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Right now I'm finishing up the second book in a werewolf trilogy by Susan Krinard called Once a Wolf. They are kind of historical/paranormal romances.
Re: "Has anyone else read the Sookie Stackhouse books (e.g. Dead Until Dark?" Why yes, I sure have. They're some of my favorites. I also love the Betsy, Vampire Queen books, J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood novels, and Katie MacAlister's vampire novels. I find Feehan a bit uneven, though I always read everything of hers that I find at the library. :)
Incidentally, I was talking to a friend at work today about going to Abingdon, VA to the Barter Theater and staying at the Martha Washington Inn in the spring. It's suppose to be very quaint and romantic. And I love little historical trips too. (Abingdon is just north of Johnson City.) : )
Re: re: I love all those series. I was getting a little tired of Feehan's series too but I think Dark Celebration restored some of my enthusiasm. I put Harris' Grave books on my TBR list and hopefully I will get to them... well sometime. I find I'm getting behind on when the next serial books are coming out because my TBR pile is getting to be ridiculous. I seriously need to get more organized.
I read Harris' Grave books but wasn't quite as charmed as I was by her Southern Vampire series. I haven't read Dark Celebration yet ~ my TBR piles have gotten absolutely intimidating too, but I think I'll put it on my hold list at the library where I get most of my books.
Have you read Wen Spencer's stories Tinker and Wolf Who Rules? They sound exactly like you were describing, sci-fi/fantasy with a little romance as only a subplot (the books are cataloged as sci-fi). I'd highly recommend them if you haven't read them yet.
Well, I hated the two Wen Spencer books I've read so far, so I haven't been all that willing to read anything else by her. I might try one more but if I don't like that, I won't be continuing with her books (I have a personal three strikes and they are out rule).
I'll have to try some of McKinley's other novels. Which one is y our favorite?
However, I still would only give the "different" book about 100 pages to prove itself likeable (so to speak) before I gave up on that author for the foreseeable future.
My favorite McKinley novel is Beauty (a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as is her book Rose Daughter), but I also love The Blue Sword, The Hero and the Crown, Spindle's End, and Deerskin.
I haven't read anything other than Tinker and Wolf Who Rules by Wen Spencer so I'm not sure about how they would compare. The Ukiah Oregon series didn't really look like something I would like, but I think I might try her novel, A Brother's Price.
If you do give her another shot, I'd love to know how it works out :-)
Quaisior- What didn't you like about the series? Just curious.
I know I mentioned these books before but I was curious. Has anybody else read the Aisling Gray novels by Katie MacAlister? I absolutely fell in love with those. Too bad it takes her so long to write them.
So I should state that I am primarly a reader of paranormal, action/adventure, and futuristic in romance.
My favorites by genre are:
Sherrilyn Kenyon she is the author goddess and I am a total fangirl where she is concerned. Love the Dark-Hunters and the Simi, my favorie being Unleash the Night. I also like her Kinley MacGregor books of Arthurian legend, ie. Sword of Darkness and so on.
Mary Janice Davidson The humor in her books is great. Betsy is so irreverent and saracastic.
Robin D. Owens love her books on Celta. And the whole magical world she has set up. There is a lot of building on Celtic myths here. and I love the Fams I have a weakness for talking magical animals.
Katie MacAlister her contemporaries have great wit and humor in them and the heroines are usually sassy. My favorites being the Aisling Grey novels. Love the Dragons and Demons and Jim the newfie demon is a hoot. Wish she would wrtie them faster. But she says that since she is only doing a limited number of them that she wants to space them out. *I say boo to that, give them to me now!*
Elizabeth Vaughan books are great as well I really enjoyed her Warprize, Warsworn and am looking forward to the forthcoming Warlord. I'm not sure how to describe it other then an alternate history and a bit of an anthropological look at a romance. That's a really bad description. Ummm look it up on amazon.
J.R. Ward is fantastic. Her Blackdagger Brotherhood is just great. I have to say though that my favorite of the three books she currently has out is Lover Awakened. I like Zsadist and how tortured and dangerous he is. Plus some interesting things happen in this book that will really impact future books.
