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Awesome Auction Alert!

Looking for a smoking hot cover featuring a sizzling hot guy? Well, come on over to the Cover Auction on Original Syn’s website.

This auction is to benefit one of our own, an author who has hit a financial rough patch.

The incredible David Nieves, fitness expert and trainer, competitor, actor and performer (and total hunk) was generous enough to donate an image and Syneca has created a cover.

The bidding starts at 150.00 for this custom cover with a never before used image of David Nieves. Come on over and place your bid. The auction ends on Friday, April 25th and the winner will make payment via paypal directly to the author for whom I’ve designed this auction.

So come on over. Show some love and maybe even win!!!cover-auction/cpzm

Passing this Along

I’m not sure if you know this or not but I love penguins, adore the little birds. I’m passing this along. If you can help or knows someone who can please pass this along to them.

Knitters Wanted for Penguin Pullovers:



Want to Show Your Support for Our Soldiers?

Here a few ways to do it:

Holiday Mail for Heroes:

Any Soldier:

Books for Soldiers:

Thank you to the lovely Cat Johnson for the links.


Please Help If You Can

Raven McKnight isn’t my editor, but she’s a wonderful part of Loose-Id and I’d like to help anyway I can. I’m posting this to get the word out. Here’s the info:

Thanks for checking out the “For Raven” campaign.

First off, I’m Katey Hawthorne, author of LGBTQ romance. I was pulled out of the slush pile by a wonderful editor, now a friend, called Raven McKnight. Raven has long been a fundamental part of the LGBTQ romance community from an acquisitions and editorial point of view. She’s discovered and/or edited a huge amount of authors, many of them beloved. She was also instrumental in making m/m romance more widely available–for example, in bringing it to Loose Id. (Check this NSFW site link to an article on the subject by publisher Treva Harte.)

Raven has for some years had grave health concerns, and yet remains a prolific editor and, all who know her will agree, force to be reckoned with. In this day and age in the US, smallish health problems can easily wreck a person’s financial security; large ones can do much worse. Raven is currently being denied absolutely necessary, doctor prescribed medications by her insurance–and they’re threatening worse. She can fight it, but she’d have to be able to sit upright for more than fifteen minutes at a time to do so. A few simple meds can get her there.

What We Need & What You Get

We’ve set a modest goal of $800, which will cover the most basic medications for a few months and allow Raven to not only put up a fight, but to, well, breathe. Every single dollar raised will go directly to the cost of doctor-prescribed meds and treatments.

The first perk is massive: for just a $1 donation, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a huge pile of m/m romance eBooks from authors Raven has edited, and in many cases also shepherded and befriended. The list is growing, so keep checking it out here.

For $5 you’ll get an entry into the big giveaway, plus a free, special edition m/m erotic romance (fantasy!) eBook from Katey Hawthorne, Fairy Compacts #2: Life as a Fairy Thrall. This will be a sequel to The Dangers of Fairy Compacts, written for the goodreads m/m romance group’s Love is Always Write event, available entirely for free this summer both at the group and as a free eBook on my site.

Your Life as a Fairy Thrall eBook will be sent to you this August, before it’s available for sale anywhere, and will include super-hot illustrations that you won’t find in the later version.

For $10 you get an entry, plus special illustrated eBook editions of both Life as a Fairy Thrall and the final installment, Fairy Compacts #3: Fairy Bound. This final installment will be sent to you in October, again, before it’s available elsewhere, and the illustration will be exclusive to this edition.

For $15 and up, you get all that, plus an entry into another drawing, this time for a pile of print books by Raven Authors–the list is constantly updated here.

For $20 and up, you get two entries into each giveaway, plus everything else!

The Impact

Let’s face it, our healthcare system isn’t so great. By contributing to this, you will have a direct effect on a hardworking, visionary, kickass woman whose life is hounded by its inadequacies with every heartbeat.

Other Ways You Can Help

Please, get the word out. The romance community is wonderful, kind, and caring. Spread the news of this campaign to your friends both within and without the community and help us make a difference for one of our own.

<3 Katey

I’ve offered up the following:

Blood Claim: Trapped

Blood Claim: Prelude

Blood Claim: Tainted

Dragon Kin: Reclaimed

Dragon Kin: Binding Katrina

Dragon Kin: Resistance

Dragon New Year: Dragons at Midnight

ARC of Seven Sins Inn: Pietro & Callisto

I’ll add more info when I can.

Here is where you can go to donate whether you’re an author and want to give books or someone who just wants to help out with a donation. Anything you can do would be awesome.


