10/01/2019 – New Release Tuesday

  • Name: The Speed Of Falling Objects
  • Author: Nancy Richardson Fischer
  • Type: Young Adult Contemporary
  • Pages: 384
  • Series: Standalone
  • Published: October 1st, 2019
  • Publisher: Inkyard Press

Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else’s needs. She’s certain that her mom’s bitterness and her TV star father’s absence are her fault. If only she were more―more athletic, charismatic, attractive―life would be perfect.

When her dad calls with an offer to join him to film the next episode of his popular survivalist show, Danny jumps at the chance to prove she’s not the disappointment he left behind. Being on set with the hottest teen movie idol of the moment, Gus Price, should be the cherry on top. But when their small plane crashes in the Amazon, and a terrible secret is revealed, Danny must face the truth about the parent she worships and falling for Gus, and find her own inner strength and worth to light the way home.

Nancy Richardson Fischer

Here’s a bit about my books…

Young Adult Novels:

The Speed of Falling Objects (HarperCollins/Inkyard Press). When Elephants Fly (HarperCollin/Inkyard Press.

Middle Grade:
(Junior Jedi Knights Trilogy) for LucasFilm (Berkeley Press).

Sport Autobiographies:
Feel No Fear, The Power, Passion and Politics of a Life in Gymnastics (Hyperion), Monica: From Fear to Victory (HarperCollins), A Journey: The Autobiography of Apolo Anton Ohno (Simon & Schuster), Nadia Comaneci: Letters to a Young Gymnast (Basic Books), and Winning Every Day with Shannon Miller (Bantam Books).

Here’s a bit about me…

I’ve written for a circus, a graduate school, tried my hand at waitressing (I was terrible!), baking carrot cakes (I was messy but good!), and been lucky enough to ultimately do what I love – write.

I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and our mostly wonderful (but sometimes vorpal) Vizsla. When I’m not conjuring a story, I love to kite-board, bike, ski or plan adventures with my two guys, who both make me laugh for different reasons and are the best partners in fun a gal could ever imagine.

If you want to learn more about my novels, events, or sign up for my newsletter, please visit www.nancyrichardsonfischer.com

*Synopsis & Bio Credit goes to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42903467-the-speed-of-falling-objects?ac=1&from_search=true

  • Name: Panic
  • Author: Sasha Dawn
  • Type: Young Adult Contemporary
  • Pages: 312
  • Series: Standalone
  • Published: October 1st, 2019
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab (R)

Madelaine loves music, loves the stage, and loves performing. When she finds a fragment of poetry that inspires her to finish a song she’s been writing, she tracks down the poem’s author online in hopes of starting a collaboration. But as more pieces of the poem find their way to her, she realizes the online poet can’t possibly be the one who’s leaving them for her. At the same time, some shocking family secrets upend Madelaine’s home life. As Madelaine struggles to separate the images people present online from the realities of who they are, her quest for truth, strength, and stardom takes turns she never expected.

Sasha Dawn

The story begins when I’m seven years old, living in a haunted house. I don’t sleep. I’m afraid, and I’m seven. Would YOU risk falling asleep in a haunted house? One thing I know I shouldn’t do is wake Mom. The woman’s exhausted all the time; she needs sleep. Besides, if I tell her I’m being haunted–the whispering never stops, and it’s escalating to yanking on my hair, pulling at my toes–she probably won’t believe me. “Chalk it up to her wild imagination,” she’ll mumble over the phone to my father, who is somewhat of an apparition himself. 

My brother, who is about four, walks the hallways at night in a daze. Sleepwalking. Sometimes, if I drift off, I wake up to find him staring down at me with his big, blue eyes. It’s another reason I don’t sleep. He’s cute, but creepy. I wonder if the entities in the house, those we can’t see, influence him to rise out of bed every night. 


My sister sprawls on the twin bed on the other side of the room. The spirits don’t bother her. I wish they would, and not just because she’s somewhat of a nine-year-old tyrant, but because if she experiences it, she’ll believe me. She’s a good person to have on your side, if you know what I mean. 


