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MARKED (Eternal Guardians #1) by Elisabeth Naughton(Love Spell)Marked by Elisabeth Naughton. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

HERON – Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.

From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life—silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.

She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendent of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.

As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Originally published in 2011.

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Collide (Volume 1) by Gail McHughCollide by Gail McHugh. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

A missed first encounter…

Colliding with a second chance…

On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother’s death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start.

While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief. Knowing he can’t live without her by his side, he’s sweet, thoughtful, and everything Emily has ever wanted in a man.

Until she meets Gavin Blake—a rich and notorious playboy who is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Emily tries to deny the instant connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is not inclined to let go so easily. Recovering from his own painful past, Gavin will stop at nothing to win Emily over.

This unexpected encounter compels Emily to question her decisions, forcing her to make a choice that will destroy friendships, shatter hearts, and forever change her life.

I have this on my TBR pile. It sold enough to propel the self published author onto the NYT list.

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The Da Vinci Code: A Novel (Robert Langdon) by Dan BrownThe Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Featuring an excerpt from Dan Brown’s forthcoming new novel, Inferno, on sale May 14, 2013

#1 Worldwide Bestseller—More Than 81 Million Copies Sold

As millions of readers around the globe have already discovered, The Da Vinci Code is a reading experience unlike any other. Simultaneously lightning-paced, intelligent, and intricately layered with remarkable research and detail, Dan Brown’s novel is a thrilling masterpiece—from its opening pages to its stunning conclusion.

It was an entertaining book even if it was historically inaccurate.

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My Brilliant Friend  Elena FerranteMy Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila. Ferrante is the author of three previous works of critically acclaimed fiction: The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. With this novel, the first in a trilogy, she proves herself to be one of Italy’s great storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations, that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her fiction.

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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. mari
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 14:39:51

    The cover for Collide is…..troubling, maybe the word I am looking for. That female waist can’t possibly exist in real life, unless she’s part snake. Shudder.

    I long for the ridiculous covers of yesteryear, where the women looked healthy, albeit ridiculous!

  2. mari
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 14:43:22

    And the guy’s arms are skeletal! Gah! Looks for like the cover for a zombie romance!

  3. Darlynne
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 14:48:51

    All those exclamation points and overwrought writing, now free in The DaVinci Code. What a deal.

  4. Lada
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 14:54:51

    @Darlynne: Also love how it was supposed to celebrate the “sacred feminine” while the dumbest and least plausible character in the book was the only female.

  5. SonomaLass
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 16:37:05

    Reading the Amazon reviews for Collide make me wary but curious. Some comparisons to FSOG, but without the BDSM, and in this book it seems that the controlling [and in this case, abusive] guy is not the right one for her, although she maybe hasn’t figured that out by the end of the book. Apparently the romance isn’t resolved in this book, so I’ll be waiting until the sequel comes out before I let curiosity get the best of me.

  6. Liz H.
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 16:57:30

    @mari: Oh god yes. Unless the character is supposed to be extremely thin, can they please stop with the emaciated cover models?
    Shiloh Walker’s got a new book out that I’d really like to read, but the cover model is so thin you can see underneath her clavicle from the back, and I just can’t get past it.
    And his arms are thin, but because you can see his in the background, I’m assuming the one touching her stomach is hers. However, based on the angle of the upper arm, there’s no way it’s actually attached to her body. No wonder she can’t eat.

  7. Kaetrin
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 19:16:32

    @Liz H.: LOL! I think she’s reaching back and it’s her arm on his body behind his arm on her stomach. Otherwise she has man hands.

  8. tangodiva
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 20:49:34

    OMG, Collide’s cover looks like conjoined twins.

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