Today's Armchair BEA topics are blogger development and genre fiction. Despite the fact I've been blogging for five years, I don't think I have much to say about blogger development that hasn't already been said. I gave a little advice last year, as well as some thoughts on monetization.
But I can say a few things about genre fiction! I've you can't tell by the fact I'm featuring a science fiction writer (interview with Dan Krokos) today, I enjoy a good genre story. I love vampires and time travel and mad scientists and girls with mysterious abilities. Bring it on. Here are a few of my favorites in various (general) genres:
I am really loving several urban fantasy series now. Karen Chance's stuff, Cassie Alexander's, Stacia Kane's, Diana Rowland's . . . urban fantasy is a great genre for anyone looking for fantasy catering to women. (Not that guy-centric stuff like Jim Butcher's novels aren't great fun.) If I'm in a more epic mood, I like INDA by Sherwood Smith. Or perhaps ASSASSIN'S APPRENTICE by Robin Hobb. I could go on.
I think TUNNEL IN THE SKY by Robert Heinlein started my YA obsession. I adore FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund - also known as Persuasion in space! And talking about "in space," I love John Barnes's LOSERS IN SPACE.
Don't force me to choose! Let's spread it out a bit with a historical, a contemporary, and a paranormal. THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME by Julia Quinn was my first romance and still a highlight. I love her light, humorous romances. BLUE-EYED DEVIL by Lisa Kleypas is set in Houston, where I live now, and just as hot as the summer temperatures. Kleypas's historicals aren't to be missed either. DARK NEEDS BY NIGHT'S EDGE by Kresley Cole is the best in a terrific series, full of heroines who are all fierce in their own right. Who can resist a ghost ballerina in love with a crazy vampire?
'SALEM'S LOT by Stephen King
You never forget your first book by the King. He has, of course, written a ton I could list here, but I'll stick to this one.
After all, vampires.