Saturday, December 20, 2008

PBW Holiday Giveaway #9 -- For Following

The other day I was talking with an editor friend who complained about how hard it is to build a new author. I tried to be sympathetic and give him some ideas, but we've both been around for a while, and we're well-acquainted with the reality. Aside from a few skyrocketeers, for a writer it usually takes years, even decades, to establish a place in the industry -- and even when you do, there are no guarantees you'll keep it. Ever.

The right hype will attract an instant temporary readership; we've all seen it happen to the writers the industry touts as the Next Big Thang. A considerable segment of the book-buying public wants to be told who is the latest Thang writer because, like most consumers, they respond to the illusion of popularity and the promise of success as an indicator of quality. If they didn't, we wouldn't have advertising, bestseller lists or industry awards.

What I think sees a writer through the dark woods at the beginning of their career is the enduring readership. This is made up of readers who really aren't interested in the Last Big Thang, the Next Big Thang, or even That Sweet New Young Thang with the Miss America smile whose face is being splashed everywhere. They follow a particular writer because they connect in some fashion with the work. They bond on a very basic level -- storyteller to reader -- and for as long as the writer produces quality work and the reader reads, that bond will endure.

I was thinking about all this when I was cooking up the prize for this giveaway. I would love to send free books to everyone in my readership, but aside from giving away e-books like Ravelin online that is simply not possible. But I do keep a private mailing list, and there is room for a few more names. So for the ninth PBW Holiday Giveaway, I have:



Four PBW Mailing List Spots

I have for each of the four winners of this giveaway a spot on my private mailing list. This means that if you win this giveaway, I will send you a signed final edition copy of every novel I write from now on (beginning with Stay the Night in January 2009.)

How many books will that be? Well, I don't know, exactly. I have four new books currently under contract, in production or pending release, so I can guarantee you at least four. I am somewhat prolific; I have a pile of novel and series ideas that I'd like to publish and no plans to retire anytime soon. So unless the Publishing industry collapses, you ask to be removed from the list or I get hit by a truck or something, I think I can provide you with plenty of reading material for years to come.

This prize also requires a little commitment from the winners -- you'll need to let me know if you move and your address changes, for example. Also, if you live outside the U.S., you'll have to alert me if there are any changes to customs or other shipping rules that affect mail delivery in your country. But other than that, all you have to do is walk down to the mailbox a couple times a year.

To have a chance to win this giveaway, in comments name a writer who you have been following for longer than a year (or, if you can't pick just one, toss your name in the hat) by midnight EST on Sunday, December 21, 2008. I'll draw four names at random from everyone who participates and put the winners on my private mailing list, plus send them an extra stocking stuffer -- a signed, printed* copy of my December Darkyn novella e-book release, Master of Shadows. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something from PBW in the past.

*Printed by me on bond paper and placed in a three-ring binder.

207 comments:

  1. I've been following Jim Butcher for years now. My bookseller friend introduced me to the Dresden series.

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  2. I've been reading Laurell K. Hamilton for almost 6 years now. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes longer than that. Lysnay Sands for about 18 months now... I could keep going, but there are so many...

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  3. Usually when I read more than one thing from an author I tend to passively follow. Meaning I always stop by their section and scan for something new.

    There are a few that I actively follow. I subscribe to their mailing lists, read their blogs, almost live on their website, etc. Those authors are Neil Gaiman, Simon R. Green, Stephen King, and a couple others that have already been mentioned.

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  4. I've been reading the work of Poppy Z. Brite since "Lost Souls", which was longer ago than either she or I might like to admit. ;)

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  5. Anonymous2:15 AM

    I've followed Jorrie Spencer for more than a year. Still love her books!

    Crick

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  6. I've been following Laurell K. Hamilton for about four years. Kim Harrison for about a year and some change. I always read everything by these two.

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  7. Your description fits my pattern of reading - I tend to follow writers rather than Big Announcements. Some of those writers are local to me (Kaaron Warren and Kim Westowood) and some are local to Australia (Jennifer Fallon) and some are US or UK (too many to name!). I always want more writer whose work I love at that level - it's where some of my greatest reading happiness comes from.

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  8. Tess Gerritsen. I started reading her books when she wrote for Harlequin and I've never stopped.

    Holly Lisle, S.L. Viehl since their Forward Motion days.

    And a lot of others...

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  9. (Scratches head)...lemme think.

    Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, Martha Grimes, Elizabeth Crombie, Julia Spencer Fleming, Steven Booth, Susan Hill. Love the John Ceepak character from the Chris Grabenstein books. Your Darkyn series grabbed me by the throat since If Angels Burns. I love these questions you ask, they make me reflect and I've come to the realization that damn...I'm a reading addict!!

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  10. I've been following Iain Banks since 1988

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  11. I've been following Terry Pratchett for seven years now ever since I read Colour of Magic. A lot of authors either bring out too many books to keep up with *cough*James Patterson*cough* or I forget but Terry Pratchett is the one that I always keep up-to-date with.

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  12. The writer I have been following the longest is probably Terry Pratchett, who I 'discovered' age 11 - 20ish books later I'm still reading his novels with the same giddy thrill. I actually cried when I found out about his Alzheimer's.

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  13. I've been following Terry Pratchett for years, due to trying out a book on discount through the SF book club. I loved it, and glommed. I'm also now following Patricia Briggs, thank you for recommending her.

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  14. As a child I followed several German authors of children's books but today I just look up every now and then if one of my favourite authors has published something interesting in the meantime. After all, since most of them are dead, there's nothing much left to follow.

    I guess I really have to find some more recent writers...

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  15. I'd have to say my all-time favorite author, Stephen King. I'm in the bookstore the day his newest is released, and it's been that way for longer than I can remember.

    Happy holidays!

