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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.

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