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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for September 2011

Welcome to the September 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 August would be a September release)
You can post for yourself or you can have a friend post for you if the idea of posting about your book paralyzes you .
No self published authors unless you write romance. No, I am not a POD hater, I am just thinking about the manageability of the thread.
Think about the readership. I.e., does your non fiction book about psoriasis really fit?
This one is more of a guideline than a rule, but be smart about your comment because if it is just a link to your website and the title of your book, I doubt you are going to get any interest.
DA reserves the right to delete the post if it promotes objectionable content (i.e., no daddy/daughter incest recommends are going to be allowed. Sorry.)
That’s it. Post away.

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. Ros
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 15:21:05

    I have a book! The Tycoon’s Convenient Wife is a category-length contemporary romance:

    Fifteen years ago, Emily Standish and Guy Munro were friends. Until she fell in love with him and he married someone else. Now Guy needs an enormous favour from his old friend and Emily has a chance to see if love can strike twice. Read the first page here and see what Laura Kinsale and Meljean Brook said about the first page here.

    It’s fun and flirty and fantastically cheap at just 99c (at Smashwords) though for some reason, Amazon won’t let it appear at 99c, so it’s $1.41 on Amazon US and 86p at Amazon UK.
    Amazon UK :: Amazon US :: Smashwords

    Comments from readers on my last book:
    ‘A wonderfully warm and witty romance.’
    ‘Great fun!’
    ‘I wasn’t tempted to hit the delete button once.’
    ‘Reading your book on the train almost made going into work on a Saturday okay.’
    ‘Grammatically competent.’

  2. Keri Ford
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 15:23:47

    first timer. just a little terrifying. :)

    Satisfying Her Tastes (offical release date Aug 29. it’s out a bit early)

    Part of Apple Trail Novella Series

    Blondes have more fun? Pfft. Bad Girls have more fun. Rebecca Gabel was accused of being a bad girl and she discovered life was easier (and more fun!) to live up to the reputation than try to deny it. But now with a new comer who’s taking her up on her suggestions, Rebecca is a little out of her element. There’s talking the talk…and then there’s having to walk it.

    Grant Iverson recently inherited land from his mother, so he’s arrived in Apple Trail, Arkansas to check the place out and see if there are any treasures hidden there. What he doesn’t expect to find is a woman full of curves and a mouth of pure sin, but whose eyes reflect nothing but curious innocence.

    Only $1.99. excerpt and more information can be found here:

  3. Vivian Arend
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 15:53:08


    Yes, there’s a new book in the Granite Lake world coming this month. Same light-hearted paranormal, with sarcasm and heat, but a longer story. Kind of the opposite to ‘less packaging, more environmentally friendly version’ although wolfies are all about the environment. Really.

    September 13 BLACK GOLD will be available from Samhain Publishing.

    Their wolves are howling at the moon. Their human halves are on different planets.

    Tahkini Wolves, Book 1

    Lone wolf Shaun Steven’s automatic response to the words “happily ever after”? Kill me now. Yet with all his friends settling down he’s begun to think there may actually be something to this love-and-roses crap.

    One thing’s for sure: his dream mate will have to out-cuss, out-spit and out-hike him. So he never expected the one to push his forever button would be a blue-blooded Southern debutante with a voice as dark and velvety as her skin.

    When Gemmita Jacobs steps off the plane in Whitehorse, Yukon, it’s about more than her research project. It’s her declaration of independence from an overprotected upbringing. Except there’s something in the air she can’t quite define—something that unexpectedly rouses her mating instincts.

    Moments after their eyes lock, the deed is done—and done thoroughly. When the pheromone dust settles, though, all the reasons they don’t belong together become painfully clear.

    It’s enough to make a wolf learn a whole new set of cuss words…

    Warning: Two strong wolves getting exactly what they deserve. Includes wilderness nookie, shifters being naughty in public places, the Midnight Sun as a canopy for seduction and grizzly shifters on the loose. Oh, and don’t forget the sarcasm.

    First chapter excerpt to enjoy and pre-order links are available here.

    Information about the WOLFIE WORLD TOUR pre-release promo event can be found on my website.

    Thanks for the opportunity to share, DA.

  4. Kim Knox
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 16:04:49

    Current – Book 3 in the Planetary Bodies series
    An erotic SF romance, out from Ellora’s Cave 16 September

    Here’s the blurb:

    Alexandra Syato has complete control of her life. She’s rich and has Captain Rhearden Lawe as a delicious friend with benefits. Her life couldn’t be more perfect. Until the mysterious force known as sheen turns her world upside down.

