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Master Of My Dreams Danelle HarmonMaster of My Dreams by Danelle Harmon. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

England, 1775: When nobly-born Captain Christian Lord is given command of the Royal Navy frigate HMS Bold Marauder, the disciplined and highly-esteemed English officer never dreams that a crew on the brink of mutiny will be the least of his troubles as he heads to Boston to subdue pirates and rebels. Haunted by nightmares and a tragic past, Christian is loyal to King and Country . . . never imagining that his gravest danger could come in the form of a beautiful stowaway who secretly plots his destruction. For also onboard is sensuous Irishwoman Deirdre O’ Devir . . . determined to avenge her brother’s forced enlistment into the Royal Navy, and now, as near as a whisper to the blackguard responsible. But the best laid plans go awry, and when Deirdre realizes that behind Christian’s haughty, aloof façade beats a tender heart, she finds herself falling in love with her handsome enemy in this tender, emotional, and unforgettable tale of love and passion by the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed de Montforte Brothers series.

Originally published in 1993. There are only few reviews. The one three star review knocks the book for the implausible coincidences that bring the couple together.

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The House That Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923 by Robert WeintraubThe House That Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923 by Robert Weintraub. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The untold story of Babe Ruth’s Yankees, John McGraw’s Giants, and the extraordinary baseball season of 1923

Before the 27 World Series titles–before Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter-the Yankees were New York’s shadow franchise. They hadn’t won a championship, and they didn’t even have their own field, renting the Polo Grounds from their cross-town rivals the New York Giants. In 1921 and 1922, they lost to the Giants when it mattered most: in October.

But in 1923, the Yankees played their first season on their own field, the newly-built, state of the art baseball palace in the Bronx called “the Yankee Stadium.” The stadium was a gamble, erected in relative outerborough obscurity, and Babe Ruth was coming off the most disappointing season of his career, a season that saw his struggles on and off the field threaten his standing as a bona fide superstar.

It only took Ruth two at-bats to signal a new era. He stepped up to the plate in the 1923 season opener and cracked a home run to deep right field, the first homer in his park, and a sign of what lay ahead. It was the initial blow in a season that saw the new stadium christened “The House That Ruth Built,” signaled the triumph of the power game, and established the Yankees as New York’s-and the sport’s-team to beat.

From that first home run of 1923 to the storybook World Series matchup that pitted the Yankees against their nemesis from across the Harlem River-one so acrimonious that John McGraw forced his Giants to get to the Bronx in uniform rather than suit up at the Stadium-Robert Weintraub vividly illuminates the singular year that built a classic stadium, catalyzed a franchise, cemented Ruth’s legend, and forever changed the sport of baseball.

It’s spring baseball time. This book sounds like a great gift book. At Amazon and BN you can gift a book and set the date of delivery.

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Parting Gifts by Lorraine HeathParting Gifts by Lorraine Heath. $ 2.99

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Marrying Maddie, a woman who works in a brothel in order to survive, widower Charles Lawson hopes to provide his three children with a loving mother until his terminal illness causes him to arrange a match between Maddie and his brother.

Some of Heath’s older books were her best. This is a super angsty read because Charles and Maddie are together and while she doesn’t know he is dying, Charles’ brother Jesse does. Maddie and Jessie have sparking sexual tension despite Charles and Maddie’s relationship.

Do you see where this is going?

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Rev It Up: Black Knights Inc. by Julie Ann WalkerRev It Up by Julie Ann Walker . $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

He Never Misses A Target

Jake “the Snake” Sommers earned his SEAL code name by striking quickly and quietly-and with lethal force. That’s also how he broke Michelle Carter’s heart. It was the only way to keep her safe-from himself. Four long years later, Jake is determined to get a second chance. But to steal back into Michelle’s loving arms, Jake is going to have to prove he can take things slow. Real slow…

She Aims To Make Him Beg

Michelle Carter has never forgiven Jake for being so cliché as to “love her and leave her.” But when her brother, head of the Black Knights elite ops agency, ticks off the wrong mobster, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in Jake’s hands. No matter what they call him, this man is far from cold-blooded. And once he’s wrapped around her heat, he’ll never let her go…

This didn’t work for me but maybe it was because I had read too many Walker books in a row and they started sounding the same. A newbie to Walker might very well enjoy this novel and at the price, it’s a less painful why to discover a new author.

