Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014.

I’ve read so many new-to-me authors this year it’s hard to decide which to include in this list. To narrow it down to 10, I decided only to include the ones that impressed me so much I’ll probably read everything they ever write. I’m late to the party with some of these authors but I’m ready to embrace all the wonderfulness their books bring now. Let’s get started.

1. Maggie Stiefvater. People have been telling me how wonderful her books are forever and stupidly I ignored them, until recently when I picked up The Raven Boys and LOVED it. Since them I’ve been reading my way through the rest of her books.

2. A.S. King. Are you guys reading her? You should.

3. Sarah Lotz. Read The Three.

4. Andy Weir. The Martian was easily one of the best books I read in 2014. It was funny and smart and terrifying. 

5. Andrew Smith. Ditto for Grasshopper Jungle, one of my top books of 2014.

6. Leigh Bardugo. Why the hell didn’t someone make me read The Grisha
series
 sooner?

7. J.C. Lillis. Words can not express how much I loved How To Repair A Mechanical Heart or how much I love Lillis.

8. Allie Brosh. Because she just gets it. 

9. Emily M. Danforth. The Miseducation of Cameron Post got banned from some schools this year, so you know it’s good.

10. And last but not least, Donna Tartt

That’s it! How about you? Got lists? Links? Please leave them below, I’d love to check them out!

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Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten New Series I Want To Start (new, defined as within the last couple of years).

I’m back. I missed a few weeks, but I’m back. Here’s the list (in no particular order):

1. Talon Series  by Julie Kagawa

2. The Heartland Trilogy by Chuck Wendig

3. Veronica Mars Series by Rob Thomas

4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater 

5. Stars and Souls Series by Melissa Petreshock

6. Four Sisters Series by Elissa Sussman

7. Archetype Series by M. D. Waters

8. Isla’s Inheritance Series by Cassandra Page

9. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

10. The Darkness Saga by Kat Daemon

What new series do you guys want to start? (And please drop me a link to your Top Ten list, if you’ve got one!)

Book Blitz: Isla’s Inheritance by Cassandra Page

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Isla’s Inheritance is a young adult urban fantasy novel published by Turquoise Morning Press. It was published last week on October, 9th, which means you can buy it now! This is Page’s first published book and is the beginning of a trilogy! Yes, you read me right. I said there will be two more books! Keep reading to find out more about Isla’s Inheritance.

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Synopsis: 

Isla was content to let her father keep his secrets, but now she can’t stand the touch of iron and her dreams are developing a life of their own. She must discover the truth — before it’s too late.

Seventeen-year-old Isla Blackman only agrees to participate in a Halloween party séance because Dominic, an old crush, wants to. She is sure nothing will happen when they try to contact the spirit of her mother. But the séance receives a chilling reply.

SHE IS NOT DEAD.

Isla doesn’t want to upset her father by prying into the family history he never discusses. When the mysterious and unearthly Jack offers to help her discover the truth, Isla must master her new abilities to protect her loved ones from enemies she never knew existed.

Intrigued? Want to know a little more? Want to read an excerpt? Yeah, I know you do! Here you go:

“Okay.” Emma rolled up her sleeves so they wouldn’t trail on the table. She slid the upturned scotch glass so the pentagram was centred within it. “Everyone put a finger on top of the glass.” We did. “Ready?” Without waiting for a response, Emma tilted her face towards the ceiling. “Is anyone there?”

Nothing happened.

“Is anyone there?” Emma asked again. She didn’t seem worried. I glanced at Dominic, whose face had fallen.

“Is anyone there?”

The glass began to inch along the surface of the paper, picking up speed as it slid towards the YES. Tamara gasped, going white under the makeup; that pale, she looked like a porcelain doll. Emma smiled, enjoying her moment. The guys watched with wide eyes.

“Welcome.” Emma smiled. “What’s your name?”

I studied the glass in its nest of fingers as it spelled out D-A-N-I-E-L. My eyes narrowed, searching for the whitening around the fingertips that would indicate someone was pushing the glass. Was that why Emma had turned off the light—to hide the tells?

“Hello, Daniel.” Emma smiled again. “Daniel’s my spirit guide,” she added in an aside to the rest of us as the glass slid across to HELLO.

I watched with a frown as the others asked questions of Daniel: where he was born, how he’d died, that sort of thing. I didn’t pay much attention; I was busy trying to see how the trick was being performed. It was a normal scotch glass and, if anyone was pushing it, they were being discrete. Emma was good.

Finally, she looked around the table at us. “Daniel can act as our intermediary to the afterlife, protecting us from evil spirits. Do any of you have relatives who have passed over that you’d like to contact? A grandparent or anything?”