    It changes Lawe in a way she doesn’t expect and now her easygoing friend has become a dark and brooding stranger, determined to take her control. She can’t fight their new, blistering attraction. But the price for having him may break her.


    You can read a short excerpt here and the buy link is here

  5. Josephine Myles
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 16:06:51

    My first novel, Barging In, will be published by Samhain on 20th September. It’s an m/m contemporary erotic romance set on the English canal:

    When the boat’s a rockin’, don’t come knockin’!

    Out-and-proud travel writer Dan Taylor can’t steer a boat to save his life, but that doesn’t stop him from accepting an assignment to write up a narrowboat holiday. Instead of a change of pace from city life, though, the canal seems dull as ditchwater. Until he crashes into the boat of a half-naked, tattooed, pierced man whose rugged, penniless appearance is at odds with a posh accent.

    Still smarting from past betrayal, Robin Hamilton’s “closet” is his narrowboat, his refuge from outrageous, provocative men like Dan. Yet he can’t seem to stop himself from rescuing the hopelessly out-of-place city boy from one scrape after another. Until he finds himself giving in to reluctant attraction, even considering a brief, harmless fling.

    After all, in less than a week, Dan’s going back to his London diet of casual hook-ups and friends with benefits.

    Determined not to fall in love, both men dive into one week of indulgence… only to find themselves drawn deep into an undertow of escalating intimacy and emotional intensity. Troubled waters neither of them expected… or wanted.

    Product Warnings:
    Contains one lovable tart, one posh boy gone feral, rough sex, alfresco sex, vile strawberry flavoured condoms, intimate body piercings, red thermal long-johns, erotic woodchopping, an errant cat, a few colourful characters you wouldn’t touch with a bargepole, and plenty of messing about on the river.

    Available for preorder at Samhain or on Kindle.

  6. Eliza Knight
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 16:55:15

    A sizzling, hot, post-apocalyptic romance novella…

    The world as we know it ended on December 21, 2012 when world wars, and nuclear powered weapons destroyed the planet. Now, nearly twenty years to the day of the apocalypse, two factions, the Sols and the Scies must come together to save the planet once again from unseen forces who threaten a second apocalypse.

    Cambria Sullivan, is the sister and co-leader of the Scies, scientists who believe in using the power of the brain and development of new power sources to help aide in their survival. Her brother is missing and she fears the Sols—soldiers who rule by power of might over mind—have taken her brother in order to steal his natural power plans. But before she can make plans to avenge her brother, the leader of the Sols, Gerard Vaughan, shows up at her compound offering a trade: Marry the enemy and save the world.

    Cambria’s deep-seated hatred of the Sols and what they’ve done to her, wreak havoc with her conscience, and at every turn her body and mind betrays her. Can Gerard and Cambria save the planet and find a deep love, one that started before the apocalypse of the world, and ends with an apocalypse of the heart?

    Available now at Amazon & Barnes and Noble

  7. Eleri Stone
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 17:31:37

    Redemption, the second book in the Lost City Shifters series, will be available September 26 from Carina Press. It’s about a jaguar shapeshifter and a human archaeologist searching for a legendary artifact at a damaged temple site in Peru. The way I usually describe it is shapeshifters with an Indiana Jones twist. Here’s the blurb:
    Blamed for a heinous crime and banished from his tribe of Jaguar shifters, Adriano will do anything to buy back his rightful place—even steal a priceless artifact. First, he’ll have to seduce Sophie Martin, an archaeologist researching the temple ruins and the one person who stands in his way.
    Sophie wants to uncover the artifact as well—not to sell it, but to study it. It could unlock all the secrets of an ancient and mysterious civilization. But it’s hard to focus on her work when the distractingly sexy Adriano is nearby.
    What begins as a seduction quickly turns into mutual passion as Adriano’s touch awakens a side of Sophie she’d kept hidden—and arouses his Jaguar instincts. To preserve his people’s secret and earn his redemption, Adriano needs the artifact. But when a rival thief kidnaps Sophie, Adriano will be forced to choose—between the people who rejected him in the past, or the woman who could be his future…

    You can find an excerpt and preorder info here.

    Thank you!

  8. Tamara Allen
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 17:33:00

    Free short fiction – m/m historical romance

    If It Ain’t Love

    In the darkest days of the Great Depression, New York Times reporter Whit Stoddard has lost the heart to do his job and lives a lonely hand-to-mouth existence with little hope of recovery, until he meets Peter, a man in even greater need of new hope.

