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hitwoman2Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by JB Lynn. $3.49.

From Jacket Copy:

Maggie Lee is not your average hitwoman. For one thing, she’s never killed anyone. For another, after hitting her head in the car accident that killed her sister, her new best friend is a talking lizard—a picky eater, obsessed with Wheel of Fortune, that only Maggie can hear.

Maggie, who can barely take care of herself, is desperate to help her injured and orphaned niece get the best medical care possible, so she reluctantly accepts a mobster’s lucrative job offer: major cash to kill his monstrous son-in-law.

Paired with Patrick Mulligan, a charming murder mentor (who happens to moonlight as a police detective), Maggie stumbles down her new career path, contending with self-doubt, three meddling aunts, a semi-psychic friend predicting her doom, and a day job she hates. Oh, and let’s not forget about Paul Kowalski, the sexy beat cop who could throw her ass in jail if he finds out what she’s up to.

Training has never been so complicated! And, this time, Maggie has to get the job done. Because if she doesn’t . . . she’s the mob’s next target.

The $3.49 price is the discounted price at Amazon but it is $2.71 at BooksonBoard (who is really discounting HarperCollins books)

Jayne really enjoyed the book and reviewed it here

You certainly do have a “voice” and I completely enjoyed my time listening to it. But I’ll say that it’s probably not for everyone and that since a lot of people don’t like 1st person POV, that won’t help further the cause much. But I loved it. Maggie is a breath of sardonic fresh air. But beyond the deadpan humor and sarcasm, what kept me reading is that Maggie isn’t always right and certainly isn’t perfect. But her heart is in the right place and she tries. And for her little niece, she’ll do anything even if that means buying live crickets for “Godzilla” Katie’s brown anole lizard pet who speaks to Maggie in the voice of Alan Rickman. Maybe a little too much time spent watching Snape?


Jennifer Estep Touch of Frost Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why – especially since I should have been the one who died …

This is a pretty well received series by Estep. I haven’t read it although I have bought a few books in the series when they have been on sale.


Elizabeth: The Golden Age Tasha Alexander Elizabeth: The Golden Age by Tasha Alexander. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

The reign of Queen Elizabeth I was a time of war, passion, and spectacular achievement. Elizabeth: The Golden Age finds Elizabeth facing bloodlust for her throne and familial betrayal. Growing keenly aware of the changing religious and political tides of late sixteenth-century Europe, Elizabeth faces an open challenge from the Spanish King Philip II, who is determined to restore England to Catholicism with his powerful army and dominating armada.

Preparing to go to war to defend her empire, Elizabeth struggles to balance ancient royal duties with an unexpected vulnerability: her love for the seafarer Sir Walter Raleigh. But he remains forbidden for a queen who has sworn body and soul to her country.

Yet as she charts her course abroad, treachery is the rot behind the glittering royal throne. Her most trusted adviser uncovers an assassination plot that could topple the throne, and the traitors may even include Elizabeth’s own cousin Mary Stuart.

Based on the sequel to the Academy Award®-winning Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age tells the thrilling tale of an era—the story of one woman’s crusade to control love, crush enemies, and secure her position as a beloved icon of the Western world.

This book looks like it was a spec book. I.e., the publisher had an idea for a book and found a writer to write it. There are only a few reviews and most people appear to have purchased the book because they are fans of Tasha Alexander (an author Jayne enjoys). One of the reviewers said it was a quick read and not particularly detailed historically.


Sex and the Single Girl: The Unmarried Woman's Guide to Men Helen Gurley Brown Sex and the Single Girl: The Unmarried Woman’s Guide to Men by Helen Gurley Brown. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

The trailblazing book that jump-started the sexual revolution

Helen Gurley Brown, the iconic editor in chief of Cosmopolitan for thirty-two years, is considered one of the most influential figures of Second Wave feminism. Her first book sold millions of copies, became a cultural phenomenon, and ushered in a whole new way of thinking about work, men, and life. Feisty, fun, and totally frank, Sex and the Single Girl offers advice to unmarried women that is as relevant today as it was when it burst onto the scene in the 1960s. This spirited manifesto puts women—and what they want—first. It captures the exuberance, optimism, and independence that have influenced the lives of so many contemporary American women.

One of the reviews struck me ironically. The reviewer said “Nothing like “Sex and the City.” Stick with Candace Bushnell! Trust me.” It’s not that this opinion is wrong but that Helen Gurley Brown was probably the pattern for Sex in the City. A 1960s advice book on sex and singlehood for women is likely quite different than a book published in the 1990s.


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

One Comment

  1. Susan
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 18:11:44

    There are a couple of things that bother me about Estep’s Mythos Academy series but, on the whole, I’ve enjoyed it and recommend giving it a try.

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