Friday, May 29, 2009

One Reason to Love Friday

Break out the tequila! New releases from Ellora's Cave in time for the weekend:

Acting as decoy for her princess, Hanna is captured to become a rival king's sex slave. Chained in a spaceship, bound for a planet that deals in sex, she fears she'll never be free.
But then a sexy guard gives her hope as he makes her body soar with pleasure, even while bound in chains.
Line: Taboo (bdsm) with ménage elements
ISBN: 9781419921988

Attorney Caroline Ellis wants a decent orgasm or 20. Sex has been mediocre since she and Jordan Fox split and he owes her for breaking his word and her heart.
Jordan wants to win back the woman he loves. He regrets not going through with that ménage in college, but the idea of letting another man touch him made him run. It was the biggest mistake of his life and long past time to make it right.
Line: Moderne (contemporary) with m/m sex and ménage elements
ISBN: 9781419922572

Baron Eaduin Kempe, a man of intense passions, seeks a healer at a nearby abbey. When the abbess introduces convent-raised Lady Vérité de Sauigni, he knows he's hellbound for desiring her. He wants to tie her to his bed until she sobs with the pleasure of his touch.
Line: Legend (historical) Medieval setting
ISBN: 9781419922190

Kari Marston just saw the most spectacular man and is inspired to order a pleasure droid in his image. She has no interest in a relationship but definitely wants lots of great sex.
Maverick Spencer is investigating a dangerous new drug and it looks as if Kari might provide the information he needs. The fact that he exactly fits the specs for her new, life-size sex toy provide the perfect avenue into her quarters.
Line: Aeon (sci fi)
ISBN: 9781419922251

Thursday, May 28, 2009

RT Book Reviews Stars

A big shout out to EC authors who scored positive reviews in the July issue of RT Book Reviews! NJ Walters received 4 and 1/2 stars (fantastic, keeper) for Jackson's Jewel. Garnering 4-star (compelling, page-turner) reviews were Ann Jacobs' Heart of the West, Sally Painter's Reunited, Ciana Stone's Unbridled, Jory Strong's Mystic's Run and the Erotic Emerald anthology with stories by Solange Ayre, Vivien Dean, Madison Blake, Desiree Holt and BJ McCall. The Passionate Peridot scored three stars (enjoyable, pleasant read) for stories by Rena Marks, Calista Fox, Lyn Cash, Alexis Fleming, Lexxie Couper and Marti Ballou.
Our website's down right now while we switch servers, but it should be up by 4pm, so head on over and snatch up some star-studded reads!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Releases

We've got your cure for the mid-week blues right here: New erotic romance from Ellora's Cave

With her partner dead and his dangerous associates after her, fear made Marie run—and drove her right into the arms of Jake Colder, the sheriff of the small town where she sought refuge. The sexual attraction between them is instant and intense, but even the taste of heated nights spent with Jake’s gorgeous hard body wrapped around her isn’t enough to let Marie relax her guard. If Jake knew what she’d done, he’d arrest her, exposing her to the deadly greed of the men who pursued her. Still, as hard as she tries to stay away from the hunky sheriff, some inexplicable force keeps pulling them back together.

Zoe's Gift by Jory Strong

One look at the human female who is his match and the mating fever of the Vesti ignites in Miciah, making it impossible for him to deny what he wants. To go to Earth and claim her, he must choose an Amato co-mate. For him there is only one choice, the bisexual Iden. It’ll mean breaking the cultural taboos of the Vesti, but for Zoë, he and Iden will become lovers.

Capturing Casey's Heart by Maggie Casper

As the only sister of four bossy brothers, Casey McCain is used to being overprotected and cared for. What she isn’t used to, however, is the overwhelming need to give herself completely to another, namely Jared Calabrese. When their relationship progresses and Casey is presented with Jared’s collar, she runs scared.
Jared has had enough of Casey’s evasion of him and their relationship. He sets a plan in motion to show Casey there is no weakness in being submissive, in being owned by him. He not only overwhelms her with his presence, throwing them together whenever possible, but he also shows Casey how others in the BDSM lifestyle live so she understands there is no one right way. Jared plans not only to win Casey back but to capture her, heart, body and soul, and he’ll use whatever means necessary to see the job done.

