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Exclusively Yours By: Shannon Stacey Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

When Keri Daniels’s boss finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive bestselling author Joe Kowalski, she gives Keri a choice: get an interview or get a new job.

Joe’s never forgotten the first girl to break his heart, so he’s intrigued to hear Keri’s back in town–and looking for him. He proposes an outrageous plan–for every day she survives with his family on their annual camping trip, Keri can ask one question.

The chemistry between Joe and Keri is as potent as the bug spray, but Joe’s sister is out to avenge his broken heart, and Keri hasn’t ridden an ATV since she was ten. Who knew a little blackmail, a whole lot of family and some sizzling romantic interludes could make Keri reconsider the old dream of Keri & Joe 2gether 4ever?

This is the first in the Kowalski family series. Stacey’s next entry featuring Mitch Kowalski comes out next week. I have read Stacey for years (literally beginning back in 2006) and while I enjoyed her romantic suspense, it is undeniable that Stacey’s contemporary voice is where she shines.

Currently it is 1.99 only at Carina Press, but CP sells DRM free ebooks.


Winter's Tale Mark Helprin Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake?orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side.

Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying.

Peter Lake, a simple, uneducated man, because of a love that, at first he does not fully understand, is driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and beseiged by unprecedented winters, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.

This is considered a classic in the fantasy genre. I admit trying to read it many moons ago but I wasn’t able to get into the story. I’m tempted to try again. The copy I had was a library lend and I wasn’t able to read it within my allotted three weeks of borrowing time. Maybe if I owned a copy and could revisit it at will, I would be able to complete it. This is a fantastic review of the book by Helena at Goodreads:

“Ulysses” is the most important book in my life. “Winter’s Tale” is my favorite. If “Ulysses” is like that boyfriend/girlfriend with whom you’re Totaly Fucking In Love, and with whom you constantly fight, and break up, and get back together, and cheat on or get cheated on by, and break up with again, and get back together with again, and sit in your car outside their house listening to Fall Out Boy and crying and about whom you talk incessantly to your friends about what an Impossible Heartless Pointless Slutty Asshole they are and then light up like a schoolchild on Christmas morning when you get a text message from them, then “Winter’s Tale” is like the best friend who you kind of secretly want to marry one day.


The Reluctant Amazon By: Sandy James The Reluctant Amazon by Sandy James. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

The last thing Rebecca Massee expects on her wedding day is to go from jilted kindergarten teacher to Amazonian Earth warrior. But when she causes an earthquake after her groom says I don’t, she discovers that not only does she possess incredible powers, she is one of four lost chosen sisters who must fight to keep humanity safe from rogue gods and demons. Luckily she has help: ruggedly handsome Scottish warrior Artair MacKay, her protector and teacher.

An immortal, Artair has trained countless warriors for more than four hundred years. He understands Rebecca’s confusion at the new world she’s been thrust into and worries she is too emotionally vulnerable, but that doesn’t stop his growing feelings for the beautiful and fearless woman.

When an evil force threatens to destroy the Amazons, Rebecca must claim her full powers–but they come at a cost. Can she sacrifice the man she loves if it means saving the world?

96,000 words

Book 1–Alliance of the Amazons

Book 2 — The Impetuous Amazon, coming Jan. 2013

This is another of Carina Press’ $1.99 deals. Mandi from SmexyBooks said it was cute, light. Jayne enjoyed James’ contemporary Rules of the Game (review here).


Tainted Innocence Joss Alexander Tainted Innocence by Joss Alexander. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

England, 1524

In Cambridge, the College of the Young Princes brings together all manner of people–with all manner of secrets. Among them is Bryony, an illiterate laundress and a stranger to the town, who lives in constant fear that her unusual upbringing and lack of friends will leave her vulnerable to accusations of witchcraft.

When Matthew Hobson, a scholar at the college, is found murdered and wrapped in linen that Bryony lost, she immediately becomes a suspect. But she is not the only one. Luke Hobson, a taciturn local tradesman who has sacrificed much for his charismatic but selfish brother, also has a motive for the murder.

With the university authorities eager to solve the crime, outsiders Bryony and Luke are forced into a wary alliance, knowing they have to track down the killer if they are to escape hanging. But can they trust in each other’s innocence in order to uncover the truth?

