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Sunday Evening Open Thread (Author Promo Night)

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. I thought we would test out an open thread here at Dear Author. We are going to start with two a month. On the first Sunday of every month, there will be an Author Promo Night Open Thread. On the first Monday of the month, there will be a Reader Open Thread. Both threads will be linked to on the front of the site.

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. 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.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Karen Scott
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 17:41:21

    This should be interesting.

  2. Jia
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 17:57:25

    I love reading some of the open threads on the SF/F blogs. I’m glad we’re giving it a try here.

  3. J L Wilson
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 18:47:14

    I guess I’m not sure what an “Open Thread” is (and gee, I thought I was so techno-literate). Does this mean I can leave a comment about my book that released on Leap Day?

  4. Jane
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 18:51:39

    Yes, that is exactly what it is. You can leave a comment with a blurb and a link to a place to read an excerpt and where to buy it. It’s a place for you to come whenever you have a release and promote your release.

  5. Janine
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 18:55:51

    I didn’t know what an “Open Thread” was either when this concept first came up on our email loop. And yes, if your book fits the rules Jane posted, you are most welcome to leave a comment about it.

  6. Shiloh Walker
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 19:17:15

    I think it’s a cool idea, ladies.

  7. J L Wilson
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 19:17:41

    Yea! Thanks for explaining.

    My book, Candy, Corpses & Classified Ads, released on Leap Day. It’s what I call a ‘sexy/cozy’ mystery (light on gore and explicit sex). It’s my fifth book and second mystery.

    Here’s a blurb:

    When JT McCord jilted Molly Lawford she survived and moved on to marry twice. But her first husband died and her second husband ran off with a hairdresser. Molly gave up on romance and settled down in Tangle Butte, Minnesota, as a small town reporter.

    Now JT is back in town as the Chief of Police. His first official act is to investigate how Molly’s thought-to-be-vanished husband turned up buried next to the septic tank in Molly’s back yard, dug up by a neighbor’s pig.

    Molly sets out to solve that mystery with the help of Mr. Sex’s Ladies (her book group), her newspaper editor, her Tarot reader and her color-sorted M&Ms. If she can survive a couple of attempts on her life she might find the love of her life-‘all because of a pig and some plumbing.

    And here’s a link to an excerpt:

    Information about purchase is on my web site (

    Thanks for the chance to post!

  8. Jody W.
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 19:22:33

    On the reader day, does the reader have to talk about a new release or anything she read? I rarely read new releases in a timely fashion. Oh, and will it be for gushing only or whatever strikes said reader as noteworthy?

  9. Jane
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 19:25:38

    Anything that she reads. The purpose of the open threads, as I see it, is for the commenters to drive the bus.

  10. Charlene Teglia
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 19:28:09

    Cool idea! Although I can’t mention my release, since it was in Feb. instead of March. *g* I buy a lot of my books from blog spotting, so this’ll be good for my shopping list.

  11. Jane
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 19:30:57

    Oh, you mean, Satisfaction Guaranteed, :). I thought that was a late February release, but I see it was released on February 19.

  12. K. Z. Snow
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 21:06:59

    Well, what struggling author can resist such largess? I just wrapped up a List Mom Day at the Cave (Yahoo Groups branch) so I might as well keep pimping ’til I drop.

    Cauldron of Keridwen, the second book in my Galdeshian fantasy cycle, will be released Friday, March 7, by Ellora’s Cave as part of their “Torrid Tarot” series. There won’t be a direct link to the book until then, but you’re darn tootin’ you’ll see it on the main page come Friday. (Or so my editor tells me. Don’t know yet if I can trust her; she’s a Brit.) The first book, by the way, was Wing and Tongue. I was quite surprised by how much people liked it. Or maybe they just got hooked by the title and cover. The third book–and, I think, the best–is now sitting in same editor’s computer. I have no idea what its fate might be.

    Anyway, there you have it.

  13. Barbara Sheridan
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 22:25:32

    I had one released a few days ago I guess that counts. So here goes:

    Samurai Captive
    Multicultural Erotic Historical

    On display in the front window of a Japanese brothel, indentured British maid Hannah Connolly captures the eye of samurai Sanada Katsuhiro. Drawn to the lush, sultry curves of her body and the sensual performance she puts on for her audience, Katsu buys Hannah and takes her home, much to the annoyance of his best friend and sometime lover Masato.

    Hannah doesn’t need to be bound with silk ropes to keep her from escaping (though she’s not about to complain when she is). She’s intrigued by the handsome warrior and more intrigued by the thought of watching him and his samurai friend do to each other what she’s only imagined.

    Katsu plans to return Hannah to the foreign settlement at Yokohama and have her spy on an opium smuggler. But can he truly let go of the captive who has touched his heart?

    Should this tickle your fancy, you can check out an excerpt and such at my publisher Loose ID

  14. Kirsten Saell
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 23:47:33

    My first book, Crossing Swords, a red-hot fantasy romance, releases March 11 from Samhain:

    A straight duel to the death. A professional opponent who’s paying him to win. This was going to be the easiest money Gil had ever earned. Except he hadn’t counted on his opponent being a woman. And he never counted on falling for her.

