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Daily Deals: A few holiday titles for the budget conscious

The Bite Before Christmas Lynsay Sands Jeaniene FrostThe Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands Jeaniene Frost. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

This holiday season, join two of today’s most popular paranormal authors for a special look into their worlds, where creatures are always stirring and no one sleeps through the night. . . . The Bite Before Christmas

The Gift by Lynsay Sands

Teddy Brunswick knows about the immortals among us. He’s worked with them, called them friend—but he never counted on being snowed in with one over Christmas. Katricia Argeneau is a tasty little bundle and she seems to feel the same way about him. Problem is, he’s not sure she feels quite the same way. After all, the snowstorm has derailed her blood delivery, which leaves him the only available meal on the menu. . . .

Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost

Cat and Bones are looking forward to a normal holiday—at least as “normal” as it gets for the combustible vampire couple and their otherworldly friends and family. But their yuletide plans are shattered when a stranger shows up and reveals long-buried family secrets that threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer . . . and lives.

Mandi at smexybooks says it is worth the price for the Bones story.

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An Affair before Christmas  by     Eloisa James An Affair before Christmas by Eloisa James. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Magic under the mistletoe . . .

One spectacular Christmas, Lady Perdita Selby, known to her friends and family as Poppy, met the man she thought she would love forever. The devilishly attractive Duke of Fletcher was the perfect match for the innocent, breathtakingly beautiful young Englishwoman, and theirs was the most romantic wedding she had ever seen. Four years later, Poppy and the duke have become the toast of the ton . . . but behind closed doors the spark of their love affair has burned out.

Unwilling to lose the woman he still lusts after, the duke is determined to win back his beguiling bride’s delectable affections . . . and surpass the heady days of first love with a truly sinful seduction.

Janet reviewed this book and gave it a C:

While the main romance did not totally succeed for me, I did like the ensemble-feel of An Affair Before Christmas, especially the situation of Jemma, the Duchess of Beaumont, and Charlotte Tatlock’s interesting dilemma. Although at times the writing felt a bit forced, when the characters relaxed into real dialogue, I fell right into the rhythm of the prose and enjoyed a number of small descriptive moments, like Jemma’s characterization of Fletch as “tediously beautiful,” what with “the way he slouches through a room, burning with something or other.” I also loved one scene in which Fletch and Poppy share a revelation about her hair that advances the emotional intimacy of their relationship; had there been more thoughtful moments like that I might have been better sold on the characterizations and the True Love.

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My Kind of Christmas (Virgin River Series #18)      by     Robyn CarrMy Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The Riordan brothers may have a reputation for being rough-and-tumble, but Patrick has always been the gentle, sweet-natured one. These days, his easygoing manner is being tested by his high-octane career as a navy pilot. But for the Riordan brothers, when the going gets tough?the tough find the love of a good woman.

Except the woman who has caught Patrick’s attention is Jack Sheridan’s very attractive niece.

Angie LeCroix comes to Virgin River to spend Christmas relaxing, away from her well-intentioned but hovering mother. Yet instead of freedom, she gets Jack Sheridan. If her uncle had his way, she’d never go out again. And certainly not with rugged, handsome Patrick Riordan. But Angie has her own idea of the kind of Christmas she wants—and the kind of man!

Patrick and Angie thought they wanted to be left alone this Christmas—until they meet each other. Then they want to be left alone together. But the Sheridan and Riordan families have different plans for Patrick and Angie—and for Christmas, Virgin River-style!

This is the 20th installment of the Virgin River series. PW says it is a “heartwrenching Christmas tale” featuring two damaged souls.

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A Visit From Sir Nicholas (Effington Family)A Visit From Sir Nicholas by Victoria Alexander. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Everyone knows that an Effington always getsher way … but this time it’s not going to be easy!

Lady Elizabeth Effington simply could not suitably feel the joy of the Christmas season. Ten years had passed since she had boldly declared her love for Sir Nicholas Collingsworth. He rebuffed her and set out to seek his fortunes, while Elizabeth was left a woman scorned. Now, she discovers in horror that the inheritance she’s managed beautifully was never hers to control. No, power over her finances lay in the hands of the last man she ever wants to see again: Nicholas!

But running Elizabeth’s life isn’t part of Nick’s plans. He’s intrigued when he discovers that the frivolous and flighty girl he once knew has turned into a beautiful and capable woman. Nick vows to woo — and win — her, and while she seems unmoved by his fervent seduction, he swears he will not rest until she accepts that most precious gift of all — the gift of love

I’ve always liked the “one that got away” stories. (HelenKay Dimon’s Christmas novella, We’ll Be Home for Christmas (The Holloway Series), has that theme. I have that in my TBR list) One reviewer called the heroine grouchy. Interestingly enough, the heroine’s parents were the subject of their own book.

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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. Krista
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 14:32:34

    99 cents – Holly Lane by Toni Blake

  2. Susan
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 17:40:47

    I really liked A Visit from Sir Nicholas when I first read it years ago but, when I picked it up for a reread recently I couldn’t finish it. I don’t know if the book didn’t hold up, my taste has changed in the interim, or I just wasn’t in the right mood at the time, but I was very disappointed because I had been looking forward to it.

  3. brandy
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 17:41:22

    I read the Sir Nicholas story last year and loved it.

  4. leslie
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 19:44:52

    Me too! Loved A Visit From Sir Nicholas. The heroine is a true grumpapotamus, but I liked her.

  5. Texas Book Lover
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 14:48:27

    These are great! I have been making myself read books off my shelf and save money! It is so hard!

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