Interview with Avanti Centrae, Author of Solstice Shadows

What can you tell us about your new release, Solstice Shadows?

Let me tell you a story about this thriller. I’d finished THE LOST POWER, which went on to win multiple awards and become a Barnes and Noble bestseller, and was in the early stages of outlining the next book in the VanOps series. I like to include intrigue, history, science and mystery in my tales, and all the pieces had yet to come together. One day, I was perusing Facebook and ran across a news story related to the pyramids of Central America. I’ve always been fascinated by archeoastronomy and it clicked – this novel would involve a race to solve a puzzle where the heroes would need to visit a number of interesting, ancient sites that had something to do with how early man saw the night sky. That’s how SOLSTICE SHADOWS ended up with an action scene in Chichen Itza, a shootout at the temple of Artemis in Turkey, and a grand finale at a UNESCO World Heritage site. No spoilers. I can’t tell you more, but the final scenes take place at a gorgeous place rife with the shadows of history. Regarding characters, there are three heroes in this story, Maddy Marshall, a smart computer app designer and aikido black belt, Officer Thorenson, Maddy’s boyfriend and a new officer at the ultra-black VanOps agency, and her tall dark-haired twin brother, Will Argones, who is also a new analyst at VanOps. Squaring off against our heroes, we have two antagonists. The first is a Russian with mysterious eyes, and the second is a Spaniard with exotic facial tattoos. Here it is in a nutshell: A computer-app designer. An encrypted relic. Can she decipher the dangerous code before extremists trigger a high-tech apocalypse?

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I’m researching my next novel and reading CLEOPATRA by Stacy Schiff, along with GOOD HUNTING by Jack Devine, which is a story of spycraft. SURPRISE, KILL, VANISH by Annie Jacobsen is proving to be an excellent resource on the secret history of the paramilitary aspects of the CIA. Fiction-wise, I’m looking forward to reading James Rollins THE LAST ODYSSEY, and KJ Howe’s latest thriller SKYJACK about a smart, complex yet kick-ass character who works as a hostage negotiator.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

My teenage self was full of angst and loved to read. The summer before I turned sixteen, I remember lazy days at our lake house where I’d enjoy a fat John Jakes novel while lounging on an inflatable in the water. In terms of advice, I’d like to tell my younger self to follow my dreams and not be so darn practical. That younger version of me wanted to be a writer, but caved to the pressure of having a real job. I went on to get a degree in computer technology, even though my favorite classes were in the softer arts. It took me decades to find the guts to pursue a writing career. Now, I’m glad for all the experiences of my youth, especially the international travel to Europe, Central America, New Zealand, and Canada, as they provide plenty of fuel for my globe-trotting action thrillers.

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

If I had an extra hour every day, I’d love to spend it hiking in the local Sierra Nevada mountains. Life, especially around the time of a new release, gets pretty hectic and it would be fantastic to spend more time on the trail. We recently enjoyed a socially distanced vacation at Lake Tahoe, and had a blast discovering some new places. One hike was a lot of uphill, but the vistas of Desolation Wilderness at the top of the mountain were worth it!

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

My family and pets provide daily amusement. We have a goofy German shepherd who has an innocent soul. Things like the wind in the trees fascinate her. One of the cats throws toys under the door so that we’ll push them back. Cracks me up. The other big thing that brings me joy is hearing from my fans that they loved my work. Writing an award-winning novel is a long, labor-intensive effort and having a fan reach out to me on social media and say “I loved this!” makes my day and keeps me writing.

What scene in Solstice Shadows was your favorite to write?

That’s tough, as the final action scenes are exhilarating, and there are many chapters with dramatic interpersonal conflict between the three protagonists. But let’s talk about the beginning. When the story opens, Maddy’s ex-boyfriend has shown up to walk her home from the aikido dojo, and she, the foster boy she wants to adopt, and the former beau head home in the cold rain on a dark San Francisco afternoon in December. As she opens the front door of her high-rise loft, a light is moving inside her bedroom and an instant later, the doorjamb at her knee explodes. The three of them run for the stairwell and Maddy’s ex-boyfriend is injured. She sends the boy to the roof of her building and takes on the attacker by herself. A shootout in the hallway leaves her with a bullet wound on her forehead, and the attacker jumps down the fire escape with an ancient star chart in his bloodied hand. From his hiding place, the boy recognizes the thief as a Russian who kidnapped him sixteen months earlier. That scene sets the stage for the rest of the action, as Maddy needs to get the boy to safety and decides she has to help the VanOps team decode the secret of the star chart before the Russians can figure it out. Thanks for a fun interview, Grant. Readers who want to learn more can get explore my website at avanticentrae.com or can find SOLSTICE SHADOWS wherever books are sold.

