Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult, Book reviews, industry news, and commentary from a reader's point of view

Daily Deals: Hot novellas, classic fantasy, WWII drama

Breaking All the Rules An Erotic Novella  CYNTHIA SAXBreaking All the Rules by Cynthia Sax. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Nathan Lawford, Blaine Technologies’ chief financial officer, is known as the Iceman. He conducts his personal and business affairs without emotion, never allowing himself to become involved with anyone. When Nate sees something or someone he wants, he negotiates, paying a simple, set monetary price. Now he wants Camille, the company’s green-haired intern. Camille Joplin Trent never expected to be paid to pleasure the man of her dreams. She can’t quite figure out why this is a bad thing. Nate is intelligent, handsome, sophisticated—everything she’s ever wanted in a lover and never thought she could have. Their contract is for a month, thirty lust-filled days of making every sexual fantasy they’ve ever had come true. At the end of this month, the rules state that their relationship will end. Of course, Camille has never been good at following rules.

The author sent this deal in which I completely appreciate. The Library Journal gave it a starred review “Hot, darkly funny, and slightly crass, Sax’s novella stands out for its excellent character development and refreshingly different female protagonist.”

AmazonBNSony KoboBook DepositoryAREApple Google

Through Wolf's Eyes by Jane LindskoldThrough Wolf’s Eyes by Jane Lindskold. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Firekeeper only vaguely remembers a time when she didn’t live with her “family,” a pack of “royal wolves”-bigger, stronger, and smarter than normal wolves. Now her pack leaders are sending her back to live among the humans, as they promised her mother years ago.

Some of the humans think she may be the lost heir to their throne. This could be good-and it could be very, very dangerous. In the months to come, learning to behave like a human will turn out to be more complicated than she’d ever imagined.

But though human ways might be stranger than anything found in the forest, the infighting in the human’s pack is nothing Firekeeper hasn’t seen before. That, she understands just fine. She’s not your standard-issue princess-and this is not your standard-issue fairy tale.

Good for my ten year old who is reading Harry Potter or no?

AmazonBNSonyKoboBook DepositoryAREAppleGoogle

The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoyThe Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. She and her family have been protected from the worst of the terror and desperation overtaking her country by a high-ranking Nazi who wishes to marry her. So when an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie’s doorstep on Christmas Eve, Elsie understands that opening the door would put all she loves in danger.

Sixty years later, in El Paso, Texas, Reba Adams is trying to file a feel-good Christmas piece for the local magazine, and she sits down with the owner of Elsie’s German Bakery for what she expects will be an easy interview. But Reba finds herself returning to the bakery again and again, anxious to find the heart of the story–a story that resonates with her own turbulent past. For Elsie, Reba’s questions are a stinging reminder of that last bleak year of WWII. As the two women’s lives become intertwined, both are forced to confront the uncomfortable truths of the past and seek out the courage to forgive.

“A haunting and beautiful story… Spanning sixty years, and taking on forms of human cruelty and indifference ranging from the Nazis to modern-day immigration reform, McCoy forces us to examine the choices we make. I was riveted from start to finish.”– J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Commencement and Maine

AmazonBNSonyKoboBook DepositoryAREApple Google

Rising Assets by Rebecca ZanettiRising Assets by Rebecca Zanetti. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Melanie Jacobs’s chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is her best friend, sexy cowboy Colton Freeze, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are blurred. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement destroy everything they once shared?

I have this on my TBR pile but it’s a PDF and I hate PDFs so I figure I’ll just buy the Mobi and then it will finally get read.

AmazonBNSonyKoboBook DepositoryAREApple Google

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

9 Comments

  1. Mikaela
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 14:12:35

    Through Wolf’s Eye is a really good book, but I wouldn’t call it a novel for a 10 year old. On the other hand, the Harry Potter series can be rather dark. Buy it for your husband and let her read it in a couple of years?

  2. Jennavier Gilbert
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 16:43:27

    I’d say yes for the ten year old, with a caveat depending on how mature she is. There isn’t much (or any, if I remember right) sexy times, but there are some heavy things featuring abandonment and other issues. So if she’s ready she’ll be into it and if she’s not she’ll be bored and drop it.

  3. Donna A
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 17:35:45

    I’m a Firekeeper fan, I’m not sure I’d recommend them for a 10yr old though, possibly 13/14 upwards. It’s definitely not aimed YA that I’m aware of.

  4. P. Kirby
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 18:19:58

    I don’t remember much about THROUGH WOLF’S EYES except that it was a DNF. I have a vague recollection of the story starting out centered around Firekeeper, but unfortunately it quickly meandered to other characters and was heavy on dull, dull, dull exposition regarding the various lineages in the kingdom.

    So not so much dark, but…boring.

    Probably not a bad book, but definitely not in the league of Harry Potter.

  5. EGS
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 19:30:52

    I read Through Wolf’s Eyes years ago in high school? I just remember it took me forever to finish it because it was so boring (not sure why I plowed through it, to be honest). I’d say it’s too long for a 10-year-old.

  6. Kaetrin
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 22:59:08

    @Jane I hate PDFs too. Why are they still a thing?? *wails*

  7. Cynthia Sax
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 09:28:22

    I LOVE PDFs, Kaetrin and Jane (which is ironic as my Avon Impulse titles aren’t available on PDF). Other formats come and go. PDFs, because the business community uses them, will be here for a long, long time. Even when they eventually go away, the business community will likely develop a conversion program so they can still be read.

  8. Kaetrin
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 19:05:18

    @Cynthia Sax: The reason I hate them is that they’re always wonky on my reader. Native, the text is so tiny I can’t read it. I can’t just up the fontsize like I can with an epub or mobi file. I have to zoom, which borks all the other functions such as highlights/notes and I have to keep zooming after the reader sleeps for a bit.

    PDFs are great for reading on a computer or a tablet (with the right app) but on an ereader, they suck donkey’s balls.

  9. Cynthia Sax
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 08:12:08

    @Kaetrin: I’ve heard that about PDFs on some eReaders and I totally understand because IMHO… one of the big wins with eBooks is being able to make the font as large as we wish.

%d bloggers like this: