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The Mane Event (Pride Stories Series #1) by Shelly LaurenstonThe Mane Event by Shelley Laurenston. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

One of the hottest new voices in paranormal romance, Shelly Laurenston knows how to do it all, delivering tales that are wickedly funny, action-packed, and scorch-your-fingers sexy. With The Mane Event, she proves just how delicious love can be once you unleash your inner beast. . .
Christmas Pride

How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That’s what runs through NYPD cop Desiree “Dez” MacDermot’s mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn’t just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes–as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal bod-o-death. It isn’t even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It’s more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her. . .and makes her want more. Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her–in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they’d always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel. . .

Shaw’s Tail

Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He’s been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn’t think he’d survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go. Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl–even one who runs with a Pack–can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again. . .

There really isn’t anyone who writes quite like Laurenston. Funny, sexy, and a little outsized, this first in a long running shapeshifter series features a strong heroine and her equally strong hero.

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Charade (The Games)  by Nyrae DawnCharade by Nyrae Dawn. $ .99

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Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection.

Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom’s dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it’s what he wants too.

Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought? Soon they’re trading one charade for another—losing themselves in each other to forget about their pain. The more they play their game, the more it becomes the only thing they have that feels real.

Both Cheyenne and Colt know life is never easy, but neither of them expect the tragedy that threatens to end their charade and rip them apart forever.

Book Two in The Games series, FACADE is available now!

This is an author who has been picked up by Forever. I’m seeing a lot of fauxmonce stories (I stole this phrase from someone else).

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The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando SkyhorseThe Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The Madonnas of Echo Park is both a grand mural of a Los Angeles neighborhood and an intimate glimpse into the lives of the men and women who struggle to lose their ethnic identity in the pursuit of the American dream. Each chapter summons a different voice—poetic, fierce, comic. We meet Hector, a day laborer who trolls the streets for work and witnesses a murder that pits his morality against his illegal status; his ex-wife Felicia, who narrowly survives a shooting and lands a cleaning job in a Hollywood Hills house as desolate as its owner; and young Aurora, who journeys through her now gentrified childhood neighborhood to discover her own history and her place in the land that all Mexican-Americans dream of, “the land that belongs to us again.”
Reminiscent of Luis Alberto Urrea and Dinaw Mengestu, The Madonnas of Echo Park is a brilliant and genuinely fresh view of American life.

The Los Angeles Times says “Skyhorse is at his best when exploring the changing world of Echo Park…His careful attention to detail, to a rich past of a place that served as home to Mexican Americans already once displaced from Chavez Ravine, is thoroughly researched and executed– no easy feat while juggling multiple characters and timeframes…the focus on Mexican American characters is admirable.”

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Reckless (Mirrorworld)  by Cornelia FunkeReckless (Mirrorworld) by Cornelia Funke. $ 2.99.

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Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father’s abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He’s also made many enemies and allies–most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.

But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob’s younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl–a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.

Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell–before it’s too late.

School Library Journal says “The themes of guilt, responsibility, abandonment, and love, in the context of the many dangers in the Mirrorworld, contribute to a serious tone. Ultimately the characters keep faith with what matters most to each of them. The fact that the main characters are in their 20s will help to extend its potential readership to older students. Reckless will be enjoyed by Funke’s fans, who will be pleased that she has left the door open for a sequel.”

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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. Glittergirl
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 14:39:05

    You CANNOT miss with a Shelly Laurenston book <3 SHE HAS A GIFT! I cannot even describe the richness of family dysfunctional dynamics, witty banter and worlds that she has built, but I love all her books whether it's the pride/packs or dragons under her G A Aiken pen name. Her stories keep me chuckling long into the night ;-)

    P.S. My husband even loves them!

  2. MrsJoseph
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 15:03:34

    @Glittergirl: I was a little upset that she never finished her viking series. I LOVED Hunting Season and really wish I could get the rest of the story.

  3. Sirius
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 15:04:46

    Gah, want Shelly Laurenston and Gah want Cornelia Funke. You guys introduced me to so many great books, but my wallet, my wallet :).

  4. Carolyne
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 16:27:16

    I remember finding RECKLESS a fun read with some clever twists and, engaging enough so that I read the sequel immediately. Do I remember enough about it to tell you the plot? Umm… No. But I had a great time at the time.

  5. Charlotte Russell
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 16:33:26

    @Carolyne: Thank you for that! I’m going to grab it and hope it entertains my teenage son on upcoming drive halfway across the country.

  6. JenM
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 16:55:24

    @MrsJoseph: I think I read in one of Shelly’s recent newsletters that she is going to go back to the Viking world, but it is not going to be a direct continuation of Hunting Season.

  7. leftcoaster
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 17:24:06


    Learn how to use Calibre…then buy your books on a website where you can use coupon codes for 50% off (at lease for the publishers that let you do that). Most shape shifting books are really not for my cuppa, but for $1 I thought I’d give the Laurenston book a spin. Somehow it was more enticing at $1 then at $2. Stupid brain.

  8. Di
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 18:21:09

    @JenM: Yup! She said she’ll be taking the Crow/Raven mythology set up in Hunting Season and moving it to the West Coast with new characters and storylines.

  9. JL
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 23:59:43

    I will read anything Laurenston writes. She’s amazing. Her female characters are so hilariously batsh*t crazy in the best possible way. I don’t know anyone who writes female characters like that.

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