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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for October 2009

Welcome to the October 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 September would be an October 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.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Nadia
    Oct 04, 2009 @ 10:04:39

    This month, I’m serializing a paranormal romance novella titled A Happily Ever After of Her Own. As a matter of fact, it starts tomorrow. :)

    Please go to for information on how to read it for free. :)


  2. Sandy James
    Oct 04, 2009 @ 10:17:49

    The fourth book in my award-winning Damaged Heroes series — Faith of the Heart — will appear in print in October. I’m really proud of this story. It won both the Lone Star and Winter Rose contests for contemporary romance. Night Owl gave it a Reviewer’s Top Pick and 5 hearts. It was named Book of the Week at LASR reviews. Two Lips gave it 5 kisses, and the Romance Studio awarded it 5 hearts.

    Right now it’s in ebook and Kindle, but the print will pop up on and Barnes& this month.


    Investigative reporter Joshua Miller has turned his back on life. Since cancer claimed his wife, he can’t bring himself to write another story. Then he hears about a fascinating woman who piques his curiosity.

    After being struck by lightning, Sarah Reid finds herself with a gift… and a curse. She can heal the sick and dying. She soon realizes that along with the special gift also comes danger to her own life. Feeling responsible for the death of her best friend, Sarah reasons that perhaps she has received the gift to make amends, no matter the personal cost.

    Neither expects sparks to fly when they meet. Sarah discourages Josh’s persistence in investigating her while he fights his attraction, refusing to acknowledge that she can truly save people.

    Can Sarah break through Josh’s stubborn cynicism and show him that miracles really can come true by leading him back to love?

  3. Deb Kinnard
    Oct 04, 2009 @ 10:36:18

    Desert Breeze released ANGEL WITH A BACK HOE on October 1. It’s not a continuity-piece from ANGEL WITH A RAY GUN, if you’re wondering, but a stand-alone. Available now in e-book and very soon for the Kindle…

    Summary: Diane Marshall knows loads–live loads, dynamic loads, dead loads, all part of life as a construction manager. She’s used to carrying hers, as a woman in a man’s career. After her boyfriend fell hard for someone else, can her private load get any heavier?

    In DeBrett, Illinois, Paul Cameron funds the church renovation, so he’s assigned to co-manage. Diane faces adjusting to small-town life and dealing with a widower who seems to want the church rehab to become a memorial to his lost wife. Paul copes with working with a person who attracts him–the last thing he wants.

    Their job is to rehab the church, but they end up rehabbing lives, theirs included.

    see more at

  4. Charlotte Stein
    Oct 04, 2009 @ 10:47:35

    Okay, very nervous about doing this but…

    My book, The Things That Make Me Give In, was released October 1st in the UK! It’s an erotic sexy cavalcade (yes, I said cavalcade) of naughty short stories, and one of the last books to be published by the once mighty now on hold Black Lace. Here’s the blurb:

    Girls who go after what they want no matter what the cost, boys who like to flash their dark sides, voyeurism for beginners and cheating lovers…Charlotte Stein takes you on a journey through all the facets of female desire in this contemporary collection of explicit and ever intriguing short stories. Be seduced by obsessions that go one step too far and dark desires that remove all inhibitions. Each story takes you on a journey into all the things that make a girl give in.

    And since Black Lace no longer has an up to date website, I hope it’s okay for me to say it’s available these places:

    And that you can find out more about the book and me at my blog:

    Thanks for providing authors with this monthly opportunity, DA, and I hope I’ve done it right!

  5. Bonnie Dee
    Oct 04, 2009 @ 11:43:32

    STAR FLYER coming in October from Samhain is a scifi/fantasy story set on a planet occupied by enemy invaders.

    Marr, a farmer with his feet rooted firmly in the earth, rescues Davan, a downed flyer for the Resistance against enemy forces which occupy his planet. While the aviator recovers from injuries, their attraction to one another grows.

    Can Marr move past his mourning for a lost love? Can restless Davan remain grounded for the love of a special man? Together they try to find a way to fight the enemy which threatens their freedom and their lives.

    Read an excerpt on my web site,

  6. Gwyneth Bolton
    Oct 04, 2009 @ 12:43:49

    Sizzling Seduction, the 4th novel in Gwyneth Bolton's Hightower Honors series, is in stores now! Find out more about this hot family of cops and firemen!

    Here's a blurb for Sizzling Seduction:

    Some like it hot…

    Firefighter Patrick Hightower will take any risk in the line of duty. Risking his heart again? That’s something he’s vowed never to do. He prefers scorching affairs-‘the briefer, the better-‘though he might make a temporary exception for smart, sexy teacher Aisha Miller. But Aisha isn’t interested in exploring their instant, searing connection-no matter how much she feels the heat.

    Aisha has had enough of dominant men trying to control her life, and the gorgeous firefighter who visits her kindergarten class is alpha male through and through. Yet the gentler side Patrick shows, especially around her young son, gradually melts her reserve. As shadows from Aisha’s past resurface, she’ll discover just how far Patrick will go to prove she’s found her real-life hero.

