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Heartstrings and Diamond Rings by Jane GravesHeartstrings and Diamond Rings by Jane Graves. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:


In a world full of frogs, Alison Carter is determined to find her prince. Maybe her dating past is more Titanic than Love Boat, but she’s seen enough happy marriages to know that true love is possible. No matter what, she won’t give up on happily-ever-after. If she can’t find Mr. Right, she’ll simply hire someone who can.


When Brandon Scott inherits a successful matchmaking business, he thinks his prayers have been answered. Set up a few lonely ladies, collect the fee, how hard can it be? No one needs to know he’s not really a professional matchmaker-especially not his first client, the beautiful, spirited Alison. Soon he’s falling for her-and her dreams of kids and carpools. But Alison is getting close to figuring out his secret, and if she learns he’s deceived her too, she’ll walk right out the door, taking Brandon’s heart with her.

Jayne reviewed this in 2011.  <em>To me this is a very funny book. I especially love Alison’s blow by blow recounts of her dates to Brandon. Yeah, they might be exaggerations – at least I hope no woman has gone through these for book research purposes – but the ways in which these men are so awful as dates is wickedly inventive fun. My favorite is the Pharmaceutical rep with bonus points to you for getting the police involved on the date.</em> 

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The Way Life Should Be      By: Christina Baker KlineThe Way Life Should Be with Bonus Material (Promo e-Books) by Christina Baker Kline. $ 1.99

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Publication Date:March 5, 2013
For a limited time, and at a special price, discover Christina Baker Kline’s The Way Life Should Be with Bonus Material. Plus, receive an excerpt from Christina Baker Kline’s new book Orphan Train, available April 2nd.

In The Way Life Should Be, Angela Russo finds herself in Maine thanks to a sailing instructor, an impulse, and an idea that in Maine, people live “the way life should be.” But reality on Mount Desert Island is not what she expected. Far from everything familiar, Angela begins to rebuild her life from the ground up. Relying on the flair for Italian cooking she inherited from her grandmother, she begins to discover the pleasures and secrets of her new small community-and to connect her heritage to a future she is only beginning to envision.

Reviews say the book is a predictable but cute and easy read with a satisfying ending.

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Running for My Life by Lopez LomongRunning for My Life by Lopez Lomong. $ 2.99

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“Running for My Life” is not a story about Africa or track and field athletics. It is about outrunning the devil and achieving the impossible faith, diligence, and the desire to give back. It is the American dream come true and a stark reminder that saving one can help to save thousands more.

Lopez Lomong chronicles his inspiring ascent from a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War to a Nike sponsored athlete on the US Olympic Team. Though most of us fall somewhere between the catastrophic lows and dizzying highs of Lomong’s incredible life, every reader will find in his story the human spark to pursue dreams that might seem unthinkable, even from circumstances that might appear hopeless.

“Lopez Lomong’s story is one of true inspiration. His life is a story of courage, hard work, never giving up, and having hope where there is hopelessness all around. Lopez is a true role model.” ?MICHAEL JOHNSON, Olympic Gold Medalist

“This true story of a Sudanese child refugee who became an Olympic star is powerful proof that God gives hope to the hopeless and shines a light in the darkest places. Don’t be surprised if after reading this incredible tale, you find yourself mysteriously drawn to run alongside him.” ?RICHARD STEARNS, president, World Vision US and author of “THe Hole in Our Gospel”

While this is published by Thomas Nelson, this review seems to indicate that it wasn’t overtly religious enough for her tastes which, for me, is a win.

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The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) by Elly GriffithsThe Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. $ 2.99

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It’s been only a few months since archaeologist Ruth Galloway found herself entangled in a missing persons case, barely escaping with her life. But when construction workers demolishing a large old house in Norwich uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway—minus its skull—Ruth is once again called upon to investigate. Is it a Roman-era ritual sacrifice, or is the killer closer at hand?

Ruth and Detective Harry Nelson would like to find out—and fast. When they realize the house was once a children’s home, they track down the Catholic priest who served as its operator. Father Hennessey reports that two children did go missing from the home forty years before—a boy and a girl. They were never found. When carbon dating proves that the child’s bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn ever more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the trail by frightening her, and her unborn child, half to death.

