Blog Post: If I were to buy ten books, what should they be?

Hi folks!

I’m planning a book buying excursion after I finish my latest manuscript, around February 8th or 9th, when I pretend to be a lady of leisure for a few days.


I wanted to ask you–if I were to buy ten books, what should they be?  They could be non-fiction, or fiction of any genre, although I’m particularly hungry for sci-fi fantasy recs, and contemporary romances.  What do you think?

I would especially love some new release recommendations, since I’m completely out of touch with what is coming out in 2014. Also, other readers might get ideas from any comments you might make.

To spread the new releases around, I’m willing to give up to seven copies of my upcoming release FALLING LIGHT (A Game of Shadows novel) to any commenter that may want one. It’s perfectly lovely and fine to share your love of books without entering the giveaway – please mention in your comment if you would like to be considered for the contest.

Blog winners will be picked around mid-day on Friday the 24th.

Thanks so much, and happy reading!!!


83 Responses

  1. Barbara Elness says:

    I would certainly love to win a copy of Falling Light. I don’t know if these books are what you’re looking for, but they’re what I like and can recommend:
    I just finished Cassie Alexander’s Deadshifted, and the rest of her Edie Spence series is awesome and I highly recommend all of them.
    I don’t read a lot of contemporaries, but for SciFi Fantasy you might try Richard Ellis Preston Jr’s Romulus Buckle books (Steampunk adventure with aliens as well), Emma Jane Holloway’s The Baskerville Affair series (Steampunk), Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series (SciFi Romance) and A.A. Aguirre’s Apparatus Infernum series, starting with Bronze Gods and the upcoming Silver Mirrors (Steampunk again).

  2. Billie Hanlin says:

    If you haven’t read any of Connie Suttle’s books, they are really good. !st book is Blood Wager. The Cat Adams books are good too. JD Robb had a new book coming out at the end of February. I waiting for your new book. 🙂

  3. Linda says:

    I’d love a copy of Falling Light please!
    I read a few SF-R which I really enjoyed but I don’t think they are new releases, just that I happened to read them recently. Queen of Swords by Katee Roberts & Demonic Possession by Kiersten Fay. If you like Historical Romance, The Smuggler wore Slik by Alyssa Alexander is a wonderful debut book.

  4. Irene Jackson says:

    I would love a copy of Falling Light if it is ok for International.
    My favourite Fantasy romance series is the Tairen Soul series by CL Wilson. The first book in a new series – The Winter King – will be released this summer.

  5. Jessie says:

    If we’re talking new releases these books I wouln’t miss for anything: Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost is coming on January 28th. Wulfe Untamed by Pamela Palmer is also releasing on Jan 28th. These are both part of a series so I dunno, maybe you know them. White Hot Kiss is a new series by J.L. Armentrout about Warden (Gargoyles) and demons. Sounds really interesting and I will buy that, too. It’s releasing on 2/25, so it’s maybe too late.. but you should buy it anyway, it sounds really good.

    I can’t wait for Falling Light, either.. Would love to win a copy, but I also already pre-ordered it. (:

  6. Tasha says:

    I would recommend Grand Central Arena by Ryk E. Spoor, the Elfhome series by Wen Spencer (as well as her Ukiah series & A Brother’s Price which has a rumored sequel of some sort coming soon), and the Kencyr series by P.C. Hodgell which is nearing completion.

    All are good, solid Sci-Fi / Fantasy series. I would also recommend Anne Bishop’s Darker Jewels, but the first series does get rather dark at times.

    And of course for this year there’s finally a new entry in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series. Oh! And let’s not forget Ilona Andrews! The Edge series has the romance but Kate Daniels has the addiction factor!

  7. Florence Samson-Jay says:

    The books I would like to buy/read: Stefen King – Dr Sleep, Pierre Assouline – Siegmarinen (in french), Tom Clancy’s last books, Clive Cussler’s last books, Any of your books when published in french: I have them in english on my e-book, the last Laurell K. Hamilton in french T18 of Anita Blake, I just finished her T17 Flirt, the next Suzanne Wright – Wicked Carving (in french), any book of Nalini Singh that would come… And also any Ilona Andrews book.

  8. Mandy Miller says:

    I am dying to read Falling Light! I’ve been impatiently waiting since I closed Rising Darkness last year! Lol
    I know that this year I am looking forward to so many books. I recommend
    The King – JR Ward (if you’re a BDB fan)
    The Driven Trilogy – K Bromberg (after March 15 when the third book comes out)
    Anything by Sherrilyn Kenyon!
    Other than that, I read so many independently published authors now that you, Sherri, JR Ward and Grace Burrowes are the only mainstream authors I really jump to the bookstore for!

  9. Heather Jonassen says:

    I would love a copy of Falling Light. Besides your new one, I am most looking forward to reading Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen, Skin Games by Jim Butcher, and Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones. Sarah Addison Allen, if you haven’t read her writes delightful Southern Fiction with a touch of magic. And who doesn’t have time to for Harry Dresden?? Lastly, Charley Davidson is hilarious!! Happy Reading!!

  10. On the sci-fi fantasy side, I recommend Jo Walton’s Among Others and Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls.

    It’s historical, but if you haven’t already read it, you should get Courtney Milan’s The Countess Conspiracy.

    Vivian Arend, Lauren Dane and Kit Rocha have an anthology, Marked, out in February.

    Patricia Briggs’ next Mercy book, Night Broken is out in March. As is Kit Rocha’s next full length, Beyond Jealousy.

