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Your Scandalous Ways By Loretta Chase Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase. $1.99.

Any Loretta Chase book priced at $1.99 is a deal. But in all seriousness, this is really a risk taking book by Chase and one that I am proud that is part of the genre. The book has been reviewed here.

From Jacket Copy:

James Cordier is all blue blood and entirely dangerous. He’s a master of disguise, a brilliant thief, a first-class lover—all for King and Country—and, by gad, he’s so weary of it. His last mission is to “acquire” a packet of incriminating letters from one notorious woman. Then he can return to London and meet sweet-natured heiresses—not adventuresses and fallen women.

Francesca Bonnard has weathered heartbreak, scorn, and scandal. She’s independent, happy, and definitely fallen; and she’s learned that “gentlemen” are more trouble than they’re worth. She can also see that her wildly attractive new neighbor is bad news.

But as bad as James is, there are others far worse also searching for Francesca’s letters. And suddenly nothing is simple—especially the nearly incendiary chemistry between the two most jaded, sinful souls in Europe. And just as suddenly, risking everything may be worth the prize.


Two for Sorrow: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey Two for Sorrow: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey by Nicola Upson. $.99.

Originally 14.99, this mystery which appears to be #3 in the Josephine Tey series. Joanne at Goodreads said ” The world of the theatre in which Josephine moves is exciting and Lettice and Ronnie in particular, as successful costumiers evoke the glitzy, glamourous life of the wealthy in the 1920s. This contrasts with the squalor of the crimes, and the poverty that was so close by.”

From Jacket Copy:

They were the most horrific crimes of a new century: the murders of newborn innocents for which two British women were hanged at Holloway Prison in1903. Decades later, mystery writer Josephine Tey has decided to write a novel based on Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious “Finchley baby farmers,” unaware that her research will entangle her in the desperate hunt for a modern-day killer.

A young seamstress—an ex-convict determined to reform—has been found brutally slain in the studio of Tey’s friends, the Motley sisters, amid preparations for a star-studded charity gala. Despite initial appearances, Inspector Archie Penrose is not convinced this murder is the result of a long-standing domestic feud—and a horrific accident involving a second young woman soon after supports his convictions. Now he and his friend Josephine must unmask a sadistic killer before more blood flows—as the repercussions of unthinkable crimes of the past reach out to destroy those left behind long after justice has been served.


Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. $1.99.

This book is a 1995 Newberry Medal winner. Some of the reviews at Barnes & Noble are from kids, ranging from the fifth grade to high schoolers. I particularly loved this sentiment: “I read this book in the 5th grade, and today, as I graduate from high school, it is still one of my favorite books.”

From Jacket Copy:

“How about a story? Spin us a yarn.”

Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. “I could tell you an extensively strange story,” I warned.

“Oh, good!” Gram said. “Delicious!”

And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe’s outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold–the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

In her own award-winning style, Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother’s route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.


Confessions of an Improper Bride Jennifer Haymore Confessions of an Improper Bride by Jennifer Haymore. $2.99.

I haven’t read a lot of Haymore although I did read her debut. It included a fairly painful love triangle but this is a reunited lovers story and I’m a sucker for those.

From Jacket Copy:

Serena Donovan left London six years ago, her heart broken and her reputation ruined by devilishly handsome Jonathan Dane. Now, with her family’s future in peril, she reluctantly agrees to return to England and assume her late twin’s identity. The price? Marry a man she doesn’t love and spend the rest of her days living a lie.

Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford, has become an incorrigible rake, drinking, gambling-and trying to forget Serena Donovan. Yet the moment he’s introduced to the prim and proper “Meg”, he recognizes the sensual young woman who captured his heart. Haunted by his past mistakes, he refuses to lose Serena again. But convincing her to trust him is no easy task. Claiming his lost love means exposing the truth and destroying the life Serena has sacrificed everything to rebuild. With the future of all the Donovans at stake, and their undying passion capable of triggering yet another scandal, how much will Jonathan and Serena risk for a chance at true love?


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. joanne
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 14:25:28

    Your Scandalous Ways is the only story by Loretta Chase that I haven’t read. I’m trusting your review and her writing and I’m finally giving it a try.
    Thanks for the heads up on the price.

  2. Isobel Carr
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 15:13:07

    @joanne: It’s actually my favorite Chase (yes, ahead of Lord of Scoundrels and Lord Perfect).

  3. Maya S.
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 15:31:41

    Oh god, “Walk Two Moons.” I cried over that book so many times in elementary-middle school. I may have to get it and cry all over again.

  4. erinf1
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 15:33:06

    According to Julie Garwood’s Castles is on sale for $0.01 as of 3:30p central. Probably a pricing error but Amazon is honoring this price….

  5. DS
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 18:12:51

    Upson’s Josephine Tey novels are interesting. This one in particular explored the problems inherent in fictionalizing about the private lives of real people. Amelia Sach and Annie Walters were real people. Josephine Tey of course was the pseudonym of Elizabeth Mackintosh. It’s very interesting to read the twists and turns. A fourth book in the series came out in April, Fear in the Sunlight, but I’m waiting to see if Audible picks it up.

  6. LeeF
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 20:56:13

    Thanks for the heads up!

  7. Rosario
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 02:54:56

    @DS: Interesting to have a mystery author write a series with another real mystery author as a protagonist. Very meta!

  8. Nicole
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 07:01:04

    I just read Your Scandalous Ways a few months ago. I liked a lot of things about it, like the freshness of the characters and the setting, but I ended up skimming the last half (I got the book for free). I just didn’t find it emotional enough; I felt removed from the characters while I was appreciating Chase’s entertaining prose. But then, I read it straight after Mr Impossible, which I adored. Rupert Carsington was a hard act to follow. At another time, I may have been more patient.

  9. Kay Webb Harrison
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 12:24:46

    Thanks so much for the info. I read all of the Josephine Tey mysteries in the sixties and seventies, and really enjoyed them. Upson’s books provide a welcome insight into Tey/McIntosh’s life and times.

    Chase’s “Your Scandalous Ways” is another book I thoroughly enjoyed.


  10. Jodi
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 13:05:15

    Nicole’s right about Rupert Carsington and Mr. Impossible — a VERY hard act to follow and a book I highly recommend!

  11. Meljean
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 04:29:31

    I bought the Creech book for my daughter — she really liked it. Creech has several other books on sale for $1.99, so I bought three or four more.

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