dee Carney, Chloe Cole, Cari Quinn & Dee Tenorio

    Four ultra-sexy stories by four great authors, with one theme!

    Conquered by Cari Quinn — Serial monogamist, Emma Donegan, has never had a one night stand. But when she sees the sexy cop-stripper at a friend’s bachelorette party, she resolves to make her most risque fantasies come true.

    Playing the part of a stripper is way out of private detective Shane Madison’s comfort zone, but the future of his business hangs on this one case. Too bad the incriminating evidence leads right to the irresistible brunette who keeps slipping tens into his g-string. He can’t let her distract him. Who knew it would be so hard…

    Conned by Chloe Cole — Human sexuality Professor Cricket Malloy likes bad boys, but when buttoned-up Science Professor Tucker Lamb needs help with an experiment on aphrodisiacs, she goes the extra mile to help him out. After all, he’s harmless…

    Tucker Lamb was born into a life of a grifter. He’s always prided himself on his fast fingers and quicksilver tongue. Ever since being placed in the witness protection program, he’s been on the up and up, but something about Cricket Malloy makes him ache to see if his tongue is as fast as it used to be.

    Consumed by Dee Carney — It’s no surprise Chef August Jaeger’s rivals would do anything to discover the secrets of his signature dishes. When the curvaceous woman of his dreams shows up out of the blue, he grows suspicious. Fortunately, the best way to get to the truth is by offering a private dining experience that would teach her a passionate lesson she won’t soon forget.

    Food journalist Saffron Burton has a job to do: find out what August is serving for Restaurant Week or lose her job. But with every course that passes her lips—and every minute in his presence—she’s finding what she really wants isn’t listed on any menu…

    Convicted by Dee Tenorio — Crusty sheriff Cade Evigan doesn’t date convicts, not even ones as irresistible as Katrina “K.K.” Killian. The woman may have gotten under his skin—and once, on the hood of his car—but the sultry biker had criminal written all over her. He has to stay away.

    When the crap hits the fan and the case she’s been working on for two years cracks wide open, Katrina heads straight to the hills to protect the one man she cares about. But some temptations are impossible to resist and she knows if she stays with Cade for the night, odds are her cover isn’t the only thing getting blown…

    Available on Amazon!:

  3. Angelia Sparrow
    May 22, 2011 @ 16:59:42

    I have two shorts releasing in June.

    “Songs for Guitar and French Harp” is coming out in Storm Moon Press’ WILD PASSIONS, an anthropomorphic anthology, on June 17.

    “Gordon and Leo work in the freak-show at a traveling carnival, wowing audiences with their half-animal physiques. But when animal constructs are second-class citizens and legal property of others, falling in love is the most dangerous act of all.”

    “Worth the Woe” will be out from Amber Allure on June 12. This is a lesbian version of Molly Whuppie, in which Molly falls for the giant’s youngest daughter.

  4. Olivia
    May 22, 2011 @ 17:03:19

    My second novella is coming out Tuesday, May 25!

    ”Hearts and Harbingers” is an offbeat Regency romance with brothels instead of ballrooms, an impoverished and improvising lady, a seductive marquis, and a villain named Lord Wart who was so much fun to write that it ought to be illegal.

    Available from Ellora’s Cave:

  5. Leah Braemel
    May 22, 2011 @ 17:26:23

    My historical erotic romance Tangled Past comes out from Carina Press on June 13th.

    Forced to marry a man she just met, Sarah McLeod clings to the hope that she’ll finally find the love and acceptance she’s always craved. But her tenuous dreams of a happy life on the frontier are in danger of being dashed by the one thing she can’t change– her husband’s love for another man.

    Jackson Kellar’s determined to do right by his bride, yet he’s torn between his newfound love for Sarah and his still-burning desire for Nate.

    Ranch owner Nate Campbell loves them both. He hates to see Jackson’s loyalties so divided, and doesn’t want Sarah hurt either. But how can they fix the tangled mess they find themselves in? Nate suggests a possible solution a permanent threesome.

    With the open frontier closing in around them, is Nate’s solution their path to happiness? Or will others destroy what they’ve found together?

    You can read more about Tangled Past on my website or you can pre-order it on Amazon. (Links to Tangled Past on Carina and other ebook stores will be added to my website as they become available.)

