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Subject: Vampire, Shapeshifters romance etc
Date Posted: 2/25/2008 4:39 PM ET
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I am interested in reading vampire (and other fantasy based) romance. But mainly getting started w/ vampire romance to "quench" a curiosity. Every other paranormal romance  I see in vampire themed and I just picture these ugly bloodsuckers from the movies. How can that be romantic? So I was recommended J R Ward but that series is not yet aval. on PBS. Can I get some ideas? I've seen ALOT of books but I'd like some great series or a really great author (that dominates the genre perhaps). Ideas?

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 7:44 PM ET
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the J.R. Ward books are great, but as you noted they're highly wishlisted as well.  i know they're firmly on my keeper shelves.

as a starter, i would highly recommend the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter books by Laurell K. Hamilton.  they aren't fully romance, but they're a great series where vampires (and werewolves) can be sexy.  the first one is Guilty Pleasures, and here's a link to show the series in order: http://www.amazon.com/gp/series/118/ref=rcx_ser_ed_mass_market?ie=UTF8&edition=mass%5Fmarket

good as a funny starter is Single White Vampire by Lynsay Sands.  i have no idea why that's listed as #3 everywhere i looked - it was published first.  (#2 is Love Bites, #3 is Tall, Dark, & Hungry)  later books in the series are less humorous and more suspenseful, but at least the first one was just hysterically funny.

 

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 8:55 PM ET
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For vampires, Kerrelyn Sparks has the Love at Stake series and Katie MacAllister has The Dark Ones series. For shapeshifters, I like Christine Warren's The Others series and Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark (some include vampires). For demons, I like Jacquelyn Frank's The Nightwalkers series. These are just a few of my favorites--there are a lot more out there! :)

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 10:35 PM ET
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I recommend Mary Janice Davidson's "Betsy " series to get you started !

Undead and Unwed is the first in the series :)

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 10:30 AM ET
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Definitely get on the WL for the JR Ward books - they've been moving pretty fast and they are SO good!  They are the best vampire romance I've read.

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 11:06 AM ET
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Anita Blake is in no way romance, I wouldn't suggest those.

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 2:12 PM ET
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J.R. Ward and Kresley Cole got me started in this genre--then I found Kelly Armstrong's Otherworld series--not alot of  vampire yet, but lots of other interesting non-humans.  Great stories, too.  Of course, most of these are WL like crazy, but worth the wait!

Becky

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 2:24 AM ET
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If your looking for paranormal romance I'd go with Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series and Christine Feehan's Dark series.  Kelley Armstrong has a good series as well.  I love the Anita Blake series but I wouldn't call them romances.  I'll post again when I think of more.

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 11:05 AM ET
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Thanks for the advice. I do alot of research anyway, so I'll find what I think I'll like and go with that first. Even if it's not totally romance it may be worth a shot at looking into. Thanks again. Anymore authors/series feel free to post them. Also I liked that 2008 challenge. I am reading alot of books here and there but if I started keeping track (like now with my journal) of the romances I read I'd probably be able to join that challenge too. Is there somewhere to sign up?

=),

Kenjii

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 8:51 PM ET
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Charlain Harris' Southern Vampire series is awesome! You get a paranormal with a little romance, a little mystery and quite a few chuckles along the way.  I also second Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. They are action packed and very good.

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 10:16 AM ET
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try Christine Feehan and C L Lewis and Kerreyln Sparks all good books

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 6:00 PM ET
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Is Jennifer Armintrout a good vampire author (or however u want o say it, lol)?

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 8:28 PM ET
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I would recommend the Vampier books by Raven Hart and Susan Squires to start off with. Katie McAlister is very good too.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 8:36 PM ET
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If you are looking for romance I wouldn't recommend the Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris or the Jennifer Armintrout ones either.  While I loved them...I wouldn't categorize them as romance. 



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Date Posted: 3/1/2008 1:40 AM ET
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Ok overall what is the appeal/difference in VAMP. novels and ROM. VAMP.? Aren't the authors creating a "sexy monster" in most all vampire novels? Even tho I like romance I also like action. So what is the general theme in in VAMP or ROM VAMP novels? Or r they vastly different? =), kenjii
Date Posted: 3/4/2008 8:06 PM ET
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Ok overall what is the appeal/difference in VAMP. novels and ROM. VAMP.? Aren't the authors creating a "sexy monster" in most all vampire novels? Even tho I like romance I also like action. So what is the general theme in in VAMP or ROM VAMP novels? Or r they vastly different? =), kenjii

They can be. And unfortuantely this genre is so screwed up to as what is what, it confusing to a lot of people.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who is frequently disappointed by books.   I'm usually not a fan of romance novels, therefore I hate the Kenyon, Fenyon books.  They reek of girl in need, big strong guy who just happens to be a vamp/ww comes along and saves the day...hate it!  Don't know why, but just isn't my cup of tea...but for whatever reason I can stomach the JR Ward, Warren, K Arthur & J Frank books in small doses...while they are probably romance...one here and there doesn't make me want to yank my hair out!  lol!  I guess b/c most of the female characters in those stories are strong. 

