Something To Look Forward To – Week of July 6th, 2020

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Week of July 6th, 2020

The Shadows by Alex North
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Celadon Books

A Peculiar Peril (Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead #1) by Jeff VanderMeer
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by William Morrow

The Book of Dragons by Jonathan Strahan [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Harper Voyager

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Delacorte Press

Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air (The Frost Files #2) by Jackson Ford [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Orbit

Or What You Will by Jo Walton [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Tor Books

Every Sky a Grave: A Novel by Jay Posey
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Skybound Books

The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Graydon House

Out of Time by David Klass [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Dutton Books

Open Secrets by Sheila Kohler [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Penguin Books

Breathing Through the Wound: A Novel by Víctor del Árbol [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Other Press (NY)

The Golden Cage by Camilla Läckberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group

Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

American Follies by Norman Lock [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Bellevue Literary Press

The Lives of Edie Pritchard by Larry Watson
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Algonquin Books

Mother Daughter Widow Wife: A Novel by Robin Wasserman
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Scribner

True Love by Sarah Gerard [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Harper

Last One Out Shut Off the Lights by Stephanie Soileau [Purchase}
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

The Party Upstairs by Lee Conell [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Penguin Press

Fraternity: Stories by Benjamin Nugent [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America’s Wildlands by Jon Billman [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Dial Press

Not Like the Movies (Waiting for Tom Hanks #2) by Kerry Winfrey [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Berkley Jove

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of June 29th, 2020

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Week of June 29th, 2020

Interlibrary Loan (A Borrowed Man #2) by Gene Wolfe
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Tor Books

The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S.A. Chakraborty
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Harper Voyager

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Del Rey

Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Doubleday Books

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Dutton Books

Love & Other Crimes: Stories by Sara Paretsky
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Request by David Bell
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Berkley Books

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

The Dirty South (Charlie Parker #18) by John Connolly
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

All the Broken People by Leah Konen
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Putnam

One Last Lie (Mike Bowditch #11) by Paul Doiron
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Minotaur Books

Dark August by Katie Tallo
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Harper Paperbacks

The Shadows of Foxworth (Dollanganger #11) by V.C. Andrews
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Gallery Books

Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by William Morrow

Nine Shiny Objects by Brian Castleberry
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Custom House

The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by MIRA

Self Care by Leigh Stein
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Penguin

Thin Girls by Diana Clarke
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Harper

Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group

Lucky’s Beach by Shelley Noble
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

She’s Faking It by Kristin Rockaway
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Graydon House

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Doubleday

The Lion’s Den by Katherine St. John
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

The Chicken Sisters by K.J. Dell’Antonia
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Ballantine Books

Daring and the Duke (The Bareknuckle Bastards #3) by Sarah MacLean
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Avon

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of June 22nd, 2020

June 22, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

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Week of June 22nd, 2020

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Tor Books

A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H.G. Parry
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Redhook

The Kingdom of Liars (The Legacy of the Mercenary Kings #1) by Nick Martell
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Gallery / Saga Press

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Tor.com

Obliteration (Awakened #3) by James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Harper Voyager

The Hollow Ones by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

The Last Flight by Julie Clark
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark

You Can Go Home Now by Michael Elias
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Harper

The Swap by Robyn Harding
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Gallery/Scout Press

A Woman Alone by Nina Laurin
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Bloomsbury

What’s Left of Me Is Yours by Stephanie Scott
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Doubleday Books

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Simon & Schuster

People of the Canyons (North America’s Forgotten Past #26) by Kathleen O’Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Forge

Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters #2) by Talia Hibbert
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Avon

Party of Two (The Wedding Date #5) by Jasmine Guillory
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Berkley Books

Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane L. Rosen
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Berkley Books

That Summer in Maine by Brianna Wolfson
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by MIRA

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of June 8th, 2020

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Week of June 8th, 2020

Dragon Unleashed (Fallen Empire #2) by Grace Draven
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Ace

Red Noise by John P Murphy
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Angry Robot

Alpha Night (Psy-Changeling Trinity #4) by Nalini Singh
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Berkley

The Ghosts of Sherwood (The Robin Hood Stories #1) by Carrie Vaughn
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Tor.com

Night Train by David Quantick
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Titan Books

