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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for September 2012

Welcome to the Promotional Thread for Authors. What’s this you say? I read quite a few blogs outside the romance blogosphere and many of the big ones have a daily open thread where the commenters drive the bus.

The rules for Author Promo Night Open Thread are as follows:

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

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


  1. Jennifer Estep
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 15:23:56

    Thanks for the opportunity to post.

    WIDOW’S WEB, the seventh book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, has been released. Here’s some more information about the book. Please note that the information does contain some spoilers:

    I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become more of a survival technique.

    Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town anyway. Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back, she thinks he’s hers for the taking. Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen. But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread.

    You can read the first chapter of WIDOW’S WEB here:

    There are also several free short stories for the Elemental Assassin series here:

    Hope everyone enjoys the book and the stories. Happy reading!

  2. Maria Zannini
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 17:07:18

    MISTRESS OF THE STONE releases the last week of August from Samhain Publishing. This is a paranormal/historical with ghouls, ghosts and werewolves.

    Luísa Tavares has a list of sins the length of the Antilles, but there’s no time to repent for them now. When a pockmarked Frenchman hands her Papa’s ring—still attached to his severed finger—she orders the Coral back to the Caribbean, despite her father’s earlier warning never to return.

    It’s Luísa’s luckless fate that the only man who can help her is a blasted Inglés pirate hunter who’s more dead than alive and locked in a curse he doesn’t want lifted.

    Buy it here:

  3. Liz Talley
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 17:42:54

    As always, thanks for the opportunity to share our books :)

    I’m really excited about the Sept release of The Road to Bayou Bridge, the last book in my Boys of Bayou Bridge trilogy with Superromance. For a perfect fall afternoon, come to South Louisiana…everyone knows it’s spicier on the bayou :)

    Here’s the back cover blurb and a link where you can read an excerpt:

    As a wild teenager, Darby Dufrene tore up the roads around Bayou Bridge. However, years of serving in the navy have reformed him. Now that he’s discharged, he’s ready to settle down…just not here in Louisiana. But his “quick” visit becomes the opposite when he discovers that a long-ago, impulsive wedding he had with Renny Latioles was not annulled.

    Fine. He and Renny are in perfect agreement—an uncontested divorce and he’ll be on his way. Too bad the crazy attraction that pulled them together before is just as strong, and it isn’t listening to logic. Spending time with her makes him crave more. It could be they’re still married for a reason.…

  4. Sarah Morgan
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 17:49:00

    I have a new release for Harlequin Presents, Defying the Prince, out now in paperback and available as an ebook from September 1st.

    This is my summary:

    He has a palace and a pedigree
    She has attitude and a tattoo
    This is not a match made in heaven…..

    This is the official summary from the back cover:

    It was a night filled with scandal, but pop princess Izzy Jackson really took the crown! Royal and VIP guests were reportedly horrified at the singer and reality TV star’s impromptu performance at her sister s royal engagement party. It was left to Prince Matteo, second in line to the throne, to whisk tipsy starlet Izzy off stage, into his limo and straight to his luxury palazzo, from which the pair are yet to emerge… Rumour has it the proud prince and the footballer’s daughter are working on a charity concert. Will they make sweet music together or split citing irreconcilable artistic differences?

    You can read the first chapter on my website here

    I really loved writing Izzy and I hope readers enjoy the story!

    Thanks DA for the opportunity to talk about it.

  5. Jeannie Lin
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 18:02:00

    Thanks for having this thread DA!

    AN ILLICIT TEMPTATION, is the novella sequel to My Fair Concubine (Thank you to DA and Jayne for reading & reviewing) and is available September 1 from Harlequin Historical Undone.

    The story follows the servant girl, Dao, who masquerades as a princess on a journey through the northern grasslands inhabited by the “barbarian” Khitan empire. I call this a “Tang Dynasty Western” due to the adventure into a rugged land and the themes of culture clash and assimilation.

    Tang Dynasty China, 824 A.D.

    Dao was raised as a servant, but when her half-sister flees an arranged marriage to a chieftain, Dao is sent in her place as Princess An-Ming. Such a future is better than she could have hoped for, yet she dreads a passionless union with a stranger.

    Taken as a virtual hostage to the Imperial court, Kwan-Li is torn between his people and his duty to the emperor. He is bound by honor to escort the princess safely across the wild and untamed steppe, but the greatest danger they face on the long journey may be the forbidden temptation of each other…

    More info and the excerpt here:

  6. Elle J Rossi
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 20:05:56

    Big thanks to Dear Author for allowing us to share!

