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Subject: What Do We Think of This Author? Stay or Go?
Date Posted: 5/31/2009 11:26 AM ET
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Maybe this could be a semi ongoing thread - for those of us who might be purging our books, or to sound less brutal let's call it reducing the TBR mountain. If we could bounce authors off one another maybe we could help each other make a decision as to whether an author stays or goes.

My first author is Parris Afton Bonds - has anyone read anything by her? I'm working on my books again today and have 11 by her that I'm iffy about getting rid of. They're all used so it won't hurt so much to ditch them, but if she has good stories I'd like to at least give her a try.

Gail

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 11:46 AM ET
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which ones are we talking about? She wrote Sillouette series romances and bodice rippers. she was a product of the times. She is technically a good writer but some of her historicals were pretty brutal with the violence and the rapes.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 12:12 PM ET
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The ones I have are the early Intimates she did, and 2 stand-alone contemporary types.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 1:16 PM ET
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Honestly I've never even heard of her.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 2:13 PM ET
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Sherri, I dont think she has published anything in 20 yrs. I dont think I have ever come across another who has read a lot of her bks in all my yrs of net surfing so not surprise.

 

One of the SIMs stood out - WANTED WOMAN, But only because the heroine was 46 and the hero was like 32. Never read her stand alone contemps.



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Date Posted: 5/31/2009 5:15 PM ET
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I've heard of her, but never read anything by her.  My author is Melody Thomas.  I've read 3 of her books and I've glommed another 4 with an additional one on my WL.  I'm still on the fence about her though.  Anyone have a favorite book by her?  I honestly think she's a great writer but her books are just too darned long.  I thought they were really good, but she just goes on and on, and drags things out for so long that I get bored with a lot of it.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 6:28 PM ET
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Never heard of her. 

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 7:11 PM ET
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I'm really showing my age mentioning Parris Afton Bonds. I think I'm going to pull the books off the shelf and try one of the Intimates that has a plot that appeals and see if it works for me. On the other hand putting all the books in the donation bag will make a pretty decent open space that I desperately need........

KIM: I have Melody Thomas's WILD AND WICKED IN SCOTLAND but I haven't read her yet. I'm pretty sure it's the only book I have by her. Is this one that you've read?

Gail

 

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 10:52 PM ET
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No, I have that one - and it's part of a series (ack!) - but the ones I've read are 3 in the Donally Family series: In My Heart, A Match Made in Scandal, and Angel in My Bed.  And they were good.  I mean, like on the edge of being brilliant - Thomas is really that good - but she gets bogged down in too much detail, and it slows the pacing way down on her stories.  They mostly start off well, and there are parts of them where I actually got that foot tapping "this is gonna be good" anticipation thing going, only to get all tangled up in this morass of external plot stuff and end up bored to tears.  It's tragic really:P  She has it in her to be one of the greats, but just rambles off into mediocrity.  I was wondering if anyone is familiar enough with her writing to recommend a personal favorite, but it also looks like everything she has out is series stuff *rolls eyes*.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 8:44 AM ET
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What about Claudia Dain?
I picked up a book from the bargain basket a couple weeks ago & just started it this morning (The Courtesan's Secret).  I've never read her before and a couple chapters in, I'm not really loving it.  Does it/she get better?  I've read a gazillion and one Regency romances so I don't want to waste my time reading a mediocre one.

 

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 11:47 AM ET
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I have a couple of books by Patricia Potter and was wondering if they were worth keeping. Anyone read her before?

I got rid of my Claudia Dain books after skimming The Marriage Bed and deciding I wasn't interested in reading her further.

ETA: Great idea for a topic BTW! I'm sure this will be a busy thread :)



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Date Posted: 6/1/2009 12:49 PM ET
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MHO on Claudia Dain - I read The Marriage Bed & The Willing Wife because they got good reviews at TRR, and I didn't think either one of them were very good.  I don't think I've read anything else by her since then.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 2:28 PM ET
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I didn't even finish the Claudia Dain I swapped for here.  It was Temptation

How about Hannah Howell?  I read most of the Beauty and the Beast.  It was OK.   I have a couple of others.  Should I just list them?

