‘Whiskey and flame. Sleepless nights. Tattooed skin, white t-shirts, and rough hands. Love and lust and happiness. He was everything.’

Forbidden romance
Intense sexual tension
Angst aplenty
A Mafia Anti-hero
Sizzling hot chemistry and a dangerous attraction! 

Gritty, passionate, suspenseful, and utterly compelling, The Sweetest Oblivion it all! With a slow burn that was on point! We always say a slow burn makes that passionate fire even more intense and hotter when it finally takes hold. We loved this book, and we just know this will be one wickedly addictive series!

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The Buzziest Books of February | 2021

The Buzziest Books of February | 2021

The month of February 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 February. Happy reading!

The Four Winds

by Kristin Hannah

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows. By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains.

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The Survivors

by Jane Harper

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home. Kieran’s parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away…

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A Court of Silver Flames

by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: February 16, 2021

The fifth book in A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas… Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

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The Paris Library

by Janet Skeslien Charles

Release Date: February 9, 2021

Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.

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Good Neighbors

by Sarah Langan

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Welcome to Maple Street, a picture-perfect slice of suburban Long Island, its residents bound by their children, their work, and their illusion of safety in a rapidly changing world. But menace skulks beneath the surface of this exclusive enclave, making its residents prone to outrage. When the Wilde family moves in, they trigger their neighbors’ worst fears. Dad Arlo’s a gruff has-been rock star with track marks. Mom Gertie’s got a thick Brooklyn accent, with high heels and tube tops to match. Their weird kids cuss like sailors. They don’t fit with the way Maple Street sees itself.

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The Kindest Lie

by Nancy Johnson

Release Date: February 2, 2021

It’s 2008, and the inauguration of President Barack Obama ushers in a new kind of hope. In Chicago, Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy-League educated Black engineer, is married to a kind and successful man. He’s eager to start a family, but Ruth is uncertain. She has never gotten over the baby she gave birth to—and was forced to leave behind—when she was a teenager. She had promised her family she’d never look back, but Ruth knows that to move forward, she must make peace with the past.

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Winter’s Orbit

by Everina Maxwell

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Prince Kiem, a famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor’s least favorite grandchild, has been called upon to be useful for once. He’s commanded to fulfill an obligation of marriage to the representative of the Empire’s newest and most rebellious vassal planet. His future husband, Count Jainan, is a widower and murder suspect.

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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

by Bill Gates

Release Date: February 16, 2021

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | February 2021

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! December 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 John Grisham, Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Elin Hilderbrand, A.G. Riddle, and many more!

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Literary Fiction

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Young Adult

Biography & Memoir

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Must-Read Science Fiction Novels | February 2021

Must-Read Science Fiction Novels | February 2021

Need an escape to a new world? You’ve come to the right place because we’ve made a list of our latest must-read science fiction novel recommendations. Find your next favorite read from bestselling authors Ivan Ertlov, Duncan M. Hamilton, John Marrs, J.N. Chaney, James Maxwell, and Ehsan Ahmad. We hope you enjoy your new books!

Generation 23

by Ivan Ertlov

Release Date: December 29, 2020

The first book in the Goliath Chronicles Series by Ivan Ertlov… Earth is destroyed, our civilization lost. But humanity has survived! Resilient, on giant generation ships, venturing to distant planets, searching for a new home. Built by billionaires and visionaries, they carry mankind to the stars – and the weight of our last hope on their shoulders. 23 Generations into the journey of the colonial generation ship “Trappist”, law and order onboard is upheld and executed by a handful of justices. With the powers of police officers, prosecutors and judges combined, they are among the IDs – Indispensables.

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The Alpha Protocol

by Duncan M. Hamilton

Release Date: February 23, 2021

The first book in the Alpha Protocol Series by Duncan M. Hamilton… Naval Officer Jack Samson thought a posting to the frontier of human-inhabited space was the death blow to his career. He couldn’t have been more wrong. A routine inspection of a small merchant vessel leads to devastating loss and the discovery of strange, fascinating objects. As astonishing discoveries unfold, a mysterious and hostile ship proves that Samson has a competitor in unlocking the secrets of an ancient alien civilization, and that humanity might not be alone in the galaxy after all.

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The Minders

by John Marrs

Release Date: February 16, 2021

In the 21st century, information is king. But computers can be hacked and files can be broken into – so a unique government initiative has been born. Five ordinary people have been selected to become Minders – the latest weapon in thwarting cyberterrorism. Transformed by a revolutionary medical procedure, the country’s most classified information has been taken offline and turned into genetic code implanted inside their heads.

