Welcome to 30 Days of Must Read Authors! Every day throughout June one of our VIPers (Jenn, Susan Or Melanie) with occasional comments from the others will present one of their favorite authors and the series or series' they recommend! Hopefully you will find some new books and new authors to love!
Day 1 - Kristen Painter - From Melanie
Author name: Kristen Painter
Genre(s) they write: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Women's Fiction (PWF), Cozy Mystery, Sci Fi/ Dystopian (With Bruno Miller)
How I found the author: Gladys Gonzales Atwell sent me the first 3 books in the Urban Fantasy House of Comarré book series thinking it was a complete trilogy (OBVIOULSY she hadn't read it). It was not, and book 3 ended on a massive cliffhanger so I immediately went stalking Kristen's Facebook page. The rest, as they say, is history!
Why people should read: Kristen has so many books out at this point I think it would be hard to NOT find at least one series that would appeal to you. Even with as many books as she has though she STILL keeps getting twists past me and coming up with new and exciting Supernatural characters.
Recommended Series 1. Hmmmm so I WANT to talk about the House of Comarré series - I mean that is literally how I found and fell in love with Kristen's work and it is definitely a lot darker than the worlds she writes now - BUT Orbit still owns the rights to them (annoyingly) and I don't like them OR want to support them - but if you ever see a newsletter saying "rereleasing" - then you should check them out!
Recommend Series 2. It has to be Nocturne Falls. These are paranormal romance books that are really like Hallmark movies in a book. You KNOW there is going to be a happily ever after, there are no cliffhangers, each book CAN be read as a standalone but trust me they are SO much better if you read from the beginning! Plus the first 14 books are available in Kindle Unlimited! (Side note the Jayne Frost cozy mysteries fit in with this series too - or can be read separately!)
Recommend Series 3. The First Fangs Club - or as I call them - The Sucks Series. This was the first in a new genre formed by 13 authors (including Kristen) and introduced a Paranormal element into Women's Fiction (which I will be honest - it took some convincing that this would work for me as I HATE normal women's fiction and avoid it at all costs). I didn't need to worry though because Kristen introduced a new vampire world with some absolutely amazing characters. The side characters almost steal the show at time - when I grow up I want to be Francine - and WHY someone hasn't written a how to be a vampire handbook I DON'T know! The whole series is complete and available through kindle unlimited or you can get book 1 below.
Recommend Series 4. Shadowvale - a cursed town that can only be found by people that need it! These books can be read on their own although the first couple of books definitely set up the series for me. That being said my favorite is probably either Book 4 "Moody and the Beast", I mean THERE IS A GOBLIN KING!, and then when I didn't think she could beat that we got Nasha's story in Her First Taste Of Fire. There is also a book 6 - but that made my freezer list sooooo make of that what you will. This is an ongoing series but although there are some vague unanswered questions there is never a feeling that the story you are reading isn't complete. You can start reading this series for free - just click the book below!
Conclusion: There are no BAD options for which series to start reading. Check out her Amazon page HERE to see ALL the available options. Got a question about any of the books, or series not mentioned (because we were meant to have 2 - but I couldn't pick 2 - and I am gonna throw in a shout out for the Sin City Novellas too) - just let me know. I would be HAPPY to make more suggestions!
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