Friday, October 19, 2012

Favorites From... Kelley, Kelly & Thea

Kelley Armstrong  
Kelly Meding
Thea Harrison

I read about 350 books a year so I am exposed to many different authors. There are so many to love! When I made my list of who to invite for this feature, I think I sent out 35 invitations, hoping I would get 20 responses.  I knew some folks would be on deadlines. I knew I might get trapped in a spam filter or two. And I knew some authors simply don't appear on blogs at all.  (I still love you, JR.)

Fortunately, some of the authors who couldn't join in for a full length guest post still have some recommendations to share.

A favorite author of Kelley Armstrong's, for instance, is Stephen King.

Kelly Meding recommends the Charlie Madigan series by Kelly Gay.

Atlanta: it's the promised city for the off-worlders, foreigners from the alternate dimensions of heaven-like Elysia and hell-like Charbydon. Some bring good works and miracles. And some bring unimaginable evil....

Charlie Madigan is a divorced mother of one, and a kick-ass cop trained to take down the toughest human and off-world criminals. She's recently returned from the dead after a brutal attack, an unexplained revival that has left her plagued by ruthless nightmares and random outbursts of strength that make doing her job for Atlanta P.D.'s Integration Task Force even harder. Since the Revelation, the criminal element in Underground Atlanta has grown, leaving Charlie and her partner Hank to keep the chaos to a dull roar. But now an insidious new danger is descending on her city with terrifying speed, threatening innocent lives: a deadly, off-world narcotic known as ash. Charlie is determined to uncover the source of ash before it targets another victim -- but can she protect those she loves from a force more powerful than heaven and hell combined?

And Thea Harrison says G. A. Aiken’s Dragon series is a hoot. I’ve had a lot of fun reading those.

It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear-a lot-or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe-a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fills her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn't get any stranger. She's wrong. And just wait until you meet the rest of the family?

I wanted to make sure I included these recs for a couple of reasons.  These ladies were gracious enough to share their favorites and I wouldn't want any of you to miss out on an opportunity to try a great book! A little plug for these authors...

Kelley Armstrong writes the amazing Otherworld series that just wrapped up this year.  It features different narrators in different books, including werewolves, witches, a necromancer and even a ghost.  The first in the series, Bitten, is narrated by my personal favorite character, Elena.

Kelly Meding, object of my favorite Authors After Dark conversation piece, is the author of both the Dreg City books (which I pray she continues) and the MetaWars series. I like them both, but I have a softer spot for Dreg City, which follows the torturous second life of Evy, a woman brought back from the dead to live inside another woman's body.

And finally, Thea Harrison writes the sexy and action-packed Elder Races series.  The first book, Dragon Bound, was a huge darling of the blogosphere last year.  (My favorite in the series is Kahlil's book.)  Each installment features a different love story in a world filled with vampires, djinn, fae, dragons and other various shapeshifters.  She is always on my auto-buy list.

Now that I have talked your ear off, let me get to the giveaway.  Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win THE DRAGON WHO LOVED ME from Thea's recommended series by GA Aiken.  This one is open to residents in the US & Canada.

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At Friday, October 19, 2012 at 7:14:00 AM CDT , Blogger Unknown said...

I love Kelley and Kelly's books! Haven't managed to squeeze in one of Thea's yet but she's definitely on my radar. It was nice of these ladies to find time in their busy schedules to semi-participate in your event.

Happy Friday girlie! :)

At Friday, October 19, 2012 at 7:48:00 AM CDT , Blogger Joanne said...

Thanks for the recommendations. I haven't read anything by Kelly Gay or G.A Aiken yet. I do love Thea's Elder Races series. I'm heading over to check them out. Thanks for the giveaway.

At Friday, October 19, 2012 at 9:35:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jennifer @ The Book Nympho said...


I've read Meding's books (which are GREAT!) and I have all of other authors on my TBR.

I waiting to start Kelly Gay's series until I get the last book in the series that I'm missing which is book 2.

At Friday, October 19, 2012 at 9:36:00 AM CDT , Blogger miki said...

i like dragon bound ( more than the other books of the series) and i'm just discovered charlie madigan series

Kelly armstrong is one of my favorite authors^^

At Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:37:00 AM CDT , Blogger Rebe said...

I love, love, love all of Shelly Laurenston's (aka GA Aiken) books! I've only read one of KElly Meding's books, but it was fabulous, so I'll definitely have to check out more of her books.

At Friday, October 19, 2012 at 3:41:00 PM CDT , Blogger jmcgaugh said...

Haven't been able to get into Stephen King - I'm not so much on horror. G.A. Aiken and Kelly Gay are on my list that I'd like to read.

At Friday, October 19, 2012 at 6:42:00 PM CDT , Blogger Keslynn said...

As a Kelly, I gotta support my fellow Kell(e)ys! Love Kelley Armstrong and Kelly Meding. I enjoyed the first Charlie Madigan by Kelly Gay and this post reminds me that I'm due to read book 2.

I haven't typed Kelly that much, well, ever. Not even on my tax forms.

At Friday, October 19, 2012 at 8:03:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jackie said...

A book recommended by any of these authors is worth reading I think.

At Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:40:00 PM CDT , Blogger erin said...

Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I love all of these authors! The recommended and the recommenders :)

At Friday, October 19, 2012 at 11:08:00 PM CDT , Blogger JenM said...

I'm a couple of books behind on GA Aiken's dragon series, but I absolutely love her writing and I'm a big fan of Thea's also.

At Friday, October 19, 2012 at 11:57:00 PM CDT , Blogger donnas said...

I have read Kelly's first book and one short story by GA Aiken. Both were great so I can totally get behind these recommendations.

At Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 5:11:00 PM CDT , Blogger Barbara E. said...

I love Kelly Gay's Charlie Madigan series, so I'm in full agreement with Kelly Meding. I love her books too. :D I've never been a horror fan, so I don't really go for Stephen King's books, and Thea's recommendations sound great, I'll have to check out G.A. Aiken's books since I've always enjoyed stories with dragons, especially dragon shifters like in Thea's books.

At Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 6:28:00 PM CDT , Anonymous JanD said...

I've never heard of these authors before and their recs. More to be added to my TBR pile.

At Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 5:41:00 PM CDT , Blogger Lexi said...

I love this, seeing what some of my favorite authors love to read. So much fun!

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

I love Thea Harrison and definitely need some more Dragon books. Adding these to my TBR :)

At Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 8:28:00 PM CDT , Blogger Laurie said...

I'm a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong and Thea, and I have Kelly Meding on my TBR list, but I haven't some of their recommendations. I do have G.A. Aiken on my reading list but I will have to check out Kelly Gay as well. It's been a while since I've read Stephen King, he scares me, lol!

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

Haven't read any of these books. Nice suggestions.

At Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11:13:00 PM CDT , Blogger Texas Book Lover said...

I have to agree that G.A. Aiken's series is a hoot. I like the series that she rights under Shelly Laurenston even more...or at least they are funnier.

At Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 9:58:00 AM CDT , Blogger Unknown said...

I'm a HUGE lover of dragons. I have G.A. Aiken's books on my TBR, but have yet to indulge. Hope to remedy that very soon!
I've read work for one of the three. The one's I've yet to experience are Kelley Armstrong and Kelly Meding. All of you sound like amazing authors and I look forward to reading your work :)

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