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Dear Author Is Six!

Dear Author is Six

We actually turned six on April 3.  Jayne and I started the blog on April 3, 2006, and we had a few friends who came and read the blog. Now we have a few more friends. Seriously we have the best community of readers here at Dear Author and we want to celebrate our readership by giving away a few items because what is a birthday without presents?  Our presents to the readership includes the following:

  • Kindle Fire (x2)
  • Nook Simple Touch
  • Kobo Touch
  • Kindle Touch (w special offers)
  • 4 $25 GC to the Bookstore of your choice

Leave us a comment to enter.  You can share a favorite time here at Dear Author.  You can tell us what we are doing well. We would even love to hear about what you would like to see changed in the future.  We can’t get better unless we hear from you.  Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win.

This giveaway will be closed on Tuesday 11PM CDT.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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. Sirius
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 12:44:55

    Happy Birthday!!! Thats about it for now :). Ah love your discussions and MM reviews (and love all other reviews of course, but these I read the most :))

  2. willaful
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 12:48:38

    I really appreciate all the technical advice, and the input into issues happening in the publishing world. Happy birthday!

  3. becca
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 12:50:45

    happy birthday! since I discovered Dear Author, it’s become my go-to place for recommendations (I may not always agree with the reviewer’s tastes, but I can always tell from a review whether I’ll like the book or not), news, and deals. You’ve turned me into a Loretta Chase and Courtney Milan fan, for which I thank you.

    I do wish that you’d review more indy books, although from the few you have reviewed is seems like your luck with indy books is like mine, disappointing. But thank you for reading them so I don’t have to!

  4. joanneL
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 12:51:17

    Happy Anniversary! Happy Birthday! Wishing you all many, many more.

    You’ve successfully grown by leaps and Js.

    Your reviews are always helpful and interesting, but I have to admit that what I’ve loved the most over the years are the threads of wank and what-thefuckery. So fun especially when they’re off the chain and crazy.

    Thanks to all of you for your hard work and love of the romance genre. Cheers!

  5. Rebe
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 12:53:17

    Happy Anniversary! I enjoy the reviews, but I also really like the links about ebooks and ereaders.

  6. Phyllis Laatsch
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 12:55:44

    Wow! Happy Birthday! I’m in it for the reviews. And the snark. And the DaBwaha action. You are fabulous!

  7. Lindsey
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:01:53

    Happy Anniversary, DA! What I love most about Dear Author is the completely thorough reviews. You’ve widened my overall reading net, for which I can only be grateful. I’m also loving the new Recommended Read Saturday feature. While it has yet to turn me onto a new author, I figure it’s only a matter of time, and I can’t wait.

  8. Katie
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:07:59

    I’m a fairly new romance reader, but I feel very lucky that I found you early on! I’d love to see more lists of various readers’ favorite books or the “canon” for various genres. I’m still catching up, and I find that sort of thing — both the recommendations but also the thought process and the inevitable debate — fascinating.

  9. Amy S.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:08:18

    Happy Birthday! Congrats on 6 years! I might not comment on a lot of the blog posts, but I do read them everyday. I really love all the info on all of the ereaders.

  10. Kate Sherwood
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:09:26

    Happy Birthday!

    As a reader, I like that your reviews are detailed and thorough; I’ve found some great books through your recommendations.

    And as an author, I like that your reviews are detailed and thorough! Your ‘grades’ tend to be lower than at other sites, but the opinions are backed up with plenty of evidence, and I can really learn from your reviews, whether of my work or someone else’s.

  11. library addict
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:10:35

    Happy Birthday, Dear Author.

    I like that through all the changes DA remains a site that has an uncluttered layout. It’s usually easy to find things. I love the numbered comments in posts and the recent comments on the side bar. DABWAHA, the multiple news roundups each week, and sales alerts are some of my favorite features.

    I also like that, for the most part, even when posters disagree things remain civil.

    I lurked for a long time before I started to comment, but glad I finally jumped in. I also cannot thank Jane enough for introducing Calibre to me.

  12. Katie
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:10:42

    Happy Anniversary DA! I love your reviews and recommendations. You’ve helped me find many great authors!

  13. nath
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:13:16

    Happy Blogiversary, Dear Author! 6 years, that’s awesome :)

    I think you’re doing a great job. I enjoy reading the publishing news. It’s news that I wouldn’t look by myself. Also your reviews are always great :)

  14. Elli
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:14:46

    Happy Birthday :-) Thanks to you guys I discovered Sarah Mayberry, Dropbox and how to organize the more than 1000 books in my Calibre library. DA is my go-to place for reviews. I seldom buy a book without checking out the review on DA. So thank you and happy anniversary!

  15. Lesley D
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:15:07

    Congrats! Happy blogoversary! What keeps me coming back to DA is the publishing news, links, deals, and thoughtful commentary on issues that affect readers such as fan fiction and copyright.

  16. Silver James
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:15:14

    Happy Anniversary! (Or birthday–it’s still a celebration!) The one thing (okay there are a lot of things but…) y’all do really well is the reviews. I might not do more than glance through if it’s a subgenre I don’t read, but I know they’ll be honest, no matter the author being reviewed.

  17. Jason
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:16:20

    Happy Birthday! I usually don’t comment but I enjoy reading your news and reviews. Thank you!!

  18. carmen webster buxton
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:16:52

    Happy Birthday, and thanks for all the good info!

  19. Stacie Mc
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:18:37

    Happy Birthday, DA! Thank you for all of the reviews, deals, articles and news. I love my daily DA fix and look forward to many more years of it.

  20. Larissa Rodgers
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:19:43

    Happy Birthday!!! I enjoy the reviews :)

  21. Suzy
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:22:34

    Happy Anniversary/Birthday!!

    I know that I can come to DA for reviews & much good information about e-readers & formats. I have you on my RSS feed and know that what I get is always good information….

    Keep doing “good” stuff!!

    Thanks for all you give!! (and I don’t just mean goodies!)

  22. Juliana
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:24:29

    Happy Belated Birthday! Thanks for creating a safe place for us Romance Aficionados to read (and write) reviews of our favorite (and not so favorite) books! After 6 years you guys have this down pat! Congrats and thanks for celebrating with a Hobbit style Birthday (gifts for others on your birthday) !

  23. Tamara
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:24:45

    As per your suggestion, I’ve been sitting here thinking about what you might change or improve upon in the future. So far, I haven’t thought of a thing.

    You have a well-run, substantive, entertaining, and informative site.

    Congratulations on your anniversary. I hope there are many more to come.

  24. Maya
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:26:08

    Happy 6th Birthday! :)

    I come to Dear Author for the news and the reviews! Thanks for all the work you do for readers like me!

  25. Jennifer Leeland
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:27:24

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dear Author!!! I think my favorite part of Dear Author is your industry news. As a new author in 2006, I remember getting an awesome education from this site.
    *raises glass* Here’s to another six years.

  26. Tasnim
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:27:54

    Congratulations for making it to six years! You guys are my go-to source for keeping with new releases, and publishing news.

  27. Holly Q
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:32:56

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I lurk more than anything, but this site and Smart Bitches have been my go-to for almost all things romance. Thanks for being such intelligent, bright leading voices for the highest-selling genre of fiction out there. Keep it up!

  28. Valerie~Varuca~
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:34:32

    Happy Birthday DA! I love reading your reviews and recommendations. Thanks for all that you do for your readers and keep up the good work! :)

  29. Lisa J
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:35:10

    Happy birthday!

    Dear Author is a favorite blog for me. I love the midday links and deals posts. The discussions are always interesting. I now know the reviewers my taste syncs with, so I know I will get a good rec from them.

    This is the site that helped me decide which e-reader to go with and I haven’t been sorry since I purchased my first one.

  30. Maili
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:35:55

    *sobs into an already soaked hankie* All so grow up. Happy birthday, Jane, Jayne and the DA team!

    You’ve already heard all this: I would like to see more reader-oriented articles and discussions. Dry publishing and technology industry news generally bore me as those seem to be mostly for authors. So I’m hoping for more reader news and perhaps more book lists or recommendations. And solutions for readers! Such as practical tips for book hoarders (print and digital). Although I’m now a digital book reader, I still have print books in this house and I struggle to find space for those. Oh, I especially welcome suggestions on how to stop buying books so impulsively. <_<

    As for DA podcasts and video interviews, I wish transcripts (and subtitles if possible) were available. I know I'm pretty much alone in this, but I'm not that keen on most author interviews. I do love DA Alyson's interviews, though. Probably because those interviews are more about books than authors themselves, so any interview she's involved with is usually appreciated.

    Like: DA doesn't seem to allow itself to be complacent, so we get to see new features, little changes, adaptations, quick and friendly responses to technical and cosmetic issues, a wide range of topics, platforms and, while romance is still the primary focus, reviews of various genre books and other forms of entertainment (such as Jayne's Friday Film Review feature). All these usually keep my interest hooked on DA, which I appreciate and love.

    Favourite times: Opinion pieces, editorial features and comparison pieces, and the discussions those generate. I quite enjoy people (both contributors and respondents) here as well.

    Again, Happy Sixth Birthday! And thank you. (Please don't enter my comment for the giveaway.)

  31. Maili
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:37:41

    Damn. That’s quite a long comment. *sob* Please, someone else, write a longer response. Thanks.

  32. Johanne
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:38:34

    I love this site so much. I visit it on a daily basis, though I don’t really comment much (I generally never do), but this seems like a good opportunity to say how much I appreciate this site and the reviews here. I like how honest they are. I don’t usually go by reviews to buy books, but I have bought a few based on recs here (Cara McKenna’s books spring to mind), and I’ve always enjoyed them :)

    So just keep doing what you do, and I’ll keep happily reading :)

  33. Mireya
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:39:47

    Congratulations! I may not agree with a few things or all the time, but DA provides me with a lot of information all wrapped up in convenience, and I’ve also learned quite a bit just by visiting and reading blog posts and comments. My favorite posts are those involving news and technology (if it weren’t for DA and Ridley, I would have never figured out the whole DRM thing, as it was all gibberish to me and I didn’t even know where to start). I appreciate all the hard work that you ladies put into making the blog successful. It shows that you do care for what you do and for the community you started here.
    Okay, I’ll stop kissing up now. :P

  34. Renda
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:42:31

    I am a DA fan. I love pretty much everything about it. The new recommends feature is going to be great. I like the fact that y’all interact with your readers, responding to questions about reviews, commenting on questions brought up in the comments of your readers, just a general accessibility to the DA family. Here is to another great year of DA.

  35. Crista McHugh
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:44:56

    Happy Birthday!! I love reading about industry news, but I also enjoy the reviews. I’ve found some great reads through this site, some that I enjoyed more than the reviewer did. Your reviews are thorough enough for me to decide if it’s something I’d like or not, and I appreciate it.

  36. Cheryl S.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:48:52

    Longtime lurker here. Not sure if I’ve ever commented but there are many things I enjoy about the site. I like the well-thought reviews. I’ve starred the articles regarding Calibre in my feed reader so I can go back and read them to customize my copy of Calibre . . . so appreciative of the time it took to share that with us. Thank you. And Happy 6th Birthday!

  37. Michelle
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:51:22

    I am actually a first timer so I’ll lhave to let you know what my favorites :) …please count me in on the contest. Thanks

  38. Jama
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:55:20

    Happy birthday! Thanks for all the help in expanding my TBR pile, and encouraging me to read more broadly!

  39. Ros
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:56:17

    I’m only here for the giveaways… ;)

  40. JennyME
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:57:19

    Happy birthday, DA! I’m so glad I found this site–it inspired me to buy an ereader (which I’m obsessed with) and has introduced me to so many great books I’d never have found on my own.

  41. Courtney S
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:57:57

    I’m a first timer here, but it sounds like a really cool site. Can’t wait to explore some more!

  42. Mary G
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 13:59:42

    Congrats!! (even though my wallet hates you lol)

  43. Tory Michaels
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:00:59

    Happy 6th! I’ve certainly found some good books through you and gotten some great feedback when I participated in the First Page Saturdays!

