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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for March 2010

Welcome to the March 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. Shiloh Walker
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 13:41:36

    My March release BROKEN comes out on 3.2.2010. Romantic suspense, from Berkley Sensation.
    The blurb:


    Quinn Rafferty is working as a bounty hunter and bail bondsman in St. Louis when a new neighbor catches his eye. He's tempted by her beauty-‘but he knows from experience that anyone desperate enough to live in his building is damaged goods. Besides, he has his own soul to mend before he can worry about anyone else.


    Sara Davis is on the run, but not for the usual reasons a woman goes on the lam. She's not an abused wife, and she's not a criminal. But she does have a plan for her future. And as much as she finds herself attracted to her gruff, tough neighbor, she can't risk telling him the secrets she's hiding. There's just too much at stake.

    Driven to desire…

    But Quinn must get closer to Sara when she turns out to be the target of his new missing persons case, and he discovers that there is something more complex and dangerous to her than he thought. Now, both Quinn and Sara will have to expose their true feelings-‘as well as their fragile hearts-‘if they hope their love will survive…

    I’m doing a contest on blog for the release… the grand prize is a Nook from Barnes and Noble. If anybody wants to read about entering to win, the details are here.

    Thanks, DA… :o)

  2. Rachel Hawkins
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 14:34:40

    My book, HEX HALL, comes out March 2 from Disney-Hyperion. It’s the sensitive tale of a young woman coming to grips with…um…sensitive family, er, issues, and…oh, who am I kidding?

    It’s about Hot Witch Love.

    Specifically, it’s about one witch, Sophie Mercer, who finds herself sentenced to Hecate Hall, a reform school for paranormal creatures. I’ll let the blurb tell the rest!

    “In the wake of a love spell gone horribly wrong, Sophie Mercer, a sixteen-year-old witch, is shipped off to Hecate Hall, a boarding school for witches, shapeshifters and faeries. The traumas of mortal high school are nothing compared to the goings on at “Freak High.” It’s bad enough that she has to deal with a trio of mean girls led by the glamorous Elodie, but it’s even worse when she begins to fall for Elodie’s gorgeous boyfriend, Archer Cross, and frankly terrifying that the trio are an extremely powerful coven of dark witches. But when Sophie begins to learn the disturbing truth about her father, she is forced to face demons both metaphorical and real, and come to terms with her own growing power as a witch.”

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to pimp myself, DA!!

  3. Kate Pearce
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 15:24:58

    I’ll take it upon myself to mention our upcoming contemporary erotic romance anthology from Kensington :)

    Kensington Aphrodisia
    ISBN 978-0-7582-3898-6

    Take a walk on the wild side with these steamy stories of erotic ecstasy…

    Some Like It Rough by Kate Pearce
    Luke Warner wants to chill out when he cashes in his hectic life in Silicon Valley and returns to his hometown. But things heat up when he reunites with his best friends, Julia and Paul, and invites them both to share in a sexual adventure like they’ve never had before…

    Private Eyes by Susan Lyons
    Assigned to work undercover as an exotic dancer, straight-laced Haley Croft
    discovers the thrill of strutting her stuff. And when she catches sexy PI Ry
    Montana checking out her moves, she can't wait to give him his own private

    Cherry on Top by Anne Rainey
    When massage therapist Cherry DuBois rubs her oil-slicked hands all over Dante Ricci's rock-hard body, red-hot desire courses through her. She longs to lose
    control and give herself to the pleasures of sexual submission…

    Enjoy! and Thank you :)

