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GIVEAWAY: December Device Giveaway

As promised, December’s Device Giveaway is an iPad Mini. I really love my own Mini. It’s the right size for surfing, reading and well, playing Candy Crush. I’m sure you can find better uses for it.

Everyone here at Dear Author wants to thank you for reading us, commenting, and recommending us to other readers. Next year we are having a site redesign but we’ll be bringing you the same content–reviews, news, deals, and opinion pieces–every day.  If you have a suggestion on how Dear Author could be better, send me an email at [email protected]

Happy Holidays!

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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. Liana Brooks
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:02:54

    My favorite book? There were so many! I just finished CAST IN SORROW, so let’s go with that. I loved all the books this year.

  2. Nadia Lee
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:03:14

    So tough. Hmm. I really loved Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniel’s book MAGIC RISES this year. Also enjoyed Roxi Rivera’s Her Russian Protectors series.

  3. Lexxi
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:03:33

    Love my mini iPad but it’s lonely and needs a friend

  4. Susan I.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:04:52

    What a great giveaway. Thanks!

  5. xDrakeZx
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:05:28

    Lady of the Shades

  6. Ann J
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:06:30

    My favorite book this year was The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas

  7. Jess
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:06:32

    It’s difficult to choose one book from 2013 but I guess I’d have to say Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers. I look forward to reading many more from her!

  8. Susan I.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:06:33

    Oh, shoot, I missed my assignment. A Rural Affair by Catherine Alliott.

  9. GrowlyCub
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:06:50

    Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas

  10. Lobo
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:07:06

    Katie McGarry: Crash Into You

  11. Danielle H
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:07:11

    Thanks for the giveaways! My favourite book of 2013 is hard to choose there have been quite a few greats ones this year. But I think I’ll go with Magic Rises.

  12. Sabrina P
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:07:48

    Now it didn’t come out this year and I am late to reading the series but “Acheron” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is my favorite read of the year!

  13. Ana
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:13:47

    Awesome giveaway, thanks!!! My favorite book this year? That’s hard to just pick one, but the latest one I’ve read that blew my mind is Champion my Marie Lu. It was incredible!!!

  14. Sandyl
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:15:28

    My favorite book this year is the latest Ilona Andrews.

  15. Kim
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:16:48

    My favorite book of 2013 is probably “Making it Last” by Ruthie Knox. I have horrible luck when it comes to giveaways and never win them, but thanks for doing them throughout the year. It’s very generous.

  16. Geri
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:18:25

    I think Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox was my favorite book of the year. I also loved Suicide Watch by Kelley York.

  17. Suz_Glo
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:19:01

    I discovered JoJo Moyes this year so my favorite book(s) would have to be a a tie between “Me Before You” and “The Girl You Left Behind”.

  18. Kanoko
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:19:31

    Have to say, never owned an ianything, so thanks for the chance. My favourite book this year is Tangled by Emma Chase. The outrageous and gorgeous Drew just does it for me in all the right parts.

  19. NancyB
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:20:46

    The reading list was light this year, but my favorite read was probably Seanan McGuire’s Midnight Blue Light Special.

  20. Mo
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:21:25

    Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh. Thanks for all the fun giveaways.

  21. Sharon M
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:22:03

    My favorite book of 2013 so far has been Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh.

  22. Janina K.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:22:37

    What an awesome way to end the year :)

  23. Lammie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:25:07

    The Last Hour of Gann

  24. Melissa
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:25:35

    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.

  25. Jess
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:27:02

    I think my favorite book of the year was the newest Kate Daniels, too. Love her and Curran!

  26. Franziska
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:27:11

    What a great topic! My favorite book of the year was Widdershins by Jordan L Hawk ;)

  27. Elizabeth
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:28:20

    Favorite book would probably be Striking Distance by Pamela Clare. Such an intense read. Loved it!

  28. Viktoriya
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:28:42

    My favourite book which came out this year is probably The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker. Although in the interest of full disclosure, I haven’t finished it yet… but really like it so far!

  29. Erin
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:30:43

    I would have to say my favorite book this year is Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews. I stayed up all night the day that book was released so I could finish it in one sitting.

