Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Streaming live from Romantic Times in Los Angeles: ROMANCE LIVE featuring 6 bestselling historical romance authors‏


April 6, 2011
6 pm PT

If you are a romance fan, but you can’t make it to the RT Booklovers Convention in Los Angeles next week, join your favorite authors online for a virtual chat and book signing, broadcast live from the Avalon Ballroom at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in L.A.!

Featured among the participating New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors are: Katharine Ashe, Elizabeth Boyle, Tessa Dare, Sophie Jordan, Cathy Maxwell and Sophia Nash.

April 6, 2011
6 pm PT; 9 pm ET

This is the fifth live-streaming event brought to fans by Avon Books.  Our most recent “online signing” from Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro MD featured authors such as Nora Roberts and Jeaniene Frost, and was enjoyed by more than 1500 romance fans around the world via Livestream.  Attendees travelled (virtually) from as far as Germany, Kenya, India, Pakistan, Ireland, Nigeria and Tunisia!

Participants can watch online at, and order personalized copies at

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunny's Release Party!!

Join Bitten By Books on 3/28 with author Sunny for a Release Party, chat and contest. This event starts at 12:00 pm Central and runs into the evening. For those visiting from outside of the US, here is the time conversion link. We are in the Chicago time zone:

Sunny will also be talking about her new book Mona Lisa Eclipsing the newest novel in the Monere series. She will also be chatting about Mona Lisa Three which was previously published in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Over the Moon. This awesome novella is coming out as an eSpecial single read an excerpt here in several days on March 25th.
“Roberto, a jaguar-shifter of mixed Monère heritage, arrives in Cozumel to kill a rival. But he finds a more valuable prize in Mona Lisa, a Monère who’s lost her memory and can be manipulated into believing anything-no matter how dark or dangerous.”

Mona Lisa Eclipsing (A Novel of the Monere)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tea & (Romantic) Company: Featuring Julia Quinn & Eloisa James

10 East 53rd Street, New York NY 10022

Monday, March 21, 2011

Review: The Art of Seducing A Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

The Art of Seducing A Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Naked Werewolf #2
Pocket Books
March 29th 2011
Mass Market Paperback , E-book, 352pp
ISBN-13: 9781439195871
Purchase links:
Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, Borders

Review book used was supplied by publisher. 


Baring It All

Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stone’s throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valley’s pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg. Maggie just can’t seem to convince Nick to leave . . . and even worse, she can’t convince herself to stay away from him. Cross-species dating is problem enough for a harried alpha female, but on top of that, a rival group of werewolves is trying to move into the valley. With interpack war threatening, Maggie can’t afford to be distracted. Combining romance and a career can be tough for anyone; for a werewolf in love with a human, it may be disastrous. . . .

The Short Review:

The book description pretty much says it all about what the book is about.. However what you don't know is how hilarious and great this book really is. Once again, Molly Harper has worked her magic and gives readers what they want to read.. sarcastic yet strong heroines who try to "deal" with amorous heroes with sexy banter thrown in between each other.

And one can't forget about the other supporting characters who try to be annoying yet you just can't help but laugh out loud with their antics.

I give The Art of Seducing A Naked Werewolf a 5 star review.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review: The Welcome Home Garden Club by Lori Wilde

The Welcome Home Garden Club

March 29th 2011


Traditional meaning of Pink and White Roses: I love you still and always will.
Caitlyn Marsh stopped believing in happily-ever-after when high-school sweetheart, Gideon Garza, left for Iraq. Now she raises her small son while her matchmaking gardening club members drive her crazy. Then Caitlyn's world turns upside-down when Gideon swaggers back to Twilight.
Gideon had left town in the middle of night with threats ringing in his ears. A lot of things have changed since then. This bad boy-turned-Green Beret bears scars from the war, the timid girl he loved is an independent mother, and the father who refused to recognize his son in life has, in death, left him a vast cattle ranch.

He still aches for Caitlyn, and now there's a dark-haired boy who looks exactly like Gideon did at that age. Could the child be his? And can this war-weary soldier overcome the scars of the past to claim the family he so richly deserves? 


The last person Caitlyn expected to see at J.  Foster Goodnight’s funeral was the one man she thought was dead and gone; Gideon Garza.  Gideon reluctantly returns to Twilight to sort out his past so he can finally move on.  He too had no clue that his old girlfriend would be at the one place he would rather not be at all. 

