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Picky Reader Feb 04

I need a new author to read.

I don’t often discuss what authors and books I read because everything falls into the “romance” category. I usually read romantic suspense with some contemporary romance thrown in for easy reading. For every person who has gone, “OH! I LOVE that author!” there have been two who give me that, “You read that crap?” look.

The category isn’t crap, but it does idealize life. I like them because they always have a happy ending. No matter what trials and tribulations have to be endured, no matter how bad things get, the end result is a happy one. I really like the illusion that even though the story lines contain real life situations, that the end result is always a happy one. There just isn’t enough happy news in the world today.

The problem is, there isn’t a whole lot that distinguishes my mystery-with-romance-included from other books that should be labeled erotica but aren’t. While smut is big right now thanks to 50 Shades (there’s a book club for it), it’s not my genre. I don’t want to read bedroom adventures of fictional characters unless there’s another story to go along with it.

I’m sure you’re extra curious by now as to who I’m reading.

Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series is amazing and the stars are usually Navy SEALs. Elizabeth Lowell doesn’t just tell you a story, she teaches you about something as well. The Maya, the Pacific Northwest, and gems come to mind immediately. Nora Roberts is just a fantastic story teller. While, typically, her characters come into their relationships a little too easily for my mind, she has a way of making you love the characters so much that you have to know the ending, whether it ends with the book you’re holding or two books later as part of one of her many trilogies. Janet Evanovich is skirting writing categories because her Plum series isn’t as mysterious or romantic as it used to be, but the things that happen to Stephanie and Company are so crazy that you have to see what happens next. Laura Griffin’s Tracers series is the newest in my collection and – while it lacks some of the polish of Brockmann’s point of view telling, Lowell’s description, and Roberts’ character descriptions – is another series of good reads.

That’s it, that’s all I’ve got. When those five authors release a book, I’m all over it.

Sure, I’ve read other authors. Sandra Brown, Jude Devereaux, Jayne Ann Krentz and Heather Graham, to name a few more who randomly exist on my bookshelf. And books don’t exist on my bookshelf unless the book has proven its re-readabilty – or is one of the five aforementioned authors. Thanks to cheaper books on my Nook, I’ve also read Pamela Clare and Catherine Mann. Good authors, but I’m not stalking their webpages like some authors (see above ;)).

So, can anyone out there tell me who else I should be reading? Or, at least someone to try and see if they fit my picky standards? I’ve really been burned by a couple of cheap reads I’ve tried…

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  1. Sharon Shinn is an amazing writer – I really, really recommend her. She’s categorized as sci/fi or fantasy, but really, she’s just a great storyteller, and her characters stay with you forever. She’s got several different series – the 12 Houses is probably my favorite, but her Samaria books are wonderful as well. And if you like Nora Roberts, I’m assuming you also do JD Robb? If not, you should. I think there JD Robb books are better than her straight Nora Roberts books.

    I love your blog! So glad you commented on mine 🙂

    • Erin says:

      I am ridiculously excited about your book recommendations. I don’t LOVE sci/fi or fantasy, but I like expanding my authors. 🙂 I don’t yet read J.D. Robb, but after reading Suzanne Brockmann’s Born to Darkness I realized I might like them. My mom has been pushing me towards Robb for years!