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Subject: Newbie here!
Date Posted: 9/10/2008 3:21 PM ET
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Hello L&R Lovers out there!

I'm new to the forum and wanted to stop by and say "Hello!" I've been reading Romance for a long time. I used to read Historical Romances like Cassie Edwards books, but now I'm into Nora Roberts. I love all her books because she writes a very diversified range of stories, but they all have one thing in common, Romance. LOL!

Does any one have another author similar to Nora Roberts, that they love to read? I would love some recommendations!


Date Posted: 9/10/2008 3:36 PM ET
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Welcome Tina!

Julie Garwood

Linda Howard

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Andersen

I'm sure there are more but those were the first names that popped into my head.  If I think of more, I will edit and add.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 6:04 PM ET
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Welcome!   Some of my favorite authors are Robyn Carr, Gena Showalter, Lucy Monroe...you might try them.


Date Posted: 9/11/2008 1:52 PM ET
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If you like historicals, you MUST read Marsha Canham.  Especially recommend The Last Arrow.  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is also required reading (best historical EVER).


Date Posted: 9/11/2008 4:59 PM ET
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You know, it's kinda funny...when I first joined PBS (over 1 1/2 yrs. ago) I was a Nora Roberts fan...but now I don't read her books, lol!

Julie Garwood (historicals only, I wasn't impressed with her suspense)

Julia Quinn (witty historicals)

Lisa Kleypas

Jennifer Crusie (especially Bet Me)

Outlander by Gabaldon

Rachel Gibson

Susan Mallery

I could go on forever!

Subject: Some of my favs
Date Posted: 9/11/2008 6:34 PM ET
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Historical authors you might like:

Julie Garwood

Lorraine Heath

Laura Kinsale

Lisa Kleypas

Elizabeth Lowell

Maggie Osborne



Cherry Adair (suspense)

Sandra Brown

Rachel Gibson

Linda Howard

Vicki Lewis Thompson



Katie MacAlister

Kresley Cole

Dara Joy

Kinley MacGregor (also does historicals) 

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Date Posted: 9/11/2008 6:35 PM ET
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Welcome Tina!

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 9:21 AM ET
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I'll have to take a look into these authors! Thanks again!

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Date Posted: 9/12/2008 9:24 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/12/2008 9:57 AM ET
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Thanks again! I do have another question. I looked through some of the authors and there are sooooooooooooo many books. Can you recommend any of their books that are really good? Thanks!

Subject: More Authors
Date Posted: 9/12/2008 2:51 PM ET
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Hi Tina, I'm a newbie too and this is my first post. The Authors I enjoy are Barbara Delinsky, Carla Neggera andFern Michaels. I do have quite a few paperbacks that I did not put on here but if your interested let me know. Again welcome to you too!

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 3:04 PM ET
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I like Old West romances particularly and some of my favorites would be Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath, The Wives of Bowie Stone by Maggie Osborne.

If you like romantic suspence you might enjoy Kiss and Tell by Cherry Adair. I like adventure/suspense - Linda Howards Heart of Fire and Glenna McReynold's River of Eden are both set in the Amazon jungle and were good reads.

As far as contemporary romance goes Rachel Gibson's Sex, Lies and Online Dating was a really cute book, Linda Howard's To Die For was also great.

If you like brawny Highlanders then you'd like Julie Garwood's books. I recently read The Wedding and LOVED it. Her books are really very funny, the character's relationships so interesting to read you'll want to finish her books in one setting. Karen Marie Moning has a whole series of Highlander books that include time-travel in many of them (or some other minor paranormal element) and are really spicy reads. I'd read them in order if I were you.

If you like full-on paranormal romance you'll probably love Kresley Cole's A Hunger Like No Other...that book is STEAMY. Dara Joy writes a futuristic trilogy that starts with Knight of a Trillion Stars which is funny, hot, and interesting because the hero is an alien (albeit a very human-like alien).


I have to warn you, be prepared to amass a huge TBR (to be read) list by participating here. You'll find so many good book recommendations from these ladies to keep you in reading material for years to come.

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Date Posted: 9/12/2008 3:19 PM ET
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ok looking back though the suggested authors these are the books I've read and would recommend

robyn carr - the virgin river ..3 so far but continuing.starts with 'virgin river' the shelter mountain? then whispering rock awesome series

lucy monroe - the mercenary series then turns to goddard - ready, willing, and able are the mercenary titles - 1st and 3rd are best IMO - characters overlap some so at least read the 1st then if you skip 'willing' and go to 'and able' know that the woman in the 3rd was the college roomie of the female m ercenary in the 2nd and that's where the couple in the 3rd meet. they're pretty hot.

Jennifer Crusie - I think they're all probably good but Bet Me is really fun(lot of characters to get straight though), getting rid of bradley is short funny read, anyone but you is also good and has a dog in it

Susan Anderson - all I've read have been good - there's a series though 'head over heels', 'getting lucky', and 'hot and bothered'..I liked the storyline best in 'head over heels' and getting lucky was a bit funnier...hot and bothered had a good storyline but it's one I don't like (man has a kid and doesn't know about it) I think one of her newer books takes the teens from hot and bothered and gives them a story. I think she wrote 'iv'e got you baby' or something like that about a bounty hunter getting the wrong sister..that one was really good

Susan Donovan -not sure if she was mentioned but I get her mixed up wtih Anderson - He Loves Lucy was good and take a chance on me It hink was a good one

Linda Howard - she has tons and tons depending on what you want. I think one of her funniest after the intro chapter(that part wasnt' funny) is Open Season. Her Mackenzie series is good too but at least one is hard to find(mackenzie's pleasure) and another mackenzie's magic is in a christmas anthology - it's mackenzie's mountain, mission, pleasure, magic, and A game of chance.  all the queen's men was good suspense and the  main male c haracter in it was introduced in kill and tell I believe...mr. perfect was good but had a psycho serial killer in among the fun and romance.

Vicki Lewis thomspon is one of my favorites don't think it's possible to pick up a bad story by here..funny and lotsa sex usually but my fave from the nerd books is 'the nerd who loved me' followed by 'nerd gone wild' but think all are pretty go od bets and some of her blaze titles are good too.

I also love Marianne Stillings for a light funny silly read - the damsel in this dress,midnight in the garden of good and evie, and satisfaction were some of my faves..there's an order to them where a characteris briefly introduced then gets his own book later but I read them out of order and it was fine as the individual story is independent from the others.

Katie Macalister - the corset diaries is all I've read of hers so far and it's hilarious..sexy and hilarious!

Elizabeth Lowell - haven't read her historical but enjoyed 'tell me no lies' for some hot sex and lots of suspense and a lot about chinese artifacts...amber beach/jade island/pearl cove/ruby bayou were pretty good though I need to re-read them but seems like they were good romantic suspense.

these are just some I've read and enjoyed from the authors mentioned and a few I added...I really dont think anyone writes quite like Nora Roberts though to tell the truth. I enjoy a variety - silly, serious, suspense -depending on my  mood. out of nora roberts' my faves so far have been montana sky, the 'born in ' trilogy(loved ice and shame) and the stars of mithra was nice as well as some of her silhouette series. she got too much into the witches, etc for me but now I've gone back and read some and enjoyed them

oops just remember a favorite author I've had in the past - jayne ann krentz..she has some older ones that are really good - midnight jewels, silver linings, perfect partners.. I still re-read those from time to time.

Date Posted: 9/15/2008 7:46 PM ET
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Thank you so much for the wonderul recommendation! I can't wait to get some of these!