    THE LUMINARY, book one of the Brennan Coven Trilogy releases from Crimson Romance on September 10.

    This witchy tale is all about the journey. Meera and Ghanem take us on quite the adventure!

    Here’s the back cover blurb:

    When Meera Brennan learns she’s a Luminary, one of the most powerful witches in existence, it rocks her already fragile world. To save herself and keep peace within the veiled community, Meera will have to hone her powers and brave an ancient realm to destroy the slayer’s magickal source. She alone must dispel chaos and ensure the balance of good and evil for all mankind.

    Banished and stripped of his guardian powers because of a witch, Ghanem Adamo, former Prince of the Saharren realm, receives a chance at redemption when his estranged father reveals an immortal battle destined to alter all realms. In order to protect the innocent, regain his title, and reunite with his family, Ghanem must destroy the slayers’ source of power and bring down their terrorizing leader.

    Her life . . .

    Or his throne . . .

    Challenged by fate, can love survive a nefarious battle that can result in only one prize?

    You can find more information about THE LUMINARY here:

  7. Angelia Sparrow
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 21:14:24

    HARD REBOOT finally has a release date: Sept 30

    Two years ago, Sean O’Neill’s wife, Caitlin—the net-runner called Irishgirl—was stolen from their bed. Now, he knows where she is, but getting her back is only the first step in a long journey.
    Caitlin has been trained as a sex slave, her former skills as a net-runner and cyber-thief totally stripped from her, along with her identity and most independent thought. Powerful and wealthy social elites, playing their own dangerous high-stakes games, have hired Sean to retrieve her and again make her what she once was.
    But two years is a long time to be out of the net and out of normal society. A lot of new programming has been laid down. Now, giving Irishgirl a hard reboot may take everything Sean has in him, and more…

    And I have a short in CARVED IN FLESH from Storm Moon, coming Sept 14.
    “Tiochfaidh Ar La” finds Joe Colson, badly scarred night watchman and former IRA explosives expert falling for the night-programmer, a pretty lad called Ryan, after years of a solitary lifestyle that hides his illegal immigrant status.

  8. Ann
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 07:54:07

    I just found this blog. What a great idea for a post. I’m going to go check out some of the books listed here. And check out more of your site.

  9. Tina Donahue
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 08:38:14

    Thanks for the promo opportunity!

    September 25, “Illicit Desire”, Book Two in my Outlawed Realm series will release from Samhain. It’s an erotic paranormal with a very moving love story. Here’s the blurb (ADULT).

    Pleasure that destroys all thought. Love that shatters all barriers.

    Outlawed Realm, Book 2

    Once a sex slave marked for termination, Lukan was miraculously liberated from E4’s Pleasure Palace, where E2’s fine, upstanding rulers secretly indulge their cravings for every imaginable vice. But freedom is not enough.

    He left his heart behind with Arez. Within her fragrant, heated caress, he knew everything denied him. Rapture, contentment, tenderness…and love. Desperate to have her back in his arms, he embarks on a dangerous mission to deliver his untamed temptress from the certain death she does not know awaits her.

    Within her velvet cage Arez knew only carnal submission and loneliness—until Lukan. But he has disappeared, and she senses something different in the way the supreme ruler is using her. Then, as if Lukan felt her longing for his strong arms and fevered kisses, he is there to sweep her from this twilight dimension to another.

    But true freedom lies just out of his grasp. To reach the last portal—and their destiny—Lukan and Arez must first outwit an army of predators that hunt them. Human, subhuman…and monsters.

    More Info:


    Tina Donahue
    “Heat with Heart”



  10. Scarlett Sanderson
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 09:24:18

    Just wanted to say thank you for this opportunity :)

    DARKNESS COMES is released September 12th

    Mia is a respected psychologist with the Company—an interplanetary conglomerate—and a master at using virtual technology to penetrate the criminal mind. No one knows about her sex-slave past, or about the dark desires she tries to ignore. When she’s given Dylan Benjamin’s case and told to break him down, something about the man, something primal, reaches deep inside her and strokes the taboo lust she’s worked so hard to hide.

    Dylan just wanted revenge against the Company. He never expected to get caught stealing, or to be pitted against Mia in a virtual world. But he recognizes the darkness lurking in her and he’ll do anything to draw it out, to prove they’re kindred spirits. Only he can give Mia what she needs—not soft and gentle but hard and fast. No roses or pretty words—just chains and rough, raw pleasure.