  6. Karen Erickson
    May 22, 2011 @ 18:29:53

    My historical romance novella (and first in The Merry Widows series) LESSONS IN INDISCRETION releases June 20th from Carina Press:

    Widowed Lady Julia Renwick is still young enough to crave a man’s touch; but she’s too old to think that the Earl of Bedingfield could see her as anything more than a family friend. Garrett is handsome, charming and only 26 years old – the perfect catch for any one of this year’s debutantes.

    Garrett has no interest in the maidens vying for his attentions. He wants only Julia. With just two weeks left in the season, he makes a bold move by asking her to dance. When she counters with a shocking request of her own, Garrett eagerly agrees.

    Soon, they are stealing away for passionate encounters at every society event they attend. Garrett introduces Julia to excitements she never knew existed, and her newfound confidence quickly attracts other eligible men. It’s not long before Garrett realizes he must find a way to keep the lady all to himself…

    Available for pre-order at Amazon –

  7. T. Harrison
    May 22, 2011 @ 18:39:19

    I have two erotic romance titles available on May 27th. In Her Closet and Switch, a companion novella.

    In Her Closet

    Fresh off of a night of anonymous sex we join sex and lifestyle columnist, Yves Santiago on the curb for a cigarette. Yves is a self-proclaimed slut who vows to live her life as carelessly as a man and make no apologies for any of it. Though her meddling mother, psycho ex-fiancé seem intent on making it difficult for her to do so. An enamored young artist determined to be more than a one night stand and a talented Domina who is swears that she will get what she wants from Yves by any means necessary make the task near impossible. Yves is mostly successful at avoiding anything that looks even remotely like love, escaping most encounters with her heart and her pride intact. At least until she meets Elijah Weinstein.

    Elijah saunters in like a dream proclaiming to be the next great love of her life–a declaration that Yves ridiculous, though it doesn’t make him any less enticing. With his mossy green eyes, broad, sun-kissed shoulders and a mouth so damn sensual that it should have an NC-17 rating, Elijah Weinstein is damn near irresistible. She willingly accepts his challenge, certain she be able to get what she wants without relinquishing her heart.

    Full Length Novel
    100k+ words
    Warning: this title contains F/F situations, topping, fisting and light bondage and spanking.


    The moment she kissed Yves Santiago, Alexa DeCosta knew that the experience they shared would not be soon forgotten. What she didn’t know was that Yves would become her newest obsession. One that she will go to any length to obtain, including giving something that she has not given to anyone in years–her trust.

    Switch is a companion novella to In Her Closet, an erotic novel written by T. Harrison available through Dirtyscribbler Pres.

    11,000 words.
    Warning: this title contains F/F situations, topping, fisting and light bondage.

  8. Darlene Marshall
    May 22, 2011 @ 19:15:33

    My newest historical, Sea Change, comes out in early June in print and ebook from Amber Quill Press:

    David Fletcher needs a surgeon, stat! But when he captures a British merchantman in the Caribbean what he gets is Charley Alcott, an apprentice physician barely old enough to shave. Needs must, and Captain Fletcher takes the prisoner back aboard his ship with orders to do his best or he’ll be walking the plank.

    Charley Alcott’s medical skills are being put to the test in a life-or-death situation, Charley’s life as well as the patient’s. Even if Charley can save the captain’s brother there will still be hell to pay–and maybe a plank to walk–when Captain Fletcher learns Charley is really Charlotte Alcott.

    A war is raging on the world’s oceans and two enemies will fight their own battles and their attraction to each other as they undergo a sea change neither of them is expecting, but cannot deny.

  9. Kate Hewitt
    May 22, 2011 @ 19:41:59

    My Harlequin Presents Extra, The Man Who Could Never Love, (a title which reminds me of a James Bond movie, oddly) is out June 7.

    A practical proposal… a passionate marriage!

    Vittorio Ralfino, the Count of Cazlevara, is back in Italy to make a business proposition. He wishes to marry a traditional wife, and Anamaria Viale–sturdy, plain and from a good vintner’s family–perfectly fits his bill.

    I loved writing the heroine of this story, Anamaria, because she is tall and big-boned and the hero mistakes her for a man in the beginning of the book. As a tall woman myself, I sometimes get a bit tired of some of the petite, ethereally beautiful heroines out there–and writing about a woman’s sexual awakening along with a man’s journey to love–and both of theirs to a HEA–was both fun and emotional. Hope you enjoy–thanks for the opportunity!

