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message 1: by Dahrose (new)

Dahrose | 56 comments I'm talking about the little known gems that you've accidentally stumbled across, taken a chance and been blown away by.
So no block-busters or machine driven PR hogs/best sellers.
I want to hear about new authors/or just starting to get some traction authors that are your newest faves.

Personally, I'm loving the Jane Cousins - Southern Sanctuary Series. They are the whole package; sweet, steamy and with lots of laughs
To Woo A Warrior (Southern Sanctuary, #1) by Jane Cousins To Trap A Temptress (Southern Sanctuary, #2) by Jane Cousins To Wrangle A Witch (Southern Sanctuary, #3) by Jane Cousins To Seduce A Siren (Southern Sanctuary, #4) by Jane Cousins To Bedevil A Beauty (Southern Sanctuary, #5) by Jane Cousins

Likewise I think Isabel Jordan does an excellent job with Semi-Charmed Semi-Charmed by Isabel Jordan

An another author who is certainly deserving of more attention is Kate Locke and her Immortal Empire Series
God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire, #1) by Kate Locke The Queen Is Dead (The Immortal Empire, #2) by Kate Locke Long Live the Queen (The Immortal Empire, #3) by Kate Locke


message 2: by Kellibean00 (new)

Kellibean00 | 5 comments Hey!

Anyone read

Geneva Lee? I loved her royal sage read it all in one sitting.
M. Lauryl Lewis has a zombie apocalypse story. Very graphic and the author really paints a picture with her words.
S. M. Reine. Awesome. She has a few stories but they exist in the same world. She weaves them together pretty well.


message 3: by Veronica (new)

Veronica Rosa (veronicadelrosa) I've added several indie authors to my buy list.

Heather R. Blair of the Phoenix Inc series - Phoenix Rising, Phoenix Fallen and soon Phoenix Broken.

Jen Winters of the Guardians series Kissing the Rain and Kissing Demons

Rachel Chanticleer of the Cresent City Arcana series The Hunter and the Witch

Kimiko Alexandre for Guardians: Awakened

I'm sure there are a few more, but these are the ones I've read recently and quite enjoyed their novels.


message 4: by Diana (new)

Diana Rising (dianaruthr) I really like the Royal Saga by Geneva Lee, too. I haven't read Crown me, yet.
Conquer Me (Royals Saga, #2) by Geneva Lee Command Me (Royals Saga, #1) by Geneva Lee Crown Me (Royals Saga, #3) by Geneva Lee

I just finished Bear my Soul by T.S. Joyce and it was great. It was related to the Saw Bears books. They have a lot of humor. The new Fire Bears series is starting out more seriously.

Sawman Werebear (Saw Bears, #4) by T.S. Joyce Timberman Werebear (Saw Bears, #3) by T.S. Joyce Woodcutter Werebear (Saw Bears #2) by T.S. Joyce Lumberjack Werebear (Saw Bears, #1) by T.S. Joyce

and Bear My Soul (Fire Bears Book 1) by T.S. Joyce


Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ (deliah_wilson) My new favs this year have been Sacrificed (The Last Oracle, #1) by Emily Wibberley (YA paranormal) and The Wicked City (Siren Song, #1) by Megan Morgan (urban fantasy)!

Great writing in both.

I'm keen to pick up some of the recommendations in this thread already, thanks for the ideas!


message 6: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 192 comments Great thread! I just picked up a copy of Command Me (Royals Saga, #1) by Geneva Lee :)

Let me see if I have any to add to the list...


message 7: by Angela (new)

Angela Dossett (whisperingwillo) | 88 comments I've enjoyed these:
Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden by Jorja DuPont Oliva and book 2
Ghosts of July (Shamans of the Divide, #1) by Megan Applegate and books 2-5.5
Thrall (Daughters of Lilith, #1) by Jennifer Quintenz and books 2-3
SECTOR C ~ The Chosen (Book 1) by Nina Soden
Lost Girl (Hidden, #1) by Colleen Vanderlinden and books 2-5 with 2 novellas
and just finished Guardian (Hidden Soulhunter #1) by Colleen Vanderlinden
These are great series to read, IMO


message 8: by Nevada (new)

Nevada (vadatastic) | 53 comments I would add S.M. Boyce and her books Grimoire Saga Complete Box Set. They have a little romance, but it's certainly not the focus, definitely more fantasy than anything. She has some beautiful descriptions, especially the rose cliffs.

