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Daily Deals: Fashionable holidays, books for $1.40, and a great fantasy...

There are still a number of $1.40 deals at Amazon. Link here. Authors include PC Cast, Louise Penny, Ann Leary, Jeffrey Archer, Terry Goodkind, and more.

Freakin' Fabulous Holidays by Clinton KellyFreakin’ Fabulous Holidays by Clinton Kelly. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Clinton Kelly is the co-host of TLC’s popular show What Not to Wear, a spokesperson for Macy’s, and a motivational speaker who has successfully talked thousands of women out of wearing stirrup pants. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has worked as an editor at several noted fashion publications, including Marie Claire, Mademoiselle, and DNR, a weekly men’s trade magazine. Originally from Long Island, he lives in New York City.

Apparently this is an 80 page section from Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget by Clinton Kelly which is retails for $26.00 in hardcover and $13.99 in ebook. Whether the holiday excerpt is worth .99 c is probably up the reader. I love Clinton Kelly. Is What Not to Wear still on?

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Death and the Chaste Apprentice by Robert Barnard. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

At the Ketterick Arts Festival, the apprentice is just about the only fella that is chaste, know what I mean (wink wink nudge nudge)? Ah, the pleasures of smutty innuendo, and no one relishes them more than Des Capper, a font of dubious gossip and unwanted advice. To the horror of the actors and singers performing at the Festival, Des has been promoted to landlord of the Saracen’s Head, the Elizabethan inn that is at the Festival’s heart. And when Des toddles off to meet his maker-courtesy of someone’s helpful shove?only his wretched wife can summon up a tear. Readers, meanwhile, will have trouble containing their snickers at the wickedly witty characterizations.

This is the first in a series. It was a Mystery Guild selection and PW says it is irreverently humorous.

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No Knight Needed (Ever After)  by Stephanie RoweNo Knight Needed by Stephanie Rowe. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Broad shoulders silhouetted in the night. Strong arms anchoring her against a powerful chest. A modern-day knight in shining armor on a stormy mountainside… Who has time for that kind of fantasy? Not Clare Gray, that’s for sure. The plucky single mom is a little too busy to dream about turbulent dark eyes brimming with intensity, and sensual kisses that ignite her soul. But when Boston business mogul Griffin Friese steps out of his black truck on the abandoned mountain road and helps Clare rescue her daughter from a deadly Maine storm, her well-ordered world implodes.

Suddenly, Clare finds herself having fantasies about tender loving and hot passion with the mysterious stranger with the rain-slicked jacket and the angel painted on the roof of his truck. The midnight encounter awakens yearnings in Clare that are far too dangerous to explore, but when she learns that her heroic knight is staying in town for a few days, he becomes a reality she can’t deny. She’s already barely surviving, so how can she risk her heart with a man who threatens everything she believes in?

Books in the Ever After series: No Knight Needed, Prince Charming Can Wait, Fairytale Not Required, The Knight Who Brought Chocolate (coming soon!). Although each book is part of the series, they may all be read as stand alone novels.

NOTE: No Knight Needed was originally published under the title Dawn at Birch Crossing. Book Two of the Ever After series, Fairytale Not Required, is an entirely new release and will available December 2012.

BONUS MATERIAL: No Knight Needed contains bonus excerpts at the back of the book from other romance novels by the author.

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy)  by N.K. JemisinThe Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin . $ 1.99 AMZ | Apple.

From the Jacket Copy:

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is the debut novel from a major new voice in fantasy fiction.

We enjoyed this book at Dear Author. Jia gave the book a B+.

Readers will either take to Yeine’s relationship with the chained dark god, Nahadoth, or they won’t. Personally, I enjoyed seeing how the power differential between them played out and changed over the course of the novel. I can understand why some readers would find it not to their taste, however.

If I have one complaint and it is a relatively minor one, it’s that the ending of the book is somewhat rushed and everything happens at once now sort of resolution. But as I said, it’s not a major quibble and didn’t make the book any less enjoyable for me.

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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
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 12:16:41

    Meredith Duran’s Fool Me Twice, due out March 25, is a $1.99 pre-order at Amazon right now.

  2. library addict
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 12:20:05

    Sadly, What Not to Wear just aired its last episode not to long ago.

  3. hapax
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 12:28:33

    HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS is an amazing book, gorgeously written, with the most interesting fantastic world I’ve encountered in a long time. Yeine is a “strong heroine” without a single one of the cliched tropes, by virtue of being an incredible, admirable (if not always likable) human being.

    That said, those going into it expecting a “romance” will probably be disappointed. There are definite romantic elements to the story, but they aren’t the focus, and do not work out to meet the expectations typical of the genre.

    The next two books in the series (also very very good) are more traditionally “romance”, but also defy genre expectations. Better to read these for the (astonishing, rich) characters and (inventive, well-drawn) world than for the plots.

  4. Erin Satie
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 14:22:18

    Everything Hapax says about The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is true. Seconded!

    It’s one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read in recent years, if not THE best, and I absolutely loved the romance (it’s on the dark and angry side, which suits me down to the ground).

    The whole trilogy is amazing. Fits together as a cohesive, satisfying whole & hooked me onto the Jemisin bandwagon.

  5. cleo
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 16:14:15

    There’s a 30% off sale at ARe today – in honor of the end of daylight savings

  6. anna v
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 20:21:33

    Splendid, that Duran is more expensive on kindle than it is as a paperback for us. Who decides this nonsense?

  7. ohhellsyeah
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 22:22:15

    Fool Me Twice is still $8.99 at BOO. And even though I am a Meredith Duran fangirl, I’m not paying that considering how awful her last book was.

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