Our Audiobook Playlist For May | 2020

Our Audiobook Playlist For May | 2020

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite audiobooks we’ve been listening to in May. Our playlist includes a little something for everyone from mystery, literary fiction, memoir, fantasy, and romance. Grab your headphones and happy listening!


All Adults Here

by Emma Straub

A school bus accident in town jostles loose a repressed memory for Astrid Strick. Suddenly, she realizes she wasn’t the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now grown children. Her youngest son is drifting and unfocused, her daughter is pregnant, and her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. What lapses in her parenting were the ones that mattered?

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The Girl Beneath the Sea

by Andrew Mayne

The first book in the Underwater Investigation Unit series by Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Andrew Mayne… Coming from scandalous Florida treasure hunters and drug smugglers, Sloan McPherson wants to forge a new path for herself and her daughter. A future out from under her family’s shadow. As an auxiliary officer for Lauderdale Shores PD, she is the go-to diver for recovery of evidence. Then she discovers a dead body in a cancel… a woman with a murky history that collides with Sloan’s.

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Not My Heart to Break

by Willow Winters

The third collection in the Merciless World Series by USA Today Bestselling Author Willow Winters. It includes the entire Hard to Love series… I ran from him, even though my heart knew better. I should have known he would come for me. Men like him always get what they want. He still has the same temptation in his eyes but his gaze is much harsher.

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In the Shadow of the Valley

by Bobi Conn

Bobi Conn was raised in a remote Kentucky holler in 1980s Appalachia. She remembers her tin-roofed house in a vast forest paradise, the sparkling creeks, the sweet blackberries growing along the road… she also remembers her abusive father. Bobi’s rule of survival was to always be vigilant but endure it silently.

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The Prison of Buried Hopes

by C.J. Archer

The fifth book in the After The Rift Series by USA Today Bestselling Author C.J. Archer… On their adventure south to Freedland, Josie, Dane, and their friends have a feeling that someone is following them. Their best move is to hide in the twin cities of Merrin Fahl. But they soon get recognized by strangers.

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Dangerous Engagement

by Charlotte Byrd

The first book in the Wedlocked Trilogy by bestselling author Charlotte Byrd… I have to marry a man I hate to save my father’s life. He is self-absorbed and arrogant. He just wants me as a trophy but I can’t say no. As I walk down the aisle that’s when I see him. The man who showed me that love can petrify you to your core. What happens when I have to make a choice?

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The Buzziest Books of May | 2020

The Buzziest Books of May | 2020

The month of May was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of May. Happy reading!


Big Summer

by Jennifer Weiner

Release Date: May 5, 2020

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Literary Hub, PopSugar, LibraryReads, Booklist, and Library Journal… It has been six years since the fight that ended their friendship, so Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life. She hasn’t spoken a word to her in all this time, so she is speechless when she asks her to be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer.

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Camino Winds

by John Grisham

Release Date: April 28, 2020

Bruce Cable’s Bay Books is preparing for the return of bestselling author Mercer Mann. But then hurricane Leo veers from it’s predicted course and heads straight for the island. After a mandatory evacuation is issued, most residents board up their houses and flee to the mainland… But Bruce decides to stay and ride out the storm. The hurricane was devastating. One of the victims was Nelson Kerr, a friend of Bruce’s and a thriller author… But the nature of his injuries suggests the storm wasn’t the cause of his death.

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

by Suzanne Collins

Release Date: May 19, 2020

The brand new prequel in the New York Times Bestselling Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins… It is the morning of the reaping for the tenth annual Hunger Games. Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The house of Snow has fallen on hard times and its fate is hanging on the small change that Coriolanus can outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

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Her Seafaring Scoundrel

by Sophie Barnes

Release Date: April 28, 2020

The third book in The Crawfords Series by bestselling author Sophie Barnes… Lady Cassandra doesn’t want to get married. But when Captain Devlin brings scandal to her doorstep and offers salvation, she can’t say no. With her daughter’s future at stake, he accepts Devlin’s offer. As long as he agrees to never be intimate with her…

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False Reality

by Cat Gilbert

Release Date: May 18, 2020

Molly McMurray is finally on the path to the career she’s always dreamed of. Or, rather, she was, until HE showed up and ruined everything. She is starting to see and hear things no one else does, and her future as a cop is in jeopardy. She also picked up a stalker long the way. But that’s not the worst part… her first, and possibly last case has a striking similarity to what is happening to her now.

