Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Blogger Hop No. 110: Author Thanksgiving Party

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This Week's Question

If you had an author-only
Thanksgiving party, who
would you invite?

(Submitted  by Kristin @ 

My Answer

This is an interesting twist on the typical "having lunch with favorite authors" type of question!

My own list would include quite a few YA authors, of course, since I post mostly about YA fiction on this blog. However, I do feature adult fiction pretty often, as well, so I am also including adult fiction authors. 

So here's my list, in no particular order, with my reasons for the invites! (Click on each author's name for their Goodreads pages.)


J.K. Rowling: I don't think I need to explain why I would want to invite her. Harry Potter is in my blood! AND DUMBLEDORE LIVES. 'Nuff said! 

Stephenie Meyer: Speaking of She's the creator of the sweetest, sexiest non-threatening vampire in history, as well as the most romantic werewolf with the BEST abs! I will NEVER forget Bella, Edward, and Jacob!!!!

Andrea Cremer: Speaking of werewolves....I LOVE the Nightshade Series!!! Calla and Shay totally ROCK.

Leigh Bardugo: I have read Shadow and Bone, from the Grisha Trilogy, and I need to read the other two! Plus, she wrote a Wonder Woman novel -- Warbringer!!

Lisa T. Bergren: This Christian author wrote the AWESOME River of Time series, featuring the kick-butt She-Wolf sisters!! And their boyfriends totally ROCK. Gabi and Marcello are one GREAT couple!

Richelle Mead: For her FANTABULOUS Vampire Academy series!! Rose and Dimitri are another favorite couple of mine!! And Rose is DEFINITELY a kick-butt heroine!! 


Mary Balogh: My FAVORITE Regency romance author!! I ESPECIALLY LOVE her poignant Christmas stories! I also LOVE how her female protagonists always make it SO easy to be unforgettable to their men.... My favorite novel is A Precious Jewel, which reminds me of a 19th-century "Pretty Woman"!!

Amanda Ashley: Her books were my first introduction to the romantic vampire. Her heroes are SO sweet, and her novels are pretty clean, considering the genre she writes in. My faves are A Darker Dream and Midnight Embrace!

Melody Carlson: For writing the most beautiful, touching Christian fiction Christmas romances I've EVER read. They are collected in a beautiful, touching,  omnibus volume, appropriately titled The Christmas Bus.

Kendra Leigh Castle: For her Dark Dynasties series, featuring some VERY appealing vamp heroes....such as shapeshifting vampire Tynan MacGillivray, who dazzled me (although he didn't sparkle) in Dark Awakening

Elizabeth Davies: Yes, I know, I'm OBSESSED with vampires....but ONLY if they're on the romantic side. Although the hero of her Resurrection series, Roman, is a bit on the rough side, he truly loves Grace, the human woman he falls for. And, of course, he DOES mellow out.

L.G. O'Connor: For her Angelorum Twelve Chronicles! She has created a VERY compelling mythology involving angels and demons! I GREATLY enjoyed the first book in the series -- Trinity Stones!

I think this is a good number to invite to a Thanksgiving party. I'm certainly thankful that I was able to read their books! And I'm sure all of them -- and me -- would have a LOT to talk about while dining on sumptuous Thanksgiving fare! (Catered, of course, as I don't

I realize that these two lists feature mostly romance authors, although their books also include other elements. What can I say? I have been such a fan of romance novels for such a long time, I always gravitate right back to the genre, usually in the sub-genres of historical romance and paranormal romance.

Now I need to start working on a list of favorite fantasy and science fiction authors, as I love those genres, too!

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  1. I love the idea behind this post. It has gotten me thinking of my own lists. I think my lists would include more then a few non - fiction authors.

    Though a lot of the authors on your list write in genres that I do not usually read, you make them sound so interesting!

    One thing that I am thinking about is that I think that I would not like to have all my favorite authors together at one dinner. I think that it would be too much all at one time and the "experience" would get terribly diluted. I would prefer one on one.

    Have great weekend Maria!

    1. Hi, Brian!

      Yes, this is indeed a great question, especially since it focuses on a party, instead of just a dinner with one individual author. Of course, that would be nice, too!

      Since this is a party, the focus is different from that of an individual dinner with one author. I think that having a whole bunch of authors at a festive party would be a LOT of fun! Eating with an individual author would be a more in-depth -- and probably more serious -- experience. This is fine, too!

      Yeah, the authors I picked are more on the "women's fiction" side, lol. I'm glad you found the list interesting, though! :) :)

      If I had answered this question on my other blog, I would have mentioned some nonfiction authors, too. For this blog, though, I would only invite fiction authors. My readers here are not that much into nonfiction.

      Thanks for the nice comment!! Hope you're having a GREAT Sunday, and that all of your Thanksgiving preparations are going along smoothly!! <3 :)

  2. Awesome answer! I would love to meet J.K. Rowling too!

    Here’s my Book Blogger Hop!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

    1. Hi, Ronyell!

      I'm sure J.K. Rowling is on a LOT of people's list, too! She's just ASWESOME!!

      Thanks for commenting!! Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

  3. J. K. Rowling would be interesting.

    I don't know any of the other authors.

    Thanks for sharing and for your always complete, thorough answers, Maria.

    1. Hi, Elizabeth!

      I think a lot of readers would LOVE to have Rowling over for Thanksgiving!! She's just AWESOME!!!

      The other authors I mentioned are great, too, but I know you don't read paranormal romance. However, you should try Mary Balogh. She writes WONDERFUL historical romances!! And Melody Carlson has some lovely books, too!

      Thanks for the compliment on my answers!! You're SO sweet!!

      Thanks for ALWAYS leaving such NICE, LOVELY comments on my BBH posts!! Hope you and your family have a JOYFUL Thanksgiving!! HUGS!!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :)

    2. I will take a look at Mary Balogh.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours too, Maria.

    3. Thank you SO much, Elizabeth!!

      I'm SO glad you will! She's GREAT!!

      Thanks for stopping by again!! <3<3 :) :) L(

  4. Great list! I forgot about Richelle Mead! I absolutely love her :)

    1. Hi, Megan!

      Yes, Richelle Mead is a TERRIFIC writer!! I've read her Vampire Academy series, and LOVED it!!

      Thanks for commenting!! Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!! <3 :)

  5. Great list! I especially love the idea of inviting Mary Balogh. She wouldn't have occurred to me but I think she'd be fantastic. Her books feel so incredibly researched I'd love to talk more with her.

    1. Hi, Katherine!

      SO HAPPY you love my list!! :) :)

      I thought of inviting Mary Balogh right away, as she writes such LOVELY historical romances! She always makes me cry happy tears! I agree that her books are incredibly well researched, too!

      Thanks for the lovely comment! Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!! <3 :)

  6. Definitely JK Rowling (HP FOREVER!!!) and Stephanie Meyer. I don't know the other authors.

    Great list!

    1. Hi, Chrissy!

      Yeah, these two authors are my ALL-TIME FAVORITE YA authors!!!

      If you like The Twilight Saga, then you MUST check out Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series! I KNOW you'll LOVE it!!!

      Glad you love my list!! Thanks for commenting! Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!! <3 :)


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