Bargain Books Under $3: Once There Were Sad Songs by @veldabrotherton

Once There Were Sad Songs eBook is available for $1.99 for the month of January

Once There Were Sad Songs

Once There Were Sad Songs

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Genre: Vintage Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc
ASIN: 1628300205
ISBN: 9781628300208
In the summer of 1985, Mary Elizabeth flees a fanatic husband and a cult-like life to search for a meaningful existence. Camped in Ouachita State Park she falls in with three scruffy motorcycle bums after one of them rescues her from some young hoodlums. That one, despite all his nightmare memories, teaches her the true meaning of love and changes her life forever.
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From the Author

I wrote this book when it takes place, back in the 1980s. Two things inspired the book. The first was a camping trip with my husband to the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas and camping on the lake shore there. I began to wonder what it would be like for a woman to leave her life and travel around camping in spots like that. The idea just sat there for a long while.

Then one day I was listening to the radio and a song played, and I’m sorry I’ve forgotten who recorded it, He’s Just An Old Hippie. Some of the lyrics spoke to me. With what was going on in the news in those days about the problems Vietnam vets were having readjusting to life after their return from that terrible war, I put it all together and created this tale of two veterans and a younger man trying to live vicariously through them. Steven contemplates death at every turn, Lefty pushes him in that direction and Shadow goes along for the ride.
Until they meet Mary Elizabeth, an escapee from a boring strict cult like life with a husband who expects nothing from her but strict obedience.
This meeting changes them all in drastic ways and their adventures go from dangerous to sexual to compassionate.
The manuscript lay around until my current publisher of romance, The Wild Rose Press announced they wanted other genres, including vintage tales from the 70s and 80s. I submitted it and my editor fell in love with the story. At last I could share with the world this hopeful love story. Not only of the love between Mary Elizabeth and Steven, but that between the three men who almost destroyed each other in their blind recklessness.

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On the off chance that a woman was drowning,
he ran, stripping off the sweaty T-shirt, kicking free of
the rubber sandals, and diving into the water. Like one
of those damned lifeguards you saw on TV. Hell, he
might look almost like he knew what he was doing.
Reaching the spot where she’d sunk out of sight, he
nosed under, feet kicking toward the dusky sky. In the
murky water, scarcely lit by the dying sun, shades of a
muted blue skirt billowed like a parachute. A halo of
hair, long and wavy, undulated above pale, indistinct
features. Long, powerful strokes took him closer. He
peered into her face. Hanging upright, eyes closed so
her long lashes curled on her cheeks, she didn’t fight or
kick. So eerily beautiful. So peaceful. For a moment the
sight of her set his heart pounding with anticipation and
desire, like a dream in which he could indulge in sexual
lust without anyone getting hurt.
Unreal. His mind flashed the message, and he
thought of turning away, leaving her to whatever insane
desires possessed her. For sure he’d be pissed if
someone mucked up his attempt to do away with
himself. She had the right, didn’t she? Didn’t everyone?
Besides, maybe she was just a figment of his
imagination. He let out bubbles of air, studied her a bit
longer.
A shudder rode over him, the brackish taste and
gory smell of a long-ago, bloody battlefield thick in his
nose and mouth, until he feared sucking in the water.
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Under $3: Phantoms & Fantasies by @Annie_Rayburn

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Phantoms & Fantasies

Phantoms & Fantasies

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Genres: Erotic, Romance, Science Fiction
ASIN: B0052Z8LAE
As she learns more about Turk, Zeenie entertains heated fantasies and makes tentative forays into his sensual world. But her initial rejection broke with Crainesian custom and continues to cast a dark shadow on their future. Can she embrace her sexuality and summon enough courage to claim her man in true Crainesian style, or will their growing love be tainted forever?
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After a devastating trauma, Zeenie attended a college mixer and experienced powerful, Crainesian life-mate pheromones between herself and Turk. Unprepared, she panicked and fled.

Turk has waited and yearned for Zeenie for years while staying dialed in to her recovery. Finally, rumor says she’s ready to date again, and he’s determined to make her short list, even if it means resorting to a little trickery. On a blind date, he surprises her with patience and maturity when she fights against their pheromone bond, then shows tenderness and consideration when phantoms of her past arise.

As she learns more about Turk, Zeenie entertains heated fantasies and makes tentative forays into his sensual world. But her initial rejection broke with Crainesian custom and continues to cast a dark shadow on their future. Can she embrace her sexuality and summon enough courage to claim her man in true Crainesian style, or will their growing love be tainted forever?

