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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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Discovered some goodies this morning while putting together the week’s bestseller lists. Two recently added free reads for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

AccordingToJaneAccording to Jane by Marilyn Bryant

Publisher: Kensington
Subgenre: Contemporary Paranormal-ish, Jane Austen-inspired tale
Length: Novel
Formats: Kindle, iPhone, iPod

In Marilyn Brant’s smart, wildly inventive debut, one woman in search of herself receives advice from the ultimate expert in matters of the heart. . .

It begins one day in sophomore English class, just as Ellie Barnett’s teacher is assigning Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. From nowhere comes a quiet “tsk” of displeasure. The target: Sam Blaine, the cute bad boy who’s teasing Ellie mercilessly, just as he has since kindergarten. Entirely unbidden, as Jane might say, the author’s ghost has taken up residence in Ellie’s mind, and seems determined to stay there.

Jane’s wise and witty advice guides Ellie through the hell of adolescence and beyond, serving as the voice she trusts, usually far more than her own. Years and boyfriends come and go–sometimes a little too quickly, sometimes not nearly fast enough. But Jane’s counsel is constant, and on the subject of Sam, quite insistent. Stay away, Jane demands. He is your Mr. Wickham.

Still, everyone has something to learn about love–perhaps even Jane herself. And lately, the voice in Ellie’s head is being drowned out by another, urging her to look beyond everything she thought she knew and seek out her very own, very unexpected, happy ending. . .

Paradox1Paradox I by Rosemary Laurey and J.C. Wilder

Publisher: Samhain
Subgenre: Fantasy Romance, Red Hots
Length: Novellas
Formats: Kindle, iPhone, iPod

Fly With A Dragon by Rosemary Laurey

A virgin sacrifice, a not-so ravening dragon and a happy ever after.

Selected as the virgin sacrifice to the ravening dragon, Myfanwy awaits as Arragh, the fiery Dragon of Calder Bala, approaches across the sacred grove.

But Arragh comes not to destroy. Instead he carries Myfanwy off to his domain in the far mountains, and a fate far, far better than death.

Heart of the Raven by J.C. Wilder

Sold into slavery to an Overseer of the Realm, Dani is determined to win her freedom and make sure her heart is possessed by no man.

For Haaken, time is running out. A family curse already condemns him to the form of the Raven and when he can find the one woman meant for him, only then will he be free.

Too bad for both of them that this woman is determined to belong to no one…

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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 21, 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.

LYRICAL PRESS:

thesummoner333x500THE SUMMONER
by Alisha Steele

Release Date: September 21, 2009

Word Count: Novel

Subgenre: Erotica, Paranormal, BDSM

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

Price: $5.50

Description: The enemy may be his only hope…

Fallen angel Kasdeya hates all mortals. They’re little more than playthings, as far as he’s concerned. But when he finds himself facing a thousand-year prison sentence, he has no choice but to call on the one woman who might set him free: the Summoner.

His plan is simple…seduce her for his own purposes, then throw her away. If only she weren’t so argumentative, so intelligent. If only she weren’t so damned sexy!

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

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jessesbrother333x500JESSE’S BROTHER
by Wendy Ely

Release Date: September 21, 2009

Word Count: Short Novel

Subgenre: Contemporary Romance

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

Price: $4.50

Description: One woman, two men: a single summer to choose between them.

Sacrificing a summer to fix her relationship with her mother and find out what’s troubling her father isn’t so bad…right? Wrong. Or so Samantha learns upon her return to Portland.

As if family drama wasn’t bad enough, first comes Noah. Then comes Jesse. Samantha is torn between the way her heart skips a beat each time Noah looks at her, and the way Jesse’s touch make her yearn for more.

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

ELLORA’S CAVE:

ShiverMeSHIVER ME
by Amarinda Jones

Release Date: Current New Release

Word Count: Novel

Subgenre: Paranormal Pirate Romance

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

Price: $4.45

Description: Violet Rose is stunned at the gift bequeathed to her by her aunt Zeta. Shiver me timbers, it’s a pirate! The hot and sexy swashbuckler makes his intentions clear. He wants Violet—and he’ll do anything she desires. Despite all the reasons she shouldn’t, Violet begins to fall in love with the charming rogue.

Pirate Nathaniel Dreadnought has been waiting two hundred years for his true love to release him from his lonely hell. The lovely and very sexy Violet is everything he wants in a woman. To win her love he will fight the fiends of hell.

