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North and South (The North and South Trilogy) by John JakesNorth and South by John Jakes . $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The first volume of John Jakes’s acclaimed and sweeping saga about a friendship threatened by the divisions of the Civil War

In the years leading up to the Civil War, one enduring friendship embodies the tensions of a nation. Orry Main from South Carolina and George Hazard from Pennsylvania forge a lasting bond while training at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Together they fight in the Mexican-American War, but their closeness is tested as their regional politics diverge. As the first rounds are fired at Fort Sumter, Orry and George find themselves on different sides of the coming struggle. In John Jakes’s unmatched style, North and South launches a trilogy that captures the fierce passions of a country at the precipice of disaster.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

I don’t know how many have read the book but I do know that much of Romancelandia has watched the mini-series due to a campaign launched by Kristie J.

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How the Marquess Was Won: Pennyroyal Green Series by Julie Anne LongHow the Marquess Was Won by Julie Anne Long. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Rapidly rising romance star Julie Anne Long is making an indelible mark with her smart, sensual, richly emotional love stories, especially her unforgettable Pennyroyal Green novels. The fourth delectable Pennyroyal Green affair, Long’s How the Marquess Was Won is a “keeper”–the story of a beautiful orphan from the streets of Regency London, now refined, who inadvertently bewitches the dashing nobleman whom England’s scandal sheets have dubbed “Lord Ice.” A multiple RITA Award, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and Holt Medallion finalist, the incomparable Julie Anne Long is certain to win the hearts and eternal devotion of dedicated romance readers everywhere with How the Marquess Was Won.

The entire Pennyroyal Green series is on sale. I really love What I Did for a Duke and others here at Dear Author enjoy the entire series. The series in order is as follows:

The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long A | BN | K | S
Like No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long A | BN | K | S
Since the Surrender by Julie Anne Long A | BN | K | S
I Kissed an Earl by Julie Anne Long A | BN | K | S
What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long A | BN | K | S
How the Marquess was Won by Julie Anne Long A | BN | K | S
A Notorious Countess Confesses by Julie Anne Long A | BN | K | S

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The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly HarperThe Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

“The thing to remember about a ‘stray’ vampire is that there is probably a good reason he is friendless, alone, and wounded. Approach with caution.”

Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled Faux Type O—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vamps. Her rules are strict; relationships are purely business, not friendship—and certainly not anything more. Then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and her quiet life turns upside down.

Cal—who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris thought vampires were sexy—offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place. And even though he’s imperious, unfriendly, and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “employee” and “servant,” she agrees. But as they search for who wants him permanently dead, Iris is breaking more and more of her own rules . . . particularly those about nudity. Could it be that what she really needs is some intrigue and romance—and her very own stray vampire?

This book is well reviewed and I’ve heard good things about the author but have not read her myself. Sophia from FictionVixen writes: “In a vampire romance I always expect an overbearing alpha male who growls and tries to run the show. Cal is a little different. Oh he’s bad-ass and is not to be messed with and all that, but because of his circumstances he needs Iris and the help she can offer. He’s not totally at her mercy but he does need Iris and their adversarial relationship evolves into one of mutual respect and admiration as Iris and Cal get to know each other. Oh, and the sexual tension is fun too”

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Night Fire (Night Trilogy) by Catherine CoulterNight Fire by Catherine Coulter. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Night Fire, the first of the Night Trilogy, was first published in early 1989. I haven’t rewritten it, just cleaned it up a bit and Avon books has given it a wonderful new cover.

Arielle Leslie is a sixteen-year-old girl forced to wed Paisley Cochrane, a sadistic old man who abuses her. When he dies, she believes herself free. But she’s not.

Burke Drummond, Earl of Ravensworth — a young man she’d worshipped three years before — is home from the wars, and he wants her. When he catches her, he’s in for an appalling surprise.

I hope Burke and Arielle are two people who will touch you as deeply as they touched me. They face problems and obstacles never spoken of in Regency times.

If you haven’t yet read Night Fire, do give it a try.

