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Daily Deals: Republished backlist titles for contemporary, romantic suspense readers

A Kiss In Winter      by     Susan CrandallA Kiss in Winter by Susan Crandall. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Six years ago tragedy struck and Caroline Rogers had to make tough decisions to sell the family farm and put her life on hold to raise her younger siblings. Now that they’re entering adulthood and her long-delayed photography career is taking off, she can almost taste the freedom.
Shaken by self-doubt, Dr. Mick Larsen turns his back on his big-city psychiatric practice and settles for the small-town quiet of Redbud Mill, where he can hide his past successes and failures. To Caroline, he shows only a man who wants to put down roots and start a family—good reasons for her to stay away. Then someone starts vandalizing local landmarks she has photographed. Now Caroline must convince a man with little faith in his own abilities that he can help her find the disturbed mind in their midst. But even as she teaches him to trust himself, she must fight the temptation to trust him with her future and her heart.

I don’t think I’ve read this book and generally I’ve enjoyed most Crandall books I’ve read in the past.

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White Heat      by     Jill ShalvisWhite Heat by Jill Shalvis. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Raised as an army brat, bush pilot Lyndie Anderson has always been independent-and alone. Living only for her plane and the open sky, she eagerly rushes to help save the people of a small Mexican town from a raging wildfire. Yet when her cargo is a drop-dead gorgeous fireman, Lyndie suddenly feels a burning desire-one that may ground her for the first time in her life.

Firefighter Griffin Moore has been haunted by the loss of his crew in an Idaho inferno. Scarred by survivor’s guilt, he became a recluse who hid himself away from working-or being close to anyone. But when his brother convinces him to volunteer for another fire, he encounters a brave, beautiful woman who sparks a simmering passion. Now in the hot, dangerous conflagration of the Mexican jungle, Griffin and Lyndie must discover a way to rescue a town-and a love that may save them . . .

(84000 words)

$3.99 is a little higher than most books I pick for the deal page but Shalvis is a popular author and $3.99 is a good price for a full length book. This was originally published by Onyx back in June 2004.  Shalvis must have sold the digital rights to Hachette for republication.  The book is due out on March 5, 2013.

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Dead Simple (Roy Grace Series #1) by     Peter James Dead Simple (Roy Grace Series #1) by Peter James. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Four bodies, one suspect, no trace. The first case for detective superintendent Roy Grace, plus a free preview of his newest thriller, DEAD LIKE YOU, coming November 2010.

It was meant to be a harmless bachelor party prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot to gain – more than anyone realizes. For one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune . . . Dead simple . . .

James is a British author and the PW review calls this far fetched but thrilling.

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To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

From the Gilded Age until 1914, more than 100 American heiresses invaded Britannia and swapped dollars for titles—just like Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, the first of the Downton Abbey characters Julian Fellowes was inspired to create after reading To Marry An English Lord. Filled with vivid personalities, gossipy anecdotes, grand houses, and a wealth of period details—plus photographs, illustrations, quotes, and the finer points of Victorian and Edwardian etiquette—To Marry An English Lord is social history at its liveliest and most accessible.

This is the book that inspired Downton Abbey.

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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. Caro
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 15:17:17

    I have a print copy I bought of To Marry An English Lord that bought when it first came out back in — must have been almost twenty years ago because I hadn’t moved in with my husband yet when I got it. It’s a lovely overview of the period and a fun read (including instructions for how to deliver a Cut Direct, ending with the adomnition not to look back and enjoy your opponent’s reaction as that would be rude). A good starting point for the American Heiresses in London, it’s definitely worth $1.99.

  2. Jen
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 16:29:39

    White Heat doesn’t seem to be there any more. Boo, I love Shalvis.

  3. Brian
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 19:05:42

    It’s on both Amazon and B&N, didn’t see it anywhere else I know Kobo (and some others?) doesn’t do pre-orders.

  4. Carrie G
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 12:09:32

    White Heat is different from the recent books Shalvis has written. It’s the first of the Firefighter trilogy (along with Blue Flame and Seeing Red), although the books aren’t actually linked by anything other than they are about firefighters. They are all suspense books and don’t have the humor her contemporary romances have. That said, they are some of my favorites that she’s written. It took me a while to track down all three books at used book stores, and I’m happy to see them reappearing as ebooks.

  5. Susan
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 20:27:26

    To Marry an English Lord must have been a daily deal because it’s $8.77 on Amazon today. Boo.

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