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Note: These deals are good at Amazon and Google, for the most part.  One or two might be available at Barnes & Noble.

On the Island      by     Tracey Garvis GravesOn the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Two people stranded on an island struggle to survive—and slowly fall in love—in the runaway New York Times bestseller from the author of the forthcoming novel COVET.

Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that’s going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching up on all the school he missed last year.

Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan’s summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives’ twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover that they’re stranded on an uninhabited island.

At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

Did you miss out on this book when it was $.99 self published story? It’s now at the low price of $2.99 which is a pretty good deal given that Dutton bought it and then sold it in hardcover. No shenanigans happen while the young man is too young and our reviewer January said it was a nice read.

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Something Strange and Deadly by Susan DennardSomething Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. $ 1.99

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Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. And when she discovers that the Dead are rising in Philadelphia and wreaking havoc throughout the city, she knows that her brother is involved.

So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. But as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters, and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life may hang in the balance.

In Something Strange and Deadly, the first book in a trilogy, Susan Dennard weaves together vividly imagined scenes of action, adventure, and gorgeous Victorian fashion to create an entertaining steampunk tapestry of humor, horror, and romance. Readers who love Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series will be intrigued from the start.

There is a love triangle and the ending is uncertain as it is the first in a trilogy. Jia read it and said you can tell the author started as a fan fiction writer and not in a good way. But it is action packed and full of zombies and steampunk.

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Call Me Irresistible: A Novel Susan Elizabeth PhillipsCall Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. $ 2.99

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Call Me Irresistible

R.S.V.P. to the most riotous wedding of the year . . .

Lucy Jorik is the daughter of a former president of the United States.

Meg Koranda is the offspring of legends.

One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible—Ted Beaudine—the favorite son of Wynette, Texas. The other is not happy about it and is determined to save her friend from a mess of heartache.

But even though Meg knows that breaking up her best friend’s wedding is the right thing to do, no one else seems to agree. Faster than Lucy can say “I don’t,” Meg becomes the most hated woman in town—a town she’s stuck in with a dead car, an empty wallet, and a very angry bridegroom. Broke, stranded, and without her famous parents at her back, Meg is sure she can survive on her own wits. What’s the worst that can happen? Lose her heart to the one and only Mr. Irresistible? Not likely. Not likely at all.

Call Me Irresistible is the book Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s readers have long awaited. Ted, better known as “little Teddy,” the nine-year-old heartbreak kid from Phillips’s first bestseller, Fancy Pants, and as “young Teddy,” the hunky new college graduate in Lady Be Good, is all grown up now—along with Lucy from First Lady and Meg from What I Did for Love. They’re ready to take center stage in a saucy, funny, and highly addictive tale fans will love.

“Crown Susan Elizabeth Phillips the queen of romantic comedy,” raves the McClatchy-Tribune News Service, just one of numerous accolades the beloved New York Times bestselling author has earned in her remarkable career.

For more than three decades, this wise and witty writer has charmed hearts and won the devotion of legions of readers. Now she’s back with the book her fans have been demanding—a sassy, sexy, downright irresistible tale of true love Texas-style, featuring gorgeous heartbreaker Ted Beaudine, now grown up and in a heap of romantic trouble all his own.

I thought I had included this title before but a search says no. We have reviewed it, though, with Jennie

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Tempest Rising Nicole PeelerTempest Rising by Nicole Peeler. $ 2.99.

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Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn’t quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new “friend,” Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie’s lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you’ll want to dive into Nicole Peeler’s enchanting debut novel.

I know that Samhain Executive Editor, Heather Osborn, loves this series.

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Elle Casey, JL Bryan, Tara Maya, Jenna Elizabeth Johnson, Anthea Sharp, and Alexia Purdy.Faery Worlds by Elle Casey. $ 2.99

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A stunning collection featuring the first books in six fan-favorite series by bestselling, award-winning fantasy authors! Discover the many worlds of Faerie in these novels filled with adventure, love, and – of course – Fae Magic.
(Best for readers 14 and up)

Dindi longs to become a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers who secret magics are revealed only to those who pass a mysterious Initiation. The problem? No-one in Dindi’s clan has ever passed the Test. But Dindi has a plan.

Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old, and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a typical high school existence – until, along with a group of runaway teens, they are hijacked and sent into a forest where nothing is as it seems. Who will emerge triumphant? And what will they be when they do?

A teenage garage band steals instruments from the fairy world and begins enchanting crowds, but their shortcut to success soon turns them into enemies of the treacherous Queen Mab.

Faeries. Computer games. When realms collide, a hero from the wrong side of the tracks and the rich girl he’s afraid to love must risk everything to defeat the dangerous fey.
What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the perilous Realm of Faerie…

Meghan has been strange her entire life: her eyes change color and she sees and hears things no one else can. When the visions get worse, she is convinced she has finally gone crazy. That is, until the mysterious Cade shows up with an explanation of his own.

A dark twist on faeries. For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen Faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin, has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it appears to be.

This is the new thing for self publishing authors. They band together and put a huge collection on sale in hopes of hitting the lists and expanding their audience. It’s definitely a good deal for the reader.

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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. John
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 14:14:23

    I reviewed FEYLAND: THE DARK REALM and gave it a pretty good grade. For 2.99, that book alone is a good price. J.L. Bryan has sold a lot as a self-published author with his Jenny Pox series (of which I liked the first book, but it’s been a while since reading it.) Faeries were kind of en vogue in YA for a while, so I’m curious as to how the self-published works compare to the traditional ones in quality. If only people would be as excited about mermaids…

  2. Angela
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 14:19:35

    I greatly enjoyed Tara Maya’s Initiate (Unfinished Song, Book 1), but haven’t gotten to reading the rest of the series yet – I think the series is almost done too. Really nice fantasy set-up, with the hint of a romance to come and good character development.

  3. Darlynne
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 14:26:18

    I really enjoyed Nicole Peeler’s first book, but something about the heroine annoyed me mightily. Not enough to recall what exactly, so I obviously need to re-read it.

    Mira Grant’s Feed is also on sale at Amazon for $2.99. This is one book I wish I hadn’t read/didn’t own yet so I could experience it all over again. Some of Jo Nesbo’s earlier books are also $2.99.

    Jane, the next time a publisher/author asks, “In advance of the publication of a new book in a series, which of the existing books should be discounted?”, my go-to answer is going to be “All of them.” For a limited time only, so I can buy all the books in my favorite series in one more format, please, just discount them all. What are the odds?

  4. Carrie G
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 14:38:11

    I greatly enjoyed On the Island in audio format. If you buy a book on Kindle and have an Audible account you can often get the audiobooks at a huge discount. Not sure if On the Island is one of those, but it might be worth checking out.

  5. Juliana Stone
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 16:38:26

    On The Island sounds exactly like what I need to read. Thanks for the links.

  6. Sarah
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 22:06:16

    On the Island started as Twilight fic. I read it in that format and it was ok.

  7. Jane
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 22:06:56

    @Sarah – I feel like everything today published is twific.

  8. Jill Sorenson
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 22:23:17

    @Sarah: Twilight fic, are you sure? I loved the book and just read a few author interviews about its origins. No mention of fanfic.

  9. Kate Hewitt
    Jul 03, 2013 @ 04:29:21

    I have a hard time believing On The Island was twilight fanfic. It bears no resemblance, in my mind.

  10. CK
    Jul 03, 2013 @ 12:40:00

    I enjoyed On the Island despite it being alternating 1st POV (I felt there was no distinction between the narratives), but I think I liked it more because it was different (older woman, island survival) rather than being awesome read. It’s a pleasant beach read.

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