Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s Weekly Showcase of New and Notable Audiobooks for March 8th!

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Quiver by Rachel Spangler

Quiver by Rachel Spangler
Narrated by Ann Shanks Etter
Brisk Press

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Enter the exciting world of horse archery with the heavily anticipated new sports romance from award-winning sapphic author Rachel Spangler

Kye Manchester is no stranger to ambition. She sacrificed more than she cares to admit to become a highly acclaimed actress. Now more than a decade after her big break, her prospects are waning, and in a moment of desperation, she tells a lie that sends her spiraling back to where she started, and to the one woman she swore she’d never let herself need again.

Fletcher Bouchard isn’t just Kye’s first love and her greatest heartbreak, she’s also a world-champion mounted archer in a unique position to help Kye gain the skills she needs with a horse and bow, only she has no inclination to do so. Tensions flare immediately after Kye returns to their small hometown, and neither woman knows how to back down where the other is concerned. Driven, wounded, and resentful, they also happen to be the only person in each other’s lives who understands how to walk the razor’s edge between sanity and obsession.

The two women reluctantly agree to work together under the common goal of getting back to the lives they each built in spite of the other. However, during long days and nights of training, embers of the past rekindle fires hot enough to incinerate their defenses. As arrows and tempers fly, will passion burn hot enough to push Kye and Fletcher past old patterns in search of true healing? Or will the sharp point of lingering pain shatter their second chance at the love story of a lifetime?

Quiver is an enemies-to-lovers, ice queen romance about the power of love, redemption, and the choices that make us who we are.


Inception by K.J. Gillenwater

Inception by K.J. Gillenwater
Narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya
The Genesis Machine #1
Podium Audio

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Aliens have arrived… and this isn’t the first time.

When expert Navy linguist and cryptographer Charlie Cutter is recruited into a shadowy wing of the NCIS, she’s tasked with unraveling a mysterious ancient text that has puzzled researchers for centuries. Charlie isn’t eager to revisit her previous failures… but when she discovers the same strange language in top-secret photographs, she finds herself roped into a job that could make or break her young career.

After a strange pod crashes to Earth during a violent storm, Charlie and her small team uncover an incredible truth: aliens have landed on Earth—and not for the first time. Catapulted into a thrilling mystery that will carry them from the political swamps of D.C. to the scorching Las Vegas desert, Charlie must race against time to crack the code and save humanity from a possible alien invasion.

Surrounded by a web of secrets and lies, Charlie struggles to track down the origin of the pods—and unmask the hidden motives of their extra-terrestrial visitors. The mystery stretches back centuries… and it leads Charlie to a shocking revelation that will change everything.

Dive into a riveting technothriller that blends high-octane sci-fi with shadowy government organizations and desperate researchers fighting to unravel an extra-terrestrial mystery. The Genesis Machine is a compelling listen perfect for fans of William Gibson and A.G. Riddle.


Say Cheese by T.B. Markinson, Miranda MacLeod

Say Cheese by T.B. Markinson, Miranda MacLeod
Narrated by Lori Prince
Self Published

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In a small town teetering on the brink of collapse, will one woman’s arrival seal a factory’s fate or open the floodgate for love and redemption?

Elle Robinson’s world is literally swept away when a raging flood sends her car careening toward certain doom, only to be rescued by Angela Lane – a spirited, self-reliant, and unexpected savior who pulls Elle back from the edge of calamity.

In the aftermath of their brush with mortality, passions ignite between the two women, mirroring the uncontrollable rise of the floodwaters. However, fate has a wicked sense of humor.

As the storm of their one-night stand recedes, a startling revelation emerges. Angie learns that Elle is the ambitious young business consultant whose arrival could signal the demise of Angie’s cherished family cheesemaking business. Will this city girl bring more destruction than the flood? Or could she evolve into an improbable partner in the revival of a venerable family business?

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Vermont, experience a love story that defies convention, challenges expectations, and may just save an entire town. Join Elle and Angie as they navigate the turbulent waters of romance, business, and self-discovery in this heartfelt contemporary romance that explores love, loyalty, and second chances.


Aubrey McFadden Is Never Getting Married by Georgia Beers

Aubrey McFadden Is Never Getting Married by Georgia Beers
Narrated by Lula Larkin
Bold Strokes Books Inc

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All of Aubrey McFadden’s college friends are tying the knot, and she’s been invited to five weddings. Five. In one year. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate so much love and romance? Aubrey, that’s who.

She’s going anyway, of course. It’s not her friends’ fault her college boyfriend left Aubrey on the day of their wedding. Lies, selfishness, unhappy surprises…no, thank you. And you know who’s responsible for her permanently single status? Monica, that’s who.

