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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: Contemporaries, classics, and paranormals

Daily Deals: Contemporaries, classics, and paranormals

Instant Gratification Jill ShalvisInstant Gratification by Jill Shalvis. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Stone Wilder is no less a daredevil bad boy than the rest of his brothers, especially when the thrill of a lifetime is about to arrive in a surprising package. . .The Doctor Is In Deep
Wishful, California, is 3000 miles from Dr. Emma Sinclair’s last job in a New York City ER. Running her father’s clinic for a summer, Emma treats bee stings, stomach flu, and the occasional pet cat. Then there’s Stone Wilder: gorgeous, laid-back, and irritating beyond belief. Emma loathes him. Almost as much as she wants to throw him on her examining table and break every doctor-patient rule in the book. . .
Paging Dr. Sinclair. . .

My favorite in the “Instant” series is the first one–Instant Attraction–which is only $3.99. It was one of the books that Sarah of Smart Bitches Trashy Books and I agreed upon (which is super rare) and one of the books we lauded during that time period back in the day (like 4 years ago) when we lamented there were not enough straight contemporaries. What were we thinking? Yo! the contemporary has been saved. Time to look at reviving other genres.

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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William GoldmanThe Princess Bride by William Goldman. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Once upon a time came a story so full of high adventure and true love that it became an instant classic and won the hearts of millions. What reader can forget or resist such colorful characters as

Westley . . . handsome farm boy who risks death and much, much worse for the woman he loves; Inigo . . . the Spanish swordsman who lives only to avenge his father’s death; Fezzik . . . the Turk, the gentlest giant ever to have uprooted a tree with his bare hands; Vizzini . . . the evil Sicilian, with a mind so keen he’s foiled by his own perfect logic; Prince Humperdinck . . . the eviler ruler of Guilder, who has an equally insatiable thirst for war and the beauteous Buttercup; Count Rugen . . . the evilest man of all, who thrives on the excruciating pain of others; Miracle Max. . . the King’s ex-Miracle Man, who can raise the dead (kind of); The Dread Pirate Roberts . . . supreme looter and plunderer of the high seas; and, of course, Buttercup . . . the princess bride, the most perfect, beautiful woman in the history of the world.

S. Morgenstern’s timeless tale—discovered and wonderfully abridged by William Goldman—pits country against country, good against evil, love against hate. From the Cliffs of Insanity through the Fire Swamp and down into the Zoo of Death, this incredible journey and brilliant tale is peppered with strange beasties monstrous and gentle, and memorable surprises both terrible and sublime.
With over one million copies in print, S. Morgenstern’s classic fantasy, in the abridged “good parts” version by William Goldman, is a readers’ favorite.

Because while the movie is spectacular, the book is even better.

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Blood of the Wicked by Karina CooperBlood of the Wicked by Karina Cooper. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When the world went straight to hell, humanity needed a scapegoat to judge, to blame . . . to burn.

As an independent witch living off the grid, Jessie Leigh has spent her life running, trying to blend in among the faceless drudges in the rebuilt city. She thought she was finally safe, but now she’s been found in a New Seattle strip club—by a hard-eyed man on a mission to destroy her kind.

A soldier of the Holy Order, Silas Smith believes in the cause: trawling the fringes of society for the murderous witches who threaten what’s left of the world. Forced into a twisting web of half-truths and lies, he has to stay close to the most sensuous and electrifying woman he has ever seen and manipulate her into leading him to the witch he has to kill: her brother. Silas doesn’t know that Jessie’s his enemy, only that he wants her, needs her, even as he lies to her . . . and must protect her until his final breath.

It looks like the entire series is on sale for $1.99 each

Blood of the Wicked
Sacrifice the Wicked
One for the Wicked
All Things Wicked
Lure of the Wicked

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Highland Rebel by Judith JamesHighland Rebel by Judith James. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

A love story set against the backdrop of Restoration England, Jacobite Scotland and Ireland, and the rise and fall of kings, by an award-winning author.

Amidst the upheaval of the first Jacobite war in 17th century Britain, Jamie Sinclair’s wit and military prowess have served him well. Leading a troop in Scotland, he impetuously marries a captured maiden, saving her from a grim fate.

A Highlands heiress to title and fortune, Catherine Drummond is not the friendless woman Jamie believed her to be. When her people effect her rescue, and he cannot annul the marriage, Jamie determines to recapture his hellcat of a new wife.

In a world where family and creed cannot be trusted, where faith fuels intolerance and war, Catherine and Jamie test the bounds of love, loyalty, friendship, and trust…

Judith James entered my consciousness through the dedicated campaigning of Kristie J who absolutely loved Broken Wings. Kristie also got romancelandia to watch North and South. We miss you Kristie J!