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  16. I've been following all of your Lynn Viehl books for longer than a year, but I guess you want other names. There are so many, but here are few of my other long-term favorites:

    Jill Shalvis, Alison Kent, Wally Lamb, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Jane Porter, Lisa Kleypas, J.R. Ward, Shiloh Walker, Jaci Burton, Patti Callahan Henry, and Megan Hart.

    Oops, did you say one? At least I did not keep going. I wanted too lol.

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  17. Tamora Pierce. I think I've read her books since I was 12.

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  18. That's a fabulous prize, Lynn. While I may find a new author because of buzz, I find more you don't hear as much about always searching around for more on books. I read what I like regardless of what others say, and I think many readers do the same. So many I've been reading for more than a year. I don't give up on an author easily as long as I enjoy the story, even if the current is not the best for me, the next might be as were those in the past.

    Many of my longtime favorites are historicals authors I've been reading for at least 5 yrs, probably more, like Loretta Chase, Lisa Kleypas, Connie Brockway, Jo Beverly, Madeline Hunter, Mary Balogh, Carla Kelly, Amanda Quick/Jayne Krentz, Susan Carroll and Jo Goodman added 2 years ago. Some from many years ago are no longer here or I'd still be reading, like Georgette Heyer and Anya Seton. Now with paranormals and fantasy/scifi so popular, I've got quite a few more ad to that autobuy list. Some I've been reading for over 5 years, Susan Grant, Robin Owens, Lynn Kurland, Melanie Jackson, then added to autobuy from their debut books Elizabeth Vaughan, CL Wilson and Nalini Singh. Can't just name a few of favorite authors I follow, so many more I've started loving the past 2 years, like Patricia Briggs, Alexis Morgan. I'll stop now.

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  19. I have been following the following, some since the beginning of their career:
    You, of course
    Nalini Singh, Laurell K. Hamilton, Anne Bishop, Beverly Connor, Deanna Raybourn, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb (since her Silhouette days), Linda Howard (since her Silhouette days), Patricia Briggs, Robin D. Owens and J.R. Ward.

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  20. I've been following Sandi Kahn Shelton, Shobhan Bantwal, kind of following Lisa Jackson... All thanks to virtual book tours.

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  21. Off the top of my head, Amy J. Fetzer since 2005. She introduced me to romantic suspense with Naked Truth, the first in her Dragon One series.

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  22. Amy N.6:38 AM

    P.C. Hodgell -- who I've been following for, oh, 24 years or so by now.

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  23. I've been reading Laurell K. Hamilton for three-four years solid. Lilith Saintcrow, Jim Butcher, Lynn Viehl, Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, Kelley Armstrong... and a few others. Those I've been following for more than one year.

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  24. Laurell K Hamilton for over a year. Sherrilyn Kenyon just over a year. Anne Bishop just 5 months. The Dune series (10 years) - Frank Herbert (passed) and now his son. Anne McCaffery (15 years)and now her son, Todd.

    I just realized. I have a bunch I had better stop.

    Lynn, I faithfully go to used book stores. They tell me your books go like hot cakes! They cannot keep them on the shelves. I had to put myself on a list. :)

    Thanks for the contests and Happy Holidays.

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  25. Besides you?
    Well, I've followed Sherrilyn Kenyon, Melanie Rawn, Lori Handeland, Julia Quinn and Nora Roberts. Marjorie M Liu, Ursula K. LeGuin. Katherine Kerr. Amanda Quick. I think I should stop now.

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  26. Anne Bishop for years now. Though mostly I follow her Black Jewels world stuff, I've occasionally picked up a few other.

    Also David Weber for his Honor Harrington Series.

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  27. I remember finding Minion by L.A. Banks in my high school library when I was in 10th grade I think. It's been almost 4 years since I graduated and I love her Vampire Huntress series like a dear dear friend (=

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  28. madscientistnz8:56 AM

    Patricia Briggs
    Jasper Fforde
    Naomi Novik
    Rob Thurman
    Liz Williams
    Christopher Brookmyre

    (some of the many - and I've found a lot of good new authors this year thanks to the internet)

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  29. I following Patricia Briggs, Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz, and many others. I just found Jessica Andersen and plan to add her to my list.

    Thanks for all you do for your readers. We really appreciate it.

    Jen

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  30. J.D.Robb
    Patricia Briggs
    Lindsey Davis
    Lynn Viehl
    Holly Lisle
    Barbara Hambly
    and about 20 more authors that I can't think of at the moment.

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  31. The only author I follow religiously is PBW, though I keep an eye on Orson Scott Card as well.

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  32. Elizabeth Bear for the past few years.

    Sarah Monette
    Justine Musk
    Lilith Saintcrow

    And of course, you since your Gena Hale days. I think my collection of your romances is just about complete now. :)

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  33. So many books, so little time!!

    In addition to you, I also "follow" Neil Gaiman, Nevada Barr, Marjorie Liu, Vicki Pettersson and Nora Roberts. And many more I am sure, but you said to name only one. (It's the new math!)

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  34. I follow Marjorie M Liu. It's the connection that you mentioned. The first thing that I read by her was a short story in an anthology. About 2 pages in I was so excited that I went in to tell my husband that if I ever write a book, this is similar to how I think it would be. There was action, humor and characters that I found interesting. That little 45 page story hooked me. I now follow her blog and yours. (I found you through her blog list.) You guys are like writing mentors that I have never met.
    (And no, I don't expect brownie points for the mentor comment!)
    :)

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  35. I followed Robert Jordan for over 15 years before he passed away. We'll never know how the Wheel of Time series ends :(

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  36. Tamora Pierce, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Nora Roberts, Kelley Armstrong, Lora Leigh, Holly Lisle, Linda Howard, JR Ward, Karen Chance, S.L. Viehl and I could go on for quite a while on this topic so I'll cut the list way short and just say those are some of them in no particular order.

