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by SB Sarah | May 16, 2013 | Thursday at 1:07 pm | 9 Comments
RECOMMENDED: One Reckless Summer is book 1 in Toni Blake's Destiny series, and is .99c right now. This is an adorable summer romance. I reviewed it and gave it a B-:
Even with occasional flat notes in the characterization, One Reckless Summer was not at all a reckless summer read. Reading it was easy but the subjects weren’t fluffy or meaningless. The plot didn’t demand emotional involvement capriciously, but it made my eyes sting more than once, and made me laugh several times out loud. It was, in a word, charming. Reading this book was like floating on the lake on an inner tube, not too hot, not too cold, just relaxing and right. Before summer comes to an end, treat yourself.
The series as a whole is uneven, but I really liked this book, especially the surprising level of spiciness. In the first chapter.
The perfect daughter. The perfect prom queen. The perfect wife. Jenny Tolliver's been the good girl all her life, and it's gotten her nowhere. Now that her marriage has been busted up by her…
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by SB Sarah | May 15, 2013 | Wednesday at 12:00 pm | 10 Comments
This appears to be an Amazon-only deal, and I'm so curious about it. Emily Goes to Exeter is the first book in The Traveling Matchmaker series, and is $1.99 (and 193 pages). It was originally published in 1990. The reviews describe it as a light, easy, fun-to-read historical with spiffy characters. Have you read this series?
A dead employer’s legacy of five thousand pounds allows spinster Hannah Pym to resign from housekeeping and find adventure travelling the English countryside by stagecoach. But adventure soon finds Miss Pym in the form of Miss Emily Freemantle, a spoilt violet-eyed beauty fleeing an arranged marriage to a rake she has never met.
What the girl’s darkly handsome betrothed boards their stage, Miss Pym is certain Emily was rash to bolt from this aristocratic catch! And so as soon as the travellers repair to an inn, Miss Pym begins her matchmaking… and although Lord Ranger Harley complains he’ll not marry an ungrateful minx, Miss Pym suspects once she’s marshalled the couple into sharing intimate household chores, all romantic knots will be untangled!
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by SB Sarah | May 14, 2013 | Tuesday at 10:45 am | 4 Comments
RECOMMENDED: Dark Prince is $1.99 at AMZ and .99 at BN, and is the first book in Feehan's very much amazing Carpathian series. $1.99 is a terrific price if you've never read it but Be Ye Warned: crack is within these pages. I reviewed this edition in 2011 and gave it a C+, but even though I could identify the problematic parts and disliked them, I couldn't stop reading.I've read it six-plus times and STILL the crack was working on me:
Dark Prince was the first of these types of books that I read, and I am still somewhat baffled as to why I find it so fascinating, even in a larger edition, in a hardcover, for the third or fourth time. I can only surmise that a book like this, something that was so new, so powerful and so different, even after it’s been imitated countless times, doesn’t diminish with time. The powerful innovation of the forerunner of a genre doesn’t lose it’s effect. At least, it doesn’t on me.
If you've never read the Carpathians, clear your…
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by SB Sarah | May 13, 2013 | Monday at 12:36 pm | 9 Comments
I have a few dedicated collections on my reader of books that live there permanently for re-reading and reading slump enjoyment. I have a Kate Noble folder, a Patricia Briggs folder, and a Julie Anne Long - Pennyroyal Green folder. I can't recommend this series more enthusiastically unless I came to your house and stood on your front stoop and squeed at you until the neighbors called the cops.
The series takes place in and around two prominent families in the small town of Pennyroyal Green, and it is charming and smart, wonderfully written and so enjoyable. I don't say this often, but Long has tremendous skill with the steamy scenes, too. Each book in the series save the upcoming July title is currently $1.99. Seriously, just buy them already. This is an outstanding opportunity if you like historical romance. The whole bleeping series for about $14, give or take tax and whatnot.
The Perils of Pleasure is book one, and is $1.99. It's Colin's story - and you see and hear from or about him throughout most of the…
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by SB Sarah | May 11, 2013 | Saturday at 5:14 pm | 4 Comments
Falling Into You is $1.99 until 12 May 2013.
I sat next to Jasinda Wilder at RT's book signing and watched as readers came up to her and positively shimmied with excitement at meeting her. Their excitement was one powerful recommendation for me. This is a New Adult title and the author's listing includes the following: "**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language, and adult situations. HEA ending."
I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way. Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.
Colton didn't teach me how to live. He didn't heal the pain. He didn't make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.
Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a…
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by SB Sarah | May 09, 2013 | Thursday at 10:50 am | 9 Comments
So many book deals to tell you about to day. Get ready and sit on your wallet. Or do what I do and put it on the desk ... and regret that decision later.
First: this book was recommended to me as part of my Buy Your Mother a Book recommendation round up, and when I went to link to it, I saw that it was .99c in some retailers, and free at Amazon. Then Loni left this comment:
The Phrynne Fischer Mysteries are AMAZING! I highly recommend them. I’m Australian and I can tell you they are really quite accurate about a lot of Australian bits and pieces, the history is good the writing is beautiful and they flow really well and the mysteries are well done too as are the clues. And while there’s no actual romance per se she does have romantic relationships which are well done and fit beautifully with the series and her character. The characters are great and a lot of fun. Some of the places in the book such as the Victoria…
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by SB Sarah | May 09, 2013 | Thursday at 9:48 am | 0 Comments
Suzanne Enoch has re-published some of her traditional Regencies. Angel's Devil is $2.99, and was originally published by Avon in 1995.
The lovely Angelique Graham knows her strengths - and patience is not one of them. So, instead of waiting nine months to wed her beloved Simon, as per her overprotective parents' edict, Angelique decides to use Simon's cousin, the dashing Lord Faring - rake of all rakes - just back from war, to throw her parents into a panic. After all, what parent in their right mind would want their daughter to be courted by the notorious Lord Faring?
Though Angelique has plotted and planned every move...it seems love has a different plan. When the game playing gets serious...will Angelique be able to resist the charms of Lord Faring?
And once she discovers the man underneath the legend, will she even want to?
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by SB Sarah | May 08, 2013 | Wednesday at 9:09 am | 4 Comments
Today's sale collection includes anthologies of many different types of erotica - including lesbian paranormal, erotica for couples, and more. They're marked down significantly, so I hope curiousity will tempt you to try something new! These are, alas, Amazon-only deals, so I'll be posting a few more early tomorrow that are valid everywhere. I'm sorry if these aren't available where you are!
Girls Who Bite - an anthology of lesbian vampire stories - is 93% off at .99c. If you're thinking, "Wait, lesbian vampires?" take note - the reviews for this anthology are mostly glowing, and there are some familiar author names, too. I love short stories when I'm traveling, and it's hard to argue with .99c.
These are no Twilight tales — the stories in Girls Who Bite are varied, unexpected, and soul-scorching. Best-selling romance writer Delilah Devlin and her contributors investigate vampire myths from around the world, and add fresh girl-on-girl blood to the pantheon of the paranormal. Take a walk on the wild side with some of the hottest erotic romance authors out…
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by SB Sarah | May 07, 2013 | Tuesday at 11:14 am | 11 Comments
If you've been curious about New Adult books, there are a few by very popular authors on sale - including some authors whose books were so successful they were picked up by NY houses. New Adult is an evolving genre, but for a few dollars you can sample many, many titles, from self published to re-published to brand spanking new as of an hour ago. Here are a few.
The Vincent Brothers is book 2 in Abbi Glines' Vincent series, which starts with The Vincent Boys ( A | BN | K | S | ARe | iB ). The Vincent Brothers is 80% off at $1.99, while book one is $7.59. So you could get both, if you're curious, for about $9-10.
Getting a boy to fall head-over-heels in love with you isn’t easy. Especially when he’s been in love with your cousin for as long as you can remember. Lana has lived her life in her cousin’s shadow. Ashton always made perfect grades, had tons of friends, and looks model-perfect. And she’s always had Sawyer Vincent—the only…
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by SB Sarah | May 06, 2013 | Monday at 9:03 am | 5 Comments
After attending the session with Julie Garwood and Jude Deveraux last week, my inner 13 year old is itching to re-read many of their books, so in addition to the paper copies I have (some in pieces), I wanted to see if there were any on digital discount. Hooray!
Rebellious Desire, which I haven't read before (SCANDAL!) is .99c! The reviews are not as universally glowing as with Garwood's other books, but I am surprised to find a backlist title on sale - this was published in 1986 - that I haven't read.
Of all the dukes in England, Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford, was the wealthiest, most handsome--and most arrogant. And of all London's ladies, he wanted the tender obedience of only one--Caroline Richmond. She was a ravishing beauty from Boston, with a mysterious past and a fiery spirit.
