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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for October 2010

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.   (Note because we have an aggressive spam filter, please let us know if your comment doesn’t show up so we can fish you out of the spam filter).

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.

37 Comments

  1. Amy Redwood
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 16:25:34

    Alien Best Man, an erotic sci-fi romance (menage, light BDSM) was just released from EC.
    Blurb:

    When Jana leaves Earth to get married, she discovers that her fiancé has kept a secret. On his planet, the groom isn't the only one having sex with the bride. It's the best man's privilege too. And the best man is someone she knows. And fears.

    The best man takes what he wants-’and he wants Jana. In his bed, she embraces both males and her darkest desires. And she experiences how pleasurable the use of a riding crop can be when wielded by a dominant alien.

    I’m running a giveaway on my blog.

    Thanks for the promo op, Jayne!

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  3. Jennifer Estep
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 16:51:08

    VENOM, the third book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, comes out on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Although it looks like you can get it already from Amazon and B&N, and they had the book out at my local B&N this weekend. Here’s the back cover copy:

    It's hard to be a badass assas­sin when a giant is beat­ing the crap out of you. Luck­ily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My cur­rent mis­sion is per­sonal: anni­hi­late Mab Mon­roe, the Fire ele­men­tal who mur­dered my fam­ily. Which means pro­tect­ing my iden­tity, even if I have to con­ceal my pow­er­ful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. To the pub­lic, I'm Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland's best bar­be­cue joint. To my friends, I'm the Spi­der, retired assas­sin. I still do favors on the side. Like rid­ding a vam­pire friend of her over­sized stalker-’Mab's right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his mas­sive fists. At least irre­sistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I'll take my chances. Then there's Detec­tive Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland's finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sis­ter was dead. She prob­a­bly thinks the same about me. Lit­tle does she know, I'm a cold-blooded killer … who is about to save her life.

    Gin makes a lot of decisions about her life in this one — what she’s going to do about her long-lost sister, how she’s going to get her revenge on Mab, and how she feels about the new guy in her life.

    VENOM also has a little more romance (and a more satisfying ending) in it than previous books in the series, which I hope readers will like.

    You can read the first chapter of VENOM on the Excerpts page of my website, along with several free Elemental Assassin short stories: http://www.jenniferestep.com/excerpts-short-stories/

    Happy reading! ;-)

  4. Joely
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 17:03:35

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    HURT ME SO GOOD, a contemporary erotic (BDSM) romance, will be released by Samhain on 10/5. I’ll be running several giveaways next month on my blog to celebrate.

    Blurb:

    One sub to please the Master…in any way he wishes.

    Victor Connagher is no stranger to the Dallas BDSM scene. As CEO of a risqué cable channel that caters to adventurous adults, he ensures the lifestyle is portrayed in a positive light. He even supports a local bondage club. Yet behind the cool, confident mask, Victor lives in fear.

    Once, and only once, he lost control of his inner Dom-’and it cost him his fiancée. Now, no one knows how hard he works to keep his darker appetite for pain buried. No matter how much his saucy, confident associate producer makes his fingers itch to once again take up his riding crop.

    Shiloh Holmes is a sub, but she's no doormat. She's always suspected Victor has the skills to feed her insatiable need for pain, and now she's found the perfect way to crack his formidable control. Develop a new reality show, America's Next Top sub…and dare him to compete.

    Week after week, as Shiloh fearlessly challenges the real Victor to come out of hiding, he realizes his past mistake was only a blow to his pride. If he loses Shiloh, he could lose his heart.

    Warning: Explicit sex, BDSM, reality television, a very reluctant Dom, an audacious sub willing to do anything to win for him, and one very wicked riding crop.

    You can find more information including Chapter One here.

  5. Jeannie
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 17:04:55

    Stephanie Draven’s debut novel POISONED KISSES is available from Harlequin Nocturne in bookstores now though official release date is October 1. This book sucked me in from the prologue on. It’s a tight, tense read and emotionally gripping throughout — I swear I read the last third of it with tears in my eyes. For lovers of Greek myths and pretty much anyone who hungers for excellent world building and sexy heroes and other monsters.

    POISONED KISSES
    Blurb:
    He can wear the face of anyone who has ever hurt him…

    This former soldier-turned-gun-runner thinks his true identity is safe, but a mysterious woman is about to force him to face the tragic past he thought he left behind.

    She can disguise herself as the only woman he's ever loved…

    It's not easy to be a Daddy's Girl when your father is Ares, Greek God of War. To thwart her father and all those who serve him, Kyra intends to assassinate a modern day hydra. To kill him, she needs to seduce him, but Marco Kaisaris isn't the monster she thinks he is-and even if he doesn't break her heart, he may still be the death of her.

    Can they see past each other's masks to find a love that's more than skin deep?

  6. Laura Wright
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 17:09:36

    ETERNAL HUNGER.
    First book in the Mark of the Vampire series. ‘Tis released Oct 5th, from Nal/Signet Eclipse.

    BCC is..

