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The Arrangement Mary BaloghThe Arrangement by Mary Balogh. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A mesmerizing story of passionate awakening and redemption, Mary Balogh’s new novel unites a war hero consigned to darkness with a remarkable woman who finds her own salvation by showing him the light of love.

Desperate to escape his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage.

At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent’s proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But how can an all-consuming fire burn from such a cold arrangement? As friendship and camaraderie lead to sweet seduction and erotic pleasure, dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be?

Brought to my attention in the comments, this is a deal too good not to post. But given that the book was released just a week ago, should readers have some kind of 14 day price protection or something? I feel bad for the readers who pre-ordered and bought this at the $7.99 price point only to kind of be punished by being a fan a week later.

Indies do it differently. Called price pulsing, they’ll price their new release at an “introductory” low price and then raise the price every week or so.

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The Gathering of the Lost: The Wall of Night Book Two Helen LoweThe Gathering of the Lost by Helen Lowe. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Garrisoned by the Nine Houses of the Derai, the towering mountain range called the Wall of Night is all that separates the people of Haarth from the terrible Darkswarm.

Five years have passed since the Wall was breached and the Keep of Winds nearly overrun. Five years since the Heir of Night, Malian, and her friend and ally Kalan went missing in the wild lands of Jaransor.

Now, in Haarth’s diverse southern realms, events are moving. From the wealthy River city of Ij to the isolated Emerian outpost of Normarch, rumors of dark forces and darker magics are growing. As the great Midsummer tournament at Caer Argent approaches, Haarth will have one opportunity to band together against an enemy in which few believe . . . or be lost forever.

This is the second book in a series. The first is called The Heir of Night. Some reviews called the world building dense, almost too much so but that may appeal to others.

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The Year of the Dog Grace LinThe Year of the Dog by Grace Lin. $ 2.99 at Amazon | Google

From the Jacket Copy:

It’s the Chinese Year of the Dog, and as Pacy celebrates with her family, she finds out that this is the year she is supposed to “find herself.” Universal themes of friendship, family, and finding one’s passion in life make this novel appealing to readers of all backgrounds. This funny and profound book is a wonderful debut novel by a prolific picture book author and illustrator and has all the makings of a classic.

I really love Grace Lin’s writing. I read these books to the tot a year ago. They are middle grade books and are told from Pacy’s point of view. She covers a lot of recognizable areas of growing up from what kinds of friends you make to what meaning boys have in her life. There are little illustrations that accompany the story. It’s culturally rich but writers will appreciate Pacy’s pursuit of being a writer/illustrator. Her uncle tells her that her career path is the “cold door”. That description is so evocative.

After reading these books my tot started writing and illustrating her own stories. It was really precious.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book and this series.

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Throwing Heat: A Diamonds and Dugouts Novel Jennifer SeasonsThrowing Heat: A Diamonds and Dugouts Novel by Jennifer Seasons. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The sexy baseball players of Jennifer Seasons’ Diamonds and Dugouts series slide into home with a final fiery romance worthy of a World Series win.

Nightclub manager Leslie Cutter has never been one to back down from a bet. So when Peter Kowalskin, pitcher for the Denver Rush baseball team, bets her that she can’t keep her hands off of him, she’s not about to let the arrogant, gorgeous playboy win. Especially when the prize could put her business on the map. She’s got this in the bag, just so long as she can stay out of his arms … and his bed.Peter struck out once before with Leslie, but this bet is sure to be the second chance he’s been waiting for. Determined to stoke the passion he knows is there, he’ll do anything to win—even if it means playing a little dirty.

But as things heat up, this combustible pair will have to decide just how much they’re willing to wager on one another … and on a future that just might last forever.

So I meant to read these books but I can’t remember why I didn’t. Probably lost in my TBR or Tragically Forgotten Books pile. This is a pre-order price so it’s unlikely you’ll get burned if you buy now. Has anyone here read Seasons’ baseball books?

I’m a little tired of the publicist and the player hooking up. I abandoned a book just the other day because it had that very same trope.

