Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016

It’s another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday at The Green Mockingbird

At first consideration, I didn’t think I had read 10 NEW authors this year because I tend to gravitate to favorite authors I know I will enjoy. Upon looking through Goodreads, however, I found I had read more than 10 new authors in 2016. I’ve listed below my favorites, in alphabetical order (because who could ever rank them!!??), and my corresponding book(s) review(s).

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016

1. Pepper D. Basham

Pepper D. BashamLet me just tell you now: you need to read Pepper’s books. As of last week, I have read all 4 of her published works and cannot wait for more. She conquers both historical and contemporary romance with the same determination to communicate messages of God’s grace and Christ’s love with her characters.

The Thorn Bearer

The Thorn Keeper

A Twist of Faith

2. Rachelle Rea Cobb

Rachelle ReaWhile I might have been a little late in discovering fellow blogger Rachelle Rea Cobb’s historical series, I hope I made up for it by devouring her series this year. I was also privileged to participate on her special launch team for book 3. This is a series not to miss if you’re a fan of history, gripping drama, fantastic romance, or stories of redemption.

The Sound of Diamonds

The Sound of Silver

The Sound of Emeralds

3. Melanie Dickerson

The Beautiful PretenderAfter hearing about Melanie’s skill at transforming fairytales into clever retelllings with an inspirational bent, I had to try one of her stories for myself. Everyone was right! I will be reading more of her books in the future.

The Beautiful Pretender

4. Ruth Logan Herne

392151Ruth seems like such a sweet person! I enjoyed one of her recent releases for the first time this year in conjunction with SLB Tours.

More Than a Promise

5. Liz Johnson

where-two-hearts-meetLiz’s contemporary romance series set on the idyllic Prince Edward Island was a treat! It’s not to be missed. I’m anxious for book 3!

The Red Door Inn

Where Two Hearts Meet

6. Jenny B. Jones

I'll Be YoursAnother author I kept hearing about in the young adult genre, one I don’t visit very often. though that might be changing with such discoveries as Jenny (and the next on the list, Amy….)

I’ll Be Yours

7. Amy Matayo

the-thirteenth-chanceAmy is such fun! I reviewed her latest release and have since added a few more of her novels to my collection to be read soon, hopefully.

The Thirteenth Chance

8. Dani Pettrey

Cold Shot by Dani PettreyI know, I know, I haven’t read anything from Dani until this year. I *need* to read her Alaskan Courage series because it is totally my type of series. I just know I need some dedicated time because I have a feeling I’ll want to binge-read it. Anyway, I really loved the start of her new action/mystery/romance series and look forward to book 2 early next year!

Cold Shot

9. Kathleen Rouser

kathy-rouserKathleen contacted me concerning her new release from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, a small-time publisher, and I’m very glad she did! She is a delightful person, as evidenced in my interview post, and her novel is equally as delightful in depth of story and character.

Rumors and Promises (and interview)

10. James L. Rubart

the-long-journey-to-jake-palmerThe synopsis of James’s newest release, combined with the stunning cover and previous praise of his novels, made me eager to read this one. I knew it would be different than the norm, and I was happily correct. Fans of contemporary drama, stories of purpose, and even slight fantasy in a C.S. Lewis-like vein will enjoy James’s latest release.

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer


Well, have you read any of these books or authors before? Which is your favorite? What new authors have you discovered recently? I’d love to hear your comments and recommendations!

20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016

    • That’s totally OK!!! I hadn’t heard of a couple of them until this year! And that’s what’s so great about the TTT participants: we are always adding new books to the TBR list! Thank you for dropping by, Deborah!

  1. I’m not familiar with any of these authors but it’s nice to expand horizons a bit and see some new names! I think James Rubart’s work sounds especially interesting…

    • I agree, it’s fun to read “out of your comfort zone” sometimes! I hope you do try a story by James Rubart…. he’s so unexpected!

    • Yay for hearing about Rachelle! She’s such a fun person- and her novels are top-notch! (I enjoyed your TTT post, by the way!)

    • Stefani, you must! Since you enjoy historical fiction, you should try Pepper or Rachelle from my list. Thank you for coming by to “visit”!

  2. Courtney, COURTNEY!!! I am so glad you ‘found’ me πŸ™‚ And I’m even more delighted that you fell in love with my fictional peeps. And…just you wait – April is my very favorite book I’ve ever written and I cannot wait for you to meet Eisley and Wes!!!

    • Likewise!!!! And I’m so in love with your characters… LOL! This makes me so excited to hear it’s your favorite — I’m not sure it can compete with TTK, in my heart, but I’m anxious to let it try! (by the way, if you EVER need another early reader or endorser, you know where to find me πŸ˜‰ ) Blessings, Pepper, on your new release!

  3. I love this author list! I’m so glad you picked up my books and became an instant online friend this year, Courtney. I so appreciate your sparkling enthusiasm for my (and all!) books. Your blog is a beautiful one, and one whose posts I look forward to reading. Thank you for spreading the word about fabulous stories–and honoring me by including me on this list. πŸ™‚

  4. I got to read from Pepper D. Basham for first time this year too (2 books, actually), and read Rachelle Rea Coob’s books too (though I read her 1st book last year). It’s good to expand the authors that one reads from — because you see more of the world that way! πŸ™‚

    Some of the other new-to-me authors I’ve dabbled with this year include Lynn Morris, Marissa Meyer, and J. Grace Pennington.

    Great list!

    • Oooh, I’m so glad you have read Pepper and Rachelle! A agree, it’s like seeing more of the world AND seeing the world from a different POV. I will look up the authors you mentioned! I’m so happy you dropped by, Tarissa!

  5. Most of the new-to-me authors I have read this year are ones I have heard of, just not read their books yet. Here’s my list.

    Pepper Basham
    Johnnie Alexander
    Nicole Deese
    Shirley Raye Redmond
    Kara Isaac
    Shelley Gray
    Gabrielle Meyer
    Erica Vetsch
    Diann Mills
    Susie Larson

    • Oh good! I hope you find some new ones you like! 99% of what I review is inspirational fiction, so you might find something else new on my blog. Thanks for visiting, Christie!

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