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Daily Deals: Rakes, Musicians, Dogs, a capo of the underworld?

Still Life with Strings by L.H. CoswayStill Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

My name is Jade Lennon and I stand still for money.

The night I saw Shane Arthur watching me everything changed. A man in a suit always catches my eye, but it was the way he looked at me that was different. Like he knew me or something. He didn’t know me, especially not in my costume. My sobriety rests on staying away from men, but there was something about him that made me throw caution to the wind.

After all, I was never going to see him again, right?


Standing still isn’t the only way I make my money. I also bartend at a concert hall. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Shane was going to show up there. Not only that, but he’s the most recent addition to the orchestra. So now on a daily basis I have to resist one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever met and he plays the violin. For me that’s one hell of a deadly cocktail.

He wants me to teach him how to live. I’m not sure how much a twenty-six year old recovering alcoholic who works in a bar and moonlights as a living statue can teach a world class concert violinist, but I’m sure going to try.

Still Life with Strings is a story of music, art, sex, magical realism, and romance that you will never forget.

** Not suitable for readers under 18 years. Contains strong language and sex scenes. **

If you are looking for different, Cosway is delivering. Painted Faces featured a cross dressing hero. The Nature of Cruelty tried to redeem a bully and Still Life With Strings stars a recovering alcoholic heroine and a violin playing hero.

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The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs: A Novel by nick troutThe Patron Saint of Lost Dogs by Nick Trout. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Dr. Cyrus Mills returns to his hometown after inheriting his father’s failing veterinary practice. Cyrus intends to sell the practice and get out of town as fast as he can, but when his first patient–a down-on-her-luck golden retriever named Frieda Fuzzypaws–wags her way through the door, life suddenly gets complicated.
With the help of a black Labrador gifted in the art of swallowing underwear, a Persian cat determined to expose her owner’s lover as a gold digger, and the allure of a feisty, pretty waitress from the local diner, Cyrus gets caught up in a new community and its endearing residents, both human and animal. Sensing he may have misjudged the past, he begins to realize it’s not just his patients that need healing.

The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a winsome tale of new beginnings, forgiveness, and the joy of finding your way home.

PW says “A diverting yarn reminiscent of the work of James Herriot.” and Debbie Macomber gave a cover quote as well endorsing the book.

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The Blue Blazes  by Chuck WendigThe Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Meet Mookie Pearl.
Criminal underworld? He runs in it.

Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.

Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job.

But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Family Matters | When Underworlds Collide | Thrill of the Hunt | Chips and Old Blocks ]

If Wendig’s name sounds familiar but you aren’t a UF reader it’s because we’ve linked to his essays and blog posts before. He is a vocal part of what I like to call the sane faction of the author universe on the internet.

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Waking Up with a Rake by Connie Mason, Mia MarloweWaking Up with a Rake by Mia Marlowe. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The Fate of England’s Monarchy Is In The Hands of Three Notorious Rakes.

To prevent three royal dukes from marrying their way onto the throne, heroic, selfless agents for the crown will be dispatched…to seduce the dukes’ intended brides. These wickedly debauched rakes will rumple sheets and cause a scandal. But they just might fall into their own trap…

After he’s blamed for a botched assignment during war, former cavalry officer Rhys Warrick turns his back on “honor.” He spends his nights in brothels doing his best to live down to the expectations of his disapproving family. But one last mission could restore the reputation he’s so thoroughly sullied. All he has to do is seduce and ruin Miss Olivia Symon and his military record will be cleared. For a man with Rhys’s reputation, ravishing the delectably innocent miss should be easy. But Olivia’s honesty and bold curiosity stir more than Rhys’s desire. Suddenly the heart he thought he left on the battlefield is about to surrender…

At first I thought the title was “Woke up a Rake” and my internal dialogue went something likes this. “I went to bed a virgin but when I woke up, I had a raging hard on for everything. I started boning every accessible cavity from the dirt caverns made by the gardeners to the apple pies in the kitchen. There was nothing and no one I would not screw.”

But then I left to do something and when I came back I realized the title was “waking up with a rake” and while that made so much more sense, I decided to leave you with my silly internal dialogue. Have a great weekend!

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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. leftcoaster
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 14:56:14

    I bought the Connie Mason book in a moment of weakness (wanted fluff to read to distract myself from medical stuff with son) and couldn’t get through it. I gave it about 4 go’s before giving up. I found it really tired…maybe the whole innocent but sexually curious miss and sullied rake debauchery just doesn’t generally work for me (which is odd because “What I Did for a Duke” is one of my re-reads). I ended up feeling like she was an idiot and he was a douchebag which wasn’t the reading experience I was hoping for.

  2. JacquiC
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 15:49:30

    It is always disconcerting to pounce on a deal (The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs) only to discover that I actually already have it in my TBR. I didn’t look at how much I originally spent on it…

  3. kathybaug
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 16:24:37

    Not as disconcerting as purchasing a book the day before the price drops :(

  4. Carolyne
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 20:19:12

    I can’t say enough good things about Chuck Wendig’s thoroughly sane and frequently profane rants on his blog. I quite like his fiction writing too, though my fave are the Miriam Black books.

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