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The Amazon Gold Box Deal today is 65 of their best Kindle Daily Deals for $2.99 or under.

Blackwood by Gwenda BondBlackwood by Gwenda Bond. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.

Miranda, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can’t dodge is each other.

Blackwood is a dark, witty coming of age story that combines America’s oldest mystery with a thoroughly contemporary romance.


Gwenda Bond was a reviewer (and may still be) for PW.  This was her first book.  The BookSmugglers didn’t love it  but at the $1.99 price, you can see which side of the 5 star fence you fall on.


Few are chosen storm grantFew Are Chosen by Storm Grant. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Sparks fly between virgin teenage demon hunters when the Chosen One turns out to be the Chosen . . . Two?

Apprentice warrior Blake St. Blake is the Chosen One, raised by an ancient order to defend the world against evil. Well, maybe not the whole world, but at least his neighborhood in downtown Detroit. When a dreaded reflux demon is sighted in a local cemetery, Blake is sent off to his very first battle, armed with his sword, his super-senses, his black leather duster, and a few well-rehearsed one-liners.

But another Chosen One gets in Blake’s way—an apprentice wizard named Shadow. While the boys argue about who’s the more chosen of the two, the demon escapes.

Blake wants to be angry, but it turns out he and Shadow have a lot in common. Besides, Shadow’s pretty cute, and Blake can’t help but think that the wizard’s skills (and hands and lips and other bits) might make the perfect complement to his. Blake and Shadow are brave enough to challenge the reflux demon in a second battle, but will they have the courage to tell each other how they feel?


This is apparently a short story? I’m not sure. The author emailed me the deal and I loved the idea of featuring an m/m. I rarely see those in my deals searches. I also loved that it was a mixed race romance.  But beware, it might be short.


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evie  by Marianne StillingsMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evie  by Marianne Stillingsr. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Join a murder hunt where conflict and sexual tension is the name of the game…

Thomas Heyworth was a wealthy, internationally renowned mystery writer, a colourful character whose opinions and outspoken behaviour got him in a lot of hot water in his lifetime. Because of the enemies he’s accumulated over the years, Heyworth stipulated in his will detailed plans for an amateur investigation to take place in the event of his death. When Heyworth is found dead in his own library, Evie Randall, Heyworth’s possible illegitimate daughter who has lived on the Heyworth estate ever since her mother, Heyworth’s former housekeeper died, becomes the primary suspect.

Seattle detective Max Galloway is sent to find out the truth and is unwittingly drawn to Evie. But the real murderer is closing in and is determined to eliminate anything or anyone standing in the way of collecting millions. Suddenly Max and Evie are in a race to solve the crime before the game ends for them both.


Stillings was a reviewer at All About Romance before she started writing and sold to Amazon. I’m not sure what happened to her writing career. I don’t believe it took off while she was with Avon but it looks like she’s self published a few books since then, or at least re-released a few.


Infinite Jest David Foster WallaceInfinite Jest David Foster Wallace. $ 1.99 at AMZN | ITunes.

From the Jacket Copy:

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts’ halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human – and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.

I believe that this was the first novel published of Wallace’s after his death. Wallace is hailed as one of the contemporary classic novelists.


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. Carolyne
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 12:38:26

    I could not get past the sampler section of Infinite Jest. I just need someone to tell me it’s worth trying again! It has a huge reputation to live up to, which doesn’t help, but other American literary classics that I’ve finally bitten the bullet on and read have turned out to be great discoveries for me (On the Road comes to mind–oh so problematic but oh so astonishing).

    I’ve picked up a couple of titles from Riptide Publishing (Few Are Chosen) on the basis of seeing heroes on the cover who aren’t stereotypically ripped or stereotypically caucasian. It’s been hit or miss in general, but some of the misses are because of my personal taste (I’m hard to please with contemporaries), and Riptide’s hits can be very good.

  2. Julie M
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 12:51:57

    Picked up Few Are Chosen. The one review liked the humor in it and it’s set in Detroit which isn’t a setting I see often.

    Oh and it does appear to be only 43 pages.

  3. Sirius
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 13:57:12

    ‘Few are chosen” listed as 46 pages at Riptide, I went and checked. I reviewed it some time ago, I liked it, I thought it was amusing, more YA though IMO. Her writing is usually very funny and I recommend her long stories if you like m/m, especially “Shift happens” which for some weird reason I do not see available on Amazon now (changing publishers maybe?). “Gym dandy” was fun too.

  4. Olivia Waite
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 14:05:27

    Infinite Jest was published during Wallace’s lifetime. It’s a marvelous, strange book that sticks with you, but it does take work to get through. And two bucks is a ridiculously low price for so many pages. :) His essays are far more accessible — Consider the Lobster and A Supposedly Fun Thing are both great. I keep meaning to finally get to his short stories as well.

  5. Estara Swanberg
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 14:42:17

    A lot of the Strange Chemistry books are on sale at the moment – to be precise, their first row of books, because they have an anniversary sale. Blackwood is one of them, so if you like something else, check here:

    Available at 99p / $1.99 from Monday 26 August

  6. Liviania
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 17:13:18

    For the Strange Chemistry sale, I highly recommend Pantomime and The Assassin’s Curse.

  7. Storm Grant
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 07:43:53

    Thanks so much for mentioning my little book, FEW ARE CHOSEN. While it wasn’t me who emailed you, I’m delighted that you chose to feature it here.

    It won “Best YA Short of 2012” at last week’s Bookie Awards.

    It is short: 12,700 words / 46 pages.

    SHIFT HAPPENS, mentioned above, thank you kindly, is temporarily out of print. I will self-publish it shortly. (If someone is dying for a copy, email me and I’ll send it along.)

    In the meantime, under the pen name Gina X. Grant, Pocket Star (Simon & Schuster) published a funny new adult trilogy this summer, THE RELUCTANT REAPER series. The first book is free for about 25 more days, here: (Note: They’ve tagged it paranormal romance in a few places, but it’s first and foremost humour. More spit-takes, less emotional journey.)

    Again, thank you so much for the mention.
    ~ Storm / Gina

  8. Carolyne
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 10:37:31

    @Olivia Waite: Thanks for the extra suggestions :)

  9. EmilyW
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 18:57:21

    Wallace’s story Incarnations of Burned children will rip your heart out, especially if you are a parent. His talent was something else.

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