Passionate Reads Pitch Contest is open for submissions…

1 Jan

I hope you’ve given those pitches one last edit because the 1st Annual Passionate Reads Pitch Contest is open for submissions!!

We’ll take entries through midnight (Central Standard Time) on January 7th. Then on January 8th, we’ll open the polls for voting and readers will have one week to vote for their favorite first round entry. How fun is that?

For those who haven’t read the instructions from our awesome Ellora’s Cave judge, Grace Bradley, please click here.

If you have any further questions, please post them in the comments of the contest page (here) and not in the main contest thread. Thanks! 🙂

Good luck!
Brandi Evans & the rest of the Passionate Reads bunch

28 Responses to “Passionate Reads Pitch Contest is open for submissions…”

  1. Adelle Laudan January 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    I guess I’m first. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Spirit Island by Adelle Laudan
    Blush ~ Sweet
    Genre: Mainstream/Paranormal Romance

    At twenty-one years of age, Nara still hasn’t found the right man to share her life with. The only man who ever made her heart race and turned her words to gibberish left Spirit Island over five years ago.
    While pursuing his dream of playing in a band, Tokoda receives news of his parents’ death. He is then forced to jump on his Harley and return to a place he couldn’t leave fast enough, a place where great spirits are believed to reside and tales of them and ferocious Manitous are often told around the campfire.
    The mystical beauty from the legendary Princess of the Underwater rises up from the lake. Both Nara and Tokoda find themselves thrown back to a time on Spirit Island very different from present day.
    Tokoda is on a quest to find the intriguing Nara and ends up in the midst of their adversary, the savage Sioux tribe as it prepares for the barbaric sun-dance. He must keep his Ojibwa roots a secret or face certain death.
    Nara lands in the Ojibwa camp of her ancestors, where the natives believe she is the princess and daughter of Chief White Bear. She takes on the identity of the princess in hopes of finding a way home, only to discover her own life is at risk, and the one man sent to keep her from harms’ way is the same man she’s tried so desperately not to love.

  2. Sue Perkins January 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Wonderful Adelle, mystical and spiritual with a hint of passion to come. Look forward to reading the complete book.

    • Diane Craver January 8, 2011 at 7:19 am #

      I love the conflict and the very original and creative story line. It sounds like a page turner with memorable characters. I’m anxious to read this one when published.

  3. Madeline Iva January 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    IRRESISTIBLE by Madeline Iva

    Romantica/Aeon

    Genre: Erotic Romance,– 2 men/1 female, some very light bdsm

    LEXI SAATCHI longs for both a brilliant career as a scientific researcher and to overcome her reputation for being bad in bed. MAX COLE has rebuffed her awkward advances before—once after she’s suggested they have mindless sex while accidentally sticking the straw from her drink up her nose. She hates him, she wants him, and now he’s shredding her career. He’s leaked the results of her latest tests on a new drug to the press, causing scandal and ruining her promising future. Even though he’s infuriatingly hot, he’s also a conspiracy nut, claiming the new drug at very high doses makes any man irresistible to women—before it kills him. Right, Max.

    Enter STASH PRESCOTT, wild card. Lexi can’t resist Stash. After only two minutes she’ll do whatever he wants—and what he wants is very, very naughty. But Stash is supposed to destroy Lexi’s research on Senlox-6, having been paid a very big wad of money by a very evil drug corporation to do so. Not that he’s going to—it’d break his heart after making love to beautiful, surprisingly submissive Lexi. Yet he has to wonder if her feelings for him are real—or from a bottle? He meets Max Cole and soon realizes that Max is obsessed with two things in life: his secret love for Lexi, who hates him, and bringing down Plano Corp. When Stash wickedly invites Max to share Lexi with him, Lexi tingles and Max grits his teeth. He’ll join Stash in satisfying Lexi, he’ll put up with being her boy toy for now, but he knows in his heart he wants all her love, all for himself. Before that can happen, the three must work together, facing Plano Corporation goons and searching for a serum that will save Stash’s life.

