Friday, August 1, 2008

August 2008 Issue # 1

Hello Everyone!

I’m Phoebe Jordan, also known as The Voice of Romance here on Romance Writers United. This is my first column so I’m a little nervous because I've never done this before, and I don’t want to sound boring or uninteresting. To start off, when I was asked to write this column for Romance Writers United, I was pretty honored and very excited about having such a great opportunity to write about one of my favorite subjects, which is as you must obviously know—reading romance novels. I love reading romance novels of almost every sub-genre: contemporary, paranormal, historical, erotica, suspense, thriller and many more. There are a couple of new authors, members of Romance Writers United, who I'm proud to say, have a couple of recent and upcoming releases this month.

Happy Reading!
~ Phoebe

Current releases by Romance Writers United authors:

Affairs of the Heart
Copyright © 2007 Kristie Leigh Maguire
Published by Star Publish, LLC

From the blistering sands of California's Mojave Desert, to the glittering neon lights of Las Vegas, Marcie Treyhorne sweeps you away into a world of sex and passion in Desert Heat. Marcie's adventures continue in the mountains of northern Nevada in Cabin Fever. Enter Marcie's world...if you dare!

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Before Dawn Breaks
Copyright © 2008 Rae Lori
Published by Freya’s Bower

Alexandra Lyons is a cold, seductive assassin, skilled in the art of killing. Camilla Angelson is a bubbly writer enjoying the quiet life as a recent graduate from college. Both women are the same person. Unfortunately, her former employer, the secret government bureau that hired her, knows this all too well.

Josh Mayer is a former secret service agent looking to pick up the pieces of his life after a messy divorce from a cheating wife and a job of putting his life on the line. Doubling as a restaurateur and an "unofficial" undercover agent, the beautiful female target he is protecting may be the same one he is willing to risk his life and, most of all, his heart to save.

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Vision of Seduction
Copyright © 2008 Cassie Ryan
Published by Kensington Aphrodisia

From A Vision Of Passion...

Katelyn Hunt is fascinated with the sexy stranger who has been hanging out at her New Age store for the last week. As a Seer, the sensual power she feels from this man of mystery intrigues—and arouses—her. But only his touch allows her to truly see what it would be like to lie beneath him naked and exposed, experiencing complete sexual surrender. And this vision is just the beginning...

August 2008 releases by Romance Writers United authors:

Take it Off
Copyright © 2006 Tina Gerow
Published by Sapphire Blue Publishing
Release Date: August 15, 2008

When Samantha Ryan receives a call from her mother, asking her to come home and run the family business—a real live Nevada brothel—she's not thrilled about it, but she agrees. Realizing that her final night out with her friends will be the last for a while, Samantha takes the opportunity presented to her in the form of Chase Hanson.

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Vortex Blues
Copyright © 2007 Tina Gerow
Published by Sapphire Blue Publishing
Release Date: August 15, 2008

After punching his last boss in the mouth, Detective Mitch Guthrie is transferred to what he considers the worst position available for a cop—the SPOOK Squad (Special Paranormal Operations & Otherworldly Contact.) As a human with special gifts that allow him to sense non humans things get interesting when he’s assigned a partner who is a succubus, and his first case involves a succubus serial killer. Between the Sedona, Arizona vortexes, his captain—the actual Cleopatra, a gargoyle bartender named Rocky, and a fear demon who gives off a urine smell, Mitch isn’t so sure he’ll survive the week with all his body parts still intact.

Current Works-In-Progress by Aspiring Writers of Romance Writers United:

Timeless Mist
Copyright © 2008 Terissa Wilcox

Art-history major, Kristianna Campbell's class trip to Scotland becomes a lot more than the simple vacation she planned. Thanks to an enchanted watch, Kris is transported back to 1603 Scotland during the proscription against the MacGregor's. She lands smack in the middle of Iain MacGregor's territory. Unsure of where she is or how she got there, Kris is stunned when she realizes that Iain is not exactly a stranger to her. She's dreamed of him for weeks. And her attraction to him is stronger in the flesh than in her dreams.

