Books To Read If You Like J.K. Rowling

Books To Read If You Like J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling needs no introduction, as the bestselling author of one of the most beloved fantasy series ever, Harry Potter. Selling more than 500 million copies worldwide, her books are adored by readers of all ages. If you loved Harry Potter and are searching for some new fantasy novels to explore, we think you will love these books to read if you like J.K. Rowling!


The Yellow Dragon

by Resa Nelson

Release Date: September 17, 2019

Pingzi Po is the only demon queller in the medieval Far East. She has quelled just one demon, the dragonslayer of the Wolf. Now she has to act as Benzel’s interpreter after he is charged with slaying a dangerous yellow dragon. However, the emperor reveals that this dragon is not an animal but a citizen in his province. Pingzi is convinced that this unknown citizen is a demon and races to discover the real identity of the Yellow Dragon.

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Sword of Betrayal

by Robert Evert

Release Date: September 17, 2019

As the son of Lord Elros, Edris has enjoyed a lay-about life of privilege. But this all comes crashing down when he is forced to join the military in the spring. With only six months to prepare, Lord Elros puts Edris through a brutal training regime. Cracking under the pressure, Edris is desperate for a way to get out from under his father’s heavy thumb. Then latest King’s Quest is exactly what he has been searching for. If he finds the Sword of Betrayal, he can start a new life.

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The Immortal City

by Amy Kuivalainen

Release Date: September 19, 2019

Dr. Penelope Bryne has always been intrigued by the unexplainable and magical history of Atlantis. When an ancient script is found at a murder site, she travels to Venice to help solve the mystery. There she meets Alexis Donato and everything she believes is challenged. What she doesn’t know is that Alexis has spent many years trying to sabotage Penelope’s career and cover up the truth… that Atlantis had seven magicians who survived and it is up to him to protect them.

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Siege and Sacrifice

by Charlie N. Holmberg

Release Date: September 17, 2019

The third book in the bestselling Numina series by Charlie N. Holmberg… Sandis is finally free from her master and his plan to use her as a vessel for the ancient beast Kolosos. But instead, her master found a new vessel… Sandis’s brother, Anon. The brother she always thought was dead.

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The Secret Commonwealth

by Philip Pullman

Release Date: October 3, 2019

The second book in the Book of Dust series by bestselling author Philip Pullman… The windows between worlds have been sealed and Lyra Silvertongue’s adventures in the North are over. Her beloved Will is also lost to her. But she still has the truth-telling device, the alethiometer. Lyra does not know the story behind this device or the role that Malcolm Polstead played in bringing it and baby Lyra to Jordan.

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Serpent & Dove

by Shelby Mahurin

Release Date: September 3, 2019

Louise le Blanc fled her coven two years ago, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal in the city of Cesarine. Witches like Lou are hunted here. They are feared. And they are burned. Redi Diggory is a huntsman for the church and lives according to one rule: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But after a wicked stunt, both Reid and Lousie are forced into an impossible situation.

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MISADVENTURES IN BLUE by SIERRA SIMONE

 “I look at you and I think you might be capable of breaking my heart.”

We think we need a cigarette after reading this book! WOW! Talk about HOT! Misadventures in Blue scratched an itch for us and then some! Hot on the heels of heavily emotional read, we wanted something hot and entertaining, and wow! Sierra Simone certainly answered the call. The heat, the chemistry, the age gap, together with the cop romance theme all worked perfectly!

Jace and Cat’s story delivered everything we could have asked for in a spicy romance. Cat, the intelligent, cool, elegant woman, and Jace, the sexy, commanding and oh so manly ‘young man’ who would bring Cat to her knees, nearly brought us to ours! If you’re after a wickedly hot story with a heart-warming emotional romance, grab this book!

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Interview with Suzanne Tierney, Author of The Art of the Scandal

What can you tell us about your new release, The Art of the Scandal?

My new release “The Art of the Scandal” is my debut novel and it has garnered some beautiful reviews including:

“Tierney’s language in the bedroom is like candlelight – it diffuses and softens and makes everything seem dreamy and lovely while still managing to be sexy.”
—Biscuits and Bodices

“Suzanne Tierney is one of the best historical romance authors out today and this book is no exception.”
—Amazon reviewer

“The love between Simon and Lydia is so palpable it almost hurts.”
—Goodreads review

It also won the 2018 Pacific Northwest Writer’s Conference Romance category (unpublished) and was a 2018 Golden Heart Finalist with Romance Writers of America

The Art of the Scandal is the story of an impoverished English Rose who, having been jilted by her fiancé, abandoned by her father and scorned by her friends due to a scandal, must rescue her family by regaining the family home her father lost to a mysterious South African with an agenda of his own — to exact revenge on the English ton who humiliated his mother when she chose to marry a Jewish man. Lydia attempts to charm and English rose the deed to her home from Simon, and Simon refuses to be manipulated by someone he perceives as part of the ton. But when Lydia, with her quirky eye for art, notes that one of his precious paintings, which he intends to donate in his mother’s honor to the National Gallery of London, is a fake, the two strike a deal. She’ll ferret out the fakes and, if she’s successful, he will return the deed to her house. But to do it, she must hide in Simon’s house, the two must work in close proximity, and they fight an attraction to each other, develop a friendship, and build a slow-burn love that defies social class and prejudices.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was inspired to write by a love of reading. I think it was instilled at my at birth by my parents, who are avid readers. But it was reinforced by my grandmother, who used to read and smoke in bed (not a good combination), my high school english teachers (one was a poet, the other a spy and who always wore a tweed suit), and fed by E.B. White (Trumpet of the Swan makes me cry every darned time), Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and Haruki Murikami.

