And so it goes in that with the thousands and thousands of books published, some great voices go unrecognized or go under the radar. Such a pity too. I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to read some really terrific books in my 18+ years of reading. Most of those books are by authors who are relatively unknown or not as popular.
It seems so unfair that everybody doesn’t love Roberta Gellis like I do. I just love, love, love her medieval series that features a whore who runs a priory guesthouse in the 12th century London and has no shame about it either. The series, starting with A Mortal Bane, are well written and have a nice and subtle romance in them.
Gellis also wrote an excellent historical romance (heavy on the historical parts) that has a hero who is good looking and completely unaware of it. “Fortune’s Bride” somehow incorporates a “marriage of convenience” in the middle of a war that had me on the edge of my seat. Gellis does tend to pay a lot of attention to her settings and her characters. Love her for it. The attention to detail in her historicals is truly appreciated.
Whatever happened to Penelope Williamson? I so enjoyed her western saga, Heart of the West. Be aware that it does feature a triangle of sorts. I know many readers are not fans of triangles but in here, it worked. She also wrote some great stories like The Passions of Emma and a couple of mysteries under Penn Williamson. I have The Outsider sitting on my shelf. Must read it soon.
The late Sandra Canfield wrote an excellent contemporary romance about a woman battling Rheumatoid Arthritis. The story was Night Into Day. I enjoyed the story and highly recommend finding it and reading it. As another reader stated, disability in romance, when done right, can be a rewarding and inspiring reading experience. And reading Night Into Day, you’ll see what I mean. Aside from that, I know some readers enjoy Catherine Anderson but I don’t. I find her stuff lackluster and lacking any fundamental human behavior.
There’s also Annette Reynolds’ Remember The Time that features not one but two themes: best friends to lovers and unrequited love. The story can be a bit melodramatic but Reynolds debut was her one and only book. She hasn’t written anything else that I am aware of at the moment. Sad since she could actually write a decent contemporary romance that didn’t bore me to tears.
Kathleen Gilles Seidel is yet another talented writer who deserves a larger audience. I enjoyed the two books I read from her, Till the Stars Fall and Don’t Forget to Smile. Most of her contemporaries and yes, most were straight contemporary romances are sadly OOP but they are so worth hunting down.
Then’s there Theresa Weir (who also writes suspense as Anne Frasier). She wrote some fantasitc romances during the 1990’s, Amazon Lilly, American Dreamer and Cool Shade to name a few right off the top. What I liked a lot about Weir was her prose style and voice. Plus it didn’t hurt that can write great chemistry, too.
Last but not least, Laura Leone. Laura. Leone. I once begged her to write more romances and she replied to me: but no one reads them! How sad. Readers scrambled all over themselves to read Fallen From Grace. I have a worn out copy of Fever Dreams (bought another one just for my bookshelf). Another talented writer who lacked an audience strong enough to give us more contemporary romance stories.
Enough about my buried treasure authors/reads. What authors do you love that you’d like to share with other readers? Authors who are relatively unknown and you think are just as good as the big name authors?
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