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Culture Shock by M.G. Herron
Narrated by Oliver Wyman
Aliens are among us, and Austin, Texas just got a whole lot weirder.
When smart-aleck, down-on-his-luck bounty hunter Anderson Gunn snags his next job, he’s just happy to get the gig. The target he’s chasing may be wanted for murder, but his bills aren’t going to pay themselves.
As it turns out, he probably should’ve been more selective. When he tracks down Cameron Kovak, the wanted man turns out to be no man at all.
Gunn finds himself face to face with a tentacled creature out of Ridley Scott’s worst nightmare – a baby Cthulhu, wearing his target’s skin like a onesie. And that’s just the start of it. Aliens have their eyes on us, and Gunn finds himself swept up in their mysterious plans.
Experience the start of The Gunn Files, a sci-fi thrill ride that will have you wondering if aliens truly walk among us. It’s perfect for fans of Men in Black and The X-Files.
Genesis by Paul Chafe
Narrated by James Anderson Foster
The human race is running out of time on overcrowded Earth, and only one man has the courage to do what is necessary to save it. Colony ship Ark is the greatest project the human race will ever attempt, a self-contained world 100 years in the building, launched on a 10,000-year voyage to carry the seeds of civilization to the stars. It is humanity’s final gamble for escape from a desperate world, but the price of hope is measured in lives.
Joshua Crewe, Ark’s designer. Obsessed with his vision, he’s devoted his life to winning the power to turn it into reality. No burden is too great to bear in pursuit of his dream – especially when other people are the ones to bear it.
Aurora Brady, first of the space-born, with one foot in the future and one in the past. She must give power to her enemies to see Ark launched, but giving too much will mean its destruction.
Jedidiah Fourgere, a simple farm boy. He finds himself caught up in a revolution that will forever change the balance of power in Ark’s hermetically sealed world. Torn between love and faith, humanity’s future lies in his hands.
Phantom Frost by Alfred Wurr
Narrated by Alfred Wurr
Stay frosty, stay alive. Chill out with this science fiction/fantasy set in the universe of the forthcoming Wurreal Games video game.
Shivurr remembers little before the Bodhi Institute – the secret government installation where he’s been held and studied like a lab rat for the past decade.
It hasn’t been all bad, though, for a soda-pop-loving sci-fi fanboy, especially in 1983. He’s got all the TV, movies, and arcade games he could ever want. But lately, flashes of his forgotten past have invaded his dreams: visions of an ancient chamber where the mysteries of his origin may finally be resolved.
Compelled to find it, Shivurr embarks on a quest, fleeing the facility in the dark of night. Escaping is easy; the Bodhi Group guards didn’t dream he’d ever try. The Nevada desert is dangerous for warm bloods; for a snowman, it’s pretty much suicide – even for one with his seemingly magical command of frost and ice.
Hunted by Bodhi Group agents, keeping to the shade when he can find it, he’s determined to survive. He’s got a feeling the world may depend on it. And, if he doesn’t, well, everyone melts eventually, right?
All Hollow by Simeon Courtie, Hal Stewart
Narrated by Simeon Courtie
This fast-paced horror thriller from an award-winning author pulls you through more twists than the secret tunnels of Gibraltar.
When Petra gets an invitation from an old school friend to make up a foursome on a sunshine break to the Mediterranean, she grasps it. Anything to escape the messy break-up that’s left her questioning her whole life at age 25.
But the sun doesn’t shine inside the Rock of Gibraltar.
A local couple offers them a late-night tour of the tunnels, but the adventure turns sour when they witness a crime and must run for their lives. Quickly divided and lost, confusion reigns and conflicts rise as the dark labyrinth holds them hostage, death lurking at every turn.
As her friends disappear, the question for Petra isn’t who can help, but who can she trust, and who’s the real prey?
This fast-paced modern Gothic horror takes an established genre and warps it to a point where the final twist will have listeners stunned, shaken, and hungrily listening again to spot the clues they missed.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Narrated by Bahni Turpin
Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a real monster.
Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her ambitious husband is too busy to give her a goodbye kiss in the morning, her kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on thank-you notes and her endless list of chores. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime and paperback fiction. At these meetings they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are marriage, motherhood, and neighborhood gossip.