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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. Isobel Carr
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 14:07:07

    NY pubs are doing themselves and ENORMOUS disservice by dropping prices so quickly. They’re screwing over authors’ biggest fans (the ones who preorder and help put you on lists) and they’re training readers across the board to wait for price reductions. The stupidity of their new discounting formula is mindboggling.

  2. Ros
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 14:17:06

    Wow. I hope that readers are still within the 7 day return window on Amazon for the Balogh book. That’s some truly bad pricing strategy.

  3. Isobel Carr
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 14:19:23

    @Ros: If they preordered, today would be day 8. I just learned to not preorder ANYTHING from Random Penguin.

  4. Kathy MacAlister
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 14:27:56

    Having paid the $7.99 for the ebook, I really feel ripped off by the publisher! Why are the publishers punishing readers this way? Aren’t enough people buying the books?

  5. Ros
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 14:29:57

    @Isobel Carr: Well, that sucks. And, yup, they’ve shot themselves in the foot.

  6. Ann F.
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 14:36:50

    I’ve gotten burned on a couple of pre-orders lately but only by a couple dollars on each book. That’s a big drop on the Balogh book so soon after release. I wonder what they are trying to accomplish with that? That price point on a new Balogh book makes me wonder what’s wrong with the book. Somehow that just doesn’t seem like a good marketing strategy…

  7. Andrea2
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 14:37:10

    Lately I’ve been buying print books, rather than digital. I’m wary of ‘renting’ a book, and not being able to lend it out to friends easily or to trade in at a used book store or even donate it to the library if the book is not a ‘keeper’. By pre-ordering at Amazon, I purchased the print book at 40% off (and combined with a prime membership I didn’t have to pay shipping and the book was on my doorstep on release day). BUT I’m almost tempted to purchase the kindle version as well at this price point. I wonder if this price is meant to tempt people like me who also purchased the print version?

  8. kathybaug
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 14:42:01

    @Isobel Carr Publishers are absolutely training me to wait, maybe the bookstores are, too. I saw earlier this week that Eileen Wilks’ new book was $4.55 at Amazon instead of $7.99. I have a Nook reader, so I checked at BN and on Tuesday morning (release day) it was listed at $7.99. So I didn’t buy, even though it killed me not to do so. I decided to wait and see since I know BN can be slow to match prices. Then that same evening, it was reduced to $4.55. I snapped it up. But how mad would I have been if I had purchased earlier in the day? Very!

    It was just a week or so ago that I complained about purchasing Sarah Mayberry’s new ebook and then having it go to free a few days later. I was only out $2.99, but still……
    Sarah very graciously made it up to me, but authors can’t do that for everybody, and I certainly don’t expect it. It just makes me very leery about purchasing any new release on release day, which I don’t think is what the authors want. Never mind what the publishers have in mind. I am more convinced than ever that big publishers don’t have a clue how to handle ebooks.

  9. Little Red
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 14:56:40

    $1.99 for a new Balogh? Wow! I’m so on it as soon as I get home.

    But yes, it does suck for the hard-core fans who don’t like to wait. Good to know that it doesn’t pay to be the early bird in this.

  10. Isobel Carr
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 15:00:10

    @Andrea2: If MatchBook becomes the norm on Amazon, I’ll probably go back to buying paper (which I can donate to a shelter or library) and then just keep the discounted eBook.

  11. Little Red
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 15:09:32

    @Little Red: Also, this has one of my favorite tropes, the marriage of convenience.

  12. Darlynne
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 15:14:34

    MAGIC RISES (Ilona Andrews) and SLASHBACK (Rob Thurman) were reduced from 7.99 to 6.83 at Amazon on September 1 (that’s when I bought them) and today or yesterday, the price for both was dropped to 5.99. The difference from what I paid is small, but for others, we’re talking 2.00 per book (25%) and that adds up.

