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Daily Deals: Older women still have it

Never Too Late Amara RoyceNever Too Late by Amara Royce. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Expect the unexpected, especially in a room filled with books…

Honoria Duchamp is well aware that men often consider widows easy prey for the role of mistress. What else could explain the attentions of handsome Lord Devin, and his visits to her bookshop? The much younger Viscount has even shown interest in the printing press with which she creates pamphlets on London’s basest injustices. Yet his chief interest appears to be in her…

Coerced to investigate Nora’s controversial pamphlets, Devin expected to find a bookish matron. Instead, he is taken with Nora’s womanly beauty, sharp intellect, and quick wit. Soon, what begins as an unwelcome task becomes a pleasure, and Devin’s job becomes more dangerous—for them both. For Nora has no idea of the vicious element she’s crossed. Now Devin will risk his reputation to protect her—and much more to win her love…

“Deliciously romantic and sizzling with sensual tension.” –Nicola Cornick, USA Today bestselling Author

76,129 Words

Reviewed here at Dear Author by Sunita.: n the end, this was a mixed bag for me. I liked the first half of the romance and I liked the way Alex and Honoria interacted. I liked the meshing together of the historical and fictional components, and the writing is smooth. But the plot twists and the out-of-period class relations kept me from immersing myself in the story.?

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Maiden Flight by Bianca D’Arc. $ Free at Samhain

From the Jacket Copy:

War is coming for the dragon knights…but love may find them first.

Dragon Knights, Book 1

A chance meeting with a young male dragon seals the fate of one adventurous female poacher. The dragon’s partner, a ruggedly handsome knight named Gareth, takes one look at the shapely woman and decides to do a little poaching of his own.

Sir Gareth both seduces and falls deeply in love with the girl who is not only unafraid of dragons but also possesses a rare gift—she can hear the beasts’ silent speech. He wants her for his mate, but mating with a knight is no simple thing. To accept a knight, a woman must also accept the dragon, the dragon’s mate…and her knight, Lars, too.

She is at first shocked, then intrigued by the lusty life in the Lair. But war is in the making and only the knights and dragons have a chance at ending it before it destroys their land and their lives.

This book has been revised for rerelease.

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Turning Thirty-Twelve Sandy JamesTurning Thirty-Twelve by Sandy James. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Jackie Delgado didn’t want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date turns out to be more exciting than she’d ever imagined. When her youngest son leaves for college, Jackie is hit hard by empty nest syndrome and pours herself into her work as a teacher. Bowing to pressure from friends, Jackie agrees to a blind date. But when Mark Brennan calls, she realizes the date won’t be “blind.” He’s the father of one of her students.

Widower Mark Brennan isn’t looking for love. After only a few dates with Jackie, he realizes he’s quickly forming deep feelings for her. Wracked with guilt that he’s “abandoning” his late wife, Mark resists the pull toward dynamic Jackie. When Mark’s daughter begins to date Jackie’s son, things become more complicated.

Can Jackie and Mark find the courage to leave the past behind and embrace a new love? And how will a surprise pregnancy affect all their lives?

Write Touch Readers Choice Award Winner
Aspen Gold Readers Choice Winner
Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Finalist
HOLT Medallion Award of Merit – Best First Book
Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Finalist

The author contacted me about this deal. The good is that it features a romance of an over 40 year old woman. The bad is that the heroine’s self doubts sometimes appear to overtake the storyline.

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Jackson Pearce SweetlySweetly by Jackson Pearce. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

As a child, Gretchen’s twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch’s forest threatening to make them disappear, too.

Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They’re invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.

Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past — until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn’t gone — it’s lurking in the forest, preying on girls every year after Live Oak’s infamous chocolate festival, and looking to make Gretchen its next victim. Gretchen is determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet the further she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster is.

Gretchen is certain of only one thing: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.

School Library Journal writes: This is more of a mash-up of the fairy tale and some recent best sellers than a reframing of the story in a deep Southern setting, and Pearce’s writing is too long on breathlessness and suppressed anguish and too short on actual plot. Will any of this pull readers in? Make them want to read 300 pages? Highly unlikely.

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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. Lada
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 14:31:24

    It is nice to see authors begin to explore romance in older adults. Quite a few of my friends in that age group and older are looking for second chances and have asked for recommendations for romances featuring older divorcees/widows, etc. that are actually romance and not the proverbial “women’s fiction”.

  2. Amy Andrews
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 18:33:25

    Lada, I highly recommend Sandra Antonelli’s, A Basic Renovation, for anyone looking for an older heroine. Best straight contemp romance I’ve read in ages!

  3. Amy
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 03:00:59

    Maiden Flight by Bianca D’Arc is free on amazon at least for Australian readers, I am not sure about other regions

  4. Vassiliki
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 05:32:49

    I adored Sandra Antonelli’s romance A Basic Renovation. It made me laugh. I loved the language and the characters. I highly recommend it.

  5. Lada
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 10:35:09

    @Amy Andrews: Thanks for the rec! This is a new-to-me author and a friend asked me just last night for a book to try so we can read this together!

  6. cleo
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 11:24:21

    It’s funny, after the book hording post, I’ve noticed that I have even more of a push-pull reaction to the daily deals – part of me is all, it’s on sale, ooh, I need the new shiny thing and part of me (who sounds a lot like my mother) is like, you already have 150 ebooks that you haven’t read, do you really need another one?

    @Lada: SBTB had a thread on romances over 40 last year at Interestingly enough, I just tracked down a book I read 20 years ago with 40 something MCs and it held up – A Soldier’s Heart by Kathleen Korbel. It’s about a Vietnam vet who seeks out the nurse who saved his life in Vietnam, some 20 years later. It’s a tough read, because both h/h have ptsd, but it’s beautiful. It’s oop, but available used.

  7. LeeF
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 12:36:23

    Jeanne Ray wrote a couple of sweet “older romance” books: Julie and Romeo and Julie and Romeo Get Lucky

    And now that I have clicked on the link to smartbitches, I will need to start making a list. What a great resource for “older romances”!

  8. Fiona McGier
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 20:50:14

    One of the smaller publishers, Wings ePress, has a category of “Encore L’Amore”, in which all of the heroines and heroes have been around the block and back again.

  9. oldbitey
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 00:03:27

    I appreciate this thread. I missed including the Sandy James book in my study. I have more evidence to add to my PhD. I can stand up at my defense and say, “See? Here’s MORE PROOF romance readers want older romance heroines.”

  10. Kristi
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 07:16:03

    I read “Maiden Flight” back in February, and disliked it for several reasons (the narrative, the dialogue, the plot; the whole thing was, for me, intensely not good) . The mention here that it had been revised for re-release piqued my curiosity, so I headed to the author’s website to see if she mentioned what those revisions were. Instead, I found that Bianca D’Arc does not think highly of those who leave negative reviews, implying that they are not as nice as her (irony!) or have too much time on their hands. All of this comes with a whiff of a sinister plot involved, as well.

    For the record, I am not one of the reviewers she’s upset about. I very well could have been, though, if I’d included a review with the 1-star rating I gave the book at Goodreads, and it’s this fact which has prompted me to say something.

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