  4. Julia Rachel Barrett
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 15:30:44

    Thanks for doing this as it seems I’m using it every month lately! I have an elegant, sensuous m/f contemporary romance coming with Resplendence Publishing. Beauty and the Feast will be released on March 16th.
    Eva Raines is an uncomplicated country girl who's all about food. Eva moves to the Napa Valley where her culinary skills come to the attention of the owners of a start-up and Eva finds her niche as a personal chef. Now all she needs is a man as perfect as her cooking, but she has serious doubts such a creature exists.
    When wealthy entrepreneur, winery owner, and noted lothario, Gabriel Abbott, makes plans to seduce his flavor of the month, his assistant hires All Things to All People to cater a gourmet dinner. Eva expects to use her way with food to showcase the start-up. What she unexpectedly discovers is that her culinary skills showcase far more. Gabriel Abbott finds himself seduced by her voice and the sensual flavors and textures of her food and his previous plans are quickly forgotten. He begins to obsess about meeting his little chef in person. He's not alone. Once Eva hears Gabe's voice and spends time in his home in the Napa Valley, she begins to wonder about the real man and her dreams of him are so hot they could ignite a barbecue.
    When Eva and Gabe finally come face to face, the question is, how hot will their fire burn?
    Thanks! Julia

  5. Vivian Arend
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 16:18:53


    Wolf Games, bk 3 in the Granite Lake Wolves, releases March 23 from Samhain Publishing.

    True love's path never did run smooth.

    After seven years of total denial, Maggie Raynor's body-‘and her inner wolf-‘are in full revolt. Weak and shaky, she literally falls into the very large and capable arms of the Granite Lake Beta, Erik Costanov. The last thing she wants is a mate, particularly when just looking at another wolf scares her to death. And one as big and sexy as Erik? Really bad idea, no matter what her libido says.

    Erik expected to meet Maggie in Whitehorse to escort her to the home of her sister, his pack's Omega. Sheer chance puts him in the right place at the right time to catch her, but the realization that hits him with the force of a full body shot is no accident. She's his mate. An even bigger shock? She wants no part of him-‘not until she resolves her issues.

    She'll have to work fast, because they're both selected to represent the pack during the premier sporting event for wolves in the north. Not only will she have to work as a team with Erik, she'll have to face down her fear of wolves. Especially her own.

    Let the Games begin.

    Wolf Games is available for pre-order at Amazon and Books on Board. Until Feb 28 the first book in the series, Wolf Signs, is available to try for free on your Kindle or your Nook.

    Many thanks to DA for this chance to share.

    Vivian Arend
    Romance, Hot and Wild

  6. Estara
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 16:22:09

    Dear Authors that promote: please leave some sort of link to the book page itself so I can learn more (if, of course, there is additional info out there).

    Replugging P.C. Hodgell, whose new Kencyrath book will finally come out in March!

    She who had the misfortune to become a darling of the small publishers in the 80s, getting writer’s block and having her small publishers die under her – her Kencyrath books who had a proactive epic fantasy heroine as early as the middle of the 80s are as epic, imaginative and wonderful a dark fantasy as the worlds thought up by George R. R. Martin or Rowling.


    Or had you heard of a female being raised by the dark nemesis of her people and her world as a future bride for him – but in reality being the avatar of the destructive side of the three-faced god of her people (none of which she respects or is really interested in, she’d much rather connect to her only surviving family and survive the chaos she unintentionally leaves behind: stuff like researching the gods of a city which doesn’t belong to her people, managing through deduction and experiment to destruct one of them, being sorry for it and concocting a successful scheme with the only remaining priest of that god to resurrect said god?).


    You can not only get all of the series so far in ebook (God Stalker Chronicles) at BAEN, but they’ve taken her on as a print author as well, but she needs sales of the new book coming out this March – Bound In Blood (Seeker) – so the series will keep on being released!

    All the available novels are only $ 25 as ebooks, which is a pretty good deal, I’d say.
    Visit Amazon’s P. C. Hodgell Page

    Aside: having been privileged to check a chapter of her first edition of The Godstalker Chronicles for misspellings last year, I’m claiming posting rights for here here as more than your average fan.

    I may be deluding myself, of course… ^^

  7. Miranda Neville
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 17:54:31

    Thanks for the opportunity to mention my new historical The Wild Marquis, to be released by Avon on March 9th.

    The social outcast Marquis of Chase intends to restore his reputation by buying a rare medieval manuscript that once belonged to his family. He hires bookseller Juliana Merton to advise him. The prim shopkeeper has enough problems keeping her business afloat without having to resist the advances of a rakish nobleman. But she does need a rich customer, even one who appears irredeemably frivolous. When someone tries to attack Juliana, the secrets of both their pasts clash and the pair join forces to investigate.

