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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for June 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. Amber Lin
    May 27, 2012 @ 15:12:12

    Finally I get to post on this thread!!! My debut book releases from Loose Id on June 19th!

    Giving It Up

    Allie prowls the club for a man who will use her hard and then ditch her. Hey, it’s not rape if she wants it. Instead she finds Colin, who looks tough but treats her tenderly, despite her protests.

    He tempts her, but kindness and a few mindblowing orgasms aren’t enough to put her back together again. Allie has no hope for a real relationship. Two years ago her best friend betrayed her in the worst possible way – she’d be stupid to trust a man again. Besides, she has her daughter to think of, the only good thing to have come from that dark night.

    But when her rapist returns, threatening her sanity and custody of her daughter, Allie turns to Colin. Under his protection and patient touch, Allie begins to heal and learns to hope. Colin’s no saint, though, and his criminal past draws danger of its own. Allie must fight to protect her child and the man she loves, hoping her newfound power will be enough to save them all.

    Book trailer and excerpt here:

    Thank you!

  2. Laura Kaye
    May 27, 2012 @ 15:19:12

    A huge thank you to Dear Author for this opportunity! And an equally big salute of appreciation to all my readers for giving my new contemporary romance HER FORBIDDEN HERO such a big launch!! #28 bestselling book on B&N: and #373 on Amazon: . THANK YOU!

  3. Violetta Vane
    May 27, 2012 @ 15:26:28

    Congrats Amber!

    We have a debut novel coming from Loose Id on June 12th: Hawaiian Gothic. Unlike many of our short stories, it’s quite gloriously and unambiguously romantic. If you love M/M, MMA, ghost romance, and, of course, Hawaii, check it out. An excerpt and lots of extra stuff are available here:

  4. Anthea Sharp
    May 27, 2012 @ 15:37:03

    What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

    “Fae, Video Games, Romance and Danger. What more could you ask for?!” – Paromantasy

    “It’s an action packed series that you don’t want to miss! And of course, with a side of romance… :), something that, in my opinion, every book needs!” – The Romance Bookie

    FEYLAND: THE BRIGHT COURT ~ The second book in this top-rated YA Urban Fantasy series ~ On Sale May 26th!


    Jennet Carter escaped the dark faeries of Feyland once. Now, fey magic is seeping out of the prototype game, beguiling the unwary and threatening everyone she cares about.


    Tam Linn may be a hero in-game, but his real life is severely complicated. Still, he’ll do whatever it takes to stop the creatures of Feyland, even if it means pushing Jennet toward the new guy in school—the one with an inside connection to sim-gaming… and the uncanny ability to charm everyone he meets.


    Despite the danger, Jennet and Tam must return to Feyland to face the magic of the Bright Court—and a powerful new enemy who won’t stop until the human world is at the mercy of the Realm of Faerie.

    Now available at:

  5. Jennifer Estep
    May 27, 2012 @ 16:11:45

    Thanks for the opportunity to post.

    DARK FROST, the third book in my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series, comes out on Tuesday, May 29. Below is the blurb. Please note that this has some spoilers for KISS OF FROST, the second book in the series, so if you don’t like to be spoiled, you may want to skip the blurb:

    I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me — again.

    Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects — and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me — and I’m in for the fight of my life.

    Folks can read an excerpt of DARK FROST here:

    Happy reading, everyone!

  6. Tamara Morgan
    May 27, 2012 @ 16:27:02

    The World is a Stage is my contemporary Taming of the Shrew story, in which several of our favorite Scottish Highland Games athletes take the stage against a Shakespearean acting troupe.

    In true Shakespearean fashion, there are plenty of off-color jokes and naughty poems. No one takes a dagger to the breast, though. I promise.

    Coming June 5th through Samhain! (

  7. Lori Green
    May 27, 2012 @ 16:36:27

    Thank you Jayne for the opportunity.

    The Stone Crow releases June 18th from Lyrical Press. Inspired by the poetry of Ted Hughes (The Life and Times of Crow) it tells a dark and hopeful story of love, redemption and Gods.

    Sara LeCaster is on the run from her preacher father and the terrifying God, Morningstar. She has stolen the souls her father has been collecting to buy his way to eternity and she only wishes to survive and release the souls captured in the obsidian stones.

