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Our Is Just a Little SorrowOurs Is Just a Little Sorrow by Gwen Hayes. $ FREE

From the Jacket Copy:

The colony of New Geneva has risen from the ashes of her dying mother planet, Earth, by rebuilding a society based on a time before everything went horribly, horribly wrong…the Victorian Era…

Violet Merriweather first sets eyes on Colonel Winston when he purchases her at auction from Witherspoon Academy, the orphanage where she’d been raised after her rescue from Earth. Dutifully, as she was taught, Violet pushes away her fear of the monstrous, forbidding Thornfield Abbey, and throws herself into her work as governess to the Colonel’s youngest son.

But the Colonel’s elder sons have other ideas.

John and Gideon Winston are as different as night and day, and each wants to claim Violet for his own. John immediately charms her with his intelligence and cordial demeanor, while Gideon, the dark rogue, delights in flustering her at every opportunity, awakening a yearning she doesn’t understand and most assuredly does not want. She tries to deny her pull to both men, but an uneasy midnight bargain with one forges a new alliance as she’s dazzled by an underground New Geneva she hadn’t known existed. And temptations she cannot resist.

But something is preying on the women of New Geneva, something that threatens to unleash the ghosts of Thornfield and drag them all into hell. And that something wants Violet most of all.

Gwen Hayes (commenter here at DA) is offering her novella, “Ours is Just a Little Sorrow” for free. The coupon code dearauthor expires at May 4, 11:59 PM. You get DRM free mobi, epub and pdf files in one zip.

Shop here to use the coupon code and if you have questions, try


The Viscount in Her Bedroom By: Gayle CallenThe Viscount in Her Bedroom by Gayle Callen. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

She never knew the true meaning of desire until she was tempted by . . . The Viscount in Her Bedroom.

Most of Gayle Callen’s backlist is on sale for $1.99 (about 19 titles in a quick count).

I reviewed The Viscount in Her Bedroom featuring a blind hero: Overall, this story of a blind man and his search for happiness was lovely surprise and I did enjoy it. Next time I read you, I hope there is the same good showing but less of the telling. C+

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Speak No Evil  Tanya Anne Crosby Speak No Evil by Tanya Anne Crosby. $ 1.99

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Lifting the veil of secrecy on a grand Southern family in decline, author Tanya Anne Crosby explores the lives of Caroline, Augusta, and Savannah Aldridge, three sisters who share a dark past and an uncertain future…

Caroline Aldridge was surprised by the number of mourners at her mother’s funeral. Evidently the newspaper heiress who had caused her children so much pain was well-loved by everyone else in Charleston. Now she was gone, leaving behind countless secrets–and a few demands: Caroline and her sisters must live together for one year or lose their inheritance. And Caroline must take over The Tribune. But a killer is making headlines, and Caroline may have unwittingly stepped into the crosshairs…

A series of kidnappings and murders resurrect the sisters’ memories of their brother’s disappearance as a child–and Caroline fears she may be next. Yet in the midst of her turmoil, she may be rekindling a romance she’d extinguished long ago. With Jack back in her life and the tattered bonds of sisterhood slowly mending, Caroline hopes the family can restore its position in Charleston society–unless a sinister force beyond their control tears them apart forever. . .

“Dangerously addicting.”–Sherrilyn Kenyon #1 New York Times bestselling author

This book was originally published in March 2103. I’m not sure if it was a digital only sort of thing. There are almost no reviews for the book and the ones left aren’t terribly illuminating.

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Bottlemania - Big Business, Local Springs, and the Battle over America’s Drinking Water      By: Elizabeth RoyteBottlemania by Elizabeth Royte. $ 2.99.

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Second only to soda, bottled water is on the verge of becoming the most popular beverage in the country. The brands have become so ubiquitous that we’re hardly conscious that Poland Spring and Evian were once real springs, bubbling in remote corners of Maine and France. Only now, with the water industry trading in the billions of dollars, have we begun to question what it is we’re drinking.

In this intelligent, accomplished work of narrative journalism, Elizabeth Royte does for water what Michael Pollan did for food: she finds the people, machines, economies, and cultural trends that bring it from distant aquifers to our supermarkets. Along the way, she investigates the questions we must inevitably answer. Who owns our water? How much should we drink? Should we have to pay for it? Is tap safe water safe to drink? And if so, how many chemicals are dumped in to make it potable? What happens to all those plastic bottles we carry around as predictably as cell phones? And of course, what’s better: tap water or bottled?

From PW “Not all tap water is perfectly pure, writes Royte, still, 92% of the nation’s 53,000 local water systems meet or exceed federal safety standards and “it is the devil we know,” at least as good and often better than bottled water. This portrait of the science, commerce and politics of potable water is an entertaining and eye-opening narrative. “

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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. KatieF
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:06:54

    I got a “this code has expired” message when I tried to use the dearauthor code on the Gwen Hayes site.

  2. Ellen
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:13:56

    I got the same “coupon expired” message.

    But I do like the looks of her stuff.

  3. Jane
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:15:01

    I sent an email to Gwen.

