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lori wilde crash landingCrash Landing by Lori Wilde. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:


Billionaire Gibb Martin loves risk almost as much as he loves a well-made suit. But when his business partner and longtime friend suddenly bails on a major venture to get married…well, that’s one risk Gibb isn’t willing to take. Now he just needs to charter a plane to Florida so he can stop the wedding–fast!

Normally, bombshell pilot Sophia Cruz would have told Slick City Boy exactly where to go. Unfortunately, she really needs cash–even if it does come from an overprivileged guy with a very fine backside. But then disaster strikes midair, and Sophia is forced to crash-land the plane….

Now they’re alone on a stunning deserted island–and surrounded by temptation. And this is one collision they won’t be able to walk away from!

There aren’t any text reviews that I could find of this book so you’re going to have to go on blurb and excerpt. She looks … not so much like a pilot in her tube top or whatever she has going on upstairs.

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Djibouti - A Novel      By: Elmore LeonardDjibouti by Elmore Leonard. $ 2.99

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Elmore Leonard, New York Times bestselling author and “the hippest, funniest national treasure in sight” (Washington Post), brings his trademark wit and inimitable style to this twisting, gripping—and sometimes playful—tale of modern-day piracy

Dara Barr, documentary filmmaker, is at the top of her game. She’s covered the rape of Bosnian women, neo-Nazi white supremacists, and post-Katrina New Orleans, and has won awards for all three. Now, looking for a bigger challenge, Dara and her right-hand-man, Xavier LeBo, a six-foot-six, seventy-two-year-old African American seafarer, head to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, to film modern-day pirates hijacking merchant ships.

They learn soon enough that almost no one in the Middle East is who he seems to be. The most successful pirate, driving his Mercedes around Djibouti, appears to be a good guy, but his pal, a cultured Saudi diplomat, has dubious connections. Billy Wynn, a Texas billionaire, plays mysterious roles as the mood strikes him. He’s promised his girlfriend, Helene, a nifty fashion model, that he’ll marry her if she doesn’t become seasick or bored while circling the world on his yacht. And there’s Jama Raisuli, a black al Qaeda terrorist from Miami, who’s vowed to blow up something big.

What Dara and Xavier have to decide, besides the best way to stay alive: Should they shoot the action as a documentary or turn it into a Hollywood feature film?

This title isn’t familiar to me at all and after reading the blurb I wondered if all Leonard’s books were about getting a movie made? This book suffered some fairly negative reviews. Apparently rather than describe the events, Leonard choose for the protagonists to relive them as they are reviewing footage and for many readers this means that the pacing was slow and nothing really happened.

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Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband (Daughters of the Glen, Book 1) (Daughters of the Glen, The) by Melissa MayhueThirty Nights with a Highland Husband by Melissa Mayhue. $ .99

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SCOTLAND, 1272. Connor MacKiernan, a descendant of the Fae Prince, is a warrior who lives only for honor and duty. Though he’s vowed never to marry, that’s exactly what he must do to save his sister. Enter a little Faerie magic, and the search for a bride is on.

DENVER, 2007. Caitlyn Coryell is having a really bad day — she just discovered her fiancé with another woman! Imagine her surprise when she puts on some sexy lingerie and an antique pendant and Connor appears in her bedroom, begging for her help. He offers a simple yet outrageous adventure: travel to his time, marry him, and return home.

But nothing’s simple when Cate is trapped in the thirteenth century. The wedding’s delayed, someone’s trying to kill her, and in the middle of all this, she realizes she’s falling in love with a man who can only be her husband for thirty nights.

This was too good of a deal for me not to post even though it is Amazon only. I’m including five deals because of that. It’s a time travel book and I’m not a fan of those but the reviews are fairly positive. The negative reviews pointed to a lack of depth, a kind of weak heroine, and a stereotypical Scottish hero.

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The Magicians' Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi CanavanThe Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan . $ .99.

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“We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.”

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders . . . and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

This is book 1 in the series. I thought this 3 star review was helpful. The first part of the story was too long and too much setup but once the story began, this reader really enjoyed it.

This is definitely the more interesting part of the book. Here we get to know more about magic itself and how it works. Sonea gradually adapts to living in the Guild and becomes quite fond of Lord Rothen. We also learn more about Lord Rothen’s former novice and good friend, Lord Dannyl. Surrounded by a whole Guild of old, serious magicians, Lord Dannyl stands out with his curiosity for gossip and gay rumours.

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Allison ParrRush Me by Allison Parr. $ 2.99

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When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gate-crashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL’s most beloved quarterback.

While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school.

But when Ryan’s rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up cohosting Friday-night dinners for half a dozen football players.

Over pancake brunches, charity galas and Alexander the Great, Rachael realizes all the judgments she’d made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love—even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.

89,000 words

This is the Carina Press’ entry into the New Adult sub genre. It’s had mixed reviews. Some people have loved it and others have struggled to connect to the main characters (and that is just at the Bookpushers blog alone. E didn’t connect and Nicole loved it.) I fell into the didn’t connect category. There are little snippets of Jewish faith in the book and I totally loved that. And I look forward to other books by Parr. She has a strong voice that I enjoyed reading.

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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

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