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Best Laid Plans by Tom Abrahams

Best Laid Plans by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
Piton Press LLC

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John Beck is the hero we don’t deserve, but he’s exactly who we need when the world falls apart.

When a surprise EMP attack kills the power grid across most of the United States, the nation crumbles – but a hero rises. John Beck makes it his mission to help the weak against the strong in a new, lawless wilderness. All the while, he fights the
demons of his past as he searches for the only family he has left.

Best Laid Plans is book one of The Crusader EMP Post-Apocalyptic Survival Series and is perfect for fans of Franklin Horton, Ryan Schow, Kyla Stone, Jack Hunt, and AR Shaw.

E-Day II: Burning Earth by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

E-Day II: Burning Earth by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Recorded Books

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The war started and ended in a day. The machines won. Now the fight for survival begins….

E-Day: the moment the machines evolved and humans nearly went extinct. In the chaos, one million people escaped Earth and fled to a secret colony on the dark side of the Moon. Deep beneath the lunar surface, in the cold, they wait for the
inevitable – a second attack that will wipe humanity out forever.

Sergeant Tadhg Walsh is tired of waiting. He wants to fight back and return to Earth to search for Shadow Squad. But he has new orders from the Lunar Defense Corps: protect the colonies at all costs and forget about any survivors back home.

Captain Akira Hayashi is one of those survivors, forced to heal from his injuries in a submarine while the planet burns. Shadow Squad won’t be hiding for long, but before they can don their armor again, they must find a safe haven to plan their
attack. When they locate a research station in the Mariana Trench, their sub heads into the depths. What they find in the darkness changes everything they know about E-Day.

On the Moon, the LDC will do everything in its power to keep the truth about survivors on Earth a secret, even if it means sacrificing the few for the many. On Earth, Shadow Squad will have to make tenuous alliances with old enemies to stand a
chance against the enemy. If they can unite, they might just have a chance of stopping the machines from wiping out humanity on Earth and the Moon.

All the Feels by Olivia Dade

All the Feels by Olivia Dade
Narrated by Kelsey Navarro

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Following Spoiler Alert, Olivia Dade returns with another utterly charming romantic comedy about a devil-may-care actor – who actually cares more than anyone knows – and the no-nonsense woman hired to keep him in line.

“An absolutely witty, swoon worthy behind the scenes romp! Delightful from beginning to end!” (Julie Murphy, number one New York Times best-selling author of Dumplin’)

Alexander Woodroe has it all. Charm. Sex appeal. Wealth. Fame. A starring role as Cupid on TV’s biggest show, Gods of the Gates. But the showrunners have wrecked his character, he’s dogged by old demons, and his post-show future remains
uncertain. When all that reckless emotion explodes into a bar fight, the tabloids and public agree: His star is falling.

Enter Lauren Clegg, the former ER therapist hired to keep him in line. Compared to her previous work, watching over handsome but impulsive Alex shouldn’t be especially difficult. But the more time they spend together, the harder it gets to keep her
professional remove and her heart intact, especially when she discovers the reasons behind his recklessness…not to mention his Cupid fanfiction habit.

When another scandal lands Alex in major hot water and costs Lauren her job, she’ll have to choose between protecting him and offering him what he really wants – her. But he’s determined to keep his improbably short, impossibly stubborn, and
extremely endearing minder in his life any way he can. And on a road trip up the California coast together, he intends to show her exactly what a falling star will do to catch the woman he loves: anything at all.

The Every by Dave Eggers

The Every by Dave Eggers
Narrated by Dion Graham
Random House Audio

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From the award-winning, best-selling author of The Circle comes an exciting new follow-up. When the world’s largest search engine/social media company, the Circle, merges with the planet’s dominant ecommerce site, it creates the richest and most
dangerous – and, oddly enough, most beloved – monopoly ever known: the Every.

Delaney Wells is an unlikely new hire at the Every. A former forest ranger and unwavering tech skeptic, she charms her way into an entry-level job with one goal in mind: to take down the company from within. With her compatriot, the
not-at-all-ambitious Wes Makazian, they look for the Every’s weaknesses, hoping to free humanity from all-encompassing surveillance and the emoji-driven infantilization of the species. But does anyone want what Delaney is fighting to save?
Does humanity truly want to be free?

Studded with unforgettable characters, outrageous outfits, and lacerating set-pieces, this companion to The Circle blends absurdity and terror, satire and suspense, while keeping the listener in apprehensive excitement about the fate of the company
– and the human animal.

Love, Accidentally by Jaime Clevenger, Aurora Rey

Love, Accidentally by Jaime Clevenger, Aurora Rey
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tantor Audio

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Sure, lesbians love to bring a U-Haul on the second date. But what happens when the U-Haul crashes?

For Amelia Stone, it’s a literal question as much as a figurative one. When plans to move in with her girlfriend go sideways, she’s left with more questions about their future than answers. It doesn’t help that she’s spending
far more time with the paramedic who came to her rescue than the woman she’s supposed to be in love with.

