Sometimes readers are not happy when a favorite author tries something different, either with their usual name, or a pen name, but these authors are definitely multi-talented. This list includes some of my favorites, and I tend to like most titles from these folks in any sub-genre. Do you have another favorite I didn’t list?
Also, check out this list  to see old pen names some of these big time authors used when starting out! I’m listing the latest book under each author featured, regardless of pen name or sub-genre:
|Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb are the names of one of the biggest authors to pursue two successful types of writing. Under the Nora name, readers can find mostly contemporary romances or romantic suspense, though she has penned several with historical or paranormal elements. Her latest title, The Collector, follows the witness of a murder/suicide, an artist and the fascinating world of priceless antiques. J.D. Robb brings readers the series featuring savvy Lt. Eve Dallas and her amazing Irish husband Roarke.|
|Jayne Ann Krentz writes contemporary romantic suspense as Krentz, historicals as Amanda Quick and futuristic as Jayne Castle. Some elements of paranormal feature in all the names depending on the title, but this former librarian keeps all names going strong. All names have feisty, smart heroines. Her latest as Quick, Otherwise Engaged, puts together Amity, world traveler, and Benedict, scientist and spy to solve a threat affecting both of them.|
|Though Sandra Brown still writes the occasional historical and classic romance which first drew her to the bestselling lists, she has found great success lately with taut thrillers. Her latest, Deadline, involves a journalist returned from a grueling run in Afghanistan, who is contacted by the FBI to look into the disappearance of a man who is the biological son of terrorists.|
|Catherine Coulter attracted readers with historicals such as the Sherbrooke Bride stories before finding even more with her FBI married agents Sherlock and Savich series. She started a new series “A Brit in the FBI” with J.T. Ellison, beginning with A Final Cut. Sherlock and Savich get to help a colleague in Scotland Yard solve an international case. Action, humor and romance are her trademarks.|
|Julie Garwood mostly writes suspense now but she also first drew attention with historicals such as her Roses westerns. She also now features FBI agents, following the Buchanan family of agent and law enforcement siblings, or connections of that family. In her latest, Hotshot, takes readers to Bishop’s Cove, where Peyton and her sisters have a year to show they can run a resort before they can inherit it. When they are threatened, she calls in longtime friend Agent Finn McBain.|
|Brenda Novak, who is running her famous online auction for Diabetes Research  this month, wrote historicals and suspense before writing her popular small town contemporary romances set in the small town of Whiskey Creek. Her latest, Come Home to Me, shows what happens with single mom Presley Christensen, returns to the town with her son to start over, and encounters the boy she never forgot.|
|Linda Howard wrote about Western ladies and followed the Mackenzie family through generations and several SEALs members before finding her current style of writing edgy thrillers. Shadow Woman, her most recent suspense, takes readers to a time four years after the First Lady shot the President and then herself. A woman wakes up and sees a reflection in a mirror that isn’t hers, with no memory of the last two years.|
There are so many more! I could likely do another list on this, which would include Suzanne Enoch, Kasey Michaels, Christina Dodd, and so many more! Where to start…
Reading Challenge Revisit: Where are you with your reading goals as we approach the halfway mark for 2014? I’ve read 33 new romances, with several by authors new to me. Several have made their way to these lists.
Bio:Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens for over seventeen years in her work as a librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. Her first young adult mystery, Taking the High Ground , was published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at http://www.amyalessio.com/ .
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