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Subject: New here...need new authors!
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 12:56 AM ET
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Hi everyone!

My name is Mindy and I am a  22 year old stay at home mom..(3 year old daughter). I am new at this.The only thing I have managed to get used to doing on this board is the book bazzar. I just got back into books at the beginning of this year, and had never read Romance...I know! I didn't know what I was missing! My first was The Wedding in White by Diana Palmer. Now I think I have close to 1/2 of her books and I like them but I want something different. I have tried a few other authors and some I liked but others not so much. I have also ventured into erotica...(Lora Leigh Nauti Series and Seals) I loved them!  Well, my problem is that I don't even know many people to recomend authors or books for me....(My DH is a farmer and we live in the woods!!) Not many girlfriends around here!

I have read some of Julie Garwood's historicals, Catherine Coulter Magic Series, Gena Showalter Lords of the Underworlds, Sherrilyn Kenyon Acheron and Dance with the Devil and I'm getting the rest of that series....loved it!

The only thing that I know I don't like is books with NO sex  at all....They don't all have to be explicit or anything, I have some that are quite innocent, but they have something...I don't know if I am making any sense but if they don't have some kind of sex scene it the book it makes me feel like its missing something.  Any recommendations would be great and anyone who wants to chat just pm me...I could use some friend with similar interests!



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Date Posted: 12/15/2008 6:19 AM ET
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Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series is always good- I especially like "Devil in Winter".  I'm sure someone else can remember the order!  The newest one "Seduce me at Sunrise" is related and I really liked it.


Date Posted: 12/15/2008 8:11 AM ET
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Pamela Clare's books are really good, her historicals take place during colonial times.  She also writes Romantic Suspense, i think thats what they are categorized as.

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 8:14 AM ET
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I just read a fantastic book by Cindy Gerard - she has a new series called Black Ops.  The first book is Show No Mercy.  You might also try Lucy Monroe's "ready, willing and able" series.  If you liked Lora Leigh you might like Sylvia Day's Pleasures of the Night.    Also Robyn Carr has a great series - The Virgin River Series.

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 8:19 AM ET
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I know I'm gonna forget some favorites but I'll try!

funny - vicki lewis thompson, marianne stillings, kerrelyn sparks(light paranormal romance)

sexy - lucy monroe's mercenary books(ready, willing, and able) and goddard series-satisfaaction guaranteed, deal with this(this one continues from 'the real deal' also)

sealed with a kiss by daughtery w as pretty good though sorta ended 'loosely'

Il iked susan donovan's 'he loves lucy'

susan anderson or andersen...not sure - Head over heals and there are two that follow this one - getting lucky and hot& bothered..liked the first one's 'mystery' and the humor in teh 2nd but the 3rd dealt with the woman having a guy's baby and not telling him w hich  Ihate...but the teens in that one get their story later when they're grown...

I liked tara janzen's crazy series for the first 4 books then it got kinda weird...

erotic romance - jory strong's crime tells - lyric's cop, cady's cowboy, calista's men; lena matthews' joker's wild (all 3 are different) call me, three nights, stripped bare. lisa marie rice's midnight man and pretty much liked all her stuff. lora leigh's forbidden pleasure(menage)

I'lll look back at the books I've read when I have time..you can also  just browse through the differnt threads and get lots of ideas!

for 'tamer' romance with little to no sex (and for me to like it like this the book has to be good!) debbie m acomber's morning comes softly, curtiss ann matlock's series with cold tea on a hot day followed by 2 others (corner of love and  heartache and recipes for easy living) 2 others are before this but you can start with the cold tea..and sherryl woods' destiny unleashed was good.


Date Posted: 12/15/2008 8:41 AM ET
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For regency romance I really enjoyed Mary Balogh's Slightly series. Mary Jo Putney's Fallen Angels. Eloisa James. Barbara Dawson Smith. Julia Quinn.

For erotic romance I am partial to Lora Leigh and Jaid Black. You should check out the sale running at ellorascave.com, they might still have some $3 books left and you can't beat that!  Maya Banks is good, too.



