Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s Weekly Showcase of New and Notable Audiobooks for June 23rd!

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Blood Stain by Ashley Fontainne, Lillian Hansen

Blood Stain by Ashley Fontainne, Lillian Hansen
Narrated by Meghan Kelly
Magnolia #3
RMSW Press

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Karina and LiAnn settle into their new lives, each enjoying their roles as co-owners of The Magnolia House and as newlyweds to the men of their dreams, all while spending quality time with their elderly family members.

The worries about the mob are over, and fears about testifying against the devilish owner of Jubilee Retirement Corporation are a fleeting memory, so they concentrate on making the lives of their elderly charges as fulfilling and satisfying as possible, guarding the secrets of some of the residents as if their own.

Unfortunately, sins of the past won’t remain buried, and when they resurface, reputations aren’t the only things in danger.

When a new resident moves in with secrets of his own, he brings along well-kept mysteries of the sordid past of Hot Springs, dating back centuries, but that isn’t their only problem. Someone from their past is determined to bring misery into their lives. LiAnn and Karina find themselves embroiled in a myriad of tragedies, including murder.


TheoLoop by A Scott Howe

TheoLoop by A Scott Howe
Narrated by A. Scott Howe, Mark Ogden, Landon Cooper, Lincoln Hale Jr, John Osburn, Ping Howe
Self Published

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Hirayuki Doei, a young Japanese researcher outfitted in scuba gear is found floating in a foggy bay, murdered in the most brutal manner. It was rumored that Doei discovered something that hadn’t been seen for a thousand years.

Meanwhile, Professor Tim Hughes has brought his family to Japan on a trip for a little research and relaxation. When his daughter Kariko is stalked by both the police and the underground, Hughes must take his family and flee, staying one step ahead of the pursuers. Somehow Kariko ended up with Doei’s cryptic notes, and unknown ruthless persons would do anything to obtain the priceless secrets they contain.

But what do Japanese history, Egyptian hieroglyphics, astronomy, quantum physics, robotics, and biology have to do with Doei’s groundbreaking discovery?

Hughes must track down clues halfway across the planet, all the while trying to protect his children from falling into the hands of deadly enemies.


Rogue Sequence by Zac Topping

Rogue Sequence by Zac Topping
Narrated by Roger Wayne
Ander Rade #1
Macmillan Audio

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It’s 2091 and independent contract companies around the world are producing genetically modified soldiers…to be sold to the highest bidders.

Ander Rade is a super-soldier, a genetically engineered living weapon, and has been dutifully following orders since he gave himself to Scythe Industries’ Gene-Mod Program several years ago. But when a mission goes sideways, he’s captured, imprisoned, and forced into brutally violent fighting pits for the better part of the next decade…until agents from the Genetic Compliance Department of the United American Provinces appear in the visitors room.

Things have changed since Rade was captured. Shortly after his incarceration, the World Unity Council banned human genetic engineering and deemed all modified individuals a threat to society. Overnight, an entire subculture of people became outlaws simply for existing. But instead of leaving Rade locked behind bars, the GCD agents have come with an offer: Freedom in exchange for his help tracking down one of his former teammates from that ill-fated mission all those years ago.

It’s an offer Rade can’t refuse, but he soon realizes the situation is far more volatile than anyone had anticipated, and must take matters into his own hands as he tries to figure out whose side he’s really on, and why?

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books.


Inland by Kate Risse

Inland by Kate Risse
Narrated by Rachel Fulginiti
Self Published

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“Inland,” Kate Risse’s debut novel, transports listeners into a chillingly near future where the forces of climate change irrevocably alter Earth’s landscape. A perilous journey across the flooded ruins of America, and survival choices in a water-menaced home: both provoke deep dives into the resilience of the human spirit in the face of immense odds.

Narrator Rachel Fulginiti matches Risse’s deft literary gifts for tension, image, and character in her portrayal of Juliet, Martin, and Billy’s intertwined stories—and of environmental impact as more unforgiving presence than rhetorical argument.


Code of Arms by Jack Slater

Code of Arms by Jack Slater
Narrated by Mark Garkusha
Gideon Ryker #1
Clipstone Press Ltd

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He can’t run. He can’t hide. He can’t remember

Six weeks ago, Gideon Ryker awoke from a coma in the French chateau where veterans of the Foreign Legion live out their final days in peace. His body is a torturer’s canvas, his mind an empty slate—except for haunting dreams of a young girl’s face. He doesn’t even remember his name.

But he knows that a legionnaire’s life is a brutal struggle. The only reward: a new identity and passport. A fresh start. You’d only take that deal if you needed to forget your past life.

Or escape it…

Clearly Gideon didn’t run fast enough. Someone caught up with him once. And when a CIA hit squad arrives at the chateau, he discovers that hunting season isn’t over.

But where did he come from? Who is the girl that stalks his dreams?

And why does everybody want him dead?


