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Ignite (Explosive)  by Tessa TeevanIgnite (Explosive) by Tessa Teevan. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

After nearly a year and a half of grieving the loss of her husband, twenty-seven year old Alexa Sullivan Tate is headed back to her hometown after a decade of being away. She has no idea her high school crush, Jace McAllister, the guy who stole her heart the same night that he broke it, is more than ready to pick up the pieces.

Jace has spent the last ten years in the Army defusing bomb after bomb, trying to forget the girl who ignited all his passions. Little does he know that the spark still exists.

Ten years ago they had smoldering chemistry, but the spark between them now might light a fuse that leads to an explosion even Jace can’t stop. Not that he wants to. If only Alexa can get past her guilt and trust her heart again.

But how do you put it all on the line when you’ve already lost everything once before?

*While this is a series, each book will be standalone.

Negative reviews say that it is predictable and boring and that the hero is perfect and sappy.

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One Perfect Summer Paige ToonOne Perfect Summer by Paige Toon. $ .99 AMZN | Google Play

From the Jacket Copy:

‘Do you still love him?’
Every second of every minute of every hour of every day…
Alice is18 and about to start university while Joe’s life is seemingly going nowhere. A Dorset summer, a chance meeting, and the two of them fall into step as if they have known each other forever.
But their idyll is shattered, suddenly, unexpectedly. Alice heads off to Cambridge and slowly picks up the pieces of her broken heart. Joe is gone; she cannot find him. When she catches the attention of Lukas – gorgeous, gifted, rich boy Lukas – she is carried along by his charm, swept up in his ambitious plans for a future together.
Then Joe is there, once more, but out of reach in a way that Alice could never have imagined. Life has moved on, the divide between them is now so great. Surely it is far too late to relive those perfect summer days of long ago?

This book is set over a period of years and the positive reviews said that it took them back to the halcyon-ic days of chick lit. I’m tempted. It’s only 99c and I loved British chick lit back in the day.

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Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & TeachersBe Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers by John Elder Robinson. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

“I believe those of us with Asperger’s are here for a reason, and we have much to offer. This book will help you bring out those gifts.”

In his bestselling memoir, Look Me in the Eye, John Elder Robison described growing up with Asperger’s syndrome at a time when the diagnosis didn’t exist. He was intelligent but socially isolated; his talents won him jobs with toy makers and rock bands but did little to endear him to authority figures and classmates, who were put off by his inclination to blurt out non sequiturs and avoid eye contact.

By the time he was diagnosed at age forty, John had already developed a myriad of coping strategies that helped him achieve a seemingly normal, even highly successful, life. In Be Different, Robison shares a new batch of endearing stories about his childhood, adolescence, and young adult years, giving the reader a rare window into the Aspergian mind.

In each story, he offers practical advice—for Aspergians and indeed for anyone who feels “different”—on how to improve the weak communication and social skills that keep so many people from taking full advantage of their often remarkable gifts. With his trademark honesty and unapologetic eccentricity, Robison addresses questions like:

• How to read others and follow their behaviors when in uncertain social situations
• Why manners matter
• How to harness your powers of concentration to master difficult skills
• How to deal with bullies
• When to make an effort to fit in, and when to embrace eccentricity
• How to identify special gifts and use them to your advantage

Every person, Aspergian or not, has something unique to offer the world, and every person has the capacity to create strong, loving bonds with their friends and family. Be Different will help readers and those they love find their path to success.

His Memoir is also on sale for $1.99.

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Black Dog (Strange Chemistry)  by Rachel NeumeierBlack Dog (Strange Chemistry) by Rachel Neumeier. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

BLACK DOG by Rachel Neumeier takes the reader into a hidden world of magic, war, and shapeshifting that exists just behind the headlines of the human world. Think of it as Robin McKinley’s SUNSHINE but with werewolves instead of vampires.

Natividad is Pure, one of the rare girls born able to wield magic. Pure magic can protect humans against the supernatural evils they only half-acknowledge—the blood kin or the black dogs. In rare cases—like for Natividad’s father and older brother—Pure magic can help black dogs find the strength to control their dark powers.