Safe by S.K. Barnett
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Dutton

The Distant Dead by Heather Young
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by William Morrow

The Summer House by James Patterson & Brendan DuBois
Expected publication: June 8th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Park Row

Riviera Gold (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #16) by Laurie R. King
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Bantam

The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Random House

Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by MIRA

The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Counterpoint

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories by Laura van den Berg
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. by Joyce Carol Oates
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Ecco

Super Host by Kate Russo
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Berkley Books

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Putnam

500 Miles from You (Scottish Bookshop #3) by Jenny Colgan
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks\

The Marriage Game by Sara Desai
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Berkley

The Sight of You (The Sight of You #1) by Holly Miller
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Boyfriend Project (The Boyfriend Project #1) by Farrah Rochon
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Forever

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Exclusive Excerpt | To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

May 29, 2020 Bonnie Excerpt 0 Comments

A few days ago I posted an excerpt for Christopher Paolini’s upcoming Sci-Fi novel, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. Today’s post is the complete excerpt for those of you who missed out on the individual snippets!

Exclusive Excerpt | To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher PaoliniTo Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
Published by Tor Books on September 15, 2020
Pages: 880
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Hardcover
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A brand new space opera on an epic scale from the New York Times bestselling author of a beloved YA fantasy series.

It was supposed to be a routine research mission on an uncolonized planet. But when xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic beneath the surface of the world, the outcome transforms her forever and will alter the course of human history.

Her journey to discover the truth about the alien civilization will thrust her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact, epic space battles for the fate of humankind, and the farthest reaches of the galaxy.

About Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini was born in Southern California and has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana. He published his first novel, Eragon, in 2003 at the age of 19, and quickly became a publishing phenomenon. His Inheritance Cycle—Eragon and its three sequels—have sold nearly 40 million copies worldwide. This is his first adult novel.

Cold fear shot through Kira’s gut.

Together, she and Alan scrambled into their clothes. Kira spared a second of thought for her strange dream—everything felt strange at the moment—and then they hurried out of the cabin and rushed over toward Neghar’s quarters.

As they approached, Kira heard hacking: a deep, wet, ripping sound that made her imagine raw flesh going through a shredder. She shuddered.

Neghar was standing in the middle of the hallway with the others gathered around her, doubled over, hands on her knees, coughing so hard Kira could hear her vocal cords fraying. Fizel was next to her, hand on her back. “Keep breathing,” he said. “We’ll get you to sickbay. Jenan! Alan! Grab her arms, help carry her. Quickly now, qu—”

Neghar heaved, and Kira heard a loud, distinct snap from inside the woman’s narrow chest.

Black blood sprayed from Neghar’s mouth, painting the deck in a wide fan.

Marie-Élise shrieked, and several people retched. The fear from Kira’s dream returned, intensified. This was bad. This was dangerous. “We have to go,” she said, and tugged on Alan’s sleeve. But he wasn’t listening.

“Back!” Fizel shouted. “Everyone back! Someone get the Extenuating Circumstances on the horn. Now!”

“Clear the way!” Mendoza bellowed.

More blood sprayed from Neghar’s mouth, and she dropped to one knee. The whites of her eyes were freakishly wide. Her face was crimson, and her throat worked as if she were choking.

“Alan,” said Kira. Too late; he was moving to help Fizel.

She took a step back. Then another. No one noticed; they were all looking at Neghar, trying to figure out what to do while staying out of the way of the blood flying from her mouth.

Kira felt like screaming at them to leave, to run, to escape.

She shook her head and pressed her fists against her mouth, scared blood was going to erupt out of her as well. Her head felt as if it were about to burst, and her skin was crawling with horror: a thousand ants skittering over every centimeter. Her whole body itched with revulsion.

Jenan and Alan tried to lift Neghar back to her feet. She shook her head and gagged. Once. Twice. And then she spat a clot of something onto the deck. It was too dark to be blood. Too liquid to be metal.

Kira dug her fingers into her arm, scrubbing at it as a scream of revulsion threatened to erupt out of her.

Neghar collapsed backwards. Then the clot moved. It twitched like a clump of muscle hit with an electrical current.

People shouted and jumped away. Alan retreated toward Kira, never taking his eyes off the unformed lump.

Kira dry-heaved. She took another step back. Her arm was burning: thin lines of fire squirming across her skin.

