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My apologies to everyone who has been following Kindling Romance, but a family situation has arisen that forces me to put this blog on temporary hiatus. I hope to return to blogging soon. In the meantime, my thanks to everyone who has been following the posts here, and been so generous with their comments and suggestions.

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Here’s a round up of current and upcoming releases from a variety of eBook romance publishers for the week of September 28, 2009.

The romance novels and short stories below are not a complete listing of every eBook romance published this week, but rather a sampling from different subgenres**. Information is offered direct from the publishers’ websites, so this round-up should not be considered a review of the individual titles.

SAMHAIN PUBLISHING:

boundbydesignBOUND BY DESIGN
by Natasha Moore

Release Date: September 29, 2009

Word Count: Novella

Subgenre: Contemporary Romance, Red Hots!

Formats Available: Adobe PDF (SonyReader), HTML, MS Reader, Mobipocket, (including Kindle), Rocketbook

Price: $3.50

Description: He may bind her body, but can he bind her heart?

Jenn spends her days crafting custom-designed slave jewelry, but wear a collar herself? No, thanks. Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. That whole Master/slave scene was too much of a roller coaster ride. Then Scott, an architect with a dominant side, enters her life. Something about him makes her body come alive with longings for another taste of the lifestyle.

Scott’s life fell apart when he tried to deny his dominant tendencies. He’s determined to convince Jenn that denying her submissive needs would be a big mistake. Her response is so strong, so sweet, he finds himself falling again and falling apart for the smart and sexy sub.

Suddenly, something he thought he’d never have seems within reach—a forever love tied up in a nice leather bow. But any mention of 24/7 sends Jenn flying away in panic. If any real healing is to take place, he’ll need to take a giant step back and design a new approach using ropes, chains…and a whole lot of trust.

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

CERRIDWEN PRESS:

UnfoldingShadowsUNFOLDING THE SHADOWS
by Katie O’Sullivan

Release Date: October 1, 2009

Word Count: Novel

Subgenre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

Formats Available: PDF (SonyReader), HTML (including Kindle), MS Reader, Mobipocket (including Kindle)

Price: $6.99

Description: Jillian has worked hard to close the doors on her past and the psychic abilities that defined her youth. For sixteen years, she’s ignored the ghosts who still try to whisper to her. Even her controlling husband Kyle has no idea that his wife can talk to spirits. But on the day after Christmas, her great aunt’s car smashes head-on with a commuter train and Jillian finds herself on a collision course with ghosts who refuse to remain in the shadows any longer.

Long-hidden secrets are coming to light and Jillian’s life has to change to accommodate them. With the help of her friends and a substantial inheritance, she sets her life in a new direction, but Kyle’s not about to lose out on his share of Jillian’s inheritance—even if he has to kill her to get it.

Excerpt available at publisher’s website.

ELLORA’S CAVE:

ellorascavemenELLORA’S CAVEMEN: FLAVORS OF ECSTASY III
by
Angelia Sparrow, Cheryl Dragon, Courtney Bee, Fiona Jayde, Lyla Sinclair, Naomi Brooks, Sherry James

Release Date: Current New Release

Word Count: 6 Stories/Super Novel Length (judging by cover price)

Subgenre: Erotic Romance Anthology which includes Paranormal, Contemporary, Historical, Suspense

Formats Available: PDF (SonyReader), HTML (including Kindle), MS Reader, Mobipocket, (including Kindle), Rocketbook

Price: $9.99

Description: Cherry Tart by Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks

In 1896, disgraced Chastity is sent to the New Abilene Colony on Jupiter’s moon of Io. Resigned to a fast marriage in order to save her nonexistent virtue, she doesn’t count on falling hard and lustfully for handsome Ulysses. During the six-month trip, the virile Outrider, whose favorite part of his job is lassoing and riding asteroids away from the ship, meets his match in this petite redhead. Chastity teaches him in delicious detail exactly why her name fits her so badly.

Climbing the Corporate Ladder Without Panties by Courtney Bee

Kate’s plan to become editor at a male-dominated publishing house just suffered a major setback, and to make matters worse, the cocky but handsome IT guy is on his own quest—to make Kate his.

One night Kate succumbs to his brash charm, shocked as he loosens her prim bun and bends her over for a spanking. Ashamed to admit she’s just had the best sex of her life, Kate has to make a decision—keep control, forfeiting sexual bliss for a dream career, or embark on a sexual journey where she surrenders all power.

