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After Innocence Brenda Joyce After Innocence by Brenda Joyce. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

A dreamweaver spinning spells that entice and enchant, a masterful creator of unforgettable characters and incomparable romance , bestselling author Brenda Joyce works magic–from her award-winning American saga of the lusty remarkable Bragg family to the spellbinding medieval passion of Promise of the Rose.

Estranged from society, wealthy and beautiful artist Sofie O’Neil finds solace in her private world, She longs just once to taste a forbidden love–to follow the dangerous diamond muggler Edward Delanza to paradise. But Edward wants far more from the innocent young heiress than a brief and passing encounter. For he is determined to heal her and possess her–now . . . and for all time.

There are, by my count, ten Brenda Joyce novels on sale for $2.99.

Firestorm, Innocent Fire, Beyond Scandal, The Fires of Paradise, Promise of the Rose, Captive, Scandalous Love, The Game and Secrets.


rose garden Susanna KearsleyRose Garden by Susanna Kearsley. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

“Whatever time we have,” he said, “it will be time enough.”

Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers. There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.

But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.

From Susanna Kearsley, author of the New York Times bestseller The Winter Sea and a voice acclaimed by fans of Gabaldon, du Maurier, and Niffenegger alike, The Rose Garden is a haunting exploration of love, family, the true meaning of home, and the ties that bind us together.

I had chosen an MC Beaton title, but apparently it is no longer on sale. This is BN’s Nook Daily Deal, price matched by Amazon. Per our own Sunita “This novel is an example of how a story can be utterly, completely romantic in tone without having explicit sex or even many romantic interludes between the hero and heroine. It is worth keeping in mind that it does not follow the conventions of a genre romance. A key focus of the story is on Eva’s journey from a grieving sister to a woman who looks forward to her future with the man she loves (however unusually she’s reached that point), and her friendships with Fergal, Claire, and the rest of the Halletts are critical parts of that journey. The first part of the novel is accordingly quite sad, although I didn’t find it depressing. As Eva recuperates at Trelowarth and becomes involved in the Hallett’s lives, and then even more entwined in the lives of Daniel, Fergal, and Jack, the sadness recedes (although it never goes away completely, and how can it?).

The first line of this story is devastating, but the last line is filled with happiness. They make powerful bookends to a memorable novel.”

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Seducer (Sensual Captivity, Book One) by Aubrey Ross Seducer (Sensual Captivity, Book One) by Aubrey Ross. $Free.

From Jacket Copy:

Sensual Captivity, Book One.

Determined to save his people from a debilitating mutation, Mal Ton abducts a gifted geneticist and brings her to his war-torn world. Andrea wakes up naked and in the arms of a handsome doctor who claims to be Mal Ton’s captive as well. Roark charms and seduces her while Mal Ton overwhelms her senses, awakening needs she didn’t realize she possessed.

Roark’s smoldering intensity is even more intoxicating than Mal Ton’s blatant sexuality. Slipping beneath her emotional defenses, Roark unleashes her passionate nature and makes her long for the soul-deep connection she gave up on long ago. She wants to believe they’ve found a bond more meaningful than lust, but how can she trust her captors? Now her sensuality is pitted against her intellect and the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance.

I believe this is a novella despite its retail list price of $7.99. Outrageous, right? It’s a futuristic erotic romance. There aren’t really enough reviews for me to give you any warnings but it is free and the cover is LOLarious.

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Christmas Cash Maggie Casper Christmas Cash by Maggie Casper. $Free.

From Jacket Copy:

Book one in the Raising Cain series.

If you can’t beat him, irritate the hell out of him.

Moving back home to Chaos, Texas wasn’t working out quite the way Noelle had planned. The last thing she expected was a seasonal job that included dressing up as Mrs. Claus while ringing a bell for charity, but thanks to Cash McCain, she wasn’t left much of a choice.

Cash can’t believe what ten years can do for a woman. The last time he’d seen Noelle, she’d been all knees and elbows. Now a woman grown yet still ten years his junior, thus too young for him, Noelle has filled out in a way that should be illegal. When Cash refuses her a job at Raising Cain, a Texas honky-tonk run by the McCain siblings, she takes it upon herself to make his life miserable. Who could have imagined the damage a tiny, tinkling bell could cause to a man’s sanity?

But when things heat up, Cash begins to think that raising a little cane with the likes of Noelle might not be such a bad thing after all.

This is a Quickie which means it is under 15,000 words. This one clocks in at 14,997. The one review I saw rated it three stars and said it was fun.

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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
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 14:23:08

    I heart Agatha Raisin. She’s brilliant and not lovely. She gets in the most hilarious messes by trying to be something she’s not, and suffers from unrequited love for men who SO don’t deserve her. The series may be considered cozy, but Agatha herself is definitely not. She’s wonderful.

  2. Cecelia
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 14:24:38

    Speaking of that LOLarious cover, I just downloaded it. I’ll let you know when I get my dignity back. *grin*

  3. Jody
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 14:27:22

    And, Quiche of Death isn’t showing up at $2.99 for me on either Amazon or B&N.

  4. MrsJoseph
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 14:46:59

    @Cecelia: I grabbed it, too.

    Christmas Cash is funny but meh so far.

  5. Jane
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 14:55:15

    @Jody: Boy that was a quick sale. I’ll have to change it out.

  6. Jane
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 15:01:25

    @Cecelia: I downloaded them both. So I have more recovery time or half the dignity ;)

  7. Brie
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 15:34:21

    I just got both books. I want to say it’s a new low for me, but I’ve bought worse before and actually paid for them…

    The Rose Garden is a wonderful story and that price is excellent. One of the best books I read last year.

  8. DS
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 19:06:12

    I really like the audio version of The Rose Garden and if you are an audible member Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley is available as an unabridged download for $6.95. This price is good until 8/31.

  9. peggy h
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 19:59:15

    I loved Rose Garden so much that though I paid more for it than this price, I’m not sorry I got it months ago because I got to read it that much earlier! Even if it turns out not to be your cup of tea, it’s definitely worth trying at that price. I’ve glommed Kearsley’s backlist since reading Winter Sea last year, have loved all of them, and eagerly waiting for her new book and for more of her backlist to come out in e-versions!

    (Also a fan of MC Beaton!)

  10. Olivia
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 17:28:24

    I picked up and read Seducer because I’m a sucker for a sci-fi menage. Sadly — and spoilery — though the blurb hints at a three-way romance and there are some m/f/m sex scenes, the uber-dominant warrior dude fades out of the action halfway through. Looks like he falls for a different woman in book two of the series. I must admit to being disappointed by this, particularly since the world-building at the start of the book supported my menage assumptions (the alien species has triple-stranded DNA that requires three partners to procreate).

    On the plus side, triple-stranded DNA is apparently totally a thing. Hooray for education through erotic romance!

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