If you don’t have an e-reader you may not have heard of these US authors I’ve discovered on Kindle. It’s not to say that they don’t have print books but they are easier to find, and generally cheaper to buy, as a Kindle download, given import charges. The paperback editions of their books can cost £3-5 more than the e-books. With some of their books being offered at 99p or for free as an incentive to read more, it makes financial sense to download at least one of the deals when they’re available.
If you want to switch things up a little, why don’t you give these authors a try.
I first came across her through Bookbub. More on that later.
Anyway the first book of hers I found was called “Trouble in Mudbug”.I had downloaded it before going on holiday. It was a very dull flight (thankfully!) so having nothing else to do, I checked my Kindle library for something relaxing and decided on this one.
I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first as it’s quite a specific genre – a comedy, ghost, crime romance. I really, really wasn’t sure. But it was free. So I gave it a go.
(By the way, the correct name for the genre is “Cozy paranormal mystery/romance”. Much clearer, yes?) it seems that there are a great many such ultra specific genres on Kindle so you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll enjoy. But as I was saying ..
The heroine starts off at her mother-in-laws funeral and quickly discovers that not only is the thoroughly unpleasant old woman a ghost but that she was murdered. Through various challenges, including a budding romance with a local man, she discovers whodunnit. But the story doesn’t end there as book two in the series also features murder and mayhem, although seen from a different characters point of view.
i should point out that the “cozy” or even cosy in this instance does not equate to entirely innocent. Her books all have sex scenes which, although hardly XXX rated, would not make them suitable reading for children. I grew up on mystery novels but mother wouldn’t have let me near any of these!
It’s nicely written and, once you’ve tuned in to the style, actually quite funny. The next books in the series are just as funny and rattle along nicely, making ideal holiday reading.
Jana has other series which I’ve not yet read but which look interesting. She tends to fix the pric of the first book in each series as free so there’s no cost to finding out if they’re right for you.
Denise Grover Swank
Denise writes along similar lines in her Rose Gardner series. There is a paranormal aspect to it, although no ghosts involved. The series starts with “Twenty eight and a half wishes” and runs to around ten novellas, some written from Rose’s viewpoint, some from her other characters.
It’s a story of a young, naïve woman who starts outs having a bad day at work, which gets much worse when she discovers that her mother has been murdered. The heroine, Rose, has “visions” that usually come true but seldom in the way she expects.
The books are pacy, easy reads and, like Jana’s full of “romance”.
Also like Jana, Denise has more than one series of books to get through.
is an author I’ve only recently discovered. She writes in the same genre, although the supernatural aspect is played down more. She also writes various series, giving the first book in each away free.
Her heroine is a decidedly flaky young woman who comes to live, and train with, her grandmother who is the local matchmaker. And who has the gift of second Sight. Once again there’s murder, confusion and romance.
So far I’ve read the first two books – “An affair to dismember” and “Citizen Pain” and am contemplating forking out the £3+ for number three.
Like Jana and Denise, Elise is also a prolific writer with several different series to choose from.
Why is it worth checking out these authors?
None of the books I’ve read so far are overly intellectual but that are all well written, light reads, perfect for a long flight or a cosy afternoon in front of the fire, cups in hand.
While the authors’ books are cheaper on Kindle, the difference here is much greater. I’m assuming that’s because of international shipping costs.
What is Bookbub?
I came across Bookbub a couple of years ago. It’s a simple idea and a great service.
You register with them and they send you a daily email with Kindle deals – mostly around 99p to £1.99 but often completely free. I’ve found a fair few good reads through Bookbub (and a bit of dross, but that’s the way things go!)
You click on the link for the book you’re interested in and it takes you straight there.
OHFB (One hundred Free books) is a similar. US based, website. I prefer Bookbub as it’s a UK link so you won’t then have to open up a local Amazon page to find what you’re looking for. All the same it’s a good option for finding new authors.
i hope you try some of my suggestions and I’d love to hear your opinions ..