Author Favorites – Part I: Favorite Reads

Welcome to the first post in my Author Favorites series. This month, I’ll ask some of the hottest e-book authors what their preferences are in everything from music to paintings.

Every author is also an avid reader. Today, I’m starting off by exploring the category of reading—favorite writers, genres, and lines. Participating authors include Amber Skyze, Azure Boone, Becca Jameson, Cassandra Carr, Elizabeth Finn, Emilia Mancini, Emma Lai, Gray Peterson, Jami Davenport, Jessica Freely, Jessica Jordan, Kerry Freeman, Lex Valentine, Lynn Lorenz, M.C. Hana, Madeleine Ribbon, Nona Raines, Parker Kincade, Pippa Jay, Qwillia Rain, Rachell Nichole, Robin Danner, Rosanna Leo, Tara Lain, Viki Lyn, Vristen Pierce, and W.M. Kirkland. And yes, I may jump in and answer some of these questions myself.

So without further ado, let’s start playing twenty questions.

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1.       What’s your favorite fiction genre?

The most popular answer is “romance” by a landslide.

Romance
– Becca Jameson
Website: http://beccajameson.com/
 
Romance
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
Romance, of course!
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/
 
Romance
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
Romance
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com
 
Romance!
– Rosanna Leo
 Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
Romance all the way
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
Romance, of course! Historical, contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, erotic…I love them all!
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
If people are falling in love and doing fun things together, I’m in. I’m a sucker for falling in love.
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
Anything romantic…gay/straight/sweet/erotic..it doesn’t matter as long as someone falls in love.
– Emilia Mancini
Website: http://www.emiliamancini.com
 
M/M Romance
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
MM contemporary erotic romance
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
Gay romance
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
tie: gay romance and YA paranormal
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
male/male contemporary romance and murder mysteries
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
Erotic
– Amber Skyze
Website: http://www.amberskyze.com/
Blog: http://amberskyze.blogspot.com/
 
Paranormal Erotic Romance
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
I grew up reading science fiction and fantasy, but erotic romance is making inroads.
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance (especially those with BDSM elements)
– Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/
 
Can’t choose between science fiction, fantasy and romance
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
Apocalyptic Sci-Fi. I love reading about the end of the world and whatever happens after that.
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/
 
Science fiction
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
Not a genre as such, but I like anything with a lot of humor in it.
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/
 
Contemporary Romance or Thrillers
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
Historical Romance
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
Romantic suspense
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
Thrillers
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com

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2.       Who is your favorite e-book author?

Josh Lanyon
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com
 
Josh Lanyon
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
There are so many good ones! I think Josh Lanyon has to be at the top of the list, though.
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/
 
Robin Danner is awesome!
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
Vristen Pierce
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
Kenra Daniels
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
LA Witt/Lauren Gallagher
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/
 
Chastity Bush – Just read Guarding Eden, and I loved it!
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
Sandra Sookoo
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
Scarlett Parrish
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/
 
Jane Lynn Daniels
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
Ginn Hale
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
tie: Z.A. Maxfield and Sloan Parker
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
My buddy Z.A. Maxfield
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
Joey W. Hill
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
Nona Raines
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com
 
Jet Mykles
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
Mackenzie McKade
– Becca Jameson
Website: http://beccajameson.com/
 
Mandy Harbin. Not only is she a talented writer, she’s a good friend and all around awesome person!
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
Liana Brooks
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
Pauline Allan
– Rosanna Leo
 Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
So many to name on autobuy
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
It’s a secret.
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
I haven’t read enough yet to have any one favorite.
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
Too many to name
– Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/

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3.       Who is your favorite big-league author (e.g. on NY Times Bestseller list)?

