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Tony Bourdain boxset: Kitchen Confidential & Medium RawTony Bourdain boxset by Anthony Bourdain. $ $5.00

From the Jacket Copy:

This is a collection of Kitchen Confidential and Medium Well.

A lot has changed since Kitchen Confidential – for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business-and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores these changes, moving back and forth from the author’s bad old days to the present. Tracking his own strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-travelling professional eater and drinker, Bourdain compares and contrasts what he’s seen and what he’s seeing, pausing along the way for a series of confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in food. And always he returns to the question: ‘Why cook?’ Or the harder one to answer: ‘Why cook well?’ Beginning with a secret and highly illegal after-hours gathering of powerful chefs he compares to a Mafia summit, Bourdain, in his distinctive, no-holds-barred style, cuts to the bone on every subject he tackles.

Tony Bourdain boxset is part of the Google Play birthday sale. Amazon has price matched, of course, so you can find the epub version at Google.

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Cowboy with a Cause (Try Harlequin) Carla Cassidy Cowboy with a Cause by Carla Cassidy. $ Free preorder

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Dancer Melanie Brooks had escaped small-town Oklahoma, giving up the country for Broadway’s bright lights. Yet after her mother’s funeral called her back, her own health issues forced her to stay. Now her tenant, too-hot-for-his-own-good Adam Benson, is giving her a reason to dance again. But has a killer set his sights on her, too?

Adam knows a little something about fresh starts. As for his beautiful neighbor, he doesn’t see a wheelchair—he sees a woman who understands. But as the heat grows between them, he can’t avoid the feeling that more than her big-city past haunts her—and that danger has been lurking, waiting to strike….

I don’t really know what is going on here but this is a “Try Harlequin” freebie. Unfortunately, the Try Harlequin site says that the new sample will be here on April 2013. So it might be worth pre ordering for free if you have a Kindle. I’ll repost the deal in April when the ePub versions come out.

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Forever Bound (A Vampire And Werewolf Romance Anthology) by Cynthia EdenForever Bound by Cynthia Eden. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

**Special sale! FOREVER BOUND is temporarily discounted to a sale price of .99 (originally 2.99).**

FOREVER BOUND includes the following best-selling titles by Cynthia Eden:


Word Count: 90,000

The BOUND stories are dark and sexy tales of paranormal romance. Vampires and werewolves must trust each other in these stories–their lives are on the line, and so are their hearts.

BOUND BY BLOOD by Cynthia Eden:

Vampires and werewolves have been blood enemies for centuries, but now a new threat is rising…demons are escaping from hell and those demons are intent on wiping out both the vamps and the werewolves.

In order to stop the demons, pureblood vampire princess Morgan LaBeaux agrees to the treaty offered by werewolf alpha Jace Vaughn. She’ll mate with him, share her blood with him…and in return, the wolves will aid the vampires in this battle.

But Morgan doesn’t realize just how dangerous the wolves can truly be. Jace has been waiting years to claim her. He’s set a trap for his princess, and now that he has her, Jace doesn’t plan to let her go. He’ll send the demons back to hell, and he’ll keep his vampiress—forever.


When it comes to killing vampires, werewolf Cade Thain is the best slayer in the Northwest. So when a witch hires him to take out a pureblood vamp, the assassin thinks it will be just business as usual. One less vicious vamp on the streets…one more undead parasite gone from the earth. Then he meets her.

Allison Gray isn’t the prey that Cade expects. Beautiful, innocent, she stirs a dark desire within him. Allison hasn’t transformed fully into a vampire, not yet, and it’s Cade’s job to make sure that she never does. Allison thinks that he’s at her side to keep her safe, but Cade is supposed to pick the right moment—and kill her.

Killing Allison is soon the last thing that Cade plans. As she begins the transformation that will turn her into a vampire, her bloodlust and their desire merge in an explosion of need that neither can control. But Allison’s enemies are closing in, and the coming battle will take Cade and Allison beyond life, beyond love…and into a deadly darkness that waits to claim them both.

