New Releases for the week of September 30th Part 2

I knew my list was too short yesterday! I had been using the wrong filter on my book document. Here are the rest of this week’s new releases that I am excited for you to pick up!

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

This is actually the first of Guillory’s books that I haven’t read before the pub date and I’m sorry for it. Her books are a bit more on the tamer side so if you’re looking for steam, this isn’t your book (but I may have something later on for you), but they are fun books and if you want to save this one for the holidays, who’s gonna stop you?

Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik

This is the spicy I promised. Not burn your mouth hot, but enough to make it interesting. I really am digging this sci-fi romance series, and it is most definitely a romance which is so much fun. Adventure, kissing, a princess who is not here to play? What’s more do you need? Maybe a dude who gets in her way at every turn? Mihalik’s got you covered. Strap into your bunk for this good time.

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

A debut novel about witches who help make wine? Um, yes please? I didn’t get an ARC of this one in time so I’m just as much in the dark if the premise is executed well, but wow, the concept it ringing all my bells. It may not be a spooky book (and tbh, I’m not here for the bumps in the night), but this feels like the perfect book for the season. I also am really digging that cover. So pretty.

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

I’m in the middle of reading this one now (along with at least 4 other books) and it was one I started before the move, but man what a premise. A library in Hell? Muses? Demons? Books that gain sentience? Damn you move for making me put this one aside. Another great cover. I’ll let you all know when I’ve finished if it is a keeper, but from what I’ve read, I’m definitely into it.

Again, Sorry about the missed books, but really it gave your credit card a bit of a break, right? Let me know in the comments which ones you have picked up or are planning on reading!

Acquired ARCs for the week of September 23rd

Every week I share which ARCs I’ve picked up from Edelweiss or Netgalley.

Edelweiss

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

I have a soft spot for historical fiction featuring witchy women: women with healing talents, midwifery, or just straight up magical powers. I’m really interested because this is a story that looks into the history of the mysticism of the people of the Caribbean and frankly we need these stories to remind us, there’s a wide world out there with stories to share.

Pub date: March 17, 2020

The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard

Howard is a new-to-me author and this is the start of a brand new series so it seemed like a good time to try her out. We have a marriage of convenience trope which as you know is my fave. I’m curious to see how she’s going to handle the obvious Beauty and the Beast retelling. It takes a clever hand to make it something new.

Pub date: November 26, 2019

The Worst Best Man By Mia Sosa

Mia Sosa has been writing for Avon’s Impulse line which is ebook only and now they’re bringing her over for their main line. I’m thrilled because that means not only do we get another AoC getting the recognition she deserves, but we get more awesome stories. I see another of the illustrated covers which makes me sigh, but the enemies to lovers trope is a fun one to explore.

Pub date: February 4, 2020

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

I will take all the queer fantasy writers. Add in an Orc MC and I’m *chin hands*. Why am I not surprised it’s a Tor title? This year we had necromancer nuns, next year? Orc priestesses. The acquiring agent Lindsey Hall is a freaking genius who also was the one to acquire Kings of the Wyld which is also a fave of mine.

Pub date: Feb 11, 2020

New Releases for the Week of September 23rd

No one knows why Tuesday is new release day, but are we really going to look a gift horse in the mouth? Every week I’ll post books that I’m excited about. This week is going to be all about the romance.

The Orchid Throne by Jaffe Kennedy

I enjoyed this fantasy romance, it was an interesting blend of both genres. I think it’s gonna be more on the fantasy side for romance readers tbh. The main love interests spend too much time apart and then once they meet, hating each other. The court intrigue is solid. As a fantasy series I found the world building pretty decent and the characters had promise. Hopefully book 2 will address the romance side of the house.

When the Marquess Was Mine by Caroline Linden

I have few tropes that annoy the crap out of me, but the amnesia trope is a very complicated one and it never seems to be done right (let me know if you want a whole post on why this is a thing). Linden does a pretty credible job here. The ending felt a bit rushed, but on the whole, she handled Rob’s amnesia with skill.

