The Vanishing Sky by L. Annette Binder

The Vanishing Sky by L. Annette BinderEnter for a chance to win one of fifteen signed first edition hard cover copies of The Vanishing Sky, a novel inspired by the author's fanily history.

Set in a small town in Germany at the end of WW2, The Vanishing Sky tells the story of a mother trying to hold her family together. Her older son has come home from the front suffering from a mental illness. She must hide him from the authorities because they will take him from her -- and kill him -- if they find out how sick he really is. At the same time her younger son -- a dreamy boy not equipped to be a soldier -- has run away from his post in the HItler Youth and is trying to get back home to her.

The Vanishing Sky is a New York Times Book Review Summer Reading Pick, an Indie Next Pick, and a Barnes & Noble Book Everyone Is Talking About. The Times (UK) called it "a heartbreaking portrait of an ordinary family shattered by a war they didn’t want."
The Seattle Review of Books called it "magnificent," and Kirkus called it a "masterful tale of war, horror, and love."

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Categories: mixed-martial-arts


Jacobo's Rainbow by David Hirshberg

Jacobo's Rainbow by David HirshbergJACOBO’S RAINBOW is an historical literary novel set primarily in the nineteen sixties during the convulsive period of the student protest movements and the Vietnam War. It focuses on the issue of being an outsider, an altogether common circumstance that resonates with readers in today’s America. It speaks to universal truths that affect us all.

It’s a story of triumph over adversity (hypocrisy, loss, lies, murder, concealment, prejudice) that’s told with vivid descriptions, perceptive insights, humor and sensitivity, which enables the reader to identify with the characters who come to life to illustrate who we are, how we behave, and what causes us to change.

“A beautiful novel set in the past but perfectly, scarily, relevant to our current moment.”—Gary Shteyngart, author of Lake Success

“Jacobo’s Rainbow is a sweeping examination of the unique buckle in time that was the ‘Sixties,’ told from the perspective of the ultimate outsider. Jacobo’s journey takes him from a remote enclave to a college campus, where he becomes immersed in the Free Speech movement, and to the battlefields of Vietnam. His insights and observations about society, his peers, bigotry and anti-Semitism are both trenchant and currently relevant to the culture wars and threats to free speech we see on our college campuses and society at large today. Jacobo’s Rainbow is a deeply moving, sensitive, and profound novel—a definite must-read.”—Marcia Clark, author of Blood Defense and Final Judgme

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Categories: algorithms


How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo MbueEnter for a chance to win an advance reader's copy of HOW BEAUTIFUL WE WERE, the new novel by Imbolo Mbue, bestselling author of How Beautiful We Were!

“The highly suspenseful story of an African village’s struggle for survival and justice in the face of ruthless American corporate greed is written with remarkable acuity and compassion. Mbue has given us a book with the richness and power of a great contemporary fable, and a heroine for our time.”—Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend, winner of the National Book Award

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Categories: x-men


Vera by Carol Edgarian

Vera by Carol EdgarianEnter for a chance to win a sweeping and richly captivating novel about an indomitable heroine coming of age in the aftermath of catastrophe, and her quest for love and reinvention—from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Three Stages of Amazement.

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Categories: civil-war-eastern-theater


Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi

Sparks Like Stars by Nadia HashimiPlease note no PO Boxes will be accepted.

An Afghan American woman returns to Kabul to learn the truth about her family and the tragedy that destroyed their lives in this brilliant and compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, The House Without Windows, and When the Moon Is Low.

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Categories: x-men


Some Days by María Wernicke

Some Days by María WernickeFrom an Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee comes a touching story of family, security, and loss.

A young girl tells her mother about a passageway in their yard. Down this passageway, it is not cold, there is no danger, and nothing bad can ever happen—and the person she longs for is with her again. The only problem is that, on some days, the passageway is not there. But maybe, together, mother and daughter can find a way to carry that feeling with them always.

