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Marshmallow Madness!: Dozens of Puffalicious Recipes Shauna SeverMarshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever. $ 3.03

From the Jacket Copy:

If you’ve never tasted a fresh, homemade marshmallow, are you in for a treat! Marshmallow Madness! shows how to whip up dozens of fluffy, puffy flavors—from Strawberry and Vanilla to Buttered Rum, Root Beer Float, Maple Bacon, and more. Author Shauna Sever also includes easy recipes for homemade graham crackers, drinks for mallow dunking, and a host of irresistible desserts, including Lemon Dream Whoopie Pies, Blonde Rocky Road, and S’mores Cupcakes.

So this it the companion book for Lucky Charms as the cereal seems to have been reducing its marshmallow to cereal ratio. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a non commercial marshmallow. Worth it? (Also, the link at Google Play says “free sample” and I wish that meant I could press the button and a homemade marshmallow would suddenly appear on my desk. When will that happen?)

Kobo has a 30% off Unlimited Use coupon: MARCHOFFER

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Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. $ 1.99

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

From the Jacket Copy:

Jennie gave this a lukewarm endorsement “It is not a bad book, but I can’t say it was very successful for me. While the concept is interesting indeed, the execution felt strangely flat.” You can read her C review here.

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A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn MacnamaraA Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn Macnamara. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Fans who adore Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will savor Ashlyn Macnamara’s sensual new novel, which proves that two hearts are better than one.

Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.

George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters.

There’s a small but steady and loyal historical ebook reading audience. I wonder if it would grow or break into the mainstream with books that are different from what is popular in print or whether they’ll adopt the same type of books.

As for the ass on the cover, I swear I’ve seen that in a million covers. Maybe the next time it is used, the pants could be changed to a different color instead of the “buff pantaloons.”

PW gave this a really good review: “This touchingly romantic and effortlessly plotted historical is a gem to be savored. “

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Beauty and the Best Man by Maureen ChildBeauty and the Best Man by Maureen Child. $ Free.

From the Jacket Copy:

May the Best Man Win?the Maid of Honor?

Lassiter Media millionaire Matt Hollis never let a woman stand between him and his career. But now Matt’s best friend is marrying the Lassiter heiress—and her insufferable maid of honor has stolen Matt’s heart. Kayla Prince is way more than this skilled negotiator bargained for.

But Kayla’s conflicted. The man left her in the lurch for his L.A. gig; now he wants her back? Fool her once, shame on Matt, fool her twice?well, actually, this second chance feels like the real thing. But a fateful night is about to put that feeling to the ultimate test?.

Beauty and the Best Man is a DYNASTIES: THE LASSITERS prequel novella. The story continues in The Black Sheep’s Inheritance by USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child, only from Harlequin Desire!

This is a pre order freebie. Delivers on April 1, 2014

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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. cleo
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 12:15:10

    Handmade marshmallows are pretty amazing. I’ve bought some from our local farmers’ market (some may go to the market for produce, I go for the sweets) and they were a revelation – they’re as similar to the mass produced marshmallows as store bought chocolate cookies are to homemade.

    My husband made chocolate covered peppermint marshmallows for Christmas last year and they were a big hit, although it turns out that a little peppermint goes a long way.

  2. Lynnd
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 12:21:30

    David Lebovitz’s, The Sweet Life in Paris, is on sale for $3.99 at Amazon. I’m not sure if it is available anywhere else.

  3. Darlynne
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 12:21:51

    It’s the food replicator, Jane, that’s what you’re looking for. Some 3D printers are already able to print food, but I’m holding out for the Star Trek version.

    Homemade marshmallows are fabulous, so much better than the tasteless ones in stores. They aren’t hard to make–albeit impossibly sticky–and the results are worth it.

    Thanks for the information about the Kobo coupon. I’ve made checking for them part of my daily routine now.

  4. CelineB
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 12:44:57

    I didn’t like A Most Devilish Rogue. I felt like the romance wasn’t developed well; they were instantly attracted she resists some then for no reason I could find they were in love. Also, the kidnapping plot with her son is almost an afterthought. She seems to forget that her son is missing for long periods of time because she’s so busy sleeping with the hero. That being said, there are people who enjoyed it so for .99 it might work well enough for some.

  5. CelineB
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 12:47:45

    Also, the tone of the first chapter of A Most Devilish Rogue is significantly different than the rest of the book so I felt there was a bait and switch.

  6. library addict
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 13:09:25

    Beauty and the Best Man is available to download now direct from Harlequin. I don’t like the fact you must input a credit card to “buy” their freebies, but c’est la vie.

  7. Willaful
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 13:32:33

    As soon as I saw that ass cover I thought, haven’t I seen that a dozen times already?

    I normally find PW reviews pretty reliable, but it seems to me that they fall down in romance. Or perhaps it’s just incompatible tastes.

  8. beth
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 15:24:01

    homemade marshmallows are a revelation. there’s a favorite brunch place of ours that serves them with hot chocolate and they are AMAZING.

  9. Tanya
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 16:05:04

    Homemade marshmallows are yum, just beyond yum. So I’ll take that and Grave Mercy today, because I’m a sucker for a convent story.

  10. Elizabeth
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 14:58:54

    In NW Connecticut, we have a local homemade marshmallow chef….they come in all sorts of varieties, layered with topics, etc. very sweet.

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