The Merry Viscount by Sally MacKenzie

This is the second book in MacKenzie’s Widow’s Brew series and I have a soft spot for it because I ended up having this great buddy read of the first book with a bunch of my friends. Romance and beer? Hey-o. This was a fun, hey-we-kind-of-knew-each-other-as-kids-now-you’re-a-degenerate-rake. I wish there had been more about the beer making aspect, but I think with the drama of the orgy turned house party (see now you have to read it), there was too much to do.

Heiress Gone Wild by Laura Lee Guhrke

Fourth in the Lady Truelove series, Heiress Gone Wild is the “I was just made ward of a grown ass lady” trope. Usually this trope makes me eh, but Marjorie amused the hell out of me with her threats of frivolous spending and troublemaking. Jonathan is the typical high-handed type so he could use a shaking up. I can’t remember if this was the end of the series, but if so, it was a great way to cap it off.

Acquired ARCs for the Week of September 8th

…I’d love to tell you that I’ve read nine million books this week so I’ve acquired ten million, but that’s not the case. I got caught up in this Sims 4 decades legacy challenge which is a blog post in itself (but maybe not this blog) so reading has gone slowly. Let’s see what’s been picked up, however.

Netgalley

The Seduction of of Lady Phoebe by Ella Quinn

I’m reading this right now. I’m a fan of Quinn’s Worthington series (not to be confused with Celeste Bradley’s Wicked Worthington series, which I do all the time) and this looks to be a reissue. I haven’t read it though so fun times. This seems to be one of those rarities where the male MC is in love with the heroine right from the start, except…he makes a cake of himself and has to fix his approach…eight years later.

Pub date: October 29, 2019

The Highlander’s Christmas Bride by Vanessa Kell

I…usually am not a fan of seasonal tales (although where are my Halloween ones??? I want autumn walks through the leaves), but Vanessa Kelly is one of those authors I’ll make exceptions for. Here we have a failed nun (probably a chapter title in my memoir, to be honest) and the Highlander sent to escort her home. This is bound to go well.

Pub date: October 29. 2019

Edelweiss

The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer

Tor. Do you have spies in my house? I’m guessing yes. Consistently they put out books that speak to my soul (Hi Gideon the Ninth). Also let’s talk about that cover. There’s so much too unpack: skull, swan, eyes…Our story takes place in Gilded Age New York and wow, this looks amazing. I think I’m gonna have to switch up my TBR a bit and move this one up the list. I have high hopes for it.

Pub date: April 7, 2020

The Cerulean Queen by Sarah Kozloff

…Tor. This is the conclusion to A Queen in Hiding which is strange because the books between the first and the last aren’t available as ARCs yet. However,  I’m absolutely intrigued by the concept Kozloff and Tor are about. Each book in the series is being published one month after another, which is unheard of. It’s kind of a Netflix binge. I enjoyed the first in the series and I’m definitely interested to see where we go. *

Pub date: April 21, 2020

Forever and a Duke by Olivia Drake

Did I pick this up because the dude MC has my maiden name? No. Was I pretty thrilled that an author I enjoy used my maiden name? Yes. Here we have a duke who needs a bride and an American who does not, under any circumstance, need a duke. This lady has shit to do, and he ain’t one of them. I’m always here for when the menfolk have to win over the ladies and aren’t all “love is for losers.”

Pub date: December 21, 2019

Docile by K.M Szpara

Tor. We get it. You’re the cool kid at the table. Fine. I’ll sit with you. Stop begging. I’ve heard sooo many things about this book. All of them good. As soon as I saw it was up for download, I jumped on it with the quickness. See that Charlie Jane blurb? Also Sarah Gailey is into it. The premise sounds terrifying. Having to sell yourself to pay off parental debt? I’m gonna need a lot of fun, squishy books after this. I can feel it.

Pub date: March 3, 2020

That’s it for me this week. Did any of these make your TBR? Have your own acquired ARCs you want to share with the class? Let me know in the comments.

*Updated to correct series order error.

Acquired ARCs for the Week of September 2nd

I’ve been battling a cold, but luckily that gives me even more time to read and pick up ARCs. In this week’s news Kensington must have just gotten tired of pushing that approval button on Netgalley so much because they granted me the coveted “Auto approval” which means any books they have up on the site, I just get to download it without asking permission. Very exciting. Speaking of Netgalley, we’ll start with them.