28 Days of Heart: Marcia James

Marcia James Joins ARe?s American Heart Association Fundraiser
Thanks for hosting me on the blog tour for All Romance eBooks? (ARe) ?28 Days of Heart? campaign! I?m thrilled to be one of the authors who donated sexy, romantic stories for this American Heart Association fundraiser. Heart disease is the #1 killer of woman, and due to Valentine?s Day, February has long been associated with matters of the heart. So this month is the perfect time to treat yourself to ARe?s sensual stories that will warm your heart (and other body parts!), while raising vital funds.
Love Unleashed is my contribution to ARe?s 28 Days of Heart: A sexy contemporary, the story features an estranged couple who are reunited with the help of a stray dog. As with all of my ?hot, humorous romances?, Love Unleashed?s canine character is a Chinese crested hairless dog.
Charlie, the ?crestie? in Love Unleashed, is a homeless dog who?s fostered by the radio DJ hero as part of his plan to woo back his former lover, an animal shelter director. The little pooch wrangles his way into the hero?s heart while playing matchmaker to the couple. The idea behind Love Unleashed began when a friend complained that her boyfriend wasn?t wild enough in bed. (Her exact words were: ?Gentle lovemaking is nice, but sometimes you just want to f*ck.?) When my story?s hero finally unleashes his inner sexy beast, the couple gets a second chance at their happily ever after ? along with some seriously hot sex!
Here?s the blurb for Love Unleashed.
— Marcia James

Love Unleashed blurb:
His best laid plans…
DJ ?Rabid Ron? Hart has a grand scheme to win back the woman he loves. It involves an animal adoption fair, a goofy hairless dog named Charlie and an offer she can?t refuse.
Her hidden desires…
Cara Wilson has fantasies she?s never admitted, and her ex-boyfriend still features in her erotic dreams. If only he didn?t keep his bad-boy urges so tightly leashed.
Tonight they?ll learn that winning sometimes takes losing control.

28 Days of Heart: Sylvia Shults

Hi there! Sylvia Shults here, the author of A Slightly Different Perfect. I?ve been asked to write a bit of a blog here, and my lovely hostess has been kind enough to invite me to write on any topic I choose. When she threw that out there, of course I was delighted. Any topic, hmm? Oh, the possibilities! And of course that got me to daydreaming, and of course THAT led to my blog post, which I?ve entitled ?What Superpower Would I Want??

If I could have any superpower in the world, I?d choose time travel. I wouldn?t want to change anything, I?d just like to go hang out. And the first time I?d go to would be back to the late eighties. There was so much great music on the radio then. I wouldn?t have to bother with picking out CDs, I?d just turn on the radio. I?d go visit myself in college, I?d arrange to meet myself at one of the weekend frat parties, and I?d try to convince myself that drinking half a gallon of RC cola and sloe gin is NOT a good idea. ?I know, honey, it?ll make for a GREAT story when you get older, but you are going to hate yourself in the morning. And you?ll never, ever be able to drink sloe gin again. Ever.? I would also try to talk myself out of sleeping with That One Guy, the one who took my virginity and turned out to be a complete douche. I don?t know if it would work, but I would try my best to convince myself to wait just a couple of short weeks for the next one. ?Trust me on this one, Self! Please!? (Okay, I guess there are a few things I?d try to change.) And of course my time machine would have to be my car. That way I could fill up with cheapo gas before I left the eighties to come back home. Yep, that would pretty much be the perfect first trip back in time.

I?ve always been drawn to humorous romance, the goofier the story, the better. I figured this story would be perfect for a fundraiser celebrating the heart and all its quirks. What better way to nurture the heart than to write a story about the goddess of Love? A Slightly Different Perfect is the story of a mousy fifth grade teacher, Trisha Gillespie, who gets turned into the goddess of love Aphrodite. In her new incarnation, she learns a valuable lesson about the price and the rewards of true love.

I?d be very pleased if you?d visit me at my website,, or become a fan of my Facebook page, which I?ve called Sparkleheart. I hope you enjoy A Slightly Different Perfect, and I do appreciate your support of the American Heart Association. See, my mom?s got heart disease ? she had a heart attack a couple of years ago and had to have a stent put in ? so this really is a cause that I support for personal reasons. Enjoy the story, support the AHA, and Goddess bless.

Even immortals need a vacation now and then?

When Trisha Gillespie, mousy fifth-grade teacher, is chosen to take Aphrodite’s place on Mount Olympus, she thinks she is up to the task. Who wouldn?t want to be the goddess of love, beauty, and physical perfection? But then she does the unthinkable and falls for a mortal. Will the new goddess accept her fate knowing she?ll have to leaving love behind?

All proceeds from the sale of these shorts, which will be offered exclusively on and as individual eBooks, will be donated to the American Heart Association.

