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Daily Deals: A selection of romances, different and cheap

Kobo is having a Boxing Week sale

For those UK, AU, and NZ, use code BoxingDay50 at Kobo.  The sale runs from the 24th through the 31st.

For those in US and Canada, the prices have already been reduced at Kobo.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky   The Girl Who Fell from the Sky      by     Heidi W. DurrowThe Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Rachel, the daughter of a danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop.

Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African American grandmother as her guardian, Rachel is thrust for the first time into a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring a constant stream of attention her way. It’s there, as she grows up and tries to swallow her grief, that she comes to understand how the mystery and tragedy of her mother might be connected to her own uncertain identity.

This searing and heartwrenching portrait of a young biracial girl dealing with society’s ideas of race and class is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.

From the Washington Post “Durrow’s novel is an auspicious debut, winner of the Bellwether Prize for socially conscious fiction. She has crafted a modern story about identity and survival, although some of the elements come together a little too neatly. Still, this is a fresh approach to an old idea. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is not just a tale of racial ambiguity but a human tragedy.”

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The Opportunist by     Tarryn FisherThe Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Olivia Kaspen is a sharp tongued manipulator used to always getting what she wants. With just one exception-Caleb Drake, the one she foolishly let slip away. After a chance encounter brings Caleb back into her life, Olivia finds herself wanting a second chance with her first love, and asking herself how far she is willing to go to get him back. Her only problem is a red head named Leah, Caleb’s new love. Olivia must fight for what was once hers, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

The blurb has always made me leery of reading this book even though it is a highly recommended self published book. Plus, the end is a cliffhanger but it sounds like a challenging character that the author wrote, different from what you might see in many books.


 Love in the Afternoon      By: Alison PackardLove in the Afternoon by Alison Packard. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image—and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime’s most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend.

Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm’s length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.

But when Kayla receives threatening letters, her past as a scream queen seems to be coming back to haunt her. Succumbing to an attraction neither one of them can deny, Sean and Kayla must face down her stalker and their own personal demons before trusting what they both feel—a love that lasts long after the cameras stop rolling.

Sunita gave this book a B-

The romance between Sean and Kayla develops slowly; they get to know each other, as does the reader, and the supporting characters are well integrated into Sean and Kayla’s lives. Sean’s friendship with Matt helps to create a richer context for his character, and I liked the backstory details, like the reason each drove a vintage car. When Sean and Kayla finally get together, the sex is steamy, but it’s also romantic, and we know them as people, not just hero and heroine.

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Assassins in Love: Assassins Guild      by     Kris DeLakeAssassins in Love by Kris DeLake. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

When one killer falls for another

Agent: Misha
Profile: Highly trained in every method the assassins guild has to offer. Always goes by the book.

Agent: Rikki
Profile: Rogue assassin who kills only to rid the world of hardened criminals. Hates organizations. Always does it her way.
Love becomes a matter of life and death

Misha’s mission is to get Rikki to join the guild or give up her guns. He completely underestimated the effect she would have on him…and what heat and chaos they could bring to each other…

I always want to like these Mr and Mrs Smith novels but they rarely work for me.  Has anyone read this?

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Just A Kiss Away  by     Jill Barnett Just A Kiss Away by Jill Barnett. $Free at Amazon.

From Jacket Copy:

Arriving on a lush Pacific island, Eulalie Grace LaRue was soon to be reunited with the father she hadn’t seen since childhood. Yet before Lollie’s dreamed-of meeting could take place, the lovely Southern belle was caught in the crossfire of a violent revolution — and thrown into the rugged arms of Sam Forester.

On the run in the jungle, the battle-scarred soldier of fortune didn’t know what to do with the pampered blonde placed in his care. Survival was his top priority, but he could not resist Lollie’s seductive charm…or deny the growing attraction between them. Though Sam thrived on chance and risk, falling in love was the one chance he wasn’t willing to take.

Powerless against the desire that consumed them both, Lollie surrendered to his passionate embrace. But when he dismissed her affections, she was determined to fight for him…

First published by Pocket Books in 1992, it received the RT Reviewers’ Choice in “Historical Love and Laughter. The cover from that time period is fantastic and I’ve used it here.


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. Lindsey E
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 14:45:19

    I enjoyed Assassins in Love when I read it. Finished it the same week I started the book. I plan to read her next book.

  2. JenM
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 15:22:35

    My book club read The Girl Who Fell From the Sky and I just want to warn readers that the only word I can think of for this book is grim. I don’t expect an HEA when I read LitFic, but in this book absolutely NOTHING good happens to any of the characters. I try hard to finish all of my book club reads, no matter how much I dislike them, otherwise, this would have been a DNF for sure.

  3. CK
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 18:37:55

    I liked the cover of Assassins in Love. That’s about it. I thought the heroine was unlikeable and the romance unbelievable. I quickly lost my patience with what I felt was meandering pace and unfocused storytelling.

  4. CHH
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 11:21:24

    The Bargainmoose40 coupon for 40% off is still good at Kobo and you can use it on those non-Agency books which have already been reduced for the Boxing Day sale. It doesn’t work on HarperCollins books though. But I got 10 books from Bloomsbury Publishing and Candlewick for $1.19 or $1.69 each. So ten books for less than $17.

  5. Gwen Hayes
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 11:42:00

    The Barnett book isn’t listed as free for me. *sadface*

  6. Jane
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 11:43:39

    @Gwen Hayes: It must have been free for that short window that Amazon allows a KDP book to be listed for free.

  7. Carin
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 13:57:03

    @JenM – thank you so much! The Girl Who Fell looked good, but I would have been very disappointed in it’s grim tone!

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