Here is my list of favorite authors:
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Rebecca Wells (didn't love all three books in the series though)
Max Lucado: everything
Beth Moore: everythingFrancine Rivers: Redeeming Love; Mark of the Lion Series
Kathy Hepinstal: The Absence of Nectar, House of Gentle Men
Kathi-Kamen Goldmark: And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
Kathy Patrick: Pulpwood Queens Guide to Life
Denise Hildreth-Jones: The Savannah Series got me started and I love her more recent books even more. Her characters have matured since Savannah.
Charles Martin - He is soooo good!!!!! Read everything!
Michael Morris - Slow Way Home, Live Like You Are Dying
Marshall Chapman - Goodbye Little Rock N Roller
J.K. Rowling - genius
Pat Conroy - South of Broad, The Great Santini
Kate Morton - The Forgotten Garden
Jenny Wingfield -Homecoming of Samuel Lake