Welcome to Smugglivus 2009 – Day 8!
Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors and bloggers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2009, and looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2010.
Today’s Guest: NY Times bestselling author Nalini Singh, PNR writer of two ongoing series’: the Psy/Changeling and the Guild Hunter books. Both have a great balance of world building and romance, making them two of Ana’s all time favourite series’.
Recent Work: Nalini published a whopping 3 books in 2009: 2 in her Psy/Changeling series: Branded by Fire (reviewed here by Ana) and Blaze of Memory (reviewed here by Ana) and the first one of her Guild Hunter series, Angels’ Blood (reviewed here by Ana and Thea). You can read Nalini’s Inspirations and Influences article here as well as an exclusive interview with Elena, the main character of Angels’ Blood, here.
Ladies and gents, we give you Nalini Singh and her favourite reads of 2009:
I’ve always read widely across the genres, and within the sub-genres of romance, but as I look back on my reading this year, I’m realizing I’ve read particularly eclectically in 2009. However, I still crave a strong romantic or emotional thread, so all my top reads have had that in common.
One of my new “discoveries” this year was author Brian Freeman. He writes dark and twisty thrillers, the kind that make you gasp and check the windows. The thriller/mystery storylines of his books are fantastic of course, but I also enjoy the very human aspect of the series in terms of the relationships around the main character, Lieutenant Jonathan Stride – both romantic and not.
I also went on a bit of a historical mystery binge earlier this year. Of all the books I read, one that sticks out is Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin. A medieval pathologist? Who woulda thought? I’m hooked. And there’s a romance of sorts – though you wouldn’t know it to start with.
Another author I discovered this year was Julie James. Sexy, funny contemporaries. It’s a hard combination to get exactly right, but Julie James does for me. I’m very much looking forward to her next release.
I also read Patricia Gaffney’s wonderful Wild at Heart for the first time in 2009. I loved both characters, but the hero made the book for me. And talking of memorable heroes, how can I forget The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley?! I’m really excited to see what Jennifer does with the next book in this series.
Another historical novel I adored is Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, which someone *coughAnacough* ordered me to read. Then I read Stephanie Laurens’ The Untamed Bride and Mastered By Love and fell in love with her writing all over again.
All these novels made me remember how much I used to love historicals—which made me go on a historical reading spree, and gobble up the first three books of Lisa Kleypas’s (fantastic) Hathaway series.
YA is a genre that’s really exploded, and I’ve enjoyed seeing the wonderful array of stories coming out. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, is one that continues to make me think. Part sf, but family drama, it caught me from the evocative title, and kept hold of me throughout.
I also read Jane Austen’s Persuasion this year, after realizing that I’d never read it. *gasp* I adored it. It is, in my view, her most romantic novel—“You pierce my soul.”—what an amazing line!
At one stage, I did a bit of rereading, and one of the books I reread was Nerina Hilliard’s The Time is Short, a Mills & Boon romance from the 1970’s. I was scared it wouldn’t be as good as I remembered, but it was, oh it was! I’ve managed to get my hands on another one of Ms. Hilliard’s books and I’m hoarding it to savor at a later date.
Then there are my perennial favorites – Jayne Castle/JAK, Patricia Briggs, JD Robb/Nora Roberts, Anne Bishop. They all delivered fabulous reads once again this year. I’m already hanging out for their next books.
Other books I can’t wait to read include Meljean Brook’s new steampunk, as well as the continuation of her Guardians series; Ilona Andrews’ next Kate book, and the next book in her Edge series (loved the first one!); Lora Leigh’s Lion’s Heat; Stephanie Laurens’ The Elusive Bride, the next book in Maya Banks’ “Sweet” series, and the next entry in Kay Hooper’s fantastic Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series. Oh and the next book in Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Retrieval Artist series.
And…um, wow, maybe I should stop now (even though I know I’ve forgotten someone!), and move on to the part of his post where I share what I’m working on at the moment.
