We all have authors we cherish, our guilty reads. Those authors whose books we can’t wait for; you know the ones that you would gladly go stand in line at midnight just to get your hands on the new book at the first possible moment. If you are an avid reader, you may even have a few authors to which you are truly devoted. Those authors whom you recommend to any and everyone. If we are lucky your author will put out a new book once a year. If we are really lucky then our authors will vary their books so you get a new high each season.
I am REALLY lucky. Of my top authors there are 3 that I covet. They are Anne Bishop, Janet Evanovich and Mercedes Lackey. I have never met a book by these three women that I did not love. Don’t get me wrong, there have been times that I have wondered why they took a story in a certain direction – but I always loved the book in the end. All three of my authors have put out new books in the last couple of months, and Janet Evanovich even has a second new book coming out this year. Hurray!!!!!
First we have Anne Bishop, who writes intense fantasy books with a romantic undercurrent. I fell in love with her when I chanced upon a used copy of “Daughter of the Blood” at a tag sale. The cover of this book depicts a young girl sitting on a horse with a chalice levitating in front of her. I could tell that this book had been loved as it was dog eared and falling apart. I paid 25 cents for it hoping that I would love it as much as it’s previous owner did. Well, what can I say. I think I read that book in about 4 hours. I just devoured it. I couldn’t put it down. I finished it and fell asleep and when I woke up the next day I just started it again. Needless to say I ran right to my local bookstore and purchased every Anne Bishop book that I could find, and I wasn’t disappointed. All of her books were just as well put together and enamoring as the first was. I was saddened when I came to the end of them, simply because I couldn’t not imagine that there weren’t anymore books. This was several years ago and she has continued writing. What was a simple Black Jewels Trilogy became a much longer series. Book number 9 “Twilight’s Dawn” was released this March. It was amazing. I can’t recommend this series or author enough. She is amazing. He black jewels world is diverse, well thought out, and complete. You can picture yourself in it, and the characters, well they are easily imagined. I am chomping on the bit waiting for the next book.
Next comes Janet Evanovich, her books are best classified as humorous mystery. A friend of mine gave me a copy of the 10th book in her Stephanie Plum series called “Ten Big Ones”. She told me that it didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the others, I would still like it. I was skeptical as I am not usually a mystery reader, but within moments I was laughing out loud. The character of Stephanie is outrageous, hilarious and unbelievable. She is a jersey girl lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter. She is drawn to two separate delicious men with wild and opposite personalities. Some of you may have heard of this author as her first book was recently picked up to be made into a movie, with Katherine Heigl playing Stephanie. Her books are light, funny and entertaining. Her characters are crazy and lovable. I have read them all, and this year am being blessed with two new ones. “Smoking Seventeen’ just came out this June, and her next novel in the Plum series is set to come out in November titled “Explosive Eighteen”.
And last but certainly not the least is Mercedes Lackey. To anyone who reads fantasy books Mercedes Lackey is a must. She is a classic author who has been writing for decades. She has written roughly 75 books or so, and has collaborated with such well know names as Marion Zimmer Bradley, Anne McCaffrey, and her husband Larry Dixon. She writes not only “traditional” fantasy and science fiction but also historical and modern day fantasy. Her books are set on different worlds, and eras. She is considered both a young adult and an adult writer. She has been writing for so long that many of her earlier books are now out of print and difficult to find – but I have read everything that I can get my hands on. Of all of the lands that she has created my favorite is Valdemar and it’s magical companions. To date there are 22 novels in the Valdemar series and several short story anthologies. This world sucks you right in and makes you feel at home. The words just jump off the page and beg you to find out more. Of all of the books I have read – of all the fictional places I have learned about if there was one that I could slip into and live out the rest of my life it would be Valdemar, and that is high praise indeed. Another one of Lackey’s series is the Elemental Masters books. The newest book in this series is ‘Unnatural Issue”. I admit that I hadn’t read any of the other books in this series in a long time, but within the first few words of the new one I was right back there. It was like coming home, or snuggling with an old friend.
I encourage you all to try out the books of these three spectacular women and if you haven’t found your author or authors yet, keep looking. They are like friends and soul mates, you will find yours. Please feel free to post your thoughts on your authors as well. I am always looking to discover new friends.