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Pale Blue Dot(s) by Erin Mallon
Narrated by Thérèse Plummer, Megan Tusing, Andrew Eiden, Gabra Zackman, Inés del Castillo, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Adenrele Ojo, Julia Whelan, Natalie Naudus
Several years in the future, an all-female astronaut team circumnavigates the globe once every 90 minutes aboard the International Space Station, prepared to be a powerful presence in space. When a surprise set of “everyday citizens” tags along for the ride, all protocol flies right out the proverbial…airlock.
After a lifetime of being kept down on the ground, what happens when these women finally rise up and see their lives – and their planet – from high above it all?
The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
Random House Audio
An impossible crime. A detective on the edge of madness. The future of time travel at stake. From the author of The Warehouse….
January Cole’s job just got a whole lot harder.
Not that running security at the Paradox was ever really easy. Nothing’s simple at a hotel where the ultra-wealthy tourists arrive costumed for a dozen different time periods, all eagerly waiting to catch their “flights” to the past.
Or where proximity to the timeport makes the clocks run backward on occasion – and, rumor has it, allows ghosts to stroll the halls.
None of that compares to the corpse in room 526. The one that seems to be both there and not there. The one that somehow only January can see.
On top of that, some very important new guests have just checked in. Because the US government is about to privatize time-travel technology – and the world’s most powerful people are on hand to stake their claims.
January is sure the timing isn’t a coincidence. Neither are those “accidents” that start stalking their bidders.
There’s a reason January can glimpse what others can’t. A reason why she’s the only one who can catch a killer who’s operating invisibly and in plain sight, all at once.
But her ability is also destroying her grip on reality – and as her past, present, and future collide, she finds herself confronting not just the hotel’s dark secrets, but her own.
At once a dazzlingly time-twisting murder mystery and a story about grief, memory, and what it means to – literally – come face-to-face with our ghosts, The Paradox Hotel is another unforgettable speculative thrill ride from acclaimed author Rob Hart.
Unity by Elly Bangs
Narrated by Adenrele Ojo, Kevin Kenerly, James Fouhey, Karen Chilton
Danae is not only herself. She is concealing a connection to a grieving collective inside of her body. But while she labors as a tech servant in the dangerous underwater enclave of Bloom City, her fractured self cannot mend.
In a desperate escape, Danae and her lover, Naoto, hire the enigmatic ex-mercenary Alexei to guide them out of the imploding city.
But for Danae to reunify, the three new fugitives will have to flee across the otherworldly beauty of the post-apocalyptic Southwest. Meanwhile, Danae’s warlord enemy, the Duke, and a strange new foe, the Borrower, already seek them at any price.
Evoking the gritty cyberpunk of Mad Max and the fluid idealism of Sense8, Unity is a spectacular new reenvisioning of humanity. Breakout author Elly Bangs has created an expressive, philosophical science-fiction thriller that expands upon consciousness itself.
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Narrated by Clare Corbett, Daphne Kouma, Julia Winwood, Sope Dirisu, Sofia Zervudachi, Charlie Anson
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Guest List comes a new locked-room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide….
Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half brother, Ben, didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there.
The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question.
The socialite. The nice guy. The alcoholic. The girl on the verge. The concierge.
Everyone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.
Solomon’s Well by Nicholas Harvey
Narrated by Kim Bretton
Harvey Books, LLC
No good deed goes unpunished. This favor may turn fatal.
Grand Cayman. AJ Bailey’s entire life revolves around diving. So despite her friend’s troublesome reputation, she willingly agrees to help recover a precious artifact lost for centuries. But the dangerous underwater caves may be the least of her problems.
As the treasure slowly reveals its checkered 18th-century plantation history and a slaving family’s tragic battle, AJ realizes she could be heading into murky waters. And not only is the desirable relic proving hard to locate, they’re both racing against time to stay one step ahead of her buddy’s shady investor…
Can AJ recover the priceless object before their world comes crashing down?
Solomon’s Well is the fifth book in the pause-resisting AJ Bailey Adventure Caribbean suspense series. If you like determined heroines, blue-water action, and intriguing historical mysteries, then you’ll love Nicholas Harvey’s edge-of-your-seat tale.
Buy Solomon’s Well to plunge into deep danger today!
Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin
Narrated by Katherine Pucciariello
Beth and Fran spend their days traveling the ravaged New England coast, hunting feral men and harvesting their organs in a gruesome effort to ensure they’ll never face the same fate.
Robbie lives by his gun and one hard-learned motto: Other people aren’t safe.
After a brutal accident entwines the three of them, this found family of survivors must navigate murderous TERFs, a sociopathic billionaire bunker brat, and awkward relationship dynamics – all while outrunning packs of feral men, and their own demons.
Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree
Narrated by Travis Baldree
High fantasy with a double-shot of self-reinvention.
Worn out after decades of packing steel and raising hell, Viv, the orc barbarian, cashes out of the warrior’s life with one final score. A forgotten legend, a fabled artifact, and an unreasonable amount of hope lead her to the streets of Thune, where she plans to open the first coffee shop the city has ever seen.
