Cheap eReads – Who Let the Dogs Out?

Here are some YA and MG Kindle books featuring dogs, all priced at below 5 bucks! Click on the title to order. 


Boys Are Dogs (Annabelle Unleashed)  by Leslie Margolis (.99)

Middle-school boys act like wild animals. 
That’s what Annabelle discovers on her first day in her brand-new life. Birchwood Middle School is totally different from her old all-girls elementary. In fact, lots of things in Annabelle’s life are totally different now that she’s back from summer camp. There’s mom’s new boyfriend, a new house, new friends—even a new puppy that likes to chew on Annabelle’s clothes. Well, at least the puppy comes with a leash and a training manual! If only she could say the same for the boys . . .
Featuring Annabelle’s hilarious take on friendship, boys, and her all-new life, this novel / survival guide perfectly captures the joy—and agony—of junior high school. And it might just teach you how to tame the wildest beast of all, the teenage boy.


What the Dog Said by Randi Reisfeld ($1.99)

Ever since her police officer father was killed a few months ago, Grace Abernathy hasn’t wanted to do much of anything. She’s pulled away from her friends, her grades are plummeting . . . it’s a problem. The last thing Grace wants is to be dragged into her older sister Regan’s plan to train a shelter dog as a service dog. But Grace has no idea how involved she’ll get-especially when a mangy mutt named Rex starts talking to her. Has Grace gone off the deep end? Or might this dog be something really special-an angel? A spirit? Either way, he is exactly the therapy that Grace needs.

Me & Jack  by Danette Haworth ($1.99)

Joshua Reed is used to moving around since his dad became an Army recruiter and the Vietnam War broke out. But their newest home, in the mountains of Pennsylvania, feels special somehow. Josh has started to make a new friend, his dad has finally allowed him to get a dog, and Jack-with his strange glowing ears and the way he seems to understand Josh’s feelings-is like no other dog Josh has ever seen. But in Vietnam-era America, conflict is never far away-even on the homefront. When a local boy is killed overseas, the town turns on the new army recruiter. And when a few late-night disturbances all point to Jack, it will be up to Josh to fight for his dog, his family, and his new home.

Dogs of the Drowned City #1: The Storm   by Dayna Lorentz  ($4.61)

Warriors and Guardians of Ga’Hoole fans have a new animal adventure to sink their teeth into!A terrible storm — and the beginning of a thrilling new animal adventure trilogy!When a hurricane forces his family to evacuate without him, Shep the German sheperd is confused. Where is his boy? Will he ever return? And what will Shep do in the meantime, now that the extra bowls of food — not to mention all those tasty things he found in the big cold box — are gone? Then another dog shows up at Shep’s window and convinces him to escape. There’s food outside, and a whole empty city to explore. Shep just wants to go home … but the adventure of a lifetime is just beginning.

The Puppy Place #1: Goldie by Ellen Miles ($3.82)

Welcome to the Puppy Place! This new Little Apple series stars a lovable new puppy in every book! And it’s Charles and Lizzie Peterson’s job to find every puppy the perfect home.
Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. They want a puppy of their own more than just about anything. They know dogs are a lot of work. But their mom still doesn’t think their family is ready for a puppy.

Then, Goldie arrives. She is a sweet golden retriever that needs a home. Goldie is very young. She doesn’t know how to be a good puppy yet. Will Charles and Lizzie be able to help her?

Review: The Cowboy Comes Home by Patricia Thayer



Title:  The Cowboy Comes Home

Author: Patricia Thayer

Publisher:  Harlequin

Bk 1 in the Larkville Legacy Series

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Single mom Jess Calhoun had learned the hard way not to trust a man in a Stetson; her young son’s dad was long gone. But that doesn’t stop Jess from noticing good-lookin’, sweet-talkin’ cowboy Johnny Jameson swagger into town. He’s as wild and untamed as the stallions he trains.

The attraction between them is as fiery as a Texan summer and Johnny finds himself questioning whether he could finally put down roots—in Larkville, a place where two very special people have taken hold of his heart.


When I finished The Cowboy Comes Home, the only thing I could think was “Darn you, Harlequin!!”  Why?  It’s the first book in the Larkville Legacy series, and being anal about reading series, I now want to read the rest of the books.  When I decided to read this title, I was not aware that it is part of a series; instead, I saw the happy family enjoying a trail ride together and I just had to read it.  The hero is a horse trainer (wait, didn’t I just read a HQ Blaze about a horse trainer?!), and the heroine has a shop that sells baked goods (wait! Didn’t that same HQ Blaze feature a heroine who is a cook?).  Despite these similarities, the books are nothing alike.

Jess is a single mom, and she is still grieving the death of her father, a wealthy rancher.  Her brothers and sister are off doing their own thing, so she is temporarily in charge of the Double Bar C, even though she doesn’t want to run the ranch.  She has a business of her own to fret about, and having a young son keeps her on her toes.  When Johnny Jameson swaggers to town, she’s a bit dismayed.  She is instantly attracted to this sexy cowboy, and her son, Brady, takes a shine to him too.  After having her heartbroken and being left pregnant by her ex boyfriend, she has sworn off of cowboys.  They never stay in one place for long, and she knows that once Johnny finishes training Storm, the horse her father had so many hopes pinned on, he’ll be gone too.  Johnny’s motto is that all he needs is his truck, trailer, and his horse, and he’s a happy guy.  He moves from one training job to the next, never staying in one place for longer than he has to.  Once he’s finished training, he’s gone, and he doesn’t see that ever changing.