    Available at Goodreads:

    and All Romance E-books (with excerpt):

    Thank you for the promo opportunity, Dear Author.

  9. Angelia Sparrow
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 17:59:26

    Dreams of Steam 2: Brass and Bolts has just come out. My own story, “The Devil’s Children” features a proto-romance between Tamas Vardo, a Union draft-dodger, and his very distant cousin, Jaelle, who travels with an airship entertainer troupe, set against the New York Draft Riots.

  10. Lauren Willig
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 20:10:50

    On September 27, my first book, “The Secret History of the Pink Carnation”, featuring dashing Napoleonic spies and the historians who love them, is being reissued as part of Penguin’s special Read Pink program to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It means a lot to me to be able to contribute to this cause.

    “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?

    You can find out more about the Pink Carnation on my website,

    To learn more about the Read Pink program, go to An updated list of the books involved in the Read Pink program should be up on their website in the next couple of weeks.

    Read Pink for Pink!

  11. kaylea cross
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 23:40:33

    Thanks Jane, for this opportunity.

    Deadly Descent is a military romantic suspense releasing September 5th from Carina Press, and it’s the first of the Bagram Special Ops trilogy.

    Blurb: Devon Crawford is an officer; Air Force Pararescueman Cam Munro is enlisted. Dev flies medical evacuations; Cam jumps into danger zones to save lives. Dev wants to return home from Afghanistan with her heart untouched; Cam will do anything to win the woman he loves.

    Reaching for happiness in a war zone is the last thing Captain Devon Crawford plans, but she can’t ignore the feelings she’s hidden for so long. Cam’s sexy charm and wicked kisses weaken her resistance, but she’s too afraid of losing him to give in.

    When Dev’s helicopter and crew are shot down and set up as bait by a notorious warlord, Cam risks all to save the team. What he doesn’t know is that the trap is set for him.

  12. Lexxie Couper
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 02:30:42

    Ready for some Down Under tropical heat? Want to escape to a decadent island resort?

    Welcome to Bandicoot Cove
    Tropical Sin
    It takes more than a rock star to rock your world. Sometimes you need a friend.

    Bandicoot Cove, Book 3

    McKenzie Wood is Australia’s star gossip mag journalist, and she’s just spied the story of a lifetime: rumor-shrouded rock star, Nick Blackthorne—who thinks he’s incognito at Bandicoot Cove resort. The word is Nick’s a sex addict about to come out of the closet, and who better to lure Nick out than her BFF, Aiden Rogers—a pulse-poundingly gorgeous firefighter who is always there when she needs him, no matter the challenge.

    Aiden admits it’s pretty damned pathetic that he can rush into burning buildings, but not have the guts to tell McKenzie he’s in love with her. No way can he tell his best friend he’d like to do some seriously sinful things to her, especially since she’s never shown one iota of sexual interest.

    Nick looks forward to some “unfamous” downtime in his home country. He’s surprised to find his creative muse stirred—more like brought to rigid attention—by a couple so sexy that all he can think about is the three of them. Together.

    Three bodies move together as one, and the music becomes a smoldering beat that rivals the island’s heat. When the truth inevitably comes out, the heat might be enough to save three souls…or end up just another sinner’s lament.

    Warning: One plus one plus one equals OMG sex, are-you-freaking-kidding-me orgasms and some serious mind-blowing climaxes.

    Buy links: SamhainAmazon |Barnes & Noble

  13. M.J. Scott
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 05:59:27

    My first book, SHADOW KIN, a dark fantasy, will be released by Roc on September 6.

    Imagine a city divided. On one side, the Night World ruled by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kin. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans protected by their steadfast mages. A city held together by nothing more than a treaty-and even then, just barely…

    I was born of a Fae mother, but I had no place among her kind. They called me soulless. An abomination. Perhaps they’re right…I am a wraith, a shadow who slips between worlds. I was given into the srevice of the Blood Lord Lucius, who raised me to be his most feared assassin. Still, I’m nothing more than a slave to my master and to the need that only he can fulfill…

    Then Lucius orders me to kill Simon DuCaine, a powerful sunmage . In the blaze of Simon’s magic, my own disappears. Instead of seeking revenge, he shows me mercy. He wants to free me. But that’s one thing my master and his kind will never allow. And even if I thought I could trust Simon, stepping from the shadows into the light isn’t as simple as it sounds…

    Excerpts and other info here.

