Archive for July, 2013

Tuesday Deals: Free and 99 Cent Ebooks!

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Time for another Tuesday Deals! This week I’m featuring a YA on sale for 99 cents, a sweet historical romance, and two perma-free ebooks!

Please remember to double-check the pricing at your e-retailer of choice before downloading or purchasing. If you click a link to Amazon Canada, a book on sale at the American site for 99 cents won’t necessarily be 99 cents at It might be .98 or $1.01, depending on the exchange rate at the time. I don’t list other Amazon sites or the post would get too long, but if the book is on sale or free at a main venue, check your country’s e-store to see if you can get it free or for the equivalent of $.99 USD there!


First up is BRACED TO BITE, Serena Robar’s first book in her funny vampire YA series. Regularly priced at $3.99, BRACED TO BITE is only 99 cents until July 31st. Today’s July 30th, so get it while it’s $.99! Available on Amazon, Amazon Canada, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

Colby Blanchard had it all…

Head cheerleader. Popular friends. Hottest date and a no-brainer for Homecoming Court. Colby’s got a nearly-perfect life – ask anybody.

… until she gets bit.

Some random vamp gets his fangs into her, and suddenly everything’s different. She’s different. To make matters worse, she’s only a half-blood vampire, not a full one. Now, instead of Homecoming Queen who rules the school, she’s a mongrel of the vampire community – and they’re giving her just one week to justify her existence, or they’ll “relieve her of her undead status”. She gets the feeling that doesn’t mean just kicking her out of their clique.

And she thought getting into college was going to be her biggest problem.

With the clock ticking, Colby has to prove herself by finding the Rogue Vampire who tried to turn her. Colby discovers some hidden strengths, and some unlikely allies – including Thomas, a Vampire Investigator who would be really hot if he weren’t the guy most likely to kill her when her number’s up. As she digs she uncovers a conspiracy, and is offered a deal: her life, or the lives of all the half-blood vampires.

Does she cut the deal, to get back all she lost? Or does she stand for the mongrels she’s accidentally joined?

$.99 until July 31st at Amazon,, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords!



Next, Becky Barker’s permanently free contemporary western romance novel, HANCHART LAND, previously priced at $3.99. Find it at Amazon,, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Luke Hanchart proposed a marriage-of-convenience to Susan, his cousin’s widow, to protect his family’s ranch. Little did he know that saying “I do,” would open the door to a tempestuous future. Now nothing stood in the way of a passion that had smoldered between them. As they sealed their union with a kiss, a spark ignited and began to burn.

Perma-free at Amazon, Amazon Canada, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.


DonnaCummingsAnother freebie, the contemporary romance novella, SUMMER LOVIN’, by Donna Cummings. Find it at Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes. Check out UK Amazon, too!

Everyone should have at least one wild fling on their resume. Mia volunteers to dog-sit for two weeks, giving her a chance to figure out the next step in her life, and career. She discovers it’s not easy chasing after a puppy with a shoe fetish, but there’s a reward for all her troubles: the hunky guy next door. Luke is a workaholic forced to take two weeks’ vacation, and at first he’s sure the downtime might kill him. But then he gets to know his temporary neighbor. She’s sexy and fun, and all of a sudden, two weeks isn’t nearly enough time.

FREE at Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.


MarieHigginsWrapping up, Marie Higgins’s sweet historical romance novel, TAKE MY HEART, regularly priced at $3.99 is now $.99 until August 22nd on Amazon. Also check

Mercedes Maxwell is devastated when her twin sister is driven to take her own life by none other than her husband, William Braxton. Determined to make her brother-in-law pay for the injustice, Mercedes travels to Philadelphia to find him. She is shocked to find that William is unaware of his wife’s death, and when Mercedes is mistaken for her sister, she decides to pose as her twin to glean some answers. Mercedes embarks on an adventure she never dreamed of in hopes of bringing justice to her sister. Instead of justice, Mercedes uncovers a plethora of secrets and mystery. As she works to unravel the mystery and discover who she can trust, Mercedes finds that all is not as it seems, and that William Braxton may be the one man she can trust.

