New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | May 12

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 Nowick Gray, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Andy Peloquin, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from M.L. Bullock, Stacey L. Tucker, Blake Arthur Peel, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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Must-Read Fantasy & Science Fiction Books | May 2020

Must-Read Fantasy & Science Fiction Books | May 2020

Are you ready to embark on some amazing new adventures? You’ll definitely find some new favorites among our list of new release fantasy and science fiction books. Don’t miss new novels by A.L. Hawke, Nowick Gray, Byrd Nash, Martha Wells, C.J. Archer, and Neal Asher. Enjoy!


Broomstick

by A.L. Hawke

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I didn’t believe in witches… that was until I enrolled in Dr. Alondra Johansen’s metaphysical history class. My name is Cadence Hawthorne, but you can call me Katie. Darkness fell over me and my family in my sophomore year. I thought Alondra could help me with my grief and visions of ghosts. But there was this guy working with her. Someone that looked like more like the devil than a professor. He did terrible things to my friend and threatens my growing love for Bryce, Alondri’s teaching assistant.

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FutureCon

by Nowick Gray

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A spin under the new VR headgear sends programmer Joe Norton into an AI game of tough love, mind control, and true choices. Now Norton’s relationships, career, and sanity are at stake. He must finish a mission… but his gifted scope rifle came with no instructions, no target or source, and a single bullet.

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A Study in Spirits

by Byrd Nash

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The second book in A College Fae Magic Series by Byrd Nash… Brigit has been accused of vandalism and stealing test answers. Now she must find the guilty party to stay at Leopold Otto University. To make things worse, her Fairy Debt to a Doppelganger means she must discover the secret of what’s prowling the abbey library.

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Network Effect

by Martha Wells

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The fifth book in The Murderbot Diaries series by New York Times Bestselling Author Martha Wells… When Murderbot’s human associates (not friends) have been captured and another not-friend from its past requires immediate assistance, Murderbot must make a decision between inertia and drastic action.

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The Prison of Buried Hopes

by C.J. Archer

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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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The Human

by Neal Asher

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The third book in the Rise of Jain series by bestselling author Neal Asher… Rising from the depths of space, a Jain warship has emerged with a deadly grudge and a wealth of ancient and lethal technology. It is trying to hunt down the alien Client and annihilate anything that stands in its way.

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Interview with Byrd Nash, Author of A Study in Spirits

What can you tell us about your new release, A Study in Spirits?

Accused of cheating and vandalizing the library, Brigit must clear her name. The only problem is what prowls the stacks doesn’t play nicely with others.

Brigit, a dryad, and Logan, a human bard, return in this second book in the College Fae series. With them is a computer hacker-gamer and a flying squirrel that can transform into a key. It’s a story of ghosts, friendships, and a battle over the truth.

This is a contemporary YA fantasy taking place at a European university where the fae and humans attend classes together. It is suitable for 14+ readers.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Once I started reading (which I distinctly remember making the connection that lines made words), I wanted to duplicate that magic. Even when I played make-believe it was all couched into stories – who did what and why.

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

These are some of my favorites that I return to often for a re-read, probably because they trigger a deep emotional reaction when I read them:

Paladin of Souls by Lois Bujold
Song of the Beast by Carol Berg
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
The Serpent Garden by Judith M. Riley
The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye

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

I actually would prefer to be the host of a history talk show. If you would allow me that change, I would be interviewing Queen Elizabeth I (because I want her secrets on how she maintained power), Jane Austen (as I want to know what was in the letters her sister destroyed), and Nathaniel Hawthorne (to reassure him that no one blames him for his relative burning witches).

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Laughing about some embarrassing and ridiculous situation that I’ve written that my characters have to survive.

What is a typical day like for you?

Up by 7 a.m. to take care of my pets (foster puppy, cats, and horses), and immediately to writing or researching. I try to write/research a bit every day.

Each day I do try to get a nature walk in or get outside to just absorb the energy from trees and animals.

