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Daily Deals: From a thriller in Norway to a southern contemporary

The Boy in the Suitcase (Nina Borg Series #1) by Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete FriisThe Boy in the Suitcase by . $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can’t say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.

Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy’s are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.

Sounds chilling and exciting. Oh, and cheap.

Editorial note: I misidentified the nationality of the author’s setting in the title. It is Denmark rather than Norway.

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Prince of Secrets (Harlequin Presents Series #3163) by Lucy MonroePrince of Secrets by Lucy Monroe. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

100% Determined

100% Devastating!

Prince Demyan Zaretsky does whatever it takes to protect his country. So seducing Chanel Tanner will be easy. And marriage? An unfortunate side effect of duty. She unwittingly holds the economic stability of Volyarus in her hands?and he must secure it.

With his royal identity and intent disguised, Demyan sets about a ruthless seduction designed to make Chanel lose her mind with ecstasy. But when he discovers she is a virgin, he uncovers something in himself—a conscience. Now his plan takes a shocking turn—one this dark-hearted prince had never anticipated!

In the comments yesterday, everyone was telling me that this was the on sale Lucy Monroe book to buy. It features a smart female scientist and a non dickhead hero. I heard you, commenters, and have bought it.

I’m 100% excited.

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Colton by Blood (Harlequin Romantic Suspense Series #1764) by Melissa CutlerColton by Blood by Melissa Cutler. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Rising romantic suspense star Melissa Cutler reveals more secrets from the Coltons of Wyoming? An unsolved murder haunts those who live and work at Dead River Ranch. When called to care for the ailing Colton patriarch, Dr. Levi Colton must face the father who never claimed him. He’s not looking for distraction, but he finds it in Kate McCord, the irresistible pastry chef. Beneath her sweet smile are scars from her own tragedy—and a determination for justice.

As a wildfire forces them together with an unknown killer, Levi and Kate must confront an attraction that flares hotter than flames. They edge closer to the truth, discovering that the secret that links their pasts could lead them straight into the killer’s trap.

Ms. Cutler is a sometime commenter at Dear Author. I haven’t read her books yet, although I have them high on my TBR list.

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Unforgettable Deborah Grace StaleyUnforgettable by Deborah Grace Staley. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Book five of the bestselling Angel Ridge series

Love can grow from the darkest of beginnings.Patrick Houston has worked hard to make changes in his life so he can be someone his children and Angel Ridge will be proud of. But Frannie Thompson is back in town reminding him of a time when he’d been out of control and failing the people in his life.

Can love and loyalty grow from such a rocky start?

Was Mayor Patrick Houston actually going to pretend he didn’t know her?

“What can I do for you, Ms. Thompson?” he repeated. Frannie looked at the file in her lap, resting on top of her briefcase. She had moved to Angel Ridge to open a non-profit business that would help people struggling to find jobs and housing. She couldn’t just walk away. But this encounter with Houston was unbelievable.

“Ms. Thompson?”

He was in for a shock if he thought she would play along to make this more comfortable for him. “I had no idea you were the mayor. Your first name isn’t on any of the information I’ve seen. Just your initials.”

He absently rubbed his chin, which made her notice he hadn’t bothered to shave.

“Yes, well, the only thing anyone around here cares about is that my last name is ‘Houston’.” He actually smiled then and added, “A Houston has been the mayor of Angel Ridge for more than a hundred years.”

“How nice for you.” She stood. “However, it’s your first name that would have mattered to me, since that was all you cared to share. It would have also been nice if you’d included that you’re married.”

Deborah Grace Staley is a life-long resident of East Tennessee. Married to her college sweetheart, she lives in the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains in a circa 1867 farmhouse that has Angel’s Wings in the gingerbread trim. She is working on the next novel in the award-winning, bestselling Angel Ridge series. Visit her at

This is a book out of Deborah Smith’s publishing house “Bell Bridge Books.” The few books I’ve read out of that house featured good strong voices that needed a little stronger editing hand.

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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. Melissa Cutler
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 14:30:19

    Dear Jane,
    Thank you for including COLTON BY BLOOD. I’m thrilled by the honor.


  2. wkw
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 15:04:05

    Sorry to be the one to break the news, but Copenhagen is not in Norway and neither is Denmark in Norway, although there might be people in Norway and Denmark that would contest that assertion.

  3. Kathryn
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 18:25:05

    The Lucy Monroe, Prince of Secrets, is $0.99 at Kobo (at least it was in Canada).

  4. Keishon
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 18:44:22

    I couldn’t finish The Boy in the Suitcase even though it is a critically acclaimed novel in the mystery community. Once again, an outlier but I don’t much care.

  5. DB Cooper
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 07:00:20

    All I’m going to say is that we need more redheads on book covers.

    Hope Prince of Secrets works out for you, Jane!

  6. mel burns
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 09:06:47

    @Jane: It’s annoying and disrespectful that you couldn’t bother to change the error you made regarding Kaaberbol’s nationality.

  7. Jane
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 09:11:26

    @mel burns: Sorry, I can’t or it would break the permalink. It’s only mentioned in the title of my post.

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