In honor of writing my first novel, I thought it would be neat to share first novels from fabulous authors I’m getting to know! Every first book could use some loving 🙂  These books/authors are in no particular order, and span different prices and genres. At the very end I will list my book again as well!

So please give this list a look through. I have the title, author, small blurb and where to buy displayed. And, as always, I appreciate you taking the time to view these!

Second Chances by Connie Stephany

A year after being dumped on her wedding day, Abby Simon was still left wondering what had gone wrong. It made Adam almost impossible for Abby to get over. Since then, Abby had been on a series of dates that usually ended in disaster, and she was ready to just give up on men entirely. When Abby unexpectedly runs into an old crush she hasn’t seen in thirteen years, she can’t help but notice he’s hotter than ever. Max wouldn’t give her the time of day back then, but to her total surprise, he seemed very interested in her now. Just as things are heating up with Max, Adam shows up claiming he still loves Abby and leaving her was the biggest mistake of his life. Adam finally gives Abby answers as to why he left and is asking for another chance. Abby must now make the biggest decision of her life…which man deserves a second chance?

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True Colors Book 1, Blackmail by K.D. Harp

He’s action. She’s heart. He loves lust. She demands true love. Experienced in their fields–Both have much to teach, to learn.

Scout Mommy Alexandra Hamilton opened her door to a man who’d make Michaelango’s chisel sing, and knew he wasn’t going to be selling her cookies…

Adam “Cypher” Stonecypher’s black ops for hire organization barters goods for services and wants for nothing. He boasts a confidence rating of over 97% on every op he chooses no matter how technical or dangerous, but a small favor for his mother, the Governor’s wife, requires a woman’s touch. When he blackmails Alexandra into assisting on what should be a low-risk case, he learns too late for both of them he’s been betrayed. His professional future, the safety of world leaders, and Adam and Alexandra’s lives are all on the line.

His “easily manipulated” new helper is tougher than she looks and MacGyvers her way out of deathly situations, proving to be far more than even Adam imagined as they hunt for stolen G-8 Summit security specs and the ruthless predators who will kill to retrieve them.

Even worse for Adam’s peace of mind, Alexandra is a woman who has loved and lost. She easily sees beyond his emotional firewall to what the ultimate tactician secretly wants most and poses a clear security threat to his carefully guarded heart.

Not only can his underestimated new partner help him save the day, Alexandra is the answer the well connected loner has been seeking–if they will just choose to take the greatest risk one… more… time.

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Cry of the Sea by D.G. Driver

Juniper Sawfeather is choosing which college to attend after graduation from West Olympia High School next year. She wants to go to San Diego to be far away from her environmental activist parents. They expect her to think the way they do, but having to be constantly fighting causes makes it difficult to be an average seventeen-year-old high school student. Why do her parents have to be so “out there?” Her feelings on the subject are changed when she and her father rush to the beach after a reported oil spill. As they document the damage, June discovers three humans washed up on the beach, struggling to breathe through the oil coating their skin. At first she thinks they must be surfers, but as she gets closer, she finds out that these aren’t humans at all. They’re mermaids! Now begins a complex story of intrigue, conspiracy and manipulation as June, her parents, a marine biologist and his handsome young intern, her best friend, the popular clique at school and the oil company fight over the fate of the mermaids.

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Leandra’s Enchanted Flute by Kathy Huth Jones

Fourteen-year-old flutist Lee Ann Graves is a survivor–she has beaten cancer. But her greatest battle is yet to come. The Carolina wren who has sung outside her window during the long weeks of chemotherapy reveals himself as Songcatcher. He knows Lee Ann’s real name is Leandra, and he transports her and her flute to a magical world that is dying because of a growing world-wide “canker.” Leandra is restored to health and her flute transformed by what magic is left in the world. But as she searches for the source of the canker, the malignant forces take their toll, not only on the land, but on Leandra’s physical and mental well-being. With the help of Songcatcher, other bird friends, and a very human prince, Leandra must find a way to heal the land she has learned to love before it is too late.

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A Mage’s Power (Journey to Chaos Book 1) by Brian Wilkerson

Winner of Reader’s Favorite Five Star Award “I am Tasio the Trickster and I am here to help you.” Due to ‘help’ from a mischievous trickster, Eric is stranded in a world where monsters and magic are as common as homework and hotdogs. While he struggles to adjust, he receives an offer to join a mercenary guild. Between training and missions, he’s unaware of the forces at work in his life. All of them have a stake in his quest to acquire A Mage’s Power. A Mage’s Power is Brian Wilkerson’s debut novel. After swallowing his newbie pride, he had it professionally edited. The Fourth edition was published on September 22 2013.

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Guardian: The Guardian Trilogy, Book 1 by Robin M. Helm

The powerful and imposing Xander, Chief of all Guardian angels, has protected exceptional humans from demonic forces over the course of ten millennia without losing a single battle. In 1989, he receives an unusual assignment which will forever change his ordered existence and alter the course of human history. Will he lose the battle for his own heart while guarding supernaturally gifted Elizabeth Bennet from the evil which surrounds her? Will he be strong enough to resist her as she grows from a precocious child into a beautiful, intelligent woman? The veil dividing the physical and spiritual planes is drawn aside to reveal warfare on an unprecedented scale as Elizabeth develops her gifts and her guardian discovers his emotions.

