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Lord Gray's List      by     Maggie Robinson Lord Gray’s List by Maggie Robinson. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From duchesses to chamber maids, everybody’s reading it. Each Tuesday, The London List appears, filled with gossip and scandal, offering job postings and matches for the lovelorn–and most enticing of all, telling the tales and selling the wares a more modest publication wouldn’t touch. . .

The creation of Evangeline Ramsey, The London List saved her and her ailing father from destitution. But the paper has given Evie more than financial relief. As its publisher, she lives as a man, dressed in masculine garb, free to pursue and report whatever she likes–especially the latest disgraces besmirching Lord Benton Gray. It’s only fair that she hang his dirty laundry, given that it was his youthful ardor that put her off marriage for good. . .

Lord Gray–Ben–isn’t about to stand by while all of London laughs at his peccadilloes week after week. But once he discovers that the publisher is none other than pretty Evie Ramsey with her curls lopped short, his worries turn to desires–and not a one of them fit to print. . .

I struggled with the heroine but the hero is adorable. My review is here: “What saves this book and Evie is Ben….But we are privy to his good nature, his ability to take a punch on the chin and keep going, his ineffable spirit. He is just so good natured and so in love with Evie, that, well, despite Evie’s poor behavior you want Ben to win her. Because that will make him happy.”

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The Courtiers: Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace      by     Lucy WorsleyThe Courtiers – Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace by Lucy Worsley. $ 2.99

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Kensington Palace is now most famous as the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales, but the palace’s glory days came between 1714 and 1760, during the reigns of George I and II . In the eighteenth century, this palace was a world of skulduggery, intrigue, politicking, etiquette, wigs, and beauty spots, where fans whistled open like switchblades and unusual people were kept as curiosities. Lucy Worsley’s The Courtiers charts the trajectory of the fantastically quarrelsome Hanovers and the last great gasp of British court life. Structured around the paintings of courtiers and servants that line the walls of the King’s Staircase of Kensington Palace—paintings you can see at the palace today—The Courtiers goes behind closed doors to meet a pushy young painter, a maid of honor with a secret marriage, a vice chamberlain with many vices, a bedchamber woman with a violent husband, two aging royal mistresses, and many more. The result is an indelible portrait of court life leading up to the famous reign of George III , and a feast for both Anglophiles and lovers of history and royalty.

This book is slightly cheaper at Amazon at $2.52 but available at the 2.99 price in epub over at Kobo. The book sounded interesting and apparently fairly accurate. The author is the chief curator at the Historic Royal Palaces. PW says: “Worsley (Cavalier), chief curator at the Historic Royal Palaces, recreates the first two Georgian courts, depicting rival royal mistresses; a disaffected equerry; a “wild,” probably autistic boy found in the woods and kept as a pet by George II’s wife; and scheming courtiers, as well as Kensington Palace’s various architectural renovations. Although some of the court minutiae are too trivial or esoteric for modern consumption, Worsley overall serves up a tasty slice of 18th-century life that is colorful, gossipy, and authoritative.”

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A Faint Cold Fear by Karin SlaughterA Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter. $ 1.99

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How close do you let a killer come?

An apparent student suicide has brought medical examiner Sara Linton to the local college campus, along with her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. But a horribly mutilated corpse yields up few answers. And a suspicious rash of subsequent “suicides” suggests that a different kind of terror is stalking the youth of Heartsdale, Georgia—a nightmare that is coming to prey on Sara Linton’s loved ones. A small town is being transformed into a killing ground. And the key to a sadistic murderer’s motive and identity may be held in the unsteady hands of a campus security guard—a former police detective driven from the force by the hellish memories that will never leave her. Lena Adams survived the unthinkable and has paid a devastating price. Now the survival of future victims may depend upon her . . . when she can barely protect herself.

This is the third book in the Jeffrey Tolliver/Sara Linton series. Slaughter is the subject of one of my most bitter letters/reviews ever but up until she tore out my heart and stomped it into a bloody mess, I was really intrigued by her writing.

Blindsided (#1) and Kisscut (#2) are also on sale for $1.99

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The Enchanted Land By: Jude Deveraux The Enchanted Land by Jude Deveraux. $1.99.

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A woman who could not be conquered . . .
A love that was never forsaken . . .
A land that will not be forgotten . . .
For beautiful Morgan Wakefield, the enchanted land is the ranch in New Mexico her father has left her. But the only way for her to inherit is if she lives there for a year with a husband. And so Morgan proposes a marriage of convenience to a man she just met—handsomely rugged rancher Seth Colter.

