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Capturing the Silken Thief Jeannie LinCapturing the Silken Thief by Jeannie Lin. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

***Jeannie Lin’s novella introducing the pleasure quarter known as the North Hamlet, the setting of The Lotus Palace***

Tang Dynasty China, 823 A.D.
Musician Jia needs a valuable book of poems by a famous courtesan to buy her freedom…and she believes Luo Cheng has taken it. Her attempt to steal the book from him fails, but the tall and powerful scholar unexpectedly offers to help her quest! But when they finally find the book–and the arousing poems and artwork inside–Jia’s longing for freedom is replaced with a new kind of desire for Cheng….

We are fans of Lin here although I don’t think we’ve reviewed this one yet.

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Close Liaisons by Anna Zaires. $ Free

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A dark and edgy romance for fans of erotic and turbulent relationships . . .

In the near future, Earth is ruled by an advanced civilization from another galaxy. When Mia Stalis, an innocent college student, catches the eye of one of the invaders, her life is never her own again. What choice will she make when she begins to fall for the enemy?

WARNING: Contains explicit sexual content. 18+ only.

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Bring Me Home by Cassia Leo. $ .99

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***VERY Limited Time 99 cents Sale on ENTIRE series!***

The breath-taking conclusion to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series.

“Sometimes, letting someone go is the ultimate act of love.”

Claire Nixon is a college student with a past full of secrets and heartbreak. She was saved once by her first love, and rock star, Chris Knight. But when she encouraged Chris to leave town to pursue his dreams, both Claire and Chris didn’t realize it would be the biggest mistake of their lives.

After a devastating year apart and thousands of miles of distance between them, Claire met sexy surfer Adam Parker. With his awful jokes and profound patience, he helped Claire pick up the shattered pieces of her broken heart for the second time.

But now Chris has returned and he is willing and determined to make Claire’s dreams come true—the same way she did for him when she let him go.

With Adam’s former girlfriend in the picture, Claire finds herself torn between the new, passionate love she shares with Adam and the love and family she shares with Chris.

New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language, drug use, and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Bring Me Home (Shattered Hearts) by Cassia Leo dropped to 0.99$. It is the third book in the Shattered Hearts series.
Relentless (Shattered Hearts)
Pieces of You (Shattered Hearts)
Bring Me Home (Shattered Hearts)

I bought the first one, started it and then set it down. I didn’t know it had a love triangle so I probably won’t be reading this series.

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Germline (Subterrene War Series #1) by T. C. McCarthyGermline by T. C. McCarthy. $ 2.99.

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Germline (n.) the genetic material contained in a cellular lineage which can be passed to the next generation. Also: secret military program to develop genetically engineered super-soldiers (slang).
War is Oscar Wendell’s ticket to greatness. A reporter for The Stars and Stripes, he has the only one way pass to the front lines of a brutal war over natural resources buried underneath the icy, mineral rich mountains of Kazakhstan.

But war is nothing like he expected. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the surface. The genetics-the germline soldiers-are the key to winning this war, but some inventions can’t be un-done. Some technologies can’t be put back in the box.

Kaz will change everything, not least Oscar himself. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of adrenaline and drugs, Oscar doesn’t find the war, the war finds him.

PW says “Recalling the work of Remarque, Willi Heinrich, and especially Michael Herr, McCarthy’s delirious narrative avoids cliché and raises intriguing questions about what it means to be human.” and Library Journal says “This debut novel by a former patent examiner in biotechnology delivers a rapid-fire military sf adventure that explores the relationship between the runaway development of technology and biotech and the long-term consequences that ensue. VERDICT Fans of military sf and science-based sf will enjoy the unusual setting and vivid battle descriptions.”

If this type of book were my thing, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. I’m thinking of getting it for Ned.

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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. cleo
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 14:06:58

    Jayne reviewed the Jeannie Lin novella – I remember it because the review inspired me to buy it – it was my first Jeannie Lin, but not my last. I don’t even regret paying full price for it (not that it was expensive).

    Anyone read Close Liaison – is it forced seduction / non-con? The blurb kind of sounds like it but I can’t tell.

  2. library addict
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 15:28:13

    I enjoyed Lin’s Capturing the Silkin Thief. And I bought it based on Jayne’s review, too.

  3. Carolyne
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 16:20:27

    How could I NOT pick up that Jeannie Lin? I was sold on it from the description and the intriguing setting, and weirdly disappointed that I just get to have it for free. It looks very interesting, and I feel like I’m getting to sneak my hand into a candy jar.

  4. Jayne
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 17:22:26

    Lin has a new full length novel set in the North Hamlet pleasure quarter due out at the end of this month. “The Lotus Palace.”

  5. Jeannie Lin
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 17:34:52


    Thanks for listing “Silken Thief”! The Lotus Palace is actually out tomorrow. :)

  6. Laura Florand
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 18:57:12

    I think it was Jayne’s review of this one that got me started on Jeannie Lin, too. And I’ve been grateful ever since. Lovely story, in a rich world that she manages to evoke so well, without overloading the reader with description either. It’s this gorgeous breath of fresh air among all the Regency-set historicals. But even more important than the wonderful settings of course, I love her characters and their struggles with honor and society.

  7. Meagan
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 21:35:36

    @cleo: Yes, Close Liaisons is horribly forced seduction. I think I only made it about 30 pages in before quitting. The main gal does not want anything to do with the main dude (I refuse to give them their romance designations of H/H), but the plot mainly consists of him pretty much physically dragging her places (including onto his lap in several occasions). He also has some sort of pheromone-type thing that basically makes her his slave.

  8. Jo
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 00:55:50

    Downloaded Close Liasons, first thought when I finished it, “fifty shades of alien invasion” with forced seduction thrown in. I won’t be reading the second book.

  9. cleo
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 09:09:47

    @Meagan: Thanks for the warning / confirmation – doesn’t sound like it’s to my taste at all (ugh)

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