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Books on Sale: A Laura Florand DABWAHA Novella, Plus Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins

Book Snow Kissed

To celebrate being nominated for the DABWAHA in the novella category, Laura Florand has dropped the price on Snow Kissed, the nominated novella in question, to .99c. This is an emotional whallop of a book, with many, many, many glowing reviews behind it (and a few who were really upset about the “foul language”). 

Now the internationally bestselling author of The Chocolate Thief takes us to a snow-kissed Christmas cabin for this heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, forgiveness–and hope.

Once they had been the happiest couple in the world. Once serious, restrained Kurt had fallen hard for a laughing, easy-going woman who filled their lives with joy.

But when loss struck them, Kai went down under the avalanche of grief. She threw their marriage away, and she left him, fleeing the world for this cabin high in the mountains.

Now, as the two find themselves snowbound over Christmas, Kurt has to convince his wife that while she may have lost everything else, she never lost him. Now he has to show her the true strength of one man's love.

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Book The Best Man by Kristan HigginsThe Best Man by Kristan Higgins is $1.99 right now. Higgins' books are contemporary romance comedy, and much loved by many readers. This one came out in March 2013, and is the first in her Blue Heron series. There's a lot of cringe comedy in the backstory of the heroine, according to the reviews, but it has a 3.9 average, and many readers loved the funny parts, and the friends-to-lovers storyline.  

Sometimes the best man is the one you least expect…

Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there….

Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief—and best friend of her former fiancé. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she's having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosé, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle. 

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Book Simply Irresistible - Jill Shalvis

 

RECOMMENDED: Simply Irresistible is the first book in Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series, and it's currently $2.99. Some of the Lucky Harbor books were tepid for me, but I really liked this one, especially the heroine, who, as a middle child, is constantly trying to keep the peace among all the people around her. 

Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Starting over won't be easy.

Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too. The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men.

Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

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Book Instant Attraction - couple embracing w white background

 Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis is $2.51 at Amazon right now. This is the book that led me to Google skiing and snowboarding for kids, because the setting of the book made me want to go outside in the snow. I've recommended this book so many times, because I love it so much. It is one of my favorite contemporary romances, and I still think about the characters, the town, and the rest of it – particularly when I'm on my snowboard challenging myself to go faster down a steel trail. I think I have to go re-read it. 

Accountant Katie Kramer is a quintessential good girl—working hard, recycling diligently, all the while trying to ignore the feeling that she doesn't fit in anywhere. That's all she wants. Well, that—and amazing sex, and the kind of daredevil escapade she can look back on when she's crunching numbers in a dusty cubicle. Which explains why she just took a job in Wishful, California, working for Wilder Adventures and Expeditions. Waking up to find a magnificently built stranger towering over her bed—that part defies explanation…

After wandering the planet for months following a life-changing accident, Cameron Wilder has come back to the only home he knows. Under other circumstances, he might be thrilled to find a gorgeous woman sleeping in his cabin, but now, while he'll risk his body taking clients on adrenaline-drenched excursions, his heart is off limits.

Still, Katie's killer smile triggers something deep in his gut… among other places. Showing her how exhilarating it can be to stop balancing her life as if it was a checkbook is the biggest rush he's ever felt—and an adventure Katie's wishing would never end..

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Audio

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is today's Audible daily deal at $2.95. The unabridged audio is performed by Noah Galvin, and is nearly 6.5 hours long. The audiobook fans at Audible have given this book mostly 4- and 5-star reviews, praising the performance and the story equally. The regular undiscounted price is $29.99.

Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives or to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and music—when all one requires to feel infinite is that perfect song on that perfect drive.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

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    Dread Pirate Rachel says:

    Ugh, I hate, hate, HATED The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The hero was the epitome of a Marty Stu, and the author seemed to take a shotgun approach to trauma (as in, he threw in every possible teenage angst situation in an attempt to create a book that any teen could relate to). The first-person narrative voice really didn’t work for me in this case, either, because the protagonist was supposed to be such a precocious writer, but since the narrative is epistolary, I never bought into the idea, because I could tell from reading it that he wasn’t as great as everybody told him. It just seemed self-indulgent and frankly a little masturbatory. I read it for a book club, and it was the first—and thus far, the only—book the group universally reviled. I think I may just be too old for that nonsense.

    However, I will be jumping on that Laura Florand book. Her work is sometimes a little problematic for me, but I just can’t quit her.

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    Mzcue says:

    Let me second the recommendation for Snow-Kissed, one of my top reads of last year. It’s not an easy story because of the trauma the couple’s marriage had endured. What blew me away was the pivotal role that sex played in the story. Ultimately, their physical relationship made it possible for them to break through the pain and scarring that had obliterated any meaningful communication.

    I don’t recall excessive use of “foul language,” but the eroticism was scorching, so strong language would be expected.

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    LauraL says:

    Loved all three of the Wilder brother books by Jill Shalvis and have recommended them, too, SB Sarah. I enjoyed the sense of place and the town in the stories. Makes me almost miss living where I could easily go skiing or play in the snow.

    Liked The Perfect Match much better that The Best Man, but Faith’s inner thoughts were a lot of fun to read. Like laugh out loud and get stared at fun. I’ve already pre-ordered Waiting on You.

    Just purchased Snow-Kissed ….

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    leftcoaster says:

    Whenever I see a reviews complaining about foul language my response is always “where can I one-click this mofo? I really liked Snow-Kissed. I must be very vulgar because I don’t remember the foul language at all.

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    I picked up that last Jill Shalvis on rec from this site and also really enjoyed it. I’ve read the first two Lucky Harbors; good deal to get them for cheap.

    As for the cringe-laughing in The Best Man, I really liked the book until a very minor subplot toward the end. There is reference to a she-man/aka trannie that in 2013/2014 seems a bit insensitive. It was one of those moments that didn’t need to be there at all and a snip of a few lines, no one would have missed it. It just kind of put a damper on the novel which I was set to like given there is a gay character who isn’t reduced to a total stereotype. So, fair warning.

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    Julie says:

    OMG… I have a TBR list a mile long, reading two of them alternately, and Snow-Kissed just got bought and read on a day off where I ignored everything on my to do list. What a great tear jerker of a story.  I was amazed how well I felt I got to know the characters with the amount of backstory thrown in, considering this was a novella.

    I must say I read one star reviews to try to sway me from buying a title (even if it is only 99 cents), but I had to laugh at the one that has an issue with the language.

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    kkw says:

    I don’t understand what’s wrong with swearing. I can understand having an irrational aversion to any given word (I am repulsed by blog, I know many people dislike moist), overuse of any word becomes tedious, I get that religious folks would object to the lord’s name in vain, fine. But panning a book because of the use of foul language? What does that even mean? I have to read it now.

    The Shalvis books, especially Instant Attraction, are great, the Higgins one is not her best, but it’s alright. I am thrilled to say that I have managed to avoid the YA book but a Lot of people have tried to interest me in it.

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    Bona says:

    I’ve just finished Snow-Kissed, and OMG what a great story, wonderfully written. A lot of emotion and feelings, and doubts. I don’t see any ‘foul’ language, only the f-word which, I think is in any contemporary nowadays.
    This book was so good that, even when I knew the author was manipulating me to move me to tears, in a slightly cheesy scene, even then, I couldn’t help it and… I was moved.
    I was there, with the characters, in that isolated cabin in the mountains.  Only a great narrator can do this.

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