    Yehuda has given her a gift of sight and when a third God, the God Crow appears, he offers her another salvation if she can trust her life and her heart to a man who might be a God or a God who might be more of a man.

    In Crow, Ted Hughes created a character whose selfishness and hate brought a darker depth to the world in which we live. In The Stone Crow, the Gods are just as selfish and they create the rules that they just as easily break.

    There’s child abuse, dark images and violence in this story. But in chaos love can be found and where there are humans, there is always hope.

  8. Heidi Belleau
    May 27, 2012 @ 19:27:28

    @Tamara Morgan: Ohhh this sounds like it would be right up my alley!

  9. M.J. Scott
    May 27, 2012 @ 20:10:41

    Thank you for running this thread!

    Blood Kin, the second book in my Half-Light City series releases on June 5 from Roc. The blurb is below.

    Imagine a city divided. A city where humans and Fae magic rest uneasily next to the vampire Blood Lords and the shape-shifting Beast Kind. A city where a fragile peace was brokered by a treaty that set the laws for all four races-a treaty that Holly Evendale is watching falter day by day.

    I didn’t plan on becoming a thief and a spy. But options are limited for the half-breed daughter of a Fae lord. My father abandoned me but at least I inherited some of his magic, and my skills with charms and glamours mean that few are as good at uncovering secrets others wish to hide. Right now the city has many secrets. And those who seek them pay so well…

    I never expected to stumble across a Templar Knight in my part of the city. Guy DuCaine is sworn to duty and honor and loyalty-all the things I’m not. I may have aroused more than his suspicion but he belongs to the Order and the human world. So when treachery and violence spill threaten both our worlds, learning to trust each other might be the only thing that saves us.

    But even if a spy and a holy knight can work together, finding the key to peace is never going to be easy…

    You can read a excerpt on my website.

  10. Cara Ellison
    May 27, 2012 @ 20:40:41

    My book, At Any Cost, is now available on Amazon. It was written after dating a Secret Service agent for seven years, so I’m pretty sure the details are very real-to-life.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Fallon Hughes is like any young attorney suffering through her first year in a white-shoe Washington, D.C. firm: overworked, exhausted, and lacking a social life.

    She’s also the daughter of the President-Elect of the United States.

    Tom Bishop is the Secret Service agent assigned to protect her. After losing his wife on 9/11, he is not prepared to find himself attracted to the sexy, smart protectee. The ethics questions alone are explosive and despite the red-hot tension between them, he will not risk his career or Fallon’s reputation on a tryst that he is sure they will both regret.

    When Fallon receives a phone call from a frantic young man who tells her he has information regarding a grave national security threat she agrees to meet him at a public coffee shop. He never arrives. The next morning, she hears on the news that he jumped off the roof of a building and killed himself.

    Fallon suspects Antoine Campbell did not commit suicide and launches an investigation. Despite a growing sense of paranoia, Fallon is determined to prove Campbell was murdered.

    At first, Agent Bishop tries to dissuade Fallon from becoming involved. He has reasons for wanting to keep her out of it, only one of which is professional. As the threats mount against the woman he loves, who also happens to be his protectee, he struggles to stay loyal to the Secret Service code, Worthy of Trust and Confidence.

    When it becomes obvious that Campbell was murdered, Tom and Fallon must expose the conspiracy in her father’s administration before Fallon meets the same fate.

    Set against the backdrop of Washington, DC, At Any Cost takes readers into the super-secret world of the Secret Service, the NSA, and ultimately the most private reaches of the White House.

  11. Cara Ellison
    May 27, 2012 @ 20:41:46

    @Lori Green:

    As a lifelong Ted Hughes/Sylvia Plath fan, this sounds amazing. I’ll check it out.

  12. Vidya Samson
    May 28, 2012 @ 03:24:10

    Indian Maidens Bust Loose

    Nisha Desai is a young Indian woman who pines for romance in a country where love is in the same class as malaria, and where mates are selected using a calculator.

    Normally deluged with ghastly suitors of her father’s choosing, she suddenly finds herself on the short list for a bride-seeing tour by a rich and handsome nephew of a neighbor. This is the stuff of which dreams are made.

    A nightmare materializes when a very un-Indian ruffian moves in next door, complete with beard and obnoxious Harley motorcycle. He might play the bad boy in one of Nisha’s beloved romance novels, but in real life, he terrifies her.