Netgalley

The Merry Viscount by Sally MacKenzie

Last year I got a good chunk of my non romance reading bookseller coworkers to read What Ales the Earl by MacKenzie and it was a hit so when I saw the next in the series was available…the clicking was so fast. I read it in one sitting, it’s on the shorter side, but wow. So spicy. It’s a little of an insta-love trope, but it works. I had a good time.

 

Pub date: September 24, 2019

 

Blitzed by Alexa Martin

This is the third in Martin’s Playbook series. While I generally don’t read any sports romances, this series has charmed the hell out of me. Brynn, our main character, has been in the last two books as a side character and I’m really glad to see more of her in this one. Martin writes from a bit of experience in the field (hahahaha. nope I’m not sorry) as she is the wife of a former NFL player. This one is bound to be a good time.

Pub date: December 3, 2019

 

A Jewel Bright Sea by Claire O’Dell

I’ve been reading O’Dell’s Janet Watson series which is a twist on the Holmes canon by making both Sherlock and Watson black queer women and have really enjoyed it so seeing that she had something new on the horizon sparked my interest. This seems to be a heist fantasy which is definitely in my Venn diagram of read it now.  Good news, it’s already out so you can pick it up as well!

Pub date: September 3, 2019

 

Edelweiss

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Right after I finished last week’s post, this beauty came up on my Edelweiss. It’s the second book in the Gilded Wolves series which is a YA heist fantasy (remember what I said about heist fantasies) and the first was one of my favorite books of last year. I’m excited to see what the gang is up to. This read very crossover to me, great for YA readers and great for adult SFF readers who have read everything.

Pub date: February 4, 2020

 

The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe

This is the second in Shupe’s Uptown Girls series and it takes place in Gilded Age NYC. I usually stay on the other side of the pond in this era, but I’ve read Shupe and a couple others and I must say, I might have been missing out. Also he’s the owner of a casino which in Regency would be a hell and hello, I’m listening. Bad boy meets rich girl trope has become a weakness as well, I firmly blame Sarah MacLean. She’s probably cackling right now

Pub date: December 30, 2019

 

That’s it for this week. What did you pick up this week? Share your literary loot in the comments.

 

 

 

 

BoB 26 Round Up Day 3

Good Morning! How has everyone been? I’m eagerly awaiting my spawn starting school on Monday. I couldn’t concentrate that well on Thursday so only got one book done.

The Temptation of Grace by Kristin Vayden

The Gentleman of Temptation trilogy follows three noblemen that, of course, own a gambling hell and the women who steal their hearts. This is the third offering and we get to see the trope where the dude who falls in love with his buddy’s ward, a lady who has traveled the world but is way out of her element with the fancy ways of the ton. I enjoyed the read and look forward to more by Vayden.

 

 

We have museum plans this weekend. There is an exhibit of Da Vinci’s inventions that I really think they’ll love even if it means I lose some readathon time. What are your weekend plans?

BoB 26 Round Up Day 2

Here we go again! This was a good day for reading. Only had one morning errand and the rest of the day was spent waiting for an Ikea order, which was of course late.    I’m actually surprised at what got accomplished considering I was also refereeing a hide and go seek tournament of my spawn. What was your favorite thing you read today?

How To Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford

I’ve been enjoying this series following a group of men who are all touched by a death in their family and how a certain Lord brought them together to heal them…all with the power of love. This book in the series uses a combination of the neighbors to lovers trope and an enemies to lovers trope as Roger blames Fenella for his first wife’s death. It’s executed pretty well and I like seeing our matchmaking Macklin show up with the lovable urchin Tom to shake things up. Looking forward to the next in the series.

Pub date: August 27, 2019

 

Husband Material by Emily Belden

I read Hot Mess by Belden when it came out and really enjoyed the way she told a story.  This is less a romance and more a contemporary fiction, much like Hot Mess. The point isn’t the happily ever after, it’s about a woman coming to terms with who she is and who her deceased husband was as people. Also like our main character, Charlotte, I too am a Frenchie mom  so that added a lot of enjoyment. I found it to be an enjoyable read and recommend it.

