WEEKEND READING INSPIRATION – LET’S ESCAPE INTO A BOOK

ESCAPE INTO A BOOK THIS WEEKEND with some READING INSPIRATION:
As readers, we've always loved being able to escape into a book....now, more than ever, that's never been so important. If you're looking to escape this weekend, we've got some amazing book to recommend, and you can check out our latest read, what we're currently reading and what's next on our TBR's! All in this post! Sending much love and hugs to all our fellow readers. Let's help you find a perfect read this weekend. Big hugs <3

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Books To Read If You Like Fantasy & Science Fiction

Books To Read If You Like Fantasy & Science Fiction

Does your library need some new books full of exciting adventures and interesting worlds? Then you will love these fantastic new fantasy and science fiction book releases from bestselling authors John Reizer, Michelle Bryan, Dwai Lahiri, Ryan Kirk, Rysa Walker, Joseph Fink, and Jeffrey Cranor. Enjoy your new books!


The Homecoming

by John Reizer

The year is 2036 and Earth is facing a natural disaster that alters modern society. In a world now devoid of most advanced technology, the world’s superpowers are quickly reduced in strength and prominence. The survivors don’t want to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors, so begin to methodically rebuild society. A New World Government now runs the planet and has outlawed all acts of war and the existence of sovereign countries. For the first time in Earth’s history, there is peace. That is until they are contacted by an extraterrestrial race called the Tresantarians.

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The Lost Link

by Michelle Bryan

The first book in the Power of Fae series by USA Today Bestselling Author Michelle Bryan… Every night in my dreams I die. Add to that hallucinations of people I’ve never met and creatures that don’t exist. Needless to say, I struggle to let anyone it. People don’t tend to take well to weirdos that can’t differentiate between reality and illusion. But then everything changed the day a dragon attacked.

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The Mahāsiddha Field

by Dwai Lahiri

Find out what happens when seemingly unconnected individuals get drawn into a world of suspense and action, as mythology collides with the real world in the first book in The Mahāsiddha Series by Dwai Lahiri… Discover what happens when an unlikely adversary leaps out of the world of Indian mythology to challenge their beliefs, their sanity, and their courage.

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The Gate Beyond Oblivion

by Ryan Kirk

The first book in the Oblivion’s Gate series by Ryan Kirk… Brandt is one of the empire’s most skilled soldiers, so he is no stranger to combat. But he is left shattered when he and his fellow wolfblades fight a merciless warrior armed with impossible magic. As he searches for answers, he accidentally stumbles upon a secret war, one that could threaten the land he calls home.

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Now, Then, and Everywhen

by Rysa Walker

The first book in the Chronos Origins series by bestselling author Rysa Walker… What happens when two time-traveling historians cross paths during one of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century? History goes helter-skelter… but who which one of them broke the timeline? Was in Madison Grace from 2136 or Tyson Reyes from 2304. Regardless of who caused it, they must work together to prevent the past from being erased forever.

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The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home

by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

The third book in the Welcome to Night Vale series by the creators of the hit podcast Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor… There is a faceless woman who secretly lives in everyone’s home in Night Vale. No one knows how she got there or where she came from. Until now… This new novel explores the history of the Faceless Old Woman in a series of eerie flashbacks. Interspersed throughout is a present-day story in Night Vale and how she guides, haunts, and sabotages a man named Craig.

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Must-Read Romance Novels | March 2020

Must-Read Romance Novels | March 2020

Romance lovers have been in luck this month with so many fantastic new love stories to dive into. No matter what type of romance you fancy, we think we’ve found a little of something for everyone with this list. Enjoy the latest from bestselling authors Mia Heintzelman, J.A. Owenby, Jessica Grayson, Willow Winters, Christi Caldwell, and J.R. Ward. Happy reading!