Avanti Centrae is the author of the new book Solstice Shadows.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | August 11

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 Andy Peloquin, Rick Partlow, Bruce Sterling, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from E.G. Radcliff, Mark Rosendorf, Martha Carr, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


Fantasy


Science Fiction


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | August 4

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 Charles Tillman, Michael Anderle, Craig Alanson, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from M.D. Massey, J.F. Penn, Laurell K. Hamilton, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | July 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 Michael Anderle, Ian Doescher, Christopher Ruocchio, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from R.A. Salvatore, Steven Brust, Faith Hunter, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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Our Audiobook Playlist For July | 2020

Our Audiobook Playlist For July | 2020

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


Cajun Justice

by James Patterson

The new standalone novel from New York Times Bestselling Author James Patterson… Cain Lemaire had his dream job as a Secret Service agent protecting the President, until a single night resulted in a scandal that lost him his post. Needing a new start, he gets a little help from his sister in Japan and gets a job in Tokyo as head of security details for a successful CEO. What was meant to be a simple security post turns into a tangled web of corruption, greed, and extortion.

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Twisted Circles

by Claire Contreras

The second book in the Secret Society Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Claire Contreras… When someone tells you who you are, do you believe them? This morning I woke up in a mental institution and couldn’t remember a thing. I couldn’t remember my name or how I got here. I also don’t remember how I left or ended up in an interrogation room. The only thing I knew came from the contents of my bag and what they told me.

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The Party Upstairs

by Lee Conell

The debut novel from author Lee Connell… Ruby has an odd relationship with privilege. As the daughter of a super, she grew up in the basement of an Upper East Side co-op that gets more gentrified with each passing year. She is not economically privileged in any way, but living in such a wealthy neighborhood brought her certain advantages, even expectations.

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Tessa

by Kfir Luzzatto

The first book in the Tessa Extra-Sensory Agent Series by Kfir Luzzatto… Tessa was only fourteen when the government took her away from her family. She is just a regular girl… except that she can see things that are far away. When she agrees to go on a critical mission, her special abilities and her loyalty to the service are put to the test. So is her love for a young woman whose secrets she is yet to unravel.

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Just Like That

by Cole McCade

The first book in the Albin Academy Series by Cole McCade… Summer Hemlock wasn’t supposed to return to Omen, Massachusetts. But when his mother needs help, he returns home and takes up a teaching residency at the Albin Academy. There he will have to work directly under Professor Fox Iseya, the man who made his teenage years miserable.

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A Summer of Surprises

by Judith Keim

Jill Conroy was tricked into being the housekeeper and cook at the Seashell Cottage over the summer. The same cottage where Greg Campbell and his nephew, Brody, have been hired to do maintenance projects. While she was annoyed at first, Jill soon realizes it’s actually wonderful to be away from New York and the memories of her deceased, emotionally abusive husband.

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Our Audiobook Playlist For July | 2020

Our Audiobook Playlist For July | 2020

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


Cajun Justice

by James Patterson

The new standalone novel from New York Times Bestselling Author James Patterson… Cain Lemaire had his dream job as a Secret Service agent protecting the President, until a single night resulted in a scandal that lost him his post. Needing a new start, he gets a little help from his sister in Japan and gets a job in Tokyo as head of security details for a successful CEO. What was meant to be a simple security post turns into a tangled web of corruption, greed, and extortion.

Buy on Amazon

Twisted Circles

by Claire Contreras

The second book in the Secret Society Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Claire Contreras… When someone tells you who you are, do you believe them? This morning I woke up in a mental institution and couldn’t remember a thing. I couldn’t remember my name or how I got here. I also don’t remember how I left or ended up in an interrogation room. The only thing I knew came from the contents of my bag and what they told me.

Buy on Amazon

The Party Upstairs

by Lee Conell

The debut novel from author Lee Connell… Ruby has an odd relationship with privilege. As the daughter of a super, she grew up in the basement of an Upper East Side co-op that gets more gentrified with each passing year. She is not economically privileged in any way, but living in such a wealthy neighborhood brought her certain advantages, even expectations.

Buy on Amazon

Tessa

by Kfir Luzzatto

The first book in the Tessa Extra-Sensory Agent Series by Kfir Luzzatto… Tessa was only fourteen when the government took her away from her family. She is just a regular girl… except that she can see things that are far away. When she agrees to go on a critical mission, her special abilities and her loyalty to the service are put to the test. So is her love for a young woman whose secrets she is yet to unravel.

Buy on Amazon

Just Like That

by Cole McCade

The first book in the Albin Academy Series by Cole McCade… Summer Hemlock wasn’t supposed to return to Omen, Massachusetts. But when his mother needs help, he returns home and takes up a teaching residency at the Albin Academy. There he will have to work directly under Professor Fox Iseya, the man who made his teenage years miserable.

Buy on Amazon

A Summer of Surprises

by Judith Keim

Jill Conroy was tricked into being the housekeeper and cook at the Seashell Cottage over the summer. The same cottage where Greg Campbell and his nephew, Brody, have been hired to do maintenance projects. While she was annoyed at first, Jill soon realizes it’s actually wonderful to be away from New York and the memories of her deceased, emotionally abusive husband.

