Sunday Shelve It!

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So it’s been a while since I did one of these, so below is about a month’s worth of new books that I’ve been sent for review from publishers (Thank you), picked up at blogger events an author events, or simply HAD to buy when they were first released in the shops…

 

 

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A sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beast’s side of the story at long last.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.

My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.

My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.

And now I might lose her forever.

Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast’s heart. 

These are the women who were deemed too nasty for their times – too nasty to be recognised, too nasty to be paid for their work and sometimes too nasty to be allowed to live.

When you learn about women in history, it’s hard not to wonder: why do they all seem so prim and proper? The truth is, you’re probably not being told the whole story. Also, (mostly male) historians keep leaving out or glossing over some of the most badass women who ever walked the surface of this planet. Fake news!

But fret not. Former Buzzfeed senior writer and Washington Post pop culture host Hannah Jewell has got you covered. In 100 Nasty Women of History, Hannah will spill the tea on:

-the women with impressive kill counts
-the women who wrote dangerous things
-the women who fought empires and racists
-the women who knew how to have a good-ass time
-the women who punched Nazis (metaphorically but also not)

And that’s just half of the women in this book. That’s pretty metal.

So, if you think that Nasty Women are a new thing, think again. They’ve always been around – you just haven’t always heard of them. Take these stories and tell them to your friends. Write them on a wall. Sneakily tell them to your niece (who’s old enough to hear the bad words, of course). Post them to your local MP (especially if it’s a man). Make your friends dress up as Nasty Women for Halloween. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History who gave zero f*cks whatsoever. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History who made a difference.

These are the 100 Nasty Women of History whom everyone needs to know about, right now.


Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Sunburn, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family’s vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?

A sweet, funny story about accepting yourself and finding a friend who loves you just the way you are. Mostly, though, it’s about a fart. And fart jokes. Loooots of fart jokes.

Fart is excited! He’s desperate to make friends and have fun. But no one likes a fart. Not even a fart with a heart. Too smelly. Too embarrassing. Too gross.

Zoë has written lots of grown-up books, none of which mention a single fart. She is the mother of two little people and a cat with a permanently cranky face. She wants it known that despite writing this book, she still doesn’t like farts, even if her husband Tooty McFluffson refuses to acknowledge this.

 

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Meet Dimple.

Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.

Meet Rishi.

He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans…

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists, Dimple is fighting her family traditions while Rishi couldn’t be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents. Could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?

 

After high school senior Sadie helps a baby in distress, she becomes an internet sensation and is introduced to other ‘hometown heroes’. Despite all their differences, the five teens hatch passionate plans to secretly right local wrongs. But when they breach the boundaries of their world, they discover that there might be truth in the saying ‘no good deed goes unpunished’.

For fans of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and The Boy Most Likely, this novel combines humour, romance and wisdom while taking on timely issues including teen drug abuse, bullying, ethnic discrimination, and the importance of being kind and doing good.

 

Purchased (Ebook & Audiobooks)

 

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

 

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When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer The Dying Girl.
But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn…

 

The darkly magical new story about the monsters under the bed, from bestselling author of The Christmasaurus, Tom Fletcher.

What silently waits in the shadows at night? What’s under your bed, keeping just out of sight?
Do you ever hear strange, creaking noises at night? Ever wonder what makes those noises?
Lucy Dungston always did.
Until, one morning, Lucy discovers that all the grown-ups have disappeared – as if into thin air. Chaos descends as the children in Lucy’s town run riot. It’s mayhem. It’s madness. To most kids, it’s amazing!
But Lucy wants to find out the truth. Lucy lost her dad not long ago, and she’s determined not to lose her mum too. She’s going to get her back – and nothing is going to stop her . . .
. . . except maybe the Creakers.

How did you ever get through the year without it?! Let Greg Heffley and his mates help keep track of your life, your friends, your school timetable… and much, much more. A great, big 2018-2019 planner full of fun cartoons and quirkiness; a MUST for next year.

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Purchased (Ebook & Audiobooks)

 

Shades of Romance Author Event Wrap Up

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend an amazing romance-themed author event at my local library, where they featured not one, not two, but SIX of Australia’s best-selling romance authors.

