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July 2020 batch: Requests must be in by Monday, July 27th at 6pm EST.

A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire (William Morrow)

Description: After brilliantly reimagining the worlds of Oz, Wonderland, Dickensian London, and the Nutcracker, the New York Times bestselling author of Wicked turns his unconventional genius to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans," transforming this classic tale into an Italian-American girl's poignant coming-of-age story, set amid the magic of Christmas in 1960s New York.

Following her brother's death and her mother's emotional breakdown, Laura now lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, in a lonely townhouse she shares with her old-world, strict, often querulous grandparents. But the arrangement may be temporary. The quiet, awkward teenager has been getting into trouble at home and has been expelled from her high school for throwing a record album at a popular girl who bullied her. When Christmas is over and the new year begins, Laura may find herself at boarding school in Montreal.

Nearly unmoored from reality through her panic and submerged grief, Laura is startled when a handsome swan boy with only one wing lands on her roof. Hiding him from her ever-bickering grandparents, Laura tries to build the swan boy a wing so he can fly home. But the task is too difficult to accomplish herself. Little does Laura know that her struggle to find help for her new friend parallels that of her grandparents, who are desperate for a distant relative’s financial aid to save the family store.

As he explores themes of class, isolation, family, and the dangerous yearning to be saved by a power greater than ourselves, Gregory Maguire conjures a haunting, beautiful tale of magical realism that illuminates one young woman’s heartbreak and hope as she begins the inevitable journey to adulthood.

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Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth (William Morrow)

Description: “Full of Victorian sapphic romance, metafictional horror, biting misandrist humor, Hollywood intrigue, and multiple timeliness—all replete with evocative illustrations that are icing on a deviously delicious cake.” –O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

“Brimming from start to finish with sly humor and gothic mischief. Brilliant.” — SARAH WATERS

The award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls—a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit.


Our story begins in 1902, at The Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it The Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, The Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever—but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way.



Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer, Merritt Emmons, publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded-Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, opposite B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern heroines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled—or perhaps just grimly exploited—and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins.



A story within a story within a story and featuring black-and-white period illustrations, Plain Bad Heroines is a devilishly haunting, modern masterwork of metafiction that manages to combine the ghostly sensibility of Sarah Waters with the dark imagination of Marisha Pessl and the sharp humor and incisive social commentary of Curtis Sittenfeld into one laugh-out-loud funny, spellbinding, and wonderfully luxuriant read.

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Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick (Revell)

Description: Based on a true story, pioneer Abigail Scott denies herself the joys of a simpler life to achieve her dream of securing rights for women. But running a controversial newspaper and leading suffrage efforts in the Northwest carry a great personal cost. A tender, powerful story of a woman’s conflicts—with society and herself.

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The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson (Revell)

Description: When songwriter West Prescott tries a vacation trade for Christmas, he accidentally ends up playing the caretaker of his own house—and falling in love with the struggling musician staying there. Will keeping his true identity from her hinder their blossoming romance?

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The Conqueror by Bryan Litfin (Revell)

Description: Rome stands at the brink of war. Constantine's army is on the move. Will the barbarian warrior and the senator's daughter live to see the Empire bow the knee to Christ?

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The Price of Valor by Susan May Warren (Revell)

Description: Former Navy SEAL Hamilton Jones thought the love of his life was dead. But when he hears she might still be alive, he will stop at nothing to find her and bring her home. When he discovers her reason for staying away, he must choose between her and the nation he vowed to protect.

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The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep: Voices from the Donner Party by Allan Wolf (Candlewick Press)

Description: In powerful, vivid verse, the master behind The Watch That Ends the Night recounts one of history’s most harrowing—and chilling—tales of survival.

In 1846, a group of emigrants bound for California face a choice: continue on their planned route or take a shortcut into the wilderness. Eighty-nine of them opt for the untested trail, a decision that plunges them into danger and desperation and, finally, the unthinkable. From extraordinary poet and novelist Allan Wolf comes a riveting retelling of the ill-fated journey of the Donner party across the Sierra Nevadas during the winter of 1846–1847. Brilliantly narrated by multiple voices, including world-weary, taunting, and all-knowing Hunger itself, this novel-in-verse examines a notorious chapter in history from various perspectives, among them caravan leaders George Donner and James Reed, Donner’s scholarly wife, two Miwok Indian guides, the Reed children, a sixteen-year-old orphan, and even a pair of oxen. Comprehensive back matter includes an author’s note, select character biographies, statistics, a time line of events, and more. Unprecedented in its detail and sweep, this haunting epic raises stirring questions about moral ambiguity, hope and resilience, and hunger of all kinds.

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Until I Met You by Tari Faris (Revell)

Description: Libby Kingsley dreams of a new life and a new library for the charming town of Heritage, Michigan. Things get complicated when her big ideas threaten Austin Williams' blueprints and his plan to leave town unattached.

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Wild Girl: How to Have Incredible Outdoor Adventures by Helen Skelton (Candlewick Press)

Description: Get outdoors and have amazing real-life adventures with an inspirational guide from adventurer, world-record breaker, and British TV personality Helen Skelton.

From kayaking the length of the Amazon to biking to the South Pole and running an ultramarathon across the Namib desert, Helen Skelton shares the stories of her most daring feats of endurance and grit in some of the world’s most extreme wildernesses—overcoming challenges, embracing her fears, and finding the positives in the toughest situations. Alongside each exciting account are ideas for outdoor adventures readers can have closer to home, as well as gear lists, information about Helen’s support teams, statistics, tips for physical and mental preparation, and a Wild Girl Wall of Fame featuring the diverse women who inspired Helen with their own achievements. A likable, no-nonsense tone paired with a combination of photographs and fun art will inspire young people to get outside and dream big.

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1789: Twelve Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change by Marc Aronson (Candlewick Press)

Description: “The Rights of Man.” What does that mean? In 1789 that question rippled all around the world. Do all men have rights—not just nobles and kings? What then of enslaved people, women, the original inhabitants of the Americas? In the new United States a bill of rights was passed, while in France the nation tumbled toward revolution. In the Caribbean preachers brought word of equality, while in the South Pacific sailors mutinied. New knowledge was exploding, with mathematicians and scientists rewriting the history of the planet and the digits of pi. Lauded anthology editors Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti, along with ten award-winning nonfiction authors, explore a tumultuous year when rights and freedoms collided with enslavement and domination, and the future of humanity seemed to be at stake.

Some events and actors are familiar: Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, Marie Antoinette and the Marquis de Lafayette. Others may be less so: the eloquent former slave Olaudah Equiano, the Seneca memoirist Mary Jemison, the fishwives of Paris, the mathematician Jurij Vega, and the painter Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. But every chapter brings fresh perspectives on the debates of the time, inviting readers to experience the passions of the past and ask new questions of today.

Featuring contributors:

Amy Alznauer
Marc Aronson
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Summer Edward
Karen Engelmann
Joyce Hansen
Cynthia and Sanford Levinson
Steve Sheinkin
Tanya Lee Stone
Christopher Turner
Sally M. Walker

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Beyond Vom Kreige: The Character and Conduct of Modern War by Jr., R. D. Hoker (University of North Georgia Press)

Description: The technology of warfare has changed since Carl von Clausewitz’s Vom Kriege was first published, but the fundamental nature of modern warfare is still the same. BEYOND VOM KRIEGE furthers Clausewitz’s theory of war by offering a first-hand account of global conflicts and strategies that influenced American national security strategy across six presidential administrations. Intelligence officers and policy makers will appreciate this honest and clear-cut essay collection, which includes reflections on Grenada, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A foreword by LTG H. R. McMaster begins this valuable collection of military strategy.

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Welcome to Your Period! by Yumi Stynes (Candlewick Press)

Description: This frank, funny guide to getting your period gives preteens all they need to master—and even celebrate!—menstruation.

Getting your period for the first time can be mortifying, weird, and messy—and asking questions about it can feel even worse. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This taboo-free guide is packed with honest advice and big-sisterly wisdom on all the things girls need to know: from what cramps feel like to whether you can feel blood coming out,\ to what you should do if your pad leaks onto your clothes. Welcome to Your Period includes case studies, first-person accounts, questions from real teens, and answers from health journalist Yumi Stynes and adolescent health specialist Melissa Kang, MD. Cheerful illustrations keep the tone fun, and help with how-tos on different period supplies. There are even suggestions for throwing a first-period party. With its inclusive, body-positive message, pocket size, and reassuring vibe, this must-have menstruation manual will make girls feel not only normal but proud.

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Addis Ababa Noir by Maaza Mengiste (Akashic Books)

Description: Award-winning novelist Mengiste artfully ushers the City of Humans, Ethiopia’s bustling capital, into the Noir Series arena.

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.

Addis Ababa (simply “Addis” to locals), considered by some to be the original home of humankind, is a sprawling melting pot of cultures where rich and poor live side by side in relative harmony—until they don’t. Maaza Mengiste’s award-winning fiction and nonfiction have consistently reflected the lives of Ethiopia’s everyday people, against the backdrop of migration, war, and exile. Here, in this masterfully edited collection showcasing the country’s finest literary talent, Mengiste brings this same razor-sharp sensibility to her city of birth, pulling back the curtain on despair and depravity, offering an intimate glimpse into the raw, beating heart of Addis Ababa.

Brand-new stories by: Maaza Mengiste, Adam Reta, Mahtem Shiferraw, Linda Yohannes, Sulaiman Addonia, Meron Hadero, Mikael Awake, Lelissa Girma, Rebecca Fisseha, Solomon Hailemariam, Girma Fantaye, Teferi Nigussie Tafa, Hannah Giorgis, and Bewketu Seyoum.

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Brian Wildsmith's Animal Gallery by Brian Wildsmith (Candlewick Press)

Description: Discover a troop of kangaroos, an ambush of tigers, a rafter of turkeys, and a flotilla of swordfish in this glorious introduction to the animal kingdom from internationally acclaimed artist Brian Wildsmith.

A lion yawns lazily in the grass. Curious giraffes crane their long necks. Step into this rich world of animals from an extraordinary illustrator whose work influenced generations of younger artists. Each animal’s essence is strikingly captured, from the playfulness of otters to a noisy gathering of parrots, while panoramic pictures give a real sense of the animals’ habitats. Collective nouns — some familiar, others wonderfully surprising — are used to describe each group of animals. Brian Wildsmith’s stunning illustrations will inspire a love of nature and a respect for animals from the earliest age.

