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Daily Deals: Beautiful series for $2.99 and orphans.

Beautiful Bastard by Christina LaurenBeautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.

Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over 2 million reads on fanfiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

Christina Lauren was one of the many authors that were pulled to publish post 50 Shades. Wallbanger was their Twiight P2P and, As the blurb says, this was “The Office” fan fiction. Christina Lauren is a duo of writers. On Amazon, the entire “Beautiful” series is on sale for $2.99 including:

Beautiful Player
Beautiful Bombshell
Beautiful Beginning
Beautiful Stranger

As an aside, I can’t stand these covers.

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The Dark Light of Day by T. M. FrazierThe Dark Light of Day by T. M. Frazier. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Caution: This is not your typical romance. The story of Abby & Jake contains disturbing situations, graphic violence, sex, strong language, drug use, and all types of abuse.
Abby has been through hell and has survived one of the most brutal childhoods imaginable…barely.

To the outside world she is just a loner with an attitude.

When her grandmother dies in a tragic explosion, Abby is left with questions-and nothing else.

Homeless, sleeping in a junkyard, and on the run from a system that has failed her over and over again, she meets Jake, a tattooed blue-eyed biker with secrets that rival her own.

Two broken souls that can’t be healed. They can’t be saved.

Abby & Jake have to decide if they can accept the darkness not only within one another, but within themselves.

If they can accept each other for who they really are, they might be able to learn that love isn’t always found in the light.

I’ve heard good things about this author so I bought the book. Let’s hope it doesn’t suck.

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Forever & Always by Jasinda WilderForever & Always by Jasinda Wilder. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Ever,

These letters are often all that get me through week to week. Even if it’s just random stuff, nothing important, they’re important to me. Gramps is great, and I love working on the ranch. But…I’m lonely. I feel disconnected, like I’m no one, like I don’t belong anywhere. Like I’m just here until something else happens. I don’t even know what I want with my future. But your letters, they make me feel connected to something, to someone. I had a crush on you, when we first met. I thought you were beautiful. So beautiful. It was hard to think of anything else. Then camp ended and we never got together, and now all I have of you is these letters. S**t. I just told you I have a crush on you. HAD. Had a crush. Not sure what is anymore. A letter-crush? A literary love? That’s stupid. Sorry. I just have this rule with myself that I never throw away what I write and I always send it, so hopefully this doesn’t weird you out too much. I had a dream about you too. Same kind of thing. Us, in the darkness, together. Just us. And it was like you said, a memory turned into a dream, but a memory of something that’s never happened, but in the dream it felt so real, and it was more, I don’t even know, more RIGHT than anything I’ve ever felt, in life or in dreams. I wonder what it means that we both had the same dream about each other. Maybe nothing, maybe everything. You tell me.

Cade

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Cade,

We’re pen pals. Maybe that’s all we’ll ever be. I don’t know. If we met IRL (in real life, in case you’re not familiar with the term) what would happen? And just FYI, the term you used, a literary love? It was beautiful. So beautiful. That term means something, between us now. We are literary loves. Lovers? I do love you, in some strange way. Knowing about you, in these letters, knowing your hurt and your joys, it means something so important to me, that I just can’t describe. I need your art, and your letters, and your literary love. If we never have anything else between us, I need this. I do. Maybe this letter will only complicate things, but like you I have a rule that I never erase or throw away what I’ve written and I always send it, no matter what I write in the letter.

Your literary love,

Ever

This is the first in a trilogy. The second is also .99 but the third is 4.99 and the second one, per the reviews, ends in a big cliffhanger so if you buy these two books at 99c I think you are committing to the third one. I love the idea of epistolary letters but Cade’s letter to Ever in this excerpt sounds pretty emo. (also almost indistinguishable from Ever’s voice)

One review said that Schindler’s List was more upbeat. LOL.

The second book has a twist that you might want to know about.

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Orphan Train by Christina Baker KlineOrphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

I feel like I read this book for some class or something but since it was a recent publication maybe I just heard a lot about it and it seeped into my consciousness. I think I’m going to buy it because it sounds really interesting. I should mention that at the urging of commenters, I bought and read “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and thought it was a terrific read. Definitely recommend that book. It’s still sale priced on Amazon for $2.99

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

6 Comments

  1. Lindsay
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 11:33:30

    Orphan Train is a really good book but super duper sad. I know you don’t cry during books, Jane, but this one had tears rolling down my face multiple times!

  2. Darlynne
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 14:08:02

    Chloe ” … innocently provocative …” Gah. What is she, 12?

    I used to direct my ire at books/blurbs that described the heroine as beautiful, gorgeous, whatever, but gave that up as a waste of my energy and fire power here in Romancelandia. Any variation of “innocent,” however, has taken its place and you won’t find me within spitting–or lip-biting–distance of those books.

  3. Kate Hewitt
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 16:08:55

    I really enjoyed Orphan Train, but I found the past story more compelling than the present, which is often the case in the dual narrative past/present stories, I find.

  4. Mary
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 21:40:56

    Actually, Beautiful Bastard was Twilight fic called The Office. They did not write Wallbanger, which was also Twilight fic by a different author.

    PS Ugh to all of it.

  5. JenM
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 22:08:34

    I loved Orphan Train. I would have liked the story anyway (although there were some very sad parts), but it had the added bonus of teaching me about an episode in this country’s fairly recent history that I had never heard of before I read the book. It reminded me of why I love books so much.

  6. Jane
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 22:09:28

    @Mary: Shoot. You’re right. Wallbanger was by Alice Clayton.

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