Tempted by His Touch: A Limited Edition Boxed Set of Dukes, Rogues, & Alpha Heroes is a boxed set of ten historical romances from assorted authors, and it's on sale for $1.99. The plots feature familiar tropes remixed, such as a heroine in love with her brother's best friend (Lady of Pleasure), or a wealthy independent widow looking for friends-with-benefits (Once Upon a Duke ). I interviewed author Delilah Marvelle in 2013 about the self-publication of Lady of Pleasure, if it seems familiar. Have you read any of these books?
~Includes exclusive material! Titles have over 200 5-star reviews on Amazon~
Scoundrel Ever After by Darcy Burke – Once upon a time there was a very bad boy who met a very nice girl….
Lady of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle (RT Award-winning author) – Educating a man in the art of love takes time. Lots of it.
Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson (RITA nominated author) – Passion and secrets simmer against the glittering backdrop of 19th century musical celebrity.
To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield by Bronwen Evans (USA Today Bestselling author) – What's a lady to do when a notorious rake wins her estate in a game of cards?
Undone by Lila DiPasqua – One steamy, emotionally charged retelling of Rapunzel…Rescuing this beauty from the 'tower' is only the beginning…
The Problem with Seduction by Emma Locke – Elizabeth Spencer needs a man. She doesn't need to like him–because while she needs a man, she doesn't particularly want one.
A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe – Daniel O'Reilly returns to win back Kate Morgan's heart and prove he's innocent of murder.
Once Upon a Duke by Eva Devon – A widow looking to get seduced. A duke more than willing to oblige.
Great & Unfortunate Desires by Gina Danna – A marquis with a guilty past takes a bride in a world where love is fatal.
Dark Surrender By Erica Ridley – Trapped in darkness…. Their passion burns bright!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is $1.99 as a Kindle Daily Deal, and BN has price matched. It's $2.99 at Kobo, though I don't know if that price extends beyond the US borders. Can any Canadian readers let me know the price up there? Either way – high fives, price matching fairies!
The Hunger Games is a little-known book that next to no one talks about. (Kidding).
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts.
The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature.
Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is $1.99 at Amazon right now. I think the fairies of price matching are still working on The Hunger Games. This is a contemporary romance told in epistolary style – via email. It has a 3.9-star average on Goodreads, and I've heard many readers make Good Book Noise® about this novel. (I bought this book so fast, I think the server at Amazon may have flinched.)
“Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . “
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?
RECOMMENDED BY MANY: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is $4.99 right now – the usual price is about $10, so that's not bad. When I tweeted about this book last fall when it was on sale for a rather ridiculous price, I received SO many squeeful recommendations, I bought myself a copy.
Here are some of the reader recs I received:
@Mz_Hobbs: “Loved book, just borrowed it from library to re-read.Just bought a copy for myself & my cousin! I won!!”
Author @JenLynnBarnes: “Yes! Possibly my favorite YA read this year!”
@AgentShana: “FANGIRL is SO charming. So sweet. I wept on plane while reading it.”
@FeistyYBeden: “I'm only partway through it w/my library copy and snapped it up at $1.40 bc I'll want to read it forever. IT IS MY WHOLE LIFE.”
I read and reviewed this book shortly after the sale, giving it an A-, and there might have been squeeing to the extent that seismographs in Finland picked it up:
The TL;DR: this book is wonderful. It's so much empathy and understanding and emotion layered into narrative form I can't even tell you.
In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
When I collected recommendations for the best YA of 2013, this book was mentioned constantly. NPR's Linda Holmes wrote,
Ultimately, Eleanor & Park is an enormously optimistic book about love and connection, and about the capacity of people to be powerfully consoling and healing to each other, even when they're 16. And for that healing to be meaningful, there has to be some honesty about the injury.
Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.