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Mission to Paris: A Novel by Alan FurstMission to Paris: A Novel by Alan Furst. $ .99

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“A master spy novelist.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Page after page is dazzling.”—James Patterson


Late summer, 1938. Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to make a movie. The Nazis know he’s coming—a secret bureau within the Reich has been waging political warfare against France, and for their purposes, Fredric Stahl is a perfect agent of influence. What they don’t know is that Stahl, horrified by the Nazi war on Jews and intellectuals, has become part of an informal spy service run out of the American embassy. Mission to Paris is filled with heart-stopping tension, beautifully drawn scenes of romance, and extraordinarily alive characters: foreign assassins; a glamorous Russian actress-turned-spy; and the women in Stahl’s life. At the center of the novel is the city of Paris—its bistros, hotels grand and anonymous, and the Parisians, living every night as though it were their last. Alan Furst brings to life both a dark time in history and the passion of the human hearts that fought to survive it.

The most helpful review of the book says that it is pleasant and enjoyable but not as gripping as he thought it would be.

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Revenge of the Witch (Last Apprentice Series #1) by Joseph Delaney, Patrick ArrasmithRevenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney. $ 1.99

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For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried-some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.
Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope; the last apprentice.

Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook’s warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county…?

School Library Journal writes “This first entry in a proposed series is an excellent choice for readers who are looking for a more sophisticated alternative to R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps books (Scholastic), and the pacing and edgy illustrations at the start of each chapter will appeal to reluctant readers. Delaney’s rural, quasi-medieval world is populated by a variety of magic creatures, and readers will look forward to discovering more of them, along with Thomas, as the series continues. A solid choice, particularly for middle school boys.”

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Red Moon: A Novel  by Benjamin PercyEpic Love by Kendall Ryan. $ .99

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— OFF CHANCE — by USA Today Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett
He is seeking absolution. Flynn Caldwell has spent his entire firefighting career trying to atone for that one person he failed to save. She is seeking escape. Rowan Page is determined to overcome the hard years she spent living on the streets of New York. Together, they have the chance to become complete…when what starts as a tiny spark between them flares into a fire so hot, it refuses to be extinguished.

— TROPHY HUSBAND — by NY Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely
Sometimes you can’t help falling in love, even when you try to do the opposite… McKenna embarks on a quest for a trophy husband after her ex has ditched her, but along the way she meets someone who rocks her world, so she’ll have to choose between protecting her heart from hurt, or letting go of her fears of a new beginning.

— FINDING THE RIGHT GIRL — by NY Times Bestselling Author Violet Duke
Tessa Daniels has no idea why she told her friend’s brother that she was a fling expert. She’s never been flung before and she sure as heck doesn’t know where or how to begin flinging a guy like Brian Sullivan. The man has as many demons and skeletons in the closet as she does; and worse, he’s got her thinking of the one thing she stopped letting herself hope for years ago. A happily-ever-after.

— INDULGENT PLEASURES — by USA Today Bestselling Author Karen Erickson (aka Monica Murphy)
Stephanie Shaw is having a sizzling hot affair with former pro baseball player Justin Hawkins–and writing all about it for the magazine she works at. When media shy Justin finally finds out, he’s angry. Hurt. Can their relationship survive Stephanie’s betrayal?

— KEEPING YOU — by International Bestselling Author Jessie Evans
Aria March and Nash Geary haven’t spoken a civil word to each other since the summer their teen fling ended. Badly. Twelve years later, Aria is fighting for custody of her little girl, and it wouldn’t hurt her case to be in a committed relationship. Fresh from a nasty breakup, Nash will do anything to one-up his ex, even agree to a marriage of inconvenience to Aria.

— WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT — by USA Today Bestselling Author Melody Grace
Passion. Ambition. Desire. Which would you choose? I thought I knew what I wanted in life. My destiny was set. Then I met him, and everything changed. Raphael is bold and passionate. He sees something in me I never dreamed possible, and now he’s determined to show me a world without limits. I want to trust him, but I’m scared. Once I fall, there’ll be no going back.