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

E.B. White’s Trumpet of the Swan, which is the ultimate romance. A trumpeter swan with no voice, whose father steals a trumpet so he may learn to communicate. Louis, our trumpeter, who falls in love at first sight with Serena. Louis is so honorable — he goes out into the world to earn the money to pay for the stolen trumpet. And among his adventures, he rescues his love at first sight swan from the zoo. It’s so simply written and utterly tear-jerkingly beautiful.

Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Captain Wentworth is a classic, can’t get over his first love, hero. And the line “you pierce me to the heart” pierces my heart.

Meredith Duran’s The Sins of Lord Lockwood. Her prose is stunning. the stakes in this second chance romance are so high, and when Anna the heroine orders Liam to strip to show his wounds. the scene is breathtaking.

Haruki Murakami’s Wind-up Bird Chronicle. I don’t know how Murakami creates these worlds within worlds; his symbolism is so rich and his prose is so simple and elegant and his characters are all achingly lonely and haunted.

Emily Dickinson’s Completed Poems. Her poetry is lush, quiet, and yet fervent and still takes me by surprise.

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

Just one? I’m going to go with Haruki Murakami because I want to know where these crazy universes come from. And I want him to explain all his symbolism to me.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Building a romance between two people who, to be together, have to break the rules. Including the rules they build internally.

What is a typical day like for you?

Busy! Work, family, occasionally cooking a nutritious meal, walking, plotting, writing, and worry about whether I can do the characters in my head justice.

What scene in The Art of the Scandal was your favorite to write?

I’m going to cheat and name two. I can’t help myself! The first is the scene in which Lydia, having tried to charm, plead and English-rose her way to the deed of the house Simon has won, is furious when he won’t relent. She’s soaking wet (thanks to a rainstorm) starving and about to be homeless. So instead of retreating into her “English Rose” rule-following persona, she loses her temper and points out to Simon that his painting is fake. She is suddenly strong, vibrant, and formidable because she is, in that moment, herself.

The second comes after Simon and Lydia have shared their first kiss and committed to a fake engagement. They are standing in the garden of his house beneath the moon. THey’re deeply attracted to each other, and while Lydia is ready to explore that attraction, Simon, who is mourning the loss of his parents, isn’t. He’s a reverse-Rapunzel, locking himself in a tower because he knows that price of love is the pain that comes when you lose someone you love.

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

I wish I was more wise and witty. At my core, it’s hug the people you love and don’t be afraid to do the hard work. There are days when I literally can’t get out more than a sentence when it comes to writing, it’s so tough and painful. And there are days it all flows. And in between, there are the days where it flows and then I have to delete all but one sentence. But I could never give up writing. It releases something within me that makes me whole. And as far as hugging your loved ones, well, everyone needs to feel loved and it’s important to share your love for others. It helps them be stronger and braver and more open to love themselves. Plus, I just like the act of squeezing someone. Except my mother. She doesn’t like hugs. She thinks it makes people weak. 🙂

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Interview with Robert Evert, Author of Sword of Betrayal

First of all, thank you very much for having me here. I really enjoy NewInBooks. It makes finding a good book easy!

What can you tell us about your new release, Sword of Betrayal?

Sword of Betrayal is an epic fantasy about a teenager who is caught between his own desires and the expectations of his overbearing father. (“Edris wants to be a poet. His father wants him to kill the king’s son.”)

It was inspired by a conversation I had with a high school football player (American football, not soccer). He was this colossus of a kid—probably six-foot, five inches tall, two-hundred and fifty pounds of solid muscles. He’s an extremely good player and has dozens of universities trying to recruit him.

His father wants him to be a professional athlete and keeps pushing him to be better and better (“…be the best or else!”). The kid, however, doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. He doesn’t even like football! The only reason he plays is to please his father.

When I spoke with him, there was this pain and desperation in his eyes that haunted me. I figure there are too many young people like him, so I wrote a character based upon what they are going through. I hope I did their struggles justice!

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always been a writer. Even in fourth grade, I had this class newspaper (the Evert Times!) where I reported on who won the kickball during recess, how bad the lunch was that day (Once, I found these little black beetles in the mashed potatoes and broke the story!), and so forth.

I also wrote these weird stories like “Buck Evert” (a rip off of “Buck Rogers”) and this 1950’s style private-eye named “James Rich.” I liked writing about him because I could use the word “dick” and not be punished! (In the 1950’s, the word “dick” often meant “private detective.”)

