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Fortune's Pawn by Rachel BachFortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. $ 1.99

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Devi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It’s a combination that’s going to get her killed one day – but not just yet.
That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn’t misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she’s found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn’t give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.

If Sigouney Weaver in Alien met Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, you’d get Deviana Morris — a hot new mercenary earning her stripes to join an elite fighting force. Until one alien bite throws her whole future into jeopardy.

This is a great trilogy. I bought it at the regular price and don’t regret it at all. The trilogy has a good mix of romance along with a compelling plot and an exciting heroine.

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Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLeanEleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean. $ 1.99

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he lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips . . . and precisely the kind of woman The Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening—risking everything he holds dear—he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety. She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.

I apparently loved this title and gave it a A which I rarely do. I couldn’t remember the book when I first read the blurb but the review brought it back for me.

The great thing about this book is that within the course of romance, Simon and Juliana grow as characters to the extent that their character arcs cross each other and kind of flip as Simon races toward more scandal and Juliana tries to embrace more propriety. The rigidity of both their positions is highlighted and you see the flaws in both their positions. Juliana learns that one can’t be ruled by passion at all times and Simon learns that rigidity of moral position is no comfort at night.

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The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia QuinnThe Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn. $ 1.99

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2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love.

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.

But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . .

Jayne gave this a C+. “ Despite the fact that your books are often held up as examples of Regency Lite, I usually adore them. Or at least like them a lot. Not this one, I’m afraid. I’m not sure if you were trying for something different? Darker? Whatever but it was, it didn’t work so well for me. “

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Mail-Order Brides of the West by Caroline FyffeMail-Order Brides of the West by Caroline Fyffe. $ .99.

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MAIL-ORDER BRIDES OF THE WEST is a new series created in collaboration by USA Today Bestselling Authors Caroline Fyffe and Debra Holland. The well-educated daughter of a lawyer, Trudy Bauer arrives at the St. Louis based Mail-Order Brides of the West agency full of excitement for an adventure of a lifetime. She befriends the agency’s maid, Evie Davenport, and the two form a strong and lasting friendship. They vow to stay in contact through letters when Evie takes hold of her destiny and arranges a marriage on the sly. Each brave young woman is ready to face whatever an unknown groom and life in Montana can throw her way.
In Fyffe’s Novel, house servant Evie Davenport travels by stagecoach to Y Knot, Montana in a McCutcheon Family Novel. In Holland’s book, bride-to-be Trudy Bauer rides the train to Sweetwater Springs, in a Montana Sky Novel. Through their correspondence, the friends keep each other abreast of their hardships, trials and tribulations-some of heartbreak, some of love.

Watch for more exciting Mail-Order Brides of the West books to come….

Apparently mail order brides is a very profitable sub genre. I’ve not read one for a long long time, but I get the appeal

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Daily Deals: Second chance at love, crumbling houses, and a Tudor war

Daily Deals: Second chance at love, crumbling houses, and a Tudor...

I made this embarrassing mistake yesterday saying that the free audio offer was from Audible. It’s not. It was from so I’m reposting the offer again today. This is the last day to get it free.

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To celebrate the audio release of Sherryl Woods’ “Safe Harbor”, our friends at Brilliance Audio are offering Woods’ novel “The Summer Garden” for free until September 3rd!


“Falling for ‘Maddening Moira’ O’Malley was the unexpected highlight of Luke O’Brien’s Dublin holiday. So when she pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke is thrilled…at first. A fling with this wild Irish rose is one thing, but forever? Maybe someday, but not when he’s totally focused on establishing a business that will prove his mettle to his overachieving family. Given Luke’s reaction, Moira has some soul – searching of her own to do. Scarred by her father’s abandonment, she wonders if Luke, with his playboy past, is truly the family man she longs for. Adding to her dilemma, she’s offered an amazing chance at a dream career of her own. Deep down, though, Moira knows home is the real prize, and that love can be every bit as enchanted as a summer garden.”

To get the audiobook, members can search our website or apps for “The Summer Garden” and add it to their libraries. Non-members can also enjoy this title for free by downloading our iOS or Android app and searching for “The Summer Garden”. This offer is available exclusively through

A Gift from Tiffany's Melissa HillGift from Tiffany’s by Melissa Hill. $ 2.99

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In A Gift from Tiffany’s by Melissa Hill, New York City at Christmas and a visit to Tiffany’s is a recipe to sweep a girl off her feet—unless fate has other plans . . .

