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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for March 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. Berinn Rae
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 15:06:13

    Implosion, part 2 of the Colliding Worlds trilogy, will be available in e-book everywhere March 11, from Crimson Romance.

    Here’s what Implosion is about:

    Humans and Sephians have reached a tentative truce and combine forces to pursue the Draeken threat.

    A cataclysmic war is brewing…
    Sephian warrior Nalea exists only to kill Draeken, and she’s good at her job. That is, until a particularly bloody battle, she finds herself captured by Roden Zyll, a Draeken commander known for his good looks and heartless brutality. Her tormentor ignites a passion she believed impossible, and she despises him for it. Worse, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.

    Desperate times call for desperate schemes…
    Meanwhile, a tyrant has devised a plan that threatens to obliterate life on earth. Roden has spilled plenty of blood in his time, and he cares little for humans. But when he realizes his leader’s plan could lead to his people’s extinction, he plans a war of his own, a war that needs Nalea to succeed.

    Does earth stand a chance if its survival depends on Nalea opening her heart to the man who enslaved her people?

    The Colliding Worlds trilogy is a sci-fi romance trilogy focused on three extraordinary women caught up in an inter-galactic war that has just come to a small planet called… earth.

    Implosion is available for pre-buy on Amazon:

    Read the 1st chapter on my website:

    Thanks for the opportunity to share, and happy reading!

  2. Amelia C. Gormley
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 15:17:01

    I’m thrilled to be releasing the final book in my Impulse trilogy on March 2nd. The paperback was ready a little early and has actually already been released, but the official release date when the ebook will become available is March 2.

    The trilogy (well, really it’s more a novel in three parts) is male/male erotic romance, with occasional forays into BDSM. It deals with issues of loss and recovery from past trauma.

    Book One, Inertia, introduces us to Derrick Chance and Gavin Hayes, two men who each carry scars from the past, and shows how they learn to let their guard down enough to become involved. Book Two, Acceleration, takes them through the “honeymoon” phase of their relationship, as lust begins to develop into something deeper and they need to learn how to trust and open themselves up, while the world outside their bubble begins to encroach upon them.

    Book Three, Velocity, brings their story to a conclusion, as they each find resolution to the outstanding issues they face and decide whether they’re able to build a future together.

    Writing this story has been an incredible journey and it’s bittersweet to bring it to a close, but I really couldn’t be happier with it.

    Thank you!

  3. Maddy Barone
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 15:18:05

    The fourth book in my After the Crash series will be available March 18 from Liquid Silver Books. If you haven’t read the series yet, this may be a good place to start.

    A plane leaves Minneapolis in 2014 and crash lands in the middle of rural Nebraska in 2064, fifty years after nuclear war destroyed the world they knew. Plagues have reduced the female population to a precious few, and every woman is worth her weight in gold. Lisa Anton, once a world famous model, is the prize for a Bride Fight where only the strongest men are allowed to fight for the right to marry her. Eddie Madison is thrilled to have won the blond beauty, but winning the fight is one thing. Winning her love is another.

    You can find out more about the series at

  4. Chantilly White
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 16:29:30

    Thank you so much for this opportunity, Jayne!

    I’m excited to announce my Valentine-themed contemporary romance, Cupid’s Mistake, will be available on February 26, 2013.

    Cupid’s Mistake:
    Party-girl Allison Kelly has it all—great friends, a flourishing business, and an active sex life. She’s beautiful, busy and blissfully fulfilled, with no time or inclination for a relationship. Sure, she suffers the occasional twinge of loneliness. Who doesn’t? But if her latest boy-toy is unavailable, there’s always another one at her friend’s dating service, Cupid’s Cavalry.

    Life has been anything but a party for Benjamin Turner. Orphaned at fifteen, widowed at twenty-three, he traveled the world on self-imposed exile, but he couldn’t outrun the loneliness eating away at his soul. Finally home again, he’s dedicated to serious endeavors—ending world hunger, providing clean water—not partying. But he’s also ready to give life and love another chance. It’s Cupid’s Cavalry to the rescue. Maybe.

    He’s looking for stability. She wants a good time. Will Cupid’s arrow find its mark this Valentine’s Day, or will their pairing prove to be Cupid’s biggest mistake?