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The Eclipsed

by Dara Kent

Release Date: May 12, 2020

Eighty-nine is just a number. A nameless immortal tasked with ensuring fixed points in time. She has always done her job without fail. But her world is flipped upside down when a jarring discovery, followed by a loss, makes her question everything. Helped by an unlikely ally, Eighty-nine will embark on a journey that will end in a choice… to save reality or let it be ripped apart forever.

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The Rocky Orchard

by Barbara Monier

Release Date: May 12, 2020

Mazie has returned to her old farm-her family’s summer home and a pivotal refuge throughout her life. As she gazes towards the rocky orchard above the house, movement in the far distance captures her attention. An elderly woman names Lula emerges from the morning fog and a gentle, cautiously loving relationship between youth and age begins.

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Flight of the 500

by C. D. Tavenor

Release Date: May 25, 2020

Raith is a synthetic intelligence down on his luck. He loves to race, so when given a chance to participate in a hyper-experimental faster-than-light space race, he jumps at the opportunity. But he may have got more than he bargained for, as corporations and shadowy collectives fight over the technology that makes the race possible.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | May 2020

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! April had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors Le Child, Michael Connelly, Lisa Scottoline, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jennifer Weiner, Pierce Brown, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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THE FIRST SCORE by AMIE KNIGHT

We loved this one! Check out our Review & Exclusive Excerpt

‘I hated how much he made me feel. And I loved it. I loved it more than anything.’

The First Score by Amie Knight was such an emotional and angsty read, we literally could not put it down. A unique take on a soulmate love story spanning years. Talk about slow-burn romance, this right here is the definition of it and it was deliciously agonising and left us emotionally frustrated, but in a really good way. Beautiful, heartbreaking, funny and just so agonisingly good! The First Score covers a multitude of serious issues as well as a delectable friends to lovers’ romance.

Oh, be still our beating hearts, because Oliver may be one of our favourite male characters we’ve encountered in a while. He was just everything.

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THE FIRST SCORE by AMIE KNIGHT

Books To Read For Fans Of Michael Connelly

Books To Read For Fans Of Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly is a New York Times Bestselling Author of mystery and thriller novels. Some of his popular releases include the Harry Bosch, Renee Ballard, and Lincoln Lawyer series. If you’ve been on the lookout for some fantastic new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels, you won’t want to miss these books to read for fans of Michael Connelly!


Never Walk Alone

by Willow Rose

Release Date: May 29, 2020

The fourth book in the Harry Hunter Mystery Series by bestselling author Willow Rose… The world is on lockdown and a woman has been kidnapped from her apartment. Detective Harry Hunter is on the case. At the same time, his sister shows up after not seeing each other for a year. It seems Harry’s sister knows more about the virus than she lets on. Soon he starts to think the virus is connected to the missing woman.

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For the Garden

by Lisa Slater

Release Date: May 6, 2020

Sarina Rose was left in a downward spiral after the unimaginable murder of her twin sister, Samuella Rose. Fifteen years later the case is still wide open. The only way she has managed to keep her head above water is due to her attractive massage therapist, Duane Whitson, who she tries to keep at a distance, and Clyde Small, the detective who has never given up searching. However, it is her roommate that introduces her to dream interpretation. But that’s where the interpretation stops.

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Blood Never Washes Out

by C.C. Scharon

Release Date: May 16, 2020

DEA Agent Jake Castillo’s life is a lie and he doesn’t know it. He is left with PTSD after witnessing two fellow agents killed right before his eyes. Now he has a thirst for revenge on the drug lord who murdered them. When the enigmatic Gabriella abducts Jake, he wakes up a week later in his home with no memory of what happened. He is convinced the kidnapping was not random and returns to Colombia to unravel the secrets of his past.

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Slater’s Vendetta

by T.J. Jones

Release Date: May 1, 2020

The fourth book in The Slater Mysteries by bestselling author T.J. Jones… Eric Slater normally wouldn’t hurt a fly but don’t mess with the people he loves. A street gang has moved into the old neighborhood and they are leaving their mark everywhere. When a woman is being harassed, Slater steps in to help. In doing so he makes a dangerous enemy and befriends a small boy. When the woman is found dead, Slater and Maggie are both suspects… but there are plenty of other possibilities.

