I hate when people ask me that, but I think it’s a pretty reasonable question.
The thing is…I don’t have a representative book. If you read my books in the order they were written in, you can chart my mood cycles, my tastes…my frustrations with this writing gig. So, I’ll write a string of books that are funnier, some that are more staid, and then a few that sort of straddle the line. Ask me which of my favorite book of mine is, and the answer may change from one day to the next. Just depends on where my head is.
But, still–you need someplace to start, so I’m going to run down a hit list that should nod to most styles I dwell in. Get your e-reader ready!
Rom-com-leaning Contemporary Romance
Read my 2013 novel Sold as Is.
If left up to my own devices without any editorial oversight, I’d throw so many puns and juvenile jokes at you that you’d need to set aside your Kindle and lie down for a while. Sold as Is could have been worse. I behaved a lot.
It’s got a broke Millennial heroine and the hero is the governor of North Carolina’s son. Not political, though, because who needs that in a floofy book?
Moodier Contemporary Romance
Read One the Ropes (2015) (put a price-watch on that because it’s going down to 99¢ at some point in the next couple of days).
Sometimes my muse doesn’t feel very funny. Sometimes she gives me a heroine [or hero] who doesn’t want to tell all her secrets up front and who would rather put up walls than risk being hurt again.
It’s fourth in the Hearts and Minds series, but all those stories stand alone.
Super Dramaful Contemporary Romance
Read Teaching the Cowboy (2014, revised 2015). Western-set IR with a single dad rancher, an ex-beauty queen tutor, ridiculous neighbors, a coming out, ADHDisms, and assorted small-town shenanigans.
It’s like a soap opera, but with more cow shit.
This one will take you a day to read. I suggest you enjoy it with the jar of moonshine you’ve been saving and a barbecue sandwich.
Snarky Paranormal Romance
I always send folks to Shrew & Company. The series gets a little darker as it goes on, but it’s full of snark, has diverse, kick-ass heroines, and heroes who don’t get offended by attitude.
The series starter novella, Pursuing Patrick (2013) is free right now. It features a pub-owning catamount shifter and an ex-Durham PD cop who got fired ’cause she’s a mutant and who now runs an investigation agency staffed with ladies like her.
Big World PNR
The Afótama Legacy and Hearth Motel are set in the same world. The storylines overlap and the series share characters. Hearth leans a little more toward mainstream with heat level, so if you like big worldbuilding and slow-burning background plots, start with Prince in Leather (2015) (you needed an Irish-Persian fairy in your life, anyway).
The Hearth Motel books are set in part at an Outer Banks beach motel a band of fairy thugs has made their new home. (If I’m going to do ridiculous, I’m going to go all out with it.)
Broken Heroes PNR
Had to have a few, right? If you like heroes who are broody and of the “Leave me alone, I’m not worth loving” ilk, start with the Norseton Wolves novella Beast (2015). The first five Norseton Wolves novellas can each be read in a couple of hours, and they’re all a buck.
Beast features a werewolf with an eye patch and a heroine who’s straight out of Appalachia. There’s no big background plot in Norseton Wolves as it was meant to be a miniature series within a series, so you can read the first four in any order. They’re set at the exact same time.
I think that’ll do it. I’m sure some of my longtime readers will disagree that these are representative, but hey–I’m probably too close to my work. If you think there’s something blatantly missing from this list, feel free to tell me!