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The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose BierceThe Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

History, n. an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools. Marriage, n. The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all two. Self-Esteem, n. An erroneous appraisement. These caustic aphorisms, collected in The Devil’s Dictionary, helped earn reporter Ambrose Bierce the epithet’s Bitter Bierce, the Devil’s Lexicographer, and the Wickedest Man in San Francisco. First published as The Cynic’s Word Book 1906 and later reissued under its preferred title in 1911, Bierce’s notorious collection of barbed definitions forcibly contradicts Samuel Johnson’s earlier definition of a lexicographer as a harmless drudge.

Per PW “Originally published between 1881 and 1886 as a regular feature in the Wasp, a San Francisco journal, and again in 1904 in Hearst papers, Bierce’s 700 definitions are just as humorous, witty, and satiric today as they were then. They mock social, professional, and religious conventions while also providing a small glimpse into late 19th-century society. Entries include, for example, “Apologize” (“To lay the foundation for a future offence”); “Beggar” (“One who has relied on the assistance of his friends”); and “Saint” (“A dead sinner revised and edited”).”

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Endangered Hearts by Amanda LanceEndangered Hearts by Amanda Lance. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Emilia Ward is being watched…

And it isn’t just by her mother’s creep of a boyfriend or one of her many employers. Instead, she is certain it something else—someone else.

However, in a life with college classes and alcoholic mother to look after, Emilia doesn’t have time to explore her suspicions. She would much rather think about her new job at Iram Manor, and more importantly—its mysterious and alluring owner.

After a lifetime of isolation and trapped in a disfigured body Kasper Zafar thought he knew pain.

Confining himself to his work as an architect and the love of his music, he never expects the beautiful Emilia Ward to enter his life. Young and naive, his new housekeeper does not flinch at the sight of him, and is even so bold as to call him her friend.

Determined to teach her in all worldly things, the opposites grow closer and the role of student and teacher and interchange. Yet Emilia’s life outside the manor is not a happy one, and when Kasper’s attempt to watch over her fails, both will discover than love may be the most painful thing of all.

The first book I had slotted into this section was about a woman with a happy marriage, a steadfast husband who she couldn’t wait to cheat on. So I nixed that and choose this one instead. Is this any better? Hard to say. There are almost no reviews for it. The one three star review was frustrated because there was a lot of build up to the love scene and then the author skips over it. I also think you can’t have a skimpy chick in lingerie if you’re going to have an essentially closed door romance.

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Wild on You: The Justiss Alliance Series by Tina WainscottWild on You by Tina Wainscott. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

The Justiss Alliance is an elite team of heroes out to do right. In Wild on You, one untamable SEAL meets a woman who handles the wildest sort of animals—until she herself becomes the hunted.

When Rick Yarbrough, aka Risk, a discharged SEAL with a taste for danger, joins the Justiss Alliance, his first assignment seems like a baby-sitting gig: He must guard an out-of-control general’s daughter. Then he meets his charge.

Addie Wunder is no baby. She’s a dedicated animal-rights activist who isn’t above breaking the law if innocent creatures are threatened. But her work has made her a lot of powerful enemies. If she doesn’t stop, she may just turn herself into an endangered species.

Risk’s mission is to keep Addie out of trouble. But as they grow closer, Addie becomes so much more than a job. And the more he has to lose, the more Risk is willing to put his own life on the line—for her cause, her safety, and her sweet-hot embrace.

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Plain Fame (The Plain Fame Trilogy)  by Sarah PricePlain Fame by Sarah Price. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Book 1 of 3 in the Series.

Amanda Beiler is a young Amish woman traveling back to Pennsylvania from a visit in Ohio. Alejandro Diaz is a famous Cuban singer living the life in the limelight of international media. Their worlds collide on the streets of Manhattan, an accident that brings them together and, despite their efforts, will not let them be apart. What happens when that bridge is crossed between two very conflicting worlds and two extremely different cultures?

The three star reviews mention that the story seems implausible and that there wasn’t enough “God” in the books. I know that some Amish stories are more about the lifestyle and austerity but not so much about religion. There are three stories in this series and I’m not sure you get a full HEA at the end of book 1.

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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. JJPP
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 14:36:19

    The Justiss Alliance sounds like a boy band! Known for such hits as:

    Track 1: SEALed with a Kiss
    Track 2: Holdin’ My Breath 4 U
    Track 3: Burning Abs
    Track 4: Baby I’m Sorry (My Gun Misfired)
    Track 5: Osama Bin Lovin’
    Track 6: Making My Navy Eyes Blue
    Track 7: Can’t ConSEAL my Love
    Track 8: My Heart is a Muscle That Flexes for You

    That’s a short album, but maybe some of you remember their other hits :)

  2. JJPP
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 14:38:24

    Track 9: Not Just (a k)iss

    Too much of a stretch? :)

  3. Lostshadows
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 14:47:30

    The Devil’s Dictionary is a great read, but its out of copyright so you can find it free. I’m not sure the snazzier cover is worth $2.

  4. MrsJoseph
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 15:01:39


    LOL! I’ll buy a copy of that CD.

  5. moody
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 15:06:50

    I haven’t read Plain Fame but I’m tempted to pick it up just to find out how someone travelling from Ohio to Pennsylvania ends up on the “streets of Manhattan.”

    Damn that tricky left turn at Albuquerque.

  6. Katie
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 15:20:14

    @Moody “This don’t look like that Coachella Valley to me!”

  7. Christine
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 15:23:15

    I bought Wild on You yesterday – liked the plot line and I’m a sucker for Loveswept titles every since I found Ruthie Knox there (equally for Entangled Publishing titles too).

  8. JudyJ
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 15:28:25

    The Devil’s Dictionary!! OMG! Squeeeee!! All time favorite!! I am sorry, this is much better than anything else on the “deals” today, free or paid.

    And PS, I live in Albuquerque, and yes, can I just say it’s a great place to be taking that “left turn”.

  9. Juanita
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 19:21:51

    @JudyJ: This is avail for free (unless you want to leave a donation) on Project Gutenberg, along with 25 other books by this author. I also recommend his “The Cynic’s Word Book”.

  10. Rebe
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 19:29:55

    I had the same thought as Moody: how does one return to PA from Ohio & manage to end up in Manhattan?!?

  11. An
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 21:29:29

    I started Endangered Hearts because it’s my kind of catnip.

    Except it’s not. Hero is incredibly racist in a clichéd sort of way. Will read more because I cannot properly regret my purchase if I don’t but don’t be fooled by the decent preview!

    Will update as necessary. It might become better with a plenitude of grovelling but we will see. Also, still don’t know what’s wrong with him besides a whole lotta head up his ass

  12. An
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 18:09:53

    Hmm… I’m really not sure how I feel about Endangered Hearts. I didn’t like it. But hate? I did like that the hero was actually deformed and not just dramatic scar-uggo. Did anyone else read it?

  13. An
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 01:49:03

    I thought some more about the book.

    It’s dumb. There’s so much better stuff out there. Like the Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers. Same price but actually awesome.

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