When Finn Douglas responds to a routine traffic accident, the last thing she’s looking for is love. But something about Amelia pulls her in. The more time they spend together, the more it feels like Amelia might be the one. If only Amelia
didn’t have her life all planned out with a woman who isn’t Finn.

Contains mature themes.

Go Around by E. J. Noyes

Go Around by E. J. Noyes
Narrated by Abby Craden
Audible Studios

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Avery Weston is doing fine.

Sure, she’s not doing as fine as her ex – award-winning actress and current television it girl Elise Hayes – but Avery enjoys her work as a federal air marshal and also enjoys almost being over Elise walking out on their relationship 15 months ago.
Then Elise is seated next to her on a flight, and the emotional progress Avery thought she’d made is reset in an instant.

Just like their first flight together, this one also has some bumps. But this time they don’t have to make a go around for a safe landing; they just have to deal with an overzealous fan threatening Elise. And when Elise comes begging for a place to
stay until the stalker situation is resolved, Avery has to agree it’s the perfect solution to keep Elise safe. After all, nobody knows Elise Hayes used to have a girlfriend.

It’s only for a few weeks, what’s the harm? Except for some tiny issues, like when you’re still kind of in love with your ex and the mutual spark is as strong as ever, it’s easy to fall into familiar habits. Then there’s Elise’s apologies and
genuine regret over leaving, which makes it hard for Avery to hold on to past hurts and sends her simmering emotions to a boil.

But love and sparks aren’t always enough. If Avery and Elise can find a way to move past everything that came between them last time, maybe they’ll get a chance to go around and try landing their relationship again.

Zero Chill by Carolyn Elizabeth

Zero Chill by Carolyn Elizabeth
Narrated by Lori Prince
Tantor Audio

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Corey Curtis and Thayer Reynolds are more than happy to put the days of their turbulent courtship behind them. With the holidays upon them, they’re looking forward to celebrating with friends and family, intimate moments alone, and festive

And in Corey’s world, nothing says Christmas quite like a frozen body. One that Corey must defrost in order to close out her next case. The discovery of the deceased’s possible connection to Thayer inflames the still healing wounds of
their recent trauma and sends them both reeling back into a world of uncertainty and turmoil.

With her best friend in tow and the police not far behind, Corey ends up in the unlikeliest of places – a church. Along the way, hate and violence erupt while corruption abounds. But from the ashes, new relationships are kindled, and even the
darkest moments are no match for Corey and Thayer’s love.

Simply the Best by Karin Kallmaker

Simply the Best by Karin Kallmaker
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tantor Audio

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Simply the Worst…. Alice Cabot’s only great love is science, but a lapse in judgment has exiled the New York journalist to the glitzy Gallerias and vapid bubble-babble of Beverly Hills. The assignment to do a flattering feature series on
Simply the Best and the superficial nonsense it sells threatens to crush what little is left of her spirit.

Simply the Best…. Pepper Addington can’t believe she’s moved up from grunt intern to personal assistant for Helene Jolie, the celebrity socialite founder of SimplytheBest.com. Succeeding at the job she worked so hard to get is her only
priority. Keep a cynical know-it-all reporter in check? She promises Helene that she can.

Simply Irresistible…. Expecting nothing but games from the beach-blond surfer girl that Helene Jolie has assigned to keep an eye on her, Alice is fully prepared to resist any and all of California’s charms. Or so she thinks.

Sliced Ice by Lee Winter

Sliced Ice by Lee Winter
Narrated by Angela Dawe
Ylva Publishing

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Ten short stories based on Lee Winter’s fierce and unforgettable ice queens and villains have been gathered into one anthology containing lesbian love, lust, friendship, and romance.

Find out what happened after Lee’s stories ended, and in one case, before it began. Iconic characters revisited include Elena Bartell (“The Brutal Truth”), Elizabeth Thornton (“Breaking Character”), Monique Carson (“Hotel
Queens”), Natalya Tsvetnenko (“Requiem for Immortals”), Catherine Ayers (“The Red Files”), and Cynthia Redwell (“Under Your Skin”).

Thrust by Rachel Spangler

Thrust by Rachel Spangler
Narrated by Ann Shanks Etter
Self Published

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Fencing prodigy Jess Kidman has always been ahead of her peers. At the age of 13, she made the varsity team, won a state championship, came out, and fell head over heels in love with her team captain, Lauren Standish. After being gently rebuffed
by the high school senior, young Jess vowed she would return for her some day when their age difference became irrelevant and her own accomplishments made her not merely an equal, but an Olympian. Ten years later, Jess makes good on her promise,
but when she arrives back in Buffalo a few months before the big games, she’s intrigued to find that the woman she’s always dreamed of could also be exactly the coach she needs to win gold.

Lauren, however, isn’t the bubbly team captain she’d been at 18. After a stellar collegiate career of her own, circumstances forced her to put her dreams on the shelf and return to Buffalo. She’d made peace with a quiet life spent running a Rust
Belt fencing club and coaching kids when Team USA’s hottest young fencer waltzes back into her life. As much as Lauren finds Jess’ confidence and athleticism alluring, she also sees the hotheaded superstar as a threat to the carefully controlled
world rebuilt in the wake of the traumatic loss she is desperate to avoid reliving. Never one to turn her back on a friend in need, Lauren agrees to coach Jess on the condition that they focus only on the swordplay and not the sharp point of
attraction threatening to sever the bonds of her professionalism.