  4. Lisa
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:15:44

    @KatieF: Me too

  5. Gwen Hayes
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:38:34


    Sorry, operator error. Should be fixed.

    Katie, Ellen, and Lisa, please email me at gwen @ so I can make it up to you.

  6. Christine
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:41:38

    “Ours Is Just A Little Sorrow” looks good. Of course all I can think of is the Duran Duran song which is playing in my head after reading the title.

  7. Bren
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:42:17

    I was able to successfully download the zip file and the dearauthor code worked. What a cool idea! I’ve been eyeing that book for a while.

  8. Charlotte Russell
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 14:49:22

    Does anyone care to tell me if the hero in the Gayle Callen book gets his sight back? I know it’s spoilerish, but I don’t want to read it if yet another miracle occurs and the hero/heroine can see again, hear again, walk again, etc. Pet peeve of mine.

  9. Darlynne
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 15:03:19

    Thank you, Gwen Hayes. That was very generous of you. I look forward to reading.

  10. MaryK
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 15:03:34

    Can someone please report back on the ending of the Gwen Hayes novella? I want to know if there’s a happy ending for the romance. All I can find out from reviews is that it’s creepy, gothic, and “semi-happy but satisfying.”

  11. Darlynne
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 15:15:19

    Other Kindle sales of note would be Jonathan Lethem’s Gun, With Occasional Music, a scifi PI novel very much in the style of Raymond Chandler. It’s Lethem’s first book, not his best, but certainly one of the more original books I’ve ever read.

    Jill Mansell’s Walk in the Park is available on Kindle for $1.99.

  12. Mary Beth
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 15:41:23

    @ Darlynne – thanks for the heads up on Walk in the Park. I have read a few of Mansell’s and enjoyed them, usually they are rather expensive.

  13. Brian
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 15:47:12

    This appears to be a freebie only on Amazon, but it looks cool so…

    Fashions in the Era of Jane Austen by R. Ackermann & Jody Gayle

    Free today only.

  14. A.M.K.
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 15:57:49

    Is the Gwen Hayes book geographically restricted? I can’t change the country at checkout (the US seems to be the only available option).

  15. Gwen Hayes
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 16:34:41

    @A.M.K.: There should be no geo restrictions. I’ll double check cart settings. Just put a bogus number in the zip code so it lets you carry on. I tried 55555.

  16. Morgan
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 16:42:40

    It’s really generous of Gwen, and the story sounds wonderful. Unfortunately, when I input the code I’m still not getting it for free, and I don’t live in one of the states where tax must be collected, so I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. Anyone have any suggestions?

  17. A.M.K.
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 16:53:40

    @Gwen Hayes: Thanks, it worked!

  18. Gwen Hayes
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 16:57:57


    The only state I collect tax from is WA, since I have a business license there. But if there is a zero balance there should be no tax anyway. I’m happy to direct email you a file, Morgan. Hit me up at gwen @

  19. Christy
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 17:14:27

    Thank you Gwen! Your novel sounds great!

  20. cleo
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 17:14:47

    @Darlynne: Thanks for the heads up – Walk in the Park is $1.99 at BN too. Woo hoo.

  21. Ellen
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 17:15:34

    @Gwen Hayes:

    No need to make anything up.
    “Operator error” is my nickname.
    Thanks for the free novella!

  22. Jane
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 17:15:35

    If you did like the freebie, one way you can express thanks is to leave a review somewhere. (Gwen did not ask me to post this btw).

  23. Ellen
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 17:16:40


    Thanks! My JA obsessed daughter and friends will be all over this.

  24. Deljah
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 17:28:22

    I downloaded the book. Thank you!

  25. Gwen Hayes
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 18:36:06

    Funny story…..

    Dear Author readers are too sexy for my cart vendor software and they want to limit us to 100 free checkouts per day. That’s fine. I hereby give you….the link to the zip file:

  26. Susan
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 19:21:53

    @Brian: Thank you, Brian.

    “This book was originally published in March 2103. I’m not sure if it was a digital only sort of thing. There are almost no reviews for the book and the ones left aren’t terribly illuminating.” Today’s theme is time travel! :-)

  27. erinf1
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 19:42:06

    thanks Gwen!

  28. Morgan
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 19:45:21

    Thank you so very much, Gwen! You’re awesome, and I just made a cup of coffee so I can sit down and enjoy your novella.

  29. Heather
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 21:10:51

    Thanks Gwen. It’s a new day so I was allowed to download in Australia after finding your hint about the zip code. I had tried previously and just accepted the US only restriction.

    Also suggests its a good idea to read all comments before hitting the shops.

  30. RonaeleSha
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 09:08:11

    @Charlotte Russell:

    Just finished it. No, he stays blind throughout.

  31. Sunny
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 09:17:32

    Thank you Gwen! I look forward to reading this, as soon as I unhook myself from the Spindle Cove series…

  32. kathy cole
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 10:26:54

    Thanks so much Gwen – look forward to reading the novella.

  33. Charlotte Russell
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 14:19:26

    @RonaeleSha: Thank you! Off to see if it’s still on sale.

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