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Daily Deals: Westerns (for real this time) and fake royalty

Daily Deals: Westerns (for real this time) and fake royalty

Reese: The Rock Creek Six Book 1 Lori HandelandReese: The Rock Creek Six Book 1 by Lori Handeland. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Reese is Book #1 in a six book series written by Lori Handeland and Linda Winstead Jones.

If you liked the Magnificent Seven, you’ll love the Rock Creek Six!

Six elite Confederate soldiers band together after the War Between the States, hiring out their guns to protect lawless towns. Violence is all they know, until they make their way to Rock Creek, Texas.

Mary McKendrick, a headstrong schoolteacher who wants nothing more than to find a home, takes charge when a band of ruffians attempts to destroy Rock Creek.With very few men left in town after the war, Mary travels to Dallas to hire Reese, the mysterious and reluctant leader of a band of guns for hire.

Reese is haunted by the war and all he did during it.The only constant in his life are the five men willing to come whenever he calls them.They will do anything for each other; they are all they have left.

Though Mary prides herself on managing everyone and anything, she can’t manage Reese or her feelings for him.Reese doesn’t believe he is worthy of loyalty and devotion; he certainly isn’t worthy of love.In Rock Creek, Mary McKendrick teaches him differently.

To Read This Series in Order:

Reese

Sullivan

Rico

Jed

Nate

Cash

Jayne and I have really enjoyed Handeland’s werewolf series. I think this is a new series between these two authors. I enjoyed the western collaboration between Linda Winstead Jones and Linda Howard.

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Vikings UnleashedVikings Unleashed by Kate Pearce, Zoe York, Anne Marsh, et al. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

These are not your mother’s Vikings. Nine “out of this world” Viking erotic romances: modern, sexy versions of the original alpha male bad boy heroes.

Contains:
-AT THE VIKING’S COMMAND by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author ANNE MARSH
-VIKING FIRE by award-winning author CRYSTAL JORDAN
-HEL’S BELLES by DAYNA HART
-THE VIKING QUEEN’S MEN by award-winning author HOLLEY TRENT
-VIKING UNBOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author KATE PEARCE
-VIKING’S HEART by national bestselling author LORIBELLE HUNT
-VIKING’S FURY by award-winning author SARANNA DEWYLDE
-TAMING THE VIKING’S DRAGON by SHAWNTELLE MADISON
-A VIKING’S PEACE by NYT Bestselling Author ZOE YORK

These are nine ALL-NEW erotic paranormal, futuristic, and fantasy romances featuring history’s ultimate alpha males: Vikings! Check out bikers, shapeshifters, space-faring scientists, psychics, and more–all with a legendary twist.

Deal is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes

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Part-time Princess (Ladies-in-Waiting, #1) by Pamela DuMondPart-time Princess by Pamela DuMond. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, American, former biker-bar cocktail waitress desperate to find a job. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to travel to Fredonia, the tiny jewel of a country in the Alps, for ten days ‘tops’ to impersonate her.

In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people teach Lucy how to dress, walk, talk, eat, be coiffed and even get naked like a European Lady.

The goal?

To keep Crown Prince Cristoph Timmel interested in Elizabeth until she finishes her unexpected, pressing personal business in the States.

But fate intervenes… Lucy meets and is wildly attracted to sexy, bad-boy Nick on the oh-so-long flights to Fredonia. Unfortunately for Lucy—Nick and Elizabeth have a hot sexual history, which Nick wants to immediately resume.

Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What’s an imposter girl to do? Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess but continues to fall for the wrong Prince of Fredonia—Nick. When another tiny glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her.

The only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.

When the real Lady Elizabeth decides she’s not marrying Cristoph and never returning to Fredonia, Lucy’s faced with an uncomfortable decision—continue her deception, marry the prince she’s not in love with and live a dream life albeit without Nick, her dream guy? Or tell the truth and return to poverty and oblivion?

A modern day, comedic, sexy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few tears and an empowering ending.

The author indicated that this was “The romance is PG-13 sexy.” There aren’t many reviews. The one three star says it is fairly predictable but humorous.

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Legends of the Fall  by Jim HarrisonLegends of the Fall by Jim Harrison. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The publication of this magnificent trilogy of short novels — Legends Of The Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His Name — confirmed Jim Harrison’s reputation as one of the finest American writers of his generation. These absorbing novellas explore the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, adding up to an extraordinary vision of the twentieth-century man.

It kind of amazes me that short stories are so ripe for intense movies (stand by me, legends of the fall, etc). But maybe I should be more amazed by long books being truncated into 2-3 hours movies?

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