So, I have said I would do this post for a long time, and since it is christmas, I figured this was a good time to do it. 🙂 I am going to do a mix of small press, selfpublished and traditional press, because I get annoyed when people recommend the same books, and all of them is from the big traditional publishers.
The Fantasy and Urban Fantasy novels:
Matchbox Girls by Chrysoula Tzavelas.
There is no surprise, I am sure, that I love, love Chrysoula Tzavelas books. She is one of those authors that I don’t hesitate to toss money at. A lot of money sometimes. This is the first book in her Senyaza Urban Fantasy, and it is packed with great things. Like unique magic, creepy kaiju, even creepier angels. The e-book is a bargain at 2.99. Just read it!
I read Clean Sweep when it was released, and felt… luke warm about it. It wasn’t bad, just not as good as I had hoped. So when this was released, I hesitated, but in the end I decided to buy it. And I am glad I did. It was so much better than the first book. In fact, to me this shows why you should have a publishing chain, from dev editors to cover designers. But I disgress. I highly recommend this book. It was a fun read, and I cannot wait for the next one!
I bought this book at Shamrokon last year, in fact it was the only book I bought since I liked it but wasn’t certain if I could buy it in Sweden. And I am glad I did. It hooked me on her. So I bought the sequel and got it signed. Still need time to read said sequel, but that is another story. Anyway go and buy it!
Paul Weimer kept pushing this book on me, well, twitter in general, I suppose. But I hesitated in the price. Then, the publisher dropped the price to 2.99. You can bet I snapped it up. And I am glad I did. It is a vivid description of San Fransciso from early 1900’s. It had just the right mix of mystery, magic and romance that I need. Highly recommend it. I also recommend the rest of the series, so go out and buy them! More sales= more books.
Silver on the road by Laura Anne Gilman
Both Laura Anne and I are part of the war room ( as is Robin D Owens, Chrysoula Tzavelas and Ruth Francis Long.) and for the last two years she have been torturing me, uhm, teasingme, with snippet, research and so on. So I bought on the release day. In hardcover AND e-book. It was worth the
money, since this is a lush book, with an intriguing setting and an intriguing plot. And oh yeah. I want the next book now, please.
This is the end of part 1. Tune in for part 2 sometime next week, which will be about the romance authors I recommend. There might even be a part 3 featuring short fiction. Hopefully. 🙂