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On the Border

by Betta Ferrendelli

Release Date: April 18, 2020

The fifth book in A Samantha Church Mystery by bestselling author Betta Ferrendelli… An anonymous letter arrives at the newspaper with a whistleblower’s claim that his company is involved in murder, money laundering, and is harboring undocumented workers. Reporter Samantha Church sees a major news story unfolding. She recruits a cub reporter, Hunter John Hollingsworth, to help her with the investigation. The informer’s cousin is missing and feared dead, Sam and Hunter are quickly drawn into the impending story.

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Revelations: Sunken Treasure Lost Worlds

by Hep Aldridge

Release Date: May 21, 2020

The second book in the Risky Business Chronicles by bestselling author Hep Aldridge… Colten X. Burnett and the Risky Business Team are confronted by new perils and discoveries in their quest for treasures and historical findings. The mystery deepens from the peaks of the Andes to the ocean floor off Florida’s Space Coast. Will they find the elusive treasure galleon and is the golden library in Ecuador real?

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Books To Read For Fans Of L.J. Shen

Books To Read For Fans Of L.J. Shen

L.J. Shen is a USA Today Bestselling Author of steamy contemporary romance novels. Some of her recent popular releases include The Hunter, Angry God, In the Unlikely Event, and Broken Knight. If you’re in the mood for some sexy new novels, don’t miss these books to read for fans of L.J. Shen. Enjoy!


TNT

by Giulia Lagomarsino

Release Date: May 18, 2020

The 23rd book in the Reed Security Series by bestselling author Giulia Lagomarsino… I’m struggling to get back to normal after I found my girlfriend murdered. Everyone looks at me like I am damaged, but they have do not know the truth. When they find out they will never look at me the same again. But a one night stand changes everything.

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Promise Me Forever

by Kate Stewart, A Zavarelli, BB Reid, and Kennedy Ryan

Release Date: May 14, 2020

The third collection in the Top Shelf Romance series… Promise Me Forever is the brand new collection from some of the biggest names in contemporary romance. The collection includes: Drive by Kate Stewart, Ghost by A Zavarelli, The Stolen Dust by BB Reid, and Flow & Grip by Kennedy Ryan.

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Faking It with the Frenemy

by Nadia Lee

Release Date: May 22, 2020

The new romantic comedy from New York Times Bestselling Author Nadia Lee… I have two goals for my life: To earn my $500K five-year anniversary bonus and to never think about my past… Especially Wyatt Westland. Everything was going great until he popped back into my life and moved in next door.

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Beautifully Cruel

by J.T. Geissinger

Release Date: May 15, 2020

He was a stranger. A dark and dangerous presence who came from the shadows one rainy night to save me from a vicious attack. I don’t know his name or where he came from. All I knew was that the only place I’ve ever felt safe was in his arms… But safety was just an illusion.

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Protecting You

by Claire Kingsley

Release Date: May 21, 2020

The first book in The Bailey Brothers Series by Claire Kingsley… Grace Miles misses her friendship with Asher, but as they grew older, they grew apart. And to be honest, how could he fall for her when they spent their childhood getting muddy in the creek? But something feels different this summer. Asher is flirting with her.

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Dream Maker

by Kristen Ashley

Release Date: May 26, 2020

The first book in the Dream Team Series from New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Ashley… Evan “Evie” Gardiner has spent her life being the responsible one, but enough is enough. She is finally going to follow her dreams. But first, she needs money for tuition. Working as a dancer a Smithie’s club is the perfect solution.

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Interview with Hep Aldridge, Author of Revelations: Sunken Treasure Lost Worlds

What can you tell us about your new release, Revelations: Sunken Treasure Lost Worlds?

