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Daughters of the North by Sarah Hall Daughters of the North by Sarah Hall. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

In her stunning novel, Hall imagines a new dystopia set in the not-too-distant future. England is in a state of environmental crisis and economic collapse. There has been a census, and all citizens have been herded into urban centers. Reproduction has become a lottery, with contraceptive coils fitted to every female of childbearing age. A girl who will become known only as “Sister” escapes the confines of her repressive marriage to find an isolated group of women living as “un-officials” in Carhullan, a remote northern farm, where she must find out whether she has it in herself to become a rebel fighter. Provocative and timely, Daughters of the North poses questions about the lengths women will go to resist their oppressors, and under what circumstances might an ordinary person become a terrorist.

The book is only $.99. The original British title is The Carhullan Army and won the 2007 Tiptree award for expanding gender roles. It has only very average reviews at goodreads.


The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today by Rob Dunn. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

A biologist shows the influence of wild species on our well-being and the world and how nature still clings to us—and always will.
We evolved in a wilderness of parasites, mutualists, and pathogens, but we no longer see ourselves as being part of nature and the broader community of life. In the name of progress and clean living, we scrub much of nature off our bodies and try to remove whole kinds of life—parasites, bacteria, mutualists, and predators—to allow ourselves to live free of wild danger. Nature, in this new world, is the landscape outside, a kind of living painting that is pleasant to contemplate but nice to have escaped.

The truth, though, according to biologist Rob Dunn, is that while “clean living” has benefited us in some ways, it has also made us sicker in others. We are trapped in bodies that evolved to deal with the dependable presence of hundreds of other species. As Dunn reveals, our modern disconnect from the web of life has resulted in unprecedented effects that immunologists, evolutionary biologists, psychologists, and other scientists are only beginning to understand. Diabetes, autism, allergies, many anxiety disorders, autoimmune diseases, and even tooth, jaw, and vision problems are increasingly plaguing bodies that have been removed from the ecological context in which they existed for millennia.
In this eye-opening, thoroughly researched, and well-reasoned book, Dunn considers the crossroads at which we find ourselves. Through the stories of visionaries, Dunn argues that we can create a richer nature, one in which we choose to surround ourselves with species that benefit us, not just those that, despite us, survive.

This looks like a cool and fun book, not just for adults but for kids as well. One Goodreviews reviewer said the writing was fun but inconsistent.


Under His Hand Anne Calhoun Under His Hand by Anne Calhoun. $.75.

From Jacket Copy:

Whenever Tess Weston’s Navy SEAL boyfriend, Drew Norwood, returned from a mission, their lovemaking was always hot and intense. It made Tess feel what it meant to be female at its most primitive. Taken. Possessed. But Drew’s latest unexpected reappearance is different. He’s filled with raw need for Tess-and anger that she has left the windows open in her rough neighborhood, the one thing he made her promise never to do. Independent Tess can’t believe Drew wants to follow through on his threat to spank her for defying him…but she’s also intrigued. Can Tess trust him enough to let Drew dominate her body and her heart?

I’m rolling my eyes HARD at the rebranding to look like 50 shades that Spice has done for some of its novellas, but the price at Kobo is right. Using the coupon code “surrender75”, one can purchase these novellas for $.75

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A Night to Surrender Tessa Dare A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Welcome to Spindle Cove, where ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are . . . nowhere to be found.

Or are they?

Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there.
Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn’t belong here. So far as he can tell, there’s nothing in this place but spinsters . . .and sheep. But he has no choice, he has orders togather a militia. It’s a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited, exquisite Susanna Finch–a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of Bram’s makeshift army.

Susanna has no use for aggravating men; Bram has sworn off interfering women. The scene is set for an epic battle; but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?

I thought for sure that I had profiled this deal before but I can’t find an entry of it. Avon has been discounting the title on and off since December of 2011. It’s back down to .99c, at least at Amazon. I have a review of it here.

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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. Maili
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 15:30:27

    Heh, The Carhullan Army. Read that years ago. Didn’t work for me that well. If I remember right, I repeatedly thought “Oh, get on with it!” while reading. There was quite a bit of self-analysing, navel-gazing and brooding whilst in the howling Cumbrian moors. I actually don’t mind this sort, but there were too many ideas and not enough characterisation to make it all worthwhile.

    If I were to describe it, I’d say: “Oliver Cromwell meets Boudica with touches of the IRA, The Beach, The Lottery and WWII-era Land Girls in decades’ time, but it reads, sounds, feels and smells like a WWII novel set in the countryside”. As a whole: interesting idea and lovely writing, but mediocre execution and frustratingly ambiguous ending. Did have its moments, but not enough for this reader.

    My trusted reader friend still adores this book, though. She deems it as one of best SF feminist novels of the 2000s.

  2. cate
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 08:38:30

    @Maili: I quite agree .. I read it ages ago -and it fell into the DNF box for me. I just kept thinking that Margaret Atwood did this first & did it far better

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