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Blackberry Summer      by     RaeAnne ThayneBlackberry Summer by RaeAnne Thayne. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Claire Bradford needed a wake-up call.

What she didn’t need was a tragic car accident. As a single mom and the owner of a successful bead shop, Claire leads a predictable life in Hope’s Crossing, Colorado. So what if she has no time for romance? At least, that’s what she tells herself, especially when her best friend’s sexy younger brother comes back to town as the new chief of police.

But when the accident forces Claire to slow down and lean on others—especially Riley McKnight—she realizes, for the first time, that things need to change. And not just in her own life. The accident—and the string of robberies committed by teenagers that led up to it—is a wake-up call to the people of Hope’s Crossing. The sense of community and togetherness had been lost during those tough years. But with a mysterious “Angel of Hope” working to inspire the town, Riley and Claire will find themselves opening up to love and other possibilities by the end of an extraordinary summer?.

Thayne is in the spirit of Susan Mallery and otehr small town contemporary authors.

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One Rough Man: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad TaylorOne Rough Man by Brad Taylor. $ 1.99

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Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, move over: introducing a pulse-pounding new international thriller series by a former Delta Force commander.

They call it the Taskforce. Their existence is as essential as it is illegal. Commissioned at the highest level of the U.S. government. Protected from the prying eyes of Congress and the media. Built around the top operators from across the clandestine, intelligence, and special forces landscape. Designed to operate outside the bounds of U.S. law. Trained to exist on the ragged edge of human capability.

Pike Logan was the most successful operator on the Taskforce, his instincts and talents unrivaled-until personal tragedy permanently altered his outlook on the world. Pike knows what the rest of the country might not want to admit: The real threat isn’t from any nation, any government, any terrorist group. The real threat is one or two men, controlled by ideology, operating independently, in possession of a powerful weapon.

Buried in a stack of intercepted chatter is evidence of two such men. The transcripts are scheduled for analysis in three months. The attack is mere days away. It is their bad luck that they’re about to cross paths with Pike Logan. And Pike Logan has nothing left to lose.

Thriller, discounted from Penguin.  (Rarer than a dodo bird)

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Jodi Ellen Malpas This ManThis Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Book 1 of This Man trilogy

Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward–a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries. Ava doesn’t want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can’t control the overwhelming desire that he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.

Beneath This Man (book 2) is $1.99 with a release date of 6/18/03.  This sale is run up to the release of the trilogy’s finale, This Man Confessed.  I read the first one and could barely finish it.  The hero runs a pleasure house in England, he’s an alcoholic, and super crazy possessive. I didn’t read the second.  A huge number of comments on an Amazon forum made me intrigued about the third and I requested it from NetGalley. I’m reading it now.  Will report back.

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Dark Highland Fire  Kendra Leigh CastleDark Highland Fire by Kendra Leigh Castle. $ 2.99.

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Gabriel MacInnes has led a charmed life. A Highland werewolf of Alpha lineage, he’d always thought that, as the second son, he would never have to worry much about responsibility. But with his Pack now squarely in the sights of an ancient and rediscovered enemy, everything has begun to change.

Exiled from the Drakkyn realm, on the run from the dragon prince who claims her as his own, the last thing Rowan an Morgaine wants is to deal with a bunch of overbearing shifters in the middle of nowhere. But when her hiding place on Earth is discovered, and with blood the only thing that can restore her waning power, the fiery demigoddess has little choice but to accept Gabriel as a protector …

As the Earthly and Drakkyn realms converge, Gabriel and Rowan must decide how much they’re willing to sacrifice for fate…and for one another.

What reviewers are saying about Kendra Leigh Castle:

“Ms. Castle develops likeable characters, adds danger-filled mystery to a steamy romance, and keeps reader’s interest to the revealing end.”
-Darque Reviews

“A great, fast-paced tale. Castle’s world-building is superb and leaves readers wanting more.” -Romantic Times

“Fans of straight up romance looking for a little extra something will be bitten.” -Publishers Weekly

“This fresh and exciting take on the werewolf legend held me captive until the last page. I’ll definitely be watching for more stories from Kendra Leigh Castle.” -Nina Bangs, author of One Bite Stand

I haven’t read these, but I vaguely remember hearing good things about them. 

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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. Carrie G
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 15:25:50

    I enjoyed RaeAnne Thayne’s Dancing in the Moonlight, but didn’t care much for this book. Claire is way too perfect. She thinks she’s an awful person because she can’t seem to be friends with the young bimbo her husband left her for. And she lets every one treat her like an incompetent child because she doesn’t want to hurt their feelings. This book is schmaltzy, and has made-for-TV movie written all over it.

    But it could just be me. The series has good ratings on Goodreads. :-)

  2. MaryK
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 17:27:36

    I have an ebook pricing question. What do you think of a 120 page (based on the print edition) novella for $2.99? It seems high to me. Is it high or am I just spoiled by deals? If you double it, it’d be $6 for a 240 page book which definitely seems short for the money. Thoughts?

  3. Jane
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 20:20:33

    @MaryK – I have a hard time paying a lot for a novella particularly when you can get novels for $3.99.

  4. MaryK
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 21:53:18

    I was looking at the Red Garnier novella that Smexy Books just reviewed. I just don’t want to spend that much especially on a new to me author.

  5. Jane
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 01:33:34

    @MaryK I enjoyed all three novellas. Are they worth 2.99? They are short, sexy good reads. If you are looking for something longer probably not the books for you. But I did enjoy them particularly the last one.

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