    Contemporary-wise, have you read Marie Force’s McCarthys of Gansett Island series? Book 1, Maid for Love is free (and enough to hook you so you glom all ten…). Her next romantic suspense, Fatal Jeopardy, releases at the end of March. And finally, in May there is Julie James’ It Happened One Wedding.

    This is very scattered and off the top of my head, but all are highly recommended or eagerly anticipated by me.

    (Entering giveaway.)

  11. Jeni Bellcour says:

    I would love one of your releases. I’m off to a slow start myself this 2014 book year, but I did read Jayne Ann Krentz’s River Road. Her first contemporary romantic suspense in ages. I thought it was really good. And I enjoyed reading a contemporary romance by her again.

  12. Angela M. says:

    I loved Written in Red by Anne Bishop and it has a sequel, Murder of Crows coming out in March. Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy was good, as well as The Grove by Jean Johnson, but for that one it’s better if you read the first one, The Maste, and even better if you read the 7Sons of Destiny books. Jeannie Frost has the last of her Cat and Bones books coming out at the end of January, and Sherrilyn Kenyon has an anthology coming out at the end of January too. That’s not ten, but all I can think of that hasn’t already. Even posted.

  13. Katherine Blackburn says:

    First, heck yea I would love a copy of Falling Light.

    Second, I can’t WAIT for Burned to come out in June. I don’t typically buy hardbacks, but I am this time. It’s book 2 of the Dani O’Mally books/book 7 of the Fae books by Karen Marie Moning.

  14. Diane says:

    There’s a new Nalini Singh coming out in each of her series, Chloe Neill has two, Darynda Jones and her reaper has two; so many new books!!!

  15. Megan says:

    I would second the recommendation for anything by Wen Spencer and I really loved Anne Bishop’s Written in Red which came out last year and has a sequel, Murder of Crows, coming in march. And of course, I would love a copy of your next book. Enjoy your vacation.

  16. Holly says:

    Yes, count me in for the contest if international (Canada) is included.

    For contemporary, I just finished Jessica Clare’s latest, The Expert’s Guide to Driving a Man Wild, and really enjoyed it. The characters were so much fun. There are two books ahead of it in the series but you don’t have to read them to read this one.

    Jill Shalvis’ latest Lucky Harbor series installment, Once in a Lifetime is out on February 18th. Kristen Ashley’s Kaleidoscope shares Falling Light’s release date on February 4th.

  17. Colleen says:

    I keep a running list of books I am going to buy that are new but I think I will list 10 authors whose books are on my “auto buy” list.

    You, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, John Sandford, JR Ward, Jill Shalvis, Diana Rowland, Dana Stabenow, Sarah Maclean, Lilith Saintcrow. I could go on….:D

  18. Kristi says:

    I absolutely loved The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter. I’m looking forward to Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, releases at the end of January. I would love a copy of Falling Light if you are so inclined. 🙂

  19. Becky C says:

    I would love to be in the contest.
    As for new releases-
    Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan
    After The Storm by Maya Banks (KGI series)
    Dark-Bites by Sherrilyn Kenyon ( out 1/21/14)
    Forged In Ash by Trish McCallahan (out 1/28/14)
    Going Twice by Sharon Sala (out 1/28/14)
    Reuniting with the Rancher by Rachel Lee
    THE KING by JR WARD (4/1/14)
    The Lost and Found series by J M Madden(amazon)
    ANYTHING by SHELLY LAURENSTON/ G A Aiken..I laugh til I cry in some parts of her books..Laurenston has a Shifters series that is total FUN and Aiken has Dragon Shifters and the series is a wild fun ride
    The Petal series by Lauren Dane

    ALL of these are in my top 10 favorites!! (Not counting your books…LOVED Dragos Takes A Holiday!!!)

  20. Tracy C says:

    I would love to win a copy of Falling Light. As for new books, Night Broken by Patricia Briggs and Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh are at the top of my list for new releases this year (along with Falling Light of course!). There’s also the new Nora Roberts book The Collector which fingers crossed will be good as well.

  21. Susan J McQuade says:

    I highly recommend the Labyrinth of Stars (2/25/2014) by Marjorie M. Liu. It is the newest (5th) in her A Hunter Kiss Novel Series if you haven’t read any I would start with the first. Also, Broken Blade (1/6/2014) by J. C. Daniels the 3rd in the series; again, start with the first. If you haven’t read Patricia Briggs you are missing a great series, Mercy Thompson, the latest is Night Broken (3/11/2014) (8th book). For contemporary River Road (1/7/2014) by Jayne Ann Krentz is out and a fun read. Nora Roberts has two books coming out Shadow Spell (3/25/2014) the 2nd book in her Cousins O’Dwyer series and The Collector (4/15/2014). These books should keep you busy and offer a great read. I would love to receive a copy of Falling Light so please enter my name in the contest.

  22. Viki S. says:

    I’d love to be entered to win a copy of Falling Light
    I love Cynthia Eden and she has had several come out lately. Among them – Fear For Me, Burn For Me and Scream For Me. Excellent reads.
    Thank you.

  23. Joyce SG says:

    I would love a copy of Falling Light.

