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Daily Deals: Aussie only specials; a holocaust survivor’s memoir; a Scotland...

First up is some news for our Australian/New Zealand readers. ITunes is running a “home grown” romance promotion highlighting local Aussie and New Zealander authors. Here are the direct links:

And because Amazon can’t bear to be left out, it looks like they are price matching. Unfortunately, I can’t check the prices for any Aussie/NZ books.  Christina Brooke also emailed me to say that  Penguin Australia was discounting her backlist ebooks–HEIRESS IN LOVE, MAD ABOUT THE EARL and A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER (from $17 originally) to $4.99 and my new release LONDON’S LAST TRUE SCOUNDREL is $6.99. This is on Kindle, Kobo, iTunes, Google and other e-retailers.

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Night      by     Elie WieselNight by Elie Wiesel. $ 3.55

From the Jacket Copy:

A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel

Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

An autobiographical narrative in which the author describes his experiences in Nazi concentration camps, watching family and friends die, and how they led him to believe that God is dead.

I’ve heard a lot about this book. It’s one of those that I think I’ll read when I’m retired and have nothing to do but lie around the house all day reading books.

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The Confession (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)  Charles ToddThe Confession by Charles Todd. $ 2.99 Amazon | Google Play

From the Jacket Copy:

Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years ago during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own.

Fewer than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head. Searching for answers, Rutledge discovers that the dead man was not who he claimed to be. What was his real name—and who put a bullet in his head? Were the “confession” and his own death related? Or was there something else in the victim’s past that led to his murder?

Booklist writes “Todd serves up plenty of period detail and plot twists, but the real attraction here is Rutledge, a shrewd, dedicated detective grappling with the demons of his past.”

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Cynthia Eden Mine to TakeMine to Take by Cynthia Eden. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Sometimes you want someone so much…

Sometimes you need someone so much…

Lust can become love.

And love can turn into a deadly obsession.

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Skye Sullivan knows that someone is watching her. Not just watching–stalking her. Months ago, Skye was involved in a dangerous car accident. The accident ended her dancing career and sent her fleeing back to Chicago. Skye is convinced that her stalker caused the crash, and she fears that he won’t stop pursuing her, not until she’s dead.

When someone breaks into her apartment in Chicago, Skye turns to the one man she believes can protect her–Trace Weston. Once, Trace was her lover. Two lost souls, they’d come together in a firestorm of need and desire. But then Trace had pushed her away. He’d joined the military, vanishing from her life. She’d put all of her emotion into dancing, and she’d tried to forget him.

Now Trace is one of the most successful men in the United States. Rich, driven, and carrying dark secrets, he agrees to help Skye. He’ll protect her from the danger that lurks in the darkness, but Trace wants more than to just be a guard for Skye.

He wants her. And he’ll take her. The years have changed him, hardened him. He’s not just a poor kid from the streets any longer. Now, he can have anything–or anyone–that he wants. And the one woman he has always wanted has just come back into his life. He won’t let her go again.

But with the threats mounting against Skye, she suspects that her stalker may be intimately close. He’s a man who knows her too well. As his attacks grow ever more dangerous, she realizes that if she trusts the wrong man, she could be making a fatal mistake.

Lust. Love. Obsession.

Just how far would you go in order to possess the one person you want the most?

Author’s Note: MINE TO TAKE is a sexy romantic suspense novella–it contains approximately 41,000 words. MINE TO TAKE is intended for adults. Sexy situations and adult language will be found within the pages of this story–please consider yourself warned.

This is a novella but it is a fairly good length one. The author recently hit the USA Today list with this book, probably in part due to the lowered price.

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Angels & Demons Dan BrownAngels & Demons by Dan Brown. $ 2.99 Amazon | Google Play.

From the Jacket Copy:

An ancient secret brotherhood.

A devastating new weapon of destruction.

When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol — seared into the chest of a murdered physicist — he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati…the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy — the Catholic Church.

Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican’s holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.

Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair…a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

An explosive international thriller, Angels & Demons careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.

Entertaining even if historically inaccurate. Does this qualify as a wallpaper?

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

5 Comments

  1. Regina
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 18:47:27

    Don’t wait until you retire to read Night. It is AMAZING. Pretty short too. Oh–and it rips your heart out and stomps on it, then puts it back in your body. An amazing Holocaust memoir.

  2. Linda Winfree
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 11:02:55

    I told myself no more books because of the 700 unread ones on my Kindle. I could read a book a week for the next 12 years or so . . . but I’m buying Night.

  3. Shelley
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 15:47:52

    I agree with Regina. Don’t wait to read “Night”. One of the best books I’ve read. Short and surprisingly easy to read.

  4. Meljean
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 20:31:12

    Agreed about Night. I’d definitely say wait until you’re in a place to read it, because you know what’s coming up as the story begins and it’s emotionally difficult. But as Shelley says, it’s also *easy* to read, because so much of it is told in an almost matter-of-fact way — no melodrama, no plot except a recounting of what happened — and you aren’t also asked to work through difficult prose. The story is enough.

  5. Shelley
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 20:58:47

    @Meljean:

    “…so much of it is told in an almost matter-of-fact way — no melodrama, no plot except a recounting of what happened — and you aren’t also asked to work through difficult prose. The story is enough.”

    Exactly.

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