New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | May 26

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 C.D. Tavenor, S.R. Russell, Michael Anderle, Rick Partlow, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Jon Herrera, Stephen Perkins, Rob J. Hayes, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!

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New Young Adult Books to Read | May 26

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 Kelly Lang, L.C. Rosen, Jordyn Taylor, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!

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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | May 26

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 books from Mikel Jollett, Joni Ernst, Martha McSally, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!

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‘He was my solace and my secret. No one else knew how amazing Ezra was back then, and I liked having him to myself.’

Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan is our first book by this Author and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Friends to lovers is like catnip to us and Kennedy Ryan writes a fabulous take on this trope in Queen Move, as her couple were tested by outside influences and time. We were in awe at how brilliantly the connection between Kimba and Ezra was written despite all the time spent apart. At no stage did we question the strength of their friendship nor the depth of their love for one another. Queen Move was a wonderful story of soulmates and we were hooked.

Queen Move was a wonderfully written story of friendship, love, ambition, family and second chances. It was a powerful emotional journey with a leading Lady that in our opinion stole the story and was quite the inspirational character, and a man who was just gorgeous through and through.

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5 incredible stars! Without question, one of our most FAVOURITE read this year!!

‘She was in pain. I knew that. But I was in pain too, so much of it that for once I couldn’t laugh or dance any measure of it away. I couldn’t even write myself a happy ending.’

Beach Read by Emily Henry without question one of our favourite books of 2020. The storyline is so much more than what the cover and synopsis implies. So much more. We’ll come back to the cover later. Beach Read had us sobbing, it had us questioning human relations. It had us compelled! The writing was outstanding. This is so much more than a romance. It is a plethora of stories entwined perfectly crafted and shaped into an all-encompassing story of life. Beach Read is also a truly wonderful love story which slowly builds across the chapters.

We literally couldn’t have loved this book any more than what we did. We loved the humorous banter, the romantic and sexual tension, the personal discoveries, the tragic heartbreak, the second chances at life and love, and the underlying message that if you find yourself stuck in life, look for an outside perspective. Whilst we only hear January’s POV, the superb way in which Beach Read was written ensured that we fully connected with Gus. We felt his pain, we cringed at his awkwardness and we felt his passion.

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"I needed you, and you just left. Like it was the easiest thing in the world."

Catherine Cowles is an author we've been really looking forward to reading and Reckless Memories was a wonderful introduction to her works, bringing with it an emotional childhood friends to lovers, a tad of the forbidden - a small town romance with a bit of intrigue and suspense which culminated in story that had our hearts racing towards the end!

We do love small town romances, and Catherine Cowles Reckless Memories delivered the atmospheric feel of the picturesque Anchor Island, population 1500, to the point where we could almost visualise ourselves smelling the sea air and taking in our surroundings whilst sipping a drink and chatting to the locals at The Catch.

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Interview with Mara Monoski, Author of Downtown Dani

What can you tell us about your new release, Downtown Dani?

Downtown Dani is a medical (urology!) romantic comedy about a divorced former nurse from Texas doing her urology residency in New York City. She is smart, hard-working, and focused on her career. She has to figure out how to find a balance between her professional ambitions and her love life. Dani is strong and successful, but it also flawed in ways I think a lot of people can relate to.

When I decided I was going to write a fiction novel, I knew it was going to be a romantic comedy because those are the kinds of stories I like to read. However, I wanted to add a couple of elements to this genre that I don’t think are out there, at least not in abundance. First, it is difficult to find a female protagonist who is intelligent and tough, but also a professional who doesn’t work in the entertainment or fashion industry. This genre often depicts women as slightly pathetic and pining for a man to complete them, which is not how I portrayed my main character, Dani. Second, I wanted to educate people on female sexuality because there is a lot of misinformation out there. The entertainment industry likes to idealize what happens during sex in ways that are often not physically possible for women. I tried to write sex scenes that are fun but realistic, and even educational in a humorous way.

