The Release of…The First Sentence: A collection of romance novellas

ETA 1-1-18: The links on this page have expired because the anthology became a charity project on this date. Please visit this page for updated information and links. Thanks!

I am really excited to tell you about my new project!

A couple of years ago, I was at a conference with a bunch of authors I know, hanging in the bar after all the workshops and events of the day were done. It was a nice bar. Comfy seats. Most of us don’t ever drink, so this wasn’t one of those “brilliant” ideas you think better of the next morning. It was still brilliant!

We were all talking (probably) about how much of a bummer it is when you have a story idea you love and then you see an author—usually one more well-known than you are—with a book using that idea. Even though you KNOW that author wrote a totally different book than you would, because that’s how it goes. You give 10 people a writing prompt and they’ll all write very different things.

And Misty Simon said, “WE SHOULD TOTALLY DO THAT!!!!”

And so we did.

A collection of romance novellas


We ended up with five stories by five authors, all beginning with the same sentence. From new adult to contemporary, paranormal to futuristic, with a post-apoc style weather event thrown in, we run the gamut of romantic subgenres. These are emotional adventurous stories we had a ton of fun writing. And they are FREE!

I probably should have mentioned that sooner.

So go check it out, and stay tuned for The Second Sentence, which we’re already working on! The degree of difficulty will increase each time, and you know you want to witness it! 🙂

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The premise: That if 5 authors start with the same sentence, they will all write vastly different stories. The results: made of awesome. From contemporary to futuristic, these novellas have a little bit of everything, but most especially—love-filled happy endings.

Rebound by Allison B. Hanson
After wallowing in agony for weeks after a bad break-up, Reese is set up on a blind date. Reluctantly, he goes and meets the girl of his dreams. The only problem? He was at the wrong place and met the wrong girl. Now, desperate to find her, he scours the campus as fate weaves an impossible journey.

Lost and Found by Misty Simon
When Mike Emory sees his ex’s post on social media that she’s looking for her lost dog, he’s out the door in a flash. Their break-up was not amicable, but he loved that dog and can’t imagine him on his own. Elsie Hews has been scouring the streets for hours when she runs into the last person she wants helping her—the guy who never seemed to think she was capable of doing anything herself. This is her dog, though, her baby, and she’ll accept Mike’s help to find him, then say goodbye again. Or that’s the plan, at least…

Frozen Dreams by Victoria Smith
When a dangerous weather anomaly strikes, Jane will do whatever it takes to travel to be with her family. Even if it means getting stuck with her husband, Adam. Instead of talking to him about how they will never have a family, she took the chicken route and left, despite being deeply in love with him. Now they must face the storm and their emotions.

Through the Void by Natalie J. Damschroder
There’s only one thing Vix can do when she finds out about the secret life that has led to her husband’s coma—make that life hers. When she goes on her first mission through the void, however, she finds not only a new self-purpose, but her lost husband, as well. She did the impossible once. Can she do it again, and bring him home?

A Real Boy by Vicky Burkholder
Jillian Night is on the hunt for inter-planetary kidnappers. Her bosses demand she have a partner, but Jillian has had enough of human ones. She prefers to work alone so Fleet assigns her one of the new androids. Zeus is a little too real for Jillian’s comfort and she finds herself attracted to him—until she meets the real man pulling the strings. Maybe having a real, live partner wouldn’t be so bad after all.

Dreamwalkers Are on Sale!

Are you thinking, “Dreamwalkers? That’s not a Natalie J. Damschroder series.” You’re right! But it’s a duology that I LOVE and is in the same arena as my Goddesses Rising, only a little scarier, because demons. And they’re at a REALLY GOOD PRICE right now, so I wanted to tell everyone about them. Check them out!

Also, Jody is giving away crocheted earrings and other books to newsletter subscribers, so sign up here.

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Brenda Novak for the Cure of Diabetes Box Sets Available for Preorder

For the last 10 years, Brenda Novak has spearheaded an incredible effort to raise money to support the efforts to find a cure for diabetes. Her annual auction and other efforts have raised over $2.4 million!

The auction is on a break this year, but the fundraising isn’t paused. Brenda has organized three box sets of stories—one thriller, one contemporary romance, and one hot contemporary—to continue the drive. They will be available for only a short time but can be preordered now. All the proceeds go to the Diabetes Research Institute.

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Sweet Seduction cover

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Sweet Talk cover

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Upcoming in Damschroder-land

Cover of Harte and SoulHey, everybody!

Have you ever been in the middle of a really good book and, eager to know if the next one is available (or when the next one will be out, or if there even is a next one) and gone to the author’s website to find out only to discover that the author hasn’t updated her site in a year and is still announcing the release of the book you’re in the middle of reading?

Yeah, I hate that.