Buy on Amazon

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | July 2020

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! July 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, J.D> Robb, Clive Cussler, Karin SlaughterKevin Kwan, Brandon Sanderson, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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Literary Organizations You Can Donate to Now to Support Black Lives Matter

Here at NewinBooks, we are committed to making a positive difference in our community and the world around us. To continue on from our recent posts Black Authors to Support in Your Favorite Genres and Black-Owned Bookstores You Can Support Right Now, we’ve made a list of some literary organizations you can donate to in order to support the Black Lives Matter movement.


The Hurston/Wright Foundation

“In 1990, author Marita Golden and bibliophile Clyde McElvene created this foundation to nurture Black writers and diversify the literary arts. They named it in honor of two writers who displayed enormous talent, remarkable drive, and rare intellectual prowess, and then they began to build a community that provided training, mentorship, recognition, and financial resources. Today, the foundation conducts writing workshops, public readings, writing competitions and an annual awards ceremony – all to encourage excellence.”

We Need Diverse Books

“A 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”

Kimbilio Fiction

“Kimbilio means “safe haven” in Swahili. We are a community of writers and scholars committed to developing, empowering and sustaining fiction writers from the African diaspora and their stories.”

Young, Black & Lit

“Young, Black & Lit was started by book lovers who understand the critical importance of reading and representation in the lives of children. Our mission is simple, to increase access to children’s books that center, reflect, and affirm the experiences of Black children.”

The Conscious Kid

“The Conscious Kid is an education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth. We partner with organizations, children’s museums, schools, and families across the country to promote access to children’s books centering underrepresented and oppressed groups.”

Book Harvest

“Book Harvest provides an abundance of books and ongoing literacy support to families and their children from birth and serves as a model for communities committed to ensuring that children are lifelong readers and learners. Our vision is of a world in which reading, learning, and access to information are considered rights, not privileges, so that all children thrive.”


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | July 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 Lindsay Ellis, Rick Partlow, Josh Malerman, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Eileen Mueller, ST Branton, Alexis Henderson, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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The Best New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels | Summer 2020

The Best New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels | Summer 2020

Sci-Fi and Fantasy readers are in for a treat this Summer thanks to so many amazing new releases hitting stores! Take a look at our reading list recommendations from E.A. Chance, Stephanie M. Allen, Jeffrey L. Kohanek, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jim Butcher, and Rhett C. Bruno. Don’t miss our picks for the best new sci-fi and fantasy novels for Summer!


Solar Fury

by E.A. Chance

Release Date: June 16, 2020

The first book in the post-apocalyptic Shattered Sunlight Series by E.A. Chance… Navigating life with PTSD is not easy for the young widowed surgeon, Riley Poole. When a global solar flare strikes and destroys the power grid, she is stranded in Washington D.C. with her teenage daughter. In a world gone mad, it will take near superhuman courage to find safe harbor. Along with quirky cardiologist Coop, Riley will have to traverse hundreds of miles of frozen terrain to get her daughter to safety.

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Dueling Fates

by Stephanie M. Allen

Release Date: June 30, 2020

In the world of Erez, three kingdoms share a tentative peace. Princess Isemay resides in the far west and yearns for more than frilly dresses and etiquette classes. Her twin sisters, Alena, is preparing for life as a monarch in the neighboring kingdom but spends most of her time roaming the woods with her loyal cheetah and a hunting dagger strapped to her belt. It is only when two surprise visitors arrive at the castle that Isemay has to come to terms with her royal future.

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Wizardoms: Rise of a Wizard Queen

by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

Release Date: July 9, 2020

The fifth book in the bestselling Fate of Wizardoms Series by Jeffrey L. Kohanek… An insatiable wizard seeks to increase his might as thrones of power fall vacant. He never would have imagined a wizardess might foil his plans. A queen is rising in the south and has formed an unprecedented alliance – an army of multiple wizardoms, backed by the magic of a wizard lord. A squad of misfits have been thrust into the roles of reluctant heroes and must save the world from the Dark Lord.

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The Relentless Moon

by Mary Robinette Kowal

Release Date: July 14, 2020

The third book in the Lady Astronaut Series by Mary Robinette Kowal… The Earth is almost at boiling point as a climate disaster from the Meteor strike becomes more clear. But the political climate is already overheated as riots and strikes plague the space program. The IAC’s goal of getting as many people off Eart as possible is being threatened.

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Peace Talks

by Jim Butcher

Release Date: July 14, 2020

The 16th book in the Dresden Files by New York Times Bestselling Author Jim Butcher… The Supernatural nations of the world are negotiating an end to ongoing hostilities. Chicago’s only professional wizard, Harry Dresden, has joined the White Council’s security team to make sure that the talks stay civil. But when dark political manipulations threaten the existence of Chicago, can he succeed?

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Executor Rising

by Rhett C. Bruno

Release Date: July 14, 2020

The first book in The Circuit Saga by USA Today Bestselling Author Rhett C. Bruno… When New Earth Tribunal’s ships are mysteriously stolen, they dispatch one of their best agents to find the culprits… Sage Volus, Tribunal Executor, and Spy. Chasing her only lead, she quickly infiltrates the ranks of Caresian mercenary Talon Rayne. But the longer she’s undercover, the more she finds her faith in the Tribune tested.

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