Charlaine Harris is a imaginative author mainly recognized for her Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire series. The hit HBO series True Blood is based on her books. Be advised however that the television program is so far removed from the stories it is almost insulting. Harris was a well known novelist for some time previous to the Sookie Stackhouse series first appeared. She published two standalone novels in the early 1980s, followed by a break for several years to care for her children. She published her first hit whodunit series the Aurora Teagarden series, in 1990, and has mainly stayed with to series Mysteries ever since.
While her series seem fairly divergent, reaching from cozy to paranormal, there is a common theme throughout in the inner strength of Harris's female protagonists, most of whom live in little Southern towns. Each stays true to herself and her convictions despite the demands of the outside or supernatural world, and each tends to scandalize the sensibilities of her small-town parents, friends, or colleagues with her unusual conduct or skills. While the series change in tone, none is truly dark or distressing, so readers of one series can effortlessly jump to and enjoy another.
Harris's to some extent darker Harper Connelly series also weaves in things that are outside our understanding. It stars one more of Harris's strong female protagonists. hit by lightning as a teenager, Harper finds that she can now find the dead. She and her stepbrother use her talents to earn a income driving about the country to determine the source of death in unsolved cases and find bodies that law enforcement personnel are unable to find.
Keri Arthur's half vampire, half werewolf, Riley Jensen and her twin brother Rhoan work for the Directorate of Other Races. A Melbourne, Australia organization for monitoring supernatural creatures. Her Riley Jensen, Guardian series, which is rather more sexually uninhibited and slightly darker than Southern Vampire. Harris readers will appreciate Riley's inner strength, the multiple mysterious sub-plots, and her effort to find out where she belongs in a world in which the supernatural is real.
Sandra Balzo's stories highlighting ex- PR expert turned small-town coffee-maven Maggy Thorsen. This comfortable series revolves around Maggy's efforts to get to the bottom of numerous murders, beginning with that of her own business partner. Like Aurora Teagarden, Maggy is fairly unconventional for her small town, rather suspicious yet annoyingly attractive to local law enforcement, and able to work out these murders using nothing but her own common sense and persistence.
Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series will appeal to Harris fans on many levels from the addition of supernatural events and folks into everyday life, to the romance relationship between a human (even one with special powers) and a paranormal being, to the strength of protagonist Joanne Baldwin.
Shirley Damsgaard's Ophelia and Abby series combines aspects of the cozy and the paranormal. Ophelia needs to reject her own psychic skills and settle into life as a librarian but events (and her grandmother Abby, a witch in her own right) won't let her. Harris readers will enjoy Ophelia's quest to come to terms with her own powers as well as the mix of mystery, small-town life, and supernatural components.
MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy/Undead series, which features Betsy, a valley girl turned queen of the vampires. Like Sookie Stackhouse, Betsy possesses hidden depths even if perhaps, in her case, a bit more hidden! Fans can start with book one in the series, in which Betsy gets hit by an truck, wakes up undead, and discovers the vampire community has decreed her their prophesied queen.