Discussion Forums - Love & Romance Love & Romance

Topic: New-To-Me Authors (NTMA)

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
Page:   Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: New-To-Me Authors (NTMA)
Date Posted: 6/10/2010 5:13 PM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
Posts: 808
Back To Top

Discover an author you haven't read before? Someone who has you moving long-time wishes to your reminder list to make room for them on your wishlist? Sometimes we all need to hear a fresh voice, try a new sub-genre.

Tell us about it! And if we follow in your footsteps, rest assured we'll be behind you in the WL queues.


Some NTMA's I've "discovered" recently:

Shelly Laurenston -- I'm enjoying her Magnus Pack and Pride series. Shape-shifter romps (I use the term 'romp' to describe books that are plot lite).

J.R. Ward -- I haven't read yet, but I've amassed all the Black Dagger Brotherhood titles and they're nearing the top of my TBR mountain. I added this author based on all the positive comments I've read in this forum.

Jasmine Haynes -- Erotic romance, similar to Maya Banks. I discovered this author after seeing several titles on someone else's WL. We had so many other WL titles in common, I figured we have similar tastes.

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 7:15 PM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2006
Posts: 5,498
Back To Top

Awesome idea. 

Jennifer Ashley:  Her  Pride Mates series is off to a good start.

Nathalie Gray.  I read her short story and will be looking for more.

Patricia Briggs is new to me this year and is now on my auto buy list.

Gail Delaney.  Read a novella by her and I'm stoked to find the rest of this series.

I'm also reading JR Ward this year Colleen.  The BDB is so good.

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 7:22 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2007
Posts: 1,334
Back To Top

I am crazy into Futuristics right now:  Ann Aguirre and Linnea Sinclair.  And, at the other end of the spectrum, I've just started The Parasol Protectorate Series, by Gail Carriger.   The first is Soulless.

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 9:20 PM ET
Member Since: 12/7/2005
Posts: 1,003
Back To Top

I've been reading a lot of mysteries.  Louise Penny and P.J. Tracy were excellent finds.  Also enjoyed C. A. Belmond who sort of fits this category.


In paranormals have been loving Nancy Gideon, Ann Aguirre/Ava Gray, and Jennifer Estep.  I'm just starting my first by Nalini Singh and that looks promising.


I 've pretty much burned out on historicals for awhile but did try a Meredith Duran this week and it was very good.


In erotica, Beth Kery has been an excellent recent find.

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 9:30 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
Posts: 14,634
Back To Top

someone here was talking about Tim Downs' bug man mysteries and I really got into those - not my usual type of read at all but I've enjoyed all(well the 3rd one not asmuch as the other 4 but it was still ok)

I'll have to check my reading list for this year and see who else is new...

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 10:58 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2007
Posts: 880
Back To Top

This year I've discovered Suzanne Brockmann, who I love. I am reading the Troubleshooters series and really enjoy the military history aspects. And the mixed bag of characters.

I also found Maggie Osborne thanks to people recommending her books here. I love a good western and her books have strong women characters, too, which I like. 

Julia Quinn is new for me this year, and I like her as much as I like the Amanda Quick books. Light, funny, and not overloading on the details. I'm not a girly-girl and endless talk of gowns bores me. ;)

Jennifer Ashley is new for me, too. I really loved Pride Mates and I can't wait for more in that series. I liked the first MacKenzies' series book, too.

Date Posted: 6/11/2010 6:38 AM ET
Member Since: 1/21/2009
Posts: 5,543
Back To Top

I am starting a new book and new author today.  It's Karen Ranney's Till Next We Meet.  The lady who sent it to me said it was a good book.  I'm hoping so because I have been in a kind of slump.  Reading, but not enthusiastically. 

However, I found a book at the library which describes HA & Margaret Rey's escape from Paris during WWII.  They wrote the Curious George books. 

Date Posted: 6/11/2010 9:13 AM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2009
Posts: 2,920
Back To Top

Some new to me authors recently:

Ava Gray and her Skin series. The books are sexy and very good. Skin Game was very good, but Skin Tight was even better.  Auto buy

Allyson James/Jennifer Ashley -  Fire Walker, to me the book was well written and just all around a fantastic book. Auto buy  I did read TMoLIM, but that was under the JA name, so I felt this qualified. ;-)

Tamara Lejuene - Heiress in his Bed, the book was very quirky, but alot of fun. While not an autobuy, I might pick up hers in the future.

Liz Carlyle - Never Romance a Rake, I really enjoyed her book and have sinced purchased another one

Stephanie Laurens - Read the first book in the 4 soldiers series, it was just ok. Not good enough for me to pursue.

Sherry Thomas - I loved Private Arrangements and looking forward to the rest of her books. While not an autobuy yet, I feel she will be in the future.

James Grappando - His first book was good, but his charachter is going to need some work, but I can see enough potential that I am going to give him another chance.

Heather Webber - Loved her Trudly, Madly and can't wait for the next in the series.

Some new authors coming up: Patricial Briggs and Julia Harper

Last Edited on: 6/11/10 9:33 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/11/2010 5:46 PM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2008
Posts: 2,207
Back To Top

Some of the NTMA for 2010 include Kristan Higgins, Julie Kenner, Tracy Anne Warren, Karen Kelley, Leslie Kelly (Blaze author), Jo Davis (the ALEX book), Roxanne St. Claire,  and just finished my first Cheryl Holt.