    Thank you!

  14. kate r
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 07:34:42

    Available this week: a 99 cent novella, Seducing Miss Dunaway, by Kate Rothwell (who also writes as Summer Devon)

    Twelve years ago, a stranger’s kiss helped Miss Dunaway reach her heart’s desire by allowing her to escape the path to marriage. Now the gentleman has reappeared and his presence reminds her of pleasures she left behind.

    Lord Fellington doesn’t seem to recognize her, and it’s absurd to suppose he’d recall the kisses they shared all those years earlier. After all, he has seen plenty of life, including tragedy. He apparently only regards her as the celebrated matron of the foundlings’ home where he plans to atone for his role in his brother’s death.

    But Miss Dunaway has grown restless. After years as a saint, she longs to be a woman as well. Perhaps Lord Fellington might be willing to help her reclaim some joyful decadence.

    It’s available at Amazon,
    at Barnes and Noble
    and All Romance Ebooks (there’s an excerpt online there)

  15. kate r
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 07:36:15

    Also my two old books, Somebody Wonderful and Somebody to Love. recently popped up as ebooks. I don’t think that counts as a new release — but having the new format after all these years is very cool.
    Kate Rothwell

  16. Jane
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 08:20:35

    @M.J. Scott Sounds pretty interesting. Is there a romance in it for us romance fans?

  17. Renee Wildes
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 09:16:51

    I have a fantasy romance coming out from Samhain on 9/27/11. It’s entitled RIEVER’S HEART and it’s Book 5 in my Guardians of Light series.

    Verdeen is on the brink of becoming an elite warrior ranger until the ultimate humiliation—no war mare chooses her for advanced training. King Loren’s consolation prize isn’t much better. Journey to the Isle of Ice as bodyguard to a human riever. Daq Aryk. Barbarian. Prince of thieves.

    Aryk dreams the impossible: unite six fractious clans into a peaceful nation. Failure means they are all doomed to kill each other off—and the nightmares of his son’s death by sword will come true. The new elven ambassador rouses his ire, not because she’s female, but because she’s inexperienced. Her possibly needless death weighs on his already overburdened soul. Her beauty is a distraction he can’t afford.

    In a fragrant, moonlit garden, Verdeen dares yield to an irresistible compulsion to kiss the mortal riever. The heat shakes her to the core, and frees a desire that should occur but once in her life. With a mate.

    As their quest twists down ever more dangerous paths, though, their bond is the asset that could assure peace…or the liability that could send a dream down in flames.

  18. Callie Croix
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 09:40:09

    I’ve got an erotic romance out (August 26th), featuring an ex-Special Ops cowboy hero.

    Deacon’s Touch: After her own engagement goes to hell, workaholic Jessica Talbot dreads her friend’s bachelorette party at a dude ranch in Nowheresville, Texas. But the outlook for the weekend brightens when Deacon Dumen picks her up at the airport. The sexy cowboy awakens every dormant sexual fantasy with nothing more than a friendly smile and a handshake.

    Ex-Air Force Pararescueman Deke Dumen doesn’t know what to make of the sexy yet reserved brunette who breaks through the walls he built after an injury ended his career and a divorce soured him on relationships. As a guest at his family’s ranch Jessie is off limits, but the Dom in him rebels at the restriction, even as he realizes his penchant for control in the bedroom would likely scare the holy hell out of her.

    When Jessie shocks Deke by asking for exactly what he’s been craving, he’s ready to break the rules and introduce her to his own brand of dominance. Her willing surrender rocks them both to the core. But once the weekend’s over, they must decide if it was just a wild fling or the start of something more.

  19. M.J. Scott
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 10:25:15

    @Jane: Yes, there is!

  20. Mica Jade
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 12:02:55

    Four couples find marriage still holds all of love’s pleasures in my new release Love’s Quartet: Four Erotic Romances, Vol.1

    Love’s Quartet includes:

    Love’s Bite –

    For stay at home mom, Ella, Halloween trick or treating with the children was the extent of her ghoulish activities. But her husband, Michael, has plans to bring out the devilish side of her when they masquerade as vampires for a bloodsucking night on the town. Will the vampire fling he has in mind leave love’s bite on their ecstasy or will their wicked jaunt put a stake in their passion?

    Love’s Delight –

    Brooke’s afternoon just got a lot creamier. Her plans for a quiet afternoon curled up in her favorite coffeehouse reading and enjoying a hot latte are detoured when a deliciously handsome coffeehouse barista named Dylan leaves a mysterious napkin note under her savory drink. Will Brooke’s curiosity about the barista’s intentions turn her quiet afternoon into a love’s delight?

