Rising Star Authors in 2019
I’m starting 2019 with a new approach to my blog. I’ll be featuring other authors once or twice a month and then offering a package giveaway of their paperbacks the week or two following the blog where I feature their work. That provides you with some good book recommendations as well as free books to sample if you’re looking to expand your horizons a little.
Science has proven that reading sci-fi/fantasy books is good for your health and well being so it’s crucial that you get your daily dose. I’m not going to let you down.
The books I’m featuring below will be the subject of a giveaway both on this site (paperbacks, where provided) and on SFF Thrillers (free ebooks; Feb. 4-18). I’m hosting a similar giveaway for SFF Thrillers here (free ebooks; Jan. 28-Feb. 15). If however, you’re looking for a Space Opera, click here (free ebooks; Jan. 26-Feb. 28). If you’re looking for Teens in Fantastic Thrillers, click here (free ebooks; Jan. 24-Feb. 21).
Jennifer M. Eaton || Invaded
Four people. Two bodies. One Nightmare. The day Tracy Seavers dies, Detective John Peters arrives on the scene of the car accident to find she has miraculously walked away. An impossible conclusion, had the same thing not happened to him five years before. John suspects Tracy is now host to an alien entity with incredible healing power, and sometimes sinister needs.
John wants Tracy almost as much as the entity inside him yearns for the new alien hiding within the beautiful brunette. The last time John got involved with another host, though, it ended in disaster. So Tracy is off-limits, no matter how much he and his entity want to wrap themselves around her. Instead, he throws himself into the ultimate distraction: finding the serial killer stalking their town.
When both John and Tracy start having blackouts, and new evidence points to an entity as the killer, John has to admit that now even he is a suspect; and the only other alien in town lives inside Tracy. Unless he can find another. The South Jersey Slasher strikes again tonight. The clock is ticking—and Tracy is missing. Again. Buy Invaded on Amazon
Craig Welburn || The Ashen Levels
When Balagir awakens at the fire with no recollection of his past, he discovers he is an ashen—a mysterious group of black-eyed vagabonds, addicted to the smoke they must pay the ghostly piper in exchange for power. But danger lurks beyond every hub. Distrustful settlers, the influential askaba, an older darkness that stirs in the ash, and themselves.
With the aid of the kalaqai—an ancient, unique chisp—he must rally the ashen as never before, if they are to unravel the past, salvage the future, and vanquish the threats both within and without. Buy The Ashen Levels on Amazon.
Antara Mann || Bound by Sorcery
Antara Mann started writing at the age of seven. Nowadays, when she’s not reading and writing, you can find her practicing yoga, as she has developed a keen interest in self-improvement, spirituality, and becoming a better human being. She enjoys writing fantasy and paranormal suspense stories and believes in unity in diversity. In her opinion, the best books and stories are crossovers between genres. Visit her site.
Alexandra Shaw may be an elemental mage, but she prefers the quiet life, running her struggling occult bookshop. With secrets of her own and a magical lineage shrouded in mystery, she keeps a low profile. But when a New York banker is found gruesomely murdered with an ancient symbol carved into his chest — one representing a cult of demon hunters long thought extinct — the supernatural community, including the Magic Council, is stunned.
Alex reluctantly joins the investigation to keep her shop afloat, but tensions between gods and demons continue to rise and threaten to break into a devastating war. To diffuse the situation, the Council assigns a fiercely powerful and sexy fae to the case.
Ancient cults, demons, gods, ritualistic murders, a tempting fae — and as if all that weren’t bad enough, now someone’s trying to kill her… Buy Bound by Sorcery on Amazon.
Zachariah Wahrer || Breakers of the Dawn
Humanity has fallen from its once majestic place amongst the stars. Desperate for resources to prop up an aging galactic dynasty, humans seize every planet they find, exterminating their alien inhabitants. Across the empire, a group of dissidents come together through happenstance. As they learn more, however, they sense a strange force directing their lives.
Can they discover the truth before the empire destroys them? Dispatched to subdue an uprising, a government operative unearths an ancient relic. It somehow knows everything about him, even his darkest secrets. The strange device promises extraordinary power, but can he trust it? Buy Breakers of the Dawn on Amazon
Deborah Baker || Persephane Pendrake Chronicles
A young 13-year-old witch and wizard. A quest for 9 Magical Objects – Winner Takes All. An evil sorceress, determined to beat them and rule the planet. Enter a magical world of mystery and wonder, where fantasy reigns supreme and casual chatter sparkles green.
Meet Persephane (or Persy as she prefers), Thaddeus, Benson and P-C as they embark on their enchanted adventures to thwart the evil, black witch Melanthios… Push the outer boundaries of your imagination into a world where Persy (a very talented almost 13 year old witch, magic her ‘modus operandi’) and her close friend Thaddeus (a 13 year old wizard) with their familiars –Benson (a very cheeky dragonfly) and P-C (a far from brave dragon) pit magic, bravery, skill and allegiances from a swarm of magical creatures against the tall, dark and malevolent Melanthios. “Best new fantasy series books” one reader claims….