This predictable pattern is upended when Patricia meets James Harris, a handsome stranger who moves into the neighborhood to take care of his elderly aunt and ends up joining the book club. James is sensitive and well-read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in 20 years. But there’s something off about him. He doesn’t have a bank account, he doesn’t like going out during the day, and Patricia’s mother-in-law insists that she knew him when she was a girl, an impossibility.
When local children go missing, Patricia and the book club members start to suspect James is more of a Bundy than a Beatnik, but no one outside of the book club believes them. Have they read too many true crime books, or have they invited a real monster into their homes?
Salvation by Devon C. Ford, Nathan Hystad
Narrated by Ray Porter
The peace doesn’t last long….
With the newly received schematics of the Gateway from Detroit, Tom and Alec head to the west coast to recruit more manpower, but find that not everyone is willing to rise against the Overseers.
On Tom’s orders, Cole travels to Chicago to uncover a hidden enclave of Roamers. Meanwhile, Lina must convince pockets of Freeborn to join the Reclaimer’s cause.
Dex is forced to return to the Occupation and lie about his recent whereabouts. He sets off on a covert task that’s pertinent to the Reclaimer’s success.
Salvation is the second book in the sweeping post-invasion series, Rise, by Devon C. Ford, the author of After It Happened, and Nathan Hystad, the author of The Survivors.
The Loop by Ben Oliver
Narrated by Julian Elfer
Life inside The Loop – the futuristic death row for teens under 18 – is one long repetitive purgatory. But when news of the encroaching chaos in the outside world reaches the inmates and disorder begins to strike, the prison becomes the least of their worries. Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and The Darkest Minds.
It’s Luka Kane’s 16th birthday and he’s been inside The Loop for over two years. Every inmate is serving a death sentence with the option to push back their execution date by six months if they opt into “delays”, scientific and medical experiments for the benefit of the elite in the outside world.
But rumors of a war on the outside are spreading amonst the inmates, and before they know it, their tortuous routine becomes disrupted. The government issued rain stops falling. Strange things are happening to the guards. And it’s not long until the inmates are left alone inside the prison. Were the chains that shackled Luka to his cell the only instruments left to keep him safe?
In a thrilling shift, he must overcome fellow prisoners hell-bent on killing him, the warden losing her mind, the rabid rats in the train tunnels, and a population turned into murderous monsters to try and break out of The Loop, save his family, and discover who is responsible for the chaos that has been inflicted upon the world.
Toxic Deception by K.C. Gillis
Narrated by Sarah Sampino
Strange symptoms. Bloody secrets. Can one reporter solve a medical mystery before she ends up in a body bag?
Jordan Reed put her world on hold to hunt down corruption. So, when the gutsy journalist gets tipped off about blood money changing hands at a pharmaceutical factory, she dives into the story. With an otherwise healthy worker dropping dead of multiple organ failure, Jordan suspects something far more sinister than a simple accident.
Daring to go up against big pharma, she gains an ally on the inside and recruits two friends to join the investigation. But after a string of false leads and tight-lipped witnesses, she ties her case to disturbingly similar evidence in a medical trial on the other side of the globe.
If she doesn’t expose the lethal conspiracy soon, Jordan is terrified she and her team could be the next victims of the lethal cover-up. Can Jordan take down a greedy corporation before they sacrifice more lives in the drive for profit?
Toxic Deception is the first book in the gripping Jordan Reed thriller series. If you like tenacious heroines, underdog stories, and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love K.C. Gillis’s pause-resisting tale.
Buy Toxic Deception to unravel a contagious mystery today!
Reservations of the Heart by T.B. Markinson
Narrated by Lori Prince
Can two wounded souls find solace together?
Forty-one-year-old doctor Stella Gilbert used to have it all. Her career was on fire, and she had a picture-perfect family – until she was blindsided by her wife doing the unthinkable. Three years after her divorce, Stella’s loved ones worry about her nonexistent personal life and her stubborn belief that focusing on her career and raising her daughter are all she needs to be fulfilled.
