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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan CainQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society—from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a “pretend extrovert.”

This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

I wonder if introvert is a label that could apply to many readers. PW writes “Cain consistently holds the reader’s interest by presenting individual profiles, looking at places dominated by extroverts (Harvard Business School) and introverts (a West Coast retreat center), and reporting on the latest studies. Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic has richly paid off.”

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Incinerate by Tessa TeevanIncinerate by Tessa Teevan. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

When Knox Wellington opens the door to Charlie Davenport, he’s not expecting the fiery brunette with whiskey colored eyes and a feisty personality. Sparks fly immediately, even though their initial meeting is nothing but hostile. Their chemistry is undeniable, but the chip on Knox’s shoulder threatens to destroy any hope of him wooing the sweet, southern volunteer sent to help with his rehabilitation.
Little does he know she’s no Southern Belle, as she gives as good as she can take. As unexpected circumstances push them closer together, heads butt, patience is tested, and flames ignite as they dance around their mutual attraction, both of them jaded from broken pasts.

They’ve both been burned before, so when their feelings of lust, desire, and wanting are inflamed in the heat of the moment, will they finally be able to get over the pain of the past or will their relationship be reduced to ashes before it can ever really begin?

*While this book is a standalone, characters from Ignite, book 1, will appear in Knox’s story.

A few weeks ago, Teevan’s first book Ignite was included. I bought it but like every other book purchased via a daily deal, I’ve not read read it although I did start the Stina Lindablett book last night. So far so good.

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Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob ThomasVeronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From Rob Thomas, the creator of the television series and movie phenomenon Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling mystery series that picks up where the feature film left off.

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

In Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who’s part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark. With its sharp plot and clever twists, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will keep you guessing until the very last page.

I’m not a Veronica Mars fan. I haven’t watched one episode; I don’t know what those shows are about. I do know that it is popular.

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Racing Hearts: 10 thrilling suspense novels by Nancy C. WeeksRacing Hearts: 10 thrilling suspense novels by Nancy C. Weeks. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The thrills – both in and out of the bedroom – never stop coming between these pages. Crank up your adrenaline while running from danger, standing strong in the face of evil, and staying one step ahead of the bad guys in these 10 fast-paced suspense stories by rising stars:

In the Shadow of Greed – Nancy C. Weeks

Touchpoint – Shay Lacy

Burn on the Western Slope – Angela Smith

Sweet Revenge – Kay Rogal

For the Love of Jazz – Elke Feuer

The Wanting Heart – Rionna Morgan

Dancing with Detective Danger – Lynn Crandall

The Libra Affair – Daco

Numbers Never Lie – Shelley K. Wall

Relentless – Winter Austin

Sensuality Level: Sensual

I love that the sensuality level is “sensual”. I know that probably corresponds with some heat level rating at Crimson Romance but on a retailer site to a non informed reader it looks hilarious.

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Kidnapping the Brazilian Tycoon by Carmen FalconeKidnapping the Brazilian Tycoon by Carmen Falcone. $.99 (from August 18th-September1st) then price goes up to $3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Passion was never in the bargain

Addison Reed lost her fiancé, but she’ll do whatever it takes to protect his legacy. When the gorgeous and arrogant landowner, Brazilian millionaire Bruno Duarte, who is thwarting her at every turn, refuses to meet with her, she puts her plan into action. He will listen to her.

Bruno’s plan was simple: return to Brazil and marry to fulfill his father’s dying wish. But when his engagement crumbles, and he’s then stranded with an idealistic woman hell-bent on saving a tribe of people on his land, he sees the perfect solution. If his feisty and passionate abductor agrees to a bogus marriage, he’ll relocate the tribe.

With the Brazilian heat rivaling the growing heat of their desire, will Bruno and Addison abandon their respective plans and give in to each other, or will their differences tear them apart?

Tropes include kidnapping, marriage of convenience and opposites attract.  Never read the author but I do wonder about this part “idealistic woman hell-bent on saving a tribe of people”.
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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. Noelle
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 14:24:49

    I loved, loved, loved Quiet. I usually hate reading nonfiction, but I was completely engaged through most of it–partly because there was a lot of storytelling in the writing and partly because it was like reading the story of my life. I’ve heard criticism of some of the research she uses, but that’s completely irrelevant to my enjoyment of the book. And that’s a really good price!

