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The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle. $ .99 / 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

It’s been twelve years since Tru Bennett last saw Jake Wethers, her former best friend and boy she once loved.

Jake Wethers, sexy, tattooed and deliciously bad lead singer, and brains behind The Mighty Storm, one of biggest bands in the world, left Tru with a broken heart when he moved from England to America with his family when they were both fourteen.

Sent to interview Jake for her music column by the magazine she works for, they are both unprepared for the sparks that fly the instant they reconnect. Only, there’s a complication to their instant feelings for one another – Will, Tru’s boyfriend of two years.

Then Jake makes Tru a job offer she can’t refuse – travelling the world with him and his band. But taking the job means leaving Will behind, and being on the road with the band means spending an inordinate amount of time with Jake.

Is Tru strong enough to resist the delectable bad boy who once held her heart so completely, or will she willingly risk it all for one night with the worlds most notorious womanizer?

Amazon has this title discounted to 99c. I liked it and reviewed it hereSamantha Towle The Mighty Storm. Tru, the female protag, takes a long time to come to her decision about Jake and there is infidelity but if you like rock star books with that New Adult feel, I’d recommend this title.

Towle’s sequel is coming out sometime in December so I suspect the reduction is to promote her title before the second is released. I thought from a quality standpoint, it was a pretty professional production.

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Wings of the Storm Susan SizemoreWings of the Storm by Susan Sizemore. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Classic Time Travel Romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Sizemore

Forced to travel to the Middle Ages when an experiment goes wrong, Dr. Jane Florian is forced to live as Lady Jehane from the Holy Land -and try not to do or say anything that could change the past.

It isn’t easy keeping a low profile, the the castle where she hides needs cleaning, and the lord of the castle’s young bride needs a makeover if she’s going to get a happily ever after.

Jane’s real troubles in leading a quiet life comes from the enigmatic Sir Daffyd, the Welsh mercenary whose attentions she knows she must defend her heart from – but can’t.

This was originally published by Avon in 1992.

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Laird of the Wind by Susan KingLaird of the Wind by Susan King. $ .99

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The beautiful Isobel of Aberlady is coveted by many men for the power of her prophetic visions. Her father has kept Isobel isolated at Aberlady Castle for this very reason. But when he is taken prisoner in battle, Isobel must rely on her own resources to protect her besieged castle and its people. Just when all hope seems lost, James Lindsay, Scottish knight turned outlaw who’s known throughout the land as the Border Hawk, scales the high castle walls to save her. Isobel obeys the counsel of her guards and escapes with James, certain that he will deliver her safely to her betrothed, Sir Ralph Leslie.

But James has other plans. Leslie is his sworn enemy, and her betrothed has taken James’s cousin hostage. Isobel discovers that she has exchanged the threat of capture by the English king for kidnapping by the legendary Border Hawk–an outlaw that her own prophecies branded a traitor to her beloved Scotland.

This was originally published by Topaz in 1998. One of the mediocre reviews said that there was too much talk about training birds in the story which, I admit, totally intrigues me.

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Texas Outlaw (Wild Texas Nights, Book 1) Adrienne deWolfe Texas Outlaw (Wild Texas Nights, Book 1) by Adrienne deWolfe . $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Fancy Holleday has more nerve than the average cardsharp. No man can resist her smoky voice and violet eyes—and that includes the federal tinstar, Cord Rawlins.

Cord may have tracked her all the way to Texas to recover the U.S. minting plates that she stole, but the Nevada penitentiary is a long ride north, giving her plenty of time to charm, seduce, or just plain outsmart the handsome Texas lawman.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Cord Rawlins is sworn to bring renegades to justice—including the brazen lady train robber who turned the tables on him near Carson City.

Tracking Fancy down is Cord’s job, but resisting her persistent persuasions is a matter of personal honor. With Fancy’s life in his hands, Cord begins to wonder if his clever prisoner is really as shameless as she pretends. Could her wicked smile be hiding a desperate secret—one that can steal his heart?

This is the first in a series that was published by Berkley beginning in 1995. You can tell it is from 1995 by the fact that the heroine has violet eyes. Strange colored eyes were a trademark of the 80s and early 90s, along with spankings and the description “spitfire.” I bet Cord uses the phrase “filly” in reference to Fancy at least once.

The two bicker constantly according to one review. Another person said that it was long and boring.

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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. Loosheesh
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 14:55:53

    Thanks Jane! I’ve been dithering back and forth on whether to pick up The Mighty Storm – I have this weird feeling I’ll hate it while at the same time I really, really want to read it – and the $0.99 price has just made my decision ;-)

  2. Tina
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 15:01:20

    Ah,The Mighty Storm. It is one of the books that has what I call the Vishnu covers. Hot guy with random extra arms coming out of nowhere. There are a lot of those showing up lately.

  3. carmen webster buxton
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 15:03:29

    I haven’t read the Susan King one, but I have seen her speak, and as I recall, she was something of an expert on 17th (or it might have been 18th) century Scotland. She also entered her first book (actually only a partial m.s.) in a contest and won an agent, who then sold the book for her (after she had finished it). When she related that story, I turned to the person next to me and said, “I hate her.” But actually she seemed really nice.

  4. brandy
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 15:19:42

    One of the mediocre reviews said that there was too much talk about training birds in the story which, I admit, totally intrigues me.

    Another person said that it was long and boring.

    This is exactly the kind of negative review that I find extremely helpful, and authors seem to not understand… One person’s “long and boring” is “just about right” for me! I look for phrases like these to tell me what TO read.

  5. Lynn S.
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 16:18:06

    The .99 price made me want to be a bad little reader and buy The Mighty Storm, but then I went over to Amazon and the first review had a quote from the book calling the hero “painstakingly beautiful” and just No, No, No.

    The long, boring, bird book though, I think I’ll be buying that one.

  6. bookfan
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 22:00:05

    I am going to buy the Susan King book. I recently read Queen Hereafter by her (historical fiction but has a nice romance in it) and loved it.

  7. Helly
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 02:16:35

    @Tina: Vishnu covers! Very apt.

  8. Margaret
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 07:46:40

    I had the Susan King in paperback when it was first released. I don’t remember much about it except that I found the hawk training scenes interesting. I went ahead and got it again.

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