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JANE AUSTEN: BLOOD PERSUASIONJane Austen: Blood Persuasion by Janet Mullany. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

It is 1810, and the Damned are out of favor—banished from polite society. Jane Austen’s old undead friends have become new neighbors, raising hell in her tranquil village just in time to interrupt Jane’s work on what will be her masterpiece. Suddenly Jane’s niece is flirting dangerously with vampires, and a formerly respectable spinster friend has discovered the forbidden joys of intimate congress with the Damned (and is borrowing Jane’s precious silk stockings for her assignations). Writing is simply impossible now, with murderous creatures prowling the village’s once-peaceful lanes. And with the return of her vampire characteristics, a civil war looming between factions of the Damned, and a former lover who intends to spend eternity blaming her for his broken heart, Jane is facing a very busy year indeed.

This is a little pricier of a deal. Jennie here at DA is a big fan of Mullany’s work. The author informs me that it is not technically a romance but “there’s lots of vampiric fooling around as well as lots of geeky Austen stuff.”

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Loving a Lost Lord (Lost Lords Series #1) by Mary Jo PutneyLoving a Lost Lord by Mary Jo Putney. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

In the first of a dazzling series, Mary Jo Putney introduces the Lost Lords—maverick childhood friends with a flair for defying convention. Each is about to discover the woman who is his perfect match—but perfection doesn’t come easily, even for the noble Duke of Ashton. . .

Battered by the sea, Adam remembers nothing of his past, his ducal rank, nor of the shipwreck that almost claimed his life. However, he’s delighted to hear that the golden-haired vision tending his wounds is his wife. Mariah’s name and face may not be familiar, but her touch, her warmth, feel deliciously right. . .

When Mariah Clarke prayed for a way to deter a bullying suitor, she didn’t imagine she’d find the answer washed ashore on a desolate beach. Convincing Adam that he is her husband is surprisingly easy. Resisting the temptation to act his wife, in every way, will prove anything but. And now a passion begun in fantasy has become dangerously real—and completely irresistible. . .

This was free at one time in 2009. Back in the day, MJP was on my auto buy list. I loved so many books by her. The Fallen Angel series was fantastic and Silk & Shadows is a book I still think about it. I should go back and re-read it although I’m afraid that my fond memories might be adversely affected.

MJP lost me when she started writing contemporaries and I’ve never revisited her. Is this the book I should tackle if I would return?

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One Night Heir by Lucy MonroeOne Night Heir by Lucy Monroe. $ .99

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Only a royal wedding?

Bitter life lessons have taught Crown Prince Maksim Yurkovich that duty must come before desire. His country needs an heir, so when he discovers his lover can’t have children, he must sever their ties. Only Maks can’t resist spending one last night in her bed.

?can avert this royal scandal!

Now he faces the biggest diplomatic crisis of his life. Against all odds, Gillian Harris has become pregnant. Maks’s royal reserve masks the heart of a fierce Cossack warrior—one who is not above using their mutual passion to convince a hurt, wary Gillian that she must be his queen!

This is the second discounted Monroe book. According to my previous posting, I’ve liked Monroe books but have been annoyed with the heroine’s tendency toward crying. Buy some duct tape, honey! It fixes everything. (see reference below)

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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Life by Joshua PivenThe Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

An omnibus of fast-access survival advice on the full range of everyday life emergencies, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: LIFE packs hundreds of instant, real solutions to daily crisesbecause getting through the day is survival enough. Diverging from the multi-step scenarios of the previous books in the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, each of the more than 700 new scenarios here are pared to the immediate problem, the immediate first step, and some what-next advice. Categories cover home, family, travel, sports & hobbies, pets, school, beauty & fitness, on the job scenarios, and more. Complementing this whole life catalog of disaster situations are 60 full-page illustrations that reveal the problemand solutionin a single, amusing visual. With helpful subject tabs and an extensive index, this SAS Survival Manual meets Helpful Hints From Heloise guide will keep readers informed and safe whether battling a bobcat or busted faucet. Because anything can go wrong, anywhere, anytime.

This book looks like a hoot. When I was with my family a couple of week’s ago, I confessed that I’m always tempted to buy a year long food supply offered by these warehouse clubs and only the high price deters me but maybe I can buy this book and satisfy that same weird urge. I know from watching Mythbusters that as long as I have a half ton of duct tape, I’ll be all right. Be right back, gonna buy a few rolls.

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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. Karenmc
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 14:10:03

    Re the Putney book: just pick one of the Fallen Angels books for a re-read. Don’t know if the publisher has told her to keep the books shorter, but there just wasn’t much “there” there with this one.

  2. Ros
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 14:14:02

    I thought One Night Heir was okay but I really loved its sequel, Prince of Secrets. It has a brilliant scientist heroine.

  3. A.M.K.
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 14:16:12

    MJP lost me when she started writing contemporaries and I’ve never revisited her. Is this the book I should tackle if I would return?

    Definitely not.

  4. Pebbletope
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 14:56:02

    I’ll second Ros’s recommendation of Prince of Secrets. The heroine was great (as was the hero) and Monroe played really well with the Presents convention. It’s on sale for 1.99.

  5. Willaful
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 15:32:28

    Sadly, I must agree on the Putney. This one was eh, not too bad, but by the second one in the series, she had firmly landed on my “don’t bother to look at new books” shelf.

    I’ll have to check out Prince of Secrets.

  6. KatieF
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 15:35:59

    SB Sarah has Prince of Secrets on her books on sale list today–it’s supposed to be $1.99

  7. Amanda
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 17:13:41

    That is a fairly new Lucy Monroe( I do wish they would discount some of her older books) so the discount surprises me. Its not her best but as others have said the next in the series is much better .

  8. Mary
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 17:55:59

    I got the MJP book when it was free, and IIRC it was a fairly standard amnesia plot. However, I don’t really like amnesia plots and I’m pretty sure that the heroine in that one annoyed me…I don’t remember it very well though.

  9. Janine
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 18:44:23

    I agree with the consensus on the Putney, and I was once a big fan of hers. I liked the first third or so of Loving a Lost Lord, but then it took a dive. Way too many improbable plot twists, because on top of the amnesia there were six separate instances of people who had been presumed dead turning out to really be alive! There comes a point at which it becomes impossible to suspend disbelief. I would give this one a D/C- grade and it took away my desire to read further in the series. It’s a shame, because Putney’s voice is still good.

  10. EGS
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 20:34:08

    I glommed Putney’s Fallen Angels series two summers ago and I loved those. Shame her current stuff is not as good.

  11. Kaetrin
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 05:28:21

    I agree with all the other commenters above re the Putney. I paid full price for it when it first came out, being so excited that she was back writing historicals. I have her older backlist on my keeper shelf. But this one? What Janine said.

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