September 17th New and Notable Audiobooks featuring covers from all of the books featured this week

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The Final Equinox by Andrew Mayne

The Final Equinox by Andrew Mayne
Narrated by Will Damron, Jennifer O’Donnell
Brilliance Publishing

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Dr. Theo Cray and FBI agent Jessica Blackwood follow a deadly celestial trail in a thrilling novel by the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Mastermind.

A signal is detected at the outer edge of the solar system. Computational biologist Dr. Theo Cray and magician-turned-FBI-agent Jessica Blackwood are looking—and listening—a little closer.

The man at the center of this cosmic mystery is billionaire Thomas T. Theismann. He’s spent a lifetime—and a fortune—trying to find out if we’re alone in the universe. Highly skeptical, Theo joins the effort to find the source of the signal, and he quickly enlists Jessica to look into the suspicious death of another academic at the lab. As their investigations converge, they uncover curious connections to the otherworldly contact, including a 1970s science-fiction writer and the body of an astronaut found buried in an ancient tomb.

As they delve into Theismann’s history, Theo and Jessica’s fascination with the signal intensifies. How dangerous will the investigation get? That depends on how deep into the unknown Theo and Jessica are prepared to venture.

The Bright Finish This by Alex Knowles

The Bright Finish This by Alex Knowles
Narrated by Steve Campbell
Self Published

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With Amantra pulling out all stops to not only break the universe but those Tytan has done his utmost best to protect, Tytan and the Moreu-hi have no choice but to go for Morel Actual, right now. Together they make one last stand; together they fight and die.

I'm the Girl by Courtney Summers

I’m the Girl by Courtney Summers
Narrated by Lori Prince
Macmillan Audio

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When sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis discovers the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James, she teams up with Ashley’s older sister, Nora, to find and bring the killer to justice before he strikes again. But their investigation throws Georgia into a world of unimaginable privilege and wealth, without conscience or consequence, and as Ashley’s killer closes in, Georgia will discover when money, power and beauty rule, it might not be a matter of who is guilty—but who is guiltiest.

A spiritual successor to the breakout hit Sadie, I’m the Girl is a bold and masterful account of how one young woman feels in her body as she struggles to navigate a deadly and predatory power structure while asking listeners one question: if this is the way the world is, do you accept it?

A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books.

Rainier by K. Lucas

Rainier by K. Lucas
Narrated by Andrew Tell
Self Published

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A mother rushing to rescue her only child.

A worried son desperately trying to get his parents out of harm’s way.

A geologist trying to save them all.

Thirty years after surviving a landslide that killed his entire community, Tim is a geologist with the US Geological Survey. When he realizes that Mt. Rainier is about to erupt, he is determined to warn everyone about the imminent danger, only to have his words fall on deaf ears.

Jordan is one of the few who takes the warning to heart. Worried for the safety of his elderly parents, he urges them to evacuate. However, they seem unconcerned—Mt. Rainier hasn’t erupted in hundreds of years after all, and it’s too far away to be dangerous.

After dropping her son off at school, 911 dispatcher Teresa goes to work, only to start receiving distressing calls about the eruption. Terrified and torn between helping many and running to save her only child, she soon finds that the decision has been made for her.

As deadly as lava, landslides, and constant ash raining down are, they’re not the only threats. Opportunists are another…and millions of people driven insane by fear might be the biggest danger of all.

Content warning: This novel contains themes that some listeners may find disturbing. For more information see the author’s website.

Waiting for a Love Song by Jaime Clevenger

Waiting for a Love Song by Jaime Clevenger
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tantor Audio

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Jodi Burkitt is alone again. Her ex took everything with her—the friends, the fun, and the daughter that Jodi had loved like her own. She’s got plenty to distract her from the empty days and nights, especially her latest home renovation project.

When Jodi discovers a hidden jewelry box in the walls of the home she’s renovating, she turns to her ex’s friend, librarian Michele Galveston, to help piece together the mystery inside the box.

Michele Galveston is anything but a quiet librarian—she sings in a local band and has a talent for never following anyone’s rules but her own. Michele has a reputation for rarely staying with a woman for more than a few months and Jodi knows she should steer clear. But the closer they get to solving the mystery in the jewelry box, the closer Jodi and Michele get to each other.