    Thank you for the authors that you've suggested over the years that I've added to my must buy list as well. :-)

    Ellen

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  37. Writers I'm following besides yourself? Okay well there's:
    Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Marjorie M Liu, Karen Chance, Yasmine Galenorn, Kresley Cole, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dakota Cassidy, Amanda Quick, Julie Garwood, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Christine Feehan, C L Wilson, etc. I have too many to name them all.

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  38. I've followed Peter S. Beagle since I first discovered The Last Unicorn. I was very pleased to see his recent releases and collections. :)

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  39. Maggie Stiefvater YA author
    Melissa Marr YA author
    Holly Black YA author
    Holly Lisle adult author
    Tambo adult author
    Verla Kay children's author
    heh..you, of course.

    I've actaully cut back on a lot of online reading.

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  40. There are many but the first name that came to mind is Jo Goodman. I've been reading her books since the early 90's.

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  41. Ursula K. Le Guin, and Marion Zimmer-Bradley--I loved her women of strength.

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  42. Wow - what a generous gift! Early congrats to the winners. Myself, I pick up anything new by Barbara Erskine and have loved her books for many years.

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  43. Wow--what an amazing prize. . .

    Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, and Jasper Fforde are my top three "buy it--they wrote it" people.

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  44. Denise10:10 AM

    The author I've followed the longest is Sue Grafton. I first read her about 20 years ago.

    Now I have dozens of author I've followed for years, but there are too many to list them all.

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  45. I wish I could say I've been following you forever, but I happened to come across you from another blog. I'm hooked now though :D

    Let's see...

    Karen Marie Moning
    Diana Gabaldon
    Anne Gracie (who is marvelous!)
    Kathy Reichs
    Iris Johansen
    a few others.

    And some I no longer follow because either the quality of their stories has begun to suffer over time, or they've had a very public meltdown on their blog or someone else's. I certainly don't hold any author on a pedestal, but I do hope they're gracious in adversity with their readers as well as prosperity with those same readers.

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  46. I'm following:
    Neil Gaiman
    Elizabeth Bear
    Cherie Priest
    John Scalzi
    Caitlan Kiernan
    Holly Lisle
    Susan Wittig Albert
    Bernard Cornwell
    Patricia Briggs
    William Gibson
    and
    Lynn Viehl

    Happy holidays!
    Lyn

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  47. Stephen King, Anne Rice, Madeline Hunter, Anne Bishop, Anne McCaffery, Robert Jordan, Stephanie Laurens, Piers Anthony.... ummm need I say more?

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  48. Terry Pratchett and Diana Wynne Jones. I've been following them for well over a decade.

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  49. Ursula K Leguin, Orson Scott Card, Charles Delint, Anne Perry, S.L. Viehl (and all known pseudonyms!).
    I was lucky to find Ian R Macleod and Lisa Tucker when their first books came out and have been eager to get each new release.

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  50. You. Shelby Reed. Ilona Andrews.

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  51. Other than you?

    Linnea Sinclair, Elizabeth Moon, Elizabeth Bear, Debra Doyle and James McDonald, Tanya Huff, etc.

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  52. Lets see...
    Jayne Ann Krentz AKA Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle
    Nora Roberts AKA JD Robb
    Lois McMaster Bujold
    Patricia Wrede (who finally has a new book coming out next year!)
    Anne Bishop
    Bill Willingham (the Fables series Rocks)
    Laurell K Hamilton
    CE Murphy
    Patrcia Briggs
    There are lots more but those are names that jump to mind first.

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  53. Michelle Sagara West. I've been following her since I found a book of hers at a used book store in college (been 13 years now). I will preorder ANYTHING she writes. Love her.

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  54. Anne Perry, Laurie R. King, Victoria Thompson, Mercedes Lackey, and of course... you. I could add more, but they're all recent additions to the list. (You didn't really expect me to write just one name, did you? :) )

    Have a Merry Christmas.

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  55. I followed Charles Sheffield, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein, until they stopped putting out new books, allowing me to catch up. (Heinlein has kept putting out new books after his death, but his output is greatly reduced. ;) )

    I followed Orson Scott Card from 1986 until about a year or two ago.

    I follow Steven Gould, but he puts out books too infrequently.

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  56. I've dropped so many authors because they've degenerated into templates or filler.
    Those I've continued to follow through the years:
    Linda Howard
    Diana Gabaldon

    My newer additions:
    Lynn Viehl - reading If Angels Burn was a defining moment for me
    Charlaine Harris
    Patricia Briggs - Mercy Thompson

    My most recent:
    Lisa Kleypas contemporaries - her Texas-based stories are spot on.

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  57. I read Julia Quinn and Sherrily Kenyon for years now. I alway get their lastest books!

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  58. Five authors besides you:

    Eve Kenin
    Brian Jacques
    John Scalzi
    Morgan Hawke
    Alison Kent

    All six of you guys are autbuys for me.

    My other favorites I slide in and out of attention with. If I see they have a new book or series out, I'll pick it up and see if I'm feeling the vibe.

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  59. The longes commitment for me is Joe Haldeman. I picked up a copy of The Forever war 29 years ago and have purchased every single book of his since.

    Colin

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  60. I faithfully read everything Diana Gabaldon releases, as well as Jennifer Crusie. I will also rush to the bookstore for Loretta Chase and Julia Quinn. I've read all of Laura Kinsale's backlist and I would love, love, love if she had something new come out.

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  61. Anonymous11:47 AM

    Other than your books I've been following Laurell K. Hamilton and Sherrilyn Kenyon for over 2 yrs.

    The other two authors I avidly read are Linda Howard and Sandra Brown.

    Terri W.

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  62. I've been following Kelley Armstrong since I read Bitten which was published in 2001. I love the way she writes urban fantasy and how she can make me care for a character in a matter of pages. I'm also following her new Nadia Stafford thriller series.

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  63. I have followed so many authors for years, that I don't think I could list them all here. The ones that immediately come to mind are JD Robb, Charleine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Nalini Singh, Clive Cussler, Ilona Andrews, and Lilith Saintcrow.

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  64. Wow, Lynn, this is so generous of you. Unsurprisingly. :)

    To be honest, I've only been specifically following certain writers for maybe three years - and the first two? You and Holly Lisle. After that quickly came Tammy Jones and Catie Murphy and now also Joshilyn Jackson for a year and a half now, and you guys are my favorite five because you consistently wow me, and I know I can trust your books.

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  65. I've read everything written by JD Robb.

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  66. Anonymous12:17 PM

    You, of course!
    Holly Lisle
    J.R. Ward
    Nalini Singh
    Kathy Reichs
    Terry Goodkind
    Kelley Armstrong

    And probably more, but that's enough. ;)

    Cheers,
    Erin K.

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  67. Anonymous12:22 PM

    I've been following Diana Gabaldon for years, anxiously waiting her first graphic novel and hoping for a movie version of Outlander!

    My e-mail is:

    Kathrynslatton@yahoo.com

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  68. We're only to name one?? There are just too many! I love books that are part of a series. If I ever write anything it would be a series.
    Those I follow, in no particular order:
    Lynn Viehl
    Suzanne Brockman
    Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Christine Feehan
    Kerrilyn Sparks
    Lyndsay Sands
    Kresley Cole
    JR Ward
    Lora Leigh
    Lori Foster
    I know I'm forgetting a bunch but those are the ones off the top of my head.

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  69. I'm dork enough to admit I'm a dork about authors...I have all my faves bookmarked and calendar items for all new releases.

    Nora Roberts, though, is my longest running follow. While I've expanded beyond romance genre fiction, she was my first love of love stories. You always keep a special place for the first :)

    Thanks very much for this gift, whomever wins. I think it's fab to know an author holds her readers in high enough regard to add them to her "list"!

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  70. Christopher Moore. I started with his "Bloodsucking Fiends" and can not stop. The best so far has been "Lamb - the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal", but his "A Dirty Job" is really good too.

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  71. Besides you, Robin Lee Hatcher, Diana Gabaldon, Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury. And many more, too!

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  72. If I listed all the authors I have been following for more than a year it would by huge. Instead I will just list the ones I have been following the longest. They are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, John Saul, Terry Pratchett.

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  73. Let's see, besides you...

    I've read JR Ward's work for several years. And the one who made me want to write (and explains my urge to include too much blood, lol)...Stephen King. I discovered King when I was thirteen, and he warped me for life. Ha!

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  74. Marian Keyes. Maeve Binchy, although my interest's been waning lately.

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  75. Laurell K Hamilton, Lara Adrian, Kelley Armstrong, Lynn Viehl, Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, and about 15 or so more!

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  76. There are literally dozens of authors I've followed over the years. That's how I find books... pick up the latest from authors I follow then check out recommendations based off that. To pick a name, I'd have to go with the one that first got me hooked on sci-fi/fantasy decades ago (as in junior high school). Mercedes Lackey.

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  77. Hi,

    I'd add Dennis Lehane to the list, Robert Crais, and Lee Child.

    Regards

    Darren.

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  78. There's a bunch of them, lol.

    Bernard Cornwell, for example, Tamara Siler Jones, Steven Erikson, Rebecca Gablé, both the Stardoc and Darkyn incarnations of PBW, Simon Scarrow ....

    R Scott Bakker, Brian Ruckley and Paul Kearney have made it onto my list this year, while the one on -David Gemmell is closed now, alas.

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  79. kathybaug1:16 PM

    Lynn Viehl
    Patricia Briggs
    Carrie Vaughn
    Jim Butcher
    Simon R Green
    Evelyn Vaughn
    Loretta Chase
    Jayne Castle
    Jo Beverley
    and many more.

    I really enjoy seeing everyone's lists.

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  80. I'm kinda proud of the fact that I was one of the first to read Terry Pratchett. I knew back then he was awesome, too.

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  81. I've tried to follow Terry Brooks' Shannara series ever since I first read "The Sword of Shannara" my freshman year of high school, over ten years ago. (Has it been that long...)

    Other than that, I have to admit that I always enjoy reading the works of J.K. Rowling and Mercedes Lackey. I only just found the books of Stephenie Meyer several months ago, but I know that she is going to be added to my list as well.

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  82. Trying not to get lost in my own list and in no particular order -
    Robert Jordan, Lynn Viehl, Tobias Buckell, John Scalzi, Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Lowell, Sylvia Day, Linda Howard, Neil Gaiman.

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  83. I've followed your writing, David Weber, Mercedes Lackey. Plus I've turned my 14 year old son on to fantasy, he surrently reading the Twilight series.

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  84. Mercedes Lackey
    Anne McCaffrey
    Simon R. Green
    Elizabeth Moon
    Carrie Vaughn
    Naiomi Novik

    Those are just my current favourites.

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  85. Does it count if I read Jane Austen every year :) I have been following Roberta Gellis since Bond of Blood. I just finished Omega Games this morning so add S. L. Viehl and of course Lynn Viehl. Another author that is an automatic buy is Linnea Sinclair. I like her science fiction romances.

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  86. There are many authors I have been following for years, but two that stand out and who I read everything from are Raymond E.Feist and Robert Jordan. They are my first fantasy love, and the other one is the first long book I read in English :)

    And then there are J.R.Ward, Jude Deveraux, John Grisham, Elisabeth Chadiwick and all the rest

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  87. Colleen Gleason-Love The Gardella Chronicles!

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  88. Hmm. Lotta names to name, but for simplicity's sake I'll keep it to three...or four!

    C.J. Cherryh
    (following for more than 15 years and still go nuts when she releases something new!)

    William Gibson: (since high school which is more years gone than I like to think about!)

