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Amazon has been doing some crazy discounting including on books just released. Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Legion (Guild Hunter) (recommended read here at DA) was released yesterday and sometime later in the day, the price dropped to $5.99. Kinked by Thea Harrison, another recommended read, dropped to $4.78.

If you’ve preordered from Amazon, they are very good about honoring the price drop and refunding or crediting your account the difference. Definitely email them or call them.

Nora Roberts’ books are enjoying a few discounts as well:

The Reforming of Matthew Dunn By Virginia KantraThe Reforming of Matthew Dunn by Virginia Kantra. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

“A beautiful widow takes on THE REFORMING OF MATTHEW DUNN, the sexy cop assigned to her community policing effort. But after the murder of her prosecutor husband, can she risk loving another man whose job puts him in mortal peril? Ms. Kantra creates a superb romantic tension between her reluctant lovers as well as a memorable cast of characters.” –RT Book Reviews

Golden Heart Winner “Best Romantic Suspense”
Holt Medallion Winner
RT Book Reviews “Best First Series Romance” Nominee

Clare Harmon believes in second chances for the kids and ex-cons she employs through her neighborhood garden project. But she won’t risk her heart and her life on any man again, especially one who gets shot at for a living.

Tough cop Matt Dunn doesn’t want the beautiful girl next door complicating his recent assignment to the new community policing assignment. But when danger forces them together, these two wounded souls just may take a second chance…on love.

I feel like I read this back in the day. All About Romance says that Kantra’s heroes are some of the best. “They are strong and tender with a protective and nurturing streak and a deep commitment to family.”

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Flying Changes by Sara GruenFlying Changes by Sara Gruen. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Anxiety rules Annemarie Zimmer’s days — the fear that her relationship with the man she loves is growing stagnant; the fear that equestrian daughter Eva’s dreams of Olympic glory will carry her far away from her mother… and into harm’s way. For five months, Annemarie has struggled to make peace with her past. But if she cannot let go, the personal battles she has won and the heights she has achieved will have all been for naught.

It is a time of change at Maple Brook horse farm, when loves must be confronted head-on and fears must be saddled and broken. But it is an unanticipated tragedy that will most drastically alter the fragile world of one remarkable family — even as it flings open gates that have long confined them, enabling them all to finally ride headlong and free.

The most helpful customer review says that the mother, Annemarie, is about as mature as her 16 year old daughter. Ouch.

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An Arranged Marriage (The Company of Rogues Series, Book 1)  by Jo BeverleyAn Arranged Marriage by Jo Beverly. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Ruined through her vile brother’s schemes, Eleanor Chivenham is offered rescue by marriage to a rake with an infamous French mistress. Eleanor accepts, determined to treat the arranged marriage with cool dignity.

Then she meets Nicholas Delaney. Not only does he stir her senses, but the trouble and pain beneath his smooth exterior reaches her heart.

Nicholas is indeed troubled. While serving his country by seducing secrets out of a French spy, he is persuaded to marry Eleanor to protect his family’s honor. But such chivalry runs counter to his carefully wrought rogue image, and extends the life-threatening plots shadowing him to Eleanor.

Jo Beverly is a favorite of reviewer Jayne. We’ve reviewed several books here but not this title. Oh Jayne!

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Song of Dragons: The Complete Trilogy [NOOK Book] by Daniel ArensonSong of Dragons: The Complete Trilogy by Daniel Arenson. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Song of Dragons, an epic fantasy trilogy, tells the story of Requiem — a fallen, ancient land whose children could become dragons… and whose last survivors dream of flying again. With over 100,000 copies sold, the Song of Dragons novels have captivated readers around the world. Now you can read the entire trilogy in one collection.

BOOK 1: BLOOD OF REQUIEM — Requiem, a kingdom of men who could become dragons, lies in ruin. Its destroyer, the tyrant Dies Irae, leads his griffins on a hunt for survivors. Will Requiem’s last children perish in the wilderness… or once more become dragons and fly to war?

