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Kris Bock Whispers in the DarkWhispers in the Dark by Kris Bock. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

It all begins with whispers in the night…. Kylie Hafford craves adventure during her southwestern summer. She doesn’t expect to fight for her life.

After an assault in Boston, young archeologist Kylie heads to the remote Puebloan ruins of Lost Valley, Colorado, to excavate. She plans to avoid all men and figure out her next step in life. Her first exploration of the crumbling ruins ends in a confrontation with a gorgeous, angry man who looks like a warrior from the Pueblo’s ancient past. Danesh proves that Kylie’s body is ready for love, even if her heart isn’t. If only he weren’t so aggravating… and fascinating. Then she literally stumbles across Sean, a charming, playful tourist. His attentions feel safer, until she glimpses secrets he’d rather keep hidden.

The summer heats up as two sexy men pursue her. She finds mysteries – and surprising friendships – among the other campground residents. Could the wide-eyed woman and her silent children be in the kind of danger all too familiar to Kylie?

Mysterious lights, murmuring voices, and equipment gone missing plague her dig. Kylie tries to play it safe, but when someone threatens her research, she must take action. Kylie throws aside caution, but is shocked as friends turn to foes. She has more enemies than she can possibly guess, and she’s only begun to glimpse the terrors in the dark. A midnight encounter sends her plummeting into a deep canyon. She’ll need all her strength and wits to survive. Everything becomes clear – if she wants to save the man she’s come to love and see the villains brought to justice, she can’t run away again – she must face her demons and fight.

Whispers in the Dark is action-packed romantic suspense set in the Four Corners region of the Southwest.

This self published author emailed me her deal which is good until Friday. If the discounted price doesn’t show up at Sony, Kobo, and Apple, hit the Smashwords link here. The reviews suggest that this book is slow (both the positive and negative reviews) and that the author took too long to inject the creepiness and the romance into the story. However, the romance isn’t an insta lust but one that grows.


Lord of Wicked Intentions      by     Lorraine HeathLord of Wicked Intentions by Lorraine Heath. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Three young heirs, imprisoned by anunscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea,to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they wouldreturn to reclaim their birthright . . .

Lord Rafe Easton may be of noble blood, but survival taughthim to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he setseyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, an earl’s illegitimate daughter,he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress . . .

After her father’s death, Evelyn Chambers never imaginedshe would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstancesgive her little choice but to accept the lord’s indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldnessbelies deep passion and deeper secrets. If she must be his,Evelyn intends to lay bare everything the Lord of Pembrookis hiding. But dark discoveries threaten to destroythem both until unexpected love leadsthe last lost lord home . . .

This is the latest release from Ms. Heath, pre order with publication date of 4/30/2013.


RED      by     Kate SerineRed by Kate SeRine. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

“My name is Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red.”

Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding Make Believe characters in the ordinary world. Since then, Tess “Red” Little–a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood–has worked as an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. But, consider yourself warned–she’s not just some waif with a basket of goodies. All grown up and with nothing to lose, a gun and combat boots is more her style. And Red’s new assignment threatens to be short on happily ever afters. . .

Someone is murdering transplanted Tales in gruesome fashion. The list of fictional characters capable of such grisly acts is short and includes more than one of Red’s old flames. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another complication, in the form of sexy, enigmatic Nate Grimm, the FMA’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. Used to following her own rules and living life on the edge, Red has managed to avoid taking on a partner until now. But Nate’s dark side makes him perfect for a case like this. That is, if she can trust him. Because if there’s one thing Red knows for sure, it’s that believing in the wrong person can have big, bad consequences. . .

This is priced at different rates all over but at Kobo there is a 30% off sale so the price at Kobo is $3.49 with coupon code 30LongWeekend. Apparently tomorrow is Good Friday and some people get that day off of work?

Stacia clarifies the genre for you “Can someone with influence please get the publisher to change out the cover for this book? I was half-expecting an Urban Fantasy erotic book. Instead, I wound up reading something which vaguely resembles suspense. Sure, the cast of characters are fairy tale characters, but the story itself follows some sort of mystery/suspense formula. It all read less “once upon a time,” and more “modern day.”

