Question: Who Are Some Authors I Should Check Out In 2015?

Posted January 1, 2015 by Carmel in Question / 79 Comments


Happy New Year!!!

I’m going to focus on authors that have books releasing in 2015, and more specifically series / stand-alone debuts because you’re more likely to add them to your TBR. Don’t feel like you have to do the same though, however please keep in mind that I hate playing catch-up just as much as you do, and time is always at a premium.

Jennifer Estep: Her ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN novels pop up on my top 10 lists every December, but they are already twelve installments in, and still going strong, so instead I’m going to direct you towards COLD BURN OF MAGIC which hits shelves on April 28th. It’s book 1 in her new BLACK BLADE Young Adult series, and I’m hoping that it’ll prove to be a good starting point for readers looking to get into her writing.

Sierra Dean: All good things must come to an end, and SECRET MCQUEEN was no different; however I’m all for spin-offs, especially when there’s a strong probability that one of my favourite Urban Fantasy heroines might make a few cameo appearances. And, the fact that it’s set in the same world doesn’t hurt either. Therefore, may I present BAYOU BLUES, the next release by this Canadian author from Winnipeg.

Rachel Vincent: This talented writer actually has two debuts in the works for 2015, so pick your poison: Urban Fantasy or Young Adult. Personally, I’m probably going with both because I adored her SHIFTERS novels, and her SOUL SCREAMERS universe wasn’t too shabby either, although I haven’t gotten very far in it yet. Her UNBOUND trilogy is another fav of mine, but I digress… MENAGERIE and THE STARS NEVER RISE are where its at.

Chloe Neill: Peeps seem to have a love / hate relationship with her CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES, and if you’re one of them I won’t hold that against you, but I hope that you’ll consider giving THE VEIL a whirl. Every author deserves a second chance in my opinion, and in case you need a bit more convincing, the story is set in New Orleans, or more specifically in a place called DEVIL’S ISLEβ€”can I get a HELLS YEAH!?

Felicity Heaton: I’m trying not to play favourites, but Urban Fantasy is clearly dominating this list, with Young Adult not too far behind, so I wanted to give Paranormal Romance a bit of love too. Heaton’s an indie author with a knack for writing strong heroines, and adding to my fictional boyfriends stable. The first part of 2015 is all about her ETERNAL MATES, but ARES, book 1 in her GUARDIANS OF HADES series is scheduled for the fall.

Bayou Blues Ares

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79 responses to “Question: Who Are Some Authors I Should Check Out In 2015?

  1. Pili from In Love With  

    Hmmmm, I think a very obvious one would be Kathleen Peacock since Hemlock is all about werewolves and I can’t believe there’s a series about werewolves you haven’t read!

    Also Pierce Brown, because Red Rising & Golden Son have been two of my fave books of the past year!

    And if you haven’t given a try to Sarah J Maas books or Page Morgan trilogy about gargoyles, I highly recommend you do!
    Pili recently posted…Happy New Year 2015!!

    • Yeeaahh… Kathleen Peacock is a huge fail on my part. How did I not realize that hers was a werewolf series!? I can’t thank you enough for bringing that to my attention! Now, I just need to find the time to squeeze in 3 more books.

  2. I have a kind of rocky relationship with Rachel Vincent. I didn’t really like the first book in her UF series, and her YA ones are hit and miss. I’m really hoping to give Jennifer Estep and Cloe Neill a try this year, I heard so many great things about both of them.
    Celine recently posted…Happy New Year! & 2014 Wrap Up

    • Vincent’s Shifters series was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for me; love one book, didn’t like the next one, liked the following one, etc. Her Unbound trilogy was a-m-a-z-i-n-g though!

    • Jessica’s due back this month, and she’s all over Sarah J. Mass, so I think I’d have a fist fight on my hands if I tried to steal A Court of Thorns and Roses from her. Hehe!

  3. If you haven’t tried Rachel Vincent’s Unbound series, it is good. It is only a trilogy and the entire thing is out, so easy to breeze through. I’m sure I will start some new authors, but I don’t know what yet. I’m sure that some will come up. Mostly, I want to get caught up on stuff that I’ve started. I started a bunch of new-to-me series and authors in 2014.
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  4. There are a few authors that don’t always work for me but I keep trying hoping I’ll find the right fit at some point.

    Melissa Marr was my pick for last year. I didn’t love her fae series but did enjoy her stand alone thriller – Made for You.

    Rachel Vincent might be this years choice. I like her writing style but haven’t found the right book for me by her yet.

    Thanks for selecting new series from some of these authors. Being 12 books behind in a series is daunting so having something new to try is great.

