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Iris (Paranormal Cravings) (AnteeNix) | 29 comments What is your top 10 Paranormal Romance Authors?
There somany good one.... can't decide... but here i go!

1. J.R. Ward. The Black Dagger Brotherhood novels will have you falling in love with the alpha men one minute and cursing them the next.

2. Kresley Cole. The stories read like a twisted version of Indiana Jones, with danger, adventure, and romance. Though, the heroes in these books don't change women from book to book. And i'am addicted to the t-shirt prints of Nix. Can't have a book without them

3. Nalini Singh. Enter the divided world of the Psy and Changeling, as well as a world where archangels rule in the Guild series.

4. Larissa Ione. Demons need a little love too. I wish we had also a Underworld General Hospital :)

5. Ilona Andrews. With a her magical world suffered because of a magic apocalypse. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail. Great series with Kate Daniels

6. Gena Showalter. Unsure whether you're in the mood for demons, nymphs, or out-of-this-world beings? Love it all. Lords of the Underworld & Alien Huntress.

7. Lora Leigh. World of the breeds. There are purrs, growls, and some territorial marking.

8. Patricia Briggs with the The Mercy Thompson Series and Alfa & Omega!

9. Chloe Neill. Chicago graduate student's introduction into a society of vampires. On the first two covers she was just a girl but on the last one she is a hor sexy kick-ass twenty-eight-year-old killer.

10. Christine Feehan. I love the carpathians how is it possible to write 23 books of the same series and still keeping it interesting. Dark Storm (Dark #23) is coming up soon September 4th. She also writes the Leopard People series who reminds me a little of Nalini Singn's Changelings.

Now if read some of your comments i have edit mine :) a few times ...


Nay Nay 1. Lara Adrian

2. Tina Folsom

3. Sherrylyn Kenyon

4. Alexandra Ivy

5. Christina Dodd

6. Anya Bast

7. Lora Leigh

8. Kathryn Smith

9. Heather Graham

10. J.R. Ward


Jenny | 111 comments 1. Sherrilyn Kenyon
2. Jeaniene Frost
3. Karen Chance
4. Chloe Neill
5. Nalini Singh
6. Karen Marie Moening
7. Patricia Briggs
8. Kelley Armstrong
9. Kim Harrison
10. Laurell K. Hamilton

Others that I really like
Katie MacAlister
Stacia Kane
Ilona Andrews
Julie Kenner
Jayne Ann Krentz
Eve langlais
Holley W. Kinsey
J. D. Robb
Cheyenne McCray
Kalyana Price
Moria Rogers
Carrie Vaughn
Rachel Vincent
N. J. wlaters


Cindy (cindysue48) | 93 comments Keep in mind this is without YA paranormal - my list would be very different if it had it!

1. JR Ward
2. Jeaniene Frost
3. Ilona Andrews
4. Karen Marie Moning
5. Gena Showalter
6. Lara Adrian
7. Larissa Ione
8. Molly Harper
9. Laurell K Hamilton
10. Christine Feehan


Alex is The Romance Fox (wwwaromancefoxblogspotcom) My top top ten...


1. JR WARD
2. CHRISTINE FEEHAN
3. KRESLEY COLE
4. SHERRILYN KENYON
5. LARISSA IONE
6. GENA SHOWALTER
7. LARA ADRIAN
8. KAREN MARIE MONING
9. LORA LEIGH
10. JAYNE ANN KRENTZ


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Paris        (kerbytejas) (kerbytejas) | 101 comments in no particular order of preference
1.Patricia Briggs
2.Nicki Charles
3.Charlotte Boyette-Compo
4.Sydney Croft
5.Elizabeth Hunter
6.Larissa Ione
7.Lorraine Kennedy
8.Sherrilyn Kenyon
9.Lora Leigh
10.J R Ward

additional favorites:
1.S C Stevens
2.Heather Killough-Walden
3.Anya Bast
4.Selena Blake
5.Shiloh Walker
Laurell K Hamilton


Lauren (MsThestral) mmmm...good question. Mine are:

1. Lara Adrian
2. Anya Bast
3. Sherrylyn Kenyon
4. Shannon K. Butcher
5. Christina Dodd
6. Sydney Croft
7. Lora Leigh
8. Gena Showalter
9. Karen Marie Moning
10. Tina Folsom


Lisa M (lamessegee) | 248 comments The big names:

1. Sherrelyn Kenyon
2. Gena Showalter
3. Kresley Cole
4. Nalini Singh
5. Larissa Ione
6. Shannon K. Butcher
7. Lara Adrian
8. Kerrelyn Sparks
9. Lynsay Sands
10. Thea Harrison

More:
Laurann Dohner
Laura Wright
Laurie London
Elisabeth Naughton
Pamela Palmer
Sydney Croft
Alyssa Day
Shelly Laurenston/GA Aiken
Angela Knight
Cynthia Eden
Jennifer Ashley
Dianne Duvall
Caris Roane

Seems I had trouble limiting myself to just 10... ;)


Iris (Paranormal Cravings) (AnteeNix) | 29 comments Now if read some of your comments i have edit mine :) a few times ...


