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Hearts of Darkness  Deadglass - 1      By: Kira BradyHearts of Darkness by Kira Brady. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion. . .

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies. . .and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.

I really enjoyed this book. I felt it had a good balance between worldbuilding and romance.

The myths are part Norse, part Babylonian, part Native American.  The characters could be read of any race. (I envisioned Kayla and her sister as black by their hair coloring, skin, and eyes but they could have also been Native American as well).  I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the world building, but the romance is strong and sexy and angst filled.  My biggest complaint was the ending.  I didn’t feel like I quite had enough setup to buy into what happens to a certain character.  It didn’t ruin the book for me by any means, but it seemed too tidy a conclusion.  However, I can’t wait for the next Deadglass novel.  What a debut. A-

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A Night to Surrender By: Tessa DareA Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare. $ .99

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Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladieswith delicate constitutions come for the sea air,and men in their prime are . . . nowhere to be found.

Or are they?

Spindle Cove is the destination of choice forcertain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony,and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there.

Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff,knows he doesn’t belong here. So far as he can tell, there’s nothing in this place but spinsters . . .and sheep. But he has no choice, he has orders togather a militia. It’s a simple mission,made complicated by the spirited, exquisiteSusanna Finch—a woman who is determined tosave her personal utopia from the invasion ofBram’s makeshift army.

Susanna has no use for aggravating men;Bram has sworn off interfering women. The sceneis set for an epic battle…but who can be namedthe winner when both have so much to lose?

This is the first in the Spindle Cove series. These are all worth picking up at $.99

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A Week to Be Wicked By: Tessa DareA Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare. $ .99.

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When a devilish lord and a bluestocking set off on the road to ruin . . . time is not on their side.

Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove’s confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland.

Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be . . . anywhere but Spindle Cove.

These unlikely partners have one week:
to fake an elopement
to convince family and friends they’re “in love”
to outrun armed robbers
to survive their worst nightmares
to travel four hundred miles without killing each other

All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night.

What they don’t have time for is their growing attraction. Much less wild passion. And heaven forbid they spend precious hours baring their hearts and souls.

Suddenly one week seems like exactly enough time to find a world of trouble. And maybe . . . just maybe . . . everlasting love.

This is the 2nd book in the Spindle Cove Series

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A Lady by Midnight      By: Tessa Dare A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare. $ .99

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A temporary engagement, a lifetime in the making . . .

After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove-but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she’d look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiancÉ. He claims to have only Kate’s safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?

Long ago, Samuel Thorne devoted his life to guarding Kate’s happiness. He wants what’s best for her, and he knows it’s not marriage to a man like him. To outlast their temporary engagement, he must keep his hands off her tempting body and lock her warm smiles out of his withered heart. It’s the toughest battle of this hardened warrior’s life . . . and the first he seems destined to lose.

Third book.

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Confetti Girl      By: Diana Lopez Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez. $ 2.99

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Apolonia “Lina” Flores is a sock enthusiast, a volleyball player, a science lover, and a girl who’s just looking for answers. Even though her house is crammed full of books (her dad’s a bibliophile), she’s having trouble figuring out some very big questions, like why her dad seems to care about books more than her, why her best friend’s divorced mom is obsessed with making cascarones (hollowed eggshells filled with colorful confetti), and, most of all, why her mom died last year. Like colors in cascarones, Lina’s life is a rainbow of people, interests, and unexpected changes.

In her first novel for young readers, Diana López creates a clever and honest story about a young Latina girl navigating growing pains in her South Texan city.

This is a middle grade book and more than one reviewer compared the author to Judy Blume. Says one librarian, I loved all the details of Lina’s Mexican-American community in Corpus Christi, Texas (and HOORAY for a book about Latino kids where race isn’t an issue). Lina’s got a lot to deal with, but the tone of the book is upbeat and I was regularly chuckling out loud.

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Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin HalpernSh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. $ 2.99

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After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him:

“That woman was sexy. . . . Out of your league? Son, let women figure out why they won’t screw you. Don’t do it for them.”

“Do people your age know how to comb their hair? It looks like two squirrels crawled on their heads and started fucking.”

“The worst thing you can be is a liar. . . . Okay, fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but then number two is liar. Nazi one, liar two.”

