Top Ten Tuesday: My Auto-Buy Authors

August 18, 2015 Elizabeth Camden, Jen Turano, Julie Klassen, Karen Witemeyer, Kristan Higgins, Laura Frantz, Laurie Alice Eakes, Lynette Eason, Sarah Addison Allen, Top Ten Tuesday, Varina Denman 97

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I must confess – today’s topic (also known as – If you write it, I will read it) stresses me out.  Why? Because I have SO MANY AUTHORS on my I-will-read-whatever-they-write list.  I can’t possibly narrow it down to ten.  (Next confession: My budget doesn’t allow for a lot of buying, per se, so consider this also an “auto-library-checkout list”.)  TEN. Only TEN. Impossible. So I had to come up with some sort of guidelines if this post had any hopes of ever being written.  For starters, if they were included in my posts for last week’s Top Ten Tuesday about authors I’ve read the most or yesterday’s Bout of Books fictional world travel challenge, I’m not going to list them on today’s post.  Even though all of those authors ARE also on my auto-buy/auto-checkout list.  Feel free to hop over to those posts and consider them as part of today’s Top Ten Tuesday as well if you’d like 🙂

Laura Frantz

Courting Morrow Little

I’m such a huge fan of Laura’s novels, especially the historicals set in Kentucky.  Her writing is so poetic and paints the most gorgeous pictures for you as you read.  You will fall in love with her characters, too! Full of heart and hope and history. Courting Morrow Little is my favorite so far but it has very close rivals in all of her other books. Her newest book The Mistress of Tall Acre releases September 1st!!

Karen Witemeyer

short straw bride

Ohhh Short-Straw Bride.  I should have picked a different cover to display because I get so distracted by this story! (Focus, Carrie. Top Ten List.) Karen Witemeyer’s books are full of spunky heroines, hunky heroes, hilarious humor, a twist of suspense, and delicious steal-your-breath romance. I really can’t even pick a favorite because they are all so good. I reviewed her latest book A Worthy Pursuit in June.

Lynette Eason

no place to hide

Lynette writes contemporary romantic suspense that will leave you riveted until you have everything figured out. So… basically until you’ve reached the end 🙂 My favorite series are the Deadly Reunion books and the Hidden Identity series, but ALL of her books are good.  She also writes for the Love Inspired Suspense line from Harlequin. I reviewed No Place to Hide earlier this year and also interviewed Lynette.  Love her!

Varina Denman

Justified

If you’ve followed my blog for very long, you know that Varina Denman is a favorite around these parts. And for good reason! Her smooth and unique writing voice draws you immediately into the story, and the engaging characters plop down beside you as friends by the time you’ve finished reading.  Her upcoming release Jilted is due out next year (I’m getting very impatient haha!), but in the meantime you can read my review of Jaded or Justified or one of my interviews with Varina.

Kristan Higgins

the best man

Oh my goodness – I just adore Kristan Higgins’ books!! I giggle nearly all the way through them – in between swooning and grinning idiotically.  Her books are full of laugh-out-loud hilarity, breathless romance (but nothing smutty), “real” heroes & heroines, and heartwarming (if a little bit quirky) family. Note to my “Christian fiction” readers: This isn’t Christian fiction. Read accordingly. Don’t write me letters  Unless of course you love her books too.  Then, write me letters 🙂  Kristan’s latest book If You Only Knew releases later this month.

Laurie Alice Eakes

reluctant courtship

I first discovered Laurie Alice’s books through the Daughters of Bainbridge House series and then devoured her Midwives series and the Cliffs of Cornwall books.  When I read her novels, I can feel the story come to life around me and I’m immersed in the setting and the characters.  Her newest book The Mountain Midwife, which releases in December, is her first contemporary novel, and I’m really excited to read it! Characters in Mountain Midwife are descended from characters in the Midwives and Cornwall series, so as Laurie Alice says on her website – her worlds “come together and live on”.

Julie Klassen

Tutor'sDaughter_mck.indd

If you love Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters, you need to be reading Julie Klassen! Seriously. Her books, in turn, make me smile and laugh and cry with the characters and then realize that I’ve been holding my breath with the sheer romance of some scenes.  Not to mention the suspense and intrigues she weaves into her stories! The Tutor’s Daughter is one of my all-time favorites, and The Secret of Pembrooke Park and Lady Maybe are newer favorites.  Her latest book The Painter’s Daughter comes out in December – yay!!

