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May New Releases Part 2

The OutsiderThe Outsider

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Stephen King

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

Released May 22nd

The Death of Mrs. WestawayThe Death of Mrs. Westaway

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Ruth Ware

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fourth novel.

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

Released May 29th

Hot AssetHot Asset (21 Wall Street #1)

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Lauren Layne

A sexy agent hounds Wall Street’s hottest new wolf in an exhilarating novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.

Released May 22nd

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There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age StoryThere Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story

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Pamela Druckerman

The best-selling author of Bringing Up Bebe investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face.

When Pamela Druckerman turns 40, waiters start calling her “Madame,” and she detects a disturbing new message in mens’ gazes: I would sleep with her, but only if doing so required no effort whatsoever.

Yet forty isn’t even technically middle-aged anymore. And after a lifetime of being clueless, Druckerman can finally grasp the subtext of conversations, maintain (somewhat) healthy relationships and spot narcissists before they ruin her life.

What are the modern forties, and what do we know once we reach them? What makes someone a “grown-up” anyway? And why didn’t anyone warn us that we’d get cellulite on our arms? Part frank memoir, part hilarious investigation of daily life, There Are No Grown-Ups diagnoses the in-between decade when…

– Everyone you meet looks a little bit familiar.
– You’re matter-of-fact about chin hair.
– You can no longer wear anything ironically.
– There’s at least one sport your doctor forbids you to play.
– You become impatient while scrolling down to your year of birth.
– Your parents have stopped trying to change you.
– You don’t want to be with the cool people anymore; you want to be with your people.
– You realize that everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently.
– You know that it’s ok if you don’t like jazz.

Internationally best-selling author and New York Timescontributor Pamela Druckerman leads us on a quest for wisdom, self-knowledge and the right pair of pants. A witty dispatch from the front lines of the forties, There Are No Grown-ups is a (midlife) coming-of-age story, and a book for anyone trying to find their place in the world.

Released May 29th

Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental ActivistWell, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist

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Franchesca Ramsey

In this sharp, funny, and incredibly timely collection of personal essays, veteran video blogger and star of MTV’s Decoded Franchesca Ramsey explores race, identity, online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of social media rants, trolls, and call-out wars. 

Franchesca Ramsey didn’t set out to be an activist. Or a comedian. Or a commentator on identity, race, and culture, really. But then her YouTube video “What White Girls Say. . . to Black Girls” went viral. Twelve million views viral. Faced with an avalanche of media requests, fan letters, and hate mail, she had two choices: Jump in and make her voice heard or step back and let others frame the conversation. After a crash course in social justice and more than a few foot-in-mouth moments, she realized she had a unique talent and passion for breaking down injustice in America in ways that could make people listen and engage.

In her first book, Ramsey uses her own experiences as an accidental activist to explore the many ways we communicate with each other–from the highs of bridging gaps and making connections to the many pitfalls that accompany talking about race, power, sexuality, and gender in an unpredictable public space…the internet.

WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY includes Ramsey’s advice on dealing with internet trolls and low-key racists, confessions about being a former online hater herself, and her personal hits and misses in activist debates with everyone from bigoted Facebook friends and misguided relatives to mainstream celebrities and YouTube influencers. With sharp humor and her trademark candor, Ramsey shows readers we can have tough conversations that move the dialogue forward, rather than backward, if we just approach them in the right way.

Released May

Love and RuinLove and Ruin

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Paula McLain

The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century

In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, Key West, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Ernest make their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that will force her to break his heart, and her own.

Released May 1st

What Should Be WildWhat Should Be Wild

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Julia Fine

“Delightful and darkly magical. Julia Fine has written a beautiful modern myth, a coming-of-age story for a girl with a worrisome power over life and death. I loved it.”  —Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry

In this darkly funny, striking debut, a highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for millennia—an utterly original novel with all the mesmerizing power of The Tiger’s Wife, The Snow Child, and Swamplandia!

Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family’s manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie’s father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned Maisie not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for over a millennium her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge—for she is descended from a long line of cursed women.

But one day Maisie’s father disappears, and Maisie must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home and the wood for the very first time, she encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself.

Released May 8th


Cosy Winter Reading

Lady Chatterley's Lover Wuthering Heights Bridget Jones's Diary Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows kindle paperbacks

Holiday books aren’t really my thing but I got it into my head to read some this year as well as books that just feel winterish to me. I’m feeling more Christmasy than most years (probably because I’m not working in retail anymore) and want some festive fun. (While writing this I had a memory of my little brother singing “Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney” when he was small going over and over in my head. I apologise if I accidentally wrote the lyrics in somewhere 😉 ) Click on a title to view its Goodreads synopsis.

Bridget Jones's Diary Bridget Jones’s Diary

I see the movie as a Christmas movie since it opens and closes during that time. I don’t know if the book follows the same format but I’m guessing it does. I’m excited to read a slice of 90’s life for a woman in her 30’s. I’m expecting it to be a bit like Marien Keyes without all the Irishness and cleverly placed series issues.

Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights

A winterish book if ever there was one. The name alone makes me feel cold and dreary. Since this will be a reread and it’s quite depressing I will probably leave it until last.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The final book in my Harry Potter reread. I should have read it back in September but I just couldn’t. This is the only book in the series that I’ve read only once. Every time I think of reading it again I just can’t face it! I remember everything that happens and just can’t! But I’m going to do it now… I will!

Little Women Little Women

Another one that I’ve watched but not read. It takes place over several years but it always makes me think of Christmas because….well… of the Christmas scenes in the movie.

Lady Chatterley's Lover Lady Chatterley’s Lover

I don’t know what season this is actually set in but from watching a TV mini-series it looked cold… definitely not summer. This book was banned as pornography after it’s release in the early 20th century but I’ve found a lot of older books labelled as overtly sexual tend to only make references to such things. We shall see…

Once Upon a Christmas Eve (Maiden Lane, #12.6) Once Upon a Christmas Eve

Hey look, an actual Christmas book! Hoyt is my favourite historical romance author, so when I got an email about this novella it went straight onto my list. This is actually the main reason I compiled it. It’s set in her Maiden Lane series but it’s stand-alone and under 100 pages. Perfect for reading after stuffing my face with Christmas dinner. Although maybe not because her books tend to be quite dirty… not something to read around the family.

An Ex for Christmas An Ex for Christmas

Hey, look at that, another Christmas book and the only book set in this century. I didn’t mean to do that but it makes for a more interesting reading list I guess (to make it really interesting I should really throw in a bit of horror). I’ve only read one book by Lauren Layne previously, Blurred Lines, a classic friends to lovers romance. I get bored with contemporary romance very quickly but that one held my attention so I figured I’d give this one a go. Seems like another one perfect for some cosy Christmas day reading.


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Ok, so there are only two Christmas books but I think it’s a pretty good list of winter reading. I’m looking forward to wrapping up in front of the fire with a cuppa and one of these guys. My plan is to read them between now and the end of January.

What are you reading this winter? Have any Christmas books to suggest? Some Christmas horror maybe?…

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February Recap

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Embrace The Night
The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #15)
Jabril (Vampires in America, #2)
A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels, #0.5)
The Alchemist
Harry Potter: The Prequel (Harry Potter, #0.5)
Scrappy Little Nobody
Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15)
Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?
Angel in Scarlet
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Darkfever
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Embrace The NightThe Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #15)Jabril (Vampires in America, #2)A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels, #0.5)The AlchemistHarry Potter: The Prequel (Harry Potter, #0.5)Scrappy Little NobodySkin Game (The Dresden Files, #15)Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?Angel in ScarletThe Girl with the Lower Back TattooThe Alpha Alternative: JZB Sex Scene (Fever, #1.5)Darkfever (Fever, #1)
Read a lot less this month but that’s ok, February is a short month. Best books from this month were Angel in Scarlet, Skin Game, and First Grave on the Right.

