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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for May 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.

30 Comments

  1. Angelia Sparrow
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 15:29:11

    Thanks for a chance to promote. I have TWO May releases.

    Coming May 24 from Ellora’s Cave, and available for pre-order now:
    Heart’s Bounty by Angelia Sparrow and Gabriel Belthir

    Hunting is a young man’s game and Miho is well suited to it. He is a product of centuries of selective breeding, making him human-plus. He has a reputation for finding his quarry. But he doesn’t expect to find an older man at the Tag board, looking for work of his own.

    Hevik was outlawed and banished from his homeworld, and now lives a solitary life hunting small-time criminals among the planets. A pretty boy with hair as dark as deep space makes him reconsider that lifestyle.

    As the fates keep throwing them together while they pursue the same bounty, both of them discover depths about themselves, and about lust and need for each other, that makes chasing their quarry all the more dangerous.

    Inside Scoop: This highly charged male/male tale of two bounty hunters scorches across galaxies!
    A Romantica® gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

    This is Gabriel Belthir’s first full length novel.

    Also, an anthology from ManLove Romance

    Strap yourself in and strap something on as you’re transported across galaxies and lifetimes by Kiernan Kelly, Kage Alan, Angelia Sparrow, T.C. Blue and Shae Connor. Whether it’s an interspecies pregnancy between two hormonal males, a swashbuckling group of pirates, or free gifts that talk, you’ll soon learn why in space, no one can hear you cream. Open wide for BUTT PIRATES IN SPPAAACCCEEE!

    My contribution was the Commander Cliff Cody origin story, “Pride of the Rangers.”

  2. Laura Florand
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 16:01:14

    I’ve just released THE CHOCOLATE ROSE, which I’m calling a bridge book between the Chocolate series and my Provence (La Vie en Roses) series. I think of this one as a very bright, fun book, with a hero that just is too big for any space he finds himself in.

    Here’s the cover copy:

    Her father’s worst enemy…
    Top chef Gabriel Delange never forgave his old nemesis Pierre Manon for all the other chef had cost him.

    One stolen rose…
    And he most certainly couldn’t stand the sight of his own most famous dessert, the legendary Rose, claimed as Pierre’s own on the cover of his new cookbook.

    A beast’s substitute victim…
    But even Gabriel could hardly go through with a lawsuit when he learned the older chef had just had a stroke. Especially not when Pierre had one very cute daughter willing to be Gabriel’s victim instead.

    A fascinated beauty…
    As a child, Jolie Manon had seen her family torn apart by her top chef father’s obsession with his work. As a food writer, she might be fascinated with a chef’s work, but she knew how to guard her heart. She would never allow another chef into her life.

    Unless he blackmailed her into it…

    Welcome to the heat and sun of Provence, where jasmine and roses climb up old colored walls, where fountains play in ancient stone villages, and where even a beast can prove he is a prince at heart…

    Happy May reading!

  3. Kate Meader
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 16:04:08

    Thanks so much for this opportunity.

    FEEL THE HEAT, Book 1 in my Chicago-set Hot in the Kitchen series releases May 7 from Forever/Grand Central. The series is about an Italian restaurant-owning family and the sizzling, sexy chefs who love them.

    If you can’t stand the heat. . .

    Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time managing her family’s Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she’s tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she’s cooked up a recipe for disaster.

    . . . Get into the bedroom

    Jack Kilroy’s celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili’s oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he’s even more aroused by how unimpressed this beautiful, funny woman is with his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his bitch fork-wielding fan base. Now, as he’s about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions – and turn up the heat in his kitchen?

    ***

    This is a full-length novel from Forever Romance’s digital first imprint Forever Yours, sexily priced at $2.99!

    You can read an excerpt here: http://katemeader.com/feel-the-heat/

    Note about the price: I wanted to comment on the recent thread about what traditional publishers are doing with digital first for readers, but was worried it’d be viewed as shameless promotion. So I’ll make my comment here instead. I’ll admit to being a touch worried when I heard my publisher would be selling FEEL THE HEAT for the rather low price of $2.99 (It’ll also be available concurrently in POD trade for a higher price, and there will be a mass market run some time in the future). But I understand, that as a debut author in a very crowded market, it’s tough to get readers to take a chance on the unknown. Reviews can be great, a title can be marketed broadly, but often that psychological price barrier (variable from reader to reader) can be the ultimate decider when it comes to trying a debut or new-to-you author. I love that Forever is experimenting with digital first at very palatable prices as it can only increase the chances of more eyeballs on my books.

  4. Jen Frederick
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 16:18:22

    This is a New Adult book featuring a Marine and his penpal of four years.
    Release date: May 1, 2013

    Blurb:

    For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.

    Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.