But it wasn’t until the summer of my sixth-grade year when I actually thought about being an author. I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and was swept away. I haven’t left Middle-Earth since.

So, to answer your question, Tolkien inspired me to be an author. But it wasn’t until I read Stephen King’s On Writing that the dream became a reality.

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

Oh, boy! That’s a difficult one. Let me think…

I’ll give you the top five that influenced me the most…the ones I obsessed over.

In chronological order…

1. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary. Man, I loved that book! I read it over and over. I even bought a little plastic motorcycle for my gerbils, but they never even tried to ride it—the ungrateful bastards!

2. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. What can I say? It’s like my first love. I can’t forget the feeling of walking with the hobbits through the Shire, or going through the blackness of Mirkwood, or riding in the green fields of Rohan. It’s magical.

3. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. I’m not sure what it is about Stephen King’s writing. It isn’t as real as Tolkien’s, but he certainly knows how to scare the crap out of me. I loved The Shining, but I could never finish it. It just creeped me out—Redrum! Redrum!!

4. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowlings. The nice thing about Harry Potter is you can argue about it. A friend of mine insists Harry was a spoiled brat and that Hermione was the real hero. Is he right? Who’s to say?

5. The White Fortress by Neal Bascomb. This is actually non-fiction. It’s about the Norwegian heavy water plant the Nazis were using to help build an atomic bomb. It’s incredibly gripping, especially how these little-known heroes saved the world. Of course, I’m also Norwegian, so it moves me on that level as well.

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

Living guest…Stephen King. I think I have a lot to learn from him. Not only with regard to writing and inflicting emotions on the reader, but also about life and balance and how to pick yourself up after nearly being killed by a truck. He’s learned a lot of lessons the hard way!

Any guest… Tolkien! I would love to talk to him about his writing process and whether he ever felt self-doubt. Did he ever sit in his office, writing away, and think to himself, “Oh, god! This is crap! I’m a worthless hack who will never get published!”?

I think that’s the most difficult part of being a writer—the self-doubt that constantly gnaws at your soul. I’d love to hear how Tolkien dealt with it (if he did).

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

There’s this point where you’re typing away (tip-tap…tip-tip…tap) and something happens. The characters come alive and start showing you what to put down on paper. It’s not coming from you, the writer. It’s coming from someplace else, like a ghost or spirit guide or something primeval.

You’re sitting there, watching things unfold on the screen in front of you and you’re thinking, “Holy crap! Where’s this coming from? Where’s it going?” You hear the characters talking and see the scenes in your head.

Crap!! Maybe I’m crazy! Seriously, does anybody else experience this? Do I need help?

What is a typical day like for you?

I get up when it’s still dark and drive my teenage kids to school. I go to work and attempt to teach a bunch of college students who have no interest in anything I have to say. I then go to faculty meetings that have nothing to do with anything (and attempt to reason with administrators who have no interest in anything I have to say). At 2:30 pm, I go to the high school and pick up my boys, then drive them to their various practices. I then wait around for them to finish as I slowly grow older—my life force slipping out of my pale, wrinkled body. I get them home and pray the dogs haven’t peed on the rug. We eat a late dinner while my sons stare mindlessly at their phones and answer my many questions with one-word answers. Finally, I go to bed exhausted, hoping giant, super-intelligent squirrels will take over the planet.

On a good day, the dogs pee outside (and I’m able to write a bit).

What scene in Sword of Betrayal was your favorite to write?

There is a scene where my main character (Edris) is sitting half-naked on the edge of his lover’s bed. He’d been physically beaten and humiliated and he’s unable to “perform.” He’s worried that something is wrong, that the beating took away his manhood and that he’ll never get it back. His lover (Beatrice) tells him that making love isn’t a physical act, but a mental one. She then lays back in the bed and asks for him to read some of his poetry.

I thought it was a rather important scene, not only for the story and showing that Edris is an extremely sensitive and vulnerable guy; but also for any readers (especially males) who confuse sex and love. It was also one of those scenes that the characters wrote for me (like I was talking about above). It just happened. I had no idea where it was going. I had no idea about its significance. And when I re-read it, I felt genuinely touched.

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

I try to live by something Jimmy Steward’s character (Elwood P.Dowd) says in Harvey.

He says, “Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, ‘In this world Elwood you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.’ Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.”

What a wonderful thought. I don’t know how smart I’ve ever been. But I’d like to be more pleasant.

 

 

Robert Evert is the author of the new book Sword of Betrayal.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | September 24

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 Addison Moore, Sunday Tomassetti, Willow Rose, Vince Flynn, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | September 24

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 Willow Winters, Suzanne Tierney, K. Bromberg, Catherine Bybee, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | September 24

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 Ann Patchett, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alice Hoffman, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | September 24

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 Jeremy Robinson, Matt Moss, Annalee, Newitz, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Amy Kuivalainen, Robert Evert, Resa Nelson, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Young Adult Books to Read | September 24

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 Rainbow Rowell, Lauren Shippen, Sara Faring, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | September 24

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 Jonathan Van Ness, Chanel Miller, David Cameron, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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