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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: Cowboys, Godmothers, and former loves

Daily Deals: Cowboys, Godmothers, and former loves

A Hundred Summers  by Beatriz WilliamsA Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak.

That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview.

Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily’s past: her former best friend and her former fiancé, now recently married—an event that set off a wildfire of gossip among the elite of Seaview, who have summered together for generations. Budgie’s arrival to restore her family’s old house puts her once more in the center of the community’s social scene, and she insinuates herself back into Lily’s friendship with an overpowering talent for seduction…and an alluring acquaintance from their college days, Yankees pitcher Graham Pendleton. But the ties that bind Lily to Nick are too strong and intricate to ignore, and the two are drawn back into long-buried dreams, despite their uneasy secrets and many emotional obligations.

Under the scorching summer sun, the unexpected truth of Budgie and Nick’s marriage bubbles to the surface, and as a cataclysmic hurricane barrels unseen up the Atlantic and into New England, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional cyclone of their own, which will change their worlds forever.

I loved the first Beatriz Williams book in Overseas because of the concept of love that endures even the passage of time. The reviews for this book, however, held me back because of the flashbacks (my least favorite storytelling method). Kirkus says “Just when the reader’s exasperation with Nick, Lily and the missing link reaches its limit, explanations for their non-togetherness are delivered. And then the weather at Seaview turns distinctly stormy. An elegant if somewhat old-fashioned delayed-gratification seaside romance with a flavor of Daphne du Maurier.”

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The Trouble With Cowboys  by Melissa CutlerThe Trouble With Cowboys by Melissa Cutler. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

It was their parents’ ranch, through the good days and the bad. But if they want to hang on to their land, their pride, and their family, the three Sorentino sisters will have to reinvent it from the ground up–and one of them just may reinvent herself in the process. . .

Cowboys have never been good for Amy Sorentino. First her hard-riding father bankrupted the family farm. Then her all-hat-no-cattle boyfriend sold her out on national television, ending her promising career as a chef. Now she and her squabbling sisters have partnered up in a final attempt to save their land by starting an inn and local restaurant. So it figures that with everything on the line, Amy’s key supplier is just the kind of Stetson-tipping heartbreaking bad boy she’s sworn to avoid. But Kellan Reed has a few secrets of his own–and cowboy or not, Amy can’t resist this kind of wild ride. . .

Ms. Cutler is a commenter here at Dear Author but also a multi published author. I believe this was her debut book! The reviews say that it is funny and genuine but a little slow.

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The Scoop (Godmothers)  by Fern MichaelsThe Scoop (Godmothers) by Fern Michaels. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

The debut of a wonderful new series, The Scoop is #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels’s introduction to The Godmothers, four unforgettable women who are about to get a whole new lease on life. . .

Teresa “Toots” Amelia Loudenberry has crammed a great deal of living—not to mention eight much-loved husbands—into her varied and rewarding life. Once again single, Toots is ready to taste life again, and fate has just handed her the perfect opportunity. . .

The owner of the gossip rag where Toots’s daughter works is about to lose the paper to his gambling debts. Eager to keep her daughter employed among the movers and shakers of Hollywood, Toots calls on her three trusted friends—Sophie, Mavis, and Ida—to help pull some strings. Together, they hatch a plan that proves you should never underestimate Southern ladies of a certain age, and that each day can be a gift, if you’re willing to claim it. . .

I don’t know anything about Fern Michaels’ writing. I do remember that there was a lawsuit where she sued a relative of former family member for defamation and alleged a loss of over half million due to her inability to write for six months so presumably lots of people love Michaels’ books. (The judge did not award that figure in damages but did find that Michaels’ had been defamed)

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John Lennon: The Life by Philip NormanJohn Lennon: The Life by Philip Norman. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

For more than a quarter century, Philip Norman’s internationally bestselling Shout! has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles. Now, at last, Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world’s most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on pre-viously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the comprehensive and most revealing portrait of John Lennon that is ever likely to be published.

This masterly biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at every aspect of Lennon’s much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into a near–secular saint. In three years of research, Norman has turned up an extra-ordinary amount of new information about even the best-known episodes of Lennon folklore—his upbringing by his strict Aunt Mimi; his allegedly wasted school and student days; the evolution of his peerless creative partnership with Paul McCartney; his Beatle-busting love affair with a Japanese performance artist; his forays into painting and literature; his experiments with Transcendental Meditation, primal scream therapy, and drugs. The book’s numerous key informants and interviewees include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Sean Lennon—whose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never before—and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candor about the inner workings of her marriage to John.

Honest and unflinching, as John himself would wish, Norman gives us the whole man in all his endless contradictions—tough and cynical, hilariously funny but also naive, vulnerable and insecure—and reveals how the mother who gave him away as a toddler haunted his mind and his music for the rest of his days.

This seems like a must read for Beatles fans or perhaps just general readers of good biographies. PW says “Stately, but studded with flashes of good humor and a storyteller’s sensibility for rhythm, Malcolm’s reading is good enough to keep listeners hooked, as if they were listening to “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” or “Let It Be.””

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Podcast:  An Interview With Awesome Australian Readers

Podcast: An Interview With Awesome Australian Readers

From Sarah:

After my session at the Melbourne Writers Festival, I found myself hanging out in the festival area with a few readers and a boo k seller — an altogether awesome group of people who were nice enough to stand still while I asked them nosy questions. I asked them each who they are, what they do, what they’re reading, and why they’re awesome.

The sound is a bit uneven (I’m sorry!!) and I apologize for that. The handheld recorder was struggling with the location, the wi nd and the different voices, so I am sorry for the odd quality. That said, I wanted to share with you the discussion of some exc ellent romance fans in Australia.

Thank you to the lovely ladies who hung out and subjected themselves to my interviewing.

Here are some of the books we talk about during this podcast (get ready – this is a long list!):

Book  Sarah Mayberry - Her Favorite Rival Book  Jennifer Echols - Going Too Far Book  Graffiti Moon - Cath Crowley

Book  Jellicoe Road Book  Looking for Kelibrani - Melina Marchetta Book  Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta

Book  Zoe's Baby - Alison Roberts Book A Lady Most WillingBook At the Duke's Wedding

Book  Kate Noble - The Summer of You Book  The Trouble with Flirting - Claire Lazodnik


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