May 6, 2013

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Question – Are There Debut Authors Who Have Really Impressed You This Year?


Every year, new authors come out of the woodwork and knock the pants off of me.  There are some authors that are new to a genre but that’s not who I’m talking about.  I’m talking about authors that, up until the moment their book published, have been lurking in their basement feverishly writing away just looking for their shot to get printed.  And when they do and their books finally lands in my hands, I ask myself “where have you been hiding all my life?”

Yeah… I’m talking about those authors.

I’ve been lucky enough to have been absolutely blown away a few times in my blogging career.  In 2009, it was Kelly Meding who impressed me.  In 2010 it was Carolyn Crane.  In 2011 it was Sierra Dean, Amanda BonillaJenn Bennett and Darynda Jones who hold the honor (that was a big year).  And in 2012 it was Kate SeRine.

So far for 2013 there are two authors that have made me want to bow down to them:  Rinda Elliott, author of Dweller on the Threshold (available now), and ML Brennan, author of Generation V (out tomorrow).  Both super nice people who wrote amazingly brilliant books.

How about you guys?  Are there any debut authors who have really impressed you this year or in past years?

And a heads up to everyone, I will be interviewing two debut authors this week!  ML Brennan will be here on Wednesday and Kait Ballinger will be stopping by on Thursday.  So be sure to stop by to check them out!

  1. Honestly I haven’t tried any….

  2. Jessica says:

    This is a fantastic question, Julie, as usual. I had to access my shelves on Goodreads to figure out my answer. There have been so many amazing books over the years; It’s hard choosing just a few, and I’m having a hard time remembering what I read when. lol

    I found Karen Marie Moning (Fever) and Chloe Neill (Chicagoland) in 2011.

    Then 2012 was rife with amazing author discoveries. I picked up J.A. Saare (Rhiannon’s Law), Susan Ee (Angelfall), Maria V. Snyder (Poison Study / Healer – and all thanks to one of your earlier question of the week posts were you listed Poison Study as one of your books for the “If the world ends and you could only take 5 books with you, which would you take?” question *grin*), and Ann Aguirre (Sirantha Jax).

    2013 has been mostly re-reads and new books in old series, but I do have one huge author discovery. It’s an author I had on my “To read” list forever, that I finally got around to picking up, and her work immediately sky rocketed into my favorites list… *drum roll please*… Kim Harrison (Hallows). Hopefully I’ll find more this year, but conquering the bemouth Hallows series (12 books!) was a great start to the year.

  3. Debut authors, hmmm, I can’t recall anything

  4. Jessica says:

    OMG – ugg – after reading the last comment, I just realized I misread the question. You were talking about debut authors! Bad Jessica – no cookie!! : ) I thought the question was targeted at authors that blew my socks off in any given year. Really the only debut author on the list I posted earlier was Susan Ee. I’ll add Marissa Meyer with her debut of Cinder in 2012. I was also very impressed by Sandy Williams with her debut of Shadow Reader in 2011.

    There, now that’s a proper answer to your question. My apologies – I evidentially fail at reading comprehension. : D

  5. I LOVE discovering new authors and be impressed by them 🙂 I’m with you Carolyn Crane and Sierra Dean also made my lists 🙂

    This year I have to mention Kathryn Barrett, Diana Quincy Samanthe Beck and Robin Bielman so far, and thankfully we are still at the beginning of 2013 🙂

  6. Though I didn’t find her until 2012, she first published in 2011 – Alma Katsu. Her books, The Taker & The Reckoning, really blew my socks off!

    I thought Karina Halle was a new-to-the-world author when I found her Sins & Needles book this year, but it turns out she has self-published a ton! Sins & Needles (and the rest of The Artist’s Trilogy) just got picked up by a major publisher. It’s not PNR or UF, or even contemporary romance, but it’s a great read.

    From 2011 – Amanda Bonilla. I absolutely fell in love with her Shaede Assassin series and its originality. I can’t wait for more, no matter how they’re published!

    From 2012 – Cecy Robson. I believe her Weird Girl books were her first and I really like her writing and the story.

    Like Jessica, I’ve been introduced to tons of authors who are new-to-me even though the books have been out for years. Too many to list and many of which have been recommendations from you, Julie! 🙂

  7. I jump into a lot of series once they’re several books in, and I wish I had been on board since the beginning, so I can’t say I was brilliant and saw them first. But there are several that I found and loved from the beginning- Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series was awesome from the first, I really liked the first Cassie Palmer novel by Karen Chance (Cassie annoyed me, but I was blown away by the back story, world building, and supporting characters), and last year I fell in love with Jax Garren’s Beauty and Beast series, and Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knight series (I thought it was brilliant marketing that 3 books were released back to back, got me hooked immediately).

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