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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for September 2013

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

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

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

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


  1. Jennifer Estep
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 15:21:45

    Thanks for the opportunity to post.

    HEART OF VENOM, the ninth book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, will be released on Tuesday, Aug. 27. HEART OF VENOM will be available in print, audio, and e-book formats. Here is the book description, although please be mindful of spoilers:

    When I say you’re a dead man, take that literally.

    To me, killing people is like a day at the salon: cut and dry. Well, more like rinse and repeat when you moonlight as the assassin the Spider. But my last spa day ended redder than my freshly painted nails after a twisted Fire elemental and his goons kidnapped my close friend Sophia Deveraux and nearly killed her sister Jo-Jo in the process.

    Up Ashland’s most dangerous mountains, and deep into the heart of its blackest woods — I’ll track these thugs no matter where they take Sophia. It doesn’t matter what kind of elemental magic they try to throw at me, my Ice and Stone powers can take the heat and then some. I will get Sophia back, over their dead bodies.

    Because anybody that hurts Gin Blanco’s family becomes a body.

    Read an excerpt of HEART OF VENOM here:

    More information on my Elemental Assassin series can be found here:

    Happy reading, everyone!

  2. Elyssa Patrick
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 15:24:45

    Thanks so much for the opportunity, DA!

    My first New Adult, STAY WITH ME, Book 1 in the With Me series, releases on 8/30/13. It features a famous rock star/actress who leaves Hollywood–and fame behind–to attend college and have a normal life. Here’s the official blurb:

    New Adult/Contemporary Romance – recommended for ages 17 and up.

    With one look, I’m his . . .

    With one touch, he’s mine . . .

    With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .

    I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

    When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

    But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

    Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

    Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

    Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

    More info (along with some pre-order links) can be found at my website on this page.

  3. JL Merrow
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 16:29:15

    Like Vikings? Amnesiac Brit Paul Ansell does. When he meets a modern-day one, Viggo, he’s hooked – but can he trust this strong, secretive Icelander?

    Find out in my new novel, Fall Hard:

    Some memories are better off lost in the mist…

    Eight months ago, British academic Paul Ansell lost his lover—and all the memories of their time together—in an accident at Iceland’s Gullfoss Falls. Returning to the misty island country to resume his study of the bloodthirsty Viking Egil Skallagrimsson is tough as he struggles to pull his life back together.

    First, there’s his colleague, Mags, who treats him like glass, and summer student Alex, who peppers him with discomforting questions. Then there’s Icelandic jet-boat driver Viggo, a tattooed, modern-day Viking who won’t say much about how they know each other. Leaving Paul to wonder if their volcanic attraction is fuelled by a desire to make a fresh start, or desperation to forget the past.

    As more fragments of his lost memories fall into place, Paul is unsure if he can trust himself, much less anyone around him. And he begins to suspect his accident was nothing of the kind.

    Warning: Contains a modern-day Viking whose boat has V8 engines for oars, and a harsh land of hot springs and hotter passions that won’t forgive any false steps.

    Due out from Samhain 17th September 2013, and now available to pre-order:

    See my website for more details:

  4. Lila Shaw
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 16:35:26

    Thank you, Dear Author, for the opportunity to post about my new book, WILD WEST SUCCUBUS, a historical, western, paranormal romance, which released August 19th, published by Liquid Silver Books.

    Here’s a little bit about my novella:

    1869 Kansas Territory

    A woman damned…

    Priscilla Goodnight, a widow in the harsh Kansas frontier, has a cattle ranch to run. She can’t afford to reveal any cracks in her tough exterior or indulge in sexual liaisons with her ranch hands. But a hungry succubus can only exercise so much self-restraint, making discretion, disguise and memory-wiping her top managerial skills.

    The mysterious stranger who knows her darkest secret…

    Priscilla doesn’t remember hiring the man with the wily smile and the flannel voice. At all. Men as physically appealing as Hugo Desmond rarely escape her bed, let alone her memory. And how is he able to move so fast, yet nobody notices but her?

    Is she his target, his mission or his bait?

    Hugo is a gargoyle—a specially-trained executioner—sent to purge the west of evil. With succubi falling squarely in demon territory, Priscilla has every reason to fear him … yet she can’t stay away. Hugo says he needs her help and wants to save her soul. But is redemption possible for a woman as wicked as Priscilla, or will love thaw her heart just enough for Hugo to crush it?