  30. StacieH4
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:33:32

    A favorite book I read in 2013 was Laura Florand’s The Chocolate Thief. For 2013 releases, I really liked Josh Lanyon’s new novella series opener The Haunted Heart:Winter.

    Thanks for the contest.

  31. Ana
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:35:57

    I am going to second Jess’s choice of Mary Ann River’s The Story Guy. The language was just so beautiful! I have read so many wonderful books this year and I appreciate Jane’s recommendations (The Last Hour of Gann, was one of them). Thanks for the great work you and all the Dear Author reviewers do!

  32. Jane Loyless
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:39:09

    My favorite book is usually the one I’m reading at the time! Thanks for the blog – love reading it and the comments!

  33. Jody Wallace
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:40:19

    Forged in Blood 1 & 2, Lindsay Buroker

  34. A.J.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:45:42

    Bully by Penelope Douglas!
    Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  35. sophydc
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:45:50

    I also would have to say Magic Rises as well. I have been having a reading slump all year, but that book I devoured.

  36. Samantha
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:49:38

    Non-romance, but Hyperbole and a Half! SO funny! For romance, Any Duchess Will Do.

  37. Karen C.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 07:58:29

    Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews!

  38. Liz
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:02:22

    Ilona Andrews Magic Rises was my fav.

  39. Ashley AJ
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:02:42

    My favorite book is a series — the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley. I have reread the series three times this year already.

  40. Lia Cooper
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:06:00

    My fav book in 2013 is a toss up between a re-read of Orlando by Virginia Woolf and Untamed by Anna Cowen

  41. Marc
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:06:14

    Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

  42. Nita G
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:08:11

    My favorite romance was The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas. My favorite non-Romance (but had great sexual tension) was Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre.

  43. Kelly Ingram
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:08:16

    The Best Man – Kristan Higgins

  44. Tammy
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:08:51

    Pivot Point by Kasie West is just one of 17 books that make up my top reads of the 240 books I’ve read so far this year.

  45. Meo
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:09:48

    Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

  46. Erica H
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:10:26

    Favorite book? Maybe Heart of Obsidian or Dark Lycan or so many more!

  47. CG
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:10:39

    Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

  48. Natasha R
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:12:41

    The fault in our stars. I cried and cried and cried some more!

  49. Krista
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:14:54

    Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck all!

  50. May
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:15:35

    My favorite book this year is Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh.

  51. Ayame Vahng
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:15:37

    i <3 Dear Author

  52. Joni
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:16:04

    Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews, I think. I know there were some other books that I also really loved this year, but I can’t come up with them right now.

  53. Sally W.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:16:36

    It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long

  54. Krista
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:18:54

    Wow! I can’t pick just one! NOS4A2 (Joe Hill), Hugh Howey’s Wool series, so many more!

  55. blodeuedd
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:21:11

    No idea…I have not thought about it yet,. Maybe the new Kate Daniels cos that one rocked

  56. Cheryl Hedges
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:22:35

    My favorite so far is Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews.

  57. BookaholicCat
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:22:38

    Thank you for this great giveaway. Good luck to me. :)

  58. KatieF
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:23:36

    I loved Mira Grant’s Feed, the first in the Newsflesh Trilogy. It was actually published in 2010 but I just read it this year. Does that count?

  59. Priscilla
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:23:46

    The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan (although technically published in 2012, I read it this summer)

  60. Stacey
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:24:10

    Just Kids by Patti Smith

  61. srs
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:24:16

    Favourite book was Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

  62. Marisa
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:24:33

    No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

  63. ruthg
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:25:54

    Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

  64. Kris
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:26:17

    My favorite books this year were a tie between Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh and Demon Guardian by Meljean Brook–it really wrapped up the series in a great way.

  65. Lisa J
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:27:14

    That’s a tough one. Heart of Obsidian was great, but I just ead the first two books in the Sin Brothers series by Rebecca Zanetti and I loved them, too. There are just too many books to choose one.

  66. Robin Covington
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:30:13

    Anne Calhoun’s “An Uncommon Passion” – loved every word of it!

  67. Vi
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:32:11

    Heart of Obsidian

  68. may
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:32:30

    Magic Arise with Ilona Andrews.

