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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for February 2010

Welcome to the February 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 January would be a February 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. Deanna Jewel
    Jan 24, 2010 @ 13:14:00

    Thank you for allowing us to post here. My second novel is due out in early February titled No Turning Back. It’s an historical romance set in England 1778. Visit my website for more information on the characters. I have a link there to join my reader group at Yahoo.

    My book trailer is posted at youtube, just search Deanna Jewel and you’ll also find my first book trailer for Never Surrender, an Indian time travel.

    I’d love to hear your comments on my trailers.

  2. Juliana Stone
    Jan 24, 2010 @ 13:16:30

    Yay! I can now officially squee my first release ever! BLACK LEGACY releases from Samhain Publishing on February 2nd. It’s the first in a series of time travel romantic shorts and I’m uber excited about it. Here’s the blurb:

    She'll make sure he survives the night…even if it costs her heart.

    Black Opals, Book 1

    Frankie Black is a woman in need of a mission. For a Black Opal-‘a warrior woman who shifts backward or forward through time in order to, well, save the world-‘the last six months of downtime have left her bored. Restless. And with a feeling that something is about to hit the fan.

    Finally, an assignment: save the life of Dekkar James, an infamous rock god living three hundred years in the past. Tattooed, ruggedly handsome and perfectly imperfect, one look at him and it's as if her sleeping body springs to life.

    One minute Dekkar is having the most mind-blowing sex of his life. The next, goons are breaking down his door, and he's on the run with a woman who turns from lover to warrior in the blink of an eye.

    Dealing with the New Order, operatives who manipulate time without regard for the consequences, is nothing new for Frankie. But this time their tactics have a more personal edge-‘they've found a way to seek out the Opals' predestined mates.

    Unless she can save Dekkar's life, her future will be the first casualty in a battle for the fate of humankind.

    You can find the book here,

    Thanks DA for the oppotunity to get the word out there!

  3. Arianna Skye
    Jan 24, 2010 @ 15:52:56

    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity :)

    My first novel, Wings of Desire, will be available from Eternal Press on Sunday, February 7th. Football and fantasy erotic romance. What more could you ask for?

    A fairytale, but not the kind your mother used to read you!

    Rhiannon Kinsley’s life goes from boring to downright crazy when a freak lightning bolt strikes her laptop. To make matters even more bizarre, strange words and symbols flash across the computer screen and she hears a mysterious voice. Time to call the men in white coats! Then Cerne Silverwing, an intriguingly sexy man, appears. He insists she's a faerie princess whose fate will determine his own. What a crock! Now she knows who really needs those white coats.

    With the Dark Faerie forces threatening his kingdom, Cerne kidnaps Rhiannon and brings her to Fey, a land where magic knows no bounds. He’s performing a duty to save his kingdom and nothing more-‘a duty that will bring him his wings and the strengthened magic that comes with them. If he doesn't unite with the princess as her consort, those wings will never grow. But this princess grew up in the land of laptops and instant messages, and she's convinced they’re both crazy. Despite their differences, the two are thrust together to defeat the whip-wielding Dark Faerie Queen before she takes over the kingdom. Passion and peril aside, will Rhiannon and Cerne discover their true destiny?

    Find out more here:

  4. Chloe Harris (Noelle)
    Jan 24, 2010 @ 16:11:30

    Secrets of Sin

    In 1745 on an alluring Caribbean island, Emiline du Ronde-Barhydt's inheritance and dazzling beauty insure that she's granted her every wish, but one…freedom from her wayward husband.

    So when the proud Sea Captain, Reinier Barhydt, strikes a deal to let his wife go-‘under one condition-‘Emiline agrees. The price? Before Reinier signs the papers, he gets three days of his wife's total submission to his every erotic demand.

    The two fall under a spell of the most forbidden sensations and Reinier risks losing control of his own carnal game. At the mercy of his own raw shattering needs, the three red hot days may just turn into a lifetime of smoldering passion…

    “This story is hot from page one, and the temperature just keeps rising. The characters are well wrought, and a clever subplot sets up the sequel.” — 4 Stars Romantic Times

    Check the Website & Blog on Tuesday the 26th for details on the Hot & Huge Contest. Gift tote with at least 7 Kensington Titles (Aphrodisia & Zebra), Lip gloss, perfume, Kate Douglas wolf and more.

  5. Jennifer Estep
    Jan 24, 2010 @ 16:29:35

    The folks here at Dear Author were nice enough to mention Spider’s Bite, the first book in my new Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, last week. But I’ll post again here in case anyone missed it. Here’s the description:

    My name is Gin, and I kill people.

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South-‘when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way-‘good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction . . . especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.

