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Daily Deals: Bestsellers recently reduced

Today, I’ve several deals that are Amazon only but they were such good deals I felt like I couldn’t ignore them given that such a huge portion of the readership are Amazon shoppers.  I added a couple more deals to make up for it.

Beautiful Bastard Christina LaurenBeautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren. $ 1.99 Amazon Only

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.

Apparently this was fan fiction of the television show, The Office, mixed with Twilight? I read it and found it mildly entertaining. The heroine doesn’t get walked over but their relationship is primarily driven by their hate+anger+lust for each other.

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What the Duke Desires Sabrina JeffriesWhat the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries. $ 1.99 Amazon Only

From the Jacket Copy:

From the New York Times bestselling author who “delivers lively lovers” and “entertaining, sensual historical romance” (Booklist) comes the first in a new Regency romance series, The Duke’s Men, featuring the Duke of Lyons and the illegitimate daughter of a viscount. Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, long ago buried his grief for his missing elder brother, Peter, who was presumed dead after being kidnapped. When a mysterious note arrives from Tristan Bonnaud asserting that the Duke’s brother is alive, it leads Max straight to the winsome Lisette Bonnaud, illegitimate daughter of a viscount and Tristan’s sister. Soon he and Lisette are traveling to Paris posing as husband and wife, in search of Tristan, who has disappeared. And the longer he spends with Lisette, the easier it is for Max to see that the line between dukedom and desire is easier to cross than he imagined…

This was originally published on June 18, 2013. It has high ratings on Amazon. Regency setting, naturally.

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Divergent (Divergent Series #1)      by     Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth. $ 1.99 Amazon Only

From the Jacket Copy:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

This title is being made into a movie, but more importantly, it was one of Jia’s best of reads for 2011. You can read her review here.

While not as action-packed as the dystopian that kickstarted it all (aka Hunger Games), I thought Divergent was a nice balance of action and introspection, which I haven’t really seen yet this year in the books coming out. After the ending, I’m very curious to see where Tris goes from here and I hope wherever she goes, it’ll be full of adventures in a changed society.

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Damaged H.M. WardDamaged by H. M. Ward. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Life sucks. And, as soon as Sidney picks up the pieces something always knocks her back onto her butt. It’s never pretty, but this time is different. This time pretty isn’t even the right word.

Peter is the personification of perfection. It’s like he fell off his angel perch in purgatory, because let’s face it–any guy that hot has got to be naughty. He was probably sent here to ruin her life.

Peter is beyond beautiful with his sexy blue eyes, dark hair, and toned body. Add in his charming wit and Peter is everything Sidney ever wanted in a man, but when things get hot and heavy Peter shows her the door. Sidney takes the walk of shame and leaves. It’s the end of the worst blind date ever. Her life couldn’t possibly reach higher levels of suckage, but it does.

The next morning everything comes crashing down. The insanely hot guy from last night, the one that saw her half naked, is teaching at the front of the class room.

Damaged 2 coming JUNE 24, 2013

I’ve not read this book but it’s been popular. The second book is out now so the cliffhanger ending in this book might be more palatable. It also sounds like the story is fairly short, around 60,000 words (so category length).

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In One Person: A Novel John IrvingIn One Person by John Irving. $ 2.99 at Amazon | Google Play

From the Jacket Copy:

“His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade” (Vanity Fair).

Winner of a 2013 Lambda Literary Award

A New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers—a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself “worthwhile.”

This was a notable book from the NYTimes in 2012. Looks kind of fascinating.

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The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard DawkinsThe Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins. $ 2.99 at Amazon | Google Play

From the Jacket Copy:

Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, The God Delusion, which sold more than 2 million copies in English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller The Selfish Gene. Now, he launches a fierce counterattack against proponents of “Intelligent Design” in his latest New York Times bestseller, The Greatest Show on Earth. “Intelligent Design” is being taught in our schools; educators are being asked to “teach the controversy” behind evolutionary theory. There is no controversy. Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence—from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the airtight case that “we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection.” His unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist position, into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master’s vision of life, in all its splendor.

Per reviews, Richard Dawkins is the coolest man alive.

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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. Susan
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 13:06:45

    I think I just need to quit pre-ordering books at full price and wait for the price drop.

  2. mari
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 15:06:23

    I like the John Irving cover. Very evocative…but I am a little mystified….if the narrator is a bisexual man,why a woman posed so provactivly on the cover? Ii thought it was a contemporary romance until I read the synopsis.

  3. Angela
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 15:21:10

    Yeah, me too. *sigh* It’s pretty irritating, actually.

  4. Liviania
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 15:34:35

    @mari: There is a central romance in In One Person – Billy falls in love with an older transgender woman. I always assumed the person on the cover was her.

  5. Sirius
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 16:26:50

    I was eyeing John Irving’s book for a very long time. Yay.

  6. Monte Hellman's Mayonnaise
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 17:06:13

    Hey Jane – I’m getting full price on Amazon for the Sabrina Jeffries novel, which makes me sad, because I really wants it!!!

  7. Jane
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 17:08:44

    @Monte Hellman – It was 1.99 this morning. Maybe they changed it?

  8. Cindy
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 18:37:54

    Sabrina posted on Facebook that she thought it was a glitch on the Sabrina Jeffries book, because if the publisher had discounted it, it would have been the same price at B&N.

  9. Monte Hellman's Mayonnaise
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 20:29:56

    @Cindy: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Regency historical Sabrina Jeffries is my crack!

  10. Maili
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 02:12:48

    @Liviania: Interesting. I saw this cover without a blurb a while ago, and I immediately noticed how masculine the back and hands looked. More I studied it, more I realised it may be the body of a young man (in his late teens or early twenties) at around 5′ 9″. But then, I decided I read too much into it and that it really was a woman who happened to have androgynous proportions (large hands with pianist’s fingers, narrow hip and broad shoulders) like Angelina Jolie has.

    I forgot the cover until I read DA’s blurb here just now, which makes the cover intriguing again. :D It’s interesting and revealing that I had allowed a piece of clothing to influence me so much. Kudos to photographer and cover designer for making it ambiguous enough to make the cover subtly off-kilter. I still can’t tell if it’s female or male. It seems mostly masculine, but still not a reliable indicator. I love it.

  11. Courtney Milan
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 09:42:29

    I just want to point out that while some reviewers think that Richard Dawkins is the coolest man alive, there are also a lot of people who feel that he is virulently–and irrationally–anti-Islamic.

    I am okay with people being atheist, or having religion, or whatever they choose to believe within the dictates of their conscience. But it really creeps me out to have someone say something like, “Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today.” Please consider that when calculating his coolness factor.

    (He’s written some amazing things on evolution and does such a great job of explaining common misconceptions. He is fiercely intelligent and a brilliant writer, and there’s no doubt about that. But I also think he’s problematic.)

  12. Shelley
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 12:58:59

    @Courtney Milan: I don’t understand why that creeps you out more than his statements regarding Christianity. He has indicated a virulent hatred of Christianity as well, and in fact espouses that teaching children any religion is child abuse. Not trying to start a big, old argument, just would like it to be understood that he, in fact, has expressed, repeatedly, his intolerance of ALL religion and apparently thinks it harmful in all cases. I would certainly hope you might at least include that information in any future statement regarding his views.

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