    The book is the first of a series set in the world of Regency rare book collecting, an activity that inspired obsession, skullduggery and sexual passion. (The last is sadly absent from the historical record, but I've made up for this unaccountable failure by bibliographical commentators).

    The first 60 pages or so are available for browsing on the HarperCollins website

    (Sorry if this comes through twice. It didn’t seem to work the first time)

  8. Nara Malone
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 20:15:13

    The Tiger’s Tale, by Nara Malone, releases March 12th from Ellora’s Cave.


    Never quite fitting in, Marie has always struggled with her identity. Adam has shown her just how sensual she can be, but despite this awakening she still doesn't feel complete. That's because she's not. Orphaned at birth and raised by humans, practical Marie has no idea of her dual heritage as tiger and woman, or the role she must play to save her species.

    When Adam discovers that his alluring girlfriend is not only a Pantherian tiger but carries unique genetic traits that could save their species, he asks Ean to join them as the third partner in the traditional Pantherian mating triad. With the future of the species at stake, the sexy tiger-shifters have only one week to convince her that not only is she a tiger, but she must mate with both men to save the Pantherians from extinction.

    There’s a link to an excerpt on the book page.

  9. LorelieBrown
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 21:53:06

    This is my first opportunity to pimp myself in this thread! *claps & bounces* That makes me so ridiculously giddy!

    Jazz Baby, my debut book, releases 2 March from Samhain, and is a 1920s set romance.

    Here’s the link to the excerpt, which is the first chapter:

    And, now, the blurb:

    In the world of illegal speakeasies, Kate Kirkland has her life running smoother than a Model T. Maybe moving the family bar into the basement wasn't the best choice for her alcoholic brother, but Kate's making them a living-‘until a local gangster tries to expand his territory. Right into her bar.

    Luckily Micah Trent, her handsome and too-suave bootlegger, is ready and willing to offer her a helping hand. If Kate can bring herself to accept it. Since sharing one sensual dance to seal their deal, she can't ignore the delectably wicked way he makes her feel.

    Micah is keeping secrets of his own. He's a Prohibition Agent, sworn to shut down the gin mills and distilleries that keep illegal booze flowing. Kate's speakeasy is next on his list-‘right after he uses her as bait to catch the gangster hunting her.

    But even if Micah and Kate can maneuver their way through the gangsters' dangerous underworld, will their love survive the trial by fire?

    Warning: This title contains steamy hot sex, big fancy guns that result in just a little bit of brains on the floor, and enough booze to float an armada.

  10. K. Z. Snow
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 22:17:29

    My m/m contemporary novella, The Prayer Waltz, will be released March 10 by Dreamspinner Press. Link below.


    The mysterious death of a gay ex-priest leads to unexpected discoveries for the men he left behind.


    Cover and full blurb are HERE.

  11. Julie James
    Feb 22, 2010 @ 07:19:41

    I’ve got a book coming out in March! SOMETHING ABOUT YOU releases on March 2nd from Berkley.



    Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago-‘and nearly ruining his career…


    Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it's no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes-‘and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension…

    More information, including an excerpt can be found at:

    Thanks, Dear Author!

  12. Bonnie Dee
    Feb 22, 2010 @ 10:29:15

    Two releases in March.
    MIRROR IMAGE co-written with Mima, from Liquid Silver Books on March 2
    Double your pleasure, double your fun. What's better than one amazing lover? A matched set.

    When Agent Mara Brannigan struts into a low-rent bar on a mission to seduce and apprehend a pair of fugitives from the government, she doesn't count on being the one caught in the snare of seduction.

    Captains Derrick and “Red” Ravenscraft are a duplicate pair, which the Galactic Ministry of Science wants to study. Mara is there to strongly suggest they respond to that summons, but a bar brawl winds up with her unconscious and waking up on board the captains' ship.

    Powerful, undeniable attraction binds the three together. The squabbling men must learn to overcome their issues when the ship, and Mara, are endangered by an outer space menace. But when the danger is past, can they make a permanent reconciliation, and can the three find a happy balance together?

    THE GENTLEMAN AND THE ROGUE with Summer Devon from Loose Id on March 9
    Lad from the streets meets lord of the manor. Both men's lives will be changed forever.

