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La DesperadaLa Desperada by Patricia Burroughs. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

An award-winning tale of Texas vengeance and passion…

With her husband dead by suicide and his crazed brother accusing her of murder, Philadelphia-bred Elizabeth Dougherty breaks into the jail and holds a cold-blooded killer at gunpoint.

“I’ll release you if you agree to my terms. Take me with you.” But when Boone Coulter grudgingly agrees, he has no idea that her enemy is the sheriff–a nightmare from his own past who now wants them both dead.

That wild leap of desperation launches their their passionate tale of love and sacrifice becomes the stuff of legend…

The legend of La Desperada.

Set in the Texas and New Mexico of Billy the Kid.

[LA DESPERADA] is hands down the best love story I have ever read… with surprises that keep on coming. ~Melanie Mayron, Actress, Director, Writer

LA DESPERADA is phenomenal: characters, pacing, story, quality of writing–it has it all, hands down. Read this book. You’ll thank me. ~Toni McGee Causey, Author

This is the romance novel Joan Wilder (Romancing the Stone) wishes she’d written! Terri Edda Miller, Producer, CASTLE

Originally titled What Wild Ecstasy [Kensington Books], this tale inspired the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences/Nicholl Award-winning screenplay, “Redemption.”

If you buy this book, note that the book ends around the 66% mark. Part of the ebook is the script to Redemption. The reviewers gave it high marks.

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Chasing Charlie (The Texas Two-Step Series, Book 1) by Kathy CarmichaelChasing Charlie (The Texas Two-Step Series, Book 1) by Kathy Carmichael. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Raised in a family of rodeo champions on a South Texas cattle ranch, Charlie wants only one thing: to avoid thrill-seeking cowboys.

Davis Murphy, cowboy wannabe and one of Dallas’s most eligible bachelors, needs a pretty and witty faux fiancée so his widowed mother will marry her longtime gentleman friend.

Charlie, his local librarian, seems the prefect choice.

Charlie’s first reaction is to run, but she’s promised herself to step out of her plain-jane routine.

When Charlie accepts, Davis’s plan is set. But now Charlie’s sweet ways are challenging his bachelor heart.

THE TEXAS TWO-STEP, in series order
Chasing Charlie
Country Courtship
Courting Trouble

Good for the price says one three star review.

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The Bride Wore Spurs (The Inconvenient Bride Series, Book 1) by Sharon IhleThe Bride Wore Spurs by Sharon Ihle. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Kathleen Lacey O’Carroll knew she faced an uncertain future when she arrived in Wyoming as a mail-order bride—especially when she learned that the man she was to marry hadn’t actually ordered her. How could John Winterhawke, a fiercely independent and unsettling handsome half-Indian known as Hawke, possibly make room in his heart and in his life for her?

As far as Hawke was concerned, the last thing he needed was a high-spirited, overeager Irish wife who knew nothing about surviving on the harsh prairie.

But once the determined Lacey sensed the rough kindness and simmering hunger under Hawke’s forbidding demeanor, she set out to match his dark passion with her own—and claim his wild heart on her terms.

Are you sensing a theme here? Why yes, it is Western day. At least the half-Indian isn’t referred to as a half-breed. That’s a positive. (When I was searching for reviews, I saw that she had a book called the Half-breed Bride…) The reviews say the heroine is extremely naive and there were several reviews that were unhappy with the number of swear words. One review said that cussing was unlikely in that era. Hope they never watc Tombstone.

There are also complaints of scanning errors that were never caught.

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Summer of Promise (Westward Winds Series #1) by Amanda CabotSummer of Promise by Amanda Cabot. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

“Summer of Promise is an engrossing story of love and adventure on the Wyoming frontier that is sure to capture your heart! Get ready for a charming tale of life on an Army post woven into an engaging, fast-paced, heartwarming read!”–Kathleen Morgan, author, A Heart Divided and A Love Forbidden

Though she had planned to spend the summer in Vermont, Abigail Harding cannot dismiss her concerns over her older sister. Charlotte’s letters have been uncharacteristically melancholy, and her claims that nothing is wrong ring false, so Abigail heads west to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. When her stagecoach is attacked, Wyoming promises to be anything but boring. Luckily, the heroics of another passenger, Lieutenant Ethan Bowles, save the day.

Abigail plans to marry when she returns to Vermont, just as soon as she attends to her sister. As the summer passes, she finds herself drawn to this rugged land and to a certain soldier determined to persuade her to stay. When summer ends, will she go back East, or will she find her heart’s true home?
Amanda Cabot is a popular speaker and the author of Paper Roses, Scattered Petals, and Tomorrow’s Garden as well as a number of novels under various pen names. She’s an avid traveler who finds inspiration for new stories in her travels and enjoys sharing new parts of the country with her readers. A former Easterner, she now lives in Wyoming.

Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names and a popular speaker. The author of Paper Roses, Scattered Petals, and Tomorrow’s Garden, she is also a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the cofounder of its New Jersey chapter, a member of the ACFW, and an avid traveler. She lives in Wyoming.

This is an inspie. The cover model’s expression is basically saying “yeah, I’m wearing this dress, but I don’t really love it.”

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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. Amanda
    Jan 09, 2014 @ 14:19:56

    I saw earlier that Mine to Tarnish the second book in Janeal Falor’s Mine series is free at amazon today. The first book in the series, You Are Mine is $2.99. I really like what I have read of this YA fantasy.

  2. azteclady
    Jan 09, 2014 @ 14:58:27

    Personal pet peeve: “desperada” has no meaning. What they may be trying to say is “desESperada”, but whomever translated the title just changed the last syllable and called it Spanish.

  3. JJPP
    Jan 09, 2014 @ 15:29:36

    That cover on “The Bride Wore Spurs” is hilarious. It looks like she’s making fish-face because her Cowboy Lovah is squishing her cheeks. If there were sound, it would be “eennnh!”

    Azteclady, is “desperado” not really a word, either?

  4. pooks
    Jan 09, 2014 @ 16:00:09

    @azteclady — You’re absolutely correct. The title comes from what a ‘yellow journalist’ of the day calls her in print, feminizing ‘desperado’ to ‘desperada.’ But since you know Spanish, I’ll bet you can appreciate what happened when my high school friends were practicing our Spanish at the dinner table with a family that spoke Spanish as a first language [my friend’s grandparents]. We struggled to tell something particularly embarrassing that had happened to us that day, and concluded our tale by announcing how ’embarazado’ we all were.

    Instead of giggling with us, the elders were horrified.

    And we thought we were embarrassed before! ;-)

  5. Rose
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 05:47:36

    I don’t speak Spanish, but anyone who’s ever watched a telenovela would manage to avoid that particular mistake ;)

  6. azteclady
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 14:20:57

    @JJPP: Desperado is not a Spanish word, no, though it is absolutely an English word–Webster’s has it as an “alteration of the obsolete form desperate” with a first recorded use in the mid 1600s. Depending on where it first surfaced, it could just as easily have been a deformation caused by contact with Spanish speakers, since desESperado means the same thing as that previously mentioned obsolete word.

    @ pooks, cognates are extremely funny. Fernando Montalbán apparently endeared himself to his way by misusing the word constipated during their first meeting/date (in Spanish, having a head cold/runny nose–nothing whatsoever to do with your digestive issues)

  7. azteclady
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 14:21:50

    @azteclady: wife, not way *headdesk*

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