  10. Paula Graves
    May 22, 2011 @ 20:03:04

    Before I talk about my own book, I have to say how much I’m looking forward to Kate Hewitt’s book. I’ve loved the sound of it from the first time she mentioned it, and I can’t wait to read it!

    I have a June release from Harlequin Intrigue, COOPER VENGEANCE, which is the third in a trilogy of books that solves a 12-year-old cold case that has haunted the Cooper family of Gossamer Ridge, Alabama.

    The hero, JD Cooper, lost his wife twelve years ago and has never been able to truly move on with his life, not while her murder remains unsolved. Drawn to coastal Alabama by a new murder that fits the profile of his wife’s murder, J.D. believes he’s on the verge of finally learning the truth about what happened to his wife.

    But a tough-minded, soft-hearted sheriff’s department investigator has her own theory about the murder–one that involves a marriage gone wrong, not a serial killer taking another victim. And she’s not about to let the stranger from Gossamer Ridge mess up her investigation–because she has a personal stake in the truth.

    If you like lots of romantic tension and a gritty mystery with lots of twists and turns, I hope you’ll give COOPER VENGEANCE a try.

  11. Lori
    May 22, 2011 @ 20:22:15

    Sugar B’s Back in Town releases June 6 from Lyrical Press and will be available on Amazon.

    Sugar B. Johnson has been working as an actress in the porn industry for years and decides her life needs to change. She returns to Apple Jack, Alabama where her happiest childhood memories live.

    Bartender/handyman Jerusalem Cannon is interested in the reticent former actress and despite family issues, pursues her.

    Apple Jack, Alabama is populated with a delightful group of originals from Dolly Parton lookalike Holly to Red and Lil, Sugar’s aunts who have spent years in love with the same man. There’s pies and chocolate and redemption all waiting in this small town.

  12. Darlene Marshall
    May 22, 2011 @ 20:25:32

    PS–I just wanted to say “Thank you!” to Dear Author for the opportunity to get the word out about new releases. I really appreciate it.

  13. Anya Richards
    May 22, 2011 @ 20:42:55

    Thanks for this thread. I see a couple of books I’ll have to hunt out!

    My erotic romance novel, Breaking Free, will be released in print on June 7th from Samhain Publishing:

    For Claire Montjoye, widowhood is no release from scandal. Used as sexual currency by her notoriously libertine husband, she longs for a life of quiet respectability. But the ton’s disapproval ensures she will never be truly accepted—and any man openly seeking her company will be tainted.

    When Xavier Westbourne pulls her away from peril, his touch fills her with yearning for unattainable dreams. Accepting his invitation to the opera is not only unwise for him, but dangerous to her lonely heart. But perhaps taking him as a lover will be enough.

    Scion of one of Society’s most upright families, Xavier knows propriety as a cold, brutal master. Having endured one loveless marriage, he refuses to repeat the mistake, even for his motherless son. Yet Claire easily breaks through his wall of reserve, and her offer of private instruction in the sexual arts is irresistible.

    Consumed by passion, overwhelmed by ecstasy, they discover something neither thought existed—the freedom to open their hearts. Yet not all the horrors of the past are content to remain hidden by the mists of time. And suddenly their very survival depends on trusting their love really can conquer all.

    It is also available through Amazon.

  14. L. A. Witt & Lauren Gallagher
    May 22, 2011 @ 22:58:41

    I have one release this month as L. A. Witt, and another as Lauren Gallagher.

    As L. A. Witt: STATIC, coming from Amber Allure on the 26th.


    Damon Bryce is worried sick when he doesn’t hear from his girlfriend after she visits her estranged parents, but when he checks up on her, he’s in for the shock of his life: She’s a shifter, part of a small percentage of the population who can shift genders at will. Thanks to her parents, though, she’s been forcibly given an implant that leaves her static — unable to shift — and male.

    Alex Nichols desperately wants the implant removed, but getting it out isn’t nearly as easy as putting it in. The surgery is expensive and dangerous. Left in, the implant carries its own set of risks, with the potential to cripple or even kill him. On top of that, he’s carefully kept his identity a secret from more people in his life than just Damon, and his parents aren’t the only ones appalled by shifters.

    Stripped of half his identity and facing serious physical effects and social ramifications, Alex needs Damon more than ever, but he doesn’t see how their relationship can get through this unscathed.

    Especially if Alex is a static male permanently.

