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Daily Deals: Thrillers, Westerns, and Math Geeks

Dirty Blonde      By: Lisa ScottolineDirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Cate Fante is strong and sexy and wears designer suits like overpriced armor. She’s just become a judge but leads a dark double life that she hides from everyone.

Her cover is blown when a high-profile case in her courtroom takes a stunning turn. Overnight the tabloids tell her secret, her boyfriend dumps her, and her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate’s troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life, and she’ll have to fight her way back to the truth . . . or die trying.

A number of Scottoline books are on sale at Amazon

Daddy’s Girl
Devil’s Corner
Running from the Law (Rosato & Associates)

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A Kiss to Die For Claudia DainA Kiss to Die For by Claudia Dain. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Abilene 1873.

Bounty hunter Jack Skull is on the trail of a killer working the old Abilene Trail, tracking him north from Texas to Kansas. Jack has been tracking him through the dust and the desolation of lonely miles, determined to catch the man who kills pretty, lonely women, women who fall under the spell of a man’s lying promises.

Jack rides into Abilene, a hard man on a cold trail, and Abilene, a town grown peaceful since the herds have moved west, just wants him gone. Jack looks like trouble, and Jack is trouble for Anne, who takes one look at him and falls hard.

The trouble with Jack is, he knows he’s no good for Anne. The trouble with Anne is, she wants what’s no good for her. Anne is tired of living such a careful, proper life. Anne wants a taste of the kind of rugged danger that Jack represents. Jack, a drifter, wants the brand of home and family that Anne is sick to death of.

They’ve got nothing in common, but the trouble is, they’re hungry for each others’ kisses. With a murderer on the loose and Jack distracted by Anne, it could be a kiss to die for.

I loved this book. It’s a western with a quiet but engaging romance.

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The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle RileyThe Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley . $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

For a handful of gold, Madame de Morville will read your future in a glass of swirling water. You’ll believe her, because you know she’s more than 150 years old and a witch, and she has all of Paris in the palm of her hand. But Madame de Morville hides more behind her black robes than you know. Her real age, the mother and uncle who left her for dead, the inner workings of the most secret society of Parisian witches: none of these truths would help her outwit the rich who so desperately want the promise of the future. After all, it’s her own future she must control , no matter how much it is painted with uncertainty and clouded by vengeance.

Distribution problems abound here. This book was available only at BN and Amazon. It does not show up in the search results at Apple or Kobo.

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After Math      by     Denise Grover SwankAfter Math by Denise Grover Swank. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker Price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him. Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.

But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?

I was going to feature a historical book by a trad pubbed author republishing her backlist but it was only available at Amazon. Self published authors, why why why do you do this?

Anyway, I really liked the blurb of this book. I haven’t read it but we don’t have enough math geeks in romances! And, out of all of the books listed in this deals posting, this self published title was available everywhere at the same low price.

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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. pooks
    May 06, 2013 @ 20:37:58

    I had all sorts of hell trying to get one of my backlist books onto BN and by the time I did, I didn’t feel like fighting their horrible system for weeks to try another. Kobo seemed to work okay, and of course Amazon was not bad. Smashwords looked like it was going to be a pain. Maybe others are more tech savvy but I’ve kind of backed off trying to hit all the venues. Of course people can get either epub or mobi of all my books from Book View Cafe, but that’s not an option for most authors. So… if others have as many issues as I did, that may explain some of it. Add to it that the vast majority of sales are going to come from Amazon and… yeah, it sucks for people who don’t want to use them. It also sucks for authors who refuse to use Amazon and miss out on major sales.

  2. JessP
    May 06, 2013 @ 20:45:07

    Hi –

    Dirty Blonde is apparently $1.99 at Amazon. For that price, I’m in. I look forward to trying A Kiss to Die For as well. Thanks.

  3. Christine
    May 06, 2013 @ 22:09:34

    I cannot recommend “The Oracle Glass ” highly enough. It is one of my favorite books and IMHO Judith Merkle Riley’s best work. For $1.99 it is a steal. It’s an incredible story with a fabulous hero and heroine.

  4. Angela Booth
    May 07, 2013 @ 05:22:24

    A Western I haven’t read, that’s wonderful. Just bought A Kiss to Die For — thank you.

    I wish writers would write more Western romances; they’re thin on the ground. Since they’re real comfort reads for me, I just go back to rereading my stash — or Georgette Heyer. :-)

  5. Gwen Hayes
    May 07, 2013 @ 09:59:58

    Oh I have such high hopes for the math major NA. *pleasebegood pleasebegood*

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