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Saving Grace Sandy JamesSaving Grace by Sandy James. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Grace Riley is on the run—from her past and from her fears. The victim of a violent rape at the hands of a rich politician’s son, she must “disappear” to escape his constant attempts to recapture her. Moving from cattle drive to cattle drive as a cook, she avoids her tormentor for nearly twenty years. When she discovers that the brother she gave up for adoption after their mother died in childbirth was orphaned at an early age, she is frantic to verify that he’s safe. She tracks him to a cattle ranch in Montana.

Widower Adam Morgan owns the Twin Springs ranch, but finds himself falling into a life of loneliness. Although he enjoys spending time with his grown daughter and the two men he rescued when they were living on the streets, he longs to meet a woman he can love. Living in the Montana territory where men greatly outnumber women makes finding a new wife difficult. Weary of working cattle, he is ready to make some changes in his life.

Grace falls ill on her journey, but she manages to make it to the Twin Springs ranch where her brother is supposed to be living. Adam takes her in, concerned for her health and the reason she’s searching for one of his adopted sons. Their chemistry is immediate and intense, but can Grace heal from her past of pain and fear? When her secrets are finally revealed, can Adam forgive her deceptions and learn to love again?

Sandy James alerted me to this sale a week ago and I forgot to post it. Good thing the book is still on sale.

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A Blood Seduction      by     Pamela PalmerA Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer. $ Free at Amazon and BN

From the Jacket Copy:

Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. What Arturo can’t do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red . . .

I’m not sure how long this will last so you might want to click quickly. This was BN’s Free Book Friday selection.

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Leave the Grave Green (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #3)      by     Deborah CrombieLeave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When Connor Swann, the dissolute son-in-law of renowned and influential Sir Gerald and Dame Caroline Asherton, is found floating in a Thames River lock, the circumstances eerily recall a strangely similar tragedy. Twenty years ago, the Ashertons’ young son, Matthew, a musical prodigy, drowned in a swollen stream while in the company of his sister Julia — Connor Swann’s wife.

Police Superintendant Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James quickly discover that Connor’s death was no accident, and that nothing in the Asherton family is as it seems. Connor, though estranged from Julia for more than a year, still lives in her London apartment, where his exploits with women and gambling suggest plenty of motives. The Ashertons are far more attached to Connor than to their own daughter, and these are only the first of the secrets that haunt the suspects. New lies cover older lies, as Kincaid finds himself dangerously drawn to Julia Swann, and Gemma must confront her own troubling feelings for Kincaid.

When Connor Swann, son-in-law of two of London’s renowned opera singers, is found in the Thames, prints on his neck suggest murder. As Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James explore the woods above the Thames, they discover a tangled web of family secrets. When Duncan finds himself drawn to a suspect, he and Gemma must confront their feelings for each other.

PW’s criticism makes me interested in reading this story. Oh no, there are feels in this story: Occasionally Crombie lets their personal feelings-Kincaid’s for the widow, Jones’s for opera, and both for each other-outweigh the story. Nonetheless, the passages of the first drowning are haunting, the mystery is intriguing, the characters are well developed and the solution satisfies. Stay tuned. Author tour.

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To Serve Them All My Days      by     R. DelderfieldTo Serve Them All My Days by R. Delderfield. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

R.F. Delderfield is a born storyteller.” — Sunday Mirror

The beloved classic saga from master author R. F. Delderfield, subject of a landmark BBC miniseries.

To Serve Them All My Days is the moving saga of David Powlett-Jones, who returns from World War I injured and shell-shocked. He is hired to teach history at Bamfylde School, where he rejects the formal curriculum and teaches the causes and consequences of the Great War.

Eventually David earns the respect of his students and many of his fellow teachers, against the backdrop of a country struggling to redefine itself. As David falls in love and finds himself on track to possibly take on the headmaster role, he must search to find the strength to hold true to his beliefs as the specter of another great war looms.

To Serve Them All My Days is a brilliant picture of England between the World Wars, as the country comes to terms with the horrors of the Great War and the new forces reshaping the British government and society.

I’ve not ever heard of this, but obviously it is quite famous. I read this review at Amazon and the tale of R. Delderfield’s story brought to mind the Dead Poet’s Society.

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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. leslie
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 12:10:40

    The Crombie book is really good……Kincaid is so very yummy.

  2. SusanS
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 14:15:47

    I read a lot of R.F. Delderfield in the 1970s (yes I am pretty old). His books were lengthy, well-written British family sagas, usually with a love story or two thrown in. Would probably feel slow-moving to many of today’s readers, but if you have the time and patience they are worth the investment.

  3. Sunny
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 15:45:44

    Heehee, oh no there are feelings! That’s not how thrillers are supposed to work! They get the girl but they don’t LOVE her! Man even the woman’s name isn’t correct in their review.

    Definitely sounds like something I’d enjoy. I am all about the feels.

  4. FD
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 16:49:20

    I second the Crombie rec, I’ve been reading the series for years.

  5. Brian
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 17:26:31

    Another fan of Crombie here. Like her series quite a bit.

  6. tanya
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 18:11:19

    I remember watching “To Serve Them All My Days” on Masterpiece Theatre over 30 years ago, so boy am I old — but I remember it fondly and it has always stayed with me. For that price I may have to buy it.

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