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Dear Author Recommends November 2013

It’s hard to believe that November is already here. I feel like 2013 started yesterday. We’re gearing up for our end of the year lists and I hope you’ll share with us some of the best books you read in 2013. Start making your lists.

Recommended by Jia (A |BN |K |S  | G ) Fantasy

Recommended by Jia ( A | BN | K | S | G ) Fantasy

Nora Roberts Dark Witch

Recommended by Kati ( A | BN | K | G) * contemporary

Kinked Thea Harrison

Recommended by Kati, Kaetrin, and Jane ( A | BN | K | S | G )* Paranormal Romance

striking distance pamela clare

Recommended by Kaetrin ( A | BN | K | S | G) * Romantic Suspense

Sleigh Bells In the Snow Sarah Morgan

Recommended by Sunita ( A | BN | K | S | G ) * Contemporary

Nalini Singh Archangel's Legion

Recommended by Janine and Jane ( A | BN | K | S | G) * Paranormal romance

Luckiest Lady in London Sherry Thomas

Recommended by Willaful ( A | BN | K | S | G) * Historical

Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Recommended by Jayne ( A | BN | K | S | G) * Women’s Fiction

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. Mandi
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 09:44:46

    Just finished The Luckiest Lady in London and I really liked it. I also liked Archangel’s Legion and I have Snow Bells in the Snow waiting for me.

    One Nov release that stands out for me is Foreplay by Sophie Jordan. I usually don’t read NA unless I have a strong rec but I picked it up on a whim and thought it is pretty well done. Could have used a bit of a longer ending but the hero is sexy, the heroine communicates and is pretty mature and her friends/roommates are not annoying! ;)

  2. Anne
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 11:19:00

    It looks like there is a prequel available now to Someone Else’s Love Story (release date November 19) called My Own Miraculous. They say it’s a short story at 128 pages. The sample shows six chapters and an excerpt from the upcoming release.

    It appears to be available at all the usual retailers.

    I enjoyed Gods in Alabama (a posted deal sometime last month) so much that I think I’ll give this a try. Thank you for the heads up.

  3. Jenna
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 12:39:55

    I still think Written In Red by Anne Bishop was one of the best books I read this year. Really, really awesome book. Other then that they’ve all blended together a bit!

  4. Helen
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 13:23:29

    I just finished Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. An ACUTAL sci-fi romance. It was an excellent read. I don’t think it is officially supposed to come out till 11/5 but my local BN had it sitting on the shelf so I snagged it.

  5. Mandy
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 14:41:15

    Some of my best romance reads this year include Written In Red by Ann Bishop, The Last Hour Of Gann by R. Lee Smith, After Hours by Cara McKenna, Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun, Tethered by Meljean Brook, Provoked by Joanna Chambers, Threshold by Jordan L. Hawk, Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh, Cold by Brandon Shire, and I’m really hoping that World After (the sequel to Angelfall) by Susan Ee will join this list too.

  6. hapax
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 16:39:32

    @Jenna: I was just riveted by WRITTEN IN RED, too, and I’m usually pretty *meh* about PNR.

  7. Mzcue
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 17:42:21

    Speaking of watching the year streak by—I just received an invitation from Goodreads to vote for my favorite books of 2013. I like to support the authors who’ve treated me to some great adventures, but I hate having to select from among them. How to go about it? The characters that I’m fondest of, or the freshest take on world-building? I wish they’d let me vote for more than one in each category. That would sit better with me than choosing one over the others that I enjoyed just as much but for different reasons. Plus, some of my most delightful reads aren’t even nominated. Argh!

    Of your list aboved, I’ve started Archangel’s Legion, but I’m having trouble getting into it. I have Kinked on pre-order, and hope it will be delivered tonight. I always appreciate your recommendations, as well as the great suggestions from other readers.

  8. Stacy
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 18:46:22

    I never leave comments or recommend anything. It’s already been covered twelve times. But I kind of found my Susan Boyle of the self-published world and wanted to mention it. I took a big chance on a new-to-me author, Laken Cane, in a totally not-my-thing vampire and werewolf story. Her spooky Shiv Crew cover caught my eye. I didn’t expect much. I couldn’t have been more surprised. I got really sick of the super sexed-up books without much substance. This series may head to the sex eventually, but I’ll be ready. I got so into the world of the complex heroine, Rune and her gang I went and got the second installment, Blood and Bite, and loved that too. I’m just so sick of the same old thing and this is just different. In a good way.

  9. Jo
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 19:30:04

    Put me down for the Written in Red love, one of my top 5. Just talked my daughter into reading it and am impatiently waiting for her to finish it so we can squee over it together. :)

  10. Kathryn
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 19:56:52

    Count me in as another fan of Written in Red. I loved that book. I just reread it to remind myself just how different it was from everything else out there. I can’t wait for the next one.

  11. Des Livres
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 02:14:04

    yet another vote for written in red.

    Off to check out Laken Cane!

  12. Laura Florand
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 14:01:38

    Thrilled to see Joshilyn Jackson’s name up there. I love her work. And the list is packed with some other favorite reads of mine this month, but I kind of expected those. :) But delighted to see them getting recognition!

    BTW, for those who read audio, a reader sent me to a sample of Joshilyn’s audio the other day to try to convince me to narrate my own books. I don’t think I have the gift for it myself, but I have to say Joshilyn’s narration of her own work is incredible. Definitely worth it for those who like audio (I don’t usually but could see myself making an exception for her work!).

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