The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley

The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley
Narrated by Joe Eyre, Sarah Slimani, Roly Botha, Laurence Dobiesz, Tuppence Middleton
HarperAudio

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Secrets. Lies. Murder. Let the festivities begin…

“An irresistible whodunit with an irresistible Blair Witch-meets-Fyre Festival backdrop.” — People

“Sharp, stylish and stunning…Foley’s best yet.” — Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

“Agatha Christie for the Instagram age.” — Guardian

The deliciously twisty new locked room murder mystery from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List and The Paris Apartment

It’s the opening night of The Manor, and no expense, small or large, has been spared. The infinity pool sparkles; crystal pouches for guests’ healing have been placed in the Seaside Cottages and Woodland Hutches; the “Manor Mule” cocktail (grapefruit, ginger, vodka, and a dash of CBD oil) is being poured with a heavy hand. Everyone is wearing linen.

But under the burning midsummer sun, darkness stirs. Old friends and enemies circulate among the guests. Just outside the Manor’s immaculately kept grounds, an ancient forest bristles with secrets. And the Sunday morning of opening weekend, the local police are called. Something’s not right with the guests. There’s been a fire. A body’s been discovered.

THE FOUNDER * THE HUSBAND * THE MYSTERY GUEST * THE KITCHEN HELP

It all began with a secret, fifteen years ago. Now the past has crashed the party. And it’ll end in murder at…The Midnight Feast.


The Calculation of You and Me by Serena Kaylor

The Calculation of You and Me by Serena Kaylor
Narrated by Stephanie Willing
Dreamscape Media

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Marlowe Meadows understands a lot of things. She understands that calculus isn’t overwhelmingly beautiful to everyone and that it typically kills the mood when you try to talk Python coding over beer pong. She understands that people were surprised when golden boy Josh asked her out and she went from weird math-obsessed Marlowe to half of their school’s couple goals.

Unfortunately, Marlowe was the one surprised when Josh dumped her because he’d prefer a girlfriend who’s more romantic. One with emotional depth. But Marlowe has never failed anything in her life, and she isn’t about to start now.

When she’s paired with Ashton Hayes for an English project, his black clothing and moody eyeliner cause a bit of a systems overload, and the dissonant sounds of his rock band make her brain itch. But when she discovers Ash’s hidden stash of love songs, Marlowe makes a desperate deal to unleash her inner romantic heroine: if Ash will agree to help her write some love letters to win back Josh, she’ll calculate the perfect data-analytics formula to make Ash’s band go viral.

As the semester heats up with yearning love notes, a syllabus of romance novels, and late nights spent with a boy who escapes any box her brain tries to put him in, Marlowe starts to question if there’s really a set solution to love. Could a girl who’s never met a problem she can’t solve have gotten the math so massively wrong?


The Blank White Page by Ali Spooner

The Blank White Page by Ali Spooner
Narrated by Heidi Bindhammer
Affinity Rainbow Publications

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Tatum Chastain, Corporate Officer of Chastain International, her family’s real estate empire, accepts the challenge her father, Charles, has set forth. Charles has tasked Tatum and her brother, Charlie, to survive in the wilderness for six months to prove their skills in taking over the family business once he retires. Charles fails to realize that Tatum would fall in love with the southeastern Alaska cabin he has chosen for her to test her resilience and creativity. Tatum prepares for life in the bush, and shortly after she arrives, Poe, a beautiful raven, becomes her companion and guardian. When River Foster, a designated hunter for her village, crosses Tatum’s path, she finds a different kind of love awaits her.


Pieces of Us by T. B. Markinson, Miranda MacLeod

Pieces of Us by T. B. Markinson, Miranda MacLeod
Narrated by Lori Prince
Self Published

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The nanny is hot for her boss, but she’s been burned falling for a straight woman in the past.

Julianna Bristol is on the brink of success as her fledgling video game design company goes after the opportunity of a lifetime. But her ex-husband is intent on making her fodder for late-night comedy. When she unexpectedly gains custody of her nine-year-old niece, everything in Julianna’s exquisitely planned life changes in the blink of an eye.

Sadie Culpepper is out of work and drowning in debt. She’s as unable to commit professionally as she is romantically. A last-minute nanny gig offers a lifeline, but making it through the summer working for the woman the late-night hosts call Permafrost might take everything she’s got.

Their mutually beneficial business arrangement is threatened as the magnetic pull between them grows stronger with each passing day. Both women are forced to confront their deepest fears and insecurities. Julianna is drawn to the younger Sadie in ways she never imagined possible. And Sadie, scarred by past heartbreak, struggles to trust again, especially with her heart and financial security on the line.

Will they have the courage to defy convention and seize their chance at happiness? Or will they succumb to the pressures of society, letting go of the one thing that could save them both?
If you enjoy seductive, taboo, age-gap romance with a lot of heart, don’t miss the latest collaboration of Miranda MacLeod and TB Markinson.


Penny for Your Heart by Season Vining

Penny for Your Heart by Season Vining
Narrated by Sarah Beth Pfeifer
Romance in the City #1
Tantor Audio

At fourteen, Penny Winters fell out of the closet and in love with her best friend, Misa Ito. But before they truly understood their feelings, Misa and her family were gone. Over a decade later, when Penny secures a job at a top New York advertising agency, she has a second chance at first love when she’s introduced to the lead account executive, Misa.

