Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult, Book reviews, industry news, and commentary from a reader's point of view

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 self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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.

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

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

  6. 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.

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

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

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

    I LOVE the reviews and commentary!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

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

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

    Happy blogiversary ;-)

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

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

  23. 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

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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 : )

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

    Thanks so much of the diversity of books reviewed!

  30. 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*

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

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

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

  35. 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.)

  36. 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.

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

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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)!

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

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

  41. 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.

  42. 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 :)

  43. 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.

  44. 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.)

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

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

  46. 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.

  47. 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!!

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

    I love the irreverence. Hoping for more! :D

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

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

  50. 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. :)

  51. 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!

  52. 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!

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

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

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

    Happy, happy birthday!

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

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

  56. 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!!!

  57. 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.

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

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

  59. 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!

  60. 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!

  61. 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!

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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,

  65. 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!

  66. 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.

  67. 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!

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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:)

  72. 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 :)

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

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

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

  77. 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.

  78. 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!

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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!

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

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

  85. 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.

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

    Happy 6th Anniversary! Keep up the fabulous work!

  87. 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!!! :-)

  88. 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!

  89. 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!

  90. 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. :)

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

    Happy anniversary!

  92. 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.

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

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

  94. 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!

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

    Happy Birthday, DA!

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

    Happy Birthday Dear Author! Love reading your book reviews!

  97. 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.

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

    I like the ereader and ebook advice.

  99. 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.

  100. 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!

  101. 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!

  102. 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!

  103. 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.

  104. 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.

  105. 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!

  106. 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.


  107. 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.

  108. 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.

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

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

  110. 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!

  111. 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.

  112. 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!

  113. 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.

  114. 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.

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

    Congrats on turning 6:)

  116. 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.

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

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

  118. 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! :)

  119. 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!

  120. 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.

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

    Happy Blogeversary, DA!

  122. 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!!!!

  123. 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!

  124. 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!!

  125. 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.

  126. 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!

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

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

  128. 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?

  129. 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!

  130. 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!

  131. 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!

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

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

  133. 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!

  134. 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

  135. 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. ;-)

  136. 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.

  137. 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!

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

    Congratulations on your 6th!

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

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

  140. 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!

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

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

  142. 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!

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

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

  144. 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.

  145. 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. ;-)

  146. 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!

  147. 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.

  148. 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!

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

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

  150. 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!

  151. 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!

  152. 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.

  153. 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!

  154. 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.

  155. 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.

  156. 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.

  157. 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.

  158. 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!

  159. 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!

  160. 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!

  161. 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.

  162. 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 .

  163. 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!

  164. 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!

  165. 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!

  166. 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!

  167. 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!

  168. 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.

  169. 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.

  170. 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!)

  171. 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.

  172. 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.

  173. 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!

  174. 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!

  175. 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!

  176. 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.

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

    Wow, 6 years, this is a great site.

  178. 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.

  179. 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.

  180. Lyra L
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 01:15:32

    Congratulations and happy birthday! I enjoy the book reviews and the deals you post!

  181. 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.

  182. aobibliophile
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 03:06:10

    happy birthday and congratulations! thank you very much for sharing your blessings with your readers.

  183. 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!

  184. 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!

  185. 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.

  186. 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!

  187. 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!

  188. 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!

  189. 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.

  190. 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?

  191. 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.

  192. 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!

  193. MizzSunny
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 11:08:14

    Happy, Happy Birthday! Love this blog. It’s so informative :)

  194. 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.

  195. Habiba
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 12:58:09

    Bonne fête Dear Author !
    Love your reviews !

  196. DarienMoya
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 13:24:37

    Always here she king out your M/M reviews!

    Great Blog

  197. DarienMoya
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 13:26:21

    I meant to say, checking out your M/M reviews. *bloody auto correct*

  198. 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.

  199. 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.

  200. 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!

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