Currently, I’m writing Indigo’s book, part of the Psy/Changeling series. Indigo has been a strong, and somewhat mysterious character throughout the series—now, I’m finally learning about the woman behind the lieutenant, and you know what? She’s awesome. I would love to have Indigo for a friend. And her hero…I adore him. Adore. There is a deeply romantic sense about this book, along with a sense of pack, of family—we’ll be spending lots of time with the SnowDancer wolves.
As for releases – I have Archangel’s Kiss in February, the second book in my Guild Hunter series. This was a different book for me to write, because it features the same couple from Angels’ Blood. I just didn’t think their story was finished – there is so much to explore with these two.
Then, in July, I have Bonds of Justice, part of the Psy/Changeling series. This book features a human cop and a Psy with a most unusual talent. Max is a great, great hero, and Sophia is a heroine unlike any other. I hope you enjoy their story.
I also have a novella, “Whisper of Sin” in the Burning Up anthology in August. This novella is technically a prequel but stands alone. It’s set a little way back in DarkRiver’s past, and features a hero who is completely, utterly wicked in the sexiest way…and determined to tease the smart, practical heroine into all sorts of sin.
Indigo’s book should also release next year, but I haven’t got a release date for that yet.
Getting back to the books I’ve read this year, I’ve just noticed how many series I’ve listed. I guess again, it’s the emotion in the continuing relationships that keep pulling me back. What about you? Do you love series’? Which are your favorites, and why do you love them?
And Now For The Giveaway:
Leave a comment answering Nalini’s question above about series’ (do you read them? Do you love them? Why or why not?) for a chance to win a copy of Angel’s Blood and Blaze of Memory, generously offered by the author.
The contest is open to EVERYONE and will run until Saturday, December 12 at 11:59pm (PST). ONE entry per person, please! Duplicate and/or multiple entries will be disqualified. Good Luck!
ColletteDecember 8, 2009 at 12:25 am
Yes, I read them and yes, I love them but no, I don’t need to be entered because of course I own them all! Nalini is an auto-buy for me and gets bumped to the top of the TBR pile each time a new book comes out. I’m looking forward to 2010!
Katee RDecember 8, 2009 at 3:11 am
Yes to both. I read and love series. In fact, I almost prefer them (outside of romance) to stand-alone novels. I like seeing characters grow over more than one book and gain new relationships and experiences.
Diana PeterfreundDecember 8, 2009 at 4:42 am
Hi, Nalini! I’m so glad you finally read Persuasion! I am beginning to sound like a broken record here, but it is my favorite Austen. Soooooooo good.
shannon martinezDecember 8, 2009 at 6:45 am
I’ve been afraid to pick up any of Nalini’s books because frankly I can’t afford to check out of work and life in general and I feel certain that is what I would do. Alas I will leave it to the fates. If I am destined to crawl into my book reading cave I will win this drawing : )
AmandaDecember 8, 2009 at 7:12 am
I do read series sometimes (I’m currently reading 2), but I do tend more toward trilogies. I do enjoy series when I do read them though. It’s nice that you get really cozy with the characters.
Caitlin UsignolDecember 8, 2009 at 7:14 am
I love series. I like to stay with the same characters or at least in the same world. I like feeling apart of something bigger than a stand alone book.
SarahDecember 8, 2009 at 7:26 am
I read a fair amount of series, but soemtimes I lose interest. It always seems a bit too much of a coincidence that an entire close knit group happen to find their soulmates within days of each other, usually after being anti-marriage.
However, some keep me coming abck, like the Psy/Changeling. I have to know what happens! And then the couple sucks me in whether I want them to or not!
And I agree with Diana, Persuasion is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE Austen. It just makes me sigh…
TiahDecember 8, 2009 at 7:38 am
I love series. When I read a stand alone novel I find myself wondering what happens to them next. With a series I get to find out! My favorite is The Mercy Thompson’s series by Patricia Briggs.
Sue R.December 8, 2009 at 7:38 am
I read a fair amount of book series. Most of the series you mentioned I have followed. I think it is characters that makes me continue to follow book series. I just cant get enough reading about their adventures.