— Catherine Coulter

I’m sure I read this because back in the day I read everything Coulter wrote, but I can’t remember this book at all.

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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. Isobel Carr
    May 14, 2013 @ 14:08:30

    I thought the Kristie J campain is about Elizabeth Gaskell’s NORTH AND SOUTH?

  2. Donna Thorland
    May 14, 2013 @ 14:32:21

    @Isobel Carr:

    Definitely the other North & South! Elizabeth Gaskell, not John Jakes. One of the most romantic things ever committed to celluloid.

  3. Tabs
    May 14, 2013 @ 14:35:18

    Yup, the miniseries with Richard Armitage in all of his smouldering glory is based on Gaskell’s book.

  4. Miranda Neville
    May 14, 2013 @ 14:41:47

    I haven’t read John Jakes for a long time but I seem to remember good historical yarns, but all the women are either saintly victims who get raped, or sluts. (They may get raped, too).

  5. Isobel Carr
    May 14, 2013 @ 14:45:07

    I’ve read the book and seen the miniseries. My brother made me watch it when I was in New Zeland visiting him, LOL! Don’t know how I missed it until then. Also got to see Hugh Jackman in Paperback Hero while I was there.

  6. library addict
    May 14, 2013 @ 14:55:14

    I’ve read and watched both versions of N&S. What I remember most is that the third book in the John Jakes’ saga is much, much better than the mini-series adaptation (Heaven and Hell adapted as N&S Book III).

    And yes the Richard Armitage/Daniela Denby-Ashe mini-series based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s book is one of my favorites. Then again it’s only 4 hours. The John Jakes’ mini-series adapatations were LONG, so I don’t rewatch as often. But I adore James Read and Wendy Kilbourne in them as George and Constance.

  7. azteclady
    May 14, 2013 @ 15:01:07

    Isobel, Diana, tabs: yes, it was the Elizabeth Gaskell adaptation–which is awesome, by the way.

  8. Gwen Hayes
    May 14, 2013 @ 15:14:01

    I think I might remember the Coulter…was that the one where her horrible husband gave her to his friends at a dinner party? I recall something about a phallic statue too.

  9. Gwen Hayes
    May 14, 2013 @ 15:33:28

    @Gwen Hayes: At any rate, it was horrible abusive so if you have triggers stay away.

  10. ms bookjunkie
    May 14, 2013 @ 16:03:41

    @Gwen Hayes: I think this might be the one where the ancient husband wanted an heir but couldn’t get her pregnant so he wanted to have a younger male relative (a bastard son?) help with the process. And after hubby died the male relative thought the heroine should belong to him. I think? *shudder* I gave up Coulter way back when as a teen as too twistedly misogynistic and rape-y. Gave me the creeps.

  11. EGS
    May 14, 2013 @ 16:05:57

    Gaskell’s North and South is a fantastic novel.

    Also glad to see JAL’s series on sale. They’ve been on my TBR list for a while.

  12. Ani Gonzalez
    May 14, 2013 @ 18:47:47

    I’m very happy about the Pennyroyal Green series. I’ll definitely purchase them.

    I don’t remember much about the Catherine Coulter book. I do remember Paisley the abusive husband, though. He was quite villainous.

  13. Jen G.
    May 14, 2013 @ 19:25:29

    Molly Harper is freakin’ hilarious. I’m heading to Amazon to purchase now.

  14. Mary
    May 14, 2013 @ 20:14:11

    Molly Harper is fab, and I like “Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires” more than her “Nice Girls Don’t…” series. Although I like the series…the heroine can be a little annoying and “Care and Feeding” has much less annoying characters. While still being funny.

  15. Susan
    May 14, 2013 @ 20:27:00

    If you have any intention of reading the entire North and South trilogy, it looks like it might be cheaper to order the upcoming bundle for $10 (Amazon) rather than buy individually.

    I read this series, as well as many other Jakes books, eons ago and I only have vague memories of them. I do remember that I enjoyed both the N&S books and the miniseries but there were some significant differences between them (as is usually the case).

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