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Subject: I NEED a new author
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 10:38 AM ET
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You would think that I would be able to find a new author for myself, but it seems like all I can do is hit and miss.  Mostly MISS.  Obviously I like romance and I enjoy a good HEA.  Lately, though, my good old reilable authors have LET ME DOWN, worse than my first husband. 

So, if you have a fave author that is NOT one of the following: Catherine Anderson, Theresa Medeiros, (such letdowns), Garwood(read em all), LL Miller(ditto), Nora Roberts(can't stand it), please help me out.

Not crazy about Vampires or erotica (why read about something I ain't getting anymore?)

I appreciate your input.

Lucretia

Date Posted: 4/16/2013 12:35 PM ET
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Here's a few I really enjoy:

Jennifer Ashley (historical)   she has several series but her historicals are good

Kristen Ashley (contemp)

Lori Armstrong (contemp/suspense)

Lisa Kleypas  (historical/contemp)

Courtney Milan (historical)

Loretta Chase (historical)

Date Posted: 4/16/2013 12:36 PM ET
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First no reply posted, then twice!  Sorry.



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Date Posted: 4/16/2013 12:39 PM ET
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I had a reply all typed, but somehow it disappeared??  How about giving a try to these authors:  Sandra Brown, Sharon Sala/Dinah McCall, early Linda Howard's and even Diana Palmer.  You will either like DP or not as her stories get to be a bit on the repetative side . . . but I still read them from time to time.  I'm also a new Karen Robards reader and I'll say about her "so far, so good."



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Date Posted: 4/16/2013 7:37 PM ET
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Kristan Higgins - contemporary

GA Aiken - Dragon series

Jayne Ann Krentz (aka Amanda Quick for historicals)

Date Posted: 4/17/2013 10:56 AM ET
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If you like funny romances with snappy dialog, read (or as I prefer, listen to) Susan Elizabeth Phillips. 

Date Posted: 4/17/2013 11:35 AM ET
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Lucretia, not sure if you've ever seen this but I used the list I've linked to below to find new romances authors to explore.  I'd read many of the books on this list before I saw it but I found it useful to point me toward authors I'd never considered before.  I found Georgette Heyer, Maggie Osborne and Pamela Morsi from this list and they were authors whose work I really enjoyed but would not have known about if not for seeing it here.  Hope this helps. 

P.S. I figure if an author appears on this list repeatedly than that is a good indicator of consistently good books.

Top 100 Romance Novels

 

 

Date Posted: 4/17/2013 7:15 PM ET
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Authors that are fun and sexy:   Susan Elizabeth Phillips       Jennifer Crusie     Pamela Morsi

Authors that are sexy historical greats:    Samatha James,  Maggie Osborne,  Elizabeth Hoyt,   Madeline Hunter,  Penelope Williamson, Laura Kinsale,  Carla Kelly,  Candice Proctor,  Betina Krahn

Contemp authors:   Shannon McKenna,  and I have like some of Erin McCarthy, Lori Foster

 



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Date Posted: 4/17/2013 9:26 PM ET
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Ladies I appreciate all the input, and to tell you the truth, most of the authors you have listed I have either read the bulk of their works, or I have tried to read them and found that I didn't like them too much.  SEP, Crusie, and Morsi are some of my faves, Osborne, and Quick/Krentz/Castle, I have read them all, Just finished up with all of Kristen Higgins books and love them.  Am a Major Heyer fan from high school.  I am going to check out the 100 top romance novels, and see what I find.  I will get back to you if I find someone I can't do without.  I get on a kick, though and find a NTM author and I don't stop until I either read them all or find one that just doesnt' do it for me.  Catherine Anderson just burned me with Perfect Timing...I can suspend reality only so much.  And Teresa Medeiros' new book bored me to tears...200 pages of not a whole lot happening.  Well enough of that.  Went to the ubs and picked up a couple to try.  My grandson was with me and he like the color of the books.  He is only 5 yrs old, and he loves to tell us the stories in his books. 

I will get back to you with an update on where I am in the scheme of things with new author.  Again I thank you so much for your input.

 

Lucretia

 

 

Date Posted: 4/18/2013 7:12 PM ET
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Try Laura Kinsale and Penelope Williamson if you haven't already.  Great books. Two great writers.

Date Posted: 4/18/2013 9:22 PM ET
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I second Elizabeth Hoyt and Laura Kinsdale. I also love Julie Anne Long.

Date Posted: 4/18/2013 11:13 PM ET
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Here are some non-traditional quasi-romance authors I've enjoyed.  The first two authors write series I recommend be read in sequence.  I've also included links to the authors' webpage on Fantastic Fiction.

Julia Spencer-Fleming.  She writes the Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mysteries, starting with In the Bleak Midwinter.  Not your typical romance figures, Clare Fergusson is a former helicopter pilot and captain in the US Army.  She leaves the army and is ordained in the Episcopal Church.   Assigned to a parish in a small town in upstate New York she befriends another army veteran and local police chief, Russ Van Alstyne.  When murders start to happen they work together to solve the cases.  Their romance does not follow the normal pattern, they're both older, she's an unmarried woman priest and he's married.  But their relationship grows from shared military background, to friendship, to romance, to avoidance, to renewed affections.  I found Spencer-Fleming's writing to be enjoyable and the dialogue well done.  The murders are a bit improbable but when are they not in romance books?

Shana Abé.  The Drakkon series starting with The Smoke Thief.  I'm not into the whole fantasy genre, which at first this seemed to be, but my SIL recommended this book and after a slow start where I set it aside in favor of other books I finally knuckled down and finished this book before I had to return it to the library.  To my surprise, I really enjoyed it.  Not so sure about the most recent books in the series but I did like the first books quite a bit.  Who wouldn't be intrigued by dragons having sex in flight?

 

Merline Lovelace.  This author was recommended to me by a local UBS owner who specializes in romances and frequently hosts authors for book signings.  Lovelace writes a pretty varied selection of romances.  Some of her books are fluff boiler-plate romances I can do without but she also has written some excellent historicals that are well researched and set in non-traditional locations and periods.  No Regency romances here -- and how refreshing is that?  Mostly, though, Lovelace (a retired AF colonel), writes books featuring women in the air force, of which I was one, who find love and trouble in quick but enjoyable stories (I did a bit of that, too).  Of all her books and series, I especially like her Samantha Spade Mysteries.  This series revolves around a young woman who, much to her amazement, finds herself a commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the US Air Force and leading a team of brainiacs who test new inventions.  Of course, murders and mayhem result and Spade, with a border patrol agent who becomes her lover, helps solve the murders in such bizarre ways as to drive her air force supervisors nuts and I like that part most of all!  LOL