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May Sunday Open 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. 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 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.

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. Red Sage Presents
    May 05, 2008 @ 09:07:46

    Compromised by Nathalie Gray

    Sometimes in this life, there’s no room for compromise.

    Not when a mission is of crucial importance.

    Not when a man’s life is in jeopardy.

    Not when that man is the only man she’s ever loved.

    Jojo DaSilva, elite extraction specialist, knows her mission has been compromised and entering the alien space station might be a suicide mission. But that won’t stop her. Mathias got away from her once, but she won’t let it happen again.

  2. Red Sage Presents
    May 05, 2008 @ 09:09:26

    Sofia’s Lobo by Lauren Blades

    A ghost with a secret.

    A werewolf with the truth.

    And a reporter on a mission to uncover both.

    Sofia Tijerina isn’t afraid of things that go bump in the night. And that includes Antonio Valdez, the lover she left behind six years ago. But she’s back now, and she’s ready to confront her past … no matter how deeply shrouded in mystery it might be.

  3. Bonnie Dee
    May 05, 2008 @ 11:07:38

    The Countess Takes a Lover is available May 6 at Samhain. See the book trailer at Bonnie Dee’s website.

    Countess Meredith du Chevalier, a widow with a reputation for being sexually adventurous, is intrigued when she is approached by a gentleman who wishes her to “make a man” of his son. Sensing a passionate man beneath Christopher Whitby's reserved exterior, Meredith takes on the challenge, inviting the botanist to her country home to revitalize her abandoned greenhouse.

    Chris finds people to be a chaotic, animalistic species, and has chosen to devote his life to the study of plants. One kiss from the vivacious countess, however, and his inner animal is aroused. But lust is only a fraction of what he feels for the vulnerable woman hiding behind a brittle façade. He resolves to coax her to grow until her petals unfurl in a glorious bloom.

    To her surprise, Meredith finds Chris brings much more to life than just fallow soil. But just as their love begins to thrive, he learns about the secret arrangement. Meredith must risk her heart for the most dangerous lesson of all-‘love.

  4. Fae Sutherland
    May 05, 2008 @ 16:26:40

    My co-author and I have a new release with Ellora’s Cave:

    Exceptions To The Rule

    Two men with nothing in common, a strip club on a Tuesday night, and a meeting that will forever change the rules. Nathan Daniels and Jamie Nolan are from two different worlds, but under the façades and packaging they are more alike than they think. Suit and tie meets leather and tattoos as a financial analyst and a bartender find out that falling in love is everything the storybooks say, even when it’s the X-rated version.

    There’s an excerpt on the EC site page and another (different)one on our website Chasing Dreams

  5. Ann Somerville
    May 05, 2008 @ 18:02:56

    Interstitial by Ann Somerville
    Gay Sci-fiction Romance – out on May 13 through Samhain

    Love triangles. Alien monsters. Planetary war. Just another day in space.

    Sebastien ven Hester, decorated war hero and captain of the sentient cargo ship Naurus, can face any danger-‘except his own feelings. Jason North, his pilot, finds out the hard way that Seb's not ready for a relationship after his recent divorce. And Jatila Kan, their engineer, discovers her feelings for North aren't returned-‘because her lover's pining after another man.

    Not the best situation for a crew starting a three-week run across the galaxy.

    But there are bigger terrors in space than their messy love triangle. A ruthless, horrifying enemy stands ready to test them to their physical and emotional limits.

    Failure means certain death not only to themselves and their passengers, but to the entire planetary alliance.

  6. Ellen Hartman
    May 05, 2008 @ 20:48:26

    His Secret Past — May Superromance

    Mason Star spent his teens living the fast life on the road with his band. Tragedy struck one night when his tour bus crashed and a young fan was killed. Fifteen years later, Mason is struggling with his own teenage son who wants to quit high school to tour with his band, and with the local zoning board that wants to take his home.

    Anna Walsh’s documentary may save his bacon, but she just might ruin his life in the process.

    Trailer (it’s funny and a little different), excerpt, and more are on my web site:

  7. Megan Reilly
    May 08, 2008 @ 19:50:45

    Life on the Move is available now from Samhain Publishing.

    Home is where the heart is. Until the truth comes knocking.

    Casey Smith and her dad move around a lot, so packing boxes, driving all night, and moving into a new apartment in a new town is nothing, well, new to her. While it's weird that her dad is so restless, she's never really minded before-‘after all, there's nothing she can do about it.

    But this time is different. This time they've moved to a place where she almost fits in. She's even made some friends, including Ethan, a gorgeous guy who could turn out to be more than just a friend-‘if only she could be sure she'll have time to really get to know him.

    Just when her life is starting to have all kinds of possibilities, a knock comes on the door.

    And everything Casey has ever known is turned upside down.

  8. Shiloh Walker
    May 21, 2008 @ 16:17:52

    Ebook….(thanks, ladies!)

    Hunter’s Edge now available

    Some love can last a lifetime-‘their love was destined to last longer.

    Angel's first words to Kel were I'm going to marry you. She was seven at the time. He was eight. And he didn't laugh when she spoke the words.

    Best friends as children, lovers as young adults, they had an unexplainable bond. Their future looked set. Until the night they were attacked by a creature that couldn't exist.

    Angel survived the attack-‘barely. But Kel didn't. Or at least, nobody thought he did. His body was never found and Angel's life would never be the same.

    The attack might not have killed Kel's body, but it sure as hell killed his heart. Twelve years later, there's one part of his former life that he can't move past. Angel. He can't let her go, but he can't have her either. She doesn't even realize he is still alive.

    But when a threat surfaces, Kel's willing to do whatever it takes to protect Angel. Even if it drives them both to the edge of insanity and back.

    Warning: Some violence. Some sex. Some bloody violence. Even a little bit of bloody sex. Not all of the sex is between the hero and the heroine, even though every time that happens, the hero closes his eyes and thinks of Angel. Not exactly a traditional romance, but I promise it does end HEA.

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