Spanking Sara by Alyssa Brooks

Tell me you're dirty. Tell me you're bad. With those hastily spoken words, Brenden Morgan displaces yet another goody-two-shoes girlfriend—and he isn’t sorry to see her go. What Brenden requires is a wild woman. One who’ll eagerly submit whenever he’s in the mood to play with the exotic belt collection he’s spent years acquiring…
But a man is the last thing Sara Foster needs. After four failed marriages, she’s learned her lesson—no more relationships. So she’s completely unprepared when Brenden struts into her life. He’s charming. Bossy. Devilishly dominant. And as Sara soon realizes, this is no run-of-the-mill man but a caveman. Clubbing down the walls she has fortified around her heart, one alligator-skinned stroke at a time.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New Releases

The Bad News: Long weekend's over. The Good News: Hot new releases from Ellora's Cave!
Bitten by one of the deadly shadow-snakes, Rand has changed and will go to any length to see that he remains in charge of his planet, including using his alien abilities to convince Agent Niamh Sullivan to lie to her superiors. His plan is simple, but what he doesn't realize is that his venom is an aphrodisiac. With it, Rand has become irresistible. Now Niamh must deny their overwhelming mutual attraction. But as their need for each other spirals out of control, the danger becomes apparent. Rand will take her humanity, take who and what she is. Niamh has to make the choice. Turn him in. Or succumb to his potent, forbidden temptation.
Line: Aeon (sci fi/futuristic)
ISBN: 9781419920776
She holds the elemental power of fire within her grasp, able to sear, to destroy. But her heart holds the fear of repeating her ancestors' mistakes. Now, amid a world fighting to rebuild, Carmella must learn that she cannot control the power surging through her fragile body alone. She'll need help. But can she accept the future her leader Torren has seen, and the touch of a stranger who is more than he seems?
(Previously published in the Elemental Desires anthology)
Line: Twilight (paranormal)
ISBN: 9781419923357


Claire is at a fork in the road. Literally. Having been forced onto an interstate detour, she decides to head in the opposite direction. Quicker than she can say "goats in the road" and "damn, that tree looks close", Claire finds herself stranded. Coll isn't prepared for the raw attraction he feels for the sports-car-driving damsel in distress. But being a true son of Dixie he's more than ready to offer her his assistance, complete with a brand of pure Southern hospitality all his own. Beneath Coll's lips and hands, the hot Georgia nights turn steamier than Claire ever imagined and before long she realizes that history has it all very wrong. The South can surely rise again. And again…and again…and again!
Line: Moderne (contemporary)
ISBN: 9781419959288

Friday, May 22, 2009

Just in Time

New releases for Ellora's Cave to put some fireworks in your 3-day weekend!

Pandora's Box by Kate Hill
Pandora Fourteen has been trained in the arts of seduction and assassination. To test her skills, she is ordered to seduce a man who was raised with her in a lab. The two were inseparable until the government forced them apart, and they are explosively attracted to each other when they meet again. To Pandora, seducing him is no longer an assignment, but when she decides to turn her back on her career to marry him, threats from her manipulative superior separate them once again.Line: Aeon (sci fi)
ISBN: 9781419921933

Trouble With Mitch by Myla Jackson
Caught in the crossfire of a struggle to obtain the Stone of Azhi, Mitch West is inadvertently trapped in a bottle and destined to remain there until a woman frees him, only to bind him to her for every wish she might have.
Overprotected rich girl Amira Nassiri receives the ancient bottle as a gift from a museum curator and doesn't know what she has until she unleashes the magic inside. Line: Twilight (paranormal)
ISBN: 9781419921780

Essential Seduction by Nikki Soarde
David Metcalfe seduces women for a living. When friend and former colleague Detective Stevie Soltice comes to him with a special request, it's hard to say no. Especially when the operation involves rescuing her daughter from a secretive cult isolated deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Stevie believes the only way in is through the founder's daughter Thea, a beautiful but lonely woman whom they hope will be vulnerable to David's unique talents.
Line: Moderne (contemporary)
ISBN: 9781419922336

Kyle's Bargain by Katherine Kingston
In a desperate attempt to save the small shopping center that houses her bookstore, Meg tries to force developer Kyle into talking to the people his project will displace. She even offers to sleep with him to get his time. He counters with a bargain. He'll give her two hours if she'll spend a night in his bed, enduring his punishment. Both honor their promises, but neither is prepared for the attraction that blazes between them in the process, turning duty into joy and punishment into pleasure.Line: Taboo (bdsm) with ménage elements
ISBN: 9781419921681

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Meet Ellora's Cave Authors

Going to Book Expo America? If so, please stop by our booth and say hi! We've always got great giveaways and lots of authors signing.