    Discounts have been raining down for nearly a week and then further discounts on top of that, for the same books. No one begrudges the money for our favorite authors, and I personally don’t want to return the books and then buy them again. This morning, Amazon issued a credit for the difference in price; perhaps that will work for others who bought this newest Balogh book.

    I can’t believe I’m even thinking of complaining about discounts, but this was so disorganized and not well thought out. Maybe 5.99 is going to be Amazon’s new, standard price for 7.99 books.

  13. Miss_Malapert
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 15:49:13

    I was a little annoyed because I had pre-ordered Eileen Wilk’s new book “Ritual Murder” from Amazon. I paid $5.99 on release day (down from the $7.99 price) but this morning I saw that it was $4.55. I’m happy to see it on sale even more, and $1.44 isn’t a lot of money, but when you are on a tight, tight budget, that’s part of another book, you know? So I returned it and repurchased it at the lower price. Maybe I should have waited to see if Amazon issued a credit.

  14. Jose L.
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 15:50:56

    Some of these books are provocative. Either way thanks for posting deals.

  15. Glittergirl
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 15:53:27

    I may be in the minority here but I NEVER pay full price for a book. I am a print girl and prefer my books in print for many reason, especially the sharing and supporting used bookstores. BUT it’s all about price for me because my budget is tight for my addiction. That being said, I rarely pre-order unless it’s at least 20%+ off full print retail. I can get 20% off print at Walmart & Shopko and sometimes 33% off at Fred Meyer when they go on sale. Walmart is currently 40% off online with a hidden shipping/handling charge. Barnes & Noble gives me 20% off coupons every other week and discount trade sized at least 26% all the time. If a book goes on sale below that price as an ebook I’ll get it. I watch prices closely and try to guess the lowest price. I missed on Robyn Carr’s The Newcomer by $.55, big whoop. I am not an Amazon supporter but just watch the trends on pricing like she said above with Random.

  16. Jill Sorenson
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 15:55:43

    You reviewed Stealing Home by Seasons and gave it a D, Jane. I bought it and didn’t finish for reasons I can’t remember.

  17. Darlynne
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 16:03:04

    @Miss_Malapert: I had to contact Amazon and ask about the pricing. Although no one could explain why prices were changing so often, they did offer the credit, which can be used only for Amazon digital content, not publisher-provided titles (when I look at my wishlist, I can see which books are provided by Amazon Digital Services and not a specific publisher). I’m hoping authors don’t take the hit for the credit.

    I suppose we’re going to have to keep our eyes open in this weird new world without agency pricing.

  18. FD
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 16:17:53

    Chalk me up as another person irritated by the Balogh price drop. While windowing in general makes sense, having such a narrow time gap between the release and the price cut just makes me feel stupid for having pre-ordered.

  19. Sally W.
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 16:31:28

    I wasn’t going to buy this book, but at $1.99 I couldn’t pass it up. I do wonder if sales have been slow.

  20. sandyl
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 16:51:55

    I have learned very early not to buy digital books until I am ready to read them. I have e-books that I bought and then didn’t read until a year later–at which time the price was lowered to $1.99 or .99. Now I just order the sample to remind me it’s on my tbr list.

  21. Nancy B
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 17:06:55

    The indie form of pricing, with low preorder sales, works perfectly for the type of book buyer I am. Even on my auto-buy author list, I almost never actually auto-buy. I wait for reviews by other fans to make sure it’s a solid addition to their backlist before choosing to read it. Most of my auto-buy authors are relatively prolific and I have other authors’ books I want to read too so I don’t have time to waste on any author’s book that’s not at least a solid read. Therefore, I’m more likely to take a risk and preorder before reviews if the price is lower than what I’ll pay after the book comes out.

    As for the Balogh book, I’ve already learned to wait a month for prices to drop on ebooks by well-known authors. But only waiting a week? That’s horrible to fans of the author.

  22. Jody
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 17:09:44

    FWIW, I just finished The Arrangement and absolutely loved it. I immediately bought a couple more Baloghs at full price, which I never do, but that’s how much I enjoyed the book.

