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Jane’s got a list of authors behaving goodly, so I thought it might be an idea to do the same, because, believe it or not, there are those elite authors in Blogland who don’t make me want to gnaw my own arm off. Not many, admittedly, but some.

Here’s my best of the best, and don’t worry if you’re not on it this time, it might have totally changed by this time next year, you never know who might go off their meds, and make a total twat out of themselves online, after this. *g*

Sarah McCarty – I’ve loved all her books, plus she’s not a fucktard. I love her like a fat kid loves chocolate.

Sharon Cullars – Love her work, and I wish more people would buy her books, because that lady can write!

Shelby Reed – I simply love the way she writes, her books are amazing, and why she hasn’t been picked up by an NY House, I don’t know. Plus she rocks as a person.

Nora Roberts – I hate her Three Sisters Island books like a fat kid hates celery, but anybody who can create a heroine like Eve Dallas, and a hero like Roarke deserves some major props. Plus she has cabana boys in her employ, who do her dishes. You gotta admire that.

HelenKay Dimon – I’ve liked all her stories so far (yes HK, I read you!), plus she doesn’t make me want to beat her over the head with my laptop, when she ‘speaks’. I can’t say that about many authors in Romanceland right now.

Monica Jackson – We argue, she calls me an Uncle Tom (If I was an African American I think I’d be more insulted by that) we disagree, we fall out, but I love that bitch like a fat kid loves cake.

Daisy Dexter Dobbs – I have a love hate thing going on with her books, but that broad can take criticism, and could teach some of the other authors in Romanceland a thing or two about making lemonade out of lemons.

Continued after the cut…

Mary Janice Davidson – We argue, I think she’s nuts, I even hated her for about a week, but at least she’s not afraid to fight her corner, plus she’s given up stalking me now, and for that alone, I have to love her.

Nalini Singh – I just love her books, period. Slave To Sensation made me realise that some authors can actually write paranormal books that don’t suck.

Kate Rothwell – I hated her black heroine in that book she wrote ten million years ago, but I like the online persona, and she makes me laugh out loud, anybody who can do that can’t be all bad. (g)

Jill Shalvis – I like her blog, and I like her books. She also keeps herself to herself, and that’s never a bad thing.

Beverly Havlir – Love her books, like her blog, like her.

Lora Leigh – She writes anal like nobody else, and I still love her books.

Eve Vaughn – I love her books, and I love her as a person. She always has the best celebrity gossip too! I can say that I knew her when… She rocked then, and she rocks now.

Lynn Viehl – I like her online persona, and she amuses me greatly.. Never read any of her books, but I’ve got one of them on my TBR pile despite the fact that it’s a dreaded paranormal.

Shannon Stacey – She likes Formula One racing, so for that alone, I have to love her, and I’ve loved her books so far.

Tod Goldberg – He’s an irreverent son of a bitch, but he has me in stitches, so much so that I decided to buy one of his books. Probably wont ever read, it but fuck it, I still love him.

Sharon Long/Maya Banks – I’ve loved all her books so far, even the one that had a scarily similar plot device to a Shiloh Walker book. (G)

Lacey Alexander – Love her books, even the mega dirty ones, and she’s one of the very few authors I bother voluntarily e-mailing these days. Erm, I say, few, she’s one of only two actually. (g)

Vicki Lewis Thompson – LOVE HER BOOKS. Period. Glad she doesn’t blog because I’d hate to discover that her personality doesn’t live up to her books.

Bonnie Dee – I love her books like a fat kid loves cake. Bone Deep was just the most original book I’ve read in forever.

Dee Tenorio – I love her online persona, and her books are fab. Betting Hearts had me laughing out loud, and that’s not something that happens often in a romance book.

Meljean Brook – Two words. Effing hilarious. She’s also an all round good egg. I have her books on my TBR pile, just because I’m all about supporting authors I actually like, and respect.

