27 Author Recommendations for Holiday Gift-Giving …

No, wait! I didn’t mean you should wrap up an Author and give THEM to your friends, although I’m sure any of us mentioned below are flattered for having been considered gift-worthy … Let’s start over.

What could be better than giving or receiving A BOOK (or several) – at any time of the year and for any occasion? If you’re stumped as to what to give people on your list, or if you’re looking for something new for your own reading pleasure, please allow me to make a few suggestions …

I highly recommend the writing and books published by the following six Authors who have previously been featured on my other blog, Reading Recommendations:

Tim Baker and another book (featuring contributions from 6 Reading Recommendations Authors, including ME!)
Kevin Brennan and another book
Seumas Gallacher
Dylan Hearn and another book
Rebecca Heishman
S.K. Nicholls

But wait! There’s more … I asked each of the Authors listed above to also give me their recommendations of other Authors whose writing they enjoy, and here’s what they each had to say:

Tim Baker: Steve Boone, Robert Chazz Chute (and another book) and Linton Robinson (Steve and Robert have been featured on Reading Recommendations)

Kevin Brennan:
Zero, by J.S. Collyer — I’m no sci-fi nut, but this was a ripping story set in a strangely familiar future.
Memoirs of a Dilettante – Volume 1, by Helena Hann-Basquiat — An unclassifiable collection of anecdotes. Fact or fiction? Who knows? Who cares?
Dolls Behaving Badly, by Cinthia Ritchie — This novel was beat up pretty badly by the Amazon/Hachette conflict, and it’d be great if Cinthia could get a second wind now.
Shaping Destiny, by Destiny Allison — A poignant memoir of a woman’s evolution as an artist.

Seumas Gallacher: Chaos is Come Again by John Dolan and Fiona Quinn, Outsourced by Eric J. Gates, Subtraction by Andrew Peters (Andrew has previously been featured on Reading Recommendations)

Dylan Hearn:
The Me You See by Shay Ray Stevens – a fantastic mystery, cleverly written, which has a brilliant ending that I just didn’t see coming.
Othella by Therin Knite – a hard-edged and uncompromising dystopian thriller, as if Raymond Chandler decided to have a go at re-imagining Hunger Games. (Therin was previously featured on Reading Recommendations)
Duck by Stephen Parolini – a wonderfully warm coming-of-age novella about a boy and a bomb.

Rebecca Heishman:
Haven Kimmel: A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana
This author is one of Indiana’s hidden gems. I have been a fan of her writing for many years. Her intimate and tender style of writing has influenced my own. This gal has never gotten the credit that her lovely writing deserves.
Silas House: Eli the Good
Silas House is an award-winning Kentucky author whose beautifully-crafted prose touches many hearts. Eli the Good is a novel written for young adults, but the message is so strong and so beautiful that it resonates with me and many other adult readers. It would make a lovely Christmas gift for young or old.
Bill Bryson: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Part travelogue, part memoir, and full of humor, this book takes you along on Bryson’s trudge through one of America’s most rustic, brutal, beautiful, and storied trails. The book is filled with colorful characters that he meets along the way, giving us a portrait of what makes us proud to be American, despite our steady force-fed diet of negative media.

S.K. Nicholls:
Misha Burnett has a sci-fi/urban fantasy series that is absolute genius. Here is his author page and he also has a blog.
Carrie Rubin has a great medical thriller, The Seneca Scourge. She also has a blog.
Patrick O’Bryon is one of my most favorite authors. His historical spy thrillers set in Germany and France during WWII are based on his own father’s life as a journalist/spy during that time. He is a self-proclaimed Europhile and has lived and visited abroad frequently. His two books have done very well and a third, Fulcrum of Malice is due out next year. Corridor of Darkness is the first, and Beacon of Vengeance is the second. He is one of the most successful indie authors I know and his work is impeccable. He’s one of my beta readers. He also has a blog.
Luccia Gray has an awesome sequel to Jane Eyre. All Hallows at Eyre Hall: The Breathtaking Sequel to Jane Eyre (The Eyre Hall Trilogy Book 1) new on the market, and I loved it. She lives in Spain and has a blog.

