This Secret Thing by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

This Secret Thing by Marybeth Mayhew WhalenOut of love. Out of protection. Out of fear. Everyone has a reason to lie.

Everyone in Raleigh, North Carolina, is talking about Norah Ramsey, the single mother accused of being a suburban madam. But Norah’s not the only one keeping secrets.

After her mother’s arrest, Norah’s teenage daughter, Violet, is devastated and alone. She has no one to turn to until her grandmother Polly arrives. Polly, long estranged from Norah, is running from her own troubles. Down the street, Bess, once Norah’s best friend, desperately tries to hide secrets while Casey, Bess’s daughter, flees college after a traumatic event, only to find that home isn’t the safe haven she expected. And Nico, the detective who has doggedly pursued Norah Ramsey in hopes that she will lead him to his missing brother, is drawn further into these women’s lives while facing his own domestic disturbance.

Scandal has brought each of them to a crossroads. Now, as they delve into Norah’s secrets, they must come to terms with secrets of their own—ones that still have the power to hurt or to heal.

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Categories: genderqueer


The Twin Paradox by Charles Wachter

The Twin Paradox by Charles Wachter100 signed copies of the science thriller The Twin Paradox!

Wesley Morris, Critic at Large, The New York Times says: “This is skillfully structured, suspenseful, handsomely descriptive, mysterious science-fiction. It moves fast and brims with humor and wonder about morality and the nature of genius and the self. Once again, and amazingly enough, Charles Wachter manages to meet us where we are in the uncertain, ever-shifting moment.”

With ten years passing for every three minutes on a remote stretch of Texas coast, planes fall out of the sky, evolved species are on the hunt, and people die inside one of the most vicious ecosystems ever grown—all a result of the government’s efforts to slow down time.

A lot can happen in ten years. That’s the point. Governments are always racing for supremacy, for scientific breakthroughs, for technological advantages—and these things take time.

Until something goes wrong.

With the grounded yet massive world building of READY PLAYER ONE, thrilling scientific questions of JURASSIC PARK, and the time-bending teen drama of BEFORE I FALL, Wachter’s THE TWIN PARADOX is a brilliantly plotted tale that is both intimate and massive, relentless yet deliberate, and explores the themes of self-acceptance, self- confidence, selection in a richly hued and unforgettable world. Ultimately the eternal question of Nature versus Nurture is boiled down into one single, final question:

Do we get to choose who we are?

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Categories: chapter-books


Strange Labour by Robert Penner

Strange Labour by Robert   PennerWe're giving away eight (8) copies of Robert G. Penner's Strange Labour. Enter for your chance to win one.

"With this brilliant debut, Penner thoughtfully upends the tropes of post-apocalyptic fiction" -- Publishers Weekly

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Categories: patternmaking


Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth KeaneEnter for a chance to win one of 100 e-copies of ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane!

“One of the most unpretentiously profound books I've read in a long time… Keane writes with deep familiarity and precision about the lives of this particular generation… As a writer, Keane reminds me a lot of Ann Patchett: Both have the magical ability to seem to be telling ‘only’ a closely-observed domestic tale that transforms into something else deep and, yes, universal. In Keane's case, that ‘something else’ is a story about forgiveness and acceptance… modestly magnificent.”—Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

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Categories: russian-literature


An American Covenant by Lucile Scott

An American Covenant by Lucile ScottA history of mystic resistance and liberation and of five women who transcended the expected to transform America.

For centuries, women who emerge as mystic leaders have played vital roles in American culture. For just as long, they’ve been subjugated and ridiculed. Today, women and others across the nation are once again turning to their mystic powers to #HexThePatriarchy and help fight the forces that seem bent on relegating them to second-class citizenry.

Amid this tumult, Lucile Scott looks to the past and the stories of five women over three centuries to form an ancestral spiritual coven: Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans; Cora L. V. Scott, nineteenth-century Spiritualist superstar; Helena Blavatsky, mother of Theosophy; Zsuzsanna Budapest, feminist witch and founder of Dianic Wicca; and Marianne Williamson, presidential candidate and preacher of the New Age Gospel of Love. Each, in their own ways, defied masculine preconceptions about power.

