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Torment by Jeremy Robinson

Torment by Jeremy Robinson
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Podium Audio

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Small town reporter Mia Durante finds herself having brunch with the President of the United States on the day civilization comes to an end.

An electromagnetic pulse blinds the U.S. Cars crash. Planes fall. Chaos reigns. Power is restored within minutes, but it’s already too late. Russian nukes are falling. U.S. allies around the world are already wiped out. The United States will cease to exist inside of five minutes.

After giving the order to launch a full-scale retaliation–dooming the planet–the president, his staff, Secret Service and those lucky enough to be visiting the White House, are whisked below ground, where they board several Earth Escape Pods. As the EEPs launch into Earth orbit, missiles descend.

Less than forty survive the end of the world. When they return, they’re greeted by survivors of a different sort. The bloodbath that follows leaves Durante and nine other survivors on the run. They find themselves fighting for survival in a world in which only torment remains and where death is the only escape.

Torment is award-winning author Jeremy Robinson’s first pulse-pounding horror novel (originally penned under his Jeremy Bishop pseudonym). It’s a horrific tale of post-apocalyptic terror that is one part zombie story and one part Dante’s Inferno. The story asks hard questions and generates strong emotions in everyone who listens to it—anger, excitement, and most of all: fear. This book asks the question that everyone is afraid to answer: are you ready?


Narrator by Landon Beach

Narrator by Landon Beach
Narrated by Scott Brick
Self Published

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By the time playwright and actor Shawn Frost had won two Tony Awards by his late 20s, he was seen as a theater prodigy—a meteoric rise that the performing arts community had not witnessed in almost a hundred years. His work? Shakespearean in scope, character, and popularity—boundless and beautiful. His own character? Flawed.

And in a place like New York City, where failings get magnified, Shawn Frost finds that, even from the heights of artistic sublimity, no one is insulated from the demons that have caused the best of entertainers to fall from grace.

After surviving an accident that almost costs him his life, Shawn leaves NYC and the theater for the quiet, picturesque Pacific cliffs of Carmel-by-the-Sea and starts a new life as an audiobook narrator. As he rises through the ranks, narrating best seller after best seller, Shawn Frost once again flirts with artistic immortality.

But as his limitless skills emerge in the exploding arena of voice arts, so do his flaws.

Then, he experiences every audiobook narrator’s worst fear: He is kidnapped by two obsessed fans, determined to make Shawn perform their novel….

Or was he?

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind psychological thriller from number-one best-selling author Landon Beach.


Watch Me by A. J. Holt

Watch Me by A. J. Holt
Narrated by Susan Anspach
Phoenix Books

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FBI Special Agent Jay Fletcher is an agency hacker who uses computers to find out anything about anyone—but her failure to respect proper channels gets her bounced out of Washington, D.C. Assigned to an unexciting arson detail in New Mexico, she follows an ongoing investigation into a serial killer who is terrorizing Las Vegas. Jay’s diversion turns into online horror when she discovers that the murderer is linked to a secret network of criminals who play an all-too-realistic computer simulation game.

As Jay’s recreational hacking turns into a personal quest, she abandons the accepted boundaries of Bureau procedure and due process. With her former colleagues in close pursuit, she and the killer move inexorably toward a shattering confrontation.


The Wall by N.J. Croft

The Wall by N.J. Croft
Narrated by Tim Campbell
Tantor

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Set in an uncomfortably familiar future . . .

We built a wall to keep the dangers of the world out . . . but was it actually meant to keep us in?

Your every word is monitored. Your every movement watched. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. And if you stay within the wall, the Loyalist Party will protect you.

Gideon Frome knows that safety is an illusion. Ten years ago, his perfect life was shattered, and he left Washington DC in disgrace, sentenced to serve on The Wall. He may be back, lauded as a hero, but he knows he’s only traded one prison for another, assigned a position to the infamous Secret Service.

Kate Buchanan uses her illegal predictive engine to monitor the “chatter,” flagging perceived threats to America. When the program suggests that nuclear war is imminent, and people around her start to die, Kate can no longer hide. She needs help, and it comes from the most unlikely place—Gideon Frome, a ghost from her past.