  44. MelissaG
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:02:27

    Happy B’day! I discovered your blog about 4 years ago and it has become the one blog I read pretty much daily (even if I do not usually comment) and I love your news and links and reviews. Keep it coming!

  45. Alex
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:03:06

    Congratulations to the Dear Author team for these 6 years of wonderful work. I’ve been a lurker for several years now, but Dear Author is one of the sites I follow daily and where I get part of my reading inspiration. The reviews continue to be my favorite times here. If there’s a new hot book out there, I’m sure someone at DA already review it. Happy birthday !

  46. Laura K Curtis
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:09:41

    Wow! Happy sixth blog birthday! It’s hard to believe you’ve been here so long, or, alternatively, that it’s ONLY been six years. It feels as if I’ve turned to DA for reviews and information for far longer than that. I wouldn’t change a thing. Cheers!

  47. Lillie H
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:10:30

    Happy 6th Anniversary!

    Dear Author is one of my go-to places for intelligent discussion on romance, publishing, and books. Keep doing what you do best!

  48. Lori
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:11:05

    Happy birthday!

    As a reader, I love the reviews, especially the train wrecks. Thanks for taking so many bullets so the rest of us don’t have to. As a writer, I enjoy the articles that sum up the latest industry news.

    Here’s to many more happy birthdays to come. Cheers!

  49. Jennie M.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:11:06

    Happy Birthday, Dear Author! I’ve been a lurker of this blog for about 5 years now. I remember discovering it in high school while looking for Harlequin Presents reviews. Now I’m almost graduating from college. Wow, time sure flies by! I’m so glad this blog has kept its quality content throughout the years. It’s one of the few I still follow form back in those days. :)

  50. Helen
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:13:33

    Congratulations on six years!
    Really enjoy your reviews, and have discovered several new authors through your site. I like the midday updates/ news/ deals section, and finally, your ereader information is invaluable. Not much I do not like, I am a regular visitor, extreemly rare commenter, but you are definetly a part of my daily life that I miss if I do not have access to a computer. Thank you!

  51. Cathy MacDonald
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:13:58

    Happy Anniversary! I always peek at your reviews when I come across a new to me author, and I love all your fun facts about ereaders, you get it all to make sense, lol.

  52. Beth Matthews
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:14:13

    I never would have found Kathleen Gilles Seidel without you guys and “Again” is one of my favorite books ever now. So thanks. :)

    Happy birthday, DA!

  53. Elise
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:16:16

    Happy Birthday DA! I owe my love of historicals to the DA reviewers. Thank you for running such a fantastic site and introducing me to some really wonderful books.

  54. Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:16:50

    I think I may have been reading you for 5+ years so far, perhaps even close to 6. I desperately needed RN news while living in Italy and I was buying ebooks and things I couldn’t find at the tiny international stores. Years later, DA is still my barometer and resource for RN and reviews!

  55. Jen L
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:30:42

    Happy Birthday DA, thanks for helping me wade through the oh to many choices and find new favorites. Here’s to the next six years!

  56. Jamie
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:31:59

    Happy birthday!

    I really enjoy your midday links and news. It keeps me in the loop quick and easy. :)

  57. Mary Beth
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:32:26

    Happy Birthday from Minnesota where the day is gorgeous, I hope that your day is gorgeous too! I love this website – wonderful reviews, great commentary and publishing news that keeps me up to date – what more could a reader ask for?

  58. Shay
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:33:43

    Happy, Happy Anniversary! Gotta say I absolutely love this site. I have found so many wonderful books based on recommendations from DA, and look forward to reading the reviews, and industry news, (as well as the helpful pointers on using e-readers, and calibre.) each day.

    Here’s to many more years of Dear Author!

  59. chey
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:40:27

    Happy Birthday!
    Congratulations on 6 years!
    I enjoy your site.

  60. Sandy James
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:44:29

    That’s the same year I finished writing my first book! Coincidence? ;)

  61. ong
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:46:28

    Congrats and happy birthday! here’s to another 6 years! I mostly read the reviews.

  62. Reneesance
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:49:40

    Happy Anniversary! Your blog is a daily stop for me and I’m always finding something good here!

  63. TaraR
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:49:56

    Congratulations on six years of win! This is a site I check daily, sometimes twice a day out of habit. I love what you have done with it so far. Keep up the amazing work…

  64. Emily E
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:52:42

    Happy Birthday! I migrated here from SBTB. I love the tech talk and the publishing insider news. And the dish with librarians. Thank you!

  65. Anya Remole
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:54:32

    Congratulations on reaching six years. I think I’ve been around for four or so years? But I have always appreciated the variety of information you put out – I use you to figure out what books to buy next (I’m on a pretty tight budget unfortunately), keep abreast of publishing news (who doesn’t want to be a writer?), as well as the tech news. The fun bits you do too, like March Madness with SBTB, are great. Thanks for providing a great corner of the internet!

  66. Lada
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:55:25

    Congratulations on 6 years, DA!! I’ve learned so much here that I’m grateful for. I appreciate all the electronic instruction & publishing insight. I admit I don’t check out all the reviews but I still end up discovering many new authors and there’s nothing better than that for a reader. Thanks, DA!!

  67. kathybaug
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:57:08

    Happy anniversary! I love the book reviews, publishing news (helping me understand Agency), and now you are publishing book deals. I’m a happy camper! Here’s looking to another 6 years and more of intelligent romance talk.

  68. Sarah
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:04:07

    Happy birthday, Dear Author! I haven’t commented much but I’ve been a faithful reader for years. I love the reviews, which have prompted me to buy many a book, but I’d also love to see more of the themed posts, like a look at a particular aspect of romance novels. Like alpha males, or forced seduction, or historical inaccuracy. I remember reading some posts along those lines, and would love more. Thanks for all you do!

  69. lorenet
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:08:36

    Happy Birthday!! Your blog has become my go-to site for info. Keep up the great work.

  70. JanL
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:09:41

    Happy Birthday! I love all the book deals and book reviews…especially of books I wouldn’t normally find myself. I have read many new authors, because of reviews I read here. I also appreciate all the technical information you provide. Keep up the great work!

  71. Vi
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:12:03

    You have spent so much of my money! Besides the reviews, I love the news links and the info on all things techie.

  72. Marc
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:13:57

    Congrats! I visit everyday but rarely comment. I like the reviews, deals (even though many of them are not available in Canada) and the e-reader comparison which helped me decide which unit to go with. I would like to see more contemporary and cross over Sci-Fi please, but other than that keep up the fantastic work.

  73. LisaCharlotte
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:22:06

    Ive been reading romance since my teens. After 30 years it has gotten harder to find books that entice me to buy, let alone actually read. I have a lot of unread stuff on my Kindle. I no longer spend hours in the bookstore browsing (i miss Borders) and online browsing is more frustrating that enjoyable. I have been introduced to more new to me authors since finding Dear Author. Your new posts with recommendations and excerpts have resulted in purchases in the last few weeks. Thanks for helping to keep reading fun!

  74. Pallavi Subramanian
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:25:18

    Just call me a lurker…

    In addition to your reviews, I like the various industry-related articles that you blog about – especially the technical ones. The research shows! And a techno-geek like me truly appreciates it.

    BTW, hope this contest is open internationally. If not, feel free to not include me in the contest list.

  75. Aleksandr Voinov
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:25:36

    Happy birthday! You are doing a terrific job of leading the discussion, opening an interesting forum for all manner of questions/opinions and also provide top-notch reviews (and many kudos for using the whole scale including F – much appreciated, even though, as an author, I’m a little bit scared of you).

    Here’s to many more years!

  76. Deb
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:27:11

    Happy Birthday!

    Loving the discussions about the ethical issues pertaining to publishing fan fiction as well as the trends in epub and romance.

  77. CrystalGB
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:31:06

    Happy Birthday! Love coming here. Your website is awesome. :)

  78. Luce
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:34:49

    Happy Birthday, Dear Author!!!

    I first came across your site about 2 years ago via following a link of a link of a link. I looked around and was immediately impressed by the mix of romance novels (in a variety of permutations), YAs and articles on epublishing.

    One of the reasons I’ve continued to come back here is the honesty of your posts. Even when I’ve disagreed (which happens every blue moon or so, *g*) , there’s always a point or two I’ve nodded my head to. Because you guys might be (awesomely) snarky, but you’re also thoughtful and (even better) inclusive. \Dear Author/!

  79. Susan Reader
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:36:09


    I’ve been reading DearAuthor for almost three years (eek!)

    I especially like the legal- and business-related posts.

  80. Trisha M Russon
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:38:35

    I’m new here and I love your site already. HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY! <3

  81. Dani Nguyen
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:40:01

    Happy birthday! I love Dear Author because you ladies keep it real. Keep up the good work!

  82. Barbara Elness
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:40:43

    I enjoy the blog very much, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

  83. Cheryl McInnis
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:41:49

    Happy Birthday! I enjoy reading the reviews as well as keeping up with all the new releases and sales, but my favorite thing about Dear Author is how invaluable the posts have been when I was new to the world of ereaders and ebooks. You all saved me from many hours of headaches and temper tantrums, I’m sure ;)

  84. cyclops8
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:44:39

    Happy 6th birthday, Dear Author. The book reviews, good or bad, are my favorite. I even enjoy the movie reviews you post.

  85. GrowlyCub
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:45:02

    Happy Anniversary! :) I miss DA. Working puts bread on the table (or better said cat food in the dishes) and I enjoy my job, but man, no time for nothing these days, including DA. :( Keep on doing, I’m sneaking in as I can.

  86. lee
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:47:41

    Happy Birthday DA! I like it that sometimes you also branch outside the romance books, I always enjoy your reviews about YA books and other genres. Not being much of a romance reader myself, I think this is an excellent way to attract a wider range of readers, who will then see what good info you also give out about the book industry and about e-books. I much appreciate the contests you hold, too.

  87. Sally
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:48:35

    Happy Birthday! I always enjoy the reviews even on books that I have no interest in reading.
    I have also discovered some new authors whose books have bought me many hours of entertainment.

  88. Kim
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:48:55

    Happy Anniversary!! I enjoy the mix of industry news and book reviews employed by this blog.

  89. Carol
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 15:59:35

    Happy Anniversary! Crazy how fast the time goes. Thank you! I love the reviews. I have found so many great new authors to try because this site, Shannon Stacey, Julie James, Karina Bliss and on it goes.

  90. Keziah Hill
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:01:58

    Happy birthday! Dear Author is one of the blogs I read first thing in the morning along with the newspaper. I love the industry news and the controversies. I think reviewing is a chore so good on you for doing it.

  91. Helen
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:04:35

    Happy birthday! I love the midday links. I will often check a couple of times a day to see if they are posted yet.

  92. Karen Scott
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:06:13

    Awwww, Happy Birthday Guys! As long as the blog stays true to itself and doesn’t become one big promo tool, I’m a gonna keep readin’!

  93. Tigz
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:06:24

    Happy Anniversary!

    I’m a relatively new reader to the blog via the RSS feed. I enjoy your critical reviews… and I’m betting the authors do, too, as many of them receive my hard earned $$$. :)

  94. Lay Jaye
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:08:45

    Happy Birthday. DA is now one of my favorite places to hang out on the internet. I especially love the News and Deals segment.

  95. Patrice
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:08:54

    Happy Anniversary and many more to Dear Author! I really appreciated all the posts about various types of ereaders and assorted technology/apps that go along with reading today. It really helped me before our house got iPad or Kindle and it still helps us with figuring out how to move books and protect them. Plus you’re entertaining. So TY and Happy Anniversary again!

  96. Kelley
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:09:34

    I like Dear Author mostly for its reviews, which I think are more diverse in types of books reviewed than some other romance blogs. I also enjoy reading industry news, and though it is sometimes expensive for me, I appreciate the ebooks on sale posts. Thanks!

  97. Misfit
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:11:03

    Happy birthday and wishing you many more. I love all the updates of what’s happening in the world of romance and publishing.

  98. Blaine D. Arden
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:11:17

    HAPPY SIXTH BIRTHDAY!!! (or anniversary)

    I love the m/m reviews and discussions, even if I sometimes feel like drowning in the multitude of comments :)

  99. MandyM
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:13:57

    I’ve only recently started following your site but I’m loving the industry news section in particular.

