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Daily Deals: Small town contemporaries to wild rock and roll lifestyles

Real Romance  by Ginny BairdReal Romance by Ginny Baird. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Shy bookstore manager Marie McCloud spends each night between the covers with a hot guy… The hunky hero from one of her romance novels, that is. Having been cheated on, disparaged then ditched, Marie turns to pure fiction to soothe her aching heart. What she doesn’t count on is finding real romance where she least expects it.

Ladies’ man David Lake is always up for a physical challenge. An intellectual one? He’s not so sure. But when David meets pretty Marie, he’s ready to leap through some hoops to get the brainy brunette’s attention. With a little bit of research and a whole lot of reading, David prepares to sweep Marie off her feet — for the romance of a lifetime.

This was originally published by Kensington in their Precious Gems line. The Romance Wiki describes the PG line as a “short lived partnership between Wal-Mart and Kensington”. The line was published between 1996 and 2000. I didn’t see Ginny Baird listed on the Romance Wiki site as one of the PG authors. Maybe she wrote under a different name?

The reviews are fairly lackluster with one reader saying that the ending was poorly developed giving rise to questions rather than resolutions.

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Highland Fling Amanda ScottHighland Fling by Amanda Scott. $ 1.99

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Forbidden passion has never been more dangerous—or more irresistible—in the first novel of bestselling author Amanda Scott’s spellbinding Highland series

Scotland, 1750. In the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion, Maggie MacDrumin vows to keep fighting to liberate her people. But the intrepid Scotswoman is risking her life for a dangerous cause. When her latest mission lands her in a London courtroom on a trumped-up larceny charge, she has only one hope of survival. Enlisting the aid of Edward Carsley, the powerful fourth Earl of Rothwell, is a two-edged sword. The seductive aristocrat who awakens treacherous desire is her clan’s mortal enemy—a man she can never trust.

Edward will do whatever it takes to quell another bloody uprising. But how can he fight his passion for the rebellious Highland beauty in his safekeeping? As their lives come under siege, Maggie lays claim to the one thing Edward vowed never to surrender: his heart.

Originally published by Kensington in 1995, this book and other Scott titles are being re-released digitally by Open Road Media. My recollection is that Scott writes fairly meaty historicals.

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Is This All There Is?  by Patricia MannIs This All There Is? by Patricia Mann. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Beth Thomas has the perfect life. At thirty-five, she’s married to her college sweetheart, has two adorable kids, and teaches part time at the local university. But when a friend persuades Beth to go dancing on a rare night out, a chance meeting with twenty one year old Dave, one of her former students, changes the course of her life. Loud music, too much to drink, and the thrill of feeling young again lead to an unforgettable kiss that was never supposed to happen. As she tries to put the memory behind her, Dave’s pursuit leaves Beth torn between what her mind says is right and what her heart and body crave.

Cougar books seem to be all the rage and I have a hard time buying into the fantasy that a 21 year old is going to want to tie his boat to a 35+ year old woman with two kids. Nonetheless, the premise is so unbelievable that it almost makes me want to read it to see if the author could pull this off. Unfortunately, this book has cheating all over it so I’ll pass but maybe somebody else is interested.

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It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Thirty Years Married to a Rolling Stone Jo WoodIt’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll by Jo Wood. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

In this wild, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the biggest rock bands in history, Jo Wood comes clean about her three decades as the girlfriend and eventually the wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. This startlingly honest, laugh-out-loud memoir vividly describes life on tour, in the studio, at the legendary parties—and every raucous moment in between.

From teenage model to hard-partying rock ‘n’ roll devotee, through motherhood, marriage, breakdown, and the challenge of starting over again, Jo Wood has had a roller-coaster ride of a life. At the age of sixteen, Jo burst onto the British modeling scene and became a fixture at London’s most glamorous parties. A few years later, just twenty-two years old and a single mom, she met Ronnie Wood and her life changed forever.

Holding nothing back, Jo paints an astonishing picture of the sex, drugs, booze, groupies, and—above all—the fun that filled her thirty years as a member of the Stones’ inner circle. Telling never-before-heard stories about what life on the road with the Stones was really like, she offers intimate portraits of the band’s legendary cast of characters, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jerry Hall, and Patti Hansen. She recalls the excitement of getting to know international A-list celebrities like Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, Johnny Depp, and Slash.

Jo also opens up about her family life with Ronnie: their passionate love affair, the demands of being a mother by day and a wild child by night, and eventually coping with Ronnie’s increasingly difficult behavior as his addictions consumed him. For the first time, she reveals her heartbreaking account of what happened when Ronnie left her for an eighteen-year-old waitress, explaining how she was able to forgive, live without bitterness or regret, and find new happiness as an entrepreneur and organic beauty expert.

Including never-before-seen photographs from Jo’s personal collection, It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll is a compelling piece of rock ‘n’ roll history from a woman with a backstage pass and front-row seat. Enchanting, candid, and moving, this page-turning fairy tale of fame and fortune has the best of the era’s many euphoric and reckless moments within its pages.

Rock star books are fun to read but clearly reality is far from the candy coated stories that reside within the pages of a romance novel.

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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. Linda Winfree
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 12:52:27

    Downloading the sample of the Mann book (hey, it’s $.99), but I have a feeling from the blurb that it will be like The Mermaid Chair for me — I was so irritated with the whiny heroine who didn’t appreciate her life that I couldn’t past chapter four. Thank heavens for samples!

  2. SonomaLass
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 13:17:35

    Reading the reviews of the Mann book was really interesting. I don’t think I would enjoy reading the book itself, though; it sounds like the kind of painful I avoid in my pleasure reading.

  3. Darlynne
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 14:54:04

    Jo Wood’s book puts me in mind of a secondary couple in SEP’s Natural Born Charmer, groupie mom and rocker dad. Fictionally, it was GREAT, I’m just not sure I’d want to dive into the real thing.

    Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men is on sale at Amazon for $1.99. Crivens! I love that book and recommend it for all aspiring young and other witches.

  4. cleo
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 15:11:32

    Handle with Care by Josephine Myles is free this month. I had some problems with the ending (rushed hea) and one of the sub plots was kind of wtf, but I definitely recommend it for this price. Warning, I am a sucker for heroes overcoming adversity and there’s plenty of adversity (shut in on home dialysis falls for former rent boy / package delivery guy) but it’s dealt with with more humor than angst.

    Josephine Myles is one of my favorite British mm authors. This has a lower heat level than a lot of her work.

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