A scathing queer feminist history and a personal quest for transcendence, An American Covenant opens our eyes to the paths forged by women who inspired the nation in their own times—and who will no longer be forgotten or silenced in ours.

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Categories: young-readers


A Life Worth Living by Louise Guy

A Life Worth Living by Louise  GuyAre some white lies simply too big to forgive?

Eve and Leah are identical twins—but beyond that, they’re polar opposites. Struggling journalist Leah envies Eve’s seemingly perfect life—the loyal husband, the beautiful twin daughters, the stellar career—little knowing that what Eve longs for most is Leah’s independence.

When a shocking event upends their world, one woman seizes a split-second chance to change everything and follow her sister down a different life path. It’s a spontaneous choice, but there’s no going back. How will she deal with the fallout when covering up one untruth means lying to everyone—about everything?

One thing is clear: both twins have secrets, and both just want to be happy. But what price will they pay to live the life they’ve always wanted?

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Categories: russian-federation


Chewy Marmot by S.E. Spracher

Chewy Marmot by S.E. SpracherEnter for a chance to win one of five copies of a signed, first edition paperback of "Chewy Marmot" by S.E. Spracher.

Great Quarantine Reading for Families!

A very long chapter book in three parts...
Book I - An Unexpected Journey
Book II - The Wolverines
Book III - The Lotus Flower

Chewy Marmot has never ridden on a skyship before, or taken a funicular inside of a mountain. He doesn’t know any wizards, or talking pigs, or that he can actually manifest fantastical foods just by imagining them. He certainly doesn’t believe that the world is full of magic (it is), and that it’s governed by a giant lotus flower that’s about to die. All he knows is that his Spring is off to a really bad start. He’s failed a really important test, he has no friends and his crush loves nothing more than to embarrass him. Not to mention there’s a dark and ugly cloud hovering over Marmtunn, and it won’t go away. When his grandfather dies, leaving him to take care of a cabin in the Mind Mountains that no one even knew existed, it’s the last place he wants to be. He’d rather be at the helm of a sailboat out on the lake. Realizing he must prove his responsibility to his father in order to redeem himself, Chewy sets out to the cabin, only to find that when he gets there nothing will go as planned. He'll have to rely on his new friends in order to escape the tricks of Mind Mountains and avoid being captured by the evil Marculf, a gargantuan wolverine who's got an entire army to do his bidding.

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Categories: urban-studies


The Elizabeth Walker Affair by Robert Lane

The Elizabeth Walker Affair by Robert  LaneEnter for a chance to win one of 100 ebook copies of The Elizabeth Walker Affair by Robert Lane!

"Emotionally charged to envelope readers from the start, The Elizabeth Walker Affair combines the best elements of romance, mystery, and thriller. A top recommendation for all three genres.” -Midwest Book Reviews

“A riveting whodunit.”- Kirkus Reviews

"I NEED TO TELL YOU ABOUT TRUMPET." After Elizabeth Walker mouths those words to Andrew Keller, a lover she has not seen in twenty years, their shattered hearts ignite uncontrollable events.

Andrew pleads with his old friend, Jake Travis, to locate Elizabeth. When Andrew is murdered, a U.S. Marshall asks Jake to investigate.

Jake arranges a rendezvous with Elizabeth and senses that she is harboring secrets of her own. He learns of a tragic accident two decades ago that decimated her family. Like Elizabeth, Jake battles his own demons, for his past is a roadblock to his and Kathleen's happiness.

Elizabeth's quest, Kathleen's desperate wish, and Jake's pledge to find who killed Andrew Keller culminate in the final repercussions of a lost love affair.

Filled with mounting suspense, and at times equally humorous and tragic, The Elizabeth Walker Affair is an emotionally engaging mystery. It will linger with you long after the final page.

