As promised, it's going to be All Elizabeth Peters, All the Time this week!
If you've been meaning to get in on the action, NOW IS THE TIME. As I've received so many lovely contributions (Did I mention that I'm totally still taking them?), I'll be running some of the longer ones over the course of the week, and linking everything up together at the end.
Here's what author Malinda Lo had to say:
"I'm pretty sure it was either my grandmother or aunt who first recommended an Elizabeth Peters book to me, and as soon as I read the first one, I was hooked. I've read every EP and Barbara Michaels except Barbara Michaels' Prince of Darkness because for some reason I never could get into that one. These days, funnily enough it comforts me that I have not read ALL of the Barbara Michaels books.
My favorite is definitely the Ramses and Nefret quartet within the Amelia Peabody series. I read those breathlessly when they first came out and Ramses and Nefret (Ramfret? Ha!) is one of my favorite fictional romances. Peters is such a pro — she maintained the sexual tension for so long and never made it annoying. I really need to re-read those someday soon. I'm also a huge fan of the Vicky Bliss books.
As an author, I'm always asked which authors inspired me, and I rarely say Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, but I don't know why. I should probably start mentioning her! Maybe I'm a little worried that nobody knows about her anymore? Because she clearly taught me almost everything I know about romantic suspense. And she did it while being witty, feminist, and extremely smart. I love her books!
In fact, that makes me think: I do have a recommendation for EP/BM lovers. Read Sarah Rees Brennan's Unspoken. It's perfectly within the funny/smart/gothic Elizabeth Peters vein."