    You can read the book for free on Goodreads in a web browser, today and tomorrow. If you notice, this was a first page piece and the first page was revised, based on the suggestions here.

    Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17612258-undeclared

  5. Gennita Low
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 21:20:49

    I have just released a short story that was in the Mammoth Book of Spec Ops. It’s titled The Game. I’ve rewritten the ending.
    Available on Kindle and Nook
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CCYCO5Q
    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-game-gennita-low/1115158369?ean=2940016550961
    $1.99
    Blurb:
    A SPY SHORT STORY (ROMANCE)
    She left him three years ago. He’d never forgotten her. Now, in the middle of a mission, she showed up again and he’s trapped in another game with her. What is she up to this time?

    He was her love before everything blew up in a matter of seconds. She has waited this long, biding her time, playing a long game, so she could get him in her arms again. Is there a second chance for them?
    ***
    Thank you for the opportunity to promote my short story.

  6. Vivian Arend
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 22:17:04

    Time to head back out to the Six Pack Ranch. Book 5 in the bestselling series is Rocky Mountain Rebel, and this time it’s the youngest member of the family, Joel, who’s trying to find his way to a HEA.

    Extended excerpt can be found here, or if you’re not sure if you’re up to date on the series, check out the website page.

    ~~**~~

    The best type of growing up involves getting down and dirty

    Vicki Hansol made different choices than her less-than-reputable mom and sister, yet her fiery temper has left her branded with the same town-bad-girl label. When she desperately needs a change of scenery, her get-out-of-town-free ticket arrives—and requires she face down one of her deepest fears.

    Easygoing Joel Coleman has nothing to complain about, but he’s never really done anything to brag about either. The youngest member of the Six Pack Ranch is looking to make some changes in his life that include stepping out from under his twin brother’s shadow.

    So when the bold beauty with the smart mouth approaches him with a proposition, Joel is intrigued. Her request for him to teach her to ride soon takes on a whole new meaning. All that passion in his arms, his bed, in the barn…hell, anywhere he can get it? Bring it on.

    But tangling the sheets leads to unanticipated complications, and by the time the dust settles, everything family means is going to be challenged.

    Caution: Saddle up for some youthful vigor applied with great enthusiasm. Ropes, rails and raunchy sex—there’s more places to get dirty around the ranch than first meets the eye.

    Available for pre-order now through Amazon| Barnes & Noble. If you need more information you can find me on Twitter or Facebook.

    Thanks for the opportunity to share! Vivian Arend

  7. Amara Royce
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 22:35:26

    Thanks so much to Dear Author for this wonderful opportunity!

    My debut historical romance, NEVER TOO LATE will be released by eKensington (the digital-first imprint of Kensington Publishing) on May 2nd.

    Here’s the cover copy:

    Expect the unexpected, especially in a room filled with books…
    Honoria Duchamp is well aware that men often consider widows easy prey for the role of mistress. What else could explain the attentions of handsome Lord Devin, and his visits to her bookshop? The much younger Viscount has even shown interest in the printing press with which she creates pamphlets on London’s basest injustices. Yet his chief interest appears to be in her…

    Coerced to investigate Nora’s controversial pamphlets, Devin expected to find a bookish matron. Instead, he is taken with Nora’s womanly beauty, sharp intellect, and quick wit. Soon, what begins as an unwelcome task becomes a pleasure, and Devin’s job becomes more dangerous—for them both. For Nora has no idea of the vicious element she’s crossed. Now Devin will risk his reputation to protect her—and much more to win her love…

    “Deliciously romantic and sizzling with sensual tension.” –Nicola Cornick, USA Today bestselling Author

    You can find Saturday Snippets from NEVER TOO LATE at my web site: http://www.amararoyce.com!

    Thanks again! And congratulations to all the authors with May releases!
    -Amara Royce

  8. Tiffany Clare
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 04:51:52

    The second book in my Dangerous Rogues series Midnight Temptations with a Forbidden Lord releases on April, 30, 2013!

    Excerpt

    More about the series


    SEDUCE AND DESTROY

    Tristan Bradley, the notorious Marquess of Castleigh, is a danger to any woman’s reputation. Devastatingly handsome and devilishly seductive, he delights in the challenge of a lovely new conquest—especially when she’s engaged to a man he despises. But when this particular young lady asks him to dance, Tristan realizes he may not be the only one playing a game.

    OR FALL DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE

    Defiantly bold and disarmingly beautiful, Lady Charlotte Lindsey will do anything to break free from her loathsome fiancé—even destroy her good name to do it. What better way to seal the deal than a tryst with Lord Tristan, who’s led many a girl to ruin? But when Charlotte looks into his eyes—and Tristan takes her in his arms—all of their schemes melt away…because the heart has a plan of its own.

