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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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Daily Deals: A John Irving novel; two romances; and a non fiction geography book

Daily Deals: A John Irving novel; two romances; and a non...

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John IrvingA Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God’s instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.

In the summer of 1953, during a Little League baseball game, 11-year-old Owen Meany hits a foul ball that kills his best friend’s mother. What happens to him after that fateful day makes A Prayer for Owen Meany extraordinary, terrifying, and unforgettable.

If you are a religious person, it sounds like this book might be offensive because while Christianity is a theme in the story, it’s often mocked, as is the government and any other institution of power. Is Owen Meany, a diminutive boy with enormous power over his peers, an allegorical figure?

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The Marquess of Cake by Heather HiestandThe Marquess of Cake by Heather Hiestand. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Coffee. . .tea. . .or a pastry chef sweeter than any confection. . .

Scotch trifle fit for Queen Victoria, scones with clotted cream. . .Alys Redcake knows the way to a man’s heart. Yet she is unaware that with each morsel–and flash of ankle–she is seducing the handsome marquess frequenting her father’s tea shop. Unmarried at twenty-six, Alys’s first love is the family business. But thoughts of the gentleman’s touch are driving her to distraction. . .
With his weakness for sugar, the Marquess of Hatbrook can imagine no more desirable woman than one scented with cake and spice. Mistaking Alys for a mere waitress, he has no doubt she would make a most delicious mistress. And when he finds himself in need of an heir, he plans to make her his convenient bride. Yet as they satisfy their craving for one another, business and pleasure suddenly collide. Will Hatbrook’s passion for sweets–and for Alys–be his heart’s undoing?

85,000 Words

I’ve wanted to read this since I first saw the anachronistic cover. It looks like a cute book and a couple of reader friends have said that while it is not perfect, it was a cute and fun read.

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More Than This by Shannyn Schroeder. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When a lonely teacher teams up with a handsome bartender for some outrageous acts, they both get more than they bargained for . . .

Learning her ex-husband is going to be a father, Quinn Adams is determined to have a baby of her own-without the partnership of a man. But her sister and friends believe she needs to focus on herself first, and step out of her comfort zone by completing a list of adventures. Challenge number one is to go on five dates within two weeks. After a few disastrous attempts, Quinn’s ready to give up-until sexy bartender Ryan O’Leary offers his assistance.

Ryan has always been the dependable one in his family, often at his expense. But lately, he’s been longing for a life-and a woman-of his own. The woman he has in mind is Quinn. Though it seems all she wants is friendship, Ryan can’t ignore the explosive chemistry he feels between them. In the hopes of becoming closer, Ryan offers to help out with Quinn’s list. But when she asks him for a serious favor, he’s afraid it will jeopardize his chance to become more than friends.

102,100 Words

Friends to lovers? Working class characters? Sounds like the perfect thing to read while waiting for the next Shannon Stacey book.

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How the States Got Their Shapes Mark Stein  -How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Why does Oklahoma have that panhandle? Did someone make a mistake?

We are so familiar with the map of the United States that our state borders seem as much a part of nature as mountains and rivers. Even the oddities—the entire state of Maryland(!)—have become so engrained that our map might as well be a giant jigsaw puzzle designed by Divine Providence. But that’s where the real mystery begins. Every edge of the familiar wooden jigsaw pieces of our childhood represents a revealing moment of history and of, well, humans drawing lines in the sand.

How the States Got Their Shapes is the first book to tackle why our state lines are where they are. Here are the stories behind the stories, right down to the tiny northward jog at the eastern end of Tennessee and the teeny-tiny (and little known) parts of Delaware that are not attached to Delaware but to New Jersey.

How the States Got Their Shapes examines:

Why West Virginia has a finger creeping up the side of Pennsylvania

Why Michigan has an upper peninsula that isn’t attached to Michigan

Why some Hawaiian islands are not Hawaii

Why Texas and California are so outsized, especially when so many Midwestern states are nearly identical in size

Packed with fun oddities and trivia, this entertaining guide also reveals the major fault lines of American history, from ideological intrigues and religious intolerance to major territorial acquisitions. Adding the fresh lens of local geographic disputes, military skirmishes, and land grabs, Mark Stein shows how the seemingly haphazard puzzle pieces of our nation fit together perfectly.

I’ve been looking for another book to read with tot and we usually read fiction but this might be a great educational book for both of us.

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#Giveaway:  Samhain

#Giveaway: Samhain

Welcome to the Dear Author August Extravaganza, Day 11.

Every day this month, we are giving away copies of books, both digital and print, as well as gift certificates and even a digital reader. Stay tuned to this link to see all of the giveaways. They only last a few days each so keep visiting.

Samhain Publishing

From Publisher Samhain

Not sure what to do now your kid is going back to school? Perhaps you are dreading classes yourself and looking for something to read surreptitiously (not that we condone that!) Samhain is here to offer you some of Dear Author’s favorite backlist titles or if you don’t like DA’s choices, you could be a lucky winner of a $25 Gift Card to the Samhain store to pick out your favorite titles.

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