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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Interview with Ryan W. Aslesen, Author of War’s Edge: Dead Heroes

What can you tell us about your new release, War’s Edge: Dead Heroes?

War’s Edge: Dead Heroes is the first book in the War’s Edge universe. The War’s Edge universe will push the boundaries of science fiction with engrossing stories of harsh and uncompromising military realism, coupled with true-to-life characters pushed to their limits in critically acclaimed writing. There will be both a series, which War’s Edge: Dead Heroes is book 1 of and there will also be stand alone books.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always had an active imagination and was encouraged to write by my grandmother at a young age. I felt like the current market didn’t have the stories I connected with so decided to see if I could do a better job myself.

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

Dune, Starship Troopers, The Forever War, 1984, Slaughterhouse 5.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I enjoy the creative freedom it affords. I get to create the story, the characters, the cover art. You have total control. There aren’t too many areas of our lives we usually have that.

What is a typical day like for you?

I usually get up to write every day at 4am seven days a week. I still have a day job, so I take care of those responsibilities, and then spend time with my family and squeeze in a workout before bed. Rinse and repeat.

What scene in War’s Edge: Dead Heroes was your favorite to write?

I really enjoyed some of the space combat scenes. That was something I hadn’t tackled before in previous books and it was a fun challenge. Hopefully, readers enjoy it.

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

Don’t be afraid to fail.

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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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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | April 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 Jude Austin, AJ Eversley, Dianne Duvall, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Jeffrey L. Kohanek, Martha Carr, P.S. Malcom, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | April 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 John Scalzi, Alan Dean Foster, Timothy Zahn, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from M.L. Bullock, Sean Oswald, Melinda Kucsera, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | April 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 Brandon Ellis, Larry Niven, Nathan Hystad, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from M.S. Kaminsky, Veronica Roth, Richard Phillips, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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Interview with Dwai Lahiri, Author of The Mahāsiddha Field

What can you tell us about your new release, The Mahāsiddha Field?

The Mahāsiddha Field is the fruit of 9 years of effort which saw a few starts and stops due to life’s demands. The book is a mashup of multiple genres that are very dear to me — Sci-fi, Fantasy, Indian Mythology, Wuxia (The Chinese Martial hero stories) and Eastern Metaphysics.

It encompasses what I could call my life lessons over the past twenty years, which I hope I have been able to share with the readers in an entertaining manner.

As a person of Indian origin, I grew up on a staple and rich cultural diet based on Indian mythology — the stories of the Gods (Devas), Demons (Asuras) and the tales of their exploits, and how they interacted with the ‘mere mortals’. A very powerful motif that stayed with me from those stories (called Purānas and Itihāsa in Sanskrit and other Indian languages) was the role that the sages (Rishis) played in not just being the guides and teachers of all parties involved (Gods, Demons and Humans), but also as preceptors of the spiritual and metaphysical wisdom of the Indian civilization.

However, over the past three decades, that entire genre of what I call the wisdom traditions seems to have fallen on the wayside — discarded for what people consider a more ‘modern’ worldview. So as part of this book series, I have tried (and intend to continue) to re-imagine the world where these Asuras can come back, and what would befall humanity should such an event occur?

I have also tried to explore the sometimes clichéd topics such as ‘Good vs Evil’ through an Eastern metaphysical lens — Is there such a thing as Absolute Good and Absolute Evil? Can a thing of power become a force for Good or a force of Evil depending on who wields it?

But just to assuage potential readers’ fears about this book (and series) being too intensely cerebral, it really is about action and adventure, time travel, interdimensional portals and wuxia cultivation fantasy. It is about martial adventure, magic set in a dystopian futuristic world with technology gone awry in the wrong hands.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been an avid reader since I can remember having learnt to read — I devoured multiple series by Enid Blyton when I was in the first and second grade, and progressed on to reading what Indian kids of my generation would read — Hardy Boys, The Three Investigators, various comic books and always the rich and exciting stories of Indian Mythology. My paternal grandfather was an author, actor, visual artist and poet and he encouraged and helped inculcate a love for literature in me. I would credit his influence as the primary one for my wanting to be an author.

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

My top five list would be as follows (not in any particular order) —

The River God by Wilbur Smith
The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
Don Juan and the Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda
The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda
Tripura Rahasya (meaning — The Mystery of the Three Worlds, a classic Indian metaphysical novel/text (originally in Sanskrit) — the translated version which I love is by Swami Ramananda Saraswati)

Of course my top 5 keep changing and it is next to impossible to pin books down in any hierarchy — they are all wonderful. All I really care about in a book is whether it can fully transport me into a world created by the author.

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

For a literary talk show, I’d love to have Neil Gaiman as my first guest. I am very curious about his interest in Norse Mythology and of course his book ‘The American Gods’. I would like to find out from him his process of research. How deep was his research into a book such as American Gods, and how much Artistic license did he take with the topics?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

For me, the fun starts when I enter the writing ‘zone’ — ideas flow freely, and it is almost as though the story writes itself. Worlds come alive in the words, and something greater than the sum total of my intellect, the time I’ve put in and the words committed to the manuscript is brought to life. I guess that is the same for the creative process across media (as a ‘self-professed’ competent amateur musician, I can relate to that in composition/improvisation aspects in that medium too).

What is a typical day like for you?

I have a full time job in a software company, so my week days are spent in pretty mind-intensive work. After executing my duties towards my family, my evenings and weekends are spent in pursuing my passion for writing (not everyday unfortunately) and also trying to learn the business side of being an Indie Author.

What scene in The Mahāsiddha Field was your favorite to write?

I’ll try to do that without revealing the plot. In the final part of the book, there is a final battle between the protagonists and those who threaten humanity from across dimensions. This was especially fun to write as it involves elements of extremely high level internal martial arts and spiritual mastery.

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

The great Indian sage, Swami Vivekananda, who was instrumental in bringing Yoga and India’s perennial philosophy ‘Vedanta’ to the West, called us “children of immortal bliss”. If we understand the meaning of that compliment, we can live without fear of failure (or even success) and become the best version of ourselves. We as sentient beings, carry within us an indomitable and indestructible quality — our Consciousness, which when known in its true form, is the most powerful force in the universe. So in my life, I strive to forever remain a child of immortal bliss — and see the same blissful immortality of consciousness in all of existence.

Dwai Lahiri is the author of the new book The Mahāsiddha Field.

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