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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: Freebie from Beth Kery, Jane Austen inspired books, and a pirate handbook

Daily Deals: Freebie from Beth Kery, Jane Austen inspired books, and...

Gateway to Heaven by Beth KeryGateway to Heaven by Beth Kery. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Life is rough when you’re gorgeous, rich, talented and so sexy that the media won’t leave you alone.

It’s certainly the truth in Christian Lasher’s case. He returns to the neighborhood of his childhood to escape the spotlight, hungering for a change in his creative endeavors. In the midst of his soul searching he meets Megan and is captured by the tantalizing hint of her hidden fires.

This looks like a self published work by Beth Kery. I’ve never read it. Click.

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For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana PeterfreundFor Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Fans of Divergent will love Diana Peterfreund’s take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion set in a post-apocalyptic world.

In the dystopian future of For Darkness Shows the Stars, a genetic experiment has devastated humanity. In the aftermath, a new class system placed anti-technology Luddites in absolute power over vast estates—and any survivors living there.

Elliot North is a dutiful Luddite and a dutiful daughter who runs her father’s estate. When the boy she loved, Kai, a servant, asked her to run away with him four years ago, she refused, although it broke her heart.

Now Kai is back. And while Elliot longs for a second chance with her first love, she knows it could mean betraying everything she’s been raised to believe is right.

For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking YA romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it

PW says ” Resemblance to Austen’s story lies largely in the superficialities of the plot—Peterfreund (Rampant) invokes less of Austen’s subtlety or social critique, and she really doesn’t need to. The story stands on its own, a richly envisioned portrait of a society in flux, a steely yet vulnerable heroine, and a young man who does some growing up. Ages 13–up. “

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Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger Lee SmithMrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger by Lee Smith. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Lee Smith is a “teller of tales for tale tellers to admire and envy . . . [and] a reader’s dream” (Houston Chronicle). A celebrated and bestselling writer with a dozen novels under her name, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and The Last Girls, she is just as widely recognized for her exceptional short stories. Here, in Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, Smith collects seven brand-new stories along with seven of her favorites from three earlier collections. The result? A book of dazzling richness. As the New York Times Book Review put it, “In al- most every one of [her stories] there is a moment of vision, or love, or unclothed wonder that transforms something plain into something transcendent.”

You see a lot of Mr. Darcy books but I don’t recall seeing a Mrs. Darcy one. This is a collection of short stories but they aren’t connected.

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The Pirate Handbook Pat CroceThe Pirate Handbook by Pat Croce. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Avast, ye! For anyone who has dreamed of hitting the high seas, manning a crew, brandishing a cutlass, or burying treasure, here’s The Pirate Handbook. Part how-to, part illustrated history, this detailed manual gives insight into every aspect of the pirating life: learn how to make a seaworthy raft, navigate by the stars, brew up a batch of grog, and much more. Featuring a removable replica of an actual pirate map, detailed illustrations, real recipes from the Golden Age of Piracy, plus the lore of the real-life pirates who roamed the waters of the Caribbean and beyond, this is the ultimate guide for salty dogs wherever they rove the seas.

It is talk like a pirate day. Arrr, matey. (That’s the extent of my pirate vocabulary)

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Thursday News: Kindle iOS App Brings COLLECTIONS aka folders; Lance Armstrong’s ruling; 60 largest book publishers

Thursday News: Kindle iOS App Brings COLLECTIONS aka folders; Lance Armstrong’s...

Kindle iOS COllections

I might have released an audible squeal upon learning that the updated Kindle App for iOS7 has folders. You can easily create as many folders you like and then inside the folder, you add and delete at will.  Plus, your collections are synced with your account so the collections on your Kindle paperwhite appear on your Kindle iPad on your Kindle iPhone. I suspect that the Kindle Fire and the desktop apps are yet to come.  I’ve got some work to do.

“Under Bolger, speech can be characterized as commercial when it’s admittedly advertising, references a specific product, and is spoken with an economic motive. Commercial speech inextricably intertwined with otherwise fully protected speech becomes fully protected.”

None of the statements Armstrong made about his non use of rugs proposed a commercial transaction nor did the publicity efforts surrounding the book. And that even if they were, the commercial and noncommercial speech were inextricably entwined. Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log