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Harlequin’s 12 Days of Christmas: 50% off List Price on eBooks...

Harlequin eBookstore is having a holiday sale. For today only, you can get 50% off the list price of ebooks at Harlequin eBookstore. There doesn’t appear to be a limit to what you can buy or how many but I believe that the code is good for one use so load up your shopping cart all at one time. The code is HALFEBOOKS.

	 Here Comes the Groom  by 	Karina BlissLet’s get some recommendations rolling. I really enjoyed this new Karina Bliss book, Here Comes the Groom It’s a friends to lovers story and one of the funnier Bliss books I’ve read. The hero decides after a life harrowing experience that he is going to marry his best friend, whether she wants to or not. Their awakening feelings of passion for each other seem natural and it’s got a great, great ending. Great ending.

I’ve recently gone on a glom of Maureen Smith’s books. I had to have an ice cold drink at the ready because her scenes are hot. Whatever You Like looked like a Harlequin Spice and I thought it was a short story and passed over it several times but after reading a sample, I figured out it was a full length category (or maybe even slightly longer) and bought it. It was a good read. It’s not quite erotic romance, but it is very very sexy.

Harlequin books like Hot Under Pressure by Kathleen O’Reilly and The Magnate's Make Believe Mistress by Bronwyn Jameson were part of a Save the Contemporary campaign.

Sunita is a big fan of the medical romances.

Jayne reviews a ton of different Harlequin romances and I found Ellen Hartman’s His Secret Past from her review of it.

Last year, Harlequin had the same ebook deal and you can read through the recommendations on the thread. Harlequin had a goal of releasing 2000 ebook titles this year so there have to be some great books we have missed. Let us know about them.

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. Carin
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 13:54:43

    I’ve heard lots of good about Jeannie Lin’s Butterfly Swords, and the short story The Taming of Mei Lin. Both of them are going in my cart. I’ve also got a couple Sarah Mayberry books to catch up on.

    I wish Carina Press books were included! There’s a few of them on my wishlist, too!

  2. Sunita
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 13:59:18

    Among Medicals, a bunch of Sarah Morgan’s and Marion Lennox’s backlist books are on there and I bought a whole bunch of them. I love Morgan’s Glenmore series. Some of her backlist HPs are there too. Liz Fielding had a bunch of backlist books released a few months ago and the ones I’ve read so far have been terrific.

    Kathleen Korbel’s Some Men’s Dreams was released last month in the backlist. It’s a great, great, Silhouette.

    And of course Carla Kelly has a new Historical with a January 2011 pub date but it’s available now.

  3. Sunita
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 14:00:13

    Gee, maybe I can use “bunch” 7 or 8 more times in a comment. Bunch bunch bunch bunch bunch.

  4. Ros
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 14:03:28

    I went shopping there earlier and the Karina Bliss was top of my list. The only one of the books I bought that I’ve read so far is Annie Burrows’s A Countess By Christmas and it’s a really lovely, proper Regency with a gorgeous hero and heroine.

  5. Ridley
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 14:26:40

    Good God DAMN their website is a thing of cosmic horror to try and use. Everything opens in a new tab, there are no excerpts on the ebook site, their search algorithm seems to turn shit up at random and it’s so ugly.

    I hope they didn’t pay too much for this redesign. It’s not any better than their last, nearly unusable site.

  6. Vi
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 14:27:34

    Jane, can you help me with picking the format for my Kindle? I picked mobipocket and it asked me to register the device. Thanks!

  7. Lindsey
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 14:35:05

    @Vi Unfortunately, The Harlequin ebookstore does not sell a Kindle-compatible format (much to my personal chagrin, as a fellow Kindle owner). You can buy in another format, strip the DRM, then convert it to a usable Kindle format (something Jane has talked about doing on here), but that’s pretty much your only option.

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  9. Vi
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 14:39:16

    @Lindsey That’s what I thought. EPub format then. Thanks!

  10. Vi
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 14:40:23

    @Ridley I agree. I wish there’s a list by authors so I can scan it and see what name catches my eye.

  11. Brian
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 14:44:47

    @Vi, you’d have to get Mobipocket format and strip it (it will then work on Kindle without conversion) or buy ePub and strip it then convert with Calibre. Epub would be my preferred method as Calibre will use the ePub’s toc.ncx file to add those nifty little chapter marks to the Kindle’s progress bar (I like them anyway).

  12. Vi
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 14:50:21

    @ Brian Thank you. I don’t know how to strip Mobipocket but I know how to strip EPub (thanks to Jane and this awesome site). I haven’t done it yet, but I can’t resist buying at these prices.

  13. Shannon Stacey
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 14:54:28

    Oh damn. I forget to get Here Comes the Groom while I was there and now I’ve used my coupon code. And it’s not available for Kindle until 1/11. Paying full price AND doing gymnastics to get it onto my Kindle? Probably not. I’ll wait and hope I remember to buy it in January.

  14. Jane
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 15:03:19

    @Ridley: The lack of excerpts, I’ve been told, is the restriction by Overdrive. Not that that helps a ton.

  15. Kelly
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 15:21:15

    @Shannon Stacey: I’ve used the coupon 3 times already today. There’s no usage limit, or it’s more than 3.

  16. Liz
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 15:23:10

    Did you notice the message that the site is going to EPUB only in the new year, and referring to the format as “industry standard”?

  17. Shannon Stacey
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 15:24:28

    @Kelly: That’s awesome, because I forgot Jill Monroe’s, too. I think I should keep jotting books down, then go back after supper. Good to know!

  18. Lisa J
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 15:24:30

    I was able to apply the coupon to two separate orders. I forgot a book and tried it again and it worked for me.