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Date Posted: 12/15/2008 9:39 AM ET
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Here are some titles from my keeper shelf - all historicals:


Meredith Duran

The Duke of Shadows

And here are two upcoming releases that you might want to go ahead and put on your WL now (you can always take them off later if you don't like her): 

Written on Your Skin

Bound by Your Touch


Suzanne Enoch

England's Perfect Hero

London's Perfect Scoundrel : Lessons in Love (Lessons in Love)

The Rake (Lessons in Love)

Sins of a Duke

After the Kiss (Notorious Gentlemen, Bk 1)


Laura Lee Guhrke

Breathless (Sonnet Books)

Not So Innocent (Sonnet Books)

Guilty Pleasures (Seduction, Bk 1)

And Then He Kissed Her


Julia Quinn (Bridgerton Series)

The Duke And I (Avon Romantic Treasure)

When He Was Wicked (Bridgerton Family, Bk 6)

Romancing Mister Bridgerton


Jennifer Ashley

Perils of the Heart


Adele Ashworth

Winter Garden

Stolen Charms


Jill Barnett




Joanna Bourne

The Spymaster's Lady


Connie Brockway

My Dearest Enemy

Promise Me Heaven

As You Desire

Anything for Love

The Bridal Season

Bridal Favors


Marsha Canham

Across a Moonlit Sea & The Iron Rose

The Robin Hood trilogy: Through a Dark Mist , In the Shadow of Midnight, and The Last Arrow

Stand alone novels:  Pale Moon Rider, Under the Desert Moon, and Swept Away


Pride of Lions and Blood of Roses

And this one is especially hard to find: Wind and the Sea



Loretta Chase

Lord of Scoundrels (Avon Romantic Treasure)
The Last Hellion (Avon Romantic Treasure) 
Lord Perfect and Mr. Impossible


Sandy Hingston

The Suitor

The Affair


Judith Ivory

The Indiscretion

The Proposition

Untie My Heart

Sleeping Beauty


Laura Kinsale

For My Lady's Heart


Uncertain Magic

Flowers From The Storm

My Sweet Folly


Lisa Kleypas

Devil in Winter

Lady Sophia's Lover

Someone to Watch over Me

Then Came You

Dreaming of You

Worth Any Price

Suddenly You

Again The Magic

Mine Till Midnight

Seduce Me At Sunrise


Julie Anne Long

The Secret to Seduction - book 3 in the Holt Sisters trilogy, but this one is the best.

The Perils of Pleasure

Like No Other Lover - this is her new one and still on WL.  It's good; has some truly hilarious moments, but the ending is little rushed and a tad too neat.


Maggie Osborne

Silver Lining

The Wives of Bowie Stone

The Promise of Jenny Jones

The Best Man

I Do, I Do, I Do

The Bride of Willow Creek

Foxfire Bride

Prairie Moon


Mary Jo Putney

The Wild Child

Fallen Angels Series:

Shattered Rainbows

One Perfect Rose (Fallen Angels)


Candice Proctor

Night in Eden, Whispers of Heaven, Beyond Sunrise, September Moon, Bequest

Karen Ranney

My Beloved (Loved, Bk 1)

My True Love

After the Kiss (Avon Romantic Treasures.)


The Devil Wears Tartan

An Unlikely Governess


Patricia Ryan

Silken Threads


Sherry Thomas

Private Arrangements


And upcoming release:

Not Quite a Husband


Susan Wiggs

Charm School


IMHO, there's not a bad book on that list:P  Best of luck & happy reading!

*edited again because I forgot a few more:P

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Date Posted: 12/15/2008 10:00 AM ET
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It's so hard to recommend books when everyone's tastes are sooo different - I personally would say run away from Lisa Kleypas but others find her their favorite!! I was like you about a year ago, going through forums and trying to figure out what I liked, etc. Pretty soon, I was like everyone here with large To Be Read lists, glomming authors and discovering what I do and don't like!! Good luck on your journey, everyone here always has great suggestions. I think the "what are we reading" thread does the most to interest me and increase my TBR pile.

That being said, my personal favorite of all time (right now, until I find another favorite!) is Linda Howard's To Die For - and Linda Howard is a favorite author of mine. Another favorite is Jo Goodman's A Season To Be Sinful, and I'm working my way through her backlist - I love the others in this series (Grantham) but not all of her books make my favorite list. I have pretty eclectic tastes - I don't have a favorite time period, genre, style - I thought I preferred great sex in the books but find I still love books by authors that can create the tension and write a good story with or without letting us inside the bedroom!! I like first person, third person, regency, contemporary, time travel, funny, suspense - good story, bring it on!

