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DAILY DEALS: Contemporaries, a Classic YA, and a thriller

Modern LoveModern Love: 10 Contemporary Romances by Rising Stars by Crimson Romance. $ 0.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When love calls, it’s rarely easy but always memorable, and definitely worth turning the pages. Recapture the thrill, the delicious anticipation of finding your happily ever after in these 10 unforgettable, hot stories by some of today’s brightest names:

Her Knight in Black Leather – J.M. Stewart
Destination Wedding – Robyn Neeley
Drawn to Jonah – Jennifer DeCuir
On the Fly – Katie Kenyhercz
Wildly – Debra Kayn
Falling for You – Heather Thurmeier
Beginning Again – Peggy Bird
Spiraling – Rachel Cross
Save My Soul – Elley Arden
Sweet Gone South – Alicia Hunter Pace

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Crimson Romance is releasing a new collection every Monday this summer (http://www.crimsonromance.com/crimson-romance-ebooks/crimson-romance-book-genres/collections). DA Daily Deals previously featured Time After Time: 10 Sweeping Historical Romances from Every Era for $0.99 and a contemporary collection is now available for $0.99.
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2940012518613_p0_v1_s260x420One Cold Night
by Katia Lief. $ .99

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ONE COLD NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED….
New York Police detective Dave Strauss is haunted by the one case he couldn’t solve. A schoolgirl vanished off the streets of Brooklyn, with only a trail of blood and a series of untraceable phone calls from “the Groom” hinting at her fate. Now the cold dark night has engulfed another young girl–but this time she is part of Dave’s family. He and his wife, Susan, know fourteen-year-old Lisa has not run away, and they know her disappearance is not just a tragic coincidence. And once the first phone call comes, they know she’s not alone.

One reviewer said that she was bipolar and the science behind the villain’s mental state was not accurate but she’d read another of Lief’s books. Most reviews said it was a chilling thriller.

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One Cold Night by Katia LiefSavannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews. $ 1.99

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Southern belle BeBe Loudermilk has lost all her worldly possessions, thanks to a brief but disastrous relationship with the gorgeous Reddy, an “investment counselor” who turns out to be a con man. All that’s left is a ramshackle 1950s motel on Tybee Island—an eccentric beach town that calls itself a drinking village with a fishing problem.

Breeze Inn is a place where the very classy BeBe wouldn’t normally be caught dead, but with no alternative, she moves into the manager’s unit, vowing to make magic out of mud. The work is grueling, especially dealing with the bad-tempered caretaker, a fishing captain named Harry who’s trying to earn enough dough to get his boat out of hock. With the help of Harry and her junking friend Weezie, BeBe soon has the motel spiffed up and attracting paying guests.

Then there’s a sighting of Reddy in Fort Lauderdale, and BeBe decides to go after him. She puts together a posse, and with the irrepressible Granddaddy Loudermilk snoring in the backseat of the Buick, heads south. The plan is to carry out a sting that may be just a little bit outside the law but that, with any luck at all, will retrieve BeBe’s fortune and put the dastardly Reddy in jail, where he belongs. And maybe Harry, who’s looking more hunky every day, will finally get his boat back.

PW calls it light, pastel fun. It’s kind of that madcap southern fiction you either love or you don’t.

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9780307817785_p0_v2_s260x420Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead—shot in a holdup—and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover.

Climbing in the Los Alamos canyon, Davey meets the mysterious Wolf, who can read Davey’s “sad eyes.” Wolf is the only person who seems to understand the rage and fear Davey feels.

Slowly, with Wolf’s help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind and move toward the future? Will she ever stop hurting?

Resettled in the “Bomb City” with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father’s death during a holdup of his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City.

Here’s my big confession. I don’t think I’ve ever read Judy Blume. Her works weren’t approved by my church and thus I didn’t have access to them and I didn’t even know about their existence until I went to college. Yet for many women, Judy Blume helped usher in adulthood. This book is on ALA’s list of 100 Most frequently challenged books. Although why? Because a kid is dealing with death? People aren’t rational beings I guess.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

9 Comments

  1. Keishon
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 12:52:36

    I grew up on Judy Blume. She talked about sex, divorce, death, childhood illnesses, etc. My first book by her was a book we read in class, Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing.

  2. Susan
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 13:06:50

    A bunch of Grace Burrows books are on sale today on Amazon as part of the KDD (or free with that new Kindle Unlimited).

  3. Zara Keane
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 15:12:18

    I loved Judy Blume! I devoured her books as a preteen. My favourite was the one about the young model who’s diagnosed with scoliosis (‘Deenie’).

  4. cleo
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 16:15:53

    I grew up reading Judy Blume, although I preferred Beverly Cleary, who I think was a stronger influence on me (both her Ramona books and her YA books).

  5. cleo
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 17:20:51

    I’m mostly just commenting again to see if my new gravatar works.

    @Zara Keane: I vividly remember reading Deenie – if that’s the one where they discuss masturbation in her health class at school. She asked about “rubbing my special spot” and I swear, I thought she was rubbing her inner elbow. No idea why.

  6. Kate Sherwood
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 19:34:35

    @cleo: Oh my god, cleo, THANK YOU!

    I was always baffled by her “special spot” – I think I pictured it somewhere near her armpit!!! I’m so relieved to know I’m not the only one who was a little confused!

    (I’ve actually used this in the past as an example of why we don’t really need to go overboard censoring books for younger kids. My brain/body wasn’t ready to understand masturbation when I read that book, so I just glossed over it. I was a bit confused, but not scarred or upset. But, yes, definitely a bit confused…)

  7. cleo
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 20:01:39

    @Kate Sherwood – OMG, am I glad to know I’m not the only one who was confused. I think that’s a good point about kids glossing over what they’re not ready for. I’ve also used it as an example of why metaphorical language in children’s books isn’t that useful. I’m not sure rubbing genitals would made any more sense to me when I read it, but at least I would have know what body part we were talking about.

    My husband, btw, thinks my interpretation is hilarious and will occasionally stroke my inner elbow, just to make me laugh.

  8. Kate Hewitt
    Jul 20, 2014 @ 05:43:35

    I’ve loved some Judy Blume books (‘Are You There, God, It’s Me, Margaret’ and ‘Sheila The Great’, to name two) but others I’ve found a bit mean. Blubber is about a class teasing an overweight girl and while they see the error of their ways by the end, as far as I recall, so much of the book focused on unkindness and I’m not sure kids who are reading it get the takeaway message. Our teacher used it as a read-aloud in fourth grade and it made things for a girl in our class much, much worse.

  9. Zara Keane
    Jul 20, 2014 @ 14:30:30

    @cleo: Yes! That’s the one. :) It was the only book I read as an adolescent that dealt with the subject of female masturbation.

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