Must Read Authors and Giveaway!

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.

9780399158957_medAnother 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.

ScandalWearsSatinMy 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.

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55 Responses to Must Read Authors and Giveaway!

  1. CateS says:

    Robyn Carr is one of mine… I like her characterizations and the linking of characters from one book to the next.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Cate, I hear such great things about Robyn Carr. Oddly, I haven’t read her books. I actually like those kinds of stories, and I am going to pick up one. Maybe she’ll become my next Must Read author. :) Thanks!

  2. James Patterson used to be a must read author for me until he started churning out books via co-authors.

    Dean Koontz is a must read author for me. I love the way he puts ordinary characters into extraordinary situations and makes them fight to survive.
    Cindy Carroll`s last blog was …Almost Normal Snippet – a new lead

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Cindy, I only started to read one of Patterson’s books – to see what all the fuss was about. It must’ve been one of the churned-out books. It made me lose respect for him.

      Dean Koontz, though, is a brilliant author. Not just his plotting, but his writing, too. :)

  3. My must-reads that come to mind immediately are Brenda Novak, Harlan Coben and Stephen King, but I have a wide variety of tastes and read many genres so I know I’m probably leaving out a lot of others that I would automatically buy if I saw they had a new book out. :smile:
    Catherine Chant`s last blog was …Guest Blogging at RomCon March 10

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Cathy, I heart Brenda! Harlan Coben is another brilliant writer. Like you, I read in many genres. I also read non-fiction, too. And when I’m full-out writing, the only books I take time to read are my friends. Oh well.

  4. Renee Uitto says:

    My must read author is Jodi Picoult. She has awesome stories!

  5. Karen White and Haywood Smith are favorites of mine. I love Robin Carr and Nora, of course. Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love keep me entertained, too. I’ll come back and add a few later, when I can remember them!

  6. Amy Remus says:

    I have so many must read authors I don’t think I could name just one. Probably the one near and dear to my heart is Misty Evans because she is the that introduced me to paranormal / fantasy romance. I never thought I would read that genre but I loved her rom suspense books so much and couldn’t get enough of her writing so I tried her other books. I fell in love with them and quickly read everything she had available to me. Now I read in so many genres and like to mix it up and have learned of a lot of must-read authors! I haven’t read Jayne Ann Krentz or Loretta Chase but have heard of JAK. Thanks for introducing me to more authors, Edie!
    Amy Remus`s last blog was …Review, Interview, & Giveaway: Icebound by Julie Rowe

  7. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Edie,

    As you know I’m a big fan of JAK. I don’t remember ever having read Loretta Chase! Another must read author for me is Catherine Coulter. She’s also prolific and I’m behind on her books, too.

    Dale
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Touched by Death – free on the 26th and 27th

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Dale, I know your schedule and don’t know how you find time to read. Sometimes I don’t. It’s sad, because I got into this because I love books so much.

  8. Kristine Radgman says:

    My must read author is Christine Feehan I love her books especially her Sea Haven novels. I like books where the characters have strong family ties

  9. Liz Kreger says:

    Huge fan of JAK, Edie. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I salivate when I hear something is coming out by Jeaniene Frost, Patricia Briggs, and Chistine Henry. All wonderful UF authors.

    I really think that our tastes tend to grow more sophisticated as we read. I know that once upon a time I used to devour anything I could get my hands on when it comes to romance. Didn’t matter what the genre was or who the author was. Now? There is so much to chose from that I’m pretty picky in what I read. I’ve burned out on categories and historicals. I recently read a contemporary and was left with that “meh” feeling. I guess I’m strictly a paranormal/urban fantasy reader. And who knows? That may change in the future.

    Yet even then, there are authors that I’ve read for years that I’ve just lost interest in. Won’t name names, but their books started sounding pretty much the same to me after awhile. Pity.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Liz, I’ve lost interest in some authors for the same reason. I used to love their books, but we change – and that’s a good thing. We wouldn’t want to be stagnent.

  10. Edie,
    Mine have sort of changed over time… Friends’ novels I try to read whenever possible (I’ve been desperately waiting for a break in my daily chaos to read your recent Miracle book!!), but I used to read *every* Jennifer Crusie and *every* Susan Elizabeth Phillips and *every* Elizabeth Berg, and now I’m lucky if I even know when a new book of theirs comes out. Maybe their writing has changed a bit or maybe it’s my tastes, but I’ve been leaning more toward other kinds of stories — more offbeat stuff, fewer “bestsellers.” I’m sort of in a place right now where too much of anything familiar isn’t working for me the way it used to… ;)
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Happy “Pi” Day!

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Marilyn, exactly! In fact, I used to desperately wait for two of the authors you mentioned, too. Those are the ones I stopped enjoying. I almost feel guilty when I don’t buy their books now, as if I were cheating on them. lol

  11. Lori Brighton says:

    Julie Garwood historicals! I think she perfectly combines strong heros and romantic life or death plots.

  12. Eliza Daly says:

    I totally agree with Cindy Carroll about James Patterson and his co-authors. My must read authors are always changing, depending on the genre I’m writing. I also go through streaks where I read a lot and then other times not so much. Right now I need to get young adult author Ally Carter’s next Heist Society book because I am obsessed with art forgery. And I’m looking for a chick lit author I can’t put down.