But an old foe has been waiting for the awakening of Dreadnought, and he’ll stop at nothing to come between the two lovers.

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

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DevilishDotDEVILISH DOT
by Jaid Black

Release Date: Current New Release

Word Count: Novella

Subgenre: Fantasy Romance, Erotica

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

Price: $4.45

Description: A Khan-Gor Tale from the Trek Mi Q’an Series.

Dorothy “Dot” Araiza is a sex-toy maker by trade. One would think she has an active social life, but on the contrary, her existence is a rather boring, staid one. Dot dreams of finding her happily-ever-after, of being swept off her feet by Prince Charming—not to mention getting laid after eight pathetic years! One lightning storm later, all Dot’s fevered fantasies will come true.

But Prince Charming isn’t quite what she’d been expecting…

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

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GigglesByGabbyGIGGLES BY GABBY
by Ashlyn Chase

Release Date: Current New Release

Word Count: Quickie

Subgenre: Paranormal

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

Price: $2.49

Description: Gabrielle Sparks’ dream job is a nightmare. The only perk for the vibrant, young extrovert is the gorgeous Latino guy who delivers spring water. She sketches him as superhero Agua man. Little does she know that she’s “outing” San Francisco’s only real superhero.

Jose Santiago carries giant water bottles over one well-muscled shoulder. Joe Cooler, as he’s nicknamed, takes on a different role whenever anyone calls for help. Can Joe pose for the adorable artist without revealing that Agua man lives? He might have to see himself in the funny papers since his lust is anything but funny.

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

SAMHAIN PUBLISHING:

ComingFullCircleCOMING FULL CIRCLE
by Liz Andrews

Release Date: September 22, 2009

Word Count: Category Length Novel

Subgenre: Contemporary Romance, Red Hots!

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

Price: $4.50

Description: They’ve waited ten years. Will they finally gain everything they ever desired…and more?

There’s only one bright spot Jasmine Hayes can see when she’s suckered into helping plan her high school reunion. At least she’ll be able to reconnect with old friends Chase Randolph and Alex Landry. There’s nothing she regrets more than losing touch with those two handsome guys.

Chase and Alex hadn’t planned to attend the reunion, but the chance to see Jasmine again has Chase intrigued. Alex is his best friend and love of his life, but Jasmine will always be the girl who got away.

One instant message is all it takes to center Alex’s thoughts on a lusty reunion with Jasmine. He’s extremely happy with Chase, but she’s always been the girl of his dreams. He can’t help but wonder if the chemistry the three of them had in high school is still there.

Renewing old ties, however, puts triple the strain on some old ones. The choice they face is which ones to risk severing—and which ones are worth keeping.

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

THE WILD ROSE PRESS:

MontegoLay_w4068_300MONTEGO LAY
by
Helen Hardt

Release Date: September 10, 2009

Word Count: Short Story (41 pages)

Subgenre: Contemporary, Erotica

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: $2.00

Description: Vacationing at a Montego Bay nude resort, Lisa Brooks finds herself volunteering in a bondage demonstration on the beach. She’d like to continue the instructions with the Jamaican native, but the gorgeous resort employee has other duties to perform. Though disappointed, Lisa accompanies a friend to an erotic casino night where the chips are free and redeemable for sex. A night for a mysterious encounter? If only she could buy the island hottie she really wants.

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

LIQUID SILVER BOOKS:

forapriceFOR A PRICE
by Olivia Brynn

Release Date: September 21, 2009

Word Count: Not available at posting time.

Subgenre: Contemporary Romance

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

Price: Not available at posting time.

Description: You can’t get blood from a stone. That’s what Maureen Sullivan’s mother always told her, but now it’s collection time, and bill collectors aren’t after blood; they want money. At this point, she’d do just about anything…for a price. To get her mother out of the red, Maureen packs her tiny nest egg and runs to Las Vegas, hoping for a miracle.

Once in Sin City, Maureen’s Aunt Lottie shows her that the fastest way out of a financial hell doesn’t lie in Maureen’s luck at a blackjack table, but in the auction of a much more controversial commodity: Maureen’s virginity. Vegas is the perfect place to cash in. What they decide to do will not only make headlines in the Nevada city, but around the world.

The last thing Maureen needs right now is to fall for sexy Nicholas Webster, who’s used to getting everything he wants. Because when the time comes, she’d have to betray the man she’s come to love in order to fulfill her contract. Will she be able to sell herself? And at what price?