Drawn to the powerful duke, undeterred by his presumptuous airs, Caroline was determined to win his lasting love. But Bradford would bend to no woman--until a deadly intrigue drew them enticingly close. Now, united against a…
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by SB Sarah | April 30, 2013 | Tuesday at 10:42 pm | 6 Comments
Along Came Trouble is Ruthie Knox's second book in her Camelot series. Knox is a tremendously talented writer of contemporary romance. This book is usually $2.99, but is available right now for .99c.
An accomplished lawyer and driven single mother, Ellen Callahan isn’t looking for any help. She’s doing just fine on her own. So Ellen’s more than a little peeved when her brother, an international pop star, hires a security guard to protect her from a prying press that will stop at nothing to dig up dirt on him. But when the tanned and toned Caleb Clark shows up at her door, Ellen might just have to plead the fifth.
Back home after a deployment in Iraq and looking for work as a civilian, Caleb signs on as Ellen’s bodyguard. After combat in the hot desert sun, this job should be a breeze. But guarding the willful beauty is harder than he imagined—and Caleb can’t resist the temptation to mix business with pleasure.
With their desires growing more…
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by SB Sarah | April 25, 2013 | Thursday at 9:13 am | 10 Comments
Thanks to @Joonces on Twitter for the heads up: What Matters in Jane Austen? is a nonfiction book that's marked down to $2.99 at BN and Amazon - that's 90% the normal price of $30. Joonces asked if anyone had read it, and Sofia Tokar replied that it's a "GREAT book" though not for the "casual Austen reader" as it is very "in-depth and scholarly." That said, Sofia added,"I highly recommend for anyone who wants to go beyond the cursory Austen stuff. This book is SO well researched."
Which important Austen characters never speak? Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call one another, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? In What Matters in Jane Austen?, John Mullan shows that we can best appreciate Austen's brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction. Asking and answering some very specific questions about what goes on in her novels, he reveals the inner workings of their greatness. In twenty short chapters, each of which explores a question prompted by…
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by SB Sarah | April 24, 2013 | Wednesday at 11:54 am | 2 Comments
Avon has a selection of Cathy Maxwell's historical romances on sale for $1.99. If you're flying to RT soon, or about to find yourself with some reading time, you can have a pile of historical romances to read for a few dollars - spiffy! Which of these do you recommend for readers?
When Dreams Come True was originally published in 1998. The updated cover makes me want to smack the hero because I think he's pulling her hair.
Everyone knew the Earl of Penhollow needed a wife, so one thunderous night the villagers gathered together to ask the ocean to deliver a bride to the bachelor lord . . .
When Pierce Kirrier rescues a mysterious beauty from the billowing ocean waves, he has no idea who she is or where she came from. But at first sight of this enchanting maiden, he knows he must claim her for his own.
Taking her back to Penhollow…
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by SB Sarah | April 23, 2013 | Tuesday at 1:04 pm | 0 Comments
Linda Lael Miller's Women of Primrose Creek series is a set of four shorter historical western romances - about 160 pages each, published beginning in 2000. They are very highly reviewed, and each is available digitally for $2.99. Bridget is the first book in the series.
They are the women of Primrose Creek, and their strength and passion is a match for the Nevada frontier they call home. Linda Lael Miller masterfully captures the hardships and dangers of a country swept by the winds of war -- and the daring and determination, the hopes and dreams of four unforgettable women -- in a thrilling new series.
When Bridget McQuarry comes to settle in Primrose Creek, she has nothing to lose; her husband, Mitch, was killed in the Civil War, and she has lost her family farm to ruinous Reconstruction taxes. With her baby son and a sister to care for, Bridget vows to make a new start out West.
But when Mitch's best friend reappears in her life, he sparks a forbidden passion she thought was forever…
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by SB Sarah | April 22, 2013 | Monday at 2:44 pm | 2 Comments
Night Storm is $2.99, and is book #3 in Catherine Coulter's Night trilogy, originally published in 1990. Coulter historicals are usually replete with grumpy alpha males, but I have a huge soft spot for them because they were among the very first romances I ever read. In this book, the heroine is posing as a boy (of course) and the hero has angersex with her, frustrated by her independence and strength. The back cover copy is also one of those "Dear Reader" letters - but it's from the author, not the hero. Much less creepy.
You met Alec Carrick in Night Fire. He returns full force-and believe me, this man's got force--in Night Storm, the third novel of the Night Trilogy which I wrote in the Fall of 1988. The Paxtons are shipbuilders in Baltimore. Alec Carrick is an English nobleman who wants to buy them out. Genny Paxton isn't at all what she seems. She dresses like "Eugene" and wants to build her own sailing ships without male interference. Alec, a man of great insight, knows exactly…
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