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Loudmouth: A Novel by Robert Duncan (Three Rooms Press)

Description: Thomas Ransom, born to a severely dysfunctional southern family transplanted to early 1970s New York City is left to his own devices by neglectful parents, and spends much of his childhood shadowing his older, criminally-inclined half-brother and roaming New York with hard-drinking teenage pals. Tom eventually finds an outlet as the flamboyant singer of a downtown rock band, and later as the young editor of the Detroit-based magazine that invented punk—only to return to New York, at the height of the 70s bacchanal, and crash. But it isn’t music that saves him. It’s a soft-spoken painter, who turns out to be the most outrageous character of all.
Life-long rock & roll obsessive Robert Duncan's debut novel is a rip-snortin' coming-of-age story. With echoes of Almost Famous and Just Kids, LOUDMOUTH tracks an impassioned musician and writer out among the punks, hippies, and wild geniuses of rock when music was the center of the world.
Duncan was barely out of his teens when he started as a writer for the mordant and influential music magazine Creem, becoming its managing editor at 22. A self-proclaimed accidental journalist, he went on to contribute to Rolling Stone, Circus, Life, and dozens of other publications. In the process, Duncan became a rock Zelig: he shares tales and fried shrimp with a young, scrawny Bruce Springsteen, while driving him around Detroit; he introduces the Clash’s Mick Jones and Joe Strummer to a broken-down piano player of dubious ability, leading to a hilariously disastrous recording session with the band; he works alongside his friend Lester Bangs and witnessed his tragic spiral, before discovering the legendary critic dead, at 33, of an OD in the NYC apartment next door. These experiences, and many others, provide the fuel for LOUDMOUTH, making it what Brian Jonestown Massacre musician Joel Gion calls, “A sonic wail of a tale about the youthful beginnings of one of the Mount Rushmore ‘heads’ of rock 'n' roll journalism."


Additional High Praise for LOUDMOUTH
LOUDMOUTH is, as advertised, a loud and brash trip that takes you through the hellish halls of childhood and adolescence before delivering you to the sweet salvation of rock and roll music and all that rides alongside it. The story is majorly compelling—funny, tender, and very very honest. Read this book immediately if you like truth, drugs, generation gaps, guitars, and lifelong quests for freedom and kicks." —Craig Finn, singer/songwriter, The Hold Steady
“This picaresque, coming-of-age novel, about a boy who looks for answers in rock ‘n’ roll, but finds them in the love of an extraordinary woman, is sad, serious, funny and, in the end, ridiculously moving.” —Sylvie Simmons, New York Times bestselling author of Face It: Debbie Harry, Too Weird For Ziggy, and Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes

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Out of Mesopotamia by Salar Abdoh (Akashic Books)

Description: Informed by firsthand experience on the battlefronts of Iraq and Syria, Abdoh captures the horror, confusion, and absurdity of combat from a seldom-glimpsed perspective that expands our understanding of the war novel.

Saleh, the narrator of Out of Mesopotamia, is a middle-aged Iranian journalist who moonlights as a writer for one of Iran’s most popular TV shows but cannot keep himself away from the front lines in neighboring Iraq and Syria. There, the fight against the Islamic State is a proxy war, an existential battle, a declaration of faith, and, for some, a passing weekend affair.

After weeks spent dodging RPGs, witnessing acts of savagery and stupidity, Saleh returns to his civilian life of Tehran bookstore readings and trendy art openings and finds it to be an unbearably dislocating experience. Pursued by the woman who broke his heart, his official handler from state security (who wants him for questioning over a suspicious volume of Proust), and the screenwriters with whom he is supposed to be collaborating, Saleh has reason to flee again from everyday life—but not necessarily to discard it. Surrounded by men whose willingness to achieve martyrdom both fascinates and appalls him, Saleh struggles to make sense of himself and the turmoil that surrounds him.

An unprecedented glimpse into the fight against the Islamic State from a Middle Eastern perspective, Out of Mesopotamia follows in the tradition of the Western “canon” of martial writers—from Hemingway and Orwell to Tim O’Brien and Kevin Powers—but then subverts and expands upon the genre and form before completely blowing it apart. Drawing from his firsthand experience of being embedded with Shia militias on the ground in Iraq and Syria, Abdoh gives agency to the voiceless while offering a meditation on war that is moving, humane, darkly funny, and resonantly true.

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Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo (Akashic Books)

Description: A novel reminiscent of the works of Herman Koch and Rachel Cusk, in which a lesbian couple attempts to escape the secrets of their pasts.

Polar Vortex is a seductive and tension-filled novel about a lesbian couple who left the big city, where they had both lived for many years, to relocate to a bucolic countryside community where they knew no one and no one knew them. It seemed like a good idea to both Priya and Alex to cement their newish, later-in-life relationship by leaving the past behind to create a new life together. But there’s leaving the past behind—and then there’s running away from awkward histories.

Priya seems totally committed to her relationship with Alex, but she has a secret—a long-standing on-again, off-again relationship with a man, Prakash. In Priya’s mind Prakash is little more than an old friend, but in reality it’s a bit more complicated. And, she’s never told Alex about him. Prakash has tracked Priya down in her new life, and before she realizes what she’s doing, she invites him to visit. Alex is not pleased, and soon the existing cracks in their relationship widen, not least because Alex has her own secrets. And then there’s Prakash, who has an agenda of his own, fueled by years of resentment about what he sees as Priya’s slipperiness and duplicity. Things soon come to a head and the three must all reap the consequences of their choices.

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Scavenger: A Mystery by Christopher Chambers (Three Rooms Press)

Description: In the lively, but desperate world of D.C.'s underbelly, a Black homeless man must quickly learn the ropes of being a detective after a wealthy ex-government official sets him up to take the fall for a brutal crime he didn’t commit.


Christopher Chambers, author of A Prayer for Deliverance and Sympathy for the Devil (NAACP Image Award nominee) brings a 21st-century take on hardboiled noir tales in SCAVENGER, a gripping thriller underscored by themes of race, homelessness, hustling, and the savagery—and salvation—of the human psyche.


The novel centers on Dickie Cornish, a Black streetwise survivor living in a homeless camp near D.C.’s Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Framed for the murder of two of his closest friends and facing life in prison, Dickie crosses paths with wealthy ex-Homeland Security Secretary, Jamie Bracht. Bracht offers him a chance at a new life if Dickie can navigate an underground world to uncover a prize Bracht will stop at nothing to acquire.


As Dickie searches, SCAVENGER tracks its way through an underground population of Washington, D.C., where hustlers, drug addicts, homeless, and undocumented immigrants jostle for crumbs while trying to survive. Chambers paints a portrait of D.C. from the ground up, with back-alley streetscapes, gentrification clashes, and unexpected encounters between politicians and bottom-rung natives—all set against a soundscape of patois, street Spanish, and D.C. slang. A hopeless amateur detective at first, Dickie quickly learns the ropes of being a sleuth in a cat-and-mouse game of greed, deceit, double-crossing, and murder.



High Praise for SCAVENGER
“Chambers comes out of the box swinging hard in this fast-moving, down-and-dirty crime novel that kicks up the tarp on the sleazy, duplicitous, double-dealing underbelly of our nation’s capital. Two thumbs up for Chambers!” —Tracy Clark, author, Borrowed Time, winner of the G.P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award
“Literary cinema verite, Chambers delivers a sly, slick and twisty hardcore mystery well worth the read.” —Gary Phillips, author, Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem
SCAVENGER is as hard and unflinching as noir gets . . . Chambers delivers a voice of idiomatic, hard-won radiance.” —Louis Bayard, author, Roosevelt’s Beast and Mr. Timothy
“Chris Chambers has created a wholly original character that exists in a world at once familiar but startlingly brutal.” —S. A. Cosby, author, Blacktop Wasteland

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Shakespeare's Secrets by Bonnie Hoover Braendlin (The Ardent Writer Press)

Description: When Ariadne Caulfield and Judith Sheridan arrive home from the theater after a late summer “gully-washer,” they find Ariadne’s home in disarray, the porch light out and the side door open. Entering gingerly, their fears are confirmed but even worse, a man’s body lies in a pool of blood beside the fireplace, his head bashed by a dripping poker, most of Ariadne’s books from her library shelves strewn around the room and body. Thus starts another tale of The Caulfield, Sheridan Mystery Series, Shakespeare’s Secrets.
Who is responsible and what is the connection to Ariadne, a professor in the history department at Rutherford College in Coowahchobee, Florida? Follow another exciting and absorbing mystery from Bonnie Hoover Braendlin and see if you can figure out the trail leading to the perpetrator, all along enjoying the perspective of imaginative and intelligent women who link the clues in Shakespeare’s Secrets.

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Tampa Bay Noir by Colette Bancroft (Akashic Books)

Description: Tampa Bay joins Miami in representing the (alleged) Sunshine State in the Noir Series arena.

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct location within the geographic area of the book.

Brand-new stories by: Michael Connelly, Lori Roy, Ace Atkins, Karen Brown, Tim Dorsey, Lisa Unger, Sterling Watson, Luis Castillo, Sarah Gerard, Danny López, Ladee Hubbard, Gale Massey, Yuly Restrepo Garcés, Eliot Schrefer, and Colette Bancroft.

From the introduction by Colette Bancroft:

Ask most people what the Tampa Bay area is famous for, and they might mention sparkling beaches and sleek urban centers and contented retirees strolling the golf courses year-round. But it’s always had a dark side. Just look at its signature event: a giant pirate parade.

Not only does Gasparilla honor the buccaneer traditions of theft, debauchery, and violence; its namesake pirate captain, José Gaspar, is a fake who probably never existed. And if there’s any variety of crime baked into Florida’s history, it’s fraud. From the indigenous residents who supposedly conned Spanish explorers seeking the Fountain of Youth through the rolling cycles of real estate scams that have shaped the Sunshine State for the last century or so, the place is a grifter’s native habitat.

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The Darkest Hearts by Nelson George (Akashic Books)

Description: Trap music, human trafficking, malt liquor, and the tyranny of President Trump collide in the fifth installment of Nelson George’s D Hunter mystery series.

In the fifth book of Nelson George’s D Hunter mystery series, the eponymous former bodyguard has moved full-time to Los Angeles, becoming a talent manager and trying to put his past in New York City behind him. Business is good for D Hunter: he has signed a hot Atlanta rapper named Lil Daye for management and negotiated a huge endorsement for Daye with a liquor brand. It’s a big payday for both of them.

