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If You Hear Her by Shiloh WalkerIf You Hear Her by Shiloh Walker. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

A CRY IN THE WOODS

The scream Lena Riddle hears in the woods behind her house is enough to curdle her blood—she has no doubt that a woman is in real danger. Unfortunately, with no physical evidence, the local law officers in small-town Ash, Kentucky, dismiss her claim. But Lena knows what she heard—and it leaves her filled with fear and frustration.

Ezra King is on leave from the state police, but he can’t escape the guilty memories that haunt his dreams. When he sees Lena, he is immediately drawn to her. He aches to touch her—to be touched by her—but is he too burdened by his tragic past to get close? When Ezra hears her story of an unknown woman’s screams, his instincts tell him that Lena’s life is also at risk—and his desire to protect her is as fierce as his need to possess her.

Publisher’s Weekly says “Notwithstanding Walker’s heavy reliance on an adolescent vocabulary and stale plotting, romance audiences will likely simmer breathlessly along with her steamy leading characters.”

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Just In Time: Portals of Time by Kathryn ShayJust In Time: Portals of Time by Kathryn Shay. $ Free

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A classic Kathryn Shay contemporary romance—with a time travel twist…

The PORTALS OF TIME trilogy combines heart-wrenching emotions and biting social commentary with unique futuristic elements. Three women travel back from the 26th century to right the wrongs of society today so that humankind can continue to exist. Journey with them as they fight for both the future and the men they unexpectedly come to love.

In JUST IN TIME, Dorian Masters must save the life of research scientist Jess Cromwell by preventing his murder in five months. Cromwell’s work would eventually set the standard for eradicating all carbon emissions. But Dorian has to find the assassin first, while Jess’s brother, Luke, cynical New York cop and exasperating man, seems determined to stand in her way. Unaware of her background, Luke questions her suitability as a bodyguard and challenges her on the mistakes she makes about everyday things, including how she talks. But the stakes are high and together they race against time to save Jess’s life.

It’s a science fiction romance and it’s free. But according to one reviewer, the science kind of falls apart upon any inspection.

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Fifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology by Julie CrossFifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology by Julie Cross. $ 1.99

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True To Form by Elizabeth BergTrue To Form by Elizabeth Berg. $ 1.99.

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In this warm and engaging novel, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg revisits the heroine she so lovingly brought to life in Durable Goods and Joy School.
It is 1961, and thirteen-year-old Katie is facing a summer full of conflict. First, instead of letting her find her own work for the season, Katie’s father has arranged for two less-than-ideal baby-sitting jobs — one for the rambunctious Wexler boys and another for Mrs. Randolph, a kind but elderly, bed-ridden neighbor. To make matters worse, Katie has been forcibly inducted into the “loser” Girl Scout troop organized by her only friend Cynthia’s controlling and clueless mother. A much-anticipated visit to her former home in Texas and ex-best friend Cherylanne proves disappointing. And then comes an act of betrayal that leaves Katie questioning her views on friendship, on her ability not to take those she loves for granted, and, most important, on herself. “One thing to say about you, Katie, is that you are true. You should be proud of it, and don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise,” Cherylanne insists. But whether or not Katie will ever feel true to herself remains to be seen.
From the writer whose work The New Yorker calls “strong” and “timeless,” True to Form is a delicately told tale of a young girl wise beyond her years, whose growing pains finally awaken her to the clarity of forgiveness and a greater understanding of the complicated world around her. Full of the anguish and the joys of adolescence in a much more innocent time, True to Form is sure to make readers remember and reflect on their own moments of discovery and self-definition.

PW writes “Berg lays nostalgia traps at every turn in her 10th feel-good novel, but her readers for the most part will be happy to fall into them.”

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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. Shiloh Walker
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 15:26:10

    ;) I was rather delighted with the PW review. I talk dirty enough to make them comment on it. Or rather, Ezra does, I think. I think it was him. Thanks for posting my title, Jane.

  2. Andrea
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 15:54:31

    Woo! I would totally recommend Walker’s If you ___ her series except I couldn’t finish them because I am a big old scaredy cat. So. The first one and a half are great. Couldn’t tell you about the rest but they looked really good. And scary.

  3. hm
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 16:53:13

    Ok MS Walker, you’ve convinced me.. potty mouth characters are awesome! Mostly cause I’ve got a massive potty mouth.

  4. leslie
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 17:24:11

    I loved If You Hear Her. The heroine is terrific.

  5. Ducky
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 17:49:58

    I just sampled the Shiloh Walker book – the beginning was awful. Another tedious serial killer and another young woman brutalized and murdered. As I don’t get off on torture porn I’ll pass.

  6. Tina
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 19:22:20

    My taste for romantic suspense has taken a hit in recent years, but I did enjoy Walker’s ‘If You….” trilogy. I read it in the midst of a spate of ‘small towns are wonderful’ contemporaries and perversely loved that her version of small town life was just a little on the darker side.

  7. Shiloh Walker
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 20:44:57

    @Ducky:

    Ducky

    Hey, I know darker stories don’t work for some people and I totally understand that, but I did want to touch on the torture thing, because it’s not about torture, for me.

    Bad shit happens in the world and very often, there is no justice for it. In my fiction, all the bad shit I see happening in the world around me, I can create…and I can make justice happen. I can speak about injustice and violence, and I can donate to various causes, but none of that is never enough-nor should it be.

    In my fiction, I can find answers, I can make things (or try to) make sense in my own head. Suspense can be a ‘safe’ adrenaline rush, like urban fantasy, horror, etc…but it’s also a place where if you see bad things happening in your world, at least in the book, you know there’s going to be a resolution. That doesn’t mean my fiction fixes things, but at least quiets my head.

    But I’ve got another for why my writing goes as dark as it sometimes does, and it’s probably a more personal one. I’ve seen bad things personally, things that left marks me. Awful things have happened to people I know, sometimes to people I love–some of these things were enough to leave me with nightmares. And again…no resolution, no justice, too often.

    When I was a teenager, I knew a girl who was tangentially connected to a brutal torture/homicide and I still, to this day, can’t wrap my mind around it.

    In fiction? I find answers…or at least, a resolution. Justice.

    In fiction, the people who harm others don’t get away with it. Maybe the answers I want aren’t there, but I can find a justice of sort.

    I don’t seek out weird and dark ideas–they just come and as a writer, if the idea is there, I will write it. I won’t deny that I enjoy it when a reader tells me, you scared me to death.

    But those books weren’t written to be torture porn. Porn leaves the impression that the bad guy should arouse or titillate… he shouldn’t. He should horrify. He should make one cringe. He did that to me and I created him. Just writing scenes with him left me weirded out.

    I’ve written books dealing things from date rape and teen drug abuse and white slavery and I don’t do this because I find any of these appealing. I didn’t write miscarriage into a book because I found it appealing. I’ve miscarried and it ripped a hole in me. These are things that happen…fiction just lets me try to make sense, or justice…or sometimes just a sense of closure.

    That’s a huge part of the reason my suspense books get dark…it’s because much of the world around us can be dark, and when I’m in the driver’s seat-as I am in my books-at least I control the outcome.

  8. Ducky
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 22:50:46

    @Shiloh Walker:

    Thank you for explaining your position. Of course you can write whatever you like. And obviously lots of readers like fictional violence. It doesn’t change that encountering this much brutality in the amazon sample made me feel so awful that I just couldn’t read on. I was so turned off by the beginning that I gave up on the story right away.

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