New and Notable Audiobook Releases for the Week of June 19th on Brian’s Book Blog

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Priceless: A Tropical Authors Novella by Deborah Brown, Nicholas Harvey, Don Rich

Priceless: A Tropical Authors Novella by Deborah Brown, Nicholas Harvey, Don Rich
Narrated by Kristie Dale Sanders
Nicholas Harvey, Deborah Brown, Don Rich, Tropical Authors, and Wild Yonder Press

Ransoms can be expensive, but a great friendship is priceless….

When a wealthy woman and her best friend are abducted during a charity event in the Cayman Islands, no one has reason to suspect they’re missing…except one curious witness.

Rella and Harper’s best hope of survival rests in the hands of strangers whose paths are crossed as their merciless kidnappers lead them on an exhilarating chase from Grand Cayman to the shores of Virginia.

In book four of the Tropical Authors collaboration series, Deborah Brown, Don Rich, and Nicholas Harvey come up with another thriller featuring characters from each of their series.

Whether you’re new to these fan-favorites, or an old friend along for the ride, you’ll love seeing them weaved together in this tropical action and adventure thriller featuring:

Rella Cabot and Harper Finn from Deborah Brown’s popular Biscayne Bay series know there’s no avoiding the drama in South Florida. The two besties aren’t looking for trouble – but somehow it always finds them.

The Florida mysteries are “great as stand-alone reads, but you won’t be able to devour just one!”

Rikki Jenkins and Casey Shaw are fishing pals from Don Rich’s action-packed waterfront Coastal Adventure Series. Set on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay on Virginia’s Eastern Shore peninsula, there are always plenty of boats, beer, and villains in every book. And you can always run a tab at Mallard Cove’s Beach Bar….

Ex-pat Norwegian turned island constable, Nora Sommer, kicks off the story in her unique and direct, no-nonsense style.
Nora Sommer and AJ Bailey (making a brief appearance) are the two reluctant heroines who can be found in USA Today best-selling author Nicholas Harvey’s Nora Sommer Caribbean Suspense and AJ Bailey Adventure series.

Immortal Red by Keith Hummel

Immortal Red by Keith Hummel
Narrated by B.J. Harrison
Self Published

Immortal Red is the story of Turritopsis dohrnii, a dime-sized jellyfish with a bright red stomach and the gift of immortality. A marine biologist snorkeling off the coast of Cape Fear, North Carolina makes a chance discovery of this unusual creature. At the moment of death, due to old age or massive trauma, Turritopsis has the ability to fully rejuvenate and emerge as a young adult. After observing numerous repetitions of this phenomenon in her lab, the scientist nicknames the little invertebrate Immortal Red.

A search for funding leads her to the octogenarian head of a shadowy black-ops division of the CIA. A scientific breakthrough, discovery of ulterior motives, and a subsequent attempt to hide success put the scientist and her CIA husband on the black-ops hit list. Fearing the worst, she transfers cryptic clues to the research to her daughter Chloe with disastrous results.

Chloe, a graduate student, is now a designated terrorist on the run with her mother’s research journal, a large squarish key to God-knows-what, and a 22-year-old Airedale Terrier with more lives than a cat.

She finds aegis in the person of Thomas Whitefeather, a retired marine veteran who owns a café in a small North Carolina town. Thomas, a Cape Fear Indian, the last survivor of a tribe that disappeared two centuries ago, is all too familiar with the jellyfish.

Nick Caedwallen, PhD in ancient history and archaeology, took a wrong turn somewhere and became the go-to guy for what the CIA jokingly refers to as the PDD or Plausible Deniability Department, resolving problems that the rest of the clandestine services find “too hot to handle.”

Nick has been dispatched to recover the research data and deal with the Spencer girl. A revelation regarding his own mortality and the realization that he has strong feelings for his target places him on a collision course with his old boss and the full resources of the black-ops organization.