Anyone who follows me on social media, would have seen how excited I was for this event as not only was the library showcasing some of the amazing local authors we have Jaye Ford/Jannette Paul (Amber In Alice), Michelle Douglas (Sarah and The Sheikh’s Baby), Annie West (His Majesty’s Temporary Bride) and Kaz Delaney (The Reluctant Jillaroo) – but joining them were rural romance superstars Karly Lane (Six Ways To Sunday) and Fiona McArthur (The Baby Doctor). To say I fangirled over these authors and the event as a whole, would be a sad understatement indeed.

    

My fangirling (and the fool I made of myself) over Karly Lane aside, the library hosted a truly amazing and unique event with these six authors. They split the authors into two even panels and they focused on each author’s individual style, message and romance perspective. Both panels took an in-depth look into what draws readers to romance books and the genre’s statistics, the misrepresentation of romance in the media and by the public, the various categories of romance and the personalities it features and how the Australian voice has captured and showcased a unique (and exotic) view worldwide. It was really refreshing to get such a wide, but in-depth, look into the world of romance and to see the authors themselves bust some of societies biggest misconceptions and myths was both a laugh and mind-blowing alarming at the same time.

Annie West and Michelle Douglas listening intently to Kaz Delaney (just out of frame)

The first panel of the day was hosted by Kaz Delaney and featured two hybrid Harlequin Mills & Boon authors Annie West and Michelle Douglas. All three of these ladies spoke passionately about romance and the need to stand up loud and proud for a genre that is often misunderstood and misrepresented in mainstream media and society. They rebuked many of the myths surrounding romance writers (and writers in general) and illustrated the power that the romance genre has to not only uplift society and women’s roles in it, but also the academia surrounding it and some mind-boggling stats about romance writing.

For example, one-fifth of the book sales worldwide are romance books, and it’s the second highest selling genre behind thrillers. Michelle Douglas, a PhD student at the University of Newcastle and a multi-published Harlequin Mills & Boon author, came armed with a truckload of astounding statistics – Harlequin sell on average THREE books PER SECOND worldwide! And yet it’s looked down on and degraded because it’s simply ‘romance’. 84% of romance readers in America are women, meaning a whopping 16% of readers are men! (There goes the myth that only women read romance!). What’s more, the average age bracket of readers is women aged 30 – 44 years of age, but there are significant outliers on each side of this bracket suggesting that readers of all ages not only connect but enjoy romance books regularly.

Another thing I loved about this panel was the way they looked at what it was exactly that drew so many people into romance books in the first place. Michelle Douglas argued that it is was because romance ‘was driven by emotions and it feeds the need to be loved, not only romantically, but through one’s family and friends as well’. Annie West added to this, throwing her support to the ‘innate need to belong, to have that [one] person to care for you’ and that it was all about the ’emotional journey’. Lastly, all three authors agreed wholeheartedly that a big part of the romance genre’s success and timelessness was due to the way it constantly evolved with the times, and simply because it was more often than not, a “conversation between women, about women in a world that was ideally set up for men.’

After a short morning tea break, the second panel took centre stage. This panel was led by Jannette Paul (aka Jaye Ford) as she spoke with Karly Lane and Fiona McArthur on their books, writing habits and what it was about small towns/rural settings and the Australian romances that both appealed to readers here in Australia and all around the world.

Jaye Ford/Jannette Paul, Karly Lane and Fiona McArthur

I haven’t heard Karly Lane or Fiona McArthur speak before at the author event, and I was fascinated by how in-depth the three authors looked at their work, the genre and the Australian market and it’s influence around the world.

While the Australian market might not be as mighty as that of its American counterpart, one thing stands out strongly with its romance novels, and that’s the distinct voice and setting that has captured hearts all around the world. While the setting can be changed, all three authors argued that it’s the heart and soul of the everyday heroes and the community that make these books what they are. Heroes, and heroic gestures, I should add that Karly Lane argued were not necessary grand, sweeping gestures and reminded us that “little things can still be heroic’.

When asked if they actively chose to set their books in Australia, rather than say America for the much bigger American market, Fiona McArthur admitted she was “happy to write about Australia for Australian readers’ as the country has “so much to offer and such a plethora to write about”. When it came to choosing her Australian heroes, the choice was obvious due to the “iconic Australian [personalities that one meets in small towns] who stick with you and [are easy to] relate to.”

