Keep Me Afloat by Jennifer Gold

01 January 2019 | By Jennifer Gold | Filed in: ivory-coast.

From the author of The Ingredients of Us comes a moving story about true love and heartbreak, mistakes and redemption, forgiveness and second chances.

Five years ago, marine biologist Abby Fisher made a mistake that cost her everything. Rather than face the consequences, she fled home to start anew—and built the career she’d always dreamed of. But when her research program runs out of funding, she’s adrift once again and decides to return to the safe harbor of her family and friends.

Except nothing at home is how she remembered.

Her friendships are strained, her normally affectionate parents seem distant, and her once-great love story is now just a painful memory. What’s worse, she keeps running into the people she hurt years ago—and they aren’t ready to forgive her.

Abby is determined to atone for her mistakes, but she can’t seem to move beyond her guilt for a chance of future happiness. Can Abby learn to sail through the storm, or will she remain lost at sea?

Poignant and heartfelt, Keep Me Afloat asks the question: How can you expect forgiveness from others if you can’t even forgive yourself?

The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

01 January 2019 | By Victoria Lee | Filed in: public-transport.

In the sequel to The Fever King, Noam Álvaro seeks to end tyranny before he becomes a tyrant himself.

Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia.

Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer’s crimes, he’s determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control—and that Noam is plotting against him—Noam’s dead. So he must keep playing the role of Lehrer’s protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus.

Meanwhile Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. But Dara’s attempts to ally himself with Noam prove that their methods for defeating Lehrer are violently misaligned. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer’s web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life.

The Road to Zoe by Nick Alexander

01 January 2019 | By Nick Alexander | Filed in: how-to.

She ran away from the truth, but she can’t run forever.

Seven years after his sister vanished without a trace, Jude is on the road, determined not to return home until he has found her. He wants to reunite his broken family, but more than this he wants to know why Zoe left—what happened when they were kids, on that terrible day when everything fell apart.

They’d been enjoying the funfair—grasping a rare moment of happiness following their parents’ divorce—when after a ride together, Zoe had stopped speaking to her mother’s new partner. Though Mandy believed he was the man she’d waited all her life for, her love for her daughter trumped even that, and soon suspicions of an unthinkable betrayal shattered the family.

So finding Zoe would be just the start. If Jude can find her, then what happens next will depend on the story she’s been carrying with her all these years. Because when families are destroyed by dark secrets, can the wounds ever truly heal?

Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim

01 January 2019 | By Laila Ibrahim | Filed in: splatterpunk.

For Black History month I'm giving away copies of my first novel, Yellow Crocus.

4.6 stars on Amazon with 13,500+ reviews

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin and the girl’s visits to the slaves’ quarters—and their lively and loving community—bring them closer together than ever. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity.

Dovetail by Karen McQuestion

01 January 2019 | By Karen McQuestion | Filed in: dungeons-and-dragons-manuals.

From the bestselling author of Hello Love comes a spellbinding new novel of enduring love, family secrets, and mysterious death.

Joe Arneson’s ordinary life is upended by troubling dreams of himself as a different man in another place and time. It isn’t until he visits his estranged grandmother, Pearl, in her Wisconsin hometown that a startling connection emerges.

Drawn into his family’s past, Joe discovers secrets weighing on the old woman’s soul: the tragic death of her sister Alice a half century ago and its ripple effect on all who loved her. Digging into the events of that summer in 1916, Joe is convinced that his recurrent visions relate to Alice’s untimely passing and to the beloved man she meant to marry. With the help of Kathleen, a local woman Joe’s fallen for, the puzzles of the past start falling into place.

As uncovered truths bring Joe and Kathleen closer together, they also reveal a new danger. For Joe’s dreams may be a warning—from one star-crossed couple to another.

The Man Who Ran Washington by Peter Baker

01 January 2019 | By Peter Baker | Filed in: young-adult-science-fiction.

*GALLEY GIVEAWAY*

From two of America's most revered political journalists comes the definitive biography of legendary White House chief of staff and secretary of state James A. Baker III: the man who ran Washington when Washington ran the world.

“Nobody was better at getting things done than James A. Baker. In a book that is at once fascinating, coolly revealing, and at moments touching, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser have given us a biography worthy of one of the most important figures of the late American Century. If you want to understand power in Washington—or anywhere, for that matter—this is the book for you.”
—Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas, authors of The Wise Men

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

01 January 2019 | By Imbolo Mbue | Filed in: computation.

Enter for a chance to win an early copy of the new book from the bestselling author of BEHOLD THE DREAMERS! A novel of great resistance, HOW BEAUTIFUL WE WERE is a sweeping story about the collision of a small African village and an American oil company.

