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What I Did For a Duke with Bonus Material: Pennyroyal Green Series by Julie Anne LongWhat I Did For a Duke with Bonus Material by Julie Anne Long. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

or years, he’s been an object of fear, fascination . . . and fantasy. But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the ton knows one thing for certain: only fools dare cross him. And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge: he’ll seduce Ian’s innocent sister, Genevieve—the only Eversea as yet untouched by scandal. First he’ll capture her heart . . . and then he’ll break it.

But everything about Genevieve is unexpected: the passion simmering beneath her cool control, the sharp wit tempered by gentleness . . . And though Genevieve has heard the whispers about the duke’s dark past, and knows she trifles with him at her peril, one incendiary kiss tempts her deeper into a world of extraordinary sensuality. Until Genevieve is faced with a fateful choice . . . is there anything she won’t do for a duke?

Even though I am intensely frustrated in the way in which JAL is unnaturally extending a secondary romance (so much so that I’ve decided to stop reading her until said secondary romance is completed sometime in the nebulous future) I really adore this book and highly recommend it at .99.

This is a pre order to be delivered on December 4, 2012.

Consequently, the book develops a rhythm between socially restrained days and physically unrestrained nights, and as both Alex and Genevieve begin to yearn for the night (especially Genevieve, whose point of view much of the novel follows), so did I, because the it seems that is when everything real in the book occurs: Venus and Mars, pleasure and satiation, the passion of the color red (and Mars being the red planet, of course), the blazing fire, clandestine meetings after midnight, unbound hair and unbuttoned waistcoats, all the intimacies of mutually discovered and indulged passion, and the way that passion both reveals and is revealed by the combustible but compatible personalities of the two protagonists.

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Plum Island (John Corey Series #1) Nelson DeMillePlum Island (John Corey Series #1) by Nelson DeMille. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Taking the best elements from two of his most outstanding bestsellers, The Gold Coast and The General’s Daughter, Nelson DeMille combines the breathless suspense of an expertly wrought murder mystery with his wry perspective on a peculiarly American social scene to deliver an enthralling and compelling story.

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide detective John Corey convalesces in the Long Island township of Southold, home to farmers, fishermen — and at least one killer. Tom and Judy Gordon, a young, attractive couple Corey knows, have been found on their patio, each with a bullet in the head. The local police chief, Sylvester Maxwell, wants Corey’s big-city expertise, but Maxwell gets more than he bargained for.

The early signs point to a burglary gone wrong. But because the Gordons were biologists at Plum Island, the offshore animal disease research site rumored to be involved in germ warfare, it isn’t long before the media is suggesting that the Gordons stole something very deadly. Suddenly a local double murder becomes a crime with national and worldwide implications.

John Corey doesn’t like mysteries, which is why he likes to solve them. His investigations lead him into the lore, legends, and ancient secrets of northern Long Island — more deadly and more dangerous than he could ever have imagined. During his journey of discovery, he meets two remarkable women, Detective Beth Penrose and Mayflower descendant Emma Whitestone, both of whom change his life irrevocably. Ultimately, through his understanding of the murders, John Corey comes to understand himself.

Oh Nelson DeMille. I used to read all of his books, back in the day when Patterson and Sanford were my mainstays. From the reviews, it sounds like this is a well written, entertaining suspense book although it doesn’t break new ground. At 99c, it doesn’t have to.

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The Wrangler  by 	Lindsay McKennaThe Wrangler by Lindsay McKenna. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

After Wall Street collapses, investment banker Griff McPherson trades in his suits and ties for Stetsons and cowboy boots. He returns to the Wyoming ranch he co-owns with his brother, but it’s not exactly a happy homecoming. So to prove to everyone, including himself, that that he belongs back in Jackson Hole, he takes a post as a wrangler on another ranch.

Air force lieutenant Val Hunter has just returned to the Bar H ranch to help her ailing grandmother run the property. While it is full of unhappy memories, Val is determined to do right by her home. Her new hire is easy on the eyes and a tough wrangler to boot, yet her instincts make it hard for her to trust him. When a nefarious neighbor endangers her land, Val is forced to accept Griff’s help–but will she finally be able to open her heart?

This is free ONLY at Harlequin using the coupon code FBFANSROCK

I love the idea of reading about a female air force lieutenant and her employee.

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The Red Diary   The Red Diary      by     Toni BlakeThe Red Diary by Toni Blake. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Sun, sand, and one woman’s private fantasies recorded in a seductive red book . . .

Prim and proper Lauren Ash has a secret side no one else sees: she records her sexual fantasies, in intimate detail, in a very personal book meant for her eyes only.