    Cupid’s Mistake is a novella-length romance with a heat rating of 3 out of 5. To find out more about me or my other books, please visit my website at

  5. Donna Thorland
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 20:26:18

    Check out the trailer for my March 5th Penguin NAL debut, THE TURNCOAT:

    And show your support for women behind the camera. The trailer was produced and directed by Donna Thorland (me!) and Peter Podgursky, and shot on the Red Epic by Charles DeRosa over two days at the 1747 Shirley Eustis House in Roxbury, Massachusetts, one of the only colonial governor’s mansions still standing in America. Starring Angie Jepson Marks, Liam McNeill, Georgia Lyman, Douglas Cochrane and Alan White, with fight choreography by Kim Carrell, appearances by the members of Gardner’s Regiment, the First Foot Guards and the Tenth Regiment of Foot, and a score written and performed by Emmy winner David Klotz.

  6. Sylvie
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 21:06:05

    Happy to say that book 2 of my Freeway of Love series, In the Nick of Time is coming out tomorrow.

    Just a warning: It’s a spicy romance with babies.

    From the back cover:
    Hot nights, huge consequences.

    Divorced and done with her dry spell, Holly Prentice is ready to get back in the game. But with two conditions: her future mate can’t be married to his career, and he has to have a couch. Nick Andreis loves his job, and his only furniture is a king-size bed. He’s also single, sexy, and six years Holly’s junior. Any guy this hunky and carefree can’t be serious about the future.

    After one spontaneous and explosive night, Holly decides that her search for Mr. Right can wait. Nick can be Mr. Right Now.

    Nick has waited years for Holly. Now that she’s dating again, he’s determined to be the only man in her life. He wants what Holly wants: forever. Convincing her of that won’t be easy, but Nick agrees – with fingers crossed behind his back – to Holly’s idea that they can be bed buddies until someone serious comes along. His plan: use the time between their passionate nights to convince her that he is the one.

    Will Holly’s unexpected pregnancy change the rules of their games? Or can they both decide to play for keeps?

    C’mon over to my website if you’d like to read an excerpt:

    Thanks DA for the opportunity.

  7. Marie E. Blossom
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 21:53:26

    My novella, Seducing Liselle, is coming out March 14, 2013 from Evernight Publishing! If you’d like to read an excerpt, click here. Here’s a brief description:
    Liselle isn’t looking for a hero, especially not at the ripe old age of forty-three, but when John saves her from a blizzard, she can’t help falling just a little bit in love. He’s sexy, strong, and ex-military, with a sassy niece and four older sisters who clearly adore him.

    Even so, looks alone aren’t enough to convince her that he can be trusted. After all, her brother and father tormented her for years—she knows better than to think a man can make her happy.

    When John comes to her rescue, will she let old habits rule? Or will she let him heat her up and melt the fear in her heart?
    Thanks DA.

  8. Dawn Addonizio
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 22:21:46

    Passionate Magic

    When Violet Hendrickson takes a tour in The Florida Keys and meets sexy boat captain, Doyle Thresher, the attraction is instantaneous. The warm summer sun, the mystique of the ocean, and the charming, chiseled Irishman are more than she can resist.

    But something evil is lurking beneath the waves, lying in wait for Violet. And when she nearly drowns on Doyle’s boat tour, he knows it’s no ordinary accident. In order to keep her safe, he will be forced to reveal his most deeply held secret.

    Will Violet be able to accept the magical truth of his identity? And will he be able to convince her of the existence of the evil that hunts her…before it’s too late?

    Passionate Magic is a stand-alone Fantasy Romance novel, and is the third installment in my Faerie Realm series. It will be released in print, and for e-book platforms other than Kindle (where it is currently available as an advanced release), on March 31st.

    Excerpts are available on Amazon and Goodreads. Please check out my webpage for links: Faerily Amuzing

    Thank you for the opportunity to post!

  9. Anne Selby
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 01:49:45

    My book The Serpent and the Peacock is available from Amazon UK and in both paperback and ebook versions:

    The Serpent and the Peacock is a thrilling, well paced story combining fantasy, mystery, myth and murder. First time author Anne Selby brings readers a stark, spine-tingling, and exciting tale about overcoming evil and finding the truth behind a murder in her new novel The Serpent and Peacock.

    “Ritual murder,” Eve thought irritably. “That’s all I bloody need. Angels in my private life, demons and black magic in my professional life. Why does everything have to be so damn complicated? It can’t just be a normal sort of murder, it has to have occult connections.”

