Our Audiobook Playlist For August | 2019

Our Audiobook Playlist For August | 2019

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


The Assistant

by Marni Mann

Release Date: July 30, 2019

I am married to my best friend and have two beautiful children. My life is perfect… Then my father got sick. Before I owned a successful company and now I have to stay at home with my family. Before my husband could rely on me to take care of everything but now I have to hire an assistant. Every part of my life can be summed up by these before and afters, but something also happened in the middle.

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Things You Save in a Fire

by Katherine Center

Release Date: August 13, 2019

A new audiobook from the New York Times Bestselling Author of How to Walk Away… Cassie Hanwell is one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of emergencies. But when her estranged mother asks her to give up her life and move to Boston, she suddenly has to deal with her own. The old-school Boston firehouse is as different as it could be and they aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew. Except for the rookie, who doesn’t mind having her around.

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The Whisper Man

by Alex North

Release Date: August 20, 2019

After the death of his wife, Tom Kennedy needs a fresh start with his son, Jake. He finds a new house, in a new town. But he doesn’t realize that Featherbank has a dark past. Twenty years ago a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was arrested, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man.” But now a young boy has vanished and the disappearance resembles The Whisper Man’s crimes.

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Death of Darkness

by Dianne Duvall

Release Date: August 20, 2019

The ninth book in the New York Times Bestselling Immortal Guardians series… Seth was the leader of the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. He protected humans from mercenary armies and vampires, but the latest enemy has proven to be a formidable one. Seth’s only wish is to protect his family but then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.

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Pawsitively Poisonous

by Melissa Erin Jackson

Release Date: July 5, 2019

Amber Blackwood has been a lifelong resident of Edgehill, Oregon. She has earned a reputation around town as a semi-reclusive odd duck. The people of Edgehill think her store, the Quirky Whisker, is an integral part of the feline-obsessed town, but everyone gives her a wide berth. She’s fine with that, as it keeps her secret safe.

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The Wolf’s Call

by Anthony Ryan

Release Date: July 23, 2019

Vaelin Al Sorna is a legend known across the Realm. His leadership overthrew empires and his blade won battles. But it was his sacrifice that defeated an evil more terrifying than anything the world had seen. Now he has cast aside the glory for a quiet life. But whispers from across the seas arise of an army called the Steel Horde, he is forced to act.

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The Buzziest Books of August | 2019

The Buzziest Books of August | 2019

The month of August 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 August. Happy reading!


The Perfect Wife

by JP Delaney

Release Date: August 6, 2019

Abbie awakens in a daze next to a man that claims to be her husband. But she has no memory of who she is. Her husband is the founder of an innovative Silicon Valley tech start-up. He says Abbie is a gifted artist and a loving mother of their young son. She is the perfect wife. Apparently, there was a terrible accident five years ago and she was brought back from the abyss via a technological breakthrough. But Abbie starts to piece together old memories and questions his motives.

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The Year I Left

by Christine Brae

Release Date: August 20, 2019

Carrin Frost is a confident businesswoman, wife, and mother. But she is starting to resent everything about her life and doesn’t understand why. Maybe it’s the recent loss of her mother or maybe she’s just losing her mind. Then she meets Matias Torres. Their new business partnership thrives and so does their friendship. He is very interested in her but Carrin is determined to keep her distance. But a work assignment sends them both to Southeast Asia where a storm is brewing on the island.

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The Call of Agon

by Dean F. Wilson

Release Date: August 13, 2019

Ifferon is one of the last in the bloodline of Telm, the dead god that imprisoned the Beast, Agon, in the Underworld. With his connection to the estranged gods in the Overworld, he needs to ensure the Agon remain vanquished. But when he is struck by fear, Ifferon abandons his duty and hides from the world. When the Agon army strikes his refuge, he is forced to embark on a life-changing quest.

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Can You Hear It

by Casey Diam

Release Date: August 1, 2019

I lost the love of my life. My best friend and lover. Everyone said I should move on as I have the rest of my life ahead of me. But James Lawrence was my everything. That was until Ashton. He came with a secret. A reason that I should stay away from him… I should have listened. And now it is too late. I’d already fallen. I was already ruined.

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The Turn of the Key

by Ruth Ware

Release Date: August 6, 2019

Rowan Caine stumbles across an opportunity of a lifetime. A live-in nannying post with an incredibly generous salary. When she arrives at Heatherbrae House she is smitten with everything: the luxurious smart home, the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and their perfect family. She had no idea that she was stepping into a nightmare.