— UNRAVEL ME — by NY Times Bestselling Author Kendall Ryan
Psychology student Ashlyn Drake’s neat, orderly life takes a turn for the crazy when she finds the perfect subject for her amnesia thesis – a young man without any memory of his previous life, including the murder he’s accused of committing. Against all common sense, Ashlyn’s drawn to him like a moth to a flame and becomes determined to help him unravel his past.

— TEXT APPEAL — by NY Times Bestselling Author Lexi Ryan
When hotel heiress Riley Carter discovers the naughty messages on her new cell haven’t been coming from “Mr. Right” but from Charlie ‘The Devil’ Singleton, she falls into a hot affair with the last man she expected. But consorting with the notorious bad boy puts her hard-won reputation on the line, and Riley must decide if the poker player is more to her than a little Text Appeal.

These are full length novels.

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Seven Years (Seven Series #1)  by Dannika DarkSeven Years (Seven Series #1) by Dannika Dark. $ .99.

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Seven years ago, my world ended.
Seven years later, my new life began.
It’s been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother’s best friend shows up unexpectedly – a man she hasn’t seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he’s a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit.

Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He’s lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi’s family. It’s time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?

Negative reviews say that the women are treated like property and there are rape and sexual assault themes.

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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. LeeF
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 14:12:56

    Free today only on Amazon- Against the Wind (Anne Stuart)

  2. Rebecca (Another one)
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 17:24:04

    @LeeF: She is doing some give aways. 40 days to celebrate 40 years of writing. You can find out what at her website drama queen anne stuart.

  3. Christine
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 18:43:07

    The Epic Love series is worth it for just the Text Appeal story by Lexi Ryan alone. It’s great! I have it as a standalone :-)

  4. etv13
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 18:47:51

    I’m a big Alan Furst fan, and I’d say this one, though not his best, is well worth reading, especially for $1.99. If I were recommending Furst to new-to-him readers in general, I’d go with Night Soldiers (probably his best, but also his grimmest), or The World at Night. The first chapters of The Polish Officer, in which the hero is charged with getting Poland’s gold safely out of Poland as the Germans are invading, are also first rate, although that book doesn’t quite keep up the pace.

  5. LeeF
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 01:52:18

    @Rebecca (Another one):

    Yes, I have been following and entering each day- lots of good stuff and a very funny blog.

  6. Anna Richland
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 12:45:13

    Ditto on Night Soldiers!

    I went through a big Alan Furst phase, and my husband and I developed a joke about books that all start with someone bad (Nazis, Stalinists) crossing a European border (France, Belgium, Poland, Romania, etc) in the dark (night/early morning) … It does seem to happen in the first paragraph of almost every one of his books, so when we travel, we dramatically recite mock-Furst opening lines when we’re standing in immigration. Somehow it makes two kids and backpacks seem a bit more noir when we turn to each other and say “The Canadians in their Subaru crossed the border at Abbotsford in the hours before birds awoke, rolling through the blueberry fields and past sleeping cattle into a changed world.”

    Furst writes such a specific type of story in such a specific place. He writes them very, very well, but they do blur together. I recommend reading him – and I love how the shooting at the Paris bar appears in probably half the books, but always from someone else’s perspective, so you know that in Furst’s world all these unrelated characters were in the same bar the same night.

  7. Kate Hewitt
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 13:41:52

    I just read Istanbul by Colin Falconer–it’s a self-pubbed reissue of a 1990s thriller–that is set in Bucharest and Istanbul during WW2. I thought the historical details were fascinating, if harrowing. The thriller plot is fairly standard but still good, imo, on par with Ken Follett. I started The Polish Officer ages ago and found it hard going, but I’m really interested in books about Eastern Europe during WW2 so I might try Night Soldiers.

  8. Lindsay
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 15:06:42

    I don’t know if it’s been mentioned, but Alphas After Dark is 99 cents for a limited time, it’s novellas and includes Copper King by Vivian Arend, which for me was worth it alone.

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