~Leslie~ (akareadingmachine) I love looking at people's lists! And here is mine.

In no particular order, the first 10 I think of:

Ilona Andrews
Larissa Ione
Nalini Singh
Christine Feehan
Lara Adrian
JR Ward
Thea Harrison
Katie MacAllister
Rachel Caine
Jacquelyn Frank

And then the next 10, also in no particular order:
Christina Dodd
Jayne Anne Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle
Jennifer Ashley
Karen Marie Moning
Kresley Cole
Keri Arthur
Alix Rickloff
Marjorie M. Liu
Alexandra Ivy
Zoe Archer


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) (Gatadelafuente) | 461 comments 1. Kresley Cole
2. JR Ward
3. Christine Feehan
4. Nalini Singh
5. Gena Showalter
6. Sherrilyn Kenyon
7. Marjorie Liu
8. Patricia Briggs
9. Larissa Ione/Thea Harrison
10. Ilona Andrews

Honorable Mention: Lynn Viehl


Lauren | 5 comments Mine would have to be...

Charlaine Harris
Karen Marie Moning
Ilona Andrews
Nalini Singh
Jeaniene Frost
JR Ward
Patricia Briggs
Jennifer Estep
Kelley Armstrong
Sherrilyn Kenyon


Allison | 247 comments Chloe Neill
Karen Marie Moning
Ilona Andrews
Maria V Snyder
Charlaine Harris
Jeaniene Frost
Patricia Briggs
Keri Arthur
Richelle Mead
Laurell K Hamilton


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Shannon (Savhage Temptrest) (SavhageTemptress) | 330 comments For me my top 10 Paranormal Romance authors would have to be:

1. Nalini Singh
2. Jeaniene Frost
3. Laurann Dohner
4. J.R. Ward
5. Jacquelyn Frank
6. Sherrilyn Kenyon
7. Karen Marie Moning
8. Lora Leigh
9. Yasmine Galenorn
10. Lara Adrian

Top 10 Urban Fantasy Authors:

1. Charlaine Harris
2. Patricia Briggs
3. Ilona Andrews
4. Seanan McGuire
5. Richelle Mead
6. Gail Carriger
7. Nicole Peeler
8. Laurell K. Hamilton
9. Jim Butcher
10. Kelly Meding


C.C. | 219 comments I don't have a top 10 yet but so far:
1. JR WARD
2. JEANIENE FROST
3. CHLOE NEILL
4. RICHELLE MEAD
5. KAREN MARIE MONING


Sandra J Weaver (sandraweaver) | 383 comments I don't have 10, but my top 9 are:
1. Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle
2. Shelly Laurenston
3. Thea Harrison
4. Nalini Singh
5. Zoe Archer
6. Christine Feehan
7. Lyndsay Sands
8. Kresley Cole
9. JR Ward
Honorable Mention as a fantasy author with romantic elements who is one of my all time favorites and auto buys: Andre Norton


Iris (Paranormal Cravings) (AnteeNix) | 29 comments Yes Andre Norton is great too


Celeste Carrara | 13 comments In order mine are:
1. J R Ward
2. Kresley Cole
3. Gena Showalter
4. Larissa Ione
5. Jeannine Frost
As you can see I only have a top 5 :-)

One day I hope to be on somebody's top 10 list of favorite authors! ;-)


~Leslie~ (akareadingmachine) I see Gena Showalter on so many of the lists. I have to admit, I've never found one of her books I like. Maybe I'm not reading the right ones. But I love seeing names on here I've never heard of. Time to add more authors to my list of "To Read".


Anya (anya00000) | 6 comments 1. kresley cole
2. nalini singh
3. J R ward
4. illona andrews
5.jeanine frost
6.gena showalter
7.Laurell K. Hamilton
8. Sherrilyn Kenyon
9. Lora Leigh
10.Lyndsay Sands


Celeste Carrara | 13 comments Leslie wrote: "I see Gena Showalter on so many of the lists. I have to admit, I've never found one of her books I like. Maybe I'm not reading the right ones. But I love seeing names on here I've never heard of. T..."

Have you tried her Lords of the Underworld series? IMHO it's the best series she writes. I have read just about everything from her but like LOTU the best!


