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If Looks Could Kill by Eileen DreyerIf Looks Could Kill by Eileen Dreyer. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Chris Jackson has secrets.

A wildly popular author of suspense novels, Chris hides away in the tiny town of Pyrite, Missouri, where she lives in a converted storefront and practices breaking-and-entering on local businesses.

Most of the citizens of Pyrite happily claim Chris as their very own celebrity. But the new police chief, Al MacNamara isn’t one of them. Recently transplanted from the mean streets of Chicago, Mac hates mysteries. And Chris Jackson is a mystery.

Then, the murders begin. Murders that look suspiciously like those in Chris’s books. Murders that escalate to a grisly stabbing that exactly mimicks a story no one has read except Chris, herself.

Dreyer writes great romantic suspense. I haven’t read this one (or her in a long time) but I’ve always enjoyed the books I’ve read of hers.

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The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation Series #1) by Lauren WilligThe Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig. $ 7.99

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Nothing ever goes right for Eloise. The day she wears her new suede boots, it rains. When the subway stops short, she’s the one thrown into some stranger’s lap. And she’s had her share of misfortune in the way of love. So, after deciding that romantic heroes must be a thing of the past, Eloise is ready for a fresh start.

Setting off for England, Eloise is determined to finish her dissertation on two spies, the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. But what she discovers is something historians have missed: the secret history of the Pink Carnation-the most elusive spy of all time. As she works to unmask this obscure spy, Eloise has more and more questions. Like, how did the Pink Carnation save England from Napoleon? What became of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian? And will Eloise Kelly escape her bad luck and find a living, breathing hero of her own?

The Orchid Affair: A Pink Carnation Novel by Lauren Willig is also on sale but at Amazon only for $2.99. Jayne is a big fan of Willig’s work.

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Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed by Anna CampbellSeven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell. $ 1.99

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Desperate to save her sister’s life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic-even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.


Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?

Campbell’s books are lush fairytales, usually with a hint of darkness and a huge serving of angst. They aren’t always historically accurate, but the feel is right.

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Because of You: A Loveswept Contemporary Military Romance  by Jessica ScottBecause of You by Jessica Scott . $ .99.

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From the war-torn streets of Baghdad to the bittersweet comforts of the home front, two wounded hearts navigate the battlefield of coming home from war in this explosive eBook original from newcomer Jessica Scott.
Keeping his men alive is all that matters to Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison. But meeting Jen St. James the night before his latest deployment makes Shane wonder if there’s more to life than war. He leaves for Iraq remembering a single kiss with a woman he’ll never see again—until a near fatal attack lands him back at home and in her care.
Jen has survived her own brush with death and endured its scars. And yet there’s a fire in Shane that makes Jen forget all about her past. He may be her patient, but when this warrior looks her in the eyes, she feels—for the first time in a long time—like a woman. Shane is too proud to ask for help, but for Jen, caring for him is more than a duty—it’s a need. And as Jen guides Shane through the fires of healing, she finds something she never expected—her deepest desire.Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: This Fierce Splendor, Spellbound, and Tender, Loving Cure.

I didn’t love this book but it’s not a bad read for 99c. You can pick up this deal at Amazon or Google.

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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. Sandy James
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 14:02:35

    I picked up a copy of Anna Campbell’s book when I was at RWA in Atlanta. It’s first on my TBR pile after I finish writing my WIP. :)

  2. Angela
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 14:06:32

    How serendipitous. I was just reading a friend’s positive review of another book in Willig’s Pink Carnation series.

    Kind of weird, actually. Guess I’ll go buy that now.

  3. leslie
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 16:03:26

    The Secret History of the Pink Carnation is also 2.99 at Amazon.

  4. Susan
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 16:07:20

    @Angela: This is the rare series that got better and better for me. I’ll be sorry when it ends. The Orchid Affair, which is a Kindle Daily Deal today, was actually my favorite so far.

  5. leslie
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 16:43:42

    @Susan: Me too! I loved The Orchid Affair…it just sang to me….Miss Grey is a wonderful heroine.

  6. Tabitha
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 16:50:04

    I just downloaded a sample of Dreyer’s book. I’m always on the lookout for good romantic suspense, thanks!

  7. DS
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 17:16:23

    I second the Dreyer book, but I think her best ones are the ones with hospital settings. I wish she would write more suspense.

  8. Michele
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 17:19:52

    What? You didn’t care for Because of You by Jessica Scott? I love how she authentically portrays life in the military. I found it refreshing that the hero wasn’t a SEAL. And her books are always emotionally intense. At .99 its certainly worth a try!

  9. Mireya
    Jul 30, 2013 @ 11:09:05

    @Michele: Wholeheartedly agree… and I am not even a contemporary romance fan to begin with.

  10. Jane
    Jul 30, 2013 @ 11:15:08

    @Michele: I agree that the depiction of the military was great, but I felt the romance was lacking:

    I was also surprised at how little attention was paid to the issue of Jen, the nurse, having a relationship with Shane, one of her patients. In some ways, this conflict was used to humorous and touching effect such as when Jen has to remove Shane’s catheter but I did wonder at the ethics of the situation. I understood that the point of the four chapter lead up was to make the readers believe that Shane’s feelings for Jen developed far before she nursed him back to health, but those four chapters involved so little real interaction between the two that I found it to be a shaky foundation.

    There are two developing storylines in this book, both of which remain unresolved at the end. The dual cliffhangers are meant to keep us coming back for me, but it also made the book feel a bit unfinished for me. Given how much of the book was spent on Jen and Shane’s emotional agnst, their emotional healing seemed too quick. The ending felt abrupt, as if I had looked away and missed something important.

    The two wounded souls seeking comfort and peace will be appealing to many readers and the fast paced non stop drama adds a different flavor to this military romance. The war scenes were highly charged and I appreciate the unflinching look at how awful it must be over in Iraq and Afghanistan. I wouldn’t have minded a few emotional respites and a less truncated ending.

  11. Michele
    Jul 31, 2013 @ 09:59:59

    @Jane: I hear what you’re saying, and I appreciate your thoughtful response….but I’m remembering I also enjoyed this book because of the heroine. When do we ever read romance with a heroine who has such a disfiguring scar? Um, never. I think the author was brave to include this in the story. Because of this, and my previous reasons, I over looked everything else and instead found this book fresh and unusual.

    Ps-I really enjoy this site. All of you are super smart book lovers. You guys rock! :)

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