Making my main character a urologist was a no-brainer because I used to be a urologist and I figured it was best to write what I know, right? Looking back on my medical training, it is ripe with good stories that are exciting and ridiculous that I was able to draw from. And I think there is a lot of interest in what the life of a doctor, and especially a surgeon, in the hospital is like.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

When I stopped practicing urology, it was the first time my career was not on a very straight and well-defined path. I had the luxury to think creatively and I kept coming back to the idea of writing. It took me a while to decide on a fiction novel, but at some point, it just made sense. I could still use my background and what I had learned in urology to reach out to people, whether that is telling an entertaining story that the reader can escape into, giving somebody a good belly laugh, or teaching some important facts about sexuality that can potentially improve a person’s quality of life.

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

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Eight by Katherine Neville
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A Good Year by Peter Mayle
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

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

Anthony Bourdain would be my first guest, if he were still alive. I found him fascinating. He had a really unique way with words that drew me in. He lived life hard and told it like it was with an honesty I found to be refreshing. He had a very open mind about people and was willing to walk in their shoes to better understand them. I loved his adventurous spirit, his unconventional ways of doing things, and learning about his rise to success that started in restaurant kitchens.

I wish I could have asked him what made him truly happy and content? Given he had such an exciting life full of travel, I wonder if it was the quiet moments. What motivated him to get involved in writing and filmmaking? What was his favorite meal? What were his top five cooking tips? What was his favorite combination of food and drink?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

There’s nothing like hearing somebody laugh out loud when they are reading something I wrote. I also get an incredible sense of accomplishment when I knock out my goal for how much I wanted to write in a day (about 2000 words). Yessssss!

What is a typical day like for you?

Exercise, get kids ready for school, go to work, take kids to afternoon activities, cook dinner, clean, put the kids to bed, and now it’s time to pay bills/do laundry/WRITE!

What scene in Downtown Dani was your favorite to write?

The sex scenes were probably my favorite to write, not because they were easy, but because they were the most challenging and gave me the biggest sense of accomplishment after I finished each one. I had never written scenes like this before and they were difficult, especially because there are few good words in the English language to describe the male and female genitalia without it sounding too clinical or just plain ridiculous. Does anybody really say, “there is a burning in my loins” anymore? Come on! I definitely blushed some during the process, but I wanted to prove that I could write an entertaining and provocative scene while still keeping it realistic.

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

Work hard, play hard. I know it’s generic, but it’s true. I try to teach my kids that nothing comes for free in life and you’ve got to earn everything. Then you can be proud of and appreciate what you have accomplished. However, it’s also important to take the time to enjoy what and who you have in your life. Love those special people hard and tell them often how much they mean to you.

Mara Monoski is the author of the new book Downtown Dani.

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New Fantasy and Sci-Fi Novels For Your Reading List | May 2020

New Fantasy and Sci-Fi Novels For Your Reading List | May 2020

Your fantasy and sci-fi reading list is about to get some exhilarating new additions. Check out our latest recommendations from bestselling authors Dara Kent, Rhett C. Bruno, Stephen Perkins, C.D. Tavenor, Jon Herrera, and Kelly Blanchard. Happy reading!

The Eclipsed

by Dara Kent

Release Date: May 12, 2020

Eighty-nine is just a number. A nameless immortal tasked with ensuring fixed points in time. She has always done her job without fail. But her world is flipped upside down when a jarring discovery, followed by a loss, makes her question everything. Helped by an unlikely ally, Eighty-nine will embark on a journey that will end in a choice… to save reality or let it be ripped apart forever.

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Children of Titan Series (Books 1-4)

by Rhett C. Bruno

Release Date: May 10, 2020

A box set of four books in the Children of Titan Series Quadrilogy by USA Today Bestselling and Nebula Award-nominated author Rhett C. Bruno… With over 1200 pages of gritty, space-opera action, it is perfect for fans of The Expanse and The Mandalorian.

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Grand Masquerade

by Stephen Perkins

Release Date: February 2, 2020

The brand new novel of supernatural suspense from the bestselling author of Sky Parlor, Stephen Perkins… Deep within Vermont’s dark forests lives a mysterious and frightening secret… A door to a world that is beyond human perception… and three hunters that are about to become the hunted.

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Flight of the 500

by C.D. Tavenor

Release Date: May 25, 2020

Raith is a synthetic intelligence down on his luck. He loves to race, so when given a chance to participate in a hyper-experimental faster-than-light space race, he jumps at the opportunity. But he may have got more than he bargained for, as corporations and shadowy collectives fight over the technology that makes the race possible.

