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DA Recommends for July

It’s hard to believe that July is here and 2010 is half over. This year seems to have flown by. I think I might have slept through some of it because I certainly don’t remember the months of April or May.

Got a recommendation for us? Disagree with our recs or agree?   Let us know in the comments.

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


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  2. mary beth bass
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 10:25:50

    THREE NIGHTS WITH A SCOUNDREL by Tessa Dare. The first two books in this series are swoon-worthy perfect.

  3. Carolyn
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 10:25:55

    I just discovered Naomi Novik; the first book in this series – His Majesty’s Dragon – was a free download in the Kindle Store. After reading it, I immediately indulged myself and acquired the rest of them. They were well worth it.

    I’m also looking forward to Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage. I’ve enjoyed Laura Griffin in the past, so I may check her book out too.

  4. Las
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 11:33:59

    I’m really looking forward to Ashley’s upcoming book, which is funny because I really, really hated The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. It was my first Ashley book and I thought she was a great writer, but she did way too good a job on Ian’s characterization, so I couldn’t get past the major creepiness factor. Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Lover should be a much better read for me.

  5. Lizzy
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 11:57:12

    @mary beth bass: Wait, wait, wait. Have you read this yet? If so, I have a jealous bone. I actually have 206 jealous bones.

    Or are you telling DA to read it? If so, I affirm you.

    I totally loved Twice Tempted.

  6. ShellBell
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 12:05:14

    I can’t wait for Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh and Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik. Of course those pesky geographical restrictions may mean I shall have to borrow the books from my local library which just further delays my opportunity to read the book! I am more than happy to support my favourite authors, but if the eBooks aren’t available for me to purchase from New Zealand then there’s not a lot I can do about it, and if I have already read the library book then the desire to rush and buy the eBook when it finally available for me to purchase has well and truly passed.

  7. Jayne
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 13:27:40

    @ShellBell: Considering the fact that “Tongues of Serpents” is set in Australia – albeit the alternate reality of Temeraire Australia – you’d think it would be released there first.

  8. kristal1122
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 13:37:27

    Can’t stand to watching racing on tv, but love to watch it live. It’s all about the atmosphere!

  9. Jane O
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 13:46:48

    Claudia Dain’s “Daring a Duke”

    I love this series. She’s the only author who makes me laugh out loud.

  10. Ksw
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 14:17:55

    Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase. July 27th. This is Peregrine and Olivia’s story. I’m going to have to do a re-read of all the Carsingtons this month to refresh my memory. Can’t wait!

  11. ShellBell
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 14:45:58

    LOL .. if only life were so simple. You’d also think that as Nalini Singh is a New Zealand author that we’d get her books first too! I think we must get them last. I’ve pretty much given up buying from Books On Board, Fictionwise, Diesel eBooks etc because very few of my favourite authors have eBooks available for purchase from NZ, so my favourite authors have missed out on a few sales from me.

  12. Michelle
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 15:24:19

    I am looking forward to Tongues of Serpents. One review said it was a very bleak, grim book. I hope Iskarka (sp) plays a role. I just finished listening to the audiobooks of His Majesty’s Dragon, and Victory of Eagles. (Those were the only 2 the library had). They were excellent.

  13. Jayne
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 18:29:58

    @Michelle: Iskierka and Granby are there with Iskierka being her old covetous self. If it’s shiny, she wants it. She also has to be held back a few times from flaming everything in order to solve the current problem.

  14. Jayne
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 18:32:36

    @Ksw: Since this one is due out the last week of July, we’re treating it as an August release. And it is good!

  15. Jayne
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 18:35:33

    @ShellBell: I’ve said it before and will probably say it again but I would have thought ebooks would have solved this geographic restriction crap.

  16. Janine
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 18:51:23

    Is Tongues of Serpents the final book in the Temeraire series, or will there be more?

  17. Jayne
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 19:13:17

    @Janine: I believe there are at least 3 more. This is book number 6 and it definitely does not end the series. In fact, things are still quite up in the air about the War and the final fate of Laurence and Temeraire.

  18. ShellBell
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 20:43:05

    @Jayne: Since all of this agency model crap that 5 of the big publishers have introduced it has actually gotten worse. If I wanted to buy the print version I wouldn’t have a problem purchasing the books, but no chance with the eBook versions. I haven’t been able to purchase eBooks from most of my favourite authors since the beginning of April and I do have to shop around and go to US, NZ and UK eBook retailers, so I don’t accept defeat too easily!

  19. Jane
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 21:08:54

    @ShellBell Have you checked out the recommendations at MobileRead about how to use GiftCards to purchase US only books?

  20. ShellBell
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 21:42:09

    @Jane: Thanks Jane, yes I have considered gift cards, but have also heard that they don’t always work. I am actually going for a holiday to San Francisco on Monday, so plan on investigating that option while I am over there.

  21. John
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 21:59:22

    A great YA read that was really romantic was
    Everlasting by Angie Frazier – A lovely historical novel that is very exciting. Also takes place on the high seas, in Australia, and in San Francisco in the late 1800’s :) Things I Know About Love by Kate le Vann was also really good too.

  22. mdegraffen
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 07:29:38

    @Las: Different strokes, because I loved Lord Ian. Can’t wait for Ashley’s new one!

  23. mdegraffen
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 07:30:48

    @mary beth bass: Oh yeah! Just finished Book 2 and it was awesome!

  24. mdegraffen
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 07:39:22

    @Jayne: So many good books coming out, and this one is at the top of my list!

  25. Las
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 09:31:12

    @mdegraffen: Yeah, I think I might be the only person who feels that way about the book! I can definitely see why it’s so loved, it was very well-written, but I just could not get past certain issues.

  26. Diane V
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 11:05:06

    Loved the new urban fantasy “Unholy Ghosts” by Stacia Kane. Dark and gritty with interesting potential heroes.

  27. rigmarole
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 11:30:48

    Practically the first thing I thought when I woke up yesterday was that it was July and July is NEW TEMERAIRE MONTH.

    Not that I’m excited about it or anything.

    NN has said that there will be nine books. I really don’t want it to ever end. I’m greedy.

  28. becca
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 12:59:23

    I burned out on Temeraire on book 4… I hate books that end on cliff-hangers. I guess I’ll wait til the series is finished before I pick them up again.

    OTOH, I’m hanging on til July 6, when the new Nora Roberts comes out.

  29. SarahT
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 14:15:03

    I really enjoyed Pamela Morsi’s ‘The Bikini Car Wash’. It’s Women’s Fiction but it contains a very nice romance.

  30. Janine
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 19:00:17


    I’ve only read the first two Termeraire books. I enjoyed them a lot (really liked Novik’s voice), but after two I felt I’d have enough for a while. Same-protagonist long series syndrome strikes again.

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  32. Liza
    Jul 04, 2010 @ 11:59:04

    Cold Sight by Leslie Parrish. It comes out on July 6 and is wonderful. First book in her Extra Sensory Agents series and I loved it.

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