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?            

0 Kudos
by rbooth43 on ‎07-20-2011 04:26 AM

I Heart Lilly Gayle! Her new book, SLIGHTLY TARNISHED, a Victorian romance laced with danger, is a blast of a book that will keep you enthralled from the first to the last page. Try it, you'll love it!

Here's the synopsis of her book!
This tale starts slowly but once the story focuses on Nicole and Chad’s marriage and
the barriers that stand between their love, it moves full speed ahead. Lilly
Gayle spins a tale one part suspense and one part family dysfunction. Shocking
revelations float throughout the novel, but it is Chad’s hesitation to
completely open up to Nicole that keeps the reader turning pages. Slightly
is buoyed up by a winning heroine and diverse crew of supporting

The thoroughly American Nicole Keller can hardly believe she has married a
domineering and judgmental Englishman. But after losing her father and her home,
Nicole has been trying to support herself and her mother. She has little choice
but to accept Chadwick Masters, Earl of Gilchrest, as her husband. If nothing
else, his name will keep Nicole and her mother safe from her malicious uncle.
For his part, Chadwick has seen the damage Nicole’s uncle can do firsthand.
Marrying Nicole will keep her from harm, plus it will satisfy his mother’s
demands. But this marriage of convenience will never work if Nicole keeps bring
up love. Besides, how could Chadwick ever love someone he cannot entrust with
his long-buried secrets?


by anovelreview_blogspot_com on ‎07-20-2011 08:35 AM

Love in Midair and The Art of Forgetting are two books I very much hope to get my hands on! As far as crushes, well you named my number one! Sarah Jio! I couldn't agree more with you! I couldn't belive Violets was her first book. I have recommened it to everyone I meet! It was a fantastic read. I would also add I love Kaira Rouda authour of Here, Home, Hope as this book really touched where I am in my own life. Plus I got to meet her and she is awesome!


Laura Kay


by Libralight on ‎07-20-2011 10:45 AM

I'm a debut mystery author.  My book, "Auraria Dead" was published May, 2011 by Wolfmont press.  I don't wish to be obnoxious, so won't plug it here without invitation, but if anybody wants to know anything about it, I'd love to tell you.


I'm also an avid mystery reader fan and am currently reading one of the "Prey" books by John Sandford.

Just finished reading "Cutting for Stone," which is not so much mystery as adventure and I can put a review of it here if that's standard operating procedure.



by Ayane on ‎07-24-2011 10:17 AM

I agree. It is great when you discover a wonderful book by a debut author! For me it feels like I'm being let in on something special before the rest of the world. The Violets of March has become one of my new favorites and I can't wait to see Sarah Jio's next book. I have recently just discovered The Art of Forgetting and it's tops on my wish list. Another debut author on my wish list (granted this one's been out for a while) is Hannah Pittard's The Fates Will Find Their Way.

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎07-24-2011 04:30 PM

rbooth43 - I will definitely "check her out". Thank you for the recommendation! :smileyhappy:

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎07-24-2011 04:31 PM

Laura- don't you just love when you get to meet an author? It can make their books even better!

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎07-24-2011 04:32 PM

Libralight- I love that you are plugging your book. Shameless self-promotion is the best. I'm very good at it myself! :smileyhappy:

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎07-24-2011 04:32 PM

Ayane- Thanks for the recommendation. I haven't read that author yet. 

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