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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for May 2011

Welcome to the May 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 April would be an May 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. Isobel Carr
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 14:19:25

    RIPE FOR PLEASURE, first book in my new LEAGUE OF SECOND SONS series, hits the shelves this Tuesday (though I’ve heard people are already seeing it on the shelf at Borders).

    A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost . . . Their fathers and brothers may rule the world, but they run it . . . and when it comes to passion, the refuse to accept second best.

    London’s most sensual former courtesan, Viola Whedon, is incapable of being seduced–she does the seducing. Until she meets Leonidas Vaughn. Her salacious memoirs have made her the target of half the lords in England, and Vaughn is the only man she can turn to. When he promises to protect her–and to make her beg for his touch–the alluring beauty finds both offers impossible to refuse.

    Leonidas Vaughn secretly believes Viola possesses a fortune given to his family by the King of France. So the strong and sexy Vaughn charms his way into Viola’s life . . . and her bed. But when their arrangement is consummated, he’ll experience pleasure far beyond his most primal fantasies–and realize his heart may need the most protection of all.

    There will be contests and giveaways on FaceBook and Twitter and lots of blogs (History Hoydens, Risky Regencies, Unusual Historicals, RT Book Reviews, and Borders) over the next month, so keep an eye out for me. At the end of the month, one reader will get an actual period piece of jewelry (it’s a beautiful coral lace pin).

  2. Mara Allen
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 14:26:18

    Dreamspinner Press is releasing my previously-published m/m time travel romance Downtime on May 9th.

    FBI Agent Morgan Nash is on assignment in London when his case goes awry and he finds himself moments away from a bullet through the heart. But fate has other plans: Morgan is knocked out pursuing a suspect… and wakes up in 1888.

    While cataloging ancient manuscripts at the British Museum, Ezra Glacenbie accidentally pulls Morgan out of the twenty-first century–an impromptu vacation that may become permanent for Morgan if they can’t locate the spellbook Ezra used. Further hampering Morgan’s quest to get home is the irresistible temptation to investigate history’s most notorious serial killer: Jack the Ripper. But in repressive Victorian London, it’s the unexpected romance blossoming between Morgan and Ezra that becomes the most dangerous complication of all.

    The first chapter is available at Dreamspinner’s site:

    The proceeds from this novel go to fund research for a cure for leukemia.

    Thank you for the promotional opportunity, Dear Author.

  3. Luxie Ryder
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 15:02:32

    Dear Author – thanks so much for this opportunity! I’d like to let your readers know about my new book from Siren-Bookstrand. It’s an m/m/f western menage called Cowboy Love on Hold – available May 10th (tbc).

    When retired Special Op Brandon Reed comes back to Chelwood, he doesn’t expect to find his high school buddy Wade Gardener still living in town with the woman Brandon used to date, Kimber Williams. It hurts him to see that they have taken back their love for him and given it to each other.

    Kimber doesn’t know why Brandon deserted her as a teenager and although madly in love with Wade, she has never gotten over Brandon. But Wade has his own issues to deal with. He knows the real reason why Brandon left town so suddenly, but he’s never confessed his true feelings for Brandon to the woman he adores, or even to himself.

    Just as Brandon begins to fear there is no room in their hearts for him, the past comes back to haunt him and he is thrown into a desperate struggle to save their lives.

  4. Jennifer Estep
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 15:11:47

    TANGLED THREADS, the fourth book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, is out on April 26 from Pocket. Here’s the description:

    I’d rather face a dozen lethal assas­sins any night than deal with some­thing as tricky, con­vo­luted, and frag­ile as my feel­ings. But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assas­sin known as the Spi­der. Hov­er­ing out­side sexy busi­ness­man Owen Grayson’s front door like a ner­vous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past — or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my fore­head. Cold-blooded Fire ele­men­tal Mab Mon­roe has hired one of the smartest assas­sins in the busi­ness to trap me. Elek­tra LaFleur is skilled and effi­cient, with deadly elec­tri­cal ele­men­tal magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone pow­ers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t sur­vive this bat­tle. I intend to kill LaFleur — or die try­ing — because Mab wants the assas­sin to take out my baby sis­ter, Detec­tive Bria Coolidge, too. The only prob­lem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sib­ling … or that I’m the mur­derer she’s been chas­ing through Ash­land for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead …

    I’ve also written two free short stories to go with TANGLED THREADS — TANGLED DREAMS and TANGLED SCHEMES — that are told from the points of view of different secondary characters in the series. You can read these stories and the first chapter of TANGLED THREADS on the Excerpts page of my website:

    Thanks for the opportunity to post. Happy reading, everyone! ;-)

  5. Leah Braemel
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 16:47:48

    DELIBERATE DECEPTIONS, book #3 in the Hauberk Protection series, is available from Samhain Publishing on May 17th — although it’s already available for preorder at Samhain, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

    Chad Miller once had the perfect life—a beautiful baby daughter, a loving wife, a promising career with the FBI. Within a year, he’d lost everything. Making Hauberk Protection a success salvaged his career, but he’s never managed to get over the one fateful decision that spelled the end of his marriage. And the death of his child.

