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Subject: Need some book suggestions
Date Posted: 4/16/2015 8:31 PM ET
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OK, I have a friend who I introduced to things like UF, paranormal romance, and some of the funny romantic suspense/mystery books.

She likes:

Jana DeLeon - Mudbug and Miss Fortune series

JB Lynn - Hitwoman series

Loretta Chase - esp, Mr Wonderful and Lord Perfect

Molly Harper - Half Moon Hollow

Darynda Jones - Charlie Davidson (and she LOVES it!!!!)

Shelly Laurenston's - Pack and Pride books and her Dragonkin books written as GA Aiken

The Accidental Series by Dakota Cassidy

 

Now, I need some good contemporary, historical, paranormal suggestions for someone with those tastes.  Must have humor and a strong heroine, no fainting miss types.  She's a doctor and likes sharp dialogue and well written books.  Reads a lot of epic fantasy and non-fic.

I have more of the UF suggestions for her, but she's on a romance kick and is especially interested in a hero really having to work to win one.  She loved The Rook by Daniel O'Malley with it's clever dialogue and really well executed premise for UF.  She also likes the Iron Druid series.  So anyone who crosses over into UF with humor, you know the style I'm looking for.

Come on - I NEED HELP!

Date Posted: 4/16/2015 9:35 PM ET
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I like Eileen Wilks. Definitely on the romance end of the spectrum. But her females are older, smart and have jobs. No young virgins. 

 

Date Posted: 4/16/2015 11:00 PM ET
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Not read her Emily.  Is she funny or at least clever?

Date Posted: 4/16/2015 11:24 PM ET
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Not funny. More towards clever. She comes out of the pure romance tradition, writing her early books for one of the lines. But her women can stand up for themselves, not bimbos. 

For humor, Gail Carringer. Soulless. This sort of dry twist on manners. 

One that has received rave reviews (still on my TBR) is The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. 

Date Posted: 4/17/2015 12:08 AM ET
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Carriger I had her read already, but I'll check out Goblin Emperor.

Date Posted: 4/17/2015 4:03 AM ET
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i'm far more likely to be reading UF or para romance, but one historical romance author i particularly enjoy is Courtney Milan.  she's got strong smart heroines, and i think her writing is excellent.  i think i'd suggest the Brothers Sinster series the most, and book 1 is free for Kindle right now, and so probably in other ebook stores as well.  The Countess Conspiracy (bk 3) has a lovely scene where he's wooing her during a speech on heredity, just wonderful.

unfortunately, as a self-published author, the print copies are expensive - so she's much more affordable if the person uses an ereader, or can read in the app on their phone or tablet.

Date Posted: 4/17/2015 7:36 AM ET
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Funny contemporary romance means Susan Elizabeth Phillips, to me.  I read all her new books as soon as they come out and often "re-read" them in audio in my car during road trips. I find them laugh-out-loud funny.

Date Posted: 4/17/2015 5:13 PM ET
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips I know and will suggest.  Ellen - I passed that info along.  I have a few suggestions from GoodReads too, but not as many as I had hoped for.

Date Posted: 4/17/2015 7:31 PM ET
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I hear that Julie James has wonderful dialogue. But again, in the TBR mountain. Another on my TBR pile is Ruthie Knox. (Both Contempory romance.)

Date Posted: 4/18/2015 4:53 AM ET
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trying to come up with the funny and smart at the same time is what i'm having trouble with.  i like Lynsay Sands' slapstick historicals, but the main characters are often TSTL, like taking 3/4 of the book to realize someone is trying to kill them.

did you already suggest Seanan McGuire's InCryptid books?  UF, but with a good romance plotline, and i thought the first two were funny.

Date Posted: 4/18/2015 9:19 PM ET
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Yup, got her reading October Daye and InCrypted, Ellen.  And yeah, too many TSTL heroines all over the damn place.  I've passed on a bunch of the suggestions, still nothing from one group in GR, but Paranormal Romance came through.

Date Posted: 4/19/2015 5:00 AM ET
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ah, interesting.  took me a while to find the thread, but the one rec looked interesting.  i bought the same $.99 book you did, after reading the sample.  :)  figured i'd better hurry, since the price for Semi-Charmed: (an adult paranormal romance) goes up in 6 hours.

sorry i can't think of anything else to suggest.