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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. Kathleen MacIver
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 13:20:01

    How about a gift card giveaway? For books?

    My first short story is being released in an anthology from Freya’s Bower called One Touch, One Glance. We’re hosting a contest/giveaway in celebration. The prize is a $25 gift card to Borders, and the contest runs one week from today. Details are here:

  2. Jennifer Estep
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 13:51:50

    I’m currently reading His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik. I’m enjoying it very much. I think it’s such a cool idea, using dragons in battle the way she describes.

    I have a question though — how the heck do you say the dragon, Temeraire’s, name? Tim-er-air? Teem-rare? Does anyone know?

  3. vanessa jaye
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 13:57:00

    I’m currently reading Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin, and really loving it. Just excellent writing/characterization and unusal characters. It pulled me out of a mini reading doldrum. This book has been languishing in my tbr pile for awhile and now I’m kicking myself that I took so long to read it.

  4. Janine
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 14:55:47

    I'm currently reading His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik. I'm enjoying it very much. I think it's such a cool idea, using dragons in battle the way she describes.

    I loved His Majesty’s Dragon too. I believe Anne McCaffrey was the first to come up with dragons used as an airforce for humans, in her Dragonriders of Pern series (these are SF/F and not historical, though).

  5. Janine
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 14:59:28

    I have a question for readers. My life is jam-packed with stuff that has get done right now, and I will be traveling for the holidays, so I probably won’t have time to read for fun, or to review, until January at the earliest.

    I am curious about a couple of December releases that I haven’t had time to read. One is Lydia Jocye’s Wicked Intentions (the review at AAR was negative) and the other is J.R. Ward’s novella in Dead After Dark. Anyone here read either of these? Any opinions on them?

  6. HeatherO
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 15:16:53

    I read J.R.’s story. I liked it a lot. Although the hero is a vampire, and it is set in Caldwell, there is no interaction with the BDB. I think the implication is that these characters live in the same world as BDB but are separate from vampire society for reasons touched upon in the story. Best of all, no chrazy nhames and “messie me”, hip hoppity slang!

    While I felt the story to be fairly slight, I really enjoyed the characterization, particularly of the hero. I won’t spoil you by giving you any details, but in many ways, the hero is quite beta and subdued, which I found a refreshing change from uber-alpha vamps. Of course, he is still dominant in bed, natch.

    I finished it last night, and found myself thinking about it today (before this question came up!), so that speaks well of it — it wasn’t read and then forgotten instantly.

  7. HeatherO
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 15:21:03

    I have a question though -‘ how the heck do you say the dragon, Temeraire's, name? Tim-er-air? Teem-rare? Does anyone know?

    I am not sure of the official pronunciation (I have the books on audio and have yet to listen to them — although I have read and loved them all), but I always pronounce it: Tem-er-ayre. I may be mangling it though — I mentally pronounced Hermoine Granger’s name Her-moyne for YEARS!

  8. jmc
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 15:23:12

    @Jennifer Estep: in the (abridged) audio book, the narrator pronounces Temeraire as “Tem-uh-RAIR”.

  9. Janine
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 15:40:08

    Thanks HeatherO. The hero sounds intriguing. Interesting that it’s not connected to the BDB, too.

  10. orannia
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 15:45:53

    I’m currently reading Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn. It is very, very good and I loved the first in the series – Silent in the Grave (FYI – the third book is being released IIRC in March 2009). It’s a Victorian romantic suspence written in the first person. I’m not a fan of books written in the first person, but this just flows beautifully!

  11. LauraB
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 16:33:04


    Oh yes this is a fabulous series… I am thrilled that the next one is due out soon.

    I’ve got a fairly large list of books to consume; I’m about to start Princeps’ Fury by Jim Butcher. Afterwards it’ll be Shiloh Walker’s The Missing.

    I just finished listening to Ink Exchange from Gotta say I loved it.

  12. Jinni
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 17:09:21

    I’m reading Tempted by Megan Hart. I’m about halfway through and I’m glad I shelled out the $$ for it, and haven’t completely given up on contemporary/erotica. It’s well written, and there’s not meaningless sex on every page – so the sex when it happens, is much better.

  13. BevQB
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 17:15:06

    Finished listening to the audio book of Christine Feehan’s Dark Curse. It’s notable for several reasons:

    1- It would be a good book for new readers to jump into the series with because the heroine is introduced to many past characters and their storylines are succinctly explained to her.

    2- Almost nothing else that happens in this book, from storyline to H/H interaction, has been seen in prior books. I feel like the series has been given new life. Although I was surprised that Feehan didn’t continue with the storyline started in the previous book (which was also different but I HATED the heroine in that one).

