2011 Debut Author Challenge

19 Dec

As 2010 comes to a close, Let The Words Flow has decided to try something new. Call it an early new year’s resolution, if you will. A little somethin’ somethin’ to give back to the writing community. Year-long holiday spirit. Whatever way you look at it, it’s still pretty cool!

Some of you may have heard of the 2009 and 2010 debut author challenges, and in the spirit of spreading the word about exciting new authors and their books, we’ve decided to take up the challenge as well. Beginning January 1st, 2011, we will be reading at least 12 debut novels and posting the reviews for all you boys and girls.

That’s it! That’s all there is to it.

Feeling inspired and want to get involved? Bloggers and non-bloggers alike are signing up, and you can, too! Go HERE for more information.

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9 Responses to “2011 Debut Author Challenge”

  1. Tymcon December 19, 2010 at 5:24 AM #

    I’m not entirely sure if i mentioned this but I found a cool book club. It’s fantasy written by women. I can’t do it until the end of June:( (Damn leaving cert).

    Here’s the link for anybody who wants to: http://jawasreadtoo.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/2011-book-club-the-women-of-fantasy/

    I didn’t make it so hopefully i’m not breaking an unwritten blogger’s rule.

    • Julie Eshbaugh December 19, 2010 at 9:09 AM #

      Thanks for the link, Tim! I definitely think a fair number of our readers would be interested in fantasy written by women! πŸ™‚ Are you planning to read any 2011 debuts?

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio December 20, 2010 at 12:49 PM #

      I’m TOTALLY going to do this, Tim! Thanks so much for sharing!

      There are so many books on here I’ve been meaning to read.

  2. authorguy December 19, 2010 at 8:10 AM #

    I read almost every book my publisher produces so I read lots of debut novels, including Rain, Fang Face, Killer Cows, Man of Mystery Hill, and The Secret of Bailey’s Chase. All of these are YA or MG and all of them are Echelon Press titles, under the Quake imprint. I’m currently reading Man of Mystery Hill, and we also have a steampunk adventure called Thomas Riley that I have to get to.
    Rain is stunningly good, written by a 15-year-old girl about a 15-year-old girl raised in a spy academy. She knows everything there is to know about being a spy, and nothing about being a 15-year-old girl. Christopher Paolini, the guy who wrote Eragon, has nothing on Kieryn Nicholas.
    Killer Cows is a terrific SF adventure, about a 14-year-old boy who inherits a starship, and has to save the Earth from a race of Killer Cows who’ve farted their own planet to death and are looking for a new one.
    Fang Face is a solid very vampire story told in a very silly way. In amongst the silliness are some very touching scenes, my favorite being the scene where the nascent vampire (14) is being taunted in school and finds she has some very unexpected defenders.
    The Secret of Bailey’s Chase is a fairy-tale-like story of two 10-year-old cousins who find that they have inherited the vast magical powers of their ever-so-great-grandma Bailey. Each has exactly half, so the powers only work when they’re together.
    I hope you try some of these as I enjoyed them all.

    • Julie Eshbaugh December 19, 2010 at 9:10 AM #

      Thanks for the book recommendations! Those all sound quite intriguing!

      • Marc Vun Kannon December 19, 2010 at 11:37 AM #

        Are the books supposed to be debuts that appear in 2011, or is any debut novel?

        • Kat Zhang December 19, 2010 at 12:04 PM #

          Debuts that appear in 2011 πŸ™‚

          • authorguy December 20, 2010 at 1:55 PM #

            Too bad, those are from last year. I’ll let you know when Echelon releases a debut you might be interested in.

  3. the story siren December 23, 2010 at 12:02 PM #

    thanks so much for joining the challenge! happy reading and good luck!

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