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$0.99 on Kindle-The complete Works of Jane Austen

The Complete Works of Jane Austen

The Complete Works of Jane Austen includes all six novels, and Austen’s shorter works; Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sandition, and her complete Juvenilia. Jane Austen is famous for her six novels, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. Her works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary as well as her acclaimed plots have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.



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NPR (National Public Radio) List of top 100 Romance Novels and Series


National Public Radio has published a monumental list of 100 Romance books. Undeniably they are the best of the best. Go to their sight and you can have a printable list to take to the bookstore or the library. I’ve been busy checking off the ones I’ve read and staring the ones I want to read.


After you swoon over the list then go to this page where they tell you how and why.


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Award Nominees Announced: Romance Writers of America

The RITA — the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas.

The 2015 winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony on July 25 at the 2015 RWA Annual Conference in New York.

Here is a sampling of categories. For all nominees in all categories go to :


2015 RITA Finalists

Historical Romance: Long

Douglas: Lord of Heartache by Grace Burrowes Sourcebooks, Casablanca Deb Werksman, editor

A Place Called Harmony by Jodi Thomas Penguin Group USA, Berkley Wendy McCurdy, editor

Worth: Lord of Reckoning by Grace Burrowes Self-published

Historical Romance: Short

Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt Grand Central Publishing Leah Hultenschmidt, editor

The Gentleman Rogue by Margaret McPhee Harlequin Mills & Boon, Historical Pippa Roscoe, editor

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books Tessa Woodward, editor

Paranormal Romance

Be Careful What You Kiss For by Jane Lynne Daniels Boroughs Publishing Group Jill Limber, editor

Burn for Me by Cynthia Eden Kensington Publishing, Brava Esi Sogah, editor

The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter Harlequin, HQN Emily Ohanjanians, editor

Evernight by Kristen Callihan Grand Central Publishing, Forever Alex Logan, editor

Forged By Desire by Bec McMaster Sourcebooks, Casablanca Mary Altman, editor

Mind Sweeper by AE Jones Self-published Faith Freewoman, editor

My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe Self-published Martha Trachtenberg, editor

Romance Novella

10 Rules to Sex Up a Blind Date by Heidi Rice Harlequin, Cosmo Red-Hot Reads Bryony Green, editor

“A Game of Brides” by Megan Crane in Love Me True Tule Publishing Group, LLC Lilian Darcy, editor

Kiss and Tell by Grace Burrowes Self-published

“A Love Letter to the Editor” by Robin Lee Hatcher in Four Weddings & a Kiss Thomas Nelson, Inc. Traci Depree and Ami McConnell, editors

Pushing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid Self-published Curtis Brown Digital, editor

“Will You Be My Wi-Fi?” by Caroline Linden in At the Billionaire’s Wedding Self-published, The Lady Authors Martha Trachtenberg, editor

“A Yorkshire Christmas” by Kate Hewitt in All I Want For Christmas Tule Publishing Group, LLC Sinclair Sawhney, editor

Romantic Suspense

Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb Penguin Group USA, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Leslie Gelbman, editor

Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane Self-published Deb Nemeth and my fabulous critique partners, editors

Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy New American Library, Signet Laura Fazio, editor

You’re Not Safe by Mary Burton Kensington Publishing, Zebra John Scognamiglio, editor


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Extra NEWS- New, old novel to be published- Harper Lee’s GO SET A WATCHMAN


Go Set A Watchman by Harper LeeGo Set A Watchman

Publishing Date: July 14, 2015

From Deet: There seems to be a bit of a mystery surrounding this novel.  It was written before TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD but Lee’s publisher asked her to rewrite it from the viewpoint of Scout as a child and the rewrite was published. This version was thought by Lee to be lost but it came to Harper Collins, the publisher, shortly before Lee’s sister died in Nov. 2014 but not from the sister but from the attorney that took over for Lee’s sister, a Ms. Carter .  Harper Lee’s sister was Lee’s attorney, manager and protector. Lee,  is 88 years old, nearly deaf, has macular degeneration, suffered a stroke in 2007 and lives in an assisted living facility. It is unclear just how involved Ms. Lee was in the decision to publish this manuscript.  It remains unclear how the original manuscript was discovered.  As wonderful as TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is, and I have no doubt that this book will be worth the hype and a read, I’m wondering if a book about the finding and publishing of this new book wouldn’t be even more interesting.


From Amazon.com:

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.



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OK-Go’s Fab video with the Umbrellas

Yeah, I know, this is a review blog for books but once in awhile I come across something that is just fascinating.  Watch it all the way to the end.  You will be impressed I guar-an-tee.


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Banned Book week Sept. 21-27, 2014


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Sept 21-27th is Banned Book Week.  Buzzfeed has a must read list of Banned Books and an explanation of why each was banned.

Buzzfeed Banned books



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Deet’s Life- Remembering on Memorial Day

Memorial day-2

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May 26, 2014 · 3:00 am

Romance Reading List from Amazon

150 Love Stories for Every Romantic Mood

Amazon Love Stories

Amazon has compiled this list for romance lovers.  There are many on here that I have yet to read. Follow the URL below to go to the Amazon page.

From the thrill of first romance to the sweet surprise of unlikely attraction or the allure of a dangerous liaison, love is the most enthralling topic of all. Our editors have picked 150 of our favorite love stories to suit any amorous mood.





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Free on Kindle Today, Historical Story from Courtney Milan plus another

The Lady always Wins

Here is my review from March, 2012:

If I had a top ten author list Courtney Milan would be on it every time she published.  This is a short story about 60-70 pages long.  Now you might think that is not enough length to fully develop a love story.  You would be wrong.  At first we don’t know why Simon feels an urgency to marry in three days and we wonder why this particular woman.  As the story unfolds we are privy to their long standing love and regard, and the problems that hindered them in the past and that have come to hinder them again.  There are heartbreaking memories that make the reader long for the couple’s happiness.   The romance in this story is exquisite.  If you ever thought roses were the flower of love your mind will be changed, for the flower of this love is the tulip.

Also free on Kindle: The prequel novella to The Brothers Sinister Series

The Governess Affair a novella


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Kindle Daily Deal Book-What the Bride Wore by Jade Lee


What the Bride Wore

Today only, Feb. 4th, you can get Jade Lee’s WHAT THE BRIDE WORE for $1.99 on Kindle.  This is a great price for a really good book.  See my review here .

Next Monday, February 10th, I will have a review of the next book in Lee’s BRIDAL FAVORS SERIES, WHAT THE GROOM WANTS.

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