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Daily Deals: Chick lit, historical, and a couple of bonus books

Via Brian, there are 17 books published by Wild Rose Press that are Free at Amazon.

Barefoot In the Grass by     Judith Arnold Barefoot in the Grass by Judith Arnold. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Originally published as a Showcase title by Harlequin Books, Barefoot In the Grass is a groundbreaking story about a woman reclaiming her life after treatment for breast cancer and a man learning the true meaning of beauty and the true power of love. After two years of treatment, Beth Pendleton leaves her high-stress job in New York to join a quiet law practice in sleepy Devon, New Hampshire. She buys a house, adopts a dog and tries to figure out how to live the rest of her life as a woman with one breast.

Construction company owner Ryan Walker is immediately attracted to the beautiful newcomer, but although the chemistry between them is strong, she seems determined not to let him get too close. He knows she’s hiding something—and once he learns what it is, he isn’t sure he’s strong enough to handle the truth about her. Beth has the courage to have endured brutal medical treatment and embraced life. Does Ryan have the courage to love a woman whose body is scarred and who may still be shadowed by death?

Named one of the 300 best romance novels of all time by Romantic Times Magazine.

I believe this is the first romance book that dealt with a heroine having a mastectomy and is recovering from breast cancer. The deal appears only to be available at Amazon but I wanted to highlight the book.

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Single in the City Michele GormanSingle in the City by Michele Gorman. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Take one twenty six year old American, add to a two thousand year old city, add a big dose of culture clash and stir.

To think Hannah ever believed that Americans differed from Brits mainly in pronunciation, sophistication and dentistry. That’s been the understatement of a lifetime. She lands upon England’s gentle shores with no job, no friends and no idea how she’s supposed to build the life she’s dreaming of. Armed with little more than her enthusiasm, she charges headlong into London, baffling the locals in her pursuit of a new life, new love and sense of herself.

Michele was the author that was asked to pay for a positive review from the now defunct ChickLitGirls blog. The regular price of this book is $3.99 which is the price that is reflected at

A 3 star review described the book as quintessential chick lit set apart by Gorman’s sense of humor, descriptive language, and insightful observations.

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Belated Bride      by     Karen HawkinsBelated Bride by Karen Hawkins. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

She’d Never Marry Him!

The last man Arabella Hadley ever wishes to see again is Lucien Deveraux, the handsome, dissolute Duke of Wexford — who broke her innocent heart years ago and disappeared to London. So when she finds an unconscious man on her deserted country road and sees that it’s Lucien, she’s tempted to leave him there. But even more appalling than his presence is the brazen kiss he plants on her shocked lips and her response! So it would be totally insane to take him home to recover — wouldn’t it?

Except For One Small Thing…

Lucien dares not reveal why he’s returned to his country estate — or why he abandoned the strong-willed beauty years ago. Especially since Arabella clearly has secrets of her own. But when her scheming, marriage-minded aunts successfully compromise them, the two are forced to become man and wife. Which makes it ever harder for both to battle the passion that never disappeared…

A couple of days ago, I wrote about how I mixed up Karen Hawkins and Karen Ranney in my mind all the time. I was featuring a Karen Ranney book on sale and now we have a 2009 Karen Hawkins title.

The negative reviews point to a myriad of historical inaccuracies. The hero is committed to the heroine from the age of twenty (or at least that is what I’ve gleaned from the reviews) but some found the heroine to be annoying.

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My Favorite Bride (Governess Brides #6) by Christina Dodd My Favorite Bride (Governess Brides Series #6) by Christina Dodd. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When Miss Samantha Prendregast arrives at Devil’s Fell to take charge of six rebellious girls, the vibrant, outspoken governess is not quite prepared to deal with the tall, dark and dashing master of the grand estate. The children she can manage with intelligence, guile . . . and a little bribery. Their widowed father, Colonel William Gregory, is not so easily charmed — and far too easy to fall in love with, which she dares not do.

William always cherished the orderliness of his life, until this captivating troublemaker began flouting his authority and distracting him with her witty defiance and breathtaking beauty. Despite the fact that they clash at every meeting, William finds himself inexplicably drawn to Samantha’s fire. And now he’s even contemplating marriage, which would be sweet madness indeed.

But before he can successfully woo her, William must discover what it is that Samantha is hiding from him. But the secret the lady is preciously guarding is far too shocking and dangerous to ever reveal . . .

This 2002 book reminded several readers of the Sound of Music. Dodd has been inspired by iconic moves before. One of her books is a re working of Sabrina. A couple of readers were upset by how the Colonel treated the nanny at the end of the book.

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The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel Katja MillaySea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone and everyone allows it, because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Content Warning: This book contains mature themes and subject matter including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

This book is currently on sale only at Amazon. It is pre order at other retailers like BN for $7.99 because the book has been picked up by Gallery.

I’d recommend buying it at this price if a) you like slow developing romances b) damaged characters. It is technically a YA but the two main characters are essentially parentless in the book and dealing with issues that I think adults could relate to. I enjoyed it quite a bit but it won’t be reviewed here until a week from now.

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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. Brie
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 15:16:25

    Sea of Tranquility sounds good. I’m getting it now ;-)

  2. Alicia
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 16:03:07

    Barefoot in the Grass is coming up $4.99 on Amazon now. I’m bummed I missed out on that deal.

  3. pooks
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 16:56:33

    You got me at “damaged characters.” Thanks for the heads up.

  4. mara
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 17:30:32

    just finished Sea of Tranquility. i’m surprised by how much i liked it. the blurb i read didn’t do the story justice.

  5. Kaetrin
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 17:40:40

    I can’t seem to get Barefoot in the Grass in e format anywhere. It’s not even showing up at Harlequin. :(

  6. Jane
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 17:55:04

    @Kaetrin: I found it at Smashwords but it didn’t show up in the search results. I had a direct link from the author’s site.

    Kind of a self publish fail if she isn’t selling it without geo restrictions.

  7. Kaetrin
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 18:03:19

    @Jane: I’ve wishlisted – don’t know if I want to spend $4.99 on it when I can’t buy it from Amazon for 99c. If I can buy it from Smashwords, why would it not be for sale for me from Amazon? Grr.

    I did, however, buy Sea of Tranquility. :)

  8. Kaetrin
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 20:59:13

    @Jane: I contacted the author via her website and she got back to me very quickly with a nice message. She explained that the previous publisher would not sell her the international rights and she only has the North American self publishing rights and that would be why it’s not showing up at Amazon for me.

  9. Selene
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 01:25:07

    @Kaetrin: Thanks for the update! I was also going to check out this title, but Amazon reported it as not available in Europe.

  10. Kim in Hawaii
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 03:52:08

    During the kerfuffle with ChickLitGirls blog, I offered to review Michelle Gorman’s MISFORTUNE COOKIE (Book 2, full length) – loved it! I also reviewed THE TWELVE DAYS TO CHRISTMAS (Book 3, novella) – liked it just too short! So now I can read SINGLE IN THE CITY on sale! Based on Books 2 and 3, I recommend this series for Anglophiles and fans of lighthearted contemporary romance.

  11. LauraB
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 12:29:41

    Why is the hero in the Hawkins novel shone bare-chested while kissing his bride?

  12. Jane
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 12:31:26

    @LauraB: Getting a jump on wedding night?

  13. Marianne McA
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 15:50:10

    Really enjoyed ‘the Sea of Tranquility’. Thanks for recommending it.

  14. Susans
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 12:26:28

    Sea of Tranquility was wonderful if you like angsty teenaged romance (and who doesn’t?). Thanks for the rec.

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