Need a romance for Valentine’s?

How about a quickie?…

I love reading novellas and short stories, especially if I’ve just read something really long. They’re great for getting over reading slumps, filling in time between books or for when you want some instant gratification… And they’re great as a taster to a particular genre.

I love reading novellas and short stories, especially if I’ve just read something really long. They’re great for getting over reading slumps, filling in time between books or for when you want some instant gratification… And they’re great as a taster to a particular genre or series.

100 – 200 pages

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Here There Be Monsters by Meljean Brook 110pages

Set in Brook’s Iron Seas universe, this prequel follows Mad Machen and his love interest Ivy as they journey across the sea and he tries to win her heart. It’s an Enemies to Lovers story  (love those!) and despite its short length the characters are very strong and well developed, as is the relationship between the characters. There are one or two things in the book that may not make sense if you haven’t read The Iron Duke (which you should definitely read) but they only have a small effect on the story and don’t spoil future books.

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The Darkest Fire by Gena Showalter 66pages

Another prequel, set in Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series (if you haven’t started it, get to it!). This is more of a Friends to Lovers story (or ‘person I know but don’t talk to’ story) following Geryon, the Guardian of Hell, and Kadence, the Goddess of Oppression. Set a long ass time before the series, we meet the characters at their post by the gates of hell and join them on their little adventure inside. Very quick read at about 66 pages and it doesn’t spoil a thing for the series. If you’re contemplating giving Lords of the Underworld a read but not sure, this is a fun story for a taster. My only issue with this one was that I thought it was really weird when the characters had sex…not that the sex was weird, just did not seem like the time or place for that kind of activity.

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The Darkest Prison by Gena Showalter 65pages

This one is set a bit later in the series but it’s spoiler free (I think…) Anyway, it’s a great story. Another Enemies to Lovers one that’s a lot of fun to read. Set in Tartarus and tells the story of Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, and Nike, the Greek goddess of Strength and Victory. These two have had quite the interesting relationship over the many many years their lives have been entwined. Nike is an awesome character, one of Showalter’s best.

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Happily Never After by Jeaniene Frost 106pages

I had a lot of issues with Frost’s Night Huntress series when I first read it. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was that I didn’t like but after reading this I think it’s the commando stuff I dislike. This story is set in the Night Huntress world and Bones makes an appearance at the beginning but this has no effect on the main series storyline. We follow new character’s Chance and Isabella as they try to save Isabella’s brother from the mafia. In true Frost style, this story is exciting with plenty of action.

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The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole 163pages

Oh, how I love Kresley Cole!! This novella was my introduction to her writing and it was love at first sight (or bite heh heh). Enemies to Lovers again here, which is a common trope in Cole’s books but it’s all good cause they’re fun to read. Here we follow the vampire warlord Nikolai and the seductive valkyrie Myst as they play a little game of cat and mouse with tantalising results. This is a bit of a raunchy one, just to warn you.

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Grizzly by Bonnie Bliss 154pages

This is kind of an Indie book written by a husband and wife writing team. It’s also pretty dang dirty! Perfect if you want something a bit steamier for your Valentine’s. Here we follow Sorscha and her bear shifting bodyguard Tethur as they battle orcs and get it on when they can. It’s a pretty fun story. Sorscha is a bit of a geek, I love the references to geeky shows and movies. Tethur is a bit overbearing (badum tish) but Sorscha is well able to deal with him.

