Release Day

It’s release day again at Lyrical, and this time around, we’ve got more good stuff on deck.

 

Imperfection

Imperfection

I start, of course, with Miss Aubrey‘s Imperfection. You probably already know this, but I loves me some Aubs. The People You Know, The Sex They Have was easily the best-written erotic romance collection I’ve ever read, and when Romantic Times nominated it for a Reviewer’s Choice award, I stood up in my chair and spun around like that cut-scene in Rock Band.

Anyway, Imperfection is another well-written, very well-characterized piece, and I’ve been waiting a long time to get this one into the bookstore so that everyone can learn to appreciate Aubs the way I do. Enjoy.

 

Point of Distraction III

Point of Distraction III

Next up is Cindy Jacks‘s Point of Distraction: The Third Collection. And let me apologize right up front to Pam, her editor. I have a habit of camping the line edits queue for the next installment of this series, and we all know how patient I am. It’s not really whining… it’s a job perk, I swear. (Poor Pam… I think there was actual snarling involved over another of Pam’s author’s upcoming books, but no one got bit. Or at least not very hard.)

Needless to say, this whole series is just good old-fashioned fun. The men are hot, Ana, the heroine, is a riot, and while the point of this series is to entertain, there’s more than a few very grounded, touching moments in there, too. This series has been cake to work on, and I can’t wait for number four.

 

 

 

Firefly Beach

Firefly Beach

Now it’s time for Firefly Beach by Meira Pentermann. This one’s a paranormal thriller, and you know, we need more of this kind of sub. Don’t get me wrong—I love paranormal romance as much as the next person, but every once in a while I need a read where the suspense isn’t limited to what position comes next.

This book has mystery and twists galore, sort of like Cold Case, but with a paranormal foundation. There’s an entertaining, believable secondary cast and a deceptively restful setting, too…at which point I’ll stop before dropping a spoiler.

 

A Toy For Two

A Toy For Two

And last but never least, we’ve got Jennifer Cole‘s A Toy For Two. This is book two of the Dungeon Master’s series, follow-up to the best selling At The Dungeon Master’s Hand. It’s a fast-paced, wicked-hot m/m/f BDSM romp that revisits Le Club Esclavage, and this time, we’ve got a heroine who skates on some very thin family ice even stepping foot in the place, let alone falling in love with the…

Oops. Almost a spoiler, there. Sorry, Jen. When do we get book three?

And now, because it’s startliningly gorgeous outside and I’m in the mood to behave badly, I’ll be giving away a free ebook to a commenter chosen at random. (Yes, you can choose which title you’d like from this cycle, in whichever format you need). Just be sure you use a valid email address, or I can’t notify the winner, capisce?

I’ll close the giveaway tonight around nine-ish, CST.

March Releases

While I was busy this morning trying to figure out how it got to be March already, LPI has gone and released more books on me…

March 2nd Releases

 

Brought to Life

Brought to Life

First up is Dara England‘s Brought to Life. This one’s a paranormal romance and sort of reminded me of Kate and Leopold, only less…Hollywood-ized. It’s a light and fun read, long on charm, so if you’re in the mood for some old-school paranormal romance a la Barbara Michaels, check this one out.

 

Parole

Parole

 

 

Next, we’ve got Parole by Barton Paul Levenson. This one’s a sci-fi/action adventure short that takes an unlikely hero for a spin on an alien planet. If you’ve not read Barton before, he has a way of embedding humor into some highly imaginative worlds. So check this one out, then pick up Ella The Vampire, which is still one of my all time favorites from Lyrical.

 

The Unearthed

The Unearthed

And now, of course, we come to Brian O’Rourke‘s The Unearthed. In case you missed it, yesterday’s post was all about the day I “met” this book. I claimed this book was one part Hitchcock, one part Ghost Hunters, and one part Columbine — I wasn’t far off, really, but there’s so much more to the story… It’s a darn good read, and while I’ll never forgive Brian for the ending, I’ll get over it as soon as he hands me something new. *hint hint*

 

 

Unseen World

Unseen World

Ah, yes. We’ve come to Sean Cumming‘s Unseen World. This one’s labeled as Urban Fantasy/Paranormal, but what we’ve really got here is a mysterious comicbook hero, and this was one of those books where I had a really hard time line editing because I kept getting too caught up in the story. Sean’s given us the strong supporting cast and dire villain we love in these books, and he’s done it all in a gripping, very personable first-person voice. 

 

I’ll be back later in the month with the March 16th releases — it’s no fun to do this when the links aren’t yet live.

