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Free Whispersync books These are free books featuring both the digital version and the audio version, synced together. It’s one of Amazon’s newest features so you can listen to the audio book and pick up the digital version at the exact point the audio version left off. There are 22 books that are free in both digital and audio.

Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being SingleJennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Single by Heather McElhatton. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

A wicked comedy about the perils of making your dreams come true

Quirky, clever, cubicle-bound Jennifer Johnson is desperate. Everyone around her is getting married, while she’s still single and stuck writing ad copy about men’s dress socks.

Her life hits crisis level, launching her into a humiliating and painfully hilarious quest to find Prince Charming at any cost. This includes agonizing online dates, diet-clinic cults, drag-queen fights, and a debilitating addiction to Cinnabon icing. When she meets handsome, wealthy Brad Keller, she wonders if he’s the answer to all her dreams, or is he just too good to be true?

Darkly funny and outrageously honest, McElhatton’s wit shines in this no-holds-barred cautionary tale about getting what you want—and how it can be the worst thing for you.

Kirkus was less than complimentary “Jennifer is self-absorbed to the point of being totally unpleasant and McElhatton has a tendency to lavish incredible detail upon material goods while completely ignoring emotional development—although the emphasis here is on Jennifer’s kitschy dcor rather than, say, Chloe jeans or Christian Louboutin pumps.” and the reader reviews are pretty mixed with only an average of 3.07 stars on Goodreads.


Sinful Pleasures (The Templar Knights, Book 2)  by Mary Reed McCall Sinful Pleasures by Mary Reed McCall. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

A Noble Knight…

Once, Lady Alissende de Montague and Sir Damien de Ashby were passionate, secret lovers — until the day Alissende had to turn her back on him, shattering both their hearts and changing their lives forever. Knowing he would never love another, Damien cast off all earthly concerns to dedicate his life to the Templar Knights. But now, his life endangered, he is thrust back into a world he’d left behind…coming face-to-face with the proud beauty who’d once spurned him.

A Wicked Promise…

Alissende will use her influence to save the man she still loves in exchange for his protection from the detestable, powerful earl bent on claiming her. It is a perilous bargain, forcing Damien to reunite with the one woman who could make him reject his vows for the temptations of the flesh. For their love rekindled will only burn deeper, threatening to consume them in the flames of dangerous intrigue and forbidden desires…

Mary Reed McCall was an author recommended by Kristie J as part of our “If You Like Medievals” collection.

Zenei at Goodreads gave it 3 stars in part, I believe, due to the narrative technique of flashbacks and the mental lusting.


At the Duke's Pleasure (The Byrons of Braebourne #3) by Tracy Anne Warren At the Duke’s Pleasure by Tracey Anne Warren. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

All the Byrons are just as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” as their famous non-relation . . . but now the time has come for the eldest son to marry . . .

Edward Byron, Duke of Clybourne, has everything a man in Society needs . . . except a wife. Duty requires he wed, so he decides that a long-standing arranged marriage will do nicely. He knows his bride is beautiful, biddable, and bright enough to run his household and nursery. He expects his betrothed, Lady Claire Marsden, will be thrilled with his decision—unfortunately, she’s not!

Claire has longed for Edward since she was sixteen, but how can he expect her to agree to his proposal when he barely knows her and doesn’t love her? Nothing will convince her to accept a loveless marriage. And so she begins a battle of outrageous resistance, forcing Edward to learn that he must lose his heart in order to win his bride.

Despite the book being published in 2010, this may be an old school type romance. One review reveals that the heroine is spanked by the hero and not in the naughty fun way but in the “you are acting like a brat corrective” manner. More than one reviewer had a problem with the heroine but admitted it was a slightly different take on the arranged marriage trope.


To The Moon and Back Jill Mansell To The Moon and Back by Jill Mansell. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

The hardest part of love is moving on…

It’s been a year since Ellie Kendall’s husband, Jamie, was killed in an accident, but she’s still haunted by his memory. In fact, she finds herself talking to him regularly. At the urging of Jamie’s successful actor father Tony, Ellie moves to London’s glamorous Primrose Hill, where nobody knows her past…

But even in her new home-and with her hardworking new boss, Zack McLaren; and Jamie’s best friend Todd to distract her-Ellie can’t seem to leave Jamie behind. Will Ellie stay stuck in the past? Or will she realize the man of her dreams is flesh and blood-and right in front of her eyes…

Discover why readers across the globe can’t get enough of Jill Mansell’s poignant, funny love stories. You’ll laugh and cry-at the same time!

I’m a big fan of second chance at love stories. The positive reviews sold me on the book. Zack is the hero of the story and he is smitten from the first time he sees Ellie but he has a girlfriend and Ellie can’t seem to let go of her past. I’m sold.


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. KarLynP
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 15:29:42

    I love that they are discounting audiobooks on ebooks I already own. I may not use the ‘whispersync’ feature, but the discount is nice.

    So far I got these audio versions

    Bared to You by Sylvia Day for $4.99 (Kindle was $3.82)
    Angelfall by Susan Ee for $4.99 (Kindle was .99 cents)
    The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley for $6.99 (Kindle was free)

    They have a ton of great authors, and many audiobooks are well under $10 if you own the ebook.

  2. Andra
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 15:33:00

    Re: At the Duke’s Pleasure, the heroine’s…pretty much TSTL but it’s somewhat understandable given the time period? Edward’s worth the read, though! He does spank her (she says she prefers a paddling to his kissing) but it’s just a couple of times with his hand and then he apologizes for it and then it gets sexy =). So I think you could say it’s the fun kind of spanking.

  3. Brie
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 15:34:50

    To The Moon and Back was adorable. You know how in chick-lit/romantic comedy the heroine is quirky and goes trough a bunch of hilarious situations to win the hero? Well, in this book the hero is the quirky heroine. That poor guy! Really cute story and great price.

  4. Jayne
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:03:13

    I clicked on the Kobo link for the Mansell book and get … Japanese editions of Harry Potter. I agree with someone who mentioned this a few days ago – WTF?! And then finally – finally! – narrow it down to her book and discover that it’s full price. Sigh…

  5. leslie
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:44:10

    Loved To the Moon and Back!

  6. Jody
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 22:33:53

    Amazon hasn’t just paired those 22 classics with free Audible versions. I just bought Siddhartha for $1.89–and the Audible edition, reg. $13 something, was free. Don’t know how many of those are around, but what a pleasant surprise!

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