    Alexander Roman wants nothing to do with the controlling rulers of his vampire breed or the family he escaped from a hundred years ago. But as a new threat to the pureblood vampires emerges, Alexander’s ties to the past are forced upon him again, and without warning, he finds himself – disoriented, terrified, and near death – at the door of a stranger.
    Dr. Sarah Donohue is dedicated to removing the traumatic memories of her patients – like those of the stranger at her front door. But what he tells her of his past is too astonishing to be anything more than the delusion of a madman. Yet she has seen his flesh scarred by the sun and witnessed his inhuman strength. And never more has she felt so conneted to a man, by both fear and seductive excitement.
    But as their worlds collide, Sarah and Alexander are bound by something even stronger, as one becomes hunter and the other prey. And Sarah’s only chance of survival is to surrender to the final – and most unimaginable – desire of her life.

    There is an excerpt on my website..
    http://www.laurawright.com

    **And starting Friday, I’m going to be having some fun contests and kickass prizes!

    Thanks for the free pub goodness:-)

  7. Angelia Sparrow
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 17:12:41

    I have two, possibly my last two for the year.

    Oct. 7 sees the release of Sky-rat, a gay steampunk romance. Captured by airship pirates, boilerman Henry Toben does what he must to stay alive, and keep his new lover alive as well. From Pink Petal Books.

    I am deeply in love with the cover art.

    Oct 8 has Privateer’s Treasure, from Ellora’s Cave. This is a re-release of Kestrel on the Horizon, which has been edited, expanded and now comes with extra shiny warnings!
    Publisher's Note: The high seas are a place of danger and intrigue, and some images may be disturbing.
    It’s a gay interracial pirate romance in 1804 Barbados.
    And it has a non-whitewashed cover! I am impressed.

  8. Lauren Willig
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 17:32:22

    Thanks, Janes, for having this thread! October is a busy and exciting month for me. Here’s why….

    On October 5th, my first book, “The Secret History of the Pink Carnation”, is being reissued in mass market paperback with a snazzy new cover.

    “The Secret History of the Pink Carnation” opens with Eloise Kelly, a modern day grad student, in search of footnotes for her dissertation, “Aristocratic Espionage During the Wars with France, 1792-1815″, aka “Why I Like Men in Black Masks”. She’s on the trail of those elusive men in cloaks and knee breeches, The Scarlet Pimpernel, the Purple Gentian, and, the most mysterious of them all, the Pink Carnation.

    Eloise is on the verge of giving up and going home when she stumbles into a secret cache of papers (and a very dishy Englishman!), propelling us all back two hundred years to Paris in 1803, where a young lady named Amy Balcourt is determined to track down the Purple Gentian– so she can help him. Intrigue, skullduggery, and all manner of mistaken identities ensue.

    Will Amy unmask the Purple Gentian? Will the Purple Gentian thwart Bonaparte’s invasion of England? Will Bonaparte get poked by a parasol? (Um, YES). And who IS that damned, elusive Pink Carnation?

    On October 28th, my very first Christmas book comes out! “The Mischief of the Mistletoe” features the adorably bumbling Turnip Fitzhugh, lots of Christmas pudding, and… Jane Austen. Publishers Weekly calls it a “delightful” and “laugh-out-loud holiday-themed romance of intrigue.”

    You can find excerpts from each book on my website, http://www.laurenwillig.com, as well as a full month of contests, celebrations, and surprises.

    Happy October!

  9. Shiloh Walker
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 17:35:50

    Oh, hey, I’ll totally second Jennifer Estep’s Venom. I love those books. :o)

    My first two Grimm’s Circle ebooks will be releasing in print on 10.19.2010~

    I’ve seriously bastardized fairy tales with this series… it’s not exactly a ‘retelling’…basically, the charaters are the characters from familiar fairy tales & folk tales, but their story were created to hide the real truth…

    There’s a giveaway planned for those who pick the print book…details coming up at my site soon.

    So you think you know fairy tales? Guess again.

    Candy Houses

    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.


    No Prince Charming

    Grimm’s Circle, Book 2

    Her Happy-Ever-After has been a long time coming…

    Elle spent years trying to get over her so-called Prince Charming, and she's finally getting the hang of it. A Grimm-’a guardian angel with unique gifts-’she spends her nights trolling for demons and kicking ass, and lately, her days have been spent with her on-and-off-again lover, Ren, a fellow Grimm.

    But fate has other plans in store for Elle, plans that include Michael, the prince from her youth who broke her heart.

    “What do you choose…live for her? Or would you rather die?” That was the choice Michael was given all those years ago. Although he knew she'd never forgive him, when Michael was given the chance to become a Grimm, he took it. Still, he isn't so sure Elle needs him in her life.

    With a lover at her side and a mission before her, Elle looks like she's doing just fine without him.

    But the not-so-charming prince isn't going to back off that easily…not if there's a chance she might need him again. He'd do anything to save her. Kill for her, live for her, die for her…

    Warning: Dark, sexy, a little bit scary-’this fairy tale is only for grownups and is best saved for bedtime.

