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About Jane Litte

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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Daily Deals: Freebies, Supergirls, and a Terry Pratchett collaboration

Daily Deals: Freebies, Supergirls, and a Terry Pratchett collaboration

Jennifer Ashley Mackenzie ChristmasA Mackenzie Family Christmas by Jennifer Ashley. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

The Mackenzies gather for a clan Christmas and New Year’s in Scotland. In the chaos of preparations for the celebration–the first of Hart and Eleanor’s married life–one of Ian’s Ming bowls gets broken, and the family scrambles to save the day. Daniel busily runs a betting ring for everything from the time Eleanor’s baby will arrive to whether Mac’s former-pugilist valet can win a boxing match to who will be the first of the many guests to be caught under the mistletoe. Ian begins a new obsession, and Beth fears the loss of one of his precious bowls has made him withdraw once more into his private world.

A Mackenzie Family Christmas will be released in print as well as on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, Apple, and at other e-vendors

This is a novella but as Kim pointed out to me in the email she sent highlighting this freebie, it is free and has Ian Mackenzie in the story. Ian’s my favorite. (Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. Read it.)

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Hide in Plain Sight (Harlequin Suspense) by Marta PerryHide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

She couldn’t turn her back on her family in their time of need. So when her sister was injured, financial expert Andrea Hampton traded the big city for Amish country to help turn her grandmother’s house into an inn.

But life with the Plain People took a treacherous turn when a string of accidents and pranks threatened her family. Someone didn’t want the secrets the old house harbored to come to light. Trusting anyone– even the handsome carpenter who seemed so genuine–was a battle for Andrea, but her life depended on her ability to find the truth.

Inspirational suspense that features people who give up their worldly careers (like being a lawyer) for doing God’s will (in this case carpentry).

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9781935259039_p0_v2_s260x420The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid. $ 1.99 at Amazon

From the Jacket Copy:

“The Supergirls is a long overdue tribute to the fabulous fighting females whose beauty and bravery brighten the pages of your favorite comics.”—STAN LEE
“A thoughtful, comprehensive history of women in comics . . . The Supergirls gleefully celebrates the medium itself, in all its goofy, glorious excess.” —NPR “Best Five Books To Share With Your Friends” citation

“Sharp and lively—and just obsessive enough about women who wear capes and boots to be cool but not creepy. [Madrid] clearly loves this stuff. And he’s enough of a historian to be able to trace the ways in which the portrayal of sirens and supergirls has echoed society’s ever-changing feelings about women and sex.” —Entertainment Weekly

Has Wonder Woman hit the comic book glass ceiling? Is that the one opposition that even her Amazonian strength can’t defeat? Entertaining and informative, The Supergirls explores iconic superheroines and what it means for the culture when they do everything the superhero does, only in thongs and high heels.

This much-needed alternative history of American comic book icons—from Wonder Woman to Supergirl and beyond—delves into where these crime-fighting females fit in popular culture and why, and what their stories say about the role of women in society from their creation to now, and into the future.

Mike Madrid is the author of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics (forthcoming from Exterminating Angel Press in October 2013) and The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, an NPR “Best Book To Share With Your Friends” and American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Project Notable Book. Madrid, a San Francisco native and lifelong fan of comic books and popular culture, also appears in the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.

Ordinarily, I don’t pick an Amazon only deal (at least not intentionally) but reader Lynn sent this link to me and I really thought some of you readers might enjoy this.

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The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett, Stephen BaxterThe Long Earth by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The possibilities are endless. (Just be careful what you wish for. . . .)

1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man’s-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?

2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive—some say mad, others allege dangerous—scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.

The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth—and far beyond. All it takes is a single step. . . .

PW “The slow-burning plot plays second fiddle to the fascinating premise, and the authors seem to have more fun developing backstory and concepts than any real tension. An abrupt conclusion comes as an unwelcome end to this tale of exploration.”


Kirkus “This often intriguing development of a science fiction trope takes a scattershot approach and could have used more of Pratchett’s trademark satire and Puckish humor. Still, the authors have plenty of fresh insights to offer, and fans of either will want to tag along and see where it all leads”

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Friday News: #dinoporn sweeps the internet; role reversals in ads; digital paper becomes print paper

Friday News: #dinoporn sweeps the internet; role reversals in ads; digital...

Right before I went to bed, I received a heads up email that a self published book by Belle Adams was copying from Sandra Brown’s In a Class by Itself.

