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We Need New Names by NoViolet BulawayoWe Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

An exciting literary debut: the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl’s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.

Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo’s belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad.

But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America’s famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few. NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her-from Junot Diaz to Zadie Smith to J.M. Coetzee-while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own.

This is on the shortlist for the Man Booker. It might make a good gift book.

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The Hiding Place  by David BellThe Hiding Place by David Bell. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Sometimes it’s easier to believe a lie.

Twenty-five-years ago, the disappearance of four-year-old Justin Manning rocked the small town of Dove Point, Ohio. After his body was found in a shallow grave in the woods two months later, the repercussions were felt for years.…

Janet Manning has been haunted by the murder since the day she lost sight of her brother in the park. Now, with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Justin’s death looming, a detective and a newspaper reporter have started to ask questions, opening old wounds and raising new suspicions. Could the man convicted of the murder—who spent more than two decades in prison—really be innocent? Janet’s childhood friend and high school crush, who was in the park with her that day, has returned to Dove Point, where he is wrestling with his own conflicted memories of the events. And a strange man appears at Janet’s door in the middle of the night, claiming to know the truth.

Oh, I forgot to add something about this book. I thought it might be interesting to the mystery readers who follow this section. Hey mystery readers! *waves*

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Covet (Fallen Angels Series #1) J. R. WardCovet by J. R. Ward. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about-his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charge with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option. Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he’s good with that-until fate intervenes in the form of a tough- talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. But then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart-and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

I read this series for only one reason and is that will Jim Heron save his girl. And will he end up with her in the end? Seriously I skip almost everything else.

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Freeing by E.K. BlairFreeing by E.K. Blair. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Knowing who you are and accepting who you are come at different prices.

Jase Kinrick grew up in your typical, all-American household. But after the death of his sister, his parents shut down, forcing him to deal with everything life throws his way alone. Terrified of the person he’s discovering himself to be, Jase has his way with every willing girl to try and rid himself of what he fears he is—gay.

Escaping California and moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, Jase frees himself to the reality that he likes men. Never staying with any guy long enough to get to know them, he doesn’t realize that he’s still hiding from who he is until he meets Mark. Scared of having real feelings for another guy stirs up the questions and fears he’s fought hard to bury.

To strip away the barriers to the heart of what is real, and to be okay with what lies underneath, will be Jase’s moment of truth. But he’ll need Mark to lead him there.

**This is a companion novel to the USA Today Bestseller, FADING.**

Many of you may have purchased Fading at 99c after Jennie’s review. Blair actually put “Fading” on sale to celebrate the release of her new book, Freeing. What’s interesting is that this New Adult book is about the gay best friend and his roommate. I’ve read all over the internet how this book is “popping the m/m cherry” for many readers.

This isn’t a book on sale, but I thought it was cheap enough I could put it here and bring notice to a book that the readers here might find interesting. That’s okay, right?

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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. Azucena Rodriguez
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 14:15:35

    That is so funny about Covet. That is the only reason I read it too. I love Jim and I’m totally invested in HIM.

  2. Darlynne
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 14:38:28

    This isn’t a book on sale, but I thought it was cheap enough I could put it here and bring notice to a book that the readers here might find interesting. That’s okay, right?

    It’s more than okay. I’m personally burned out on NA/YA, but any book you think is interesting, particularly those we may not have heard of, is one of the many reasons I hang around here all day, every day.

    BTW, is it possible to have a dedicated Kobo buying link at the right, as you do for Amazon? Because of their recent coupon–and despite my previous qualms/hassles about buying from them in the past–I’d really like DA to get credit for all of my purchases, not just the currently reviewed books. Or does any Kobo link work, even when I search for a different title?

  3. cleo
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 15:01:02

    Good to know about Fading and Freeing. Anyone who’s read both, do I have to read Fading first or can I skip to Freeing? I’m not sure I’m up for Fading (right now at least), but Freeing sounds like it could be up my alley.

  4. Lori
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 21:32:21

    You had me at NA m/m :)

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