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Son of the Morning Linda HowardSon of the Morning by Linda Howard. $ .99

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A scholar specializing in ancient manuscripts, Grace St. John never imagined that a cache of fragile, old documents she discovered was the missing link to a lost Celtic treasure. But as soon as she deciphers the intriguing legend of the Knights of the Templar — long fabled to hold the key to unlimited power — Grace becomes the target of a ruthless killer bent on abusing the coveted force. Determined to stop him, Grace needs the help of a celebrated warrior bound by duty to uphold the Templar’s secret for all eternity. But to find him — and to save herself — she must go back in time.

Summoning the magic of an arcane ritual, Grace steps back to the barren hills of 14th-century Scotland, enduring the perils of an untamed land to confront Black Niall, a fierce man of dark fury and raw, unbridled desire. Driven by a mix of fear and passion, Grace enlists this brazen knight to join her in a modern-day search for a killer. In their quest to protect a timeless secret, they uncover a love for all time — and a deadly duel of honor that risks everything they have.

This was Linda Howard’s one and only time travel and other than Now You See Her, really the only paranormal book she wrote. It’s one of my favorites but it does take some time for the couple to get together. The first part is kind of an adventure romance as Grace tries to flee the people who shot her husband and the second part is where she and Black Niall join forces.

This is an Amazon only discount but it was too good of a deal not to share.

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The Rule-Breaker  Uniformly Hot! - 743      By: Rhonda NelsonRhonda Nelson by The Rulebreaker. $ 1.99

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Subject: Ranger Eli Weston
Current Status: On leave
Mission: To honor his fallen friend–and protect his secret
Obstacle: His fallen friend’s ex, who’s off-limits…and off-the-charts sexy!

Ranger Eli Weston always does the right thing–even when it means defying orders. Now he’s back in town to help with a memorial in honor of his fallen military buddy. This time it’s not just about what’s right. It’s about ensuring that a secret never comes to light. A secret that only he and his friend’s ex-girlfriend know…

Clothing designer Shelby Monroe has always felt an illicit something for Eli. But when the two find themselves working together to ensure the media never discover the truth about the town’s fallen hero, temptation unfurls…hot, wicked and irresistible.

How far can they bend the rules before they break?

The reviews indicate that this is a more emotional read than readers had expected and that while the chemistry between the main characters was there, the romance sometimes took a back seat to the grief and guilt they felt. Still, it sounds kind of interesting. The dead fiance’s secret is all over the reviews so you’ll want to stay away if you don’t want to be spoiled.

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A Dangerous Love By: Sabrina JeffriesA Dangerous Love by Sabrina Jeffries. $ 1.99

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He was playing a dangerous masquerade…Griff Knighton?s found the perfect way to avoid being trapped into marriage with one of the Earl of Swanlea?s daughters: he?ll swap identities with his man of affairs during their next visit to Swan Park, and be free to pursue his own desires! After all, he?s not about to marry some homely spinster just to claim his rightful title. But Griff didn?t reckon on the brazen, voluptuous Rosalind, who could tempt even a saint into sinning, and Griff is no saint. She was determined to unmask him…

Reader Elaina sent me the heads up regarding Sabrina Jeffries’ deals. A number of Jeffries’ books are on sale for $1.99. I asked Elaina what books she’d recommend and she said her two favorites were A Dangerous Love and Dance of Seduction.

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Kane and Abel      By: Jeffrey ArcherKane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer. $ 2.99.

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William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world-are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men – ambitious, powerful, ruthless – are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred. Over sixty years and three generations, through war, marriage, fortune, and disaster, Kane and Abel battle for the success and triumph that only one man can have…

This has really good reviews and from a spoiler review I read actually ends on a hopeful, almost romantic, note even though most of the story is devoted to detailing the awful lives of two very ambitious men.

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Monument 14      By: Emmy Laybourne Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne. $ 3.99

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Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

This story sounds intriguing. 14 kids are trapped in a megastore, ages ranging from 5 to 17. They watch the news and discover the world is coming to an end and so they make survival plans. The reviews indicate that people were expecting it to be a lot bigger and more exciting that the story plays out. A lot of the story seems to focus on interpersonal drama inside the store and there isn’t a lot of action-y action.

The main character is a boy so it might be a good book to get for the boys in your life.

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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. Serena
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 12:06:14

    I had no idea Rhonda Nelson was by The Rulebreaker. :D

    I’m eager to try out Son of the Morning. The premise is interesting.

  2. Brie
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 12:13:30

    Linda Howard has a bunch of PNRs! Well, “a bunch” may be an exaggeration, but Dream Man has paranormal elements as well as a super asshole of a hero. And I think some of her more recent books (like Death Angel) also have PNR touches.

  3. azteclady
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 12:25:29

    I really, really like Kane and Abel. It’s written in the “sage” style of the time, and it centers indeed on the enmity between the title characters, but the ending is…not quite uplifting as much as hopeful. I think you’d like it, Jane.

    On Linda Howard: she has a short story, “Lake of Dreams” (I believe it’s in the 1998 Everlasting Love anthology), that also has paranormal elements. It’s very good, IMO.

