It’s a new year, which means it’s the perfect time to expand horizons—and your bookshelf. We asked some of the best-loved writers in romance to recommend new authors that have grabbed their attention, and here are their top picks.
Mary Balogh on Kathleen Kimmel:
All multi-published authors were once unpublished. We all remember the joy of that first book and the fear that no one will buy it, for readers tend to choose books by familiar authors. Yet most of us love having a new author recommended, especially one who has come upon the scene with a fresh voice.
I highly recommend Kathleen Kimmel's A Lady's Guide to Ruin. It is a Regency-era romance made special by the heroine, though the hero is delicious too and the plot engaging. Joan Price is not a lady. She is a thief and a con artist and has just escaped from Bedlam insane asylum. In running also from the brother who put her there, she encounters the Earl of Fenbrook, who mistakes her for his distant cousin. Joan falls in with the misconception until she can get away to safety. And so begins a convoluted adventure and a touching love story.
I eagerly await the next in the series, A Gentleman's Guide to Scandal. It is, after all, lovely to discover a new author. —Mary Balogh
Mary Jo Putney on Rachael Miles:
The Regency is a well-traveled setting, so it's always exciting to discover a strong new voice. Rachael Miles' Jilting the Duke, which will be a February 2016 release from Zebra Shout, is such a new voice. Well written and well researched, Jilting the Duke is a complex story of love gone wrong, tangled secrets, and ultimate reconciliation. Plus—suspense elements! —Mary Jo Putney
Jude Deveraux on Holly Seddon:
It’s been years since I’ve read a mystery as good as Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon. Usually I know who did it and why by the third chapter. But not this one! Twists and turns and secretive characters kept me guessing until the end.
The premise of a victim, who in olden days would be called a "vegetable," being an alive part of the story was fascinating. Seeing inside her head and learning about new techniques with these patients makes for compelling reading.
I loved everything about this book. The writing is excellent. (Her first book?! Wow!) The story is intriguing, fast paced, and mesmerizing. The characters were so well drawn I felt that I knew each one of them.
I don’t want to give anything away, but I think the heroine, Alex, was the most interesting person in the story. Seeing how she started and how she ended gave me tears of triumph. You go, girl!!! —Jude Deveraux
Sabrina Jeffries on Kate Noble:
If you’re looking for a different sort of historical romance, you can’t go wrong with Kate Noble’s The Lie and the Lady, a richly authentic look at scandal and romance in the Regency. I always enjoy watching two characters deal with the aftermath of a deception, and in this case, that story plays out against a mill town backdrop with the country charm of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford. A twisted plot and lively dialogue round out the development of our hero and heroine, who have to overcome old prejudices and new temptations before they can become their best selves and find their way to love. The journey kept me turning pages long past my bedtime. —Sabrina Jeffries
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