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The Wager: The Bet series: Book 2 by Rachel Van DykenThe Wager by Rachel Van Dyken. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, THE BET


Lose a bet, lose your heart…

What is it about a junior-high crush that can send an otherwise intelligent woman into a tailspin? TV reporter Char Lynn wishes she knew. Jake Titus is too rich, too handsome, too arrogant: a trifecta that once lured Char into the best night-and worst morning-after-of her life. Now they’ve been thrown together in a wedding party. It’s awkward, but survivable . . . until Jake stops acting like a jerk, and starts acting like the man she’d always hoped he could be.

If watching your brother marry your best friend is weird, being attracted to your best friend’s other best friend is downright bizarre. Unfortunately for Jake, Char hasn’t forgotten how he once tossed her aside. Worse still, Jake’s already-nutty grandma is even crazier about Char. Cue meet-cute shenanigans and all manner of meddling, and somehow, Jake’s falling. For Char. Now all he has to do is make her believe it . . .

This is another one that I hope you didn’t buy during release week (October 1) because it is now on sale for 99.

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Miss Buncle Married by D.E. StevensonMiss Buncle Married by D.E. Stevenson. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A Marriage and a Sudden Move to a New Town Won’t Slow This Mischievous Writer Down!

Barbara Buncle: bestselling novelist, new wife…new neighbor?

In this charming follow-up to Miss Buncle’s Book, the intrepid writer moves to a new town filled with fascinating folks…who don’t even know they might become the subjects of her next bestselling book.

Miss Buncle may have settled down, but she has already discovered that married life can’t do a thing to prevent her from getting into humorous mix-ups and hilarious hijinks.

A beloved author who has sold more than seven million books, D. E. Stevenson is at her best with the stories of Miss Buncle.

“Completely charming.”

“And funny, in a way that’s intelligent without being difficult and cozy without turning sticky-sweet.”—Reader Review for the Miss Buncle books

When I saw this book I thought that Jayne either loved or hated it but then I saw Dear Author quoted in the editorial review section so I figured she must have loved it.  I looked up the review and she didn’t love it but she did feel it was a good read.


Once again, Barbara captures the people around her on the pages of her manuscript and her shrewd insight into their lives is – pretty much – on track. And where it isn’t, well it’s probably for the best. Yet there are scenes here that I hate to say I found boring and wondered at the time spent on them. The children of their neighbors get lots of page space but frankly I found them the little savages that Arthur does. In the first book, the oddities of her fellow villagers are described to show how Barbara saw them and used them in her novel. Here there are things described, such as one child’s sort of OCD personality and strange dreams that Barbara didn’t see or knew nothing about and thus that wouldn’t have even made it into her novel. And the frankly strange things these children do and their interpersonal relationships also don’t appear in Barbara’s third book effort. So…why did Stevenson include them in the book? To shine a light on modern child raising of the time?”

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Dark and Dangerous: Six-in-One Hot Paranormal Romances by Jennifer AshleyDark and Dangerous by Jennifer Ashley. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Six-in-one hot paranormal romances.

HARD MATED by Jennifer Ashley
A USA Today bestselling book!
Spike, a wildcat Shifter and the champion fighter of Shiftertown, is stunned when Myka, the best friend of a dying human woman, announces that Spike has fathered a cub. What’s more, the mother is giving the boy to Spike to protect and raise.

Spike is torn between the cub and his duties as tracker to the Shiftertown leader, and begs sassy and sexy horse-training Myka, the only person who understands, to help him. When Spike’s job puts his cub and Myka in danger, Spike is forced to choose between those to whom he’s pledged his loyalty and his need to protect the woman and cub he’s come to love.

THE MATING HUNT by Bonnie Vanak
After a childhood trauma left Arianna Sanders terrified of sex, the only man the pretty Lupine werewolf desires is her fiercely protective guardian. But the sexy, mysterious shifter harbors a dark secret, one he’s determined to hide from Arianna.

Kyle Morgan hungers for the voluptuous Arianna and dreams of consummating the passion smoldering between them. When he’s forced into mating with her to save her life, he must tame the savage, sexual beast inside him before taking the virgin he’s vowed to protect from those hungering to claim her, including himself…

EMBRACE THE DARK, Book #1 of the Blood Rose Series, by Caris Roane
Will she fall to temptation and give herself to a vampire…
Abigail doesn’t mind doing business with the realm-world, until she discovers she’s a rare commodity called a blood rose, something designed to satisfy the deepest needs of a mastyr vampire. She wants nothing to do with that kind of power and servicing a vampire is just wrong. But Mastyr Gerrod’s resistance to her gift, as well as his hot hunkiness in his Guardsman uniform, soon turns her head and she bends her neck to receive a sharp pair of fangs. Mind-blowing sex, ecstasy, all good things follow. But how can she give up her human world to serve as a blood rose the rest of her life?

ASSASSIN’S TOUCH, Book #1 of the Iron Portal series, by Laurie London
Two worlds. Two enemies. One fated touch.

Former fashion designer Neyla Trihorn had the perfect life until a deadly accident revealed her latent para-abilities—now she’s the army’s hottest asset in their fight against invaders. Rickert D’Angelus, the dangerously sexy assassin from Cascadia, leads a group of warriors into New Seattle to stop enemy soldiers from finding the Iron Portal into his world.