And please indulge my being so bold as to recommend myself, Susan M. Toy, and my books for giving as gifts. While I have never been featured on Reading Recommendations, I did create the blog in the first place and continue to present you with great Authors to discover. Besides, this is my blog post, so I may recommend whomever I want to … to paraphrase a song. 🙂

So, there you go! 27 Authors recommended and umpteen possibilities for books to give to anyone who is on your list. Plus, books are much easier to wrap than an Author, and – Bonus! – eBooks and audio books don’t have to be wrapped at all!

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31 responses

  1. A wonderful selection, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on graemecummingdotnet and commented:
    This is just what you need if you’re struggling to think of something in these last few days before Christmas. And if this list isn’t enough, if you look hard enough, you might find another one listed on my site…

    1. Thanks for reblogging, Graeme!

  3. Thanks for including my latest thriller ‘Outsourced’, Seumas. This is amazing! Merry Christmas to all.

  4. Reblogged this on WHAT THE HELL and commented:
    There’s still time, kids. Buy, buy, buy! (And many thanks to Susan for including moi!)

    1. Thanks for reblogging, Kevin!

  5. Reblogged this on Reading Recommendations and commented:

    Reblogged from my main blog, Books: Publishing, Writing, Reading – many more book recommendations for gift-giving or your own reading pleasure!

  6. Reblogged this on blindoggbooks and commented:
    Support Independent Authors! My good friend Susan Toy is a tireless promoter/supporter of Independent authors. In her most recent blog post she highlights 6 more (including me).
    If you’re not following her blog – you should be…

    1. Thanks for the reblog, Tim!

  7. What a wonderful assortment of delicious reading. So many enticing books teasing me to curl up on the sofa and read them all. Sigh.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting and supporting Authors in general!

  8. Reblogged this on S.K. Nicholls and commented:
    Susan Toy has given a few of us authors the opportunity to recommend a few more authors for your reading entertainment pleasure. Take a look and see if there is a book you might like to have or to gift!

    1. Thanks for reblogging, SK, and spreading our recommendations that much further!

  9. I can imagine how thrilling it would be to discover your book had been as a present to someone. Congrats to all authors who have enjoyed that experience

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Peter!

  10. Books are a great gift for sure. I know there’ll be some under my tree this year! What a nice way to support fellow authors! And a thank you to SK Nicholls as well for mentioning my book. 🙂

    Happy Holidays!

    1. Yes, I have SK to thank for bringing your writing to my attention, Carrie, and I’ll be pleased to promote you further on Reading Recommendations in the near future!

      1. You’re very kind. Thank you. And I look forward to getting to your book. What a nice win that was!

      2. Hope you enjoy reading it!

  11. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog….. An Author Promotions Enterprise! and commented:
    Now THIS is how Authors can support EACH OTHER 😀

    1. Thanks for YOUR support, Mr. Ape! We Authors are that much more blessed by your continuing presence in the web!

  12. Reblogged this on Seumas Gallacher and commented:
    re-blogging , ‘coz… well, yeez’ll read why :):) enjoy 🙂 and may I be the first to wish yeez all a Happy Thanksgiving 2015 … ye’re welcome! :):)

    1. Thank you for reblogging, kind sir, for all our sakes!

  13. re-blogging , ‘coz… well, yeez’ll read why :):) enjoy 🙂 and may I be the first to wish yeez all a Happy Thanksgiving 2015 … ye’re welcome! :):)

  14. Reblogged this on Suffolk Scribblings and commented:
    If you read one of my recent posts you’ll know that the best gift an indie author can receive is one of their books being given as a present to somebody new. Well here are some great recommendations, including a couple of suggestions of books I’ve enjoyed this year. Go have a look, you might find something you like!

    1. Thanks for reblogging, Dylan!

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