New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | October 20

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 Jared Chapman, Craig Martelle, Cixin Liu, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Brittni Chenelle, Terry Brooks, Neil Gaiman, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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The $0.99 Fall eBook Sale

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Interview with Kagan Tumer, Author of Purged Souls

What can you tell us about your new release, Purged Souls?

Purged Souls is set twenty years after a devastating pandemic swept through the world. (Yes, I know, odd timing, but I started writing this book seven years ago!) This said, Purged Souls is not about the pandemic. It’s about three people with different worldviews trying to make sense of the world.

Lori is a tough military leader who pushed everyone away. Her only goal is to make those around her “safe” but her methods are questionable. Mika is her only remaining friend, but he lives across the border. He is the only person who can make Lori see things she doesn’t want to see. But the events in this story push Lori too far. They exchange some harsh words, and part on bad terms. Amy is the positive force that keeps things together. She is thrust into leadership through the events in the story. Though Lori is the protagonist, Amy is the emotional center of the story, and her path to leadership is a counterpoint to Lori’s.

In the end the book is about the give and take between Lori’s certainty, Mika’s apathy, and Amy’s pragmatism. I’m still surprised when people ask me why I wrote about a pandemic because as far as I’m concerned, I wrote a book about friendship and redemption.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’d say reading. I loved getting lost in a new world and “meeting” new people. We moved a lot when I was growing up, so it was easier for me to live in my books’ fictitious worlds than go out to meet new faces every year.
Then I started to modify the endings of the books I read, creating alternate stories. After that I moved to changing the characters, creating the ones I wanted to read and meet. Soon enough, I was drafting my own stories. It took a while to put it all together though!

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

I just typed nine books, so I’ll trim it down to five and keep the more recent ones. If you ask me in six months, I’d probably pick another subset! So, in no particular order:

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin.

Blue by Nicola Griffith. (This is the only non SFF on the list.)

Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Turning simple, conceptual characters into believable three-dimensional “people.” I love the moment when the character becomes real, when I can expect them to surprise me. Obviously, I’m writing them, but there’s always a point where what I thought or planned doesn’t work or is too superficial and the character’s path changes based on small irrelevant seeming backstory that never made it to the book.
That surprise (because you’d forgotten you’d put those bits there) is what I love about writing.

What’s a typical writing session like for you?

I have two distinct writing session types. On most days, I aim to squeeze an hour (two if I’m lucky). Two days a weeks I aim to put in a long stretch, anywhere from four to six hours. One of those is usually a Saturday and the other is an evening/night late in the week.

The way I start a writing session is by reading the scene that comes right before what I’m about to write. Sometimes that’s what I wrote the day before and sometimes it’s what I wrote weeks ago because I jump around in the story. Then I take 5-10 minutes to write the key points in the scene I’m about to write. Any specific words in the dialogue? Anything in the action? Where will the characters end emotionally? I use a pen and a notebook and just let it flow. If anything doesn’t feel right, it’s easy to scratch and revise. This way, when I start to write, I have an idea of the scene’s structure and what I’m trying to achieve. Do I stick to it? Mostly, but when dialogue or action leads me in a different direction, I usually follow.

The way I balance all this is by playing games with myself. For the short days, I give myself a 500-word target. As long as I do that 6 days a week, I’m fine. But if I miss that target any day, my weekly target is 5000 words. And if I miss that target any week, my monthly target is 25,000 words. Those escalations keep me honest. Most weeks, I miss my daily goal at least one day, but I usually hit my weekly goal.

What scene from Purged Souls was your favorite to write?

Can I pick three?

Discovering another side to Lori when she shares a quiet evening with Mika (Chapter 3: Appointment) was one of my favorites to write. We find out so much about her and what makes her tick, that I hope the reader gives her a bit of leeway after that.

Another one of my favorites to write was the scene where Lori and Amy spend an evening in the hospital waiting room (Chapter 31: Truth). There’s some mistrust there initially, but also some respect and as they find a few things in common they grow more comfortable (the wine helps). I wrote this scene very early in the process and then I had to bring the characters to a place they could pull this scene off.

Finally, I’d say the last chapter (Chapter 38: Phoenix). There, we have the casual bond we’ve hinted at early on with Amy and Mika, but they’d never found the time and peace to get there. There was also the big “Lori” roadblock between them as Mika kept his childhood sealed away. With all that out now, they can be open with each other. Finally being able to showcase their affection was satisfying.

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

Not really, but if I were to pick one thing I’d say we should be anchored to the present. Yeah, I know, this sounds like a cliché but what I mean is we can’t live in past (good or bad) and we can’t live in the future (fearing or hoping). Sure, I’m all for having dreams, but unless they’re rooted in what you can do today, they don’t mean much.

