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The Goldfinch  by Donna Tartt by Donna Tartt. $ 2.99 at AMZN | Apple

From the Jacket Copy:

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

Bob Lefsetz is this music business guru but he had this to say about Tartt’s book.

The book business ain’t that different from music these days. They throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. If it doesn’t, they move on to something else. Trumpeting that which is a surprising hit and forgetting that which is not.

And “The Goldfinch” ran up the chart. But I doubt it will stay there.

Because at first it’s such a slog.

And is so at the end too.

But in between is a picaresque adventure far superior to any MP3 I’ve listened to this year.

You see not everybody’s a star. Not everybody’s a winner.

But we’re all at the epicenter of our own little movie.

The Web gives the impression that everybody else is interested in our movie. This is untrue. No one’s got the time. Unless you’ve got the most amazing story or can illuminate what it’s like to be a human being on this planet.

That’s what makes “The Goldfinch” so good. The interior dialogue.

Ever feel like you’re alone? Even when you’re together?

I do.

And so does Theo in this book.

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The Awakening: Aidan by Abby NilesThe Awakening: Aidan by Abby Niles. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Is the gift of eternal love a blessing or a curse?

After years of counseling grieving shifters, psychiatrist and half-shifter, Dr. Jaylin Avgar has become jaded on shifter mating. She wants to marry a human and forget about the love for eternity crap. Then she meets Aidan O’Connell, an infuriatingly laid back shifter who represents everything she doesn’t want. Yet, the more he pursues her, the more she craves a future with him. Only one thing stands in her way: death. Can she overcome her fear of losing Aidan to the one guarantee in life?

Millionaire consultant, Aidan O’Connell knows he’ll one day meet a woman who’ll awaken an unrelenting mating instinct. Unfortunately, that woman is Jaylin, who has no qualms about telling him that he and his so-called eternity can shove it. When she pushes him away, he takes a drastic step so she can no longer escape. The close proximity throws the instinct into overdrive. Can he control the need engrained in him until he’s certain she will reciprocate the bond, or will a moment of weakness doom him to hell on earth?

This is the first in a series. This is a shifter novel and apparently deals with the mating trope. Jaylin doesn’t want to mate with another shifter so she plans to marry a human despite the fact that she has a wolf mate. Interesting but some of the three star reviews say that the mating process is confusing as written.

Amazon has some of the sequels for 99c. as well as a couple of other Entangled Covet novels:

Parts & Wreck by Mark Henry

Operation Saving Daniel by Nina Croft

The Awakening: Britton by Abby Niles

The Awakening: Aidan by Abby Niles

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Burial Rites: A Novel by Hannah KentBurial Rites: A Novel by Hannah Kent. $ 2.99 AMZN | Apple

From the Jacket Copy:

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

Actually sounds pretty fascinating. PW writes: “The multilayered story paints sympathetic and complex portraits of Agnes, the Jónssons, and the young priest, whose motives for helping the convict are complicated. Kent smoothly incorporates her impressive research— for example, she opens many of the chapters with documents that come directly from archival sources—while giving life to these historical figures and suspense to their tales. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House.”

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Storm of Visions: The Chosen Ones  by Christina Dodd(Signet)Storm of Visions: The Chosen Ones by Christina Dodd . $ 1.60.

From the Jacket Copy:

Master romantic storyteller Christina Dodd delivers STORM OF VISIONS, book 1 in a seductive new paranormal series about an ancient rivalry that lives in the world today …
When the world was young, twins were born. One brought light to a dark world; the other, darkness and danger. Their powers could not be denied, and they gathered others around them, men and women destined to use their gifts for good or evil. Today, their descendents walk the earth as the Chosen … and the ultimate battle is about to begin.

Jacqueline Vargha has always run from her gift. Now Caleb D’Angelo forces his way into her life, demands his place as her lover, and insists she take her place as one of the Chosen. She flees, he pursues, but she can no longer deny her visions, or the dangerous man who is her downfall … and her destiny.
Customers who like books by Christine Feehan and J. R. Ward will enjoy this story.

This is an odd price and may be available only at Amazon. I think I tried to read this but didn’t get anywhere with it. Still if you were interested, this is the right price to buy at.

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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. Jess
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 14:31:36

    The Goldfinch deal is also on Kobo. Kobo announced today they would be doing daily deals as well. I’ll be curious to see if future daily deals match up with Amazon’s deals.

  2. library addict
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 14:55:35

    85Off is a one-time use Kobo coupon for 85% off.

  3. Julia Gabriel
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 15:56:46

    I’m reading the Goldfinch right now. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.

  4. Janine
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 18:05:56

    @Julia Gabriel: I’ve got it TBR and am really looking forward to it. Have you read Donna Tartt’s other books?. I loved The Secret History.

  5. Carolyne
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 18:57:11

    I adore The Secret History–one of my favourite books of all time. I have The Goldfinch in hardcover, but I’m glad for the chance to get it inexpensively in eBook too.

    Burial Rites looked fascinating and I was able to get the HC at a significant discount, but I have even cracked the cover yet–it’s waiting on the TBR stack.

  6. Julia Gabriel (@authorjulia)
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 20:23:54

    @Janine: I loved the Secret History, too. Haven’t read her second book, though I’m thinking I should now.

  7. Anne Hardy
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 21:35:22

    I really appreciate the info about the coupons, especially for Kobo. I managed to use the bookriot50 one earlier today, even tho’ it’s into December, and just used the 85off one. Is there anyway this info could be posted in a dedicated spot on the site, so it’s not necessary to go digging through all the comments to find it?

  8. library addict
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 23:31:49

    Sony has a 30% off coupon good Wednesday only as part of their Cyber week sales 30CYBER13

  9. Janine
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 17:55:06

    @Julia Gabriel (@authorjulia): I couldn’t get into The Little Friend so I plan to read The Goldfinch first, then see if I want to tackle TLF again.

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