“My grandpop’s dead, but he was an old bastard.” Kurt laughed. “I don’t want to talk to him. Besides, your Daniel wouldn’t let him through if he doesn’t like evil spirits.”

Tamara shook her head; Dominic turned to me. “Isn’t your mother dead?” he asked softly.

“Yes.” I looked away. I’d never known my mother. She’d died giving birth to me. But I didn’t like the idea of turning her into a parlour trick.

Dominic saw my hesitation and looked sheepish. Emma brightened, though. “What was her name?” she asked.

“Melanie,” I said reluctantly. “Melanie Blackman.”

“Hey, we don’t have to do this if you don’t want to,” Dominic said.

“It’s all right,” I said. It wasn’t real. It didn’t matter.

“Melanie Blackman, are you there?” Three times Emma repeated the call, and, as before, the glass didn’t move until the third time.

NO.

“No?” Emma looked surprised—which was itself surprising, given she was the one moving the glass. “Melanie Blackman, are you there?”

The glass circled away from the word and back again, rattling across the paper.

NO.

Obviously that wasn’t meant to happen. “Daniel, are you there?”

There was a long delay while I imagined a sheet-covered ghost handing over the receiver of a telephone. YES.

“Why isn’t Melanie Blackman there?”

It wasn’t real. It didn’t matter. But I still held my breath as I watched the glass spell out the reply.

S-H-E [SPACE] I-S [SPACE] N-O-T [SPACE] D-E-A-D.

So, now that you’ve read that you totally need to buy it, right? Right. Here’s where you can:

Isla’s Inheritance at Amazon

Isla’s Inheritance at Smashwords

And of course, you’ll want to add it to Goodreads also:

Isla’s Inheritance on Goodreads

And there’s a GIVEAWAY! (Open Internationally) 

Want to win a $50 gift card for Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice)? Dumb question, I know. Click the link below! Giveaway ends October 27th.

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About the Author: 

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Cassandra Page is a mother, author, editor and geek. She lives in Canberra, Australia’s bush capital, with her son and two Cairn Terriers. She has a serious coffee addiction and a tattoo of a cat — which is ironic, as she’s allergic to cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she engages in geekery, from Doctor Who to AD&D. Because who said you need to grow up?

Find Cassandra on Twitter, Goodreads, her Blog, PinterestFacebook and Google+.

And here we are again at the end of another post. Did you buy this book? Well, I’ll leave these links here, just in case.

Buy Isla’s Inheritance on Amazon!

Buy Isla’s Inheritance on Smashwords!

RELEASE DAY: RUNNING AWAY BY JULIE HUTCHINGS

If you’ve been paying attention to this blog lately, you’ll know that Julie Hutchings made my Top Ten Authors I NEED To Read More From list and now I finally have the chance! Today is the release day for Running Away! This is the second book in the Shinigami series by Julie Hutchings. The first book in the series, Running Home is absolutely wonderful. One of the most unique vampire books I’ve ever read. Hutchings has put a twist on her vamps blending them with Japanese mythology, making them deadly, tragic, and awesome. This series is full of sexy and dangerous vampires, murder, love, and betrayal. Hutchings is not afraid to put her characters through hell. I can’t wait to see what she does to them in Running Away! So, without further ado, here’s a little about Running Away:

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About Running Away:

Eliza Morgan is desperate to escape the horrors of her mortal life and understand why death follows her, leaving only one man, Nicholas French, in its wake. He’s the one she loves, the one she resents, and the one fated to make her legendary among the Shinigami– an ancient order of vampires with a “heroic” duty to kill. He’s also decaying before her eyes, and it’s her fault.

On the ghostlike mountaintop in Japan that the vampires consider home, Eliza will be guided by the all-powerful Master for her transition to Shinigami death god. When Eliza discovers that sacrificing her destiny will save Nicholas, she’s not afraid to defy fate and make it so—even when Nicholas’s salvation kills her slowly with torturous, puzzle-piece visions that beg her to solve them. Both Nicholas and his beloved Master fight her on veering from the path to immortality, but Eliza won’t be talked out of her plan, even if it drives the wedge between Nicholas and her deeper.

Allying with the fiery rebel, Kieran, who does what he wants and encourages her to do the same, and a mysterious deity that only she can see, Eliza must forge her own path through a maze of ancient traditions and rivalries, shameful secrets and dark betrayals to take back the choices denied her and the Shinigami who see her as their savior. To uncover the truth and save her loved ones, Eliza will stop at nothing, including war with fate itself.

So, where can I buy this wonderful sounding book, you ask?

Buy this book, Running Away, on sale for $3.99!

Then, mosey on down here and don’t forget to buy Running Home! It’s on sale for 99 cents! Because you can’t read the sequel first, silly. Unless, you like spoilers and being wrong.