  4. Emma Butler January 2, 2011 at 3:10 am #

    HUMAN NATURE by Emma Butler

    Twilight/Aeon

    Genre: Mainstream/Paranormal Romance

    Ronnie Hall has survived the apocalypse. Now she needs to survive public opinion.
    Mafia kingpin Santangelo De Saviero has escaped death. Now he needs to help Ronnie escape her past, present and future.
    The biggest battle of life after the apocalypse for Ronnie is not food or shelter. It’s the love triangle between the man everyone thinks she should be with and the only man who knows the real her. But following her heart has never been more dangerous.

  5. Catheryne E. Layne January 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    HEARTS ON FIRE by Catheryne E. Layne
    Blush: Sensual
    Genre: Moderne (Contemporary)

    Angelica Taylor decided two years ago to simplify her existence and work toward making a positive difference in the world. She quit her well-paying corporate America job and downsized her life, instead deciding to pursue her dream of running a farm animal rescue sanctuary. Until she gets the capital together to start her organization, she enjoys the freedom of doing what she loves – supporting herself by caring for people’s farms, animals and homes. The morning that the fires start in her little community of Northville, Massachusetts, she is happily at work in her Aunt Mildred’s barn when an unexpected complication appears at the door.
    Spencer Shiloh seems better suited for life in Angelica’s old office than for Northville. His mysterious arrival, coincidently falling on the same day that the fires start around town, raises suspicion among the residents of Northville about his motives for moving to their small community. Unable to deny an immediate forceful attraction to the mysterious stranger, Angelica must now decide whether Spencer is truly the villain that he is purported to be, or something different. As she falls deeper into the unexpected and tenuous relationship that forms between them, Angelica begins to wonder not only whether Spencer is a complication that she wants in her life, but also who in her world she can really trust.

  6. Jeannene Walker January 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    To Tame A Wild Filly by Jeannene Walker

    Blush – sensual

    Genre:Western Historical Novella

    Rose Burns is a spinster at twenty six and resigned to living out her life looking after her father until he announces he gambled away her hand in marriage to none other than Luke Franklin. The same Luke Franklin who humiliated her at the tender age of nine. The pain of that encounter still stings.

    Luke Franklin runs the Spring River Ranch with a firm and fair hand, but finds little time for the company of any special lady. The delay in producing grandchildren motivates his father to accept the bet from Roses father, hurling Luke into a marriage he adamantly opposes, but consents to to keep the true love of his life – the ranch.

    Luke falls for Rose the moment he sees her, but she denies the attraction she feels, clinging to the hurt of all those years ago. Her resolve to remain detached is weakened when at every turn she discovers Luke’s character to be above reproach.

    Her cold shoulder to all his advances drives him to use his training techniques he utilizes on the horses to woo her. The result is a sensuous parlay of actions that speak louder than any words and reveal an ageless love.

  7. Melisse Aires January 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    REFUGEES ON URLOON by Melisse Aires
    Blush: Sensual
    Genre: AEON Science Fiction/Futuristic Romance

    Under normal military conditions, Svana, untrained support staff who cooked and cleaned for the highly trained crew of a small observation ship, and Captain Liam Rangel, a decorated war hero and instructor at the most prestigious military academy in the Confederation, would never have met let alone become confidants. But their deadly journey into deep space caused by a weapon anomaly, and rescue by the Urloon has thrown them together, forming a deep friendship.

    There will be no rescue. Urloon, with its exotic underwater cities and citizens who have adapted to underwater life for centuries, is their future. They can choose adaption and the domed cities, or a landside agricultural colony. Liam chooses the domes, and Svana chooses the landside colony. The Urloon invite them to their spring fertility festival, the Moonfest, when sea beasts come ashore to mate and emit pheromones that affect humans. At the last minute, Svana decides to attend, just to see the sea beasts dance. Liam is there, and they participate in the Moonfest, a celebration of life and the promises of the future. But participation brings life changing consequences—and Urloon is not as peaceful as they thought.

  8. Patricia Bates January 2, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    Patricia Bates
    Christmas for The Cowboy
    Oh Canada/Erotic

    Each year at Christmas Holly Walker gets a week long break from real life. Locked away from reality in a hotel room – with a sexy, tanned cowboy set to please her – she should be content; but she’s not. This year her secrets may destroy everything she holds dear.

    Tyson Walker, a professional Rough Stock Rider who’s home from the circuit recovering from an injury. Faced with an uncertain future, he just wants to forget everything for a while. With a warm, willing woman in his arms and bed for the holidays what could be better?