MollieDecember 8, 2009 at 8:05 am
I love reading books in a series. Feels like a lot of the times we get a better understanding of characters because you see them over the course of several books before you get to their story. By that time you’re really invested in the characters. I also love seeing characters from other books who’ve already gotten their HEA. Always get that “awww” moment.
I always look up books before I buy them to find out if they’re a part of a series…I HATE reading a series out of order. Can’t do it. Some people don’t mind. I’m to OCD. It would drive me nuts. 🙂
MargayDecember 8, 2009 at 8:05 am
I do like to read books in a series, but it has to be a good series. I don’t read them just because they’re series’ books. When the series is good, I love them and will keep them to read again.
BrookeReviewsDecember 8, 2009 at 8:07 am
I love series. Any series really, because I like being able to revisit the characters. It just stinks when a series goes on too long. One of my favorites is Kim Harrison’s series. 🙂
Virginia CDecember 8, 2009 at 8:33 am
Hello! If each book in a series is well writen with fully-developed characters and a complete “story-within-a-story”, then I will eagerly read an entire series. It’s also great if the books are not released too far apart.
RoseDecember 8, 2009 at 8:44 am
I love reading a series when it is done well. At times the author will continue a series after the magic is gone and the characters are just flat. Those authors should know when to stop writing that series, and start with new material. But, Nalini Singh does not have that problem, her books are always interesting, fun and engaging. I am always looking forward to the next book. And I am thrilled that she delivers a wonderful product each and every time!!
Cherry MischievousDecember 8, 2009 at 8:49 am
I read Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series and the Psy-Changeling series because they are superb books! I enjoy reading them! And I deem them worth every penny in buying them! I haven’t read any of Lisa Kleypas or the other’s work so I can’t comment on them. They probably are good authors and such, I just haven’t read them yet. If the series starts going downhill, then I stop buying/reading it, just like I stopped buying and reading Feehan’s Carpathian series. so it really depends on how much I enjoy/hate the book.
Re-posted your contest at: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2009/12/nalini-singh-guest-blogging-giveaway-at.html
Jessica KennedyDecember 8, 2009 at 9:00 am
I’m a sucker for series. My fav would have to be JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. 🙂 I like the bluntness of the brothers and their commitment to their women.
Another favorite series is Shifters by Rachel Vincent. LOVE that lady! Love all the characters.
CourtneyDecember 8, 2009 at 9:04 am
I love a good series because it lets you dive into the characters more, especially the supporting ones. I do usually prefer that the series end by book 6 or 7 or I get tired of the lack of resolution.
MishelDecember 8, 2009 at 9:14 am
You’ve posted some really great series =) I too love series books. Sadly I haven’t been able to start or keep up with some of my favorites because I’m trying to read too many books at the moment. Some of my favorite include the Vampire Hutnress Legend by L.A. Banks which is finished but I haven’t read the last book. I really like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series too. I haven’t gotten far into the series and I’ve read over and over again that the series goes downhill after book 7 I think…I hope it doesn’t for me because I absolutely love Anita as a character =)
Thanks for the generous prizes, hope you have a great holiday!
Anna Shah HoqueDecember 8, 2009 at 9:33 am
I love reading series…I follow so many authors’ series including Nalini’s Psy & I just received a copy of Angel’s Blood so that’s on my To Be Read pile. I love series because it gives me the opportunity to see closure for all the characters that are introduced as the story develops. Just a couple of series that come to mind are Moira Rogers Red Rock Pass series, Lora Leigh’s Breeds, Nauti, Bound Hearts and Men of August series, Kay Hooper’s Blood, Shadow, Evil series, Jayne Ann Krentz’s Arcane Society series, Buffi Becraft-Woodall’s Blue Collar Werewolves series, Jaydyn Chelcee’s Men of Montana series and so many many more.
