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Daily Deals: Sports romance, Heyer mystery, middlecrumb fantasy

There are some good price reductions but not really deals but given that they are for books we recommended, I’m listing them anyway:

  • Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black $4.99 ( A | BN | K | S | G )
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell $4.99 ( A | BN | K | S | G )
  • Allegiant (Divergent) by Veronica Roth, preorder price now $6.99 ( A | BN | K | S | G )

Play Hard V SykesPlay Hard by V Sykes. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

PLAY HARD: Three sexy sports romances that bring the heat!

FASTBALL, by V.K. Sykes: Book one in the USA Today Bestselling series, The Philadelphia Patriots

Baseball reporter Maddie Leclair has spent years chasing her dream job–covering the Philadelphia Patriots major league baseball team. But in order to make it to the top tier of sports reporting, she needs to score an interview with the most private and elusive athlete in baseball, Patriots’ superstar Jake Miller.

On the rebound from a devastating injury, the last thing Jake needs is a pushy female reporter distracting him. But one look at Maddie and he finds himself trying for a different kind of play, one that involves bedrooms and not baseball stats. Sleeping together could damage both their careers, and Maddie is all about saying no. But when it comes to the game of love, Jake is playing to win.

OFFSIDE, by Juliana Stone: Book one in The Barker Triplets trilogy (Including new, bonus material) When hockey phenom Billie-Jo Barker returns home and decides to play in the local Friday night hockey league, all hell breaks loose. Not because Billie’s talent is in question, but because Billie is a woman. And though these are modern times, some of the local guys still have a problem letting a girl into their ‘men’s club.’

Soon, Billie is at the center of a small town battle of the sexes, with everyone choosing sides. Her sisters. The townsfolk. Her friends. And yet, the only person whose opinion she cares about doesn’t seem to care much at all. Logan Forest, the man who broke her heart when she was eighteen and the man she now shares the bench with every Friday night.

She’s got a lot to prove and though Billie Jo Barker scores on the ice, will this girl ever score with the man of her dreams?

THE PROPOSITION, by Jennifer Lyon: The Proposition is book one of three in The Plus One Chronicles Trilogy.

Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.

Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.

We all know how much I love my sports romances. The Stone book is the only one I’ve read (and only author I’ve read) in the collection. It wasn’t my favorite sports romance primarily because it was about a female athlete but we didn’t get to see her at the top of her game. That said, 99c for three sports books is like a dream deal for me.

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Footsteps in the Dark  by Georgette HeyerFootsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

What begins as an adventure soon becomes a nightmare…

Locals claim it is haunted and refuse to put a single toe past the front door, but to siblings Peter, Celia, and Margaret, the Priory is nothing more than a rundown estate inherited from their late uncle-and the perfect setting for a much-needed holiday. But when a murder victim is discovered in the drafty Priory halls, the once unconcerned trio begins to fear that the ghostly rumors are true and they are not alone after all! With a killer on the loose, will they find themselves the next victims of a supernatural predator, or will they uncover a far more corporeal culprit?

So I can’t remember if these mysteries are supposed to be awesome or horrible by Heyer. Commenters, sound off!

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Monster Walter Dean MyersMonster by Walter Dean Myers. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:


Steve (Voice-Over)
Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I’ll call it what the lady prosecutor called me … Monster.

1999 National Book Award nominee for Young People’s Literature.

I feel like I may have profiled this book in the past but I didn’t find it in a quick search of my archives. Here’s what one reviewer said:

“Who are this novel’s intended readers? More specifically, who should they be? Some consideration of these questions is necessary for this unusual book. Mature teens will devour Monster. Adults will too, and in fact will find the mixed screenplay/journal format refreshing and fast-paced, not kid-like at all. Frankly, though, I believe younger teens may be impacted most profoundly (and positively) by the story of Steve Harmon, who stumbles almost unknowingly into a nightmare that might keep him locked behind bars the rest of his life. However, these younger teen readers may need some guidance and support while reading Monster. It’s a gritty tale. While Myers deals discreetly with the jail’s lack of privacy (open toilets) and frequent invasions of privacy (for example, sexual coercion between inmates), he doesn’t obscure those realities. We watch Steve sit in that courtroom and sympathize with his stomach distress, which is not merely the result of nervousness over the outcome of the trial but worsened because he’s not comfortable using the toilet in open sight of the other prisoners.”

