Blowback '63 by Brian Meehl

Blowback '63 by Brian MeehlBlueink Review gave BLOWBACK ’63 a coveted RED-STAR, saying, “The second in the entertaining Blowback trilogy is twice the fun…a delightful fantasy series.” LitPick declared, “It’s difficult to follow up a great first book with an equally thrilling second, but that’s exactly what Meehl has done.” Kirkus Reviews sets the scene with, “A quirky and engaging crossroads for fans of baseball, the Civil War, and time travel.”

Enter for a chance to win a copy of BLOWBACK ’63. Each book will be dedicated to the winner, signed by the author and include a set of Blowback bookmarks.

The Blowback trilogy follows the adventures of clashing teenage twins, Iris and Arky, as they chase the mystery of their missing mother. Their quest began in BLOWBACK ’07 when Iris discovered an ancient family heirloom—the “Horn of Angels”—and sent Arky’s friend, Matt, to 1907 and the origins of modern football. In BLOWBACK ’63, the battle between the twins explodes into war—the Civil War—when Iris sends Arky and another friend to 1863 and the “doubleheader” of baseball and war being waged on the same field.

Steeped in compelling historical fiction and the tug of war between present and past, this young adult page-turner for millennials and beyond will transport you to the perils and pleasures of another age. After all, it’s a good time to shelter in a book. So, grab your chance to shelter in BLOWBACK ’63.

Good Man, Good Woman by Jonathan Epps

Good Man, Good Woman by Jonathan EppsGladys Welson and Henry Good were born to different places: Gladys, into upper-middle class privilege; Henry, the toils of working life. Nevertheless, they came of age in an era of tremendous opportunity—bolstered by the victories of their forebears—when individuals were less constrained by differences in American lives and more open to new realms of experience, new ways of seeing the world—but perhaps more cautious of them too.

Against the backdrop of the tumultuous late sixties, when social progress claimed the consciousness of the entire Western world, two young people struggle to find their way to a good life, navigating traditional norms with newer, more enlightened sensibilities. But do the years in which a young person flourishes truly define their character, giving wind to their loftiest dreams?

Through many starts and stops—doubts, fears, and the unforeseen trials of life—their relationship has a chance to grow into something natural and mutually inspiring, forging a tale of love not inhibited by their time. But will it threaten to ruin them both instead?

Someone Else's Secret by Julia Spiro

Someone Else's Secret by Julia SpiroHere’s the thing about secrets: they change shape over time, become blurry with memory, until the truth is nearly lost.

2009. Lindsey and Georgie have high hopes for their summer on Martha’s Vineyard. In the wake of the recession, ambitious college graduate Lindsey accepts a job as a nanny for an influential family who may help her land a position in Boston’s exclusive art world. Georgie, the eldest child in that family, is nearly fifteen and eager to find herself, dreaming of independence and yearning for first love.

Over the course of that formative summer, the two young women develop a close bond. Then, one night by the lighthouse, a shocking act occurs that ensnares them both in the throes of a terrible secret. Their budding friendship is shattered, and neither one can speak of what happened that night for ten long years.

Until now. Lindsey and Georgie must confront the past after all this time. Their quest for justice will require costly sacrifices, but it also might give them the closure they need to move on. All they know for sure is that when the truth is revealed, their lives will be forever changed once again.

From a fresh voice in fiction, this poignant and timely novel explores the strength and nuance of female friendship, the cost of ambition, and the courage it takes to speak the truth.

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn  BayronEnter to win 1 of 5 ARCs of CINDERELLA IS DEAD by Kalynn Bayron! Queer girls team up to overthrow the kingdom in this unique and powerful retelling of Cinderella from a stunning new voice.

It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all--and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

The Bone Jar by S.W. Kane

The Bone Jar by S.W. KaneTwo murders. An abandoned asylum. Will a mysterious former patient help untangle the dark truth?

The body of an elderly woman has been found in the bowels of a derelict asylum on the banks of the Thames. As Detective Lew Kirby and his partner begin their investigation, another body is discovered in the river nearby. How are the two murders connected?