    As Lauren Gallagher, DAMAGED GOODS, coming from Loose Id on the 14th:


    Jocelyn Rhodes is a single mother with a demanding career and a long-neglected libido. Frustrated with the dating scene and way overdue for some satisfying sex, she takes a friend’s advice and hires Sabian, a deliciously sexy escort. He’s well worth the money, and the sheets haven’t even cooled off before she’s ready to call him again.

    The more time she spends with him, the more she realizes she and Sabian have more in common than she thought. She’s a single mom, he’s a prostitute, and when it comes to dating, they’re both damaged goods. To most potential mates, Jocelyn and Sabian are in a category akin to dented soup cans, but if the two of them can look past each other’s respective dents, they just might find something they’ve both been missing.

    But even if they do find that something, how on earth can she make a relationship work with a man who sleeps with other women for a living?

  15. L. A. Witt & Lauren Gallagher
    May 22, 2011 @ 23:01:20

    @L. A. Witt & Lauren Gallagher:

    The comment editor and I are not getting along, lol…I meant to include links:

    Damaged Goods

  16. Saskia Walker
    May 23, 2011 @ 01:42:50

    Thank you so much for this opportunity to post about our new publications.

    My Harlequin Spice novel, THE HARLOT, is due out on June 1st. This story is an erotic historical romance with paranormal elements, set in the time of the witch trials in Scotland.

    Jessie and Gregor, the central characters, are both self-reliant loners who have survived hard times on their wits and their strength of will. Jessie is a whore under an accusation of witchcraft — an accusation that could result in the death penalty. Gregor thinks Jessie might be useful to him and rescues her in order to have her work for him. He promises her a good wage and attempts to set about teaching her how to seduce his enemy. His plan is to gain back land that was stolen from his family a decade before. It’s a reasonably businesslike agreement to begin with, but their main obstacles are each other!

    Jessie is stubborn and mischievous. She would rather dally with her sponsor than talk about seducing his enemy. Gregor knows that getting involved with her will cause problems, but can he resist? He also has to deal with his growing suspicion that the accusations about witchcraft were true.

    THE HARLOT is a Spice novel, so it’s an explicit read. I’d characterize it as a bawdy erotic romance, so if you like your historical romances on the raunchy side you might like to check out the excerpt at Good Reads:

    Here’s the official cover copy:

    It is a Dark Era, one when a lusty lass will do what she must to survive. Even if it means bartering flesh for a palmful of coins…

    Forced to watch her mother burned at the stake and separated from her siblings in the aftermath, Jessie Taskill is similarly gifted, ripe with a powerful magic that must stay hidden. Until one night when she’s accused by a rival, and Jessie finds herself behind prison walls with a roguish priest unlike any man of the cloth she has known.

    In reality, Gregor Ramsay is as far from holy as the devil himself, but his promise of freedom in return for her services may be her salvation. Locked into a dubious agreement, Jessie resents his plan to have her seduce and ruin his lifelong enemy. But toying with Gregor’s lust for her is enjoyable, and she agrees to be his pawn while secretly intending to use him just as he is using her.


  17. Nell Dixon
    May 23, 2011 @ 02:32:46

    Available now! Brief Encounters is a sparkling new anthology of six romantic short stories. Sweet and sexy, contemporary and historical – the collection has something for everyone and is written by three top romantic authors Phillipa Ashley, Nell Dixon and Elizabeth Hanbury.
    ‘I loved these stories. A fabulous literary box of chocolates with something for everyone. Dip in and enjoy!’ Christina Jones.
    Excerpt from Plus One Guest © Nell Dixon 2011
    “You have to be kidding?” Diana eyed Lucy with suspicion as Lucy moved her office chair away from her desk and replaced it with a large, blue inflatable exercise ball.
    “Nope, I need to lose these last two pounds by Saturday and desperate times call for desperate measures.” Lucy sat precariously on the ball, adjusting her position until she could reach her keyboard.
    “You’ve finally flipped.” Diana grinned, and shook her head in mock despair.
    “It’s supposed to tone your tum and bum whilst burning calories and improving your posture.”
    “Blimey, does it work?”
    Lucy smiled back. “No idea, but I have to do something so that I can get in my dress for the wedding.”
    “Have you done anything about finding someone to go with you? The invitation is for ‘plus one guest’.”
    Lucy knew what Diana meant. Since her dear, conniving, boyfriend-stealing cousin Shannon was actually marrying Lucy’s unfaithful, rat-bastard, ex-boyfriend, finding a suitable man to accompany her to the wedding had been at the top of Lucy’s to-do list. So far all her options had failed.
    Available from Amazon and all good e –tailers.

