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Two for Joy: A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery by Mary Reed Eric Mayer. $2.99.

This line caught my eye “Reed and Mayer combine the scholarship of Steven Saylor with the humor of Lindsey Davis.” Jayne is a big fan of Lindsey Davis and I wondered if this would interest her. Mary Reed and Eric Mayer are a husband and wife writing team. This book is number 2 in the series.  Strangely it looks like the first one is being re-released and is not currently available at BN but it is .99 c at Amazon

From Jacket Copy:

Reed and Mayer combine the scholarship of Steven Saylor with the humor of Lindsey Davis. Starred review in Booklist 12/00.It is now two years after One For Sorrow and John the Eunuch, Lord Chamberlain to the Emperor Justinian, is faced with a new and byzantine problem: why are Constantinople’s holy stylites bursting into flames as they stand atop their pillars? His investigations are hampered by a pagan philosophy tutor from his youth and a heretical Christian prophet whose ultimatums threaten to topple the Empire.Then murder strikes close to home and John has only days to find a solution before he, his friends, his Emperor, and the city itself are destroyed. The sumptuous halls of the Great Palace and the riot-torn streets are filled with the same danger and deception. A colorful cast of characters that includes a runaway wife, servants and soldiers, madams and mendicants, a venomous court page and a wealthy landowner or two — not to mention John’s bete noire, the Empress Theodora — adds texture to this rich, exotic tale of sixth century life and mysterious death.


Love and the Single Heiress by Jacquie D’Alessandro. $1.99.

The blurbs for the D’Alessandro books sound terribly bland but the reviews are good. They repeatedly refer to good dialogue and a decent suspense storyline.

From Jacket Copy:

An anonymous author has turned English society upside down, and only one man can protect her identity from being revealed, and her life from being destroyed, in this sexy new romance from reader favourite Jacquie D’Alessandro.

The scandalous book, A Ladies’ Guide to the Pursuit of Personal Happiness and Marital Fulfilment has taken English society by storm. The slim but erotically explicit volume was penned by an unknown author, and now all of London is trying to discover the mysterious writer’s true identity. But the search doesn’t scare Catherine Ashfield, Viscountess Bickley, the proper woman who transcribed the book for her dear friend, a very elderly and experienced widow. Disgusted by the shallow values and morals of the town, Catherine was excited to help her friend and set the uppity nobility on its ear. And maybe by giving women a little more knowledge they could finally have happier marriages, instead of loveless unions as she had her with her own late husband.

But Catherine didn’t anticipate the violent backlash against the book. With threats being made against the unknown author, Catherine fears for her safety and that of her son. When she is the victim of a near fatal accident, she wonders how hidden her identity truly is.

Knowing she needs protection, she turns to her brother’s best friend, an accomplished pugilist and fencer. She invites him to stay at her country estate under the guise of a simple visit, not realizing that she has invited a fugitive with a dangerous past into her home—a man she soon finds herself powerfully attracted to…


Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake . $.99.

This is the first book in the series. The first review at Barnes & Noble is pretty funny. The reviewer is a bookstore employee who bought the book based on the cover. She says she is too lazy to follow links to provide recommendations but lists a few of books others may like although she can’t remember the authors of some of them: “Some other authors you may enjoy are Kim Harrison (strongly recommended), Charlaine Harris (funny and light) The author of “Witchling” and “Changling” (can’t remember her name.” I think the author she is searching for is Yasmine Galenorn.

From Jacket Copy:

For centuries Mira has been a nightwalker—an unstoppable enforcer for a mysterious organization that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. But elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed . . . and may be all that prevents her doom.

The foe she now faces is human: the vampire hunter called Danaus, who has already destroyed so many undead. For Mira, the time has come to hunt . . . or be hunted.


True Bliss by Stella Cameron. $3.99.

I had hoped the Kobo coupon would still work but it appears after months of it being available, it is no longer being accepted. $3.99 is on the cusp of a good deal. This is another out of print backlist title being digitized and sold by the author.

From Jacket Copy:

As high school kids Bliss and Sebastian were an unlikely pair—two against the world—the rich good girl and the boy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Forces beyond their control drove them apart, but fifteen years later life has changed for both of them. When they meet again, they discover their smoldering attraction has turned into a mature, burning need. Too bad some of the same forces gather to pry them apart again, this time with more sinister reasons.


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

One Comment

  1. Lil
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 19:52:51

    I’ve read some of the Reed-Mayer mysteries. They’re great fun, set in Byzantium under Justinian. And the hero is a eunuch. Now there’s diversity for you.

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