I am currently reading The Short Life of Sparrows and am finding it to be unique. Granted, I'm not big time into witches, so I may be mistaken, but I like the relationship dynamics in it so far. It's refreshing to me.


message 9: by Kellie (new)

Kellie (track_star24) | 22 comments I've become addicted to quite a few new authors to me that I gladly will hype right now. Warrior series by Melanie P. Smith, Mountain Wild Bears by Anya Nowlan, Guardians of Scotland series by Victoria Zak, Wolfpack Delta series by Ruelle Channing and Cam Cassidy, The Community series by Tracy Tappan and La Patron series by Sydney Addae.

Loved them all and constantly check for new books from each author.


message 10: by Talltree (new)

Talltree | 24 comments I liked Lisa Airey's Touching the Moon by Lisa M. Airey and Dani April's PNR romances!


message 11: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sophieg13) | 64 comments Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts, #4) by Stacia Kane I have been reading this series for a couple years now and I love it but I don't ever hear much about it from other UF readers. I highly recommend it!


message 12: by Jenna (new)

Jenna | 53 comments Dahrose wrote: "I'm talking about the little known gems that you've accidentally stumbled across, taken a chance and been blown away by.
So no block-busters or machine driven PR hogs/best sellers.
I want to hear a..."


I also loved Semi-Charmed by Isabel Jordan ! Also thought Blood Hunger by L.E. Wilson was really interesting, but underrated.


Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ (deliah_wilson) Shari Kay wrote: "Sophie wrote: "Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts, #4) by Stacia Kane I have been reading this series for a couple years now and I love it but I don't ever hear much about it from other UF readers. I highly recomme..."

One of my favourites too! Can't recommend highly enough.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) Sophie wrote: "Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts, #4) by Stacia Kane I have been reading this series for a couple years now and I love it but I don't ever hear much about it from other UF readers. I highly recommend it!"

The series used to be talked about all the time, so it's not underrated. It's just not mentioned as much anymore because it's been years since the last book. Heard the author's publisher dropped her. She said she may selfpublish the next book - however, it's been so long now it's not looking good.


message 15: by Diana (new)

Diana Rising (dianaruthr) If you like short, hot shifter stories (and witches), I found an author that is new to me is releasing some great ones.
Meeting the Pack (BBWitches & Scorching Shifters) by Sennah Tate Taken by the Pack (BBWitches & Scorching Shifters) by Sennah Tate More Than She Can BEAR (BBWitches & Scorching Shifters) by Sennah Tate A Very Bear Affair (BBWitches & Scorching Shifters) by Sennah Tate UnBEARable Attraction (BBWitches & Scorching Shifters) by Sennah Tate Earning His Stripes by Sennah Tate The Beast Within (BBWitches & Scorching Shifters) by Sennah Tate Taming His Beast (BBWitches & Scorching Shifters) by Sennah Tate


message 16: by Alia (new)

Alia | 3 comments I like 'My Protector' by Alanea Alder it's #1 in the bewitched and bewildered series. Also I love 'Here be sexist vampires' by Suzanne Wright. It's a kick ass book that balances humor, action and romance.

Here Be Sexist Vampires (Deep In Your Veins, #1) by Suzanne Wright My Protector (Bewitched and Bewildered, #2) by Alanea Alder


message 17: by Alan (new)

Alan | 16 comments I have come across two new authors.

