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To celebrate the audio release of Sherryl Woods’ “Safe Harbor”, our friends at Brilliance Audio are offering Woods’ novel “The Summer Garden” for free until September 3rd!


“Falling for ‘Maddening Moira’ O’Malley was the unexpected highlight of Luke O’Brien’s Dublin holiday. So when she pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke is thrilled…at first. A fling with this wild Irish rose is one thing, but forever? Maybe someday, but not when he’s totally focused on establishing a business that will prove his mettle to his overachieving family. Given Luke’s reaction, Moira has some soul – searching of her own to do. Scarred by her father’s abandonment, she wonders if Luke, with his playboy past, is truly the family man she longs for. Adding to her dilemma, she’s offered an amazing chance at a dream career of her own. Deep down, though, Moira knows home is the real prize, and that love can be every bit as enchanted as a summer garden.”

To get the audiobook, members can search our website or apps for “The Summer Garden” and add it to their libraries. Non-members can also enjoy this title for free by downloading our iOS or Android app and searching for “The Summer Garden”. This offer is available exclusively through

The Gamble by Kristen AshleyThe Gamble by Kristen Ashley. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

“I adore Kristen Ashley’s books!”—-Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

Love is the greatest gamble of all . . .

Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can’t even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina’s cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

The owner of the house, Holden “Max” Maxwell is surprised by the beautiful woman who turns up at his door. But when Nina becomes ill, Max spends days nursing her back to health. A private man with a broken heart, Max finds himself drawn to the strong-willed woman. Soon it becomes impossible for Nina and Max to deny their growing attraction to one another. Yet even as these two wounded lovebirds think about taking a chance on a relationship, a dangerous secret from Max’s past emerges-and threatens to end their love for good.

This is one of Robin’s favorite KA books. It’s the start of the Colorado Mountain series which is one of my favorite of the KA books. Max, the hero, is one of the more low key KA heroes and Nina is a fun Englishwoman doing the fish out of water thing in Colorado.

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Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After Series #1) by Tessa DareRomancing the Duke (Castles Ever After Series #1) by Tessa Dare. $ 1.99 at AMZN | Apple

From the Jacket Copy:

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?
Abducted by handsome highwayman?
Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?
No, no, and . . . Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one.

PW gave this a starred rating. “Dare’s lyrical writing and expert, intense character development make this a romance to be savored with the eager expectation of future series installments. (Feb.)” and Smart Bitches says it’s a ” truly unique historical that will appeal to readers who aren’t often historical fans.”

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The Wedding Favor by Cara ConnellyThe Wedding Favor by Cara Connelly. $ 1.99 Apple | Amazon

From the Jacket Copy:

In her deliciously sexy debut, Cara Connelly gives a whole new meaning to crashing a wedding.

Before the wedding

Tyrell Brown wanted to get the hell out of Houston and back to his ranch. Instead, he’s stuck on a flight to France for his best friend’s wedding. To top it off, he discovers he’s sharing a seat with Victoria Westin, the blue-eyed, stiletto-heeled lawyer who’s been a thorn in his side for months.

At the wedding

Victoria can’t believe it! How can she be at the same wedding as this long, lean cowboy with a killer smile? So what if they shared a few in-flight cocktails, some serious flirting, and a near-miss at the mile-high club? She still can’t stand the man!

After the wedding

The wedding disaster’s in the rearview, but the sizzle between these two is still red-hot. They tried to be on their best behavior in France, but back in the States all bets are off . . .

I intensely dislike this cover. It looks old school historical to me rather than sharp modern contemporary. Harlequin Junkie writes “The Wedding Favor is a super sexy enemies-to-lovers romance […] I definitely recommend this romance to fans of witty stories with strong characters who love to annoy each other in a fun, flirty way.”

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The Duke of Snow and Apples by Elizabeth VailThe Duke of Snow and Apples by Elizabeth Vail. $ 0.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Frederick Snow, first footman, is the perfect servant: efficient, hardworking, and completely bereft of emotion. Unbeknownst to his employers, he’s the lost Duke of Snowmont, on the run from a suspicious stepfather and a powerful magic he can only control by burying his passions beneath his frosty demeanor. He’s managed to hide behind his carefully ordered life until an impertinent miss arrives and challenges everything he thought he wanted.

If Charlotte Erlwood wants to land a wealthy, titled husband at her great aunt’s house party, she has to stop losing her temper – especially with inordinately handsome footmen. Perhaps if she recruits Frederick for her matrimonial schemes, she’ll be able to direct her attention toward suitable single noblemen and away from inappropriate dalliances. But Frederick’s frigid control is no match for Charlotte’s irrepressible spirit, and her passionate kiss could summon the darker side of his magic…or wake his heart from its frozen sleep.

This is a sweet romance with a gender-flipped fairytale at its heart with an upstairs/downstairs feel. It’s an alternate fantasy version of Regency England where one’s Fey bloodlines and magical skills determine one’s social status. There are not many reviews at this point. 
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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. hapax
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 14:55:15

    Arrgghh, Mount TBR has already crushed my Nook and is threatening to bury my new tablet as well. But… “a sweet romance with a gender-flipped fairytale at its heart with an upstairs/downstairs feel”?

    How can I resist?

  2. Ros
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 15:15:41

    I didn’t love that Tessa Dare. I just thought it was kind of silly, to be honest.

  3. Julie
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 16:06:24

    @Ros: I felt the same way.

  4. Zoe York
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 19:43:26

    The Cara Connelly book sounds good, but it’s not on sale in Canada. I really hate that about traditionally published books. I’d still give it a try, but the ebook is $10, more than the paperback, so instead I’ll see if it’s available at the library.

  5. Brandy Jones
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 02:01:21

    I liked the Tessa Dare. It was flighty and humorous. A quirky read for the pouring down rainy day I had when I read it.

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