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Subject: Favorite Authors - who do you like best - wondering what to start reading
Date Posted: 8/9/2009 7:07 PM ET
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Hello you Paranormal romance fans out there!

I am new to this genre (after reading the Stephanie Meyer Twilight series and some of the Sookie Stackhouse). I have been steadily picking up the various series by authors such as Sherrilyn Kenyon, Maggie Shayne, Christine Feehan, Lyndsey Sands, P.C. Cast, J. R Ward, Victoria Laurie, Michelle Bardsley...........to name a few. :)

I'm a bit anal in that I don't like to start a series until I have all books accumulated ready to read. Now I'm wondering out of these famous authors, who are YOUR favorites over others. Any that you like BETTER than those I've llsted? Any you would NOT recommend??

I need help deciding how to dig into my ever-growing TBR pile --- please help! :)


Date Posted: 8/9/2009 7:24 PM ET
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What are you looking for?  More action?  How dark?  How erotic?  HEA?  Funny?  Paranormal romance rather than urban fantasy?

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 7:35 PM ET
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What is the difference between paranormal romance and urban fantasy?? What is HEA? (sorry, just new to all the lingo). I do like erotic and action.........

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 7:58 PM ET
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Hi Marilyn,  Paranormal romance is usually one couple with a happy ending at the end of the book.  Other books in the series will feature a different couple in each book.  Urban Fantasy tends to be one character throught out the series and there is not always a happy ending.

If you would like to know my favorites now:

Jeaniene Frost - Night Huntress series   fabulous - I buy her new and I don't buy very many new books.

Night Huntress Series
1.    Halfway to the Grave by Frost, Jeaniene — 11/07 (PB) — FS, PN, VM
2.    One Foot In The Grave by Frost, Jeaniene — 05/08 (PB) — FS, PN, VM
3.    At Grave's End by Frost, Jeaniene — 12/08 (PB) — FS, PN, VM
4.    Destined For An Early Grave by Frost, Jeaniene — 07/09 (PB) — FS, PN, VM



Nalini Singh - Psy-Changeling series and the Guild Hunter series

Psy-Changeling Series
1.    Slave To Sensation by Singh, Nalini — 09/06 (PB) — CT, PN
1.5  Cannibal Princess, The by Singh, Nalini — 2007 (E) — CT, PN
    Free Short Story On Her Website
2.    Visions Of Heat by Singh, Nalini — 03/07 (PB) — CT, PN
3.    Caressed By Ice by Singh, Nalini — 09/07 (PB) — CT, PN
4.    Beat of Temptation by Singh, Nalini — 10/07 (TP) — CT, PN
    Anthology: An Enchanted Season - 2007
5.    Mine To Possess by Singh, Nalini — 02/08 (PB) — CT, PN
6.    Hostage to Pleasure by Singh, Nalini — 09/08 (PB) — CT, PN
7.    Stroke of Enticement by Singh, Nalini — 10/08 (TP) — CT, PN
    Anthology: The Magical Christmas Cat - 2008
7.5  Gift for Kit, A by Singh, Nalini — 2009 (E) — CT, PN
    Free Short Story on Her Website
8.    Branded By Fire by Singh, Nalini — 07/09 (PB) — CT, PN
9.    Blaze of Memory by Singh, Nalini — 11/09 (PB) — CT, PN


Guild Hunter Series
1.    Angels' Blood by Singh, Nalini — 03/09 (PB) — PN, VM

J. R Ward - Black Dagger Brotherhood

Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
1.    Dark Lover by Ward, J.R. — 09/05 (PB) — CT, PN, VM
2.    Lover Eternal by Ward, J.R. — 03/06 (PB) — CT, PN, VM
3.    Lover Awakened by Ward, J.R. — 09/06 (PB) — CT, PN, VM
4.    Lover Revealed by Ward, J.R. — 03/07 (PB) — CT, PN, VM
5.    Lover Unbound by Ward, J.R. — 09/07 (PB) — CT, PN, VM
6.    Lover Enshrined by Ward, J.R. — 06/08 (PB) — CT, PN, VM
7.    Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide, The by Ward, J.R. — 10/08 (TP) — CT, PN, VM




Lover Avenged by Ward, J.R. — 05/09 (HB) — CT, PN, VM



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Date Posted: 8/9/2009 9:31 PM ET
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For what its worth my top authors (ones I never manage to wait out the WL for) are:

Nalini Singh- Psy Changeling (Slave to Sensation is the first book) and Guild Hunter(Angel's Blood is the first book) series

Kelley Armstrong- Women of the Otherworld (Bitten  is the First Book)

Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson Series (Moon Called is the first book) and Alpha and Omega (starts with a story in the On the Prowl anthology)

Rachel Caine - Morganville Vampires (starts with Glass Houses)- these are YA and very well done IMO

Kim Harrison- Hollows Series (Dead Witch Walking is the first)

CL Wilson- novels of the Fae (start with Lord of the Fading Lands)

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 10:20 PM ET
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HEA is Happily Ever After.  It is used in the romance discussions as folks will want to know if it is a cliffhanger (ie Rachel Caine) or if it gets resolved at the end of the book.   Christine Feehan and Lynsay Sands are examples of HEA.  Patricia Briggs, Carrie Vaughn, and Charlaine Harris are not.