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Under $3: Insight by @Annie_Rayburn

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Insight

Insight

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Genres: Erotic, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story
ASIN: B0050JKOWK
When Sela Marin encounters Jonavon Wyatt outside a mall, she’s surprised by the instant, powerful attraction and her ability to read his thoughts so clearly. Realizing he is her life-mate, she makes a bold move in the tradition of all female Crainesians, and is surprised to learn he has a fiancé. Confused by his ability to resist her advances, but hoping his insight along with their mind-mating and dream-sharing will bind him to her, Sela gives him three days to succumb to her pheromone lure.
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When Sela Marin encounters Jonavon Wyatt outside a mall, she’s surprised by the instant, powerful attraction and her ability to read his thoughts so clearly. Realizing he is her life-mate, she makes a bold move in the tradition of all female Crainesians, and is surprised to learn he has a fiancé. Confused by his ability to resist her advances, but hoping his insight along with their mind-mating and dream-sharing will bind him to her, Sela gives him three days to succumb to her pheromone lure.

But Jonavon is half Human and untrained in Crainesian ways. So, what’s a strong Crainesian woman to do when her life-mate is too clueless to follow when beckoned? Seduce him with his own desires, of course!

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Under $3: Sunset Beach Sizzle by @Carol_Burnside

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Sunset Beach Sizzle

Sunset Beach Sizzle

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Series: Tropical Heat, Book 1
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
Publisher: B & R Bookery
Publication Year: 2014
ASIN: B00NQ9NYRI
ISBN: 9781310515491
After working cases with Cisco for months, Julia sizzles for her sexy ex-brother in law and craves a red-hot fling. He wants more than a week of Hawaiian heat, but it’s a start. Changing her dismal verdict on their future will take every wily move this divorce lawyer’s got. Can he overrule all her objections and prove that, with the right person, true love can last?
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After working closely with Cisco for months, Julia is desperate to relieve the sexual tension between them. She sizzles for her sexy ex-brother in law and craves a red-hot fling. He wants more than a week of Hawaiian heat, but sees it as a good opportunity to plead his case.

Her job as a divorce lawyer has given her a jaded view of marriage, backed up by her parents divorce and her own failed attempt at matrimony.

Coming from a family of happily married parents and grandparents, Cisco knows what it takes to build a successful relationship, but changing Julia’s dismal verdict on their future will take every wily move this lawyer’s got and then some. Can he overrule her objections and prove that, with the right person, true love can be the best kind of life sentence?

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Under $3: Heart 2 Heart by @Carol_Burnside

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Heart 2 Heart

Heart 2 Heart

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Genres: Romance, Short Story
Publisher: B & R Bookery
Publication Year: 2014
ASIN: B00P2Q5AA2
ISBN: 9781311236852
Heart 2 Heart, a short story collection. Ten stories, flash fiction to long shorts in three sections: Sweet Romance, Sensual Romance and Flash Fiction.
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Heart 2 Heart, a short story collection. Ten stories, flash fiction to long shorts in three sections.

SWEET ROMANCE:
Assuming Love – While waiting tables, Shelly swears her customer flirts with her, then suddenly he’s Mr. Stoic. What’s this guy’s problem?
Marinara Magic – Roni’s new apartment comes with a sexy chef one floor up, but is he man enough to accept what she does for a living?
Do Over – A second chance at love story where things may not be what they seem. (Previously published in Seasons and Seashells, an anthology)
Home for Christmas – A reunion story. A chance holiday reunion between college friends who ruined a good thing with a Christmas affair. Will this be a repeat, or are they smarter now? (Previously e-published as a free story and sampler.)

SENSUAL ROMANCE:
Mr. Dependable – Next door neighbors, Tyler and Sara Cho grew up together. They’re inseparable best buds until Tyler gives Sara a toe-curling kiss and a warning that their relationship has just changed forever. Yeah, right. He’ll come back around to being her same ol’ Tyler, won’t he?
The Best Man – Astra didn’t set out to fall in love with her fiancé’s best friend. She thought she’d already found love — or something close to it — before she met Pete.

FLASH FICTION:
Winter’s Bride – She’s not your typical bride. A melancholy tale.
A Golden Moment – A memoir moment born of a writing prompt.
Cutest Thing In Jeans – A futuristic story with a twist.
Goodbye and Hello – A vibrant woman at a crossroads in her life.

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Under $3: The Night Train by @CarlPurdon

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The Night Train

The Night Train

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Genres: Adventure, Suspense
Publication Year: 2012
ASIN: B00785YND0
ISBN: 9781470185831
Abused at home and bullied at school, young Jayrod Nash steals away on a freight train with a vow never to return. His best friend tags along, but his heart's not in it. They meet up with a hobo named Farley, who offers protection in exchange for obedience, and soon learn he's running too.
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Abused at home and bullied at school, young Jayrod Nash steals away on a freight train with a vow never to return. His best friend tags along, but his heart’s not in it. They meet up with a hobo named Farley, who offers protection in exchange for obedience, and soon learn he’s running too.

THE NIGHT TRAIN is a novel about the struggle of innocence against brutality, written with powerful characters who allow no commentary from the author. Together they paint a picture of life as it exists too often.

Carl Purdon weaves a tale that takes the reader through the full gamut of emotions, and leaves them feeling as if they have known the Nash family all their lives. Perhaps they have.

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