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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. Aisha
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 14:29:00

    Rant no 2 (please feel free to delete if inappropriate) – this relates also to two of the reviews posted yesterday. I don’t understand the love for military/paramilitary heroes and heroines. To me these are scary people, and I have very little faith in state sanctioned violence – probably largely as a result of having grown up in a country where as a non-white person, the military and police were very visible and omnipresent symbols of oppression. In any case, the pervasive military culture that requires and trains its members to follow orders without question more often than not is not one that appeals to me, and I cannot forget that this is the acculturation that the h/h in question has undergone.
    Another tangentially related rant is the terrorist villain. One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter, and again, with my history, this is almost my default interpretation. Some members of my own family would have been classified as terrorists before 1990, as active supporters/members of the armed anti-apartheid struggle.

    Just adding some additional complexity to what may be seen to easily as a type of one dimensional shorthand.

  2. tangodiva
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 14:35:00

    You have a photo of Sarah Sundin’s “With Every Letter” showing on the homepage, but no mention of it here. Pray tell is it a daily deal as well? Enquiring minds, etc….

  3. Jane
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 14:36:50

    @tangodiva ah no. it was when i created the post last night but this morning it had reverted.

  4. tangodiva
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 14:43:59

    Bummer! Thanks for the quick reply, though. Maybe another day – I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

  5. Janet W
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 16:01:46

    Do I ever want Parting Gifts — it sounds great. But I’m getting $7.80 in kindle and I think I’ll go for .01 used book instead — but I’d rather get it in “e”. Did this change overnight? Thanks Jane.

  6. Tatty
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 16:02:23

    Nevermind implausibility within the Harmon book – the cover is showing the post 1801 version of the Union Flag (with St Patrick’s cross overlaid on St Andrew’s cross) for a story set in 1775. I suppose we Brits should just be thankful that it appears to be flying the right way up!

  7. Jane
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 16:15:52

    JanetW – Parting Gifts shows up as 2.99 using the Amazon link.

  8. Jayne
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 16:46:21

    @Tatty: I was stuck looking at that Victorian-ish era dress she’s wearing.

  9. Beth
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 17:32:31

    Two ladies I follow in Goodreads gave parting Gifts 4 an 5 stars, so I’m getting it.

    Jane, really appreciate these deal posts everyday. Well, my bank account does not, but I do!

  10. Jane
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 17:34:47

    @Beth: I’m going to buy the book too. Invariably I end up buying one book out of these deals. Bad for my wallet too.

  11. Donna Thorland
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 17:45:05


    The dress is equally odd…

  12. Kim
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 18:20:51

    @Jane: Did you know the pre-order on Lorraine Heath’s new book, Lord of Wicked Intentions, is only $2.99? It’s due out on April 30. That’s a great deal for an unreleased book.

  13. Jane
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 18:25:04

    @Kim: I’ll feature it tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up!

  14. erinf1
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 19:55:00

    Looks like most of Lorraine Heath’s backlist is on sale for $2.99 including the Lost Lords of Pembrook trilogy.

  15. Kaetrin
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 20:32:04

    Parting Gifts is $1.99 at Books on Board.

  16. Shelley
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 16:35:44


    >>>I don’t understand the love for military/paramilitary heroes and heroines.<<<

    Hi Aisha. My response to you is that you don't have to understand the love for these types of heroes/heroines because as I'm sure you know, there are so many genres/sub-genres from which to choose that it would be difficult NOT to find something to read and enjoy. I personally read any and all genres, fiction and non-fiction. Military/black ops heroes are just one type I happen to enjoy in romance but I realize there are plenty of people who don't, no matter their background/culture/religion/political leanings, etc. I like the heroes because I look at them as protectors who can make snap decisions (not very feminist of me but there you have it). I like the heroines because I like kick-ass chicks who can shoot a gun and make a grenade from a paper clip, a piece of string, and a wad of bubble gum. As a former Army wife I know for a fact, it's not nearly as glamorous as portrayed in some of these books. :O) But that's ok because when I read fiction, I'm not reading for reality. When I want to read about reality, I read/watch news stories, documentaries, true life accounts, biographies, etc. Not meaning to offend but just wanted to offer another perspective.

  17. Aisha
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 06:41:14

    @Shelley: Thank you for your perspective, and I am not offended in the least. I raised this because while I do avoid military stories, every romance I have read recently has had a former military h/h, so the apparent appeal is obviously far-reaching.

  18. Shelley
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 13:18:18

    @Aisha: I hear you on that. I think almost all romance tropes/sub-genres enjoy “reanimation” every so often also so that it seems all you see for certain periods are stories about the same subject over and over until you’re sick of it. For instance zombies. I am a zombie lover and die hard fan of TWD but damn – romances featuring zombies as the hero/heroine? Really??? I thought this would die out (yeah, pun intended) but from what I can see, it hasn’t and won’t any time soon. Bummer.

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