But the road to happiness is riddled with potholes. Misa is still impossibly beautiful, but super cold. And Misa shows no recollection of Penny—the girl who once showed her how to skateboard, make daisy chain crowns, and shared every secret with. On top of that, there’s the huge engagement ring and photo of a handsome man on Misa’s desk. The butterflies Penny feels don’t seem one-sided, and she wants answers.

Penny has no idea that she’s begging for the impossible. Getting Misa to admit anything means asking her to do the unthinkable: put aside her career and her father’s expectations to give in to her heart. Which has always belonged to Penny.

Contains mature themes.


Call It What You Want by Alissa DeRogatis

Call It What You Want by Alissa DeRogatis
Narrated by Ada Sinclair, Michael Gallagher
Podium Audio

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A situationship, a heartbreak, a mistake—you can call it what you want. But was it love?

It’s 2016, and Sloane Hart’s senior year of college is bound to be the best one yet. Her nights consist of drinking cheap vodka and singing along to The Chainsmokers with her friends, and her days are spent writing as she prepares for the post-grad life in New York City she’s always dreamed of.

The last thing she needs is for a guy to get in the way of her goals. With graduation so close, she just needs to focus on landing a job and enjoying this last year with her best friends all under one roof. But that plan becomes a little more complicated when her upstairs neighbor, Ethan Brady, enters the picture.

Ethan’s pull is undeniable. He’s tall, mysterious, and handsome as hell, and when Sloane is with him, the entire world slows to a halt. But Ethan’s guarded past is too hurtful for him to face, and if letting Sloane in means that the walls he’s built around his heart would come crumbling down, he may not be willing to let that happen.

As their chemistry and connection intensify, Sloane finds herself falling deeper and deeper, but will Ethan ever be ready to catch her?

Nostalgic, heartfelt, and profoundly cathartic, Call It What You Want is an ode to almost-love stories—the kinds with no labels, no promises, and the potential to turn your entire world upside down.


Love Overboard by Ada Barumé

Love Overboard by Ada Barumé
Narrated by Isabel Adomakoh Young
Avon

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The course of true love never did sail smooth. . .

Things on this yacht are about to get rocky…

When feisty chef Sofia and strait-laced first officer Jack are thrown together as the crew for a luxury yacht on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, it’s anything but smooth sailing. And after their first interactions end with one very soggy first officer and an all-out battle over strawberries, they vow to give one another a wide berth for the remainder of the season.

But even on a 154-foot yacht, space is tight – and, try as they might, Sofia and Jack are thrown together time and again. And when disaster strikes for their wealthiest guests, the pair are forced to put aside their rocky start for the good of the charter.

As the tides begin to turn, Sofia and Jack discover that they might just have more in common than they first thought. And maybe, just maybe, Jack might be the starboard to Sofia’s port …

After all, the most skilled sailors know that when the waters don’t run smooth, you simply need to chart a new course …

The perfect enemies-to-lovers for fans of Below Deck and Emily Henry’s Book Lovers.


What a Girl Wants by Debbie Ioanna

What a Girl Wants by Debbie Ioanna
Narrated by Zara Hampton-Brown
Podium Audio

You can’t always write your own love story….

In their twenties, Charlotte and Sam anticipated a bright future together. Just out of university, they had big plans. But fast-forward a decade, and things haven’t gone as they intended. They’ve both put on weight, their income is paltry, and their relationship is fizzling out.

Unlike Sam, though, Charlotte isn’t giving up on what she wants. So she signs up for Zumba classes in anticipation of her best friend’s wedding and starts writing again. For inspiration, she attends a book signing for one of her favorite romance authors… who, to Charlotte’s shock, turns out to be a man. A nice-looking man. A man who asks her out…

Finally, Charlotte’s dreams seem to be coming true. But sometimes dreams can take funny turns—and what you want may not be what you need….


Cicada Summer by Erica McKeen

Cicada Summer by Erica McKeen
Narrated by Bailey Carr
Audible Studios

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A woman, her grandfather, and her lover quarantine in the remote lakeside wilderness—where their world splits apart at the seams.

In the summer of 2020, with a heat wave bearing down and a brood of periodical cicadas climbing into the trees, Husha mourns the recent death of her mother while quarantining with her ailing grandfather, Arthur, at his lakeside cabin in remote Ontario. They’re soon joined by Husha’s ex-lover, Nellie, who arrives without explanation to complete their trio.

Also among them is a strange book, discovered by Husha while cleaning out her mother’s house. When she, Arthur, and Nellie begin to read it together, they learn that her mother’s last missive was a short story collection, crawling with unsettling imagery and terrifying transformations. As the stories bleed into their cloistered life in the cabin, they must each reckon with loss, longing, and what it means to truly know another person. Incantatory and atmospheric, Cicada Summer is a dazzlingly original novel about how we grieve and care for one another.

Brian

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