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Subject: Favorite romance authors
Date Posted: 10/8/2010 11:25 AM ET
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I visit http://www.fictiondb.com/ often to look up books by certain authors.  One of their features is their "Most popular authors".  Their list for Romance is:

Nora Roberts
Diana Palmer
Linda Howard
Sandra Brown
Penny Jordan
Carole Mortimer
Iris Johansen
Debbie Macomber
Susan Mallery
Anne Mather

I have read all the authors except for Carole Mortimer, Anne Mather and Penny Jordan.  I have always thought that Nora Roberts was the most prolific author out there, but Penny Jordan has written more romances than Roberts.  Counting Roberts writing as JD Robb, she's still the most prolific author I have found, though.

Anyway, what about the three authors I haven't read.  Are they worth reading?  My library only has 3 Anne Mather books and zero Penny Jordan books, so I'm wondering if they are worth reading.  I would have to get their books here, so that's a consideration.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 11:28 AM ET
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Wow. I'd consider myself a pretty dedicated romance novel reader and I haven't read anything by six of those authors. Of the four I have read I flat out don't like Debbie Macomber or Sandra Brown and the only one I read with any regularlty is Nora Roberts. I wonder why those authors are the top 10.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 11:45 AM ET
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The only one I haven't read is Susan Mallery, but Sandra Brown and Linda Howard are what I would consider favs...the rest...really???

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 1:29 PM ET
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Funny, not one of these is on my favorites list.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 1:30 PM ET
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Nora Roberts - I've never managed to actually finish one of hers. 
Diana Palmer - a fave!
Linda Howard - another fave author
Sandra Brown - I've read a few of hers I liked.  Can't consider her as "most popular" though
Penny Jordan - I haven't read her since the 90s!
Carole Mortimer - please!  is she still even writing?
Iris Johansen - never cared for her
Debbie Macomber - I've only read 1 book of hers I actually liked.
Susan Mallery - never read her.  How can she be "most popular" over someone like Lisa Kleypas or Mary Balogh???
Anne Mather - I can't even remember the last time I read a book by her.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 4:55 PM ET
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Agree with Pamela. 

 

I "like" most Nora;  I loved early Linda Howard but the rest do not do a thing for me.

 

Jan



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Date Posted: 10/8/2010 5:36 PM ET
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"Susan Mallery - never read her.  How can she be "most popular" over someone like Lisa Kleypas or Mary Balogh???"

I agree. I'm wondering if this list is just extremely outdated or something. Those all sound like authors who were more popular when I was a kid and remember my grandma and aunts reading romance novels.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 6:42 PM ET
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Nora Roberts - I've read several, but mostly I think they are just so-so, especially lately
Diana Palmer - Read one, didn't like it
Linda Howard - Read several, used to like her a lot
Sandra Brown - read several, used to like her
Penny Jordan - never heard of her
Carole Mortimer - read half of one book, never will I subject myself to that tripe again
Iris Johansen - never tried her
Debbie Macomber - never tried her, her books don't even sound appealing to me
Susan Mallery - never tried her
Anne Mather - never heard of her

Basically I don't currently read any of these authors. Definitely this list seems outdated; some of these authors are really writing romance any more are they? Doesn't Macomber write women's fiction (I can't be sure, since I've never read her.) No Kleypas, really? She is who popped into my mind when I read the title of this thread.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 8:49 PM ET
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Nora Roberts--used to read her before she went mainstream
Diana Palmer--my guilty pleasure author, I own nearly everything of hers
Linda Howard--used to read her before she went mainstream
Sandra Brown--I like her earlier stuff but haven't read one of hers in years
Penny Jordan--another guilty pleasure, love those Harlequin Presents
Carole Mortimer--another guilty pleasure, love those Harlequin Presents
Iris Johansen--used to read her before she went mainstream
Debbie Macomber--used to read her before she went mainstream
Susan Mallery--like her earlier stuff and some of her recent stuff
Anne Mather--another guilty pleasure, love those Harlequin Presents

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 9:45 PM ET
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The only ones I've read more than one book by is Susan Mallery and Nora Roberts.  I"ve read one or two by Linda Howard, but that's it.  I've heard of Diana Palmer, Sandra Brown and Debbie Macomber, but not the rest.  Susan Mallery is one of my favorite authors.  Maybe those of you who haven't read her aren't much into contemporaries?  I really like her. She's also very nice- I've chatted with her on Goodreads.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 10:40 PM ET
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I have never read any of them. 