    Serena, Son of the Morning is high up there among my Linda Howard favorite novels. There’s a bit of suspense, chase, the bit of time travel/paranormal element and I absolutely love the chemistry between the two main characters.

  4. Darlynne
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 12:43:55

    @azteclady: Does Niall have a mouthful of strong, white, even teeth? Petty as that sounds–and I asked my dentist–that couldn’t have been the case back in the 14th century, and it’s something that drops me right out of time travel fiction, much as I love it. Better not to mention it in a strictly historical context, but then, a 20th century person would definitely notice.

  5. Willa
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 12:50:46

  6. azteclady
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 13:05:06

    @Darlynne: He does–but then, I wouldn’t want to kiss any person whose hygiene adhered to the standards of the 14th century, so I don’t much have a problem with it. I see how to other people it must be jarring, though.

  7. azteclady
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 13:06:22

    @azteclady: Jesus, I need to edit better–I meant it’s written in the SAGA style, not sage style. gah!

  8. Jane
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 13:14:12

    @Darlynne: yes, but Niall is a special guy. He doesn’t age. He has super human powers. So it just naturally follows he would have gleaming teeth.

  9. Christine
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 13:15:49

    “The Shadowy Horses” by Susanna Kearsley is on sale at Amazon for $1.99 in ebook. It is my absolute favorite work of Kearsley’s ( and I like all her works). It’s a fantastic book. I don’t know if anyone else has it for this price. Also her new book (not yet released in the US) is a sequel of sorts to this.

  10. Sunita
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 13:19:40

    @azteclady: Enthusiastically seconding your recommendation of Kane & Abel. For all his many, many faults, Archer could tell a great story, especially in these early books. There are two sequels of declining quality, but the second book, The Prodigal’s Daughter, is pretty good.

  11. Christine
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 13:20:53

    I just checked and Barnes and Noble has “The Shadowy Horses” for $1.99 also.

  12. Sunita
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 13:20:54

    @Christine: Kearsley said on twitter that B&N was matching Amazon’s price (in the US, I assume).

    ETA: Oops, cross-posted with you!

  13. Aisha
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 13:32:38

    @Christine: geo-restricted :(

  14. Lia
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 14:37:19

    Love, love, love time-travel romance! Sold to the lady behind the desk :-)

  15. Christine
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 15:57:48

    @Aisha, I’m sorry. That’s so disappointing. Here’s hoping there are some good book bargains in your part of the world soon. I get so cranky when a site refuses to sell me something. I tried to buy from Amazon UK before and they just shut me out. I was going crazy in January trying to get a special edition Ciate set and a site in Canada had it. I even tried calling them directly but they refused to sell or ship anything outside of Canada. I lucked out and Nordstrom here got one back in stock. I hate geo restrictions.

  16. Christine
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 15:59:11

    @Sunita- jinx! :0)

  17. Raven Ames
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 17:49:55

    Linda Howard’s Killing Time is also a time-travel about a heroine from the future and is one of my favorite time-travel novels. I haven’t read Son of the Morning so I’ll have to check it out!

  18. Loosheesh
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 18:41:50

    I don’t much care for time travel romance anymore but Son of the Morning is one I remember loving back in the day so I’m getting it just for its nostalgic value.

  19. Eggs
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 20:44:00

    Son of The Morning kindle version is available to me in Australia but at a cost of about $12 USD. Seems a lot for a book that’s more than a decade old. Maybe they’re subsidising their US sales by cranking up the prices for rest-of-world?

  20. Muneera N.
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 22:14:32

    @Serena: I was confused when I read that and had to look up back at the deal post to understand what you meant. :D

    I enjoyed the book but there was something about the ending of Son of the Morning that I had a slight issue with, but I don’t remember what it was exactly. Guess I’ll have to buy it and find out. :)

  21. Kaetrin
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 04:41:54

    Kane and Abel was great. The miniseries was pretty ordinary though.

    The Prodigal Daughter had a wonderful romance in it but it is not a romance.

    [spoiler]It has a tragic ending romance-wise but there is something very romantic about his last message to her. [/spoiler]

  22. Aisha
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 09:21:41

    @Kaetrin: I think I remember reading this. Was there something about a pet-name? ETA – sorry, very unclear there – I’m referring to The Prodigal Daughter.

  23. cbackson
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 11:23:17

    I generally really dislike time-travel romance, but I loved Son of the Morning. Grace is tough in a very real way, which I enjoyed.

    I will say that “Son of the Morning” is a phrase that (at least in my upbringing) is one of the titles of Lucifer, which always slightly disconcerts me.

  24. Loosheesh
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 11:33:33

    @cbackson: “I will say that “Son of the Morning” is a phrase that (at least in my upbringing) is one of the titles of Lucifer, which always slightly disconcerts me.” – Ditto

  25. Kaetrin
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 21:42:07

    @Aisha: [spoiler]When Richard first met and fell in love with Florentyna, she was working at her father’s store (IRRC) under the pseudonym Jesse. When he was dying, he said “tell Jesse I love her” and there was some consternation as to whether or not to pass this message on to Florentyna because they thought maybe he was having an affair. [/spoiler]

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