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First up is a big 99c indie sale:

What’s better than Black Friday or Cyber Monday?  The Love, Murder, and Everything Else eBook Sale! 24 quality, well-reviewed ebooks all reduced to just .99 cents for one entire week, November 27th – December 3rd.


What’s your pleasure? Romance? They’ve got it! Mystery and Thrillers? They’ve got that too! And horror, science fiction, YA, and more! Plus, fun extras like a free short story and recipes.

Participating authors include Scott Nicholson, Jennifer Blake, Angie Fox, Deanna Chase, Donna Fasano, J. Carson Black, Alexandra Sokoloff, Matthew Iden, Karen Cantwell, Misha Crews, Amanda Brice, MA Comley, David Gaughran, Rebecca Forster, LK Rigel, Cidney Swanson, Gary Karton, Mackenzie Lucas, Sandra Edwards, Edward W. Robertson, Phoenix Sullivan, Sophie Davis, Juli Alexander, and Lindsay Buroker.

Check it out and enter a chance to win a book retailer gift card for $100.00.


We have some great Kindle deals today.


There are two Kobo coupon codes. 75off (75% off) and 50Nvbr (50% off). Happy shopping.

When looking for books to be discounted, Harlequin, Kensington and the small presses usually allow the coupon. Entangled, though, is published through Macmillan and so you can’t use the coupon on those books. (Tried that with Tessa Bailey’s lastest. No go).



Defending Jacob by William LandayDefending Jacob by William Landay. $ 2.99 AMZN | Google

From the Jacket Copy:

Entertainment Weekly • The Boston Globe • Kansas City Star

“A legal thriller that’s comparable to classics such as Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent . . . Tragic and shocking, Defending Jacob is sure to generate buzz.”—Associated Press


Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life, his wife, Laurie, and teenage son, Jacob.

Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.

Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.

It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.

How far would you go?

I can’t even make up some snarky comment about this because I find it so sad. I was reading an article about the young football player who stabbed his much older lover and the mother brokenly pleading that her son was not a murderer. It sounded like there were a lot of extra things going on in that relationship including stalking and possibly improper involvement by a man who shouldn’t be trying to pick up young high schoolers. Anyway, sad.

This was a BN recommended read and the NYT said that nothing in the book was predictable. Can’t ask for much more than that.

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Anything But Sweet (Sweet, Texas Series #1) by Candis TerryAnything But Sweet by Candis Terry. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

He’s stubborn and thoroughly male . . .

If Charlotte Brooks thinks she and her TV makeover show can turn Reno Wilder’s hometown upside-down, he’ll be happy to prove her wrong. The ex-Marine has seen too much turmoil and he likes Sweet, Texas, just the way it is. Traditional. Familiar. A little dull. Everything Charli isn’t. But instead of backing off from his scowls like everyone else, Charli digs in her skyscraper heels.

She’s tenacious and wickedly tempting . . .

Reno Wilder is a one-man unwelcoming committee, but Charli isn’t budging. It’s clear the gorgeous cowboy needs an overhaul just as much as Sweet. Someone needs to break him out of that gruff shell and show him how fun and rewarding a little change can be.

They’re about to find that loveis anything but predictable.

In the “Editorial Review” section there are two quotes from the same author. Actually the quotes are exactly the same. It’s likely an error but it made me think of a shelftalker. “In the vein of Rachel Gibson and Rachel Gibson comes a fresh new voice.” I wonder if they are friends because one of the reviews comes from The Idaho Statesman. Isn’t that where RG is from?

Rachel Gibson
“A fun and refreshing voice in contemporary romance.”

NYT bestselling author Rachel Gibson
“A fun and refreshing voice in contemporary romance.”

I’m guessing they want you to believe that if you like Rachel Gibson, you’ll like this author. PW says the book has humorous dialogue in clever situations. Hmm.

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Come As You Are Theresa WeirCome As You Are by Theresa Weir. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Molly Young has a secret. To keep it she holds the world at a distance. Behind her lies a trail of dumped boyfriends who came too close to discovering what no one can know. When her estranged father dies of an unexpected heart attack he leaves an even deeper secret, one tied to Molly’s.