Mixed Match

by Mia Heintzelman

The second book in The All Mixed Up Series by bestselling author Mia Heintzelman… She used to be a badass knife-wielding chef, but nowadays, Sophia Kent is lucky if she can remember to put on a bra. After she moves to Portland and unpacks her things, she is happy there’s only one name on the title. Unfortunately, she’s greeted by a gorgeous messenger at the door with a document claiming she’s not the rightful owner.

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The Essence of You

by J.A. Owenby

Everything in my life was heading in the right direction. I had good friends, a good school, and a bright future ahead of me. That was until… One night. One Look. One guy. Just like that my nightmare and everything I was trying to forget comes roaring back. Layne Garrison was the bully who made my life hell in high school. Now he is here at the same college and I can’t shake him.

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The Edge of it All

by Jessica Grayson

The first book in the Mosauran series by bestselling author Jessica Grayson… I am a commander in the Terran Space Program. I never expected that I would wake up from cryosleep in a cage. I am grateful when a Mosauran dragon warrior rescues me… but I’m also wary. Soran is a Prince of the Empire. His species if one of the most feared in the galaxy. As we spend more time together I can’t help but feel myself being drawn to him in ways I don’t understand.

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Easy to Fall

by Willow Winters

The fourth book in the Hard to Love series by USA Today Bestselling Author Willow Winters… I was always on the highest high when I was with her. That’s why it was so easy to fall. Without her, I didn’t stand a chance. We were made for one another. The world kept trying to rip us apart but it failed. Until this. But I won’t stop fighting. Not until the very end.

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In Bed with the Earl

by Christi Caldwell

The first book in the Lost Lords of London series by Christi Caldwell… Willful reporter Verity Lovelace will stop at nothing to solve a mystery that’s become the talk of the ton. No clues run too deep for her, not even in the sewers of Lonon. That’s where she meets the happily self-sufficient scavenger Malcom North. It just so happens he is the lost heir to the Earl of Maxwell. Now that she has made Malcom front-page news, what will he make of her?

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The Sinner

by J.R. Ward

The 18th book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by New York Times Bestselling author J.R. Ward… Syn has been keeping secrets from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. He has a side hustle as a mercenary. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of a new enemy, but also that of a half-breed that may die during her transition.

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Books To Read If You Like Phillip Margolin

Books To Read If You Like Phillip Margolin

Phillip Margolin is a New York Times Bestselling Author of mystery and thriller novels. Some of his popular works include the Robin Lockwood, Amanda Jaffe, and Dana Cutler series. If you’ve been searching for some exciting new novels for your reading list, don’t miss these books to read if you like Phillip Margolin. Enjoy!


No Other Way

by Willow Rose

Release Date: March 25, 2020

The third book in the bestselling Harry Hunter Mystery series by Willow Rose… Three women set off on a road trip to Key West but only two of them returned. When asked what happened, their stories didn’t match. What are they hiding? Meanwhile, Detective Harry Hunter is in church on a Sunday morning when a teenager pulls out a gun shoots his own father. When more blood is shed, Harry starts to suspect that there is a dark secret buried in this town.

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Deceit: A Life Of Lies

by Mark Hopkins

Release Date: March 10, 2020

When a local prostitute, Tessie Johanan, is found brutally murdered in room 201 of the Red Cove Travel Inn, the small, sleepy town of Fleetham, Texas, turns into a hotbed of police activity. With no obvious motive, barely any clues, and even fewer suspects, Sheriff Robert Binder and Detective Alison Chaney are doing their best to solve this gruesome mystery. They call in criminal profiler Aaron Duncan to help identify the killer and evidence starts to build against “Little Sammy.”

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The Boy from the Woods

by Harlan Coben

Release Date: March 17, 2020

Thirty years ago a feral boy named Wilde was found in the woods with no memory of his past. To this day he still doesn’t know where he comes from… and another child has gone missing. No one is taking the disappearance of Naomi Pine seriously, except for television criminal attorney, Hester Crimstein. When Hester asks Wilde to use his unique skills to help find her, he can’t ignore an outcast in trouble.

