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Dear Author Recommends for August

459206Starting this month, all of the Dear Author recommended reads will be given a discount at digital bookseller, Books on Board.  ┬áThe discount page is here. (In the future, we’ll always try to post this on Tuesday so you can get the discount the day of the release).

  • Written on Your Skin by Meredith Duran (recommended by Jennie, Janet/Robin and Jan)
  • Hot Under Pressure by Kathleen O’Reilly (recommended by Smart Bitches, Jayne and Jane)
  • Mistletoe Mommy by Tanya Michaels (recommended by Jayne who also recommends forgetting what the title is because it has nothing to do with Mommy or Christmas)
  • One Week As Lovers by Victoria Dahl (recommended by Janet/Robin and no, I don’t know what it will take for Victoria Dahl to get an A here at Dear Author)
  • Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare (recommended by Jane because I loved the immature, big hearted Lucy who had to have that fearless belief in life in order to bring about the brooding Jeremy).
  • Beloved Vampire by Joey Hill (recommended by Jane. The review will come at noon. Needless to say its a star crossed lover + vampire + love saves people story with a dark edge).
  • Since the Surrender by Julie Anne Long (recommended by Jane because even with the plot flaws and the WTFery sex scene, I still loved the characterizations).
  • Beyond the Rain by Jess Granger (this is a qualified rec by Jane. It was a very good SFR that was accessible but slow in some places. It’s a trade but if it were in mass market, it would be an unqualified rec. This one is not in ebook form and therefore not available under the discount).
  • Spider Touched by Jory Strong (I’m giving this the same qualified rec. The detail that Jory Strong has brought to her new alternative urban fantasy romance is amazing and I love that she uses the world to provide the basis of the conflict but it’s a trade).

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. medumb
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 04:47:26

    I must have the Spider Touched!!

  2. Rob Charron
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 04:59:34

    Thanks for the great post.
    Looking forward to the upcoming review of Beloved Vampire.
    Also thanks for the discount on ebooks.
    Love and best wishes,

  3. RStewie
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 06:46:13

    Oh yay! This is great, because I actually have an account with Books on Board so I might actually be able to finally start reading eBooks!

    Thanks, DR, this is fantastic! Also…I can’t wait for the Beloved Vampire review. Joey Hill’s other Vampire books were GREAT!(!!!)

  4. Louisa Edwards
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 07:26:02

    I bought the first Meredith Duran book a couple of days ago because of your rec of the latest. Had to buy the first one first because I’m compulsive like that, but I look forward to reading all of them!

  5. S. W. Vaughn
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 08:19:28

    Wow, how cool is that? A discount on recommended reads! You guys are teh awesome. :-)

  6. MaryK
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 10:29:59

    All the recommendations look good to me this month. But, yeah, the trades have been killing me lately – there are several UF anthologies this summer. I have a rule against buying new-to-me authors in trade which I rarely break, but I did this month with the Granger because the excerpt was awesome. So I can’t break it again for the Strong even though I’m very interested. :(

  7. berite2
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 10:34:27

    The BooksOnBoard discount of 25% applies only to the list price-not the BoB price. And yes, this is not stated anywhere on the discount page which makes the discount for the Dear Author Recommends misleading. So much for truth in advertising. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for the additional $.70 cents off on “Beloved Vampire.” But, it’s not the incredible bargain it pretends to be, only about 5%.

  8. Robin
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 10:42:30

    Hey, I recommended the O’Reilly book, too! ;)

  9. Victoria Dahl
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 12:35:42

    I will not return to Twitter until I get an A. You’ll have to get your supply of taint jokes elsewhere. This gravy train has left the station.

  10. SonomaLass
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 13:59:44

    *sob* We all lose out when Victoria Dahl boycotts Twitter!

  11. Mischa
    Aug 08, 2009 @ 08:50:36

    The BoB discount only lasted two days. If only I’d bought the books at work yesterday when I first read the recommend list. :-(

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