BOUND IN SIN by Cynthia Eden

Human Paige Sloan once loved werewolf Drake Wyler more than life, but then that life was taken away from her. Attacked by vampires, Paige was bitten, and, on a cold, dark night, the life she’d known ended. She was reborn as a vampire–a werewolf’s deadliest enemy.

Paige ran from the vampires who attacked her, and she ran away from her lover. She didn’t want Drake to know what she’d become, and she didn’t want to face the fury of his pack. But a girl can only run for so long until the past catches up with her.

When Paige learns that Drake is being targeted for death, she knows that she can’t hide in the shadows any longer. She has to return to him, and she will do anything–anything–in order to make sure that he keeps living. The vampires might have destroyed her chance to live and love Drake, but they won’t take him. Not over her undead body. She’ll slay them all…and maybe, just maybe…she’ll even have the chance to sin–one more time–with the werewolf who’d marked her as his mate.

BOUND BY THE NIGHT by Cynthia Eden

For the last fifteen years, vampire queen Iona has been dead to the world. Trapped under the power of a brutal curse, she has been helpless. A prisoner, locked within her own still body. Then alpha werewolf Jamie O’Connell fights his way to her side. After defeating the guards that surround her, Jamie gives Iona his blood…and she rises.

The world has changed a great deal in the last fifteen years, and Iona has changed, too. Once known as the Blood Queen because of her dark reputation, she now finds herself longing for the blood of only one man…only he isn’t just a man. She wants the blood of her werewolf—Jamie’s blood. But Iona doesn’t realize that Jamie has been keeping secrets from her. Very dark, dangerous secrets. And Iona may have traded one curse for another.

Now that he has Iona, Jamie vows to never let her go. He needs his Blood Queen in order to defeat his defeat his enemy, he needs her to make his own beast stronger, and…he just needs her. Jamie has risked his life to claim Iona, and he won’t let anything break their bond. Not time. Not spells. Not even a wild and reckless vampire queen…

Warning: Stories contain adult language & scenes.

It looks like this is a collection of four novellas for a total of 90,000 words. Packaged together, the deal is 99c at BN and Amazon for all four.

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Pale Moon Rider by Marsha CanhamPale Moon Rider by Marsha Canham. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

He lived by night–the dark, dangerous highwayman who stole her heart….

“It was a fine night for treachery, dark with a pale moon rising….”

Like a wraith he appeared in the Coventry night, the notorious highwayman called Captain Starlight. Renée d’Anton watched, breathless, as the cloaked figure commanded, “Stand and deliver!” and her coach shuddered to a halt. Little did he know Renée had come in desperation to meet him. For the dark, seductive highwayman was her only hope in a perilous game of chance….

She was pure temptation, challenging Tyrone Hart to steal a set of heirloom rubies and name his price. He couldn’t resist her. So he agreed to risk his life for the fiery beauty–to recover the jewels that would free her from an arranged marriage and an unspeakable threat. But first Renée had to win his trust–even as she ignited passions that seduced him out of the shadows to sweep her into his arms….

Bestselling, award-winning author Marsha Canham once again delivers dangerous intrigue, sensuous romance, and two unforgettable characters whose love story will touch your heart as it takes your breath away.

This was originally published by Dell in 1998. My favorite goodreads review is from Vivisection “I’m not gonna lie. I really liked this little smutty tale of the roguish highwayman Captain Starlight and the displaced French aristo Renee. The backstory and fleshing out of each character along with the nod to the Scarlet Pimpernel went a long way in helping me overlook some obvious annoyances. In a lesser story or from a lesser author, those would have been mock-worthy. “


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. Tamara Hogan
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 16:23:19

    If you haven’t read Bourdain yet, do so! You’re in for a treat. He has one of the strongest, most distinctive writing voices I’ve ever read.

  2. Karen E
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 20:14:46

    I really enjoyed Pale Moon Rider. I’d say it is well worth $ .99.

  3. Char
    Mar 09, 2013 @ 01:09:10

    I just finished Pale Moon Rider and I thought it was very slow and I didn’t like how the author gave everyone’s back story up front. It isn’t till the middle of the book that it gets even remotely interesting then I found the end anticlimactic. If we were doing a grade on it I would give it a C.

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