2015 – TOP 25 – BEST FICTION AUTHORS OF THE YEAR (According to Me)

  
WOW! I can’t believe it is the end of 2015 already. It is New Year’s Day and the beginning of 2016. 

I wanted to end the year off with a tribute to some of the AMAZING books and authors that I discovered in 2015. 

So, without further ado, here is my list of the TOP 25 Authors from 2015. 

** This list is in no particular order. I love every one of these authors for various reasons.**

If you haven’t read any of the books by the authors listed below, you are doing yourself a disservice. Check them out at the links provided. 

2015 – TOP 25 – BEST FICTION AUTHORS OF THE YEAR (According to Me)

It has been an astonishing year for fiction and non-fiction books alike. I discovered new authors, new series and even entirely new genres. I loved every minute I spent immersed in a good book and I enjoyed blogging about these books. 

I hope that in some small way I was able to help get the word out about the new authors I have discovered, especially the Indie authors whose work deserves to be widely recognized. 

There are not many pleasures in life that can rival the enjoyment of reading a good book. (Of course, I know that getting married, having children, etc are unrivalled joys – but what I am referring to is not these huge, life-changing events). Instead, what I am referring to are life’s simple pleasures and I place the enjoyment of a good book very high on that list. 

Here are some of my favourite new authors that I discovered this year. 

**They are listed in No Particular Order**
1. SIMONE POND

  

Young Adult Author of “The New Agenda” Series

www.simonepond.com

WOW! What can I say about this amazing Young Adult author that I haven’t already said in my reviews of her books. 

If you have not yet read Simone Pond’s “New Agenda” series of books and/or her short story collection: “Voices of the Apocalypse” then you are MISSING OUT. 

  
I have rated every single thing I have read written by Simone Pond as 5 out of 5 stars and she has earned those stars EVERY TIME.

  
Check out my reviews of Simone’s books at https://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com/?s=Simone+pond 

2. Z. RIDER

  
Z. Rider writes horror fiction, but not the stupid kind. It is not slasher-type fiction. Z. Rider’s books will pull you in and you will find yourself invested in the outcome and caring about the characters. 

She has an uncanny ability to take an average person living an ordinary and unremarkable life and turn them into the focus of her story. These people have to face situations that are absolutely terrifying.

Z. Rider’s books will have readers on the edge of their seats and they will find themselves unable to put these books down. 

I have no doubt that if Z. Rider’s books get enough attention and publicity, that she will become a Bestselling Horror Author. 

If you have not yet read any of her books, you need to read them ASAP. I have no doubt that you will become an instant fan, just like I am. 

Click here to read my reviews of Z. Rider’s books:

https://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com/?s=Z.+Rider 

   
   

3. TONY BOWMAN

  
WOW! WOW! WOW! 

Tony Bowman is simply amazing. His books are not only riveting and heart-pounding, but they are eerily believable. 

Every single Tony Bowman book is easily worth 5 out of 5 Stars.

If you have not yet read any of his books, then you are MISSING OUT.

Check out my reviews of all of Tony Bowman’s books: 

https://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com/?s=Tony+bowman 

 

   

  

 

 And more books at 
  http://www.amazon.com/Tony-Bowman/e/B00IVVQ63U/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

4. JONATHAN MAAS 

  
Jonathan Maas has more talent in his right pinkie finger than a lot of writers have in their entire bodies.

His writing is not only entertaining and engaging, but readers will also get a sense of just how intelligent Jonathan Maas is. This writer is destined for great things and I will proudly point out the fact that I was an early fan. 

Read my reviews of Jonathan’s books here: 

https://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com/?s=Jon+Maas

 

  

   

 5. JAMIE THORNTON

  
Jamie Thornton is the author of a truly unique and extremely well written Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic series called the FEAST OF WEEDS Series. 

Potential readers can get the first book in the series FREE at www.zombiesarehuman.com

6. KELLY ST. CLARE

  

Kelly St. Clare is the author of a truly phenomenal Young Adult series called THE TAINTED ACCORDS. 

  
   

FANTASY OF FIRE is due to be released in only 12 days. Click on the cover to pre-order this amazing book.  

