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2940016724621_p0_v1_s260x420Truly Madly Deeply by Carly Phillips. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

A collection of three full length novels by New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips, originally written and published in 1999 and 2000, and published under her real name, Karen Drogin.

No sooner had Chelsie Russell and Griffin Stuart lost their siblings in a car crash than they find themselves fighting for custody of their two year old niece. Griff wins only to discover Chelsie is the only one who can soothe the child’s night terrors and fears. Chelsie and Griff bond over the little girl and their growing sexual desire is mutual. But is it enough? Chelsie’s been hurt before and Griff isn’t sure he can trust the woman who once tried to take his
niece away. What will it take for them to realize they are … perfect partners?

Advice columnist Carly Wexler is planning the perfect wedding with the perfect fiancé. So what if he doesn’t make her heart beat faster? He’s the right choice. Until sexy photo journalist, Mike Novak, her fiance’s adopted brother arrives and Carly experiences all the passion she’s convinced herself she doesn’t need. Mike is torn by loyalty and a yearning unlike any he’s ever known. After spending time with Carly, he is sure the engaged couple are marrying for the wrong reasons. With one week to go before the wedding, can Mike convince Carly he’s the only choice for her?

When tough Boston cop Kevin Manning promised to care for his fatally wounded partner’s family, a one night stand with the man’s grieving sister wasn’t part of the plan. No matter how intense the night had been, a woman like Nikki Welles deserves much more than a broken man like Kevin can give, and he leaves the next day. When he returns months later, everything has changed. Nikki can’t forgive Kevin for abandoning her nor can she regret the baby she’s now carrying. And she can’t stop wanting Kevin. But can this solitary man come to believe he’s worthy of love?

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The Sea of Tranquility - A Novel      By: Katja MillaySea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. $ 3.99

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I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

I really liked this book and gave it a B-. The minus is because the first third is a bit slow (and should have been cut down) but after the first third, the story really takes off and the author brought this book home in a surprising and interesting way. Every little character had nuance to them from the boy who ruins Nastya’s life to the boy she falls in love with. I loved the depiction of the devil may care best friend of the hero and his relationship with his sister. I do recommend this book and encourage readers to bear with the first third. There’s a reward at the end.

I should add that Nastya’s trauma is not sexual.

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The Thief Fuminori NakamuraThe Thief by Fuminori Nakamura. $ 2.09 | $2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A literary crime masterpiece that follows a Japanese pickpocket lost to the machinations of fate. Bleak and oozing existential dread, The Thief is simply unforgettable.

The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly sometimes he doesn’t even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to him, nameless faces from whom he chooses his victims. He has no family, no friends, no connections…. But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life, and offers him a job he can’t refuse. It’s an easy job: tie up an old rich man, steal the contents of the safe. No one gets hurt. Only the day after the job does he learn that the old man was a prominent politician, and that he was brutally killed after the robbery. And now the Thief is caught in a tangle even he might not be able to escape.

From the Hardcover edition.

Sooo, this book has won a lot of awards:

From the Publisher
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize 2013 FINALIST
A Wall Street Journal BEST FICTON OF 2012 SELECTION A Wall Street Journal BEST MYSTERY OF 2012
A World Literature Today NOTABLE TRANSLATION
*A World Literature Today Notable Translation of the Year
*An Amazon Best Mystery/Thriller of the Month
*Winner of Japan’s Prestigious Oe Prize

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Dash of Scandal by Amelia GreyDash of Scandal by Amelia Grey. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Is she stealing . . .
Or just hiding in dark corners . . .

The Earl of Dunraven is obsessed with catching the thief who stole a priceless heirloom from him. When he keeps running into London newcomer Millicent Blair in places she shouldn’t be, his suspicions aren’t the only thing aroused . . .

But Millicent’s real secret is a far cry from what the earl thinks – and would horrify him mich more if her knew. Yet, every encounter increases the attraction between the powerful earl and the lovely, intelligent, and feisty Miss Blair. . .

Welcome to the sparkling Regency world of Amelia Grey, where the gossip is fresh and a new scandal is always brewing.


If you like light-hearted Regency romances, this will be pleasing to you. Looking for something meatier and different? Skip it.

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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. erinf1
    May 20, 2013 @ 14:11:55

    LOL… while I totally recommend Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series… I don’t think that cover quite hits the mark on representing Atticus and Oberon’s adventures….

  2. MaryK
    May 20, 2013 @ 14:14:35

    I’m very confused by the Amelia Grey blurb. Is it the right one? It sounds like a UF.

  3. Readsalot81
    May 20, 2013 @ 14:15:39

    @erinf1: *Snort* You beat me to it. I was puzzled there for a moment.

  4. Jane
    May 20, 2013 @ 14:22:06

    @erinf1 and @MaryK – I really borked that one up. I was going to include thisHearne book priced at 2.99 and then I realized, as I was reading the blurb, it was only a novella. Bah.

  5. leslie
    May 20, 2013 @ 14:33:32

    Truly, Madly, Deeply is also the title of a wonderful film with Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman.

  6. Spinster
    May 20, 2013 @ 14:50:32

    Jane, there is no “only a novella” with Hearne. It’s just a briefer, but equally wild, ride as his novels!

  7. Jane
    May 20, 2013 @ 14:54:22

    @Spinster: I don’t feel a 72 page novella is a deal at $2.99. Maybe 99c? But this is a “deals” section.

  8. Maili
    May 20, 2013 @ 15:36:36

    I read Nakamura’s The Thief last year. I wanted to like it, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s basically a well paced, simple and at times self-conscious navel-gazer. (About that tower thing? A few times I’d wanted to say “Oh, stfu about the tower!” but didn’t as I believed my patience would be rewarded. I was rather insulted when it hadn’t. Boo!) I think regular Japanese crime novel readers will find nothing new or special about this one. The best and worst thing about this book is Nakamura’s voice.

    Anyway, although well written, I felt there were better ones out there. But at that price? Worth getting for a reading experience.

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