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Daily Deals: Fantasy romance set in the Northern Wasteland

Driven Eve SilverDriven by Eve Silver. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

In the harsh Northern Waste where human life is worth little, ice trucker Raina Bowen has learned to keep her eyes open and her knife close at hand. She’s spent her life on the run, one step ahead of the megalomaniac who hunts her. All she wants is to stay out of trouble and haul her load of grain to Gladow Station—but trouble finds her in the form of a sexy stranger called Wizard. He has the trucking pass she needs, and she has to drag him out of a brawl with the very people she’s trying to hide from in order to get it. She may have rescued him, but Raina’s not foolish enough to see Wizard as anything close to helpless. He’s hard and honed and full of secrets—secrets that may destroy them both. As they race across the Waste, trying to outrun rival truckers, ice pirates, and the powerful man bent on their destruction, Raina’s forced to admit that trouble’s found her. And this time, there’s nowhere left to run.

This edition of DRIVEN includes brand new additional scenes plus bonus content of a deleted love scene!

This was one of the debut books in Dorchester’s speculative fiction romance line called Shomi. I wrote (previous link):

The best part of Driven is the careful and unique worldbuilding. There is very little info dumping rather a gradual divulging of information when the situation calls for it. The backstory, character motivations, and world creation all unfold in a seamless manner.

This book does a very good job of blending the romance with the action. Wizard and Raina engage in some very heated physical exchanges that aren’t often seen in futuristic novels, particularly the previous Shomi books.

The drawbacks would be the one dimensional villain.

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It's In His Kiss by Julia QuinnIt’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Meet Our Hero . . .
Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth’s sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past . . . and the key to his future. The problem is—it’s written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.

Meet Our Heroine . . .
All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She’s fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there’s something about her—something charming and vexing—that grabs him and won’t quite let go . . .

Meet Poor Mr. Mozart . . .
Or don’t. But rest assured, he’s spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual—and annually discordant—Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth’s every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other . . . and that there is nothing as simple—or as complicated—as a single, perfect kiss.

This book begins the spinoff from the main Bridgertons.  Gareth is pretty unlikeable for at least 50% of the book. 

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Mercy By: Julie GarwoodMercy by Julie Garwood. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Julie Garwood created an electrifying tour de force in her suspense-charged bestseller Heartbreaker, a “crackling good thriller” (New York Post) that pitted a relentless FBI agent against a madman in a frenzied race for one beautiful woman. Now, in this thrilling new novel, Garwood goes further down the dark road where passion and obsession meet.

Like his FBI-agent brother Nick, Theo Buchanan is devoted to his crime-Þghting career. Only Theo works the other side of the desk as an esteemed Justice Department attorney. At a gala ceremony in New Orleans, he is suddenly struck ill and is rushed to a hospital where a brilliant and beautiful surgeon, Dr. Michelle Renard, saves his life. It is not the only life-and-death crisis that will ensnare Theo — for he is about to uncover a ring of criminals bent on preserving their secrecy at any cost.

They call themselves the Sowing Club: four white-collar professionals whose sophisticated crimes have amassed millions of dollars in a Cayman Islands bank account. The group is bound by a pact to leave the cash untouched until they accumulate a cool $40 million. But their leader, John, has begun to lose his focus in their “all-for-one” commitment, distracted by and nearly bankrupt from his wife’s grave illness. Knowing what must be done, John turns to his three friends. For the sake of the pact, their brand of crime must turn to the mercy killing of John’s wife. But the line between mercy and murder quickly vanishes….

Now, in the small bayou town of Bowen, Louisiana, Theo Buchanan comes to the aid of Michelle Renard when her medical clinic is vandalized. What he discovers is chilling and deadly. As the relentless and cold-blooded Sowing Club sets out to silence Michelle, the one person who may have the information that will destroy them, Theo confronts the lies, greed, and evil that bind the lethal foursome — and risks more than he ever has before. Michelle saved his life…now can he save hers?

With all of the storytelling power and insight into the human heart that have made her one of the bestselling authors of our time, Julie Garwood introduces readers to an unforgettable cast of intriguing characters in this new masterpiece of contemporary suspense.

Mercy was the second non historical romance from Garwood. I think I was resigned to her contemporary romantic suspense defection at this point and so Mercy worked better for me than Hearthbreaker.  I would recommend this to Garwood fans only. 

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The Nymphos of Rocky Flats      By: Mario AcevedoThe Nymphos of Rocky Flats (Felix Gomez) by Mario Acevedo. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The first and only vampire book to be declassified
by the federal government . . .

Felix Gomez went to Iraq a soldier. He came back a vampire.

Now he finds himself pulled into a web of intrigue when an old friend prompts him to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania at the secret government facilities in Rocky Flats. He’ll find out the cause of all these horny women or die trying! But first he must contend with shadowy government agents, Eastern European vampire hunters, and women who just want his body . . .

Skewering sexual myths, conspiracy fables, and government bureaucracy, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats reveals the bizarre world of the undead with a humorous slant and a fresh twist.

Wicked Lil Pixie writes “For a book about nymphos, there was very little sexual interaction. Few scenes of Felix being come onto by those infected, but again no sex scenes. The Nymphos of Rocky Flats has so many different story-lines going on, sometimes I felt it a little hard to follow but overall it was pretty good, more Christopher Moore than a straight up Urban Fantasy novel, it’s worth a read. It’s definitely different that’s for sure and in a good way!”