    Their future is uncertain and the love they share may not be enough. Can Holly convince Tyson to give up the rodeo for her and their unborn child or will this Christmas be their last?

  9. Tennille Riddolls January 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    ASSASSINS CURSE by Tennille Riddolls
    Blush: Sensual
    Genre: Mainstream/Paranormal Romance

    Assassin Balthen has never played well with others. Living by his own rules kept him alive and he was used to getting his way. With a reputation for never missing a target he had new assignments sent to him daily. When an old acquaintance crosses his desk he is forced to rethink his rules. When he sees Orcus and her appearance changes right in front of him he is forced to rethink everything he believes.

    As the last surviving chameleon Orcus has never known her true form and she hoped she never would. When trying to save her best friend from an assassination attempt she is thrown back into the life she’d fought to escape. Now with the top assassin in the business as her personal body guard, her faith is shaken and she cannot deny what he does to her body.

  10. Alexa Day January 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    Alexa Day
    Project NSA
    Moderne

    Forget diamonds! For Grace Foley, chemistry is a girl’s best friend, and in more ways than one. She’s got a friend with benefits, Tal Crusoe, for frequent, toe-curling sex, and her best friend, biochemist John March, offers her advice and a scientific look into the male mind. One man to satisfy her body and another to tempt her inquisitive intellect — it’s the best of both worlds. Or so she thinks.

    John knows one thing for sure: Tal is not the right man for Grace. He is. But he’ll never be able to prove it as long as Tal’s in the picture. So when Grace can’t decide if her feelings for Tal come from her heart or her hormones, John’s got the answer — a pill that suppresses oxytocin. With the post-coital bonding hormone out of the way, John expects Grace to see that there’s nothing between her and Tal but sex. He doesn’t expect to be pulled into their sexual play, and he definitely doesn’t expect to enjoy it. Who knew getting out of the Friend Zone could be so much fun?

  11. Sorcha Mowbray January 3, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    The Market: Love Revealed by Sorcha Mowbray
    Romantica: Legend/Taboo
    Genre: Historical Erotic Romance

    Lady Katherine Drummond played by the rules of society, even after they turned on her. Shunned by her peers, she keeps up appearances by day but allows her true self out in the privacy of The Market. It is there in the arms of one man that she truly comes alive. So much so, she signed a contract to be his for six months. Despite never having seen his face and knowing him only as Sir, she fears losing her heart to him.

    Lord Raymond Tarkenton, the Earl of Heathington, despises being one of the most sought after bachelors of the Ton. He could never ask a woman of his circle to submit to his sexual needs, and a mistress would never be an option. For now, one masked woman at The Market holds his undivided attention. When he realizes that his masked lover and Lady Katherine Drummond are one and the same, he must find a way to convince her that they are bound together by more than the straps at her wrist and the contract they signed. He must reveal himself and his love to her.

  12. Lori Beth Johnson January 3, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Sacking Austin by Lori Beth Johnson

    Blush-Sensual

    Genre-Moderne/Contemporary Romance

    When the MVP of the NFL is no longer the most valuable man in his wife’s life, it is time to admit that it’s over. Austin Cook knew his wife had a wandering eye, but what he didn’t know was that other parts of her body were wandering as well. After finding out that his wife was a serial-cheater, he gave her one more chance only for his trust to be shattered as he finds her in the arms of his biggest on-field rival. After ending his marriage and losing in the playoffs, Austin’s life seems at its lowest point. When his agent brother talks him into a vacation filled with sun and sand, he resists at first before deciding this might just be what he needs, after all.

    Brianna Lee went to the beach for two reasons: to work on her tan and to find inspiration for her next book. The writing well had dried up and she was desperate to find some hot and hunky stranger to prime the pump. When she spots Austin at the local tiki bar, she is immediately taken by this tall, dark and delicious football player. She wants to meet him; she wants to have him. Yet, in the back of her mind she knows it’s wrong, that he would never want her if he knew the truth about who she was. When a one-night stand turns into so much more, Brianna is torn. Should she deny her feelings and walk away, or go for it and risk everything?

