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Perilous Pleasures (Jenny Brown #3) by Jenny Brown Perilous Pleasures by Jenny Brown. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

His thirst for revenge must overcome her powers of seduction . . .

Lord Ramsay believes in fate. But is it chance or something more sinister that has the daughter of his worst enemy delivered into his hands? Finally, the stars are in perfect alignment for his revenge. But Ramsay isn’t prepared for the vulnerable, courageous woman he finds—a woman with powers of her own.

Zoe didn’t inherit her mother’s cruel heart, but that doesn’t stop the tall stranger who kidnaps her. Now, she has only one weapon against the fate that awaits her . . . seduction. Yet even as Zoe uses her charms to bewitch her abductor, Ramsay’s haunted Pisces soul weaves a sensual spell around her too. Soon, the two will be bound together by a burning passion as bright as the stars—and locked in a desperate struggle against an ancient sorcery that can be vanquished only by love.

I believe that this book is a blend of fantasy and Regency. It has mixed reviews.  I thought this two star review was pretty even handed about what you could expect in the book which was a bit of crazy. Okay, quite a bit of crazy.  


Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Huxley´s vision of the future in his astonishing 1931 novel Brave New World — a world of tomorrow in which capitalist civilization has been reconstituted through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, where the people are genetically designed to be passive, consistently useful to the ruling class.

The digital version is published by Rosetta Books. Amazon might be the only place for this deal. Regularly priced at $9.99.


Fire and Ice (Liam Campbell #1) Dana Stabenow Fire and Ice (Liam Campbell #1) by Dana Stabenow. $Free.

From Jacket Copy:

Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell, demoted and reassigned to the remote bush town of Newenham, literally steps off the plane into a murder scene. Dealing with death is never simple, but when the woman leaning over the body proves to be Liam’s old flame, it’s evident that his new job is about to become much more complicated.

From Newenham’s cast of eccentric—and sometimes hair-trigger—residents, to the intricate ballet of fishing boats rushing against time to catch their limit, Stabenow captures the contagious spirit of melancholy madness that pervades America’s last frontier. Of course, small town tensions tend to simmer just beneath the surface, and murder, once done, has a tendency to happen again…

New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner Dana Stabenow, a life-long Alaskan, is best known for her Kate Shugak mysteries. She has created a compelling new protagonist in State Trooper Liam Campbell.

This is the first book in the Liam Campbell series. Keishon turned me on to this series and I really enjoyed it. Set in Alaska. Over the series, there is a romance although Stabenow turned her attention away from Liam Campbell to further the Kate Shugak series which I liked less.

They even have sex in her books which prompted Stabenow to write: “Unless they are monks or nuns or charter members of Chaste by Choice, they are going to have sex, dammit.” 


Manual of Painting and Calligraphy José Saramago Manual of Painting and Calligraphy by José Saramago. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Manual of Painting and Calligraphy was José Saramago’s first novel. Written eight years before the critically acclaimed Baltasar and Blimunda, it is a story of self-discovery set against the background of the last years of Salazar’s dictatorship. A struggling young artist, commissioned to paint a portrait of an influential industrialist, learns in the process about himself and the world around him. The brilliant juxtaposition of a passionate love story and the crisis of a nation foreshadows all of Saramago’s major works. A must-have for any devotee of the great Portuguese Nobel laureate, Manual of Painting and Calligraphy is available in the United States for the first time.

Saramago won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature and this is his debut novel. I just wanted to mention, since we are coming close to the holidays, that you can gift a book and set the date of the delivery. So if you are looking to buy some gifts, you can buy these books at the discounted price and set the delivery date to, for example, Christmas Day.


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. Rosie
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 14:45:12

    Not exactly deal related, but it looks like post-DOJ ruling discounting has begun on Harper Collins books on Amazon. Not sure about other e-tailers.

  2. Jane Litte
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 15:01:05

    @Rosie – good eyes. It looks like the “price is set by the publisher” isn’t on the Harper Collins books anymore.

  3. Lisa J
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 16:18:38

    BoB sent an e-mail, they are now discounting the Harper Collins books. They are 24% off. You still can’t apply books bucks, but the discount is great.

  4. SonomaLass
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 16:39:06

    Oh, I loved Stabenow’s Liam Campbell books!

  5. Lynnd
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 16:58:39

    Just in case any Cannucks were getting excited about the end to agency pricing – doesn’t look like it’s happening for us. I checked the Kindle store for H.C. books that appear to be non-agency in U.S. and it still shows “prices set by the publisher” for me. The Kobo store isn’t showing any changes for us either and H.C.’s books are geo-restricted at All Romance.

  6. Rosie
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 17:43:29

    Simon & Schuster discounts MAY be starting too. An S&S book on my wish list just dropped 50%. Don’t know if that’s a coincidence.

    Anybody know how to get Amazon to price match the Books on Board HarperCollins discount?

  7. Rosie
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 18:02:42

    False alarm on Simon & Schuster discounts. It appears to be a coincidental price drop.

    Blood Red Road by Moira Young — $4.99

  8. Brian
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 18:04:55

    On each books page there is a link where you can report the lower price.

    At the bottom of the Product Details look for…
    “Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?”

  9. Rosie
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 18:12:29

    @Brian: Excellent. Thanks, Brian!

  10. Kaetrin
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 23:57:54

    They even have sex in her books which

    Which what? Enquiring minds Jane :)

  11. Lynne Connolly
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 08:42:50

    I did a review of a Jenny Brown book, “Star Crossed Seduction” and got mugged in the comments. It was a relatively gentle mugging.
    In the light of recent discoveries, I wondered about that comment…

  12. Jane Litte
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 09:16:14

    @Kaetrin – I’ll have to fix that. I think my form submission is cutting off the end of my links.

  13. Isobel Carr
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 09:39:12

    @Lynne Connolly: This author and her “circle of friends” nearly drove me out of the Beau Monde. I took six months off because of their poor behavior and constant attacks on me and anyone else who dared to have an opinion they disagreed with (we don’t discuss specific books on the loop, but any comment about lack of historical accuracy was taken personally, even before she was published!).

  14. Lynne Connolly
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 12:55:44

    @Isobel Carr: You? Dear Lord, what were they thinking? So there’s a coterie, is there? I was a bit surprised by the response, because it was a relatively mild DNF – I stopped reading because I didn’t care for the characters, and I didn’t want to find out what they did next, but there were some pretty egregious historical inaccuracies in the book, too.
    What on earth gets into these people?

  15. Kaetrin
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 21:37:45

    @Jane Litte: thx Jane :)

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