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Daily Deals, December 5

I don’t want readers to miss out on some good deals so I might be doing this daily but it will only include a few books.  Interestingly all the January titles from Avon are priced at $4.99 except for the Eloisa James book which is priced at $6.99.

Harlequin is celebrating 12 days of Christmas. Today’s deal is 20% any Science Fiction Romance book at the Carina Press ebookstore using “SCIFIDEAL” at checkout.

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. Mikaela
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 09:01:36

    If you are doing it daily, it might be a good idea to include Harlequin’s christmas calendar deals. Today’s deal. “Get an extra 20% off all Sci-Fi Romance books in the Carina Press book store with coupon code SCIFIDEAL.”

  2. Jane
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 09:08:25

    @Mikaela Thanks. I added it.

  3. Renda
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 09:26:33

    I am getting a 404 Page does not exist when I click on the above link.

    Thanks for letting us know about it, though.

  4. Jane
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 09:32:25

    @Renda Sorry about that. Links fixed.

  5. cayenne
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 10:10:57

    I’m not sure if it’s just me and my Canadian geographic restrictions, or if it’s the truly annoying services that are kobo & Sony, but I get nothing if I click on most of the kobo & Sony links for the pre-orders. This is typical of weekly deals that involve Agency books, but particularly for pre-orders, which don’t seem to exist on those sites the way they do for Amazon.

    Any ideas what the explanation is for this very frustrating situation? Or a remedy that doesn’t include buying from Amazon? Please note that I already have 2 e-readers and do not need a third, so the solution is not “buy a Kindle” :)

  6. Brian
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 10:19:31

    @cayenne: Kobo doesn’t generally offer pre-orders from what I’ve seen and I’ve rarely seen Sony offer them either. The links should work once the book(s) is out, but probably not before that.

  7. Jane
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 10:20:32

    @cayenne I think Kobo and Sony don’t list pre -orders. I think their content goes live when the book goes on sale. That’s my guess, at least. Unfortunately I checked with Diesel ebooks and Books on Board and neither seem to offer pre orders there as well.

  8. cayenne
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 10:30:05

    @Brian & @Jane – drat. But that’s kind of what I thought. Pfft.

    So I guess that differences from the weekly deals on prices of existing books are based on geographic limits?

  9. Maili
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 10:54:42

    @cayenne: I do think so. There was a romance novel available for $1.99. When I went there to buy a copy, the price was $5.99. I checked with a US friend and it was still $1.99 at her end.

  10. JenM
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 12:35:15

    I heard that Avon was experimenting with their pricing, by dropping pre-orders to a lower price, then planning to raise them back to $7.99 when the books are released. Maybe a crack in the monolithic agency pricing? This would also pump up the first week sales figures for these authors if there are enough pre-orders.

  11. JenM
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 12:37:03

    Oh, by the way, the Sarah Maclean February release is at $4.99 also, but there isn’t even a blurb for it so you are really buying sight unseen on that one. For Sarah Maclean though, I might just chance it.

  12. JenM
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 12:43:07

    Oops, here’s another one: Lorraine Heath’s Jan 31 release, She Tempts the Duke, for $4.99

  13. cleo
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 15:22:24

    I really need a personal assistant to keep up with all the deals. When I finally got my Nook I thought the tricky part would be getting used to the interface, etc. But that was easy. Keeping up with the bargains – not so much.

  14. Lynn S.
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 16:29:54

    On the Avon pricing, I wonder if JenM is right about preorders. I noticed the pricing on Amazon but I’d rather get the epub version than do the whole strip and reformat game. I’m having the loopy fantasy that Harper Collins is going to break completely away from the pack and change all ebook pricing beginning the first of the year. Yep, I’m dreaming of a Green New Year.

    Also, Books on Board does offer pre orders but they don’t have any of the Avon titles listed on the site yet.

  15. Brian
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 18:32:04

    The English Heiress (Heiress, Book One) by Roberta Gellis is free right now from Amazon, All Romance, & Ellora’s Cave/Cerridwen. Not sure about other places.

    Edit: B&N has it too.

  16. SusanK
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 21:35:32

    Another pre-order priced at $4.99 is the next Spindle Cove book by Tessa Dare – A Week to Be Wicked (3/27).

    Also, this is the info from Sarah MacLean’s website for her new book:

    The First Rule of Scoundrels: Never wager more than you are willing to lose…especially in matters of the heart.

    Lady Penelope Marbury learns that the first rule of scoundrels is the most difficult to follow in A Rogue By Any Other Name, in stores February 28th!

    What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets . . .

    A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

    A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.

    Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them . . . even her heart.

  17. JenM
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 22:43:55

    Thanks for the heads-up on the Tessa Dare – A Night to Surrender was one of my favorite Regencies this year so I’m happy to buy the next one at the pre-order price. Interestingly, when I pulled it up at Amazon, I saw that A Night to Surrender is also on sale for $4.99 right now, as are some other recently released Avon regencies.

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