    So she tries to ignore the thundering engine of the bike while anxiously awaiting the arrival of Prince Charming–or at least, Prince Rich.

    But arriving first are a long-lost black-sheep American aunt and her trouble-magnet teenage daughters. The aunt proves to be a New Age space case, while the cousins’ appetite for disasters threatens to level the city of Ahmedabad. In short order, the demented cousins instigate an elopement, a public protest, and a riot that gets Nisha thrown in jail.

    Nisha’s family comes to the conclusion that while East and West may meet, sometimes they shouldn’t. The guests are seen as an invading force, equipped with weapons of mass corruption.

    While Nisha wonders how she can hide her now corroded reputation from the dream suitor’s family, insanity marches on. Nisha’s father adopts a pet cow and convinces half the city it’s the reincarnation of a Hindu deity. The two families are finally united in a common goal: to bilk thousands. The result is Madison Avenue’s idea of a religious experience, which is not a controllable situation.

    Indian Maidens Bust Loose is a hilarious romantic comedy set in the land of cows, curry, and the Kama Sutra.

    Now available on Amazon:

    You can read the first seven chapters here:

  13. Marguerite Kaye
    May 28, 2012 @ 06:37:24

    FLIRTING WITH RUIN is the novella prequel to Harlequin Historical’s Regency series, CASTONBURY PARK.

    The series, written by myself and seven other Harlequin authors, has 8 books plus this prequel, 8 separate but linked stories about the Montague family at the end of the Napoleonic wars. There’s loads of scandalous relationships teaming ‘upstairs’ and ‘downstairs’, there’s tragedy, and there’s a mystery which unfolds through each of the stories.

    FLIRTING WITH RUIN is out in the UK and North Americ on 1st of June (ebook, and it’s a SHORT). It introduces the Montague family, the house which is a character in itself, and the tragedy which opens the series. It’s also a fun, sexy, stand-alone romance whose opening scene takes its inspiration from one of my favourite opening scenes, the first ever episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Here is the blurb:

    Lady Rosalind Rhees has dedicated her life to being as scandalous as possible—it’s the only way she can escape society’s expectations. Unfortunately, flirting with ruin hasn’t been as exciting as she’d hoped.

    Until she meets Major Fraser Lennox at a country party—and gets a taste of just how delicious forbidden desire can feel? But is she daring enough to follow her heart on the strength of one sizzling night?

    There’s excerpts and more about the series on my website, and I’m blogging about this book and how 8 authors in 3 countries set about putting it together over on the HH Author blogspot tomorrow.

  14. K. Z. Snow
    May 28, 2012 @ 08:25:46

    My m/m paranormal novel, Carny’s Magic, will be released by Loose Id on Tuesday, May 29. The first chapter is posted at the publisher’s site.

    Carny Jessup here. The best part of my life began when my aunt’s homophobic squeeze smashed his fist into my face. I already knew a wizard named Jackson Spey lived on my side of town, so I figured I’d turn things around by becoming his apprentice.

    Problem was, Spey didn’t want an apprentice. He was going through a midlife crisis. All he wanted was to build beautiful furniture and live in peace with his beautiful husband, Adin. He still took me in, though. Guess he felt sorry for me. And he was intrigued by the red paths I’d been seeing in the air.

    Hey, I’m only 19, so how could I have foreseen the rest? That I’d fall for a breathtaking boy named Peter, who was at the center of some strange magic tied to Jackson’s past. And I’d have to deal with a sorcerer named Bezod, an evil pig who plagued all four of us and threatened to destroy our relationships.

    Sometimes you just have to fight for what’s right. Like love. I might’ve been new to the boyfriend gig and Jackson might’ve been a reluctant wizard, but when the time came, we were ready to kick some supernatural ass.

  15. Tamara Hogan
    May 28, 2012 @ 09:42:44

    The second book in my Underbelly Chronicles urban fantasy romance series, CHASE ME, will be published by Sourcebooks June 5, 2012:


    Centuries ago, when their ship crashed to Earth, paranormals of all types settled secretly into our world, quietly going about their business with humans none the wiser. Self–ruling and careful to stay below the radar, all is threatened when Valkyrie archaeologist Lorin Schlessinger and her werewolf geologist partner Gabe Lupinsky inadvertently draw evil attention to Earth and its treasured natural resources.

