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Daily Deals: Two NYT Bestsellers and two romances

The Fault In Our Stars John GreenThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012!

“The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

This was the book that catapulted John Green into superstardom. It’s a funny and endearing story about a tragic thing – kids with cancer.  Review here.

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TEMPTING TROUBLE (Secret Assassins (S.A.S.S.)) by Gennita LowTempting Trouble by Gennita Low . $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:


4.5 stars Romantic Times Top Pick!

Having a top spy for a father has its benefits–Grace O’Connor can out-think and outsmart most people–and its downside–her secret must remain one. But that has never stopped her from getting into trouble. That is, after all, the nickname her father gave her.

Taking an intern job at GNE for the summer at DC, she soon finds out the agency for which she works provides more than translation services. GNE sends out “recorders” to events of interest for the purpose of gathering and selling information. It doesn’t take long before Grace is involved in the middle of a chase for an important list of corrupt politicians. Or maybe there’s more to that because every spy agency seems to be after it too, including the arrogant and sexy Lance Mercy.

Mercy, top COS commando, has been brought in to 1) extract a Chinese dissident with information about some weaponry stolen from the US and 2) catch the mole among them. Everything seems to be running smoothly until the appearance of that confounding woman who might or might not be an enemy. He has never met someone quite like Grace O’Connor–seemingly too young, incredibly sexy, and absolutely up-to-neck in the thick of this crazy business.

Nuns on the run, odd Chinese words, double agents, non-aligned ghosts, three grains of rice, plus an assortment of spy games–falling in love would just be tempting trouble.

Nuns on the run, suspicious double agents, mysterious Chinese words, dangerous daddy, non-aligned ghosts, three grains of rice, an assortment of spy games–falling in love would just be tempting trouble!

I haven’t read this. Reviews say that the hero is kind of an alpha hole but the heroine is fairly strong.

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Life After Death by Damien EcholsLife After Death by Damien Echols. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The New York Times bestselling memoir by Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three, who was falsely convicted of three murders and spent nearly eighteen years on Death Row—Life After Death is destined to be a classic of explosive, riveting prison literature.

Sounds fascinating.

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The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh Ros ClarkeThe Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh by Ros Clarke. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

His duty, her dreams, undone by their desire…

In the male-dominated oil industry, executive Olivia McInnes plays a careful game – she’s cold, uncompromising, and ambitious as hell. Once she seals the deal to drill in the clear waters of Saqat, she’ll finally prove herself worthy to take the reins of her father’s oil company. Her only obstacle is marine biologist – and Saqat’s royal heir – Sheikh Khaled Ibm Saqat al Mayim, who’s determined to protect both his people and his country from environmental devastation…

It’s not long before Olivia’s icy cool exterior is shattered by the intelligent and wickedly hot sheikh, and business is surpassed by sweet, stolen pleasures. But outside the bedroom, there’s reality to be faced. Soon Khaled must return to his obligations – and his betrothed – in Saqat.

This is another of the Entangled Indulgence books. Ros is a long time commenter here at Dear Author, even before she was published, so it’s nice to have the opportunity to return some support for her.

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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. Christine
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 14:21:17

    The Damien Echols book looks interesting. He has settled in Salem MA (and somewhat ironically) the son of the author of “The Exorcist” Mike Blatty has made it his personal mission to report on his whereabouts at all times and protest every time he hosts a book signing etc. He is convinced Echols really is a child murderer and a Satan worshiper and pretty much wants him out of Salem. Which is again ironic as Salem is home to a huge number of Wiccans, and non conformists of all types and fashion. Echols chose to live there because he liked the general air of acceptance of different religions etc. and the feeling he wouldn’t necessarily stand out.

  2. cleo
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 14:43:36

    The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh is 2.99 at both BN and Amazon. I may still get it – it’s been on my wishlist forever, just because I love the title.

  3. Ros
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 14:51:24

    Thanks, Jane! I think the sale is over though. :(

  4. Jane
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 14:52:28

    @cleo & @ROs – ah – it was still 99c this morning. Must have been a delayed price flip.

  5. Katie
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 16:09:58

    The Tempting Trouble hero is a bit of an alpha-hole; when I read it, I couldn’t totally decide how I felt about the heroine. She was strong, but it seemed that she had a few TSTL moments (or at least very bad decisions for what her history was supposed to be). The book does stand alone, but there are a few things that make more sense if you read her book “Big Bad Wolf” as well to get a bit of back story on the heroine.

    There are two follow-up books in this series, which I haven’t read, so I can’t give opinions on. There’s additionally two more books that focus on the heroine’s father, which happen in parallel with this one if I remember correctly. Of the 4 of her books that I’ve read, all of her hero’s tend to be cut from the same cloth…not the biggest alpha-holes out there, but it’s there.

  6. Susan
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 21:40:19

    @Christine: I confess that I was more than a bit perplexed about his choice to move to Salem when I heard about it. Maybe disturbed is a better word. But I am interested in the book.

    I love that the heroine is the oil tycoon!

    Jane, you are not helping with the book hoarding.

  7. Cara Ellison
    Jul 18, 2013 @ 02:31:57

    Life After Death by Damien Nichols is excellent.

  8. Christine
    Jul 18, 2013 @ 13:57:39


    It made perfect sense to me when I heard Damien Echols was moving to Salem as it embraces a large amount of people interested in different types of spirituality and psychic phenomenon. (I believe he and his wife have a Reiki studio there now). There are a lot of people who dress and look in a way similar to Echols so he wouldn’t stand out, yet it has a more “villagey” feel than NYC or someplace like that. I imagine someone from a small town and who had spent the past decades in a confined space may feel more comfortable in a place like Salem than a larger city. It’s an interesting mix of the quaint and the commercial now.
    @Cara Ellison:
    I’m very interested to read his book as I have read about the case off and on over the years and seen parts of some of the documentaries done on the WM3.

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