When he captures the beautiful Protection-Talent, a passionate vision appears and stirs something deep inside him. Rickert must decide if it’s a Talent trick, designed to foil the enemy…or the answer to his deepest desires.

SHADOW BOUND, Book #1 of the Shadow Series, by Erin Kellison
Dark fantasy meets modern fairy tale…

Adam Thorne founded the Segue Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow. Twilight is the place between life and what comes after—a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.

SEDUCE by Felicity Heaton
Enter the dark, sinful and seductive world of the vampire owners of London’s premier vampire theatre, Vampirerotique.

Bloodlust runs in Antoine’s veins, a dark master waiting for the day it will reign over him. Now a woman with a pure soul and wicked intentions has him in her sights and is determined to crack the ice around his heart, and she might save or damn him. But when Sera discovers the shocking truth about his past and the darkness that lurks within him, will she be strong enough to seize his heart with both hands and win him forever or will she lose him to the ghosts that still haunt him?
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I saw a box set the other day with like 6 authors and it intrigued me but the price was 4.99 and I thought – that’s crazy. Seriously, my mind is warped when it comes to box sets now. If it isn’t .99c I don’t want it.

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Devlin's Light by Mariah StewartDevlin’s Light by Mariah Stewart. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart sweeps readers to the shores of Delaware Bay with this captivating romance full of intrigue, mystery, and desire.

Though India Devlin left her hometown to pursue a brilliant career as a criminal prosecutor, she has always loved historic Devlin’s Light, visiting as often as her busy schedule permits. But when her brother is found murdered on the steps of the lighthouse — the town’s namesake — she returns to uncover who killed Ry. When her brother’s good friend, Nick Enright, offers to help in her investigation, India accepts — after all, he’s the one who found Ry that night, and heard his mysterious last words.

As the list of suspects begins to narrow, India and Nick find themselves undeniably drawn to each other — a feeling India isn’t sure she is ready to admit. Soon a wonderful new emotion is glowing at Devlin’s Light — a sweet, irresistible, very mutual attraction — intensifying with each wave that crashes on the beach of the enchanting town by the bay….

A few years ago, I adored romantic suspense. I read every one in the subgenre. I don’t know when I fell off that bandwagon, but Stewart had a series that I loved. She’s a good author even if every book doesn’t work for me any more. At $1.99, I think you’d be satisfied.

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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. MaryK
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 14:13:01

    I don’t really care for box sets; they just seem clunky on an ereader. For .99 though, I’ll put up with it to try new authors.

  2. Lisa J
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 14:31:31

    I really like boxed sets. It gives me an inexpensive way to try new to me authors and series.

  3. Kathy
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 14:46:23

    It appears that the link for the boxed set (definitely for Amazon, likely for the rest) is broken, or sends you to a boxed set that is not the one described in the post. Bummer – I would have gotten that one.

  4. Julie M
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 14:48:18

    Thanks Jane! I love this feature.

    I did find that the “Dangerous Attraction Romantic Suspense Boxed Set” is really “Dark and Dangerous: Six-in-one Paranormal Romances.” There is a “Dangerous Attraction Romantic Suspense Box Set”, but different books are listed.

    Right now the Jennifer Ashley title (Hard Mated) is $2.99 by itself so if that is all you read you’ve saved $2. But now I have so much stuff on my kindle I can barely keep track of it all!

  5. leftcoaster
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 14:53:39

    Anslie Paton’s “White Balance” is free right now on Amazon. Really enjoyed the book and was happy to pay for it. Sorry for the lame link.

  6. Amanda
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 15:04:19

    Concerning The Wager: I wonder if you need to have read the first book in the series, The Bet, to really enjoy this one?

    Also the continuing trend of lowing the price of a book only a few weeks after release date makes me want to hold of on buying books when they first come out, unless its by a must have author.

  7. Bamaclm
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 15:19:10

    @ Julie M: Thank you. :-) The paranormal was the one I wanted but I couldn’t find it.

  8. Jane
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 16:08:35

    Sorry about that guys. I reworked the links for the box set. Senior moment!

  9. Darlynne
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 16:30:38

    For crime novel fans, Amazon and Kobo have both of Gordon Ferris’s post-WWII Glasgow series, most of them for $1.44. At Kobo, bookriot50 still works, so they’re .72 (the first book is $4.48, but 50% off helps). I haven’t read the books yet, but the reviews at Amazon UK are stellar, with comparisons to Rankin and MacBride.

    For that matter, some of MacBride’s Logan McRae books are .99 at Kobo, although the coupon won’t work with that publisher.

  10. Renda
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 18:15:10

    I have always wondered on the box sets, are they chaptered to where you can just start with, say, book three of the set, or do you have to finagle your way through to what you want to read?

    Or, like life, does it just depend?

    And if it just depends, is there a way to find out before you buy which it is?


  11. MaryK
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 18:38:30

    @Renda: I don’t know about generally, but the one listed here has a table of contents that links you to the beginning of each book.

  12. Renda
    Oct 16, 2013 @ 10:54:47



  13. Leah Hultenschmidt
    Oct 16, 2013 @ 12:48:00

    @Amanda: I read THE WAGER before THE BET, and didn’t have any problems–it’s a completely different h/h.

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