    Love’s Passion –

    After their daughter’s lovely wedding, Sam and Beth are left with a flood of emotions. Sam finds it hard to leave the lovely resort town by the sea; Beth can’t seem to leave the town soon enough. However, Sam has one last voyage in mind before they leave for familiar waters. Will a clandestine by-the-sea rendezvous set sail love’s passion once again?

    Love’s Rise –

    After a flood ravages their home, married couple Neil and Kelly, begin to put their home life back together. But as the renovation of their home begins, Neil and Kelly realize that the damage of the flood has exposed a deep divide within their once passionate bond. Kelly’s longing for her husband is truly revealed when the floodwaters recede. Neil embarks on a rescue mission of Kelly’s heart to bring about love’s rise between them once again.

    CAUTION: Love’s Quartet contains graphic and explicit sexual intimacy that includes love, spanking, love, fangs, love, chocolate creme, love, vampires, and more love! This is an erotic romance story collection.

    Available @

  21. Jane Davitt
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 12:15:16

    Alexa Snow and I have a new book coming out on September 6th from Loose Id called ‘Room at the Top’.

    It’s a contemporary BDSM threesome and we had fun keeping it very down to earth for once, No one’s mega rich and there’s no club equipped with everything under the sun, The premise is one we’ve been thinking about writing for a few years now; what happens when two subs fall in love, rather than a Dom and a sub? What if they don’t want to be a threesome, they just want a session with a Dom now and then?

    Austin and Jay think that finding a straight Dom is the answer, but maybe not…

  22. Anitra Lynn McLeod
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 13:11:20


    Four people. One rope. Desire plunged into dangerous obsession…

    Errion Ald’Areed senses that his business partner’s passion for designing pleasure upgrades for service robots has cooled, but nothing he’s tried–men, women, exotic adventures–has lifted Lorren D’Buren’s ennui. Until he sees the look in Lorren’s eyes when the intergalactic ambassador from Diola crosses their path at a charity ball.

    Under the watchful eye of Gabriyel, her faithful bodyguard, Farjika is determined to live down her empress mother’s scandalous reputation for taking multiple lovers. Her instant attraction to Lorren, though, tempts her to cross her self-imposed bounds of propriety. And Gabriyel is shocked that his level-headed mistress has fallen so easily into a torrid affair.

    At first Errion is pleased that Farjika has roused Lorren out of his funk. When he notices the depth of the mutual fascination, though, he realizes he must act quickly–or lose his sometime lover and best friend.

    His plan to eliminate the threat is perfect in its beautiful complexity. Until one snag in his delicate web of seduction plunges them all into a potentially deadly tangle with no way out…

    Warning: Contains humor, masturbatory robots, mystical BDSM, stern punishments and more variations on m/m/m/f than the author can count. Sex toys are not included with purchase but are strongly recommended.

  23. Christina Crooks
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 13:20:41

    My BDSM romantic suspense novel, ROUGH PLAY, will be published by Kensington Aphrodisia on August 30th. ROUGH PLAY is an erotic book about a uniquely skilled dating coach struggling against her frightening non-consent fantasies.

    Here’s the book’s back cover copy:

    Once he has you, he’ll never let go…

    In Christina Crooks’s suspenseful new novel, a woman’s search for a missing friend leads her to an erotic playground of fetish and fantasy. . .

    After escaping her sexually dominant husband, dating coach Charlotte is ready to play it safe. But when her client, Gail, disappears after visiting a fetish-oriented club called Subspace, Charlotte must enter the erotic underworld to find out what happened to her.

    Club owner Master Martin is willing to help Charlotte—as long as she agrees to a little role-playing. As Charlotte slowly surrenders to Martin’s sensual enticements, she finds that her penchant for submission is more intense than ever. But at the same time, as her search for Gail leads her deep inside Subspace’s catacombs, Charlotte fears it may already be too late to save Gail. . .or herself.

    Powell’s | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

  24. Portia Da Costa
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 14:14:39

    I’ve got a new Spice Brief coming out – ANOTHER CHANCE – which is published on 1st September. It’s the sequel to CHANCE OF A LIFETIME, which was reviewed here at DA back in 2008.

    Another Chance is a BDSM novella, a romantic story with a HFN/promise of HEA ending, and features a slightly older heroine and handsome younger man with an ex military background. Maud and William have both experienced loss in their lives, and have learnt to deal with it, and this, and their mutual interest in erotic punishment, draws them together.