Elizabeth Camden

with every breath

Elizabeth Camden’s books are rich in history and characters and heart.  You will be swept up in the story in a matter of words and won’t be able to put down the book until you’ve finished it. I reviewed With Every Breath in June – it’s one of my favorites, along with The Rose of Winslow Street, but you can’t go wrong with any of her books.  Elizabeth’s next novel, Until the Dawn, comes out in December.  (I’ve got lots to read when December hits apparently lol)

Sarah Addison Allen

sugar queen

Sarah’s Goodreads bio says that her books are “a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility.” I couldn’t have said it better, so I didn’t even bother to try lol.  I adore the whimsical fantasy element to her books – not so “out there” as to be impossible, just believable enough to make you look a  little closer at dancing lights and things that seem to appear out of nowhere.  My favorites are The Sugar Queen and the Waverley family series, but they are all so captivating.  Note to my “Christian fiction” readers: This isn’t Christian fiction. Read accordingly. Don’t write me letters. Unless of course you love her books too.  Then, write me letters 🙂

Jen Turano

in good company

Jen Turano is another author that has me regularly alternating between laughing out loud and swooning. I love being immersed in the historical settings with such wonderfully endearing characters who get into some of the most hilarious antics! I recently reviewed the first two books in her latest series – After A Fashion and In Good Company.  The third book is set to release in March 2016.

Ok.  Whew.  That’s my top 10 list.  But really, there are so many more – Victoria Bylin, Melissa Tagg, Katie Ganshert, Dawn Crandall, Sarah Ladd, Becky Wade, Dani Pettrey, Regina Jennings.  Not to mention the authors that I talked about yesterday and last Tuesday.

What about you? Who are the authors for you whose books you have to snatch up on release day?

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.)

Carrie

97 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: My Auto-Buy Authors”

  1. kim amundsen

    10 excellent author to read. I too am on a tight budget.

  2. novelinkchristy

    I’m sad to say that I haven’t read any of the authors you have listed 🙁 I’ll have to take a little trip to Goodreads though and check them out!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog <3

  3. Amy

    I’ve not read any of these authors but I love the Bronte’s so I might check out Julie Klassen. Thanks for visiting my post earlier 🙂

  4. ChrissiReads

    I haven’t read any of these authors 🙂 The books have such beautiful covers. Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier.

  5. Literary Feline

    Keeping it down to ten was hard, I agree! I really like your list! I haven’t read Lynette Eason or Sarah Addison Allen yet, but both are on my must read author lists. And it sounds like Julie Klassen is an author I should try! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    A library check out list is a great idea! I struggled with this because I don’t have many authors that I will auto-buy all their books. But I will certainly borrow them from the library.

    I’ve only read Kristan Higgins, but I like her books a lot.

  7. Beth @ Perpetual New Girl

    I really didn’t want to narrow my list down, but I managed. When doing this list, I certainly didn’t think autobuy meant own their books for my shelf and thought it included library reserve requests too. We do not have any overlap but I could’ve added a couple from your list to my TTT too and been quite happy with the selection.

    Great list of romantic authors! Happy Reading.

  8. Suzie Quint

    Kristen Higgins is hit or miss for me, but when she’s good, she’s very good. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. jill hoke

    I’ve read several of these authors. Jaded is on my Kindle. I’ve heard good things about it. Great list.

  10. Clare

    These all look so great! I am going to have to look them up immediately! Thanks for stopping by our blog!

  11. calliopethebookgoddess

    Are these books/authors considered historical romances? I haven’t heard of or read any of them, and i want to give one a try, any recommendations?

    • Carrie

      Laura Frantz, Karen Witemeyer, Laurie Alice Eakes, Julie Klassen, Elizabeth Camden & Jen Turano are all historical romances. I would HIGHLY recommend any of them. If you like to laugh, go with Karen Witemeyer or Jen Turano. If you like Jane Austen or Jane Eyre, read Lady Maybe or Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen.