Along the way, D finds out that Samuel Kurtz, the liquor company’s CEO, has some unsavory sexual habits and deeply reactionary political views. D worries that he has sold his soul and wonders what to do about it. Back in Brooklyn, a body has been found in the waters near the Canarsie Pier, a body that connects D and the retired hit man Ice to incidents from back in The Plot Against Hip Hop, the second book in the series. Because of this discovery, an FBI agent wants to speak to D, which is making Ice nervous. And Ice is not a man you want worrying about you.

Meanwhile in London, Serene Powers, a vigilante and sometime collaborator with D, breaks up a human trafficking ring. In the process, she makes some new, unlikely allies. When Serene returns to the US, D asks her for assistance with a sensitive and volatile matter in Atlanta involving Lil Daye, his wife, his mistress, and a thug on his payroll named Ant.

The Darkest Hearts is a crime-fiction novel that reflects the challenges of being a black businessperson in an era when the rules of entrepreneurship are constantly shifting due to technological advancements and an increasingly polarized political environment.

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The Door to Inferna: An Elkloria Novel by Rishab Borah (Three Rooms Press)

Description: Teenager Khioneus Nevula soon realizes his recent strange dreams and visions are cries of help from the strange, mystical, parallel world of Elkloria, whose inhabitants need his special powers to survive.
Fourteen-year-old Khioneus Nevula is on a winter break break from school that should have been nothing but goofing around with his best friends. But he is haunted by some other presence—ghostly apparitions appear to him in the dark of night, the surface of his mirror ripples like a pool of water, and he dreams of a girl with a long blue braid who invents fantastical devices. Adopted from unknown parentage, he has always been marked as different by his purple eyes. Now he begins to understand who he really is, and what he must do: Open the door to Inferna to save the people of Elkloria.
In the mystical land of Elkloria, he meets his twin sister, a proficient mage, a slightly mad scientist, and a princess. In this land, Khioneus is a prince, and he finds himself and his new friends caught in a war between the inhabitants of Elkloria and an ancient and powerful evil.
THE DOOR TO INFERNA, Rishab Borah’s debut novel, is a middle grade novel (ages 11-16) that creates a fantasy world as fully realized as those of Rick Riordan or Tamora Pierce. Elkloria draws on Borah’s interest in mythology, science, and linguistics as well as the imaginative lands he and his friends once inhabited in play—open to all to explore.

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The Nicotine Chronicles by Lee Child (Akashic Books)

Description: Lee Child recruits Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Cara Black, and others to reveal nicotine’s scintillating alter egos.

In recent years, nicotine has become as verboten as many hard drugs. The literary styles in this volume are as varied as the moral quandaries herein, and the authors have successfully unleashed their incandescent imaginations on the subject matter, fashioning an immensely addictive collection.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Eric Bogosian, Achy Obejas, Michael Imperioli, Hannah Tinti, Ariel Gore, Bernice L. McFadden, Cara Black, Christopher Sorrentino, David L. Ulin, Jerry Stahl, Lauren Sanders, Peter Kimani, and Robert Arellano.

Inspired by the ongoing international success of the city-based Akashic Noir Series (Brooklyn Noir, Boston Noir, Paris Noir, etc.), Akashic created the Drug Chronicles Series in 2011. Following The Speed Chronicles (William T. Vollmann, Megan Abbott), The Cocaine Chronicles (Lee Child, Laura Lippman), The Heroin Chronicles (Jerry Stahl, Eric Bogosian, Lydia Lunch), and The Marijuana Chronicles (Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates) comes The Nicotine Chronicles, masterfully curated by blockbuster hit maker Lee Child.

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The Theory of Flight by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu (Catalyst Press)

Description: As Imogen Zula Nyoni, aka Genie, lies in a coma at Mater Dei Hospital. her family and friends struggle to come to terms with her impending death. This is the story of Genie, who has gifts that transcend time and space. With the lightest of touches, and with an overlay of magical-realist beauty, this novel sketches, through the lives of a few families and the fate of a single patch of ground, decades of national history (a country in Southern Africa that is never named) – from colonial occupation through the freedom struggle, to the devastation wrought by the sojas, the HIV virus, and The Man Himself.

At turns mysterious and magical, but always honest, The Theory of Flight explores the many ways we lose those we love before they die. When it was published in South Africa, the novel was awarded the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

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Social, Emotional, and Psychosocial Development of Gifted and Talented Individuals by Anne Rinn (Prufrock Press)

Description: Social, Emotional, and Psychosocial Development of Gifted and Talented Individuals:

-Merges the fields of individual differences, developmental psychology, and educational psychology with the field of gifted education.
-Provides a complete overview of the social, emotional, and psychosocial development of gifted and talented individuals
-Explores multiple paradigmatic lenses and varying conceptions of giftedness.
-Serves as a comprehensive resource for graduate students, early career scholars, and teachers.
-Addresses implications for the field of gifted education and future research.

This book is framed around four broad questions: (a) What is development?, (b) Are gifted individuals qualitatively different from others?, (c) Which psychosocial skills are necessary in the development of talent?, and (d) What effect does the environment have on the development of talent? Topics covered include developmental trajectories, personality development, social and emotional development, perfectionism, sensory sensitivity, emotional intensity, self-beliefs, motivation, systems perspective, psychosocial interventions, and counseling and mental health.

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You Can Keep That to Yourself by Adam Smyer (Akashic Books)

Description: At long last, a much-needed guidebook for well-intentioned people of pallor on what not to say to their African American “friends.”

Greetings, well-intentioned person of pallor.

Your good intentions used to be enough. But in these diverse and divisive times, some people would hold you accountable for your actions. You were not raised for such unfairness. You need help. And help you now have.

Let Daquan—that black coworker you are referring to when you claim to have black friends—help you navigate perilous small talk with African Americans with this handy field guide. This portable bit of emotional labor puts at your fingertips a tabbed and alphabetized list of things not to say to black people. Finally!

How to use: Keep this handbook close. Whenever you are confronted with an African American and you feel compelled to blurt out an observation about her hair or to liken your Tesla lease to slavery, ask for a moment to consult this reference. She’ll wait. If the keen insight you want to share is listed herein, You Can Keep That to Yourself. It truly is that easy!

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On sale Sep 01

Aseroë by François Dominique (Bellevue Literary Press)

Description: The aesthetic adventures of a mad mycologist

Aseroë, the mushroom, as object of fascination. First observed in Tasmania and South Africa, it appeared suddenly in France around 1920. It is characterized by its stench and, at maturity, its grotesque beauty.

Aseroë, the word, as incantation. Can a word create a world? It does, here. François Dominique is a conjurer, who through verbal sorcery unleashes the full force of language, while evoking the essential rupture between the word and the object. An impossible endeavor, perhaps, but one at the very heart of literature.

The narrator of Aseroë wanders medieval streets and dense forests, portrait galleries, and rare bookshops. As he explores the frontiers of language, the boundaries of science, art, and alchemy melt away, and the mundane is overtaken by the bizarre. Inhabited by creatures born in darkness, both terrible and alluring, Aseroë is ultimately a meditation on memory and forgetting, creation, and oblivion.

“A singular novel.” —Lydia Davis, author of Can’t and Won’t and Essays One

“Full of wonder. . . . Aseroë is a lyrical contemplation of how words affect reality.” —Foreword Reviews

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On with the Butter! Spread More Living onto Everyday Life by Heidi Herman (Book Publicity Services)

Description: Hekla Publishing announced the upcoming release of a new retirement & aging book - On with the Butter! Spread More Living onto Everyday Life by Heidi Herman is set to be released in July 2020. Genre: Non-Fiction / Retirement / Aging / Self-Help / Motivational

This new book is filled with encouragement and ideas to add more vitality and activity into your everyday life.

Synopsis:

Carry on, keep doing what you’re doing, forge ahead, and keep moving. Icelanders have a saying for it: Áfram með Smjörið – on with the butter!

If you’re looking for new ways to add zest to your life or have free time in retirement, this book offers a wide variety of activities and challenges, along with inspiring and heartwarming stories. Discover ways to explore, play, take, chances, try new things, make a difference, and have more fun in life. You’re the activities director, and On with the Butter! is your guidebook.

So keep moving, keep doing, and keep spreading more living onto everyday life. After all, everything’s better with butter.

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On sale Jul 31

To the Man in the Red Suit: Poems by Christina Fulton (RootstockPublishing)

Description: “A fine collection that gives grief the tonic sting of saltwater.” —Kirkus Starred Review

"To the Man in the Red Suit is a remarkable first book. Christina Fulton, fully formed as a craftsperson and unique in her delivery, offers us the kind of searing fare we might want to empathize with or even turn from, but we can't. We must go further. The poems round about us like necklaces of deep thought and emotion, each segment of the chain bursting with colors of dark and light. Fulton's style links object after object with single modifiers in short phrases throughout the poems, each bit its own element of slightly changing viewpoint upon which to reflect her state, and by showing those objects, the subjective becomes real, becomes our state. This book is evidence of a bright and hopefully long career already well underway."

—Al Rocheleau, Florida State Poets Association President and author of On Writing Poetry and Falling River: Collected Poems 1976-2016

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An Illusion of Love by Patricia Rice (BookViewCafe)

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Apparently lacking the psychic ability of her Malcolm father's gifted British family, Azmin Dougall feels like a pigeon in a family of peacocks. Returning to her ancestral home of India, she finds solace in photography—until her film mysteriously reveals that a woman is being abused by her powerful husband. Helping the wife escape, Azmin flees for the safety of Scotland.

Dr. Zane Dare is done with risk. Because his work introduced disease to his family home, his sister is dead and his niece suffers from the results of the same infection. Louisa has been left in his care, but the bachelor physician has no time to educate an adolescent while he researches a cure. In desperation, he asks the School of Malcolms to provide a governess. The school sends Azmin—the defiant sprite who enchanted him a decade ago.
That long-ago summer crushed both their dreams, leaving them unwilling to open their hearts again. Zane's position at the university is already precarious—introducing a rebellious Hindu princess to his household will only jeopardize his research. Azmin cannot trust a man who scoffs at the psychic abilities she's just discovered, except his frail niece wins her love.

But when Azmin's photography reveals an abusive man may be courting Louisa, Zane and Azmin must set aside their differences to protect the girl who could teach their hearts to love again . . .

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Anger's Ruin by Ron Ripley (ScareStreet)

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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…
Dan Tate feels like his life is spiraling out of control. His PTSD symptoms have returned, fueled by the terrifying ordeals he has faced. His ex-wife has dragged him into court, threatening to take custody of their children. And worst of all, Beverly’s sinister partner has finally revealed herself…

Consumed by her obsessive desire for revenge, this evil mastermind is willing to do whatever it takes to make the town of Anger pay. With the help of a collector from New York, she obtains a ghost that could make her and Beverly’s plans come to fruition. And together, they are an unstoppable force.

