Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dandy Debuts

Tired of the same old authors? Never fear, there are many talented first time authors with novels in your favorite genre. Fresh new fictional voices with talent to spare, these novelists may turn in to future favorites!

For fans of historical fiction try:
Woodsburner by John Pipkin. "Woodsburner" springs from a little-known event in the life of the iconic American figure, Henry David Thoreau. On April 30, 1844, a year before he built his cabin on Walden Pond, Thoreau accidentally started a forest fire that destroyed three hundred acres of the Concord woods—an event that altered the landscape of American thought in a single day. Against the background of Thoreau’s fire, Pipkin’s ambitious debut penetrates the mind of the young philosopher while also painting a panorama of the young nation at a formative moment.

For fans of supernatural fiction try:
When Autumn Leaves by Amy S. Foster.
Set in a picturesque Pacific coast town where it's hard not to believe in magic, where the shoes in the window always fit, where you can buy a love potion at the corner shop, and where local lore seamlessly mixes with the supernatural. And then there's Autumn, the town's most beloved resident, shopkeeper, and guardian of the Jaen sisterhood. When she receives word she's been promoted within the order, Autumn must undertake the task of selecting her own replacement. But who is magical enough to take Autumn's place?

For folk who like a good mystery try:
The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault.
Set in the world of dictionary publishing, this is a novel for those who like words and puzzle solving. The clues lie in coded citations written by an unknown phantom author. The codes tease the reader enough that the literary puzzle becomes more than a problem for the young editorial assistants protagonists... it becomes something the reader wants to solve himself. As the clues are uncovered, a chilling story begins to emerge: a story about a lonely young woman, a long-unsolved mystery, a moment of shattering violence. And as they piece together its fragments, the puzzle begins to take on bigger personal meaning for both of them, compelling them to redefine their notions of themselves and each other. Charged with wit and intelligence, set against a sweetly cautious love story, 'The Broken Teaglass' is a tale that will delight lovers of words, lovers of mysteries, and fans of smart, funny, inventive fiction.

For fans of fantasy fiction try:
Midwinter by Matthew Sturges.
Winter only comes to the land once in a hundred years. But the snow covers ancient secrets: secrets that could topple a kingdom. Mauritaine, a war hero, must decide between his own freedom and the fate of the very land that has forsaken him.

Debut novels have a lot to offer, try one today!

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