Five Authors You Need To Meet Right Now

diary-968603_1280If you’re an author and spend much time interacting on social media, you’ll come to know other authors. They become your coworkers. Your supporters. Your tribe. And I happen to have an awesome tribe.

The nice thing about forming an author tribe is you get to read each other’s work, help each other make it the best it can be, and then tell others (as in, potential readers) what’s awesome about it. This can happen in the form of author endorsements – those bits of advance praise in the front matter (and back cover) of the book.

In this post, I’m showcasing the five authors who were kind enough to read Project Liberatio and write endorsements for it. The amazing thing is this isn’t even my whole tribe. I got the idea to do this an hour ago, so I’ll do other showcase posts at different times to get the others. I am quite fortunate to know so many talented authors, and they all need to be talked about as much as possible.

Because you can read their official bios by following the links, I’ve decided to put a more personal spin on their descriptions.

head shotAuthor 1 – Dan Alatorre

Dan is one of those who does so much you’re sure he’s actually three people. His most recently released book, an exciting sci-fi thriller called The Navigators, joins his many other titles covering several genres, including memoir, humor, children’s, and cookbooks. His books have been Amazon bestsellers many times over and are published in multiple languages.

Dan is also a prolific blogger and the host of Writers off Task with Friends, an internet show spotlighting authors and writing in a fun and humorous way, and I am honored to be one of the co-hosts. I don’t know what I did right in life to win Dan’s support, but I’m glad I did it.

Click these links to follow Dan on the interwebs! Website Facebook Twitter Amazon Goodreads

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tracyAuthor 2 – Tracy Miller

Tracy found me on Twitter sometime last year, and she’s been an avid reader and reviewer of mine ever since. Not only is she an accomplished poet and reviewer on The Nerdy Girl Express, her enthusiasm for the books, authors, and shows she loves can only be described as contagious. I’ve discovered new favorites because of Tracy’s recommendations, and I’m so thankful to be one of them.

Here are Tracy’s links! Website Twitter Amazon

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JulianneAuthor 3 – J. H. Winter

Julianne is a middle-grade and YA author, illustrator, and blogger. She read Project Renovatio and was kind enough to serve as a beta reader for Project Liberatio. I’ve had great fun getting to know her. I’m totally amazed at her ability to crochet the little critters she has on her blog, and I’m very much looking forward to reading her books.

Behold! Links! Website Facebook Twitter 

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JohnAuthor 4 – John Winston

John is the accomplished author of his middle-grade paranormal series, starting with IA: Initiate, which was a finalist in its category in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest. In addition, he’s a teacher and coach and a huge proponent of youth literacy. Earlier this year, he piloted a kickstarter campaign to raise funds for youth literacy projects. I am proud to have him on my team.

Find out more about John! Website Facebook Twitter Amazon Goodreads

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CarolAuthor 5 – Carol Bellhouse

Carol is a prolific author of numerous novels, plays, short stories, and nonfiction works. She is also a movie producer, a world traveler, and a practicing lawyer – much of her expertise has come in handy as my work calls for specific legal details. To say Carol has her hand in many pots would be an understatement. Always called to the next big adventure, she has more life experience crammed into her years than most of us can hope to attain, and she uses all of them in her work. I am grateful that she is willing to share her unique insights with me.

Carol has links too! Website Facebook Amazon Goodreads

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Now go click those links and follow these awesome people, and maybe buy a book or two while you’re at it! 😉

19 thoughts on “Five Authors You Need To Meet Right Now

  1. Pingback: Seven More Authors You Need To Meet Right Now | Allison Maruska

  2. Hi Allison,

    Carol’s edits of my first fantasy adventure novel were invaluable…and she “heard” the title of my book! I like to claim her as mine because I met her when she joined a writing group I started here in Leadville years ago. I think I’ll call Cloud City Writers a tribe now! Carol’s latest short story/novella “A Ferry to Catch” is–in my opinion–her best writing yet.

    I love to see authors promoting other authors, and I will include a link to your site in this month’s newsletter if you’d like. I have about 160 recipients, but hey, it’s a start! I also shared your post on my Facebook pages.

    So happy to see Carol’s name in your post! She’s a special woman.

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    • Hi, Laurel! It’s nice to put a face to the name. 🙂
      I recently finished Driving North, and I really enjoyed it. A Ferry to Catch is on my list.
      I’d love to be included in your newsletter. Thanks for asking, and thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂


  3. If you ever wonder what kind of reach you have, consider that I met EACH of the other four highlighted authors through Allison over a period of time.

    I met Allison in a critique group and we hit it off. Since then we’ve become friends and we’ve helped each other’s writing as she mentioned.

    When she edited one of John’s books, she raved about it, so I checked it out, eventually asking John to teach my blog followers about utilizing Goodreads as an author. He recently appeared on our video show. He’s a master writer and a master of marketing, so he’s going to continue to be important.

    I think I introduced JH Winter to Allison, and “JH” is an amazing, energetic author as well as an enthusiastic cheerleader. She was nice enough to beta read one of my books and offered BRILLIANT insights and feedback. I’m not exaggerating when I say brilliant, because she is BRILLIANT. You want her on your team. Or tribe. She’s been an amazing friend to make.

    I love reading Tracy Miller’s writing. Her stuff on Nerdy Girl Express is terrific. I met her work through Allison’s blog since she comments here a lot.

    And I got introduced to Carol Bellhouse’s work here, too. Those insights she adds to Allison’s writing make it snappy when it comes to the legal stuff, but other areas as well. She’s amazing.

    So, you make connections and you don’t know what effect it might have, but here’s what: you never know. Because I have met these writers here, I have a way to reach out to them, a kind of introduction so to speak, through a mutual friend. And with a few of them, that connection has already created a terrific friendship and working relationship I can trust. I know I can ask for help when I need it and these folks will come through. That’s SO beneficial as an author, to know you’re not alone.

    THANK YOU to my friend Allison for mentioning me in this post, and THANK YOU to the others for what you’ve already helped me with or what I know you’ll help with in the future.

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    • Your mention is very well deserved. 🙂 I was a little blown away as I was writing this – you’re all so accomplished!
      I know there is some overlap between our blogs – I almost said something to that effect in your description. I think that’s a cool side effect of working closely with others. You kind of “adopt” each other’s tribes. Writing is only a solitary practice if you want it to be.

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    • Thank you so much Dan for all of the kind words! It has been amazing meeting both you and Allison as well, albeit virtually. You are both very talented authors and I feel lucky to have you on my team or “tribe” as you say 🙂

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