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Daily Deals: Kelley Armstrong YA, Duran historical, and a freebie thriller

The Gathering By Kelley ArmstrongThe Gathering by Kelley Armstrong. $ 1.99 AMZN | Kobo

From the Jacket Copy:

Strange things are happening in Maya’s tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya’s home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

It doesn’t help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he’s interested in one special part of Maya’s anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.

I really liked these YA books from Kelley Armstrong BUT she left both of them fairly unresolved which is really frustrating. It’s like she got this great idea, wrote a couple of books and then got completely bored. I was entertained reading the series but frustrated with the lack of closure.

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That Scandalous Summer by Meredith DuranThat Scandalous Summer by Meredith Duran. $ 1.99

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In the social whirl of Regency England, Elizabeth Chudderley is at the top of every guest list, the life of every party, and the belle of every ball. But her friends and admirers would be stunned to know the truth: that the merriest widow in London is also the loneliest. Behind the gaiety and smiles lies a secret longing—for something, or someone, to whisk her away . . .

Raised in scandal, Lord Michael de Grey is convinced that love is a losing gamble—and seduction the only game worth playing. But when duty threatens to trump everything he desires, the only way out is marriage to a woman of his brother’s choosing. Elizabeth Chudderley is delightful, delicious—and distressingly attractive. With such a captivating opponent, Michael isn’t quite sure who is winning the game. How can such passionate players negotiate a marriage of necessity—when their hearts have needs of their own?

We featured this book when it was on presale. RT made it a “top pick” and the heroine uses alcohol to numb her loneliness. The next book is up for pre-order and is $1.99 as well.

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Six Seconds by Rick MofinaSix Seconds by Rick Mofina. $ Free

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A vengeful woman who aches for her place in paradise…

In Iraq an aid worker who lost her husband and child in a brutal attack saves the life of an American contractor. Believing he can help her avenge her family’s deaths, she follows him back home to the United States.

An anguished mother desperate to find her child…

In California a soccer mom arrives to pick up her son from school, only to discover that her husband has taken their child and vanished without a trace.

A detective who needs to redeem himself…

In the Rocky Mountains an off-duty cop rescues a little girl from a raging river moments before she utters her final words in his arms. Haunted by failure, he launches an investigation that leads him to a Montana school where time is ticking down on an event that will rewrite history.…

Three strangers entangled in a plot to change the world in only six seconds….

It’s a terrorist plot/thriller. Thanks to Kim for emailing me about this deal and the Duran one.

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Love Me Some Cowboy By Lisa Mondello, Jean Brashear, Barbara McMahon, Day Leclaire and Ginger ChambersLove Me Some Cowboy by Lisa Mondello. $ .99.

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Who can resist a tough, rugged cowboy? Not these feisty, determined women!
Five full-length novels at a steal of a price!
In Nothing But Trouble by USAToday Bestselling Author Lisa Mondello, city girl Melanie Summers must spend an entire month alone in the Wyoming wilderness with sexy rodeo cowboy, Stoney Buxton, without getting into trouble. Possible? Not a chance in the world!
USAToday Bestselling Author Jean Brashear adds Lone Star flavor with Texas Secrets. Boone Gallagher returns to the only home he’s ever known only to find it’s been willed to a sexy stranger who’s intent on leaving. He must keep her there for thirty days or it will be lost to them both.
Love romantic reunion stories? Then USAToday Bestselling author Barbara McMahon has the perfect book for you! Crazy About a Cowboy brings you Sam and Lisa Haller, who divorced for all the wrong reasons. Now Sam wants his ex-wife back for all the right ones.
Once Upon a Cowboy by USAToday Bestselling author Day Leclaire introduces Cami, a lovable, greenhorn spitfire determined to become a cowboy, despite the objections of her sexy rancher boss.
And last, but far from least, Waldenbooks bestselling author Ginger Chambers offers a heartwarming treat with Love, Texas, in which Cassie Edwards returns to the hometown she’d forsaken to negotiate the sale of land belonging to the Taylor family. Hard-working rancher Will Taylor, once her girlhood crush, is all man now and fighting hard to save his heritage. When attraction flares, will true love triumph?

I’ve kind of stopped buying box sets because I’ve only read a couple but a full length novel box set is pretty appealing.

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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. Christine
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 16:20:50

    On Amazon That Scandalous Summer is back up to 5.99 but the new one for pre-order Fool Me Twice is $2.99 – that’s what I saw when I checked now (Mar 5)

  2. EGS
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 16:48:22

    I’m so behind on Duran’s books. Last one I read was Wicked Becomes You (which I really enjoyed, actually).

  3. Karen D
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 17:44:51

    The Duran came up at $1.99 when I just checked it. Wouldn’t hurt to look again if you are interested.

  4. Mikou
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 20:35:29

    “Both of them”? The Gathering is the first of a trilogy. I thought the 3rd book (The Rising) was a good ending for the series, but YMMV.

  5. Becky
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 22:12:34


    I agree–book three did do a fairly good job of bringing it all together in the end, though we love this universe at my house (I’m finally letting my daughter read the adult Otherworld books; we read both YA series together pretty much as they came out) and of course want more!

    Kelley Armstrong posted something on Tumbler recently about still writing in that universe (in response to questions about the ScyFy series Bitten that’s loosely based on her book of that name); since Thirteen was supposed to be last in the Otherworld series, maybe she’s going to continue on the YA side of things?

  6. Mikou
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 09:50:21


    I would look forward to more of her YA books. Her Otherworld series was my gateway into orban fantasy, but I mostly liked he werewolves, so I drifted away when KA started writing more about the other supernatural species.

  7. Jane
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 14:13:09

    @Mikou: Both of her YA series. I felt that there was a certain unresolved issue to both of them.

  8. Mikou
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 22:36:54


    Sorry. I thought you were only referring to one series.

  9. Jane
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 23:17:30

    @Mikou: No I wasn’t clear and so I commented for clarification. When I write up these little blurbs I don’t think all my thoughts through.

  10. Becky
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 12:41:55


    Her werewolves are definitely my favorites! The half-demons tend to be my least favorites (they’re just so…lame; not a fan of Hope at all), and the witches (with the exception of Savannah–probably because she’s only half witch, plus I love her mother in her kick-butt semi-angelic warrior persona) need to grow on me. I was soooo tempted to just read all the Elena-narrated books and skip the rest, but I figured I’d miss too much.

    I’m glad I read them all–but the ones with the werewolves playing larger roles are the ones I’m more likely to re-read.

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