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Tami Hoag Books In Order

Publication Order of Hennessy Books

The Trouble with J.J. (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Magic (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Quaid Horses Books

Rumor Has It (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man of Her Dreams (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tempestuous (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Rainbow Chasers Books

Heart of Gold (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keeping Company (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reilly's Return (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Magic (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Doucet Books

The Restless Heart (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucky's Lady (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cry Wolf (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Thin Dark Line (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Deer Lake Books

Night Sins (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guilty as Sin (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Kovac/Liska Books

Ashes to Ashes (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dust to Dust (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prior Bad Acts (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 1st Victim (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 9th Girl (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bitter Season (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Elena Estes Books

Dark Horse (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Alibi Man (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Oak Knoll Books

Deeper than the Dead (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secrets to the Grave (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Down the Darkest Road (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

McKnight in Shining Armor (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mismatch (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Straight from the Heart (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sarah's Sin (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heart of Dixie (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Still Waters (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Taken by Storm (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last White Knight (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Paradise (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill the Messenger (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold, Cold Heart (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


About Tami Hoag:

Tami Mikkelson, more popularly known as Tami Hoag, is an American author. She was born on January 20, 1959 in Cresco, Iowa. She is known for her best-selling thriller and romance novels. She has been included in thirteen consecutive New York bestselling lists and has more than 22 million books in circulation to date.

Personal Life

Hoag’s father was an insurance agent and she was born in a fairly typical family. Although born in Iowa, Hoag grew up in Harmony, Minnesota, a little town in southeastern Minnesota with the population of about 1000, and according to Hoag, has no stoplight. Because of this, many of the settings of her novels feature Minnesota and its culture, or in some way reminiscent of her hometown. She was raised in an environment where everyone is ten years or more older than her, and her home being not that close to the urban centers, she was accustomed to being with herself. Because of being considered the ‘baby’, the isolation proved to be useful for Hoag since it conditioned her to making stories to entertain herself. She says, “I played a lot in my imagination,” she recalls. It was the ideal start for a writer. It certainly helped, not least because if you are a child in an adult world you observe adult behaviour. Children are very clever at that.” It also made her accustomed to independent living, which is reflected by her self-reliant and independent female characers, a trademark which garnered much praise from both her readers and critics.

In 1977, she married Daniel Hoag, her high school partner. Hoag however, was not able to go to college and finish her studies because of lack of access to nearby tertiary education institutions. Personal differences led to their relationship ending in divorce.

However, despite the divorce and its accompanying stress, and despite the fact that she doesn’t have a college degree, Hoag perserverd in order to pursue her passion for writing. She took odd jobs, such as being a photographer’s assistant, circulation staff in the local newspaper, training show horses and becoming a sales agent for designer bathroom accessories.

Hoag’s career in writing eventually took a right turn and she was recognized by award-giving bodies for her work. She was invited to read some of her work at one of then-First Lady Barbara Bush’s literary nights, a privilege which only a few writers have been lucky enough to be considered. She also had lunch with former President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at the White House in a special literary night.

Writing Career

In 1988, Hoag decided to enter the romance writing industry as a writer for Bantam Books Lovewept Line. Her very first book, The Trouble With J.J. was published for Bantam’s category romances. The book was a moderate success, and after a few publications, namely McKnight in Shining Armor and Mismatch (1989), she decided to pursue writing full-time and quit her other jobs.

She then proceeded to take a break in writing category fiction and decided to write stand-alone novels. She wrote Sarah’s Sin (1991), Heart of Dixie (1991) and Still Waters (1992). By 1992, she returned to writing category romanced for the Bantam Loveswept Line, publishing Sarah’s Sin (1992), Heart of Dixie (1991), Taken by Storm {1992) and Last White Knight (1992), her last contribution to the Bantam Loveswept series. She also concluded the plotline of her first novel (The Trouble with J.J.) with Magic, published 1990, finalizing what eventually is to be called the “Henessy Series.”

Hoag moved on to create series after series, first being the “Doucet Series,” all of which are written in Hoag’s definitive romantic writing style. The Restless Heart (Loveswept #458) was published in 1991, followed by Lucky’s Lady (1992), Cry Wolf (1993), and A Thin Dark Line(1997).

She proceeded to create a trilogy, the “Quaid Horses” trilogy, a loosely-connected series of novels which run on the same romantic theme. The series is comprised of novels Rumor Has It (1989), Man of Her Dreams (1989) and Tempestuous, released on 1990.

Another series, the “Rainbow Chasers” series, was started with the novel Heart of Gold (1990), Keeping Company (1990), Reilly’s Return (1990) with the inclusion of Magic, one of Hoag’s first novels.

The “Deer Lake” series was also jumpstarted in 1995 with Night Sins followed by Guilty as Sin, released in 1996.

Bantam reissued most of her romantic novels to accommodate her new style of writing which will eventually be realized in her further works.

Shift from Romance to Suspense-Thrillers

While Hoag continued to write romance novels, either as continuation of her ongoing series or as solo novels, Hoag expressed interest in shifting to the suspense-thriller genre. Suspense and mystery elements began to become crucial in her later novels, namely, Dark Paradise (1994), Cry Wolf (1993), A Thin Dark Line (1997) and a couple of other novels. As to her gradual change of focus, she notes, “It was a gradual progression in my work. I started adding bits of suspense to the romance back when I was doing little short romance books and as I grew as a writer and wanted to do bigger, more complex deeper stories that was the direction that was natural for me to go was to suspense.”

On 1995, she released her first suspense novel, Night Sins which was part of the Deer Lake series. Night Sins and the series itself became a huge success, prompting Bamtam to re-issue the novel in hardcover. Hoag’s reputation as a writer, particularly as a suspense-thriller novelist, quickly grew. This also led her to edit her previous works to add suspense elements in them and create consistency with her ongoing series.

Night Sins was made into a TV miniseries Valerie Bertinelliand Harry Hamlin. The series was a huge boost to her career, and as Hoag herself has descibed it, “everything just exploded,” including the sales of her previous works and her subsequent releases.

In light of her success, she released to new series, the first being the “Oak Knoll” series which include the novels Deeper than the Dead (2009), Secrets to the Grave (2010), and Down the Darkest Road (2011), and the “Elena Estes” series, with the books Dark Horse (2002) and The Alibi Man(2007). All achieved commercial success.

She followed it up with the “Kovac/ Liska” series, which featured Hoag delving heavily into more mature teritories. The novels Ashes to Ashes (1999) and Dust to Dust (2000) both feature elements of violence, resumed in the subsequent titles Prior Bad Acts (2006) also known as Dead Sky. Her latest published work, The 9th Girl, is much-anticpated and since its release has been garnering positive reviews and praise both from her readers and literary circles.

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