This is one of the reasons I’m not a huge fan of taking pictures. I don’t want to keep going over the past and I don’t want to do anything that’ll make me come back to this moment. Anyway, one of my characters (Amy) espouses this philosophy. She gets frustrated both with folks who keep comparing their world to how things used to be and with folks who keep talking about how things ought to be in the future.

Her point is “what we do now matters.” I guess I can adopt that as a motto.

Kagan Tumer is the author of the new book Purged Souls.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | October 13

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 Kagan Turner, Cory Doctorow, Andy Peloquin, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Susan Faw, Pernell Plath Meier, M.L. Bullock, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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

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

Have you been searching everywhere for some exciting new fantasy and sci-fi books? You won’t want to miss our latest recommendations for your fall reading list from bestselling authors Armond Boudreaux, Susan Faw, Kagan Tumer, K.A. Riley, Pernell Plath Meier, and N.L. Estrada. Happy reading!


The Way Out

by Armond Boudreaux

Release Date: September 29, 2020

“Sure to thrill fans of politically focused science fiction.” -Publishers Weekly… The world is changing thanks to a medical miracle. The artificial womb ensures the perfect health and flawless development of every unborn child. Natural pregnancy quickly becomes criminalized as a danger to both mother and fetus. Jessica Brantley is a reporter and makes new enemies every day covering both sides of the controversial new law. Her search for the truth soon leads to an unimaginable discovery.

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Heart of the Citadel Box Set

by Susan Faw

Release Date: September 23, 2020

“My favorite series by an exceptional author. The characters are well developed and one can empathize with them. She is an award winner for a reason.” The Heart of the Citadel Box Set is the new fantasy collection from bestselling author Susan Few. The set includes the first three books in the series: Heart of Destiny, Heart of Tyr, and Heart of Shadra.

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Purged Souls

by Kagan Tumer

Release Date: June 19, 2020

“A rich science fiction story set in a brutal post-apocalyptic America—a tense and thrilling debut.” The world has been devastated by a virus, violence, and dropping birthrates. Lori wants to restore order but the rage that fueled her rise from hungry teenager to Special Forces colonel has left her with few allies. When a wounded soldier goes missing from the hospital amid a cover-up, Lori reaches beyond official channels to her only friend, Mika.

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Seeker’s World Boxed Set

by K. A. Riley

Release Date: October 5, 2020

You told me you care about me. I need you to know that I care about you, too. So much that it hurts… The Seeker’s World Boxed Set includes the first three books in the popular series from bestselling author K.A. Riley. Ths new collection includes: Seeker’s World, Seeker’s Quest, and Seeker’s Fate.

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In Our Bones

by Pernell Plath Meier

Release Date: October 6, 2020

In Our Bones is a powerful and unapologetic exploration of one woman’s journey as democracy falls and authoritarianism takes hold… Lauren had a happy childhood on a farm in Minnesota. But this gets shattered after an assault during her teen years, causing her to retreat into her own world as America falls apart. Lauren gets swept up in the madness when she falls for the wrong man. She needs love and safety, but Bryan becomes distant and abusive as he obsesses over White Sharia.

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Maiden Hills

by N. L. Estrada

Release Date: August 2, 2020

Maiden Hills was once a thriving land but it now lays desolate after a deadly massacre twenty-two years ago that destroyed the village. Most of the inhabitants were killed for the unlawful practice of magic. Queen Juliana learns things are not as they seem. Her perfect world is shattered when she finds herself at the center of a battle against her own kingdom to save her people.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | October 6

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 Armond Boudreaux, Kim Stanley Robinson, Sayaka Murata, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from , and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | September 29

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Jeremy Robert Johnson, Jason Anspach, Michael McBride, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Mary E. Twomey, Andrew Rivas, Alisha Klapheke, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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The Buzziest Books of September | 2020

The Buzziest Books of September | 2020

The month of September 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 September. Happy reading!


One by One

by Ruth Ware

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The new thriller from the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Turn of the Key… Being snowed in at a luxurious ski chalet in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there is a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire, and others to keep you company. Unless the company happens to be your eight coworkers… Each of which has something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

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Anxious People

by Fredrik Backman

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The new novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove… Looking at real estate isn’t normally a life or death situation, but that is exactly what happens when a failed bank robber bursts into an apartment open house and takes a group of strangers hostage.

