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Wait for You by J. LynnWait for You by J. Lynn. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Some things are worth waiting for…
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

This is a self published book by Jennifer Armentrout aka J. Lynn. It wasn’t to my taste. I think the story took too long to unspool and it was pretty predictable. Still, if you like the New Adult genre and are jonesing for a read, this is a great price.

The book is onsale at BN and Amazon.


The Magician's Assistant by Ann PatchettThe Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett. $ 2.99 at BN

From the Jacket Copy:

“A secretive magician’s death becomes the catalyst for his partner’s journey self-discovery in this “enchanting” book (San Francisco Chronicle) “that is something of a magic trick in itself” (Newsweek).

When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine—who was also his faithful assistant for twenty years—learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well. Sabine is left to unravel his secrets, and the journey she takes, from sunny Los Angeles to the bitter windswept plains of Nebraska, will work its own magic on her. Sabine’s extraordinary tale, “with its big dreams, vast spaces, and disparate realities lying side by side” captures the hearts of its readers and “proves to be the perfect place for miraculous transformations” (The New Yorker). ”

This price has been reported to Amazon but at the time I did this post (5:00 am) there was no price match.

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Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell ZuckoffLost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

On May 13, 1945, twenty-four American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea.
Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s bestselling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals.

But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through. Margaret Hastings, barefoot and burned, had no choice but to wear her dead best friend’s shoes. John McCollom, grieving the death of his twin brother also aboard the plane, masked his grief with stoicism. Kenneth Decker, too, was severely burned and suffered a gaping head wound.

Emotionally devastated, badly injured, and vulnerable to the hidden dangers of the jungle, the trio faced certain death unless they left the crash site. Caught between man-eating headhunters and enemy Japanese, the wounded passengers endured a harrowing hike down the mountainside—a journey into the unknown that would lead them straight into a primitive tribe of superstitious natives who had never before seen a white man—or woman.

Drawn from interviews, declassified U.S. Army documents, personal photos and mementos, a survivor’s diary, a rescuer’s journal, and original film footage, Lost in
Shangri-La recounts this incredible true-life adventure for the first time. Mitchell Zuckoff reveals how the determined trio—dehydrated, sick, and in pain—traversed the dense jungle to find help; how a brave band of paratroopers risked their own lives to save the survivors; and how a cowboy colonel attempted a previously untested rescue mission to get them out.

By trekking into the New Guinea jungle, visiting remote villages, and rediscovering the crash site, Zuckoff also captures the contemporary natives’ remembrances of the long-ago day when strange creatures fell from the sky. A riveting work of narrative nonfiction that vividly brings to life an odyssey at times terrifying, enlightening, and comic, Lost in Shangri-La is a thrill ride from beginning to end.

Carol, a librarian says, “The only regret I have about reading Lost in Shangri-La now is that I can’t put it on a library best list until December 2012. It was that good!”

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The Other Side of Us Sarah MayberryThe Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry. $ Free at Amazon.

From the Jacket Copy:

The making of a good neighbor

The best thing between Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams is a fence. Ever since Oliver’s new-neighbor gestures were met with unfriendly responses, he’s decided to keep his distance. After all, he’s in this seaside town to get his life on track again. That doesn’t include working hard to get on Mackenzie’s good side—no matter how intriguing she may be.

His intentions are put to the test, however, when his dog becomes infatuated with hers. The two crafty canines do their best to break down the barriers between the properties. And where the dogs go…well, the humans must follow! It doesn’t take long for a powerful attraction to build between Oliver and Mackenzie. They soon discover that the worst of first impressions can lead to the best possible outcomes….

This was a freebie at Amazon. It had “Try Harlequin” in the title which I googled and it led to this page. Harlequin has a sample for every series and in April, there will be a new sample for Harlequin Super Romance.

This was reviewed for us by Iola’s Christian Reads here.:

Mackenzie Williams was a producer on popular daytime soap, Time and Again, until a car accident left her in hospital with multiple injuries, then months of rehabilitation. She is now living in remote Flinders (on the Mornington Peninsula, about an hour south of Melbourne) with her dog, Mr Smith, while she recovers enough to return to work–if her job is still there.

Oliver Garrett has moved with his schnauzer, Strudel, from Sydney to Flinder, to escape from the ruins of his marriage. Strudel forms an immediate attachment with Mr Smith, the dog next door, which places Oliver in close proximity to Mackenzie. Even though she is rude and career-minding, and represents everything he dislikes in a woman. Or so he thinks. As they try and rebuild their smashed lives, their relationship develops, and both Mackenzie and Oliver find they have more in common than they initially thought.

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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. CC
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 14:38:40

    Sign you’ve been reading too many romance novels of late: you start reading the synopsis of Lost in Shangri-La and immediately wonder how they are going to pull off a M/F/M ménage in the jungle running from cannibals. I was chastened when I got to the words “true-life adventure”. Oops.

  2. Janine
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 15:42:48

    I have a recap of my thoughts on the Mayberry in my most recent What Janine is Reading. It was a C/C+ read for me.

  3. Liz Mc2
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 16:02:17

    I loved this Mayberry book, even though when I discussed it with Janine I could see her points. What made it a win for me were mature protagonists (they are late-30s and do stuff like apologize when they mess up) and the gender-flipping of the grouchy neighbor trope.

  4. Tabitha
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 16:14:53

    Argh, I paid regular price for the J. Lynn book just the day before it went on sale on Sunday! My copy, purchased at Amazon, has so many grammar and typo errors. It was really annoying. I’m glad I only paid $2.99 and not more than that.

  5. such as Sorority Orgy
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 17:40:34

    It’s going to be finish of mine day, however before finish I am reading this great piece of writing to increase my know-how.

  6. Merrian
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 17:43:41

    @CC: Hah! I had the same thought

  7. Ridley
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 17:45:11

    @such as Sorority Orgy: Best spam ever. A+

  8. Rebecca (Another One)
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 17:54:32

    I put Try Harlequin in Amazon’s search engine and found more free harlequins. Several are coming out in April. One of the free ones was “Waking up Married” by Mira Lyn Kelly. I thought someone here at DA reviewed it.

  9. Emily A
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 18:01:32

    I personally really liked The Magician’s Assistant. It is probably my favorite Ann Patchett out of the ones I have read. Her prose has lyrical quality which makes the book worth reading if you like really good writing regardless of the plot, which was pretty good too and not as depressing as seems.
    I am posting it partly to recommend and partly because I am beginning to weary of seeing booksales on the book blogs on books the reviewers don’t review or even ones they don’t wouldn’t review. There is a spoiler
    a very surprising romantic element in the Magician’s Nephew, but its very sly and subtle. I read this blog for romance reviews. I read review site so I know if its good or bad and to help me sort through the plethora of books out there. If there is no review and no one has read it how do I know whether or not to buy, even if it is on supersale. I really enjoy your blog here at Dear Author. so I hope this post is not too mean.

  10. Carrie G
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 20:22:14

    I also loved The Other Side of Us by Mayberry. I thought the protagonists acted believably owned up to their faults. In fact, it’s one of my favorite Mayberry books, and I tend to enjoy most all her stuff.

  11. Kaetrin
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 20:31:31

    @CC: Oh LOL! You are not alone :)

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