What scene in A Study in Spirits was your favorite to write?

There are 2 scenes I especially like:

Early on there is a confrontation between the main character, Logan, who is a human bard and the father of his roommate. It shows very clearly not only the dangerous interrelationships between human and the fae, but also the dynamics of a father who doesn’t like his daughter’s suitor.

Another scene I enjoyed writing deals with a powerful character, Paul, who is a Doppelganger. Through a series of events he ends up hiding in a trash dumpster. That is one of those embarrassing scenes I mentioned earlier that I like to write about because it lends itself to comedy.

I really like to see what my characters do/react when faced with the unpredictable.

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

Be true to yourself first.

It’s probably why I identify so much with my main character, Brigit, as she is also rather stubborn about holding to her principles.

Byrd Nash is the author of the new book A Study in Spirits.

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Interview with A.L. Hawke, Author of Broomstick

What can you tell us about your new release, Broomstick?

Broomstick was born out of a whim to create a romance for Halloween. That’s it. Simple, huh? But as I worked on the project and studied other books out there (and witchcraft), I endeavored to create something that felt real. So there’s a lot of real stuff mixed with Cadence’s voice that I think gives the novel a little extra creepiness amid her charm.

This novel is about a college sophomore, Cadence Hawthorne, introduced to a special “honors” program. She’s hesitant to join because of its dealings with the occult, but her best friend and this hot teaching assistant enroll. Students are warned that if they join they will be uncomfortable and there’s a consent form that they must sign. But none of that deters Cadence as much as learning that she has to offer her blood.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I love the thrill of creating magic and romance out of the ordinary. That is why all my novels center on magic and attraction in a contemporary setting. I also write science fiction mixing my medical science background with fantasy.

There are so many amazing authors that I admire out there like Stephen King or E.L. James and many of us want to aspire to have their success, but I’m most driven by the sheer fun of creating a fanciful world and sharing my art with my readers.

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

1. Catcher in the Rye
2. Twilight
3. Carrie
4. Frankenstein
5. The Mists of Avalon

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

I would never be a talk show host because I’m much too shy, but if we were to fantasize: Mary Shelley. I’d ask her: Did you really write Frankenstein in one night? I don’t believe it. And then I’d ask her how she did it. What a genius.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Breathing life into characters. It’s like being a sculptor. If you think of writing as art, some artists are painters, others are sculptors. I’m a sculptor chiseling and breathing life into my characters. That’s more important to me than painting a scene. They’re both vital, of course, but I write to bring my characters to life. If I don’t have an interesting character, I don’t have a story.

What is a typical day like for you?

Work mostly. I write an hour or two in the early morning, at lunch, or in the early evening. I prefer to write in coffee shops during the day. Sometimes I like to write in the dark at night with just a dim computer screen. In between, there is my busy day job.

What scene in Broomstick was your favorite to write?

The flying one. This witch scene was transformative for Cadence and pivotal for the novel. It was weird, a touch erotic, and just plain fun.

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

Live life to the fullest and, if you can’t, write about it.

A.L. Hawke is the author of the new book Broomstick.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | May 5

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 Marshal Rust, Neal Asher, Martha Wells, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Byrd Nash, A.L. Hawke, Michael J. Sullivan, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | April 28

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 Ryan W. Aslesen, Jason Anspach, Rick Partlow, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Eileen Mueller, Charley Case, Kristen Painter, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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The Buzziest Books of April | 2020

The Buzziest Books of April | 2020

The month of April 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 April. Happy reading!


Walk the Wire

by David Baldacci

Release Date: April 21, 2020

The sixth book in the Memory Man series by New York Times Bestselling Author David Baldacci… Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamieson have been called to London, North Dakota. They instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted many newcomers hoping for a windfall, and the community is growing faster than houses can be built. The sudden boom has brought a slew of problems with it… including murder.

