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Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal      by     Grace BurrowesLady Maggie’s Secret Scandal by Grace Burrowes. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

“Burrowes is an unconventional storyteller who knows exactly how to touch a reader’s heart and reach deep into the soul.”—RT Book Reviews

Lady Maggie Windham Has Secrets

And she’s been perfectly capable of keeping them…until now. When she’s threatened with exposure, she turns to investigator Benjamin Hazlit to keep catastrophe at bay. But Maggie herself intrigues Benjamin more than the riddle she’s set him to solve. As he uncovers more and more of her past, Maggie struggles to keep him at a distance, until they both begin to discover the truth in their hearts…

This is free at Amazon and B&N and Apple. Burrowes has a great voice and little knowledge of this period (or at least her knowledge doesn’t make it onto the page).

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20th Century Ghost      By: Joe Hill20th Century Ghost by Joe Hill. $ 1.99/ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Imogene is young, beautiful . . . and dead, waiting in the Rosebud Theater one afternoon in 1945. . . .

Francis was human once, but now he’s an eight-foot-tall locust, and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . .

John is locked in a basement stained with the blood of half a dozen murdered children, and an antique telephone, long since disconnected, rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .

Nolan knows but can never tell what really happened in the summer of ’77, when his idiot savant younger brother built a vast cardboard fort with secret doors leading into other worlds. . . .

The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past. . . .

Another Joe Hill book to round out your collection. This is a collection of short stories. If you search “GhostS”, the book will cost something like $9.99 but if you search for the singular “20th Century Ghost”, you’ll find 99c copies. It is possible that the singular ghost is different than the plural but they both have the same cover copy.

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Admission by     Jean Hanff KorelitzAdmission by Jean Hanff Korelitz. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Admissions. Princeton University admissions officer and her dependable domestic life. Her reluctance to confront the truth is suddenly overwhelmed by the resurfacing of a life-altering decision, and Portia is faced with an extraordinary test. Just as thousands of the nation’s brightest students await her decision regarding their academic admission, so too must Portia decide whether to make her own ultimate admission.

Admission is at once a fascinating look at the complex college admissions process and an emotional examination of what happens when the secrets of the past return and shake a woman’s life to its core.

Now a Major Motion Picture. I couldn’t help writing that. Of all the pro reviews on the BN page, the Kirkus one made me want to read the book. I’ll sum up. Portia Nathan is an admissions officer whose once perfect life is unraveling. Her partner of 16 years is leaving her for a professor, her emotionally distance mother has taken in a pregnant teenager, and Portia meets up with a man she had a one night stand with on a trip to an experimental college. As she looks through the admissions exams, she begins to re evaluate her life choices.

Maybe I’m thinking anything associated with Tina Fey is awesome but really, is that so wrong a way to make entertainment choices?

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Touch of Frost Jennifer EstepTouch of Frost by Jennifer Estep. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

My name is Gwen Frost and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths magic and warrior whiz kids where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn the hottest Spartan guy in school also happens to be the deadliest. But lately things have been weird even for Mythos. First mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then someone stole the Bowl of Tears a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know death destruction and lots of other bad bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why especially since I should have been the one who died … “Touch of Frost is an intriguing start to an exciting new series! -Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready “…surviving high school means staying alive!” — New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks

This is the first book is the very popular YA Mythos Academy series. Says Stacia who does not squeal “This is like House of Night without the raging diarrhea. Meaning : this book still has the fun adventures, but you’re less likely to want to slap the hell out of each and every character”

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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. Darlynne
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 15:17:53

    … like House of Night without the raging diarrhea.

    Best recommendation I’ve heard in a long time.

  2. Morgan
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 15:39:44

    This is a collection of short stories. If you search “GhostS”, the book will cost something like $9.99 but if you search for the singular “20th Century Ghost”, you’ll find 99c copies. It is possible that the singular ghost is different than the plural

    So far, it looks to me like the singular one is just one story called “20th Century Ghost”. “A story from the collection ’20th Century Ghosts'” is on the cover image. It’s small.

  3. Faye
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 16:55:53

    The Mythos Academy (Frost) books have become my new crack. The author does some terribly annoying things repeatedly (the heroine looks at her reflection in each book so she can describe her appearance, right down to the violet eyes that clue us in that’s she super special; not telling the highly trained adults who are looking out for her when something serious happens; pausing in the middle of narrating combat to fill us in on the back story or remind us what happened in the last book; having the villains REPEATEDLY do the oh I’ve captured you and so now I will tell you how and why and all my plans) and yet I JUST KEEP READING. 5 books in 24 hours.

  4. Susan
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 18:05:14

    For someone who thinks they might continue with the Mythos Academy books, I think the bundle is a better deal (says someone who bought them all separately).

    I like this series, but have some quibbles–the primary one being that most of the adults are either stupid or disengaged. I know that the point of the books is that the kids are saving the day, but the actions/inactions of the adults put them in ridiculous, and unnecessary, levels of danger. I try to just grit my teeth and go along for the ride.

  5. Mary
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 20:06:13

    I love this: “Burrowes has a great voice and little knowledge of this period”

    Because it had ALL 5-star reviews on Amazon when it came out, I bought her first book “The Heir” (It was 4$ on kindle I think) and DNF’ed because honest to God NOTHING in that book was believable. If it had somehow been NOT a historical, I would have liked it. But as a historical…it failed for me.

  6. Sophia (FV)
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 20:10:23

    Your post title caught my attention and I knew exactly what YA series you meant. I really enjoy the Mythos Academy series.

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