    Here’s the official blurb:

    The Chance of a Lifetime… Again.

    It’s been a long time since Maud Piper has had a lover, particularly one who can give her what she really wants: the masterful hand of a strong, powerful man. The sting of pain that turns into pleasure.

    Only Maud’s late fiancé had been able to satisfy her. Not even watching her employers at Blaystock Manor, the Marquis and Marchioness, in their own rough love play, brings her the release she longs for—until she is caught in the act by William Graves, the estate’s ruggedly handsome steward. Can he give Maud another chance to experience the pleasure she craves?

    There’s a taster excerpt here at my web site, and it’s available from eHarlequin and other ebook outlets such as Amazon.

  25. coribo25
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 14:24:55

    @Ros: Ros, if you’re logging in from the UK to you’ll see the price plus VAT. US viewers of the same page will see it as 99c.

  26. Lucy Woodhull
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 16:34:19

    RAGNAR AND JULIET, a romantic comedy space opera by Lucy Woodhull (me), is coming September 12th from Liquid Silver Books. Below is the blurb and you can read a sample here: You’ll laugh, you won’t cry, you’ll get a hot load of alien sexy times in outer space. Er, so to speak. It’s my debut! Thanks, Dear Author, for the promo op.


    Bounty hunting is usually so easy. Flash a little cleavage, mix a roofie cocktail, and Juliet has her man right where she wants him: out cold, ready to be swapped for cash. Her passions are freedom, trashy clothes, and pie — not necessarily in that order.

    Hunky alien ship captain Ragnar doesn’t deserve torture at the hands of the psychotic king who hired Juliet; he liberated one of William the Nefarious’ illegal concubines. Juliet can’t ignore such a noble act. She doesn’t trust men, but this one, with the kindest smile she’s ever seen, picks away at her resolve to stay aloof and clothed. He’s just so…nice! Crazy she can deal with; sincerity is terrifying.

    Before she gives in to her irrational urge to get a timeshare with him (and his cute tail), they’re caught by the bad guys. Ragnar disappears and abandons her to her disgusting captors — so much for togetherness. Perhaps he’s not such a saint. Even worse, Nefarious William (who prefers “Bob”) has nominated her for Concubine of the Evening. This dubious honor does not thrill her, and only a few hours remain before the king’s mind-altering drugs obliterate her free will.

    Sexual slavery might not be fatal, but Juliet would rather die. Of course, the third option (run away to a beach and hump Ragnar silly) is the best, if they can live that long.

  27. Lyn LeJeune
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 10:28:13

    When I first read the manuscript for Elijah Rising, I was blown away by Lyn LeJeune’s style of writing. You can’t read her books without a pen, because you constantly find yourself underlining (and writing gigantic stars next to) lines that are so poetic and profound that you simply have to store them somewhere for future reference. Elijah Rising is solid literary fiction, and I’m so proud to be publishing the book this summer. It’s now available for pre-order (both in paperback and e-book format) on our website.

    You can find Lyn on Twitter and her blog, where she often brings smiles to my face. Her book is expected to be released on August 31st of this year.

    Anthony DiFiore, Publisher

  28. Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 14:53:22

    The last “Mistress” book in the Courtesan Court series released today! (but there is a “Master,” Master of Sin due April 2012 that wraps them all up) Mistress by Marriage is a marriage-on-the-Regency-rocks story…when divorces were almost impossible to get. But you know there’s a happy ending.:)

    Too late for cold feet

    Baron Edward Christie prided himself on his reputation for even temperament and reserve. That was before he met Caroline Parker. Wedding a scandalous beauty by special license days after they met did not inspire respect for his sangfroid. Moving her to a notorious lovebirds’ nest as punishment for her flighty nature was perhaps also a blow. And of course talk has gotten out of his irresistible clandestine visits. Christie must put his wife aside—if only he can get her out of his blood first.

    Too hot to refuse

    Caroline Parker was prepared to hear the worst: that her husband had determined to divorce her, spare them both the torture of passion they can neither tame nor escape. But his plan is wickeder than any she’s ever heard. Life as his wife is suffocating. But she cannot resist becoming her own husband’s mistress…

  29. Ros
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 06:21:24

    @coribo25: Aha! I would never have worked that out. Thanks.

  30. Katherine
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 13:29:30

    Thanks for the opportunity to talk about my book. It comes out 8/31/2011.

