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Jon Stewart: Beyond The Moments Of Zen  by Bruce WatsonJon Stewart: Beyond The Moments Of Zen by Bruce Watson. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, has been called a “cultural force,” a “fourth branch of government,” and “the most influential man in America.” In this pioneering biography, award-winning journalist Bruce Watson charts Stewart’s remarkable rise from a wise-cracking New Jersey comic to a powerful pundit hosting presidents and prime ministers, all with a smirk.

I think I would’ve liked a book by Jon Stewart better than one about Jon Stewart. I realized as I posted this deal that you’ve really made it when people are writing books about you; not just you writing a memoir.

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The Dogs of Rome (Commissario Alec Blume Series #1) by Conor FitzgeraldThe Dogs of Rome (Commissario Alec Blume Series #1) by Conor Fitzgerald. $ 1.99

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In this accomplished and riveting thriller, police inspector Alec Blume battles organized crime, political pressure, and his own demons as he investigates the death of Arturo Clemente. Blume, a clever American expatriate with a disposition against authority, soon realizes that he is being watched from on high. Forced to negotiate with powerful, suspicious people on all sides of the law, Blume must rely on instinct, drive, and luck to find the killer.

The Dogs of Rome is both a thrilling detective story and a vision of underground Rome. Blume is a perfect hero for this story: intelligent but flawed, cynical but unafraid. He is a trustworthy and compelling protagonist for this first installment in a gritty and promising series.

Conor Fitzgerald is the author of the forthcoming The Fatal

Touch , also featuring Commissario Blume. He has lived in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Italy. He has produced a current affairs journal for foreign embassies based in Rome, and founded a successful translation company.

He is married with two children and lives in Rome.

PW liked it but Kirkus was more ambivalent “The few high points include some tense encounters with the local crime ring and a burgeoning romance with a prototypically sexy FBI liaison to the American embassy. But if this continues as a series, Blume will need more than his unlikely vocationand his grim disposition to win readers’ affections. A dour procedural that squanders its fertile setting.”

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Love the One You're With: Sex, Love & Stiletto Series by Lauren LayneLove the One You’re With: Sex, Love & Stiletto Series by Lauren Layne. $ .99

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Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series simmers to a boil as two high-powered magazine writers find love amid a war of words.

As a leading columnist for Stiletto, Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancé would be one of them. After Grace takes a heart-mending hiatus, her first assignment is to go on a couple of dates with a counterpart from the men’s magazine Oxford and report her impressions. Grace 1.0 may have been instantly smitten with the gorgeous correspondent, but Grace 2.0 has sworn off relationships for six months, and she’s not falling for his outstanding bod and trophy-winning kisses . . . or is she?

Jake Malone wants to get back to the fly-by-night, who-knows-what’s-next guy he used to be, and he knows exactly how to do it. Oxford is adding a travel section, and Jake—with no wife and no kids and a willingness to live anywhere, eat anything, do everything—is perfect for the job . . . except that his playboy reputation makes his new editor nervous. To get the gig, he must agree to a fluffy joint article with Stiletto. But after just one date with snooty, sumptuous, sensational Grace Brighton, Jake starts taking this assignment a whole lot more seriously.

Snarky banter went over the top for one reader but for others it hit the spot.

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Promises of Mercy(Montana Promises-Book 1)  by Vella DayPromises of Mercy(Montana Promises-Book 1) by Vella Day. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

GENRE: Medical Romance, Contemporary Western Romance, Erotica ménage romance, (MFM), Cowboy cop


Killing is wrong. The reason doesn’t matter.

When oncology nurse, Amber Delacroix, learns her reckless brother has been in a paralyzing motorcycle accident, sorrow fills her soul. He’s murdered a few days later, and now she’s utterly devastated. Adding to life’s cruelty, the cowboy cop assigned to her brother’s case brings her in for questioning.

Stone Benson, the paramedic who brought Amber’s brother into the hospital, stays by her side throughout the tragedy. He treats her with kindness and compassion—something she hasn’t experienced much in her life. Amber yearns for more than his comforting words, and they embark on a tremulous journey. Just when she feels that their relationship is at a turning point, he reveals that he likes to share his women with his good friend and roommate, Cade. That turns out to be a huge problem, because Cade is the cop who believes she’s guilty of killing her brother.

