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The Rose of Shanhasson Joely Sue BurkhartThe Rose of Shanhasson by Joely Sue Burkhart. $ .99 at AMZN | Smashwords

From the Jacket Copy:

As Our Blessed Lady’s last daughter, Shannari must rule as High Queen or the Green Lands will fall into eternal darkness. Her destiny is to shine against the Shadow, protect the land and people with her magic, and keep the Blackest Heart of Darkness imprisoned. Her blood is the key, powered by the love in her heart. However, Shannari’s heart is broken, her magic is crippled, and the nobles must have forgotten the dire prophesies, because everyone wants her dead.

Only love can restore her magic, but her scars testify how love can be corrupted. So when a barbarian warlord conquers her army and professes a love like no other, Shannari’s first instinct is to kill the mighty Khul. Even worse, one of the Khul’s guards used to be an assassin–a very skilled assassin, if the darkness in the Blood’s eyes is any indication. The same darkness festers deep in her heart and draws her to the wickedly dangerous man as inexorably as his Khul’s unshakable honor. Her weakening heart is not only torn between love and duty, but also between two magnificent warriors.

Yet neither warrior will be able to help her when Shadow calls her name.

Warnings: Explicit sex, BDSM, violence, a barbarian warlord, an assassin, and a woman who not only wields a sword but might also kill both warriors.

From the author: To celebrate writing for ten years, I’ve priced my first book and the rest of the trilogy at .99 each. This erotic fantasy series was originally published by Drollerie Press–so they were professionally edited–but once DP closed its doors, I self published them with new covers. The prices are good at both Amazon and Smashwords. The links are listed below. Thank you!

The Rose of Shanhasson (Smashwords)

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Dash of Enchantment by Patricia RiceDash of Enchantment by Patricia Rice. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Previously published as Touched By Magic

She was woman enough to tempt a saint–and lady enough to be dangerous

Lady Cassandra Howard has frequented gambling hells as her father’s lucky charm since childhood – but luck ran out along the way. Now, her brother intends to sell her into marriage with a wealthy, dissolute rake. Cass has done many things for her family, but this won’t be one of them.

Her neighbor, “Saint” Wyatt Mannering, Earl of Merrick, has chosen a bride – one as proper and virtuous as he. But when lovely Cass attempts to trick him into marriage with seduction, he’s almost tempted – except she’s much too naïve to be a seductress and his conscience won’t let him.

By saving her reputation, he ruins her life. After a young man nearly dies in a duel attempting to protect Cass from her abusive husband, she flees to her burned-out home in the country – the estate next to Wyatt’s, where she vows never to be dependent on another man, including the earl, who is rapidly losing his halo over his ravishing new neighbor.

This is on sale in both formats (epub and mobi) at the BookView Cafe

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Schroder: A Novel Amity GaigeSchroder by Amity Gaige. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A lyrical and deeply affecting novel recounting the seven days a father spends on the road with his daughter after kidnapping her during a parental visit.

Attending a New England summer camp, young Eric Schroder-a first-generation East German immigrant-adopts the last name Kennedy to more easily fit in, a fateful white lie that will set him on an improbable and ultimately tragic course.

SCHRODER relates the story of Eric’s urgent escape years later to Lake Champlain, Vermont, with his six-year-old daughter, Meadow, in an attempt to outrun the authorities amid a heated custody battle with his wife, who will soon discover that her husband is not who he says he is. From a correctional facility, Eric surveys the course of his life to understand-and maybe even explain-his behavior: the painful separation from his mother in childhood; a harrowing escape to America with his taciturn father; a romance that withered under a shadow of lies; and his proudest moments and greatest regrets as a flawed but loving father.Alternately lovesick and ecstatic, Amity Gaige’s deftly imagined novel offers a profound meditation on history and fatherhood, and the many identities we take on in our lives–those we are born with and those we construct for ourselves.

The cover of this book was arresting and the plot even more so. I look at these books sometimes and think, if only I had more time to read.

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Reforming Lord Ragsdale  by Carla KellyReforming Lord Ragsdale by Carla Kelly . $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Emma Costello owes a debt of honor to one of the most dishonorable lords in the realm. The infamous Lord Ragsdale is as rich as sin, as sinful as he is rich, and as heartless as he is handsome. But after he saves Emma from a life of indentured servitude and shame, she decides that it is her personal duty to save him from his reckless ways . . . without falling in love.

There are a lot of Carla Kelly fans here.

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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. cleo
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 19:58:26

    Ahh, there’s the daily deal post. FYI – Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha is free at ARe today and tomorrow. I haven’t read it but I think it got a decent review here.

    That Carla Kelly is tempting.

  2. Ros
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 20:51:27

    That’s one of Carla Kelly’s best, I think.

  3. Jill Myles
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 20:57:48

    Can anyone that’s read the Rose of Shanhasson books spoil if they have a HEA? I think I saw some hubbub on the Amazon boards about otherwise and am scared to try them!

  4. Joely
    Sep 24, 2013 @ 06:34:13

    @Jill Myles:

    Jill, full warning–main characters do die. The mythology of the world allows them to still be major characters and be together at times, but in that sense, there is not a true HEA, although at the very end they’re all reunited and sail away together (kind of along the lines of Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Darkest Road).

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