Revelations picks up where Sunken Treasure Lost worlds ends. It is the second book in the Sunken Treasure Lost Worlds trilogy. Colt and the Risky Business Team find themselves confronted by new challenges and adversaries in their search for the Golden Library in Ecuador and the 1715 galleon off Florida’s Space Coast. Their discoveries only lead to more perplexing questions and unbelievable revelations. On their journey they find new allies in the most unlikely places. Danger confronts them and challenges their survival skills; they find themselves not knowing whom they can trust.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Right now, there are two. Stephen King – On Writing and J. Frank Dobie – Coronado’s Children. Along with a scratch pad for Risky Business book 3 notes.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Pay attention in English class! I have developed a knack for storytelling but when it comes to putting stories on paper, that is a different thing. My writing skills require continual maintenance and upgrading! Writing has never been my strong suit and I sorely regret not mastering it at an earlier age.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Reading for pleasure. I have always loved to read but now between life’s challenges and my writing, when I read it is more for research than pleasure. Having said that, I will admit writing about things that you love and are truly interested in makes the research less of a chore than it could be.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

Music! I love music, all kinds. If I am working outside, I always have music playing. When I write, I have music playing, only instrumental not vocals. New Age, classical, epic. The internet has an endless supply of music that helps me focus, inspires me and adds to my creative moments. Music says something to my soul. It can make me smile, bring joy to my heart, a tear to my eye and transport me to unbelievable places.

What scene in Revelations: Sunken Treasure Lost Worlds was your favorite to write?

That is hard to answer, I have a couple. The first chapter was very interesting to put together and plan how to ultimately tie it into the storyline. The smugglers confrontation was exciting and took an unexpected turn. The galleon scene toward the end of the book was technically challenging but fun. And who doesn’t like a good barroom brawl! I know you only asked for one, but asking a writer that question is like asking a person, which one of those potato chips in that bag did you like the best…


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Interview with Lisa Slater, Author of For the Garden

What can you tell us about your new release, For the Garden?

For the Garden is an intriguing mixture of mystery and suspense that’ll leave you wondering if communicating over the gap of death is possible and have you guessing if Sarina Rose is only imagining that she’s helping her dead twin sister solve her fifteen-year-old murder, or if they’re onto something. Something dangerous.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Being heard. In a sea of voices desperate to be heard, writing is a way of whispering all of your bottled-up stories, and maybe a few life lessons, into those crashing waves and have them whisper back to you, “I heard you… and I loved it.”

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

This made me laugh. What a terrible question to ask a reader. Nearly every book is my favorite… until the next one. It really depends on the subject and an even more frail thing – my mood. For a ready to kick butt mood, I loved The Woman Left Behind, by Linda Howard, or Chasing Fire, by Nora Roberts. To fall backwards into time, I loved Stranger’s Dance, by Troy B. Kechely, or Chase the Wind, by Cindy Holby. I’ve never been disappointed by Nicholas Sparks, Jude Deveraux, or Stephen King. There’s never a wrong book. Just the wrong mood.

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

Wowzers. Alrighty, let’s assume I’ve got enough talk and skills to host a literary talk show. Aw man, you guys are going to hate this. I would invite either an avid reader or maybe even someone who hates reading at all. I would want to ask:

“What about a story makes it most interesting to you?”

“If your mother wasn’t listening right now, what are you craving to read? Particularly what are you hungry for that’s not being written?”

“What rules do you want to see broken? What are you sick of?”

“If you could become anyone or anything, who or what would you be?”

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Writing is both exciting and relaxing as a story transpires. However, it’s after the completion that’s my favorite time. I love receiving reader’s stories of their journey through my “baby” (my story), all grown up and bound between two beautiful covers. Did someone experience bounding joy and hysterical laughter? I hope so. Did someone curse me for ripping their heart in two (figuratively, of course), or for all the weird stares they got at work with bloodshot eyes after staying up to read “a little more… a little more… damn it, I have to know!”? I hope so.

What is a typical day like for you?

On a writing day, I wake up super excited and content that I’ve committed that day to doing something so enjoyable. I sit down at my computer with a cup of coffee and begin. Hours go by, undisturbed by anything except the ever-rolling process of laundry (and another beverage). Laundry provides an opportunity to stretch my legs and allows my imagination a chance to ponder and dream without the pressure of feeling the need to type it out. When I sit back down, I’m usually refreshed and ready to continue. My family typically returns from school or work long before I’m ready to shut my laptop and start making dinner. So goes life. But stopping before I’m ready provides a great opportunity to pick up tomorrow, lull free.

What scene in For the Garden was your favorite to write?