Dan has only one hope for victory. He must force her to confront the horrors she has inflicted on the town. But this enemy knows Dan’s heart better than anyone.

And she knows exactly how to hurt him the most…

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Anna's Dance: A Balkan Odyssey by Michele Levy (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: It’s 1968. The world is in turmoil. So is twenty-three-year-old Anna Rossi, who questions everything about her life, from her mostly Jewish heritage to her fear of intimacy. Summer in Europe with a childhood friend offers a perfect way to escape her demons. When her friend abandons her in Italy, Anna makes the rash decision to travel on with strangers. Her journey takes a perilous turn, leading her into conflict in Eastern Europe and into the heart of the Balkans. Love, Intrigue, Betrayal— Anna must find the strength to survive.

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Augie's World by John H. Brown (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Augie’s World is an engrossing tale of one man’s struggle to deal with the invisible scars of war while trying to help his family overcome a deadly threat. The book also underscores the significance of family and the life-long attachments that bind us together through our ancestral relationships. The novel is full of palpable tension, offbeat characters and hilarious incidents and highlights the Italian American experience where good food and candid conversation is a family feast served up daily.

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Bell Hammers: The True Folk Tale of Little Egypt by Lancelot Schaubert (Lance Schaubert)

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Description: PRANKS. OIL. PROTEST. JOKES BETWEEN NEWLYWEDS.

AND ONE HILARIOUS SIEGE OF A MAJOR CORPORATION.

Remmy grows up with Beth in Bellhammer, Illinois as oil and coal companies rob the land of everything that made it paradise. Under his Grandad, he learns how to properly prank his neighbors, friends, and foes. Beth tries to fix Remmy by taking him to church. Under his Daddy, Remmy starts the Bell Hammer Construction Company, which depends on contracts from Texarco Oil. And Beth argues with him about how to build a better business. Together, Remmy and Beth start to build a great neighborhood of "merry men" carpenters: a paradise of s’mores, porch furniture, newborn babies, and summer trips to Branson where their boys pop the tops of off the neighborhood’s two hundred soda bottles. Their witty banter builds a kind of castle among a growing nostalgia.

Then one of Jim Johnstone’s faulty Texarco oil derricks falls down on their house and poisons their neighborhood's well.

Poisoned wells escalate to torched dog houses. Torched dog houses escalate to stolen carpentry tools and cancelled contracts. Cancelled contracts escalate to eminent domain. Sick of the attacks from Texaco Oil on his neighborhood, Remmy assembles his merry men:

"We need the world's greatest prank. One grand glorious jest that'll bloody the nose of that tyrant. Besides, pranks and jokes don't got no consequences, right?"

PRAISE FOR LANCELOT SCHAUBERT AND BELL HAMMERS ::

“BELL HAMMERS is written in a style not unworthy of John Kennedy Toole and William Faulkner – the vivid characterization of Southern ethnography commingled with stark, episodic spectacle breathes with the spirit of quintessential Americana. It is a text I would happily assign in an American Novel class and would expect it to yield satisfying discourse alongside works in the canon, whether beside the sardonic prose of Mark Twain or the energetically painful narratives of Toni Morrison.”

— Dr. Anthony Cirilla

“Schaubert’s words have an immediacy, a potency, an intimacy that grab the reader by the collar and say, ‘Listen, this is important!’ Probing the bones and gristle of humanity, Lancelot’s subjects challenge, but also offer insights into redemption if only we will stop and pay attention.”

— Erika Robuck, national bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl

“Myth, regret, the lore of our heritage and the subtle displays of our castes — no one so accurately and imaginatively captures the joys and sorrows of life in the Midwest as Schaubert does here. BELL HAMMERS is a Tree Grows in Brooklyn as told by Gabriel Garcia Marquez if Marquez lived in rural Illinois and only told stories to his grandkids. Seriously a delight to read.”

— Colby Williams, author of the Axiom Gold Medal winning book Small Town, Big Money

“Loved BELL HAMMERS because Lancelot wrote about people who don’t get written about enough and he did it with humor, compassion, and heart.”

— Brian Slatterly, author of Lost Everything and editor of The New Haven Review

“I’m such a fan of Lancelot Schaubert’s work. His unique view and his life-wisdom enriches all he does. We’re lucky to count him among our contributors.”

— Therese Walsh, author of The Moon Sisters and Editorial Director of Writer Unboxed

“Lancelot Schaubert writes with conviction but without the cliché and bluster of the propaganda that is so common in this age of blogs and tweets. Here is a real practitioner of the craft who has the patience to pay attention. May his tribe increase!”

— Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove, author of Common Prayer and The Awakening of Hope

“Lancelot's attentive, thoughtful, a bit quirky, and innovative. He continues to impress me. He ‘sees,’ and BELL HAMMERS is full of details that enable his audience to see. Bravo, Lance.”

— Jackina Stark, author of Things Worth Remembering and Tender Grace

“Schaubert’s narratives are emotionally stirring with both a vulnerable sensibility and rawness to them. BELL HAMMERS will take you on a journey full of open wounds, intimate successes and personal delights. Lancelot’s words have a calmness, a natural ease but the meaning is always commanding and dynamic.”

— Natalie Gee, Brooklyn Film Festival

“BELL HAMMERS is the kind of story that makes you a better person and stays with you long after you put it down."

— F.C. Shultz, author of The Rose Weapon

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On sale Oct 12

Burn Me Out by Brandon Barrows (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Lifelong Castella crime family member Al Vacarro’s past is catching up to him, his future is disappearing, and these are the last twenty-four hours of life as he knows it.

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Day Trading QuickStart Guide: The Simplified Beginner's Guide to Winning Trade Plans, Conquering the by Troy Noonan (ClydeBank Media)

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Description: THE ULTIMATE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO DAY TRADING IN 2020

What does freedom mean to you?

The right series of trades can change your life. Experienced traders use their skills to build freedom - financial freedom, the freedom to travel, and the freedom to work when and how they want.

Day Trading QuickStart Guide smashes the myth that successful day traders are math experts, careless risk junkies, or compulsive gamblers. Using the tactics and enclosed in these chapters, anyone can learn the skills they need to find success while keeping risk to a bare minimum.

Author Troy Noonan is a professional full-time trader and day trading coach. The original Backpack Trader, Noonan has helped thousands of students in over 100 countries become successful traders. His story, and the stories of his successful students, is living proof that anyone can take advantage of the freedom (financial and otherwise) that day trading offers.

High-tech trading platforms, the ability to trade from anywhere at any time, and low start-up costs mean that getting started is easier than ever. Plus, price action and volatility, the bread and butter of day traders, have consistently been favorable, and this trend is here to stay!

Built around clear and easy-to-implement strategies developed over decades, the core concepts presented in this QuickStart Guide are backed up with proven risk reduction methods and winning trade strategies. Use the knowledge gained from reading this book to hobby day trade, supplement your current income, or day trade as a business; getting started takes less capital than you might think!

Supplemented with a suite of helpful downloadable digital assets and comprehensive training videos, Troy Noonan's Day Trading QuickStart Guide goes beyond its pages to act as both a reference and companion on your day trading journey.

Day Trading QuickStart Guide Is Perfect For:
Complete beginners with no prior experience
Beginners who tried day trading in the past but didn't find success
Anyone who has been discouraged by complicated trading guides
Existing traders who want to hone their skills
Investors looking to increase their money-making prospects
Anyone who wants to make a full-time income with part-time effort!
Day Trading QuickStart Guide Covers:
The Inner Workings of the Derivatives Market
Futures Trading: Contracts, How They Work and How to Use Them
How to Day Trade Optionsand Use Options Contracts to Hedge Against Risk
The Mechanics of Forex Trading and How to Use Foreign Currency Markets to Your Benefit
Day Trading QuickStart Guide Teaches You:
Day Trading Fundamentals, from the Anatomy of a Trade to Powerful Trade Plans For a Serious Edge
Technical Analysis, the Backbone of Finding and Executing Winning Trades
The Ins and Outs of Trading Psychology, a Key Aspect That Allows Traders to Rise to the Top
The Mercurial Markets Demystified, with Detailed Descriptions of the When, the How, and What to Trade in Changing Market Conditions
The Surprisingly Simple Way to Interpret Market Charts and Take Action Based on Your Findings
Technical Indicators, Patterns, Trade Plans, and Mistakes New Traders Must Avoid

*LIFETIME ACCESS TO FREE DAY TRADING DIGITAL ASSETS*
Day Trading QuickStart Guide comes with free lifetime access to a library of exclusive tools and training videos designed to help you get started quickly and become a better trader faster.

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Devil Ship by David Longhorn (ScareStreet)

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Evil haunts the high seas…
For as long as she can remember, Sara Hansen dreamed of living in paradise. Sinking her family’s savings into the Pirate Cove resort, Sara and her husband relocate to the beautiful island of Sainte Isabel. But a shadow clouds the island’s pristine shores. And when Sara researches the island’s history, she uncovers tales of an ancient pirate named Lemaitre.

According to local legend, this cruel buccaneer was so evil, even Hell refused to claim his soul. And the island’s residents believe his haunted ship still prowls the waters off Sainte Isabel’s coast. When a shady salvage captain goes missing, Sara is convinced he has run afoul of the demonic pirate.

Ignored by the local police, she investigates the mysterious disappearance on her own. But some secrets were not meant to be disturbed. And Sara soon finds herself entangled in the terrifying curse of Lemaitre and his descendants.

The Devil’s ship sails on the full moon, ready to claim another soul. Will Sara be the next victim to join its cursed crew?

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Down a Street That Wasn't There by Marie Brennan (BookViewCafe)

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A collection of short stories

Step beyond the ordinary . . .

Beneath the surface of our reality lies a world of magic and danger — a world where buildings have guardian spirits, shapeshifting coyotes prey on the hopeful and the desperate, and ancient traditions prepare for an apocalyptic future. These seven urban fantasy tales from award-winning author Marie Brennan paint the everyday with a layer of wonder, inviting you to imagine what could lie just around the corner.

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God's Country by Steven Popkes (BookViewCafe)

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Cindy Fiske hates her high school life from her vice cop father, Jake, to her biochemist mother, Anya. Of course, she runs away and into the waiting arms of Connie Samoa who runs a high price call girl ring. Then, Anya's boss starts sampling her secret drug project and things get really strange.

After all, with sex, prostitution, crooked cops, televangelists, psychopaths, an eclipse and illicit neurochemistry, what could go wrong?