    The books I would recommend to read this year are:
    “The Curse of Chalion” and “Paladin of Souls” by Lois McMaster Bujold – awesome series (both already released).
    Pending books this year that I am eagerly looking forward to:
    “The Winter King” by C.L.Wilson (start of a new series)
    “When Day Breaks (A KGI Novel) by Maya Banks (latest in the KGI series)
    “Darkness Bound (A Night Prowler Novel)” by J.T. Geissinger (fifth in the series)
    “A Shiver of Light (A Merry Gentry Novel)” by Laurell K. Hamilton (long awaited latest novel in this series)
    “Dark Skye” by Kresley Cole (15th novel in the Immortals After Dark series)
    “Shadowbound (A Novel of the Shadow World)” by Dianne Sylvan (latest in the series)
    “Visions: A Cainsville Novel” by Kelley Armstrong (second in the wonderful series – “Omens” was the first book)
    “Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels)” by Ilona Andrews (love love love Ilona Andrews – this is their latest Kate Daniels book. I read everything Ilona Andrews writes)
    “Shield of Winter (A Psy/Changeling Novel)” by Nalini Singh (latest in the series)
    “Bite Me (The Pride Series)” by Shelly Laurenston (latest in the series)
    “Falling Light (A Game of Shadows Novel)” by Thea Harrison (of course!!! You are the best!)
    “Murder of Crows: A Novel of the Others” by Anne Bishop (second in this fabulous new series – the first was “Written in Red”)
    “Night Broken (A Mercy Thompson Novel)” by Patricia Briggs (latest in the series)
    And the next Guild Hunter Novel due in 2014 (untitled so far) by Nalini Singh!

    Hope this helps! Thank you.

  24. Brigid Flanagan says:

    Have you read Scott Lynch’s gentleman bastard series, Thea? If not, I definitely recommend those. I would also recommend Written in Red by Anne Bishop. I’m also reading a really creepy continuation story of Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland called Splintered by A.G. Howard. Seriously, this is the type of book I can’t put down. Have fun shopping Thea!

  25. I would Love a chance at winning Falling Light!
    As for books….
    New (or at least newish) releases:

    Jayne Ann Krentz just released River Road, a new contemporary Romance/Suspense. Ms. Krentz has been writing Paranormal for quite a few years now, so a return to straight contemporary should be interesting.

    Kate Locke just released The Immortal Empire series with Long Live the Queen. (Okay, so it was released November 12th—I am a bit behind myself with new releases) This is a Paranormal Steampunk series that is one of the best I have read.

    Jeaniene Frost wraps up her Night Huntress series with Up from the Grave. Easily one of the Best Paranormal Romance series out today—I personally am hoping for a satisfying conclusion.

    Delilah S. Dawson continues her Blud series with Wicked After Midnight. Another Steampunkish title this series combines a circus-like caravan and an alternate universe where both people and wildlife have evolved into blood-drinkers to create a vivid and engrossing world peppered with unique and exciting characters.

    Lisa Shearin kicks-off a whole new series with The Grendel Affair: A SPI Files Novel. Full of fun characters and fast action this was once heck of a read.

    Ilona Andrews did something special in December by releasing an edited and illustrated version of Clean Sweep, a serial doled out over about a year on her website, to wondrous results. If you have not read this one I strongly encourage you to pick it up, and even if you did follow the serial I would still suggest picking up a copy to not only have around anytime in one convenient package but to re-read with added parts and smoothed editing that improves the story and beautiful artwork that enriches the soul. (As an added bonus the next book in this series will also be first-released in serial format on the Ilona Andrews website.)

    Jaye Wells also starts a new series, The Prospero’s War beginning with Dirty Magic coming out at the end of January. The first few chapters of this book are already available for as a free preview e-book download and they are amazing.

    Jennifer Estep just re-released her entire Bigtime series in a single e-book omnibus for $.99. If you missed this fun romp with superheroes and mishap when they originally came out now is a good time to pick them up at an amazing price.

    Allie Brosh’s brilliantly funny and relatedly touching blog is now in book format with Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. If you don’t know Hyperbole and a Half do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

    And although not new releases I would still recommend the following series if you don’t already own them: Wen Spencer’s Elfhome series, Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series, Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series, Ilona Anderws’ Kate Daniels and The Edge series, Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter series and while not applicable for this purpose I still cannot have a list without Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series. 🙂

    Hope at least some of these help

  26. Rebecca Nadeau says:

    I would love a copy of Falling Light.

    Laura Kaye’s Hard as it gets is really good, and the second book of the series Hard as you can come out on Feb. 25th.

    Dark Bites-Sherrilyn Kenyon-it’s really a bunch of short stories but a great pick if you like her Dark Hunter series.

    Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan is on my list.

    Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley

    Feral Heat by Jennifer Ashley doesn’t come out until march but is a great series.

  27. Myranda says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Falling Light!

    Reccomended books (based on my most recent Kindle reads and rereads): Ravished by Amanda Quick, Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series, Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy, The Professional by Kresley Cole, Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan, Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett, Taken by the Prince by Christina Dodd, and Heart of Stone by Christine Warren.

  28. Mary says:

    Hi Thea, I just read Sarah MacLean’s latest, continue to read Grace Burrowes as she releases new books, like Sherrilyn Kenyon, and GAAiken/Shelley Laurenston. Eloisa James’ story about Villier’s son is out soon. Way looking forward to JR Ward’s The King. Not in league of the above, but quick and fun reads are the goofy books by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff …Accidentally Cimil is latest – don’t know how you’d classify them – fantasy/comedy/romance/adventure. Will be reading all your releases – most likely on ebooks, but would enjoy hard copy of Falling Light. Thanks and happy reading – sure you’ll find many things out there. Reading these comments, I found a few new ideas too!

  29. Susan says:

    This is more than 10 but basically all of Nalini Singhs books. I would start with the Guild Hunter and then read Psy Changling books.

