Barbara Elness won the $10 gift card for either Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo. Congratulations, Barbara!
I used to have many Must Read Authors. That was before so many of my friends became authors. Even if the author is a friend, I have to like their genre and their writing to put them on my list, but there are only a few genres I don’t read. And I’m lucky to know so many authors who are great writers.
Another reason I’ve dropped some old favorites is that my tastes have changed. I like romance in books, but I also like meaty plots. I don’t want it to be just a girl and a guy who are attracted to each other, but they don’t trust or like each other. And if a misconception is keeping the hero and heroine apart, the author has lost me as a fan.
I also love it when an author doesn’t always write the same book over and over, just changing the names of the characters, tweaking the story and their looks. I’m not proud of it, but I have a low threshold of boredom.
Yet two of my Must Read authors who are not my friends have broken one or more of the “don’t wants.” Jayne Ann Krentz is my first one. I’ve read all her non-category books, and I eagerly await the next one. Lucky for me and other fans, she’s a fast writer in three categories, under three different names: Jayne Ann Krentz, contemporary paranormal/romantic suspence; Amanda Quick, historical paranormal/ romantic suspense; and Jayne Castle, futuristic paranormal/romantic suspense. All the books in the three categories have the same basic plot and same basic hero and heroine. Doesn’t matter. There’s just something about her writing that makes her books riveting for me.
My other Must Read Author is Loretta Chase. She’s the opposite of Jayne Ann Krentz. Where JAK puts out at least 3 books a year, Loretta Chase might release a book a year. One of my favorite Loretta Chase books is LORD OF SCOUNDRELS. In it, the hero and heroine are instant enemies – something that I normally won’t read. But I will when the characters are funny and smart and outrageous. And Ms. Chase’s writing if superb. Yet I wouldn’t love the same situation in every book of hers. No worries. Loretta Chase’s characters and plots are different in every book. And for the most part, I’ve loved every one.
I’m giving away $10 gift card to a lucky commenter from either Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo. Just tell me who your Must Read author is and why.