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Hidden Kelley ArmstrongHidden by Kelley Armstrong. $ 2.99

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Reader Advisory: Hidden is a novella, or short novel, about 40,000 words. It is not a full-length novel.

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Hiking through the snow, holiday baking and playing board games by the fire–what’s not to love about an old-fashioned family Christmas?

Werewolves Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers want to give their four-year-old twins, Kate and Logan, something their parents never had: a nice, normal holiday. No Pack responsibilities, no homicidal half-demons or power-hungry sorcerers to deal with–just the four of them, alone, at a chalet outside Ontario’s Algonquin Park. Then a strange werewolf shows up at their door…while the town is buzzing about a young man, back from college, found half-eaten in the woods. And there’s the missing little girl…

With all the signs pointing to a rogue mutt with a taste for human flesh, Elena and Clay have no choice but to investigate. But are they the hunters–or the hunted?

I would recommend this for Kelley Armstrong fans only. It’s a novella involving Elena and Clayton. The novella also includes a few illustrations. If you have an eink reader, obviously these appear in grayscale. I thought the images were nice, but not worth the extra money that Armstrong was charging at the time. At the discounted rate, I think hardcore fans would enjoy it.

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Midnight on Julia Street  by Ciji WareMidnight on Julia Street by Ciji Ware. $ 1.99

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Scandal transcends time in the Big Easy

Feisty reporter Corlis McCullough isn’t afraid to push boundaries in the name of journalistic integrity. When passion for the truth lands her in New Orleans in need of a job, an assignment at a TV station pits her against her old college nemesis, King Duvallon.

The sultry streets of the French Quarter, the glamorous Garden District, derelict riverfront cotton warehouses, and gritty back alleys come alive as the reporter’s story inexplicably slips between the nineteenth century and today. A long-forgotten drama of blackmail, swindles, and a love affair that is still changing lives leaves Corlis and King wondering if their burgeoning, unholy attraction will render them pawns in a matrix of mystery and deceit.

“A must read…Ware transports you to New Orleans…and captures all its charm.” —Rendezvous Reviews

“Vibrant and exciting… such an intriguing plot full of rich characters that I couldn’t wait to see what happened.”

From a BN review “The novel isn’t really paranormal, the trips to the past add to the storyline and act as a device to teach us about the main characters’ relations and to reveal clues a mystery from the past.”

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Stolen Love Carolyn JewelStolen Love by Carolyn Jewel. $ .99

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Stolen Love was originally published in 1991 by Harper-Collins. It is about 100,000 words (325 pages).

Nicholas Villines is the heir assumptive to a viscount. His father left him in dire straits, but he’s managed to recover the family fortunes and re-enter society. His childhood friend Elizabeth is now in London, hoping to make a modest marriage, as she is a woman of very modest means. Not so her beautiful (and rich) cousin Amelia. Every agrees that Nicolas and Amelia would be a perfect match. As Elizabeth and Nicholas rekindle their friendship, society can talk of little but The Mayfair Thief, a mysterious and cunning person who has made off with a fortune in jewels and other valuable items. Just who is this mysterious thief, and has Elizabeth really guessed his identity?

Nicholas agrees that Amelia would be the perfect wife for him, but he can’t stop thinking about Elizabeth and the beautiful woman she’s become. Will he accept his feelings for her before it’s too late or will she marry his best friend?

This is a digital publication of a backlist title formerly published through Avon. It’s a great introductory price to Jewel’s voice. One Amazon reviewer said “I liked it for the first half, enjoying the quaintness of it. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but I liked the slow pace, descriptive introduction of the characters and understated humor.” The same Amazon reviewer did not love the second half.

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I'm So Happy for You by Lucinda RosenfeldI’m So Happy for You by Lucinda Rosenfeld. $ 2.99.

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What if your best friend, whom you’ve always counted on to flounder in life and love (making your own modest accomplishments look not so bad), suddenly starts to surpass you in every way?

Wendy’s best friend, Daphne, has always been dependably prone to catastrophe. And Wendy has always been there to help. If Daphne veers from suicidal to madly in love, Wendy offers encouragement. But when Daphne is suddenly engaged, pregnant, and decorating a fabulous town house in no time at all, Wendy is…not so happy for her. Caught between wanting to be the best friend she prides herself on being and crippling jealousy of flighty Daphne, Wendy takes things to the extreme, waging a full-scale attack on her best friend-all the while wearing her best, I’m-so-happy-for-you smile-and ends up in way over her head.

Rosenfeld has a knack for exposing the not-always-pretty side of being best friends–in writing that is glittering and diamond-sharp. I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU is a smart, darkly humorous, and uncannily dead-on novel about female friendship.

The reviews are fairly mixed. Many readers did not like Wendy and wished for more from Daphne, the failure who turned her life around but some found it charming and relatable. One reviewer mentioned a number of “mock emails” which she found fun.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

3 Comments

  1. jmc
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 15:40:38

    I bought Hidden at $5.99 when it was first released and was a little disgruntled about length vs. price, but otherwise enjoyed it as a peek at Elena & Clay & kids. The $2.99 price seems about right to me.

    ETA: FWIW, I’m a fan of the Pack oriented Other World books by Armstrong…the other books not so much.

  2. Jayne
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 18:58:05

    “heir assumptive” – shouldn’t that be heir apparent?

  3. Nicole
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 07:12:39

    @Jayne: If the hero’s father is dead (which seems to be the case from the wording of the blurb), and he is the heir to a viscount (an uncle or cousin or someone) then I think it should be ‘heir presumptive’ – presumed to be the heir as the male relative next in line, but with the chance that the viscount in question could sire a child who could usurp his position. An heir apparent is the eldest son who will always be first in the line of succession, no matter what happens.

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