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Rare out-of-print books, advance reading copies, and more!

(in alphabetical order, by last name)

Mary Balogh: Signed Advance Reading Copy of Simply Perfect

Set for release in April 2008, this hardcover follow to Simply Unforgettable, Simply Love, and Simply Magic, tells the long-awaited story of Claudia Martin, the 35-year old headmistress of Miss Martin’s School for girls and a handsome, charming, elegant, popular, and seemingly unattainable Marquess who will one day be a Duke. From the author’s Web site: “He and Claudia are about as unlike each other as they could possibly be. … How can they ever develop a respect for each other and even a friendship? And how, in the name of all that is wonderful, can they possibly fall in love and mean the world and the sun and moon and stars to each other?” Don’t miss this opportunity to win an Advance Reading Copy from the author’s personal stash. Update 10/15: The copy has been signed by Mary Balogh!

Jaid Black: Signed Set of Ellora’s Cave Books

A rare set of signed Ellora’s Cave romantica releases by the Cave’s founder, Jaid Black. Titles are as follows from the author’s popular Trek series: Empress, Manaconda, Seized, No Mercy, Enslaved, Lost in Trek, and Conquest.

Meg Cabot: Big Boned Signed Advance Reading Copy

A signed Advance Reading Copy (November 2007 U.S. release) of the third in Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells mystery series, following Size 12 is Not Fat and Size 14 Is Not Fat Either. Here’s the publisher blurb:

Heather Wells should be happy. She’s finally got a boyfriend—and, okay, he was just supposed to be her “rebound guy.” But things have gotten serious fast: Tad’s got a question he wants to ask her…one Heather’s not so sure she knows the answer to just yet….

But it’s not just on the romance front that things are looking up for Heather: she’s actually passing her first college course, and better yet, her dad’s moving out…even things at her job as assistant director of a New York College dorm are starting to improve. And, okay, Heather’s on her third boss in a single year. But this new one—especially appointed by the Housing Department to improve Fischer Hall’s image as the campus Death Dorm—at least seems to know what he’s doing. Of course, Dr. Veatch may be the most boring man on the face of the planet – but –that doesn’t seem reason enough to put a bullet through his head.

Now the president of the student union—and the love of Heather’s grad assistant Sarah’s life–is the NYPD’s main suspect, and Heather can’t help wondering if she really knew her boring boss as well as she thought she did—especially when a pretty blue-eyed Fischer Hall resident who has Heather’s big-boned build claims she knows who his real murderer is—

Can Heather clear Sarah’s would-be boyfriend’s name; find her boss’s real murderer; end the grad students’ strike; figure out if her dad’s new “project” is really the answer to her prayers; answer Tad’s “question,” and get her landlord Cooper to realize that by letting her go, he’s making the biggest mistake of his life, all while maintaining a fifteen hundred calorie per day diet…oh, and keeping from getting killed, as well?
Probably not….

But no one’s going to keep her from trying.

Meg Cabot: Princess Mia Signed Advance Reading Copy

A signed Advance Reading Copy of Princess Mia, the ninth in Meg Cabot’s bestselling Princess Diaries series is the item up for bid. Not released in the U.S. until December of 2007, here’s what the publisher has to say about the book:

Extra, extra, read all about it:
Princess Mia of Genovia is single at last!

Mia Thermopolis has hit a new all-time low: Her best friend isn’t speaking to her. Her grandmother’s counting on her to get her into the world’s most exclusive women’s society. Her choice of future college majors is extremely limited due to the fact that she’s going to have to rule a country someday. Someone is posting horrible things about her on And, oh yeah:

Her longtime boyfriend has just dumped her.

But despite what the New York press seems to believe, this princess has more on her mind than recruiting a new Prince Charming, including finally snagging some self-actualization for herself, and–thanks to Grandmere–solving a four-hundred-year-old royal mystery that’s about to set Mia on a one-woman mission that could bring BIG changes to the little principality of Genovia.

But is Mia really ready to get rid of her tiara…especially if it means destroying a dynasty? Read the ninth–and next to last–installment of the Princess Diaries series to find out for yourself.

Marsha Canham: Rare Signed Set

Fans of Marsha Canham are still mourning the author’s retirement. Don’t miss this extremely rare opportunity to own a signed set of one of the author’s most beloved trilogies, including an out of print copy of Midnight Honor. Winner will take home a signed set of books from the author’s personal collection. Titles are: Pride of Lions, Blood of Roses, and the extremely hard-to-find Midnight Honor.

