Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Five Up-and-Coming Authors You Might Not Know... But Should.

I've always been an avid reader. Since an early age books were my favorite things. I could get lost in other worlds, take unforgettable journeys, and meet the most heroic or most intriguing and sometimes the most evil characters. Reading was more than a hobby, it was a passion - a love affair.

As I have spent more time writing over the last few years I've found that I have less and less time to read. 

Don't get me wrong, here. I still read a lot. However, these days I read with my kids more, and with so much on my plate it's become more difficult to find the time to really get into the volume of reading I had once been able to enjoy.

Because of this I have had to become a bit more selective when picking new conquests from me "to be read" pile. There are dozens upon dozens of titles that I plan to read, but many of those have gotten pushed back to the "some day" area. This makes me sad.

It is because of that, though, that when I come upon a gem I feel inclined to share it with others who may have limited time on their hands for reading... but, like me, adore reading. With that in mind (and with the gift giving season upon us) I have put together a list of five authors that I feel I need to recommend.

I have them listed below, in no particular order, with links to their websites, facebook pages, goodreads, twitter, amazon pages, etc.

I hope you enjoy their work as much as I have.


Mireille Chester

Mireille Chester is a stay at home mom of three children and wife to an amazingly supportive husband. Her time is spent playing with the kids, reading, writing, and watching movies with her hubby.

Since starting her novelling debut, she has had the pleasure of getting lost in several worlds. Quelondain, Dorathan, and Kallaryn are where she likes to spend her time and she hopes others will enjoy going there as well.

Mireille's series come for those in all age groups.

A good place to start with Mireille Chester's books, in my opinion would be with Chael's Luck. (Cover shown on right)

Mireille Chester on Goodreads
Mireille Chester on Amazon
Mireille Chester on Facebook
Mireille Chester on Twitter
Mireille Chester's Website

Kendall Grey

Kendall Grey, word wrangler, whale warrior, wicked wench, and lover of tongue-tripping alliteration, was born without an off-switch between her brain and mouth. She's been called the "Flux Capacitor of Twitter" and "A little package of love all wrapped up in F-word paper," but she's really just a maniacal writer relaying eyewitness accounts of the rave inside her head. She writes urban fantasy with strong romantic elements and also dabbles in erotica and horror on occasion.

Kendall lives off a dirt road near Atlanta, Georgia, but don't hold that against her.

A good place to start with Kendall Grey's books (not intended for children), in my opinion would be with Inhale. (Cover shown on right)

Kendall Grey on Goodreads
Kendall Grey on Amazon
Kendall Grey on Facebook
Kendall Grey on Twitter
Kendall Grey's Website

Megg Jensen

Megg has been a freelance parenting journalist since 2003 and began writing YA novels in 2009. She co-runs DarkSide Publishing, is a member of SCBWI, and blogs about writing while juggling freelancing, volunteering, and family life.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two kids, and a miniature schnauzer, Ace.

A good place to start with Megg Jensen's books, in my opinion would be with Anathema. (Cover shown on right)

Megg Jensen on Goodreads
Megg Jensen on Amazon
Megg Jensen on Facebook
Megg Jensen on Twitter
Megg Jensen's Website

Ashley Chappell

Ashley Chappell currently resides in Huntsville, AL with the love of her life. She is a contractor for NASA in the Rocket City and during her writing time her cats sometimes share her lap with her computer, should they choose to allow the usurpation at all. She is an avid lover of nature who enjoys climbing, camping, hiking and sailing.

A good place to start with Ashley Chappell's books, in my opinion would be with Alice Will. (Cover shown on right)

Ashley Chappell on Goodreads
Ashley Chappell on Amazon
Ashley Chappell on Facebook
Ashley Chappell on Twitter
Ashley Chappell's Website

Thomas Amo

Thomas Amo has been writing since he was a boy. His dream was always to write for the movies, television, theatre. In the late 1990's he began a career as a full time theatrical producer and while running his own theatre company began writing plays for the stage. In 2000 his first novel was published. It would be another decade before he published again. In August of 2012 he finished epic YA novel, "Forever Me."

A good place to start with Thomas Amo's books, in my opinion would either be with An Apple For Zoe or Forever Me. (Covers shown on right)

Thomas Amo on Goodreads
Thomas Amo on Amazon
Thomas Amo on Facebook
Thomas Amo on Twitter
Thomas Amo's Website


  1. I'm excited to see Thomas Amo on this list.

    Forever Me is a wonderful book, and more people should be aware of it.

  2. Thank you Dennis for adding me to such distinguished company. And THANK YOU Severus Ofnine for your sweet comment!