But before Natividad’s mother can finish teaching her magic their enemies find them. Their entire village in the remote hills of Mexico is slaughtered by black dogs. Their parents die protecting them. Natividad and her brothers must flee across a strange country to the only possible shelter: the infamous black dogs of Dimilioc, who have sworn to protect the Pure.

In the snowy forests of Vermont they are discovered by Ezekiel Korte, despite his youth the strongest black dog at Dimilioc and the appointed pack executioner. Intrigued by Natividad he takes them to Dimilioc instead of killing them.

Now they must pass the tests of the Dimilioc Master. Alejandro must prove he can learn loyalty and control even without his sister’s Pure magic. Natividad’s twin Miguel must prove that an ordinary human can be more than a burden to be protected. And even at Dimilioc a Pure girl like Natividad cannot remain unclaimed to cause fighting and distraction. If she is to stay she must choose a black dog mate.

But, first, they must all survive the looming battle.

Repetitive words bothered one reviewer. The characters are Mexican and the same reviewer was annoyed by the occasional Spanish word. Other reviews say that it is a great blend of werewolves, vampires and magic. A good retelling of a fabled myth and, most of all, not just about white kids.

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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. AMK
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 14:05:58

    Claire Kent’s Escorted is on sale for 0.99$.

  2. Liviania
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 14:07:42

    I think Black Dog is in the running for one of the best books of the year.

    The Spanish definitely didn’t bother me. It was easy to glean from context (the few words I didn’t know), and it was all stuff that made since for ESL characters to say.

  3. Jo
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 16:08:57

    I had my fingers crossed that Black dog was on sale for me but no dice….on the wish list it goes.

  4. Laura B
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 16:24:10

    Black Dog is worth it! I’ve really enjoyed the story and the world building. :)

  5. Brie
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 17:24:29

    The Spanish in Black Dog bothered me because it was Google-translate bad, so it wasn’t just distracting, but also offensive, to be honest.

  6. Janine
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 18:51:21

    @Liviania: Brie Clementine reviewed Black Dog for Romance Around the Corner and said the author got the Spanish wrong:

    And last but not least, we have the terrible Spanish. I give kudos to the author for making her characters diverse. Sure, the kids came from a village that didn’t even have running water until their Gringo father installed some pipes, but the kids were proud of their culture and were raised in a loving environment, so I’m willing to overlook what’s perilously close to a stereotype. But why would you include so many Spanish phrases and words without doing the proper research? Even if your audience is primarily English-speaking and probably won’t notice or care, you’re using a different culture and you should be extra careful. Butchering their language is disrespectful, and it infuses the whole thing with the stench of appropriation.

    She goes on to give examples of this.

  7. Janine
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 18:54:06

    @Brie: Oops, I didn’t see your comment! Sorry for quoting you when you already said your piece.

  8. Jo
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 19:19:46

    I read Ms Neumeiers response to Bries review and I was struck by this ” or even more likely, errors were accidentally reintroduced at a later stage. ” forgive my ignorance but does that mean she is saying an editor changed all the Spanish words and phrases. Is that common? I will admit to knowing next to nothing about publishing process and this has me curious

  9. Michelle
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 20:01:39

    I have Black Dog in book form but haven’t read it yet. Her book The City in the Lake is one of my favorites.

  10. azteclady
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 21:37:13

    Regarding the Spanish…oh, personal pet peeve alert!

    Seriously, if you are writing someone who is Mexican, find an English speaking Mexican to check your use of that language (hint: there ARE serious differences in idioms between ALL Spanish speaking countries, just as there are in English).

  11. ms bookjunkie
    Apr 15, 2014 @ 10:47:07

    @Jo: Caridad Ferrer had the unfortunate experience of a copy editor changing all of her (culturally appropriate Miami(?) teenagers’) Cuban Spanish into (“proper HS-learned”) standard Spanish. In the last draft. She only noticed when the book released. Rage-making and heartbreaking. (I totally paraphrased from memory. Reading about it made a huge impact on me—the publisher wanted to publish Latina characters and then butchered such an important part. (Again, phrasing is mine. Funny how full of rage I am when it impacts me not the slightest bit. I’m just a reader.))

  12. Jo
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 02:17:07

    @ms bookjunkie: thank you for your reply. Wow, how awful. I hope Ms Ferrer got a new copy editor.

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