Kate ADecember 8, 2009 at 9:34 am
I read a lot of series and I love them. The Psy/Changeling books were one of my first paranormal romance series and they are automatic must buys for me. I have to admit though, I’m not a fan of series in contemporary romance. I’m not even sure why lol.
RKCharronDecember 8, 2009 at 9:37 am
Thank you for the excellent post Nalini.
I liked the selection of books you chose.
Thank you for taking the time to share here today.
Lisa B.December 8, 2009 at 10:07 am
I am a huge fan of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next. And Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson Guardian series is one of the first series’ I really got into. Series’ let you experience your favorite characters again and again. It’s like coming home to a familiar place every time you crack open a new book in a series.
Donna SDecember 8, 2009 at 10:21 am
Great list. I see some books I missed and will have to check out. I do read series and I love them. When a book ends with characters that are really liked, I always want to know what happens next. And in a series sometimes you actually get to find out.
JulieDecember 8, 2009 at 10:33 am
I love reading series, but I’ve noticed that it’s twice as hard for me to get into one that’s been on-going for a while; I like to catch things as they’re just starting off, I guess. The Psy/Changeling series is an exception to that. 😀
Thanks for the chance to win!
Eva / TXBookjunkieDecember 8, 2009 at 10:34 am
I too noticed I read a lot of books that are part of a series this year. I think I like re-visiting characters/worlds from books I enjoyed earlier in the series. The characters definitely have me coming back for more. And it’s also a no-brainer to buy a book that’s part of a series – if you enjoyed the earlier books why wouldn’t you enjoy the next one? Unless it’s too similar to the previous books or characters are unlikeable – then, what a disappointment.
Nalini is definitely an auto-buy. So, is Shelly Laurenston, J.D. Robb, Lora Leigh, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon/Kinley MacGregor, Gena Showalter, Ilona Andrews, Stephanie Laurens, Anne Bishop, C. L. Wilson. There are a ton more, but I’ll refrain from taking up more space.
No need to enter me in the contest – I already have both of these books. 😀
GSMDecember 8, 2009 at 10:36 am
I love series. I look forward to revising my “old friends” and seeing what they’re up to, and I appreciate the extra creativity author’s give the keep readers coming back to familiar characters again and again. Among completed series, I loved Colleen Gleason’s Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Elizabeth Hoyt’s Four Soldiers series, Sabrina Jeffries’ School for Heiresses series and Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton stories. A few of my ongoing favorites: Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series—I also enjoyed her Aurora Teagarden mysteries, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series, J. D. Robb’s “in Death” mysteries, Kay Hooper’s Bishop/Special Crimes series, Lisa Lutz’s Spellmans series (which is side-splitting funny,) Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books, the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels by Robert Crais, and Lee Child’s Reacher books. Like you, I read a lot of series.
Teresa W.December 8, 2009 at 10:41 am
I enjoy reading series and some of the favoites I’ve discovered this year Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampire series. I also love Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen series!
DagnyDecember 8, 2009 at 11:06 am
The older I get, the more I find that I love a specific type of series. I don’t want series that involve ticking down a list of relatives/friends and finding someone for each of them. I’ll read those series but I don’t have to read everyone, just the ones I hear are good. But a series with a real vision and a story to tell that unfolds over a number of books, those will hook me and won’t ever let me go.
joderDecember 8, 2009 at 11:44 am
I adore reading series–can’t get enough of them! I like seeing characters evolve over a number of books and revisit them in later books as well. It makes you feel like you’re part of the family.
Some of the ones I read are Ward’s BDB, Cole’s IAD, Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters, Vaughn’s Kitty Norville, Harris’ Sookie books, and tons of others.
WandaDecember 8, 2009 at 11:53 am
I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
MarieDecember 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm
I already have the books, so please don’t enter me in the drawing (Nalini is an ‘autobuy’ author for me!).
I love reading series – it allows me to have a further connection with characters I’d fallen in love with previously. Unfortunately for me (and my wallet), there are ALOT of really great stories/series, across genres! Usually, the storylines I love have reluctant heroes/heroines.
