New Young Adult Books to Read | June 11

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Jennifer L. Armentrout, Lori Goldstein, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Young Adult Books to Read | June 4

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Sarah Dessen, Amy A. Bartol, Margarte Rogerson, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Young Adult Books to Read | May 28

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Angelina J. Steffort, Isabel Sterling, Terry Brooks, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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The Buzziest Books of May | 2019

The Buzziest Books of May | 2019

The month of May 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 May. Happy reading!


Don’t Tell

by Willow Rose

Release Date: May 10, 2019

The seventh book in the bestselling Jack Ryder series by Willow Rose… Jack Ryder was hoping for a week of fun with his family in the mountains of North Carolina. But he soon discovers the body of a teenage boy in the creek behind their cabin. As more bodies are found the rural community of Maggie Valley is rattled. What happened to Benjamin Rutherford? Is his father — the local pastor — telling the truth?

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Enemies With Benefits

by Roxie Noir

Release Date: May 14, 2019

From the first day of kindergarten until we graduated high school, Eli Loveless was my nemesis. Everything he did, I had to do better – and vice versa. It was the greatest day ever when he left town. He returned ten years later and is now my co-worker. It looks like the irritating kid I knew is gone and has been replaced by a man that’s sexy as sin.

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A Civil War Within

by Ethan Frechette

Release Date: May 4, 2019

A Civil War Within follows the story of a fourteen-year-old boy named Ezra. Whilst on a camping trip in his hometown of Las Vegas, NV, he meets a mysterious man named Vivek. He promises to challenge and push Ezra and his friends through the power of story. He wants them to understand the preciousness of life and how to embrace their identity while wandering through the Valley of FIre.

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The Night Window

by Dean Koontz

Release Date: May 14, 2019

A young filmmaker is being hunted for sport on a Colorado ranch by a celebrated billionaire at the center of a monstrous cabal. A hacker slips through a top-secret database to gather the facts to fight the perpetrators of mass murder. A pair of brutal operators are shadowing their targets. A Vegas mob boss and a sociopath are closing in on a boy and his protectors to use as leverage against his mother. The mother herself, ex-agent Jane Hawk, is preparing to take them down.

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Shockwave

by Lindsay Buroker

Release Date: May 8, 2019

What if being a hero was encoded in your genes but nobody had told you? Casmir Dabrowski would have laughed if asked that question. This was a guy that had to build a robot for protection when he was in school. Thankfully, his life is much better now. He is a robotics engineer and professor. But he thinks heroics are for other people, not him… That is until robot assassins show up on campus trying to kill him.

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Blessing in Disguise

by Danielle Steel

Release Date: May 7, 2019

Isabelle McAvoy has been described as one of Danielle Steele’s most memorable characters yet. This mother of three has had a long journey that resulted in her raising three daughters, from three different fathers, alone. Each of the three girls grow up to be very different women, each with a very unique relationship with their mother. While raising her girls, Isabelle becomes a successful art consultant but a final turn of fate brings a secret from her past to light.

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Once More We Saw Stars

by Jayson Greene

Release Date: May 14, 2019

The new memoir from Jayson Greene explores the power of love in the face of loss… Two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting with her grandmother on a park bench in Manhattan. Overhead a brick windowsill crumbles and strikes Greta unconscious. Once More We Saw starts with this traumatic moment and the hours leading up to her death. It explores the anguish that Jayson and his wife went through but also dives into a narrative that is more about hope and healing.

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Hurt

by Lydia Michaels

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Callan MacGregor speaks with the eloquence of a poet but a hard life has turned him into a killer. He has a first-hand account of hell and trusts nothing and no one but the hollow hurt tortured into his bones. Now he must sacrifice everything and escape to Scotland to survive. Emery Tanner is captivated by the stunning Scotsman tending the bar at the Imperial Hotel. You could say she was obsessed.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | May 2019

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! May 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, David Baldacci, Nora Roberts, Clive Cussler, Celeste Ng, Fredrik Backman, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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New Young Adult Books For Your Reading List | May 2019

New Young Adult Books For Your Reading List | May 2019

If you’re looking for some amazing new reads, this list of the latest young adult books is for you. Whether you’re a reader of literary fiction, fantasy, thriller, or romance, you’ll find a new favorite with these books by Ethan Frechette, John Forrester, Gillian French, Christine RIccio, Angelina J. Steffort, and Elizabeth Acevedo. Enjoy these new young adult books for your reading list!