    Mateo de Montayas, an impoverished Spanish count, comes to England to recover a stolen family heirloom and to satisfy his hunger for revenge against the man who destroyed his family. Arriving in London, he learns his hated enemy died three years before but has left behind a daughter. What better way to retrieve the heirloom and exact revenge than to use her to his advantage?

    Teresa Darlington will do anything to keep scandal away from her frail mother and prove her father wasn’t a thief, even risk her reputation in a race to find the missing heirloom before the Count does. But she didn’t count on falling in love with the man determined to ruin her family. Can she find the heirloom before he does and protect her family, or will her heart lead her in a different direction?

    Available online at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Also available at The Wild Rose Press

    You can find me on my blog at

  31. carmen webster buxton
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 21:39:37

    Tribes is my third book, and like the other two, it’s science fiction with a romance at the core of the story.

    Hob is a slave. He lives on a world colonized by prisoners, violent male criminals and militant feminists/terrorists. They originally formed themselves into gangs, and over time those gangs evolved into tribes, each of which is either all male or all female. Girl babies always have a tribe, but when a woman has a boy baby and can’t find a man to take him into his tribe, the boy becomes a slave.

    Hob escapes the compound where he has been used and abused and is rescued by a woman from a fighting tribe. Jahnsi Han-Lin offers shelter at her father’s house, and a glimpse of what family life can be, even with tribal obligations. While Jahnsi and her father and brother plot to keep Hob free, Hob himself is torn between his desire to flee into the wilderness and his growing attraction to Jahnsi.

    Back in the city Hob’s owner is determined to get his property back, and an off-word woman arrives and begins a manhunt for a specific slave. The question is, which one will find Hob first?

    Tribes is for sale on Amazon as a Kindle book and is also on Smashwords. It should also be on the Nook soon but I don’t have a link as yet. Download the free sample on Amazon or Smashwords if you want to see how the story begins.

  32. Sarah Morgan
    Sep 01, 2011 @ 17:42:07

    Doukakis’s Apprentice, my next release for Harlequin Presents is my first ‘office’ romance and I had so much fun twisting that theme it won’t be my last.

    This is from the back cover:

    With her family business in crisis Polly Prince does her best to keep calm and carry on. But hard work alone can’t save her company from a takeover by the infamously ruthless Damon Doukakis…or her traitorous body from the lethal sensuality of her boss.

    As his new apprentice, Polly accompanies Damon to Paris to negotiate the business deal of her life. Worse still, Polly must at all costs resist Damon in the most dangerously romantic city in the world…

    You can read the first chapter on my website

    This book has been available in the UK since June and there are reader reviews here (and none of them are my mother!)

    It’s available now from

    It will be in store mid September and available on from 18th.

    Thanks DA for the opportunity to promote.

  33. Jane
    Sep 02, 2011 @ 08:00:19

    @Sarah Morgan I just read this last night and it was a hoot. I agree with Sarah, though, these stockings sound awesome. Where can we buy a pair?

  34. Sarah Morgan
    Sep 02, 2011 @ 11:23:27

    @Jane: so glad you enjoyed it. The ‘Eiffel Tower’ stockings were a figment of my imagination but I’ve had so many emails about the hosiery in this book I think I might have to design my own when I get a spare moment. In the meantime I’m intrigued by these ‘hero’ stockings. To be worn by the hero, or for the hero??

  35. L.K. Rigel
    Sep 02, 2011 @ 18:06:29

    My new book Give Me, a fairy tale is now available.

    Once upon a time in a rage of jealousy, a witch vowed to destroy a prince and his betrothed. The witch’s younger sister intervened to save the lovers, but things went disastrously wrong.

    Centuries later, while touring a ruined castle, Lilith Evergreen feels a sudden and overwhelming attraction to guide Cade Bausiney. Cade is instantly drawn to Lilith as well, but can he trust his feelings? Their desire might only be sparked by the ancient curse that afflicts his village.

    Lilith and Cade must break the curse before they’re possessed forever by spirits who’ve waited a millennium to consummate their love.

    for Nook

    for Kindle

    It isn’t available for iBooks yet. When it is, you can find it at this link

  36. Books for September | Me and My Books
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 12:01:58

    […] Here’s an interesting one – new-to-me (and debut?) author that I came across while perusing the September open thread at Dear Author.  I read the excerpt on the author’s website and was hooked – it certainly looks […]

  37. Anitra Lynn McLeod
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 14:19:12

    How far would you go to save the person you love?

