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Hot Zone Bundle: Hot Stuff\Hot Number\Hot Item\Hot Property by Carly PhillipsHot Zone Bundle by Carly Phillips. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:


Powerhouse sports publicist Annabelle Jordan has sworn never to date another jock—not even one as sinfully sexyas football legend Brandon Vaughn. Yet as the two team up to turn his image around, the chemistry between them might be too hot to handle.


She might work at a sports agency, but Micki Jordan has decided she’s through being just one of the guys. But when she sets her sights on pro ballplayer and renowned playboy Damian Fuller, her heart might be in major-league trouble?


Cool, collected Sophie Jordan loves her daily routine running her family’s top sports management agency—until star quarterback and notorious bad boy Riley Nash tempts her to break all the rules.


Hot Zone publicist Amy Stone has one task: to help center fielder John Roper get his life back on track after a World Series disaster. But then the two retreat to a secluded lodge to escape the fallout—and the gorgeous ballplayer throws Amy a curveball she never saw coming?

This is four full length books as far as I can tell.

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A Game of Lies (Hannah Vogel Series #3) by Rebecca CantrellA Game of Lies by Rebecca Cantrell. $ 2.99

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In preparation for the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the Nazis rid the streets of anti-Semitic material and other propaganda and present a peace-seeking face to the world. Journalist and part-time spy for the British, Hannah Vogel, shudders to think what lies under the temporary coat of gloss.

Posing as travel reporter Adelheid Zinsli, lover of SS officer Lars Lang, Hannah has been collecting Nazi secrets from Lang and smuggling them back to Switzerland. Wanted by the SS, her travel in and out of Germany has always been fraught with danger.

Surrounded by former colleagues who could identify her, Hannah tries to keep a low profile while reporting on the Games as Adelheid. Her relationship with Lang gets more complicated as he sinks into alcoholism; the whispers she hears about his work in the SS give her chills. Whose side is he on?

Hannah meets her mentor, Peter Weill, at the Olympic Stadium, but before he can reveal information that will expose the Nazis, he dies in front of her. Hannah suspects poison.

Hannah must discover who killed Weill and get his secret package out of the country before the Olympics end and the Nazis tighten their noose…and before her true identity is revealed. And her partner may be the one about to expose her…

Jayne has enjoyed these books and gave “Game of Lies” a recommended read label.

I look forward to the annual summer release of the latest book in your historical mystery series about Hannah Vogel in pre-WWII Germany. This one doesn’t disappoint. Like the two before it, this one is taut and fraught with danger. I am, however, wondering if Hannah can go for a full book without a slew of injuries but then when you put your heroine into the situations that you do, I guess she’s going to get banged up a bit.

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The Janson Directive by Robert LudlumThe Janson Directive by Robert Ludlum. $ 2.99

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“One of the world’s greatest men has been kidnapped.” “Nobel laureate, international financier, and philanthropist Peter Novak – a billionaire who has committed his life and fortune to fostering democracy around the world through his Liberty Foundation – has been captured by the forces led by the near-mythical terrorist known as the Caliph. Holding Novak in a near-impenetrable fortress, the Caliph has refused to negotiate for his release, planning instead to brutally execute him in a matter of days.” “Running out of time and hope, Novak’s people turn to a man with a long history of defeating impossible odds: Paul Janson. For decades, Janson was an operative and assassin whose skills and exploits made him a legend in the notorious U.S. covert agency Consular Operations. No longer able to live with the brutality, bloodshed, and personal loss that marked his career, Janson has retired from the field and nothing could lure him back. Nothing except Peter Novak, a man who once saved Janson’s life when everyone else was powerless to help.” “With the considerable resources of the Liberty Foundation at his disposal, Janson hastily assembles a crack extraction team, setting in motion an ingenious rescue operation. But the operation goes horribly wrong and Janson is marked for death, the target of a “beyond salvage” order issued from the highest level of the government.” “Now he is running for his life, pursued by Jessica Kincaid, a young agent of astonishing ability who – as a student of Janson’s own lethal arsenal of tactics and techniques – can anticipate and counter his every move. To survive, Janson must outrace a conspiracy that has gone beyond the control of its originators. To win, he must counter it with a conspiracy of his own.” With mere days, perhaps only hours, remaining, and shadowed by a secret that links Janson’s violent life with that of the visionary peacemaker Peter Novak, Janson’s only hope is to uncover the nearly unimaginable truth behind these events – a truth that has the power to foment wars, topple governments, and change the very course of history.

Is Ludlum still writing these books or do you think he has a ghost writer?

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The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz ZafónThe Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. $ 1.99.

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Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julián, and their close friend Fermín Romero de Torres is about to be wed. But their joy is eclipsed when a mysterious stranger visits the Sempere bookshop and threatens to divulge a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in the city’s dark past.

His appearance plunges Fermín and Daniel into a dangerous adventure that will take them back to the 1940s and the early days of Franco’s dictatorship. The terrifying events of that time launch them on a search for the truth that will put into peril everything they love, and will ultimately transform their lives.

Kirkus “But Ruiz Zafón’s story soon takes twists into the fantastic and metaphorical, heading underground literally and figuratively, to places such as the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a place that only good and diligent readers ever get to visit, and in which the solution to the mystery is lain. Ruiz Zafón narrowly avoids preciousness, and the ghosts of Spain that turn up around every corner are real enough. Readers are likely to get a kick out of this improbable, oddly entertaining allegory.”

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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. Cassandra B.
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 14:19:35

    Robert Ludlum is my father’s favorite author and I am fairly certain Ludlum died several years ago (99%), so if that is a new book, it is a ghost writer. But most of the ones I have seen that are ghost written, say so on the cover (even if the other author’s name is in much smaller print). Although I am not certain ghost written is the right term, more like some other author is using the Ludlum brand. Is that still ghost writing?

  2. Isobel Carr
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 14:31:25

    I think The Janson Directive is one of the posthumous books that Ludlum had already written before he died. The rest of the series has a co-author/ghostwriter listed.

  3. Christine
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 15:29:49

    From wikipedia, the Janson Directive was published 2002 (I thought it was pretty old) so I guess has been re-released in digital format. And Ludlum passed away prior to that. So anything from 2002 could be his ideas but not actually completed by him.

  4. Christine
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 15:30:25

    @Christine: I mean after 2002, sorry!

  5. Monique D
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 16:26:12

    Ludlum died in 2001 but it seems it’s a real
    posthumous release.

  6. Alison
    Feb 19, 2014 @ 03:16:56

    I can’t find the hot zone bundle on either Amazon or google?

  7. Carol
    Feb 19, 2014 @ 10:53:12

    @Alison: Not sure if you were able to find it, but the Hot Zone bundle is on Amazon for the listed 99 cent price now! Looks like the google listing is for $7.99, though.

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