I've had great opportunities to discover several authors this year. I am currently in my romance-novel-with-a-happy-ever-after phase, and found really great authors. Historical romances, comedies, modern-day adventures, you name it, I probably read it between January to today.
So, here are my favorite discoveries...
Mary Balogh - Her books as mostly historical romances. I love her most recent release - A Matter of Class. I like how she writes her scenes - you "see" different perspectives regarding a single event as the story unfolds.
Susan Elizabeth Phililips - One word - Funny! Mostly modern-day love stories and I love the witty back and forth between her characters.
Mary Jo Putney - Her books have a lot of subplots that keep the main theme interesting as you go through each book. I also love that she has intertwined her characters in her later books so you get to hear about them long after you've finished a book.
Deanne Gist - I love her "I really do love you, but I can't love you" approach to a story. You find yourself cheering the characters on, wanting them to realize what you already know from the previous chapters.
Tamera Alexander - Historical romance with realistic depictions of what life was like back then. Complete with the financial or cultural/societal struggles that were most likely prevalent during the 1800s. I love the "triumph over adversity" theme that is a common denominator of her books. Feel good stories about heart-wrenching situations and possibilities.
Yeah, I know. I am a sucker for the sappy love stories with happy-ever-after endings. Not to say that there is not enough drama in my life as it were.