Liz Carlyle: Signed Set of Four Books

From the New York Times bestselling author’s personal collection, signed copies of her first three published romances are up for bid. The titles are: My False Heart, A Woman Scorned, and Beauty Like the Night. Also included in the lot is a copy of Tea for Two, a book featuring two novellas, one by Ms. Carlyle (and signed by her) and a second from bestselling author Cathy Maxwell. Since exploding onto the romance scene in 1999, Liz Carlyle has steadily gained new readers and a reputation as one of romance’s best. Never Deceive a Duke earned AAR DIK status and climbed to the #10 position on the New York Times bestseller list.

Loretta Chase: Rare, Signed, OOP Hardcover Edition of Lord of Scoundrels

What can you say about Lord of Scoundrels? That it’s twice been voted favorite romance of all times by AAR readers sums up the acclaim and the affection tens of thousands of readers have for this classic romance. From Ms. Chase’s private collection, up for bid is a signed, rare, and out of print hardcover edition of the romance many believe is the finest ever written. If you savor Jessica and Dain’s delicious dance of seduction, this represents a can’t miss opportunity.

Rachel Gibson: A Complete Set of Signed “Hockey” Books

For readers of contemporary romance, it just doesn’t get much better than Rachel Gibson. From the author’s personal collection, a signed set of all three of her popular “hockey” titles are up for bid: Simply Irresistible, See Jane Score, and The Trouble with Valentine’s Day. New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson is a recipient of RWA’s RITA and Golden Heart Awards, a Publisher’s Weekly Quill award nominee, and the author of Borders bestselling romantic comedy for 2006.

Linda Howard: Rare, OOP Signed Set of Three Kell-Sabin books

A legendary set by the legendary author. Long out of print, this auction includes three titles in the four-book series donated from Ms. Howard’s personal collection. The titles are: Midnight Rainbow, White Lies, and Diamond Bay. Don’t miss this rare opportunity! Update 10/15: These books ARE signed by Linda Howard!

Elizabeth Hoyt: A Signed Set of the Prince Trilogy, Plus a Signed Advance Reading Copy of Her First Contemporary

Few authors have enjoyed a faster ride to prominence in the romance world than Elizabeth Hoyt. With all three of her historical romances earning coveted AAR DIK status, she has already taken her place in short order on the auto-buy lists of tens of thousands of romance readers. Up for auction and donated by the author are signed copies of all three books in her Prince trilogy: The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince. To make an already attractive lot even more so, the author includes a signed Advance Reading Copy of Hot, her first contemporary novel due to be published in January 2008 under the pseudonym Julia Harper.

Lisa Kleypas: Signed Advance Reading Copy of Blue-Eyed Devil Plus a Signed Set of Wallflower Books

Prolific and beloved historical romance author Lisa Kleypas dazzled romance readers last year with Sugar Daddy, her contemporary debut. The winner of this auction will have the rare opportunity to own an ARC of the follow-up set for release in March 2008. Here’s the tease from the author’s Web site: “Blue-Eyed Devil is the story of the charming, volatile and ambitious Hardy Cates, who is determined to carry out his private revenge against the Travis family. Haven is the rebellious Travis daughter who struggles against her overpowering attraction to the most dangerous man in town. But when Hardy crashes a Travis family wedding, the heiress and the bad boy uncover an explosive chemistry that neither of them can deny. Hardy Cates is an unscrupulous rascal, but now he’s trying to clean up his act. He is looking for the perfect society wife, the kind of woman Haven Travis could never be. Having once been burned by a love affair gone wrong, Haven vows to stay far away from the sexy heartbreaker. However, Haven discovers that the temptation of a blue-eyed devil is hard to resist. And then when a menace from Haven’s past appears, Hardy may be the only one to save her…” Also included in this lot is a signed set of the author’s New York Times bestselling Wallflower series: The Devil in Winter, Scandal in Spring, Secrets of a Summer Night, and It Happened One Autumn.

Angela Knight: Signed ARC Plus a Signed Set of Her Magaverse Series

Up for auction is a signed ARC of an upcoming anthology featuring stories by Angela Knight (signed by this author only), Emma Holly, Lora Leigh, and Diane Whiteside. Here’s the publisher’s blurb: Four of the most sizzling authors of paranormal romance take readers beyond their wildest fantasies, to a seductive midnight world of erotic suspense, demons, mages, vampires, and knights. A world of queens with devilish secrets, and of demons with secret desires. So dangerous and fun, readers may never want to come back down to earth again.” This lot also includes a signed set of the author’s Magaverse series. The titles are: Master of the Night, Master of Dragons, Master of Swords, Master of the Moon, and Master of Wolves.