And yet, I’m kind of one of them! And I apologize wholeheartedly. This post is to bring you up to date on what’s going on so you won’t be frustrated.

First and most importantly! I’ve had a few inquiries about Harte and Soul. I really did not intend for it to take so long to get this book written and published. But 2013 was fanatastically packed, and I spent all my time working with my editors to get four other books published. And then I was burned out.

I bet you hate it when authors say that, too.

But it’s true. We only have so much creative energy, and the stress of back-to-back deadlines sucks it dry pretty quickly. And then I had a surge of freelance work that took all my time once the deadlines were over, which made it hard to get back to writing. (You can help cure that problem. I won’t have to do so much freelance work if more people buy my novels! 🙂 )

But I’m very happy to say that I’m actively working on Harte and Soul and while I don’t have a release date to give you, it should be sooner rather than later. You can sign up for my newsletter if you want to be sure you know when it’s released. I promise, I only send newsletters when I have Really Big News. So, way less than once a month. 🙂

Harte and Soul‘s hero is Peter Ranger, who featured prominently in the first book, Soul of the Dragon. Peter is all grown up now and living his dreams. Kind of. He has the company he wanted, but now he’s a widower with a young daughter who can talk to animals. Her abilities may be bigger than that, so Alexa calls in Brooklyne Harte, who works for ARPEP, the Agency for the Registration and Protection of Extraordinary People. It’s her job to find out if people like Kiena have abilities that can be useful or put them at risk. ARPEP got a big boost after the Pike Laurent situation in Soulflight and has been busy helping people like Celebrity Reuhl (one of the abductees). But Alexa insists on Brook being undercover, and Brook hates lies and secrets. So there isn’t a great foundation for a relationship between her and Peter, especially when they discover that Kiena’s abilities are absolutely huge, and so is the threat against her.

Watch this space over the next few weeks. I might be inclined to post short excerpts to whet your appetite. 🙂 New to the Soul Series? Start with Soul of the Dragon. Already read it as well as Soulflight? If you liked those, you’ll probably enjoy my Goddesses Rising trilogy. They’re very much the same kinds of books—adventurous and romantic with hot snarky heroes and very strong women.

Okay, what else is going on? I have a six-title series of novellas that I hope to start releasing later this year. I will write them all first, I promise, so there won’t be a long wait to worry about. They’re contemporary romances (no paranormal or suspense elements) with a fun central premise. This series will give me a way to explore some stories I’ve been dying to write but that might not be sufficient for full-length novels.

I also have some backlist titles I’ll be refreshing and re-releasing. Those will be well marked as such, so you won’t be fooled into getting something you’ve already read.

OH! Yeah, I almost forgot. The third book of my Carina Press romantic adventures, Acceptable Risks, will be out in mass market paperback in June. Check out the book page for links. I’ll be hosting some Goodreads giveaways of all three paperbacks (signed copies, of course!) off and on for the rest of the year, so keep an eye out for those, too.

Okay, that should do it! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to chat about any of my books. Find me on Facebook and Twitter if you’re a social type. I love getting new reviews, especially for books that have been out for a while, so thank you if you’re inclined to post reviews (even if you don’t like the book!). And if you’re the kind of reader who just likes to sink into a book and pretend nothing else exists, that’s a-okay! I thank you most of all. 🙂

Happy Spring!

Fight or Flight in Mass Market Paperback

I’m really excited to have two releases this month. Right now, you can get Fight or Flight for the first time in mass market paperback! If you’re part of Harlequin’s Reader Service and get romantic suspense books every month, you probably already have it. If you are not in that program, you can purchase the book here.

OR, you can go over to Goodreads and try to win a copy! I’m giving away 5 copies this month, and it’s free and easy to enter. Check it out!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fight or Flight by Natalie J. Damschroder

Fight or Flight

by Natalie J. Damschroder

Giveaway ends November 30, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

And stay tuned for news on my brand new release, A Kiss of Revenge, on November 25!

Blog Tourin’

Heavy Metal CoverI’m on a blog tour for the next two weeks, and today I landed in a slew of places! Check out the following fun stops. The interviews all have some unique questions, and the Bad Libs are just awesome. Make sure you read some of the others while you’re there!

Also check out today’s release party at The Romance Studio!


Meankitty “Bad Libs” review of Heavy Metal

Adrienne Woods Books and Reviews Interview

Interview at Cocktails & Books

Sarah Ballance Interview

The Chocolate Box guest post (don’t read my books for the food!)

Introducing the New Indulgence!

Indulgence CoversI don’t write for the Indulgence line at Entangled Publishing, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to participate in the reveal of the line’s sexy new look!

Indulgence brings together classic romance, new and fresh voices, and alpha heroes. They’re short contemporary romances that are edgy, light, and whimsical and guarantee a happily ever after.


