Recently I've run a poll on Twitter to see how much people are willing to pay for either a debut novel, i.e., one by a writer who has not been tried and tested. This was sparked by a conversation on the subject with writer Ben Winter. At the moment, the '1.99-2.99' option is winning.
This led to chat with others about trying unknown authors, generally, and I commented that something I love about being a member of Rosie Amber's book review team is that I have, on occasion, discovered a real gem that I would otherwise not have known existed.
As I have no book review ready for #TuesdayBookBlog for the second week running, I thought I'd show some examples of those gems - in many cases, I've gone on to read more of the author's books. Please note, they are all by authors I had never heard of before I chose their book to read. I didn't know them from Twitter, I hadn't even seen a passing tweet by them!
The poll is HERE, if you would like to vote - I know it's not a black-and-white question, but you're only allowed 4 options!
...and here are the books. I've been keeping this blog and reviewing for Rosie for nearly 9 years now, so some of them go a fair way back. Click title of book for my review and Amazon/Goodreads links.
I've read almost all her books since this one! Excellent family drama set in small town Australia.
A great find indeed. I've read two more since; his latest, Cousin Calls is one of my favourite books in years. Genre? He writes like no one else, and certainly doesn't fit into any neat Amazon box. Just take a look :)
Post Apocalyptic, therefore right up my street, though that is no guarantee I'll love the book! This, however, was so good I bought the prequel as soon as I'd finished it.
Actually the sequel; I read the first book via Rosie, too. Dystopian, scifi
Non-fiction, an account of an airplane tragedy. Bought her next book too - just as good.
Went on to read the whole series (I liked Book #2 best), and also read an earlier book of his. Time Travel, human drama.
Crime drama set in New Jersey
Psychological family drama
Human drama/thriller novellas - I've read a few of hers via Rosie's blog
Read this years ago but it still sticks in my mind as a terrific book. Drama about a homeless man.
Historical family drama
Not the first of Mr Savage's books that I've read - I read his first one via Rosie's blog and went on to read about ten more! Historical mysteries.
Contemporary family drama
I'm a great one for buying random books via Amazon browsing, or after I've read a great review on a blog. Perhaps one of these might hit the spot for you, too :)