Teresa Medeiros: Rare, Signed Hardcover Editions of Two Classic Romances

Donated and signed by the author are rare hardcover editions of two titles in her beloved Fairy Tale series: A Kiss to Remember and The Bride and the Beast. New York Times bestseller Teresa Medeiros wrote her first novel at the age of twenty-one and has since gone on to win the hearts of both readers and critics. All fifteen of her books have been national bestsellers, climbing as high as #12 on the New York Times bestseller list, #20 on USA Today, and #9 on Publishers Weekly. She currently has over five million books in print.

Mary Jo Putney’s Fallen Angels Series: Rare Set of Signed First Editions

Few books – and even fewer series – enjoy the iconic status of this classic set of romances written by Mary Jo Putney. From the author’s personal collection, up for bid is a signed set of first editions of every novel in the Fallen Angel series. The titles are: Thunder and Roses, Petals in the Storm, Dancing on the Wind, Angel Rogue, Shattered Rainbows, River of Fire, and One Perfect Rose. These are keeper novels in what is to many the ultimate keeper series. It is a rare and wonderful lot.

Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series: Complete Set of Signed UK Editions

New York Times bestselling author and publishing phenomena Julia Quinn offers from her personal collection a complete set of signed UK editions of her Bridgerton saga. The titles of this immensely popular series are: The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, To Sir Philip with Love, When He Was Wicked, It’s In His Kiss, and On the Way to the Wedding. Ms. Quinn’s writing has earned a reputation for warmth and humor, and her dialogue is considered among the best in the industry. With the Bridgerton books debuting at the top of the New York Times bestseller list since 2004, Ms. Quinn has been profiled in TIME Magazine (a rarity among romance writers) and in 2007 won the RITA for Best Long Historical Romance.

Lisa Marie Rice: Signed Copy of Dangerous Lover Plus an Additional Set of Books

Aigned copy of Dangerous Lover is up for bid in this auction (graded B+ by AAR), plus copies of her Ellora’s Cave releases romantica releases Midnight Angel, Woman on the Run, Midnight Run, Christmas Angel, Port of Paradise, and Midnight Man. Acclaimed as one of the rising starts of erotic romance, don’t miss this chance to won the author’s entire published catalog.

J.D. Robb’s Creation in Death: Signed Advance Reading Copy

Can’t wait for the next installment in J.D. Robb’s bestselling series? Thanks to the generosity of the author (and Nora Roberts might have something to do with it, too), the winner of this auction won’t have to. Up for bid is a signed Advance Reading Copy from the author’s personal collection of the next in the series of riveting Eve Dallas mysteries.

Jane Rotrosen Agency and Meg Ruley: 13 Bestsellers

The lot represents a chance to own a fiction sampler from bestselling authors represented by the Jane Rotrosen Agency. These books are unsigned. Titles are: Hide, Lisa Gardner; Stalemate, Iris Johansen; All Mortal Flesh, Julia Spender Fleming; The Mephisto Club, Tess Gerritsen; The Edge of Winter, Luanne Rice; Damage Control, Robert Dugoni; Magic Hour, Kristen Hannah; Prior Bad Acts, Tami Hoag; Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen; The Dream Thief, Shana Abe; Shadow Dance, Julie Garwood; Don’t Look Down, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer; and Merciless, Richard Montanari.

Anne Stuart: Set of Signed Out of Print Books

Fans of the author know how rare and expensive out of print titles of the author’s classic historical romances can be. Don’t miss this extremely rare opportunity to own a set of the author’s most revered – and fondly remembered – historical romances kept safe and secure by the author herself. Signed and from Anne Stuart’s personal collection this lot includes the following rare and out of print titles: To Love and to Honor, A Rose at Midnight, Shadow Dance, and To Love a Dark Lord.

Authors and Editors offer critiques of the first 30 pages of your manuscript

Mary Balogh, Bestselling author

Mary Balogh writes historical romance. Most of us who love the genre would say that Mary Balogh is undeniably in the absolute top tier of historical romance authors. The author of more than 60 books, including some of the most groundbreaking in the genre, will critique the first 30 pages of your manuscript. If your aspiration is to become published as an author of historical romance, this is an exceedingly rare opportunity to learn from the best.

