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First off, I did buy Billy’s Long Halftime Walk. I hope I can read it soon.

Jo Nesbo’s books are on sale at Amazon. The first is $2.99 and the other three are $1.99 a piece. They’ve been on sale before but if you’ve hesitated on pulling the one click button, the sale is around again. With their holiday-ish imagery, one might be sucked into thinking they were a Christmas book. One would be wrong.


One of the author promotional blogs I follow (actually Facebook feed) is The Rock Stars of Romance (blog | Facebook) and they posted about a few amazing print deals.  BN has a number of super deals on print books. If you get them sent to your local store, the shipping is free. As an aside, I don’t use affiliate codes for BN. I did at one time and I was actually losing money somehow – not very much but like $6-8 a month. I tried to contact them but as you can imagine, received no response so I just gave up. I still provide the links as a service and in this case, I can’t help but pass on these great deals. I think I’ll include more print deals in the future.

$1.99 Books

Easy Tammara WebberOn Dublin Street Samantha YoungSummer's End by Kathleen Gilles Seidel


$3.99 Books

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Hopeless by Colleen HooverHopeless by Colleen Hoover. $ Free at ITunes | Amazon

From the Jacket Copy:

Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies?

Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust—and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

Sky, a senior in high school, meets Dean Holder, a guy with a promiscuous reputation that rivals her own. From their very first encounter, he terrifies and captivates her. Something about him sparks memories of her deeply troubled past, a time she’s tried so hard to bury. Though Sky is determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit and enigmatic smile break down her defenses and the intensity of the bond between them grows. But the mysterious Holder has been keeping secrets of his own, and once they are revealed, Sky is changed forever and her ability to trust may be a casualty of the truth.

Only by courageously facing the stark revelations can Sky and Holder hope to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live and love without boundaries. Hopeless is a novel that will leave you breathless, entranced, and remembering your own first love.

This book generated a huge variety of responses from my reading pals. Brie found it objectionable because of the way it treated sensitive subject matter (and the coincidences in the story are eyebrow raising) but Rebecca Rogers Maher had an entirely different take on it.

It’s a very readable book and you might as well pick it up for Free.

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Against the Ropes by Sarah CastilleAgainst the Ropes by Sarah Castille. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more…

Makayla never thought she’d set foot in an elite mixed martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Then again, at her first sight of the club’s owner, she’s the one feeling breathless.

The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it’s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he’s about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined…

Kati reviewed this book back around its release. She didn’t love it – primarily because of the heroine.

“It also took me a long time to understand why Makayla would have chosen to be an EMT. She couldn’t stand the sight of blood or violence, which it would seem come with the territory. It is explained in the end, but it really distracted me while the story was ongoing. I think there’s a ton of series-bait in the story as well, but it wasn’t too distracting. The sex scenes were pretty well written, particularly after Makayla and Max finally talked and got on the same page. It’s a book that gobbled up in giant bites, so I know I liked it, but it’s not without its issues. I’d definitely read more from you though, and give Against the Ropes a qualified recommendation.” 

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Zelda: A Biography by Nancy MilfordZelda by Nancy Milford. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Zelda Sayre started out as a Southern beauty, became an international wonder, and died by fire in a madhouse. With her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, she moved in a golden aura of excitement, romance, and promise. The epitome of the Jazz Age, they rode the crest of the era to its collapse and their own.

As a result of years of exhaustive research, Nancy Milford brings alive the tormented, elusive personality of Zelda and clarifies as never before her relationship with Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda traces the inner disintegration of a gifted, despairing woman, torn by the clash between her husband’s career and her own talent.

Sounds like a tragic story.

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Promise of the Wolves by Dorothy HearstPromise of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:





At least that’s what the wolves of the Wide Valley believe. Until a young wolf dares to break the rules — and forever alters the relationship between wolves and the humans who share their world.

