New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | August 20

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Sam Cheever, Melissa Erin Jackson, Preston & Child, Karin Slaughter, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | August 20

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors W. Winters, Dianne Duvall, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Lauren Landish, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | August 20

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Christine Brae, Philippa Gregory, Bryn Greenwood, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | August 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 Daniel Arenson, Kameron Hurley, Jay Allen, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Terry Cloutier, Michael Anderle, Emily R. King, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Young Adult Books to Read | August 20

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 Abbi Glines, Brandy Colbert, Shana Youngdahl, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | August 20

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new novels from Greg Laurie, Mat Best, Ian Urbina, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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Interview with Melissa Erin Jackson, author of Pawsitively Poisonous

What can you tell us about your new release, Pawsitively Poisonous?

Pawsitively Poisonous is the first book in my cozy mystery series. The books are set in a town completely obsessed with cats, and the lead character is a witch named Amber. She keeps her witchy abilities a secret but uses her powers to craft unique items for her shop, The Quirky Whisker. Amber finds herself in a bit of trouble when her best friend is found poisoned, a vial from Amber’s shop in her hand. The town’s police chief—who has always been suspicious of her and her wares—puts her at the top of his short suspect list. She has to find a way to clear her name and also keep her abilities a secret.

What books are currently on your night stand?

I’m more of an audiobook junkie lately, so my night stand is a bit bare at the moment. The last two audiobooks I finished were Wilder Girls by Rory Power (A YA novel that has a lot of Jeff VanderMeer vibes), and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (adult psychological suspense). Not sure what’s up next—maybe a fantasy. I like to listen to a wide range of genres.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

“Try not to be so hard on yourself.” And I’d probably tell her to get into writing sooner. I didn’t get “seriously” into writing until I was a freshman in college. High school might have been easier if I’d had my stories to lose myself in.

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

Sleeping! Adults need to have scheduled midday naps like preschoolers. Ha.

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

About two years ago, I started going to OrangeTheory Fitness. It’s something I schedule into my week and force myself to go even when I’ve already had a hectic day. I dread it all day long, yet I’m always so happy once I’ve finished a class. It’s one of the few things I do that’s purely just for me. It’s a challenge every single time I go in there, and I always leave with a sense of accomplishment.

What scene in Pawsitively Poisonous was your favorite to write?

I really loved writing all the scenes that involved Amber’s magically enhanced toys. The opening scene of her demonstrating a cat toy for a bunch of wide-eyed children was a scene that popped into my head fully formed before I ever started writing. I’m a big fan of Scarlet the flying dragon, too.

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Interview with Dianne Duvall, author of Death of Darkness

What can you tell us about your new release, Death of Darkness?

Death of Darkness is the latest book in my Immortal Guardians series, which features powerful preternatural heroes, strong heroines, action scenes that will keep you flipping pages well past your bedtime, and romance that is alternately steamy, sweet, and laced with humor. (If you’re new to the series, don’t worry. Each novel and novella can be read as a stand-alone story. You’ll just know more about the secondary characters if you read them in order.)

Death of Darkness is also by far the most requested book of the series thus far because it revolves around Seth, the immensely powerful leader of the Immortal Guardians. Seth has led the immortals for thousands of years, guiding them, protecting them, and doing everything he can to help them find happiness in what can otherwise be a pretty dark existence. Together they have protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, and even defended military bases under attack. But spearheading all of this has kept Seth too busy to consider pursuing his own happiness.

Then he meets Leah… and everything changes. Leah sees Seth in a way no one else in the world does. She wants to erase the darkness that haunts him and replace it with love and laughter. Even when an enemy who is determined to watch the world burn threatens everything, Leah is determined to remain by Seth’s side and help him triumph over his nemesis and find long-deserved happiness.

I had a LOT of fun with these characters… as well as with the Immortal Guardians’ reactions to their austere, illustrious leader falling in love. There are moments that will make readers laugh out loud, and others that will make their jaws drop. I hope everyone who picks up a copy will enjoy the ride.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always been a voracious reader. In fact, one of my earliest memories from elementary school is of waiting eagerly for the Book Bus to visit. It came twice a month, first to deliver a brochure filled with the book covers and an order form, then to deliver cellophane wrapped stacks of lovely books I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. Each story I eagerly devoured fired my imagination and sparked an intense desire to create my own. I started writing stories when I was around twelve or thirteen years old and have loved it ever since.

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

1—Stephen King’s ON WRITING. I am a huge admirer of Stephen King. I learn something new every time I read one of his books. And his fiction novels always fire my imagination and make me want to sit down and write for hours. So it didn’t surprise me at all when I loved ON WRITING, too.
2—Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST NIGHT. Paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres. This one really stood out. I loved the characters and the storytelling. It was a great introduction to an entertaining series.
3—Laurann Dohner’s FURY. This totally hooked me on Laurann’s New Species series. I’ve devoured every book in it since.
4—Karen Marie Moning’s THE IMMORTAL HIGHLANDER. The books in the Highlander series were among the first time travel romances I ever read. And I really enjoyed them. This one, The Immortal Highlander, was my favorite and one I return to often.
5—Stephen King’ THE STAND (Uncut). What can I say? Stephen King is a phenomenal writer. I think this was the first horror novel I ever read, and I absolutely loved it. In my opinion, it’s one of his best. I could read it again and again.

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

My online friends will not be at all surprised by my answer to this one: My first guest would be Stephen King. I would love to sit down with him and ask his opinion on some of the massive changes that have taken place in the publishing industry over the last decade.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is watching the stories that ramble around in my head unfold in their entirety. I’m what is known in the writing world as a pantser, not a plotter. In other words, I fly by the seat of my pants instead of outlining the plot in detail before I begin each book. I may have a general idea of where I’d like the story to begin and end, but the road in between is unpaved and simply unfolds as I write. I love the surprises that result.

Also, because I write series with ensemble casts, I like that I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters I create as soon as I finish their book. Those characters can go on to play crucial roles in future books in the series, so they continue to grow and expand and entertain me.

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day will find me working on my current manuscript, promoting my latest release, and going over edits, copyedits, and proofs for my next release. Working on my current manuscript is my favorite of the three. I really do love to write. I also enjoy spending time in my Books Group on Facebook. It’s such a fun, positive place to “kick back and relax.” And I like to keep up with reader and author friends online.

What scene in Death of Darkness was your favorite to write?

There were so many favorite scenes in this one that it’s hard to choose. But I think the one that tops them all is the first time my Immortal Guardians crew meet Leah face to face. Their reactions to her and her responses to them made me laugh out loud.

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The Story Behind I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

By Ilsa Madden-Mills

Okay, I admit it…hate/love romances rock my world, and my newest release I Hate You delivers it deliciously. Smart enemies-to-lovers? Check. Second chance, sports romance with all the feels? Double check.

We have Blaze, star football hottie, who fights for the love of the brainy, slightly bad girl he dumped—at her own party in front of her friends. In his defense, he thought he was doing the right thing, but he has growing to do, yet isn’t that the best part, when a character grows and changes? It’s steamy and full of flirty banter, but underneath it’s an emotional, layered story about overcoming our pasts to get the love we all deserve.

Did I mention there’s a highly intelligent, foul-mouthed parrot named Vampire Bill—after True Blood, of course. “Get your a*s up and get me a cigarette,” might be his favorite saying. I snorted every time he offered up advice on Charisma’s love life—and her clothing selections.

The hero and heroine have original names, my favorite! Blaze is the charming, wide receiver from Mississippi and Charisma is the high-heel wearing, chess-playing New Yorker. Total opposites—but when they share a kiss—a white-hot inferno ignites and doesn’t let go.

I adored writing these deeply flawed characters. Blaze might be the hottest guy on campus, but because of his childhood, he doesn’t know what love really is. He’s a bad boy who’s broken, and these heroes always tug at my heart, seeing how they overcome their insecurities and get their HEA. Charisma, on the other hand, knows exactly what love is, but has rules when it comes to protecting her heart. Through it all, she hangs on to her badassery and never gives Blaze one inch. Dang, don’t you love a strong heroine?

Ma, Charisma’s meddling, Italian-American mother, is another favorite side character. I giggled in every scene she popped up, her advice to Charisma about “being a good Catholic girl” and “don’t end up with one of those Mississippi hillbillies” are priceless. And when she finally meets Blaze, the guy who never had a family, holy cow, have your tissues ready.

I Hate You is my 6th sports romance book, including my hockey romance Boyfriend Bargain. It’s easy to write about football when you have a true passion for it. I live in the South where football is life—from Friday night high school games to tailgating on Saturdays with your favorite college team. Go UT!

If you love angst, bad boys with heart, relatable, real heroines, and smart banter, check out I Hate You! It’s a complete standalone and will be live August 19 and available in Kindle Unlimited.

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The Story Behind Hard to Love by Willow Winters

By Willow Winters

There are some moments in stories where there is a turn in the way you feel about a couple. In a very – feel it deep down in your soul – type of way. It typically happens right after an event that essentially rips your heart out and forces you to hold on to hope. That hope comes when the characters choose love.

I wrote this scene for Hard to Love as one of the first in this manuscript because I needed to feel it from the very beginning knowing how intense this story was going to be. Here’s a little sneak peek at it, so you can know exactly what I’m talking about:

“Hey come here,” his voice is gentle. He’s always soft with me. This strong man with rough edges and a past that would frighten most… his tone caresses me. I can’t help it. I’m drawn to him like a moth to a flame.
I crawl over to him, settling down in his lap. He’s so tall and his shoulders so much wider that it feels perfect here. He’s warm, and when I lay my cheek against his shoulder, peeking up at him and wondering, why me? Why did he pick me? He kisses me. Stopping my questioning, stopping the pain. It’s an immediate spike of heat. An immediate desire.
Does he feel it too? How it soothes every inch of me. How that lust turns to wildfire in my blood and nothing stands a chance in its path. With his fingers at my chin, he keeps me still while he breaks the kiss. When I open my eyes, feeling the forgotten beads of moisture in my lashes, he’s there, staring at me. His light blue eyes shine with devotion. It’s real. I know it’s real.
His cadence is rough when he tells me, “Let me make you feel better.”

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