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Daily Deals: The mysterious death of Jane Austen, a supernatural trilogy,...

So Amazon, of course, is discounting books like crazy for all the new Kindle Fire/Kindle owners.


Robin Hobb’s Dragon Chronicles, Books 1-4 at $1.99 each

Dennis Lehane, Kenzie and Gennaro series, $1.99 each

Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen by Lindsay AshfordMysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen by Lindsay Ashford. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Where would I begin to explain it all…?”

Twenty-six years have passed since the death of Jane Austen. Armed with a lock of Austen’s hair as perhaps her best clue, Anne Sharp, former governess to the Austen family and Jane’s close friend, has decided at least to tell her story—a story of family intrigues, shocking secrets, forbidden loves, and maybe even murder…

Upon its publication in the UK, Lindsay Ashford’s fictional interpretation of the few facts surrounding Jane Austen’s mysterious death sparked an international debate and uproar. None of the medical theories offers a satisfactory explanation of Jane Austen’s early demise at the age of forty-one. Could it be that what everyone has assumed was a day by natural causes was actually more sinister? Lindsay Ashford’s vivid novel delves deep into Austen’s world and puts forth a shocking suggestion—was someone out to silence her?

PW writes “Ashford(Strange Blood) uses the ambiguity surrounding the death of Jane Austen at 41 to craft an intriguing mystery. There’s some factual basis for the suggestion that Austen was murdered…This solid historical puzzle will appeal even to readers with only passing familiarity with Austen’s works.”

I had no idea. This sounds like an interesting read!

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The Reckoning (Taker Trilogy #2)by Alma KatsuThe Reckoning by Alma Katsu. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:


Lanore McIlvrae is the kind of woman who will do anything for love. Including imprisoning the man who loves her behind a wall of brick and stone.

She had no choice but to entomb Adair, her nemesis, to save Jonathan, the boy she grew up with in a remote Maine town in the early 1800s and the man she thought she would be with forever. But Adair had other plans for her. He used his mysterious, otherworldly powers to give her eternal life, but Lanore learned too late that there was a price for this gift: to spend eternity with him. And though he is handsome and charming, behind Adair’s seductive façade is the stuff of nightmares. He is a monster in the flesh, and he wants Lanore to love him for all of time.

Now, two hundred years after imprisoning Adair, Lanore is trying to atone for her sins. She has given away the treasures she’s collected over her many lifetimes in order to purge her past and clear the way for a future with her new lover, Luke Findley. But, while viewing these items at an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Lanore suddenly is aware that the thing she’s been dreading for two hundred years has caught up to her: Adair has escaped from his prison. He’s free— and he will come looking for her. And she has no idea how she will save herself.

With the stunningly imaginative storytelling and rich characterizations that fascinated readers worldwide and made The Taker a singular and memorable literary debut and an international sensation, Alma Katsu once again delivers “a powerful evocation of the dark side of romantic love” (Publishers Weekly) in her breathtaking new novel.

I think Jia and I both tried out the first book but I wasn’t able to finish it. Maybe the trilogy got better as the books went on. I loved the idea of it though.

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Leviathan (Leviathan Series #1) by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator)Leviathan by Scott Westerfield. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

Great illustrations but the story gets some of the basic science wrong per reviews, but it still is a recommended read for middle grade and up. Think I’ll get it for tot.

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Say Goodnight, Gracie (Charlotte Zolotow Book Series) by Julie Reece DeaverSay Goodnight, Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

There are friends we can’t imagine living without.

Morgan and Jimmy were kids together, whirling around the porch on hot summer days. They’ve been friends forever, and by now they know each other inside out. They do everything together–from cutting high school to go into the city to coaching each other at dance auditions and acting workshops. They even argue well. A perfect friendship. Best friends. For life.

So how could life be so right and then be so wrong? After a terrible accident, Morgan suddenly has to face life alone. Without Jimmy around, though, it’s like the best part of her has died. How could he do this to her? And why is love so hard?

When a car accident kills her best friend Jimmy, with whom she has shared everything from childhood escapades to breaking into the professional theater scene in Chicago, seventeen-year-old Morgan must find her own way of coping with his death.

This was a book originally published in the late 80s. It received a ALA Booklist starred review and was the 1988 Best Book for Young Adults. Per the top rated review on BN, if you don’t like this book you don’t have a heart and this comes from someone who hates reading. That’s an endorsement you don’t often come by.

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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. Darlynne
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 14:15:00

    For Amazon UK customers, there’s the 12 days of Christmas sale with about 1000 titles, some very good ones.

    Am I the only one who didn’t know, for example, about Susanna Kearsley’s Named of the Dragon, which is on sale at Amazon UK for .99?

  2. Darlynne
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 14:17:31

    If I could only afford one Dennis Lehane book, it would have to be Darkness, Take My Hand. I don’t think I drew a complete breath the entire time I read it.

  3. Susan
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 16:15:14

    I don’t know if anyone else would be interested but Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking is on sale at Amazon. I’ve been watching for a price drop for over a year, and it’s now $2.99. Yay.

  4. Christine
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 16:35:44

    @Darlynne who said “Am I the only one who didn’t know, for example, about Susanna Kearsley’s Named of the Dragon, which is on sale at Amazon UK for .99?”

    “Named of the Dragon” is one of my favorite Kearsley books despite it being rather understated on the romance. I have my old paperback copy but I don’t think it’s in print here in the U.S. .99 is an absolute steal! I say grab it immediately at that price! I’d love a kindle version of it.

  5. hapax
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 17:36:48

    @Susan: I really liked QUIET, although I think Cain oversimplifies a very complex subject. Still, it was elegantly written, and gave me several good hints on dealing with my decidedly introverted offspring.

  6. Kate Karyus Quinn
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 20:19:37

    OMG! I read “Say, Goodnight Gracie” as a teenager. Actually, I read it twice, borrowing it from the library both times. It has stuck with me all these years later. It is a heartbreaker (I hate that they spoil the friend’s death in the blurb) which is not usually my cup of tea, but this book just does it so beautifully. Reminds me a bit of Bridge to Terabithia but with some romance (if I’m remembering correctly) and older characters.

  7. CelineB
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 23:44:04

    On the off chance that I’m not the only one who hasn’t read this series yet, Naked in Death by J. D. Robb is $1.99 on kindle as are several other early books in the series.

  8. Carolyne
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 08:26:15

    Has anyone here read the Jane Austen one? I’m wary of something that might just make me sad. I have trouble dealing with mysterious murders of interesting people from 2000 years ago, much less 200. Too soon.

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