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Best treasures unburied through AAR?
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Nana



Joined: 02 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 2:29 am    Post subject: Best treasures unburied through AAR? Reply with quote

Someone commented on another thread that they finally yielded to the encouragement of the boards and tried Carla Kelly books and loved them. I realized I, too, would never have known about Carla Kelly without AAR, and now she's one of my very few romance autobuys.

So what are the best "hidden treasures" that you uncovered because of AAR recs?

For me it's:

Romance - Carla Kelly, Kathleen Gilles Seidel, Eva Ibbotson (YA), Robin McKinley (YA)
Television/Film - Sherlock, North and South, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Non-Romance - Miles Vorkosigan series
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karat



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems that we share some treasures, Nana. Smile
Kathleen Gilles Seidel, Carla Kelly are two of my all-time favorite authors, and I have found them through AAR too.
Also on my "treasures discovered through AAR" list are Judith Ivory/ Judy Cuevas, Patricia Gaffney, Laura Kinsale and Deanna Raybourn (yes, I heard of the Julia Grey series here in the forums), Connie Brockway and a couple of others.


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Islandgirl2



Joined: 14 Nov 2010
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I owe so much to this board. Fellow readers here and the site itself enlightened me to so many terific stories and authors.

Sherry Thomas who is now a really big fave of mine.

LaVyrle Spencer Hummingbird and so many more from her

Passions of Emma (thought at the time I didn't think highly it's one of those that makes me think of the story every so often so I guess it was a pretty good one)

I can go on and on but at the end of the day I know that I probably would have given up on romance because I got so tired of the stale reads and wasn't warming up to many new authors. Well thankfully that changed by coming here and discovering new treasures from fellow passionate romance readers like myself. I have tons of appreciation for this board and the people here that participate. Even with those I disagree with their input is still valuable and at times makes me see a story in a different light.
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Cobbsouth



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Connie Willis!

The review of To Say Nothing of the Dog caught my attention because of its strange title. The plot sounded intriguing enough that I looked for it in my local library. I checked it out, and the rest is history. I now buy everything that woman writes. And since I moved to Colorado last summer, I actually got to meet her for coffee last month! Very Happy
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PatW



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it was Mark who called my attention quite a few years ago to the Liaden Universe books by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. These are mostly space opera, although a couple of them are romances and there is a duo that could be called YA.

These books are now very definitely autobuy for me. Since I was not exploring the SF genre at that time, without AAR who knows if I would ever have discoverd such a treasure.
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NoirFemme



Joined: 22 Mar 2007
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Years ago, Jane's review of Dead Until Dark turned me onto the Sookie Stackhouse series, and though I stopped reading it around book 8 or 9, it was fun reading while it lasted. The only other author discovered here was Laura Lee Guhrke, whose books always interest me even when they don't always work.
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mirole



Joined: 06 Aug 2010
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Location: Toronto, Ontario

PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, pretty much any romance book/author which/whom I now consider a treasure were discovered by me on AAR (except Fifty Shades of Grey Wink

An honorable mentions are Georgette Heyer and Dorothy Dunnett.
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Vol Fan



Joined: 30 Dec 2008
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Location: Tennessee

PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've discovered many new (to me) authors from the reviews here. I am especially happy to have found oldies but goodies here also.

Some of my favorites now are:
Darlene Marshall
Judith Ivory
Joanna Bourne
Genevieve Graham
Lorriane Heath
Paullina Simons
Kaki Warner
Caroline Fyffe
Ellen O'Connell

I know there are many others, but these come to mind because I now will read anything by these authors and I am pretty sure that most of their books I would have missed or overlooked, where it not for the reviews here.
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pwm in mi



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maggie Osbourne
Sarah Mayberry
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Wendy AAR



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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ellen O'connell
Joanna Bourne
Lynne Connolly
Ilona Andrews

and several others - but these are the top 4.
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Eggletina



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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sheila Simonson and Bettie Sharpe are two more I can think of that I found through AAR.
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kris



Joined: 23 Mar 2007
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Location: Southwestern Ontario

PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I discovered Lynne Connelly's Richard and Rose series through the ebook bargains thread. I'm now on book 5.
I never would have read Carla Kelly except for all the wonderful recs here. Also SEP and one of my all time favourite's:Heaven Texas.
This is an amazing site.
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Mark



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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have discovered hundreds of books I might not otherwise have found in over 12 years of visiting AAR.
I don't keep track of where I hear about books & authors, but few authors I'm pretty sure I first read because of mentions at AAR (in columns, blogs, reviews, or board threads) are:
Meljean Brook
Kresley Cole
MaryJanice Davidson
Susan Donovan
Rachel Gibson
Cecilia Grant
Susan Grant
Thea Harrison
Julie James
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Jennie Klassel
Shelly Laurenston
Erin McCarthy
Robin D. Owens
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Jill Shalvis
Nalini Singh
Christine Warren

Ilona Andrews
D. D. Barant
Patricia Briggs
Gail Carriger
Jeaniene Frost
Darynda Jones
Tamora Pierce
Beth Revis
Maria V. Snyder
Shanna Swendson
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Tinabelle



Joined: 22 Mar 2007
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have discovered many new authors here at AAR over the years who have regularly joined my TBR pile. Some of the most memorable include:

Non-Romance Authors:
Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody)
Deanna Raybourn
Tasha Alexander
Julia Spencer Fleming
Allen Bradley
Ashley Gardner

Romance Authors:
Georgette Heyer
Carla Kelly
Mary Balogh
Robyn Carr
Susanna Kearsley
Jennifer Ashley
Tessa Dare
Julie Anne Long
Marsha Canham
Elizabeth Rolls
Liz Carlyle
Elizabeth Hoyt
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Natalie



Joined: 25 Mar 2007
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's easier to say what I haven't found through AAR! I've been here since before Y2K and tried to get my hands on any book that got at least a B (if it sounded like something I might enjoy, of course). In the process, I've come across many a favorite author, including Balogh, Kinsale, Gaffney, Hoyt. J.D.Robb. More recently, it's been Nalini Singh, Meredith Duran, Sherry Thomas, Darlene Marshall, Courtney Milan.

I've also found out about a few more obscure books/authors that dont' get mentioned much or are not in business anymore. Lily Brand, Painted Lady and Heart of Deception are a few examples that come to mind.
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