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Initial post: Mar 12, 2011 6:40:15 AM PST
Mary Bellomo says:
I started this thread so that those of us who are Kindle enthusiasts could share recommendations for bargain Kindle romance books that are really good. I'm a voracious reader, as well as a bargain hunter. A bargain could mean it's under $5, or it could mean that the price of the book was just reduced... whatever.
There are many books out there that are inexpensive, but still wonderful, wonderful stories.

Some of my best Kindle buys were "A Light for My Love" by Alexis Harrington, $2.99 on Kindle. It is one of the better American historicals I've ever read. By the same author, "Homeward Hearts" is also $2.99, and very good.

Please, I don't want this to become a promos thread.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 7:19:01 AM PST
Sometimes you can find bundles that are good deals. If you like Suzanne Brockmann, her Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series is bundled into groups of 4 books, and are decently priced. Tall, Dark, and Dangerous Part 1

Also many are enjoying this series: The Blades of the Rose Bundle: Warrior, Scoundrel, Rebel, & Stranger

HQ books are usually good deals, and there are several of the free ones that are quite good, like Snowbound and Dancing in the Moonlight. I'm hearing good things about Swept Away by Marsha Canham. It's $2.99 on kindle. I bought it but haven't read it yet.

I enjoyed Sydney Somer's book Unbreakable (Shadow Destroyers Book One). It's a little over $4.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 9:16:21 AM PST
Karlyn says:
Just downloaded a sample of "A Light for My Love", thanks for posting Mary! There really are not a lot of good American historicals (compared to European historicals.) Here are some great bargains I enjoyed on the Kindle.

One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney is only $4.47. Fantastic classic historical romance

My Wicked Pirate by Rona Sharon is only $2.42. One of my favorite historical/pirate romances. Great book.

Virgin River books 1-4 by Robyn Carr is only $9.99 for FOUR books. One of my favorite contemporary series.

Tapestry by Karen Ranney is only $2.99, another great classic historical romance.

Song of Seduction by Carrie Lofty is only $4.69. It is a historical set in Germany and centers around the love of music. Very good.

I ditto the recommends for Zoe Archer's Blades series, and Marsha Canham's books.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 11:23:37 AM PST
Mary Bellomo says:
I know what you mean, KarLynp, I love American historicals, but they are few and far between when compared to the scores and scores of English or other European romances. I adored "A Light for My Love," it was one of those that has a big emotional impact.

Thanks for the suggestions, ladies!

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 11:26:05 AM PST
Mary Bellomo says:
Wow, "My Wicked Pirate" looks like it's right up my alley! Awesome! Thanks.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 12:39:16 PM PST
I just read and reviewed a book by Sara Downing, a UK author, on kindle titled Head Over HeelsHead Over Heels. I really liked this book and at $2.99, it was worth every penny!

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 12:52:17 PM PST
MelissaB says:
The Falcon & the Dove (Khamsin Warriors of the Wind) by Bonnie Vanak is a good historical romance set in Egypt in the late 1800's - and it's only $2.99.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 1:19:25 PM PST
Mary Bellomo says:
Carolyn, I got "Swept Away" for $2.99, and then just a week later it was free for like, 24 hours or something. Grr! I haven't read it yet, either, but it sounds really good, and i've heard good things about Marsha Canham.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 1:22:40 PM PST
Moxie says:
The Endearment was $3.99 when I bought it, but has been upped to $4.99. It's a fantastic American historical romance! Get it while it's still under the $5 mark.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 1:25:10 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 12, 2011 1:38:29 PM PST
Ridley says:
Many of those who wrote traditional regencies for Signet way back in the whens have put their OOP books out on Kindle for $4. Look up Joan Wolf, Gayle Buck, Allison Lane, Barbara Metzger and so on. RegencyReads.com has a full list.

I'd also recommend http://astore.amazon.com/backlebook-20, which is the Kindle store for Backlist Ebooks, a group of authors republishing their OOP books through Kindle. Most of the books are around $2.99 or so. Patricia Ryan/P.B. Ryan has some goodies on there. The Nell Sweeney mystery I read was pretty awesome and others have spoke highly of her straight romances.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 2:06:04 PM PST
Mary Bellomo says:
Wow, I'm going to wind up buying so many books from this thread!

Moxie - just bought The Endearment. Thanks! I have been meaning to try LaVyrle Spencer based on the many recommendations and high reviews people give her. That story sounds like a great one.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 2:16:45 PM PST
Meloriel says:
I'd suggest the Serve and Protect series by Norah Wilson: Saving Grace (Serve and Protect Series),Protecting Paige (Serve and Protect Series)Guarding Suzannah (Serve and Protect Series). I downloaded it after a friend recommended the books, and so far I'm enjoying them. They're contemporary romantic suspense. (Hope I did this insert link thing right! I've never tried it before!)

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 2:31:29 PM PST
L. Burns says:
If you like PNR, Raphael (Vampires in America) by D. B. Reynolds was quite good. It's the first in a series; there are 3 so far.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 4:25:12 PM PST
Ridley says:
Oh, also should mention that Carolyn Jewel republished her historical Lord Ruin for a measly $3.99. I haven't read this one, but I've read other books of hers and loved them.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2011 4:54:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2011 5:46:28 PM PST
D. Shaw says:
when the author puts OOP books in e-formats when they re-issue, do they issue them in multiple formats (for different devices ie kindle and ipad) or is it specific to an author? sorry if that is a dumb question, but I am just starting to research the e formats primarily because it is difficult to find some of these gems without paying a fair amount of shipping. so being able to find them electronically is exciting. I have not yet invested in a kindle, ipad or other device but am looking at this discussion with interest....thank you in advance.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 5:31:53 PM PST
Meloriel says:
Oh, Ridley, thanks for mentioning that. I've enjoyed Carolyn Jewel's other books, too, and I'd like to get that one. Some of these Kindle titles are $13! Blows me away!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2011 5:45:09 PM PST
Ridley says:
It really depends, but they usually put them out through Kindle, Nook and Smashwords. Between the three, you should be able to find the format you need. Since I read on a Sony, I buy epub formatted books from Smashwords or other, 3rd party stores like Books On Board.

Also, if the books are free of DRM, you can easily convert them to whatever format you like using Calibre, which is a free ebook library tool.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 5:47:37 PM PST
Ridley says:
I've also noticed some books are selling cheaply at Books On Board. They had River Marked for less than $9 and The Endearment for $3.99 somehow. Best go take advantage of their mistake.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2011 5:47:41 PM PST
D. Shaw says:
Thank you very much. BTW what is DRM?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2011 5:51:15 PM PST
Ridley says:
Digital Rights Management. It's the garbage they have on the book file to "secure" it from being copied or shared.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 6:36:45 PM PST
Sarah says:
basically don't buy anything in a .pdf format, Adobe has very tight DRM and it's difficult to make work on devices.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 7:01:27 PM PST
Geekamicus says:
I just finished Loki's Daughters which is about colonizing (as opposed to pillaging) vikings. I liked it, it was different.

Have you looked at dailycheapreads.com? They are a good place to go for ebooks under $5 available on Amazon. They update several times a day and you have to grab it when you see it because the prices are subject to change (like yesterday it showed Knight of Desire (All the King's Men) for $1.99 and today it's back to $6.99). They have all sorts of genres and there isn't always a deal on romance showing, but I have "purchased" a lot of free books on there too because they just happen to be on sale.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 7:19:38 AM PDT
Mary Bellomo says:
Thanks for the tip, Geekamicus.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2011 10:21:26 AM PDT
Karlyn says:
Thanks for posting about Lord Ruin! Just bought. :-)
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