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Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #13)  by     Joanne FlukeApple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke. $ 1.99 (but see the notes)

From the Jacket Copy:

The Luscious Los Angeles Times And USA Today Bestseller!

Early summer brings plenty of work for baker Hannah Swensen, even before Mayor Bascomb’s wife drops by The Cookie Jar to place an order for her charity event…for eleven-hundred cookies! And Hannah almost flips when her business partner, Lisa, suggests setting up an apple turnover stand. But she places her faith in Lisa and agrees to be a magician’s assistant in the fundraiser’s talent show…

The only snag is the show’s host, college professor Bradford Ramsey. Hannah and her sister, Michelle, each had unfortunate romances with Ramsey, and when the cad comes sniffing around between acts, Hannah tells him off. But when the curtain doesn’t go up, she discovers Ramsey backstage–dead, with a turnover in his hand. Now Hannah must find a killer who’s flakier than puff pastry–and far more dangerous…

Includes Over Ten Cookie and Dessert Recipes From The Cookie Jar, Including Chocolate Sugar Cookies and Breakfast in a Muffin!

This is the thirteenth book in the popular Hannah Swensen Series. There is also a five book bundle “Apple Turnover Murder Bundle with Key Lime Pie Murder, Cherry Cheesecake Murder, Lemon Meringue Pie Murder, and an EXTENDED excerpt of Devil’s Food Cake Murder ” from $5.24 to $13.00+. A new reader to the series says that this book felt like she had walked in on a second act of a play.

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Crystal Cove by Lisa KleypasCrystal Cove by Lisa Kleypas. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:




In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas’s Crystal Cove, Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, and she has the safe, predictable life she has always wanted. Growing up with her flighty, nomadic mother, Marigold, has instilled in her a deep longing for stability. But in spite of everything Justine has achieved, there is still something missing. Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny.

What Justine soon discovers is that someone cast a spell on her when she was born, with the result that she will never find her soul mate. Determined to change her fate, Justine finds a way to break the enchantment, never dreaming of the dangerous complications that will follow.

And when Justine meets the mysterious Jason Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that threaten everything she holds dear . . . because Jason has secrets of his own, and he wants more from her than fate will ever allow.

I’m not sure if this is a pricing mistake but the new release of Lisa Kleypas is $1.99. I reviewed it here. It’s a pretty romantic story that is missing the falling in love component. This is only available at B&N as far as I can tell. I enjoyed it and reviewed it here.

This is an idealistic story with dueling beliefs and values. Realism is shaped by mental will. Marigold, Justine’s mother, believes that the geas protects Justine from the keenest injury. Jason searches for long life but by falling for Justine and being loved in returned, dooms himself to an early death. Justine searches for love and is willing to risk all for just a taste of it.

To heighten the sense of risk taking, Jason and Justine’s sexual relationship explores the control and trust through Japanese rope bondage or as Justine calls it “extreme macrame.

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Her Perfect Stranger   by     Jill ShalvisHer Perfect Stranger by Jill Shalvis. $ 2.99

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For only one night, Commander Corrine Atkinson lets go of her iron control and seduces a perfect, sexy stranger. Come morning, control firmly in place, Corrine sneaks out of his bed and gets back to her own life.

But Corrine’s in for a big surprise. Her perfect stranger has turned into the wrong man! His name is Mike Wright and he’s the newest member of the team she’s commanding—which means spending all day in very close quarters. And he’s wasting no time in reminding Corrine how good?how right it can feel to spend the night in the wrong man’s bed!

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This is a re-release of an older Shalvis book in the Harlequin Blaze series originally published in 2002. Positive reviews point to the fun dialogue and the sexy set up. Negative reviews say that the relationship seemed a bit coerced.

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acant Graves by Christopher Beats Vacant Graves by Christopher Beats. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Book two of The Magnocracy Series

Donovan Schist’s current job was supposed to be an easy one: grab Phoebe Mosey before pimp and murderer Stanny Slash does, and drag her back home to Ohio—kicking and screaming if necessary. But when a blazing river halts their steam train in the middle of nowhere, the veteran turned detective starts to wish he had stayed in New York.

With a homicidal Stanny hot on their trail—maybe poisoning Stanny’s man was a bad idea—Donovan needs to get Phoebe out of Juniper Junction fast. Even if that means taking a few jobs for some quick cash.

He doesn’t expect to find a mining company on the brink of war with a union, or bloodthirsty strike-breakers itching to use a steam tank and other weapons he hasn’t seen since the War of Southern Secession. Or that underneath it all lies something much darker—an unspeakably diabolical conspiracy?

For more Donovan Schist mysteries, check out Cruel Numbers.

87,000 words

Book two of The Magnocracy Series. Carol at Goodreads says she started with this book and didn’t feel lost.

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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. Tabs
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 14:34:49

    I bought Crystal Cove at Amazon for the $1.99 price so it doesn’t appear to be BN exclusive.

  2. Brian
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 15:09:47

    HarperCollins has put Vicki Pettersson’s Signs Of The Zodiac on sale. There are a total of six books and they can be had for $0.99 each at Amazon and B&N, price hasn’t dropped at Sony or Kobo yet, and they are $0.76 each at Books on Board (ePub).

  3. Lily
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 17:08:06

    Oh boy, are the reviews of Crystal Cove awful on Amazon! I think $1.99 might be too much for that one. What a shame, because I adore old school Kleypas.

  4. JL
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 17:16:00

    Joanna Fluke’s books are wonderfully fluffy but I think romance readers would probably get a touch frustrated with them. I haven’t read them all, so maybe there is a conclusion somewhere a long the way, but the virginal heroine and ridiculous ‘love triangle’ are annoying. I’m using quotes because so little happens on that front that it’s hard to even consider it a love triangle. That being said, I really do enjoy these books.

  5. Melissa Richier
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 18:19:09

    Thanks for posting. I like these books and I might try reading some of them soon. Very nice!

  6. leslie
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 18:59:32

    It seems to me that Crystal Cove is a bit of a disaster for Kleypas. I would not of read it after the review here, but I saw it at the library and thought I’d give it a try. I really liked it until page 100. Then it become quite nutty. By 160 I was flipping pages and skipped to the end. Lisa Kleypas must of been cursed by a witch.

  7. Kaetrin
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 19:31:51

    I listened to this one recently and really liked it. I had to think of it as PNR though – I think that helped.

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