It's a good thing when writers are so focused on their craft that they forget to post on their scheduled date, right? Good, glad we agree! As such, I'm sharing a revised post from two years ago at my personal author blog. I'm an eclectic reader with tastes ranging from historical to contemporary to non-fiction. However, I tend to go back to a few genres when I'm either overworked or just feel the need to escape into a story I know I'll love.
Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense: Sometimes I just need a good thriller or mystery. This category makes sense since I write in it, but I usually don't read it while I'm working on one of the thriller books. Much like the movies in this genre I enjoy, I like fast-paced and well-developed story lines. And sometimes I just like a good kick-butt, action-packed thriller to keep me up into the wee hours. I enjoy both contemporary and historical mysteries. Some of my favorite contemporaries are John Grisham, Julie Garwood, Catherine Coulter, and Susanna Kearsley (she's multi-genre but there's always a bit of mystery), and I've recently had the pleasure of trying out a slew of new authors whose books were really quite enjoyable. I don't have any favorites per se in the historical mystery genre—there are just so many good ones—but I have enjoyed books by P.D. James and Oscar de Muriel.
Historical Western Romance: This is one of my favorite genres to read, and of course write under my historical name. I enjoy going back in time to the American West or during the Civil-War era. The history is fascinating and teaches us to be grateful for what we have today. The semi-untouched landscapes and the years of discovery, chivalry, and adventure make for great stories. Johanna Lindsey, Kaki Warner, and Jo Goodman top my list of favorite authors in this genre, though there are many more.
Historical Romance (Regency, Victorian, American): The settings and the people draw me most to this genre. I tend to enjoy those stories that feature strong heroines and noble heroes. If the heroine is immature or whiny, that's it for me. If the hero has no redeeming qualities, I stop reading. Characters can easily make or break a romance novel for me. A touch of mystery and humor, or some adventure mixed in are the reasons why I love Kathleen Woodiwiss's books, Johanna Lindsey's Malory novels, Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series, and a plethora of other authors who write wonderful characters.
Highland Romance: This one deserves a category of it's own simply because there are so many Highland books out there. I'm not a fan of them all, I'll admit, but many are delightful. I prefer the stories that aren't heavy on the sex (I have a great imagination and don't need the play-by-play). I pick up a lot of these books based on the covers, and not long ago I had the pleasure of being introduced to Paula Quinn's Highland stories. There really are too many great books to list here.
Historical Authors: I sometimes like to go back and read books by people who lived during the times in which their books are set. Some of my favorite authors are Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Sir Walter Scott.
What are some of your favorite genres?
I'm currently writing the next book in this series, and every word reminds how much I enjoy switching back and forth between my two pen names. Going from historical to contemporary took a lot of effort in the beginning, but now, no matter what I am writing, I feel like I am spending time with old friends. The men in this series . . . I have book-boyfriend crushes on every one of them!
The Dragon's Staircase by McKenna Grey & Everly Archard
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Thriller
Heat Level: 3
Language Level: 2 1/2
Violence Level: 3
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