  13. lorrainenelson January 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Lorraine Nelson
    Daydreams & Night Scenes
    Genre: Blush, Sensual Romance

    Have you ever been in such an embarrassing situation that you wanted to shrink down small enough to slink beneath the woodwork? That’s how Miranda Stuart feels immediately following a seduction scene gone awry. She’s lushly built, hauntingly beautiful, career oriented and extremely intelligent. “So how did she get herself into this situation?” you might ask. Easy. It was all thanks to a teenage crush on a man who was way out of her league. Meeting up again years later at a posh city resort, they seem to hit it off and she determines to finally get her fantasy night in this man’s arms. But when the nights’ magic should have begun, unbeknown to him, our dashing, billionaire playboy hero, Alexander Denning, enters the seduction scene with bright lights blaring and another woman in tow.

    Alex hadn’t recognized Miranda and, thinking her an acquaintance he’d met in the bar, humiliates and threatens her before evicting her from his room. Used to women throwing themselves at him at every opportunity, he shouldn’t have been so surprised by the seduction set-up, but he finds he can’t get the memory of this particular woman out of his mind and is determined to find her. He tells himself it’s because he wants to exact his revenge for the invasion of privacy, not because the picture of her in sexy lingerie has him mesmerized. As he belatedly finds out the next morning, he doesn’t even know her name! Miranda is dearly hoping it stays that way.

  14. Anya Richards January 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Anya Richards
    Beyond Prudence
    Aeon/Legend

    Ostracized by Victorian society, mourning the betrayal of her lover and the loss of the only relative who understood her, artist Prudence Hastings longs only for independence. Solving the mystery of Uncle Harry’s bequest hopefully will provide it, but the large metal box in the cellar of Hasting’s Halt seems both impossible to open and singularly useless. Without the blueprints or any idea of what the box is supposed to be, Prudence has no way of knowing whether it is as valuable as her uncle obviously believed. Approaching William Foreman for his assistance seems a good idea—the reclusive inventor was the only rival Uncle Harry trusted—except the irascible Mr. Foreman is in the middle of a lucrative commission. His refusal seems assured, until she realises he needs a test subject for his rather intriguing contraptions…

    A self-made man, William has no interest in society, but even he knows using Sir Harold Hastings’ niece to test the mechanical sex toys he is building for The Acolytes of Concupiscence is beyond the Pale. Yet he can’t help being fascinated by the puzzle of Sir Harold’s final invention, and even more-so by the woman who now owns it. Seeing her strapped down to The Amazing Spender or experiencing the delights of The Great Steam Stimulator is enough to make him want to use The Wonder Quim himself. For the first time in his life William finds himself unable to concentrate on his work, and wanting more than his inventions can supply. Caught in a conundrum no amount of mechanical genius will solve, he’s forced to examine his own nuts and bolts and decide where his heart truly lies—

  15. Kendal Ashby January 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    SCARRED by Kendal Ashby

    Blush – Sensual

    Everyone says Kiera is a survivor, but she doesn’t feel like one. Despite being cancer-free for a year, she can’t seem to shake the anger over everything she has lost. For her family, she wears a mask, but when she has to attend a cousin’s wedding at a secluded resort, the facade begins to crumble under the pressure. In a desperate bid to feel something, anything, Kiera finds herself taking dangerous risks she might never have contemplated before.

    Reclusive handyman Jake has survived his own scarring battle – a hellish fire that took his wife’s life – and all he wants now is to be left alone, invisible to the world. But Kiera’s arrival, and her reckless behavior, forces him to emerge from his comfortable shadows time and time again. To save a woman who doesn’t want to be rescued, Jake has to face his own painful past.

    Thrown together by scars and secrets, Jake and Keira discover that hiding is always easier than healing…but who ever said life, and love, was going to be easy?

  16. manda903 January 4, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Collision by Cassandra Carr
    Book 1 of the Buckin’ Bull Riders Series
    Genre: Contemporary Erotic Western

    Olympic Gold-medal winning figure skater Leah Fitzpatrick, dubbed “The Ice Queen”, is on the down slope of her career when she finds herself being roped into a promo gig on the professional bull riders’ tour.

    She’s paired up with the “King of Rodeo”, Brady Parrish, and though his looks could stop traffic, she’s got a career to worry about that doesn’t include knocking boots with a bull rider. Brady is blindsided by this ice beauty, and is determined to melt the ice around her heart.

