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The Bad Beginning: Book the First (A Series of Unfortunate Events)      by     Lemony Snicket The Bad Beginning: Book the First by Lemony Snicket. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

The first book in the famed Lemony Snicket series.

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Keeker and the Sneaky Pony (Sneaky Pony Series #1)   Keeker and the Sneaky Pony (Sneaky Pony Series #1)      by     Hadley Higginson,Keeker and the Sneaky Pony by Hadley Higginson. $ .99

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Meet Catherine Corey Keegan Dana (everyone calls her Keeker). What she wants most of all is a pony.

Meet Plum. Plum is a Shetland pony (who’s known to be a teeny bit sneaky). She rarely, if ever, thinks about little girls. She certainly doesn’t want one.

When Plum moves to Keeker’s farm, Keeker faces the challenge of winning a pony’s trust and friendship. And when Plum and Keeker find themselves lost in the woods, they learn that working together is the best way to get out of a fix. This fast-paced story of adventure and friendship will have new readers galloping back for more.

When eight-year-old Keeker gets a pony, she is faced with the challenge of winning the animal’s trust and friendship, and they both come to understand the phrase “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”

I love this series! We found our first book at Pottery Barn Kids and bought the three that were available and then waited patiently for the publication of others. The books have an endearing story about Keeker and her pony, Plum, along with very cute illustrations. My horse mad tot has read and re-read these books. Sadly, Higginson hasn’t published since 2008.

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Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed Series #1)      by     Lara AdrianKiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian. $ .99

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He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.

Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . . .

This is the first in the Breeds’ series. The series has quite a few similarities to JR Ward’s Brotherhood series but unlike the BDB, Adrian has remained true to the romance origins. I wasn’t captured for the first book but ended up enjoying the series. (

The price is set by the publisher so it should be available at this lower price point at various retailers.

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A Place Beyond Courage      by     Elizabeth ChadwickPlace Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Sometimes Keeping Your Honor Means Breaking Your Word

The early twelfth century is a time for ambitious men to prosper. John FitzGilbert is a man of honor and loyalty, sworn to royal service. When the old king dies, his successor rewards the handsome and ambitious John with castles and lands. But King Stephen has a tenuous hold on both his reign and his barons, and when jealous rivals at court seek to destroy John, he backs a woman’s claim to the crown, sacrifices his marriage, and eventually is forced to make a gamble that is perhaps one step too far.

Rich with detail, masterful in its storytelling, A Place Beyond Courage is a tale of impossible gambles and the real meaning of honor.

From PW “In this spellbinding prequel to 2009’s The Greatest Knight, Chadwick takes readers on a tour of royal intrigue in 12th-century England. …Based on real characters and extensive research, Chadwick’s imaginative tale will keep readers captive till the final page.”

This doesn’t look like a romance but rather an epic saga.

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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. Brian
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 14:23:12

    For anyone who’s been thinking about an 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD you can get $50 off on the WiFi 16GB or WiFi + 4G 32GB models today only using code FIREHD89 making them $249 and $449 respectively.

  2. Brian
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 14:25:30

    Also Roselynde by Roberta Gellis is Free right now at Amazon and All Romance (not free at B&N or Kobo, at least not yet).

  3. brandy
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 15:31:35

    The Chadwick is discounted today as part of the Sourcebooks Christmas promo. It might not be on sale still tomorrow, just in case anyone is waffling about the decision to purchase. ;)

  4. Lynnd
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 15:50:10

    Tha Chadwick is the prequel to the Greatest Knight and the Scarlet Lion and tells the story of John Marshall, William Marshall’s father. It is a hisotrical novel set in a brutal time, but it does have romantic elements and it does have a positive ending. I love Chadwick’s historicals – they are very well researched and the writing is excellent.

  5. Jennifer Lohmann
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 16:02:28

    I second the love for Chadwick historicals, especially for those of us who love medieval romances. When I describe them to people, I usually call them epic romances and then explain that it follows the characters through their entire lives, rather than just from the meet to the HEA.

  6. Karenmc
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 16:53:32

    I’m another Chadwick enthusiast. Her books are long, detailed, and solidly written. I’m for sure buying this prequel.

  7. Brian
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 18:13:35

    The Chadwick is $1.79 at Kobo when using the Bargainmoose40 code (at least for US customers).

  8. Geri
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 20:06:45

    The Rope Dancer by Roberta Gellis is available on Amazon for 99 cents right now. It’s very different as historical romances go, because it’s about traveling performers rather than the upper class. It’s one of my favorites.

  9. sula
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 20:52:04

    Speaking of medievals and deals, I read a freebie from Amazon last night titled The Warrior’s Gameby Denise Domning. (Looks like it is now 99c.) I was thoroughly entertained and impressed by the level of historical detail fused with an interesting character-driven drama. And it was romantic to boot. I stayed up late to finish it. This is a new author to me, so I was happily surprised.

  10. DS
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 03:31:57

    Gellis is a long time favorite of mine and its after midnight and the Chadwick book is still $2.99. I’m going for it. Her historical research is almost always solid combined with a good story.

  11. JewelCourt
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 11:21:37

    @Geri: Thanks so much for the tip! I read the Rope Dancer a long, long time ago (think I stole it from a bag of books my Mom had) and it’s always stuck in the back of my mind. Just bought it and am excited for a re-read.

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