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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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Thursday News: Amazon reaffirms it won’t touch a customer’s content; Oyster App try for 30 days; Foz Meadow responds to Penny Arcade; Ominous first lines

Thursday News: Amazon reaffirms it won’t touch a customer’s content; Oyster...

After seeing all the worried reader posts about their Kindle content, I decided to go straight to Amazon and ask for an official statement about the integrity of our purchases. Like many readers, I spend hundreds (actually thousands) of dollars at Amazon and I would not want my content to be deleted because of some purge.

Amazon kindly sent me an email back. (Unlike other retailers)

Even if a book is removed from sale from the Kindle Store, Amazon does not remove books from a customer accounts. If customers have issues accessing any titles in their account, they should contact Customer Service directly and we’d be happy to help.Thanks,SarahSarah GelmanPublic Relations/

As an aside, the reason I was pretty confident no one’s content was being deleted was that because back in 2009, Amazon erased George Orwell’s 1984 from Kindle accounts due to copyright infringement issues. There was a huge amount of anger that arose and out of it, Amazon came out and said that in the future, they would never do that again.

Bezos actually sent a letter to each Kindle user at the time and posted on the Amazon message boards and said as follows:

“This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of 1984 and other novels on Kindle. Our “solution” to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism we’ve received. We will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission.With deep apology to our customers,Jeff BezosFounder &”

Amazon then offered to return the book or get a check for $30. So yeah, I think your Kindle content is pretty secure. However, there’s nothing wrong with making a back up.

**Want to try out Oyster for free?  The iPad App is available for a free 30 day trial period. Don’t forget your thirty day window, though. Set a tickler on your calendar.

“Here is the joke: that female nudity is a trump card, more important to men than the lives and personalities of women themselves. Here is the joke: that without female nudity, the show wouldn’t be worth watching for either of them, because ultimately, all its other positive attributes are secondary to, suborned by, the overwhelming prerogative of the male gaze.” shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

“You see the same dynamics in movies, too. Think about trailers you see in theaters. If you’re seeing a Warner Bros film, the studio might have three of the five trailers. So having a hit helps you create the next hit. If Macmillan publishes Bill O’Reilly’s book “Killing Jesus,” and it sells well, Macmillan can urge him to interview me about my new book [also published with Henry Holt - Macmillan] driving up sales for my book. Hits create hits. And in music? It’s very much the same. One way you see the trickle-down is in concerts. If you are the record label who owns Lady Gaga, and you have a new artist coming up, you can say, “Let’s have the artist play just before Gaga.” Now you’ve exposed the huge Gaga audience to the new artist. It’s similar to showing a trailer before a movie. The hit creates a hit. … So consumers are to blame? As consumers, we are at fault. These are the choices that we’re making. More of us want to see Iron Man III than an artsy film. So studios will make more franchise films. More sequels to sequels.”

Daily Deals: A couple of moving YA; a suspenseful box set; and a sexy contemporary

Daily Deals: A couple of moving YA; a suspenseful box set;...

Suspiciously Obedient by Julia KentSuspiciously Obedient by Julia Kent. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

From USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent comes the second book in her “Obedient” trilogy


A fake persona with very real emotions…

As “Matt Jones,” CEO playboy Michael Bournham just stumbled into his wildest dream and worst nightmare as he played a middle management employee role for a reality television stunt. Getting caught making love with his administrative assistant, Lydia Charles, on camera meant that unscrupulous Hollywood producers blackmailed him before launching the video on YouTube, TMZ and Gawker. Fired from his job, ridiculed on every social media platform out there, Mike needs to hit “reboot” on his life. When his best friend begs him to go to Thailand on a fun trip, he sends Jeremy instead to Iceland, to watch over Lydia. Meanwhile, he disguises himself once more and booked a cabin at Lydia’s family’s campground in Maine, to immerse himself in her world.

A best friend with deeper intentions…

After more than ten years of world travel and hedonistic fun, dot-com millionaire Jeremy wants more out of his friendship with Mike, but more than that—he wants Lydia. Struck by her beauty and essence, he follows Mike’s order and obeys, courting her with a friendship that quickly becomes more. A deeper bond forms, charged by Lydia’s fantasies about him—and Mike. Unable to resist, he becomes her confidante, helping her to come to grips with her impulsive decisions and to find her way back home to Maine.