Neither know the truth about what separated them all those years ago. But fate is one fickle lady and she’ll have the last say as to who belongs with who.  

The heroine, Caitlyn is not the only one with secrets in the town of Twilight. Her world just turned upside literally as she passes out in front a ‘dead’ man.  I love how stubborn Caitlyn is yet is willing to accept that she is no grounds to judge people who have done her wrong.  Well, as the story progresses that is.  

Lori Wilde has returned with another amazing tale of long lost lovers reuniting despite all the years that have passed and the people who thought they were doing the right thing for them. 

In The Welcome Home Garden Club, readers will learn that despite the hell Gideon Garza has gone through because the war, it hasn’t transformed him into a bitter or hateful man. Others try to come between Gideon and Caitlyn yet they are both willing to go the distance not to be separated again. 

The hot romance between Gideon and Caitlyn will keep readers burning up while reading each new romantic scene.

At the end of the day; life may come and go but family and true love are forever. 

I rate The Welcome Home Garden Club a rating of 4 stars. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Promo Contest Shadowspell by Jenna Black

Shadowspell (Faeriewalker Series #2)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: January 2011
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback , 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 14,664
  • Age Range: Young Adult


On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erlking has long been the nightmare of the Fae realm. 

A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. 

Which means Dana’s in trouble, since it’s common knowledge that the Faerie Queen wants her – and her rare Faeriewalker powers – dead. The smoldering, sexy Erlking’s got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind?

To enter you must:

1) Be a Romancebites follower here.

2) Leave a comment below.

3) And following tweet #RomanceBites or facebook share about this giveaway. 

Don't forget to post your link in the comment section below.

Contest open worldwide as long as country is deliverable from Book Depository.

Giveaway will end April 1st, 2011.

Good luck! 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dark Prince by Christine Promo Contest!!

In Celebration of the new Dark Prince author's cut special book release tomorrow March 8th... the publishers of HarperCollins I am hosting a give away of a copy of this new book. 

The Author’s Cut Special Edition of the beloved first novel in Christine Feehan’s New York Times bestselling Dark series
Dark Prince

Enter the enchanting world of the Carpathians, where dark adventure, mystery, and love await, and the desires of two daring hearts unite in one irresistible passion.
A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps to catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home.

Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. Engulfed by despair, fearful of never finding the mate who can save him from the encroaching darkness, his soul cries out in loneliness—until the day that a beautiful voice full of light and love responds, softly soothing his pain and yearning.

From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them and their fragile love. Yet even if they survive, how can these two lovers—Carpathian and human—build a future together? And how can Mikhail bring Raven into his dark world without extinguishing her beautiful goodness and light?

To enter you must:

1) Be a Romancebites follower here.
2) Leave a comment below.
3) And following tweet #RomanceBites or facebook share about this giveaway. Don't forget to post your link in the comment section below.

This giveaway will be only for residents of the U.S. 

Contest ends March 21st, 2011.

NEWS: Avon introduces new digital imprint‏

Give in to Impulse:
Avon Books Introduces Digital Publishing Imprint
Avon Impulse Launches March 2011 with e-Original Romances

NEW YORK, NY, March 7, 2011 – Today, Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announces the debut of Avon Impulse, a new imprint dedicated to digital publishing.  The new imprint will feature e-books and print-to-order novels and novellas by existing Avon authors, and will seek new talent to nurture in an e-book marketplace that finds Romance experiencing expansive growth.  “Romance readers have been among the first to embrace books digitally,” says Liate Stehlik, Senior Vice President and Publisher of William Morrow and Avon Books.  “Their passion has encouraged us to introduce a line of romance e-books, which empowers Avon to publish more quickly, with an eye to what’s trending in fiction.”  The new imprint is looking to publish multiple titles each month, eventually releasing new content on a weekly basis.  The Avon Impulse brand has grown organically from Avon’s existing publishing program and offers authors all the strengths of Avon’s widely respected team.  Books will be acquired by Avon editors, and will benefit by targeted marketing and publicity plans, as well as powerful sales platforms.

“What sets Avon Impulse apart,” affirms Stehlik, “is that authors are signing to work alongside the Avon team, and will benefit from the same platforms that Avon authors have always enjoyed.”

As part of the imprint’s publishing strategy, each Avon Impulse e-book will benefit from a dedicated “five-point” marketing and publicity platform, helping build awareness in the competitive marketplace.  Plans include cross promotion, digital marketing and publicity, social media outreach, interactive assets and coaching, as well as targeted online retail placement strategies.

