New and Notable Audiobook Releases for the Week of December 31st on Brian’s Book Blog

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Imperium Descent: Volume II by Christopher Hopper

Imperium Descent: Volume II by Christopher Hopper
Narrated by Christopher Hopper
Self Published

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Everything Hale wanted was at his finger tips.

He just needed to get off the planet.

But would she let him?

Just when Pelegrin Hale had enough money to buy his way back into the Stratus, Princess Pend’Orelia sends her lerrick to ask Hale for a favor. What could go wrong?

Meanwhile, Orelia decides to set off on a harrowing mission that will put her deep into enemy territory. Can she keep her identity a secret and still convince the Senate to re-write its laws?

Hale and Orelia are about to face their most cunning adversaries yet as they both embark on dangerous errands so save excreants from Imperium judgment.

From the mind of best-selling and award-winning author Christopher Hopper comes the next installment of the space opera series listeners are calling “Majestic!” Immerse yourself in the characters, intrigue, and action of Imperium Descent. Listen to Volume 2 today!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.


Murder by Numbers by R.S. Vaisbort

Murder by Numbers by R.S. Vaisbort
Narrated by Susie Lerner
Self Published

The debut Kaitlin Hall high-tech crime novel from Silicon Valley insider and legal expert R.S. Vaisbort.

Murder by Numbers is a fun and fast-paced detective novel set in the boom-to-bust Silicon Valley circa 2001, where multi-millionaires cling desperately to their fortunes, CEOs pray that their startups stay funded, and techies hope to hold onto their jobs. Opportunities for financial gain–both legal and illegal–remain a high stakes game. And no one knows this better than Kaitlin Hall, a beautiful and brilliant rookie detective in the High Tech Crimes Detail of the San Jose Police Department.

Kaitlin’s unauthorized investigation of the fatal car crash of a young systems administrator quickly leads newbie Detective Hall into dangerous, uncharted territory. Enlisting the help of her hacker friend and confidant, Slim Yamazaki, Kaitlin digs deep into the networks of technology companies developing the building blocks of the world’s most sophisticated systems that protect corporate data, and more importantly, US security interests.

As Detective Hall uses her keen intellect and initiative to solve a growing web of multiple murders, she navigates the politics of law enforcement and the egos of venture capitalists, tech moguls, and former lovers to make stunning discoveries. With lives at stake, her assumptions about human nature and her abilities as a detective will be tested to the fullest.

With high-tech suspense, engaging characters, and an entertaining dose of humor, author R.S. Vaisbort takes you on a thrilling ride through Silicon Valley at the dawn of the 21st century.


Santa Grint by Jodi Taylor

Santa Grint by Jodi Taylor
Narrated by Zara Ramm
Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Expect Christmas chaos in this year’s festive short story from Jodi Taylor, set in the world of the Time Police for the first time.

It all begins when the Time Police hold their first Children’s Christmas Party. Their most dangerous mission yet…

No good deed ever goes unpunished. Lt Grint succumbs to his softer side and soon lives to regret it. The combination of bubble universes, candy floss, a small boy, a toad named Mr Fluffy, Mount Fanboten, £6.5 million, and a love-struck Officer Lockland are all hard enough to believe, but imagine a situation so dire that only Officer Parrish can save the aforementioned Grint from a lengthy stay in prison. At least, he can—but will he?

And, most unlikely of all, has Commander Hay’s long-suffering adjutant finally experienced the first faint stirrings of romance? Is such a thing even possible?


Above All Things by Roslyn Sinclair

Above All Things by Roslyn Sinclair
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tantor Audio

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The Carlisle saga continues . . .

Aspiring writer Jules Moretti and iconic fashion editor Vivian Carlisle have been through the wringer.

As Vivian’s personal assistant, Jules was there for her ice queen boss’s whims, commands, and the shocking discovery of her pregnancy. Just as shocking was Jules’s realization that she was falling hard for Vivian . . . and that the feeling was mutual.

