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Subject: Romance Authors who turn to Suspense
Date Posted: 9/19/2008 8:38 AM ET
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Does anyone bemoan the fact when your favorite romance author turns to writing only suspense (maybe with some romantic themes)? This has happened to me with both Judtih McNaught and Elizabeth Lowell. I love both of their romance novels but everything they publish lately is suspense driven with maybe a splash of romance. Sigh, go back to writing romance, please! Just saw Elizabeth Lowell's new book at Target and it looked like another art world thriller with some romance.
Date Posted: 9/19/2008 9:08 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/19/2008 9:28 AM ET
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Isn't this happening to Sandra Brown's books too? It is mostly why i have not read any of her newer books. I think Nora Roberts is heading in that direction too.

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 10:22 AM ET
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Same thing happened to Iris Johansen, she wrote awesome romance/historicals and then went suspense on me!!

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 2:25 PM ET
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I hate it when any of my favorites turn to other stuff - period! though I have to admit I've picked up some of nora roberts' and jayne ann krentz' later stuff after they went from romance and light romantic suspense to paranormal and have liked them better since my tastes have changed a bit.

the one I really wanna cry over is linda howard. Iloved her mackenzie books but hers keep getting darker and darker it seems like. they're still good books but not what I want. :-(

I also expected catherine coultern's fbi series to be more romance but boy oh boy that's some scary stuff! I made it through 'the cove' and 'the maze' and 'the maze' was almost my undoing though 'the cove' scared the crap out of me too.. I had no idea it was gonna be that scary(yes I'm a chicken!)

my first elizabeth lowell book was 'tell me no lies' so I sorta thought of her as romantic suspense from the get-go..I've read a few of the 'jewels' series..not sure i fthat's the  name but amber beach, etc. though plan on re[reading since I dont' remember them that well..and the only other 2 i've read and loved were silhouettes ' the warrior' and 'outlaw' I htink is the other..ther are 4 or  in that series and I'm bummed as hell Utah never got his story like tennessee and nevada :-( wish she'd just go back and write one for crying out loud!

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 7:13 PM ET
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Kay Hooper has gone that direction too.  I can't read her new stuff or Iris Johansen or Sandra Brown or Nora Roberts or Linda Howard or Elizabeth Lowell.  I still love reading their older romance stuff though!

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 11:54 PM ET
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I'm not happy with how everyone is going to paranormals now.  I"m not big on them.  I like some but they are definately not my preference.

Like Kresley Cole-I loved her historicals and now all she writes is about vampires and demons. About the only vampire books I like are Christine Feehan's Dark series and the Sookie Stackhouse books.  In the Dark books vampires are bad and the Sookie books are more dark comedy mysteries than romance. 

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 10:20 AM ET
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yep seems like everything is paranormal now or ones that write historical or contemporary suddenly switch and start wriiting the other...I enjoy a cute funny light vampire romance here and there but now everyone's doing that..I think I read that Sarah McCarty (who got me into historical western erotic romance) is doing a paranormal series..gee..like there isn't enough of that already...

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 2:14 AM ET
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I've noticed this unfortunate trend...Julie Garwood is one of many who switched to suspense/contemporary when she should be writing historicals! :(