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Emma and the Minotaur

by Jon Herrera

Release Date: April 8, 2020

The first book in the World of Light series by Jon Herrera… A great power has awakened in the forests of Saint Martin. After being called by the song of an ancient oak, Emma Wilkins finds herself face-to-face with a colossal Minotaur. After a narrow escape, she discovers that she is the only one who can stop the monster. At stake are the fates of those she cares about the most, and that of the entire world.

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Chronicles of Lorrek (Books 1-3)

by Kelly Blanchard

Release Date: April 29, 2020

This new collection includes the first three books of the Chronicles of Lorrek Series by bestselling author Kelly Blanchard… Sorcerer Lorrek walks a thin line between helping those he loves and being consumed by darkness. Sometimes the line is blurred altogether. How can you fight the darkness when it exists inside you?

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New Contemporary Romance Books For Your Reading List | May 2020

New Contemporary Romance Books For Your Reading List | May 2020

Looking for some sexy new contemporary romance novels to add to your reading list? You’ll adore these fantastic releases that are perfect for any fan of a good love story. Enjoy your new books!

Fatal Marriage

by Charlotte Byrd

Release Date: May 19, 2020

The third book in the Wedlocked Trilogy by bestselling author Charlotte Byrd… I was forced into this marriage to save my father’s life and our family’s empire. My husband has other plans. He wants me to sell Tate Media and make billions. I need to stop him but the only way to do that is to expose his not-so-secret life. Franklin Parks is a monster and anyone that stands up to him has been silenced. Now- it’s my turn.

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Love is Contagious

by J. Saman, J.L. Beck, C. Hallman, M.A. Foster, C.L. Matthews, Gabrielle G, Jolie Vines, Bella Emy, Amanda Siegrist, Casey Hagen, and more

Release Date: May 19, 2020

Some of the biggest names in romance have joined forces for this amazing new charity anthology. Over twenty authors provide tales of sexy heroes and strong heroines. 100% of the proceeds will be divided into two global charities helping individuals and families as well as medical professionals affected by COVID-19

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Not My Heart to Break

by Willow Winters

Release Date: May 12, 2020

The third collection in the Merciless World Series by USA Today Bestselling Author Willow Winters. It includes the entire Hard to Love series… I ran from him, even though my heart knew better. I should have known he would come for me. Men like him always get what they want. He still has the same temptation in his eyes but his gaze is much harsher.

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Jock Blocked

by Pippa Grant

Release Date: May 19, 2020

It may be superstition but when a guy is batting as hot as Brooks Elliott, you don’t mess with what’s working. What’s working for him is keeping his pants zipped and only scoring on the field. But now that he is looking to be traded to baseball’s loveable losers, he plans to ditch his V-card. That’s my home team and my reason for living every March through October. So I plan to stop him.

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The Modern Gentleman

by Meghan Quinn

Release Date: May 14, 2020

I’ve hit rock bottom. That’s why I’m wearing my girl’s decorative scarf over my head, clutching her drink to my chest, and singing along to Joni Mitchell. My therapist refers to it as losing it. What’s different about my story? Well, I am The Modern Gentleman, New York City’s top advice columnist, and this is the tale of my ungraceful downfall.

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by Melody Anne

Release Date: May 19, 2020

The second book in the Anderson Billionaires series by New York Times Bestselling Author Melody Anne… Noah Anderson is just starting to understand what it means to be exceedingly wealthy. After the huge payout he and his four brothers received from their long-lost billionaire uncle, they’ve been working hard to build a new veterans center… and hard at play with the lovely ladies in their lives.

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‘This girl was made to make me smile. She was brought into my life to challenge me.’

The Modern Gentleman by Meghan Quinn was such a light-hearted and entertaining read! We were chuckling away at Wes’ antics and swooning over his wooing. Honestly, we fell in love with Wes from the get go, a man with the best of intentions yet pulling these stunts that were straight out of a comedy sketch. Meghan Quinn has such a fabulous sense of humour which just tickles us and this time it was combined with a sweet slow burn romance, so what’s not to love?

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