Top 5 Tuesday

My U to Z List of Recommended Authors ~ Top 5 Tuesday

Hello my lovelies,

Last year, I sporadically joined in with Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. Luckily, Shanah comes up with the topics a month at a time so that we’ve got some thinking space. I’ve actually managed to think about this whole month’s topic and not had to write my posts last minute. *yeah me!* 🙂

If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to one of her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list of participants.

This month, Shanah is doing something different. TOP 5 TUESDAY – AUTHORS FROM A-Z SERIES!

Top 5 Tuesday – Authors From A-Z Series!

Without authors, we wouldn’t have books. And this is the perfect time to spotlight some well loved authors!! I’m always on the lookout for new authors so I have a feeling this is going to increase my already suffocating TBR! lol!

Shanah ~ Bionic Book Worm

The lovely Shanah is letting us choose how we make our lists: just authors first names or last names or even a mixture of both. So, I’ve been taking the easy route and mixed it up.

This is our final week, and to be honest, it was the week I was least looking forward to. I’ve done my best, scouring through my shelves to recommend some authors whose names start with those tricky letters: U, V, W, X, Y and Z.

My alphabet of amazing authors

I’ve linked the images to my reviews, where you’ll find all the information about the authors’ books, purchase links and lots of other fun stuff too. All my links open in a new tab so that you don’t lose your place here. OK, so without further ado, on to this final week’s list of A To Z Of Authors

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Author U ~ ??

I’ve come across my fourth stumbling block during this month-long meme. I’ve only got one book on my shelves written by an author whose first OR last name begins with a U. As I said last week for the letter Q, I did a quick author search on Amazon but decided not to read any books just for this meme. 😉

Simon Kurt Unsworth – I’ve only read ONE story written by him – Mammoth Books presents Mami Wata – a 22 page short horror story based on an old Zambian myth which I absolutely loved and gave 5 stars (read my Amazon review here).

Mami Wata by Simon Kurt Unsworth
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Author V ~ Maria Vale

Author Maria Vale
~ Maria Vale ~

Maria Vale is a journalist who has worked for Publishers Weekly, Glamour magazine, Redbook, the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a logophile and a bibliovore and a worrier about the world.

Trained as a medievalist, she tries to shoehorn the language of Beowulf into things that don’t really need it.

She currently lives in New York with her husband, two sons and a long line of dead plants. No one will let her have a pet.

I’m totally in love with the characters in her The Legend of All Wolves series. Maria takes a new and unique look at the werewolf myth and paranormal shapeshifter genre in general. The stories in this series gave me all the feels that I crave; it had me blubbering like a baby more than usual and got my blood boiling with rage and indignation too and, to be honest, I also found certain scenes very tense, disturbing and hard to read, however, the books also had me chuckling out loud, sent tingles of titillation to all the right spots at times *blush* and warmed my old romantic heart. There wasn’t anything about this series that I didn’t like.

The Legend of All Wolves Series
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Author W ~ Suzanne Wright

Author Suzanne Wright

Suzanne Wright was born and raised in England where she lives with her husband (“a person who doesn’t judge me for hearing voices in my head – how often do you come across people like that?“), and her two “demanding” children.

Suzanne doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing something, whether it was stories, poems, or even songs – though she confesses “I can’t carry a tune.” She only has one rule when she’s writing a book which is that it has to have a happy ending. Other than that, pretty much anything goes. She writes stories that she would enjoy reading and then she just hopes that others will enjoy them too.

This time last year, I had no idea who Suzanne Wright was, I only found her last September because of the RARE19 book signing event in London. I thought that she was a lovely person with a great sense of humour and she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I’ve only read three of her books so far – all from the Deep in Your Veins series – but I’m really enjoying them and want to finish the five book series before the summer.

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Author X ~ Kate Baxter

OK, so I’m bending the rules a bit … 😉

Author Kate Baxter
Kate Baxter

Kate Baxter is an American novelist best known for writing paranormal romance novels. Her most famous series of novels is the Last True Vampire series of novels, which is composed of six titles. A prolific writer, Baxter also writes novellas for box sets with fellow paranormal romance authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden.

Kate likes to consider herself a die-hard romantic with a love for the fanged, furry, and black clothes of the undead and the refinement of Shakespearean literature. She currently lives in rural Idaho, the setting for most of her paranormal romances. A sun lover, she loves wrangling when the sun comes out, and will only go out into the cold if she absolutely has to. Summer time is Kate Baxter’s best time of the year and you can find her sitting by the lake, taking in the view from her house’s balcony. She also loves pink appliances and believes that junk food needs to be made part of the food pyramid.

I’ve read all the books that Kate Baxter has published and I love her writing style. She even manages to publish work with the same level of attention to detail and character development in her novellas as she does in her full length novels in her Last True Vampire series. I love her series because each book brings us a turbulent romance between a new couple in this new amazing paranormal world, while the story arc of rebuilding the vampire race and the fight to survive, evolves and continues as the backdrop to the romance. I loved each book and wish Kate would write more in this world.

last true vampire series by kate baxter
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Author Y ~ ??

I’ve come across my fifth and final stumbling block during this month-long meme. I’ve only got two authors on my shelves whose first OR last name begins with a Y. As I’ve already mentioned, I did do a quick author search on Amazon to see who else was out therebut decided not to read any books just for this meme. 😉

Rebecca York ~ I’ve read the first four novellas in her Decorah Security series (currently a 20 book series) back in 2016 and 2017 but haven’t pick up the next one since. I thought they were good reads rating them from 3 to 4 stars.

Yasmine Galenorn ~ I’ve read one of her novellas as part of a box set, the first book in her Indigo Court series and I still have the first book in her Bewitching Bedlam series and another box set on my TBR shelf. So far, I think I’ve preferred her short story more than her novel which was good (I gave it 3 stars) but not as engaging as the short I’d read.

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Author Z ~ Rebecca Zanetti

Author Rebecca Zanetti
Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over forty romantic suspense, dark paranormals, and sexy contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. 

She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family.  She has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.

I don’t know why I haven’t read more of her books, because the ones I have, I’ve really enjoyed. It’s the curse of too many good books – not enough time. 😉

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I’ve got to say I’ve really enjoyed this month’s T5T, although there were a LOT of authors that I didn’t get the chance to include. Thank you Shanah for organising this month’s fun!

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. I hope that I’ve introduced you to some new-to-you authors this month and perhaps even added to your ever increasing TBR piles. 😉

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and read (or listen to) some fantastic books.

Stay safe and healthy.

Bye for now. x

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Thank you so much, Flora. I’m so grateful for your support. I hope you’re holding up and everyone around you is well. Just fyi, the pub date for Season of the Wolf, Evie and Constantine’s story, has been announced, it’s 8/25!

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