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Open Thread for Authors (Author Promo) for May 2010

Welcome to the May 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 April would be a May 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. Tiffany Clare
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 15:21:55

    I have to say, I LOVE these threads! I’m posting for my dear friend and critique partner Maggie Robinson (who can’t at the moment do this herself). She debuts with Kensington Brava on Tuesday April 27, 2010 with MISTRESS BY MISTAKE. If you love Loretta Chase, you’ll Love Maggie…

    The blurb is as follows:

    Passion is all they have in common …

    Scandal is only the beginning…

    Charlotte Fallon let her guarded virtue fall once-‘and she's paid dearly for it ever since. She swore she'd never succumb to men's desires again. But even a village spinster's life miles from temptation can't save her from a sister with no shame whatsoever. Or a heart that longs for more, whatever the cost…

    Sir Michael Bayard found more than he expected in his bed when he finally joined his new mistress. He'd fantasized about her dewy skin and luscious curves, assured her understanding that what passed between them was mere dalliance. But he didn't expect the innocence and heat of her response in his arms. Nor her surprisingly sharp tongue once she was out of them…

    A few days of abandon cannot undo the hard-learned lessons of a lifetime. Nor can an honest passion burn away the restraints of society's judgments. Unless, of course, one believes in nonsense like true love…

    PS: If you click on my name at the top you’ll be redirected to Maggie’s site if you want more details of upcoming releases for Maggie Robinson and her alter ego Magaret Rowe (debuting in June)

  2. Kerry Connor
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 16:13:00

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    In May, Harlequin Intrigue launches the new “Shivers” promotion featuring spine-tingling romantic suspense stories. The first book is my STRANGER IN A SMALL TOWN:


    The mysterious blue-eyed stranger who showed up in the middle of the night wasn't just looking for work. No, when “John Samuels” signed on with Maggie Harper to restore the decrepit old house, he was hoping for answers and a chance to face the demons of his past. But then strange happenings started threatening his beautiful new boss-‘and disrupting the passion that sparked between them. Someone didn’t want them in that house. Someone who knew the truth about what had happened there thirty years before, about the brutal murder that destroyed John’s family.

    John never expected redemption. But danger waited in the old house, haunting them both….
    Additional details can be found on my website here:

    Here’s a direct link to an excerpt:

  3. Blythe Gifford
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 16:34:37

    I just wanted to say ‘thanks’ to the readers who stopped by to say ‘hello’ and buy my newest, HIS BORDER BRIDE, at this weekend’s Chicago Spring Fling Conference. And especially to the one who said she loved ALL my books! Readers, if you ever want to say that to an author, do! It will make her week.
    Hope to see some of you at the RT Booklovers Convention.
    HIS BORDER BRIDE, a May release from the Harlequin Historical line, is my first set in Scotland. The hero was born on the wrong side of the royal blanket, son of an English prince and a Scotswoman. Torn between two countries, he has darkness in his soul. The heroine, daughter of a Scottish lord, can recite all the laws of chivalry. And she is sure this man has broken every one…

  4. Liz
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 18:22:50

    @Tiffany Clare: Just curious. But why does she write similar historicals under different names?

    I thought most authors did that for different genres. I’m not an author, so I don’t know.

  5. Elyssa Papa
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 18:42:00

    @Liz, I can answer your question for you. (Maggie is my cp and friend.) Margaret Rowe’s books are erotica while the Maggie Robinson books are straight historicals.

  6. Liz
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 18:58:38

    @Elyssa Papa: Thanks. I’m bet I’ll give them a try.

  7. Robyn Bachar
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 21:42:49

    Hi everyone! This is my first time, so please bear with me (and be gentle). BLOOD, SMOKE AND MIRRORS releases from Samhain Publishing on May 11. It’s urban fantasy with plenty of romance and action. As the warning states, this book contains one tough and snarky witch, one gorgeous guardian, explicit blood drinking, magician sex, gratuitous violence against vampires and troublemaking Shakespearean faeries. The blurb and a link to an excerpt can be found here:

  8. MaryK
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 22:14:11

    @Elyssa Papa: Are they erotica or erotic romance? (It matters to me.) Her tag line for both sites says “historical romance” so now I’m doubly confused.

