Try a New Book by a New Author in the New Year!

I am a voracious reader with a To Read pile that covers all genres and extends well into literary fiction and non-fiction territories, but somehow I always return to romance when I want to read for pure pleasure. My two favorite sub genres are paranormal and suspense and I have a long list of favorite authors who receive most of my book buying allowance. However, the new year is supposed to be about new things. Over the holiday break, I decided to try new authors in sub genres I haven’t explored as much.

Here are three December debut authors whose books I completely fell in love with.

altered2ALTERED by Marnee Blake

This New Adult novel blends dystopian elements in contemporary times. I loved the characters and how they dealt with the challenge of not only being survivors of a horrible event, but also coped with their new abilities and the cost of using those super powers. This first book in the series ends on a little bit of a cliff hanger and I can’t wait for the next one to arrive. Here’s the official blurb:

The sickness came on suddenly and violently. When it was done, waitress Blue Michaels was different in a really strange way. And the entire town of Glory was dead…except for her.

Only that’s not exactly true. A handful of people made it, including U.S. Army Specialist Seth Campbell, who was caught in the wrong town at the worst time. He’s fierce and protective, and way too good-looking. As much as they need a leader-as much as Blue wants to trust him-there are too many questions and not enough time for answers. Now they are hunted. But what their pursuers don’t know is each of them has strange new powers. And they’ll use their “gifts” to survive…no matter who stands in their way.


WelcomeToForeverWELCOME TO FOREVER by Annie Rains

Single dad who’s a Marine, grieving school teacher afraid to fall in love with another military man, adorable kid who wins your hear as soon as he appears on the page–those are just a few of the things that will make you read this sweet contemporary in one sitting. Add great story telling and fabulous secondary characters and you can see why I’m on pins and needles, waiting for the second book in the series to release.

In Seaside, North Carolina, there are two kinds of people: Marines, and kids of Marines. Then there’s Kat Chandler. Recently hired as the principal of Seaside Elementary, Kat makes it her mission to turn the school into a place of peace and calm. That’s not going to be easy with hard-liner parents like Micah Peterson storming in, telling her how to do her job—and then kissing her with those gorgeous lips of his and turning her brain into mush.

As a Marine Sergeant and a single dad, Micah Peterson has just two priorities: doing his job better than anyone else, and getting the absolute best for his son, Ben. But when he meets Ben’s beautiful new principal, a different yearning shifts into focus. He wants her, sure, but he’s also moved by the connection Kat forges with her students. So after learning that she refuses to date Marines, Micah sets two more objectives: convincing Kat to give him a chance . . . and then holding on to her forever.


UnbottoningUNBUTTONING THE CEO by Mia Sosa

I loved the setup in this sexy contemporary. Super rich CEO has to do community service after too many speeding tickets, tries to hide his identity, and ends up falling in love with the supervisor at the non-profit where he ends up serving out his time. Another plus for me was a diverse set of characters and how culture was used in the story.

As the CEO of a large tech company and a semi-reformed bad boy, Ethan Hill is used to calling the shots. But when he’s sentenced to work two hundred hours of community service—for reckless driving, of all things—this chief executive needs to keep his real identity under wraps. Which gets increasingly difficult when he can’t stop thinking about his sexy new (temporary) boss.

The moment Graciela Ramirez meets Ethan, she’s tempted to throw all professionalism out the window. She can’t afford to get emotionally involved, but after a steamy session behind office doors, a no-strings-attached fling might be exactly what they need. He’ll protect his secret. She’ll protect her heart. What could possibly go wrong?


So what are some new or new-to-you authors you have discovered in the new year?


About Asa Maria Bradley

2016 Double RITA finalist, romance author, news junkie, physics instructor, and diver. Loves Norse mythology, ranch dressing, and cop shows. Lives with husband and rescue dog of indeterminate breed in Pacific Northwest. Represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. Writers about sexy modern-day Vikings. More at and @AsaMariaBradley.

Posted on January 18, 2016, in Auth: Asa Maria Bradley and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. That first book, the hybrid dystopian sounds really good. On my list! Thanks Asa.


  2. Thanks for featuring my book, Asa!! I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

    I’m trying to try new genres and new authors too. I feel like I didn’t get as much time to read last year, so I’ve resolved to do better and catch up with my TBR this year. The two you’ve mentioned alongside mine are on my “must try” list.


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