    As the threat intensifies, Lorin and Gabe struggle to contain the chaos they’ve unleashed, and to resist their explosive mutual attraction…

    Read an excerpt! here.

  16. Lorelie Brown
    May 28, 2012 @ 10:02:04

    I am pimping on behalf of my crit partner, the fabulous historical romance writer Carrie Lofty. *g* The second installment of her Christies series will be available on the 26th from Pocket Books!

    I’ve read it. You want it. Trust me. There’s a hero who’s into astronomy and a heroine who’s a feisty union worker and soccer and fist fights. AND it’s an RT Top Pick. So much awesome.

    Esteemed astronomer Alex Christie, the eldest and most steadfast of the Christie siblings, has never possessed his late father’s ruthless business drive. But to protect his frail infant son from his cruel father-in-law’s bid for custody, the young widower must undertake Sir William Christie’s posthumous million-dollar challenge: to make a Glasgow cotton mill profitable. At sea in an industrial world of sabotage and union agitation, Alex meets Polly Gowan, daughter of a famed union leader, who hopes to seize a mysterious saboteur without involving the police.

    Because a sympathetic mill master would aid her cause, Polly becomes Alex’s guide to urban Scotland. From soccer games to pub brawls, Alex sees another side of life, and feels free for the first time to reveal the man–vital and strong–behind his intellectual exterior. Polly is utterly seduced. Their ambitions, however, remains at odds: Alex vows to earn the mill bonus to save his child, while Polly fights for the needs of her people. Is there strength enough in their sparkling passion to bind them together in their quests–and in a lasting love that conquers all?

  17. Sheri Cobb South
    May 28, 2012 @ 10:16:36

    Thank you, DA, for giving authors this opportunity!

    I’d like to tell readers about my new book, BABES IN TINSELTOWN. A light historical mystery with a romance thread BABES IN TINSELTOWN is set in 1936, the era known as Hollywood’s Golden Age.

    Frances Foster (“Frankie” to her friends) is the sheltered daughter of a prominent judge and a proper Southern lady, but what she really wants is to be a movie star. In spite of her family’s misgivings, she leaves her Georgia home and boards the train for Hollywood in search of fame and fortune. Frankie soon finds work as an extra, but her careeer threatens to be short-lived when producer Arthur Cohen staggers onto the soundstage in an apparent drunken rage and drops dead at her feet. With filming suspended indefinitely and her funds running low, Frankie must uncover the truth if she is to save the picture and her fledgling career.

    BABES IN TINSELTOWN is available at Amazon in trade paperback; electronic formats will be available soon through Belgrave House. Visit my website ( to read an excerpt.

  18. Missy Lyons
    May 29, 2012 @ 06:42:46

    Thank you so much for the opportunity! I am very proud to share my latest release, which is now available from Siren Bookstrand as a pre-order. Here’s a little more about it:

    Strictly Business

    As an heiress to a Texas oil baron, Susannah Gibson’s future is secure. A hefty trust fund has allowed her to live out her dreams and pursue every desire of her heart but one. All that money got in the way of finding love. She had a collection of fortune hunters that could stretch the length of Texas, but she wouldn’t settle for anything less than love.

    Susannah needs a suitable stud fast. Time is running out for her parents’ ultimatum—give them grandchildren or lose her trust fund.

    Some guys have all the luck. On a business trip to the Caribbean, Colt Vance is propositioned by a beautiful woman, every guys’ dream date. Red. Hot. Sex. No strings attached. The problem? The more he knows about her, the more intrigued and less willing he is to keep things strictly business and let her go at the end of their bargain.


    Lots of love,
    Missy Lyons

    Twitter: @missylyons

  19. Bonnie Dee
    May 29, 2012 @ 10:08:26

    Loving Peter, a m/m historical, released May 27 at Amber Quill Press.

    All children except one grow up.
    —Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie

    Peter Woods is a young man who’s content to live a gadfly life, darting from one experience to the next with no thought of the future. But his father has cut the purse strings and soon Peter may have to make a drastic change.

    Wendell Rhodes is a stable, sober banker who has only recently discovered the underground gay nightlife in turn-of-the-century London. At a secret club, Ever Lads, Wendell meets Peter and flint meets tinder.

    But the journey from lust to love is never easy. Peter’s father is determined to make a man of his son at last. When Wendell is threatened, will Peter sacrifice his freedom to save the man for whom he’s grown to care deeply, or is there another way clever Peter can save the day?

