There are a lot of debut books and authors I’m looking forward to reading next year. Two of the authors who I’m featuring today, I’ve had the great pleasure of virtually meeting and having great conversations with.
Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman (Fall 2016)
Erica is one of the kindest people I’ve had the joy of meeting. She posted her playlist for the book on All the Write Notes and so many of the songs resonated with me because I could see them easily translating to my own main characters in the book I’m working on. She was so gracious, and incredibly friendly, that she really made my whole freaking week when she said she’d want to read my manuscript if the songs from her playlist fit my characters too! I may have fainted, I’m not going to lie. I love the synopsis of her book, go check out the playlist too, because it’s seriously amazing and I can see how it sets the tone for everything that this book covers.
Ellery’s bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen in to place.
Now all she has to do is die.
When her plans go awry and the gun she was going to kill herself with breaks, she does the one thing she has control over–return it and get a new one. After tormenting the crusty customer service associate by trying to return the gun with the wrong receipt, Ellery gets caught by the security guard who also happens to be someone she knows–the annoyingly perfect Colter Sawyer from her English class.
Colter quickly uncovers her secret and is determined to change her mind. After confessing his guilt over his brother’s suicide, he promises not to tell her secret. Ellery tries to fight her attraction to him as the shadows of her past cling tight around her, but when she’s faced with another tragedy, she must decide whether her love for one boy is more important than a lifetime of pain.
Alterations by Stephanie Scott (Early 2016)
Stephanie is a mentor for Pitch Wars and during the time I thought my manuscript was ready for querying, she was immeasurably helpful with advice. She is just a fantastic person, so kind and wonderfully generous with her time. I’m really looking forward to her debut because I adore Audrey Hepburn in the movie Sabrina and Stephanie’s book is a re-imagining of it. Check out the synopsis and then head over to her site as well to see everything she is up to!
Meredith Rich at Bloomsbury Spark has acquired debut author Stephanie Scott’s contemporary YA novel Alterations, a re-imagining of the movie Sabrina, set in Miami. It tells the story of a shy, hopeful fashion designer caught between her lifelong crush and his awkward, nerdy brother.
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (March 22, 2016)
I really loved Jane Eyre and I’m so down for good re-imaginings. This one I have on ARC and I’m eager to read! I know it’s cheating, she’s not a debut author, but I just had to include it!
Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked – but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.
A fugitive navigating London’s underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate’s true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household’s strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him – body, soul and secrets – and what if he discovers her murderous past?
Fallen Land by Taylor Brown (January 12, 2016)
This one’s synopsis totally got me. Read to see why.
Fallen Land is Taylor Brown’s debut novel set in the final year of the Civil War, as a young couple on horseback flees a dangerous band of marauders who seek a bounty reward.
Callum, a seasoned horse thief at fifteen years old, came to America from his native Ireland as an orphan. Ava, her father and brother lost to the war, hides in her crumbling home until Callum determines to rescue her from the bands of hungry soldiers pillaging the land, leaving destruction in their wake. Ava and Callum have only each other in the world and their remarkable horse, Reiver, who carries them through the destruction that is the South.
Pursued relentlessly by a murderous slave hunter, tracking dogs, and ruthless ex-partisan rangers, the couple race through a beautiful but ruined land, surviving on food they glean from abandoned farms and the occasional kindness of strangers.
In the end, as they intersect with the scorching destruction of Sherman’s March, the couple seek a safe haven where they can make a home and begin to rebuild their lives.
Dramatic and thrillingly written with an uncanny eye for glimpses of beauty in a ravaged landscape, Fallen Land is a love story at its core, and an unusually assured first novel by award-winning young author Taylor Brown.
Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson (March 19, 2016)
I have this ARC as well and I requested it because I thought the synopsis was very intriguing. I feel like it’s going to be very dark. The cover is also beautiful in that understated elegance sort of way, which is how I prefer it. ^.^
Hope leaves her small town for a fresh start, but her plans are derailed by an online romance and the appearance of her brother.
Hope lives in a small town with nothing to do and nowhere to go. With a drug addict for a brother, she focuses on the only thing that keeps her sane, writing poetry. To escape, she jumps at the chance to attend Ravenhurst Academy as a boarding student. She’ll even put up with the clique-ish Ravens if it means making a fresh start.
At first, Ravenhurst is better than Hope could have dreamed. She has a boyfriend and a cool roommate, and she might finally have found a place she can fit in. But can she trust her online boyfriend? And what can she do after her brother shows up at the school gates, desperate for help, and the Ravens turn on her? Trapped and unsure, Hope realizes that if she wants to save her brother, she has to save herself first.
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (September 20, 2016)
Demons, fire, betrayal, chosen one tropes (yeah, I know I said I was tired of reading it, but I fall for it every time so I’m apparently a liar). I don’t think I could throw a big enough tantrum to tell you how much I want this one right this second.
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s named the first female sorcerer in hundreds of years and invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.
Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the prophesied one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.
But Henrietta doubts that she’s the chosen one. As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?
The Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (2017)
I’m cheating again. I know.
What’s new? But as much as I said I’m looking forward to a lot of debut author’s, which I am, apparently I don’t have enough to make a full list of ten for 2016 alone. Opps. *shrugs*
I have a thing for Victorian England, see above, but this is totally different premise and I like this concept of breaking things down to build them back up (in a manner of speaking, of course).
In an alternate Victorian England where social prestige stems from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, sixteen-year old Anna Arden is barred from the society she yearns for by a defect of blood. She believes herself Barren, unable to perform the most rudimentary spells. Anna would do anything to belong, but after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spells, Anna finds herself exiled with her aging grandmother to her grandmother’s native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
But in Hungary, Anna finds that nothing about her world or her own lack of magic is quite as it seems. Fissures in the Binding that holds her world’s magic are expanding, and the ancient creatures bound by that spell beg Anna to release them. As rebellion sweeps across Hungary, Anna’s unique ability to break spells becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Roma, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted—or embrace her ability, destroy the Binding, spark a revolution, and change the face of magic itself.
What debuts are you eagerly waiting for? Any of mine catch your eye? ^.^ Let me know!