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For romance readers, you could pick up Mrs. Mike for feee at Amazon.

‘Mrs. Mike’ is a love story, a true story; the story of Katherine Mary O’Fallon, a sixteen year-old Irish girl from Boston, and Sergeant Mike Flannigan of the Canadian Mounted Police who meet at her uncle’s ranch in Alberta, Canada where she is sent to recover from pleurisy. They meet, they court, they marry and, following Mike’s orders, move to Hudson’s Hope far into the interior of Alberta.
But it is more than a love story between two people: it is also a love story of the land and animals, of the beavers and the ice, the northern lights and the fires, of whooping cough and whiskey running. It is a love story of the First Peoples and their struggles, the immigrants and their hopes and all the people who came and went through Mike and Kathy’s lives.

On another board they said that the ending was a happy for now but fit the story.

The Truth About Diamonds: A Novel by Nicole RichieThe Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In her electrifying first novel, Nicole Richie tells the sensational story of Chloe Parker, a rock royalty princess and a card-carrying member of Hollywood’s inner circle. At the age of seven, Chloe was adopted by a music superstar and his wife, transforming her life from rags to riches. What followed was a wild childhood distinguished by parties with movie stars and rock idols, run-ins with the press and the police, and a subsequent stint in rehab.

Suddenly Chloe shoots to instant fame as a spokesmodel for a national ad campaign. When her long-lost birth father appears out of nowhere and her best friend betrays her, she must struggle to keep it all together — her sobriety, her friendships, and her integrity despite the betrayals of those around her. Ultimately, Chloe comes spectacularly into her own, achieving stardom in her own right and finding true love.

Through the eyes of the captivating Chloe and the talented voice of Nicole Richie, we are given a no-holds-barred look at Hollywood’s new elite, behind the velvet ropes, inside star-studded premieres and parties. Whether they’re doing the “circuit” (begin with shopping at Barneys New York, Marni, and Fred Segal, then end with the grilled vegetable salad at the Ivy), or ending up on the front page of your favorite weekly magazine, Chloe Parker and her fellow A-listers never fail to dazzle, their larger-than-life dramas more riveting than any reality show.

I’d say probably ghostwritten but apparently a thinly veiled autobiographical novel.

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Unravel Me by Tahereh MafiUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

tick tick tick tick tick it’s almost time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

At Amazon, Shatter Me (the first one) is on sale for $1.99 and Unravel Me (the second) is $2.99. The third one is due out on February 4, 2014.

There is a love triangle, of course. PW says “The bloated relationship drama takes priority over the captive resistance members in the buildup to the climax, which finally brings action before setting up the next novel. Some quality worldbuilding, but the story only inches along”

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Diva Las Vegas (Book 1 in Raven McShane Series)  by Caroline DriesDiva Las Vegas by Caroline Dries . $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:


Exotic dancer Raven McShane doesn’t want to be a stripper forever. She’s always wanted to be a cop, but the cops won’t hire her… for obvious reasons. When she launches her own private detective business, no one takes her seriously at first. But when a stripper friend needs help solving the town’s most notorious murder, Raven joins forces with a horny bouncer and a smokin’ hot Mormon to uncover the killer’s identity. In their romp through Vegas, they tangle with casino thugs and old-money families, all of whom are determined to keep the murderer’s name a secret.

“Imagine Kinsey Milhone, but with an attitude as outsized as her bustline.”

I’m not sure if this is self published or what. Reviews indicate that Raven continues to strip throughout the book and that the “non clothes” scenes are gritty and honest. Sex and booze.

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A Drink Before the War (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series #1) by Dennis LehaneA Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

As richly complex and brutal as the terrain it depicts, here is the mesmerizing, darkly original novel that heralded the arrival of Dennis Lehane, the master of the new noir—and introduced Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, his smart and tough private investigators weaned on the blue-collar streets of Dorchester.

A cabal of powerful Boston politicians is willing to pay Kenzie and Gennaro big money for a seemingly small job: to find a missing cleaning woman who stole some secret documents. As Kenzie and Gennaro learn, however, this crime is no ordinary theft. It’s about justice, about right and wrong. But in Boston, finding the truth isn’t just a dirty business . . . it’s deadly.

This highly acclaimed first novel introduces an intrepid pair of tough Boston private investigators, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. The duo are confronted by a cadre of powerful Boston politicos offering big money to locate a missing cleaning woman. As the investigation unfolds, the partners are soon drawn into the deadly crossfire among warring political factions.

I think I’ve featured this sale before but it’s been a long time. This is the first in the Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro series.

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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. samantha
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 14:23:39

    I highly recommend Mrs. Mike. It is one of my favorite books of all time and I have my grandmother’s original hardcover copy. I don’t own a kindle but I am going to go get the freebie.

  2. Jody
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 15:27:52

    I’m chuckling at the description of Nicole Richie’s book. A “no holds barred” tale of shopping and lunch.

    Nothing’s as electrifying as grilled vegetables in a salad. Nothing.


  3. Eliza Evans
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 16:15:17

    I read Mrs. Mike for a book club and enjoyed it very much. It’s definitely not a romance, as it begins when the main characters get married and spans their lives. The rural Canadian setting was fascinating. The book was first published in the 40s, I believe.

  4. Lil
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 16:47:12

    Once upon a time, Mrs. Mike was adored by high school girls everywhere. I hope it still holds up.

  5. mari
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 19:16:36

    I loved Mrs. Mike too, but keep the tissues handy and don’t expect the best in ANY sitiation. That said, its a great book!

  6. Melisse Aires
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 19:16:44

    My mother had a copy of Mrs Mike and I read and reread it as a girl many times! What a great story.

    A story much like it I also loved, Tisha, about a teacher who adopted Native children.

  7. Holly Bush
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 05:41:24

    Never read Mrs. Mike and from the sounds of the comments it would be a perfect curl up with your tissues in front of a fire kind of read. Love Dennis Lehane.

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