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Daily Deals: Folk stories, magical realism, friends to lovers, and voyeurism

Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale HurstonDust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

First published in 1942 at the height of her popularity, Dust Tracks on a Road is Zora Neale Hurston’s candid, funny, bold, and poignant autobiography, an imaginative and exuberant account of her rise from childhood poverty in the rural South to a prominent place among the leading artists and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance. As compelling as her acclaimed fiction, Hurston’s very personal literary self-portrait offers a revealing, often audacious glimpse into the life — public and private — of an extraordinary artist, anthropologist, chronicler, and champion of the black experience in America. Full of the wit and wisdom of a proud, spirited woman who started off low and climbed high, Dust Tracks on a Road is a rare treasure from one of literature’s most cherished voices.

The…autobiography of the late Zora Neale Hurston is “a rich and winning book by one of our few genuine, Grade A folk writers.”–New Yorker

A novelist and American folk writer.

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Thursday Nights by Lisa N. PaulThursday Nights by Lisa N. Paul. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Pain can leave even the strongest of people weak and hollow. But when fate brings two weak souls together, will the love they find mend the fragments that are barely holding them together, or will the weight of their past finally cause them to crumble?
Max DeLucca has spent seven years trying to forget the betrayal of his past. He lives his life from day to day never looking forward and never looking back. The walls around his heart keep anyone from getting too close and prevent him from feeling too much…until he meets her.

Her entire life, Janie Silver searched for the kind of love that wouldn’t leave her broken and more importantly, wouldn’t leave her behind. She longs for a love that can heal the wounds of her past and give her the future she knows she deserves. She thought she was looking for something that just didn’t exist…until she meets him.

Danny’s on Main is where their story begins. A neighborhood bar where strangers become friends, friends become family and some … become lovers
… it all started on Thursday Nights

One of the reviews said this should be rated “boooo” and I added “yeah” on the end because I watch too much SportsCenter. (Stuart Scott says Booyeah all the time). A three star review says she liked the book but there were far too many editing errors ” This book had incorrect use of tenses, transposition of words, missing words, words that don’t belong, and miraculously only 1 spelling error.”

That’s too bad because I like the idea of friends to lovers which is apparently the trope behind this story. Bartender falls for a frequent customer and there is a big group of friends who will be featured in future romances.

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The Wishing Box  by Dashka SlaterThe Wishing Box by Dashka Slater. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A sometimes funny, sometimes magical first novel, The Wishing Box explores the surprising and unintended consequences of getting what you ask for. Julia, an almost-30 single mom whose life is mostly together, lives in Oakland with her seven-year-old son. Never suspecting it will actually work, she and her sister create a wishing box and half-seriously hold a ceremony for the return of the father who abandoned them as children. Astonishingly, he comes backbut Julia’s life has already moved abruptly in a new direction, and she has taken off in much the same way her father had many years before. Julia and her unusual family are at the heart of this novel about appearances and disappearances, the desire to control the future and explain the past, and the legacies passed on from one generation to another.

This is the BN daily deal. Amazon usually price matches it. Both Kirkus and PW gave this magical realism story positive endorsements. It doesn’t take itself very seriously but still manages to be touching.

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He Watches Me : The Seen Trilogy: Part One by Cynthia SaxHe Watches Me by Cynthia Sax. $ Free.

From the Jacket Copy:

She desires to be seen. He wants to watch.Anna Sampson has a naughty secret. Every night, she slips into her neighbor’s yard and swims naked in his pool. She fantasizes that the dynamic young billionaire watches her nightly nude aquatics, his brilliant green eyes gleaming with lust.She discovers this isn’t pure fantasy. Gabriel Blaine has been watching her via his security cameras, and now that he has returned to L.A., he doesn’t plan to stop. That’s all he wants-to watch. Anna knows she shouldn’t allow him and she certainly shouldn’t want more, but she craves Blaine’s attention, needing his gaze fixed on her body.Part One of The Seen Trilogy

First in a trilogy of stories. The other two entries are 99c each. The lower starred reviews say that not much happens in this first installment and that the virgin heroine who likes to be watched was kind of a stretch. But it’s free.

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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. Anne
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 14:48:47

    Thank you for posting these deals. I picked up The Wishing Box for $.99 back in July 2011 and don’t even remember doing so. Ugh.

    Amazon has the first Miss Buncle book by DE Stevenson for free, the second for $1.99 and Young Clementina for $2.99.

    Jayne has reviewed all three in the past year or so.

  2. pooks
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 15:11:16

    Thanks for the Zora Neale Hurston deal. Just nabbed it.

  3. Deljah
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 16:04:05

    I bought the Zora Neale Hurston book. Thanks for the heads up!

  4. cleo
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 17:17:19

    @Anne – thanks for the heads up about Miss Buncles Book – it’s free at BN too.

  5. Beth
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 17:40:23

    Thanks for the Zora Neale Hurston deal. I read her in college and she changed my entire world view.

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