    3- The dual narrators give wonderful performances- Phil Gigante (yes, the eargasmic narrator of KMM’s Highlanders) performs all the male voices and Jane Brown brings all the female characters to life. It’s the first time I’ve listened to an audio book that’s been given this treatment and it’s now become my favorite production format.

  14. TerryS
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 18:21:52

    I’m almost done reading Christie Craig’s “Divorced, Desperate and Dating”. It fits my current mood for contemporary romance. The humor is most appealing and is very well written. I actually know people like this!!!! Kudo’s to the author. It is a terrific follow up to her “Divorced, Desperate and Delicious” as well as her “Weddings Can Be Murder”. I’ve become much more discriminating my personal definition of keeper books. Her’s are among the handful that made my keeper status in 2008. Even though this book was just released I can’t wait for her next release.

    BevQB – I totally agree with your review of the audio book of “Dark Curse” in every aspect. Since you’ve now discovered this production format, you might want to check out some of Linda Howard’s audio books. Even though I read paper copies of her books beforehand, the audio books in this format brought them to life. My most pleasant surprise of her audio books were the two written in first person “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Up Close and Dangerous”. I didn’t like the books when I read them, but absolutely loved the audio books. What a difference the male/female readers made!

  15. BevQB
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 18:43:20

    Thanks TerryS! I hadn’t noticed that Howard’s audio books were done the same way. I’ll be adding some to my Audible Wish List.

    Prior to Dark Curse, my only exposure to dual readers was with the Raintree Trilogy. But in those books, each narrator would read a chapter or group of scenes and do ALL the characters within that section. If that wasn’t bad enough, the narrators (particularly the male narrator) were just a terrible fit for the books. UGH!

    If I hadn’t already been such a complete rabid fangirl of Phil Gigante’s, I might never have given the dual production format another try. So it was a wonderful surprise to find that, while each of them took a turn at narrating, they ALWAYS did the character voices according to sex. That format would have improved the Raintree audio books enormously.

  16. Phyl
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 18:58:21

    Carla Kelly fans will want to note that her latest book is available now in e-format on eharlequin. The print version will appear in stores Jan. 1. I downloaded it Dec. 1 and finished it Dec. 2. Marrying the Captain is quite different from her last book and while I wouldn’t call this my favorite of her books, I was not disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    One of Kelly’s novellas has just been reprinted in A Homespun Regency Christmas. The story there, “An Object of Charity” also has a naval captain serving on the blockade for a hero. In both, Kelly does a great job of giving Regency fans a different look at the war with France, the fears of invasion, and life at sea. I highly recommend both.

  17. Shiloh Walker
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 19:23:56

    I picked up Julie James’ Just the Sexiest Man Alive after I read about it here and at one other place, don’t remember where.

    Read a few days ago and loved it!

  18. KristieJ
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 21:59:45

    A November book I just finished reading that I’d love to pimp is Untamed by Pamela Clare. It’s a historical in a setting and time period I wish we could see more often – early Colonial America. If anyone has seen and loved the movie Last of the Mohicans, then this is a Must Read book.
    The amazing thing that awes me about the author is she writes Historicals and RS. She’s had a book out this year in both genre and both of them get the highest marks from me.

  19. Crystal-Rain Love
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 22:49:37

    I highly recommend Winter Kissed by Michele Hauf & Vivi Anna. Two awesome stories in that one!

    And if you like e-books, try The Glock And The Bible by Audrey Chadwick. It’s an inspirational but more sensual than what a normal inspirational would be, and OMG, the secondary characters cracked me up!

  20. votermom
    Dec 10, 2008 @ 10:04:53

    I just finished the 7th book in Anne Perry’s Inspector Monk series — I am addicted. Anyone else like to read Anne Perry?

    I love Novik’s Temeraire books — the affection and loyalty between pilot & dragon is so touching, and T himself is such a great character.

    @orianna — Silent in The Sanctuary is great isn’t it? — I actually read it before Silent in the Grave.

    On my to-read pile is Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke, which is the 3rd book in the Inkheart YA trilogy. My 11yo & I love Inkheart — we’ve been waiting forever for the movie (w/ Brendan Frasier!) to come out!

  21. Jennifer Estep
    Dec 10, 2008 @ 10:08:32

    @ Heather O and jmc — Thanks for letting me know. It was driving me crazy not knowing how to mentally pronounce T’s name.

  22. KarLynP
    Dec 10, 2008 @ 14:18:16

    I am finally taking on ‘Outlander’. I am listening to it on my iPod, and the reader is wonderful! It’s a 33 hour audiobook so it will take some time to get through, but it is really good so far.

