If I look at my romance shelves I find there are several books, especially from my early romance reading days (= the time after I’d figured out that the books I were enjoying so much were romances; I had read romances before, I just thought they were historical novels …), which I enjoyed quite a lot. Nevertheless, I’ve often never bought another by that author. Strange, isn’t it? I can’t explain it myself. Perhaps I was afraid to be disappointed after liking that first book so much? Yet I had no problems buying another of, say, Gaelen Foley’s novels after reading Lord of Fire (hmmmm, isn’t Lucien hot? I love that scene when he and Alice meet for the first time and he makes her feel his naked chest. Yum!).
So who are my one-book authors?
- Anita Mills with The Duke’s Double
- Kathleen Harrington with The MacLean Groom (this has just been translated into German! lucky German readers!!!)
- Shannon Drake with Come the Morning
- Dinah McCall with Legend
- Donna Simpson with Lady Delefont’s Dilemma
- Tammy Hilz McCallum with Dared to Dream (the novel won a Golden Heart in 1997)
- Valentina Luellen with The Devil of Talland
Madeline Hunter is an almost one-book author: I read By Arrangement in 2000 and loved it and for the longest time it remained my only book of Hunter’s. Then five years later I stumbled across an ad for Lord of Sin, LOVED the cover, bought the book — and didn’t even finish it. *sob* I still have Lady of Sin in my TBR pile (got it at the 2006 RWA National in Atlanta), but haven’t dared to read it so far. Hmph.
Are there one-book authors on your shelves, too?