Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Need a list of recommendations.

All righty, Supernatural Undergrounders, I need your help. I need you all to tell me your favourite paranormal romance and your favourite urban fantasy. If you can’t separate the two in your favourite book, tell me that also and why.

This is all in the name of research. You see, here in the wonderful old land of Oz we have a series of writer’s centres. Each state has one, and some of the regions have their own as well.

You pay to join a writer’s centre and for that you get – a monthly newsletter (contained with all sorts of great information); discounts on dozens of workshops and access to the staff, who know all sorts of stuff about publishing.

Some of the writers centres do other things as well. The Queensland Writers Centre, for example, is the home of the annual publication The Australian Writer’s Marketplace, which lists pretty much every publisher (large and small, book and magazine/newspaper), agent, editor and association that you need to carve out your writing career.

My local, the ACT Writer’s Centre, has actually opened up its own small press to publish authors work (it’s set up as a vanity but the important thing is that it doesn’t pretend it’s not – they’re upfront about the fact they’re helping you to physically publish the book but distribution, promotion and so on – that’s your problem, baby).

Anyhoo, I’m doing an article for the November ACT Writer’s Centre newsletter, the theme of which is the romance genre. Hence my question – I’m writing about paranormal romance and urban fantasy and want to provide a list of recommended reading.

As a reward/thank you, I’m providing you with something that I hope you find as ridiculously wonderful as I do. Early this year, it was my fortieth birthday and I decided the party theme would be a kid’s party, with games. I wanted to adult-ise some of them, however.

One of my favourite party games is Pin the Tail on the Donkey, but a donkey is so five-year-old. So I took the cover of an infamous romance novel, blew it up to poster size (the people at the printing place were laughing for days after) and then cut out portions of the male model’s chest, which had to be put back into place by blind-folded (and tipsy) party guests.

So here, my friends, is the result of the very first game of Pin the Man-boobs on Fabio!
Please, don’t be so overcome with laughter that you forget the very important question – favourite paranormal romance, favourite urban fantasy or if your favourite book can be separated into the genres, what is it and why? YA is fine but let me know if it is YA. I want to make a list of recommendations.

29 comments:

Elizabeth Briggs said...

Favorite urban fantasy: Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher!

Gary Kemble said...

Favourite urban fantasy: Horns, by Joe Hill

Sara said...

My favourite paranormal books are the Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress series and my favourite Urban Fantasty is the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.

KittNLuv said...

It's so hard to just pick one favorite! They all appeal to me differently, for different reasons. I have my favs. by what books I could read over and over. The ones I'd like to have on that deserted desert island.

Urban Fantasy:
Fever by K. M. Moning
Night Huntress by J. Frost
Kate Daniels by I. Andrews

Paranormal Romance:
Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward

Jackie (Literary Escapism) said...

I'm with Kitt, picking just one is hard. So I won't try:

Urban Fantasy:
Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost
Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews

Paranormal Romance:
Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh
pretty much anything by Anya Bast
Grimm Circle by Shiloh Walker

Jenalee Wrght said...

I also can't pick just 1, so here's my top 3 or 4 from each genre.

Urban Fantasy
Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
Shifters series by Rachel Vincent
October Daye series by Seanan McGuire

Paranormal Romance
Breed series by Lara Adrian
Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R Ward
Feral Warriors series by Pamela Palmer

DarkBloodyVamp said...

My favorite paranormal romance book series is hands down Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series with Cat and Bones! I really cannot separate it into two different categories because it is both set as an Urban Fantasy but to me it is more of a Paranormal Romance with the very hot and sexy scenes with Bones! Heck anything with Bones in it just say "Hallo Kitten" is sexy! :)

Kristy said...

Black Dagger BroTherhood by JR Ward. The Riley Jensen Series by Keri Arthur. Of course The Night Huntress Series.

Midnyte Reader said...

Urban Fantasy - Anything by Charles de Lint.

Sullivan McPig said...

UF:
Mercy Thompson series and Alpha and Omega seris by Patricia Briggs
Disillusionist trilogy by Carolyn Crane (book 3 is not out yet)
Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams

PNR:
I must confess I'm not well read in this area, but will name
Once Bitten, Twice Dead by Bianca D'Arc as it's got zombies

Kylie Griffin said...

UF: Night's Cold Kiss - Tracey O'Hara

PRN: The Shadowdwellers series - Jacqueline Frank

Heather said...

There are so many books that I love, it's hard to choose. I don't read a lot of urban fantasy but I do read tons of paranormal romance.

UF: Fever series by: Karen Marie Moning.

PNR: Psy/Changeling series by: Nalini Singh
Any book or series by: Christine Feehan
The Breeds series by: Lara Adrian
The Warriors of Posiedon series by: Alyssa Day
Guardians of Eternity series by: Alexandra Ivy
The Nightwalkers series and The Shadowdwellers series by: Jacquelyn Frank
The Argeneau series by: Lynsay Sands
The Others series by: Christine Warren
Breeds series by: Lora Leigh
and so many more.

ladyreader said...