Eight Seconds by Sherry James

Erotic writer Taylor Westfall needs fresh inspiration. Who better to help her research sexual techniques than professional bull rider Devlin McCord? Devlin’s red-hot reputation proves his riding skills aren’t limited to the arena. Taylor’s sure he can get her juices—creative and otherwise—flowing if she can find the nerve to proposition him.

Devlin is tired of one-night stands and life on the road. He wants the girl he’s loved since high school. When Taylor tells him she needs to have sex with him, he’s ready…and he’s got more than eight seconds in him.

Pitch Black by Fiona Jayde

Breathless seduction in a glass elevator above a darkened Kiev covers up the deactivation of Katherine Belaya’s implanted GPS tracker. Nicholai Rostov may have just saved her life or led her into a trap set by the Russians. Her lust for him is simple nerves, adrenaline pumped high by the threat of bullets. As they fight for survival, Kate’s trust in Nick may be the only thing keeping them alive.

Shifting Sides by Cheryl Dragon

In spite of being held captive by sadistic scientists, shifters Kiren and Breman forged a relationship. The evacuation of Earth forced them apart but their mutual lust never died. Now Breman has the chance to bring Kiren back to the rebel colony with him.

Cat-shifter Kiren has missed her dragon-shifter mate and when Breman catches up with her on Old Earth, their lust gets the best of them—for once without limits or spectators. Finally sharing all their secrets, Breman has a plan. Freedom and passion are within reach if they can escape the assassins in orbit.

The Johnson Obsession by Lyla Sinclair

From her balcony, Vivian secretly sketches her sexy wet neighbor while he swims and lounges at the apartment pool each evening.  When he shows up at her door one night, she’s sure he’s there to deliver some misdirected mail. But suddenly, Duke is dominating her, carrying out sexual plans that she could only dream of—exactly the one’s she’s dreamed of, in fact. He knows the contents of her dirty little fantasies. But will he see it through to the ending she’d never dared ask of any man?

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

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RevMeUpREV ME UP
by Adele Dubois

Release Date: Current New Release

Word Count: Novel

Subgenre: Contemporary Erotic Romance with Latin Theme

Formats Available: PDF (SonyReader), HTML (including Kindle), MS Reader, Mobipocket, (including Kindle), Rocketbook

Price: $5.95

Description: Lisa has always been a Good Girl. When she flashes her breasts at the hunk riding by on his Harley, her wild impulse seems like harmless fun. How could she know he’d hit the curb and land at her feet? To make amends with the cop from Santa Fe, Lisa agrees to a cocktail with him. When she slides on the bike and wraps her arms around Antonio’s buff body, they take off on the ultimate ride.

Antonio’s in town for his brother’s graduation before heading to FBI training. Lisa’s there to break up with her cheating midshipman boyfriend. Revenge sex with a hot cop may be the perfect way to unleash her inner Bad Girl. But can she keep her feelings casual?

With sexy Antonio by her side and the lust blazing between them, this Bad Girl may have a chance to have it all. As long as an ex-boyfriend out for revenge doesn’t destroy her new happiness.

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

THE WILD ROSE PRESS:

thecaretaker_w1983_300THE CARETAKER
by
Gabriella Lucas

Release Date: October 2, 2009

Word Count: 2 Novellas (260 pages total)

Subgenre: Fantasy Romance, Spicy

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: NA

Description: A WOMAN ACHING TO FIND LOVE AND PASSION . . .

Nikki Quinn, fresh off an acrimonious divorce, is looking for a place to live with her eleven-year-old daughter, a new job–and love. When she inherits her best friend’s mansion, she has no idea that her friend’s ghost lingers there, nor does she know that the spirit of Paddy Doyle, cursed over two hundred years ago, comes with the property. The truth about what really happened so long ago is buried deep within the recesses of Nikki’s mind.

Attracted to her new boss, Michael Williams, but mesmerized by Paddy’s spirit and haunted by ghosts of the 1798 Irish Rebellion, Nikki straddles two worlds, as well as her past life and her present one.

A MAN AFRAID TO LOVE AGAIN . . .

Nikki’s new boss, attorney Michael Williams, lost his wife in a tragic accident six years ago. When he meets Nikki, his heart tells him yes but his head tells him no. It’s always been easy for Michael to walk away from a beautiful woman, but his feelings for Nikki are different. They reach deep into his heart; they transcend pain and time. When he finally opens his heart to her, he cannot begin to imagine how the ghosts of Ireland will affect his future . . . and threaten his life.

Drawn into a loop of reincarnation and the supernatural, their lives hang in the balance.