I'm also working my way through the All About Romance Top 100 of 2007 - I figure that way I will read what a lot of people consider the best in romance, and it's really helping me find authors and styles and genres that I like (and don't! I don't always agree with everyone else!).

Welcome and good luck !!

Subject: Thanks!
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 10:44 AM ET
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Thank You everyone for being so helpful! I will be spending my day checking out these authors and books I'm sure! lol

I have a feeling my TBR pile is about to get a lot bigger!

Thanks again,


Date Posted: 12/15/2008 10:47 AM ET
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Lots of different recommendations! Here's mine. :)

Romantic Suspense

  • Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters sereies (Navy SEALs).  The early ones I love.  Some of the newer ones are not as good, but I love the series, so I keep reading.
  • Cindy Gerard's Bodyguard series (I haven't started the Black Ops series, but they are on my list)
  • Marliss Melton's SEAL Team 12 series
  • Gennita Low's Crossfire series.  Not as good as the other series I listed because I was disappointed in a missing element at the end of the series, but most people don't seem concerned about it.  Lots of HEAT in these.

Contemporary Romance

  • Rachel Gibson - her stuff is pretty funny.  They are all quick reads that leave me with the smily feeling at the end.
  • Jennifer Crusie - also funny and quick reads.
  • Deirdre Martin Blades' series.  The first two are my favorites.  Most are about hockey players.
  • Carly Phillips - loved her Hot Zone series
  • Kate Angell - I've read her baseball books and really enjoyed them.
  • Susan Mallery - I've read a number of her books and enjoyed them all.  Her Marcelli and Tempting series are really good.
  • Jane Graves - I really like all her books that I've read.  Witty and fun.  All quick reads.

I read a lot of anthologies to find new authors...usually I like one of the authors and find at least one more from the anthology.  For some reason I am drawn to the anthologies with "Bad Boys" in the title. :)

Like the others, I have found lots of authors from posts here...my TBR list is now HUGE (like 400 books or something).  Good luck finding authors and not going too overboard! :)

Angie -
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 11:45 AM ET
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Shannon Mckenna is another favorite of mine that I haven't seen mentioned yet. Also, Cherry Adair. They are both steamy (not erotica, IMO, but hotter than most typical romance novels) romantic suspense. 

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 12:05 PM ET
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Hmmm, lots of great recommendations so far!  Melinda already mentioned Linda Howard, but I'll second that, especially her ealier books It looks like they're all available, and since they're a series romance, you might be able to get a special deal on them if you can find someone who has more than one of these on hand!  Here are some of my favorites:

Mackenzie's Mountain: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781551665740-Mackenzies+Mountain+Mackenzie+Bk+1

Mackenzie's Mission:http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780373484089-Mackenzies+Mission

A Game of Chance (another Mackenzie book): http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780373484935-A+Game+Of+Chance

Duncan's Bride: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780373073498-Duncans+Bride+Silhouette+Intimate+Moments+No+349

Diamond Bay: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781551664804-Diamond+Bay

I'll also second Lisa Marie Rice (her Midnight series is great!) and Lucy Monroe's romantic suspense books (Ready, Willing, And Able - all separate books). If you want something spicier, Jory Strong is great, Lora Leigh, and Shannon McKenna are good too.






Date Posted: 12/15/2008 12:12 PM ET
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Hi! We are about the same age I'm 21 and I am also a sahm with a 4 year old and a 2 year old.  I don't know if this was said already or not but Robin Carr's Virgin river series is great. Elizabeth Hoyt Prince series for historicals. I love love Erin Mccarthy's  Smart mouth. Her books are funny and hot. Linda Howard is always a homerun. 

