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Space Academy Rejects by C.T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
“Where no one has been dumb enough to have gone before.”
Vance Turbo, Hero of Space, has spent most of his hard-won officer’s career helping refugees. This ends when a star gets blown up and he accidentally ends up saving everyone.
Now the captain of the E.S.S Ares, he is on a goodwill mission to Contested Space. Unfortunately, his crew is made up of people who couldn’t qualify for Space Academy but are now in thanks to lowered enlistment standards. Captain Turbo has also been charged by the Elder Races to find out who blew up the star or they’re going to destroy humanity. Did we mention the evil Notha Emperor wants to be his best friend? All in a day’s work for the galaxy’s most questionably qualified explorer.
Space Academy is an all-new series from the hilarious duo of C.T. Phipps (Supervillainy Saga, Agent G) and Michael Suttkus (The Bright Falls Mysteries, Lucifer’s Star) that lampoons space opera and military science fiction.
Wherever Seeds May Fall by Peter Cawdron
Narrated by Gary Tiedemann
The Prince of Darkness is coming.
Comet Anduru skimmed the clouds of Saturn. Rather than being drawn into the gas giant, it skipped back out into space. With the comet heading for Jupiter, speculation is mounting it’s an alien spacecraft making its way to Earth.
Lieutenant Colonel Nolan Landis and Dr. Kath McKenzie are caught between an angry public and an anxious President as they grapple with the scientific, social, and political implications of first contact.
First Contact is a series of standalone novels that explore humanity’s first interactions with extraterrestrial life.
Hunting the Mirror Man by Brian Shea, Ty Hutchinson
Narrated by Jonathan Beville
Severn River Publishing
From Wall Street Journal best-selling authors Brian Shea and Ty Hutchinson
Women from the American heartland are being abducted, caged, and murdered. And FBI Agent Sterling Gray is racing to catch the killer.
But when a similar incident occurs halfway around the world, Sterling’s investigation is turned on its head.
After several missing university students turn up dead in Iowa’s cornfields, the police turn to FBI Special Agent Sterling Gray, a rising star at the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit. After painstaking investigative work, Gray thought they had identified the killer.
But when Interpol suddenly contacts him about a similar investigation in London, the case takes a shocking turn.
Now Gray must follow the chilling trail of a killer known only as the Mirror Man. A cunning and blackhearted criminal who is terrorizing the city of London. To catch him, Gray must get inside the killer’s twisted mind—without losing himself in the process….
Join Special Agent Sterling Gray as he chases the Mirror Man in this riveting new FBI profiler series that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Back to the Start by Monica McCallan
Narrated by Lori Prince
Review coming soon!
When Remy’s grandmother dies, it means leaving her life in San Francisco and returning to a town she swore she’d never revisit, forced to confront a world she’d worked hard to put behind her over the last twelve years.
She’s not expecting that the first girl to ever steal her heart, the pretty, popular Fallon Lewis, is still around, and in a town this small, their paths continue to cross, much to Remy’s dismay. It’s hard enough seeing her first love, but it’s exponentially more difficult when she can barely stand to look at the woman.
Remy’s trip back has the possibility to open up doors she believed were shut long ago, but she’s never planned on staying, and she definitely never planned on letting Fallon back into her life.
If she thought being a teenager in a small town was hard, she’s about to find out how much harder life is when there’s no one but herself to blame for her problems.
Contains mature themes.
No Strings by Lucy Bexley
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tangled Up in You
Fun is the one thing Elsie Webb takes seriously. Though she’d be having a lot more of it if Haelstrom Media paid her enough to actually get out of debt. She’s determined to hold out on contract negotiations for her kids’ television show Fangley Heights until she gets what she deserves. There’s only one problem, the head of the network just died and left her future more uncertain than ever.
Forty-eight hours and one funeral—that’s all Jones Haelstrom has to get through before she can return to her life in LA that’s as ordered and sparse as an IKEA showroom. When she steps in as CEO of her father’s media company, Elsie Webb is her first problem to deal with. Elsie ends up challenging Jones in ways she never could have predicted, starting with an attraction neither can avoid.
