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Baby, Don't Go by Susan AndersenBaby, Don’t Go by Susan Andersen. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Some Rules Were Made to Be Broken

Photographer Nick Coltrane broke Daisy Parker’s heart nine years ago. And now he wants to hire her as his bodyguard. She wants to tell him where he can go, but her fledgling company desperately needs the cash flow. She once broke her own rules, only to watch his sexy self run for the door. Providing round-the-clock protection for him is out of the question . . . right?

Nick needs Daisy around to keep the hired thugs who are out for his blood from actually getting it. If he can make amends for the way he screwed up nine years ago in the process, then so much the better. Except time has done nothing to dull the memory of how Daisy once rocked his world off its axis, and her cocky attitude and mouthwatering curves still have the power to turn his brain to mush.

Now two people who once were friends and used to be lovers will discover whether love and trust can come from a passion that breaks every rule.

Honestly this cover does nothing for me even though I think I enjoyed the book. I always viewed Susan Andersen’s characters as older — adults in their 30s. These look like high school kids. Or maybe I’m just too old. I used to love the old Susan Andersen contemporaries and so I’m happy to get this to replace on old paperback.

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Natural Selection Malinda LoNatural Selection by Malinda Lo. $ 1.99

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I was born on Earth, not Kurra. I’m not human,even though I try to be. My people, the Imria, think I’m a little unusual because of that. They call me an Earthsider: as if I’ve crossed a line, chosen a side. Gone native.

Before she met her girlfriend Reese, before she knew the role she would play in the fate of two worlds, Amber was a fifteen-year-old Imrian torn between two identities. Imrian by blood, Amber was forced to hide her true self to pass as human during the time she spent on earth. And even when she returns to Kurra, her human experiences, including first love and heartache, still separate her from her fellow Imrians. But when Amber undergoes kibila, a traditional Imrian coming-of-age ceremony during which Amber will choose her name and identity for the next fifteen years, she will be forced to either accept her role in both worlds or forge her own path.

Malinda Lo’s digital exclusive novella companion to Adaptation and Inheritance takes readers on a journey through Amber’s past, giving fans a glimpse into her life on Kurra and a deeper understanding of one of Adaptation’s most compelling characters.

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Code of Honor (Intrepid Heroines Series, Book 1) by Andrea PickensCode of Honor by Andrea Pickens. $ .99

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A gifted artist, Alexandra Chilton is far more passionate about painting and intellectual pursuits than the shackles of marriage. Until she meets the most notorious rake in London, the Earl of Branford, who seems determined to win her favors by any means.

Bored and restless, Branford has accepted a wager: seduce Miss Alexandra Chilton. Unaware that Alexandra is an Innocent—and that he’s being used as a pawn in a nefarious game—Branford is surprised when Alexandra challenges both his intellect and jaded heart.

Passion flares, scandal threatens, and suddenly it’s no longer a game, as a cunning enemy seeks to destroy their blossoming love.

Code of Honor
The Hired Hero
A Stroke of Luck
Pistols at Dawn

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Seaside by Terri BlackstockSeaside by Terri Blackstock. $ 2.99.

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Sarah Rivers has it all: successful husband, healthy kids, beautiful home, meaningful church work.

Corinne, Sarah’s sister, struggles to get by. From Web site development to jewelry sales, none of the pies she has her thumb stuck in contains a plum worth pulling.

No wonder Corinne envies Sarah. What she doesn’t know is how jealous Sarah is of her. And what neither of them realizes is how their frantic drive for achievement is speeding them headlong past the things that matter most in life.

So when their mother, Maggie, purchases plane tickets for them to join her in a vacation on the Gulf of Mexico, they almost decline the offer. But circumstances force the issue, and the sisters soon find themselves first thrown together, then ultimately drawn together, in one memorable week in a cabin called “Seaside.”

As Maggie, a professional photographer, sets out to capture on film the faces and moods of her daughters, more than film develops. A picture emerges of possibilities that come only by slowing down and savoring the simple treasures of the moment. It takes a mother’s love and honesty to teach her two daughters a wiser, uncluttered way of life—one that can bring peace to their hearts and healing to their relationship. And though the lesson comes on wings of grief, the sadness is tempered with faith, restoration, and a joy that comes from the hand of God.

Seaside is a novella of the heart—poignant, gentle, true, offering an eloquent reminder that life is too precious a gift to be unwrapped in haste.

PW writes “Blackstock, queen of the Christian suspense novel (Presumption of Guilt, Evidence of Mercy, etc.), departs from the thrills-and-chills genre to pen this agreeable, but never syrupy, story of a family reunion.”

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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. cleo
    Jun 19, 2014 @ 14:37:03

    I’ve heard good things about Malinda Lo’s series, but haven’t read them. Does anyone know how stand alone this novella is?

  2. Jaci M
    Jun 19, 2014 @ 20:29:45

    You are not alone in your feelings for the Andersen cover. I also always imagine the leads as late 20s-mid 30s. This cover makes me think the couple is still in high school or in their first years of college. That always throws me of when the age of the pictured couple doesn’t match the story (more so than couples with the wrong hair color).

  3. Lindsay
    Jun 19, 2014 @ 21:41:42

    @cleo: I would read at least the first book in the series as a lot of the tension comes from the unknown. It’s an excellent series, and I highly recommend it. I picked it up knowing nothing about it and it was a very welcome surprise.

  4. Lada
    Jun 20, 2014 @ 09:06:07

    Wow…totally agree about that cover. I would never have picked that book up and I remember liking this one, too. I don’t need the cover models to fit the characters but I do think relative age makes a difference.

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