Some of my paranormal autobuy series are:
Angel (SO cannot wait for the next book!)
GinnyDecember 8, 2009 at 12:48 pm
I’ll be honest, I haven’t read either series, because I only heard about them a month or two ago (& as my Mum keeps telling me, a student loan shouldn’t all be spent on books). But after reading the reviews on here & a few others, I really want to start both series, they’re both now on my Christmas list. So please enter me for the contest.
AdrienneDecember 8, 2009 at 12:58 pm
I am so happy that you read Persuasion-it really is her best book. The letter at the end-it gets me EVERY time I read that book. So the Booksmugglers “twisted” h:P our arms and I think everyone that post regularly to this site is now a “holic” of your books.
blodeueddDecember 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm
I do read series, since many of my fav books now turned out to be those. No problem with that, though if they drag out too long it can be a bit annoying, I do want some closure some time
MerviDecember 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm
I also love series when they’re well written. I love to follow a bunch of characters I know and see them change and grow. Rereading them is like returning to meet old friends and getting a new book in such a series is also a delight.
Out of the ones you mentioned, I love the Retrieval Artist -series. I also love the following: Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan, Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos, and Jaqueline Carey’s Kushiel.
Raquel Vega-GriederDecember 8, 2009 at 1:55 pm
Yes, I Read Series And Yes, I Love Them. I Prefer Series Books Because You Have A Longer Stay With Characters That You Already Love. Sometimes One Book Just Doesn’t Give You Enough Time With A Character. Other Ones To Rock My World Have Been Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series,Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy And Succubus Series,J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series,Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampire Series,Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Blood Series,Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments Series,P.C. Cast And Kristen Cast’s House Of Night Series,And Of Course Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series Who Re-Awakened My Vampire Love/Obsession.
RenDecember 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Yes I read them and I love them! I get attached to characters and enjoy following them through many stories. The only bad thing about series is waiting impatiently for the next installment! 🙂
MaryKDecember 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm
I already have these two so don’t enter me. I’m just here to have a fan moment and say: I love Nalini Singh’s books!
Heather CDecember 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm
I haven’t read either book, but Angel’s Blood has been on my wish list. 🙂
Chelsea B.December 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm
I love series’! A few favorites of mine are Kerrelyn Sparks’ Love at Stake series, Gena Showalter (all of her series’ really 🙂 Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, and Cindy Mile’s series of books (Not sure what they are called….) And what really makes me love them is each authors writing style. Its just so easy to caught up in it! 🙂
I Heart Book GossipDecember 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm
I love the Dark Hunter series by S.Kenyon. It’s so different from everything else.
Nalini SinghDecember 8, 2009 at 3:15 pm
Loving the comments on series – and seeing some new ones I need to check out! 🙂
Diana, Sarah, Adrienne – It was such a shock to realize I’d never read it, as I adore the movies (I have two versions on DVD). But what a wonderful, wonderful read!
AnonymousDecember 8, 2009 at 3:56 pm
I love series books. I love growing with the characters and learning about the world they live in. I read everything and collect almost everything I read as I have a habit to read alot of books over. I read J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series the first 3 books 5 times before returning the series to a friend and then promptly went out and bought the series. I have to many to post and they are all I buy. 😀
KristenDecember 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm
Yes, I read series – and I love them! It’s easy to get hooked on them and it’s fun to get to get to visit your favorite characters again as each new installment comes out.
PaigeDecember 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm
I have read a few series this year. I have read The House of the Night novels, Sookie stackhouse novels, and The Outlander series. I also read on the edge and I am glad to hear that a sequel is coming out.
funkywaterdinoDecember 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Honestly, I love series because I love to see how the characters develop and with a series I think you get a more complete look at the characters lives.
RoxyDecember 8, 2009 at 5:56 pm
I love to read series. Some of my favorites are Karen Moning’s highlander and fever series. I also love the Psy-Changeling books, the Mercy Thompson books, and so many others. Series are great because they just keep me hooked.