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

RED ROSE PUBLISHING:

ForeignExchange-200x300FOREIGN EXCHANGE
by Rachel Cade

Release Date: September 17, 2009

Word Count: Novella (27K words)

Subgenre: Contemporary, Interracial/Multicultural

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: $2.99

Description: Lorna’s life has, so far, been quite disappointing, with big dreams on the backburner as she’s forced to deal with current woes; a low paying waitress job and perpetual single life. On a mundane trip to Macy’s she finds herself feeling insecure about her full figure while shopping with her thin best friend. In a move that totally contrasts her shy demeanor she finds herself drawn to a mane of waving platinum blond hair and the well dressed businessman attached to it.

Unbeknownst to her, she is beginning a journey that will lead to her losing all inhibitions and enjoying her wildest fantasies.

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

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RideTheWildWind-200x300RIDE THE WILD WIND
by Kimberly Ivy

Release Date: September 17, 2009

Word Count: Novel (101K words)

Subgenre: Time Travel, Historical/Period, Interracial/Multicultural

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: $5.99

Description: When Halle Brooks’ life in the present ends following a car crash, she is catapulted back in time to 1863. According to her Spirit Guide, Halle’s presence in the past will bring about justice for a missing woman to whom Halle bears an uncanny resemblance. Soon after arriving, Halle is kidnapped by the notorious outlaw, Antonio Whitehorse.

Before abducting the beautiful, yet oddball woman whose likeness appears on a reward poster, half-Navajo Antonio Whitehorse had only two concerns: saving The People from starvation and incarceration, and avenging the death of his family. Now he has a third–the captive who’s stolen his heart. She claims she’s from the future–and that she knows the chilling fate awaiting them all.

With the U.S. Calvary in pursuit of a fugitive Whitehorse, and a murderer poised to take revenge on Halle, passions and cultures collide in this fast-paced, sweeping tale of love and survival.

Who will survive and will love find a way to keep them together forever?

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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yearsbestfantasyIs it a harbinger of publishing’s future, or just a publicity stunt?

Tor, the publisher perhaps best known for its catalog of science fiction and fantasy staples, will release Year’s Best Fantasy 9 as a print-on-demand title only.

In case you are unfamiliar POD, as the technology is commonly abbreviated, print-on-demand spans the divide between print and electronic books. With POD, a book is stored on a server as an electronic file, to be printed not by the thousands or tens of thousands, but one copy at a time, when ordered. Self-published authors have used POD services for years, but mainstream publishing has largely pooh-poohed the idea thus far.

Writes Pablo Defendini on the Tor.com website, “Similar to the launch of the Tor.com Store, this title is one of our various publishing projects that seek to experiment with the available alternatives to publishing’s traditional sales, distribution, and delivery mechanisms.”

Year’s Best Fantasy 9 is actually a sensible choice for such experimentation. Though editors David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have a strong following within the SF and fantasy community, anthologies are typically slow sellers that often cost more to produce than they are worth in sales. As the publishing industry bows under the pressures of falling revenues, POD is one way to give life to a valued, if not hot, seller.

As it stands, the main problem with POD is that the books have to be ordered online. They aren’t stocked in bookstores, which cuts out impulse purchases by buyers browsing the shelves at the local B&N. This could lead to much lower sales figures for any publisher who takes on the format.

Still, I’m not surprised to discover Tor as an early adopter of a technology SF writers have been yammering on about for more than a decade. Forward thinkers have long envisioned the bookstore of the future as one in which books are produced via in-store POD printers while a customer waits, sipping a latte from the coffee bar.

What will the success or failure of Tor’s experiment with POD mean to publishing at large, or more specifically the romance genre? My guess is not much, at least not for now. Romance eBooks haven’t quite made the leap to legitimacy with romance’s old guard. They are also still finding their footing with readers more accustomed to buying books from WalMart than through an eBook retailer. Given the self-published label so often attached to POD books, championing the cause for one-at-a-time romance novels will be an uphill battle.

That said, science fiction and fantasy readers tend to hover at the vanguard of new technologies. It may take the rest of the world a few years, but it usually does catch up. Ten years from now you may just be buying the latest Sherrilyn Kenyon from a fancy version of a vending machine.

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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 August 24, 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.

