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Daily Deals: Behaviorial science, gypsies, and reunited lovers

Rebellious Desire is on sale for $.99 at Amazon today. It wasn’t my favorite Garwood but it’s 99c.

The Second Seduction of a Lady By: Miranda NevilleThe Second Seduction of a Lady by Miranda Neville. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Enter the thrilling, sexy world of GeorgianEngland in this splendid Miranda Neville novella—and catch a glimpse of Caro, the heroine ofThe Importance of Being Wicked,on sale December 2012.

Eleanor Hardwick and Max Quinton shared onenight of incredible passion . . . that was shatteredthe next day, when Eleanor learned of a bet placedby Max’s friends. Now, five years later, Max stillcan’t get Eleanor out of his head or his heart. He hasa single chance to make a second impression—onethat will last forever.

This is identified as Wild Quartet 0.5, so I presume a prequel? Neville is a great favorite of readers like Janine and Robin (aka Janet) however Janine gave this a C: The novella gives a charming depiction of a countryside neighborhood and several nice touches in side characters who bring that milieu to life. It also contains sex scenes, unlike most trad regencies. Perhaps because these are shown in the less-experienced heroine’s POV, the sex scenes contained some awkward descriptions of body parts, such as “the core he has once filled.” There was also some conflation (to borrow a word from Janet/Robin) of love and sex that didn’t thrill me.

I’ve written in the past about how much I enjoy your writing style and especially your characterization. There is typically a genuine warmth and vulnerability to your characters that makes them appeal to me in a way that feels very natural. But I didn’t connect with Eleanor and Max to the same degree.

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A Question of Honor By: Lindsay McKennaA Question of Honor by Lindsay McKenna . $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Orders were orders, but battle-weary undercover agent Kit Anderson chafed at seeking refuge from death threats in the house of her new boss, Coast Guard Lieutenant Noah Trayhern. Noah’s cold authority masked inner demons to rival her own; his rough kindness sliced through her careful defenses. Suddenly her safe-house was under siege–from the inside!–and the danger was to Kit’s heart…

Look for more titles from New York Times bestselling author Lindsay McKenna. And don’t miss The Loner, coming in July 2013!

This was originally published as a Silhouette Special Ediition in 1989. The SSE line was a great one for Harlequin. Nora Roberts, for example, wrote books for the SSE line back in the day. One reviewer says it is an oldie but a goodie.

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The Upside of Irrationality by Dan ArielyThe Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The provocative follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Predictably Irrational

Why can large bonuses make CEOs less productive?
How can confusing directions actually help us?
Why is revenge so important to us?
Why is there such a big difference between what we think will make us happy and what really makes us happy?

In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term habit, how we learn to love the ones we’re with, and more.

Drawing on the same experimental methods that made Predictably Irrational one of the most talked-about bestsellers of the past few years, Ariely uses data from his own original and entertaining experiments to draw arresting conclusions about how—and why—we behave the way we do. From our office attitudes, to our romantic relationships, to our search for purpose in life, Ariely explains how to break through our negative patterns of thought and behavior to make better decisions. The Upside of Irrationality will change the way we see ourselves at work and at home—and cast our irrational behaviors in a more nuanced light.

Borrowing from a couple of Goodreads reviewers, “The Upside of Irrationality is a follow-up book to Predictably Irrational by behavioral psychologist/economist Dan Ariely. This book covers the topics of job bonuses, the meaning of labor, the IKEA effect (overvaluaing what we make), loss aversion, adaptation, online dating, empathy/emotion, and the long-term effects of negative feelings.” and “fans of psychological research will enjoy the review of literature and push their way through Ariely’s life story. ” (source here and here)

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All The Right Reasons [Damaged Heroes, Book 3] (Bookstrand Publishing)      by     Sandy JamesAll The Right Reasons by Sandy James. $ Free.

From the Jacket Copy:

Can love heal all wounds? Lucas Mitchell returned from Iraq a bitter, changed man, wracked with guilt over his friend’s death. He buys an old mansion and deals with his injuries and grief by restoring his new home and rehabilitating retired racehorses.
Joy Kovacs falls in love with Lucas at first sight. Descended from gypsies who are still influenced by the lingering effects of the Holocaust, her family follows the traditional ways. A husband has already been selected for her, and her father insists she work at their ethnic restaurant. But Joy wants to use her talent and be an artist, and she wants no one but Lucas.
How can Joy find a way to help Lucas break out of his prison of grief? Although they’ve committed their hearts to each other, can the growing love and passion between Lucas and Joy survive her family’s insistence that she marry within her culture?

“As a high school teacher, I’ve had to watch many young people, students whom I love, put on uniforms and head to Iraq. While I’m thankful they’re all doing well, I felt there was a story to tell about them. Lucas Mitchell represents those students I’ve had the pleasure of knowing who make the noble choice to serve their country.” ~Sandy~

This deal is free at most etailers except BN. This is pretty highly rated at goodreads with an above 4.0 average. The reviews indicate that the gypsy culture is a large part of the story and readers found it interesting.

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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. Isobel Carr
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 14:41:20

    I know nothing about this, but I saw on twitter that The Crimson Hunt by Victoria H. Smith (NA sci-fi) is free right now. I know there are a lot of NA fans here on DA, and a lot of them have been wishing for something in NA other than contemp.

  2. library addict
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 14:43:10

    I bought the entire set of four Love & Glory* stories by Lindsay McKenna. I haven’t reread them since their original release, but I remember liking them. However, once she spun off into her Morgan’s Mercenaries series it went quickly downhill.

    *Love & Glory was the original series title for A Question of Honor, No Surrender, Return of a Hero and the Trayhern’s parent’s story, Dawn of Valor

  3. Beth
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 15:51:39

    @Isobel Carr:

    thanks for that link

  4. Locked Out . . . but I’m Back
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 18:07:25

    […] Thanks to Dear Author, I just picked up Sandy James’ All the Right Reasons. Yet another e-book on the TBR . . . my Kobo is packed with books, but this one sounded good (and is free!) so it’s on my reader now. […]

  5. Rosario
    May 01, 2013 @ 02:24:27

    I’ve read the Dan Ariely book, and it’s a good one. My review is here:

  6. Lindsay
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:06:45

    I love the occasional non-fiction book that you add here, they’re pretty much a guaranteed buy for me! Not to mention half the romances…

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