Tonight, I’ve already walked my brother back to his room, and I’m trembling beneath the covers, when I hear it: “Psst! Sasha! Go into the closet! Go into the closet!” They’re snickering at me, tickling my toes. It’s nearly three a.m. I’m tired! I just want it to stop! I have much to do in second grade tomorrow. Like alphabetizing words that weren’t challenging a year ago.


So I do the unthinkable: Walk into the closet. Sit on the floor. Wait for something to happen. NOTHING happens. But at least they’ve stopped talking! When I look up, I see a notebook and a pencil waiting for me on a shelf. I take it down and start to write. I haven’t stopped since.

*Bio Credit goes to: https://www.sashadawnbooks.com/books

*Synopsis Credit goes to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43334771-panic?from_search=true

  • Name: Empire Of Lies
  • Author: Raymond Khoury
  • Type: Adult Thriller
  • Pages: 448
  • Series: Standalone
  • Published: October 1st, 2019
  • Publisher: Forge Books

Istanbul, 1683: Mehmed IV, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, is preparing to lay siege to Vienna, capital of the Holy Roman Empire, when a mysterious visitor arrives in his bedroom–naked, covered in strange tattoos–to deliver a dangerous, world-changing message.

Paris, 2017: Ottoman flags have been flying over the great city for three hundred years, ever since its fall–along with all of Europe–to the empire’s all-conquering army. Notre Dame has been renamed the Fatih Mosque. Public spaces are segregated by gender. And Kamal Arslan Agha, a feted officer in the sultan’s secret police, is starting to question his orders.

Rumors of an impending war with the Christian Republic of America, attacks by violent extremists, and economic collapse have heightened surveillance and arrests across the empire. Tasked with surveying potential threats, Kamal has a heavy caseload–and conscience.

When a mysterious stranger–naked, covered in strange tattoos–appears on the banks of the Seine, Kamal is called in to investigate. But what he discovers is a secret buried in the empire’s past, a secret the Sultan will do anything to silence.

With the mysterious Z Protectorate one step behind, Kamal, together with Nisreen–a fierce human rights lawyer–is caught up in a race across the empire and time itself–a race that could change their world, or destroy it.

Raymond Khoury

Raymond Khoury is the author of five consecutive New York Times and #1 international bestsellers, starting with his debut novel, THE LAST TEMPLAR. His books have been translated into 38 languages, with over 10 million copies in print.

Raymond came to writing thrillers from a career in screenwriting, which including the BAFTA award winning BBC series SPOOKS (aka MI:5 in the US) and Waking The Dead. It partly explains why his novels are often described as cinematic and very visual. As fellow bestselling author Steve Berry puts it: “his expertly chosen verbs cause the scenes to leap from the page. You can literally feel the blows as they’re landed; wince as the bullets find their marks. He has an intense brand of storytelling all his own.”

THE LAST TEMPLAR began its journey to print as Raymond’s third original screenplay, written for film in 1996. At the time, a book agent suggested turning it into a novel, and a major NY publisher, the first to read it, offered Raymond a huge advance for the as-yet-unwritten novel, with one condition: “Lose the religion. It’s boring. Change the Templars’ secret to gold, diamonds, a physical treasure.” After much tortured consideration, Raymond turned the offer down, his first potential check from writing. Almost exactly ten years later, his novel, based on that screenplay–religion included–became a global bestseller, hitting #1 in multiple countries and getting adapted into an NBC miniseries.

Raymond’s thrillers are based on big themes that interest him such as international politics and conspiracies, fact vs faith, why we age and die, what do we really know about reincarnation, about mind control. He explores these themes in depth, with heavy emphasis on research, and often combines a historical angle to his stories. As such, some of his novels (THE LAST TEMPLAR, THE SANCTUARY, THE TEMPLAR SALVATION, RASPUTIN’S SHADOW) feature dual timelines: the bulk of the stories are set in the present day, interspersed with chapters that take place in the distant past. As Booklist puts it, “Khoury’s thrillers engage the reader’s mind, even as they move at a breakneck pace. Readers who like their thrillers to have a solid intellectual component will enjoy Khoury’s books very much. Given the high quality of each of his novels, it seems fair to say that he may be around for a while.”