A Civil War Within

by Ethan Frechette

Release Date: May 4, 2019

A Civil War Within follows the story of a fourteen-year-old boy named Ezra. Whilst on a camping trip in his hometown of Las Vegas, NV, he meets a mysterious man named Vivek. He promises to challenge and push Ezra and his friends through the power of story. He wants them to understand the preciousness of life and how to embrace their identity while wandering through the Valley of FIre.

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Demigod Rising

by John Forrester

Release Date: April 9, 2019

The first book in the Song of the Gods fantasy series by John Forrester… Jeno and Chiro have no idea that they are powerful demigods. Their father hid it from them after he stole the children away from their mother. They were raised to hate magic, despise old gods, and to love Tanir, the false god of the humans. Then the nightmares came showing their mother imprisoned by a wizard in the magical realm of Sosaram.

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The Missing Season

by Gillian French

Release Date: May 21, 2019

When children go missing in October, the kids in the town of Pender know what’s behind it… a monster int he marshes called Mumbler. Well, that’s what Clara’s new friends tell her when she moves into town. Clara doesn’t actually believe it is true. But as Haloween gets closer and tensions build in town, it’s hard to shake the feeling something dangerous is in Pender.

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Again, but Better

by Christine Riccio

Release Date: May 7, 2019

Shane is doing college all wrong. Yes, she is pre-med, has great grades and her parents are happy, but she has no friends. She goes home every weekend and has no love life. She is on an endless cycle of dorm, dining hall, and class. Time is ticking and she needs a change. Moving to a new country is just the thing she needs. So, she signs up for a semester abroad in London to mix things up.

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Ashes

by Angelina J. Steffort

Release Date: May 15, 2019

The third and final book in the bestselling The Wings Trilogy by Angelina J. Steffort. Adam has his memory back but he still has demonic urges craving Claire’s soul. He is fighting temptation. His love for her will not fade, no matter how much he wants to set her free.

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With the Fire on High

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Release Date: May 7, 2019

Emoni Santiago’s life has been full of tough decisions. But ever since she got pregnant in her freshman year, she has had to always do what was best for her daughter. She can let all of this go when she is in the kitchen. She dreams of being a chef after graduation. She knows she shouldn’t waste her time but when she starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

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New Young Adult Books to Read | May 21

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Claire Legrand, Arvin Ahmadi, Gillian French, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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Interview with Ethan Frechette, Author of A Civil War Within

What can you tell us about your new release, A Civil War Within?

The book is about three young men in high school who are taken on a camping trip. The purpose of the camping trip is to help these young men find their “name, their identity in life. Through the power of storytelling these boys are able to find peace within their own identity and are able to understand the reality of being an adult in this world. A Civil War Within is meant to help, but also push, people take responsibility for themselves, their lives, and their identities. This coming of age tale ends with the three boys being ushered into manhood through a ceremony with their fathers.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always enjoyed writing, even as a child. The first book I wrote was in Middle School and I haven’t stopped telling stories since. A Civil War Within was motivate by my now four year old son. The idea and motivation to write this book started before he was born. I was working a very boring nine-to-five desk job with plenty of time to reflect on life. By doing so, I was about to work through many of the same issues you find in this book. I wanted to write something for my son that would explain what I had learned from life. I wanted him to learn from my mistakes, from my story, so that he wouldn’t have to repeat them.

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

  • A Gentlemen in Moscow
  • The Pale Blue Eye
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • Autobiography of a Yogi
  • One, None, and One Hundred Thousand

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 Amor Towles, the author of A Gentlemen in Moscow. My question to him would be “when writing historical fiction what do you believe is your obligation to the events that actually happened? Your main character, Count Rostov, has a very influential role in the novel with many important historical figures. What is your obligation to those historical figures and the accuracy of events while portraying a historical fiction novel?”

