A handful of mixed deals

I used to post weekly deals when I wrote reviews. I am considering to resume them, since I was pretty good at finding them and they were fun to write.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is 1.99 right now.  This is a science fiction novel that has been nominated to a lot of awards, and recieved great reviews. I have no idea how long it lasts, but I snapped it up.

Risk of Love and Magic by Patricia Rice is only 2.99 right now. The sale ends on Tuesday.  I loved this book, and I am a bit sad that this triology is over. But I am hoping that it will evolve into the Chinese Malcolms series. *g*

The Genuine Article by Patricia Rice is only 1.99 right now, unless you are Amazon which sells it for 1.24 ( at least that’s the price in Sweden.)

Courtney Milan has released enchanced Editions of her Harlequin backlist, and they only cost 0.99 right now.


Friday Bargains: Black Friday/ Cyber Monday deals

The Trouble with Magic by Patricia Rice is 1.99 right now. If you haven’t read her Malcolm and Ives novels yet, this a great price. ( Each book stands alone.)

Google Play is having a sale this weekend, and a lot of bestsellers are steeply discounted.  Amazon is price matching some of them.

Amazon is offering 30 % off on paper books with this coupon_BOOKDEAL  ( tip: Buy a book that’s in Kindle Matchbook, so that you can gift a copy to someone ( either print or e-book).

BN also offers 30% off: BFRIDAY30.

Kobo offers an multiuse 50% off. BLACKFRIDAY50. ( They have done that so often, that I cannot get excited any more. What can I say, I’m spoiled!)

No details, but Samhain has hinted that they are running a sale on Monday. I’m hoping that ARe will run one of their rebate sales.  Their #areblast campaign isn’t impressing me. Lots of books, though!


I’m probably missing lots of sales, but I hope you have a great weekend! :).

Friday Bargains: A little bit of everything


Midnight ink is 0.99 right now, and contains stories from 9 authors I think. I’ll admit it. I’m often wary of multiauthor bundles, but since all the stories are interlinked, I decided to buy it.

TheDuchess warby Courtney Milan has been on my wishlist for awhile, and it is just 0.99 right now, and the sale ends TODAY. So grab it while you can.

For the Honor of the Hunt by Lazette Gifford

This is a short story collection, with 3 interconnected and is 1.99 right now. No idea if it is the ordinary price, or not, but I love Lazette Gifford books, so I’m buying it. If you haven’t tried Lazette Gifford yet, this is a good place to start.

Carina Press still has a bunch of titles on sale, among them is Defiance by Stephanie Tyler.


Kobo has another, unlimited coupon code 50% off: Unlimited50.


A bit sparse, this week but next Friday is Black Friday. I expect a lot of sales then, or on Monday.

( Do they still use Cyber Monday?)



Friday Bargains: Mostly books on my wishlist

Like many readers, I have a long, and ever growing wishlist. I am getting better on putting books on my wishlist, instead of buying them directly. This week this pays off. Big time.

I really liked Dance in the Moonlight by Raeanne Thayne, and I have had her books on my wishlist ever since.  This week, I discovered to my delight that Harlequin have  discounted most of her Cold Creek novels to 1.99.    I promise to not blow my entire budget on them.. On the other hand, they are reward eligible at Allromance.

I have wanted to read Joshilyn Jackson ever since I saw the cover for one of her previous novels at Alison Kent’s novel.  Now Gods in Alabama is only 2.99.  The blurb sound interesting, so.. *click*

I think I mentioned before that Carina Press have discounted a lot titles, but I thought I would highlight some of the titles.

Chance of rain by Amber Lin is a new release that have had good reviews.  At 1.99 it is cheap enough that, I am adding it to my cart.

I have had Debra Kayn’s contemporary romances on my wishlist for years, and her Carina Press titles are only 1.99 now.

An Affair to Dismember by Elise Sax isn’t on my wishlist, but it sounds really good. Plus, it is just 0.99 right now.


And some non romance books, since I do read those too.

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb is just 1.99 right now. I have no idea how much longer it lasts, so I wont wait. The rest of the books in the trilogy are 4.99 each.