    You can read the first chapter of Spider’s Bite on the Excerpts page of my Web site, along with the first chapters for the next two books in the series, Web of Lies (June 2010) and Venom (October 2010). There’s also a free prequel short story called Spider’s Bargain on my site.

    I’m doing several guest blogs/interviews with giveaways over the next few weeks, so be sure to visit my blog for the links to those. Also, just as an FYI to readers, I should mention that Spider’s Bite is quite a bit darker than my Bigtime books, but I still think it’s a lot of fun too. Happy reading! ;-)

  6. Julia Rachel Barrett
    Jan 24, 2010 @ 17:36:58

    The Cougar Book will be released by Logical-Lust on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. My story, You Might Just Get It, a contemporary Cougar romance, is included among 23 excellent stories.
    Thanks! Julia Barrett

  7. Alisha Rai
    Jan 24, 2010 @ 19:36:39

    My sexy new novella, Veiled Desire, will be available from Samhain Publishing on 2/2.

    You can read an excerpt here:

    I’m also giving away print and e-books (including Veiled Desire) on my blog this week:


    Look, but don't touch…

    Leyla Karimi can't keep her eyes off the hunky guy living in the house behind her. How could any woman resist ogling Dr. Mason Barrett, especially when he makes it so easy by parading around in his skin and skivvies?

    If it was only their age difference, she would have made a move a long time ago. Except Mason is more than a neighbor. He's her baby brother's oldest friend. It's not like they can have a casual fling and walk away in the morning.

    Mason's been doing a little lusting-‘okay a lot-‘for quite some time. When he catches Leyla peeking, it's a sure sign she could finally be ready to heat up his nights with loving. One taste of her lips, though, and he doesn't want a “little” of anything. He wants it all.

    Unwilling to jeopardize a lifetime of friendship for a one-night stand, Leyla is reluctant to throw caution to the wind. When he's kissing her senseless, though, it's hard to remember all the reasons why she should hold back…

    Warning: Contains a hot hero who doesn't mind baring it all in the name of love, a heroine who doesn't settle for less, a sweet romance, steamy sex in a car and more good lovin' in bed.

  8. Nicki Elson
    Jan 24, 2010 @ 22:05:44

    My debut novel, Three Daves, comes out on February 16 at

    “Three Daves” is an angst-ridden romp through a 1980s college campus with Jennifer Whitney, a good girl who's desperately trying to stay that way (trying being the operative word). Her story is told through her relationships with three very different guys: David, the sensitive loner; Dave, the ridiculously gorgeous punker; and Big D, the nearly perfect fraternity guy.

    It’s a timeless tale of love set in a raucous decade. Please visit my website for more information and lots of fun, including a wicked awesome 80s playlist.

    See ya there!
    Nicki Elson

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  10. Jennifer DeLucy
    Jan 25, 2010 @ 06:16:28

    I’ve seriously never seen anything like this, so kudos to the creators/readers of this thread!!

    Well, my first novel, a paranormal romance called Seers of Light, is being published by Omnific Publishing in February (see my website for a trailer and all the details at Here is a brief synopsis:

    Lillian Hunt has never truly lived. Always sensing there was more to the world than is easily perceived, she feared that her instincts were stubborn flights of fancy, or worse, mental instability. But some things – disappearing strangers, tangible dreams and visits from malevolent creatures – cannot be ignored.

    Is Lillian alone in her surreal little world or are there others like her? Will she reject a fated love or embrace the truth of what she is, unraveling the mystery of her life…

    To me, this book is more than simply a love story. It’s about empathy, courage and destiny, and I hope all who read it will find some inspiration.

    Thanks for this opportunity, everyone!


  11. Angelia Sparrow
    Jan 25, 2010 @ 07:13:47

    Showdown at Yellowstone River is coming Feb 4. It’s a classic western romance, novella length, with a twist. One early reader called it “queered-up het.”

    Gunslinger Matt Court has come to Williston, Dakota Territories to hang up his guns for good. When his courtship of the banker’s daughter goes sour, the banker calles in a notorious outlaw, Paz, to kill him. But even outlaws have their secrets and when Matt discovers Paz’s, both their lives are about to get very complicated and very deadly.

    And while it’s not romance, my friend Rowena Wishom has just put out her first children’s book on Paganism. It’s gorgeous and manages to explain fertility without mentioning sex.

  12. Jennifer DeLucy
    Jan 25, 2010 @ 08:32:17

  13. Janet Mullany
    Jan 25, 2010 @ 18:53:03

    Oops. Late to the party!

    Improper Relations is released February 18, 2010 from Little Black Dress, available with free shipping worldwide at

    You can choose your friends, but in the Regency, you might not be able to choose your husband.

    And what should you do when loyalty to your best friend conflicts with your duty as a wife?

    A comedy of annoying relatives, mistaken identities, and the discovery of love where you least expect it.