Go in thinking it is a suspense with a dash of acerbic wit and some romance.


Beauty Awakened Gena ShowalterBeauty Awakened by Gena Showalter. $ 3.00

From the Jacket Copy:

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with another captivating Angels of the Dark tale, as a tormented warrior is brought to his knees by the most delicate of humans….

His name is Koldo. He is scarred, powerful, his control legendary—and he lives only for vengeance against the angel who viciously removed his wings. But if he yields to the forces of hatred, he will be eternally damned.

Nicola Lane was born with a defective heart, yet this fragile human shows surprising strength as demons stalk her every move, determined to end her. She is the key to Koldo’s deliverance…and his downfall. Though he fights duty, destiny and his first addictive taste of desire, his toughest battle will be the one for Nicola’s life—even if he has to sacrifice his own….

Many of the reviews say that this book presents a divergence in sensuality and an increase in religious overtones from previous Showalter books. This is likely due to Showalter’s recent conversion to Christianity (this is not speculation, it’s prominently displayed on her website). Thus, this is why readers are saying:

Unfortunately, the book failed big time in the sexual arena. Usually Showalter’s books really deliver with the sexy times. Here, I reread their first sexual encounter three times and I’m still not sure what the hell happened. It was that vague. Then, when they finally do seal the deal (a measly one time) again, the language is vague and totally unsatisfying. Who is this author and what has she done with Gena Showalter’s sex scenes? This was a total missed opportunity, since Koldo is a sexy virgin hero who is just exploring his sexuality for the first time.

My second big issue? It’s a little too… religious isn’t the right word. But it felt dangerously close to having a “message.” The angels have been a part of the Lords of the Underworld series for some time now, but not until this book did it have more of a traditional ring for me. Essentially in the sense that it is faith in the Most High that can make or break you in this book. It felt like PNR with a little bit of an inspirational bent.

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Lisa Marie Rice I Dream of DangerI Dream of Danger by Lisa Marie Rice. $ 1.99.

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There is no jacket copy yet.

I had to list this deal even though the price appears only at Amazon. It’s such a good deal because BN has the price at $9.99. It is the next in LMR’s Ghost Ops series. Yeah, I didn’t love the first one but it’s not like I’m skipping this.


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. Darlynne
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 14:42:15

    I was completely captivated by the prologue and first few pages of Red. My immediate thought was of Jasper Fforde’s Nursery Crime series; my second thought was Jonathan Lethem’s Gun, with Occasional Music; third thought: SOLD. And the second book, too. Thank you, Jane, for parting me so happily with my money and making my reader groan, again.

  2. Lynnd
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 15:06:23

    Yes we Cannucks do get tomorrow off and some lucky ones also get Monday off – unfortunately not me :(. Thanks for the rec on Red. The second book in the series is also $1.99 at Amazon even in Canada :-)!

  3. SusanS
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 15:21:50

    Red was the BN Free Friday a few weeks ago. The premise is clever – definitely reminds me of Jasper Fforde’s Nursery Crimes but not as well-written . There is more telling than showing that Red is a kick-ass heroine, and her love interest has an unusual occupation that could be considered less than romantic (don’t want to spoil it). Still, not a bad self-published book if you can get it at a discount. I’m considering checking out #2 in the series.

  4. B. Sullivan
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 19:27:48

    To those who’ve read Red – is it anything like the tv shows Once Upon a Time and/or Grimm? I notice that a couple folk on Good Reads wondered that too. (Not that reusing fairy tales is anything new, just curious.)

  5. SusanS
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 19:39:29

    @B. Sullivan – sorry, I don’t watch either of those shows, so I can’t give you a good answer. There is a little bit of everything in Red – fairy tales, Pride & Prejudice, Shakespeare, Dracula, werewolves…does that help?

  6. Jo
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 18:03:32

    Re: Gena Showalter. I wonder if she will go the same way with her YA books? My daughter enjoyed Alice in Wonderland and is looking forward to the sequel but if the books start to have inspirational themes to them it may turn her off a bit. *shrugs* we shall see.

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