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Final Price by J. Gregory SmithFinal Price (A Paul Chang Mystery) by J. Gregory Smith. $ 2.99

It features an Asian detective. Other than the Leslie Glass series, I am unfamiliar with an Asian as a lead in a suspense/thriller/mystery/detective series. John Burdett reviewed the book for Amazon and said ” The best of his innovations is that the narrative is binocular: we see the world through the eyes of Paul Chang, a Chinese-American detective, and Shamus Ryan, the car salesman. It is not so much a whodunit (although this question is a major driver at the beginning) as an eleventh hour rescue, where the outcome of the epic battle between Chang and Ryan is cleverly held in the balance.” I’m not certain if I love the dragon analogy used with an Asian American. That seems fairly unimaginative.

From the Jacket Copy:

Wilmington, Delaware is one of those cities that feels more like a small town. Neighbors know one another, and businesses cater to the needs of the citizenry. But what happens when the local car salesman suffers one lost sale too many, when one more customer decides to buy from the competition because the price is too high, interest rates aren’t friendly, or that shade of blue just won’t work? In J. Gregory Smith’s electrifying thriller, Final Price, Shamus Ryan’s frustration works like a thorn under his skin until psychotic urges take over and he commits murder—serial murders, in fact—his victims chosen from prospective clients who dared to walk away. With Smith’s chilling scenes of massacre, readers are pulled into the vortex of a warped mind, one man justifying heinous acts, and two detectives running a race against time, trying to solve seemingly random killings. Paul Chang, a Chinese-American homicide detective, is struggling to understand why these murders are taking place. Assisted by his neurotic partner, Nelson Rogers, Chang goes after the killer with logic, tenacity, and no small measure of fear.

Written from the perspectives of Detective Chang and Shamus Ryan, readers quickly find themselves seeing the world in unique—and often disturbing—ways they never expected. With dark humor and gritty suspense, Smith has crafted a refreshing and surprising thriller.


Immortal with Bonus MaterialImmortal with Bonus Material by Gillian Shields. $ .99

It’s a cheap price. This is a pre-order with delivery on July 17, 2012

From the Jacket Copy:

For a limited time, this special edition of Immortal includes a teaser to the final book in the series, Destiny, as well as never-before-seen extras from author Gillian Shields, including a playlist and early notes from the beginning of the series.

Welcome to Wyldcliffe, the place that haunts my present, my past, and my future.

Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn from her home near the sea to become the newest scholarship student, strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave her drowning in loneliness.

Evie’s only lifeline is Sebastian, a mysterious and attractive young man she meets by chance. As Evie’s feelings for Sebastian blaze with each secret meeting, she begins to fear that he is hiding something about his past. And she is haunted by glimpses of a strange, ghostly girl—a girl who is so eerily like Evie she could be a sister. Evie is slowly drawn into a tangled web of past and present that she cannot control. As the extraordinary, elemental forces of Wyldcliffe rise up like the mighty sea, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian, and her own incredible fate.


An Invitation to Seduction by Lorraine Heath An Invitation to Seduction by Lorraine Heath. $1.99.

Reader Kim pointed out the deal. It has mixed reviews on Amazon. One reviewer at Amazon pinned the difference of opinion on the amount of angst the heroine experienced.

From Jacket Copy:

Kitty Robertson has grown up wealthy and influential, and she’s never more at home than when in an English parlour displaying her social graces.

When she looks for a husband, of course she seeks a man just as home in his position—hopefully a lofty one—as she is. Nicholas Glenville, Marquess of Greystone, is just such a man. He is so attentive and gentlemanly that she can’t help but accept his proposal of marriage, and is now looking forward to this Season being her last one as a single woman.

But at the very first ball of the year she meets an enigmatic, gorgeous duke who asks her for a dance. That duke is Trevor Nicholson, a man who knows the marquess well enough to know that he would not make her any kind of husband at all. Instead he nominates himself for the position, but as he soon finds, convincing the beautiful Miss Robertson to marry him instead will be the trickiest—and most worthwhile—task of his life.


Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale. $2.99.

This is probably considered one of the classic romances. The jacket copy doesn’t explain the story. The Duke of Jervaulx has a stroke. Janine writes about Kinsale’s book here: “It took a long time for me to get up the nerve to try Kinsale again, but the second time I tried her, with Flowers from the Storm, I was relieved to find that it wasn’t quite as gut-wrenching as Seize the Fire… but it was just as fierce and potent in a different way, just as beautifully written, just as meaningful and thought-provoking, and even more romantic.”