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Hard to Love

by Willow Winters

Release Date: August 20, 2019

She was too good for my world. But I couldn’t push her away. I grew up in this world and I run these streets. Violence and blood taint everything I touch. Except her. She was my constant through everything. Just a touch and she became my addiction. I only survived because of her.

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A Man Called Smith

by Tanya E Williams

Release Date: August 13, 2019

South Dakota, 1949. John Smith is a WWII veteran that lost his wife during childbirth. Desperate to provide for his two children, he is manipulated into an unsuitable marriage… Washington State, 1964. John’s daughter Calla is now 16 and yearns for a life beyond her vindictive stepmother. But when her stepmother takes her college money, her dreams crumble. John fears he is too late to stop the war within his home.

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Haben

by Haben Girma

Release Date: August 6, 2019

This is the story of Haben Girma, the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law. This memoir follows her life and journey from isolation to the world stage. Haben did not let her disability stop her and used it as an opportunity for innovation. Join Haben through key moments of her life as she searched for the keys to connection.

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Interview with Christine Brae, Author of The Year I Left

What can you tell us about your new release, The Year I Left?

My new book, The Year I Left is the story about a woman who loses herself along the path of being a mother and a wife, and the journey she takes to find her way back.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I always loved to write. Five years ago, I experienced something so profound in my life, I decided to write about it with the hopes of letting others know that we are all held together by the same affairs of the heart. I was also encouraged to self-publish my first book by other indie authors who guided me and inspired me to share my words with others.

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

I grew up reading all kinds of books – it is so difficult to choose five of the best ones! I have to say that The Thornbirds by Colleen McCollough was the first book that had such an impact on me. Books by Stephen King were a staple during my growing up years. Anita Shreve’s The Last Time They Met and The Weight of Water are books I can read over and over again, and Tarryn Fisher’s The Opportunist impacted my life in so many ways. Paulo Coelho is amazing, anything he writes sings to my heart.

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

Another tough question! My writings have always been inspired by prose and poetry. Rumi, the Persian poet is such an enigma to me. Did he really exist? How did his words get so intense? What inspired him to write such beautiful, lyrical, insightful passages? Did he have one great love in his life and was he motivated by heartbreak? He wrote about the skies, the stars, the sun, the heavens – if he lived today, what would he be saying about how our world and how it has evolved?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

I have a very demanding career – it involves making decisions and being surrounded by people who value my leadership and example. A typical day is never typical. I’m constantly putting out fires, attending meetings and giving 100% of myself and trying to make an impact. Of course, some days are full of accomplishments, others are not. But I get so excited at the start of each day – I am so blessed to have a job that I absolutely love.

What scene in The Year I Left was your favorite to write?

I can’t really give too much away – but The Year I Left has many soulful, emotional scenes – I can tell you that I cried while writing two particular ones involving Carin and Matias. This book was difficult to write because of the truth that is in every word. People who have read it may not believe it – but this book is based on true events. Which makes the emotion very real.

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

Aside from “never leave home without your eyebrows,” which my grandmother always told me (haha) – I really believe that living each day in gratitude helps me to always appreciate every single thing that’s been thrown my way – good or bad – everything I’ve gone through has made me who I am today. “Life is too short to be lived in regret.”

Christine Brae is the author of the new book The Year I Left.

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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | August 20

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 Christine Brae, Philippa Gregory, Bryn Greenwood, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | August 13

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 Tanya E. Williams, Graham Norton, Lisa Lutz, Cara Wall, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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Interview with Tanya E. Williams, Author of A Man Called Smith

What can you tell us about your new release, A Man Called Smith?

A Man Called Smith is an emotionally gripping historical family saga told from the perspective of two characters, a father and his daughter beginning in 1949. It is the third book in a three book series however the series can be read in any order as each book stands well on its own.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always been a story teller at heart. Growing up, despite my painfully slow reading practices, I enjoyed historical stories and epic sweeping tales such as Gone With The Wind. I loved getting lost in another time period and spent a great deal of time thinking about what life might have been like throughout history. I suppose it was the stories themselves that inspired me to become an author.

My first memory of entertaining myself by making up a story was when I was about five years old. I was playing at the grassy edge of an alfalfa field talking to the ever illusive crickets. I crouched along, weaving a story about the life of the crickets as I tried desperately to spot one. Of course, whenever I drew near to the sound of the cricket’s song, they would become silent and then the singing would begin again somewhere behind me, so back I would go, telling the story I was creating while I searched the tall grass for a cricket sighting. In the end, a quiet form of self entertainment developed and I have continued the practice of story telling ever since.