  100. ms bookjunkie
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:14:39

    Happy birthday! Thanks for all the book recs, introductions to new-to-me authors, and sharing of coupon codes and special offers.

  101. Steffi
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:15:27

    Happy birthday Dear Author!
    Your website is one of the very few I visit daily. I love the variety of reviews to be found here and it’s from this website that I learned a great deal about indie publishing.
    And you made me read romance novels. Thank you! :)

  102. Kelly L.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:16:56

    Happy bloggiversary! I love you guys!

  103. Serena
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:17:51

    The thing I love most about DA are the Letters of Opinions. They encourage so much (admittedly heated) discussion, which is always fun to follow.

    Happy 6th Birthday!

  104. Beth
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:19:39

    Happy Birthday, Dear Author!

    Naturally the thing I love most are the reviews. The format is ingenious, for starters, not to mention engaging, interesting, and entertaining. You guys really know your stuff too. You know how to deconstruct bad writing and what makes good writing good – and you explain it in such a sublime way for us uninitiated. Your reviews are witty, humorous, incisive and insightful. And you don’t just review books, but observe and draw attention to the direction of the industry – so many fascinating discussions! Thank you for your contribution to the literary world over the past 6 years – you’ve been enjoyed by many, many people.

  105. Char
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:21:06

    Happy Anniversary! I love DA specially industry news and the tutorials you post here.
    I’ve visit DA daily and have it in my RSS feeds. :)

  106. blodeuedd
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:23:12

    Of course I love the reviews and such, but what I am grateful for have been the posts on different e-readers, how to use calibre and so on. I am so not tech-savvy and I need it :)

    Happy anniversary

  107. lostingreatbook
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:24:14

    Happy Birthday!

    I love your tech breakdowns of different e-readers, and how you can optimize your reading through various plug-ins and programs to organize your books. I’ve learned so much. The reviews are amazing as well – so thoughtful, so detailed and so carefully considered. They have caused me to explore different books and to check out new titles that I might not have otherwise considered; thank you for that.

    As a teacher, I love your format. I’ve used it (with full credit – but careful editing of sample pages!!) as a teaching tool, and my students have LOVED the alterative to the traditional book report. This site has inspired many of my own students to start blogging in their own format about YA books – and anything that encourages kids to read and write is amazing.

    Thanks and congratulations – here’s to many more years online!

  108. Jorrie Spencer
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:27:22

    Oh wow, I remember when Jane and Jayne arrived here, and totally caught my interest. Happy Birthday! And to many more :)

  109. Jane
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:34:09

    I’ve checked in at Dear Author for maybe about a year, but it’s only in the last couple of months that I really started reading the posts, and now I don’t seem to be able to leave… Happy Anniversary!

  110. Has
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:36:49

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!

    Dear Author was one of the first romance review blogs I read and it has definitely become one of my daily stops to visit now. Thank you for providing insightful posts and highlighting great authors over the years! I’ve discovered quite a few from here! :D

  111. L
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:40:10

    Congratulations! Six years is amazing. For me, I love the reviews. I have read books I never would based on the reviews. So thank you and Happy Birthday!

  112. KKJ
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:45:34

    I ♥ DA :-)

    Thanks to DA, I no longer feel compelled to hide my love of romance novels, and my respect for all romance authors has grown exponentially.

    Happy birthday!

  113. Dru
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:48:04

    Happy Birthday!

  114. Edward
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:48:37

    Happy Anniversary, Dear Author!

    I love how DA is unafraid to discuss controversial issues. Things do get heated, but I’m glad the community has been, for the most part, respectful. I’m glad the moderation has been minimum, used only to keep the topic on task.

    I love how DA is unabashedly pro-readers. Please keep doing those weekly industry news, those open threads for readers, those in-depth cover stories like Fifty Shades and fanfiction.

    I love how DA actually use the entire range of your grade scale in your reviews, including the much-debated-over DNF. Please keep your standard high, and demand more from your books.

    Finally, I love how DA re-invent its website every year and still look spiffy. I hate websites, as they get older and bigger, becomes busy-looking. Please always be clean, spacious, and simple. The content is what is important.

    Thank you and here’s to another wonderful year. Cheers!

  115. Melissa Blue
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:49:01

    Happy Birthday, DA!

  116. Christine M.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:51:08

    Happy birthday, DA! I don’t know how long I’ve been hanging ’round here (must be 3 years or so, methinks) but I’ve always felt at home. Thanks for all your hard work!

  117. Annette
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:51:53

    Happy Anniversary! There’s a ton of great info on this site beyond the insightful, intelligent and mature reviews. I have a level of trust for the reviewers here where I know I will spend my money wisely. I haven’t been disappointed yet and have experienced some wonderful books and authors I never would have discovered on my own. I check in a couple of times a day. Thank you for your blog!

  118. Loosheesh
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:53:07

    Happy Birthday!! Six years old (!) and I only discovered you guys about a year ago :O

  119. Rue
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:53:20

    Happy Anniversary! I’m a fairly new romance reader (my first love has always been scifi and fantasy), and even newer to your site so I’m loving going archive diving and reading the past reviews and stuff, it’s so nice when you have lots and lots of a new site to investigate. I’d love to see more lists of genre favorites you shouldn’t miss and top whatever-number-you-like (like Danbey’s top -current- thirty historical romance novels), things that are a good place for romance newbies to start. It’s a little bewildering with all the choices out there, trying to decide the all important question of “what to read next?”

  120. Jennifer Estep
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 16:58:06

    Happy anniversary. I like the variety of features on the site.

  121. angel
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:02:42

    Happy Birthday, Dear Author!
    You look good for six years old!

    I love pretty much everything about DA.

  122. Angie
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:03:28

    I just want to tell you guys how much I enjoy DA. I love the variety and the honesty and the simple, appealing design. Thanks for hanging around six years. Here’s to six more!

  123. C.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:07:23

    Happy bday, DA! I found you last year (around this date, actually) through one of your “If You Like” posts. I had never read romance before, but I was down with the flu and someone gave me a book they described as a guaranteed pick-me-up (I think it was a Julia Quinn) and then I obviously wanted more and stumbled across you guys. Been reading you – and your recommendations – ever since.

    What I love about this place? The recommendations, the humor (I love me some incisive reviews), the ebook reader tutorials, the serious discussions (I think that I’ve read some of the most pertinent conversations about ebooks, traditional publishing & copyright here). Thank you for all of this!

    What I’d love to see more of are reviews/discussions of older books. I was very happy about the (relatively) recent posts about Gaffney, Balogh, Heyer in that direction. For me it’s not just about great recommendations of classic romances (that as a newbie I appreciate a lot), but also by the sense of community I get when I read a book and discover there’s a DA review of it.

  124. Shel
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:11:50

    Happy birthday :) I appreciate all the ebook/tech advice and how-to guides in addition to the reviews and news.

  125. rissatoo
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:15:13

    Congratulations on 6 years!! You’ve been an invaluable source of information & fun since I found you, and I thank you very much!

  126. Amber
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:16:33

    Happy Birthday!! Only 6 years? Wow! So many accomplishments for such a short time. I really enjoy the publishing news and the lists of on-sale books. And, of course, the atmosphere you’ve fostered which allows for thoughtful, even controversial, discussions. Great job!

  127. Jo
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:24:11

    Your site is one I check in with daily. I really enjoy reading about the publishing side of things, also your tech info is extremely helpful. Keep up the great work ladies and congrats. Happy Birthday!

  128. Tin Ong
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:29:41

    Happy 6!

    Your blog is part of my daily hop and I really enjoy the reviews and features on your blog. (Your reviews have made me think about reading books — and actually read the books, that I would not have heard about or considered reading.)

    *Raising a glass* Here’s to more wonderful content and insight from all of you!

  129. Rosie
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:33:22

    Happy Birthday! I think I must have visited this site for about 3 years now…how the time does fly. Here’s to Dear Author going strong for many more years.

  130. rebyj
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:36:44

    Before Dear Author and Smart Bitches I had to read the back of the cheerios box in the mornings! For that I thank you.
    My favorite is when CONTROVERSY hits and multiple hissy fits happen. Oh the huffing and puffing that ensues. It’s always quite entertaining.
    The community is always informative and helpful and an all around good bunch of readers.
    Happy 6th!

  131. Limecello
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:39:26

    Happy Blogiversary, Dear Author! Six years online is like dog years. ;D
    My favorite DA moment? Hmmm – tough to say. Lots of amusement and WTFery to be found here. And something about me (all about me of course) – is some comment I made where Jane was all “are you my sister”? … Obviously this was way back when in like 07 or 08. :P

  132. Lynn Noworyta
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:39:33

    Happy Anniversary! I found you maybe 3 years ago. Always interesting stuff!

  133. Liz Mc2
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:43:05

    Happy Birthday, Dear Author! I started reading romance regularly a couple of years ago, and found this site shortly after that. Discovering a community of smart, thoughtful, funny and passionate readers and reviewers meant I shed my guilt about my new pleasure pretty fast. You guys hooked me on romance for good. Thanks for all you do.

  134. Diane McConnell
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:44:06

    Happy birthday! I find new books from the recomendations on the blog.

  135. Susan
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:52:40

    Congratulations on six wonderful years.

    As much as I enjoy the reviews and recommendations, I really love your presentation and analysis of bookish news.

    I’ve recently become bolder about commenting. Thanks for providing me with the opportunity to enjoy and participate. The ride’s been fun so far and I hope it’ll go on for many years to come.

  136. Andrea Laurence
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:52:42

    Happy Birthday! I have to say my favorite moment was the discussion of the Ravenous Romance book with the time traveling urinal. Those passages are burned into my memory. :)

  137. Allison W
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 17:53:39

    Happy Birthday! I love reading your reviews and articles, keep um coming!

  138. Joanna K.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:00:01

    Happy 6th Birthday DearAuthor! Wow, six years already!!! Congratulations on the growth of the community here :)

    There were many posts that I appreciate here but two types that I especially appreciate are the reviews and the midday links. This site is my portal of news in the ebook world and I’m here at least once a day to get my daily dose of knowledge. I also greatly enjoy and appreciate the giveaways and the annual DABWAHA here at DA.

    I really don’t have any requests on what I liked to be changed here at the moment.

    Thanks for another great giveaway, DA!

  139. Shana
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:00:08

    Happy birthday!

  140. Leontine
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:04:59

    Happy birthday, Dear Author…to many more years of celebrating romance! : D

    What I love so much about DA is your in-depth blogposts about whatever subject that stirrs the romance community/genre. You recently broadened my horizon on the fanfiction subject, thank you for that!

  141. Kris Bock
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:05:08

    I found DA fairly recently, by way of SBTB and your dual podcasts. I enjoy the blunt reviews, which explain enough so I get a good feel for whether I’d like the book. Industry news helps keep me up to date, and I love the no-nonsense, sometimes snarky attitude of editorial comments. Thanks!

  142. Na S.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:05:29

    Happy Blog Anniversary to Dear Author. I frequently read and always look forward to the Books/Publishing Industry related news. They keep me aware of the movers and shakers and even smaller events that can still be quite influential in the future. I appreciate all the reviews and regular features on the blog, but also the non-regular and orginal blog posts. These have led to some pretty great discussions, and for those I also thank the blog readers who contribute to the discussions and by voicing their thoughts makes the posts interesting.

    Thank you Dear Author. Cheers to a successful year!

  143. infinitieh
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:09:58

    Happy Birthday! I do enjoy the reviews and tech discussions.

  144. Dana S
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:11:58

    Happy Anniversary! I love Dabwaha, I suck at filling out brackets, but I always find great new authors from it. I’m also really enjoying Recommended Reads Saturday. Congrats on 6 years.

  145. JB Hunt
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:12:45

    Oh, happy day!

    I love the reviews and really appreciate the industry news, too. Thanks, DA!

  146. Cheryl
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:14:39

    Happy Blogversary! I just found you recently and am enjoying your reviews. They make it easier for me to take a chance on new authors. Thanks!

