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Very New Orleans by Diana Hollingsworth GesslerVery New Orleans by Diana Hollingsworth Gessler. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The exquisite antebellum mansions of the Garden District. Giant oaks stretching across boulevards and back in time to before the Civil War. The decadence of Bourbon Street. The vibrant sounds of jazz, blues, and Cajun music coming from every doorway or right from the street. Lacy iron balconies that wrap around the historic buildings of the French Quarter. A leisurely meal under a canopy of wisteria.

In vibrant watercolors and detailed sketches, artist Diana Gessler captures the unique charm that makes New Orleans alluring: Mardi Gras, the Cabildo, Jackson Square, the Court of the Two Sisters, St. Louis Cemetery, the Jazz Festival, the River Road Plantations, the Cajun country, sumptuous Creole cuisine, and Audubon’s Aquarium of the Americas. In fascinating detail—on everything from the making of Mardi Gras, Napolean’s death mask, the city’s inspired architectural and garden designs, and favorite author hangouts to famous New Orleanians and Aunt Sally’s Creole pralines—Very New Orleans celebrates the city, the Cajun country, the people, and our history

Given that Romantic Times will be in New Orleans next year and it seems like everyone and their cousin is going, I thought this deal was appropriate. The author has illustrated and written two other “city guides”: Very Charleston and Very California.

Very Charleston is also on sale for $1.99

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Wedding Affair by Leigh MichaelsWedding Affair by Leigh Michaels. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

You’re invited to the wedding of the year!

The Duke of Somervale, whose sister’s wedding is the event of the ton, is fighting off debutantes and desperately needs help from beautiful, stubborn Olivia Reyne. But she is engrossed with problems engulfing her dearest friends and family. The last thing Olivia needs is to be embroiled with a duke whose dark gaze makes her forget herself entirely…

Discover a new side of a beloved author as Leigh Michaels draws you into the glittering, glitzy world of Regency England and an affair you’ll never forget.

I’m not sure if this is a bonus or a criticism but the book has three romances in it. That might be one too many for me. Just One Season is also on sale for $2.99.

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Officer Off Limits Tessa BaileyOfficer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

His need to possess her is non-negotiable.

Story Brooks’ fiancé just called off their wedding two weeks before the happy day. As if that isn’t bad enough, her semi-estranged father, an infamous NYPD hostage negotiator, has suffered a heart attack. Not wanting to examine her lack of emotion over the broken engagement, she hops on a plane to reconnect with her father before it’s too late.

Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase has never, not once, been refused by a woman, so when a debate over hospital snack foods with a delectable kindergarten teacher ends in flat-out rejection, he makes it his mission to seduce her. His only obstacle? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her.

Despite her father’s warnings and Daniel’s troubled past, Daniel and Story can’t resist their intense attraction to one another. But when the reason for her fiancé’s abrupt wedding cancellation comes to light, can Story and Daniel’s already forbidden relationship survive?

It appears that some of the Entangled Brazen line is on sale for 99c. The Entangled Indulgence sale was one day only so you may want to snap up those deals today rather than wait. I’ve actually read several from the Brazen line and they are pretty hot and have a good modern feel but not all of them are great reads. The two Tessa Bailey books would get a definite buy recommendation from me (although I’d recommend skipping the novella entirely). The prices aren’t uniform across websites and not ALL of the line is on sale.

I only found this one by Bailey for 99c whereas the first one “His Risk to Take” is not on sale. Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn and Seducing Cinderella by Gina Maxwell is.

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Cat on the Edge Shirley Rousseau MurphyCat by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. $ .99 to 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

It’s been quite a week for Joe Grey. First the large, powerful feline discovers that, through some strange, inexplicable phenomenon, he now has the ability to understand human language. Then he discovers he can speak it as well! It’s a nightmare for a cat who’d prefer to sleep the day away carefree, but Joe can handle it. That is, until he has the misfortune to witness a murder in the alley behind Jolly’s Deli — and worse, to be seen witnessing it. With all of his nine lives suddenly at risk, Joe’s got no choice but to get to the bottom of the heinous crime — because his mouse-hunting days are over for good unless he can help bring a killer to justice.

I think there are 18 books in the Joe Grey cat series and many of them are discounted from .99 to 2.99. The book “Cat on the Edge” is $1.99.

Cat on the Edge
Cat Under Fire
Cat Raise the Dead
Cat in the Dark
Cat to the Dogs
Cat Spitting Mad
**Cat on the Money
Cat Laughing Last
Cat Seeing Double
Cat Fear No Evil
Cat Cross Their Graves
Cat Breaking Free
Cat Pay the Devil
Cat Deck the Halls
Cat Playing Cupid
Cat Striking Back
Cat Coming Home
Cat Telling Tales
Cat Bearing Gifts

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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. leslie
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 12:38:49

    I’ve not read the Wedding Affair, but I really liked Just One Season in London. Mother, son and daughter find love during a London season…….when I first read it I thought the three romances were really well done.

  2. Nicole
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 13:55:33

    I LOVE the Shirley Rousseau Murphy Joe Grey series! I’ll have to see what I have and don’t have. I was just listening to the audiobook of the first in the series last week.

  3. Jane Stewart
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 15:16:56

    The book Very New Orleans sounds wonderful. Thank you for telling us. I plan to buy it. Can you or someone give me advice about the Kindle vs Print version. On Amazon’s “Look Inside” the Print version looks to have better pictures. Pictures could be important for that kind of book.

    So, any recommendations on which to buy?

  4. Carrie G
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 15:39:23

    Hi Jane! :-)

    I have the Charleston one in print and I would say you’d definitely loose the charm of the little book if you didn’t have color. I’m assuming (not always good to do, I know) that the Kindle would be in color on readers/tablets that are color. Unfortunately, the print edition looks pricey for what it is. It’s pretty and has some history and such, but I’d say it was mostly “history-lite.” I haven’t looked at my Charleston one is quite a while so I may not be remembering the extent of the details, but I’m wondering if an up-to-date city guide might be better than paying $12+ for the print option.

    Cheers! (and see you over on Goodreads!)

  5. Jane Stewart
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 15:50:36

    Carrie G,
    Boy you are just everywhere! How nice to see you here. Thanks for the good info. I shall ponder.

  6. Carrie G
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 15:54:00

    Well, you know the old saying, “When there’s work to be done….you’ll find me at the computer doing my best to ignore it!”

    I’ve taken to naming my dust bunnies. I say it’s in tribute to JAK’s Harmony series, but really it’s just that they stay around so long I feel it’s only right to acknowledge them in some way. ;-)

  7. Susan
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 18:47:29

    I own several of the Joe Grey books, but have only read the first two so far. I was trying to cut down on the book hoarding but may need to get the rest of the series while the sale is good. Thanks.

  8. Jody W.
    Jul 22, 2013 @ 09:54:35

    Cat book! I’m in.

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