Updated: Jan 23
I get asked a lot what I personally like to read.
It's quite a list. Lol!
I grew up in a family of romance readers. My mother, my aunt, my grandmother were all avid readers, so I grew up with romances everywhere! Bags upon bags of them. We would go to yard sales and Library sales and bring home bags and boxes of fresh reading material.
I could never get into the thick, sweeping westerns my mom loved, but the shorter, spicier books? Oh, yeah, I was all over them! I would even sneak them into school to read when I was supposed to be doing other things! They couldn't really bitch at me, though, because I had excellent grades.
As you can see by my keeper shelf above, I tend to lean toward paranormal, paranormal military, fantasy, contemporary. You wouldn't know that I write military. There are even some historicals in the back. I don't discriminate. If the writing is good and there's a happy ever after, I'm all for it.
So, who's on my shelf? Let's start with paranormal/fantasy.
~Christine Feehan is a big one. LOVE her Ghostwalkers. I found her through reading her Carpathians, but then slid over to the military.
~Anne McCaffrey was a huge influence in my life. I remember dragging the Dragonriders of Pern around on the bus. She made me DREAM, in a huge way. And yes, I may have 20,000 words of my own dragon romance floating around on a hard drive somewhere.
~Nalini Singh is one of my current favorites. Her Archangels are AMAZING!
~Marjorie M Liu- She's getting more into comic books now but she's an amazing contemporary paranormal author.
~Laurell K Hamilton- LOVE her Anita Blake series, though it kind of took a different direction in the middle. I appreciate the kick ass heroines.
~Ilona Andrews and Kate Daniels- same lines. I LOVE Kate! She kicks ass. And I'm so happy for the new series as well!
~JR Ward- fellow Kentucky girl. Love her BDB!
~Sherillyn Kenyon. I read her early!
How about contemporary or military?
~Right in the middle of the shelf is a Silhouette Special Edition by Jessica Barkley. I absolutely loved that book. As far as I can tell she only wrote 3, and that was her first. I read it about once a year now.
~Lindsay McKenna was my first foray into military romance. Her Morgan's Mercenaries... man. I remember dumping bags of romances on the living room floor looking for other books in the series! Thirty years ago ( hell I'm old...) there was no grabbing it off Kindle. You had to hope another book was in the mystery bag. I can still remember lines of dialogue because I read them so many times.
~Elle James is amazing. You can always count on a good read with her. I don't know how she puts out as many words as she does.
~Susan Stoker is an incredible writer. Another woman that puts out books faster than I can keep up with! Lol
~Suzanne Brockman is also an incredible writer.
~Nora Roberts- seems to literally have a book for every season/feeling/mood. Lol
~Desiree Holt- I want to be her when I grow up!
Whew! That's a good start on what I like to read. These days I prefer to listen to audiobooks just because of time constraints, but every once in a while I sit down with my phone and absorb words.
Have you read any of these authors?