    For eight years, grief and guilt have haunted Lauren Miller’s climb up the ranks of the Light Brigade, a secret international hostage rescue team. Now she’s the target of a vengeful ex-Brigade operative who’ll stop at nothing to take her down. Even if it means taking out everyone she cares about. Including Chad. Getting him to accept her as his bodyguard? It’ll take some fast talking—and faster hands.

    Trapped in a remote safe house with Lauren is the last place Chad ever wanted to be. He may finally have the chance to get some answers about why she ran, but with his hard-won defenses crumbling, he’s having trouble remembering the questions. In the heat of their rekindled passion, Lauren struggles to keep her professional focus…and keep the secrets that could break his heart all over again.

    You can read more about it at my website

  6. Tiffany Clare
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 16:51:17

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Though technically listed as a June release, THE SECRET DESIRES OF A GOVERNESS comes out on May 24, 2011 (St. Martin’s Press).

    One sentence sum up: Jane Eyre having babies with Beauty & The Beast.

    (In May I will run a contest on my website/facebook/twitter, to give away two copies of Masterpiece Theatre’s Jane Eyre (2007) and a copy of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast.)

    Back book blurb:


    From the moment Abby meets her new employer—the mysterious, brooding Earl of Brendall—she is appalled by his brutish manner…and even moreso by her own attraction to him. Has she lost her senses? As a governess, Abby has no choice but to play by the rules. But as a woman, she cannot deny the fiery sensations he ignites—or the fantasies he inspires…


    From the moment Elliott lays eyes on his new young governess, he knows he’s in trouble. Abby is intelligent, defiant, and utterly captivating, though Elliott must do his very best to resist her. But as the two grow closer, the passion burns hotter. Soon, the only thing that can destroy their love is the darkest secret of his past—and the secret desires of a governess…

    Chapter One can be read on my website.

  7. Cara McKenna
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 17:46:49

    Woo, I can has! My super-long, weird-ass, magnum opus erotica is out next Friday, April 29. It’s called Skin Game, and there’s actually a copy up for grabs if you click HERE.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Seven days, seven challenges. Twelve strangers. Eight thousand cameras. Only one winner.

    Welcome to The Ant Farm, a social study in the wilds of interior Alaska, documenting the dynamics between a dozen competitors as they take part in a series of physical and psychological face-offs. With five hundred grand up for grabs at the end of the battle royal, the stakes are high and the tension blazing.

    Could the seemingly mild-mannered nice guy win it all? The cutthroat alpha female? The strongest or the smartest, the idealist or the cynic? It’s anyone’s guess as teams are undercut by alliances, loyalties tendered and tested, and passions enflamed by both affection and animosity.

    In this contest where even knives and guns are fair game, sex may prove the most dangerous weapon of all.

    Reader Advisory: This book features the recreational use of illicit substances, and non-explicit references to childhood abuse and trauma. It also features an unlikely mix of romance, lust and hate-sex, plus a ton of way crazier crap that the author delights in not preparing you for.

    For more info and the excerpt, head over HERE.

    Thanks, Jane, et al.

  8. Diane Dooley
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 18:36:43

    My science fiction/romance novella, Blue Galaxy, will be released by Carina Press on May 9th, 2011.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Falling in love is easy; staying alive long enough to enjoy it just might be impossible.

    Javan Rhodes, the hard-drinking, disreputable captain of space freighter The Kypris, took a mission to save himself from hitting the bottom of the food chain. Transporting Sola, a beautiful young aristocrat, from Earth to an unknown destination on the outer rim of the colonies is lucrative, but also highly illegal.

    As tough as it is to evade both the law and the lawless, the hardest part of the job is not falling in love with his irresistible cargo. Just as he decides that he will never be able to hand her over to the warlord she must marry, he discovers that Sola has been playing a very dangerous game—one that could not only cost them their lives, but could also affect the balance of power in an increasingly dangerous universe.