    Available for preorder: Amazon|Barnes & Noble

    Thank you for letting authors share, DA!

  9. Sandy James
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 05:29:17

    Thanks for this chance to promote my May release!

    Coming May 6th from Carina Press–the third installment of the Award-Winning Alliance of the Amazon series, The Brazen Amazon!

    Zach Hanson is a tech wizard, capable of creating and improving gadgets–including remote nuclear warhead launchers. But he’s always known that he’s destined for something more, something greater, something…supernatural.

    Powerful Air Amazon Gina Himmel is one of four sisters called to protect the world from those who would do it harm. Demigods in league with an Ancient have been taking over the bodies of leaders in the military and technological sectors, and Gina is sent to San Francisco to watch over Zach.

    Under Gina’s protection, Zach is introduced to a world of ancient deities, rogue gods and the bold, brazen Amazons who keep humanity safe. Amidst the whirlwind of battle, Zach and Gina discover a love that could give them the power to save the world…or destroy it.

    5 stars ~ The Brazen Amazon is a fabulous, fun, paranormal adventure with a scorching romance to boot! ~ The Tome Tender

    Find me at sandyjamesbooks on both Facebook and Twitter! And pre-order The Brazen Amazon at Amazon and B&N.

  10. Cassandra Dean
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 05:57:56

    I’m so excited to announce my May 8 release, SILK & SCANDAL, will be spearheading the brand new Decadent TEASE: Captivate imprint. A sweet historical romance, SILK & SCANDAL is book 1 in The Silk Series:

    Eight years ago…
    Thomas Cartwright and Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons were friends. Over the wall separating their homes, Thomas and Nicola talked of all things – his studies to become a barrister, her frustrations with a lady’s limitations.

    All things end.
    When her diplomat father gains a post in Hong Kong, Nicola must follow. Bored and alone, she falls into scandal. Mired in his studies of the law and aware of the need for circumspection, Thomas feels forced to sever their ties.

    But now Lady Nicola is back…and she won’t let him ignore her.

    Make sure you stop by the Decadent TEASE site for other fantastic stories from this new line.

    Thank you for this opportunity to share, DA!

  11. Crista McHugh
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 08:27:05

    Thanks for allowing us to announce our new releases here!

    A Soul For Vengeance, the final book in the award-winning Soulbearer Trilogy, comes out May 14th. It’s already available for pre-order on Kobo and Apple.
    ~~~~~~~
    Nothing stirs up Chaos like Vengeance…

    When Prince Kell returns to Ranello, he finds his homeland in ashes. The invaders from Thallus destroyed everything he held dear, leaving him heir to a throne he can’t claim. The thirst for vengeance consumes him and drives him right into the arms of the most unlikely of rebel leaders.

    Zara has fought for months to keep the hopes of the Ranellian people alive. Finding Kell is just the thing their dying rebellion needs. But as she tries to soothe Kell’s bitterness and turn him into the leader he’s meant to be, she finds herself desiring the one man she believes she’ll never have.

    A man whose heart was broken by a yellow-haired witch named Arden Soulbearer.
    ~~~~~~~
    For more details and to read the first chapter, check out my webpage. I’m also giving away 15 print copies on Goodreads.

  12. Cathy Pegau
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 09:50:07

    DEEP DECEPTION is my third Science Fiction Romance from Carina Press set on the mining colony of Nevarro. It releases May 27. You can pre-order here from Amazon http://tinyurl.com/ablw4eb or here for B&N http://tinyurl.com/c75wr6u It’s a steal at $1.99 ; )

    Colonial Mining Authority agent Natalia Hallowell doesn’t always play by the rules, but she wouldn’t compromise a case either. Put on administrative leave under a cloud of accusation, with no support from her boss, Natalia seeks a little anonymous companionship at her favorite bar. But she’s surprised when the woman who catches her fancy starts buying her drinks.

    Desperate, Genevieve “Gennie” Caine had no choice but to seduce, drug and tie Natalia to the bed to get her attention. With the Reyes Corporation after something she has, Gennie needs Natalia to open an investigation and distract them long enough for her to get off Nevarro.

    Natalia doesn’t trust Gennie—despite the growing attraction between them—but the corporation’s suspiciously high profits convince her that they must be hiding something. But she has no idea just how deep the deceptions run….

    You can find and excerpt here: http://cathypegau.com/?page_id=797

    Thanks so much!

  13. Kendra Leigh Castle
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 09:55:18

    Thanks for the opportunity to share!

    Releasing April 23d as part of the Entangled Covet launch, THE DEMON’S SONG, first in my new Hearts of the Fallen series.