The two women set to work preparing for the biggest event, but as tension mounts in the lead-up to the Olympic Games, the pressure and the passion building between them also grows, leaving both to wonder if Jess is trying to win the gold, or win
the girl.

No More Secrets by Jamey Moody

No More Secrets by Jamey Moody
Narrated by Amanda Wrege
Self Published

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When Krista Kyle’s world is turned upside down, there’s only one person who can save her.

First love is a mighty strong emotion. Krista knows this and has been given several chances over the years to have the life she dreamed of, but something always got in the way.

Melanie Zimmer has loved Krista Kyle for over half her life. She now has the courage to do something about it. All she has to do is help Krista find hers, and she knows just the place.

Does Lovers Landing still have the magic that brought them together over 30 years ago? Will Krista finally be brave enough to hold on to her true love?

This is the second book in the Lovers Landing series. Come along on this first love, second chance romance and see if Krista and Melanie can find their courage in one another.

On Location by Sarah Echavarre Smith

On Location by Sarah Echavarre Smith
Narrated by Donnabella Mortel
Penguin Audio

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Nothing like a rocky start between enemy coworkers stuck together on location to prove that love isn’t just a ploy for ratings – it’s a force of nature.

Alia Dunn has finally gotten her big break. After years of working her way up at TV’s top outdoor travel channel, she gets the green light from network executives to bring her dream project to life: produce a series about Utah’s national
parks. It’s a touching tribute to her late apong, who sparked Alia’s passion for travel and the outdoors as a kid.

Alia is thrilled – until she meets her newest crew member, Drew Irons. The same Drew she had the most amazing first date with two weeks ago – who then ghosted her. The same Drew who has the most deliciously thick forearms and who loves
second-guessing her every move on set in front of the entire crew. It’s not long before the tension between them turns hotter than the Utah desert in the dead of summer and their steamy encounters lead to major feelings.

But when the series host goes rogue one too many times, jeopardizing the entire shoot, Alia realizes that she’ll need to organize one hell of a coup to save her show – and she’ll need Drew’s help to do it. It’s the riskiest move
she’s ever made. If she pulls it off, she’ll end up with a hit series and her dream guy…but if it all goes wrong, she could lose both.

Dade County Death Cruise by Alexander C. Kane

Dade County Death Cruise by Alexander C. Kane
Narrated by Kristen Sieh
Audible Originals

Gretch Wolgast still can’t forgive Shaq for abandoning her beloved Orlando Magic, but she is moving on with her life. Two years after she helped foil a plot to destroy her and her fellow OP—the telekinetics born in Orlando in the early 1980s—she’s
become a federal agent investigating OP-related crime. But her boss really doesn’t seem to like her. And now she’s being forced to attend a dinner on a mysterious billionaire’s yacht in South Florida.

Gretch barely has time to dive into the appetizers before things get weird. And deadly.

Reunited with her old friend Special Agent Frank Prater, Gretch needs to find a killer and save the lives of everyone on board. Not so easy when each passenger is a suspect—and each is harboring a secret.

Noor by Nnedi Okorafor

Noor by Nnedi Okorafor
Narrated by Délé Ogundiran
Tantor Audio

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From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria.

Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. AO has never really felt…natural, and that’s putting it lightly. Her parents spent most of the days before she was born praying for
her peaceful passing because even in-utero she was “wrong”. But she lived. Then came the car accident years later that disabled her even further. Yet instead of viewing her strange body the way the world views it, as freakish, unnatural,
even the work of the devil, AO embraces all that she is: A woman with a ton of major and necessary body augmentations. And then one day she goes to her local market and everything goes wrong.

Once on the run, she meets a Fulani herdsman named DNA and the race against time across the deserts of Northern Nigeria begins. In a world where all things are streamed, everyone is watching the “reckoning of the murderess and the
terrorist” and the “saga of the wicked woman and mad man” unfold.

This fast-paced, relentless journey of tribe, destiny, body, and the wonderland of technology revels in the fact that the future sometimes isn’t so predictable. Expect the unaccepted.

Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson

Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

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From Neal Stephenson – who coined the term metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash – comes a sweeping, prescient new thriller that transports listeners to a near-future world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a
whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics.

One man – visionary billionaire restaurant chain magnate T. R. Schmidt, PhD – has a big idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental”. But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for
the planet and all of humanity should it be applied?

Ranging from the Texas heartland to the Dutch royal palace in the Hague, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sunbaked Chihuahuan Desert, Termination Shock brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and
continents who grapple with the real-life repercussions of global warming. Ultimately, it asks the question: Might the cure be worse than the disease?

Epic in scope while heartbreakingly human in perspective, Termination Shock sounds a clarion alarm, ponders potential solutions and dire risks, and wraps it all together in an exhilarating, witty, mind-expanding speculative adventure.


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