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Top 50 Romance Authors
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Compiled by Jean Mason

In compiling the list of Top 100 Romances, I noticed an interesting wrinkle. Some authorsí names were mentioned again and again, but because so many different books were nominated, none of the authorís works appear on the Top 100. So I decided to create a list of the Top 50 Favorite Authors.

Obviously, there is a lot of overlap between the two lists, but there are some differences as well. For example, Nora Roberts was far and away the most popular author (surprise!), but her first book on the Top 100 list was in 11th place. Georgette Heyerís first entry on the book list was found at number 39, but her books were so often listed that she is the fifth most popular author. Even more striking is Jayne Anne Krentz. One of her novels did not make the list until the 51st place, yet she is the sixth most popular author. And Mary Balogh, who is found at number 14 on the author list has no books at all on the book list.

So here is a way of gauging the popularity of all of an authorís books.


  1. Nora Roberts/ J.D. Robb
  2. Linda Howard
  3. Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  4. Julie Garwood
  5. Georgette Heyer
  6. Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick
  7. Judith McNaught
  8. LaVryle Spencer
  9. Jude Devereaux
10. Mary Jo Putney
11. Diana Gabaldon
      Kathleen Woodiwiss
13. Laura Kinsale
14. Mary Balogh
15. Sandra Brown
16. Loretta Chase
17. Jo Beverley
      Roberta Gellis
19. Elizabeth Lowell/Ann Maxwell
20. Johanna Lindsey
21. Pamela Morsi
22. Karen Robards
23. Jennifer Crusie
24. Sharon & Tom Curtis
      Anne Stuart
25. Patricia Gaffney
      Joan Wolf
28. Dara Joy
29. Catherine Coulter
30. Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley
      Maggie Osborne/Margaret St. George
      Deborah Smith
33. Jill Barnett
34. Connie Brockway
      Justine Dare/Davis
36. Kristen Hannah
      Beverly Jenkins
      Carla Kelly
      Sharon Sala/Dinah McCall
      Penelope Williamson
41. Kathleen Korbel/Eileen Dreyer
      Francis Ray
43. Judith Ivory
44. Jane Austen
      Brenda Jackson
      Lisa Kleypas
      Stephanie Laurens
48. Teresa Meideros
      Fern Michaels
50. Catherine Anderson
      Marsha Canhan
      Kathleen Eagle
      Tami Hoag
      Brenda Joyce

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