The American people thought they were safe, but it’s becoming shockingly clear that the price of safety is too high. And somehow, together, Kate and Gideon must tear down the walls that keep their country a prisoner.


Blood Ties by Ruth Lillegraven, Diane Oatley - translator

Blood Ties by Ruth Lillegraven, Diane Oatley – translator
Narrated by Michael Crouch, Andrew Eiden, Stina Nielsen, Mikael Naramore, Stephen Graybill, Soneela Nankani, Chris Ciulla
Brilliance Publishing

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Betrayal, secrets, revenge, and murder: they’re in the blood in a provocative novel of psychological suspense by the award-winning, internationally bestselling author of Everything Is Mine.

As Norway’s newly appointed minister of justice, child-rights advocate Clara Lofthus has a chance to accomplish something meaningful on behalf of the most vulnerable members of society. It couldn’t be more personal. After her husband’s death, she is the sole caretaker of her twin sons, Andreas and Nikolai. She’s also still haunted by her own traumatic childhood—and the lengths to which she was willing to go to pursue her own brand of vigilante justice. How far? No one ever needs to know. And this is just one of Clara’s secrets.

Then one day, Clara comes home from work to make a terrifying discovery: her sons have been kidnapped. Clara’s search leads to her hometown in Western Norway, where she learns that her mother has been released from the mental hospital she has been living at for the past thirty years. Hot on Clara’s heels is a local reporter, who is every bit as relentless as she is. He’s determined to disrupt Clara’s life even further and will not rest until he exposes the truth about her past.

As the fate of her sons hangs in the balance, the demons of Clara’s past are flushed out of hiding, threatening to come home to roost.


Good Spin by Monica McCallan

Good Spin by Monica McCallan
Narrated by Lori Prince
Tantor Audio

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Public Relations expert Emery Bates has exactly one problem she’s willing to admit, and it’s that she doesn’t have a girlfriend to take as her date to a wedding. Not because she needs a girlfriend, but because she needs an easier way to come out to college friends that she hasn’t seen in five years. Her job is about controlling the narrative, and as she sees it, there’s no reason why that can’t extend to her personal life. When her next door neighbor ends up single a few weeks before the wedding, problem solver Emery realizes inviting Jordan along and faking romance for a week in Hawaii could be perfect for both of them.

Jordan Davis doesn’t worry about much, especially what will happen tomorrow. Life’s too short to plan every second, and it usually doesn’t work out anyway. When Emery invites her on an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii, it’s not a hard sell. She’ll get to enjoy a tropical vacation with one of her closest friends, and she’ll get to spend more time with Emery, away from Emery’s hectic work schedule back in Austin. But, there’s more to the request than Emery’s letting on, and there’s more to Jordan’s willingness to help than she wants to admit. Faking it is all about the spin, but when lines begin to blur, both women have to decide if falling in love for real is worth the jump.

Contains mature themes.


Drawpoint by L.T. Ryan, Gregory Scott

Drawpoint by L.T. Ryan, Gregory Scott
Narrated by Scott Brick
Liquid Mind Media

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If you’re going to take aim at Blake Brier, you better not miss.

New from Wall Street Journal best-selling author L.T. Ryan, with Gregory Scott!

Returning to Rhode Island, Blake finds a Dear John letter and his house empty. Haeli is gone. Is it history repeating itself? Or is this something different?

A search for answers about a past operation has come back to haunt her. Haeli finds she’s in for more than she bargained for. Her past is on a collision course with her future. Will Blake be collateral damage?

Caught in the crosshairs, Blake is forced into action. A heart-pounding race-against-all-odds thriller awaits.

You’ll hold your breath until the very last minute.


Under the Sitka Sky by Violet Morley

Under the Sitka Sky by Violet Morley
Narrated by Parker Everly
Tantor Audio

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Cam Porter is a charter pilot living a quiet life in the small island town of Sitka, Alaska. She’s spent most of her adult life avoiding any kind of affection and has put off romantic relationships. Her small but mighty family circle includes her exuberant dog Goose who gets her through the days between doing what she loves most, flying.

Skyler Callaghan had to leave Sitka while she was still attending high school. Despite the time and distance, a childhood crush on her best friend’s older sister never went away—a little fact she almost forgot about until an unplanned trip back home reminds her.