  147. Shayera
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:23:04

    Happy blogiversary! It’s amazing how quickly time flies.

  148. Jules
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:24:08

    Happy Birthday! I just found this site and SBTB this year. Can’t believe it took me so long! I’ve recently come back to reading romance because of the reviews and recommendations that I have found here.

  149. Karen W.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:24:42

    Happy Birthday to one of my all-time favorite book sites! I don’t have any suggestions because one shouldn’t fix what isn’t broken! :)

  150. Amy Kathryn
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:25:16

    Happy 6! I like the fact the blog is so versatile…reviewers with different tastes, reviews of old and new books along with movies, publishing news, and technical tutorials. I also like that you solicit feedback and respond to it.

  151. amy
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:27:38

    I like that you try to have a review a day. It makes for good reading on my lunch break. I think I would like more joint reviews if possible especially if the reviewers have completely different tastes. Some of those reviews have really helped me figure out if I would like a book or not as compared to the one person reviews where I always wonder how my tastes match up with the reviewer.

  152. Merrian
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:29:28

    Happy Birthday Dearest Dear Author and Jane & Jayne and your other wonderful reviewers. I visit daily for the intelligent and thoughtful take on news and the gift of conversation. I also believe that DA has built my confidence as a reader and helped me define my tastes and beliefs about reading and the genre. DA celebrates women and breaks down isolation and brings people together and helps me find great books.

  153. Mary
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:30:22

    Happy Birthday, DA! Six years?! That’s quite a milestone and I’m glad I found you just over 4 years ago when I joined the book blogging world. I’m a big fan.
    The only thing I’d ask: when you list the weekly top reads or best sellers – if you’ve published a review of any of the books on the list could you add your grade rating in addition to the links to the various booksellers?
    Here’s to many more years of great books and reviews.

  154. emmytie
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:31:51

    Happy Birthday. I’ve enjoyed this site from the very first time I found it. I love that y’all have the midday links and topical posts as well as the reviews. I remember the first DABWAHA and every one after. Thanks for the last six years.

  155. Liz Kerrick
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:35:56

    Happy 6h Birthday, DA! While I may not comment, I definitely read. My favorites are the reviews – I love that you all are honest and don’t sugarcoat them, LOL. Thanks for also sharing your knowledge of the industry and e-readers. I always learn something here and I thank you for that.

  156. Jessica
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:39:30

    I love all the ebook news and the midday publishing news. DA has become my go to source in this area

  157. Jacqueline Cook
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:44:12

    This is pretty much my favorite book blog. Aside from the thoughtful reviews, I love coming here for your news and discussion posts. I also like the variety of reviewers/tastes because it almost guarantees that I’ll find something to read no matter what my reading mood/inclination is at any given point.

  158. Amy
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:45:47

    Happy Birthday! I read you every day, and I’ve participated in your first page critique (which was so helpful!) Thanks for all you do for authors and readers!

  159. Brie
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:46:42

    Congratulations guys! I can’t begin to imagine how much effort it takes to maintain the quality of the blog. My favorite part about DA is that you always answer comments and encourage discussion, it’s obvious that this blog is all about the readers and I appreciate that. Keep up the good work!

  160. Chris
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:49:48

    Happy blogiversary!!

    I appreciate your insights into the ebook publishing biz. :)

  161. Beret Brenckman
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:53:15

    Happy birthday! I love Dear Author and read it every day. I started reading it while doing collection development for a library (I got to pick all the books we purchased) but have gained even more from it now that I am not working at the library anymore. Your recommendations and news are timely and helpful and I can’t tell you how many books I have added to my TBR because of you. Thanks and congratulations!

  162. nearhere
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:56:29

    Happy Happy Birthday!! I love the reviews here and the spotlight into what’s going on in the romance book industry – such as ebook developments and info on authors behaving badly.

  163. Michelle
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:57:32


    I enjoy finding about new authors.
    Also love the tech information.
    Also appreciate the support for readers, and readers rights.

  164. peggy h
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 18:59:12

    Happy Anniversary! I appreciate the book reviews (with fond memories of the haiku reviews!) and have spent quite a bit of $$ on books/authors I would otherwise never have tried. But I think the biggest impact on me has been the technical advice–I’d been thinking of getting an e-reader for a while, but it was reading about it here that pushed me to finally get my first one in the fall of 2010. I like how specifically and clearly technical advice is given, and when I have questions, both DA folks and the general community have been incredibly helpful. I talk abut DA so much that one time, my techie husband was fiddling with something in his Kindle Fire and I asked “where did you get that information?” and he laughed and told me he’d printed out something from “Jane at DA”! So….Happy Anniversary and thank you!! I hope this community continues to grow!

  165. MD
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:02:04

    Congratulations! And I think you are doing everything well. The only thing I ever missed was reviews by author, and you fixed it all recently by adding a good search option.

  166. MarieC
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:12:30

    Congrats! I think you all have balanced the site well. Personally, I love the reviews (I’ve been introduced to so many new authors!) and the technical support/advice!

  167. Tasha
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:13:46

    Happy birthday! I love Dear Author. There are so few places for romance readers to interact in a supportive environment, and the discussions here are fascinating. Thank you and keep it up!

  168. j3nny
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:14:30

    Happy Anni to Dear Author~

    I always love the ebook tips and the great reviews :)

  169. Statch
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:16:48

    Thank you so much for spending your precious time entertaining and educating the rest of us. I love the industry news, the book information, and of course the reviews, which have helped me to build my embarrasingly large TBR library. I also really appreciate your inclusiveness.

  170. monica
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:17:30

    Firstly, Happy Birthday!!

    Just like the Easter Bunny searching for its eggs, I would drop by Dear Author to check on the ebooks (and authors) regardless if its reviews, interviews or any other promotions.As time goes by, I could see how this website blossom to one of my “must read” of the day.

    Thank you for being part of my daily life and may you continue to shine among the community.

    Happy Anniversary!!


  171. Lou
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:20:39

    Happy Anniversary!

    DA was one of the first romance books blogs I visited, and I hope to see DA celebrate for another 6+ years.

  172. Katie D.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:22:14

    Happy birthday!! Thanks for all the reviews you all do, as it really helps me do my job :)

  173. Justine
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:23:31

    Happy birthday! And congratulations! I appreciate how DA reviews YA books. I also like DA’s e-reader resources. I’m wondering if DA would ever review Amish romances a.k.a. bonnet rippers. I’ve been trying to find a good one and they’ve been disappointing thus far.

  174. TrishJ
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:26:19

    Happy birthday!!! Love your blogs. I like that you give honest detailed reviews , even if the book isn’t good. I also like the info on where to find the sales. And I LOVE the humor (like the nipple names). Here’s to many more years.


  175. Fran
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:30:31

    I love all the news relating to e-books, the publishing world, and reviews. It’s interesting to be up-to-date with all things happening within the industry. I can’t look at reviews on books the same way, and amazon has dimmed a bit in my eyes as well. I also love your Need a Rec section! It’s helped me out when I’ve wandered into reading dry-spots.

    Most importantly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)

  176. Katherine
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:31:39

    Happy birthday Dear Author, Jane and Jayne!
    Thank you for creating this website. I found DA via Smart Bitches.
    What I love most about DA is the wide range of genres reviewed, the analytical articles and the industry news. Not only am I reading way beyond the historicals that I had grown tired of, but I am far more informed about the publishing industry, which helps me make informed decisions about what to buy and when.

  177. Jody
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:33:09

    Yay! I love the one stop for industry news and reviews.

  178. Darwina
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:33:26

    Happy Birthday! I love coming here to find new books that I’d otherwise never consider reading.

  179. Tabitha
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:34:21

    Congrats and Happy blogiversary! What I enjoy from DA are the book reviews, ebook advices and deals, and, most especially, midday news (because I wouldn’t know where to read up on them).

    I’ve been on a (long) reading slump lately and have been re-reading books by the same authors over and over. So I would love to see more of the “If you like…” posts by similar authors to find new-to-me authors that could help me get out of this horrible slump!

    Keep up the great work and cheers to another 6yrs+!

  180. msaggie
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:34:26

    Happy birthday, Dear Author! I learnt about your site from the messageboards at All About Romance and come here regularly to check out reviews on new (and old) books. I love all your detailed reviews and, whatever grade a book gets, the clarity of the reviewers’ points on what worked and did not work for them so that we really know what the book is like. There are so many romance blogs and reviews nowadays – many are just a synopsis of the book and the reviewer saying they liked it or not, which doesn’t always help the general reader much as Amazon does the same.

    I especially appreciate all the publishing news and tech-advice, which Dear Author does really well from a romance reader’s viewpoint. I also like the retro series of articles, and Jane’s columns. I know that you all did a compilation of DA reviewers’ top 100 romances (or something similar) a few years ago – I know it’s probably a lot of work, but could we have an update every few years to see if newer romances have made the list? I like such lists as they are ‘the best of the best’ and a fairly reliable guide to romances that are special, and worthwhile reading.

  181. Jen McQuiston
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:35:52

    Happy Birthday Dear Author! My favorite memory was braving the First Page gauntlet. That was fun. In a terrifying sort of way. Love the reviews, I have definitely explored more than one book expressly because of a Dear Author review. Keep up the great work!

  182. Keishon
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:37:10

    Happy Birthday! and many, many more…

  183. Laura P
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:41:07

    Happy Birthday Dear Author. I love the reviews… you have helped me find some great books!

  184. Lori
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:41:25

    Happy blogiversary! And many more.

    In addition to the reviews, I’ve really enjoyed the tech posts. They’re quite helpful.

  185. Julie @ Manga Maniac Cafe
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:42:16

    Happy Birthday!

    In addition to the variety of reviews, I love the Midday Links posts. I would love to see more industry news, or interviews with editors or other industry insiders.

  186. Ggrace
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:44:45

    Happy birthday!

    I love the mid-day links. I never knew the publishing world was one big soap opera.

    Mostly I thank you for introducing me to the wonderful Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews.

    Here’s to many more great years.

  187. Cathy Burkholder
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:51:40

    Happy Birthday DA!

    I love everything about it, from the reviews and the industry info, to the lists and the community.

    I’d love it if the reviews were tagged by trope (friends-to-lovers) or sub-genre (regency), so that if I’m in the mood for something, I can just click on the tag-cloud and get all the reviews that fit the bill.

  188. April Books & Wine
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:54:08

    Happy birthday! Six years is ancient in blog years. :-)

    Fantastic growth. I just love that you guys take on the hard hitting publishing issues and stand your ground. That is legit and awesome.

  189. kristal
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:54:32

    Happy Bday!

    I love coming here everyday to read the reviews and mostly the comments :) I enjoy all of the links/industry news because I am a news junkie. I also love the technical blog on Sundays. And this is where I come to see what goes on my upcoming books lists.

  190. jessica
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:55:51

    Happy 6th Birthday!!! Nice reviews on all the books so I can choose mine properly… Loved the website layout! =D

  191. Tina
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:56:16

    Ah, age six. I remember it well. My first tooth fell out. I got a new doggy (a german shepherd named Bullet). And I was so excited for my first real, not-just-for-my-family birthday party that I remember getting sick all over my brand new dress.

    But y’all seem to be handling six so much better! Happy Birthday. I always enjoys checking in at DA to see what new-to-me author I should check out. I also love the industry insider news.

    Hope you have many more good years.

  192. Amber E.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:56:48

    Happy Birthday! I love visiting your site everyday to read what books you have reviewed and to see the latest in book deals you have posted. Great job and wishing you many years to come!

  193. jayhjay
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:59:18

    Congratulations on turning six! You guys are awesome. My favorite thing about your blog is how it turned me on to m/m romance. Now that is about all I read and have my own blog. So I owe it all to DA!

  194. azteclady
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 19:59:58

    Happy blogiversary, DA!

    I am not sure I can say what I enjoy most over here, because the content is varied enough that almost each week it’s a different feature that appeals most to me. I love the community’s contributions in the comment threads, all the information on publishing, print and e, all the help with technical issues, the reviews…well, everything really.