CERRIDWEN PRESS:

DontCallMeSweetheartDON’T CALL ME SWEETHEART
by Jeanette Ward

Release Date: Current New Release

Word Count: Novel

Subgenre: Romantic Suspense

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

Price: $5.95

Description: Trust doesn’t come easily for Whitney Lane after becoming an overnight sensation in the romance novel industry. Men are attracted to her success, not her. Her new cover model, wickedly handsome Christian Dade, also struggles to trust a world turned upside down following the deaths of his parents.

Now trouble stalks these two lonely hearts. Long ago Whitney found safety playing the part of her pseudonym’s assistant. She’s unprepared when Christian breaks down her defenses with one look from his dark, dangerous eyes. For once she wishes she could trust a man. This man.

Confused, Whitney runs when Christian verbally attacks “Lane McLaughlin”, who represents all he despises. Suddenly her alter ego is no longer protecting her. She finds, though, no matter how far she goes she ends up back where she started. A lonely heiress.

Whitney told a lie to protect herself. Is she strong enough to tell the truth and find love?

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

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ELLORA’S CAVE:

ChasingEdenCHASING EDEN
by Kristin Daniels

Release Date: Current New Release

Word Count: Novella

Subgenre: Contemporary

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

Price: $4.45

Description: Graphic artist Eden Foster never expected a sexy game of hide-and-seek to turn into the hottest encounter of her life. The erotic dreams she’s had lately starring to-die-for rock star Shane Tolan are almost enough to make her forget how badly she wants to design his next CD cover. Almost, but not quite. And now here he is in the flesh, ready to chase after her.

Shane likes to play dirty and he finally has Eden right where he wants her—outside on a balcony, tied to a chaise lounge and under his complete control. But he soon discovers it’s not just Eden’s body he wants, but the talented, business-savvy artist, too. Hell, he wants every luscious part of her.

When paparazzi’s naked photos from that night show up on the internet, Eden is convinced her peers will believe she slept with the rock star just to design his CD cover. Shane knows nothing’s further from the truth. And in order to prove it to her, he’s going to have to show her his heart.

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

RED ROSE PUBLISHING:

SkyesTheLimit-200x300SKYE’S THE LIMIT
by Kianna Alexander

Release Date: August 20, 2009

Word Count: Novel (53.9K words)

Subgenre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Interracial/Multicultural

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: $4.99

Description: One woman’s deepest, darkest secret is keeping her from living the life she desires. Skye Lynne Holdron used to be an outgoing, bubbly,ambitious person, until one fateful night in 1989 changed her from the inside out. Fifteen years later, she still suffers from nightmares and anxiety attacks. In order for Skye to find her way back to herself, she must first deal with the suppressed memories that plague her. But when the threats begin, she fears that her efforts, and perhaps her life, may be cut short.

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

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KissingSunrise-200x300KISSING THE SUNRISE
by Kendal Ashby

Release Date: August 20, 2009

Word Count: Short Story (6K words)

Subgenre: Contemporary

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: $1.99

Description: Grace Aldridge is ready to escape to a remote family cottage for some peaceful solitude. She wants to celebrate her one-year anniversary of being cancer free in private, giving her the time to reflect on her battle and her victory.

Crashing her car, spraining her ankle and getting lost in the dark forest were not part of her weekend plans. When Grace stumbles on to Jack Robert’s campfire, the handsome stranger tries to make the best of a bad situation. Left with no other option, Grace has to rely on Jack for help.

Despite the awkward circumstances, can Grace let her guard down long enough to actually enjoy the turn of events?

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

SAMHAIN PUBLISHING:

catchmeincastilleCATCH ME IN CASTILE
by Kimberley Troutte

Release Date: August 25, 2009

Word Count: Novel

Subgenre: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense

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

Price: $5.50

Description: Seeing dead people is bad enough. Loving him could make her one of them.

When the mother of all panic attacks prompts Erin Carter’s boss to pass her over for promotion, her mind doesn’t just crack. It explodes like an egg in a microwave, shattering her career along with the company car she crashes into the office building.

The death grip she’s kept on her sanity slipping, she takes a friend’s advice and flees to Spain. There she finds comfort in the healing arms of surgeon Santiago Botello—until a fifteenth-century ghost warns her that being with Santiago is dangerous, possibly even lethal.

Santiago has his hands full protecting his sister from a dark curse and his family from a very modern-day psychotic killer. The last thing he needs added to his plate is a neurotic American. Yet something about Erin tugs at his heart so hard he wants to wrap her in his arms and never let go. No matter the risk.

Erin’s attraction to Santiago makes her the killer’s next target. Survival means she must face her greatest fear, solve an ancient murder mystery—and hang on tight to the one man she’s fallen crazy in love with.

