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Never Too Late Amara RoyceNever to Late by Amara Royce. $ 1.99 at Amazon and Google Play

From the Jacket Copy:

Expect the unexpected, especially in a room filled with books…

Honoria Duchamp is well aware that men often consider widows easy prey for the role of mistress. What else could explain the attentions of handsome Lord Devin, and his visits to her bookshop? The much younger Viscount has even shown interest in the printing press with which she creates pamphlets on London’s basest injustices. Yet his chief interest appears to be in her…

Coerced to investigate Nora’s controversial pamphlets, Devin expected to find a bookish matron. Instead, he is taken with Nora’s womanly beauty, sharp intellect, and quick wit. Soon, what begins as an unwelcome task becomes a pleasure, and Devin’s job becomes more dangerous-for them both. For Nora has no idea of the vicious element she’s crossed. Now Devin will risk his reputation to protect her-and much more to win her love…

“Deliciously romantic and sizzling with sensual tension.” –Nicola Cornick, “USA Today” bestselling Author

76,129 Words

Mandi says the romance was nice but dry.

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Looking For Trouble Erin KernLooking for Trouble by Erin Kern. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

WHEN YOU GO LOOKING FOR TROUBLE… Avery Price is taking her life back. Fleeing her uber-rich, overbearing family, and an arranged wedding to a wealthy, cheating fiancé, she trades couture for country and makes her way to Trouble, Wyoming. Going incognito gives her the chance to try things the old Avery wouldn’t dare, like having a sizzling, no-strings affair with her sexy new boss, Noah McDermott-and discovering he’s the kind of mistake she can’t resist.

Noah didn’t become a successful business owner by letting people get the best of him. He knows Avery is running from something, and if getting the beautiful blonde into his bed is the only way to find the truth, well, he has no problem with that. Trouble is, Avery is everything he never expected: sassy, smart, and the kind of understanding woman cowboys like him don’t deserve. Can he put his pride aside and convince this city girl to settle down with him once and for all?

121,000 words

This book was originally self published apparently and then re-edited and then bought by Grand Central and re-released. MANY of the original reviews cited bad editing and the reviewers gave lower stars because of this. Given that it is being re-released maybe those problems are gone. The lowered reviews said the author had a promising voice.

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Adventures with Max and Louise: (Originally published under the title KNOCKERS) Ellyn OaksmithAdventures with Max and Louise by Ellyn Oaksmith. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

This novel was originally published as an e-book in 2011 under the title Knockers.

If you like Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, and Liza Palmer, you’ll love Ellyn Oaksmith!

Molly Gallagher does not like to be the center of attention. As the mysterious Diner X, her pseudonym for a restaurant review column, she thrives on blending in. But before you can say “medical malpractice,” she wakes up from a routine procedure to find that her chart got switched with someone else’s, and now her A cup runneth over.

Suddenly, unassuming Molly is turning heads wherever she goes. The man she’s been pining for since high school is sitting up and taking notice, a very handsome stranger has captured her attention, and her lifelong dream of publishing a cookbook is about to come true. But Molly feels like an imposter. Will some advice from a very strange place help her figure out how to navigate her new, full-figured world?

Molly realizes her revamped shape might change her life. She just doesn’t anticipate quite how much .

This is another self published book (published under the title of Knockers) which was picked up by Avon Impulse. The premise of the story sounds kind of humorous as the heroine gets an accidental boob job which brings her more notice than she’s ever wanted. But! it sounds like it might be too corny to me as her implants start talking to her (that’s who Max and Louise are).

And, I’m a little unsure how I feel about the fact that the heroine doesn’t get her crushes to pay attention to her until she has bigger boobs. Someone read this for us.

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The Hum and the Shiver Alex BledsoeThe Hum and The Shiver by Alex Bledsoe. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe is an enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills. . . .

No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Enigmatic and suspicious of outsiders, the Tufa live quiet lives in the hills and valleys of Cloud County. While their origins may be a mystery, there are hints of their true nature buried in the songs they have passed down for generations.

Bronwyn Hyatt, a pure-blood Tufa, has always insisting on doing things her own way, regardless of the consequences. Even though Tufa rarely leave Cloud County, she enlisted in the Army to escape the pressures of Tufa life—her family, her obligations as a First Daughter, and her dangerous ex-boyfriend. But after barely surviving a devastating ambush that killed most of her fellow soldiers, Private Hyatt returns to Cloud County wounded in body and in spirit. But danger lurks in the mountains and hollows of her childhood home. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, and a restless “haint” lurks nearby, waiting to reveal Bronwyn’s darkest secrets. Worst of all, Bronwyn has lost touch with the music that was once a vital part of her identity.

Now Bronwyn finds the greatest battle to be right here at home, where her obligations struggle with her need for freedom, and if she makes the wrong choice, the consequences could be deadly for all the Tufa. . . .

“A sheer delight.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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

What an awesome title. The reviews say that this is a character focused story. Jordan Price wrote on Goodreads “I was lucky enough to score an advance copy of this novel, and once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down until it was finished…and even now, I can’t stop thinking about it.

The blend of magic and the mundane is something I try to achieve in my own work, since I think the more real the mundane details feel, the more the magic can shine. This book feels so authentic I never question that I am right there in the story. “

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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. Sirius
    May 11, 2013 @ 12:57:42

    I love the title of “The hum and shiver” too, and I love magic, but you sure picked a right review to completely sell me on the book :). Sold.

  2. Jane
    May 11, 2013 @ 12:58:40

    @Sirius: I thought Jordan Price’s name might pique the interest of some DA readers!

  3. Mary Beth
    May 11, 2013 @ 13:07:30

    The Hum and and the Shiver is very good. I’m also a fan of Bledsoe’s Eddie LaCrosse novels. They’re not romance–Eddie’s sort of a hardboiled detective set in a fantasy world with swords, etc. so the happy ending has to do with figuring out a crime, saving someone, and so on, but they’re good reads.

  4. Dabney
    May 11, 2013 @ 13:27:55

    Adventures with Max and Louise was a DNF for me. Her boobs are like people. Just way too weird.

  5. cleo
    May 11, 2013 @ 14:14:23

    The Max and Louise blurb reminded me of the movie How to Get Ahead in Advertising – young ad exec lands a pimple cream account, gets a stress boil on his neck that starts talking to him. Iirc, I liked it when I saw it (early 90s).

  6. Janine
    May 12, 2013 @ 22:43:21

    Sunita reviewed the Amara Royce recently. She gave it a C.

  7. MaryK
    May 13, 2013 @ 15:54:57

    @Janine: That link doesn’t work. And an advanced search with the author’s name didn’t pull up anything. I had to resort to the plain ole site search.

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