Pub date: December 30, 2019

 

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

I’m so mad I’ve slept on this one. Clark’s writing is so atmospheric that I was immediately drawn in. The dialogue and the descriptions were all carefully constructed to bring you into the story and it shows. I totally understand why it was nominated for Best Novella in the Hugos. As much as I love the Tor.com novellas, I also am sad they’re novellas. I always want more. This is my first book by Clark, but it won’t be my last. I hope we’ll see more of Creeper and Ann-Marie in future books.

Published August 2018

 

Let’s see what tomorrow brings. What books did you finish?

 

 

BoB 26 Round Up Day 1

Yesterday was actually the 2nd day of Bout of Books, but my official 1st day. I decided the best way for me to tackle my stack of digital ARCs I’ve been accumulating was this readathon. I only managed to finish one book and DNF’d another. It was just not that interesting to me. 

One Night for Seduction – Erica Ridley

Let me say, I’m not a fan of the trope where one Main Character (MC) makes a wager concerning the unaware other (MC). It’s obnoxious. I was thrilled when our betted on Diana finds out about Cole’s bet to get her married pretty quickly. I also love the conversation of equality the characters discussed. Diana was a great heroine. I would have loved to get more of Cole’s rags to riches backstory, but all in all, fun read. 


Hopefully today will be more productive! How was your reading day yesterday? Even if you’re not participating in the readathon, tell me about it.

#24in48 Recommendations

Originally, I was going to do a post about what I’m reading for #24in48 which is happening this weekend (click the link for the deets), however, it turns out…the spawn are finally joining us in Pittsburgh that weekend so we will be running around showing them their new city. So I thought maybe I would help with some recommendations. I’m a bookseller on hiatus, it’s the least I can do. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t generally do a lot of my heavy reading for readathons, otherwise it’ll feel like I’m not making any progress so I’ll be keeping it nice and light (in page length anyway). I’m also going to keep it to more recent books since I haven’t really talked about anything newish in the last two years on here. And away we go!

Fiction

The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics (Feminine Pursuits, #1)The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Wait

F/F Regency romance is sparse on the ground when it comes to the Big 5 publishers so when I heard about this story about an astronomer who falls for an explorer’s widow? I was basically the human realization of that Fry gif. This hit all the spots. Fiber art! Science! Sexy times! All the exclamation points.

 

 

 

 

Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer, #1)Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau

While we are on the topic of romance, let’s talk about this romance/fantasy. To be honest, I still can’t figure out if it’s Romance with a fantasy theme or Fantasy with a romance subplot. That’s not a knock. I really liked that way Martineau blended it. As a bookseller, I just didn’t know where to shelve it. Ha! Anyway, it is a fun start to a series that I’m seriously interested in seeing where it goes.

 

 

 

An Illusion of Thieves (Chimera, #1)An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass

Also the first in a new series, I had a good time with this fantasy novel about a royal courtesan who is exiled when her brother steals from the wrong person and now has to keep an eye on him. It’s not flashy magic, and there’s a found family aspect which I am a huge fan of.

 

 

 

 

MiddlegameMiddlegame by Seanan McGuire

What, you haven’t heard me screaming about this book already? I’ve been reading Seanan McGuire forever and she STILL BLOWS ME AWAY with this standalone about two people, Roger and Dodger who are unexplainably linked. The technical writing alone is fantabulous. Also do yourself a favor and listen to it on audio because Amber Benson narrates and she is amazeballs. It is on the longer side that I generally don’t recommend, but  the plot’s roller coaster will keep you going.

 

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill SistersThe Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal

If you loved Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, you need Jaswal’s recent gift to the literary world (and if you haven’t read it, go do that one too). Three sisters are sent on a pilgrimage to India after their mother’s death. The catch? They don’t really see eye to eye. Themes of immigration, sisterhood, familial obligation, and culture are weaved together so beautifully here. It was one of the first books I read in 2019 and I’m still thinking about it.