  23. Vi Dao
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 17:38:14

    I pre-ordered Anne Calhoun’s Uncommon Passion. It was released yesterday. Later that day, the Kindle price dropped to $7.99! I feel like that the loyal readers who pre-ordered are being punished.

  24. Kim
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 18:28:47

    At this price, I bought the Balogh book, too. After reading these posts, I don’t think I’ll pre-order books. I’ll wait and see if the price goes down after publication.

  25. bookfan
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 19:25:59

    I bought The Arrangement on the day it was released. While I now wish I had waited a week so I could have saved six dollars, it was an excellent read.

  26. Susan
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 19:31:22

    I had preordered Balogh’s book eons ago, so I’m beyond steamed. Random Penguin was already on my $hit list because of their ebook-paperbook pricing, and this just seals it. I’m going to have to cut Random Penguin authors/series loose except in rare circumstances. And try to wait to buy ebooks (from any publisher) until a) I’m actually ready to read it or b) it goes on sale. Admittedly, this’ll be tough for me to stick to, but my RAGE is making me determined. (BTW, I didn’t intend to capitalize “rage.” The tablet autocorrected it that way. Huh. Seemed appropriate so I left it.)

  27. Zara Keane
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 01:22:48

    I no longer pre-order ebooks for this very reason. I’ve been burned too many times by publishers dropping the price right after publication, usually after the seven-day return window.

  28. Elise S
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 01:35:38

    I’ve only just started preordering ebooks but yikes I’m rethinking that plan now with the way prices are bouncing around. Just picked up the Balough. I’ve never read anything by her but 1.99 is apparently my weakness. Plus I love this particular trope.

  29. Elisa
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 03:32:22

    I’ve already read The Arrangement in print as I’m a fan of Balogh’s. Best one by her I’d read in a while. While I love her writing, some of her books have a tendency to blur in my mind together. Also I don’t really remember the first book in this series, The Proposal, that well. I don’t think I’ll have that problem with the Arrangement. As others have said, it’s an excellent book, with a blind hero and a “mouse” heroine and storytelling, I loved it. I am considering buying the e-version at 1.99 even though I have it in print already. I do feel bad for all the preorder people, Amazon should really issue a credit!

  30. Nicole
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 07:10:37

    And of course the Balogh book is $11.05 for Australians. And in print it’s just as much if not more (from any site that offers free shipping, which are the only ones that count). I sure as hell never ever pay full price for any romance, since it would bankrupt me.

  31. Patricia M.
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 08:39:30

    I have gotten burned by pre-ordering too but Amazon gave me a credit for the difference so it was all good but it taught me not to pre-order unless the pre-order price is significantly discounted. I enjoy Mary Balogh’s books but have a limited budget so I put myself on the waiting list at the library last December for The Arrangement. I expected to be first on the list for the book so I checked after it was released and others had received it already (which I could tell on-line) and was told that the people who had it were ones who reserved in September (a year ago). This behavior is definitely hurting the best fans but I wondered if it was to boast sales around release time to get the book on the best seller lists which would generate more sales. Anyway, I happily bought it digitally at that price, even though I prefer print.

  32. Heather Greye
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 10:22:36

    Thanks for the flag on the Balogh book. I’m just getting into buying ebooks and that’s the right price for me right now.

    Another $1.99 book is a pre-order for the new Deanna Raybourn book in November, Midsummer Night. It says novel, which I’m hoping it really is for the price. I’m currently glomming the Lady Julia Grey books. :)

  33. Amy from Harlequin
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 12:59:30

    @Heather Greye: Midsummer Night is a new novella. Full disclosure: I work for Harlequin so I passed it on to get that fixed on Amazon ASAP. Sorry about that!

  34. Susan
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 21:12:00

    @Nicole: I don’t understand why Australian prices are so high, especially for ebooks. I’m trying to winnow out my physical books–wish there was some way to get them to readers (like you) who would appreciate them rather than just recycling places that reluctantly accept them. (And forget about the erotica!) Doesn’t seem fair.

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