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grrr double post---

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Date Posted: 12/15/2008 3:03 PM ET
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Hi Mindy!  Here are some authors I'd recommend:


Julia Quinn - When He Was Wicked, An Offer From a Gentelman, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, The Duke and I - Basically her entire Bridgerton

Series! :)

Nora Roberts - Rebellion

Jane Feather - The Accidental Bride and The Least Likely Bride

Jude Deveraux - River Lady, Lost Lady, Counterfeit Lady


Nora Roberts - MacGregor Series (MacGregor Brides, MacGregor Grooms, Serena and Caine, Alan and Grant, The Perfect Neighbor, The Winning Hand)

Linda Lael Miller - The Last Chance Cafe (It's a sequel to Women of Primrose Creek - Historical)

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 3:28 PM ET
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I also like sarah mccarty's promises series (erotic western historical romance)

I have a lot of Jodi Thomas (western) in my tbr but I've only read one of her contemporaries and it was pretty good.

can't believe I forgot robyn carr's virgin river series! and erin mccarty. linda howard's open season is funny and a bit of suspense. I like jayne ann krentz's older stuff -wildest hearts, midnight jewels, silver linings, uneasy alliance...lots of those are still faves of mine

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 5:56 PM ET
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Welcome to the L&R forum Mindy!

I would also suggest Robyn Carr's Virgin River series: Virgin River, Shelter Mountain, Whispering Rock and A Virgin River Christmas. There are also 3 new books in this series being released in Feb, March & April 2009.

Linda Howard is a favorite for me too. I like Open Season, Mr. Perfect, After the Night, To Die For(sequel is Drop Dead Gorgeous) & Cry No More.

I'm A fan of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series. Her website has lots of great info about her books.

Lori Foster's good too. I enjoyed Jude's Law and her series about Visitation, NC : Say No To Joe?, The Secret Life of Bryan, When Bruce Met Cyn, Just A Hint Clint  and Jamie.

There tend to be mixed opinions about Nora Roberts. I happen to enjoy her books. I'm a fan of her "newer" stuff: Angel Falls, Blue Smoke, Tribute & Northern Lights to name a few. She also writes the ..... In Death series under the name J.D. Robb. The first book is Naked IN Death. It is set in the future(2058) and is about Lt. Eve Dallas a homocide detective.

To  throw in a historical recommendation I really enjoyed If His Kiss Is Wicked  and  The Price of Desire by Jo Goodman

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 6:01 PM ET
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Mindy, you might try going back in the forum and reading the "Guess the book" posts; they have a lot of quotes from all kinds of different books and you might get a sense of books that you would enjoy.

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 6:43 PM ET
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 actually, Willa, I don't think there's a single thread on here you can visit and be 'safe' from temptation LOL! even the 'is this book on your shelf' thread increased my wish/reminder/tbr pile...

I'm reading Karen Marie Moning's highlander series now and liking it - just started listening to book 3. I just read a bunch of janet chapman and really liked those, esp the loggers books-seduction of his wife and stranger in her bed.liked her highlanders series too and have 2 other books in my tbr to read..

I'm still collecting up a bunch of historicals but I did enjoy medeiros' charming the prince and bride &beast and have several of hers lined up to read. I read Marsha Canham's 'through a dark mist' and have to say she's an awesome writer..a lot of violence so I've held off reading the other 2 in the robin hood trilogy but you feel like you're right in the middle of it all...

I'm a fan of nora roberts though still getting around to her paranormal..she did that before I was ready...the Born In trilogy and montana sky are my faves.. also finally 'took' to the futuristic series she writes as j d robb and finished the first 2 books in that. they're awesome on audio too..that's how I started them-listening ot the audio and then picking up the book to fnish!

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 8:05 PM ET
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Thanks again everyone! I have been checking out some of the books/authors today and have found a lot that sound very interesting!

I'm glad I decided to post here! Everyone is so nice and helpful!


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Date Posted: 12/16/2008 2:05 PM ET
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susan elizabeth phillips has really funny dialog and romatic with some sex... very cute stories

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 6:48 PM ET
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You're welcome, Mindy, I hope it helped! :)

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 8:40 PM ET
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oh, it has helped! lol now I have over 100 books on either my WL and RL...My husband is gonna get sick of me looking for and getting books, but he'll get over it! :) I have found a lot from here that look very interesting and like something that I will very much enjoy! I can't wait to get some and start reading them!!


Date Posted: 12/16/2008 8:49 PM ET
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jennifer Crusie is good for humor too! bet me and getting rid of bradley were both hilarious!

susan elizabeth phillips has one that's really good - nobody's baby but mine. for some reason the others of hers I've read haven't totally clicked with me but that one I still remember scenes and chuckle!