  18. Marguerite Kaye
    May 23, 2011 @ 03:59:15

    My Harlequin Historical Undone! novella THE SHEIKH’S IMPETUOUS LOVE SLAVE is out in ebook form on 1st June.

    Juliette de Montignac is the daughter of a French archeologist who has been captured by a Bedouin tribe. They wrap her up in a carpet and present her, as payment of a debt, to their prince, Sheikh Khalid. (If you’ve ever seen the British film Carry on Cleo, you’ll recognise the source for this scene, I confess.)

    THE SHIEKH’S IMPETUOUS LOVE SLAVE is a Regency Sheikh, a prequal to my two full-length Princes of the Desert Harlequin Historicals out in July and August, and like all books in the Undone! imprint it’s short and sexy.

    You can read excerpts from all three books, and find out a bit more about the inspiration for the series, which I’m really, really excited about, on my website. To coincide with the release of the series, there will also be a free on-line read on the Harlequin website in July.


  19. Sarah Morgan
    May 23, 2011 @ 08:06:02

    My latest Harlequin Presents, A Night of Scandal, is available from June 1st on and in stores from mid June. It’s the first in a new 8 book series called The Notorious Wolfes.

    Nathaniel Wolfe is an ‘A’ list movie star who keeps the details of his sordid past concealed behind the parts he plays, until the night when his carefully constructed life collapses and he is forced to rely on Katie Field, an ordinary young woman from a very different world.

    Daunted by Nathaniel the movie star, Katie wants to know Nathaniel the man but he fights against revealing that dark, damaged side he’s successfully hidden since he was a child. As their relationship deepens she wants to trust him but how do you believe the words of a man whose greatest skill is his ability to become someone else? And can Nathaniel trust her enough to finally reveal the man not the movie star?

    I loved writing this story because Nathaniel’s profession was such a large part of the conflict and because I’ve always been fascinated by how you could ever be sure that an actor is telling you the truth

    You can read an extract here

    Thanks DA for the opportunity.

    Note: To avoid readers potentially buying the same book with a different title/cover, please be aware that in the UK the series is called Bad Blood and A Night of Scandal is called The Tortured Rake (which stimulated interesting spam from gardening companies). If a Harlequin Presents is flagged as ‘Notorious Wolfes’ then it was published first as Bad Blood.

  20. DJ Gross
    May 23, 2011 @ 09:00:37

    Romantic Suspense for 99 cents

    Greetings Fellow Dear Author Readers!

    I am writing to tell you about my romantic suspense: Stolen Justice. Stolen Justice is centered on an Ocean’s Eleven-esque heist, and combines suspense, passion and adventure.

    He’s a thief
    JT Flynn stole high end art from the world’s worst criminals until he lost a member of his team. When a beautiful stranger threatens to expose his thefts unless he steals a Van Gogh, he calls his team together for one last job.

    She’s a liar
    Computer hacker Laura Danvers has many secrets and one goal: to destroy Rob Autrey’s money laundering operation at any cost. She needs JT’s team of thieves to divert Autrey’s attention so she can get the job done.

    They’ve got trouble
    Forced to work together, Laura and JT come to a grudging mutual respect which heats to a combustible attraction they work to ignore. Passion can’t get in the way of pulling off the high risk heist. Then a feud between Autrey and one of his clients makes the job even more dangerous. Now the cost of stealing justice may be their lives.

    I published Stolen Justice on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in order to be able to offer the book at $.99. I love to read and know how quickly buying books can add up.

    If you want to try a free sample of Stolen Justice or buy the book, you can follow the link to Amazon here:

    Stolen Justice is also available at Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.

    You can also bid on a collection of exotic chocolates and a copy of Stolen Justice at Brenda Novak’s wonderful auction benefiting diabetes research.

    Happy Reading!

    DJ Gross

  21. Phillipa Ashley
    May 23, 2011 @ 09:59:58

    Wish you were here?

    Good afternoon from England where it’s pouring down, blowing a gale and very cool (tenuous link coming up…)

    But I have a hot and sunny new release out from Sourcebooks called WISH YOU WERE HERE which would make the perfect beach read in print or for your e-reader.