Now Jules is forging her own path. At the same time, how can she and her workaholic lover balance romance in the midst of backstabbing bosses, meddling families, and the impending arrival of a baby? Will their explosive chemistry fizzle, or can they take their relationship to a new level of passion-and commitment?

Contains mature themes.


Lost for Words by Andrea Bramhall

Lost for Words by Andrea Bramhall
Narrated by Rachael Beresford
Tantor Audio

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Sasha Adams has it all. Fulfilling career, loving family, great friends, and . . . Who’s she kidding? She lives at home with her aging mother, Fleur. She works as a massage therapist, and spends all her time with her best friend, Bobbi. But damn it, she’s happy. Well, okay, maybe not happy, but she’s content. It’s enough. Until the well-meaning but meddlesome women in her life, Fleur and Bobbi, team up and enter Sasha into a writing competition with the potential to change her life.

Film producer and director Jac Kensington has the career she’s spent thirty years honing to perfection, with little thought to her personal life. She helps run an annual scriptwriting competition in search of new talent and projects for her company to produce.

Meddling might have brought Jac and Sasha together, but fate has plans of its own. Sasha’s life is on the brink of changing beyond all recognition in this bittersweet lesbian romantic comedy.

Contains mature themes.


Face It by Georgette Kaplan

Face It by Georgette Kaplan
Narrated by Anastasia Watley
Tantor Audio

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When the woman you never got over shows up asking you to play her girlfriend for the holidays, that sounds like fun in an awkward, don’t die-now-heart, kind of way. A lesbian romantic comedy with a side of fake relationships, small towns, and holiday love.

In college, Elizabeth Smile shared a magical tryst with her roommate, Michelle Harlow. She had no idea the night would leave Elizabeth pining after her for the next ten years. Now Michelle is back with a strange offer: Will she pretend to be Michelle’s lesbian lover to beat Michelle’s cheating husband?

Of course, it’s a terrible idea. And it would mean leaving the New York nightlife behind and spending Christmas with Michelle’s family in Ohio—an overly accepting father, a pill-popping brother, and a suspicious sister who seems to have her own agenda with Elizabeth.

Worst of all, it’ll mean facing up to some old feelings she’d rather not revisit. But, really, she can handle all that. How hard can it be?

This twisty holiday romance is about getting more than we bargain for.

Contains mature themes.


Still Life by L.T. Smith

Still Life by L.T. Smith
Narrated by Rachael Beresford
Tantor Audio

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After breaking off her relationship with a female lothario, Jess Taylor decides she doesn’t want to expose herself to another cheating partner. Staying at home, alone, suits her just fine. Her idea of a good night is an early one—preferably with a good book. Well, until her best friend, Sophie Harrison, decides it’s time Jess rejoined the human race.

Trying to pull Jess from her self-imposed prison, Sophie signs them both up for a Still Life art class at the local college. Sophie knows the beautiful art teacher, Diana Sullivan, could be the woman her best friend needs to move on with her life.

But, in reality, could art bring these two women together? Could it be strong enough to make a masterpiece in just twelve sessions? And, more importantly, can Jess overcome her fear of being used once again?

Only time will tell.

Contains mature themes.


Accidentally Amy by Lynn Painter

Accidentally Amy by Lynn Painter
Narrated by Amy Melissa Bentley
Tantor Audio

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IT STARTED WITH A CUP…

Isabella Shay is usually a very honest person. But when she’s running late for her first day at a dream job and the barista yells for “Amy” three times with no answer, she does the unthinkable.

Izzy takes that PSL.

It’s the exact drink she ordered and paid for, only waaaay further ahead in the line, so she mutters “I’m Amy” and grabs the cup. But when she turns around and runs directly into the most attractive man she’s ever seen, spilling the drink all over his GQ shirt and tie, she ends up having the ultimate meet-cute. Sparks fly and things feel beyond promising until he says the words, “See you tomorrow, Amy.”

Uh, oh-she’ll definitely have to straighten him out the following day.