Before long, the secrets of Blackwater Asylum begin to reveal themselves. There are rumours about underground bunkers and secret rooms, unspeakable psychological experimentation, and a dark force that haunts the ruins, trying to pull back in all those who attempt to escape. Urban explorer Connie Darke, whose sister died in a freak accident at the asylum, is determined to help Lew expose its grisly past. Meanwhile Lew discovers a devastating family secret that threatens to turn his life upside down.

As his world crumbles around him, Lew must put the pieces of the puzzle together to keep the killer from striking again. Only an eccentric former patient really knows the truth—but will he reveal it to Lew before it’s too late?

We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop

We Came Here to Forget by Andrea DunlopWin one of twenty signed copies of WE CAME HERE TO FORGET. Part psychological thriller, part family drama, this story follows a former Olympian who flees to Buenos Aires to reinvent herself after a family tragedy turns her career and life upside down.
Katie Cleary has always wanted nothing more than to become the best alpine skier in the world. But as the upward trajectory of her career nears its zenith, a terrifying truth about her sister becomes impossible to ignore—one that will destroy not only Katie’s career but her family and her romantic relationship in the process.

With her life shattered and nothing left to lose, Katie flees the snowy mountainsides of home for Buenos Aires. There, she reinvents herself as Liz Sullivan, and meets a colorful group of ex-pats and the alluring, charismatic Gianluca Fortunado, a tango teacher with secrets of his own. This beautiful city, with its dark history and wild promise, seems like the perfect refuge, but can she really outrun her demons?

A complex, sophisticated story of love, family loyalty, unspeakable loss, and hard-won redemption: We Came Here to Forget explores what it means to dream, to desire, to achieve—and what’s left behind after it all disappears.


The Glamourist by Luanne G. Smith

The Glamourist by Luanne G. SmithA spellbinding novel of bloodlines, self-discovery, and redemption by the author of the Washington Post bestseller The Vine Witch.

Abandoned as a child in turn-of-the-century Paris, Yvette Lenoir has longed to uncover the secrets of her magical heritage and tap her suppressed powers. But what brave and resourceful Yvette has done to survive the streets has made her a fugitive. With a price on her head, she clings to a memento from her past—what she believes to be a grimoire inherited from the mother she never knew. To unlock the secrets of her past, Yvette trusts in one woman to help solve the arcane riddles among its charmed pages.

Elena Boureanu is the vine witch of Château Renard, noted for its renowned wines. Even as she struggles with her own bloodline—and its poisonous threat to her future—Elena can’t ignore a friend on the run. Joined by a cunning thief, the proprietor of an enchanted-curio shop, and a bewitching black cat, Elena and Yvette are determined to decode Yvette’s mysterious keepsake. But what restless magic will be unleashed? And what are Yvette and Elena willing to risk to become the witches they were destined to be?

Exit Strategy by Jen J. Danna

Exit Strategy by Jen J. DannaEnter for your chance to win copy of EXIT STRATEGY by Jen J. Danna!

After her mother’s death during a bank robbery when she was a child, Gemma Capello grew up to become one of the NYPD’s elite hostage negotiators. In a family of cops, there’s rarely a day when a Capello isn’t facing down some form of threat. Still, despite their unpredictable schedules, they always find time for their annual family summer picnic. But this year, a sudden phone call changes everything.

A heavily armed gunman has taken hostages at City Hall. Gemma races downtown to join the rest of the Hostage Negotiation Team as they scramble to identify the captives—fearing the mayor may be among them. But as they search for answers and struggle to gain control of the circumstances, it becomes clear that the mayor is at the center of it all, just not in the way they initially believed.

With several lives on the line and a criminal who always seems to be one step ahead, Gemma is the only one able to connect with the suspect. Soon, she finds herself engaging in a battle of wits while enduring a battle of egos in the command center. With time running out and a mastermind who has proven he’ll do whatever it takes to get what he wants, Gemma risks it all—her career and her life—in a last-ditch effort to save the hostages. Now, she needs to figure out how to save herself . . .

The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman

The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie WisemanEnter for your chance to win a copy of THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR by Ellen Marie Wiseman!

In the fall of 1918, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia’s overcrowded slums and the anti-immigrant sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the U.S. Army. But as her city celebrates the end of war, an even more urgent threat arrives: the Spanish flu. Funeral crepe and quarantine signs appear on doors as victims drop dead in the streets and desperate survivors wear white masks to ward off illness. When food runs out in the cramped tenement she calls home, Pia must venture alone into the quarantined city in search of supplies, leaving her baby brothers behind.