    For more information and an excerpt go here:

    Here's what the critics are saying about Sizzling Seduction:

    “An adorable young matchmaker, a couple blindsided by love and a bad guy that readers will despise with a passion make this story one to remember.” ~ Debbie R. Sims, Romantic Times Book Review, 4 Stars

    “Prolific author Gwyneth Bolton’s character driven storylines never fail to touch her readers’ hearts. SIZZLING SEDUCTION is the fourth and final book in the HIGHTOWER HONORS series and proved to be a sheer delight. All of the characters in this series has taken on a life of their own and endeared themselves to me but none more than Patrick….” ~ Christine Dionne, Romance Junkies, 5 Blue Ribbons

    “Gwyneth Bolton has written another fantastic story. From their first encounter, the reader is on edge as Patrick pursues Aisha… Bolton is wonderful at creating realistic characters with very real issues that everyone can relate to. I truly enjoyed this series and I recommend it to all romance readers.” ~ Priscilla C. Johnson, APOOO BookClub, 5 stars

    “Bolton brings the heat in Sizzling Seduction. You can visualize the passion that Patrick has for Aisha through his words and actions. The character development and intricate storyline will keep you reading to find out how their story ends… Make sure you have time to read this scorching romance as you won't be able to put it down.” ~ Deltareviewer, Real Page Turners, 4.5 Stars

    “The plot in this storyline intrigued me from the very beginning. These two characters connected well and brought sizzling chemistry. Ms. Bolton brought out so much spontaneity in this novel. She brought action, mystery and love connecting each and every scene perfectly. Her superb writing talent is definitely shown in this novel… Each scene whether it was love scenes, action between the couples and family, captivated me until the end…” ~ Keren Childers, Romance in Color, 4++ Stars

  7. Shiloh Walker
    Oct 04, 2009 @ 13:42:02

    I have a new print title out from Samhain… Taking Chances, which has the paranormal novellas, Vicious Vixen and Talking with the Dead.

    Death, love and redemption await.

    Talking with the Dead: Michael O’Rourke’s days are filled with ghosts and guilt. A psychic who can connect lost souls, his life is about finding justice for the dead. Enter Sheriff Daisy Crandall-she sees him, she wants him, but he’s in the middle of a crime scene and she can’t trust him.

    Vicious Vixen: Graeme lived a hard life. His afterlife isn’t any easier. Betrayed, murdered, he has one chance at redemption-redemption for the woman he loved, the woman who killed him. How can he keep Vixen safe when she only wants her own death?

    You can read excerpts here @ my site.

    Thanks, ladies…

  8. roslynholcomb
    Oct 04, 2009 @ 15:15:10

    Morning Star is my newest book and is available from Loose Id. It is the long-awaited sequel to my award-winning, best-seller, Rock Star.

    Yes, I'm finally telling all about Harley's secret love affair.

    Here's the blurb:

    Driven and ambitious, Andi McFadden has wanted to be a television producer for as long as she can remember. She was fortunate enough to be mentored by one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood, and after paying her dues she's now the producer of her own show. Just before accepting the new position she had what she thought would be a one-night stand with Harley Joseph, one of the hottest actors in town. Now she discovers there's been a last-minute change and he's been cast as the star of her new show.

    Harley uses his considerable sensual talents to seduce Andi back into his bed, but because of their working relationship she insists that they keep their relationship a secret. However, it's almost impossible to keep their passion concealed in the close confines of a busy production studio, and they have several close calls. Meanwhile Andi discovers that she's not Harley's only secret.

    Can their fragile relationship with stand the business, or it will it crumble…along with her career?

    You can see excerpts and blurbs from all my books at my site. Thanks ever so much for your interest.

  9. Jessa Slade
    Oct 05, 2009 @ 02:27:39

    My debut urban fantasy romance, SEDUCED BY SHADOWS, Book 1 of The Marked Souls, is now out with Signet Eclipse.

    Since the beginning, repentant demons have possessed vulnerable human souls to become talyan — immortal warriors in the never-ending battle between good and evil. Then the first female talya is possessed and the end of the world really goes to hell.

    “SEDUCED BY SHADOWS is wonderfully addictive!”
    — NYT bestselling author Gena Showalter

    “[A] rich crossover urban fantasy.”
    — 4 Stars Publishers Weekly

    You can read Chapter 1 or a prequel short story at the Borders online short story page.

    Thanks, DA and readers!

  10. cathryn fox
    Oct 05, 2009 @ 05:51:31

    I have a release tomorrow with NAL HEAT.

    Instinctive, is the first in my new paranormal series.

    NAL Trade (October 6, 2009)
    ISBN-10: 0451227948
    ISBN-13: 978-0451227942

    In Fox’s titillating new series we enter Serene, a supernatural playground where sexy shape shifters live behind the white picket fences…

    Free spirited Jaclyn Vasenty is about to inherit a cosmetics empire, yet her scandalous personal history may ruin her chance for a corporate take-over. Saying goodbye to her naughty ways, she moves into a quaint gated community in Serene, New Hampshire. But these gates are locked at sunset…

    The town’s dark sensuality rocks Jaclyn’s insatiable appetite to the core-‘and stirs desires that are… inhuman. That’s because Serene is home to demons, witches, vampires, lycans, and panthers, for whom primal exploration comes naturally. Especially for shape shifter Slyck, the cunning panther who’s pushing Jaclyn to the brink of erotic possibilities and making her feel wildly…feral. As tension between species rises, Jaclyn learns she must draw on all her feminine wiles and join forces with Slyck if she wants to make it out alive.