1. Ally Shields: Guardian Witch series

2. Gayla Drummond: Discord Jones series


message 18: by Kellie (new)

Kellie (track_star24) | 22 comments Recently came across and read Big Bad Billionaire by Saranna DeWylde book 1 in The Woolven Secret and The Werewolves of New York series by Faleena Hopkins. Enjoyed both new series and looking forward to reading more from these new to me authors.


message 19: by Ashy (new)

Ashy (ashann) | 1 comments I recently discovered the Blood Destiny series by Helen Harper. It was a great surprise and I really enjoyed it.


message 20: by Victoria (last edited May 21, 2015 03:49PM) (new)

Victoria Alia wrote: "I like 'My Protector' by Alanea Alder it's #1 in the bewitched and bewildered series. Also I love 'Here be sexist vampires' by Suzanne Wright. It's a kick ass book that balances humor, action and..."
Oh Alia I need a like button so much. I just discovered Alanea Alder series, read all 3, can't wait for more!


message 21: by Larissa (last edited May 21, 2015 04:39PM) (new)

Larissa (rissareadsromance) | 50 comments Alia wrote: "I like 'My Protector' by Alanea Alder it's #1 in the bewitched and bewildered series. Also I love 'Here be sexist vampires' by Suzanne Wright. It's a kick ass book that balances humor, action and..."

I LOVED Here Be Sexist Vampires (Deep In Your Veins, #1) by Suzanne Wright !

I really enjoyed this series as well. I have to read the most recent book still but I want to hold off and savor it. lol
Sealed with a Curse (Weird Girls, #1) by Cecy Robson A Cursed Embrace (Weird Girls, #2) by Cecy Robson Cursed By Destiny (Weird Girls, #3) by Cecy Robson A Cursed Bloodline (Weird Girls #4) by Cecy Robson A Curse Unbroken (Weird Girls, #5) by Cecy Robson

I really like these books too:
Taming the Wolf (Anna Avery, #1) by Stephanie Nelson Embracing the Wolf (Anna Avery, #2) by Stephanie Nelson
A Christmas Yet to Come A Collection of Short Stories by C.G. Powell This book has a novella.
I am anxiously waiting for the next book in the series!


message 22: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Larissa wrote: "Alia wrote: "I like 'My Protector' by Alanea Alder it's #1 in the bewitched and bewildered series. Also I love 'Here be sexist vampires' by Suzanne Wright. It's a kick ass book that balances humo..."
Larissa and Alia, thanks I will put Suzanne Wright on my TBR list.


message 25: by Dahrose (new)

Dahrose | 56 comments Thanks to everyone for their input - I've slowly been reading through the recommendations.

Want to add - Covert Craving Covert Craving (Project Genesis, #1) by Jennifer James
Another little unknown that I stumbled across recently that I'm 50% of the way through.


message 26: by Cindi (new)

Cindi (ourtrumpcard) Its unusual, that's for sure, but I loved this series!
La Luxure Discover Your Blood Lust (Human Vampire #1) by C.D. Hussey


message 27: by Shelby (new)

Shelby | 73 comments Shapes of Autumn series by Veronica Blade
My Wolf's Bane (Shapes of Autumn, #1) by Veronica Blade Wolves at the Door (Shapes of Autumn #2) by Veronica Blade Thrown to the Wolves The Legend of Hannah & Eli (Shapes of Autumn) by Veronica Blade

The Crystor series by C.K. Bryant
Bound (The Crystor, #1) by C.K. Bryant Broken (The Crystor, #2) by C.K. Bryant Beloved (The Crystor #3) by C.K. Bryant

Pyte/Sentinel series by R.L. Mathewson
Tall, Dark & Lonely (Pyte/Sentinel, #1) by R.L. Mathewson Without Regret (Pyte/Sentinel, #2) by R.L. Mathewson Tall, Dark & Heartless (Pyte/Sentinel, #3) by R.L. Mathewson Tall, Silent & Lethal (Pyte/Sentinel, #4) by R.L. Mathewson


message 28: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Wheeler | 386 comments Eileen Wilks. She right a lupis series, with a lot of magical and human characters. Very enjoyable.


message 29: by Dahrose (new)

Dahrose | 56 comments Also want to highlight several male authors that I believe are deserving of more attention.

