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Subject: Top Five Romance Authors
Date Posted: 12/13/2009 1:01 PM ET
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Who are your top five favorite Romance authors?  I'll start with mine.

1.  Nora Roberts

2.  Linda Howard

3.  Christina Dodd

4.  Carla Neggers

5.  Suzanne Brockmann

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 1:07 PM ET
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In no particular order...

1. Lora Leigh

2. Diana Palmer

3. Megan Hart

4. Liz Carlyle

5. Shayla Black

6. Robyn Carr

7. Madeline Hunter

8. Robin Schone

9. Linda Lael Miller

10. Stephanie Laurens

Couldn't stop at 5 because there are too many sub-genres - could probably name 5 historical, 5 contemporary/suspense, 5 paranormal. *sigh*


Date Posted: 12/13/2009 1:20 PM ET
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Madeline Hunter

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Elizabeth Hoyt

LInda Lael Miller

Marsha Canham

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 1:35 PM ET
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1. judith mcnaught

2. kat martin

3. ronda thompson

4. gena showalter

5. kathleen e. woodiwiss

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 1:38 PM ET
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Roberta Gellis  (old school)

Gealen Foley

Lisa Kleypas

Elizabeth Hoyt

Jo Beverely

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 3:00 PM ET
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Laura Kinsale

Judith Ivory

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Jennifer Crusie

Elizabeth Hoyt or Connie Brockway can't decide lol!

ETA: I also ADORE Lavyrle Spencer so I can't leave her out.

Last Edited on: 12/13/09 3:30 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/13/2009 3:03 PM ET
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Linda Lael Miller

Jodi Thomas

Carolyn Davidson

Maggie Osborne

Curtiss Ann Matlock

( other faves, Dorothy Garlock, Catherine Anderson, Cheryl St. John, Debbie Macomber and LaVyrle Spencer)

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 4:24 PM ET
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In no particular order:

Gena Showalter

Maggie Osborne

Diana Gabaldon

Marliss Melton

Jillian Hart

Mary Connealy

Tamera Alexander

Lucy Monroe

Cindy Gerard


Sorry I just couldn't pick only 5!

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 5:02 PM ET
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Jayne Krentz (and all her aliases--the Arcane Society books are my favorites))

JD Robb (love the In Death series; I've never read anything under the Nora Roberts name, though)

Jill Shalvis (I know I am guaranteed a lot of laughing with her books)

Linda Lael Miller (Love all the accurate horse/ranch life details! contemporaries and historicals)

Nalini Singh (love, love, LOVE the Psy/Changeling series)

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 9:19 AM ET
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Can't pick just (5), and could well pick more than (10)

1.  Linda Howard

2.  Diana Palmer

3.  Debbie Macomber

4.  Janet Dailey

5.  B. J. Daniels

6.  Marilyn Pappano

7.  Rachel Lee

8.  Bay Matthews/Penny Richards

9.  Sharon Sala

10.  Lass Small (I know her writing style is "unique", but I enjoy reading her books.)

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 10:34 AM ET
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 Mine are:

  1. Judith Ivory
  2. Shannon McKenna
  3. Megan Hart
  4. Katie MacAlister (paranormal)
  5. Gena Showalter (paranormal)
Subject: all historical
Date Posted: 12/14/2009 12:34 PM ET
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All my favs are historical authors-and as a matter of fact, most have been favs since their traditional Regency days.  Which leads to the question-what in the heck am I going to be reading in these ladies are no longer writing?


Carla Kelly

Jo Beverley

Mary Jo Putney

Mary Balogh

Joanna Bourne


Newer authors which have almost reached auto-buy status for me:  Elizabeth Hoyt, Louise Allen, Elizabeth Rolls, Julia Justiss, Mary Blayney

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 4:12 PM ET
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Oh this is tough. It really depends on my mood - light? historical? contemporary? I think I'm always guaranteed to enjoy these authors (sorry - more than 5!)

  1. Jill Shalvis
  2. Lisa Kleypas (historical and contemporary)
  3. Kristan Higgins (not many books but I've enjoyed every one of them)
  4. Erin McCarthy
  5. Suzanne Brockmann
  6. Lisa Marie Rice
  7. Jamie Alden
  8. Sherry Thomas