*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog linkup hosted by The Broke and The Bookish*
This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is “New-to-me Favorite Authors I Read for the First Time in 2015“. The great thing about starting a book blog this year is that I have been introduced to books by so many wonderful authors I hadn’t read before now! Narrowing down to 10 this week is difficult, so for brevity’s sake I didn’t include debut authors from 2015 in this list. Otherwise – Varina, Sarah, and Pepper, you would totally be leading the pack!
Without further adieu and in no particular order…
My Review of The Hesitant Heiress
My Review of The Bound Heart
Dawn writes such wonderful swoon-worthy kisses. In fact they earn a level 05 rating on my KissingBook scale, which basically means you will be reduced to an incoherent puddle on the floor and may need to stick your head in the freezer to recover 😉 The fourth book in the Everstone Chronicles releases Fall 2016, and I’m so excited about The Cautious Maiden I can hardly stand it! The best part about discovering Dawn’s books this year (toe-curling kissing scenes notwithstanding) is discovering Dawn herself. She is such a sweet person, and I truly consider her a friend. (She may consider me a stalker but there you have it… lol.)
My Review of Huckleberry Hearts
Jennifer Beckstrand is a new new-to-me favorite author lol. I just fell in love with her books a week or so ago, and crazily I started at the end of her most recent series. So now OF COURSE, I must go back and read the others! Jennifer writes so engagingly and with such humor and heart. The romance prompted me to go in search of a trusty fainting couch – just in case. Basically, I just had a smile of delight on my face from beginning to end with Huckleberry Hearts. She’s starting a new series next year, and I’m excited to read that one from the beginning 🙂
My Review of Five Days in Skye in which I gush about James
My Review of London Tides in which I gush some more about James
(or Henry Cavill)
We all know of my somewhat-unhealthy-but-let’s-face-it-not-seeking-a-cure obsession with James MacDonald, the hero in Carla Laureano’s MacDonald Family Trilogy. Okay, okay. So he’s only the focus in the first book, Five Days in Skye, but whatever 😉 Beyond her ability to write heroes that make readers babble incoherently, Carla’s novels have great charm and carry poignant themes of hope. I’m eagerly waiting for the third book in the trilogy – Under Scottish Stars – which is due out in June. And yeah… even though the book is about Serena MacDonald and not James, I’ll probably still find a way to gush about him again in my review.
My Review of A Love Like Ours
If anyone could give James some fictional competition for my heart, it would be Ty Porter from Becky Wade’s Meant to Be Mine. In fact, I’m very fickle. When Ty is in the room, I completely forget about James. (Just don’t tell James, okay?) Becky’s books have it all – romance, humor, a delightful writing voice, and compelling messages of redemption and grace. And right now is a marvelous time to introduce you because her books are on sale. The ebook of Undeniably Yours is currently FREE (can’t beat that), and both Meant to be Mine and A Love Like Ours are both only $4.99. She’s also written a Christmas short story called The Proposal that falls between A Love Like Ours and the upcoming Her One and Only. It’s available on Amazon for only $0.99!!
My Review of Together With You
Victoria Bylin writes about men and women realistically trying to figure out how to live the raw reality of what it means to follow Jesus. Both of her books that I’ve read so far have dealt with tough decisions, difficult-to-keep commitments, and pivotal circumstances that lead to a crisis of belief. And refreshingly, she guides her characters along the journey with humor and warmth and poignancy. I’m so glad I somehow stumbled into an early-read list for Until I Found You because I found a new favorite author in the process.
I discovered Camille Eide while reviewing her latest book for RT Book Reviews Magazine. Because of contractual obligations, I’m not allowed to do more than refer you to my review on the magazine’s website but do go there and read it to round out this synopsis. I plan to have reviews of her exquisitely beautiful Like There’s No Tomorrow and Like a Love Song posted here on the blog in the near future so stay tuned!!
My Review of The Homestead Brides Collection
My Review of Stealing Jake
My Review of The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection
Pam has a very natural writing voice and creates characters who are extremely likable and plots that are emotionally compelling. The romance in her stories may steal your breath on occasion and for sure will make you “awww” in swoonish delight. Her contributions to novella collections always have the feel of a full-length novel thanks to her expert plot crafting and character development.
My Review of A Bride At Last
Y’all. Melissa Jagears writes a good kissing book! Plus, like me, by trade Melissa is an English as a Second Language teacher to adult learners. So… already I loved her. And then I read Love By The Letter and didn’t stop reading until I had finished A Bride At Last. Well, except for when I had to pause and fan myself… or take a swooning break… or stick my head in the freezer to recover because a kissing scene had reduced me to an incoherent puddle on the floor. (For those of you keeping track at home, that’s a level 05 on my new KissingBook scale.)
My Review of The Sweetest Rain
When I agreed to review The Sweetest Rain for Franciscan Media, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Myra Johnson. This was, after all, the first time I would read a book she had written. Any worries I may have had were quickly dispelled as I became captivated by the story and the compelling characters. Myra took a rather depressing era (no pun intended) and infused it with hope, thanks to a cast of characters that gave it light and joy as well. I’m so looking forward to future books in that series!
Ok. So technically Jamie isn’t a new-to-me author but she was a new-to-me book blogger that I discovered this year – and she quickly became one of my faves. I’m super excited about her new venture – The Shoppe – where you can find the awesome book blogger’s planner pictured above. I’m already using mine and it’s so nice to have everything there right at a glance! It features six Non Dated Months with plenty of space for notes, 28 Weeks of the Weekly Checklist and Weekly Notes page, pages to record the books you’ve read, and pages to write down quotes. (You know… for next year’s Top Ten Tuesday post calling for your favorite quotes from the year. lol) You can also find her line of “For the Love of Literature” postcards which are just gorgeous and high-quality and her Inklings Collection of bookmarks, stickers, and cases for the iPad mini and iPad Air. paying tribute to two of the greatest minds in literature – C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. My personal favorite of the Inklings collection is the really nice bookmark taken from my absolute favorite quote in all of literature – “‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.”
And the best part is that when you purchase items from The Shoppe, you are also helping to change the world! A portion of the profits goes to:
● World Vision’s work with refugees
● Compassion’s work with students and education
● Children’s Hunger Fund work to help kids in America and around the globe with supplies
they need to go to school
● Mocha Club’s Action Project
Check out Jamie’s blogs at Books and Beverages and She Laughs With Dignity for more info. If you enjoy a Podcast, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, please check out Jamie’s podcast, Jack & Tollers: An Inklings Podcast.
That’s my list of 9 new-to-me favorite authors that I read for the first time in 2015, plus one awesome book blogger who has made my planning so much easier. Which authors were new-to-you this year?