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News was released this morning that editor Kate Duffy, Editorial Director at Kensington Books, had passed away from complications of an infection. She is already sorely missed by so many within the romance community. Tributes of affection are springing up across the Internet. Among them: touching remembrances at barnesandnoble.com and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

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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.

It’s been a quiet week as far as romance eBook trailers go. Never fear. We’re going old school this Sunday with eight trailers for romance novels for the print—and eBook—markets.

The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory

Touchstone

Historical Romance ~ Current New Release

How to Dazzle a Duke by Claudia Dain

Berkley

Historical Romance ~ September 1, 2009

Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Harlequin

YA Paranormal Romance ~September 1, 2009

Queen of His Heart by Adrianne Byrd

Kimani Press

Contemporary Romance ~ September 1, 2009

My Wicked Vampire by Nina Bangs

Leisure Books

Erotic Vampire Romance ~ September 29, 2009

Too Wicked to Kiss by Erica Ridley

Kensington

Paranormal Gothic Historical Romance ~ March 2010

Marianna by Susanna Kearsley

Allison & Busby

Contemporary Paranormal Romance ~ April 15, 2010 (paperback edition)

13 to Life by Shannon Reinbold-Gee

St. Martin’s Press

YA Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance ~ June 2010

Would you like to see your trailer here next Sunday?

Send me the link to your trailer on YouTube or Google Video. In addition to the usual romance subgenres, romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and YA paranormal romance trailers are also welcome!

Today’s post includes three recently contracted novels with The Wild Rose Press. Congratulations to the authors below! Sales are listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name.

Author: Christine DePetrillo
Title: Alaska Heart
Subgenre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 100K words
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: TBA

Alanna Cormac thinks Alaska will be cold, but when she meets Iditarod winner Dale Ramsden, she’s got enough heat to melt a glacier and warm her heart.

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Author: Lilly Gayle
Title: Out of the Darkness
Subgenre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 75K words
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: TBA

Her research could cure his dark hunger if a covert government agent doesn’t get to her first.

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Author: Lynn Shurr
Title: Goals for a Sinner
Subgenre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 65K words
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: May 21, 2010

Wide receiver, Connor Riley, has remained celebate all season to home himself for the Super Bowl.  When he literally runs into sports photographer, Stevie Dowd, an old crush, he feels his vow about to be broken.  Can he win both Stevie and the Super Bowl?

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Have you made a sale within the last 60 days? Submit your news for the next sales report. Though there is no set day of the week for this feature, sales reports are posted regularly, as they accumulate.

My thanks to Deb Sanders who brought these three sales to my attention.

CORRECTED UPDATED POST…

This morning Samhain Publishing sent out a tweet asking for general cyberpunk and steampunk romance submissions, hinting that there would be an open call for anthology submissions in the future. Rather than one anthology, I’ve just learned that there will be two, one each for steampunk and cyberpunk.

Sasha Knight, Senior Editor at Samhain, hopes to have the new guidelines up soon, those for the steampunk anthology posted first, with cyberpunk to follow.

In the meantime, check out the publisher’s submission guidelines page for the skinny on their Angels and Demons, and Red Hot Fairy Tale anthologies.

This survey includes seven of the top eBook venues. The number of books shown for each site is the total that site classifies as romance on their main “browse all romance” page. Venues are listed in order of numbers of books.

Why Follow Inventory at eBook Retailers?

Inventory can be interpreted as a form of market reach. Liken it to WalMart. As much as you might prefer a smaller store for its atmosphere and more unique offerings, sooner or later a store with fewer items on its shelves isn’t going to have what you need. You may resist, standing by your favorite, but if you want something you want something, and you’ll go to the store that has it. You might even decide to switch stores permanently, or visit your old store less frequently.

That said, the exact nature of each retailer’s inventory is also a factor. In this analogy that might apply to the mix of publishers or eBook formats a store carries. For instance, ePub could overtake all other formats in terms of numbers of downloads, but not be available at the store with the largest inventory. Thus, in the end, the store without ePub might lose out.

Though B&N is this week’s winner in terms of percentages, it added only 80 new titles, while Amazon more than tripled that. What I would love to know is the source of new titles for each retailer, broken down into percentages (i.e. New York publishers, small presses, self-pubs, public domain books).

