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 🙂
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!!
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 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!
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.
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.
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”.
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’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’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 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.)