I've done this once before, almost two years ago, and it was well received. So well received, in fact, that it's been the most viewed post on my blog. I figured it was about time that I do it again -- a bit of an update, if you will.
It bears repeating, I feel, that I've always been an avid reader. Thanks to my mother's efforts I was reading daily more than a year before beginning school. It's been a part, and a vitally important one, for as long as I have memory. Books... Stories... these have always been my favorite things. Fictional worlds and characters were my escape as a child and remain so to this day. My love of reading lead directly to my love of storytelling and thus my own writing, but I still can't get away from reading the work, the art, the worlds created by others.
I have friends, kids, and a lot of demands on my time. I find that as I get older there seem to be more and more of those demands, in fact. None-the-less, I cannot stop reading. I love it, and I'd like to believe it loves me.
|How my TBR pile feels...|
My lack of time, though, has proven to have a very real consequence on the reading that I'd like to do. I get... no, I stay behind. I know I'm not the only one with a "to be read" pile of books that just seems to get more and more daunting. As much as I hate it, I've been forced to become even more selective than ever before when picking my next new read. It's a sad, but unfortunately true, state of affairs.
This "picky reading" I've been forced into has had an unexpected side effect. I now feel some strange sense of duty to others, who might well be in a similar position, to share the brightest of lights that I come across in my reading. I've done that before... so, I'm doing it again. Since it was five that I recommended last time I decided to do five again (even if there were a few others I felt I really should talk about as well).
So to be clear... I have listed below, in no particular order, five authors who I feel are more than worth your time. I highly recommend all five of them. I've listed them with links to their websites, facebook pages, goodreads, twitter, amazon pages, etc.
I really hope that you enjoy their work. I know I have.
Rachel Thompson is the amazing author of the award-winning Broken Pieces, as emotional work of art, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. Rachel is published and represented by Booktrope. She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…), 12Most.com, bitrebels.com, BookPromotion.com, and Self-Publishers Monthly. Rachel is the creator and founder of #MondayBlogs and #SexAbuseChat and an advocate for sexual abuse survivors. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.
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An American novelist from Burbank, California, Allie Burke writes books she can't find in the bookstore. Having been recognized as writing a "kickass book that defies the genre it's in", Allie writes with a prose that has been labeled poetic and ethereal.
Her life is a beautiful disaster, flowered with the harrowing existence of inherited eccentricity, a murderous family history, a faithful literature addiction, and the intricate darkness of true love. These are the enchanting experiences that inspire Allie's fairytales.
From some coffee shop in Los Angeles, she is working on her next novel.
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Allie Burke on Facebook
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Nicholas Denmon studied English at the University of Florida. He started story telling from the moment he could talk and has spent a lifetime perfecting the art.
His life has been varied, giving him no shortage of material. Some of his unique experiences include growing up with a schizophrenic mother, having six brothers and sisters (of which he is the middle-younger child), a perfectionist father, an evil step-mother, a college life to rival Tucker Max, and working for politicians on the Presidential as well as local stage. He has been, at times, a devout Catholic, a closet atheist, and an honorary member of the Jewish tribe.
Nick's joy of art knows little in the way of limitations, as he loves unique paintings, music, acting, film, and of course writing.
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David Dalglish was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, then moved to the small town of Purdy, Missouri when he was about four years old. Purdy’s claim to fame is a Supreme Court fight over whether or not the school could forbid dancing. The anti-dancers won.
He was a bookworm growing up. Solid A’s, was reading Crichton and Clancy by the fourth grade. Thankfully he had a very supportive family, ones who nurtured and cherished his intellect.
David graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 with a degree in Mathematics. When trying to be productive, and stave off returning to working fast food, he writes and self-publishes various fantasy novels, of which he's sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
He also has a lovely wife and two beautiful daughters, with all three being far better than he deserves.
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S.K. Whiteside is a Mythic Fiction writer of Contemporary Urban & Historical Fantasy. As a full time Mental Health Therapist, she started writing in Academia but decided writing about things on the "other side of the veil" was not only profitable but a lot more interesting. Her earlier works are Paranormal Erotic Romance under a pen name that she continues to explore writing to this day. Living in the Paranormal capital of the world makes it fairly easy for her to come up with characters, many of which are based off of real personas in her life that she can't help but carry over into her writing.
Writer and lover of all things dark and mysterious - most of her stories have a background in Egyptian Mythology with a modern day adaptation and unique twist. Her Charismatic characters and snarky banter often derive from the various personas of those she loves and the voices in her head...
When not writing she spends her time telling everyone else in the world that they are completely bonkers but yet she often channels Napoleon Bonaparte. During her down time she pokes at the massive giant whom holds her captive and runs from two monsters that she swears are out to kill her. Some people call them her husband and children but she knows the truth...
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