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Dangerous Race  Adrenaline Highs      By: Dee J. AdamsDangerous Race by Dee J. Adams. $ FREE

From the Jacket Copy:

Four years ago, race car driver Tracey Bradshaw almost died in a horrific crash. Now scarred inside and out, she’s making a comeback, but her team is plagued by a series of “accidents”.

When the team leader dies under mysterious circumstances, former driver Mac Reynolds takes charge. The pair clash as Trace resents his high-handed attempts to control her, while Mac fears Trace’s recklessness will get her killed. Neither can throttle back the desire that spins out of control whenever they touch. Trace lets herself be seduced when Mac convinces her he finds her beautiful despite her scars, and she begins to hope for more. But Mac knows he’s not nearly good enough for Trace?

Don’t miss the sequel, Danger Zone, coming out in February 2012.

106,000 words

I’ve read other books by this author but I don’t think I’ve read this one. At the price of free, how can I resist?

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Secret of the Seventh Son      by     Glenn CooperSecret of the Seventh Son by Glenn Cooper. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

There are secrets that must remain buried . . .

Nine people have been slain in New York City—nine strangers with nothing in common—the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die.

Assigned to the case is a legendary FBI profiler with a troubled past, a drinking problem, and nothing left to lose . . .

Abandoned to a monastery is an unwanted son born under a curse on the seventh day of the seventh month of the year 777 . . .

Unprepared for a momentous discovery is a post-World War II expedition into the crypts of a clandestine medieval society . . .

. . . but all lead to a secret embroiled in destiny, history, evil, faith, and corruption . . . and one terrifying truth that no one must ever know . . .

PW says “long tedious stretches focus on Will being drunk, drinking on the job or complaining of hangovers. Flashbacks to 1947 and the medieval setting that inspired the killer are poorly integrated, and while the secret behind the deaths is original and clever, its revelation is anticlimactic. ”

The sequel “Book of Souls (Will Piper)” is also $1.99

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Crystal Flame Jayne Ann KrentzCrystal Flame by Jayne Ann Krentz . $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Kalena is focused on a single task…the assassination of the man who destroyed her family. Once he is gone, she will live her life as a free woman. She just has to extract herself from an arranged Trade Marriage first. She has a plan for that.

Her husband, Ridge, works for Quintel, the man Kalena has been sent to kill. Ridge is the Fire Whip, Quintel’s enforcer, and not exactly the type to become involved in a Trade Marriage with an innocent country girl. But he looks forward to instructing Kalena in her wifely duties.

Kalena and Ridge have no plans for a lasting relationship, but the success of their mission depends on learning to trust each other and the passion that flares between them.

Amazon is the only retailer who has this book on sale right now, but I had to include this book because I loved the scifi romance books by Krentz originally published back in the 80s. Full disclosure, though, I haven’t re-read these books in a long time.

Krentz is a total comfort read for me.

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Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy #1  Timothy ZahnStar Wars Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

It’s five years after Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven out the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi Twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights. But thousand of light-years away, the last of the emperor’s warlords has taken command of the shattered Imperial Fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the new Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to build. The explosive confrontation that results is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale–in short, a story worthy of the name Star Wars.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!

The authorized continuation of the legendary Star Wars saga. it has been five years since the Rebel Alliance defeated the Emperor’s dark forces and relegated the shattered Imperial Fleet to the far reaches of the galaxy. In the command of the last of the Emperor’s warlords, the fleet is being readied for war. The objective: the fragile heart of the New Republic. Nineteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

This was today’s Nook Daily Deal price matched at Amazon and Apple. For Star Wars fans only, is my guess.

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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. Joanna
    May 04, 2013 @ 14:20:19

    Actually Amazon has 10 Star Wars ebooks on sale (as well as other stuff I think) because it’s May the Fourth :)

  2. MaryK
    May 04, 2013 @ 14:22:32

    Krentz has a lot of backlist titles out, and they seem to be reasonably priced.

  3. Becky M.
    May 04, 2013 @ 17:05:51

    The Star Wars title has been on my “to buy” list for a few months now–Christopher Morgan from Heroes and Heartbreakers (their “Romance Virgin”) wrote a post about Star Wars romances in books and film and highly recommended it. Although I loved the “original” trilogy (Hello! Han Solo! What’s not to love?) I think I only read one or two of the novelizations for those movies (and we’re talking about the 1980s here, not recently), but none of the other books. Others wrote in the comments of that article agreeing that it was worth the time to read and that the author was one of the franchise’s best.

    So…my point, because there is one somewhere, is that yes, probably only people who liked Star Wars will be interested in the deal. But it might appeal to a *slightly* broader audience to know that it’s a continuation of the first three movies (episodes 4-6) and deals with those characters. In case you want to see Leia and Han happy together and see Luke get an HEA of sorts (eventually, or so I hear–probably not in this book, though) then it might be worth the $1.99 even if you’re not a hardcore Star Wars fan. Anyway, I bought it. Han on cover. ‘Nuff said.

    “May the Fourth” be with you! :)

  4. cleo
    May 04, 2013 @ 19:00:29

    I read Crystal Flame several years ago – it’s not my favorite of her early futuristics but I still enjoyed it, iirc (my fave is Sweet Starfire). IIRC, there’s some battle of the sexes / role of women vs role of men type language that had me rolling my eyes, but I also bought it not realizing that it was first published in the 80s. It’s typical of her work from the 80s (that is to say, a little ahead of her time, at least in romancelandia, but still a little behind ours). JAK is one of my comfort reads too.

  5. Krista
    May 04, 2013 @ 20:49:03

    Recently read about 3/4 way through Dangerous Race. The book really dragged, and although I am one of those people that feels obligated to finish what I start, this one was a DNF for me. And a first DNF at that.

  6. AlexaB
    May 05, 2013 @ 00:18:30

    Heir to the Empire, and the following two books in what is referred to as the Thrawn trilogy, are worth reading even if you aren’t the biggest Star Wars fan. They’re well plotted, decently written, and author Timothy Zahn introduces several characters who go to become fan favorites – including Mara Jade, a bitter, damaged woman who is smart, strong and snarky.

    Alas, the Star Wars books that follow the Thrawn trilogy are disappointments, and Zahn had to come back a decade later to fix the damage done to the continuity as best he could in what is know as the Hand of Thrawn duology (which is also when Luke finally gets a HEA, although Zahn’s talents stop short of writing romance.)

    And then the Star Wars books really took a nose dive and turned into horrible hot messes.

    In short, if anyone is interested in the Star Wars licensed novels, read anything written by Zahn, and run far, far away from the rest.

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