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The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi RyanThe Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan. $ $2.99 Amazon | Apple

From the Jacket Copy:

Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn’t content to work on her assigned puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election.

Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm beginning to buzz about a “bridge killer” hunting the young women of Boston.

As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected…and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.

Dirty politics, dirty tricks, and a barrage of final twists, The Other Woman is the first in an explosive new series by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Seduction, betrayal, and murder—it’ll take a lot more than votes to win this election.
At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

PW writes “Misunderstandings, misconceptions, mistaken identities, missed opportunities, and, most egregiously, missed cellphone calls generate more tedium than suspense. Those who care about what Jane is wearing and who she thinks is hot will be most rewarded”

Won a number of awards:

2013 Mary Higgins Clark Award
Finalist 2012 Agatha Award for Best Novel
Finalist 2013 Anthony Award for Best Mystery
Finalist 2013 Macavity Award for Best Mystery
Finalist 2013 Shamus Award for Best Novel

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Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs Series #3) by Jacqueline WinspearPardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A new Maisie Dobbs novel from award-winning author Jacqueline Winspear

In the third novel of this unique and masterly crime series, a deathbed plea from his wife leads Sir Cecil Lawton, KC, to seek the aid of Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator. As Maisie soon learns, Agnes Lawton never accepted that her aviator son was killed in the Great War, a torment that led her not only to the edge of madness but also to the doors of those who practice the dark arts and commune with the spirit world. Determined to prove Ralph Lawton either dead or alive, Maisie is plunged into a case that tests her spiritual strength, as well as her regard for her mentor, Maurice Blanche. The mission will bring her to France and reunite her with her old friend Priscilla Evernden, who lost three brothers in the war, one of whom has an intriguing connection to the case.

Set against a finely drawn portrait of life between the World Wars, Pardonable Lies is “a thrilling mystery that will enthrall fans of Jacqueline Winspear’s heroine and likely win her new ones” (Detroit Free Press).

This is the third Maisie Dobbs novel and per reviewers, it is as good as the first two. PW write “Filled with convincing characters, this is a complex tale of healing, of truth and half-truth, of long-held secrets, some, perhaps, to be held forever. Winspear writes seamlessly, enriching the whole with vivid details of English life on a variety of social levels.”

After I wrote this, I noticed that the first novel Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs Novels) is on sale for $1.99 and the fourth novel Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Maisie Dobbs Novels) is on sale for $1.99

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Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile by Julia FoxSister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile by Julia Fox. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The history books have cast Katherine of Aragon, the first queen of King Henry VIII of England, as the ultimate symbol of the Betrayed Woman, cruelly tossed aside in favor of her husband’s seductive mistress, Anne Boleyn. Katherine’s sister, Juana of Castile, wife of Philip of Burgundy and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, is portrayed as “Juana the Mad,” whose erratic behavior included keeping her beloved late husband’s coffin beside her for years. But historian Julia Fox, whose previous work painted an unprecedented portrait of Jane Boleyn, Anne’s sister, offers deeper insight in this first dual biography of Katherine and Juana, the daughters of Spain’s Ferdinand and Isabella, whose family ties remained strong despite their separation. Looking through the lens of their Spanish origins, Fox reveals these queens as flesh-and-blood women—equipped with character, intelligence, and conviction—who are worthy historical figures in their own right.

PW writes “If Fox’s (Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford) recreation of the characters’ interior worlds feels contrived and her downplaying of Katherine’s self-righteousness and Isabella’s brutal religious fanaticism are questionable, the author offers an absorbing, rich, and fresh view of the entwined royal relationships that helped define the 15th- and 16th-century European political landscape. “

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Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara JoyKnight of a Trillion Stars by Dara Joy. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Fired from her job and exhausted from her miserable commute, the last thing Deana Jones needs when she gets home is to find an alien in her living room. But how else to explain the man who claims he is from beyond the stars? He says his name is Lorgin and that she is part of his celestial destiny. Deana thinks his reasoning is ridiculous, and she knows he’s making an error of cosmic proportions. But his touch is electric, and Deana starts to wonder if maybe their passion isn’t written in the stars?

