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The Kept by James scottThe Kept by James Scott. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In the winter of 1897, a trio of killers descends upon an isolated farm in upstate New York. Midwife Elspeth Howell returns home to the carnage: her husband and four of her children, murdered. Before she can discover her remaining son, Caleb, alive and hiding in the kitchen pantry, another shot rings out over the snow-covered plains.

Twelve-year-old Caleb nurses his mother back to health, cleaning her wounds and keeping her fed, before they leave their home to seek retribution on the men who committed this heinous crime. As they travel from country to town to hunt the murderers, Elspeth is forced to confront her deepest secrets and question her role in her family’s destruction, while Caleb must navigate the dark places in which killers might reside. The search for vengeance becomes entangled in old lies and past mistakes as mother and son plunge headlong into the unknown future that lies ahead.

The Kept introduces Caleb Howell, an old-beyond-his-years character in the tradition of True Grit’s Mattie Ross and All the Pretty Horses’s Jimmy Blevins; Elspeth Howell, a character as complex and compelling as those of Marilynne Robinson or Michael Ondaatje; and James Scott, a striking new voice in contemporary fiction.

Library Journal gives it a starred review “Merging the Southern gothic tale with a style recalling the Western, this action-packed novel would make a terrific film. The author has crafted a laudable, compelling, tightly woven tale with memorable characters, Caleb in particular. Scott writes with an eloquence that urges the reader to return to passages and reread them just to admire his superb skill. Highly recommended”

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Prada and Prejudice (Dating Mr Darcy - Book 1)by Katie OliverPrada and Prejudice by Katie Oliver. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

He’s a man in possession of a large fortune….but is he in want of a wife?!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Natalie Dashwood loves to shop. After all, as the heiress to the renowned London department store Dashwood & Jones she’s been wearing designer shoes since she could walk! But a socialite’s life isn’t as perfect as you might imagine… Natalie’s spending is spiraling slightly out of control, her rock star boyfriend is engaged to someone else, and it seems the family business is in financial crisis. New high-flying business exec Rhys Gordon has been brought in to save the company from ruin, but what are his motives? And infuriatingly even a shoe-shopping spree can’t take her mind off his distracting and oh-so-charming smile… Couture and confetti mix with scandal and intrigue in this wonderful tale of retail, romance and redemption.

Honestly until I started doing these deal posts I had no idea how many Darcy fan fiction stories there were out there and how popular they were!

Also the publisher is “Carina” but not Carina Press?

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The Immortals of Meluha: The Shiva Trilogy: Book 1 by Amish TripathiThe Immortals of Meluha: The Shiva Trilogy: Book 1 by Amish Tripathi. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Called “archetypal and stirring” by Deepak Chopra, The Immortals of Meluha heralds an exciting new wave of fantasy writing inspired by the ancient civilizations of the East.

Tripathi devoted years to the research of Hindu mythological stories and history, and discussions with his family about the destiny of the human body, mind and soul to create this sweeping and fascinating adaptation of ancient Hindu mythology for modern fantasy readers.

1900 BC in what modern Indians call the Indus Valley Civilization and the inhabitants called the land of Meluha: a near-perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram–one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived–faces peril as its primary river, the Saraswati, is slowly drying to exctinction. The Suryavanshi rulers are challenged with devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracized and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills.

The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend: When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, a hero will emerge. Is the unexpected, rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant Shiva that hero? Drawn suddenly to his destiny, duty, and by love, Shiva will attempt to move mountains and lead the Suryavanshi to destroy evil.

This is a pre order price for a book not out until December 2, 2014. I thought the cover and title looked intriguing. There are two really vague reviews. One from Business World who says it is compelling.

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Blood Magick: Book Three of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy  by Nora RobertsBlood Magick: Book Three of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love?

Book Three of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Blood Magick

County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love?

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.

Don’t miss the first two books in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Dark Witch
Shadow Spell

Finally this sale is at more than just Amazon. It’s now at BN too. The book is a pre order and the third in the trilogy. You can buy the first one at $2.99 and then the second is $9.99 and the third is now $2.99

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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. Shayera
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 14:27:00

    The last book in the Shiva Trilogy came out when I was in India last year. It was THE book of the moment. It’s an interesting rewrite of Hindu mythology.

  2. Amanda
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 14:34:13

    I got halfway through The Kept and had to stop. I had issues with the two main characters, Elspeth and Caleb. Elspeth was, on occasion, interesting. Caleb was flat and dull, and the most interesting character was already dead when the book opened.

  3. Sarah
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 14:40:11

    Thanks for posting about the sale on NR’s upcoming book. That’s a steal and I didn’t even like the first book that much.

  4. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 15:26:14

    Thanks for the info on NR’s book. That’s a GREAT deal and I’ve shared the links.

  5. diane
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 16:00:35

    Festive in Death can be pre-ordered for $5.42 @amazon

  6. shel
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 17:20:27

    That Carina is Carina UK, I believe. Confusing since it’s not actually Carina Press.

  7. Bzangl
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 20:00:00

    Festive in Death is on sale at BN too

  8. hapax
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 21:07:33

    Am I the only one who really doesn’t get the connection between romance and shoe shopping?

    I mean, I have nothing against shoes (in the aggregate, that is; I can think of several pairs I would cheerfully shred for compost) but the seeming magnetic allure of Shoe!Shopping! in contemporary romance (often creating an instant unshakeable bond between Sistahs vs Mistahs) leaves me baffled.

    Now if it were *book* shopping…

  9. library addict
    Jun 18, 2014 @ 07:50:05

    Blood Magick is on sale at Google as well. I pre-ordered it last week at $2.99

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