DeaReader
I love discovering new-to-me authors and this past week I discovered a plethora of authors I hadn’t yet read. 
If you’re looking for a new author, one of the best ways to find one is by reading an anthology - a book of novellas written by several different authors.  It’s like being at an all you can eat buffet with the ability to sample a bit of all the choice morsels.  Last week I was able to sample twenty-seven different authors. Some authors like Lori Foster and Allyson James I was already quite familiar with, and in fact are two authors that are auto-buys for me. It was great to read their novellas while I wait for their next full length novels to hit the bookstores. Other authors were completely new to me and gave me a look into their writing styles, and I’ll tell you, I’ll definitely be reading some of their books in the future. 
This spring is the perfect time to pick up these three new contemporary anthologies and discover some new-to-you authors. With a combination of 27 different authors and novellas you’re bound to find a new to you author as well as hours of reading pleasure. There’s a bit of something for everyone – like an assorted box of chocolates there will be lots of varied choices form the sweet to the erotic – oops I mean exotic. 
In The Gift of Love you’ll discover a series of heartwarming stories about love and family. These stories demonstrate how families come in all shapes and sizes and that a family is not always the one you’re born into but can also be one you choose. But no matter who is in your family it’s the love you have for one another that holds it together. With authors like Lori Foster, Jules Bennett and Heidi Betts, to name a few, you’re sure to find a novella that will touch your heart.  And in the spirit of love, all the authors are donating their proceeds form this book to the charitable organization, The Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati.
If you want a bit of heat with your romance, try the anthology Wedding Favors, authored by Nikita Black, Allyson James and Sheri Whitefeather.  Are you familiar with the saying, ‘always a bridesmaid, never a bride’? Well Wedding Favors offers three erotic novellas where the bride and groom take a back seat while the bridesmaids are front and center. In a hot and sultry New Orleans with a fountain that grants your wishes, it’s the bridesmaids that have a chance at romance and while the bride and groom say their I do’s.
The In Bed With anthology is written by 16 different authors who reside on the other side of the pond. This is a collection of short stories written by English authors using pseudonyms because frankly these stories are for adults only. They are all unique, some are clever, and a few are funny – but they are all sizzling with a high heat factor. I’m not sure who the authors really are but according to the back cover copy these authors are some of our favorites as we’ve never read them before.
So dear reader if you’re looking for a new to you author, or you need a quick fix from one of your favorite authors, try one of these three anthologies for a taste that will satisfy.
 Until next Monday, remember, there’s a book waiting to be read.
Marisa O’Neill is an avid reader and a television producer.
I’m curious, do you read anthologies? Or do you prefer single titles

Dear Reader: 


I love discovering new-to-me authors and this past week I discovered a plethora of authors I hadn’t yet read. 

 

 

In The Gift of Love you’ll discover a series of heartwarming stories about love and family. These stories demonstrate how families come in all shapes and sizes and that a family is not always the one you’re born into but can also be one you choose. But no matter who is in your family it’s the love you have for one another that holds it together. With authors like Lori Foster, Jules Bennett, and Heidi Betts, to name a few, you’re sure to find a novella that will touch your heart. And in the spirit of love, all the authors are donating their proceeds form this book to the charitable organization, The Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati.

 

If you want a bit of heat with your romance, try the anthology Wedding Favors, authored by Nikita Black, Allyson James, and Sheri Whitefeather. Are you familiar with the saying, ‘always a bridesmaid, never a bride’? Well Wedding Favors offers three erotic novellas where the bride and groom take a back seat while the bridesmaids are front and center. In a hot and sultry New Orleans with a fountain that grants your wishes, it’s the bridesmaids that have a chance at romance while the bride and groom say their I dos.

 

The In Bed With Anthology is written by 16 different authors who reside on the other side of the pond. This is a collection of short stories written by English authors using pseudonyms because frankly these stories are for adults only. They are all unique, some are clever, and a few are funny—but they are all sizzling with a high heat factor. I’m not sure who the authors really are but according to the back cover copy, these authors are some of our favorites as we’ve never read them before.