    Thanks, Dear Author!

  9. Berinn Rae
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 20:20:37

    Thanks DA for letting us share our great news. Knightfall, the first fantasy romance in The Guardians of the Seven Seals series, comes out in May as e-book and trade paperback. It’s the story of a half-breed angel believed to be the harbinger of Armageddon, and the sexy knight assigned to kill her.
    Read the first chapter for free here: Have a great week!

  10. Lorelie Brown
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 20:36:43

    Carrie Lofty’s Portrait of Seduction is out from Carina Press on May 2nd. It’s the sequel to Song of Seduction & Oliver’s tasty as heck. (I’m Carrie’s CP, so I’ve read it.)

    Austria, 1805

    Greta Zwieg forges masterpieces. With her copies on their walls and the original paintings safely hidden, the noble families of Austria can rest assured their treasures will survive Napoleon’s advances. But now Greta’s uncle is changing the rules, selling her counterfeits as originals. Greta abhors the deceit. Anxious for her family’s safety in a perilous time, she is nevertheless determined to put things right.

    Oliver Doerger is living a lie of his own. Acting as valet for his aristocratic half brother, Oliver thwarts an attempt on Greta’s life and is overwhelmed by the forbidden passion that flares between them. Although he’s not truly a servant, he is a bastard and a spy–certainly no match for a woman of such exquisite quality.

    Though both fear discovery, they cannot resist each other. When the truth comes out, and the city falls into chaos, Greta and Oliver will be forced to choose: love or duty?

  11. Jane Davitt
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 22:44:27

    ‘Accidentally in Love’ by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow is going to be released by Loose Id as an ebook on May 10.

    It’s a contemporary m/m romance and this is the blurb:

    Move over, the Odd Couple! Tom’s a virgin with a room to rent, Cal’s a stud who needs a place to stay. What do they have in common? Only that they’ve never been in love. But that’s all about to change.

  12. K. Z. Snow
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 00:06:40

    My m/m contemporary paranormal, Visible Friend, is being released April 27 by Dreamspinner Press. Anne Cain’s cover is, to say the least, striking — with nary a hint of man-titty in sight.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Only 24, Christopher Borgasian has made a drastic and terrifying change in his life. He’s turning his back on a lover he’s adored for three years. The breakup required more than regretfully spoken words; it was an arduous process that took over seven months. Now it’s time for Chris to see if he can make it on his own. Without heroin.

    Without much of anything, really. Chris’s family rejected him nearly a decade ago when he came out, and his drug buddies, never true friends to begin with, are now off-limits. Chris Borgasian, gay recovering junkie, is alone with his determination.

    The night before Chris leaves a sober-living facility to pursue his uncertain future, a stranger named Denny shows up in his room. From then on, Denny returns whenever Chris needs him the most, always vanishing as mysteriously as he appears. Chris desperately needs emotional and physical intimacy, but who is Denny, really? And can Chris believe in him when it also means believing in unconditional love?

  13. K. Z. Snow
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 00:08:51

    My m/m contemporary paranormal, Visible Friend, is being released April 27 by Dreamspinner Press. Anne Cain’s cover is, to say the least, striking — with nary a hint of man-titty in sight.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Only 24, Christopher Borgasian has made a drastic and terrifying change in his life. He’s turning his back on a lover he’s adored for three years. The breakup required more than regretfully spoken words; it was an arduous process that took over seven months. Now it’s time for Chris to see if he can make it on his own. Without heroin.

    Without much of anything, really. Chris’s family rejected him nearly a decade ago when he came out, and his drug buddies, never true friends to begin with, are now off-limits. Chris Borgasian, gay recovering junkie, is alone with his determination.

    The night before Chris leaves a sober-living facility to pursue his uncertain future, a stranger named Denny shows up in his room. From then on, Denny returns whenever Chris needs him the most, always vanishing as mysteriously as he appears. Chris desperately needs emotional and physical intimacy, but who is Denny, really? And can Chris believe in him when it also means believing in unconditional love?

  14. V. Greene
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 12:27:48

    Thank you so much for this thread!

    My second book in the Spellslayer series, Revenge of the Serpent Priestess, is slated for e-publication at Shadowfire press on May 20. This is m/m sword-and-sorcery. Or erotica. Or romance. Or some such genre-bending.

    The publisher’s store: (They’re featuring the re-contracted Book 1, Curse of the Wizards’ Guild, with its new cover.)