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

I tend to be a read it once kind of reader so if a book captures my attention to revisit it again either through memory or through an actual reread, then I know the book has captured me in a meaningful way. The following books have done that for me.

1) Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
2) Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
3) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
4) The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
5) Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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

Great question! There are many authors I would want to talk about characters, story telling, and craft with, but I have to say that I would probably want my first guest to be an avid reader such as Oprah or Reese Witherspoon as there is simply nothing better than connecting with another book enthusiast over the love of a good book. My first question would be the same as yours above, what are the top 5 best books you have ever read? And then I would have my pencil ready as my “to be read” list grew in spades in a matter of a few moments.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I enjoy pretty much every aspect of the writing process but my favorite is the excitement of the first spark of an idea. I love the rush of having an idea appear before me. Jotting down those first nuggets of inspiration is like planting a seed of hope. Those tiny fragments of an idea are what fuel me forward with every story.

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day varies depending on what aspect of the writing process I am working with but it always begins with a cup of tea, a short meditation, and a “to do” list. I typically write in the morning. I prefer to do edits in the afternoon when the time comes and I enjoy both the change of pace and the move to the couch that editing brings. When I am deep in the writing phase, I block out a solid three to six hours of each day so I can hold the story line and the characters close to my heart as we move through the story together. If I am researching, I can be found at the library, watching a movie, taking a tour, walking the streets of the city I plan to write about and so much more. I go where the research takes me and it is a much loved aspect of writing historical fiction for me.

What scene in A Man Called Smith was your favorite to write?

So many of the scenes in A Man Called Smith are filled with deep emotion but my favorite one to write was the gathering coal scene. It is a dark scene for sure but it was the way it flowed out of me that makes it my favorite. It was as if I was watching a movie unfold before me and the words just magically landed on the page. I felt the chill in the house. I shook my head just like Jarred did and I shuddered along with Calla as she removed the rug. I desperately wanted to step in and stop Calla from going down the stairs and yet the words just continued to flow. It was both a chilling and exhilarating experience as a writer.

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

I try to live my life in a state of gratitude so my favorite quote is “there is always something to be grateful for, sometimes, you just have to dig a little to find it.”

Tanya E. Williams is the author of the new book A Man Called Smith.

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New Historical Fiction Books For Your Reading List | Summer 2019

New Historical Fiction Books For Your Reading List | Summer 2019

Have you been searching for some new historical fiction books for your summer reading list? You are sure to find some new favorites in this list of enthralling new releases by bestselling authors Tanya E. Williams, Meredith Allard, Julianne Maclean, Elizabeth Macneal, Sharon Maas, and Debbie Rix. Enjoy your new books!


A Man Called Smith

by Tanya E. Williams

Release Date: August 13, 2019

South Dakota, 1949. John Smith is a WWII veteran that lost his wife during childbirth. Desperate to provide for his two children, he is manipulated into an unsuitable marriage… Washington State, 1964. John’s daughter Calla is now 16 and yearns for a life beyond her vindictive stepmother. But when her stepmother takes her college money, her dreams crumble. John fears he is too late to stop the war within his home.

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Down Salem Way

by Meredith Allard

Release Date: June 25, 2019

In the year 1690, James Wentworth arrived in Salem in the Massachusetts Bay Colony with his father John. He soon falls in love with a farmer’s daughter, Elizabeth Jones. While they were virtually strangers when they got married, their love quickly turned into a passion that transcended time. But something evil lurks down Salem Way. Can their love carry them through the madness surrounding them?

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A Fire Sparkling

by Julianne Maclean

Release Date: August 1, 2019

Gillian Gibbons was betrayed by the man she loves. After she flees to her family home for an escape, she soon finds an old photograph of her grandmother in the arms of a Nazi officer. Gillian is rattled by the discovery and is desperate to uncover the truth behind the photo.

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The Doll Factory

by Elizabeth Macneal

Release Date: August 13, 2019

In 1850s London, two people meet by happenstance in a crowd watching the Great Exhibition being erected in Hyde Park. It is a brief and forgettable moment for Iris but for Silas, this meeting is a new beginning. When she starts to model for Louis Frost, her world begins to expand beyond her wildest dreams. But she has no idea evil is waiting in the shadows.

