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Subject: "Can't Miss" historical Romance authors
Date Posted: 12/4/2007 10:38 PM ET
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Which authors of historical romance have impressed you with every single book you've read?

My list:  Liz Carlyle, Lisa Kleypas, Galen Foley, May Jo Putney

 

Anybody else-- who are your "can't miss" historical authors?

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 10:43 PM ET
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LaVyrle Spencer, Dorothy Garlock, Carolyn Davidson, Linda Lael Miller, and Jodi Thomas.

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 10:50 PM ET
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Hmmm haven't read a single one of those Tanya.  What types of historicals do they write?  Hopefully not american frontier or western (that's the only type of historical that doesn't interest me). 

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 12:35 AM ET
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I love Dorothy Garlock, Julia Quinn, Jillian Hunter and Kresley Cole.  I just started reading A Reckless Knight by Deborah McGillivary.  It's my first time reading her. So far I'm hooked. I can see I'll get little done tomorrow so I can finish this book.

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 1:14 AM ET
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I can't think of a single author that has never disappointed me. I'm pretty picky, I guess.  The authors with the highest percentage of hits to misses are Madeline Hunter, Loretta Chase, Mary Balogh, Jo Beverley, Laura Kinsale, Jo Goodman.

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 7:31 AM ET
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Most of whom I really like have already been mentioned, but I'll toss in Julia London, Julie Garwood, Julia Latham and Kinley McGregor.

And what is with the name "Julia" and historical romance writers?! 

 

ETA:  Karen Marie Moning and Amanda Quick.



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Date Posted: 12/5/2007 8:34 AM ET
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I can't save I've NEVER been disappointed but these are authors that I generally buy on name alone:

 

Stephanie Laurens, Amanda Quick, Julie Garwood (except for her Roses series), Liz Carlyle, Julia Quinn, Jane Feather, Jillian Hunter.

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 9:59 AM ET
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Yes Claudia, most of those authors i listed were of the american frontier or western genre.Which is one of my favorite genres,but we all have our favorites,so it's okay. Although Dorothy Garlock writes more from different decades and not always set in the west.

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 10:08 AM ET
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Most of Julie Garwood's historical are fantastic.

Sherri

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Date Posted: 12/5/2007 10:57 AM ET
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My list would be Julie Garwood, Julia Quinn, Jo Beverley... off the top of my head:)

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 4:18 PM ET
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Loretta Chase, Elizabeth Hoyt, Laura Kinsale, Julie Anne Long are my auto-buys

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 7:00 PM ET
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I love three of those authors, must try JAL! I have some of hers in my TBR mountain.

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Well I just read my first historical by Deborah Macgilivray called A Restless Knight.  It was really, really good. I couldn't put it down. The sequel to it is In Her Bed and right now the WL is pretty short.

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 1:20 AM ET
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Willa, To Love a Thief and The Secret to Seduction are my favs of JAL, but they are all worth a read.

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 8:39 AM ET
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I really like Suzanne Enoch's historicals and Eloisa James.

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 9:08 AM ET
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I've enjoyed most of the authors already listed, but I really love:  

 Catherine Anderson, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Diana Gabaldon, and Gaelen Foley. 

I also like cozy mystery authors like:  

 Laura Childs, Cleo Coyle, Lillian Jackson Braun and a load of others. 

I read for all the same reasons you all do.  With the authors writing and my own imagination I go on some pretty awesome trips.  Why would anyone need drugs?

Date Posted: 12/9/2007 7:50 PM ET
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I love Jude Deveraux 's old stuff (Velvet series etc).  Suzanne Barclay is another favorite. I think all my other favorites have been mentioned. Classic Georgette Heyer is good, more conversation and no sex, with her. If you ever find any of Elwyth Thane's Williamburg novels, those are good, DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT, YANKEE STRANGER, KISSING KIN, THIS WAS TOMORROW, etc. (No sex, great characters and plots).

I do love Amanda Quick and really like Jo Beverly.

For some reason lately I've been on a Medieval Romance kick.

Date Posted: 12/9/2007 11:29 PM ET
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Jo Beverley and Madeline Hunter do the *best* Medievals. I can't find anyone else I like nearly as much.

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 6:42 PM ET
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I love Hunter and Beverley's medievals, too, and Connie Brockway's earlier historicals are some of the best.  I have quite a few autobuys, including Loretta Chase, Kleypas, Juia Quinn, quite few more too - you're getting great recommendations here, will come down to personal taste for you once you try some of them.

  Newer authors now on my autobuy list - Elizabeth Hoyt and Jo Goodman (If His Kiss is Wicked my favorite 2007 read, and A Season to Be Sinful another top read that year- haven't read her backlist yet, but her recent releases having me looking for the next).

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 6:43 PM ET
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I  haven't read the MacGillivrays yet, in the TBR to get to very soon.  Keep hearing great things about them.  Anyone looking for her books, check out her site, she's been giving books away like crazy all over.

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 8:46 PM ET
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Margaret Moore's medievals are good, too :-)

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 11:51 AM ET
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I agree about Madeline Hunter's medievals.  Also Elizabeth Lowell's are great.  Not too impressed with Julie Garwood's medievals--cold, distant (almost wooden) heroes. 

Date Posted: 12/26/2007 12:08 PM ET
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Probably in this particular order:

Marsha Canham,  Loretta Chase, Connie Brockway, Judith Ivory,  Mary Balogh, Candace Proctor,  Karen Ranney, Laura Kinsale, Lisa Kleypas, and Jill Barnett.

...and I don't like Julie Garwood either:)

Date Posted: 12/26/2007 12:25 PM ET
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I can't stand the cutsy-pie conversations in Garwood. They jar me so much that I can always identify her books from quotes, even though I haven't read them. ;-)

Got some Marsha Canham in my TBR mountain, must try them.

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