Let’s talk books! Ever discovered a new-to-you author and then spent several happy fangirl months wallowing in their backlist?
Maybe you avoided them because they write steampunk and you’re still confused about what that is, or thinking a NYT stalwart couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. Maybe you decided years ago that suspense novels leave you colder than the dead bodies within their pages.
For whatever reason – and I’ve been guilty of all the above – certain authors have passed you by. So this post I’m plugging some new-to-you authors and hopefully hearing about yours.
Robyn Carr – A Harlequin superstar, her Virgin River series continues to grow in popularity with every book. I read the first one, (yep, called Virgin River) and was hooked. What I love most about Carr’s books is that her characters are grown ups. There are no plot contrivances, no forced misunderstandings. Carr heroes and heroines are good people who tell each other the truth and the conflicts keeping them apart are real and honest and consequently intensely moving. I have no idea how this master storyteller puts pace into these gentle, meandering stories but she does.
Tess Gerritson - Came in on book eight of her Rizzoli & Isles series and it didn’t matter. Her writing is lean and muscular, her characters complex. Not romance, though both women have ongoing love interests. It doesn’t matter, she’s that good.
Meljean Brooks - Steampunk…Um. Jules Verne-ish stories that mix fantastical machines with Regency. Sounds like work. Then I read Meljean Brook’s novella in an anthology called Burning Up which I bought for Nalini Singh.
Brooks worldbuilding and unique characters sold me on her Iron Seas series. I’ve already pre-ordered her September release, Riveted.
These are all established writers, but if you’ve uncovered a debut gem I’d love to get in on the ground floor.
Comment and go into the draw for a copy of my June release BRING HIM HOME, or if you already have it a choice from any of my backlist (except MR IMPERFECT, I’m out of those).
www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com on Wednesday June 27 at 9pm (Eastern Standard Time US). I’d love to see you there. Site owner Sarah Wendell said: “I will warn that this book will likely make you cry and laugh. At one point I howl-laughed so hard I scared some ducks. It also made me sob, but all through the "OH SOB" was a big huge "OH WOW" for Bliss, who pulls off an amazing story.”
Read an excerpt on my site: www.karinabliss.com