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Daily Deals: Historical, Science Fiction, and a set of contemporary romances


The Buffet’s “Bouquet of Books” sale will be open May 1-3. More than 175 ebooks, all reduced in price to just 99 cents. Save in categories such as Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense, Erotic Romance, and more!  PLUS, visit the website to win gift cards to your choice of online retailers. $400 in gift cards up for grabs!

Titles from popular authors such as:

  • Gemma Halliday
  • Angie Fox
  • Jenna Bennett
  • Amanda Brice
  • Jennette Marie Powell
  • Clover Autrey
  • Carly Carson
  • E. Ayers
  • Genevieve Jourdin
  • CJ Lyons
  • Renee Pace
  • Sophia Knightley
  • Tori Scott
  • Meredith Bond
  • Emily Ryan-Davis
  • Anthea Lawson
  • Diana Layne
  • Lindsey Brookes
  • Gina Robinson
  • McKenna Chase


Birth of Venus      by     Sarah DunantBirth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

“Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter’s abilities.” But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra’s parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola’s reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra’s married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art.

This is $2.99 at most retailers other than Barnes & Noble. This book was widely praised from PW to USA Today as a rich and intriguing historical sprinkled with little known facts and deadpan dialogue.

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The Dreaming Void (Void Trilogy Series #1)      by     Peter F. HamiltonThe Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Reviewers exhaust superlatives when it comes to the science fiction of Peter F. Hamilton. His complex and engaging novels, which span thousands of years–and light-years–are as intellectually stimulating as they are emotionally fulfilling. Now, with The Dreaming Void, the eagerly awaited first volume in a new trilogy set in the same far-future as his acclaimed Commonwealth saga, Hamilton has created his most ambitious and gripping space epic yet.

The year is 3589, fifteen hundred years after Commonwealth forces barely staved off human extinction in a war against the alien Prime. Now an even greater danger has surfaced: a threat to the existence of the universe itself.
At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be breached, cannot be destroyed, and cannot be stopped as it steadily expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path: planets, stars, civilizations. The Void has existed for untold millions of years. Even the oldest and most technologically advanced of the galaxy’s sentient races, the Raiel, do not know its origin, its makers, or its purpose.

But then Inigo, an astrophysicist studying the Void, begins dreaming of human beings who live within it. Inigo’s dreams reveal a world in which thoughts become actions and dreams become reality. Inside the Void, Inigo sees paradise. Thanks to the gaiafield, a neural entanglement wired into most humans, Inigo’s dreams are shared by hundreds of millions–and a religion, the Living Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet. But then he vanishes.

Suddenly there is a new wave of dreams. Dreams broadcast by an unknown Second Dreamer serve as the inspiration for a massive Pilgrimage into the Void. But there is a chance that by attempting to enter the Void, the pilgrims will trigger a catastrophic expansion, an accelerated devourment phase that will swallow up thousands of worlds.

And thus begins a desperate race to find Inigo and the mysterious Second Dreamer. Some seek to prevent the Pilgrimage; others to speed its progress–while within the Void, a supreme entity has turned its gaze, for the first time, outward. . . .

From the Hardcover edition.

PW says “When the technologically augmented telepath Inigo begins experiencing revelatory dreams, his shared visions ignite a mass pilgrimage to the Void, which some believe will trigger the apocalypse. Readers can expect big ideas and big story lines as well as big cliffhangers at the novel’s conclusion.”

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The Long Earth Terry PratchettThe Long Earth by Terry Pratchett. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The possibilities are endless. (Just be careful what you wish for. . . .)

1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man’s-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?

2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive—some say mad, others allege dangerous—scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.

The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth—and far beyond. All it takes is a single step. . . .

PW says “The slow-burning plot plays second fiddle to the fascinating premise, and the authors seem to have more fun developing backstory and concepts than any real tension. An abrupt conclusion comes as an unwelcome end to this tale of exploration.” and Booklist calls it “crammed with scientifically informed amusement.”