    You can read an excerpt and get more information here:

  11. Kwana
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 20:33:12

    Thanks so much for this opportunity to post. THROUGH THE LENS is my debut novel from new romance e-publisher Crimson Romance. It will be released on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes on September 3rd.

    Here’s a bit about THROUGH THE LENS:

    Mika Walters is a normal woman working in the not so normal world of New York Fashion. As long time assistant to sexy photographer Alejandro Vargas she’s tired of being the girl in the background.


    After a travel mishap where the rest of the crew can’t make the remote location shoot for another three days Mika is taking her moment to catch Alejandro’s eye and put herself in front of Alejandro’s camera and if all goes to plan, his bed…
    Alejandro doesn’t know what’s gotten into Mika, maybe it’s the sand, maybe it’s the sun, but he doesn’t really care. All he knows is that he’s finally opened his eyes and is seeing her clearly for the first time as the smart, gorgeous and incredibly irresistible woman she is.
    But why can’t she realize that what he’s feeling for her is not one of his usual one, well, three night stands? What’s it going to take for him to prove to Mika that she’s the woman he wants?

    Now and forever.

    Through the Lens is currently available for pre-order on Amazon here:

    And more information can be found on my blog at

    Thanks once again!

  12. Elyssa Patrick
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 15:54:35

    This is such a surreal moment for me; I’ve always read these threads and have always hoped to one day be able to post on it. Thanks so much for the opportunity to do so!

    I plan on releasing my debut self-published contemporary romance, AS YOU WISH, on 9/7. That is as long as there’s no surprise zombie attack.

    (A little unknown fact about AYW: the first page was actually critiqued on DA on First Page Saturdays a couple of years ago.)

    Here’s a brief description of AS YOU WISH:

    Love doesn’t always follow the sheet music . . .

    This Christmas, Portia Jackson needs a miracle to save her family’s generations-old florist shop. What she gets instead is a car that breaks down during a blizzard. Help arrives unexpectedly when the infamous Aubry Riley pulls over. She only expects him to drive her to the gas station . . . she never expects that kiss. But Portia lives in the real world—she knows this is only a holiday fling for Aubry. Except it doesn’t feel so temporary, and the last thing she wants is a broken heart.

    Sometimes you have to sing some different notes . . .

    Rock star Aubry Riley has no secrets. Thanks to the media, everyone knows about his troubled past. Six years have gone by since his world crashed, and now he’s ready for a comeback. But first he needs to reconcile with his family—starting with his six-year-old daughter. A month-long vacation at a Vermont lake house affords him the perfect opportunity to take a step in the right direction. He doesn’t need any other emotional entanglements, especially not with the bright-eyed florist he can’t stop thinking about. But no matter how hard he tries to resist her, he can’t. Now all he has to do is to convince Portia that there is nothing temporary when it comes to love.

    I’ll post buy links on my website/blog when go they live. But there’s an unedited excerpt on the AS YOU WISH page in case anyone wants to check it out.

    Thanks again!

  13. Lindsay Townsend
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 09:32:31

    The Amorous Chatelaine
    Emma de Barri is the generous chatelaine of a large estate, where she schools young, green knights in the matters of courtly dress and deportment. As a widow, she is often the object of desire but never has a knight tempted her away from the memory of her late husband.

    Sir Robert is neither young nor green. He is hardened by battle and tempered by the vagaries of life. He is also rough and unrefined—completely lacking in manners, sophistication or any of the qualities Lady de Barri values. But his arms are strong, his face is handsome and his heart is as bright and gold as the sun at noon. A heart he gives unreservedly to Lady de Barri.

    As Emma teaches Sir Robert how to read and dress, how to be gentle and composed, he teaches his sweet chatelaine how to live and love again.

    Forthcoming from Ellora’s Cave (August 30, 2012)
    Order the novella and read an excerpt here:

  14. Lindsay Townsend
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 09:39:47

    April, 1386. Alyson Weaver, a widow of Bath, has already married five husbands and is still irrepressibly in her prime. When a handsome young stranger is murdered in her meadow overlooking St. Michael’s church, she resents it when her admirer, mild bailiff Lucas Fletcher, warns her not to interfere. Lucas has been intimidated into not investigating, but by whom? After her maid Bela is killed, Alyson decides she has no choice but to find out.