So go forth and read while I hunker down in the line edits cave…


Very Nearly Unearthed

I promised a big dramatic story Brian O’Rourke‘s The Unearthed. This is it, and I’m doing it a day prior to release because I copy edited this book, and can therefore play the favoritism card in a singularly shameless fashion before talking about the other March releases.

Ready? Good. Here we go.

It was a dark and stormy night… Okay, it was actually a hot and muggy July afternoon, and the submissions pile was getting pretty deep. This was back in the days before we had a screening process, so when I say the pile was getting pretty deep, it really means something more along the lines of “Oh God… I really, really, really hate writing rejection letters. Do I have to do this to myself (and authors) today?”

Meanwhile, child #2 kept sneaking in here to remind me we were under a severe thunderstorm watch. This pleased me greatly because weather bad enough to make me shut down the computer = no rejection letters. Woot.

This is about the time the guilt began to set in. Here were all these authors in the submissions inbox waiting on an answer, and the wuss factor had me in its grips. So I decided to cowboy up on the subs.

And here’s the part where I admit something I shouldn’t — The query letter authors write and rewrite and then polish until their eyes bled? I skip it. I go straight for the book. If the book grabs me and I’m still reading by page 5? Then I read the query letter. Afterward, I go back to the book.

Well, I’d been at it about an hour or so when I finally came upon Unearthed.  As usual, I downloaded the file, opened it up, and started reading.

Page 5 blew past. I forgot all about my usual procedure and was still reading when child #2 bursts into the office, freaking out. “The storm’s coming.”

Those of you who work at home with school-aged children during the summer months will understand why I just flapped the mom wing. Those of you who don’t, the flap is universal sign language for any combination of  “I’m working”, “Go bug your father” and “Be quiet, for the love of God.”

Child #2, who’s a certified Work-at-Home-Mom sign language interpreter, quickly exits before the yelling begins. Two minutes later, the husband comes in and says “You better shut your computer down. It’s getting bad out there.”

I was not having this — sure, it’s green outside and the wind’s ripping leaves off the trees, but The Unearthed was the kind of sub you get maybe once a year, the one that’s so good your hands are shaking, and you want to call someone to talk about it until they’re forced to hang up out of sheer self defense. No way was I stopping this read-through for a stupid storm that would make a lot of noise but probably veer north of us anyhow.

So I ask hubby to go grab the laptop, just in case I actually do have to shut down the computer (which also, it bears admitting, gets him out of the office so I can read longer in peace). 

Some time later, two things happen at once: Hubby whips the office door open again, and a pop of very bright light through my office window followed almost immediately by thunder loud enough to make my back crack finally gets my attention.

Husband: “Are you nuts, woman? Big red blob on the radar. Huge. Get downstairs.”

And then the hail started, so I finally (and begrudgingly) saved TU to the thumb drive and loaded it up on the laptop, still reading while I’m shutting down the desktop.

I finally get downstairs and am huddled on the couch with 3 kids and 3 cats, reading away while the husband is — no doubt — upstairs standing right by a window watching the hail and lightning strikes. (I have another story about him standing out in the middle of the street, going “What’s that noise?” while watching trees fly up in the air a quarter mile away a la a scene from Lost. And another one about how he sprained his ankle while rubber-necking a funnel cloud. The man has issues, I tell you, but I’ll save those stories for another post)

About 3 pages later, it dawns on me that the kids are pretty scared and the cats are acting weird. Not a good sign. Normally I would have fired up some candles or stumbled around after a flashlight, but today it’s no sweat, because the laptop  monitor gives off plenty of light, right? And hey — I’m reading a book that’s one part Hitchcock, one part Ghost Hunters, and one part Columbine, and the weather’s just mood music, as far as I’m concerned.

Making a concession for child #2 who’s a little alpha and doesn’t like being part of the weather’s food chain, I break down and stream a local station on the laptop to hear the weather reports, then go straight back to the book.

About twenty pages later, the power goes out. Kids freaking out in earnest now, and I can hear wind tearing at the house.

Then it gets a lot quieter rather abruptly, but I’m not paying attention, I’m reading, even as I register the fact that the husband has just said, “Oh, shit” and came running down the stairs. There’s a brief struggle for the laptop — I win, of course, because having been married a long time, I have mastered The Look — so now everyone else in the basement is struggling to hear the report of the tornado touchdown while I’m asking the husband what Brian thinks he”s doing, subbing to a brand new, tiny little house.

 

The Unearthed by Brian ORourke

The Unearthed by Brian O'Rourke

I can’t remember off-hand how long the tornado was actually on the ground. What I do remember about that day was finding a book in the sub pile good enough to keep me reading through scared kids, a husband left un-nagged for storm curiosity issues, and tornado touchdowns.