In For the Garden my favorite parts to write were involving Sarina’s friend, Becky Bracken. She’s a crack up and I loved writing her as much as I hope everyone loves getting to know her. My second favorite part was wrapping up the ending. Oh, it nearly stitched itself together for me, which is sweet gift I don’t take for granted. I just had to follow its lead. That’s what happens when your “baby” grows up and starts making decisions for itself.

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

Oh yes. A few. The first and most freeing thing I started living by was this: “Relax, you’re not born knowing everything. It takes a lifetime to learn just something.”

It’s the second thing I realized that my husband and I give credit to for most of my joy and success (except for hubby himself). “Everything good that happens to me happens when I go outside of my comfort bubble.” We’ve been living by it ever since. It’s still true.

And don’t forget, thank God. Literally. Thank Him.

Lisa Slater is the author of the new book For the Garden.

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Interview with C.D. Tavenor, Author of Flight of the 500

What can you tell us about your new release, Flight of the 500?

To understand Flight of the 500, you must learn about the Indianapolis 500. One of the most famous automotive races in the world, it occurs every year, and my family has attended it for decades (supposedly, we had an ancestor at the first race in 1911). Last year, at the 2019 Indy 500, just a month after I released my first SciFi novel, I said to myself… what if I wrote a SciFi Racing Adventure novel inspired by the Indianapolis 500?

Thus, the concept for Flight of the 500 was born, and I quickly developed its outline and plot. It needed a fun cast of characters, and so we have Raith, the convict Synthetic Intelligence; Olive, the High-Tech corporate agent; Carter, the solo scoundrel explorer; Bonta, the slightly wacky robot; the Twins, two cyber-amplified sisters; and Harrison, the rough-and-tumble mechanic. Together, they’re thrown into a high-octane adventure at faster-than-light speeds, complete with black holes, asteroid belts, and giant [SPOILER]. It’s my love letter to the adventure SciFi genre! And most importantly, though Flight of the 500 takes place in the same universe as my other SciFi novels, First of Their Kind and Their Greatest Game, it is a stand-alone adventure, and readers don’t need any knowledge of the other books to enjoy the story.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I started writing stories from an early age. When I was nine or ten, I attempted writing a SciFi novel, and while I wrote a few chapters, it ended up being hopelessly derivative of Star Wars and other pop SciFi. Still, I continued writing (dabbled in fan fiction for a few years), and eventually I started drafting my first full-length novels near the end of college. I’ve always had the drive to write, mostly inspired by my love of the expansive universes, such as those of Tolkien, Jordan, and Herbert.

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

Dune (Frank Herbert)
Forever War (Joe Haldeman)
The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula K. Le Guin)
How Long ‘Til Black Future Month (NK Jemisin)
Too Like the Lightning (Ada Palmer)

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

I would invite Brandon Sanderson onto the show to discuss the process of finishing The Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan died. While Sanderson has discussed the topic extensively in the past, I think it’s a conversation worth continuing and exploring in additional detail. I can’t imagine the monumental pressure placed on his shoulders, being tasked with finishing a fourteen book series authored by another writer over the span of two decades. And Sanderson, in my opinion, succeeded! So my very first question I would ask Sanderson: What lesson did you learn from finishing The Wheel of Time that you’ve taken with you into your subsequent stories?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The moment when you write a scene and you know it’s near-perfect. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes, all the pieces click into place during the first draft where the words flow, the conflicts clash, and the plotlines converge in a maelstrom. When you exit the 2000-word writing frenzy, you know: “I created something people will love.” At least, that’s what you hope, because you can never predict reader reactions!

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up around 6am and write and/or edit until about 9am. Then, I work during the day as a public interest environmental attorney, because the climate isn’t going to save itself! Once the day winds down, and it’s the evening, I’ll often write or edit some more, or otherwise play a board game with my wife or watch a TV show. Lately, during the pandemic, we’ve been scratching our creative itch by building with Lego while watching movies.

What scene in Flight of the 500 was your favorite to write?