The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1) by Daniel O'Malley The Rook by Daniel O'Malley was excellent, with a female protagonist, fantastic world building and a fresh take on urban fantasy. Book 2 must be due out soon.

And the Nightside series by Simon R Green - Amazingly inventive characters set in a fascinating world just adjacent to our own but completely unique. Where Gods are real, and vengeful, the dead have to be locked up, in case they don't stay dead and the righteous are just as deadly as the evil.
There are ten or so more books in the series, and you do need to read them in order to get the most out of the series.
Something from the Nightside (Nightside, #1) by Simon R. Green Agents of Light and Darkness (Nightside, #2) by Simon R. Green Nightingale's Lament (Nightside, #3) by Simon R. Green And many many more.


message 30: by MommaBear (new)

MommaBear I found this book and author on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised! The author, Aaron Speer, is an indie Australian author with a unique take on vampires. This is a first of a new series, but the ending doesn't pi$$ you off, just makes you definitely want more! The story includes romance, mystery, a believable universe centered in Australia, and characters you'll love as well as love to hate! I highly recommend giving this one a try!

Night Walker

Night Walker (Undeadly Secrets, #1) by Aaron L. Speer


message 31: by Dahrose (last edited Apr 15, 2016 03:24PM) (new)

Dahrose | 56 comments So many people have been raving about how good Alanea Alder's Bewitched and Bewildered series is. Am officially putting book 1 -
My Commander (Bewitched and Bewildered, #1) by Alanea Alder - My Commander, at the top of my to-read list.

Keep the under the radar authors and tips coming.


message 32: by Dahrose (new)

Dahrose | 56 comments A friend just recommended a new author they came across, Anna Hackett. Among Galactic Ruins (The Phoenix Adventures, #0.5) by Anna Hackett
Sounds like a lot of fun


message 33: by Katie (new)

Katie Jaros (katiejaros) | 33 comments I would recommend Nini Church's Jericho. Fun, easy read with a cool twist on Jinn, Nature Elements, and Shifters. I loved the universe she created and look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!


message 34: by Dahrose (new)

Dahrose | 56 comments Scythe by M.K. Mancos Scythe by MK Mancos - what a fun pnr read this was, reminded me of Eve Langlais.


message 35: by EmmaMay (new)

EmmaMay | 30 comments Thank you so much - I stumbled across this thread the first day I joined. Consider me an official member of the Jane Cousins fan club.
The series was so much fun. The romances were both sexy and sweet. Heaps of action, gorgeous Heroes, strong sassy Heroines. And lots and lots of witty dialogue and laughs.

It pays to read the series in order - because of all the in jokes and secondary characters.

Jane Cousins is my new fave author - bar none.

To Woo A Warrior (Southern Sanctuary, #1) by Jane Cousins To Trap A Temptress (Southern Sanctuary, #2) by Jane Cousins To Wrangle A Witch (Southern Sanctuary, #3) by Jane Cousins To Seduce A Siren (Southern Sanctuary, #4) by Jane Cousins To Bedevil A Beauty (Southern Sanctuary, #5) by Jane Cousins To Date A Disaster (Southern Sanctuary Book 6) by Jane Cousins To Shackle A Shrew (Southern Sanctuary, #7) by Jane Cousins To Thrill A Thief (Southern Sanctuary, #8) by Jane Cousins


message 36: by PepperP0t (new)

PepperP0t  | 534 comments EmmaMay wrote: "Thank you so much - I stumbled across this thread the first day I joined. Consider me an official member of the Jane Cousins fan club.
The series was so much fun. The romances were both sexy and sw..."