When hired hand Nick Armstrong finds the red diary, he’s shocked . . . and aroused. Never before has he come across anything so private—or so sensual. And, given the way the Ash family has hurt his, he soon begins to see this as a potent weapon for righting an old wrong. Wouldn’t it serve the haughty Lauren right if he used her own fantasies to seduce her, make her fall in love, and then break her heart?

But there’s much more to Lauren than Nick expects, and before he quite realizes it, he’s opening himself—and his heart—to her. Can Nick let go of the past and surrender to Lauren, body and soul?

This was Toni Blake’s debut mass market. Based on the lines in the PW review, you may want to read this as a farce. “Abundant diary excerpts slow the story’s momentum and never ring true: surely no 27-year-old would use words like “thrice” or “lave,” or phrases like “soaking in every glorious affection my woodland lover imparts.” ”

This is a pre order for delivery on January 29, 2013

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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. Jody
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 14:17:12

    Plum Island is a wonderful thriller and well worth .99. Nelson DeMille wrote the book on which the John Travolta movie, The General’s Daughter, is based. That’s a good one too, though not .99.

  2. Kati
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 14:39:05

    Hm. What is the “bonus material” in What I Did For the Duke? I always find that sort of thing questionable.

  3. Brian
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 15:21:39

    @Kati: Usually the ‘Bonus Material’ is a “free” excerpt of the authors latest (or upcoming) release and sometimes it’s excerpts from multiple books from the author. Easy enough to avoid if you want to as it’s at the end of the book, although it does throw off progress indicators if you want to know how much of the actual story is left.

  4. mssarahb
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 15:29:17

    Two of Robin Schone’s ebooks are available on Amazon for $2.99. She’s a great historical erotica writer. They are A Lady’s Pleasure and Gabriel’s Woman. I haven’t read either of these but I enjoyed several of her other titles. Sorry, don’t know about availability at other stores.

  5. Dabney
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 16:07:45

    @Kati: I bet whatever it is, it doesn’t advance the Olivia/Lyon issue….

  6. Jordan
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 16:17:24

    Just an FYI, I tried the discount code at Harlequin, and it didn’t take any money off (keeping the book price around $7). Which is bummer because I love airforce love – especially when the women is in the military role! I think the codes were only good for the 14th.

  7. Sunita
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 17:04:10

    @Jordan: It worked for me a couple of hours ago. I made sure the code was all caps (sometimes that makes a difference) and it asked me to log into my Harlequin account before I could check out. But then it processed the coupon and the book was free.

  8. Jordan
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 17:34:14

    @Sunita: Ah! I didn’t try to log in. Let’s try this one more time…

    I’m a goober. I was in the paper book section trying to buy that version *facepalm* The ebook code worked great once I got to the right section of the website! Thanks for sorting me out!

  9. Sunita
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 18:01:04

    @Jordan: I do that too. ;) Glad it worked out!

  10. Silverwoman
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 18:17:57


    Thank you so much for the tip! I have been wanting to read Robin Schone for so long but haven’t been willing to pay the premium for her books. SCORE!

  11. Tabs
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 18:38:12

    @Jordan: I do that all the time too! Their print/ebook store divisions are superbly confusing.

  12. Susan
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 22:34:54

    I periodically check to see if Schone’s Awaken, My Love has been released as an ebook. It’s a flawed book and not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s one of my guilty pleasures.

  13. Erin Satie
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 22:46:13

    @Susan – that’s what I did when I saw mssarahb’s post! I’ve been wanting to re-read it for ages. Alas, still not in ebook.

    I really loved Gabriel’s Woman when I read it, though it was back in 2006. The hero of the novel, Gabriel, is/was a male prostitute and badly scarred by his experiences. Schone was one of my first erotic romance discoveries, and I loved how dark and grim her books are.

  14. Kaetrin
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 23:54:00

    Just now tried to use the coupon code for The Wrangler and got a message saying that the code had expired.

  15. MikiS
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 00:04:21

    @mssarahb: FYI – Gabriel’s Woman is a full-length book, but “A Lady’s Pleasure” is a novella (from the anthology Captivated). Not a problem if you know, but make sure you’re aware they’re not both full-length novels.

  16. Keziah Hill
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 04:14:43

    The Kindle version of Plum Island in Australia is $12.69. Sigh. How we suffer when we read about your deals.

  17. MaryK
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 11:36:59

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reset my password because I thought I was in the ebook store and was trying to log in with my password.

  18. Cara Ellison
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 15:56:55

    Plum Island is a steal for $.99. Nelson Demille is one of my favourite authors though the last two (The Gatehouse and The Panther) have lacked the sparkle that made his previous works so amazing.

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