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28 Days of Heart: G.A. Hauser

Sometimes love hits you when you least expect it?

Exchange student Elia Gianni arrives at the Dayton airport ready to soak up everything American. When the young Italian was offered a placement with the Steele family, he knew he’d been given the chance of a lifetime. What he didn?t anticipate was the Steele?s blond, blue-eyed son, Rick.

The instant Rick sets eyes on the fantastic foreigner he falls head over heels. But the big, macho athlete was used to hiding his feelings and desperately wanting things he couldn?t have. Revealing the truth would change everything and throw his family into a tailspin.

Reality, however, becomes harder to deny when Rick is forced to share his bedroom with Elia. The summer immersion experience turns out to be more than anyone was prepared for as the two young men become lost in one another, sharing an exchange…of hearts.

All proceeds from the sale of these shorts, which will be offered exclusively on and as individual eBooks, will be donated to the American Heart Association.

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Author Bio:
Award-winning author G.A. Hauser was born in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA and attended university in New York City. She moved to Seattle, Washington where she worked as a patrol officer with the Seattle Police Department. In early 2000 G.A. moved to Hertfordshire, England where she began her writing in earnest and published her first book, In the Shadow of Alexander. Now a full-time writer, G.A. has written dozens of novels, including several best-sellers of gay fiction. For more information on other books by G.A., visit the author at her official website.
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All Romance eBook- Best Author 2007 and 2008
All Romance eBook- Best novel 2007 Secrets and Misdemeanors
All Romance eBook- Best novel 2008 Mile High
Author?s list of book titles:
The G.A. Hauser Collection
Unnecessary Roughness
Got Men?
Heart of Steele
All Man
In The Dark and What Should Never Be, Erotic Short
Mark and Sharon (formally titled A Question of Sex)
A Man?s Best Friend
It Takes a Man
The Physician and the Actor
For Love and Money
The Kiss
Naked Dragon
Secrets and Misdemeanors
Capital Games
Giving Up the Ghost
To Have and To Hostage
Love you, Loveday
The Boy Next Door
When Adam Met Jack
The Vampire and the Man-eater
Murphy’s Hero
Mark Antonious deMontford
Prince of Servitude
Calling Dr Love
The Rape of St. Peter
The Wedding Planner
Going Deep
Double Trouble
Miller’s Tale
Vampire Nights
Teacher’s Pet
In the Shadow of Alexander
The Rise and Fall of the Sacred Band of Thebes
The Action Series
Acting Naughty
Playing Dirty
Getting it in the End
Behaving Badly
Dripping Hot
Packing Heat
Men in Motion Series
Mile High
Driving Hard
Leather Boys
Heroes Series
Man to Man
Two In Two Out
Top Men
G.A. Hauser
Writing as Amanda Winters
Sister Moonshine
Nothing Like Romance
Silent Reign
Butterfly Suicide
Mutley?s Crew

28 Days of Heart: Cornelia Amiri

I write Celtic/Romances about long swords, hot heroes, and warrior women and I?m calling all warriors at heart to join the battle against heart disease by reading a romance from All Romance Ebooks 28 days of Heart Campaign. One will be released each day of February so you can read all 28.

Mine will be released February 20th, TIMELESS VOYAGE. With the purchase of Timeless Voyage and any of the 28 Days of Heart Ebooks, all proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. As you read about the strong hearted warrior woman, Anwen, remember you are a warrior as well as your purchase helps AHA battle heart disease.

Love isn?t bound by the limits of time?

Off the mist shrouded coast of Ireland, a pagan lady-pirate, Anwen, captures the enemy, a Roman, Titus Rufius Kaeso. The Celtic warrior woman presses her hard iron dagger against Kaeso?s throat, but her arm does not obey the will to slay him. From time out of mind, memories of fated lovers, druids, and sacrifice, stay her hand. Kaeso is also captivated by dreams of the woman he loved in a previous life, the mirror image of Anwen. But in this lifetime they are foes, Roman and Celt. Can Anwen and Kaeso steer their timeless voyage to a happy destiny or will they be robbed of love once more?


?I shall sing to you, Ovid’s poem, Amores.? In a tone muted with lust he recited, ??Hair parted along her ivory neck.??

Lifting one hand, he brushed his fingers down the back of her smooth neck in feathery strokes. Her skin was so warm and soft. Moving his hand to her face, he traced the outline of her lips. He pressed his lips against hers, gently covering her wet, warm mouth. As he slipped his fingers down her arm, he rested his other hand on her waist, drawing her close. Bodies pressed together, their feet moving in small rhythmic steps, they glided across the sand, dancing to the roar of rushing, white-foamed waves.


