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Daily Deals: Legends, chocolates, twins separated at birth. Oh, and zombies

The Man Called Cash: The Life, Love, and Faith of an American Legend by Steve TurnerThe Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend by Steve Turner. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Johnny Cash is one of the most influential figures in music and American popular culture today. While he was an icon to people of all ages during his life, Cash’s legacy continues after his death. His remarkable story is captured in this exclusive authorized biography, addressing the whole life of Johnny Cash-not just his unforgettable music but also his relationship with June Carter Cash and his faith in Christ. His authenticity, love for God and family, and unassuming persona are what Steve Turner captures with passion and focus in this inspiring book.

Different from other books written about him, The Man Called CASH brings Cash’s faith and love for God into the foreground and tells the story of a man redeemed, without watering-down or sugar-coating. Unquestionably one of the biggest book releases of 2004, The Man Called CASH will be a huge success with his millions of fans and will draw in many new fans with this inspiring story of faith and redemption.

The audio book is narrated by Cash’s close friend and musical partner, Kris Kristofferson.

PW says “Turner addresses Cash’s drug and alcohol abuse, his failed marriage and his love for June Carter Cash with sympathy and fairness; he doesn’t flinch from talking about how Cash’s affair with June hurt his first wife, or about his struggle and relapses during his recovery from addiction. But something about this book seems one degree removed. Turner’s interviews with Cash’s family and friends are excellent, and tidbits such as Cash’s reasons for wearing the famous black are priceless, but at times it feels like Turner is just guessing, as we all must, how this American legend really felt and what his life was like.”

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The Chocolate Thief Laura FlorandThe Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Breathtakingly beautiful, the City of Light seduces the senses, its cobbled streets thrumming with possibility. For American Cade Corey, it’s a dream come true, if only she can get one infuriating French chocolatier to sign on the dotted line. . .


Melting, yielding yet firm, exotic, its secrets are intimately known to Sylvain Marquis. But turn them over to a brash American waving a fistful of dollars? Jamais. Not unless there’s something much more delectable on the table. . .

Stolen Pleasure

Whether confections taken from a locked shop or kisses in the dark, is there anything sweeter?

These books have been recommended here at Dear Author by several readers but the prices for Florand’s mainstream books are often high. Here’s a chance to grab a book of hers at a low price. Sunita gave this book a B+ and said The story is written in a light and humorous style, with a lot of witty thoughts and asides, but there are serious undertones running throughout. It’s a difficult balance to pull off, but for the most part it works. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and I’m looking forward to the next installment of the Chocolate Series. I’ll just make sure I’ve eaten something delicious before I begin.

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Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan MaberryRot and Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

n the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

Kat Kennedy writes in her review that the real star of this book is the bromance between older brother Tom and the main character, Benny, but that the story is peopled with great characters.

I really liked this story. It was such a refreshing difference in both the genre and in terms of the books I’ve been reading lately. The big romance in this book is not really between Benny and Nix or Benny and Lilah. It’s a bromance between Benny and his brother Tom as they come together to heal their relationship and bring their small family back together. …Nix and Lilah, the two girls in this story, are kick-arse and I give Maberry full credit and appreciation for developing two complex, intelligent and capable characters that totally own this book. From Nix who is strong and thoughtful, resourceful and compassionate, to Lilah who is cold, intelligent, capable, resourceful and dangerous. I want to see more women like this in fiction.

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My Sister's Voice  by Mary CarterMy Sister’s Voice by Mary Carter. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Every love leaves an echo. . .

What do you do when you discover your whole life was a lie? In Mary Carter’s unforgettable new novel, one woman is about to find out…

At twenty-eight, Lacey Gears is exactly where she wants to be. An up-and-coming, proudly Deaf artist in Philadelphia, she’s in a relationship with a wonderful man and rarely thinks about her difficult childhood in a home for disabled orphans. That is, until Lacey receives a letter that begins, “You have a sister. A twin to be exact. . .”

Learning that her identical, hearing twin, Monica, experienced the normal childhood she was denied resurrects all of Lacey’s grief, and she angrily sets out to find Monica and her biological parents. But the truth about Monica’s life, their brief shared past, and the reason for the twins’ separation is far from simple. And for every one of Lacey’s questions that’s answered, others are raised, more baffling and profound.

Complex, moving, and beautifully told, My Sister’s Voice is a novel about sisterhood, love of every shape, and the stories we cling to until real life comes crashing in. . .

The reviews indicate that it is a good reflection of deaf culture but that twins come off as fairly immature and the ending is a bit weak. Sounds interesting though.

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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
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 14:20:29

    I can’t decide if the zombie one sounds really good… or really scary.

  2. Joanna
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 14:38:27

    I normally have a strong aversion to zombie movies and fiction (except for Zombieland – gotta love Woody Harrelson) but this one sounds really interesting!

  3. Spinster
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 15:05:11

    Rot & Ruin is fantastic. Actually the whole series is great, and the female characters are often the toughest in any given crisis.

  4. JJPP
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 15:18:55

    Loved Chocolate Thief!

  5. Darlynne
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 15:51:13

    I read the first in Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series, PATIENT ZERO, and was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed it. ROT & RUIN sounds great. Thanks for posting about it.

    Jane, I’ve tried the Amazon link below the book description twice and it starts to take me to the book, then ends up at the generic Amazon page. I’ll try the link on your sidebar, could be my computer misbehaving.

  6. Jane
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 15:53:41

    @Darlynne – sorry about that. I think it was the number sign. Have corrected it, hopefully.

  7. Carolyne
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 16:00:25

    I’ve seen the cover art for Rot & Ruin on another zombie book, a “kisses only” m/m romance called Pretty Monsters, so that was a definite double-take moment.

    I haven’t read Pretty Monsters, but the cover grabbed my interest. I don’t know why I’m so disappointed it’s a stock photo–I should have expected it to be! Pretty Monsters (aka Josh of the Damned #1) is being offered for free and is only a short story, so I guess I’ll try that one first and see whether I’ve had my fill of zombies.

  8. Jane
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 16:02:59

    @Carolyne: Rot and Ruin was published in 2010. Probably similar stock art out there but a lot of Riptide covers seem derivative to me.

  9. Carolyne
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 16:11:35

    @Jane: That’s too bad. I was recently thinking that their covers were looking pretty nice. I wouldn’t like to think that this is because some of the designers are going a bit too far over the “inspired by” line.

    A good cover seems to be an extremely hard thing to create; I always try not to fault the author (unless she created it).

  10. Loosheesh
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 19:13:57

    Curious thing: I’m trying to buy The Chocolate Thief at Kobo; it’s showing $1.99 on the book page but $8.69 on the payment page. Anyone else seeing this?

  11. Karen W.
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 20:20:55

    I highly recommend ROT & RUIN. It’s the start of an excellent series.

  12. Monique
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 21:47:47

    Thank you so much for your posts! Bought 2 Laura Florand whom I did not know before today.

    Yes Kobo has issues. I bought the book at Sony for that reason. But Kobo has another Florand on sale and it’s not on sale anywhere else.

    Love dearauthor!

  13. Monique
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 21:48:53

    @Loosheesh: Kobo has issues; it’s not you.

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