Welcome to God's Country.

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Hail Mary by Patti Liszkay (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: In this sequel to "Equal and Opposite Reactions," Trysta, long conditioned to use sex as a desperate barter to keep a man in her life and a roof over her head, suddenly finds herself on a pitfall-laden path of interior discovery that will lead her to revelations about sexuality, desire, relationships, and herself.

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I Am Martin by Brian Ross Rick (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Ari Roth, a disbarred criminal defense attorney, is among eight troubled souls who stumble onto a bus bound for Chicago. A routine overnight trip soon turns into a fight for survival when the driver diverts to a rural route to avoid an approaching storm. Only after the passengers end up in a remote part of Iowa, do they realize the detour was nothing but a ruse to take them to a town where the local sheriff and his deputies have made a terrible pact with “hunters” in exchange for their own survival.
The passengers soon realize they are being hunted by something far from human; a maniacal force that has no conscience, cannot be bargained with and cannot be stopped. Their only hope of survival lies in the hands of a fellow passenger; a reclusive man who wears a mask to hide a terrible disfigurement, who calls himself Martin.

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Iditarod Nights by Cindy Hiday (Ooligan Press)

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Claire Stanfield became a lawyer to make her father proud, but after a troubling case leaves her shaken, she escapes to Alaska and immerses herself in the world of dog sledding. Dillon Cord became a police officer to serve his community, but he moves to Nome in the wake of a life-altering incident. For both, the Iditarod—the toughest sled dog race in the world—offers a chance for forgiveness, redemption, and healing. After meeting unexpectedly just ten days before the race, Claire and Dillon are drawn together by the shared challenge of surviving the merciless Alaskan wilderness out on the trail. With the help of their strong-willed sled dogs, the two mushers navigate treacherous mountain paths, as well as their own budding relationship. If they can come to terms with their pasts and stay focused on the dangerous trail ahead, Claire and Dillon might have a chance to create something special—but only if they reach Nome in one piece.

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Killing Song by Luna Joya (City Owl Press)

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Description: One more kill and she’s free … but only if she doesn’t fall in love first.

Love destroys. Zaida has lived by that motto for centuries as a siren and the Fairie Queen’s most lethal assassin. So keeping things strictly professional with the sexy human she’s working with on the FBI’s paranormal task force shouldn’t be a problem. Except… it is.

Former Army Ranger Zimm isn’t a big fan of love either. Losing everything and everyone will do that to a guy. Keeping his hands off the badass, sword-happy siren who’s helping him track down a murderous demon should be easy. But… it isn’t.

If Zaida and Zimm have any hope of claiming their happily ever after, they’ll have to catch a killer, outwit immortal royalty, and face off against an evil magical organization. And then there’s the little matter of the last hit the Queen has ordered Zaida to carry out in exchange for her freedom. The target? Zimm.

Are they destined to be a forbidden romance or fated mates? Either way, it seems like everything’s about to get supernaturally complicated.

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Laurel Everywhere by Erin Moynihan (Ooligan Press)

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Fifteen-year-old Laurel Summers couldn’t tell you the last words she spoke to her mother and siblings if her life depended on it. But she will never forget the image of her mother’s mangled green car on the freeway, shattering the boring world Laurel had been so desperate to escape. Now she can’t stop seeing the ghosts of her family members, which haunt her with memories of how life used to be back when her biggest problem was the kiss she shared with her best friend Hanna.

After the accident, Laurel and her dad are left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Her dad is struggling with his grief and depression, unable to cope with the loss of his family. He seeks a way out of his pain, leaving Laurel behind while he struggles to cope with his own mental illness. She is desperate to find a way to hold everything together again and help her father come to terms with the loss so he can come back to her.

Laurel tries to make sense of her pain with the help of her grandparents, her two best friends, and some random strangers. As she struggles to understand who she is without her family, she must come to terms with the items on her List of Things Not to Talk About, learn to trust her dad again, and—on top of it all—keep her heart open to love in the wake of her immense loss, eventually learning that it’s OK to not be OK.

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Lucky John by Desiree R. Kannel (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: John Roberts has the risky habit of infidelity, but it isn’t adult John Roberts running his life, it’s John the indignant and angry teenager. At 17, his secret girlfriend becomes pregnant, and both fathers put an end to the relationship. John’s father sends him away to live with his Aunt Idell, the family matriarch, birthing in John an anger and resentment he carries into adulthood.

Twenty years later, a run-in with his first love and his father’s stroke, causes John to believe that redemption is finally at hand. Instead, John’s luck begins to run out as he discovers how everyone has moved on, except him. John finds himself facing death, divorce, a dwindling business, and no idea how to correct the mess he has made.

Family histories, both proud and tragic, play out in the background as John tries to learn the hard act of forgiveness.

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My Song's Curse by Poppy Minnix (City Owl Press)

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Description: Ultimate control has its downside, especially when it comes to romance.

As a siren Lula Aglaope can bend anyone to her will with the smallest whisper, but she’d give up her power for one meaningful, honest conversation.

She wants a normal life, like the open, true connections the humans seem to pull off with such little effort.
When she meets Alexiares, God of Warding off Wars, all thoughts of a normalcy fly out the window. The beautiful demigod can't be controlled! He’s frustrating, irresistible...and utterly off-limits.

Alex has watched Olympus slowly fall apart. The old gods continue their archaic control of the Universe, denying the progress of humans and other deities. But Alex has plans to repair the damage, and Lula is a major player.
She just doesn’t know it yet.

Falling for her is the worst idea. And just when things move in the right direction, danger arises that no one expects, plunging the sirens into the deadly Olympian spotlight.

With Lula’s sisters missing, and a pile of broken laws surrounding them, will Alex and Lula change the Universe for the better, or destroy it?

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My Travels With a Dead Man by Steve Searls (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Jane Takako Wolfsheim inextricably falls for a charismatic stranger named Jorge Luis Borges. Through him, she learns she can alter time and space, creating alternative worlds to which she can travel. However, Borges’ lies and emotional abuse, in league with “the man in black”, a demonic spirit who plagues Jane’s nightmares, nearly drive her insane. The ghost of haiku master, Basho, and the Daibutsu of Kamakura, a statue of the Amida Buddha who speaks to Jane in her dreams, both offer cryptic advice to Jane about her powers and her relationship with Borges. After her parents’ murder, Jane, the primary suspect, is forced to flee with Borges. When Jane lands in a dystopian future Japan, pregnant with Borges’s child, she meets Ulrikke, Borges’ formidable mother, who warns Jane of a terrible prophecy involving Borges that threatens not only Jane’s life, but also the future of humanity. Unable to trust anyone, Jane must decide what to do to avert her own death and prevent humanity’s extinction.

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Painting the Lines by Ashley R. King (City Owl Press)

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Description: Amalie Warner wants another shot to prove that she can be a successful writer. After hitting the bestseller’s list nine years ago, she’s lost her spark.

Feeling pressure from her father to leave her writing behind and to work for her family’s lucrative hotel business, she’s desperate to find inspiration for her next big idea, something that challenges and excites her, something real.

Enter Julian Smoke, a failed tennis player making a dream run for the US Open.

After a chance meeting at a bar, Amalie hates him instantly. He’s cocky and arrogant, but Amalie knows his story could be her big break.

Could he be more?

Everyone knows that in tennis, love means zero, but these two are about to change that.

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Pretty Chrysanthemum and Other Stories by Nancy Lane (Open Books)

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Description: These sixteen stories remind readers how family is at the core of human experience and how relationships, especially those between parent and child, rely on the power of love to overcome challenges.

Five stories feature historical content from 1897 through 1971. Eleven contemporary stories pose challenging situations.

Throughout these tales, the pull of family, the power of love, and unshakeable human decency prevail.

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Reading 5X5 x2: Duets by B. Morris Allen (Verdage)

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How do authors' voices change when they collaborate?

A round-robin of great science fiction and fantasy stories: five authors each collaborating with each of the others and writing solo.

Epic duels both human and divine, alien spaceships, a train full of sacrifices barreling straight toward a god’s seat of power, and much, much more.

Including stories by Evan Marcroft, David Gallay, J. Tynan Burke, L'Erin Ogle, and Douglas Anstruther.

Table of Contents

Children of a Wine-Dark World

The Relic

Lambs Fight to Die

The Third Chamber From the Left

Boro Boro

Instar

Snakeheart

Sudden Oak Death

Titanotheosis

Memories Written in Scars

Project Blackbook

The Blood Dance of Ape and Mouse

The Firmament

Daylight

Infernal® Policies and Procedures Have Changed

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Sage: The Reader by Clark Viehweg (Black Rose Writing)

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Secret Harbor by Michael J. Moore (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Tony Carpenter loves Karina. It doesn't matter that they're only fourteen. When they are together, they forget about their abusive parents. They run away, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake, until one day Tony's caught and sent to a boy's home on a remote island in Washington's San Juans.

But Tony doesn't intend to stay. He'll do whatever it takes to get back to Karina and nothing will stand in his way. Run by corrupt staff with no accountability to anybody who cares about the abuses administered almost daily to its residents, Secret Harbor is one of the state's best kept secrets.

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Silver Heights by J.L. Cole (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Rayna thought she knew what she was doing when she spontaneously married Ethan and left the city to live on a secluded ranch. It was supposed to be the answer that finally gave her life direction and got her away from her parent’s toxic relationship, but nothing is like she fantasized. Her few attempts at helping on the ranch are disastrous, she stands out like a sore thumb in the small town of Silver Heights, and her conservative mother-in-law, Carol, is convinced Rayna is ruining her son’s life. Worst of all, Rayna can’t seem to stop pushing Ethan away and sabotaging her own marriage.

Through keeping the ranch afloat and navigating the ups and downs of life, Rayna and those around her must learn how to finally let go of the past and find peace in life’s messy, yet beautiful moments.

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Tangle of Time by Gin Westcott (Entrada Publishing)

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After barely escaping a torturous series of undiscovered tunnels far beneath the Sierra foothills, Mae and her friends emerge, dehydrated and nearly dead from starvation. But everything Mae knows and loves is now gone. Through some bizarre tangle in time, they’ve been reeled back into the past. To a time that, according to Mae—“is constipated with antiquated gender inequality.” With danger lurking behind every tree and no easy way home, they must begin adapting to their new surroundings before it’s too late. So, when struck with an unexpected opportunity, Mae is faced with the difficult choice of returning to her own time or living out the greatest adventure of her life and carving her own path in history. Gin Westcott’s debut novel is the first in the unique Tangle of Time series that will take you through an exciting, historical, and romantic adventure that you won’t be able to put down.