  9. kirsten saell
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 23:20:48

    The Chancellor’s Bride by Kirsten Saell, May 4, Samhain Publishing:

    Her love for two men could save their future. Her secrets could destroy them all.

    Recently re-elected Chancellor Collin sur-Gaerig is a rising star on the political scene, and everyone expects he'll soon be rewarded with an estate and title. He also has a dirty little secret: he's in love with his manservant, Harral. If anyone-‘especially the wife he's expected to take-‘discovers their affair, all his aspirations will go up in smoke.

    The mysterious woman he finds lying half-dead in the street is strong, beautiful, independent…and aroused when she catches him and Harral in a compromising position. As Aelis worms her way past their closely guarded defenses and into their bed, they realize she's the perfect match for both of them.

    But Aelis has a secret of her own, an ex-lover's blackmail scheme that could get them all killed. To save the men she's come to love, she's willing to sacrifice her own happiness, maybe even her life.

    Collin's not about to let that happen. For the first time in his life, he's willing to risk it all in order to have it all. Even if it means he could lose the man he's loved for years-‘and the woman they both want to love forever.

    Warning: This book contains explicit sex, including m/m and m/m/f; violence; bad language; financial irregularities; uneaten dessert; gratuitous invocation of various deities; and breakfast-table hijinks you're not likely to witness at your neighborhood IHOP.

    Read an excerpt.

  10. Tiffany Clare
    Apr 26, 2010 @ 01:08:28

    The Margaret Rowe books are darker than the Maggie Robinson books. Margaret Rowe are considered Erotic Romance.

  11. Eve Langlais
    Apr 26, 2010 @ 05:30:30


    Coming May 14th from

    Genre: SciFi Romance
    Heat Level: Very Hot

    What would you do if a naked alien materialized in your living room and told you he was your leader?

    Plump Diana is ironing her underwear when the hottest blue babe in all of the galaxy appears in her living room. Did she forget to mention he was naked too? Abducted, decontaminated and dressed like a harem girl, she's been chosen to become the hunky alien's mate.

    Kor asked his ancestors to find him a biddable, docile mate, instead they found him Diana–a curvy, argumentative earthling who sets his pulse pounding and his loins on fire. He might be an alien who doesn’t understand the meaning of love, but he sure knows what he feels is more than lust.

    This novella with probes of a pleasurable kind is available May 14th. For more info, please see my website

    And thanks for reading!

  12. nell dixon
    Apr 26, 2010 @ 08:47:39

    The Cinderella Substitute is releasing on April 28th from This is my first audio book so I’m super excited. This book scored rave reviews when it was in print and you can check out the first chapter on my website at
    It’s a sweet boss and secretary romance. Hope you enjoy it!

  13. Suzanne Rock
    Apr 26, 2010 @ 10:00:10

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    I have a new paranormal erotic romance release from Loose Id on May 4th. It’s called Cria. Here’s a short summary:

    Aleta hopes to emerge unmated from the Cria, but Luiz has other plans. Is seduction enough to erase the sins of the past? As passions collide in this tribal breeding competition, the battle of wills begins.

    The book trailer is here:

    The buy link is here (starting May 4th):

  14. Shiloh Walker
    Apr 26, 2010 @ 20:59:06

    I’ve got an ebook out this week from Samhain…and I’m doing a contest for a Sony Reader…details at my blog.

    No Longer Mine
    One woman, one man, and a love that won't let either of them go.

    Born on the wrong side of the tracks and dealt a fair share of hardship, Nikki Kline never gives up a fight. Even when her reason to keep going is ripped from her, Nikki tries desperately to hang on. But when the man who broke Nikki's heart comes back into her life she doesn't know how much she can take. Especially since that man seems determined to win back her damaged heart.

