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The Resurrectionist E. B. HudspethThe Resurrectionist by E. B. Hudspeth. $ 2.99

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Philadelphia, the late 1870s. A city of gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages—and home to the controversial surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a grave robber, young Dr. Black studies at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?

The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from a childhood spent exhuming corpses through his medical training, his travels with carnivals, and the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.

PW writes the story is horrific but “a welcome addition to any library of dark fantasy, with its beautiful portraiture and gripping description of a man’s descent into perversity.”

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THERAPY by Kathryn PerezTHERAPY by Kathryn Perez. $ .99

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WARNING: Due to possible triggering subject matter and some sexual situations this book is not recommended for anyone under the age of 17 years old.

Sometimes you have to get lost in order to be found…

I’m needy.

I’m broken.

Cutting breaks through the numbness, but only opens more wounds.

Depression, self-harm, bullying…that’s my reality.

Sex and guys…that’s my escape.

The space between the truth and lies is blurred leaving me torn, lost and confused. And while the monsters that live in my head try to beat me–the two men that I love try to save me.

This is my story of friendship, love, loss and the grueling journey that is mental-illness.

The story has a slow start according to some reveiwers and the late addition of a triangle weakened the overall story but that the main characters’ struggle for happiness was compelling.

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Cut to the Bone (Body Farm Series #8) by Jefferson BassCut to the Bone (Body Farm Series #8) by Jefferson Bass. $ 1.99

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In the summer of 1992, Arkansas governor Bill Clinton and Tennessee senator Al Gore begin their long-shot campaign to win the White House. On a sweltering hillside in Knoxville, Dr. Bill Brockton, the bright, ambitious young head of the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Department, launches an unusual—some would call it macabre—research facility, unlike any other in existence. Brockton is determined to revolutionize the study of forensics to help law enforcement solve homicides. But his plans are derailed by a chilling murder that leaves the scientist r­eeling from a sense of déjà vu. Followed by another. And then ­another: bodies that bear eerie resemblances to cases from Brockton’s past.

The police chalk up the first corpse to coincidence. But as the body count rises, the victims’ fatal injuries grow more and more distinctive—a spiral of death that holds dark implications for Brockton himself. If the killer isn’t found quickly, the death toll could be staggering. And the list of victims could include Brockton . . . and everyone he holds dear.

Jefferson Bass is a duo–forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass and science writer Jon Jefferson. This book is deemed a “serviceable” entry in to the series.

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Storm Front: Book one of The Dresden Files Jim ButcherStorm Front by Jim Butcher. $ 2.99 at AMZN | Google Play.

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For Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name.

This is the first in the famous Harry Dresden series. I admit to never having read it. Ned could never get into it.

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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. Julia
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 14:03:45

    I read the first few Dresden books, but it kept getting harder for me to get into them. But this is a great sale for anyone who has ever wanted to try them. A bunch of my guy friends love the series!

  2. pamelia
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 14:10:02

    The Dresden books remain one of my favorite series. That said, I think the first book was just “meh” and the 2nd and 3rd books were pretty good. The series though just keeps getting better after that. My husband and I both await the next book with covetous grabby hands and I think this time it’s MY turn to read it first.

  3. Sirius
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 14:17:04

    I love Dresden series too, but I definitely agree with Pamelia, I felt that the books took off after book three. I am weird with series, I started with book six and then went back. I still remember being amazed how strong the foreshadowing was and how for example certain events in book three came back to hunt certain people in book six. Anyway, love these books, will get this one, since I have everything but the last few entries in paperback.

  4. KMont
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 14:21:23

    I’ve read a few of the Dresden books (books 3 – 4 or so) and enjoyed them for the most part. I can’t remember why I didn’t continue, but I’ll take this as a reminder to get back on it. I felt the series was pretty exceptional across the board – world building, nice depth of characterization, good plots and twists. Yeah, what’s wrong with me, need to do a refresher course and get with ’em again.

  5. ms bookjunkie
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 14:28:01

    Woo hoo! I’ve been wanting to try the Dresden Files…I grabbed the Kindle copy and then scampered over to Audible for the James Marsters narration. (All this for less than the price of a credit. Woo hoo!)

  6. SusanS
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 14:54:10

    OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu is the Amazon Teen Daily Deal for $1.99. Has anyone read it? Looks gritty but hopeful. I’m a sucker for damaged character love stories.

  7. Erin Satie
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 16:57:11

    I’ll chime in w/ the others: I adore the Dresden Files series, but the first book is the weakest of the lot. It was the second book that really sold me & I just love the way the series-wide arc builds from book to book.

  8. Susan
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 20:16:20

    I was late getting on the Dresden bandwagon. I never thought it would be anything that interested me, but I read a short story in one of those anthologies and I liked it enough (it had a Bigfoot in it!) to pick up up the first book. Now I’m waiting for the (ridiculously expensive) newest book to be released.

  9. Jae Lee
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 23:01:06

    OCD Love Story is pretty intense. The romance is secondary to the narrator’s OCD issues and the author doesn’t pull any punches about what it’s like to deal with mental health problems. It ramped up my own anxiety while I was reading. It has some very charming and sweet moments and ends hopefully but it isn’t a comfortable read, at all. I recommend it but would suggest bracketing it with super happy fun-time books.

  10. SusanS
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 10:01:53

    @Jae Lee: Thanks for the info. I clicked and bought it already but will save it for a day when I can handle a darker read.

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