93,000 words

This is a pre order. Book is due out on September 17, 2012

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This was originally on sale at Google Play and was just price matched on Amazon.  

Anyone but you jennifer crusie Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

For Nina Askew, turning forty means freedom—from the ex-husband, freedom from their stuffy suburban home, freedom to focus on what she wants for a change. And what she wants is something her ex always vetoed—a puppy. A bouncy, adorable puppy.

Instead she gets…Fred.

Overweight, middle-aged, a bit smelly and obviously depressed, Fred is light-years from perky. But he does manage to put Nina in the path of Alex Moore, her gorgeous, younger-by-a-decade neighbor.

Alex seems perfect—he’s a sexy, seemingly sane, surprisingly single E.R. doctor—but the age gap convinces Nina that anyone but Alex would be better relationship material. But with every silver-haired stiff she dates, the more she suspects it’s the young, dog-loving doc she wants to sit and stay!


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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. Janine
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 15:09:21

    I remember loving Winter’s Tale. I first read it in my senior year of high school and then I reread it, or at least parts of it, several times later in life. It’s romantic as well as fantastical, though it does take some persistence to get through the set-up. The writing in it is gorgeous, too.

    The book was written in the 1970s and the story spans a hundred years, from 1900 to 2000. The hero is a burglar who, in 1900 New York, falls in love with a consumptive young woman in a house he’s breaking into. Then he disappears, only to reappear again almost a hundred years later, still the same age, and this time as an amnesiac who is trying to piece together his identity.

    In addition to this main plot, there are subplots (and two of those are romantic ones, too). Among other things, the book is a valentine to New York City. It is really long but very rewarding. I’m off to snap up an e-copy now.

  2. Brian
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 16:55:30

    The ebook of Winter’s Tale is full of OCR errors (or so I’ve read from a dew people), so if that kind of thing bugs you beware.

    I think I’ll probably grab it since $2.99 is pretty cheap and then report the errors through the books feedback function on Amazon in hopes it will be fixed by Houghton Mifflin.

  3. Janine
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 17:32:11

    @Brian: Thanks for telling me that. I already grabbed my copy but it’s still good to know.

  4. Lil
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 19:38:44

    Winter’s Tale Is one of my all-time favorite books. I read it as a library book when it was new and then went out and bought my own copy—at a time when I could ill-afford any expense that was not required to keep body and soul together. But now that I think about it, it was one of those expenses.

    Wonderful book. To be treasured. (And I generally dislike fantasy.)

  5. Janet W
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 20:53:56

    I don’t want to buy books directly from another publisher — I’m pretty locked into the Kindle/AMZ experience. Both Carina books sound great: do you expect that Amazon will match that great $1.99 price? Neither are at the moment.

  6. Brian
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 21:15:11

    @Janet W:
    I don’t think they’ve matched the other sales Carina has had the past few months. There is a place to report a lower price on the book’s page at Amazon. Might be worth a shot to see if they might match the price.

    The Carina price is good until October 1st.

  7. Naomi
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 00:56:28

    Winter’s Tale is one of those books I buy whenever I see a used copy, so I always have a spare on hand to share.

  8. juliette
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 11:59:13

    Is Joss Alexander a new writer? I can’t find any information on her. I’m liking the story synopsis and different time period, but the word count indicates more of a short story or a novella, I’m thinking?

  9. jane_l
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 20:33:25

    @juliette – I’ll send up a bat signal for Angie James.

  10. Angela James
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 20:41:28

    @juliette: Yes, Joss is a debut author, though I’m not sure if she has a website or social media properties. I’m wondering if you possibly misread the word count? as it’s 93,000, which is definitely a novel-length book (for reference, most single title fall between 80-100k, so it’s at the upper level of a single title book length).

    For what it’s worth, the team members who read this really loved it. They’re also fans of other historical mysteries like Deanna Raybourn and C.S. Harris.

    I’m happy to answer any other questions you have!

    Angela James
    Executive Editor, Carina Press

  11. Readsalot81
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 17:30:27

    Amazon has now price matched Exclusively Yours.. just FYI.

  12. KarenF
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 15:43:00

    Just noticed that today (9/14) Winter’s Tale is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble.

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