I know many of you are waiting patiently for Darkness Divides to come out on April 20th. As an update, it’s coming along well and I’ll be posting the first two chapters this weekend. So be on the lookout!
In the meantime, I thought I’d give you all a list of other urban fantasy authors who I follow. Most of you are probably already aware of the big traditionally published names in the genre such as Jeaniene Frost, Ilona Andrews, Karen Marie Moning, Chloe Neill, Patricia Briggs, plus many more. This is to highlight the indies who I’ve found to be just as enjoyable.
Keep in mind that your mileage may vary as no two people have exactly the same tastes, but these are ones I’ve found to be good and think you might too if you haven’t discovered them already. All covers are linked to the book’s Amazon purchase page. I’ve also included some brief thoughts on my impression of each author’s books.
Connie Suttle– If you haven’t read the book that begins her Blood Destiny series and sets up the ones that follow it, check out Blood Wager first. The key thing to know with her work is that it has a lot of emotional twists, action, and expands to include sci-fi elements as the series progresses. The romance in her work isn’t of the traditional variety, but I love the uniqueness of her writing. Her “voice” is very different from other writers.
Debra Dunbar– For those who enjoy a wicked sense of humor, this is a great series to try. The main character is a demon imp who gets into a lot of trouble, but as you get to know her you’ll find she’s surprisingly relatable. There are light romantic elements and a rather hunky love interest or two, but nothing too hot and steamy for those who prefer those elements toned down. Do expect some naughtiness, though. This series has five books out so far and Debra recently released two spin-off novels.
Mark Henwick– His series is strong on action and suspense, while being lighter on the romantic elements (though you should expect some explicit content). The thing I think readers love the most about his writing is how fast-paced it is and that he includes investigative elements as well as a female character who has a military background. This series has three books out so far, plus a prequel.
Tracey Sinclair– I stumbled upon this author after seeing a review of one of her books from a blogger who also follows my series. The cover is a bit different from most UF, but I promise this series is great! The setting is in London, so with this one you get out of the United States so you can enjoy something a little different. There is some nice humor and the romance will keep you intrigued. If you like heroines who are always trying to do the right thing despite not being all that powerful, you should enjoy this one.
Angela Wallace– She has a nice UF series that features elementals (users of earth, air, water, fire). Her novels are lighter than the ones I mentioned above, making them a great change of pace from the standard darker fare. There’s more mystery to her books too and they have sweet romantic elements (nothing hot and heavy). The main character stays the same for the first two books before switching to a different one with the third. She should be releasing the fourth novel soon.
P.L. Blair– She has a UF series featuring two main characters. A human female and an elf male. They are detectives who have been partnered together to investigate supernatural cases. The criminals in this series are rather unique and the lore this author uses keeps me fascinated. The romance doesn’t pick up until much later in the series and the author keeps things fairly clean, but I must admit I was ready for it when it came! Expect the books to focus on the plot and have some nice action sequences.
Feel free to make your own suggestions in the comments section. I know there are a lot of other good ones out there and that I didn’t name them all. If you can tell us a little about why you like any particular author/series, that would be helpful too!