    The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. At least, that’s how it seems to Sofia Rivera when her attempt to help a friend ends in a blood-soaked confrontation with creatures that aren’t even supposed to exist. With a group of rogue vampires determined not to leave a single witness to their violence hot on her heels, Sofia finds herself saddled with an immortal bodyguard—Phenex, the fallen Angel of Song.

    While the vampire king roots out the corruption threatening to take down his underworld kingdom, Sofia will have to deal with a fallen angel whose dark beauty is often at odds with his ornery nature. Slowly, Sofia and Phenex give in to the strange attraction neither can deny. And as the darkness closes in around them, Phenex begins to wonder whether even the wickedest Fallen might find his own happy ending…and his heart.

    Available for pre-order at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

  14. Bonnie Dee
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 12:21:21

    FUGITIVE HEART by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon from Samhain, April 30.
    Love is always in the last place you’d think to look.

    Between her steady waitressing job and less-steady gigs designing websites, Ames Jensen is scraping together enough money to buy the old farmhouse that holds most of her most treasured childhood memories.

    When a complete stranger buys it right out from under her nose, she stomps over for a neighborly visit, prepared to dislike him on sight. Yet even after he nearly brains her with a shovel, she finds herself more attracted than alarmed.

    Falsely implicated for stealing from the Esposito crime family, Nick Ross is frantically in search of his supposed accomplice, Elliot Jensen, or at least the money and information the man took. Elliot’s hometown seems the perfect place to look—and the last place the Espositos will look for him.

    Elliot’s cute, vivacious sister is an unexpected mother lode of clues—and smoking-hot distraction. But when she does a little digging of her own, the truth threatens to send their love—and their lives—down in the crossfire.

  15. Sarah Morgan
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 16:07:54

    My next Harlequin Presents, An Invitation to Sin, is released on May 21st (June 1st as an ebook). This story is bad boy meets bad girl and I had so much fun writing this book.

    From the back cover:

    “Taylor Carmichael holds one thing precious: the reputation she’s spent years rebuilding. Then one encounter with Corretti lothario Luca, a bottle of chilled champagne and a skin-tight dress and the paps have their shot. Cool, calm and irritatingly aloof, Luca couldn’t care less – splash his face over the papers, he has bigger fish to fry. But Taylor is fuming. Luca had the chance to halt the press and refused. Well, this time she’ll make the headlines work for her.

    STOP PRESS: BAD BOY LUCA CORRETTI TO WED SCREEN SIREN TAYLOR CARMICHAEL ”

    Chapter 1 available here
    http://www.sarahmorgan.com/#/extract-an-invitation-to-sin/4574502766

    Thanks for the opportunity to post!

  16. Holley Trent
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 17:50:28

    Hi, all!

    Coming May 3, from Calliope Romance (Musa Publishing) Love by Premonition: a sassy first person paranormal romance set in eastern North Carolina.

    The psychic didn’t go looking for love, but she should have seen it coming.

    Marcia Andrews is a freelance psychic consultant. Sick of living hand to mouth, she accepts a contract with Raleigh Police. A new gang called The Cardinals is terrorizing The Triangle, and Marcia gives the department an edge in tracking them. Help that she is, one cop isn’t so keen on her involvement, and makes sure she knows it.

    Detective Nat McCoy would rather see Marcia in his bedroom than the bullpen. The gorgeous Scotsman isn’t the typical chauvinist pig, though. He’s keeping a secret that even the psychic doesn’t anticipate.

    A close encounter with a Cardinal’s bullet knocks Marcia off her game when the police need her most. She loses hours to trances and ghosts haunt her sleep. She can hardly function, and everything she thought she knew about playboy McCoy suddenly seems questionable. McCoy thinks he knows the cure for what ails her—him. But can she trust him?

    For an excerpt and more information, please visit holleytrent.com.

  17. Bec McMaster
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 20:42:14

    Thanks for the opportunity to share. Looks like some great books coming out in May!

    I have two books due for release in my London Steampunk series. Heart of Iron is released on 7th May and is available for pre-order at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=1402270305/ and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heart-of-iron-bec-mcmaster/1112689760?ean=9781402270307.

    Whereas, Tarnished Knight is a novella which will be available for free for the month of May for anyone wanting a sneak peek at the London Steampunk universe at http://www.becmcmaster.com/books/tarnished-knight/ – more-404

    HEART OF IRON

    In the mist-shrouded streets of London’s dreaded Whitechapel district, werewolves, vampires and a clockwork army are one step away from battle…

    NO ONE TO TRUST

    Lena Todd is the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a rebel against London’s vicious elite—not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger.

    Will Carver, is more than man, he’s a verwulfen and he wants nothing to do with the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds Lena in possession of a coded letter, he realizes she’s in a world of trouble. To protect her, he’ll have to seduce the truth from her before it’s too late.

