Monday, August 30, 2010

Debut Author Challenge (and FREE ARCS)

I signed up a while ago, put their icon and my blog then sort of forgot about it.

The challenge is to read twelve debut authors in the year. As an audiobook listener this is tough since most debut authors don't come out in audio until the book is wildly successful.

This keeps me from supporting debut authors as much as I should, especially since I'd very much like to be one myself.

So, I'm going to share the only two debut books I've read so far. Then I have some Free ARCS of one, THE DUFF, to share with those who can give me recommendations on who to read next.

The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

This book, DESIGNATED UGLY FAT FRIEND, is about a girl who learns about herself through a seemingly dysfunctional relationship. It comes out Sep. 7th, and will be available in audio the end of Oct. I read it right after BEA, and it is so worth all the hype.

Losing Faith (Paperback)

I read LOSING FAITH before the author sold it, as Denise Jaden is one of my wonderful critique partners. But I'm not just promoting this because my name is in the acknowledgments (which it is, BTW). I love Denise's writing style. She says so much with so few words, which is always my goal when writing. Plus, this one has grief, mystery, romance and a cult. What more could you ask for?

Now, as I said, I have a few FREE ARCS of  THE DUFF to give out to those who give me debut author recommendations of where to read from here. I'll pick the ones that sound most promising, and send the ARCS to them. I also have signed LOSING FAITH bookmarks for anyone else who helps me out in getting to my twelve books by the end of the year.

What debut authors do you recommend?


  1. I haven't read either of the books you mention here (though my copy of Losing Faith is pre-ordered on my Kindle!). My favorite from the Debut Author list so far this year have been The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney and Matched by Ally Condie.

    Oh, and I use the GoodReads list that someone set up:

  2. Mockingbirds does sound good! And thanks for the GoodReads link!

  3. Thanks so much for the shoutout, Jennifer! Some books by debut authors I've really enjoyed lately: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, Freefall by Mindi Scott, The Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson.

    Don't enter me for The Duff - I already have a copy and love it!

  4. I have read a few books by debut authors this year.I loved The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler,Salvaged by Stefne Miller,Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony, Invisible Girl by Mary Hanlon Stone, The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos and Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia.There are a couple of books that I own but haven't read as of yet and I plan to read them soon are The Ghost And The Goth by Stacey Kade and Matched by Ally Condie(an ARC since it has not released as of yet).Paranormalcy by Kiersten White is another much anticipated book of the year.Unfortunately,I did not get a chance to read it as of yet but everyone is gushing about it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!I am so excited about The DUFF and Losing Faith!

  5. Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm espeially interested in THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, PARANORMALCY and MATCHED.

    I'll give this one more day. I have three copies of THE DUFF, so keep the suggestions coming!

  6. Hi Jennifer,

    I just found your blog and am wondering if you would be interested in trading links? I have links pages on both my blogs (a writing and a book review blog) and would be happy trade links with you to either or both of them. Let me know if you are interested.

    Congratulations on your book!

    Take care,


  7. Sarah- Sure I'm interested, especially if you review some YA Fantasy?

    Otherwise, your writing blog might be a better fit.