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Daily Deals: Psychological thrillers and a NA werewolf apocalypse book

Melissa Haag Hope(less)Hope(less) by Melissa Haag. $ Free at Smashwords

From the Jacket Copy:

Our world is being judged and we remain unaware.

In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny glowing sparks filling her mind that represent the people around her confirm it. Clueless regarding the reason behind her sight and her place in the world, Gabby struggles to find the answers she needs.

A revelation leads Gabby to a secluded wooded location… An introduction sends her running back home, but not quite alone…

This available free on Smashwords through April 5, 2013 with the use of Coupon Code RH99W and $1.99 elsewhere. The author of this book contacted me. I have no idea if it is any good, if it has any decent editing, but I thought I’d throw it out there. I have it marked on my TBR list because it is a werewolf book. I love those.

The cover reminds me of another book. Anyone?

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A Trouble of Fools  Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries - 1      By: Linda BarnesA Trouble of Fools by Linda Barnes. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The first book in the Carlotta Carlyle series!

Linda Barnes’s A Trouble of Fools is the book that introduced readers to ex-Boston cop and PI Carlotta Carlyle, who knows trouble when she sees it like the old Irish lady offering a grand in cash to find her brother…

Since being bounced from the Boston police for insubordination after six years of service, Carlotta Carlyle has set up shop as a private investigator ready to deal with anything from lost pets to substantially grander larcenies. Though Carlotta, a six-foot-tall, redheaded ex cop, part-time cabbie, and neophyte private eye, works out of her home, it’s rare that clients stop by unannounced. Especially clients like the genteel, reserved, elderly spinster Miss Margaret Devens.

With cash flow problems and a caseload so light that she’s taken to reading her cat’s mail, Carlotta accepts the case of Miss Devens’s missing brother Eugene. Oddly enough, Carlotta knew Eugene when they worked together back at Green and White Cab. As far as Carlotta sees it, this case should be a pinch—until two thugs looking for money send her client to the hospital.

The old lady’s missing brother seems to have been involved in something much more dangerous than simply driving a cab. Carlotta is determined to do whatever it takes?work the cops, pose as a hooker, and even drive a cab again—to find Eugene before it’s too late.

This review suggests that the series ripens over time (which is rare because usually you see series kind of flatten off or drop in terms of quality).

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The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden  Callie & Kayden      By: Jessica SorensenThe Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorenson. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

From the bestselling author of The Secret of Ella and Micha comes a mesmerizing novel of fate, friendship, and the healing power of love . . .


For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck-and his life-might finally end . . . until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.

When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved . .

The second book in the series, The Redemption of Callie & Kayden, is available as a pre-order for $2.99 (delivery August 6, 2013). I read Sorenson’s Secret of Ella and Micha but it didn’t work for me. The characters often acted differently than we were told they were going to act. Interestingly, though, there was a recent DA commenter who said that she was blown away by The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden and later read Secret of Ella and Micha and was disappointed by the latter. Of course, at 99c I’ve purchased this book but I won’t read it until the second has been released. (Because I’m tired of the cliffhangers)

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Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. WatsonBefore I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

‘As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …’ Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life

This was reviewed by Janine who said: Despite the psychological acuity in the writing, or perhaps because of it, I did not enjoy reading the book. In fact, whereas some other readers couldn’t put it down, I found it difficult to pick it back up. There have been psychological thrillers I’ve loved, but the older I get, the harder it becomes for me to read about vulnerable characters in jeopardy. Christine was acutely vulnerable, and reading about her made me feel uneasy to an uncomfortable degree.

The cover of the advanced reader’s edition proclaims that rights have been sold in over thirty countries, and movie rights sold to acclaimed director Ridley Scott. There are blurbs from Tess Gerritsen and Dennis Lehane calling it “Quite simply the best debut I’ve ever read,” and “Exceptional,” respectively.

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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. Darlynne
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 14:34:04

    “This review suggests that the series ripens over time (which is rare because usually you see series kind of flatten off or drop in terms of quality).”

    It’s been my happy experience that crime fiction writers seem to improve over the course of the series. I love Lehane’s early work, forex, but it can’t compare to Mystic River and the books that follow. In this case, Linda Barnes really does hit her stride as the series grows. Which doesn’t mean crime writers don’t fall apart at some point, I’ve just found that good writers start out commendably and go on to improve.

  2. Sunita
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 14:43:06

    @Darlynne: I agree with you about crime writers. Even the great ones, like Reginald Hill, who start out very strongly, tend to write more mature and complex works as the series progresses. The only person I can think of who isn’t that way is John Le Carre; he started at the top and stayed there for a long time.

  3. hapax
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 16:12:09

    The cover reminds me of another book. Anyone?

    I saw the thumbnail and immediately went, “THE SIGHT by David Clement-Davies is on sale! Yay!”

    Alas, it was not the case, but the covers are eerily (actionably?) similar:

  4. Les
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 16:41:22

    I LOVED Before I go to Ssleep – I was one of those who couldn’t put it down and recommended it to many folks. I liked the dissonance throughout the book – there was the sense that I never was certain what was really happening. Double thumbs up.

  5. Susan
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 19:22:08

    I used to be a faithful Carlotta Carlyle reader but the series kinda fell off my radar for some reason–maybe there was a long gap between books? I have so many books in my TBR pile that it doesn’t take much for me to get sidetracked. Maybe I should revisit it.

  6. hapax
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 20:13:46

    Jane, now that I think about it (since you like werewolf books) you may be thinking about the original hardback cover of one of Alice Borchardt’s Legends of the Wolves books, most likely THE WOLF KING or THE SILVER WOLF.

    I can’t find a good image to link to them at any of the book sites (they all have the newer, far less striking covers), but do a Google image search for them and something might strike your memory.

  7. peggy h
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 20:13:47

    I enjoyed Before I Go To Sleep. For some reason, I thought it had paranormal elements—but no. It was a suspense/thriller type, not a genre I often read (when I read mysteries, I prefer cozy whodunnits) but I liked this. I have to add I was on vacation at the time, and read this while lazing about at a beautiful poolside, so the rose-colored glasses may have added to the enjoyment… :)

  8. Kaetrin
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 21:11:43

    The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is $10.99 for me. *sobs*

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