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The Challenge Edith LaytonThe Challenge by Edith Layton. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Wealthy, handsome, and devastatingly charming, the expatriate Viscount Hathaway Wycoff could easily win most women’s affections. But the lovely Lucy Stone isn’t most women. Though the self-respecting beauty is drawn to him, she refuses to give in to passion. Once before Lucy had followed her heart–a journey that took her to America and left her there a penniless young widow and mother.

A rich relative unexpectedly offers Lucy and her son passage back to England, answering her longtime prayer. She doesn’t want to leave Wycoff, but given his scandalous reputation, it seems the right choice. Wycoff promises he will change to win her, but Lucy cannot allow herself to believe him. When a devious plot threatens all Lucy holds dear, she must turn to the man she’s vowed not to trust. Neither knows what final destination fate has in store–but they are willing to risk everything to find out.

Originally published in 2000, I always felt Layton had a trad regency feel to her books (this is a compliment).

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King Rat      by     China MievilleKing Rat by China Mieville. $ 2.99 at Amazon and Google

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Something is stirring in London’s dark, stamping out its territory in brickdust and blood. Something has murdered Saul Garamond’s father, and left Saul to pay for the crime.

But a shadow from the urban waste breaks into Saul’s prison cell and leads him to freedom. A shadow called King Rat, who reveals Saul’s royal heritage, a heritage that opens a new world to Saul, the world below London’s streets—a heritage that also drags Saul into King Rat’s plan for revenge against his ancient enemy,. With drum ‘n’ bass pounding the backstreets, Saul must confront the forces that would use him, the forces that would destroy him, and the forces that shape his own bizarre identity.

I think that Mieville is considered a literary gem even though he chooses to write science fiction / fantasy. PW writes From the novel’s opening image (“The trains that enter London arrive like ships sailing across the roofs”), the narrative crackles with a mesmerizing melange of impressionistic description and street slang that powerfully limns the squalid London cityscape. Paced at the rhythm of the Jungle music it evokes, this dark urban fantasy proves nearly as irresistible as the Pied Piper’s tunes.

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The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sean KeanThe Disappearing Spoon by Sean Kean. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The Periodic Table is one of man’s crowning scientific achievements. But it’s also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

We learn that Marie Curie used to provoke jealousy in colleagues’ wives when she’d invite them into closets to see her glow-in-the-dark experiments. And that Lewis and Clark swallowed mercury capsules across the country and their campsites are still detectable by the poison in the ground. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?

From the Big Bang to the end of time, it’s all in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON.

The full title of this book is The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements. It was originally featured as a daily deal here at DA a year ago but I figure that some might have missed it the first time around.

This book looks hugely entertaining. Kean delivers an anectdote or factoid surrounding each element in the periodic table. PW says “The title refers to gallium (Ga, 31), which melts at 84F, prompting a practical joke among “chemical cognoscenti”: shape gallium into spoons, “serve them with tea, and watch as your guests recoil when their Earl Grey ˜eats™ their utensils.”

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Beneath the Thirteen Moons by Kathryne KennedyBeneath the Thirteen Moons by Kathryne Kennedy. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

He’s a ruler in a divided world…

In the magical, watery world of the Sea Forest, the divide between the rulers and the people is an uncrossable chasm. Handsome, arrogant prince Korl Com’nder has lived a life of luxury that is nothing more than a fantasy to the people he rules. Until the day he is accidentally kidnapped by a beautiful outlaw smuggler and is forced to open his eyes to the world outside his palace walls.

She’s an outcast, but at least she has her independence…

Mahri Zin would stop at nothing to save her village, and when they needed a healer she didn’t think twice about kidnapping one. But when she realizes that the healer she so impulsively stole is none other than the crown prince of the Sea Forest, Mahri knows that this is her only chance to change the fate of her people…

This is the lowest price drop for this title which was originally published in December 2010.

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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. Lil
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 12:30:48

    I came to Layton’s books only recently and have really enjoyed them. There seem to be a number of this series (Chance, Choice, etc.) on sale at $.99 at the moment.

  2. leslie
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 13:30:21

    Jane: I’ve often wondered how much Amazon’s e-book sales is affected by DA…….the only time I buy books for my Kindle is through DA’s Daily Deals…..mostly I just download library books. I wonder if that is true for other readers?

    The Edith Layton books are a super good deal.

  3. Miss_Malapert
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 13:33:50

    I highly recommend “The Disappearing Spoon.” The writing is excellent and the author has an appreciation for the weird and absurd. I also really enjoyed his book about genetics, “The Violinist’s Thumb,” which sadly is not on sale.

  4. LeeF
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 14:50:56

    I read The Disappearing Spoon last year based on the Daily Deal recommendation. I was shocked that my public library had it that same week! Being a working scientist (and a chemisty minor in college), I am a bit of a nerd and this book just tickled me to death with all of the fascinating anecdotes. I kept reading excerpts to my patient DH.

  5. Emily
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 23:58:38

    I’d like to third the recommendation of The Disappearing Spoon. IIRC the first chapter was kind of boring, (I’m a chemist) summarizing Chem 101. But the rest was filled with so much fascinating historical information that I’ve been recommending it to all my nerd friends.

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