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The Last Odyssey

by James Rollins

Release Date: March 24, 2020

The 15th book in the Sigma Force Novels series by James Rollins… A group of climatologists and archaeologists have stumbled on a shocking find in the frozen tundras of Greenland… a medieval ship buried a half mile below the ice. In the ship, they find a collection of even older artifacts—tools of war—dating back to the bronze age. Inside the captain’s cabin, they also find a magnificent treasure: a clockwork gold atlas encircled by an intricate silver astrolabe.

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A Conspiracy of Bones

by Kathy Reichs

Release Date: March 17, 2020

The 19th book in the New York Times Bestselling Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs… It is sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, as Temperance Brennan recovers from neurosurgery after her aneurysm. Now she battles nightmares, migraines and what she thinks are hallucinations of a series of text messages containing pictures of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. When an identified corpse shows up, she knows it was no hallucination.

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The Last Tourist

by Olen Steinhauer

Release Date: March 24, 2020

The fourth book in the Milo Weaver series by New York Times Bestselling Author Olen Steinhauer… Milo Weaver is a reluctant CIA agent that thought he had finally put “tourists”-CIA-trained assassins-to bed. But ten years later, he finds himself hiding out in Western Sahara and being questioned by a young CIA analyst in relation to a series of suspicious deaths and terrorist chatter linked to him. The conversation is quickly interrupted as a new breed of tourists set out to kill them both.

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THE REED RIVERS TRILOGY by LAUREN ROWE

A fabulously addictive and sexy trilogy!

"It's easy for a man to draw imaginary lines in the sand before he knows Georgina Ricci exists in the world."

WOW! Talk about hot and addictive! The sexy Reed Rivers and the beautiful Georgina Ricci certainly made an impression on us! Their scorching chemistry, searing passion, and the delicious battle of wills between the sassy 22-year-old Georgina and the straight-shooting 35-year-old Reed, owner of River Records had us salivating over our Kindles!

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Interview with Ryan Kirk, Author of The Gate Beyond Oblivion

What can you tell us about your new release, The Gate Beyond Oblivion?

The Gate Beyond Oblivion is a book that I’ve been waiting to write for years. It’s an enormous world on the cusp of a magical revolution. The story follows an injured warrior and a young thief who find themselves trapped in the middle of a war that has been raging unseen for decades. United by tragedy they must race to uncover the secrets at the heart of their empire.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’m not sure I can point to any one inspiration. As a child and young man I consumed books from a wide variety of genres, from techno thrillers to science fiction and fantasy. Some of my earliest memories and keepsakes are these small (horrible) stories I wrote on the back of scrap paper my mother gave to me. They were essentially ridiculous action scenes copied from Saturday morning cartoons with perhaps a paragraph of exposition in between.

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

That’s a tough one. This list is certainly not inclusive:

The Count of Monte Cristo
Hyperion
Snow Crash
Ender’s Game
Deadhouse Gates

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

That’s actually pretty easy – I’m currently the host of a podcast called The Storied Lives Podcast. The author I’m most looking forward to interviewing is Fonda Lee. I want to know her process for creating a deep and rich family dynamic among her characters in the Green Bone Saga.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I’ll always love the first draft. There’s something magical about tackling the blank page and creating a world, characters, and stories. I’ve grown to love editing over the years, but the first draft will always be my favorite.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m a full-time author and a work-from-home father with a young girl at home. I typically wake up pretty early (around 5 am) and write until the rest of the family is up (about 9). Then I put the work away and spend time with my three-year-old daughter. We’ll play and cook and read together until nap. Nap time gives me a little bit more time to do the administrative tasks of being a writer. After she wakes I put the work away for good and enjoy family time until bed.

What scene in The Gate Beyond Oblivion was your favorite to write?

