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Subject: Big name authors you've never read
Date Posted: 2/10/2008 1:23 PM ET
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There are a lot of the big name authors I've never read, and for some reason I am hesitant to give them a try; not sure why.  My list includes Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, and  Cassie Edwards.  Anyone else?

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 1:38 PM ET
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Nora Roberts, started reading a book of hers and could not get into it. & Fern Micheals

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 1:41 PM ET
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Sandra Brown.  I have read a couple of Nora Roberts but I don't see the reason for all the hype personally.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 2:06 PM ET
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Add Fern and Sandra Brown to my list as well, in addition to La-something Spencer (not sure of the first name, obviously!), Jo Beverley (though I have one of hers in the TBR pile), and Johanna Lindssy.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 2:33 PM ET
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Also have never read, and likely never will, Cassie Edwards or Danielle Steel. Have read a few Nora Roberts, wasn't impressed, but I do love her J.D. Robb books.  Never read Fern Michaels or LaVyrle Spencer, though I do have a Spencer in my library pile that was highly recommended. I doubt I'll like it, but am willing to try.

I attempted to read Debbie Macomber, very much not my cup of tea.

Dawn, you need to read Jo Beverley!

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 3:05 PM ET
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Fern Michaels, Debbie Macomber, Jodi Piccoult, Lavyrle Spencer,  Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts. I've only read 1 Suzanne Brockman book.

For Steele: my mother was a big DS fan. Not that that's a problem really. Also I've watched a couple of her books turned into movies and didn't like them.

Fern Michaels, Jodi Piccoult, Lavyrle Spencer-no particular reason.  Maybe I'll read them some day.

 Suzanne Brockman: There are just so many of those Troubleshooters books.  I just don't want to have to collect another series. The 1 book I read wasn't a Troubleshooters book.

Nora Roberts:  It just seems to me that she cranks out so many books-how can they possibly be good.  Or does she even write them all? I did get the In The Garden trilogy in a box deal.  If I like those, I may try some others. 

(I have listened to a few JD Robb books on audio CD and they were all right. So I guess I can't say I've never read Nora Roberts as she's JD Robb)

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Date Posted: 2/10/2008 4:07 PM ET
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Ladies, for those of you who haven't tried Lavyrle Spencer, I say you must at least try one! I believe she writes (well, actually, wrote for she's retired from writing) some of the most romantic stories out there. My all time favorite is The Endearment, a mail-order bride tale set in 1800 Minnesota.  I can't remember how many times I've reread it -  Beautiful!

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 4:53 PM ET
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I haven't read any of the authors mentioned here, except for Jo Beverley - who I've read lots of.  And I know I have a bunch of Nora Roberts on my bookshelf - haven't read a single one of them & don't plan to.  They were all given to me and I posted them because I wasn't interested.  The only authors that have been mentioned that I've been mildly curious about are LaVyrle Spencer & Suzanne Brockman.  I've heard they're both pretty good, I just haven't had a chance to check them out yet.

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Date Posted: 2/10/2008 6:14 PM ET
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Wow, I love LaVyrle Spencer, read her many years ago and still have a lot of her books.  I also love Suzanne Brockmann.  I personally find Nora Roberts to be a very great writer, but her books became so similar after awhile I got bored.  I don't like her JD Robb books at all compared to her comtemporaries.

I haven't read Fern Michaels, Debbie Macomber, Catherine Coulter, Catherine Anderson, Danielle Steele, Karen Robards and I probably won't read any of them.  I'm sure there are a lot more that I cannot remember.  Cassie Edwards I know nothing about.  I hadn't even heard of her until recently.

Also, I loved Victoria Holt at one time, but she seems to have lost her popularity. 

I tried one Jo Beverley and wasn't impressed so I haven't tried to read another yet. 




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Date Posted: 2/10/2008 6:41 PM ET
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there are several and i really don't know why i don't but they are alot of the ones already mentioned...

Fern Michaels, Cassie Edwards, Diana Palmer, Danielle Steel, LaVyrle Spencer

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 6:56 PM ET
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Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, Fern Michaels, LaVyrle Spencer.... just never felt any inclination to read them.


Date Posted: 2/10/2008 7:52 PM ET
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For those paranormal romance fans, here are some of the big names that I have never read, and probably never will:

Meljean Brooks, Katie Macalister (sp?), Erin McCarthy, Susan Squires. 

For some reason, I have just never been able to get that interested in their books.  I was actually burned several times by Katie with books that sounded very good from the blurb on the back, but I couldn't get through the first 2 chapters.  Guess she's just not my type :)

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:43 PM ET
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I'm not a big paranormal fan but I loved the non-paranormals of Erin McCarthy's that I've read: Mouth to Mouth, Pregnancy Test and You Don't Know Jack.

I can't get into Sherrilyn Kenyon, Mary Janice Davidson, Nina Bangs and a couple other paranormals writers. 

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 9:01 PM ET
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I know I've at least heard of these authors but could not get into sandra brown, fernmichaels, and spencer at the time though I might try them again now that I'm older and read a story for more than just the sex scenes(well ok sometimes I do....)

I burned out big time on danielle steel and dont' care if I never read another book of hers again. I got so sick and tired of the book dragging on then halfway through it covers 50 years when the first half only covered 2 weeks or so. I gave her another c hange with 'the ranch' til I hated hated hated the ending for one of the women(at least!) and I dont' even bother to read the back cover any more on her stuff. The only ones I liked at all(and that's despite all the friggin' tragedy in them!) were 'thurston house', 'family album', 'the ranch', and though I hated the story parts of 'kaleidoscope' I think it is haunts me still from the subject matter.