But in my mind there is a huge difference between the ones I mentioned above and an Anita Blake Novel...no romance (lets just refer to the 1st few books here).  Or a Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Rachel Vincent, Carrie Vaughn, Patricia Briggs etc.....while there is a romance in the books it is ALWAYS the secondary story and not integral to the plot, interesting yes..but it's not the focus of the story.  I think that is the biggest the difference.  And many times such as in a Mario Acevedo book or Ilona Andrews or even an Anita Blake the monsters aren't sexy...they're scary and well...monsters!  Sometime they change and evolve...but they are still monsters and to me that's what makes those book so much more interesting.

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 11:33 AM ET
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Thank you for taking time to reply. I have read only Sherrilyon Kenyon and Rachael Vincent as two to compare. I like both. I look at it from a writing standpoint b/c if the wording throws me off I don't read the book no matter how good it might be. Second I never liked romance until lately, in fact I was a huge horror fan and yet I hesitate when it come to reading about vampires, lol. Is it about the set-up for some for me it's about the individual story or I'd of given up on romance a while back. I prefer action over the gooey stuff but I dont' mind the gooey stuff just don't ladle it on every other page. I guess after reading 5 Sherrilyn Kenyon books I find I am able to enjoy her. I will follow ur lead tho. And try the authors u mentiioned "against" the others. B/c I have read both Kenyon and Vincent and do reconize the difference. Well I guess I happen to love the vampire (hero)  saving the day aspect but I'll read other themes and see if I like those as well.

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 11:52 AM ET
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Susan Squires - Companion Series is great!

and Susan Sizemore's Primes Series

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 2:51 PM ET
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Ok since there is a wide vareity of vampire authors (romance and non) what are some of the genre's associated w/ vampire books ? I guess I like to go for the action type stuff but I don't know what is invovled w/ vampire stories, besides vampires. I have only read a few paranormals and they mostly involve shapshifters and the like. I guess that is what I meant by themes. It may be more unique and harder to catagorize. I'll probably have to just find a few good authors. I have 2 anthologies I got today BITE and OUT OF THIS WORLD. I find getting these help steer me in the direction of which authors to start w/ then go from there. What do you think?

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 3:20 PM ET
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i also think anthologies are a good way to find new authors.  i'll get one if it's got an author i like it in, and sometimes that leads me to new authors.  Out of this World is the anthology that introduced me to J.D. Robb's In Death series, which i adore.  i'm not positive, but i think in both of those two you got the Laurell K. Hamilton story is actually just part of the next novel after that, not really a story.

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 4:46 PM ET
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I don't read romance anymore so when I started the How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire I thought I would be disappointed.  I did like the book which surprised me since I like Kelley Armstrong and Laurell K. Hamilton type vampire/monster books.  I agree with everyone else that the Anita Blake series really isn't romance. 

My little icon below is a drawing of Anita Blake.  It's kind of hard to see but she kicks butt! :-) 

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 12:04 AM ET
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I personally love Laurell K. Hamilton, even if her writing can be irritating at times (If I hear about Nathaniel smelling like vanilla one more time, I'm gonna yak)....her earlier stuff is a lot less erotic and more "paranormal" - the later books are pretty much strong erotica throughout (nothing wrong with that! *grin*).  And soap-opera melodrama.

Other than Laurell K, I recommend Nina Bangs, Kelley Armstrong, and J.R. Ward

For Young Adults, I highly recommend L.J. Smith

For more erotica and less romance, I recommend anything from Ellora's Cave (publishing co.), especially the book "Fetish" by Sheri King

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 9:03 PM ET
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I like the fact that u can divide the reading into such specifics (sp?) TY! I really look forward to reading JR Ward. It makes it easier to search when u have an idea of what u want to read. So After I am done with Unraveled/Unleashed (b/c I only have 2 book holders and the other has DH book #2) then I'll start OUT OF THIS WORLD. I ordered DARK LOVER, so however long that takes to get here, only time will tell. I said I wouldn't order any more until I "dieted" 20 books away, lol. But I know how fast the JR Ward books are swapped. So TY again. Whenever you are suggesting an author and have the time to get a little more info (how they like to write more less/sex, violence, descriptive language). I am excited about reading more into vampire and vampire romance. It's learning about I whole new fantasy world that I like.