Want to know more?

Need to know a little more before you buy? Want some juicy little snippets? Okay, you greedy thing! Take a look!

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About the Author Julie Hutchings:

Author Julie Hutchings

Julie’s debut novel, Running Home, giving you vampires with a Japanese mythology pants kicking is available through Books of the Dead Press. Julie revels in all things Buffy, has a sick need for exotic reptiles, and drinks more coffee than Juan Valdez and his donkey combined, if that donkey is allowed to drink coffee. Julie’s a black belt with an almost inappropriate love for martial arts. And pizza. And Rob Zombie. Julie lives in Plymouth, MA, constantly awaiting thunderstorms with her wildly supportive husband and two magnificent boys.

Find Julie on Twitter, her BlogGoodreads, and Facebook.

Did you read all the way to the bottom of this post without buying Running Away or Running Home? Let me fix that for you!

Buy Running Home (The Shinigami Series #1)

Buy Running Away (The Shinigami Series #2)

Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More.

At last! After skipping a few weeks, here is another Top Ten Post. This post was a bit difficult because when I read and love a book I automatically go find out if that author has written anything else and add those books to my to-read list and then I promptly get on with reading them. I think this list is going to end up being full of authors who haven’t yet written more than one book, but I do think I have ten, so on to the list!

1. Carol Rifka BruntTell The Wolves I’m Home is one of my favorite books in the entire world. Easily top five. If you haven’t read this book, well then you need to go fucking read it right now. I’ll wait. Seriously. I love this book so much I got a quote from it tattooed on my arm. I love this book so much I’m afraid to reread it. I haven’t read more of her books because she hasn’t written anymore (to my knowledge).

2. Daniel H. Wilson: Last year (I think), I read Robopocalypse and LOVED it. I don’t know why I never checked out any of his other books. I do have some marked to-read but I just never got around to them. And now I’m super excited all over again because as I was browsing through Barnes & Noble last week, I discovered a sequel! Robogenesis. So, I’m about to reread the first one (because I need to have it fresh in my mind, you know?) before I take on the sequel. In a month or so I should be able to cross Wilson off my list!

3.  Andy Weir: Like I hope many of you did, I read The Martian and fell a little bit in love with the MC. This book was smart, funny, and a little scary in that oh-shit-that-could-really-happen-way. While I believe he’s written at least one short story (that I haven’t read), this is his only book so far. I eagerly await more wonderfulness like this from Mr. Weir.

4. Erin Morgenstern has also only written one book, The Night Circus. But it is also one of my favorites. So, I really need her to write more books, so I can read them. Look, I just really need everyone to write more books, so let’s get on that. Please and thank you.

5. A.S. King: I’ve heard a lot of praise surrounding King’s books. I’ve had Reality Boy on my to-read list for a while now and I loved Please Ignore Vera Dietz, so I expect King to be checked off this list very soon too.

6. Danielle Steel: It might seem weird that I’ve only read one of Steel’s books since she’s such a big author and has like a hundred out, but her books aren’t really my type. Somehow though, I came to own a couple of them (and I really couldn’t tell you how). I’ve read one of them, Matters of the Heart and I’ve read this book at least three times. It was like a Lifetime movie; I just couldn’t turn away.  Lifetime movies, no matter how horrible, are my kryptonite. And if Danielle Steels other books are like this one, then I need to read them.

7. Nick Cutter: I just finished The Troop and it pulled me out of a reading slump I was in. It was everything I’ve ever wanted and loved about horror. More like this, please.

8. Donna Tartt: I hear only good things about Tartt and I mean ONLY good things. And I’ve read The Goldfinch (who didn’t?) and it’s made me realize I need to read more Tartt. I’m going to get on that soon.

9. Louise D. Gornall wrote a wonderful novel about gargoyles called In Stone and as a rabid fan of the Disney cartoon, Gargoyles, I jumped at the chance to read it. As a former weird little girl and now weird adult, with crushes on non-human things like gargoyles, Louise makes my dreams come true with my new gargoyle boyfriend (sorry, Goliath). I’m just waiting for the sequel to be published and occasionally bugging Louise on Twitter for updates.

10. Julie Hutchings wrote Running Home one of the most unique vampire books I’ve ever read. I’m excited to see what she does with the sequel! And she’s finally FINALLY set a release date for the it, Sept. 26th! She’s also one of the funniest people and a total gross weirdo, so of course, I recommend you read her books and follow her on Twitter.

What about you? What authors are you dying to read more of?

Sidenote: I have got to remember to update this thing more frequently. And I promise it will be with more than just Top Ten Posts (even though they’re so fun to make).