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Dear Author Recommends for October

It’s October. I know, I can barely believe it either. The following are our recommended reads in October. Here is a catalog of October releases. The November and December catalogs are fairly up to date although the December one doesn’t have the category releases yet.


  • Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, recommended by Jane
  • You Are My Only by Beth Kephart, recommended by John



  • Room at the Top by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow, recommended by Sarah F



  • Heartstrings and Diamond Rings by Jane Graves, recommended by Jayne (review to come)


  • S Before the Ex by Mira Lynn Kelly (caveat, the plot is fairly inane. I recommend for the emotional tension. Review to come)
  • The Doukakis’s Apprentice by Sarah Morgan, recommended by Jane

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. Statch
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 17:34:25

    Re the Harlequin plot being fairly inane, I was actually thinking about this today as I read a Michelle Reid Harlequin while waiting for something. I had commented here before that I don’t have a high bar for Harlequins, but what I really mean is that there can be big holes in the plot as long as the author keeps me caring about the characters. After all, we know where they’re going — the HEA — so an author who can keep me reading because I want to find out how they get there has a lot of talent.

    I should have hated this Michelle Reid book (The Bellini Bride), based on the description, but instead I can’t put it down (well, except for a few minutes to write this..and go to work…and make dinner…but you know what I mean).

  2. Karen @ Scobberlotch
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 20:19:52

    Great picks. I’m looking forward to YOU ARE MY ONLY as well.

  3. Leesa
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 21:53:09

    Thank you SOOO much for this list of releases. I have been looking for something like this for so long! You have just made by book buying decisions much easier. Great work!

  4. MaryK
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 01:29:38

    I remember Ros tweeting something good about S Before the Ex a while back. I’ll watch for the review.

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