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Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie KinsellaShopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Sophie Kinsella’s Wedding Night.

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is pregnant! She couldn’t be more overjoyed–especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery . . . to the latest, coolest pram . . . to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician.

But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke’s glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky’s perfect world starts to crumble. She’s shopping for two . . . but are there three in her marriage?

In the past few months, we’ve seen all of the Shopaholic series go on sale. I wonder if she has a new one coming out. PW writes “Kinsella’s ode to baby blues is both sly and slapstick-and for now, at least, Becky is more lovably Lucille Ball than annoyingly Paris Hilton. “

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By Myself and Then Some by Lauren BacallBy Myself and Then Some by Lauren Bacall. $ 2.99

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The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to project an audacious spirit and pursue on-screen excellence. The product of an extraordinary mother and a loving extended family, she produced, with Humphrey Bogart, some of the most electric and memorable scenes in movie history. After tragically losing Bogart, she returned to New York and a brilliant career in the theatre. A two-time Tony winner, she married and later divorced her second love, Jason Robards, and never lost sight of the strength that made her a star.

Now, thirty years after the publication of her original National Book Award–winning memoir, Bacall has added new material to her inspiring history. In her own frank and beautiful words, one of our most enduring actresses reveals the remarkable true story of a lifetime so rich with incident and achievement that Hollywood itself would be unable to adequately reproduce it.

I was reading an article about her and this book the other day and was mesmerized. She had a great love with Bogart who was decades her senior and widowed at the age of 32. She admitted to being vulnerable when he died and that Frank Sinatra pursued her, more perhaps because she was Bogie’s wife than anything. Her life with Bogie was an influential time, even though it was the shortest part of her life. PW notes that there are a lot of deaths in the book. Bacall seems to have outlived everyone.

I’m so glad it is on sale because I wanted to buy the book after reading the article.

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Consumed by Emily SnowConsumed by Emily Snow. $ .99

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Now that Lucas has declared his love for her, Sienna is sure the drama between them is over. But then he comes to her with a new offer: his band, Your Toxic Sequel, is going on tour and he wants her with him—working in wardrobe and as his girl.

Life on the road is different from anything Sienna has ever known. Not only does she have to deal with Lucas’ band members, but she’s also forced to be around Cilla, the lead singer of Wicked Lambs. Still, despite horny band mates and a gorgeous rock goddess determined to sink her talons into Lucas, Sienna stays by his side.

Then the threats from Lucas’ ex start—everything from harassing emails to fake accounts on Your Toxic Sequel fan pages slamming Sienna and spreading vicious rumors.

Sienna brushes them off, keeping Lucas in the dark because Sam is bad for his music. But after the threats turn dangerous, violent, she has no other choice but to confront him. But when he finally reveals his secret—and it’s a big one—will they be able to survive the consequences? Or will it tear them apart, consuming them?

This book had such a strange history behind it. The author kept saying she bought it back from the publisher and that she was going to publish it for months and months. It finally was self published around February or March. I can’t remember if I bought it then or not. What does Amazon say…Amazon says no. Maybe it’s because I read a lot of spoilers post publication wanting to know if it was worth it?

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The Guilty One by Lisa BallantyneThe Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne. $ 1.99.

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An eight-year-old boy is found dead in a playground . . . and his eleven-year-old neighbor is accused of the crime. Leading the defense is London solicitor Daniel Hunter, a champion of lost causes.

A damaged boy from a troubled home, Daniel’s young client, Sebastian, reminds Daniel of his own turbulent childhood—and of Minnie, the devoted woman whose love saved him. But one terrible act of betrayal irrevocably shattered their bond.

As past and present collide, Daniel is faced with disturbing questions. Will his sympathy for Sebastian and his own memories blind him to the truth? What happened in the park—and who, ultimately, is to blame for a little boy’s death? Rethinking everything he’s ever believed, Daniel begins to understand what it means to be wrong . . . and to be the guilty one.

PW “Drawn with ruthless realism, Ballantyne’s sympathetic major characters, especially Daniel and Minnie, leap from her pages into readers’ hearts. Ballantyne also indicts the British government’s stingy refusal to fund genuine rehabilitation of juvenile offenders in this scalding exploration of childhood violence, adult refusal to forgive, and redemptive love. “

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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. Janine
    Aug 14, 2014 @ 14:18:56

    I listened to the Lauren Bacall memoir on a car trip years ago (I think the version I listened to was older and didn’t have the addition of new chapters) and really enjoyed it. She narrated her own story and one of the things that really impressed me was how hard she pounded the pavement as a young woman in order to break into the business.

  2. Heather Greye
    Aug 14, 2014 @ 18:09:41

    I picked up By Myself at a library book sale and when I finally got around to reading it, I was so amazed by the life she’d lived, so far. (The copy I had was pubbed in 1978 and it sounds like this one has more material added.)

  3. Jenns
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 13:49:46

    I’ll keep my thoughts on the Shopaholic series to myself this time, but I heartily recommend By Myself And Then Some. Bacall’s wit and class shines through, and her story is fascinating. She was truly one of a kind.

  4. Caro
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 22:12:58

    I’ve got a first printing of the Bacall memoir from 1978. She was signing at a local store downtown and I spent my lunch hour and then some waiting in line for her autography. Funny to realize she just 54 then, but she looked incredible and that voice!

    It really is the end of an era.

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