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The Chocolate Rose By Laura FlorandThe Chocolate Rose by Laura Florand. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Romantic Times calls Laura Florand’s writing “sensuous and sumptuous”, awarding her their Seal of Excellence, and NPR says it’s “explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet”.
Now, in the third book in the Amour et Chocolat series, a book USA Today calls “so romantic and sexy”, Florand takes us from Paris to summer in Provence, for the steamy encounter between top chef Gabriel Delange and the daughter of his worst enemy, Jolie Manon. Hot-tempered Gabriel isn’t above blackmail to get what he wants, but what he wants might very well be Jolie herself. Because in the heat and sun of Provence, where jasmine and roses climb up old colored walls and fountains play in ancient stone villages, even a beast can prove he is a prince at heart . . .

This was brought to our attention by Andrea T.

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B00L5VM8IK.01.LZZZZZZZCrimes of Passion: 6 Romantic Suspense Books (A Crimes of the Heart Collection) by Denise Grover Swank. $ .99

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Love and danger collide in 6 romantic suspense books featuring strong women who meet their perils–and their men–on their own terms.

CRIMES OF PASSION: A Crimes of the Heart Collection brings together books by 6 of the most popular writers of romance and suspense today, all in a LIMITED EDITION bundle.

Over 1500 reviews across the books (all of which can be read standalone–no cliff-hangers), with a 4.5 star average!

HER SANCTUARY – Toni Anderson
LOOSE ENDS – Terri Reid
LOVE AND SMOKE – Jennifer Blake


BODY OF EVIDENCE (Evidence Series) – Rachel Grant
In North Korea retrieving the remains of GIs, archaeologist Mara Garrett is arrested and sentenced to death for spying. Curt Dominick, an ambitious, infuriatingly sexy US attorney mounts a rescue mission that morphs into an explosive chase across the Pacific. Desire clashes with loyalty when the conspiracy they uncover threatens not only their lives but national security.

HER SANCTUARY (HER – Romantic Suspense Series) – Toni Anderson
Running for her life, ex-FBI agent Elizabeth Ward escapes to the solitude of Montana with a new identity. Nat Sullivan, struggling to keep his ranch from bankruptcy, doesn’t need a beautiful stranger complicating his life. But Elizabeth isn’t what she seems. And when a murderer and rapist track her down, they all discover the power of revenge — and redemption.

TWENTY-EIGHT AND A HALF WISHES (Rose Gardner Mystery – Book 1) – Denise Grover Swank
Rose Gardner’s had visions before, but never of herself dead. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered instead, she’s the prime suspect. Rose makes a bucketlist of 28 wishes, targeting neighbor Joe, with secrets of his own, for #15: Do more with a man. Then her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in jail isn’t her biggest worry.

LOOSE ENDS (A Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery – Book 1) – Terri Reid
Combining her cop experience with a talent to communicate with ghosts, PI Mary O’Reilly’s big challenge is convincing the handsome police chief she’s not nuts. But when the ghost of a woman drowned in a Senator’s swimming pool 24 years ago points to a connection with the cold cases of five missing girls, Mary becomes a target of a serial killer out to tie up all his loose ends.

LOVE AND SMOKE (Contemporary Collection) – Jennifer Blake
Riva Staulet triumphed over past betrayal to reinvent herself as a woman of wealth and power. Noel has always been a Southern gentleman of rock-solid principle, stalward in his sense of justice. When a ruthless politician from her past resurfaces, Riva must risk utter ruin to prove him a murderer. And as death and disaster loom, Noel must choose to stand with her or against her.

PAST TEMPTATION (Temptation Series) – M A Comley
Until now, Nicole’s main focus in life has been running her successful business while raising her daughter, Sammy Jo, single-handedly. Now, Nicole’s ex-boyfriend, Josh, has turned up determined to rekindle the relationship he ran out on. But before they get the chance to pick up where they left off, Nicole’s personal life is put in mortal danger.

I could not find this deal at BN but it was at Apple. I have to say that if exclusives keep happening, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the deals page. In any event, this was recommended by Anna Richland.