This is a HC title and usually the sale is reflected at the other retailers but I do not see it at stores other than Amazon.  It appears it is .99 at BN.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

21 Comments

  1. Sheryl Nantus
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 14:13:40

    “Driven” still not on sale at B&N yet.

    I can wait.

    :)

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  2. cleo
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 14:24:09

    I already posted this once, but I thought I’d post it again now that the contest’s gone live. LA Witt is doing an m/m romance giveaway to readers who haven’t read an m/m yet. You get to choose a book from her giveaway list (until she runs out) – a lot are claimed, but a lot are still available. It looks like a good selection – something for every taste.

    http://gallagherwitt.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-giant-try-it-you-might-like-it-gay.html

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  3. hapax
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 15:52:16

    Well, fooey.

    I remember liking DRIVEN quite a bit, even though it’s not my usual cup of tea — enough anyhow to be curious about the extra scenes.

    But *not* enough to bother with it if B&N doesn’t want to sell it to me.

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  4. Joy B
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 16:04:57

    I loved Driven…and the Shomi Line. Not loving that new cover though

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  5. RachelT
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 17:30:55

    Driven was my first Dystopian novel, and I loved it. I also enjoyed its sequel, Hidden. However, the third book in the trilogy was never published. I ‘m hoping that if there is new material in Driven, then the third book might also appear.

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  6. Juliana Stone
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 17:37:04

    Driven is an awesome book and yes, let’s hope Miss Silver decides to write the third book!

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  7. library addict
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 20:27:56

    @RachelT:
    @Juliana Stone: I emailed her last year when she released the revised version of Driven about the possibility of Yuriko’s story. She said she was considering self-publishing the third book but hadn’t decided yet. I hope she decides to do so.

    I have both versions of Driven on my Sony but haven’t “reread” the revised version yet.

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  8. Carrie G
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 21:00:29

    Count me as another who enjoyed Driven when I read it several years ago. I’m definitely interested in the extended and deleted scenes!

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  9. mari
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 08:16:53

    aAAARGH! Driven is coming up at3.99 over at B&N!

    For the record…hated Kleypas’ s Christmas at Snug Harbor (almost vomited at the sweetness ACK!)…..count me in with those yearning for her old historicals and even straight contemporaries. However, I tend to like Jane ‘s picks, plus bondage gets my motor running, might request this at the library

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  10. Sheryl Nantus
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 15:15:29

    And Driven is still $3.99 at B&N.

    No offense, DA – but why bother to put up the link when it’s a good bet that this “deal” is never going to be at B&N?

    :(

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  11. Jane
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 15:18:05

    @Sheryl Nantus: Because it is .99 at Kobo. http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Driven/book-6Muy8E6HCkyx0rFN3JlKwg/page1.html?s=Yf89sa7A3E6320BWs_L8_g&r=1&utm_source=linkshare_us&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=linkshare_us&siteID=Hb5G8HHFIWE-djfTkTP9qjZ9JGfLNXSUZQ

    I always try to make sure that the deal is “on sale” at least in Kindle and ePub. If it isn’t, I include the deal because it is so good and I try to note that in the blue comment box.

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  12. Jane
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 15:19:01

    @Sheryl Nantus: It’s also available at Smashwords for $.99 http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/165967

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  13. Sheryl Nantus
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 15:47:21

    Thanks, but I don’t use either website. I know it’s a great deal but then maybe you shouldn’t even link to B&N if it’s not going to be available. I do appreciate all the hard work and have purchased quite a few deals but it does get frustrating at times…

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  14. Brian
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 18:11:55

    @Sheryl Nantus: It was $0.99 at B&N yesterday when the post was made.

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  15. Sheryl Nantus
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 09:15:20

    @Brian:

    I was here right after it was posted and checked a few times during the day – must have missed the window of opportunity.

    Oh, well.

    :)

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  16. Eve Silver
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 12:48:46

    I lowered DRIVEN’s price directly at Smashwords, Kobo and Amazon. The problem is, I’m in Canada, and B&N only lets US residents load directly through PubIt. That means I have to use Smashwords as an intermediary to get titles at B&N and wait on them for price changes, which can take days to weeks. I apologize for the frustration and inconvenience.

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  17. Brian
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 13:43:48

    @Sheryl Nantus: It’s certainly possible I’m confusing it with another book that I checked. When it comes to Smashwords stuff on B&N things can be kinda messed up.

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  18. Sheryl Nantus
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 14:27:28

    @Eve Silver:

    Hey, for YOUR work I’m willing to keep going back every few hours – so glad you got your rights back and went this route! Looking forward to seeing more of your work!!!

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  19. Eve Silver
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 14:29:38

    @Sheryl Nantus:

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  20. Eve Silver
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 14:30:28

    @Sheryl Nantus: Thanks for the kind words.

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  21. Kay
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 20:00:26

    After seeing the mention here, I bought Driven and loved it. The protagonists were amazing for each other; I also appreciated things like how Raina could and would take damage in pursuit of her goal. Though I’m not sure it can live up to this book, I want Yuriko’s story, stat (but am off to read Hidden anyway).

    The villain parts got skimmed.

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