THE OUTBACK STARS by Sandra McDonald
Why? It's a debut novel and it was nominated for the Compton Crook award. Supporting my fellow Skiffy Rommers (SciFiRom writers) is reason enough, but I've read good things about this novel, and a sequel is in the works.
THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer
Why? Two words. Stephenie Meyer. I haven't read anything of hers yet, and the premise of an alien host living in a human body and a "love triangle between only two people" sounds mesmerizing. The Twilight series has been highly acclaimed, but I'm not so much of a YA fan, so I think this will be a great one to start with.
THE MIRRORED HEAVENS by David J. Williams
Why? It's a debut novel and the blurb hooked me. BIG TIME. Tia featured this one on her Fantasy Debut blog (where I pick up a lot of ideas for my TBR tower) and I was intrigued. It sounds like straight Sci Fi, and hard Sci Fi/military at that, but it also smacks of a fascinating read. Here's the blurb so you can judge for yourself: "In the 22nd century, the first wonder of a brave new world is the Phoenix Space Elevator, designed to give mankind greater access to the frontier beyond Earth. Built by the U.S./Pan-Asian Coalition, the Elevator is also a grand symbol of superpower alliance following a second cold war. And it’s just been destroyed." There's more but that was enough to send my fingers flying to the search function at Amazon.
THE CAT STAR CHRONICLES: SLAVE by Cheryl Brooks
By accident, I stumbled on a blog this author had posted on and read the blurb for this novel: I found him in the slave market on Orpheseus Prime... Oh yeah, she had me. Looks like a great read and I'm also curious about similar elements this one may have to my own SciFiRom, P2PC.
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Those already on order from Amazon include:
MOONSTRUCK by Susan Grant
WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL by Donald Maass