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Darkfever (Fever Series #1) by Karen Marie MoningDarkfever (Fever Series #1) by Karen Marie Moning. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

This is a dollar higher than I usually would include but I’ve never seen this discounted before. It’s the first in the Fever series and for some, this is the best PNR/UF Romance published today.

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Sandy James. $ 1.79

From the Jacket Copy:

For the fans of Jennifer Probst, Ruth Cardello and Jill Shalvis, comes a series about love, friendship, and lunch!

When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Juliana Kelley tells the Ladies Who Lunch that her life needs an overhaul . . . and gets a whole lot more than she wished for.

Juliana has spent thirteen years in the same teaching job. She’s ready to dive into a new career with both feet . . . when a run-in with the hottest man she’s ever seen knocks her head over heels. But with her failed marriage to a fellow teacher fresh on her mind, Jules can’t afford to lose herself in a relationship-no matter how perfect it may seem.

Connor Wilson has hit rock bottom when he loses his career as a top-notch Realtor because of a large gambling debt. Now, in a small town he finds a fresh start-and a gorgeous redhead who sparks new life into him. Together they start a successful real estate company, but when pleasure sneaks into the business, they’ll have to decide what they can let go . . . and what they can’t live without.

Word count: 75,000-85,000

Hachette is offering a bunch of pre orders at discounted prices at other retailers to combat Amazon’s dispute with them. The deals end July 1.

Pre-order before July 1
Dark Paradise by Angie Sandro -> $2.99
Breathless for Him by Sofia Tate -> $2.99
Only with You by Lauren Layne -> $1.99
Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Sandy James -> $1.99
Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? by Abigail Sharpe -> $2.99
Take Chances: Three Stories by Jessica Sorensen -> $1.99

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9781782008798_p0_v2_s260x420The First World War: The War to end all Wars by Geoffrey Jukes. $ 2.99

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Raging for over four years across the tortured landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the First World War changed the face of warfare forever. Characterized by slow, costly advances and fierce attrition, the great battles of the Somme, Verdun and Ypres incurred human loss on a scale never previously imagined. This book, with a foreword by Professor Hew Strachan, covers the fighting on all fronts, from Flanders to Tannenberg and from Italy to Palestine. A series of moving extracts from personal letters, diaries and journals bring to life the experiences of soldiers and civilians caught up in the war.

From an Amazon reviewer: Publishers sometimes cobble together titles they’ve published on similar topics and release the finished product as a ‘new’ title, usually forgetting to tell the reading public the book is recycled goods. Osprey’s THE FIRST WORLD WAR, THE WAR TO END ALL WARS is a recent example of this. Published in 2013, it brings together four volumes previously released as titles in Osprey’s ESSENTIAL HISTORIES circa 2002.

THE FIRST WORLD WAR brings together THE FIRST WORLD WAR: THE EASTERN FRONT, 1914-1918 (EH 13); THE FIRST WORLD WAR: THE WESTERN FRONT, 1914-1916 (EH 14); THE FIRST WORLD WAR: THE WESTERN FRONT, 1917-18 (EH 22); and THE FIRST WORLD WAR: THE MEDITERRANEN FRONT, 1914-1923 (EH 23). Geoffrey Jukes authored the Eastern Front book; Peter Simkins, the two Western Front volumes; and Michael Hickey, the Mediterranean Front book.
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The Dancing Master by Julie KlassenThe Dancing Master by Julie Klassen. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.
Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch’s daughter. Though he’s initially wary of Julia Midwinter’s reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul–and hidden sorrows of her own.

Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master–a man her mother would never approve of–but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec’s help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village…and to her mother’s tattered heart?

Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a “good match” in Regency England.

PW writes ” Passionate storytelling and intriguing mystery are overshadowed by the relationship between the eminently unlikable Julia and her mother. Their contentious relationship, while explained, comes across as overly contrived. A rather large and delightful cast of secondary characters serves to bolster the plot and provide the occasional bit of levity to a well-written book that is less engaging than Klassen’s usual work.”

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

9 Comments

  1. Sandra
    Jun 28, 2014 @ 15:36:20

    Is that Justin Bieber on the cover of Footloose The Dancing Master?

  2. Kaetrin
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 00:53:04

    @Sandra: I totally thought The Dancing Master was a Regency Footloose too!

  3. pooks
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 10:34:30

    For some reason I have never been drawn to the Moning books, despite all the good press. Bought the first book, now. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. Amy
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 12:59:49

    I am not sure why but I haven’t tried one of the Fever books. How is the romance in this series?

  5. Syahira
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 13:24:20

    @Amy:

    I love Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series but when DarkFever went out the first time, I’d admit that I have to get myself used to the change in format from PNR to UF. I don’t even like Mac in the first few books of the series but she kinda grew into you. The romance aren’t as intense as the singular-pairing PNR novels but most of the relationship development in Fever series was spread unevenly in between the books with neither the characters like each other much in the beginning so most of it wasn’t that predictable. You don’t really need to read all Highlander series to get much from Fever series but there are a lot of reference directly came from the Highlander series (mostly from The Highlander’s Touch until Into the Dreaming)

  6. Kim W
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 15:59:38

    I really liked the Fever series. It’s not very romantic. Much more urban fiction. It gets quite dark. I was disappointed with the final book though. I thought it was confusing and the ending was unsatisfying. It leads into her new series with a YA protagonist. I’m not a big fan of YA — I have enough teenagers living in my house, I don’t need to read about them too!

  7. Lada
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 16:06:39

    I guess the Fever series wasn’t meant to be YA but I could never get into it because it skewed very young to me. The heroine wasn’t someone I could take seriously in darker situations so I gave up on the series after a book and a half.

  8. barbara
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 18:23:26

    The Fever series was hard for me as it is good writing, but I could not connect with Mac at all. In fact she was a total irritant throughout and I had an almost hate-hate relationship with her as the heroine. Perhaps as someone mentioned in an earlier comment, Mac was written toward more YA, which is a genre I don’t enjoy. On the other hand, I adored Barrons and because of that I made it through the first 3 books. While I own the rest of the series, I don’t know when/if I’ll pick it back up… a more mature (less whiny) Mac and I would have devoured every book.

  9. Kaetrin
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 19:43:20

    I listened to the Fever series but waited until I knew there would be an HEA before I started. Then I listened to all 5 books one after the other and rated the series as a whole.

    I was warned that Mac starts off very immature. It was described to me that she was “Pink Mac” in book 1 but then she turns into “Black Mac”.

    I didn’t find the series YA like at all. Mac does change significantly and gets much tougher and stronger as the series progresses.

    The romance isn’t at the forefront of the stories and it takes time to develop. If I were to compare it to a series like Kate Daniels for example, I think it’s possibly about the same, maybe slightly more romance. It is much more explicit. And darker I think. (although, there’s not a lot of similarity between the two series’ otherwise IMO).

    The first book sets the scene but Mac is annoying and shallow at first. It does serve to show her character progression because she’s virtually nothing like that by the end.

    I hadn’t read any of the Highlander books before starting the series but didn’t have any trouble following along.

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