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Serendipity   Carly PhillipsSerendipity by Carly Phillips. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips presents the first in a delightful new series about a quaint upstate New York town where love, fate and fortune are intertwined …

Faith Harrington was the classic girl of privilege–until her father was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and then her marriage crashed and burned.

Now Faith is back in her hometown, hoping for a fresh start. But her father’s betrayal has rocked Serendipity – and not everyone is ready to welcome her with open arms. Then she runs into her teenage crush — the dark, brooding Ethan Barron. Ethan, no stranger to scandal himself, never imagined he’d own the mansion on the hill, much less ever again come face to face with Faith–the princess he once kissed senseless. The chance meeting reignites the electric charge between them.

Still, when Ethan hires her to redecorate what was once her childhood home, Faith is sure that getting involved with the town’s notorious bad boy will only lead to trouble. But her heart has other ideas. And so do the townspeople of Serendipity …

Holly over at The Book Binge says “Together they have enough issues to fill a warehouse, but they just might be what the other needs…” From the other reviews, I get the sense that if you like small town contemporaries this will be right up your alley.

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White Heat      By: Jill ShalvisWhite Heat by Jill Shalvis. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Nothing is hotter than desire . . .

Raised as an army brat, bush pilot Lyndie Anderson has always been independent-and alone. Living only for her plane and the open sky, she eagerly rushes to help save the people of a small Mexican town from a raging wildfire. Yet when her cargo is a drop-dead gorgeous fireman, Lyndie suddenly feels a burning desire-one that may ground her for the first time in her life.

Firefighter Griffin Moore has been haunted by the loss of his crew in an Idaho inferno. Scarred by survivor’s guilt, he became a recluse who hid himself away from working-or being close to anyone. But when his brother convinces him to volunteer for another fire, he encounters a brave, beautiful woman who sparks a simmering passion. Now in the hot, dangerous conflagration of the Mexican jungle, Griffin and Lyndie must discover a way to rescue a town-and a love that may save them . . .

The main complaint for this book seems to be the repetitive nature of the push/pull between the characters. That and the heroine was a little tough to warm up to.

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Rogue in Texas (Rogues in Texas) by Lorraine HeathRogue in Texas (Rogues in Texas) by Lorraine Heath . $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A duke?s son, Grayson Rhodes was a maverick who had left London?s suffocating upper class world to earn his own fortune. So he seized the chance to work Abbie Westland?s land… and from the moment he first saw Abbie, he was determined to use his arms to work the farm by day and to soothe her through the nights in his strong embrace. Abbie, with her fiery determination, was different from the fragile beauties he?d known at home. In her Grayson found an honest passion he?d never experienced before. But could their growing love survive the surprising reminder of her past that comes to haunt them?

A number of Heath’s historicals have been marked down to $1.99.

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THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (UPDATED 2011 EDITION) by William StrunkTHE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by William Strunk. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

This book is intended for use in English courses in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature. It aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. It aims to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention (in Chapters II and III) on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. The numbers of the sections may be used as references in correcting manuscript.

The book covers only a small portion of the field of English style, but the experience of its writer has been that once past the essentials, students profit most by individual instruction based on the problems of their own work, and that each instructor has his own body of theory, which he prefers to that offered by any textbook.

It is an old observation that the best writers sometimes disregard the rules of rhetoric. When they do so, however, the reader will usually find in the sentence some compensating merit, attained at the cost of the violation. Unless he is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow the rules. After he has learned, by their guidance, to write plain English adequate for everyday uses, let him look, for the secrets of style, to the study of the masters of literature.

Didn’t this used to be authored by Strunk and White? Even I have a Strunk and White (albeit hardcopy) on my shelf.

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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. Shae Connor
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 14:10:32

    Re: Strunk & White, Strunk was the original author. E.B. White edited/revised the best-known version. This one seems to have been created from the original version, which is public domain and available free:

  2. hapax
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 14:53:19

    Am I the only one who can’t stop giggling at the “liar liar pants on fire” cover of WHITE HEAT? I’d strongly advise the heroine not only to insist on a condom, but perhaps full body protection!

  3. cleo
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 16:30:22

    @hapax: I know, right? What is it with these firefighter covers? This one’s almost as bad as the “is that a puppy in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?” cover (aka One Fine Fireman – )

  4. Selma
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 19:04:22

    Honestly the Strunk & White version is just better. Shae Connor is right, this appears to be a slightly modified version of the original Strunk version, which is free online.

  5. Susan
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 21:42:47

    Ooh, this is off topic, but when I clicked on the Heath book to check it out, I saw that Sherry Thomas has a couple of new books available for preorder. (yay)

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