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

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sleepingwithskel_w4279_300SLEEPING WITH SKELETONS
by
Doralynn Kennedy

Release Date: October 2, 2009

Word Count: Novel (272 pages)

Subgenre: Romantic Suspense, Spicy

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: $6.00

Description: Former CIA operative Margaret Garrison is not the woman she appears to be when she arrives in rural Ireland, hoping to find a quiet respite from running for her life. The last thing she needs is to catch the eye of Aidan Grimes, the wildly popular Irish actor filming the movie Jane Eyre in Ballyrick.
Rumored to have broken a thousand hearts, Aidan is also a man of many surprises. The very secrecy that shrouds Margaret compels him to want to know more about her, which inadvertently alerts her enemies to her location and threatens not only Margaret’s life, but those of the people around her.
Between Aidan, his father, and a little girl desperately in need of a mother, Margaret discovers a life she has always dreamed of but never dared hoped for. But with the skeletons from her past drawing nearer each day, can love triumph over evil, or is it all just a myth?

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

RED ROSE PUBLISHING:

HelloKeyshiaWilliams-200x300HELLO: KEYSHIA WILLIAMS
THE WILLIAM SISTERS: BOOK I

by Marie Rochelle

Release Date: September 24, 2009

Word Count: Novella (30K words)

Subgenre: Contemporary, Interracial/Multicultural

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader, Mobipocket

Price: $2.99

Description: Hotel/spa owner Keyshia Williams is used to being the good older sister and daughter that her family depends on. She always follows the rules and doesn’t have spontaneous bone in her body. She has given up on love deciding to devote her time to working at her business Family Affair along with dishing out unwanted advice to her three younger sisters, but all of that changes when Steven Weber walks through the door.

Tabloid journalist Steven Weber has grown tired of the scandal that comes along with his job. He is no longer interested in making money off a celebrity’s misfortune, so he decides to take a much needed vacation. He isn’t thinking about a woman or a relationship when he walks through the doors of Family Affair, but he quickly changes his mind after one soft spoken word – Hello.

Will the good sister find something that tempts her to take a walk on the wild side with bad boy Steven Weber or will she continue to think love is not going to find its way to her door?

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

LOOSE ID:

MB_ATrickoftheMoon_coverlgA TRICK OF THE MOON
by Melinda Barron

Release Date: Current New Release

Word Count: Novel

Subgenre: Contemporary Multicultural Romantic Suspense, Erotica, Ménage à trois

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader, Mobipocket

Price: $5.99

Description: Big, beautiful woman Maura Atwell has put away her attorney shoes to run her father’s guest ranch while he recovers from a stroke. When what looks to be a Native American kiva is discovered on her father’s land, she does what any good attorney would do: she has it investigated.

Archeologist Declan Littlecreek has wanted Maura since they were in college. Knowing sex and friendship don’t always mix, he kept things from getting too heavy. Now that Maura is asking for his help in exploring her new find, he’s all game. And he’s ready to explore the attraction between them if she is.

Declan and his best friend, policeman Dario Fuentes, travel to the Full Moon Ranch to see what they can learn. While the threesome explores the kiva, they also discover a passion that burns hot between the three of them, binding them together. Will it survive the end of the exploration or will it turn out to be just a trick of the moon?

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KD_DominatingVic_coverlgDOMINATING VICTORIA
by Kitty DuCane

Release Date: Current New Release

Word Count: Novel

Subgenre: Paranormal Shapeshifter Romantic Suspense, BDSM

Formats Available : Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader, Mobipocket

Price: $4.99

Description: Victoria McLain’s dad was the best DEA agent ever, but now he’s dead and Victoria’s hell-bent on making the responsible Colombian cartel leader pay. Even though she’s not DEA, her dad trained her as DEA and she plans to use all her training to extract revenge. Her only problem is Hayden Hunt.

Hayden Hunt is a DEA agent and a werewolf. His wolf senses are a blessing when Victoria’s lying to him and a curse when her emotional pain bleeds. Even though he doesn’t know the reckless beauty he’s hunting by name, he knows her and he’s determined to keep his mate from her revenge, especially since she doesn’t plan to survive.

Brought together by circumstance, Victoria and Hayden spend their days battling each other and fill their nights with passion as Hayden takes and claims his mate again and again.

But when Victoria discovers that Hayden’s the only survivor of the ambush that killed her dad, she wonders if he’s the mole in the DEA she’s been looking for. Hayden will have to prove himself again, if he’s going to keep dominating Victoria.

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

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Every effort is made to locate and promote eBook romances at all heat levels from sweet to erotica. If you’re the author of an upcoming release, please considering submitting a blurb about your book using this blog’s Your Chance to Brag! page.