    Thank you, ladies (and John)

  195. Katerina
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:03:50

    Happy Birthday!! I always come to DA knowing that I can trust the reviewers for an honest critique

  196. Peta
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:06:49

    Congratulations on a fantastic six years.
    I love reading your reviews and the discussions which arise from controveries in the publishing industry.

  197. Julia Broadbooks
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:07:08

    Happy 6th Birthday!

    My favorite part of DA is the discussion in the comments on some of the posts. I’ve learned new things, had my beliefs challenged, my opinion changed. All of it minus the drama of so many websites. Thanks so much for six years of thought provoking discussions.

  198. Kate
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:08:40

    Happy Birthday! I love the reviews here, and I’d love to see more If You Like This Author, Try…, as well as more lists of favorites in different genres.

  199. Karenmc
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:09:24

    Happy 6th! Thanks for all the DA Recommends, tech advice, publishing industry insights, and most of all for creating a place for smart discussions.

  200. AH
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:10:10

    Happy blog birthday! I really enjoy the variety of articles and book reviews on this blog. Congrats on 6 years.

  201. Sabrina Shields
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:11:27

    I’m a lurker here most days but do comment sometimes, but I love all of the information you provide to both readers and writers about the publishing industry and what is going on in romance. Your news posts not only help writers, but it’s nice for readers to understand some of these issues as well.

    What drew me to Dear Author initially was that I love the premise that all of your reviews are written to the author. It’s a unique way of doing it that I love and enjoy reading.

    Happy Birthday and thank you for all you do for your readers!

  202. Marian
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:15:44

    Congrats! :) I really enjoy that I can search your reviews by grade. It really helps when I’m looking for something new to read.

  203. wendy
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:27:42

    I most like reading the comments on this site. Oh, and I did win a book in another contest here so my loyalty has been paid for!!!

  204. Ruth (CO)
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:30:31

    I love the news from the industry and the commentary on what is happening. I also enjoy the reviews as my reading habits match Dear Author’s.

  205. Shannon
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:32:19

    This is one of the few blogs that I read every day. Thank you. =)

  206. BlueRose
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:32:37

    I want more SF/Fantasy reviews, its my genre of choice, but otherwise love this place, great resource for an avid reader. You have led me to try many new book/author options, and now I have a Kindle there are so many more options.

    Do quite enjoy your indepth articles on the State of the Nation around ebooks and the publishing wars.

  207. Vanessa
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:36:52

    Congratulations, and Happy 6th Anniversary! Always appreciate the book reviews.

  208. Laura
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:38:41

    I LOVE the reviews and commentary!

  209. Mel
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:40:36

    I really enjoy your articles and the discussion/comments about the publishing industry; particularly the growing pains with epublishing . Similar discussions can be found on the web, but mostly by authors, which is not truly a safe zone (so to speak) for readers. I keep coming here because I really feel this site is primarily for readers and that your reviews are very honest. I know when I commit to buying an “A” grade book, it truly deserves the grade.

  210. brenda c
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:44:27

    I started reading Dear Author in 2009, and it was this site along with Smart Bitches that rekindled my interest in romance novels, and I haven’t looked back since :) Congratulations and happy birthday!

  211. Loh
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:57:43

    Congratulation on reaching 6! This is a wonderful website with wonderful honest reviews that came me coming back for more. With user-friendly website even an old bird like me can navigate around easily! Keep up the good work!

  212. Eliza Evans
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 20:58:33

    Happy birthday! I really appreciate how you guys stay on top of industry news.

  213. Sandy D.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:04:51

    I’ve gotten so many great authors here, and wonderful advice on e-readers. Like many others, I think I would have given up on romance – thank you so much for separating the wheat from the chaff!

  214. Jennifer Crowley
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:05:06

    I’m so proud to be part of this community, though I don’t comment very often, I love reading the reviews of the many varied books here. This is such a wonderful place to hang out.

    May you have many more years.

  215. BJ
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:10:12

    Happy blogiversary ;-)

  216. Tracy S
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:14:21

    I’ve found many new authors and great books reading Dear Author!

  217. JMac
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:16:37

    Happy Birthday! I appreciate the honest and thoughtful reviews. I hate the review sites that give any poorly written piece of crap 5 stars. Here I know the A’s were earned.

  218. CK
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:16:59

    Congrats! I love the news posts. They are all kinds of awesome. I would love to see more reviews, especially for indies and self-pub’d even if the reviews are shorter.

  219. Ashley
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:19:21

    Congratulations! I love the news posts. I come here for your opinion on books, but I feel like if there’s anything going on in the romance/book world, it’s going to be found here. Thank you!

  220. Mo
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:26:42

    Congrats on making it ot six. Here’s wishing you many more. I love so much about your site. My favorites are the reviews and the news links.

  221. LuchaLori
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:27:20

    Because of this site, I’ve really branched out in my reading. I still can’t believe I like paranormals and steampunks as I am the most concrete person I know.

  222. donna ann
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:29:52

    happy anniv! thanks for all the good advice, news, reviews, deals & what not each week

  223. Dayna
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:32:30

    I discovered this site a few years ago. I had never read a romance even though I was in my early forties. I’ve discovered some wonderful bookson here. Thanks, Dayna

  224. Lee
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:36:22

    Congrats! My favorites would have to be the reviews. DA just goes above and beyond to give an in-depth and critical review of books. Thank you!

  225. DeeCeeinID
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:36:50

    I love that this site is reviews, industry news and a community. I miss the author deal announcements. But I love the reviews. I’ve found many a new series b/c of DA and most I never would have given a shot before. Congratulations and thank you!

  226. Ridley
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:41:02

    Feliz Cumpleaños! I read SBTB for a while before I found DA, but once I found it, every other blog seemed amateur in comparison.

    Jane got me to read my first Presents (and Susan Napier) and a Sarah F review prompted my first m/m read. I found Cara McKenna/Meg Maguire here and discovered a new favorite author who also happens to basically live down the street from me. Other sites are all paranormal or all Big 6 mistoricals, but you guys give a great variety from indies, to m/m, to Harlequins and to the PNR and mistoricals everyone reviews.

    You guys are rock stars. Never change.

  227. Sherry Thomas
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:41:51

    I still remember when Janine told me she was reviewing for a blog, I immediately asked if she was one of the Ja(y)nes.

    That was March of 2007. How time flies.

  228. Lynn S.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:43:21

    Happy, Happy! Joy, Joy! And best birthday wishes to my favorite place to share my love of fiction in general and the romance genre in particular.

    @Maili: I think you’re now going to be known as the one who gets really excited by birthdays : )

  229. Aquina
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:44:15

    Thanks so much of the diversity of books reviewed!

  230. ebbster
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:49:51

    Happy Birthday *bang*
    Happy Birthday *bang*
    May the cities in your wake
    Burn like candles on your cake
    On your Birthday *bang*
    Happy Birthday *bang*

  231. Michael
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 21:57:28

    Happy Birthday, DA! Love the midday links and reading the discussions many of the topics stimulate in the comments.

  232. AnimeJune
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:01:38

    Happy Birthday! I love it when authors misbehave on the comments section and you guys tear them to shreds so perfectly! But also your reviews and DABWAHA!

  233. Jamie
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:03:35

    For starters Happy Birthday. My name is jamie I’m new my friend told me about this and it looks pretty cool so I think I might bookmark and stay in touch.

  234. Samantha
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:06:45

    Even though I rarely read anything you review, I still love reading all the reviews.

  235. Elyssa
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:07:48

    Happy Birthday, DA! I have a special fondness for DA as I did First Page Saturday a few years ago–and while that manuscript didn’t sell–it made me more confident of my manuscript (-!: writing) as the whole first page had been a test to see if it was good or not as the hero was atypical. And I love the reviews, as I have read books I normally wouldn’t have given a second look to and discovered a whole love for category romances. I also love the variety of features, but especially love when you list deals and give a head’s up on romances/trends (like when you did the RWA interviews with editors, etc.)

  236. Sarah
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:12:35

    I came for the book reviews and stayed for the news and technical reviews. I am in sort of a reading rut, and seem to rarely move out of it. But, I LOVE reading the publishing gossip and news, and use a lot of the tips on e-reader technology to help patrons at work.

  237. sarac
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:29:18

    I love reading the reviews and finding great new books to read! Thanks so much for that!

  238. LJD
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:37:06

    Love the reviews.
    Some great books that I probably wouldn’t have picked up without reading the reviews on here: No Souvenirs, Ride with Me, Attachements.

  239. mara
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:43:55

    I love the multitude of contributors and all of the differing opinions that are brought to the table. I love the new site layout and set up. I’ve said it before: the DA community is awesome. I come here to read reviews, recommendations, and comments, and I rarely come away with out a new author or title to try or with a different perspective on some discussed topic. Thanks and Happy Cake (as my 2 year old says)!

  240. Tez Miller
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:44:43

    Thanks to everyone at Dear Author for six years of awesome. To infinity and beyond! :-)

  241. JenM
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:48:41

    I love that while I might not agree with the reviews here, I always understand the tastes and point of view of the reviewer, so I can always take away whether or not I will like the book.

  242. Kaetrin
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:49:39

    Dear Author was the first romance blog I found, back about 3 or 4 years ago now when I started reading romance novels again. I’ve since visited many blogs but this one remains the one I visit every day I have internet access (barring illness). I never get tired of it. Keep up the good work ladies. And, happy 6th anniversary :)

  243. Nicole
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:51:43

    I like the reviews here. They are very comprehensive, and have lead me to discover some great reads.

  244. TFQ
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:54:37

    I’m a late-comer to the DA site; I just discovered it last summer but it has become one of my must-read-everyday blogs. I have been introduced to so many now-auto-buy authors through this site (Courtney Milan, Patricia Briggs, Kim Dare, Sara Mayberry, Aleksandr Voinov, to name a few) that it doesn’t take the special deals posts to make my wallet roll over and whimper. I also enjoy the mid-day news posts, and most of all, I really love the conversations that go on in the comments. Congrats on your 6th anniversary and thanks. (Well, my wallet doesn’t thank you, but that’s OK.)

  245. Connie M.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:55:15

    Longtime lurker here. Love this site for the intelligent writing.

  246. Patti (Caught in a FAB Romance)
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:55:33

    Happy Birthday! *throws confetti* I love your reviews, and usually check back here to see what you thought if I’m on the fence about buying it. I also love your “Dear Author Recommends” banner, I’ve read and enjoyed books I wouldn’t have otherwise read.

  247. Nikki
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:56:21

    Dear Author was a blog I stumbled on and I think I was lucky to do so. The opportunity to read and share opinions and thoughts on a wide variety of topics has been lovely. I also admit to discovering authors and considering books I would never have looked at without your recommendations so I really appreciate the site and all the amazing growth. Congratulations on 6 years!!

  248. arnique
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 22:57:00

    I love the irreverence. Hoping for more! :D

  249. Lorraine from CA
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 23:00:19

    Happy Birthday! I love the tutorials. Keep up the good work.

  250. Dominoed Daredoll
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 23:10:36

    Happy Birthday!

    I typically only read the publishing news and tips/tutorials with regards to either publishing or ebooks. I read the D, F and DNF reviews for entertainment + educational purposes (are all of them properly tagged? I feel like some are tagged differently from others or people aren’t always tagging them).

    Since my TBR pile is shockingly large right now, I don’t read positive reviews just yet because I’m not looking for anything to read. But when I do come here looking for reviews in the future, it would be a lot easier for me to find the books I’m interested in if there was an easy way to see which genre the books were in without finding a book tagged with it and clicking to see all the posts tagged with it.

    Hope my comments helped at all. :)

  251. monica
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 23:11:46

    Dear Author is Six!
    Happy Anniversary, chicks!!!
    News, reviews and interviews affixed,
    This is where I get my fix.

    Even when time hits the bricks,
    DA listen and fix,
    Whatever the conflicts,
    DA resolve with their bag of tricks.

    Let’s wish Dear Author – Happy B-day
    May you Angels strive on with a kungfu kick,
    The awesome web-place among the romance cliques!

  252. carly m.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 23:37:55

    I still remember when I came to Dear Author – it was after I had just been introduced to the wonderful world of romance novels through Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons. I literally googled “if you like Julia Quinn” to try and find recommendations. And here I still am 3 years later. I would love, love, love more “if you like” style posts. I feel like your readership has a wealth of romance knowledge to help expand my favorites!

