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The Unidentified Redhead by Alice ClaytonThe Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:


Grace Sheridan is back. Ten years after discovering that looks and talent are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, she’s wriggling into a pair of badass jeans and ready to show the film industry that there’s way more to her than just a head of gorgeous red curls. And Hollywood’s newest Brit super-hunk Jack Hamilton certainly sees a lot to like. Grace is trying to restrain herself from jumping a man who is nearly a decade her junior, but Jack is making it clear that he personally has zero problems with that idea.

While Grace and Jack are still swapping innuendo-loaded quips and text sex though, the paparazzi have caught up with them, headlining the “unidentified redhead” who’s been photographed trysting at a restaurant with the heartthrob of the year. Now Grace is in stuck in a double bind. She’s head over heels in lust with Jack, but there’s her own career to think of as well. A sizzling romance with the newest “it” boy may garner her industry attention . . . but is it the kind of attention she’s always dreamed of?

This is reportedly a very fun series by the author of Wallbanger. The second book is on sale as well – The Redhead Revealed – as the third book approaches its release date of Dec 17. Smexybooks and FictionVixen are fans.

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Krampus: The Yule Lord by BromKrampus: The Yule Lord by Brom. $ 1.99 AMZN | Google

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Santa Claus, my dear old friend, you are a thief, a traitor, a slanderer, a murderer, a liar, but worst of all you are a mockery of everything for which I stood. You have sung your last ho, ho, ho, for I am coming for your head. . . . I am coming to take back what is mine, to take back Yuletide . . .
—from Krampus

The author and artist of The Child Thief returns with a modern fabulist tale of Krampus, the Lord of Yule and the dark enemy of Santa Claus

One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus. But the lines between good and evil become blurred as Jesse’s new master reveals many dark secrets about the cherry-cheeked Santa Claus, including how half a millennium ago the jolly old saint imprisoned Krampus and usurped his magic.

Now Santa’s time is running short, for the Yule Lord is determined to have his retribution and reclaim Yuletide. If Jesse can survive this ancient feud, he might have the chance to redeem himself in his family’s eyes, to save his own broken dreams, . . . and to help bring the magic of Yule to the impoverished folk of Boone County.

The cover looks frightening! Is this a Halloween story or a Christmas one? Brom is an artist and illustrator and Library Journal says that this “is perfect for anyone who disdains a cozy, sentimental holiday story.”

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The Theory of Attraction  by Delphine DrydenThe Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden. $ Free

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Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it’s hard to connect with a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists…

Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it’s not for a date—he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn’t expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of “lessons.”

Cami soon discovers Ivan’s schedule isn’t the only thing he likes to be strict about—he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She’s shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation…

47,000 words

Lots of people loved this geek dom story including Sarah at Smart Bitches. (We had a lively debate about this and what it meant to be a geek/nerd on our podcast).

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A Rare Gift by Jaci BurtonA Rare Gift by Jaci Burton. $ .99.

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With a disastrous marriage behind him, Wyatt Kent has no interest in getting involved with any woman, let alone his ex-wife’s younger sister. But when Calliope Andrews hires him to build an addition onto her day care center, Wyatt can’t help but notice she’s a desirable woman, as warm and funny as his ex was cold and aloof.

Calliope fell hard for Wyatt the first time he walked through the door of her family’s home, and can’t believe her sister let him get away. He’s still the star of all her fantasies, and she’s determined to prove to him she’s nothing like his manipulative ex. Wyatt may be all business, but Calliope sees the way he looks at her when he’s supposed to be working…

It’s not long before Wyatt and Calliope are keeping each other warm on cold December nights. But it’s going to take a Christmas miracle for Wyatt to put his trust in love a second time.

Book 2 of the Kent Brothers Trilogy

28,000 words

All three of Jaci Burton’s holiday novellas are on sale for .99.

A Rare Gift
All She Wants for Christmas
The Best Thing

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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. Lammie
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 16:29:24

    The Theory of Attraction was a good read – definitely a winner, particularly since it is free. I also liked how the hero’s Asperger’s was portrayed. My son also has it, and it was nice to see it portrayed as not just another trait like hair colour, but something that has positives and negatives associated with it.

  2. Renda
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 17:23:38

    I have not read any Jaci Burton, but I am looking for some more contemporary writers.
    I am also trying NOT to one click on everything just because it is 99 cents.

    Any feedback or should I just suck it up and spend yet another 3 bucks and not ever read them?

  3. mari
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 17:31:03

    I am tempted by Brom’s book. However, I read The Child Thief (his take on Peter Pan) and am still in recovery from the rip -your- heart out- and -stomp- it- in -the -ground ending. Maybe I am a coward, but I am not sure I can take that again! Not that I expect a HEA from what is essentially a horror story, but still. I have boundries!

  4. MrsJoseph
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 20:27:07

    LOVED The Theory of Attraction. Loved. Totally worth the read.
    Hopefully this showing up as free means book 3 will be released soon.

  5. AmyL
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 20:33:37

    @MrsJoseph: Book 3 came out Dec. 9, it’s called The Principle of Desire.

  6. sula
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 06:48:30

    Downloaded Theory of Attraction last night as a result of this recommendation and read it in one sitting. What a great story! Loved it. :)

  7. Kay
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:29:09

    Thanks for the deals! I picked up The Theory of Attraction and the redhead story (great job, cover people, who cut off part of the character’s face but did it right).

    I wanted to like “A Rare Gift,” because I like fix-it h/hs and the sister’s being the ex-wife is a challenge, but after trying a sample, passed. First, there was a character I think we were supposed to find unappealing (“a tall, thick woman with short cropped black hair and likely more muscles than he had” who actually puts her hand on his chest to keep him in place); anyone able to rec a good book with a heroine like that? I’d like to read it. Shortly thereafter, the “hero” thinks about how how he’d last seen the heroine some time ago and, “She’d been chubby, her hair a corkscrew of untamed brown curls, and she’d worn really ugly glasses. In short, she’d been a hot mess.” I can see her not having been his cup of tea back then, but a hot mess, really? He’s a turn-off, and I didn’t have confidence in the author redeeming him.

    @mari: Thanks for the description of The Child Thief! I was already thinking no on Krampus, but that sealed the (lack of) deal. No (permanent) ripping out and stomping on hearts for me.

  8. DS
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:47:19

    I bought Krampus after going to the author’s web site and looking at his gallery of pictures. I particularly liked his shirtless, muscle bound Santa! And he sets it in Boone County, WV. I spent a lot of time there in the late 70’s so it’ll be interesting to see what he makes of it. Krampus is apparently a real mythological/folkloric demonic character from central Europe. I’m looking forward to some Christmas horror. And if Krampus doesn’t give it to me then I’ll pull up some M. R. James.

  9. hilly
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:13:56

    Delphine Dryden ! ::click:: !

    IIRC, I spent last year humming “We need a little Krampus / Right this very minute …”, because I had been reading up on the demonic lore and then I watched a clip of the Muppets — with the absurd result that my brain mashed them together !! :)

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