I really enjoyed the final conflicts at the end of the book, but because I want to avoid spoilers, there are a few near the beginning I really enjoyed. The thief, Alena, begins the story comfortably living at home with her family. The scenes between her and her father, in particular, were a joy to write. (As a new parent, I’m completely captivated by father-daughter relationships in all forms of storytelling). They have a strong, healthy relationship that was fun to put on the page.

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

Not particularly. I’ve been strongly influenced by Stoic philosophy, as well as a study of Zen over the years. I wouldn’t say I’m an adherent to either, but they’ve both shaped the way I look at the world.

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Interview with Mia Heintzelman, Author of Mixed Match

What can you tell us about your new release, Mixed Match?

Mixed Match is the second book in my All Mixed Up contemporary romance series. It follows Sophia Kent and Everett Monroe who fall in love while unknowingly fighting over a house that’s sentimental to them for different reasons. It’s a enemies to friends to lovers story.

Tag: Will this unsuited pair clash? Or is it a… Mixed Match

Here’s the blurb:

Sophia Kent used to be a badass knife-wielding chef. Nowadays, she’s lucky if she can remember to put on a bra. Between the move to Portland and unpacking boxes, she’s glad there’s only one name on the title. Unfortunately, at the door there’s a gorgeous messenger with a document claiming she’s not the rightful owner.

Dead-set on getting his grandmother’s house back, real estate investor Everett Monroe is determined to see the thief go down, even if he has to deliver the summons himself. Only, the beautiful mess at the door is charming, sexy—and nothing like the man whose family’s been feuding with Everett’s for generations.

He doesn’t know whether she’s a pawn or a player, and she doesn’t know he’s not just a messenger, so after a few “chance” meetings, when she enlists his help to find a location for her restaurant, he agrees. After all, in thirty days there’s going to be a hearing granting him ownership and she’ll be long gone. Except, somewhere between sunset mountain hikes, brilliantly lit musical bridges, and picturesque Japanese Gardens, a dangerous attraction weaves its way between the secrets and lies. Forced to confront the truth, Everett must ask himself what good a home is without the one you love to share it with.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I wrote a book in the third grade and immediately knew I wanted to write books. After I was advised against it by a family member, it took me until I was in college to realize the dream had never left me. I ended up with many careers including bank management, until I recently made the decision to take a leap of faith and write full-time.

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

Oh, man. Only five?
1. Long Shot – Kennedy Ryan
2. The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
3. The Idea of You – Robinne Lee
4. Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris
5. Coming of Age in Mississippi – Anne Moody

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

This would be an absolute dream. Definitely, Kennedy Ryan. Her books are amazing and such an organic, emotionally relevant level. I’d ask her how she embodies her characters so deeply and seamlessly. We don’t write the same type of books. Mine are modern, funny, pulse-racing contemporary romance experiences, but hers edge of on the side of human darkness while maintaining deep love. It’s amazing.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is the question, “what if?” It’s taking some part of everyday life and twisting the emotions and characters to see what happens with a little tweak. I love creating characters, but the worlds and circumstances I drop them into are the most fun.

What is a typical day like for you?

Since the Corona virus and social distancing, my day is filled with finding creative ways to help my kids learn and exert energy while I write, edit, get social online, and prepare my newsletter content. When the house is finally calm, I read for me.

What scene in Mixed Match was your favorite to write?

I love meet-cutes. When Sophia and Everett meet, they’re technically enemies, but she doesn’t know it, so there’s instant attraction and all kinds of lovely, heated desire bouncing between them.

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

My favorite is “Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream.” It’s about faith, timing, and putting in the hard work to realize goals and passions. For me, it’s about not only seizing the moment, but creating the moments that matter. Specifically, in my decision to write full-time.

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Interview with Mark Hopkins, Author of Deceit: A Life of Lies

What can you tell us about your new release, Deceit: A Life of Lies?

