When I first started reading romance books there was two genres, contemporary and historical. There were no ff&p books. Fast forward about 15 years and you have a couple of authors that finally publish ff&p romance, there were only a couple of authors published at that time so if you liked that genre you had to read those authors. Fast forward 10 more years and now it is a huge genre with any number of authors for you to choose from and some of the authors that we never thought would go there have even written books with a little paranormal activity.
I for one am really glad that this genre exists because this is one of my favorite genres. I am fairly picky however when it comes to my paranormal stories, if they are creating their own world than it has to be completely believable. If they are writing a paranormal with immortals that live amongst us, the reasons for the immortality have to be believable, and they have to have historical accuracy.
Melanie likes those that are different and take twist that is unexpected to make it more enjoyable. Something that hasn’t been seen before in the genre, yet still has to be somewhat believable.
We each have those ff&p authors that are auto buys for each of us.
On the top of my list are Nalini Singh, Christine Feehan, Kerrelyn Sparks, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Lara Adrian, Jessa Slade and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Melanie’s auto buys are Erin Kellison, Leslie Parish, Christina Dodd, Brenda Joyce, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Melissa Mayhue.
Are there any paranormal books that you love and what do you enjoy about them, what about ones that you are not liking?
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Some more responses from those fabulous authors that we love:
Nalini Singh: http://www.nalinisingh.com/ I have quite eclectic reading tastes and depending on my reading mood, will read anything from thrillers to sf/fantasy, to any number of sub-genres of romance (of course!) and more. I read some non-fiction as well, partly for research purposes and partly just because the topic interests me. Some of my favorite authors are Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey. Anne Bishop, Christine Feehan, Meljean Brook, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz, JD Robb, Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux, Lisa Kleypas…and seriously, I could keep going. I love reading, and I’m always trying out new authors alongside my favorites. My most recent “finds” have been Joss Ware (love the Envy Chronicles!) and Jess Granger with her futuristic romances. As for where I read – everywhere I can!
Jessa Slade: http://jessaslade.wordpress.com/ As a writer, I consider it my sacred duty to read. I have a breakfast book, a backpack book, a bedside book, and a bathtub book. And usually a few more besides 🙂 I read a lot in my genre — urban fantasy romance — but like most booksluts, I’ll peel back the cover on anything. At RomCon this year (where I met the Book Reading Gals!) I had the chance to sit with Nalini Singh, C.L. Wilson and Christine Feehan. It was like my bookshelf sprang to life!
Erin Kellison: http://www.erinkellison.com/ Chances to relax are seldom with little kids and a book on deadline, so I have to steal time to get my reading fix. I generally choose fantasy, but really enjoy a lot of genre fiction. I had surgery last week and got to read Mockingjay in one sitting. Love that feeling of sinking into a book. My favorite place to go? The beach. Combine that with a book and a lazy afternoon and I am in heaven.
Leslie Parish: http://www.authorleslieparrish.com/ Whenever I want to read purely for enjoyment, I tend to stay away from romance because I’m so immersed in it in my job, I just want something different for down-time.So I typically pick up a horror or thriller novel (Stephen King is my favorite) or something so funny it leaves me breathless (Christopher Moore is my go-to author for this!) I most recently read The Passage by Justin Cronin, a futuristic vampire/zombie armageddon story and really loved it.