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Extra! Kindle Daily Deal- 200 Romance novels for $1.99 each

 

This is a WOW! sale. 200, yes, 200 romance novels for Kindle at $1.99 each.  Some of my favorite authors are listed, such as:

Susanna Kearsley’s fabulous THE WINTER SEA, THE ROSE GARDEN, MARIANA and THE SHADOWY HORSES

The Winter SeaThe Rose Garden

 

 

 

The Shadowy HorsesMariana

 

 

 

Georgette Heyer’s many romances. (I’m not positive about these pictured titles but they may be there since there are so many of Heyer’s novels on the list.)

these old shades The Grand Sophey Frederica

 

 

 

 

Grace Burrowes has several on this list.

Darius

 

 

 

Plus many more.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=br_lf_m_1001914951_pglink_1?ie=UTF8&docId=1001914951&plgroup=1&plpage=1

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Extra! Extra! Kindle Deal of the Day- The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley $1.99

The Rose Garden

These Deals are usually for one day only so don’t hesitate if you are at all interested.  This is one of my all time favorite novels.  Here is my review from August 29, 2012 :

“Whatever time we have,” he said, “it will be time enough.”

Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers. There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.

But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.

**

Thank you, Mo, for recommending this book to me!  I loved it!  The romance here is slow to develop and there is a question of will she or won’t she.  The fact that Eva had no control over her time travel until late in the book added to the excitement.  There are surprises that are hinted at and unfold to satisfy our guesses.  There is action, pathos, friendship and love.  This is the kind of book that doesn’t leave you when the last page is read.  It raises the “what if” questions and we really want to know what happens next and does it happen to anyone else. Absolutely delightful and this will go on  this year’s top reads list.

 

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Why Read Romance?

Susanna Kearsley, author of The Firebird, The Winter Sea, Mariana, etc, kindly gave me permission to reblog this very interesting blog on the question “Why Read Romance?”.  I totally agree with her conclusion, do you?  Your comments are most welcome.

Why Read Romance?

(reblogged  from Susanna Kearsley’s Blog http://womaninjeopardy.blogspot.ca/ Feb. 14, 2013 )

Today being Valentine’s Day, there’s a hashtag that’s trending on Twitter and picking up speed—#WhyReadRomance—wherein people share all the reasons they read romance novels. I love this, and yet I can’t help but wish there was no need for that hashtag; no need for those readers to have to explain why they read what they read.
After all, you would never see hashtags for #WhyReadMysteries, or #WhyReadLiteraryFiction, would you? No one’s ever going to be teased for reading modern poetry, or picking up a thriller. And no one’s ever asked me, ‘Why on earth would you read Vonnegut?’

Choose a romance novel, though, and eyes will roll, the implication being romance is a lesser form of fiction, not deserving of a place at the big table of ‘real’ writing.

When I disagree—when I point out I write romantic fiction, and that I have friends who write for Harlequin, and that the genre is a broad and varied one, like any other genre, filled with writers who are brilliant at their craft—I only get the rolling eyes again. And if I name specific books as evidence, I’m often told, ‘That book transcends the genre.’ (If you want to set my teeth on edge, just tell me that a book “transcends the genre”. What that tells me, plain and simple, is you haven’t read enough books in that genre).

Still, at that point, I just tend to bite my tongue, and end the argument. I do this because I remember my first year Philosophy course, at university, in which the professor explained to us why it was pointless to argue with someone who was starting from a fixed and different point of view. You’ll almost never change that point of view, he warned us, and they won’t change yours, and so the two of you will argue in a parallel dynamic with no end, that looks like this:

                       

But I’m an optimist, you see. And I believe a lot of misconceptions can be changed, or challenged, by a little education.
So last weekend, in the middle of a day-long course that I was leading with a great, enthusiastic group of local writers who were wanting to explore how to use love stories within their work, I gave them all a sheet of excerpts taken from four books I owned, that I’d read and enjoyed.

One book, I told them, was a Harlequin Romance. One was a literary novel. One was written by a man. And one I’d put in as a wildcard.

Here are the excerpts:

Lorenzo sat at his desk, idly toying with the orrery. It was a mechanical model of the solar system, showing everything in its relative position. There was something soothing about watching how the moons and planets followed their own unwavering path, each one taking its own specific place in a dance so intricate it was almost beyond human comprehension. Galileo had understood it, even though it went against everything he’d been brought up to believe.

The courage of that, the audacious brilliance never failed to impress Lorenzo. Galileo had had a vision, and he had been unswerving in his pursuit of it. But even he, with his towering intellect, had never fully got to grips with the complexities of women.

With a flick of his finger Lorenzo made the earth spin on its axis, and then slowed it right down again as he thought back to last night. That was how it had felt in the temple, in the candlelight and the silence. As if he had slowed down time. Stopped the world, for a little while.

**********

 He put his hand out to assist her on the last high step into the villa grounds. She looked at his hand in front of her and wondered if he meant to stop her.

Signorina. May I take your hand?’