“Jake Travis is one of the best leading men to take the thriller fiction stage in years.” -Florida Weekly

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Categories: subtraction


The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life by Allen Lycka

The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life by Allen LyckaEnter to win 1/100 author signed copies of the #1 best selling Amazon book of the Great Covid Pandemic of 2020.
"This self-help book invites readers to transform their lives by embracing qualities like vulnerability, tenacity, and enthusiasm.” Kirkus Review
"These two remarkable victors have constructed a book worthy of their histories. " SPR – Self Publishing Review
"This book shows that life is not about what happens to you but how you respond to the things that happen" Seattle Book Review
"Can near-death ordeals be the catalyst for transforming your life for the better? In "The Secrets of Living a Fantastic Life", the authors share age-old truths and wisdom they discovered in their personal healing journeys. “What does not kill me makes me stronger,” and in this life-affirming book, happier and more fulfilled." — Rod Raglin, San Francisco Book Review
"This book is one of the favorites I have read this year. The cohesive storyline and the positive views are thestandout point of this book. How the story is told is a refreshing novelty" AntoneLamaria, Online Book Club Review
"The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life by Dr. Allen Lycka and Harriet Tinka is a definitive guide that will truly turn your life from a dead-end to wide open spaces where you believe anything can be achieved." – READERS FAVOURITE

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Categories: antisemitism


The Haunting of H. G. Wells by Robert Masello

The Haunting of H. G. Wells by Robert MaselloA plot against England that even the genius of H. G. Wells could not have imagined.

It’s 1914. The Great War grips the world—and from the Western Front a strange story emerges…a story of St. George and a brigade of angels descending from heaven to fight beside the beleaguered British troops. But can there be any truth to it?

H. G. Wells, the most celebrated writer of his day—author of The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man—is dispatched to find out. There, he finds an eerie wasteland inhabited by the living, the dead, and those forever stranded somewhere in between…a no-man’s-land whose unhappy souls trail him home to London, where a deadly plot, one that could turn the tide of war, is rapidly unfolding.

In league with his young love, the reporter and suffragette Rebecca West, Wells must do battle with diabolical forces—secret agents and depraved occultists—to save his sanity, his country, and ultimately the world.

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Categories: academia


Empire High Elite by Ivy Smoak

Empire High Elite by Ivy SmoakEnter for a chance to win a signed paperback of Empire High Elite by international bestselling author Ivy Smoak!

Empire High Elite is a high school bully romance between a small-town girl and Manhattan’s most elite son.

Winners will win SIGNED paperbacks.

Book Description:

Welcome to the world of the elite.

My mom fell in love with a monster. I know he’s dangerous. And I know my mom never wanted him in my life. I don’t want him in mine either. But I’m being forced to live with him.

I’m stuck in his haunting apartment in a world where I don’t belong. A world full of beautiful people with ugly souls. A world filled with secrets.

And the one person that I thought I could rely on was Matt. But he says my new family is a disease. Does that make me toxic too? Is that why Matt wants to keep me his dirty little secret?

I should have known that all the secrets would come crashing down soon. I just never expected more to break than Matthew freaking Caldwell breaking my heart.

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Categories: currency


The Knife Thrower’s Wife by Sheila McGraw

The Knife Thrower’s Wife by Sheila  McGrawEnter to win The Knife Thrower's Wife, an unputdownable, twisty, dark, and unexpectedly humorous thriller.

Illustrator Julia Green thinks she's living the dream in suburban Houston, until she has sleepwalking nightmares featuring her husband as a knife thrower with scantily clad Julia strapped to his target. And Austin's aim is regrettably poor.

Along with the nightmares she also has wild and funny daydreams. Wondering what her subconscious is trying to tell her, she paints and analyzes her dreamscapes. Soon, as Julia questions her lifestyle and state of mind, she exhumes present and past betrayals and secrets, and realizes that her friend, Trix, is correct -- that she's been a mushroom -- kept in the dark and fed shit.

When an unexpected tragedy occurs, Julia becomes the focus of the media and police, and she must cast off her submissive persona, find inner strength, and navigate treacherous waters to her long-overdue awakening.

From FOREWORD/CLARION REVIEWS:
In Sheila McGraw's energetic, polished mystery The Knife Thrower's Wife, cracks begin to appear in a long marriage. The book is realistic in its depiction of a family picking up the pieces of a marital implosion...