Whew, that took some doing, I’m sure I’ve missed out a couple of fantastic authors, but never mind, it’s better than a kick in the teeth right? *g*

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to my American Amigos!

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  • Dionne Galace
    July 4
    6:02 pm

    *clearing throat*

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  • Karen Scott
    July 4
    6:46 pm

    Shit, do you count now? *g*

    You too hunny bunny!!

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  • QB
    July 4
    6:47 pm

    Damn, this must be “Hug an Author” week or something. I posted earlier at Jayne’s about following up my blog post about a certain over-stroked diva with a post about Class Act Authors.

    Oh, and, um… I think Bam’s trying to get your attention, Karen. Or she’s got a frog in her throat. Or she’d just phlegmy.

    *hands Bam some Hot Tea*

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  • Dionne Galace
    July 4
    7:21 pm

    Shit, do you count now? *g*

    Meanie. :)

    *hands Bam some Hot Tea*

    QB’s mean too! Everyone’s mean to the Bamster. *sniff*

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  • Tod Goldberg
    July 4
    11:58 pm

    Now hold on: You title your post using my trademarked word (well, I mean, not really trademarked, but I do have shirts) and you leave me for after the cut? You have the temerity to put HelenKay before me? As the lone man on the list, I am of course pleased as punch to be included at all, but, Karen, c’mon, hook me up above the cut! (Oh, and I hope you got one of the good books…)

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  • HelenKay
    July 5
    12:12 am

    Karen – Thank you for both reading my books and for including me here! I will endeavor to stay off your laptop-smacking list.

    I would add something like, “I’m always above Tod” but it sounds a bit funny and his wife might want an explanation. Needless to say, I find the whole idea of my name coming before his perfect. Well done.

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  • Selah March
    July 5
    2:45 am

    Thanks for the mention, Karen. :)

    Just for the record, I’m also pubbed with Amber Quill Press (my first print release, SIN STREET, came out at the end of May) and I’m about to announce a new contract with a third publisher.

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  • Jane
    July 5
    3:16 am

    That’s a nice list. Daisy Dexter Dobbs should get some kind of an award. Her rebuttal/response was hilarious.

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  • Sharon Cullars
    July 5
    3:16 am

    Karen, thank u so much for the plug! :-)

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  • Dee
    July 5
    3:54 am

    Karen–I love you like I love cake–which is SOOOO much more than fat kids do!

    I told hubby that I made your “Not a Fu*ktard” List and he waited a good five seconds before saying, dryly, “Yay.”

    He SO doesn’t get it.

    Thanks for thinkin’ of me!
    Dee

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  • Nora Roberts
    July 5
    10:15 am

    I’m so pleased not to be a fucktard that a little tear slid down my cheek.

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  • Anonymous
    July 5
    10:32 am

    I’m not an author, but a ravenous reader and apart from Sharon Cullars, Eve Vaughn, Nora Roberts and Monica Jackson (only read her Mr Right Now), I’m not familiar with the rest. Hit me up with a recommendation Karen, just one from your list and I’ll give her/him a try……

    Chandra

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  • Sarah
    July 5
    10:37 am

    Lol! Thank you so much Karen. And I just want you to know, this post is timely. Why, just yesterday my teens and myself were discussing this very subject and we had a difference of opinion on the subject! To the point we came to an impasse! If you can imagine that. *G*

    And the DD Dobbs post was a classic!

    (Hey! Blogger changed things here in the comment area!)

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  • Karen Scott
    July 5
    11:13 am

    Tod, I’ve been using Fucktard ever since I started reading your blog, in return, you can use my ‘Sucks Great Big Hairy Donkey Balls’, if you wish *g* And I’m sorry, but you have to be under HK, just cuz she’s a girl!

    I’m so pleased not to be a fucktard that a little tear slid down my cheek.

    I’m glad I moved you to tears Nora. (g)

    Jane, Sarah, Daisy certainly deserves an award of somekind, she’ll go down nin Romanceland history for the best response to a harsh review evah.

