Laid Bare With Flair Contest – Day 20!

Today’s prize is a copy of What Happens In Vegas…After Dark!

My story is Sensual Magic and it’s a follow up to last year’s Stripped, featuring William Emery.

Two years ago, William Emery believed in love. Deciding to make his permanent home in Boston and start a nightclub there, he was locking down funding and approving the font on wedding invitations.
Until he found out his fiancée was little more than a faithless gold digger.

Emotionally devastated, he moved to Las Vegas where his younger brother lived and began work to create the kind of club he’d always wanted to run. And to drown the memories of his idealism in a sea of female flesh. If you didn’t involve your heart, it never got broken.

Nell Hunter is a witch on the trail of a human who’s stolen from her people. This human is working with a group of mages stealing money and power from the clans and cabals, relying on the need for secrecy to keep their victims quiet and from going to the police. But they hadn’t banked on Nell.
She’s a bonded hunter to the court of the Owen clan.

In Vegas, Nell seeks William out, his ex-fiance is the woman she’s looking for. The sparks between them fly immediately and while Nell knows they’re meant to be, William has a harder time with it. They come together as bullets and magic fly – nothing worth having is ever easy.

Today’s Question: For those of you who read anthologies – have you discovered new authors who then became an auto buy?

I’ll choose a winner tomorrow afternoon! Good luck

83 comments to “Laid Bare With Flair Contest – Day 20!”

  1. chey
    July 22nd, 2009 at 11:45 am · Link

    I have read anthologies, but mostly I’ve already known all the authors.

  2. Jeanette Juan
    July 22nd, 2009 at 12:07 pm · Link

    I recently became interested in Lora Leigh’s Elite Ops series after I read only one of the books. I loved it so much I bought the other book in the series and am waiting for more to come out.

  3. Karin
    July 22nd, 2009 at 12:07 pm · Link

    Yes, many times the shorter stories in the anthology has me looking for more books by that author.

  4. Estella
    July 22nd, 2009 at 12:15 pm · Link

    I have discovered a number of new authors, who became auto buys, by reading anythologies.

  5. Jackie M (Literary Escapism)
    July 22nd, 2009 at 12:24 pm · Link

    I’ve been dying to get my hands on a copy of What Happens in Vegas…After Dark. I loved the first one!

    Absolutely. That’s one of the reasons I love Anthologies. They give me a taste of an author before diving into a novel. Some of my favorite authors I’ve found through anthologies are Cynthia Eden, Lauren Dane (honestly), Sunny and Marjorie Liu.

    I actually recommend anthologies more than regular novels since they give a taste of multiple authors instead of just one. Just because I love a novel, it doesn’t mean someone else will. But it’s hard not to enjoy at least one story in any anthology.

  6. Valerie
    July 22nd, 2009 at 12:26 pm · Link

    Oh yes I have, but don’t aske me who because i don’t remember…hehe!!!

    I love anthologies for finding new authors and sampling their work.


  7. Nancy Bristow
    July 22nd, 2009 at 1:07 pm · Link

    I’m not a fan of anthologies although I have purchased a few…usually if a favorite author has a novella that is part of a series I’m following.

    I not long ago bought an anthology for this reason but the other two novellas were not to my taste and I was angry at myself for spending that kind of money for a third of a book. Actually I’m mad enough about it that it’s doubtful I’ll ever buy another anthology…even with one of my favorite authors in the mix.

    Mostly I find that novellas in anthologies are too short to be satisfying and don’t usually do justice to an author’s talent…whether known or not. I love trying new authors but I’d much prefer to buy a stand-alone book to determine if I have an affinity with the author’s work.

    Obviously readers go both ways on the subject of anthologies:)

  8. Mare Fairchild
    July 22nd, 2009 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Not yet, but I looking.

  9. Crystal D
    July 22nd, 2009 at 1:32 pm · Link

    Erin McCarthy, Shannon McKenna and Jamie Alden are autobuys for me.

  10. jennifer cecil
    July 22nd, 2009 at 1:49 pm · Link

    I’ve read a few anthologies. While I have discovered some very good authors, I have not added any to my autobuy list.

  11. Lisa F.
    July 22nd, 2009 at 1:55 pm · Link

    Yes! I love anthologies. I think they are perfect for discovering new authors. I bought Hot Spell a couple years ago and Shiloh Walker and Meljean Brook became auto-buys for me.

  12. Gloria T.
    July 22nd, 2009 at 2:00 pm · Link

    I have read anthologies, and found A few autobuy’s. Sabrina Jeffries and Lucy Monroe to name A couple

  13. Diane M.
    July 22nd, 2009 at 2:01 pm · Link

    I love anth. because they let me check out new authors.