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Now for some authors you may all know and love to read. I recently finished reading Lisa Jackson’s newest release, Left to Die this past weekend. I also had the honor of interviewing New York Times bestselling author, Lisa Jackson, on my blog. I reviewed her book and really enjoyed reading it because it was a very suspenseful throughout, and the serial killer is very intriguing and cleaver. But enough about me, here are some current and upcoming releases by authors I love to read, and watch for their new books to come out.


Current releases by NYT best-selling romance authors:

Left to Die
Copyright © 2008 Lisa Jackson
Published by Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing

One by one, the victims are carefully captured, toyed with, then subjected to a slow and agonizing death. Piece by piece, his exquisite plan takes shape. The police can’t yet see the beauty in his work—but soon, very soon, they will...

In the lonely woods around Grizzly Galls, Montana, four bodies have been discovered. Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli have been hoping for a career-making case, but this is a nightmare. Even with the FBI involved, Selena and Regan have nothing to go on but a killer’s cryptic notes, and the unsettling knowledge that there is much worse to come...

When Jillian Rivers opens her eyes, she’s trapped in a mangled car. Then a stranger, claiming to be a trail guide named Zane MacGregor, pries her free. Though she’s grateful, something about him sets Jillian on edge. And if she knew what lay out there in the woods of Montana, she’d be truly terrified. Because someone is waiting...watching…poised to strike and make Jillian the next victim...

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Some Like it Wicked
Copyright © 2008 Teresa Medeiros
Published by HQN Books

Some like it dangerous...
Highland beauty Catriona Kincaid cares nothing for propriety—or even her own safety—when she storms the grounds of Newgate Prison. Determined to return to Scotland and restore her clan’s honor, she seeks the help of Sir Simon Wescott, a disgraced nobleman and notorious rogue. She is prepared to offer him both wealth and freedom, but she never dreams the wicked rake will be bold enough to demand a far more sensual prize.

Some like it seductive...
Simon is shocked to discover the tomboy he met long ago has blossomed into a headstrong temptress. Although he’s sworn off his dreams of becoming a hero, he can’t resist playing knight errant to Catriona’s damsel in distress. Both adventure and peril await them at her Highland home, where they will risk their lives to vanquish her enemies…and risk their hearts to discover a passion beyond their wildest dreams.

August releases by NYT best-selling romance authors:

Book of Scandal, The
Copyright © 2008 Julia London
Published by Simon & Schuster Publishing Group
Release Date: August 19, 2008

The Princess of Wales has catalogued the shocking exploits of the outrageous Prince of Wales and many of his noble friends in a book that has all of London aflutter...

Nathan Grey, the Earl of Lindsey, is infamously known as the Libertine of Lindsey for his scandalous ways with women. But when he hears gossip that his estranged wife, Evelyn, is about to be named in The Book of Scandal, he has no choice but to remove her from London to protect her and himself from charges of treason—even if it calls for abduction.

While Evelyn has no legal recourse against the man who broke her heart years ago but is still considered her lord and master, she is no longer the immature girl Nathan married. Her enforced homecoming quickly turns into a battle of wills that tears down her husband’s defenses and lays bare the passion that still burns between them. Before it is too late, Nathan must confront powerful adversaries as he convinced Evelyn that she is not only his wife, but the one woman he will love for all time.

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Dark Embrace
Copyright © 2008 Brenda Joyce
Published by HQN Books
Release Date: August 26, 2008

A Highland warrior sworn to protect Innocence throughout the ages...
Aidan, the Wolf of Awe, has abandoned the Brotherhood and forsaken his vows. Feared by all and trusted by none, he hunts alone, seeking vengeance against the evil that destroyed his son. He has not saved an Innocent in sixty-six years—until he hears Brianna Rose’s scream of terror across centuries, and leaps to modern-day Manhattan to rescue her...

Her Seduction...His Salvation
Brie spends her time fighting evil from the safety of her laptop—and fantasizing about the medieval Highlander she met just once. She is also a gifted empath. Still, her life is pretty ordinary—until she awakens one night consumed with Aidan’s pain and rage—which she is feeling across centuries! And when Aidan suddenly appears in the city and takes her hostage, Brie cannot believe how dark and dangerous he has become. She knows she should be afraid, but instead, she will fight across time for his redemption...and his love.

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