Random Thoughts of a Romance Blogger: Autobuy Authors


If you’re an avid reader like me, you’re bound to have a lot of favorite authors. There are some authors whose work that I love so much that I don’t even need to read the blurb of the next book to know that I will be purchasing it. This is what we call “autobuy authors”. They are the authors who you love above all others and are willing to spend the money to get their books at all cost. Today I will be sharing my small autobuy author list and what it takes for an author to make it on this coveted list.

It takes a lot for me to put an author on my autobuy list. A few years back, I used to have a lot more authors on my autobuy list. But as time went on and I continued to read more books, a lot of them have been kicked off over the years because they just don’t do it for me anymore. If I haven’t enjoyed their last three or four books, then sadly, they get cut from the list. I don’t want to be wasting my time and money on a book I’m no longer sure I’m going to enjoy.

As of this moment, I only have four authors have stayed on my autobuy list in the last few years and those authors include Karen Marie Moning, J.R. Ward, J.D. Robb, and Sue Grafton. As you can see, they vary in genres and writing styles, which is what I enjoy about them the most. These for me are the authors that I don’t really need to think about. I just know that I will be enjoying their books no matter what. Their writing and worldbuilding just mesh well with my style of reading and I can always count on them to deliver a thrilling read.

So what have these authors done to make it to my autobuy list? Well, I’ll tell you…

Not everyone makes it because then I would be spending a lot of money every month. So for an author to make it on my autobuy list, they have to have impressed me enough times that I feel confident that their next book will be a guaranteed good read. This means that if I were to rate their previous books, it should be at least a high four or five star read. It’s this consistency that is important for me because if I’m going to purchase a book blindly, I want to at least make sure that I’m on the same page as the author. With a consistent high rating from me, I at least know that I mesh well with their writing style and world.

Similarly, these are the authors that I can read in print or ebook form and audiobook. The fact that they have multiple formats to enjoy their books makes it easier for me to keep up with. As my life changes, so does my schedule. This means that maybe for one release, I can read the print book. But perhaps with the next one, I will listen to the audio. I know not every author has control over audiobooks, but it’s nice to have that option available if possible. I’m more likely to keep up with a series if it’s available in various formats for me to enjoy.

And lastly, characterization is important for me. While I love a good book with amazing worldbuilding, if I don’t connect with the main characters, I won’t keep coming back for me. With the authors I’ve listed above, you’ll see that some follow the same characters over the course of the series whereas others feature a new couple with every book. Regardless of that, a deep connection with the character is something that is important for me because if done well, I’ll be intrigued enough to want to know what happens in the next book. So for me, it’s integral for me to have some sort of connection with the characters to want to care about what happens next. No connection = no pre-order. That’s really what it comes down to.

I’m curious to know what criteria you have for your autobuy authors. Who are the special authors who have made your autobuy list? And what does it take for you to give up on an author and take them off the list? Leave your answers below!


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I think you have to give yourself permission to move authors off the autobuy list occasionally. What worked for you about an author’s books might stop working after a while, or they feel formulaic. I’ve dropped a few authors over the past year and moved them to the “if it goes on sale” list, mostly due to a feeling they’re recycling characters. I feel like most of my autobuy authors are mixing it up, whether it’s trope, characters or even genre. It’s literally a feeling of “I don’t know what it’s gonna be about, but I’m 100% certain it’ll be… Read more »

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Nice list! I’ve read a few of them and enjoyed them too.

Kathy Valentine

I agree Annie,I’ve added and unadded many writers in the last 5years to my auto list I only really have a few JR WARD!

Under the Covers Book Blog

That’s an awesome list! Lisa Kleypas is definitely on mine as well!

Amy R

Current Kristen Ashley and Penny Reid are my only autobuy authors. I love their writing; the story and characters they create always entertain me. What I’m in the mood fluctuates so I usually buy what I’m in the mood to read or books that are on sale and add them to my TBR pile.

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I’ve enjoyed those authors as well. They are really good go-tos because I feel like you know what to expect from them..

Kathleen Bylsma

I, too, have to connect with the characters. If no connection, not for me.
Kristin Ashley, Susan Mallory, Faith Hunter, Susan Wittig Albert and so many more. Dianne Kelly-both series.

Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

My autobuy authors are those who consistently write stories that captivate me in one or more ways. They can be relied upon to always, always create interesting or provocative stories, even when they fall short. My list, obviously, is short because it’s hard to unfailingly live up to that criteria.

1. Suzanne Brockmann
2. J. D. Robb
3. Toni Anderson
4. Nora Roberts
5. Lisa Clark O’Neil
6. Harlan Coben
7. Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowland pseudonym)
8. Michael Connelly
9. Brenda Novak
10. Robyn Carr
11. Kristan Higgins

I’ve been meaning to try Brockmann. I think I read one. Which one should I start with?

I currently have only three authors on my auto-buy and one was just added recently to the list. I agree with you that connecting to the characters is important, also different writing styles, and outstanding world building are all a must for me. From the three I have listed for my auto-buys. The resent one added is Rhenna. Her new contemporary series Men of Honor blew me away. For those that know me PNR/UF is my main genre. I have trouble with CR and am choose on which ones I pick up, so to become the first CR to hop… Read more »

Those are good ones too although I haven’t tried Rhenna yet. I’ll have to look her up!


Ilona Andrews
Mariana Zapata
Karen Marie Moning
Florencia Bonelli
Janet Evanovich
Eloisa James
Rebekah Crane
Rainbow Rowell
Deborah Harkness


I find that my list has change some over the years as I read change genres and after finding a love for audiobooks my auto buy for narrators is now longer than my auto buy authors. But you’re asking about authors in the post (lol).

CD Reiss
Lauren Blakely
Christian Lauren
Jeff Zentner
Jennifer Estep
Ilona Andrews
Patricia Briggs
Kresley Cole

Lover Of Romance

Great discussion you have here going. I do love those auto buy authors. Karen Moning used to be on my auto buy list but her writing doesn’t work for me anymore. Which can happen from time to time right? Here is my short list of auto buy authors (and I like a variety too)
Lisa Kleypas
Kerrelyn Sparks
C.L. Wilson
Kristen Ashley
Jeaniene Frost
Johanna Lindsey
Rosanne Bittner
Christine Feehan


Several fav’s but only one automatic: SAMANTHA CHRISTY. I don’t even have to read the blurb. She writes, I buy.

I’ve got the books but are behind on reading them which is driving me nuts. I have J.R. Ward, Ilona Andrews, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Chloe Neill, Darynda Jones, Nalini Singh. I have a hard time cutting from the list, so I know there are more. Even when the books have stopped being 4 stars for me, I feel like I’m betraying the author if I don’t buy the next one. Also, I don’t buy all their series. If they come out with a series or book in a different genre, it normally takes me awhile to make that leap and try… Read more »