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Close To The Edge Suzanne FerrellClose To The Edge by Suzanne Ferrell. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Westen Series #2, where small-town romance meets an edge of suspense.

After facing death as an undercover narcotics cop, Gage Justice has come home to heal. His recuperation is cut short by his father’s unexpected diagnosis of cancer and subsequent death. Now he’s honoring one of his father’s last wishes by taking over as the sheriff of his boyhood home, Westen, Ohio. Biding time until his father’s term is finished, he fights boredom more than crime in the sleepy little town—that is until one sexy little teacher-turned-Private-Investigator literally falls into his arms.

Bobby Roberts is looking for adventure. After giving up her own dreams to raise her two sisters after the death of their parents, she’s been trapped in a schoolroom for nearly two decades. The suffocating claustrophobia of the classroom has set her on a new career path. She arrives in Westen, complete with brand-spanking-new PI license, a handgun and a simple case—investigate a lien on property of a dead man.

Little does she realize her “simple little case” will lead her into the world of one sexy sheriff and the path of a murderer intent on keeping them both from discovering his secrets or stopping his plans that could destroy Westen.

This is a romantic suspense and came well recommended on an Amazon forum by a reader. A western? A RS? That’s pretty unusual.

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Finding It (Losing It Series #3) by Cora CarmackFinding It by Cora Carmack. $ 1.99

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Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong . . .

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.

It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

Every one of Carmack’s has been discounted to $1.99 or less. This book was published on October 15, 2013. I’ve read two books by Carmack and she has a nice voice. It’s probably worth $1.99.

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Sleep With the Lights On by Maggie ShayneSleep With the Lights On by Maggie Shayne. $ .99 AMZN | Sony

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Through the eyes of a killer?

Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull.

Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders—crimes she soon learns are all too real.

Detective Mason Brown’s own brother recently died, leaving behind a horrific secret. In atonement, Mason donated his brother’s organs, though he’s kept the fact quiet. Now he wants to help Rachel find her brother, but when he discovers the shocking connection between her visions and his own brother, he suddenly has to do everything in his power to save her from a predator who is somehow still hunting from beyond the grave.

Maggie Shayne wrote some great RS back in the day. Not sure how this holds up but a few readers on a forum (who I find generally more trustworthy than AMZN reviews these days) enjoyed it.

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The Rose at Twilight by Amanda ScottThe Rose at Twilight by Amanda Scott. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Two enemies during the War of the Roses must marry by decree of the conquering king

Proud and beautiful Lady Alys Wolveston is left without a protector at the end of a decisive battle in the bloody War of the Roses. She refuses to accept Henry Tudor as the legitimate king; her loyalty is to the late Richard III and his Queen Anne, her beloved foster mother. But the Welsh knight Sir Nicholas Merion prevents Alys from returning home and carries her off to London to become the King’s ward . . . and, eventually, Sir Nicholas’s wife. She refuses to submit to the arrogant Welsh warrior, plotting with his enemies and fiercely denying her attraction to him. But as she comes to know the battle-hardened man’s humor and generosity, and experiences his thrilling touch and the comfort of his strength, she can’t help but lose her heart to him. Now Alys will find herself trapped in deadly political intrigues that demand that she choose between love and loyalty to a once-great king.

I think I interviewed Amanda Scott once for an article at Bookish that never ran. In any event, I remember her being passionate about her love for the time period in which she was writing.

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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. mari
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 11:45:58

    Huh. You’ve mentioned Amazon forums a time or two and now you remark that you find them more reliable than Amazon reviews. I am sick of all the five star reviews over at Amazon myself and would like to try the forums. Which ones do reccomend? How are they different from the reviews? What makes them less prone to sock puppetry, author promos and advertising? Thanks for all your help and guidance. Also, are there any other blogs out there for the romance readers that you like or find useful? I try to find some on my own, but ALOT of them seem to be author promo sites masquerading as “reviews” or fan sites , which I have no interest in….thank you. Serious criticism in the genre is so important to me as a reader and I have learned ALOT here.
    You perform a tremendous service to the romance reading community. I am very grateful.

  2. Phyllis
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 14:59:47

    A Western? In Ohio? The town’s name is Westen in the story. Ohio hasn’t been “West” for 150 years or so ;)

  3. Lee
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 15:47:43

    I like Westerns that have horses as the primary mode of transportation

  4. Jane
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 15:52:06

    @mari: The Amazon forums don’t allow any author to self promote and the forum members are pretty hooked in. They call out sock puppeters like Madeline Sheehan who comments under various different names on Amazon (I think her latest one is M. Gill or something). I don’t agree with all their assessments on the forums over there, but I do think that they aren’t shills or trying to make friends with the authors but are really interested in talking with other readers.

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