BOOK 2: TEARS OF REQUIEM — Dies Irae masters new servants: the nightshades, demons of shadow who fear no sword or arrow. They suck the souls from all who live, like a glutton sucking marrow from bones. Can Requiem’s last children, a mere scattering of survivors, defeat them?

BOOK 3: LIGHT OF REQUIEM — The world lies in ruin. Forests smolder. The crows feast. From the ashes, Dies Irae raises new soldiers: monsters sewn together from dead body parts. As the undead army marches, Requiem’s survivors muster what forces they can… and prepare for their last stand.

My daughter is obsessed with dragons so I’m going to have to pick this up. Three books in one? I like.

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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann, Mark HalperinGame Change by John Heilemann. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the country’s leading political reporters, use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns.

Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character-driven and dialogue-rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, it’s an intimate portrait of some of the most powerful and fascinating figures in American life-the occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

The second book in the “series” of gossipy election stories is out by the duo (called Double Down). I enjoyed “Game Change” and it was the basis for the movie which focused on Palin. I recommend for political junkies.

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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. cleo
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 14:19:49

    I second the rec for Game Change. It’s readable and fascinating. I think history buffs as well as political junkies would like it. And West Wing fans too.

  2. Lisa J
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 14:20:15

    Dark Witch by Nora Roberts also dropped to $4.78 for the Kindle version. I pre-ordered it and contacted Amazon about the lower price. They offered me a $5 credit for the book, because they cannot price match on digital books.

  3. Sirius
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 14:23:25

    @cleo: Just got “Game change”. Thanks guys.

  4. Andrea2
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 14:33:34

    I’ve noticed lots of discounts on pre-orders (for print versions) at Amazon. I pre-ordered Archangel’s Legion, Heart of Obsidian and Kinked and got them all at $4.79 each. If you wait until they are released, the price goes back up, and then, apparently, back down a bit later. Weird pricing system!

  5. FD
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 14:35:20

    The Beverley is one I’d recommend, for the same reasons and with the same caveats as most of her books – that they are good at depicting the characters mindset in ways that are very authentic, BUT that mindset can be triggering as all get out. She is imo really good at capturing the sort of bewildered and instinctive feeling of violation felt by someone who doesn’t have the conceptual framework to understand why what has happened is wrong. Equally, another book powerfully and painfully depicts the flat affect of a survivor. This book in particular starts with a rape. Not explicit, but there. The emotional fallout on both sides makes up a huge chunk of the narrative of the book. To say any more would be spoilery.

  6. miss_malapert
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 14:42:30

    I also contacted Amazon about two ebooks that I had purchased – one was Kinked and the was the Dark Witch. This is from the chat transcript: When you pre-order a title sold by, the price you pay will be the lowest price offered by between the time you place your order and the release date. For titles sold directly from the publisher, the price you pay will be the price on the product page at the time you place your order. Amazon gave me a credit, which is fine. But this does make me hesitate to pre-order digitally and I don’t think it’s a great move on Amazon’s part.

  7. Lisa J
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 15:35:21

    @miss_malapert: I have the same thought on pre-orders now. I’m not sure I’ll do it anymore.

  8. Brian
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 18:43:35

    A lot of the current round of Amazon price drops, such as Dark Witch, are them matching Google.

  9. Tory
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 21:17:42

    Dark Witch by NR is $4.79 at BN also

  10. Carolyne
    Nov 07, 2013 @ 01:27:46

    A definite case of different readers’ mileage varying: I’m afraid I disliked the Jo Beverley book to the point I felt I should return it before I’d read so far as to make it unreasonable and unfair to do so. Which I’m torn about. If it were an inexpensive print book, returning it would mean someone else gets to have it and enjoy it. An inexpensive eBook… I dunno how I feel about it, honestly. If I could permanently transfer the book along to someone else…

    I’m not squeamish about or unfamiliar with what the author was trying to portray, but I didn’t believe in the reality of the characters, and it felt forced. As grumpy as that sounds, I’d love to read a Jayne review of it, to get a sense of how it clicks for others even if it didn’t click for me personally and whether I ought to try something different by the author.

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