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Tall, Dark and Deadly Heather Graham Tall, Dark and Deadly by Heather Graham. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

When her best friend vanishes, a woman combs Florida for a killer

Few people in Florida worry when Marnie Newcastle disappears. A successful lawyer with a wild side, Marnie has been known to disappear during her passionate love affairs. But Samantha Miller, a college friend who is as sensible as Marnie is impulsive, knows better. When Marnie vanishes a few days after moving into her dream house, Samantha is the only one who doesn’t think her friend is off on another tryst. There are dark secrets in Marnie’s past, and Samantha thinks one of them may have gotten her killed.

Investigating Marnie’s menagerie of ex-lovers, Samantha finds a crooked contractor, a rock star, and a homicide cop—all with something to hide. A killer is stalking the Florida swamps, and Samantha must find him before he finds her—or else she may be the next to die.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Heather Graham including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

This was originally published 1999 and while it has a good suspense and romance, according to reviewers, it features some stereotypical tropes from that time period including the extra perfect heroine and the slutty best friend who was the murder victim.

This is not, despite the title, a PNR. No vampires here.


The Spare Carolyn Jewel The Spare by Carolyn Jewel. $3.99.

From Jacket Copy:

The Spare was originally published by Leisure Books in 2004. It is about 95,000 words (325 pages).

Olivia Willow is missing a day from her life and now the new Earl of Teirn-Cope suspects she had a hand in his brother’s death.

This is one of my favorite Jewel books. I looked in our archives and there is no review for it although Jennie, who gave Scandal an A-,


Through Her Eyes By: Beth Kery Through Her Eyes by Beth Kery. $1.49.

From Jacket Copy:

Claire despises her ability to see into the future. But when her dreams include a heated encounter with a gorgeous, dominant, mysterious lover—and a spine-chilling foretelling of danger to her own life—she knows she has to make a choice between the safety of denial and the seductive passion that seems to go hand-in-hand with her own death. Having had a taste of the wild hunger that flares with her dream lover, it’s not much of a choice at all.

He’s not psychic, but Des knows things Claire’s power can’t reveal. He knows about a psychopathic madman who’s set his sights on Claire, and the fact that her brainy, rational exterior hides a deeply sensual, uninhibited woman. Des also knows something else—that he will claim Claire as his.

If he can keep her alive, that is.

Word count for this title is 83,635. This is the first book Kery wrote, according to one Goodreads reviewer, and she reworked it for publication. Marlene at Goodreads wrote “i can appreciate this book for what it is. a early work of an author who has grown immensely. the sex scenes are as hot as ever, but the plot was lacking.”


The Given Day Dennis Lehane The Given Day by Dennis Lehane. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Set in Boston at the end of the First World War, New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane’s long-awaited eighth novel unflinchingly captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught at the crossroads between past and future. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters more richly drawn than any Lehane has ever created, The Given Day tells the story of two families–one black, one white–swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power. Beat cop Danny Coughlin, the son of one of the city’s most beloved and powerful police captains, joins a burgeoning union movement and the hunt for violent radicals. Luther Laurence, on the run after a deadly confrontation with a crime boss in Tulsa, works for the Coughlin family and tries desperately to find his way home to his pregnant wife.

Here, too, are some of the most influential figures of the era–Babe Ruth; Eugene O’Neill; leftist activist Jack Reed; NAACP founder W. E. B. DuBois; Mitchell Palmer, Woodrow Wilson’s ruthless Red-chasing attorney general; cunning Massachusetts governor Calvin Coolidge; and an ambitious young Department of Justice lawyer named John Hoover.

Coursing through some of the pivotal events of the time–including the Spanish Influenza pandemic–and culminating in the Boston Police Strike of 1919, The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

This is Lehane’s 8th book. From PW’s starred review: ” This story of fathers and sons, love and betrayal, idealism and injustice, prejudice and brotherly feeling is a dark vision of the brutality inherent in human nature and the dire fate of some who try to live by ethical standards. It’s also a vision of redemption and a triumph of the human spirit. In short, this nail-biter carries serious moral gravity.”


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. DS
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 14:35:51

    The Heather Graham book Tall, Dark and Deadly contains every romantic suspense cliche I could think of including probably the kitchen sink. I’m amazed she had any left over for the other books in the series. As a mystery/romantic suspense reader I’m not impressed.

  2. Sunita
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 14:55:12

    I love The Spare. I read it when it first came out and was blown away. It’s not perfect, but it is so different and original and thick with atmosphere.

  3. Jennie
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 17:01:33

    Not a romance, obviously, but The Given Day is SUCH a good book. I loved it.

  4. wikkidsexycool
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 17:01:52

    I love books that weave in history. The Given Day is the book for me.

  5. Darlynne
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 17:04:19

    Jane, The Given Day is $2.99 at Amazon and B&N.

  6. Jody
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 17:15:46

    Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death is 2.99 at Amazon today for anyone who missed the nanosecond it was reduced yesterday. Like me. Got it now, though. Yay!

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