Top Ten Tuesday: The favorite new-to-me authors I discovered in 2021

Ten new authors I’m glad I read last year

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl ( in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’m trying to do more on my blog this year so I occasionally plan to participate in Top Ten Tuesday. I won’t do it every week since sometimes I can’t think of any answers for some of the topics!

In 2021 I read books by 28 new-to-me authors.

My ten favorite new authors in 2021

Science Fiction

  • Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell


  • The Case of the Dragon-Bone Engine by Galadriel Coffeen
  • A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
  • The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
  • The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar by Seana Kelly
  • The Lord of Stariel by A.J. Lancaster


  • Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
  • The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne
  • Cry Dance by Kirk Mitchell


  • Much Ado About You by Samantha Young

Who were your favorite new authors in 2021?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Wicche Glass Tavern by Seana Kelly

A fun urban fantasy series with werewolves, vampires, wicches, fae and other paranormal creatures.

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

The Wicche Glass Tavern

by Seana Kelly

Series: Sam Quinn #3

Published by NYLA

Publishing date: October 5

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: I’m Sam Quinn, the werewolf book nerd owner of the Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar. Clive, my vampire gentleman caller, has asked me to marry him. His nocturne is less than celebratory. Unfortunately, for them and the sexy vamp doing her best to seduce him, his cold, dead heart beats only for me.

As much as my love life feels like a minefield, it has to take a backseat to a far more pressing problem. The time has come. I need to deal with my aunt, the woman who’s been trying to kill me for as long as I can remember. She’s learned a new trick. She’s figured out how to weaponize my friends against me. To have any hope of surviving, I have to learn to use my necromantic gifts. I need a teacher. We find one hiding among the fae, which is a completely different problem. I need to determine what I’m capable of in a hurry because my aunt doesn’t care how many are hurt or killed as long as she gets what she wants. Sadly for me, what she wants is my name on a headstone.

I’m gathering my friends—werewolves, vampires, wicches, gorgons, a Fury, a half-demon, an elf, and a couple of dragon-shifters—into a kind of Fellowship of the Sam. It’s going to be one hell of a battle. Hopefully, San Francisco will still be standing when the dust clears.


I read the first book in this series a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I have the second book and was glad to see that a third book is getting published soon.