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A Rose Blooms Twice (A Prairie Heritage, Book1) by Vikki Kestell

Rose Brownlee has suffered more loss than most people can endure. Now she must find a purpose and a way to move on with her life. Will she bow to conventional wisdom or will she, like Abraham of old, choose to follow where God leads her…even to a wild and strange land she does not know? Set in the American prairie of the late 1800s, this story of loss, disillusionment, rebirth, and love will inspire, challenge, and encourage you.

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The Lincoln Penny (A Time Travel Series Book 1) by Barbara Best

Unforgettably Different! Painfully Real! History geek Jane Peterson just hit the refresh button on her life when, during a Civil War reenactment, she is thrust into a raging siege with brutal consequences. 2012 resets to 1862 amid the colorful, historic characters of Savannah, Georgia and bloodiest conflict in American history. Jane’s ghostly appearance is a bad omen to the doomed soldiers at Fort Pulaski. In a chilling twist of fate she is compelled to cross hostile enemy lines and seek shelter with strangers. Realizing the impact of her knowledge and horrors of Civil War medicine, Jane’s dream of rescue becomes a deep desire to save others. In a story of good and evil, murder and intrigue, grave reality and the supernatural, she must face the grim truth that loving history and living it are two entirely different things. Vanished on her 24th birthday without a trace! Med student Bryce McKenzie and Jane Peterson have shared a unique bond since childhood. But when exactly did she capture his heart? Refusing to accept Jane’s death, Bryce vows never to give up on the girl he loves. With the help of Sophie Downing, the only witness to Jane’s freak disappearance, he searches for the key to unlock an impossible mystery.

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Adela’s Prairie Suitor (The Annex Mail-Order Brides Book 1) by Elaine Manders

A clean, Christian romance novella about a Victorian era, western mail-order bride.

Most of the ladies attending the Harvard Annex hope to attain a quality education and advance the status of women–except Adela Mason. All she wants is marriage and a home of her own.

After corresponding with Byron Calhoun, a Kansas farmer, for several months, she’s convinced he’s the man God has chosen for her. She accepts his invitation to visit the farm so he can “court her properly.” Byron finds Adela as sweet and charming as her letters have indicated, but will she marry him when she finds out he’s in danger of losing the farm?

Worse, how can he even convince sweet Adela to stay when his ex-fiance and mother are doing everything they can to run her off?

Prequels to the long historical novel series, Under Cerulean Skies, the Annex Mail-Order Brides novella series follows three courageous young women who find love through the mail.

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Anya and the Secrets of Cupola by N.A. Cauldron

Deep in the walls of Cupola lies a secret. A 200 year old magical secret. And it’s up to Anya and her friends to solve it. Meet Anya, a twelve year old girl with utterly no direction in life. Meet Taika, her best friend who can make a potion strong enough to cure a weregoblin, but may forget to warn you that it can explode at any moment. And then there’s Gevin. Yeah…well…Gevin’s just Gevin isn’t he? These three unlikely heroes will have to brew potions, battle monsters, and even endure the night-of-the-overturned-chicken-stool before discovering the deepest mysteries of Cupola.

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Sucked In (The Series That Just Plain Sucks Book 1) by Charissa Dufour

Struggling vampire romance novelist Ashley Hawn was living her dream. By day she worked as a clerk at a local grocery store, and by night she immersed herself in the imaginary world of sexy vampires, shirtless men, and endless parties. Between work, her writing, and her best friends- Chloe and Jordan- life was good. She was even dating a mysterious and sexy man (or so she thought) by the name of Isaac. Then in a flash, her whole world changed and she discovered herself turned.

Quickly she finds that life as a vampire is less sexy shirtless men, endless parties, and is more running for her life as she tries to dodge the attacks of every mythological creature in the area.

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Faith, Hope, and Murder (Community of Faith Mysteries Book 1) by Elise M. Stone

A quest for truth draws Faith Andersen into the world of human smugglers; and a life-changing experience in the Arizona desert. When Faith Andersen’s best friend asks her to help a stranger, she has no idea the problem is murder. The victim, a smuggler who brought both drugs and human beings over the Mexican border, had plenty of enemies. And even more dangerous friends. When Pastor John Menard discovers Faith is poking into a homicide, he fears for her safety. Spiced with danger and opposing beliefs, their mutual attraction grows. But have they gotten themselves into more trouble than either of them could have imagined?