  253. Arwen
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 23:39:37

    I enjoy the reviews but I have to say your Aussie post just now was fabulous.

  254. Tonya
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 23:52:36

    Happy, happy birthday!

  255. Amanda T.
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 23:52:53

    I love getting my daily update on Dear Author! I always enjoy the articles :)

  256. Ai Tee
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 00:29:38

    Happy Birthday to U~~~
    Happy Birthday to U~~~
    Happy Birthday to Dear Author~~~
    Happy Birthday to U~~~

    Thank you for being there for the past 6 years… Hope to see you growing more in the coming years~~ Keep up the fantastic work!!!

  257. Stephanie K.
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 00:34:00

    Happy Birthday, DA! I love coming here to see your different takes on reviews and of course, reading the comments.

  258. Cindy
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 00:38:50

    Congrats DA! I really enjoy the technology info, industry updates and reviews.

  259. Rosario
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 01:00:25

    Happy birthday to all at DA! I still remember when Jane emailed me to say she’d started a blog (I think it wasn’t called Dear Author at first, it was “something-or-other reader”, IIRC). There weren’t all that many reader blogs out there, so I was ecstatic. I absolutely love what you’ve all done with it over the years, and really appreciate the hard work put into it! Here’s to many years more!

  260. orannia
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 01:01:40

    I love the variety of Dear Author – you cover so many genres with your book reviews…and then there is everything else :) I also love that you take a look at what is affecting readers both inside and outside of North America :)

    All the best for your seventh year!

  261. Nimue
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 01:09:43

    Congrats on reaching the 6-year mark. That’s kind of epic in the blogoverse. I stumbled over your blog just a few months back, but I’m enjoying my daily updates immensely. I especially like your publishing and publisher news and all this insider information. I wish you at least another great 6 years!

  262. Ducky
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 01:35:24

    I get exposed to books here that I would otherwise never come across. I also really like all the technical tips and instructions. And the posts on what’s going on in the world of books and publishing.

  263. annabeth albert
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 01:39:55

    Congrats! I have been reading you almost as long! I love the inclusion of m/m & lgbt books– that was a great addition to the site. Love the different search option. My two request: more romantic suspense reviews & more western romance reviews.

  264. Char
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 01:46:00

    Happy 6th Birthday, Dear Author!! I’ve only been with you for a little while now but I really enjoy your site and am looking forward to another 6 years!!

    Best wishes,

  265. Michelle Breaux
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 02:09:26

    There are so many things I love about Dear Author! I love reading about news in the publishing and romance world as well as reviews of books so I can find new ones to try out.

    Happy 6th!

  266. Little Lamb Lost
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 02:20:49

    Congrats on Dear Author turning six! I consistently enjoy reading the book reviews and have been introduced to some wonderful authors and books here.

  267. Babs
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 02:26:01

    Happy Happy Birthday!

    Well, I love the reviews as they introduce me to authors I don’t know about or might not have tried if I hadn’t read your reviews. Your overviews/comparisons between e-readers was invaluable when I was trying to decide which to buy.

    Keep up the good work!

  268. heidenkind
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 02:38:41

    Congratulations on 6 years! DA has been a great leader for romance bloggers and you’re one of the blogs I look up to because of the grace. I really like how you’ve expanded the site to include movie reviews, first chapters, etc. I can’t wait to see where you take it in the next six years.

  269. Meri
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 03:28:38

    I was an infrequent visitor at first, but have been reading DA regularly and participating more in the past year or two. I love the detailed reviews – even if the reviewer’s taste is different from mine, I can get a good idea of how I’d feel about the book – and enjoy many of the letters of opinion and the discussions with other DA readers.

  270. Vidhya
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 03:33:57

    Congratulations!! Great work on maintaining the site for the past six years and yet keeping it open for us lurkers and commenters alike. I love the Midday links keeping us updated on the industry news.

  271. Bella@BeguileThySorrow
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 03:40:26

    Happy Birthday DA! Personally I love all the industry news y’all post. I’d never know even a quarter of it without your help. Also it’s fun when a publisher drops by and talks about what titles they’re excited about and why. I always end up adding a list-full of new titles to my goodreads from them:)

  272. emmad
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 05:01:13

    I’ve only been around for a couple of years but must say I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. It has really helped me with choosing new books :)

  273. Sally
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 05:08:55

    Yay, happy six years! Has it only been six years? Feels like this blog has been around longer.

    I enjoy coming here for the daily news. I’d be so lost about what’s going on with e-books without it.

  274. Rosie
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 05:32:20

    Happy birthday to DA! I love that you guys review a wide range of books and do really well-written thought-provoking posts.

  275. Connie
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 05:46:02

    Happy birthday, and thanks for starting this blog six years ago! DA is now my daily must-visit website.

  276. Connie
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 05:46:50

    Thanks for starting this blog six years ago! DA is now my daily must-visit website.

  277. Nadia Lee
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 05:52:30

    Woohoo! Congrats!

    I discovered DA when I was googling to find out more about Dara Joy’s future books because I noticed that she stopped publishing. From then on, I started reading DA, mostly for reviews, and now for other features like news & links.

  278. ClaudiaGC
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 06:19:20

    Happy 6th Birthday! DA is my to-go site for reviews and news. I’ve found so many great authors and books through DA reviews.
    I think you all do a fantastic job!

  279. Angela
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 06:28:30

    This is one of the only blogs that I continuously come to, it’s the combination of in-depth reviews, industry news, and fun stuff that keeps me coming back.

  280. HelenMac
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 06:44:53

    D’aw, Happy Birthday, DA! I’ve been a lurker and sporadic commenter for years. The tone and variety keep me coming back, and I particularly enjoy the way that DA is not afraid to call a spade a spade / be critical of the industry.

  281. Ivy
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 06:45:35

    Happy Birthday!
    Hard to believe it’s been that long. I’ve been lurking & reading for at least 4 of those years.
    Love the industry news. Thanks for giving us the chance to get gifts while celebrating your Bday.

  282. Tatiana (The Readventurer)
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 06:51:41

    I just wanted to say that Dear Author is one of the best book blogs I know. This is coming from a person who doesn’t even read romances.

  283. Lucy
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 06:52:36

    Congrats! I’ve been lurking here since the beginning…with the very occasional comment. I hope for many more. My favorite posts are the opinions!

  284. Sarah
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 06:54:58

    Have only just started reading DA so still exploring. Happy Birthday :)

  285. alice s
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 07:07:35

    Happy Birthday DA! I check this site multiple times each day. I love discovering new books and new authors to read. I look forward to reviews on category romance and I hope you go back to doing those lightning reviews of HP’s again. I also love participating in DABWAHA and seeing how well (or how bad) my picks turned up.

  286. Abby
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 07:23:08

    Happy 6th Anniversary! Keep up the fabulous work!

  287. Mary Beth B
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 07:33:08

    Happy Birthday, Dear Author!
    My favorites are the technology and industry updates (because they’re not so easily found in general news reading) and reviews. You’ve helped me with buy or get from Library decisions. Also like the “deals” you all are posting these days. Keep it up!!! :-)

  288. Suz Glo
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 07:40:46

    I visit this blog everyday for the thoughtful and detailed reviews. I love to read but hate to waste my money on books that will disappoint me. I truly appreciate the time and energy put into your in-depth examinations of why a book did or did not work for you. Happy Birthday!

  289. Lynnd
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 07:43:31

    Congratulations on your 6th birthday. I credit Dear Author for bringing me back to reading romance and for introducing me to so many wonderful new authors and books. Thanks for that and for a lively and smart discussion about the books, the state of publishing, ebooks etc. I have learned so much about the business from you. Keep up the great work!

  290. Katrina T.
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 07:43:36

    Happy birthday! I love that I’ve discovered a lot of authors from this blog. The reviews are very well written, and I always get a clear picture of what I’m going to find in a particular book. I first learned about DA from Ilona Andrews’ blog. And I’ve learned a lot about ebooks, ereaders and publishing ever since. Thanks for starting your lovely blog. :)

  291. Sarah J
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 07:46:08

    Happy anniversary!

  292. Jennifer Leeland
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 07:55:19

    I’ve been reading DA since 2006 when I first was introduced to Ebooks. It’s my one stop for industry news especially, but I also love the tech news too. I’ve used the ebook reader comparisons when buying for ebook readers for family and friends.
    Happy birthday, DA.

  293. Jen D.
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 07:59:48

    Congratulations! Wishing you continued success! Aside from the awesome community, I really enjoy the tech news.

  294. Tessa K.
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 08:04:52

    Happy Birthday!!!
    I don’t know what I’d do without DA! I come for the news, the reviews, the conversations… It is a place, along with SBTB that has made me feel completely comfortable with my voracious genre fiction consumption. I read quickly and tend to be a comfort zone reader, so you have helped me branch out safely and with very few missteps. I love that there is a place that reads what I like in the critical way that is like how I think about things.
    So thanks a bajillion, and a VERY happy birthday! I definitely celebrate your existence!

  295. Jess
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 08:08:55

    Happy Birthday, DA!

  296. Angelique
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 08:16:16

    Happy Birthday Dear Author! Love reading your book reviews!

  297. Nancy
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 08:17:26

    I only recently discovered your site. I like the reviews and the lists of books/ebooks on special. I plan keep reading as long as you keep writing. Congratulations on keeping it going for 6 years.

  298. liz
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 08:20:35

    I like the ereader and ebook advice.

  299. Emma Cunningham
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 08:40:14

    I like the breakdowns of industry news, especially your coverage of ereading devices. I also like when you look at issues like copyright infringement vs. plagiarism.

  300. Carin
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 08:42:58

    Happy Birthday! I really enjoy this website! Besides the reviews, I most look forward to the industry news. Also, I love it when you review smaller published or indie books. I absolutely appreciate someone else wading through the slush and finding a gem I’ll enjoy!

  301. Maya S.
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 08:50:09

    Happy Birthday! I love the reviews and the conversation that happens on this site. It’s such a wonderful place for readers and authors both!

  302. Cindy W
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 08:57:29

    I love DA! I visit everyday, I love the mid-day links and deals! One thing I would like changed is to see the tags in the RSS feed on my google reader. Sometimes the grade and genre are in the actual post. Congrats!

  303. Patricia
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 09:03:35

    Happy Birthday. I love that I have found good books that I never would have known about if not for this site. I am a techno-idiot and I also appreciate your efforts to clue people like me in.

  304. Dane R.
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 09:27:06

    DA has been a preferred haven of the Internet to me for a while, though I don’t post much. I can’t even count how many books I’ve bought just from the reviews on this site. The recommends banner graphic was a nice touch that quickly alerts me to new buys, and I love that news is aggregated and discussed here. For my use this site is top notch.

  305. hapax
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 09:40:57

    I’m a public librarian who relies heavily on genre blogs to keep me uptodate with popular fiction. While the reviews here are always fun and helpful, the BEST thing about this blog are the insights into the publishing industry.

    I may sometimes disagree VOCIFEROUSLY with the opinions expressed by the bloggers and the commenters, but I’m always always grateful to read their thoughts and views!

  306. Anne Fescharek
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 09:58:46

    I like the best seller lists and the list of Ebook “Specials” that you publish frequently. But most of all I love the information about the popular fiction publishing world that you send me every day. You are entertaining and informative at the same time. I would not miss a day and I don’t have to.


  307. Las
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 10:14:05

    Happy Birthday! DA is information central for me. I love all the how-to posts about digital libraries and the like. And I went from being completely indifferent to industry news to really looking forward to it thanks to the way it’s presented here.

  308. evie
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 10:23:04

    I love you guys. Thanks for all you do. As an author, I read your reviews across all genres to help me with my craft. You teach me. And I also appreciate all the industry news. As a reader, I come here for recommendations, and you’ve led me to many a good book.

    In terms of suggestions, I’m stuck. You’re pretty great as you are. I read a lot of fantasy and would like more guidance there–but I also understand this is a romance site and, unfortunately, not many fantasies have a strong romantic element.