    The first person narrative gives an extremely refreshing take on the insanity which populates the plot; from the way her heroine observes the foibles of her own family, to the slowly beautiful dance it takes the hero to discover he’s in love. Beyond Her Book,

    … enjoyable, pure fun, and I enjoyed every minute of this book, a novel written with emotion and sensitivity. Curling up by the Fire.

  14. CC Bridges
    Jan 25, 2010 @ 20:33:46

    First of all, thank you for this opportunity.

    Beyond Meridian is my debut with Samhain, part of the m/m Space Opera Anthology. It comes out tomorrow!

    The blurb:
    Two men. One passion. No choice.

    A Men in Space story.

    Captain Rick Raine got more than he bargained for when he agreed to take on a brash young man as a crewmember along with contraband cargo. Karl's spirit intrigues him, but he didn't sign up for battling privateers, the United Planetary Alliance-‘or his traitorous body's response. Especially to a naïve kid who cheats at holo poker and knows a whole lot more than he should.

    Deep in the heart of enemy space, Karl's goal, to rescue the woman who saved him from a life of sexual servitude, is finally close enough to touch. Unfortunately, so is Captain Raine, who becomes erotic poetry in motion when he pilots the ship. Raine's an honest thief, but Karl can't trust him with UPA secrets that could get them both killed.

    But when Karl signed on for this mission, no one told him to hang on to his heart…

    One reviewer wrote: “(…)C. C. Bridges delivers a spine tingling story that will leave you wanting more.”

  15. Melisse Aires
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 08:01:09

    Coming February 25th, 2010 from Red Rose Publishing, the first book in the Sons of the Protectorate series.


    Sabralia lives a lonely but luxurious life in Emperor Sirn’s Harem, her only companion is her obedient servant, Qy, a cybot. Her life has largely been controlled by others, but when Sirn demands his Harem pleasure his Commanding Officers at a victory celebration, Sabralia makes a daring plan to hide to avoid rape by Sirn’s men. The Palace is ambushed and her cybot gets her off world. The impossible has happened-Qy the gentle cybot becomes the man he once was, the warrior Kaistril. Pursued for valuable information, Sabralia is thrust into dangerous, unfamiliar situations where she must stand up to the challenges, or lose the man she loves.

    Cover and excerpt on blog: Blog

  16. Jina Bacarr
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 14:38:07

    Thank you for the opportunity to post about my Spice novel: The Blonde Samurai (release date: February 1, 2010)


    “In the spring of 1873, Katie O’Roarke arrives in Japan a virgin bride, heartsick and anxious beyond measure. Yet she embraces this perplexing world with her soul laid bare after uncovering an erotic, intoxicating power she hardly knows she possesses when she meets one of the most mysterious, elusive and enigmatic men in all Japan. A samurai. His name is Shintaro.”

    Check out my website for more information and my blog on, where my heroine, Lady Carlton née Katie O’Roarke, writes a journal entitled A Naughty Victorian Lady tells all

    “The Blonde Samurai” is a February Top Pick! from Romantic Times with a 4 ½ star review: “Told from the heroine’s first-person point of view, this memoir-style novel is a witty and wonderful story, full of strongly defined characters.”

    Watch The Blonde Samurai Video here

    Thank you!
    Jina Bacarr

  17. K J Gillenwater
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 20:58:39

    Thanks for the opportunity, ladies of Dear Author! My name is K J Gillenwater, and my very first book, THE NINTH CURSE, a paranormal suspense/romance from Samhain Publishing will be out in PRINT next Tuesday, February 2nd!!!!

    Here’s the blurb:

    Nine curses. Nine weeks to live. Joel Hatcher has inherited more than a family legacy. It's a time bomb that's ticking down to the inevitable: his own death. But the curse won't die with him. Unless he can find a way to break the cycle, his younger brother becomes the next victim. In the throes of the third curse, the Painful Pox, Joel makes a last-ditch decision to seek the help of a young spiritualist. One look into Joel's suffering eyes, and “Madame Eugenie” finds herself torn between doing the right thing and fulfilling her most secret wish-‘bring her husband Adam back from the dead. Joel's cursed blood is the missing ingredient in her resurrection rituals, and Adam's spirit whispers seductively that there's only one way to get it: steal it. As Gen and Joel unearth his family's past to track down a cure, they come closer to each other, and to a horrible truth. To live, Joel must lose everything. Up to and including the woman he has grown to love.

    You can pre-order it right here:

  18. Holli Winters
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 23:43:59

    Thank you to Dear Author for allowing author promo!

    In February, I have SUMMER DRIVE coming out from Whispers Publishing (website: )


    Natalie Joyner didn’t expect her solitary highway drive to turn into the hottest sex she could remember having.

