Hittin’ the Shelves | December New Releases

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Some very nice books coming out this month. I’m really looking forward to Elizabeth Hoyt’s latest release. Her books are fabulous! A must read if you’re a historical romance fan. The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict about the real life 11 day disappearance of author Agatha Christie sounds very interesting as well.

A Universe of Wishes Anthology – Dec 8 2020

From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), V. E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles).

In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world.

AUTHORS INCLUDE: Samira Ahmed, Jenni Balch, Libba Bray, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, V. E. Schwab, Tara Sim, Nic Stone

Get the book: Amazon | Kobo | Blackwell’s

A Warm Heart in Winter by J.R. Ward – Dec 2020

#1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward is heating things up this winter with a holiday novel featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers.

Featuring one of the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s most iconic couples, Blay and Qhuinn find themselves looking forward to their official mating ceremony. When tragedy strikes just before the happy event, all hope seems lost – and everyone in the Black Dagger Brotherhood rallies around the two of them.

Will a freak winter storm bring the unthinkable, or will a warm heart in winter ensure that true love is not lost?

Get the book: Amazon | Kobo

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Adventure Stories for Daring Girls – Dec 2020

A beautifully illustrated and inspiring collection of 15 classic children’s stories.

These narratives from around the world showcase strong, charismatic, independent heroines who know their own minds, and make their own decisions.

Meet Dorothy Gale, who freed faraway Oz from a terrible tyrant; Hua Mulan, who became a mighty warrior, legendary throughout ancient China; clever and powerful goddess Athena of Greek myth, who went toe-to-toe with Poseidon; and many more.

These heroines certainly aren’t reduced to waiting at home while boys have adventures … they strike out on their own with self-confidence, imagination, wit, and courage. They live without restraint or narrowly defined roles.

Inspire the world-changing women of the future to dream big, by fueling their imaginations with relatable and aspirational role models. A book that belongs on every bookshelf; ideal for children aged 8+.

Stories include:
• Gerda and the Snow Queen (Denmark)
• Hua Mulan (China)
• Heidi (Switzerland)
• Alice in Wonderland (UK)
• Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (USA)
• Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens (Greece)
• Hinemoa and Tutanekai (Maori, NZ)

ABOUT THE SERIES: Inspiring Heroines brings together classic children’s tales which have amazing women and girls at their center who smash stereotypes. These characters defy gender-expectations and provide positive role models for young readers.

Get the book: Amazon | Kobo | Blackwell’s

How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole – Dec 2020

An arranged marriage leads to unexpected desire, in the first book of Alyssa Cole’s

Runaway Royals series…

When Shanti Mohapi weds the king of Njaza, her dream of becoming a queen finally comes true. But it’s nothing like she imagined. Shanti and her husband may share an immediate and powerful attraction, but her subjects see her as an outsider, and everything she was taught about being the perfect wife goes disastrously wrong.

A king must rule with an iron fist, and newly crowned King Sanyu was born perfectly fitted for the gauntlet, even if he wishes he weren’t. He agrees to take a wife as is required of him, though he doesn’t expect to actually fall in love. Even more vexing? His beguiling new queen seems to have the answers to his country’s problems—except no one will listen to her.

By day, they lead separate lives. By night, she wears the crown, and he bows to her demands in matters of politics and passion. When turmoil erupts in their kingdom and their marriage, Shanti goes on the run, and Sanyu must learn whether he has what it takes both to lead his people and to catch his queen.

Get the book: Amazon | Kobo

How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams – Dec 2020

Let a guy buy her a drink: tick
Try something new: tick
Hook-up with someone: . . . not quite

For one night only, Naya’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For once, she’ll forget about her demanding job and, with the help of her new to-do list, practice flirting with a charming stranger . . .

Jake might be just what Naya never knew she was looking for. He’s sexy, he makes her laugh and he challenges Naya to rebuild her lost confidence.

But the best things in life are never easy, and the complicated strings around dating Jake might just destroy her career. Naya has two options: she can protect her professional reputation and return to her old life, or she can flirt with the unknown and stay with the person who makes her feel like she’s finally living again . . .

Get the book: Amazon | Kobo | Blackwell’s

King of the Rising by Kacen Callender – Dec 2020

King of the Rising is the searing conclusion to an unflinching and powerful Caribbean-inspired fantasy series about colonialism, resilience and defiance.

A revolution has swept through the islands of Hans Lollik and former slave Loren Jannik has been chosen to lead the survivors in a bid to free the islands forever.

But the rebels are running out of food, weapons and options. And as the Fjern inch closer to reclaiming Hans Lollik with every battle, Loren is faced with a choice that could shift the course of the revolution in their favor — or doom it to failure.

Get the book: Amazon | Kobo | Blackwell’s

Layla by Colleen Hoover – Dec 2020

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.

Get the book: Amazon | Blackwell’s

The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister – Dec 2020

A dozen women join a secret 1850s Arctic expedition—and a sensational murder trial unfolds when some of them don’t come back.

Eccentric Lady Jane Franklin makes an outlandish offer to adventurer Virginia Reeve: take a dozen women, trek into the Arctic, and find her husband’s lost expedition. Four parties have failed to find him, and Lady Franklin wants a radical new approach: put the women in charge.

A year later, Virginia stands trial for murder. Survivors of the expedition willing to publicly support her sit in the front row. There are only five. What happened out there on the ice?

Set against the unforgiving backdrop of one of the world’s most inhospitable locations, USA Today bestselling author Greer Macallister uses the true story of Lady Jane Franklin’s tireless attempts to find her husband’s lost expedition as a jumping-off point to spin a tale of bravery, intrigue, perseverance and hope.

Get the book: Amazon | Kobo | Blackwell’s

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The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict – Dec 2020

Marie Benedict, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, uncovers the untold story of Agatha Christie’s mysterious eleven day disappearance.

In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a fur coat left in the car—strange for a frigid night. Her husband and daughter have no knowledge of her whereabouts, and England unleashes an unprecedented manhunt to find the up-and-coming mystery author. Eleven days later, she reappears, just as mysteriously as she disappeared, claiming amnesia and providing no explanations for her time away.

The puzzle of those missing eleven days has persisted. With her trademark exploration into the shadows of history, acclaimed author Marie Benedict brings us into the world of Agatha Christie, imagining why such a brilliant woman would find herself at the center of such a murky story.

Get the book: Amazon | Blackwell’s

When a Rogue Meets His Match by Elizabeth Hoyt – Dec 2020

‘Hoyt’s writing is almost too good to be true’ Lisa Kleypas

The second novel in New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt’s Greycourt Series features an enemies-to-lovers romance with her signature blend of captivating characters and sensual romance.

Ambitious, sly, and lethally intelligent, Gideon Hawthorne has spent his life clawing his way up from the gutter. For the last ten years, he’s acted as the Duke of Windemere’s fixer, performing the most dangerous tasks without question. Now Gideon’s ready to quit the duke’s service and work solely for himself. But Windermere wants Gideon to complete one last task, and his reward is impossible to resist: Messalina Greycourt’s hand in marriage.

Witty, vivacious Messalina Greycourt has her pick of suitors. When Windermere summons Messalina to inform his niece that she must marry Mr. Hawthorne, she is appalled. But she’s surprised when Gideon offers her a compromise: as long as she plays the complacent wife, he promises to leave her alone until she asks for his touch. Since Messalina is confident that she’ll never ask Gideon for anything, she readily agrees. However, the more time she spends with Gideon, the harder it is to stay away.

Get the book: Amazon | Kobo | Blackwell’s

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So, those are the new release on my radar this month. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these books if you’ve read them. What releases are looking forward to this month?

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