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Dear Author Recommends for August 2013

Here Without You Webber

Here Without You by Tammara Webber, recommended by Jane ( A | BN | K | S | G )

Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross, recommended by John

Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross, recommended by John ( A | BN | K | S | G)

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik, recommended by Jayne

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik, recommended by Jayne ( A | BN | K | S | G )

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig, recommended by Jayne (A | BN | K | S | G )

Taking Him Down by Meg Maguire

Taking Him Down by Meg Maguire, recommended by Jayne (A | BN | K | S | G )

Burn: The Breathless Trilogy by Maya Banks

Burn by Maya Banks, recommended by Kati ( A | BN | K | S | G )

Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook, recommended by Jane

Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook, recommended by Jane ( A | BN | K | S | G )

Knowing the Score by Kat Latham, recommended by Jayne

Knowing the Score by Kat Latham, recommended by Jayne ( A | BN | K | S | G )

Run to You Charlotte Stein

Run to You Charlotte Stein, recommended by Willaful ( A | BN | K | S | G )

A Dream Defiant by Susanna Fraser, recommended by Sunita

A Dream Defiant by Susanna Fraser, recommended by Sunita ( A | BN | K | S | G )


The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan, Recommended by Willaful ( A | BN | K | S | G )

I’m trying something new for the Recommended Reads post. Do you hate it?

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. Lisa J
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 10:11:41

    I like it.

  2. Brie
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 10:21:05

    Thanks for the Julie Cross rec! I just got it ;-)

    I like the new format, but maybe the previous one was a bit more accessible for those reading the blog on mobile devices. I’m fine either way, though.

  3. Anne
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 10:23:58

    I like the look, but wish it included links to buy each title.

  4. Christine
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 10:42:32

    I love it, seeing the cover really helps jog my memory.

  5. Kim
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:00:15

    I like it, but will all the recommended books eventually have associated reviews? I didn’t see a review of Kat Latham’s debut book yet.

  6. Jane
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:01:41

    @Kim – yup or as best as I can remember. The Kat Latham book review will be tomorrow and the letters from Nowhere book will publish in an hour.

  7. Jane
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:01:57

    @Anne – noted. I’ll see what I can do about that next month.

  8. cleo
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:03:02

    I like seeing the covers again, but I don’t like them so big (at least on my laptop – the image size is fine on my iPhone) – too much scrolling.

  9. Gillian
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:33:45

    I like the look but the few covers that have review links aren’t working for me. I’m getting 404 errors :(

  10. Christine R
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:37:47

    No not really-I like to know the category of the book which this format doesn’t give me.

  11. Gillian
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:42:31

    ETA: Sorry, it’s just the Meg Maguire link & the Susanna Fraser link that aren’t working

  12. Liz H.
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:44:36

    I’m with @Christine R., I like seeing at least the category/genre. I do like the graphics though. Any way to combine the two?

  13. Germaine
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:45:25

    Ummmm. I really don’t like the big thumbnails, and the links are non-existent (Knowing the Score) or 404 errors (the rest).

  14. Divya S
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:57:30

    I love the graphics, but I wish there was a way to also categorize by genre and to add buy links.

  15. Jayne
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:58:15

    @Jane: Um, I haven’t finished writing it yet. ::sheepish look::

  16. Jane
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 12:10:17

    @Jayne – Oops. I need to stay off the internet today!

  17. Jane
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 12:12:40

    Links should be fixed. I flushed the web cache but it might take a few minutes.

    I hear smaller thumbnails, buy links, and categories. I can do the first two but I’m not sure about the last one.

  18. Darlynne
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 12:54:35

    @Jane: Yes, although category matters less to me. Links to the review and to buy would be great.

    You know, I think publishers should be willing to pay exorbitant sums of money for the “DA Recommends” banner to appear on the cover of any books meeting that criteria. I guarantee that seeing such a banner would make me look more closely any time I came across it, in any store.

  19. Jane
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 13:01:10

    @Darlynne: Funny you should say that. Publishers Weekly had a post from Laura Florand and they copied our graphic.

  20. hapax
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 13:16:14

    I check DA at work and the graphics — if they load at all — slowww things down immensely.

    I do like (as always) know which reviewer recommended, and links to reviews. I don’t need categories, but if I did, the covers tell me pretty much all I need to know!

  21. srs
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 14:14:27

    Hate is such a strong word. I don’t hate it, but it is formatted weirdly for me, with your comment interspersed in between several rows (using Chrome and my work settings may have something to so w/the formatting issues). I liked it better the other way, where it was broken down by category and I found it easier to read the reviewers names in the old format. But I’m not very visual, never pay attention to covers, and hate almost all change that I didn’t instigate, so it probably works better for other people.

  22. Nikki
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 14:24:17

    Not hate, but I like to have buy links directly on the page instead of having to click on the thumbnail and load a further page.

