Zarabeth – The Royal Fact Checker
"Research is Golden."
Hi Ladies! (and gents who will never admit they've read this :P)
I'm Zarabeth! I live and love in Boston now. I'm a Mary Kay Consultant and a Research Coordinator at Boston Medical Center. I love the historical romance that isn't afraid to do its homework on the period, customs, and costumes. I like a little smut but don't want to see any of those words- you know which ones I mean.
My favorites are inevitably spinsters or women of experience who have been around the block and know who they are. No peppy ingénues for me. I need to identify with my heroines and simply can't abide the airheads, though naiveté is allowed. I like men who are men and need my heroes to have a bit of a primal nature to them, whether they keep it under wraps, are haunted by it, or let their rakish ways consume them.
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Sharon S. – PNRimpared
"Feeding my addiction one book at a time and proud of it!"
I am a 44 year old wife (married 20 years), mother of two girls (15 & 9), second degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and I am addicted to PNR/UF, paranormal mysteries and recently M/M romances. Books are my crack, the kindle is my pipe and amazon.com is my dealer. Yes, I have a problem, and NO, I don’t want help <G>. I am constantly PNRimpared.
I love alpha-males. I like them to be ornery and arrogant with a small gooey center. I want them to get their asses handed to them by a tough, smart mouthed (snarky) female that teaches them they have to *earn a woman’s respect and trust.* I like my UF dark and even bordering on horror. I also like witty PNR. I want nothing to do with sappy.
When it comes to M/M though I *want the sappy happy crap <G>.* Double standard? You bettcha!
I don’t like erotica. I need to have a substantial plot and romance.
My first (and favorite) PNR was J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and then Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. My favorite UFs are Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series, Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series and Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer series. (I really have an 8 page list of my favorites)
If I had to pick the Ultimate Alpha-Male it would be Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series (if you haven’t read this series go cry on a pile of books, cause you are so out of the loop). My Ultimate Kick-Ass female would be Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews.
I like to hang out on Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3245634-sharon), Supernatural Underground (favorite author blog) and I have a list of about 16 other blogs I stalk. Contact me if you are looking for some suggestions.
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Susan S. – Romantic Suspense Special Agent 003
"File No. 2011-003-210"
Favorite Subgenres: Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance, “Dark” Paranormal Romances, and Regency Era Historicals. Although…Georgian is good too.
Favorite Trope: Reformed Rakes
Characters I Can’t Get Enough Of: Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters, or any paranormal character in leather. I also love law enforcement officers. If there’s a hero/heroine with a badge-I’m all over it! Then of course…there’s the unscrupulous, but oh so handsome rakes.
Blah-Blah: I’m an avid coffee drinking reader; who’s always surrounded by books. I use the pseudonym Witchy Woman. Mainly because of my love of the show Bewitched. Not to mention, I own a lot of books about witches. My favorite? L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle trilogy.
Favorite Book Types: Crime fiction, Harlequin Intrigues, and novels which have at least 7 brothers and sisters. You know…series!
Favorite Authors Intro: I just know, I’m going to get in trouble for this! Before I begin, let me apologize. “Sorry, truly sorry.” “Holy hell-I knew I’d forget so and so!” All right. Let’s take a quick peek at who I’m wasting too much money on.
Pedestal Status: Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, Freda Michel, and Nora Roberts.
Favorite Authors by Name: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Devyn Quinn, Terry Spear, Lydia Dare
Favorite Authors Continued: L.J. Smith, Julie Garwood, Kerrelyn Sparks, Gena Showalter, Lynsay Sands, Erica Ridley, Amelia Grey, Jude Deveraux, P.C. Cast, Tracy Cooper-Posey, Stacey Kennedy, Isabel Roman, J.R. Ward (You were right, Sandra!), Donna Lea Simpson, Eve Langlais, Julie Dolcemaschio, Michele Hauf, Roxanne Rhoads, Kimberly Frost, Judi Fennell, Monica Burns, Tessa Dare, Susan Crandall, Jenna Mills, Emma Holly, Linda Howard, Michelle Miles, Sharon Sala, Nina Bruhns, Carolyn Brown, Suzanne Selfors, Sharon Donovan, Deanna Jewel, B.J. Daniels, Lisabet Sarai, Cathleen Ross, Garland, Brit M., Kilt Kilpatrick, Trinity Blacio, Cynthia Gentry, Reno Lark, Em Brown, Eliza Gayle, Brieanna Robertson, N.J. Walters, among others. And of course…Nora Roberts. Oh, would you look at that! I already mentioned her. Well, considering I own approximately 40 of her books, she deserved another mention.
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Sandra Scholes – Homoerotic Princess
"Wickedly admiring hot young men since 2004."
Sandra likes nothing more than cuddling up to a good romance novel or two. Her firm favourites are Regency, Victorian, (read into this anything – period.) Homoerotic romance has her up all night if it’s the right book. She likes a good tragedy plot, or one that can't be worked out easy by the characters, and she likes resolutions too. Humor in a plot is appreciated, but not always received if it's horror or sci-fi in nature.
Her favourite authors are: Nancy Kilpatrick, Anne Rice, Stephen King, D H Starr, Mitzi Szereto, Sara Reinke, Cecilia Tan, and Dyanna Ashe.
She doesn’t care for contemporary much, unless it’s really good and has got her clinched in the first couple of paragraphs. She doesn't care for soppy dramas or plots that are easy to solve. Old style authors don't impress her much - they just remind her of her school days of having to read them.
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Carla F. - Viscountess of Verso
"Certain that all Dukes, Earls, and Viscounts are handsome of face, intelligent and need no padding for their shoulders."
Carla is a Systems Analyst and mother of two boys. She needs the escapism that romance brings.
Favorite Genres: the Historical (Medieval, Tudor, Regency, Victorian, Early American, Western (any subgenres left?)); Contemporary, (but only occasionally suspense); M/M (not one but two men!); the bad boys of the night: werewolves and vampires.
Her favorite authors (in alphabetical order) are: Shayla Black, Candance Camp, Liz Carlyle, Victoria Dahl, Lydia Dare, Tessa Dare, Sylvia Day, Jennifer Haymore, Elizabeth Hoyt, Samantha Kane, Lisa Kleypas, Josh Lanyon, Erin McCarthy, K. A. Mitchell, Julia Quinn, Marie Sexton, Sherry Thomas, and Terry Spear.
Heroines: Smart is most important; there are some TSTL heroines who have tempted her to throw her Kindle and stomp on it.
Heroes: Alpha males are almost always welcome, but sometimes nothing but a geek will do.
Learn more about Carla in her Reader Highlight.
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