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Daily Deals: Historicals and Wild Cards

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie KlassenThe Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

To escape a scheme to marry her off to a dishonorable man, Margaret Macy flees London disguised as a housemaid. If she can remain unwed until her next birthday, she will receive an inheritance, and with it, sweet independence. But she never planned on actually working as a servant. And certainly not in the home of Nathaniel and Lewis Upchurch–both former suitors.

As she fumbles through the first real work of her life, Margaret struggles to keep her identity secret when suspicions arise and prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall. Can she avoid a trap meant to force her from hiding?

Brimming with romance and danger, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall takes readers inside the fascinating belowstairs world of a 19th-century English manor, where appearances can be deceiving.

PW “In a tale of disguise and transformation with echoes of The Prince and the Pauper and perhaps a dash of Shakespearean heroine, Margaret’s character and judgment are enriched as she works for a living—and it wouldn’t be a Regency romance without a suitable suitor for her. The upstairs-downstairs dynamic of the upper and serving classes puts meat on the story’s bones. The reliable Klassen has produced a well-realized genre winner in which Christian elements are subtle and historically appropriate.”

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Wild Cards by Simone ElkelesWild Cards by Simone Elkeles. $ 2.99

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After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain—people you care about leave without a backward glance. So when her older sister comes home after abandoning her ten years earlier, with her hot new stepson in tow, Ashtyn wants nothing to do with either of them. Then she comes up with a plan that would finally give her the chance to leave, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and get the future she wants?

I think I’ve included this book before.

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Wild Card by Lora Leigh. $ 2.99

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It was supposed to be simple. All Navy SEAL Nathan Malone had to do was rescue three young girls from a Colombia drug cartel, then allow himself to be captured just long enough to draw out a government spy. That was before his mission went disastrously wrong…and before his wife, Bella, was told that Nathan was never coming home.

Bella’s mourned her husband’s death for three long years. But she has no idea he’s still alive. Forced to assume a new identity, the man Nathan was is now dead. If he can get back to his wife, can he keep the secret of who he really is…even as desire threatens to consume them? And as danger threatens to tear Bella from Nathan’s arms once more?

All the books titled Wild Card(s) are on sale for 2.99. Kidding but two of them are!

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The King of Threadneedle Street by Moriah DensleyThe King of Threadneedle Street by Moriah Densley. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

He owns three shipping companies, a diamond mine, and his own castle.
He knows Portuguese, Hindi, Mandarin and Morse code.
His assets net thirteen million.
Everyone thinks Andrew Tilmore, Lord Preston, the financial prodigy dubbed “The King of Threadneedle Street,” has it all, but he wants the one prize money can’t buy: his childhood sweetheart.

Alysia Villier can’t say if it’s worse having Andrew’s father in control of her inheritance or Andrew in control of her heart. He’s ruined her for any other man, but she simply can’t give in to him. She knows he’s destined for great things-marrying a courtesan’s daughter would jeopardize everything he stands for.

Keeping Alysia out of trouble and away from eager suitors becomes a cross-continental quest for Andrew, and he won’t be stopped by his old-fashioned family or the disapproval of the ton. After all, he’s a man with the power to play newspapers and investors like pawns, tumble world markets and incite riots…but can he win the biggest gamble of his life?

So I’ve decided to pledge to read/review one new historical every month in 2014. This was the first book I’ve bought for that purpose. I started it last night and it’s actually not bad.

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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. Darlynne
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 12:30:17

    Stuart Neville’s Ratlines is $1.99 at Amazon; he writes so powerfully about Northern Ireland through his crime novels and this particular book takes place as Ireland prepares for JFK’s visit in 1963.

    Nana Malone’s Game, Set, Match is $FREE at Amazon. I’ve never read this author, but the story is tagged as multicultural and interracial so I couldn’t resist.

  2. Emily A.
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 13:42:48

    I haven’t read this one, but Julie Klassen’s books are in general awesome and have appeal for people beyond only an inspirational audience. I would recommend to both The Silent Governess and The Apothecary’s Daughter to people who enjoy both historical, gothic with a few light hearted moments and soap opera elements. Her style is similiar to Amanda Quick.

  3. DS
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 13:54:20

    Agree about Stuart Neville’s books. I binged on his Troubles trilogy (soon to have a fourth book added, if it hasn’t been already) read by Gerard Doyle. Only one is available on Audible right now. I listened to the other two from my library. Interesting to see the 80’s portrayed as historical fiction.

  4. DS
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 14:06:42

    Darn, I totally got my Irish mystery writers mixed up and cannot correct. Adrian McKinty is the one who wrote the Troubles Trilogy not Stuart Neville. But I still like Stuart Neville so I bought Ratlines and also got the Audible connected version for $3.99.

  5. Amanda
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 15:55:18

    Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare is 1.99 on Kindle

  6. An
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 01:18:26

    Since this Moriah Densley book isn’t available in Canada, I tried out one of her other ones. Does she normally write without quotation marks or is this some kind of error?

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