Girlfriend on Mars by Deborah Willis

Girlfriend on Mars by Deborah Willis
Narrated by Landon Doak, Vanessa Matsui
Penguin Random House

$7.47 Whispersync Deal with Kindle Purchase

A funny, poignant, and thrilling debut novel that skewers billionaire-funded space travel in a love story of interplanetary proportions.

Amber Kivinen is moving to Mars. Or at least, she will be if she wins a chance to join MarsNow. She and 23 reality TV contestants from around the world—including attractive Israeli soldier Adam, endearing fellow Canadian Pichu, and an assortment of science nerds and wannabe influencers—are competing for two seats on the first human-led mission to Mars, sponsored by billionaire Geoff Task.

Meanwhile Kevin, Amber’s boyfriend of 14 years, was content going nowhere until Amber left him—and their hydroponic weed business—behind. As he tends to (and smokes) the plants growing in their absurdly overpriced Vancouver basement apartment, Kevin tunes in to find out why the love of his life is so determined to leave the planet with somebody else. On screen, Amber competes in globe-trotting, Survivor-meets-Star Trek challenges and seems like she might be falling for Adam. But is that real, or is it just a tactic to keep from being voted off? And since the technology to come home doesn’t exist yet, would Amber really leave everything behind to be a billionaire’s Martian guinea pig? Sure, the rainforest is burning, Geoff Task has bought New Zealand, and Kevin might be a little depressed, but isn’t there some hope left for life on Earth?

An audacious debut from a “a dazzlingly smart and strikingly original writer” (Molly Antopol), Girlfriend on Mars is at once a satirical indictment of our pursuit of fame and wealth amid environmental crisis and an exploration of humanity’s deepest longing, greatest quest, and most enduring cliché: love.

The Delay by Jack Hunt

The Delay by Jack Hunt
Narrated by Henry Schrader
Self Published

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

In this fast-paced sequel to The Haze, international best-selling author Jack Hunt brings a terrifying scenario to life.

The worst isn’t dying from it but surviving.

Almost three years after a deadly biological event killed millions, Alice carves out a life with an isolated community of survivors on a fortified island in New York.

But just as quickly as the Haze spread, so has news of her rare blood type placing a target on her back.

Now someone has come to collect.

When tragedy strikes, Jonah and her daughter must face the terrors of the outside world to find her.

Forced to venture into the concrete jungle, they quickly realize the Haze isn’t the only threat that lurks beyond the island.

Cut off from help and unaware of the danger ahead, Alice soon learns no one can be trusted, and someone believed to be dead may still be alive.

Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood

Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood
Narrated by Thérèse Plummer
Penguin Audio

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Rival physicists collide in a vortex of academic feuds and fake dating shenanigans in this delightfully STEMinist romcom from the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis and Love on the Brain.

The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she’s an adjunct professor, toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By other day, Elsie makes up for her non-existent paycheck by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her expertly honed people-pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs.

Honestly, it’s a pretty sweet gig—until her carefully constructed Elsie-verse comes crashing down. Because Jack Smith, the annoyingly attractive and arrogant older brother of her favorite client, turns out to be the cold-hearted experimental physicist who ruined her mentor’s career and undermined the reputation of theorists everywhere. And he’s the same Jack Smith who rules over the physics department at MIT, standing right between Elsie and her dream job.

Elsie is prepared for an all-out war of scholarly sabotage but…those long, penetrating looks? Not having to be anything other than her true self when she’s with him? Will falling into an experimentalist’s orbit finally tempt her to put her most guarded theories on love into practice?

Our Virtual Love Story by Juhi GP

Our Virtual Love Story by Juhi GP
Narrated by Rajarshi Banerjee
Audible, Inc.

What happens when Cupid transcends the barriers of the virtual world and strikes the heart of two gamers?

