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Daily Deals: Lyrical reads for a snowy day

A few Amazon only deals at 99c:

This is a Regency romance from an author highly regarded and reviewed. Books usually sell for around $9.99.

One of my favorite sports romances is One on One by Tabitha King featuring two high school basketball stars. Yeah, I bought it.

I don’t know why I included this one.

This one is $1.99 but I know there are a lot of Marchetta fans.

The Cove by Ron RashThe Cove by Ron Rash. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The New York Times bestselling author of Serena returns to Appalachia, this time at the height of World War I, with the story of a blazing but doomed love affair caught in the turmoil of a nation at war

Deep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dark, forbidding place where spirits and fetches wander, and even the light fears to travel. Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe–just as they know that Laurel Shelton, the lonely young woman who lives within its shadows, is a witch. Alone except for her brother, Hank, newly returned from the trenches of France, she aches for her life to begin.

Then it happens–a stranger appears, carrying nothing but a beautiful silver flute and a note explaining that his name is Walter, he is mute, and is bound for New York. Laurel finds him in the woods, nearly stung to death by yellow jackets, and nurses him back to health. As the days pass, Walter slips easily into life in the cove and into Laurel’s heart, bringing her the only real happiness she has ever known.

But Walter harbors a secret that could destroy everything–and danger is closer than they know. Though the war in Europe is near its end, patriotic fervor flourishes thanks to the likes of Chauncey Feith, an ambitious young army recruiter who stokes fear and outrage throughout the county. In a time of uncertainty, when fear and ignorance reign, Laurel and Walter will discover that love may not be enough to protect them.

This lyrical, heart-rending tale, as mesmerizing as its award-winning predecessor Serena, shows once again this masterful novelist at the height of his powers.(

The reviews say that the villain of the story is so marvelously drawn that you love and hate him at the same time.

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Holidays on Ice David SedarisHolidays on Ice by David Sedaris. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

David Sedaris’s beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy’s elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris’s tales of tardy trick-or-treaters (“Us and Them”); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French (“Jesus Shaves”); what to do when you’ve been locked out in a snowstorm (“Let It Snow”); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations (“Six to Eight Black Men”); what Halloween at the medical examiner’s looks like (“The Monster Mash”); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry (“Cow and Turkey”).No matter what your favorite holiday, you won’t want to miss celebrating it with the author who has been called “one of the funniest writers alive” (Economist).

Funny collection of essays which one person claimed made him pee with laughter.

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The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie WisemanThe Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A deeply moving and masterfully written story of human resilience and enduring love, The Plum Tree follows a young German woman through the chaos of World War II and its aftermath.“Bloom where you’re planted,” is the advice Christine Bölz receives from her beloved Oma. But seventeen-year-old domestic Christine knows there is a whole world waiting beyond her small German village. It’s a world she’s begun to glimpse through music, books — and through Isaac Bauerman, the cultured son of the wealthy Jewish family she works for.

Yet the future she and Isaac dream of sharing faces greater challenges than their difference in stations. In the fall of 1938, Germany is changing rapidly under Hitler’s regime. Anti-Jewish posters are everywhere, dissenting talk is silenced, and a new law forbids Christine from returning to her job — and from having any relationship with Isaac. In the months and years that follow, Christine will confront the Gestapo’s wrath and the horrors of Dachau, desperate to be with the man she loves, to survive — and finally, to speak out.

Set against the backdrop of the German homefront, this is an unforgettable novel of courage and resolve, of the inhumanity of war, and the heartbreak and hope left in its wake.

PW ” Stories of WWII rarely look at the lives of the average German; Wiseman eschews the genre’s usual military conflicts in favor of the slow, inexorable pressure of daily life during wartime, lending an intimate and compelling poignancy to this intriguing debut.”

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Wintergirls  by Laurie Halse AndersonWintergirls by . $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

Leah writes that the prose is deliriously good but the twisted self-hating inner voice of the narrative was hard to read at times.

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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. Susan
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 17:17:31

    Well, crud. The Sedaris book is coming up at $8 at Amazon. Guess I can forego the Depends.

  2. AngP
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 17:22:10

    The Sedaris book is $2.99 on Google Play but $8.00+ on all the other sites.

  3. Jen G.
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 18:38:18

    Ron Rash is one of my favorite authors. I don’t like The Cove as much as Serena (which is in my Top 5 of All Times list), but it still really, really good, and worth it for $2.99.

  4. Lindsay
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 18:55:06

    Kobo’s Boxing Week sale has started, loads of quite good books from 1.99-4.99 or thereabouts — Rosie Project, Season for Temptation, Breathe, Red Hot Christmas, etc. Haven’t tried my coupons from the trivia contest to see if they work yet, but if so it’ll be doubly awesome!

  5. Lindsay
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 19:08:14

    I hope that’s not Canada only, whoops. Boxing Day is our thing.

  6. Monique
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 20:42:51

    You made me spend money. Again. Thank you. I bought The Plum Tree. Looks awesome. A Christmas gift I guess ! Merry Christmas to you all !

  7. Brian
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 21:26:09

    Kasey Michaels is offering a couple of freebies on Smashwords. Not sure when the deal expires…

    Please enjoy:
    … and …

    For *FREE* when you enter the coupon codes (above) at

    And I want to take this moment to wish you all a happy and blessed holiday season and a New Year filled with limitless promise.

    Love, Kasey

  8. Brian
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 21:27:33

    BTW, in case it wasn’t clear you need to use the code referenced at the end of each title to reduce the price to $0.00

  9. wikkidsexycool
    Dec 25, 2013 @ 11:13:05

    Okay, the book by “Ashley Rose”(Full Court Press) seems to have an interesting history. In the comments section it appears that the book was originally fan fiction and the original author then sold the rights. So the “author” selling it isn’t really the one who wrote it, according to the person who states that they’re the original author. Here’s the link to what the fan fiction author states:

    This is highly usual. Would this be simply an example of ghost writing? And I wonder how often its being done this days. I dunno.

  10. Jane
    Dec 25, 2013 @ 11:54:41

    @wikkidsexycool: Wow, that’s really interesting. You know those plagiarists often take fan fiction material and repackage it. This “author” isn’t doing that but still, it’s interesting all the same.

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