Top Ten Tuesday: Top 13 New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2017

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

Top Ten Tuesday at The Green Mockingbird

This week’s official Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017I’m listing 13 instead, *just* because I can. And, because each of these authors deserve a spot on my list.

Some of these authors have been around a while and I just discovered/read them in 2017. And, some are delightfully new to the world of “official” inspirational fiction. After each author, you can visit my review for their book(s) and see what I have next to read from them on my actual shelves!

Top Ten Tuesday New to Me Authors

Top 13 New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2017

Mikal Dawn

Count Me In

Upcoming: Emerald City Romance book 2!

Bethany Turner

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

V. Joy Palmer

Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations

Jocelyn Green

The Mark of the King, novella in The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection

Upcoming: A Refuge Assured

Kate Breslin

High as the Heavens

Backlist TBR titles: Not By Sight

Courtney Walsh

Paper Hearts, Just Look Up, Hometown Girl, novella in Right Where We Belong compilation

Upcoming: Just Let Go

Krista Phillips

The Engagement Plot

Jennifer Rodewald

Reclaimed, Ordinary Snowflakes, The Uncloaked (review coming soon)

Currently reading: Tearing the Veil, then Charging the Darkness

Upcoming: The Cupcake Dilemma novella

Katie Ganshert

Life After

Upcoming: No One Ever Asked

Backlist TBR titles: Wishing on Willows, A Broken Kind of Beautiful

Becky Wade

Then Came You novella, True to You

Upcoming: Falling for You

Sara Ella

Unblemished, Unraveling

Upcoming: Unbreakable

Sarah Monzon

The Esther Paradigm

Backlist TBR titles: Finders Keepers, The Isaac Project

Nicole Deese

A Cliché Christmas

Backlist TBR titles (soon!): A Season to Love, A New Shade of Summer


Update: honorable mentions go to those authors I somehow missed! Karen Barnett, Meghan M. Gorecki, and Roseanna M. White.


That’s it for today! Did you participate in this week’s TTT? Do you see any of your favorite authors on this list? 

Interview with the Author! Rebecca DeMarino, “A Place In His Heart”

Today, the fabulous Rebecca DeMarino has dropped by to talk about her debut novel, A Place In His Heart. If you haven’t read my thoughts on A Place In His Heart, see my review here. I’m so happy she took the time for this interview!

About A Place In His Heart:

Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Puritan Barnabas Horton is still in love with his deceased wife and needs only a mother for his two young sons. And yet these two very different people with very different expectations will take a leap of faith, wed, and then embark on a life-changing journey across the ocean to the Colonies. Along the way, each must learn to live in harmony, to wait on God, and to recognize true love where they least expect to find it.
This heartfelt tale of love and devotion is based on debut author Rebecca DeMarino’s own ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life–and a legacy–in the New World. A Place In His Heart is the first in The Southold Chronicles series.

DeMarino_Rebecca head shotRebecca, what inspired you to write A Place In His Heart (APIHH)?

I grew up listening to my mom’s stories about Barnabas Horton, my ninth great-grandfather and how he came across the pond from England on a ship called The Swallow. When my brother became interested in genealogy, we discovered there was a lighthouse named after Barnabas, located on Long Island. I asked my mom if she’d like to go there, and off we went. There was a lot of interesting information about Barnabas. He was a baker and a widower with two young sons when he met my ninth great-grandmother. But I could find very little about her, and I began to wonder about what dreams and motivation she had, and courage she must have possessed, when she married and then left her family behind for the wilds of Long Island. A few years later, I began writing my first novel in a quest to give her a voice.

What spiritual message or theme do you want to communicate to readers with APIHH?

That God is there to hold our hand, no matter what our troubles.  We don’t have to do it alone – all we need to do is ask.

What was most challenging about writing a story set in this time period?

I would say the dialogue. I had many good resources for the political/religious climate and for the home life/culinary aspects.  But writing the dialect for today’s readers is challenging. You want to convey the feel of the language and for the reader to know what place in time they are, but for modern readers it can get irritating if overdone. Finding the right balance is the challenge!

Just for fun:

Do you have any hobbies? 

I love to read! And I enjoy gardening and hiking. Travel is a passion of mine and I really like to study genealogy and learn about my past. It’s fun seeing how many of the things I enjoy kind of “run” in my family!

If you could live in any other time period in history, which would it be and why?

Tough question. Perhaps the 17th century if only to maybe have the chance to get to know my ancestors that I wrote about in A Place In His Heart. But they lived in a pretty harsh world.  Living in the wild west in the 1800’s would be fun – I’d love to be a cowgirl!

Thank you for having me on your blog, Courtney! It was fun!!

A place in his heart cover FINAL

Thank you so much for agreeing to the interview – and for writing a unique and touching novel!

Rebecca DeMarino lives in the Pacific N.W. with her husband Tom, and enjoys travel, hiking,


baking, genealogy and gardening. Her debut novel, A Place in His Heart, is a historical romance


inspired by her ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton, and is book one of The


Southold Chronicles.


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