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Two recommended reads featuring quirky romances from Theresa Weir.  Both are 99c although Girl with the Cat Tattoo is free on Amazon.

The Girl With the Cat Tattoo by Theresa WeirGeek with the Cat Tattoo [NOOK Book] by Theresa Weir

Heaven Should Fall by Rebecca ColemanHeaven Should Fall by Rebecca Coleman. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

From the critically acclaimed author of The Kingdom of Childhood and Inside These Walls comes a heart-wrenching story of a family’s devotion—to each other and to their country.

Alone since her mother’s death, Jill Wagner believes she’s found the perfect partner in Cade Olmstead when he bursts upon her life—idealistic, handsome and motivated. He dreams of becoming a congressman and changing the world, and Jill is ready to stand at his side for the journey. When she discovers she is pregnant with Cade’s baby, Jill accepts that she must put college on hold for the sake of their new family. But it won’t be the only sacrifice she’ll have to make.

Relocating to the Olmsteads’ New England farm, Jill is excited to welcome the baby surrounded by Cade’s family. But life on the farm isn’t the idyllic retreat she’d imagined. Cade’s brother Elias, a soldier newly returned from Afghanistan, is struggling to recover from the experience of war, and Jill is unsettled to find the family home is no less a battlefield than the one Elias left behind.

When unexpected tragedy strikes, Cade is afflicted most of all—his idealism quickly transforms into bitterness and paranoia. Before she knows it, Jill’s once-ambitious husband becomes a desperate man willing to endanger them all in the name of vengeance?unless Jill can find a way out.

If you love emotionally charged, issue-driven novels, don’t miss Inside These Walls and The Kingdom of Childhood, available now.

PW says “Despite chapters told from both Cade’s and Jill’s viewpoints, motivations (Cade’s abrupt and jarring shift toward anti-government rhetoric; Jill’s passive acceptance of her fate) remain murky, but chapters that adopt Cade’s mother and sister’s perspectives add layers to this hazy tale of family loyalty gone horribly awry.”

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The Maid's Daughter Janice MaynardThe Maid’s Daughter by Janice Maynard. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

He thought he was finished rescuing damsels in distress. After all, hadn’t playing hero gotten millionaire Devlyn Wolff into enough trouble? Still, when a car accident lands Gillian Carlyle at his feet, he can’t walk away?even when he learns of her connection to his past.

Giving Gillian a job with his new business venture is not Devlyn’s way of assuaging age-old guilt. Nor is it a way to keep her close. At least he tells himself that, even as he knows seducing the maid’s daughter will lead him where he never meant to go?.

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Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) by Patrick O'BrianMaster and Commander (Vol. Book 1) by Patrick O’Brian. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:


The beginning to the sweeping Aubrey/Maturin series. “The best sea story I have ever read.”—Sir Francis Chichester

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship’s surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

One of the first books to get the slash treatment was the Master and Commander series. I’ve heard that it’s a tremendous series. My aunt loves it and I’ve read that Naomi Novik started out writing fan fiction of this series. You can see how she was influenced in her Temeraire series.

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The Night Gwen Stacy Died by Sarah BruniThe Night Gwen Stacy Died by Sarah Bruni. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

An offbeat love story about the adventures and mutual rescue of a young woman out of place in her hometown and a mysterious stranger who calls himself Peter Parker (and begins to cast her in the role of Spider-Man’s first sweetheart), The Night Gwen Stacy Died is about first loss, first love, and finding our real identities.

PW writes “Despite an oddly swampy ending, the novel’s quirky tone and accessible themes of rescue and recovery make for a likeable read.”

What is an oddly swampy ending? This book sounds kind of sweet, dark New Adult. Library Journal says ” ough with dark psychology, rich with introspection and emotion, this beautifully written book will appeal to fans of Spider-Man comics as well as coming-of-age fiction.”

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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. hapax
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 11:28:08

    Yays! I have been wanting the Theresa Weir books forever, but just couldn’t bring myself to pay that much for novellas.

  2. Mzcue
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 11:36:35

    All these pricing deals are making my head spin. I was sulking because I had pre-ordered Molly Harper’s HOW TO RUN WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF and paid the $7.99 on Amazon to read it on December 30, only to find yesterday that the price dropped to $4.78. But I had postponed ordering Theresa Weir’s appealing though price cat tattoo books until I was feeling a little more flush. Now (thanks to Dear Author) I have both for only 99 cents. Of course I’m delighted, but it makes me wonder about pre-ordering any books in the future.

    I like to support favorite authors, but I’m beginning to think that disciplining myself to wait a few weeks will have to be a new year’s resolution for 2014.

  3. Mzcue
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 11:41:36

    @Mzcue: Sorry…Harper’s book was $7.59 on preorder, not $7.99. If I’m being picky, I guess I should be accurate.

  4. Sandra
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 11:44:33

    You haven’t read O’Brian? Not romances, except for maybe Bromance. Wonderful books. We have them all, in trade, which means they weren’t cheap. Nice to know I can start adding them to my nook at a reasonable price.

  5. Gloria
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 12:33:32

    I’ve been hearing about Master and Commander for years, but this got me off my but to get it. Thanks!

  6. Sirius
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 13:22:36

    I love love love “Master and commander”. Have them in paperback through book 16. Thank you.

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