  12. lynnsbooks

    Haha, I haven’t heard of any of these authors but you clearly had great fun with your list and had even more that you snuck in at the end!
    Lynn 😀

  13. Rissi

    Love Lynette Eason’s novels! She never fails to deliver a fabulous, edge-of-your-seat suspense work of fiction. Elizabeth Camden writes exquisite historical fiction. I’ve had favorites among hers (like, I don’t really love her second novel), but I’ve read them all… I think. 😉

    Kristan Higgins books look really cute too. She’d be a newbie author, but I’m up for a sweet contemporary ANY day of the week. 🙂

    • Carrie

      Kristan Higgins’ books are hysterical!! My favorite is The Best Man and then the Blue Heron series that goes on from that one. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  14. karma2015

    Great list! I might have to check out some of these authors. There books sound really interesting.

  15. Mackenzie Dufries

    Wow! You have such a great list! Laura Frantz, Karen Witemeyer, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Jen Turano are some of my favorites as well! Some of the authors you listed are new to me; I just might have to check them out, they sound wonderful!

  16. bookishrachel

    I still need to read The Sugar Queen, as well as some more of her books, but I loved Garden Spells and First Frost. So far The Girl Who Chased the Moon is my favorite. 🙂

      • bookishrachel

        It’s the first one of hers that I ever bought and I’ve read about 60 pages. I couldn’t get into it at the time, but I’ve read three since, so I’ll be revisiting it soon.

  17. Carrie @ Other Women's Stories

    I’ve been thinking about adding “read a historical (or regency) romance” to my 2016 reading goals. I’ll have to remember your list as it looks like a great place to start!

    • Carrie

      There are some great ones here – Julie Klassen is great for Regency romance!! As well as Laurie Alice Eakes’ Daughters of Bainbridge House series

  18. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    Yes I too am a library auto check out person!! I can’t afford to buy all the books (although I would love to)! I haven’t read any of these authors but will be checking them out now!

  19. coloursaur

    I’ve not heard of many of the authors on your list, but I’m definitely going to have a look at Sarah Addison Allen – her book cover is beautiful and it sounds very intriguing!

  20. readerbuzz

    I’m the opposite: there are very few authors that I auto-buy!

    readerbuzz.blogspot.com

  21. Harini

    I haven’t even read a single author from the list :O. And all of them seem fantastic.

  22. JoRayne

    So many historical ficiton books! Love it, great list. Thanks for stopping at my blog.

  23. Chetana

    This is a great list. It’s introduced me to new authors which is one of the best parts about checking out new blogs. Love your blog 🙂

  24. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Awk, I don’t even know any of these authors, but that is SO EPIC that you have so many authors you trust completely. ME TOO. Although I’m super nosey, so if I recognise an author’s name and feel vaguely goodly towards them….I want to read it. xD
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  25. Mary Jane

    I see that you like historical romance/fiction. I’m inclined to read those books under that genre, too. Maybe I’ll check out the authors in your list! Great list, btw.

    Jane @the bookdragon

    • Carrie

      I do lean more toward that genre. These authors are great!! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  26. Jen_FairyTales

    I haven’t read any of these authors. But, I have Sugar Queen on my “read this soon” list! I also need to give Kristan Higgins a try. I’m not a big contemporary fan, but I’ve heard so many awesome things about her.

  27. Amanda

    How could I forget Elizabeth Camden? She is another favorite of mine!
    I need to read Varina Denman’s books, since I have heard a lot about them.
    Thanks again for stopping by!

  28. Renee

    Wonderful list! Am definitely going to check out these authors and most likely add a ton of books to by ever growing TBR pile. Yeah!!

  29. Kim Griffin (@BookwormBR)

    I haven’t read any of these authors, but the covers of the books you posted look beautiful! I might have to give some of these authors a try! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  30. thereviewdiaries

    These are all new to me authors, but quite a few are going straight on my want to read list now!

  31. marieharris725

    Fantastic list! I wish I’d thought to change mine to “auto-request from library” too. I was only able to come up with 5, because I stuck to the original topic, but I’m totally a fan of going slightly rogue in order to get to 10! Thank you for stopping by my TTT!