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Find You in the Dark A. Meredith WaltersFind You in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Maggie Young had the market on normal. Normal friends, normal parents, normal grades…normal life.

Until him.

Clayton Reed was running from his past and an army of personal demons that threatened to take him down. He never thought he had a chance at happiness.

Until her.

Maggie thought their love could overcome anything. Clay thought she was all he needed to fix his messy life.

That together, they could face the world.

But the darkness is always waiting.

Sometimes the greatest obstacle to true love is within yourself.

This is the first book in a New Adult duology. The second book, Light in the Shadows, is also .99c. The book deals with bipolar disorder and I thought it treated the illness with great care, showing how destructive it can be but how someone can treat it and live a fulfilling life. Weirdly I thought the first book had a lot more emotional power than the second one, but I feel like if you read them together, it might flow better. I reviewed A Light in the Shadows here.

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Go Ask Alice AnonymousGo Ask Alice by Anonymous. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

January 24th

After you’ve had it, there isn’t even life without drugs….

It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth — and ultimately her life.

Read her diary.

Enter her world.

You will never forget her.

For thirty-five years, the acclaimed, bestselling first-person account of a teenage girl’s harrowing decent into the nightmarish world of drugs has left an indelible mark on generations of teen readers. As powerful — and as timely — today as ever, Go Ask Alice remains the definitive book on the horrors of addiction.

I’ve never read this but it’s a pretty famous book, right? But it sounds like a book I should give tot to scare her into never drinking again because it always leads to drug abuse, lsd usage and rape?

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Kentucky Home      by Sarah TitleKentucky Home by Sarah Title. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In this warm and witty new series, author Sarah Title introduces readers to the down home Kentucky hospitality of the Carson family and their Wild Rose Farm and Stables. It’s a place where love is always possible–and sweeter than ever the second time around. . .
Mallory Thompson and Keith Carson are far from impressed with each other when she arrives at his family’s horse farm, fleeing an abusive marriage. Mallory sees nothing but a gruff man who’s as patronizing as her soon-to-be ex-husband, and Keith has no time for a city girl who’s afraid of dogs. But the struggling Wild Rose is too small to allow anyone to keep their distance. . .

As one by one, Mallory wins the hearts of his family, from his cranky father to his headstrong younger sister and three-legged dog, Keith finds himself more than a little attracted to her stubborn charm. And the longer Mallory stays, the more she realizes Keith is nothing like the overbearing bully she married–and the more she fantasizes about being in his strong, loving arms. Maybe some folks get a second chance to make a first impression after all. . .

I’ve heard that Westerns are going to be strong this year and next, in both contemporaries and historicals. Yee haw? Mandi gave this book a B.

“But this book isn’t all about shoveling poop! Eventually these two start to fall for each other, and Mal has to come clean about her real relationship with Luke, which I really ended up liking. They are truly good friends for each other. Keith and Mal’s romance is quite sweet and sexy. No sex on a horse, but close *wink*”

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Night Magic by Karen RobardsNight Magic by Karen Robards. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Romance writer Clara Winston dedicates her newest book to her cat, Puff, without knowing what havoc she is about to unloose on her placid (boring?) life. Because there’s a rogue CIA agent out there whose code name is Puff, and some very bad guys want to kill him. When the bad guys show up at mild-mannered Clara’s house, thinking that she can lead them to the man they’re hunting, she is rescued by that man, disgraced CIA agent Jack McClain. Jack is green-eyed, black-haired, infuriatingly macho—and every bit as sexy as the romantic heroes she’s always writing about. Clara hates him on sight, but if she wants to survive he is the only game in town. With Puff very reluctantly in tow, they go on the run for their lives, battling each other until the sizzling chemistry between them explodes into red-hot passion. This is a funny, romantic thrill-ride by the New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author that Romantic Times called “the mistress of sizzling sensuality.”

Original published in 1988, this book’s best feature per the reviews is Puff the cat. If you like adventure books, this one might fit the bill although the reviews suggest that Jack is a jerk for much of the book which is pretty standard romance hero behavior back in the 80s.

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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. Lynda the Guppy
    May 26, 2013 @ 12:05:11

    Wow. I still have that Karen Robards book with that cover! Lol And yes, puff was a highlight. Lol

  2. Dabney
    May 26, 2013 @ 12:07:17

    To this day, I am still terrified of Go Ask Alice mostly because of the ending. It did, though, have a huge impact on me; I read it in fifth grade I think. It didn’t scare me away from drinking or MaryJane but it convinced me acid was an awful idea. But really, the it’s the ending that is the cautionary lesson: Never take drugs because even if you give them up some one will slip some in your soda and you will OD and die.

  3. Ellen
    May 26, 2013 @ 12:59:54

    I am 52 and I am too scared to read Go Ask Alice again.
    My 14-y-o almost bought it last week. I had no idea it was reissued.

    I was glad she put it back.

    I don’t drink, never have, and never did any drug, not because of Go Ask Alice, necessarily, but it sure did come up in my mind a few times. And then there was the movie.

  4. leslie
    May 26, 2013 @ 13:53:57

    @Dabney: Go Ask Alice also made a big impact on me .
    I am of that generation and when I was thirteen, hanging with my girlfriends in GGP (where drugs of all kinds were handed out like candy) an older girl approached us with an open palm and offered “choose a color”. LSD was my first experience into recreational drugs and I was way too young and luckier than a four leaf clover to have survived intact………some didn’t do so well. The psychedelic experiencements ended naturally when I was fifteen and I never used alcohol or tried Mary Jane until my twenties. I was too scared to try anything that would make me lose control.