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Hidden Valley Road

by Robert Kolker

Release Date: April 7, 2020

A recent Oprah’s Book Club Pick… Don and Mimi Galvin were seemingly living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the AirForce brought them to Colorado, where they had twelve children that perfectly spanned the baby boom. Their oldest was born in 1945 and the youngest in 1965. On the surface, they followed the script for a perfect family but behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden violence, and hidden abuse. Then in the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic.

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The Book of Longings

by Sue Monk Kidd

Release Date: April 21, 2020

The new novel from the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings… Ana was raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee. She is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and daring spirit. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. Everything changes when she has an encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus.

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The Last Emperox

by John Scalzi

Release Date: April 14, 2020

The third and final book in The Interdependency series by New York Times Bestselling Author John Scalzi… The collapse of the interstellar pathway known as The Flow has accelerated. Entire star systems and billions of people are being cut off from the rest of human civilization. This was all foretold through scientific prediction but many still try to rationalize these final days of one of the greatest empires humanity has ever known.

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Trouble on Main Street

by Kirsten Fullmer

Release Date: March 24, 2020

The first book in the new Sugar Mountain Series by bestselling author Kirsten Fullmer… The cozy mountain town of Sugar Mountain harbors a secret society of women. The society itself is no secret but the true nature of the group is hush-hush. When a blood-smeared package shows up at the post office and a scheme threatens postmaster, Heidi Collinsworth’s historic home, the Sugar Mountain Ladies Historical Society takes matters into their own hands. Heidi is sure that Mayor Winslow is somehow involved but proof is scarce.

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Forbidden Inheritance

by L. Paul Dorsey

Release Date: April 1, 2020

After he witnesses a tragedy that evokes childhood nightmares, Larry Cooper begins to question his heritage. Maybe he is not who he thinks he is? All families have scars and some are less visible than others… Larry’s father has been haunted by an unspoken past. As his health begins to deteriorate, his mother’s only instinct is to protect her husband and their family’s reputation. What she knows would devastate the people she loves.

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The Best Man

by Winter Renshaw

Release Date: March 10, 2020

I did not know her name, but I heard her laugh, tasted her lips, and felt her skin as I held her. She was my soulmate. Together we watched our children playing in the sand, the warm ocean lapping as the shore behind them. This was our beautiful forever… But then I woke up alone in a hospital room. There was no wife, no kids, and not a single soul waiting for me. That life never existed.

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Arnold Falls

by Charlie Suisman

Release Date: April 1, 2020

If given a choice of go big or go home, nine times out of ten the townspeople of Arnold Falls will go home and forget about the whole thing. Tempests great and small (mostly small) are always brewing in this tiny town where half the residents are fighting to preserve its red-light district heyday, half are up to no good, and another half are sleeping it off… Yes, that math is correct. Spend some time in this oddball village, where larger than life characters deal with the smallest of problems. Somehow it all comes right in the end.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | April 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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Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books For Your Reading List | April 2020

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books For Your Reading List | April 2020

Looking to add some fantastic new adventures to your reading list? You won’t want to miss our recommendations for new Sci-Fi and Fantasy books! Check out the latest by bestselling authors Eileen Mueller, Ryan W. Aslesen, Jeffrey L. Kohanek, Jude Austin, Shannon Mayer, and John Scalzi. Happy reading!


Riders of Fire Books 1-3

by Eileen Mueller

Release Date: April 16, 2020

A collection of the first three books in the Riders of Fire series by bestselling author Eileen Mueller… Ezaara is swept into a world she never dreamed of when she imprints with a dragon queen. Her new world is full of dragons, treachery, intrigue, and danger. As the Queen’s Rider, she must lead her people as Commander Zens and his army rampage across Dragon’s Realm. She must stop them from killing and enslaving innocents. But who can she trust when political intrigue puts her life in danger?