    In print 10.19.2010… visit my site to read an excerpt

    Thank you, ladies…

  10. MaryK
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 18:29:16

    @Jeannie: Yesterday, I read the Poisoned Kisses excerpt at eharlequin.com and today I bought the book while I was out. :)

  11. Jane
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 20:16:35

    @Jeannie: Saw your tweet and am totally intrigued by the Poisoned Kisses book. Will be purchasing on the Kindle when it is out.

  12. Zoe Archer
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 20:20:05

    Dear Readers,

    We’re on to SCOUNDREL, Book Two of my Blades of the Rose series. I guess the time for horn-tooting is now, so here goes…

    SCOUNDREL received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was also Pick of the Week. PW called SCOUNDREL “another delightful tale of an intelligent, competent woman sharing adventure and romance with a formidable partner…[heroine] London’s personal growth paces the adventure story beautifully, and readers will cheer for both the romance and the Blades.”

    Pretty snazzy, if I do say so m’self.

    Here’s the official blurb:

    The Blades of the Rose are sworn to protect the sources of magic in the world. But the work is dangerous–and they can’t always shield their own…

    READY FOR ACTION
    London Harcourt’s father is bent on subjugating the world’s magic to British rule. But since London is a mere female, he hasn’t bothered to tell her so. He’s said only that he’s leading a voyage to the Greek isles. No matter, after a smothering marriage and three years of straitlaced widowhood, London jumps at the opportunity – unfortunately, right into the arms of Bennett Day.

    RISKING IT ALL
    Bennett is a ladies’ man, when he’s not dodging lethal attacks to protect the powers of the ancients from men like London’s father. Sometimes, he’s a ladies’ man even when he is dodging them. But the minute he sees London he knows she will require his full attention. The woman is lovely, brilliant, and the only known speaker of a dialect of ancient Greek that holds the key to calling down the wrath of the gods. Bennett will be risking his life again – but around London, what really worries him is the danger to his heart…

    Find excerpts, reviews, links to buy and more at my website: http://www.zoearcherbooks.com

    The Blades of the Rose
    Warrior – September 2010
    Scoundrel – October 2010
    Rebel – November 2010
    Stranger – December 2010
    *****
    The Undying Heart – Now Available in Half Past Dead

    http://www.zoearcherbooks.com

  13. Cherrie Lynn
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 20:39:36

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    Sweet Disgrace, my upcoming paranormal novella, releases October 12 from Samhain.

    Blurb:

    She has Heaven to lose. He has Hell to pay.

    Centuries of heartbreak. Grinding failures punctuated by too-few victories. What angel in her right mind would want this job? Celeste, who's driven to save Devil-contracted souls before Hell can claim them, is weary but not beaten. Yet.

    Her latest case makes her wonder if it's all worth the anguish. A demon enticed a too-young musician into selling his soul for fortune and fame. To make matters worse, that demon is Damael, an insufferable, frightening minion with airtight contracts-’and a body that makes her long for sin.

    Damael's always had a soft spot for Celeste, but if his bored superiors want drama, he'll give them drama. Though it pains him to trick the angel he wants with all his black heart, eons of restrained lust win out. He makes the deal: her body in exchange for the human's soul.

    She wasn't supposed to accept.

    Damael can't be trusted, but with the deadline bearing down, Celeste lays everything on the line in a last-ditch effort to save just one precious soul. Even if it means losing hers-’along with her heart.

    Warning: This title contains graphic language, explicit sex, an angelic heroine with attitude…and a demonic hero who's smokin' hot. Literally.

    You can find excerpts at my website.

    Thanks again!

  14. Jeannie
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 22:03:05

    @Jane & @MaryK:
    I only intended to read the opening of Poisoned Kisses and get back to work, but the prologue had me anticipating the heroine and hero so much that I had to keep going. Don’t want to gush too much and give spoilers.

  15. Vivian Arend
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 22:35:00

    I’m excited to share that the fourth book in the Granite Lake Wolves series is coming October 26th from Samhain Publishing.

    WOLF TRACKS
    Score one for the under dog…er…wolf.

    TJ Lynus is a legend in Granite Lake, both for his easygoing demeanor-’and his clumsiness. His carefree acceptance of his lot vanishes, though, when his position as best man brings him face to face with someone he didn't expect. His mate. His very human mate. Suddenly, one thing is crystal clear: if he intends to claim her, his usual laid-back attitude isn't going to cut it.

    After fulfilling her maid-of-honor duties, Pam Quinn has just enough time for a Yukon wilderness trip before returning south. The instant attraction between her and TJ tempts her to indulge in some Northern Delight, but when he drops the F-bomb-’“forever”-’she has second thoughts. In her world, true love is a fairytale that seldom, if ever, comes true.

    Okay, so maybe staging a kidnapping wasn't TJ's best idea, but at least Pam has the good humour to agree to his deal. He'll give her all the northern exposure she can stand-’and she won't break his kneecaps.

    Now to convince her that fairytales can remake her world-’and that forever is worth fighting for.

    By popular demand: Clumsy sidekick wolf grows up, sarcasm reigns, and the wilderness gets wilder. Includes hot nookie in places you expect-’like a remote cabin-’and places you don't.

