2020 #Authors Who Have Stayed With Me @callytaylor @DotHutchison @LynneBarrettLee @DMPulleyAuthor @rachelcaine @michaelcarey191 @Mark__Lawrence @longshotauthor @Dwallacepeach @NaminaForna @LBardugo @stacitroilo @TerryTyler4 @sgc58 @itsmcronin

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Hi everyone! Happy New Year’s Eve. Here’s wishing you all a fabulous 2021. This year, I’ve discovered 10 writers new-to-me and one re-discovered, who have moved me and stayed with me long after I’ve read their books. Today, I wanted to share that talent with you. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover a new favourite author from today’s post 🙂


I list them below, along with each Twitter tag, in the order in which I came across their books this year. I’ll also provide a link to one of my reviews for each where I’ve written one.


C L Taylor    @callytaylor    https://harmonykent.co.uk/bookreview-strangers-by-c-l-taylor/


Sunday Times No.2 bestseller. Sleep was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick in 2019. Strangers is out now. Tweets mostly about books, crafting, dogs, tele.



Dot Hutchison    @DotHutchison    https://harmonykent.co.uk/bookreview-deadly-waters-by-dot-hutchison/   


Author of A Wounded Name, The Collectors Series (Book 1: The Butterfly Garden), and Deadly Waters (out September 2020)



Lynn Lee (also Lynn Barrett Lee)    @LynneBarrettLee    https://harmonykent.co.uk/bookreview-can-you-see-me-by-lee-lynne-lynnebarrettlee/


Psychological thriller writer. Ghostwriter. Column writer. Occasional creative writing tutor. Author of CAN YOU SEE ME? (Thomas and Mercer) Moth enthusiast.



D M Pulley    @DMPulleyAuthor    https://harmonykent.co.uk/bookreview-no-ones-home-by-d-m-pulley-dmpulleyauthor/ 


Author obsessed with abandoned buildings, haunted houses, and the buried past



Rachel Caine    @rachelcaine    https://harmonykent.co.uk/bookreview-stillhouse-lake-by-rachel-caine-rachelcaine/


NYT Bestseller of 57 books. UPCOMING: Heartbreak Bay 3/2021



M R Carey    @michaelcarey191    https://harmonykent.co.uk/bookreview-the-book-of-koli-by-m-r-carey-michaelcarey191/   


Novelist, screenwriter, comics writer, occasional irritant



Mark Lawrence    @Mark__Lawrence    Re-discovered this year from a few years ago. Highly recommended!


Cat butler. Also author of trilogies: The Broken Empire, The Red Queen’s War, The Book of the Ancestor, Impossible Times, & (in 2020) The Book of the Ice.



Jim Butcher    @longshotauthor    An author introduced to me by Marcia Meara, and highly recommended!   


Storyteller. Let’s not complicate things.




D Wallace Peach    @Dwallacepeach    https://harmonykent.co.uk/bookreview-liars-and-thieves-by-d-wallace-peach-dwallacepeach/


Fantasy/Sci-fi author, dystopian, dragons, epic adventures. Writing all day long, every day and loving it.



Namina Forna    @NaminaForna    https://harmonykent.co.uk/bookreview-the-gilded-ones-by-namina-forna-naminaforna/




Leigh Bardugo    @LBardugo    Only came across this author this month. I’m hooked for sure! Another writer that Marcia Meara introduced me to!


#1 NYT bestselling author of Six of Crows, Shadow & Bone, King of Scars, other Grishaverse type things, and Ninth House. Occasional gnashing of teeth.




Authors known to me who deserve a special mention for entertaining reads this year:


Staci Troilo–writing as D L Cross–with her Astral Conspiracy Series.     Well worth reading! 

@stacitroilo    Multi-genre author. Taking things as they come because God laughs when you make plans.

Terry Tyler    Another writer worth checking out.   

@TerryTyler4    Obsessed with the PostApocalyptic & TheWalkingDead.


Marianne Cronin      The BEST book I’ve read this year!

@itsmcronin              The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot releases in February 2021 and it’s a must read.

Review for The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot: https://harmonykent.co.uk/bookreview-the-one-hundred-years-of-lenni-and-margot-by-marianne-cronin-itsmcronin_susanw1f_lenniandmargot/



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My gratitude must also go to Sally Cronin (@sgc58) for introducing me to so many books and authors this year and for her super support and generosity of time and spirit. You can find Sally’s website HERE. And her books HERE.


I’d love to know what authors/books have stayed with you this year. So please don’t be shy and leave a reply in the comments below 🙂

That’s it from me for this year. Keep safe and keep well, and I look forward to us all getting together in 2021.

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Marcia Meara

Great list, Harmony! And I’m tickled that you discovered Jim Butcher and Leigh Bardugo through our conversations. Absolutely wonderful writers. I also loved Rachel Caine for so many reasons, largely her fabulous series about the Great Library of Alexandria. We’ve lost a treasure with her. Happy to see Diana Peach here, too. What a wonderful fantasy writer she is! I have many I’d love to share, but will just add three today: Brandon Sanderson, Jonathan L. Howard, and Maggie Stiefvater. Fabulous writers! Happy Reading in 2021! (Hopefully by choice and not because you’re stuck at home and have nothing else… Read more »

Harmony Kent

Three more authors new to me. I look forward to checking them out, especially on recommendation from you. Thanks, dear friend. Wishing you a happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year 🙂💕

Marcia Meara

Late getting back, I know. (Blame it on my grandkids! 😀 ) But I’m still wishing you a happy, healthy, PEACEFUL New Year, too, my friend. You’ve been a blessing in my life, and I’m sending you loads of love for 2021!! 🙂 <3

Bette A Stevens

Wonderful! Thanks for highlighting these special people, Harmony. <3 Wishing everyone a blessed and beautiful New Year! xo

Natalie Ducey

Thank you, Harmony, for sharing these gems! Bravo to all. 🙂
I hope you’re feeling much better. Thinking of you. xo

Jan Sikes

Some of these authors are new to me and I will be exploring their work. Thank you for sharing, Harmony, and Happy New Year to you!

CS Boyack

Looks like a fabulous list. I’ve read a lot of Butcher, and agree there.

Terry Tyler

Thank you so much for the mention here, Harmony – and what a lovely post! I so appreciate your kind reviews and the support you’ve shown. As for Sally Cronin – she’s an angel!!!

Thanks again, and Happy New Year xxxx

Joan Hall

Nice list, Harmony. I’ve read Rachel Caine’s “Stillhouse Lake” and of course the fabulous Astral Conspiracy series.

Happy reading in 2021.

Gwen M Plano

What an amazing collection of wonderful writers! Thank you, Harmony, for sharing each of your companions with all of us. I’m sending hugs from across the ocean with wishes for a very blessed New Year! 💗

sally cronin

Thanks very much for the lovely mention Harmony and wishing you an amazing 2021 and look forward to sharing it with you ♥♥

Priscilla Bettis

Great list Harmony! Still on my list: Catherine Cavendish and Andy Davidson. New this year: Polly Hall and Molly Pohlig. Happy New Year!

John Howell

Excellent post, Harmony. You have some great authors here for sure. Thanks for sharing. Happy and healthy New Year.