  2. Michelle
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 14:29:05

    Spendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley is only $1.99 today for kindle. It’s probably my favorite of all Kearsley’s books.

  3. Jayne
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 15:21:06

    @Noelle: A few months ago I read an article at the BBC website about introverts and took away these two quotes –

    “I’m okay, you’re okay—in small doses.”

    “I’m an introvert. You are a wonderful person and I like you. But now please shush.”

  4. cleo
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 16:24:47

    I’m reading Quiet now and enjoying it, although there’ve been a few times when I found myself thinking “ok, I get it. Next point, please?”

    I’m introverted, but I think I suffered less damage growing up than some introverts. Maybe because both of my parents are introverted, so they never shamed me, etc. Or maybe because I figured out early in adolescence that I don’t fit in with the dominant American ideal culture and made my peace with it (as a teen it sounded a lot like ‘fuck you, stupid culture, for rejecting me, I reject you first’ but I’m a bit less hostile now). Or maybe the author overstates how hard it is to be introverted in America.

    As for readers and introverts, I tend to assume readers are introverted, like me, but two of my SILs are both extremely extroverted and serious, avid readers. And thank goodness for that, because it gives us an easy topic of conversation. My one SIL in particular, is a very social reader – with book clubs and on line communities, etc.

  5. Elizabeth Langston
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 16:40:35

    maybe i need to get QUIET. I am an introvert–so introverted, in fact, that i didn’t realize that we only made up 1/3 of the world, possibly because i spend so much time avoiding people ;)

  6. Statch
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 16:42:32

    I read Quiet recently and also loved it. I especially related to the chapter on how introverts and extroverts talk to each other — very insightful.

  7. Darlynne
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 17:41:23

    Jane, I’m a huge fan of VERONICA MARS. If you like smart, fast, wickedly funny dialog followed by an enormous dose of real teenage heartbreak, this is the show for you. I have all the seasons, saw the movie, bought the book, drank the Kool-Aid. But I would start with the show, not the book. It’s worth the price of admission.

  8. Darlynne
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 17:43:25

    @Darlynne: To be clear: the TV show, not the movie or book.

  9. Susan
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 17:48:38

    @Michelle: Thanks for that–I’ve been waiting for a price drop so I snatched it right up!

  10. Lindsay
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 19:02:30

    Help Fund My Robot Army is 99 cents for the next week on Amazon, it is a Kickstarter anthology about evil geniuses using Kickstarter to try to take over the world… told in Kickstarter format.

    I got it just for the Mary Robinette Kowal and Seanan McGuire stories, but I really enjoyed them all (and honestly just the fact that this existed).

  11. Justine
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 21:50:59

    @Lindsay: Sold! Thanks for sharing this!

  12. MaryK
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 22:37:06

    @cleo: Extrovert readers must be the ones who accost other readers to ask what they’re reading.

  13. SonomaLass
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 01:36:19

    My favorite explanation of the difference between introverts and extraverts is that introverts re-energize by being alone, while extraverts feed on the energy of interacting with others. It doesn’t mean that introverts don’t enjoy the company of others, but it takes energy and they need alone time to recharge. I’m an ertravert partnered with an introvert, and that’s certainly how it works at our house.

  14. Ros
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 04:57:30

    @MaryK: YES! Why do people do that? Can’t they see I’m reading?!!!

  15. Karenmc
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 12:48:01

    @SonomaLass: I explained this to a co-worker just the other day in almost exactly the same terms. She is an extrovert with an introvert father. A light bulb went on over her head at the idea of gaining and losing energy. She said she wished she’d known about this years ago, but from here forward, she has a new way of thinking about her dad.

  16. MaryK
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 15:24:01

    @Karenmc: I’m a little, irritated I guess, by the idea that this has to be explained to people in order for introverts to get some peace. I guess that’s part of the extroverted American culture.

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