Here's this year's lineup:

Friday 5/29
10am - noon
Kathy Kulig- Desert of the Damned
M.A. Ellis- Hard as Nails
noon - 2pm
Cynthia Moore- Lady Emeline's Remedy & Cotillion Country Christmas
Isabelle Drake- Satisfaction Guaranteed
Tara Nina- Eyes of Stone
2pm - 4pm
Samantha Kane- The Courage to Love & Retreat From Love
Mari Freeman-Birthright

Saturday 5/30
10am - noon
Diana Hunter- Secret Submission
M.A. Ellis- Jewels of the Nile IV
Kathy Kulig- Seducing the Stones
noon - 2pm
Samantha Kane- At Love's Command & Retreat From Love
Mari Freeman- Beware of the Cowboy
Stephanie Julian- Shadow Magic & Seduced By Danger
2pm - 4pm
Cris Anson- First to Die & Tantalizing Treats
Isabelle Drake- Everglades Wildfire
Tara Nina- Curse of the Gargoyle

Sunday 5/31
10am - 12pm
Tara Nina- Arian's Angel
M.A. Ellis- Love's Choice
noon - 2pm
Kathy Kulig- Desert of the Damned & Seducing the Stones
Diana Hunter- Winter Studs & Submission Revealed

If you're going to Wrath of Con sci fi/fantasy convention, look up Marianne LaCroix. She'll have a table and be doing a signing and participating in a writers workshop at the Wrath of Con scifi/fantasy convention in Panama City Beach, Florida May 29-30, 2009. Should be a lot of fun.

Print Books on Sale

Get more than 50% off books by our most popular authors, including Jaid Black, Lora Leigh, Lorie O'Clare, Cheyenne McCray and Jory Strong. Supplies are limited, so don't delay!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Releases From Ellora's Cave

Escape the Wednesday blues with a bounty hunter, a soldier, a secret agent or all three!

Legend’s Passion by Jaci Burton
Dylan Maxwell—code named Legend—an agent for the National Crime Agency, has orders to take down a serial killer tearing apart victims like a wild animal. He’s to meet his informant in the park, but he doesn’t expect someone like Chantal Devlin—a hot, sultry and sexy woman with a bold proposition. Intrigued, he follows her, only to uncover one very life-changing secret in the dark fog.
Chantal Devlin thinks she’s meeting a fellow werewolf to let off a little steam. All work and no shifting makes a she-wolf very cranky. But when a case of mistaken identity places her in the arms of one hot, sexy man who’s all too human, one passionate encounter leads to a huge mistake that will alter both their lives forever.
Line: Twilight (paranormal) Shapeshifter elements
ISBN: 9781419922770

Power of Love by Barbara Elsborg
When Joe is killed in the line of duty, the result of a blunder by his girlfriend Poppy, he ends up stuck between worlds, not quite in heaven, not quite in hell. Heaven is Poppy lying in his arms, hearing the sound of his name on her lips as he makes love to her, again and again. Hell is the knowledge that to save Poppy, he must convince her to let him go.
Joe was Poppy’s heart, her soul, and since he died she’s lost it all, including her sanity. Everywhere she looks, he’s there—talking to her, touching her, sharing ice cream, showers and making love to her like there’s no tomorrow. But tomorrow does come, and letting go of Joe could destroy her.
Line: Twilight (paranormal)
ISBN: 9781419920851