  17. Abby-Rae Rose January 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Abby-Rae Rose
    Dancing Shadows
    Genre: Mainstream/Paranormal Romance

    Graduate student Annabeth Alexandria arrives back home in Dixie after seven years of school and teaching, satisfying her family. She thinks of herself as a career-minded big-city woman, she is not ready to settle down and become the next “Legacy”. The worst part is she must find a mate, only because Annabeth is special amongst the shifter world. With the pressure of her Alpha, who also happens to be her father, things have become more frustrating with what the future may hold.

    Love at first sight happens when her father hires Breandan “Cannon” Cunleth to protect her. He sets her on her feet and walks away after she barrels into him. Annabeth however is not easily disheartened. She feels the charming hire is her reward for coming back to the sticks, whether he knows it or not.

    Hired hand “Cannon”, seemingly has no interest in Annabeth. He is not looking to settle down, not with his security business just taking off. Cannon finds he cannot stay away. Tension between Cannon and Annabeth begins to rise tenfold. As he avoids her as much as possible, but somewhat impossible, because she is his job.

  18. Bethany Halle January 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    Bethany Halle writing as Cassandre Dayne
    Who Knew Aliens Craved French Champagne?
    Erotic: Aeon m/m/f

    Was it really possible that aliens craved the finest French Champagne and watched the Food Network or were the delicious men from the planet Zagan on Earth for another purpose? That’s what Deirdre Miller, a well-respected food and wine critic, was determined to find out. Stealing aboard their unattended ship for an exclusive interview, she was caught red handed sipping their champagne. Undaunted by the four golden haired hunks, she jumped into her role, asking them questions. Unfortunately, she no idea she had just become part of their Fertility Festival and could never return home.
    Kidnapped and heading into the galaxy, they embarked on a wicked tryst with the Prince himself claiming her as his mate. Their planet barren, she was one of their last hopes to conceive and give their world an heir, but the group would have to win their yearly contest first or face losing her. Finally agreeing to help them, she came up with a scandalous plan. With a little help from their Chef and a sensuous design that included whipped cream, chocolate, golden flakes and one very naughty champagne fountain; an edible creation was prepared with her as the centerpiece. They won the heat, but there was more to follow including a fight to the death. Feeling betrayed, she shunned everyone until a universal exclusive forced her to reconsider her decision.

  19. Bethany Halle January 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Bethany Halle writing as Cassandre Dayne
    Bold & Bodacious in Paradise
    Erotic: Taboo m/f/m

    Shannon Myers had it with men. Finding her fiancé, Randolph, in bed with a naughty blond vixen half her age did little for her self-esteem and despair settled in. Incensed, her best friend whisked her way to a Caribbean island so that she could recover while convincing her to have a wicked fling of her own. Crushed, Shannon refused, until she took one look at sexy Australian Brandon Carter and his rough-hewn friend Kyle Sutterling and knew that two young hunks just might be her ticket to a slice of happiness. Instantly the nights turned saucy as Brandon introduced her to a very kinky society, where all things scandalous were on the menu and the three became embroiled in fulfilling their fantasies.

    Shannon found herself falling hard for Brandon, until she realized that he was none other than Randolph’s son and she was tangled in a ruse. Racing back to the states, she was determined to put the experience behind her. However Brandon wasn’t playing a game. He had been in love with her for years and the moment he found out about his father’s behavior, he was determined to win her heart. It took nefarious planning and a surprise visit from Randolph to finally convince her to take a chance, but the burning question remained, could she forgive him?

  20. Bethany Halle January 6, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    Bethany Halle writing as Cassandre Dayne
    Magic Dust of Shadows and Dreams
    Erotic: Xanadu m/m/m/f

    Cinta Heart was a magical faery and the daughter of the Dream Master of the Universe, a position she was required to take seriously. Yet when she begged to be one of the Dream Emissaries for the yearly Festival of the Broken Hearts held on Earth, daddy was none too pleased. Even her intended Skylar Blue, refused to allow her to participate. Sadly, she wanted no part of marrying a wizard in training. Finally convincing her father, she embarked on a mission to save three men that had no hope of finding love. The only glitch? The feat had to be accomplished by the Eve of the Winter Solstice or the faery would live her life in servitude.