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 2:35 PM ET
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Re: Claudia Dain

always has interesting stories to tell but her pacing is kinda off which affects the reading experience

 

Re: Patricia Potter

read THE BLACK KNAVE. solid 18th C scottish Scarlet Pimernel romance but didnt lead to a glom

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 2:50 PM ET
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I tried the two Dain courtesan books and something about her voice just really turned me off. Could not get into either.

I read a Highland book by Patricia Potter that was meh, then a Western that was very good, so I'm hanging onto her for now.

Hannah Howell... you've read one, you've read them all. Almost literally. I still have a ton of her on my TBR and I couldn't tell you why, except that she seemed so fresh and original the first time I tried her. Alas, she is fresh and original in the same way just about every book. :-\ I once read a book by her I could've sworn I read before - turns out I had read the SEQUEL, which had ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME PLOT. Sheesh.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 3:37 PM ET
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I tried the two Dain courtesan books and something about her voice just really turned me off. Could not get into either.

I've read all three of her Courtesan books and have enjoyed them all.  Different strokes and all that, obviously.  :-)

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 7:39 PM ET
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I read one Claudia Dain - can't remember the title - and it was o.k. but I traded the one other Dain I had, had it for so long and hadn't been tempted to read it. She's one of the authors that's rarely mentioned on any of the Yahoo lists I'm on so I sometimes wonder if I just didn't read the right book, the one that would have made me a fan.

Ditto what Willa said about Hannah Howell. I have a slew of her Highland books but stopped buying her books a couple of years ago. She has a Western (maybe it was the one you read, Willa?)  that sounds good, and I'll keep her Medievals til I can really start on them. I don't have all that many Medievals so I'm holding off ditching some authors right now.

PATRICIA POTTER: I didn't care for her Loveswepts, I think she's more a "big book" author. One Potter that I loved and is on my keeper shelf is RAINBOW - read it as an R&P (read & pitch) and it ended up a keeper. Civil War'ish era, riverboat, gambler, etc., a real sleeper. I'm so tempted to reread it but worry that it hasn't stood the test of time. And I'm not a fan of Civil War era books so this one was a real surprise.

Gail

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 7:20 PM ET
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I'm trying to cull down my tbr and I have a bunch of books I am not sure are worth holding on to ( my tbr is over 1000 so I need to get it down lol)

Kathy Love

Jen Holling

C.J. Barry

Veronica Wolff

Kelly St. John

Anna Windsor

Tess Mallory

Lauren Willig

Cheryl Holt

Laura Kinsale

Christina Dodd

Helen Kirkman

 

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Date Posted: 6/2/2009 7:20 PM ET
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I'm trying to cull down my tbr and I have a bunch of books I am not sure are worth holding on to ( my tbr is over 1000 so I need to get it down lol)

Tess Mallory - name sounds familiar but I could be mixing her up with someone else; but not familiar with her

Lauren Willig - we were just discussing her on the Regency list; I read the first two books in her series but it was an uphill battle with book 2, I don't read her any more; if you do the library you could probably get her books there if you decide to give up your paperbacks

Cheryl Holt - I have some of her books but haven't read them yet; I think her books are kind of sensual/erotic  but I'm not completely sure, but her books DO look good

Laura Kinsale - I don't like her at all; I've tried every single book she's ever written and couldn't get past the first couple of chapters; I ditched all her books a few years ago; she's a huge favorite with most readers, though, so you might want to ask which are her "best" and keep those - though I think a lot of people like everything she's written

Christina Dodd - I like her to a point; think she can blow hot/cold (good/fair); I have some of her contemporaries which look good

All the other authors I'm not familiar with at all.