  30. Michelle K says:

    I would love to win your new book!!
    Great sci fi books you could read now:
    Eve Silver Driven series
    Anne Bishop Black Jewels series
    Kristen Ashley Fantsyland series if you like fantasy rather than sci fi
    Sandy Williams Shadow Reader series

  31. Julie G. says:

    I would love love love a copy of Falling Light!! 🙂
    I am very excited for the second book in Karen Marie Moning’s A Dani O’Malley Novel, Part of the Fever Series, called Burned!!! I’m hoping for more from Melissa Mayhue from either the Chance or Warrior series… As far as sci-fi.. (And not exactly new..) Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker series is pretty good (steampunk) and I really liked her Bloodshot and Hellbent (vampire) books but after the two she stopped. Christine Feehan has a new one in the dark series due out later this year. I really liked Delilah Delvin’s Souls books but I don’t know when/ if any more are coming. Sorry I guess not all of these are books on the way. Ha ha. But they are awesome. (They’re all great on audio too!) 🙂

  32. Terrie Pless says:

    Hi Thea
    Yes I would love to be entered into the draw for a copy of your newest book! (It is already on my list of what ‘m buying this year)
    I would recommend the “Chronicles of Elantra” by Michelle Sagara. Number 10 will be released in July this year (Cast in Flame). They are keepers!

  33. Racquel says:

    I would love to win your new book!
    This year I will be buying:
    Brazen by Kelley Armstrong (awesome werewolf stories! This is a novella)
    City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
    Ashes of Honor by Seanan Maguire
    Chimes at Midnight by Seanan Maguire (don’t know how I missed these two when they came out! Great urban fantasy series)
    Bastion by Mercedes Lackey – fantasy
    Bite Me! by Shelley Laurentson – hilarious & awesome! About a were-HONEYBADGER! This character has been in earlier books and I can’t WAIT to read her story!
    Cole’s Redemption – J.D. Tyler (werewolf soldiers) – yeah, sensing a pattern to my reading preferences . . .
    Of Triton by Anna Banks- young adult series
    Shield of Winter – by Nalini Singh – really well written, there are humans, changelings and Psy (psychically enhanced humans) all in near future earth
    and Blood Red also by Mercedes Lackey – from a series retelling/adapting fairy tales

  34. Stephanie F. says:

    The books I would recommend are:
    The Bone Season- Samantha Shannon
    Perdition- Ann Aguirre
    Immortal Empire series- Kate Locke
    City of Dark Magic- Magnus Flyte
    Ruby’s Song- Brenda Cooper
    Arcadia Bell series- Jenn Bennett
    In A Fix- Linda Grimes
    Gentlemen Bastards- Scott Lynch
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman
    Darkest London series- Kristen Callihan

    I’d love to be entered to win a copy of Falling Light. Thank you 🙂

  35. Kelly Handrick says:

    I would love to be entered into a drawing for Falling Light. Next books, the hard part is that most of what I read are series, so it is easier to list the authors rather than book titles.
    C C Hunter-Shadow Falls
    Faith Hunter-Jane Yellowrock series
    Patricia Briggs-Mercy Thompson series
    Kelley Armstrong-she has more than one but they are all good
    Nalini Singh- also has more, still good
    Kim Harrison-ditto
    Jennifer Estep-ditto
    Darynda Jones-funniest series, she has 2 and they are awesome!
    Nora Roberts/JD Robb-anything and everything
    Jayne Ann Krenz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle-ditto
    Jenn Bennett-Arcadia Bell
    These are just off the top of my head, there are more that I’m forgetting I’m sure.

  36. I would love to win a copy of your book. As far as buying books I cant name them all it is impossible. My main habit is to buy all my favorite authors new releases asap. Yours being one of them and here is a few. Nalini Singh, Jeaniene Frost, Patricia Briggs, Lora Leigh, Laurie Roma, Susan Hayes, Becca Vann, Lara Adrian, Alexander Ivy, Cynthia Eden, Lea Barrymire, S E Smith, Caroyn moya Black, Laniey Reese, Kresley Cole, Sam Crescent, Sara Humphreys and let me tell you there are more I just cant remember right off the top of my head. I really need a 2nd job to pay for all of this. Thanks

  37. Sullivan McPig says:

    Count me in for the giveaway.

    my recommendation is Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy, the first book in a Fantasy trilogy. It releases in May.

  38. Raychell says:

    These are the top ten books I’m currently pushing on my Friends & Family:

    Cursed by S.J. Harper
    The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker
    Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara (love this on audio book)
    Blood Faerie by India Drummond
    Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel by Gail Carriger
    Trials of Artemis by Sue London
    Succcubus Blues by Richelle Mead
    The Final Empire: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
    Jhereg by Steven Brust
    Storm Front by Jim Butcher
    Dying Bites by D.D. Barant

    Nearly Anything by the following Authors:
    Thea Harrison 😉
    Kim Harrison
    Faith Hunter
    Jeaniene Frost (New book out Jan 28th) Up from the Grave
    Patricia Briggs
    Carrie Vaughn
    C.E. Murphy
    Molly Harper
    Julia Quinn
    Stephanie Laurens
    Sabrina Jeffries

  39. Amanda says:

    I would love to be entered in the contest for a copy of Falling Light. My overall recommendations would be anything by Nalini Singh, the Kate Daniels books by Illona Andrews, and the Mercy books by Patricia Briggs. But here a few a few books I have loved recently:
    1) Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan
    2) Written in Red by Anne Bishop
    3) Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow
    4) Mind Games by Kiersten White
    5) Love Irresistibly by Julie James
    6) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
    7) Ritual Magic by Eileen Wilks
    8) Omens by Kelley Armstrong (her Otherworld series is also very good)

  40. Jules says:

    Well, I am glad to see that you already have Virna DePaul’s Para Ops & probably have already read the newest of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changlings (your Goodreads shelves are not updated, so I’m guessing).