  14. Heather Brewer
    July 22nd, 2009 at 2:03 pm · Link

    when I first started reading paranormals a few years ago, I used anthologies to find new authors because I didn’t know what all was available and if I would like their stories or not.

    Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Eileen Wilks and multiple authors from Ellora’s Cave have all been automatic buys.

    I want this anthology so bad. I am on a spending budget so i haven’t been able to pick it up yet.

  15. Paula
    July 22nd, 2009 at 2:11 pm · Link

    I have. For example, Elaine Wilks and Kresley Cole. I’m sure there are more.

  16. alba
    July 22nd, 2009 at 2:15 pm · Link

    Stephanie Laurens,Sabrina Jeffries,Kresley Cole Karen Marie Moning Breanda Joyce< sherrilyn Kenyon and many others I love anthologies I call it a test run on writers 9 out of 10 mostly 10 are wonderful and keepers, Got to get that around book shelf on the must do for our winter project I need more book shelves…..

  17. Ivy D. Truitt
    July 22nd, 2009 at 2:54 pm · Link

    yeppers, that’s how I found Jess Michaels and Lora Leigh. I’m always open for that…

  18. MichelleK
    July 22nd, 2009 at 3:08 pm · Link

    I have an attraction/aversion thing with anthologies. I’m always attracted to them, especially when they have authors I like to read and the stories relate to a series I’m reading. However, once they are on my shelf, I tend not to reach for them often. I think it is because just as I’m getting into the story and characters…it ends and I feel like I’m left hanging.

    I have found new authors from anthologies but likewise, I’ve found a few that I’m not so inclined to pursue further. I guess it works both ways. Fortunately the latter is very few!

    Michelle K (mishcara)

  19. Mary Preston
    July 22nd, 2009 at 3:26 pm · Link

    I rarely purchase anthologies. I prefer a lengthy novel that I can get lost in for longer.

  20. Mari
    July 22nd, 2009 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Lauren, that is one on the reasons I love anthologies! I get to discover new authors I am curious about!

  21. Amelia
    July 22nd, 2009 at 4:30 pm · Link

    Yes, I’ve discovered new authors by reading anthologies. I found Kresley Cole, Angela Knight and Christine Feehan.

  22. titania
    July 22nd, 2009 at 5:04 pm · Link

    I like anthologies—but I usually buy them when an autobuy author is in it. I havent really found any autobuy authors from reading an anthology…but I live in hope 🙂

  23. Carol Woodruff
    July 22nd, 2009 at 7:20 pm · Link

    I haven’t read many anthologies and unfortunately don’t remember finding a new must read author.

  24. stacey smith
    July 22nd, 2009 at 7:37 pm · Link

    yes i have found Angela Knight and charlaine harris and Emma holly and a lot more that way.

  25. Shelly A
    July 22nd, 2009 at 7:46 pm · Link

    I really enjoy anthologies. It’s a great way to be introduced to a new author and their writing style. 🙂

  26. Patty S.
    July 22nd, 2009 at 7:48 pm · Link

    Yeah, I’ve discovered Angela Knight, Jory Strong and Shiloh Walker through anthologies. 😆

  27. steph j
    July 22nd, 2009 at 9:23 pm · Link

    That’s how I started reading Laurell K Hamilton and Angela Knight.

  28. kh
    July 22nd, 2009 at 9:43 pm · Link

    yes so much
    eden bradley
    erin mmcarthy and many so hot cover 😎

  29. ReadingIsSoMuchFun
    July 22nd, 2009 at 9:52 pm · Link

    I love anthologies because it’s an easy way for me to get a taste of an author’s writing by reading their short story first. I’ve discovered quite a few authors through their anthologies and they are definitely auto buys for me now. Some of those authors are Sasha White, Lucinda Betts, Cathryn Fox and Bonnie Edwards.


  30. Michelle B.
    July 22nd, 2009 at 10:14 pm · Link

    Yes, usually their is an author and or part of a series I like to read in the anthology and then I get the extra bonus of additional new authors to try out.

  31. Beverly G.
    July 22nd, 2009 at 11:14 pm · Link

    i confess i dont buy many anthologies unles si already know the authors tho i have found a few whos an auto buy sasha white

    and bonnie edwards are now an auto buy

  32. Fedora
    July 23rd, 2009 at 7:34 am · Link

    Yes–I love anthologies, and I do that all the time. A couple more recent ones–Shelly Laurenston, Cynthia Eden… that’s just the tip of a very large iceberg!

  33. RachieG
    July 23rd, 2009 at 10:45 am · Link

    That’s how I came to like Jim Butcher’s work…I read him in a romance anthology and was like wow, this is so different than what I’m used to!