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Subject: Help....need to request some books - need new authors
Date Posted: 9/23/2009 9:47 PM ET
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Ok - so I have some credits to spend, but I don't know what to request.  I will request a mixture of romance and mystery.  So for romance author's who would you recommend?  Below I have listed the author's I have read and liked.  *= read most of books by that author.  I discoverd, I sort of like the Higland stories.  I have a couple of light paranormal romance books I want to read, so I am sure I would request any until I figure out if I like the genre.  Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

* = I have read most of the author's books

Cherry Adair *
Hannah Howell
Lynsay Sands - (Devil of Highlands)
Catherin Anderson*
Linda Lael Miller*
Diana Palmer*
Suzanne Brockmann**  (whole troubleshooter series and some of the dark and dangerous series)
Linda Howard*  (I liked drop dead gorgeous, to die for, all the queens men, next to die and open season the best)
Kate Angell *
Cindy Gerard*
Barbara Freethy (Silent Run and Silent ?? forgot the name)
Jennifer Cruise*

Jennifer Cruise/Bob Mayer*
Elizabeth Lowell
Rachel Gibson
Susan Andersen
Joan Johnston

Lori Foster - No interest



Date Posted: 9/23/2009 10:01 PM ET
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Have you read the Karen Marie Moning Highlander books?  If you like some spice to your books (read: sex) then these will cover that, plus the Highlander thing, as well as light paranormal.  I love these books- I wish she would do more of them! They are: Spell of the Highlander, The Immortal Highlander, The Dark Highlander, Kiss of the Highlander, The Highlander's Touch, To Tame a Highland Warrior, and Beyond the Highland Mist.  I'd recommend trying the first one and then see if you like it.  I couldn't get them fast enough myself, once I started reading them.

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 10:08 PM ET
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Try going to All About Romance and looking at the If you like. . . topic you can look at different authors and see authors that might appeal to you or you can look by genre/setting.  Here is the link: Link

If you like Higlander books you can try Karen Marie Morning's Highlander books.  The first two in the series aren't that great but the rest are good.

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 10:14 PM ET
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Just go full throttle and get the Outlander series!  It has just about genre in it and it's by far (imo) the most awesome series around !!!


Karen White is an author I'm really liking.  I started with her House on Tradd Street (the newest) and am getting them all now....I highly recommend her.

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Date Posted: 9/23/2009 10:33 PM ET
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If you're looking for some good romantic suspense, try Shannon McKenna.  I recently tried out a book of hers and it was really good!  Now I have like 3 more on my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 6:45 AM ET
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I was told that if I like Susan Donovan, I might like Susan Andersen and Rachel Gibson.  I"m guessing it might work the other way around, so you might want to try Donovan.

I'll almost-second Karen's recommendation for Karen White.  I haven't read any of her books yet, but I've heard really good things about her and have some on my RL.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 8:54 AM ET
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I second the Outlander recommendation!

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 9:58 AM ET
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Thanks for the response.  Outlander - do you need to read in order?  I have the third book.

Also I picked up some Karen Marie Moning at a FOL sale but sent them to my sister....hmm she may have to send them back.

I am off to check the others that were recommended.  I need to use up some credits.  Thanks

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 3:29 PM ET
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Yes, Jubead, Outlander books must be read in order!!!! Try the first one as people seem to either love them or go, *huh*?  I'm in the love 'em and ate 'em-up-with-a-spoon camp. The books are long, meaty, with loads of detail, and should be categorized as Historical Fiction, though there are enough romantic & paranormal elements to satisfy those of us who like those things :)

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 4:49 PM ET
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Have you tried the Stephanie Plum series?  They are about the only mysteries that I really like.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 7:08 PM ET
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Thanks Leslie.  I will get my hands on the first one and see how it goes.  Maybe I will pull the third off my signature until I know if Ilike it or not :)

Wendy - yes I read all of the plum books except for 14 & 15.  I had to take a break from the books....they were starting to disappoint. 

I appreciate the comments - it helping me figure out what to order.  thanks

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 7:08 PM ET
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I would second Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich for humor--they are hilarious--but keep in mind those are not romance novels. The ending in those is solving the mystery, and there are 15+ books in the series with her still undecided between Joe and Ranger. This is very frustrating for some people (me included, though I still read them).

I imagine the only way to end that series and satisfy the fans is to have Stephanie pick one but leave it a cliffhanger so we never find out who.