  20. Nona Raines
    May 29, 2012 @ 18:45:33

    I am thrilled to announce that my third erotic romance will be published by The Wild Rose Press on June 22. “Her Perfect Man” features Kim Hansen, who appeared as a supporting character in two earlier stories. She’s finally found her chance for true love.

    Kim Hansen has terrible luck with men. When her sexy downstairs neighbor shows a more-than-neighborly interest in her, she’s suspicious. She’s been burned too many times, by too many guys. Steamy sex is one thing, but Charlie Keller is smart, hot and successful—so what more could he want with her?

    Though Kim does her best to shut him down, Charlie’s not put off by her attitude. He doesn’t scare easy. Kim thinks she’s clever, using sex to maintain an emotional distance and to keep him off guard. But Charlie sees through her tough exterior to the tender heart beneath.

    But Kim needs to be won over. Sure, their bedroom action is awesome, but given her past mistakes, she’s convinced Charlie is too good to be true. Just too perfect. But if Charlie has his way, he’ll prove that he’s the perfect man for her.

    Thank you for the chance to share!

  21. Angelia Sparrow
    May 29, 2012 @ 19:29:18

    Like It or Not is out June 1 from Storm moon Press.

    If you like your consent a little dubious, this is your anthology.


    Be it forced seduction/dubious consent, non-violent intimidation, or pre-negotiated fantasy, there is something wickedly taboo about non-consensual sex, where consent is muddled. While rape is a crime of power, focusing on exerting physical control over another person, non-con is all about the gray area where verbal consent is either never given (not a ‘yes’, but not a ‘no’ either) or doesn’t match the arousal and passion both parties share during the act. In Like It or Not, we push the boundaries of consent without fully breaking them.

    Sorry for the date foul up on this last month.

  22. Kristina Knight
    May 29, 2012 @ 19:36:03

    So excited to post here! My debut, What A Texas Girl Wants, is available on June 4!

    Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.

    The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.

    Neither Jackson nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?

    You can read the pre-quel on my website, or get more book details:

    Amazon –

    Barnes & Noble –

  23. Linda Hilton
    May 29, 2012 @ 21:00:54

    Thank you, Jane, for this opportunity!

    The third of my digitally-republished historicals Shadows by Starlight will be online at Amazon and everywhere else via Smashwords by 7th June (and maybe a little bit before).

    When a traveling medicine show rolls off the Kansas prairie and into the little town of Coker’s Grove on a beautiful spring evening in 1878, Marshal Sloan McDonough anticipates mischief. But he never expects to nab a scruffy urchin picking pockets during the performance.

    While Norton Van Sky performs tricks and hawks “Dr. Mercurio’s Miraculous Elixir” from his painted wagon, his granddaughter Nerida mingles with the crowd to supplement the profits. She hates doing it, but her nimble fingers are the only thing standing between her and starvation. Caught red-handed, she is resigned to her fate until the quiet-spoken marshal surprises her by seeing through the most obvious of her deceptions.

    Sloan has his own history of lies, almost forgotten as he’s built a reputation as a fair and honest lawman. With Coker’s Grove a dangerous tinderbox of greed and small town politics, the last thing he needs is the spark of passion that threatens to destroy much more than his peaceful existence.

    Neither Nerida nor Sloan can deny the desire that flares into glorious flame in spite of all their attempts to ignore it. Can they face the painful truths from the past and confront very real dangers in the present, to reach for a future as magical as…shadows by starlight?

    Published by Zebra Heartfire in 1993 as “Starlight Seduction” with one of the worst covers EVAH in the history of cover art, Sloan and Nerida’s story has been restored to its original title with a glorious new cover by Kim Killion. Seriously, this cover gave me goosebumps when I saw the design!

  24. Mackenzie Crowne
    May 30, 2012 @ 22:00:53

    Thanks so much for the opportunity, Jane.

    I’m tickled pink to announce my second title, THAT DATING THING, a lighthearted contemporary romp in the midst of Wall Street greed, will be released next week by Still Moments Publishing.

    The daughter of Wall Street’s most notorious stock swindler, dog trainer, Rylee Pierce has perfected the art of flying beneath society’s radar. Prosecutor, Cooper Reed is a threat to her carefully hidden truths, but how is a woman supposed to resist a man capable of handling a psychotic great dane while charming her out of her panties before she has the chance to blink?

