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Daily Deals: It’s time for the summer reads

Rising Tides: The Chesapeake Bay Saga #2 Nora RobertsRising Tides by Nora Roberts. $ 2.99 Amazon | Google Play

From the Jacket Copy:

New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the second novel in the dramatic trilogy of three men who return home to honor their father’s last wish—to care for Seth, a troubled boy in need of a family. Coming home has taught the brothers more than they ever dreamed about the meaning of family and responsibility. Now it is time to learn the meaning of acceptance and love…

Of the three brothers, it was Ethan who shared his father’s passion for the Maryland shore. And now with his father gone, Ethan is determined to make the family boatbuilding business a success. But amidst his acheivements lie the most important challenges of his life…

There is young Seth, who needs him more than ever. And a woman he has always loved but never believed he could have. But beneath Ethan’s seemingly still waters is a dark and painful past. He must learn to see around the shadows to accept who he is. Because through Ethan’s past lies the future—and his one chance at happiness…

Google Play has a whole section called “Beachy Reads” so we are finally seeing some Nora Roberts discounts. I’ve reported the discount to Amazon and hopefully Amazon will price match it. This is book 2 in the Chesapeake Bay series and a trilogy I really enjoyed. “The Reef” is also promotionally priced at Google. This should eventually make its way to Amazon.

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You Don't Want To Know      by     Lisa JacksonYou Don’t Want To Know by Lisa Jackson. $ 2.99 Amazon | 3.50 B&N

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Life as Ava Garrison knew it ended the day her toddler son Noah went missing. In the two years since, she’s been in and out of Seattle mental institutions, existing in a fog of grief. Noah’s body was never found, and everyone assumed he drowned after falling off a dock. Until recently, Ava thought so too. . .

Is More Dangerous

Since she moved back home, Ava has experienced unsettling visions. She hears Noah crying in the nursery, glimpses him walking near the water. Her family, her psychologist, and her estranged husband are concerned for her well-being. Or are they worried about what she might discover?

Than The Truth

Did Noah really die, or is Ava losing her sanity? The deeper into her memories she goes, the more fearful she becomes. Ava thought her son’s disappearance was the worst thing that could happen to her. But before this nightmare ends, she’ll discover how terrifying the truth can be. . .

Jackson writes the Sandra Brown-ish type mystery/thrillers so you get a dash of romance in amongst your mystery.

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Dream Lake Lisa KleypasDream Lake by Lisa Kleypas. $ 2.99 Amazon | Google Play

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They say that opposites attract. But what happens when one of them has been devastated by betrayal and the other is so damaged and jaded that his heart is made of stone? In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas’s Dream Lake, readers well enter the world of Friday Harbor, an enchanting town in the Pacific Northwest where things are not quite as they seem and where true love might just have a ghost of a chance. . . .

Alex Nolan is about as bitter and cynical as they come. One of three Nolan brothers who call Friday Harbor home, he’s nothing like Sam or Mark. They actually believe in love; they think the risk of pain is worth the chance of happiness. But Alex battles his demons with the help of a whiskey bottle, and he lives in his own private hell. And then, a ghost shows up. Only Alex can see him. Has Alex finally crossed over the threshold to insanity?

Zoë Hoffman is as gentle and romantic as they come. When she meets the startlingly gorgeous Alex Nolan, all her instincts tell her to run. Even Alex tells her to run. But something in him calls to Zoë, and she forces him to take a look at his life with a clear eye and to open his mind to the possibility that love isn’t for the foolish.

The ghost has been existing in the half-light of this world for decades. He doesn’t know who he is, or why he is stuck in the Nolans’ Victorian house. All he knows is that he loved a girl once. And Alex and Zoë hold the key to unlocking a mystery that keeps him trapped here.

Zoë and Alex are oil and water, fire and ice, sunshine and shadow. But sometimes it takes only a glimmer of light to chase away the dark, and sometimes love can reach beyond time, space, and reason to take hold of hearts that yearn for it. . . .

I really love Lisa Kleypas’s writing. She has a wonderful sensibility and a way of describing things delicately without overwrought emotion. And it kind of defeats the purpose for me to include a deal and then tell you that the book didn’t work for me, but I figure you all come here for a straight up, no bullshit opinion. So while I love Kleypas’ writing, I have to tell you that this book was a disappointment.  You can read my review here.  So why buy it? Well, a bad Kleypas is still about 90% better than most stuff out there.