Wan  (WanWaddell) | 195 comments My TOP 10: (not in particular order)

1. Sherrilyn Kenyon
2. Gena Showalter
3. J.R. Ward
4. Jeaniene Frost
5. Karen Marie Moning
6. Larissa Ione
7. Lara Adrian
8. Lora Leigh
9. Meljean Brook
10. Gini Koch


Lisa264544 | 42 comments 1. JR Ward
2. Kresley Cole
3. Lara Adrian
4. Alexandra Ivy
5. Jeaniene Frost
6. Larissa Ione
7. Nalini Singh
8. Shelly Laurenston
9. Alyssa Day
10. Lyndsay Sands


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Stacie H. (StacieMH) | 73 comments Nalini Singh
Jeaniene Frost
Michele Bardsley
Kresley Cole
JR Ward
Lara Adrian
Katie MacAlister
Karen Marie Moning
Kerrelyn Sparks
Shelly Laurenston


Valerie | 10 comments 1. Sherrilyn Kenyon
2. J.R. Ward
3. Jeaniene Frost
4. Rachel Vincent
5. Gena Showalter
6. Larissa Ione
7. Lara Adrian
8. Kelley Armstrong
9. Kresley Cole
10. Jacquelyn Frank
11. Thea Harrison


Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) (MLPMomBookReviewer) | 769 comments Oh gosh, this is a hard list to make!

For adult PNR I would say these guys make the top of the cut.

Jeanine Frost
Ilona Andrews
Kalayna Price
Patricia Briggs
Darynda Jones
Amanda Stevens
Richelle Mead
Jennifer Estep
J.D. Robb (sort of PNR, maybe more fantasy)
Chloe Neill

I use to love Charlaine Harris but her past few books have been crap.


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Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer (MichMag) | 750 comments It is so funny that if I answered this question a year ago my list would have been so different.

Here goes, no particular order:

Jeaniene Frost
Nalini Singh
D B Reynolds
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Larissa Ione
Kresley Cole
Elizabeth Hunter
Richelle Mead
Tina Folsom
Marie Treanor

For old times sake
Charlaine Harris
JR Ward

Up & Coming
P.A. Lupton
Tina Carriero
Thea Harrison


Nataliya I have only 4 so far:

Karen Marie Moning
Tessa Dawn
Ward, JR
Charlaine Harris


~Leslie~ (akareadingmachine) Celeste wrote: "Leslie wrote: "I see Gena Showalter on so many of the lists. I have to admit, I've never found one of her books I like. Maybe I'm not reading the right ones. But I love seeing names on here I've ne..."

I read the first one in that series and didn't care for it. But maybe it gets better, so I won't give up on it.


Charlotte (Buried in Books) | 332 comments To me a lot of these authors are more UF than PNR, because their series focus on the same couple (i.e Night Huntress, Chicagoland Vampires).


Sharon (slpsharon) | 12 comments L. Hamilton
J.R. Ward
S. Kenyon
G. Showalter
L. Jackson
A. Norton
A. Maccaffrey
C. Reichs


Ezinwanyi~the Troublemaker   (Oh My Shelves) (Ezinwanyi) 1. JR Ward
2. Larissa Ione
3. Jeaniene Frost
4. Ilona Andrews
5. Patricia Briggs
6. Lynn Viehl
7. Nalini Singh
8. Lara Adrian
9. Lynsay Sands
10. Julie Kagawa


~Leslie~ (akareadingmachine) Charlotte (Buried in Books) wrote: "To me a lot of these authors are more UF than PNR, because their series focus on the same couple (i.e Night Huntress, Chicagoland Vampires)."

I agree with you. I'll have to think of my list and pare it down to strictly PNR authors. I tend to lump them in my mind, but they are very different in their approach.


~Leslie~ (akareadingmachine) I worked on my list to have strictly my top ten PNR authors - in no particular order:

Nalini Singh
Lara Adrian
Christine Feehan
JR Ward
Alexandra Ivy
Jacquelyn Frank
Larissa Ione
Thea Harrison
Karen Marie Moning
Marjorie M. Liu


A.O. Peart (AOPeart) | 13 comments Not in any particular order:

Jim Butcher
Ilona Andrews
Michael Scott
Julie Kagawa
Patricia Briggs
Charlaine Harris
Kelley Armstrong
Kim Harrison
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Karen Marie Moning


Kdlyn22 | 7 comments Kim Harrison
Jeaniene Frost
Kelley Armstrong
Laurell K. Hamilton
Ilona Andrews
Charlaine Harris
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Faith Hunter
Chloe Neill
Kalayna Price
J.R. Ward


Adrianne (amaryllis214) | 1 comments 1. Thea Harrison
2. Gena Showalter
3. Kresley Cole
4. Nalini Singh
5. Ilona Andrews
6. Karen Marie Moning
7. Shannon K. Butcher
8. G.A. Aiken
9. Eve Silver
10. Jacquelyn Frank
11. JR Ward
12. Alyssa Day
13. Kaitlyn O'Connor
14. Sherrilyn Kenyon

Okay, so it's more than 10...


