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Lucien's Fall  by Barbara SamuelLucien’s Fall by Barbara Samuels. $ Free at Amazon

From the Jacket Copy:

A determined and intelligent woman, Madeleine was not about to let a notorious rake such as Lucien Harrow distract her from saving her ancestral home. But the sinfully appealing Lucien hid a deeper longing, and sought Madeleine’s loving aid in helping him uncover a secret that threatened to destroy him from within. From the author of A Winter Ballad.

Originally published by Avon in 1995. It is currently free only at Amazon.  The next title is an ePub only deal.

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A Most Lamentable Comedy By: Janet MullanyA Most Lamentable Comedy by Janet Mullany. $1.00 at All Romance

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High jinks, misunderstandings and conflicted passions – Regency rocks in the latest racy read from Janet Mullany 1822, England: Lady Caroline Elmhurst is twice-widowed, down on her luck and pursued by creditors. But she’s optimistic about finding a new husband – or if necessary, a rich lover – and when she meets handsome, mysterious Nicholas Congrevance at a house-party in the country, she sets out to entice him. For his part, Nicholas simply sees Lady Caroline Elmhurst as just the sort of woman he’s used to exploiting – rich, available, and gullible. Neither realizes the other is penniless and neither has any intention of falling in love…

Currently this is available only in secure Adobe ePub at All Romance which is not compatible with Kindles but is compatible with all other readers.

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The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne By: Madeline HunterThe Surrender of Miss Fairbourne by Madeline Hunter. $ 1.99

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A woman running a prestigious London auction house? Preposterous! But that is exactly what Emma Fairbourne intends to do when her father dies, leaving her the reins of this fabulous enterprise. Of course, she is not addlepated enough to do this openly and scare away her wealthy collectors. So she and her friend concoct a deception, hiring a handsome and charming front man who will do her bidding…

All would have proceeded smoothly–if it weren’t for the maddening interference of Darius, the arrogant Earl of Southwaite, who has been her father’s “silent partner” and now shares ownership of Fairbourne’s. An earl, of course, has no interest in running an auction house–and Darius is certainly not interested in allowing the lovely Miss Fairbourne to run it either, her ludicrous scheme notwithstanding. Clearly the business must be sold.

But the headstrong Emma is like no other lady he has ever encountered, refusing to follow his dictates. Holding his temper in check, Darius decides to attack on a different front. There is another way to achieve her surrender, one far more pleasurable for both of them…

This is the first in the Fairbourne Quartet.  The second book in the series is coming out next month. It looks like Penguin has finally started discounting its books to promote new releases.  Many of the reviews agree with our own Dabney’s thoughts that the book was rather slow. As Emmaneulle wrote on goodreads “So well writen yet so booooorrrrrrring”

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The Taken (Celestial Blues Series #1) by Vicki PetterssonThe Taken by Vicki Pettersson. $ Free at Amazon and BN

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Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he’s an angel, but that doesn’t make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he’s been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul—Katherine “Kit” Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped.

Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder—and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie.

Joining forces, Kit and Grif’s search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn’t Grif’s biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife . . .

Melindeeloo rated this 3.5 starsThe first chapter was a ‘grabber’, but I found the next few chapters to be uneven and I kept wavering as to whether I even had the patience to continue on, because I liked the parts with leading man Grif Shaw – a ‘busted’ (not fallen) angel and former 50′s PI – but I had a hard time connecting with leading lady Kit Craig – a newspaper reporter who embraces the 50′s nostalgia driven Rockabilly lifestyle and has an attitude that brought to mind Pollyana – so, Kit’s chapters would loose me and Grif’s would reel me back in.

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Firefly Lane by Kristin HannahFirefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. $ 2.99

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From the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake comes a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship. . . .

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all—-beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.

So begins Kristin Hannah’s magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.

From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.

Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . .

For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship—-jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone’s Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it’s the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It’s about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you—-and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you’ll never forget . . . one you’ll want to pass on to your best friend.

PW says this book is Lifetime movie material and Library Journal says that it is formulaic. But both agree that it is a tear jerker that will satisfy most Hannah fans.

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Scandalous Patricia BurroughsScandalous by Patricia Burroughs. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:
Why live in the boring present when you have a century’s worth of vintage couture to live up to? Why be ordinary with centuries of Vandermeir scandals to shape your destiny?

Paisley Vandermeir was born on a hippie commune, transplanted to high society Manhattan at the vulnerable age of seven, and finally rescued and nurtured by her wild Aunt Izzy, whose Roaring 20s exploits still tarnish the family name. Paisley is the very definition of a “Vandermeir scandal” waiting to happen. It’s simply a matter of what and when.

Now, it’s Christmas in Manhattan and Paisley Vandermeir has a scandalous scheme to set herself free from society’s expectations once and for all.

Enter Christopher Quincy Maitland, the blond and gorgeous Rock of Gibraltar who carries the weight of his family’s fortune on his shoulders–safe, dependable, scandal proof. Or is he?

When irresistible force meets immovable object, what happens next is SCANDALOUS.

[Originally published by Bantam Loveswept in 1991.]
The first 15 DA readers who use this coupon code at the Book View Cafe Store can download 1 copy of Scandalous for free in their choice of epub or mobi. Burroughs adds that “I hope they will consider leaving an honest review of the book on Amazon in exchange, but if they choose not to, that’s okay, too.”

Coupon code: SCANDALOUS-FREE-DA

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

7 Comments

  1. mari
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 14:24:21

    Is it just me, or does the woman on the cover of “Scandalous” look like Miss Scarlett from the board game Clue? I keep wondering if she killed him in the Library with the knife or with the wrench….

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  2. Jennie
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 15:07:56

    Two really good books here – I liked both Lucien’s Fall and A Most Lamentable Comedy a lot.

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  3. Kati
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 15:21:08

    Oh Kristen Hannah, why can’t I quit you? Her books ARE formulaic. They ARE life Lifetime movies. And yet sometimes, curling up on a couch under a blanket with one is heaven for me.

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  4. tangodiva
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 15:25:11

    Yes! Miss Scarlet in the bedroom with a wrench.

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  5. Janine
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 17:07:44

    @tangodiva: Can you email me? janineballard at gmail dot com.

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  6. Moriah Jovan
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 21:31:00

    @Kati: Have you read her early ones? They were fantastic and fantastical. I glommed her like there was no tomorrow. And then…she went all Lifetime and I lost interest.

    I was so excited to see A Most Lamentable Comedy and then so heartbroken to see “sedure Adobe ePUB.” No effing way.

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  7. Lil
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 07:59:30

    Did I read a different SURRENDER OF MISS FAIRBOURNE? I really enjoyed it.

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