    When Sir Alan Watleigh goes searching for sex, he never imagines the street rat he brings home for one last bit of pleasure in his darkest hour will be the man who hauls him back from the edge of the grave. Despite his harsh life in the slums of London, Jem is a bright, cheerful young man. He's also witty, irreverent, glib, and makes Alan laugh–a rare occasion since war time trauma and the death of his family have made the man a ghost of his former self.

    A single night of meaningless sex turns into an offer of permanent employment. Jem acts as Alan's valet, but offers him so much more than polished boots and starched cravats. Just as the men are adjusting to their new living arrangement, news about a former soldier under his command sends Sir Watleigh and Jem on the road to save a child in danger.

    The journey brings them closer together as they travel from lust toward love. They rescue the girl from the clutches of an insane surgeon, who is as interested in experimenting on the vulnerable human spirit as he is on physical bodies. Alan realizes his love for Jem when he nearly loses him, but is Alan's love strong enough to risk society discovering the truth about him? And is he strong enough to finally accept his sexual identity?

  13. Jaci Burton
    Feb 22, 2010 @ 11:28:12

    My erotic romance Bound Branded & Brazen releases March 2nd from Berkley Heat.

    Bound by passion, branded by love, brazen enough to take it all…

    In the wilds of Oklahoma, three sisters have a hot date with destiny. Valerie, Brea, and Jolene McMasters reunite on the family ranch that should have been called the Bar Nothing…


    When Valerie left for the big city, she kissed her foreman husband, Mason, goodbye-‘along with the best sex she ever had. Now, seeing him brings back sizzling memories. But their rekindled fire threatens to burn them both.


    Watching Gage wrangle untamed horses with a gentle but firm touch leaves Brea hot and bothered. But can she live out her fantasy with a man who may ask more than she's willing to give?


    Ranch hand Walker Morgan can't afford to lose his job by getting too close to his new boss, Jolene, no matter how much she tempts him. But Jolene's prepared to take the first step, because what Jolene wants, Jolene gets. And Jolene wants Walker.

    You can read more about Bound Branded & Brazen, including excerpt and buy links, here at my website

    Thank you DA! :-)

  14. Eve Langlais
    Feb 22, 2010 @ 11:52:14

    For those that like a cocky, alpha hero…


    Coming MARCH 19TH From

    Even the hunter can’t escape when love decides to trap him.

    Suzie and her twins have been on the move for the last three years, hiding from her past and a violent ex, that is til they decide to settle down in sweet suburbia. But forget the quiet life, meet Hunter, Suzie’s hot next door neighbor. Masquerading as a private eye, in truth he’s a tracker from a magical Realm on a quest to keep his world’s existence secret, but little does he know that love has set it’s sight on him.

    Determined not to get involved, yet drawn together despite themselves, it soon becomes clear that more than love is needed if they are to prevail. To survive a threat from Suzie’s past, they will require the special skills that only the Hunter possesses. But will the Hunter allow himself to be caught for the sake of love?

    Dragons, magic, mystery and lust–er love. This novel has it all. Coming March 19th 2010 from Amira Press Juicy excerpt available soon on my website.

    Hoping to entertain you

  15. Janet Mullany
    Feb 22, 2010 @ 13:00:50

    Reader, I Married Him

    An erotic e-novella available March 23, 2010 from Loose-Id.

    What if it was Mr. Rochester who was chained up in the attic?… and that’s all I’m saying.

  16. Cara McKenna
    Feb 23, 2010 @ 06:02:29

    My second erotic novella, Shivaree, comes out Friday, March 12 from Ellora’s Cave Exotika.

    It’s a contemporary m/m/f menage, set in Louisiana’s sultry backwoods. Here’s the blurb:

    Hot on the heels of a nasty break-up, Natalie's truck dies and strands her deep in Louisiana's sweltering backwoods. A glow beyond the trees and a haunting melody lead her to what she hopes is salvation.