    For everyone who has asked, yes, TJ has grown up enough to become a hero–although still remaining his…ahem…totally klutzy self.

    There’s a chance for you to win a copy of WOLF TRACKS by heading over to my website. I’m giving fans of the series a chance to put in a word about their favorite character/scene. If you’ve read any of the series and would like to share, stop by to find out how to enter.

    Excerpt, first chapter and buy links for WOLF TRACKS are up at my website as well.

    Link

  16. Zoe Archer
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 00:11:40

    Forgot to mention that SCOUNDREL is available on Kindle and other e-formats on Oct. 1, and in print on Oct. 5. Thanks!

  17. Clare London
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 04:50:28

    Thanks for the opportunity to share my new m/m fantasy romance novel. “Branded” is released at Dreamspinner Press on October 15. It's available in both print and ebook, including Kindle. It is rated explicit for sexual content and some violence. There are m/m and some m/f sexual scenes.

    The setting is Aza City, where women rule and the best men are kept for the military and for sexual pleasure, and is the story of Maen, the very best of Gold Warriors, who's never questioned his loyalty or duty, both to the City's faith and its ruling class, until he accepts a new and unusually bold young recruit into his barracks. From that moment on, only his sterngth, integrity and passion can save him – and Dax – from disaster and death.

    Note: this is a new release of two books previously published separately by Dreamspinner as The Gold Warrior and Twisted Brand.

    BLURB:
    Maen is a Gold Warrior, an elite defender of Aza City, respected by his fellow soldiers and favored by his imperious Mistress for services both in and out of the bedchamber. His loyalty and commitment are unwavering until he recruits Dax, a captivating and challenging Bronzeman who, despite his youth and inexperience, seduces Maen with his fierce hero worship. When they're captured by enemies of the City, Maen risks everything to save Dax: his position, his faith, and even his life. But he loses his lover to the rebels and upon his return to the City is stripped of his rank.

    In Aza, where a soldier's only lawful devotion is to the City and his Mistress's pleasure, the disgraced Maen is placed under the watchful guard of the arrogant Gold Warrior Zander and relegated to preparing a royal history for the new Queen. But his discoveries cast a new and shocking light on the past and threaten to stir revolution in both citizens and rebels. With the help of the lively and inquisitive scribe Kiel, Maen initiates a chain of events that will change their world forever – and offer him the chance to regain both his honor and his heart’s desire.

    PG EXCERPT

    “Look at me!” I ordered the boy. For a moment, I thought he might refuse; his eyes were still staring, determinedly, at something in the middle distance. I remembered this look of his from the Choosing. But just because he didn't see something, didn't mean it wasn't there. Slowly, he turned his head and looked up at me. His eyes were wide, and a deep blue, rather than the washed out, pink-rimmed look of many other fair-haired people. His forehead was high and his face rather angular, with high, sharp cheekbones-’his mouth was pursed tightly shut. The skin of his neck and face bore some scars and bruises, suggesting that his life hadn't been easy so far, but it still had the smoothness of his childhood, the delicate sensuality that would fade after long years spent outside, at work and in battle. His lips were dry, but their color was as pink as a dessert wine, and I could see their fullness as he bit at them between his teeth. It was his hair that was so striking-’it was very long, longer than mine, and caught back behind his neck with a piece of cord. Loose strands fell over his forehead, teasing at the corners of his eyes, catching in his pale lashes. It was astonishing hair. I'd never seen any that shade before, as if the sun had quite bleached out any color, yet left it fine and silken.

    I stared into his eyes, holding his gaze. He was angry, but there was fear in his expression as well. He knew he had no standing here, not yet. He knew he had behaved badly; he knew he was in trouble. His whole body was tense with it. Yet even as he stood there, awaiting my punishing words, he held himself proudly. His limbs were well formed and hinted at strength and agility. He was extremely attractive; I felt an uneasiness that I quickly rejected. I knew without a doubt that he could become a Favorite of my Mistress.
    “You know where you are?” I asked. His eyes narrowed and he nodded. “And why you're here?” The nod came again. This time, he straightened his body, lifting his head even more bravely. His tunic looked too small for him, like he'd had a growth spurt and outgrown it recently. It hung out from his belt in several places. His trousers were tucked into shabby, worn boots, but I could see that the legs of the garment were too short, too. He would soon receive new clothes: it wasn't a problem.

    “Are you unwilling?” was my next question. It did happen, though rarely. “You do not wish to be a Bronzeman, to accept the Training for the Service to the City?” One of the other boys snickered softly, through nerves, I assumed. I let it pass and kept my look focused on the boy in front of me.

    “No.” His voice was deeper than I'd have thought for one so young and so fair-skinned. “I'm not unwilling.” He offered nothing more than that. I heard a breath indrawn sharply behind me.

    “No-’Sir,” I corrected him coldly. “I will remind you of that only the once.”

    “No-’Sir!” he snapped back. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Orven and another Silver flash glances at each other. “The man mocked me, Sir.” His voice shook slightly. “Tried to tell me I had no right to be with the others.” He flushed deeply, but his words were still clear. “He said that if I really wanted to sell my ass, I should offer to my own kind, not corrupt the blood of the Household.”

