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Trouble and Chaos: The First Two Books of the Soulbearer Trilogy by     Crista McHughTrouble and Chaos: The First Two Books of the Soulbearer Trilogy by Crista McHugh. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Book 1: A Soul For Trouble

Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god’s limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity — literally. Now she has a sexy but cynical knight claiming to be her protector, a prince trying to seduce her to his cause (and his bed), and a snarky chaos god who offers a play-by-play commentary on it all, whether she wants to hear it or not. To make matters worse, a necromancer wants to capture the soul of Loku for his own dark purposes, and the only way he can get it is by killing her first.

Book 2: A Soul For Chaos

Dev thought that by moving Arden to Gravaria so she could learn how to control Loku, the chaos god whose soul inhabits her body, life would be simpler. Wrong. Not only is he continually torn between his duty and his growing feelings for the Soulbearer, but he also has to contend with the rival prince who wishes to claim her heart. Adding to his problems, a group of powerful mages have banded together to rid the world of the disembodied chaos god once and for all. Of course, that means they have to destroy Arden in the process.

Deal ends on the 5th. From the reviews it looks like there is a love triangle in Book 1 but from the description of book 2, that seems to be resolved. The reviews say that the world building is light but digestible but that the tone is almost YA.


Babe: The Legend Comes to Life      By: Robert W. CreamerBabe by Robert W. Creamer. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The life of baseball’s grandest figure, told in extraordinary detailNearly a century has passed since George Herman Ruth made his major league debut, and in that time millions of words have been used to describe baseball’s greatest hero. But for a man like the Babe, for whom the phrase “larger than life” seems to have been coined, those millions of words have created a mythologized legacy. Who was the real Babe Ruth? Relying on exhaustive research and interviews with teammates, family members, and friends, historian Robert W. Creamer separates fact from fiction and paints an honest and fascinating portrait of the slugger. This is the definitive biography of a man who was, in legend and in truth, the best who ever lived.

Babe Ruth moved beyond the baselines and outfield fences of the baseball stadiums that brought him riches and adulations to become a genuine American hero. In this acclaimed biography, Creamer reveals the man behind the legend.

Open Road has a number of baseball related reads for $2.99. You can find them at its site. This one was called “The best biography ever written about an American sports figure.”–Sports Illustrated. .

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Nightwalker (Dark Days) by Jocelynn DrakeNightwalker by Jocelyn Drake. $ .99

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For centuries Mira has been a nightwalker—an unstoppable enforcer for a mysterious organization that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. But elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed . . . and may be all that prevents her doom.

The foe she now faces is human: the vampire hunter called Danaus, who has already destroyed so many undead. For Mira, the time has come to hunt . . . or be hunted.

My Urban Fantasies has a great review of this book.

While I loved the mythology of the series, my feelings for Nightwalker are not as strong. There was this monotone feel throughout most of the book and some sections were a little slow. The characters also seemed a little flat. There were moments when everything seemed to have a little depth to it. These moments were usually between Mira and Danaus. They have this special flirtatious bickering, love-hate, cat and mouse, I want to rip your heart out kind of relationship. You’re wondering why I gave Nightwalker 3 stars, right? Because it gets better! I don’t know what changed, it was very subtle, but the last third of the book seemed to be more… animated. You notice the action scenes and the characters seem more real.

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Full Blooded (Jessica McClain) by Amanda CarlsonFull Blooded by Amanda Carlson. $ .99.

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It’s not easy being a girl. It’s even harder when you’re the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it’s next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race… Meet Jessica McClain — she just became part of the pack.

In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth…

I always meant to read this series but I never got around to it. I think I was nervous about where it was going to go, particularly after that YA werewolf series that featured a human boy, an alpha female wolf, and the alpha male wolf went so sideways.

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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. Marumae
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 14:09:27

    The link to the Soulbearer Trilogy doesn’t actually work sadly :(, but I did find it easily enough, (Here it is.), for anyone who wants it.

  2. MaryK
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 14:33:26

    All of the Nightwalker books are on sale for .99. Is there anybody who’s read the whole series and can recommend it?

  3. JL
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 15:04:17

    I really liked this series. The slow-burning feel to everything, not just the romance, but the suspense and whatnot, really worked for me. It has a different feel that most UFs out there. On that note, I was disappointed in Full Blooded. I can’t really remember all the details of it, but that’s part of the problem. It was, in my opinion, quite run of the mill. I’m not a fan of all the instalust in UF lately, and the intstalust overtaking plot and characterization.

  4. Readsalot81
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 15:50:20

    While I wouldn’t disagree with JL’s assessment of instalust in Full Blooded, I found the werewolf book to be a fun one. Her sexuality is just one part of her, I found the character to be engaging and there’s more creatures than just wolves to be had. I have Hot Blooded on my kindle for review – but I haven’t cracked it open yet.

  5. P. Kirby
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 17:11:23

    Nightwalker was a DNF for me. I couldn’t stand the heroine. As I recall she’s the type who’s constantly yammering about what she’s wearing and how totally hawt she looks in her clothes. I found her bland and unlikeable. Hero was a paint-by-numbers macho man. Mileage, of course, will vary.

    I considered the first book in the Soulbringer series a while back. Will probably pick it up for this price. Oh, Jane, you are murder on my book budget.

  6. JenM
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 17:52:37

    I read both the prequel novella and Full Blooded. The prequel novella was a bit info-dumpy. I won Full Blooded, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have bought it at full price. I thought the first half was really great, the second half, not so much. It features the fated mates trope, which doesn’t bother me, but the tone of the second half just didn’t feel the same. I bogged down, lost interest and had to skip a bit to get back into it. YMMV. At this price, if you like werewolves, it’s definitely worth a try (you can skip the prequel and not miss anything).

  7. Anne Tierney
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 20:30:56

    About Full Blooded. I just read it last week, and sure wish I had waited to get it for this price.
    Here was the review I left at amazon.

    1.0 out of 5 stars little in the way of anything NEW here, April 1, 2013
    By Tierney

    This review is from: Full Blooded (Jessica McClain) (Paperback)
    I bought this based on the large # of 5 star reviews and was bored or rolling my eyes 85% of the time. Way too much skim-worthy material where either the same thing was being repeated for the 5th time in 2 pages, or it was just more trite, clinched blah I’ve read a hundred different places before now that the author was explaining like it was supposed to be new and groundbreaking.
    Anywho, maybe 15% of this book contained any sort of fresh ideas, the rest was boring, and the ending was entirely unsatisfying. This was only half a book where little was answered and more was left undone than done. I WON’T be continuing this journey into the next book. I’d rather take a nap.

  8. MaryK
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 22:10:57

    I decided to go for it. Thanks for the input.

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