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Daily Deals: A couple of favorites from Jayne and a classic...

 This Heart of Mine  by     Suzanne Hayes,     Loretta NyhanThis Heart of Mine by Suzanne Hayes Loretta Nyhan. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

In this short prequel to I’ll Be Seeing You, authors Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan introduce you to two extraordinary women who are worlds apart–but whose journals reveal they have more in common than they could ever imagine….

Chicago, 1921

Nineteen-year-old waitress Rita Strauss is trying to make it on her own in the big city, spending most of her time alone with her thoughts. The bright spot in her day is the handsome medical student who’s a regular at her diner. Rita fantasizes about what to say to him, wishing she could be more confident–until she decides to take control of her life once and for all.

Rockport, 1940

Socialite Glory Astor thinks it’s the best day of her life when her longtime beau, Robert, finally proposes. But everything gets complicated when her childhood friend Levi asks her to run away with him instead, forcing Glory to choose between the two men she cares about the most.

This is a recommended read from Jayne, a review of which will be posted at the end of the month.  Jayne emailed me to let me know that this is just a companion novella to the actual book that Jayne read and enjoyed.  Sorry about that. 

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Love Wild and Fair      by     Bertrice SmallLove Wild and Fair by Bertice Small. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A Love For All Time
She is Catriona, Countess of Glenkirk, the dazzling green-eyed beauty whose silken sensuality fires the passion of men’s very souls — making her a pawn in a dangerous game of royal intrigue. wife to a count, unwilling mistress to the king, she has the undying live of the most courageous lord in all of scotland. . .

He is Francis, Earl of Bothwell, who defies his king to possess the woman he loves. Theirs is a romance in the grand tradition of bestselling author Beatrice Small — and epic tale of love and betrayal that sweeps from the snowy Scottish highlands through the glittering palaces of Europe and exotic pleasures domes of Constantinople to find its magnificent conclusion inthe exquisite fulfillment of love’s most passionate desires.

Maybe confession is that I’ve never finished a Bertrice Small book, not even Skye O’Malley. Skye O’Malley is considered by some to be foundational book in the romance genre. What I do know about Small’s books are that they are often epic in nature and often have provocative content.

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Too Pretty to DieToo Pretty to Die by Susan McBride. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

They call them “pretty parties,” and they’re the latest rage among Dallas debutantes—get-togethers with light refreshments, heavy gossip, and Dr. Sonja Madhavi and her magic Botox needles. Former socialite Andy Kendricks normally wouldn’t be caught dead at such an event, but she’s attending as a favor to her friend Janet, a society reporter in search of a juicy story. And boy does she find one when aging beauty queen Miranda DuBois bursts into the room—drunk, disorderly, and packing a pistol.

Miranda’s wrinkles have seen better days, and she blames it all on Dr. Madhavi. Luckily, Andy calms her down and gets her home to bed . . . where she’s found dead the next morning. The police suspect suicide, but Andy knows that no former pageant girl would give up that easily. She’s determined to find Miranda’s killer herself, but she’ll have to be careful. After all, Botox can make you look younger, but it can’t bring you back from the grave.

From the reviews it sounds like you get a lot of things about Texas Society and Botox but that there aren’t very many twists and turns in this thin plot.

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The Chocolate Rose      by     Laura FlorandThe Chocolate Rose by Laura Florand. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Romantic Times calls Laura Florand’s writing “sensuous and sumptuous”, awarding her their Seal of Excellence, and NPR says it’s “explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet”.

Now, in the third book in the Amour et Chocolat series, a book USA Today calls “so romantic and sexy”, Florand takes us from Paris to summer in Provence, for the steamy encounter between top chef Gabriel Delange and the daughter of his worst enemy, Jolie Manon. Hot-tempered Gabriel isn’t above blackmail to get what he wants, but what he wants might very well be Jolie herself. Because in the heat and sun of Provence, where jasmine and roses climb up old colored walls and fountains play in ancient stone villages, even a beast can prove he is a prince at heart . . .

If you hadn’t won a copy, here’s a chance to pick up Laura Florand’s latest release at $.99. Florand is a favorite author of Jayne.

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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. Willaful
    May 22, 2013 @ 15:13:54

    I haven’t started The Chocolate Rose yet, but the first three in the series were all 5 star reads for me.

  2. SuperWendy
    May 22, 2013 @ 15:59:50

    What now seems like a million years ago – the Susan McBride series was one I followed and Too Pretty To Die is #5, and the last one published. I remember them as being fun reads that skewered the whole Texas debutante ball scene. The heroine is a debutante drop-out and an “artsy” sort – much to her mother’s horror. Some of the mysteries were thin, but much like, say, Janet Evanovich – you’re mostly in it for the shenanigans than, say, a brain-bending mystery. The one fly in the ointment for me was the heroine’s mother – who began grating on my nerves considerably by the last book. It begged that age old question of why the heroine didn’t just tell mama to get lost….permanently.

    But they were fun for what they were. Cozy mysteries back when that sub genre meant more than say, clairvoyant cats, bake-offs, or knitting circles.

  3. LeeF
    May 22, 2013 @ 22:08:33

    I have yet to attempt a Bertrice Small because the first review I ever read said “she never met a manroot she didn’t love”. :-)

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