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2940045588935_p0_v1_s260x420The Kiss: An Anthology About Love and Other Close Encounters by C. A. Newsome. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

A kiss is a simple communication. It can also be an exchange, a betrayal, an assault, a promise, a hope…or it could be a goodbye. The intimacy of a kiss cannot be denied. Whether shared, stolen or simply dreamed of, its recipient will be affected. Thirty-one stories by authors from around the world will tease your imagination as you anticipate ‘The Kiss’ in each weird or wonderful tale.

This cross-genre anthology contains stories by Kate Aaron, Saxon Andrew, Jacques Antoine, Alison Blake, E. B. Boggs, Shirley Bourget, Ben Cassidy, Jason Deas, Sharon Delarose, Meghan Ciana Doidge, Suzy Stewart Dubot, Corrie Fischer, Brandon Hale, Traci Tyne Hilton, Colleen Hoover, Mona Ingram, J. L. Jarvis, Elizabeth Jasper, Anna J. McIntyre, Jess Mountifield, C. A. Newsome, S. Patrick O’Connell, Suzie O’Connell, Jeanette Raleigh, J. R. C. Salter, Molly Snow, Holli Marie Spaulding, Cleve Sylcox, Robert Thomas, Chris Ward and George Wier.

So there are a ton of authors in this collection and its 130,000 words so I’m guessing it is only 5,000 words per story. It’s free everywhere but Amazon. I thought that was kind of humorous. My guess is Amazon will match the freebie later today.

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fMUwkeiIVh0CThe Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. $ 1.99 AMZN | Google

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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn’t share his brother’s appetite for whiskey and killing, he’s never known anything else. But their prey isn’t an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm’s gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living–and whom he does it for.

With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable comic tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of characters–losers, cheaters, and ne’er-do-wells from all stripes of life–and told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humor, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.

“If Cormac McCarthy had a sense of humor, he might have concocted a story like Patrick DeWitt’s bloody, darkly funny western THE SISTERS BROTHERS…[DeWitt has] a skillfully polished voice and a penchant for gleefully looking under bloody bandages.” (Los Angeles Times)

Love that. If McCarthy had a sense of humor. LAWL.

Jayne emailed me and said this was terrible and that she couldn’t even bring herself to write a review of it.

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9780060586133_p0_v2_s260x420Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Australian triplets Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle are about to turn thirty-three and one is pregnant, one has just had her life turned upside down, and one is only just keeping hers from skidding off the fast lane. Meanwhile, their divorced parents have been behaving very oddly indeed.

In this family comedy by Liane Moriarty, we follow the three Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty-third year — as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets, revelations and relationships, unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a trio.

PW “Moriarty’s novel is a winning combination of smart-alecky fun and feel-good mush (mostly the former). Her writing is smart and playful (“Death was the hot bath you promised yourself while you endured small talk and uncomfortable shoes”), her characters are quirky and lovable and her clever plot turns—like the rekindled love between the triplets’ divorced parents—are fun. Convenient coincidences and a general predictability don’t distract too much from the sassy pleasures. “

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41Ze1RQ944L._SX300_Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson . $ 1.99 AMZN | Google Play.

From the Jacket Copy:

The first ten lies they tell you in high school. “Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether.

Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him.

But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself. Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

This book was banned for some reason and labelled pornography. It sounds like a powerful story and one I’d want my kid to read at the appropriate time.

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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. Julia
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 14:06:42

    Speak is so good. Definitely a book I remember strongly from my teen years.

  2. Lammie
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 14:17:54

    The Sisters Brothers is a very good book. If you like Coen brothers movies (O Brother Where Art Thou, Fargo, Inside Llewyn Davis, etc.) you will probably like it – it has the same kind of wonderful, not quite like real life sensibility.

  3. Nicole
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 15:32:26

    The Kiss is now free at Amazon, too.

    Yesterday I bought Mariana Zapata’s Lingus (the hero is a porn star) after seeing a recommendation in the deal comments, and I’m glad that I did. Ignore the silly cover, it’s a really good book. I enjoyed it better than Changing His Game, the book with the porn star hero that was featured as a deal. That book had a hot cover but extremely clunky writing, and I nearly deleted it from my kindle, but I persevered and found a not-terrible story.

  4. Becky
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 15:35:18

    I second the Speak recommendation. I read it as an adult, and think it’s about time my teenager (just started high school) reads it too. It’s very powerful. Some of the local private all-girls schools actually have it as required reading.

    Don’t even get me started on the people who ban books.

  5. FullofGrace
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 16:02:09

    I also bought Lingus after reading yesterday’s comments and I loved it. Seriously awful cover though. I also enjoyed Stinger by Mia Sheridan which also features a porn star hero. It had some problems but I really, really liked it.

  6. Jia
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 16:06:44

    Speak is an EXCELLENT, powerful book. I completely recommend it.

  7. Carolyne
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 18:31:43

    I couldn’t persevere even to the end of the sampler for Changing His Game–way too “Penthouse letters” for me (you know the kind? “I was wearing my tiny tank top and itty bitty shorts when this hot guy walks in and asks me to be in a movie…”). I’ll hope for better from Lingus–I really want to see what an author can do with that premise for the hero.

  8. Tabs
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 19:56:27

    Speak is quiet and internal and really powerful. Just thinking about it is sometimes enough to make me teary.

  9. JennyME
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 09:40:36

    The Sisters Brothers is worth a read, especially at that price. It’s in the same vein as Charles Portis but a bit less funny.

  10. Trix
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 12:45:12

    If you like paranormals, Bitten By Books has a weekly list of free/cheap Kindle reads here:

  11. Jordan R.
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 22:11:22

    I also highly recommend Speak – it is a beautiful story!

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