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Dear Author Recommends for October

It’s amazing that it is already October. I am at a loss for where the previous nine months have gone. Last night Ned and I realized that October is our anniversary and that we have been married for 10 years this month. We had a big debate about whether it was 9 years or 10 but doing a little backwards math, we determined it was 10. Ned told me that 10 years is the paper year so I told him I would get him graph paper and he could get me a book. But then I looked it up this morning and the traditional 10 year gift is tin. I’ll have to see if they sell tin graph paper.

But on to the book recommendations. We’ve a small assortment for you this month beginning with three fantasy books.

Book CoverLord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson. If you recall, I blogged about this a month or so ago. Wilson blends the high fantasy concept with romance in a way not done before. It’s epic fantasy for the romance reader and I simply can’t wait for the next entry in the series. A word of caution, though, it’s got the soul mate issue and some people are adverse to that theme.

Book CoverGeneral Winston’s Daughter by Sharon Shinn. Janine recommends this YA book. I think it’s her most accessible book to readers who don’t generally read fantasy. The world is very much patterned after our own; the heroine’s country and culture after 19th century England. There is not any magic in the book at all; the only thing that makes it fantasy is that the world is a bit different from ours. I would describe it as an allegory about colonialism. It takes a strong stance against colonialism, without demonizing the colonists or idealizing the colonized society.

Dark Moon Defender by Sharon Shinn. I don’t know how many times we’ll recommend two books by the same author but Shinn is one of our favorites and Dark Moon Defender is an amazingly romantic novel. Both myself and Janine did reviews of this book.

The Courtesan's DaughterThe Courtesan’s Daughter. by Claudia Dain. This is the romance book that Ned read a month or so ago. We’ve created a lego video review of it which highly dramatizes the story. I asked Ned what he liked about Dain’s book and he replied that he never knew what was going to happen next and while there was no fighting or swords, there was plenty of action. He enjoyed the dialogue and particularly appreciated that there seemed to be no wasted words, that each scene, each dialogue piece had a place in the story.

Book CoverThe Sexiest Man Alive by Diana Holquist. I wasn’t going to read this book at first. I was turned off by the back cover copy and the title. Would I really buy the idea that a famous movie star would fall in love with a woman who was afraid of men? But Holquist made me believe in the love story and made me laugh. The comedic parts weren’t slapstick but based on misunderstandings with the heroine unwittingly playing the straight man. It’s a straight contemporary and there really is a dearth of decent non romantic suspense contemporaries these days so it needs to be recommended.

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. Meljean
    Oct 02, 2007 @ 12:30:13

    I picked up The Sexiest Man Alive at Borders yesterday and put it back down for the same reasons — description and title. I’ll take a second look now.

    The others, I’ve already got on order. I’m such an easy sell.

  2. Sarah
    Oct 02, 2007 @ 12:50:11

    I really enjoyed The Sexiest Man Alive myself. I’m very shy around men so I could sympathize with the heroine, but more than that, it just really worked for me. It does sound like a silly concept at first glance I think, something that just won’t work out, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

  3. Joy
    Oct 02, 2007 @ 17:23:55

    I got Lord of the Fading Lands as part of the giveway here….and then had no time to read. I gave myself the goal of finishing it by today. I finished it last night and am already impatient for the next book.

    My word of warning: it’s not my definition of a stand-alone book. Def a series.

  4. Kristen
    Oct 03, 2007 @ 08:25:00

    Lord of the Fading Lands rocks and the next book, Lady of Light and Shadows is even better!

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