Cornelia Amiri is the author of seven Celtic/Paranormal/Romance books: Queen of Kings, A Fine Cauldron of Fish, The Fox Prince, One Heart One Way, Danger Is Sweet, The Vixen Princess, and Druid Quest. She also has stories in three anthologies with L & L Dreamspell, Sleeping With the Undead, A Death in Texas, and Romance of My Dreams. Coming releases in 2010 are a Steampunk/Romance, As Timeless As Stone, a Celtic/Romance novel, Druid Bride, and a short in an anthology, Dreamspell Goddess. She lives in Houston Texas as does her son and granddaughter.

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28 Days of Heart: K.F. Zuzulo

What Makes Your Heart Beat?

My husband makes my heart beat. Smart heroes with a tender side. And genies. They?re powerful, captivating, and mysterious. Along with all those great traits and some mystical skills?which can actually be heart-stopping?genies have feelings, too. I write romance novels about genies and despite the paranormal aspect, genies get under your skin (literally) because they?re not afraid to show their emotions. The emotions aren?t always warm and fuzzy, or hot and titillating. They can be vengeful, angry and ferocious and, if well written, will get your blood rushing.

The novella I wrote for ARe?s 28 Days of Heart is called Angels & Genies and introduces genie Match Ramsey, who gets the blood rushing in teacher-turned-realtor Angeline Delaire. Match and his surfer-dude angel sidekick Miguel seek to block the entrance of evil jinni Iblis to the earthly realm. Angeline holds the key to the sought portal. The only hint I?ll give is?as any realtor will tell you?it?s all about location, location, location. But the real story is the conflict Angeline feels?about herself, her career, and Match. That?s where the emotion is. It?s also in the awareness Match increasingly feels that he?d do anything to help her.
This book, as well all the books being sold as part of ARe?s campaign, has an extra dose of emotion because of its intention?to help raise money and awareness of heart disease in women. So, check them out! You?ll be getting a healthy helping of intrigue, passion, and romance, plus you?ll be helping out. That?s where the heart is.

What makes your heart beat?

You can learn about K. F. Zuzulo, her books, and the romance of the jinn at her website,
Angels & Genies will be available from All Romance eBooks on February 24th.

Between Heaven & Earth Lies Temptation

Contractor Match Ramsey has 36 hours to find the portal between the earthly realm and Jinnistan, the land of the jinn from which he comes. He is a genie warrior charged with protecting humans from the trespass of the demon jinni, Iblis. Somewhere beneath his cliffside property lies the doorway. His focus is diverted by the entrancing and determined Angeline Delaire, a sexy realtor who has been directed to buy the property from him at any price.

Angeline is a woman with a fiery temper and independent spirit. She is conflicted by the directive of her client, Mateus Ring, a handsome tycoon who has infiltrated her dreams. Yet, it is Match who inflames Angeline.

She soon realizes that the lustful yearnings ripping through her body come from an evil source. She will have to find clarity between her desire for Match and the overwhelming craving for Mateus. One will redeem her, but the other could destroy her.

28 Days of Heart: E. Cameron Stacy

Dear Earthlings:
Thanks to those of you who have purchased my books. Please also consider buying titles associated with 28 Days of Heart whether it?s mine or not. My contribution is just about candy anyway.

Also, It is an honor to be published with such an outstanding cast of authors.

I wish you all success and sincerely hope this greatly benefits the American Heart Association. I only blog through My Space.

1. Describe a moment that really tugged at your heart.

The devastation from the earthquake in Haiti.

2. What is the most romantic thing that you’ve ever done?
Dropped everything and got on a plane to Europe with my true love.

3. Share a little about why you chose to participate in 28 Days of the Heart.

I?m involved with several organizations for humanity and continue to add to the list. It?s just the right thing to do.

4. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your stories?

Whatever the pay off is or isn?t, your best bet is to say what you want.

5. What do you enjoy reading? Can you name your five favorite authors?

Chuck Palahniuk, Chuck Palahniuk, Chuck Palahniuk. Okay there are others. Robert Harris comes to mind.

6. Reading romance reduces stress and can help relax you from your worries. Do you feel that writing romance helps you cope with your own worries and stress?

Nope. I?m more stressed most of the time than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Deadlines. But I love it.

A vacation drizzled in chocolate segues into something much more decadent

In a resort dedicated to the enjoyment of chocolate, all Veronica wants to do is escape a miserable breakup by spoiling herself with the dark confection. Then she finds she?s deliciously receptive to the flirtations of a rugged grad student vacationing there as well.

When she invites an exotic couple to join them for more than dessert, Veronica finds herself indulging in more than the brochure promised.

Projects in the works: the third installment of the Quench series entitled Quenched and Hell?s Guitar Hero.