    After avenging the brutal murder of her lover, all Lianon wants is to die a clean death. Too bad the man she hired doesn’t do women, and he’s furious over her deception. Not only does he renege on their contract, he has the gall to lock her up in his apartment-naked, no less!-to punish her for her ruse.

    If she could just get her mind out of the gutter, she’d cut him a new smile. But ever since he saw through her boy’s clothes, all she can think about is getting him naked, too.

    But just when she’s found something to live for, the father of her lover’s murderer surfaces. He wants Lianon to die screaming – and he’s all too happy to take Gil down with her.

    You can read an excerpt at my website,

    or at Samhain

    Thanks for this opportunity for shameless self-promotion!

  15. Kate Davies
    Mar 03, 2008 @ 02:11:43

    What a great idea. Thanks for the promo opp!

    My newest book, Lessons in Trust, was a February 26 e-book release from Samhain. Here’s the blurb:

    He’s the protector she never wanted-‘and the love she can’t let go.

    Princess Lucia du Charbonneaux loves her life. Afforded a level of autonomy rarely enjoyed by royalty, she lives on her own and chooses staff members who give her the space she needs. But her new bodyguard refuses to play by the rules. His insistence on shadowing her 24/7 is cramping her style-‘and the sparks flying between them are on the verge of melting her carefully constructed Ice Princess façade. He needs to go before those sparks get too hot.

    Eric Delmonico would be happy to leave. The infuriating, challenging, whip-smart princess is a royal pain. Not to mention her sinfully sexy body keeps him up at night in more ways than one. But her brother gave Eric the job, and he is determined to stay until the threat against her is neutralized.

    An attempt is made on her life, and Eric spirits her away to a safe house in the country where passion ignites, leaving them both shaken. Together they must work to find the assassin before Lucia’s safety-‘and the connection between them-‘are lost forever.

    An excerpt can be found here.

    And it can be purchased here.

    Thanks again for the opportunity to share! :)

  16. Shelley Munro
    Mar 03, 2008 @ 04:07:57

    Thanks! What a great idea.

    Fancy Free is a contemporary erotic romance coming out this Friday (7 March) at Ellora’s Cave.

    It's not every day a girl inherits a condom company, and to say accountant Alice Beasley is astonished and out of her depth is putting it mildly. For an almost virgin, she needs a quick education in all things condom because her inheritance is in danger. Someone is intent on sabotage and playing nasty, trying to destroy her new company.

    Alice is suddenly getting down and dirty with charismatic James, the factory manager, all in the name of business, testing new condom designs. The sex is hot. Mind-blowing. It's a dark thrill and an erotic journey. Yeah, it's a hard job, but a girl's got to do what a girl's gotta do.

    The testing turns personal. Alice wants James. She craves his talented touch and sultry kisses, she desires passion and physical pleasure on a permanent basis but first she must convince bad-boy James to give up his fancy-free ways…

    Warning: Condoms were tested and a few harmed during the writing of this story.

    You can read an excerpt at my website.

    And it can be purchased here on or after 7 March 2008.

    Thanks for the promo opportunity.

  17. Jennifer McKenzie
    Mar 03, 2008 @ 09:46:53

    Wow!!! Thank you so much.
    My erotic romance “The Mask She Wears” by Jennifer Leeland is available now.

    Here’s the blurb:

    In the BDSM lifestyle, Catherine Lanyard is an extreme submissive with serious baggage. For years, she's avoided her pain and hidden dark secrets. Now, an experienced Dom has broken through her barriers and forced her to face her fear. Sex was always a give and take for Justin Travers. He'd always kept his “lifestyle” practices separate from real life. But when Catherine blurs that boundary, he must decide what he really wants.

    It can be purchased HERE

    And if you need some convincing, I have Thirteen Reasons To Buy “The Mask She Wears”.

  18. Jaci Burton
    Mar 03, 2008 @ 22:04:45

    Oh sure. You couldn’t start this in February when I had a release. ;-)

    Very cool idea, ladies! Just what I need. More books to buy *g*

  19. Shiloh Walker
    Mar 18, 2008 @ 21:54:06

    I keep getting told by a couple of certain people that I need to do more in the way of promo… (I just hate it. I’m lazy.)

    But this is easy enough…

    I’ve got a new print book out with Ellora’s Cave, called Whispered Secrets. It consists of three of my ebooks.

    Just an FYI, these are erotic romance.

    You can buy the book here.

    Or read excerpts here.

    Thanks to the DA ladies. :)

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  22. Joe
    May 18, 2008 @ 17:16:20

    I’ve been markting my books with free classified ads for years, it’s free and it’s been a great traffic builder for me, hope this helps, just a thought.


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  33. Marizhkamasha
    Sep 22, 2010 @ 01:08:10

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    Все, кто мне начинает хоть как-то нравится уматывают!!!!! Вечно я кого-то откуда-то жду!!! Что за злобный рок такой???

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