Top Ten Tuesday – New Author Discoveries This Year

Today’s Topic:  Freebie

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m extremely author loyal. But I also love discovering new to me authors. One of my goals this year has been to read more by authors I’ve never read before. So far, I’ve had great success with this. So for this week’s freebie, I thought I would share some of my favorite new author discoveries this year.

Naomi StephensShadow Among Sheaves -This cross between the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz and Bronte’s Jane Eyre fascinated me. And I was impressed by how well written this debut novel is.

Scarlette Pike In Spite of Lions -This historical novel transported me to the plains of Africa and introduced me to one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever met – and it turns out he is a real life historical figure.  My Review for The Silver Petticoat.


Jenn BennettStarry Eyes, Anatomical Shape of a Heart  – This popular YA author is one I’m behind on discovering. I enjoyed Starry Eyes better than the latter.

Lucy ParkerAct Like It, Pretty Face, Making Up – Several people have recommended Parker’s contemporary romances, including Modern Mrs. Darcy. I devoured these three on the plane and loved them.

Melanie BenjaminThe Girls in the Picture – I loved this fictionalized story of real life female film pioneers, Mary Pickford and Frances Marion. My review.

J’nell Ciesielski The Songbird and the Spy – Though I haven’t yet read her well-received debut, I did enjoy her sophomore WWII romantic drama.

Jules WakeFrom Rome with Love, From Italy with Love – Rom-coms and Europe? This author’s books are right up my alley.

Sarah McCoy Marilla of Green Gables – As a fan of the Anne of Green Gables series, this is the book I never knew I always wanted to read. Just perfect. My review for The Silver Petticoat.

Carla Kelly The Wedding Journey – Author Rachel McMillan has never steered me wrong with her book recommendations. I enjoyed this historical about a group of vagabonds making their way across war-torn Spain.

Nadine BrandesFawkes – Too much hype often turns me off a book. It took me a while, but I finally gave this historical fantasy a chance and am so glad I did.

Dorothy Adamek Carry Me Home – This historical set on an Australian island is one of the best books I’ve read this year. My review.

Who are some authors you’ve discovered this year? Are there any you would recommend?

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8 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday – New Author Discoveries This Year”

  1. I discovered Sarah McCoy just last year. Based on how much I liked Marilla of Green Gables, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for other books from her.

    My TTT.

  2. I finally read “The Girls in the Picture” and I loved it. I didn’t care if it was 100% historically accurate or not – it was such a good depiction of female friendship. Also, it was a fascinating look at Hollywood in the early days. Thanks for your original recommendation! 🙂

  3. I have Dorothy’s still on my shelf, and it sounds marvelous, so that’s still on my mental TBR. Of the two I’ve read, I like one of Jenn’s better over the other (Alex Approximately over Serious Moonlight), and J’Nell’s debut is quite good! Now to read her follow up, and eventually her 2020 release. 🙂

    1. I know historical’s aren’t your favorite, but Dorothy’s book deserves all the praise. It features one of the most patient, loving, sacrificial leading man I’ve read in a while. Also, I have Alex Approximately on my TBR list.

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