    For more information about my book, including where it can be purchased, please visit my book page at: Lila Shaw’s Wild West Succubus

  5. Sandy James
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 17:16:07

    My award-winning Alliance of the Amazons series concludes with the fourth story–The Volatile Amazon–when it releases Sept. 30th from Carina Press!

    Here’s the blurb:

    Sarita Neeraj has never felt like a real Amazon. Compared to the obvious strengths of her sisters, her Water powers seem small as her stature. She’s determined to prove herself–unfortunately, all that gets her is captured by an enemy.

    Ian serves a twisted goddess, preferring this to an empty afterlife. He’s taken Sarita hostage to coax the other Amazons from their safe haven. But in his ancient Scottish castle, the passion and love Ian finds for Sarita resurrect his honor, until he chafes at the dark will of his mistress.

    Sarita has finally found happiness–but before she can enjoy it, she’s “rescued” by her furious sisters. To save Ian from destruction at the hands of the Amazons, Sarita must risk wielding magick that could change her very nature. Only then can she prove the Water Amazon is the strongest of the four–and save them all from destruction.

    Meet Earth, Fire, and Air in The Reluctant
    Amazon, The Impetuous Amazon, and The Brazen Amazon.

    You can find The Volatile Amazon on and B&

    Thanks, Jayne!! :D

  6. Lori Toland
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 20:02:30

    Thanks DA for letting us come on here and spread the word about our fabulous new releases.

    Coming out August 30th, my first novel THE REPLACEMENT GUITARIST is being re-released. It has been edited and revised along with getting a very hot new cover. I did stay with the same laid back Hawaiian gay erotic romance style.

    And as a special for the release month, it will be 99c all through September! YAY!

    Here is the blurb:

    Blaze Shinozuka has two goals: get a job as a guitarist and lose his virginity. At an audition for a famous pop star, he draws the attention of celebrity manager Jason Stockton—and their instant attraction sends his world careening off its axis just as he is thrust into the gritty world of rock ‘n’ roll.

    Straight-laced music manager Jason Stockton is always professional and never dips his pen in the company ink. But there is something about Blaze that leaves him wanting what he shouldn’t. The guitarist’s exotic beauty and compelling innocence is a temptation Jason can’t resist.

    After one lie in the national media pushes them apart, Blaze must decide whether he will trust Jason, a man he shouldn’t touch, let alone love. The cutthroat, jealous world of rock ‘n’ roll, has chewed up and spit out the toughest musicians, and Blaze vows he will be the last man standing, even after the music stops.

    And here is the link to my website, where I will be posting links as go live. It will be available at Amazon and ARe to start and then Nook and iBooks later on.

    I hope you enjoy!

  7. Theresa Romain
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 21:14:44

    Hi, DA–thanks for the chance to spread the word about September releases! My Regency-set historical romance, IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE, will be released by Sourcebooks on September 3. It’s a take on the Cyrano tale featuring a wounded ex-soldier artist hero and a widowed heroine who was (gasp!) truly in love with her first husband.

    Henry Middlebrook is back from fighting Napoleon, ready to re-enter London society where he left it. Wounded and battle weary, he decides that the right wife is all he needs. Selecting the most desirable lady in the ton, Henry turns to her best friend and companion to help him with his suit…

    Young and beautiful, war widow Frances Whittier is no stranger to social intrigue. She finds Henry Middlebrook courageous and manly, unlike the foppish aristocrats she is used to, and is inspired to exercise her considerable wit on his behalf. But she may be too clever for her own good, and Frances discovers that she has set in motion a complicated train of events that’s only going to break her own heart…

    To read the first chapter of IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE, please visit Pre-order links are posted there too. Happy reading!

  8. Madelynne Ellis
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 04:10:48

    Thanks DA, for the opportunity to post. My contemporary rock star erotic romance COME UNDONE (Rock Hard #1), will be released August 29th by Mischief, HarperCollins.

    On stage he’s dynamite. Off stage he rocks her world.

