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Product Details

  • Series: Jane True (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Original edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316056588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316056588
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


'A fascinating, fast-paced, sexy storm of a book' Rachel Caine 'From small-town hijinks to otherworldly intrigue, this is a fun start to a new series, and a promising first novel' LOCUS 'An exciting journey of self-discovery and murder mystery ... A notable debut' ROMANTIC TIMES 'Peeler's Jane True series is one that readers will want to see through to the end' IMPACT 'Witty and fun, with a dash of dark suspense. Peeler has built a fantastic world in this debut novel' SCIFICHICK.COM --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Nicole D. Peeler received an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Boston University, and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. She's lived abroad in both Spain and the UK, and lived all over the USA. Currently, she resides in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to teach in Seton Hill's MFA in Popular Fiction. When she's not in the classroom infecting young minds with her madness, she's writing Urban Fantasy for Orbit Books and taking pleasure in what means most to her: family, friends, food, and travel. To learn more about the author, visit www.nicolepeeler.com.

More About the Author

Nicole D. Peeler writes urban fantasy for Orbit Books and, in her spare time, is an assistant professor at Seton Hill University, where she teaches in their MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. Having recently finished the final book of her award-winning Jane True series, she is looking forward to the upcoming publication of Jinn and Juice, the first book in a series about a cursed jinni living in Pittsburgh. Nicole also lives in Pittsburgh, although she's neither cursed nor a jinni.

She's also a proud member of the League of Reluctant Adults and an alumna of both Boston University and The University of Edinburgh.

Please like her Facebook fan page for up to date information on Nicole's writing. If you want to chat with her or see pictures of her sammiches, feel free to "friend" her on Facebook (Nicole Peeler) or follow her on Twitter (@NicolePeeler). She's also got a Pinterest for her new book, where you can get a sneak peek at her worldbuilding process. If you'd like to send Nicole a message, the best way to do so is through email, at IHeartSelkies(at)gmail(dot)com. The worst way is through Facebook Messages, as they tend to get eaten, and Nicole loves hearing from all of you.

For an autographed bookplate, send a SASE to Nicole Peeler, Box 421F, Seton Hill University, Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA, 15601. Please specify any personalization you'd like.

Customer Reviews

And Jane is smart and I love both her inner voices.
This book should entertain both Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance fans, as it is a good blend of both genres.
A Book Obsession..
It is a fun read with a great plot and interesting characters.
Karissa Eckert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Hardy on November 2, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A entirely original yet familiar introduction to a new world of urban fantasy. Jane True is stuck in a ho-hum life in small-town Maine as the village pariah. Because of the nature of her parentage (child out of wed-lock, gasp!) and a freak accident that left her crippled by her own grief and the town's collective hatred she has little to look forward to. The death of another local thrusts her into a paranormal society she didn't know existed let alone was part of. In walks Mr. Steamy/Sexy vampire, Ryu, and out pops a host of unique, colorful, lovable, crazy, weird, and/or interesting characters.

Jane True is somewhat reminiscent of Sookie Stackhouse as she tumbles down the rabbit hole and doesn't know who to trust. But she is her own character entirely. And I love her internal ramblings. They seriously made me laugh out loud. Nicole Peeler puts the mental ramblings we all have, but never admit to, on paper. Or at least I hope I'm that funny in my head. I especially love the whole devil on one shoulder and angel on the other inner dialogue. Only it's Jane's libido and her guilty common sense that battle. Especially when her libido was that carnivorous plant from Little Shop of Horrors. (Feed meeeeeeee!)

I also love that while there are vampires in this book it is not a vampire book. Matter of fact, vampires aren't even the "ancient all powerful, apathetic to the workings of us puny humans" characters in this book. So while this is a paranormal book and the characters are similar to the myths of vampires, shapeshifters, ect, they are original but without being TOO off the beaten path.

I love, love, love this series. Nicole Peeler has carved out the perfect little niche for her world and her characters and I can only hope it's long lasting.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DelusionalAngel VINE VOICE on November 24, 2009
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They live among us. And who are they? Supernatural beings, of course. Gnomes. Vampires. Genies. Half this, half that. They're all here. The dog you walk day in and day out may not be just a dog. Of course, they don't want us to see their true nature, so we don't. This would, however, explain a lot about my cat -- I'm going to start watching her more closely. Perhaps her glamours will slip one day.

Like all of us, Jane never saw any of these beings, despite being half one herself -- until one day they make themselves known to her. They'd watched her from afar and would have let themselves be known to her -- someday, if they felt it necessary. And then she stumbled upon a murder scene that affected their world. So, of course, they were forced to welcome her with open arms. Or some were, anyway. This turns Jane's otherwise boring life upside down. In good and bad ways both. The town outcast can always use some excitement, after all.

There's a fair amount of pop culture references in this book, which typically makes me a little nervous. It makes me feel as though it might leave some readers out. Sure, my mom will get the MC Hammer reference, but some other the other songs or movies that were mentioned? Maybe not. Still it worked in this book, most are popular enough that almost anyone would have at least an idea of who/what they were -- that or the names alone gave you an idea of what they were about. So, my usual pet peeve when it comes to this, went right out the window and I ended up finding it charming -- That Jane was so often chatting with herself using books, movies, songs, etc as reference points to compare her own situations to.

The cover explains to us that this book is a must for Sookie fans. I agree.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Megan Vasko on November 10, 2009
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I am new to the urban fansasy genre, but I'll tell you now that I'm standing and saluting for it! I suppose I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book but what I got was a story that I couldn't get enough of--I flew through it in four days. I've never been addicted to any illegal substances but how I ached to read the book and my constant obsession with getting my next fix is the way I'd imagine it to be. It's an easy read but also creative, intelligent and hilarious. I found Jane's internal dialogue to be one of the highlights of the book and her witty, observational commentary allowed me to relate to her easily. It contains a few words that (at the risk of making myself sound dumb) made me go grab a dictionary. If I can have a laugh and expand my vocabulary at the same time, I am in!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Katie A. E on June 6, 2011
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Jane True: social outcast of a tiny Maine town with a strange history and even stranger inclinations. When Jane discovers that she's part of a hidden supernatural world, her past and all the unanswered questions begin to make sense. But not is all sunshine and moonbeams as the reason for her sudden awareness--a murder has taken place that has forced Jane in a world where giants are real, vampires exist and dogs can talk. To help ease the transition is Ryu, a sexy vampire that is investigating the murder.

What I like about the book is the writing, which is quirky and Jane's voice is very clear cut and focused, even humorous inner monologues, which I found appealing and cute. Peeler had a very sensible and coherent direction for the most part and nothing was illogical. The world building is well done, thoughtful and introduced in an organic way, that is, not random or thrown at the reader whenever convenient. There's always a reason and explanation. Peeler is a talented writer and she's got a gift in telling a story. However, I'm just not sure if it's enough to make up for the book's shortcomings or keep me going.

The advice (on the back cover and description) to see Tempest Rising like the Sookie Stackhouse series just made me think how SIMILAR the two books are and, unfortunately, how different as well and not in a good way. Where Harris managed a stronger, more engaging plot with vivid and luscious characters that don't read so sedate and dull and so...*blah*, Peeler's characters lack any sort of vibrancy or energy and plot lacks immediacy and delicious tension. The 'emotional' pull, which is fully put on Jane, is woefully non-existent.
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