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The Frontman by Lawrence Parlier (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: In 1860’s London, change is on the cards for down-at-heel photographer, Samuel Temple, when he is commissioned by the employers of the enigmatic Mrs Watson to capture a special portrait. Little does he know, however, that the subject of the photograph will spark a dark fascination inside him, one which takes his life – and many more – in an increasingly sinister direction.

In present day Dublin, Louise Lacey is drawn to purchase a beautiful old camera for her home as a symbol of change in her own life. The arrival of the antique, however, triggers strange and terrifying events and Louise reluctantly becomes aware that she is no longer alone.

As Louise reluctantly investigates the source of her haunting, she is led into danger she could never have imagined, as it becomes terrifyingly clear that she is the victim of dark obsessions, both past and present.

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The Gamer by Colin R Parsons (Crystal Peake Publisher)

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Description: Drake Banks is a 12-year-old boy who is used to moving from one army camp to another. After the death of his father, Drake and his mother have to get used to living a normal life in the town where she grew up. This proves challenging for Drake as he misses the army life. Drake finds an old arcade in his new town. He loves video games! One day, after arriving at the arcade, Drake discovers a new game called Death Trap. He did not know how his life was about to drastically change. After pressing Start, Drake is sucked into the video game.

Upon entering this new world, Drake has to face a series of dangerous challenges and survive if he wants to get back home. But he soon realises that he is not alone. There are two other competitors, Scott Vent and Crystal Moon, who are computer programmes. The race is on! However, it isn't long before they realise that they cannot face these challenges alone. Can they put their differences aside and work together?

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The Names We Take by Trace Kerr (Ooligan Press)

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Never leave someone behind: it’s a promise easier made than kept, especially when seventeen-year-old Pip takes the headstrong twelve-year-old Iris under her protection in the wake of an earth-shattering plague.

After an unspeakable tragedy, the duo must negotiate the complexities of their own identities amid the nearly unrecognizable remains of Spokane, Washington. When they're captured by a violent gang, Pip and Iris meet Fly, a stubborn and courageous older girl. When their captors exchange them for supplies at Thistle Hill Orchard, an idyllic farm turned commune, it seems that the girls' luck has finally changed for the better. But the proselytizing of Veronica, Thistle Hill's leader, and the looming presence of her right-hand man, Granville―who is more snake than cowboy―make the trio’s circumstances more perilous.

As Pip, Iris, and Fly weigh the precariousness of their lives at Thistle Hill against the uncertainty of life on the outside, they simultaneously grapple with the secrets that make their situation all the more tenuous. Pip’s vow to never leave someone behind may have made survival more difficult for her, but this promise could also be the key to finding meaning in the ashes of what came before.

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Description: Jacklyn Madison never expected to be attacked by a beast on an evening snack run. Add a rescue mission enacted by a trained regiment of teenaged warriors, and her night officially becomes just like a scene from one of her beloved comic books. Turns out, her parents were once members of the Order of the Key, gifted humans that protect humanity from creatures spilling through inter-dimensional rifts. Unable to control her newfound abilities, Jacklyn and her family rejoin the Order.

After an attack on their headquarters leaves Jacklyn questioning their leadership, Kyp—the boy who led her initial rescue—reveals a darker secret. The Order’s leader may be corrupt, and Jacklyn’s questions could put her family in danger. Drawn into the search for proof, Jacklyn must use her guts and magical brawn to protect her family, her friends, and herself from the monsters spilling from rifts, and those hiding within the Order.

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Thirteen Stops by Snadra Harris (Poolbeg Press)

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There are thirteen Luas stops between Sandyford and St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, each significant in the lives of the people who step on and off the tram every day.

The passengers all hunker down, folded tightly into themselves, eyes fixed on their phones, interminably scrolling, terrified of connecting with each other. Except . . .

Except, who’s that good-looking guy in the long dark coat who’s eyeing up Selfie Queen Laura? Could he end up as one of her terrible choices? Hang on, isn’t he the same guy who was ogling glamorous working-mum-with-a-secret Maroon before? And why is Jamie over there telling his life story to a complete stranger? What’s Fauve hiding in her handbag? It must be the Crown Jewels at the very least, the way she's clutching it so tightly to herself. And why does Becks from two seats down look out the window so anxiously? Is she worried that Barry could be straying?

Alight here for the inside track . . .

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Toro by Andrew Avner (Black Rose Writing)

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Toro is set in the colorful backdrop of Pamplona, Spain during the fiesta of San Fermín and the running of the bulls, famed as one of the most exhilarating, dangerous, and spectacular events around the world.

2020 Maxy Awards Middle-Grade Runner-Up

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Walking with the Dead by Charles Domokos (Black Rose Writing)

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Charlie’s pushing his luck, on the edge of the River Styx, walking with the dead, trying to avoid Charon, the ferry boatman’s ghostly grasp for Angel and for himself.

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What Lies Hidden: A Gripping Psychological Thriller That Will Have You At The Edge Of Your Seat by Fran McDonnell (Poolbeg Press)

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Description: Isobel McKenzie is an experienced and intuitive psychotherapist who is on sabbatical while recovering from illness. Reluctantly she goes to London to help out an old friend, solicitor Paul Wright, who is uneasy about the partisan nature of a proposed divorce settlement. He asks her to meet the couple, Thomas and Anne Banks, to assess the situation. Is Anne, a recovering alcoholic, possibly being coerced into signing an agreement which not only gives Thomas control of all their assets but also sole custody of their son?

Isobel immediately senses that something is awry and, despite herself, finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the case. She joins forces with Patricia King, a resourceful and imaginative secretary at the law firm. As they talk to family and friends of the couple they discover conflicting tales of alcoholism, coercion and possible abuse.

With the divorce settlement set to be signed in ten days’ time, Isobel and Patricia find themselves plunged into a dark world of lies and subterfuge where they are in a race to uncover and prove the truth.

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Where Magic and Science Collide by Joseph J. Swope (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: On a distant planet where wizards and enchantments work freely in a medieval world, war suddenly breaks out when the forces of evil throw the world of Ambrasian into chaos. At the same time, an intergalactic ship arrives in orbit to divert a killer asteroid heading toward the planet – only to find no scientific explanation for the events observed on the surface. Where Magic and Science Collide explores the dichotomy of two civilizations – one fully immersed in a world of magic and the other driven by technological innovation.

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Win, Lose, Draw by Sara Stamey (BookViewCafe)

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KurtisP385XL47Ruth: Game Changer. Prodigal daughter. Spy.

The Resistance coil is heating up on the primitive forest-world Andura, where human rebels fight the Cyber entities that control the peaceful but static galaxy according to strict WorldPlans. The Cybers send Agent Kurtis to investigate, unaware that she's now a double agent for the Resistance. What she finds is a gang of hoodlums destroying the ancient forests to sell rare resources.

The Resistance coil is heating up on the primitive forest-world Andura, where human rebels fight the Cyber entities that control the peaceful but static galaxy according to strict WorldPlans. The Cybers send Agent Kurtis to investigate, unaware that she's now a double agent for the Resistance. Still grieving and nursing betrayals from a Homeworld visit to her estranged family, Ruth arrives on Andura to find a gang of hoodlums destroying the ancient forests in order to sell rare resources.

Escaping both the Cybers and the corrupt rebels, Ruth joins the reclusive natives in the towering branches of the sacred Mother Tree, hoping to enlist their help in exposing a plot that threatens their world and all humans. The Cybers will have to face more than a band of Changers. The Cybers can go suck circuits — when the Wild Card is in play, all bets are off.

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Elephant Speak: A Devoted Keeper’s Life Among the Herd by Melissa Crandall (Ooligan Press)

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When Roger Henneous first dons his keeper uniform and sets foot in the Oregon Zoo, he doesn't know what to expect. Over Roger's thirty-year career, he discovers the joys, pains, and dangers of life in a zoo, all the while maintaining an unwavering devotion to Belle, Packy, and the rest of the Asian elephants he cares for. Roger faces many risks—but his willingness to learn the elephants' language earns him a rare level of trust among the herd, reminding us how much we can achieve when we choose to listen.
Elephant Speak: A Devoted Keeper’s Life Among the Herd takes place in a time when ethical conversations about animal comfort, safety, and enrichment in zoos were just beginning. More than an evolutionary history of zookeeping, this unique biography celebrates the extraordinary bonds between humans and elephants and asks what we owe elephants, where we have fallen short, and how we can move forward together.

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When No One Is Watching by Linathi Makanda (Odyssey Books)

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Description: When No One Is Watching is a compilation of poems about love and the loss thereof, trauma and the dark reflections that come with it. It is a depiction of sides that people don’t readily show, sides of vulnerability, insecurity and tiny amounts of hope. One could say it is the result of shedding light into a world of secrecy, escapism, an alternate reality belonging to an alternate version of an individual. When No One Is Watching is the truth in its purest form.

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A Witchly Influence by Stephanie Grey (BHC Press)

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Description: “[the] feel-good paranormal book of the year.” —Raisa Guedes, NetGalley Reviewer

“Funny and creative—a fast and happy read.” —Laura Hill, Librarian

Get ready to have fun and be influenced!

Fate can show up as anything… As a freshly minted divorcee, witch Carmen Devereaux returns to her hometown in North Carolina. With this decision comes another change in her life: Fate has decided that she is to become an Influencer, someone who guides others onto the path that they were meant to take.

When she’s assigned to Abby Windsor, a young schoolteacher, as well as her own stepbrother, Finn Cleary, she soon encounters several obstacles, including getting stuck in her own past.

A quirky, fun, and lovable cast of characters, including Lenny the Snowman—a grumpy, old snowman who really loves trashy reality shows, especially ones about real housewives; Egbert the Lobbyist Pencil—a pompous pencil who lobbies on magic and loves tasty cuisine; and Muse Siobhan Waters, who is thoughtful and down to earth, help guide and inspire Carmen whenever she gets stuck working on her assignment. Along the way, Carmen learns to influence others…and herself.

Humorous and light-hearted, A Witchly Influence is the perfect feel-good book of the year.

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Alina: A Song For the Telling by Malve von Hassell (BHC Press)

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Description: ALINA: A SONG FOR THE TELLING is a coming-of-age story of a young woman from Provence in the 12th century. Although written for middle grade/young adult, this timeless and classic tale will be enjoyed by readers of all ages, especially those who enjoy historical books like Anna of Byzantium, Anne of Green Gables, or Little Women.