I found Johnny an interesting character because he is carrying around so much baggage.  It’s a good thing he has that horse trailer, because he needs the extra room to drag his unhappy past around with him.  He never knew his father, and his efforts to track him down yielded nothing.  The older man wanted nothing to do with his son, and every lead Johnny followed to find him ended in a dead end.  His mother wandered from town to town, never staying in one place for long.  When she settled down with a man who beat her, Johnny had had enough.  He packed his meager belongings and hit the road at 14 and never returned.  The kindness of an old horse trainer gave him the skills he needed to feed himself, and he has made a name for himself because of his gift with horses.

Jess is reluctant to give in to her attraction for Johnny, and with a young child to care for, her reluctance made perfect sense.  Brady misses his grandfather terribly, and with her brothers gone, there are no other men in Brady’s life.  When he sets aside his fear of horses and asks Johnny to teach him how to ride, Jess realizes how much her son needs a stable man in his life, which makes her even more wary of her feelings for Johnny.  He is a sexy, charming guy, though, and soon both of them are in over their heads, and while Jess has accepted that he won’t be there for long, the reality of him packing up and high-tailing it out of town tears both her and Brady into pieces.   Dumb cowboy!  You promised to help the kid with his mutton bustin’!  So much for the cowboy code!

I enjoyed this very quick read and found the resolution very satisfying.  The last chapter was perfect, in fact, and had me convinced that Jess, Johnny, and Brady will all have a HEA.  Now, let me get back to the darn you, Harlequin bit.  The epilogue came out of nowhere for me, because I don’t really pay attention to plot descriptions, and I don’t find that Harlequin communicates effectively when they introduce most of their series.  They just put a little graphic on the cover, which I don’t always see because I read all of their titles digitally.  The covers are all pretty generic, and I don’t pay much attention to them (unless there is a horse on the cover, which guarantees that I will add it to my wish list) .  So when I read the epilogue, and it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, I was compelled to immediately purchase Slow Dance with the Sheriff, even though I won’t be able to read it for a while.  So, I guess Harlequin’s devious plan to make me purchase more of their books worked – AGAIN! I especially enjoy their series that span several months and have several authors contributing titles to the continuity.  I am thinking of tackling The Harts of the Rodeo, too, which is being released under the Harlequin American Romance line.  Have you read any multi-author series?  Would you recommend any?

Grade:  B-

Review copy provided by publisher

Here is a list of the entire Larkville Legacy series, in order by release month.  I plan to read at least through October, because I am familiar with the authors.   

The Cowboy Comes  Home by Patricia Thayer – JULY

Slow Dance with the Sheriff by Nikki Logan – AUGUST

Taming the Brooding Cattleman by Marion Lennox – SEPTEMBER

The Rancher’s Unexpected Family by Myrna Mackenzie – OCTOBER

His Larkville Cinderella by Melissa McClone – NOVEMBER

The Secret that Changed Everything by Lucy Gordon – DECEMBER

The Soldier’s Sweetheart by Soraya Lane – JANUARY

The Billionaire’s Baby SOS by Susan Meier – FEBRUARY

Here are all of the covers –

Lark Ville Legacy

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Interview with Candace Havens, Author of Take It Like a Vamp and Giveaway!


Candace Havens is the author of Take It Like A Vamp, a new release under Entangled Publishing’s Covet line.  Candace stopped by the virtual offices for a chat, and she brought along a present! One of you can win a digital copy of Take It Like A Vamp!  Find out how after the interview.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Candace Havens] I’m awesome and freaky busy. That’s how my assistant describes me. 🙂

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Take it Like a Vamp?

[Candace Havens] Nick and Casey are neighbors in a hi-rise condo development that he owns. They’re best friends, who are secretly in love/hots with each other. That friendship develops into something more. There are supernatural councils, nasty witches and a lot of other fun stuff involved that make things tough on the couple. It’s light, fun and I hope it makes you laugh out loud.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Candace Havens] My publisher mentioned she needed a vampire book. I told her I don’t write vampires. She said she’d love a friends to lovers story and pow! The whole story was in my head and I started telling her about it. I wrote it in four days.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Casey?

[Candace Havens]  Loyal, friendly and curvy.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Nick would never have in his bedroom?

[Candace Havens] Evil witches, bad wine and anyone who wasn’t Casey.

[Manga Maniac Café] If Nick had a theme song, what would it be?

[Candace Havens] In Love With A Girl, by Gavin Degraw

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Candace Havens] Hmmm. That’s tough. I think books in general and other authors. From Nancy Drew when I was a kid, to Jodi Thomas, one of my early mentors. I’ve been really lucky that way.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Candace Havens] Big bottle of water. Tunes. And my dogs, Harley and Gizmo. I know that’s four, but the dogs are kind of a pair even though one is a Great Dane and the other is a Japanese Chin/Maltese.

[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Candace Havens] Gosh, I’ve been really lucky with my picks. I guess the last one is Seducing Cinderella by Gina Maxwell. Love her hero in that one.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Candace Havens] Nancy Drew.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Candace Havens]  I covet sleep, but it never happens. I’m always writing. I do write about TV and Film, so that’s fun. Some day, I’d like to take a vacation to Paris where I don’t have to worry about anything except where I want to eat, shop or go next.

[Manga Maniac Café]  How can readers connect with you?

[Candace Havens] I am everywhere. (smile) My website is I’m @candacehavens on Twitter and Candace Havens Author on Facebook. I’m also on Google plus, tumblr, myspace and probably social media sites I’ve forgotten. I’d love to hear from you guys, and thanks so much for letting me hang out.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!


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About Candace Havens:

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous,Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her books for the Blaze line at Harlequin include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. In addition to Take It Like A Vamp, she has the steampunk novels Iron Demon (Oct. 2012) and Iron Blood (April 2013) from the Maisy Clark series debuting with Entangled Publishing.

Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. Model Marine is a National Readers Choice Finalist. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more.

Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

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