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Subject: Connected books
Date Posted: 3/9/2008 10:02 PM ET
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Any of you guys have any conntected books that you recommend? I am a big fan of books that share characters and that sort of thing. Thanks so much!

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 10:10 PM ET
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Try the School for Heiresses series.  Sabrina Jeffries has 4 novels out for it, the main character in the first one is a spinoff of her Royal Brotherhood trilogy, and there is an anthology with 4 short stories by her, Liz Carlyle (the main character in hers is part of the family in her new series), Julia London (character in hers is mentioned in her Desperate Debutante series), and Renee Bernard.

How's that for connected?  Lol

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 10:17 PM ET
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LOL amazing well I would say

 

 

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 10:40 PM ET
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Suzanne Brockmann has a Troubleshooters series that carry characters from book to book and a lot of these have 2-3 stories going on, flashing back to the past or something, along with the main one and the side and continuing romances (esp Sam and Alyssa - geez that went on forever seems like!)

Seems like there a lot that do this..I seem to always start in the middle! Susan Anderson has 3 related ones but they can be read separately so they don't overlap a lot-just an appearance or two...Head Over Heals, Getting Lucky, and Hot & Bothered - the guys are all friends from the army or marines.

Rachel Gibson has some that I've read the 1st one: sex lies and online dating..have the next 2 lined up so dont' know how much overlapping there is from the first book.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 12:15 AM ET
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If you like historicals, you cant beat Lisa Kleypas Wallflower series. "Secrets of a summer night" "It happened one autumn" "The devil in winter" and "scandal in spring" Some of her other books also relate to this series too.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 1:09 AM ET
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Robyn Carr's Virgin River series: Virgin River, Shelter Mountain and Whispering Rock are really good and the characters carry over from one book to the next.

Lucy Monroe has a historical trilogy : Touch Me, Tempt Me, and Take Me  and a contemporary trilogy Ready, Willing,  and Able both of which I enjoyed.

I also enjoyed Lori Foster's series about Visitation, NC: Say No To Joe?, The Secret Life of Bryan, When Bruce Met Cyn, Just A Hint Clint and Jamie.

If you like Nora Roberts she has several trilogies where most of the main characters are present in all 3 books.

Angie -
Date Posted: 3/10/2008 8:19 PM ET
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Lori Foster too (both contemporary).

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 8:38 PM ET
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips are the Chicago Stars books - starting with It Had to be You.

Julie Garwood has 4 books linked: The Lions Lady, Guardian Angel, The Gift & Castles.  She also has The Secret & Ransom.

Rachel Gibson's are about 4 writers - each writer in a different genre.  The friends pop in all the books so far.  Sex, Lies & On-line Dating, I'm in No mood for Love,  Tangled up in You & Not Another Bad Date (due May '08). 

Susanna - Susan Anderson just added a 4th book to her series, in addition to the ones you listed: Coming Undone - Jared & PJ's story.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 9:15 PM ET
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I like Nora Robert's Key series.  Key of Light, Key of Knowledge, Key of Valor.  It is a contemp paranormal.

If you like mystery/futuristic her In Death books are excellent but they need to be read in order-start with Naked in Death.  She writes them under J.D. Robb.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 6:26 AM ET
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Mary Balogh has the Slightly series- good historicals.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 8:46 AM ET
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Just to mention Lori Foster again.....if you have read her, disregard this. She is the Connected Queen. If you go to her website she has a map of all of the different books and their characters and how they are connected. It's very cool and she has a lot of different series.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 9:40 AM ET
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Nancy - I love those Julie Garwood ones.  They are some of my favorite books ever.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 11:23 AM ET
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Susan - I agree.  I usually like the contemporary romances, but I really like Julie Garwood .  My fav is Ransom, followed by The Gift.  I really liked the humor in The Gift.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 12:00 PM ET
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I love Julie Garwood. Some of her connected books also are For the Roses, the short stories One white Rose, One Pink Rose and One Red Rose. And Come the Spring are also connected with the same family. Her contemporary ones starting with Mercy I believe has the same last name as the family in For the Roses...perhaps descendents.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 2:14 PM ET
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more connections in Julie Garwood books. the family in her contemporarys are the decendents of the Bucannans in "Ransom". one of the Bucannans marries one of the decendants of the family in "for the roses". Her new book is a historical that ties in with "Ransom". the heroinne is the cousin of the heroinne in "Ransom".  Brodrick Bucannan makes a few apperances in the new book

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 2:25 PM ET
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thanks Nancy! I think I have that one in my TBR pile! I didn't know they were relatd though once I saw the names it'd probably ring a bell!

Lori foster is one of my favorites but boy oh boy do they overlap and trying to figure out the 'family tree' on her website is a challenge too!

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 7:33 PM ET
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Gena Showalter is another that has alot of connected books.  Dee Henderson has two series that has connected books.  And Christine Feehan has two series also.

Sherri

Date Posted: 3/12/2008 8:15 PM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions!