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Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe By Jenny ColganMeet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A sweet and satisfying novel of how delicious it is to discover your dreams

Issy Randall can bake. No, Issy can create stunning, mouthwateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery, she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. She’s much better at baking than she is a filing so when she’s laid off from her desk job, Issy decides to open her own little café. But she soon learns that her piece-of-cake plan will take all of her courage and confectionary talent to avert disaster.

Funny and sharp, Meet Me at the Cupcake Café is about how life might not always taste like you expect, but there’s always room for dessert!

The number one reason you should buy this is because the hero is a loan officer. I mean, how many times have we seen that? Late at night Issy and Austin talk risk margins and interest points.

Austin: Interest dropped two points today baby!
Issy: My sweet muffin, I saw that on the news. I baked us two special cupcakes that amortize in our tummies.
Austin, looking dubious: I think that’s called a tumor.
Issy: don’t be unromantic.

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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarryPushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

So wrong for each other?and yet so right.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth.
But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can PUSH THE LIMITS and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her HOW TO LOVE AGAIN.

Echo Emerson’s problems aren’t the result of a guy! They are the result of a tragic loss of her brother who died in Afghanistan and her mother’s psychosis. Noah isn’t really a bad boy either. His once charmed life as a normal high schooler came to a halt when his parents died and he and his two brothers were split into different foster homes. Noah’s entire goal is to graduate and get his family back together.

I really liked this book. McGarry’s third book, Crash Into You, comes out soon and it’s the best yet. Kind of a modern day Romeo and Juliet story. If Romeo and Juliet were both into drag racing.

Even though I love McGarry’s books, I don’t love these covers. This one? With the couple tipped on their side? Maybe their love is so strong they tipped over the lockers?

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Time of the Hunter's Moon by Victoria HoltTime of the Hunter’s Moon by Victoria Holt. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

“One of the supreme writers of gothic romance, a compelling storyteller whose gripping novels have thrilled millions.”—RT Book Reviews

Rumors. Murder. Fortune. Lies.

According to legend, a girl will see her future husband at the time of the hunter’s moon. But when the handsome stranger revealed to Cordelia Grant disappears after an all-too-brief encounter, she has to wonder: Was he merely an apparition…or something more?

The memory of her mysterious gentleman continues to haunt Cordelia when Sir Jason Verringer comes calling. It’s rumored the dashing land baron murdered his wife and mistress. But Cordelia knows, better than anyone, not to believe in society gossip. And there’s no denying that Jason is dangerously compelling. Her future hinges on one choice.

One man is her destiny. The other is her demise.

From everything I learned about life from romance novels, the men who’ve rumored to have killed their wives are actually the best lovers and most devoted spouses. He’ll never cheat on you (because you’ll be dead by the time he moves on) and he’ll be solely focused on you (because he’s analyzing you for weaknesses). Ergo, seek out the man with the worst reputation and marry him. You’ll be happy (for at least a couple of months). If not, you’ll really need up your game of hide and seek.

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Winters Heat (Titan #1) by Cristin HarberWinters Heat (Titan #1) by Cristin Harber. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she’d rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns.

Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security. It was supposed to be an easy in-and-out operation. But now, by any means necessary becomes a survival mantra when he faces off with a stunning woman he can’t leave behind.

When Titan’s safe houses are compromised, Colby stashes Mia at his home, exposing his secret—he’s the adoptive father of an orphaned baby girl. Too soon, danger arrives and Mia lands in the hands of a sadistic cartel king with a taste for torture. As hours bleed into fear-drenched days, Colby races across the globe and through a firestorm of bullets to save the woman he can’t live without.

The author emailed me her deal. I’ve mentioned before how much I like that right? But I’m worried because Colby has his gun stuck down his pants and I’ve read news reports of guns accidentally discharging. But I guess he’ll still have his fingers and so long as military psychologist Mia is okay with a eunich then this will be a definite HEA.

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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. DS
    Nov 24, 2013 @ 11:26:05

    Time of the Hunter’s Moon- And the right man is 98% of the time not blond– in fact if you meet a blond man who is tidily dressed and quite polite to you run away as fast as you can. He is the villain.

  2. Julie B.
    Nov 24, 2013 @ 11:58:38

    I adore Victoria Holt and I am so pleased that her books are back in print – I’m off to Amazon to add The Time of the Hunter’s Moon to the reading mountain!

  3. Amanda
    Nov 24, 2013 @ 12:28:02

    I will be getting the Katie McGarry book, I have heard great things about her books but the price was to high for an author I hadn’t tried before

  4. Sandra
    Nov 24, 2013 @ 13:07:47

    @Julie B.: Now if only someone would negotiate a deal to bring Mary Stewart’s books out digitally, I’d be a happy woman.

  5. Bamaclm
    Nov 24, 2013 @ 15:28:38

    Time of the Hunter’s Moon is now $1.99 at Amazon. :-)

  6. Jill Myles
    Nov 24, 2013 @ 16:15:28

    Okay, the snark is selling me. I just bought all of these books because of Jane’s snarky commentary.


  7. persnickety
    Nov 24, 2013 @ 16:24:38

    @Sandra – Mary Stewart’s books are out on Kindle (for Australians at least) but they are an eye-watering $12 each. It’s the reason why I am not buying any Hachette books at the moment- i am so annoyed by that price.

    I know they aren’t available to US readers (I tried to buy them on my husband’s account and got even crankier), but they have definitely been put out for the Kindle. Hachette seem to hold the australian rights, but not sure about the US ones.

  8. Amanda
    Nov 24, 2013 @ 17:55:22

    For any m/m readers Dreamspinner Press is having 30% off sale storewide today

  9. ohhellsyeah
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 00:29:02

    I was listening to an old DA/SmartBitches podcast a couple of days ago and I almost bought Pushing the Limits. I’m so glad I waited because now it is $4 cheaper!

  10. Kim in Baltimore
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 09:32:53

    I enjoyed MEET ME AT THE CUPCAKE CAFE. The fact that the hero was a loan officer who looks out for (and ultimately romances) a small business woman was delicious!

  11. Hannah
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 12:54:25

    I bought some Mary Stewart titles in the US Kindle store using a UK mailing address. There’s clearly an audience for them in the US–I wonder if Sourcebooks would ever get the rights to publish them here as they’ve done with Victoria Holt.

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