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Painted Faces  by     L.H CoswayPainted Faces by L.H. Cosway. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love..

Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn’t have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.

Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she’s around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn’t know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.

She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.

In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.

Jayne gave this book a B- and readers from all kinds (particularly those who love the alpha male) have loved this book.  I highly recommend it.  Do not be put off by the cross dressing hero. 

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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a LifetimeGame Change by John Heilemann, Mark Halperin. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

“This shit would be really interesting if we weren’t in the middle of it.”—Barack Obama, September 2008

In 2008, the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something from the realm of fiction. The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama. The shocking fall of the House of Clinton—and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama’s partner and America’s face to the world. The mercurial performance of John McCain and the mesmerizing emergence of Sarah Palin. But despite the wall-to-wall media coverage of this spellbinding drama, remarkably little of the real story behind the headlines has yet been told.

In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the country’s leading political reporters, use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. How did Obama convince himself that, despite the thinness of his résumé, he could somehow beat the odds to become the nation’s first African American president? How did the tumultuous relationship between the Clintons shape—and warp—Hillary’s supposedly unstoppable bid? What was behind her husband’s furious outbursts and devastating political miscalculations? Why did McCain make the novice governor of Alaska his running mate? And was Palin merely painfully out of her depth—or troubled in more serious ways?

Game Change answers those questions and more, laying bare the secret history of the 2008 campaign. Heilemann and Halperin take us inside the Obama machine, where staffers referred to the candidate as “Black Jesus.” They unearth the quiet conspiracy in the U.S. Senate to prod Obama into the race, driven in part by the fears of senior Democrats that Bill Clinton’s personal life might cripple Hillary’s presidential prospects. They expose the twisted tale of John Edwards’s affair with Rielle Hunter, the truth behind the downfall of Rudy Giuliani, and the doubts of those responsible for vetting Palin about her readiness for the Republican ticket—along with the McCain campaign staff’s worries about her fitness for office. And they reveal how, in an emotional late-night phone call, Obama succeeded in wooing Clinton, despite her staunch resistance, to become his secretary of state.

Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the HBO movie adaption to hit iTunes (and it is available now) because I’ve heard Julianne Moore is fantastic as Palin. I read the book after the 2008 election and thought it was pretty fantastic, full of insider-y gossip about the political race.

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Wicked Road to Hell: A League of Guardians Novel [NOOK Book]      by     Juliana StoneWicked Road to Hell: A League of Guardians Novel by Juliana Stone. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

With the legions of the underworld gathering and chaos close at hand, sorcerer Declan O’Hara’s deadly skills will be tested. But nothing will sway him from his duty . . .

Rescued from eternal darkness, vampire Ana DeLacrux owes her life to a mysterious stranger who asks for only one thing—her absolute allegiance. She serves this master without question until Declan, the one man who can make her forget her vow, returns. His magic is stronger, darker . . . more compelling than ever. His blood awakens a hunger she must resist, or risk deadly consequences.

As Ana and Declan join forces, the streets of New Orleans become a dangerous place for both humans and the otherworld. And the most dangerous place of all is a road Declan has traveled before . . . the wicked road to hell.

Use the Kobo Coupon “Vouchercodes40” to get 40% off.  The sale price doesn’t seem to be reflected yet at other retailers.  Holly from Cranberry Tarts liked the hero but felt the heroine kept placing herself and others in danger with an overdeveloped sense of invincibility.

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Red      by     Kait NolanRed by Kait Nolan. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Once upon a time, Red Riding Hood fell in love with the wolf. It ended badly…

Elodie Rose has a secret. Any day, she’ll become a wolf and succumb to the violence that’s cursed her family for centuries. For seventeen years she’s hidden who and what she is. But now someone knows the truth and is determined to exterminate her family line. Living on borrowed time in the midst of this dangerous game of hide and seek, the last thing Elodie needs is to do is fall in love. But Sawyer is determined to protect her, and the brooding, angry boy is more than what he seems. Can they outsmart a madman? And if they survive, will they find a way to beat the curse for good?

Sarah Wendell introduced me to this book and while I didn’t love it as much as she did, it’s a Pack oriented werewolf YA book. Sarah says:

The time Elodie spends in the woods (a very neat parallel, especially since at one point they hunt for a cabin in those woods) (no grandma, though, sorry) with Sawyer both adheres to and subverts the messages of virtue in the fable. Elodie thinks she has to resist Sawyer, because any contact, particularly sexual contact, with males can trigger her werewolf, change her in to an animal with no control over instincts and urges.

In other words: Oh. I see what she did there.

But conversely, Sawyer suspects she is different, possibly like him, and isn’t sure how to approach the subject without revealing too much about himself. It’s not just a statement that hornypants are ok and girls and boys both have them. Sawyer knows she is different, she is unique, and she is like him, and he can’t figure out how because what he should recognize about her isn’t present. And once he figures things out, he isn’t sure he should be the one to tell her the truth.

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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. MrsJoseph
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 17:57:18

    Jane, the links at the bottom of Painted Faces to Kobo doesn’t seem to work. I want to ensure that DA gets credit for the purchase…or am I thinking about the wrong vendor?

  2. Jane
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 17:59:10

    @MrsJoseph: Hmm. I’ll have to look into that. I appreciate the thought. Here’s the link.

  3. MrsJoseph
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 18:21:29


    Thanks! For some reason the $0.99 price is only showing up at Amazon and Apple. With the voucher coupon at Kobo it’s $2.39 and I can’t find it at Book Depository. Full price at the other places. :-(

  4. Jayne
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 19:05:54

    @Jane: Yeah, the Kobo links never work right.

  5. Brian
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 19:30:18

    Yeah, for the Kobo link you always have to click the “Go” button by the search box (which will already be filled in from the link) to get anything to pull up. Book Depository stopped selling eBooks in June.

  6. leslie
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 21:07:52

    Game Change is really good, Julianne Moore is terrific as Palin. I love President Obama’s quote, very funny.

  7. SonomaLass
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 23:14:53

    I’m a little more than halfway through Painted Faces and enjoying it. Definitely a change of pace. It’s making me want to watch To Wong Fu — I keep envisioning Patrick Swayze as the main character.

  8. MrsJoseph
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 11:28:45

    YES!! I found Painted Faces at Smashwords for $0.99!


  9. Bonnie Dee
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 12:28:05

    Well, I purchased Painted Faces last weekend at the $3.99 price but I don’t feel cheated as it’s a very good read. Recommended for those who like their romances a little different. Great author voice.

  10. Jena Briars
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 08:06:35

    PAINTED FACES! – got this on the kindle for $0.99 – loving it so far. Good writing, good characters – so glad I picked this one up.

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