    Chapter 1 available here: http://www.becmcmaster.com/books/heart-of-iron/

  18. Fiona McGier
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 22:46:41

    Coming May 1 from Eternal Press, “For the Love of His Life”, a contemporary erotic romance by Fiona McGier.
    http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615729210

    Have you ever been to a place that makes you feel at home, that allows you the quiet and the time to find yourself? And did you take the time to listen? What happens when a man who has never listened to his own thoughts is forced to take that time?

    Can a sexy Hispanic action movie star find himself in the BWCA of upper Minnesota? Will the local woman he grows to love believe someone who “lies for a living”?

    When a famous action star needs to clean-up for a major role that even he doubts he can deliver, the director sends him up to a resort owned by his grandmother in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of upper Minnesota, to learn to commune with nature. His guide is Veronica, the director’s cousin, a tall, athletic woman who has the relaxed, sensible nature of someone who knows herself well. Raul’s initial clumsy attempt to seduce her makes her laugh…so he calls her fat. If there is to be any hope that their relationship will progress beyond its rocky start, Raul must overcome his partying nature to discover what is really important in life.

    Caution: there are two Rauls in this book: the party animal who never says no to anything, including drinks, drugs and multiple groupies who want to add him to their score sheets. The other Raul has never been allowed to be in charge of the sexy body they share. There is party-hot, then there is real-love fiery-hot. Watch while Raul learns the difference!

  19. Marguerite Kaye
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 03:06:33

    THE BEAUTY WITHIN is my May release from Harlequin Historical, and my 10th full-length book. Here is the blurb:

    BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

    Considered the plain, clever one in her family, Lady Cressida Armstrong knows her father has given up on her ever marrying. But who needs a husband when science is the only thing to set Cressie’s pulse racing?

    Disillusioned artist Giovanni di Matteo is setting the ton abuzz with his expertly executed portraits. Once his art was inspired; now it’s only technique. Until he meets Cressie….

    Challenging, intelligent and yet insecure, Cressie is the one whose face and body he dreams of capturing on canvas. In the enclosed, intimate world of his studio, Giovanni rediscovers his passion as he awakens hers….

    There’s an excerpt, behind the scenes and more on my website here:

    http://www.margueritekaye.com/bookshelf-2/the-beauty-within

  20. Jayne Denker
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 16:23:54

    Wewt! Been waiting for this–so excited to be able to announce my debut novel on DearAuthor! BY DESIGN, a contemporary romantic comedy, will be published by eKensington on May 16. It’s available on Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/d4lpnqv), B&N (http://tinyurl.com/d632ot2), and iTunes.

    You can read a sample chapter at my Web site, http://jaynedenker.com.

    BY DESIGN by Jayne Denker:

    She’s got loads of talent, a massive crush–and no confidence. Now she just needs a plan…

    Interior designer Emmie Brewster is having one of those…decades. Her overbearing boss believes she’s only qualified to make coffee. Her boyfriend treats her like a booty call. And her widowed father is dating again–more successfully than she is. Then Emmie lands a client who happens to be the hottest man she’s ever encountered. Too bad Graham Cooper is already involved with the kind of woman Emmie longs to be. If only she had the courage…

    Emmie’s always been content to dream–about having her own business, her own Mr. Right–but something about Graham makes her want to take action. Maybe it’s time she used her talent for creating beauty and order on herself. She has Graham’s admiration–does she dare go for more? With a little encouragement from her friends, and a lot of newfound motivation, Emmie’s ready to try…

  21. Ana Blaze
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 07:26:10

    Hello. Thank you so much for letting me share my new release here.

    My contemporary novella,The Best Man, published by Entranced Publishing releases on April 29, 2013!

    For more information, including a longer excerpt:
    http://www.entrancedpublishing.com/imprints/kissed/the-best-man/

    The Best Man by Ana Blaze
    Beth Chase is too busy planning perfect weddings to worry about the lack of action in her own love life. But if she was looking for a man, she wouldn’t be looking at Colin Pratt. Her boss swears that Best Man Colin is a quiet scholar and science fiction writer who couldn’t possibly cause a fuss at his own brother’s wedding. He’s clearly never met the man in question. Snarky, sexy and more than a little inebriated, Colin is the final obstacle between Beth and the last perfect wedding she needs to make partner. Of course, when she helps him into a taxi at the end of the night she has no idea that he’s only just begun to poke holes in her professional exterior. Colin might have the skills to seduce a romance professional, but can he convince her that he’s the best man to share her happy ever after?

    Excerpt:
    The Best Man
    © Ana Blaze

    Colin followed her, snatched her hand and spun her around so her back was pressed against the wall near her bedroom door. He kissed her again, one of his magic kisses that left her weak in the knees and nearly distracted from the matter at hand.