When the two women find themselves stranded in the Alaskan wilderness, it isn’t exactly the setting Skyler always dreamt of when she pictured nights with Cam. She tries to put her feelings aside for the sake of her sanity and survival but she feels herself being drawn even closer to Cam. As things start to shift between them, Cam has to decide if she can learn to trust and let go.


Illusion Lake by Sheryl Wright

Illusion Lake by Sheryl Wright
Narrated by Melissa Moran
Tantor Audio

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A secret consortium, a bent banker, and a desperate lawyer are all that stand between Elliott Snowmaker and the inheritance of her great-uncle’s failing aircraft restoration business. Elliott doesn’t think twice about leaving her home in Toronto and making the long trip to New Mexico and Illusion Lake. Once there, she soon discovers that somebody wants her gone, and gone fast.

Staying was not the plan. But there’s something about Illusion Lake that definitely deserves her consideration. Besides, her new lawyer is hot as hell and worth a second or third look too.

Kiva Park is only at Illusion Lake for the winter. With a thriving criminal practice up north, handling the mundane chores of her dad’s general law office is a little on the dull side. But her plans for a quiet winter fly out the window when Elliott walks in the door. Elliott sets off all sorts of bells, but most disturbing is the way Kiva wants to reach out and brush Elliott’s bangs from those captivating blue eyes.

But with everyone gunning for her new client, it doesn’t take long for Kiva to figure out that there’s much more than Elliott’s inheritance and her own heart that are at risk.

Contains mature themes.


Generation of Vipers by Peter Cawdron

Generation of Vipers by Peter Cawdron
Narrated by Gary Tiedemann
Podium Audio

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Two years have passed since comet Anduru skimmed the clouds of Saturn on its way to Earth.

Kath and Nolan are looking for answers, trying to find ways to protect Earth from the possibility of an invasive alien species overrunning the planet.

The US Presidential Election changes the political landscape. With new, hostile leadership, Kath and Nolan find themselves out of favor. Lies continue to dominate social media. Perhaps the greatest threat doesn’t come from the stars. Perhaps there’s already a generation of vipers here on Earth.

First Contact is a series of standalone novels that explore humanity’s first interactions with extraterrestrial life. Although Generation of Vipers is a sequel to Wherever Seeds May Fall, it can be listened to as a standalone novel.


Möbius 2 by Brandon Q. Morris

Möbius 2 by Brandon Q. Morris
Narrated by Shawn Compton
Podium Audio

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Time is running out, and no one on Earth notices.

Max and Liz have escaped the mysterious time phenomenon by traveling to the Mars colony, which promises a whole new, exciting, and secure life. But they’ve left behind someone important to them.

Should they embark on a journey from which no one has ever returned? And why does everyone seem to put obstacles in their way even as they try?

The physicist and the mathematician must contend with forces that cannot be swayed by logical arguments while time, at an accelerating pace, is running out for their friend on Earth.


Booked on a Feeling by Jayci Lee

Booked on a Feeling by Jayci Lee
Narrated by Cindy Kay
Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Lizzy “Overachiever” Chung, Esq. doesn’t know the meaning of “can’t.” That is, she doesn’t until she passes out from a panic attack during her first trial. Her law firm gives her paid time-off to “relax,” but she has no clue how. Jack Park, her childhood friend, wants her to rediscover the iridescent joy she had pre-law school and college and convinces her to stay with him in Weldon. He’s been planning to move away from his parents’ loving but overprotective gaze and, more specifically, away from Weldon and his family’s brewery, but that can wait a few more weeks until his friend finds her footing again. But when an unexpected attraction flares between them while Lizzy tries to resuscitate a failing bookstore on Weldon, the two must choose between past dreams or their forever together. Sometimes the path to the rest of your life has been in front of you all along.


Metropolis by B. A. Shapiro

Metropolis by B. A. Shapiro
Narrated by Will Collyer, Erin Spencer, Ana Osorio, Sean Pratt, Mirron Willis, Hillary Huber
Algonquin Books

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger delivers a spellbinding and moving novel about what we hang on to, what we might need to let go, and how unexpected events can lead us to deeper truths.

