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Daily Deals: Free and recommended romances

There are going to be a number of post Christmas sales as retailers and publishers jockey for attention from new tablet owners.  As you wear out your finger clicking the buy button, know that my wallet weeps tears with yours.

  • Kobo: For those UK, AU, and NZ, use code BoxingDay50 at Kobo. For those in US and Canada, the prices have already been reduced at Kobo. The coupon code BARGAINMOOSE40 adds an additional 40% off.
  • Samhain: 40% off at Samhain with coupon code PRESENT.
  • AllRomance: 50% rebate on all Ellora’s Cave books and 25% rebate on all Samhain titles.
  • Booksonboard: 50% off using promo code CANDYCANE

The Wild One   by     Danelle HarmonThe Wild One by Danelle Harmon. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

“The bluest of blood, the boldest of hearts; the de Montforte brothers will take your breath away.” England, 1776: Lord Gareth de Montforte is known as an irresponsible rake with a heart of gold. When he takes a bullet for boldly thwarting a stagecoach robbery, he is stunned to discover that the beautiful young woman he has heroically rescued, Juliet Paige, is his deceased brother’s American fiancée, accompanied by her infant daughter. Despite his brother the duke’s refusal to acknowledge Juliet, Gareth is determined to do right by the courageous woman who crossed an ocean to give her baby her rightful name. But Juliet is wary of marrying this black sheep aristocrat, even while she is hopelessly charmed by the dashing devil. Never has she met anyone who embraces life so thoroughly, who makes her laugh, who loves her so well. And, even when it seems the odds are against them, Juliet has absolute faith that Gareth will go beyond the call of duty, risking his life itself to give her and her daughter a home — and a love that will last a lifetime.

We featured this book in November when it was .99 and now it is free. There are a couple of other Harmon titles at .99 c

Captain of My Heart
Wicked at Heart
My Lady Pirate

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Planning for Love      By: Christi BarthPlanning for Love by Christi Barth. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Hopeless romantic Ivy Rhodes
anti-Cupid Bennett Westcott
request the pleasure of your company for
their disaster of a courtship

Wedding planner Ivy Rhodes is the best in the business, and she’s not about to let a personal problem stop her from getting ahead. So when she’s asked to star in the reality TV show Planning for Love, it doesn’t matter that the show’s videographer happens to be a recent-and heartbreaking-one-night stand.

Bennett Westcott admits he didn’t handle his encounter with Ivy very well. But looking at her beautiful smile-and great body-through a camera lens every day? He can’t be faulted for suggesting they have some no-strings fun.

The more time they spend together, the more Ben realizes Ivy isn’t the wedding-crazed bridezilla he’d imagined. But if he doesn’t trust himself to make a relationship last, how can he convince Ivy to give him another chance?

Angela James edited this book and she loves it.  It is free at with Coupon code MERRYCHRISTMAS.

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Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. StevensonMiss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Who Knew One Book Could Cause So Much Chaos?

Barbara Buncle is in a bind. Times are harsh, and Barbara’s bank account has seen better days. Maybe she could sell a novel … if she knew any stories. Stumped for ideas, Barbara draws inspiration from her fellow residents of Silverstream, the little English village she knows inside and out.

To her surprise, the novel is a smash. It’s a good thing she wrote under a pseudonym, because the folks of Silverstream are in an uproar. But what really turns Miss Bunde’s world around is this: what happens to the characters in her book starts happening to their real-life counterparts. Does life really imitate art?

A beloved author who has sold more than seven million books, D. E. Stevenson is at her best with Miss Buncle’s Book, crafting a highly original and charming tale about what happens when people see themselves through someone else’s eyes.

Recommended by Jayne:

If you like “Miss Pettigrew” or gentle books about bygone times which were actually written in those times and which take their time to set up the action, then this might be for you. Watch as Barbara Buncle blossoms and finds within herself the strength that’s always been there, just waiting for its chance.

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Season for Surrender          By: Theresa RomainSeason for Surrender by Theresa Romain. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation – for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party – and stay the full, ruinous two weeks.

Also on sale is Season for Temptation. Season for Surrender was a Smart Bitches’ Book Club book.


This book is $1.99 at Amazon and 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. Becky
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 14:10:28

    FYI- Planning For Love is not coming up free anywhere. Maybe the special is already over?

  2. Erin
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 14:14:35

    Try carinapress DOT com with code MERRYCHRISTMAS
    Free through midnight EST tonight

  3. Becky
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 14:15:18

    Ah ha! Thanks, Erin!

  4. Loosheesh
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 14:24:04

    Carina Press is on my ‘naughty’ list. I was unable to check out their free book today (and the one yesterday). I sent them an email yesterday morning but no response yet. I get an error message both when I try to check out and when I try to access my bookshelf. Oh well, merry Xmas to them too …

    When Fictionwise was in operation and there was a 60% off coupon, I’d complain about not being able to use the coupon on Samhain books. Now Samhain has 40% off and I have no Samhain books in my wishlist. Figures …

  5. Mikaela
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 15:35:57

    Augh. I am oh so tempted to clean out my wishlist with the Books on board coupon…

    But no. I’ll remain strong. No new e-books until March.

    *backs away from the computer*

  6. Dabney
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 15:50:05

    I just used the code on the Carina Press website and it worked for me!

  7. Loosheesh
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 15:59:27

    @Dabney: Go ahead, rub it in, why dontcha! I have no idea why it’s not working for me *wails*

    (“Is it because I’m special?”, I wonder musingly …)

  8. Darlynne
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 16:32:13

    I am so clueless about publishers, as in who writes for whom, so unless a retailer specifically identifies a book as eligible or not for a discount coupon, I don’t bother. Does BoB make such a designation, for example, or do you wait until checkout to see the news that a title doesn’t qualify? It seems that retailers are not eager for the money with which I am eager to part.

  9. Brian
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 17:34:10

    @Darlynne: It’s not ideal, but when you go to add something to your cart if you see a little red diamond icon then a book can not get any further discounts. Also, not fool proof, but if it doesn’t have the rewards dollar graphic then it usually can’t get further discounts.

    They are discounting titles from the Agency pubs who settled which generally gives them the best price out there, but those titles get no rewards or further discounts.

  10. Lynn Pauley
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 22:32:52

    The Vampire Viscount by Karen Harbaugh is free at Amazon right now — I remember really enjoying this when it first came out.

  11. Sunita
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 10:17:59

    @Lynn Pauley: Oh, thank you so much for the heads up! I paid serious money for this in print years ago and loved it. Unusual and compelling.

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