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Daily Deals: How about some romance freebies!

The Last Bride in Ballymuir (Ballymuir Series) Dorien Kelly The Last Bride in Ballymuir by Dorien Kelly. $Free.

From Jacket Copy:

When Michael Kilbride, a handsome man with a dark past, arrives in the Irish village of Ballymuir, rumors begin to fly. While many turn against him, one woman steps forward–the village’s beloved schoolteacher, Kylie O’Shea. Kylie’s friends have long believed that shy Kylie is bound to fulfill the local legend of being the last bride in Ballymuir. But passion soon ignites between Michael and Kylie. Will Kylie, who hides secrets of her own, find the courage to confront her past and claim a love that could be the greatest legend of all?

This one is free at Amazon but not at BN


Too Darn Hot by Pamela Burford Too Darn Hot by Pamela Burford. $Free.

From Jacket Copy:

Rule Number One: Never mix business with pleasure. New York restaurant reviewer Lina Holland learned that lesson by watching her beloved mentor self-destruct, and she’s not about to make a similar mistake, even if the chef and owner of the restaurant she’s secretly reviewing is the most sexalicious hunk who ever seared a T-bone. It’s not enough to be scrupulously impartial, she must avoid even the merest whiff of favoritism. Date a restaurateur? She can’t allow herself to even think about it. Okay, she thinks about it, but that’s all. Really!

Chef Eric Reid is a widower struggling to raise twin boys and keep his fledgling Long Island restaurant afloat long enough for word of mouth to lift it out of the red. Little does he suspect that the intriguing new customer groaning in ecstasy over his bourbon pecan tart is none other than the legendary Lina Holland, the reviewer whose thumbs-up could spell the difference between colossal success and the extermination of his lifelong dream. No one in the industry knows what Lina looks like, but he’s convinced she’s a brash, zaftig shrew who applies her makeup with a putty knife. When he finds out how wrong he is, the fun really starts!

Throw in a buttinsky roommate, a lecherous ex-husband, bribery by chocolate, and the fishing excursion from hell, and the result is, well, too darn hot!

Originally published by Zebra books, a division of Kensington Publishing Corp. 48,000 words.

Free at Amazon and BN.


Heart of Mine (Bandit Creek) by Michelle Beattie Heart of Mine (Bandit Creek) by Michelle Beattie. $Free.

From Jacket Copy:

To avoid a forced marriage, Laura Gibbs has little choice but to go along with her controlling father’s plan to deceive the man she’s secretly loved for years.

Jake Evans has been burned in the past and has learned the hard way that nobody is interested in him, only his money. So when he wakes to find Laura in his bed, he’s convinced that she’s yet another in a long line of women who only wants his share of his recently inherited gold mine. A fact soon confirmed when her father storms in the room and demands Jake make an honest woman out of Laura, lest he be charged with rape and hanged.

As Laura gains freedom from her oppressing father, she also gains courage. Determined to make a real marriage with Jake, she refuses her father’s demand that she steal from her husband and instead concentrates her efforts on showing Jake the woman she truly is.

Despite Laura’s deceptions, Jake can’t deny his attraction to her. With the physical attraction sizzling between them, Jake begins to believe he’s finally found the woman for him.

But there’s trouble brewing. Hugh, neck-deep in gambling debts with no money in sight, seeks drastic measures that won’t only risk Laura and Jake’s marriage; it’ll risk her very life.

Not at BN.


Silver Dreams by Cynthia Thomason Silver Dreams by Cynthia Thomason. $Free.

From Jacket Copy:

A rollicking, turn-of-the-century romantic adventure. Follow well-bred, plucky, wannabe reporter, Elizabeth, and daring veteran crime-writer, Max, from the back alleys of Manhattan to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. “Far and Away meets Romancing the Stone” old west style, as Max, Elizabeth, and a party of five odd characters pursue their quest for silver and the lost Fair Day Mine through ghost towns and abandoned mountain caves. Danger lurks at every turn from thieves, thugs, and harsh conditions where one false step could mean death. But Max and Elizabeth persist, both for the story and the glittering treasure, until they realize that the true treasure they’ve found has nothing to do with silver

The digital version is not at BN although you can buy a paper version for one penny.


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. Gwen Hayes
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 12:09:18

    Oh I hope that Silver Dreams lives up to to the tagline “Far and Away meets Romancing the Stone” because I couldn’t click fast enough when I read that.

    *please be good*

  2. LG
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 12:20:38

    The Last Bride in Ballymuir can be gotten for free via Smashwords, so it not being for free at BN shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

  3. Evangeline Holland
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 18:11:03

    I’m a sucker for food romances, so I snapped up the Burford title and have just finished it! Super cute, sexy, and romantic. Off to grab more of her books.

  4. Ellen
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 23:07:50

    @Evangeline Holland: I did the same thing. Enjoyable, well punctuated, well edited, well spelled novella. So rare lately. Picked up Snatched, whose reviews are mixed.

    On Amazon it shows she is a Harlequin writer and Patricia Ryan’s twin sister. She obviously knows what she is doing. The story was sweet, funny and believable.

    Nice Saturday night freebie read.

  5. Pamela Burford
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 15:04:13

    Many thanks, Evangeline and Ellen, for your kind words about my book Too Darn Hot. So glad you enjoyed it! And, Ellen, thanks for buying Snatched, which is a different kind of book from TDH. It’s a quirky romantic suspense and somewhat longer, so I hope you’re into that.

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