Follow them as they wind through periods in time, to discover ancient magic from cultures all throughout the history of the world in this best fantasy book in a long time. Success for Melanthios means that the entirety of this planet will fall under her control. Our world will become dark, bleak, cold and lorded over by her demons – forever. Buy Persephane Pendrake Chronicles on Amazon
Richard Hummel || Radioactive Evolution
Richard writes in a niche genre called LitRPG (Gamelit is the parent genre), which basically combines MMORPG with Science Fiction & Fantasy. Cool, right? By day he’s a cyber security analyst and father of two beautiful girls! His debut novel is making an impressive run.
Jared Cartwright has spent the last two years delving into the twisted, scarred wastelands of an earth ravaged by nuclear war. The rich and powerful have taken to the oceans and skies on floating utopias, escaping destruction and leaving the rest of humanity to fend off the mutated creatures that roam the earth.
To face his new reality, Jared must become an apex predator if he hopes to survive. He must unlock his true potential to confront those that left mankind to die. With deadly adversaries above and below, Jared must evolve beyond mere human limitations to defeat the powerful rulers of the cities and the rabid beasts lurking in the shadows. Jared’s quest takes a new turn when he discovers dragons are real.
Weiqi Wang || Code of Rainbow
While people may think ‘magic fantasy authors’ are the opposite of ‘scientists’, Weiqi Wang preserves his own opinions. As a D. Phil (Doctor of Philosophy, but it actually means a scientific doctor) on bioengineering graduated from Oxford University, Weiqi loves to be both.
After all, philosophy is to explain the world; some choose to use scientific languages, some put it also in fantasy.
If you like JK Rowling or Brandon Sanderson or both, you will love this book. It’s a wonderful novel genre that develops magic with the power of science – something rarely seen. Soarame has a pair of special eyes. He can see magic elements in this world, which are supposed to be invisible. This enviable gift of his could reveal the truth of the world, but it also put him in danger.
Many animals in this world possess magic power, so they are called “magimals” – dragons as an example. Soarame fortunately got a baby magimal as his best friend, but they got into troubles together – troubles that were a lot bigger than dragons. Could they survive? Buy Code of Rainbow on Amazon
S. A. Tedman || The Voice of the Voiceless
After completing a BA in English literature and an MA in Creative writing, Tedman finally sat down to write, and The Dreamwalker, the first book of The Delacourt Chronicles, saw the light of day.
She currently lives in Montpellier, in the South of France, with her husband and a beautiful baby boy.
The Voice of the Voiceless: The Delacourt Short Stories, Book 1
“None of this should be happening! How could I have messed up this badly?!
Elisabeth Delroy, Headmistress of the prestigious Delacourt Academy, has spent her entire existence desperately trying to fix the world, doing everything in her power to replace the actions of he who had been taken from it. But it just isn’t enough, and she knows she is failing.
Until one night, when a beautiful creature, the Voice of the Voiceless, gives her one final mission: to save a child – yet to be born – and protect him until he comes of age. The one that has the power to bring him back, before the world falls apart. The one that would be called… The Dreamwalker. Buy Voice of the Voiceless on Amazon.
Dwayne Gill || Written by Blood
Dwayne Gill is a new, up-and-coming author with a big imagination. He first thought of the premise of his series “Written By Blood” when he was just twelve years old. Growing up, he loved action movies and larger-than-life heroes, which is evident when reading his writing.
However, as he got older, he became bothered by the typical action figure tropes and the predictability of the plots, causing his series idea to evolve further. If you like action thrillers, unlikely, conflicted heroes, twists, and character development that has a much deeper moral than most other thrillers in its genre, you’ll want to follow the series “Written By Blood.”
Kristy escaped a dangerous serial killer. Can she escape Cane?
When Taryn meets Daniel, her new neighbor that moved in across the street, his enormous body is bandaged from head to toe and he’s recovering from an ambush that nearly killed him.
Taryn should probably stay away, but she’s drawn to the qualities of him that remind her of her deceased father. But the better she gets to know Daniel, the more she sees that he’s not only very different from her loving father, he’s also carrying a terrifying darkness inside of him. With Taryn’s home situation quickly deteriorating, can she somehow trust Daniel’s darkness to save her or will it consume her as well? Buy Written by Blood on Amazon.
Don’t forget – books are movies for smart people!
… so grab some popcorn!
You may have noticed that I forgot to feature myself.
In all seriousness, my long-time fans may actually need extra help finding my books since I recently upgraded to new covers for Slice (if you’re fast, it’s free on Amazon), Assassin Hunter, and Moon 514 (live by Feb. 1). If so, I just gave you the links. (Unproven hasn’t changed yet).