    I am also finishing up Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series. Overall its phenominal, with only a few misses in the series. I read it out of order, so I will actually end with ‘Gone to Far’, the story of her most popular duo ‘Sam and Alyssa’. (Now I finally get what all the fuss over these two is all about!)

    TerryS – glad to hear “Divorced, Desperate and Dating” is as good as “Divorced, Desperate and Delicious”. The later is in my keeper shelf too, which was a big surprise as I didn’t expect so much from a debut book. I plan to get to her new book this month.

    KristieJ – ditto to the recommend of Untamed. Loved it!

  23. Kathleen MacIver
    Dec 10, 2008 @ 14:27:34

    You know… I really need to read Outlander, LarLynP. So many people love it, and I’m sure I will, too… but the few times I think about it, the size of it intimidates me! I mean, I’m a fast reader and all… but I can rarely put a book down before I’ve finished it… which means I’d probably need an entire, complete day to not get anything else done! And my conscience always tells me I can’t afford to do that. *sigh*

  24. Lizzy
    Dec 10, 2008 @ 14:36:52

    @Kathleen MacIver: Ha! I just got over a really terrible case of bronchitis where I was laid up for over two weeks. I re-read ALL the Outlanders. Sadly, I am now blind.

    To the commenter who mentioned Mistress of the Art of Death: I’m reading an older book (early 90s) now that, if you liked that one, you might also like. It’s called The Oracle Glass and it’s by Judith Merkle Riley. It’s based on some big poisoning scandal in 17th century Paris. Witches, poisoners, romance. It’s pretty good!

  25. votermom
    Dec 11, 2008 @ 09:43:36

    I love the Outlander books. Have you tried her Lord John mysteries?
    The Oracle Glass sounds intriguing.

  26. Jane
    Dec 11, 2008 @ 10:02:59

    @votermom: Jayne did a review of The Oracle Glass here. She gave it a B+.

  27. rebyj
    Dec 11, 2008 @ 15:46:33

    I’m reading “Gods Behaving Badly” by Marie Phillips
    It’s funny as heck. Especially when reading it I’m comparing Kenyon’s portrayal of the same gods and goddesses to the ones in this book. It’s a fun read .

    After this book I have 10 books from Ellora’s Cave coming that I bought on the sale at the EC website. I took this sale as an opportunity to try some authors that I’ve been wanting to try. I ordered them on the 4th, it’s now the 11th and they still haven’t shipped. grrrrrrrr

  28. meanne
    Dec 11, 2008 @ 17:22:55

    I recently read Juliet Marrillier’s book Heir to Sevenwaters. I’ve never read her before and fantasy isn’t really the genre I normally choose to read but I was in the mood for something different from the historical or contemporary romances that I normally do read….

    I read the book in one day and couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. At one point, I was sobbing my heart out!! Such a fantastic read! This led me to read Daughter of the Forest, and again the reading experience was heartwrenching and mind-blowing! What a fabulous author! Highly recommended!

  29. GrowlyCub
    Dec 11, 2008 @ 19:09:34

    I just finished Justine Davis’ new Redstone Incorporated title Backstreet Hero (Silhouette Romantic Suspense). It started out great, and I remember thinking how pleasantly surprised I was that the suspense wasn’t overshadowing the relationship.

    It’s an older woman/younger man story with some other serious obstacles thrown in and I was really happy until the last fourth, because there were exactly 6 pages to resolve the relationship after the suspense plot was resolved. Let me repeat that 6!SIX6!. Another six were taken up by an excerpt for a different line (didn’t we just talk about that on another thread), but even that would not have been enough to do the story line justice.

    In the last fourth the suspense plot totally overshadowed the relationship and since there were some really believable conflicts that required a heck more than 6 pages to resolve, I was really annoyed at the whole reading experience. It was shaping up to be a great angsty read and now it’s ruined. Grump!

    On the positive side, I wanted to recommend Broken Wing again. I read it after the review here and want to thank Kristie for bringing it to DA’s attention.

    I can’t wait to read more by Judith James, because that was a great book! For a slightly more nuanced comment please mosey over to the thread for ‘Broken Wing’.

    P.S. Preview isn’t working for me either (Firefox 3.0.4).

  30. KristieJ
    Dec 11, 2008 @ 21:52:33

    GrowlyCub: I am SO glad you enjoyed Broken Wing!!!! I thought about mentioning it here too :) But since I’ve mentioned it just about everywhere and there are other books I’ve read and loved……
    But isn’t it just a fabulous read? I have it sitting next to me now and even though I’ve read it like 5 times in just a couple of months – I’m so tempted to read it yet agaaaaiiiin *g*

  31. Marg
    Dec 11, 2008 @ 22:44:23

    meanne, I love Juliet Marillier. Her two connected books Wolfskin and Foxmask were both awesome. Foxmask was especially emotional; I cried like a baby.