The Janus Stone is a riveting follow-up to Griffiths’s acclaimed The Crossing Places.

This book features a teaser chapter from the second Ruth Galloway mystery, The House at Sea’s End.

This is the second book in the series and it looks like you’ll want to read the first one before this.  One of the reviewers said that the two had an “awkward relationship” which somehow sounds intriguing.

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Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (Muses of Mayfair) by Sara RamseyScotsmen Prefer Blondes by Sara Ramsey. $ .99.

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She never wanted marriage…

When a friend is forced to consider a marriage of convenience, Lady Amelia Staunton is determined to rescue her. But her plans trap her in an illicit seduction, and Amelia must marry him herself. Malcolm’s all-consuming kisses and devilish humor might make up for her lost freedom, but she believes he will force her to abandon the Gothic romances she yearns to write. Since she can’t escape him, she must distract him from her secret…

He isn’t looking for love…

A powerful autocrat with a well-hidden rebellious streak, Malcolm MacCabe doesn’t need another beautiful mistress – he needs an obedient wife. Obedience is not one of Amelia’s virtues. But he’s too enthralled by her wit and passion to let her go – even if it means risking the political reputation he is building to save his clan.

Their hearts can’t survive the scandal…

Despite their intentions, every wicked embrace binds them together. But as their conflicting desires combust into insatiable hunger and unavoidable ruin, they must decide whether to pursue their personal destinies alone – or fight for the love that could destroy them both.

Series: Muses of Mayfair #2

Previous Book: Heiress Without A Cause, Muses of Mayfair #1

Next Book: The Marquess Who Loved Me, Muses of Mayfair #3 – available now

Genre: Regency Historical

Setting: Scotland/London, 1812

Length: 94,000 words (full-length novel)

Sensuality: Hot

This is a self published book and the price drop is from $3.99 to $.99.  The 99c price was reflected at Amazon and Apple. The negative reviews seem to point to the conflicting and unclear motivations of the characters such that their actions don’t seem consistent with their characteristics but it’s largely well reviewed

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Nightshade (Nightshade Series #1)      by     Andrea Cremer Nightshade (Nightshade Series #1) by Andrea Cremer. $ 2.99

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Read Andrea Cremer’s blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

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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. Brian
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 14:25:21

    Lily by Patricia Gaffney is $1.99 at Amazon right now, not sure for how long. It’s quite a bit more in other stores.

  2. Brian
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 14:32:22

    It looks there are actually a few other Open Road books besides Lily on sale for $1.99 as well…

    Sweet Everlasting by Patricia Gaffney
    Dream Castle by Andrea Kane
    My Heart’s Desire by Andrea Kane
    Asking for Trouble by Mary Kay McComas
    The King’s Pleasure by Heather Graham
    Burning Love by Nan Ryan
    Outlaw’s Kiss by Nan Ryan
    The Devil and Ms. Moody by Suzanne Forster

  3. Christine
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 14:51:10

    I just saw that Amazon has the Hunger Games Trilogy for only $5 for Kindle.

  4. Darlynne
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 15:07:35

    In addition to “awkward” to describe the primary relationship in Elly Griffiths’ books, I’d have to add “complicated” and possibly “no-go” for some readers. I enjoy the mysteries for the most part and I like both Ruth and Harry individually, but their relationship is a hurdle for everyone, not just the reader. As for the crimes, the first two books are about what you’d expect from amateur sleuths and the rest follow the same pattern: Ruth finding/being asked to investigate an unearthed body and being rescued in the end when the killer comes after her.

  5. Brian
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 15:43:58

    @Christine: Good find. It’s also $5 on Google Play (whom Amazon is price matching) for those that want ePub.

  6. Daily Deals: The Hunger Games; A smoke jumper; a fantasy; and a haunting family tale
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 14:06:07

    […] to some sharp eyed readers yesterday (Thanks Christine and Brian), we know that the Hunger Games Trilogy is now on sale for $5.00 at Amazon and Google […]

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