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Posted on Apr 13, 2011 3:07:15 PM PDT
Barbara Samuels has posted on her blog that the 99 cents price is temporary. They'll probably all go up to $2.99 so grab them now if you want them. Also great news that the e-book sales for her historicals are doing so well she's going to publish a new one and continue the St Ives series.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 3:19:47 PM PDT
Joan Reeves says:
Turning on my Kindle. These are the ones I got that were free or less than $5.00 and totally worth it, actually worth a lot more.

Romantically Challenged and Honeymoon for One by Beth Orsoff (kind of rom com/chick lit like I write), Slow Hands by Leslie Kelly (very sexy), Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare (werewolf of course),Hostage Zero by John Gilstrap (thriller that my husband loved), In the Garden of Temptation by Cynthia Wicklund (REgency), Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley Burke (also contemp rom/chick lit -- best of her books), Tuscan Holiday by Holly Chamberlain (more women's fiction than romance but very compelling -- takes place in Italy which made me wonder if I could go back to Italy and write off the expenses by writing a book? Probably not but one can dream.

Got Karen Marie Moning's first Fae book as a free read and it completely hooked me. Bought the rest of the books after reading the first. (Love how easy it is with Kindle. My husband was sound asleep in bed and didn't know I was buying books. *g*) I even paid up to get the last book in the series when it came out in January.

Oh, and I got a whole slew of mysteries if that interests you. I was surprised because many of them were what you'd consider Christian fiction which I have never read before. Totally surprised that the mysteries were the kind of book that would appeal to any mystery reader. I subscribe to Michael Gallagher's Kindle blog and he posts lists of free books every day. Sometimes they only stay free a very short period of time so always make sure the price shows zero before you click buy.

Here's a link to his blog You can subscribe RSS and put it on your Google home page. I check it every morning because I love cheap reads.

Joan Reeves

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 3:54:23 PM PDT
Karlyn says:
Joan - great list. I have many of those on my Kindle already. I read Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley Burke when it was offered for free many months ago. A great steamy novella, I was impressed. I see it's $4.24 now. It is also 'loanable' for those who want to borrow it for free.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 4:10:16 PM PDT
mitzimae says:
Thanks Jennifer, I've not read her before but grabbed all 4 at 99 cents.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 4:21:38 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 13, 2011 4:24:06 PM PDT
mitzimae says:
I saw Silken Threads by Patricia Ryan for 99 cents. Has anyone read her before?

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 4:46:25 PM PDT
Joan Reeves says:
Patricia Ryan is a long-time romance author. She's won the Rita and also RT awards. Haven't read Silken Threads, but I don't think you can go wrong with her books especially the medieval romances if you like that kind of book.

Joan Reeves

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 5:51:13 PM PDT
I think I bought compromising positions back in the day, long before it was free, but I really enjoyed it and her other books have been interesting as well

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 7:26:11 PM PDT
Karlyn says:
An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn is only $1.99! I loved this series.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 7:41:06 PM PDT
mitzimae says:
I just checked my read-list....and I'm surprised that I've never read a book by Julia Quinn. The reviews at GR are really good for the 1st four books in this Bridgerton series...I'll check them out, Thanks.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 7:43:51 PM PDT
Karlyn, great find!

I wasn't a fan of that one myself, but I really loved Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgerton Series, Book 4). mitzimae, hope you enjoy the series!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 7:58:32 PM PDT
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Karlyn says:
AJ - It wasn't my favorite, but I really liked it. My favorite is The Viscount Who Loved Me. Luckily, this series can be read out of order with little issue (that is how I read it, and had no problem.) I assume that $1.99 discount wont last for long. I imagine the publishers are drumming up interest for her new release Just Like Heaven which comes out next month. The heroine is going to be a Smythe-Smith gal from the bad musicians/singers we see repeatedly as background in the Bridgerton series. (I can't wait for that one!)

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 8:13:50 PM PDT
Mary Bellomo says:
I wouldn't mind trying Julia Quinn (I've never read her, either) but I noticed that the $1.99 book is the third in the series. I'm totally OCD about series in that I must start from the beginning.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 8:16:12 PM PDT
Karlyn, that was a great book, and I loved the bee scene. For some reason, I just lost interest in Ten Things I Love About You and didn't even finish it. (Maybe I should pick it up again? I did like Sebastian Grey a lot and thought he stole the show in What Happens In London.) Have you read Ten Things?

