Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I HEART YA #4: Spotlight on 2011 Debut Authors


Welcome to the 4th weekly I HEART YA Blog Carnival! I HEART YA is a Blog Carnival for readers, writers, and lovers of young adult fiction. Every Tuesday there will be a blogging prompt that celebrates my favorite reading genre --YA fiction. Bloggers are invited to write their own take on the topic and post a link in the comment section, or if you prefer just put your thoughts in the comments. Either way, if you own a blog, grab the button to show your pride, and add your link to the list below. If you're not sure what to do, go to the I HEART YA tab for more details. 


Before 2012 gets away from us (is it February already?) I want to do a spotlight on 2011 faves, specifically 2011 debut authors. There are plenty of them, and my hat goes off to them all. Yet, while I don't want to name any names, it's possible that sometimes an author is so relieved and excited to have finally completed their work that they just want to get it out there--even though it's possible that the work could still use a little fine tuning. Just saying it could happen that way. At least that's what I hear from some of my friends.


Which means that I get extra happy when an author has taken the time to do a really good job. Which is why I like the idea of promoting those authors that have paid their dues and learned the art of writing and put out great stuff. 


So after careful consideration I decided to give a shout out to my friend C.K. Bryant, author of Bound. 




Christine has seriously paid her dues when it comes to writing. She even had a contract under her belt. But when things fell through she decided to go indie. And her debut novel Bound is wonderful--pulls you in right from the start with a unique story line, great writing, and even great editing. Definitely one of my top picks for 2011. 


So what about you? Which 2011 debut author do you think deserves a spotlight? 




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15 comments:

  1. I haven't read a single debut released in 2011. In fact, I read 1 book released in 2011, it wasn't a debut, and it still wasn't all that great. I've also ranted about it way too much already. Other options?

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    1. Oh let's hope so! I've read some good ones, but Bound was at the top. I'm sure there are others. Peeps? We need you here! As far as other options Cara, here's a list of popular 2011 debut titles: http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/2011-debut-authors

      There are several on my to-read list that I've heard great things about - Carrier of the Mark, Unearthly, Shatter Me - how about picking one of those and telling us why you're drooling over it! (or mildly interested.) =)

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  2. Here's my two cents. I lists several debuts, and my favorite.
    http://www.sarahbelliston.com/2012/02/i-heart-ya-best-book-of-2011.html

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    1. Yay! Sarah came through with several recommendations! Head over there guys if you need some ideas!

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  3. YAY for the well-written, well-edited books! I wish I could recommend a 2011 debut, but I've already waded through some authors who jumped the gun and published before the fine-tuning that may have kept their book from dwindling in published obscurity. Makes me so sad every time!

    I'm excited to read Bound! Thanks for the tip! A good indie-published book makes the world a better place. Well, MY world, at least.

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    1. Sorry Kimi - keep watching this thread. I've seen some good recommendations already! I for one am excited for the recommendations.

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  4. I'm thinking I should add a hint for next week, just so you can be thinking. I'll be looking for yummy-looking 2012 debuts. =)

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    1. Yeah, well...not sure I should count that one. But thanks! =)

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  6. I came up with a couple debuts I liked in 2011, but I can always use more reading recommendations!

    Here's mine!

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  7. HOLY COW!!! I've been off the grid for a few days and just saw your post on my Facebook page. Had to come see what you were up to and imagine my surprise when I saw the cover of BOUND along with all your kind words. I'm all giddy inside. Speechless, really. And that's just not me. Thanks so much for the shout out and for LOVING my book as much as I do.

    Other debut novels? Well, it just so happens that I joined a group of 25 FABULOUS INDIE AUTHORS about a month or so ago, most of them with debut novels, some seasoned professionals. Here's the link so you can see for your self. We are the INDELIBLES.

    http://www.indeliblewriters.blogspot.com

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for dropping by - I'm a fan of several of those indelibles, and need to catch up on the rest!

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  8. Ahh love this prompt! I so love finding new books and new authors. I'm off to browse everyone's posts! Here's mine: http://pidginpeasbooknook.blogspot.com/2012/02/i-heart-ya-carnival-spotlight-on-2011.html

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    1. Oh I so agree! I've had a blast today! Thanks for your contributions!

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