    The discovery in a London cemetery of the body of a young woman sparks off a nationwide murder enquiry and Detective Sergeant Eve Hallam of the London Metropolitan Police, is assigned to the case. A terrifying encounter with something that she cannot rationally explain, leads Eve to believe that they have more than a simple murder investigation on their hands. She and Roger Hamilton, the senior investigating officer, find themselves desperately trying to keep their lives, their sanity and the investigation on track whilst being constantly and tantalisingly side-tracked by the mysterious group Grigori Enterprises who seem hellbent on obstructing the investigation.

  10. Kaylea Cross
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 10:03:04

    Book 2 of my Bagram Special Ops series releases March 11th from Carina Press in both digital and audio versions. And, Tactical Strike is on sale right now for only $2.50-$2.99, depending on the retailer!

    Tactical Strike:
    Gunship pilot Captain Candace Bradford has worked long and hard to earn her rank and position within the male-dominated world of Air Force Special Operations. She’s not about to let anything or anyone jeopardize that, let alone one sinfully tempting man who seems determined to cause her nothing but trouble. Even if she’s starting to fall for him.

    As an elite Combat Controller, Staff Sergeant Ryan Wentworth is used to overcoming adversity in order to complete a mission. Breaking through Candace’s prickly exterior and into her heart is a challenge he can’t let go. But just when he’s begun to gain her trust, they’re thrown together in the field facing an overwhelming enemy force.

    Candace and Ryan find themselves on the run, searching the skies for an emergency extraction. But one dangerous enemy has an agenda in mind and he’ll use whatever means necessary to achieve it, including using American forces to do his dirty work.

    Excerpt and buy links are on my website:

  11. wikkidsexycool
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 10:53:35


    Thanks so much for this!

    In the land of the rising sun a free woman is enslaved, until a Samurai pledges his sword and his love . . .

    When two sisters land on the shores of Japan in 1861, one uses her ability to pass for white as her ticket into elite society, while the other fights for her freedom and the right to love a Samurai in the novel GAIJIN.

    As the Civil War breaks out in America, new bride Cordelia Bice and her sister Rachel travel to Japan in hopes of fleeing a family legacy of madness and murder.

    Born of the same slave mother, with Cordelia’s marriage to an idealistic missionary, Rachel sees Japan as a means of freedom for both of them. But once Cordelia is embraced by a risqué group of westerners and their opium and orgy lifestyle, Rachel witnesses their tragic downfall, and that of Tenshi Nishizato, a student and interpreter whose elation at returning home is tempered by Japan’s emerging military.

    Believing western influence is stripping his homeland of its proud history, and learning that his father’s additional duties include procuring comfort wives for western diplomats, Tenshi joins with other disgruntled students and Samurai to take back his homeland from the “Tôjin” or barbarians. As the lives of these once hopeful residents intersect, class warfare, betrayal and murder prevail under the arresting beauty of a changing Japan.

    An excerpt can be viewed here:

  12. Lynn Rae
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 08:56:37

    Hello and thank you for the opportunity to post information about my debut book, Bent Boot Road, published by Sweet Cravings Publishing.

    Lydia Back has problems; a dead end job cataloging artifacts no one wants to see, an office in a dusty basement storage room, and she’s just discovered that her friend is missing. Adding to her frustration is the arrival of a too-charming private investigator who needs her help.
    Carter Harris has no problems; he has his own successful business and is enjoying a few days in a scenic southern Ohio town to gather information on a missing professor. But his local contact turns out to be an uncooperative woman who prefers traipsing around the forest to having a civilized conversation with him.
    While working together, they begin to uncover the secrets that lurk under the surface of other people’s lives and also discover an inconvenient attraction. When danger looms, Carter and Lydia realize it will be impossible to survive without each other.

    Buy it at Sweet Cravings;

    You can view an excerpt at my website:

  13. Anne Rainey
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 18:04:40

    Hi DA,
    Thanks for the chance to share our latest releases. :)

    I’m excited to announce that YES, MASTER an anthology by Tawny Taylor, Vonna Harper, and myself is out in paperback and ebook!

    Stark Pleasure Tawny Taylor

    Alice Barlow is sexually inexperienced but no stranger to erotic desire. After one night of unimaginable pleasure with the darkly enigmatic Tristan Stark, she can only beg for more, eager to obey his every command. . .