There’s a moment late in the race (so late in the book) where Raith, our all-star pilot, attempts a daring maneuver to out-pace other racers while navigating around a black hole. I had a lot of fun writing it–and while I play fast-and-loose with some physics (we’re talking about a race occurring at relative faster-than-light speeds, after all), I like to think I’ve created a moment that feels real under the rules established for my world. But the maneuver itself isn’t my favorite part of that scene–throughout the entire moment, Raith and another racer are arguing back and forth with one another about the meaning of the universe, all while they’re speeding past a black hole. I like to think there’s some pretty clear symbolism for readers. And what happens right after they pass the black hole… well, you’ll need to read Flight of the 500 to find out.

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

Everyone has a story to tell, whether it’s about themselves or a fictional world. When humans understand each other’s stories, it’s almost impossible to hate one another. Empathy, love, and trust are built on understanding, so above all else, people need to hear and understand the stories of people unlike themselves.

C. D. Tavenor is the author of the new book Flight of the 500.

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Interview with Jon Herrera, Author of Emma and the Minotaur

What can you tell us about your new release, Emma and the Minotaur?

Young girl versus giant monster for the fate of the planet.

That simple confrontation is at the core of the book, and everything in the story leads toward it. At its heart, Emma and the Minotaur is a simple David and Goliath tale, but the journey there is full of mystery and surprises. This is, after all, book one of the World of Light series, so the inevitable confrontation between Emma and the Minotaur is only the beginning.

As we follow Emma on this first adventure, we discover that the Minotaur is not the only creature from myth come to life into our world. More and more legends are returning. But where are they coming from and why?

While this is happening, the residents of Saint Martin, the city where our story takes place, are disappearing. Some hear strange music in the woods, and then are never seen again. This is where our young hero, Emma Wilkins, comes in. She gets involved in a search for the missing persons and it leads to her discovering the truth behind the mystery.

It’s all linked together. The missing persons, the music in the forest, the creatures of legend returning to our world. The eleven-year-old girl searching the woods. It all comes together in the end, and the solution to the mystery is the starting point of the World of Light series.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I love stories in all their forms. When I was growing up in El Salvador, my grandfather used to tell me traditional folk tales from our culture. Most of them were terrifying, involving monsters or scary creatures, but they were fascinating, and I enjoyed listening to them even if they robbed me of sleep!

That was the beginning, but I fell head over heels with fantasy literature (and science fiction) upon discovering it soon after immigrating to Canada. I was a young boy, just barely a teenager, when it all started with Raymond E. Feist’s Magician. I remember quickly devouring everything the author ever wrote. My tastes in fantasy have probably changed since then, but there is still a place in my heart for Magician.

I think, after that, I read Tolkien and, as is often the case, from that point on there was no looking back.

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

There is, of course, The Lord of the Rings. From the science fiction side of things, I love The Sirens of Titan, and really anything Vonnegut. From the less fantastic side of things, there is Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls.

My current favourites include The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. I read all three books in about a week. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir is just fantastic, and I can’t wait for the sequel this fall.

If I’m allowed to cheat a little and include graphic novels, then anything by Grant Morrison, with a special mention for All-Star Superman.

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

I would probably want Tamsyn Muir as the first guest just for a general chat about everything. If she is as fun and hilarious as her book, then it would be a great time.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

There are days when it’s hard to string two words together, but then there are also days when the story just flows out of you, and you just sit back and let it almost write itself. There is a wonderful sense of discovery that comes along with this because, often, you don’t know where the story will take you. It feels as though you’re learning what happens next for the very first time. Those days, when that “magic” happens, they make writing worth all the hard work that goes into it. With this story, Emma, in particular, was often very surprising. It was almost like she would do whatever she wanted to despite all my carefully laid plans.

What is a typical day like for you?

The overarching theme of my days is managing mental illness. Because of this, it’s hard to think of what comprises a typical one. It really varies on the mood for the day and the steps required to deal with it.

What scene in Emma and the Minotaur was your favorite to write?

The entire last chapter was a joy to write. It’s when everything finally comes together and we get to see the showdown promised in the title of the book. Emma and the Minotaur is unabashedly firmly-entrenched in the fantasy genre, so it doesn’t shy away from the fantastic, especially in the last chapter. It’s where it stops pulling punches and just goes wild with the fantasy.

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

No. But Emma Wilkins, the hero of my book, is the kind of person I would like to be. Brave, caring, selfless, and able to do things even when she is terrified of doing them.

Jon Herrera is the author of the new book Emma and the Minotaur.

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