    The blurb: Turak was a solitary wanderer by choice, losing track of those he loved so that they could live forever in his heart. Gazriel loved no-one, feeling safer in isolation. Now together, tentative in any sense of commitment as they enjoy each other’s bodies, they try to evade their common powerful enemies, find a comfortable sort of life together, and possibly get wealthy.

    Their enemies, women powerful in their own kind of magic, have other plans, prying into both men’s weaknesses to force them into a quest. Traveling south into dark jungle and mysterious ruins, they must rely on each other’s strengths to survive it.

  15. Margaret Mallory
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 17:57:34

    THE GUARDIAN is the first book in my Scottish historical series, THE RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDERS.

    Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can’t prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.

    After years of fighting abroad, Ian MacDonald comes home to find his clan in peril. To save his kin, he must right the wrongs from his past . . . and claim the bride he’s long resisted.

    As a young lass, Sìleas depended on Ian to play her knight in shining armor. But when his rescue attempt compromised her virtue, Ian was forced to marry against his wishes. Five years later, Sìleas has grown from an awkward girl into an independent beauty who knows she deserves better than the reluctant husband who preferred war to his wife. Now this devilishly handsome Highlander is finally falling in love. He wants a second chance with Sìleas — and he won’t take no for an answer.

    THE GUARDIAN’s official release day is May 1, but it is already in some bookstores. I’m celebrating this release with contests, giveaways and a blogging tour, which readers can follow on my website, FB page or Twitter. THE GUARDIAN is an RT Book Reviews’ Top Pick!


  16. Gretchen Galway
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 19:59:46

    I’m late to the party, sigh. *looking for leftover chips* Here’s my new Kindle and Nook release, a contemporary romance that would be the same length as a mass-market paperback if I weren’t publishing it myself. The e-book should be available for purchase by Friday, April 29 from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (It is happily DRM-free.)

    LOVE HANDLES, A Romantic Comedy (When Spanx ™ aren’t enough.)

    The world of fitness apparel isn’t ready for Beverly Lewis. She hates the gym, is nice to everybody, and shops at Ross Dress for Less. When she’s not teaching preschool, she’s wearing yoga pants . . . to nap in. So when she inherits her estranged grandfather’s fitnesswear company in San Francisco, nobody expects her to keep it. Fite Fitness needs a heartless suit to save it from bankruptcy, not a thirty-year-old woman who cries when her students leave for kindergarten.

    Someone like Liam Johnson. A former Olympic swimmer, Liam is Fite’s executive vice president. Unlike Bev, he’s devoted his life to Fite’s success. Managing one little preschool teacher—and his attraction to her—shouldn’t be an issue. Right?

    But Bev’s tired of being underpaid and underrated, and refuses to step aside as an obedient figurehead. To everyone’s shock and horror, she moves up to San Francisco, sets up an office, and dives into the business. Nothing—not mockery, not exercise, not sabotage, not a disastrously hot night with her aggravating VP—is going to scare her away.

    As Liam realizes she’s tougher than she looks, he discovers that losing Fite might not be nearly as bad as losing her . . .

    A story about the pursuit of love, happiness, and the perfect yoga pants, Love Handles will speak to anyone who’s ever had to face the thing that scares her most.

    Warning: contains at least two loves scenes and a happy ending.

    (Thanks DA for the chance to talk about my book.)

  17. Edie Harris
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 21:42:10

    On April 26th, my debut novella, “Ardent”, releases as a $.99 Kindle ebook! Set in Regency-era London, Connor and Ava’s romance starts as a case of mistaken identity and ends with a happily ever after:

    London life isn’t for Connor Pall, the sixth Earl of Urving—he’d much rather bury himself in research for his next scholarly essay than attend yet another tedious soirée. But when he’s introduced one night to a young woman he thought existed only on paper, his bookish little world tilts on its axis.

    Miss Ava Barry hates being back in London after four years “rusticating” in Edinburgh; more than that, she dreads dealing with her bitter older sister, Valeria. Her outlook changes, however, when she meets the quiet, handsome Lord Urving.

    Too bad Valeria has a few devious plans of her own…and at the top of her list is making certain Ava and the earl never reach the altar.

    More “Ardent” info is available on my site, along with details about other writing projects (including an erotic short in Jane’s own AGONY/ECSTASY anthology!).

    Thanks for the promo opportunity, Jayne and Dear Author peeps! :)

  18. Fionn Jameson
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 11:27:05

    Giving away 2 free copies of my newly released Blood Wish on my blog!

