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?