    I’ll admit that 99% of my book buying is non-fiction.
    These are fiction keeper/must buys for me:
    *- Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells
    (truly superb fantasy in classic style)
    *- Daughters of Arianne by Joey W. Hill
    (dark erotic fantasy, but well-worth it because of the deeply feeling, inspiration & mind-blowing altered perceptions; IMHO each book gets better, from really good, Wow, to, well, mind-blowing. Vamp series is good, too)
    *- Dragonfire series by Deborah Cooke
    (pararom goes hand-in-hand with Elder Races & Psy-Changlings)
    *- I Team series by Pamela Clare
    (contemporary Romantic Suspense, fiction packed with fact w/emphasis on women’s issues; just read her latest!!!)
    *- Master of the Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair
    (erotic suspense; I’d swear her mission to to educate on the difference between BDSM & abusive A*holes…it may not all appeal, but it’s eye-opening & engrossing stories/writing)
    *- Coda series by Marie Sexton
    (contemporary M/M romance; wonderfully written love, period. And some of these men are straight)
    *- Faith, Love, and Devotion by Tere Michaels
    (contemporary M/M romance; wonderfully written love, period. And some of these men are straight; so good I had to repeat myself!)

    I don’t really run out for new releases, partly because I don’t like to read just one book. It takes most of a book to really get back into a series, so I prefer to have 3 ready to read when I sit down to catch up on a storyline.
    And, as I said, if I was going shopping for books today…I’d be buying non-fiction off my wl, especially quilt books.

    Please enter me in your giveaway. And thanks again for writing & sharing!

  41. thea says:

    (I’m entering this for Tam, who is having trouble leaving a comment. ~ Thea)

    I’m going to recommend some favourites and new-ish releases.

    1. Ilona Andrews – The Silver Shark (short story favourite)
    I would also recommend both the Kate Daniels and Edge series. The Silver Shark is my go to read for a break and comfort and is sci-fi.
    2. Elliott James – Charming (Pax Arcana)
    This was a new release in 2013 and tells the story of John Charming (all those fairytale Prince Charming’s weren’t one person but part of the family). He’s charged with helping maintain the Pax Arcana – the veil that keeps humans from knowing about all the mythical creatures out there. This was a great urban fantasy read. My only disappointment is that I have no idea when the next book is due out.
    3. Marcella Burnard – Enemy Within
    This is an older release and a fabulous read that keeps you guessing until the end. The heroine is a recovering survivor of torture by an enemy race. She doesn’t know who to trust including herself. It is a compelling read that I love.
    4. Danielle Monsch – The Stone Embrace.
    This is an urban fantasy telling the tale of earth in a post collision (with a parallel mythical world). The heroine is a smart teacher, who is not TSTL, knows when to run and knows when to run over things with her car! The hero is a gargoyle and he’s wonderful! This is the first in a new series and I’m looking forward to knowing the stories of the secondary characters.
    5. Debora Geary – Witch Central series. The first book in this series is A Modern Witch. This is a delightful series set in present day featuring witches but not in a way you’ll ever expect. They’re all about family and community helped with liberal doses of cookies, ice cream and glitter.
    6. Shelley Laurenston / GA Aiken.
    The shifter and dragon series by this author are fabulous and hilarious and addictive. There is a new book due out in March but many to keep you entertained if you’ve not tried this author before. SL books are set in the present day featuring shifters. GA books are set in a feudal time setting in the land of Dark Plains and surrounds.
    7. Karen Marie Moning – Fever Series.
    The first book is Dark Fever. This series was conceived and written as a five book series and is intricate and detailed and compelling. We follow southern belle Mackayla (Mac) Lane as she journeys to Dublin to find her sister’s murderer and discovers so much more. Presently a character in these books – Dani – has her own series and book 2 is due out in 2014.
    8. SE Smith – Sci Fi Alien Romance
    SES is a self published author who writes light, fun and sexy alien romances. Alpha males (usually shifters of some sort) and strong sassy women. My favourites include Choosing Riley (proof that a carry all tote really is essential to survival) and Tink’s Neverland.
    9. ML Buchman – Night Stalkers series
    These are present day military tales telling the story of a helicopter division and particularly the women who more than make the grade. These all have a strong romance element. First book is Night is Mine.
    10. Miss Lacey’s Last Fling – Candice Hern.
    This is a regency romance but completely not in the mold of the typical regency tale as Miss Lacey sets about London and turns it on it’s end. It is a delightful story and may be a nice break from heavier reading.

  42. Katrina says:

    For sci/fi fantasy, I like Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Liaden series), Lois McMaster Bujold and Iain M. Banks Culture novels (sadly no more coming 🙁 )

    For contemporary romance that’s not paranormal, I like older Jayne Ann Krentz (non-paranormal Arcane ones). I also like Lori Foste.

  43. kristine says:

    I found a new author Lauren Nicole Taylor: the woodland series via Kindle
    any thing Elizabeth Lowell (I call it the jewel works) Amber beach, pearl cove etc. for contemporary romance
    and alway JD Robb

    and I would love a copy of the new book.

    and thanks for putting out this request. because now I have some new authors to try.