Urban fantasy generally has a lot less focus on romance and more focus on action.  Examples are Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden books and Rob Thurman's books about the two brothers.  There is overlap between the two catagories.  It is a grey line, is it more fantasy or more romance?

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 1:34 AM ET
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I too, have been anal about collecting all the books in a series before I start reading it but lately that's been biting me in the butt!  I recently listed three series that I just couldn't get through the first book!  So now I read the first couple before I hunt down all the rest.  (I spend too much on books. lol)  But the series that I've read all the books from and really enjoyed so far are:

J.R. Ward - Black Dagger Brotherhood

Kim Harrison - The Hollows

Karen Chance - Cassandra Palmer

Keri Arthur - Riley Jenson

Laurell Hamilton - Anita Baker

Rachel Cain - Weather Warden

Gena Showalter - Lords of the Underwold

Brenda Joyce - Masters of Time

Alyssa Day - Warriors of Posideon

Jeanienne Frost - Night Huntress

 Charlain Harris - Sookie Stackhouse

There are more but it's getting late and I'm tired. :)


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Date Posted: 8/10/2009 7:25 AM ET
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Another series I enjoy is Marjorie M. Liu's Dirk & Steele.  I'm reading the new one, The Fire King, right now.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 8:25 AM ET
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Marta Acosta- Casa Dracula Series (1st Book: Happy Hour At Casa Dracula)

Kresley Cole- Immortals After Dark (1st Book: A Hunger Like No Other)

J.R. Ward- Black Dagger Brotherhood (1st Book: Dark Lover)

Gena Showalter- Lords of The Underworld Series (1st Book: The Darkest Night)

Gena Showalter- Atlantis Series (1st Book: Heart of The Dragon)

Nalini Singh - Psy Changelings Series (1st Book: Slave To Sensation)

Virginia Kantra- Children of The Sea Series (1st Book: Prequel in "Shifter" anthology; 2nd book: Sea Witch)

Patricia Briggs- Mercy Thompson Series (1st Book: Moon Called)

Patricia Briggs- Alpha and Omego (1st Book: Prequel in "On The Prowl" anthology; 2nd book Alpha & Omega)

Jaime Rush- Offspring Series (1st Book: A Perfect Darkness)

Deidre Knight- Midnight Warriors Series (1st Book: Parallel Attraction)

Larrisa Ione- Demonica Series (1st Book: Pleasure Unbound)

Sherrilyn Kenyon- Dark Hunter Series (1st Book: Fantasy Lover)

Lora Leigh- Breeds Series (1st Book: Tempting The Beast)

The Immortals Series by Jennifer Ashley, Robin Popp, and Joy Nash http://www.immortals-series.com/books.html 

Karen Marie Moning- Fever Series (1st Book: Darkfever)

Rachel Caine- Weather Warden series (1st Book: ill wind)

Richelle Mead- Georgina Kincaid Series (1st Book: Succubus Blues)

Richelle Mead- Dark Swan Series (1st Book: Storm Born)

Jeanine Frost- Night Huntress series (1st Book: Halfway To The Grave)

Lara Adrian- Midnight Breed Series (1st Book: Kiss of Midnight)

Alexandra Ivy- Guardians of Eternity series (1st Book: When Darkness Comes)

Jacquelyn Frank- Nightwalker Series (1st Book: Jacob)

Sharie Kohler- Moon Chaser series (1st Book: Marked By Moonlight)

Alexis Morgan- Paladins of Darkness series (1st Book: Dark Protector)

Alexis Morgan- The Talions Series (1st Book: Dark Warrior Unleashed)

Alyssa Day- Warriors of Poseidon series (1st Book: Atlantis Rising)

Eve Silver- Compact of Sorcerers series (1st Book: Demon's Kiss)

P.C. Cast- Goddess Summoning series (1st Book: Goddess of The Sea)

Christine Warren- The Others series (1st Book: Wolf At The Door)

Rachel Vincent- Werecats series (1st Book: Stray)

Christina Dodd- Darkness Chosen series (1st Book: Scent of Darkness)

Christina Dodd- The Chosen Ones series (1st Book: Storm of Visions *MUST read Darkness Chosen series FIRST*)