    “You attacked him? Raised a hand to any of the other boys?”

    “No!” He looked shocked. “Maybe I would have struck out at him, sir, but he caught me unawares with the bindings.” He lifted his arms behind his back; his shoulder muscles flexed with the effort. His brow creased with anger. “The filthy coward-’”

    “That's enough!” I hissed. I drew my dagger and the boys behind me shifted uncomfortably. The blond boy never flinched, but I saw his body tense. I reached behind him and sliced away the ropes binding his wrists, watching him move his arms back down to his sides. He winced a little with pain; I could see he wanted to massage his wrists, for the marks of the ropes had cut deeply. But he stood still, bearing the discomfort in front of me. Despite my anger, I was impressed with his bravery. He would indeed become a Favorite, I thought-’and maybe, one day, a brave Gold Warrior.

    Read more of the excerpt and see the cover art at my website.

    All the details of this book and my others, plus free fiction, can be found at my website.
    Come and chat to me at my blog, Facebook and Twitter.

    Many thanks!

  18. Jo Ramsey
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 06:36:19

    Filtration System, book 2 in my YA urban fantasy series Reality Shift, releases October 21 from Jupiter Gardens Press

    Jonah Leighton never expected to have a close friend, especially one he met at his school, where he's usually either picked on or ignored. A few weeks after meeting Shanna Bailey, he's realized that she's a kindred spirit. Intelligent, funny, and interested in the things he can teach her, Shanna is the first person with whom Jonah's ever been comfortable sharing his knowledge.
    However, Shanna's frequent injuries cast a pall over their friendship. Jonah suspects that Shanna's mother abuses her, but without proof, he can't do anything. And his concerns about Shanna take a back seat when he becomes aware of a threat to our universe: An entity from another reality wants to cross over into ours, and the resulting energetic backwash will vaporize our world.

    More information about Filtration System and the Reality Shift series can be found on my website

  19. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 06:53:51

    Thanks for letting authors post here.

    My debut historical THE SURRENDER OF A LADY release with St. Martin’s this Tuesday September 28,2010.

    THE PRICE OF PASSION…
    Sold. With one word, Lady Elena Ravenscliffe's destiny changes forever. Forced into Constantinople's slave market to pay off her late husband's debts and save her son, Elena reinvents herself as Jinan-’a harem girl adored by the rich lords who bid on her favors. But one man instantly sees through her façade.

    …IS COMPLETE SURRENDER
    Griffin Summerfield, Marquess of Rothburn, let Elena slip through his fingers years ago. When he recognizes her on the auction block, he pays an outrageous sum to possess her even if it is for a short period of time. But when his deadline looms, Griffin will risk all in a desperate bid to make her his-’and his alone…

    The first chapter can be read on my website:
    http://www.tiffanyclare.com/

  20. Jennifer Estep
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 07:31:27

    @Shiloh Walker: And I will second Candy Houses by Shiloh. It’s a very cool fairy tale reteliing. ;-)

  21. K. Piet
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 09:21:58

    Cast the Cards Anthology from Storm Moon Press

    Release Date: October 31st, 2010

    The debut anthology released by Storm Moon Press, Cast the Cards features erotic short stories by S.L. Armstrong, Janine Ashbless, Marie Carlson, Erik Moore, Emily Moreton, and K. Piet. Each short story is based on the themes of one card from the Tarot’s Major Arcana.

    For over 250 years, the use of the tarot for divination has been a mainstay of mystical and occult practices. The themes and forces represented by the cards are said to govern our lives and our destinies. Whether you believe that or not, the story of the cards is nevertheless the story of our lives – the accomplishments and the pitfalls, the path from soaring joy to crushing defeat and back again. Cast the Cards is a collection of six all-new short stories that explore moments along that story for some remarkable individuals trying to make their way along that path.

    Edith, a woman who has been burned too many times to play the Fool again. Jason, a young man whose bisexuality has made him feel like a Hermit. Sjofn the witch, on a quest to free herself from the control of the Hanged Man. Aaron, a dominant soul stuck in an ivory Tower. Bea, a mind reader weary of battle, but still with the Star in her eyes. Caleb, courted by a god beneath a dream of the Moon.

    The path the tarot set before us is never easy, but by facing it with strength and determination, the rewards it promises are worth the risk.

    Read an excerpt at Storm Moon Press!

    Thank you to Dear Author for this promotional opportunity!

  22. Miranda Neville
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 11:47:45

    Thank you, Jane, for the promo op.

    THE DANGEROUS VISCOUNT will be released September 28th. The quick blurb on this one is Regency Revenge of the Nerd. Sebastian Iverley is a bespectacled bookworm who avoids and despises women until he falls for Diana Fanshawe. When he discovers she is using him, he gets an extreme makeover to get his own back.

    You can read an excerpt at http://www.mirandaneville.com/contentpage.php?contentid=0019

  23. Courtney Milan
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 13:35:35

    My second book, Trial by Desire, will be out tomorrow.

    When Ned Carhart married Kate, he imagined it was a marriage of convenience. Little did he know, however, that Kate was keeping three secrets from him. First, she has a secret life: in an era in which women have few rights, she's been secretly saving wives from untenable situations. Second, she has a secret infatuation: when she married her husband, she desired him far more than a simple marriage of convenience might suggest. And third-’and least conveniently of all-’she has a secret mission: she knows that Ned is holding something back from her, and she's not going to rest until she uncovers the truth.

    You can read an excerpt at my website.

  24. Stephanie Draven
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 14:45:30

    Oh wow, I’m feeling the love for POISONED KISSES. Thanks everybody!

    But I notice that somehow Jeannie Lin has managed to forget mentioning her OWN debut novel which releases this month. The award-winning and much-anticipated BUTTERFLY SWORDS is finally available for everyone to love and enjoy. It starts out with a Chinese princess who has orchestrated her own abduction from her wedding processional. I love it, and I’m savoring every page.

    Blurb: During China’s infamous Tang Dynasty, a time awash with luxury yet littered with deadly intrigues and fallen royalty, betrayed Princess Ai Li flees before her wedding.
    Miles from home, with only her delicate butterfly swords for defense, she enlists the reluctant protection of a blue-eyed warrior….

    Battle-scarred, embittered Ryam has always held his own life at cheap value. Ai Li’s innocent trust in him and honorable, stubborn nature make him desperate to protect her-’which means not seducing the first woman he has ever truly wanted….

    But it, hug it, kiss it, love it!

  25. Anne Rainey
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 15:06:07

    Thaks for the promo op!

    I have an October 12th release with Samhain Publishing titled, A Little Bit Naughty. This is a friends-turned-lovers story. It's part of a series called Tahoe Nights. The other two authors in the series are Karen Erickson and Scott Carpenter. I'm super excited to be part of this project with these two talented authors!

    Here's a bit about my story:

    Resistance is no longer an option…

    Faced with the annual family reunion in Lake Tahoe, Amanda Harding cringes inwardly like the awkward teenager she used to be, not the successful bookstore owner she is now. Once again she'll be bombarded by questions about her dreadful status as a single woman. And, like always, she'll feel the weight of her parents' disappointment that their only child isn't happily married and pregnant with their first grandchild.

    As she relates her troubles to her good friend, Leo, she's shocked to the core by his offer to pose as her soon-to-be fiancé. Then all she can think about getting tangled up in the sheets-’and with Leo's deliciously hard body.

    Leo Prentice has always wondered what his quiet, bookish Amanda looked like beneath the conservative suits, but the prospect of wrecking their friendship has kept his dirty mind in check. Until their first fake kiss. Playing Amanda's lover seemed like a win-win. But the little bookworm stirs a fire in him unlike any other woman.

    Soon, the teasing touches and sensual looks are all too real…and not nearly enough.

    Read an excerpt HERE
    Read the first chapter: HERE

  26. CC Bridges
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 19:33:30

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    My first novel, Angel 1089, was just released by Samhain.

    When this deal breaks, Heaven will fall.

    Heaven Corp, Book 1

    Catching two demon burglars is routine for Gabriel 1089, who's one cog in an army of cybernetically modified humans protecting the sky city of Heaven. Until two turns into a twenty-demon ambush. When he wakes up, he's missing his network-enabled halo-’and one of his metal wings.

    The down-level junk dealer tending Gabe's wounds has hands that spark nerve endings he never knew he possessed. But for an angel cut off from Heaven, an attic in Old Trent feels more like a trap than a sanctuary.

    Demons on his doorstep are nothing new for Jeff Werth. Ever since they saved his daughter's legs, they've been calling in their marker. In exchange for his services-’nursing Gabe back to health so they can use him as a pawn in their war with Heaven-’they'll consider the debt paid in full. Except having a powerless angel at his mercy feeds a rising desire that has him rethinking the deal.

    Then the de-haloed Gabe begins having dreams that become visions…then memories. Until he's not sure whose side he's on. Heaven, or the simple family man who healed his broken wings…and made his heart whole.

    You can read an excerpt here.

    And get a copy here!

  27. Janet Mullany
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 20:16:04

    JANE AND THE DAMNED, A Novel by Janet Mullany (HarperCollins).

    Jane Austen: Damned, Fanged, and Dangerous to Know. In 1797, when aspiring novelist Jane Austen meets a fascinating stranger at a country assembly, she gets a bit more than an innocent flirtation. She’s created one of the Damned, the beautiful sexy vampires of Georgian England. Horrified, her family take her to Bath to take the waters, the only known cure, but while she’s there, the French invade.

    She can’t write, but she can fight, and she joins the vampires who have pledged to defeat the French. A new world of adventure and love opens up. But can she abandon her family and everything that made mortal life precious, including her writing?

    JANE AND THE DAMNED. It’s more than her wit that’s biting.
    an impressively compelling Jane Austen mashup full of humor and poignant irony. Publishers Weekly.

