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The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America Hannah NordhausThe Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The honey bee is a willing conscript, a working wonder, an unseen and crucial link in America’s agricultural industry. But never before has its survival been so unclear—and the future of our food supply so acutely challenged.
Enter beekeeper John Miller, who trucks his hives around the country, bringing millions of bees to farmers otherwise bereft of natural pollinators. Even as the mysterious and deadly epidemic known as Colony Collapse Disorder devastates bee populations across the globe, Miller forges ahead with the determination and wry humor of a true homespun hero. The Beekeeper’s Lament tells his story and that of his bees, making for a complex, moving, and unforgettable portrait of man in the new natural world.

I absolutely loved this review by “Jeff” on <a “href=”>on goodreads: John Miller is crazy. Not because he’s a smoking, drinking Mormon. Not because he writes email poetry. Because he is a bee guy and bee guys, by definition, are crazy. You’d have to be to tie your ever-loving life to the fate of a creature who’s whole existence revolves around desire and duty, nothing more, nothing less. A creature who may no longer exist by the end of the century

Bees are the middleman – both voyeur and courtesan – of the flowering plant kingdom

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Far from Here: A Novel Nicole BaartFar from Here by Nicole Baart. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From the author of Summer Snow—a suspenseful, breathtaking novel about true love, starting over, and finding the truth…at all costs.

Danica Greene has a pathological fear of flying. Ironically, as an adult Danica ends up marrying Etsell Greene, who dreams of becoming an Alaskan bush pilot.

When a friend offers Etsell a chance to test-drive his dream, Danica reluctantly lets her husband leave for three weeks in Alaska. The day before he was scheduled to return, Etsell is pronounced missing and Danica’s thoughts run wild: He crashed in uncharted territory. He had to make an emergency landing and was trekking through the fierce Alaskan tundra. He crossed the Bering Strait and entered Russia. She even wonders if he faked his death.

While Danica endures nightmares and waits for more news, she turns to her neighbor Ben—a single man and pastor—for comfort. He helps distract her and makes her laugh. Ultimately Danica decides to board a plane to Alaska to explore her feelings and put to rest the dreams she savored with Etsell…and see if new dreams can be ignited.

Entertaining, inspiring, and hopeful, Far From Here is a satisfying read about love and loss.

Soooo… I’m going to put some stuff in spoilers but from the reviews, it does seem like there is a happy and uplifting ending, albeit a little unfinished (one reader described it as “up in the air”). Baart is a Christian author but no one in the reviews says that this book is overly preachy.

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The mystery woman actually shows up on Danica’s doorstep, admits she had an affair with Etsell. Worse, she is pregnant and doesn’t want to keep the baby.

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Along Came Trouble: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance  by Ruthie KnoxAlong Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series continues in this sizzling eBook original novel, featuring two headstrong souls who bump heads—and bodies—as temptation and lust bring nothing but delicious trouble.

An accomplished lawyer and driven single mother, Ellen Callahan isn’t looking for any help. She’s doing just fine on her own. So Ellen’s more than a little peeved when her brother, an international pop star, hires a security guard to protect her from a prying press that will stop at nothing to dig up dirt on him. But when the tanned and toned Caleb Clark shows up at her door, Ellen might just have to plead the fifth.

Back home after a deployment in Iraq and looking for work as a civilian, Caleb signs on as Ellen’s bodyguard. After combat in the hot desert sun, this job should be a breeze. But guarding the willful beauty is harder than he imagined—and Caleb can’t resist the temptation to mix business with pleasure. With their desires growing more undeniable by the day, Ellen and Caleb give in to an evening of steamy passion. But will they ever be able to share more than just a one-night stand?

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: How to Misbehave, Flirting with Disaster, and About Last Night.

Knox was another DABWAHA finalist. This book, published in March of 2013, was reviewed by Dabney who said: At times, when I was reading Along Came Trouble, I felt like the world of Camelot was too skewed toward its imperfect women. In every romantic relationship from that of Caleb’s parents to Carly and Jamie, the men are willing to put up with carping and, at times, unfair behavior at the hands of the women. I had the sense of woman-power run amuck: the women are entitled to act poorly and the men are required to accept it. For most of the novel, I didn’t feel great about the way things work in Camelot. (I now have that song in my head. Damn. At least it’s Richard Burton.)

However, even though I didn’t, I guess the word is, approve of the unequal emotional power structure, I enjoyed reading about it. As I read, I thought a lot which, usually, makes me happy. Along Came Trouble critically engaged me in a way most traditional–and it is pretty traditional–romances often don’t.

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A Night of Living Dangerously (Harlequin Presents Series #3062) by Jennie LucasA Night of Living Dangerously by Jennie Lucas. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Lilley’s fairy-tale wish is about to be granted. She’ll swap her gray suits for a fabulous dress and killer heels, and dance the night away with the man every other woman wants?but only for one night.

Alessandro Caetani does not do happy-ever-afters. In fact, his charm extends only as far as getting his Little Mouse secretary into bed. Lilley has never taken such a risk before, but this is her night of living dangerously.?

Boss + secretary. There are two versions of this for sale. Make sure you are clicking on the one with the cover attached here. For our international readers, here is the Harlequin link.

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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. Dabney
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 14:19:27

    I enjoyed the Knox book a lot and gave it a B+. It’s a funny book and the hero is a hottie.

  2. Kati
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 15:12:26

    I’m clicking the Amazon link, and selecting the matching cover and I’m getting $3.82 for A Night of Living Dangerously.

  3. Jane
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 15:14:47

    @Kati: Hmm. So you are. It’s 2.99 at BN and Apple. not sure why Amzon isn’t showing the discount.

  4. Susan
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 21:04:30

    @Kati: Yep, $3.82 at Amazon.

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