More than a million people now follow Mr. Halpern’s philosophical musings on Twitter, and in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching coming-of-age memoir around the best of his quotes. An all-American story that unfolds on the Little League field, in Denny’s, during excruciating family road trips, and, most frequently, in the Halperns’ kitchen over bowls of Grape-Nuts, Sh*t My Dad Says is a chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father-son relationship from a major new comic voice.

This book started out as a Twitter feed, became a book, and even had a sitcom pilot made out of it, which apparently died. I have no idea if the book is any good. I remember the tweets being funny. I don’t think it reads very well as a story, but the individual lines seem priceless.

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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. Janine
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 14:04:01

    What a debut. A-

    Sold! On Hearts of Darkness. You don’t hand out A-‘s very often.

    Also, if memory serves, Dabney gave A Week to be Wicked a glowing review.

  2. Sunita
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 14:23:05

    Sh*t My Dad Says actually made it to TV as a series for less than a season. I think William Shatner was Dad, which tells you everything you need to know (I never saw the show but from the clips he was the best part of it).

  3. Ruby
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 14:35:35

    Omg! Just bought A Week to Be Wicked in a nano-second. My favorite book in the Spindle Cove series. 5+ Stars!! Can’t wait to re-read this weekend :-)

  4. Ani Gonzalez
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 14:44:22

    I’m so excited. Spindle Cove has been part of my TBR list for soooo long and I’m finally taking the plunge.

  5. Readsalot81
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 14:45:11

    I thought A Week To Be Wicked and A Lady by Midnight were pretty stellar ;) 99 cents is a bargain! Hearts of Darkness was a DNF (though I had it signed by the author at RWA – so I’m keeping it, regardless) for me.

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  7. Serena
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 15:51:30

    I already own all of the Spindle Cove book in print form – but I guess it can’t hurt to have them in e-form! :)

    Also, I know you don’t post amazon-only deals, but Courtney Milan’s novella THE GOVERNESS AFFAIR is free today (I’m not sure how long it’s going to last).


  8. hapax
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 15:59:26

    Not romances, but several of Martha Wells’s early (and out of print) adult books are on sale for 2.99. Fine, fine examples of the “fantasy of manners” subgenre.

  9. DS
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 16:51:41

    @hapax: Wells has a new book out: Emilie and the Hollow World.

  10. Nita
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 18:19:32

    I adore the Spindle Cove series, especially A Week to be Wicked.

    Also very much enjoyed Hearts of Darkness when I read it last year. I liked the non-black and white characters and the mythology. For me, it read more like an urban fantasy (darker, I guess), but I didn’t feel like the romance was lacking. I’m actually really looking forward to the third book in the series featuring Corbette and Lucia.

  11. Tabs
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 20:17:09

    I actually really enjoyed “Sh*t My Dad Says.” I bought it last year on sale. I was worried that the anecdotes would be boring but they really aren’t. (And while typing this, I just recalled the one that involves Halpern’s nude father, a shotgun, an accidental fake home invasion, and a traumatized aunt.) Halpern’s father is a gruff, straight-shooting man who doesn’t pull his punches but who undeniably loves his family.

  12. sarah
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 22:49:23

    Sh*t My Dad Says is actually good. I didn’t expect much from it and I think I downloaded the sample first, but as it turns out, Halpern happens to be a good writer with storytelling skill, so the full stories are as funny (and sometimes touching too) as the punchlines that are pulled out for back cover material. I’m wary of a lot of these kinds of joke-blog-to-book deals, but this one works.

  13. Jules
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 02:57:22

    I am thirding (or fourthing) the goodness that is Sh*t My Dad Says. It’s quite a good book and a quick read. There are still the one liners at the end of each chapter, but the chapters themselves focus on particular anecdotes from his childhood growing up with his dad. It’s a humorous memoir that I quite liked. I read I Suck at Girls, too, and though it is not as good as Sh*t My Dad Says, was also a fun look into Halpern’s growing up a nerdyish boy.

  14. Laura Florand
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 05:34:23

    @hapax: I so completely love Element of Fire and Wheel of the Infinite, both of which are 2.99. Would highly recommend.

    And I’m another person who loves the Spindle Cove series. :)

  15. Estara Swanberg
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 09:52:59

    The rereleased Wells backlist also includes The Death of the Necromancer – that’s the Nebula nominated one – with the amazing Madeline and Nicholas as part of a heist team to get vengeance for the death of Nicholas’ father.

    The only backlist book without a romance is City of Bones.

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