New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | January 21

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 Tochi Onyebuchi, John Andrew Karr, Anne Wheeler, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Kevin Pettway, Leah Reise, CM Raymond, Terry Goodkind, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | January 14

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 Evan Currie, Jesse Wilson, Mike CHen, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from P.G. Allison, M.D. Massey, E.A. Copen, Martha Carr, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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Must-Read Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels | January 2020

Must-Read Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels | January 2020

Have you been on the lookout for some new fantasy and science fiction novels for your New Year’s reading list? You won’t want to miss these amazing new releases from bestselling authors M.D. Massey, Mark Anthony, P.G. Allison, Jeffrey Freedman, Seanan McGuire, and C.J. Cherryh. Enjoy your new fantasy and science fiction novels!


Blood Bound

by M.D. Massey

Release Date: December 27, 2019

The fifth book in the Junkyard Druid Novellas series by bestselling author M.D. Massey. This short story collection includes three separate novelette-length stories in the Colin McCool series: Voodoo Ball, Prince Mark’s Price, and Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. Start reading this exciting urban fantasy collection to learn more about a thieving slenderman, a dark wizard on a quest to save a comic book store, and a zombie corgi.

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Displaced

by Mark Anthony

Release Date: November 19, 2019

The first book in the Alternate Reality series by Mark Anthony… The year is 2040. Automated systems and A.I. robots perform most work obligations. Many humans have lost their societal value and struggle with their new reality. Eric Ryan sympathizes with their hardship. Eric’s career as a neuropsychologist ended after medical tech pushed him into obsolescence. He now works with the displaced as a community therapist. But one day a robot unexpectedly shows up looking for mental health services.

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Tracy the Fire Witch

by P.G. Allison

Release Date: December 23, 2019

Tracy is just about to start her spring break vacation from West Point when a nightclub in Munich is bombed by terrorists. The U.S. Government’s special task force has asked her to join the team being sent to Germany. The team already has a witch and a couple of werewolves. Tracy will provide them with some added firepower and hopefully stir up the terrorists and make them scramble.

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The Spark Anomaly

by Jeffrey Freedman

Release Date: October 12, 2019

What happens when two earthquakes occur 42 minutes apart in Chile and China? The end of the world… As he drives his rescue vehicle across the magma lake toward the destroyed volcanic generator’s intake pipe, Arnold Spark wonders if his design is to blame for the catastrophe. Now he searches the globe for truth.

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Come Tumbling Down

by Seanan McGuire

Release Date: January 7, 2020

The fifth book in the Wayward Children series by New York Times Bestselling Author Seanan McGuire… When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children, she was carrying the body of her sister back to their home on the Moors. The same sister she murdered in a fit of righteous justice. But it seems death in their adopted world isn’t as permanent as it is here. It is clear something has happened to Jack. Something terrible.

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Resurgence

by C.J. Cherryh

Release Date: January 7, 2020

The 20th book in the Foreigner series by C.J. Cherryh… Bren Cameron is a diplomat in residence, usually representing the ruler of the atevi state. But the dowager, Ilisidi, has been known to borrow his services from time to time. She has her own notions of how to solve the simmering hostilities in the south and will play one problem against another. She is betting the lives of the people on being right.

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Interview with Jeffrey Freedman, Author of The Spark Anomaly

What can you tell us about your new release, The Spark Anomaly?

The Spark Anomaly transports you to a world that is not so very different from our own. However, certain subtle differences have a huge impact on the characters, their situations, the environment, and the interactions between them. The characters are thrown into an action/adventure global mystery that they need to solve to save the world. The principal characters are:

  • Arnold Spark, an engineering adventurer who searches the globe for the apocalyptic truth behind recent cataclysmic events;
  • Soona, a lonely lunar robot with a mysterious backstory who must escape her cruel human captors to search for answers on the comet Charybdis;
  • Helen, a bereaved widow who blames Spark for her husband’s death;
  • And Cathy, a shy college student who is oblivious to Spark’s quest but dutifully solves his disguised homework problems.

I relate most to Cathy, because she reminds me of myself when I was in college, and I admire Soona the most for her grit and heart.

