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A Political Conspiracy: Books 1 & 2 by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
Piton Press LLC

Sedition is just the beginning….

TIimely and powerfully thought-provoking, A Political Conspiracy finds best-selling author Tom Abrahams (The Traveler series) return to his roots with this breathtaking novel that brilliantly unpacks a vast, global conspiracy to alter the balance of power.

Book 1: Sedition

The president of the United States is dead. There is no vice president to take his place.

As the nation slips into a constitutional crisis, a small, secretive group conspires to violently seize power.

They have the will. They have someone on the inside. And they have the explosives.

Standing in their way is a woman who knows their intentions. Can she stop them in time? If she does, will it matter?

Book 2: Intention

A hip-hop star is murdered.

A notorious terrorist is freed from custody.

An assassin weaves his way across Europe, setting the stage for a global catastrophe.

All of them work in the shadows of an ancient organization bent on changing the course of history.

Can a woman whose demons have consumed her, rid herself of the pain in time to stop them?

Checkmate Charlie by Scott Baron

Checkmate Charlie by Scott Baron
Narrated by Gary Bennett
Self Published

In an intergalactic pool of tech and magic, Charlie found himself in the warm spot. Whether or not that was a good thing only time would tell.

Friends and comrades had put their lives on the line, defending not only their homes and loved ones, but their galaxy as well. Both galaxies, to be exact. And more than a few had paid the ultimate price.

Now the threat of a massive war spilling over between both realms had gone from a vague threat to a deadly reality, and facing Visla Dominus’s incredible power, Charlie and his friends were forced to call in every favor they were owed.

Even so, there was no guarantee of success. Underdogs to the last, Charlie and his friends prepared themselves for the battle to end all battles, one that would result in either victory or death.

The final book in the Dragon Mage series.

A Desperate Place by Jennifer Greer

A Desperate Place by Jennifer Greer
Narrated by Kirsten Potter
Dreamscape Media, LLC

When the body of famous actress Niki Francis is unearthed from its shallow grave, the small town of Medford, Oregon is alarmed but not shook. After all, there should be plenty of motives and suspects – Niki had fame, wealth, looks. The kill was targeted and premeditated, and it’s about her celebrity…or so they thought.

Whit McKenna is licking her wounds, working as a reporter for the local Medford rag. Fresh from a harrowing assignment for her previous post at the LA Times, which cost her her husband, Whit must pull herself together for the sake of her two daughters. The wound has hardly begun to scab when she’s called to cover the murder, so she teams up with her best friend, medical-examiner Katie Riggs. Then two more victims turn up, completely disconnected from one another, and McKenna loses all hope of a breakthrough.

Rather than clarity, the possible suspects and motives become scrambled. But time is running out, and each front-page article McKenna writes brings her closer to a killer who will stop at nothing to realize a deadly vision.

The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein

The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein
Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
Blackstone Publishing

First came the news that a flying saucer had landed in Iowa. Then came the announcement that the whole thing was a hoax. End of story. Case closed.

Except that two agents of the most secret intelligence agency in the US government were on the scene and disappeared without reporting in. And four more agents who were sent in also disappeared. So the head of the agency and his two top agents went in and managed to get out with their discovery: an invasion is underway by slug-like aliens who can touch a human and completely control his or her mind. What the humans know, they know. What the slugs want, no matter what, the human will do. And most of Iowa is already under their control.

Sam Cavanaugh was one of the agents who discovered the truth. Unfortunately, that was just before he was taken over by one of the aliens and began working for the invaders, with no will of his own. And he has just learned that a high official in the Treasury Department is now under control of the aliens. Since the Treasury Department includes the Secret Service, which safeguards the president of the United States, control of the entire nation is near at hand.

Somewhere in the Dark by R.J. Jacobs

Somewhere in the Dark by R.J. Jacobs
Narrated by Eileen Frances Stevens
Dreamscape Media, LLC

After a childhood marred by neglect, Jessie Duval’s finally got it together. With an apartment in Nashville and a job with a catering company, she’s thriving.