As their attraction teeters on the edge of something more both agree to keep it casual. A no-strings agreement and disclosure to HR should be enough to keep things between Jones and Elsie from getting tangled, right?
Contains mature themes.
Change of Heart by Clare Lydon
Narrated by Hayley Munro
What happens when you fake it, make it, then break it?
When Erin Stewart hires a fake date for her parents’ anniversary party, she gets more than she bargained for. First, she snags Steph Mitchell, a professional actor with a side order of drop-dead gorgeous. Second, she runs into a brick wall of family tension. Deep breaths; it’s only five days. Plus, with Steph’s help, she can totally get through it, right?
Only, Erin doesn’t expect the fake romance with the charming Steph to feel so incredibly real. She also doesn’t predict their sizzling attraction will spiral out of control, with dizzying consequences for everyone. Is Steph Erin’s destiny, or will she be her downfall?
Get ready for a cracking romance studded with undeniable desire, an off-the-charts first kiss and lashings of family drama, all set against the cinematic backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. Clare Lydon is the queen of British romantic comedies, and this story is guaranteed to leave you breathless.
The Handler by M.P. Woodward
Narrated by Jon Lindstrom
A disgraced former CIA operative must go back in the field with only his ex-wife as his handler in this electrifying thriller from a former intelligence officer.
Meredith Morris-Dale is a CIA case officer and a damn good one…even if this last mission did go terribly wrong. Now she has been summoned back to Langley where she expects to be fired. Instead, she is met by the Deputy Director with stunning news.
A single well-placed CIA mole in Iran’s uranium enrichment program has kept the terrorist nation from building a bomb by sabotaging the performance of their covert centrifuge arrays. But after losing his daughter in an airliner shootdown, the mole wants out—leaving the world on the brink. His one demand: a reunion with the only handler he ever trusted, John Dale—Meredith’s disgraced, fired, wayward ex-husband. As Meredith and John struggle through their fraught relationship, a craven CIA political hierarchy, Russian interference, and the rogue spy’s manipulation, they must reach deep within their shared connection to maintain, recover, or kill the asset.
You’re My I.T. by C.N. Holmberg
Narrated by Kelsey Navarro, Tim Paige
Fourth try’s the charm . . . or is it?
The first guy Blaine ever confessed her feelings to dismissed her. The second made her friendless. The third, a viral internet sensation.
And Blaine is praying the fourth will be different.
After two years of pining for the aloof and secretly hilarious IT guy at work, roller-derby-warrior Blaine creates a master plan: after Lysander returns from his transfer in California, she’s going to spill everything. And why not? She’s got a killer undercut, thighs of steel, and shares his love for superheroes. In her book, they’re a match made in heaven.
Lysander has enough self-esteem to fill a thimble and has always struggled with his place in the world. When his father has a health scare, Lysander takes charge of his own, and consequentially loses fifty pounds. Suddenly the people around him think he’s worth his space—especially the women. And when Lysander fishes the literally shallow waters of dating and returns with a girl on his arm, Blaine fears she may have lost her chance with him entirely.
Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West
Narrated by Jorjeana Marie
A sweet and swoony contemporary Young Adult novel about a cross-country family road trip that puts one girl and her childhood best friend on an unexpected road to romance!
Norah hasn’t seen her childhood best friend, Skyler, in years. When he first moved away, they’d talk all the time, but lately their relationship has been reduced to liking each other’s Instagram posts. That’s why Norah can’t wait for the joint RV road trip their families have planned for the summer.
But when Skyler finally arrives, he seems…like he’d rather be anywhere else. Hurt and confused, Norah reacts in kind. Suddenly, her oldest friendship is on the rocks.
An unexpected summer spent driving across the country leads both Norah and Skyler down new roads and to new discoveries. Before long, they are, once again, seeing each other in a different light. Can their friendship-turned-rivalry turn into something more?