Rishabh Kulkarni and Samira Patel, also known as Kraken and Brown Swan, discover each other in the world of Battle of Arstov (BOA), a gripping mobile game. While Rishabh is based in Mumbai, Sam lives in Los Angeles. Their hearts meet, playing along, seeking solace in each other’s company and developing an authentic connection. Will their bond be limited to the gaming world? What course will their story take?

Our Virtual Love Story blends the thrill of gaming with the excitement of romance as it takes you into a world full of love, faith and commitment.

Bell Time by Sophie Toovey

Bell Time by Sophie Toovey
Narrated by Sophie Toovey
Self Published

Jen is a creative, fun-loving English teacher who collects quirky cat posters. When Michael joins the department, it looks like this arrogant, ambitious hotshot might become her new boss. Jen decides to apply for the promotion, and finds herself running a school trip, struggling to control an unruly boys’ class, and trying desperately to ignore the growing attraction between her and Michael.

Love wasn’t on the lesson plan, but if she can just get through an impromptu inspection, the job interview, and force the chauvinist Head to recognise her existence, then she can see if there might be a future for her and Michael outside of the classroom….

Rock My Heart by Emma Nichols

Rock My Heart by Emma Nichols
Narrated by Patricia Shade
Tantor Audio

$7.47 Whispersync Deal with Kindle PurchaseKindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

Escaping the pain of the loss of her wife by burying herself in her work as an ER doctor is no longer an option. Completely burnt out, Maddison Hernandez is close to making a tragic mistake that could end her career and cost someone their life. With her sanity on the line, the extended vacation she’d reluctantly booked to the sleepy town of Austin, Nevada, can’t come soon enough. But when Maddie meets Devin at the Wild Horse n’ Retreat, she will need to come to terms with more than she anticipated.

Devin’s life couldn’t be more different than Maddie’s. It’s simple, wholesome, and she’s surrounded by nature and those she loves. She has an affinity with horses and works with them to help emotionally troubled kids. Alice is one of those kids. But having had her heart broken by her ex and abandoned the idea of adopting a child, Devin has vowed never to get too attached to anyone ever again. Can she stop her heart from breaking twice as Alice grows closer to her and her feelings for Maddie deepen?

Rock My Heart is the latest book from bestselling lesbian romance author, Emma Nichols.

Contains mature themes.

Holy Water and Whiskey Scars by Ali Spooner

Holy Water and Whiskey Scars by Ali Spooner
Narrated by Heidi Bindhammer
Ali Spooner

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Faith Wilson and Logan Bronson have family secrets to protect, and a legacy to uphold to support their small rural Appalachian community.

Their commitment to each other is strong, and their desire to aid the struggling families however they can lead them both down an exciting but dangerous path.

Will their love continue to grow and be the glue that binds the community together, or will they flee the withering community?

Imperium Descent: Volume IV by Christopher Hopper

Imperium Descent: Volume IV by Christopher Hopper
Narrated by Christopher Hopper
Somnium Publishing

$7.47 Whispersync Deal with Kindle PurchaseKindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

They’ve made it out of the sector alive.

The refugees are safe.

But how long will it last?

Pelegrin Hale and Orelia Pendaline have escaped the perils of Kaletto. Now, their attention turns to settling the survivors on the planet Cirra. However, the transition isn’t as smooth as they expect.

Hale’s feet have barely touched down when he starts planning how to rescue more excreants from the Imperium. But not everyone is ready to follow him.

Meanwhile, Orelia is faced with the terrible decision of helping Tess through a medical crisis. Does she have what it takes to make the hard call?

Little do Hale and Orelia know that Sedarious Kull and the rogue element of First Stratus are in pursuit and closing on their location.

Will our heroes fortify themselves in the Chaosic Regions? Or will the Imperium succeed in wiping out the excreant remnants once and for all?

From the mind of best-selling and award-winning author Christopher Hopper comes the next installment of the space opera fans are calling “Simply incredible!” Escape to the far off worlds of Imperium Descent and immerse yourself in this fourth volume today!


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