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Daily Deals: A couple intriguing freebies and two good 99c titles

Harvard Hottie Annabelle CostaHarvard Hottie by Annabelle Costa. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

When nerdy, unhip Ellie Jenson meets rich, handsome Luke Thayer the Third as freshmen at Harvard University, it’s Hate At First Sight. Ellie loathes Luke’s smirk and superior attitude, and decides if she never sees him again, it will be too soon.

Fifteen years later, Ellie gets the surprise of her life: Luke is her new boss and owner of her company! But when Ellie discovers that Luke was paralyzed in an accident and is now in a wheelchair, she wonders if it’s possible to be friends with this new, down-to-earth version of her former foe. Or maybe even more than friends, if Luke gets his way…

Please note, this is NOT a Christian romance. It has a keyword of inspirational because it is an inspirational story of love overcoming disability. Putting it in the “Inspirational” category was done by Amazon, not the publisher.

Awful cover aside, I’ve heard good things about this book.

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The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam) by Lindsay BurokerThe Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.
Worse, Sicarius, the empire’s most notorious assassin, is in town. He’s tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills… or someone wants her dead.

This was another recommended series. The second and third books are on sale for $2.99 each:

Dark Currents (The Emperor’s Edge Book 2)
Deadly Games (The Emperor’s Edge Book 3)

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Black Irish: A Novel by Stephen TaltyBlack Irish by Stephen Talty. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

In this explosive debut thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Blue Water, a brilliant homicide detective returns home, where she confronts a city’s dark demons and her own past while pursuing a brutal serial killer on a vengeful rampage.

Absalom “Abbie” Kearney grew up an outsider in her own hometown. Even being the adopted daughter of a revered cop couldn’t keep Abbie’s troubled past from making her a misfit in the working-class Irish American enclave of South Buffalo. And now, despite a Harvard degree and a police detective’s badge, she still struggles to earn the respect and trust of those she’s sworn to protect. But all that may change, once the killing starts.

When Jimmy Ryan’s mangled corpse is found in a local church basement, this sadistic sacrilege sends a bone-deep chill through the winter-whipped city. It also seems to send a message—one that Abbie believes only the fiercely secretive citizens of the neighborhood known as “the County” understand. But in a town ruled by an old-world code of silence and secrecy, her search for answers is stonewalled at every turn, even by fellow cops. Only when Abbie finds a lead at the Gaelic Club, where war stories, gossip, and confidences flow as freely as the drink, do tongues begin to wag—with desperate warnings and dire threats. And when the killer’s mysterious calling card appears on her own doorstep, the hunt takes a shocking twist into her own family’s past. As the grisly murders and grim revelations multiply, Abbie wages a chilling battle of wits with a maniac who sees into her soul, and she swears to expose the County’s hidden history—one bloody body at a time.

With Black Irish, Stephen Talty stakes a place beside Jo Nesbø, John Sandford, and Tana French on the cutting edge of psychological crime thrillers.

Sorry, they can’t all be free today but 99c isn’t so bad.

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Exit Strategy (Nadia Stafford)  by Kelley ArmstrongExit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Popular fantasy author Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld series) makes her first foray into crime fiction, with the debut of a series of non-paranormal novels featuring female assassin Nadia Stafford.

Nadia Stafford is one of the world’s few female contract killers. A former cop, drummed out of the force because of a scandal, she is an expert at disguise and cool under pressure. But when fellow hitman Jack arrives on the scene, Nadia’s very private existence is seriously challenged.

A series of victims are being murdered seemingly at random all over the country — different areas, different walks of life, different MOs. There is nothing to tie them together except a random page torn out of a single book: Helter Skelter. But does the Helter Skelter killer — as the hysterical media now dub him — have a real connection to Charles Manson? Or is there something even more sinister at work?

Is this, in fact — as Jack believes — the carefully planned exit strategy of a fellow professional killer, determined to leave the life, but equally determined to clear up an old mistake? And, if so, which is the real victim?

Now, the highly suspicious and secretive hitman community will have to break their cover — at least, to each other — and help take down this killer before the cops and the Feds discover his true connection to their own secret, exclusive society….

I really enjoyed this assassin series but I’m not sure where it’s going in terms of the relationships. It’s been a long time since the last one was released. I need someone to read the new entry that comes out in December and tell me it’s save to read. That Armstrong hasn’t Nicholas Spark’ed the ending.

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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. Vi Dao
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 14:21:51

    I’ll be reading the new Nadia Stafford one. I’ll let you know.

  2. Amanda
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 15:03:59

    Harvard Hottie sounds intriguing and its free

  3. Carol
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 16:32:57

    I absolutely love Lindsay Buroker’s series and highly recommend it. Emperor’s Edge, the first book in the series, is always free. The dialogue is witty and the plotting/worldbuilding is very tight. I couldn’t stop at just one and ended up finishing all of her backlist very quickly.

  4. cecilia
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 16:37:51

    I didn’t even know there was a new Nadia Stafford book coming. I thought Armstrong was done with those books. This is exciting news!

  5. Tina
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 17:20:19

    The Emperor’s Edge is wonderful. The whole series, actually. I love the main character Amaranthe. She is so earnest and has such lofty goals and everything just goes wrong…poor dear. The writing is crisp and the dialogue is funny. And all the supporting characters are excellent.

  6. Madeleine
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 17:52:02

    Going to give Harvard Hottie a go. I’ve never read about a disabled hero …

  7. Melissa
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 07:24:26

    I read Harvard Hottie last night. It deserves a better name and a better cover! I would go so far as to say it’s one of the most entertaining romances I’ve read recently.

  8. cleo
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 08:38:43

    @Madeleine – there was an If You Like about romance characters with disabilities both heroes and heroines.

  9. Franziska
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 09:00:03

    I read it too and although the books had some problems it did make an impact, I’m still thinking about it. And I second, title and cover do not do it justice, it does deserve better.

  10. Renda
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 12:11:41

    I read Harvard Hottie last night, too.
    Quick, fun read. Minimal editing/spelling issues.
    My son is a Harvard senior and they got some things dead on as far as the Harvard culture. The peeing on the John Harvard statue is one of the first things my son told me about. But some of the details were a bit off in my perception.

    But the book was well written and amusing. I know nothing of sex with a paraplegic, but it seemed authentic to me as far as physiological processes.

    I did not like the fact that 15% of the file was an excerpt from another book. I did feel the ending was rather abrupt, but that was probably because I was expecting 15% more of a story.

  11. Saquina
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 12:00:47

    The male MC in Harvard Hottie says “0h God, the Wellesley girls…they were all so vapid.”

    I need to stop fuming before I can start reading the story again.

    – neither vapid nor a girl

  12. NBLibGirl
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 20:08:47

    Read Harvard Hottie yesterday . . . did not work for me. Liked many of the descriptive details but ultimately the MCs actions were just not believable. . .

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