For the past two years, and I'm not sure how this started, I've ended up picking the best (new to me) author of the year. Which for some reason best known to myself I dubbed the Breakout author.
In 2005 it was Elizabeth Vaughan for Warprize and J.R. Ward for Dark Lover.
In 2006 it was Nalini Singh for Slave to Sensation.
These are authors that caught my imagination and pulled me into the world they created. They wrote books that I didn't want to end, and left me desperate to read more.
So for 2007 it's Ilona Andrews for Magic Bites.
At least up until December. When I was lucky enough to read two new authors Jennifer Rardin and Jeri Smith-Ready who just brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye, with their books Once Bitten, Twice Shy and Eyes of Crow.
Breakout authors for 2007 - Ilona Andrews, Jennifer Rardin and Jeri Smith-Ready.
Are there any new authors that anyone else wants to recommend? Either new to you, or first time published.