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The Pride of the Peacock by Victoria HoltThe Pride of the Peacock by Victoria Holt. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

“A mesmerizing story of blackmail, romance and deception.”—Associated Press on The India Fan

An overseas voyage. A cursed opal. Forbidden Desire.

Raised in the shadow of her family’s financial ruin, Jessica Clavering has never felt as though she fit in. When her only friend, an elderly neighbor, offers her the chance at a new life, she’s eager to take it. His only condition: she must marry her son, Joss.

The newlyweds inherit a fabled opal mine in Australia. It’s only once they arrive on the faraway continent that Jessica starts to uncover her family’s dark past and her connection to the Green Flash, an exquisite and spellbinding opal. The stone arouses a dangerous desire in anyone who sees it—even her husband.

Shivering Sands is also available for 2.99. I’ve never read Holt. Did she write gothics?

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Double Full (A Nice Guys Series)  by Kindle AlexanderDouble Full (A Nice Guys Series) by Kindle Alexander. $ .99

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Up and coming football hero, Colton Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving especially when you’re trapped so far in a closet that you can’t see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it’s time to call a new play.

Jace Montgomery single-handily built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed business man, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover’s plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?

Full Length Novel

I’ve never read this author but she’s popular in the indie world, possibly one of the most popular m/m indie writers along with Ella Fox. Many of her books are on sale for .99 today.

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Bad Kitty by Eliza GayleBad Kitty by Eliza Gayle. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Get bitten by the SOUTHERN SHIFTERS in New York Times Bestselling Author Eliza Gayle’s steamy paranormal romance series! Full of feisty women and the alpha men who fall in love with them!

If you think you’ve lost everything. Think again.

Kitty lost her father, her home and her clan. Clinging to what’s left of her pride, she’s forced into the neutral zone, the supposed safe haven for half-breeds and outcasts. An attack forces her to the wrong side of the treaty line and into an even more dangerous situation. Determined to greet death with the last of her dignity, she is suddenly rescued by a tall, gorgeous…wolf???

Download this purrrfect read now!

As the next alpha leader of his pack, Rafe Comyn has more than enough to handle with pack politics and precarious treaties. The last thing he needs is a pissed off feline landing in his lap, especially when her scent triggers his overwhelming drive to mate. While the daughter of a former rival is quite a conquest, she’s both forbidden and dangerous.

But as the heat of desire threatens to consume them, their differences escalate and Rafe must keep his own pack from killing the one woman he can’t live without.

You may have read Eliza Gayle if you purchased this box set

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A Summer Fling by Milly JohnsonA Summer Flight by Milly Johnson. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

When dynamic, power-dressing Christie blows in like a warm wind to take over their department, five very different women find themselves thrown together at work. But none of them could have predicted the fierce bond of friendship that her leadership would inspire. . .
Anna, 39, is reeling from the loss of her fiancé, who ran off with a much younger woman. Her pride in tatters, these days Anna finds it difficult to leave the house. So when a handsome, mysterious stranger takes an interest in her, she’s not sure whether she can learn to trust again? Then there’s Grace, in her fifties, trapped in a loveless marriage with a man she married because, unable to have children of her own, she fell in love with his motherless brood. Grace worries that Dawn is about to make the same mistake: orphaned as a child, engaged to love-rat Calum, is Dawn more interested in the security that comes with his tight-knit, boisterous family? When a sexy, footloose rock singer catches her eye, will Dawn have the courage to follow her heart?
At 28, Raychel is the youngest member of their little gang. And with a loving husband, Ben, and a cosy little nest for two, she would seem to be the happiest. But what dark secrets are lurking behind this perfect facade, that make sweet, pretty Raychel so guarded and unwilling to open up? Under Christie’s warm hand, the girls soon realise they have some difficult choices to make. Indeed, none of them quite realised how much they needed the sense of fun, laughter, and loyalty that abounds when five women become friends. It’s one for all, and all for one!

This looks like a throwback to the brit chick lit of the early 2000s. Several Milly Johnson books are on sale for 99c.

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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. Kati
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 12:32:44

    I’m throwing a flag on the number of football expressions jammed into the Double Full blurb. About the only one missing is “his engine is always running”.

  2. Michele Mills
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 12:32:53

    I read a few Victoria Holt’s back in the day. I rememer really enjoying them. But, um, that was a long time ago now. When I was a teen she was my YA author. :) Yes, she wrote Gothic under that pen name, she also wrote as Phillipa Carr?, I think more historical fiction. She was well loved, wrote/sold tons of books.