She looked down.

Her nails had carved furrows in her flesh, crimson gashes that ended with crumpled strips of skin. And within the furrows, she saw another something twitch.

 

Kira fell to the floor, screaming. The pain was all-consuming. That much she was aware of. It was the only thing she was aware of.

She arched her back and thrashed, clawing at the floor, desperate to escape the onslaught of agony. She screamed again; she screamed so hard her voice broke and a slick of hot blood coated her throat.

She couldn’t breathe. The pain was too intense. Her skin was burning, and it felt as if her veins were filled with acid and her flesh was tearing itself from her limbs.

Dark shapes blocked the light overhead as people moved around her. Alan’s face appeared next to her. She thrashed again, and she was on her stomach, her cheek pressed flat against the hard surface.

Her body relaxed for a second, and she took a single, gasping breath before going rigid and loosing a silent howl. The muscles of her face cramped with the force of her rictus, and tears leaked from the corners of her eyes.

Hands turned her over. They gripped her arms and legs, holding them in place. It did nothing to stop the pain.

“Kira!”

She forced her eyes open and, with blurry vision, saw Alan and, behind him, Fizel leaning toward her with a hypo. Farther back, Jenan, Yugo, and Seppo were pinning her legs to the floor, while Ivanova and Marie-Élise helped Neghar away from the clot on the deck.

“Kira! Look at me! Look at me!”

She tried to reply, but all she succeeded in doing was uttering a strangled whimper.

Then Fizel pressed the hypo against her shoulder. Whatever he injected didn’t seem to have any effect. Her heels drummed against the floor, and she felt her head slam against the deck, again and again.

“Jesus, someone help her,” Alan cried.

“Watch out!” shouted Seppo. “That thing on the floor is moving! Shi—”

“Sickbay,” said Fizel. “Get her to sickbay. Now! Pick her up. Pick—”

The walls swam around her as they lifted her. Kira felt like she was being strangled. She tried to inhale, but her muscles were too cramped. Red sparks gathered around the edges of her vision as Alan and the others carried her down the hallway. She felt as if she were floating; everything seemed insubstantial except the pain and her fear.

A jolt as they dropped her onto Fizel’s exam table. Her abdomen relaxed for a second, just long enough for Kira to steal a breath before her muscles locked back up.

“Close the door! Keep that thing out!” A thunk as the sickbay pressure lock engaged.

“What’s happening?” said Alan. “Is—”

“Move!” shouted Fizel. Another hypo pressed against Kira’s neck.

As if in response, the pain tripled, something she wouldn’t have believed possible. A low groan escaped her, and she jerked, unable to control the motion. She could feel foam gathering in her mouth, clogging her throat. She gagged and convulsed.

“Shit. Get me an injector. Other drawer. No, other drawer!”

“Doc—”

“Not now!”

“Doc, she isn’t breathing!”

Equipment clattered, and then fingers forced Kira’s jaw apart, and someone jammed a tube into her mouth, down her throat. She gagged again. A moment later, sweet, precious air poured into her lungs, sweeping aside the curtain darkening her vision.

Alan was hovering over her, his face contorted with worry.

Kira tried to talk. But the only sound she could make was an inarticulate groan.

“You’re going to be okay,” said Alan. “Just hold on. Fizel’s going to help you.” He looked as if he were about to cry.

Kira had never been so afraid. Something was wrong inside her, and it was getting worse.

Run, she thought. Run! Get away from here before—

Dark lines shot across her skin: black lightning bolts that twisted and squirmed as if alive. Then they froze in place, and where each one lay, her skin split and tore, like the carapace of a molting insect.

Kira’s fear overflowed, filling her with a feeling of utter and inescapable doom. If she could have screamed, her cry would have reached the stars.

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Audiobook Sync 2020: Week 5 Titles | In Search of Us + Serpent & Dove (May 28 – June 3)

May 28, 2020 Bonnie Sync 0 Comments

A new week of free audiobooks! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 30th and continuing 13 weeks until July 29, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks a week. Sign-up to get notifications each week when the FREE audiobooks are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles change every Thursday at 12am Eastern Time when the program is running. Each SYNC audiobook will be available to borrow into your SYNC library for a period of 7 days (only). Titles, once loaded into the app, are yours indefinitely.