First published in Argentina, this lovely picture book will tug on the heartstrings of anyone who knows what it means to miss a loved one.

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Categories: fire-engines


The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado

The Cipher by Isabella MaldonadoTo a cunning serial killer, she was the one that got away. Until now…

FBI Special Agent Nina Guerrera escaped a serial killer’s trap at sixteen. Years later, when she’s jumped in a Virginia park, a video of the attack goes viral. Legions of new fans are not the only ones impressed with her fighting skills. The man who abducted her eleven years ago is watching. Determined to reclaim his lost prize, he commits a grisly murder designed to pull her into the investigation…but his games are just beginning. And he’s using the internet to invite the public to play along.

His coded riddles may have made him a depraved social media superstar—an enigmatic cyber-ghost dubbed “the Cipher”—but to Nina he’s a monster who preys on the vulnerable. Partnered with the FBI’s preeminent mind hunter, Dr. Jeffrey Wade, who is haunted by his own past, Nina tracks the predator across the country. Clue by clue, victim by victim, Nina races to stop a deadly killer while the world watches.

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Categories: intersex


Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson“Wholly engrossing, exquisitely researched, and so timely. Sadeqa Johnson brings a fresh telling to a story we think we already know, making it beautifully relatable and human. Riveting and suspenseful, I highly recommend this novel.” —Kathleen Grissom New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House

This harrowing story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

Born on a plantation in Charles City Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a privileged life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the plantation’s medicine woman, and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world.

Freedom on her eighteenth birthday has been promised to her, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Essex Henry, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known and unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous “Devil’s Half-Acre,” a jail where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day in Richmond, Virginia. There Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailor’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive Pheby will have to outwit him but soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.

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Categories: new-adult


A Broken Bone by Melinda Leigh

A Broken Bone by Melinda LeighThe mysterious death of a local teen leads to a hunt for a killer in the sixth Widow’s Island novella by #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.

On Widow’s Island, the secrets are dark…and everybody has one. So when Deputy Tessa Black responds to a call about an explosion in a quiet neighborhood, she gets more than she bargained for: the body of a teen who went missing weeks ago.

Until recently, Gavin was living in a reputable foster home. But now that he is found dead—Tessa can’t help but wonder if sinister forces are at play. Who would want to hurt him, and why?

With the help of her partner, Park Ranger Logan Wilde, Tessa tries desperately to decipher what happened to Gavin before another life is cut short. Someone on Widow’s Island knows the explosive truth. Will Tessa find the answers she needs before someone else turns up dead?

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Categories: retellings


Verities by Randy White

Verities by Randy       WhiteEnter for a chance to win one of twenty AUTOGRAPHED copies of Randy White's popular new novel inspired by a true story, Verities: A Journey by Tracks!

"If Steinbeck, Walter Cronkite, Thoreau, and Bruce Springsteen all sat down together to write a novel, this would be it. I couldn't put it down."

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." Take a ride down the train tracks in the small town of Verities, and you'll see one young man's quests for meaning in his troubled life. Follow Sam's journey as he grows up facing ugly truths about love and loss on the wrong side of the tracks. Verities is a hopeful story of rising above one's circumstances, even in the cruel face of social injustice.

"A succinct literary masterpiece." -Midwest Book Review

www.randywhitebooks.com

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Categories: petrograd


Never Have You Ever by Elizabeth Hayley

Never Have You Ever by Elizabeth HayleyEnter for a chance to win 1 of 3 signed advanced reader copies of Never Have You Ever (The Love Game Series Book 1) by Elizabeth Hayley. Available everywhere on November 10th!

About the Story...

Who is this guy?

Sophia Mason’s junior year of college isn’t exactly off to the best start. The semester has just begun, and the president of her sorority has already ousted her from the house. With nowhere else to turn, she ends up at her brother’s apartment—only to find it inhabited instead by a handsome stranger.