As an engineer, I had a lot of fun designing yet-to-be-discovered scientific laws and new technologies to permeate their world, but I tried my best to keep them in the background so as not to slow the story’s pacing.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I first started writing as a substitute for fulfilling my lifelong quest to create sentient life. Years ago, I designed software that simulated the evolution of an alien world. Through strict survival-of-the-fittest principles, life forms evolved that exhibited complex behaviors, including species that learned to ambush prey and hunt their parents. After watching these newly evolved creatures chase each other around my graphics screen, I knew that this approach was the best approach to one day create sentient life. I imagined spending the rest of my days designing ever more complex life forms.

However, after realizing that the effort to create sentient life would be massive, I decided instead to write my first novel, Prena’s Eye, about a simulated world and my imagined success in creating intelligent life. Then once I had started writing, I fell in love with the process. Now I’m hooked.

What is your favorite novel?

My favorite novel is Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth. I love how Follett relentlessly drives the plot with lots of action, plot twists, and compelling three-dimensional characters while seamlessly weaving in historical facts and explanations of the technical challenges of cathedral building—without ever boring the reader.

I attempted to strike a similar balance in The Spark Anomaly by integrating a fully realized world set in 2067 with a fast-paced story, plot twists, and exciting characters.

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

The last thing I would ever want to do is host a literary talk show. But if I had to choose a guest, I might pick Douglas Adams. I would ask him about the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. He should have better insight into those matters now that he’s dead.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The high I get from writing a novel is like the high I get from reading a novel, but with ten times the intensity. I delight in watching a new universe come to life. I fall in love with my characters. And even though I’m the cause of their misery, I sympathize with their situation.

What is a typical day like for you?

I try to write for at least an hour every day, first thing in the morning. Then I compete in an ongoing Internet-based stationary bike competition.

During my commute into the office, I daydream about plot lines and characters.

I spend the rest of the workday as the CEO and CTO of a pair of high-tech engineering companies I co-founded. I have over fifty engineers and programmers working for me.

In the evening, I go home to my wife and three children, where I typically referee my children’s ongoing civil war.

What scene in The Spark Anomaly was your favorite to write?

I don’t have a single favorite, but I enjoyed writing the Anechoic Library scene because it was an emotional turning point for my heroine. I also had a lot of fun designing the sound-canceling technology, imagining interesting ways that the system might fail, and then making use of that information in a poignant plot twist.

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

I’m not sure a single quote can sum up my philosophy on life, but I’ve always liked the Albert Einstein quote, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

This quote rings true for me as both an engineer and a novelist.

I also like the quote attributed to Lucille Ball: “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.”

I realize this statement is counterintuitive, but she was right. And I love working on too many projects.

Jeffrey Freedman is the author of the new book The Spark Anomaly.

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Interview with Mark Anthony, Author of Displaced

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

Displaced is the first installment of the Alternate Reality series. This series is premised on total immersion virtual reality, and the main character is Eric Ryan. Eric is a former neuropsychologist who now works as a community therapist. He helps people who have suffered under the era’s sweeping technological advancements, with these people collectively known as the “displaced”. Eric falls into this category, so he harbors deep resentment towards technology. Because of this, he is quite displeased when a robot enters the counseling center for mental health services. During the course of treatment, the robot reveals a secret, and Eric decides to investigate. This decision sends him into virtual reality.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’m not exactly sure. I’ve tried numerous times to pinpoint what influenced my decision to write, but I can’t highlight one specific factor. I’ve always had an interest in reading and writing, so maybe that started me down this path. However, I don’t believe my lifelong interest was the tipping point. I think the change came when I was wrapping up my schooling and realized I didn’t want to pursue a career in my field (psychology), despite my intense interest. When reflecting on what else to do, I asked the question ‘what would you do if you didn’t have to work?’, hoping that would provide some guidance. My answer was that I would finally give writing a shot, because I’ve always had an interest in doing so. Then I just decided to do it. After penning the first lines to what would eventually become Displaced, I was hooked.

