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The Sixth Discipline by Carmen Webster BuxtonThe Sixth Discipline by Carmen Webster Buxton. $ Free

Carmen Webster Buxton is a self published author and a sometime commenter here at Dear Author. Her books are science fiction and fantasy with a strong romantic element. I can’t vouch for the book myself, but it is free at various outlets so you can give her a try with no risk except your time.

From the Jacket Copy:

Ran-Del Jahanpur is a warrior of the Sansoussy Forest, trained in both the mental and physical Disciplines of his people. He thinks he’s prepared for any danger the forest might hold, but his skills prove useless when he’s caught in a hi-tech trap. Soon Ran-Del finds himself in a city so alien it might as well be another world—machines speak, vehicles fly, and his captors’ weapons can inflict pain without touching him. Every time Ran-Del tries to escape, he’s foiled by a technology he doesn’t understand. As terrifying as the city is, his kidnapper, the enigmatic Baron Hayden, exudes a jovial affability that worries the Sansoussy even more. What can such a powerful man want with a Sansoussy warrior, who can neither read nor write and knows nothing of city ways? The Baron’s daughter Francesca clearly knows more than she’s saying, but Ran-Del’s psy sense tells him only she’s being truthful, not what she’s thinking. And it’s only after it seems that Ran-Del has escaped the city and its dangers, that he finds out how thoroughly he has been caught.


Her Sudden Groom by Rose GordonHer Sudden Groom by Rose Gordon. $ .99

This says it is published by Nightshift Publishing which I have never heard of. On BN it is fairly well reviewed with 40+ ratings. The only one star rating was left by someone who was unhappy with her sample. On Goodreads, one of the three star reviews criticized the convenient misunderstanding and another one said that the historical accuracy was questionable. However, I thought the price + nerdy scientist story seemed worth profiling.

From the Jacket Copy:

The overly scientific, always respectable, and socially awkward Alexander Banks has just been informed his name resides on a betrothal agreement right above the name of the worst chit in all of England. With a loophole that allows him to marry another without consequence before the thirtieth anniversary of his birth, he has only four weeks to find another woman and make her his wife. Being the logical scientist he is, Alex decides to take his friend’s advice and treat his quest for a bride just like a science experiment…

Caroline Sinclair is still trying to scrape her jaw off the floor after hearing her cousin, Lady Olivia’s, latest announcement when the object of their conversation, Alex Banks, Olivia’s intended, arrives for what Caroline assumes is a bout of drawing room chitchat with his betrothed. But when an experiment is mentioned, Caroline, who cannot resist a science experiment any more than she can deny her lungs air, volunteers to help before she even knows what his latest experiment is!


The Seduction of Sara by Karen HawkinsThe Seduction of Sara by Karen Hawkins. $ 1.99

I can’t remember if I profiled this one before. All the Avon Seduction stories are running together in my head. I did do a cursory search and did not find a previous reference. I like the obvious and overbearing older brother theme. My favorite in that sub genre is probably Love Only Once but Reggie didn’t have brothers. She was raised by four uncles. Who didn’t think that Nicolas had a big punch coming from a Malory uncle? He was a huge dick.

From the Jacket Copy:

Sara Lawrence is happy to be a young widow, but her brothers insist on marrying her off again. The solution? Sara asks Nick Montrose, the notorious Earl of Bridgeton, to teach her how to ruin herself, thus rendering herself unmarriageable. Envisioning the day when the luscious Sara winds up in his bed, Nick is all too happy to oblige-but when he sees her “practicing” her lessons on other men, he?s inexplicably enraged. Then comes the day Sara?s brothers catch her and Nick in a compromising position-which leads to a speedy marriage neither wants. Can the love they don?t recognize find a way through their warring desires?


Witchful Thinking H.P. MalloryWitchful Thinking by H.P. Mallory. $ 2.99.

Mallory was one of the first of the self published authors to get picked up by a traditional publisher. She sold over 200,000 copies of her Jolie, Queen of the Underworld, series as a self published author.

From the Jacket Copy:

Jolie thinks she’s seen it all, but life continues to spring surprises. The latest shocker? She’s just been crowned Queen of the Underworld. Jolie may possess a rare gift for reanimating the dead, but she doesn’t know the first thing about governing disparate factions of supernatural creatures. She can barely maintain order in her own chaotic personal life, which is heading into a romantic tailspin.

First there’s sexy warlock Rand, the love of her life, from whom Jolie is hiding a devastating secret. Then there’s Sinjin, a darkly seductive vampire and Jolie’s sworn protector—though others suspect he harbors ulterior motives. As the two polar opposite yet magnetic men vie for Jolie’s affection, she must keep her wits about her to balance affairs of state and affairs of her heart. Overwhelmed, under pressure, and longing for love, Jolie decides it’s time to take charge—and show everyone that this queen won’t take jack.


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. carmen webster buxton
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 14:14:48

    Thanks so much for the mention! Just one caveat, though! The ebook is free on Amazon and B&N but not Sony or Kobo. Either they don’t price match Smashwords at all, or they just haven’t gotten around to it.

  2. Estara
    Jul 22, 2012 @ 03:28:43

    Another really good self-published author (but in the sf&f genre, although some of her books have a romance thread as well) is Andrea K. Höst, whose Stained Glass Monsters is temporarily free at Amazon US, B&N, Smashwords, Apple (cover art by Julie Dillon). The book can be read standalone but has enough threads left hanging for a sequel which is tentatively in planning.

    “When a motionless woman dressed in white appears in the village of Falk, Kendall Stockton has no inkling that the strange apparition will soon leave her homeless, and tangled in the affairs of mages and monsters. For the white figure is the first sign of a spell which will shatter cities, and make the caster as powerful as the gods.

    Saved by a stranger who claims her goal is to stop the woman, Kendall is torn between admiring the mage Rennyn Claire’s strength, and doubting her methods. What is Rennyn willing to do to win? Do the best of intentions justify pragmatic sacrifice, or is Rennyn Claire no better than the monster she is trying to stop?”

    Here’s my review on GoodReads, full of spoilers:

    If you want a very strong romance that develops very slowly, her Touchstone Trilogy (that is all three books in one), which is YA science fiction with psychic space ninjas and an Australian girl displaced in dimensions, would be perfect – but I’d advise you to read the long excerpts available, because that book is first person, so you have to like the narrator. As she is alone for the first hundred pages you’ll find out if you like her voice soon enough.

  3. Sunnygirl
    Jul 22, 2012 @ 04:35:39

    Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, the first in the H.P. Mallory series, is currently free on Uk Amazon. As is To Kill A Warlock.

  4. Readsalot81
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 17:11:28

    I actually have all of Rose Gordon’s works on my kindle. While I wouldn’t classify them as the best thing ever, they’re fun and easy to read. I *do* think, however, her Groom books are quite a step above from her Scandalous Sisters novels. That being said, you can get her first book, Intentions of the Earl (Scandalous sisters 1) for free from Amazon & B&N. I would just caution that I think that first book is probably THE roughest of the bunch, imo. (Book 2 is slightly better but for what it’s worth, I detested the heroine) I started with Her Sudden Groom (and enjoyed it :) ) and just recently got Her Imperfect Groom.

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