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Wake (Watersong Series #1)      by     Amanda HockingWake by Amanda Hocking. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone’s attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.
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This is the first book in the Watersong trilogy that Hocking published through SMP.

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The Soldier Grace BurrowesSoldier by Grace Burrowes. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Even in the quiet countryside he can find no peace…

His idyllic estate is falling down from neglect and nightmares of war give him no rest. Then Devlin St. Just meets his new neighbor…

Until his beautiful neighbor ignites his imagination…

With her confident manner hiding a devastating secret, his lovely neighbor commands all of his attention, and protecting Emmaline becomes Deviln’s most urgent mission.

At this rate, you should be able to pick up all of Burrowes books for under $1.99.

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Gap Creek Robert MorganGap Creek by Robert Morgan. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Young Julie Harmon works “hard as a man,” they say, so hard that at times she’s not sure she can stop. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to do. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better.

But Julie and Hank’s new life in the valley, in the last years of the nineteenth century, is more complicated than the couple ever imagined. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what to fear most—the fires and floods or the flesh-and-blood grifters, drunks, and busybodies who insinuate themselves into their new life. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay. Their struggles with nature, with work, with the changing century, and with the disappointments and triumphs of their union make Gap Creek a timeless story of a marriage.

The sale price is available at Amazon and Google Play. This was an Oprah book club selection in 2000.

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A Trace of SmokeA Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Even though hardened crime reporter Hannah Vogel knows all too well how tough it is to survive in 1931 Berlin, she is devastated when she sees a photograph of her brother’s body posted in the Hall of the Unnamed Dead. Ernst, a cross-dressing lounge singer at a seedy nightclub, had many secrets, a never-ending list of lovers, and plenty of opportunities to get into trouble.

Hannah delves into the city’s dark underbelly to flush out his murderer, but the late night arrival of a five-year-old orphan on her doorstep complicates matters. The endearing Anton claims that Hannah is his mother… and that her dead brother Ernst is his father.

As her investigations into Ernst’s murder and Anton’s parentage uncover political intrigue and sex scandals in the top ranks of the rising Nazi party, Hannah fears not only for her own life, but for that of a small boy who has come to call her “mother.”

Jayne really loved this book. In her review she writes: “From the opening lines of the book, I could tell this wouldn’t be a sunshine and fluffy bunnies kind of book. Placing a novel in 1931 Berlin just about guarantees that it won’t be. The Great War, the post war years and the growing power of the Nazis have shaped Hannah into the woman she is. Once destined to be a wife to a soldier, now dead years ago in the trenches of France, Hannah currently ekes out a living as a journalist.

And it’s her knowledge of crime in Berlin, her connections to the police force, her drive for the truth and her love for her younger brother that propel her into the danger surrounding his murder and help bring her out alive.”

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and 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


  1. emilyw
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 19:01:39

    I read Gap Creek years ago but still remember it. A darn good book at a great price.

  2. SandyH
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 08:51:51

    Highly recommend the Rebecca Cantrell novel. The whole series is very well done. She is also teaming up with James Rollins with a book coming out soon.

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