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Against the Tide by Elizabeth CamdenAgainst the Tide by Elizabeth Camden. $ Free at Amazon | BN

From the Jacket Copy:

After a childhood rampant with uncertainty, Lydia Pallas has carved out a perfect life for herself. She spends her days within sight of the bustling Boston Harbor, where her skill with languages has landed her an enviable position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.

Lydia’s talents bring her to the attention of Alexander Banebridge, a mysterious man in need of a translator. Driven by a campaign to end the opium trade, Bane is coolly analytical and relentless in his quest. He cannot afford to fall for Lydia and must fight the bittersweet love growing between them.

When Bane’s enemies gain the upper hand, he is forced to turn to Lydia for help. Determined to prove her worth, Lydia soon discovers that carrying out Bane’s mission will test her wits and her courage to the very limits.

When forces conspire against them from without and within, can their love survive?

Winner of the 2013 RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance

Kim brought this deal to my attention. Thanks Kim! Kelly gave this book an A- and reviewed it here at Dear Author.

While many romantic suspense stories rely solely on external conflicts to bring lovers together, we learn enough about Lydia and Bane as individuals to feel the internal upheavals they inflict on each other. And yes, this is a no-sex inspie, but it’s definitely not one I’d label as “sweet” or (*shudder*) “clean.”

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Supernatural Seduction (Book 2 of the Coffin Girls Series) Aneesa PriceSupernatural Seduction (Book 2 of the Coffin Girls Series) by Aneesa Price. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

This is an adult paranormal romance and contains scenes of explicit sex, violence and strong language.
Witch-vampire, Sophie, has the power to feel and influence others’ emotions. With the establishment of the Coffin Girls as warriors for the Goddess that kick supernatural ass, the effects of her empath abilities threaten to harm her. Sylvain, the mischievous and seductive fae prince and Coffin Girls ally, offers her the assistance of the fae to hone her powers. Sophie is drawn to Sylvain, which unnerves her as her hope for love has only ever led to devastation. The two of them must face the demons of their past, unknown enemies and new evil to find true happiness at last.

“Once again Aneesa Price succeeds in transporting us to this magical world full of romance, action, & excitement! I am a true Aneesa Price addict…constantly needing more, more, more!” ~ Jeni’s Bookshelf & Reviews

I don’t know anything about this author or the book and the reviews are entirely unhelpful despite being all five stars (that’s probably part of why the reviews aren’t helpful). The author sent me this deal and it has been edited by “Mary-Nancy’s Eagle Eye Editing”. So there you go. e

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Madame Serpent: A Catherine de' Jean PlaidyMadame Serpent (Catherine De’ Medici Trilogy) by Jean Plaidy. $ 3.99

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Fourteen-year-old Catherine de’ Medici arrives in Marseilles to marry Henry, Duke of Orleans, second son of the King of France. The brokenhearted Catherine has left her true love in Italy, forced into trading her future happiness for marriage into the French royal family.

Amid the glittering fêtes and banquets of the most immoral court in sixteenth-century Europe, the reluctant bride becomes a passionate but unwanted wife. Humiliated and unloved, Catherine spies on Henry and his lover, the infamous Diane de Poitiers. Tortured by what she sees, Catherine becomes consumed by a ruthless ambition destined to make her the most despised woman in France: the dream that one day the French crown will be worn by a Medici heir. . . .

Google Play is having a “royal family” sale, pricing a number of books at $3.99 and Amazon has price matched many. For the most part, I think these books are largely depressing at the end from a romance point of view.

Harriet Klausner found this to be an engaging historical. (Boy, I long for the days when Harriet Klausner was the biggest problem for Amazon reviews)

A few authors to look for: Carrolly Erickson, Elizabeth Chadwick, Phillipa Gregory, Anne Easter, Susan Higginbotham

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Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel Hilary MantelBring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the 2012 Costa Book of the Year Award

The sequel to Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.

At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?

Bring Up the Bodies is one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2012, one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Best Books of 2012 and one of The Washington Post’s 10 Best Books of 2012

This was Mantel’s second Man Booker Prize book.