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin | Read by Holter Graham, Saskia Maarleveld
Published by HarperAudio
 | Download available here!

Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn. Book one of a stunning fantasy duology, this tale of witchcraft and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Sara Holland.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

Set in a world of powerful women, dark magic, and off-the-charts romance, book one of this stunning fantasy duology will leave readers burning for more.

In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira | Read by Adenrele Ojo
Published by Brilliance Audio
 | Download available here!

This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too.

When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie’s father, James, who was African-American. But Angie’s never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she’s never met she starts to wonder:

What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.

 

Happy listening!

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Exclusive (Part 2) Excerpt | To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

May 27, 2020 Bonnie Excerpt 1 Comment

Today I’m featuring an excerpt for Christopher Paolini’s upcoming Sci-Fi novel, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. The cover is stunning and the book itself sounds absolutely spectacular. This is the second day of the official Excerpt tour so be sure to check out the other participating blogs and their excerpts below!

Part 1, available Tuesday, May 26th

Part 2, available Wednesday, May 27th

Part 3, available Thursday, May 28th

Exclusive (Part 2) Excerpt | To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher PaoliniTo Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
Published by Tor Books on September 15, 2020
Pages: 880
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Hardcover
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Audible
Goodreads

A brand new space opera on an epic scale from the New York Times bestselling author of a beloved YA fantasy series.

It was supposed to be a routine research mission on an uncolonized planet. But when xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic beneath the surface of the world, the outcome transforms her forever and will alter the course of human history.

Her journey to discover the truth about the alien civilization will thrust her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact, epic space battles for the fate of humankind, and the farthest reaches of the galaxy.

About Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini was born in Southern California and has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana. He published his first novel, Eragon, in 2003 at the age of 19, and quickly became a publishing phenomenon. His Inheritance Cycle—Eragon and its three sequels—have sold nearly 40 million copies worldwide. This is his first adult novel.

Kira dug her fingers into her arm, scrubbing at it as a scream of revulsion threatened to erupt out of her.

Neghar collapsed backwards. Then the clot moved. It twitched like a clump of muscle hit with an electrical current.

People shouted and jumped away. Alan retreated toward Kira, never taking his eyes off the unformed lump.

Kira dry-heaved. She took another step back. Her arm was burning: thin lines of fire squirming across her skin.

She looked down.

Her nails had carved furrows in her flesh, crimson gashes that ended with crumpled strips of skin. And within the furrows, she saw another something twitch.

Kira fell to the floor, screaming. The pain was all-consuming. That much she was aware of. It was the only thing she was aware of.

She arched her back and thrashed, clawing at the floor, desperate to escape the onslaught of agony. She screamed again; she screamed so hard her voice broke and a slick of hot blood coated her throat.

She couldn’t breathe. The pain was too intense. Her skin was burning, and it felt as if her veins were filled with acid and her flesh was tearing itself from her limbs.

Dark shapes blocked the light overhead as people moved around her. Alan’s face appeared next to her. She thrashed again, and she was on her stomach, her cheek pressed flat against the hard surface.

Her body relaxed for a second, and she took a single, gasping breath before going rigid and loosing a silent howl. The muscles of her face cramped with the force of her rictus, and tears leaked from the corners of her eyes.

Hands turned her over. They gripped her arms and legs, holding them in place. It did nothing to stop the pain.

“Kira!”

She forced her eyes open and, with blurry vision, saw Alan and, behind him, Fizel leaning toward her with a hypo. Farther back, Jenan, Yugo, and Seppo were pinning her legs to the floor, while Ivanova and Marie-Élise helped Neghar away from the clot on the deck.

“Kira! Look at me! Look at me!”

She tried to reply, but all she succeeded in doing was uttering a strangled whimper.

Then Fizel pressed the hypo against her shoulder. Whatever he injected didn’t seem to have any effect. Her heels drummed against the floor, and she felt her head slam against the deck, again and again.

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Audiobook Sync 2020: Week 3 Titles | Faust + Stalking Jack the Ripper (May 12 – May 20)

May 14, 2020 Bonnie Sync 0 Comments

A new week of free audiobooks! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 30th and continuing 13 weeks until July 29, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks a week. Sign-up to get notifications each week when the FREE audiobooks are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles change every Thursday at 12am Eastern Time when the program is running. Each SYNC audiobook will be available to borrow into your SYNC library for a period of 7 days (only). Titles, once loaded into the app, are yours indefinitely.

