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Subject: Used book sale finds
Date Posted: 2/19/2008 1:38 PM ET
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Every year I go to the last day of the local used book fairs and buy a whole box for $5 or $7.

I am looking for suggestions of must find authors.  I have recently cleared out a lot of books on my shelf and I am looking for new authors to fill it back up :-)

It is easier for me to just look for authors than specific books.

Could you all just post lists of your favorite authors that you would usually/always buy their books?

 

Thanks, I appreciate it.  I am trying to broaden my library.



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Date Posted: 2/19/2008 1:55 PM ET
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Anything by Adele Ashworth or Sylvia Day.

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 2:44 PM ET
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Julie Garwood historicals.  Robyn Carr.  Lora Leigh. Diana Gabaldon. Dee Henderson.

Sherri

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 3:12 PM ET
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Great, a lot of these authors are new to me. 

Thanks, I appreciate it.

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 3:20 PM ET
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My list to always check for includes (in addition to some mentioned in earlier posts):

Julia London

Gena Showalter

Jillian Hunter

Julia Quinn

Cheyenne McCray

Erin McCarthy

Christina Skye

Cherry Adair

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 3:30 PM ET
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Marsha Canham, Judith Ivory, Loretta Chase, Mary Balogh, Laura Kinsale, Karen Ranney, Candice Proctor, and Connie Brockway would all be pretty much auto-buys for me - if I didn't already have, or have wishlisted most of their books.  A few others that have seldom let me down for a decent read are Lisa Kleypas, Liz Carlyle, Jo Beverley, Julia Quinn, Adele Ashworth, Jillian Hunter, Lorraine Heath, Jo Goodman, Christina Dodd, and Victoria Alexander.  And there are lots more I can't think of at the moment.  All of them write the occasional dud, I suppose.  Some more often than others, but you're always assured a certain level of quality when you pick up one of their books, and most of those names are staples at the used bookstores.  Oh, and while she's not my fav, Stephanie Laurens always commands a lot of space on UBS shelves, and she's really a pretty good writer.  I've read several books of hers I just thought of as so-so, but very few were actually bad.



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Date Posted: 2/19/2008 3:46 PM ET
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This is going to be a great list.  I have read and have some books by a lot of these authors, but not all the books.

It is just nice to have a list with me so I can focus on getting the best authors.

Thanks again!

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 6:54 PM ET
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I find most of the Susan Mallery books I post to my shelf are snatched up fairly quickly.  Try perusing the daily wish list just for romances and see what's being added to WL daily.  Usually a lot of the same authors:  Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lori Foster

ETA:  Vampire romance books seem to go well also



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For vampires - JR Ward, Patricia Briggs (vamps and weres, etc). 

 

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I know I don't use this site as well as I could and I feel dumb asking, but where is the daily wish list?  I am not sure how to access it.

Thanks :-)

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 8:22 PM ET
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Hmm, I tried to navigate to the new WL requests but I couldn't do it.  I know it's one of the daily emails I signed up for under My Account, Settings.  Every day I get emailed a link to the books other people have added to their WL the day before.  I have it specifically set to just the romance books.

Here's the link: 

http://www.paperbackswap.com/members/daily_emails/wish_list_alpha.php
Subject: Kimberly D.
Date Posted: 2/23/2008 4:46 PM ET
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Would love to see some Kinley MacGregor  And she also writes as Sherrilyn Kenyon.  And Alot more  Maggie  Shayne. these are books hard to fine on most peoples bookselfs but  are on alot of wish list , Iam new  been looking for just  these books only , Lot's of Luck ,  Rita

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Its not an author but  publisher  Elloras Cave.I noticed all the books from this publisher had a lot of waiters on there pgs. Also books by Wen Spencer.

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 4:56 PM ET
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I just went to our used book sale and some *&#*$# guy (book dealer) ran and got all 15 boxes of Harlequins before the rest of us could make it to the area where they were - since we're polite! So, the rest of us were out of luck - so if you see any - the requests I see most often here for authors in this series (especially older ones) are Betty Neels, Mary Burchell, Anne Mather and Charlotte Lamb. I know I would be interested and I have a group of readers who would be interested as well. FYI - on ebay last month, someone posted 85 Harlequins by Betty Neels. The final sales price was ~$220 ($15 for shipping). I also do a good bit of boxing/swapping within the cozy/romance mystery genre, you might look out for Janet Evanovich, Joanne Carl, Joanne Fluke, M.C. Beaton (Marion Chesney) and Leslie Meier. (I found 10 Evanovich books, and they were all requested within 7 days of posting.)
Date Posted: 3/9/2008 5:27 PM ET
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Older stuff that's not been reissued by Jennifer Crusie, Janet Evanovich, and Diana Palmer are always in demand.  You have to be pretty up on their books though to recognize the scarce titles plus their older stuff keeps getting re-issued and then becomes plentiful.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 5:23 PM ET
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I've found anything paranormal gets snapped up pretty quickly even if it's not WL when posted. 

For non-romance: Boris Akunin and Alexander McCall Smith.  They are 2 of my non-romance favorites and they are almost always WL or if not they get ordered pretty quickly. Audio CDs usually go almost immediately as well.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 5:31 PM ET
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I see those old Betty Neels and Charlotte Lamb Harlequins at the thrift store all the time, and had no idea they were collectible.  Or rather, I did - but now that I've seen that, I probably won't see another one up there again..:P  I don't know that I would bother with sifting through them if I did though.  Never been into the Harlequins, so I'm not sure I would want to mess around with keeping lists of which ones are collectible.

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Kresely Cole

P.C. Cast

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Non romance: Christopher Moore.

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Cheryl Holt and Lisa Kleypas

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 8:28 PM ET
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This is off topic - but how do I go about finding used book sales in my area? I have yet to be successful finding any here in Austin, but I used to go to the library sales when I lived in Flint which were advertised at the local schools and colleges. I'd like to start doing that again here but can't find any info.

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 8:29 PM ET
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Sarah, check out this website

http://www.booksalefinder.com/index.html

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 8:53 PM ET
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Great, thanks!

Date Posted: 3/16/2008 1:23 PM ET
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Book Sale Finder is what I use to find sales as well. 

I have had great success at small church sales.  I bought almost a whole set of Georgette Heyer books at one sale for 25 cents each. 

I like these sales because they are less crowded and often have a small, but decent selection.

Also, a lot of churches in my area have rummage sales once a year and those are great too.

I went to one Estate sale that had over 1000 paperbacks in good condition for 5 for $1.  Usually the newspaper will tell you if they have a lot of books.

I haven't tried garage sales, but I'm sure those often have some good finds as well.

Date Posted: 3/16/2008 2:57 PM ET
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Kimberly how do you find out about the church sales?

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