A GIFT IN DECEMBER by JENNY GLADWELL

“I’m not completely sorry we both had our hearts broken. Not if it meant us ending up here.”

A gift in December by Jenny Gladwell is one of the most scenically beautiful stories we’ve read in a while. This historical fictional romance, which is mainly set in the snowy mountains of Norway, had such a vivid atmosphere we felt the cold winter nights, we tasted the snowflakes on our tongues and we breathed in the crystal cold fresh air. We have a new bucket list destination!

We absolutely loved the mystery, the setting and the romance of this story. It held us captivated from the first till the last page. From a dreary and rainy November in London, to a snowy and beautiful Norway, we became engrossed in a story of love, hope, memories and intrigue – focusing on a moment of history still honoured today.

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The Best New Fantasy Novels | August 2019

The Best New Fantasy Novels | August 2019

This month there have been some amazing new fantasy novels for you to dive into. If you’re eager to discover some exciting new worlds, you’ll love these books by Dean F. Wilson, Terry Cloutier, Anthony Ryan, A.F. Kay, Michael McClung, and B.T. Narro. Enjoy your new fantasy novels!


The Call of Agon (Children of Telm Book 1)

by Dean F. Wilson

Release Date: August 13, 2019

Ifferon is one of the last in the bloodline of Telm, the dead god that imprisoned the Beast, Agon, in the Underworld. With his connection to the estranged gods in the Overworld, he needs to ensure the Agon remain vanquished. But when he is struck by fear, Ifferon abandons his duty and hides from the world. When the Agon army strikes his refuge, he is forced to embark on a life-changing quest.

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The Nine (The Wolf of Corwick Castle Book 1)

by Terry Cloutier

Release Date: July 29, 2019

On a morning in early March, nine men rode into the tiny farming village of Corwick. When they ride back out, no one was left alive. Except for an eight-year-old boy named Hadrick. The crimes committed by those nine men leads to two religions and two nations to the brink of war. But Hadrick is caught in the middle and is unsure of his allegiance. But one thing is for certain… he will make the nine pay for what they did.

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The Wolf’s Call

by Anthony Ryan

Release Date: July 23, 2019

The first book in the Raven’s Blade Novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, Anthony Ryan… Vaelin Al Sorna is a legend known across the Realm. His leadership overthrew empires and his blade won battles. But it was his sacrifice that defeated an evil more terrifying than anything the world had seen. Now he has cast aside the glory for a quiet life. But whispers from across the seas arise of an army called the Steel Horde, he is forced to act.

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Shade’s First Rule (Divine Apostasy Book 1)

by A.F. Kay

Release Date: August 1, 2019

Ruwen has finally died for the first time and has his Ascension Day. After being revived his new body can now learn spells and abilities for the class given to him by the goddess Uru. Dying is now also no longer permanent. For Ruwen, becoming a mage was inevitable. Now he can finally use his powers to locate his parents and clear their family name.

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The Thief Who Went To War (Amra Thetys Book 5)

by Michael McClung

Release Date: August 10, 2019

The fifth book in the Amra Thetys series by Michael McClung… Amra and Holgren barely survived the attentions of the Knife That Parts the Night. Now they are determined to end the threat from the Blades of the Eightfold Goddess. They are willing to risk everything, but can they succeed against such a cunning enemy?

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The Bones of Titans (The Stalwart Link Book 3)

by B.T. Narro

Release Date: August 7, 2019

The third book in The Stalwart Link series by author B.T. Narro… A rift has been growing for more than a decade and mankind has failed to stop it. If nothing changes, all life on Aathon will be destroyed. When Leo arrives with half of the human army, the leaders are now finally willing to try and stop it together. But it seems some of them don’t see the rift as a problem and they intend to use it as an opportunity.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | August 13

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including James Patterson, C.J. Box, Stuart Woods, Stephen Coonts, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | August 13

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Gianna Gabriela, J.R. Ward, Kendall Ryan, Tessa Dare, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | August 13

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Tanya E. Williams, Graham Norton, Lisa Lutz, Cara Wall, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | August 13

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors George R.R. Martin, Keith Thomas, Toby Neighbors, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Dean F. Wilson, Judith Berens, Danielle L. Jensen, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Young Adult Books to Read | August 13

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Alison Gervais, Krista & Becca Ritchie, Trish Doller, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | August 13

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new novels from Billy Jensen, Ibram X. Kendi, Nicci Gerrard, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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Interview with Tanya E. Williams, Author of A Man Called Smith

What can you tell us about your new release, A Man Called Smith?

