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The Vineyard of Liberty by James MacGregor BurnsThe Vineyard of Liberty by James MacGregor Burns. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:


The first volume of Burns’s stunning account of American history, from the birth of the Constitution to the dawn of the Civil War

The years between 1787 and 1863 witnessed the development of the American Nation—its society, politics, customs, culture, and, most important, the development of liberty. Burns explores the key events in the republic’s early decades, as well as the roles of heroes from Washington to Lincoln and of lesser-known figures. Captivating and insightful, Burns’s history combines the color and texture of early American life with meticulous scholarship. Focusing on the tensions leading up to the Civil War, Burns brilliantly shows how Americans became divided over the meaning of Liberty. Vineyard of Liberty is a sweeping and engrossing narrative of America’s formative years.

One thing cheap deals allows you to do is build a library of pulitzers and award winners on the cheap. This book is a must for history buffs and anyone who plans to spend their retirement on the porch reading books non stop. (That’s my dream, obviously)

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At Peace  by Kristen AshleyAt Peace by Kristen Ashley. $ .99

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Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that’s when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.

She wants to deny it, but Violet can’t beat back the hunger she feels for Joe so she gives in again and again. Feeling it himself, Joe feeds Vi’s hunger, breaking his own rules to keep her in his bed.

Even though Violet had only one man in her life, she’s sure Joe is giving her the signals and Vi decides she’s ready to take a second chance at life and, maybe, love. But Violet doesn’t know the dark secrets in Joe’s past, secrets so soul-wrenching, they’ve drained him dry. With nothing left to give, Joe’s determined to live his life alone and he breaks Violet’s heart.

Crushed by Joe’s betrayal, Violet comes to terms with the fact that, no matter what signals he gave, Joe was not theirs to win. But Violet’s husband’s murderer is obsessed with her and heartbreak again haunts the door of the Winters home. When it does Joe is forced to face the knowledge that he can’t fight Violet’s pull, she’s under his skin and filled him full to bursting.

Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe?

The ‘Burg series is on sale for .99 (down from the regular $3.99) at most retailers except for BN. I think BN is just slow in accepting / responding to changes made by authors. At Peace is one of my favorite KA books. I like Violet and I liked Joe, for all his prickliness. Joe’s past loss doesn’t allow him to accept anything but the most cursory of human interactions but Violet and her daughters inveigle their way into his heart. It’s really a contrast in responses to loss. Violet lost her husband but she isn’t afraid to love again, perhaps because she knows how good it feels. Joe, on the other hand, has only known pain when it comes to love.

The four books in the series include:

For You (The ‘Burg Series)
At Peace (The ‘Burg Series)
Golden Trail (The ‘Burg Series)
Games of the Heart (The ‘Burg Series)

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Unscrupulous by Avery AsterUnscrupulous by Avery Aster. $ .99

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Book 2 in The Manhattanites series At thirty-three, Warner Truman is one of the richest men on the planet, a spa mogul who buys and sells resorts at will. He holds powerful executives’ careers in his well-groomed hands. Nothing is beyond Warner’s reach…until he meets her. Stunning, tantalizing and perverse, Taddy captivates Warner’s carnal desire like no woman he’s ever met. A self-made millionaire, Taddy is tougher than steel, more brilliant than diamonds and, at twenty-seven, she’s never depended on a man for anything…until she meets him. The more Taddy plays with Warner’s affections, driving him to erotic heights, the more she is confronted by a dark past. Before she can love him, Taddy must meet her worst fears head-on or risk losing it all, including herself. A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

The writing is over the top but that could work for you. Musing Maddy wrote “I found some parts ridiculously funny, outrageously naughty, sexy, but at times, deeply poignant. Quite an unusual blend. Some of the outrageous parts seemed a little tongue in cheek, which added to its allure. But, I don’t think this is a book for everyone. For some, they may not be able to see past the shocking, over-the-top and perverse characters, domineering Hero, and erotic sexual elements. For others, this will become one of their favorites.”

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The Sirens of Titan  by Kurt VonnegutThe Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. $ 1.99.

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The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course there’s a catch to the invitation–and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.

I haven’t even heard of this book by Vonnegut but apparently it was the one that established him as a “true artist”.

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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. jules
    Jun 07, 2014 @ 12:26:08

    For Arnette Lamb fans: Border Lord is on pre-order for free at Amazon only. Chieftain and Border Bride are available for pre-order at $2.99 at Kobo and Amazon. All three books will be release June 17th.

  2. Hestia
    Jun 07, 2014 @ 12:56:34

    THE SIRENS OF TITAN was the first Vonnegut novel I read, and I remember it being absolutely bonkers (in the best possible way.)

  3. Rachel
    Jun 07, 2014 @ 12:57:43

    Does anyone else have a hard time reading non-fiction in ebook form? I have found that I can only read fiction on my kindle. Which totally bums me out about that first one. Now I have to remember to buy it in actual book form.

  4. Renda
    Jun 07, 2014 @ 13:21:11

    Can someone tell me if the Ashley ‘Burg series has been edited? I have stayed away from her MC series because I don’t like A-hole misogynistic “heroes” (and that is my interpretation of her “heroes” when I read reviews), but wounded heroes are fine. But I really don’t want a meandering, unedited book.

  5. Moriah Jovan
    Jun 07, 2014 @ 14:01:25

    @Rachel: Yes. I have the same problem. However, I just don’t like reading nonfiction, and I find my aversion to audiobooks is only for fiction. I like listening to nonfiction while I’m doing other things.

  6. Justine
    Jun 07, 2014 @ 16:52:20

    The Sleeping Night by Barbara Samuel has dropped to $0.99 from $8.69. It appears to be an Amazon-only discount. The Sleeping Night is an interracial romance set in post WW II deep South that’s on DA’s list of “Best of the Non Regency Historicals” (May 8, 2013). Additional catnip keywords: childhood-friends-to-lovers and epistolary.

  7. MikiS
    Jun 07, 2014 @ 22:29:05

    @Justine: Thanks for posting this!

  8. Fiona McGier
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 00:02:53

    “The Sirens of Titan” is one of Vonnegut’s best books. Totally wacky yet insightful at the same time. One of my sons owns everything ever written by old Kurt, including letters he exchanged with a fan over the years. He walked me through the books, feeding me one after another. I have to say I totally LOVED “Cats’
    Cradle” as well. “Slaughterhouse Five” was difficult to get through, but it’s semi-memoir about WWII, so that’s to be expected. But Sirens is just fun to read.

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