    When red-hot, Goth-metal band, Black Halo, split live on stage, fate throws Daniella Fosbrook into the path of sexy vocalist Xane Geist. Initially, Xane’s only looking for a ride home, but Dani tempts him in a way a thousand other women haven’t. Determined to explore their heady chemistry and avoid hashing things out with the band, Xane whisks Dani off to Monaco for a steamy weekend.

    There, Dani tries her best to hang onto her heart and some clothing, while Xane soon loses both. However, Xane isn’t being entirely honest about the reason for the band’s demise. When the truth comes out, can Dani accept the facts, or will everything come undone?

    Introductions to the members of the band can be found on my website .

    You can find COME UNDONE on Amazon and GooglePlay.

  9. Sarah Morgan
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 05:29:42

    Lost to the Desert Warrior, my September release for Harlequin Presents, is out now in paperback and will be out Sept 1st as an ebook. This is a high fantasy desert story featuring a hot alpha male, a brave heroine and lots of prancing horses.

    From the back cover:

    “Walking into the lion’s den unprotected, Princess?”

    For Layla, princess of Tazkhan, her arranged marriage means one thing—a lifetime of cruelty and captivity. Such an unendurable prospect drives her to throw herself at the mercy of Sheikh Raz Al Zahki—her family’s greatest enemy!

    Raz demands one thing in return for the safe haven Layla is seeking—this brooding desert king wants to make her his queen! Her freedom might be secured, but now her heart is at risk, for soon she’s lost to the scorching heat of their marriage bed. However, it will take more than fire to thaw her guarded husband…

    To read an extract and pre-order

    You can read Goodreads reviews here:

    Thanks DA!

  10. Coleen Kwan
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 05:51:14

    My new historical romance with supernatural and steampunk elements, DARKE LONDON, will be released by Samhain Publishing on 10 September.

    The only way to save her life is to resurrect the dead…

    Julian Darke was only a newborn when he was abandoned on the doorstep of a gentleman doctor. Though raised with love, he is driven to discover his true origins.

    Convinced Sir Thaddeus Ormond knows something, Julian shadows him one night—and is shocked to see a young woman thrown from Ormond’s carriage and accosted by a thug. Julian manages to save her life, but not her face and hands from horrific injuries.

    Nellie Barchester doesn’t recognize the scarred, disfigured stranger in the mirror. Though the gifted doctor and engineer has done his best to repair the damage, scars ravage her body, and chill her soul with the realization that her own husband may have plotted her death.

    Julian’s tenderness is a balm to her soul, and Nellie is drawn to the edge of passion by a man not repelled by her deformities. But as their pursuit of the truth draws them into London’s underbelly, they cross the path of a ruthless enemy who will stop at nothing to fulfill his schemes.

    Warning: Can a brilliant but troubled doctor find happiness with a woman scarred both inside and out? A hint of the supernatural plus a night of passion spice up this Uncanny Chronicle.

    To read an excerpt and pre-order please visit

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  11. Jeannie Lin
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:35:11

    Thank you DA for hosting the thread!

    THE LOTUS PALACE, a historical romance and mystery set in the Tang Dynasty, releases on August 27. This is my fifth novel and first single title release.

    THE LOTUS PALACE: First in a new Tang Dynasty series

    It is a time of celebration in the Pingkang Li, where imperial scholars and bureaucrats mingle with beautiful courtesans. At the center is the Lotus Palace, home of the most exquisite courtesans in China…

    Maidservant Yue-ying is not one of those beauties. Street-smart and practical, she’s content to live in the shadow of her infamous mistress-until she meets the aristocratic playboy Bai Huang.

    Bai Huang lives in a privileged world Yue-ying can barely imagine, yet alone share, but as they are thrown together in an attempt to solve a deadly mystery, they both start to dream of a different life. Yet Bai Huang’s position means that all she could ever be to him is his concubine-will she sacrifice her pride to follow her heart?

    -See more at:


  12. Veronica Scott
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 16:58:07

    Thanks, DA, for the opportunity! My paranormal romance WARRIOR OF THE NILE will be released by Carina Press on September 16th. This is the second in The Gods of Egypt series, set in 1550 BCE Egypt.

    Lady Tiya is bound to the service of the goddess Nephthys, who plans to sacrifice Tiya’s body to protect Egypt from an ancient terror. She embarks to meet her grim fate alone but for the hardened warrior Khenet, who is fated to die at her side. Tiya’s dreams of love and family now seem impossible, and Khenet, who is the last of his line, knows his culture will die with him. Struggling with the high cost of Nephthys’s demands, both resolve to remain loyal.