Bernice Groves has become lost in grief and bitterness since her baby died from the Spanish flu. Watching Pia leave her brothers alone, Bernice makes a shocking, life-altering decision. It becomes her sinister mission to tear families apart when they’re at their most vulnerable, planning to transform the city’s orphans and immigrant children into what she feels are “true Americans.”

Waking in a makeshift hospital days after collapsing in the street, Pia is frantic to return home. Instead, she is taken to St. Vincent’s Orphan Asylum – the first step in a long and arduous journey. As Bernice plots to keep the truth hidden at any cost in the months and years that follow, Pia must confront her own shame and fear, risking everything to see justice – and love – triumph at last.

More Than Love by Natasha Gregson Wagner

More Than Love by Natasha Gregson WagnerEnter for a chance to win one of 100 digital copies of MORE THAN LOVE, a memoir from classic Hollywood star Natalie Wood's daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner.

"In More Than Love, Natasha Gregson Wagner brings to life her extraordinarily talented and devoted movie-star mother, Natalie Wood, their magical life before Natalie’s tragic drowning when Natasha was eleven, and Natasha’s struggle to grow up after. The book is moving, powerful, and so honest. Natasha Gregson Wagner is a bright life force as was her mother."
—Delia Ephron, author of Siracusa

Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten

Tsarina by Ellen AlpstenEnter for a chance to win an ARC of TSARINA today!

Before there was Catherine the Great, there was Catherine Alexeyevna: the first woman to rule Russia in her own right. This rich, sweeping first-person narrative is the story of her rise to power.

St. Petersburg, 1725. Peter the Great lies dying in his magnificent Winter Palace. The weakness and treachery of his only son has driven his father to an appalling act of cruelty and left the empire without an heir. Russia risks falling into chaos. Into the void steps the woman who has been by his side for decades: his second wife, Catherine Alexeyevna, as ambitious, ruthless and passionate as Peter himself.

Born into devastating poverty, Catherine used her extraordinary beauty and shrewd intelligence to ingratiate herself with Peter’s powerful generals, finally seducing the Tsar himself. But even amongst the splendor and opulence of her new life—the lavish feasts, glittering jewels, and candle-lit hours in Peter’s bedchamber—she knows the peril of her position. Peter’s attentions are fickle and his rages powerful; his first wife is condemned to a prison cell, her lover impaled alive on a stake in Red Square. And now Catherine faces the ultimate test: can she keep the Tsar’s death a secret as she plays a lethal game to destroy her enemies and take the Crown for herself?

Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman

Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin WassermanEnter for a chance to win one of 25 copies of MOTHER DAUGHTER WIDOW WIFE by Robin Wasserman before it's officially out this summer!

From the author of GIRLS ON FIRE comes a psychologically riveting novel centered around a woman with no memory, the scientists invested in studying her, and the daughter who longs to understand.

The Lending Library by Aliza Fogelson

The Lending Library by Aliza FogelsonFor fans of Jane Green and Loretta Nyhan, a heartwarming debut novel about a daydreamer who gives her town, and herself, an amazing gift: a lending library in her sunroom.

When the Chatsworth library closes indefinitely, Dodie Fairisle loses her sanctuary. How is a small-town art teacher supposed to cope without the never-ending life advice and enjoyment that books give her? Well, when she’s as resourceful and generous as Dodie, she turns her sunroom into her very own little lending library.

At first just a hobby, this lit lovers’ haven opens up her world in incredible ways. She knows books are powerful, and soon enough they help her forge friendships between her zany neighbors—and attract an exciting new romance.

But when the chance to adopt an orphaned child brings Dodie’s secret dream of motherhood within reach, everything else suddenly seems less important. Finding herself at a crossroads, Dodie must figure out what it means to live a full, happy life. If only there were a book that could tell her what to do…

Beyond Visual Range by Tom Collins

Beyond Visual Range by Tom     CollinsEnter for a change to win one of 100 Kindle editions of "Beyond Visual Range", book six in the Mark Rollins Adventure series by author Tom Collins.

