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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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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

Daily Deals: Eight deals (and two bonus selections)

Daily Deals: Eight deals (and two bonus selections)

Before we start, let me apologize for not posting deals yesterday. I’m not sure what happened but I obviously forgot! In recompense, I humbly offer you eight deals and two bonus selections.

The current Story Bundle is a collection of novellas by authors like Laura Leone, Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley and Stephanie Laurens. The Story Bundle works by allowing the reader to set their own price and then parcel out the proceeds between the authors and charities.

Second, at Amazon Linda Howard’s All the Queen’s Men is on sale for $2.82. This is not my favorite LH book but at that price, I had to buy it.

Lady's Revenge Tracey DevlynLady’s Revenge by Tracey Devlyn. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

A Lady’s Revenge is Devlyn’s debut novel and Book 1 of the Nexus series

A British agent flees her French captor’s torturous dungeon and falls in love with the decoder responsible for her imprisonment.

Nothing Gets Between a Lady and Her Vengence…

In a daring rescue, beautiful and wily secret operative Cora deBeau is reunited with her childhood friend Guy Trevelyan, who wants so much more from her now than friendship …

He’ll Stoke the Fire Until They Both Go Up In Flames…

But Cora’s mission against the French has become personal, and even the fire between her and Guy won’t deter her. When it comes to getting sweet, cruel revenge, nothing will stand in a lady’s way …

Three star review from Jeanne says “Cora and Guy are interesting and fairly likable, the villain is truly heinous, and the sex scenes are toasty, but they seem secondary to the action. In this debut novel, Tracy Devlyn shows potential, but what I’d like to see is a novel whose characters work their way into the heart, making the reader want to follow them beyond the novel, a novel where the adventure complements the characters, not the other way around.”

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Three parts deadThree Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt

Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.

At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

The two three star reviews are largely positive. Mimzy says “Lots of magic, gods and sentient horses. Has a steam punk feel and nicely written” and Susan liked it too but found the tobacco placement odd.

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 Rush Me by Allison ParrRush Me by Allison Parr. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gate-crashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL’s most beloved quarterback.

While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school.

But when Ryan’s rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up cohosting Friday-night dinners for half a dozen football players.

Over pancake brunches, charity galas and Alexander the Great, Rachael realizes all the judgments she’d made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love—even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.

89,000 words

I thought the best parts of this Parr story was the integration of the Jewish religious traditions and how Rachel Hamilton reconnects with part of her heritage with the help of a young Jewish football player. (He’s not the hero though).

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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm GladwellThe Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. $ 3.99 AMZ | Apple.

From the Jacket Copy:

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

I listened to this book on audio a couple of years or so ago and it didn’t move me like I thought it would. It was interesting and I thought I agreed with a lot of it but I didn’t really find tidbits in the book to apply to my own life.

The other Gladwell books are on sale because of an Apple promotion and Amazon price match:

What the Dog Saw

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Our Hearts Entwined (An Entwined Series Novel) [NOOK Book] by Lilliana AndersonOur Hearts Entwined by Lilliana Anderson. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

During a routine meeting to discuss the welfare of one of her students, Mia is introduced to Dr Cayd Donnelly, a man so devastatingly attractive that she almost forgot to say no when he asked her out – despite her loyalty to her long term boyfriend, Eric.

Shortly after, the usually predictable Mia becomes anything but. The change in her behaviour delights Eric, but concerns her best friend Louise when she stops signing while they talk.

After a month of worry and frustration, Mia finally seeks help. Help that comes in the form of an incredibly hard to resist doctor – Cayd.

From there, she discovers just how entwined her life and her heart is with those of others while she navigates a path of passion, treachery, and loss.

Things will never be the same for Mia again…

(Confused? This book was previously known as ‘Alter’)

The blurb isn’t very helpful, is it? And apparently the book had a different name and cover before. That’s pretty confusing. (Double check to see if you didn’t buy this previously)

The reviews reveal that Mia is la high school teacher for the deaf. She meets with Cayd Donnelly to discuss an issue regarding her student and suddenly starts forgetting interactions with other people including her boyfriend, Eric. There is a cliffhanger and one review says that it is a story that border on the paranormal.

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Once Again a Bride by Jane AshfordOnce Again a Bride by Jane Ashford. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

She Couldn’t Be More Alone

Widowhood has freed Charlotte Wylde from a demoralizing and miserable marriage. But when her husband’s intriguing nephew and heir arrives to take over the estate, Charlotte discovers she’s unsafe in her own home…

Alec Wylde was shocked by his uncle’s untimely death, and even more shocked to encounter his uncle’s beautiful young widow. Now clouds of suspicion are gathering, and charges of murder hover over Charlotte’s head.

He Could Be Her Only Hope…or Her Next Victim

PW says “This simple novel offers a near-perfect example of everything that makes this genre an escapist joy to read: unsought love triumphs despite difficult circumstances, unpleasantness is resolved and mysteries cleared, and good people get the happy lives they deserve.”

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The Duchess Hunt (House of Trent)  by Jennifer HaymoreThe Duchess Hunt by Jennifer Haymore. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:


Simon Hawkins, duke of Trent, is no stranger to scandal. Rumors and innuendo have darkened the House of Trent for decades, and it has fallen to Simon to restore his tattered family name. He lives by a strict code of honor, but when he is called home to investigate his mother’s disappearance, the distinguished duke will tangle with temptation. For there waits the only woman he has ever loved-and the last woman he should desire . . .

Sarah Osborne has spent her life dreaming of Simon’s touch. But dukes do not long for lady’s maids-or so Sarah believes, until a stolen kiss sparks a passion that could be her ultimate undoing. As the couple begins a forbidden romance, a cunning enemy plots to destroy the duke and everything he loves. Now, caught in a blackmailer’s web, Simon faces an agonizing choice: sacrifice his family’s future or break Sarah’s heart.

PW writes “Whether Haymore’s storytelling will appeal depends upon the importance one attaches to the “historical” part of “historical romance.”…Certainly the premise—the daughter of a gardener, educated alongside the sons of a duke, becoming the love of the heir—gives no more than nodding acknowledgment to the realities of the era’s social order.”

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The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires  Molly HarperThe Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

“The thing to remember about a ‘stray’ vampire is that there is probably a good reason he is friendless, alone, and wounded. Approach with caution.”

Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled Faux Type O—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vamps. Her rules are strict; relationships are purely business, not friendship—and certainly not anything more. Then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and her quiet life turns upside down.

Cal—who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris thought vampires were sexy—offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place. And even though he’s imperious, unfriendly, and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “employee” and “servant,” she agrees. But as they search for who wants him permanently dead, Iris is breaking more and more of her own rules . . . particularly those about nudity. Could it be that what she really needs is some intrigue and romance—and her very own stray vampire?

Cute but with a lot of plant talk per one reviewer.

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