    Then again, she hadn’t expected to run into Deputy Sheriff Logan Sheffield. She savors their sizzling passion in the blazing heat. Little does she know that he intends for what they had to be so much more than A Summer Drive…

    It’s smoking hot tale and one I had fun writing.

    SUMMER DRIVE is out February 19th and will be also be available (besides at Whispers) at All Romance eBooks, Amazon Kindle, Fictionwise, and other ebook stores. I’ll be putting up a contest this coming weekend to launch the countdown to SUMMER DRIVE. Prize is a box of Godiva chocolates.

    Thanks, and happy reading!

  19. Vivian Arend
    Jan 27, 2010 @ 13:51:58

    Thanks to DA for offering this awesome thread.

    February 10 will be the date of three firsts for me–first release at Ellora’s Cave, first futuristic and first m/m/f.

    Claiming Derryn is on the hot side, so if that’s not your cup of tea, avoid. But if you loved Star Trek, Firefly or Serenity and like the fires cranked way up, check it out.

    How many layers of deception are there in space?

    When a trade negotiation goes wrong, Melina Davenport is sure she'll end up either a causality of war or a sex slave. Discovering one of her missing partners, Trev, is the new leader of the rebels who have captured her adds insult to injury.

    But when her former lover whisks her away to a reunion with their third, Davis-‘now captain of the notorious outlaw vessel Nottingham-‘she has to decide if she wants to join her two lovers in their important but less-than-legal activities. Time is running out. The authorities are hunting them, the rebels are bomb crazy and the local fauna is reproducing at an astonishing rate aboard their vessel.

    If they don't find a solution soon, they can kiss the universe goodbye.

    Cover and excerpt available here.

  20. Shiloh Walker
    Jan 27, 2010 @ 20:48:47

    I’ve got a new paranormal/urban fantasy out from Samhain this week-No Prince Charming.

    The blurb…

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

    Elle spent years trying to get over her so-called Prince Charming, and she's finally getting the hang of it. A Grimm-‘a guardian angel with unique gifts-‘she spends her nights trolling for demons and kicking ass, and lately, her days have been spent with her on-and-off-again lover, Ren, a fellow Grimm. But fate has other plans in store for Elle, plans that include Michael, the prince from her youth who broke her heart.

    “What do you choose…live for her? Or would you rather die?”

    That was the choice Michael was given all those years ago. Although he knew she'd never forgive him, when Michael was given the chance to become a Grimm, he took it. Still, he isn't so sure Elle needs him in her life. With a lover at her side and a mission before her, Elle looks like she's doing just fine without him.

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

    Warning: This dark, twisted version of Cinderella involves demons, deceit, desire, and debauchery between a princess and two sexy guardian angels, both determined to win the fair Cinderella.


    thank you!

  21. January
    Jan 28, 2010 @ 14:39:26

    Hi Ja(y)nes!

    MY ONE, a smokin’ hot contemporary m/f BDSM novella, releases from Samhain on February 16.

    Here's the blurb:

    Love knows no limits…

    Briony considers herself easy to please. All she wants is a Dominant who's wickedly creative and completely devoted to conquering her-‘and only her-‘with joy. She has everything she wants until her Dom takes on another girl. Bri delights in fantasy role play, inventive toys and bondage at Hell Mary's BDSM club, but she doesn't do poly.

    Now she's on the hunt for a new play partner who'll give her exactly what she needs. A little flirtation with Hell Mary's Dungeon Monitor is just the thing to ease her back into circulation-‘except the hardass wrapped in khaki treats her like she needs protection.

    Behind his imperturbable DM mask, Chris has eyes only for Bri. It's his job to make sure things don't get out of control at the club. Despite her bravado, Bri's broken heart is like a target painted on her back. She needs to learn some things on her own, but when a private scene goes too far, he can't wait any longer to step in-‘and show her she doesn't need fancy trappings.

    His body is more than enough.

    Warning: this title features kink and imaginative sex in a variety of forms-‘scalding hot, kinda lukewarm, and juuuust right. Reminders to breathe are clearly marked. Ignore them at your peril.

    You can read an excerpt here, or pre-order on Kindle.


  22. Sara Lindsey
    Jan 31, 2010 @ 15:33:33

    I never could resist an opportunity for shameless self promotion…

    My debut historical romance, Promise Me Tonight, releases on February 2 from NAL/Signet Eclipse. PMT is set in the Regency, and it’s the first novel in my Weston family series.

    PMT has already received some wonderful reviews. I hope you’ll check out the excerpt on my website.

    Happy reading!


  23. Julia Rachel Barrett
    Feb 01, 2010 @ 19:16:02

    I just got word today from Cobblestone Press that my romance/suspense, My Everything, will be released February 12th. This is an exciting, sexy love story. Thanks! julia

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