    To find out more or to read an excerpt please visit my site.

    Thanks so much,

  11. ilona andrews
    Oct 05, 2009 @ 07:50:16

    Meljean! Book! Yellow! Pretty! Knives and boobies!


    Comes out 10/06! Tomorrow! Hurry!

  12. Meljean
    Oct 05, 2009 @ 10:41:00

    Ilona loves the boobies so much that she doesn’t mention her own release.

    Rural fantasy. No one knows what to call it, exactly, but it’s got a truck on the cover, great worldbuilding, and romance.

    On the Edge

  13. ilona andrews
    Oct 05, 2009 @ 10:54:15

    Shush, you! I already came out, you’re coming out tomorrow, so you take precedence.

    Boobies! Shiny! Mantitty! Well, it would have mantitty, if it wasn’t for all that yellow smoke. I am sure mantitty is somewhere in there, it’s just hiding…

    Buy now so you can look for it!

  14. Jaime Rush
    Oct 05, 2009 @ 14:52:17

    Great forum, DA!


    Your name in a nationally-published book! How cool is that? It’s my way of thanking you for being a friend, supporting my books, or just being you. Simply fill in your name and email address on the form on my page. There is no contest, no “lucky” winner. You’re all winners to me. Tell your friends! Names will be included in the third book of my Offspring series, TOUCHING DARKNESS, May 2010. Sign up at by October 30th!

    Jaime Rush
    Avon Books, Out Now!
    Where X-Files meets Lost!

  15. Jaime Rush
    Oct 05, 2009 @ 15:36:03

    @Jaime Rush: My website address is I tried to edit my post, but it didn’t work.


  16. XandraG
    Oct 05, 2009 @ 20:50:51

    ::Peeps in::

    Liquid Silver Books has just released my M/M futuristic erotic romance – Jolly Rogered. A washed-up refugee…a debauched pirate king…batten down the hatches as they set Paradise on fire.

    Excerpts at LSB and at mah blog.

  17. Shiloh Walker
    Oct 06, 2009 @ 05:56:44

    My new ebook, Candy Houses, is out from Samhain today… I’ve been bastardizing fairy tales.

    paranormal erotic romance

    So you think you know fairy tales? Guess again.

    Grimm's Circle, Book 1

    Greta didn't get her happy ending her first time around. And now that she's a Grimm-‘special kind of guardian angel and official ass-kicker in the paranormal world-‘romance is hard to find. Besides, there's only ever been one man who made her heart race, and the fact that he did scared her right out of his arms. Now Rip is back. And just in time too, because Greta needs his help.

    On a mission he knows is going to test all of his strengths and skills, the last person Rip expected to see is the one woman who broke his heart. Working together seems to be their only hope. But, when faced with a danger neither of them anticipated, the question is, how will they face the danger to their hearts-‘assuming they survive, of course.


    buy in ebook

    Buy for the kindle, buy

  18. Fran Lee
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 15:33:26

    I’m Fran Lee, and I have four erotic romances out at this time, with another coming in November. I write for Ellora’s Cave and Resplendence Publishing.

    My debut book,
    Out of Her Dreams, was publishing in June. My second book, a novella, titled Hallie’s Cats, came out in July. Dictated by Fate was released in August, and Her Own Set of Rules just released at the end of September.

    Each book is totally unique. I invite you to follow the embedded links to the excerpts and blurbs. Thanks!

  19. Missy Lyons
    Oct 29, 2009 @ 08:51:55

    Cowboys Don’t Dance releases today! A very sensual western romance you are sure to love!

    Cowboys Don’t Dance
    Siren Publishing
    Written by Missy Lyons and Cherie Denis
    Price $3.99

    Jesse has no problem attracting women, but all they want is a relationship, marriage, family-‘the works. Angela, his best friend’s baby sister, is the only woman he never thought of as girlfriend material. That is, until she gives him dance lessons and he discovers beneath her prim, repressed shell is the sexual temptress he’s always wanted.

    Angela is attracted to Jesse, but their relationship can’t be anything but complicated since he’s engaged to another woman, or so she thinks. When Jesse reveals the truth behind his “engagement,” and his feelings for Angela, will the flames of desire still burn hot, or is Angela just after a bad boy?

    Sex and sin never went together so well.

    To read an excerpt, buy the book (or just stop and stare to drool over the cowboy on the cover) visit the publisher here:

    Available at Siren Publishing

  20. gorbWaibborge
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 05:14:02

    My PC worked slowly, too much mistakes and buggs. Please, help me to fix buggs on my computer.
    I used Windows XP.
    With best regards,

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