At the funeral repast Molly is unable to tolerate the shoulder-to-shoulder mourners and runs out the door and down the street to the nearest bar. Come dawn, with no memory of the past ten hours, she finds herself in bed with a beautiful stranger. She slips away before he wakes up, unaware of the role he’s about to play in her life. Is he the one guy who can convince Molly to face her painful secret and become the person she’s meant to be?

I didn’t read this book even though I like Weir. I think we need to conscript Robin into reading and reviewing this book. I think the blurb was simply too generic for me.

She’s changed the cover (you can see the original by clicking on the BN link) and the price is all over the place. At Google it is $1.49. At most other retailers, it is .99. Probably the changes haven’t been picked up at the other retailers. But I probably preferred the first cover to the jaundiced / bilious? wash.

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Sweet Liar by Jude DeverauxSweet Liar by Jude Deveraux. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Pocket Books is proud to present Jude Deveraux’s first contemporary novel, a New York Times bestseller in hardcover, now a paperback total release. Sweet Liar tells the story of Samantha Elliot and Michael Taggart, whose first encounter in the courtyard of Mike’s New York City townhouse is the sexiest kiss either of them has ever experienced, and whose relationship from that moment on is just as stormy and exciting.

I’m not sure exactly what book you’re getting here because the blurb on the sites is for a sexy Black Ops Inc novel by Cindy Gerard but I don’t need no stinking blurb to tell you that I frickin’ loved Sweet Liar when it came out so many years ago.

It was one of the first contemporaries penned by Deveraux and really the only reason to read this book is for the twin scene. Deveraux was the author that pioneered the trope “I’ve got the right girl when she can tell me from my twin.” As corny as it is, I loved that scene.

But the subplot involving the flapper’s murder was pretty dull. Still totally enjoyed it so I must be harder than the die hard romance fan because PW says “the highly improbable story line, overloaded with convoluted plots and subplots, will discourage even the most die-hard romance fan.”

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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. Brian
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 13:31:05

    Allegiant by Veronica Roth is down to $3.49 at Amazon US and Google Play in case anyone here is reading that series.

  2. Brian
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 13:33:21

    A couple more Kobo codes that may or may not work depending on which version of their checkout you’re currently getting.

    95% off – 95comic
    80% off – 80Nvbr

  3. Monique
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 13:38:06

    I really appreciate when you tell us about Kobo coupons. I didn’t know about the 75off until you mentioned it on your web site. And I love the deals and reviews. Keep up the good work !

  4. Glittergirl
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 14:01:25

    I’m new to Kobo and their coupon deals…I just got a new computer that lets me enter my credit card info (the 14 year old windows xp wouldn’t let me do lots of things). I have a Nook and use epub. I’ve heard you can use the codes multiple times and/or all month. I haven’t really been paying attention until this week…Can you bring me up to speed? You’ve helped me in the past and I’m not very tech savvy (learning slowly). Thanks for the help!

  5. Jane
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 14:14:06

    @Glitter Girl – When you hit “buy now” it will take you to the check out screen. There’s an area on the left side to enter a coupon code. If the coupon works, then the price on the right side will be reduced. Some of the coupon codes are multi-use meaning you can reuse them. Some are useable only once.

    You never know until you try it but you should see the discounted price BEFORE you press the final buy now button.

  6. MarciaS
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 14:20:28

    I received a Black Friday Deals email from Barnes & Noble – they are having very reduced prices on the Nook Simple Touch ($39.00) & the Nook HD/8GB ($79.00).

    Sale starts online on Thanksgiving Day & in stores Friday – while supplies last, of course:)

    If I did not already have an NST & HD+ , this would be pretty hard to pass up.

  7. Glittergirl
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 14:45:41

    @Jane: Awesome! Thanks so much Jane :-) Have a fabulous Thanksgiving

  8. AMK
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 14:52:41

    I’m confused – Katie McGarry’ s books seem to have two versions on Kobo. One is cheaper and is from Mira Ink, the other more expensive and is from Harlequin Teen. They have different covers, but could there be other differences?