Below are three of line’s newest releases. Check them out! And click the banner on the left to see all the fantastic new covers in greater detail.






Famously EngagedFamously Engaged, by Robyn Thomas

A chef and a rock star. They couldn’t be from more different worlds…

Rock star royalty’s favorite son, Jake Olsen, couldn’t help but interfere after listening to his future brother-in-law talk non-stop about his ex-wife, Beth Carlisle. Jake decides that the only way to get the groom’s mind off his ex-wife is to give her a fake fiancé.

Before Jake can convince Beth of his plan, he’s forced to move in with her to avoid the paparazzi. Their instant attraction makes for a sizzling “first date”, but soon Jake’s fame gets in the way and Beth wants out. Too bad Jake’s figured out just why her ex is so obsessed with her, and he’s afraid he’s not going to be able to give her up either.

Now it’s up to Jake to convince this chef together they make the perfect recipe.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble (Coming)


The Wedding GambleThe Wedding Gamble, by Cindi Myers

Preschool teacher Laura Nichols is celebrating her birthday and sister’s bachelorette party in Vegas. Being in Sin City is thrilling and she intends on tapping in to her wild side. Laura can’t resist the added excitement that comes with saying yes when a hunky man off the street proposes…

FBI agent David Abruzzo has been working undercover as a thug to bring down the Zacolli crime family, but his cover depends on convincing the mob he came to Vegas for a quickie wedding. If they catch on to his plan, his cover’s blown, and he’s as good as dead.

Over the course of 48 hours, David and Laura use rollercoasters, glowing condoms, and exotic male dancers to stay alive and bring the crime family down. But it will take more than Lady Luck, one night of passion, and a little Vegas magic to turn their fake marriage into something real.

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Dishing Up Desire

Dishing Up Desire, by Barbara DeLeo

Image consultant Blake Matthews is facing his toughest PR challenge yet: salvage the image of celebrity chef Kirin Hart. Once he does, he’ll be able to acquire LA’s most successful PR firm. But Kirin’s no easy fix. She’s stubborn about changing her comfortable homemaker image, and is being sued for sexual harassment by a junior staffer. She needs a PR lifeline fast. Only problem is Blake wants more than to make her over…

Kirin doesn’t need a makeover–her fans love her as she is. But she could lose everything if the sex scandal and reputation that has followed doesn’t get quashed right away. Kirin agrees to let model-perfect Blake work his magic for two weeks, but things get complicated when she can’t deny the way her body flares to life whenever he’s near.

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Add Your Favorite Local Bookstore

In order to facilitate shopping and ordering and celebrating the wonderful local and independent bookstores all over the world, I’ve started a Bookstores page here on my website. Head on over and see if one of yours is listed! If not, give me the link in the comments to this post, send it via my Contact page, or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

If you want to find a bookstore near you, there are links on the Bookstores page to sites in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand that will help you!


Sunroper Cover Reveal

I am so excited to finally be able to share the cover of Sunroper! You can also read the blurb or click over to preorder at certain retailers via the book page. This is the third book in the Goddesses Rising trilogy and is due to be released on December 31, 2013.

Sunroper Cover


I have to admit, at first I was taken aback at how bright it is. I mean, THE SUN, so duh, of course it is, but it seemed so dichotomous to the first two. But then I laid them all out together, and besides the obvious ties (font, fancy box around series title, cool feature at her fingers to hint at magic…) I think they are very complementary.


Under the Moon Cover     Heavy Metal Cover     Sunroper cover
What do you think?

Entangled Suspense, Soulflight, and Free Books!

These are not black widows, but don’t they look cool?

I am SO excited to announce a two-book contract with Entangled Suspense!

The first book, Black Widow, is about a woman seeking retribution for her life being ripped apart. It’s currently scheduled for November 2013.

The second book is currently titled Entanglement. The hero and his best friend (the heroine) try to uncover the truth behind his brother’s death, while navigating very tangled romantic relationships. This book should be out in January 2014.


Don’t want to wait that long? Well, if you don’t mind your suspense/adventure stories with a hint of the paranormal, check out the newest release in my Soul Series. Soulflight is about a woman who can fly, who has been in hiding from someone who wants to harness (aka steal) her ability. Rock Davis, who you first met in Soul of the Dragon, is tasked with protecting Samantha until they decide the only way to really do that is by taking down the man so determined to make her part of his “team.”

Don’t have Soul of the Dragon yet? That’s great! Because for a limited time, you can get it free! Download your DRM-free copy from Kobo, Smashwords, or All Romance eBooks in your preferred format (including ePub and mobi). I can’t make it free at Amazon or B&N, but it’s only .99 at both right now.

And now, I shall return to editing my next romantic adventure before Misty Simon takes my head off for not working! 🙂