From the author: “For more than two years, I've known that I wanted to write about the problems faced by our military drone pilots. That mission was reinforced when I read the New York Times story by Eyal Press titled “The Wounds of the Drone Warrior.” However, I was missing a compelling plot until real life events supplied the material I needed for my story--the impeachment, the mysterious X-37B space plane, and the migration of retiring military flag officers to the Music City area, Nashville Tennessee. Proving again that real life is the material of good fiction.

"In the story, two women drone pilots battle in outer space to defend their country. One is a former fighter pilot who, after a crash, now flies from a wheelchair. This dynamic female drone crew from Nashville, Tennessee, now based in Florida, is drafted to defend the United States from a rogue military element threatening to use force to overthrow the government. Their weapons are twenty-foot tungsten rods. A single rod dropped from orbit would strike Earth at ten times the speed of sound with the impact of a nuclear weapon. As weapons are readied, our heroines find they are Beyond Visual Range."

Miami in Virgo by Sally Mansfield Abbott

Miami in Virgo by Sally Mansfield AbbottEnter for a chance to win one of 100 Kindle giveaways of MIAMI IN VIRGO.
Teenage Miami must cope with enormous setbacks as she ventures into the world of adult relationships.

MIAMI IN VIRGO is a coming-of-age novel set in California's Central Valley in the early 1970's. Miami and her friends form a tight-knit circle practicing feminist Wiccan ritual, as her childhood fundamentalism casts a long shadow.

Early neglect by an alcoholic mother takes a toll and she is short-circuited and ambushed by rivalry, sexual insecurity, and family drama. Her peccadilloes take on a spiritual dimension, and she goes through a soul-searing scrutiny, which eventually leads to the resolution of her conflicts through the deepening of her character. The twists and turns of her story make a compelling read.





Hooking Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Hooking Him by Aurora Rose ReynoldsFrom New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aurora Rose Reynolds comes the sizzling final installment to the humorous and heart-filled How to Catch an Alpha series.

Anna McAlister needs a new life. But that doesn’t mean she needs a new man. After leaving her fiancé and Chicago behind, she promises herself no dating until she finds what she’s looking for. But meeting one seriously hot and determined detective has her questioning herself.

Calvin Miller is that detective, and he’s been burned by women in the past. It’s easy for him to sleep alone and focus on his work, but the moment he lays eyes on Anna, he starts imagining sexy nights with her wrapped in his sheets. Maybe it’s time to get back out there.

But just as the attraction between them begins to sizzle, Anna’s past shows up to create trouble. And to make matters worse, a string of murders forces Calvin to juggle his new relationship and his career. His worst fear? That the two are somehow connected.

Can they find love together, or will her past and his duty sink their hopes?

The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea

The Suicide House by Charlie DonleaEnter for your chance to win a copy of THE SUICIDE HOUSE by Charlie Donlea!

Inside the walls of Indiana’s elite Westmont Preparatory High School, expectations run high and rules are strictly enforced. But in the woods beyond the manicured campus and playing fields sits an abandoned boarding house that is infamous among Westmont’s students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: don’t let your candle go out—unless you want the Man in the Mirror to find you.

One year ago, two students were killed there in a grisly slaughter. The case has since become the focus of a hit podcast, The Suicide House. Though a teacher was convicted of the murders, mysteries and questions remain. The most urgent among them is why so many students who survived that horrific night have returned to the boarding house—to kill themselves.

Rory, an expert in reconstructing cold cases, is working on The Suicide House podcast with Lane, recreating the night of the killings in order to find answers that have eluded the school, the town, and the police. But the more they learn about the troubled students, the chillingly stoic culprit, and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, the more convinced they become that something sinister is still happening. Inside Westmont Prep, the game hasn’t ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its

Around the Sun by Eric Michael Bovim

Around the Sun by Eric Michael BovimEnter for a change to win one of 20 copies of what Kirkus calls an "engrossing" debut novel by Eric Michael Bovim, "Around the Sun."

Set at intervals in present-day New York, San Francisco, Barbados, Italy, and Barcelona, "Around the Sun" is told in lush, graceful prose, a portrait of grief and hope in the age of social media, globalization, and artistic decadence.

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