Cyr’s Revenge by Ave Rose Johnson
Bounty hunter Smith Knox likes to go it alone. Seven years ago he suffered a knife through the heart when Cyr, his best friend and lover, walked out on him, and he’s determined to never let that happen again. But when his latest assignment to track down a drug lord drives him straight into Cyr’s arms, he can’t resist the heat that flares between them.
For years Cyr dreamed of sharing Smith’s bed again, and with their sweat-slick bodies locked together he can hardly remember the point of their mission. But as a dangerous web of deceit closes in, no amount of blisteringly hot sex will save them. And when Smith discovers Cyr’s lies, their relationship could be over for good.
Line: Spectrum (gay) M/M
ISBN: 9781419921308

Lily’s War by Kristin Daniels
Everyone knows war is hell… A friend for years, a lover for only weeks, Lily is devastated when Eric tells her to not wait for him when he’s recalled to active duty in Iraq. Now, after 18 long months, he’s finally come home.
But lives have changed, Lily has changed. All it took was one unexpected night in the arms of their best friend to make her see the light. Yes, she still loves Eric, but she’s fallen in love with Zach, too. Waging her own private war, she sets out to prove to Eric that what she wants—what the three of them need—is a chance to build a life together.
Nobody ever said she had to fight fair to win.
Line: Moderne (contemporary) Menage elements
ISBN: 9781419922121

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday Freebie

Ellora's Cave is taking the blahs out of Monday with a new free eread every week. This week's free download is Skin Magic by Kim Knox

As a new emperor ascends the throne, the city of the Rhodoi is about to run with blood. Larissa has to escape. Her only way out is to accept a bargain made with Xander, a beautiful stranger who practices mysterious spirit magic. She knows the deal could cost her a piece of her soul, but the magician's spirits want something else. Something she never expected. They want her body, her untouched flesh…for Xander's own pleasure. Line: Xanadu (fantasy)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Great Deals on Good Reads

It's a great time to buy books from Ellora's Cave and Cerridwen Press! We're offering overstock books on sale for up to 70% off. Plus, you'll get a free print book (of our choice) on every print order placed May 14-21 only. So hurry over and stock up before time runs out!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Releases

Brighten up your Wednesday with heroic quests, heart-pounding adventure and ferocious love!

Part of the Sterling Files series.Born from the mind of a demented genius, Eva was created for a purpose. Preternaturally strong, possessed of myriad gifts, Eva has secrets that continue to elude scientists. She responds to only one—a man whose power and darkness match her own…a man with whom she shares more than she knows.
Line: Twilight (paranormal)
ISBN: 9781419922756

Newly divorced Lacey Meyers wasted too many years yawning through sex in the missionary position. Now she's looking for a hookup with a man who can make her shatter. What she gets is a hot younger cop with handcuffs…and he's not afraid to use them.
Line: Sophisticate (older woman/younger man)
ISBN: 9781419920486
Sold into a life of prostitution by her greedy uncle, innocent Gisella Trelain finds herself a prisoner in a dark and ominous dungeon. Chained to the wall is a muscular, naked man named Tristan who tells her he is under a curse. Every month he is doomed to lose his humanity and take on the characteristics of a ravening beast—a beast with needs too savage to be satisfied by any ordinary woman. In order to break the curse, Gisella must submit completely to the beast and offer herself freely to slake his fierce sexual desires. But the stakes are high in this fairytale come true and if Gisella isn't able to open herself completely to Tristan's lusts, she may lose her life as she attempts to tame the beast.
Line: Twilight (paranormal) with shapeshifter elements
ISBN: 9781419918285
Keira A'Darcin is a High Witch on a mission to recover her stolen amulet. She doesn't need distractions, but the gorgeous dragon shifter she freed from a trap tempts her to put aside her worries and enjoy a night in his arms. Rath, dragon warrior, is fascinated by the sexy witch and eager to find out more about her, specifically if Keira's the witch who'll match not only his magic, but that of the vampire Damon, his lover and friend.
Line: Xanadu (fantasy) with ménage elements and m/m sex
ISBN: 978141992145

Monday, May 11, 2009

Win the Trip of a Lifetime!

And contribute to Brenda Novak's Online Auction for Juvenile Diabetes Research at the same time. Best of All is the memento of your trip: your picture with the cover model of your choice on the cover of your favorite Ellora's Cave book!