    Chandra, I’d recommend Nalini Singh’s Slave To Sensation, I have a review of it on the sidebar somewhere.

    Dee Tenorio’s Betting Hearts, (review on sidebar)

    and I would also recommend Sarah McCarty’s Promises Linger, and all her other Promises book. I’ve got a review of Promises Prevail on the sidebar.

    By the way, did you ever read Dorothy Koomson’s My Best Friend’s Girl?

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  • Anonymous
    July 5
    12:59 pm

    OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH, I loved that book, My Best Friend’s Girl. Great recommendation. I’m also reading Nora Roberts at the moment. Waiting patiently (NOT!) for Sharon Cullars to grace us with another book, like soon and will peruse amazon now for the other authors you suggested. Thanks a bunch!. It’s raining, since like 2 effing weeks here in Zurich, summer goodbye, so a good book or two would be great for the coming rained out weekend!.

    Chandra
    PS: Have you ever read anything by Karyn Langhorne?. She’s also awesome….

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  • Monica
    July 5
    1:01 pm

    I tear up thinkin’ I can cuss a bitch out and not always be a fucktard [sniff]. Loves you 2.

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  • Mireya
    July 5
    1:27 pm

    I am a lurker, but after seeing your comment on Shelby Reed I just had to jump in. She has one of the most beautiful writing “voices” I’ve ever read. Boggles the mind that she hasn’t been nabbed already by one of the big NY publishers.

    *sneaking back to lurkdom*

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  • shiloh walker
    July 5
    2:00 pm

    Karen, your list is killing me. You make people weep when they make a list for not being a total moron. Gotta love that.

    And I’m going to add my two cents in about Shelby Reed. She is an absolutely amazing writer. Tells some of the most beautiful romances I’ve ever read.

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  • Marissa Scott
    July 5
    4:09 pm

    GREAT list. I’ll have to do my TT on that I think.

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  • Shannon Stacey
    July 5
    4:32 pm

    Now see, I was joking with somebody last week about asking you to trash one of my books so we could have a flame war and increase my sales, but you had to go and tell everybody I’m not a fucktard and you’ve enjoyed my books.

    Dammit.

    Oh, I don’t have a passport, so maybe you could still take a few jabs? (I’ll be getting one soon, though, so we can hit the Canadian GP next year, which is about a day and a half shorter drive for us than the US GP.)

    I’m touched to be on your list, despite it’s blowing my incendiary promotional plan, so I’ll sign off with hugs, kisses and kittens. *g*

    Shan

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  • MERLIN
    July 5
    6:12 pm

    Greetings Karen,

    Back from a nice,long break in France to some interesting Tevez rumours……yes please (he’s off topic already ; nothing much changes).

    Good to see the wonderful Selah March on your list. I’ve actually started reading some of this stuff and I seem to be undergoing some sort of moral and spiritual conversion.

    Whatever next ? (Don’t answer that).

    M.

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  • Barbara B.
    July 5
    6:54 pm

    That’s funny. I’ve been reading Selah March for a while now and so far I’ve noticed no discernible change in MY level of depravity and moral bankruptcy…

    Anywho! Despite her letting me down spiritually I really like Selah’s “voice” and style. It’s different and has a nice edge to it that I love.

    I second the love for Sharon Cullars. If only there were more romance writers like her. If only she had a huge backlist. If only she had a long-term contract with one of the big NY publishers. If only.

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  • Shelly @ Bewitched
    July 5
    8:09 pm

    I must admit I haven’t tried books by a few of these authors. I must get my rear in gear.

    But I stumbled over and re-read that you didn’t like Nora’s Three Sisters Island books? They were fab. But you made up for it with loving Eve and Roarke (and I owe you much since you are the reason I started that series — maybe I should send you the really expensive bill that whole series is costing me on MP3!!!) :o)

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  • Karen Scott
    July 5
    9:29 pm

    Hi Mireya, welcome! You’re totally right, Shelby Reed has the most amazing writing voice, I love her books, and I love that she can write erotic romance and not turn it into one big old pornfest.

