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Dear Author Recommends for September 2013

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell [Young Adult] ( A | BN | K | S | G )

The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin [Historical] ( A | BN | K | S | G )

Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun

Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun [Erotic Contemporary Romance] ( A | BN | K | S | G )

Stay With Me by Elyssa Patrick

Stay with me by Elyssa Patrick [New Adult] ( A | BN | K | S | G )

Fading by E.K. Blair

Fading by E.K. Blair [New Adult] ( A | BN | K | S | G )

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein [Young Adult], recommended by Jayne ( A| BN|K|	S	 | 	G	)

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein [Young Adult], recommended by Jayne ( A | BN | K | S | G )

The Bridge - Rebecca Rogers Maher

The Bridge by Rebecca Rogers Maher [Contemporary]( A | BN | K | S | G ) (review to come)

Snow Kissed Laura Florand

Snow Kissed Laura Florand [Contemporary – Novella] ( A | BN | K | S | G ) (review to come)

The Divorce Party Jennifer Hayward

The Divorce Party Jennifer Hayward [Contemporary] ( A | BN | K | S | G ) (release Sept 17)

haunted heart josh lanyon

Haunted Heart by Josh Lanyon [Contemporary m/m] ( A | BN | K | S | G )

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. Darlynne
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 11:46:25

    Jane, the link for UNCOMMON PASSION connects to THE LOTUS PALACE for Amazon and BN.

  2. Estara Swanberg
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 11:47:24

    I was able to buy Snow-Kissed for 0.88 Euros at Kobo today – I would think that’s probably a sale price? The daily deal you mentioned about the first Chocolatier book wasn’t available to me in Germany, though.

  3. Jane
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 11:59:09

    @Darylnne – Thanks.

  4. library addict
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 12:37:22

    Kobo has a multi-use 50% off coupon code Sept50 exp end of the month

  5. Ros
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 13:08:06

    Did these used to come listed by reviewer name? I found that really helpful because I know which reviewers tend to recommend books that fit my taste.

  6. Stephanie Scott
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 14:28:37

    I didn’t know the new Elizabeth Wein book was out!

  7. Janine
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 14:46:05

    Who is recommending The Bridge? I’ve been wanting to try something by Rebecca Rogers Maher due to her intelligent and thoughtful posts.

  8. Jayne
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 18:52:58

    @Janine: I am. It’s a very different kind of book/romance.

  9. Jayne
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 18:56:19

    @Stephanie Scott: I mistakenly told Jane that it was due out last month and the review had already been posted by the time I realize my goof. Click on the book cover and it will take you to it. It’s another amazing trip through WWII from Wein.

  10. Janine
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 19:02:48

    Thanks, I’ll look it up.

  11. Estara Swanberg
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 12:01:07

    Coming here the first time since early Friday this week and not finding his weekly review, does that mean AJH has been disinvited to continue his reviews at DearAuthor? I think that would be sad and would narrow the viewpoints of reviewing available here. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy reading the usual reviewers, but I do think he has a unique perspective as a man quite apart from the voice he uses in his reviews and complements the variety of voices at DA really well.

  12. Estara Swanberg
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 12:06:11

    @library addict: Thanks ever so much for that info!

  13. Sunita
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 12:15:28

    One more addition to the Recommended Reads (the cover will go up in a bit): I’m recommending Josh Lanyon’s new release, The Haunted Heart, and Sirius and I are doing a joint review.

  14. Kari S.
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 14:11:42

    Like Estara, I am concerned to see no review by AJH. What a shame if his reviews have ceased! I look forward to every Friday review quite eagerly.

  15. Janine
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 15:32:10

    @Jayne: So, I looked up The Bridge and it sounds right up my alley with all that darkness. Also, the opening premise is similar to that of the French movie The Girl on the Bridge which is a movie I loved (recommended to me by Tanya years ago). So I pre-ordered it without even reading a sample — pretty rare for me. I hope I like her prose as well as I like her online posts, because it’s $1.99 for less than eighty pages.

  16. Jayne
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 18:16:10

    @Janine: I liked that movie too. But then I enjoy most of Daniel Auteuil’s films.

  17. Mandy
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 03:32:52

    To whoever reviewed Uncommon Passion… Thanks! I bought it because of your rating/review and LOVED it! :)

  18. Dabney
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 08:22:59

    Thanks, Mandy. It really worked for me. I’m glad you liked it.

  19. lawless
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 21:39:38

    I agree with the previous commenters about AJH. Of all your reviewers, his perspective is the most similar to mine.

    Also, where’s Disasterology 101? Sirius gave it a B+ and when asked told me she’d checked off the “DA Recommends” box, but it didn’t have the little congratulatory sash on the photo of the cover on the review and it isn’t showing up here.

  20. Sunita
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 22:21:40

    @lawless: The lack of a banner on the Disasterology 101 was an oversight; it can be added after the fact and will be. It isn’t in the monthly list because these are limited to books released in the current month (which includes the last week of the previous month for arcane publishing criteria reasons). I believe the Donovan book came out in mid-July.

  21. lawless
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 23:08:42

    @Sunita – Thanks for the information. Since there are fewer reviewers and a slower review schedule for m/m, the release limitation on the monthly list works to the detriment of m/m books and their visibility.

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