Gail

 

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 9:20 PM ET
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Laura Kinsale is an amazing writer, they don't come much better.  Do you have The Shadow and the Star or Midsummer Moon? Because you should at least try those.

I find Cheryl Holt icky, kind of like Passion but without as much romance. :-\  Christina Dodd tends to be hit and miss, but I generally enjoy her. I still have a bunch of her on my TBR.

Jen Holling writes a good story. Willig I enjoyed at first but quickly tired of.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 10:01 PM ET
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Veronica Wolff was boring. I don't even think I was able to finish the book I was reading.

Cheryl Holt was just "eh" for me - I read one and got rid of 2 others in my TBR right after.

I liked the Christina Dodd comtemporary I read, but it didn't have me rushing out to pick up (or order) more of her books. I haven't read any of her historicals.

C.J. Barry is in my TBR also, I'd be interested in what others have to say about her.

 

Anyone have any thoughts on Geralyn Dawson (historical westerns)?

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 12:24 AM ET
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Ashley, I can only comment on a few of the authors on your list:

 

Jen Holling - is decent, but nothing to rave about.  I glommed her too for a while, but got bored after a few books.  I think her Brides Of The Bloodstone series kinda stinks, and the others are something like B grade books.  Again, nothing extraordinary, but not a total waste of time either.

Cheryl Holt - is just bad.  Tired & worn out, clichéd plots, and not even especially competent writing stringing all of it together.  I wouldn't waste my time with her, even if the book you picked got reviewed like it was the holy grail - not that it would ever happen, mind you:P

Laura Kinsale - one of my top 10 favorites.  I didn't like Midsummer Moon nearly as much as Willa & some others did, and I thouight that The Hidden Heart - the prequel to  The Shadow & The Star - was a stinker, but she has written some brilliant stuff.  For My Lady's Heart and Shadow Heart are excellent, Flowers From The Storm is simply one of the best romances ever written, and her older books which I finally read recently: Prince of Midnight & Seize The Fire were great as well.

Christina Dodd - is hit or miss.  I've only read her historicals, and I liked the medievals, Once a Knight and A Knight To Remember.  They aren't earth shaking A+ reads, but they are fun and I enjoyed them.  A Well Pleasured Lady is also decent, but Well Favored Gentleman was kinda tepid.  The Governess Brides Series (Rules of Engagement, etc.) were okay, but not her best stuff, IMO.  My personal opinion is that when it comes to regencies, her short stories are better than the full length books:P

 



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Date Posted: 6/3/2009 6:57 PM ET
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Cheryl Holt - had several stages in her career. She wrote competent historicals for Zebra (which have been reprinted when she got popular) but her career was going nowhere and her agent dumped her. Then she hit upon the Erotic Historical market very early and produced formulaic bks with childish bad boy rakes and curious virgins. Now she is writing straight erotica as Miranda Marlowe since people began to complain about how tired her formula were (which she tried to prep up with incestuous villains and stuff)

Laura Kinsale - one of my favorite authors ever. My faves of hers are FOR MY LADY'S HEART - a medieval with Middle English dialogue and  SEIZE THE FIRE - one of the first with a hero with PTSD and still the best IMO. But almost all of them are rivetting in their own way.

Christina Dodd - competent, has good humor and hot sensulaity in her later bks. I view her as a bit of a hack in the way she turns out 4-7 bks a yr, following trends but not setting them, and even taking plots from famous movies like THE SOUND OF MUSIC and SABRINA.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 8:57 PM ET
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The Hidden Heart is the only Kinsale book I haven't kept. Haven't read Seize the Fire yet but it is in the TBR.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 10:15 PM ET
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I have to be one of the only people alive who just can't get into Laura Kinsale's books.  I haven't hated them; I just didn't love them.

Christina Dodd, I agree, is okay.  Some are good, some are the same old plots repackaged in an often pleasing way.  My favorite of her books is That Scandalous Evening

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