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War’s Edge: Dead Heroes

by Ryan W. Aslesen

Release Date: April 1, 2020

“War’s Edge puts the military back into military science fiction, in what is destined to be considered a classic along the lines of Starship Troopers, Dune, and The Forever War.” In the 35th Century, mankind has colonized the vast reaches of space. Yet war remains constant as galactic governments and interstellar corporations fight for control of resource-rich planets and lucrative trade routes. In a desperate attempt to escape his current life, Mark Rizer enlists in the United States Alliance defense forces. A decision that will take him across the galaxy.

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Fate of Wizardoms Boxed Set

by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

Release Date: April 7, 2020

This collection includes the first three books in the Fate of Wizardoms series by Jeffrey L. Kohanek… The boxed set includes Eye of Obscurance, Balance of Magic, and Temple of Oracle. It is a rebirth of classic epic fantasy and perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, The Witcher, and Wheel of Time.

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Homecoming

by Jude Austin

Release Date: March 28, 2020

The second book in the Projects series by Jude Austin… After escaping imprisonment in the laboratory of GenTech, former college student Kalin Taylor, aka Kata, just wants to go back to his homeworld of Trandella with his friend Tau. He just wants to forget what happened. Too bad life had other plans. Everyone who meets him, including his own rulers, see him as a weapon to be turned on his enemies.

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Midlife Fairy Hunter

by Shannon Mayer

Release Date: April 23, 2020

The second book in The Forty Proof Series by USA Today Bestselling Author Shannon Mayer… Moving back to Savannah changed my life. I got a new job, new friends, and I was far from my ex-husband as possible. But I didn’t count on the Shadow World intensifying its hold on my life. I wasn’t surprised when a new job lands in my lap watching over a fairy ring.

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The Last Emperox

by John Scalzi

Release Date: April 14, 2020

The third and final book in The Interdependency series by New York Times Bestselling Author John Scalzi… The collapse of the interstellar pathway known as The Flow has accelerated. Entire star systems and billions of people are being cut off from the rest of human civilization. This was all foretold through scientific prediction but many still try to rationalize these final days of one of the greatest empires humanity has ever known.

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Interview with Jeffrey L. Kohanek, Author of Fate of Wizardoms Boxed Set

What can you tell us about your new release, Fate of Wizardoms Boxed Set?

Fate of Wizardoms is an epic fantasy series with a plot that twists beloved genre tropes in new ways. Set in a world where wizards rule, the ambitious vie for thrones able to grant the power of a god. When a power-hungry wizard lord seeks to expand his rule, he sends his world into chaos. Races of old return and creatures of legend stalk the land.

Think of it as a fast-paced mashup of Wheel of Time meets Game of Thrones, centered around a cast of reluctant heroes caught in the middle of world-altering events.

This boxed set includes the first three books from the six-book series.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I have migrated to eBooks and hundreds of fantasy novels currently fill my Kindle. I am currently reading a series written by Lindsay Buroker.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

The same advice I give when speaking to high school classrooms: It’s fine to take the responsible career path, but it doesn’t mean you need to give up on your dreams. I waited two decades after college before I began writing again, rekindling my dream of storytelling. I could have done so much sooner.

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

Likely writing or some other author-related activity. It seems like I have far more ideas and tasks on that front than time to accomplish them all. However, I make a point to spend time with my family and friends whenever possible.

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

Connections to the people in my life is important to me. Be it friends, family, or my children, touching the lives of others is the reason we are on this planet. This includes my readers, although that interaction is usually limited to Facebook or email.

What scene in Fate of Wizardoms Boxed Set was your favorite to write?

I enjoy crafting outrageous scenes mixing humor, action, and intrigue. One such chapter comes on the first book when Jace, a clever rogue of a thief, dresses like a woman in order to seduce and rob a powerful wizard who is hosting a ball at his castle. Things don’t go as planned, but Jace is resourceful and finds a way to make it work while leaving said wizard naked and tied to his bed for his party guests to discover.

Jeffrey L. Kohanek is the author of the new book Fate of Wizardoms Boxed Set.

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