However, her dreams of a fresh start pulling shots instead of swinging swords are hardly a sure bet. Old frenemies and Thune’s shady underbelly may just upset her plans. To finally build something that will last, Viv will need some new partners, and a different kind of resolve.
A hot cup of fantasy, slice-of-life with a dollop of romantic froth.
First and Tension by Tara Sivec
Narrated by Kelsey Navarro, Tim Paige
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Emily Flanagan has been living her dreams the last four years as a professional cheerleader for the Los Angeles Vipers, thousands of miles away from her tiny hometown of Summersweet Island, Virginia. She’s got the world at the tips of her pom-poms…until she tells her boss to shove those pom-poms where the sun doesn’t shine.
After spending her last night in California with her crush, Emily flies back home to Summersweet, resigned to run her parents’ business, never to be heard from again. Besides, there’s no use crying over a man who lives on the other side of the country, who she’ll never see again.
Quinn Bagley is finally playing for a team that feels like a family, after years of playing with nothing but egos. What he’s not happy about is that the woman who rocked his world turned out to be like every other crazy redhead he’s encountered, wanting to use him for something. He just wants her to admit it was a game.
Except Emily Flanagan isn’t the hotheaded, rude woman he thought. She’s sweet, sexy, and fun. She makes him feel normal, she makes him laugh, and she makes him want more.
He’s going to win her heart, even if he has to do it in overtime.
Contains mature themes.
The Harbor by Katrine Engberg
Narrated by Graeme Malcolm
Simon & Schuster Audio
From the number one internationally best-selling author of The Butterfly House, called “brazen and original” by The Toronto Star, comes a timely, suspenseful, and darkly original new novel about a missing child and the web of lies that has threatened his life – and may prevent him from ever being found.
When 15-year-old Oscar Dreyer-Hoff disappears, the police assume he’s simply a runaway – a typically overlooked middle child doing what teenagers do all around the world. But his frantic family is certain that something terrible has happened. After all, what runaway would leave behind a note that reads:
He looked around and saw the knife that had stabbed Basil Hallward. He had cleaned it many times, till there was no stain left upon it. It was bright and glistened. As it had killed the painter, so it would kill the painter’s work, and all that that meant. It would kill the past, and when that was dead, he would be free.
It’s not much to go on, but it’s all that detectives Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner have. And with every passing hour, as the odds of finding a missing person grow dimmer, it will have to be enough.
Losing Touch by Jenn Matthews
Narrated by Michaela Rowe
Hairdresser Ash believes she will never have another relationship due to a profound fear of being touched. Her admission into the mental health ward is nearly over, but she still hasn’t recovered from her phobia.
Harri is finding it increasing difficult to work in fast food catering due to her nerve damage. How can she smile at customers, let alone maintain a relationship, when half her mouth doesn’t work, and anything touching her there hurts so much?
When Harri takes an overdose in a bid to get rid of her pain, she ends up being detained in the same ward as Ash; in the same bedroom, even.
An instant attraction causes them both to reconsider their futures. But should they begin a relationship with one another when both of them still have things to deal with? And how will Harri’s domineering mother react when she finds out?
A tender lesbian romance about working out how to cope, healing after trauma, and learning to trust again.
The Reunion by Meghan Quinn
Narrated by Lidia Dornet, Teddy Hamilton, Laurie West, Rock Engle, CJ Bloom, Stephen Borne
From the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Game comes a new romantic comedy about the antics that ensue when three siblings come together for their parents’ fiftieth-anniversary party.
Martin and Peggy Chance believe love should last a lifetime. With their fiftieth wedding anniversary on the horizon, they’ve modeled a beautiful relationship for their three grown children. But to their dismay, that lesson hasn’t quite caught on – the three siblings just can’t seem to take a chance and find love in their own lives.
There’s Ford, the eldest, devoted to his work and resistant to romance…or so he claims. Cooper, the middle child, can’t get past his divorce – until he reconnects with a feisty baker from his past. And Palmer, the baby of the family, is the free-spirited world traveler who always pictured herself with someone other than a handsome small-town family doctor.
When the Chance siblings come together to plan the ultimate anniversary party for their parents, they’ll have to navig
Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake
Narrated by Kristen DiMercurio
A clever and steamy queer romantic comedy about taking chances and accepting love – with all its complications – by debut author Ashley Herring Blake.
Delilah Green swore she would never go back to Bright Falls – nothing is there for her but memories of a lonely childhood where she was little more than a burden to her cold and distant stepfamily. Her life is in New York, with her photography career finally gaining steam and her bed never empty. Sure, it’s a different woman every night, but that’s just fine with her.
When Delilah’s estranged stepsister, Astrid, pressures her into photographing her wedding with a guilt trip and a five-figure check, Delilah finds herself back in the godforsaken town that she used to call home. She plans to breeze in and out, but then she sees Claire Sutherland, one of Astrid’s stuck-up besties, and decides that maybe there’s some fun (and a little retribution) to be had in Bright Falls, after all.