    See the book trailer and hear the silly French people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKyUBDu0ssc

    Read an excerpt: http://www.janetmullany.com/jane-and-the-damned/

  28. Janet Mullany
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 20:19:09

    BESPELLING JANE AUSTEN (HQN).

    Mary Balogh, Susan Krinard, Colleen Gleason, and Janet Mullany put a paranormal spin on their favorite Austen novels in this anthology.

    Excerpts and extras at http://www.twiceashungry.com/paranormal/bespelling-jane-austen.html

  29. Sami Lee
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 04:32:34

    The print version of my Samhain ebook Sunset Knight is due for release on October 5. It’s a straight contemp. erotic romance, m/f with some naughty content. Vanilla kink? I’m not really sure what that is anymore :). Samhain’s warning system outlines what’s in it pretty well:

    Contains sex that simmers and sizzles, featuring shenanigans in a moving automobile, light bondage, hanky spanky, chocolate cupcakes, chocolate condoms, and a good girl learning how much fun it is to be bad.

    There’s a blurb, excerpt, buy links, details of all the fab reviews it’s received (ahem–too obvious?), a deleted scene and a yummy barbeque sauce recipe on my website. Please come visit (she says waving). http://www.samilee.com/sunsetknight.htm#SunsetKnight

    Thanks Jayne

  30. Marilu Mann
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 06:46:08

    Thanks for the opportunity to promo here!

    Needing Harte is a contemporary M/M BDSM novella. It’s the first in a multi-author series called 1-800-DOM-help. Needing Harte releases on October 6 in e-format at http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-8699-50-needing-harte.aspx

    You can see the totally yummy cover by following the above link or on my website, and here’s the blurb:

    When a murder leads to wanting a sexy stripper bound and naked in front of him, Harte Donovan has a problem. He can’t let his secret desires ruin his career as a detective. When he’s given a mysterious business card, Harte discovers a side of himself he intends to fully embrace.

    Ramey Nichols strips for a living and he’s not willing to pretend to be something he’s not. When this sexy submissive meets the closeted cop and unwitting Dom, something has got to give. That something might just be Ramey. Ramey knows what he wants, and more than that, finds himself Needing Harte.

  31. Melisse Aires
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 13:46:28

    Releasing Oct 1 Del Fantasma: Demonade http://www.aspenmountainpress.com

    This is my second book in the Del Fantasma paranormal series. A multi-author series, the stories are centered around the Del Fantasma bar on the southern California coast and that matchmaking vampire bartender, Cody. Each book is titled after a cocktail that plays a part in the book.

    Information about chats, blogs and chances to win an ebook are at my blog,
    http://melisseaires.blogspot.com/

    Del Fantasama: Demonade ~

    A psyvamp meets an ex-priest in a bar. But even Cody's matchmaking magic can't overcome Trudy's dangerous demon nature. Passion flares but Gabriel and Trudy must find a way to overcome the past that threatens her.

  32. Jodi Redford
    Oct 02, 2010 @ 17:38:57

    Thanks for the promo opportunity, Jane!

    I’m very excited to announce that I have a new release coming out October 12th from Samhain Publishing.

    That Voodoo You Do is the first book in a brand new series that revolves around a coven of witches in Savannah, Georgia. There’s sexy weres, some hot nookie, and all around zombie chaos.

    Something dead this way comes…

    For ten long years Griffin Trudeau has managed to keep his paws off Jemma Finnegan, best friend and leading star of his kinkiest fantasies. As her appointed cat familiar, indulging those fantasies with the delectable witch is strictly forbidden. But when Jemma shows up at his door with seduction in mind, control goes right out the window.

    Too late he realizes making love to Jemma is the trigger that launches a zombie apocalypse.

    Jemma’s been dealt a double whammy: she’s just discovered she’s a witch. And Griff’s been hiding whiskers and a tail. Oh, and if her life wasn’t crazy enough, a dead voodoo queen needs her blood to raise a legion of zombies.

    There’s one plan that might work to increase Jemma’s powers so she can put an end to the looming holocaust. A sexy threesome with Griff and Logan Scott, a werewolf familiar with a history of rubbing Griff’s fur the wrong way. A cat and a wolf playing nice, much less sharing? It’ll take a miracle.

    Warning: A witch, tiger and wolf doing naughty things. A dead voodoo queen doing evil things. And zombies doing zombie things. Get your shovel’s ready.

    You can read an excerpt Here

    Also, I’m participating in a couple of scavenger hunts for the month of October. Please stop by my website for your chance to win lots of prizes.
    Jodiredford.com

  33. Alexandra Christian
    Oct 11, 2010 @ 23:23:33

    What a fantastic opportunity for budding writers. I’m excited to announce that my first book Hellsong, was released on October 9th with Sugar and Spice Press.

    Can mercy be a sin?

    Lonely bookstore manager Theo Chandler lost herself in Hurricane Katrina. Found wandering alone in a swamp with no memory of her life before the storm, she has spent the last few years building a half-life where no one touches her so no one can guess her secret. Only Father Jerome, a voodoo priest who witnessed her birth, and the minions of Lucifer know her true identity and the monster she could become.