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The Rocking Horse by Karrie Loomis

After wandering too far out of their backyard, Michaela and Sylvia discovered an abandoned house. Of course, the sisters couldn’t just walk away. Inside the house, Sylvia found a rocking horse that tempted the girls with the promise of a fun ride. However, the ride wasn’t what it at first appeared to be. Because of the deceptive horse, the girls found themselves trapped in darkness.  As Michaela and Sylvia struggled to escape, their bond grew stronger and they began to understand what it means to work together, be brave, believe in themselves, and to put an effort into their actions. In the darkness, a ghost appeared and told the sisters about the mistake she made of also accepting a deceitful ride, but it wasn’t a horse that tricked her. *A fiction ‘stranger-danger’ chapter book perfect for ages 8-10.*

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Forbidden Legacy by Barbara Goss

Unspoiled by her beauty or wealth, Sarah Clarke travels an arduous journey by stagecoach to inherit the Arrow C cattle ranch left to her by the grandfather she never knew. However, the ranch foreman, a half-breed Indian called Storm, also claims legal ownership. The rugged, impassioned young man arouses conflicting emotions in Sarah. Because her own father was killed by Indians, she is first frightened by Storm and his ranch hands. Yet fear quickly gives way to love as his tenderness and compassion stir her heart. Although Storm’s kisses convince Sarah that he feels the same, he admits that he is betrothed to another. Infuriated, Sarah vows to stop Storm from entering a loveless marriage. But how? Vividly evoking the danger and excitement of life in Texas in the 1800’s, Forbidden Legacy is a captivating story of love, faith and adventure.

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A Light in the Darkness (Light Series, #1) by Heather Sutherlin

Merrilyn’s life is quiet and predictable. An apprentice to the royal healer, she spends her days helping in the village or up to mischief with her best friend who happens to be the handsome younger son of the king. But when a mysterious archer shows up in the forest and shoots their escort, Merrilyn’s life is forever changed. Caught in a battle between two forgotten gods, she must embrace her destiny and fight the very powers of darkness before it’s too late.

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Bingo Summer by Dawn Malone

On her thirteenth birthday, Summer Haas scratches the lottery ticket her mom tucked into her birthday card and the down-on-their-luck family become instant millionaires. Then the attention gets crazy in their small Illinois town, and the family moves north to ‘disappear’ in the Chicago suburbs. Summer’s new home might as well be on the Moon, it’s so different from where she used to live. Suddenly, Summer is a candidate for student council, trades her t-shirt and jeans for mall-brand clothes, and throws a party for her entire grade even though she didn’t invite a single guest. Everyone wants Summer to be someone other than herself, including the super-popular Suri who Summer hopes will be her new best friend. There’s Mara who wants Summer to forget about competing with her for third base when softball season comes. And Summer just wants to avoid Dink and Anna even though she has more in common with them than she wants to admit. But when Mara discovers how Summer’s family made their millions, and threatens to tell the whole school, Summer needs a friend more than ever. Can Summer fit in AND stay true to herself?

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Dragon’s Curse (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 1) by H.L. Burke

On her first assignment out of the Academy, young healer and scholar, Shannon Macaulay is summoned to the struggling kingdom of Regone to see to the wounds of a young but crippled king. When the unwanted attentions of an aggressive knight and the sudden appearance of a hated dragon turn her world upside down, she decides to take matters into her own hands even if doing so proves dangerous. Finding herself strangely drawn to the company of the dragon, Gnaw, Shannon must force herself out of her safe world of books and botany to come to the aid of her unexpected ally in a strange kingdom, cursed by a fateful encounter with a dragon and the loss of a beloved prince. Can she learn to put aside her fears, and perhaps sacrifice her deepest desires, to help a friend and restore a family?

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Reins of Love by Laurie Salisbury

Ben and Beth are moving to a home in the country. More than anything the twins want a horse. Does God know what children wish for in their hearts? Does he care? Having a horse is a big responsibility. Along the way they must learn to allow Jesus to take the reins of their hearts.

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You Can’t Shatter Me by Tahlia Newland

Sixteen-year-old Carly is set to become top of her art class until bully-boy Justin gives her a viscous payback for standing up for one of his victims. Her boyfriend, karate-trained nerd Dylan, wants to smash the guys face in, but a fight at school means suspension, losing his chance at school honors and facing a furious father. Carly is determined to find a more creative solution to her problem, but will she sort it out before Dylan’s inner cave man hijacks him and all hell breaks loose? Justin might be a pain, but his harassment leads to a deepening of Dylan and Carly’s romance, and Carly finds an inner strength she didn’t know she had. The magical realism style provides a touch of fantasy in an otherwise very real story that offers heart-warming solutions to bullying. You Can’t Shatter Me is food for the soul. It has received a BRAG Medallion for outstanding fiction and an AIA Seal of Excellence in independent fiction.

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Growing Up Neighbors by Frances Hoelsema

Little Deborah Harrington stared across the street the day the Michaels family moved in. Who was this family? Would she even like them?

Nicholas Michaels hated the fact he had to move away from everything and everyone in his life, but his feelings change when he meets the Harringtons. Deborah and Nicholas become the best of friends, and as the children grow up, their friendship deepens.

But then tragedy strikes. Will this cause them to part ways? Or will it perhaps make them realize they may have stronger feelings for one another before it’s too late?

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