This is the story of such a wolf. Born of a forbidden mixed-blood litter and an outcast after her mother is banished, Kaala is determined to earn a place in the Swift River pack. But her world is turned upside down when she saves a human girl from drowning. Risking expulsion from their pack and exile from the Wide Valley, Kaala and her young packmates begin to hunt with the humans and thus discover the long-hidden bond between the two clans. But when war between wolves and humans threatens, Kaala learns the lies behind the wolf ‘s promise. Lies that force her to choose between safety for herself and her friends and the survival of her pack — and perhaps of all wolf- and humankind.

Set 14,000 years ago, Promise of the Wolves takes us to a land where time is counted in phases of the moon, distance is measured in wolflengths, and direction by the scent of the nearest trail. Years of research into the world of wolves combines with mythical tale-telling to present a fantastical adventure set in a world filled with lore.

Too bad this isn’t a romance. Library Journal writes “Though the story is fairly simplistic, animal lovers will enjoy the close-up view of wolf-family dynamics, and a favorable blurb from animal behavior expert Temple Grandin indicates that the portrayal is an accurate one.”

My tot loved the Alaska wolves stories (the name of which I cannot remember) so I bet she’d like this one.

Secrets of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst is also on sale for 99c.

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The Girl You Left Behind  by Jojo MoyesThe Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes . $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

From the New York Times?bestselling author of Me Before You, a spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most
Jojo Moyes’s bestseller, Me Before You, catapulted her to wide critical acclaim and has struck a chord with readers everywhere. “Hopelessly and hopefully romantic” (Chicago Tribune), Moyes returns with another irresistible heartbreaker that asks, “Whatever happened to the girl you left behind?”

France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything—her family, her reputation, and her life—to see her husband again.

Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting’s true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is—putting Liv’s belief in what is right to the ultimate test.

Like Sarah Blake’s The Postmistress and Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key, The Girl You Left Behind is a breathtaking story of love, loss, and sacrifice told with Moyes’s signature ability to capture our hearts with every turn of the page.

Sounds like a book Jayne might like quite a bit.

Kirkus says that Liv’s story is more pedestrian (perhaps because she’s not called upon to make the sacrifices that Sophie does) but “Moyes is a born storyteller who makes it impossible not to care about her heroines.”

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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. hapax
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 12:06:14

    Sounds like a tragic story

    I’m not sure if you were being sarcastic or not, but the understatement here gave me my first real laugh of the day. Thanks!

  2. Mary Beth
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 13:58:08

    The Girl You Left Behind was really quite excellent. Jojo Moyes is a born storyteller. I also would agree that the contemporary heroine was less compelling than the historical one, however it is a book that has stayed with me.

  3. Sunita
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 14:12:43

    Summer’s End for $1.99? That’s a no-brainer if you don’t have it already. Or even if you do.

  4. Glittergirl
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 15:16:38

    I liked Castille’s Against the Ropes. I got the heroines problem with blood and violence. My husband used to be a ski patrolman/EMT and he over time ended up with a problem with blood. He retained his skills & rose to the need in an emergency, would fall apart after. He also couldn’t handle hospitals.

  5. Jolie Jacq
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 15:25:47

    I adored The Girl You Left Behind. I borrowed it from my library but bought it the other day in the Kobo sale (the deal above doesn’t apply to Australia, of course). I actually loved both storylines equally. At the end of a Sophie chapter I’d feel like I wanted more of her story, rather than picking up Liv’s story, but then I would want Liv’s story to continue when I reached the end of her chapters. I found both of the love stories superb. I’ve read Sarah’s Key, and I much preferred Moyes’ book.

  6. Darlynne
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 19:06:35

    I read and thoroughly enjoyed Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Jenny Lawson is such a terrific misfit and, as Anne Lamott does, makes me feel that I’m not so peculiar. It’s a gift for sure.

  7. Ros
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 03:36:52

    @Sunita: I know. I was trying to work out whether I should get it again…

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