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Infiltrate by A Knowles

Infiltrate by A Knowles
Narrated by Noel Harrison, Vivienne LaRue
Self Published

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Infiltrate. Divide. Conquer.

As a strong initiate of the Sawa sect, Kei never expected to be given the boot, while someone else cheated their way up the ladder.

But here he was, kicked out, speeding across the planet, with one chance left to prove himself: His mission to infiltrate the enemy sect, and steal what makes them the most powerful family on the planet.

Fail, and lose everything he’s ever strived for.

Fail, and lose the one thing he loves the most, his family.

For Kei, failure is just not an option.

Warning: This side series contains untraditional relationships, and adult situations.


The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
Narrated by Wil Wheaton
Audible Studios

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The Kaiju Preservation Society is John Scalzi’s first stand-alone adventure since the conclusion of his New York Times best-selling Interdependency trilogy.

When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food-delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization”. Tom’s team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on.

What Tom doesn’t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. They’re the universe’s largest and most dangerous panda, and they’re in trouble.

It’s not just the Kaiju Preservation Society who’s found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.


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The Observer Effect by Nick Jones
Narrated by Ray Porter
Blackstone Publishing

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Time calls the shots.

Unwitting time traveler Joseph Bridgeman is adjusting to life in the present and wondering if his traveling days are behind him. But when he’s contacted by the Continuum, an organized group of time travelers based in the future, he learns his career is just getting started.

The Continuum needs Joe’s help. One of their operatives is missing, last seen in 19th-century Paris, and they believe Joe’s ability to see the past might be the only way to find him. Teamed up with Gabrielle Green, an acerbic, wisecracking traveler, Joe heads back to 1873 on his most dangerous mission yet, one that will take him deep inside a burning opera house.

But how will Joe succeed when his new companion clearly hates his guts, the missing traveler disappears the second anyone sets eyes on him, and a familiar foe threatens to trap them in the past for good? With help on hand from his best friend, Vinny, and mysterious clues hidden in his sister Amy’s paintings, Joe must hone his gift, develop new skills, and figure out a way to complete his mission before the blazing inferno comes crashing down around them all.


The Space Between by Maggie Robbins

The Space Between by Maggie Robbins
Narrated by Mary Helen Gallucci
Self Published

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Two women fight for love and careers, in a romance that takes to the stars…

Commander Ruby Peters’ career ambitions as an astronaut take her to incredible heights, flying 300 miles above the Earth, aboard the International Space Station. Committed to her extraordinary mission, life on that little blue planet feels a bit irrelevant. That is until she meets Dr. Carter.

Dr. Daphne Carter’s exemplary two-decade tenure studying astronauts has come to an exciting climax, as she prepares to venture to space for the very first time. A woman of science, Daphne is all work and no play, but while collaborating alongside the beautiful and charming Ruby, she finds herself beginning to unravel.

The two can’t deny it. There’s chemistry between them, as hot as the ignited rocket engines on a space shuttle. As perfect as they may seem for one another, their secret romance brings back pieces of a past Daphne fought desperately to forget, and threatens the careers that she and Ruby have worked their entire lives for…


Autonomy by Victoria Hetherington

Autonomy by Victoria Hetherington
Narrated by Sierra Kline
OrangeSky Audio

In a near future ravaged by illness, one woman and her AI companion enter a dangerous bubble of the superrich.

It’s 2035: A fledging synthetic consciousness “wakes up” in a lab. Jenny, the lead developer, determined to nurture this synthetic being like a child, trains it to work with people at the border of the American Protectorate of Canada. She names it Julian.

Two years later, Slaton, a therapist at a university, is framed by a student for arranging an illegal abortion. She follows the student to America and is detained at the border, where she meets Julian in virtual space. After a week of interviewing, he decides to stay with her, learning about the world, the human condition, and what it means to fall in love. Meanwhile, a mysterious plague is spreading across the world. Only the far-seeing and well-connected Julian can protect Slaton from the impending societal collapse.

Autonomy is an ambitious philosophical novel about the possibilities for love in a world in which human bodies are either threatened or irrelevant.


Striker V: In Memory by Josh Vidmar

Striker V: In Memory by Josh Vidmar
Narrated by Patrick Boylan
Self Published

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Memory is a funny thing. Chances are that you can’t recall what you had for lunch two days ago, but can remember with startling clarity that super embarrassing incident from high school. You know the one.

Having been a superhero all his life, Neil Harris, the illustrious Striker, does not remember every fight and battle. When the strange, dangerous, and unexpected is routine, it all blends together. Then one incident leaves him unable to remember anything about it at all.

For Neil’s husband, Evan Hill, the past is something he actively tries to forget. Decades after escaping his abusive childhood home, that past calls to him, demanding his attention one last time.

As their lives twist and turn in a chaotic moment, one question presents itself for our heroes: How do you want to be remembered?”


When I'm with You by Monica McCallan

When I’m with You by Monica McCallan
Narrated by Lori Prince
Tantor Audio

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Kennedy Ryan and Brooke Nicholas have circled around one another for years without getting to know one another, but getting stuck together during a post-college trip is going to change that. A growing friendship, an abandoned puppy, and no one to act as a buffer between them will upend a lot of ideas they had about one another.

Kennedy finally realizes she may have only scratched the surface where Brooke is concerned, and Brooke is terrified that she’s falling in love with her best friend.

Contains mature themes.