A Man Called Smith is an emotionally gripping historical family saga told from the perspective of two characters, a father and his daughter beginning in 1949. It is the third book in a three book series however the series can be read in any order as each book stands well on its own.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always been a story teller at heart. Growing up, despite my painfully slow reading practices, I enjoyed historical stories and epic sweeping tales such as Gone With The Wind. I loved getting lost in another time period and spent a great deal of time thinking about what life might have been like throughout history. I suppose it was the stories themselves that inspired me to become an author.

My first memory of entertaining myself by making up a story was when I was about five years old. I was playing at the grassy edge of an alfalfa field talking to the ever illusive crickets. I crouched along, weaving a story about the life of the crickets as I tried desperately to spot one. Of course, whenever I drew near to the sound of the cricket’s song, they would become silent and then the singing would begin again somewhere behind me, so back I would go, telling the story I was creating while I searched the tall grass for a cricket sighting. In the end, a quiet form of self entertainment developed and I have continued the practice of story telling ever since.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I tend to be a read it once kind of reader so if a book captures my attention to revisit it again either through memory or through an actual reread, then I know the book has captured me in a meaningful way. The following books have done that for me.

1) Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
2) Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
3) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
4) The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
5) Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Great question! There are many authors I would want to talk about characters, story telling, and craft with, but I have to say that I would probably want my first guest to be an avid reader such as Oprah or Reese Witherspoon as there is simply nothing better than connecting with another book enthusiast over the love of a good book. My first question would be the same as yours above, what are the top 5 best books you have ever read? And then I would have my pencil ready as my “to be read” list grew in spades in a matter of a few moments.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I enjoy pretty much every aspect of the writing process but my favorite is the excitement of the first spark of an idea. I love the rush of having an idea appear before me. Jotting down those first nuggets of inspiration is like planting a seed of hope. Those tiny fragments of an idea are what fuel me forward with every story.

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day varies depending on what aspect of the writing process I am working with but it always begins with a cup of tea, a short meditation, and a “to do” list. I typically write in the morning. I prefer to do edits in the afternoon when the time comes and I enjoy both the change of pace and the move to the couch that editing brings. When I am deep in the writing phase, I block out a solid three to six hours of each day so I can hold the story line and the characters close to my heart as we move through the story together. If I am researching, I can be found at the library, watching a movie, taking a tour, walking the streets of the city I plan to write about and so much more. I go where the research takes me and it is a much loved aspect of writing historical fiction for me.

What scene in A Man Called Smith was your favorite to write?

So many of the scenes in A Man Called Smith are filled with deep emotion but my favorite one to write was the gathering coal scene. It is a dark scene for sure but it was the way it flowed out of me that makes it my favorite. It was as if I was watching a movie unfold before me and the words just magically landed on the page. I felt the chill in the house. I shook my head just like Jarred did and I shuddered along with Calla as she removed the rug. I desperately wanted to step in and stop Calla from going down the stairs and yet the words just continued to flow. It was both a chilling and exhilarating experience as a writer.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I try to live my life in a state of gratitude so my favorite quote is “there is always something to be grateful for, sometimes, you just have to dig a little to find it.”

Tanya E. Williams is the author of the new book A Man Called Smith.

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Interview with Dean F. Wilson, Author of The Call of Agon

What can you tell us about your new release, The Call of Agon?

It’s the first in an Epic Fantasy trilogy following the tale of a reluctant demigod tasked with keeping the Beast Agon imprisoned in the Underworld. It was my first published book and is now being republished, with the series enhanced and expanded, and now available in audiobook, narrated by the wonderful Simon Vance. Expect lyrical language, a unique and fully developed world, intriguing and powerful characters, and intense battles.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’m not sure it was a single event or person, but I started writing my first novel when I was around 11 years old. I was inspired by language itself, as well as immersive stories and worlds like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I find this often changes based on what I’m reading at the time, but a few that I think everyone should read are: The Lord of the Rings, Dune, Mort, The Dark Tower, and A Song of Ice & Fire. Right, some of these are technically series, but I don’t think you can just read one book of them! And, of course, I feel bad for leaving out so many other good books!

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

J.R.R. Tolkien. I’d probably ask about those pesky Blue Wizards.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Getting to create whole new worlds.

What is a typical day like for you?

There isn’t really one, per se, as I have the flexibility to work, play, or socialise when and how I want, which is both a blessing and a bane. Some times I get a lot of writing done, other times marketing, and other times the million other things I want or need to do.

What scene in The Call of Agon was your favorite to write?

That’s a difficult one, but possibly the initial battle at Larksong or the whole chapter in Idor-Hol.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Here’s one of my own: “There are always periodic opportunities to give up, while every single moment is an opportunity to persevere.”

Dean F. Wilson is the author of the new book The Call of Agon.

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