When Ethan Greene lost his wife to cancer, he never thought he would be able to replace her… until one woman stepped in and showed him how to be happy again. Now, on a romantic Christmas trip to New York City, he has a plan to show Vanessa just how important she is to him, and maybe even give his daughter, Daisy, a complete family again. He’s going to propose with a perfect ring from Tiffany’s.Gary Knowles and his girlfriend Rachel are on the trip-of-a-lifetime in New York, at the most magical time of year. The only thing missing is Gary’s gift for Rachel. On a last-minute Christmas Eve visit to Tiffany’s, he quickly picks out a charm bracelet for her, and heads back to their hotel. But, in a moment, one small mistake changes everything.

Kirkus “this is the American release of a European best-seller. The story is generally a nice, gentle read, with good characters and a vaguely meandering plot–a little long through the middle–that will keep most of the target audience engaged, since romance readers are vested in a “happy-ever-after,” which arrives in an unexpected way, despite some unsubtle red herrings designed to lead one in the wrong direction. Nothing electric or spectacular, but a nice, sweet Christmas romance wrapped up in a pretty robin’s egg blue box.”

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Every Day is Mother's Day by Hilary MantelEvery Day is Mother’s Day by Hilary Mantel. $ 2.99

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By the Booker Prize-Winning Author of WOLF HALL

Evelyn Axon is a medium by trade; her daughter, Muriel, is a half-wit by nature. Barricaded in their crumbling house, surrounded by the festering rubbish of years, they defy the curiosity of their neighbors and their social worker, Isabel Field. Isabel is young and inexperienced and has troubles of her own: an elderly father who wanders the streets, and a lover, Colin, who wants her to run away with him. But Colin has three horrible children and a shrill wife who is pregnant again—how is he going to run anywhere? As Isabel wrestles with her own problems, a horrible secret grows in the darkness of the Axon household. When at last it comes to light, the result is by turns hilarious and terrifying.

Library Journal ” Like her fellow Brits Rose Tremain and Penelope Fitzgerald, Mantel continually produces novels that chart fresh terrain and derive from a wellspring of creative imagination. These two early novels herald the promise of the rich and varied literary career that followed.Recommended for most public libraries.”

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Going Once by Sharon SalaGoing Once by Sharon Sala. $ .99

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From New York Timesbestselling author Sharon Sala comes a story of reignited passion set amidst a town reeling from disaster and the long shadow of a killer?
As raging floodwaters engulf her Louisiana hometown Nola Landry is stranded on high ground, the unwitting witness to the brutal murder of three fellow survivors. Finally rescued in the aftermath of the storm, no one is willing to believe a story as horrific as hers—until three FBI agents arrive on the scene?one of whom Nola knows very well.

Tate Benton has been tracking the so-called Stormchaser serial killer for months, never expecting the trail might lead him home, or to the woman he cannot forget. Home is now a ravaged town full of memories—of love, of disappointment, of past mistakes. The investigation brings Nola back into his life. Long-buried feelings resurface, and the former lovers try to pick up the pieces in the wake of the disaster.

Amid the relief effort the killer lingers, determined to silence Nola forever. In the Stormchaser’s twisted mind the pain is far from over?and hers is just beginning.

The middling reviews say the romance is lukewarm but the setting was well done. There appear to be scenes from the villain’s POV.

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Court of Conspiracy by April Taylor.Court of Conspiracy by April Taylor. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Book one of The Tudor Enigma

England is the prize. The death of a young king is the price.

King Henry IX, son of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, holds the very balance of European power in his Protestant hands. His numerous Catholic enemies have cast greedy eyes upon his crown and will stop at nothing to usurp the throne.

An unassuming apothecary in the Outer Green of Hampton Court Palace is the Queen’s last hope.Luke Ballard treats the poor with balms and salves but is careful to protect his greater gifts. For Luke is also an elemancer, one of the blessed few able to harness elemental powers for good. His quiet life ends when Queen Anne commands him to hunt down the traitors, a mission he cannot refuse.

Beset on all sides, Luke mobilizes his arsenal of magic and ingenuity to conquer the enemy. But as the stakes are raised in the uneven battle of good vs. evil, he knows this is only the first skirmish of a lifelong war. The welfare of the Tudors—and England—depends on him alone.

102,000 words

PW writes ” Taylor’s setting is well researched, with only the occasional anachronism slipping in, but the disparate strands—the mechanics and structure of elemancy, Pippa’s mysterious background, and the political and magical plot against the king—result in an incoherent story that tries to do too much at once.”

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