    It’s a tender, funny, sexy story of lovers reunited -it’s set in London and on the steamy Mediterranean island of Corsica. Here is the blurb:

    Jack Thornfield, new CEO, is shocked to see his long lost love, Beth Allen’s resume come across his desk. After 8 years apart they have a second chance at happiness in this romantic story about love and secrets.

    You can buy it all over in stores and online in print and Kindle – link here

    I’ll be doing a blog tour from June 1st – with more about the book and free copies to be won.


    Phillipa x

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  23. Mary Anne Graham
    May 23, 2011 @ 18:41:31

    My Previously Serialized Romance, “THE DUKE OF EDEN” has just been published in full & complete form on Amazon for $2.99. It will be out in early June on B&N, KOBO, Apple and Sony.

    Here’s the “skinny”:

    Brand Ellsworth turned down his father’s viscountcy in favor of the dukedom held by Aaron North, a close family friend who had a three-year-old daughter but no son. The price of the rise in rank was his betrothal to the daughter, Adria. At the time it seemed a small price for a big gain – even if Brand had to endure Uncle Aaron and Adria’s inane babbling about him being the little tyke’s fated soul mate.

    Brand became a man in the same household where Adria grew to be a girl and then a teenager. At first, Brand lived there so that Aaron could train him in his duties. But just a few years after the betrothal, Aaron committed suicide, jumping to his death from the same cliff where his late wife had died a few years earlier. Brandon became the Duke of Warren and found that the power and wealth of the position fit him well. He balanced duty and honor with a rather devoted pursuit of pleasure. As the years passed and his young betrothed matured, the price that seemed small to the youth seemed too much to bear to the man who considered Adria a little sister.

    Adria inherited the North family’s famed “sense of direction.” Her father sensed that Brand was her fated soul mate. Adria’s even stronger sense detected that Brand had been her soul mate in many lifetimes, although they hadn’t spent all of them together. When suddenly, after years of begging to be allowed to go to London, she gets packed up and urgently delivered for a conversation with Brand, she fears the worst and is proved right.

    To avoid the looming marriage, Brand has deliberately stepped into a marital trap clumsily set by his best friend’s little sister. It isn’t until he sees the announcement in the morning paper that he learns that for all of these years he hasn’t been the Duke of Warren. He’s merely held the title until his wedding to Adria. Her husband will be the Duke. But that’s not the worst part. When he lays eyes on Adria to break their betrothal, he hasn’t seen her in three years and the woman who walks into his study proves again that the North sense of direction is never wrong.

    Brand takes one look at her and knows that the exquisite redhead is just what Uncle Aaron said she’d become – she’s his Eden without the apple. But he’s chosen the apple. Now Uncle Aaron’s will makes him responsible for overseeing Adria’s courtship and approving her marriage.

    Can Brand find his way back to her without losing his honor and his best friend? Even if he does, will Adria be able to trust that he loves her, rather than just her title?

    Thanks in advance for checking it out & a million thanks to “Dear Author” for letting authors give a HOLLA to readers!

  24. Jayne
    May 23, 2011 @ 20:47:18

    @Mary Anne Graham: I’m sorry but is this taking place in some alternate universe? Because based on this “skinny” this is so wrong in so many ways. No nobleman could decide to turn down a title. He might not step up to the plate and do his proper duty by the people depending on him but he’d still get the title. No one can choose to inherit someone else’s title nor could any nobleman designate someone to inherit his. Unless the title is originally set up so that a daughter can inherit, she can’t. And even in the rare cases of a peeress in her own right, her husband would not hold the courtesy title when she inherits. I know there’s something fishy about the suicide part and think that this means a title might revert back to the crown. There are rules about all this.

  25. Jane
    May 23, 2011 @ 20:49:06

    @Mary Anne Graham – I am assuming by the reference to fated mates that this is an alternate reality historical given the way in which you describe the “turning down the viscountcy”?

  26. Bettie Sharpe
    May 23, 2011 @ 23:10:15


    Once upon a time there was a scheming, lying tart who cared for nothing but her own pleasures and her shoe collection…

    …and if you think she’s the villain of this fairy tale, you’re in for a big surprise.

    Once the peerlessly beautiful Lady Catriona, consort to the king, Cat’s fortunes fall far when her aged husband dies. The king’s wizard turns her into a cat and tries to drown her in the mill pond. Fortunately Cat is a clever survivor. She persuades Julian, the miller’s youngest son, to buy her a pair of boots and help her in her plan for revenge.

