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Daily Deals: Top chefs, presidents and Yorkshire detectives

I’m posting this early today so readers can take advantage of the Amazon Gold Box deal that is available for the next hour or so. It’s a first generation Kindle Fire at $129.

Turning Up the Heat Laura FlorandTurning Up the Heat by Laura FLorand. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Top chef Daniel Laurier might not know what is wrong with his marriage or his wife, but he knows one thing for sure. He’s not losing her. So when he comes home to find his wife has run off to a remote Pacific Island, he decides it’s time to turn up the heat. (A 30,000-word novella.)

This is only a 30,000 word novella. I haven’t read it but have heard from others that it is a tasty morsel.

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Lincoln’s Men: The President and His Private Secretaries by Daniel Mark Epstein. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

During the Civil War three intelligent, articulate young men served as Abraham Lincoln’s secretaries. John Nicolay and John Hay lived in the White House across the hall from the president’s office and, together with William Stoddard, spent more time with Lincoln than anyone else outside his immediate family. Lincoln’s Men is a fascinating, intimate, and moving portrait of life in the Civil War White House and of the beleaguered president’s extraordinary relationship with the indispensable trio he used as a sounding board—the best and the brightest of their day who had a place near the center of Washington’s grandest galas and a front-row seat on the drama of war.

When I first read this title, I groaned thinking it was an expose of Lincoln’s many mistresses. Fortunately it is not, or at least it is not until someone writes some slash fiction about it.

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A Fine Passion (Bastion Club Series)     by     Stephanie Laurens A Fine Passion with Bonus Material by Stephanie Laurens. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

The men of the Bastion Club are powerful, loyal, and not averse to overcoming danger if they must. Now, after years of loyal service to the Crown, they each — one by one — must face that greatest danger of all …love.

The last of his line, Jack, Baron Warnefleet, has fled London after nearly being compromised into marrying a dreadful female. Turning his back on the entire notion of marriage, he rides home to the estate he has not seen for years, determined to set in motion an alternative course of action.

But then in the lane before his gate, Jack rescues a startlingly beautiful lady from a menacing, unmanageable horse. However, while he begins by taking command, the lady continues by taking it back. Lady Clarice Altwood is no meek and mild miss. She is the very antithesis of the
woolly-headed young ladies Jack has rejected as not for him. Clarice is delectably attractive, beyond eligible, undeniably capable, and completely unforgettable. Why on earth is she rusticating in the country?

That enigma is compounded by mystery, and it’s quickly clear that Clarice is in danger. Jack must use every ounce of his cunning and wit to protect this highly independent and richly passionate woman … who has so quickly stolen his heart.

This is a pre order and the publication date is January 22, 2013. The story was originally published in 2009. I remember it as a typical Laurens book.

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Aftermath (Inspector Alan Banks Series #12) [NOOK Book]      by     Peter RobinsonAftermath with Bonus Material by Peter Robinson. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The crime scene awaiting Acting Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is among the worst he has ever encountered. The assailant, Terence Payne, hovers close to death himself. And Payne’s brutalized wife, Lucy — whose overheard screams prompted the original call — has already been moved to a local hospital for treatment. But these sins and tragedies pale before what else has transpired in a dank basement the press will soon dub the “House of Payne.” Now that the fiend is in custody, the long nightmare appears over at last.

But is it? In Alan Banks’s mind too many questions need to be answered before he can rest easy. How could the heinous crimes of a popular teacher like Payne have so completely escaped the notice of his peers, his neighbors…his wife? And was fragile, abused Lucy Payne a victim or a reluctant accomplice?

Despite the strain on his own personal life and relationships, Banks refuses to ease up on his investigation. Buried deep in the past are shards of irony, pity, and horror almost too painful to bear, and unspeakable betrayals that deformed more than one childhood. For Banks, for his lover, Annie Cabot — who suspects heartless political forces are setting her up to destroy a life — and for the beautiful consulting psychologist Dr. Jenny Fuller, there is much more that must be unearthed in the aftermath of abomination. Because the darkness has not yet lifted, and new casualties are mounting. And there are still monsters loose in the world…

This is another pre order with the delivery date set for December 4, 2012.

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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. Liz Mc2
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 13:59:09

    Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks series is really excellent. (This book is midway in the series, but they don’t have to be read in order). I found this one very dark and hard to read. Robinson lives in Canada now and I thought the book was fairly obviously influenced by the horrific real-life case of Paul Bernardo and the question of how much of a willing participant his wife Karla Homolka was in his crimes.

  2. Elyssa Patrick
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 14:08:00

    I really liked Laura Florand’s novella, which is a marriage in trouble story. It’s very emotional and heart-pinching. I didn’t really know how LF was going to work it out between the hero and heroine. But I’m a pretty big fan of Florand’s writing voice–I’ve read everything she’s written ever since Sunita reviewed The Chocolate Thief on here. Her writing is magical, and the heroes are all swoonworthy. Plus, there’s a lot of chocolate.

  3. Jayne
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 14:38:18

    @Elyssa Patrick: I liked it too and I also love her heroes. She makes them very layered and complex – and swoonworthy.

  4. Sunita
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 15:02:52

    Me three on the Laura Florand novella. It’s unusual and very engrossing. As Elyssa says, it’s a marriage in trouble story that takes place over a few days. It’s angsty in a real-world rather than fantasy way, and the hero is to die for.

  5. SandyH
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 15:39:51

    A couple of other Stephanie Laurens bargins for 0.99 – Devil’s Bride, The Lady Chosen, and The Untamed Bride.

  6. Juliana Stone
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 16:26:40

    @Elyssa Patrick:

    Okay, sold on the Florand!

  7. Dabney
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 18:25:32

    I too will put in a plug for Peter Robinson’s novels. I’ve read them all and have yet to be disappointed. This one is dark, but, like all his work it’s damn good.

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