Will Jodi risk her heart again—especially for someone as emotionally unavailable as Michele? And will Michele finally find a way to trust someone enough to share the secret she’s kept hidden for so many years? With Jodi’s wounded heart and Michele’s love ’em and leave ’em history, it’s likely that love songs and life might be two very different things.

Contains mature themes.

The Make-Up Test by Jenny L. Howe

The Make-Up Test by Jenny L. Howe
Narrated by Stacey Glemboski
OrangeSky Audio

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In this smart, swoony, rom-com debut, two college exes find themselves battling against each other—and their unresolved feelings—for a spot in a prestigious literature Ph.D. program.

Allison Avery loves to win. After acing every academic challenge she’s come up against, she’s finally been accepted into her dream Ph.D. program at Claymore University, studying medieval literature under a professor she’s admired for years. Sure, grad school isn’t easy—the classes are intense, her best friend is drifting away, and her students would rather pull all-nighters than discuss The Knight’s Tale—but she’s got this. Until she discovers her ex-boyfriend has also been accepted. Colin Benjamin might be the only person who loves winning more than Allison does, and when they’re both assigned to TA for the same professor, the game is on.

What starts as a personal battle of wits (and lit) turns into all-out war when their professor announces a career-changing research trip opportunity—with one spot to fill. Competing with Colin is as natural as breathing, and after he shattered her heart two years ago, Allison refuses to let him come out on top. But when a family emergency and a late night road trip—plus a very sexy game of Scrabble—throw them together for a weekend, she starts to wonder if they could be stronger on the same team. And if they fall for each other all over again, Allison will have to choose between a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and what could be a twice-in-a-lifetime love.

Charmingly bookish and unequivocally fat positive, The Make-Up Test embraces the truth that people can sometimes change and grow, even when you least expect it.

The Proposal by T.B. Markinson

The Proposal by T.B. Markinson
Narrated by Ella Lynch
Self Published

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Is a single day worth changing the course of your entire life?

Marley Royce has just two goals for her 72-hour stay in London: Land a career-making business deal, and finally meet the woman of her dreams face-to-face.

Fate has something else in mind.

The mega conglomerate Marley works for wants to acquire the venerable but struggling Braithwaite Books. The centuries-old shop is owned by Cleo Braithwaite, a woman with a fierce and frightening reputation. Cleo turns out to be nothing like the rumors but refuses to sit still long enough to be dazzled by the meticulous spreadsheets and slides Marley has prepared to seal the deal. Instead of making her proposal, Marley soon finds herself on an impromptu walking tour of London with the charming Cleo.

Even though Marley has a dinner date that night with the woman she’s been chatting with online and was convinced was her soulmate, she can’t ignore the feelings her bewitching guide stirs up inside as they explore the historic city on foot. What’s more, the longer she’s with Cleo, the more Marley begins to question the business deal she’s been sent to make.

Should Marley stick with the plan, or is a single life-changing day with Cleo worth blowing up the future Marley was so certain she wanted?

Best-selling lesbian romance author TB Markinson has written a heartfelt and quirky novella about finding love when you least expect it.

The Murder Game by Carrie Doyle

The Murder Game by Carrie Doyle
Narrated by Chris Andrew Ciulla
Tantor Audio

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Boarding school has never been more dangerous.

What if your roommate is a murderer? Or what if he’s being framed and only you can save him?

Luke Chase made history as a child when he escaped a kidnapping. Now, all he wants is to be a normal teenager. So when he sneaks out to the woods one night to drink with friends and flirt with the new British girl at school, he’s excited to feel some freedom.

Except the next morning, one of their teachers is found murdered—in the exact same spot where they had been partying. Soon, Luke’s roommate and best friend Oscar is the #1 suspect.

As the evidence and list of suspects builds, Luke attempts to use his famous survival skills to find the killer and clear Oscar’s name. But as Luke gets closer to the truth, the killer is getting closer to Luke.