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Orphan Wars

by J.N. Chaney

Release Date: February 21, 2021

What would you do if you woke up in another world? When leading archeologist Dr. Hank Murphy discovers an alien artifact on the Moon, corporate interests are quick to get involved. A discovery like this could change everything, but more importantly, someone stands to make a fortune. But Murphy just wants to understand what this thing is and how it works. After months of research, he finally manages to locate the power source. The gate is soon activated… And Murphy is pulled through.

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A Search for Starlight

by James Maxwell

Release Date: February 4, 2021

The third book in The Firewall Trilogy by James Maxwell… Taimin and Selena have destroyed the firewall that once trapped them in their dangerous wasteland. But with their hard-fought freedom now comes a greater threat. Outside the wasteland, under the same two scorching suns, live the bonded. This powerful ancient enemy will unleash a destructive war on the wasteland’s inhabitants, and Taimin knows it’s a fight they cannot win.

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Wild Sun: Unbound

by Ehsan Ahmad

Release Date: February 16, 2021

The second book in The Wild Sun Series by Ehsan Ahmed… Once kindled, the flames of hope are not easily extinguished. No longer bound to a life of forced labor in the enemy’s mines, Cerrin leads a small band of escaped slaves in search of a new home in the ancient forest where she was born. But freedom is not the same as victory. And death is never far behind.

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Books To Read For Fans of Literary Fiction | February 2021

Books To Read For Fans of Literary Fiction | February 2021

Can get enough literary fiction books for your reading list? Need some recommendations on what to read next? We’re here to help with some of our latest literary fiction recommendations from bestselling authors Steve Physioc, S. J. Cunningham, Mary Lawson, Ruth Druart, Susan Mihalic, and Julia Fine. Happy reading!

Walks With The Wind

by Steve Physioc

Release Date: February 19, 2021

Sam Cloud-Carson has a good life. He’s a budding baseball phenom who can pack the stands with scouts. He’s surrounded by a loving family. And he’s well known in his Southern Ute tribe and beyond as the best wildlife tracker anyone has ever seen – anyone, including Drake Dixon. Drake doesn’t concern himself with anything or anyone that can’t give him what he craves: money and power. His position and prestige as owner of Diamond Bar Security bring him both, but he knows young Sam can bring him even more.

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All This Was Mission

by S. J. Cunningham

Release Date: January 31, 2021

Madeline has made a lot of mistakes-in her marriage and her life-and has paid dearly for them. Her teenaged children have disowned her, her parents are disappointed and embarrassed, and her sister thinks that she needs spiritual help. Worst of all, her soon-to-be ex-husband is hell-bent on destroying her life and her relationships. When she finds herself on a plane to a mysterious tropical resort called Ashrama with a group of strangers, all with their own problems, she isn’t sure she’ll ever make it back home again.

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A Town Called Solace

by Mary Lawson

Release Date: February 16, 2021

Enter thirtyish Liam Kane, newly divorced, newly unemployed, newly arrived in this small northern town, where he promptly moves into the house next door–watched suspiciously by astonished and dismayed Clara, whose elderly friend, Mrs. Orchard, owns that home. Around the time of Rose’s disappearance, Mrs. Orchard was sent for a short stay in hospital, and Clara promised to keep an eye on the house and its remaining occupant, Mrs. Orchard’s cat, Moses.

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While Paris Slept

by Ruth Druart

Release Date: February 23, 2021

Santa Cruz, 1953. Jean-Luc is a man on the run from his past. The scar on his face is a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi occupation in France. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door. Paris, 1944. A young Jewish woman’s past is torn apart in a heartbeat. Herded onto a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope.

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Dark Horses

by Susan Mihalic

Release Date: February 16, 2021

Fifteen-year-old equestrian prodigy Roan Montgomery has only ever known two worlds: inside the riding arena, and outside of it. Both, for as long as she can remember, have been ruled by her father, who demands strict obedience in all areas of her life. The warped power dynamic of coach and rider extends far beyond the stables, and Roan’s relationship with her father has long been inappropriate. She has been able to compartmentalize that dark aspect of her life.

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The Upstairs House

by Julia Fine

Release Date: February 23, 2021

Ravaged and sore from giving birth to her first child, Megan is mostly raising her newborn alone while her husband travels for work. Physically exhausted and mentally drained, she’s also wracked with guilt over her unfinished dissertation—a thesis on mid-century children’s literature. Enter a new upstairs neighbor: the ghost of quixotic children’s book writer Margaret Wise Brown—author of the beloved classic Goodnight Moon—whose existence no one else will acknowledge.