    You can read an excerpt and get more details on my web home

  25. wikkidsexycool
    May 30, 2012 @ 23:21:29

    Thanks for this promo opportunity Jane

    Available on Amazon June 1st:

    YA romance

    JUKEBOX Volume One

    Growing up during the civil rights movement, fifteen year old Simone doesn’t care about being part of history. She doesn’t want to go to a recently integrated school where the kids hate her. But when she meets Eli and Johnny Burr, two talented Rockabilly teens, their lives become inextricably intertwined. She forms an R&B duo with Eli, and they hit the big time. But fame turns out to be more restricting than the small, segregated town they escaped from. Eli’s forced to hide his true sexual orientation while Simone and Johnny have a tragic road to love. Simone’s singing career soars, but she has to fight for the money and respect that Eli easily gets just because he’s a man.

    In their journey to the top of the music charts, Eli, Simone and Johnny share acceptance, friendship and love. It’s what happens to the trio once the music stops, and the media spotlight is on their unconventional relationship that will test their fans, their families, and each of them.

    View the book trailer here:

  26. Portia Da Costa
    May 31, 2012 @ 16:48:55

    Hi, and many thanks for the opportunity to post about my latest release.

    Set in a sleepy English village during one balmy summer, an overworked career girl tries to find herself, but finds a menage a trois romance with two impossibly sexy men instead.

    Tempted by Two is an erotic romance novella, out now at All Romance Ebooks, Smashwords, and, with other outlets to follow.

    Ideal for readers who enjoy a different take on the fish-out-of-water trope.

    City executive Katie Warren is hoping that her short holiday break in Little Marplethorpe will somehow help her to reassess her life and her future, but no luck so far. Her love for art takes her to a small exhibition where her world unexpectedly tilts. In front of a particularly raunchy work, she turns… and Bam! There’s an insanely handsome man standing right next to her, and it’s Marcus Dane, one of her favourite artists. And if that isn’t enough, within minutes she meets his boyfriend, who’s equally as gorgeous.

    Finding her at his art exhibition, Marcus knows Katie’s the kind of bold, daring, imaginative woman who’ll relish the erotic games he shares with Owen, his life partner. Their shared, knowing look invites Katie into a world of intense sensations, and she doesn’t shy from introducing them to the pleasures she enjoys too!

    But who knew that this intense, steamy threesome could become more than just simply fabulous sex… The lovers get a surprise when the time comes to part.

    For more info and an excerpt, please visit the Tempted by Two page.

    Portia Da Costa‘s note: this 86-page novella is an original work, never before published, and it includes an 800-word excerpt of another menage novella, Power of Three.

  27. Katherine Grey
    May 31, 2012 @ 17:08:13

    Thank you for the opportunity to reach new readers.

    Book title: The Muse
    Author name: Katherine Grey
    Genre: Historical Romance
    Length: Novella

    Noted poet Blaine Hobson counts the Prince Regent among his patrons. But ever since the socialite he wished to marry took her life, he has been unable to compose a single line of poetry. With a sonnet commissioned by the Regent due in a few weeks, Blaine spends his time alternating between trying to write…and wishing he had the courage to join his beloved in the grave.

    Raised in an orphanage with her sister, seamstress Emma Tompkins lives with the guilt of her sibling’s death. Accidently finding a suicide note penned by Blaine, she resolves to keep him alive at all costs. Vigilant, she returns each day, pushing her way into his home–and losing her heart.

    Can Blaine forget his beloved and return the affections of the seamstress? Or once finished with his work, will he cast Emma out of his life forever?

    You can purchase a copy at either of the following links as well as other online booksellers:
    The Wild Rose Press:


  28. Rebecca J. Clark
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 22:41:49

    Thank you, Dear Author, for this opportunity.
    Title: Deliver the Moon
    Author: Rebecca J. Clark
    Genre/length: Contemporary romance/novel
    Release date: June 22

    Once upon a time, he promised her the moon. It’s time to deliver.

    Louisa D’Angelo used to believe in happily ever after—until the tragic death of her son and the demise of her marriage. Now, five years later, with her life back in order, she has a great career and a wonderful man in her life. So what if the passion and excitement isn’t there? In her book, passion and excitement only lead to heartbreak. Then, her ex-husband shows up and upsets her tidy little world.

