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Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic Series #1)      by     Sophie KinsellaConfessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she’s never looked better….

Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is that she can’t actually afford it — not any of it.

Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank — letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read — and they’re getting ever harder to ignore.

She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky’s only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something….

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life — and the lives of those around her — forever.

Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times — and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood’s hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her “confessions” are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance.

I confess. I never fell in love with this series. I always felt Becky was TSTL. She needed to go to the therapy and debt counseling!!

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Jurassic Park      by     Michael CrichtonJurassic Park by Michael Crichton. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong…and science proves a dangerous toy….

One of mankind’s most thrilling fantasies has come true–an astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures that have been extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park, where all the world can visit them–for a price. Until something goes wrong. “Frighteningly real . . . it’ll keep you riveted.”–Detroit News.

I completely loved this book. Crichton was really committed to his world from the acknowledgments to the closing page. I BELIEVE!

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Pretty Little Liars by Sara ShepardPretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Gossip thrives amid the Mercedes-Benzes, mega mansions, and perfectly manicured hedges in the exclusive town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania. Behind their big Gucci sunglasses, beneath their perfectly pressed Polos, everyone has something to hide, especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. Spencer covets her sister’s gorgeous new boyfriend. Aria is having an affair with her English teacher. Emily is infatuated with the new girl at school. And Hanna is using some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. Deeper and darker still is a horrible secret the girls have shared since sixth grade — a secret they thought was safe forever.

Then the girls start receiving threatening messages signed by someone named “A.” Could “A” be Alison, the ultra-popular girl who disappeared three years earlier? Alison was their best friend. She knew everything about them. But if Alison isn’t “A,” who is? And how could anyone else know so much about the bad girls they were and the bad girls they’ve become? Suddenly, their secrets — the big ones, the little ones, even the long-buried ones — no longer seem so secret. Suddenly, nothing is safe in Rosewood.

This is the first book that started the series and birthed the television series. I believe it was a package created by Alloy Entertainment.

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Deja Dead (Temperance Brennan Series #1)      by     Kathy ReichsDeja Dead by Kathy Reichs. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

It’s June in Montreal, and Tempe, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she’ll spend the weekend in the crime lab. This is homicide of the worst kind. To begin to find some answers, Tempe must first identify the victim. Who is this person with reddish hair and a small bone structure? Something about the crime scene is familiar to Tempe: the stashing of the body parts, the meticulous dismemberment. One case in particular comes to mind: the murder of sixteen-year-old Chantale Trottier, who’d arrived in the morgue naked, less than a year before, and packaged in plastic garbage bags. Tempe’s convinced there are parallels between the two cases, but it will take more victims to persuade her police colleagues. Knowing there is a killer on the streets who may soon find a new victim, Tempe calls upon all her forensic skills, including bone, tooth, and bitemark analysis and X-ray microfluorescence to try to prove that the cases are related and to stop the killer before he strikes again. The next victim may be closer to home – Tempe’s longtime friend Gabby, her college-age daughter Katy, or Tempe herself.

Seeing a pattern here? A bunch of firsts in a series are being discounted.

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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. Jayne
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 12:17:14

    Is it just me or does the girl on the cover of “Liars” look like a YA Barbie doll?

  2. LeeF
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 12:28:09

    Jurassic Park- one of the rare movies that almost lived up to the book. Even now when I catch it on TV I am amazed at those dinosaurs that were so terrifying when it first came out. Loved all the interesting detail in the book. Almost felt like I could be a paleontologist!

  3. Sandy James
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 12:38:28

    Agree with you LeeF! Loved the book and the movie! Worth a buck 99 to have it on my Kindle! The funny thing was the smaller dinosaurs were the ones that scared me in the book–the compies! The movie? The t-rex!

  4. LJD
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 12:45:35

    Agree on Shopaholic. I never made it past the first in the series. I like her other books though, especially I’ve Got Your Number and The Undomestic Goddess.

  5. brandy
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 14:50:59

    Thank you for posting these ebook deals, Jane and DA! I don’t always buy them, but I am always sure to use your affiliate link when I DO buy my craft-related printed books. Hope the pennies help! :P

  6. MikiS
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 08:42:06

    Kathy Reichs used to be one of my auto-buy authors. However, if you see the comment on the cover about it inspiring the TV series “Bones”, don’t expect the books to have anything to do with that show. As usual, I preferred the books. But it’s really not alike at all…you could just as easily say “Bones” was inspired by Cornwall’s Kay Scarpetti. The main character being a female medical examiner is the only likeness.

  7. AEH
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 15:03:14

    Agree with Jane & LJD re Shopaholic & some of the other Kinsella books. I do have a beef with Undomestic Goddess, from my own experience. Why does the heroine have only a choice between practicing in a City law firm & working as a domestic/similar menial labourer? Why couldn’t she set up her own practice in her new community?

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