If I really have to choose I would go with Judith Mcnaught. But I have to say Julie Garwood is very close to her in my heart.

As for the hate there are a lot of writers I hate. But J.K. Rowling would come the first. She is an amazing writer. I adore Harry Potter Series, but this was supposed to be a fantastic children book right? What the hell was she thinking when killing Sirius? I really do hate her.