  3. Megaera
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 13:43:59

    You’re making me feel old. Victoria Holt (along with Mary Stewart and Barbara Michaels) was one of my favorite authors when I was a teenager, er, forty-mumble years ago. Yes, she wrote gothics. And, as I remember them, anyway, they were wonderful. I haven’t gone back and read any of them lately, though, as I’m afraid of the suck fairy (who hasn’t ruined either Stewart or Michaels, though).

  4. library addict
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 13:45:35

    Shannon Stacey’s Love a Little Sideways is on sale at Amazon for 99¢

  5. Elizabeth Langston
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 14:01:25

    Victoria Holt was my introduction to romantic fiction. The Shadow of the Lynx was quite a shock to my system after a steady diet of Nancy Drew.

  6. Julia
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 14:16:20

    Has anybody read Double Full? Some of the reviews mention awful editing. If that’s true I definitely won’t be able to read it.

  7. Sandra
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 14:45:33

    @Megaera: I haven’t read Holt in years, either. But loved her back in the day, so am scarfing up the ebooks as they become available. Now, if only Mary Stewart’s publisher would release her in ebook, I could retire my 40+ YO MMPB that are falling to pieces.

  8. cleo
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 21:09:15

    Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino is free at ARe today and tomorrow. It’s a fun m/m NA with a jock / nerd pairing. It’s also a good entry level m/m story if you haven’t read much / any m/m.

    SaraF’s review convinced me to buy it full price and I don’t regret it at all –

  9. Leigh
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 21:16:02

    That Kindle Alexander book is ridiculous. There’s no actual football in it! And it’s full of terrible soap opera type dramatic happenings. I could barely get thorough it.

  10. Susan
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 21:30:52

    Pride of the Peacock wasn’t’t my favorite Holt but I picked it up at that price. I also bought The Shivering Sands a couple of weeks ago when it first went on sale. I’m positive I read it back in the day but remembered shockingly little of it when I reread it. I have to say that I was surprised how much I enjoyed it and I’d like to revisit more of them. But I wish more of the Holt/Plaidy/Carr books would go on sale as some of them are ridiculously expensive.

  11. Kim W
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 22:26:59

    Double Full was okay. I got it for free though so my expectations were probably pretty low. It reminded me of a Mary Calmes story. Lots of drama and a way too perfect hero. I don’t remember editing errors being an issue.

  12. Bea @Bea's Book Nook
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 22:47:30

    @Sandra, Stewart’s Arthurian saga is available in ebook. I don’t know about her others.

  13. SAO
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 23:24:13

    Yes, Victoria Holt was the Queen of Gothic Romance. I’ve been re-reading some of them. They are quite readable, despite being slow by today’s standards and often featuring the mad woman in the attic, as the source of mysterious goings-on.

    In the Shivering Sands, which I just finished, there’s more than one candidate for mad woman and the hero killed his brother (an accident) and is suspected of killing his wife (being a hero, you can guess the accuracy of this accusation). The heroine barely pursues the mystery of her sister’s disappearance and I found myself trying to parse why the story held my attention. There’ve been so many modern stories, some of them by DA recommended authors, that can’t get me to Chapter 2, but I read this to the end.

    I’m sure I’d read it in my teens. I think I read all of Holt’s oevre (but not much Phillippa Carr) but I didn’t remember the plot at all. I know I’ve read Pride of the Peacock, but I can’t remember much about it.

  14. Kaetrin
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 04:35:33

    I read Victoria Holt as a 12 year old. They’re romantic mystery books. Always a HEA but the romance is very subtle and closed door. The Pride of the Peacock features an opal mine in Australia. I remember being impressed by that connection. LOL

  15. cleo
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 06:20:59

    @Kim W: Thanks Kim. “It reminded me of a Mary Calmes story” is all I need to know – I don’t have a high tolerance for Gary Sue heroes, so I’m going to skip this one.

  16. Kim W
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 08:40:32

    @cleo: I know what you mean about Mary Calmes. I have sworn off her books. Once in a while I get sucked back in and hate myself for the utter waste of my time.

  17. Joy
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 09:24:50

    Ha, yes, another person here who gobbled up Victoria Holt’s Gothics as a teenager. I owned Pride of the Peacock in a lovely hardback, library-book-sale edition, and read it several times. It wasn’t my absolute favorite of hers but for $2.99 it’s worth reading.

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