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The Wagered Heart: Signet Regency Romance (InterMix) by Rhonda Woodward The Wagered Heart: Signet Regency Romance (InterMix) by Rhonda Woodward. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

For “historically accurate writing that shines” (All About Romance) look no further than this classic Rhonda Woodward Signet Regency Romance.

Miss Julia Allard is enjoying an afternoon of shopping in town when a handsome stranger catches up to her. Before she knows what’s happening, she is in his arms being kissed! Miss Allard slaps her assailant, the Duke of Kelbourne, but not before her reputation is tarnished…and the memory of his passionate kiss is sealed on her lips. Cutting her Season short, she returns home to Bath to concoct an elaborate revenge. But little does she know that the duke has some rakish plans of his own…

Don’t miss Rhonda Woodward’s classics, A Spinster’s Luck and A Hint of Scandal–available in eBook from InterMix.

This is the subject of mixed reviews. The most helpful on Amazon suggests that the pacing is slow.


The Pirate Hunter's Lady (Regency Pirates #2) By: Jennifer Ashley The Pirate Hunter’s Lady by Jennifer Ashley. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Diana Worthing finds herself spirited away and questioned by James Ardmore, pirate hunter, because she possesses a secret that could lead to a deadly pirate James seeks. But when sparks fly, Ardmore pins her to the wall and asks her to sail away with him, and the temptation is great. James lets her go but the next year finds himself stranded at her home, at her mercy, and the sparks just as hot…

The second book in Ashley’s Regency Pirate series.


Still life Louise penny Still Life by Louise Penny. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces—and this series—with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.


Collusion: A Jack Lennon Investigation Set in Northern Ireland Stuart Neville Collusion by Stuart Neville. $3.99.

From Jacket Copy:

When Detective Inspector Jack Lennon tries to track down his former lover Marie McKenna and their daughter, his superiors tell him to back off. But now an assassin stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends for a vengeance-driven old man. As Lennon unravels a conspiracy that links his daughter to a killer named Fegan, the line between friend and enemy blurs.

Neville is a celebrated thriller author whose work is primarily set in Ireland. This is the second book in the Jack Lennon series. $3.99 at Amazon and Google Play (for those who need an ePub version)


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. Loosheesh
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 11:27:35

    Still Life is showing up as $2.99; it’s been that price for a while, I think.

  2. FD
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 11:56:56

    I’m seeing Still Life as £4.99 and $7.99 on Amazon UK & US respectively. That’s for kindle – the pb editions are more expensive.

  3. Darlynne
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 12:52:16

    Ooooh, two of my favorite writers–Louise Penny and Stuart Neville. I wish I could discover them all over again. Huge fan here.

    Collusion is the first book in which Jack Lennon plays a major role. The previous book, Ghosts of Belfast is about a former IRA enforcer haunted by the people he’s killed. You could read Collusion first, but that would diminish the tension–and emotion–that results from Ghosts of Belfast.

    As for Penny’s books, I would live in her small town of Three Pines, if such a thing existed. Armand Gamache is one of the finest characters in fiction and the writing is divine. Some readers haven’t connected with her books, but I’ve been hooked from the beginning.

  4. Mireya
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 20:53:32

    This is totally off-topic, but I just noticed your avatar, Jane. Like it a lot :D

  5. Loosheesh
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 20:58:45

    @Darlynne: I love the Penny books, as much for the characters as for the mysteries. And yes, I would so move to Three Pines if the opportunity presented itself =D

  6. BRNZ
    Aug 20, 2012 @ 02:01:42

    I discovered the first Louise Penny book in the library, thought it was worth a crack and was immediately overjoyed on reading. Such a DELIGHTFUL series, but all sorts of hard and dark questions are asked and answered.

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