I have heard really good things about The Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough, and right now it is  just 1.99. ( The other titles in the series is 9.99)

Oh, and Kobo has a 50% off coupon, Novend50, that’s supposedly multiuse. Expires on Monday.

Now, if you excuse me, I am off to Allromance to do some shopping….

ARC Review: I’ll be home for Christmas by Jessica Scott

18141126The Particulars: Contemporary Romance, ForeverYours, available as e-book

The Source: Arc from Netgalley

The blurb:


There’s nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke . . . except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war . . . and from his own darkest fears.

As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband’s tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic’s bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.




The Review:

I loved Because of you, so when I got the opportunity to read an ARC, I took it.

And I am glad I read it. This was a sweet and heartwarming novella, about Vic’s and Nicole’s struggle to keep their marriage going while Vic was in Iraq.
I really appreciated that Ms Scott didn’t pull any punches. She showed both the dangers in Iraq,and how it affected the troops moral. At the same time, she also show the waiting at home.For a call, for news. She also shows how marriages are impacted if you don’t call home.

This was the perfect novella to whet readers appetite for Laura and Trent’s story that’s coming in Jan 2014. And it is surprisingly stand alone. My biggest complaint is that  I wanted to read about how Carponti and his wife met, not get a glimpse of their life together now. It was well written, and intriguing, but I would have liked it more if it hadn’t felt like like there was an previous story I hadn’t read.

Grade: B-

Friday Bargains: Freebies galore!

Meljean Brooks offer Fire and Frost of free during November at Kobo. More information at her webpage.

Carina Press offers Improper Relations for free this month at their webpage.

Exclusively yours by Shannon Stacey is free at iBooks this month (No link, since I don’t have iTunes.) Samhain offers several short stories as free, some pre-orders, some permanent free reads. ( Link to Amazon, since Samhain only offers the opportunity to wishlist them at their store. Gah.)

Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair is free at the moment. I like Cherise Sinclair’s Erotic Romances, but this book didn’t work for me.

Club Shadowlands is also part of Surrender, a box set featuring several popular  authors. It is also free right now ( I am not getting it, since I have most of the books in my tbr pile.)

No one lives twice by Julie Moffett is free right now at Carina Press webpage.  ( This is another book that didn’t work for me, but I know that it is popular. So I might give it a try again.)

A round up of e-book subscription services



Oyster and eReatah have recieved a lot of media attention recently, and especially Oyster was called the Netflix for books. But what if you live outside the US? What are the options then? First, this list is very European centered, because I didn’t find much informations about non European services, even if I am sure they exist. ( I know a Chinese company planned a subscription services last year.)

24Symbols is a Spanish start up. In English they have mostly public domain books, but in Spanish they have a rather good sortiment of popular titles. What more, I get the impression that they are working on getting more content. Right now they have around 15 000 e-books


Litfy is a Swedish startup, and normally I would be that only offers books in the public domain. I have no idea if they are planning on getting more recent content.


Ridr and Mofido is both Danish but they have a different approach. Riidr costs 10 dollar, and is a lot like Kindle Lending Library, in that the customers only can download one e-book or Audiobook per month. Mofido costs a bit more, but allows the reader to reads as many books he/ she wants. I am not sure how many e-books Riidr offers, but Mofido offers around 5 000


Skoobe is a German start up, that is owned by Bertelsmann and Holzberger. They costs 10 euro per month, but offers the first month for half the price. They have 25 000 titles right now, and I think they have a rather good sortiment. ( Or at least they should, considering who owns them!). Their webpage hints that they are launching in English soon. I am crossing my fingers that they will not be US or UK only.


Scribd also launched an subscription service recently, which works the same way Oyster does. With the exception that their service is worldwide and offers both Android and IOs apps. A longer review is coming.

What about Sweden, where I live,are there any subscription services available?


