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Their Eyes Were Watching God      by     Zora Neale HurstonTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston’s beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose. A true literary wonder, Hurston’s masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published — perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature.

A classic for $1.99.

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Violet (Flower Trilogy, Book 1)   by     Lauren RoyalViolet by Lauren Royal. $ .99

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England, 1673

The Ashcroft family motto is “Question Convention,” and eldest sister Violet agrees with the sentiment completely. For one thing, she’s not planning to marry. Plain Violet is smart enough to realize any suitors would be after her large inheritance, or else interested in her beautiful younger sisters–and she’d much rather spend her time improving her mind than risking her tender heart…

After wasting six years wooing a lady who eloped with another man, Ford Chase, the handsome and eccentric Viscount Lakefield, has had it with women. Ford is passionate about his scientific pursuits and doesn’t need to find love, thank you very much. When an unwelcome distraction–in the form of his six-year-old niece–is dropped in his lap, he enlists the help of an uncommonly intelligent neighbor named Violet. But Violet’s surprising allure proves to be even more distracting, leading to a passion the likes of which he’s never even imagined…

Originally published by Signet in 2002.

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waking up married mira lynn kellyWaking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly. $ Free at Amazon

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Her first thought: “Who are you?”

It’s the morning after her cousin’s bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she’s in a stranger’s penthouse having woken up with something else as well—a funny, arrogant, sexy…husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible—been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter…no, Connor Reed and she’s gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor’s shocking bombshell?

“I don’t want a divorce.”

Waking Up Married is a full book sampler from our new contemporary romance series—Harlequin KISS. If you love this title, be sure to catch four fun, flirty and sensual Harlequin KISS titles available every month starting February 2013!

This is a complete free book to give you an idea of the Harlequin Kiss line. I haven’t read it yet, although I have read a book from the Kiss line that I enjoyed but felt was still hamstrung by category conventions. I like MLK’s voice and recommended “Never Stay Past Midnight” a few months ago. (And still do).

For some reason, I cannot find this book for pre order or for free anywhere else.

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Joanne Harris ChocolatChocolat by Joanne Harris. $ 2.99.

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Vivianne Rocher moves to the tiny French town of Lansquenet to open a chocolate boutique, and, suddenly, strange things start to happen. The townspeople begin to eschew the self-righteous gossip of small-town life, and they find the courage to break the rigid codes of provincial behavior. In short, they start enjoying life–all because of the sensual power of chocolate. But the hidebound local priest does not approve of Vivianne, and soon, a power struggle shapes up between the two of them.

Says the Amazon reviewer “Reminiscent of Herman Hesse’s short story “Augustus,” Chocolat is an utterly delicious novel, coated in the gentlest of magic, which proves–indisputably and without preaching–that soft centers are best.”

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A new publisher Crimson Romance is offering a $1.99 sale of its books on Amazon. I asked whether there were any ePub deals and they told me not at this time. The sale ends on the 10th of November.  I’ve encouraged them to make these deals available everywhere.