    Spring begins the pilgrimage season, and a motley group of pilgrims – including Alice Perrers, the notorious former mistress of King Edward the Third – are preparing to leave Bath for the shrine of the Virgin at Walsingham in Norfolk. Before they set out, one of their number, Brother Martin, a friar, confesses sensationally to the manslaughter of the handsome stranger, named as Jehan of Flanders. Brother Martin is joining the pilgrimage to Walsingham as a penance and Jehan’s killing is officially “solved.” But Alyson is unconvinced. To her, Brother Martin is a pitiful puppet and someone is pulling his strings – perhaps Bela’s murderer? Taking her mischievous godson Oliver as her page, Alyson joins the pilgrims to find out.

    MuseItUp Publishing, September 2012

    This is a historical mystery. It does have romance subplots, including one unusual romance subplot.

    To see more and to order:

  15. Ros
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 17:50:33

    Since all the cool kids seem to be doing it, I’m experimenting with publishing a novel serially on my website. The first chapter is up now and I plan to post a chapter a week until it’s done, after which I’ll package it up for sale.

    Lying for the Camera
    Hattie Bell is gorgeous. Every inch of her voluptuous figure is worth looking at, and she knows it. Determined to prove to the world that she has what it takes to be a model, she rushes away early from her tedious office job to get to a casting at Tom Metcalfe’s studio. She’s late, she talks too much, but as soon as he points a camera in her direction, Tom knows he’s found his muse. But for the kind of art he wants to create, he needs to get under Hattie’s skin – and she’s the past master at putting on a mask for the world to see.

    Read chapter one here.

  16. Alison Stuart
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 21:18:19

    I’m coming in a little late owing to a road trip – my DH’s idea of a drive in the country is a 5000km round trip to the Australian outback!

    Today is the official release date for GATHER THE BONES (published by Lyrical Press) …a book I have loosely described as “Downton Abbey with ghosts” but is more properly described below:

    “The horrors of the Great War are not the only ghosts that haunt Helen Morrow and her late husband’s reclusive cousin, Paul. Unquiet spirits from another time and another conflict touch them.
    A coded diary gives them clues to the mysterious disappearance of Paul’s great-grandmother in 1812, and the desperate voice of a young woman reaches out to them from the pages. Together Helen and Paul must search for answers, not only for the old mystery, but also the circumstances surrounding the death of Helen’s husband at Passchandaele in 1917.
    As the mysteries entwine, their relationship is bound by the search for truth, in the present and the past.”

    To see the book trailer and read the prologue and first chapter visit

    It is available in ebook format only from all reputable online bookstores.

    Thank you for this opportunity.
    Alison Stuart

  17. Marquita Valentine
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 10:50:41

    Thank you for the opportunity to post this! :)

    Third Time’s a Charm (Holland Springs Series, Book #2) is a small town contemporary romance.

    Not even Holland Springs’ Most Notorious Resident can stop this Love Spell.

    Customers come to Rose Holland’s apothecary shop for three things: to hear her uncanny matchmaking advice, to buy the “magical” hair and skin products she sells, and to accuse her of trying to steal their men. For years Rose has been entirely innocent and almost content with that status quo. But that was before sexy, smooth-talking Sasha Romanov came to town and made her want to use her love potions on him… until he broke her heart. Now corrupt town officials want to seize her land and sell it to an industrial giant, and her only hope for help looks like the one man she can’t trust—or stop herself from falling under his spell.

    Alexander “Sasha” Romanov seems like every woman’s dream: charming, handsome and fabulously rich. But while the people of Holland Springs think he’s in town to generously invest in their economy (and possibly one of their daughters), Sasha struggles to save his sick mother from his vicious uncle’s plans by doing everything the greedy businessman wants. And Vlad Romanov wants Rose Holland’s land—at any cost.

    Despite Sasha’s vow to get the job done and keep his hands (and everything else!) off Rose, the blue-eyed witch enchants him. But his mother’s life remains in the balance. Sasha must find a way to protect his mother, sabotage his uncle’s plans, and win the woman who’s captured his heart without destroying everything she loves.


    Thank you again!
    Marquita Valentine

  18. Missy Lyons
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 13:59:06

    Thank you once again for the opportunity to share our books. I am very pleased to share my novella, Edge Of Darkness. It’s a paranormal romance and menage that is available from Sugar and Spice Press. It should go to other markets by the end of next week.

    You can read an excerpt or read more here:

    Brothers Matthew and Curry couldn’t trust a shifter since the bloody wars between vampires and werewolves. They had one rule in their nightclub and that was no shifters were allowed. Ever. But when a slightly muddy stray white wolf runs in and shifts into a jaw-dropping sexy nude blonde, they bend the rules.