Bidding starts at $395 for this exciting travel package donated by Ellora's Cave Publishing and Jasmine-Jade Enterprises valued at more than $1,500. Only 9 hours left for bidding, so hurry now! Trip includes:

1. Admission to RomantiCon 2009, Ellora's Cave's first ever convention devoted to our exciting trademark brand of Erotic Romance called Romantica. Be there for this historic (and rowdy) event, including three days of parties, workshops, photo shoots, cover models

2. Food, Hotel Accomodations, and Roundtrip Airfare (Continental United States only!)

3. Your photo with the Ellora's Caveman cover model of your choice, featured on the book cover of your choice and 10 free copies of the book

Yippee for Monday!

That's when Ellora's Cave posts a new free read. This week it's Tessa's Ambassador by Cyna Kade: Kortal, Darinthian Ambassador to Earth, immediately recognizes Tessa as his fated companion. Coming from a planet inhabited by powerful men who sexually enslave women, and aroused and dominant by nature, Kortal sees no reason to delay the linking ritual. He's waited too long to find this woman.Overwhelmed by Kortal's aggressive sexuality, Tessa doesn't stand a chance against him or his Darinthian magic.
Check it out.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

EC Goes to College

An Ellora's Cave book being taught in college? Yep. Last summer, a DePaul University romance fiction seminar featured Joey Hill's NATURAL LAW. Associate Professor of English Eric Selinger called the presentation "a knockout charged with an almost evangelical fervor" on Romancing the Blog. As a result, she was invited to speak at a Princeton University conference.

Here's what Ms. Hill had to say about her experience:
I first found out Natural Law was being used as a college textbook when I did a random Google search on my name to determine marketing strategies and found DePaul University Associate Professor of English Eric Selinger blogging about his class on Romancing the Blog. He’d chosen a good spectrum of titles to introduce his summer class to the romance genre, from the sweet to the erotic, and my book was an erotic example. I was blown away by this paragraph in the blog: “The penultimate set of student-led discussions–of Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm, Linda Howard’s Mr. Perfect, Dark Lover, by J. R. Ward, and Mr. Impossible, by Loretta Chase–were thoughtful and thorough, and the closing presentation, on Joey W. Hill’s erotic romance, Natural Law, was a knock-out, charged with an almost evangelical fervor. (”Don’t get freaked out by the BDSM stuff,” one woman pleaded. “This is a love story.” “It felt more real,” another declared, “than anything we read all quarter.”) Whatever the life-skills they learned or missed, students came away with more respect for the genre, and most had at least one author, sub-genre, or series they planned to read after graduation.”

I worship Laura Kinsale, so to be part of the same curriculum with her work was a breathtaking moment. Anyhow, in that way that stars converge, I was about to send an email to Eric Selinger to thank him, when he contacted me. He and William Gleason of Princeton University were planning a conference focusing on the romance genre called “Love as the Practice of Freedom: Romance Fiction and American Culture” and wanted me to attend. Do you want to know how long it took me to get my stunned fingers unstuck to fashion a reply (lol)?
Unfortunately the dates of the conference were the same as the RT conference, and logistics made it impossible for me to accept, but I was still deeply flattered to be asked. I was also delighted to see that topics like these are gaining validity at the university level. One of my readers, who is working on a scholarly work of her own focusing on sexuality throughout the ages, recently said “instead of being defensive about sexuality in romance, writers should be standing TALL and shaking their collective fists at 800 years of silence.” I hope she uses that quote in her book, because it’s a powerful one.

Eric was also very kind when I thanked him for using Natural Law: "Natural Law was a hit--students really responded to it as a love story; indeed, one of the women who'd been most skeptical throughout the class was positively evangelical about how realistic the book felt to her, emotionally speaking. I'll let you know how it teaches this summer!”

