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The Bling Ring Nancy Jo SalesThe Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The true story that inspired the Sofia Coppola film

Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson: robbed. More than $3 million in stolen clothing, jewelry, shoes, and handbags reported missing. Who is behind one of the most brazen string of crimes in recent Hollywood history?Meet the Bling Ring: a band of club-hopping teenagers from the Valley with everything to lose.

Over the course of a year, the members of the now infamous Bling Ring allegedly burglarized some of
the biggest names in young Hollywood. Driven by celebrity worship, vanity, and the desire to look and dress like the rich and famous, these seven teenagers made headlines for using Google maps, Facebook, and TMZ to track the comings and goings of their targets. Many of the houses were unlocked. Alarms disabled. A “perfect” crime—celebrities already had so much, why shouldn’t the Bling Ring take their share?

As the unprecedented case unfolded in the news, the world asked: How did our obsession with celebrities get so out of hand? Why would a group of teens lebrity worship, vanity, and the desire to look and dress like the rich and famous, these seven teenagers made headlines for using Google maps, Facebook, and TMZ to track the comings and goings of their targets. Many of the houses were unlocked. Alarms disabled. A “perfect” crime—celebrities already had so much, why shouldn’t the Bling Ring take their share?

As the unprecedented case unfolded in the news, the world asked: How did our obsession with celebrities get so out of hand? Why would a group of teens who already had so much, take such a risk?

Acclaimed Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales found the answer: they did it because each stolen T-shirt or watch brought them closer to living the Hollywood dream . . . and because it was terrifyingly easy. For the Bling Ring the motivation was something deeper than money—they were compelled by a compulsion to be famous. Gaining unprecedented access to the group of teens, Sales traces the crimes minute by minute and details the key players’ stories in a shocking look at the seedy, and troubling, world of the real young Hollywood.

This is a movie that I don’t think has gotten really good reviews or press but I didn’t realize it was based on a true story.

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I Never Had It Made Jackie RobinsonI Never Had It Made by Jackie Robinson. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The Autobiography of a Boy of Summer Who Became a Man for All Seasons

Before Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball’s stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial equality and changing the world of sports forever. I Never Had It Made is Robinson’s own candid, hard-hitting account of what it took to become the first black man in history to play in the major leagues.

I Never Had It Made recalls Robinson’s early years and influences: his time at UCLA, where he became the school’s first four-letter athlete; his army stint during World War II, when he challenged Jim Crow laws and narrowly escaped court martial; his years of frustration, on and off the field, with the Negro Leagues; and finally that fateful day when Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers proposed what became known as the “Noble Experiment”—Robinson would step up to bat to integrate and revolutionize baseball.

More than a baseball story, I Never Had It Made also reveals the highs and lows of Robinson’s life after baseball. He recounts his political aspirations and civil rights activism; his friendships with Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, William Buckley, Jr., and Nelson Rockefeller; and his troubled relationship with his son, Jackie, Jr.

Originally published the year Robinson died, I Never Had It Made endures as an inspiring story of a man whose heroism extended well beyond the playing field.

I’m going to buy this book because while I’ve seen many a documentary on Jackie Robinson, I’ve never read his autobiography and we all know the book is better than the movie, right?

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Alterant Sherrily Kenyon Diana LoveAlterant by Sherrily Kenyon Diana Love. $ 3.79

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In this explosive new world of betrayals #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR and shaky alliances created by New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love, the only free Alterant faces an impossible task—recapture three dangerous escaped creatures before they slaughter more humans . . . or her.

The way Evalle Kincaid sees it, saving mankind from total destruction should have cleared her name. But when words uttered in the heat of combat are twisted against her, she’s blamed for the prison break of three dangerous Alterants. She has one chance to clear the cloud of suspicion hanging over her . . . for good. All she has to do is recapture the escapees. But deals with gods and goddesses are tricky at best, and now the lives of all Beladors, and the safety of innocent humans, rides on Evalle’s success. The only person she can ask for help wants to see her dead.

At Amazon and Google Play, the three Belador books are on sale for $3.79. The books, in order, are as follows:

Blood Trinity
The Curse

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The Seduction of Emily Rachel BrimbleThe Seduction of Emily by Rachel Brimble. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Seduction is a wicked game, and no one plays it better than the devilish Will Samson in Rachel Brimble’s captivating new novel…

Since girlhood, Emily Darson has accepted that she will marry Nicholas, the son of her father’s trusted business partner. The marriage contract safeguards her family legacy, Emily’s fortune, and everything she values—except her independence. Only when a sinfully handsome scoundrel enters her life does Emily realize quite how much a loveless match will cost her.

Will Samson has advanced from expert pickpocket to confidence trickster of the highest caliber. Now he has come to Bath to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his mother—the man Emily will soon marry. But from his first glimpse of the enemy’s bewitching, spirited fiancée, Will’s plan changes.

Amid the ballrooms and salons of elegant society, heated glances explode into scandalous kisses. Revenge is sweet, but surrender will be irresistible…

80,000 Words

This book sounds intriguing. Neither character is from the aristocracy. There is an impossible conflict in the form of Will wanting to enact revenge on the man to whom Emily is bound to marry by an iron clad contract. Breaking the contract would result in forfeiting her father’s half of the successful tobacco business. This three star review on goodreads was very helpful in identifying things in the book that are appealing and that might also be a deterrence.

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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. jules
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 18:47:55

    Kobo 30% off code: JULY1930
    unlimited use promo code good through 7/20

  2. Elisa
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 20:52:17

    Bling Ring is not $2.99 on Amazon, it’s almost ten dollars. I do want to read it but I buy on Amazon ’cause it’s easiest for me. I see it’s on Google Play for $2.99 though. Does Amazon usually price match?

  3. Jane
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 21:19:12

    @Elisa: Yes, almost always. There is a place for you to report a lower price on the page as well – go down about half way.

  4. Susan
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 22:44:05

    @Jane: After all these years, I never even noticed that!

  5. Jane Lovering
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 09:04:44

    I’m sorry, I’m sorry, but I’m British, and the word is ‘burgled’. It so doesn’t need that extra syllable… ‘

  6. Sunita
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 09:53:38

    @Jane Lovering: Once again, we are separated by our common language. From The Grammarist:

    In American English, the verb burgle, meaning to rob, is regarded as a humorous backformation from burglar, and burglarize is the preferred term in serious contexts.

    In British English, it’s the other way around. Burgle is a legitimate verb, used even in sober news reports, and burglarize (or burglarise, as it would probably be spelled if it were an accepted word in British English) is virtually nonexistent in serious contexts. Some Britons view burglarize as an American barbarism.

    Irish, Australian, New Zealand, and South African writers tend to go along with British writers on this. Canadians prefer burglarize.

    Burglar has a long history going back at least to the Medieval Latin burglator and probably beyond. Burgle and burglarize both came about in the late 19th century—neither is significantly older than the other—developing separately on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

    Jane is American. The author of the book is American. The burglars are mostly American, I believe.

  7. Jane Lovering
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 10:17:30

    I know, I know… Sometimes I just can’t help myself though. I have friends who won’t go out with me along a local sea front because I ‘tut’ at the apostrophes. And I’m sure there’s a lot of British phrases that make Americans squirm!

  8. Elisa
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 16:34:48

    I tried to report the lower price yesterday and today for Bling Ring to Amazon, got errors both times. Ughh maybe next time. Can someone else report it or is it just me?

  9. Anne
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 19:08:18

    @Elisa: I reported it earlier this morning with no problem.

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