When thinking about reading and exploring different genres, I have to say that I’m having a great time finding and reading new authors. I have many of my book blogging buddies to thank for helping me to expand my horizons. Had it not been for them and friends, I would never have enjoyed the epicness which is The Hunger Games Series, or gotten lost in the phenomenal magical world of Harry Potter, or have fallen in love with a fictional werewolf. But thanks to you all I didn’t miss out on these great stories or the authors that penned them.
However, I have to say that I do still have my “Go-To” authors. For me a “Go-To” author is one in which I automatically pick up or automatically read when I’m in the mood to read a certain kind of book or genre. I have no doubt their novel will entertain me, and look forward to reading them. I’m going to discuss them briefly in hopes of enlightening other who may not have given them a chance yet. And I hope that in turn you all will share your “Go-To” authors with me.
The following are my “Go-To” authors and their respective genres:
Jude Deveraux and Beverly Jenkins
Jude writes the most awesome historical romances that are oftentimes filled with mystery or some kind of magical element. I love her historicals because they always manage to draw me in and make me care about the characters. I also love that the descendants of many of her historical novels show up in her contemporary novels. It always makes me feel more connected to the families and characters. And it’s also cool to catch up with a particular family and see how they have progressed through time.
Beverly Jenkins is a phenomenal historical romance writer as well. It is really hard to find African American historical romance novels, so I was beyond ecstatic when I discovered Miss Jenkins. Her characters are always so well developed and I love that she fills her novels with factual information regarding Blacks, Native Americans, and their struggles for equality in America. Jenkins also writes contemporary novels that feature the ancestors of the characters I got to know and love in her historicals. I look forward to every book she puts out historical or contemporary because she knows how to tell a good story and make you love her characters.
It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been reading her, or how much her storylines as of late seem similar to her earlier work, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of reading Miss Ray. She first enchanted me in my pre to early teens with Only Hers, which I only picked up on a whim. But I’m so glad I did because I’ve been in romance book bliss ever since. What I love about Francis is that she always writes an engaging love story, and then her next book will feature a sibling, parent, or friend of a previous character. This allows the reader to enjoy a new love story while revisiting the characters we already met and loved in her previous works. My all time favorite book is Only Hers by Francis Ray, so it’s no doubt when I’m in the mood for a good romance, I reach for a book by Francis Ray.
Donna Julian and Chassie West
I don’t even know how to describe the awesomeness that is a Donna Julian book. I remember when my mom told me to read her book Slow Dance. Like a good daughter, who listens so well, I blew her off for a good little while. Finally I gave in and couldn’t read the book fast enough. And from there I had to have and read everything else she had written. Unfortunately at the time it was hard to get everything she owned. But I was able to grab a couple more of her books and loved them just as much. Now I’m going to try and obtain the ones I wasn’t able to get previously. Unfortunately I haven’t seen anything new from her in a while, which makes me wonder what happened to her.
Another awesome mystery writer is Chassie West! Her Sunrise series had me from the first sentence, and I berated myself for waiting so long to try her books. I would pass them in the book stores or Wally World and never take the plunge and purchase them. I don’t know what prompted me to finally read them, but I’m glad I did. After googling her I found that she sometimes writes under different names and wrote a good lot of the Nancy Drew books. Which kind of makes me want to go back and read them. But if I’m looking for a mystery that will completely consume me, I turn to Chassie West. Again, I haven’t seen anything new from her in ages, but I keep looking and hoping she’ll come back on the scene soon.
As for my “Go-To” authors in other genres, I’ll share those in the future. But for now, I’d like to know if you all have any “Go-To” authors that you want to share? What writers do you just have to read when they drop a new book or who do you read up when you’re in the mood for a specific type of book?
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