Their friends all say Monica Wallace had a thing for Aubrey back then—not that Aubrey cares one little bit why that still makes her heart race. Monica convinced her best friend Cody that marrying Aubrey, settling down, and locking himself into a 9-to-5 at the expense of his dreams would be a huge mistake. Cody called off the wedding, and Aubrey has never forgiven them.

Aubrey McFadden is never getting married, but she does have five weddings to attend, and she’ll be avoiding Monica at every single one.


Big Time by Ben H. Winters

Big Time by Ben H. Winters
Narrated by Eva Kaminsky
Mulholland Books

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Quiet Boy comes a speculative, corporate espionage thriller that takes the adage “Time is money,” and makes it literally, frighteningly so.

What if time could be taken from us—the minutes, the hours, the years of our lives, extracted like organs taken for transplant? What would it mean for the world? And what would it do to the person from whom it’s taken?

Grace Berney is a mid-level bureaucrat in the Food and Drug Administration, a woman who once brimmed with purpose but somehow turned into a middle-aged single mom with a dull government job and a melancholy sense that life has passed her by. Until the night a strange photo comes across her desk, of a young woman in a hospital bed who has been subjected to a mysterious procedure. Against orders and against common sense, Grace sets out to bring the girl to safety, and finds herself risking her job, her future, and her life on whether she can find the missing girl before an obsessive and violent mercenary who’s also looking. Big Time is a fast-paced thriller and a metaphysical mystery about the very nature of our lives.


Perdue by Charles D'Amico

Perdue by Charles D’Amico
Narrated by Austenne Gray
Marie Perdita #1
Blue Handle Publishing

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From the multiple award-winning Neil Baggio series, a new spinoff with a female lead!

Sometimes good people have to do bad things…

To stop the worst drug epidemic in decades and catch a criminal mastermind, burned CIA officer Erin takes on the new identity of Marie Perdita.

After failing to capture Jason Gaines a year ago — and having to kill someone she trusted the most — Marie is no longer playing nice. Taking to the vibrant streets of New Orleans, she is determined not to let him win and create a foothold to spread his deadly drug, Requiem, across the country.

But infiltrating a drug syndicate isn’t easy. She will have to use all the skills she learned from the Agency, her Marine father, and Neil Baggio — the famous private investigator she wronged before assuming her new identity — to cozy up to the right people.

That’s when she meets Diego.

Diego is an intelligent graduate of Tulane University who was dealt a hard blow when his “friend” Andy gave him up to the cops to avoid his own capture. Diego went from college grad to captured criminal in seconds flat.

The only issue? He didn’t do it. Andy did.

But Diego has been biding his time for years, slowly getting close to Andy and making himself indispensable so he can take him down. When he meets Marie, the ability to do just that seems closer than ever.

Not to mention they can’t keep their hands off each other.

Can these two people who have been dealt bad hands come together to take down the drug ring and save countless lives?


Inside These Halls by Adrian J. Smith

Inside These Halls by Adrian J. Smith
Narrated by Lori Prince, Quinn Riley
When the Past Finds You
Podium Audio

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Don’t fall in love. Hide, and you’ll make it through.

The last thing on Esther Dunja’s mind is falling in love. Her goal is to keep her head down and slide through the next twelve years until her son graduates. After being run out of the last school she taught at by her ex, Esther needs to make this new teaching job work. It’s her last chance to retain custody. The problem is she never anticipated falling for her son’s kindergarten teacher.

Melanie Przybyla is a single mom to four grown kids, and she finally has time for herself—or so she thought. With family drama on the rise and a new teacher in her school that she can’t stop thinking about, Melanie comes to a startling realization: She’s attracted to women. She just has to figure out why Esther Dunja is so terrified and how she can date her student’s mom.

When conflicts of interest abound, Melanie and Esther have to navigate what they’re willing to risk to let their love blossom.


Trail Magic by Cara Malone

Trail Magic by Cara Malone
Narrated by Nym Kingsley
Self Published

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Trail magic (noun). An unexpected gift bestowed on long-distance hikers.

Raven is two years cancer-free on the day she arrives on the Appalachian Trail, ready to prove to the world that she’s more than just a breast cancer survivor. She’s still Raven, and she’s strong enough to tackle the 2,000-mile journey.

Kit shows up with nothing but a hastily-packed bag and a new pair of hiking boots. When her boss and her girlfriend dump her on the same day, she decides now is as good a time as any to tick the AT off her bucket list.

Trail magic brings Kit and Raven together on the mountain. Raven needs a friend and Kit needs an experienced hiker to guide her.

They share meals, fireside stories, old wounds and new dreams… and a one-man tent in the wilderness.

But can they bring that magic with them off the mountain?


