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Daily Deals: From hot pilots to medieval recipes

Double Down Katie PorterDouble Down by Katie Porter. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Desire as reckless as a fighter jet in freefall…and just as dangerous.

Vegas Top Guns, Book 1

As part of the 64th Aggressor Squadron, Major Ryan “Fang” Haverty flies like the enemy to teach Allied pilots how not to die. The glittering excess of the Strip can’t compare to the glowing jet engines of his F-16. But a sexy, redheaded waitress in seamed stockings? Now she gets his blood pumping.

Cassandra Whitman’s good-girl ways haven’t earned any slack from her manager ex-boyfriend, or prevented a bad case of frazzle from holding down two and a half jobs. She sure wouldn’t mind letting the handsome Southern charmer shake up her routine.

Their wild weekend lives up to Sin City’s reputation. Especially when they discover a matched passion for roleplaying. For Cass, it’s an exciting departure from her normal, shy persona. But for Ryan, it triggers memories of a time when his fetish drove away the woman he loved–leaving him reluctant to risk a repeat performance.

Except Cass refuses to settle for ordinary ever again. She’s about to show the man with hair-trigger hands that she’s got a few surprise moves of her own.

Warning: This book contains dirty-hot roleplaying, featuring an all-alpha fighter pilot and an ambitious waitress with a fabulous imagination. Also: dressing-room sex, a plaid schoolgirl skirt, and a sprinkling of spankings.

This is a writing collaboration between Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown. I did “buy” it at this price. I remember this book when it first came out, I passed it over because the guy’s hang up was that he thought his desires to see a woman dress up was too dirty and I’m not talking dressing up in a gumby suit but with seamed stockings and normal stuff like that.

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What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank: A Fantasy Lover's Food GuideWhat Kings Ate and Wizards Drank by Krista D. Ball. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Equal parts writer’s guide, comedy, and historical cookbook, fantasy author Krista D. Ball takes readers on a journey into the depths of epic fantasy’s obsession with rabbit stew and teaches them how to catch the blasted creatures, how to move armies across enemy territories without anyone starving to death, and what a medieval pantry should look like when your heroine is seducing the hero.

Learn how long to cook a salted cow tongue, how best to serve salt fish, what a “brewis” is (hint: it isn’t beer), how an airship captain would make breakfast, how to preserve just about anything, and why those dairy maids all have ample hips.

What Kings Ate will give writers of historical and fantastical genres the tools to create new conflicts in their stories, as well as add authenticity to their worlds, all the while giving food history lovers a taste of the past with original recipes and historical notes.

A friend of mine sent this to me and said it sounded really interesting and it does. An Amazon reviewer says “This is an absolutely charming reference book and food guide! It covers everything from the general history of food, an overview of the politics and logistics of food (and feeding an army), food preservation, what types of food would be available in various time periods and climates, AND actual recipes for making some of these historic dishes yourself.”

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Grave Intentions  by     Lori Sjoberg Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual—the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent—and now he’s got more than his soul to lose…

One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah…and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.

96,100 Words.

There are not a lot of reviews and those that exist are largely positive. The few three star reviews complained about the pacing and boring nature of the story.

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Come A Little Bit Closer: The SullivansCome A Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

In COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER, the new book in Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling series about the Sullivan family, movie star Smith Sullivan can’t afford any distractions. He’s staking his entire reputation on his new film…but he can’t stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface.

Valentina isn’t averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she’s watched too many smart women fall for actors…only to be torn apart when the fairytale comes to its inevitable end.

But when intense weeks together on set turn their heated attraction into red-hot flames of passion, Smith knows he has to find a way to convince Valentina to let him get a little bit closer. Close enough to completely steal her heart…the way she’s stolen his from the start.

The Sullivan Series:

The previous five books were on sale for 99c. This is the most recent release.

