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Daily Deals: Romance novellas and YA under $2.99

Kobo Books:

75% off Youth Fiction Titles with code percyartemis75 These are for Rick Riordan and Eoin Colfer books.

Other Deals:

The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

The bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries introduce a new heroine to root for: Jesse O’Rourke, coffee barista, high school senior, and unwitting reality TV star.

Imagine there was never a Laguna Beach, a Newport Harbor, the shimmering Hills. Imagine that your hometown—your school—is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras.

Now imagine they’ve trained them on you.

When Jesse O’Rourke gets picked for a “documentary” being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she’s tempted to turn down the offer. But there’s a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All she has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she’s studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for “what sells on camera.” . . . At least there’s one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse’s crush has also made the cast.

As the producers manipulate the lives of their “characters” to heighten the drama, and Us Weekly covers become a regular occurrence for Jesse, she must struggle to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.

This one actually looks appealing. I like the idea of “unwitting reality TV star” and can see a lot of young people agreeing to this in exchange for payment for college.


Bound by Decency by Claire Ashgrove. $.99.

bound by Decency Claire AshgroveFrom Jacket Copy:

After inheriting a portion of Spain’s Royal Inheritance, Cain left The Flying Gang for a chance at honest wealth. With the secrets of his piracy tucked away, he achieved his lofty aspirations. But when his partner and best friend betrays him to the Royal Navy, Cain’s dreams are ripped to shreds. He’s left with his ship, the tattered remnants of a stolen future, and a piece of Spanish mystery. Wanted by three nations and destined for the gallows, he returns to the legendary band of buccaneers for one purpose — vengeance.

Kidnapped by the formidable Cain, India Prescott discovers he intends to kill the man she’s to marry. Cain’s story reveals betrayal. Treachery that extends to her as well. Although she holds the key to retribution, India refuses to become another man’s pawn. Freedom lies before her, the liberty to shrug off propriety, make her own decisions, and claim her destiny. But when she uncovers goodness in Cain’s soul and he awakens passion in her heart, she must combat the chains of convention once more.

Only this time India’s not fighting society. She’s battling a pirate bent on keeping her decency intact.

This is on sale for $.99 today only (it started yesterday). Claire Ashgrove is also Tori St. Claire. Her love scenes are well done and while her Claire Ashgrove story lacked believability for me, there was something compelling about her writing.


Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Book One) By: Patricia C. Wrede, Caroline Stevermer Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia Wrede & Caroline Stevermer. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Two girls contend with sorcery in England’s Regency age
Since they were children, cousins Kate and Cecelia have been inseparable. But in 1817, as they approach adulthood, their families force them to spend a summer apart. As Cecelia fights boredom in her small country town, Kate visits London to mingle with the brightest lights of English society.

At the initiation of a powerful magician into the Royal College of Wizards, Kate finds herself alone with a mysterious witch who offers her a sip from a chocolate pot. When Kate refuses the drink, the chocolate burns through her dress and the witch disappears. It seems that strange forces are convening to destroy a beloved wizard, and only Kate and Cecelia can stop the plot. But for two girls who have to contend with the pressures of choosing dresses and beaux for their debuts, deadly magic is only one of their concerns.

This ebook features illustrated biographies of Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the authors’ personal collections.

This may be an Amazon only deal. The book is charming and is primarily an epistolary novel, following the letters between two cousins.


Duke of Scandal Adele Ashworth The Duke of Scandal by Adele Ashworth. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

The scandalously handsome Samson Carlisle is not the deceiving nobleman Lady Olivia was searching for… but he’s the lover she fervently desires.

This is the last of the Scandal books on sale. Tomorrow I’ll start listing the Scandalous deals. My favorite Adele Ashworth was Winter Garden. Her more recent books read very bland to me. One of these had the notorious virgin widow.


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. Rebecca (Another One)
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 14:47:41

    I really liked Sorcery & Cecilia. It has some romance in it as well.

  2. cleo
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 16:53:38

    I love, love sorcery and cecelia. It’s one of my cover falling off comfort reads. And it’s on sale at BN too. Think georgette heyer meets harry potter. The romance is understated but satisfying. I’m so glad you posted this deal.

  3. Carolyn
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 18:34:00

    I’m delighted to have Sorcery and Cecelia in my ebook collection because the paperback long ago fell apart. Thank you for posting this deal. :-)

  4. Merrian
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 20:50:10

    ‘Sorcery and Cecelia’ was the book that started all the alternate Regencies. I am so glad that it is in ebook now and hope that it is available beyond Amazon

  5. hapax
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 21:44:38

    I don’t think I dare confess what I paid for my treasured battered used copy of SORCERY & CECELIA, just a few years before it was finally, finally re-issued by Harcourt, although with an astonishingly ugly cover.

    I suppose I shall pick up the e-book, and then I’ll have the complete set. :-)

    The sequels (THE GRAND TOUR and THE MISLAID MAGICIAN) are both cute and frothy, but nowhere near the giddy good fun of the first title.

    Wrede went on to write two more magical Regencies, MAIRELON THE MAGICIAN and its sequel MAGICIAN’S WARD, which are worth checking out as well. (The first has one of the finest farcical climaxes I’ve ever read outside of Heyer)

  6. Michelle
    Aug 11, 2012 @ 07:15:39

    I also need to add my praise to Sorcery and Cecelia. It is such a lovely book. The writing is wonderful, the heroines are fantastic, strong and intelligent. It is also one of my comfort reads.

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