Did I mention Nora Roberts? I also adore Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She has the perfect combination of potent wit, strong characters, powerful emotion, and intricate plotting. She’s a genius. I always read Rachel Gibson for her athletes (I have some stories involving sports I hope to have out in the future, too).
I also love Diana Gabaldon and Sherry Thomas. Again, strong characters, lots of conflict, consuming emotion, and a love you just know will last. I was a huge fan of LaVyrle Spencer’s and was devastated when she retired; same goes for Judith McNaught; and Iris Johansen’s historicals are the ones I pull out at 11 pm when I want a pick-me-up that I can skim until 2 am and still sigh over.