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5 Underappreciated Authors

Hey there, bookwyrms! Are you looking for new authors? New books to add your ever-growing TBR list? (I mean, that TBR list is already a mile long, let’s be honest, but hey I’m not here to judge.)

As your friendly neighborhood word wrangler, I’ve got some underappreciated authors for you to discover. These guys and gals may not be as well-known as Sarah J. Maas or George R.R. Martin, but their books are absolute gems that deserve to be read by starving book addicts such as yourself.

Allow me to introduce you to your new favorite authors!

David M. Samuels

samuelsI had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful person on the super helpful writing website, Scribophile, where writers can read each other’s work and give critiques/advice on how to improve (or, in my case, to gush about how awesome the writing already is).

I quickly became a huge fan of the way Samuels weaves a story together, especially the art of the interesting protagonist. The voicing is always clear and unique in his books and his fantastical story worlds are a source of never-ending richness…and danger!

Samuels currently has three books out:

  • Three Nights in Faral-Khazal: A Trio of Tales from the World of Euvael
  • Of Steel That Stings and Other Sharp Things
  • I, Exile

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My favorite is Three Nights in Faral-Khazal, but definitely check out all three books for yourself! You won’t be disappointed.

You can find David M. Samuels on Twitter @DavidMSamuels, Instagram @david_samuels_storyteller, and you can find his books on Goodreads right here!

Nancy O’Toole Merservier

merservierDo you love superheroes? Are you a fan of fun superpowers, engaging conflicts, and all-important emotional character arcs? Then you’ll love Nancy O’Toole Merservier, author of all things heroic.

It’s easy to see the passion that goes into each and every page of writing. It’s so easy to get swept up into the comic-book-like stories and relatable yet admirable characters. Mystery, action, and romance all mesh well in her writing, which reminds me very much of Renegades by Marissa Meyer.

Nancy currently has two books and a “one-shot” available. Her superhero series, Red and Black, is absolutely stunning! Books one and two, Red and Black and Black and Blue, are out, and book three, Silver and Gold, will be available June 29, 2020! My personal favorite is Red and Black, but I’m super excited to read Silver and Gold when it’s published later this year.

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One more note-worthy suggestion! If you happen to love anime as much as you love superheroes, Nancy also hosts a podcast called All for One, where she and her co-host/husband review the popular show, My Hero Academia! It’s fun to listen to someone else’s perspective on the show, as well as get your writing gears turning by analyzing each episode, one by one.

You can find Nancy O’Toole Merservier on Twitter @watchnancytweet, Instagram @nancysviews, and her website. Browse her list of books on Goodreads!

Caroline Noe

noeLooking for stories of Biblical proportions that also somehow manage to be emotional and deeply personal? Caroline Noe balances large casts of characters and huge, richly-developed worlds with characters who are both relatable and strange.

The sci-fi elements in her stories mix well with a certain sense of warm familiarity. Even a reader like myself, who doesn’t have much experience with or interest in reading science fiction, feels deeply moved by her tales.

Caroline Noe currently has three books out:

  • The Firestone Key
  • Canellian Eye: Prophecy
  • Canellian Eye: Rebellion

Prophecy in particular really spoke to me, but they’re all worth checking out, especially if you’re a lover of science fiction and want a little something new added to your typical sci-fi adventure.

You can find Caroline Noe on Instagram @carrieauthor, on Facebook @carrieauthor, and on her website. You can also find all her books on Goodreads.

Marion Blackwood

blackwoodAre you a fan of dark and witty fantasy books? Have I got the author for you! Marion Blackwood’s work is a new find for me, but I’m so glad I got to know her writing style! From the dangerous Underworld to the vivid City of Ash, The Oncoming Storm series is fun and lively.

The first book in series, A Storm of Silver and Ash, is available now; the second book, A Storm of Shadows and Pearls, will be released May 4, 2020! I can’t wait to read the continuation of Storm’s story.

You can find Marion Blackwood on Twitter @marionblackwoo9, Instagram @marionblackwood, and her beautiful website. (She’s especially fun to interact with on Twitter!) Make sure to keep track of her books on Goodreads.

Adam Wing

wingDo you love classic stories told in fresh, new ways? How about tragic, emotional tales full of unfortunate and flawed, yet visceral, characters? This author has got you covered!

I always feel something when I read a book by Adam Wing, whether it’s intense joy or intense sorrow (and very often, both at the same time). The strength in his writing lies in his characters and his ability to create entire tales based on one or two flaws.

It’s tough to pick a favorite out of his four books:

  • Icarus
  • Matriarch
  • Apoca Lypse Sinks Ships
  • Old Man on the Bus

My favorite, however, is Icarus, which is a retelling of the son of Greek architect, Daedelus, who infamously flew too close to the sun. This book took me on quite the emotional journey, but I won’t say anything more. Instead, I’ll let you experience it for yourself.

You can find Adam Wing on Twitter @AdamWingWriting and on his website. And if his unique writing style jumps out at you, why not check out his full list of books on Goodreads?


I hope you found a few new favorite authors (you’re welcome)! There are so many more talented writers that deserve more recognition, but I’ll leave the list at five for now. Keep your eye out for more in the future…


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