    I also just read part of the Dead After Dark anthology with Sherrilyn Kenyon and JR Ward. I loved Ward’s story, but Kenyon was disappointing. I enjoyed Kenyon’s eariler books and I don’t know if I have grown as a reader or if she has gotten worse because I haven’t liked any of the more recent stuff I’ve read. It really frustrates me to read her stories because they have such potential, but inconsistencies in the characters and the world just make it hard to stay emotionally connected to what’s going on. I can definitely see why she has so many fans…I just am not one anymore.

  32. votermom
    Dec 12, 2008 @ 09:01:41

    I love Juliet Marrillier’s books! I’d forgotten all about her (shame on me). Great writer.

  33. Estara
    Dec 12, 2008 @ 11:59:07

    I just wrote an enthusiastic, spoiler-happy review for the dawbooks community on LJ on the subject of Sherwood Smith’s first three Inda novels: great epic fantasy with exquisite character work

  34. GrowlyCub
    Dec 15, 2008 @ 05:56:57

    Oh, Oh, the new Sherry Thomas is up for pre-order. It’s not out till May, waaaah. I read the excerpt on her website a couple of weeks ago and I had to promptly forget it because it was so good and I wanted the book NOW and now Amazon puts it up there for me to see first thing this morning and reminded me that I want it NOW and I can’t have it till May, waaaah.

    Okay, blame it on the fact that I’m bottlefeeding kittens every 2 hours and I’m punchy, but waahh, I want that book NOW. :)

  35. Sunita
    Dec 16, 2008 @ 16:13:11

    I wasn’t sure where to post this, but the open thread seemed the most appropriate:

    Christine Merrill’s Christmas HH (A Mistletoe Wager) is FREE at the Sony ebookstore today. When you go to the main page, at the bottom there’s an ad saying they’re going to have one free Harlequin every day until the 28th. I haven’t been able to find any other info on it. You buy it like any other book but the price is $0.00.

    In addition, the Random House books Jane blogged about earlier are there (the 9 free books) as well as some other freebies. Now if only Sony would advertise these things, people might shop there more!

  36. Lindsay Townsend
    Dec 20, 2008 @ 04:52:23

    My top five Christmas romance picks:

    For Angels – When a Good Angel Falls by Savanna Kougar.

    For feelgood comedy – Mucho Caliente! by Francesca Prescott.

    For interesting role reversals – The Twist by Lee Silver

    For realistic and romantic erotic romance – A Last Glass of Wine by
    Bekki Lynn

    For romantic suspense – A Different Kind of Honesty by Jane

    And if you fancy a historical romance, have a look at mine!

    Best wishes, Lindsay
    Lindsay Townsend

    Please visit my website at http://www.lindsaytownsend .com
    and my blog at http://lindsaysbook chat.blogspot. com

  37. gennickmchi
    Dec 22, 2008 @ 12:45:12

    I’m new to the forum and just saying hello.

  38. rebyj
    Jan 18, 2009 @ 11:41:31

    There’s no Jan. open thread for readers?

  39. Lisa
    Jan 27, 2009 @ 15:18:59

    I just posted the first four chapters of my novel THE KINSHIP on Authonomy, a social networking web site for readers, writers, and Harper Collins editors. The Top Five books will be reviewed by Harper Collins editors and a select few will be offered publishing contracts. Three contracts have already been offered.

    Check out my book here and if you like it, please vote for me by clicking on “back the book.”

  40. Anita C.
    Jan 28, 2009 @ 01:39:38

    Couldn’t find anywhere more appropriate to post – but I have a request for DA’s management. Could those of us in the slower class maybe have a glossary of terms…I mean, of acronyms we could consult now and then? I only visit this site once a month for a short time, and I don’t really blog or look at other sites, so I’m often stumped by initials, like BDSM or m/m. I figured out HEA (happy ever after) and IMO (in my opinion) but they’re coming so thick and fast these days, they really get in the way of the flow of my reading if I can’t quickly figure them out. (That’s probably because I only read a few types of romance and all in hard copy). Anyone have time to put one to together and maybe post it on the “Misc” dropdown?

    Just asking.

  41. ionimbero
    Jan 30, 2009 @ 05:10:42

    I didn’t only meet him which I never thought was possible on an internet dating site but I scored the first night.
    Not to mention he had the whole package. WOW!!!!!!!

  42. Polypropylene
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 00:20:38

    inkheart has great graphics but the story is not that very impressive ‘””

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