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Keep My Heart

by Lex Martin, Kennedy Ryan, Kennedy Fox, and Willow Winters

Release Date: September 6, 2020

The seventh book in the bestselling Top Shelf Romance Series… With over 800 pages of stories, Keep My Heart includes: Reckless by Lex Martin, Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan, Travis & Viola Duet by Kennedy Fox, and Knocking Boots by Willow Winters.

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The Evening and the Morning

by Ken Follett

Release Date: September 15, 2020

The fourth book in the Kingsbridge Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Ken Follett… It is the year 997 CE, the end of the dark ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined.

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Retribution of the Damned

by Roderick Donald

Release Date: August 30, 2020

The fourth book in the Cait Lennox: Femme Fatale Series by Roderick Donald… Cait’s powers of insight and perception are pushed to the Max when Angie, a close friend of her father, unknowingly becomes involved with a ruthless international crime cartel in the US. Cait must go undercover and use her unique profiling skills to slowly piece together the lies, deception, and bitter rivalries of the Garibaldi mafia family.

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Shadows in Death

by J. D. Robb

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The 51st book in the In Death Series by New York Times Bestselling Author J. D. Robb… While examining a body in Washington State Park, Eve’s husband, Roarke, spots a man among the onlookers he’s known since his younger days on the streets in Dublin. A man who claims in his half brother… A man who kills for a living and burns with hatred for him.

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Engage at Dawn: First Contact

by Edward Hochsmann

Release Date: September 15, 2020

When Coast Guard Officer Ben Wyporek and his crew discover a drug-runner’s derelict boat with extensive damage, they are lead on a dangerous mission to locate a crashed alien vessel before a transnational criminal organization, known as 252 Syndicate, can find it. However, the crew finds itself ill-prepared to handle the mission.

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Piranesi

by Susanna Clarke

Release Date: September 15, 2020

“A novel that feels like a surreal meditation on life in quarantine.” Piranesi is the new novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell… Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | September 2020

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! September 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 James Patterson, Stephen King, Vince Flynn, Margaret Atwood, Elin Hilderbrand, Brandon Sanderson, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction

Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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Must-Read Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books | September 2020

Must-Read Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books | September 2020

There have been so many amazing new fantasy and sci-fi books to read this month. To help you find your next favorite, we made a list of some of our picks for the must-read Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books of September. Enjoy!


The Memory Engine

by Gary Walkden

Release Date: August 27, 2020

The Memory Engine is a device that allows you to explore past locations and events through the amalgamated memories of people who were actually present at the time. All from an advanced virtual reality headset. That’s all well and good, but when Evan Turner is asked to test it before the official release, his life begins to fall apart.

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Retribution of the Damned

by Roderick Donald

Release Date: August 30, 2020

The fourth book in the Cait Lennox: Femme Fatale Series by Roderick Donald… Cait’s powers of insight and perception are pushed to the Max when Angie, a close friend of her father, unknowingly becomes involved with a ruthless international crime cartel in the US. Cait must go undercover and use her unique profiling skills to slowly piece together the lies, deception, and bitter rivalries of the Garibaldi mafia family.

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Gates of Eden: The Druid Legacy Boxed Set

by Theophilus Monroe

Release Date: September 17, 2020

Gates of Eden: The Druid Legacy is the new fantasy collection from bestselling author Theophilius Monroe. It includes more than 1200 pages of druids, dragons, demigods, and danger. The boxed set features Druid’s Dance, Bard’s Tale, and Ovate’s Call.

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Engage at Dawn: First Contact

by Edward Hochsmann

Release Date: September 15, 2020

When Coast Guard Officer Ben Wyporek and his crew discover a drug-runner’s derelict boat with extensive damage, they are lead on a dangerous mission to locate a crashed alien vessel before a transnational criminal organization, known as 252 Syndicate, can find it. However, the crew finds itself ill-prepared to handle the mission.

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The Secret of Grimsey

by Michael Rabasco

Release Date: July 18, 2020

The first book in The Last Rune Song Series by Michael Rabasco… The Norse Gods are dead, well, most of them. Rebellious teenager, Elle LeBlanc, discovered this during the summer before 9th grade. She had no idea that skipping a boring summer camp would propel her into an apocalyptic chain of events the Vikings called Ragnarok and that she would be a key player.

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Windstorm

by A.L. Hawke

Release Date: September 1, 2020

The second book in The Hawthorne University Witch Series by A.L. Hawke… I was in my junior year at Hawthorne University when Mira dealt me a reversed Lovers card. That meant trouble in paradise. She thought nothing of it at first. Then Alondra introduced me to a new witch from outside our coven-Enora. She is precisely the type of witch you would call wicked. To make things worse, she used to be in love with my boyfriend.

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