The Butcher and the Wren by Alaina Urquhart

The Butcher and the Wren by Alaina Urquhart
Narrated by Sophie Amoss, Joe Knezevich

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From the co-host of chart-topping true crime podcast Morbid, a thrilling debut novel told from the dueling perspectives of a notorious serial killer and the medical examiner following where his trail of victims leads

Something dark is lurking in the Louisiana bayou: a methodical killer with a penchant for medical experimentation is hard at work completing his most harrowing crime yet, taunting the authorities who desperately try to catch up.

But forensic pathologist Dr. Wren Muller is the best there is. Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of historical crimes, and years of experience working in the Medical Examiner’s office, she’s never encountered a case she couldn’t solve. Until now. Case after case is piling up on Wren’s examination table, and soon she is sucked into an all-consuming cat-and-mouse chase with a brutal murderer getting more brazen by the day.

An addictive listen with straight-from-the-morgue details only an autopsy technician could provide, The Butcher and the Wren promises to ensnare all who enter.

Aces Wild by Amanda Dewitt

Aces Wild by Amanda Dewitt
Narrated by Robbie Daymond
Recorded Books

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What happens in Vegas when an all-asexual online friend group attempts to break into a high-stakes gambling club? Shenanigans ensue.

Some people join chess club, some people play football. Jack Shannon runs a secret blackjack ring in his private school’s basement. What else is the son of a Las Vegas casino mogul supposed to do?

Everything starts falling apart when Jack’s mom is arrested for their family’s ties to organized crime. His sister Beth thinks this is the Shannon family’s chance to finally go straight, but Jack knows that something’s not right. His mom was sold out, and he knows by who. Peter Carlevaro: rival casino owner and jilted lover. Gross.

Jack hatches a plan to find out what Carlevaro’s holding over his mom’s head, but he can’t do it alone. He recruits his closest friends—the asexual support group he met through fandom forums. Now all he has to do is infiltrate a high-stakes gambling club and dodge dark family secrets, while hopelessly navigating what it means to be in love while asexual. Easy, right?

System Restored by Adam Eccles

System Restored by Adam Eccles
Narrated by Mark Rice-Oxley
Self Published

In a cellar in Watford, undisturbed for four decades, sits the most important breakthrough that the world has ever seen. Except the world has never seen it.

Derek Cooper is a retro gamer.

His small flat is full to the brim with consoles, game cartridges, hulking great tube TVs, retro merchandise, and every handheld gaming device you can think of, and then some. They make him happy, so why not?

When he decides his collection could do with an addition in the form of a real-life, full-size, good old-fashioned arcade cabinet, he can’t possibly know what adventures lie ahead of him after he drags the heavy monolith out of a cellar in Watford to his flat and then painstakingly rebuilds the dud electronics, bringing it back to life.

Meanwhile, Derek is skeptical at first when he’s set up on a date with a beautiful woman though things seem to be going well.

Only problem: He’s desperately in love with the wrong woman.

Will Derek find peace in the world of games, blasting aliens to oblivion? Can an arcade machine from 1981 totally change his love life?

System Restored is a wonderfully exciting rom-com romp through the nostalgic history of video games. A celebration and tribute to gamers everywhere.

Imposter by Bradeigh Godfrey

Imposter by Bradeigh Godfrey
Narrated by Eileen Stevens, Brittany Pressley
Blackstone Publishing

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Two sisters, a lifetime of secrets

Lilian and Rosie were once the closest of sisters, but the untimely death of their parents pulled them apart. Now, three years on, Rosie has reached out to her big sister, asking to meet. Driving on an icy road in the middle of a snowstorm, Rosie admits that she has something important to tell Lilian—a secret she describes as a matter of life and death. But before she has a chance to tell Lilian, a car careens into theirs, with devastating consequences.

Lilian survives unscathed, but Rosie is left with a traumatic brain injury, unable to communicate. Lilian is convinced that someone deliberately rammed Rosie’s car. But why? As Lilian begins to explore her sister’s past, she uncovers disturbing secrets that make her question if she ever really knew Rosie.

The closer Lilian comes to the truth, the more danger she and Rosie find themselves in. But Lilian is certain of one thing: she abandoned her little sister once before and will never do so again. Even if it means sacrificing everything.


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