As chance would have it, another murder occurs when both Cade and Amber are in the same location. Realizing she’s not the mercy killer, Cade offers a heartfelt apology—one that includes dinner and a sharing of souls. When things heat up between them, she succumbs to his passionate ways. The big question that plagues her now is where does Stone fit in?

Stone knows exactly where Amber needs to be. Right between him and his best friend, Cade. He’ll do whatever is necessary to convince her that she has finally met two men she can trust and build a life with.

Too bad the killer has other ideas. When he goes after Amber, what will the men need to do to save her in time to pursue a loving ménage relationship?

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This adult contemporary romance contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable (double penetration, ménage, violence). Not intended for those under the age of 18.

CAVEAT: But if you love medical erotica with a contemporary western setting, this book is for you.

A medical erotica in a contemporary western setting? That’s so specific, yet I’m intrigued. Calling Sunita!

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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. Justine
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 15:25:28

    Thanks to SBTB, I picked up The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan for $0.99. It’s a today-only (March 27) sale price!

  2. JenM
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 15:43:17

    Justine – Thank you! Off to buy The Heiress Effect now.

  3. shel
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 16:42:31

    Secrets on the Sand (novella?) by Roxanne St. Claire is free in DRM-free epub at Kobo.
    It should also be at Amazon and iBooks, don’t know about other retailers.

  4. Polly
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 18:31:47

    Is it just me, or is Love the One You’re With channelling a Julie James cover?

  5. Justine
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 23:17:28

    @JenM: You’re welcome!

    @shel: I just got Secrets on the Sand for free through Amazon. Thanks!

    @Polly: To quote Lauren Layne: “Confession time: When Random House asked what I had in mind for After the Kiss’ cover, I said, “Julie James. JulieJamesJulieJamesJulieJames. And then in case they didn’t get it, I pasted ALL of Julie James’ covers into a document and said, “THIS!”
    I think they must have gotten my subtle hint, because they nailed it. I believe the same photographer was even used :)”

  6. SAO
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 23:53:06

    Promises of Mercy(with glaring typos) has a blurb that says,
    “Sorrow fills her soul” before she is “utterly devastated,” and “embarks on a tremulous journey” etc, etc.

    You need a reviewer who won’t gag on all that purple prose.

  7. Sunita
    Mar 28, 2014 @ 08:13:45

    @SAO: Well, that takes me right out of the reviewer pool, then. Thanks for the heads up.

    “Tremulous journey,” huh? Nope. Not going to go there.

  8. susan
    Mar 28, 2014 @ 10:04:41

    I was intrigued (ok, astonished) at the idea of a medical erotica/contemporary cowboy cop/menage with RS book, so I downloaded the free sample of Promises of Mercy. Purple prose galore, and I didn’t even get to the erotica and menage. But the part that really got me was how poorly edited the book was, from the first sentence on. The tragedy is that the author gives special thanks to her proofreaders and editors. All I can say is no no no no no no.

  9. Jane Davitt
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 16:20:42

    I got the Promises of Mercy book and after sixty pages or so started skimming. I came across a bit with one of the male leads telling Amber (and her name should’ve been a red flag; Amber Delacroix is so…lush and it doesn’t seem like one her cold hearted unloving mother would’ve chosen) she needed to be stretched for anal sex and she should’ve expected that when she became part of a menage. ::blinks:: Um, okay. It hadn’t occurred to me it was a given, but there you go.

    Then we’re told the mom of one of the male leads hadn’t been happy to find her son shared his lovers with his BFF but had come around since the town had a lot of menages and it was becoming accepted. Say what now?

    Finally, though to that point, afaik, it wasn’t a D/s style relationship, she’s in bed with one of them and groans, ‘Faster, harder’ or something like that and he stops and asks her if she’s trying to tell him how to have sex and to let him decide when things heat up since he’s the man and all that.

    At that point, I deleted it.

  10. JessP
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 23:07:28

    Promises of Mercy – Montana Promises, Book 1. Why can’t they set these things in Wyoming? Jackson Hole is lovely, and it comes with a potential built-in double entendre. Maybe Nebraska could use some attention?

  11. MaryK
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 12:15:08

    @JessP: Victoria Dahl has a series set in Jackson Hole. I haven’t read it but I remember the location.

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