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

I don’t really have favorite books or favorite authors. However, I read about one book per week, and every few months, I come across a book that really sticks out in my mind. Here are some examples of those books:

1. The Martian by Andy Weir
2. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
3. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovksy
4. Fear the Sky by Steven Moss
5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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

My first guest would be a random debut author, because as a debut author myself, I understand the struggles of exposure! My questions would simply pertain to the author as a person and their new book.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The unparalleled freedom. I can literally create any scenario, include any characters, and have the characters do whatever I come up with. That’s a tremendous amount of power, but this also comes with tremendous amount of responsibility. In the end, I have to account for whatever occurs in the book. But I have always been the type who enjoys succeeding or failing on their own merits. That’s one of the reasons why I’m an independent author.

What is a typical day like for you?

Get up at 5:00am for work (I’m a U.S. government employee who assists victims of crime), come home about 6:00pm, eat, get some writing done. That doesn’t afford much writing time, but on the weekends, I usually cover considerable ground.

What scene in Displaced was your favorite to write?

(light spoiler ahead) My favorite scene was where Eric and Arvin drive to the Hollywood hills at night. While not much happens in this scene, it’s a moment of quiet reflection, and I enjoy those pauses in the action where the characters discuss what has happened thus far, and how that has changed them.

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

You only live once. Make it count!

Mark Anthony is the author of the new book Displaced.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | January 7

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 Mark Anthony, Jeffrey Freedman, C.J. Cherryh, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Gwen Rivers, Jamie Davis, Seanan McGuire, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | December 31

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 Michael Anderle, Haley Cavanagh, Paul Teague, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Angelina J. Steffort, Joseph Hansen, John Patrick Kennedy, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | December 31

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 Michael Anderle, Haley Cavanagh, Paul Teague, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Angelina J. Steffort, Joseph Hansen, John Patrick Kennedy, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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Our Audiobook Playlist For December | 2019

Our Audiobook Playlist For December | 2019

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


A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak

by Molly O’Keefe

Release Date: December 13, 2019

If you were given one day to relive at the end of your life, what day would you choose? Walter Zawislak doesn’t want any of it. He doesn’t want a trip down memory lane to revisit a life he wasted. His wife, Rosie, died twenty years ago, and he hasn’t done much living since. If it’s lights out, he just wants some peace and quiet. But Peter, the mysterious man in charge of Walter’s afterlife isn’t listening.

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Trace of Evil

by Alice Blanchard

Release Date: December 3, 2019

The first book in A Natalie Lockhart series by Alice Blanchard… Natalie Lockhart is a rookie detective in Burning Lake, New York. It is an isolated town known for its dark past. Natalie has been tasked with finding nine missing transients that have gone missing over the years. As she dives into the case, she wrestles with the town’s troubled history… and the scars left by her sister’s unsolved murder.

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Trying to Score

by Kendall Ryan

Release Date: November 12, 2019

The third book in the Hot Jocks series by New York Times Bestselling Author Kendall Ryan… I knew Teddy King way before he was the hockey player that everyone wants a piece of. He was just a rebellious college co-ed and one of my more energetic study partners. But now the secret is out. One steamy encounter from our college days has surfaced and could cause a major scandal. That’s unless we can work together to stop it.

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Starsight

by Brandon Sanderson

Release Date: November 26, 2019

The sequel to Skyward by New York Times Bestselling Author Brandon Sanderson… Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot her entire life. She wants to prove she is a hero like her father. When she made it to the sky, she learned some crushing truths about her father. The rumors about his cowardice are true and he deserted his flight during a battle against Krell.

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If You Tell

by Gregg Olsen

Release Date: December 1, 2019

The new true crime story from the New York Times Bestselling Author, Gregg Olsen… The word mom triggers horrific memories for sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek. For years, behind the closed doors of a farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their mother, Shelly, subjected the girls to abuse, torture, and psychic terrors. Throughout everything, the three girls developed a defiant bond that helped them escape the escalating nightmare.

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A Christmas Gathering

by Anne Perry

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Although her friends’ country house is beautiful, it is not the place Lady Vespasia wants to spend Christmas with her new husband, Victor Narraway. She would have much preferred a relaxing holiday at home. Especially since Victor, the former head of the London Special Branch, seems to be hiding undercover dealings with the other guests of the estate.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | December 2019

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 Greg Iles, James Patterson, Jane Harper, Steve BErry, Mary Kay Andrews, Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, David Weber, Ally Carter, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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