    “You can’t just get all sexy every time I disagree with you.”

    His teeth teased her earlobe. “Quite right,” he murmured.

    “I’m trying to have a serious conversation here.”

    “We’re amazing together. Tell me you don’t feel it too?”

    “Of course I feel something, but it can’t be love.”

    “Why not?”

    “It takes more than a couple days to know if you’re compatible enough to share your life with someone.”

    Colin touched her temple. “You’re talking about something that comes from here instead of the thing that comes from here.” He placed his hand over her heart.

    “Yeah, well I’m pretty sure the body part you’re thinking with is a bit lower.”

    Shaking his head, he pulled her hand up and placed it on his chest. “You’re under my skin, Beth. There isn’t a part of me that doesn’t want you.” He brushed her hair off her forehead.

    “You took a pretty hard hit to the head the other day.”

    “It started before that. You floored me the moment we met.”

    “You’re claiming love at first sight?”

    “Is it so hard to believe?’ Colin skimmed her bottom lip with his thumb. “You have a stack of videos in the other room that tell me you want to believe in happily ever after. Take the chance.”

    “Those are fantasies, pretty stories about pretty people. I like them, but I don’t think they’re real.”

    His hands kept moving; they slid up her neck, down her arms. They tugged her shirt out of her skirt and caressed the small of her back. “Want to know what I think? I think you liked me from the start. I think you felt this connection too, right away. You tried to act all proper but you couldn’t wait to get your hands on me.”

    She laughed. “I thought you were a pain in the ass.”

    “You mean you couldn’t stop looking at my arse, saucy girl.”

    Come by my blog to enter for a chance to win a free e-copy and a goodie pack:
    http://anablaze.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-best-man-grand-prize-giveaway-and.html

  22. Karla Doyle
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 10:16:46

    Thank you for the opportunity to post new releases. :)

    BODY OF WORK, a contemporary erotic romance, releases May 1st from Ellora’s Cave.

    Blurb:
    Cassie has fantasized about the ginger-haired personal trainer for months. Brian is friendly, but never more—until he appears on her doorstep and shows her how much her flirting has affected him. The more she’s with him, the more Cassie wants the fairytale, not just hot sex with the six-two hunk. She can give Brian full access to her body, but after her ex’s reaction to her explicit photography business, sharing her secrets, and her heart, isn’t an option.

    Brian knows better than to break the rules. Don’t date gym members. Keep his inner beast on a leash during sex. Cassie tested his resolve on number one her first day in the gym. Shattered the second rule when he touched her. The petite pixie shares his preferences in the bedroom. She makes him laugh and love—but past mistakes haunt him, emotionally and tangibly. Cassie’s worth the price he’ll pay for breaking the rules. Now he must convince her to give him her heart.

    An excerpt & links are on my website: http://www.karladoyle.com/books/body-of-work/

    Thanks! :)

  23. Kaylea Cross
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:18:25

    The Vacant Chair is a Civil War romance, and it’s on sale for only 2.99.

    Blurb: The Civil War has torn Brianna Taylor’s family apart and made her a widow. Determined to ease the suffering of the wounded crowding the Union hospitals and honor the memory of the man she loved, she embarks on a career as a nurse. But then he arrives—a patient who makes her feel alive again in spite of her resolve to stay detached.

    Captain Justin Thompson understands the cost of war all too well, yet he felt compelled to fight for the Union his father died defending. Wounded at Cold Harbor and left to die at a military hospital, he owes his life to Brianna, who seems determined to guard her professional boundaries despite his best efforts to breach them. Just as he’s winning the battle for her heart, he’s forced to return to the front of a cruel war that could very well separate them forever.

    It’s up at Amazon right now and should be appearing at other retailers shortly.
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Vacant-Chair-ebook/dp/B00CKBJZT4/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1367252239&sr=1-1&keywords=the+vacant+chair%2C+kaylea+cross

  24. Kristi Lea
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:24:26

    CALL THE RAIN by Kristi Lea, Available April 30. Its a Fantasy Romance (heat level = sweet)

    The water beckons…

    Illista and her sister fled their homeland when invaders killed their parents and tried to enslave the girls’ innate water magic. Now disguised as servile Waki, Illista serves the Segra people on the dusty high plains, far from the warm oceans of her childhood.

    One night, lured by the siren song of the Segra’s sacred lake waters, Illista sheds her Waki disguise for a swim and becomes witness to a murder attempt on the Segra chief’s only son and heir.

    War looms…

    Joral’s marriage to the daughter of another tribe will seal the peace between the warring nations and strengthen both halves of the Segra people against invaders from the West. When he is poisoned and nearly drowned on the night of his betrothal, a mysterious sprite of a woman saves his life.

