Sandra Brown Books In Order – Complete List of Novels

The Sandra Brown books in order of reading consist of her numerous standalone novels and several of her older romance series. The standalone novels can be picked up in any order you prefer.

Sandra Brown is, in my opinion, the queen of the romantic suspense genre. I have been reading her books for the last 30+ years and was never disappointed in them. The author knows to appeal to our emotions while infusing her books with much-needed action and suspense. With over 75 novels written to date, Sandra Brown has earned her place among this genre’s best.

Here are the Sandra Brown books in order of publication for her romantic suspense novels and romance series, written under her own name and her earlier pen names, Rachel Ryan, Laura Jordan, and Erin St. Clare.

New Sandra Brown Book

Bed & Breakfast Books in Publication Order

Coleman Family Saga Books in Publication Order

historical romance series

Mason Sisters Books in Publication Order

Mitchell & Associates Books in Publication Order

Texas! Tyler Family Saga Books in Publication Order

Standalone Romantic Suspense Thrillers in Publication Order

Standalone Romance Books in Publication Order

Originally Published Under Rachel Ryan

Originally Published as Laura Jordan

Originally Published Under Erin St. Claire

Astray & Devil Series

Edited Anthologies in Publication Order

Sandra Brown Novellas in Publication Order

Non Fiction Books in Publication Order

Sandra BrownSandra Brown Biography – About the Author

Sandra Lynn Brown was born in 1948 in Waco,  Texas. She grew up in Forth Worth, majoring with a degree in English lit at the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Sandra grew up surrounded by a family love for books, with her mother being an avid reader and her father a newspaper editorial writer. Thus, Sandra Brown was a strong book lover before becoming an author.

In 1968 she abandoned college in favor of getting married to Michael Brown, an ex-TV news anchor who produced the TV documentary Dust to Dust earning him several awards. As a lifelong Texan, she lives with her husband in Arlington, Texas.

Like numerous authors as well, before becoming a full-time writer, Sandra Brown held several jobs. She worked for KLTV in Tyler as a weathercaster, after which she returned to Fort Worth to work as a journalist for WFAA of PM Magazine, basically in the media, for the ABC affiliate in Dallas.

When she was fired from her job as a weathercaster at a television station in Dallas along with many other people, this is when her husband gently nudged her to become a writer. He told her that she has now a lot of time on her hands, and it’s time to follow her dream of becoming an established author. Getting fired from her job was the silver lining in her life, giving her a chance to become what he was meant to be.

Sandra Brown began her writing career in 1981 when her first book was published under the title Love’s Encore, which she wrote under the pen name Rachel Ryan. Over the years, she also wrote under the names Laura Jordan and Erin St. Claire.

So far, the New York Times bestselling author has written over 75 books, which include romance novels, historical romances and most of all romantic suspense/thriller novels. Her first romantic suspense novel was written in 1988 under the title Slow Heat in Heaven. It was also the first book I have read by Sandra Brown. Her first romance novel was Love’s Encore in 1981. It is no surprise Sandra Brown is on such a popular bestseller list.

Her books have been printed eighty million copies worldwide and have been translated into 34 languages.

She has an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University and at some point, she was president of Mystery Writers of America.

For her books, the author has received several awards, including the American Business Women’s Association’s Distinguished Circle of Success, the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, the B’nai B’rith’s Distinguished Literary Achievement Award, the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award., and the A. C. Greene Award. The author is a member of Author’s Guild, International Association of Crime Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc. and Literacy Partners.

In 2011 the author Sandra Brown went on a USO tour to Afghanistan with four other colleagues, including Clive Cussler, Mark Bowden, Kathy Reichs and Andrew Peterson. The group met the brave soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and thanked the troops for their service. All these authors have written military mysteries and thrillers.

Thus, when she went home and started thinking of her next book, she had several ideas about civilians who return from the trenches with PTSD. So, her next novel, Deadline, features the main character, Dawson Scott, a news magazine journalist who covered the war in Afghanistan and went home with PTSD. Sandra Brown drew some of the ideas in her book from her trip to that war-zone country.

For her standalone novels, Sandra Brown also gets many of her ideas from a character that she envisions in her mind.

Sandra Brown writes approximately one novel per year (the Sandra Brown books usually come out just in time for the summer holidays, making for some wonderful beach reads). A favorite novel by Sandra Brown is titled Seeing Red, published in 2017.

The book features a journalist (a theme which reoccurs in the Sandra Brown books) and John Trapper, a former ATF agent. When an old photo resurfaced with Kerra Bailey, the journalist and John Trapper’s father, all hell broke loose. Also, someone didn’t want the photo given too much attention due to something that happened 25 years ago. In fact, he wants that so much buried that he is able and willing to kill for it.

The book is a suspenseful romance which keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time. But then again, Sandra Brown’s books tend to do that to the readers. So when you start it – or any other Sandra Brown books – make sure you have plenty of time to read, because once you start, it’s not so easy to put her books down.

The 2018 Sandra Brown book (one of my favorites) is Tailspin. It features Rye Mallett, a charter pilot with no qualms about taking dangerous transporting jobs when others avoid doing these trips. This latest trip, however, takes place during extremely bad weather and the cargo is something strange as well. Especially when Rye is shot at and almost killed while landing.

Enter Dr. Brynn O’Neal, who states that the cargo is really hers, and who gives a really strange vibe off to Rye. Can he trust her, and will trusting her lead to anything good, or only to his utter deceit?

Another favorite Sandra Brown novel, again a standalone story, features FBI agent Drex Easton who is in pursuit of a chameleon, conman Weston Graham, who keeps evading him. When he’s finally getting closer to catching him, Drex poses as the neighbor of couple Jasper Ford and Talia Shafer, where he suspects that Jasper is, in fact, Weston Graham. But what about beautiful Talia? Is she his accomplished or an innocent person who might become Weston’s next victim?

Apart from standalone romance and romantic suspense novels, Sandra Brown has also written several romance series. The series list includes the Coleman Family Saga books, the Bed & Breakfast books, the Mason Sisters books, the Tyler Family Saga books, and the Mitchell & Associates books. The Astra & Devil series was originally written under the Erin St. Clare pen name.

Sandra Brown Books Adaptations to Screen

  • Smoke Screen – TV movie in 2010 with Jaime Pressly, Currie Graham, Garwin Sanford
  • French Silk – TV movie in 1994 with Susan Lucci, Shari Belafonte, Lee Horsley
  • Ricochet – TV movie in 2011 with John Corbett, Julie Benz, Kelly Overton
  • White Hot – TV movie in 2016 with Shenae Grimes-Beech, Sean Faris, John Schneider

Sandra Brown Awards

  • American Business Women’s Association’s Distinguished Circle of Success
  • A.C. Greene Award
  • Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award
  • International Thriller Writers Award, “Thrillermaster”, 2008
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  1. Pam Berkebile
    Nov. 18, 2023

    I have read 83 of her books and have enjoyed everyone of them, there were 4 of us reading her books at any time
    going to get Out of Nowhere very soon. Great writer

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