Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Books by Bloggers

One of the things that I enjoy about blogs is that I have found new authors through their blogs. Some of the authors below I had already read before I discovered blogs -- S. L. Viehl and Rachel Caine are two.

Others I know I would have picked up without a blog -- like Lydia Joyce -- because their style of book appeals to me in general, but the blog made me more aware of them.

There are others who had been published earlier, but that I never got around to reading -- like Monica Jackson and Brenda Coulter -- but their blogs made me interested in their books.

And then there are the new authors, the ones just beginning in the publishing world -- like Meljean Brook, HelenKay Dimon, Sylvia Day, and Diana Peterfreund -- that I feel are my real finds in the publishing world. All of these authors are new, and have just had, or are looking forward to having, their first published book. Reading their blogs has made me aware of their talent, and ready to enjoy that talent as soon as it's available. I think blogs might be a small opportunity for a talented author to avoid slipping through the cracks that seem to open up for too many new authors in the publishing world. A blog helps them build a fanbase before they even make it into print.

So here's my nod to some of the authors whose blogs I enjoy -- a listing of some of their new and upcoming books. And I have more for another day.

The Music of the Night by Lydia Joyce
Signet Eclipse, 1 November 2005
Read Lydia's blog
I really enjoyed Joyce's first book, The Veil of Night, and its Gothic atmosphere. I also loved that she threw off a lot of the formulaic elements of romance and wrote a unique, mature story.

Hot Spell with a story by Meljean Brook
Berkley, 1 November 2005
Read Meljean's blog
Okay, a little bit of gushing is about to start -- last night I stayed up late and read Meljean's story in this book, and it soared above my expectations. I loved, loved this story. I love her presentation of the mythology of angels (or rather, Guardians) and vampires. I loved that her heroine wasn't conventional, that she had made serious mistakes, a detail that probably wouldn't fly in a lot of conventional romances. I loved that she was willing to do the unexpected with the story and with the hero. And I loved that Anthony loved Emily from the beginning and that her bad decisions didn't make that love waver for a moment. I just wished it was longer. Meljean, if you read this, please tell me you're going to write more in this world! (And how cool is it that with that company, the cover art is based on Meljean's story.)

Mr. Right Now by Monica Jackson
Dafina, 5 December 2005
Read Monica's blog
Monica Jackson is an author who had been around for a while, but who I had never read. Admittedly, I had never read an African-American romance before I read one of hers -- not intentionally, because I read SF by AA authors, but more because I didn't see it much on the shelves at the bookstore or the library. So I read In My Dreams (which I was surprised to discover was a paranormal, because that cover looks like straight contemporary) and discovered that she was very realistic, down-to-earth, and imaginative.

Devil's Due by Rachel Caine
Silhouette Bombshell, 1 January 2006
Read Rachel's blog
I starting reading Caine's books before I started reading blogs, and though she doesn't post as frequently as other bloggers, she does a great job of keeping readers up on what she is working on.

Rebel Ice by S. L. Viehl
Roc, 3 January 2006
Read Sheila's blog
PBW is one of the most interesting, regular, and useful author blogs out there, and probably one of the most frequented. Though I don't always agree with her opinions (about reviewers and industry awards, for example), I think her honesty, her candor, and her willingness to help new writers is invaluable.

Bad Boys Ahoy! by Sylvia Day
Brava, 1 February 2006
Read Sylvia's blog
This is Sylvia's first book and is a collection of three stories, one of which features a former courtesan, which combined with the fact that in real life Sylvia was a Russian linguist in the intelligence field in the US Army -- and since I was an intelligence analyst and my husband was a Persian linguist in the Army, I think that's just cool and something to be commended -- leaves me dying to read this book. And Amazon lists it as already shipping, but it isn't in my local bookstores yet!

A Family Forever by Brenda Coulter
Steeple Hill Love Inspired, 1 March 2006
Read Brenda's blog
I don't normally read inspirational romance, mostly because I was raised a Mormon kid with strict parents so Mormon fiction was about all I was allowed to read for a long time, which turned me off any religious fiction for a while. However, Brenda seems to be a very well-adjusted, un-self-righteous (I know that's not a word, but I couldn't think of something better) type of person, and I think I'll probably try this one.

When Good Things Happen to Bad Boys with a story by HelenKay Dimon
Kensington, 6 April 2006
Read HelenKay's blog
It seems like I've been waiting forever for HelenKay's first book to come out, and April still seems a long time away. And it features a female architect, which sounds really cool. She's also got a collection of stories, Viva Las Bad Boys, coming up in August

Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund
Delacorte, 27 June 2006
Read Diana's blog
Diana's book sold at auction for a what Publishers Marketplace calls a "significant deal" -- between $250,000 to $499,000 -- which is a lot for a first time author. Though cash paid only doesn't get my hopes up, the fact that she's represented by The Knight Agency (another online discovery) does interest me, because they represent a lot of good and promising authors.

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meljean brook said...

*crazy happy dance* I'm so glad you loved it! Yay! There is more...I just finished Lilith and Hugh's story, and am starting on Colin's now. I don't know how long I'll work in this world -- it'll probably be a trilogy (single titles) but, not sure yet.

I can't stop grinning. :D

HelenKay said...

How cool to see my book up there with all those other talented ladies! Didn't know about the one by Rachel Caine but now I do and will add it to my list.

sybil said...

I am going to order Bad Boy's Ahoy! from BAMM (also show shipping now) as soon as I figure out what other books my birthday money is buying.

But I so need to get a job quick because there are far too many books coming out I want.

Beverly said...

Meljean -- a trilogy would be great, and I would love to revisit Lilith, Hugh, and Colin.

HelenKay -- I am looking forward to this book, and to Viva Las Bad Boys. I have the first Rachel Caine Bombshell, Devil's Bargain, but haven't had a chance to read it yet.

Sybil -- the sad thing is that I have a job and still can't afford all the books I want, but the good thing is that it's at a library, so I can always find the ones I can't afford. Good luck on the job hunt!