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Dear Author’s Best of 2007 Ebook List

Jayne and I have a great fondness for e published books. Since the inception of this blog, we have been reading and reviewing books that are published by houses which specialize in releasing books in the e format. We thought that it would be nice to do a little 2007 retrospective on the ebooks that we liked the best.

There were plenty of other ebooks that we read (mostly Jayne) that were rated B or better. You can read all the reviews in the archives.

We would love to hear your top e published books for 2007 and what you are anticipating in 2008. I noticed that my own ebook reading was down in 2007 and I would like to broaden my horizons. Make some suggestions for us.

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. Mrs Giggles
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 04:38:41

    Oh, I love that Matt Beaumont book. Have you read “e”, by the way? That one has me laughing so hard that I actually hurt!

  2. Jayne
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 06:19:17

    I had to track down an ebook version of “E” (Fictionwise didn’t sell it!) but haven’t read it yet. It’s loaded on my reader now. Have you read “The E Before Christmas?” It’s just as good as “Book, Film, T-Shirt.”

  3. Sandra Schwab
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 08:34:53

    As I started reading e-books only last month, I’ve got a lot of reading to catch up with. :) So far, my two best finds have been:

    1) Norbert Davis’s Doan & Carstairs series (hardboiled, but humorous detective series from the 1940s), starting with The Mouse in the Mountain — I’ve written a review of it here. The digital versions are available for free download from, while the print version can be brought either directly from Rue Morgue Press or through

    2) Linda Howard’s Mackenzie Collection — this has been my introduction to Linda Howard, and I love all three books (Mackenzie’s Mountain, Mackenzie’s Pleasure, A Game of Chance) I’ve read so far. Favourite character: Nick (“Can I wide your moborcycle?”)! :)

    At the moment I’m digging into Baron Orczy’s Lady Molly of Scotland Yard. (LOVE those free digital texts!)

  4. Mrs Giggles
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 09:21:59

    “E” is my first Beaumont, and I went on to “E Before Christmas” and “T-Shirt”. He also has a book out called “Staying Alive”, by the way. But because he’s an UK author, I don’t know if his books are easily available in the US.

  5. DS
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 10:47:05

    I haven’t read anything new in ebook form since I just started a couple of weeks ago. I did buy The Spymaster’s Lady, Charles de Lint’s Widdershins, and Demon’s Kiss by Silver. I really should have read more reviews on Demon’s Kiss before buying it. I started to read it then I began to think it was one of those Soulmate/bondmate books that I really can’t stand so I’ll probably not finish it unless it gets better quick.

    (By the way, I remember enjoying the Lady Molly stories although I’m not sure how the writing wears– rereading the Scarlet Pimpernel made me cringe a bit.)

  6. Jennifer mueller
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 10:48:23

    Oh my goodness. Thanks for including Samburu hills in your list I’m am honored especially since its my baby. I loved in kenya for two years and started writing it while there. unfortunately Chippewa closed its doors so I’m looking for a new home for it.

  7. Statch
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 11:43:02

    These weren’t published last or this year, but I really like Kay Layton Sisk’s rock band series, which are ebooks. The first one, Lyla’s Song, is about a rock star who’s gotten in trouble and is hiding out in a small town. He meets a woman who has troubles of her own in the past. It’s a really nice relationship story, and one of the small batch of books that I regularly reread.

  8. Keishon
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 12:25:55

    My ebook reading was down last year, too. What stood out for me was Friends Unlikely by Susan Alvis Smith, which was very good despite the fact that it is a bit preachy. It’s a YA novel with topics that might not appeal to many readers. Immortal Protector by Ursual Bauer was good, too. I need to see if she wrote a sequel.

  9. Katie
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 17:11:31

    Ya know, I will bookmark this post and have a closer look at it the day after tomorrow when I am back in Glasgow. I love your recommendations, they even made me try out a fantasy novel (namely CL Wilson’s Lord of the Fading Lands) and love it :-)

  10. Shannon C.
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 18:31:12

    Bonnie Dee’s The Warrior’s Gift was the standout ebook for me that was released in 2007. Most of the ebooks I bought this year were published earlier, for whatever reason.

  11. Statch
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 18:38:08

    This is totally off-topic but I just got into Helen Brooks based on Jane’s recommendation. Jane, if you like her, you might also like Susan Napier. (Mistress for the Weekend is in ebook format, and was my favorite of hers.)

  12. Sahara Kelly
    Jan 07, 2008 @ 07:30:06

    Wow! I’m incredibly honored to see “Game Over” on your list!! Thank you SO much for the recognition. It’s absolutely great to know that a little humor in an erotic fantasy romance is appreciated. There have been so many wonderful books released this year – I’m very grateful to you all for including mine amongst them. And very happy to think I’ve given readers a laugh or two. That’s a gift that has no measure. Here’s wishing everyone smiles and laughter in this new year – and lots more wonderful reads!!!

  13. Anya Bast
    Jan 07, 2008 @ 08:28:41

    Oh, wow, thanks for including Tempted by Two and Edge of Sweetness on your list. :) What a wonderful way to start out the year.

    I hope everyone at Dear Author had an enjoyable holiday season and may the new year be full of the shining and the bright for you all!

  14. Kay Sisk
    Jan 07, 2008 @ 11:55:30

    Dear Statch (because I don’t know how else to reach you):

    Thanks for the endorsement of LYLA’S SONG and the rock band series. It’ll make me smile all day!

  15. Lila
    Jan 07, 2008 @ 12:23:13

    Woohoo! I made a list with Anya Bast!

    My favorite ebook of the year was Angel’s Evolution by TA Chase.

    This a great list, Ja(y)nes, thanks for putting to together. I’m honored to have made it.

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  18. Minx Malone
    Jan 19, 2008 @ 14:13:31

    Anya Bast is a goddess and I’m so glad to see her on your list! I’ll have to go and check out some of the others. I’m always looking to add to my TBR pile.

    Minx Malone

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