Date Posted: 10/9/2010 10:31 AM ET
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Nora Roberts--I might borrow them from the library, but wouldn't bother buying them                                                              

Diana Palmer--used to read but I am so over her now
Linda Howard--loved and collected all her earlier books, but lately not so much-too much violence
Sandra Brown--dont' like at all
Penny Jordan--not one of the Harlequin Presents authors I like
Carole Mortimer--horrible writer, in my opinion
Iris Johansen--don't like at all
Debbie Macomber--used to read her, but she lost me with all those house number books!   

Susan Mallery--who?  
Anne Mather--not one of the Harlequin Presents authors I like

It's a shame if people who don't know anything about romance pick up these authors and think they are are the best, or typical of the genre. There are so many more original and exciting new authors out there.



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Date Posted: 10/9/2010 1:19 PM ET
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True, Sandra Brown doesn't even write romance anymore. She writes suspense with a few romantic elements in it. I am like a few of the others. Linda Howard used to be a fav, but I don't really buy her new anymore. SB I do, when it comes out in PB. The rest I read years ago, but don't actively read now and they were never my favs. Even Nora Roberts, I am only reading the Wedding Planner series, but I don't think them as favs and intend to get rid of them as a group.

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 6:44 AM ET
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I'm wondering if this list is just extremely outdated or something. Those all sound like authors who were more popular when I was a kid and remember my grandma and aunts reading romance novels.

I was thinking that, too! Not a single newer author!

I liked Iris Johansen's books before she went to murder mysteries or whatever it was.....her old Loveswept Sedikhan catergories I read in the 80's or 90's. I thought she had a medieval trilogy that I liked, but don't see it on her list, so I must be thinking of another author.

Oh wait I found them, I think, Midnight Warrior 94, Dark Rider 95, Lion's Bride 96, Beloved Scoundrel 94, Magnificent Rogue 93....those were all full length historicals that I've read and enjoyed. Then she changed and I stopped reading her.



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Date Posted: 10/11/2010 9:36 AM ET
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"I liked Iris Johansen's books before she went to murder mysteries or whatever it was"

 

I read a couple of her murder mysteries as a kid and was extremely off put by the hero screwing other women halfway through the book. As a result I've never wanted to try her romance novels - though other than that I liked her writing.

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 11:32 AM ET
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I have alot of Johansen, but when she started with the Eve Duncan stories, after the first few I just couldn't read anymore.

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 1:11 PM ET
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I haven't read all of Nora Roberts' books, but I do have some favorites--she does some kinds of books really really well.  I know more of her recent stuff is more paranormal, but I prefer her straight contemporaries, especially the family-centric ones.  Her Irish Born/Born In trilogy is excellent; I also love her Chesapeake Bay stories, the Mackades, O'Hurleys, Stanislaskis, Calhouns, etc...

I've read some Diana Palmer, and a couple were really good, but mostly I've stopped reading them because they feel very formulaic to me, not in a good way.

I do love Debbie Macomber's stories, but her style may not have universal appeal--I find them comforting :)

Penny Jordan, Carole Mortimer, and Anne Mather have collectively written a TON of books for Harlequin Presents.  I'm not as familiar with any of their other writing.

And the others are quite prolific in their own right, but Howard, Brown, and Johansen have tended towards suspense lately, which I don't enjoy reading as much...

I'm assuming by popular, they don't always mean most loved but certainly this group sells a ton of books; I also see them all the time at the FoL stores, so they also get resold a lot :)