“Without traditional printing constraints, we can edit, market and release e-books more quickly, allowing unprecedented speed to market,” says Carrie Feron, Morrow/Avon Vice President and Editorial Director.  “The Avon Impulse imprint also allows us greater flexibility in the length of books we can publish – from novella to full-length fiction, and enables us to explore new themes in romance.”

“There is so much opportunity right now within the romance genre,” Stehlik says.   “Readers have found a rich array of fresh content using digital and e-reading devices.  It’s crystal clear that we can nurture great talent via Avon Impulse’s e-book publishing platform – and that there is already a very dedicated fan base of savvy digital readers.”
Avon Impulse, Page 2

The line launches with A LADY’S WISH, an original e-novella by Katharine Ashe; on-sale 3/15/11; and then features ROYAL WEDDING, a historical romance short fiction anthology by Stephanie Laurens, Gaelen Foley and Loretta Chase,  timed to coincide with the nuptials of Britain’s most beloved young couple.  Later in the season bring four releases from Lavinia Kent and a prelude to Karina Cooper’s Avon debut, Blood of the Wicked.  Jaime Rush launches a brand new series with a  digital short; and a full-length paranormal romance novel by author Kristin Miller will be released in the summer.

Avon Impulse is currently in the acquisition and production process for e-books to be published in 2011 and 2012.  “We are actively looking to acquire for Avon Impulse,” says Feron.  Authors looking to submit to Avon Impulse can find guidelines and an online submission portal at  “We are looking for quality submissions across every romance subgenre,” says Feron.
Avon Impulse e-books will be made available at all online retailers, everywhere in the world where English-language e-books are sold.  For those seeking a hard copy of individual Avon Impulse titles, print-to-order books will be available from online book retailers.

For more information on Avon Impulse, and a detailed FAQ, visit


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Friday, March 4, 2011

Dorchester Publishing Launches New E-Commerce Web Site

Dorchester Publishing Launches New E-Commerce Web Site

NEW YORK, New York (March 4, 2011) – Dorchester Publishing Co., Inc., founded in 1971, and what was until this year the oldest independent mass-market publisher in the U.S., has launched a new e-commerce Webs site to showcase the new Trade books, Audio titles and the explosive growth of e-books.

In addition to print and audio books, the new site enables Dorchester to sell e-books direct from the publisher for the first time. Partnering with Ingram Digital for e-book fulfillment, the Dorchester Web site offers EPUB e-books to customers, a format compatible with all major e-reader devices on the market today with the exception of Kindle. Rather listen to the book? Dorchester will also offer value priced audio books of many of its titles on the site through its partner Audio Realms.

“The direct to consumer sale of audio and e-books is an opportunity for Dorchester to achieve real growth in the digital marketplace. At the same time it will put us in more direct contact with the fans of the genres and help us find new trends and new lines that the consumer wants. We can do this while still showcasing the original genre fiction that Dorchester has discovered and published for over 40 years. We seek to become THE online site for romance, horror and the best that genre fiction has to offer.” stated Tim DeYoung, Senior VP Sales Marketing Distribution.

The new Web site is part of the growing Dorchester Community—an online environment aimed at providing readers an informational and entertaining experience while making their opinions known and helping influence Dorchester publishing plans for the future.

With the new Web site, equipped with multiple interactive features including message boards, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and others, the Community will always be up to date on new releases, author appearances, and industry news while fostering author/reader interactions and previewing content from upcoming releases. Contests, giveaways and a direct from the publisher discount of 10% on all purchases will help make Dorchester a destination for genre fiction.

About Dorchester Publishing

Founded in 1971, Dorchester became the oldest independent mass-market publisher in the U.S., and the only mass-market house with dedicated lines for Westerns and horror. Dorchester has always been a company that’s willing to take risks. Recently they’ve made the exciting transition from mass-market to trade paperback and e-book formats. Dorchester is proud to be at the forefront of the change in the industry to a more digital base readership while we continue to publish our signature genre fiction. For almost 40 years Dorchester’s dedicated staff has worked tirelessly to discover and promote new talent. The romance line has built such stars as Christine Feehan, Katie MacAlister, Connie Mason, Lynsay Sands, and numerous others. Dorchester books have won awards for every category in which they’re eligible and have been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, Redbook, Time, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and many more.