99 cents for a limited time on Amazon and!

More Tuesday Deals next week!

Kindle Fire Give-Away on Kindle Books and Tips

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Michael Gallagher of Kindle Books and Tips is hosting a give-away for a Kindle Fire on his blog. If you do not live in a country where Amazon ships the Kindle Fire, your entry will qualify you for an Amazon gift card of the same value.

Hop on over to Michael’s blog to get all the details and enter!

Tuesday Deals: Free and 99 Cent Ebooks!

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Welcome back to another installment of Tuesday Deals. This week we have perma-free, perma-99-cent, and ebooks on sale for 99 cents for a limited time—three novels and one short story in total. Please remember to check the prices before downloading or purchasing.

Happy reading!

anderson_1My first featured Deal is Maree Anderson’s SEER’S HOPE, a fantasy novel with romantic elements. SEER’S HOPE is permanently FREE on Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Apple, ARe, and Smashwords. For other venues, please check Maree’s website.

Hope is snatched from her home and transported to a primitive world of magic and capricious gods. The Dayamari people believe she’s a Seer and their only hope of salvation, but she’s blind—she can’t see anything at all, let alone the future. She must accept her destiny and learn to wield the awe-inspiring powers the gods have bestowed upon her. And if she’s to save those she loves from the horrifying evil that lurks in the darkness, failure is not an option.

FREE on Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Apple, ARe, and Smashwords! Also check for it at your favorite e-tailer around the world!


gibb_2Tasman Gibb’s Contemporary Romance, SAVING JUSTICE, regularly priced $2.99 is on sale for 99 cents until August 15th at Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble.

Marlo Croft, canine behaviorist at the Dog Haven Sanctuary in Halo Peak, Washington, has her life neatly organized. The trauma of her past is well buried, her emotions tamped down, and rehabilitating and rehoming damaged and unwanted dogs gives her the focused, contained life that makes her feel secure.

The arrival of a new rescue dog, Justice, also brings the unwelcome distraction of a handsome stranger who is to shadow Marlo and Justice through the dog’s rehabilitation.

Suffering guilt over the death of his wife, New Zealander Adam Guildford’s short contract in the US to research dog fighting is what he hopes will pull him out of the limbo he has floundered in for the past four years. He arrives prepared to tackle the emotional and behavioral needs of the rescued dogs, but completely unprepared for the way his presence unnerves Marlo and awakens his own dormant feelings.

As they start to gain Justice’s trust, Marlo loosens her grip on her inner fears and the simmering attraction between her and Adam heats up. Adam works carefully to dismantle the emotional barricades Marlo erected, until one day he unwittingly delivers the horror from Marlo’s past straight to her doorstep, an action that tears the three of them apart.

On sale for 99 cents until August 15th at Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble!


barrett_3Nikki Lynn Barrett’s Contemporary Romance (novel length), BABY STETSON (Love and Music in Texas, Book 1), is also on sale for 99 cents—until August 1st. BABY STETSON is regularly priced at $3.99 but can be found now for $.99 on Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble.

In small Texas towns, strangers come and go…

Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she’s never lacked for love … only the knowledge of her past.

By day she works at the inn, but by night … Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good … stable, until new guests blew into town.

Some strangers come with secrets and lies.

Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn’t matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony’s Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.

Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery’s ignited within, he’s intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn’t want Avery to know.

Each time they’re near the other, things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie.

But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.

On sale for $.99 until August 1st at Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble.


procterking_4My son got married this past week, so I didn’t have time to round up a fourth Tuesday Deal. Never fear, I have one of my own available! My romantic comedy short story, Deceiving Derek, is always priced at 99 cents and can be found on Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iTunes, Smashwords and ARe. If you’re in the UK or shop at other Amazons or Kobos or iTunes stores around the world, you should also be able to find it there.