    Was the attempt on his life the workings of a rival, or was it tied to the sudden arrival of Western mercenaries who seek the missing water witches?

    A secret revealed…

    When Joral discovers Illista’s secret, will he sacrifice her to secure peace for his people? Or will he follow his heart for the sake of a water sprite who may be the Segra’s only hope for restoring the rains to the drought-ridden land?

    Available on Kindle

  25. Lynn Richards
    May 06, 2013 @ 09:32:12

    Thanks for the promotional opportunity. The amazing things I find when I have the time – like this website!

    Lynn Richards latest release is a short contemporary – Bedded by the Best Man:

    After years of trying to forget her high school crush, Dailey Carnes returns home to take part in her best friend’s wedding. Unfortunately, her crush is none other than Tyson Graham, her best friend’s older brother.

    Will he still see her as the fat girl everyone called “Dailey Double?” Determined to avoid him as much as possible, Dailey is stunned when Ty makes a move she didn’t see coming. She might just get the chance to bed the best man after all…”

    WARNING: For mature audiences only. This story is sweet and spicy and contains some explicit language. It is a short novella of approximately 6,500 words. Oh yes, it does have a happily-ever-after.

    EXCERPT:

    Her plan had been to treat Ty with false sophistication–and stay out of his way as much as possible. She hadn’t thought she’d run into him quite so soon. She’d arrived in town with barely enough time to say a quick hello to her parents before heading straight to the rehearsal dinner. Hoping to make a hasty entrance and an even quicker exit, she’d veered straight to Lisa and her fiancee, Harold, hugged her best friend fiercely, wished them both well, and left them to greet the rest of their family and friends.

    She’d slipped into the buffet line, planning to grab a few items before taking a seat and waiting for the right time to exit. She hadn’t felt bad about her strategy since Harold and Lisa had come to the city several times in the last year and they’d all gone out together. Dailey wished now that she’d brought Steve, her on-again-off-again boyfriend with her. But he’d been getting on her nerves lately and she’d told herself since she wasn’t planning on staying long, it wasn’t worth the effort.

    Taking a deep breath, she turned around knowing she couldn’t put this off any longer. She looked up, way up, into Ty’s handsome face and felt that same kick of desire she’d felt since she was sixteen years old. How could any one man be so damn fine? He was six-four, with inky-black hair, dark skin, deep green eyes, and a mouth so sexy she’d often had trouble understanding his words because she’d been watching his lips move and dreaming about what they’d feel like on hers—and on other sensitive parts of her anatomy.

    It is on sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for only 99 cents

    http://www.amazon.com/Bedded-Best-Man-Erotica-ebook/dp/B00CFTDHBI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367849703&sr=8-1&keywords=bedded+by+the+best+man

  26. J.K. Hogan
    May 27, 2013 @ 14:13:22

    I’ve just released the newest book in my paranormal romance series, Blood in the Valley (Vigilati, Book 2):

    The daughter of a Las Vegas hustler, Raven Sabatier grew up trusting nothing and no one—she doesn’t even trust herself to stay in one place for longer than a minute. When her quest to find out the secrets of her past leads her to the mountains of North Carolina, she’s set on a collision course with the one man she thought she’d never see again.

    In Appalachia consulting on an archeological dig, Anthropologist Dr. Drew Deveraux comes face to face with the indomitable beauty who broke into his apartment a year ago, tilting his carefully cultivated world on its axis.

    Engaged in a fight with their demons, both imagined and real, the last thing either of them expected to find was love. Together, they must unravel the mystery of Raven’s past and her connection with an ancient race of witches, in order to save their future—and all of the souls hanging in the balance.

    Here’s the link!
    Check out my website for more info.
    Thanks!

  27. Linda Banche
    May 29, 2013 @ 07:27:23

    Hi! Here’s my latest sweet Regency comedy, A MUTUAL INTEREST IN NUMBERS, Book 2 of Love and the Library about four Regency gentlemen who find their loves over a copy of “Pride and Prejudice” in the library.

    BLURB:
    Love and the Library Book 2: Ellen and Laurence

    Lightning doesn’t strike in the same place twice. Does it?

    Regency gentleman Mr. Laurence Coffey doesn’t care for libraries and novels. His interests run to steam engines and mathematics. But his friend found the lady of his dreams at the library over a copy of Pride and Prejudice. Laurence yearns for a lady of his own, one of wit and cleverness as well as beauty. And while he doesn’t expect his friend’s luck, visiting the library can’t hurt.

    Miss Ellen Palmer enjoys mathematics, but, unfortunately, many men frown on bluestockings. She loves the library and its mathematics books as well as its novels, especially her favorite, Pride and Prejudice. How she would like to find her own Mr. Darcy. Perhaps someday, somewhere, she can discover a man who wants an intelligent woman.