  44. leslie says:

    I agree about the Lowell books….great reads. Also Die in Plain Sight by EL has one of the sexiest scenes I’ve ever read.
    Tam Lin by Pamela Dean is wonderful. Late sixties, Liberal Arts College coeds and Shakespeare. Magical book.
    Ilona Andrews…..well anything by them is great. The audios are read by Renee Raudman and she is very very good.
    The Rosie Project was perfect!
    Elizabeth The First Wife by Lian Dolan is one of my favs of the year.
    Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh is the best of that series. IMHO. It knocked me out!
    I’ve also started reading Robin D. Owens Celta series….hit and miss, but I loved the second book, Heart Thief.
    And last but not least. Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series is fantastic! The audios are terrific too!

    Thanks for all the wonderful stories!

  45. Eva says:

    I’d love a copy of your book if you can ship to Germany.
    As for the books – all the usual suspects have already been named, so I’ll add two relatively new authors whose books I’ve enjoyed very much:
    ‘The Marann’ by Christie Meierz (sci-fi romance/ space opera)
    Any book by D. L. Carter (fantasy, contemporary and regency – all with a nice dash of romance).
    Both have new entries in their series coming up soon.

  46. Susan says:

    I would love a copy of falling light 😀

  47. bn100 says:

    the BDB series by JR Ward, any Abbi Glines book

    Please enter me in the contest

  48. SandyH says:

    I am looking forward to the new book by C.S. Harris. I love her St. Cyr series.
    Deanna Raybourn – Lady Julia Grey series and she has new book that is not part of the series coming out.
    Anne Bishop – loved Written in Red and looking forward to Murder of Crows but I would also recommend her Blood Jewels series particularly the first three books.
    I still enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz and she has a new book coming out.
    I would love a copy of Falling Light. I just finished the first book and am looking forward to this one. Loved your latest novella Dragos Takes a Holiday. Would love to read more about Peanut.

  49. Jules says:

    Just a quick note on new release; I’m reading *Dark Wolf* right now. After quite a few so-so rather dull reads (and I just finished both Dark Storm & Dark Lycan)…I had to force myself to finish catching up. Dark Lycan ended on a cliffhanger…
    I’m about pg 150 and I’m finding it to be excellent! I think it will end up being my favorite in the series…so anyone whose read, but maybe is a little discouraged; you definitely want to read this one! Hopefully, Dark Wolf will stay this good all the way through!

  50. Katafer says:

    I would LOVE a copy of Falling Light, thanks! I almost never read contemp. romances, so this is more of a Sci-Fi/urban fantasy list (the first two are non-negotiable – you MUST buy) :-):
    Ernest Cline – Ready Player One
    Brandon Sanderson – Steelheart
    Veronica Roth – Divergent – Divergent Series
    Orson Scott Card – Ender’s Game
    Richelle Mead – Storm Born – Dark Swan Series
    Ilona Andrews – Magic Bites – Kate Daniels Series
    Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever – The Fever Series
    JC Daniels – Blade Song – Colbana Files Series
    Faith Hunter – Skinwalker – Jane Yellowrock Series
    Nalini Singh – Angel’s Blood – The Guild Series
    Patricia Briggs – Moon Called – Mercy Thompson
    Jennifer Estep – Spider’s Bite – Elemental Assassin
    Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy – Vampire Academy Series (YA)
    Ilona Andrews – On the Edge – The Edge Series
    Carrie Vaughn – Kitty and the Midnight Hour – Kitty Norville
    Charlaine Harris – Grave Sight – Harper Connelly Series
    Dianne Sylvan – Queen of Shadows
    Cat Adams – Blood Song
    Elizabeth Hunter – A Hidden Fire (free on Amazon)

  51. jackie woodland says:

    I would love to get your Elder Race series and then J.R.Wards.Lara Ardian,Christine Feehan,Donna Grant to many to mention… 🙂
    I’m reading Kinked right now and loving it

  52. Diedre Henning says:

    I would love a copy of Falling light, but for your time of leisure, I would suggest these Titles and their Series.
    1. Kiss of the Highlander – Karen Marie Monning- Highlander Series Followed By the Fever Series.
    2. Moon Called – Patricia Briggs- Mercy Thompson Series – and Alpha & Omega Series.
    3. Fantasy Lover – Sherrilyn Kenyon – Dark Hunter Sereis
    4. Slave to Sensation – Nalini Singh – Pys/Changeling Series.
    5. Angel’s Blood – Nalini Singh – Guild Hunter Series
    6.Kiss of Midnight – Lara Adrian – Midnight Breeds Series.
    7. Born of Night – Sherrilyn Kenyon – League Series.
    8.This side of the Grave – Jeanniene Frost – Night Huntress / Night Huntress World Series
    9. Once Burned – Jeaniene Frost – Night Price Trilogy
    10.Dark Prince – Christine Feehan – Dark Series ( This one will Take a Bit for you to finish but it is worth it.)
    There are always more if you need them, Love your books and Hopefully my suggestions help to fill your time of Leisure, =)

  53. Karen Alonzi says:

    Please enter me in the contest. Everyone should be hooked on Susan Elizabeth Phillips — her novels feature imperfect women with steel spines and colorful characters. Kylie Chan has a new book coming out…I’m currently reading her Dark Heavens trilogy. The different cultural setting adds a nice texture to the storyline. Happy reading in 2014, everyone!

  54. Hello 🙂
    Here are some awesome books I’ve read and want to promote 😀

    1- In the After, Demitria Lunetta
    2- Angelfall, Susan Ee
    3- the Midnighters, Scott Westerfeld
    4- Everything Darynda Jones writes 😀
    5- The Host, Stephenie Meyer
    6- Altered, Jennifer Rush
    7- Graceling, Kristin Cashore
    8- Les Fleurs du Mal, Baudelaire
    9- Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead
    10- Dragon Bound, Thea Harrison.
    Oops, maybe you already know the last one :p

    And I’d love to be considered to the contest 🙂

    Thanks !

