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Wednesday News: Google+ wants your Gmail address; Barnes & Noble is hiring; a new argument for funding the arts; DBW data on digital platforms; and a cool language map

Wednesday News: Google+ wants your Gmail address; Barnes & Noble is...

“If you are added to someone’s Google+ “circle” of contacts on the social network, that person will be able to send you a Gmail message by simply entering your name — regardless of whether you follow them on the service. Your email address is hidden until you respond to the message. Google says the change should make it easier for people to reach those they already know.” Wall Street Journal

“No, I think the reason the so-called creative class is learning to depend on food stamps is because more and more, art and writing are among those livelihoods that don’t benefit from any supposed trickle-down effect of the wealth that circulates at the top, among art dealers and media corporations. Creative skills are in high demand and the work is steady, but the income is not.” The Guardian

“What this data point implies is that the vast majority of ebook retail activity in the U.S. is happening in so-called “walled gardens” — digital content ecosystems run by companies like Amazon and Apple that keep consumers searching, discovering, buying and consuming all or most of their ebooks, songs and movies in one place. If a reader has an Amazon account and has bought Kindle ebooks, they are very likely to continue doing just that. “ Digital Book World

Daily Deals: Bad boys, marriage in trouble, rebounds and witches

Daily Deals: Bad boys, marriage in trouble, rebounds and witches

Mad Dog and Annie by Virginia KantraMad Dog and Annie by Virginia Kantra. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

“At one time MAD DOG AND ANNIE thought they’d have a future together, but he left town and she married his best friend. Now the sinfully sexy policeman unexpectedly returns and once again looks in her direction. Years of abuse from her soon-to-be-ex have made the single mom wary of love. Well-developed characters, strong emotions and good romantic tension blend beautifully in this first-rate Virginia Kantra offering.” –RT Book Reviews

Bad boy Maddox “Mad Dog” Palmer has loved Annie Barclay since they were kids. But when she married his high school teammate, golden boy Rob Cross, Maddox backed off and moved away. Now he’s back in town, and Ann is in trouble, threatened by both her abusive ex-husband and the law.

Tender-hearted Ann is fighting for a new life and custody of her young son. She has enough on her plate without a burned out, big city cop reigniting an old flame or reminding her of the girl she used to be. Maddox tempts her beyond her safe boundaries. But can the first man who made Ann feel desire teach her to love again?

Romance Writers of America RITA© Award finalist
All About Romance “Desert Isle Keeper”

I think I’ve read this book and enjoyed it but it has been so very long. It was originally published in 2000. The reviewer at All About Romance said this story concerning domestic violence is well-crafted without being dark and heavy.

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Arouse: A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book One) by Nina LaneArouse by Nina Lane. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

“One day I’m going to touch you in a thousand different ways and show you how to touch me,” he said.

And he did.

Struggling with a tormented past, undergraduate Olivia Winter once led a practical but isolated life. Then she met Professor Dean West, a brilliant scholar of medieval history who melted Liv’s inhibitions and taught her the meaning of both love and erotic pleasure.

But after three years of a blissful, lusty marriage, Liv and Dean now face a crisis that threatens everything they believe about each other as dark secrets and temptations rise to the surface.

This was sent to my inbox as a recommendation. The first book in the series is .99. The marriage in trouble story is told from both character’s points of view but contains a number of flashbacks.

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The Rebound Girl by Tamara MorganThe Rebound Girl by Tamara Morgan. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Plastic surgeon Whitney Vidra knows all about getting over a cheating ex. She followed her boyfriend halfway around the world before she found out about his infidelity. Now she’s focusing on her career and her friends, and using men just for single-serving, no-strings fun. Until she meets charming Matt Fuller.

Newly single Matt is captivated by the vibrant Whitney, in every way the opposite of his cheating ex-wife. When he confesses to Whitney that he hasn’t had sex since his divorce, she volunteers to be his rebound girl. But Matt’s not a no-commitment kind of guy—he’s either all in, or all out.

Whitney is determined to remain attachment-free, but Matt is equally determined to prove to her that what they have is more than just a rebound fling.

94,000 words

I didn’t love this book. Whitney grated on my nerves a lot but I know others found her personality refreshing.

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Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan Series #9) by Kim HarrisonPale Demon by Kim Harrison. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Condemned and shunned for black magic,Rachel Morgan has three days to get tothe annual witches’ conference and clearher name, or be trapped in the demonicever-after . . . forever after.

But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, anda pixy in one car going across the country?Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, evenwithout being the targets for assassination.

For after centuries of torment, a fearsomedemon walks in the sunlight—freed at lastto slay the innocent and devour their souls.But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, andin the fight for survival that follows, evenembracing her own demonic nature maynot be enough to save her.

I stopped reading the series at book three that I know this is a series that has remained popular with a lot of urban fantasy readers. Booklist gave it a starred review and said that it was an excellent entry guaranteed to satisfy the author’s fans.

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