    Wade Lightfoot is a man who knows he's made more mistakes than most. As much as he would like to repair the damage he's done to those he loves, Wade also knows there is no going back. But when he sets out to put things right the last thing he's prepared to find out is that he had a son. A son he'll never get the chance to meet.

    When the truth is out and all the old wounds are bared, it seems impossible that Nikki and Wade will find their way back to each other. But true love is an undeniable force that even past hurts can't destroy.

    This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

    Warning: This title contains heartbreaking tragedy, lies and deception, and a scorching passion that nothing can deny.

  15. K. Z. Snow
    Apr 26, 2010 @ 21:45:12

    Mobry’s Dick, a gay contemporary/historical hybrid with a paranormal touch — maybe — is coming May 18 from Loose Id.

    * * *

    “The magician depends for the success of his art upon the credulity of the people. Whatever mystifies, excites curiosity; whatever in turn baffles this curiosity, works the marvelous.”
    ~ Alexander Herrmann, stage magician


    Late-19th-century illusionist Alain Mobry, a short, homely man with a clubfoot, is known primarily for his elaborate clockwork automata. But his private life is even more complex than his mechanisms. Mobry is a homosexual and a member of the Green Carnation Club, a secret gathering place for gay men of the theater. He's also dabbled in “real” magick. There are hints of it in an illusion called the Fountain of Youth-‘in which a beautiful youth called Puck, never seen in public, emerges from a diorama and disappears back into it-‘and in a profane automaton Alain has devised specifically to entertain the Green Carnation's members. He would like his creation to be for one man in particular, a fellow magician with whom he's infatuated. But he never gets the chance to offer his gift . . .

    Over 100 years later, a peculiar item turns up at an outdoor flea market. It looks something like a blunt-nosed artillery shell to Cameron Waters, the young real estate broker who buys the piece out of curiosity. It looks like the legendary automaton known as Mobry's Dick to Paul Patrillo, a graduate student who's been researching the history of stage magic. It looks like a blessing as well as a curse when it brings the two men together.

    While Cameron inches his way out of the closet and Paul struggles to free himself from a sugar daddy who'll stop at nothing to get what he wants, the unlikely pair grow closer as they tackle the mystery of Mobry's Dick – with startling and nearly tragic results.

  16. Tracy Madison
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 02:50:14

    Thank you for this opportunity!

    I have a release out today (April 27), A Breath of Magic, the third book in my Magic series from Dorchester Publishing.

    I’m also holding several contests. One winner will receive a free 30-minute psychic reading. Details at

    Waiting To Exhale

    Chloe Nichols is holding her breath. All her life, finding true happiness with a family has seemed as easy as…well, snagging a bubble off the wind–a bubble that her current boyfriend seems dead set on bursting. Yes, every time Chloe mentions her one true desire, Kyle shoots down her hopes. But he hasn’t reckoned with the awesome power of Gypsy magic, or with loyal kith and kin. One way or another, Chloe’s going to get her happily-ever-after. One could sometimes be found after you’d convinced a man he loves you, right? All Fate needs is a little puff in the right direction…

  17. Kate Roman
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 09:01:32

    Thank you very much for running these threads!

    It’s been a long time coming, but out today is Man and Wolf, my debut novel with Loose-Id.

    Man and Wolf:

    The night Rob Nichols brings his poisoned Malamute to the Lake Park Veterinary Hospital, he brings hope and chaos into Jamie Bretton’s life in equal measures. Jamie never thought his defenses would come down so easily, but there’s something about Rob that makes him throw caution to the wind. But when the two of them attract the attention of an overly curious Animal Control Officer, they have to take big steps to trust one another, and find a way to integrate an escaped government werewolf into the life of a lonely veterinarian without anyone being the wiser.

    But in the end, they’ll do what it takes, because they love each other more than the moon–especially when it’s full.

    So excited! Excerpt available here.


  18. Mari Tokuda
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 15:03:20

    It's paranormal romance! It's interactive! It's a casual game! It's releasing on April 28th! And we're having an online party with prizes!!