  69. Jules
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:33:05

    I dont know what my favorite book is yet. I had such an up and down year. Plus with me in the middle of switching my ratings from goodreads to booklikes, I dont think I’d have a place of looking yet.

    I did really enjoy These Broken Stars which came out yesterday.

  70. Amanda
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:36:32

    Quintana of Charyn!

  71. Andrea T
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:38:20

    My favorite book of 2013 is Remembering Joy by Jenni Moen. It’s was surprising, intense and sophisticated. My 2nd fav is the sequel Finding Joy.


  72. leslie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:40:27

    OMG! I’ve read so many good books this year, but the book I just loved was Elizabeth The First Wife by Lian Dolan.
    Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews was pretty damn good too!

  73. Lisa Brown
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:42:33

    I read Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by MC Beaton and really liked it

  74. Steff
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:44:16

    I read alot of great books this year – most recently Breaking Point by Pamela Clare. I really love her I-team series. Also, I had never read Erica Spindler before & I loved Justice For Sara.

  75. Francene
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:46:50

    Thanks for opening my eyes to the wonders of the romance genre. Your work is truly appreciated. Favorite romance book of the year, I read on Wattpad and is coming out early next year, Truly by Ruthie Knox. Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer are top contenders as well. Rose under fire by Elizabeth Wein is probably the book that will stick with me the longest. Thanks for the giveaways.

  76. sheryl n
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:47:35

    I think it was Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett.

  77. TaraR
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:51:35

    The Last Hour of Gann was one read that really stayed with me this year.

  78. Diane Mc.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:52:13

    Archangel’s Legion!

  79. Jen G.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:52:24

    NOT a romance, but I read Serena by Ron Rash at the beginning of the year. He came to speak at my library this fall, and I wanted to be prepared. (Side note: he’s a lovely man, and an excellent speaker.) It’s in my top 5 books, period.

  80. Lisa
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:53:09

    My 2013 favorite read was The Lonely and its sequel, The Lost Boy, by Tara Brown.

  81. Becky
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:58:45

    I couldn’t possibly pick one favorite! I did just finish the latest Maiden Lane book by Elizabeth Hoyt, though, and LOVED it.

  82. Lia
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 08:59:45

    A tie between Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews and Light by Michael Grant.

  83. Erin K.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:00:07

    My favorite book was Drawn Together by Laura Dane.

  84. Lucia
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:01:15

    I read very few books outside of work, but I do really love Sherry Ramsey’s “One’s Aspect to the Sun”.

  85. Katrina
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:01:52

    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.

  86. Rebecca
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:04:47

    I have just read all of Sophia Nash’s books in less than a month. I really like her writing style and characterizations – take a look!

  87. Katie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:05:21

    My favorite book of 2013 is actually a novella, Here There Be Monsters by Meljean Brook.

  88. Sophia
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:08:47

    Sadly 2013 was not a good reading year for me. Nothing really stands out for me off the top of my head. But, I still haven’t gone through my list. :)

  89. Deirdre
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:09:40

    Favorite book of the year was The Perfume Collector

  90. Diane P
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:10:27

    Thanks for all of your wonderful reviews and suggestions for books. I’m not sure my wallet appreciates them but it is all good in the end. Happy Holidays.

  91. Samantha
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:10:53

    I really loved Heart Of Obsidian by Nalini Singh, Possession by J.R. Ward, and an entire backlist of Sarah MacLean, Nine Rules to Break started the entire glom.

  92. Julie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:11:52

    My favorite book this year would have to be For Love of A Soldier. I recommended it to everyone I know!

  93. LB
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:12:12

    Keep up the good work!

  94. Phoebe Chase
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:14:28

    I think my favorite read this year was The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand. Looking forward to another year of great commentary, reviews, and discussion here at Dear Author.

  95. Kristen P
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:15:57

    Striking Distance… love love love.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  96. Amy R
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:21:18

    There are too many to choose from, I’ve enjoyed releases from Kit Rocha, Katy Evans, Lauren Dane, Elyssa Patrick, S Walden, Penny Reid, Maya Banks, Lorelei James, Vivian Arend, Abigail Roux and many more.

