I'm highlighting the top sales this month in contemporary and paranormal romance that are still on sale but available for a limited time at the lower price.
Marked is an anthology from Kit Rocha, Lauren Dane and Vivian Arend featuring three novellas. Arend and Dane's stories are the start of new series, while the Rocha novella is part of the “Beyond” series. Right now the anthology is $2.99, but that price will rise after 28 February 2014.
Three stories of passion, possession, and ink.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane takes you into a brand new world in ALL THAT REMAINS. Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch — the man she loved four years before. While she's not sure she's cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up. (Metamorphosis Series, #1)
Take a ROCKY RIDE with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Vivian Arend as she leads you back to the Six Pack Ranch. Anna Coleman might be the law around Rocky Mountain House, but bad boy Mitch Thompson knows that under the stiff RCMP uniform is a woman with a passion for speed and pleasure that matches his own, and he's not giving up until she's his. (Thompson & Sons, #1 — a Coleman Cowboys spin-off series)
Kit Rocha returns to Sector Four in BEYOND TEMPTATION. A promise to a dying friend backfires when Noah Lennox finds that the girl he was supposed to rescue is all grown up — and wearing O'Kane ink. He wants to protect her from the secrets of their past, but she wants him. And an O'Kane woman always gets what she wants. (Beyond #3.5, set between Beyond Pain and Beyond Jealousy)
Jane Austen and Food by Maggie Lane is a culinary examination of the role and meaning of food and meals in Jane Austen's works, and it's $2.99 at Amazon right now. The book is a mix of literary analysis, a history of food customs, and a behind-the-scenes peek at what food meant to the women and men at that time, and how food is represented in each Austen story.
What was the significance of the pyramid of fruit which confronted Elizabeth Bennet at Pemberley? Or of the cold beef eaten by Willoughby on his journey of repentance to see Marianne?
Why is it so appropriate that the scene of Emma's disgrace should be a picnic, and how do the different styles of housekeeping in Mansfield Park relate to the social issues of the day?
While Jane Austen does not luxuriate in cataloguing meals in the way of Victorian novelists, food in fact plays a vital part in her novels.
Her mainly domestic plots are deeply imbued with the rituals of giving and sharing meals. The attitudes of her characters to eating, to housekeeping and to hospitality are important indicators of their moral worth. This culminates in the artistic triumph of Emma, in which repeated references to food not only contribute to the portrait of her world, but provide an extended metaphor for the interdependence of a community.
In this original, lively and well-researched book, Maggie Lane not only offers a fresh perspective on the novels of Jane Austen, but illuminates a fascinating period of food history, as England stood on the brink of urbanisation, middle-class luxury, and a revolution in the role of women.
Ranging over topics from greed to gender to mealtimes and manners, and drawing on the novels, letters and Austen family papers, she also discusses Jane Austen's own ambivalent attitude to the provision and enjoyment of food.
The Harlequin E Contemporary Romance Box Set is available for pre-order for $3.82-$4.99 right now. The box set came out 4 February, . From the email about the deal, it seems Harlequin E is introducing new authors with this box set and rewarding readers who pre-order:
Unlike many boxed sets, the books here have never been published before. After 90 days, Harlequin will 'blow up' the box, and each of the four titles will be available only as single books, for $3.99 each. The idea is to reward readers who take a chance on the new imprint with a price which will not come around again.
NB: Coming In from the Cold features a bearded Olympian hero who gets stuck in a Jeep in a blizzard in Vermont. That sound you heard was all of my catnip alarms ringing at once.
Four Romances for One Amazing Price
Stranded together by a blizzard, scholar-turned-farmer Willow Reade and bad-boy ski champion Dane “Danger” Hollister generate enough body heat to make it through the night. But the sparks don't stop flying when the snow does….
When stressed-out single mom Kayla Clark hires “retired soldier” Ronnie Brown from Man Maid to whip her household into shape, she's not expecting him to be young, hot and willing to take care of her more personal needs….
Vetrinarian Sarah Tyler isn't going to wait another eternity for hotshot photographer J. D. Damico to kiss her again. And she's gambling that what happens in Vegas will change her luck!
Bakery owner Marissa Llewellyn has always been sweet on sheriff Jax Carlisles, but her efforts to help a wayward teen have her bending the rules he's bound to uphold….
Indulge your craving for fresh contemporary romance with this collection of four full-length novels!
Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen
Maid to Fit by Rebecca M. Avery (Man Maid, Book 1)
Calling His Bluff by Amy Jo Cousins
Baker's Law by Denise McDonald
Hearts of Darkness by Kira Brady is still $1.99 at Amazon, though the price has risen at other vendors. This is the first book in a paranormal urban fantasy series with dragon shifters that takes place in Seattle. Readers who enjoyed it say the hero is terrific, the setting is excellent and the world building deeply immersive – though it starts out slowly and builds over the first half.
In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion…
Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul.
But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.