Yes. But they offer a mix of e-books and audio books. E2go offers pollets, 1-4 books for 15-25 dollar. Storytel’s e-book subscription haven’t launched yet, but they offer streamed audiobooks for 30 dollar, and their plan is to offer e-books for an additional 5 dollar. There are also a couple of publishers that offers subscriptions, but there isn’t any kind of all you can read subscriptions. Without the audiobooks, I am not sure that a subscription service would be viable since Sweden have a very good library system. In fact, right now all e-books distributed through Elib is available at libraries. I have a feeling that might change soon, since both Elib and Publit are launching more flexible library systems.


That said, if a store, say Bokon, offered subscriptions for English and Swedish e-books, I would leap on it. Even if Bokon are planning on offering some sort of subscriptions ( because there is a tab in my account called Subscriptions), I doubt it will include English e-books since that would be too complicated.

Friday Bargains: A mix of good books

Dixie Rebel by Patricia Rice is free at Amazon and BN right now.  ( Yes, I already have it, but I downloaded it again since I wanted the new, spiffy cover. 🙂 )

Matchbox Girls by Chrysoula Tzavelas is 1.99 right now ( What are you waiting for? It is a bargain price for an awesome book. No idea how long it will last.)

Samhain has re-issued several of Shiloh Walker’s  backlist stories with spiffy new covers, and to celebrate they are 30 % off this week.

Breaking point by Pamela Clare is on sale for 1.99 right now. I haven’t read anything by Pamela Clare, but I have heard good things about her books. *ponders* Although, I think I have one of her historicals in the TBR pile. ( Or maybe I am mixing her up with Tiffany Clare..)

Harlequin offers a bundle of B J Daniels Cardwell novels for 0.99 right now. I read the first one 2-3 years ago, and liked it but I never got around to buy the next two books in the series.

Harlequin also offers a bunch of books for free ( this is more or less permanent free reads. But I recommend the Raeanne Thayne book, it was very good.)

This week, Harlequin have changed their Freebie Friday offer, and now you choose which books you want to add. Which makes it a much better deal, in my opinion.


Friday Bargains: Mostly 0.99 deals

I reviewed, and loved Beguiled Again by Patricia Burroughs earlier this year. And now you can buy a copy for just 0.99. Not sure if it is available at Amazon and BN, but Bookview Cafe sells DRM free e-books.

I like Patricia Rice’s Rebel series, but I haven’t bought Blue Clouds yet. But I am planning to, since it is just 0.99 (too!) at BookView Cafe.

I read and loved Patrice Greenwood’s mysteries this summer, but I haven’t read her fantasy novels yet. But Dead Man’s Hand is just 0.99 right now, and it sounds interesting.

Claimed by Stacey Kennedy is 0.99 right now. I haven’t read it, but Stacey Kennedy have been on my to check out list for awhile. On the other hand, maybe I should read the free short story bundle with her and Eve Langlais instead.

When I bought it a couple of years ago, I was sure that Liz Flaherty’s Home to Singing Tree was contemporary romance since the blurb is pretty vague, and she have only published contemporary romances. It isn’t. It is well written Post Civil war historical romance, and it is just 2.99 at Allromance right now. I am pretty sure I paid more than that :).

I have heard good things about Ruthie Knox, and right now two of her novellas is 0.99. At least on Allromance.

Friday Bargains: All about Erotic Romance

I have planned to write this post all month, but for a number of reasons I have pushed it to next week. But here it is!

Carina Press offers two Erotic Romances for free this month ( well, technically it is three, but I cannot find the coupon for the Jodie Griffin novel).

First out is Love letters Vol 1. This is free all month, without a coupon. Just add it your cart at Carina Press webpage. Bond of Trust by Lynda Aicher is free with the coupon BONFR913 at Carina Press.



I cheered when I found out that Ellora’s Cave offers Lynne Connolly’s In the Mood for free at a number of stores. I really liked the first book in the Rose and Richard series, and I have meant to pick up more of her books.  So I am definitely downloading this one. 🙂



Never Enough by Lauren Dane is 2.99 at Amazon and BN now. I really like Lauren Dane’s novels and I have planned to pick up her Brown sibling series. Although I guess I should read Tart first, since I still haven’t read it.


Probably not technically Erotic Romance, but Shameless by Jennifer Blake is free at Amazon right now, and it sounds interesting!