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Subject: Books like Sookie Stackhouse
Date Posted: 1/4/2009 11:36 PM ET
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For Christmas my husband bought me the Sookie series boxset.  Imagine my surprise when I realized it's missing one book and another is coming later this year.  Ughh!  I purposefully avoid reading series until they are complete - I DON'T like cliffhangers and so it's killing me that I don't know who Sookie ends up with - and it better be Eric HA!

So, I loved the novels.  In fact, read all 7 since Christmas.  However, I'm looking for something similar - but with a bit more closure.  I guess I like the humor, the paranormal, the world, a bit of mystery (although not too much, I hate Linda Howard), and the romance.  I like the options in romance, but I'd like it to end up with Mr Right in the end.

Do you have any recommendations?  I've never really read anything like these novels, so any recommendations are welcome.  They don't have to be a series, but if it is - I'd really like it to be a no cliff hanger, easy to identify the hero kinda series.

 

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 3:06 AM ET
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well I'm new to paranormal and tend to like light/funny and lots of romance but I've read some of t hese, have some in tbr, and have seen them mentioned on the different forums. I have sookie in tbr so not sure 'bout them...hopefully someone  here or on the paranormal forum can comment...

Patricia Briggs has a couple of new series and Moon Called is the 1st book(I think) in the Mercy Thompson. I haven't read this yet but I think there's a couple of romantic interests. Cry Wolf is the first in another series but you really need the short story in On the Prowl before reading this one I think because Cry Wolf picks up the next day seems like(read the short story but not the 1st book yet) but I think I'll read Moon Called first since the storyline sounds pretty neat. these aren't marketed as romance but as fantasy or paranormal I think.

Kathy Love writes some funny vampire romances (young brothers) - fangs for the memories, fangs but no fangs, i only have fangs for you, my sister is a werewolf. there are 2 newer ones in a series but they weren't as funny IMO. the young brothers(and sister) is mostly light though some have more darkness in them than others but expect romance/HEA

Jim Butcher has a series, the Dresden Files, not romance but I read the first book, Storm Front, and just like the character. It had a lot of magic in it(he's a wizard) and was pretty entertaining.

Kerrelyn Sparks - light/funny vampire romances. 3rd one got a bit intense near the end(I"m a wimp ok?!) but mostly light and funny. I enjoyed all five of these and plan to keep reading this series.

shape-shifters - Shelly Laurenston has some funny ones but they're erotic romance or borderline. I've read 'the mane event' and 'when he was bad'.the mane event is the first in a series and has mostly wolf and lion shifters. her dragon books under G.A. Aiken were recommended to me and I've read Dragon  Actually and just started About a  Dragon. Dragon Actually was a combo of funny but sex/fantasy mixed together.

MaryJanice Davidson has a Queen Betsy series that's like chick-lit. I've read the first and just wasn't ready for that type of humor at the time though I'd probably enjoy it more now

from what I've heard about sookie not sure any of these will come close to the same humor and most don't have a  mystery as the main theme either..Jim Butcher solves cases - wizard for hire - I think is his business.

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 8:29 AM ET
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I can't think of anything similar that's paranormal because these about the only paranormals I've read. .  At least that have that quirkiness to them.  They are very different from the TV show.  Have you tried her other series?  The Harper Connelly series is a little paranormal-she sort of talks to dead people.  I'm still on the 1st one so I can't say how pararnormal it gets. But I love the Lily Bard series-all the book have Shakespeare in the title and her Aurora Teagarden series. They both have that little bit of quirkiness to them. 

I don't usually read paranormals so sorry I can't be more help.  I just wanted to say how good her other series are.