    Gabe D’Angelo never believed in happily ever after—until he met Louisa who taught him how to love and be loved. But their happiness was short-lived. Guilt and grief forced Gabe to walk away. Now, though he’s pulled his life together and should be happy, he realizes something’s missing. After seeing her from afar at a family wedding, he knows what it is. It’s Louisa.

    The problem is convincing her she’s still in love with him.

    Available for pre-order at The Wild Rose Press:
    Coming soon to Amazon:

  29. Amy Andrews
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 23:25:13

    Thanks DA!
    After 24 harlequin medical romances I am proud (if a little late….) to announce my first Harlequin Presents, Innocent Til Proven Otherwise.

    Innocent ’til Proven Otherwise

    by Amy Andrews
    Harlequin Presents
    Jun 2012
    Miniseries: Good Girls in Disgrace!
    Category: Classic Romance
    ISBN: 9780373528721 (#204)

    Back of the Book

    Ali doesn’t do reckless, and she certainly doesn’t do one-night stands—until one intoxicating night with the most lethally attractive man she’s ever laid eyes on.… More shocking still, when Ali meets the lawyer holding her career in his hands a few days later—it’s the same hot guy!

    The legendary Max Sherrington knows even his vivid memories of Ali could be defined as inappropriate conduct! Protocol may forbid him from touching her—but just because they can’t break the rules it surely doesn’t mean they can’t bend them a little.…

  30. Dusk Peterson
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 13:58:20

    My first promo post here. How nice to have a chance to join the above company.


    “He could not recognize most of the items before him, which he instinctively knew was a bad sign.”

    Michael is an ex-prostitute, which means that nobody in polite society wants anything to do with him. He believes that the only way to help other male prostitutes is to make their working conditions bearable. His friend Janus is an upper-class gentleman who believes that his duty to the gods requires him to fight against sexual immorality. Now Michael wants Janus to help him run a house of prostitution.

    This 80,000-word novel is the first volume in Michael’s House, a historical fantasy series set in a Progressive Era slum. Male friendship and gay love intertwine in this multicultural series based on life in America during the Edwardian Era, a time when society seemed as stable as ever, though it was about to be turned topsy-turvy.

    (Now available as a DRM-free multiformat e-book. Also available at the Amazon Kindle e-bookstore. Upcoming at other major e-bookstores.)

    === Content note ===

    The background storyline of “Whipster” deals with the ethical issues surrounding youth prostitution in a fantasy setting based on the 1910s. The novel has no onscreen sex and little onscreen violence. The primary focus of the story is on the interactions between the adult characters.

    === Reviews ===

    “The relationship between . . . Michael and Janus is one of those unforgettable pairings that will live with the reader long after they finish the story.” –Five-star review by A. B. Gayle at Goodreads.

    “Between Janus and Michael there is not a classical love story, but it’s not only a friendship.” –Review by Elisa Rolle.

    “Tease away the outer layers [of the story], and a whole fascinating world of triumph over tragedy emerges.” –Four-star review of the first novella in the e-book, by British Bull Dog at Rainbow Reviews.

    “‘Delicate’ may seem like an odd word to use for such a story, but it’s written with a delicacy that reveals the humanity of its characters rather than exploiting them. ‘Whipster’ is a deeply moving story about survival in the underbelly of a culture that despises the people it uses and casts them off like so much garbage.” –Five-star review by Catana at Goodreads.

    === Where to find “Whipster” ===

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



    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.

  31. Lindsay Townsend
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 03:13:02

    Romantic Suspense – The English Daughter

    Young widow Val Baker restores musical instruments, but fears her relationship with her Greek-Italian family on Corfu is broken beyond repair.

    Returning to the island to work on a rare piano belonging to her Greek friend Alexia, she finds her dreams haunted by memories of Hilary; a young English girl raped and murdered ten years before. Val determines to uncover the truth about the case, and set to rest her own doubts about the involvement of her father, Yiannis, and half-brother, Markos, both policemen who were involved in the original investigation.

    Joined by her friend Harry, Val begins to unravel the threads. When two strange tokens arrive, one for Alexia’s daughter Chloe and one for Val, it becomes clear that Hilary’s unknown killer is on Val’s trail. Her search for the truth becomes a race for life.