Six people, six secrets, six different backgrounds. They would never have met if not for their connection to the Metropolis Storage Warehouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When someone falls down an elevator shaft at the facility, each becomes caught up in an intensifying chain of events.

We meet Serge, an unstable but brilliant street photographer who lives in his storage unit, which overflows with thousands of undeveloped pictures; Marta, an undocumented immigrant finishing her dissertation and hiding from ICE; Liddy, an abused wife and mother, who re-creates her children’s bedroom in her unit; Jason, a former corporate lawyer now practicing in the facility; Rose, the office manager, who takes illegal kickbacks to let renters live in the building; and Zach, the building’s owner and an ex-drug dealer, who scans Serge’s photos as he searches for clues to the accident.

But was it an accident? A murder attempt? Suicide? As her characters dip in and out of one another’s lives trying to find answers and battling societal forces beyond their control, B. A. Shapiro both questions the myth of the American dream and builds tension to an exhilarating climax. Taut and emotional, Metropolis is impossible to put down and impossible to forget.


Virgin Territory by Kenna White

Virgin Territory by Kenna White
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tantor Audio

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Elise Grayson has it all. Money, looks, a comfortable home in an upscale Boston neighborhood, and the social status her family has long enjoyed. She has everything she’s ever wanted. Almost. Elise’s private life is her one failure. So focused on building her professional life, Elise has left little time for anything else . . . including her girlfriend whose infidelity comes as a bolt out of the blue.

Jan Chase needs a new job and new surroundings—a place where no one will ask questions or judge her ability. Driving a limousine for Boston’s privileged elite seems like the perfect answer. Being a chauffeur is something Jan is tailor-made for. At least until she meets Elise Grayson.

Now that their worlds have collided, it seems that neither of the two women is capable of stopping it. And who’s to say that either of them really wants to?

Contains mature themes.


The Stepmother by Melissa Tereze

The Stepmother by Melissa Tereze
Narrated by Nicole Eden
Self Published

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Their connection flares hot in an instant…but is it doomed to fizzle out?

After the death of her estranged father, Hayley McAllister plans to endure cold, wet England just long enough to tie up loose ends. Then she’s heading straight back to Ibiza, where she lives exactly as she pleases—performing her music, soaking up sunshine, and indulging in flings with gorgeous women.

She has no interest in meeting her dad’s new wife—a wife Hayley assumes must be just as bitter as he was…until she comes face to face with Diane Astell—a walking, talking dream, from her dark hair and eyes and brilliant smile, down to her divine legs.

Diane is intimately acquainted with heartbreak and loneliness, both within and outside of marriage. Now? She just wants to let it all go and have some fun for a change. Despite their age difference, she quickly recognizes a kindred spirit in the beautiful, vivacious Hayley.

Their sexual chemistry is hotter than the Ibizan sun, but their undeniable connection comes with an expiration date—and consequences neither expected. Now, both must decide if holding onto lives they thought they wanted is worth losing the love of a lifetime for.


Pride Festival by Nicole Pyland

Pride Festival by Nicole Pyland
Narrated by Caz Everly
Nicole Pyland

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When Ruby Simon wanted something, she usually got it and didn’t mind working hard for it. Her small town had never done anything for Pride Month, and she was determined to change that. Starting with a parade would be a little much, so Ruby started planning a festival.

Chance Curtis was used to always being pulled into her best friend’s orbit. She was an ally to the community, believing that love was love and that she’d find her person one day, but she never had anyone in her life like that, so it didn’t matter anyway.

Jo Hemsworth never fit in. When Jo’s single mother decided to move to a small town toward the end of Jo’s junior year, Jo planned not to talk to anyone and just hoped to go to college one day. Never feeling like fitting in, and only in part because of being gay, Jo had no idea Chance was helping to plan a festival and would change Jo’s life.

Jaden Hugo had been the girl with two gay dads ever since they adopted her, and she’d been questioning things about herself for a while. When her dads volunteer themselves and her to work at a Pride festival in another town, Jaden is completely taken aback because there was Ruby Simon, the girl who had made it all happen.

On the cusp of their high school graduation, Ruby and Chance were about to leave this place they’d called home and wanted to leave it better than they found it. In planning this first Pride event for their community, their lives also end up changing for the better.


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