    Shannon, sorry hun, I did indeed like your books, so no Carol Lynne Treatment for you! I’m glad to see you’ll be getting apassport soon, everybody should have one, even if they don’t go abroad. *g*

    Hey Merlin, welcome back you reprobate! Hope you had a good time in France.

    Shelly, have you not tried Shelby Reed yet? What are you waiting for? As for the Three Sisters books, I bought them all at once, and couldn’t get into them at all.

    Chandra, Karyn Longhorne? I’ll have to check her out.

    tear up thinkin’ I can cuss a bitch out and not always be a fucktard

    Monica, you’re actually the only author I can fall out with time and time again, who doesn’t get all bitter and twisted about it, that makes you a gem in my book. Must be a black thing *g*

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  • Eve Vaughn
    July 5
    10:13 pm

    Wow, it’s always nice to be acknowledged. I’m getting all weepy now. Guess I have to be on my best behavior now. Darn. I still wubs you K-rock, and you know the next time I’m in the UK we have to spend more time together so you can teach me your ways.

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  • Tawny Taylor
    July 5
    10:37 pm

    *Love* the title of your post, lol. And terrific list!

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  • Shelby
    July 5
    10:37 pm

    I am honored, flattered, blown away, and completely wondering what the hell is wrong with me that I’ve stopped writing, especially when I have readers like you all saying such nice things about my work. I tell ya, Karen, even if I never turn out another story, I will always be so grateful to you for helping me get my stories circulated.

    HOWEVER, it’s not my plan to give up writing. I just haven’t had any new stories in me lately, and I’m praying that changes soon.

    Thanks for the lovely compliments, both book-wise and personal. I really am honored to be included in this list of wonderful authors (and wonderful people. ;-)

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  • Anne
    July 6
    2:22 am

    Your list is awesome Karen. How could you not like NR’s Three Sisters Island trilogy? Sacrilege! Heathen!

    And I’m with Shelly… I’m sending you the darn bill for all those In Death books you recommended and got be hooked on! Two more coming soon.. woot! And lots of Nora books. Woot!

    And Shelby, you know we love you. We’ll be waiting for you, whenever you’re ready. *hugs*

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  • Beverly Havlir
    July 6
    3:59 am

    I’m honored that you don’t think of me as a F*^#tard. Even more honored that you love my books.
    I’m proud to be part of such a distinguished list–and don’t worry Karen, I promise never to go off my meds! LOLOL!

    Luv ya!

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  • Casee
    July 7
    1:22 am

    I know I’m chiming in waaaay late, but I have to throw my own non-fucktard author into the pile. Adra Steia. I wrote a pretty bad review on her book, Muse, and she was very gracious about it.

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  • Daniel
    July 7
    6:33 pm

    Hi,
    I was just reading your blog and thought you may be interested in a new site we’ve just started for people involved in writing, editing and publishing. If you have the time, the address is http://www.feelswrite.com
    Thank you.

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  • Kate R
    July 7
    6:45 pm

    put me on your stupid list or I’ll rant and rave over at my blog about how selfish you are.

    well?

    xxoo

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  • Kate R
    July 7
    6:46 pm

    Also Carol Lynne…didn’t she stay very, very quiet during the whole blow out?

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  • Kate R
    July 7
    6:47 pm

    oh shit. I’m already there.

    Never mind.

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  • Karen Scott
    July 7
    7:11 pm

    Also Carol Lynne…didn’t she stay very, very quiet during the whole blow out?

    Yes, Kate she did, and I was very impressed by her grace and dignity… well at least until I read what she’d written in that Yahoo group that she hadn’t bothered locking up to outsiders. Now she’s forever a fucktard, and not just because she called me a bitch either. *g*

    And honey, you’re already on the list.

