If you’ve been paying attention in the last couple of months, you will have noticed that Holly, Rowena, and myself have each taken to writing our thoughts on a shared topic and then posting them throughout the month. This month’s topic is about auto-buy authors that we never thought we’d stop reading until we did.
It makes me sad that this wasn’t at all a difficult list to make. A few of these authors were some of the first I ever read. Linda Howard was my go-to. I would have Judith McNaught on this list. As she hasn’t released anything in a bazillion years, I didn’t really think she applied. I also didn’t include Julie Garwood because I would most likely buy a historical if she ever decided to write one again.
I was really surprised when I sat down and put this list together. It was so easy. All these authors instantly came to mind with no thought whatsoever. These are authors that I literally stalked (not physically) to find out when a new release would be out. I would be so sad when I found out it would be a whole entire year until a new release. Now that feeling is just…gone.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Oh, SEP. Why did we have to break up? Kiss an Angel is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Talk about needing the tissues. I have reread that book so many times that I have lost count. I just don’t know what happened to us. We stopped communicating. It was really Call Me Irresistible that wrecked us. A love triangle? I don’t know if that’s where you went with this book, but the summary sure made it seem like it. I am so against love triangles I would rather break up with you then read one.
I used to read all In Death as soon as they came out. I was thrilled that there were two books released a year. Soon enough that started being too much. Not to mention that it seemed that there was little character growth due to the fact that the books come out right where the previous one ends on the timeline. I’m not one of those people that want Eve and Roarke to have a baby. That obviously means the end of the series. I would like a little more relationship angst between the two. No marriage is as perfect as this one seems, especially when you have two people as damaged as they are.
Back in 2000, I had my first child. This is relevant, I’m telling you. At that time, Kenyon told her readers that Acheron was going to be released in 2007. I looked down at the baby in my arms and tried to imagine him at seven years old. As much as I wanted Acheron, I didn’t want my baby to be seven. I think Acheron was finally released in 2008, but that was 10 years ago and my memory isn’t exactly stellar. I remember reading that 700+ page book in a day. I took that day off work. For real. Then something happened. The world got too complex. I could not keep up and I really didn’t even want to.
I love rereading Linda Howard. I do read her new books, but I don’t rush to get them. I usually wait until they’re available from the library. I know that LH has had some medical issues in the past. I’ve heard rumors that her writing style changed after that, but I have no idea if that’s true. If it is true, I’m not even mad. No, but really, while some of these authors truly hurt, this one just makes me sad. I have met her a few times and she is such a lovely woman.
Lisa Kleypas was my favorite historical author after Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood. She had something special and I recognized it. Then she put out a contemporary. In first person. It was around the time that authors were doing that. Julie Garwood started writing contemps and a couple of other authors did it too. WHY? Why mess with perfection? Not only did LK put out a contemporary, but she put out one in first person. I admit, I did read Sugar Daddy. It just wasn’t for me. I think I read the Wallflower series after that, then I quit her.
Who are some authors that got bumped off your auto-buy list? Share in the comments!