CeCe Sloan Is Swooning by Jamey Moody

CeCe Sloan Is Swooning by Jamey Moody
Narrated by Jennifer Griffin
Sloan Sisters Sapphic Romance #1
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Can not-so-innocent flirting lead to forever? CeCe Sloan always wanted to own her own salon, and today was the day. It was a dream come true to have her salon nestled between her sisters as they opened their own stores. The Sloan Sisters had arrived.

When CeCe’s favorite client comes to the open house, a fun little banter of sexy flirting begins between them. It’s harmless because CeCe doesn’t date her clients. But what happens in the back room doesn’t count, right?

Alexis Reed was a premiere, sought after surgeon so far out of CeCe’s league, but flirting with her was so much fun. When Alexis changes stylists so CeCe will go on a date with her, she begins to wonder., could CeCe be enough for this amazing woman? Can Alexis convince CeCe this isn’t a backroom fling?

Come along on this sexy, romantic adventure and find out why CeCe Sloan is swooning.


The No-Girlfriend Rule by Christen Randall

The No-Girlfriend Rule by Christen Randall
Narrated by Natalie Naudus
Simon & Schuster Audio

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Julie Murphy meets Casey McQuiston in this unforgettable queer romance about a teen girl whose foray into fantasy tabletop roleplaying brings her new confidence, true friends, and a shot at real, swoon-worthy love.

Hollis Beckwith isn’t trying to get a girl—she’s just trying to get by. For a fat, broke girl with anxiety, the start of senior year brings enough to worry about. And besides, she already has a boyfriend: Chris. Their relationship isn’t particularly exciting, but it’s comfortable and familiar, and Hollis wants it to survive beyond senior year. To prove she’s a girlfriend worth keeping, Hollis decides to learn Chris’s favorite tabletop roleplaying game, Secrets & Sorcery—but his unfortunate “No Girlfriends at the Table” rule means she’ll need to find her own group if she wants in.

Enter: Gloria Castañeda and her all-girls game of S&S! Crowded at the table in Gloria’s cozy Ohio apartment, the six girls battle twisted magic in-game and become fast friends outside it. With her character as armor, Hollis starts to believe that maybe she can be more than just fat, anxious, and a little lost.

But then an in-game crush develops between Hollis’s character and the bard played by charismatic Aini Amin-Shaw, whose wide, cocky grin makes Hollis’s stomach flutter. As their gentle flirting sparks into something deeper, Hollis is no longer sure what she wants…or if she’s content to just play pretend.


Swift and Silent by Wayne Stinnett

Swift and Silent by Wayne Stinnett
Narrated by Nick Sullivan
Caribbean Adventure Series #27
Down Island Press, LLC

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Things in the Middle Florida Keys aren’t as idyllic as they seem. If one looks closely, there’s a layer of dirt just below the surface. The butt-ugly kind of dirt that’s hard to get off.

Things move slowly in the Keys—locals call it island time—but there are some for whom it seems that time is at a standstill; whose clocks revolve only around the tides, fish migrations, and the rising and setting of the sun and moon.

Jesse McDermitt remembers the Keys the way he’d first found them as a young man. He’s lived on his little island in the Content Keys for a long time and he’s learned to adapt to some of the change. But not all of it has been positive, and it seems the dirt has a way of finding Jesse, sticking to his feet like Everglades mud.

Is it finally time to go away? To completely disappear? He has the means and there are places in the world where the dirt hasn’t settled. Places he’d like to show his wife and family.

A group of would-be yacht thieves attack the wrong boat, unleashing a series of events that will ensure their downfall. They come when most people are sleeping—under the cover of darkness. But nighttime and Jesse McDermitt are old and dear friends. Against his will, and along with his family and friends, Jesse is thrust back into the struggle between right and wrong one more time. And this time, it gets personal.


The Unquiet Bones by Loreth Anne White

The Unquiet Bones by Loreth Anne White
Narrated by Carly Robins
Brilliance Audio

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A shocking discovery of human bones reopens an almost fifty-year-old cold case—and rips apart the lives of a group of friends—in a riveting novel by Loreth Anne White, the Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of The Maid’s Diary.

When human bones are found beneath an old chapel in the woods, evidence suggests the remains could be linked to the decades-old case of missing teen Annalise Jansen.

Homicide detective Jane Munro—pregnant and acutely attuned to the preciousness of life—hopes the grim discovery will finally bring closure to the girl’s family. But for a group of Annalise’s old friends, once dubbed the Shoreview Six by the media, it threatens to expose a terrible pledge made on an autumn night forty-seven years ago.

The friends are now highly respected, affluent members of their communities, and none of them ever expected the dark chapter in their past to resurface. But as Jane and forensic anthropologist Dr. Ella Quinn peel back the layers of secrets, the group begins to fracture. Will one cave? Will they turn on each other?

The investigation takes a sharp turn when Jane discovers a second body—that of the boy long blamed for Annalise’s disappearance. As the bones tell their story, the group learns just how far each will go to guard their own truth.

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