Date Posted: 6/11/2010 10:05 PM ET
Member Since: 1/23/2009
Posts: 468
Back To Top

Till Next We Meet is my favorite Karen Ranney! I'm reading Laura Lee Guhrke's Conor's Way and its SUPERB . Its the first of her novels I have read. Pamela Morsi and Maggie Osborne are both new to me in 2010 as is Sherry Thomas. Delicious was great. I have Whispers of Heaven up next I think and it will be my first Candice Proctor. I read my first Deborah Smith novel, A Place to Call Home and it was so great. I highly recommend it. To those of you reading JR Ward - what a treat. BDB is by far my very favorite paranormal series. Second favorite would be Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark.

Last Edited on: 6/11/10 10:06 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/12/2010 9:41 AM ET
Member Since: 3/5/2008
Posts: 741
Back To Top

Just finished And Only To Deceive by Tasha Alexander.  This is her debut novel and the first in a trilogy.  Needless to say, the next two are already on my WL.  This is a historical/mystery/romance that takes place in the mid 1800's. I really liked it. 

Date Posted: 6/12/2010 11:28 AM ET
Member Since: 12/7/2006
Posts: 1,099
Back To Top

Patricia Briggs is now totally autobuy for me.  And so is Ilona Andrews - Her Magic Series is great and keeps getting better.  I read Devon Monk's Magic to the Bone and liked it enough to read the second in the series.

I had started reading JR Ward and the BDB - but stopped after V's story.  She does great with the male relationships but she's not very good with developing the females or the romance.  But I did pick up her Covet which is the first in her new series (but still some connection to BDB) and the first few pages were intriguing.

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 1:07 PM ET
Member Since: 4/26/2010
Posts: 808
Back To Top

Last Edited on: 4/12/11 7:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 6/16/2010 3:49 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2009
Posts: 337
Back To Top

New to me is Catherine Anderson: I think someone mentioned her name in this forum somewhere and when I was over on the Amazon boards I found a reference to Summer Breeze that made me want to read it.  I am reading it right now and do really like it: her writing flows and the characters are fleshed out.  Perhaps not a keeper book but I will be looking to read others by this author

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 4:03 PM ET
Member Since: 8/28/2008
Posts: 3,291
Back To Top

My new author this year is Cynthia Eden.  She writes paranormal romance.  I really like her characters.  I am now trying to get all her books to read.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 5:26 PM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2006
Posts: 5,498
Back To Top

I've read some of hers Arica.  She's good.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 9:45 AM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2009
Posts: 2,920
Back To Top

I just finished Sarah MacLean's Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake. It was her first book and I thought it was alot of fun. Some of said that they felt like it was wallpaper, but I didn't feel that way. Since I am just getting back into historicals, it felt fresh and new to me.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 12:05 PM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2007
Posts: 4,058
Back To Top

The good thing about wallpaper is that it's not wallpaper if you haven't already seen it 800 times:P  I'd almost rather be back at that point where everything Beverley, Laurens, & Carlyle still had some novelty to it and I was really enjoying it.  I barely pay attention when they release something now.  I think I said somewhere that I would have enjoyed the Maclean book 5 years ago.  And I didn't hate it.  Just felt like it was something I'd read several times before.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 2:31 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2009
Posts: 2,920
Back To Top

That is how I feel about Johanna Lindsay, Karen Robards, Linda Howard and a few others.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 8:17 PM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2006
Posts: 6,436
Back To Top

Am reading a new category author, Sandra Hyatt. I like that she's writing a kind of traditional category story -- he thinks she's a gold-digger, she's defensive -- but without having them seems like the same tired, bickering characters. There are some layers. Will read her again.

P.S. It just shows how ornery I am, because I'm apparently the only person in the world who likes this book. :-\

Last Edited on: 6/17/10 8:55 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/18/2010 9:50 AM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2007
Posts: 4,058
Back To Top

That is how I feel about Johanna Lindsay, Karen Robards, Linda Howard and a few others.

I think everyone has former auto-buys whose formulas currently bore them to tears.  It gets to be like being locked in a movie theater & forced to watch ten years worth of James Bond movies:P  I'm reading the new Tessa Dare book right now & starting to have attention defecit issues.  Dare is a witty, intelligent writer, but this book is standard wallpaper through & through.  If I found someone writing regencies without all of the usual recycled plot devices at this point, I'd think I had struck gold.

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 10:04 AM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2009
Posts: 2,920
Back To Top

I just got the new Sherry Thomas, so after I finish Moodcalled, I will probably start that one. I bring her up, because I don't feel like she writes like anybody else in the genre right now. I haven't read Tessa yet, although I have one of hers on my TBR.

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 12:24 PM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2008
Posts: 423
Back To Top

I have problems with the wallpaper historicals as well. I read Goddess of the Hunt and enjoyed it, so I was excited to find another author writing historicals who took the same old plot devices and kept my interest with her writing style. I'll see if this continues with her other books. Other than some authors who I see are raved about on multple review sites, I try to avoid all of the historicals set in Regency or Victorian England just because they all read the same now. I found that Medievals and historicals set in other places than England tend to hold my interest much better now. Regrettably, there aren't many of those coming out.

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 9:34 PM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2006
Posts: 5,498
Back To Top

I'm reading a new to me author now: Shannon McKenna.  Starting on her book Behind Closed Doors tonight.

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 9:41 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2009
Posts: 2,920
Back To Top

I didn't care for SM's writing style. I don't think I have a SM appreciation gene because I know she is very popular.