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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is to chat about Your top ten Auto-buy Authors. Those authors who, no matter the genre or book, you buy it because of the author! Well, I can sometimes be pretty “genre-specific” so there are not many author’s who I buy EVERYTHING they write, especially if they cross genres, which they often do. But here we go…
I’ll start with the author’s I’ve followed for ages, and then include some new favorites I’ve found this year!
Series: The Beka Cooper Series
Series: The Song of the Lioness Quartet
Series: Trickster Series
Series: Protector of the Small Quartet
Series: The Immortals
Tamora Pierce is one of my all time, long-time favorite fantasy authors. Her books are timeless, with great characters, superb world building, and conflicts of epic proportions. Her main characters are all fantastic, kick-butt ladies, but each are quite different from the other. These are high-fantasy, often include political intrigue, and romance. If you are a fan of Throne of Glass, The Winner’s Curse, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, or Grave Mercy type books, you may want to give Tamora Pierce a try. I will read anything she writes.
Series: Mercy Thompson
Series: Alpha & Omega
Series: Sianim Series
Patricia Briggs is another one I’ve followed for awhile, and she is basically Urban Fantasy and Fantasy at its very best. Her Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series are Urban Fantasy. Her other series are more High Fantasy. I am a definite “auto-buyer” for Patty Briggs. She’s got tough, awesome female main characters, hilarious and lovable supporting characters, and swoon worthy males. These do have a vein of romance sprinkled in, but they are not romances. They include a wide array of supernatural creatures. If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy and haven’t read Patty Briggs yet, you have to try her. You will not regret it, she’s generally considered to be a staple of the genre.
Series: The Highlander’s Series
Series: The Fever Series
I’ve been reading Karen Marie Moning’s books since I was about 15. Her early series were historical/time-traveling Scottish Romances. More recently she branched out to a really stunning, dark, and sexy Urban Fantasy series, set in modern day Ireland. The Fever series are not romances, but do include adult, sexual, and violent themes. The world building is incredible, and it is series “edge of your seat” suspense. That series is still in progress, and I’m completely hooked.
Juliet Marillier is another author who I’ve been reading since my early teen years, even though her books are not truly YA, many of the characters are, or start out, in that age group. She writes Fantasy, mostly Historical Fantasy and has several novels and series out now. The first one I read was Wolfskin, which is still one of my all time favorite stories and I credit it with my love of all things Norse and Viking in nature to this day. Her Sevenwaters series is highly popular, and starts with Daughter of the Forest, a gut-wrenching and beautiful story of love and sacrifice (a fairy tale retelling). I pretty much will buy and read anything that she writes.
Philippa Gregory (Adult)
Philippa Gregory writes Historical Fiction, I’m sure most of you have heard of The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen (made into a BBC & Starz TV Series). Philippa has quite an extensive amount of novels out to date, but she’s pretty much an auto-buy for me, especially when I’m in a historical fiction kind of mood. She focuses mostly around the 16th century, and especially on England and the Tudor families. Her books all include plenty of wonderful court descriptions, political intrigue, forbidden romance, and complicated female characters. Since they are based on historical evens, you are not guaranteed a happy ending, (which is usually a turn-off for me) but these are so good, who cares?
Series: Guild Hunter
Ok, now moving on to the newer author’s I’ve discovered this past year, but which I think will be “auto-buys” for now on. Nalini Singh tops the list, in fact she may be my favorite author of all right now. I just discovered her books last year but I’ve read every last one since then of two of her series. I don’t read erotic fiction, so I haven’t tried her third series at this time. The Psy/Changeling is an Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction Romance series that I just adore. It takes place in a future U.S., but also an alternate U.S. There are three species on earth, the cerebral (and unemotional) Psy have mentally based powers, the earthy Changelings can shape-shift, and the humans, who are most numerous. It has a lot of advanced technology and a lot of tensions among the species. Its, frankly, a brilliant series. I’m obsessed with it. Her Guild Hunter series is quite good as well, it follows the stories of angels and arch-angels who rule the earth.
Series: Throne of Glass
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Well I didn’t find Sarah J. Maas until just a couple months ago but she became an instant “auto-buy” once I’d read both series out now. I seriously cannot believe how good these books are, I think they are instant classics in the genre. TOG follows the story of a young woman who is an Assasin as she struggles to determine and claim her destiny. ACOTR is a wonderful Beauty and the Beast-type retelling that follows the story of a young woman snatched from her family into the Faery Realm. Even just thinking about these books makes me want to read them, they are seriously addicting YA fantasy. Easily enjoyed by YA and adults who are fans of the genre.
Amie Kaufman (YA)
Series: Illuminae (co-written with Jay Kristoff)
Series: Starbound Series (co-written with Meagan Spooner)
Well, I literally found this author only weeks ago, but I’m an insta-fan of her Science Fiction. She currently has two sci-fi (or speculative fiction) series that are active, and I’ve read everything thats currently available in both. They. are. amazing. I loved the “space opera” type of stories, with the grand world building, and enjoyable characters. Her books feature both a female and male main character, and the books are told from their alternating points of view. I like when we get to see inside the heads of the female AND male leads in these stories. Other authors often only show us what the young woman is thinking and feeling, and that leaves the male characters underdeveloped. Another great thing about this author is that she enjoys playing around with the typical gender roles in her stories, which makes the characters less stereotypical. I’m hooked on Amie Kaufman.
Robin LaFevers (YA)
Series: His Fair Assassin
I just discovered this author this week, but I can already tell she is going in my “insta-buy” pile. Her current series are Historical-type High Fantasies, and I just love them. The series follows three different female assassins, and while each is a stand-alone novel featuring a romance, they also contribute to a larger story arc about the country and Queen they serve. I would not consider these to be strong in the Romance department, they are fantasies that feature romance, rather than Romances that feature fantasy. The only downside is that we only get the young women’s point of views, which is somewhat disappointing since the male characters are quite interesting. I’d like to get a look inside their heads. Nevertheless I’m loving these books so far!
Ok thats it for this week! I only got to 9 this time, but the list is still pretty extensive. It’s tough for me because I am more of a genre and mood reader and since a lot of my authors write in a range of genres, I sometimes skip their other books or series.
So are there any in my list that were in your list of auto-buy authors? After reading my list are there any you want to give a try?
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