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

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runwolfRUN WOLF
by Keith Melton

Release Date: August 25, 2009

Word Count: Novella

Subgenre: Urban Fantasy, Shape-shifter

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

Price: $3.50

Description: One choice means heartbreak. The other, death.

Nightfall Wolf Clans, Book 1

Leah Kendrick is guilty of only one crime: loving her human mate, Tom, enough to give him the gift of The Bite. The Pack council is merciless, and the punishment swift. In an instant everything she’s ever known is ripped away, and they’re turned out into the long winter with nothing. No money, no car, and no protection from a variety of creatures who’d like nothing more than to take down a lone wolf.

Friendless and broke, they form a daring plan to take back what’s theirs and chase safety north. But the Pack has other ideas. And with time running out it’s about to call their bluff…

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

THE WILD ROSE PRESS:

PlayItLoud_w1751_680PLAY IT LOUD
by Gina Lee Nelson

Release Date: August 18, 2009

Word Count: Novel (156 pages)

Subgenre: Contemporary, Sweet

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: $4.50

Description: Claire Ashton-Howard strikes out on her own to prove to herself, her Upper East Side family, and Downtown Magazine, she has what it takes to be a journalist. When she rescues Evan Price from the path of an oncoming subway train, she stumbles onto the story of a lifetime.

A devastating motorcycle accident stripped Evan of icon status. Now ready to make a comeback, the former pop star must confront the demons in his past and convince Insignia Braff Music he’s more than a has-been. Drawn to Claire’s passion, Evan allows her into his guarded heart.

Revealing his painful secrets will cement her reputation. Little does Claire know that immersing herself in Evan’s life will cause her to question herself. As the days pass, Claire’s heart and head take sides.

The love of her life? Or the story of her life? She can’t have both.

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

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Betrayal_w3546_300BETRAYAL
by Kim Amburn

Release Date: August 21, 2009

Word Count: Novel (228 pages)

Subgenre: Romantic Suspense, Spicy

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: $6.00

Description: The last thing Louisville corporate attorney Becca Ellis expects to find when she makes an emergency trip home is her sister’s body hanging naked in her bedroom. The sheriff says its suicide, but Becca knows better–and what’s all this about Elizabeth willing the famly home and its contents to the new church in town?

When Mac Holt left the army to care for his dying mother, he never expected to see Becca Ellis again. He’d betrayed her fourteen years ago, and knew it. But when no one else will help her find out what happened to her sister, and someone tries to kill Becca, too, Mac feels he owes it to her to step in and keep her safe for as long as she’s in Sedgefield—whether Becca wants him around or not.

Will they discover the truth about Elizabeth’s killer, the past, and their feelings for each other before time runs out?

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

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TheDragonAndTheRose_w1575_300THE DRAGON AND THE ROSE
by Gini Rifkin

Release Date: August 21, 2009

Word Count: Novel (384 pages)

Subgenre: Historical, Fantasy, Sensual

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: $6.00

Description: He was the Dragon of Normandy. She was the Rose of Flanders. They met in the North of England and together they changed the course of hearts and history. Sir Branoc Valtaigne, ordered to Northumbria by King William II, fights to keep peace along the Scottish border. He is a formidable battle-tested warrior, but as he honors his vows to God, king, and country–a young woman’s smile proves to be his undoing. Martanzia Verheire, tricked into standing as good faith hostage for Flanders, seeks freedom from castle Bamburgh and love from Sir Branoc. As she clings to the Celtic dragon statue given to her by her mother, she leads them all to the brink of an era where true magic will be gone forever but where dreams can still come true.

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

THE WILDER ROSE PRESS:

HotHighlandFling_w3563_300HOT HIGHLAND FLING
by Eliza March

Release Date: August 20, 2009

Word Count: Novella (62 pages)

Subgenre: Contemporary, Erotica

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: $1.80

Description: Ailsa Jackson is finished dating executives. She’s looking for hot sexual fantasies—“all muscle, stamina and no commitment.” When assigned to interview an American CEO, Colin Fitzgerald, who recently inherited lands and a title in Scotland, she tosses her inhibitions aside to research all the old myths about brawny Highlanders and answer the old burning question—what is under a Scotsman’s kilt?

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

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Here’s a round up new and upcoming releases from a variety of eBook romance publishers for the week of August 17, 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:

becauseofyouBECAUSE OF YOU
by Mari Carr

Release Date: August 18, 2009

Word Count: Category Length Novel

Subgenre: Comtemporary, Romantic Suspense

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

Price: $4.50

Description: Sometimes what you’re looking for is closer than you think.