    • I’m not entirely cruel, and am well aware of how much bloggers’ TBR piles tend to tower, plus it’s only January, so I still have a hope of landing on the ‘nice’ list this year. πŸ˜‰

  5. I have Jennifer Estep’s first Elemental Assassin book on my shelf, recently acquired, but haven’t got around to reading it yet. Maybe I should reconsider and move it upward on my pile.
    As for Rachel Vincent, she’s a great, great, great example of watching an author grow through her career. The improvement in her craft is evident even throughout the Shifters series, from book one to six, alone. I’m not *as* keen on her YA books as her adult books, but the Unbound series is awesomely written and kicks a$$, for sure.
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    • Ooh, I hope you LOVE Jennifer Estep’s EA series, it’s one of my absolute favs. And, if you’re into audiobooks, you can’t beat Lauren Fortgang’s narration of Gin’s POV. I 100% agree about Vincent’s writing improving throughout her Shifters novels.

  6. Two of those authors are on my list of authors to try in 2015 because I have the first book in their series but just never got around to reading it and that is Jennifer Estep and Rachel Vincent, I also just finished the first one in the Chicagoland Vampire series and I liked it. So I am most definitely going to try out these new series and the ones from the authors on your list I haven’t tried. πŸ™‚
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    • I keep telling myself that one of these years I’m going to read exclusively backlist titles, but then ARCs land on my doorstep, and I just can’t say no!

  7. After you mentioned Jennifer Estep her new series in one of your posts last week I pre-ordered it. I am hoping to catch up on her series this year as I am really behind and I love her writing style!

    Rachel Vincent is one of my favourite authors and I already have Menagerie and the Stars Never Rise pre-ordered! Can’t wait to start those series!

    I have read a few books in Chloe Neill her Chicagoland vampires series, but after a while I never picked up the next book, it wasn’t bad, it wa sjust okay and didn’t keep my interest enough. I might check out her new series.
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    • Sweet! I really hope that Estep nails the first installment in her new YA series. I’ve been needing a fix ever since her Mythos Academy books came to an end.

  8. Hi Carmel!
    I won’t overwhelm you, but a few I think you should check out if you haven’t already:
    – Richard Kadrey, who writes the SANDMAN SLIM series among other things
    – Chuck Wendig, who writes the MIRIAM BLACK books among other series
    – I’ve mentioned before that I’m looking forward to Suzanne Johnson’s newest in her New Orleans wizard/elf series that also involves the pirate Jean Lafitte. The first book is called “Royal Street,” I believe
    – Ragnarok Publications is a publisher that puts out a lot of great quality urban fantasy fiction that I think you’d enjoyed, including NAMELESS by Mercedes M. Yardley

    Happy Reading!

    • I picked-up a couple of Sandman Slim books at RT14, aaand of course they are still on my shelves. Suzanne Johnson’s been on my radar for a while, but Jessica called dibs, so that series might end up on my ‘just for me’ pile. I’m not familiar with the two other authors you suggested; off to GoodReads I go. Thanks!

    • I read Ione’s Demonica series, still have her Lords of Deliverance on my wishlist, and I’m up to date on Painter’s new series. LOVE Hearne’s books, especially in audio!

  9. A great list of authors Carmel. I really need to get back into the Chicagoland Vamp series, I stopped at book #4 (that Ethan incident πŸ˜‰

    I can’t wait to read Menagerie and The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent despite hating her Shifter series.

    Happy New Year! I hope 2015 will be an amazing year for you x
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  10. I’ve heard Pierce Brown’s books are must reads and hey, I need to read Felicity Heaton’s new ones too. I would also suggest Paige Tyler for shifter romance with her new SWAT series, but her X-Ops is only heading into book 3 at this point. Anna Richland is only on her second Immortal Vikings book if you like PNR that doesn’t involve the usual suspects. I’m trying a re-release of Claire Ashgrove’s Inherited Damnation series and a new to me author, Tera STanley’s shifter romance Silver Wolf Clan.

    But for the most part, I’ll just be catching up wit other ongoing series. Like Gerri Bartlett’s Glory St. Clair and Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changlings.
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    • Pierce Brown is high up on my MUST list, and I already read Paige Tyler’s Hungry Like The Wolf, so score one for me. As for the rest though… I need more TIME!

  11. I just finished my first Nalini Singh book(listen) and loved it. So now I want to read more in her series. I also want to read more of the Gardella Vampire Hunter books by Colleen Gleason. I have the first Elemental Assassin book by Estep and I would like to find time to read that as well.I think I am going to stay away from Net Galley for awhile and work on my tbr stack some. Of course I will check it out occasionally!