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Blind Faith CJ LyonsBlind Faith by CJ Lyons. $ 2.99.

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Sarah Durandt knows the killer is dead. She watched him die from a lethal injection in the execution chamber. But Sarah finds little comfort in knowing that the deranged psychopath who murdered her husband and son will never kill again. Since he never revealed the location of their bodies, she never found a sense of closure. So now, Sarah has decided to return to her home in the Adirondacks, to search for whatever remains of her loved ones. An unmarked grave. An article of clothing. Anything to make this terrible dream seem real. But what Sarah uncovers is far more unnerving—and much too horrifying—to even consider…

Maybe they executed the wrong man. Maybe the killer is still out there.
Maybe, for Sarah, the nightmare is just beginning.

CJ Lyons is a kindle-aire, an author who has sold over a million copies of her books on Kindle. She also has a few traditionally published books. Lyons reported that her audience is about a quarter of a million. They seem to be really price sensitive though.

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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. Sarah not Sara
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 14:07:47

    Jean Plaidy = Victoria Holt, no? I used to read her (them?) and Phyllis Whitney books like they were going out of style when I was a kid (early 90s.) Of course, it didn’t hurt that the local library had approximately eight billion of them.

  2. Kelly
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 14:21:05

    @Sarah not Sara: Yep – Jean Plaidy = Victoria Holt = Philippa Carr. I’m seeing pre-orders for Holt ebooks, and my bank account is already whimpering. I have a huge collection of Plaidy in print.

  3. cleo
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 14:23:33

    I just downloaded Against the Tide. I was intrigued by this before but it was sooo expensive. Yay sales.

  4. Ros
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 14:28:00

    So happy that Against the Tide is also free at Amazon UK today. This was one I really wanted to read.

  5. JewelCourt
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 14:39:28

    The terribly written blurb for Supernatural Seduction doesn’t say 5 star. And that is why I don’t trust Amazon reviews.

  6. Joanna
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 15:05:41

    “For the most part, I think these books are largely depressing at the end from a romance point of view.” Jane this is so true! And why I don’t read that many based-in-fact historicals about European royalty anymore – they were so busy playing politics and power games that there was very little room for anything else. Frankly after a while it gets exhausting to read about.

  7. Carolyne
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 15:13:07

    @Joanna: I agree. I looked at the book and thought first, “I’d love to read that” and second, “I think this is going to make me sad, I’m not going to read that.” I tend to buy historical fiction because the times are fascinating, then not read them because I don’t want to feel gloomy, so I do most of my historical reading in the nonfiction section.

    Unless ancient Rome. Because I, Claudius trained me to go all in for the politics, power games, and poisonings there.

  8. FD
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 15:46:38

    @Ros: Thanks for mentioning that it was available on Amazon UK – it’s so often not the case that I hadn’t checked!

  9. Stephanie Scott
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 16:27:51

    Thanks for the tip on Against the Tides! I fell in love with that cover since I saw the Rita nominations. Already downloaded it for my Nook! Thanks :)

  10. Susan
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 20:03:33

    Blessings upon you, Jane. I had the Camden and Mantel books on my wish list just waiting for such a day. I didn’t buy the Plaidy book but did use the link to search out/buy a raftload of other HFs. Now I just need some extra time.

  11. MikiS
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 20:20:29

    When it comes to HEA, I can admit to being frustrated by the “will you marry me?” requirement when the couple have only known each other for a week! I think there’s a way to have more than a HFN (where they might end up splitting down the road) and an HEA. Make it obvious this couple has clicked, will stick, but they’re still getting there when it comes to “married with children”.

    I also am very impressed with the Toyota story. My brother supports what I consider the worst-run non-profit I’ve ever personally been involved with. Most of the donations pay for the salaries of the half-dozen people on staff, rather than benefiting the folks who use the services of the group. (I know there are lots out there, this just happens to be one I know of personally). Yes – all non-profits need money to run. But some of the really do need help with their organizational skills to make that money go as far as it can. I wish I could point Toyota to this group!

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