A woman torn by desire…

Lydia accepts the move to Iceland to become the director of communications for European operations, not realizing it’s a sham; Michael Bournham created the position to help hide her from the firestorm of the viral sex tape. Living in a new country should be fun, right? Side glances and whispers from her new Icelandic employees dig at her, and ignored by her boss at Bournham Industries, Lydia’s disenchantment with her bold move is softened only by the appearance of Jeremy. Wild and loose, he fills a void in her life—and soon fills her bed.

When she decides there’s no place like home, the new couple embarks for her family’s campground—and Jeremy’s suspicious obedience will be revealed.

I almost skipped this blue box section for this book because I didn’t have anything to write. Hey, it’s 99c.

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The Beginning of After  by Jennifer CastleThe Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The Beginning of After is a story of hope and healing from Jennifer Castle, a powerful new voice in teen fiction.
When Laurel’s family dies in a horrific car accident, she struggles to put her life back together. She is now connected to David Kaufman, who lives down the block, and who lost his mother in the same crash. Both of their lives change—but not in the ways that they thought…

Castle blends tragedy with romance, teen angst, and wit in The Beginning of After, a bittersweet, powerful debut novel that stands as a testament to how people can survive the unthinkable.

Tammara Webber left a moving comment on Goodreads pertaining to this book. She’d lost her younger brother and felt that the book really captured the emotion.

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B.J. Daniels The Cardwell Ranch Collection: Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch\Justice at Cardwell Ranch\Cardwell Ranch TrespasserThe Cardwell Ranch Collection by B. J. Daniels. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

The very unhelpful jacket copy says this “Trouble came to Cardwell Ranch when a pile of old bones was discovered. Since then, nothing has been the same. Follow the Cardwell family as they band together to overcome murder, mayhem and a family imposter.”

The set contains these three books:
Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch

After Hudson Savage betrayed her, Dana Cardwell hoped never to lay eyes on the seductive cowboy again. Until a bunch of old bones showed up on her family ranch. Suddenly her former lover was back in her life in a big way—to investigate a decades-old crime.

Five years ago, Hud left town with a heartload of regrets. But now, as acting interim marshal, he had a job to do. And this time he wasn’t walking away. Because now Dana’s life was on the line—as the unsuspecting target of a killer who still walked the canyon. Hud would do whatever it took to keep Dana close. Even if it meant risking his own heart for a second chance for both of them?.

Justice at Cardwell Ranch

Six years ago, Dana Cardwell found her mother’s will in a cookbook and became sole owner of the Cardwell Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Now happily married, Dana is surprised when her siblings, Stacy and Jordan, show up on the ranch?and trouble isn’t too far behind.

As danger draws closer to the ranch, deputy marshal Liza Turner quickly realizes that Jordan Cardwell isn’t the man the town made him out to be.

Cardwell Ranch Trespasser

Cardwell Beware

The Cardwell clan has a new, mysterious member. Dana Cardwell warmly welcomed her Justice cousin into the family fold and to the ranch for a reunion. But this cunning kin has other plans for Dana?and designs on her husband, Hud.

Hilde Jacobson has known Dana too long to let her best friend get conned—or worse, killed. Unfortunately Hilde is no match for a skilled impostor who’s duped everyone in the canyon. Only Deputy Marshal Colt Dawson believes Hilde’s claims about the phony relation; only his strong arms have saved her from “accidents” intended to get her out of the way. Together can they convince the Cardwells that a predator lurks in their happy home

This is kind of like a boxed deal. But so many bad things happen to the Cardwells that maybe they should move off the ranch?

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The Flamethrowers by Rachel KushnerThe Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Rachel Kushner’s first novel, Telex from Cuba, was nominated for a National Book Award and reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. Her second novel, even more ambitious and brilliant, is the riveting story of a young artist and the worlds she encounters in New York and Rome in the mid-1970s—by turns underground, elite, and dangerous.

The year is 1975 and Reno—so-called because of the place of her birth—has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world—artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, she begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro’s family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in the seventies. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow.

The Flamethrowers is an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist. At its center is Kushner’s brilliantly realized protagonist, a young woman on the verge. Thrilling and fearless, this is a major American novel from a writer of spectacular talent and imagination.

The praise for this book is overwhelming from the NY Times to the Washington Post.

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