    Neither expects the passion that flowers when Tiya’s quiet courage and ethereal beauty meet Khenet’s firm strength and resolve. On a boat down the Nile, their two lonely souls find in each other a reason to live. But time is short and trust elusive.

    Without the willing sacrifice of Tiya and Khenet, a great evil will return to Egypt. How could the gods demand their deaths when they’ve only just begun to live?

    To read an excerpt and find preorder links, go here:

  13. Jennifer Hayward
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 08:48:47

    Hello DA and thanks for the opportunity to promote my debut novel launching with Harlequin Presents on Sept 17, Sept 1 on the Mills and Boon website in the UK.

    The Divorce Party is my Harlequin So You Think You Can Write winning story about a Manhattan billionaire who throws a million-dollar divorce party. I wanted to explore the complexity that is a marriage in this book and particularly the stress of infidelity on a marriage. The fact you never really know what it’s like to walk in someone’s shoes until you do. I hope by the end of the book the reader understands what it’s like to walk in Riccardo and Lilly’s shoes. Here’s the back cover blurb:

    “You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?”

    Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn’t easy to say “no” to.

    Forced back into Riccardo’s glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly’s old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media’s golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.

    You can read more about the book on Goodreads here – or on my website
    It’s available for preorder now at Amazon and Indigo/Chapters.

    Cheers and have a great day!

  14. Heidi rice
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 06:32:43

    Hi DA, many thanks for the chance to pimp my September release from Harlequin KISS.

    Maid of Dishonor is the third book in The Wedding Season quartet which tells the story of four former college roomies ten years after the big bust up that tore their friendship apart, and one eventful summer when they all take their rocky road to romance – there are several weddings involved (but not necessarily theirs!)

    My heroine Gina Carrington is an outspoken British bad girl (think Samantha from SATC meets a non-bald Jessie J) whose fling with southern virgin Carter Price ten years ago was wrong on a lot of levels but also so right on a few for both of them.

    A decade later and the sex thing is still hot for Gina and Carter but giving in to it for one more night is gonna cause way more problems than it solves for Gina, not least because Carter isn’t the earnest idealistic young man he used be, but a cynical southern hottie whose every bit as outspoken as Gina now.

    You can find out more about the book and the other books in the series from Aimee Carson, Amy Andrews and Kimberly Lang on our FB page

    But in the interests of full disclosure I should say that in researching this book and particular my hero Carter I got a lot of help from Alabama native Ms Lang and have now developed a passion for cheese grits that my fellow countrymen in the uk believe I need therapy for….

  15. Nicole Helm
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 21:05:10

    Thanks for the opportunity to share a little bit about my August 27th contemporary romance release from Samhain Publishing, FLIGHT RISK.

    Like a heroine who’s a little bad, a hero who’s a lot good, Iowa (because who doesn’t?) and a friends  to lovers storyline? FLIGHT RISK might be for you.

    After losing his mother, Trevor takes a leave of absence from the FBI to get his little sister through high school. But once she’s settled in college next fall, he’s leaving Pilot’s Point for good.

    Callie is desperate to keep her family’s antique airport afloat. Asking Trevor’s help is the hardest thing she’s ever done—next to trying to forget the sizzling kiss they once shared.

    After a complicated dance of almost-moments, their repressed urges break free. But Callie’s afraid to believe in promises…even Trevor’s.

    Warning: A woman who’d rather face an airplane engine than falling for her best friend, a man who’d rather face a gun to his head than going home, and a love that will test what they both want.

    Excerpts and buy links are at my website:

  16. Jordan Castillo Price
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 11:06:05

    Thanks so much for letting me announce my new paranormal m/m PSYCOP release, DA!

    SPOOK SQUAD (PsyCop 7) is available today!
    Everyone enjoys peace and tranquility, and Victor Bayne is no exception. He goes to great lengths to maintain a harmonious home with his partner, Jacob. Although the cannery is huge, it’s grown difficult to avoid the elephant in the room…the elephant with the letters FPMP scrawled on its hide.