 

So, dear reader, if you’re looking for a new-to-you author, or you need a quick fix from one of your favorite authors, try one of these three anthologies for a taste that will satisfy.

 

Until next Monday, remember, there’s a book waiting to be read.

 

-- Marisa

 

I’m curious, do you read anthologies? Or do you prefer single titles?

 

 

 

Marisa O’Neill is an avid reader and a television producer.



Comments
by Moderator dhaupt on ‎05-24-2010 11:32 AM

Thanks Marisa for the great article, as always. I prefer single titles over anthologies, not because they aren't good but because I like to know my characters more indepthly than the short story can allow.

Deb

by KatiD317 on ‎05-24-2010 11:43 AM

Hey Marisa! Nope, not a fan of anthologies. Not even a little bit. I read them only when an author writes one that correlates to one of the many series I read. And I tend to only read the story that pertains to the series. The only exceptions are one author anthologies, like the ones Jaci Burton writes (Wild, Wicked, Wanton). Overall though, I'm not a fan of anthologies.

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎05-24-2010 05:53 PM

Hi Deb - I know what you mean by wanting to pursue character development over a longer period of time and single titles definitely afford us that.  I think one of the reasons I like anthologies is because they give me a quick fix when I'm in the middle of two thousand things and don't have time to sit down and get engrossed in a book.  They are great for those 'in between times'. 

 

Hey Kati -- I've picked up many an anthology because an author has a novella that is part of a series - Christine Feehan, J.D. Robb, J.R. Ward - absolutely. You know, those go to authors that no matter what venue their work shows up in I'm going to be buying it.  And I couldn't agree with you more, when Jaci Burton writes a book with connected novellas I'm hitting 'purchase' every time. 

 

by AmberP384 on ‎05-24-2010 11:08 PM

I agree with you Marisa. That's how I discover new-to-me authors. That's how I found Lori Foster, Erin Mccarthy, Donna Kauffman, etc. Once I find an author I like I will read their single titles. Actually right now I was looking for some new authors to try so this was good timing for me. I just ordered 2 of the ones you suggested. Thanks for the tip!  

 

P.S. Deb has a point though! Sometimes I get invested in a short story then a little disappointed when it just ends. 

by 1lovealways on ‎05-25-2010 08:13 PM

Hi Marisa!

 

I prefer single titles to anthologies.  Not because I don't like them, but because more often than not, there's always only 1 or 2 stories that I find are good.  Also, sometimes when you get a really good story before you know it, you're at the end of it.  The format is just too short for a story that might need more depth to say what it needs to.  I have read some and loved them.  I would not discourage anyone from buying them, because I too still buy them, especially if a favorite author happens to be in the mix. 

 

In a way I'm addicted to them.  I'm always hoping to find a new author, so that keeps me there too.  One thing I always dislike, is that you'll only get a review of 1 or 2 of the stories.  That's not enough to make up my mind.  I have no idea what others look for, but that is a pet peeve of mine.  You'll get a good review and an opposing one.  I do pay attention to these reviews, but they hardly ever play a part in me buying the book.  The storyline and authors are what do it for me, always.

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎05-27-2010 07:07 AM

Amber - I hope you enjoy the books you ordered; and I too discovered Erin McCarthy in a an anthology.

 

Hey 1lovealways, I've found some great books through reviews; however, I agree it's often hard to pick up an anthology when you read a 'mixed' review of one. But that's the whole thing about an anthology - it's a mixed bag. Sometimes you get several novellas that you fall in love with, other times there are one or two novellas that just aren't your cup of tea. It's like getting an assorted bag of jolly ranchers where everyone loves the cherry but it takes a discriminating palette to really enjoy the blue ones. 

by Cheyenne_Catina on ‎06-01-2010 06:41 AM

i like anthologies if i want a quick book to read, but i like single titles more because that gives the author more time to develop the character and plot

but anthologies are great

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