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Unsuitably Perfect Lisa Mondello,     Karen Sandler,     Barbara McMahonUnsuitably Perfect by Lisa Mondello. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

From USA Today Bestselling Authors, Lisa Mondello and Barbara McMahon, and Waldensbooks Bestselling Author Karen Sandler, three captivating full length romance novels with sexy heroes and strong-willed heroines that prove “opposites attract”!

Her Heart for the Asking by Lisa Mondello

Mandy Morgan’s city life is the total opposite of Beau Gentry’s life as a bull rider. That didn’t stop them from falling in love eight years ago…before Beau crushed her heart. Now Mandy is back in Texas and Beau is determined to show her just how much the two of them belong together, despite their different lives.

Loves Me, Loves Me Not by Karen Sandler

It’s ice meeting fire when straight-laced school principal Katherine meets her polar opposite Steve, the freewheeling, computer-game playing father of one of her students. Katherine wants everything between them to be aboveboard and proper, but sexy Steve just wants to have fun. Can they find a way to meet in the middle and find love?

Bluebells on the Hill by Barbara McMahon

When country-western singing star Amanda buys a remote cabin to use as a retreat between tours, the last thing she expects is a rancher bent on claiming that land for his own. Totally opposite in outlook and lifestyles, can these two reach a compromise that will suit them both?

Each of these full length romance novel are available for sale separately. Get the Box Set at a deep discount

This is on sale at Kobo, BN and Amazon. I haven’t read any of these authors but it is a collection of three full length novels.

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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. cleo
    May 02, 2013 @ 14:32:20

    I’m not familiar with any of the authors in the “bouquet of books” sale – any recs from someone who’s read them?

  2. Kate Hewitt
    May 02, 2013 @ 14:53:01

    I love Sarah Dunant’s books. This one was great, definitely worth it if you like historicals in interesting locales/time periods.

  3. A.M.K.
    May 02, 2013 @ 16:29:49

    There’s a 30% rebate on ARE (as usual, the 30% is actually given back in their ebook bucks), and it only lasts until tomorrow morning:

  4. Mary
    May 02, 2013 @ 16:41:13

    @cleo: I like Gemma Halliday, she writes romance-y mysteries, but they’re not really romantic suspense…kind of like chick lit with a murder mystery thrown in I guess. Her …in High Heels series is good, but she did a trilogy of Hollywood murder mysteries I liked better. Each book in the trilogy has a different heroine, but they all work for the same sort of sleazy tabloid. I liked it. They are very light reading though, good beach reads etc.
    Haven’t read any of the other authors.

  5. Bren
    May 02, 2013 @ 16:47:29

    The Pratchett title is still showing up as $9.99 on Amazon and iBookstore. *sadface*

  6. cleo
    May 02, 2013 @ 17:48:45

    @A.M.K.: Thanks for the heads up on the ARe sale. ETA: the discount code is @allromance

    @Mary: Thanks for the rec – Gemma Halliday’s Hollywood Scandals is on sale and the excerpt looks fun.

  7. Gracie ONeil
    May 02, 2013 @ 19:46:22

    Hi Jane,
    We really appreciate your support for our Book Lovers’ Buffet sale. Thank you so much!

    Gracie O’Neil, author of Romantic Thriller TOUCHING SHADOWS

  8. Carly Carson
    May 02, 2013 @ 22:35:09

    Thanks for featuring our sale. I hope your readers find some great books, and also enter the contest for gift certificates.
    (I’m one of the organizers of the sale. If someone can add to the Pratchett comment, I will investigate. It doesn’t sound like one of our books. We have checked all the prices, but if I get a title and genre, I can check it out.)

  9. Chantilly White
    May 03, 2013 @ 01:59:54

    Hi, Jane! Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about the Book Lover’s Buffet 99-cent sale! Your support is greatly appreciated.

    Chantilly White, author of the light and fluffy contemporary romance CUPID’S MISTAKE :)

  10. Shar Dimick
    May 03, 2013 @ 12:09:07

    Thanks so much for highlighting the buffet of books. I’ve found a lot of great reads there myself. All the authors really appreciate your support.

    Shar Dimick, author of Take a Deep Breath and Take Your Time

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