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Instant Attraction by Jill ShalvisInstant Attraction by Jill Shalvis. $3.99

This book was one of “Save the Contemporary” books.  Save the Contemporary was a campaign that Sarah of Smart Bitches and I ran a couple of years ago to increase the profile of contemporary romances.  Contemporaries are really on the rise right now and Shalvis’ “Instant” series which featured the romances of three Wilder brothers in Wishful, California, fit the oeuvre well.  This book is one of my favorite Shalvis titles.  Fans of contemporary, modern books would enjoy this deal. I reviewed the book here.

From the Jacket Copy:

The first in a sensational new series, Jill Shalvis introduces Cameron, Stone, and T.J. Wilder—three bad-boy heroes who effortlessly mix breathtaking adventure and scorching sex appeal…

Get Wild…And Then Get Wilder…

Accountant Katie Kramer is a quintessential good girl—working hard, recycling diligently, all the while trying to ignore the feeling that she doesn’t fit in anywhere. That’s all she wants. Well, that—and amazing sex, and the kind of daredevil escapade she can look back on when she’s crunching numbers in a dusty cubicle. Which explains why she just took a job in Wishful, California, working for Wilder Adventures and Expeditions. Waking up to find a magnificently built stranger towering over her bed—that part defies explanation…

After wandering the planet for months following a life-changing accident, Cameron Wilder has come back to the only home he knows. Under other circumstances, he might be thrilled to find a gorgeous woman sleeping in his cabin, but now, while he’ll risk his body taking clients on adrenaline-drenched excursions, his heart is off limits. Still, Katie’s killer smile triggers something deep in his gut…among other places. Showing her how exhilarating it can be to stop balancing her life as if it was a checkbook is the biggest rush he’s ever felt—and an adventure Katie’s wishing would never end. . .


Simply Irresistible by Rachel GibsonSimply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson $3.99

Gibson was one of the first authors to write about hockey heroes and her 1998 debut title was one a fun one.  It has a runaway bride, a flighty heroine, a surly hero and a secret baby. None of that sounds terribly appealing, but it actually works, in part because the heroine transforms so dramatically.  Gibson’s heroes are often the definition of alpha holes but John’s redemption works and is, perhaps, partially offset by the secret baby storyline.  

From the Jacket Copy:

Georgeanne Howard leaves her fiancé  at the altar when she realizes she can’t marry a man old enough to be her grandfather, no matter how rich he is. Hockey superstar John Kowalsky unknowingly helps her escape, and only when it’s too late does he realize that he’s absconded with his boss’s bride. This bad boy isn’t looking to be anybody’s savior but his own. Still, a long night stretches ahead of them—a night too sultry to resist temptation.

Seven years later, Georgeanne and John meet again. She is on her way to becoming Seattle’s domestic darling and he is past his hellraising days. Shocked to learn that he has a daughter, John’s determined to be part of her life. Georgeanne has loved John since the moment she jumped into his car, but will he risk the wrath of his boss, and one final chance at glory, to prove that this time his love will be everlasting?


Collision Course by K A MitchellCollision Course by K.A. Mitchell. Free until July 14, 2012

I haven’t read this but K.A. Mitchell was a favorite of our former DA Reviewer, Sarah Frantz (who has gone on to be an editor for Riptide Publishing).  Sarah reviewed it here.  She wrote “I also really like how not only how the sex is an integral part of the story, showing us how the characters and how they grow and mature and fall in love, but their careers are too. In fact, their careers provide both the tension of and the resolution to the story and it’s so great to see jobs be more than something the characters seem to ignore while they get it on. Aaron is an adrenaline junky of a paramedic, gruff and competent, who has managed to raise four siblings through awful family circumstances and fourteen years of battles with social services. Joey, of course, is a social worker, raising all Aaron’s hackles immediately. “

From the Jacket Copy:

Paramedic Aaron Chase doesnt have anything against love, but he knows it means a lot of responsibility, like when he had to step in to raise his siblings. With the last one off to college, Aarons anticipating enjoying life on his own terms. He certainly isnt expecting Joey Miller to accidentally drop into his life. Sexy, funny and annoyingly optimistic, Joeys tendency to get into trouble keeps sending him Aarons way; Joey knows all about love. Hes fallen in it ten times. All that experience has to count for something, right? With Aaron its different. Joeys fallen for good.


Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. $2.99

A little birdie shared that this deal will end next week so I wanted to bring it to your attention in case you missed a previous listing. Jia read it and said “This is a creepy book, a violent book, and a dark book, but at its heart, it’s a strange sort of love story.”

From the Jacket Copy:

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.


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. Brian
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 11:50:17

    A couple of new Kobo coupons that may be of use (non-agency books only)…

    ac3auto35 for 35% off
    ac4auto45 for 45% off

  2. lucy
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 14:55:35

    Ohh, Anna Dressed in Blood sounds interesting. I’ll go buy it right away, thanks for the rec.

  3. DS
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 15:22:08

    Anna Drenched in Blood looks interesting but it says its Teen Tor and 14 and up. How teen is it?

  4. Katie
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 02:29:56

    I’m a lurker but I have to add my bit about Anna Dressed in Blood… oh gosh, it is so incredibly creepy and gory and bloody. I loved the heck out of it and I’m a decade or so out of YA territory :) I read a lot of horror and I love bloody movies, but man, the author’s descriptions made my usually iron-clad stomach churn a bit.

  5. Peggy
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 04:32:31

    Thank you, Brian, for the coupons – very timely for my weekend purchase.

  6. Author on Vacation
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 10:13:23


    I found “Anna Dressed in Blood” a pretty good read. I gave it a 3.5 stars rating and felt I was being a little overly generous, but I enjoyed the storyline and the author’s voice. If you enjoy horror accompanied with strong characterizations, family drama, teen angst, and a dollop of impossible romance, this book will probably work for you.

    The biggest issue I had with “Anna Dressed in Blood” was the author’s obvious nod’s to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” A minor character is named “Will Rosenberg.” At one point, several of the characters even discuss their own roles as friends/assistants to the MC and compare their set-up to BtVS. I felt like the author was trying a little too hard.

    If I’d paid only $4 for the novel, though, I’d think I got my money’s worth. : )

  7. Kaetrin
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 07:18:42

    Can anyone let me know whether Anna Dressed in Blood is romantic or is it just a ghost/horror story?

  8. Jia
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 10:03:08

    @Kaetrin: There is some romance but it’s really a ghost/horror story. It’s not your traditional love story.

  9. Kaetrin
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 21:34:53

    @Jia: Thx, that helps. :)

  10. Brian
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 17:25:45

    Anna Dressed in Blood is one of the free Sync audiobooks this week (IIRC they run Thurs to Thurs) along with The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Not sure if they’re geo restricted or not…

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