Sassy Shorts! Fun, Quick Reads. Deceiving Derek, LOVE & OTHER CALAMITIES, Story 1.

Lingerie designer Lacey DeMarco livens up her life by finagling an unsuspecting police detective into attending a funky bridal shower. She needs one last item to complete a scavenger hunt list, and handsome cop Derek McAllister is it.

But a little trickery is at work. Both Lacey and Derek are both being hoodwinked…in the name of love.

Deceiving Derek is a romantic comedy short story of 5200 words, or approximately 12 typical book pages. Deceiving Derek is the first of five connected short stories, each featuring a heroine introduced in Lacey’s story. Follow Lacey and her girlfriends as they prepare for a wedding and find true love along the way.

Perma-99-cents on Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Smashwords, and ARe.

I Acquire A New Family Member

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Youngest Son got married yesterday, so I am now officially a mother-in-law. I never dreamed that one of my sons would get hitched so young. I was 25 when My Liege and I tied the knot, and I was only the second of my group of high school girlfriends to get married. Anything under 25 seemed remarkably young to me for making that kind of commitment. Y.S. is 22.

But I have to say I’m thrilled! I adore my new daughter-in-law, and she and Y.S. are a perfect match. I pretty much sobbed my way through the ceremony, which was in my mother’s back yard. Y.S. and his new wife wrote their own vows, and it was incredibly touching. The stuff of romance novels, you might say. 😉

How old were you when you got married?

Tuesday Deals: 99 Cent Boxed Set and Novel Sales!

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

This week I’m featuring a discounted-to-99-cents two-novel boxed set by the same author, two individual 99-cent novels on sale for a limited time, and one permanently priced 99-cent novella.

As always, please check the prices at your favorite e-tailer before purchasing. I am not in control of whether the books are on sale on non-U.S. Amazon stores or non-U.S. Apple stores, etc., or whether an Indie author’s price change comes into effect on time. This is why I say to check the prices before you purchase. That way you won’t get an unpleasant surprise on your credit card bill.

Happy Downloading!


Contemporary Romance author Sophia Knightly’s TROPICAL HEAT SERIES BOXED SET, regularly priced at $3.99, is on sale for 99 cents from July 14-July 21st on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Apple.

Amazon bestselling author Sophia Knightly delivers two fun, sexy and heartwarming romances of her Tropical Heat Series in one bundled volume.

In Wild for You (Book One), Detective Clay Blackthorne has his hands full when he promises to safeguard an old college pal’s sister without letting her know what he’s up to. He never imagines that lively Marisol Calderon will knock his socks off and put a ring on his finger—and all at his suggestion! Their marriage of convenience is meant to protect her and Clay doesn’t plan on being hitched for long to the tempting beauty. But the honeymoon sure feels real to him…

Sassy Marisol is used to doing whatever she wants—and right now her plan is to shake up the hot detective’s hard-edged demeanor. But the fun turns to danger when a mystery stalker bent on marrying her marks her as his prey. Temporarily becoming Clay’s wife seems like a practical way to thwart the stalker. But as passion ignites and Marisol falls for the tender heart buried beneath the tough detective’s chest, Clay’s true identity is revealed and she begins to wonder who—if anyone—she can trust…

In Sold on You, (Book Two) Confirmed bachelor Dr. Marcos Calderon is in hot water. He needs to come up with a fake fiancée fast or he’ll disappoint his beloved grandma who’s arriving on the next flight to meet her. Proper social worker Gabriela Morales should fit the bill—but tonight, in that sexy, slit-to-there red evening gown, she looks anything but proper.

Gabriela only volunteered for the hospital’s charity bachelorette auction to benefit a cause dear to her heart. Now she’s reeling from the hot doctor’s bid of fifteen thousand dollars for a weekend date with her! She’s not sure what Dr. Handsome has in mind, but the smoldering look in his eyes is unmistakable…

99 cents until July 21st on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Apple!