  97. Sheri
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:25:40

    Magic Rises…

  98. Miranda
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:27:18

    My favorite book this year is Heart Of Obsidian by Nalini Singh. I love the world she’s created.

  99. Valerie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:28:04

    Striking Distance by Pamela Clare

  100. Shannon H
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:28:37

    Captive Prince!

  101. Samantha
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:29:01

    Perdition by Ann Aguirre

  102. Andrea D
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:29:01

    Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun. I was inspired to buy it after reading the review here at DA. :)

  103. Natalie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:31:38

    My favorite book was Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh — both print and audio version were lovely. Thanks for the giveaways and hope you all have happy holidays.

  104. Crystal B.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:35:04

    Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

  105. Caroline
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:35:48

    My favourite book this year was probably the latest Ilona Andrews, Magic Rises. Thank you for the giveaway!

  106. Winter
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:38:08

    Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite 2013 read was Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

  107. susan
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:38:41

    My favorite book of 2013–what a tough choice. I cannot think of one specific book but the author I most enjoyed in 2013 has been Sarah Mayberry, who published a number of books this year.

  108. Julia
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:38:50

    Well, I never win contests but for an iPad mini I’ll give it a try! Happy holidays!

  109. nan
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:38:54

    Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh.

  110. Nicole Jane
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:39:40

    Magic Rises – Illona Andrews

  111. Donika
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:41:37

    Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews – I am a huge fan!

  112. mena abuali
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:44:57

    Favorite book of 2013 would have to be Making Faces by Amy Harmon

  113. Azucena Rodriguez
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:51:33

    Oh gosh, just one book? Ok, it would have to be between Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt and Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow, followed closely by The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan. BUT I really have to include The Duchess War by Courtney Milan since I didn’t read it until this year, in which case, would be my favorite book in 2013.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  114. BethP
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:51:57

    Too close to call. Love anything by Sarah Mayberry; Elizabeth Hoyt; Sherry Thomas, etc.

  115. maered
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:53:07

    Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh is my favourite of 2013. Just loved it

  116. Melissa G
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:56:52

    Favorite this year? AM Madden :)

  117. Eliza Evans
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:59:25

    Can’t wait to go back through this comment thread and see what everyone loved this year! My favorite would be Courtney Milan’s The Heiress Effect.

    Happy holidays!

  118. Jenn L
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:00:03

    Favorite book – Written In Red by Anne Bishop – Loved it!

  119. Make Kay
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:02:57

    As always, thanks for the giveaway! So hard to choose, but probably Kinked by Thea Harrison

  120. JamesP
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:07:48

    TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

  121. aislin
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:08:39

    Another vote for Magic Rises as favorite book of 2013. (Though I am on my way through Susanna Kearsley backlist, all of which is fantastic!)

  122. Pat G
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:09:43

    Heart of Obsidian was my favorite of the year. Thanks for doing this!

  123. Mariann
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:12:23

    I enjoyed quite a few books this year, but two stood out: Tequila Sunset (crime) & Days of Blood & Starlight (fantasy). Did not read nearly enough romance. :(

  124. Lynn Pauley
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:23:28

    Have been in a reading slump for a while — nothing has “wow”ed me, most everything has just been “meh”.
    Hopefully the new year will be better.
    The last book I really loved and read as soon as it was downloaded to my Kindle was Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois Bujold. Have been waiting for Ivan’s story for a long time.
    However, I just downloaded Alien Research by Gini Koch — maybe some time with Jeff and Kitty will bring me out of my slump.

  125. Cathy
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:27:55

    My favorite book of 2013. Gack! I guess I’d have to settle on Magic Rises from Ilona Andrews, although Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh would be a very close second.

  126. Amanda
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:27:58

    I will say Heart of Obsidian, it lived up to the hype and gave me a massive book hangover

  127. Debbie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:31:15

    Courtney Milan’s Duchess War

  128. Khrishna
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:32:22

    After Hours by Cara McKenna was my top contemporary read this year. I love how McKenna writes working-class and deliciously-but-believably flawed characters. The unusual setting (the H/h worked in a mental health facility) and great dialogue stuck with me long after I finished the book. Loved it.