  309. Vicki Essex
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 10:25:20

    Congrats on 6 glorious years! Always love reading your takes on publishing news of the day!

  310. Subette
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 10:42:12

    Really enjoy your reviews and have found a lot of books/authors I might otherwise have not found. Congratulations on 6 years!

  311. RachelT
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 10:56:46

    Hi – You are one of my go-to blogs. I so enjoy the diversity that you cover: a wide range of genres, including some outside the romance genre; the scholarly opinion pieces (who says that romance readers are airheads?; the technical help pieces; the information about the reading world/publishing industry … I could go on, and I enjoy it all. I am also amazed at the amount of work which goes in to many of the posts, including the links to sales.

    Because I am always looking for new ideas, I loved the series on If you like – and would really like to see some more of these. I can’t think of anything I would like to see less of.

    Congratulations on your first 6 years – long may you continue.

  312. KZoeT
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 11:15:21


    Dear Author, for me, serves not only as an outstanding source for reviews but an awesome place for learning about the craft of writing. I look at my own work differently now and have a much better appreciation for the works of others because of this site.

    As a non-fiction writer, I’ve learned more about the pub industry from DA than I have by actually being a part of it. The news, industry-insider information is so valuable and I thank you for sharing it (and your commentary).

    May the next 6 years bring you much success and an abundance of A+ reads!

  313. Jennifer M (OR)
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 11:16:50

    Happy Birthday! I love this site and visit at least once a day. I love the new feature of suggesting/recommending books. I read all of the Ilona Andrews because of that. I also like the midday roundups. Heck, I like everything.

  314. Maureen
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 11:20:48

    Congratulations on turning six! Thank you for all the great information you post every day. My favorites are your reviews where I have found some author that I might never have tried like Susanna Kearsley.

  315. Tj
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 11:27:58

    Congrats on turning 6:)

  316. Patti
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 11:31:54

    Happy Birthday, DA. I don’t normally comment, but it’s a rare day that doesn’t include a visit or two to DearAuthor. I especially love the reviews and the publishing news.

  317. Marty
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 11:38:11

    Happy Birthday! I lurk, but love the reviews and comments.

  318. Angie G
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 11:51:26

    Happy Birthday to you!!! I love Dear Author! I love the reviews, midday links, and technical help stuff. I can’t tell you how many new books and authors I’ve find because of something I read here. I also really like the feature that allows me to easily read and keep up with DA no matter what device or pc that I’m on. Depending on where I am, I read DA on my PC, phone, or nook. It’s always super easy and I don’t have to squint or stretch the page. It’s just works! Awesome! :)

  319. Leslee
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 12:02:21

    Happy Birthday!!! I love your site, your reviews are frank, to the point! The voice of each reviewer is genuine and I stop by every day to see what is going on. Keep up the great work!

  320. Lynn
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 12:04:18

    Happy 6th Anniversary! I love the reviews! I can’t tell you how many good books I have discovered by coming here.

  321. lakaribane
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 12:20:08

    Happy Blogeversary, DA!

  322. erinf1
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 12:32:30

    Happy Blogoversary!!!

    I think I became a serious DA visitor about a year ago. I ran across your blog b/c of a mention on another and now I visit daily. I love the reviews and the topic discussions. I really love Jane’s discounted book posts even though it makes me buy a lot more books :) I especially love the feeling of community here and the respect that bloggers and commenters have for each other. There are actual, adult discussion here and no flame wars! That’s so refreshing. I can lose an hour or more sometimes here b/c not only do I read the posts but all the comments as well. I wouldn’t change a thing about this site and thanks for all the hard work and dedication you all put into it!!!!

  323. Rachel
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 12:34:24

    Happy Anniversary!
    I love the reviews, since it’s hard to find new romances these days without a bookstore to browse. And I love the discussions about related topics. Very interesting, intelligent and thorough. Great site! Thanks for all of your hard work!

  324. Kerry
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 12:50:34

    Bon anniversaire! I love the reviews (especially the DNFs), and the thorough analyses of industry happenings. Also, I generally don’t like April Fool’s pranks, but OMG you have done some hi-larious ones over the years!!

  325. Lori Green
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 12:52:11

    I adore this site. You’re one of the few blogs I check a couple times a day. I love the reviews, the conversations and the opinion pieces.

    The only thing that could make DA better would be if there was smell-o-vision and I could sniff chocolate while I read.

  326. Tara
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 12:55:27

    I blame Dear Author for the state of my bank account.
    Thanks for helping me to discover some of my favourite authors and thanks for posting the deals every week!

  327. Cyndi
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 13:13:00

    Congrats. Thanks for all the great reviews and hope that you have another six years.

  328. Nicoletta
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 13:24:34

    Happy Birthday! Thank you Dear Author for all the new authors I’ve read and time I’ve spent on your website being entertained.

    One thing I’d like to see (again) – the TBR iPhone app doesn’t seem to be working anymore. It was a quick way I could catch up to see if DA or SBTB had new content…any idea if it will make a comeback?

  329. Jinni
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 13:37:10

    Congrats! I can’t remember what lured me here about four years ago, but it’s a great resource for books I haven’t already read. Thanks for all your work!

  330. Bethany
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 13:44:37

    I discovered DA about six months ago, and find that your numerous and very informative reviews have opened me up to a lot of indie ebooks that I wouldn’t have found normally. I have you to thank for widening my reading scope. Thanks and keep up the great work!

  331. Karen Reynolds
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 13:58:19

    I have been a lurker here for about 4 years. Thank you for all the new authors and great books you have introduced me to in that time. I have learned so much about authors, writing and publishing. Happy Birthday! Hope we are all still here in 6+ more years!

  332. MrsJoseph
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 14:03:35

    Happy Birthday, DA! I’m hoping you have many more!

  333. Jennifer Uribe
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 14:23:06

    Happy Birthday, DA! I’ve been an avid lurker for 3 or so years now and I am very thankful for everything you do!

  334. Nikki
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 14:41:10

    I’ve just found Dear Author and have enjoyed reading the reviews thus far and look forward to more in the future. Happy birthday! Hope there are plenty more to come! :D

  335. HollyY
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 14:46:48

    I’ve enjoyed reading DA for quite awhile now. It keeps me up to date on what’s happening in the publishing industry and offers some really good reviews. I also enjoy the humor. Congrats on six years on the net – that’s like 60 in people years, you know. ;-)

  336. Kris
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 14:49:40

    I’m not entirely sure what I could suggest to make you all more awesome. I really appreciate everything you do here – book reviews, tech news, and the humour.

  337. Sarah
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 15:00:30

    I really love everything here at DA and I’m excited that you have new reader opportunities, like any reader can submit reviews. That is something I want to do!

  338. TracyCA
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 15:52:57

    Congratulations on your 6th!

  339. mbot565
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 16:31:20

    Happy B’day DA. Love reading the reviews, Jane’s updates and listening to podcasts.

  340. Lynnette
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 16:46:10

    Happy Birthday! You have introduced me to so many authors I would never have tried. I especially love Thea Harrison and Nalini Singh, and without DA I would never have given them a chance. So, thanks!

  341. Ashley E
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 17:07:31

    I love the polls, it’s fascinating to see what other readers think about. :) Happy Birthday!

  342. Cally Beck
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 17:51:49

    I mostly lurk because I get y’all via a rss feed on my livejournal, but I’ve enjoyed the commentary and pretty much every aspect of the site, so thanks for six years of awesome!

  343. LaurieF
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 17:55:30

    Congrats! Love the reviews, the podcasts,the industry articles. Especially love the comments by the readership.

  344. April
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 17:58:04

    Congrats on 6 years, that’s awesome!

    I need to get better about commenting but I really love the range of reviews I’ve read here. Particularly the ones for M/M Romance.

  345. Kelly in Hockeytown
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 18:08:42

    WOW 6 years! What is that in bloglandia? Is it is like a hollywood marriage?? ;-) Seriously though, 6 years is quite a feat.

    I like that you review all kinds of genres, the Friday film review and for the most part, people are allowed to speak their minds.

    Everyone IS entitled to their opinion, even if/when they’re wrong. ;-)

  346. Amy H.
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 18:16:40

    Happy Birthday!

    I’m a follower of the site because I really enjoy the variety of reviews and the way reviews are set up. I can easily skim through and get a rating at the end of the review if in a hurry or if I don’t have a large interest in the book.

    There have been many times that the review winds up being an A and then makes me rethink putting it on my list.

    Thanks for the contest!

  347. Diane
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 18:16:45

    6 years already! How time flies! Congratulations and here’s hoping for another great 6 years. I enjoy the reviews and the opinions and count on them for my book buying.

  348. Shea
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 18:34:04

    Happy birthday! I’ve been enjoying your website for a while (not a big commenter, though) and, because of the info on your site, have expanded my reading selections, purchased (and love) an ereader, and learned about the glory of Calibre. Rock on and thank you!

  349. Brianna (The Book Vixen)
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 18:36:24

    I love the Calibre and ebooks tutorials. I’ve learned a lot from those :)

  350. StacieH4
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 18:41:23

    Congratulations on 6 years! There are so many things I appreciate about this blog…reviews, sales, industry news, and first page submissions are among my favorites. Thanks for the contest!

  351. Michelle K
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 18:55:16

    I have been using your site to add books to my TBR list. I have gotten a number of new authors from your blog!

  352. Jennifer D.
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 18:57:08

    Happy Anniversary!! I really enjoy reading this blog every week. I especially enjoy the industry insight and news which I think sets your blog apart from other sites.

  353. Brenda Hyde
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 18:59:32

    Dear Author is the place I get industry news– you guys are always on top of the latest in publishing that I don’t have time to look for elsewhere. I really appreciate it!

  354. Kate K
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 19:00:00

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for 6 years of amazing romance coverage, reviews, and insights! This blog has been my touchstone through lots of difficult times and I love coming here to talk about my love of romance books. The work you do is truly outstanding and so, so appreciated on a daily basis.

  355. Kaye55
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 19:01:03

    Congratulations !! I come by frequently and value your info & reviews (although by wallet does not). Keep up the good work.

  356. Sharalee
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 19:15:41

    I have been following Dear Author for about two years now. I love the industry news, as well as the romance reviews. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a post that was unnecessary or a waste of my time. Relatively easy to find reviews for books by title and author – nothing tricky in your tags, etc.

  357. deputman
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 19:28:29

    Bonne anniversaire!

    I must say that thing I love most about Dear Author is that as I get busier and busier, you always point me to the best books with which to spend my dwindling free time. Thank you.

  358. Tasha W.
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 19:32:58

    I’ve been reading Dear Author for a few years. I appreciated your reviews of e-book readers when I was deciding which one to buy (I ended up with a Nook). I also base a lot of my book selections on the reviews I read here (even if I don’t agree with them sometimes). :) Thank you for everything you put into this site. It’s one of my favorites!

  359. Jaclyn M
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 19:41:39

    I love the news links, particularly the ones relating to the changes in the publishing industry. Also, the reviews always give me something to think about.

    Happy birthday!

  360. Nicole
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 19:56:01

    I love you guys because you give thoughtful, cogent reviews to the types of books I read. I don’t have to justify my enjoyment of romance novels or refute others’ beliefs about my obviously empty life. Plus, you’ve helped me discover some really excellent authors! I hope to be reading DA reviews for many years to come!

  361. Lynnette F
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 19:58:09

    Happy Birthday Dear Author. I’ve been reading this blog for years and recommended it to friends. Love the reviews and all the info on ereaders and Calibre. Its so helpful. Hope to continue reading your blog for many years.

  362. Lynn
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 19:59:47

    Happy Birthday — with wishes for many more!
    Love the reviews — both book and film. I have picked up a number of books and films that I probably would not have if not for the reviews here. I have a feeling one of my favorite things going forward is going to be Recommended Reads Saturday — however, I don’t think my bank account is going to be to happy!!!
    Keep up the good work .

  363. Kimberly B.
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 20:07:44

    Congratulations on the anniversary! I always come here to read the Midday Links and get the news on what’s up on the publishing industry (that kind of information fascinates me), and I love the Friday movie reviews, as well as the graded book review format. Keep up the great work!

