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Crash Nicole WilliamsCrash by Nicole Williams. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Jude Ryder and Lucy Larson are this generation’s Romeo and Juliet: Explosive. Sizzling. Tragic.

A steamy summer encounter with bad boy Jude means trouble for Lucy. Her sights are set on becoming a ballerina, and she won’t let anything get in her way . . . except Jude.

He’s got a rap sheet, dangerous mood swings, and a name that’s been sighed, shouted, and cursed by who knows how many girls.

Jude’s a cancer, the kind of guy who’s fated to ruin the lives of girls like Lucy—and he tells her so.

But as rumors run rampant and reputations are destroyed, Lucy’s not listening to Jude’s warning. Is tragedy waiting in the wings? This racy romance is hot, hot, hot!

This series was self published and then picked up by Simon & Schuster. I tried to read it when it was self published because it was so popular and recommended everywhere, but I just could not get into it. Maybe you will have better success.

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The Moonflower Vine Jetta CarletonThe Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton. $ 2.99

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A timeless American classic rediscovered—an unforgettable saga of a heartland family

On a farm in western Missouri during the first half of the twentieth century, Matthew and Callie Soames create a life for themselves and raise four headstrong daughters. Jessica will break their hearts. Leonie will fall in love with the wrong man. Mary Jo will escape to New York. And wild child Mathy’s fate will be the family’s greatest tragedy. Over the decades they will love, deceive, comfort, forgive—and, ultimately, they will come to cherish all the more fiercely the bonds of love that hold the family together.

Jeannie at Goodreads wrote “A warm and delicious saga about a Midwestern family during the first half of the 20th century. Effectively and fluidly told from the perspective of each of the six family members–an illiterate yet wise mother, her teacher husband and their four daughters. All of whom, on the surface, seem to be plain, God-fearing people but as the story unfolds, each reveals to the reader complex and flawed characters that struggle with “sin” and desire (in many forms). “

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The Revenge Affair  by     Susan NapierThe Revenge Affair by Susan Napier. $ 2.39 and up

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Joshua Wade was convinced that Regan was plotting to disrupt his wedding. Why else would she have agreed to organize the big day–when she clearly had a grudge against him? Regan had to admit there was unfinished business between them: a reckless one-night stand….

Regan wasn’t out for revenge, though she did have a hidden reason for getting close to Joshua’s family. Only she could never reveal her secret plans–not even when Joshua confessed his engagement was a sham and he wanted his ring on Regan’s finger!

Susan Napier writes some of the best category romances. She really plays with the form of Harlequin Presents in unusual and subversive ways.

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Anne UrsuBreadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into a forest with a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it’s up to Hazel to go in after him. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

I’m always on the look out for books to buy for the tot. The School Library Journal says: “There are also references to both classic and modern fantasy tales, showing that all are related. The underlying theme of friendship that is constant and true, sacrifice, and choosing reality over fantasy is beautifully written. Kirby Heyborne reads without background noises or musical embellishment, allowing the story to stand on its own so that listeners can enjoy its rich language and gentle messages.”

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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. Spinster
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 14:35:28

    ZOMG everybody, buy Breadcrumbs right the bleep now. It’s gorgeous.

  2. Brian
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 14:40:18

    The first five books in Bella Andre’s ‘Sullivan’ series are currently $0.99 each at Amazon & Kobo (and maybe elsewhere). The eighth book in the series will be out on March 5th ($4.99).

  3. hapax
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 15:40:47

    I don’t normally blame blurbs on the author, but since this one was self-published I’ll go ahead.

    The tagline

    Jude Ryder and Lucy Larson are this generation’s Romeo and Juliet

    followed by a plot description which, if it corresponded to ANY Shakespearian couple, would probably best fit Falstaff and Prince Hal (although little enough of that) ?

    This provides a STRONG hint that I’ll find the story inside to be shallow, cliched, and borderline illiterate.

    However, ditto on the love for BREADCRUMBS — although if “the tot” is much younger than ten or so, you might want to read along; there is some strong scary stuff in there, and a decidedly bittersweet ending.

  4. Little Red
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 16:00:33

    Sold on “The Revenge Affair”.

  5. John
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 16:16:39

    Crash was actually bought by Harper Collins – not that it matters much, as I’ve heard bad things about it regardless. The sad part is that those NA tropes, while ridiculous, can be entertaining if done by the right person. From what I gather, Crash really isn’t one of those cases.

    Sold on Breadcrumbs, though. I’ve wanted this book for ages, but never got around to acquiring a copy.

  6. Ann F.
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 18:22:59

    Thanks for including the occasional children’s book. I just bought Breadcrumbs for my daughter.

  7. CHH
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 20:18:35


    The vouchercodes40 works on these books you can have them for $.59 at Kobo.

  8. Brian
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 09:55:35

    @CHH: Yes, a great deal. Don’t forget that code is supposed to expire today.

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