  129. RevMelinda
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:33:39

    Thank you, Dear Author–I found so many good books this year thanks to you!

  130. Shayera
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:33:54

    So many books I liked this year. I loved Heart of Obsidian.

  131. MarieC
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:35:54

    Great Giveaway!

    Well, I’ve got four: Archangel’s Legion, Heart of Obsidian, Magic Rises, and Frost Burned.

  132. Andrea
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:35:59

    My favorite book of the year was The Dead Shall Rise First.

  133. Julie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:39:57

    I just finished “Hell Bent” by Devon Monk and that gets my nomination.

  134. Rebe
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:41:08

    For me it’s Written in Red by Anne Bishop, although I’m not sure if it was published this year or last.

  135. Jen
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:41:32

    Wow I don’t know what my favorite book was. Maybe Skies of Gold by Zoe Archer? Or Rumor Has it by Jill Shalvis? I don’t know!

  136. Christine G
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:41:37

    My favorite book was Lover at Last, but I also discovered Stacia Kane and her Downside Ghosts series this year — that series rocks!

  137. Sherri
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:47:45

    While I loved books from a number of favorite authors this year. In this group I am thinking of Cara McKenna, Sarah MacLean, Eloisa James, Charlotte Stein, Ruthie Knox, Kristin Higgins, Juliana Ross and Tamara Morgan. But a book came along this year at the exact moment in time for it to have the biggest impact on me due to the conflict the hero is facing, so I would say The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers.

  138. gamistress66
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:51:22

    hard to pick one but I’d say Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt

  139. Sergio Valdes
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:51:49

    Fave book: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.

  140. Sara Anne
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:54:51

    My favorite books of 2013 was a tie between Kate Nobel’s Let it be Me and Anna Campbell’s A Rake’s Midnight Kiss.

  141. Andrea2
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:01:31

    I really enjoyed new additions to series books: Thankless in Death by JD Robb and Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming. I wouldn’t say each book was the best individual book in each of the series, but I really enjoy these series in particular. Luckily the next JD Robb will be out on 2/25/2014. The next Julia Spencer-Fleming is probably a year away.

  142. Rachel Hill
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:04:00

    I have a couple faces. The Amy Benson series by Lisa renee Jones. A Beautiful Mess by tk Leigh back up by am Madden

  143. Kim Perry
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:06:37

    My favorite was Real by Katy Evans!

  144. azteclady
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:09:05

    Favorite book of the year? Nalini Singh’s Heart of Obsidian–it delivered in spades!

    Thank you, ladies, for all you do for the community. May you continue enjoying yourselves as you do it.

  145. Darlynne
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:09:53

    Just one? Harry Bingham’s Talking to the Dead. And thank you, DA and Jane, for everything you do for us throughout the year. On every device I own, DA comes up as the site I visit the most, and with good reason.

  146. Sara
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:15:13

    Dark Witch by Nora Roberts!

  147. Jennavier Gilbert
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:19:06

    Oh man, this is hard. There are so many 2013 books that I haven’t read yet! The only one that comes immediately to my mind Written In Red by Anne Bishop. Oh no, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Or maybe the Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson…..

  148. Esther Parsons
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:22:21

    Sarah Maclean – No Duke Goes Unpunished.

  149. Danielle Gorman
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:22:53

    Wait For You by J. Lynn.

  150. Marty
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:23:32

    This is a hard question, there were so many great books out this year. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh, Magic Rises and Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews are several of my favorites.

  151. Kristin
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:27:03

    I couldn’t pick my favourite book I’ve read this year. There have been far, far, far too many that I have enjoyed! That would be like my having to pick a favourite flower in a field of wildflowers. I simply couldn`t do it. :)

  152. Connie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:27:21

    Thanks for the giveaway. There are many books that I like, and I think my favorite is Susanna Kearsley’s The Firebird. Actually, I love all her of books.

  153. KellyM
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:28:24

    If we’re talking about books published this year…
    Courtney Milan – The Duchess War, A Kiss for Midwinter
    Lisa Kleypas – Crystal Cove
    Zoe Archer – Skies of Gold
    Nalini Singh – Heart of Obsidian

    I also loved Susanna Kearsley’s The Rose Garden and Anna Campbell’s Seven Nights With A Rogue, but I know those were published before 2013.

