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Daily Deals: Football in the 70s and Futuristic Erotica

The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s--The Era that Created Modern Sports      By: Kevin CookThe Last Headbangers by Kevin Cook. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The inside story of the most colorful decade in NFL history—pro football’s raging, hormonal, hairy, druggy, immortal adolescence.
Between the Immaculate Reception in 1972 and The Catch in 1982, pro football grew up. In 1972, Steelers star Franco Harris hitchhiked to practice. NFL teams roomed in skanky motels. They played on guts, painkillers, legal steroids, fury, and camaraderie. A decade later, Joe Montana’s gleamingly efficient 49ers ushered in a new era: the corporate, scripted, multibillion-dollar NFL we watch today. Kevin Cook’s rollicking chronicle of this pivotal decade draws on interviews with legendary players—Harris, Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Ken “Snake” Stabler—to re-create their heroics and off-field carousing. He shows coaches John Madden and Bill Walsh outsmarting rivals as Monday Night Football redefined sports’ place in American life. Celebrating the game while lamenting the physical toll it took on football’s greatest generation, Cook diagrams the NFL’s transformation from second-tier sport into national obsession.

The SuperBowl is Sunday so it seems apropos to list this deal. The price is reflected at Google and Amazon.

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Beyond Shame (Beyond, Book One)      By: Kit RochaBeyond Shame by Kit Rocha. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

**Limited Time Sale Price: Beyond Shame is on sale for $0.99 through Sunday, February 3rd, only!**

A dangerous world of sex, lust and violence…

All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond–beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman’s daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.

The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal–men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four’s ruthless leader, and he’ll defend the O’Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.

Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they’re crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she’ll have to open herself to the gang, and to a world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.

I reviewed this book when it was released last fall. This is promising start to a series and there are a ton of interesting stories to be told. Dallas and Lex are struggling for relationship power; Dallas is a world weary king. Ace is a guy who loves all women but wants one in particular who seems to show no interest in him. The ending felt like the beginning of a relationship between Jasper and Noelle and despite its unfinished nature, I’m still wildly curious to see where Kit Rocha takes me.

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Married to the Viscount      By: Sabrina JeffriesMarried to the Viscount by Sabrina Jeffries. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Abigail Mercer was breathless with anticipation at being reunited with Spencer Law, whom she met once and later married by proxy. But now the dashing Viscount Ravenswood denies all knowledge of their union! Far too many witnesses have made it impossible for the secretive Spencer to reject his “bride” without causing a scandal. So he has proposed a marriage in-name-only until they can locate his mysteriously absent younger brother—who is responsible for everything!—and untangle this messy affair.

Abigail is incensed, irate . . . and irresistibly attracted to this handsome, infuriating man who hides his smoldering passion behind a proper exterior. So the lady will agree to his terms on one condition: Spencer must seal their bargain with a kiss. But he finds that one deep, lingering, unforgettable kiss isn’t nearly enough. And keeping his hands off his pretty wife is going to be much harder than he thought . . .

Book 5 of the Swanlea Spinsters series. Dev on Goodreads gave it a 3 star but said “I loved watching his change from the uptight viscount to simply a man in love with his wife…definitely a recommended read.”

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Acorna          By: Anne McCaffrey Acorna by Anne McCaffrey. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

“Something’s Alive In There!”

She was just a little girl, with a tiny horn in the center of her forehead, funny-looking feet, beautiful silver hair, and several curious powers: the ability to purify air and water, make plants grow, and heal scars and broken bones. A trio of grizzled prospectors found her drifting in an escape pod amid the asteroids, adopted her, and took her to the bandit planet Kezdet, a place where no questions are asked and the girl might grow up free.

But Kezdet has its own dark secret. The prosperity of the planet is based on a hideous trade in child slave labor, administered by “The Piper” — a mystery man with special plans for Acorna and her powers. But free little girls have a way of growing into freedom-loving young women, and Acorna has special plans all her own. . .

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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. Fiona
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 14:07:48

    Not to be nit-picky, but there needs to be a comma between Futuristic and Scifi.

    …I kept on looking for a futuristic scifi and then I had to go and check out the reviews to make sure Anne McCaffrey didn’t start writing erotica.

  2. Fiona
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 14:09:48

    Um, change the erotica to scifi. >_< I meant futuristic erotica, not futuristic scifi, argh…

  3. Susan Helene Gottfried
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 14:22:50


    Oh, wait. Sorry. We’re talking books. Nevermind. Steelermania should go dormant now until training camp.

  4. EGS
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 14:49:16

    Oh man, I loved the Acorna series when I was in junior high.

  5. Julia
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 23:19:04

    YAY! Beyond Shame on sale! I was waiting until 2/1 to buy it anyway (as I had woah blown January’s book budget) and it’s one sale! I’ve already inhaled 44% as I have been dying to read it myself after seeing your review and trying the sample.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  6. Eggs
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 03:56:43

    @EGS: I also loved Anne M. Books in middle school but never read the Acornia books because my library never carried them. Hopefully I can drag my daughter away from rereading the Hunger Games and on to these.

  7. Ridley
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 13:54:00

    @Fiona: No comma is needed. Beyond Shame is erotica set in a futuristic society.

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