Patty’s Potent Potion by Robin Alexander

Patty’s Potent Potion by Robin Alexander
Narrated by Lori Prince
Tantor Audio

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When Shawna Haydel was 16 years old, she dropped Ashton Guidry’s name into a potion that would supposedly make Ashton fall in love with her. She knew it was silly, but she clung to one irrational thread of hope their friend Patty’s concoction would grant her heart’s desire. Shawna’s hopes were dashed when Ashton packed up her things and went away to college completely unaware of Shawna’s feelings.

Twenty-three years after Patty’s potion was brewed, Ashton returns to her hometown. She finds time has changed a lot, including Shawna. Ashton has done quite a bit of changing, too, and sees Shawna in a whole new light. Perhaps Patty’s potion was potent after all.

In this romantic comedy, Robin Alexander has cooked up a humorous tale about enduring love and friendship.

Contains mature themes.


The Block Party by Nicole Pyland

The Block Party by Nicole Pyland
Narrated by Carolyn Eve
Self Published

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This is book two in the Holiday Series.

Talon Mitchell had gotten a job right out of college, had her own coffee mug at the office that no one else could use, and planned to keep her job as sales manager for a long time, because she had practically grown up working for this company. She was content and not looking for anything, when a new sales director showed up and changed everything.

Emerson Bagley just got a new job, and while she felt ready for the next step, when she sees someone she recognizes from a holiday party working on the same team, she can’t believe her luck – both good and bad. Good, because Talon Mitchell was very attractive, very smart, and seemingly, very interested in Emerson, too. Bad, because she couldn’t date someone who worked for her, especially in her brand-new job.

Feeling the simmering heat begin to boil over, the two women decide to at least take one step, and deal with the rest later. When neither of them had been prepared to seek out love, they managed to find it where they least expected it.


In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer

In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer
Narrated by Amanda Dolan, Neil Hellegers
Forever

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A clever, tender, and romantic “Nora Ephron romp for the modern ages” (Christina Lauren) for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Abby Jimenez, and Sophie Cousens, this laugh-out-loud debut is a perceptive reminder that fate can have a sense of humor and that love can happen…in a New York minute.

Franny Doyle is having the worst day. She’s been laid off from her (admittedly mediocre) job, the subway doors ripped her favorite silk dress to ruins, and now she’s flashed her unmentionables to half of lower Manhattan. On the plus side, a dashing stranger came to her rescue with his (Gucci!) suit jacket. On the not-so-plus side, he can’t get away from her fast enough.

Worse yet? Someone posted their (entirely not) meet-cute online. Suddenly Franny and her knight-in-couture, Hayes Montgomery III, are the newest social media sensation, and all of New York is shipping #SubwayQTs.

Only Franny and Hayes couldn’t be a more disastrous match. She’s fanciful, talkative, and creative. He’s serious, shy, and all about numbers. Luckily, in a city of eight million people, they never have to meet again. Yet somehow, Hayes and Franny keep running into each other – and much to their surprise, they enjoy each other’s company. A lot. But when Franny’s whole world is turned upside down (again!), can she find the courage to trust in herself and finally have the life – and love – she’s always wanted?


Recruited by Thomas Parrott

Recruited by Thomas Parrott
Narrated by Amanda Dolan
Recorded Books

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Maira Kanhai has had enough: Since the Green Poison epidemic hit DC, her cybersecurity degree is worthless, she can’t rejoin the US Navy, and her early efforts to secure Maryland led to a costly mistake: the death of her brother. Every day new factions emerge, trying to burn her city to the ground – until the Division emerges, inspiring hope. When a grenade kills one of their agents, Maira suddenly has a chance to make a real difference as a raw new Division recruit…if she can pass the tests and overcome the enemies plotting to permanently eliminate the Division once and for all.


Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
Narrated by Jacques Roy, Mark Bramhall
HarperAudio

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From the New York Times best-selling author of Eight Perfect Murders comes the heart-pounding story of nine strangers who receive a cryptic list with their names on it – and then begin to die in highly unusual circumstances.

Nine strangers receive a list with their names on it in the mail. Nothing else, just a list of names on a single sheet of paper. None of the nine people know or have ever met the others on the list. They dismiss it as junk mail, a fluke – until very, very bad things begin happening to people on the list. First, a well-liked old man is drowned on a beach in the small town of Kennewick, Maine. Then, a father is shot in the back while running through his quiet neighborhood in suburban Massachusetts. A frightening pattern is emerging, but what do these nine people have in common? Their professions range from oncology nurse to aspiring actor.

FBI agent Jessica Winslow, who is on the list herself, is determined to find out. Could there be some dark secret that binds them all together? Or is this the work of a murderous madman? As the mysterious sender stalks these nine strangers, they find themselves constantly looking over their shoulders, wondering who will be crossed off next….


The Delicate Things We Make by Milena McKay

The Delicate Things We Make by Milena McKay
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tantor Audio

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Hitting rock bottom in the concrete jungle of Manhattan, investigative journalist Jamie Walker lands the assignment of a lifetime: Find the most elusive artist of a generation, who has enthralled the art and fashion world for more than a decade.

This assignment is supposed to finally be Jamie’s ticket to journalistic fame and fortune. The quest, however, proves to be difficult, as – so far – nobody has managed to discover who the legendary DeVor really is.

As Jamie delves deeper into the mysteries surrounding the enigmatic artist, trying to salvage her stagnant career, she risks getting in over her head and losing her heart in the process.

Contains mature themes.


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