I've only read the first of the series but I loved it.


message 37: by PepperP0t (new)

PepperP0t  | 534 comments Dahrose wrote: "A friend just recommended a new author they came across, Anna Hackett. Among Galactic Ruins (The Phoenix Adventures, #0.5) by Anna Hackett
Sounds like a lot of fun"


looks fun to me too.


message 38: by Veronica (new)

Veronica Rosa (veronicadelrosa) I recently read Sixpence & Whiskey (Toil & Trouble #1) by Heather R. Blair and Blackbirds & Bourbon (Toil & Trouble #2) by Heather R. Blair . Loved them! I'm anxiously waiting for the third book to come out.


message 39: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Wheeler | 386 comments I recently discovered Victoria Clapton. I met her here on this site. I have read three of her books now, and am in the process of reading the forth (Dark Light). It's so great to find a new author that you enjoy. I am especially glad I found out about this author because her books are different from any other I've read before. She has a unique perspective and a captivating talent.


message 40: by Dahrose (new)

Dahrose | 56 comments I want to add Kory Shrum to this list. Her book Dying for a Living (Jesse Sullivan #1) by Kory M. Shrum Dying for a Living - provides an intriguing world and premise. A unique heroine to root for. Plus a mystery to solve.

Don't be put off by the zombie reference - this is so not about craving blood or brains.


message 41: by Jenna (new)

Jenna | 53 comments Since it was mentioned here a few times, thought I'd point out that books 1 & 2 of the Harper Hall series are free this week:
Semi-Charmed (Harper Hall Investigations #1) by Isabel Jordan Semi-Human (Harper Hall Investigations, #2) by Isabel Jordan

Book 3 is on preorder discount, too: Semi-Twisted by Isabel Jordan

Love this series. Can't recommend highly enough!


message 42: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Tempted By Books (michelletemptedbybooks) | 195 comments I think this is an older series and may be somewhat known BUT I just found them and have been sucked in immediately.
https://www.goodreads.com/series/1030...


message 43: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Wheeler | 386 comments Michelle, thanks for the recommendation. I just got .5 and 1 from the series for free from kindle to see if I like it. This is one of the best parts of being on Goodreads, getting new series to check out. I'll let you know what I think. Thanks again.


message 44: by Vleigh (new)

Vleigh Thanks for the tip about these two being free on Kindle!! Got both.


message 45: by Jenna (new)

Jenna | 53 comments Vleigh wrote: "Thanks for the tip about these two being free on Kindle!! Got both."

No problem! Can't beat free, right?


message 46: by Angela (new)

Angela Dossett (whisperingwillo) | 88 comments Has anyone read Bound by Faerie by WB McKay? I just finished it and it was AWESOME!!! I recommend this one for all readers who loves mythology creatures, snarky, kick ass heroine, and Hotties galore then check it out.


message 47: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Wheeler | 386 comments Michelle, I finished .5 and am half way through 1 in the Cindy Eller series. I'm really enjoying it. It is a lot lighter than what I've been reading lately. I'm enjoying that a lot. It funny and charming. I like that it is more character driven than story line driven. Thank you so much for the recommendation.


message 48: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Tempted By Books (michelletemptedbybooks) | 195 comments Elizabeth wrote: "Michelle, thanks for the recommendation. I just got .5 and 1 from the series for free from kindle to see if I like it. This is one of the best parts of being on Goodreads, getting new series to che..."

I got them for Kindle Unlimited they are free. I have whipped through the first 2. They are light and very PG which I am thankful for. I feel like I have read WAY too much smut in recent years. They are just fun reads, though they will get your craving sweets.


message 49: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Tempted By Books (michelletemptedbybooks) | 195 comments Stephanie wrote: "Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #1) by Amelia HutchinsFashionably Dead (Hot Damned, #1) by Robyn Peterman"

Have have been intending to read that Fashionable Dead series. Is it mystery, romance, or just chick lit?


message 50: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Tempted By Books (michelletemptedbybooks) | 195 comments Elizabeth wrote: "Michelle, I finished .5 and am half way through 1 in the Cindy Eller series. I'm really enjoying it. It is a lot lighter than what I've been reading lately. I'm enjoying that a lot. It funny and ch..."

Exactly. They don't have MAJOR plots they are just fun.


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