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Cry No More by Linda HowardCry No More by Linda Howard. $ 1.99

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Fueled by an obsession to fill the void in other people’s lives, Milla Edge finds lost children—all the while trying to outrun the brutal emotions stemming from a tragedy in her past. Traveling to a small village in Mexico on a reliable tip, Milla begins to uncover the dire fate of countless children who have disappeared in the labyrinth of a sinister baby-smuggling ring. The key to nailing down the organization may rest with an elusive one-eyed man. As Milla’s search for him intensifies, the mission becomes more treacherous. For the ring is part of something far larger and more dangerous, reaching the highest echelons of power. Racing into peril, Milla suddenly finds herself the hunted—in the crosshairs of an invisible, lethal assassin who aims to silence her permanently.

This is on the top of many readers’ ugly cry lists.

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Wings of Fire, Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy Tui T. SutherlandWings of Fire, Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland. $ 2.99

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A thrilling new series soars above the competition and redefines middle-grade fantasy fiction for a new generation! The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy — a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice. Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war. But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended . . .

My daughter absolutely loves these books. She has looked up the next one on Amazon and is counting down the days until the next one is released in hardcover. (Yes, I have to buy the hardcover so that all the books in the series match). She’ll stop during her reading of the book to read her favorite passages to me and at one time made an excited and shocked noise during reading. Love hearing that.

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Searching for Someday Jennifer ProbstSearching for Someday by Jennifer Probst . $ 2.99

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First in a sizzling new series from Jennifer Probst, the USA Today bestselling author adored for her “fresh, fun, and sexy” (Romancing the Book) storytelling!

In charming Verily, New York, Kate Seymour has a smashing success with Kinnections, the matchmaking service she owns with her two best girlfriends. But Kate’s more than a savvy businesswoman: She’s gifted with a secret power, a jolting touch that signals when love’s magic is at work. It rocked her when she picked up a strange volume of love spells in the town’s used bookstore . . . and it zapped her again when she encountered Slade Montgomery, the hot-tempered— and hot-bodied—divorce lawyer who storms into Kinnections demanding proof that playing Cupid won’t destroy his vulnerable sister, Kate’s newest client. The only way to convince this cynic that she’s no fraud, and that love is no mirage, is for Kate to meet his audacious challenge: find him his dream woman. Can Kate keep their relationship strictly business when her electrifying attraction nearly knocked her off her feet? Or has the matchmaker finally met her match?

The secret power for matchmaking is a story I’ve read before – in a mystery/romance series. Help me out readers! I liked it too although obviously not enough that I can remember the title or the author. We’ll blame old age and not the book.

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Rebel (Renegades, Book 2)  by Skye JordanRebel (Renegades, Book 2) by Skye Jordan . $ Free.

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Sassy, smart, and sexy, former supermodel-turned-tech guru Rubi Russo has it all—looks, money, confidence and freedom. Her life is a whirlwind of fast cars and fleeting affairs—and she likes it that way. With a past like Rubi’s, forever isn’t part of her vocabulary. So when studly Renegade stuntman Wes Lawson wants to take their friendship to the next level, she’s all out.

Raised a simple country-boy, Wes knows the brazen Rubi isn’t his type. But after spending time with her, he discovers she’s everything he’s ever wanted in a woman. To win her wild rebel heart, he’ll have to prove he sees behind her smokescreen to all the goodness she tries to hide. Then it’s just a matter of crushing her fears, shattering her barriers, and convincing her that loving him is everything she’s been missing in her life, too.

Piece of cake.

I liked the first one in this series which I read before I learned that the author was Joan Swan who wrote Fever (review) but I’m willing to take a chance on the second book when it is free.

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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. Renda
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 14:11:20

    Are you thinking of the Heather Webber series?
    Lucy loses her family inherited ability to match make people, but she can find things.

  2. ms bookjunkie
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 14:26:34

    Finally, a Linda Howard backlist book that is sale price for me! Of course, it would be the one that ripped my heart to shreds, made me cry my eyes out…and have been unable to reread since. (So much ugly crying! Just the thought of rereading it is a stab in the heart.)

    I totally recommend it anyway. Just don’t read it in public, and have a favorite comfort read/movie ready to go for whenever you finally dry your tears.

  3. Amy
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 15:37:22

    Thanks for the post! I’ve been wanting a Kindle copy of Cry No More to add to my collection but I couldn’t talk myself into paying full ebook price when I have a print copy.

    I have a question regarding this dragon series. Have you read it along with your daughter? I’d like to know whether this is suitable for a 9 (almost 10) year old or is this truly a “middle school” book.

  4. Heather Greye
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 15:58:29

    Are you thinking the Elisa Sax books, An Affair to Dismember and Matchpoint?

    She doesn’t have an explicit power, but you get the sense her grandma does and she might…

  5. Heather Greye
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 15:59:10

    Argh. Stupid typos. Elise Sax.

  6. Holly Bush
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 19:37:43

    The special power makes me think of the Bride Finder by Susan Carroll. I loved that book!

  7. Jane
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 15:57:17

    @Amy: I have not read them with her but she is exactly the age of your reader.

  8. Anne
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 22:48:07

    Another question about the Wings of Fire dragon series: my daughter is 12, in Grade 7, is a voracious & advanced reader & loves both dragons (mythology) and dinosaurs (paleontology). Would this series be suitable for her, or too young? How about the Rain Wilds series by Robin Hobb?

  9. Jane
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 08:04:31

    @Anne: I’m not sure about the Hobb books, but I do think that the Wings of Fire dragon series would be great for your 12 year old.

  10. Anne
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 18:04:48

    Just a follow up to thank you for the recommendation of the Wings of Fire series. I started by borrowing the first book from my local library. My daughter read it in one evening, has recounted the entire plot to me and has asked me to find the rest of the series for her. She prefers ‘real’ books to ebooks, so it will be off to her favorite local bookstore.

  11. Jane
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 18:08:53

    @Anne: That’s awesome! Another series my daughter really likes is Spirit Animals

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