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Tinkers Paul HardingTinkers by Paul Harding. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

An old man lies dying. Propped up in his living room and surrounded by his children and grandchildren, George Washington Crosby drifts in and out of consciousness, back to the wonder and pain of his impoverished childhood in Maine. As the clock repairer’s time winds down, his memories intertwine with those of his father, an epileptic, itinerant peddler and his grandfather, a Methodist preacher beset by madness. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkersis an elegiac meditation on love, loss, illness, faith, and the fierce beauty of nature.

Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family: the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tinkers and Enon. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

2010 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction

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Take This Regret (The Regret Series)  by A. L. JacksonTake This Regret by A. L. Jackson. $ .99

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Overview of Take This Regret

A promise to love her forever.

A betrayal she could never forgive.

A change of heart that leaves her questioning everything she thought she believed.

Can she forgive someone who has committed the unforgiveable?

Or are there some wounds that go so deep they can never heal?

I think the concept for this book is interesting because the male MC does leave with full knowledge of his kid and then he has to try to repair his past mistakes. It’s well reviewed, but aren’t they all these days? The blurb is worthless but essentially guy walks away from girlfriend when he learns she is pregnant. Fast forward five years and he comes face to face with them and realizes all he has lost.

The negative reviews say that the overt melodrama was too much.

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Belong to You by Vi KeelandBelong to You by Vi Keeland. $ .99

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My honeymoon was almost everything I dreamed it would be, a tropical paradise, turquoise water, romantic walks on the beach, and loads and loads of mind shattering sex. The only thing missing was the groom.

After seven years of coasting through a relationship with Michael, my senses were numb. A week of passion with a stranger was just what I needed to clear my head and take back control of my life. But how do you move on when the man that was only supposed to be a fling somehow seeps into your soul and steals your heart?

50ish/Bared to You-ish say the reviews. And there is a cliffhanger. Some of the reviews complained of too much sex and not enough story.

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They Found Him Dead (Inspector Hannasyde Series #3) by Georgette HeyerThey Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer . $ 1.99.

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One heir after another turns up dead…

Silas Kane’s sixtieth birthday party is marred by argument and dissension amongst his family, and then the next morning, Kane is found dead. The coroner’s verdict of death by misadventure would seem to confirm that Silas accidentally lost his way in the fog. But then his heir is shot, and threats are made against the next in line to inherit his fortune. The redoubtable Superintendent Hannasyde is called in to investigate. All clues point to an apparently innocuous eighty-year-old woman, but as the Inspector delves further into the case, he discovers that nothing is quite as it seems…

Another Heyer mystery. Love the mustachioed guy on the cover.

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Deadly Descent Kaylea CrossDeadly Descent by Kaylea Cross. $ .99 (this time it is really on sale)

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Devon Crawford is an officer; Air Force Pararescueman Cam Munro is enlisted. Dev flies medical evacuations; Cam jumps into danger zones to save lives. Dev wants to return home from Afghanistan with her heart untouched; Cam will do anything to win the woman he loves.

Reaching for happiness in a war zone is the last thing Captain Devon Crawford plans, but she can’t ignore the feelings she’s hidden for so long. Cam’s sexy charm and wicked kisses weaken her resistance, but she’s too afraid of losing him to give in.

When Dev’s helicopter and crew are shot down and set up as bait by a notorious warlord, Cam risks all to save the team. What he doesn’t know is that the trap is set for him….

83,000 words

I read this one and the second one. What I like is that these stories include women in the military.

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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. Carolyne
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 16:07:07

    Belong to You: Too much sex and not enough story is just about what I need this evening after a rough day at work. But some of the reviewers complain about the editing (lots of homonyms), so even for 99cents of fluff that might be a deal breaker for me. The cover is speaking to me though… loudly. I often get sucked in by the packaging. If the text is truly badly edited to the point of being an uncomfortable read, I suppose one can always register an objection by returning the faulty product.

  2. Jane Davitt
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 16:10:05

    That Heyer is fun because it has a sequel, Duplicate Death, so you get to meet some of the characters about fifteen years later embroiled in another murder. Or ten? Post WW2 anyway.

    Duplicate Death does have a cringe-inducing portrayal of a gay character who is shrill, into ballet, and prone to making scenes when the man he adores speaks to someone else…I remind myself it was published in 1951 when I read it.

  3. Loosheesh
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 17:23:50

    Take This Regret is an overwrought melodrama-fest to which I gave two stars.

  4. Elaine
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 20:26:50

    Fortunately I checked my shelf before I ordered the Heyer because I found a paperback copy of They Found Him Dead. On the other hand, the print is very small. I don’t think I’ve ever read the paperback: I remember reading it in hardcover.

  5. PeggyL
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 07:55:15


    I just learnt of another Kobo coupon code (BookRiot50) which is also multi-use and valid until 15 October. As far as the current one goes, I’m trying to spread out my purchases and restrain to no more than two books a day – you can do the math and have an idea how many I’ve bought since 13 September.

    I can’t help but wonder: Is Kobobooks in trouble and desperate for sales?

  6. Loosheesh
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 09:30:14

    @PeggyL: I can’t help but wonder: Is Kobobooks in trouble and desperate for sales?

    If so, it’s a perpetual state because there’s hardly a time when they don’t have good coupons. I never pay full price for a Kobo book, and I don’t use coupons below 35%.

  7. Estara Swanberg
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 12:28:24

    @PeggyL: And the shopping spree shall go on ^^ – thank you.

  8. Jae Lee
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 14:03:05


    I second this. It was interesting that the dude actually walks away from his pregnant lady, but otherwise the story basically substituted angst for character development. (I am really grateful for the lendable Kindle books. If I had paid for the majority of second-rate NA-ish titles I’ve read, I would have rage-induced ulcers to go with my stress-induced ulcers. )

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