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Daily Deals: Is it Asian American month? A couple lit fics...

Shattered Ties by K.A. RobinsonShattered Ties (The Ties Series) by K.A. Robinson. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

With a former supermodel mother and a rock-and-roll legend father, Emma Preston has the best of everything. Nothing is as perfect as it seems though. After her parents divorce, she’s forced to live with her mother in a private Santa Monica community. Ignoring their parental roles, her mother becomes more focused on climbing the social ladder while her father is off on tour.

Growing up in a trailer park with his mother, Jesse is used to people looking down on him. When his mother begs him to submit an application for a scholarship to one of Santa Monica’s top private schools, he never expects to actually get it. When he does, he is forced to attend school with a bunch of rich kids. He ignores their stares as they judge him for having tattoos and a less than impressive car. As long as he has his surfboard and the guys at the tattoo shop, he knows he can make it through.

When Jesse shows up on the first day of school, Emma can’t help but be intrigued. Her mother would never approve of Emma talking to someone so poor, but she doesn’t care because something about Jesse draws her to him.

Jesse tries to hate Emma, but he discovers that he can’t resist her. Forced to hide their relationship from Emma’s mother and everyone else around them, things start to fall apart. When Jesse’s friend, Ally, decides to interfere, things go from bad to worse.

Can they survive their first love? Or will they be left with nothing more than shattered ties?

Book 1 of a 2 book series.

But it is a cliffhanger and the story ends abruptly. You have to buy the second book to get the conclusion.

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Vamps and the City (Love at Stake, Book 2)  by Kerrelyn SparksVamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Who says a vamp can’t have it all?

Darcy Newhart thought it was a stroke of genius—the first–ever reality TV show where mortals vie with vampires for the title of The Sexiest Man on Earth. As the show’s director, Darcy’s career would be on track again. And she can finally have a life apart from the vampire harem. Okay, so she’s still technically dead, but two out of three’s not bad. Now she just has to make sure that a mortal doesn’t win. If only she wasn’t so distracted by a super–sexy and live contestant named Austin…

But Darcy doesn’t know the worst of it. Austin Erickson is actually a vampire slayer! And he’s got his eye on the show’s leggy blond director. Only problem is, he’s never wanted any woman—living or dead—as badly. But if he wins her heart, will he lose his soul? And if it means an eternity of hot, passionate loving with Darcy, does that really matter anyway?

The “Love at Stake” series is on sale for $1.99 each.

Book 1: How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 1)
Book 2: Vamps and the City (Love at Stake, Book 2)
Book 3: Be Still My Vampire Heart (Love at Stake, Book 3)
Book 4: The Undead Next Door (Love at Stake, Book 4)

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The Dissident by Nell FreudenbergerThe Dissident by Nell Freudenberger. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From the PEN/Malamud Award-winning author of Lucky Girls comes an intricately woven novel about secrets, love, art, identity, and the shining chaos of every day American life.

Yuan Zhao, a celebrated Chinese performance artist and political dissident, has accepted a one-year artist’s residency in Los Angeles. He is to be a Visiting Scholar at the St. Anselm’s School for Girls, teaching advanced art, and hosted by one of the school’s most devoted families: the wealthy if dysfunctional Traverses. The Traverses are too preoccupied with their own problems to pay their foreign guest too much attention, and the dissident is delighted to be left alone—his past links with radical movements give him good reason to avoid careful scrutiny. The trouble starts when he and his American hosts begin to view one another with clearer eyes.

I don’t know. Is March Asian American month? PW writes “Freudenberger juxtaposes Zhao’s early artist days in the East and his unrequited love for the woman he left behind with his solitary life in Los Angeles, where he grows obsessed with a Chinese art student. Under a blanket of cultural misunderstandings and xenophobia, Freudenberger tackles big questions about art: what makes an artist; how artists and writers borrow from each other; and how they appropriate details from the lives of their friends and families. Freudenberger sometimes missteps into humdrum Hollywood satire and uninspired relationship drama, but Zhao is distinctly fresh; it’s when describing his journey that Freudenberger’s novel takes flight”

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The Gods of Heavenly Punishment by Jennifer Cody EpsteinThe Gods of Heavenly Punishment by Jennifer Cody Epstein. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

“Showcases war’s bitter ironies . . . as well as its romantic serendipities.”—Vogue
In this evocative and thrilling epic novel, fifteen-year-old Yoshi Kobayashi, child of Japan’s New Empire, daughter of an ardent expansionist and a mother with a haunting past, is on her way home on a March night when American bombers shower her city with napalm—an attack that leaves one hundred thousand dead within hours and half the city in ashen ruins. In the days that follow, Yoshi’s old life will blur beyond recognition, leading her to a new world marked by destruction and shaped by those considered the enemy: Cam, a downed bomber pilot taken prisoner by the Imperial Japanese Army; Anton, a gifted architect who helped modernize Tokyo’s prewar skyline but is now charged with destroying it; and Billy, an Occupation soldier who arrives in the blackened city with a dark secret of his own. Directly or indirectly, each will shape Yoshi’s journey as she seeks safety, love, and redemption.

This is an epic story following several different characters both pre and post the war focusing on how experiencing the war can change those.

“The Gods of Heavenly Punishment is set during WWII, and specifically focuses on the American firebombing of Tokyo in 1942 and 1945. We are introduced to Yoshi Kobayashi, the daughter of an expansionist; Cam, a bomber pilot taken prisoner by the Japanese; and Anton, an American architect, who had helped build some of Tokyo’s modern buildings in the 1920s and `30s but is enlisted to build test structures for the American air force to practice.”

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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. Kaetrin
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 18:09:46

    I hate this trend of two books, a cliffhanger ending in the first and you gotta buy the second book to find out what happens. Hate hate hate. *grumble grumble*

  2. Marcie
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 19:17:36

    Hi! Sad to say Barnes and Noble dosn’t have the Kerrelyn Sparks Vampire series on sale yet. Please find out when it starts for us! Bad weather here on Monday might mean power loss again and I’d hate to miss this sale.



  3. Marcie
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 19:18:30

    Kerrelyn Sparks Not one sale at Barnes and Noble, please advise.


  4. Melanie Ting
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 23:37:44

    Actually, May is Asian heritage month, just in case your question was not rhetorical. But the headline made me read the post!

  5. Jane
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 08:31:12

    @Melanie Ting: LOL. As I was doing the deals, I thought “what are the odds that there are two books with Asian narrators unless it is to celebrate some heritage month. But no, it which was just serendipitous.”

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