    Once Jacob surrendered his PsyCop badge, he infiltrated the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. In his typical restrained fashion, he hasn’t been sharing much about what he actually does behind its vigilantly guarded doors. And true to form, Vic hasn’t asked. In fact, he would prefer not to think about the FPMP at all, since he’s owed Director Dreyfuss an exorcism since their private flight to PsyTrain.

    While Vic has successfully avoided FPMP entanglement for several months, now his debt has finally come due.

    Read the first chapter, or buy Spook Squad in PDF, Mobi or ePub at JCP Books.

    Kindle version available at Amazon. Nook version should be available shortly.

  17. Jamie Farrell
    Aug 31, 2013 @ 11:17:23

    Thanks for this opportunity to share my new release, SOUTHERN FRIED BLUES, available as of yesterday.

    A Yankee Lady Stuck in the South
    Divorced wasn’t a label Anna Martin ever wanted. Now she’s a thousand miles from home, underemployed, and lonely, but she’s squeezing this lemon life gave her and turning it into lemon meringue pie. Never again will she let any man—especially another military man—get in the way of her career.

    A Southern Gentleman Military Officer
    Jackson Davis believes in family, football, and Uncle Sam. He treats ladies right, takes his uniform seriously, and he loves his dog, but he doesn’t reckon he’s built for true love. After all, if a man good as his daddy couldn’t do it right, what chance does Jackson have?

    One Undeniable Attraction
    These two vulnerable souls are as different as cornbread and ketchup, but they fit together like sweet butter on hot biscuits. Short-term, they’re exactly what the other needs. But when their hearts get involved, they’re both gonna end up with a big ol’ case of Southern Fried Blues.

    It’s now live on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
    Thank you again!

  18. Lindsay Townsend
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 07:10:11

    My medieval historical romance novella, ‘Mistress Angel’ is now on Amazon com for 99cents and Amazon co for 77p. It’s Free for amazon prime members.

    ‘Mistress Angel,’ is a sweet-to-sensual romance.

    It also contains long excerpts of six more of my other medieval historical romance novels.

    Amazon Com

    Amazon Co Uk

    To see more details and read the first chapter, please go here:

    Best wishes, Lindsay
    Lindsay Townsend, historical romance.
    or follow me at Twitter: @lindsayromantic

  19. PM Briede
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 18:16:47

    I am a brand new paranormal romance author who just released her first book last week. But more about where you can find the book in a minute. Let’s start with why you should be interested.

    Smoldering Embers – Charlotte Grace Series #1

    Charlotte Grace is recently widowed and moving back home to New Orleans, Louisiana. There she reconnects with her childhood and college friends Wesley Breaux, chief of staff for the governor of Louisiana, and Paige Lochs, Head of the New Orleans Police Department Crime Lab. She takes a job as arts director at Armstrong Academy, a new private high school. There she hires Olivier Cheval to be the school’s music teacher. As both men make their romantic intentions known, Charlotte finds herself immensely attracted to them but struggles with survivor’s guilt concerning her late husband. But both have secrets, ones that could be an absolute blow to how Charlotte sees and therefore feels about them. As if all of this wasn’t stressful enough, she has begun to experience debilitating headaches again that all seem centered on an eerie green fire, one that she also sees in the eyes of one of her hopeful lovers. Will Charlotte be able to reconcile herself to her new life sans her beloved husband? Will she be able to work through her feelings for the two men pursuing her to find love again? And will she be able to unravel and look past their secrets?

    For those of you wondering what would happen if the book doesn’t end up being successful but you want to know what happens to the characters after the first book. Don’t worry, I plan to release all three stories. They are all already completed and the entire series should be released within six months.

    I am actually looking for people who are interested in reading the book and posting an honest review on Amazon, Smashwords, or wherever. If you think you might be interested feel free to check the book and me out at the links posted below. Then email me at pmbriede at outlook dot com.

    Amazon to preview first 10%:

    Smashwords to preview first 15%:


  20. Marianne Sciucco
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 20:45:11

    Blue Hydrangeas
    An Alzheimer’s love story by Marianne Sciucco

    What if the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face, and couldn’t remember your name?

