First, thanks to Jen at Red Hot Books for having me on the site! I was a reader long before I became a writer, so it’s great to talk about authors I love. First, a disclaimer: There’s no way I can mention every author I enjoy because that would take too long. For a more complete list, you can go here and that still won’t cover everyone. Disclaimer aside, here are the top five authors that make me drop everything when they have a new release:
Melissa Marr. Whether it’s sinister-yet-sensual faeries (Wicked Lovely); the Hungry Dead (Graveminder); witches, shifters, and daemons in a mesmerizing carnival (Carnival of Souls), or an otherworld that gives Cowboys and Aliens a run for its money (not-yet-released The Arrivals), I am hooked on Melissa’s stories. She blends richly-layered world building with characters so vibrant it’s not unusual for me to dream about them.
Ilona Andrews. Another author who matches awesome world building with addictive characters. If you’re a series junkie like me, I can’t recommend the Kate Daniels books highly enough. If you like your stories in one-and-done form, then check out Gunmetal Magic, a stand-alone spinoff set in the Kate Daniels world, or any novel in Ilona’s “The Edge” series. Don’t blame me when you miss out on sleep, though. Her books don’t like to be put down.
Kresley Cole. Her Immortals After Dark series is my literary crack. Each book is filled sexiness, humor, and enough emotional drama to make me tear up at times. These books are firmly on my Keeper shelf for whenever I wanted a guaranteed great read, or a great re-read.
Charlaine Harris. She’s the woman who brought us Sookie, Eric, Bill, and Alcide. Need I say more? Okay, I will: The Southern Vampire Mysteries manages to blend quirkiness with horror, humor with sensuality, and the supernatural with the mundane so smoothly that one might be tempted to believe Bon Temps actually exists. Also, Charlaine is so warm and gracious that someone ought to tell her she’s a rock star because clearly she’s unaware of that.
Nalini Singh. Her Guild Hunter series is pure magic. I love the blend of angels, vampires, and natural-born hunters. Elena and Raphael burn up the pages, as do Dmitri and Honor, and in case Nalini didn’t hear me the first time I said it…can we get a Bluebell book? PLEASE?! *wink*
Thank you to Jeaniene Frost for sharing these recommendations! I asked Jeaniene to be a part of this feature because her Night Huntress books were among my very first UF/ PNR reads and I still love re-reading them. The series follows the lives and romance of half-blood vampire Cat and her uber-sexy partner Bones. Jeaniene has also written spinoff books featuring side characters in the series (which I also love.) If you haven’t read this series yet, start with Halfway to the Grave. It won’t let you down.
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