Monday, October 22, 2012

Favorites From... Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost

First, thanks to Jen at Red Hot Books for having me on the site! I was a reader long before I became a writer, so it’s great to talk about authors I love. First, a disclaimer: There’s no way I can mention every author I enjoy because that would take too long. For a more complete list, you can go here and that still won’t cover everyone. Disclaimer aside, here are the top five authors that make me drop everything when they have a new release:

Melissa Marr. Whether it’s sinister-yet-sensual faeries (Wicked Lovely); the Hungry Dead (Graveminder); witches, shifters, and daemons in a mesmerizing carnival (Carnival of Souls), or an otherworld that gives Cowboys and Aliens a run for its money (not-yet-released The Arrivals), I am hooked on Melissa’s stories. She blends richly-layered world building with characters so vibrant it’s not unusual for me to dream about them.

Ilona Andrews. Another author who matches awesome world building with addictive characters. If you’re a series junkie like me, I can’t recommend the Kate Daniels books highly enough. If you like your stories in one-and-done form, then check out Gunmetal Magic, a stand-alone spinoff set in the Kate Daniels world, or any novel in Ilona’s “The Edge” series. Don’t blame me when you miss out on sleep, though. Her books don’t like to be put down.

Kresley Cole. Her Immortals After Dark series is my literary crack. Each book is filled sexiness, humor, and enough emotional drama to make me tear up at times. These books are firmly on my Keeper shelf for whenever I wanted a guaranteed great read, or a great re-read.

Charlaine Harris. She’s the woman who brought us Sookie, Eric, Bill, and Alcide. Need I say more? Okay, I will: The Southern Vampire Mysteries manages to blend quirkiness with horror, humor with sensuality, and the supernatural with the mundane so smoothly that one might be tempted to believe Bon Temps actually exists. Also, Charlaine is so warm and gracious that someone ought to tell her she’s a rock star because clearly she’s unaware of that.

Nalini Singh. Her Guild Hunter series is pure magic. I love the blend of angels, vampires, and natural-born hunters. Elena and Raphael burn up the pages, as do Dmitri and Honor, and in case Nalini didn’t hear me the first time I said it…can we get a Bluebell book? PLEASE?! *wink*

Thank you to Jeaniene Frost for sharing these recommendations! I asked Jeaniene to be a part of this feature because her Night Huntress books were among my very first UF/ PNR reads and I still love re-reading them.  The series follows the lives and romance of half-blood vampire Cat and her uber-sexy partner Bones.  Jeaniene has also written spinoff books featuring side characters in the series (which I also love.)  If you haven't read this series yet, start with Halfway to the Grave.  It won't let you down. 

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At Monday, October 22, 2012 at 7:12:00 AM CDT , Blogger Northwoman said...

I love many of Jeaniene's favorites and her books too!

At Monday, October 22, 2012 at 9:35:00 AM CDT , Blogger Unknown said...

I am total agreement last 3 series mentioned, they are some of my favorites as well! Between that and the fact that Ms. Frost has never written anything that I didnt LOVE, i will check out the top two authors.

At Monday, October 22, 2012 at 2:02:00 PM CDT , Blogger miki said...

i agree ilona andrews has made a wonderful and captivating universe

At Monday, October 22, 2012 at 2:40:00 PM CDT , Blogger Unknown said...

Great suggestions! JF's series is my favorite, but I've always wanted to read Marr's and Andrews' books.

At Monday, October 22, 2012 at 7:13:00 PM CDT , Blogger Diane said...

Nalini, love love both her series! And Bluebell??? Raphael??? All of the Seven??? Wonderful books!

At Monday, October 22, 2012 at 9:39:00 PM CDT , Blogger erin said...

thanks for a fun post! I love all of these picks and I've been dying to read jeaniene's books too :)

At Monday, October 22, 2012 at 10:10:00 PM CDT , Blogger Barbara E. said...

Jeaniene has a lot of really great picks, but one author I haven't had a chance to read yet is Melissa Mar. I've heard a lot about her books, so I can see I need to give them a try.

At Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:58:00 PM CDT , Blogger Fran Sepúlveda said...

I really love Jeaniene, Nalini and karen marie moning. Bones is great, I love him. But my boyfriend is Raphael, I'm in love with him :P

At Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:06:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jolene and Family said...

The only books I've read from her suggestions have been Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series. I love that series and the other's are at the top of my wishlist

Jolene A

At Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:44:00 PM CDT , Blogger jmcgaugh said...

Jeaniene, I just wanted to let you know that you are one of my favorite authors. Ilona Andrews and Kresley Cole are on that list, too!

At Friday, October 26, 2012 at 12:26:00 AM CDT , Anonymous bn100 said...

I agree about Kresley Cole's books.

At Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11:09:00 PM CDT , Blogger Texas Book Lover said...

Love Kresly Cole, Nalini Singh and the earlier books of Charlaine Harris. Haven't read the others yet but have heard great things about them.

At Monday, October 29, 2012 at 5:10:00 PM CDT , Blogger Ann S. said...

Where to start they are all such great authors. Charlaine Harris is a particular favorite. I have been reading her even before Sookie Stackhouse. She has so many great series of books.


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