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Daily Deals: A famous comedian, boardwalk feuds, and funny vamps

InterWorld by Neil GaimanInterWorld by Neil Gaiman. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman and Emmy Award winner Michael Reaves teamed up, they created the bestselling YA novel InterWorld.

InterWorld tells the story of Joey Harker, a very average kid who discovers that his world is only one of a trillion alternate earths. Some of these earths are ruled by magic. Some are ruled by science. All are at war.

Joey teams up with alternate versions of himself from an array of these worlds. Together, the army of Joeys must battle evil magicians Lord Dogknife and Lady Indigo to keep the balance of power between all the earths stable. Teens—and tweens and adults—who obsessively read the His Dark Materials and Harry Potter series will be riveted by InterWorld and its sequel, The Silver Dream.

This goodreads review made me laugh: For me, Interworld is to Neil Gaiman’s body of work what Cars is to Pixar’s body of work. Perhaps it’s a pretty decent book, but I have such high hopes for anything Gaiman that I read, that this was a huge disappointment.

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Under a Vampire Moon: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay SandsUnder a Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands . $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When Vampires Go On Vacation . . .

Escaping a horrible marriage, Carolyn Connor has no desire to think about men—a vow she’s determined to keep while on vacation in St. Lucia. She’ll take the Caribbean sun and sea and plenty of tropical drinks with those cute umbrellas poolside, thank you. She absolutely does not need male company, no matter how tan and rock-hard his body may be.

Easy enough, but then Carolyn meets the charming Marguerite Argeneau, who is infamous among her family for her matchmaking prowess . . .

Christian Notte has well known the power of finding a life mate. He’s seen enough of his Argeneau relatives taken down for the count, but he never imagined he’d let himself fall in love—until he meets the enthralling, charmingly skittish, and oh-so-mortal Carolyn. But how will he reveal what he is and still convince this once-bitten mortal to trust him with her heart . . . and her forever?

Funny vamps. That’s all I associate with Sands.

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Bossypants by Tina FeyBossypants by Tina Fey. $ .99 at Amazon | $3.99 at BN

From the Jacket Copy:

Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

I listened to this on audio and enjoyed it quite a bit. Quite a bit of her book is about her time in Second City and her struggle to be accepted as a comedian in a male dominated world. Her husband was extremely supportive and she had a clear love for her family.

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No Tan Lines by Kate AngellNo Tan Lines by Kate Angell. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

There’s a place where the ocean meets the shore, where kicking off your shoes and baring some skin is as natural as sneaking under the boardwalk for an ice cream cone and stolen kisses.

But life isn’t all a beach for Shaye Cates, even if her idea of an office is a shady umbrella at the water’s edge equipped with cell phone and laptop. Steely-eyed Trace Saunders is the incredibly irksome fly in her coconut tanning oil. And running a kids’ softball team with her longtime rival is going to have everyone in her little Florida town buzzing. Her scads of laid-back relatives and his whole uptight clan know that Shaye just wants to play ball while Trace thinks only of business. But beneath the twinkling lights of the ferris wheel, the magic of sea and sand can sweep away every inhibition . . .

Suddenly, it’s summertime, and the lovin’ is easy.

I remember reading a baseball romance by Angell and it was all very very wrong and I never read her again. Reviews for this book say it is a cute, pleasant, if insubstantial, read.

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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. Kati
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 14:16:37

    I read Bossypants on an airplane and laughed out loud enough to get stared at like I was a lunatic. For $.99, it’s totally worth it.

  2. carmen webster buxton
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 14:21:55

    I loved the Cars/Pixar analogy because I feel the same way about that movie! I wonder if this is a case of what is sometimes called “sharecropping” where Famous Author comes up with an idea & writes an outline. Less Famous Author writes book. Both names go on the cover but guess which one is first?

  3. Lynnd
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 16:26:36

    @Jane: Just to let your readers know, none of these deals are available in Canada.

  4. leslie
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 14:12:06

    @Kati: I laughed like a lunatic over Bossy Pants too!

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