How did Natural Law get on his text reading list? Apparently, one of my long term readers, Sarah Frantz, is an assistant professor of literature at Fayetteville State University and a friend of Eric’s. My understanding is when he was looking for suggestions for the “erotic” portion of his romance course, she suggested Natural Law. Though her very modest quote was “I didn't do anything really, besides recommend some of my favorite romances for him when he asked. Just like I always do!” Sarah also has been working on a paper now that’s going to be in an anthology of scholarly essays about romance that she and Eric are editing and will be published by McFarland Press. She says my books will be mentioned in that as well, so I’m looking forward to getting my copy!
Natural Law is the story of Mackenzie "Mac" Nighthorse, a homicide detective and a career cop who goes undercover in a high-class BDSM club as a male submissive in order to find a Dominatrix who is winning the trust and then murdering her chosen partners. When his path crosses Violet Siemanski's, he realizes he's found a Mistress willing to be his ally in finding the murderess. But Violet is also going to shatter Mac's shields and make him question who he is and what he wants, a challenge more disturbing than any case he's ever worked.
The book has gotten rave reviews calling the sex "explosive," the love story "riveting" and murder mystery "spectacular."

Monday, May 4, 2009

Freebie Monday

Ellora's Cave makes Mondays less mournful with a new free read every week. Today, it's Door Prize by Lynn LaFleur, a contemporary tale of Cindy, who thinks of only one thing when she wins the door prize at a sex toys party—trying out the items she won with Colin, her best friend's brother who sees her as only a buddy. Or so she thinks. He's had other ideas for months, but she keeps missing his subtle hints. When he sees all the erotic toys she won, he decides it's time for a more direct approach.

Download it now and fight back against the Monday blues.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Our Trailblazer Award

Big, big thanks to Romantic Times for this wonderful award! They are truly an awesome group of people, especially Jo Carol Jones, who runs the convention, Publisher Carol Stacy, and the Godmother Herself, Kathryn Falk, Lady of Barrow.

Kick Back This Weekend

With a new release from Ellora's Cave. TGIF!

Book six in the Magical Seduction series.
A man will do just about anything for love—even kill. Four down, one to go. Michael Corsi is on the trail of the last man who made life a living hell for his lover. But first, he wants one last reminder of what he's fighting for. He needs to see his woman and his son before he goes up against his toughest foe. And probably to his death.
Line: Xanadu (fantasy)
ISBN: 9781419921995

A sexy face in the crowd…Shifter Asia Bolino can't believe the gorgeous cutie is Roman Anderson. They belong to enemy tribes, but she'd love to run her fingers over his…assets. Roman doesn't recognize her, and in a moment of weakness, Asia agrees to a late-night date, a little forbidden pleasure. An attack leaves Roman with amnesia about his shifter status. As Asia succumbs to his charm and skillful loving, she's aware the sensual bubble might burst at any moment. Nothing can come of their relationship, and now it seems someone knows the truth and they're both in danger.
Line: Twilight (paranormal) shapeshifter
ISBN: 9781419922053

Cyr and Magus. Two immortal men, possessed by the spirit of Wrath. Its voice is never silent. Its evil demands almost impossible to resist. Driving their desires, testing their will every minute of every day. Until they meet Gina. They want her. They need her. Her love and submission. For she is the light to their darkness. Their peace. Their gift. Tormented by her own submissive needs, her denied passions, Gina is wary of the blatant masculinity of her new neighbors. They're both gorgeous. Charming. Seductive. Dominant. But below the surface she senses a seething rage, barely restrained, even while her body responds to every heated look, touch and word. A battle is being waged—for the lives and souls of two men—and Gina is the key. As the darkness closes in and Magus and Cyr struggle with the malevolent beast threatening to consume them, only one woman's sexual surrender and loving touches can quiet the monster possessing them.
Line: Twilight (paranormal) Light BDSM, Menage, M/M
ISBN: 9781419921827

When a rugged stranger appears at her secluded ocean lighthouse, Emily McCullen is overwhelmed by a scorching attraction that touches areas only her late husband could reach. Soon the sexy stranger is caressing her sensual side, making her feel so hot and alive she's yielding to her most intimate desires and surrendering to him. With a new face and identity, Steve McCullen returns home with a burning desire for revenge. His wife is about to marry his best friend—the man Steve suspects is behind his faked death and years of nightmare incarceration. He'll protect Emily with his life, but how can he protect his heart and true identity when he's caving in to his desires for her? Passion dances with pleasure and danger collides with desire, but when the past arises and shocking secrets are revealed, Emily must put aside her feelings of betrayal to help Steve stop someone who is bent on destroying their second chance at love.
Line: Breathless (romantic suspense)
ISBN: 9781419921735