    Another book that made an impact on me was Girl….Interrupted. Girls of my generation were often tossed into psych-wards because of drug use and bad behavior and not because they were crazy…..Wow I am going to find my copies of these books, read them and call my old friends.

  5. marjorie
    May 26, 2013 @ 14:03:12

    That “Find You In the Dark” cover does not scream “throes of passion”; it screams “poison ivy.” It makes me want Benadryl.

    My take on Go Ask Alice: It feels like an interesting cultural relic, but it definitely has a Reefer Madness thing going on, and I worry that this kind of hyperbolic anti-drug tome actually leads to kids thinking ALL anti-drug talk is bullpucky. Realistic education talks about consequences in a real-world way; e.g., getting caught with pot in an era of anti-drug pledges can mean getting kicked off a team or not being allowed to participate in the school play, and being in an altered state at a party can be a very bad thing even if it DOESN’T lead to swan-diving into an empty swimming pool in a crazed angel-dust-fueled haze.

  6. hilly
    May 26, 2013 @ 15:36:56

    @Lynda the Guppy:

    Ditto … to all of that. Night Magic has been on my keeper shelf since I’ve had a Keeper shelf, and I recently picked up another copy (same cover, LOL!) as a loaner. I didn’t realize that it had been reissued, but I’m glad to learn of that. Dated, but fun!

    … Whoa, Goodreads lists an audiobook, too! Anyone heard it?

  7. hapax
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:10:14

    FWIW, although Go Ask Alice is sold as a “true story” and “a real diary”, it’s been known to sa fake for decades. The author, Beatrice Sparks, is notorious for publishing “real diaries” of her therapy patients which are made-up scare stories about how dabbling in drugs, the occult, dating, etc. inevitably leads to Horrible Things and Usually Death.

    (Her last book, It Happened To Nancy, was the straw that apparently broke the camel’s back as far as most libraries were concerned. It taught the valuable lesson that if you invite a boy to your house when your parents aren’t home, he will rape you, disappear off the face of the earth, give you AIDS, and then you will Horribly Die.)

    If you read them as fiction, it pretty soon becomes clear that they are *bad* fiction. The supposed voice of the teenagers writing the “diaries” sounds like no teenager who ever existed, but an awful lot like that preachy school guidance counselor — yeah, that one, you remember?

  8. Maite
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:16:33

    The memories that “Go Ask Alice” brings!
    I did not find it scary. The ending is quite out of nowhere, and was the third time I went: “This is a bit too convenient, plot-wise. ¿Sure it is a true story?” So I checked, and learnt that it was, in fact, fiction. That lessened whatever impact the story might have had, since it clearly was part of the whole “Drugs are everywhere” anti-drug campaign.
    Of course, it might also have to do with the fact that I’d already read a lot of drug addicts testimonials by then (Reader’s Digest did one in every issue for like five years), so this was simply one more.
    Or maybe it was that I was 18 when I read it.
    All in all, it is a rather interesting read. But I’m not sure I’d pay 2.99 for it. There are plenty of used copies floating around.

  9. L Burns
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:54:19

    I think I was about 14/15 when I read “Go Ask Alice”, and even way back then I figured out that there was no way this was a true story. (And I was so worldly back then that I had a crush on Freddie Mercury). It could have been written by Nancy Reagan during the “Just Say No” era. One minute you’re smoking a little weed and the next you’re locked in a closet clawing imaginary bugs off yourself and scaring Grampy half to death.

    On the other hand, I vaguely remember a made-for-tv movie based on the book. For some reason I think William Shatner may have played the father…can’t really remember. Now if I could get my hands on that…lol, THAT would be a real “trip”.

  10. Christine
    May 26, 2013 @ 19:23:29

    Go Ask Alice is one of those books/TV Movies that seem to have been made to scare the bejabbers out of pre-teen and teenage girls such as myself back in the day (along with “The Best Little Girl In The World-anorexia). In the olden days before Snopes and the Internet we pretty much accepted all this stuff as real. I know I did. It was only a few years ago that I discovered (thank you Internet) they weren’t. Between these and After School Specials it’s a wonder kids my age weren’t afraid to leave the house.

  11. Dabney
    May 26, 2013 @ 21:35:05

    @leslie: One of my closest friend from college was, for no really good reason, imprisoned by her parents at a mental institution in New York. She, on her own, applied to college, got in, and when she turned 18, checked herself out AMA. Her experience made me unwilling to read Girl Interrupted . Now I think, who had that kind of money to burn? Or that will to incarcerate a sane, non-dangerous teen?

  12. Dabney
    May 26, 2013 @ 21:43:30

    @L Burns: God, there were some odd films from my junior high years. There was the crazy film with Martin Sheen and Linda Blair, Sweet Hostage that I ruefully think of every time I hear “Kubla Khan” by Coleridge. And then that awful girl prison movie–another DON’T DO ANYTHING BAD OR THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU morality play, also with Linda Blair, where horrible things happened to her involving a broom. I’m kind of horrified that what I watched on TV at age 13/14 is still so easy to remember.

  13. Shelley
    Jun 01, 2013 @ 11:46:29

    Re: Night Magic by Karen Robards

    Yep, one of my guilty pleasures and have even reread it. H is a dick but sexy in spite of a-hole tendencies and kitty is very cute with the added bonus that the h did not annoy me too much which is always a plus in my book. Not awesome but not horrible and lots of OTT fun!

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