    • I’ve heard such good things about Nalini Singh’s novels, but I’m not big on angels, so I might start with Psy-Changeling instead. My NetGalley account thanks you for your temporary hiatus. LOL!

  12. I just started the Elemental Series and plan to try to read one book in the series per month until I’m caught up. Just like I’m doing with the Kate Daniels series. I read the first book in the Chicagoland Vampires, but never got around to continuing the series. I liked it, but it just got pushed back.
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    • One a month is the easiest way to get caught-up IMO. I’m doing that with Jess Haines’ H&W Investigation series right now. Only one more installment to go!

  13. I’m glad that some of your favorite authors are starting new series, Carmel. I can choose whether or not to start with the old or new. πŸ™‚ I’m so excited for Rachel Vincent’s new stuff!! *squee* She’s one of my favs.

    So, off the top of my head I can think of one author I’d love for you to try. And she’s got a new release out late this month. It’d fall into your, um, guilty pleasure habit…so I know you wouldn’t review it here. But you might like her style. πŸ™‚ I’ll gift it to you, if you want to try it. Oh, the book is Three, Two, One by JA Huss. LOL
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    • Ooh, I didn’t realize you were a Rachel Vincent fan. Finally, an author we can compare notes on! I saw your JA Huss recommendation coming a mile away. Hehe!

    • Brown’s books keep coming up again and again. I think y’all are trying to tell me something. I just finished getting caught-up on Briggs’ Alpha & Omega series too. SO GOOD!

  14. I can’t really think at the moment of any authors or books to add to your list, but I agree with you on Rachel Vincent. I really enjoyed her Shifters series & the Unbound series & so far I like the Soul Screamers series (I’ve only read a few). I’m really looking forward to her 2015 releases!!
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    • I’ve already started putting together my wishlist for this year, and am psyched for all of the fab titles in the pipeline, plus there’s still plenty more to come. Woot!

  15. Greats picks! Did you know Rachel Vincent was expanding on her shifter series in a new spin off that she is self-pubbing? I’m so so excited!

    If you haven’t checked out her books yet you should absolutely read Nalini Singh’s Archangel series and her Psy/Changeling series. I also of course am a huge fan or Ilona Andrews so bother her Hidden legacy and Kate Daniels series are a must, and last but not least, ML Brennan’s Generation V books are a great new take on the vampire world.

    Thanks so much for sharing yours, I’ll have to check some of them out for sure!
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    • Yes, I did hear that actually, and she has a new Shifters novella out too that I need to read. I can cross Ilona Andrews off the list, but Nalini Singh & ML Brennan still remain.

    • I read mixed review on Sea of Shadows, so I wasn’t completely sure whether or not I should read it, but I trust your judgment seeing how you’re a Kelley Armstrong fan too.

  16. I honestly want to know the answer to this question myself. I’m on the lookout for Rachel Vincent too. Her book really sounds interesting. I’ve heard of Felicia Heaton before.. maybe I’ll give it a go also. Great post Carmel!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

    • In that case, perhaps you should read over all of the comments because there are TONS of great suggestions. Be warned though, doing so is hazardous for your TBR mountain.

  17. Cold Burn of Magic just made my list from your most anticipated reviews. πŸ™‚ The Stars Never Rise and The Veil were already on my list too! I just read and loved Generation V so I’ve been looking at a lot of Urban Fantasy Lately. Nightwise looks good and so does The Shadow Revolution, a historical urban fantasy.

  18. I love coming to your blog because it’s a great mix of adult and young adult titles in the genres I’m most likely to read. Like paranormal a la Jennifer Estep. I’ve heard REALLY great things about Elemental Assassin, and I didn’t actually realize that she has a new YA series coming out – Black Blade?? Cool name. Rachel Vincent was really sweet when I volunteered at the Romantic Times Book Lover’s Convention, so she’s definitely been on my radar for a while with SOUL SCREAMERS. The Stars Never Rise has such a pretty cover and maybe that’s superficial to say, but I am kind of looking forward to it for that reason. I LOVE the Chicagoland Vampires series. I’m up book 7, I think. I have book 8, but I’m falling behind o.O. Is this 9 or 10 now? o.O or is the Veil a new series?

    2015 authors to read! Have you read Samantha Shannon’s Bone Season? Adult fantasy, not UF like those perhaps but really cool stuff. Also have you read Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series? Love that.
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    • Thanks for the blog love! I haven’t read Samantha Shannon’s book yet, but have been counting down the days until Burned for what, like a year now? I simply adore the Fever series! The Veil is the first installment in a new series, so if you’re not feeling Neill’s CV anymore, it might be a good alternative.