Reeling from the revelation of a long-held family secret, 29-year-old Aurora Shirley is just over it all. If her parents could lie to Aurora all her life, won’t everyone else? Women are the last thing on her mind as she starts a temporary job at a local medical school. Unfortunately for Aurora, she needs to find a date for her best friend’s wedding or be deemed the worst maid of honor in history.
When Stella and Aurora unexpectedly come together, sparks fly. Neither is looking for a relationship, but what they discover in one another is so much more than a physical connection. Can two wounded women who believe love is the last thing they want overcome their fears to find healing?
Best-selling lesbian romance author T.B. Markinson brings lesfic listeners a heartwarming age-gap story about facing one’s demons to live a fuller and loving life. Buy this stand-alone medical romance novel that will make your heart sing.
Flavor of the Month by Georgia Beers
Narrated by Lori Prince
Bold Strokes Books Inc
Charlie Stetko had a life to envy. A penthouse in Manhattan, a beautiful girlfriend, and a circle of perfect friends. Or so she thought. When her girlfriend sends her packing, Charlie ends up unemployed. Without a place to live or money of her own, she’s forced to do the one thing she vowed she never would: Go back to Shaker Falls, Vermont. Back to her parents, back to the bakery where she worked as a teen, back to the small town life – and the people – she left behind.
Emma Grier thought Charlie was the love of her life until that uppity Manhattan entrepreneur swept Charlie off her feet and made her a trophy wife. Charlie left everything Shaker Falls behind, including Emma’s shattered heart. But Emma picked herself back up and now owns a popular restaurant in Shaker Falls. As for her love life? She doesn’t need one. Something else she doesn’t need? Charlie waltzing into her restaurant to sell her the bakery’s pie.
What happens when Charlie and Emma realize their differing paths have led them right back to each other?
Face the Music by Ali Vali
Narrated by Paige McKinney
Bold Strokes Books Inc
Music producer Mason Liner has one passion: the acts she can bring to the top of the charts. When the biggest record label in Nashville hands her a new client, country music royalty, Sophie Roddy, Mason’s reluctant to take on a problem diva whose excessive lifestyle almost ruined her career, but can’t turn down the challenge.
Victoria Roddy has lived in Sophie Roddy’s shadow for as long as she can remember. Being her mother’s assistant is more than a job description…it’s her life. Now arrogant and aggravating Mason thinks she can turn Sophie’s career around, but Victoria doesn’t believe Mason’s ridiculous demands and exhaustive schedule are what her mother needs right now.
Mason and Victoria have to work together, so it’s really too bad they can’t stand each other, and even worse that they can’t seem to deny their attraction.
Wild Card by Alan Lee
Narrated by Gary Tiedemann
The celebrated governor of Maryland has been compromised at the MGM Casino in National Harbor. His situation is dire, and the implications for the country are brutal. Sinatra and Beck, secret agents for the Joint Federal Investigations Commission, are activated and sent undercover to the high-stakes poker tables. Just how much is Sinatra willing to wager? For America, he’ll risk it all. But for a corrupt governor?
Necessary Evil by David Bussell
Narrated by Mark Restuccia
For Jake Fletcher, the end was just the beginning. Cursed to wander the streets of London as a ghost, the only way he can earn his spot in the afterlife is to atone for his mortal sins. And so, he becomes a spectral detective – a phantom PI who helps restless spirits depart the earthly plane by bringing their killers to justice.
When a mutilated body is discovered with wounds matching the first victim of Jack the Ripper, the police realize that they have a copycat killer on their hands, and Jake sees an opportunity to even out his balance sheet.
But while he’s busy chasing down the killer, someone from Jake’s old life resurfaces. Someone who wants to make use of his talents in a way that definitely won’t curry favor with him upstairs.
Coerced into doing his bidding, Jake must maintain a delicate balancing act as he figures out a way to turn the tide on his blackmailer, while at the same time stopping the copycat from attaining the Ripper’s “canonical five” kills.
Will Jake earn his just reward, or will he topple even deeper into the twilight world between life and death?
Mystery, macabre, and caustic wit collide in this bizarre noir. Fans of Ben Aaronovitch, Mike Carey, and Benedict Jacka will love this thrilling detective story with a paranormal twist.