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The Violin Maker’s Daughter

by Sharon Maas

Release Date: July 19, 2019

When the Nazis arrived in Colmar on November 1st, 1940, Joseph, a Jewish violin maker, assures his family that they will be fine. This was true, until one year later when they receive a knock on the door at midnight. On that night his eldest daughter Sarah’s world is turned upside down.

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The Secret Letter

by Debbie Rix

Release Date: July 22, 2019

1939. Magda is a thirteen-year-old that is devastated when her best friend is taken away and sent to a concentration camp. As the Nazi power grows, Magda realizes she is not like other German girls in her village. She hates the Hitler Youth and secretly joins The White Rose Movement.

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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | August 6

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 Meredith Allard, Kristan Higgins, Hazel Prior, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | August 6

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Interview with Meredith Allard, Author of Down Salem Way

What can you tell us about your new release, Down Salem Way?

Down Salem Way is set around the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. While Down Salem Way is the prequel to the Loving Husband Trilogy, it was written as a stand-alone novel so you don’t need to read the trilogy to understand the story.
In Down Salem Way, we see two of the characters readers love from the Loving Husband Trilogy, James and Elizabeth Wentworth. They are newly married in January 1691 and they are in the process of creating a warm, loving life together. As time passes, the madness of the Salem witch hunts starts to invade their lives. James and Elizabeth try to keep themselves out of the problems, but inevitably they are caught up in the madness. Readers of the Loving Husband Trilogy know that James and Elizabeth form a bond that will transcend time. While Down Salem Way is literary historical fiction, there are paranormal elements such as vampires and witches, and the love story between James and Elizabeth is central, so there’s a little something for everyone.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember—since elementary school, certainly. I was lucky because my teachers frequently told me I was a good writer, so I grew up thinking I was a good writer. At first I thought I’d become a journalist, then I thought I’d become a screenwriter, but I realized that with my interests and skills I was best suited to writing novels. Reading Charles Dickens in college helped me see what kind of novelist I wanted to be—I wanted to write stories that were entire worlds the way Dickens did.

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

I’ve read so many books that I’ve loved that it’s hard to narrow it down to five, but I’d have to say my top five are:
1. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
3. Leaves of Grass, a collection of poetry by Walt Whitman
4. Beloved by Toni Morrison
5. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

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

I’ve been lucky enough to interview some of my literary idols. I interviewed John Jakes almost twenty years ago, and I’ve also interviewed Jean M. Auel. They were both lovely enough to answer my questions about their writing and researching processes. My favorite response came from John Jakes when I asked him what his next writing project was. He said he had too many ideas for too many books and he’d never live long enough to write all the stories he wanted to. I remember that answer all these years later because I realize how true that is. I also have so many stories I want to write, and I also doubt I’ll get to write them all.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love that I can take these crazy ideas in my head and share them with others. I love that creative writing is about creating new worlds. One of my favorite parts about being an author is hearing from fans all over the world. Thank the literary gods, but the Loving Husband Trilogy has found a devoted audience all over the world. Connecting with people who have read and loved my books is really a treasure I cannot describe.

What is a typical day like for you?

I find I’m most productive in the morning, so I start my own writing first thing (after coffee, of course). I’m also a freelance writer and editor, so my afternoons are usually taken up with writing and editing for others. It’s a great schedule because it allows me my own creative time to write my own books and articles, but it also allows me time to help others with their writing, which I love.

What scene in Down Salem Way was your favorite to write?

Even though Down Salem Way deals with a difficult subject, the Salem witch hunts, it was a joy to write in many ways. Down Salem Way allowed me to look more closely at James and Elizabeth’s life in Salem during the witch trials. Their time in Salem is touched upon in Her Dear and Loving Husband, the first book in the Loving Husband Trilogy, but there wasn’t space to examine that time in much depth in Her Dear and Loving Husband. In Down Salem Way I was able to step back and see what their life was like in the late 17th century. If I had to pick one scene that I particularly enjoyed writing, it is the scene toward the beginning of the novel where James helps to teach Lizzie how to read and he prompts her to read Anne Bradstreet’s “To My Dear and Loving Husband” on her own. Yes, Bradstreet’s poem is where the title Her Dear and Loving Husband comes from, so there’s an obvious connection between the two books.

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

I love that quote from Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” I’ve found that to be true in my own life. You just have to be brave enough to let your imagination soar.

Meredith Allard is the author of the new book Down Salem Way.

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