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 8:29 AM ET
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Brotherhood Of The Blood Series by Kathryn Smith
Be Mine Tonight
Night Of The Huntress
Taken By The Night
Let The Night Begin
Night After Night

Night Slayer Series by Robin T. Popp
Out Of The Night
Seduced By The Night
Tempted In The Night
Lord Of The Night

Immortal Series by Jennifer Ashley, Joy Nash, Robin T. Popp
Immortals: The Calling (by Jennifer Ashley)
Immortals: The Darkening (by Robin T. Popp)
Immortals: The Awakening (by Joy Nash)
Immortals: The Gathering (by Jennifer Ashley)
Immortals: The Redeeming (by Jennifer Ashley)
Immortals: The Crossing (by Joy Nash)
Immortals: The Haunting (by Robin T. Popp)
Immortals: The Reckoning (by Jennifer Ashley, Joy Nash & Robin T. Popp)

Love At Stake Series by Kerrelyn Sparks
How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire
Vamps and The City
Be Still My Vampire Heart
The Undead Next Door
All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire
Secret Life Of A Vampire
Forbidden Nights With A Vampire

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 9:43 AM ET
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I am the EXACT same way in that I don't start a series until I have all the books. I'm fairly new to this genre myself, but I will wholeheartedly second the Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series and the Gena Showalter Atlantis series. If you like things on the lighter humor side (but still steamy!) I just finished the Aisling Grey, Guardian series by Katie Macalister, and it's a keeper for me. :-) Thanks for the post! I'm getting tons of new ideas for my own TBR (like I really need it).
Date Posted: 8/10/2009 1:58 PM ET
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This was by far the most dangerous thread I have ever opened, read... LOL.

I copied and made a list of series to look into myself.. Having a feeling after I add the ones I am interested in, I will topple my WL and fall into the RL. hehehe. Oh boy. =)

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 3:07 PM ET
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I agree -- thanks to all of you who have responded with great suggestions! My book addiction has just soared to a new level as I begin a frantic search into all the new authors and series that are listed here. My husband already says I have enough books in my TBR pile (which actually consists of shelves full, not just a pile) that if I became a total invalid tomorrow (god forbid!) and could do nothing else besides lay in a recliner and read books, I would have enough to last me a life time. (OK, so he just doesn't GET IT). LOL!

Seriously, I love this discussion and encourage many more people to add their opinions and thoughts.


Date Posted: 8/11/2009 9:35 AM ET
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As one of the other poster mentioned, collecting the whole series before reading any of the books can backfire on you (fortunately most paranormals and urban fiction move really fast on PBS). I also get just the first book or two of a series to read before committing. Some of my favorite paranormal authors are Feehan (Carpathian series), Karen Marie Moning (Highlanders series), and Jayne Castle (Ghost Hunters). Have fun!

Date Posted: 8/11/2009 2:24 PM ET
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Being super picky in the paranormal genre, and since you're a Twilight fan I chose series where romance factors heavily.... Gena Showalter "Lords of the Underworld" series, that starts with The Darkest Night, The Darkest Kiss and The Darkest Pleasure. This series is so, so good- trust me! :) Kresley Cole's "Immortals After Dark" series which starts with "A Hunger Like No Other" http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw_1_7?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=kresley+cole+immortals+after+dark+series&sprefix=kresley Nalini Singh is also terrific, I throw my hat over in that ring too. ;) I really enjoyed the first 2 J.R.Ward books, kinda liked the 3rd, and they lost me after that- but because so many people *love* them it's worth a shot. Plus the 2nd one is one of the best romances I've ever read.
Date Posted: 8/11/2009 5:22 PM ET
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Has anyone read the Drake Sister's Trilogy? I think it's by Feehan. I have several of the books. Just wanted to know what you thought! Should I read it or post it!  Thanks Sonja

PS I'm very new to paranormal!

Date Posted: 8/11/2009 5:43 PM ET
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The only other one I haven't seen mentioned is Mary Janice Davidson. Her Betsy the Vampire series as well as Fred the Mermaid series are good quick reads. Plus lots of humor. :)

Otherwise, I have a lot of these on my lists that I really like. Can't think of anything else in the moment to add to it...

Date Posted: 8/11/2009 6:37 PM ET
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Has anyone read the Drake Sister's Trilogy? I think it's by Feehan.

i do like the Drake Sisters series - but it's 7 books, not a trilogy.  :)  i haven't read the last one yet.    Feehan's Dark series, i read a few of and while they're ok, they're also all very similar so they got boring fast for me.

Date Posted: 8/11/2009 9:10 PM ET
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Yeah not a trilogy :) My mom loved the series- the last Drake sisters book just came out- and it's generally well-reviewed.