    Holly Lisle
    (didn't find her until a couple years back (about 2) and I devour her books now)

    Susanna Gregory (found her three years ago and I do love her medieval crime novels)

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  89. I have quite a few as well - Kelley Armstrong, Karen Chance, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, Laurell K Hamiltong (though I actually refrained from buying her last book, so she might not count after all), Lilith Saintcrow, Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Jennifer Rardin, Carrie Vaughn, Tanya Huff... And many more. Looking at the list I compiled, it seems as if I'm in UF mode today :)

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  90. Cynthia Dalton2:43 PM

    I follow many authors as I am a voracious and eclectic reader. Lois McMaster Bujold is one that hasn't been mentioned yet. I also followed Dorothy Dunnett while she was alive. I remember being so worried that she would die before she finished her last series.

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  91. Off the top of my head - Lynn Viehl, Christine Feehan, Lora Leigh, Angela Knight, Brenda Joyce, Lara Adrian, and many more - just don't have enought time right now to name and remember them all.

    Nat

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  92. Marianne Stillings, Amy Fetzer, Linda Howard, Nora Roberts and Julie Garwood.

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  93. I have been following and reading several writers.

    Obviously Holly Lisle and S. L. Viehl are two. Others I have followed: Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy are two others.

    I find knowing something about the authors backgrounds makes the stories more interesting in many ways.

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  94. Lynn, you're the only one I've followed more than a year that's actually stayed on my auto-buy list. :)

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  95. Gena Showalter
    PC Cast
    Lara Santiago
    Roxanne St. Claire

    Just to name a few.

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  96. I've been following Nalini Singh, JD Robb, Meljean Brook, Anne Bishop, SL Viehl, Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs, just off the top of my head. Those are some of my autobuys. Have a ton more, oh, Linda Howard! But those are the ones I remember right now.

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  97. Tana French. She's fairly new (only two books so far) but she's opened my eyes to the mystery novel again.

    Jay

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  98. blondeely3:38 PM

    I've got quite a few too. Among them are Rachel Caine, Isobelle Carmody, Michelle Sagara and Sharon Shinn.

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  99. Marjorie M. Liu.

    I've followed her since "Tiger Eye"--and though there's a long list of authors I keep track of, she's one of the few that I also read her blog. :)

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  100. M.M. Buckner
    Terry Pratchett
    Elizabeth Bear
    Jay Lake
    Tobias Buckell
    and you of course

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  101. Lisa Kleypas
    Kat Martin
    Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Julia Quinn
    Julianne Maclean
    Keri Arthur
    and many more.

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  102. I have followed a lot of authors more than a year. Patricia Briggs, Stieg Trenter ( awesome swedish author), Kathy Reichs. Just to mention a few.

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  103. Stephanie Laurens
    Cheyenne McCray
    Julia Quinn

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  104. Hmm, for over a year? I'd have to say Stephen King, since he published his first novel in 1974 when I was 14. He is almost solely responsible for my love of reading and the genres I have read for over 30 years.

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  105. I have been following a lot of Authors longer than a year along with you, here's a list of some;
    Bertrice Small
    Dean Koontz
    Savannah Russe
    Janet Chapman
    Christine Feehan
    James Patterson
    Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Brenda Novak
    Karen Marie Moning

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  106. Can't name just one LOL I've been devouring books for over 30 years.

    Longest would have to be Anne McCaffery. Followed by Nora Roberts and all her pen names.

    In close running would be Karen Marie Moning and Diana Gabaldon.

    In the almost a year group would be Holly Lisle and yourself.

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  107. Neil Gaiman
    Terry Pratchett
    Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Robin Hobb
    John Grisham
    Sharon Shinn

    to name a few :)

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  108. George R.R. Martin, though I wish he'd stop doing all the "sides" and get A Feast for Crows out. =) Terry Pratchett had me with Small Gods. Michelle Sagara West. Patricia Briggs. I'm going to stop now before I take over your comments section!

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  109. Lora Leigh's Breeds; Nalini Singh; Shelly Laurenston; the Darkyn series.

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  110. JD Robb
    Robyn Carr
    Suzanne Brockmann
    Rachel Gibson
    SEP
    Kathryn Shay

    to name a few. :)

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  111. Neil Gaiman. My husband introduced me to his work ages ago.

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  112. I've been following many many authors for more than a year, but they include: Steven Brust, Michelle Sagara, Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Kat Richardson, Lilith Saintcrow, Patricia Briggs, Terry Pratchett, and on and on.

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  113. at my age there are so many ann rule mary higgins clark and tons of others thanks for a great contest minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

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  114. I have been following Douglas Clegg for a long time...excellent writer

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  115. AnnaM.6:15 PM

    I've followed Catherine Asaro for years.

    I followed Frank Herbert for about 15 years, and Marion Zimmer Bradley for at least 10.

    More recently, I've followed you, Suzanne Brockmann, and Linnea Sinclair for more than a year.

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  116. Anonymous6:28 PM

    Tamora Pierce. Also since I was about 12.

    Anne Bishop since I was 14.


    Kayla

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  117. I have been following You, Patrica Briggs, and Catherine Coulter.

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  118. There are SO many....YOU for one......Kelly Armstrong is another big contender. There's no way to pick just one.....but right now among my favorites are you and Kelly.....so thats who I pick for this post!

    HUGSSSSS

    TJ

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  119. nureia6:56 PM

    Hello,

    this is Ana, from Spain. I have been reading in English for more than 5 years to improve my English. Honestly, I have read, basically, romance. It's an easy genre to read, I must say. I have to recognise that, at the beginning, I read almost everything I could get my hands on: Lisa Kleypas, JR Ward, Cherry Adair, Julia Quinn... ANYTHING I read was simply great, but I suposse I enjoyed more the fact that I could read in English than the book itself. On the other hand, I suposse I have also grown up. Consequently, this last year, I have been more selective. So, if I have to name a writer who I have been following for longer than a year, THIS YEAR, I would say ELOISA JAMES.

