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Since beginning the Virgin River series (Robyn Carr) several months ago and reading all the books released so far, I've hunted down other series of small town life.
Here's my short list of authors with series about small town life:
1. Robyn Carr (Virgin River and Grace Valley series)
2. Debbie Macomber (Dakota, Cedar Cove, and Blossom Street series)
3. Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores series)
4. Susan Wiggs (Lakeshore Chronicles series)
I'm omitting Diana Palmer's Long, Tall Texans (life in Jacobsville) because it has become an 800-pound gorilla, with stories that take place all over the world but with some connection to Jacobsville. At least 100 of her books are related in some way to Jacobsville.
Now it's your turn to share. Pick a sub-genre, time period, theme and list 3 or more authors with similar styles, themes, etc. If the similarities are limited to a particular series, please mention those, too.
If you like 1.Lynsay Sands you might like
2. Kerrelyn Sparks
3.Kathy Love's Young Brothers
4. Erin McCarthy's Vegas Vamps
these are all cute funny vampire stories
5. G.A. Aiken/Shelly Laurenston (these are dragons and shapeshifters but a bit more sex and violence but still have the humor)
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If you like Catherine Anderson's historicals you might like:
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Karen - TY for reminding me about Conard County. I did enjoy those and still have the complete series. It's a baby gorilla with 21 stories so far. I'm not sure I'd group it with the authors I mentioned because, as I remember, there was more suspense/danger in the Conard County stories.
The authors/series I mentioned are more about emotional angst, without the "somebody's trying to kill the heroine" factor. They're a stroll in the park while Conard County is rock climbing.
I've thought of another group... Mercenary groups / Military saving the world:
1. Cherry Adair (T-FLAC series)
2. Cindy Gerard (Bodyguards and Black Ops series)
3. Amy J. Fetzer (Dragon One series)
4. Alison Kent (Files of SG-5 series)
5. Diana Palmer (Soldiers of Fortune / Hutton & Company series)
6. Suzanne Brockmann (Tall, Dark and Dangers and Troubleshooters series)
7. Lora Leigh (Tempting SEALs and Elite Ops series - though this author has more erotic content than others)
8. Anne Stuart (Ice series - edgier and more intense than the others)
9. Beverly Barton (Protectors series - a baby gorilla with 30 stories)
10. Marliss Melton (Navy SEAL Team 12 series)
11. Dee Davis (Last Chance trilogy)
No doubt there are more authors/series that could be added to this group, but I haven't read them. *wink*
Thank you so much for the suggestions. I've been reading Lora Leigh (WOW) and have been trying to find more authors like her. I'm not sure if there are any like her (WOW again). If you can think of any more, I'd be eternaly grateful!
Barbara - Which Lora Leigh series are you reading?
For her Tempting SEALs/Elite Ops series, Cindy Gerard and Cherry Adair are probably the most similar, but not quite as much hot sex.
For her Breeds series, I'd say that most similar would be Shelly Laurenston's Magnus Pack and Pride series, but not. Leigh's Breeds are about mixed DNA while Laurenston's characters are shape-shifters, but the plot lines are similar.
For her Bound Hearts (the m/f/m menage club) and Men of August series, similar in depth and intensity would be Shayla Black's Wicked Ties, Decadent, and Delicious (which will be released 3/2), but there are several authors who've used the menage theme. I really like Annmarie McKenna's Blackmailed and Maya Banks Coulters' Woman. But again, these are both "romps" whereas Leigh's stories are more intense with much more psychological contemplation. Ellora's Cave has lots more - they even list menage as a featured theme you can use to search for books.
I agree with you - WOW! - Leigh is always an auto-buy and an auto-keep for me!
If you like Marsha Canham's books, you might like What a Scoundrel Wants by Carrie Lofty.
If you like Maggie Osborne's western/frontier historicals, you might like The Bequest by Candice Proctor, Maddie's Justice by Leslie Lafoy, Rafferty's Bride by Mary Burton, A Reason to Live by Maureen McKade, and Anything for Love by Connie Brockway.
If you liked The Windflower by Tom & Sharon Curtis (Laura London), you might like The Charm School by Susan Wiggs, The Wildest Shore by Lisa Cach, Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare, and The Perils of Pleasure by Jennifer Ashley.
If you liked Keeper of the Dream by Penelope Williamson, you might also like The Last Knight by Candice Proctor, My Beloved by Karen Ranney, Hidden Honor by Anne Stuart, Through a Dark Mist, In the Shadow of Midnight, and The Last Arrow by Marsha Canham, and For My Ladys Heart by Laura Kinsale.
If you liked Once a Knight and A Knight to Remember by Christina Dodd, you might also like Dark Champion and Lord of My Heart by Jo Beverley, The Rose Red Bride, The Beauty Bride, The Snow White Bride, and My Lady's Desire by Claire Delacroix.
And... that's all I can think of right now.