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Kiss of Steel by 0.99Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster. $1.99

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A brilliantly creative debut where vampires, werewolves, and clockwork creatures roam the mist-shrouded streets of London…

When Nowhere is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitecapel district. For Honoria Todd, it’s the last safe haven. But at what price? Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It’s been said he faced down the Echelon’s army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he’s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal. When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She’s so…innocent. He doesn’t see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he’s been seeking.

This is a bonus repeat. It is the Amazon Daily Deal today.  I do recommend this book. I bought it the last time it was on sale at 2.99 and thoroughly enjoyed it.  You can read my review here.

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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. Lisa J
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 14:10:06

    Kiss of Steel was one of my top picks for last year. I would definitely recommend it, especially at $.99.

  2. Jane
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 14:13:33

    Whoops, it’s a $1.99 for Kiss of Steel.

  3. Christine
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 14:15:42

    I would HIGHLY recommend Kiss of Steel. I thought it was one the best books of 2012 as well. I was really surprised it didn’t get more word of mouth. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it got me out of a bit of a reading slump. The world building is great and I’d describe the hero as if Derek Craven were a vampire.

  4. Lisa J
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 14:41:25

    Still a great read at $1.99. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

  5. cleo
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 15:30:47

    @Christine: How vampire-y is the hero? Does he drink blood to stay alive? I generally avoid vampire romances because I don’t like how they combine sex and sensuality with blood sucking and death and violence – it squicks me out.

  6. CG
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 16:02:55

    Curses. Looks like the deal on What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank is Amazon only :(

  7. Christine
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 16:20:56

    @Cleo- he definitely does drink blood to survive but he doesn’t have fangs. It’s due to a virus ( which is only supposed to be given to aristocratic males when they turn 15 hence the term “blue bloods” for them) which gives the recipient extreme strength,speed, vision etc. but requires them to drink blood to survive. There is a mixture of sex and sensuality as (like many vampires in fiction) when they feed they affect their donors in a sensual way (regardless of age, sex etc).

    It’s examined in the book as a medical problem rather than magic or folklore and without giving too much away , the heroine had assisted her scientist father in studying it as a “disease” and a virus. There are also werewolves (verwulfen) who became so through a “loupe” virus.

    The world building is really excellent but if vampires and the feeding/sensuality squicks you out then maybe it’s not for you.

  8. leftcoaster
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 16:45:32

    Double Down was a surprising DNF for me. The hero’s angst was annoying and unbelievable instead of endearing. Maybe I had too much Annie Sprinkle and Dan Savage at a young age? I found the sex kind of boring and repetitious and started skipping it. Between those two things, there wasn’t a lot of book left and I gave up. I’m a fast reader and will usually finish a book out of sheer determination.

  9. RevMelinda
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 16:54:38

    For a minute there I thought Double Down was part of the “Vegan Top Guns” series. Hoo boy. Guess I’ve lived in Portland too long.

  10. cleo
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 17:01:23

    @Christine: Thanks Christine

  11. cleo
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 17:03:05

    @RevMelinda: LOL. It probably says something about me that Vegan Top Guns sounds more interesting than Vegas Top Guns.

  12. Patricia
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 19:28:42

    @RevMelinda, I also read it as Vegan Top Guns. That intrigued me. Realizing it said “Vegas,” not “Vegan,” was a bit of a let-down.

  13. Susan
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 22:45:05

    I bought What Kings Ate. . . and then had to buy the Medieval Underpants book by Susanne Alleyn that popped up as a recommendation. :-)

  14. Iola
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 23:39:28

    Here in New Zealand, a Double Down is a breadless burger sold by KFC (two crumbed chicken breasts with some cheese and bacon in the middle). It’s a heart attack waiting to happen… so I just can’t see myself reading a book with that title, no matter how good it might be.

  15. DS
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 03:17:45


    Are they still offering those? I thought they sounded dreadful when I first heard about them in the US.

    The current internet meaning though seems to involve someone taking a stupid or untenable position and then doubling their support when the flaws of their position are pointed out to them. So it’s probably is analogous to the KFC thing.

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