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Three A.M.      By: Steven JohnThree A.M. by Steven John. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Fifteen years of sunless gray.

Fifteen years of mist. So thick the streets fade off into nothing. So thick the past is hazy at best. The line between right and wrong has long been blurred, especially for Thomas Vale.

Long gone are the days when new beginnings seemed possible—when he was a new recruit, off to a new start fresh in the army. He had hoped to never look back. Not like there was much to see, anyway.

First came the sickness, followed by the orders: herd the healthy into the city, shoot the infected. The gates closed and the bridges came down… followed by the mist.

Fifteen miserable years of the darkest nights and angry, awful gray days.

Thomas Vale can hardly fathom why he keeps waking up in the morning. For a few more days spent stumbling along? Another night drinking alone? Another hour keeping the shadows at bay….
But when Rebecca Ayers walks into his life, the answers come fast. Too fast.

At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

The primary reviewers at goodreads for this book appear to be men. It sounds like a cross because a crime noir and a futuristic. At least one of the goodreads reviews came from someone who disliked the placement and timing of a sex scene. I’m just glad to know romantic suspense books aren’t the only ones victim of the “forest sex scene.”

What follows is some explicit, awkward, forest-floor sex, chased almost immediately by a complete disregard for the book’s established tone—and the tone of the characters, for that matter—as Vale’s inner monologue goes from borderline hard-ass wisecracking PI to puppy love with a woman he barely knows. And, oh yeah, they decide to get it on, in a forest, while loud, threatening helicopters are combing the ground for them—ostensibly, so they can kill them several times over. Because when your life is threatened and you’re hiding from giant, sweeping beams of light and helicopters loaded with weapon-toting commandos—when staying low to the ground, not moving, and not making sounds are probably in your best interests—it’s probably not a good idea to get your fuck on.

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Any Bitter Thing      By: Monica WoodAny Bitter Thing by Monica Wood. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Richard Russo has celebrated Monica Wood’s fiction as “thoroughly captivating warm and wise and beautifully written,” and Andre Dubus III praised it as “luminous and graceful—entertaining yet transcendent.” Any Bitter Thing, Wood’s brilliant new novel, is her breakout book, a timely, gripping, and compassionate tale of family, faith, and deeply hidden truths. One of its greatest strengths is its continuous ability to defy expectations. It’s not what you think. It is worse. Lizzy Mitchell was raised from the age of two by her uncle, a Catholic priest. When she was nine, he was falsely accused of improprieties with her and dismissed from his church, and she was sent away to boarding school. Now thirty years old and in a failing marriage, she is nearly killed in a traffic accident. What she discovers when she sets out to find the truths surrounding the accidentand about the accusations that led to her uncle’s deathdoes more than change her life. With deft insight into the snares of the human heart, Monica Wood has written an intimate and emotionally expansive novel full of understanding and hope.

This reviewer says that it belongs on her list of recommended books next to The Myth of You and Me and Water for Elephants.

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The Way of Kings Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive.

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths,

Life before death.

Strength before weakness.

Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.

At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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Dalton's Undoing      by     RaeAnne Thayne Dalton’s Undoing by RaeAnne Thayne. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

He was known as a major player who’d left a swath of broken hearts across the Teton Valley. Yet when single mother Jenny Boyer saw the tenderness in Seth Dalton’s eyes when he looked at her children — not to mention her — it was impossible for her to believe it was all a game.

She was new to this small town, a school principal who needed to be respected. The last man she should be getting involved with was the Hunk of Cold Creek! But every time Seth came near, Jenny could feel herself falling…like all of the women who’d come before her. So why did she hope that her story would have a different ending — as in, happily ever after?

Originally a Silhouette Special Edition published in 2010. Thayne then started writing full length sweet contemporaries ala Sherryl Woods and so now Harlequin looks like they are repackaging the books. Whether this will strike your fancy depends on if you like books with a sweeter edge.

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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. Nicole Jane
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 14:21:58

    If you like fantasy, Brandon Sanderson’s “Way of Kings” is fantastic. And that is a great price. I already have it in both hard cover and audible book and then bought the ebook when it went on sale (so much more portable!).

  2. Loosheesh
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 14:23:57

    Oh man, I am SO seriously tempted to get The Way of Kings, which is $2.99, by the way. What’s holding me back? According to Goodreads, this is Book 1 in a projected 10-book series, with the 2nd book coming out in November. Do I really have the stamina/patience for this?

  3. carmen webster buxton
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 14:25:05

    Looks like THE WAY OF KINGS is actually $2.99. Still a good deal for fantasy fans.

  4. Katie
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 14:35:57

    The Way Of Kings is fabulous! The projected 10 books is scary, but Sanderson at least has a good track record of delivering books in a timely manner.

  5. Loosheesh
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 14:46:43

    Ok, ok, I’m convinced already; bought it! Frigging peer pressure ;-)

  6. Nita
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 14:47:28

    The Way of Kings is one of my favorite reads of 2010. started a re-read of the book yesterday. I’m following along in anticipation of the 2nd book coming out in November.

  7. wikkidsexycool
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 15:00:27

    I have to agree with the above accolades for The Way of Kings!

    I loved TWOK, but then, I gobble up just about every book Brandon Sanderson writes. TWOK is so rich with imagination, and though his male/female interactions can be a bit stiff at times, its fine with me, because his world building is awesome. This man writes fantasy at its finest. I can’t wait for November and book two in this series.

  8. Brian
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 16:54:42

    Mills & Boon is having a 75 books for 75p each sale today only…

    Some of the books are actually 2 and 3 book bundles for 75p too.

  9. Pam Keener
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 19:09:05

    Ok you all convinced me this genre is outa my comfort zone but I am downloading TWOK

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