Recommendations for Kimberly
Authors and books that you may not yet have encountered, but to some great extent are good matches to your preferences.
Doranna Durgin: A Feral Darkness, Dun Lady’s Jess and sequels, and a broad range of others (I shared a newsletter link)
Urban Fantasy: The Enchantment Emporium, The Wild Ways, and The Future Falls; other early miscellaneous urban fantasies not related
Urban Fantasy: Tony Foster Series (Henry the Vampire and Tony)
Smoke and Shadows, Smoke and Mirrors, Smoke and Ashes
Henry and Victoria Nelson
Blood Trail, Blood Debt, Blood Lines, Blood Pact, Blood Price
Elizabeth Moon: The Serrano Legacy series and the Vatta series (space military). If you like the look of these, you should also take a look at ditto by Tanya Huff.
Stand-alones: Remnant Population (my favorite) and The Speed of Dark (marvelous!) / also lots of fantasy/high fantasy
Laura Anne Gilman – All her stuff is good, numerous. Worth taking a look at.
Retriever series, Paranormal Scene Investigations series, Sylvan Investigations series, and a new series (1) Silver on the Road, (2) The Cold Eye, and the publisher has contracted with her for multiple sequels.
C. E. Murphy – The Walker Papers (and other series)
Robin D. Owens – I most enjoyed her Summonings series and her most recent, The Ghost Seer series
I also sent you via fb messenger the link to Sharon Shinn’s website, where you will find a page summarizing each of her book series. I have read and enjoyed all of her books to date, as far as I know. There is a three-book series with shape-shifters, one that is realistic rather than melodramatic.
In the long term, I have bought and enjoyed almost all of the books written by L. E. Modesitt, Jr., with emphasis on the hard science fiction, but also including the Corean and Imager Portfolio series.
You must not miss Julie Czerneda’s books. Her website has links and blurbs and goodness (and her Marrowdell books have house toads).