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Dear Author Recommends for June

Here is our recommended read list for June. It’s light so feel free to make a recommendation in the comments:

  • How to Score by Robin Wells.   This contemporary romance book is recommended by Jane. It’s a fun, sexy read with mistaken identities, a bit of deceit, and a crazy dog.   (Warner Forever)
  • The Wild West by Victoria Dahl   This hot historical novella is recommended by Joan F, Janet (aka Robin), and Jane.   It’s a very hot read that is just the right touch for those who wonder what BDSM is all about. Cowboys and sheriffs have never been so hot. (Harlequin Spice Bites, ebook only)
  • My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel.   This paranormal is recommended by Janine whose recommendations are few and far between. (Warner)
  • Crescent City Courtship by Elizabeth White.   This sweet historical is recommended by Jayne who reads across the breadth and scope of the Harlequin categories.   Review of this book to come. (Harlequin Love Inspired)
  • Chasing Smoke by KA Mitchell.   This m/m romantic suspense novel is a recommendation for Joan F.   (review of this ebook from Samhain publishing to come).
  • Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks. This erotic romance novel from Berkley Heat makes you think about people’s desires.   Come with an open heart and mind.   Recommended by Jane, but read the review to make sure this book is fo you.   (Berkley Heat, trade paperback)
  • The Surgeon’s Lady by Carla Kelly.   This Harlequin Historical book is the second in her trilogy. Those who like her military men will want to check it out. Review to come. Recommended by Jayne. (Harlequin Historical)
  • Fair Game by Jasmine Haynes.   This erotic romance from Berkley Heat shows off a strong business woman against an equally strong businessman as the two vie for sexual control. It’s hot.   Recommended by Jane. (Berkley Heat, trade paperback)

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. Elizabeth Burton
    Jun 05, 2009 @ 12:05:20

    Fans of historical romance and/or things Japanese might enjoy Kei Swanson’s Seabird of Sanematsu and Season of Sanematsu, and Mayra Calvani’s Sunstruck takes chick-lit to a whole new level.

    One of the joys of being a small press: I not only get to read good books, I get to make them available so other people can, too. :-)

  2. Tabitha
    Jun 05, 2009 @ 12:12:39

    I am new to Suzanne Enoch. I just finished Reforming a Rake and it was really enjoyable.

  3. Kristin
    Jun 05, 2009 @ 12:39:33

    I would highly recommend “Behind the Red Door” by Jackie Barbosa for fans of historical romance. Her debut book, 3 super hot novellas all with a tie to the infamous Red Door brothel. I’m picky about my historical romance, and this one’s a winner!

  4. Just Wonderin'
    Jun 05, 2009 @ 13:47:18

    Um, are there ever any non-Samhain ebooks that get recommended?

  5. Jane
    Jun 05, 2009 @ 13:49:04

    @Just Wonderin' If you are referencing ebooks, then we have, in the past, recommended and reviewed non Samhain ebooks but we also are on Samhain’s review list which means that we are sent their books for review. Not all e publishers send their books to us for review.

  6. Diana Rowland
    Jun 05, 2009 @ 17:52:07

    I totally LOVED How to Score by Robin Wells. I’m excited to see it as a pick!

  7. cs
    Jun 06, 2009 @ 08:52:10

    There was only one Samhain book here that was recommended? Unless you meant from other recommendation posts?

    Really looking forward to the K.A. Mitchell review. The book will be fantastic without needing a review anyway, the woman is one of the best writers in this genre (for me). I just finished reading her novel Regularly Scheduled Life. So.Much.Love.

  8. Joan/Sarah F.
    Jun 07, 2009 @ 20:34:26

    @Just Wonderin': Torquere regularly sends me their review list…2-4 weeks after the books are released, making it difficult to read ahead of time enough to recommend them for when they come out, because they’re already out when I get the list. I haven’t found an Ellora’s Cave book worth recommending in a while, and I’ve tried.

    The problem is usually actually getting advanced copies of books in enough time to be able to read them so that I can recommend them. Things are slightly more informal in ebook world and on a slightly tighter time budget, so books aren’t ready 2-3 months in advance for ARCs like they are for print books.

    And I’ve been very very busy. :) I haven’t had much time for reading, but I slather over K.A. Mitchell, and fought to get an advanced copy in time enough to read it to recommend it. And while Chasing Smoke is not her best, it’s completely worth recommending.

  9. Elizabeth Burton
    Jun 08, 2009 @ 07:31:22

    Since ebooks and digitally printed books don’t have a shelf life of minutes, as is the case with traditionally published books, there’s no need to send out ARCs for novels. The books will likely still be available years after they’re released, so recommending or even reviewing them after they’re published is just as useful as if the recommend came prior to publication.

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