    The Shivaree is more than a bar. It's a mysterious oasis where people go to escape into a cold drink and lose themselves against a warm body on the dance floor. Gabriel is its resident musician, gifted with unnerving talent and intoxicating sexual charisma. The only thing standing between Natalie and the perfect rebound is Gabriel's possessive and domineering lover, and Natalie's not afraid of a bully. Certainly not one built like Shane Broussard. She's ready to discover the perfect remedy for heartache-‘two hot male bodies, one long, sultry, southern night.

    You can learn more and read an excerpt here:


  17. Jenna Bayley-Burke
    Feb 23, 2010 @ 11:04:33

    My latest, Pride & Passion, releases 3/9/10. It’s a little bit Pride & Prejudice, a smidge Emma, with a heavy dusting of Beauty & the Beast.


    The only things Lily Harris inherits after her father's untimely death are debt, scandal and loneliness. She doesn't protest when her father's business partner, Jake Tolliver, steps up to help with the mess she finds herself in-‘until Jake reveals the last promise he made to her father.

    Jake may stir a frighteningly powerful desire within her-‘but no way will Lily agree to be his socially acceptable bride while he continues to bed his string of beautiful women-‘not without getting him to agree to a deal of her own first.

    With a well-earned reputation as a feral hunter who goes after what he wants, Jake has his sights set on Lily, and her lack of options puts her right where he's wanted her from the first moment he laid eyes on her.

    Jake's not above making Lily think she's having it her way if that's what it'll take to have his way in the end. But once he grows tired of playing beast to her beauty, he's not above changing the rules of the game until they're both playing for the same prize.


    Learn more at

  18. Ashley Ladd
    Feb 24, 2010 @ 21:31:52

    My paranormal erotic romance “Crazy In Love” will be released March 22nd by Total-E-Bound at

    The ghost of Kacey’s crazy great-grandfather threatens her life but just might save her marriage.

    When the ghost of Kacey’s crazy great-grandfather mistakes her for her great-grandmother, he threatens to kill her for cheating on him. Meanwhile her husband, Heath, finds out she believes he’s fallen out of love with her and he sets out to show her just how much he loves her. However, he fears she’s crazy as she claims to see homicidal ghosts.

    Although Kacey longs to save her marriage, she doesn’t know if she can stay with a man who doesn’t believe her and thinks she’s insane.

  19. Simon Lowrie
    Feb 25, 2010 @ 12:48:26

    Sorry this post is such a mess, but I know nothing about XHTML.. Anyway – my second effort, Marianne! ~ a Journey Round a Golden Sun comes out on March 22 from eXcessica. It’s a contemporary erotic romance and feedback so far has been amazing, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed…

    Blurb goes:

    Marianne and Simon have been more than friends since they were kids, but when she meets Mark her whole life changes. It's not easy being spanked when you're not used to it, but although the two men in her life are rivals the one thing they agree on firmly is that Marianne needs her wild side taming. And once she’s had a taste of what that kind of life can offer, she’s no longer sure she wants to argue. She loves them both and means to have it all, but Mark is not the kind of man to share. He breaks the triangle and makes her choose, but at a cost to everyone – himself included.

    Can Sophie save the day? She isn't beautiful and dazzling like Marianne, and the special qualities she has aren't on the surface. Sophie is a quiet girl who accepts Simon's discipline with absolute humility and never one word of complaint. It's how she wants her world to be, and her love for him goes past all limits. Shy and gentle though she is, perhaps her resolve to heal two broken hearts will prove to be more powerful than all Mark's dominance and strength…

    More info and the first few chapters are on my site:

  20. Heather Kuehl
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 19:12:11

    PROMISES TO KEEP comes out on March 7th from Eternal Press.


    Starlette is on a mission, and nothing will get in her way.

    Starlette DeFore knows that her father is alive, even though her family buried him ten years ago. When a faerie confirms this she travels to Charleston, South Carolina to hunt down Sivad Night, the only person to have ever escaped from the hands of a powerful sorceress, the Dark Lady Dreashae. With help from a witch, Stalette travels into Verella, a fantasy realm filled with centaurs, dragons and magic. She is very close to finding her father, but first must defeat Dreashae.

    Will Starlette, a mere mortal, have the strength needed to finish her quest and save her father?

    Get your copy of PROMISES TO KEEP today at

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