In light of the recent news that Samhain Publishing is in the process of closing its doors we would like to take a moment to look back on the many years of great books this publisher has brought to us. And as their business winds down and you want to support them and their authors, we know you are looking for books to read that you haven’t before. We love and support many of their authors and wish them the best in their new future and here’s our recommendations that stand out throughout the years.
Thanks to Lorelei James’ Rough Riders series, I discovered Samhain Publishing. I loved Samhain Publishing because of its diversity. They published every from sweet to sexy Romances, to Horrors and Thrillers and some amazing LGBT titles as well. Next to Rough Riders, my other favorite Erotic Romance series is Elle Kennedy’s Out of Uniform series. This series was my introduction into the author and I really loved how well she was able to amp up the sexiness while still making everything believable.
As I mentioned earlier, Samhain has also published LGBT titles and this is where I start to get excited. They have published titles from some of my favorite M/M authors such as Heidi Cullinan, Marie Sexton and more. But the series I wanted to mention are K.A. Mitchell’s Florida series and her Bad in Baltimore series. Mitchell has several other series too but those are the ones I wanted to recommend. Again, COLLISION COURSE was the first book I read by Mitchell and since then, she has been an auto buy author for me.
A little more recently I discovered Josephine Myles. Her writing is a little more quirky, heavy on the charm. Her Bristol Collection is a wonderful series that I am happy to have discovered.
It was an unexpected blow to hear about Samhain’s troubles. Throughout the years they’ve consistently helped good authors put out good books that I’ve enjoyed and have been in my opinion one of the leading small publishers. Covers are great, editing is great, the quality they stand behind has always shown through in the end product we readers get to see. And frankly, a lot of authors I like have come from this publishing house! So here’s some of the ones that stand out to me.
The Rough Riders series by Lorelei James is probably my favorite Samhain Publishing series and author. And how about my maybe second favorite western romance series, Six Pack Ranch by Vivian Arend. Or possibly my second favorite erotic romance series from this publisher, the Vegas Top Guns by Katie Porter! As well as plenty of hot books by authors such as Lexxie Couper, Eden Bradley, Mackenzie McKade and Cathryn Fox.
There’s plenty of paranormal goodness here too, like all the shifter books by Vivian Arend and the Serengeti Shifters by Vivi Andrews. I’ve enjoyed the FBI Psychics novellas by Shiloh Walker. And the shifter books set in the Cascadia Wolves world by Lauren Dane such as UNCONDITIONAL and the National Pack series.
And then there’s some sweeter ones like the Chase Brothers by Lauren Dane. And historicals like WAYWARD ONE by Lorelie Brown and ONCE UPON A WINTER’S EVE by Tessa Dare. And even one of my first favorite new adult m/m romance STR8TE BOYS by Evangeline Anderson.
There were many hours of great reading that I’ll hold dear and I thank everyone at Samhain Publishing that made it all possible.
As Annie mentioned, Samhain has been known for its diversity. In that, I concur as Samhain had introduced me to Contemporary and PNR books such as Sierra Dean’s Pitch Perfect, Liliana Hart’s Breath of Fire and my favorites, Marie Harte’s Best Revenge Series, and Thea Harrison’s Elder Races novellas. It’s sad to hear that Samhain will be closing. I think I can speak for everyone at UTC when I say, that not only they have provided good books, they have given us a bridge to friendships with many authors. And for that, I thank them.
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