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Daily Deals: A fantastic YA deal and three popular romances

Hot Stuff Carly Phillips Hot Stuff by Carly Phillips. $1.00.

From Jacket Copy:

she’s not just one of the guys

Annabelle Jordan and her two sisters were orphans in frilly dresses when they went to live with their sports-lawyer uncle in his world of locker rooms, bookies and gambling.

Now the girls are publicists in their uncle’s firm, The Hot Zone. Despite her upbringing, Annabelle is all woman. She’s naturally drawn to real men—like her latest client, businessman and former football legend Brandon Vaughn.

The chemistry is potent, undeniable, irresistible. Annabelle soon realizes that Brandon is much more than just another jock. And that she’d better hold on tight if she doesn’t want to lose her heart.

PW says “Annabelle, the eldest, has become a powerhouse in the PR department, but her attraction to egocentric bad boys has proven to be a problem. After her latest boyfriend dumps her for an actress, Annabelle takes a personal vow of celibacy that lasts about as long as an ice cube in August when she meets her newest client, ex-football star Brandon Vaughn. Annabelle initially writes Brandon off as another handsome jock, but she soon discovers that he’s different than the rest. He’s building a lodge for kids with learning disabilities and, since someone seems intent on sabotaging his efforts, he needs positive publicity fast. ”

This deal may only be available to Amazon.

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Very Much Alive Dana Marie Bell Very Much Alive by Dana Marie Bell. $1.00.

From Jacket Copy:

Her destiny rests in their hands…

True Destiny, Book 1

Kiran Tate and Logan Saeter have been on the run from Oliver Grimm for so long they’ve forgotten what it’s like to be free. Ending Grimm’s power games won’t be easy, but this time they have an ace in the hole. PI Jordan Grey, Guardian Investigation’s resident hot shot—and Grimm’s step-granddaughter.

Jordan Grey has her doubts when Logan and Kir show up in her office with a tall tale of how her step-grandfather has framed them for murder. And to top it all off, they’re claiming that they’re really the ancient Norse gods Loki and Baldur, and that Grimm is Odin!

When the two lovers see the sexy detective for the first time, stopping Grimm suddenly takes a back seat to seducing her into their arms. But Grimm never rests, and when his anger spills over onto Jordan, it sets them all on a collision course with a destiny that will rock their world…

This was part of the Sony discounts that were price matched by Amazon. As of today, the discount appears only at Amazon.

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone Laini Taylor The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Jia gave the book a B+.

I thought Daughter of Smoke and Bone straddled the line between the familiar tropes and conventions of current YA paranormals and the more otherworldly approaches of the traditionally executed contemporary fantasy genre. What made it stand out for me was the execution of the coming of age story. It is the start of a series (trilogy?) so readers should be aware it ends on a heartwrenching note. I wouldn’t call it cliffhanger myself, but I can see how it’d be viewed that way. B+

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Pleasures of a Nortorius Gentleman by Lorraine Heath Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman by Lorraine Heath. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

As the black sheep second son of an Earl, Stephen Lyons has gained a reputation in the art of seduction, but when his wicked ways result in scandal, he joins the army to redeem himself. On the battlefield, he proves courageous . . . until he is seriously wounded. Returning home to recover, he discovers he can’t remember the angelic beauty who arrives at his doorstep, his babe nestled in her arms.

Mercy Dawson will risk everything to protect the son of the dashing soldier she once knew and admired. When Stephen offers to do the honorable thing, she is determined that London’s most notorious gentleman will desire her and no other. But Mercy fears that what began as an innocent deception could destroy her dreams and their blossoming love if Stephen ever learns the scandalous truth . . .

They are masters of seduction, London’s greatest lovers. Living for pleasure, they will give their hearts to no one . . . until love takes them by surprise.

This is the second in a trilogy of books. The hero returns from the war but with PTSD and amnesia. It has several good reviews but one of the negative reviews mentions that Mercy sabotages Stephen’s attempts to recover his memory which might be frustrating to some.

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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. Janine
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 12:48:01

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of my favorite books last year. I would probably grade it a bit higher than Jia, especially in hindsight, since it has really stuck in my mind. The sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight, comes out in November and is my most anticipated YA right now. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it won’t have those middle-of-trilogy problems so many YA novels have and fizzle like Insurgent.

  2. ms bookjunkie
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 13:12:32

    Nordic mythology is not my favorite thing, but Dana Marie Bell makes it entertaining. And hot!

    (Actually, I giggle my way through all DMB books. She hits you in the funny bone.)

  3. Kim
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 14:11:19

    FYI: Lorraine Heath’s book is $4.99 at BN, Sony and Kobo. The above Sony and Kobo links are also broken.

  4. jane_l
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 15:12:16

    @Kim – I had misspelled Notorious (in my defense I copied it from the Amazon page). I find that strange that BN, Sony, Kobo aren’t honoring the price reduction. Avon is advertising it:

  5. Brian
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 16:06:25

    Avon has been advertising $1.99 for the Heath for a while, but no place has had it for that price when I’ve checked.

  6. AmyW
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 21:25:32

    @Janine: I also really loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone and can’t wait for book 2.

  7. Jane A
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 09:52:30

    I haven’t read Lorraine Heath in years. I’d try this book if it was actually $1.99.

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