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Wicked Games Jill MylesWicked Games by Jill Myles. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Abby Lewis never pictured herself on the survival game show, Endurance Island. She’s just not the ‘survival’ type. But when her boss offers her a spot on the show and the opportunity of a lifetime, she packs her bags and heads to the tropics to be a contestant. Once in the game, though, it’s clear that Abby’s in over her head.

No one’s more competitive than sexy, delicious – and arrogant – Dean Woodall. Sure, he’s clever, strong, good at challenges, and has a body that makes her mouth water. He also hates Abby just as much as she hates him. That’s fine with her; she’ll just ignore the jerk.

But the rules of Endurance Island are working against them. Abby and Dean are teamed up – alone – on the beach. It’s either work together, or go home. Stuck with no one’s company but their own, they learn they might just make a good team after all. And Abby learns that with just a little bit of kindling, the flames of hate can quickly turn to flames of passion…

This book (approx 58,000 words) features enemies, lovers, enemies who become lovers, and lots and lots of tropical heat…

I thought I had promo’ed this before but I did a quick search and didn’t find it. Anyway, I really don’t much like books about reality TV shows but I started this one on a recommendation from a reader and found myself thoroughly engaged. If you read the reviews, they all pretty much say the same thing. Hate reality tv show books. Loved this one. It’s free. I bet if you start, like a Pringles, you won’t be able to stop.

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The Silver Boat Luanne RiceThe Silver Boat by Luanne Rice. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice, a moving family story that “will strike a chord in every mother, daughter, or sister” (Marie Claire)

In The Silver Boat, New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice has written a heart-wrenching yet heartwarming portrait of a family in all its flawed complexity. The McCarthy sisters have come to Martha’s Vineyard to say good-bye to their family’s beach house—the place they were happiest together. Each has her own complicated issues and is struggling with the difficult process of letting go, but when a cache of old letters spurs them to visit Ireland, each woman comes to see herself in a new light. True-to-life sisters, the beach, laughter, and passionate love—The Silver Boat is Luanne Rice at her very best.

I’ve never read Rice but I recall one of her books had a fairly tragic ending so don’t read her with an eye toward a satisfying happy ever after.

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Virtuoso      by     Grace BurrowesThe Duke’s Obssession by Grace Burrowes. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A genius with a terrible loss. . .

Gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the Duke of Moreland, has little interest in his father’s obsession to see his sons married, and instead pours passion into his music. But when Val loses his music, he flees to the country, alone and tormented by what has been robbed from him.

A widow with a heartbreaking secret. . .

Grieving Ellen Markham has hidden herself away, looking for safety in solitude. Her curious new neighbor offers a kindred lonely soul whose desperation is matched only by his desire, but Ellen’s devastating secret could be the one thing that destroys them both.

Together they’ll find there’s no rescue from the past, but sometimes losing everything can help you find what you need most.

This is one of the series that I haven’t seen discounted recently. I didn’t love this book. It seemed very modern to me. I think Burrowes would be a great small town contemporary author. She writes with a lot of emotion and has a great voice but the period details are all over the place.

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The Great Gilly HopkinsThe Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

At eleven, Gilly is nobody’s real kid. If only she could find her beautiful mother, Courtney, and live with her instead of in the ugly foster home where she has just been placed! How could she, the great Gilly Hopkins, known throughout the county for her brilliance and unmanageability, be expected to tolerate Maime Trotter, the fat, nearly illiterate widow who is now her guardian? Or for that matter, the freaky seven-year-old boy and the shrunken blind black man who are also considered part of the bizarre “family”? Even cool Miss Harris, her teacher, is a shock to her.

Gutsy Gilly is both poignant and comic as, behind her best barracuda smile, she schemes against them and everyone else who tries to be friendly. The reader will cheer for her as she copes with the longings and terrors of always being a foster child.

Katherine Paterson, winner of the 1978 Newbery Medal for Bridge to Terabithia and of the 1977 National Book Award for The Master Puppeteer, again reaches across boundaries with her wit, compassion, and love, and here creates an immensely engaging story about a child’s desperate search for a place to call home.

I think I must be collecting every Newbery winner but yeah, I bought this even though *this* book wasn’t a winning title. We just finished reading King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry which tot loved. She told me we were reading Man O’ War next so I’m not sure when, if ever, this book will be cued up but at least I’ll have it in reserve.

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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. j0j0s
    Jun 11, 2013 @ 15:30:06

    I think “Wicked Games” has also been released under the author’s pseudonym Jessica Clare (and maybe as Jessica Sims at one point?), so maybe you promo’ed it under a different name?

  2. carmen webster buxton
    Jun 11, 2013 @ 15:38:42

    She told me we were reading Man O’ War next …

    She knows what she wants to read! A girl after my own heart!

  3. Jolie Jacq
    Jun 11, 2013 @ 16:02:55

    I had the Chincoteague series and King of the Wind in hardback when I was a child and adored them. When my mother moved house in the 90s, guess which box of books got lost? Still hurts.

  4. Liz H.
    Jun 11, 2013 @ 16:08:49

    ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins’ is one of my favorite kids books ever. Katherine Paterson is always fantastic. I envy Tot, she’s got a lot of fantastic books coming up.

  5. WordSpinner
    Jun 11, 2013 @ 22:53:56

    I’m pretty sure that I listened to the Great Gilly Hopkins on audiotape when I was a child. IIRC, it is very good but a tearjerker.

  6. SAO
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 07:38:11

    Grace Burrowes went on a banned for life list for me after I read Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal (part of the same series as the Duke’s Obsession). Lady Maggie and at least one other character were being blackmailed for years and years of tens of thousands of pounds — the secret driving a lot of the plot and making it “impossible” for her to have a normal life. Yet when the hero finally finds out, he resolves the whole thing with barely a lift of his little finger, proving the women to be silly ditzes who let a blackmailer bleed them over nothing much.

  7. EmilyW
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 09:28:30

    Have you tried the Black Stallion books with the tot? I LOVED those as a child. I can’t wait until my young’uns are a little older and I can start reading these books to them.

  8. MrsJoseph
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 10:44:06


    I was going to say this, too. Wicked Games has several different covers and at least two different author names on it. That might be why it looks familiar.

  9. Marí
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 12:31:38

    I really liked Wicked Games the first time I read it, but the second time it didn’t work so well for me.
    I tried Grace Burrowes very first novel and couldn’t stand it. Haven’t read any of the others since…I don’t expect complete historical accuracy in my romance novels but I also don’t want to read what is basically a contemporary with pretty dresses and dukes.

  10. Jill Myles
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 13:01:16

    In regards to the Wicked Games cover…INORITE? I am totally a flake when it comes to my covers. :)

    The first one was garish font-wise, so I changed it to something a little sexier. Then everyone came back and said YUCK THIS COVER SO MUCH WET MANTITTY. So I changed it to something cute and flirty (the white one above) so as not to scar the retinas of readers. THEN I started the sequel, and realized the concept I wanted meant that the first cover wouldn’t match the second, so I changed it again. And it has Jessica Clare on it because, while it’s all me underneath, all of my contemporaries are currently branded as Jessica Clare, so I thought it might be better for the audience.

    TL;DR: mea culpa. :)

  11. Estara Swanberg
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 13:06:15

    @Marí: Ditto about the Burrowes – exactly like you for the same reasons, Marí.

  12. LauraB
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 16:45:39

    King of the Wind was the first book I ever read that made me cry. Beautiful story!

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