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Falling Into You by Jasinda WilderFalling Into You by Jasinda Wilder. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way. Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle’s older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle’s death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret. He knows he shouldn’t get involved, but he can’t help himself. Trust doesn’t come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.

This author was the subject of a recent CBS news report about a self published author going from rags to riches. The report said that the author, which is a husband-and-wife team, put out something like 20 novels in six months.

I believe that this title is the one that broke out and propelled the author onto the bestseller lists.

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Faking It      by     Cora CarmackFaking It by Cora Carmack. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

The hot new, New Adult title from New York Times bestselling author of Losing It, Cora Carmack.

As you can see, I reviewed this book this morning. It had some great moments and some okay moments so for the price of $2.99, it is worth picking up. Interestingly enough, this book was published on June 4, 2013 and already it has been discounted. The first book, Losing It, is also on sale for $1.99.

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Adrienne Giordano 	  Opposing ForcesOpposing Forces by Adrienne Giordano. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Book six of Private Protectors

Jackson Lynx always has a plan. He wouldn’t be Vice President at Taylor Security if he wasn’t steady, smart and reliable. But as capable as he is, he’s not perfect. Approaching the one-year anniversary of kicking his prescription-drug habit, the last thing Lynx needs is temptation. Celibacy is part of his recovery plan. But then Jillian Murdoch asks for his help?.

Jillian loves her job—managing pharmaceutical distribution—and she’s suspicious when an unscheduled delivery shows up late on a Friday night. Then someone breaks into her home and, terrified, she asks Lynx to install a security system. Grateful for his help, she’s wary of her attraction to him? She recognizes the Serenity Prayer on his mirror and can’t get involved with an addict.

But when they uncover dangerous secrets they’ll have to trust one another. Their lives, and their hearts, depend on it.

Go back to the beginning with Risking Trust, available now!

85,000 words

I have a feeling that if I had read the previous five books, Jackson Lynx’s story would be so much more interesting given the fact that he is a recovering addict. I think that the recovering addict story is an interesting storyline but so often you rarely see the recovering part, simply the post recovery.

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One for the Money Janet EvanovichOne for the Money by Janet Evanovich. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie’s opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey.

She’s a product of the “burg,” a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six.

Now Stephanie’s all grown up and out on her own, living five miles from Mom and Dad’s, doing her best to sever the world’s longest umbilical cord. Her mother is a meddler, and her grandmother is a few cans short of a case.

Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, fearless bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook.

Her first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli is also the irresistible macho pig who took Stephanie’s virginity at age sixteen and then wrote the details on the bathroom wall of Mario’s Sub Shop. There’s still powerful chemistry between these two, so the chase should be interesting.

It could also be extremely dangerous, especially when Stephanie encounters a heavyweight title contender who likes to play rough. Benito Ramirez is known for his brutality to women. At the very least, his obsession with Stephanie complicates her manhunt and brings terror and uncertainty into her life. At worst, it could lead to murder.

Witty, fresh, and full of surprises, One for the Money is among the most eagerly awaited crime novels of the season.

Janet Evanovich makes a major debut with this witty and critically acclaimed crime novel. Meet Stephanie Plum of Trenton, New Jersey. She’s a rookie bail bondswoman who has the awkward habit of leaping first and looking later when she’s out snagging bail jumpers. It’s not a job for the faint at heart, but it’s tailor-made for Stephanie Plum.

Google has discounted this book and Amazon has price matched it. While I stopped reading this series a long time ago, I loved the first eight or so. The first one is particularly fun and entertaining and you can rest assured that Stephanie does not grow beyond the character that she presents in book 1. In sum, for $2.99 this is a great summer 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. ms bookjunkie
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 14:51:45

    If you get the Kindle edition of FALLING INTO YOU, you can get the Audible edition for $2 (or so).

  2. Brian
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 15:00:15

    If anyone wants to see (or read) the CBS report on Jascinda Wilder it can be found here…

  3. Keishon
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 17:00:43

    I loved the first eight or so.

    You did? Well, I think I stopped at Hot Six. My favorites were the first three and High Five. After that they quit being funny to me. I had to quit both Evanovich and LKH. That was rough.

  4. Susan
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 18:14:21

    I lasted longer with the Plum books, but it finally got to the point where I’d read a book description and couldn’t tell if I’d already read it or not since they all sounded the same. But I’d still recommend the initial books to a new reader. I gave a few of them to my late mom and she liked them (especially Lula). I also gave several to my sister when she was undergoing chemo and needed some laughs.

    And, for those who mentioned the husband’s brother trope the other day, Falling Into You almost fits the bill.

  5. Fran S.
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 20:27:05

    I’m not usually a fan of books that involve teacher-student romances, but Losing It (the book before Faking It) worked super well for me. It had a different feel from most of the New Adults I’ve read so far, and I definitely felt like I’d gotten a deal for $1.99. I immediately went and bought Faking It—I liked the hero when he appeared in book one. Also, there’s a novella coming out in August apparently that follows the couple from book one more in their relationship journey—and I pre-ordered it for 99 cents. Losing It definitely stands alone and ends happily as true romance novels do, but I can’t say I’m disappointed a novella is going to follow. Sorry for the too-long comment, but I’m really excited about this series! Give it a shot.

  6. Kaetrin
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 22:03:40

    No Cara Cormack for me. Is $9 over here. :( On the other hand, my TBR is already out of control so…

  7. Joy
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 12:32:08

    “The report said that the author, which is a husband-and-wife team, put out something like 20 novels in six months.”

    20 books, not 20 novels. Most of them are short, humorous erotica serials, from what I could tell. I think _Falling into You_ is their first full-length novel. I liked it–it certainly is what I would consider commercial quality work and is nicely angsty and romantic both.

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