  19. Shannon Stacey
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 15:27:45

    @Liz: That makes me sad. And I’ve read that there will be an estimated 5 million Kindles in use by the new year, so that’s a big chunk of industry that would probably disagree. Here’s hoping Kindles get ePub support in the near future, I guess.

  20. Sayuri_x
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 15:30:37

    Man, I am annoyed. I hate that car wreck of a website.

    For some reason they have applied an old Halloween coupon to my basket (that’s defunct)and it won’t let me use the ebooks coupon code. Argh!

    Oh well, I heard Harlequin were doing ok so I suppose they can afford to los eover $50 of sales today. I suppose it’s a drop in the bucket. But it just gives me one more reason to buy my books from third party websites instead of from Harlequin direct.

  21. Ridley
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 15:46:47


    Carina has excerpts up, no? They use Overdrive if I’m not mistaken.

    And besides, they’re Harlequin. They should be able to afford a custom website that works.

  22. Dana S
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 16:01:53

    @Sayuri_x: That happened to me too, I had to clean out my cookies for the new coupon code to work.

  23. Brian
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 16:08:01

    Here's hoping Kindles get ePub support in the near future, I guess.

    Not likely unfortunately, Amazon really has no incentive to add it right now.

    Of course Harlequin could just drop the DRM and just sell Mobi and ePub directly and they’d have Kindle and most other things covered without having to go through Amazon. :-)

  24. Samantha
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 16:27:18

    There were excerpts listed for a couple of the books I was looking at, but probably only 2 out of the 20 that I looked at.

    My problem is that the coupon isn’t applying the right percentage off. It’s only take 40% off. So I won’t be buying anything.

  25. Jayne
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 16:32:52

    Check out the Harlequin Digital Backlist under our Easy Resources or click on the “Harlequin” tag and it will pull up many of our reviews. I always tag my Harlequin reviews with it. Just keep scrolling down and clicking on “older reviews” to get them all.

  26. Ros
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 16:44:12

    @Samantha: I thought that too, but the 50% is off the list price. Most of the ebooks are already sold at below list price (some at well below list price) on the website, so the extra discount is not 50%.

  27. lilitu93
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 16:46:18

    Has anyone noticed that not all books are available in ePub? If they’re going to switch completely to that, does that mean that they will start offering ePub for older books?

    I really hope so, as there are several series that I want to start (or continue), but several volumes aren’t available in ePub, and that’s really the only useful format they have for iPhone, without either removing DRM or trying to read PDFs on a small screen.

  28. kelly
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 16:47:13

    I just finished The Captive by Joanne Rock and recommend it for people who like sexy Vikings. It’s a Blaze Historical.

  29. senetra
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 16:55:23

    I bought a bunch of books when the new Carla Kelly (awesome, by the way!) went on sale Tuesday night. At 1/2 off, I’m sure I can find some more books.

  30. Vi
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 17:07:40

    @Brian That would really be an awesome holiday gift from Harlequin if that ever happened!

  31. sarah mayberry
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 17:45:12

    Just went nuts loading up my new sony ereader. Thanks for the tip off!!!

  32. library addict
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 18:10:25

    I bought a bunch of books this morning, then was unable to download them. Off to try again now.

    I wish you keep a wishlist at their website. I know there were some I missed.

  33. Jane
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 22:15:10

    I am buying The Captive by Joanne Rock and the Korbel book based on the recommendations here.

  34. Carin
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 23:13:39

    @Ros – Thank you! I wondered why my 50% off only came out to 44% off. I was still happy though! Yay! New books on my reader!

  35. Erin L
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 23:22:37

    Well shoot. I am on the west coast and just tried to use my coupon and it told me it has expired.

  36. Hannah
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 23:47:32

    @Erin L–me too! I’m in the central zone and forgot that midnight usually means 11 pm for me. Oops!

  37. Tabitha
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 06:03:45

    I’m disappointed. I orderd the new Bliss book in epub, tried to convert it, and it’s too complicated for me. Now I have to wait until January to purchase the Kindle version. Stinks. I hate all this DRM stuff.

  38. Lada
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 07:23:54

    I know this is expired now but just had to say “thank you” to Jane for this information!! I almost missed it yesterday but caught it in enough time to grab a few books. Much appreciated!!

  39. RebeccaJ
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 08:30:49

    Thanks for this post. I stocked up on several Christmas books I’ve been wanting! My only problem with reading through Adobe PDF, it won’t even allow me to print out the books OR save a copy to read on another computer and that sucks, especially not being able to print.

  40. Jane
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 10:26:32

    @Ridley I was confusing excerpts with descriptions. Sorry. Yes, I think that there should be excerpts on the ebook page.

  41. Greg
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 12:25:57

    you can convert online at

  42. Estara
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 12:52:22

    @Greg: That is a great idea for free pdfs. I do wonder if they save the data to share somewhere else later. I would expect the conversion to work on only drm-free pdfs…

  43. Moriah Jovan
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 13:09:32


    The Harlequin ebookstore does not sell a Kindle-compatible format (much to my personal chagrin, as a fellow Kindle owner).

    Yup. I saw the DRM and backed away. I refuse to pay for locked-down books. I barely buy any books from Amazon for that reason. I’ve been burned too many times.

  44. Erin L
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 17:35:16

    You all know I missed the deadline by 22 minutes for the coupon. Well I wrote to Harlequin and they responded today, they have created a coupon for me to use so I can buy all the books on my list at half price. I emailed them the my shopping cart and explained why I missed the coupon. I am very surprised and pleased at the level of customer service they extended to me.

  45. Hannah
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 12:05:46

    @Erin L:

    Erin, I did the same thing! I’m looking forward to using the code tomorrow since I didn’t get on the sale. I tried to remove a book from my cart at about exactly 11 pm (central time) and after that the code wouldn’t work.

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