In humorous fantasy scenes, Julia slips into daydreaming about how she would react more assertively to people if she had no personal and social constraints...

Visual lines show how Julia feels "tiny, hairy centipede feet of fear" and capture her house as "a domestic detention unit".

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Categories: coin-collecting


Peasants and Kings by Emma Slate

Peasants and Kings by Emma SlateEnter for a chance to win one of 3 signed paperback copies of PEASANTS AND KINGS by Emma Slate! Don't want to wait? Pre-Order an ebook copy now and read on release day!

Hadrian's smile was slow and vicious. "The world is made up of peasants and kings. But I am no king. I'm an emperor."

I'm being hunted by my family's enemies.

To disappear, I take on a new identity and enter the opulent and sinful world of The Rex Hotel as Eden Smith.

I'm safe. Until I meet him.

Hadrian Rhys.

Beautiful, mysterious and brutal--Hadrian is a man who uses his power to shape the world.

He's a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

And he wants me.

But Eden Smith is an alchemy of lies, a fabrication, a sham.

Bloodlines, alliances, and murderous restitution lie buried deep within my past.

My name is Sterling Miller.

You won't believe who I am.

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Categories: slice-of-life


Elsewhere by Dean Koontz

Elsewhere by Dean KoontzWin an ARC copy of the epic novel of wonder and terror by Dean Koontz, the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.


The fate of the world is in the hands of a father and daughter in an epic novel of wonder and terror by Dean Koontz, the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.

Since his wife, Michelle, left seven years ago, Jeffy Coltrane has worked to maintain a normal life for himself and his eleven-year-old daughter, Amity, in Suavidad Beach. It’s a quiet life, until a local eccentric known as Spooky Ed shows up on their doorstep.

Ed entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange and dangerous object—something he calls “the key to everything”—and tells Jeffy that he must never use the device. But after a visit from a group of ominous men, Jeffy and Amity find themselves accidentally activating the key and discovering an extraordinary truth. The device allows them to jump between parallel planes at once familiar and bizarre, wondrous and terrifying. And Jeffy and Amity can’t help but wonder, could Michelle be just a click away?

Jeffy and Amity aren’t the only ones interested in the device. A man with a dark purpose is in pursuit, determined to use its grand potential for profound evil. Unless Amity and Jeffy can outwit him, the place they call home may never be safe again.

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Categories: guinea


Cuyahoga by Pete Beatty

Cuyahoga by Pete BeattyEnter for a chance to win one of 25 copies of CUYAHOGA by Pete Beatty, an October Indie Next Pick!

"A hilarious and moving exploration of family, home, and fate...you won't read anything else like it this year.”
—Buzzfeed

“As comically genius as a Coen Brothers film; with narrative skill and voice as singular as Faulkner.”
—Natalie Jenner, author of The Jane Austen Society

"This marvelous tragicomic tale impressed upon my head and heart—twin joys.”
—Mitchell S. Jackson, author of Survival Math

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Categories: american-revolutionary-war


The Ruthless by David Putnam

The Ruthless by David  PutnamEnter a chance to win a signed advanced copy of The Ruthless.
Bruno Johnson, shaken to his core, but still a formidable force—an unrelenting focus on doing the right thing—unwilling to let anyone or anything stand in his way

Pushed to his emotional limit, Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Bruno Johnson struggles to hold his family together while immersed in his unrelenting career. His daughter, Olivia, is a teen mom to twin toddlers; her common-law husband, Derek Sams, is a thug; and one of their little boys has disappeared under his care.

The overwhelming intensity demanded of Bruno on this personal level is compounded by the brutal shotgun murder of a superior court judge and his wife, both friends of his. Bruno cannot ignore these violent crimes even though he’s supposedly off the law enforcement grid—undercover—working an illegal gun sting.

Tragedy strikes Bruno’s life on all fronts: family, friends, and professional—however, none of these colossal forces can match the unthinkable catastrophe that will forever dominate Bruno’s life.

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Categories: curation