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Gateway to Heaven by Beth KeryGateway to Heaven by Beth Kery. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Life is rough when you’re gorgeous, rich, talented and so sexy that the media won’t leave you alone.

It’s certainly the truth in Christian Lasher’s case. He returns to the neighborhood of his childhood to escape the spotlight, hungering for a change in his creative endeavors. In the midst of his soul searching he meets Megan and is captured by the tantalizing hint of her hidden fires.

This looks like a self published work by Beth Kery. I’ve never read it. Click.

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For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana PeterfreundFor Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Fans of Divergent will love Diana Peterfreund’s take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion set in a post-apocalyptic world.

In the dystopian future of For Darkness Shows the Stars, a genetic experiment has devastated humanity. In the aftermath, a new class system placed anti-technology Luddites in absolute power over vast estates—and any survivors living there.

Elliot North is a dutiful Luddite and a dutiful daughter who runs her father’s estate. When the boy she loved, Kai, a servant, asked her to run away with him four years ago, she refused, although it broke her heart.

Now Kai is back. And while Elliot longs for a second chance with her first love, she knows it could mean betraying everything she’s been raised to believe is right.

For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking YA romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it

PW says ” Resemblance to Austen’s story lies largely in the superficialities of the plot—Peterfreund (Rampant) invokes less of Austen’s subtlety or social critique, and she really doesn’t need to. The story stands on its own, a richly envisioned portrait of a society in flux, a steely yet vulnerable heroine, and a young man who does some growing up. Ages 13–up. “

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Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger Lee SmithMrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger by Lee Smith. $ 1.99

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Lee Smith is a “teller of tales for tale tellers to admire and envy . . . [and] a reader’s dream” (Houston Chronicle). A celebrated and bestselling writer with a dozen novels under her name, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and The Last Girls, she is just as widely recognized for her exceptional short stories. Here, in Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, Smith collects seven brand-new stories along with seven of her favorites from three earlier collections. The result? A book of dazzling richness. As the New York Times Book Review put it, “In al- most every one of [her stories] there is a moment of vision, or love, or unclothed wonder that transforms something plain into something transcendent.”

You see a lot of Mr. Darcy books but I don’t recall seeing a Mrs. Darcy one. This is a collection of short stories but they aren’t connected.

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The Pirate Handbook Pat CroceThe Pirate Handbook by Pat Croce. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Avast, ye! For anyone who has dreamed of hitting the high seas, manning a crew, brandishing a cutlass, or burying treasure, here’s The Pirate Handbook. Part how-to, part illustrated history, this detailed manual gives insight into every aspect of the pirating life: learn how to make a seaworthy raft, navigate by the stars, brew up a batch of grog, and much more. Featuring a removable replica of an actual pirate map, detailed illustrations, real recipes from the Golden Age of Piracy, plus the lore of the real-life pirates who roamed the waters of the Caribbean and beyond, this is the ultimate guide for salty dogs wherever they rove the seas.

It is talk like a pirate day. Arrr, matey. (That’s the extent of my pirate vocabulary)

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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. Willaful
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 14:06:12

    For Darkness Shows the Stars is lovely. (It was recommended to me by John.) The second book in the series is coming out, but it’s a new couple, not a continuation, and “Scarlet Pimpernel” inspired IIRC.

  2. Willaful
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 14:07:55

    P.S. The ARe link is still going to this post, not the site.

  3. Sarah
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 14:35:31

    I second For Darkness Shows the Stars. It was one of my favorite books last year. It has a fabulous romance but mostly I just loved Elliot North and her struggles and complexities. GREAT price for that book.

  4. Lynn S.
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 15:03:06

    Well, shiver me timbers, maybe it’s time for a reread on the Beth Kery book. You reviewed it and gave it a B+ back in 2008. Kery is one of those authors who I either enjoy her books or I really, really don’t like them at all. This one I really, really enjoyed.

  5. hapax
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 15:13:30

    The companion to FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS is called ACROSS THE STAR SWEPT SEA, and I loved it; I thought it worked much better than the first title, both in catching the mood of the inspiration work and on its own.

    And if you love the Peterfreund’s “STAR” books, you can find a prequel short story for each at her website — — 99 cents for the ATSSS short story, and the FDSTS short story is free!

    (P.S. I have never met Ms Peterfreund; I just really like her books)

  6. Willaful
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 15:24:58

    I just bought FDStS — only $1.50 with the Kobo code Sept50!

  7. Tabs
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 15:45:12

    @Willaful: Ooh! Sold. That code has been doing horrible things to my wallet all week long.

  8. Joanna
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 15:46:39

    I haven’t actually read the book, so someone else who has please correct me, but I don’t think the Lee Smith book has anything to do with Jane Austen’s Darcy – it appears to be a collection of short stories set mostly in the U.S. south (as a lot of her work seems to be), and there is no mention in the reviews I read on Amazon of any connection to Austen. That said it looks fascinating – thanks for listing the deal!

  9. Willaful
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 15:48:21

    @Tabs: Me too — though the really horrible thing was I bought a pricey book and *forgot to use it*! *sob*

  10. Juliana Stone
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 16:58:12

    @Jane Gateway to Heaven is a rocker romance and so good. I read it a while ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you do as well.

  11. Jenna
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 20:14:36

    Hey! I was doing some Amazon hopping and came across a YA paranormal that I loved from a couple of years ago. They’d dropped it down to $2.51. I don’t know if it’s a temporary or permanent move. Curiosity got me checking and so I price matched it. It’s $2.99 at B&N and Kobo. I couldn’t find it at iBooks.


  12. Jane
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 21:12:37

    @Lynn S.: Man, that was like 5 years ago.

  13. Loonigrrl
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 03:43:14

    I liked the first half of For Darkness Shows the Stars, but got frustrated by the author’s failure to explore certain conflict, and then really frustrated by the rushed ending.

  14. EmilyW
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 07:46:05

    Lee Smith is a GREAT writer. I’ll be getting this one!

  15. ms bookjunkie
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 10:03:54

    I caved and got FDSTS. I couldn’t get away from recommendations. First it was SBTB, then DA, then my Twitter friends got in on it. Some things are obviously not meant to be resisted!

  16. hilly
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 17:34:40

    This looks like a self published work by Beth Kery. I’ve never read it. Click.

    CLICK“, indeed! Thanks for the tip & the link, Jane!

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