Fired from her job, exhausted from her miserable Boston commute, the last thing Deana Jones needed when she got home was to find an alien in her living room. But how else to explain the man who claimed to be from beyond the stars? He said his name was Lorgin and that she was part of his celestial destiny. Original.

Ms. Joy has a sketchy history of delivering books her readers have paid for. Many of them had to actually threaten to get a lawyer or report Dara Joy to the attorney general for fraud. Hopefully this issue has resolved since 2006. However, given that the books are now up on Amazon and other retailers, readers should have no problems actually acquiring this story.

It was one of the early romance fantasy stories. Want to read crack? Dara Joy wrote cracktastic science fiction soap opera romance of the highest, crackiest order.

As for the cover. This is classic Dara Joy.

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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. Kati
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 14:07:50

    The guy on the Dara Joy cover looks like he needs a rabies shot. I’m just sayin’…

  2. Julia
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 14:15:05

    Holy s*** that cover scared the bejesus out of me.

    For that price I’d replace my old paper copy with digital… if I was brave enough to scroll back up.

  3. Kristin
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 14:28:39

    Hank Phillipi Ryan used to be a reporter who worked on resolving consumer issues with corporations for one of the local news stations here in Boston. I can never look at any of her books without hearing her voice in my head. I don’t think I could read one without going into big dramatic tones in my head.

  4. KMont
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 14:40:53

    Holy crap, that Dara Joy cover. Thanks, I’d forgotton how creeptastic her own cover work is. I have the origanal trad published book somewhere still. After the initial shock of Sir Purple above I did laugh the loudest yet today. Now for a healthy dose of eye bleach.

  5. SusanS
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 14:41:19

    Kathleen Eagle’s “Night Falls Like Silk” is an Amazon Daily Deal today for $1.99. It’s the 2012 sequel to “The Night Remembers.”

  6. AJ
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 14:46:45

    Pretty sure Jane Boleyn was Anne’s sister-in-law, not her actual sister…

  7. Ros
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 15:25:59

    @AJ: Indeed. Let’s hope the author didn’t write the blurb.

  8. Ros
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 15:27:30

    I suppose it’s too much to hope that Hank Philippi Ryan is actually Ryan Phillipe’s pen name?

  9. Jolie Jacq
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 15:43:20

    I received an alert that the very wonderful Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson is $1.99 at Amazon. Unfortunately (for me, at least) it seems to be US buyers only.

  10. NCKat
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 15:51:14

    Actually, Juana (or Joana) of Castille was Catherine’s sister. She was married to Phillip the Handsome, King of Castille. Catalina, later Catherine, was first married to Arthur, Prince of Wales and after his death, to Prince Henry, Duke of York, who later became Henry VIII.

  11. Ros
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 16:07:48

    @NCKat: Yes. But in the blurb for this book it refers to another book by the same author: “But historian Julia Fox, whose previous work painted an unprecedented portrait of Jane Boleyn, Anne’s sister…”, which is incorrect.

  12. NCKat
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 16:24:48

    Yes, you’re right. I have never relied on blurb writers for accuracy, sad to say.

  13. Susan
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 16:42:38

    Oh my. I really fell down the rabbit hole by clicking on that Dara Joy link. . . and then clicking again and again and again. I was a fan back in the day and wondered why she seemingly vanished after Ritual of Proof, but never bothered to actually look into it (and it was before I discovered DA). O_O

  14. Ani Gonzalez
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 20:07:53

    Dara Joy? Wow, that takes me back. Too bad Rejar isn’t on sale. Now, that was my favorite Dara Joy book.

  15. Elaina
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 21:51:13

  16. Kate Hewitt
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 11:08:09

    The Last Queen by CW Gortner is a great, if terribly tragic, novel about Juana. I highly recommend it.

  17. Nicole H.
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 21:32:45

    Among the Mad isn’t the first book of the Maisie Dobbs series, it’s the sixth. The first book is simply called Maisie Dobbs. But it is a wonderful series and I’d recommend it.

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