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Must-Read Thriller & Suspense Novels | February 2021

Must-Read Thriller & Suspense Novels | February 2021

Have you been searching everywhere for some exciting new thriller and suspense novels? We’ve created a list of some of our favorite new releases and wanted to share it with you. Don’t miss the latest from bestselling authors Nina Atwood, Edwin Dasso, Erik Therme, J.D. Robb, Jonathan Kellerman, Luanne Rice, and more. We hope you enjoy these new thriller & suspense novels!

Free Fall

by Nina Atwood

Release Date: February 23, 2021

Hannah Lee Winn has it all, or so it seems—dream home, fantasy husband, money—until she wakes up one day on the side of a mountain in California, severely injured. Was it an accident? Or was it something far worse? Did someone try to kill her, and if so, who? And why? As Hannah Lee struggles to recover from her injuries, including traumatic memory loss, her life unravels, revealing terrible mistakes and misplaced trust. Is her loving, new husband all he appears to be? Or did she marry a total stranger who now threatens her very life?

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Her Silent Shadow

by Edwin Dasso, Judith Lucci, Kevin Tumlinson, and more

Release Date: February 23, 2021

No one is safe. Obsession, abduction and murder are the order of the day. She senses the impending danger with nowhere to hide. Fear has frozen her, sapped her of her will. She hears something… Is there a killer on the loose? Someone savoring the moments in their mind… Planning, Scheming, Plotting to kill. Is there a serial killer lurking? Will she be his first victim? Don’t miss this edge-of-your-seat thrill ride consisting of thirteen brand new, psychological suspense thrillers penned by Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors.

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If She Dies

by Erik Therme

Release Date: February 21, 2021

Nine months ago, Tess’s five-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. The driver, Brady Becker, was sentenced to two years in prison. It didn’t make Tess’s pain go away. Brady also has a daughter: A twelve-year-old named Eve who walks to Chandler Middle School every day. Tess knows this because she’s been watching Eve for the last three weeks. It isn’t fair that Brady’s daughter gets to live, while Tess’s daughter does not. When Eve goes missing, all eyes turn to Tess, who doesn’t have an alibi. But Tess isn’t guilty. Or so she believes.

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Faithless in Death

by J. D. Robb

Release Date: February 9, 2021

The 52nd book in the Eve Dalla Series by New York Times Bestselling Author J.D. Robb… The scene in the West Village studio appears to be classic crime-of-passion: two wineglasses by the bed, music playing, and a young sculptor named Ariel Byrd with the back of her head bashed in. But when Dallas tracks down the wealthy Upper East Side woman who called 911, the details don’t add up. Gwen Huffman is wealthy, elegant, comforted by her handsome fiancé as she sheds tears over the trauma of finding the body—but why did it take an hour to report it? And why is she lying about little things?

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by Jonathan Kellerman

Release Date: February 2, 2021

The 36th book in the Alex Delaware Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Kellerman… LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a master detective. He has a near-perfect solve rate and he’s written his own rule book. Some of those successes—the toughest ones—have involved his best friend, the brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But Milo doesn’t call Alex in unless cases are “different.” This murder warrants an immediate call.

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The Shadow Box

by Luanne Rice

Release Date: February 1, 2021

After artist Claire Beaudry Chase is attacked and left for dead in her home on the Connecticut coast, she doesn’t know who she can trust. But her well-connected husband, Griffin—who is running for governor—is her prime suspect. Just before the attack, Claire was preparing for an exhibit of her shadow boxes, one of which clearly accuses Griffin of a violent crime committed twenty-five years ago. If the public were to find out who her husband is, his political career would be over.

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New Love Stories For Your Reading List | February 2021

New Love Stories For Your Reading List | February 2021

Looking for a love story to get lost in? You’ve come to the right place because we’ve made a list of exciting new romance book releases we think you’ll adore. Check out the latest from bestselling authors Terri Osburn, Riley Edwards, Jenny Hale, Lauren Blakely, Willow Winters, and Adriana Locke. Enjoy your new books!

In Over Her Head

by Terri Osburn

Release Date: February 22, 2021

Chef Lauren Riley has one philosophy—never depend on anyone. A loner and a perfectionist, she’s on Anchor Island to turn Pilar’s into the best restaurant in the Outer Banks, not to make friends. But despite her cold demeanor, the locals refuse to take the hint, and she soon learns the meaning of a found family. Nick Stamatis did his time in fancy kitchens but his laid-back life as head cook of Dempsey’s Bar & Grill, the most popular eatery on Anchor island, suits him just fine. Despite his playboy reputation, he’s a family man at heart. But if family history repeats, he isn’t likely to live long enough to have one of his own.