Raymond’s 8th novel is an epic alternate history and time travel story that Publishers Weekly called “ingeniously inventive” and “a classic of the genre”: It is already out in the UK as THE OTTOMAN SECRET, and is out on Oct 1 in the US under a different title, EMPIRE OF LIES.

To find out more about him and his work, visit his website at raymondkhoury.com or connect with him on his Facebook page or on Instagram (@author.raymond.khoury).

*Synopsis & Bio Credit goes to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43263230-empire-of-lies?from_search=true

10th Anniversary Edition Hardcover
  • Name: Rosemary and Rue
  • Author: Seanan McGuire
  • Type: Adult Fantasy
  • Pages: 352
  • Series: Book #1 in the October Daye Series
  • Published: October 1st, 2019
  • Publisher: DAW

October “Toby” Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas…

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening’s killer.

Seanan McGuire

Hi! I’m Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and RueA Local HabitationAn Artificial NightLate Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I’m also Mira Grant (www.miragrant.com), author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).

*Synopsis & Bio Credit goes to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6294549-rosemary-and-rue?ac=1&from_search=true

  • Name: Rebel
  • Author: Marie Lu
  • Type: Young Adult Science Fiction
  • Pages: 384
  • Series: Book #4 in the Legend Series
  • Published: October 1st, 2019
  • Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Book #1 Legend

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

*Synopsis & Bio Credit goes to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9275658-legend

  • Name: The Fountains Of Silence
  • Author: Ruta Sepetys
  • Type: Young Adult Historical Fiction
  • Pages: 512
  • Series: Standalone
  • Published: October 1st, 2019
  • Publisher: Philomel Books

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography–and fate–introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War–as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history’s darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence–inspired by the true post-war struggles of Spain.

Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. The daughter of a refugee, Ruta is drawn to underrepresented stories of strength through struggle and hopes to give voice to those who weren’t able to tell their story. Her award-winning historical novels are published in over fifty countries and have received over forty literary prizes.

*Synopsis & Bio Credit goes to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43220998-the-fountains-of-silence?ac=1&from_search=true

  • Name: Conceal, Don’t Feel
  • Author: Jen Calonita
  • Type: Young Adult Fantasy
  • Pages: 320
  • Series: Book #7 in the Twisted Tales Series
  • Published: October 1st, 2019
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

What if Anna and Elsa never knew each other?
When a magical accident erases Anna and Elsa’s memories not only of magic, but of each other the sisters are separated for protection. But when Elsa unexpectedly finds herself as a young queen mysterious magic begins to happen and questions of her past start to form. Will the sisters ever be reunited?

Jen Calonita

I’m Jen Calonita, a MG and YA author who loves what I do because it lets me connect with all of you (and no, I wasn’t intending for that to rhyme!).

I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it was fourth grade when I put my “three wishes” for a genie down on paper. They were:
#1. Buy all the Cabbage Patch Kids in the world and give them away for free (because apparently that was how I rolled).
#2. I wanted a mansion, limo, lake house, pool and speed boat (still sounds quite nice).
#3. I wanted to be an author for young readers, which I am!

I love writing novels for teens (and for savvy grown ups who know that YA rocks at any age). My first series was “Secrets of My Hollywood Life” and it followed a teen star named Kaitlin Burke who struggled with the fame game. I have also written the stand-alone novels Sleepaway Girls, it’s companion book, Summer State of Mind and the Belles series.

I’ve been writing middle grade too and am having so much fun with my series Fairy Tale Reform School! The fourth book in this series about a school run by former villains is called Tricked and will be out March 2018. Ever wonder what it would be like if your parents got a job with someone like Taylpr Swift? My other middle grade series, VIP, follows super fan Mackenzie Lowell as she tours with her favorite band, Perfect Storm.

