Publication Order of Fates Series Books
|Utterly Charming||(2000)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Completely Smitten||(2002)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Simply Irresistible||(2002)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Absolutely Captivated||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Totally Spellbound||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Wickedly Charming||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Charming Blue||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Santa Series Books
|Up on the Rooftop||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Visions of Sugar Plums||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dressed in Holiday Style||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Interim Fates Series Books
|Tiffany Tumbles||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Crystal Caves||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Brittany Bends||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Novels Books
Publication Order of Collections
Publication Order of Novellas Books
|The Charming Way||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Geeks Bearing Gifts||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Last Vampire||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Name Calling||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Artistic Photographs||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Cosmic Balances Inc.||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Knowing Jack||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Standing Up For Grace||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Kristine Grayson is the “Reigning Queen of Paranormal Romance” (Best Reviews) and has been writing and editing various forms of fiction for many years. Fans of light, romantic fiction, science fiction, and modern fairy-tale and mythology retellings will love Kristine Grayson’s work and her witty, plucky characters.
Born June 4, 1960, Kristine Grayson is the nom de plume of Kristine Kathryn Rusch. In 2001, she won a Hugo Award for Best Novelette with her story, “Millennial Babies.” Her novel The Enemy Within won a Sidewise Award (long form fiction) in 2015. She also won a Sidewise Award for Alternative History in 2008 with her short story, “Recovering Apollo 8.” She and her husband, fellow writer Dean Wesley Smith, collaborate, edit, and write various works of science fiction, fantasy fiction, mystery, romance, and mainstream fiction. They operated Pulphouse Publishing, and Rusch edited The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from mid-1991 to mid-1997. She won a Hugo Award as Best Professional Editor. She is currently an editor for Fiction River: An Original Anthology Magazine. She and her husband currently reside in Oregon, and one of her best-selling alternative romance series, Charming, is set in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in and around Seattle, Washington.
Though she often writes and publishes under her actual name (Rusch), her best-selling “goofy romance novels” (from the author’s description on her web site) are light, romantic, slightly skewed romantic fare with a slightly fantastical twist.
One of the top sellers in a series of romantic fiction is her Charming series, featuring a Seattle lawyer, Emily Lost. In the first book in the series, Utterly Charming, we meet our modern-day heroine, Emily Lost. Emily is a lawyer in Seattle who suddenly finds herself in a modern-day fairy tale with a real Prince Charming, her employer, Michael Found. The plot is light, humorous, and fast-paced, with lots of witty banter and zingy one-liners. Fans of humorous romance with a light touch who also like a modern-day adaptation will be truly delighted with the style and flair of this first book. The second in this particular series, Thoroughly Kissed, finds Emily breaking her promise to herself to never kiss a strange man again. As readers (and Grayson fans) have already discovered, however, some men don’t get any stranger than her boss, Michael Found, who really does give this modern-day princess a run for her money in the sleeping beauty department. This entire series is based on the Sleeping Beauty legend, and the delightful play on the Lost and Found names is “charming” without being over-the-top cute.
Another series by Grayson is her Three Fates series, based off the ancient Greek legends of the Fates. The first book in this series is Simply Irresistible. In this witty retelling, a psychic, Vivian Kinneally, is approached by three stunning, gorgeous women (The Fates) to request her help in expunging an old enemy. Kinneally must join forces with a “handsome devil” of her own, one Dexter Grant, who is the only person who can truly help. This is also a light romance, with fast-paced, witty banter and light action. The second book in the series, Absolutely Captivated, throws a different twist on the Fates, as they must become mortal and all-too-human in order to recover an ancient artifact that was taken from them. The Fates come into contact with 150-year mage Zoe Sinclair, who must help them recover the artifact while also avoiding succumbing to the charms of a handsome, blue-eyed stranger named Joe.
Both romantic series’ espouse witty banter, fast-paced plots, and are a delightfully light-hearted and upbeat send-up of modern fairy-tale and mythology retellings. Grayson’s work focuses on and caters to a more modern audience with stellar results from publishers and fans alike.
Many of Grayson’s romances focus on a twist of the traditions in her retold fairy tales, in which the princesses are self-rescuing, the princes are often down (but never out), and what seems glamorous to the outside observer is much more down-to-earth, with a slight air of the sinister about it.
Grayson is a refreshing voice in the land of modern, slightly fractured fairy tales, as she has created relatable, lovable characters that blend the best of both a modern fairy-tale princess and a modern woman’s need for financial independence and intellect. For first-time romance readers first discovering Grayson, the Charming series is a perfect starting point, and for those who might prefer a more mythological and mystical approach to newer and more upbeat romance, her trilogy based on The Fates of ancient Greek legend is a refreshing take on a classic.
Because of her impeccable background in editing and publishing, readers who demand letter-perfect prose along with their witty banter will not be disappointed in Grayson’s novels. Her editorial work is apparent in her romantic fiction, as the prose is smooth and fast, her characters are immediately likable, and her light touch of humor with a quick plot keep the story flowing and the reading smooth.
For those who enjoy anthologies of authors who write similar themes, they might want to look at Grayson’s editorial contributions to her anthology collections, Fiction River. Fiction River provides anthologies under a theme, and is a good starting point for those who prefer a specific theme or genre, rather than an entire series. Fiction River publishes a number of anthologies by different authors, and all the anthologies tend to follow a theme or specific genre. As a Hugo Award winning editor, Fiction River may be a good way for Grayson fans to get their Grayson fix while waiting between books in any given series.
Kristine Grayson’s fans may also wish to look at her web site, which features shorter stories, news about upcoming publications, and read excerpts from some of her other work. When it comes to putting fairy tales and mythology into a completely new (and utterly charming) realm of retelling, Kristine Grayson’s work simply cannot be beat! Grayson’s prose is tight and flawless, with witty banter and light, humorous plot lines that entertain as well as amuse.
For those who enjoy their romance with a twist of modern love and modern people, Grayson is certainly an author who delivers!Book Series In Order » Authors » Kristine Grayson