Also, before I forget, a couple of entirely biased recommendations for you!
I write with a few friends in a coffee-shop on some Fridays. We started it during one NaNoWriMo year, and have just kept it up informally since, on a bit of an erratic schedule — but two of the four of us have novels on the go, in one form or another. One is trying to win a contest to break into the world of Real Books, while the other already HAS a real book. And both have sections up online for you to look over, so you can check them out yourself before deciding if you like them.
Leaf Falling, by Michael Slusser
Leaf Falling is entered into the Geek & Sundry InkShares Fantasy contest. The novel’s complete, with low-fantasy themes in a rich fictional world, and has style similar to the old guard of fantasy authors. If that sounds like something you’d like, then you’ll have some idea of what you’re in for.
He’s been doing pretty well in the contest, but could always use your help — every pre-order helps him nudge one step higher in the contest, and the target is to crack the top three. The cover’s below, and clicking it will take you to his novel’s page.
Perdition, by P. M. Drummond
Perdition is a light-hearted urban fantasy with a dark underbelly, and it was voted into publication through Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. It has a polished and fluid style, and the sequel will be following this year too — so if you like it, then know that there’ll be more to follow.
So, check them both out if you haven’t already, and you can help put smiles on both their faces!