Top Ten Tuesday: It Takes Two To Tango

Posted October 13, 2015 by meezcarrie in C.S. Lewis, Carla Laureano, Dawn Crandall, Deeanne Gist, Irene Hannon, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kristan Higgins, Lynette Eason, Pepper Basham, Top Ten Tuesday, Varina Denman / 81 Comments


*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog linkup hosted by The Broke and The Bookish*

It’s Tuesday, folks, and you know what that means – another installment of the popular blog linkup “Top Ten Tuesday”. This week’s theme is author duos you’d love to see write a book together.  I’m only going to go with 5 pairs because this is a lot harder than it seems lol.  But, still, 5 pairs is 10 authors so I’m not really cheating, right? 😉

varina and dawn

Why: I very rarely enjoy first person narratives but I do love the way both of these lovely authors use the technique. Also, they kinda look alike lol.

What kind of book: Since Varina Denman writes contemporary novels and Dawn Crandall writes historicals, I would love to see them do a dual timeline book together. I think this would be an incredible book, and I would be first in line to get a copy!

Varina’s Goodreads page

Dawn’s Goodreads page

pepper and carla

Why: In a word? DROOL. Both Pepper Basham and Carla Laureano write heroes that are so drool-worthy I often need alternate sources of oxygen while reading their novels.  And their kissing scenes!! Whew!! (Varina and Dawn could totally hold their own in this department too!)

What kind of book: I don’t even care lol.  The two of them writing drool-worthy heroes and sassy heroines to counter them would be enough to send me into a romantical oxygen-depleted fan-needing tizzy.  I’m not sure I could survive the read … but what a way to go!!

Pepper’s Goodreads page

Carla’s Goodreads page

deeanne and kristan

Why: Both Deeanne Gist and Kristan Higgins have me giggling almost from word one, then swooning from the sheer romance of it all, then tearing up at a tender moment, then back to giggling some more… and mix & repeat.

What kind of book: I would love to read a contemporary romance written by these ladies.  It would without a doubt be in turns hilarious, touching, and swoon-worthy.  And it would be a guaranteed favorite!

Deeanne’s Goodreads page

Kristan’s Goodreads page

lynette and irene

Why: Lynette Eason and Irene Hannon are my two favorite authors of romantic suspense. Both write heart-stopping action, riveting suspense, and delicious romance.

What kind of book: Regency fiction.  NO. Romantic suspense, of course! Although I’m quite positive that Lynette and Irene could both write a killer Regency romance (pun a happy accident there), I would first want them to collaborate on their trademarks. I have a feeling that nobody would be able to put a cowritten-by-them book down even for a nano-second!

Lynette’s Goodreads page

Irene’s Goodreads page

lewis and tolkien

Why: This is pretty self-explanatory but NOBODY created epic fantasy worlds like these two friends.

What kind of book: I know a collaboration is impossible now, this side of heaven, but I would have loved for Lewis & Tolkien to simply do what they did best.

tolkien lewis tribute

What author duos would you love to see write a book together?

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81 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: It Takes Two To Tango

  1. Ahhhh, your suggestion of C.S. Lewis + J.R.R. Tolkien is perfect! It’s too bad that can never happen now. 🙁 I’m brainstorming ideas for my own TTT list this week, and I wanted to pair Terry Pratchett with Derek Landy… but only one half of that duo is alive. Nooooo.

  2. Haha, good thinking! That makes me feel less bad about only being able to do 5 pairs as well! I like your choice of C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien, I chose George RR Martin and Christopher Paolini for the exact same reason. The wonderful fantasy worlds that they would create together! 🙂

  3. Dawn Crandall

    Thanks for pairing me this Tuesday, Carrie–and adding me to such a great list of authors! I’m so glad you love my first person narrative… and my steamy kissing scenes! ❤️

  4. I’ll admit that I haven’t read LOTR, but I’ve seen the Hobbit movies and think J.R.R. Tolkien would be great with C.S. Lewis. Seems like a fantastical world and a non-stop adventure. Great list!

  5. I thought about Tolkien and Lewis, but decided to keep my list to living authors. However I would have loved to see more collaboration with those two. A world of Narnia and Middle Earth combined would be something epic.

  6. I love your duos. All of them would make great reading!!!! Since C.S. Lewis and J.R. Tolkien are celebrating Above, maybe a current choice would be Lisa Bergren and Patrick Carr? I have to set their books down just to catch my breath from the rollercoaster adventure and romance. Fanning myself just thinking about it!

  7. I totally did 5 duos as well! Love the title of your post too.

    I’m unfamiliar with the authors you mention except Lewis and Tolkien. Oh my goodness what a world they could create together! Love them both. I wonder if they did collaborate at all, or at least read their stuff to each other when they were meeting in Oxford. I would have loved to see that in action!

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  8. Why didn’t I think to do 5 pairs? *facepalm* I have heard of a couple of these authors and read only two of them! I think Lewis and Tolkien could come up with some awesome fantasy together!

  9. I definitely think it’s one of literature’s big missed opportunities that Tolkien and Lewis never collaborated on a story. It would have been amazing! Great list!

  10. C. S. Lewis and Tolkien would have written such a wonderful fantasy book together! I’m ashamed to say that I don’t recognise any of the other authors you’ve mentioned.

  11. First I love your reasoning on 5 pairs is 10! Totally legit! I am finding I’m being told about new authors at every page I visit. I do think the Lewis and Tolkien would be epic though!

  12. Haha, love this post title!
    Unfortunately I haven’t read a lot of the authors on your list, so I don’t really know what to say about your pair ideas! I’m sure they’re great, though 🙂 and now I need to go add to my TBR list xD
    Ahh, the creators of Narnia and Middle-earth… <3 That would be an epic pairing.

  13. Oh Lewis and Tolkien would be epic! I can definitely see them huddled around a pub table in Oxford, fire burning and them smoking pipes dreaming up magnificent new worlds!

  14. rachelburden

    Aww that picture of Gandalf and Aslan is amazing! I love it. I wish they had written something together. It would have been spectacular! I don’t actually know any of the other authors, but your comments have intrigued me, I will go and check them out now!

    Happy Reading,
    Rachel @

  15. Carrie, I love this list! Too fun. And Dawn Crandall is amazing. I met her recently, and she’s as sweet and cute in real life as she is online. I’m in for a collaboration any time. 🙂 As for my own idea for a duo … I’m thinking Dr. Seuss with Chris Van Allsburg. I know … they don’t go together at all, but two brilliant writers like that probably could have come up with something pretty cool. Thanks for including me in your list!

  16. I haven’t actually read most of the authors you listed, but Tolkien and Lewis would have been an awesome duo. They would have reinvented the genre.

  17. I love that you including C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. They were best friends in real life, I’m pretty sure, so it would have been AWESOME for them to have written together.

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