Need a change? Read a new author.

We’re creatures of habit, and that applies to our reading habits as well.

When was the last time you consciously chose to read a new author, someone you haven’t read before?

You’ve probably come across that statement, rightly or wrongly attributed to Einstein, reminding you that if you keep doing the same thing you’ll get the same results, or words to that effect. Applies to ideas and beliefs, too.

If you keep reading books by the same authors, how do you expect to have your ideas or beliefs challenged?

Most of us are caught up in thought bubbles where ‘birds of a feather have flocked together.’

If you want to experience how someone else treats your favorite subject or type of story, try a new author. In fact, try an Indie Author,  whose work hasn’t been filtered by some corporate publishing watchdog.

A few for you to consider:

Just type their names into the search box of your retailer of choice and risk a few dollars on exploring a new author this week. You might be surprised.


Peter Mulraney is the author of the Inspector West and Stella Bruno Investigates crime series, the Everyday Business Skills and Living Alone series, and My Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living.

Ann Cleeves

There must be something about living on an island that drives people to desperate acts. At least that’s the impression I’m getting from reading The Shetland books by Ann Cleeves.

So far, I’ve read Raven Black and White Nights.

Raven Black is set in the dark winter months when very little sunlight reaches the Shetlands. White Nights, on the other hand, is set during the summer when the sky refuses to go dark.

Local Inspector Jimmy Perez works with Inspector Roy Taylor from Inverness to solve two murders in Raven Black and a string of murders in White Nights.

Cleeves gives her readers insights into the many characters involved. I enjoyed the books.

Must admit, I’m also a fan of her Vera TV series.

You can get an insight into the island life in Shetland from Shetland.org and the Shetland Islands.

Fredrik Backman

Every now and then you come across a book you really enjoy. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is one of those books for me.

On the surface, it’s a grumpy old man story. Maybe that’s why my wife suggested I read it. But, underneath the surface story, it’s a story of love and redemption.

If you’re ever feeling down, like Ove is at the start of the story, reading this book will remind you that the secret is to get outside of yourself. Think of other people. Do things for them. Be with them.

A Man Called Ove is a wonderful story of how Life intervenes to get Ove’s attention and reopen his heart. Some of it is sad, some of it is touching, and some of it is really funny. I enjoyed it.

You can find out more about Fredrik Backman and his books at:

Publisher’s page

Blog – in Swedish

Amazon page

From the Hay House World Summit 2017

Over the last few days, I’ve been listening in to the free Hay House World Summit 2107.  A really smart way of showcasing the work of one hundred of their authors.

You can still register to listen in to the last week of so of the summit.

If you enjoyed My Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living you might appreciate the three books I’m currently reading as a result of what was available for the first session of the summit.

A Course In Miracles Made Easy by Alan Cohen.

The overview you always wanted if you thought A Course In Miracles was beyond you.

The Abundance Code by Julie Ann Cairns

An introduction to a different way of thinking about abundance.

Be Your Potential by Joseph Clough

If you’re interested in what’s going on in your subconscious mind and wondering what you can do about it.

Patricia Loofbourrow

NY Times and USA Today best-selling science fiction author, Patricia Loofbourrow, is creating a transmedia project surrounding the far future domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges, which is now split between four crime families.

The centre of this project is a 13 part steampunk neo-noir novel called the Red Dog Conspiracy, which follows the story of a female private eye named Jacqueline Spadros.

You’re invited to take a look and join the experiment at  Red Dog Conspiracy 

Maryann Miller

Maryann Miller is the creator of the Seasons Mystery Series, set in Dallas, Texas, featuring homicide detectives, Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson, who don’t particularly like each other.

 

 

In Open Season,  the unlikely pair investigates a series of murders, dubbed the Mall Murders, amid racial tensions and a deadly controversy involving the police.

 

 

 

In  Stalking Season, Sarah and Angel find themselves inside an exclusive gentleman’s club and a prestigious private school, as they investigate the murder of a young girl in a cheap motel.

 

If you’re looking for some crime fiction with female lead investigators for a change, you can check these and Maryann’s other books out at:  maryannwrites.

Alex Breck

Alex Breck lives on a wee island off the west coast of Scotland.

No wonder he’s sent young Ridge Walker, the hero of his international adventure thriller series, out into the world to have his adventures a long way from home, though I must admit that Ian Rankin, Stuart MacBride and Val McDermid have managed to find enough criminal activity in Scotland to keep me up at night.

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Maria Grazia Swan

Like a bit of Italian flavoring in your murder mysteries?

Maria Grazia Swan has three series featuring Italian women in lead roles:

  • Mina Calvi Adventures,
  • Lella York Mysteries, and
  • Baker Girls Cozy Mysteries.

I’ve started exploring her writing through Geminin Moon, the first book in the Lella York Mysteries.

It’s written from the point of view of Lella, who doesn’t have a clue what’s going on, and is somewhat distracted by her attraction to Larry Devin, the on vacation detective that helps her ‘solve’ the mystery.

Gemini Moon is definitely a cozy murder mystery with a difference.

Craig A. Hart

Craig A. Hart is the creator of the Shelby Alexander Thriller Series.

This week, I’m reading Serenity, the first book in the Shelby Alexander Thriller series by Craig A. Hart.

Serenity is described as ‘an action-packed read with a lovingly rendered cast, witty dialogue, and a main character who doesn’t know when to quit.’

Sounds a bit like Sam Dyke. I wonder how different Shelby Alexander will prove to be. Given that this series is by an American writer, and set in Serenity, Michigan, I expect Shelby will be brasher than Yorkshireman Sam. I’ll let you know in my review.

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