    Rarely does the Devil admit a soul-carrying human entrance to hell, but Abigail’s innocence compels him. In her determination to retrieve her husband’s soul, she will do anything he desires, even barter with her luscious body.

    After giving him the most mind-blowing sex ever, her innocent act falls away, and the Devil is stunned to realize she’s trapped them both. As they engage in increasingly erotic sex play, each trying to win their deal, the Devil is shocked to realize he has feelings for Abigail.

    As much as the Devil wants to give Abigail the soul she seeks, he can’t. Worse, she can’t go without her husband’s soul. But once the Devil’s boss, Satan, gets wind of their burgeoning love and unbreakable deal, he is determined to banish Abigail from hell and punish his wayward Devil.

  38. Eve Langlais
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 06:45:24

    Coming September 16th from Amira Press

    Book Two of Pack
    Betraying The Pack

    Pack law states she can have up to four mates, if she can find the courage to choose them.

    Escaping a kidnapping duo, Bailey runs into a naked man in the middle of the woods. And he’s not alone.

    Rescued by a quad of hunks, then kept against her will, she doesn’t know what to think or do—other than scream that is—when she discovers they are werewolves. Even more frightening, they want her as their mate despite her human status.

    But there’s more to Bailey than meets the eye, and she comes to the attention of an evil force that wants to use her. Can Bailey keep herself from his clutches, or will he somehow force her to betray the pack?

    And just how does a girl raised with human morals come around to accepting pack law which states females can choose up to four mates, and more shocking, take them to her bed, all at once?

    Note: All the sexual focus is on her. There is no male on male action.

    For an excerpt and more please visit

    Eve :)

  39. K.M. Mahoney
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 21:20:18

    Three men, one spaceship, and a whole lot of trouble. The universe is never going to be the same!

    Just released from Total-E-Bound, my sci-fi menage novel, Odd Man In.

    Daior Mathews is having a bad decade. When he’s captured and held hostage, he figures things can’t get much worse. After meeting Terran, a fellow prisoner and the most adorable man he’s seen in years, Dai believes his fortune might be changing at long last. He’s looking at Terran, Terran’s looking back, and it looks like he’s finally getting lucky. But that’s before the situation takes a turn for the worse and Daior is forced to call an old lover for help. Now Dai’s on the run with his new boyfriend, and his old friend Tam is eyeing said boyfriend with lustful eyes.

    So what’s a space mercenary to do? Take them all to bed, of course. And that’s when the fun really begins.

    Find Out More

    K.M. Mahoney
    Come Wander With Me

  40. DJ Gross
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 23:37:20

    PRIOR SINS: just released romantic suspense for 99 cents at Amazon and Smashwords

    He hunts monstrous criminals

    Psychologist and Oxford University Professor Hadrian Prior helps the British police catch violent criminals. Understanding the dark impulses that drive men to maim and kill comes easily to him. When he temporarily swaps teaching positions with a University of Michigan colleague, Hadrian assumes he’ll be on a sabbatical from crime. Then a series of disturbing assaults occur on campus and the Ann Arbor police ask him to consult on the case. Pursuing a link between the perpetrator and ancient mythology leads Hadrian to Sarah Roth. His reaction to her challenges his long held assumption that emotional intimacy is beyond him.

    She believes she’s a monster

    University of Michigan Classics Professor Sarah Roth dreams of blood and death. Her mother warned her to never share her dreams or she’d be locked away. Sarah pours her passion into teaching as a relationship is out of reach. When Hadrian approaches her for information, she is shocked by her attraction to him. Hadrian is dangerous to her but the demons inside her like to live dangerously. As Sarah struggles to keep her distance from Hadrian, her dreams become more vivid and violent.

    The real monster is hunting her

    Someone on campus is secretly obsessed with Sarah. He is recreating the Labors of Hercules, violent feats of power and strength, to prove worthy of her love. Once he’s completed his quest, Sarah will be his forever.

    Reviews for my earlier novel, Stolen Justice:

    “The balance between the suspense-filled action and romance is spot on.”
    The Romance Reviews on Stolen Justice

    “DJ Gross made it so you just had absolutely no idea what would happen next!”
    Shameless Romance Reviews on Stolen Justice

    “For anyone who enjoys Romantic Suspense – this is a must read.”
    The Book Pimp Blogs on Stolen Justice

    “Seriously top notch.” Romance Junkies on Stolen Justice

    Sample Prior Sins for free from Amazon:


    Happy Reading!


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