200 – 250 pages

https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1426280852l/23636581.jpgBlurred Lines by Lauren Layne 221pages

I don’t often read contemporary romance and when I do, I don’t often finish it. This one I enjoyed right to the end! It’s a familiar Friends to Lovers story. Girl and guy are besties, guy sleeps with all the ladies, girl breaks up with boyfriend and asks guy to help her pick up dudes for casual liaisons. It’s been done to death but it works! It’s fun and easy going, perfect for Valentine’s. Hmmm, I might reread this one myself for Valentine’s day…

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Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder 240pages

This one is a bit of a rollercoaster emotionally. It may make you cry. It sure made me cry! It’s tagged Young Adult on Goodreads but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under 16. I’d say it’s more New Adult although there is a teenage romance at the beginning. We mainly follow Nell and her relationship with her first love, Kyle, and later, his brother, Colton.

“This book is for anyone who has ever lost a loved one, for anyone who has woken up crying and gone to bed the same way, for anyone who has had to learn that it’s okay to not be okay. Surviving isn’t strength, it’s continuing to breathe one day at a time; strength is learning to live despite the pain.” – Jasinda Wilder

Series Short Stories

These ones should be probably be avoided if you haven’t been reading the series they belong to. I wanted to include them cause they’re great stories. I’m not going to talk much about the plot of each cause it’s hard to mention what happens without spoilers and you should only read them if you’re into the series.

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The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld) by Gena Showalter 118pages

This is one of my favourite books in Lords of the Underworld. Should be read after book 4. The romance between Lysander and Bianka is a lot of fun. Bianka is another awesome leading lady by Showalter.

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Curran POV’s (Kate Daniels) by Ilona & Gordan Andrews 157pages

How could anyone not fall in love with Curran?? This collection shows Curran’s point of view during several integral moments during Kate and Curran’s developing relationship. Should not be read before books 1 – 4.

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A Family Affair (Cassie Palmer) by Karen Chance 46pages

This is a short story from Pritkin’s POV. Cassie isn’t in this one much. We learn so much about Pritkin’s character in this. If you’re on team Pritkin, this is a must! Should not be read before books 1-4.

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Shadowland (Cassie Palmer) by Karen Chance 54pages

This is a continuation of the previous short story, A Family Affair. More Pritkin time woohoo!!

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Father Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood) by J.R. Ward 91pages

Zsadist *swoon*. You should not read this before books 1-6. This story is so sweet! Zsadist is going to pull on those heartstrings yet again.

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The Day of the Dead (Cassie Palmer) by Karen Chance 52pages

You could actually read this one without reading the Cassie Palmer series but it’s helpful to have some background on Thomas. Really quick fun story.

What I’m Reading

I have mostly urban fantasy planned for this month with one or two romances. I might throw in a reread of Blurred Lines but I’ll most likely read one of the planned ones. Which are…

714585Master of Seduction by Kinley McGregor

I decided to read this book because of the cover. I mean, look at it!!! It is so damn cheesey, I HAVE to read it!!! I don’t even know what it’s about! I’m guessing pirates…

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I love shapeshifter romances!! This one was recommended to me by a member of my book group (can’t remember who, sorry). I’ve read one of Ashley’s historical romances, The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, and it was brilliant! I recommend it if you like historical romance. It’ll be interesting to see how she does paranormal romance.

Well that’s it! I ended up talking about way more books than I had intended to. Hope you didn’t get bored!

If you decide to read any of these or you have already, I would love to hear what you think of them. And I would love to hear about what books you’re reading this month as well.

February Reading Plan

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My plan for February.

I’ll most likely stick to about 75% of this. About 4/5 of these are group reads on Goodreads so I’ll definitely read those but everything else is optional.

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Shadowfae (The Shadowfae Chronicles, #1)
The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #15)
Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #1)
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)
Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1)
Naked in Death (In Death, #1)
Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound, #1)
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires (Half-Moon Hollow, #1)
Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7)
Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4)
This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, #5)
River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)
Magic Graves (Night Huntress, #4.5; Kate Daniels, #0.5)
Embrace The Night
Jabril (Vampires in America, #2)
Angel in Scarlet
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1)
Fire in His Blood (Fireblood Dragon, #1)
Keystone (Crossbreed #1)