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Daily Deals: Two romances; a YA and a non fiction historical

Any Given Christmas Candis Terry Any Given Christmas by Candis Terry. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Dean Silverthorne’s mother may be dead, but she still has matchmaking to do.

When an injury dashes NFL Quarterback Dean Silverthorne’s Super Bowl dreams, he heads back to Deer Lick, Montana with a chip on his wounded shoulder, more determined than ever to get back in the game. He loves his kooky family, but this trip home is going to be a very brief Christmas visit.

His game plan doesn’t include an instant attraction to Emma Hart, a feisty kindergarten teacher who seems to be the only person in Deer Lick not interested in the hometown hero. Or his dearly departed mom popping up with mistletoe in hand and meddling on the mind. Now Dean can’t help but wonder if there’s more to love than life between the goal posts.

It’s a football book! How could I have missed this? Well, I know. I skip every book with Christmas in the title. I am worried about the sentimentality that might pervade the story. The one star review says “This just another mushy romance novel that borders on soft porn” and that she’ll stick with Nicholas Sparks. See, one star reviews do sell books.

But seriously, in the cover department, shouldn’t the cat be on the inspirational book and the naked man on the soft porn book?


The Rancher and the Rock Star The Rancher and the Rock Star by Lizbeth Selvig. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

To the world, Gray Covey is a rock superstar. But to his runaway son, he’s simply the father who never has any time for him. To prove that he’s more than his rock star lifestyle, for the next few weeks Gray must put aside his fame and become…a farmhand?

Abby Stadtler has built the perfect, quiet life for herself. Neat and orderly is the name of the game for her and her beloved farm. When Gray shows up on her doorstep, looking like he stepped straight off the front cover of a magazine, she is determined that he won’t upset her routine.

But what neither counts on is the love that springs up between them. Abby knows that life on a ranch in Minnesota can never compete with an exciting world tour. But for Gray, it’s time to decide what’s really important. With Abby’s help, will he be able to decide, once and for all, that love and family are the answer?

Rockstar books are very popular amongst the younger ebook readers. YA and New adult books that are self published featuring rock stars and movie stars are selling a lot of books. One reviewer mentioned that there is a religious overtone to the book so I wouldn’t expect anything particularly sexy in this story. (And frankly I wouldn’t expect a book with a religious overtone to have such a shirtless man trying to sell the story on sex appeal). That said, the few reviews the book has are positive.


The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich William Shirer The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

When the Third Reich fell, it fell swiftly. The Nazis had little time to cover up their memos, their letters, or their diaries. William L. Shirer’s definitive book on the Third Reich uses these unique sources. Combined with his personal experience with the Nazis, living through the war as an international correspondent, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich not only earned Shirer a National Book Award but is recognized as one of the most important and authoritative books about the Third Reich and Nazi Germany ever written. The diaries of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as well as evidence and other testimony gained at the Nuremberg Trials could not have found more artful hands.

Shirer gives a clear, detailed and well-documented account of how it was that Adolf Hitler almost succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich has become one of the most authoritative books on one of mankind’s darkest hours. Shirer focuses on 1933 to 1945 in clear detail. Here is a worldwide bestseller that also tells the true story of the Holocaust, often in the words of the men who helped plan and conduct it. It is a classic by any measure.

The book has been translated into twelve languages and was adapted as a television miniseries, broadcast by ABC in 1968. This first ever e-book edition is published on the 50th anniversary of this iconic work.

433 reviews on Amazon and an average of 4.5 star reviews. I’m hopeful that most of the reviews are not sock puppets given that the book was originally published in 1959. The one star reviews are actually targeted at the horrible rendition of the digital version which appeared to be a very poor OCR’ed version of the original. There appears to have been at least one update to improve the condition of the digital book, but it’s unclear how much better the updated version is.


Myrren's Gift: The Quickening Book One Fiona McIntosh Myrren’s Gift: The Quickening Book One by Fiona McIntosh. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

For the sake of an imperiled kingdom, the line between “traitor” and “savior” must blur . . . and vanish.

Though barely a teenager, Wyl Thirsk must now assume the role he has been destined for since birth: commander of the Morgravian army — an awesome responsibility that calls him to the royal palace of the crown prince Celimus. Already a cruel despot who delights in the suffering of others, Celimus enjoys forcing his new general to witness his depraved “entertainments.” But a kindness to a condemned witch in her final, agonizing hours earns young Thirsk a miraculous bequest, while inflaming the wrath of his liege lord.

With war looming in the north, Wyl must obey Celimus’s treacherous dictates and undertake a suicidal journey to an enemy court — armed with a mysterious power that could prove both boon and curse. For unless he accepts Myrren’s gift, it will surely destroy him . . . and the land he must defend.

From the Kirkus review: “First of a fantasy trilogy from Down Under… The relentless, twisty plotting fails to disguise the protagonist’s annoying inability to learn anything from his mistakes; still, for susceptible readers, Australian author McIntosh’s debut offers full sensory immersion.”

If you need ePub, Google Play has the book at the discounted price.


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. ms bookjunkie
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 14:13:08

    @Jane I think $199 is a little steep for the Third Reich book. Punctuation matters, especially in decimal points. ;)

  2. joanne
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 15:27:15

    NOT a criticism Jane but your thoughts on The Rancher And The Rock Star did make me laugh. I’m pretty sure people can be religious and still be sexual and often look sexy. Or maybe that’s only with my religion? *g*

    And I also have to wonder why it seems that all the interesting new book plots I’m reading about lately are mostly YA books?

    And definately trying the Candis Terry book. The too cute cover would have made me pass it by.

  3. carmen webster buxton
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 15:27:36

    Ditto ms bookjunkie! That is supposed to be $1.99, right? It’s kind of a funny mistake to make in a blurb about a book with bad OCR copy!

  4. Lynne Connolly
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 15:53:16

    I reviewed “The Rancher and the Rock Star,” but I’m afraid it didn’t work for me. The heroine is so tooth-achingly sweet and perfect, and there isn’t much conflict. I DNF’d it.
    Liked the Candis Terry, though. It’s cute.

  5. Caro
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 16:00:14

    The reviews on Rise and Fall of the Third Reich are definitely not sock puppets — we have a hardback copy at home on our reference shelf and it is one the go-to works for this subject.

    If anyone has concerns about the quality, download the sample and take a quick look. Last weekend, Amazon’s Kindle deal of the day was Churchill’s six-part series on WWII (which also takes up a chunk of real estate on the husband’s section of the reference shelf) at $1.99 a volume. Again, lots of comments about bad OCR, but when I downloaded the samples, they looked fine, the maps were decently reproduced and there was a coherent table of contents. At $12 for the set, we grabbed it because given that each book is some 500 pages, the Kindle version is easier to deal with.

  6. HelenB
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 11:40:02

    Thats what I have never understood about Holocaust deniers, the Nazies left such detailed records of everything they did, often with photographs. On a lighter note, any book a Nicholas Sparks fan dislikes must be good!

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