In Seth’s powerful embrace, Morgan discovers a passion she never knew existed, and an unexpected new love blossoms between them. But devastating challenges and betrayal conspire against these lovers, and they will have to fight for a future together on this wild, enchanted land.

I don’t have any recollection of this book and it was published in 1991. Maybe this one is rape free, though.

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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. sue
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 14:06:57

    I think they made a typo on that first book – I am pretty sure it was supposed to be called “Lord Gray’s Chest” LOL

  2. hapax
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 14:19:10

    Umm. Pretty much of ALL of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work has always been free — and DRM-free — at Project Gutenberg (

  3. DS
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 14:36:46

    The Enchanted Land was actually published in 1978. I probably sold ten copies of it on Ebay in the late 90’s. I never read it so I can’t comment on any rapes, but I have some idea that it might have been a contemporary– could be wrong though.

  4. Ridley
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 15:18:44

    Lord Gray’s List could be the best book of the century, but nothing could get me to read a book with such a ridiculous cover. That cover insults my intelligence.

  5. Paula
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 15:41:13

    Well, the cover for Lord Gray’s List could’ve been worse… Wait – Is that Big Ben in that skyline? Interesting placement O.o

  6. Liz H.
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 16:17:31

    @Paula: I was just thinking ‘I guess we know Lord Gray dresses to the right’.

  7. Isobel Carr
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 16:46:11

    Why do they put things like Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower on books set waaaaay before those iconic structures were built? WHY?!?!?!?!?!?! It’s not they didn’t use Photoshop to create the cover, so it’s there ON PURPOSE!

  8. Maggie Robinson
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 17:02:43

    LOL, Isobel. When I first saw the cover (which I had no input over) I knew the anachronistic shirt and Big Ben would be an issue. I consider myself lucky that they didn’t put in the London Eye. They weren’t precisely subtle with the phallic imagery either, and since the hero’s name is Ben, I can only assume they were telegraphing his prowess all over the place. But you can’t judge a book by its cover, right?

    Jane, thanks so much for including the book in your daily deal.

  9. Susan
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 17:09:51

    Great selection today. The Robinson book has been on my wishlist, so I snagged it–although I’ll probably laugh about the comments about the cover the whole time I’m reading it.

    I already had the Slaughter book in paper, but added the ebook to my collection. I still buy all of Slaughter’s books, even tho I haven’t actually been able to read one since. . . well, you know. I’m hoping one day I’ll get past it and be able to pick them up again.

  10. hapax
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 17:13:18

    @Liz H. — but does he list to the left?

    (@Maggie Robinson — I love authors who are good sports about a little snark!)

  11. Isobel Carr
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 17:38:55

    @Maggie Robinson: I well remember my days with Kensington and their utter lack of interest in my opinion about my covers. But I still find it unforgivable that professional cover designers are making such egregious mistakes (and you’re in good company, poor Joanna Bourne’s The Black Hawk has a stepback with a the Eiffel Tower straddling the Seine!).

  12. leslie
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 18:52:50

    I DO NOT recommend The Enchanted Land!
    There is rape, torture and the heroine is kidnapped and sold into prostitution. I picked it up at the library where it was on the New Books Shelf. It was too brutal and I don’t value that kind of crap.

  13. Pam Keener
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 19:27:27

    I read Blindsighted by Karin Saughter at least a year ago and found myself wanting to read the next book Kisscut. Can you elaborate which book prompted your bitter review.

  14. Pam Keener
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 19:35:07

    Never mind I found the review.

  15. Brian
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 22:09:07

    Slaughter is the subject of one of my most bitter letters/reviews ever but up until she tore out my heart and stomped it into a bloody mess, I was really intrigued by her writing.

    I was a pretty big fan of hers until Beyond Reach which made me never want to read her again.

  16. Brian
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 22:20:49

    This book is slightly cheaper at Amazon at $2.52 but available at the 2.99 price in epub over at Kobo.

    Using the code VoucherCodes40 will get you 40% off at Kobo. The code is unlimited use and IIRC works until the end of the month on any books that are code eligible.

  17. Jayne
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 06:30:27

    @Brian: Thanks for reminding me about that code. I managed to snag “The Courtiers” for $1.79!

  18. Estara
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 10:49:25

    @Brian: You continue to make me spend too much money. Thank you.

  19. Sunita
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 11:11:59

    @Brian: Me three. I picked up Painted Faces and Joanna Chambers’ book for less than the price of an Agency mass market.

  20. Jane
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 12:14:14

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