    A nursing facility is everyone’s solution for what to do about Sara, but her husband, Jack, can’t bear to live without her. He is committed to saving his marriage, his wife, and their life together from the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. However, after nine years of selfless caregiving, he finally admits he can no longer care for her at home and arranges to admit her to an assisted living facility. But, on the day of admission, he is unable to follow through, and instead takes them on an impulsive journey to confront their past and reclaim their future. In the end, he realizes that staying together at any cost is what truly matters.

    I am not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse, using my skills and experience to create stories that bear witness to the humanity in all of us. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Regents College, I live, work, and write in New York’s Hudson Valley.

    Sample Blue Hydrangeas at

    Available on Kindle and in trade paperback.

    Free Kindle days September 26-30.

  21. Kiki Leach
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 22:23:18

    Thank you for this opportunity!!

    My historical romance, Her Royal Seduction, is now available on Amazon Kindle for just 99 cents!


    In this dark retelling of a classic Cinderella tale set in 1818 Denmark, a poverty stricken woman accidentally kills the first born son of the king and soon finds herself blackmailed into marriage by the very man who witnessed her commit the crime: her victim’s younger brother.

    Nicknamed for the ashes she acquired during her chimney sweeping days, twenty-three year old Cinder has been living alone in a one bedroom rundown cottage in her small village in Hadenville, Denmark since she was twelve years old. For years, she hunted the woods and forests for food and has committed numerous acts of thievery within the village in order to survive.

    While in search of game near the king’s palace one night, she comes across Willem, a known drunkard and apprentice to the king, who accuses her of trespassing. To keep from dying at his hands like so many maiden’s have before her, a fearful Cinder runs for her life, but is caught by Willem who assaults her. They tussle before she pierces his heart with her sword and rolls his body into the flowing rivers at the far end of the forest. When she hears the Sheriff and his men searching for Willem and the girl he was chasing, Cinder dashes off into the night unscathed.

    The next day, she learns the king has offered a reward for any information regarding Prince Willem’s death and panics. Taken aback by this previously unknown information, Cinder concludes that Willem was the illegitimate son of the king and his first mistress. Figuring the residents have already begun making false accusations against one another in the hopes of receiving compensation, she remembers that someone saw her in the forest and may have witnessed the murder.

    Believing her fate will soon be sealed by this nameless, faceless stranger, Cinder travels to the village square for one last act of thievery after a month of laying low and learns of the king’s plan to invite all maiden’s between the ages of 18-25 to take part in a mating game with his other son, the very handsome and regal Prince Norvack. The goal is to find him a wife for his twenty-seventh birthday. Though intrigued by the proposition and benefits, she ultimately refuses to sign up for the game, fearing that being too close to the royal family will indeed expose her crime.

    A rejected Norvack later confronts her at her cottage and confesses that he has been in love with her since they were children, hoping she feels the same. When she rebuffs his advances, he angrily admits that he was the one in the forest the night she killed his brother, but agrees to keep her safe in exchange for her hand in marriage. She reluctantly agrees after much debate, and soon thereafter moves into the palace.

    On the night of their wedding, Norvack is sent into battle with the King of England and falls from his horse, injuring his back. Now his wife, Cinder must care for him and as a result, begins to see a different side of the roguish prince. Realizing she’s falling in love, she becomes more vulnerable to his advances and forms an unbreakable bond between them.

    But when the Sheriff gets wind of Cinder’s crime, will he allow them to live happily ever after? Or ultimately ruin their chances by exposing her truth to the king, sealing her deadly fate?

    This is the direct link for the book:

    Thank you, again!

  22. Lucy Felthouse
    Sep 21, 2013 @ 12:50:53

    Mean Girls by Lucy Felthouse


    Adele Blackthorne is a big girl, a curvy chick. She knows it, and she’s been picked on all her life because of it. But she’s gotten to the stage where she doesn’t care. She may be Rubenesque, but she’s healthy, too. Much healthier than the mean girls at the leisure center that point and stare and say spiteful things about her. Adele rises above it all, and simply enjoys her secretive glances at the center’s hunky lifeguard, Oliver.

    As the bullying of Adele becomes worse, Oliver finds it increasingly difficult not to intervene. He doesn’t want to get into trouble with work, but equally he can’t stand to see Adele treated in such a horrible way. Especially since he doesn’t agree that she’s fat and unattractive. He thinks she’s a seriously sexy woman, and would like to get to know her better. Much better.

    More info and buy links here.

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