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The Graveyard Book      by     Neil GaimanThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade.

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren’t really one thing or the other.

This chilling tale is Neil Gaiman’s first full-length novel for middle-grade readers since the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Coraline. Like Coraline, this book is sure to enchant and surprise young readers as well as Neil Gaiman’s legion of adult fans.

2009 Newbery Medal Winner
2009 Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel
2010 Carnegie Medal Winner

So tot is at a place right now where she only likes female protagonists in her stories so I’m not sure if she would ever read this one.  She’s also not a huge fan of ghost stories.

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If I Were You      by     Lisa Renee JonesIf I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones. $ 3.99

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He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing but I do. I so do. I don’t understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. . . .

In the bestselling style of Fifty Shades of Grey, Lisa Renee Jones delivers sexy thrills and heart-pounding sensuality with a tantalizing page-turner in which the eyes of a high school English teacher are opened to a world she never knew existed, and she finds a passionate craving within that she never knew she possessed.

The journal comes to Sara McMillan by chance, when she inherits the key to an abandoned storage locker belonging to a woman named Rebecca. Sara can’t resist peeking at the entries in the journal . . . and she finds a scintillating account of Rebecca’s affair with an unnamed lover, a relationship drenched in ecstasy and wrapped in dark secrets.

Obsessed with discovering Rebecca’s destiny after the entries come to an abrupt end, Sara does more than observe the players in the woman’s life; she immerses herself in the high-stakes art gallery world Rebecca inhabited—and is magnetically drawn to two men. Which one seduced Rebecca with his masterful and commanding touch and brought her fantasies to exquisite life? On a daringly erotic escapade, Sara follows Rebecca’s path to fulfill her own hidden longings. But after she tastes the forbidden pleasures Rebecca savored, will Sara be helpless to escape the same submissive fate?

Next in this thrilling new trilogy: look for Being Me and Revealing Us

I believe I’ve seen this advertised as a cross between Storage Wars and Basic Instinct.  Jones self published it first, IIRC, and then it was picked up by S&S.

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First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson Series #1)      by     Darynda JonesFirst Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

First Grave on the Right is the smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

PW says “Fast-talking Charley’s wicked exuberance and lust for life will appeal to fans of MaryJanice Davidson and Janet Evanovich and maybe fill a hole for those mourning the recently canceled Ghost Whisperer.”

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Twisted by Laura GriffinTwisted by Laura Griffin. $ 3.99.

From the Jacket Copy:


Motive, opportunity, and no alibi—rookie detective Allison Doyle knows it’s as close to a slam dunk as most investigations get. But even though her small-town Texas police department has identified a prime suspect in a young woman’s vicious murder, she can’t rest easy. And when legendary FBI profiler Mark Wolfe shows up with a startling new theory, all her doubts are amplified. If Wolfe is correct, the real killer is an elusive psychopath who has left a trail of bodies behind him. And he’s just days away from his next kill. . . .

Allison was supposed to be Wolfe’s way into the case, nothing more. But she’s ambitious, stubborn, and far too tempting. With the help of her contacts at the Delphi Center crime lab, Wolfe is within striking distance of the monster he’s pursued for ten years. Except the closer Allison and Wolfe get, the more reason there is to fear. Because with a predator this brutal, every thread of evidence can make a difference between hunting a madman—and becoming hunted yourself.

I enjoyed this, the fifth entry in the Delphi Lab series by Griffin, but Jayne had an entirely different perspective.

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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
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 14:15:14

    I’ve loved the Darynda Jones, at least as far as I’ve read (THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD) — but while it has it’s moments of Incredibly Sexy, I wouldn’t call it at all romantic. Jones *might* be able to pull off a happy resolution for the main couple at the end of the series, but it would take some major narrative gymnastics.

    T’other Jones, IF I WERE YOU, almost sucked me in with that gorgeous cover, but that blurb convinces me that it is so not my cup of tea.

  2. Lada
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 14:29:18

    LOL…I think Dragon strike again, Jane. Did you really mean to describe If I Were You as a “cross between Storage Wars and Basic Instinct”? I think it was advertised – on this site, in fact – as a cross between 50 Shades and Basic Instinct. I could be wrong though since I haven’t read the book but not sure Storage Wars brings the sexy. Then again, Basic Instinct doesn’t really do it for me, either.

  3. Jane
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 14:32:55

    @Lada: Nope, it’s on her site and apparently she collaborated with the storage wars peeps:

    Jones collaborated with by A & E “Storage Wars” stars Dan & Laura Dotson & who doesn’t watch that zany TV show!

  4. Lada
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 14:44:15

    Ah…I mixed it up with book 2 Being Me which she’s currently advertising here. I hear Storage Wars and think humor but that’s not what I get from the book blurb. Either way…not my cuppa.

  5. Maili
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 18:09:08

    Oh, I should get The Graveyard Book for my oldest son. He’s a huge fan of GeGeGe no Kitaro (a.k.a. Kitaro of the Graveyard), which features a boy who’s the only living resident of his birthplace: a cemetery where ghosts and monsters live. He prefers the cartoon version (the 1970s and 2000s versions more than other versions) to the comic version (created in 1959!), but The Graveyard Book might do a trick. Thanks for the heads up.

  6. Keishon
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 18:34:04

    @Maili: I read The Graveyard Book. Thought it was pretty good. Hope he enjoys it.

  7. Jules
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 12:42:12

    @Maili: and @Keishon: I too, as a college aged senior, read The Graveyard Book and I really enjoyed it too :)

    Definitely good to pick it up for that great price!

  8. lisa
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 11:18:30

    IF I WERE YOU wasn’t pitched as Storage Wars meets Basic Instincts. That would be very unsexy. 50 Shades meets Basic Instincts because it’s a thriller and Pretty Little Liars type mystery. That would be very NOT sexy and I doubt the TV folks would have liked that much either! Ha! And let me tell you, I bought and sold for 8 years. That’s a dirty job. Interesting but dirty.

    The series was inspired by a journal I found in as real storage unit. And yes I am collaborating with the Dotson’s two of the stars from StorageWars on many things. To start a free story to their 500k members on their website. Another sexy mystery.

  9. Lisa Renee Jones
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 14:03:11

    Sorry. I meant Storage Wars meets Basic Instincts would be very unsexy. We evacuated for the fire in Colorado Springs and I am sleep deprived and it’s showing

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