I could easily name a dozen authors for this, but I’m going to go with Christine Feehan. Not only do I love her work, but I got to meet her at an RT convention once, and she was so nice.
– Allie Ritch
 
I have so many favorites! Oh, the pressure to pick just one…but I’m going to go with…JR Ward. If her name is on it, I’m going to read it.
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
J R Ward
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
I really don’t like scary movies, but I love reading Dean Koontz and Stephen King.
– Emilia Mancini
Website: http://www.emiliamancini.com
 
Steven Erikson
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
John Mortimer
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/
 
Right now? Gosh, Gena Showalter popped in my head first, so, she wins.
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
Jodi Picoult
– Becca Jameson
Website: http://beccajameson.com/
 
Maya Banks
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/
 
J.K. Rowling – I’m a huge Harry Potter fan.
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
Nora Roberts/J.K. Rowling
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
JK Rowling. I stood in line for most of the Harry Potter books because I just couldn’t get enough of her world.
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/
 
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
Alexander McCall Smith
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
tie: Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia (Caster Chronicles series) and Beth Revis (Across the Universe trilogy)
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
Tessa Dare
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
never look at that list – but I loved Tony Hillerman
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
Terry Pratchett.
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
Mary Balogh
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
I don’t know if they’ve ever been on the NY Times list, but Jaine Fenn and Neal Asher.
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
Suzanne Brockmann
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com
 
Julia Quinn
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
Diana Gabaldon
– Rosanna Leo
Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
*Right now? River of Darkness by Rennie Airth
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
Can’t choose between Sandra Brown and Linda Howard!
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
James Patterson
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com
 
Too many to name
– Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/

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4.       Who is your favorite classic writer?

Charlotte Bronte—Jane Eyre is one of my favorites. Then again, I loved the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, so it’s a toss-up.
– Allie Ritch
 
Charlotte Bronte
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
Charlotte Bronte
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
Jane Austen
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
Jane Austen
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/
 
Jane Austen.
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/
 
Jane Austen
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
Jane Austen
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
Jane Austen
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
Charles Dickens. Every Christmas I reread A Christmas Carol
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
Dickens
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com
 
Charles Dickens
– Rosanna Leo
Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
Lewis Carroll
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
Alexandre Dumas
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
Lord Byron
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
Edgar Allan Poe. He was dark and delightful, and his stories always caught my attention.
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/
 
Anton Chekhov
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
Mark Twain. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was a childhood favorite.
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
Shakespeare, Da Vinci, Nostradamus and Dickens
– Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/
 
Oscar Wilde and Emily Dickinson
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
Don’t have a true favorite, but I really like George Orwell’s stories.
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
Harper Lee
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
Harper Lee – she’s not classic but I don’t really have a favorite from those
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
Willa Cather.
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
Vonnegut
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com

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5.       What’s your favorite line from a book?

 “If they can’t take a f*ck, joke ‘em.” – Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole (going on memory here, but I think this was the Immortals After Dark book with this line). I can’t remember which Mageverse book this was, but I also loved Angela Knight’s T-shirt saying for Arthur: “Once a king, always a king, but once a knight’s enough.”
– Allie Ritch
 
“He shouted out his release, his cock working inside her like the power of life itself, viral and potent, creating mysteries beyond the desire for knowledge, taking them into the realm of blind faith.” (damn I love that!) Nature of Desire by Joey W. Hill
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
“You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern which I have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.” – Elizabeth Bennet to Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice – to me, this is the ultimate set-down for a man like him at that time
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/
 
Jane Eyre: “I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you – especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land some broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, – you’d forget me.
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
“Ah, tongue tied. Perhaps I can loosen it for you by letting you look your fill.” – Captain Adrian Westerbrooke, Act of Pardon by Sandra Sookoo
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
The opening line of Pride and Prejudice: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” How could you not fall in love with the author after that?
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/
 
“It wasn’t every day a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road…” (Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Natural Born Charmer)
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
“Winter comes to water as well as land, though there are no leaves to fall.”
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
“‘Yes,’ replied Darcy, who could contain himself no longer, ‘but that was only when I first knew her, for it is many months since I have considered her as one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance.’” (Pride & Prejudice)
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
“I was under the tragic spell of the South, which you’ve either felt or haven’t.” Pulphead: Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
“Yep. Totally gay. And I’m apparently a chick too, because here we are, talking instead of screwing.” – Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
“twenty minutes after happily ever after…”- Cameron Dane
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
“A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.” (Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!)
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
“The Martians stared back up at them for a long, long silent time from the rippling water….” – Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/
 