Jaye Ford/Jannette Paul, Karly Lane and Fiona McArthur

Karly Lane, on the other hand, has dabbled in various settings having self-published a variety of sci-fi/fantasy writing and she kind of “fell into writing Australian books by accident” after a failed attempt at writing for Mills & Boon early in her career. Karly Lane argued that ‘rural Australia needs it’s own voice sometimes, and it’s good to the get [their issues] out there … to showcase some of the problems” and educate people from the cities about just how different living in small communities can be sometimes. A point thatFiona McArthur wholeheartedly agreed with, and whose work does just that showcasing the limitations on the medical facilities and the sometimes unexpected and harsh realities of rural life.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the morning spent listening to all six authors and it was really refreshing and unique to be able to listen to authors from all walks of life talk about what their writing has in common and what sets them apart not only within the genre but within Australia as well.

Karly Lane and myself. Words cannot express how excited I was to meet her!

I want to thank all six authors and the library for organising this event and making it so much fun.

Lastly, I wish to encourage all of you who attend library talks to fill out the feedback forms and suggest the authors you would personally love to meet. I’ve been filling out mine steadily for the past five years or so and consistently requesting Karly Lane and the library made it happen! So request who you want to meet and you never know what might happen!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

Last week was the week from hell. I swear I blinked on Tuesday and here we are again at Monday.  Sadly I succumbed to the dreaded flu last week after working a massive week at work and thus while I started the week reading like a crazy person, the end of the week meant I got virtually ZERO reading done. I do however have a bunch of stuff scheduled for the coming weeks and I’m looking forward to kicking off NANO this coming Wednesday.

 

Currently Reading:

 

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.


 

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To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for- comfort flirtations.

But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings- attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?

 

 

hoping TO read:

The poignant, heart-warming story of a woman who wants nothing else than to be a mum, and one who never wanted to be a mother.

Mother: Female parent of a child
Mum: The woman who nurtures, raises and loves a child

Radio host Harper Drummond lives for her glamorous career. Every day she meets fascinating people doing extraordinary things, but has begun to wonder whether there’s something more for her out there. She’s financially secure, happily married and loves her job — what more could she want from life? An interview with a childless couple prompts Harper to think about whether she could make a contribution. She and her husband, Samuel, know they don’t want a child in their lives, but could she help someone else become a mother?

The childhood cancer that left Claire Beggs infertile doesn’t matter to her husband, Jasper. He loves her unreservedly, and they are passionate about their thriving hot air balloon business in the Hunter Valley. Despite their contentment, Claire is desperate to have a child — she knows Jasper would be a brilliant father and doesn’t want him to regret choosing her over a family in the years to come. An egg donor seems to be Claire and Jasper’s only chance of a happy family.

Can they find someone who will give them the greatest gift?

 

 

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A gripping and unsettling new thriller series from acclaimed Australian filmmaker Bill Bennett, the ‘Outback Hitchcock’ (Variety).

Three women, dressed in leathers, carrying biker helmets.
They laughed and joked as they walked through the market, yet they radiated a palpable evil.
Lily knew it was all a hideous charade. They had come here to find someone.
They had come here to hunt.

For as long as Lily remembers, she and her mother have been on the move, but she does not know why.

Then she discovers the terrifying truth.

Three hundred years ago, her ancestor broke a solemn promise signed in blood. And now Lily is thrust into a shadow world where Satan is real, witches exist and evil is an ancient living thing that seeks to wreak havoc and rule.

The dark is coming, and only she can stop it.To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for- comfort flirtations.

But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings- attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?

 

 

Purchased (Print)

 

The poignant, heart-warming story of a woman who wants nothing else than to be a mum, and one who never wanted to be a mother.

Mother: Female parent of a child
Mum: The woman who nurtures, raises and loves a child

Radio host Harper Drummond lives for her glamorous career. Every day she meets fascinating people doing extraordinary things, but has begun to wonder whether there’s something more for her out there. She’s financially secure, happily married and loves her job — what more could she want from life? An interview with a childless couple prompts Harper to think about whether she could make a contribution. She and her husband, Samuel, know they don’t want a child in their lives, but could she help someone else become a mother?

