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Deliver Me by Farrah RochonDeliver Me by Farrah Rochon. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Originally published by Dorchester Publishing, March 2007

After being dumped by her boyfriend and passed over for yet another promotion, Monica Gardner moves to New Orleans, determined to make a name for herself as the new attending ER physician at Methodist Memorial Hospital. As for men–she’s through with them. But when given the chance to chair the hospital’s annual charity banquet, Monica must elicit the help of gorgeous Ob-gyn Elijah Holmes.

Eli will do anything to thwart his matchmaking Mama’s plan to reunite him with his high school girlfriend. So, when the sexy new ER doc asks for his help in planning this year’s charity banquet, Eli devises the perfect scheme: He’ll help put on the best banquet the hospital has ever seen, if Monica poses as his new girlfriend. But when Eli finds himself falling in love, he realizes convincing Monica of his true feelings may be his greatest delivery yet.

There is a second storyline that runs throughout the book that seemed to confuse a number of readers but the author’s love for New Orleans was evident.

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Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon NorthupTwelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. $ 4.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Born a free man in New York in 1808, Solomon Northrup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. After regaining his freedom in 1853, he published this gripping autobiographical account of his captivity. As an educated man, he was able to present a detailed and accurate picture of slave life and plantation society, from simultaneous outsider and insider perspectives.

This book is part of iTunes books into movies special. Everything I’ve read about this movie is full of adulatory praise from critics who are ordinarily curmudgeons. The early viewers report weeping throughout the movie and that it is a one of a kind cinema experience. I don’t know if the book will have those transportive qualities but it’s a remarkable tale of survival.

KLIATT “It provides a firsthand account of slave auctions, good masters, bad masters, slave beatings, escape attempts, black community life within the plantation system and the legal system that permitted Northup’s eventual rescue.”

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Calendar Girl by Sommer MarsdenCalendar Girl by Sommer Marsden. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Merritt Evans is expecting a lot out of her marriage but what she is not expecting is to come home to find her husband Drake diddling with the local trainer. Thanks to friends in high places, Merritt’s divorced by the new year. She’s ready to put her old life behind her and her best friend Jeffrey–drag queen and fake psychic extraordinaire–comes up with a game plan.

A year of fun, frolicking and hot sex. No strings, no expectations and did he mention hot sex? A fresh guy every single month to get all the needs and kinks and cravings out of her system so she can move on. Merritt’s doing well with her plan until Penn Fratila shows up. Hot, Romanian and sexy as hell. Oh yeah, and he wants her. Bad.

Funny but maybe not super romantic. From the reviews it sounds like it is chick lit meets erotica wherein a girl works through her post divorce by having sex with a different guy every month of the year until she meets the hot Romanian.

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The Seventh Victim by Mary BurtonThe Seventh Victim by Mary Burton. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

If At First You Don’t Succeed
It’s been seven years since the Seattle Strangler terrorized the city. His victims were all young, pretty, their lifeless bodies found wrapped in a home-sewn white dress. But there was one who miraculously escaped death, just before the Strangler disappeared. . .


Lara Church has only hazy memories of her long-ago attack. What she does have is a home in Austin, a job, and a chance at a normal life at last. Then Texas Ranger James Beck arrives on her doorstep with shattering news: The Strangler is back. And this time, he’s in Austin. . .

And Kill Again. . .

He’s always craved her, even as he killed the others. For so long he’s been waiting to unleash the beast within. And this time, he’ll prove he holds her life in his hands–right before he ends it forever. . .

PW says “The blooming love interest between Beck and Lara, the number of red-herring suspects, and the backstory on the victims make this a compelling romantic thriller.”

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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. Janine
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 12:06:50

    I keep hearing wonderful things about the movie of Twelve Years a Slave too. The director, Steve McQueen, and the two leading actors, were on Charlie Rose’s show a couple-few nights ago and when Charlie Rose asked McQueen what he hoped people would take away from the movie, McQueen said he hoped that viewers would seek out the book it was based on. He feels the book is incredible and should be read more, and that was literally his reason for making the movie — so that more people would read this book.

  2. theo
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 12:29:13

    I married into a Romanian family and unless Penn is short for something else, none of the family has ever heard that as a name before. So whether I liked the premise in Calendar Girl or not (and I don’t) just reading the name threw me. Might not others, but it says something about doing a little research when naming your characters.

  3. Lynnd
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 14:39:45

    A couple of friends saw Twelve Years a Slave at thr Toronto International Film Festival and said that it was “amazing” and “definitely the movie to see” It won the People’s Choice Award beating out some pretty big name films.

  4. Deljah
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 15:18:03

    I just pre-ordered the kindle edition of Twelve Years a Slave for $0.99. I’ll get the book on October 22, 2013.

  5. Deljah
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 15:21:31

    Update: I kept poking around a bit more and saw this kindle collection of books for $0.99 total: American Slave Narratives: Twelve Years a Slave, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Life of Josiah Henson, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Up From Slavery, 6 Books.

  6. Janine
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 15:27:00

    @Deljah: I ordered it too. For less than a dollar it’s a no brainer.

  7. Susan
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 16:15:34

    There are 14 (!) Kindle versions of Twelve Years a Slave, 6 of which are priced at $.99. Strange. I bought the Harper Perennial version to be released Oct. 22. Hope that means it will be a “clean” copy.

  8. Janine
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 18:59:03

    @Susan: I think that’s probably due to the book being in the public domain. You can see the same thing with copies of other out of copyright books, too.

  9. Raven Ames
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 20:09:04

    I saw the Mary Burton book yesterday and diligently added it to my wish-list because I was being responsible with my book budget, even at 99cents! And then I see it here and I know if I click on it a portion will come back to you, which totally means I’m doing a good deed, right??? Click and bought:)

  10. Krista
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 21:07:40

    I’m sorry, the hero of the book is an OB/GYN and the book is called Deliver Me? Ew. Just, no.

  11. Krista D
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 15:02:46

    Don’t let Penn’s name throw you. It’s short for Pennsylvania and there is a short bit in the book about how he ended up being named after a state. He spends part of the book in Romania visiting family. For what it’s worth, I enjoyed the read but would have enjoyed seeing even more of Penn & Merritt together.

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