7. ELIZABETH BURGESS

Elizabeth Burgess is the author of a truly epic thriller series. This series is not targeted at Young Adults and there are scenes that make these books inappropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Suspense, drama and much more abound in this awesome series. 

  
 

   
  
 

To find out more information visit Elizabeth Burgess on her blog at 

 https://elizabethburgessandmariehewes.wordpress.com/

8. D.L. YOUNG

D.L. Young writes Science Fiction and his short stories will stay with you long after you finish reading them.

He is one of the best science fiction writers that I have ever had the pleasure to read. 

 

    

I highly recommend buying D.L. Young’s short story collection, it is Dystopian Science Fiction at its finest. 

 9. KATE WRATH

  

Kate wrath is the author of an amazing Young Adult post-apocalyptic, dystopian series known as the E SERIES.

These books will draw you in with amazing world building and believable characters. These are all 5 stars books.

   
    
    
 

10. KAYLA STONOR

Kayla Stonor writes Science-Fiction erotica for adults. * These books are meant for readers ages 18+.

 

   

11. S.A. SOFTLEY

  

S.A Softley’s debut novel had me drawn into the story from the very first page.

If you enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction, you need to read AIN’T NO GRAVE. 

Read my review here: 

https://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/aint-no-grave-by-s-a-softley-5-star-book-review/ 

12. BRIAN ROBERT SMITH

Brian Robert Smith is a Canadian author who writes in a variety of different genres. 

 

    

 
13. JOEL OHMAN

Joel Ohman is a Young Adult author whose talent is simply mind-blowing. 

 

   
14. JONATHAN R. MILLER

I was the winner of a paperback copy of FREND by Jonathan R. Miller in a Goodreads Giveaway and it turned out to be one of my favourite books of the year. It is dystopian science fiction for intelligent reader so.

  
15. M.I. LASTMAN

M.I. Lastman is a Canadian author with strong opinions and even stronger writing skills.

This is one of the best post-apocalyptic books I have ever had the pleasure to read.

  

16. KATHY T. KALE

17. STEVEN JENKINS

18. JACOB M. APPEL 

19. D.F. HOLLAND

20. CONSTANCE BURRIS

21. PAULA CAPPA 

22. ADRIAN BIRCH 

23. DAVID LITWACK

24. TONY BERTAUSKI 

25. JOANNE ARMSTRONG 

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4 Stars for BLACK BEAUTY by Constance Burris – BOOK REVIEW

  
Title: BLACK BEAUTY

Author: Constance Burris

Type of Book: Softcover 

Length: 131 Pages

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal Fiction, Contemporary Fantasy

Release Date: July 30, 2015

ISBN: 9781515275893

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This book is set in Oklahoma. 

Shemeya is a young African American woman who lives with her mother in the rundown Vista Apartments. 

Another resident, who everyone calls “Crazy Jade” is believed to be a voodoo priestess. Supposedly she can grant wishes, but the price of wish fulfillment is high. 

Shemeya is being bullied. She wishes to have the confidence to stand up to the ‘mean girls’ who consistently make her life miserable. 

Latreece discovers that her boyfriend has been cheating on her. She believes that her life would be better if she was curvier. 

Ashley hates her “nappy” hair. Her fondest desire is to have “White Girl Flow” and she will do anything to get it; even steal from Crazy Jade. 

All these girls will soon find out that if you mess with Crazy Jade things might go very, very wrong. 

The intended audience for this book is young adult. 

I must say that there are not a lot of Young Adult novels that are written with lead African American characters. This book not only contains African American characters, but the author is also African American. It is nice to have books that reflect the diversity of today’s society. 

The story itself is only 131 pages and is a quick read. The softcover copy of this book also contains a 40 page preview of Book One of the Everleaf series, entitled “Coal”. I previously read and reviewed “Coal” and enjoyed it very much. 

Even though this book is more like a novella than a full length book I enjoyed reading it. The characters are believable and the author has done a terrific job of capturing the self-centred and superficial nature of many of today’s youth.

Overall I rate “Black Beauty” as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

  
Constance Burris is on a journey to take over the world through writing fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Her mission is to spread the love of speculative fiction to the masses. She is a proud card carrying blerd (black nerd), mother, and wife. When she is not writing and spending time with her family, she is working hard as an environmental engineer in Oklahoma City.
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