This is a no brainer.

PNR:
Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

Sharon S. said...

First, everyone who loves Romance should have that poster on their wall. It is classic .

Favorite UF and PNR...let me get out my 8 page list and look....My UF favorites I also consider PNR because the romance element is so strong in them. I know technically there is a difference between the two, but books with both are the ones that make me stay up all night ;)


Fever by K. M. Moning
Night Huntress by J. Frost
Kate Daniels by I. Andrews
Rachel Morgan by Kim Harrison
Sookie Stackhouse by Charline Harris
Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward

WulfLuva said...

Favorite paranormal romance would have to be Gena Showalter's Darkest Night

I don't really read much urban fantasy...

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Patricia Lynne said...

LOL, oh man, I win that, I'd so hang it up in the living room!

I can only think of one paranormal romance that I didn't see listed yet and that's Adrian Phoenix Maker's Series and Hoodoo Series.

Crystal ♥ said...

OMGosh, that is just too funny!

I have a lot of faves but my #1's are:
Paranormal Romance- Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series
Urban Fantasy- Vicki Pettersson's Sign of the Zodiac series

Good luck with your article!

Melissa said...

I am with the others, it is difficult to pick one so he are my favorites:

UF
Fever - Karen Marie Moning
Mercy Thompson - Patricia Briggs
Downside Ghosts - Stacia kane

PNR
Night Huntress - Jeaniene Frost
Midnight Breed - Lara Adian
Black Dagger Brotherhood - J R Ward

Katie Dalton said...

Easy picks. :)

UF Monin--Fever

PR JR Ward--Black dagger brothers! yummy lol

Barbara E. said...

Paranormal romance: Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series and Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series are at the top of the list but my all time fav is Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson series.
Urban Fantasy series are:
Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin, Kelly Meding's Evangeline Stone and Kelly Gay's Charlie Madigan.

Helen Lowe said...

Nicole--with the paranormal romance it's still Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse series for me. For urban fantasy--a toss up between Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely or Robin McKinley's Sunshine.

And I'm also ra-ther enjoying a paranormal urban fantasy by one Tracey O'Hara at present, titled I believe, Night's Cold Kiss ...

Nicole Murphy said...

Thanks for all the recommendations, guys! Keep it up :)

Leikela Photography said...

YA-*Blue Bloods Series
By: Melissa de la Cruz

*Kitty Norville Series
By: Carrie Vaughn

:)

unseelieme said...

I'm in agreement with everyone else. How do you pick one?

UF
Unholy Ghosts series by Stacia Kane
Dead Witch Walking series by Kim Harrison
Weather warden series by Rachel Caine
Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep
EVERYTHING by Lilith Saintcrow
Maker series by Adrian Phoenix
Anna Strong series by Jeanne Stein
Jaz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin
Cal Leandros series & Trickster series by Rob Thurman

Paranormal Romance
Succubus Blues series by Richelle Mead
Accidental Demonslayer series by Angie Fox

...I'll stop there....but there are so many more that are fantastic.

ilona said...

Can't pick just one (like everyone else) so here's the top 4 in each catagory.

Urban Fantasy favourites:
Jaz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin
Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series' by Patricia Briggs
Ghostwalkers by Christine Feehan


Paranormal Romance favourites:
Psy/Changling series by Nalini Singh
Demonica series by Larissa Iona
Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks
Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands


I'm not sure if Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters fit in either genre but they are also favourites of mine :D

ilona said...

Can't pick just one (like everyone else) so here's the top 4 in each catagory.

Urban Fantasy favourites:
Jaz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin
Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series' by Patricia Briggs
Ghostwalkers by Christine Feehan


Paranormal Romance favourites:
Psy/Changling series by Nalini Singh
Demonica series by Larissa Iona
Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks
Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands


I'm not sure if Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters fit in either genre but they are also favourites of mine :D

rachel445 said...

Favorite paranormal romance:

Psy/Changeling- Nalini Singh
Night Huntress- Jeaniene Frost
Black Dagger Brotherhood- JR Ward
Tairen Soul series- CL Wilson

Urban Fantasy favorites:

Kate Daniels series- Ilona Andrews
Shifters series- Rachel Vincent
Fever series- Karen Marie Moning

And for YA paranormal/urban fantasy:
Vampire Academy- Richelle Mead
Mortal Instruments-Cassandra Clare

GB said...

Limiting myself to just one is hard, like everyone else here! And I'll only list the first book in a series, since it's much easier to list.

Favourite UF:
Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews
Nightlife - Rob Thurman
Moon Called - Patricia Briggs

Favourite PNR:
Soulless - Gail Carriger
Stray - Rachel Vincent
Tainted - Julie Kenner

Sable Grace said...

I enjoy several UF series at the moment. Jeaniene Frost's and Kim Harrison's to start with.

As for PR,I like everything from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series, though I haven't tried any of her spin offs, and lighter paranormals such as Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, which I dont think is technically classified as romance, but fit the criteria in every way I could find. Also, the Donovan series by Nora Roberts is one of my all time favorite paranormal series. ~Heather