On paper, Drew Nolan doesn’t have much going for him as an uneducated bartender from a sketchy family. But when a spoiled rich kid asks Drew to take over his life so he can travel around Europe instead of attend classes, Drew sees the opportunity to get the college education he’s always dreamed of.

Forced into a cover-up under the same roof, Sophia and Drew forge an unlikely friendship. As the two grow closer, lines blur and boundaries stretch, and they find comfort in living the lie they’ve adopted. But reality comes knocking all too soon, and Sophia and Drew will have to weigh what’s worth fighting for and what should never ever have been.

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Categories: pakistan


Jasper's Beginning by Dalton R. Brown

Jasper's Beginning by Dalton R. BrownGrowing powers, hidden realms, clashing feelings, and a memory spell that needs to be unraveled.

Jasper just wants to complete the annual Ritual of Protection, and get back to his clan. He was not prepared to be bestowed with the vision of its destruction. As events unfold and truths come out, Jasper learns that his past is not what he has been told. Left with a mysterious box that only opens for him, Jasper must use its contents to go on a journey of discovery that will change his life forever. Relationships will be formed, bonds will be tested, and truths will be revealed.

Enter now for a chance to win one of 10 copies of Jasper's Beginning, Book 1 of The Atherial Allegiance, by Dalton R. Brown!

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Categories: womens-studies


Black Canary by Alexandra Monir

Black Canary by Alexandra MonirEnter for a chance to win one of 3 signed advance copies of the highly-anticipated new DC ICONS standalone novel, BLACK CANARY: BREAKING SILENCE, by bestselling author Alexandra Monir. In this thrilling YA origin story, Dinah Lance's voice is her weapon--and in a near-future Gotham City where women are forbidden to sing, she must use everything she has, including her song, to fight back. A page-turner that Kirkus Reviews calls 'a refreshing spin on the feminist dystopia'.

Dinah Lance was eight years old when she overheard the impossible: the sound of a girl singing. It was something she was never meant to hear--not in her lifetime and not in Gotham City, taken over by the vicious, patriarchal Court of Owls. The sinister organization rules Gotham City as a dictatorship and has stripped women of most of their rights--including the right to make music.

Now 17, Dinah can't forget that haunting sound, and she's beginning to discover that her own voice is just as powerful. But singing is forbidden, a one-way ticket to Arkham Asylum. Fighting to balance her father's desire to keep her safe, a blossoming romance with mysterious new student Oliver Queen, and her own need to help other women and girls rise up, Dinah wonders if her song will finally be heard.

Winners will each receive a signed, bound manuscript 2 months before the book's release, followed by the finished hardcover after the 12/29 publication date.

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Categories: shinigami


Ballad of a Sober Man by J.D. Remy

Ballad of a Sober Man by J.D. RemyEnter for a chance to win one of fifteen signed copies of Ballad of a Sober Man by J.D. Remy.

A successful emergency physician full of narcissism and ego wakes up in detox, his life having burned to the ground.

Dr. J.D. Remy—physician, father, husband, and medical missionary—awakens one morning to find himself in rehab for alcoholism. His destructive behavior has resulted in the loss of his marriage, children, career—and almost—his life. Faced with the challenges of rebuilding a foundation, Dr. Remy must accept that he is an alcoholic and summon the courage to tame the demons that caused such dire circumstances.

Over time, he makes new connections in sobriety and rekindles friendships from his former life. With the aid of old friends and his new sober network, he navigates his program as a professional in long-term recovery. He must overcome unemployment, a devastating divorce, the estrangement of his children, social stigma, and the coronavirus outbreak.

Armed with the gift of desperation, a strong twelve-step program, and his recovery “mosh-pit,” he learns to accept and let go, confronting the worst of his character flaws to emerge on the other side as a better version of himself. Ballad of a Sober Man is a raw and realistic memoir of one man’s difficult journey through recovery, as he interacts with an eclectic cast of characters, finds romance in a brave new world, and battles a global pandemic…

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Categories: epic-fantasy