Friday, May 23, 2014

Nearly Freebie Must Have Books!

Yesterday I posted about the Bookmarked Bargains going on, so I won't repeat myself here.  But I did want to mention that two of Joyce DiPastena's books are both .99 cents.  (Loyalty's Web and Illuminations of the Heart.) She is one of my favorite medieval romance writers.  The research that goes into her books is incredible, and yet it's not a history lesson.  You really get lost in the romance and the setting.  I have loved every book I've read of hers and wanted to pass it on.

Here's the back copy for Loyalty's Web:

Heléne de Laurant has not forgotten how the Earl of Gunthar destroyed her father’s castle during Henry II’s war with his sons. Apparently neither have her family and friends, for when someone tries to murder Gunthar, every sign points in their direction. Heléne realizes the only way to prove her loved ones’ innocence is by exposing the true assassin.

As Heléne and Gunthar spar over the identity of the traitor, fierce determination gives way to mutual attraction. Heléne must race against time, and dark secrets of the past, to unmask the would-be killer before the kingdom plunges back into war and takes the life of the man she has unexpectedly learned to love.

If this looks like something you're interested in, click here to download your copy for only 99 cents!  And then download the next one in the series, Illuminations of the Heart, for .99 cents, too!  

Here's the back copy:

Siri de Calendri was trained in the art of illumination in her brother’s workshop in 12th century Venice, but when her brother dies his will sends her far from home. Siri travels to the faraway county of Poitou in France, where she enters the guardianship of her brother’s friend, Triston de Brielle. Once settled, she hopes to find employment in an illuminator’s shop— until Triston unexpectedly snatches her heart away with a kiss.

Triston is a man of quiet honor and courage, but the guilt he carries for the death of his wife, Clothilde, has left him numb and hesitant to love again. Worse yet, Siri bears an uncanny resemblance to his lost love. Or does she? Her merry laughter and twinkling eyes are very different from his late wife's shy smiles and quiet ways. Yet when he gazes into Siri's face, all he sees is Clothilde.

Then Triston's past returns to threaten them both. Trapped between the rivalry of the king's sons on the one hand and a neighbor out for vengeance on the other, Triston realizes it would be safer to send Siri away. Siri is determined not to be cast off and not to live in another woman’s shadow. She has illuminated many a priceless book with pen and paint, but can her own vibrant spirit illuminate the darkness in Triston’s soul and make his heart beat for her alone?


Debra Erfert said...

I loved reading both of these books. I have them in paperback. Its about time I get them in ebook, huh? Thanks for the links!

Jon Spell said...

I don't have anything to say about this post, but I didn't want you to think I had abandoned you.

I had a sick day this week and I read a book "cover to cover" (on Kindle) - Harlan Coben - Missing You. It's funny, because there are certain recurring themes throughout his standalone books - a long lost love who reappears, family secrets, extreme characters (transvestite schizophrenic yoga instructor? Fake paparazzi photographer? not making this up)
But - he still manages to make each book feel fresh and I am always stupefied at the end. How, how did he come up with this plot? Mind boggled.

Happy Long Weekend! ;)

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Debra, you're welcome!

Jon, thank you. You've been gone for so long, it's wonderful to have you back! I've never heard of the book you mentioned. I'll have to check it out! :)