    Ana

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  120. Anonymous6:57 PM

    Wow what an honor to win this!!! I have been folllowing Mercedies Lackey since I was in Jr High!! I can't get enough of her! I have been following alot of authors over the years but she will always hold a speacial place on my book shelf!
    Thanks
    Culleen

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  121. Nicole7:11 PM

    Terry Pratchett

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  122. I started off with Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Anne McAffrey. This was of course after reading/collecting all the Trixie Belden series.

    E

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  123. Keita Haruka7:15 PM

    I have many I follow. Anne McCaffrey I've been following for 13 years, Melanie Rawn for 4 (waiting and waiting and waiting for the last Exiles book...), yourself for two...Hehe. It's 2am. That's all I can think of right now even though I usually have a whole list of writers I can name. :P

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  124. I've been following Tamora Pierce for 2 years now. Anne Mccaffery for 4 years.

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  125. Only one? I can't choose only one, so:

    * C.J. Cherryh
    * Matilde Asensi (even though her last book has been a bit *blegh*)
    * Caitlín R. Kiernan
    * Holly Lisle
    * You

    (Curious, all women...)

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  126. The author that I have been following the longest is Linda Howard (at least 12 years).

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  127. There are so many that it would be hard to list them all...so, I will just choose Shiloh Walker. I have been following her for at least a couple of years...I accidently ran across her "Hunters" books while I was looking for a new paranormal to read!

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  128. Lynn Kurland
    Anne Bishop
    Charlie Huston
    Barry Eisler

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  129. Anonymous7:45 PM

    I've been reading Charlaine Harris since her Shakespeare series was originally in publication. Started with her Sookie series about a week after it's first release. I've never been so excited for a tv show as when 'True Blood' started - I've talked it up with everyone. Seeing one of your favorite authors that you've followed for years become so successful is a real thrill.

    - LaraF

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  130. Anonymous7:50 PM

    I've been following
    Faith Hunter (aka Gwen Hunter)
    CE Murphy
    Susan Mallery
    Holly Lisle
    S.L. Viehl
    Kim Harrison


    Christina Stiles

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  131. Anonymous7:50 PM

    I've been following Elizabeth Peters since 1975 or so and Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz and Barbara Delinsky since their days in series romances - that's why my house looks like a library and I've been accused of breaking the foundation of our house.

    Marie

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  132. I read Sandra McDonald's debut novel, The Outback Stars, over a year ago, and immediately pre-ordered her next work - The Stars Down Under. I'm awaiting the third book in her science fiction universe, to be published in 2009.

    Oh how would love to be on your private mailing list, PBW. Please put my name in the hat, and thank you for the gifts of anticipation and suspense this Christmas.

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  133. Patricia Briggs. I learned about her work from following your own work and then finding your blog!

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  134. I've been reading Stephen King for well over 13 years now and I've also kept up with Linda Howard and Linda Lael Miller for years now too.

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  135. Tammy8:22 PM

    LOL, Like all the other times, there's several authors.

    I remember picking up Laurell K Hamiton when she first released Nightseer eons ago. I also have most of Anne McCaffrey's, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz (in her many names), Jim Butcher.

    So maybe you'd just better toss my name in the hat for this one. Since the list is so long.

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  136. Denise Rossetti I've followed from her first book.
    J.D. Rob I consistently read every book.
    Joey W. Hill
    Kresley Cole
    J. R. Ward

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  137. Karen W.8:48 PM

    What a fabulous and generous contest! Wow! I could list dozens and dozens of authors, but I think I'll go with Dean Koontz, whose books I've loved for about 20 years!

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  138. I've been following Diana Gabaldon for about 14 years then there would be Christine Feehan, J.D. Robb, J. R. Ward, Marjorie Liu and Suzanne Brockmann and someone by the name of Viehl to name a few.

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  139. Lora Liegh, Shiloh Walker, SL Viehl, Lynn Viehl, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lauren Dane,Jeannine Frost, and Nalini Singh. And lots and lots of others. I generally stick with an author if I like their books. And I love prolific authors. This is a fantastic prize that I would love to win. I'd definitely give up my first born about now. He's 19 and driving me crazy. on second thought I'll keep him would want to interfere with your writing. lol

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  140. Too many to name but I've been following your books, Suzanne Brockmann, Linda Howard, Christine Feehan, Laurell K. Hamilton and Robyn Carr just to name a few favorites---I also still buy Diana Palmer after over 30 years because she was one of the first authors I ever read and collected.

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  141. I've been following James Rollins and absolutely love everything I've read by him.

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  142. Wow. This is an incredible offer. Thank you, Sheila. But you better not get hit by a bus. It would be much too messy ;).

    As far as authors I've followed more than a year, that's most of them. One I've adopted just over a year ago, though, is Rachel Caine and her Weather Warden series.

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  143. The author that I follow the most consistently is Kim Harrison. Her Hollows series is by far one of my favorites. :)

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  144. There are actually quite a few that I'd put on my list, but to narrow things down I'll just list who I'd read without question (meaning to date, there isn't anything they've written that I haven't absolutely LOVED):
    ~Sherrilyn Kenyon/Kinley MacGregor
    ~Gena Showalter
    ~Laurell K. Hamilton
    ~Cindy Gerard

    I found Cindy Gerard because of the Cosmo mag and I found the others in the library or just browsing the bookstore for interesting stories. I'm so glad I found them!

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  145. What an honor it would be to win this! I've been reading Steven King since his Carrie and Salem Lot days. Dean Koontz and Michael Crichton (God rest his soul) are long-time faves. Then I discovered Paranormal Romances from my daughter, no less. I began reading many new authors that I have kept following through the years. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  146. I've been following several writers for years now. You I would have followed, but I just discovered you recently, so... :) Anyway, for those that I did:

    Judith McNaught
    Julia Quinn
    Anne McCaffrey
    Piers Anthony
    Iris Johansen
    Brenda Joyce
    Jacqueline Carey
    Julie Garwood

    And it seems more are coming aboard my list. :)

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  147. Lora Leigh, I love her Breed books.