Campisi_2Mary Campisi’s Contemporary Romance, PIECES OF YOU (The Betrayed Trilogy: Book One), regularly priced $2.99, is on sale for 99 cents until July 26th. You can find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords.

Sometimes hiding in the shadows is the only way to protect your heart.

Quinn Burnes’s mother disappeared when he was only fifteen leaving him with a despondent father, a little sister who suffers panic attacks, and eight notebooks containing the truth about his mother. He guards this secret for eighteen years, until on an otherwise normal day, his mother re-enters his life, pleading for his help. She’s in danger and the only thing that can save her is reclaiming the identity she shunned years ago.

Quinn is a master of emotional detachment, from his successful career as a personal injury attorney to his strings of meaningless relationships with beautiful women who possess uneasy temperaments; a sure formula to keep his heart safe and insure he’s the first to walk away. Until he meets the mysterious ‘Danielle’ a woman with too many secrets who’s on the run from the abusive, estranged husband she shot and may have killed. Danielle isn’t like any woman he’s ever met, but can he risk his heart for someone who’s doing exactly what his mother did eighteen years ago? Someone who may ultimately leave him, just like his mother?

99 cents until July 26th on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords!



Another Contemporary Romance, this time by Susan R. Hughes, DIVIDED HEARTS is on sale for .99 until July 19th. Regularly priced at $2.99, DIVIDED HEARTS can be found on Amazon.

When Faye’s best friend, Jenna, is injured in a car accident, Faye is left to care for Jenna’s young child—expecting no help from baby Hannah’s father, Simon, who has never been a part of the little girl’s life. But when Jenna’s former lover unexpectedly reappears, Faye learns that Jenna never told him about their child; and now that he knows of his daughter’s existence, he wants nothing more than to bond with her. As the relationship between father and daughter grows, so does the attraction between Simon and Faye—but once Jenna recovers, they find themselves faced with a heartbreaking choice between their desire for each other and the best interests of the little girl whose future lies in their hands.

Set in Vancouver, BC, and on the picturesque Sunshine Coast, DIVIDED HEARTS takes you on an exhilarating journey through the passion, sacrifice, forgiveness and sweet surprises of discovering a love that’s meant to be.

On sale for 99 cents until July 19th on Amazon.


Curtis_4My last featured Tuesday Deal for this week is the Erotic Romance novella Compulsion, by Cassandra Curtis. Compulsion is permanently available for $.99, but still remember to check the price before purchasing, just in case something changes. Compulsion can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

NOTE: Compulsion contains Adult Content.

Lindsay Dannon has a dirty little secret. While she hides behind her plain and proper image at work, a wanton woman with a rich fantasy life lurks beneath the surface. The thrill of sex in public places, and the risk of exposure, is a compulsive itch she knows only one man can scratch—her boss, Jack Randolph.

The company’s “no tolerance” policy on interoffice dating is the only thing stopping her. Good thing Jack created the rules, because he’s determined to make all of Lindsay’s sexual fantasies come true…

Always available for 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords!

Spam Reviews and Excerpts

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Any other writers out there notice a new type of spam comment showing up in your blog dashboards? Lately, I’ve been getting spam comments that look like excerpts from books I’ve never read. I get spam comments that are Amazon reviews of my own books, (some of those I have read before, and so I recognize them as the same spam review tends to repeat over and over). I also get spam comments of the synopses of books I have featured in my Tuesday Deals column. So far just one book, but I find it very weird.

I guess it’s an attempt at creativity, but luckily WordPress recognizes the comments as spam and so far I haven’t had to wipe any off my blog itself.

At least no one’s trying to sell me Louis Vitton anymore through my spam filter. Although, maybe they will now that I’ve posted this. 😉