Time for Good Shit vs Shit To Avoid, where we build a recommendation list based on reader inquiry. This email comes from Jill:
As Autumn weather and Halloween approach, I find myself craving romantic reading with similar setting. Does the all-powerful Bitchery have any suggestions? Books featuring magic and AutumnHalloween would be greatly appreciated. Paranormal stories featuring ghosts are welcome as welll…. If there's anyone I can turn to to find good romantic reading of any sort, it's you intrepid ladies.
Ghost stories would be great, as well as stories involving Witches and Magic in general. Every October I work my way through the works of Sarah Addison Allen and while it's not 'bibbidi bobbidi boo!' style magic, it has an inherent magical quality to the daily lives of the characters. Along similar lines (more traditional magic) is Annette Blair's The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Patricia Coughlin's Wedding Magic (haunted house). I'd love input from the Bitchery on all of these genres to sustain me through autumn and Halloween.
There are a TON of books featuring magic, autumn, Halloween, and while they're paranormal, they're not always quite the same as paranormal featuring weres, vampires, or other creatures. I think one of the first romances I read with magical witchery heroines was the Nora Roberts category series about the Donovans, starting with Captivated ( A | BN | K | S | iB). I read the three books in that series in a day or so, I was so in love with those characters.
There are many romances that feature ghosts, magic or witches, either as ancillary characters, plot devices (especially as part of ghostus-ex-machina endings), and possibly heroines, but I'm curious which you'd recommend. Which books should be on Jill's list?