  • What a Texas Girl Wants by Kristina Knight.  Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.
  • The Saint’s Devilish Deal by Kristina Knight.   Esmerelda Quinn has been looking for a place to belong since her parents were killed in a car crash when she was young. The closest thing to home has always been Aunt Constance’s villa in Puerto Vallarta.  Santiago Cruz has called the villa home for as long as he can remember. But Santiago has grown up while she’s been away, and soon she finds herself falling for the rich boy down the hall – all over again.
  • Under Her Spell by Eliza Daly.  When a series of failed relationships and business ventures has Monica Jackson doubting her self-worth, she turns to spell casting to attract positive energy and the opportunities needed to achieve her goals. But can Monica’s belief in spells restore her belief in herself?
  • Brooklyn Love by Yael Levy  In Brooklyn Love, three Orthodox Jewish women who are caught between crushing guilt of defying their mothers and their desire to be “normal” are there for each other as they try to figure out who they really are … and what they really want.
  • The Scheme of Things by Vristen Pierce.  When her ex comes to town, Cassie Jones has her world turned upside down. Thanks to her own lies, he expects her to be not only in love with the man of her dreams, but engaged. Cassie has no time to formulate a revised plan of her own so she enlists the help of co-worker and friend, Julia. She’s about to discover that one week can change everything.
  • After the Fall by Morgan O’Neill.    After the Fall ratchets up the tension as time traveler Gigi Perrin and her husband, the Roman warrior Quintus Magnus, join forces with the Visigoth King Alaric to march on Rome. There waits Princess Galla Placidia, the admirable sister of the despicable Emperor Honorius.  Bound by a friendship that transcends time, Gigi and Placidia must do whatever they can to protect the men they love, after the fall of Rome.
  • Nature of the Beast by Stephanie Freeman.  Everything vanished in the heat of a kiss … One breath and the years spun away.  Someone wants to kill Willow Daniels. Can she trust the enigmatic owner of a nightclub or will the secrets that surround him destroy them both?
  • Falling for Flynn by Nicola Marsh.  Flynn Logan is a dedicated, driven soldier and the Army is his life. Until he returns home to Melbourne and discovers he has another life he knew nothing about.

I have Through the Lens by K.M. Jackson, an IR romance, on my TBR list.

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. Mira Lyn Kelly
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 14:11:26

    Thanks for the mention, Jane!
    If you’re having trouble finding WAKING UP MARRIED, I know it’s available for preorder through Amazon at
    But it will be more widely available on it’s release date of Dec 1.

  2. MaryK
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 14:22:26

    I didn’t care for Chocolat though I enjoyed the movie. The endings differ.

  3. Brian
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 14:30:10

    Waking Up Married can also be pre-ordered at…

    Harlequin mentioned on one of their blogs that it would be free on their website Dec. 1st. I would assume others will have it by then too (some ebook retailers [like Kobo] don’t offer pre-orders).

  4. Janine
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 16:05:28

    I love Their Eyes Were Watching God. Zora Neale Hurston has a lovely writing style and the book has one of my favorite opening lines: “Ships in the distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide.”

  5. Janine
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 16:08:13

    @MaryK: Thanks for posting this info. I returned my purchase to Amazon.

  6. Janine
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 16:30:08

    Just to add, there’s not that much church in the Hurston IMO. The title is misleading.

  7. joanne
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 16:34:13

    A first for me, I’m getting all four featured books based on the tropes!

    I haven’t seen the movie Chocolat so a different ending shouldn’t make a difference.

    Anyway, four books for under $6 when I just paid $14 for a mystery ebook. I’m happy, thank you!

  8. Jill Sorenson
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 16:35:53

    @Janine: Totally agree! Love her writing. This is one of my favorite literary books.

  9. MaryK
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 16:48:46

    @Janine: TBH, after reading it, I was a little peeved about the use of the movie images on the cover. I felt Johnny Depp’s image was taken in vain. :D

  10. Darlynne
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 16:54:31

    @joanne: Friends who read Chocolate when it first came out loved it (and these were male friends). I only saw the movie, but either way, anything related to chocolate works for me. I wonder if there are any books that feature bacon …

  11. JacquiC
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 16:59:15

    Sigh. Zora Neale Hurston and Chocolat deals apparently not available in Canada…

  12. Jane
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 17:07:25

    @Janine: the church reference was for Chocolat but catchy titles aren’t my thing.

  13. Ros
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 17:19:11

    @Darlynne: I assume you’ve read Laura Florand’s wonderful The Chocolate Thief?

  14. Darlynne
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 20:01:13

    @Ros: No, just the review here. The book is priced too high, but maybe one day.

  15. Lynn S.
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 21:08:13

    It looks like the “stranger’s penthouse” is furnished with bedding from the reimagined J.C. Penney.

  16. Janine
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 21:50:50

    @Jane: Ah, sorry.

  17. Kay
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 21:55:39

    Funny, it’s the description of female friendships that seem to be attracting me in this batch, first Brooklyn Love and then After the Fall. Not that I’ll turn down Hurston or Kelly’s!

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