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Breadcrumbs  by Anne UrsuBreadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

A stunning modern-day fairy tale from acclaimed author Anne Ursu

Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into a forest with a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it’s up to Hazel to go in after him. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

I read this with the tot last year and thought it was imaginative and posed some provocative questions for a middle grade reader. The ending was a little less than satisfactory but I enjoyed it.

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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. Willaful
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 14:05:35

    I haven’t read it since it first came out, but I was very impressed by Monster.

  2. Zara Keane
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 14:05:57

    If you like classic British mysteries, Heyer’s are very readable. I prefer Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, but Heyer is definitely stronger than, say, Ngaio Marsh.

  3. JJPP
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 14:32:48

    I’ve read a couple of Heyer mysteries, and I thought they were fun and enjoyable, in a kind of forgettable way. I think I read Blunt Instrument and… something about a butler. :) I haven’t read this one, but at $1.99 I think it would be a good bet.

  4. Sunita
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 14:46:29

    @JJPP: Why Shoot a Butler, I think.

    This is Heyer’s first mystery and she suppressed it for most of her lifetime. It’s the only one I haven’t read and reread (although I now own it, so I suppose I should for completeness’ sake). My guess is that readers should go in with somewhat lowered expectations, but I agree with Zara’s more general take on Heyer’s mysteries.

  5. Alea
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 14:54:16

    Some of Heyer’s mysteries are decent and fun reads, with a thread of romance (although I agree with Zara re Christie & Sayers being stronger) — but Footsteps in the Dark is not one of them. It’s rather a mess, as I recall. BTW, over on, Mari Ness is reviewing most (but not all) of Heyer’s books — which makes for interesting reading in and of itself!

  6. Jane Davitt
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 15:24:19

    I love Heyer’s mysteries and reread them often (not wild about Penhallow though; too angsty) but this one is not her best. Fun, but crammed full of cliches. Still, it’s entertaining enough.

  7. Renda
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 16:02:17

    I bought Fangirl last Sunday for about $9.

    Oh, well. Two of us will read it so I guess that is almost like $4.50. Not.

  8. Marianne McA
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 16:54:04

    I like Heyer’s mysteries, but Footsteps in the Dark was pretty dire.

  9. Anne
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 16:55:58

    @Renda: If you purchased it from Amazon less than seven days ago, you can request a refund from the “Manage Your Kindle” page. I returned a book for the first time last week when there were two price drops in three days and it worked fine. I just returned it and then purchased it again at the new price.

    B&N didn’t allow any returns the last time I checked and I don’t know about the other vendors.

  10. Jenny Schwartz
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 19:30:21

    Footsteps in the Dark was the first Heyer mystery I read years and years ago, and I still love it. Give me cliches served up with humour and I’m in heaven. Plus it’s fascinating to read it now as a historical mystery, but know it was written as a contemporary one. I enjoyed the vacuum cleaner scene and kept trying to imagine how one worked without electricity.

  11. Janine
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 20:25:51

    Allegiant hasn’t come out yet and although $6.99 is a cheap preorder price for a hardcover, given how disappointing I found Insurgent, it is going on the library list for me.

  12. Cate
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 01:25:31

    It’s been a very long time since I read the Heyer mysteries, but I remember them as fairly light, good summer reading. But Dorothy L Sayers is far superior.

  13. Jo
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 02:37:11

    I don’t know if its just me but the ARE link takes me back to this page.

  14. ms bookjunkie
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 04:28:44

    @Jo: Not just you.

  15. Lil
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 08:06:40

    Drat. I should read this in the evening, not the next morning. I’ve missed the $1.99 price on the Heyer.

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