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Daily Deals: Unusual heroines

I don’t know how long this will be available but our May bookclub pick, True by Erin McCarthy, is available in PDF FREE from Goodreads right now. It’s not a bootleg copy because McCarthy herself tweeted it out. Link here. It is good until noon today which is why deals are being posted at 10 instead of 2.

Mother of the Bride  by     Lynn MichaelsMother of the Bride by Lynn Michaels. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

except the falling in love part. . . .

In a family of jet-setters and lovable eccentrics, Cydney Parrish is the stable, sensible one, always with her feet firmly planted on the ground. Maybe that’s why she ended up raising her sister’s daughter Bebe. Now Bebe is all grown up and about to marry the nephew of the handsome and reclusive author Angus Munroe. Between planning the wedding, dealing with her high maintenance kin, and facing a future with only a cat for company, Cydney has her hands full. But she isn’t too busy to notice that aside from being pushy and generally infuriating, Gus Munroe may just be the man of her dreams.

Angus Munroe is not about to let his only nephew throw his future away on some ditzy debutante. He flies into town determined to “speak now and never hold his peace”–but ends up instead with a broken nose, a slight limp, and his mountainside home invaded by the bride-to-be’s family. He’s pretty certain it is all the wedding planner’s fault. Aunts aren’t supposed to be sexy, but someone obviously forgot to tell the irresistible Cydney Parrish. . . .

I liked the idea of this book because it is about an older couple, or at least older than the 20 years olds I’ve been reading of late. Angus goes from gruff and scowling in the beginning to more happy and open at the end and the book is supposed to have laugh out loud moments.

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Any Bitter Thing      By: Monica WoodAny Bitter Thing by Monica Wood. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Richard Russo has celebrated Monica Wood’s fiction as “thoroughly captivating warm and wise and beautifully written,” and Andre Dubus III praised it as “luminous and graceful entertaining yet transcendent.” Any Bitter Thing, Wood’s brilliant new novel, is her breakout book, a timely, gripping, and compassionate tale of family, faith, and deeply hidden truths. One of its greatest strengths is its continuous ability to defy expectations. It’s not what you think. It is worse. Lizzy Mitchell was raised from the age of two by her uncle, a Catholic priest. When she was nine, he was falsely accused of improprieties with her and dismissed from his church, and she was sent away to boarding school. Now thirty years old and in a failing marriage, she is nearly killed in a traffic accident. What she discovers when she sets out to find the truths surrounding the accident and about the accusations that led to her uncle’s death does more than change her life. With deft insight into the snares of the human heart, Monica Wood has written an intimate and emotionally expansive novel full of understanding and hope.

PW says “Following the structure of the Liturgy of the Hours from Invitatory to Matins, Wood (My Only Story) employs a sophisticated, layered architecture, circling from present to past to reveal shocking truths. Interspersed with Lizzy’s first-person narration are sections told from Uncle Mike’s third-person perspective, which provide mesmerizing insight into what is known and what is remembered. Wood’s story unassumingly builds in power, right up to its moving final page. “

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Wild About You (Love at Stake) by Kerrelyn SparksWild About You (Love at Stake) by Kerrelyn Sparks . $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks pens the next installment in her witty Love at Stake series, featuring a band of vampires and shape-shifters—and those who dare to defy them, or desire them! In Wild about You, a warrior on a mission of revenge encounters the woman who may just be the key to his survival. Too bad the beauty who could save him is also the last woman he should fall in love with. If you love paranormal romances by Lynsay Sands, Katie MacAlister, and Mary Janice Davidson, you’ll love Kerrelyn Sparks.

I think this cover explains why some people think vampirism is kind of gross. The guy looks so ill and gray. I dunno. Nothing says undead more than grey tinted flesh. Wild About You is the 13th book in the Love at Stake series. The book kind of intrigues me because the hero is a shy were-bear and Elsa, the heroine is 6′ 2″. Oh, what am I saying. I’ve already talked myself into it. The problem that I foresee is that there is a continuation of previous books so I’m prepared to be confused and annoyed. All for the love of the shy were bear and tall heroine.

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A Most Scandalous Engagement by Gayle CallenA Most Scandalous Engagement by Gayle Callen. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

A wager made by three gentleman to find a scandalous woman has unexpected romantic consequences in A Most Scandalous Engagement—the second in a delicious new series from USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen. A true master of historical romance, Callen writes the kind of sizzling love stories that fans of Samantha James and Loretta Chase will adore—and A Most Scandalous Engagement, centered around the search for the exquisite model who posed for a most revealing painting, is the exemplary Gayle Callen at her breathtaking best.

We’ve reviewed Callen in the past but not this book specifically. Goodreads reviewers generally liked it. Some said the setup was a little incredulous and one said that the last 75 pages didn’t work for her. So, enjoyable but not as good as the others.

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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. LauraB
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 10:59:08

    I don’t normally read Sparks much any more as there are much funnier PNR books out there. However, I did pick up this one (were-bear, of course). It’s sweet and light for the most part. No hugely lasting impression, though — kind of like a meringue.

  2. marI
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 11:02:08

    Went to goodreads, didn’t see the link.

  3. LauraB
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 11:08:04


    Go to the “Get a Copy” section (just under the publishing info). It’s the 4th green tab in the horizontal list. It took me a few minutes to find it too.

  4. Jayne
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 11:09:36

    I enjoyed Lynn Michaels’ “Marriage by Design” so I will definitely check this one out.

  5. Lada
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 11:15:48

    LOL…can’t wait to hear how the shy were-bear and tall heroine turn out for you, Jane! Totally agree about the cover. I keep finding myself put off of reading certain books because of the awkward – sometimes awful – cover art. Both Michaels and Wood sound intriguing so I’m off to spend.

  6. Darlynne
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 11:18:36

    Mother of the Bride sounds GREAT. And I’m still way older than the mother of the bride, but I can live with that. She’s worried about a spider vein? Awesome.

    I snapped up Any Bitter Thing also because I love the idea of a mysterious bedside appearance by a supposed-to-be-dead relative. This one will probably make me cry my peepers out.

    Shy were-bear? I never got on the Sparks bandwagon because the first one didn’t work for me, lo those years ago. *sigh*

    ETA: Thanks for the Goodreads link to True. I’m looking forward to it.

    Thanks, Jane.

  7. Loosheesh
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 13:42:11

    I don’t normally go for ‘older couple’ romances but Mother of the Bride sounds like it’ll be a fun read so it’s now bought!

  8. Liviania
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 14:38:04

    Aw, man, I missed the freebie. I may have to buy it, however, sounds like a good read and I love McCarthy.

  9. Mary
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 16:31:27

    I recently read Mother of the Bride…I loved it! I especially liked that there was a secondary character that I started out wanting to slap but then thought the author did a great job of redeeming that character…it’s a very funny, sweet book.

  10. Loosheesh
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 16:31:31

    @Loosheesh: Ok, I feel like an idiot. I thought Mother of the Bride was about an older couple, as in approaching 50s. I haven’t ‘met’ Gus yet but Cydney is only thirty-two.

  11. Jane
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 17:57:15

    @loosheesh. I just wrongly assumed she would be older!

  12. Loosheesh
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 18:32:24

    @Jane: I assumed advanced age (lol!) all on my own; your commentary only reinforced it. I think it was a fair assumption from the reading of the description.

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