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Danse de la Folie Danse de la Folie	  by Sherwood SmithDanse de la Folie by Sherwood Smith. $ 1.99

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light-hearted Regency folly, starring Miss Clarissa Harlowe who
wants a quiet life-but falls in love with a smuggler, the marquess of St. Tarval. Tarval’s sister, Lady Kitty, is determined to write a dramatic Gothic to save her brother’s mortgaged estate-if she can reach London. Clarissa’s much-pursued cousin, Mr. Philip Devereaux, is inexplicably intrigued by Lady Kitty, who is doing her best to encourage the match between him and Clarissa, except that Clarissa is now betrothed to . . . Lord Wilburfolde.
And so the madness of changing partners begins in the dance of love.

In celebration of the release of REVENANT’S EVE [DAW Hardcover], the third book in Sherwood Smith’s romantic adventure series set in a mythical Eastern European country, she is offering DANSE DE LA FOLIE, a Regency romantic comedy of manners (with crossover characters) to Dear Author readers for only 1.99, now through November 10th.  Use coupon code DANSE-3-DOLLARS-OFF-DA at Bookview Cafe.

And don’t forget Patricia Burrough’s Some Enchanted Season’s special deal for DA readers at the Bookview Cafe with coupon code SOME-ENCHANTED-HALF-OFF-DA


189592106First Bites by Darren Shan. $ 2.99

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Horror fans, it’s time to feast on three FULL novels from Darren Shan! The New York Times bestselling author invites you to devour the first books in each of his best-loved series. Craving something creepy? Explore the Cirque Du Freak, an underworld of grotesque creatures and bizarre beings–truly A Living Nightmare! Want another blood-curdling morsel? Uncover the gruesome untold history of Larten Crepsley, the Cirque’s head vampire, and find out what led to the Birth of a Killer. Still have a taste for terror? In the Demonata’s dark world, werewolves roam, and Lord Loss, a powerful demon, feeds on the pain and suffering of others. And stick around for dessert, because in a bonus sneak peak of Shan’s next series, zombies invade. There’s plenty of stomach-turning gore to go around!

Three full length books for one low price.

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When She Woke      by     Hillary Jordan by When She Woke. $ Hilary Jordan

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Hannah Payne’s life has been devoted to church and family. But after she’s convicted of murder, she awakens in a new body to a nightmarish new life. She finds herself lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes—criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime—is a sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red for the crime of murder. The victim, says the State of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she shared a fierce and forbidden love.

A powerful reimagining of The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated, and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith and love.

Seems pretty relevant in this day and age. Many of the reviews are positive but the naysayers point to a disappointing denouement which left the book wide open for a sequel.

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Demons Prefer Blondes      by     Sidney AyersDemons Prefer Blondes by Sidney Ayers. $ 2.99.

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A Bad Day For A Demon

Rafe Deleon is a senior demon and he resents like hell his assignment to Earth to retrieve the Chest of the Damned before it falls into the wrong hands. But then he meets beautiful, intriguing succubus Lucy Gregory, and she’s just unleashed a whole load of trouble…

Really Sucks For A Succubus

Lucy’s chic suburban beauty salon has suddenly become the Underworld’s center of mass chaos and destruction. The only good thing in a day going rapidly down the tubes is the arrival of a gorgeous demon who’s adamant that he can help her…

But Lucy has quite a few deeply unpleasant-not to mention deadly and hateful-surprises ahead of her, and surely there’s never been a worse time to try out a new boyfriend…

The pros for this book was that the idea was unique. The cons arise from the lighthearted, almost chick lit feel of the book. For some reviewers, this worked and for others, it made it difficult to connect.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and 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


  1. JL
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 14:47:44

    I tried to read the Ayers book but had to put it down. I found the extremely cardboard & tokenized gay salon worker character offensive, and the hero’s homophobia plus heroine’s tolerance of said homophobia downright repulsive. Definitely a wallbanger for me.

  2. Estara
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 16:00:48

    Wohoo, thanks for the heads up on both Sherwood Smith books. She’s a favourite author of mine and I like the Dobrenica books.

  3. hapax
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 16:03:49

    I love Smith’s fantasies, so I’ll definitely check out her Regency.

    The Shan books… uggh. Cliched characters, stale prose, ludicrous plots, and over-reliance on gross-out effects for “horror” — I’d say it’s perfect for tween boys, but I literally had to PAY my own sixth-grade son to read one…

  4. Darlynne
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 14:43:58

    I had already checked out When She Woke from the library and after finishing it late last night, bought the ebook this morning. It is not a perfect book, there is so much more that could have been written about this world and Hannah’s journey through it, but the premise of “chroming” is fascinating and a re-read is definitely called for.

    I was a huge fan of The Handmaid’s Tale and it is certainly fair to say Ms. Jordan’s book is a stepchild of that and The Scarlet Letter. But that doesn’t take away from world she built, and my hopes for more in future books are high. Thought-provoking and, depending on your politics, possibly enraging, but never dull.

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