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About Jane Litte

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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Daily Deals: Small town contemporaries to wild rock and roll lifestyles

Daily Deals: Small town contemporaries to wild rock and roll lifestyles

Real Romance  by Ginny BairdReal Romance by Ginny Baird. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Shy bookstore manager Marie McCloud spends each night between the covers with a hot guy… The hunky hero from one of her romance novels, that is. Having been cheated on, disparaged then ditched, Marie turns to pure fiction to soothe her aching heart. What she doesn’t count on is finding real romance where she least expects it.

Ladies’ man David Lake is always up for a physical challenge. An intellectual one? He’s not so sure. But when David meets pretty Marie, he’s ready to leap through some hoops to get the brainy brunette’s attention. With a little bit of research and a whole lot of reading, David prepares to sweep Marie off her feet — for the romance of a lifetime.

This was originally published by Kensington in their Precious Gems line. The Romance Wiki describes the PG line as a “short lived partnership between Wal-Mart and Kensington”. The line was published between 1996 and 2000. I didn’t see Ginny Baird listed on the Romance Wiki site as one of the PG authors. Maybe she wrote under a different name?

The reviews are fairly lackluster with one reader saying that the ending was poorly developed giving rise to questions rather than resolutions.

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Highland Fling Amanda ScottHighland Fling by Amanda Scott. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Forbidden passion has never been more dangerous—or more irresistible—in the first novel of bestselling author Amanda Scott’s spellbinding Highland series

Scotland, 1750. In the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion, Maggie MacDrumin vows to keep fighting to liberate her people. But the intrepid Scotswoman is risking her life for a dangerous cause. When her latest mission lands her in a London courtroom on a trumped-up larceny charge, she has only one hope of survival. Enlisting the aid of Edward Carsley, the powerful fourth Earl of Rothwell, is a two-edged sword. The seductive aristocrat who awakens treacherous desire is her clan’s mortal enemy—a man she can never trust.

Edward will do whatever it takes to quell another bloody uprising. But how can he fight his passion for the rebellious Highland beauty in his safekeeping? As their lives come under siege, Maggie lays claim to the one thing Edward vowed never to surrender: his heart.

Originally published by Kensington in 1995, this book and other Scott titles are being re-released digitally by Open Road Media. My recollection is that Scott writes fairly meaty historicals.

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Is This All There Is?  by Patricia MannIs This All There Is? by Patricia Mann. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Beth Thomas has the perfect life. At thirty-five, she’s married to her college sweetheart, has two adorable kids, and teaches part time at the local university. But when a friend persuades Beth to go dancing on a rare night out, a chance meeting with twenty one year old Dave, one of her former students, changes the course of her life. Loud music, too much to drink, and the thrill of feeling young again lead to an unforgettable kiss that was never supposed to happen. As she tries to put the memory behind her, Dave’s pursuit leaves Beth torn between what her mind says is right and what her heart and body crave.

Cougar books seem to be all the rage and I have a hard time buying into the fantasy that a 21 year old is going to want to tie his boat to a 35+ year old woman with two kids. Nonetheless, the premise is so unbelievable that it almost makes me want to read it to see if the author could pull this off. Unfortunately, this book has cheating all over it so I’ll pass but maybe somebody else is interested.

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It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Thirty Years Married to a Rolling Stone Jo WoodIt’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll by Jo Wood. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

In this wild, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the biggest rock bands in history, Jo Wood comes clean about her three decades as the girlfriend and eventually the wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. This startlingly honest, laugh-out-loud memoir vividly describes life on tour, in the studio, at the legendary parties—and every raucous moment in between.

From teenage model to hard-partying rock ‘n’ roll devotee, through motherhood, marriage, breakdown, and the challenge of starting over again, Jo Wood has had a roller-coaster ride of a life. At the age of sixteen, Jo burst onto the British modeling scene and became a fixture at London’s most glamorous parties. A few years later, just twenty-two years old and a single mom, she met Ronnie Wood and her life changed forever.

Holding nothing back, Jo paints an astonishing picture of the sex, drugs, booze, groupies, and—above all—the fun that filled her thirty years as a member of the Stones’ inner circle. Telling never-before-heard stories about what life on the road with the Stones was really like, she offers intimate portraits of the band’s legendary cast of characters, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jerry Hall, and Patti Hansen. She recalls the excitement of getting to know international A-list celebrities like Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, Johnny Depp, and Slash.

Jo also opens up about her family life with Ronnie: their passionate love affair, the demands of being a mother by day and a wild child by night, and eventually coping with Ronnie’s increasingly difficult behavior as his addictions consumed him. For the first time, she reveals her heartbreaking account of what happened when Ronnie left her for an eighteen-year-old waitress, explaining how she was able to forgive, live without bitterness or regret, and find new happiness as an entrepreneur and organic beauty expert.

Including never-before-seen photographs from Jo’s personal collection, It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll is a compelling piece of rock ‘n’ roll history from a woman with a backstage pass and front-row seat. Enchanting, candid, and moving, this page-turning fairy tale of fame and fortune has the best of the era’s many euphoric and reckless moments within its pages.

Rock star books are fun to read but clearly reality is far from the candy coated stories that reside within the pages of a romance novel.

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#Giveaway:  Kate Karyus Quinn, Megan Derr, Kylie Scott

#Giveaway: Kate Karyus Quinn, Megan Derr, Kylie Scott


Welcome to the Dear Author August Extravaganza, Day 3.

Every day this month, we are giving away copies of books, both digital and print, as well as gift certificates and even a digital reader. Stay tuned to this link to see all of the giveaways. They only last a few days each so keep visiting.

From Author Kate Karyus Quinn


“Win a signed hardcover copy of young adult horror novel ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by debut author Kate Karyus Quinn.

Book Description:

The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn’s haunting debut.

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.

Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape‚Äîunless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.


“A gripping ride. Quinn skillfully occupies the mind of a young woman who turns out to be a monster–one who’s not beyond redemption – (Horn Book Magazine)

“Stunning in its raw emotion. A taut, terrifying supernatural thriller.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)


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From Author Megan Derr


“To celebrate my latest release, Dance Only for Me, I’d like to give away a set of all the books and short stories in my Dance ‘verse (in any format(s) of the winner’s choosing), including:

Each book is standalone, set within a contemporary supernatural world and featuring demons, vampires, draugrs, and all the magic and mystery you can stand. ”

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From Author Kylie Scott



Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

“Lick, the first in the novels pertaining to the band Stage Dive, was an engrossing, sexy, and emotional read.” – Dear Author

We reviewed the book here. Both Kati D and I loved it. Book link here.
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