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A couple of preliminary things. Patricia Burroughs is offering a free copy of Razzmatazz, the first contemporary romance she ever published. Originally with Silhouette Desire, Burroughs is now republishing it. You can pick it up at BookviewCafe for free using this coupon code.

Link: and coupon code: DA-REVIEW-RAZZ.

Next, here is a great Amazon deal for The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir that I wanted to pass on because the book looked pretty interesting. Blurb reads: “A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980’s, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become “real” Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history. This is really un-mined territory in the memoir genre that gives in-depth insight into a previously unexplored corner of America.” It’s on sale for .99 at Amazon.

The Serpent and the Pearl (A Novel of the Borgias) by Kate QuinnThe Serpent and the Pearl by Kate Quinn. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

One powerful family holds a city, a faith, and a woman in its grasp—from the national bestselling author of Daughters of Rome and Mistress of Rome.
Rome, 1492. The Holy City is drenched with blood and teeming with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize awarded only to the most virtuous—or the most ruthless. The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web?

Vivacious Giulia Farnese has floor-length golden hair and the world at her feet: beauty, wealth, and a handsome young husband. But she is stunned to discover that her glittering marriage is a sham, and she is to be given as a concubine to the ruthless, charismatic Cardinal Borgia: Spaniard, sensualist, candidate for Pope—and passionately in love with her.

Two trusted companions will follow her into the Pope’s shadowy harem: Leonello, a cynical bodyguard bent on bloody revenge against a mysterious killer, and Carmelina, a fiery cook with a past full of secrets. But as corruption thickens in the Vatican and the enemies begin to circle, Giulia and her friends will need all their wits to survive in the world of the Borgias.

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Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire the Slayer in this original urban fantasy eBook about Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.

Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comicshop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter.

When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side. Here, astral cowboy hackers fight trolls, rubber-suited werewolves, and elegant Gothic Lolita witches while wielding nostalgia-powered props.

Ree joins Eastwood (aka Scruffy Guy), investigating a mysterious string of teen suicides as she tries to recover from her own drag-your-heart-through-jagged-glass breakup. But as she digs deeper, Ree discovers Eastwood may not be the knight-in-cardboard armor she thought. Will Ree be able to stop the suicides, save Eastwood from himself, and somehow keep her job?

It’s funny at times, per reviewers, but also tries too hard.

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To Burn  by Claudia DainTo Burn by Claudia Dain. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

The Romans had taken Britain and made it their own, but when the Roman Empire collapses on itself, the Roman legions leave the fringes of the Empire and draw back toward the center, to Rome. Leaving Britannia defenseless against the Saxon barbarians.

She was a Roman Briton and she embodied all that Rome stood for. He hated her on sight. She, proudly Roman, fought him with every breath. He burned his way into her life, destroying the world as she knew it, and she vowed to fight him to the death, either hers or his.

He was a Saxon warrior and stood for everything she loathed and feared. He was a beast, an animal…a barbarian. He destroyed her villa by fire and then stayed to torment her, finding joy in her despair, playing out his revenge upon her until he grew bored with his game and decided to kill her.

The hate they felt for each other burned with a fiery blaze, yet when he touched her, she trembled. They felt only hatred burning in their souls…or was it respect, admiration, and even love?

Bookseller’s Best Award Finalist

I’m sure I read this but I’ve forgotten now. My favorite Dain book is the western, A Promise in a Kiss, and my second favorite is The Holding. (Ned read it and enjoyed it). This one? I can’t remember. There was one book that had a lot to do with blood. Was this the one?

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At The Duke's Wedding (A romance anthology)  by Miranda Neville, Caroline Linden, Katharine Ashe, Maya RodaleAt The Duke’s Wedding by Miranda Neville. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

As society gathers at Kingstag Castle for the wedding of the year, matrimony is in the air. But who will be the bride? With swoonworthy lords, witty ladies, eccentric relatives, a gaggle of free-spirited girls, not to mention the world’s best high perch phaeton, it’s a recipe for mayhem — and romance. Award winning, best-selling authors Katharine Ashe, Caroline Linden, Miranda Neville and Maya Rodale serve up delectable Regency fun and a sexy contemporary twist in this anthology of original novellas.

Four authors, four couples, four deliciously romantic surprises. When it comes to love, anything can happen…

“That Rogue Jack” by Maya Rodale
Jack, Lord Willoughby is charming, handsome, and utterly irresponsible. In other words, he’s the worst person to entrust with the ducal wedding ring. Miss Henrietta Black is prim, proper and the ideal person to help find the priceless family heirloom that’s gone missing… as long as she isn’t distracted by Jack’s gorgeous smile and tantalizing attempts at seduction. They MUST find the ring before the wedding… if they aren’t too busy falling in love.

“P.S. I Love You” by Miranda Neville
Handsome, inarticulate Frank Newnham asks for his cousin Christian’s help when he woos Rosanne Lacy by letter. Rosanne falls for Frank’s delicious prose, but when they meet in person at the duke’s wedding party, Rosanne can’t understand why Frank seems so … dull. And why is she drawn to the dark brooding Earl of Bruton, with his scarred face and air of melancholy?

“When I Met My Duchess” by Caroline Linden
Gareth Cavendish, Duke of Wessex, believes he’s chosen the perfect bride… until he meets her sister and lightning strikes—literally! Now he’s the only member of society dreading the wedding of the season. Or is he? Cleo Barrows can’t fathom why her knees weaken every time the handsome duke approaches, or why her sister isn’t in the clouds at the prospect of marrying him. But the more often wedding plans throw Cleo and Gareth intimately together, the faster time is running out to turn the celebration of the summer into the scandal of the year.

“How Angela Got Her Rogue Back” by Katharine Ashe
When gorgeous Lord Trenton Ascot beckons to history grad student Angela Cowdrey from the pages of a comic book, she thinks she’s going crazy. When Trent rescues her from a lake and she claims she’s from the future, he knows he is. But a blackmailer is threatening Trent’s family and Angela is determined to help. While unraveling the mystery of her time-travel trip to the duke’s wedding, this modern girl and Regency lord just might discover a passion that defies centuries.

“Four fabulous authors in one place! The perfect summer read!” – Sarah MacLean, New York Times best selling author

(Total anthology length: 129,000 words/516 pages)

This is a collection of novellas from well known historical authors.

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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. Andrea2
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 14:17:56

    I tried to use the promo code for the Patricia Burroughs book Razzmatazz (typed in as DA-REVIEW-RAZZ in all caps) and the response was that that promotion is not currently active. Is it perhaps not all caps? Or have I missed the promotion already? Thanks

  2. pooks
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 14:35:57

    My apologies! The coupon should work now, and I look forward to your review!

    Thanks, Jane, for sharing and for the heads up re: the problem.

  3. Andrea T
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 20:10:42

    Thanks for the Razzmatazz code. It looks like a fun read.

  4. Marcy Shuler
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 20:59:57

    If you’re into historical romances I can highly recommend AT THE DUKE’S WEDDING. These four novellas all take place at a house party in preparation for a wedding…and the last one has a time travel twist.

  5. hapax
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 21:17:07

    I am *such* a sucker for the “waking up married” trope. Thanks for the free code!

  6. pooks
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 06:45:37

    Thanks to all you fabulous people. Tons of downloads. The freebie ends Saturday, the 25th, at midnight Central Time [US] and please leave reviews!

  7. Hestia
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 08:46:52

    I enjoyed “The Serpent and the Pearl.” It’s a series, so it doesn’t really have an ending, and it’s kind of sudsy, but one of the characters is a cook and she keeps describing in detail the dishes she serves. Yum.

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