Nora Roberts I pretty much liked all her stuf I read but I have definite favortes of hers and the others are 'ok' but when she went too far and got into all that suspense/withcraft I got a bit tired of hers. the first of hers I ever read was 'Montana' and couldn't put the book down. my next favorite is the 'born in' trilogy. I also liked the 'key' trilogy which is surprising! also the o'hurleys, stars of mithra trilogy, and a lot of the later silhouette type reads.

I have never read JR Ward or Diana somebody who wrote that popular series. I finally read a Maryjanice davidson book a month or two ago and I'd been hearing about her all over the place..

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 10:07 PM ET
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Jennifer Cruise, Stephanie Laurens, or anyone who writes midevil, highlander ,regency, or paranormal romances-they aren't my cup of tea.

I love LaVyrle Spencer, "Years", "Morning Glory", "The Fullfillment", "The Endearment" and "Small Town Girl" are all on my keeper list.

James Patterson, i just cannot get into. Nora Roberts is hit and miss with me, i like alot of her older stuff better. Danielle Steel's books are too simular.

Oh and Janet Evanovich(sp?) i keep hearing her Stephanie Plum series come up but have no desire to read them.Diana Galbaldan or whatever her last name is........the Outlander author, for some reason that type of storyline doesn't appeal to me.

I'm also not even slightly interested in the hugely popular Harry Potter series, i don't get all the hype?

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Date Posted: 2/10/2008 10:43 PM ET
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I have never read a Nora Roberts  book.  It is strange, because there are at least 2 or 3 out on the shelf every time I go to Wal Mart.  I do have some Cassie  Edwards, that I got here.  Have not read them yet.  I don't know if I want to after   she was accused  of copying someone elses books.


Check out my shelf.  I am offering 6 for 1

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Date Posted: 2/10/2008 10:47 PM ET
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that's how I am Donna..I don't wanna read Edwards or Janet Dailey after all that stuff...and I used to like janet dailey's stuff and some of her recent ones sound good..just can't shake that feeling though.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 1:18 AM ET
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Let me preface by saying that I tried to read these authors, but never seemed to get into the storylines.  Just not my cuppa...

Catherine Coulter, Cassie Edwards, JD Robb, Janet Evanovich, Danielle Steel, Johanna Lindsey, Beatrice Small, and the list could go on and on.



Date Posted: 2/11/2008 1:22 AM ET
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I couldn't get into Bertrice Small either. I won a lrg book lot of her books on Ebay a couple years ago.  I read a couple and didn't like them.  She seamed fond of seperating the hero/heroine for most of the book which is something I don't like. And it seems like in every book either the hero or the heroine is held as a sex slave by a 3rd party at some point. And not in a good fun way.  

As far as I'm concerned if you've read on Cassie Edwards book, you've read them all. 

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 5:03 AM ET
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I've never read Danielle Steel, Fern Micheals, LaVyrle Spencer, Jodi Piccoult, Suzanne Brockmann or Cassie Edwards.

I have a Debbie Macomber in my TBR pile.

I haven't read Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown or Catherine Coulter since the early '90s.  Although I loved Honest Illusions, I just couldn't get into any of Roberts' other books, even as J.D. Robb.  She's okay, but it blows me away that she's such a huge hit.

I haven't read Sandra Brown since the Texas! series, and Catherine Coulter since The Hellion Bride.  Guess I found out that there was too much other good stuff out there! :)

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 8:28 AM ET
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Nora Roberts, Woodiwiss, Steele, Cassie Edwards, Lindsey.


Reading a Bertrice Small now and absolutely HATE it.  (Never said that about a book before and will probably never read another of hers.)

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Date Posted: 2/11/2008 1:18 PM ET
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I couldn't read Bertrice Small either - which was so sad, since some nice person here sent me a big old boxload of her!  I am really kind of a stickler for the one-on-one storyline. (I almost wrote one man/one woman storyline, but I do like Brockmann. ;-) )

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 7:06 PM ET
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I AVOID the popular authors with a passion.  I can't read them as they all seem the same.  It's sort of like the "book of the month clubs" that are so popular right now.  They hit on an author and it seems like they flood the market with that author's books (past and present works).

I keep trying to convience the library staff here to get rid of the Cassie Edwards novels we have because of the plagerism scandal and they just keep telling me that this will turn into a lesson about plagerism. 


On a side note...With Bertrice Small novels... you must be extremely careful with alot of her books, as most are part of series and it helps to read them in order.  However  her two really popular books right now is her fantasy series and her contemporary romance series that she's decided to start writing at the urging of her publisher.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 8:11 PM ET
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I've never read Cassie Edwards or Janet Dailey, and have even less interest (if that's humanly possible) in doing so now than I did before.  As far as Cassie Edwards is concerned, I can't figure out how she got to be a bestselling author, when nobody seems to read her books.  Everyone I talk to makes a face and shakes their heads if you even mention her name.  Only thing I can think of is there must be a lot of closet Cassie Edwards fans out there:P

Janet Dailey, I was really more appalled at.  Even though I didn't read her, I think everyone who reads romance at least knows who she is and can probably even name a book or two.  I think she was certainly a more highly regarded and respected author than Cassie Edwards.  It seemed that way to me anyway; I can't remember ever seeing a Cassie Edwards book and not rolling my eyes.  And I really respect the way Nora Roberts handled herself throughout that entire mess.  She was very articulate, professional and direct, and I think she has a lot of class - even if I don't read her books.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 11:18 AM ET
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I've never read a Diana Giblraldon or whatever her name is.  I'm not really into the time travel. Plus when I was looking at them, it seemed like she was married in the present and goes back in time and falls for someone there. So the whole will she leave her husband and present time thing turns me off.   A 3-some in a book doesn't bother me but not a triangle when there is a marriage involved.  I don't want to read about the heroine cheating on her spouse even if they aren't happy together. I can watch Dr. Phil for that.