Some of my Favorite Authors
Trying to list my favorite authors is a project-out-of-control before I even begin. After reading almost daily for 40 or more years, I can't even start to remember every author I've read. So, some qualifications. These favorite authors will be:
- New or fairly new authors
- Independently or self-published
- In the mystery/adventure/detective genres
- No graphic or explicit violence
- No graphic or explicit sex
- No psychological violence
- At least three books published
- I've read all or most, of their works
Dawn Lee McKenna
Dawn Lee MeKenna has an ever expanding number of series, most of which take place in the "Forgotten Coast" or panhandle of Florida. Her genre ranges from mystery to human emotion. The following is from her web page.
"I write Southern books. I was born and raised in Florida and now live in Tennessee and I couldn't take the South out of my writing if I wanted to. But I wouldn't dream of such a thing. Between its quirky, small towns dripping in atmosphere, and its collection of fascinating, funny and remarkable people, I could never get tired of making the South itself the main character in all of my books.
I might write a quiet little love story set on a dirt road in Alabama (See You).
Or a semi-noir, darkly funny and atmospheric suspense series set in Apalachicola, FL (The Forgotten Coast Florida Suspense series).
Or a wryly funny, but ultimately sweet book about two outsiders in 1970s Alabama who find their places in the world when they find each other (the upcoming The Cricket Jar).
These books have a lot in common, despite how different they might seem. They are all character-driven novels about people who are damaged but strong, deeply funny, and all the more beautiful because of their flaws.
I love these people, from 90-year old Creole nanny Miss Evangeline, to the droll and honorable Jack Canfield, to strong but damaged cop Maggie Redmond, and even the hilariously inappropriate and dangerously charming bad guy, Bennett Boudreaux.
I hope that you'll meet them all, and love them all as I do."
To visit Dawn's web page, "Right Click" on the link and select "Open link in new tab. - Dawn Lee McKenna
Kathy Love Cowen
Another favorite is Kathy Cowen. She and I have become internet pals, in addition to being fans of each other's work. She is currently working on the fourth novel in her historical romance/adventure series called The Walking Stick books. Here's an excerpt from her web site.
"Kathy Love Cowen, author of the Native American romantic-adventure series, The Walking Stick, was born and raised in Kansas. She attended Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas as an art major. Kathy and her husband Al, now live on the Texas coast. She has one son, Wesley Love, a Purple Heart veteran of two wars.
Wesley's prompting, started her quest to research their ancestry. In her youth, Kathy would spend time on her aunt's cattle ranch in Oklahoma. "Aunt Maude was a feisty woman and probably has had the greatest influenced my life." In the evenings, her aunt would spin stories of their "Indian" ancestors. Kathy has finally been able to establish a paper trail to her Cherokee lineage. Her 5th, great grandparents, Chewahnih and Isaac Nicholson are the principal characters of her debut novel. The Walking Stick has grown into 3 book series and so far, encompasses three generations. A 4th book is planned for late 2018. Future books are planned to continue the series through her own generation.
The Walking Stick is set in the Oklahoma Indian Territory during the 1800's. Animals have always played an important role in Kathy's life. She enjoys an unusual empathy with her fur-bearing friends and chooses to believe that this appreciation for wildlife is linked to her Native American lineage. The depth of her perception into their unique personalities becomes apparent in the humorous secondary characters woven into The Walking Stick."
Here is some information on her first book, Raven and the Wolf
"A treacherous journey leads to a spiritual awakening and a bright new future.
Chewahnih, a young Cherokee maiden, escapes to the wilderness after witnessing a horrendous raid on her village. She is soon joined by a blue-eyed wolf and a raven. These two unlikely traveling companions guide and protect her until she reaches the banks of the Red River. When Chewahnih hears the whinny of a horse nearby and goes to investigate, she discovers a man near death.
Stumbling upon another human should bring her relief, but this man has her beloved horse, which can mean only one thing: He must be one of the men that burned her home to the ground and kidnapped or killed her mother, Willow of the Wind. With Wolf at her side, Chewahnih forms a plan to steal back her horse and find out what happened to her mother.
If you enjoy Native American culture, animal companions, humor, and emotional journeys of self-discovery, you'll love this heartfelt, historical adventure"
"This engaging, mystical novel is part adventure story, part love story, but most of all, it's a tribute to the strength of Cherokee character and culture. A charming, deftly crafted narrative propelled by strong characters." - Kirkus Review"
To visit Kathy's web page, "Right Click" on the link and select "Open link in new tab. - Kathy Love Cowen
Since getting turned on to the Cap Daniels series of seagoing mystery/action books, I've anxiously awaited every new release from this prolific author. Every book (six, so far) has ended up at the Number One Best Seller rank on Amazon.
"Cap Daniels is a sailing charter captain, scuba and sailing instructor, pilot, Air Force veteran, and civil servant of the U.S. Department of Defense. Raised far from the ocean in rural East Tennessee, his early infatuation with salt water was sparked by the fascinating, and sometimes true, sea stories told by his father, a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer.
Those stories of adventure on the high seas sent Cap in search of adventure of his own which eventually landed him on Florida's Gulf Coast where he owns and operates a sailing charter service and spends as much time as possible on, in, and under the waters of the Emerald Coast.
With a head full of larger-than-life characters and their thrilling exploits, Cap pours his love of adventure and passion for the ocean onto the pages of his new Action Adventure Series, The Chase Fulton Novels.
Inspired by the likes of John D Macdonald's Travis McGee, Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford, and Wayne Stinnett's Jesse McDermitt, Cap creates thrilling tales of action and adventure set throughout the Caribbean and coastal Florida and Georgia by intertwining nautical adventure with international espionage. Cap's Chase Fulton Series promises to keep readers on the edge of their seats, trying to guess what new danger or adventure lies just around the corner."
The Opening Chase: A Chase Fulton Novel
(Chase Fulton Novels Book 1)
"When collegiate baseball phenom Chase Fulton suffers a freak injury on the field that shatters his dreams of becoming a Major League catcher, his future looks bleak until he's recruited into quasi-governmental covert operations, where his training as an assassin and covert intelligence operative launches him into a world fraught with danger, intrigue, and unexpected passion.
As Chase navigates the Caribbean, he's pursued by a beautiful Russian SVR officer who is trained and prepared to find, interrogate, and kill him if necessary. He learns exactly how deadly the realm of international espionage can be when duty and love collide."
To visit Cap's web page, "Right Click" on the link and select "Open link in new tab. - Cap Daniels