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Jonny’s Redemption

by Riley Edwards

Release Date: February 23, 2021

The seventh book in the Gemini Group Series by USA Today Bestselling Author Riley Edwards… Lieutenant Jonny Spencer’s life is spiraling out of control. With no end in sight, he withdraws. Giving in to the darkness is his only reprieve. Roberta “Bobby” Layne knows what it means to live in the shadows. Her childhood was spent fading into obscurity—loneliness her only friend. When Jonny’s latest case threatens to snap what’s left of his sanity, Bobby knows this is her last chance to pull him from the hell that awaits.

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The Memory Keeper

by Jenny Hale

Release Date: January 26, 2021

Hannah Townsend’s life is just as she’s always wanted it to be. She has the perfect job at a New York magazine, a small but elegant apartment in the upper west side, and an incredibly successful beau named Miles Monahan. This year, for her thirty-fifth birthday, she’s leaving the icy city sludge for sunshine! She’s got tickets for two to Barbados, and she’s all packed and meeting Miles at the airport for a week of cocktails, sandy beaches, and the music of steel drums. But her life is turned upside down in the span of that one morning.

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My One Week Husband

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: February 17, 2021

The fourth book in The Extravagant Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely… He’s my business partner, my good friend, and the man I’ve craved for years. But I’ve resisted the sexy Brit, and I plan to keep up my walls because I’ve been there, done that, and I know how much it hurts when you let someone into your heart. Then an opportunity comes along for us to snag the business deal of a lifetime. The catch? We need to pretend we’re married to pull off this high-stakes deal.

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Tequila Rose

by Willow Winters

Release Date: February 23, 2021

He tasted like tequila and the fake name I gave him was Rose. Four years ago, I decided to get over one man, by getting under another. A single night and nothing more. I found my handsome stranger with a shot glass and charming but devilish smile at the end of the bar. The desire that hit his eyes the second they landed on me ignited a spark inside me, instant and hot. He was perfect and everything I didn’t know I needed. That one night may have ended, but I left with much more than a memory.

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Like You Love Me

by Adriana Locke

Release Date: February 16, 2021

The first book in the Honey Creek Series by USA Today Bestselling Author Adriana Locke… To save her Tennessee bed-and-breakfast, Sophie Bates needs a fast-cash miracle. Holden McKenzie, her childhood best friend, needs to prove to a prospective employer that he’s a committed man. Their fortunes on the line, Holden proposes…a solution. He’ll take care of Sophie’s bills if she agrees to a temporary marriage of convenience. And why not? They’re comfortable together, they have fun, and they trust each other.

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Interview with Lauren Blakely, author of My One Week Husband

By Lauren Blakely

Confession. I’m a sucker for a fake romance.

I love reading them. I love writing them.

There’s something so fun and freeing about the “container” of a pretend romance.

It gives the main characters the opportunity to make-believe, to test out the possibilities of what it might be like to be together.

I’ve had a blast writing many types of fake romance storylines over the last several years.

But one that has always fascinated me is the fake marriage storyline.

There are many reasons in romance that two main characters might need to be married. There could be an inheritance on the line. They might have to marry in order to gain access to a trust.

Sometimes they might do it for public appearances.

When I knew I wanted to write a fake marriage romance in My One Week Husband, I wanted to find a reason that I hadn’t played with before.

And I found it in a simple reason for a pretend romance, but one that’s wickedly fun. One that the characters pull off in my new release, My One Week Husband.

The hero and heroine are two business partners who own a hotel chain. They’re interested in buying a new boutique line of hotels. But they want to visit them, kick the tires on them, so to speak, before they buy. So they simply pose as a married couple. They pretend they’re together on a honeymoon as they visit the inns. That makes them almost like mystery shoppers! In this scenario, they weren’t tricking family members, or formally getting married. But they still have a fake marriage and in that container, they became much freer to test out their fantasies, to explore the boundaries of their relationship, and to learn about each other’s true hearts.

There might also be some really fun role-playing and wigs!

I hope you get a chance to check out My One Week Husband and that you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.

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Interview with Nina Atwood, Author of Free Fall

What can you tell us about your new release, Free Fall?

I’m super excited about it because it’s my first psychological thriller! It was inspired by a woman I personally know really well, who built and sold a great business and made a lot of money. Her story is NOT Hannah Lee’s, but what I fantasized about was this question: what if you sold a business for a lot of money and someone was paying attention, someone who did not have your best interests at heart? What if that someone found a way into your life with your money as his/her prize?