She could feel her face reddening, warmth upon warmth encroaching. She placed her hand in his palm and took the last step, breathless. He smiled again and turned her hand over. Her open palm was warm from the climb. Dante stroked the skin, none too soft, that he held in his own fine hand, stirring the blood underneath to quickness. He kissed the white inside of her wrist, quick and light, and held her hand for a few minutes more as they walked through the shaded gardens.

**********

 He grabbed her to him and stood for long minutes kissing her and kissing her, dragging his hands over her, skating over her curves, enjoying her. Even through the thick cloth of her coat, the feel of her was something wonderful and the smell of her perfume was filling him. The kissing went on and on, his hands grew more and more insistent until she was pressed against him and moaning deep in her chest, rubbing herself on him, grinding against him with his hands on her as her coat rose up over her hips and her skirt followed it, sliding over her thighs.

**********

 As he said his goodbye, it occurred to him that maybe, just maybe, he meant something to her. Too bad he had so much to do. Too bad armies were on the march. Too bad Laura Brittle stood in the doorway, watching them.

He wanted to clasp Polly Brandon in his arms. He had watched over her on the Perseverance and he was uneasy about leaving her without his protection. Yes, I am proprietary, he wanted to shout to Laura Brittle. Why is it your business?

He did nothing of the sort. ‘Stay off the water, Brandon, and you should be all right,’ he said gruffly, then turned on his heel as smartly as any Marine on parade, and left her standing alone in the courtyard.

 

Nearly everyone guessed that the first excerpt was from a literary novel.

Nearly everyone guessed that the last excerpt was written by a man.

And nearly everyone thought that either the second or third excerpts were from the Harlequin Romance, with a large margin choosing the third excerpt over the second.

Want to know where they were really from? From the bottom up, then…

The fourth excerpt is from Marrying the Royal Marine, a Harlequin Historical Romance, by Carla Kelly.

The third excerpt is from The Good Mayor, a literary novel by Andrew Nicoll.

The second excerpt is from Dante’s War, a literary novel by Sandra Sabatini.

And the first excerpt, the one most of the writers in that group felt sure was from a literary novel, is from Powerful Italian, Penniless Housekeeper, a Harlequin Presents Romance, by India Grey. It’s a beautiful excerpt, a lovely piece of writing, and the hero is remembering a night that he spent talking to the heroine. Just that, and nothing more.
Surprised? If you already read romance, I’m sure you’re not. Most romance readers judge a book by what’s inside it, not what’s printed on the cover, and they know the titles of these books aren’t chosen by the authors—they’re a construct of the marketing department of the publisher, and often have no actual connection to the story.
And the story, in the end, is why I read a novel. Any novel. Literary, Science Fiction, Mystery, or Romance. Good writing is good writing, and no genre, in my optimistic world view, is a lesser form of fiction.

That’s why India Grey’s novel sits alongside Andrew Nicoll’s, on my bookshelves. And that’s why I read romance.

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Advance Review- The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Title:  The Firebird

Firebird

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Fantasy

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Publisher: Sourcebooks, June 4, 2013 (Kindle edition pre order available)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5+

Sexy Rating: 5(steamy but not explicit)

Description from amazon.com:

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird-the mythical creature from an old Russian fable.

Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna into the past who leads her on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

**

FIREBIRD weaves well researched, historical fact with a riveting, fictitious historical plot and an intriguing and beguiling contemporary subplot.  If you have read any of Kearsley’s previous novels you will recognize some of the characters in this one.  Rob the psychic boy from THE SHADOWY HORSES and Colonel Grahame, Thomas Gordon, John Moray and Sophia from THE WINTER SEA. That said, this is a stand-alone novel.

Rob is all grown up and had a university fling with Nicola but now it is two years later and Nicola seeks his help because Rob has higher psychic abilities than she.  They set off together to St. Petersburg to unravel the mystery of the Firebird carving.  As they delve, with their abilities, into the early 18th century and the Jacobite uprising they uncover the story of Anna, the child who grows to womanhood to hand down to her heirs the Firebird carving.

This is a story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, a story of faith, trust and romance.  There is dangerous adventure, simmering sexual tension, a fairytale introduced that relates to the plot and some surprises.  It is also a story of being true to yourself and acknowledging who you are.

Five stars are not enough for this wonderful book.  I give it a 10.

Every so often I come across an author or a book, or one is recommended to me, that is just off-the-charts good and I want to get up on a soap box and shout  to the world “Buy this book” or “Read this author, I insist”.  That is what I’m doing here.  Susanna Kearsley is just too good and you must read her books. All of them!

  1. The Rose Garden
  2. The winter sea
  3. Mariana
  4. The Shadowy Horses
  5. Firebird (coming June 4, 2013)

(Deet’s reviews of the above books can be found using the search box in the left hand column)

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Extra- Deet Recommends Two Fab Kindle Deals of the Day from Amazon

I do get excited when I find terrific books for cheap.  That means I just have to pass on the news to you. Today’s Amazon Kindle Deals include two of my favorite books and authors, Susanna Kearsley and Linda Howard. Again, I’ll remind you that if you download the Kindle App (its free) you can read this on your computer or Smart phone if you don’t own a Kindle.