StacieDecember 8, 2009 at 7:08 pm
I love series because it allows you to get to know the characters so much better and see them change and grow. I love the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
Van P.December 8, 2009 at 7:19 pm
I love series because you get to learn more about the characters and their world. I actually prefer reading series than stand alone novel because stand alone you will always wonder what happens next. My favorite series is Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress novels and Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels novels. 😀
Thanks for the giveaway!
SorayaDecember 8, 2009 at 8:04 pm
I love reading a series. There is nothing better than falling in love with characters and reading another story where they make an appearance. Hate to admit it but I’m incredibly hooked on Twilight, and I just cannot get enough of Bella and Edward. Nalini, you know how much I loved Branded by Fire . . . hoping to treat myself to a few more of your books so I can go back into that “world”. Soraya 🙂
Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]December 8, 2009 at 8:24 pm
I agree. I love the Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniel series
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LaurieFDecember 8, 2009 at 9:05 pm
Love a series. When people ask me why I say it gives you a chance to catch up with old friends. In mystery my favorite is “Spenser” by Robert B Parker. In romance between Paranormal and Historical there are too many to count but the “Psy” series is definetely one of them. In Urban Fantasy there are again too many to list but “Mercy Thompson” by Briggs, “Kate Daniels” by Andrews and “Fever” by Moning top the list. I have both books so don’t enter me in the draw.
Elaine RDecember 8, 2009 at 9:20 pm
I also don’t need to win, because I have both of those books, read both of those series, and just pre-ordered the next of the Guild Hunter series.
I love serial work because its like seeing old family members. Being a part of their lives. 😆
EdDecember 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm
Have you read Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost? It’s great! Really interesting about reading Bones and Cat. Hehehe, if you hadn’t read it, do so NOW!!!
. . . and i don’t think i answered the question . . Oh well, you GOT to read it anyway!
DanDecember 8, 2009 at 10:50 pm
While I do like and read series books, for what they can do with continuing development of characters and worlds, it’s also getting pretty hard to find stand alone books these days.
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CarolDecember 9, 2009 at 1:19 am
Yes, I read them and yes, I love them too! I love the chance to catch up with happily matched couples and meet the new couple as well. I love Lisa Kleypa’s Hathaway series, Linda Howard’s Mackenzie family, Julie Garwood’s Buchanan family, and JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series…can’t wait for John’s story next year.
Also looking forward to Max and Indigo and of course Hawke stories as well.
About Persuasion I love the DVD version with Rupert Penry Jones!
Kimberly B.December 9, 2009 at 1:22 am
I do love a good series—probably because my favorite genre is fantasy, and that’s a genre with a lot of series! My favorite series (which is mystery, not fantasy) is the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters;lately I’m really like Rob Thurman’s Cal Leandros series, Kelly McCullough’s Ravirn series, Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series, Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld. . . I also like books that aren’t necessary a single narrative series, but that are set in the same world, like Charles de Lint’s Newford stories.
BikiDecember 9, 2009 at 2:08 am
I love series! It’s been my luck (I say that both happily and sadly) that I’ve been hooked on amazing series such as the Kate Daniels Series, Mercy Thompson, Walker Papers series, etc. and of course, the continuation of Nalini’s Psy/Changling series and Guild series (squee!). It really is the emotional and relationship changes you see growing that brings me right back to it. Those nuances that make you go *awwww* and *sobs* keep bringing me right back, even when I tell myself to stay away!
I have to admit though, I feel very greedy when I pick up these great books and find out that I’m only book 3 in a 7 book series. It makes me want to cry and runs my family crazy. My sisters thinks I’m bipolar with my feels to KMM’s Fever series right now, lol… >_>
ms bookjunkieDecember 9, 2009 at 3:08 am
I am a total series ho. I read them, I love them, I reread them. I love the continuation, the emotional connection, the glimpses of characters I love, everything. I’ll even continue reading a series I’m not that into, just to find out what happens to the characters… (I know, I need help.)
