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Daily Deals: Cyber Monday book deals

Note: the publication of deals will return to 2:0o pm CST after today.


Crooked Hearts  by Patricia GaffneyCrooked Hearts by Patricia Gaffney. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Two con artists team up in 1880s California for the score of a lifetime—but end up fighting for their lives instead

In a stagecoach en route to San Francisco, Grace Rousselot is posing as a nun to drum up “donations” from fellow travelers. Across from her, Reuben Jones is faking blindness to prey on unsuspecting travelers. Both grifters are surprised to learn that they have competition, and even more surprised when their stagecoach is ambushed and robbed, leaving them both flat broke.

Not keen to discuss the robbery with the police, Reuben and Grace decide to work together to recoup some of their losses. Soon enough, what starts out as a practical partnership evolves into something more. And with the Chinese mafia hot on their heels, neither is sure just how far they can trust a man—or a woman—with a crooked heart.

Everything in the Open Road Media catalog is on sale for 80% off. For romance readers, that includes authors like Heather Graham, Mary K McComas, Patricia Gaffney, Andrea Kane, and Nan Ryan. We’ve also reviewed a few Barbara Hambly titles favorably.

Jennie gave Crooked Hearts a B+.

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In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad Series #1)  Tana FrenchIn the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad Series #1) by Tana French. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones. And look for French’s new mystery, Broken Harbor, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

Bought this for Ned. I’ve heard the Tana French mysteries are fantastic.

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Christina Stead: A Biography      by     Hazel RowleyChristina Stead: A Biography by Hazel Rowley. $ $2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Hailed as “everything a literary biography should be,” Christina Stead is a stirring and tragic account of the life of the incomparable writer

Like the author herself, Christina Stead’s novels were challenging and engrossing. Raised by a narcissistic father, Stead left for London at the age of twenty-six and soon met William Blake, a writer, broker, and Marxist political economist who became her life partner. His personal ambitions and their politics resulted in a nomadic existence, with Stead sidestepping the traditional feminine role in exchange for a career. She struggled to find an audience for her work, however, only succeeding late in life with the reissue of The Man Who Loved Children. Hazel Rowley’s richly detailed and even-handed biography spans Stead’s life, expertly blending her encoded personal papers with interviews of her closest confidants. Masterfully written and researched, Christina Stead is a fascinating chronicle of one of the twentieth century’s greatest novelists.

This is another Open Road Media title. I highlighted it because it would a) make a great gift book and b) it sounds pretty fascinating albeit tragic.

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His Contract Bride by Rose Gordon His Contract Bride by Rose Gordon. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Edward Banks, Lord Watson has known most of his life that one day Regina Harris was to be his bride–but somebody forgot to inform her…

An avid academic and aspiring scientist, Edward is pleased to find that he won’t have to bother with the nonsense involved in courting a young lady.

Young and naive, it doesn’t take much for her social-climbing father to convince Regina the gentleman she’s to marry has requested her hand out of love, but devastates her when she learns the truth.

Now, it’s up to a gentleman who’s more comfortable in a conservatory than a drawing room to prove to Regina that she’s more than just the proverbial sacrificial lamb that helped gain her family their foot in Society’s door and that he–if no other gentleman–is trustworthy. But he just might be the one doing the learning as he’ll be forced to acknowledge that sometimes the most combustible elements aren’t the ones you control, but sometimes the ones you don’t.

This looks to be a self published book. The book has almost all positive reviews, although not many of them, so it is hard to judge whether this would be a satisfying read. I did like the idea of the scientist hero.

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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. Marc
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 08:08:34

    Samhain also appears to be offering a 50% early bird and a 40% all day discounting.

  2. Patricia Eimer
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 08:19:04

    I love Cyber Monday, better deals than Black Friday and I can stay in my jammies.

  3. cleo
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 09:07:47

    Psyched about the Open Road Media sale – just looked at their catalog briefly and saw the James Herriot memoirs (about being a large animal vet in pre and post WWII Yorkshire), which I loved, loved when I was younger. The first one, All Creatures Great and Small, has a lovely, understated romance between him and his wife.

  4. Jane
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 09:11:08

  5. Jane
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 09:13:19

  6. Amy Kathryn
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:04:15

    This looks like a good opportunity to pick up some of the Dorothy Sayers novels I’ve been meaning to read. I need to check my list of recommended reads! Open Road has quite a few.

    I haven’t bought any Open Road ebooks, any comments on formatting quality?

  7. Darlynne
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:45:28

    Yes, Jane, on Tana French’s books. A huge endorsement from me.

    All at Amazon: Don Winslow’s Neal Carey mysteries are $2.02, also Anne Perry’s Pitt series, and many others. Pearl S. Buck, Barbara Hambly (Darwath), Leon Uris, William Styron. Instead of looking at Amazon’s deals by categories, I’m browsing all 103 pages of fiction. In my jammies.

  8. Susan
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:48:10

    TONS of books on Amazon today. I’ve already spent a bundle, mostly on old mysteries–Wentworth, Sayers, Perry, Vine, Eberhart, etc. Some good stuff in the other categories, too.

  9. Darlynne
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 11:00:53

    It looks as though all of Barbara Hambly’s books are on sale at Amazon (Bride of the Rat God!). And all the Boxcar Children mysteries.

  10. cleo
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 11:10:09

    @Jane: It’s $6 at BN – still a deal since it’s normally 29.99 – but wow, that Amazon discount on top of the Open Road Media discount is impressive

  11. Estara
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 11:34:09

    Okay, the Open Media promotion is not available to Germans, not at Kobo or at, they obviously filter for IP address.

  12. Readsalot81
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 12:00:29

    Rose Gordon is a self-pubbed author. I have all of her books and have been very satisfied with the quality thus far. You can get her first book, Intentions of the Earl, for free through Amazon, B&N, & Kobo. Although, since it’s her first, imo, it’s pretty rough compared to her later works. The books to me, are vaguely reminiscent of Sabrina Jeffries, Anne Gracie, or Jacquie D’Alessandro.

  13. Leslie
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 12:20:39

    In the Woods is crazy good if you like intricate, detailed, deeply involving mysteries. I really wasn’t sure what “really” happened or was happening until the author’s resolution. It is my favorite of the three books in this group (not a series per se, but a group of coworkers), although they are all great and my Irish friends say they read very true. I think if you like the contemporary BBC mysteries like “Wire in the Blood” (also a great book series) you will like this one. Once you get past chapter five it is about impossible to set down.
    When I sell the paperback I point out how the dense print on the page contributes to the intensity of the story – don’t know how to use that selling point on an ebook!

  14. DS
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 13:54:58

    I thought that In the Woods was very good. I also liked Faithful Place and Broken Harbour– Is it Harbour or Harbor? In fact I’m not sure which of those two books was the stronger. I ended up totally immersed in both of them when I listened to them.

    In the Woods is available on Audible for $4.95 in the US if you get there before 11:59 PM tonight.

  15. Keziah Hill
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 14:00:42

    Tana French is an auto buy for me. Her writing is sublime. And the Hazel Rowley biography of Christina Stead is very good too, as is Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children.

  16. brandy
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 18:17:00

    Oh, goodness. I splurged and bought books at Amazon, Kobo, AND Samhain.

    It’s totally OK because I didn’t do any other Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping… Right? :)

  17. Janet Mullany
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 21:27:27

    Tana French IS fantastic. I was also very excited about the cheapo Dorothy Sayers/Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries on sale at amzn and the Herriott collection (but listed under science? Really, amazon?). Heaven forfend I should run out of reading matter on the kindle.

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