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Chasing RedbirdChasing Redbird by Sharon Creech. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

It started out as an ordinary summer. But the minute thirteen-year-old Zinny covered the old, overgrown trail that ran through the woods behind her family’s house, she realized that things were about to change.

Right from the start, Zinny knew that uncovering the trail would be more than just a summer project. It was her chance to finally make people notice her, and to have a place she could call her very own. But more than that, Zinny knew that the trail somehow held the key to all kinds of questions. And that — the only way to understand her family, her Aunt Jessie’s death, and herself, was to find out where it went.

From the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Walk Two Moons, here is an intricately woven tale of a young girl who sets out in search of her place in the world — and discovers it in her own backyard.

Harper is promoting the books of Sharon Creech. She won the Newberry Award for Walk Two Moons which we featured a week ago. The following Sharon Creech titles are on sale for $1.99:  Absolutely Normal ChaosChasing RedbirdRuby HollerWalk Two Moons (Trophy Newbery); The Wanderer.  


Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake Sarah MacleanNine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen’s club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she’s vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she’s been missing.

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.

If she’s not careful, she’ll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love . . .

Sarah MacLean didn’t really capture me until her third book but for many readers this debut title placed the author on a To Buy list. The storyline is very familiar – insecure spinster bags infamous libertine.


Cold Kiss Amy GarveyCold Kiss by Amy Garvey. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.

Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants—what she must do—is to bring Danny back.

But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.

Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her—and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right.

But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought—even if it means breaking her heart all over again.

Thanks for the heads up from Brian. This actually sounds pretty interesting. In the Game of Thrones, a character faces a similar tragedy when she begs a witch to bring her husband back and he comes back soulless. Some reviewers felt uncomfortable as Wren moved from Danny to Gabriel so quickly after she brings Danny back from the dead.


His Unexpected Wife Maureen McKadeHis Unexpected Wife by Maureen McKade. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

With This Ring, I Thee Flee…
High-spirited Annie Trevelyan leaves the mountains of Colorado behind, seeking fame and fortune, and no one is going to stop her. Not even Colin McBride, who’s accompanying her West to make sure she goes to finishing school—and doesn’t go astray! The lovely Annie’s sure some timely flirtation will soon have Colin wrapped around her finger, but her coolly calculating kiss stokes unexpectedly passionate fires in them both. So now Annie must escape…because Colin’s got marriage on his mind!

In watching over Annie, Colin was just doing a favor for a friend. Now that he’s tasted the sweetness of Annie’s lips, though, Colin wants her for himself—and that means a wedding! He’d once thought only a prim, docile wife would do, but now visions of a fiery wedding night with this independent hellion fill his mind. The trouble will be convincing Annie—and holding on to her long enough to do so!

It’s a western! According to my records, this title has been on sale for $2.99 since at least July of this year. Likeable but cliched according to some reviewers. Plus, it is a sequel and another reviewer suggested reading Mail Order Bride first. I admit that books featuring the word “hellion” from that period of time makes me think that she was spanked by the hero at some point and not in a fun naughty way.


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. may
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 15:28:44

    I always enjoy these posts – thanks Jane!

    I will chime in and say 9rules remains my fave MacLean novel – LOVED that one!! I’d recommend strongly especially at that price.

  2. John
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 15:54:41

    These deal posts always make me spend so much money. Heh. :)

    Cold Kiss is actually really good. It works as a standalone (though a sequel is coming out this Fall) and I felt the romance was believable enough. It deals with a lot of the emotional aspects of the zombie-boyfriend take, and it even includes an author’s note as to why she wrote the zombie in the way that she did. It showed her thought process enough to get me to appreciate it more.

    Everyone’s talked about Nine Rules, so I may just have to pick it up…

  3. cleo
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 17:12:56

    I admit that books featuring the word “hellion” from that period of time makes me think that she was spanked by the hero at some point and not in a fun naughty way.

    lol. I remember reading those types of books back in the day.

  4. Sweeney
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 22:14:10

    @Jane…just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy the daily deal post. I’m sure it must be a bit more work for you, but it is much appreciated. I come everyday to check it!

  5. Peggy P
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 22:20:45

    I came home from work and read the rec for Cold Kiss and even though I’m not much of a YA fan or a paranormal fan, WTH, it’s free, you know? Just finished it and that is some kind of story – I was sucked in from the first few pages and read it in one sitting. Get this while it is still free, interesting story and good writing – with a twist on love/death/life – well, for 17 year olds anyway.

    And as always, thanks DA for expanding my reading horizons.

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