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The Tears of Elios Crista McHughThe Tears of Elios by Crista McHugh. $ Free at Amazon | Kobo

From the Jacket Copy:

Shape-shifters’ Rule #1: Don’t let the humans know you still exist.

Rule #2: If a human finds out about you, silence them.

Some rules were meant to be broken…

Ranealya ruthlessly plays by the rules and has outlived most of her race because of it. If she wants to survive, she’ll have to stick to them, especially with a genocidal tyrant hell-bent on destroying all the non-humans in the realm. But everything falls apart when a human saves her life. Gregor knows he’s inviting trouble when he helps a wounded shape-shifter, but he can’t pass up the opportunity to study one before they become extinct. She disturbs the quiet order of his scholarly existence, vexes him in more ways than he can count, and encourages him to break enough of the kingdom’s laws so that not even being the king’s cousin will save his head. The problem is, he’s already lost his heart

Crista McHugh is a traditionally published author who self published her fantasy romance. It has an average rating of 4.4/5 on AMZ and 3.94 on Goodreads.

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Jekel Loves Hyde Beth FantaskeyJekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey. $ 2.24

From the Jacket Copy:

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules—especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything—even Tristen’s love—just for the thrill of being . . . bad.

This had an intriguing premise and fairly positive reviews. The discounted price is available primarily at Amazon but it might be something to put on a wishlist until you can use a coupon at Kobo.

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The Omega Command (Blaine McCracken Series #1)       by     Jon Land The Omega Command by Jon Land. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A space shuttle is destroyed during flight, and the CIA recalls disgraced agent Blaine McCracken to uncover the people responsible
A space shuttle disappears during a routine repair mission, 180 miles above Earth’s surface. An intelligence operative with a dark secret is murdered, his car set ablaze, while he is in the middle of fulfilling a depraved fantasy. And a reporter receives a message from a dying man that suggests the organization responsible may be one of the world’s most prestigious corporations. The government knows just one man who can untangle this mystery: a throwaway on the deactivated list. Exiled to a desk job in Paris for stepping on the wrong toes, Blaine McCracken is a killer—a ruthless pursuer of truth who will let no one, friend or enemy, stand in his way when civilian lives are in danger. McCracken gets results, and his country needs him now more than ever. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jon Land including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Originally published with Random House in 1986, Jon Land is now republishing his digital backlist with Open Road Media. The book has tepid reviews and is somewhat dated due to the fact that the technothriller depends on you believing in the amazing thing that is known as a computer virus.

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Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing by     Elmore LeonardElmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing by Elmore Leonard. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

” These are the rules I’ve picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I’m writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what’s taking place in the story.”—Elmore Leonard

For aspiring writers and lovers of the written word, this concise guide breaks down the writing process with simplicity and clarity. From adjectives and exclamation points to dialect and hoopetedoodle, Elmore Leonard explains what to avoid, what to aspire to, and what to do when it sounds like “writing” (rewrite).

Beautifully designed, filled with free-flowing, elegant illustrations and specially priced, Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing is the perfect writer’s—and reader’s—gift.

Harper is discounting a number writing books in celebration of National Novel Writing Month.

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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. Estara
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 14:21:09

    The Tears of Elios is free to me at Kobo. I’m a buyer with a German credit card so I’m not sure if that makes a difference.

  2. Nadia Lee
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 19:14:54

    Harper is discounting a number writing books in celebration of National Novel Writing Month.

    I thought Harper is no longer agency, so their pricing is now entirely up to retailers?

  3. Kaetrin
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 01:25:48

    Yay! Tears of Elios free for me too :)

  4. Jenny Lyn
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 10:44:11

    I’d read the reviews carefully on Amazon before spending the $2 for the Leonard book. It seems you can find the original NYT article for free with a little Googling. All that’s been added is illustrations. Unless you’re into illustrations, then you may find it a bargain.

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