    As the last of the Grigori, Heaven's guardians of humankind on Earth, the angel Saraquel should destroy beautiful Theo before the forces of Hell use her to destroy him, humanity, or even Heaven itself. But like Jerome, he sees the humanity in her that far outshines the hidden demon. He forms a connection to her that he has never known with anyone else through all his immortal life. Choosing to protect her, he joins Theo and Jerome in a fight to bring down hell's design and save her human soul.

    You can read an excerpt at http://www.sugarnspicepress.com/ and on my own blog at http://lexxxchristian.blogspot.com/?zx=6c7078b7bb2105a2

  34. Sue Roebuck
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 15:04:49

    Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.
    My first novel, “Perfect Score” is now available from http://www.awe-struck.net.

    Here's the blurb:
    Feckless, exasperating Alex Finch is a rich, handsome and talented singer/songwriter who longs for two things: a career as a professional rock singer, and to have his love for Sam Barrowdale reciprocated. But drifter Sam's two aims are simply to earn enough money to pay his sister's medical bills and to hide from the world his reading/writing and speech disability. At this time the word “dyslexia” is generally unknown so to most people he's just a “retard”. From the severe knocks life's dealt him, Sam's developed a tough outer coating and he has no time for a spoilt, selfish guitar player.

    Despite his defects, Alex's love for Sam never wavers and when Sam unexpectedly disappears, Alex begins a somewhat bungling quest to find him, only to discover that Sam has a fearful enemy: Alex's powerful and influential yet sociopathic uncle.

    As Alex spirals downwards towards alcoholism, many questions need answering. Just why did Alex's evil uncle adopt him at age eleven yet deny him any affection? And what's the mystery behind Alex's father's death?

    Both seem to face unbeatable odds. Are they doomed to follow separate paths forever?

    I do hope you enjoy it. Although it is classified as M/M, I should mention that it isn't erotic which, in itself, is unusual for this genre. It's a love story from the heart.

  35. K.M. Mahoney
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 17:15:59

    Thanks for the opportunity to post here! I have two releases that came out earlier this month.

    The Brass Box is now available from Samhain Publishing: http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/the-brass-box

    Blurb:
    Is it real, or just smoke and mirrors?

    As a member of the British gentry, Marcus Fleetwood-Smythe's life is an endless round of responsibility and duty. Charged with finding a magician for his sister's upcoming wedding, he ventures out into the pouring rain and finds Teague, whose free spirit calls to Marcus. And makes him hunger for anything and everything his position won't allow him to have.

    Teague's stock in trade are his wandering feet and the rather odd lineage that takes the wonders he performs on stage beyond the ordinary. But there's nothing more magical than the sparks that fly between him and Marcus. Except the duty-bound Marcus fears letting go of a life that's smothering him almost as much as he fears discovery.

    Desire fans the flames until it flares into forbidden passion, leaving Marcus poised on the precipice of the most frightening choice of his life. Risk everything for the man who holds his heart…or watch his one chance at forever vanish in a puff of smoke.

    Warning: Two stubborn men, one steamy carriage ride, and a little bit of magic may produce more than a few sparks.

    Troy’s Surrender also came out this month from Amber Quill Press.
    http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/TroysSurrender.html

    Blurb:
    Troy Maxwell is a private detective soured on life. He's spent so many years investigating and observing the darker sides of life and relationships until he no longer believes in true love. It's time for a vacation, a long vacation. But when his best friend shows him a photograph of a rancher in Wyoming and offers him a new case, Troy can't turn away. The stunning, well-built man in the picture calls to him in ways Troy hasn't felt before.

    It takes only a few minutes in rancher and horse breeder Rafe Morgan's presence for Troy to realize that not everything is as it seems. And it takes only a few more minutes for him to realize that Rafe has the capability of making him break his rule about mixing business with pleasure. But Troy is living a lie and, as it always does, the truth comes out. When an explosion of anger leads to an even more violent explosion of passion, Troy comes to the startling conclusion that Rafe is one man he can't afford to let get away.

    First, though, he has to unwind the tangle of lies he's created and win back Rafe's trust. No one has ever accused Troy of giving up easily, and he's about to prove just how stubborn he can be when it really counts…

    Excerpts can be found at the sites listed, my website http://www.authorkmmahoney.com or my blog at http://www.authorkmmahoney.com/blog.

    Thanks for reading!

    KM

  36. Eve Langlais
    Oct 15, 2010 @ 06:25:12

    Hi everyone. I have three new parnormals releasing in October that I hope you will check out.
    ~~~~~

    Broomstick Breakdown with Amira Press:
    He didn’t count on a stubborn witch making abduction his only option.
    ~~~~~

    From Cobblestone Press, A Ghostly Ménage :
    Forget ghosts who rattle chains, try living with ones that like to grope.
    ~~~~~

    Liquid Silver Books is offering on October 25th, Wickedest Witch:
    Welcome to Wicked Incorporated where insults are given for free.
    ~~~~~
    For more info, a peek at super hot covers and smoking excerpts please see my site @ http://www.EveLanglais.com

  37. djfetbxnz
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 23:45:05

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