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Doughnut by Tom HoltTom Holt by Doughnut. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The doughnut is a thing of beauty.
A circle of fried doughy perfection.
A source of comfort in trying times, perhaps.
For Theo Bernstein, however, it is far, far more.
Things have been going pretty badly for Theo Bernstein. An unfortunate accident at work has lost him his job (and his work involved a Very Very Large Hadron Collider, so he’s unlikely to get it back). His wife has left him. And he doesn’t have any money.

Before Theo has time to fully appreciate the pointlessness of his own miserable existence, news arrives that his good friend Professor Pieter van Goyen, renowned physicist and Nobel laureate, has died.

By leaving the apparently worthless contents of his safety deposit to Theo, however, the professor has set him on a quest of epic proportions. A journey that will rewrite the laws of physics. A battle to save humanity itself.

This is the tale of a man who had nothing and gave it all up to find his destiny – and a doughnut.

The title of this book made me think of the first page the other day. Was the author trying to spin off of this? Library Journals says “VERDICT Holt (Lucia in Wartime; Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages) adds to his repertoire of comedic sf, one of the most difficult genre acts to master. Theo is an engaging hero; his brilliance is counteracted by his laziness and his compassion, which is matched by his sense of survival. Place this title alongside Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens, Pratchett’s “Discworld” series, and the absurdist works of mainstream authors such as John Barth and Gilbert Sorrentino.”

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Whispers of the Bayou  by Mindy Starns ClarkWhispers of the Bayou by Mindy Starns Clark. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From the author of the popular Million Dollar Mysteries and Smart Chick Mysteries comes a new stand-alone novel full of hidden staircases, buried secrets, and the promise of hope found in knowing God.

Miranda Miller wasn’t looking for the news the day the letter came. But, trying to survive in troubled circumstances, she welcomes the chance to change her location for a period of time. The letter informs her that her grandparents’ estate is finally about to become hers. She immediately heads down to Louisiana and the old house by the bayou. There Miranda finds secrets that lead to life-changing revelations.

This suspenseful story reminiscent of old Gothic tales has a complex mystery and a vivid sense of the Deep South. It shows how God can take the darkest circumstances and use them to light a bright path leading to the future.

This is Christian romantic suspense and so I have some concerns that the mysticism in the bayou will be demonized but readers really enjoyed this work.

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Eversea  by Natasha BoydEversea by Natasha Boyd . $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.

A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.

A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.

When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.

Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.

The sequel is being released on November 30, 2013. This book won some contest and appears to be a real person fiction featuring fictional Kristen Stewart and robert Pattinson. Says one review “When his co-star and real-life girlfriend (Kirsten Stewart)is caught cheating on him with her married and much older director (Rupert Sanders), A-list hottie, Jack Eversea(Robert Pattinson), finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack (Robert Pattinson) hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Low-country town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend (Kirsten Stewart), but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler (Katy Perry?).”

Great cover, though.

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It Was You  by Anna CruiseIt Was You by Anna Cruise. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

*Due to adult themes and sexual content, this book is recommended for mature readers.*

Abby Sellers knows what she wants.

Enduring eighteen years in the shadow of her identical twin sister, Annika, she wants a fresh start. A chance to create her own life, separate from her conniving, deceptive twin.

Surprising both her family and friends, Abby ditches her plans for college and enrolls at a new school instead. There, she encounters West Montgomery, a sexy fellow student who immediately disarms her with his good looks and charm. West takes a liking to Abby and she suddenly finds herself walking a thin line, fabricating a fictional life created not by lies but by omission. She soon discovers West has secrets of his own, secrets that he’s not altogether interested in sharing.

Out from under the shadow of her twin, Abby’s life—and her relationship with West—blossoms. When Abby leaves town one weekend, something unthinkable happens and her relationship with West is shattered. Reeling from the discovery, Abby fears all of her plans have backfired and she’s created a mess for both of them, a mess that no one can clean up.

But West isn’t willing to let her go that easily. When he forces her to confront secrets they’ve both been hiding, Abby must decide more than if she’s willing to forgive and forget. She must also decide just what kind of life she wants…and who she wants to live it with.

So I feel like I can guess exactly what happens when Abby leaves town given that she has a “conniving, deceptive twin.” Insta-love and rushed story are the few negative reviews. There isn’t a cliffhanger but another book is apparently forthcoming.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

9 Comments

  1. Isobel Carr
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 14:44:29

    Daily Mail had an article today about a published 50 fan fic based on Rihanna and Chris Brown. And now here’s one of Pattinson and Stewart. I just … I have no words.

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  2. Carolyne
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 15:10:17

    The Eversea cover is ever so lovely, but…I can’t get anywhere near it knowing that it’s Real Person fic. It’s forever tainted by having those actors in my mind cast as the characters, and I’m severely uninterested in imagining them getting smoochy-smoochy, especially not as themselves rather than cast in a movie. (Is Keri Ann really Katy Perry, or just a Mary Sue? Never mind, not helped either way.) Maybe if it turns out to get reviews saying it’s positively brilliant I can scrub the images out of my mind and try to read it just as a book, but I won’t be following it around waiting to find out.

    Why, back in my day, when we painted all our fanfic on the cave wall in bison and mastodons, we’d never have imagined Real Person fic becoming so mainstream and normal….

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  3. Jane
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 15:11:31

    @Carolyne:

    Why, back in my day, when we painted all our fanfic on the cave wall in bison and mastodons, we’d never have imagined Real Person fic becoming so mainstream and normal….

    I laughed out loud for a good minute reading this line.

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  4. cleo
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 15:43:46

    I couldn’t get past the RP fic vibe of What I Did for Love by SEP – so I don’t think I could deal with it in Eversea. Which is sad, because as Carolyne says, the cover is just beautiful.

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  5. hapax
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 15:51:47

    I love Tom Holt, and the comparisons to Pratchett and Gaiman aren’t too far off, but Holt has a far more cynical edge and lacks their warmhearted compassion. Rather more like Tom Perrotta or Max Barry, I’d say.

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  6. Emily
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 16:26:48

    At the risk of sounding picky it’s “Doughnut by Tom holt”, not “Tom Holt by Doughnut”. Had me really confused at first, thinking someone named Doughnut was writing a book about Tom Holt. ;-)

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  7. persnickety
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 16:41:54

    I first read Tom Holt 20 years ago ( now i just feel old) and my impression with a lot of his earlier stuff was a fantasy Douglas Adams, but not quite as accessible. His newer stuff seems less british (the early books leave non-brits with a feeling of missing a lot of the jokes).
    My mum and sister- who like hitchhikers guide, but aren’t big on Terry Pratchett, both love his stuff.

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  8. Carolyne
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 16:47:11

    @Emily:

    “Tom Holt by Doughnut”. Had me really confused at first, thinking someone named Doughnut was writing a book about Tom Holt.

    I laughed for about a minute reading this :) I would be completely unable to resist a book by someone named Doughnut.

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  9. Loonigrrl
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 01:31:48

    Wait, whhhaaaa??? Eversea is real person fiction? Of Robert patinson?? Noooooooooo!!!

    Crap. I had been really looking forward to the sequel too. *sigh*

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