This book follows the investigation in a small texas town torn apart by a series of brutal murders. The lead detective and criminal profiler, both, are unable to determine if they have the correct man, or if the criminal is still on the run. There is a major twist in the book, which will throw off readers entirely, leading to the main, dramatic climax.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Many people have inspired me. Primarily my family and my third grade teacher. They all have instilled in me , over the years, the importance of literacy and utilizing my brain in its entirety.

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

First and foremost, Gone With The Wind. Followed by: Fahrenheit 451, Murder on Orient Express, In Cold Blood, Carrie

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

Stephen King. How do you keep your ideas flowing over the many years you’ve written?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Creating. The ability to create something from my brain that will, hopefully, be entertaining to every reader.

What is a typical day like for you?

Well, I am a nurse consultant, so I work until the evening hours. Then, once I’m home and work is sorted, I begin writing. I work best in the “wee” hours of the morning when everyone is asleep, and there’s total silence.

What scene in Deceit: A Life of Lies was your favorite to write?

The last chapter. I feel the entire book was very exciting and thrilling to write, but the last chapter was my favorite. It tied the entire piece together, and the ending twist made me want to read the book I’ve just written again and again.

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

From the words of my grandmother: “Anyone can be common, so be uncommon.”

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Interview with J.A. Owenby, Author of The Essence of You

What can you tell us about your new release, The Essence of You?

The Essence of You is an enemies-to-lovers, romantic suspense novel. Here’s the blurb: Sometimes it’s sweeter to surrender. My life is going in the right direction. Good friends. Good school. Bright future. Until… One night. One look. One guy.

And just like that my nightmare and everything I tried to forget comes roaring back. Layne Garrison—stormy grey eyes, bully, the guy who made my life hell in high school is suddenly there, in front of me, in the same town, the same college, and I can’t shake him. But the darkness never stays neatly tucked away when I learn the reasons that dumped me in foster care. Will I lose the only man I’ve ever loved, or will my past ruin my future as well? An enemies-to-lovers suspenseful standalone with an HEA and no cliffhanger.

Tensley, the main character, bounced around in foster care while in high school and was bullied by Layne, the popular jock. Three years later, she is doing well after all of the trauma and attending college when she sees him again. After a run-in with Layne, truths are revealed, and the healing begins. However, Tensley learns more about why she landed in the foster system, and her world is turned inside out.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My mom when she sold her first short story. I was 5 years old.

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

Slammed by Colleen Hoover, The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Honestly, there are so many good books, I couldn’t possibly have a top 5.

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

Oprah. What was the pivotal point in your journey that you realized you could have the life you wanted?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Creating the story and characters. I love the energy, fun, and excitement during that time.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m typically in my office ready to write around nine a.m. Monday through Friday. I’m very disciplined so implanting a schedule is easy for me.

What scene in The Essence of You was your favorite to write?

I have several, but the ending is really beautiful.

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

“Everything springs forth from the imagination. Everything.” Abraham Hicks.

J.A. Owenby is the author of the new book The Essence of You.

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Interview with Michelle Bryan, Author of The Lost Link

What can you tell us about your new release, The Lost Link?

The Lost Link is a new take on Fae folklore. It is filled with magic, humor, action, and sprinkled with a touch of romance.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been a voracious reader for as long as I can remember. Nancy Drew was my idol. Then I discovered Stephen King and realized I wanted to create worlds and characters as intense as his. The rest, like they say, is history :).

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

The Stand by Stephen King. If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon. All the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Watchers by Dean Koontz. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

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

Stephen King , of course. I would ask him to give me his interpretation of the ending of his Dark Tower series.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Creating and molding worlds so that anything is possible.

What is a typical day like for you?

Coffee and writing. Throw in a little bit of chocolate and reading and that’s it lol.

What scene in The Lost Link was your favorite to write?

The escape scene from the tower at the end. I think it really shows the chemistry between Starke and Jette.

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

Drink the coffee. Eat the cake. Read the book. Enjoy the life.

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