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 8:59 AM ET
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I would suggest the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn. Similar paranormal set up (except Kitty is a werewolf) and similar light hearted quirkiness although there is some action and violence. Actually Kitty starts out the books as pretty annoying but grows through each novel. The series is ongoing but there is great love interests/romance. The next book comes out in February too!
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 9:27 AM ET
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Mind if I issue a shameless plug here? I write the Savannah Vampires series for Ballantine under the name Raven Hart. They're like the Sookie novels in that they're southern and have a lot of humor. They're not romances per se, but there's romance in there. I do warn you, though, that they do have cliffhangers. The main love story is an arc that goes through the entire series. I GUARANTEE a happy ending at the end of the series, but there's a pretty bumpy ride before you get there. :-)

THe series stars two sexy southern vamps. One is a traditional European type masquerading as a southern aristocrat on the Savannah social scene. The other, Jack McShane, is a working-class, NASCAR-loving, womanizing good old boy with a black "3" decal on his coffin. Both are devastatingly attractive of course. They are good guys who protect other good guys from the evil vampires.

The books (in order) are: The Vampire's Seduction, The VAmpire's Secret, The Vampire's Kiss, The VAmprie's Betrayal, and the upcoming The Vampire's Revenge. "Revenge" is out Jan. 27 and just got a four-and-a-half-star review from Romantic Times.

End of commercial announcement. :-)

I really like the "Vampire Huntress" series from L.A. Banks. That series is complete now, so you can read it all and have the happy ending you don't have to wait for. It's a great story, very hip and urban, a terrific star-crossed love story, great lore and mythology and wonderful writing. Plus, Leslie is the nicest lady you could ever meet in your life.

Susan

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 9:44 AM ET
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Wow, Susan, how cool is that!!!! Congrats on your success, that is so awesome!!! I will be checking my TBR for your books, and adding them to my lists!

Anne

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 12:42 PM ET
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wow a nascar vamp? so much for my not adding to mt tbr...sigh...

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 3:14 PM ET
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these are all great suggestions and I am checking them out now.  Susan, I'll definitely read up on your series and check it out....if I know there's a cliff hanger, I think I can handle it a bit better than just whammy - there it is now deal with it :)

 

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 6:52 PM ET
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I know many were sayiing that Karen Mare Moning's 'fever' books were all cliffhangers..haven't read them myself but I remember a few posting they were pretty ticked off they were left  hanging...

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 9:03 PM ET
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Oh Susanna that's great to know.  I have the first Fever book on audio to listen to and was thinking of doing it soon.  I'll make sure I'm in the mood for a cliff hanger (which isn't likely to happen...so I'll make sure I have the 2nd book ready before I start the first!).

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 9:48 PM ET
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Just a word about the Sookie series - the last book, From Dead to Worse, is terrific.  I bought the hardback and preordered the next one.  Can't help it, the best series of books I have read in years.

Subject: funny light paranormal romance
Date Posted: 1/11/2009 8:23 AM ET
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PC Cast-Goddess of Spring

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Subject: funny light paranormal romance
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PC Cast-Goddess of Spring

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Subject: funny light paranormal romance
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Subject: funny light paranormal romance
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Subject: funny light paranormal romance
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Subject: funny light paranormal romance
Date Posted: 1/11/2009 8:32 AM ET
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Sorry my computer was possessed.  Writers I find humor and paranormal interesting twists....

PC Cast -though some of her heroenes become valley girl

Lynsay Sands-Vampire series

Dakota Cassidy- new writer

Kerrelyn Sparks

Annette Blair-witch sisters very funny

Michele Bardsley-

Date Posted: 1/11/2009 9:31 AM ET
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You know I never had issues with double posts until I started using Firefox.  Now I have posts that don't show up at all and some that are duplicated.

Date Posted: 2/16/2009 10:11 PM ET
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Laurel Hamilton has a series abput a female vampire hunter who has romantic overtones - although I found the series a bit too S&M for my taste.

Also Kim Harrison has a series about a female witch with a vampire boyfriend.  I prefer that series to the Snookie Stackhouse books, althought I own both.   

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 8:46 AM ET
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Oh I can't wait for the next Sookie book-hurry up May!  I just listened to them all on audio to refresh my memory.  BUt now I'm having Sookie withdrawel. I've read most of the shorts at this point.

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 10:13 AM ET
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David,    Could you give us some titles for the Kim Harrison series, please.  If a series is better than the Sookie series, I've got to get them ordered.

Thanks.  Pamela

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 11:13 AM ET
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www.fantasticfiction.com is a great place to go to look up series orders. Just search for the author and they'll have all their books, in order, listed out for you.