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That Night: A Novel by Alice McDermottThat Night: A Novel
by Alice McDermott. $ 3.99 AMZN | Apple

From the Jacket Copy:

A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

It is high summer, the early 1960s. Sheryl and Rick, two Long Island teenagers, share an intense, all-consuming love. But Sheryl’s widowed mother steps between them, and one moonlit night Rick and a gang of hoodlums descend upon her quiet neighborhood. That night, driven by Rick’s determination to reclaim Sheryl, the young men provoke a violent confrontation, and as fathers step forward to protect their turf, notions of innocence belonging to both sides of the brawl are fractured forever. Alice McDermott’s That Night is “a moving and captivating novel, both celebration and elegy…a rare and memorable work” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer).

The praise for this book is endless and I’m intrigued. Apparently it’s been made into a movie but if you’ve seen the movie, it concentrates heavily on the friendship between Sheryl and a neighbor girl, Alice, who narrates the story. The movie ending is much happier per the reviews than the novel ending.

“A strong, eloquent novel…McDermott writes clean, simple prose that serves her story beautifully. This novel is as carefully constructed as a poem, giving off a lustrous glow, and is poignant in the telling.”—-People

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Ron HansenThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Ron Hansen. $ 1.99

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Jesse James was a fabled outlaw, a charismatic, spiritual, larger-than-life bad man whose bloody exploits captured the imagination and admiration of a nation hungry for antiheroes. Robert Ford was a young upstart torn between dedicated worship and murderous jealousy, the “dirty little coward” who coveted Jesse’s legend. The powerful, strange, and unforgettable story of their interweaving paths—and twin destinies that would collide in a rain of blood and betrayal—is a story of America in all her rough, conflicted glory and the myths that made her.

We’ve always had a fascination with bad boys from Byron to Jesse James (and further back than that).


“Hansen has turned low history into high art. This is a terrific book.”

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All Fired UpAll Fired Up by Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy. $ 0.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Welcome to book 1 of the DreamMakers trilogy. A collaboration from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author VIVIAN AREND, and ELLE KENNEDY, author of the bestselling Out Of Uniform and Killer Instincts series.

He’s ready to lead the way:

Parker Wilson never thought he’d go from battle-hardened soldier to romance expert, but after his stint in the Rangers, that’s exactly what happened. As the owner of DreamMakers Inc., he helps other men win in the love department, using every resource available to plan the perfect date. When a routine recon turns into an unexpected night of passion, Parker’s mission becomes more personal—and he won’t give up until Lynn Davidson is all his.

She’s more than willing to follow:

Lynn is a goner from the moment she lays eyes on the delectable Parker. She’s just ditched her boring almost-boyfriend and is tired of sticking to the straight and narrow. It’s time to walk on the wild side, and what better way than in the arms of the most irresistible man she’s ever met? But when their red-hot affair is threatened, it’ll take a team effort to make their dreams come true.

This book has one of the sexiest flirtation scenes I’ve ever read and it’s stuck out in my mind ever since, to the point of going back just to re-read that part. The heroine is smart and has a strong heart, the hero is adorable, and despite the Big Misunderstanding being set up a mile away it makes sense with the story. Plus, it’s the first book I’ve read where ex-military all-pumped guys go into something other than security — these guys are romantics at heart. There is a m/f/m scene in this book if people don’t like menage and several allusions to others in conversation, but the rest of the book is just the hero and heroine.

Deal is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Other

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From the Jacket Copy:

She’s swept away to a hidden island paradise filled with pleasures… and secrets.

Abducted from a trade fair by a mysterious warrior, Lady Avril de Varennes awakens on Asgard Island, an enchanted paradise cloaked in mists and mystery, kept secret from the world for centuries. Against her will, Avril weds her arrogant captor, Hauk Valbrand–even as she vows to escape. Hauk believes himself beyond the reach of love, until his fiery captive bride begins to melt his heart of ice. But soon he must reveal the stunning truth about Asgard and its people–and Hauk and Avril must choose between love and honor, duty and desire… now and forever.

“An utterly absorbing read! With its richly drawn characters, powerful conflict and vividly imagined setting, HIS CAPTIVE BRIDE is a romantic fantasy lover’s dream. When it comes to sweeping, sizzling historical romance, Shelly Thacker is a shining star!” -New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian

“Five hearts (highest rating). An involving, beautiful story. I thought about the characters often at work, at the grocery store, in my car–wherever I was until I could get back to the book. A definite keeper.”

“Powerful. From the very first page you’re whisked away to a world where anything is possible.” -The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A full-length novel of 100,000 words
Adult content: steamy love scenes!
Originally published by Dell under the title Timeless

This expanded Author’s Preferred Edition ebook includes additional scenes never before published. Also includes bonus content: “The Making of His Captive Bride: The Story Behind the Story.”

The Stolen Brides Series: One falls through time and finds herself married to a dark stranger… one may never reach her royal wedding if she can’t resist her rugged protector… one is abducted by a mysterious swordsman and swept away to a secret island paradise. Three regal brides are about to discover that falling in love with a warrior is the most dangerous adventure of all.

Each book in the Stolen Brides Series is a stand-alone novel, so you can enjoy them in any order.

Book 1: FOREVER HIS (Gaston and Celine)
Book 2: HIS FORBIDDEN TOUCH (Royce and Princess Ciara)
Book 3: HIS CAPTIVE BRIDE (Hauk and Avril)

Pre-order the next Stolen Brides book today and save! The upcoming prequel novel is now available at a special pre-order price: HIS STOLEN BRIDE (Darach and Laurien) ~ A bride is kidnapped on the morning of her royal wedding–by her groom’s most dangerous enemy.

Got dystopia fatigue? Take a trip to paradise In this “powerful and richly romantic” medieval romance with a paranormal twist. Lady Avril de Varennes is abducted by a mysterious swordsman and swept away to a hidden island paradise filled with pleasures… and secrets. Tropes: captive-captor, enemies to lovers, paranormal romance. No rapes, no cliffhanger, HEA ending. Has a 3.9 rating on Goodreads. From a USA Today bestselling author.
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The Shadow Prince: The Prequel to Mortal Enchantment The Shadow Prince: The Prequel to Mortal Enchantment
 by Stacey O’Neale. $ FREE

From the Jacket Copy:

“Filled with betrayal and intrigue, THE SHADOW PRINCE is a dark and twisty novella from an exciting new author!”
Katee Robert, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

It’s a free YA PNR novella with a 4.5 rating on Amazon. 89 out of 95 reviews are 4 star and above. It’s a story filled with suspense and magic. The theme questions whether the end justifies the means.

Ordinarily I wouldn’t post this because it’s a short story but it’s free and the author submitted it so here you are readers. 

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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. Maite
    Jul 22, 2014 @ 20:44:05

    I would not recommend pre-ordering the next book in the Stolen Brides series. This is the second book that’s been a Free Daily Deal, gives me hope for the entire series.

  2. LauraL
    Jul 22, 2014 @ 22:47:15

    I bought All Fired Up when it was on sale a while back, and yes, one of the sexiest flirtation scenes ever! I also laughed at how the guys were a little too excited about their “recon” as part of planning the date.

  3. Sandra
    Jul 23, 2014 @ 15:07:39

    I read the “the writing of” that Shelly Thacker included in her book. I want to get the next book to read more of that!

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