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Own the Wind: A Chaos Novel by Kristen AshleyOwn the Wind by Kristen Ashley. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Too hot to handle . . .

Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos-the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos’ leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby’s thinking about much more than friendship . . .

Tabby is everything Shy’s ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can’t have. She’s beautiful, smart, and as his friend’s daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more-much more-he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn . . .

105,000 words

At this price, I felt the urge to buy it again. Good thing Amazon doesn’t allow you to do that. I reviewed the book here.

I think it is a good book for newcomers. If a reader was curious about the series but reluctant to delve into the self published pile, this book presents tighter prose but still delivers the same delicious Ashley romance. The Chaos MC club is an important part of the story and new people are introduced but older characters are included only to the extent that they play an important role in either Tab and Shy’s romance or set up for future books. Isn’t my favorite Ashley book but it’s a very solid addition to the backlist. B

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Pillow Talk  Hailey NorthPillow Talk by Hailey North. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

She Dreamed of Finding Mr. Right

Margaret “Call me Meg” McKenzie Cooper will do anything to make her children’s dreams for a daddy come true-even if it means accepting a stranger’s outrageous marriage proposal. Only she hadn’t counted on the man’s brother being the dangerously sexy Parker Ponthier-or that making her children’s dreams come true would mean risking her heart.

Could This Dream Come True?

Any woman between eight and eighty would kill to flaunt Parker’s heirloom diamond engagement ring. The New Orleans millionaire doesn’t want someone who’s after his bank account-he’s looking for a lifetime of love. Meg is warm, passionate, and sets his soul on fire. But while his instincts warn him that she’s nothing but trouble with a capital “T,” Parker decides that for once in his life he’s going to follow his heart.

PW says the tone of these books harken back to the “Doris Day-Rock Hudson romantic comedies of the late 1950s and early 1960s” and that it is a “witty and upbeat tale.”  Also on sale are several other North books:

  • Pillow Talk
  • Not The Marrying Kind
  • Love: Undercover
  • Opposites Attract
  • Tangled Up in Love

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Hour of the Rat Lisa BrackmannHour of the Rat by Lisa Brackmann. $ .99

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Iraq War vet Ellie McEnroe has a pretty good life in Beijing, representing the work of controversial dissident Chinese artist Zhang Jianli. Even though Zhang’s mysterious disappearance of over a year ago has her in the sights of the Chinese authorities. Even though her Born-Again mother has come for a visit and shows no signs of leaving. But when her mom takes up with “that nice Mr. Zhou next door,” Ellie decides that it’s time to get out of town—given her mother’s past bad choices of men, no good can come of this.

An old Army buddy, Dog Turner, gives her the perfect excuse. His unstable brother Jason has disappeared in picturesque Yangshuo, a famous tourist destination, and though Ellie knows it’s a long shot, she agrees to try to find him. At worst, she figures she’ll have a few days of fun in some gorgeous scenery.

But her plans for a relaxing vacation are immediately complicated when her mother and the new boyfriend tag along. And as soon as she starts asking questions about the missing Jason, Ellie realizes that she’s stumbled into a dangerous conspiracy that may or may not involve a sinister biotech company, eco-terrorists, an art-obsessed Chinese billionaire and lots of cats—one that will take her on a wild chase through some of China’s most beautiful—and most surreal—places.

This sounds like a fascinating thriller and PW says that “Brackmann is as adept at bringing China’s densely populated cities and breathtaking landscapes to life as she is at depicting her flawed but appealing characters and twists and turns galore.”

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No Mercy (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn KenyonNo Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon. $ 1.99 Amazon | Google Play

From the Jacket Copy:

Live fast, fight hard and if you have to die then take as many of your enemies with you as you can. That is the Amazon credo and it was one Samia lived and died by. Now in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there’s a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she’s ever faced before.
Shapeshifter Dev Peltier has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years and in that time, he’s seen it all. Or so he thought. Now their enemies have discovered a new source of power- one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date.
The war is on and Dev and Sam are guarding ground zero. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules and pray it doesn’t unravel the universe as we know it.

The entire Dark Hunter series is on sale at Amazon for $1.99 each. I admit being tempted to buy the entire series. I started reading this series so many years ago and then dropped off but the deal is calling to me.  CALLING.  Also on sale at Google Play is Bad Moon Rising and Retribution.  

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The Worth Series Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by Mara JacobsThe Worth Series Boxed Set by Mara Jacobs. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The first 3 books in the contemporary romance Worth Series

Book 1:
Worth The Weight
A New Body…A New Life…An Old Flame?
Lizzie Hampton is literally a shadow of her former self. Having lost half her body weight, she’s headed to her small hometown to test out her new body on an old flame.
Just a harmless fling to get her self confidence back before she returns to
the city and the new man in her life.