I promise to give book updates here, and on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or my website. I hope I hear from you!

xo
Jen

*Synopsis & Bio Credit goes to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43885693-conceal-don-t-feel?ac=1&from_search=true

  • Name: Angel Mage
  • Author: Garth Nix
  • Type: Young Adult Fantasy
  • Pages: 560
  • Series: Standalone
  • Published: October 1st, 2019
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding.

Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives.

But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest.

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else. . .

Garth Nix

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing ‘Hail the Conquering Hero Comes’ or possibly ‘Roll Out the Barrel’. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

Despite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. After finishing his degree in 1986 he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publisher’s sales representative, and editor. Along the way he was also a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years. Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant from 1994-1997, till he became a full-time writer in 1998. He did that for a year before joining Curtis Brown Australia as a part-time literary agent in 1999. In January 2002 Garth went back to dedicated writer again, despite his belief that full-time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authors.

He now lives in Sydney with his wife, two sons and lots of books.

*Synopsis & Bio Credit goes to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43453671-angel-mage

  • Name: Cursed
  • Author: Thomas Wheeler
  • Type: Young Adult Fantasy
  • Pages: 416
  • Series: Standalone
  • Published: October 1st, 2019
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Whosoever wields the Sword of Power shall be the one true King.

But what if the Sword has chosen a Queen?

Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village, and that made her desperate to leave…

That is, until her entire village is slaughtered by Red Paladins, and Nimue’s fate is forever altered. Charged by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer, Nimue is now her people’s only hope. Her mission leaves little room for revenge, but the growing power within her can think of little else.

Nimue teams up with a charming mercenary named Arthur and refugee Fey Folk from across England. She wields a sword meant for the one true king, battling paladins and the armies of a corrupt king. She struggles to unite her people, avenge her family, and discover the truth about her destiny.

But perhaps the one thing that can change Destiny itself is found at the edge of a blade.

Thomas Wheeler

Thomas Wheeler sold his first screenplay at age twenty-two, to Twentieth Century Fox. He has continued to work on major Hollywood features for the last several years. Wheeler lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Christina, and his son, Luca. The Arcanum is his first novel.

*Synopsis & Bio Credit goes to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39678996-cursed?from_search=true

  • Name: The Memory Thief
  • Author: Lauren Mansy
  • Type: Young Adult Fantasy
  • Pages: 320
  • Series: Standalone
  • Published: October 1st, 2019
  • Publisher: Blink

In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.

Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.

To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.

Lauren Mansy

Lauren lives in the Chicago area, where she’s spent years working with youth, from young children to high schoolers. When she’s not writing, Lauren is usually with her family or exploring the city to find the best deep dish pizza. The Memory Thief, which was inspired by Lauren’s own journey with her mother, is her first novel.

*Synopsis & Bio Credit goes to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44441910-the-memory-thief

  • Name: Shadow Frost
  • Author: Coco Ma
  • Type: Young Adult Fantasy
  • Pages: 400
  • Series: Book #1 in the Shadow Frost Series
  • Published: October 1st, 2019
  • Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

IN THE KINGDOM OF AXARIA, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.

Not one has ever returned.

When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields — though has yet to fully understand — Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless, trained soldiers have failed.

To kill it.

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. Asterin and her companions begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.

That is, of course… if the demon doesn’t get to them first.

Coco Ma

Coco Ma is a Canadian author and pianist. She wrote her first novel, Shadow Frost, at the age of 15, and since she began playing the piano at the age of five and a half, she has also performed on some of the world’s greatest concert stages and graduated with a pre-college diploma in piano performance from The Juilliard School in New York City. Currently, she studies at Yale University. When she isn’t practicing piano, writing, or studying, you might find her bingeing Netflix or eating cake. Lots of cake.
Follow Coco on Twitter @shadowfrost2019 and Instagram @CakeForCoco or visit her website at Coco-Ma.com!

*Synopsis & Bio Credit goes to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43611226-shadow-frost?from_search=true

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