That sort of thing doesn’t happen every day, and okay, so I’m a bit of a Ghost Hunters fan girl and was predisposed to love this book, but that’s not what really kept me reading. What’s really gripping about this story is what goes on between dads, sons and brothers. It’s a one-of-a-kind read, and finding this sort of gold in the inbox tops the list of reasons why I love my job, despite rejection letters.

 

Oh, and Brian? I don’t think I ever did read your query letter. There. I’ve admitted it.

 

The Unearthed releases Monday, March 2, 2009. Once the links go live at Once Upon A Bookstore, I’ll hook us up.

ETA: (Buy link)

Now go forth and read. And be grateful it’s not tornado season.

Release Day

It’s release day!

Now that we’re beginning to ramp up the release cycles, I don’t have as much room in the LPI Newsletter to talk about the new releases. But I’ve got this whole blog to  play around with, so on as many release days as I can manage, I’ll blab about the books.

First up is Cat Grant‘s By Chance.

 

By Chance by Cat Grant

By Chance by Cat Grant

This book is the third of the Courtland Chronicles series, and my personal favorite…so far. (Cat and I are in copy edits on the next one. I reserve the right to change my mind.) What I love about this series is it’s like old school Dynasty or 90210, only with m/m/f instead of m/f and m/f and m/f ad nasuem. Readers really get to know the characters, warts and all, which makes it rather unlike anything else out there.

 

A word about the order: Cat went all Lucas on us, and gave us The Arrangement first. The other books in the series are prequels, written and released in chronological order:

  1. By Chance
  2. Strictly Business
  3. Complications (coming May 4, 2009)

Oh, and by the way, it’s Cat’s birthday. Go buy her book as a gift *nudge nudge*

 

Hunters of the Nile by Ellie Moonwater

Hunters of the Nile by Ellie Moonwater

Next up is Hunters of the Nile by Ellie Moonwater. This one is a time-travel romance, a fun, imaginative and light read. A woman’s getting chased by some Very Bad People and ends up finding the Queen Mum of all hiding places, but I’ll not tell where it is.

 

Ellie’s got three more titles coming out this year. The next one starts a new fantasy romance series, so get on board now.

The Quickening by Antonia Tiranth

The Quickening by Antonia Tiranth

 

 

Antonia Tiranth premieres at Lyrical this month with The Quickening. Dragons, shape shifters, romance. Need I say more?

Okay, yeah, you know I can’t help myself: Antonia breathes a lot of animation and character into first-person, making this story pretty darn entertaining for more reasons than just the story.

 

A Kiss of Ashen Twilight by Rae Lori

A Kiss of Ashen Twilight by Rae Lori

And then there’s Rae Lori‘s A Kiss of Ashen Twilight. This one’s chock full of paranormal goodness: vamps, faeries, legends, battles, romance…

 

It’s the first in the Ashen Twilight series. The next one, Within the Shadows of Mortals is due out in August, so again, don’t get left behind.

 

Go forth and have fun reading. You can find out more about these titles by visiting the Lyrical Press website or heading straight for Once Upon A Bookstore.

It’s here! It’s here!

:freak:

At long last, I bring you…
mmm... McWifey goodness
RUN AMONG THORNS
by Anna Luoise Lucia

A man does not run among thorns for no reason.
Either he is chasing a snake, or a snake is chasing him.

How can you trust your heart, when it calls your enemy, “lover”?

In a crisis moment of her life, Jenny Waring did something exceptional.

Now the authorities want to know how and why she killed three armed men.

Kier McAllister’s job is to break Jenny Waring. He’s asking a lot of questions, and he isn’t asking nicely. But it’s his job to find out why she could take out the bad guys like a seasoned agent.

McAllister’s thinks he’s in control. The balance of power is shifting, however. It isn’t his job to care about how he achieves his goal. Yet Jenny’s accusing eyes are starting to hold for him, and that isn’t good at all. Not when the people he works for aren’t about to leave her alone.

She started out being his job. Will she wind up being his redemption?

I’ve been in love with this story for quite some time now. Kier is…delicious, and Anna is a dear. And now, I can have McWife for my very own.

So can you, by visiting this link and running amongst links from there.

Congratulations, Anna. :hug:

T Minus 3 And Counting…

Three days. THREE DAYS!

After what feels like an age, Lyrical Press, Inc. will be opening its doors. :supah:

I’ve been pretty quiet about everything that’s gone on behind the scenes. Mostly because there’s been too much going on to stop and post about it but today, I’m taking the time to do some serious bragging about our opening line-up.