 

Nonfiction

Southern Lady CodeSouthern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Ellis’s short story collection American Housewife is my favorite recommendation for people who don’t like short stories. It’s amazing. And everything I love about it, Ellis puts in this essay collection (also great rec for people who don’t like essays. See what I did there?). This is the book to read for quick bites of wit and charm in equal measures.

 

 

Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)Call Them by Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit

Another great essay collection, but this time, less funny. Solnit is spot on with most of her observations and with the state of our nation at the moment (let’s be real, forever) this hits in the spot that tells you this is all fucked up and these are the reasons why that maybe you couldn’t name.

 

 

 

We're Going to Need More WineWe Are Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

I’m just going to say what I put down for IndieNext. Writing this off as another celebrity memoir is the worst mistake you can make in your reading life. Union has put together a collection of essays covering topics of race, feminism, beauty standards, and fame that truly touch the soul. I would recommend for fans of Roxane Gay and Phoebe Robinson, for her blunt truthfulness and heart. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every essay and would read anything she writes in the future. (TW: rape)

 

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz ChickensBelieve Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard

I am a huge fan of Eddie Izzard’s and have been since high school when I discovered Dress to Kill. I highly recommend the audio of this because of course I do. It’s Eddie. He talks about coming to terms with being transgender, a word he never applied to himself, his comedy career, his family, and everything in between. Then go watch all of his standup…after the readathon, of course.

 

 

Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Ending it with one more audiobook recommendation because Lockwood herself reads it and while a lot of authors can’t pull it off, Lockwood nails it. She does fantastic impressions of her family which is worth the price of the audiobook. She recounts the years where after her husband has some health problems they move in with her conservative parents. And oh boy, it’s a doozy. You need to read it to believe this kind of wild. You’ll laugh out loud on your commute and scare the crap out of that baby sleeping in their stroller. I’m sorry. But not really.

 

So that’s it, I mean, it’s not really it because if you know me, I have more recommendations where that came from, but these are a good start. If you want more, you know where to find me.

What are some books you are recommending for people’s #24in48 needs?

Variety is the Spice of Life

Once upon a time I didn’t read literary fiction. I didn’t even know literary fiction was a thing. My drug of choice were romance novels which later turned to romantic suspense then paranormal romance then to urban fantasy. When I was hooked on a specific genre I had a pattern: discover a new author then read EVERY book listed on the bibliography page. Which was fun in the pre-Internet days because sometimes the books would be in a series or trilogy, but the bibliography would be alphabetical so who the hell knew if that book you just got was the first in the set or maybe the last. I can’t tell you how many times I read a book only to get to the next one and find out I should have read it first.

How fast I would go through books back in the day.

These days I find I don’t binge on authors as much. If it’s part of a series and they’re all published I will read them, but to read their entire bibliography back to back? Not so much. Case in point, I read all of Sarah MacLean’s Rules for Scoundrels series, but haven’t dug into her backlist yet. Not because I didn’t like her writing, but because I did. I like having those books to come back to. Same with Octavia Butler. I read Parable of the Sower then immediately snatched up Parable of the Talents, but have yet to read Kindred or the Patternmaster series. I think the only reason I can do it still with a series is because to me a series is one big story broken into chunks. And don’t give me this b.s. about how your book is a standalone but it’s part of a series. Half the time when an author says that, there is so many references to previous books that you need to know about that you can’t enjoy the story. At least in my experience.

Don’t do this. Just tell people to go read the first book(s).

 

I tried to do it with Indu Sundaresan and Chitra Banerjee Divakruni. I loved their books and wanted to read them all, but I found in my old age I have to swap around. Read a little of this and read a little of that, then I can come back to the first author or even type of book. I can’t read a lot of historical fiction in a row these days. If it’s literary fiction I can’t read too many of the same kind, I have to swap the story a bit.

My immediate TBR is a hodgepodge of titles right now. I mentioned a few on the last post. I have everything from satire by Christopher Moore to historical fiction by Eugenia Kim to science fiction by Octavia Butler to a lot of feminist non fiction. I like to see where my mood takes me.

Have you ever binged an author’s backlist back to back? What’s your M.O. to your TBR?