Favorites of 2018 ~ New-to-Me Authors

Posted 28 December, 2018 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Discussion Posts / 23 Comments

The past few years on my former blog, Bookworm Brandee, I enjoyed doing a “look back at the year” and sharing my favorites. So I asked Lexxie if we could continue the tradition here and to join me in listing favorites. We hope you enjoy reading about some of our favorites and we’d be happy to hear about any of yours!

This post is all about New-to-Me Authors! Here are my favorites for this year:

  • M. Jane Colette ~ Text Me, Cupid was a surprise in that it was so funny yet serious and hot! I want to read read her backlist now!
  • TM Frazier ~ I binged on her King series and I couldn’t get enough of these characters! I’ve been procuring her backlist to binge on in 2019 😉
  • Lauren Layne ~ Her 21 Wall Street series has been a treat so far!
  • Kennedy Daly ~ Not only was she new-to-me but she’s a debut author! I was extremely impressed with her writing, world building, and character development in Children of the Forgotten Gods.
  • Patty Blount ~ Her realistic portrayal of rape and rape culture in the U.S. made a fan of me. Someone I Used to Know should be required reading.
  • Kate Quinn ~ The Alice Network was well researched, well written, and a touching story of feminism in an historical setting. Her backlist is on my wishlist 😉
  • Genevieve Graham ~ The history of Nova Scotia and their role in WWII was something I was unfamiliar with. Not only was Come From Away enlightening, it was also thought-provoking as it dealt with themes such as prejudice.
  • Dianne Duvall ~ In Darkness Dawns, I enjoyed my introduction to the Immortal Guardians and Duvall’s version of vampires. I can’t wait to continue the series.


Here are Lexxie’s favorite New-to-Me Authors for 2018:

Again, there are several of the same authors on my list, partly because we did some buddy reads this year, and partly because those authors were not only new to me, too, but really, really good!

  • Kennedy Daly is a debut author, and her Children of the Forgotten Gods was so well done! It’s a YA fantasy, and both the world-building and the character development as well as the overall story were awesome!
  • Brandee and I buddy-read T.M. Frazier’s King series, and wow – I love this author. Dark and gritty, but still so beautiful!
  • I also finally read my first MJane Collette book – it was also Text Me Cupid, and as Brandee, I want to go back and read her whole backlist!
  • Dawn L. Chiletz is a new favorite as well, I met her at Book Bonanza and chatted with her. Now, I have read several of her books and can only recommend them to everyone!
  • I finally read my first CD Reiss books this year, and I know her The Edge series is already on a favorite list of mine for 2018, but I need to add her here as well 🙂
  • Staci Hart’s The Player was such a beautiful story, and my first by the author as well.
  • Last, but not least, Kim Holden. Yeah, she completely broke me with Bright Side.


Did you discover many new authors this year? Mind sharing with us?


Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

About Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Brandee is a mom of 3 and a soon-to-be empty nester. She is also an avid reader, a genre omnivore, and a compulsive one-clicker - but she's in recovery. Besides being a reader, she's also a writer and hopes to divide the vast quantities of spare time she'll soon have between reading and finally publishing her first book.

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23 responses to “Favorites of 2018 ~ New-to-Me Authors

  1. Sophia Rose

    I love trying and then finding a new love with new to me authors. I tried quite a few and found myself binging Ani Gonzalez and Melinda Leigh books this past fall. 🙂

  2. I like this post so much, I may just have to steal this idea and do one of my own. Thank you for the wonderful idea. Dianne Duval and TM Frazier have long been on my list. I love their books! The others, I’ll need to look up ?

  3. Anne

    Many of these are newer to me but I read more UF and fantasy and scifi. I have had Dianne Duvall on the radar and I see she’s in the Audible Romance package I just signed up to try. Anne – Books of My Heart

  4. lornak99

    I love Dianne Duvall books as well. Some new to me authors this year include Aleatha Romig, J. Sterling, R.S.Grey, Helen Hunting, and K Bromberg. I think R.S.Grey is my favorite of those, although I enjoyed the books by the others as well.

  5. I am not familiar with the authors you mentioned and will have to check them out. I tried a lot of new authors this year, too many to list here. That is one thing I love about blogs, I try new authors and genres all the time now.

  6. I had read a Lauren Layne book here and there in the past, but I went hard on her books this year, and no regrets. I am also enjoying the her 21 Wall Street books, though the Stiletto women own me. I fear reading Bright Side. I don’t know if I could handle all that emotion. I remember seeing Kim Holden’s keynote back in 2015 at UtopiaCon, and she is really wonderful, and it made me want to try to read the book.

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