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Almost a Bride (Wyoming Wildflowers Book 1) by Patricia McLinnAlmost a Bride by Patricia McLinn. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

“A don’t-miss treat!” — Rendezvous

Wyoming Wildflowers
Western romance trilogy
Book 1: Almost a Bride (Indian Paintbrush)
Book 2: Match Made in Wyoming (Fireweed)
Book 3: My Heart Remembers (Bur Marigold)

Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as along as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she’s returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family’s ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her.

Matty’s up to something – Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he’ll provide it, just as he has all her life. Doing what’s best for Matty is second nature. Even when it comes to marrying her in name only. Although he can’t resist one hot-blooded kiss after the I-dos.

Maybe – just maybe – his Matty will become more to him than Almost a Bride.

McLinn treads no new ground (probably because this is a republication of a backlist title. who knows, maybe it was groundbreaking in its day). Some thought the heroine acted childish.

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Blackbirds  by Chuck WendigBlackbirds by Chuck Wendig. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Miriam Black knows when you will die.
Still in her early twenties, she’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, suicides, and slow deaths by cancer. But when Miriam hitches a ride with truck driver Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be gruesomely murdered while he calls her name.

Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. But Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim. No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Touch Of Death | The Future Is Written | Free Way | Surviving

I only know Wendig from his fairly sane posts about being an author so it’s hard to say whether his prose would be fulfilling. PW says “visceral and often brutal, this tale vibrates with emotional rawness that helps to paint a bleak, unrelenting picture of life on the edge”

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Bring on the Blessings (Blessings Series #1) by Beverly JenkinsBring on the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

On Bernadine Brown’s fifty-second birthday she received an unexpected gift—she caught her husband, Leo, cheating with his secretary. She was hurt—angry, too—but she didn’t cry woe is me. Nope, she hired herself a top-notch lawyer and ended up with a cool $275 million. Having been raised in the church, she knew that when much is given much is expected, so she asked God to send her a purpose.

The purpose turned out to be a town: Henry Adams, Kansas, one of the last surviving townships founded by freed slaves after the Civil War. The failing town had put itself up for sale on the Internet, so Bernadine bought it.

Trent July is the mayor, and watching the town of his birth slide into debt and foreclosure is about the hardest thing he’s ever done. When the buyer comes to town, he’s impressed by her vision, strength, and the hope she wants to offer not only to the town and its few remaining residents, but to a handful of kids in desperate need of a second chance.

Not everyone in town wants to get on board though; they don’t want change. But Bernadine and Trent, along with his first love, Lily Fontaine, are determined to preserve the town’s legacy while ushering in a new era with ties to its unique past and its promising future.

If it weren’t for the possible religious overtones of this book, I’d be all over it. The other thing that worries me is Trent, the possible hero, working with his “first love”. What’s that mean, people?

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Holt's Gamble (Wild Western Hearts Series, Book 1) by Barbara AnkrumHolt’s Gamble by Barbara Ankrum. $ Holt’s Gamble (Wild Western Hearts Series, Book 1) by Barbara Ankrum.

From the Jacket Copy:

Kierin McKendry is indentured to J. Talbot, a ruthless saloon owner, until Clay Holt wins her in a rigged poker game. When Clay tries to collect his winnings, he’s attacked by Talbot’s men and badly injured.

Clay never expected Keirin to take him to the wagon train on which he was due to leave, or that she would lie about being his wife and nurse him back to health while on the trail.

But, Keirin isn’t interested in a man consumed by avenging his wife’s murder. She’s pursuing her father, who sold her for a ticket to the California gold fields.

However, posing as a married couple, spending night after night together, is fanning Keirin and Clay into a different kind of blinding passion that’s blazing the way for Talbot, who will kill to have what’s his.

Previously Titled: Passion’s Prize

I think it is easier for old historicals to find new life than any other type of backlist book. Westerns often had a more modern feel to them given the fewer constraints and general lawlessness.

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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. Monique D
    Feb 05, 2014 @ 14:09:57

    Just to say: I really, really like the new look. So far, anyway !

  2. Melissa
    Feb 05, 2014 @ 14:18:34

    Reviews for the Beverly Jenkins’ book mentioned that there were a lot of grammar and spelling errors, typos, and inconsistencies with regard to details such as names of character. Buyer beware.

  3. Monte
    Feb 05, 2014 @ 16:46:03

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look! I love the peach/pink theme and the new logo! Great job, guys!

  4. Emilyw
    Feb 05, 2014 @ 20:36:04

    The reviews for the Ankrum book are a tad suspicious…

  5. AlexaB
    Feb 05, 2014 @ 22:47:39

    I read Holt’s Gamble and enjoyed it. I’m not sure what is suspicious about the Amazon reviews – I looked at them and thought they ran the usual gamut – but to me the writing more than backs up any puffery that might be there.

  6. autonomous
    Feb 06, 2014 @ 09:50:18

    I love the covers for Wendig’s Miriam Black series. I read the first and liked (didn’t love) it. Visceral, dark, gritty, raw are all good words to describe it (it reminded me of a Tarantino film in that way). Miriam is a tormented and fatalistic heroine. She’s also got a potty mouth (moreso in her internal thoughts). If you like dark, sometimes raunchy, humor you’ll probably be okay with that. I still need to pick up books two and three to catch up with the series but have too many other books competing for my attention. They’re on my ‘maybe’ list.

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