I read the synopsis of Just Like Heaven and am a little hesitant...not sure what to make of the "regrettably prone to sprained ankles" on the H's part.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 8:18:12 PM PDT
Mary, I read the series in order and totally understand the OCD, but like Karlyn said, they can all stand alone.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 9:16:43 PM PDT
mitzimae says:
I find more authors I like by picking up a used book at ubs or a rummage sale and then researching/purchasing their back lists.....(and now kindle bargains)....You never know until you try it and at this price seems worth a shot.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 9:19:46 PM PDT
Dottiebears says:
Even Julia Quinn's worst books are pretty darn good. I haven't read anything by her that I didn't like. There are some not as good as others, but for the most part even her bad books are better than a lot of authors good books.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 9:23:12 PM PDT
HappyCat says:
AJ, Ten Things got much better the further on the book went. It wasn't that great in the beginning, I don't think. It's been a few months since I read it, though. I'd say give it a re-read if you have time. Maybe skip the first third of the book, though. :)

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 9:26:33 PM PDT
T. L. Haddix says:
That post was me - the HappyCat one. Our kindle is under our personal account, which is the HappyCat persona. Just wanted to clarify that.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 9:38:05 PM PDT
Mary Bellomo says:
Poster with no name - you're right about the Barbara Samuel books! I'm glad I got a good number of these for 99 cents, because I see that Bed of Spices, and the Heart of a Knight have already been upped to $2.99.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 9:45:28 PM PDT
mitzimae says:
I thank you too....I also got mine tonight before the price increase. <smile>

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 11:27:01 PM PDT
joeyjhg2 says:
I agree about Patricia Ryan. She writes wonderful historical romances.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2011 6:58:17 AM PDT
I think "free" is the cheapest. Just load in "paranormal romance free" and quite a few entries pop up
I used this method to find some great authors. It's an even better way to find out about an author than to download a sample. I've also loaded in other entries-it seems my preferences change from month to month, then I choose to have the entries appear low to high and go from there.

Also, once you locate a certain entry then go down to the 20 pages of suggested reads. Pricing may not be free, but I call 1.24 etc a great price. I don't know how many series I have started because I got one of the series books for free or a very low price (of course that's why the kindle entry was offered in the first place-I know that)

This system also brought me back to reading Harlequin books. I especially like the Harlequin Intrigue and the Desire books. I hadn't read a Harlequin in over 20 years, but I couldn't argue with "free"
Whodathunk that some of my favorite authors also wrote and still write for Harlequin?? And since my preference is always for a series, I find I am following many of them in Harlequin

I don't worry too much about downloading a dud. I can check the book out further on the author's web site, etc. Even the dud has its uses. I can get a feeling for the author and I make a special note (on a word doc) not to bother further.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 7:05:30 AM PDT
right now the following are free:

A Fool Again: A Novella by eloisa James
Fallen from Grace: A Bonus Dark Mirror Short Story by MJ putney ( not sure if it is a romance by MJ is usually a historical romance writer)

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 9:30:34 AM PDT
Joan Reeves says:
Just about anything by Julia Quinn and Eloisa James is good. Sure, some are better than others. Like Jenna Bayley-Burke. Really loved Compromising Positions, but her earlier works weren't as captivating. Her covers though are great. The Cinderella cover alone sold me. You could really see her progression as a writer from her first published ebook to her last. I read her last first then went back and got the others, but was a bit disappointed. This is why a lot of writers don't publish their early efforts. I haven't checked on her in a while. Wonder if she's got a new book out because I do like her voice and style.

Another source for low cost Kindle books is But I think they don't have any fiction that's seriously sexy. I know I emailed them about listing my ebook since it fits the cheap requirement, but their guidelines said something like "no explicit sex, etc." That leaves me out. *g* I'll read books that don't have a lot of sex, BUT I prefer sex with my romance novels.

Joan Reeves
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