From Susanna Kearsley comes Kindle Deal of the Day, $1.99:

The Shadowy Horses

I gave THE SHADOWY HORSES a 4.5 star review.  Type in the title in my search box to see the review.

The Kindle Romance Deal of the Day is the wonderful SON OF MORNING by Linda Howard, a terrific buy at $.99:

Son of MorningI read this  book a few years ago when I first discovered Howard’s fabulous writing.  At this price I will add it to my e-reader (Kindle) and read it again.

 

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Review- Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

Title: Mariana

Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2012

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from amazon.com:

The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew at once that it was her house. Now, twenty-five years later, by some strange chance, she has just become the new owner of the sixteenth-century Wilshire farmhouse. But Julia soon begins to suspect that more than coincidence has brought her there. As if Greywethers were a porthal between worlds, she finds herself abruptly transported back in time. Stepping into seventeenth-century England, Julia becomes Mariana, a beautiful young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love for Richard de Mornay, handsome forebear of the present squire of Crofton Hall. Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past, falling ever deeper in love with Richard…until one day she realizes Mariana’s life threatens to eclipse her own–and that she must find a way to lay the past to rest, or risk losing a chance for love in her own time.

**

Here we have a ghost, reincarnation, time travel and a heartrending love story of soulmates all wrapped up in exquisite prose. I could not put this book down, I had to read until the last page no matter the late hour.  There is an element of subtle danger that culminates in heart pounding action and suspense. The ending is satisfying and romantic.

Romantic quote:

“Ordinarily,” he went on, evenly, “I’m a patient man. But I think I’ve waited long enough.”……”Time we both stopped waiting, and began to live.”…. “These are your beautiful days, Julia Beckett.” He promised me softly.

I recommend this book to all romantics who like their stories well written and totally engrossing.

This is my fourth Susanna Kearsley novel in the past two months. She is my new favorite author.  I thought her book THE ROSE GARDEN was my favorite until I read this one although I have loved each of her novels.

Other Susanna Kearsley novels I’ve reviewed:

1. The Rose Garden

2. The Winter Sea

3. The Shadowey Horses

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Review- The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

Title: The Shadowy Horses

Genre:  Paranormal Fiction

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Publisher: Penguin, 1997

Source: Library

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5 (behind closed doors)

Description from amazon.com:

THE INVINCIBLE NINTH ROMAN LEGION MARCHES FROM YORK TO FIGHT THE NORTHERN TRIBES. AND THEN VANISHES FROM THE PAGES OF HISTORY.

Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.

Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he’s finally found it—not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has “seen” a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.

Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.

**

I have been on a Susanna Kearsley kick ever since I read and reviewed THE ROSE GARDEN and then THE WINTER SEA.  I went to the library looking for her book MARIANA but they had this one and not the other.  My lucky day!  Again, I fell into Kearsley’s world of a small Scotish fishing village and could not put this book down until I had finished it.  This is one of those cross genre books, it has a bit of romance, some paranormal and some contemporary fiction all rolled into one terrific read.  Kearsley is a master of the setting.  She makes scenes come alive so that they unfold like a very good movie as you read.  Her characters are not superlatives, they are very human and they act and react in very human ways.  This plot is superbly constructed with wonderful prose.  I wanted a bit more of the romance and of the paranormal but those minuses did not detract from my enjoyment.

 

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Review- The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Title: The Winter Sea

Genre:  Historical Fiction/Romance

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2011

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5 (behind closed doors)

Description from amazon.com:

History has all but forgotten…In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…

**

I have to thank blog reader and commenter, Edyta, for recommending this book.

This is a duel story of both, Carrie, the present day author in the story, and her ancestor Sophia.  The narration goes from chapters in the present to chapters of the past.  Kearsley once again weaves a stunning romance while bringing to life the Jacobite rebellion in Scotland.  The book is so well written that it often felt like I was reading a true account. It is a long book 527 pages but I became so engrossed that I hardly noticed.  There is action, adventure, moments of pathos, romance and redemption.

Kearsley researches her story so well that the setting is brought to life.  For Slains Castle is a real place and did play a pivotal role in the rebellion of 1708.  Here is a look at Slains Castle as it appears today.

If I have any negative remarks it is that I would have liked a bit more of Carrie’s romance and story.

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Review- The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

Title: The Rose Garden

Genre: Time Travel Romance

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2011

Source: Kindle

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

“Whatever time we have,” he said, “it will be time enough.” (This line is to die for.  How utterly romantic.)

Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers. There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.

But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.

**

Thank you, Mo, for recommending this book to me!  I loved it!

The romance here is slow to develop and there is a question of will she or won’t she.  The fact that Eva had no control over her time travel until late in the book added to the excitement.  There are surprises that are hinted at and unfold to satisfy our guesses.  There is action, pathos, friendship and love.  This is the kind of book that doesn’t leave you when the last page is read.  It raises the “what if” questions and we really want to know what happens next and does it happen to anyone else. Absolutely delightful and this will go on my this year’s top reads list.

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