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Loving the CEO (bundle of five romance novels)  by Noelle AdamsLoving the CEO by Noelle Adams. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

A corporate takeover, a sexy rival, a potential gold-digger, a marriage of convenience…just another day in the life of a hot CEO.

From USA Today bestselling authors Noelle Adams and Stacey Joy Netzel and Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestselling authors Judy Angelo, Samantha Chase, and Ana E Ross, Loving the CEO is a bundle of five contemporary romance novels featuring sexy, business-tycoon heroes and the women who love them (318,000 words, over 1000 pages).

A Negotiated Marriage by Noelle Adams: Three years into a marriage of convenience, Molly falls for her own husband when sex becomes part of their business arrangement.

Billionaire’s Island Bride by Judy Angelo: During her island vacation, college student Erin ends up blackmailed into marriage with a billionaire bad boy.

Catering to the CEO by Samantha Chase: Cassie is determined to best jaded CEO Adams in a business deal, and the rivalry quickly becomes heated…in more ways than one.

More Than a Kiss by Stacey Joy Netzel: A kiss with Sadie on the set of a commercial sparks the interest of self-made millionaire Zach, until he begins to suspect she’s nothing but a gold-digger.

The Mogul’s Reluctant Bride by Ana E Ross: Rivals Kaya and Bryce will do anything to keep the children they both love–and anything includes getting married.

I’m a big fan of Noelle Adams (aka Claire Kent) so I think it is worth the bundle for that novella alone.

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Wild Orchids  by Karen RobardsWild Orchids by Karen Robards. $ .99 Amazon and Kobo

From the Jacket Copy:

Prim mid-western schoolteacher Lora Harding is in for the summer vacation of her life when darkly handsome American Max Maxwell slides into her rented car in steamy Cancun, Mexico and orders her to “drive” at gunpoint. Max and his men break Americans out of Mexican jails for a living, but his latest job has gone horribly wrong and Max is on the run for his life. Kidnapping Lora, Max takes her on a heart-stopping adventure as he races to rejoin his men and get out of the country before the authorities can catch up to him. Feisty Lora fights him every step of the way, and in the midst of saving each other’s lives the two fall madly in love in this blistering novel of romantic suspense by the “mistress of sizzling sensuality” (Romantic Times).

WILD ORCHIDS won Romantic Times’ Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romantic Novel of the year.

WILD ORCHIDS is listed among Romantic Times’ Top 200 books since 1980.

New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller Karen Robards is the six-time winner of Affaire de Coeur’s Silver Pen Award for favorite romance author.

I couldn’t find this book at BN for some reasons but it is at Kobo for.99. I used the promo code “yournext2613” and got 50% off too. You may want to use your promo code on something slightly more expensive!

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The Hollywood Economist 2.0: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies by Edward Jay EpsteinThe Hollywood Economist 2.0: by Edward Jay Epstein. $ 2.99 at Amazon | 3.99 elsewhere

From the Jacket Copy:

A fully revised edition of the popular guide to Hollywood finances, updated to reflect even newer films and trends

In a Freakonomics-meets-Hollywood saga, veteran investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein goes undercover to explore Hollywood’s “invisible money machine,” probing the dazzlingly complicated finances behind the hits and flops, while he answers a surprisingly difficult question: How do the studiosmake their money?

We also learn:

+ How and why the studios harvest silver from old film prints …

+ Why stars do—or don’t do—their own stunts …

+ The future of Netflix: Why the “next big thing” now seems in such deep trouble…

+ What it costs to insure Nicole Kidman’s right knee…

+ How Hollywood manipulates Wall Street: including the story of the acquisition of MGM… wherein a consortium of banks and hedge funds lost some $5 billion… while Hollywood made millions.

+ Why Arnold Schwarzenegger is considered a contract genius…

+ The fate of serious fare: How HBO, AMC, and Showtime have found ways to make money offer adult drama, while the Hollywood studios prefer to cater to teen audiences.

+ Why Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is considered a “masterpiece” of financing .

Looks like a cool insider’s look at a billion dollar industry.

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine ApplegateThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. $ 3.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal

Absolutely worth it at this price. Tot and I read this book together and it is a masterpiece in first person point of view. I wrote about it briefly here.

Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a shoddy mall zoo. His best friend, Stella, an elephant dies while she is in captivity with him. Before she dies, she makes him promise to save Ruby, the baby elephant bought to revive the prospects of the owner of the mall. Ivan’s voice is understated (as opposed to exaggerated) allowing the reader to fill in the emotional swells. But even more amazing was the consistent way in which Applegate uses Ivan’s perspective to describe the things he sees or experiences.

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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. Kat Morrisey
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 14:07:36

    Hi Jane! Thanks for the sale info! :) Oh, and I found the link to the Karen Robards’ book at BN: I had to manually search for the author and then click “Nook Books” (It was showing only the paperback version before I did that. BN is so weird sometimes…)

  2. Willaful
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 14:13:34

    A Negotiated Marriage was a fun read, though I liked Escorted more. (Possibly just because of the order I read them in.)

  3. Meri
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 14:13:56

    I did use the Kobo code for something pricier, and told a friend to do the same – thanks for the tip!

    The cover photo for Wild Orchids was also used for one of Jessica Scott’s books; different color schemes and cropping, though (and worse photoshopping for the Robards, look at the woman’s hair). Stock images strike again, I guess – I wonder if any other book covers feature these two?

  4. Jacqueline
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 18:34:03

    I liked A Negotiated Marriage a lot. I’m working on her novel Bittersweet and the One Night with Her Bodyguard novella and I’m enjoying both so far.

  5. Lindsay
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 18:38:41

    I love Claire Kent/Noelle Adams, so 99 cents makes that a no-brainer for me. Although I wish I didn’t have to occasionally track authors down to find they had extra pseudonyms and were hiding books from me. Take my money!

  6. Lori T
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 19:14:52

    I bought that Hollywood book. Looks fascinating! It’s also 2.79 now :)

  7. ms bookjunkie
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 04:26:53

    I’m sorry, I can’t help myself: I’m piqued that the title contains “peak” instead of “peek.”

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