  55. Sooz says:

    I would love to win your book!
    If you are looking for a great complex story, try the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Her new one is coming out in June, but you have so many in the series and they are BIG books. (I love big books!!)
    Anything by Meljean Brook – cuz she is just awesome! Plus, Ilona Andrews doesn’t really have a bad book in any of their series!
    If you want totally silliness, the early Stephanie Plum books are great by Janet Evanovich.
    Did I mention Chloe Neill or Richele Mead? Can’t go wrong there either.
    Do I have to choose only 10?

  56. Ann-Marie says:

    I’ve been inhaling Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau series like candy. A fun read.

    If you haven’t read Elizabeth Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries series, do it! I really love the characters and world building in this series. I haven’t been re-reading a lot lately, but this one keeps popping up for a re-read.

    Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series is another favorite.

    For contemporaries, I’ve been enjoying Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski series, Tiffinie Helmer’s Wild Men of Alaska novellas and Romance on the Edge novels, Marquita Valentine’s Holland Springs series, and Marie Force’s Gansett Island series.

    I don’t read many stand-alones, I guess. None of these are new, except maybe the latest in the series, but I do love them.

  57. Tina Long says:

    I would love a copy of Falling Light.

    The books I would recommend are some of my recent, and not-so-recent, favorites:

    Daniel O’Malley – The Rook
    Shannon Mayer – Priceless: A Rylee Adamson Novel
    Danielle Monsch – Stone Guardian (Entwined Realms)
    Patricia Briggs – Masques
    Jim Butcher – Storm Front
    Zoe Winters – Life Cycle
    Nalini Singh – Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changelings, Book 1)
    Seanan McGuire – Rosemary and Rue
    Ilona Andrews – Magic Bites
    Jeaniene Frost – First Drop of Crimson

    These are all so good, I have re-read them many times over.

  58. Timitra says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Falling Light . My suggestion for sci-fi and fantasy is the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, the seventh book comes out in July. My contemporary suggestion is the Line of Duty series by Tessa Bailey, the next book in the series comes out February 3rd

  59. Terena says:

    Yes I would love a copy of Falling Light.

    My rec: (Sorry, no sci fi)

    BDB series by JR Ward…Newest install out in Mar

    With Me In Seattle Kristen Proby…….Newest bk in Mar I think

    Anything by Kristen Ashley

  60. carole says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Falling Light. For sci-fi try Linnea Sinclair (any of hers) or Jean Johnson’s There’s is not to reason why. For contemporary try Lisa Marie Rice or Janet Chapman.An older series i loved was Eve Silver’s Otherkin.

  61. Sand says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Falling Light like the others !
    Well it’s look like everyone already gave you some good suggestions.
    My favorite paranormal serie is Psi-Changeling by Nalini Singh, but those last weeks I’ve discovered some good series like Phoenix Pack by Suzanne Wright, Moonshifted by Carrie Alexander and the new serie of Alexandra Ivy, The Sentinels.

  62. Jennifer says:

    I would love to win a copy of Falling Light. I purchased Rising Darkness the month it came out but would not allow myself to open it until the 2nd book in the series was close to being released. I’m loving it…and can’t wait for the next installment.

    I don’t read much sci-fi but I have enjoyed Maria Snyders “The Poison Study”. I’ve also enjoyed Linnea Sinclair. I love Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series (paranormal) and I’ve heard great things about “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. I really loved “Making Faces” by Amy Harmon (young adult??) and the first 3 books of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changling series are some of my favorite re-reads and I love Darynda Jones Grave series…very funny. Hope this helps. And thank you for the opportunity to win your book!

  63. Aly P says:

    Oh, you should totally buy
    -the last Cat and Bones book by Jeaniene Frost[urban fantasy]
    -Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis[contemporary]
    -Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young[contemporary]
    -Concealed in Death by JD Robb
    -Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh[paranormal, I can’t wait for this one!]
    -When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath[the 1st in a new historical series]
    -Three Weeks With Lady X by Eloisa James[historical]
    -Night Broken by Patricia Briggs[we finally meet Adam’s wife in this one… she’s…]

    Almost all of them are pre-orders that I already have pre-ordered 😀

  64. Traci Jewell says:

    You really should read “Cold Sassy Tree” by Olive Ann Burns. Really, really great book.

  65. Julie says:

    I haven’t read any good sci-fi romance recently, but C. L. Wilson’s Tairen Soul series is fantastic high fantasy. The last great sci-fi books I read would probably be Angela Knight’s Time Hunter series, which has recently ended. Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series is something I’d also recommend.

    I’d love to win a copy of Falling Light!

  66. Mari says:

    I see that plenty of people have listed my faves already – if you’re not already convinced add another voice! 🙂 “Written In Red” by Anne Bishop is a fantastic book, I can’t wait for the next one (March, I believe). The next Mercy Thompson book by Patricia Briggs comes out then too. I also recommend the Ephemera series from Anne Bishop (not that they’re brand new). While “Sebastian” and “Belladonna” were both great reads, “Bridge of Dreams” is where I fell in total LOVE.
    Nalini Singh’s “Shield of Winter” is coming – I can’t wait! As well as the latest J.D. Robb “In Death” book. So many yummy books!
    And yes, I would LOVE to add your most recent to my shelves! But it seemed silly to list your book on my ‘must read’ list! 🙂

  67. Coleen says:

    Ok, I’m not recommending a particular book but the series. I’ll have you bankrupt by the end of the summer, LOL


    Jill Shalvis – her Luck Harbor series or Animal Magnetism series both are funny and sweet with HOT alpha males
    Jaci Burton – Play-by-Play series, HOT alpha male athletes, so good
    Darynda Jones – Charlie Davidson series, 2 words – Reyes Farrow – swoon!