Only when she gets to her new office and meets the VP of her department, it is none other than Blake Phillips—the hottie from Starbucks. And the man might’ve been charming to “Amy,” but he is an arrogant grump to Izzy, an arrogant grump who does not find her explanation funny at all.

Contains mature themes.


The Valentine's Hate by Sidney Halston

The Valentine’s Hate by Sidney Halston
Narrated by Karla Serrato, Sean Crisden
Harper Audio

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A delightful enemy to lovers/fake engagement rom-com themed around Valentine’s Day! Jennifer Lopez’s new movie Marry Me meets Erin Sterling’s holiday themed The Ex Hex.

Cupid only strikes once. At least that’s what Lissette Alonso believes. Ever since the Most Disastrous Valentine’s Day of All Time™ she has hated all things V-day. But Lizzie’s best friend is having pre-nuptial festivities for a week leading up to her February 14th wedding and Lissette is taking her maid of honor duties seriously, maybe too seriously. Of course of course of course who is the first person she runs into on the way to the wedding? None other than her childhood nemesis, Brian Anderson, the reason for all of her Valentine’s Day hatred.

Brian knows he messed up with Lizzie but give him a break, he was just a kid who was trying to look cool and Lizzie regularly pushed all of his buttons—both in school and out of it. He’s always been gruff and grumpy, but these days, Brian is much better off with his writing; fictional characters never talk back. Unlike Lizzie who always has something to say.

Suddenly the two are back under the same roof and bickering like old times, except that Brian has bigger problems than dealing with Lizzie’s verbal sparring. Someone Brian is desperate to avoid shows up and somehow Lizzie gets roped into pretending to be dating him. And, suddenly, the simmering anger has blossomed into something extra spicy…


Funny Feelings by Tarah DeWitt

Funny Feelings by Tarah DeWitt
Narrated by Nelson Hobbs, Stephanie Bentley
Tantor Audio

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When falling in love is the punchline . . .

Farley Jones is being forced to date Meyer Harrigan, the man she has come to love, in order to make all of her stand-up dreams come true.

It’s agony-a tragedy, even. In lieu of flowers, please send cash . . .

Meyer and his daughter Hazel have been everything to her since they came into her life three years ago. So, all joking aside, the stakes are especially high when it’s not only her career, but both of those relationships on the line.

A former stand-up star himself, Meyer has been vital to the trajectory of her career since he began managing her . . . Since he became her closest and most treasured friend, in the process.

This friendship is the only reason why, when the biggest opportunity of Farley’s career includes thrusting him back into the spotlight to stir up publicity, he agrees-in spite of his grumpiness, his protectiveness over Hazel, and his disdain for public attention.

It doesn’t take long for their act to bring all those other funny feelings out into the open, and, like most matters of the heart, it quickly begins to feel like anything but a joke.


To Be With You by TJ O'Shea

To Be With You by TJ O’Shea
Narrated by Amy Deuchler
Tantor Audio

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Leah Vasquez and Victoria Lockwood should not fall in love.

They’re smart enough to know a star-crossed lovers situation never works. Leah’s a loner from the poor side of town, working two jobs, and aching to leave their sleepy hometown in her rear view forever. Victoria lives in a mansion with her overbearing parents, surrounded by friends and known to none of them, living what others consider a charmed life. When Leah rescues Victoria from a freak rainstorm, they discover an unexpected understanding, and an undeniable spark.

Leah Vasquez and Victoria Lockwood should not fall in love, but they do.

Five years after their summer romance flames out, Victoria returns home to visit her dysfunctional family, fiance in tow. She’s shocked to find Leah never left town, and more surprisingly, neither did their feelings for each other. Still hurt over how Victoria ended things Leah resists any reconciliation, despite how hotly the embers of their love burn.

Leah Vasquez and Victoria Lockwood definitely should not fall in love . . . again.

Of course, even if Leah can open her bruised heart to the only girl she ever loved, Victoria must make a life-changing choice: love safely or love bravely.


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