    Though Cat originally sees Julian as a mere pawn for her plans to break her curse, as they work together she comes to know and care for him. But even if the curse can be broken, can a good-hearted man like Julian ever love a woman who has been as vain and selfish as Cat?

    CAT’S TALE: A FAIRY TALE RETOLD by Bettie Sharpe

    Available on June 27 from Carina Press

  27. Charlotte Stein
    May 24, 2011 @ 14:19:08

    Thanks so much for this opportunity!

    My zombie apocalypse novel, Reawakening, comes out May 25th from Resplendence Publishing. It’s got hot threesomes (between humans, I promise! No sexual contact between undead beings with limbs falling off takes place during this novel), mortal danger, lots of running and being creeped out, helicopters and romantic entanglements!

    Yes, you heard that right. I said romantic entanglements. And also helicopters.

    Here’s the blurb for it:

    June has spent the last two years of her life trying to avoid death at the hands of murderous psychopaths and ravening zombies. So when Jamie turns up on the scene, careless, still whole and promising her safety on a little paradise island, she isn’t quite sure she can trust him. Especially when he tells her that it’s just him, and his equally big, burly, handsome friend Blake.

    But Jamie and Blake are even better than her wildest dreams—sweet and funny and charming. And worst of all: sexy as hell. Though they’re trying to be gentlemanly with her, all she can think about is how much she wants to get tangled up in them, and forget the nightmare the world has become. She’s waiting for her reawakening—back to life and happiness and love.

    And they seem like just the right sort of men to wake her—body and soul.

    And the link:

    Thank you for your time, gentle reader!

  28. Moriah Jovan
    May 24, 2011 @ 14:50:49

    @Bettie Sharpe:


    This is a fabulous story.

    Just sayin’.

  29. Abby Gaines
    May 24, 2011 @ 15:51:44

    HER BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING is a June release from Harlequin Superromance. How far should a girl go to get her man? Here’s the blurb:

    At long last, Sadie Beecham has met The One…except, Daniel took one look at Sadie’s best friend Meg and fell head over heels in love! Anyone can see Meg and Daniel are all wrong for each other – it’s Sadie’s duty to show them the error of their ways, right?

    Nope. Not according to Trey Kincaid, Meg’s bossy older brother, who thinks it’s high time his sister settled down. He’ll do whatever it takes to stop Sadie busting up the big romance. But when did Sadie, the smart-aleck geek-next-door, develop such enticing curves? And when will she get it into her stubborn brain that she’s chasing after the wrong man?

    If you’re interested, read an excerpt (and check out the great cover) at

    Thanks, DA, for the opportunity to promo my book.

  30. Lynn Raye Harris
    May 24, 2011 @ 17:27:14

    BEHIND THE PALACE WALLS is a June Harlequin Presents Extra. (But be careful, because this book was originally released as a Mills & Boon Modern under the title PRINCE VORONOV’S VIRGIN.) :)

    Back cover:

    ‘Kiss me,’ he growled… ‘And make it believable.’

    Alone and scared on the dark streets of Moscow, staid, bespectacled Paige Barnes has no choice but to comply with the handsome stranger’s command…

    Little does Paige know she’s been rescued by Alexei Voronov—a Russian prince and her boss’s deadliest rival. Now he has Paige unexpectedly in his sights, Alexei is prepared to play emotional Russian roulette to keep her close and discover her true motives. But in his splendid gilded palace his game of chance spins out of control and passion takes over…

    It’s only when she’s back home that Paige realizes she’s pregnant with the Prince’s baby…

    You can read an excerpt at my site, along with a Behind the Book feature that describes some of my inspiration for this story.

    I’ve also started a Goodreads Q&A group about the book. It’s had some fairly good reviews on Goodreads, and I’m giving away 15 copies in a Goodreads giveaway. Go here for more details.

    Thanks so much, DA!

  31. Lynn Raye Harris
    May 24, 2011 @ 19:31:09

    Hmm, I seem to have left an open tag somewhere. Apologies. I would have edited it, but I never saw the post go live. :(

  32. Jinx Jamison
    May 25, 2011 @ 19:02:40

    My book Seducing Sarah V.1 (The Madame X School of Sex series) is available now.