Okay here are the others in brief: Christine Warren, Lora Leigh, Nalini Singh, Angela Knight, Eileen Wilks, Stephanie Rowe, Gena Showalter and Deidre Knight
Anne Bishop is just the most fantastic author. I love all of her work and count her Black Jewels Trilogy as my favortie fantasy work of all time. Also her new Ephemera Duology is great. Sebastian was an interesting start and I am looking forward to the conclusion in Bella Donna. Bella Donna reminds me a bit of Jaenelle in the scope of her power and the dark and light sides of her nature.
Kim Harrison's novels about Rachel Morgan are gold. I love how much trouble Rachel get's into and her assorted friends and associates. If your going to read about her I would start from the beginning with Dead Witch Walking.
Kelley Armstrong and her Women of Otherworld series is great. Although it is almost like two series in one with some books focusing on Elena and her pack (my favs) and the others on Paige Winterbourne and her people.
Lilith Saintcrow I really got hooked on her with Working For The Devil it's just great. And Dante Valentine is one cool woman.
Gail Dayton and her the Rose books Compass Rose and Barbed Rose I love the complex family structure in these books and am looking forward to the next one.
Mercedes Lackey I don't like all of her work but I love her Dragon Jousters Series. I love Dragons, at least the good kind and she has them. To get the most from these books start at the beginning with Joust.
And Keri Arthur she's new here to the states but well known in her native Australia. I love the Riley Jensen series. I just read Full Moon Rising and am looking forward to the next book. Riley reminds me a bit of Rachel Morgan in her attitude and ability to find trouble.
Catherine Asaro love her Saga of the Skolian Empire. My favorites being The Last Hawk, The Radiant Seas, Ascendant Sun and The Moon's Shadow. Personally I think that to get the best reading experience you should start with the first novel Primary Inversion I know some people have started in the middle but I think you get more when you know all the references and back history.
S.L. Viehl and her Stardoc novels and their offshoots such as Blade Dancer, Bio Rescue and Afterburn. This is a fantastic space-opera I guess is what you would call it. Personally I just inhale them. Some of you may know her as Lynn Viehl of the Darkyn books. Personally I prefer her Stardoc novels.
Laurell K. Hamilton I like the Meredith Gentry books although LKH is heavy on the graphic sex. I don't mind but some do. I read one Anita Blake book Narcissus in Chains and didn't like it. Now after so many postive Anita reviews I am thinking that maybe I should give her second chance and start at the beginning.
Whew that was long. Got a lot of favorites. ;-D
I haven't bought Mistral's Kiss. Maybe I'll buy it in paperback form. I don't mind Gentry's magical cootchie, but I hate it that she makes those men into wimpish slavering idiots. I agree the first books of the Blake series are pretty good. Start with those.
I liked Every Which Way But Dead more than A Fistful of Charms simply because I think in Fistful that the heroine is slipping into unethical behavior. Also, I don't normally notice editorial issues, but my copy used "break" instead of "brake" several times and it became annoying.
Hi! Bloodsucking Fiends had quite a few humorous moments. It was an enjoyable book. I haven't read You Suck yet, but bookstore customers tell me it's good, too.
Bishop's Dark Jewels Trilogy (Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, and Queen of the Darkness) is set in a matriarchal society controlled by witches. The story centers on one young girl, Jaenelle, who is believed to be the fulfillment of a prophecy. The series portrays Jaenelle's development from witch to queen from the perspective of three males who would play an important part in her life.
Carey's books (Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen, and Kushiel's Avatar) are set in a sort of alternative Renaissance France (with an interesting pseudo-Christian mythological background). There's no way to describe the series further without having it sound like (at best) soft-core S&M porn, but the main character is an "anguisette" (i.e., a courtesan who finds pleasure in pain).
I adore them. :)
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i abseloutly adore Laurell K. Hamilton. i cait wait for her books. Sherrilyn Kenyon's dark hunters serie is also very near my heart. i loved one of Feehans books, the first i read, "dark celabretion", but her others is just not the same..
i just got sooo many.heh. Kelly Armstrong is a dear favorite of mine too, and Lynsay Sands. I GOT SOOO MANY!