  9. LeeF
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 14:53:36

    OK- you got me to try two new-to-me authors with the 99¢ deals.

    Does anyone recognize an author or author to recommend on the sale?

  10. Rosie
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 14:54:47

    I just got a Kindle Fire. Is there an app that lets you get books from Kobo to read on the Fire? Basically I’m jealous of those coupons! And I seriously doubt I will ever own a kobo reader. Thanks.

  11. Anne
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 15:08:04

    @Rosie: I have no idea which version of a Fire you have but the following should be enough to get you started-

    1. Swipe down from the top> Device> Allow Installation of Applications from unknown sources> Yes

    2. Go to web> go to > Search for kobo reader> Select and install.

    By doing #1 you essentially have access to any app from anywhere EXCEPT Google Play. You still can’t go there.

  12. Jolie Jacq
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 15:18:44

    I read Come As You Are a couple of weeks ago and loved it. I thought the writing was great. The characters were well developed and the story was engrossing and angsty, just the way I like it. Read it in one sitting.

  13. Rosie
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 15:19:47

    Thank you, Anne! I will try that this evening.

  14. Brian
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 15:28:21

    @AMK: Just a guess, but I’m guessing you’re seeing both the US release (Harlequin Teen) and the release for the UK or elsewhere. They do have different covers and depending on where you are (or where Kobo thinks you are) they will sometimes show more than one version.

  15. Willaful
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 15:47:06

    @AMK: I don’t know if it’s the case here, but Kobo sometimes has both epub and pdf version, with the pdf version cheaper. And they DON’T TELL YOU before you buy, which is incredibly annoying.

  16. AMK
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 15:49:32

    @Brian: That makes sense. I’m neither in the US nor the UK, so perhaps it’s understandable that Kobo got a little confused. Anyway, I got the cheaper versions and with coupons, books 2 & 3 only cost me $3.76, so I’m certainly not complaining :)

  17. AMK
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 15:57:11

    @Willaful: Now that gave me a scare! But no, I checked the library now and they’re epubs.

  18. Brian
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 17:58:16

    @Willaful:FYI, If you can still access the old site (using old versions of Internet Explorer for example) they still tell you what download format (if any) is available. I agree the new site is very annoying (in more ways than one).

  19. hilly
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 19:55:52

    “… I probably preferred the first cover to the jaundiced / bilious? wash.”

    @Jane: Is that a coincidence or the latest fad?

  20. Kaetrin
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 22:56:18

    Jayne reviewed Come As You Are by Theresa Weir here:

    She liked it better than I did.

  21. Rachel
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 06:40:34

    Thanks for the Kobo coupons!

    The Theresa Weir book looks good, but she’s such a hit or miss author for me. I loved Some Kind of Magic but hated Bad Karma. Still, you can’t beat that price.

  22. Estara Swanberg
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 08:30:38

    @Brian: Thanks again, ever so much ^^

    ETA: the 50Nvbr seems multi-use, as I’ve just successfully purchased three books with it.

  23. Laurie
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 09:57:33

    I am using Windows 7 and I can still access the old kobo site if I jump through a lot of hoops. Before you go to the kobo site you need to click tools in the top right of your browser window and then click compatibility view settings. Select view all websites in compatibility view. Then go to kobo. Select your book, sign in and it will take you to the purchasing screen. For some reason it will not let you enter any promo codes or gift card info so you need to go back to the tools menu (upper right) and unclick compatibility view. Sometimes it will make you sign in again but it will take you back to the purchase screen after you do this. At this point you are able to enter promo codes and gift card numbers. After clicking buy now and receiving your book you need to put it back into compatibility view to see other books in the old screen. And if you decide to buy another one you will have to again uncheck compatibility view when you get to the purchase screen. And repeat all of these steps for any other books you buy. It is onerous and time-consuming but you will know what format your books are in and more of the coupon codes work on the old screen.

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