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Daily Deals: Space Opera and some DABWAHA deals

Agent of Change (Liaden Universe) Sharon Lee (Author), Steve Miller (Author)Agent of Change by Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

—Robin Wayne Bailey

Once a brilliant First-in Scout, Val Con yos’Phelium was “recruited” by the mysterious Liaden Department of Interior and brainwashed into an Agent of Change—a ruthless covert operative who kills without remorse.

Fleeing the scene of his latest murderous mission, he finds himself saving the life of ex-mercenary Miri Robertson, a tough Terran on the run from a team of interplanetary assassins. Thrown together by circumstances, Val Con and Miri struggle to elude their enemies and stay alive without slaying each other—or surrendering to the unexpected passion that flares between them.

At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (DRM Rights Management).

My aunt is a huge Sharon Lee, Steve Miller fan. (Hey K, if you are reading this, hope everything is going well) I’m not sure what is going on here with the freebie. I’ve looked at Kobo, BN, and Sony and the book doesn’t appear in ebook format. But it is free and without DRM at Amazon which means you can easily convert.


Confessions from an Arranged Marriage by     Miranda Neville Confessions from an Arranged Marriage by Miranda Neville. $ 2.99

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They couldn’t be more different—but there’s one thing they agree on . . .

In London after a two-year exile, Lord Blakeney plans to cut a swathe through the bedchambers of the demimonde. Marriage is not on his agenda, especially to an annoying chit like Minerva Montrose, with her superior attitude and a tendency to get into trouble. And certainly the last man Minerva wants is Blake, a careless wastrel without a thought in his handsome head.

The lights and din of her debutante ball set Minerva’s teeth on edge. Surely a moment’s rest could do no harm . . . until Blake mistakes her for another lady, leaving Minerva’s
guests to catch them in a very compromising position. To her horror, the scandal will force them to do the unthinkable: marry. Their mutual loathing blazes into unexpected passion but Blake remains distant, desperate to hide a shameful secret. Minerva’s never been a woman to take things lying down, and she’ll let nothing stop her from winning his trust . . . and his heart.

Neville is a favorite of readers like Janine and Robin. Her book “The Importance of Being Wicked” is a #DABWAHA finalist.

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The Chocolate Thief      by     Laura FlorandThe Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Breathtakingly beautiful, the City of Light seduces the senses, its cobbled streets thrumming with possibility. For American Cade Corey, it’s a dream come true, if only she can get one infuriating French chocolatier to sign on the dotted line. . .


Melting, yielding yet firm, exotic, its secrets are intimately known to Sylvain Marquis. But turn them over to a brash American waving a fistful of dollars? Jamais. Not unless there’s something much more delectable on the table. . .

Stolen Pleasure

Whether confections taken from a locked shop or kisses in the dark, is there anything sweeter?

Speaking of #dabwaha, Kensington reduced the price of this book, a contemporary finalist, from $14.99 to $3.99. Woot!

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Jellicoe Road      by     Melina MarchettaJellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

“What do you want from me?” he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn’t a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.

In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

When I first saw this discount, I was really worried it was going to be Amazon only but it’s not! Janine reviewed this book in 2009 here. It was a#DABWAHA pick in 2009.

I loved the intricacy of this story, the way so many small and seemingly unimportant details turned out to be important in the end, the way the different threads connected. It’s a rare book that seems so seamless when I finish it, that takes such complete hold of me with its magic.

Despite its YA designation, Jellicoe Road deals with a lot of adult themes, and includes a romance and even a couple of brief sex scenes, so while I would not recommend it for younger kids, I do wholeheartedly recommend it to older teens and to adults.

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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. Janine
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 12:04:48

    I’ve read three of these four books!

    Jellicoe Road is a truly special book. I paid full price for the ebook after I already had the hardcover, and I don’t regret it. I hope more people jump on this deal.

    Confessions from an Arranged Marriage was lovely and made my top ten books of 2012 list. It’s the last book in the Burgundy Book Club series, though, and I would recommend reading at least The Dangerous Viscount first.

    I’ve also read Agent of Change by Lee and Miller. It’s dated and I found it disappointing.

  2. Nikki
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 12:44:00

    I have so many versions of Agent of Change right now. I suspect the freebie is related to the new deal that Baen has with Amazon. Interesting. I hope more people get a chance to fall in love with the Liaden Universe.

    I bought the Chocolate Thief back when there was another Laura Florand deal, at full price too. I feel pained. I found the story interesting but when I read The Chocolate Kiss it really showed the comparative weakness. I feel like the author improved and the story and characters were more interesting.

  3. Emily E
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 12:47:00

    Agent of Change has been added to the Baen free library. Amazon is reflecting this.

  4. hapax
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 13:05:30

    Well, for another voice, I adore everything Lee & Miller have written (well, almost everything — I thought that the Duainfey books were an interesting experiment gone awry), and gave AGENT OF CHANGE to my teenaged son and daughter both, and they were hooked right away.

    But it’s definitely a series that gets more enthralling with the gradual expansion of the universe.

  5. Dabney
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 13:53:20

    @Janine: I just bought Jellicoe Road and am looking forward to reading it with my daughter. Your review sold me!

  6. Sunita
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 14:19:15

    @hapax: I looked up the series order because I’m not a Liaden reader, and this was the first one published. I tend to cut first books more slack, especially when there’s a lot of worldbuilding to do. Thanks for the recommendation.

  7. Estara Swanberg
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 14:49:53

    The Baen Free Library addition of Agent of Change is probably due to the Liaden Universe turning 25 years old this March with the release of Agent of Change as the first novel (although storywise it’s not the earliest timeline book, Lee and Miller – much like Lois McMaster Bujold in her Vorkosigan Saga – tend to fill in timeline occasionally, although the newest books in the last few years actually do advance the most current storyline).

    Liaden books and short stories all have strong women and equally strong men and most feature a romance subplot among the space opera or planetary romance. There’s YA and just regular sf and overarching epic baddies and great aliens, and all – all with Clan Korval of Liaden at the center of it.

    Highly recommended, for people who want to go beyond sf romance to sf with romantic subplots.

    Sharon Lee’s Carousel Tides, which is paranormal fantasy in a Maine seaside town (and will get two sequels) and her 80s nostalgia mystery Jennifer Pierce series are also really good.

  8. Nikki
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 17:28:51

    @hapax: I agree about the Duainfey books. In the Lee and Miller books, they are the only books where I say, DO NOT LIKE, and refuse to read again.

  9. Janine
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 17:53:06

    @Dabney: Yay! I hope you guys enjoy it. I’d love to hear what you think.

  10. SonomaLass
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 12:04:01

    This is a great set of deals, Jane.

    I loved Agent of Change, and it’s not a bad place to start the Liaden Universe books if you’re new to them. Especially if you regularly read science fiction. The romance elements are strong in most of these books.

    Confessions from an Arranged Marriage is one of my favorite Miranda Neville books. Highly recommended, as well.

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