Jessie’s life is a mess. In the eight hellish months since her husband died in a freak accident, she’s been mugged, her house has been trashed, and now she’s receiving frightening pranks calls. She resists a friend’s offer of a weekend getaway—her grief is still too fresh to consider meeting anyone new.

Then again, since it’s a party for gay men, there won’t be any pressure, right?

ER doctor Caleb James feels perfectly at ease among his gay brother’s friends, but one look at Jessie sparks a sexual tension that’s impossible to ignore. A few drinks and a few hours of conversation later, things move a lot faster than either of them expect. Jessie is left confused and Caleb aches with regret—and love for a woman who is still guarding her heart.

Pressure is the last thing she needs. But as it becomes apparent that her string of misfortunes trace back to her husband’s death, help is what she’s going to get. Caleb’s help…ready or not.

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

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gradysawakeningGRADY’S AWAKENING
by Bianca D’Arc

Release Date: August 18, 2009

Word Count: Novel Plus

Subgenre: SciFi Romance, Red Hots!

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

Price: $6.50

Description: An alien warrior discovers what it is to love…and to share.

Alien super soldier Grady Prime’s missions routinely lead him in unexpected directions, but his latest assignment—to kill a rogue warrior—is far beyond routine. This time he meets a woman who embroils him in an adventure of the highest order. Love.

Gina has lived among aliens so long, she’s lost her fear of them. She is undeniably attracted to Grady, even though their respective duties force them apart. Then, on a mission to a far-flung outpost, an encounter with a man from her past leaves her torn between her flaming desire for Grady, and her still-simmering love for an old flame.

Jim and his group of human dissidents live in secret, away from alien patrols. He has responsibilities, and covert operations to manage. But when Gina re-enters his life, only one thing matters—being with her.

Brought together by chance, the three form an alliance that pushes the boundaries of desire and make unexpected connections that could save the human race from alien conquerors…

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

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cowboyplanTHE COWBOY PLAN
by Denise Belinda McDonald

Release Date: August 18, 2009

Word Count: Novel

Subgenre: Contemporary, Western Romance

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

Price: $5.50

Description: Big girls don’t cry over a spilled chocolate milkshake—they run like crazy.

Alex Barrett’s all too “real life” sentence is almost over. She’s spent years being a parent to her siblings—and her flaky mother. What was her reward, other than an empty bed? Nothing. And now that she’s almost free, nothing’s exactly what she plans to do. Except have fun.

One minute she’s one of thousands of panting female fans at hotter-than-hot Drew Hartford’s concert. The next, she’s all wet—and so is he. Okay, so it’s only because she dumped a milkshake all over him.

Drew’s meteoric rise to the top of the country charts is fueled by the swooning women who throw themselves at his feet. Alex? She’s different. When their icy paths cross, she doesn’t throw her panties, she beats a hasty retreat. There’s only one way to keep this intriguing lady around long enough to charm her out of those panties: offer her a job she can’t refuse.

Drew may be every female’s definition of a fantasy man, but a paycheck and a roll in the hay do not a relationship make. Besides, Alex is tired of living 24/7 for someone else. Even a someone who’s offering her dreams of happily ever after…

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

LYRICAL PRESS:

sixfootheroSIX FOOT HERO
by Shea McMaster

Release Date: August 17, 2009

Word Count: Super Novel

Subgenre: Contemporary Erotica

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

Price: $6.50

Description: Sometimes a woman needs a hero.

Nicole Dahl has some hard decisions to make. Trapped by a job and the troubling attentions of a mentor, she breaks free temporarily on an Alaskan vacation. Once there, instead of the soul-searching and relaxation she’d planned, she meets Logan Schafer, a man who erases her loneliness with his strong, skilled hands.

Logan is mesmerized by Nicole’s emerald eyes and beguiling sense of innocence, but he knows their pasts spell trouble for any hope of a future together. He has a prior claim to deal with once and for all, and Nicole’s so-called mentor is a much bigger threat than she realizes.

Will Nicole let him be her hero?

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

ELLORA’S CAVE:

HalfMoonMagickHALF MOON MAGICK
by Liddy Midnight

Release Date: Current New Release

Word Count: Novella

Subgenre: Fantasy Romance

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

Price: $4.45

Description: The mage Black Isolde has long had visions of a gorgeous, sexy man. When he appears in the flesh, she can’t be certain whether he’s the man of her dreams or a nightmare of the worst kind—a Dark Mage.