    Ever since her fiance left her, Sarah Caldwell has led an unremarkable life. She goes to work, she pays her taxes and she always separates the whites from the colors. The most exciting thing in her life is fantasizing about her hunky boss Quinn Sanders, who has no idea how she feels.

    All she wants is the chance to do something exciting. Anything to prove she’s not as sexually inept as her former fiancé made her feel.

    When Quinn Sanders gets a call from an old friend, the last thing he expects to hear is that his paralegal Sarah has signed up for sex school. He left his life as Master Q behind for a reason and once vowed to never set foot in the Madame X School again.

    But he’s lusted after Sarah for years and if sex education is what she needs…

    Master Q is about to come out of retirement.

    Barnes & Noble


    I blog regularly with The Naughty Girls Next Door

    You can see excerpts and information about The Madame X School of Sex series.

    Thanks for the open forum DA!

  33. Carrie Lofty
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 18:07:04

    Ann Aguirre and I, writing as Ellen Connor, kick off our “Dark Age Dawning” trilogy on June 7 with the apocalyptic paranormal romance NIGHTFALL. Here’s the blurb:

    Their instincts will save them.
    Their passion will transform them.

    Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought, in her wildest nightmares, that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her–one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

    The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna’s father. Skilled and steadfast, he’s ready for the Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and the mutant dogs attack–vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.

    When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion–a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

  34. The Romantic Scientist
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 14:15:54

    I don’t know if anyone is still reading this thread, but I figured I’d give it a go. I just started a new blog – The Science of Romance – and I’m having my first giveaway. It’s a signed copy of Nalini Singh’s Slave to Sensation. Stop by and comment for a chance to win!


  35. Harper Alibeck
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 20:57:21

    Whose romance are you reliving 100 years later?

    A chance encounter on a mundane morning bus commute leads history scholars Jill Knowles and Seth Hines into a spontaneous, uninhibited romantic encounter that leaves both reeling — and destined for more.

    Determined to become a respected historian in her field, Jill’s entire career path is thrown off by a love that seems like déjà vu. Meanwhile, Seth has wanted Jill since the first day they met, nearly two years ago. When she makes the first, unexpected move he leaps — and falls far harder than he ever planned.

    But Seth has a secret that will keep them apart, and when Jill finds out she turns her razor-sharp mind against him by day, yet channels her anger into passion-filled nights. Archives in Toronto, Canada and Santiago, Chile hold the key to their reunion, but Jill and Seth may be too late when each discovers the same century-old secret that could bring them together — or tear them apart forever.

    Fans of “Dead Again,” “Somewhere in Time” and Possession may enjoy the ride as as Legs covers three continents, two centuries, and one fiery journey of two souls destined to make history together.

    Legs on Kindle

    Legs on Nook

    Thanks! Released on June 11.

  36. Raquel Byrnes
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 14:50:46

    Purple Knot a romantic suspense…

    A killer strikes. A love rekindled. A life-altering choice.

    When her best friend, is murdered, Reyna Cruz doesn’t believe the police have the whole story. An investigator by trade, she has the talent to track Summer’s killer, but when clues lead to a family connection and a vicious gang, she suddenly becomes the hunted. At the end of her rope, Reyna must decide to trust the God she believes abandoned her.

    Wanting justice for his sister’s murder, lawyer Jimmy Corbeau agrees to help Reyna—even though she’s his ex-fiancé, and their break-up devastated him. Romance is reawakened, but so are memories of their tragic undoing. Jimmy must decide if he will fight for a future with Reyna or allow their past to derail the investigation and his second chance at love.

    When the investigation goes awry and Summer’s infant daughter is kidnapped, Reyna must put her life on the line. Will Jimmy and Reyna survive the desperate measures it takes to recover his niece, catch a killer, and secure a happily-ever-after for them all?

  37. Cassidy Hunter
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 22:00:39

    Beyond the Shadows

    Fantasy/Post-apocalyptic Erotic Romance

    Sarah will do whatever it takes to get her brother out of Kai Trinder’s prison — even petitioning the commander to take her into his household along with the other women he protects.

    Once he accepts her petition and she belongs to him, he can do whatever he wants with her. And to her. He teaches her to enjoy her body and what he can do to it, and slowly, she begins to fall for him. But she can’t allow her heart to rule her. She must betray him to save her brother.

    But in the muscled arms of her lover, Sarah discovers true love. Now she must make a decision that will shatter her heart, no matter what she decides to do…

    Buy at Loose Id

    Coming soon to ARe

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