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Daily Deals: Novels in the dark

Hearts in Darkness      by     Laura KayeHearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Two strangers…

Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stranded in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call, the pin-striped accountant catches only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights go out.

Four hours…

Caden Grayson is amused when a harried redhead dashes into his elevator fumbling her bags and cell phone. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.

One pitch-black elevator…

To fight fear, they must reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

I read this a while back and while it was decent, I wasn’t in love with it due, in part, to its novella length. Has from Bookpushers wrote a review that fairly encapsulates my feelings of the book. It was a great idea but I felt a little emotionally removed from the characters.

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Eighty Days Red      by     Vina JacksonEighty Days Red by Virna Jackson. $ 1.99

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World-renowned violinist Summer Zahova returns to London—the city where it all began. Free and single in the hedonistic capital, Summer embarks on a series of steamy affairs, embracing exciting new opportunities and traveling to Europe to fulfill her dreams.

When Summer’s priceless violin is stolen, fate brings wealthy and charismatic Dominik back into her life. Neither Summer nor Dominik can deny the heat that still exists between them, but history has left its scars, and both realize that love and passion can’t always go hand in hand. Summer knows that if she plays with fire, she’ll end up getting burned, but then there are some pleasures that are just too hard to deny. . . .

Can Summer and Dominik finally overcome the obstacles that stand between them? And will Summer choose to follow her head or her heart? Find out in the unforgettable conclusion of Vina Jackson’s red-hot romantic trilogy.

This is the finale in another 50 Shades/Bared to You look alike collection. I don’t really understand why publishers or retailers discount the last book in a trilogy but if you like these types of stories, it might be worth buying now and waiting to see if the rest of the series drops at some point.

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Dark Desires  Eve SilverDark Desires by Eve Silver. $ .99 at Amazon | $3.99 at BN

From the Jacket Copy:

Betrayed by those she trusted, penniless and alone, Darcie Finch is forced to accept a position that no one else dares, as assistant to dangerously attractive Dr. Damien Cole. Ignoring the whispered warnings and rumours that he’s a man to fear, she takes her position at his eerie estate, where she quickly discovers that nothing is at it seems, least of all her handsome and brooding employer. As Darcie struggles with her fierce attraction to Damien, she must also deal with the blood, the disappearances … and the murders.

With her options dwindling and time running out, Darcie must rely on her instincts as she confronts the man she falling in love with. Is he an innocent and misunderstood man … or a remorseless killer who prowls the East End streets?

Bonus content: Never-before-seen Epilogue!

For more dark historical reads by Eve Silver, check out: His Dark Kiss Dark Prince His Wicked Sins Seduced by a Stranger

This was originally published by Kensington in 2005 and has now been re-released by the author. I don’t recall if I’ve ever read Eve Silver’s historicals but I did really enjoy “Driven”, a futuristic set in an icy world with truckers (very different).

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400000000000000049308_s4The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. $ 1.99 at Sony.

From the Jacket Copy:

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.

Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town — and the family — Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.

What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.

I submitted the lowered price to Amazon so hopefully they’ll pick it up. Sony is having a $1.99 sale on several books, some of which we’ve featured here before. The offers end at midnight.

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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. Anna
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 12:30:16

    Wow! I love the new cover for Dark Desires. :)

  2. Kim
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 13:11:38

    For Jill Shalvis fans, here’s another good Daily Deal.

    It Had To Be You, Jill’s latest book, was released on May 28. It’s book #8 in the Lucky Harbor series. The ebook, plus a free special bonus edition of Blue Flame, is now $3.99 at Amazon & BN. I’m not sure how long the sale is. Here are the links:


  3. Julie M
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 13:11:50

    Haven’t read Dark Desire, and surprisingly I don’t have it on my ridiculous TBR, but I also enjoyed Drive.

    Jane – Did you read Hidden also? It was about the sister of the heroine of Drive. I always hoped there would be a third book in the series about their brother but it didn’t happen.

  4. JenM
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 13:17:01

    The Glass Castle was a great book. The author’s voice is so strong. You can’t help being rather horrified by what her childhood was like, yet she recounts it so matter-of-factly, and it’s obvious she neither wants nor expects pity.

  5. Susan
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 13:32:25

    Haven’t read this particular Silver book, but the other two I did read had a somewhat Gothic feel to them, IIRC. (Not a bad thing, just an observation.)

    I’d totally forgotten the Walls book ’til I saw it, but I had bought it for my late mom. Can’t remember now if she got around to reading it, but I’m tempted to move it over to my TBR pile.

  6. MaryK
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 14:15:43

    Oh good, my TBR pile needs some new books. Heh.

  7. SusanL
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 15:08:23

    I picked up Dark Desires and Driven (.99) from Amazon.

  8. Heather Greye
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 17:26:38

    Barnes & Noble is having a big 50% ebook sale that it looks like Amazon is price matching.

    Suzanne Johnson’s Royal Street is $2.99 both places. It’s UF set in New Orleans before/during Hurricane Katrina. I thought it and the 2nd book in the series were pretty good reads.

  9. Lindsay
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 20:07:59

    I JUST told myself that I had more than enough ebooks in my TBR pile that I could skip today’s deals… instead I picked up not just some of these, but some of the recommendations in the comments.

    I love you all. Never stop.

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