Sharon (slpsharon) | 12 comments Laurell Hamilton
Gena Showalter
Jasmine Galenorn
Christine Feehan
Sherrilyn Kenyon
JR Ward
G.A. Aiken
Nora Roberts
Anne McCaffrey
Kathy Reichs

(My new list has changed a bit).


Dawn (Kat N Hat) (KatNHat) | 319 comments Mod
Charlotte (Buried in Books) wrote: "To me a lot of these authors are more UF than PNR, because their series focus on the same couple (i.e Night Huntress, Chicagoland Vampires)."

I was just thinking the same thing. Patricia Briggs and Karen Marie Moning are on here a lot. I know they both have UF, but didn't know they had PNR. Can some one tell me thier series that are actually PNR or were they all just lumped togther? I've read both authors and would be intrested to read thier PNR takes.


Dawn (Kat N Hat) (KatNHat) | 319 comments Mod
Here is my list.

1.Sherrilyn Kenyon
2.Gena Showalter
3.Kerrelyn Sparks
4.Lynsay Sands
5.Molly Harper
6.J. R. Ward
7.Kresley Cole
8.Christine Warren
9.Christine Feehan
10.Keri Arthur


~Leslie~ (akareadingmachine) Dawn, KMM has her Highlander series and that is PNR. Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1) by Karen Marie Moningis the first in this series. I love this series. It is so totally over the top with huge hulking highlanders and steamy,sexy scenes. I am not as familiar with Patricia Briggs, having only read one UF title by her.


Dawn (Kat N Hat) (KatNHat) | 319 comments Mod
Thanks Leslie, I will bump that one up my TBR list. I didn't realize it was PNR thought it was just historical.


Ashley (shinhbang) | 151 comments Here's my list:
1. Kresley Cole
2. Nalini Singh
3. Karen Marie Moning
4. J.R. Ward
5. Sherrilyn Kenyon
6. Jeaniene Frost
7. Rebecca Zanetti
8. Christina Dodd
9. Kathy Love
10. Lucy Monroe


Ren (RenPuspita) | 71 comments In no particular order :

1. Nalini Singh
2. Gena Showalter
3. Jeaniene Frost
4. Kresley Cole
5. Larissa Ione
6. Zoe Archer
7. Kerrelyn Sparks
8. J.R.Ward
9. Shelly Laurenston
10 Thea Harrison

Others are :
Nancy Gideon
Shayla Black
Pamela Palmer
Lauren Dane


Madena | 1 comments I am really surprised that Kresley Cole isn't on everyone's list. She is definitely my number 1. Gena. Showalter's Underworld series a close second. With JR Ward coming up for number 3. After those I'm still undecided.


Lorna | 56 comments I love a lot of indie writers so my list is a little different then others, so in no particular order-
1.Amber Lynn Natusch
2.Dannika Dark
3.Karina Halle
4.Samantha Towle
5.Jeaniene Frost
6.Lara Adrian
7.J.R.Ward
8.Karen Marie Moning
9.Connie Suttle
10.J.T. Geissinger
And for YA
1.Cameo Renae
2.Amy Bartol
3.Stephenie Meyer
4.Wynne Channing
I am probably leaving someone out-but these are the ones that came to mind.


Lisa | 1 comments Madena wrote: "I am really surprised that Kresley Cole isn't on everyone's list. She is definitely my number 1. Gena. Showalter's Underworld series a close second. With JR Ward coming up for number 3. After those..."
I know I LOVE Kresley Cole! Is there anything out there like hers you can recomend?


J.A. Kenney (JennyAKenney) | 36 comments 1. Larissa Ione
2. Jeaniene Frost
3. Richelle Mead
4. Shelly Laurenston/ G.A. Aiken
5. Karen Chance
6. Patricia Briggs
7. Kresley Cole
8. Keri Arthur
9. Charlaine Harris
10. Laurell K. Hamilton

Yes, most of these are as much or more Urban Fantasy than PNR but to me the two genres tend to blend and over lap a lot!


Lorna | 56 comments It seems like most of you all read traditionally published writers-if you haven't tried indie writers on your Kindle,you should try them. I find them to be much better then most of the traditional ones. Dannika Dark's books are wonderful as are Amber Lynn Natusch and Karina Halle's Experiment in Terror series.Highly Recommend!


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