From Jacket Copy:

The Duke of Jervaulx was brilliant and dangerous. Considered dissolute, reckless, and extravagant, he was transparently referred to as the ?D of J? in scandal sheets, where he and his various exploits featured with frequency. But sometimes the most womanising rake can be irresistible, and even his most casual attentions fascinated the sheltered Maddy Timms, quiet daughter of a simple mathematician.


Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton. $2.99.  This may be a today only deal.

This is the first Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and as the jacket copy says, it was published over ten years ago. LKH ushered in (probably with the help of Anne Rice) the urban fantasy sub genre. The first 6-8 books by LKH were actually a very good blend of horror, mystery and a slight romance. There is little sexual hijinks but a lot of sexual tension. Despite the fact that I’ve abandoned the series, I remember gobbling the early books up.

From Jacket Copy:

Published over ten years ago by Ace, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a series that was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major New York Times bestseller. Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut. Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover…


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. ruth
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 14:07:08

    if you are looking for an asian detective series you might want to check out the Lydia Chin series by S.J. Rozan.

  2. Janine
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 14:11:35

    That’s an odd blurb for Flowers from the Storm. It doesn’t mention any of the things that make that book unique — that Maddy is devoutly religious, a member of the Society of Friends (aka Quakers) or that Jervaulx suffers from aphasia due to a stroke which causes him to be mistakenly labeled a madman and locked in an asylum.

    Ridley recently recommended FFTS in her If You Like…Books About Characters with Disabilities.

  3. carmen webster buxton
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 15:14:06

    I second Ruth’s recommendation. I love the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith mysteries! Rozan alternates the two of them as first person narrators from book to book. I believe the first book in the series China Trade, is on $2.99 on the Kindle. The later books are on the Nook, too, but I don’t think the first one is.

  4. Darlynne
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 17:55:21

    John Burdett’s own books, featuring Thai-American police officer Sonchai Jitpleecheep and set in Bangkok, are one of my favorite (incredibly brutal) series. I know nothing about Thailand, but between Burdett and Colin Cotterill (crime series about Jimm Juree, frustrated and unemployed investigative journalist near the Gulf of Siam), I feel as though I have a front row seat.

    I’ll have to take a look at the Paul Chang books. Thanks.

  5. Justine
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 17:58:49

    Unlocked [Kindle Edition] by Courtney Milan is currently free. It’s #1.5 (novella) in The Turners series.

  6. Nicole
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 05:55:22

    @Janine: I agree; that blurb makes a rather remarkable story sound like thousands of undistinguished romances with stereotypical characters. I often find that the blurb does a book no justice at all (or at least I find that to be the case with trusted authors whose books I try anyway; if I haven’t read the author before, I’m going to assume the book is not worth my time and pass completely).

    A couple of other random thoughts:

    1. It may be sacrilege, but Unlocked is by far my favourite Milan novella.

    2. Whichever publisher/editor strongarmed Lorraine Heath into abandoning Americana and writing English historicals should be shot. Heath has no feel for 19th century England at all, and after several deeply disappointing and exasperating attempts at reading her English historicals I have resolved never to waste any more time or money on them. Such a shame; I used to enjoy her books aeons ago.

    (Mind you, her American western historicals may not have been particularly accurate either, but not being American, I could never tell. Reading her English historicals I always got the feeling that she didn’t really know what she was doing and was groping her way though that world.)

  7. Janine
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 14:51:40


    1. Why sacrilege? I thought Unlocked was very, very good. Ditto The Governess Affair, though.

    2. I’m not a fan of Heath in either incarnation but the one Western I read (Sweet Lullaby) was better than the one English one (Waking Up with the Duke).

  8. Nicole
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 07:25:08

    @Janine: I probably didn’t make myself clear enough; while I loved Unlocked I didn’t find Milan’s other novellas that memorable. I certainly wouldn’t reread them. But many people have commented on here that they love them all. Good thing we’re all different, I guess.

  9. Daily Deals: Chasing Sunset by Sami Lee
    Jul 15, 2012 @ 14:02:28

    […] reading our comments!! Last week, I picked a deal featuring an asian detective and two commenters: Ruth and Carmen Webster Buxton recommended a series featuring Lydia Chin and Bill Smith by SJ Rozan. […]

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