Afterward, I’ll be giving away a free download of one of my babies. All you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment. Easy peasy.

Prey for Mercy
Prey for Mercy
by AE Rought

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and link to excerpt. Click AE’s
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This book was love at first sight for me. From page one on, AE’s gift of infusing every single word with passion just knocked my socks off. Plus the two of us can carry on entire conversations done solely in movie quotes and lolcats. So we’ve got that going for us. Which iz nise.

New Ickford Manor
NEW ICKFORD MANOR
by Anthony Stevens

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Anthony, Anthony, Anthony… This man has quite possibly the wildest imagination in the world. I loved the concept behind this book, and even though he (not-so) secretly thinks I am teh evil, I can never wait to see what he’ll come up with next.

Unholy Night

UNHOLY NIGHT
by Candice Gilmer

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All I can say is… It’s fun, it’s hot and I want the next installment of Templars right now. I will only have to wait a little while. Everyone else will have to wait until October. Behold my smugness.

The Arrangement

THE ARRANGEMENT
by Cat Grant

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You should’ve seen me the day I found this one in the submission inbox… Whatever shame and dignity I ever pretended to possess flew the coop, and it took me less than a minute to say “gimme”. When you read it, you’ll know why — Excellent characterization, reads like buttah, and Cat does both humor and heat with an epic, lavish hand.

So there they are: our starting lineup. And now let’s all stop for a moment to admire Renee’s covers.

[reverant pause]

Okay. Comment away. I’ll leave the contest open over the weekend, and contact the winner either Sunday night or Monday morning.

Enjoy. I’m off to edit.

Tuesday THREE-fer

Holy! It’s like old home week for me! Dee, Christyne and Jaci are fellow GonnaBeez from way back. Feeling a little nostalgic now. *sniff sniff*

First, here’s Dee:


Dee Tenorio's Midnight Legacy
Midnight Legacy
by Dee Tenorio
Tara Sellers has an identity problem. Having grown up in countless foster homes, she scratches out a living as a paparazzi photographer. Until she discovers she’s the illegitimate daughter of one of the richest men in the world. Suddenly, everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie.

Dr. Perry Chase has a proximity problem. His friendship with the Remingtons has long defined him, but when they ask him to help steer their newfound sister to seeing things their way, he can’t let himself get too close to his very attractive prey. But he can’t seem to make himself get far enough away, either…

By day, they bicker, but by night their private lessons turn to passion.

Unclear who she is and who she wants to be, Tara must decide how much she’s willing to give up for the chance to have a real family of her own.

:anden: Here’s Christyne!

Christyne Butler's Reilly's PromiseReilly’s Promise
by Christine Butler

She stands for everything he despises. Only, the minute they meet, she becomes everything he desires.

Former US Marine turned private investigator, Reilly Murdock is no stranger to high society. Thanks to his malevolent millionaire stepfather, he turned his back on that elite world years ago. But when a friend calls in a favor he’s honor bound to repay, Reilly finds himself stuck as glorified babysitter to a spoiled heiress with secrets of her own.

Since her father’s sudden death six months ago, Cassandra Van Winter has been trying to conceal her family’s millions of dollars of debt. She can’t afford to let anyone near enough to discover the charade she’s maintaining. At first, the discovery of a multi-million-dollar necklace seemed like the answer to her prayers, but that was before the “accidents” started.

Now, she takes one look at the six feet of muscle her mother’s hired to protect her, and curses her body for coming back to life. As the “accidents” increase and danger comes closer, Reilly gets closer too. Before long it’s not just her life in danger, but her heart.

:anden: Jaci!

Jaci Burton's Hunting The DemonHunting The Demon
by Jaci Burton

IN A WILDERNESS SEETHING WITH SIN AND SEDUCTION, THE CHASE IS ON.

Hunting demons for a living can have its moments. Especially when Shay Pearson’s latest quarry is the gorgeous bronzed surfer who just stepped out of the sea. Uncovering Nic Diavolo’s devilish side could prove Shay’s toughest assignment yet. Because while she’s acting as bait to snatch this sexy bad boy, Nic’s got a plan of seduction no woman—earthly or otherwise–can resist.

Caught between two warring realms, Nic needs to stay alive long enough to figure out who his enemies are. That includes the beautiful hunter who won’t let him out of her sight. And something far worse: A force of evil with an almost unimaginable goal – possessing Nic’s very soul. But the hunt really heats up when a guy who’s hotter than Hades and a woman who’s afraid to love join forces, igniting an inferno of lust and longing that could send them into mortal danger…or straight into each other’s arms…