“That’s the deal. You got to find a way to make your life all your fault.” – Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
Oh my gosh! That’s an easy one. It comes from JR Ward’s Lover Eternal.
It’s a conversation between Black Dagger Brother, Rhage and his mate-to-be, Mary.
Mary says: “You’re a manipulator.” To which Rhage responds: “I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer.”
Best. Line. Ever!
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
“‘Tis a far, far better thing that I do now, than I have ever done. ‘Tis a far, far better place that I go to, than I have ever been.” (Sidney Carten’s last lines from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities)
– Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/
 
This one’s really hard, so I’ll just pick a great one from the book I’m reading. “Long and hard and hot, his tongue in Robin’s mouth, his arms wrapped around him as he pushed this man whom he loved more than life itself clear out of the closet, until Robin’s back hit the bedroom wall.” From “Beginnings and Ends” a short story by Suzanne Brockmann.
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com
 
“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” – Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
“‘When the day shall come that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, ‘if my last words are not “I love you”-ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.’” –The Fiery Cross, Diana Gabaldon
– Rosanna Leo
Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
Just read Z.A. Maxfield’s re-release of Family Unit and it has one of my all-time favorite lines:
Logan– “How does one dress to fire a shot across the bow of bourgeois, middle-class suburbia?”
Richard – “Before or after Labor Day?”
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
“Never laugh at live dragons.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
A simple one I love, from A Clockwork Orange: “What’s it going to be then, eh?”
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
“I sat at the kitchen counter, staring at the small TV. The news anchor peered out at me with grave accusation. Yep, felt like a Monday.” From Nevermore
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com

21 responses to “Author Favorites – Part I: Favorite Reads

  1. Wow, I loved Rosanna’s favorite quote! Makes me want to reach the book even though I’ve never heard of it! Interesting reading, Allie!

  2. read, not reach. (it’s early still!)

  3. This was awesome Allie! Thanks so much for having me! So interesting to see everyone’s likes, and how different we all are!

  4. This was a cool blog post. I got to know different authors I hadn’t known before. Very helpful for your fellow authors. You’re paying it forward. I like that. xo Julie

  5. Hi Aliie! This was so much fun. Fascinating to read everyone’s responses. Thanks for putting it all together–looking forward to the next installments!

  6. Oh this was great, and yes, you’re right, definitely some surprising answers! Thanks for having me!

  7. What a great bunch of writers. Thank you, all of you who participated. Let me tell you, the answers just get better and better. I was laughing out loud with some of them later in the series.

  8. Wow, Allie, great lists! I had fun reading other writers’ ideas, and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the posts.

  9. Loved this! It was so much fun reading what other authors wrote. Thanks!

  10. Allie, this is really cool. I liked the concept right from the start, but seeing it all done up is even better!

  11. I’m so glad everyone is enjoying this post. I had a great time learning more about my fellow authors and what they like. Both the similarities and differences among us are fascinating.

  12. That was sooooo fricking fun!!! What a great idea, Allie! Thanks for including me. Can’t wait for more to come…

  13. This is a great idea. It’s cool learning what everyone likes. I love the diversity in the questions simply connected to reading. 🙂

  14. So much fun! Thanks again, Allie, for doing this for us!

    • Hey, the pleasure is mine. I’m a curious sort, so I liked reading all these answers, too. I’m just grateful to everyone who was a good sport and took the time to be a part of this. Thanks, everybody.

  15. This is so much fun Allie! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful group of talented authors!

  16. I have to corrrect myself – my fav quote was not from Cam Dane’s book, altho I love the hell outta her – but from Tere Michaels. Duh…. *facepalm*

    • We authors read and write so much, it’s hard to keep track. I wish I could remember which Mageverse book the Angela Knight quote I chose was from, but I’m doing well just keeping my series straight.

  17. Pingback: Most Popular Posts of 2012 | Allie Ritch, author

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