Out of the Blue by Jason June
Narrated by André Santana, Neo Cihi
From Jason June, author of the breakout teen debut novel Jay’s Gay Agenda, comes Out of the Blue, a stand-alone dual POV queer rom-com that asks if love is enough to change everything you’ve grown up believing. Perfect for fans of Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas and Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly.
Crest is not excited to be on their Journey: the month-long sojourn on land all teen merfolk must undergo. The rules are simple: Help a human within one moon cycle and return to Pacifica to become an Elder—or fail and remain stuck on land forever. Crest is eager to get their Journey over and done with. Humans are disgusting. They’ve polluted the planet so much that there’s a floating island of trash that’s literally the size of a country.
In Los Angeles with a human body and a new name, Crest meets Sean, a human lifeguard whose boyfriend has recently dumped him. Crest agrees to help Sean make his ex jealous and win him back. But as the two spend more time together, and Crest’s perspective on humans begins to change, they’ll soon be torn between two worlds. And fake dating just might lead to real feelings….
This sophomore novel from Jason June dives into the many definitions of the word home and shows how love can help us find the truest versions of ourselves.
The Mitch Herron Series, Books 4-6 by Steve P. Vincent
Narrated by Tom Jordan
The next three action thrillers in the USA Today bestselling Mitch Herron series: The Capricorn Deception, The Azure Backlash, and The Jade Stratagem.
Mitch Herron has left his past behind. With his evil masters destroyed, he’s found peace in the South Pacific. But when he’s drawn out of the shadows, Herron is snared in a deadly trap.
Herron soon discovers that the threats he now faces have one common motivation, putting him on a collision course with a new player seeking to spread chaos in his new backyard.
To win, he’ll need to take the battle to the home of his enemies.
If you like breakneck pacing, non-stop action, and twists that will leave you gasping, then you’ll love this series.
Get it now!
Chasing Danger by Brandt Legg
Narrated by Roger Wayne
A fugitive tech billionaire. A rogue spy. The chase is on in the next three books in the international best-selling technothriller series.
Chasing Dirt, Book 4
Finally, a solution to world hunger and poverty. There’s just one catch: It will cost everything. Time to get dirty!
A billionaire fugitive and a disavowed spy fight to stay ahead of a corporate hit squad, while mysterious pursuers continually thwart their efforts to prevent a complete takeover of the world’s food supply. In less than twenty-four hours, it will be too late. Ending world hunger just might kill you.
Chasing Life, Book 5
DNA is manipulated to alter human intelligence. Life will never be the same.
Chase and Wen take on the challenge of their lives, after a reclusive scientist successfully transforms human DNA in a living subject, and then goes beyond, to do something far more dangerous. After his accomplishments are uncovered by the CIA, a desperate race ensues to save life as we know it. Editing DNA. Talk about life changing!
Chasing Kill, Book 6
An insidious plot to efficiently kill. The plan: take down the internet, the power grid, defense systems, satellites…kill anything that is linked to a computer. The only thing still working is the ticking clock.
A brilliant billionaire and a lethal female ex-agent are the only ones who stand in the way of an all-out war against modern life. With cell phones down, planes falling out of the sky, and cities in total darkness, there may not be enough time to prevent the end of the world, as we know it. When everything is down, it’s a long way up.
Find out why a million copies of Brandt Legg’s books have been sold/downloaded worldwide, a USA Today bestselling author who uses his unusual real-life experiences to color suspenseful thrillers.
Any Job Will Do by John Wilker
Narrated by Adam Verner
Rogue Publishing Ltd.
Jackson ”Jax” Caruso inherited a ship from his parents. They’re dead, and they don’t need it. The unification wars happened a while ago, Jax’s parents’ fought for the losing side. Now he takes the jobs he can get—smuggling, bounty hunting, hauling cargo. If it pays, he’ll do it.
When Jax is approached with a job that seems too good to be true, he should have known better, he should have walked. He didn’t. Now, he and a few friends are in it deep; imperial entanglements are the least of their concerns with organized crime on their tails.
Will Jax and his friends finish the job without getting caught or killed? Only one way to find out!
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