What books are currently on your night stand?

Right now I’m enraptured by Beatriz Williams’ Schuler Sisters series… historical fiction at its best! I’m so impressed by authors who can do the extensive research necessary for this genre. Not being a history buff, I doubt I’ll dabble in it as an author but I love reading it!

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Be more observant, capture your observations, and have the confidence to write in small bits and pieces, even if a coherent story isn’t possible yet. Be bold as a budding author. Most of all, believe in yourself.

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

Is this a trick question? Of course, I would spend it writing! I truly love the art and the craft of writing… my biggest challenge is finding time since I still have a significant “day job.”

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

My relationships – husband, Mom, amazing colleagues, and a handful of BFFs who understand and accept me, not always an easy task I’m sure! Second, my work, because my clients are all amazing people who work hard to provide jobs for others, often at the expense of their own personal pursuits. So, in nutshell, it’s the wonderful people whom I have the privilege to know, love, work with, and understand at a deep level. The joy is in the connections, the shared stories, the shared life events, the compassion, the love, the shared heartaches, and ultimately, the sense of purpose. It’s why we are here – to connect with others and to make a difference whenever possible.

What scene from Free Fall was your favorite to write?

The climactic scene. All the significant players are in one place at the same time, and all the building drama throughout the story explodes in a way that… no spoilers here, but let’s say that scene answers all the readers’ questions. It was intense writing it, for sure!!

What inspires you as an author?

The messiness of life! I’ve found people endlessly fascinating for my entire life. I remember observing the people around me as early as grade school, noticing what they said, what they did, and the irrationality of how they lived their lives. I realized early in life that if there is one overriding life principle for human beings, it is this: it’s complicated! I began writing fiction because I realized I had this very stuffed full mental file cabinet of people’s complicated stories, and many of them were my own, that I thought could be woven together in interesting plots that readers might enjoy. Ultimately, I am most inspired by the perseverance of heartfelt, courageous people to overcome life’s endless challenges, so I always endeavor to weave in those kinds of elements.


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Interview with Ivan Ertlov, Author of Generation 23

What can you tell us about your new release, Generation 23?

“Generation 23” is my first book published in (Australian) English, my first try to reach a more international audience. After 15 novels published in German, I chose carefully which one to translate first. Generation 23 was chosen because it is one of my very few serious works, not driven by humor but by mystery and dystopian storytelling. You could call it a Science Fiction novel, but it is rather a murder mystery set in the vastness of space. Earth is destroyed, humanity survived on giant generation ships traveling to new systems, a journey taking hundreds, if not thousands of years. How does society, how do social and humanitarian principles survive such a long isolation? That was one of the main questions I wanted to answer, wrapped up in a murder/conspiracy investigation.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

When I was 9 years old, my uncle – a public servant in rural Australia – had to liquidate a library. Instead of bringing the books to the recycling depot, he hired a truck and drove them to my home, where my father had a smaller, empty hose next to ours which became our private library. I grew up reading hundreds and thousands of books, many of them not suitable for my age back then. But this excessive reading over many years triggered my desire to write.

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

The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons – simply the best SF ever written.
VALIS by Philip K. Dick – the best way to question reality
Das Kapital by Karl Marx – unlike the manifesto, this one is a deep, critical analysis of the shifts in society and economy back then.
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe – You can’t understand the essence of  Australia without reading Pascoe. He is a genius.
The Worldwar tetralogy by Harry Turtledove – a lesson in alternate history if there ever was one

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

H. P. Lovecraft, just to find out if he was really the blatant racist and misanthrope many of my peers believe him to have been.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing is the writing of chapters defining for my characters, the passages in which their true self is revealed. Usually, I have the general plot, an idea what the situation will be like after such a critical chapter, but the journey is the one of my protagonists, I just accompany them and write about it.

What is a typical day like for you?

Usually, I get up around 7 AM, have a coffee, write an hour or two, begin my day job work and end that one around 6 PM. Then I do some sports and meditation before back to writing and editing. On weekends and holidays, the day job work is substituted by motorbike rides, hiking in the Blue Mountains – or more writing and editing.

What scene from Generation 23 was your favorite to write?

That’s hard to answer without spoilers. My favorite scene is actually the only erotic encounter in the book, very close to being explicit – not because of the steamy content and dirty fantasies, but because it is essential to solve one of the mysteries.

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

“Don’t be a dick.” – you can boil the message of the New Testament, the Imperative of Kant, the definition of Freedom by Sir Karl Popper down to that single line. “Don’t be a dick.”

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