  154. Erica L
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:29:51

    I recently really enjoyed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

  155. Kristi
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:31:27

    Lick by Kylie Scott! Yea! Thanks for the amazing giveaway, I’m crossing my fingers!

  156. Melissa Pascarelli
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:31:51

    I loved Magic Rises and Mira Grant’s Parasite.
    They might not be my favorites I’ve read all year, but they were the top of those published in 2013. Basically I love whatever’s in my hand at the time. :)

  157. EvelynS
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:34:57

    Heart of Obsidian. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  158. Kim
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:37:12

    I haven’t read Sherry Thomas’s latest yet, so my favorite is Love Irresistibly by Julie James.

  159. Jenny P
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:37:33

    Tough question! It wasn’t published in 2013, but it was my favorite read of the year: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. It made me cry, which is a rare, rare thing for me!

  160. Thalia
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:43:35

    Hard to choose one so here are some of my favorite reads this year: River Marked, Heart of Obsidian, Any Duchess Will Do, Magic Strikes and The Story Guy.

  161. Jay
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:47:14

    Hunger Games.

  162. michelle santiago
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:50:01

    all our yesterdays by cristin terrill

  163. Elisabeth
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:53:22

    Probably Heart of Obsidian and Love irresistibly. I also read lots of great books published in previous years.

  164. Birdiebee
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:55:06

    Unfortunately, I have not done any reading this year as there were so many things going on. I hope to get back to reading after the holidays while it is very cold outside.

  165. Katherine
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:55:10

    If I had to choose a favorite book for the year (a feat in and of itself) I would likely go with God Save the Queen by Kate Locke. Read way back in January it is a book I still remember loving.

  166. Shea
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:55:18

    This year has been a very difficult year so what was my favorite book in early 2013 (Nalini Singh’s “Heart of Obsidian”) morphed into something less romance-y. For comfort during my stress in the latter half of the year, I am reading a lot of Ilona Andrews. Happy holidays and thank you for the chance to win!

  167. Jennifer McKernan
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:59:24

    My best of 2013 that wasn’t published this year was Feed by Mira Grant, and actually published this year was the new Julia Quinn, Tessa Dare, Kate Noble…I could probably go on and on!

  168. Kristi Cook
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:04:12

    Favorite book of the year? Probably Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL!

  169. Pamela
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:10:40

    Thanks for the chance to win !

  170. Nicole Sojka
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:16:16

    Any Duchess will Do by Tessa Dare! Thanks for the chance to win!

  171. canadacole
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:16:53

    My favourite books of 2013 were new to me but not published in 2013. I’m on a wait list for “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” and expect that to be my favourite, as our year has pretty much revolved around following our new hero Col. Hadfield.

  172. Deljah
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:17:55

    My favorite 2013 is The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith.

  173. Jane
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:21:09

    After Hours by Cara McKenna

  174. Glittergirl
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:24:04

    I have to pick just one? Hummm…

    Bec McMaster’s My Lady Quicksilver ~ AWESOME Steampunk and romance!!! Love that series.

    Grace Burrowes, Karen Ranney, Thea Harrison, Jennifer Ashley, Cheryl Brooks, Samanthe Beck…

  175. Lada
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:25:05

    Love Irresistibly by Julie James was the most satisfying book I read all year.

  176. MaryAnne
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:26:38

    My favourite book read in 2013… How about top 4? It’s too hard to whittle it down to just one!
    Loretta Chase’s Silk is for Seduction and Scandal wears Satin.
    Courtney Milan’s The Heiress Effect
    Cecilia Grant’s A Gentleman Undone.

  177. Anne
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:26:56

    Favorite book of 2013?? wow, I have a hard time picking a favorite. i’ll just pick ONE of my favorites, how’s that? Making it Last, by Ruthie Knox.

  178. MaryC
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:33:12

    One of my favorites is Heart Of Obsidian by Nalini Singh.

  179. Ciara
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:35:51

    My fave book probably a tie between Magic Rises and Cast in Sorrow. Honorable mention to Tijan whose books I’ve been devouring on my kindle app.