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  148. Awesome contest! I love following your books Lynn! And I have many others I follow too but I won't add a bunch, I'll just name one, (but there are many others, I so love reading and especially enjoy so many series and hate to ever see them end!)

    The one I thought of that I'm following now for a year that I recently read is Kate Douglas.

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  149. Robert Liparulo doesn't seem as new to the industry as he did just a couple of years ago, but I think he's a great find.

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  150. Anonymous10:01 PM

    Mary Doria Russell
    Michael Crichton
    Stephen King
    Dean Koontz
    Pat Conroy
    Tess Gerritsen
    James Patterson

    (and several more, but this is a beginning.) Thanks, Sheila, for your wonderful posts!

    Kathy F.

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  151. I have to say Stephen King, I love just about all of his books.

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  152. I follow many authors but one of the first I started following was Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

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  153. Judith McNaught
    Joey W. Hill
    Sandra Steffen
    Shelby Reed
    Janelle Denison
    J.D. Robb

    and lots more, too.

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  154. Hmm ... Susan Elisabeth Philips, Jennifer Crusie, Emma Bull, Shana Abe, Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, and Julia Spencer-Fleming, to name just a few.

    Oh, and of course some author who writes under a few different names ... Lynn Viehl somebody ...

    Merry Christmas!

    — Bonz

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  155. I have been following several authors for many years. Some of them are: Maggie Shayne, Laurell K. Hamilton, Nora Roberts, Kim Harrison, Carol O'Connell, Janet Evanovich, Linsay Sands, R. Garland Gray, Angela Knight, Karen Marie Moning...and this is the tip of the iceberg. *L* Yes, I know it is an addiction, but it is one I do not want to recover from. *G*

    Hugs,

    Maithe

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  156. Rose Middleton
    Crystal Jordan
    Lori Borrill
    Cindi Myers
    Sarah Mayberry
    Jennie Lucas

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  157. I've been following Lynn Viehl ever since the 1st Darkyn novel hit the bookshelves. It was a great find. There are many other authors I follow since my early reading days: Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsay, Judith Garwood, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rebecca York, Beatrice Small, Marjorie Liu and so many others.

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  158. JR Ward
    Sherillyn Kenyon
    Jude Deveraux
    Dan Brown
    Johanna Lindsey
    Mary Higgins Clark
    James Patterson
    Karen Marie Moning
    These are a few authors I have been following for years.
    Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays :)

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  159. Here's a few that I have been following for more than a year, some significantly longer.

    Kelley Armstrong
    Patricia Briggs
    Terry Brooks
    Jim Butcher
    Kate Elliott
    Raymond Feist
    Laurel Hamilton
    Charlaine Harris
    Kim Harrison
    Tanya Huff
    Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Mercedes Lackey
    Anne McCaffrey
    Elizabeth Moon
    Isaac Asimov
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Robert Jordan
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    Marion Zimmer-Bradley
    Orson Scott Card
    Terry Goodkind
    Terry Pratchett
    Michael Crichton

    I have at least 70 saved in my bookmark files that I track regularly, others are hit or miss. I'm a wee bit obsessive, lol.

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  160. Oh, heavens, this could be a really, really long list. :) But just a couple off the top of my head:

    Jude Devereaux
    Laurell K. Hamilton
    Janet Evanovich
    JK Rowling

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  161. What an amazing prize, your private mailing list VIP, hope it's me. LOL

    I've been following Charlaine Harris for quite a while now. I've read all of her novels, even the stand alones before the Sookie series. I love her!

    Deidre

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  162. I have been following Christine Feehan for over 2 years now. I have everything that she has written and love her work. My mom got me hooked on them. I also follow Sherrilyn Kenyon, Suzanne Brockman, Nora Roberts, and Bertrice Small. I have followed all of these authors for a year or more. I have found authors this year that I intend to follow for the rest of their writing career. I also try new authors all the time too.
    Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!!!
    Lexee
    lexeetoste@sbcglobal.net

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  163. Nalini Singh
    Valerie Wilson Wesley
    Eric Jerome Dickey
    E. Lynn Harris
    Seressia Glass
    Sunny

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  164. I have followed several authors for more than a year. Among them are:
    Christine Feehan, Angela Knight, Nina Bangs, Kresley Cole, Lora Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon. My problem is that I'm a slow reader - takes me several days to finish one book so my TBRs stack is like mountain-high! But I still stock up on my favourites - what can I say? I'm a reader!
    PS: I'm outside the US, fyi.
    Tamsyn

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  165. I seem to be too disorganized to really follow authors. I've read most of the published work of many authors and will buy the latest works from several if I notice that they're available, but a lot of times I'll see something I think is new and find out that although it's the most recent work it's already a year or so old.

    I've heard that it's best for authors if a lot of people buy books when they're new. I've been trying, but it hasn't been working well so far.

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  166. Very cool prize!

    I follow so many, I won't attempt to name them all. A lot have already been named in the posts, I keep nodding my head as I read them.

    Six off top of my head:
    Laurell K. Hamilton
    Jasper Fforde
    Diana Gabaldon
    Lynn Flewelling
    Loretta Chase
    Robin D. Owens
    Yes, I have wide-ranging tastes. :)

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  167. I follow a lot of authors some more than other. But the one I followed from the first book to the current one with the same excitement is J.D. Robb.

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  168. wow, thank you for such a generous prize!
    Hmm..if I pick one author, I would have to say I'm a huge fan of Nalini Singh for a long time now. I love her psy/changeling series :)

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  169. Cheryl Holts,Jillian Hunter,Susan Wiggs,Kat Martin,Karen Robards,Linda Howard,Jill Shalvis,Merline Lovelace, Lori Foster,Tim Dorsey, Carl Hiaasin,Sandra Brown,Nora Roberts...

