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Daily Deals: Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress by Elizabeth Boyle

Beginning tomorrow and through August 20th, all Sourcebook republished Georgette Heyer eBooks will be on sale for $2.99.

Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress By: Elizabeth Boyle Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress by Elizabeth Boyle. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Lady Philippa Knolles has loved Captain Thomas “Dash” Dashwell since he first stole a kiss from her on a smuggler’s beach near Hastings. Now after what seems like a lifetime of waiting, Pippin is offered a chance to renew her scandalous affair with Dash. But the man from that first heady kiss and the man she rediscovers all these years later are hardly the same. Tucked away in the back of her closet is a red dress, the one she wore long ago to win his heart . . . . Could it have enough memories left inside it to rekindle a passion she’s never forgotten?

I’m a fan of unrequited love stories and this one sounds vaguely similar to me but I cannot find any record that I read it. From the reviews, two things become clear. This was a much awaited story by fans and it is about an older couple. Pippin has two adult children. Oh, a third thing. It disappointed many long time readers.


Pride And Predator (Ben Reese Mystery series) Sally Wright Pride And Predator (Ben Reese Mystery series) by Sally Wright. $Free.

From Jacket Copy:


Parson Jonathan MacLean is too healthy and widely loved to die so young. Yet suddenly and mysteriously he’s dead. Archivist Ben Reese, in Scotland to appraise the treasures of Balnagard Castle for his old friend Lord Alexander Chisholm, suspects cold-blooded murder. And he is absolutely certain it was one of Jonathan’s kith and kin who slipped into his picnic hamper the bees that triggered his fatal allergy. What Ben doesn’t suspect is that the same venomous killer is now arranging a most creative death for Ben himself. . . .

The price is free at Amazon. These are self published digital backlist releases. The original print versions were published through Multnomah Books in 1997. Unfortunately the only digital versions appear available at Amazon currently.


Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion By: Elizabeth Chadwick Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen’s Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Includes a special Blog Post from the author of The Greatest Knight, Elizabeth Chadwick.

Royal protector. Loyal servant. Forgotten hero.

A penniless young knight with few prospects, William Marshal is plucked from obscurity when he saves the life of Henry II’s formidable queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. In gratitude, she appoints him tutor to the heir to the throne, the volatile and fickle Prince Henry. But being a royal favorite brings its share of danger and jealousy as well as fame and reward.

A writer of uncommon historical integrity and accuracy, Elizabeth Chadwick resurrects the true story of one of England’s greatest forgotten heroes in a captivating blend of fact and fiction. The Greatest Knight restores William Marshal to his rightful place at the pinnacle of the Middle Ages, reflecting through him the triumphs, scandals, and power struggles that haven’t changed in eight hundred years.


The Greatness of William Marshal: The descendants of the Greatest Knight himself include George Washington and Winston Churchill, as well as the Stuart kings of England and Scotland. He was partly responsible for the Magna Carta. He vowed his body to the Templars and is buried in Temple Church in London.

The Appeal of the Time Period: There are very few novels about Marshal, and no one has covered him as in depth as Elizabeth Chadwick has. In addition, unlike the Tudor era, there are not extensive amounts of historical fiction set in the 13th century.

The Integrity of the Research: Elizabeth Chadwick’s research is impeccable. She not only visited many locations, but she re-enacted with a living history society where a quarter of the membership are either historians or archaeologists, and she collected and used replica artifacts from the period and engaged in experimental archaeology. She has taken courses in various medieval studies to facilitate her knowledge.

The Breadth of the Audience: Readers who are fans of Sharon Kay Penman, Anya Seton, Diana Gabaldon, Phillipa Gregory, and Jean Plaidy will like Elizabeth Chadwick. She appeals to readers who are looking for historical accuracy and strong, believable characters, readers who want to feel that they are being immersed in the period with well-rounded characters.

I don’t have much to add given the extensive copy that was provided with the book!


This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel Jonathan Tropper This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

“Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking…[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche.” –USA Today

The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she’s pregnant.

This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.

This is the B&N Daily Deal matched by Amazon.


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. meoskop
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 14:39:53

    I was one of the few that liked this Boyle. (Ironically, I just dropped her from my author list today because I keep DNF’ing her latest.) I think the problem most readers had with Red Dress is expecting it to go somewhere else. Dash was never a true blue hero, and it was pretty awesome of Boyle not to mold him into one at the last moment. The heroine is 40 something, and the hero slightly older & drunk. It’s not the ending for this couple people expected. With all the flashbacks, I think it can be read alone.

  2. Susan
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 17:33:30

    I have to confess that I don’t recall all of the detailas of the Black Dress/Red Dress duology, but I did hate them both so much that they almost caused me to break up with Boyle (and it’s still a possibility). I particulary disliked Red Dress, which took place many years after Black Dress. I never actually liked either of the main characters, was ticked off by the way the hero left the heroine when they were young, how she “settled” for someone else, etc. In fact, I don’t think there was anything at all about Red Dress that worked for me. If I’d reviewed it at the time, it would have been an F read.

  3. hapax
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 16:15:14

    There are people who don’t know about William Marshall?

    I’d recommend starting out with Georges Duby’s brief and marvellously written non-fiction study of “the flower of chivalry” before picking up a fictional treatment, myself.

    Marshall is a genuine historical hero who needs no fictional gloss!

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