“I loved Body of Evidence by Rachel Grant — hard to beat an opening with the heroine in front of a North Korean firing squad — and it also has Jennifer Blake, Toni Anderson, and three other romantic suspense writers. I think it’s a great deal just for Body of Evidence (archaeologist catnip, people – Rachel is a real-life archaeologist like the late Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels … ) To try to avoid being spam filtered, I’ll paste the link in a separate comment.”

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2940044369726_p0_v2_s260x420The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan. $ Free AMZN | Apple

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Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was sacked, and now she’s demanding compensation from the man responsible: a petty, selfish duke. But it’s not the duke she fears. Hugo Marshall handles all the duke’s dirty business, and he’s been ordered to get rid of her by fair means or foul. Now if only Hugo didn’t find her so compelling…

So I finally realized why there were freebies at Apple and Amazon. Apple is running a “first in the series free” promotion and Amazon is price matching. You want to get this one. It’s free. Milan is one of my favourite historical romance authors.

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9781481158640_p0_v5_s260x420Dirty Little Secrets: A J.J. Graves Mystery by Liliana Hart. $ Free at AMZ | Apple.

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J.J. Graves has seen a lot of dead bodies in her line of work… She’s not only in the mortuary business, but she’s also the coroner for King George County, Virginia. When a grisly murder is discovered in the small town of Bloody Mary, it’s up to J.J. and her best friend, Detective Jack Lawson, to bring the victim justice. The murders are piling up… The residents of Bloody Mary are dropping like flies, and when a popular mystery writer shows up on J.J.’s doorstep with plans of writing his new book about the Bloody Mary Serial Killer, J.J. has to decide if he might be going above and beyond the call of duty to create the spine tinglers he’s so well known for. It only clouds the issue and puts her reputation on the line when the attraction between them spirals out of control. And passions are rising… J.J. and Jack are in a race against time. They discover each victim had a shocking secret, and the very foundation of J.J.’s life is in danger of crumbling when it turns out she’s harboring secrets of her own-secrets that make her the perfect victim in a deadly game.

I’ve bought a lot of Hart novels but I think I’ve only read one. This is a mystery with some romance and again, who can’t turn down free, right?

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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. Katherine
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 15:23:42

    Mastered: Ten Tales of Sensual Surrender is on a pre-sale for $0.99 at Amazon and BN. I haven’t read all the authors included in this anthology, but would gladly pay $0.99 for the Joey Hill story alone!

  2. Julianna Keyes
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 15:34:02

    Ooh – I am so excited about the Laura Florand book! I recently read The Chocolate Thief (during the week I swore off chocolate, a mistake I won’t make again) and loved it. This one has all the things I enjoy: top chefs, enemies, and blackmail. I’m in.

  3. cleo
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 16:07:56

    Deceive Not My Heart by Shirlee Busbee is free only today at BN but it doesn’t look like it’s price matched at Amazon

  4. jane
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 16:35:50

    That Laura Florand book was my least favorite of the series, along with the one about Summer. It’s still worth the read if you’re going through the series, just not my favorite.

    I really liked this Courtney Milan book but was very disappointed with the next two in the series. I ended up really disliking the first two full length novels in the series — the first because of the characters and the second because of the characters and plot– but the third novel was somewhat redeeming.

  5. Lostshadows
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 18:45:50

    The Governess Affair has been free for a while, I think because its a lead-in to a series of books. (Its a complete story.)

  6. Cynthia Sax
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 19:38:34

    @Lostshadows: I really enjoyed The Governess Affair. I love Regencies and this Regency ROCKED!

  7. msilk
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 19:39:40

    I was able to pick up all the freebies at Kobo.

  8. Toni Anderson
    Jun 28, 2014 @ 08:06:32

    Just a comment on Crimes of Passion not being on Barnes & Noble. It isn’t exclusive to any retailer, but there are unavoidable and unpredictable time delays associated with each platform and the box set just hasn’t gone live there yet. Fingers crossed it’s up soon and I didn’t just jinx it.

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