But Lizzie’s plan has a few bumps in the road.

Finn Robbins can’t believe Liz is back in town. Desperate to be the holder of her innocence eighteen years ago, he never got the chance.
Now she’s back and he can finally check her off his to do list.

But her friends, his son, and the mysterious Annie may have something to say about that.

Book 2:
Worth The Drive
All Katie ever wanted was a baby. Be careful what you wish for.
Katie Lipton is the town beauty, but that never got her what she wanted most—a baby. And, oh yeah, a faithful husband would have been nice, too.

Reeling from her husband’s cheating and desertion, Katie embarks on a one-night fling with professional golfer Darío Luna. Never could she have imagined that one night with Darío would give her something fifteen years of marriage couldn’t—morning sickness.

Darío was raised without a father, and he has no intention of the same fate befalling his child. He’s still not sure about Katie, though. Did she trick him? Lie to him? But his feelings for her, and this crazy attraction he feels, soon has him putting his doubts aside to spend more time with her. He tells himself it’s for the sake of the baby. Yeah. Right.

Agreeing to try to work out some sort of relationship before the baby is due, Katie travels with Darío to his golf tournaments, walking the course with him by day…and giving in to their attraction by night. But will it be enough?

Book 3:
Worth The Fall
Alison is way too smart to be this dumb about a guy.
Alison Jukuri is the smart one. But it hasn’t seemed to help her much in her relationships with men. And now she’s on the verge of making one, big stupid move.


Petey Ryan has spent his life hitting and being hit as a defenseman in the NHL. But now he’s about to go up against his biggest foe of all … tiny Alison Jukuri.

A woman with whom he shares a long-held secret.

The first one, Worth The Weight, is free but the others are $3.99 so this is the best deal. A couple ladies at Amazon recommended these on a forum and said that they were entertaining.

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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. Darlynne
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 13:26:03

    For UK readers, Amazon UK has the first two books in Catherynne Valente’s brilliant and wonderful Fairyland series for .99. The novella, The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland–For a Little While, is .38. These books are for all the smart, brave girls who want adventures.

    Hour of the Rat is now 1.99 USD at Amazon and BN.

  2. Glittergirl
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 15:15:28

    I’ve noticed this week that Kirsten Ashley’s Rock Chick is on sale at Amazon for $.99. Do you know if it will ever end up at B&N Nook for the same price?

    Also will the Kindle App work on a Nook Color so I can take advantage of some of these books that never seem to make it to B&N?

  3. KatieF
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 16:08:21

    @Glittergirl: Good news–Rock Chick is on sale at BN for $0.99

  4. FD
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 17:13:19

    @Darlynne: Thanks Darlynne! That is a truly excellent deal.

  5. Jo
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 17:14:47

    Hour of the Rat seems like something I would enjoy, but its not available at iTunes aust, I checked book depository and only the hardback is mentioned(26 dollars, eek). Also checked Sony, it’s not there but her other books are nearly 10 dollars so eek again. Her website makes no mention of ebooks, that I can see, though I just put eye drops in, so it is possible I missed something :) long story short I don’t think I will be getting this one.
    Btw, I think HOTR is second in a series.

  6. Anne
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 18:23:55

    @Jo: HOTR is the second in a series. Rock Paper Tiger is the first. I’ll be buying HOTR as I greatly enjoyed RPT. I’m really sorry that they don’t appear to be available to you in any format at a reasonable price.

    Jane- Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

  7. Jane
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 18:48:14

    @Glittergirl – Not on the Nook Color unless you want to root it. I know with the newer Nook tablets, Google Play is available to them and you can access the Amazon App through Google Play.

  8. Jae Lee
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 19:04:50

    These promos definitely work. I’d managed to resist Kristen Ashley titles so far, but I feel comfortable taking a chance at .99.

  9. Kaetrin
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 19:39:50

    Sometimes I’m actually glad that the specials aren’t always available to me. I was tempted by the Kenyon books (I have most of them in print but am missing a few) even though I have been barely reading PNR but as the books are not on special for me it was a no brainer in the end and I saved my money.

  10. Robirdie
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 20:05:21

    I so had to get the $1.99 deal for the Dark Hunter books lol I have always procrastinated in getting this series because of the length but I couldn’t resist this sale LOL

  11. Koozebane
    Aug 05, 2013 @ 11:33:08

    RG Alexander’s FOUR FOR CHRISTMAS is free on Amazon through Friday (I guess it’ll be her last Kindle freebie for a while)…

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