    At the library, they both reach for a copy of Pride and Prejudice at the same time. Can their mutual interest in numbers–and this particular novel–make their dreams come true?

    A sweet, traditional Regency romance. With a duck. Quack.

    EXCERPT:
    Laurence pushed aside a copy of Byron’s The Corsair and then curled his lip at a volume of sermons. Gads, sermons on Sunday were enough for anyone.

    He set the sermons aside to reveal the book beneath. Pride and Prejudice. The novel that had brought his friend his lady.

    Could this book somehow help a man find his love? He extended his hand toward the tome…

    A gloved feminine hand, also reaching for the novel, bumped into his. “Oh, I beg your pardon.” The voice was soft and musical.

    He jerked upright. “No, I beg your pardon.” The same extraordinary blue eyes that had almost knocked him flat a moment ago threatened to do so again. And he wouldn’t even care.

    As if he were under the effect of Mr. Mesmer’s animal magnetism, he waved in the general direction of the book. “Please, be my guest.” Take the book. Take me.

    Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Mutual-Interest-Numbers-Library-ebook/dp/B00CWF21RG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369830343&sr=1-1&keywords=linda+banche

    Check out my website for more information: http://www.lindabanche.com

    Thank,
    Linda
    Linda Banche
    Welcome to My World of Historical Hilarity!

  28. Donna Fasano
    Jun 09, 2013 @ 12:54:23

    Thank you for letting me tell the world about my new release!

    Reclaim My Heart

    “Fasano’s best book yet.” ~BigAl at BooksAndPals.com

    Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined.

    Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and Lucas are tempted by the heated passion that consumed them as teens. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons she found this man irresistible, but there are scandalous secrets waiting to be revealed, disgraceful choices made in the past that cannot be denied. Love is a powerful force that could heal them both–if the truth doesn’t rip them apart.

    Find Reclaim My Heart:
    Kindle US: http://amzn.to/12mqbQV
    Kindle UK: http://amzn.to/14bwqZ2
    Nook: http://ow.ly/kVlna
    Kobo: http://ow.ly/kVlD0
    iBooks: coming soon!
    paperback: http://amzn.to/141hjD2

  29. Dana Delamar
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 00:43:46

    Thanks for letting us post about our new releases.

    “The Godfather” meets “Romeo and Juliet” in MALAVITA (Blood and Honor, Prequel). This gritty, romantic Mafia thriller kicks off the Blood and Honor series about two warring Mafia families in northern Italy.

    MALAVITA: Enrico Lucchesi never wanted anything to do with the Mafia. But when his brothers were murdered, he accepted that he would someday be the next don. However, he doesn’t accept that he must marry the daughter of the man who killed them. Enrico will never trust an Andretti, never mind love one. The Andrettis are up to something with their so-called “truce”—and Enrico must avenge his siblings. But will his dark secret spell the end of his vengeance—and possibly the Lucchesis?

    Praise for Dana Delamar’s MALAVITA:

    “I just love Dana’s writing, the plot is very well thought out, fast paced and full of action, and as I’ve said before with her work, every word is relevant. The story has everything, romance, revenge, ‘blood’, ‘honor’, suspense, action, you name it this book covers it. Dana Delamar is definitely an author to watch.” – Jane, Lindsay and Jane’s Views and Reviews blog

    “…once i got started with Malavita, I could not, would not put it down. The storyline is captivating from the beginning…. Not only do you have a fantastic love story, but the mob is involved…I felt dirty (in a good way) just reading it. Written expertly. Exciting, fun, action, suspense, love, honor, loyalty….just fantastic!!” – Liz Cabrejos, Amazon reader

    Kindle US: http://amzn.to/17AR4H1
    Kindle UK: http://amzn.to/17ARmxr
    Kindle CA: http://amzn.to/17B7rTS
    Paperback US: http://amzn.to/19emEL5
    Paperback UK: http://amzn.to/112gBF1

    Blood, honor, family… nothing else matters.

  30. Margaret Montrose
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 05:28:18

    Dear All, trawling through the various Romance Indie Author sites all I can see is bare chests’n boobs and cardboard ‘Lord this’n that’ heroes – everyone has got stuck in a formulaic groove! Romance is FAR more than that, it is, as one of the finest of them, John Buchan, supposed in his pamphlet ‘The Novel & The Fairy Tale’ The Impossible Made Good. Miltiades’ Hoplites beating Darius’s hoards at Marathon, Agincourt, The Battle of Britain all of which are the supremacy of The Human Spirit overcoming itself to win. It is that truth of Romance which lives on in man’s mind to fertilise his Spirit.

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