    Thanks for letting us post about our game (even though it's not a book)! What we've made is a game based on Marjorie M. Liu's paranormal romance Tiger Eye. Marjorie was involved every step of the way and even wrote the script. We're calling it the first romance casual game written by, designed by, and created for women. So, here we are! Check us out!

    The Game:

    – Title: Tiger Eye Part I: Curse of the Riddle Box
    – Genre: Romance Casual
    – Platforms: PC (April 28), Mac (end of May)
    – Price: $9.99 premium package, $6.99 game-only package
    – Features: Hidden object style adventure game, boatloads of puzzles and minigames, hand-drawn/voice-acted cut scenes that depict the story
    – Release Date: 4/28/10

    The Blurb:

    Find mystery, magic and tantalizing romance in Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box, a hidden-object adventure game loaded with compelling puzzles, addictive mini-games, and beautiful cinematics. Play as the psychically-gifted Dela Reese as she's hurtled into danger after purchasing an ancient riddle box in a Beijing dirt market. From the box emerges Hari, a striking 7-foot tall warrior who has been imprisoned for 2000 years. Help Dela thwart assassins who seek the power of the box, and find a way for her and Hari to safely return to Dela's homeland, while earning each other's respect and love.

    The Party:

    Join us for our ONLINE RELEASE PARTY on Wednesday from 7-9pm EST (4-6pm PST)! We'll announce a fun online “scavenger hunt,” and we'll have a bunch of free giveaways including signed novels from Marjorie Liu and other merchandise. Here's the link!

    Thanks! And I hope to see you there!

  19. Angelia Sparrow
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 20:00:42

    “Master Bear” will be out May 16 from Amber Allure.

    William Davis battled his cancer down three times, but has no energy left for a fourth round. Now, he must make provision for his sub, Chris. But Chris loves his master and doesn’t want a new one. Through their last summer, as William slips away a little at a time, they interview new tops, looking for the one who will take Chris in and care for him.

    As man after man fails to meet their standards, each leaves with a warning about the mysterious and dreadful Master Bear. As time draws short, Chris falls for their hospice nurse, Mike, who was once in the scene, but is no longer. William’s life winds down in a haze of pain and drugs and Chris is left with the terrifying prospect of Master Bear and never seeing Mike again.

  20. KB Alan
    May 04, 2010 @ 20:45:06

    My third book, Bound by Sunlight, releases May 12 with Ellora’s Cave.

    Excerpt is here or at my website:

    Kyriana Price has spent nearly a year trapped at her evil day job. And she does mean evil. Her boss is a mage bent on power and lets nothing stand in the way of his quest to gain more of it. When she sees Connul Graysn wielding a flogger at a BDSM club, she formulates an escape plan that will require his considerable skills-‘as a mage and as a Dom. Going to another mage for help might not be the best plan, but it's the only one she's got, and at this point, she's willing to try just about anything.

    The last thing Connul expects when he finds an intruder in his house is that he'll soon have her chained in his bedroom, her lovely body marked by his paddle. But she's begging for his help-‘how can a gentleman refuse? As they learn to trust each other, he begins to realize that the only thing he's not willing to do for her is let her go.

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  21. KB Alan
    May 04, 2010 @ 20:50:32

    Ack, double post, sorry!

  22. Alexi Silversmith
    May 09, 2010 @ 12:04:19

    Hi Everyone – thanks for hosting this thread.

    My first m/m romance novella has actually just been released by Dreamspinner Press. Here’s the blurb.

    Cassian Ford is a successful writer in his forties, established at the local university. Andy Havers is a book restorer in his early twenties who just moved to town. They have nothing in common, and yet somehow everywhere they go, they seem to run into each other. Despite a bumpy beginning-‘an exasperated Cassian accuses Andy of being a stalker-‘the gap in age, and their many other differences, a passionate romance develops between them. But just when Andy is convinced he’s found true love, secrets from Cassian’s past erupt into the present, and Andy realizes it might not be him Cassian wants at all…

    Thanks for reading.

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