Having raised her 11-year-old daughter mostly on her own while dealing with her unreliable ex and running a bookstore, Claire Sutherland depends upon a life without surprises. And Delilah Green is an unwelcome surprise…at first. Though they’ve known each other for years, they don’t really know each other – so Claire is unsettled when Delilah figures out exactly what buttons to push. When they’re forced together during a gauntlet of wedding preparations – including a plot to save Astrid from her horrible fiancé – Claire isn’t sure she has the strength to resist Delilah’s charms. Even worse, she’s starting to think she doesn’t want to….
The Headmistress by Milena McKay
Narrated by Abby Craden
A chance encounter. An unforgettable night.
And back home, trouble is brewing on the remote island of Three Dragons, where nothing feels like it used to. Alone and lonely, Sam Threadneedle wishes upon a star, hoping for change. But when said change comes, it’s with a roar and not a whimper.
Torn between loyalty and lust, Sam is forced to reevaluate everything.
Can she and the Home of Dragons withstand the storm that is Magdalene Nox, or will any and all crumble?
Not everything is as it seems, and as she slowly unravels the mysteries behind the centuries-old walls, Sam realizes that home is much more than oak and stone.
Contains mature themes.
The Bright Falls Mystery Saga by C. T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus
Narrated by Arielle DeLisle
Now available in a single volume, the complete Bright Falls Mysteries saga:
I Was a Teeenage Weredeer
Jane Doe is a weredeer, the least-threatening shape-changer species in the world. Blessed with the ability to turn furry at will, and psychically read objects, Jane has done her best to live a normal life, working as a waitress at the Deerlightful Diner. She has big dreams of escaping life in the supernatural-filled town of Bright Falls, Michigan, and her 18th birthday promises the beginning of her teenage dreams coming true.
Unfortunately, her birthday is ruined by the sudden murder of her best friend’s sister, in an apparent occult killing. Oh, and her brother is the primary suspect. Allying with an eccentric FBI agent, the local crime lord, and a snarky werecrow, Jane has her work cut out for her, while turning her big day around.
Thankfully, she’s game.
An American Weredeer in Michigan
Life is not easy for the world’s first weredeer detective. A simple hike turns into a media circus when Jane Doe, her best friend Emma, and a pair of monster hunters find a mass grave. Determined to find the parties responsible, Jane soon discovers a sinister cult leader has decided to make Bright Falls, Michigan the home of his corrupt religion.
As if this wasn’t complicating her life enough, Jane also has to decide whether or not she wants to begin a relationship with FBI Special Agent Alex Timmons, or local crime lord Lucien Lyons. Both men are determined to get to the bottom of the crime she’s investigating, but may be distracted by their own agendas, as well as their love for Jane.
A Nightmare on Elk Street
Jane Doe has settled into her new role as the Shaman of Bright Falls – but that doesn’t pay the bills. With her boyfriend off chasing his evil father, Jane has decided to take up a job in security, on the set of horror movies being filmed in her hometown. Unfortunately, the crew have been threatened by an ominous force that quickly sets its sights on Jane herself.
Complicating matters further are Jane’s past sins coming back to haunt her, with her vengeful cousins still blaming her for the death of their sister. Her complicated relationships with Alex and Lucien are also about to come to a head.
Enjoy the final installment of the Bright Falls Mysteries! It’s deerlightful!
Set in the same universe as Straight Outta Fangton, The Morgan Detective Agency, Red Room Trilogy, and Psycho Killers in Love.
The Do-Over Boxed Set by Julia Kent
Narrated by Erin Mallon
Mallory (Fluffy), Persephone (Perky), Fiona (Feisty), and Hastings (Hasty) come from the small town of Anderhill, Massachusetts, with lives that take sudden turns, as they get surprise “do-overs” when it comes to second-chance love.
This boxed set features New York Times best-selling author Julia Kent’s first three books in the series, starting with the prequel, Little Miss Perfect, which takes place 10 years before Book 1, when Mallory Monahan and Will Lotham competed for valedictorian in high school.
The nerd and the quarterback have a tantalizing encounter, but what happens when they meet 10 years later is unbelievable….
Which brings us to Fluffy – how Will and Mallory reconnect is a tale of mishaps, misunderstandings, and Mallory’s innocent mistake in thinking a job on Craigslist for a “fluffer” meant a house designer.
This boxed set continues with Perky, another second-chance “do-over” for Persephone and Parker. Five years ago, he released very, very private photos that turned Perky into a social media sensation in the worst way possible. Hurt and betrayed, she’s blocked him from her life, and her heart.
But what if he didn’t do it?
And surprise! He’s a member of Mallory and Will’s wedding party, too.
Second chances and do-overs never felt so good….
The Do-Over Boxed Set is a romantic comedy, binge-listen. Get ready for a massive laugh-fest escape!
Get this boxeed set audiobook, narrated by Audie award winner Erin Mallon!
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