When I crush, I crush hard. And there's nothing like an author crush. I fall in love with the words they put on paper, with the plots they conceive and with the characters they create. And when it's a debut author my heart really goes pitter patter- because I'm so impressed they've been able to succeed right out of the gates. That's hot!
Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright. I fell hard for Kim Wright when her intoxicating debut novel was released last year (People magazine called it, "astute and engrossing") and now it's out in paperback with a fabulous new cover. I knew I had a serious crush on Kim because I couldn't get her saucy book out of my mind. I'd think about it when I wasn't reading it, craving more. I couldn't get enough!
Synopsis: A chance encounter with a stranger on an airplane sends Elyse Bearden into an emotional tailspin. Suddenly Elyse is willing to risk everything: her safe but stale marriage, her seemingly perfect life in an affluent Southern suburb, and her position in the community. She finds herself cutting through all the instincts that say "no" and instead lets "yes" happen. As Elyse embarks on a risky affair, her longtime friend Kelly and the other women in their book club begin to question their own decisions about love, sex, marriage, and freedom. There are consequences for Elyse, her family, and her circle of close friends, all of whom have an investment in her life continuing as normal. But is normal what she really wants after all? In the end it will take an extraordinary leap of faith for Elyse to find--and follow--her own path to happiness. An intelligent, sexy, absorbing tale and an honest look at modern-day marriage, Love in Mid Air offers the experience of what it's like to change the course of one's own destiny when finding oneself caught in mid air.
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio. I developed a mad crush for Sarah Jio after reading her debut novel because it was so engrossing- completely unique and unlike anything I'd read in a while. (And I'm not the only one who fell- her book was in its third printing before it was ever released!) I could not believe this was the first book she'd ever written! Such a literary turn on.
Synopsis: In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after. Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily’s good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.
The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan. It was love at first sight. I fell for the beautiful cover, then the exciting plot description. And then I read this dazzling debut and that was it. I was in love.
Synopsis: Marissa Rogers never wanted to be an alpha; beta suited her just fine. Taking charge without taking credit had always paid off: vaulting her to senior editor at a glossy magazine; keeping the peace with her critical, weight-obsessed mother; and enjoying the benefits of being best friends with gorgeous, charismatic, absolutely alpha Julia Ferrar. And then Julia gets hit by a cab. She survives with minor obvious injuries, but brain damage steals her memory and alters her personality, possibly forever. Suddenly, Marissa is thrown into the role of alpha friend. As Julia struggles to regain her memory- dredging up issues Marissa would rather forget, including the fact that Julia asked her to abandon the love of her life ten years ago- Marissa's own equilibrium is shaken. With the help of a dozen girls, she reluctantly agrees to coach in an after-school running program. There, Marissa uncovers her inner confidence and finds the courage to reexamine her past and take control of her future. The Art of Forgetting is a story about the power of friendship, the memories and myths that hold us back, and the delicate balance between forgiving and forgetting. What debut authors make your heart skip a beat?
What authors do you crush on?