**Finally, please note many romance eBooks on the market today have a high heat level. The individual publisher’s websites may caution readers under the age of 18 to discontinue reading excerpts and other material.

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As you read this, I am at least an hour from the nearest Internet connection or even the nearest cell phone tower, camping in the Gila National Forest, south of Pie Town, New Mexico. This weekend’s romance novel trailers, as well as Monday’s new releases are loaded up and ready to go tomorrow, and I’ll be back to blogging as usual on Tuesday.

Have a happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

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Those of you who were somewhat miffed by the lack of official programming for eBook romance at RWA Nationals, take heart. Here are two upcoming conferences that celebrate eBook readers and writers.

Romanticon 2009

When: October 9-11, 2009
Where: Richfield, Ohio
Sponsor(s): Ellora’s Cave/Cerridwen
Registration Fee: $250
Perks and Events Covered by Fee : Goody Bag, Opening Night Soiree, Buffet Breakfast, Appreciation Dinner, Workshops, Book Fair, Farewell Bingo Party

Romanticon 2009 is focused almost exclusively on eBook romance with “sessions on Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary & Romantic Suspense, Interracial/Multicultural, Male/Male & Female/Female, BDSM. We’d love to hear what you want more of, what you’re tired of, your pet peeves, your yummiest heroes.”

Over 70 authors are already slated to attend, and the conference includes an author track with the following workshops:

  • Workshops including:
  • E-Marketing Your Book
  • Writing Short Stories
  • Researching and Writing in Special Genres (BDSM, IR/MC, Historical)
  • Choreographing Action and Sex Scenes
  • Tracking and Understanding Your Royalties
  • Promo Items That Work

Authors After Dark Paranormal Weekend

When: October 23-25, 2009
Where: Suffern, New Yorkd
Sponsor(s): Samhain, Phaze, Tease, and others
Registration Fee: $175
Perks and Events Covered by Fee : 4 meals, a cocktail hour and two parties

Though the weekend is not exclusively eBook oriented, many of the authors scheduled to attend write in that format, and programming includes a special eBook panel.

Attendees should have a great time with workshops such as:

  • Wake up with a Vampire
  • Faerie Tales: Dragons, Fae and Knights
  • Earth, Air, Fire, Water: Witches and The Craft
  • Shifters Unleashed
  • Dirty Demons

Events include a book signing, candy shop mixer, gift basket raffle session, publisher’s expo, and workshops on earring making and wire wrap jewelry.

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A long, yet helpful transcript of a speech by agent Laura Bradford on the state of erotic romance publishing, is currently making the rounds of the Internet. Since a high percentage of eBook romance authors write erotica, I believe the link to the speech on Dear Author deserves to be posted here, as well.

Bradford spoke before the Passionate Ink Chapter of the RWA at Nationals in D.C. She related information she, as an agent representing such authors as Lauren Dane and Jess Granger, gathered from editors at Avon, Bantam, Berkley Heat, NAL Heat, Dorchester, Grand Central, Harlequin, Kensington, Pocket and St. Martins. If you want a blunt, straightforward assessment of where and where not to send your next manuscript, Bradford’s speech should give you some solid clues.

What you won’t see, except in a tangential comment about Pocket’s anthology partnership with Ellora’s Cave, are editors discussing their wants lists for eBooks. eBooks (as a primary format) simply aren’t on the radar yet.

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Click here for this blog’s posts about the Romance Writers of America® Conference, held July 15-18 in Washington, D.C. You’ll find a full list of the RITA and Golden Heart Awards winners, as well as links to photos and other news from Nationals.

Otherwise, continuing scrolling downward for today’s Kindling Romance!

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Do you like to read or write romance in eBook format? Are you one of the “early adopters” of eBooks, who finds this a fun and convenient format for reading all your favorite authors and discovering new ones? This blog has been created just for you.

Though the blog’s name may suggest it is about romance on the Kindle only, in fact all available eBook formats, Kindle, SonyReader, Mobipocket, PDF and more are covered, as are eBook publishers large and small. You’ll find information about current eBook releases and trends in electronic romance publishing. Readers can follow links to online eBook sellers, while authors will find publisher’s guidelines, plus industry and RWA news.

This blog does occasionally cover books that are available in both print and eBook formats, but the overall emphasis here is on eBook-only publications. eBooks have a long way to go before they reach mainstream acceptance in our genre. I believe there are many incredible authors out there publishing in electronic format only who deserve to be recognized for their talented work and brought to the attention of romance readers.

Have fun and thanks for stopping by!

Aileen

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