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  170. Anonymous7:56 AM

    I've been following authors and automatically buying their latest since I first started buying my own books back in the 1960s, so the list is too long to share. But Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart were two of the first authors! Now I'm following Elizabeth Vaughn, CL Wilson, Ann Aguirre, SL Viehl and about a million others! Can't wait to see who will be the next 'must-read' that I discover as I browse the shelves at the local bookstore.
    Kathleen

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  171. Shellene8:14 AM

    Let's see.... I've been hooked on your books since Evermore came out. LK Hamilton and Sherrilyn Kenyon for 7 years, Dean Knootz and James Patterson for 9 yrs , Jacquelyn Frank 18 months and CL.Wilson for 14 months now

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  172. Hi Lynn,

    Johanna Lindsey since I started reading Romance ~ 25 years ago!!!!

    Thank you,
    Susan

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  173. Too many to list, but one I'm particularly fond of is Jim Butcher.

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  174. Anonymous8:51 AM

    There are many, but the ones I have followed the longest would be Nora Roberts, Julie Garwood, Lora Leigh, Nalini Singh, and Shiloh Walker.

    Lisa J

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  175. Marty9:01 AM

    So many authors that I've followed for years: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Robin Owens, Sharon Green, Jacq Frank.
    Marty

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  176. Pick me! Pick me!

    *desperately waving over here*

    Authors I love & follow:

    J.D. Robb
    Laurell K. Hamilton
    Terry Pratchett
    Marjorie M. Liu
    Carl Hiassen
    Kasey Michaels
    Patricia Briggs
    Nalini Singh
    Stephanie Bond
    and S.L. Viehl (thanks to hubby who introduced me to sci-fi)
    Lois M. Bujold (also thanks to the hubby)

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  177. I've been reading Stuart MacBride's blog for almost two years, now.

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  178. I've been following David Weber for years now.

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  179. Sheila10:16 AM

    Diana Palmer- She was the first romance author I ever read and I had been following her ever since.
    Another author I have been following for years is Maggie Shayne. Love her vampires and she’s an automatic buy every time.

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  180. I've been following P.C. Cast for a year and a half now. And Tamara Siler Jones for about five years. They're both awesome!

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  181. I have been folowing some authors, Jude Deveraux and Johanna Lindsey from the longest time, and since a friend when she move away and can't take all her book with them, she give me some of them and there was one of yours I did love them and having been looking for the rest of them. other paranormal author I like are Christine Feehan, Lynsay Sands, J.R. Ward. and also others in diferent genres.

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  182. C.J. Cherryh hands down for fantasy writing, but when I'm looking for fun erotica, Nancy Madore.

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  183. I've been reading Tamara Siler Jones, and P.C. Cast.

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  184. I have been following Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan and many others.

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  185. Wow that would be a really long list for me. My local bookseller loves me to come in! I guess the one's I've been following the longest are Nora Roberts/JD Robb, Linda Howard, Dean Koontz, and Jayne Anne Krentz/Amanda Quick. As far as the recently acquired on the list JR Ward (thanks to your recommendation), Kresley Cole, and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

    Thanks!

    Wendy

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  186. Jim Butcher
    Anne McCaffery
    Glen Cook
    Ilona Andrews

    I could make a really really long list here.

    Hah

    ~Jana

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  187. I pre-order every Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner, Sandra Brown, and Jodi Picoult novel published. New auto-preorders are Kristin Higgans and Robyn Carr.

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  188. I've been following Holly Lisle for almost seven years now. I can't always afford to buy her books when they first come out, but I try as finances permit. The first book of her World Gates series is what hit me hard. I had a pretty rough childhood and my mother was mostly absent from my life. So I really resonated with the character of Molly really resonated with me. I've been a fan ever since.

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  189. Well, besides you? Quite a few including Rob Thurman, Patty Briggs, Holly Lisle, and Kim Harrison.

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  190. I follow a few authors, among which are you, J.R. Ward, and Orson Scott Card.

    I love knowing I'm going to get a great story every time!

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  191. Jody F.1:04 PM

    I could name a gazillion authors, but the one that has me most impatient for their next book is JR Ward. I just adore all the brothers and am especially drooling over Qhuinn.

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  192. Several; Jim Butcher and Laurell Hamilton are two where I have everything published (some of the others I am missing one here or there).

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  193. Just one author? Guh, I guess Judith McNaught - I've been following her since the 80's. Farrah Rochon, I've been following her since we started writing. She's published and I'm still heading that direction. :)

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  194. I've been following James Patterson and Kathy Reichs the longest. I started reading romance books about 2 years about and always look for Lacey Alexander/Toni Blake and Lora Leigh.

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  195. Many of the authors I read today I have read for 20-25+ years. Authors like Iris Johansen, Jude Deveraux, Kay Hooper, Linda Howard, and Johanna Lindsey to name a few.

    Authors that I have been following for less time but over a year incluce Patricia Briggs, S.L. Viehl, Kelly Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Rachel Vincent, J.R. Ward, Carrie Vaughn and Kim Harrison.

    And that is only a few of the authors I follow.

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  196. ms bookjunkie2:58 PM

    I've been following Dorothy Garlock, Linda Howard and Jayne Ann Krentz (all aliases) for at least fifteen years now, Nora Roberts for about thirteen years (a few less for her as JD Robb) and JK Rowling hit my radar around eight years ago. By following I mean that I have -without fail- faithfully purchased their backlist where I've been able to, and their new releases as they've become available.

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  197. Patricia Briggs and Michael Crichton. I was really bummed out when I learned Crichton had died.

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  198. It's hard to pick just one.
    Laurell K Hamilton
    Anne Rice
    Dean Koontz
    Michael Crichton
    Terry Brooks
    Just to name a few

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  199. Wow. All your contests are really great, but this one...wow.

    Just one author? S. L. Viehl - that StarDoc series has me hooked but good. And the Darkyn are pretty intriguing, too.

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