“You should be grateful, my girl. You have no dowry, and I am doing everything I can to get you settled. You are hardly any man’s dream.” Alina’s brother, Milos, pulled his face into a perfect copy of Aunt Marci’s sour expression, primly pursing his mouth. He had got her querulous tone just right.

Maybe Alina’s aunt was right. She could not possibly hope to become a musician, a trobairitz—impoverished as she was and without the status of a good marriage. But Alina refuses to accept the life her aunt wants to impose on her. At the first opportunity that presents itself, Alina and her brother embark on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to escape from their aunt’s and uncle’s strictures.

Their journey east takes them through the Byzantine Empire all the way to Jerusalem, where Alina discovers her passion and finds her voice.

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Crystal Heart by Whitney Morris (BHC Press)

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Description: When eighteen-year-old Mellissa Hail meets the magical changeling Gregory, she discovers an ancient and enchanted world of leprechauns and elves.

Now she must come to terms with believing in magic and her destiny—that she is the chosen one to guard the Heart Crystal. But time is running out and the seal that guards the evil leprechaun Kadon is breaking. Can she save mankind in time?

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Every Now and Then by Lesley Kagen (Alcove Press)

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Description: For fans of Where the Crawdads Sing and This Tender Land comes a heartfelt story about three young girls searching for adventure during the summer of 1960 from the New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark.

That summer would change us . . . forever.

The summer of 1960 was the hottest ever for Summit, Wisconsin. For kids seeking relief from the heat, there was a creek to be swum in, sprinklers to run through, and ice cream at Whitcomb’s Drugstore. But for Frankie, Viv, and Biz, eleven-year-old best friends, it would forever be remembered as the summer that evil paid a visit to their small town–and took their young lives as they’d known them as a souvenir.

With a to-do list in hand, the girls set forth from their hideout to make their mark on that summer, but when three patients escape from Broadhurst Mental Institution, their idyllic lives take a sinister turn. Determined to uncover long-held secrets, the girls have no idea that what they discover could cost them their lives and the ones they hold dear.

Six decades later, Biz, now a bestselling novelist, remembers that long ago summer and how it still haunts her and her lifelong friends in Every Now and Then, a story about the ties that bind us, the timelessness of grief and guilt–and the everlasting hope for redemption.

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Northern Light by Deb Davies (BHC Press)

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Description: A Coast-to-Coast Michigan Mystery book.

Recently widowed Claire opens her home on the North Branch of the Au Sable River to her best friend, Laurel, and Laurel’s daughter, Jen, who is accompanied by Charles, her impromptu travel partner. While the company should lift her spirits, Claire soon becomes the victim of random attacks, escalating from seemingly harmless pranks to threatening letters and grave injuries.

It’s clear that no one associated with Claire is safe. This, however, does not stop romance from blossoming and friendships from forming. When the unlikely group comes face-to-face with someone who hates Claire enough to take lives, will their newfound bonds be strong enough to protect them?

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Remeon's Crusade by J.W. Garrett (BHC Press)

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Description: To discover her future, a young woman must first go back…
To unite a family bond, she must break it…
To find love again, she must let it go.

Arista’s family loves her, seeks to protect her, but her bonds of love are strained and tested upon the death of her mother, Whisterly. Leaving behind the council chair of Remeon, and a powerful generational legacy of witches ready to take Arista in, uncertainty hangs in the air.

As Arista explores her new role and the powers surrounding it, she discovers love—and all the dangers with it. As her father grieves and her family questions the past, Arista must face the truth with courage, staring fiercely into the heart of the unknown.

Full of political, mystical, and familial intrigue, Arista must choose whether to accept or forsake her inheritance, and consequentially the ones she loves.

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Salvation by J.S. Bailey (BHC Press)

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Description: Thing’s are not going well for Bobby Roland, a socially awkward psychic who foresees disasters and spends his days fighting evil.

Desperate and in pain after an encounter with a cursed object, Bobby’s hunt for his replacement is interrupted by Jane, a mysterious black magic practitioner determined to stay young forever. And when a spirit of a little girl named Layla reaches out for help, he’s suddenly got his hands full.

Bobby knows he can’t let Jane succeed, regardless of her threats. Banding together with his friends, they’re determined to take Jane down. Things are about to get interesting…

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The Sea of the Dead by Amy Kuivalainen (BHC Press)

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Description: “I cannot sing my praise of this series enough! I quite literally couldn't sleep wondering what was going to happen next.” —Kristen Sledge, Goodreads Reviewer

“To put it simply, I love this series… If I wasn't already obsessed with the magicians after the first book, I sure am now.” —Katherine, Librarian & NetGalley Reviewer

“This book gave me everything I look for in a book. It has romance, mystery, friendship, humor, adventure, great story-telling, and legends brought to life.” —Ashley McNeil, NetGalley Reviewer

The battle for Venice might be over, but the war is just beginning… Penelope’s and Alexis’s adventure continues in the second installment of The Magicians of Venice series.

Penelope has accepted her role as the new Archivist for the magicians, but with war brewing with the priests of Thevetat and the tide of magic on the rise, she’s going to have to learn her way around her new and dangerous world if she has any hope of outsmarting their enemies.

When Penelope’s friend and fellow archaeologist, Tim, uncovers a scroll containing a magical secret lost in the Dead Sea for two thousand years, Penelope and Alexis must travel to Israel to find him before Abaddon and Kreios get there first.

To defeat Thevetat and his followers, they’ll need to find a weapon capable of ending him for good, and as her old life collides with her new, Penelope will pay the ultimate price to keep the secrets of the magicians safe.

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Whiteland by Rosie Cranie-Higgs (BHC Press)

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Description: ‘You’re only going to get burned.’
‘By what?’
‘Monsters,’ she calls into the night. ‘And girls who go looking for them.’


In a lonely Swiss mountain village, Kira’s holiday erupts. It’s winter, it’s eerie, and out in the woods, something imbeds its claws into her sister.

When Romy returns, she’s different. She’s violent, inhuman, and by rights, should be dead. But all their parents care about is that she’s still alive. That is…until their parents disappear.

In the otherworldly forest, Kira starts to pry, but secrets like to be kept. Alongside sarcastic Scotsman Callum, Kira stumbles upon the folkloric world of Whiteland, eating all she knows.

Something has changed.

It’s all but imperceptible, but present nonetheless; a change in the air, or a shift in her perceptions.

She stills, listening, sensing.


If Kira runs away, she’ll be safe. If she doesn’t, her family might not survive. In the end, there’s no mercy in revenge.

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A Child of Many Waters by Erin Lierl (Lavender Ink)

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Description: Review copies available in Epub, PDF, MOBI, and also paperback in continental US.Most of this remarkable book was originally type-written on small pieces of paper as the author, working as a poet in the streets of New Orleans and other cities, observed the scenes around her as well as her inner world. These prose transcripts of time and place, written around and between poems, reflect a poetic sensitivity to the visual and sonic values of words and phrases while exploring language as a tool of pilgrimage and spiritual engagement. Embodying elements of poetry, fiction, and memoir, the book also embraces the realm of collaborative performance art: the sound of clacking keys and spectacle of the typewriter allow the public square to become aware of itself appearing on the page. As the text’s creation is performed for the world, the world also performs in the mirror of the text.A Child of Many Waters is a beautiful and revelatory book, a work suffused with deep love and compassion for real people, for living communities, and for the sacred ground on which we walk, the Earth. It focuses intently, though often subtly, on the ultimate questions of meaning and valuing. It grapples on every page with the problem of overcoming delusion, and with the quest to be truly for, and very much with, this world.
—John ClarkErin Lierl is a teacher and writer in New Orleans. Raised in Northern Kentucky, she studied languages, politics, and culture at Loyola and later Tulane University in New Orleans. In addition to working as a poet, she has worked in adult and refugee education in India, Thailand, and New Orleans. She currently teaches at an alternative high school in New Orleans.

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Daewoo by François Bon (Diálogos)

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Description: This ebook is available in MOBI, PDF, or Epub. Paperback is also available in continental US.French Voices Award Grand Prize Winner, Daewoo was inspired by the closing of three Daewoo factories in the Lorraine region of France in 2002. François Bon’s novel, in this award-winning translation by Youna Kwak, intertwines journalism, fiction and theater, to explore what actually happens in the lives of working people when they are abruptly stripped of their livelihood and, consequently, their sense of security, purpose, and dignity.In the early 2000s, Bon traveled to the Lorraine intending to do research for a play about the changed lives of the hundreds of suddenly unemployed workers, mostly women, who had assembled microwaves and television sets in the Daewoo factories. But when he arrived he discovered that research was not sufficient, that reportage could not achieve the kind of vigilant witness to events that he sought. To pay homage to truth, he needed fiction; and so Daewoo was born—a novel combining elements of theater, fictional narrative, journalistic research, and imagined interviews, that together testify to the real damage done to people caught in the multi-national economic squeeze, discarded and forgotten like the buildings they once worked in and maintained.François Bon is a prolific and inventive writer and activist who has surprisingly not yet been translated into English, despite the fact that he has already been translated into numerous other languages. In 1982, he published his first novel, Sortie d’usine, with the prestigious Éditions de Minuit, to critical accolades, including the Rome Prize. He has since written dozens of novels, plays, documentary films, biographies, and autobiographies, including Après le livre (Seuil, 2011) and Autobiographie des objets (Seuil, 2012). In 1998, Bon created Le Tiers Livre (www.tierslivre.net), part archive, part blog, part publishing house, part repository of pedagogical materials. Le Tiers Livre serves as an active platform for Bon’s experimentations in digital publishing, literary genres, and social activism.

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Guns Under the Bed: Memories of a Young Revolutionary by Jody A. Forrester (Odyssey Books)

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Description: It is 1969 and Jody A. Forrester is in her late teens, transitioning from sixties love child to pacifist anti-Vietnam War activist to an ardent revolutionary. Guns Under the Bed: Memories of a Young Revolutionary revolves around her three years in the Revolutionary Union, a Communist organization advocating armed overthrow of the ruling class. In readiness for the uprising, she sleeps with two rifles underneath her bed.

One of millions protesting the war, what sets Jody apart her from her peers is her decision to join a group espousing Mao Tse Tung’s ideology of class war. But why? How does she come to embrace violence as the only solution to the inequities inherent in a capitalist empire? To answer that question, Jody goes into her past, and in the process comes to realize that what she always thought of as political is also deeply personal.

More than a coming-of-age story, this memoir tells the more universal truths about seeking a sense of belonging not found in her family with themes of shame, pride, secrecy, self-valuation, and self-acceptance explored in context of the culture and politics of that volatile period in American history.