    Urban Fantasy

    Chloe Neill – Chicagoland Vampire series, new book coming soon!
    Devon Monk – Allie Beckstrom series, very good and it’s complete
    Patricia Briggs – Mercy Thompson series, new book in March
    Ilona Andrews – Kate Daniels Series, next book isn’t until the summer and boy I can’t wait. This is one of my favorite series
    Kim Harrison – The Hollows (Rachel Morgan), new book comes out late February and is my #1 series
    Kelley Armstrong – Women of the Otherworld series , now a TV show!

    Paranormal Romance

    JR Ward – Blackdagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels series (The King comes out in March)
    Jeaniene Frost – Kat and Bones series (final book comes out next week)
    Lara Adrian – Midnight Breed series
    Karen Marie Moning – Fever Series (book 7, Burned, comes out this summer. There were 5 books in the first arc and from McKayla Lanes point of view. Books 6-8 are going to be from Dani O’Malley’s point of view)
    Yasmine Galenorn – Otherworld Series, new book comes out next week

    PS – Kinked was awesome and I would love to win Falling Light!

  68. Ace says:

    I’m currently reading Pamela Clare’s Investigative Team (I-Team) series and I’m down to the last 2. I’m also trying out some books by Jaci Burton and Lisa Marie Rice. I’m excited for J.D. Robb Concealed in Death out next month. And I’m waiting for news of G.A. Aiken’s new dragon book.

  69. Dawn cavenee says:

    Darynda Jones has a grim reaper series, Charley Davidson is the main character. Simply wonderful!! The story pulls you in and the humor makes you snort-laugh! 🙂 I would be grateful if you’d enter me in the drawing for your book. Thank you!

  70. Thea, I’d love to be considered for your giveaway.

    I don’t know if you read much in the way of indie published books, but my first fantasy romance (also a dragon shifter romance) comes out April 29th from Swoon Romance, Fire of Stars and Dragons. You can find it on Goodreads.

    I’d also recommend other authors from Swoon Romance. There are many amazing books published by them and some awesome new stuff coming soon.

    Obviously, these are all romance as the imprint implies. 😉

    1- Fire of Stars and Dragons (as I mentioned)
    2- Love and Cupcakes by Susan Bishop Cispell (contemporary magical realism)
    3- Men and Martinis by Delancey Stewart (contemporary in the vein of Sex & the City)
    4- The Best Laid Plans by Tamara Mataya (smoking hot contemporary)
    5- Knock Love Out by Pella Grace (contemporary romance)
    6- Going Home Again by Abby Cavenaugh (contemporary romance)
    7- Burn Me by Shelley Watters (contemporary romance releasing 4/29)
    8- Love and Other Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, and others (contemporary romance novella collection set during the Winter Olympics- HOT)
    9- Complicated By You by Kenya Wright (contemporary erotica)
    10- Class of ’98 by A.L. Player (“Back to the Future” meets “She’s All That” style Adult/YA crossover romance)

  71. emily cyr says:

    So, after your amazing books I am a series FREAK!
    1. The fever series by K.Moning
    2. The Mercy Thompson series by P. Briggs
    3. The Hollows series by K. Harrison
    4. Anything by PC Cast
    5. The poison tester series
    6. mortal instruments
    7. I want to read the magic bites series
    8. The Dresden Series
    9. The mist born series
    10. lastly, bitten
    Would love to win!!!

  72. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    I am currently read FALLING LIGHT for review… But hrmm. Alexis Morgan’s one seires. Cannot go wrong with Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books. Emma Jane Holloway’s Baskerville trilogy. JULIE Anne Walker’s Black Knight Inc. Laura Kaye’s Hard series..

  73. Monserrate Melendez says:

    Forgot to mention in my previous comment that I would like to receive a copy of falling light

  74. Mary osmolski says:

    I would love to win a copy of your new book!

    Faith Hunters Jane Yellowrock series is amazing
    Faith Hunters Rogue Mage series
    Susannah Scott’s luck of the dragon
    Michelle Sagara. cast in Series
    Robin Owens heart mate
    Anything by Nalini Singh
    Deborah cookies dragon series
    Rae Carson’s girls of fire and thorns series
    Lilith Saintcrow. Steel flower
    Alexis Morgan. Darkness on Fire
    Susan Ee Angel fall

  75. Ace says:

    Thanks for those who recommended Anne Bishop’s Written In Blood. I’ve been reading it over and over and I can’t get enough of it. I can’t wait for March to see what happens next to Meg and Simon. Also, thank you for the book Miss Harrison, got it in the mail last week!

  76. Sue says:

    One series I haven’t seen on the list that I love is the Keeper series by Donna Augustine. Only three books so far and the first two are only available as ebooks, but I’ve enjoyed them very much. Hint- the hero has the heroine shot in the head 5 times at the start of the first book and she survives! If they get together after that there is hope for everyone.

  77. Sue says:

    BTW, forgot to mention, she doesn’t end up brain damaged, she pushed the bullets out.

  78. Sue says:

    I recommend Elizabeth Hunter’s Elemental Mystery series as well as her book in The Irin Chronicles, The Scribe. Grace Draven’s Master of Crows and Entreat Me and Jeff Wheeler’s Muirwood books.