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Kobo is having a 90% off selected titles sale. The coupon is 90BK. There are a couple of Heyer books, some Harlequin books and Kristen Ashley’s Golden Dynasty which is like Warprize + KA books (Mary Sue alert. Her happiness makes flowers grow. No lie)

Something About You Julie JamesSomething About You by Julie James. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

There’s something about Julie James…

Staying overnight in a luxury hotel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde overhears a high-profile murder involving a U.S. Senator. Special Agent Jack Pallas is assigned to the investigation-the same Jack Pallas who still blames her for nearly ruining his career three years ago. Now the pair will have to put their rocky past behind them, focus on the case at hand-and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

If you have ever wondered why we rave about Julie James, now is your time to find out at the low price of $1.99. Something About You is the first in the FBI/US Attorney series. James writes smart heroines and sexy heroes. These are modern romances and yes, there is a motorcycle scene.

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What I Didn't Say by Keary TaylorWhat I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor. $ .99/1.99

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Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat.

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He’s been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it’s too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.

When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he’ll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn’t limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she’ll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she’ll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn’t say before, even if he can’t actually say it.

There are a number of New Adult books that deal with the repercussions of drunk driving (although most of the time the protagonists are often the passengers and not the actual drivers). I think that type of topic is perfect for the YA/NA book because it is a very realistic tragedy, unfortunately. As for this particular book, I purchased it a while back but I was never able to finish it.

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Hell and Gone      By: Duane SwierczynskiHell and Gone by Duane Swierczynski. $ 2.99

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The second of three high-energy thrillers arriving back-to-back from cult crime fiction sensation Duane Swierczynski.

Left for dead after an epic shootout that blew the lid off a billion-dollar conspiracy, ex-cop Charlie Hardie quickly realizes that when you’re dealing with The Accident People, things can get worse. Drugged, bound and transported by strange operatives of unknown origin, Hardie awakens to find himself captive in a secret prison that houses the most dangerous criminals on earth.

And then things get really bad. Because this isn’t just any prison. It’s a Kafkaesque nightmare that comes springloaded with a brutal catch-22: Hardie’s the warden. And any attempt to escape triggers a “death mechanism” that will kill everyone down here–including a group of innocent guards. Faced with an unworkable paradox, and knowing that his wife and son could be next on the Accident People’s hit list, Hardie has only one choice: fight his way to the heart of this hell hole and make a deal with the Devil himself.

There are many positive reviews but the negative ones focus primarily on the unbelievable nature of the story with its over the top situations and incredulous set ups.

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To Walk the Night (Kat Redding Series #1)      by     E.S. Moore To Walk the Night by E.S. Moore. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Even a vampire has to face her inner demons. . .

Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death–and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.

Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface–and costs her whatever is left of her humanity. . .

PW gave this a pretty scathing review “A reader who has spent the past two decades completely isolated from all film and fiction that features war among vampires, werewolves, and vampire-hunters might find something to enjoy in this flimsy story, but urban fantasy and paranormal fans will be unimpressed by Moore’s lurching pacing, lazy world-building, two-dimensional heroine, and moments of sophomoric pseudo-introspection like “Even my black hair didn’t betray the darkness that lurked inside.””

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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. Spinster
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 14:54:06

    “Something About You” sounds hilarious. Sold.

  2. cleo
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 15:31:00

    Something About You is probably my least favorite Julie James – the hero’s a little controlling for my taste – but it’s still quite good. And a great bargain. (A Lot Like Love is probably my favorite, with Practice Makes Perfect a close second)

    @Jane – when I read the PW review of To Walk the Night this morning on my Nook, I *knew* that you would quote it today in the daily deals.

    I love the sentence they quote – “Even my black hair didn’t betray the darkness that lurked inside.” My version – “Even my unruly curls didn’t betray the chaos that lurked inside.”

  3. Jane
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 15:59:35

    @cleo: Curly outside, twisted insides.

  4. cleo
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 16:25:56

    @Jane: Hah! You made me giggle-snort at work. Now everyone probably thinks I really am as crazy as my hair.

  5. hapax
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 16:56:18

    @cleo: I would be more like: “Even my frizzy split ends didn’t betray the snarls that lurked inside.”

    For the femme fatale I wished I were: “Even my lustrous locks didn’t betray the slickness that lurked inside.”

    Of course the villain: “Even my greasy mullet didn’t betray the filthiness that lurked inside.”

    And the vapid hero: “Even my shiny baldness didn’t betray the absolute nothing that lurked inside.”

  6. Jody
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 17:22:53

    hapax FTW!
    My own entry? Even my sun bleached, dried out locks didn’t betray the parched desert of my soul.

  7. Fiona
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 17:55:49

    I made the mistake of buying ES Moore and so far, it’s the only book I read and then returned because it was godawful. Cliched, heroine fights with a katana because I dunno, Blade fought with a katana, and she had no personality whatsoever. Seriously, it’s not worth the 2 bucks.

  8. Susan
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 23:31:53

    I can’t speak to the Moore book, but I’m not always (usually?) on the same page as PW. Some books that get great PW reviews are real stinkers to me, and ones they deride end up being my favorites. Don’t know if this says more about them or me.

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