The childhood cancer that left Claire Beggs infertile doesn’t matter to her husband, Jasper. He loves her unreservedly, and they are passionate about their thriving hot air balloon business in the Hunter Valley. Despite their contentment, Claire is desperate to have a child — she knows Jasper would be a brilliant father and doesn’t want him to regret choosing her over a family in the years to come. An egg donor seems to be Claire and Jasper’s only chance of a happy family.

Can they find someone who will give them the greatest gift?

 

Purchased (Ebook & Audiobooks)

 

To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for- comfort flirtations.

But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings- attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

Things have been a bit chaotic lately in the real world, but I’m happy to report that I’m back reading again and loving it! I devoured three books over the last three days alone, so I think it’s safe to say that reading wise I’m back in the game once again. Just in time for NaNoWriMo to muck it all up next month, but I’m determined to make it work.

Over the next week, I’m concentrating a lot on the blog’s focus for next month and hopefully will be scheduling a month-load of reviews in advance so that it’s not so quiet around here as it has been lately. With NaNoWriMo launching on November 1, time is of the essence and I’m determined to be more prepared for both the blog and Nano this year!

 

Currently Reading:

Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy . . . not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.

As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people–like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries–and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships . . . or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy facade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.”

 Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.


 

Listening to:

 

 

 

 

hoping TO read:

The poignant, heart-warming story of a woman who wants nothing else than to be a mum, and one who never wanted to be a mother.

Mother: Female parent of a child
Mum: The woman who nurtures, raises and loves a child

Radio host Harper Drummond lives for her glamorous career. Every day she meets fascinating people doing extraordinary things, but has begun to wonder whether there’s something more for her out there. She’s financially secure, happily married and loves her job — what more could she want from life? An interview with a childless couple prompts Harper to think about whether she could make a contribution. She and her husband, Samuel, know they don’t want a child in their lives, but could she help someone else become a mother?

The childhood cancer that left Claire Beggs infertile doesn’t matter to her husband, Jasper. He loves her unreservedly, and they are passionate about their thriving hot air balloon business in the Hunter Valley. Despite their contentment, Claire is desperate to have a child — she knows Jasper would be a brilliant father and doesn’t want him to regret choosing her over a family in the years to come. An egg donor seems to be Claire and Jasper’s only chance of a happy family.

Can they find someone who will give them the greatest gift?

 

 

Just Finished:

   

 

 

Last week on the blog:

 

 

 

Sunday Shelve It!

Brought to you (and me) by Magan & Estelle @  Rather Be Reading

 

 

FOR REVIEW (Ebook)

 

The poignant, heart-warming story of a woman who wants nothing else than to be a mum, and one who never wanted to be a mother.

Mother: Female parent of a child
Mum: The woman who nurtures, raises and loves a child

Radio host Harper Drummond lives for her glamorous career. Every day she meets fascinating people doing extraordinary things, but has begun to wonder whether there’s something more for her out there. She’s financially secure, happily married and loves her job — what more could she want from life? An interview with a childless couple prompts Harper to think about whether she could make a contribution. She and her husband, Samuel, know they don’t want a child in their lives, but could she help someone else become a mother?

The childhood cancer that left Claire Beggs infertile doesn’t matter to her husband, Jasper. He loves her unreservedly, and they are passionate about their thriving hot air balloon business in the Hunter Valley. Despite their contentment, Claire is desperate to have a child — she knows Jasper would be a brilliant father and doesn’t want him to regret choosing her over a family in the years to come. An egg donor seems to be Claire and Jasper’s only chance of a happy family.

Can they find someone who will give them the greatest gift?

 

FOR REVIEW (PRINT)

 Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

 

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Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy . . . not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.

As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people–like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries–and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships . . . or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy facade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.”

Emilia

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.
The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares.
He is a brilliant lawyer.
A skilled criminal.
A beautiful liar.
A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.
Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.

Vicious

She is a starving artist.
Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom.
Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down.
She paid the price.
Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate.
That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t.
So she hates me. Big fucking deal.
She better get used to me.

They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what beautiful chaos it will be.