How much does the Kindle self-pub program add to Amazon’s romance inventory numbers? Is it a meaningful part of the equation, or does Amazon’s continued lead in eBooks available stem primarily from its position in the larger online marketplace?

Amazon.com (Kindle) 19,835 titles (19,576 last week) 1.32% increase (259 new titles)
Formats:
DTP format for the Kindle, iPhone, and iPod

All Romance eBooks 18,823 titles (18,728 last week) 0.51% increase (95 new titles)
Formats: Adobe PDF eBook, MSReader, HTML, Mobipocket, Palm DOC/iSolo, Franklin eBookMan, Hiebook, Rocketbook, Open eBook.

Books On Board 13,843 titles (13,670 last week) 1.26% increase (173 new titles)
Formats: ePub, Secure Adobe Editions (ADE), eReaders, MSReader, Mobipocket.

The eBook Store (Sony) 11,872 titles (11,821 last week) 0.43% increase (51 new titles)
Formats: EBL for Sony Reader and PC

Fictionwise 11,500 titles (11,456 last week) 0.38% increase (44 new titles)
Formats: Gemstar/Rocket eBooks, Adobe Reader, MobiPocket, MS Reader, eReader

eBooks.com 9,575 titles (9,502 last week) 0.77% increase (73 new titles)
Formats: MS Reader, Mobipocket Reader, Adobe Digital Editions

Barnes and Noble 4,654 titles (4,574 last week) 1.75% increase (80 new titles)
Formats: iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, PC, Mac

Note: In many cases, figures will include eBooks that also have print editions. Breaking out electronic-only editions from the totals isn’t feasible.

For anyone who has written and sold their first novel, what comes next can often be a daunting task. How do you get the reading public to notice you and buy?

Logically, it sounds like this should be the publisher’s job. They’ve bought your book and made it one of their products. You’ve given over your rights to them. Wouldn’t it be in their best interests to market it so that they can make more money?

Apparently not, according to an article by Neely Tucker of the Washington Post, “On Web, a Most Novel Approach.” Publishers do actively push their titles, but increasingly it’s those at the top of the food chain that get fed, while new authors, those in print anyway, who must fend for themselves.

Authors are expected to behave like mini-entrepreneurs, says Kamy Wicoff, founder and CEO of She Writes, a Web site devoted to helping women writers promote their books. She started the site in June. More than 4,000 writers have joined.

“The landscape has altered so fundamentally and irrevocably that almost no one is immune from finding ways to participate in the promotion of their books,” Wicoff says. “Writers with small advances and limited resources are expected to treat their book as a new company, with marketing and promotion and PR.”

Tucker makes this sound like a new development, though it has actually been the case for many years now. The current economic recession and systemic financial difficulties in the publishing industry, however, have accentuated the disparity.

Never Underestimate the Value of a Book Trailer

As an example, the Post tells the story of first time nonfiction author Kelly Corrigan, who in 2008 published a memoir, The Middle Place, about cancer’s effect on the family. True, nonfiction about disease is a long way from romance fiction, but many of the same challenges face fiction and nonfiction authors alike.

When her book came out, Corrigan received no invites to book festivals, was not sent on tour, didn’t even get reviews. What she did in response, however, could serve as an excellent PR blueprint for all authors. She got busy.

She cobbled together a trailer for her book on her home computer, using iMovie software, downloading a free tune off the Web for background music, and stuck it on her Web site. Her agent helped get her on one network television morning show. About 20 friends hosted book parties, which she hit on a self-funded three-week blitz, selling books out of the trunk of her car. A guy shot video of her reading an essay at one of these parties, and she posted it on YouTube when the paperback came out.

A year later, the book has sold about 80,000 copies in hardcover and another 260,000 in paperback, according to Nielsen BookScan data. It sat on the New York Times bestseller list for 20 weeks, peaking at No. 2. That homemade trailer has been viewed more than 100,000 times. The video of her reading has drawn 4.5 million hits.

EBook authors may not find themselves selling copies of their books out of their trunks. Still, the ingenuity behind Corrigan’s story is admirable and inspiring. This is a meaty article, with a single bottom line lesson. If you want to get noticed, it’s your responsibility to do it for yourself.