Come on in, look around! We’re very pleased to be welcoming e-friends both old and new to our shiny new site, where we’ll be discussing all the latest in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction. And not just books–publishing news, popular culture, the latest Benedict Cumberbatch tumblr, whatever we’re interested in that might appeal to readers of our favorite genres.

Every week we’ll have new posts, reviews, contests, giveaways–as well as author interviews, live chats, and more. We hope you’ll find much to like here, and we want to hear from you in the comments–ask questions of visiting authors, tell us if we were spot-on or way off base with a book review, or suggest a great read that you just discovered. And one of our favorite party pieces is at the bottom of every post–if we’ve talked about a book, you’ll see it appear below the post with a brief description and buy buttons to the major retailers, so you can purchase it as soon as your interest is piqued!

And, to keep your e-readers full, every week we’re offering a free, full-length novel to read! (See it in the upper right hand corner there?) Each week we’ll feature a new book, but don’t worry that you have to speed-read…they’ll be available for thirty days, and you can read on your computer, tablet or mobile device, both online and off. Looking for a book we featured last week? Just click the “Free Reads” link at the top of the site, or in the box on the home page, and you’ll be taken to a list of all the free books currently available.

To read the free books, or comment on posts, you’ll need to log in. Signing up only takes a minute (and it’s free,too!).

You’ll notice our “What’s Happening” section on the home page–this carousel tells you about special sales, new books that are out, and other cool titles we’re featuring. Check our banner at the very top of the page to get a heads-up about cool upcoming content (right now, we’re gearing up for a live chat with Kresley Cole to talk about her upcoming novel, MACRIEVE). Up there are easy buttons so you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, too.

We hope you’ll make XOXO After Dark a regular stop on your bloggy wanderings. Welcome!