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The Babel Codex Alex ArcherThe Babel Codex by Alex Archer. $ Free

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In this electrifying new novella, heroine Annja Creed uncovers yet another one of history’s monsters.

From the Old Testament comes a new danger?

Fighting skeletons in Addis Ababa isn’t in Annja’s contract. Especially when they’re “entertainment” rigged by an obnoxious radio DJ during the filming of the TV show she hosts, Chasing History’s Monsters. But the accidental discovery of an ancient clay brick turns the prank into deadly peril for the intrepid archaeologist.

If Annja’s hunch is right, the brick is merely the first key to a greater discovery: the Tower of Babel. Now, with Joan of Arc’s sword in hand and killers at her heels, she must race across the Middle East to unravel the puzzle first. Enemies and allies will face off against each other—and themselves. To survive, Annja will have to defeat them all?because in the end there can be only one winner.

Join the ranks of loyal readers addicted to the heart-racing action/adventure of the Rogue Angel series. With six new books a year, don’t miss the next Rogue Angel title coming out in September.

This is a novella but perfectly priced at FREE.

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KINDLING THE MOON  by Jenn BennettKindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett. $ 1.99

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Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

S&S has placed six books on sale in celebration of NY ComicCon. This deal was mentioned in the comments earlier this week and Keslynn shared that it was more UF than PNR but that she recommended it.

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Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated by Alison ArngrimConfessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim. $ 1.99

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For seven years, Alison Arngrim played a wretched, scheming, selfish, lying, manipulative brat on one of TV history’s most beloved series. Though millions of Little House on the Prairie viewers hated Nellie Oleson and her evil antics, Arngrim grew to love her character—and the freedom and confidence Nellie inspired in her.

In Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, Arngrim describes growing up in Hollywood with her eccentric parents: Thor Arngrim, a talent manager to Liberace and others, whose appetite for publicity was insatiable, and legendary voice actress Norma MacMillan, who played both Gumby and Casper the Friendly Ghost. She recalls her most cherished and often wickedly funny moments behind the scenes of Little House: Michael Landon’s “unsaintly” habit of not wearing underwear; how she and Melissa Gilbert (who played her TV nemesis, Laura Ingalls) became best friends and accidentally got drunk on rum cakes at 7-Eleven; and the only time she and Katherine MacGregor (who played Nellie’s mom) appeared in public in costume, provoking a posse of elementary schoolgirls to attack them.

Arngrim relays all this and more with biting wit, but she also bravely recounts her life’s challenges: her struggle to survive a history of traumatic abuse, depression, and paralyzing shyness; the “secret” her father kept from her for twenty years; and the devastating loss of her “Little House husband” and best friend, Steve Tracy, to AIDS, which inspired her second career in social and political activism. Arngrim describes how Nellie Oleson taught her to be bold, daring, and determined, and how she is eternally grateful to have had the biggest little bitch on the prairie to show her the way.

This sounds fascinating. Entertainment Weekly says “’Confessions of a Prairie Bitch’ says it all: Neither Arngrim nor Nellie could ever be called boring.”

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Come as You Are by Theresa WeirCome As You Are by Theresa Weir. $ .99.

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Molly Young has a secret. To keep it she holds the world at a distance. Behind her lies a trail of dumped boyfriends who came too close to discovering what no one can know. When her estranged father dies of an unexpected heart attack he leaves an even deeper secret, one tied to Molly’s.

At the funeral repast Molly is unable to tolerate the shoulder-to-shoulder mourners and runs out the door and down the street to the nearest bar. Come dawn, with no memory of the past ten hours, she finds herself in bed with a beautiful stranger. She slips away before he wakes up, unaware of the role he’s about to play in her life. Is he the one guy who can convince Molly to face her painful secret and become the person she’s meant to be?

Theresa Weir is a fantastic author and this is her first New Adult. I’ve not read it because the blurb is too vague for me to dive in (pun intended) but I have it on my TBR list.

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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. Amanda
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 14:21:09

    I really enjoyed Confessions of a Prairie Bitch . As a Little House fan in was so interesting to see the behind the scenes. And even though this was the only one I read I have heard that this was the best of the biographies to come out of the show (Melissa Gilbert and Melissa Sue Anderson also have books out).

  2. Tanya
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 14:23:49

    I can’t recommend Prairie Bitch highly enough. Whether you loved her show or didn’t, it doesn’t matter. Alison is a fun writer with such a great voice. She’s been through a lot, but esp. her dedication to LGBT causes shows who she is as a person. This book got me through a rough time. Enjoy it.

  3. JJPP
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 14:23:49

    I just finished Kindling the Moon and I REALLY enjoyed it! The world building was unique and interesting, and the characters were really great too. Funny, intelligent, and real.

    I was actually reading this on my commute to work this morning and got here right at the start of the book’s climax… Don’t tell anyone, but I propped up my phone in front of my computer for 30 minutes and finished the book. :)

  4. Lynn M
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 14:34:39

    I third the recommendation for “Prairie Bitch”. It was a fantastic read, and I really came to appreciate Alison Arngrim’s skills as an actress because her real life personality is so different than her Nellie Olson character. I would have loved to have been growing-up friends with Alison. Nellie – not so much.

  5. Olivia Waite
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 15:13:18

    Another recommendation for Prairie Bitch — I was only an intermittent LH watcher and I didn’t feel left out of the joke at all. A stunning, moving, hilarious gem of a biography.

  6. Janine
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 16:01:24

    @Amanda, @Tanya, @Lynn M & @Olivia Waite: You sold me on it! I purchased Confessions of a Prairie Bitch.

  7. RobinC
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 17:38:11

    When my sister and I found out that Melissa Gilbert , Melissa Sue Anderson and Alison Arngrim all had books out, we decided it would be fun to read all three books to compare their different perspectives. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is by far the best in every way.

  8. Darlynne
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 17:44:34

    Has anyone read the Rogue Angel series? I’ve seen it around forever, just haven’t had the time to take a look. This novella will help, just wondered what others thought.

  9. Erin Satie
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 17:58:46

    I’ve read all three of the Arcadia Bell books that are currently published & they’re all great.

    I’ve cooled on urban fantasy and paranormal books over the past few years. Arcadia Bell is one of the few new series to make it into my autobuy list, and mostly for the great characters–the romance between Arcadia and Lon, an older pro photographer with the world’s most charming, teenaged son, is so great.

  10. Katie
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 18:28:09

    Kindling the Moon is FANTASTIC. One of those world I just sink into. The romance is low key and the love interest’s teenage son is wonderful.

  11. Kaetrin
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 18:31:19

    I read Come As You Are by Theresa Weir a week or so ago. I still don’t quite know what to make of it. I gave it a “C?” – but for 99c it’s a pretty low risk investment.

  12. pooks
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 09:23:06

    Your comments convinced me to buy Prairie Bitch and give Come As You Are a shot. The other comments got me to add Kindling the Moon to the stash. Buying three out of four recs may be a record for me!

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