  23. Jules
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 15:32:05

    I like this as a “oOo that cover and title catches my eye and is a rec read? Let’s look at their review” but then there isn’t anything to click on… if not all of them have reviews it would be hard for me to tell what is clickable and what is not clickable.

    But seeing covers is more likely to get a click and read from me then just the titles.

  24. Janine
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 15:51:40

    I think I was the one who recommended The Heiress Effect. Unless Willaful recommended it too?

  25. Kate K
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 18:52:43

    The thumbnails look beautiful on my iPad! I’m a visual person so I find them much easier to comprehend at first sight, rather than a list.

  26. leslie
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 21:06:40

    Like it….looks very nice on my Kindle.

  27. library addict
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 21:17:48

    I think the small thumbnails are fine on my PC. The page does take a while to load on my phone and then I have to scroll through all of the titles to get to the comments as they appear in a one long column. But there aren’t usually too many books DA recommends in any given month, so I culd live with it.

    I do wish the type/category of book could be included. I can’t always tell from the cover. Or if it could somehow say “review coming soon” or whatever it used to say for the books which don’t yet link to a DA review.

  28. Rosario
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 10:32:40

    I like it very much on my computer, but on my phone (using the Feedly for android app on my HTC), I can’t see most of the titles. Only the first column shows.

  29. Nadia Lee
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 10:06:17

    I read on Kindle.

  30. Kristi
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 10:08:12

    I mostly read on the Kindle Paperwhite. Then, my iPhone (Kindle ap). Sometimes I will read on my iPad (Kindle Ap, Overdrive, iBooks) if I have a big pillow for it to rest on.

  31. Annmarie
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 10:12:03

    Mostly my Kindle app on my tablet, and my kindle (2nd gen) depends on if I am inside or outside.

  32. Kathy
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 10:22:30

    I still like real books the most but find myself downloading novellas like crazy on Kindle app on my ipad. My ebook collection is growing.

  33. Melanie (Moviemavengal)
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 10:31:17

    I read a mix of books on paper and on my Kindle Paperwhite. Novellas only on the Paperwhite.

    I use the Kindle exclusively for travel, but I’m working my way through the paper stash from RT, plus I’m a heavy user of for back list titles of authors I’m glomming.

  34. JennK
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 10:37:08

    I do almost all of my reading on my iPad. I have a Kindle, as well, but my iPad is always with me, whereas the Kindle tends to get left on nightstands and tables.

  35. Terese Benson
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 10:49:01

    I read paper books haven’t made the transition to kindle etc

  36. Diane P
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 11:08:35

    How about putting the books in rows according to their categories or lumping them together-historical, contempory, YA.
    I read on my IPad & Kindle in the sunlight. My husband loves not having piles of books laying around.
    Have you noticed that some of the mysteries are making their paperback books cheaper than on e-reader?

  37. Samantha
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 11:28:40

    I think it looks good.

  38. Patricia
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 12:27:04

    The only book I’ve read of those titles is Guardian Demon, but that was so fantastic I’m still not really over it. (Like, little moments where I just sigh because I remember something.)

    I usually read on my Kindle, unless I want to have an entire series on my shelf, in which case I order them on Amazon as paperbacks. BUT Amazon hasn’t been good with delivering on time lately, so with my favourite titles I even buy two copies, have one sitting on my shelf and read the ebook on my Kindle. (I used to own a tablet that supported epub reading yeaaars ago, but it broke when I threw it at my lap in a fit of rage (I think it was Devil’s Embrace??) and forgot that it was still plugged in. v_v)

  39. Mary Jo Burke
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 13:31:39

    I have a NOOK and a Kindle.

  40. Sandypo
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 13:37:26

    I read books in print, on CD in the car and on my Kindle. I believe in time-shifted reading!

  41. Joyce Hunt
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 13:40:23

    I like to read on my bed, on the couch, on my screen porch, in the car, etc….. as you can see I like to read anywhere! But I read on a Nook Glow…. love it!

  42. Erin
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 14:04:49

    I read on my kindle fire and paper about equally.

  43. Peggy P
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 15:47:45

    I read on my regular Kindle – perfect for reading out of doors as there is no glare.

  44. Marg
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 16:27:46

    I like it as an at a glance reference. I can always go looking for the reviews if I want to know more!

    In answer to your FB question, I currently read paper books, on a Sony ereader, on a Kindle app on a tablet and via audiobooks! Occasionally on my phone but I prefer not to.

  45. Cindy
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 18:05:33

    I have both a Nook and a Kindle, but generally seem to go to the Kindle most often. But I still really like a good old-fashioned book!

  46. Jordana
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 19:47:11

    I read almost exclusively on my ipad.

  47. Stacey
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 21:13:04

    I read on a kindle fire and on my phone if nothing else is available.

  48. jackie morris
    Aug 31, 2013 @ 18:26:44

    i read paper!! thanks for the chance to win!

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