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Here’s the second Diversion book I’ve selected. It’s specially priced at .99c. It’s easy to send to your Kindle or read on your mobile device. I picked the Tiffany White book because she used to write Harlequin Temptations and I thought, but could not find this, that she once wrote this really charming romance featuring a heroine who was a mystery writer. She would go to places to test out her murder theories and gets caught by the hero putting a fake drug (Placebo) in a patron’s glass. Anyone remember that book? In any event, I’ve always thought Harlequin Temptation was one of the best lines put by Harlequin.

“A Kiss in the Dark Special Offer” by Tiffany White on Ganxy

The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service The Art of Betrayal by Gordon Corera. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From Berlin to the Congo, from Moscow to the back streets of London, these are the stories of the agents on the front lines of British intelligence. And the truth is often more remarkable than fiction.

Gordon Corera provides a unique and unprecedented insight into this secret world and the reality that lies behind the fiction. He tells the story of how the secret service has changed since the end of the Second World War and, by focusing on the people and the relationships that lie at the heart of espionage, illustrates the danger, the drama, the intrigue, and the moral ambiguities that come with working for British intelligence.

From the defining period of the early Cold War through modern day, MI6 has undergone a dramatic transformation from a gung-ho, amateurish organisation to its modern, no less controversial, incarnation. And some of the individuals featured here, in turn, helped shape the course of those events. Corera draws on the first-hand accounts of those who have spied, lied, and in some cases nearly died in service of the state. They range from the spymasters to the agents they controlled to their sworn enemies. And the truth is often more remarkable than the fiction.

This might read like a fictional novel but ‘s actual a journalist’s account of a success and failures of the post 1949 British Secret Intelligence Service and considered one of the best of its kind.

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The Forgotten ChildThe Forgotten Child by Lorhainne Eckhart. $.99 | Free

From the Jacket Copy:

In THE FORGOTTEN CHILD, Brad Friessen wasn’t looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.

Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless, bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live-in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and moves in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something’s seriously wrong with the boy, and the reclusive, difficult man who hired her can’t see the behavior and how delayed his son is. So Emily researches until she stumbles across what she suspects are the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him, give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder–to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.

As their lives become intertwined, their attraction is unavoidable–a connection sparks between them. But just as they’re getting close, Brad’s estranged wife, Crystal, returns after abandoning the family two years earlier. Among the shock and confusion is one disturbing question Brad can’t shake: How does Crystal know so much of his personal business, the inner working of the ranch, and Emily’s relationship with his son?

Crystal must’ve had a plan, as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily, and the children. The primary focus for care and therapy of three-year-old Trevor is diverted. The lengths to which Crystal will go, the lies, the greed, just to keep what’s hers, are nothing short of cold and calculating. Emily’s forced out of the house. Brad fights to save his boy, to protect what’s his, and struggles over his greatest sacrifice–Emily, and the haunting question: Has he lost her forever?

It’s free at some locations but $.99 at others. Reviews said that there was too much time focused on “getting rid of the current wife” and very little time spent on Trevor’s autism and therapy.  As an aside, I don’t get why divorce is not an option until the hot new woman comes around…
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Very_Wicked_ThingsVery Wicked Things by Ilsa Madden Mills. $ 0.99 cents

From the Jacket Copy:

Ballerina Dovey Beckham is a scholarship student at Briarcrest Academy, determined to prove she’s more than just a girl with the wrong pedigree. She does whatever it takes to succeed in her endgame, even if it means surrendering her body but never her heart.

Until the day she meets him, and he rips apart all her well-laid plans. Suddenly, the girl everyone thought unbreakable might just shatter.

Cuba “Hollywood” Hudson is rich, spoiled, and a star football player. With his fast cars and superficial girlfriends, he lives the high-life, hiding his secrets from the world.

Until the day he meets her, and she offers him something he’s never tasted…love.

But once in a lifetime kind of love doesn’t come easy…especially when dirty money, past sins, and old flames come calling.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where sometimes, only the wicked survive.

Although each book can be read as a standalone, here is the series reading order. Each book has a HEA. No cliffhangers.

The prequel Very Wicked Beginnings is free, it’s a new adult romance set at a high-class school and deals with issues of a lower class woman falling in love with a high society guy, there are issues of prostitution, illegal activity etc. The first in the series is Very Bad Things.

It also sounds like the “hero” Cuba does some “very bad things” to the heroine and readers giving this book a lower grade couldn’t get past that.

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Roman HolidayRoman Holiday: The Complete Adventure (2-Book Bundle: The Adventure Begins and The Adventure Continues) by Ruthie Knox. $1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The wait is over with this eBook bundle that includes all ten episodes of Ruthie Knox’s steamy, irresistible serial, Roman Holiday. Like all the greatest road trips, Ashley and Roman’s journey is full of unforgettable twists and turns. But what’s their final destination?


Ashley Bowman has always been impetuous, but even she is a little shocked when she chains herself to a palm tree in the Florida Keys hours before a hurricane is due to blow in. It’s all with the hope of saving her childhood home from a heartless Miami developer. But the moment she meets Roman Díaz she realizes he does have a heart—it’s just encased in ice. Ashley’s determined to get Roman to crack . . . even if she has to drag him all over the eastern seaboard to do it.

Roman can hardly believe he’s been talked into driving across the country with this brazen wild child in a skimpy bikini. He tells himself he had no choice—Ashley insists he meets the elderly snowbirds whose community will be displaced by his career-making development deal. But in truth he knows that there’s something about Ashley that makes him want to get a little wild himself . . . and the closer they get, the more tempted he becomes.

Serialized novel bundled together (512 pages). Enemies to lovers. Road trip. Somewhat multicultural. This was published on Wattpad for free, although I don’t know how much of it.

Miss Bates reads said this Miss Bates thought that, juggling simultaneous threads, Knox wanted to create a sweeping tale, a panorama of America and a couple struggling to come to terms with their pasts and find a way of creating something new for the future, that, well, it was a mountain out of a molehill. Moreover, Knox’s wonderfully pithy humour was lost along the way; by the end of the behemothic novel, Miss Bates thought that some authorial finger-wagging was happening.

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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. Lynne Connolly
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 16:09:27

    The Gordon Correra is a classic. Well worth a look, in my view.

  2. Tabs
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 18:39:09

    Carly Phillips’ “Dare To Desire” is on sale for 99¢.

    I tried submitting it using the “submit a deal” form but it was a lot of steps and I couldn’t do them from my phone. Is that form supposed to be primarily for authors/publishers? I ask as a reader who just likes to pass on deals that pop up from my ereaderiq wishlist (and that might possibly cause someone else to go “ooh! I wanted that!”) and wasn’t sure if it was appropriate to post them in the comments anymore.

  3. jane
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 18:50:21

    @Tabs: Feel free to continue posting in the comments!

  4. Jen
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 22:37:04

    I really really liked Roman Holiday! I did feel the story slowed a bit towards the end but there was just so much going on and so many really fascinating threads that I could overlook the small pacing issues.

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