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Daily Deals: Funny women, funny dogs

There aren’t many romance deals that you don’t already know about. Lots of the Sourcebooks published books are still on sale for $1.99. Here are a few 99c sales. I will say that I could not stand the Molly McAdams book. The heroine made me want to scream but at 99c maybe you’d enjoy it?

The Last Anniversary by Liane MoriartyThe Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one she let get away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie’s house on Scribbly Gum Island — home of the famously unsolved MunroBabymystery.

Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger, while dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it’s about time she started making her own decisions.

As Sophie’s life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around — and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.

As she so adroitly did in her smashing debut novel, Three Wishes, the incomparable Liane Moriarty once again combines sharp wit, lovable and eccentric characters, and a page-turning story for an unforgettable Last Anniversary.

Moriarty has become a somewhat household name with her latest release “The Husband’s Secret” but this was her second book. Booklist says “With its unhappy childhoods, postpartum depression, and planned suicide, this is less frothy than the author’s chick-lit debut Three Wishes (2004) but just as brisk and witty”

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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John GroganMarley & Me by John Grogan. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women’s undergarments. Obedience school did no good — Marley was expelled.

But just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley remained a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit’s end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Marley & Me is John Grogan’s funny, unforgettable tribute to this wonderful, wildly neurotic Lab and the meaning he brought to their lives.

Some dog lovers object to the way Grogan seems uncaring about the dog’s end days but most people have found this to be a funny and touching memoir. It is about Grogan with the dog as the foil.

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Seriously...I'm Kidding  by Ellen DeGeneresSeriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

I’ve experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you’ll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I’ve put together for you in this book. I think you’ll find I’ve left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I’m saying is, let us begin, shall we?

I don’t watch the Ellen show (I don’t watch much TV at all) but all the clips I’ve seen have been endearing. And maybe this book is for someone like me who doesn’t watch her show because the reviews indicate that it is just a written record of the standup bits she’s done in the past. If you’ve watched her show, you’ve read the book.

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The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles Series #1) by Anne RiceThe Wolf Gift by Anne Rice. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

When Reuben Golding, a young reporter on assignment, arrives at a secluded mansion on a bluff high above the Pacific, it’s at the behest of the home’s enigmatic female owner. She quickly seduces him, but their idyllic night is shattered by violence when the man is inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness. It will set in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation that will propel Reuben into a mysterious new world and raise profound questions. Why has he been given the wolf gift? What is its true nature–good or evil? And are there others out there like him?

I have not read Anne Rice in forever but I love a good werewolf story. Has she redeemed herself from her previous missteps. Library Journal writes “But as the very title suggests, Rice doesn’t go just gory; that bite delivers a “gift” that pulls the Man Wolf toward goodness as well as temptation and opens him to the possibility that he is now one of the watching-guardian creatures that have existed since ancient times.Okay, so maybe not such a big return from heaven to horror, but this book has stirred enthusiasm from longtime Rice fans, who can anticipate a dark and gripping mood as well more philosophical reflections. “

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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. SusanS
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 14:09:13

    Liane Moriarty is an auto-buy for me. This is from my 2006 review of Last Anniversary from The Romance Reader:

    Moriarty’s first two novels reveal that she eschews straightforward narrative. Although Sophie is the novel’s nominal heroine, Moriarty utilizes multiple points of view, and some chapters are presented as pure dialogue, leaving the reader to deduce the speakers from the context. At first the numerous characters are overwhelming, but as the story progresses it becomes easier to keep track of everyone. The diverse narrators allow the author to explore her major theme of motherhood in all of its forms. There are overly-involved and emotionally absent mothers, biological and adoptive mothers, women who desperately wish to be mothers, and women who are afraid they should never have become mothers. The novel contains an eerily accurate portrayal of post-partum depression, and despite much of the novel’s light tone the topic is addressed with the serious attention it deserves. Other plot threads, such as chubby Margie’s secret life, are handled with a deft combination of humor and emotion.

    Although the book is marketed as Chick Lit, there is little conventional romance in the novel; however, readers looking for a happy ending will not be disappointed.

  2. LeeF
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 14:41:34

    I wish I could say it is on sale but The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is $5.98 on Amazon. The Marley book made me think of it. Truly another great dog book- you will laugh and cry, probably at the same time.

  3. Sirius
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 14:58:39

    “Lover at last” by J.R. Ward is $4.99 on Amazon. Considering that I purchased it for eleven bucks in the beginning, I thought it is a deal :).

  4. Anne
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 19:01:21

    Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden is free at Amazon.

  5. Susan
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 19:59:54

    I, too, enjoyed The Husband’s Secret so I clicked on The Last Anniversary without hesitation. (Like I’m prone to hesitation in general? No, I click with abandon. Sigh.)

  6. Samantha
    Jan 01, 2014 @ 08:59:51

    Fair warning: the Wolf Gift is the WORST. Seriously. It’s so bad it’s almost worth reading because it verges on funny in its awfulness.

    No rational human being would react to meeting a werewolf alone in the woods by getting it on with the werewolf. In wolfman form.

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