If you’re like me, summertime means finding good reads by new-to-me authors. I’ve come across several such authors in the past couple months, so I thought I’d highlight a few here in case you too think of books when you think of summertime. Below are some new names with debut works recently published; others are well into their publishing careers. I included links to the authors’ websites and various others websites of interest for easy access. So if you like your sunshine with a heap of history, don’t miss out on these authors’ latest works!
Canadian author and former actress Kyle is by no means a new author, just a new-to-me author. She has been publishing historical novels since 2008 when she wrote the story that became the first in her Thornleigh family series. The fictional Thornleigh family exists amidst the real-life characters of the Tudor court. I am currently reading “Blood Between Queens” (Book 5) where Richard Thornleigh’s ward, Justine, finds herself caught in the middle between Elizabeth I and her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. Kyle effortlessly weaves her fictional characters with the historic, creating a story that is engaging and filled with period detail. Her works give you a chance to see well-known historical events through a novel perspective.
Executive editor of DuJour magazine by day, Bilyeau is deep into a three-book series whose main character, novice Joanna Stafford, will keep you glued to your chair. In “The Crown” and “The Chalice”, novice Joanna follows her quest to halt the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII. In the first adventure, Bishop Gardiner forces Joanna to act as his spy and seek out a relic that might maintain the “old faith” in England. In the second, Joanna is named as a key figure in a prophecy. Powerful friends urge her to step up and play a role in maintaining the catholic church, but is Joanna willing to risk all she has to do so? These books are guaranteed to suck you in and keep you riveted until the very end. If you like to turn up the temperature of your stories as the thermometer climbs, Bilyeau’s thrillers won’t leave you disappointed. The third book in the series, “The Covenant”, is set to arrive next year, I believe. Very highly recommended!
…Transitioning from Tudor England to 19th-century Kansas…
Yates is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois and his debut book, “Finding Bill Battles”, was published last November. Filled with gun fights, lawmen, and a young man who is forced to run from his past, this is a look at the real Wild West from a “common man’s” perspective. Yates, a Kansas native, uses stories passed down to him as well as known historical figures to create his narrative – a story of one man’s incredible life as it takes him from Kansas to Asia and beyond. This book is the first in a three-book series, so be on the lookout to continue Billy’s tale.
Before I go, here are a few authors with new books that I will be reading this summer:
Cindy Thomson: “Annie’s Stories”
Anna Lee Huber: “A Grave Matter”
Judith Starkston: “Hand of Fire”
Tom Clavin: “Reckless: The Racehorse Who Became a Marine Corps Hero”
Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend, and may the summer reading series begin!