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Joy Nash is a USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Award Finalist applauded by Booklist for her "tart wit, superbly crafted characters, and sexy, magic-steeped plots."

» Sunday, November 12, 2006

I found a new favorite author!

As a writer, I'm in between books now--wrapping up some edits for Immortals: The Awakening, and doing some research and plotting work for my next book, Deep Magic (Druids of Avalon #2). This state of affairs, in which I'm not focused on a daily page count, never lasts long, but while it does I try to get in as much reading as possible! I read all genres of romance, and a good deal of non-romance, but my favorite read is a good, sexy historical. Lately I've been lucky to discover a new favorite author, Liz Carlyle.

I'm not sure why I've never read any of Liz's books before, since I'm a big fan of Sabrina Jeffries, Lisa Kleypas, Jane Feather, and all those other talented ladies who write wonderfully sexy historicals with arrogant, angsty heroes and lots of period detail. I especially like the way Liz Carlyle's characters move between books, especially the very interesting character of Kemble, who, being gay, is not likely to get his own book! Not one to do anything halfway, I've spent the last few weeks reading Liz's entire backlist (11 books in all!).

My favorite was #6, The Devil You Know. I loved the psychologically complex character ofthe hero, Bentley Rutledge. He appears in several books as a secondary character before getting his own story, and his personality, quirks, and the dark pain in his past really grabbed me. To really get to know Bentley and his heroine, Freddie, the best thing to do is to read all the previous books in the series. In order, they are: My False Heart (Elliot & Evie); A Woman Scorned (Cole & Jonet); Beauty like the Night (Cam & Helena); A Woman of Virtue (Delacourte & Cecelia); No True Gentleman (Max & Cat). After The Devil You Know (Bentley and Freddie), the backlist continues with Deal With the Devil (Walrafen & Aubrey), this year's RITA winner, The Devil To Pay (Devellyn & Sidonie), One Little Sin (Alasdair & Esmee), Two Little Secrets (Quin & Viviana)

I especially enjoyed Liz's current release, Three Little Secrets, because the hero, Merrrick McLachlan, is an architect (and I am, too). In addition to the wonderful story, I liked the descriptions of Merrick's buildings and construction sites.

Anybody else find a new favorite author recently?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love her! Great books... it is funny your favorite was my first book by her and I didn't like it.

At all! I couldn't follow the characters and I kept feeling like I was missing something.

I later read her one contemp short, loved it. When Woman of Virture was reprinted recently with the grand low price, I picked it up on a whim. And read the first two chapters in the store. LOVED it. I have since reread Devil You Know (twice) and have to say it is now one of my faves as well.

LOL not that you asked *G*

I adore picking up new authors (love it when they have a great backlist).

7:04 PM  
Blogger Suzette said...

I've been reading alot of ebooks lately and I have found three so far that I like. Different writing styles but all in the same genre. Paranormal. Stella & Audra Price, Bianca D'Arc and Rene Lyons. Not neccesarily in that order but I do like the stuff they are putting out. In print I just tried Amy Fetzer and I liked her.

8:55 AM  
Blogger rebyj said...

I have yet to start reading E books. I haven't figured out how to get my ancient desktop computer to the sofa so I can recline and read with my bowl of m&ms, I'll figure it out eventually.

New author I've picked up lately is J.R. Wards Blood Dagger Brotherhood series. Enjoyed those.

Joy thanks for commenting on my blog. I was getting pretty confident I was talking to myself!! God only knows what I'd tell myself if no one else was reading!!lol (crystal shadows is on my keeper shelf!more of yours are on my wish list!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Joy Nash said...

I have to admit, when I read The Devil You Know before reading the preceding books, I did feel like I had missed parts of the story. But I liked Bentley's character so much (always joking and kind, and a wild party animal, he's trying desperately to numb the pain of a terrible childhood trauma) that I had to go back and start at the beginning of the series. When I read the book the second time, I got a lot more out of it.

So if you're just discovering Liz Carlyle, don't start with The Devil You Know - start at the beginning!

4:54 PM  

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