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 10:01 PM ET
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Katie MacAlister is really good, she has a British style of humor.  Men in Kilts is good.
Mystery authors:  Marian Babson, M.C. Beaton, Emily Brightwell, Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 11:28 PM ET
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I second Susan Donovan, her books are always fun reads, you might also go for Christie Craig or Kristin Higgans. KH's date scenes are always such a riot. Any woman that has been on a bad date can identify with her heroines. I have laughed at her books until I had tears in my eyes.

Subject: re Suz Brockmann
Date Posted: 10/1/2009 4:03 PM ET
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This is coming from one who was once a die-hard Brockmann fan. 


Started with her "The Admiral's Bride".  Romantic Times back in the day gave it a 5 star so even though I don't DO contemporary or category, I gave her a shot.   Very glad I did.  Tight plot, h/h's you care about-and she writes very believeable "guy"(almost as good as LaNora).   I loved her Team10 series.  Also loved the early Troubleshooters series-say-pre-2003.


After that, about the same time as the move to hardback by her publisher, her writing changed.  If you have the early TS's or Team10's, I'd definitely recommend them.  After that, it's harder for me to say "give them a go"-especially for a first-timer.


Ok-that was my first post!

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 11:10 AM ET
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Authors I really like:  Jill Shalvis (witty humor--she is an auto-buy for me),Jane Graves (she hasn't had anything new in year, but I think she has 5 or 6 books out and all are good), Christie Craig, Deirdre Martin (hockey), and a few more, but I don't want to overload you with my likes. :) If you look at my goodreads profile, you will see I have far too many books on my lists for my own good.

For mystery/romance (tame on the sex), I like the Calamity Jayne series by Kathleen Bacus (6 books--the romance doesn't complete until the last book) and the Mudbug series by Jana Deleon (the second one just came out this week). 

I looked at your goodreads list and it seems you were so-so on Lora Leigh's SEALs series...if you are interested in something similar, you could try Gennita Low...I think I liked her books more than Leigh's. 

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 9:50 PM ET
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Wow - I haven't  visited for a few days and there are so many ideas.

First - I did it - I went to B&N today and purchased the first Outlander book, The Immortl Highlander (Moning), Feel the Heat (Gerard - couldn't wait I was up there on the WL) and Hot for the Holiday's (Leigh/Knight, Bast and James).  

Thanks for the Brockmann recommendation - but I love her books and have them ALL as keepers,

Stephanie Plum - Love the books, but taking a break - I have to get through 14 & 15.

I will check out Marian Babson, M.C. Beaton and Katie MacAlister.  I want to say I read one of Katie M books, but I can't remember it might have been Erin M.  and Susan Donovan

Laura - I have the list - I am checking them all out.  This is exciting!!

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 8:18 AM ET
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um, robin.  **tapping foot** ... you bought the Outlander book?   Bought it?   and the Moning book?   arghhhh!  Have i taught ye nothing, lass? 

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 10:53 AM ET
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Sorry Ma'am:  It was verra hard not to buy books yesterday.  I have to work so no FOL sale this weekend Smileys

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 6:39 PM ET
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Some of these may have already been mentioned...I'll admit that I didn't read through everyone's posts...I don't need my reminder list to grow even more!

I was told that if I like Susan Donovan, I might like Susan Andersen and Rachel Gibson.

I have to agree with Christa on this. You might also like Susan Mallery =.

Others to try:

Lynsay Sands- Argeneau Vampire series (absolutely wonderful!)

Kathy Love (Getting What You Want, Wanting What You Get, Wanting Something More , Fangs for the Memories (The Young Brothers, Bk 1), Fangs But No Fangs (Young Brothers, Bk 2),  I Only Have Fangs for You (The Young Brothers, Bk 3), My Sister is a Werewolf (The Young Brothers, Bk 4))

Julie Garwood has some Highlander books (historical) that are good.

I forgot to add Catherine Mann who has some really good suspense.

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Date Posted: 10/3/2009 8:53 PM ET
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Thanks Eileen -

Since I have one of the books I just purchased at B&N - it is going back tomorrow so I can replace it with some of the recommendations.

I have read Catherine Mann - I do like her books.

Now to decide as a the replacement book :) 

Thanks everyone so much - this is just wonderful

Date Posted: 10/5/2009 7:32 PM ET
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I highly recommend Penelope Williamson--esp. The Outsider & Keeper of the Dream!

Subject: Author Recommendation
Date Posted: 10/12/2009 12:07 PM ET
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Loucinda McGary is an excellent Romantic Suspense writer:



hunky alpha Irish heroes with American smarty pants heroines.

Wild Sight is set in Ireland and includes a little helping of paranormal. Publisher's Weekly gave it a starred review.

The Treasures of Venice is a wonderful action-mystery with hot developments. Romantic Times gave it 4 stars.

Give Loucinda McGary a try!