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How to Be a Proper Lady By: Katharine AsheHow to Be a Proper Lady by Katherine Ashe. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The Rules of Being a Proper Lady

1) Never take steps greater than six inches apart.

2) Never look boldly at a gentleman.

3) And never, ever, kiss a man who is not your fiancÉ.

But beautiful, bold Viola Carlyle doesn’t care about the rules. And she desperately wants to kiss the notoriously tempting Captain Jin Seton, the man who brought her kicking and fighting back to English society. Kidnapped as a child, now she longs to return to that life of freedom where she was able to live–and love–as she wished.

Having hunted Viola for two years, Jin Seton has finally found his good luck–for, by finding Viola, his oldest, deepest debt will at last be paid. And although he has vowed not to let her win his heart, this very improper lady might finally be the one who tames him.

The reviews say that when Jin and Viola are together, the book is great. When they aren’t, it’s really boring. Reader Kate articulates a problem I find in many romances “I had admired that the author tried to write about a strong woman that lived in the early 1800’s… but as soon as she started to lose her steam, to lose her authority, and started to appear incompetent to Jin, I found that the whole thing lost its appeal. “

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Stacy Gail	Savage AngelSavage Angel by Stacy Gail. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

ook two in The Earth Angels

Feel nothing. Sara Savitch’s personal mantra has been hard to live by ever since her torrid one-night stand with army doctor Gideon Mandeville. Descended from the Seraphim, angels known as heaven’s soldiers, Sara may be an expert fighter, but she’s an amateur when it comes to relationships.

Physically unharmed, but still battle-scarred, Gideon has returned to Dallas in the hopes of regaining his faith in humanity—and in himself. Instead he’s walked into a nightmare. His father is on a serial killer’s hit list, and has hired a personal bodyguard—the very woman who has haunted Gideon’s dreams for a year.

As Sara works to build an impenetrable fortress around her client, she yearns to tear down the one around Gideon’s heart. With his bitter rejection of warriors, will he ever be able to accept her true nature? Sara must find a way to trust Gideon with her secret as the killer closes in?

Find out how it all began in Nobody’s Angel, available now!

55,000 words

You don’t need to read the first one to understand the second say the reviews but one reader noted that the name of the book kind of gives away Sara’s secret.

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Under the Never Sky      by     Veronica Rossi Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse. Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive. A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky. I

n her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

This enhanced edition contains the full text of the novel, plus this exclusive content:–A Q&A with Veronica Rossi–Veronica’s Favorite Things–A Playlist Inspired by Under the Never Sky–Behind-the-Scenes Development of the “Smarteye”–A Video Look Inside Veronica Rossi’s Writing Process–A Sneak Peek at Book Two: Through the Ever Night

Kindle offers two versions, both at $2.99. One of them has audio and video in the file which intrigues me. Like do you actually get the music in the playlist? Because the $2.99 would be a real bargain then. BN also carries an enhanced version but not all retailers do.

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The Informationist (Vanessa Michael Munroe Series #1)      by     Taylor Stevens The Informationist by Taylor Stevens. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

“Stevens’s blazingly brilliant debut introduces a great new action heroine, Vanessa Michael Munroe, who doesn’t have to kick over a hornet’s nest to get attention, though her feral, take-no-prisoners attitude reflects the fire of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander….Thriller fans will eagerly await the sequel to this high-octane page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly, starred, boxed review

Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information—expensive information—working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle’s most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she’s never looked back.

Until now.

A Texas oil billionaire has hired her to find his daughter who vanished in Africa four years ago. It’s not her usual line of work, but she can’t resist the challenge. Pulled deep into the mystery of the missing girl, Munroe finds herself back in the lands of her childhood, betrayed, cut off from civilization, and left for dead. If she has any hope of escaping the jungle and the demons that drive her, she must come face-to-face with the past that she’s tried for so long to forget.

Gripping, ingenious, and impeccably paced, The Informationist marks the arrival or a thrilling new talent.

From the Hardcover edition.

There are several reviews that suggest Vanessa Michael Munroe, the kickass action hero, is similar to Lisbeth Salander. One reviewer said “If the gunrunner brings to mind Humphrey Bogart, Munroe would have to be a warped composite of Jessica Alba, Angelina Jolie, Uma Thurman, and all three Charlie’s Angels. She’s a great character: an intuitive, intelligent action hero who speaks multiple languages, practices martial arts, and is handy with a knife; a haunted nomad with a horrific past whose understandable ferocity is barely restrained (except when it’s not). She has a (largely unfulfilled) desire for romance that conflicts with her instinct for self-preservation, adding edginess to her character.”

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

9 Comments

  1. Kim
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 15:25:05

    @Jane: I did a search at DA and didn’t see this deal. Did you see that the ebook, It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn, is on sale for $.99. I picked it up at BN, but I believe it’s on sale everywhere.

  2. Jane
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 15:28:22

  3. John
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 16:07:03

    Under the Never Sky is a great deal; a very unique futuristic/fantasy YA that doesn’t retread the usual YA romance tropes. The world alone is better than one would expect.

    I’m always so conflicted on the Avon sales. Their historicals can be fun, but so many have their boring spots.

  4. Leslie
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 16:24:42

    I really liked The Informationist – the backstory (which is pretty harrowing) is seamlessly woven into the main narrative and you get a feel for the hero pretty quickly. I also loved the fact that she really is able to kick ass while thinking on her feet. Maybe a little Salander, a little Jason Bourne (movie Bourne, not Ludlum Bourne); for those of you who read the Larsson books, think Lizbeth in Girl Who Played With Fire.
    For those of you who saw Hanna, think Hanna in her 20s.
    I did get the second book, but the subject matter was a little more difficult (child trafficking) and I had to skip the victim POVs. Still, good mystery and good resolution.

  5. Jenny Schwartz
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 17:42:24

    I really like “ook 2″ , Savage Angel … sorry, I couldn’t resist quoting the typo! :) Anyone else a fan of Terry Pratchett’s Librarian? Ook!!!

  6. kiahzoe
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 19:36:31

    I loved The Informationist and while I think the protagonist will appeal to fans of Lisbeth Salandar, I think her closest literary progenitor is really Modesty Blaise. I’ve always loved Modesty and am on the look-out for equally strong, bad-ass heroines and Michael Munroe definitely fit the bill.

  7. CleoC
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 20:13:42

    @Jenny Schwartz: That was my very first thought; I even said “ook” out loud to my dogs!

  8. Jenny Schwartz
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 21:06:47

    @Cleo LOL the things our dogs put up with! :)

  9. Nikki
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 20:06:12

    I just want to say, I blame DA and the daily deals for my Eli Monpress binge.

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