Linda Howard, Bestselling author

This auction represents an extremely rare opportunity. Linda Howard, legendary, multiple bestselling author, will critique the first 30 pages of your manuscript. Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, Dying to Please, Open Season, Mr. Perfect, All the Queen’s Men, Now You See Her, Kill and Tell, and Son of the Morning. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

Cindy Hwang, Berkley Executive Editor (auction 1) (auction 2)
(two critiques will be offered separately)

Berkley Executive Editor Cindy Hwang is on fire. An imprint of Penguin books, Berkley Sensation offers the best of the best in virtually every genre from romantic suspense to paranormals to contemporaries and on to historical romance. Widely considered to be one of the very best in the business when it comes to recognizing new talent, Cindy Hwang will critique the first 30 pages of your manuscript. There are two critiques up for auction.

Angela James, Samhain Executive Editor

Samhain Publishing Ltd was founded with a goal of bringing to compulsive readers books that allow them to discover new worlds, and be taken on adventures through the creative minds of today’s brightest authors. The company has managed to do just that, rapidly becoming one of the most respected names in epublishing and boasting a growing print catalogue, as well. “Ms. James describes herself like this: A former harem princess, Duchess of York and globe-trotting superhero, I’ve lived an extensive fantasy life thanks to the world of books. But after all that, I settled for the job of Executive Editor at Samhain Publishing. I’m in love with everything involving the world of publishing and most especially epublishing, every day is a new adventure for me as I learn something new about editing, publishing and administrating (is that a word?) This job might keep me busy but it’s never dull!” Up for bid is one critique of the first 30 manuscript pages.

Kathy Sagan, Senior Editor, Pocket Books

Have a manuscript that isn’t strictly romance? We’ve got you covered. Kathy Sagan is a senior editor at Pocket Books who works on general fiction and nonfiction titles, including contemporary and historical women’s fiction, suspense, pop culture, memoir, health and more. She has previously been an executive editor in digital media and fiction, books and senior editor at various magazines, including Family Circle, Redbook, McCall’s, New England Living, Mary Higgins Clark Mystery magazine, and others. She began her publishing career as a fiction editor at Dell Publishing. Ms. Sagan will critique the first 30 pages of the winning bidder’s manuscript.

Anne Stuart, Bestselling author

Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of thirty-two years in the romance business, and she still just keeps getting better. She’s won numerous awards, appeared on most bestseller lists, and speaks all over the country. When she’s not traveling, she’s at home in Northern Vermont with her luscious husband of thirty years, an empty nest, three cats, and one Springer Spaniel.. In a rare opportunity, this respected author will critique the first 30 pages of your manuscript.

Erika Tsang, Senior Editor, Avon

Avon is an undisputed leader in romance publishing. Publisher of mega-successful authors ranging from Julia Quinn to Rachel Gibson, Avon senior editor Erika Tsang will critique the first 30 pages of your manuscript. Ms. Tsang joined Avon Books in 2002 with the intent of expanding the historical romance list. In the five years since, Ms. Tsang’s list has expanded to include paranormals, romantic suspense, contemporary, and multicultural romance. She works with bestselling authors Suzanne Enoch, Laura Lee Guhrke, Lynsay Sands, and Beverly Jenkins, just to name a few. She is currently seeking to acquire all sub genres of romance. Her criteria are that the story has a creative concept and the hero be fashioned after either Harrison Ford or Ewan MacGregor.

Abby Zidle, Senior Editor, Pocket Books

Pocket is currently home to some of the best – and most successful – authors in romance today. Abby Zidle is a senior editor at Pocket Books acquiring commercial fiction, including romance, suspense, women’s fiction, and historical fiction; she also acquires some nonfiction. Prior to working at Pocket, she was an editor at HQN, Harlequin’s single-title romance line, where she worked with authors such as Christina Skye, Susan Mallery, and Bertrice Small. She began her career in publishing at Bantam Dell. Ms. Zidle will critique the first 30 pages of the winning bidder’s manuscript.

Jessica Zita, Editorial Assistant, Pocket Books (auction 1) (auction 2)
(two critiques will be offered separately)

Jessica Zita works as an editorial assistant with Pocket senior editors Abby Zidle and Micki Nuding. She began her career in children’s publishing as an editorial intern at the Aladdin imprint at Simon & Schuster my senior year of college. After graduating, she was offered a job as an editorial assistant at Pocket Books, where she still is today. She enjoys all types of books; however the majority of her editorial experience is in commercial fiction, specifically romance, erotica, and women’s fiction. (A word to the wise: Editorial assistants are often on the lookout for authors who will help them take their careers to the next level. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity!) There are two critiques of the first 30 manuscript pages up for bid.

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