But all that changes when she works an event where celebrities will be in attendance, including the one person from her past she must avoid at all costs: singer Shelly James. Jessie doesn’t hate Shelly – quite the opposite. One summer, she followed Shelly’s tour everywhere. But Shelly wasn’t flattered; she was terrified by Jessie’s devotion – especially after Jessie was arrested. But after a year of therapy, Jessie understands what happened. She’s not the same person anymore.

Jessie keeps her head down, but when Shelly is found dead, Jessie’s troubled past comes tumbling out, and she quickly becomes a suspect in the high-profile murder. As the police close in on her, ignoring other credible leads, Jessie realizes Shelly’s murder will be pinned on her – the perfect scapegoat – unless she finds the real killer. No one knows Shelly’s life and inner circle better than Jessie does, but she will have to go deeper into the dark if ever she wants to find her way out.

Darkwater Cove: A Gripping Serial Killer Thriller by Dan Padavona
Narrated by Meghan Kelly
Self Published

Three years ago, FBI agent Darcy Gellar almost died at the hands of a serial killer.

Struggling with her demons, Darcy moves her family to Genoa Cove. With the sadistic killer she captured serving a life sentence, she hopes a peaceful life along the ocean will end her nightmares.

Then a body surfaces along the coast. And the evidence points to one man: the killer Darcy put behind bars three years ago. Either Darcy caught the wrong man, or an apprentice serial killer stalks paradise. Then the murderer takes another life, and the nightmare of three years ago rushes forth to claim Darcy.

Now Darcy isn’t simply unraveling a mystery. She’s facing a killer who knows what frightens her most. He won’t stop until he takes her life and destroys her family.

But the killer should beware. Darcy stopped a serial killer once. And she’ll do it again.

“An exciting, page-turning gem” (Showcasing Books)

The pause-resisting serial killer thriller fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan, Mary Burton, and Thomas Harris will love. From the best-selling author of The Scarlett Bell Dark Thriller series.

The Nemesis Manifesto by Eric Van Lustbader

The Nemesis Manifesto by Eric Van Lustbader
Narrated by Lauren Fortgang
Macmillan Audio

Russian meddling, American fragmentation, and global politics collide in this action-packed, international thriller from New York Times best-selling author Eric Van Lustbader.

In The Nemesis Manifesto, Eric Van Lustbader, ‘the master of the smart thriller’, delivers an epic and harrowing adventure of the predatory forces that are threatening the very fabric of democracy and kicks off a compelling new series with a singular new hero for our time.

Evan Ryder is a lone wolf, a field agent for a black-ops arm of the DOD who has survived unspeakable tragedy and dedicated her life to protecting her country.

When her fellow agents begin to be systematically eliminated, Evan must unravel the thread that ties them all together…and before her name comes up on the kill list.

The list belongs to a mysterious cabal known only as Nemesis, a hostile entity hell-bent on tearing the United States apart. As Evan tracks them from Washington, DC to the Caucasus Mountains, from Austria to a fortress in Germany where her own demons reside, she unearths a network of conspirators far more complex than anyone could have imagined. Can Evan uproot them before Nemesis forces bring democracy to its knees?

A Fairytale of Possibilities by Kiki Archer

A Fairytale of Possibilities by Kiki Archer
Narrated by Ella Lynch
Self Published

Wedding planner Lauren Hilliard weaves fairytales out of possibilities. It’s her business and she’s good at it. Her brides love her for making their dreams come true but she’s not managed to make the magic happen for herself – yet.

Trouble is, Lauren’s in love with her best friend and has been for eleven hopeless years. Years in which she’s secretly imagined the fairytale of possibilities if she had the courage to speak…which she hasn’t. So she doesn’t. And she won’t.

But what if the feelings are mutual?

Cue the latest magical rom-com from best-selling, award-winning author, Kiki Archer.

Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting

Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting
Narrated by Teddy Hamilton, Holly Warren
Forever Audio

As two neighborhood shop owners battle for business, they prove opposites attract in this “deliciously sweet and savory new romantic comedy” (USA Today best-selling author Abby Jimenez).

Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day. He may be super swoony, but Blaire hasn’t spent years obsessing over buttercream and bourbon to have him ruin her chance at success.

From axe throwing (his place) to frosting contests (hers), Blaire and Ronan are constantly trying to one-up each other in a battle to win new customers. But with every clash, there’s also an undeniable chemistry. When an even bigger threat to their business comes to town, they’re forced to call a temporary time-out on their own war and work together. And the more time Blaire spends getting to know the real Ronan, the more she wonders if it’s possible to have her cupcake and eat it too.

“Kiss My Cupcake is a laugh-out-loud romance full of charm, wit and magic. Ronan and Blaire will have you fall in love with their story from their very first encounter. A thoroughly delicious read.” (LJ Shen, USA Today best-selling author)

Ghostbusters by Richard Mueller, Ed Naha

Ghostbusters by Richard Mueller, Ed Naha
Narrated by Johnny Heller
Blackstone Publishing

For the first time in a beautiful new edition, this omnibus will collect together the original official novelizations of both Ghostbusters 1 and 2.

Relive the classic Ghostbusters stories with the original movie novelizations republished for the first time since 1980s.

When Dr. Peter Venkman and his Columbia University colleagues are kicked out of their prestigious academic posts, they start a private practice as professional ghost-catchers. Although things do not start auspiciously for the three parascientists, their television advertisements finally pay off when beautiful Dana Barrett contracts them. It seems her apartment has become the entryway for ghastly ghosts and goofy ghouls hellbent on terrorizing New York City. Soon, they’re not just going to her rescue, but trying to rid the whole city of the slimy creatures.

After waging a war on slime that cost New York City millions, the Ghostbusters find themselves out of business until an ancient tyrant, preparing a return to the Earthly domain through his portrait at the Manhattan Museum of Modern Art, sets his sights on Dana Barrett’s baby as the new home for his wicked soul!

The Search Party by Simon Lelic

The Search Party by Simon Lelic
Narrated by Ben Arogundade, Jack Rowan, Joe Gaminara, Nicole Davies, Fiona Button, Sacha Dhawan
Penguin Audio

Brought to you by Penguin.

Sixteen-year-old Sadie Saunders is missing.

Five friends set out into the woods to find her.

But they’re not just friends….

They’re suspects.

You see, this was never a search party.

It’s a witch hunt.

And not everyone will make it home alive.

You’re Not Enough (and That’s Okay) by Allie Beth Stuckey
Narrated by Allie Beth Stuckey
Penguin Audio

Is your quest to love yourself more actually making you miserable?

We’re told that the key to happiness is self-love. Instagram influencers, mommy bloggers, self-help gurus, and even Christian teachers promise that if we learn to love ourselves, we’ll be successful, secure, and complete. But the promise doesn’t deliver. Instead of feeling fulfilled, our pursuit of self-love traps us in an exhausting cycle: As we strive for self-acceptance, we become addicted to self-improvement.

The truth is we can’t find satisfaction inside ourselves because we are the problem. We struggle with feelings of inadequacy because we are inadequate. Alone, we are not good enough, smart enough, or beautiful enough. We’re not enough – period. And that’s okay, because God is.

The answer to our insufficiency and insecurity isn’t self-love, but God’s love. In Jesus, we’re offered a way out of our toxic culture of self-love and into a joyful life of relying on him for wisdom, satisfaction, and purpose. We don’t have to wonder what it’s all about anymore. This is it.

This book isn’t about battling your not-enoughness; it’s about embracing it. Allie Beth Stuckey, a Christian, conservative new mom, found herself at the dead end of self-love, and she wants to help you combat the false teachings and self-destructive mindsets that got her there. In this book, she uncovers the myths popularized by our culture of trendy narcissism, reveals where they manifest in politics and the church, and dismantles them with biblical truth and practical wisdom.

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