“Evocative, compelling, terrifying, sad, and ultimately triumphant. A classic coming-of-age narrative about a woman who seeks a sense of belonging that she doesn’t find in her family or her body.” – Emily Rapp Black, Poster Child: A Memoir

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Best of British Science Fiction 2019 by Donna Scott (NewCon Press)

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Description: Twenty-two stories that represent some of the best SF published anywhere in 2019: stories of heroism, stories of loss, stories of wonder.

In this volume you will encounter tales in which creatures are cut off from their loved ones; someone is trapped with an abuser; a bird sings; weeds grow where we hope for a garden; we consider what our alternative selves might be doing; we can’t sleep; we wish we could keep things just the way they were; we drink too much… and we look to rockets blasting off into the sky and think that there lies the future; that’s hope.

Best of British Science Fiction 2019 is once again edited by Donna Scott, a recent chair of the BSFA and a distinguished poet, writer, and stand-up comedian. Donna is also a free-lance editor who has worked behind the scenes for a number of major publishers over the course of several years.

Contents
2019: An Introduction – Donna Scott
The Anxiety Gene – Rhiannon Grist
The Land of Grunts and Squeaks – Chris Beckett
For Your Own Good – Ian Whates
Neom – Lavie Tidhar
Once You Start – Mike Morgan
For the Wicked, Only Weeds Will Grow – G. V. Anderson
Fat Man in the Bardo – Ken MacLeod
Cyberstar – Val Nolan
The Little People – Una McCormack
The Loimaa Protocol – Robert Bagnall
The Adaptation Point – Kate Macdonald
The Final Ascent – Ian Creasey
A Lady of Ganymede, a Sparrow of Io – Dafydd McKimm
Snapshots – Leo X. Robertson
Witch of the Weave – Henry Szabranski
Parasite Art – David Tallerman
Galena – Liam Hogan
Ab Initio – Susan Boulton
Ghosts – Emma Levin
Concerning the Deprivation of Sleep – Tim Major
Every Little Star – Fiona Moore
The Minus-Four Sequence – Andrew Wallace
About the Authors

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In a Pickle by Cindy Dorminy (Red Adept Publishing)

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Description: After years of crying into her sweet tea, Regina finally has her life in order. She has a great job, wonderful friends, and a successful fiancé. But when the town council decides to do something special for this year’s Pickle Festival, life gets a little briny. As a former Pickle Queen, Regina has a chance to win fifty thousand dollars if she participates in a three-day photo scavenger hunt, but she must compete with her former Pickle King, Clint. He’s the guy who ripped her heart out when he left to play professional baseball and never looked back.

Clint Sorrow is as famous for starting bar fights as he is for stealing bases. Years ago, he vowed to never step foot back in Smithville, but when he finds out there’s a chance his baseball contract may not be renewed, he jumps at the opportunity to show his team he’s not a liability. As a bonus, he’ll get to spend time with Regina, the girl he left… and never stopped loving.

When Clint gets wind of Regina’s engagement, he decides he must stop it before she does something they’ll both regret. But Clint has a secret that will not only destroy her plans but may cause him to be benched for life.

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Mistaken Identity: Kate Starling Mysteries Book One by Beth Urich (Zimbell House Publishing)

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Description: In the early 1990s in Branson, Missouri, investigative reporter, Kate Starling, covers the murder of local businessman, Bill Pantell.

Combating the authorities who want to quickly close the case, Kate is determined to solve it. When her father is accused of murder, Kate doubles her efforts to exonerate him. She believes that the key to identifying the murderer is hidden in Pantell’s past. But there are those who will do anything to keep the past in the past.
How much is she willing to risk to save her father?

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Never Look Back in Texas by Russ Hall (Red Adept Publishing)

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Description: Trouble might be gaining on you…

When Al agrees to help Fergie find the missing son of one of their long-ago high school classmates, they head off to a ranch in the valley, where some wide open spaces still remain in Southeast Texas.

Al is okay with following Fergie’s lead in the case, for a change, and even with riding horses. But what he doesn’t expect is for the trail to lead them to encounter one of America’s most violent gangs, the Mara Salvatrucha.

The MS-13 members are vicious, tattooed career criminals who have devoted their lives to machetes and guns. And this bunch is gearing up to wage war with other gangs—fighting, maiming, killing, and dying over their turfs, colors, and hand signs. Heaven help anyone in their way. But to do their job, Fergie and Al end up squarely in the gang’s path.

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Skin Deep by Marissa Doyle (BookViewCafe)

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Burned by a painful divorce, Garland Durrell is thankful to escape to a small village on Cape Cod to lick her wounds and sew the quilts that are her passion. But battered by storms and haunted by inexplicable deaths, Mattaquason is not the haven she thought it would be... especially when she's the only one willing to help a man and small boy washed up on the beach, both badly wounded and with no memory of how they got there.

Alasdair cannot admit that he does remember. He and his son Conn are the last of a ruling family of selkies, locked in a struggle with an ancient evil that has all but destroyed his people and now threatens the human world. Only powerful magic can stop it, a magic the generous, blue-eyed human who saved him doesn't know she possesses but which thrums in every thread she stitches.

But as the attraction between Garland and Alasdair grows, so does the danger. Only Garland and her quilts, made with a power she barely believes is real, can save them all...and give them the chance to find out whether a selkie and a human can, for once, live happily after.

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The Match Game: A Collection of Steamy Tales by Multiple (Temptation Press)

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Description: In The Match Game, six emerging authors describe how newfound lovers live out their fantasies in person and online.

Shrouded by the glow of a screen, users can choose who they want to be— and who they want to be with. Whether they desire one sizzling night of delight to take their mind off a recent heartbreak, or they are searching for a more tender, lasting connection, the Internet has something to satisfy all lovers’ deepest longings. Emboldened by anonymity and the ability to start anew, online daters garner the courage to venture out of their comfort zones and into new domains of passion.

Which red-hot story will be your favorite?

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Wolfgang Domino ♦ E. W. Farnsworth ♦ Shanjida Nusrath Ali ♦ Doc Raymond ♦ Mark Tulin ♦ and Lidy Wilks

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English Composition Teacher's Guidebook:How to Survive (and Even Thrive) as an Adjunct or Part-time by Tom Mulder (Equinox Publishing Ltd.)

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Description: English Composition Teacher’s Guidebook: How to Survive (and Even Thrive) as a Part-time or Adjunct Instructor is a practical and motivational handbook for the multitudes of itinerant English adjunct and part-time instructors who travel between multiple colleges and universities teaching English composition to students from different cultures and age groups. The book offers advice and recommendations that are geared specifically for this audience together with sufficient ready-to-use teaching material for a semester-long first-year composition course. The author uses imagined collegial conversations over coffee and hiking and coaching themes to draw lessons for teachers, beginning each chapter with a vignette based on his experiences hiking in scenic locations. The book contains materials for students that can be projected or copied as handouts, including work on sentence combining and analysis as well as topics, peer response sheets, and assessment rubrics for essay assignments. Both the hiking vignettes and classroom activities are illustrated by photographs which add to the interest and enjoyment of reading this book.
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Legacies of the Occult: Psychoanalysis, Religion, and Unconscious Communication by Marsha Aileen Hewitt (Equinox Publishing Ltd.)

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Description: Telepathy, thought transference, unconscious communication. While some important early psychological theorists such as William James, Frederic W. H. Myers and Sigmund Freud all agreed that the phenomenon exists, their theoretical approaches to it were very different. James’s and Myers’s interpretations of and experimental investigations into telepathy or thought transference were an inextricable part of their psychical researches. Freud’s insistence on the reality of thought transference had nothing to do with psychical research or paranormal phenomena, which he largely repudiated. Thought transference for Freud was located in a theory of the unconscious that was radically different from the subliminal mind embraced by James and Myers. Today thought transference is most commonly described as unconscious communication but was largely ignored by subsequent generations of psychoanalysts until most recently. Nonetheless, the recognition of unconscious communication has persisted as a subterranean, quasi-spiritual presence in psychoanalysis to this day. As psychoanalysis becomes more interested in unconscious communication and develops theories of loosely boundaried subjectivities that open up to transcendent dimensions of reality, it begins to assume the features of a religious psychology. Thus, a fuller understanding of how unconscious communication resonates with mystical overtones may be more deeply clarified, articulated and elaborated in contemporary psychoanalysis in an explicit dialogue with psychoanalytically literate scholars of religion.

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Miracle Country by Kendra Atleework (HighBridge Audio)

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Description: Kendra Atleework grew up in Swall Meadows, in the Owens Valley of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, where annual rainfall averages five inches and in drought years measures closer to zero.

Kendra's family raised their children to thrive in this harsh landscape, forever at the mercy of wildfires, blizzards, and gale-force winds. Most of all, the Atleework children were raised on unconditional love and delight in the natural world. But it came at a price. When Kendra was six, her mother was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, and she died when Kendra was sixteen. Her family fell apart, even as her father tried to keep them together. Kendra took flight from her bereft family, escaping to the enemy city of Los Angeles, and then Minneapolis, land of all trees, no deserts, no droughts, full lakes, water everywhere you look.

But after years of avoiding the pain of her hometown, she realized that she had to go back, that the desert was the only place she could live. Like Wild, Miracle Country is a story of flight and return, bounty and emptiness, and the true meaning of home. But it also speaks to the ravages of climate change and its permanent destruction of the way of life in one particular town.

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The Perfect Father by John Glatt (Tantor Media)

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Description: In the early morning hours of August 13th, 2018, Shanann Watts was dropped off at her Frederick, Colorado home by a colleague after returning from a business trip. It was the last time anyone would see her alive. By the next day, Shanann and her two young daughters, Bella and Celeste, had been reported missing, and her husband, Chris Watts, was appearing on the local news, pleading for his family's safe return.

But Chris Watts already knew that he would never see his family again. Less than twenty-four hours after his desperate plea, Watts made a shocking confession to police: he had strangled his pregnant wife to death and smothered their daughters, dumping their bodies at a nearby oil site. Heartbroken friends and neighbors watched in shock as the movie-star handsome, devoted family man they knew was arrested and charged with first degree murder. The perfect mask Chris had presented to the world in his TV interviews and the family's Facebook accounts was slipping—and what lay beneath was a horrifying image of instability, infidelity, sexual ambivalence, and boiling rage.

In this first major account of the case, bestselling author and journalist John Glatt reveals the truth behind the tragedy and constructs a chilling portrait of one of the most shocking family annihilator cases of the 21st century.

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