Recently, Plotmonkey Leslie Kelly announced that she's created an alter ego as romantic suspense author Leslie Parrish. Instead of her usual light-hearted romances, as Parrish she's writing grittier, darker stories, inspired by her love of the novels by Stephen King and Peter Straub. Her first book, "Fade to Black", is scheduled for a July release. Here is the book blurb:
Dean Taggert, a former street cop turned FBI agent, has accepted a transfer into a new CAT for one reason: he needs to remove the violence from his life in order to get his ex to give him more time with his son. Not easy to do when he's been thrust into the darkest, most violent investigation of his career. A psychopath calling himself the Reaper is auctioning off murder at a deviant cyber club called Satan's Playground, and Dean and his team are forced to helplessly witness the killer's brutal crimes online.
Stacey Rhodes is happy in her quiet, sleepy little town of Hope Valley, Virginia, where she has taken over as Sheriff because of her father's ill health. Nothing much seems to happen here, except for the mysterious disappearance of the town bad girl a year ago. So she is shocked when a sexy, brooding FBI agent intrudes on her world, bringing evidence that the missing local girl was the victim of a serial killer. Even more shocking, that serial killer might be someone she knows.
Maybe even someone she loves....
Sounds pretty good, and I think I'll be reading this one. Personally I love it when an author branches out and tries something new. I don't expect them to stay in one genre if they have a desire to try something completely different, though I'd prefer it if they stayed within romance. I'll admit, I'm not a big fan of chicklit or women's fiction. I'm totally in love with the HEA and though I do occasionally read mysteries, biographies, classics, self-help, my genre of choice will always be romance.
Not all authors - such as Lisa Kleypas - create a new name and persona, but many of them do. I think it's fun to have separate identities, and I have to give the authors a lot of credit for keeping it all straight. Of course this means more books, and this always makes this reader very happy.
Here are some of my favorites (or surely soon-to-be favorites):
Toni Blake as Lacey Alexander
Colleen Gleason as Colette Gale
Janice Maynard as Elizabeth Scott
Lori Foster as L.L. Foster
Elizabeth Hoyt as Julia Harper
Sylvia Day as S.J. Day
Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb
How do you feel about alter egos?
Which alter egos would you add to this list?
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