    Ruby’s Awakening Anne Rainey

    Ruby London can’t wait to celebrate her big promotion, but her boyfriend leaves her high and dry. When she spies her darkly sensual neighbor naked in the pool, she’s ready to get wet for a long night of untamed pleasure. . .

    Runa’s High Vonna Harper

    A dedicated runner, Runa Mullan is always on the move. But when sexy masseuse Ken Paro places his hands on her body and tells her to simply relax, she finally lets go and revels in total submission to her master. . .

    You can read chapter one of my story, Ruby’s Awakening, on my website. :)

  14. Missy Lyons
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 14:14:11

    Thank you for the opportunity to share Jayne!

    I am thrilled to announce my latest book has just become available. You can get your copy of A VIRGIN SACRIFICE from Siren Bookstrand Publishing.

    *This is an erotic romance that is also in a fantasy world, where humans and magical creatures live side by side. *

    Jewel of the Jaguar clan hoped to retire her life as a thief, but in order to save the life of her brother she is forced to pull off one last heist. It may as well be suicide but she has to try. The Troll King wants her to steal the red dragons’ treasure, from their lair high in the Shatundra mountains, or he has promised to kill her brother.

    Darius and Darryl Tarragon are fierce shape-shifting red dragons and have been sleeping for years. They awoke to find a thief in their midst and a powerful drug that stops them from shifting into their stronger dragon forms to fight. They corner the thief in their lair only to discover the fierce thief is a curvaceous virgin whose body drives them to possess her and her sharp tongue dares them to try and tame her. A challenge they are both too ready to accept. They demand nothing less than passionate obedience from their raven-haired beauty, but when they learn her brother’s life is in trouble, they must act or risk losing the woman that sparks passion in their souls and love in their hearts.

    Note: There is no sexual relationship or touching for titillation between or among siblings.

    Thank you!!!

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

    Or feel free to visit my webpage for more information:

  15. Elisabeth Roseland
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 14:51:36

    IN PRODUCTION, the second book in my EBONY NIGHTS series, will be released on March 19th.

    A late-night escort could be just what she needs to go prime time with the right man.

    Ebony Nights, Book 2

    Chicago-based TV producer Marie Hutchinson has her eye on much bigger things—like Hollywood. Her controversial documentary subject is sure to get her there, but it has left her no time for relationships. Her sexual itches get scratched on a regular basis, thanks to Ebony Nights escorts and Brian Taylor, her latest favorite.

    The truth, hidden inside her walled-off heart, is her ex’s infidelity with her best friend sent her emotions into deep hibernation. So deep, she’s convinced herself that charming, intelligent Vincent Contadino, a producer at another station, is all wrong for her.

    The news that she’s lost her project to a competing producer sends Marie straight into Vince’s comforting arms. One wild night of aggressive, passionate sex later, she finds herself willing to once again test the relationship waters.

    Until she learns who pulled the rug out from under her dreams…and her speed dial is answered by the only man who can talk her down from the edge of throwing away her only chance for love.

    Product Warnings
    This book contains an escort fluent in body language, an Italian with a voracious appetite, and a television producer who wants them both in prime time.

    IN PRODUCTION is available for pre-sale on the Samhain website:

    And at Amazon:

    You can read an excerpt on my website:

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  16. Clyde
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 10:13:54

    Thank you for this opportunity.

    My book is Memories With Maya. I’d classify it as a Hard Sci-fi Romance.
    The ‘hard’ of-course refers to the story’s grounding in believable science.

    Commandment II: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. For I am a jealous God.
    “You left me no choice,” reasoned Daniel. He will sin, if he has to… to win his girlfriend back.

    The back cover blurb:
    “It’s Complicated,” Daniel updates his relationship status on his social network.
    He’s lost Maya, his girlfriend. Emotions after all are now shared online.
    A man possessed, he’ll stop at nothing to get her back.
    Through internal turmoil, questioning morals and examining religious beliefs, he finds a way.
    Dan has to convince himself he’s not gone mad—that he’s done nothing sinful.
    If he can live with Maya this way, he might pave an alternative path to Transhumanism.

    The romance touches on Transhumanism and the effect that emerging Technology such as AR and Google Glass will have on personal relationships between people.

    The first 4 chapters can be read at : Memories With

    The book is available on Amazon for $2.99

    I hope it’s an enjoyable read.
    Kind Regards.

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