Harmon has devoted his life to the destruction of Dark Mages. His work has required him to walk a knife-edge between darkness and light. Isolde’s purity balances the shadows he’s acquired, but he may have spent too long in the darkness to ever be free of its taint.

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

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SweetTartSWEET TART
by Kris Starr

Release Date: Current New Release

Word Count: Novella

Subgenre: Contemporary

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

Price: $4.45

Description: Office romances are a big ol’ no-no for Abigail Duncan, once badly burned by a workplace fling. Since then, she’s sworn off men in general and especially those she works with.

It’s a damn shame because Abbie’s coworker Sebastian McCallum is the hottest thing she’s ever seen—and he’s completely off limits! But when her best friend Mimi throws a “naughty edibles” party and Seb turns out to be one of the guests, Abbie decides that, coworker or not, Seb is on the evening’s menu.

Dirty candy is the order of the day and Abbie learns it’s okay to take chances in lust and love.

Free excerpt available at the publisher’s website.

LIQUID SILVER BOOKS:

ValuableCargoVALUABLE CARGO
by Paige Tyler

Release Date: August 17, 2009

Word Count: Novel Length

Subgenre: SciFi Romance

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

Price: $5.95

Description: When Tanna Aldrick and her all-female crew stumble upon a spaceship floating in the middle of nowhere, what they discover is more valuable than anything they could have ever imagined finding – a gorgeous hunk of a man from the twenty-second century, perfectly preserved in cryogenic suspension.

Garrick Carlisle wakes up after seven-hundred years in hypersleep to find that everything and everyone he knew is gone. The only thing that keeps him from completely losing it is the beautiful and sexy, dark-haired ship’s captain who rescued him.

A man like him would bring a high price on the slave blocks and there are a lot of people willing to do anything to get their hands on him. How far will Tanna go to protect her valuable cargo and what will Garrick do to stay with the woman he has come to love?

Free excerpt available at the author’s website.

RED ROSE PUBLISHING:

SoulMateSOUL MATE
by Catherine Bybee

Release Date: August 13, 2009

Word Count: Novella (15.5K words)

Subgenre: Shapeshifter, Paranormal, Hot

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: $2.99

Description:

Kari Pearce lives the life of a lone werewolf. No one knows of her affliction, not even her sister. When she hears of a missing child up in the Sequoias, Kari goes on the hunt to find the child and her abductor before tragedy can occur. Saving the child is easy, avoiding the FBI agent associated with the case, is not.

Agent Nick Murdock knows he’s seen Kari before but damn if he can remember where. There’s one thing he knows for sure. Kari Pearce with her blonde hair and piercing blue eyes is hiding something. And Nick is going to find out what.

Free excerpt available at publisher’s website.

THE WILD ROSE PRESS:

FindingHopeFINDING HOPE
by Katie Reus

Release Date: Current New Release

Word Count: Novel (196 pages)

Subgenre: Romantic Suspense, Spicy

Formats Available: Adobe PDF, HTML, MS Reader

Price: $4.50

Description: Twenty three years ago, Luke Romanov’s childhood playmate disappeared without a trace. He’s never stopped blaming himself. When the family he works for hires a woman identical to his childhood friend, he’ll stop at nothing to discover her true identity, even if it means betraying her.

What few memories photographer Hope Jennings has of her past aren’t pretty. The monsters from her nightmares make it impossible to completely erase her violent history, but she’s living her life one day at a time. Hired to photograph a wealthy family’s ancestral home in the Caribbean, she expects to work hard, get the job done, and go home.

Instead, Hope finds unexpected passion in the arms of the family’s sexy and dangerous security expert, who has the power to destroy the safe life she’s built for herself. When someone from her past targets her to die, Hope doesn’t know who to trust.

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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 the majority of 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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What’s It Like to Be a New Romance Writer?

Today Kindling Romance launches a series of interviews with romance authors who are about to be published for the first time, beginning their careers in eBook format. Unlike chats with more established writers, the Fresh Pages, New Voices series invites authors for whom the novelty of publication hasn’t quite worn off, to share their experiences on the journey toward seeing their names in electronic print.

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Karalynn Lee’s…

…first fantasy romance novella, SUMMER-SET, is schedule for this fall from Samhain Publishing. She holds down a day job writing code in Silicon Valley, and tends to haunt sports bars during NFL season, where she is an aficionado of handcrafted beers.