My favorite series (the ones I am totally obsessed with or keep coming back to for comfort) are:
Ilona Andrews: Magic
Robyn Carr: Virgin River, especially the first set
Kresley Cole: Immortals After Dark
Alyssa Day: Warriors of Poseidon
David Eddings: Belgariad, Malloreon, Elenium, Tamuli
Sabrina Jeffries: School for Heiresses
Elizabeth Lowell: Medieval, Only, Donovan
JD Robb: In Death
Nora Roberts: Chesapeake Bay
JK Rowling: Harry Potter
Nalini Singh: Psy/Changeling
I have several series on the back burner, waiting for their turn to be sampled, devoured and obsessed over…
CarlaDecember 9, 2009 at 9:15 am
Hi! I love series. I think when we meet new, exciting character, we always want to know more about them, so, if there are many books about that fascinating character that made me dream… well, I just can’t resist it!
EvaDecember 9, 2009 at 11:49 am
I love series:-) .
Some of my favourite are Juliette Benzoni`s “Catherine”-Novels, Nalini Singh`s Psy-/Changeling series, Andrea Schacht`s series about the Beguine Almuth and Daniel Glattauer`s E-Mail-Love-Story (the last both are only available in German).
Why do I love the series of
*Juliette Benzoni: The love story between Arnaud and Catherine is wild and heartbreaking but contains also misunderstandings, jealousy and the fear of loss.
*Nalini Singh: I love the world and the characters (even the bad one:wink: ) she has created. And her ability to “feed her readers with hints” is unpayable!
*Andrea Schacht: Almut is a character you`ve simple to love. Her ability for getting herself into trouble and her “lack” of humbleness (face to face with the cleric) is adorable. The bible-disputes with (her) dark/angry padre are very funny.
*Daniel Glattauer: He created a wonderfull, sensitive E-Mail-Novel. The rising (online) attraction between Emma and Leo is a wonderful reading experience.
Adi LinDecember 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm
I love series because I love having tasters for characters that will appear properly in the sequal and where we can meet old friends again!
I don’t know if it’s some kind of masochistic tendancy but I love dangling some kind of treat in front of me that makes me want to read a book more. It happened with Caressed by Ice because I loved the glimpses we’d seen of Judd so far that I couldn’t wait to read more about him!
So I’m definately one for good series, even if it does end up robbing me blind 😉
My favourite series include J.R.Wards Brotherhood series, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, Gena Showalter’sLords of the Underworld series, Ilona Andrews Kate Daniel series…and I’ll stop now before this comment grows to long, lol.
Michelle MDecember 9, 2009 at 3:35 pm
Thanks so much for the great post. I’m with you – I love series’ and I have so many this year I’m looking forward to: Magic Bleeds, Silver Borne, and many others. Thanks for the great post!!
MariskaDecember 9, 2009 at 4:30 pm
Yes, i love series, actually most of my book in SERIES 🙂
My favorites, Harry potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight Sagas!
I love to read Nalini’s books, since i’m still new with your works.
Rachel GDecember 9, 2009 at 5:07 pm
Yes, I love series’. I love learning more about the characters & their development. I like that once you get past the first book, you get to just dive right into the story without setting up the story. I just love everything about them
Barbara ElnessDecember 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm
I love series because it’s great to get caught up in the stories, and see those great secondary characters get their own story told. Some of my favs are Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse, Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress, Ann Aguirre’s Sarantha Jax, Eloisa James’ Desperate Duchesses. I just happen to be reading Lisa Kleypas’s Hathaway series, I’m on the second one and loving it.
Julie SwaneyDecember 9, 2009 at 6:45 pm
I love series. I can hardly wait for Patricia Briggs new Mercy Thompson’s book to come out.
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The Book VixenDecember 9, 2009 at 6:53 pm
I enjoy reading series however, my brain can only handle 4-5 book series. My memory’s not that great.
SaraCDecember 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm
I love reading series, especially when I discover them late into the series, and I cna read the books back-to-back.
CourtneyDecember 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm
I have not read this series, but it is on my wishlist. I think this series sounds great and I can’t wait to read them.