    Sasha Wylde pissed off someone high up on the food chain, and her pack is hunting her down to kill her. She has no one left to trust in her family. Her one hope is in the arms of a vampire master, Mathew and his brother Curry. Only neither man is willing to do this favor for free.

    The brothers are willing to protect her for a price.

    She has to agree to giving three days of her life as a slave to two of the sexiest bad boy vampires she has ever laid eyes on, but by sharing her body, she fails to protect her heart. They become her mates by the end of the three days, but when she is kidnapped, they know her life is in jeopardy. Can they can save her before time runs out?

    Thank you so much for letting me share. :)

  19. Laurel Cremant
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 16:15:46

    Thanks so much for the chance to post! I’m excited to announce that my debut novella, Negotiating Skills, is now available. I had a lot of fun writing this contemporary erotic romance. The book was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend earlier this year where we discussed what we both considered “sexy” when it came to love scenes in romance novels. I confessed that some of my favorite scenes involved situations with a lot of tension or sex in unexpected locations, from there, Negotiating Skills was born.

    Here is a brief description:

    Witnessing a private act leads to some interesting negotiations…

    Software programmer Veronica James is struggling to make her new business a success. After finally landing a major account, she’s at risk of losing it all when she catches her new client Victor Rossi in a very compromising position. In an effort to regain the upper hand, Rossi insists on some very sexy and compromising concessions that have Veronica reconsidering her hard fast rule of not mixing business with pleasure.

    He’ll do anything to gain the upper hand…

    Victor has been waiting for a sign of interest from his sexy new programmer for weeks. When he catches her in his office one night he sees it as an opportunity to negotiate his way into her bed and heart.

    You can read a full excerpt, here .
    Negotiating Skills is currently available for download via All Romance (ARe), Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

    I had a lot of fun getting Veronica and Victor together so thanks for letting me share!


  20. Penny Watson
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 09:55:06

    Beard-lovers unite! My first foray into self-pubbing is a book about a Paul Bunyan-style “lumberjack.” LUMBERJACK IN LOVE is a 27,000-word contemporary romance available on Kindle.

    Here’s the book blurb:

    City slicker Ami Jordan was just dumped by her back-stabbing boyfriend, has no job prospects, and can’t find a decent cup of coffee in the entire state of Vermont. The last thing she needs is a sexy, bearded lumberjack complicating her life. Even if he’s smart, talented, and has the hottest ass she’s ever seen.

    Tree house builder, environmental champion, and Bulldog owner Marcus Anderson has no patience for flatlanders with an attitude. But when landscape designer Ami Jordan shows up at his log cabin, he suddenly develops a hankering for a high-maintenance city gal. Now his house looks like a jungle, his recycling is in disarray, and his libido’s on fire.

    He’s a lumberjack in love.

    For more information about the book, an excerpt and review snippets, please visit my website page:

    To purchase LUMBERJACK IN LOVE, here’s the Amazon Kindle link:

    Thanks for the promo opportunity!

    Penny Watson
    Penelope’s Romance Reviews

  21. Clay and Susan Griffith
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 13:50:00

    The Kingmakers, Book 3 of the Vampire Empire Series, September 2012 release.
    by Clay and Susan Griffith

    Empress Adele has launched a grand crusade against the vampire clans of the north. Prince Gareth, the vampire lord of Scotland, serves the Equatorian cause, fighting in the bloody trenches of France in his guise as the dashing Greyfriar. But the human armies are pinned down, battered by harsh weather and merciless attacks from vampire packs. To even the odds, Adele unleashes the power of her geomancy, a fearsome weapon capable of slaughtering vampires in vast numbers. However, the power she expends threatens her own life even as she questions the morality of such a weapon. As the war turns ever bloodier and Adele is threatened by betrayal, Gareth faces a terrible choice. Their only hope is a desperate strike against the lord of the vampire clans—Gareth’s brother, Cesare. It is a gamble that could win the war or signal the final days of the Greyfriar. The Vampire Empire trilogy rushes to a heart-wrenching conclusion of honor and love, hatred and vengeance, sacrifice and loss.

    The Kingmakers has been called by Explorations, The Barnes and Noble SciFi and Fantasy blog as “the strongest installment of them all: a terrifyingly believable – and brilliantly described – apocalyptic setting; unforgettable, no, iconic characters; nonstop action and adventure; and, at the heart of it all, ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL LOVE STORIES EVER WRITTEN.”

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