  13. Edie,

    I’ve too many authors, I love but don’t have as much time to read these days. So I won’t answer your question, but I will say I’m trying to read new authors when I do have the time. And I’m really most interested in women’s fiction and mystery suspense. Once in a while I read an historical. Ones I’ve enjoyed lately are Michelle Diener and Amy Atwell.
    Casey Clifford`s last blog was …Winter Doldrums

  14. Amy Atwell says:

    Once again, I see going through the comments that Marilyn and I are twins separated at birth. I’m also a huge SEP and Crusie fan. I will also confess to being a fan of Angi Morgan’s books because she squeezes so much adrenaline and adventure in a short read.
    Amy Atwell`s last blog was …Story Icons: The Little Mermaid

  15. One of the best novels I have read in a very long time is Fatty Patty by Kathleen Irene Paterka; Patty is such a gem. That little sound you hear are Lotto Lucy and Father Greg are singing out from my TBR stack. My old dogs are still on the keeper shelf, and I find that I walk by and smile as I remember some of the scenes in my old Claire Delacroix or Shelly Thacker titles, and certainly I will buy those authors again, but I am really enjoying discovering the new voices that speak to me.

  16. Barbara Elness says:

    I have quite a few but the top two are Eloisa James because her prose is beautiful and speaks to me, I always lose myself in her stories; and Jennifer Estep because I love her supernatural world and gritty assassin heroine Gin, who does everything she can to help those who need it most, never gives up no matter how bad it gets and always comes through in the end.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Barbara, Jennifer Estep is one of my author friends who’s a must buy. lol I’m a huge fan of hers. She’s going to be our guest this Thursday! She’s doing a giveaway, so I hope you come back then.

  17. Great post, Edie. Like you, my friends are auto-buys. Everyone on this blog, and quite a few, like Jennifer, who are frequent guests! I’m lucky I’ve got such talented friends!

    As you know, I’m a huge JAK fan, and yes, like you, I know it’s the same plot, the same h/h and I love it anyway. Same with Dick Francis (the ones he wrote with his wife, not the ones he wrote with his son). Same hero, again and again, but I just don’t care. Give me more!

    I’m a Nora and JK Robb fan, too. And I will read anything that comes from Terry Pratchett and Iain M. Banks. And anything that comes from Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews.

    But like Marilyn, I’m also a LOT in the mood for something different, something that fires my imagination and takes away my breath with its world-building and daring.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      I’m also a LOT in the mood for something different, something that fires my imagination and takes away my breath with its world-building and daring.

      Michelle, you just described Daughter of the Sky!!!!

      You know that I’m a huge fan of the books Dick Francis co-wrote with his wife. I think that’s because of the main character. She wrote such an awesome main male pov character. I love that man. Just thinking about him makes me want to go to my bookcase and grab one of his/her books. Maybe Dick Francis helped with the plotting and the story, but I’m convinced his wife did all the writing.

  18. Kimh says:

    Love Leslie Kelly and Jill shalvis books
    Ty, have a great week

  19. Darlyn says:

    A must read is Judith McNaught. The last book she wrote is Every Breath You Take. There should a new one that going to published but something went wrong, maybe.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Darlyn, Judith McNaught is an amazing author. Every once in a while, I wonder what happened to her. I’ll definitely snap up her next book, too. I have no idea when that will be, but I hope it’s soon.

  20. Misty Evans says:

    SEP, Jennifer Estep, Cynthia Eden, Edie Ramer, Stacia Kane. There are more, depending on what mood I’m in and how much time I have to read. :)

  21. CrystalGB says:

    Nalini Singh. She creates such amazing worlds and characters.

  22. Chelsea B. says:

    Kerrelyn Sparks: She makes me laugh so hard, but also swoon, which is hard to pull off at the same time ;-)
    Kresley Cole: Oh, the sexual tension!
    Cindy Miles: Sexy Scottish accents from another time who are cursed? Yes, please!
    Cynthia Eden: Hot, hot HOT!
    Sabrina Jeffries: So clever!
    Eve Silver and Charlotte Featherstone: Gothic romances for the WIN!
    :-)

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Chelsea, I can’t remember if I read a Kerrelyn Sparks book, but I love to laugh. I’ll check her books out. I’m already a huge fan of Cynthia Eden. Love her writing!

  23. Jorie says:

    Good afternoon, Ms. Ramer!!

    Invariably, I am always a bit at a loss to solidify where my literary wanderings are rendered on a repetitive basis! I am one of those readers who is readily engrossed in reading everything she can on bookish industry news,… from debut authors to established writers who continue to put out a breadth of work that has both encapsuled the depth your referencing in your post and the ability to draw us into a world unlike the one we live our ordinary lives. I love the emmersion of stepping outside our shoes, entering another person’s life, and guiding ourselves through their internal thoughts and their outward actions that lead us into a window we had yet to find left open. There are a few authors by which, I return too quite oft of late, and they are as follows:

    the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Altherton,
    the Daughters of Boston series by Julie Lessman {& its subquence of sequels},
    & the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King!

    I am attracted to books that hold within them a bevy of historical perspective or an engaging wit as well. Such as: the House Girl by Tara Conklin, the Girl in the Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold, A Vintage Affair by Isobal Wolff, and the School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister!

    Of course, this only is the tipping of an iceberg,… smiles cheekily,…

    Thank you for offering this lovely giftcard giveaway!
    I’d choose B&N, although I tend to purchase from the Book Depository a bit more!

    Musefully,
    Jorie

    {ps} I am going to look up the authors you’ve mentioned to see if my library has their books,.. I too, am always on the look out for a cosy paranormal suspense, so I was quite keen to see one of them writes in this thread of thought!

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Jorie, I’m sure you’ll find books by Jayne Ann Krentz and Loretta Chase at your libraries. Cynthia Eden is a RITA finalist for her romantic suspense – that’s a very prestigious award, and I’m thrilled for her!

  24. sonja connor says:

    i love reading just about anything. I loved your Mind Readers!! My must read author at the moment is Connie Suttle! love all of her books!!

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