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Phoenix  by Raine AnthonyPhoenix by Raine Anthony. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

In a small town in Cornwall, a fighter and a schoolteacher meet.

Dangerous. Bad News. Killer. This is what Phoenix sees when he looks in the mirror.

Shy. Timid. Afraid. This is what Eve sees in her own reflection.

But when Eve looks at Phoenix she sees a strong, handsome, sensual man. And when Phoenix looks at Eve he sees a beautiful, untouchable, heavenly creature. Together they will help each other to escape the labels they have lived with for so long.

Will the ghosts of their pasts return to hinder their happiness?

Or will true love lead to freedom?

Phoenix is a story of two lonely souls trying to find solace in one another’s hearts.

**Suitable for readers 18 years and over.**

Negative reviews indicate that the tone of the book was flat and that it needed a stronger epilogue or closing. This book was recommended on the Amazon boards a few months ago but I’d held of buying it. And now it is 99c. Fist pump.

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Unforgivable (Tracers)  by Laura GriffinUnforgivable (Tracers) by Laura Griffin. $ 1.99

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At first, Mia Voss thinks it’s just bad luck when her already lousy day ends with a carjacking, but what seems like a random incident is followed by another sinister episode. A DNA expert, Mia has made it her mission to put away vicious criminals. Suddenly, she’s become the target of one. And the only way to protect the people she loves most is to deliberately destroy her reputation and risk letting a killer walk free.

Once, Mia trusted Detective Ric Santos, but that was before Ric let his turbulent past ruin his chances with Mia, the sexiest, most intriguing woman he’s ever met. But he can tell when she’s lying—and when she’s scared. The key to catching a sadistic madman lies within a long-buried cold case that has haunted Mia for years. Only she can uncover the truth, but first, Ric will have to get her to entrust him with her secrets . . . and her life.

We reviewed this book! Let’s head to the archives. Jayne gave it a B review. “So a good romance, a good plot set up, a lot about a science I find riveting balanced with Mia acting silly once or twice – though not, thank God silly enough to shift her near to TSTL territory – gives me a final grade of B. Looking forward to the next one!”

Also on sale for $1.99 is Scorched.

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The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride by Cora SetonThe Cowboy’s E-Mail Order Bride by Cora Seton. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Ethan Cruz should be mending fences on his Montana ranch, but instead he’s driving to the Chance Creek, Montana, airport – to pick up the bride he didn’t know he had. This latest salvo in his ongoing practical joke battle with his best friend, Rob Matheson, has gone too far, and Ethan plans to send his “bride” right back home, then get busy plotting his revenge. One look at Autumn Leeds changes his mind, however. Perhaps he needs a bride, after all. A breathtakingly beautiful city bride.

Autumn Leeds needs a story – fast – or she’s going to lose her lucrative contract with CityPretty Magazine, so when she sees the crazy video plea for a modern mail-order bride for a cowboy, it sounds like the story of the century. Making a video of her own, she casts herself as the perfect mail-order bride for a rancher, but when she finally reaches Montana, she’s surprised to find Ethan’s the perfect cowboy husband-to-be. Against her better judgment, her plan to keep her handsome groom at arm’s length disintegrates into a night of passion spent in his arms.

Ethan knows he can’t keep playing this game – he has to come clean with Autumn and tell her the truth; about the practical joke and about the state of his ranch. He’s about to lose it all because of the debts his mother racked up before his parents’ deaths. Now his sister, Claire, wants to sell the ranch and collect what little money they can. He’ll be out of a home and a job, and in no shape to support the bride he desperately wants to marry, after all.

Autumn’s in bigger trouble than ever. Not only has she fallen in love with the subject of her expose – she might be carrying his child. If she doesn’t write this article and secure her contract for another year, she’ll lose everything – her career, her apartment, and more importantly, her family’s approval. The only alternative is to stay and marry Ethan. But how can she trust a man she’s just met when she knows too well that men always let you down?

Can a love based on lies last?

When I read reviews, I come across the occasional one or two star ones that leave me wondering if the reader doesn’t understand the star system, whether she’s gas lighting the author or whether her review scale is just really really tough. One two star review for this book says “Enjoyed the topic,easy quick read. The story pulled YOU in and I didn’t want to put it down until done.”

But the complaints about the book include lots of sex scenes with an unbelievable plot and weak willed characters.

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GRAY MATTER by Nick PirogGray Matter by Nick Pirog. $ .99.

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His love life in shambles, Thomas Prescott returns to Seattle, the very place he fled from after his parents’ deaths nearly a decade earlier.

Just as Thomas is getting settled in, he sees a body floating in the private cove behind his boyhood home. It is a woman. But not just any woman. It is the governor of Washington.

As the suspense ratchets, and the twists unfold, Thomas is thrown into the middle of the biggest murder investigation in Washington state history. Prescott is forced to confront the demons from his past and unearths a new enemy, one that couldn’t possibly be human, one that has haunted man since the dawn of time.

The gray wolf…

I get the sense from the reviews that the author is young. 16 is one suggestion (although I wasn’t sure if the reviewer was saying he was 16 or writing like a 16 year old). Criticisms of the book include a jerk narrator, dialogue that is too cutesy, and a plot that was quite predictable. At least he knows how to use the space bar.

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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. Cassandra B.
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 11:24:05

    I got the Cowboy’s Email Order Bride a couple of days ago. At first, I thought it would be neat, but the female character turned me off. She keeps justifying actions she thinks are wrong with the excuse she needs money and she is doing all this for a job she doesn’t actually like. But she is well-educated with a mom and sister who could provide support if needed. Full disclaimer, I read very little before I give up, so it possible that this gets explained better. I can only handle constant excuses for doing things the character truly believes is wrong if the situation is live or death (or something serious at least, upper middle class girl scared of starting over doesn’t count).

  2. cleo
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 12:05:25

    Dangerous Ground by Josh Lanyon is free at ARe today and tomorrow.

  3. Monique D
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 12:20:46

    Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels is on sale everywhere for $1.99, if anyone’s interested !

  4. CelineB
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 12:47:08

    The Other C-Word by M. K. Schiller is .99 at Amazon at least. I’m checking it out because I really enjoyed Schiller’s The Do-over.

  5. Susan
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 14:08:10

    Oy. The Griffin book sounded interesting so I thought I’d check it out for a change of pace this weekend. Turns out I’d already bought it. In 2011. Whywhywhy do I do this?

  6. AJ
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 18:03:36

    Dear Jane comment on Phoenix: “held of buying it” –> off!

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