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Armored Hearts by Pauline CreedenArmored Hearts by Pauline Creeden+Melissa Turner Lee. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother’s side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales.

Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park and left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair.

Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.

This is called a “Fantasy Steampunk” which I thought was a gaslight fantasy but nonetheless. It’s marked as an older YA but I think more for the death and violence than the romance. The hero is a bit of a jerk (the negative reviews really hated on him). Honestly I can’t tell if this is a good treatment of a wheelchair bound character or not. One of the reviews said that the heroine was an expert knife thrower “having learned it from Native American children” in her home state. That worries me but overall it’s pretty highly rated.

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Halo Frankie RoseHalo by Frankie Rose. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

She has no name.
She has her knives. Her training. Her halo.

The first and second give her the ability to defeat the opponents she is pitted against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until…

Fear… Pain… Anger… Happiness… Desire… Guilt…


When a newly named Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blond boy, whom she refuses to let save her. The sights and sounds of Freetown are new, yet one thing is familiar: the matches. The only difference? Where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the Colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown’s very streets.

Without her halo, the inhabitants of Kit’s new home consider her saved, but is that really the case? The reality of her old life is paralyzing. Would she be better off free of the guilt associated with all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain?

The rumbling chant for fresh blood, the demand for sacrifice, echoes in Kit’s ears. The Colosseum is behind her. The fighting pits await.

Apple is featuring this book. Currently you can pre order the second title “Radicals” for $2.99.

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The Tenderfoot Bride By Cheryl St.JohnThe Tenderfoot Bride by Cheryl St.John. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Secrets and lies made poor references, Linnea McConaughy knew. But her survival depended upon keeping her past hidden, especially from her employer, rancher Will Tucker. True, he’d shown her kindness, even tenderness, but could he ever accept her shameful past-and another man’s baby?

Will Tucker did not like surprises, and Linnea McConaughy was not the sturdy, past-her-prime widow he’d expected to manage his household. Instead, she was a tiny slip of womanhood desperately seeking a place to belong. Yet much to his growing surprise, that place seemed to be in his home-and his heart!

This is filed under inspirational but my little experience with Harlequin Inspies is that it is light on the evangelistic message and more about the spirit of Christianity.

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The Twitter Diaries A Tale of 2 Cities, 1 Friendship, 140 Characters By Georgie Thompson, Imogen Lloyd WebberThe Twitter Diaries A Tale of 2 Cities, 1 Friendship, 140 Characters by Georgie Thompson+Imogen Lloyd Webber. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The Twitter Diaries tells the story of pen pals for the 21st century. Two parallel lives separated by an ocean but united over a social network.

Tuesday (@Tuesday Fields), a sports reporter and Stella (@StellaCavill), a men’s shoe designer, are Brit 30-somethings who are introduced in NYC on NYE by a mutual friend, a notorious transatlantic TV presenter. They strike up an instant bond.

Over the next 365 days, @TuesdayFields and @StellaCavill put the world to rights, one tweet at a time. From Melbourne to Monaco to Magaluf, the girls flirt and fall out with sportsmen, movie stars… and TV presenters. And then there’s their mothers…

December 31st of the same year and @TuesdayFields and @StellaCavill meet again, for the first time since the last time. A lot can happen in a year. It turns out just 140 characters can change everything.

The Twitter Diaries is an instantly recognisable yet fictitious tale all generations can relate to, whether they are one of the world’s 140 million and counting transfixed Twitter users or not. Accessible, funny and heart-warming, it’s this summer’s must read.

It was an interesting concept but one reviewer said you “could get much more salacious gossip and provactive material straight from your own Twitter feed so why bother with a book that condenses all this into one narrative.” I’m tempted.

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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. Hannah
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 15:48:46

    LOL at the ‘expert knife thrower.’ Reminds me of the heroine in The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood.

  2. SuperWendy
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 15:51:53

    That particular Cheryl St. John title was published by Harlequin Historical. She’s since gone on to publish some with Love Inspired Historical – which makes me think that’s why this older title got filed under “inspirational.” She tends to write “gentle” but not “preachy” and her love scenes in her HH titles tend to fall around PG-rated. It’s been years since I’ve read Tenderfoot Bride, but I do remember liking it quite a bit – which means I probably rated it somewhere in my personal “B” range. It wasn’t a keeper, but still enjoyable.

  3. Glittergirl
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 17:23:01

    Heads up ~ Laura Kaye’s new East of Ecstasy and her Hearts of Anemoi Bundle of 1-3 are up for pre-0rder at $0.99 each. That is such a deal. I learned about it on FB and I don’t know how long the prices are good for. Whole series for 1.98 :-)

  4. cleo
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 21:22:34

    Blue Skies by Tamara Allen is .99 – according to SBTB it’s only on sale until tomorrow.

  5. Kaetrin
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 22:22:19

    @cleo: Sold! Thx for the heads up :)

  6. JenM
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 23:02:37

    Getting Real by Ainslie Paton is on sale for $0.99. I think it’s a publisher sale, so it should be at all the bookstores, not just Amazon.

  7. Jane
    Apr 22, 2014 @ 07:28:49

    @JenM: Unfortunately I can only find it on Amazon!

  8. SonomaLass
    Apr 22, 2014 @ 23:16:43

    @cleo: I’m halfway through Blue Skies and really enjoying it.

  9. Lana Baker
    Apr 23, 2014 @ 01:22:01

    @Glittergirl: Thanks for the suggestion! I love a good bargain!

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