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Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It   by     Lawrence LessigRepublic, Lost by Lawrence Lessing. $ 1.99 Amazon | B&N.

From the Jacket Copy:

In an era when special interests funnel huge amounts of money into our government-driven by shifts in campaign-finance rules and brought to new levels by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission-trust in our government has reached an all-time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress, and that business interests wield control over our legislature.

With heartfelt urgency and a keen desire for righting wrongs, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig takes a clear-eyed look at how we arrived at this crisis: how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. Rejecting simple labels and reductive logic-and instead using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left-Lessig seeks out the root causes of our situation. He plumbs the issues of campaign financing and corporate lobbying, revealing the human faces and follies that have allowed corruption to take such a foothold in our system. He puts the issues in terms that nonwonks can understand, using real-world analogies and real human stories. And ultimately he calls for widespread mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention, presenting achievable solutions for regaining control of our corrupted-but redeemable-representational system. In this way, Lessig plots a roadmap for returning our republic to its intended greatness.

While America may be divided, Lessig vividly champions the idea that we can succeed if we accept that corruption is our common enemy and that we must find a way to fight against it. In REPUBLIC, LOST, he not only makes this need palpable and clear-he gives us the practical and intellectual tools to do something about it.

Lessig is an important voice for privacy and freedom in the U.S. I’ve not read any of his books, but I’ve listened to him speak and read his online posts. I don’t agree with everything he says or stands for, but I do find him a fascinating voice.

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Savor You Emily SnowSavor You by Emily Snow. $ .99

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Kylie Wolfe and bassist Wyatt McCrae have been bad for each other for the last several years, but it’s impossible for them to end their toxic push and pull. Not when their attraction is constantly fueled by lust and proximity—she’s her older brother’s Lucas’s assistant and Wyatt is his best friend and band mate.

So when Your Toxic Sequel makes a move to record a new album in Nashville, Kylie decides to make the latest break with Wyatt official by getting the hell out of town. She’ll spend a week in New Orleans. A week to immerse herself in the Mardi Gras scene. One week to not think about the last time she was in New Orleans, seven years ago with Wyatt. Seven days where she won’t have to see Wyatt every day just to fall ridiculously in love with him all over again—where, if she wants to, she can have a normal, no-strings attached fling that won’t end in heartbreak.

Too bad Wyatt ruins everything by showing up, as gorgeous and demanding and awful for her as ever.

Wyatt refuses to let Kylie give up on him. Not without reminding her why they both fell so far and hard in the first place. Not without making her savor the good memories and what could be their last chance with each other.

Despite my predilection for rock star books and that the first in Snow’s band series was a guilty pleasure, I hadn’t bought this book. Yet.

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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. ms bookjunkie
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 14:20:20

    If you use the code FREEDOM at the Samhain store, you get 40% off. I tested it. Twice! :D

  2. Jessica Scott
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 14:47:22

    Republic Lost looks fascinating! Thanks for posting, just bought.

  3. library addict
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 14:57:31

    Rising Tides is my favorite of that trilogy. I think I paid full agency pricing for it. I’m sure with the upcoming sales there will be books I regret paying full price for, but that’s not one of them.

    Sony has a 30% coupon exp July 8th, one time use: 30JULY13

  4. Cleo
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 23:51:22

    @hapax – I feel the same way. I love Rising Tides.

  5. Cleo
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 23:53:34

    Argh – I meant @library addict. Can’t edit from my phone.

  6. Kati
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 10:54:34

    Amazon has price matched Rising Tides! I just bought it.

  7. Dabney
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 11:13:34

    @Kati: Have you read all three? Do you need to start with Book One in the series?

  8. Kati
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 11:19:16

    @Dabney: Well, probably not technically, no. But Cameron Quinn is my all time favorite Nora hero, so it’s definitely worth it to start with Sea Swept. Many readers find Ethan to be their favorites (still waters running deep and all that). It’s, IMHO, her best series she’s ever written (other than as JD Robb). I also love her Irish series (Born in…Fire, Ice, Shame). But this one is just so quintessentially Nora and perfectly captures the eastern shore of Maryland. It truly is a favorite.

  9. Fiona McGier
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 19:50:51 is offering their “Christmas in July” sale, with eBooks on sale for 50% off! Lots of publishers, lots of books.

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