Debut Authors: 2022 Week #10

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This is a new weekly post which will show some of the UK debut authors releases each week.

Some of the books will come from a spreadsheet I received from 2022 Debut Stars on twitter.

Others will be ones I have come across whilst browsing various sources.

Debut Author Releases from 2022 Debut Stars:

💜 Dear Isobel – Jinny Alexander

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Publisher: Creative James Media

Publishing Date: 15.03.22

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Two marriages. A bucket full of dreams and a pile of broken hearts.

She’s not sharing her name. She’s been judged enough. She’s a wife, mother, friend, and to one person-a lover. In a rural Irish village, she runs a business with family friends. Except it doesn’t stay only business. In love with a man who is not her husband, she becomes the other woman, the marriage wrecker, the cheat and the betrayer. When the illicit relationship ends and is discovered, she’s stuck between the ruined affair and a crumbling marriage. Jobless and heartbroken she must discover what she can salvage. Will talking to Isobel help pick up the pieces or shatter their lives forever?

Raw, soul-baring, relatable depiction of the fallout and recovery from an affair and its effect on both families, told from one woman’s bias.

Goodreads rating: 4.53

💜 Peach Blossom Spring – Melissa Fu

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Wildfire

Publishing Date: 17.03.22

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A moving debut novel about war, migration, and the power of telling stories, Peach Blossom Spring follows three generations of a Chinese family on their search for a place to call home.

With every misfortune there is a blessing and within every blessing, the seeds of misfortune, and so it goes, until the end of time.

It is 1938 in China and, as a young wife, Meilin’s future is bright. But with the Japanese army approaching, Meilin and her four year old son, Renshu, are forced to flee their home. Relying on little but their wits and a beautifully illustrated hand scroll, filled with ancient fables that offer solace and wisdom, they must travel through a ravaged country, seeking refuge.

Years later, Renshu has settled in America as Henry Dao. Though his daughter is desperate to understand her heritage, he refuses to talk about his childhood. How can he keep his family safe in this new land when the weight of his history threatens to drag them down? Yet how can Lily learn who she is if she can never know her family’s story?

Spanning continents and generations, Peach Blossom Spring is a bold and moving look at the history of modern China, told through the story of one family. It’s about the power of our past, the hope for a better future, and the haunting question: What would it mean to finally be home?

Goodreads Rating: 4.35

Other Debut Authors Releases (One earlier this month):

💜 The Houseboat – Dane Bahr

Genre: Crime/Noir/Gothic

Publisher: Counterpoint

Publishing Date: 08.03.22

Synopsis from Goodreads:

James Sallis meets Mindhunter in this stylish and atmospheric noir set in small town Iowa in the 1960s, a midcentury heartland gothic with abounding twists and a feverish conclusion.

Local outcast Rigby Sellers lives in squalor on a dilapidated houseboat moored on the Mississippi River. With only stolen manikins and the river to keep him company, Rigby begins to spiral from the bizarre to the threatening. As a year of drought gives way to a season of squalls, a girl is found trembling on the side of the road, claiming her boyfriend was murdered. The nearby town of Oscar turns their suspicions toward Sellers.

Town sheriff Amos Fielding knows this crime is more than he can handle alone. He calls on the regional marshall up in Minnesota, and detective Edward Ness arrives in Oscar to help him investigate the homicide and defuse the growing unrest. Ness, suffering his own demons, is determined to put his past behind him and solve the case. But soon more bodies are found. As Ness and Fielding uncover disturbing facts about Sellers, and a great storm floods the Mississippi, threatening the town, Oscar is pushed to a breaking point even Ness may not be able to prevent.

Goodreads Rating: 3.41

💜 The Voids – Ryan O’Connor

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Publisher: Scribe

Publishing Date: E-Book 01.03.22 & Hardback 10.03.22

Synopsis from Goodreads:

‘After a couple of weeks, I found myself standing outside the voids in the middle of the night listening for human activity, for any sign of life at all. Voids are flats that have been vacated, that will never be lived in again. But there never were any signs of life. Only the wind whistling through vacant interiors.’

In a condemned tower block in Glasgow, residents slowly trickle away until a young man is left alone with only the angels and devils in his mind for company. Stumbling from one surreal situation to the next, he encounters others on the margins of society, finding friendship and camaraderie wherever it is offered, grappling with who he is and what shape his future might take.

The Voids is an unsparing story of modern-day Britain, told with brilliant flashes of humour and humanity.

Goodreads Rating: 4.33

💜 Archaic Deception – Joe Dayvie

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Joe Dayvie

Publishing Date: 01.03.22

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Welcome to Diveria – rich in folklore, adventure and mystery

Long after the War of Kings, the regions of Diveria thrive, blissfully unaware of an ancient being’s presence. As an influential individual manipulates their position, the lives of those across the land unravels.

– Two stout creatures, presumed extinct, fear for their lives as they try to evade capture in a foreign land.

– A devious tyrant’s actions cause turmoil and strife in a region meant to be a safe haven for the exiled and lost.

– Plagued by startling visions, Jacob Emmerson combats anxiety and danger when he is unknowingly summoned into a sacred kingdom.

Immerse yourself into the cryptic and perilous world of Diveria with the first novel from the realm of archaic deception.

Goodreads Rating: 4.44

Congratulations to all the authors and publishers with releases this week.

Hope you find something you like on the post?

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