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Subject: What do you think about the writings of these authors?
Date Posted: 11/25/2007 11:58 AM ET
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There are so titles to choose from that I usually search for authors rather than titles, unless I'm chasing down specific titles for a series. I've noticed that certain authors' names show up more often than others. I was wondering what you think of Elizabeth English and Barbara Bretton? What are their books like?

I really like Elizabeth Lowell's books. Jayne Krentz is another favorite, whether writing as Krentz, Quick or Castle.  I really like Nora Roberts and most of Joanne Lindsey. Oh yes, and there's Jude Deveraux, another favorite.

Anyway, if I like these authors, what other authors might I like in the romance, romantic suspense, historicial romance, paranormal romance genres?

I do NOT like Daniel Steele's books. I think that I really like books where there is romance, suspense and sometimes laughter.

Any thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated.

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 12:06 PM ET
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I suggest  Karen Robards and Karen Harper for romantic suspense. "Whispers at Midnight" by Robards had some humorous moments in it. Sandra Brown would also be a good choice.

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 12:45 PM ET
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Have you read Marianne Stillings? Her books are very witty, have a good plot and romance.  Her h/h aren't too perfect people who fall instantly in love and in bed.  They bicker, they converse and they have their own little quirks and flaws. There's usually a murder or stalker plot involved as well. 

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Date Posted: 11/25/2007 12:54 PM ET
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I second Marianne Stillings. For Historicals have you tried Julia Quinn?  I also like Julie Garwood, both her historical and contemporary books.

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 2:15 PM ET
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Julia Quinn

Elizabeth Hoyt

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 2:39 PM ET
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Julie Garwood and Lynn Kurland both write great historicals.


Date Posted: 11/25/2007 4:43 PM ET
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I have two of Elizabeth English's books on my keeper shelf and the third in my TBR pile.  Your tastes don't sound that congruent with mine though, so I couldn't guess whether you would like her.  They're Scottish-set books, not super steamy but  emtionally intense.  Very character driven.  Slight touches of paranormal.

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 7:07 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions. I have not read anything by Marianne Stillings so I will check her out. I have read some of Kurland's and liked them to read and swap. I'll give Quinn and Garwood a try, too.

I might like Elizabeth English. I've had a weakness for Scots ever since reading OUTLANDER. As far as "steamy" goes, a little goes a long with me. I tend to skip forward if the writer spends too much time on those scenes, especially if I feel like she is just cutting and pasting the same words over and over.

I've read Jen Holling's books about some Scottish warriors that got transported to present-day and I am keeping them for at least one more re-read :-)



Date Posted: 11/25/2007 7:31 PM ET
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I forgot to add, I do like Kay Hooper. I've read a number of hers and I will scope out Robards and Hoyt, too.


Date Posted: 11/25/2007 7:44 PM ET
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Love Lowell's medievals.  Not impressed with Deveraux or Steele.  Haven't read the others. 


If you like steamy historicals, I recommend Galen Foley, Liz Carlye, Lisa Kleypas and also Marsha Canham (don't miss "the last arrow")

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Date Posted: 11/25/2007 7:44 PM ET
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I read Just Like Heaven by Barbara Bretton,  and enjoyed it a lot.  Enough to put her upcoming book Just Desserts, I think it's called, on my wishlist and to get 3 or 4 of her other books at sales.  Haven't had a chance to read them yet, though they've been unearthed from the TBR lately and I can hear them calling to me. 

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 6:26 PM ET
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I've ordered a Stillings and a couple of Quinn's. Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll order an Elizabeth English one when I get more credits.