Heather F.December 10, 2009 at 2:48 am
I do love series books. I love meeting new characters while still having an opportunity to get peeks into whats happening with past characters. Your Psy/Changeling series is one of my favorites.
maeredDecember 10, 2009 at 4:20 am
I love series books, but I absolutely hate waiting for the next installment. I love the In Death series, (how does Nora do it?!)the psy/changeling series, Mercy Thompson series, Kresley Cole’s series and I can’t wait for Archangel’s Kiss.
I love series because we get to visit beloved characters again and again. Like Roarke. Who can say no to that? 😆
AnonymousDecember 10, 2009 at 6:51 am
I have a love/hate things with a series of books. I love to go back & visit the characters/world I know and love – but sometimes keeping track of all my favorite authors’ new releases becomes a little overwhelming.
I just finished Blaze of Memory this weekend – LOVED it! And I can’t wait for Archangel’s Kiss!!
JodyDecember 10, 2009 at 6:51 am
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CeliaDecember 10, 2009 at 7:03 am
Nalini Singh is one of my favorite authors these days – she never disappoints, and her romances are pitch perfect and HOT! Thanks for the chance to win her books!
PallaviDecember 10, 2009 at 12:28 pm
Standalones are good but series are better.
In addition to the ones mentioned by everyone (and like everyone else I too am a fan of BDB, IAD, Psy, Dark Hunters and LOTU), Jacquelyn Frank’s Nightwalkers comes to mind.
But I don’t think a romantic series should ever be about the same person(s) in all books. I never get that. I especially never get if there is a love triangle that continues thruout a “series”. I mean how long can a woman stay confused??
For me a good series intertwines into a world and gives us stories about the people of that world. So it has to be about different couples each time. However Brenda Joyce’s ‘Cahill’ series may be my only exception to this rule. JD Robb ‘In Death’ also, but the romance is not front and center in the series – thats usually a gruesome murder.
Nalini Singh gets the ‘series’ concept beautifully. I actually get 3 worlds for the price of one in the Psy series. Thank you Ms. Singh – you are an amazing writer.
Btw, pls dont count me for the contest – I already have ALL her books. Bye.
ErikaDecember 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm
I definitely read them all the time. I like having familiar characters appear in new books. It’s one of the reasons I love your books so much. How can I not love reading more Judd Lauren moments? Can’t wait for your next books!
AnonymousDecember 11, 2009 at 1:35 am
I like series as long as they progress and don’t just replay the same situations again and again.
But I must admit that when they exceed five book, I do tend to get tired of them !
RaelenaDecember 11, 2009 at 3:45 pm
I mostly only read series. I love reading more about characters. Some of my favorites are the Vampire Academy series and the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter
alanaDecember 11, 2009 at 8:30 pm
I love series books because I become so attached to the characters that I just can’t wait to read what happens next. That being said, I can’t stand series where the books aren’t strong on their own and end on too much of a cliffhanger. There are quite a few books I’m holding off on reading until the series is finished.
IceJewelDecember 12, 2009 at 4:12 am
I like series only if I have all of them and don’t have to wait to get the next book in it…! I hate not knowing whats gonna happen next. And If I don’t get to read, I really get very disappointed 🙁
I always purchase books that are not the series kind !
Linda HendersonDecember 12, 2009 at 6:43 am
I love series books. It’s always nice to find out what happens to the characters we became attached to in the first book. I really enjoy reading about the secondary characters in their own stories. I tend to pick up series books to read before the stand alone books. My favorite would be J.D.Robb’s In Death books, I can’t wait until I can pick up her new one. I just wish they didn’t come out in hardback first.
Tracey DDecember 12, 2009 at 9:34 am
I have never read the series, though I ‘ve heard many good things about it.
I look forward in reading these books.
Robyn BDecember 12, 2009 at 10:48 am
I love series books, but suffer from the I-need-all-of-them on my bookshelves syndrome! Current series I am reading is the House of Night.
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