I have a side by side comparison here but each book has the “Look Inside” feature so you can see the similarities for yourself.  As of this posting, Belle Adams book was still up for sale.


According to Sarah at SmartBitches, it was Geekologie who first highlighted a series of books by Christie Sims featuring dinosaurs and women having sex.  These 5,000 word masterpieces sell for around $2.99 and Sims is getting unheard of press from Buzzfeed to Perez Hilton.  If you are curious what it’s all about you can check out this tumblr post:

like, bella swan’s demonic child managed to completely wreck her, right. meanwhile, beliria fucks a triceratops and then waltzes away singing no scrubs like she’s in a fucking kotex commercial.

I feel like #dinoporn isn’t half as courageous as cuttlefish gangbangs and the reviews agree with me:

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars im sure nobody will read this but August 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
im sure nobody will read this but sometimes i like to cover myself in lube and pretend im a slug

It saved one guy’s marriage:

30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved Our Gay Marriage! June 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

I married my husband, Akhmed Pelosi-Marx, during those magical few months the state of California allowed us to do so.

My husband spared no expense in throwing us the greatest wedding extravaganza Sonoma County had ever seen. He made a lot of money (like, a lot a lot) during the ’08 primaries spearheading the Obamaphone initiative and blackmailing John McCain with that audiotape of him calling his wife the c-word. He used the $eriou$ ca$h profit$ he made as one of Obama’s cronies to secure us two full days of revelry at the Clos du Bois winery, with celebrity caterer Ina Garten (love you, Barefoot Contessa!), entertainment by the Scissor Sisters and a special honeymoon three-way with porn star Jeff Stryker.

Sadly, a blowout wedding does not necessarily precede a blowout marriage. It was only a year or two later that we found ourselves completely bored with each other sexually and looking desperately for something that would bring the spark back.

We tried everything, from Yo Gabba Gabba roleplay to erotic waterboarding, and still found ourselves going to bed each night, our one-of-a-kind 1,800 thread count Comme des Garçons sheets as cold and as dry as the night before.

Two cruel, dusty years passed, and I had more or less given up hope on us ever having sex (with each other) again. Often I would sleep on the couch, passing out after late-night Candy Crush sessions and ultimately unsatisfying webcam encounters on Manroulette. But something happened one night as I was browsing on my Kindle. I discovered “Someone To Cuttle (Gay Cuttlefish Shapeshifter Erotica)”.

By the end of page one I was already enthralled. Who was this Paul? What was his relationship to this Sharon woman? What was he hoping to find there at the bottom of the ocean? Marine life, or himself?

I don’t really have better news than this. Okay, there is this story about a woman who fought back against the fat shamers who decided that because she had a bigger figure she didn’t get to dress up and have fun.

Hundreds of hateful messages, most of them saying that I was a worthless human being and shaming me for having the audacity to go in public dressed as a sexy video game character. How dare I dress up and have a good time!

She began sending out copyright infringement notices but it was like sticking her finger in a hole when the dam around her was collapsing.  She also started tracking down some of the most offensive commenters who just so happened to be women. Her experience has made her more conscious of the awkward photos that are often posted and reposted (such as People of Walmart). By not going away, Caitlin Seida is helping us all learn to be a little more empathetic.


“italian journal manufacturer moleskine and fiftythree, the company best known for their award winning ‘paper’ application, have collaborated to create ‘book’, a new service that brings your digital ideas to life as a custom-made hardcover notebook. the format has been designed uniquely for the paper iPad app, which allows users to print 15 foldout pages of their sketches onto FSC-certified matte paper. the print-on-demand publishing system has been developed to match the iPad’s 4:3 aspect ratio; there is no need to re-size pages, and the user chooses which of their personal drawings should become the journal’s cover artwork. in less than two weeks, for 40 USD, you can receive a handcrafted book made with high-quality HP Indigo 4-color digital prints.”Design Boom


“So, when we saw Portland-based Ducati dealer MotoCorsa do a photo shoot with a lovely lady named Kylie and a Ducati 1199 Panigale, we passed on running the photos. Then something interesting happened: MotoCorsa did a follow-up photo shoot, this time with men from around the shop, recreating the shots from the photo shoot with Kylie. Perhaps not the most flattering photos we’ve ever seen, it is however a delicious role-reversal, not to mention showing some good humor from the gentlemen involved.” Asphalt and Rubber