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe | Read by Samuel West, Toby Jones, Anna Maxwell Martin, Stephen Critchlow, Derek Jacobi, Daniel Mair | Published by Naxos AudioBooks | Download available here!

Faust is one of the pillars of Western literature. This classic drama presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power. Enjoyment rules until Faust’s emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, and the tragic outcome brings Part 1 to an end. Part 2, written much later in Goethe’s life, places his eponymous hero in a variety of unexpected circumstances, causing him to reflect on humanity and its attitudes to life and death.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco | Read by Nicola Barber
Published by Hachette Audio
 | Download available here!

An instant #1 New York Times Bestseller in its very first week! Presented by James Patterson’s children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns will make this #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday | The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories

May 13, 2020 Bonnie Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday | The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime StoriesThe Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories by Mark Bowden
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press on July 7, 2020
Pages: 400
Genres: True Crime
Format: Hardcover
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From Mark Bowden, a "master of narrative journalism" (New York Times), comes a true-crime collection both deeply chilling and impossible to put down.
Six captivating true-crime stories, spanning Mark Bowden's long and illustrious career, cover a variety of crimes complicated by extraordinary circumstances. Winner of a lifetime achievement award from International Thriller Writers, Bowden revisits in The Case of the Vanishing Blonde some of his most riveting stories and examines the effects of modern technology on the journalistic process.
From a story of a campus rape at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 that unleashed a moral debate over the nature of consent when drinking and drugs are involved to three cold cases featuring the inimitable Long Island private detective Ken Brennan and a startling investigation that reveals a murderer within the LAPD's ranks, shielded for twenty six years by officers keen to protect one of their own, these stories are the work of a masterful narrative journalist at work. Gripping true crime from a writer the Washington Post calls "an old pro."

About Mark Bowden

Mark Robert Bowden (born July 17, 1951) is an American writer who is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and a 1973 graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, Bowden was a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1979-2003, and has won numerous awards. He has written for Men's Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, and Rolling Stone over the years, and as a result of his book, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, Bowden's received international recognition. The book has been made into a 2001 movie, and was directed by Ridley Scott. He currently lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Audiobook Sync 2020: Week 2 Titles | Secret Soldiers + Picture Us in the Light (May 7 – May 13)

May 7, 2020 Bonnie Sync 0 Comments


A new week of free audiobooks! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 30th and continuing 13 weeks until July 29, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks a week. Sign-up to get notifications each week when the FREE audiobooks are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles change every Thursday at 12am Eastern Time when the program is running. Each SYNC audiobook will be available to borrow into your SYNC library for a period of 7 days (only). Titles, once loaded into the app, are yours indefinitely.

Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janeczko | Read by Ron Butler
Published by Brilliance Audio
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What do set design, sound effects, and showmanship have to do with winning World War II? Meet the Ghost Army that played a surprising role in helping to deceive — and defeat — the Nazis.

In his third book about deception during war, Paul B. Janeczko focuses his lens on World War II and the operations carried out by the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, aka the Ghost Army. This remarkable unit included actors, camouflage experts, sound engineers, painters, and set designers who used their skills to secretly and systematically replace fighting units — fooling the Nazi army into believing what their eyes and ears told them, even though the sights and sounds of tanks and war machines and troops were entirely fabricated. Follow the Twenty-Third into Europe as they play a dangerous game of enticing the German army into making battlefield mistakes by using sonic deceptions, inflatable tanks, pyrotechnics, and camouflage in more than twenty operations. From the Normandy invasion to the crossing of the Rhine River, the men of the Ghost Army — several of whom went on to become famous artists and designers after the war — played an improbable role in the Allied victory.

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert | Read by James Chen
Published by Dreamscape
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When Danny discovers a taped-up box in his father’s closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there’s much more to his family’s past than he ever imagined.

Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember, and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family’s blessing to pursue the career he’s always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny’s lives are deeply intertwined, and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can’t stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.

When Danny digs deeper into his parents’ past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history, and the carefully constructed façade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, he must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.

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