    Breezing through the contest, Cinta knew she was the winner and would receive many accolades. That is until she met Sandheim Ruger and realized she was doomed. Having tragically lost his wife, Sandy was a broken man, believing he had been the cause of her death. Against all the rules, Cinta fell in love and allowed their passion to be consummated only to find that Skylar had spun a wretched game of betrayal that would imprison her forever and destroy the man she loved. Enter one furious father of the Universe who gave Sandy the gift of truth behind the accident. Sadly, Cinta had to make a choice between love or immortality and her decision could destroy all that she knew.

  21. Madeline Iva January 6, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Madeline Iva
    Be My Bridezilla
    Erotic: Moderne m/f role-playing & spanking

    Never neglect the family, boy. Braden Picot’s father thinks Braden’s still the playboy slacker he once was in college. Yet he’s taken the entire French division of the family corporation and turned it into the biggest money maker the corporation has—sacrificing his social life to do so. Now with his father’s illness and a wobbly economy, Braden’s family is looking to him to compound his success and save his father’s retirement. It’s his chance to change his dad’s opinion for good—until…at the wedding he sees her: Becky Warfield. Of course he can’t taunt her, can’t provoke her, can’t put his hands on her tiny cinched waist…she’s the bride. But the hot, raging bridezilla makes him struggle mightily for self-control and he reveals to her his most secret sexual fantasy: taming the naughty bride. He knows he’ll lose his father’s respect in an instant and cause a family scandal of epic proportions if anyone discovers he’s let his secret desires loose and stolen his cousin’s bride.

    Becky, without a family of her own, and dumped by her cheating groom at the end of their wedding is sobbing in the airport when she’s rescued from humiliation by the sexy wedding guest. Within an hour she’s off to Paris with her groom’s cousin, trembling with excitement at the thought of Braden’s penchant for kinky sex and spanking. Yet her excitement turns to thoughts of revenge and sexual torment when he decides the next day he can’t risk betraying his family’s trust by being with her. As she rapidly tumbles into love with this dark, brooding man she has to earn his trust and show him that she is not just the perfect diva for his sexual fantasies, but also a strong, smart, compassionate woman ready and willing help Braden save his family business. Just in time, her quickie divorce lets her tempt Braden in a way he can’t resist…

  22. Bethany Halle January 7, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Bethany Halle writing as Cassandre Dayne
    The Lost & Forgotten
    Erotic: Twilight: m/m f/m/m

    When Nicolette Randolph joined Doctors With Dreams, an organization created to provide inexpensive medical attention to cities in need; she was lured immediately to Lafayette Louisiana. Finally accepted by the people, she loved everything about living in the town laced with the old ways of black magic. Suddenly her dreams were filled each night with two luscious and very ghostlike men that sated every sexual fantasy. The experience so real and so breathtaking, she questioned her sanity. Rattled, she buried herself into her practice, until the townspeople began turning up slaughtered by a wild animal and the Others predicted that the creatures of the forest had come to take back their home.

    The Were-tiger, the oldest and most powerful breed created by the Devil was nearing the time of the Passing. Feeling betrayed, the Devil’s son and Prince of their people cursed two men of his kind into the Fade, an eternity of hell. Their only hope? To find the one woman that had been destined to be their mate and the Queen of their pride. Gage Trevillian and Lucan Morgan were the lost & forgotten. More ghost than man or beast, their goal was to find Nicolette and forever break the curse. Unfortunately, the pact made with the devil put the entire town at risk. Amidst a volley of secrets and lies involving both the humans and tigers, only a select few would survive.

  23. Aisling Burke January 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    Aisling Burke writing as Mags O’Conor

    A Practical Woman

    Genre: Legend
    Erotic m/f/m
    Sarah Amberley is a practical young woman. When her father attempts to force her into a marriage to pay off his gambling debts she arranges for him and her prospective fiancé to find her performing an ‘unseemly act’ with her mouth on the stable boy. She assumes she will be sent to live with an elderly aunt in the country as punishment where she could continue to pursue her reading and scientific pursuits. Instead her father has her beaten up and locks her in her room. She managed to get a note to her friend, Lord Henry Stratton before she is taken to ‘Firefly’, the notorious virgin auction held in London. Henry rescued her and asks her to marry him. She agrees and the ceremony takes place the next day. She knows Henry prefers men but he needs the respectability she will bring to him. Then Henry asks her to sleep with his friend, Anthony.

