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Daily Deals: Love and romance from the U.S. to France

Boomerang Bride      by     Fiona LoweBoomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Matilda Geoffrey had risked it all for love.

She’d left Australia to be with Barry—the man who had swept her off her virtual feet. Now, wearing a wedding dress, she’s alone on Main Street in small-town Wisconsin, and things aren’t working out exactly as planned?.

In town for his annual family visit, Marc Olsen had never seen a bride quite like Matilda—staring into a storefront window, holding a tottering wedding cake and looking desperately in need of a groom. He doesn’t have many warm feelings for his hometown, but meeting Matilda just as she discovers she’s been scammed by her online “fiancé” stirs something in him.

Matilda is not the kind of woman Marc imagined himself with, and Marc is anything but the romantic hero that Matilda has always dreamed of. But as unlikely circumstances throw them together, can they let go of their misconceptions and risk their hearts for love?

2012 RITA Winner for Contemporary Single Title Romance

Free at Amazon and B&N, today only.  Sunita wrote a B review here at Dear Author: With its small-town setting, older protagonists, and lack of tiny children, Boomerang Bride reminds me of some of my preferred authors and books in the SuperRomance line, but its added length allows it to have a strong secondary romance as well.

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How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance      by     Marilyn YalomHow the French Invented Love by Marilyn Yalom. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Oh, how the French love love! For hundreds of years, they have championed themselves as guides to the art de l’amour through their literature, paintings, songs, and cinema. A French man or woman without amorous desire is considered defective, like someone missing the sense of smell or taste. Now revered scholar Marilyn Yalom intimately examines the tenets of this culture’s enduring gospel of romance.

Basing her delightfully erudite findings on her extensive readings of French literature, as well as memories of her personal experiences in la belle France, Yalom explores the many nuances of love as it has evolved over the centuries, from the Middle Ages to the present. Following along, step-by-step, on her romance-tinged literary detective hunt, the reader discovers how the French invented love, how they have kept it vibrant for more than nine centuries, what is unique in the French love experience, and what is universal.

PW gave this French literary examination a starred review: “In this enchanting tour of French literature—from Abélard and Héloïse in the 12th century to Marguerite Duras in the 20th and Philippe Sollers in the 21st—Yalom attempts to unravel the mystery of how the French manage their romances, marriages, affairs, and obsession with love and sex…Her passion for French literature is palpable, and the analytical connections that she draws to the love lives of its writers (gay, straight, or just plain neurotic) are edifying and great fun to read. “

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To the Tower Born      by     Robin MaxwellTo the Tower Born by Robin Maxwell. $ .99

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In 1483, Edward and Richard of York—Edward, by law, already King of England—were placed, for their protection before Edward’s coronation, in the Tower of London by their uncle Richard. Within months the boys disappeared without a trace, and for the next five hundred years the despised Richard III was suspected of their heartless murders.

In To the Tower Born, Robin Maxwell ingeniously imagines what might have happened to the missing princes. The great and terrible events that shaped a kingdom are viewed through the eyes of quick-witted Nell Caxton, only daughter of the first English printer, and her dearest friend, “Bessie,” sister to the lost boys and ultimate founder of the Tudor dynasty. It is a thrilling story brimming with mystery, color, and historical lore. With great bravery and heart, two friends navigate a dark and treacherous medieval landscape rendered more perilous by the era’s scheming, ambitious, even murderous men and women who will stop at nothing to possess the throne.

Both Library Journal and PW recommend this book but the reader reviews were lukewarm. I think it is an anti Richard III book as well.

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The Parasol Protectorate: Soulless, Blameless, and Changeless      By: Gail CarrigerThe Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless and Timeless by . $ .

From the Jacket Copy:

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

The Parasol Protectorate is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

This boxed set includes the whole series: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless.

At the above group price, each book runs around $4.00. It’s not the best price in the world, but it is cheaper than buying the books separately. I really enjoyed the first one and kind of enjoyed the second. I lost interest around the third and I don’t believe I ever read the fourth. This series is complete and Carriger has moved on to writing YA.

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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. LisaCharlotte
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 12:36:54

    Boomerang Bride comes up with a price at amazon.

  2. Marilyn
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 14:32:09

    Boomerang Bride $4.39 at Amazon.

  3. Sandy James
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 15:31:59

    Same problem as @LisaCharlotte and @Marilyn. Perhaps the discount starts tomorrow?

  4. Jane
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 16:16:55

    That’s too bad on the Boomerang Bride book. It was supposed to be free through today.

  5. Sandy James
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 16:37:55

    Angela James just tweeted a link to the free Nook version if that helps. :)

  6. kamlin
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 22:30:22

    Thanks for recommending driven by eve kenin aka eve silver previously.
    Great buy any 99 cents .really enjoyed the book..

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