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Subject: Opinions re: Sarah McCarty, Lisa Marie Rice, Melissa Schroeder, etc.
Date Posted: 7/2/2008 2:06 AM ET
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I've a few of their titles on my WL, but am thinking about buying some of them as progress seems particularly snail-like.  Can any of you who've read their books comment?  Worth buying?  Are there titles/series that you'd recommend over others?  Are there other authors/books whose work you would compare them to?  Any thoughts would be most welcome! :)

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 2:43 AM ET
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Sarah McCarty-

unlike most ebook writers, she is kinda long-winded and slower paced. She wrote the longest sex scene I have ever read - 59 pages in MAC's LAW. 

She writes thicker books than most. I believe CAINE'S RECKONING is like 128K which u rarely see anymore. that's the book of hers I would recommend. it's the first of at least a 8 book series and its a throwback to the gritty american western romances of the 80s and 90s. The series is called "Hell's 8" and the second - SAM'S CREED - just came out.


Lisa Marie Rice -

Often compared to Linda Howard and I can see the comparison. I would recommend DANGEROUS LOVER. the 2nd book in the series -- DANGEROUS SECRETS -- just came out.


Melissa Schoeder -

writes in several genres. Historicals and contemp. I think technically, Rice and McCarty are better writers. I find her style a little more generic but inoffensive and pleasing. I am not sure which author I would compare her style to. For contemps, name any generic harlequin author but with more sex. Altho she is not as raunchy as say, Lora Leigh or Maya Banks. For historicals, I think Bonnie Dee is a better ebook option.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 3:21 AM ET
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I've got titles from all 3 of them sitting on Mount TBR, hope to get to them someday!

I have read Caine's Reckoning (Hell's Eight) by Sarah Mccarty and loved it and have started Running Wild by Sarah McCarty which is a werewolf anthology.  I've only read the 1st story and enjoyed it, but I think she does better job with western historicals.   She does tend to have her characters be a little "chatty" during sex scenes;  wasn't an issue for me but I know it did bother someone else that read it.

My next Amazon order will probably include Sam's Creed (Hell's Eight) by Sarah McCarty, I'm looking forward to reading more about the Hell's 8.   I've also heard a lot of good things about her Promises series (4 in series?)

My best advice would be to pick one book by each author to try out (whichever you can get your hands on the easiest LOL!) to see if you like their writing.  I keep seeing more and more postings from folks here who have waited until they had entire series before beginning to read and then didn't like them!

If you like reading ebooks, buying ones to test out in that format probably would be most economical approach.

I really need to dig into my TBR...this reminds me I've got some great stuff on there!


Date Posted: 7/2/2008 5:30 AM ET
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I haven't yet read any Lisa Marie Rice, but she's on my WL.

I've read a couple of Sarah McCarty's Ellora's Cave titles:  Promises Reveal and Promises Linger.   While I don't really care for westerns or historicals, I enjoyed these.   I have Caine's Reckoning and Sam's Creed on my TBR pile. 

I've read  Grace Under Pressure, A Little Harmless Sex and The Accidental Countess by Schroeder.    I enjoyed all of them.    My favorite is Grace.  In fact, I traded it, but really wish I'd kept it, now.    I really like Schroeder, and have A Calculated Seduction on my WL.    I think its a sequel to Countess.    The stories are entertaining and I don't recall alot of swearing.  

Hope this helps.


Date Posted: 7/2/2008 7:12 AM ET
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LMR---I highly recommend her Midnight series (Midnight Man, Midnight Run, Midnight Angel).  They feature common characters and rather than being a consecutive series, they are a concurrent one. 

SM--I have read a couple by her (Caine's Reckoning and Promises Linger) and think she's worth the purchase price.

Have not read the other author you listed. 


Date Posted: 7/2/2008 10:26 AM ET
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I read the Lisa Marie Rice Series:

Midnight Run was just okay,  Midnight Man was very good, and  Midnight Angel was good

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Date Posted: 7/2/2008 2:37 PM ET
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I've read a few from all 3 and liked them all. They are definitely on my to buy list.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 2:49 PM ET
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Sarah McCarty Hells Eight Series is going to be one of those must haves for me...I really enjoyed Caine's Reckoning and have just ordered Sam's Creed.

I didn't care that much for her Running Wild anthology.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 6:16 PM ET
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Thanks SO much, everyone!  I knew I could count on all of you for some solid input!  And if you've got any more thoughts, please share away--I'll likely get at least one by each author, like Tamara suggested.  I'd hate to collect an entire series only to find out I really didn't like their styles.

Oh, and if any of you think of anything that made you dislike their writing/books, feel free to throw that out there, too ;)  Thanks again!

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 6:41 PM ET
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Melissa Schroeder:  I've read Grace Under Pressure and enjoyed it and kept it.  I have The Hired Hand on my TBR but haven't had time to try it.


Lisa Marie Rice:  Love all her books except Port of Paradise.  That's the only one I traded.  The Midnight trilogy is my much reread favorite, with Midnight Angel being my favorite of the three.  It's a very sexy beauty and the beast story.


Sarah McCarty:  I never buy westerns, except these. Promises Linger is my favorite so far but Sam's Creed looks really good. The only one of her books I didn't like was Conception.  I just packed it away because I knew I would never reread it.  It's a paranormal, not a western. 

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Date Posted: 7/2/2008 6:45 PM ET
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I have Caine's Reckoning coming to me in the mail. I'm glad to see you ladies here like it. Perhaps I'll move it to the front of my TBR, I've been in the mood for a western.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 8:16 PM ET
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I've only read Lisa Marie Rice and I like her Midngiht series, port of paradise, and dangerous lover though it ended abruptly IMO. Midnight Man was the best and MIdnight Angel was good too..Midnight Run was 'needed' to continue the story but I didn't like either character too much in that one..good sex though..

for a good story/erotica together my fave is Jory Strong's Crime Tells - lyric's cop, cady's cowboy, calista's men..those were very good IMO. the MIdnight series was good too by Rice.

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 10:35 AM ET
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I've read all three authors and pretty much have them as auto buys. The three have very different writing styles.

-Sarah McCarty - Very emotional and character driven

-Lisa M. Rice - Love the Alpha male ;o)

-Melissa Schroeder-Kind of reminds me of older stories by Krentz/Quick (depending on the genre)

I have both the newest from both SM and LMR in by TBR pile (I'm going ot have a big problem once Linda Howard's and Angela Knight's newest get delivered!!).