    My historical romance, The Snow Bride, is now available in print as well as ebook.

    Best wishes, Lindsay Townsend

  32. M.K. Wilke
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 00:40:38

    Hey I have great news! My new book Possessions will be free from tomorrow June 14th 2012 till June 16 2012 on just keep this link. Plug it in and you will have a new book to read for free! we are doing a sales promotion for 3 days you have three days to checkout a cool new book.
    On her first day in a new town, Scarlett Hanson accidently observes a handsome stranger standing over what could be a dead body. School has become an ordeal as she struggles with a group with dark secrets, and two men fight for their lost love, Her! A stolen kiss sends her into agony alone in the parking lot. When Scarlett awakes, nothing will ever be the same again. It is a challenge to cope with her new life as unknown beings hunt her down for the threat she possesses. She finds she is being pulled into a legend… One of monsters with sedated hunger, beautiful creatures that want to steal souls and humanities only hope is for Daemons to save them from it all. An unlikely event that is almost too horrible to believe, but the worst part is that it all has to do with her. Can she come to terms with what she is before The Fallen finds her first?

  33. Lucy Francis
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 19:37:32

    My new contemporary romance, Finding Refuge, launched this weekend! This is the second in a loosely linked series but does stand on its own. Here’s the blurb:

    Travis Holt’s life is steadily pulling him under, and he’s fighting it. He’s running his family’s construction company, trying to save his addict brother from self-destruction, and dealing with the constant reminder of his personal failures, including the one that shattered his family. When a woman with a mythical name and a soul-warming smile throws him a lifeline, can he dare let himself take hold? Or will he just end up failing her, too?

    Andromeda Miller has escaped Phoenix and come to Utah to sort out the mess her life has become. She needs a new start: new home, new job, new friends. When she meets a man whose heart is genuine and whose touch makes her crave him, will she let him into the new life she’s creating? Or will his personal demons hit too close to home and doom her to the same kind of consuming pain that destroyed her father?

    Will these two damaged souls find refuge, or be swept away by their heartaches?

    Currently on sale at Amazon – and Barnes & Noble – . Coming soon to Smashwords, Kobo, and Apple.

  34. Kerry Connor
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 12:38:14

    My new contemporary romantic comedy FAKING MR. RIGHT just launched on Amazon, and it’s free through Saturday (6/23) if anyone would like to check it out!

    The Perfect Man…For Her?

    Who is the perfect man? Ad executive Melissa Brock might not know the answer, but she’s pretty sure it’s not Sam Curtis. But with time running out and no flawless male specimen in sight, Mel has no choice but to try and pass off the former soldier as the real thing for her next campaign. Her business partner claims Mel only needs to “smooth out Sam’s rough edges,” a comment that has her reaching for a sand blaster. Confident, irrepressible, and sexy as hell, Sam has an unerring talent for finding trouble and more appeal than any man has a right to possess. Against her better judgment, she finds herself falling under his spell. But Mel has to wonder: is she falling for her own Mr. Right, or under the hype of her own campaign?


  35. Christina
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 19:44:43

    My first novel was released on June 21, 2012 by Astraea Press.

    Genre: Inspirational Romance
    Title: The Peculiar Princess

    Lexy knows she’s adopted, but someone forgot to mention her birth
    parents are sixteenth-century monarchs who sent her to the future to
    escape certain slaughter. Now Lexy is back in the past, living an
    unusual fairytale. She’s not the normal storybook princess – she’s
    used to electricity, comfortable clothing, and equal rights. Lord
    Lukas Reynard, the nobleman responsible for restoring her as rightful
    heir to the throne of her homeland, Dresdonia, isn’t a charming prince
    by any stretch of the imagination. He believes women should be seen,
    preferably in a restrictive corset, and not heard.

    Lexy can overlook their differences for the good of Dresdonia, but she
    cannot overlook the growing attraction she feels for Lukas. Only to
    her does he show glimpses of the fragile soul beneath his chilling
    façade. Soon she becomes torn between the place she knows in the
    future and the place she was born to rule in the past. If she leaves
    the sixteenth century, she may lose a love she only dreamed of. If
    she stays, she may lose her life. For Lukas has a secret so shocking,
    it could topple the hopes of Dresdonia and shatter her heart.

    Available via: Astraea Press, Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, and Smashwords. Links are on my website:

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