Lee’s start as an author is romantic in itself. Growing up outside the U.S., she became frustrated as a child at not being able to find books to read in English. Thus, she devised a novel solution, write her own!

AH: How long have you been writing romance? Did you begin by writing in another category?

KL: I started out by writing fantasy; the romance seeped in.  Okay, maybe it was more like a tsunami.  At some point earlier this year, I threw up my hands and gave the characters free rein to pursue, well, each other. I do still write stories that are more on the fantasy side of the line than the romance side, but we’re talking about a matter of inches here.

AH: Do you write full-time? Do you have any rituals when you write, like writing longhand, or taking your laptop to a coffee shop, sitting down at 3 am with a giant bowl of M&M’s?

KL: I write around my day job.  I like to have a good book on hand when I’ve got a long writing session planned. Then when I need a break, at least I’m still doing something literary by reading, and I ration myself a chapter for every few hundred words written to keep myself motivated.

It’s a lovely system in theory…

AH: I love that, rationing your treats. Okay, next question, many writers just starting out wonder if an author writes every day, or on a regular schedule–

KL: I do try to write everyday, but I believe that even writers are entitled to have lives, so when something comes up and I get home too late to be productive, I let it slide.

AH: How long did it take for you to make your first sale?

KL: I had a handful of short story rejections in high school, but you know how things are then—I was more devastated by the fact that the cute guy in my English class didn’t know I existed. I was too busy in college to write much, so I didn’t submit anything for years. When I did start again, inspired by an anthology announcement, I got lucky on that try.

KaralynnLeeAH: What is the single biggest lesson you’ve learned about writing so far?

KL: That you must be able to simultaneously believe your writing is awesome and awful. Become confident that you can write well, and more confident that you can write even better.

AH: Can you take us through the timeline of making the sale? How long will it be from submission to publication?

KL: February 25: submission to anthology. Nail-biting ensues… March 16: submission rejected for anthology, but is passed to another editor. April 7: editor offers a contract by email. I bask in glory. November: tentative release date [scheduled], so about 7 months. I love how quickly electronic publishing moves.

AH: What did you do when you learned you were going to be published?

KL: I got the email early in the morning, so it led to singing in the shower. I usually don’t subject my neighbors to this. I also vaguely recall that it was a horrendous day in the office—bugs emerging everywhere from my code, deadlines getting pushed up, my computer crashing—and yet I floated through it all quite serenely.

AH: Who is your editor at Samhain, and what has it been like working with that person? Were you asked to do revisions?

KL: Lindsey McGurk’s my editor, and she’s been a lovely person to work with from the start. All our communication’s been over email, but even so I feel I know her voice, and I like the way she writes. This sounds trivial, but it makes me more inclined to trust her with my words, since she does such a fine job with her own—even though they’re not fiction.

I was surprised how much input I was allowed to have in the blurb and the cover art, but it seems to be standard operating procedure with Samhain.  And I suppose all authors need to get used to thinking about the marketing aspect of publishing.

And editing is definitely happening.

AH: Do you feel different about your writing or yourself now that you’re about to be published?

KL: I think I’ll always need one more published work before I feel like I have worthwhile credentials. I don’t think anything’s changed. Obviously I believed in my writing, if I was sending it out; and other writers, published or not, have always been kind and gracious to me whenever I emerged from my shell. I’m of the hermit breed of writers.

AH: What are you working on now? Do you plan to continue in the fantasy romance subgenre, or are there others you’d like to explore?

KL: Fantasy’s definitely my stronghold.  I would love to try historical in various non-British settings, but that will have to wait until there’s room on my to-be-read stack for some history books.  I’m also growing a little more confident in my science fiction attempts, whereas before I was convinced I needed a PhD in physics to do so. A brother-in-law with said degree and a caustic tongue can inspire such doubts.

AH: What’s your favorite dark beer?

KL: Deschutes Black Butte XX.  Mmm.

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SUMMER-SET BY KARALYNN LEE

He is hunting a man into exile when he sees her, and for the first time fails to catch his prey. Ryuan becomes enthralled by this woman who meets his wolf’s appetites with her own hunger. But even as Calanthe bares her body and heart to him, she hides a secret — one that will wrench them apart and into the path of an ancient vengeance.

Coming from Samhain ~ November, 2009

Visit Karalynn Lee at her website at www.karalynnlee.com

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