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Daily Deals: Betrayed by Shadows by Nancy Gideon

Betrayed by Shadows by Nancy Gideon Betrayed by Shadows by Nancy Gideon. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

This is a pre order and from my Googling, it appears to be a full sized book and not a novella. At least this link says it is 400 pages long.

Unfortunately, none of the links actually tell us what this book is about. Not even Ms. Gideon’s website reveals this. So it’s like a surprise grab bag? 400 pages of something?



Hard Lovin' Man Lorraine Heath Hard Lovin’ Man by Lorraine Heath. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

USA Today bestselling author Lorraine Heath spins a passionate tale of love lost and found in a small Texas town.

When Kelley Spencer moves back to her hometown of Hopeful with her sister, she hopes desperately to protect sixteen-year-old Madison from the trouble that seemed to find her in Dallas. Almost immediately, a brush with the law reveals that the police chief is none other than Jack Morgan — the man who broke Kelley’s heart many years before. He’s the last man she thought she’d find still living in Hopeful…and the only man she’s ever loved.

Jack Morgan wants nothing more than a second chance with Kelley Spencer — and he’s not shy about showing it. Their love might have been doomed all those years ago, but nothing’s stopping him now. That is, nothing but Kelley’s dark secret that might drive Jack to leave her again…this time forever.

This is Heath’s contemporary debut and it has  mixed reviews.  The negative reviews focused on how the “heel dragger” Kelley would not allow this amazing man to love her.  


The Highlander's Bride by Michele Sinclair

The Highlander’s Bride by Michele Sinclair. $2.42 / 2.61.

From Jacket Copy:


Highland laird Conor McTiernay had always dreamed of an enduring love. But the reality of women who desired him only for his title and lands made him swear off marriage forever. That is until he first set eyes on the Englishwoman his men found hiding in the forest. Beneath the dirt and grime it was clear Laurel Cordell was beautiful. But would she prove to be yet another beguiling seductress or had Conor finally found the one woman who could lay claim to his heart?


Laurel trusted that the Scottish chieftain would keep her safe from the cruel laird from whom she had escaped. Looking deep into Conor’s silver eyes she saw not only his calculating warrior ways but his quick arousal to passion. But before they can explore the growing desire between them, their newfound love is threatened by secrets from her past.

Warning: insta-love. Apparently the laird who hates marriage changes his mind within days of meeting the blonde waif in the woods and there are modern words and phrases which might bother some.


Bewitching Jill Barnett Bewitching by Jill Barnett. $1.99/4.00.

From Jacket Copy:

What’s a Duke to do when a carefully selected bride rejects him rather than marry without love? He salvages his pride by marrying the next woman who falls into his arms! Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie bewitched Alec, the Duke of Belmore, the moment she appeared from nowhere and tumbled into his lap. Joy, a witch whose powers of white magic are not always well controlled, turns the life of the most serious and snobbish Duke in England upside down when he decides to marry the beautiful Scottish pixie who has aroused his desire. Even though he knows next to nothing about her or her background. Alec could have forgiven Joy for upending his life and the lives of all at Belmore Park if not for the truth she hid from him. He’d married a witch, who turns him to fire when he kisses her, charms everyone around her, and threatens to destroy both their lives as scandal looms over her. Too late, Joy discovers she’s desperately in love and has no idea how to be a proper duchess, control her magic or change what may come. Passion holds them spellbound in an irresistible tale of two enchanted hearts.

Jill Barnett’s early works that had a little magic in them were sweet romance reads. I haven’t revisited these books in years but I recall having very warm feelings about them.


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. ch
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 14:12:03

    There is some information about Betrayed by Shadows here:

  2. JacquiC
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 14:26:19

    For what it’s worth, I read the Lorraine Heath and enjoyed it. It was kind of forgettable once finished, but it was compelling and reasonably well-written.

  3. EGS
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 16:07:04

    I read Bewitching a while ago, but I remember really enjoying it.

  4. Susan
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 19:33:39

    Hey, Jane. I think the Sinclair piece has the Heath cover attached to it.

    I, too, read Bewitching many years ago. Her books were very sweet–not necessarily in a bad way. I haven’t seen anything new for awhile–think Ms. Barnett quit writing after the tragic death of her husband.

  5. Jane
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 19:43:04

    @Susan – thanks.

  6. carmen webster buxton
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 21:08:36

    Re: Pre-orders of unknown books or authors

    Does anyone know if Amazon plans to offer a way to pre-order a free sample of a Kindle book? It drives me bonkers that books get put up for pre-order in an all or nothing way. Lots of times I’ll hear about a new book or a new author and go to check the book out on Amazon only to find out it’s not out yet. There will be a “Pre-Order” button but not one that says “Send me a free sample as soon as one is available”. How hard could that programming be? Right now I put the book on my Wish List, but who knows whether I’ll ever go back and look at it.

    Am I the only on who thinks this would be a great idea?

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