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  • Kate R
    July 7
    11:45 pm

    Wiley Kinson is cool, too.

    I made an “Authors not behaving like fucktards” award for myself. Authors can come steal it.

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  • avidbookreader
    July 8
    1:12 am

    Great list and funny comments and usual, I’m the last to comment. Sigh. —K. (back to my book)

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  • Anonymous
    July 9
    12:43 am

    What would it take for Phaze to win you over?

    Kat Lively
    Phaze Publisher

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  • Karen Scott
    July 9
    5:37 am

    What would it take for Phaze to win you over?

    Well, isn’t that refreshing, a publisher who asks questions rather than acting all offended.

    I’ll tell you what, I looked at some of the stories, and the two that caught my eye on the fron page are The Arrangement by Emma Wildes, and Smolder by Sammie Jo Moresca. You can e-mail them in Lit format to me at hairylemony @ gmail. com. If you have one of Selah March’s books, you can e-mail that too if you want.

    I’m happy to read these books, to see if I like them.

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  • Jaye
    July 9
    11:03 am

    What would it take for Phaze to win you over?

    I know this question was for Karen, but I hopped over to the PHAZE site for *the first time ever* due to idle curiosity and noticed that there are no excerpts!??! I can actually disregard e-book cover art if the title/blurb sounds interesting enough. But I’ll never buy an e-book without reading an excerpt first. Never. Not even the most glowing review will sway me. And I don’t think I’m the only one. Even a link back to the author’s site *which should have an excerpt* would be better than nothing.

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  • Anonymous
    July 9
    12:18 pm

    Thank you. I’ll see what I can do.

    The Phaze is in a current state of renovation, and has been since I took over publishing responsibility. Of course, the priority for me is getting the works released, and given the short days I have only so much time to do everything. Adding excerpts are next on the list, and if you visit an author’s page you should find a link to their site.

    For now, our Fictionwise listings have excerpts of all the available works. Thank you.

    Kat Lively
    Phaze Publisher

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  • Jaye
    July 9
    3:39 pm

    Kat, I didn’t realize that the site was undergoing renovation; still–since you mentioned it–you might consider having the author’s name on the blurb page for the book link back to their site, if that’s where the excerpt is. Otherwise you’re asking the reader to google the author, etc. Just too much work.

    Once you click onto a book(cover) your taken to a page that gives a short blurb and the option to buy (along with format & payment choices). There’s no link from that page to the author site or the author’s Phaze backlist on your site, nevermind a direct excerpt for that specific book.

    I can just imagine the head ache it is to fine tune your site, but as a prospective buyer this is the stuff I’d be looking for to close a purchase and to keep me looking around and coming back.

    Having said that, Karen, I’ll be interested in your reveiw of those books–they do sound good.

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  • Anonymous
    July 9
    6:42 pm

    Thanks for the feed back, Jaye. That is actually something that can be remedied in a reasonable amount of time. :-)

    Kat Lively
    Phaze Publisher

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  • Barbara B.
    July 10
    4:29 pm

    I agree with everything Jaye said. In addition I’d like to be able to click on a book on the Coming Soon page and read a blurb and excerpt. A Coming Soon page without those features is fairly useless. Thanks for responding so cordially. It’s very unusual for an epublisher to respond like you have, Kat. It’s also great to see a publisher who’s interested in reader opinion. It’s good news to hear that you’re renovating your website. A professional looking web design that makes sense can really make a difference. I’ve noticed that I buy a lot more from those epubs that make it easy for me to buy their books. I’ve been reading Phaze books for a while now but it’s never been user friendly for me. I buy Phaze books from Fictionwise but it would be great to buy direct sometimes as well.

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  • Jenna Leigh
    September 11
    9:05 pm

    I’m at home sick and bored as crap, so I read all your blog. I think I coughed up a lung at one point. I agree with most of the authors on your list, but I include Bam on mine.

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