    Blood Wish – Urban Fantasy released by Evernight Publishing

    All Eve Faulkner wants to do is forget that she’s a Kumiho and live her life the way she sees fit. As a supernatural arbitrator, she considers her life to be chaotic enough without having to worry about keeping her identity a secret.

    Unfortunately for her, a supposed “easy” job goes horribly wrong and a close colleague almost dies. Fired from her job, and a virtual pariah, the only person who’ll hire her now is one of the High Vampires of Centennial City, Vincent Sheridan, who wants nothing more than to jump her bones.

    In between having her secret discovered by a sadistic alpha of the Were pack who seeks to use her, and finding out who’s killing people in the city sewers, Eve will come to grips with her reality and finally make peace with the person she is and will become.

  19. Violette Dubrinsky
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 09:55:04

    New Release: Bound (Dark God Saga Book 2)

    What happens when you take a dark god, a succubus, and a classic tale of mistaken identity?

    Previously known as the “nicest” of the dark gods, Hypnos, the God of Sleep and Dreams, can no longer claim that title. An encounter with Marissa, a succubus who managed to bind him and use him as her food source, nearly killing him in the process, has left him with one sole purpose: to find, torture and kill. So when he finally locates her, he’s planning to put his plan into motion with relish.

    Katrina Black is a succubus living as a human. A past incident has made her horrified of her own nature. So imagine her surprise when she’s snatched from her home and taken to Tartarus to be punished for something she did not do. The solution is easy. She just has to tell the man—god—that he has the wrong girl.

    Katrina finds out it isn’t easy to rationalize with a single minded god hell-bent on revenge. Especially one who looks like perfection reincarnated. And after experiencing some of his ‘torture’, finds herself questioning if she really wants to.

  20. Jenny Schwartz
    May 03, 2011 @ 20:21:06

    I love being able to share my new book, here. Awesome company! Thanks, Jane. And hopefully my non-techie attempt at coding (adding bold — yeah, ambitious) won’t cause trouble.

    “Three Wishes” is a paranormal romance novella from Carina Press,

    She is the Bringer of Death

    Cali, a djinni, has sworn to twist the wishes of humans so they die by their own greed and evil. Her latest master is arms dealer David Saqr, a man Cali believes deserves the fate she has in store for him. But this time she finds herself up against Andrew, David’s guardian angel.

    He is a Protector of Life

    Andrew believes David can yet find redemption. He fights Cali for the man’s life, even as he tries to persuade her to give in to the sizzling attraction between them. He shows Cali another side of David, and invites her to trust again, to hope. But centuries of being enslaved have hardened Cali’s heart—it’s going to take all of Andrew’s love to convince her to open it and let him in.

    *eek, I didn’t mean to bold it all. Just the headings. Sorry. Oh and the story releases May 23.

  21. Maria Zannini
    May 14, 2011 @ 13:48:08

    Apocalypse Rising from Carina Press

    The only place to hide was in the past. Leda and Grey have one chance to escape a madman and that’s through a portal to a time before the apocalypse. But nothing has prepared them for 21st century culture, and every misstep draws them closer to the End Times.

    The world is teetering on extinction, and they may very well be the cause of it.

    Apocalypse Rising is the sequel to Touch Of Fire.

    Contains: Sadistic demons, Elementals, witches, and a hero with one woman too many.

    I hope you’ll try both books!

  22. Anthea Lawson
    May 14, 2011 @ 13:55:23

    I’m excited to announce that my spicy Regency short story, The Piano Tutor, is now available in e-format! It was print-published last summer in the Mammoth Book of Regency Romance, and I’m at last making use of the digital rights~

    The Amazon link is and you can also find The Piano Tutor at B&N and Smashwords if Kindle format isn’t your thing. It’s a mere .99 cents!

    Speaking of e-books~ You can pick up digital versions of my other books, Passionate and All He Desires, for under $4 at all the e-tailers. (Passionate is a steal at Amazon {Kindle version} for only $2.55)

    Happy Reading!

  23. Cassandra Curtis
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 16:10:43

    Just learned about the Open Thread for Authors. What a great idea! My erotic romance (short novella) ebook Compulsion came out May 16, 2013.

    Lindsay Dannon has a dirty little secret. While she hides behind her plain and proper image at work, a wanton woman with a rich fantasy life lurks beneath the surface. The thrill and risk of exposure is a compulsive itch she knows only one man can scratch—her boss, Jack Randolph.

    The company’s “no tolerance” policy on interoffice dating is the only thing stopping her. Good thing Jack created the rules, because he’s determined to make all of Lindsay’s fantasies come true…

    Compulsion is .99¢ at these online retailers:

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