  180. Karen D
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:43:41

    My memory is so bad I’d have to look over my Goodreads list to remember my favorite book of this year. Since I’m too lazy to do that, I’ll just go with Julia Spencer-Fleming’s latest Russ/Clare mystery. Not because it was the best book I read all year, but it was highly anticipated because I had to wait so long to read it.

  181. samantha
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:45:11

    My favorite book that I read this year was Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. I could not put it down

  182. Jolanda
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:48:12

    My favorite book for 2013 is Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe.

  183. Penelope Crampton
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:48:13

    count me in for the contest—-love your blog!!!
    my fav for the year: The Golem and the Jinni,
    by Helene Wecker.

  184. Juhi
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:55:42

    A new site re-design?! YAY! Can’t wait for the new year to come in! :)

    And favorite read of the year so far: Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South (yes, I know it was published more than 150 years ago!)

  185. Lindsay
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:00:59

    Favourite book? Augh! All of them? I’m going to go with Mr. Cavendish, I Presume, followed really closely by In The Clear and A Street Cat Named Bob.

    Excited for the site redesign, thrilled to know the content will stay the same, and Dear Author couldn’t be better. :)

  186. Turophile
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:03:24

    Favorite book read so far this year – Miss Buncle’s Book.

  187. Trish
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:13:44

    My favorite book – Fangirl. Although The Dream Thieves is a very, very close second.

  188. Nicole
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:15:44

    I feel that 2013 has been a pretty blah year for books for me. I’ve read several things that I like, but nothing that I’ve loved. I looked forward to several books from favorite authors, and I actually have a bunch at home that I didn’t even finish. Carrie Vaughn! Julia Spencer-Fleming! Seanan McGuire!!!!! I think that I could make a case for three books I’ve read this year being co-favorites: Into the Deep by Samantha Young, Nerd Girl by Sue Lee, and Out of Turn by Tiffany Snow. They’re wildly different books, with characters at different stages of their lives, but something about these books stuck with me. I feel that January, when the next book in the Into the Deep series is supposed to come out, is too far away.

    I am excited that Alice Clayton’s third Redhead Chronicles book is coming out next week. NEXT WEEK, BIZNITCHES!!!


  189. Lee-Ann W.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:16:38

    Lori Austin’s An Outlaw in Wonderland

  190. hapax
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:20:05

    My favorite book of the year? Why don’t you ask something easy, like my favorite meal of the year, or my favorite breath of air?

    I’ll go with my “most-gifted” book of the year, which would be a four-way tie between ENCHANTER HEIR, ELEANOR AND PARK, THIN SPACE and HYPERBOLE AND A HALF.

  191. Mims
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:21:14

    I don’t have a favorite book of 2013 but these are some of the ones I liked and have recommended to other people: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Eight Million Gods, Wonder Show and Orleans.

  192. Claire
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:21:52

    Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh and Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews.

  193. Diane
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:22:08

    Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh!

  194. Ivana
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:24:10

    Books published in 2013 – Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews, Frost Burned by P. Briggs.
    I also discovered Confederation series by Tanya Huff and Joe Abercrombie’s books.

  195. cyclops8
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:26:54

    My favorite is Cara McKenna’s “Unbound.”

  196. jamie beck
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:29:57

    Me Before You…JoJo Moynes

  197. gail hupke
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:33:24

    Thank you for everything you do “Dear Author”!

  198. Diane/Anonym2857
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:34:59

    Ahem. I’m a windsock, so am completely drawing a blank on titles — sorry. I know I really enjoyed the latest from Nora, Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins for contemporaries, some by Sarah Morgan, Shannon Stacey, and Pam Morsi among others. I’ve also begun reading a boatload of historicals lately, which is a new thing for me. I’ve enjoyed Sherrie Thomas, a lot of Loretta Chase’s backlist (not sure when that last dress book was released), as well as some by Tessa Dare, Lorraine Heath, Sarah McLaine and Eloisa James, to name a handful.

  199. Carol
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:39:10

    Thanks for another great giveaway! So many good reads, hard to pick a favorite but I will go with Julie James Love Irristibily.

  200. Jennifer
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:50:21

    Heart of obsidian

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