  364. Kwana
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 20:09:35

    Happy 6th blog birthday to you! Thanks so much for all you do. I love checking in to see what’s going in the the romance industry and to peep in on some juicy comments. Always fun over here at DA!

  365. Evangeline Holland
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 20:15:54

    Ha! I remember DA in 2006. Someone at the AAR boards linked to one of your early reviews, and I moseyed on over here and kept on visiting. These days I mostly come for the industry news and Op-Eds, but I’ve discovered a few books I wouldn’t have read had DA not mentioned or reviewed them. Happy sixth birthday, and many more to come!

  366. Holly
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 20:16:04

    Wow, six years! I enjoy the reviews and industry information on the site. I think my favorite part is the “Coming Soon” section – I often use it because I like to buy books as soon as they come out and this helps me keep track of my favourite authors. I’ve been introduced to so many authors through this site that are now auto-buys. Thank you for all of the work you do!

  367. Meg
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 20:16:05

    Congratulations on six years! Quite an accomplishment. Dear Author was one of the first blogs I discovered that focused exclusively on books — and that opened up an entirely new world for me. Can’t believe that was four years ago. Many happy returns!

  368. Jenica
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 20:59:38

    Congrats! Your blog has definitely made me a more informed reader. Especially love your posts on deals and bargains – I think it’s what finally made me buy an eReader.

  369. Danielle Gorman
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 21:14:21

    Wow six years! Congrats. I love visiting DA everyday. I’m particularly fond of your reviews and I love all of your posts. I like that your provide links to discounted eBooks and I love that you are always sharing with us all great info on ereaders and books.

  370. eta_o
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 21:25:19

    Happy Birthday, and thanks for all you do for the reading community! This was the first site that I added to my RSS feed and I check it every day – even on those days that work is just crazy! Y0u have introduced me to new authors and technology, taught me more about the publishing world, and made reading life much better for this reader (and many others!)

  371. Pat A
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 21:33:11

    Congrats, You have helped save money (by not buying terrible books) and spent money (by buying wonderful books). Thank you and best wishes on the many years to come.

  372. vita
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 21:34:18

    Six years and counting! Way to go! Dear Author has it all, reviews, recommendations, industry news, opinion pieces, controversies, all the myriad sub-genres of romance, and, most of all, community. This site always offers something of interest, whether it be about the books, the authors, the readearship, the industry. It’s great to get so many perspectives and to share and interact on all things romance-book related. Whatever you may have in store, we’ll all be there with you!!! Thank you, Jane, Jayne, and all the Dear Author family.

  373. Sheryl
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 21:38:34

    Congrats and Happy Birthday! Now that I have a kindle, I really love that you search Amazon for me and put together a list of deals. It’s Great! Thanks!

  374. Kimberly C.
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 21:52:23

    Happy birthday and congratulations on 6 years! I’m usually not one to comment, but I have to say a big “Thank You” for all the wonderful books I’ve read based on your recommendations, as well as the technical information you have provided on e-readers. I’ve been both educated and entertained. Thanks again to all of you for your hard work and dedication!

  375. Miki S
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 22:07:51

    Woo-hoo! Happy birthday!

    This is one of the few blogs/book review lists I actually still follow. I love the mix of topics (and the brutally honest reviews). I learn a lot when Jane gives us a legal overview of some topic relating to ebooks. And I’m always surprised and pleased when I see authors I respect posting in the comments “like a regular person”.

    Happy birthday, Dear Author!

  376. Edith
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 22:24:02

    Wow, I remember when your posts to RRA-L made me remember to come here and read your blog. Congratulations on having developed an articulate community full of intelligent folks.

    I think you really shine when you discuss ebook readers. When my friends ask what type of ebook reader to get, I point them to your site for recommendations and information.

    Many thanks for your integrity and honest reviews.

  377. Michelle in colorado
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 22:30:14

    Wow, 6 years, this is a great site.

  378. jubee
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 23:08:09

    Happy birthday! I enjoy the book reviews, publishing news, and Friday movie reviews. I also like the opinion pieces and accompanying comments.

  379. Leslie
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 00:09:55

    I like all the information about e-books – from reviews to publishing news to the very useful how to guides.

  380. Lyra L
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 01:15:32

    Congratulations and happy birthday! I enjoy the book reviews and the deals you post!

  381. Amy
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 02:59:20

    Happy birthday! I still remember the first time I discovered this site roughly 4 years ago. I spent hours reading the archives and I was so excited about finding this community of romance novel readers. I’ve visited some other blogs out there, and I pretty much visit only this romance readers blog on a regular basis. I return because the tone, the community, and features of Dear Author fit me to a tee.

  382. aobibliophile
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 03:06:10

    happy birthday and congratulations! thank you very much for sharing your blessings with your readers.

  383. Keslynn
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 04:19:24

    Happy Birthday, DA! I am a new reader, and only discovered the blog a month or so ago. The reviews are incredibly useful to weed out what I should be adding to my TBR pile and what I should let pass by the wayside. I also really enjoy the new “Recommended Reads” feature. Thanks for making life easier for readers!

  384. Aliyah
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 04:41:39

    I love reading the previous day’s entries first thing in the morning. It makes waking up early a little easier. Happy 6th birthday!

  385. Estara
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 05:06:58

    @wendy: I should probably second that comment in its totality ^^ – I even won twice at a contest here.

    You people are responsible for a whole lot of money spent, whether with deals, recommendations or just info from the comments. I especially love your beginner’s guide to all kinds of aspects of ebooks and that you have more than just romance reviews but they still work within the format of the site and my interests ^^. Happy birthday!

    The one thing I miss are Jan’s manga reviews, but I guess she just doesn’t have the time any-more.

  386. Lisa
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 07:14:38

    Congratulations on turning six! My favorite thing about this site is that you review all types of books. Keep up the good work!

  387. Lauren
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 07:41:16

    I am more of a recent follower of this site, having just discovered it last summer. I am also quite new to the romance genre as well, so when I stumbled upon DA and was confronted with horribly cheesy covers (I’m still hoping the covers will become more tasteful someday) I thought it definitely wasn’t for me. But I second guessed myself, added it to my google reader, and decided to give it a shot.
    It is one of the best decisions I’ve made!
    It is because of you all that I have discovered some of my favorite reads. A few of which are: Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl, Curio by Cara McKenna, Sheltered by Charlotte Stein, Because of You by Jessica Scott, and If His Kiss Is Wicked by Jo Goodman. And I have a whole rack of other titles on my TBR list.
    I also find your post on new developments in the publishing industry tremendously helpful. I’m currently pursuing an MLS degree, and professors often ask us to bring in news articles about library/information studies topics, and there have been quite a few that I’ve pulled directly from here. So a huge thanks for that :)
    You all are doing marvelous work here, but one thing I would like to see more of are reviews and recommendations of Ellora’s Cave titles. My experience with Ellora’s Cave publications have been either stellar or terrible. It is the terrific reads though–like Curio and Sheltered–that lead me to believe there are a lot of other hidden gems out there, but I just don’t know where to find them! That’s really my biggest suggestion.

    Thank you again for everything and congratulations on the anniversary!

  388. Emiliana25
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 08:25:25

    Happy birthday Dear Authors!
    I like the reviews and that there are so many different genres you review(the deals you post are not hurting either although I don’t know if my portmoney likey you all that much ^_~)

    Congratulations again!

  389. JenM
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 08:43:24

    I love this site because you are not afraid to tell it like you see it. I sometimes don’t agree with your reviews, but at least you have real opinions and you don’t pussyfoot around. None of this “every book is woooonderful” nonsense that some purported review sites spout.

  390. lps
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 09:32:51

    Happy birthday!
    I’ve been reading and lurking for a few years. I like the tech posts, the publishing news, the comments and the reader advocacy. And the reviews, of course.
    About suggestions: I remember you had some favourites list a while ago where each reviewer rated the books they had read out of the list. That was a big help in determining (confirming, really, since I had been reading you for years) whose tastes aligned best with mine. Would the new reviewers be interested in something similar?

  391. Artemis
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 09:57:13

    Of course, I started lurking here quite a while ago for the romance reviews and stayed because of everything else that I learned along the way. You have provided me with an abundance of information not only on the publishing and writing industries, but also on the digital revolution when it exploded.

    Congratulations on your 6th Birthday! When other blogs have become redundant and stale, Dear Author has stayed fresh. By continuing to bring an edge to our world with newness while sticking to the basis of what we want: great reviews.

    Thank you.

  392. Kokolo
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 11:00:56

    Thanks to Dear Author I’ve read and enjoyed a lot of books I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. Your reviews are always honest and fun to read. My personal favorite is the review of The Player’s Ultimatum by Koko Brown :)
    Happy Birthday!

  393. MizzSunny
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 11:08:14

    Happy, Happy Birthday! Love this blog. It’s so informative :)

  394. Augusta Carver
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 11:25:04

    Congrats on turning 6! I really like how in-depth your reviews are. You give good details.

  395. Habiba
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 12:58:09

    Bonne fête Dear Author !
    Love your reviews !

  396. DarienMoya
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 13:24:37

    Always here she king out your M/M reviews!

    Great Blog

  397. DarienMoya
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 13:26:21

    I meant to say, checking out your M/M reviews. *bloody auto correct*

  398. Pamk
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 13:50:05

    I am usually a lurker but a faithful one. You’ve been on my feed reader every since I discovered blogs. Love that you keep us informed and up to date on releases, publishing news and trends and that you can make laugh at times and that you have some great giveaways. here’s to many more years and happy 6th birthday.

  399. MaryK
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 15:06:59

    Wow, Happy Birthday! :)

    I think I discovered DA about 2 years in and then went back and read the old posts so now I don’t remember when exactly I became a regular. I know I visited casually for a while before I signed up for the RSS feed.

    My favorite post will probably always be the one where Jane threw a book against the wall and broke her ereader (though there are several haiku reviews I’m very partial to purely for their artistic value). I was really impressed with the broken ereader post because Jane was ranting about an HEA ending that wasn’t an HEA. She hated the ending and didn’t hesitate to let everybody know about her negative experience and to warn readers what to expect at the end of the book. I think that’s what I like most about DA – the candidness of the reviewers in the posts and comments. Well, that and the fact that category Romances get taken seriously. ;D

    Jane’s reading tastes overlap mine very nicely, and I sometimes feel like I’m fangirling her and being too familiar in my interactions because of it. In a venn diagram, we’d probably have about an 80% overlap with my set on the more traditional, conservative end and hers pulling ahead to the more modern side. I appreciate the other reviewers as well, though, because they expose me to different tastes. I’ve bought some interesting things that I otherwise probably would never have noticed.

    In glancing through the comments, I noticed suggestions for reviews in other genres besides Romance. I’m actually all for that as long as they’re reviews by Romance readers for Romance readers. I really appreciate that DA is dedicated to Romance. I always read from a Romance perspective even when I’m not reading genre Romance; I need the same things from other genres that I get from Romance – good endings, strong character focus, etc. – so I approach other genres very gingerly. I’d welcome (some) reviews from other genres if they’re focused on helping Romance readers find books to read. I really appreciated the Hunger Games reviews and comments that talked about the last book being depressing. That’s exactly the kind of information I need.

  400. Amy
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 18:46:10

    Congrats on 6 years! Your reviews are great. I also love the technical information. Happy Birthday and thanks for all of the helpfull information!

  401. Marie B.
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 19:02:27

    Happy b-day DA! I really enjoy the industry commentary and the comment discussions on this site, in addition to the reviews. Keep up the good work!

  402. TerryS
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 19:11:12

    I’ve only been around for 5 of the 6 years. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary.

  403. iferlohmann
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 19:29:42

    Congrats on 6 years!

  404. [email protected]
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 19:48:37

    I love the daily news and snark on what is going on! Love this community!!

  405. Barbara
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 21:29:18

    Happy birthday! Without you, I’d not only be Calibre-less, I’d be Calibre-stupid and my ebook library would be floating around in an uncategorized disaster of a file somewhere. I love the industry news, Jane’s Packer tweets and Ridley’s troll smackdowns. ;)

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