    Major Anthony Carter doesn’t believe in love. He is having too much fun living on his gambling winnings and charming his way into the beds of a variety of society women. He only went to ‘Firefly’ to collect a gambling debt. One look at Sarah and he feels an emotion he refuses to name. He hesitates and Henry buys her at the auction. He watches Henry marrying her and promises himself he would stay away from her. Then Henry asks him to sleep with Sarah. Henry is dying and needs an heir. Sarah is attracted to Anthony but is loyal to Henry. Her solution is to take them both to her bed. She didn’t expect to fall in love with both of them. But in Victorian London where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death and women can be locked away in an asylum for ‘loose morals’ can they find a happy ending?

  24. J. R. Albert January 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    A Thorn In The Olive Branch
    J. R. Albert
    Genre: Aeon

    A distant world shared by the ground dwelling Terrans and the flying Avians, is in turmoil with tensions threatening to overflow into war.  In the Terran capitol, honor student Jayla and her military cadet boyfriend Anton anxiously await their graduations and the removal of the restrictions their undergraduate status places on their blossoming love. In the Avain capitol, new young King Tassin is morning the sudden loss of his father.  His ascension to the throne in time of uncertainty has left little time to explore the changing relationship with his lifelong friend Yael as they come of age and find their feelings to be more than platonic. 
    Each of their lives are sent spinning out of control when Terran Prime Minister Calen negotiates a settlement that will tear both young couples apart, giving Jayla to Tassin as his bride.  Anton risks all to forcibly free her and finds a willing accomplice in Yael.  The soft-bodied Terrans and hardbodied Avians both find exotic pleasures in their unexpected pairings, but, in love as in politics, all may not be as it appears on the surface. Their very survival depends on recognizing and exposing the the plot they are unwittingly executing before all is lost. 

  25. Wendy F. Brame January 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Anna Castle
    The Heart of an Earl
    Blush- sensual (Regency time period)

    When the Earl of Parham leaves his fiancée, Lady Grace St. James, at the alter to travel the continent, only to be abducted, he returns a year later to find his best friend on bended knee begging for Grace’s hand. Determined to regain Grace’s love and find the culprit behind his abduction and make them pay, Parham struggles with his own inner demons. How can he possibly keep Grace safe from an evil villain who is clearly relentless in his endeavor to rid the world of him, when a mere headache can render him powerless? With his only alternative being letting Grace go unacceptable, the earl must learn to listen to the one thing he’s never given much credence- his heart.
    Lady Grace St. James was jilted on the very day of her wedding by her betrothed, Jasper Lucas Lancaster, The Earl of Parham. When her fury is overshadowed by his abduction, Grace is coerced by her own traitorous heart to await his return like a hopeful bride. Upon his miraculous homecoming (fraught with exceptionally bad timing and a pair of flying silk slippers), she is decided to never speak to the arrogant earl again. He is not at all whom she remembers him to be; however when she is faced with a near abduction herself and the earl saves her very life, Grace finds this new man he has become to be hauntingly unforgettable, proving to make her decision quite impossible and leaving her to wonder if a love from what seems another lifetime can transcend the pain of what is lost and begin anew?

  26. Callie Russell January 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Callie Russell
    Dark Star
    Blush/Cotillion: Sensual

    Merryn Penrose has always done things her way. Refusing to marry the deadly dull man her uncle has chosen for her, she has devoted herself instead to the care of her troubled cousin’s young son. The boy, whose father disappeared before his birth, fills a void in her life that she didn’t know existed, and she quickly grows to love him as her own. Having lost her parents at a young age, she is determined to give him the love and security she had all too briefly.

    When the Earl of Devonshire, the boy’s uncle, arrives brandishing a letter giving him unofficial custody, he expects no resistance to his plan to take William to his home on the wild Devon coast. But instead, he finds himself engaged in a battle of wills with the maddeningly persistent yet beautiful Miss Penrose, who contrives to accompany the child in an impulsive, audacious plan of her own. At Ross’s estate, situated between high cliffs and windswept moors, Merryn is enthralled; both by the primeval beauty around her, and by the enigmatic man she wishes were not her opponent. When the mystery of Diana’s illness unravels, Merryn must face an ironic possibility—that after championing her cousin’s maternal rights so vigorously, Diana could win not only her son, but also the man Merryn loves.

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