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is being able to convey complex emotions that we face in life, like identity, through the art of storytelling. A Civil War Within is a fictional story yet the ideas and concepts behind the story are real. They are raw emotions that penetrate the intellectual mind and help the reader empathize with the characters. Writing helps readers draw parallels with their own life, their own story, and overcome those obstacles in their life.

What is a typical day like for you?

I am a nurse working with Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder patients. So my typical day is working and desperately trying to bring love and comfort to patients with these chronic diseases. After work, I go home and spend time with my beautiful wife and child. Often riding the bike with my son for several hours and ending the day on the porch of my apartment with my wife, listening to bird songs.

What scene in A Civil War Within was your favorite to write?

There is a scene where the character, Saul Treeborn, is forced to face his father during the Battle of Bull Run. The emotions in this scene are quite intense and was a very exciting scene to write and work through.

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

“Be afraid but do it anyway”. I don’t remember where I heard this quote but I have held onto the majority of my life making it my life motto. Fear is something that has the potential to cripple you, to bring stagnation into your life. This motto reminds me that life is scary but it is our duty to wake up every morning and “do it anyways”.

Ethan Frechette is the author of the new book A Civil War Within.

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Interview with John Forrester, Author of Demigod Rising

What can you tell us about your new release, Demigod Rising?

After finishing my last book, I struggled for six months with a new project I was working on. It just wasn’t working. I felt like I need to re-engineer myself as a writer and change both my process and approach to crafting stories. Luckily, I stumbled upon the book Story Genius, by Lisa Cron. It literally blew me away. Though I’d read countless books on writing, her approach and process to developing stories really resonated. I had written over twelve books, but I realized I needed to change what I was doing. So, I scrapped an entire book I had written and started over with a new idea for a new fantasy series, The Song of the Gods. I had this idea about the close bond between brothers and the impact of beliefs upon your life. I looked deeply into the protagonists core internal conflict (between his religious beliefs and his desire to find his heretical mother) and how the forces around him were knocking him out of his comfort zone. From there, the story propelled into a magical journey into an unknown and forbidden realm. Demigod Rising was quite a personal journey and it reflects the path many of us take in discovering our beliefs, the meaning in our lives, and our purpose. I had the privilege, at my twelve-year-old son’s insistence, of reading the entire final draft out loud to him. I smiled when he asked, “Just one more chapter?” at the end of each chapter. I knew then, that Demigod Rising was ready.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Like many, I had a wonderful English Teacher, Mrs. Zesch, in my Sophomore year of High School. She inspired me to be a writer. My imagination and storytelling drive never left me, and writing a book was always in the back of my mind. In 2008, after learning about Nanowrimo from a friend, I finally wrote the first draft of a book that I would later publish in 2011, Fire Mage, after fifteen or more complete rewrites.

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

Super tough question as I read broadly in fiction and non-fiction, and the fantasy genre along with literary fiction. But here you go: The Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix, East of Eden, The Way of Kings, and A Prayer for Owen Meany.

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

I’d invite John Steinbeck (via time-travel or seance). I’d ask him how we can inspire students to become storytellers and nurture their imaginations. I’d love to hear more about his ideas around free-thinking and allowing the mind to roam and how this sparks inventiveness. He railed against overly structured thinking and forcing students to become automatons.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The endless blue horizon of imagination combined with getting to know my characters.

What is a typical day like for you?

As a writer, I try to write early or late, squeezing in as much time as possible each day. I also try to write every day, knowing it is much easier to keep a good cadence and build momentum.

What scene in Demigod Rising was your favorite to write?

The scene toward the end of the book where Jeno is with his friends watching the sunrise over the Saranathian Sea. He sees this brilliant sparkle over the waters and he gets this strong sense of knowing where his mother is. The reunion scene in that humble temple stirs up something powerful every time I read it. Not only is it the moment Jeno realizes his divine nature, but it is also the moment he accepts himself, releases his doubts, and embraces what he is and who he has become. It is a moment of personal transcendence.

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

That which does not kill us makes us stronger – Nietzsche.

John Forrester is the author of the new book Demigod Rising.

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