The Victim of the System by Steve Hadden

01 January 2019 | By Steve Hadden | Filed in: new-adult.

Enter for a chance to win this rare thriller with heart...Haunted by the unsolved murder of his parents, a hometown sports hero battles to save a ten-year-old genius on trial for murder.

Twenty-two years ago, Ike Rossi’s life was shattered when his parents were murdered in cold blood. He surrendered his football scholarship and returned home to find their killer and raise his nine-year-old sister.

Now, the crime of a local ten-year-old genius, Jack Cole, threatens to unearth old wounds rather than provide the closure Ike desperately wants.

When Ike meets Jack inside the Pittsburgh courthouse, he doesn’t see a murderer but instead a boy who has been victimized by a system that has left them both without justice. Despite knowing the case will resurrect the painful demons of his parents’ unsolved murders, Ike agrees to clear Jack’s name. The court of public opinion and the district attorney have an airtight case. Worse, taking Jack’s side thrusts Ike into the crosshairs of the most powerful family in Pittsburgh, the Falzones.

Now, with only days before the trial, Ike confronts the Falzones’ crumbling empire to find the shocking evidence that could save Jack. At the same time, he races to decipher a series of cryptic clues from Jack’s dead father that could hold the key to his son’s freedom. But each step closer to the truth draws them further into danger, and as three fractured families collide, Ike is forced to choose between saving Jack—and saving himself.

The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler

01 January 2019 | By Jeff Wheeler | Filed in: contemporary-romance-clean.

The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain series conjures an epic, adventurous world of ancient myth and magic as a young woman’s battle with infinite evil begins.

Survivor of a combat school, the orphaned Bingmei belongs to a band of mercenaries employed by a local ruler. Now the nobleman, and collector of rare artifacts, has entrusted Bingmei and the skilled team with a treacherous assignment: brave the wilderness’s dangers to retrieve the treasures of a lost palace buried in a glacier valley. But upsetting its tombs has a price.

Echion, emperor of the Grave Kingdom, ruler of darkness, Dragon of Night, has long been entombed. Now Bingmei has unwittingly awakened him and is answerable to a legendary prophecy. Destroying the dark lord before he reclaims the kingdoms of the living is her inherited mission. Killing Bingmei before she fulfills it is Echion’s.

Thrust unprepared into the role of savior, urged on by a renegade prince, and possessing a magic that is her destiny, Bingmei knows what she must do. But what must she risk to honor her ancestors? Bingmei’s fateful choice is one that neither her friends nor her enemies can foretell, as Echion’s dark war for control unfolds.

Yours in Scandal by Lauren Layne

01 January 2019 | By Lauren Layne | Filed in: world-war-i.

A political golden boy and the woman of his dreams take the risk of their lives in a sexy romantic comedy of strange bedfellows and second chances by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

Fresh off being named Citizen magazine’s Man of the Year, New York City’s youngest mayor, Robert Davenport, decides it’s time to strategize. Next move: a bid for the governor’s seat. In his way: an incumbent with a flawless reputation. He also has an Achilles’ heel: an estranged wild-child daughter with a past so scandalous it could be Robert’s ticket to victory. And a charm so irresistible it could be Robert’s downfall.

Rebellion is a thing of the past for Adeline Blake. As New York’s premier event planner, she’s all about reform and respectability. Then she’s approached by Robert to organize the party of the season. Curious, considering he’s her father’s most formidable opponent. And alarming, too. Because Addie can’t help but fall for the righteously popular candidate with the movie-star smile.

Now it’s Robert’s choice. Does he pursue a future that holds his legacy? Or the woman who holds his heart?

The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson

01 January 2019 | By Leah Henderson | Filed in: horses.

Enter for a chance to win one of 50 advance reader copies of THE MAGIC IN CHANGING YOUR STARS by Leah Henderson!

Ailey Benjamin Lane can dance, so he’s sure he'll play the Scarecrow in his school’s production of The Wiz. But he bungles the audition and, feeling defeated, tells his Grampa that he’s quitting. To encourage Ailey, Grampa reveals that he once dreamed of becoming a tap dancer—and even received special tap shoes from the legendary tapper Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Curious, Ailey finds the shoes, tries them on, taps his toes, and makes a wish. In the blink of an eye, he finds himself somewhere that if most definitely no place like home! Featuring an all-African-American cast of characters, and infused with references to black culture and history, this work of magical realism is sure to captivate and inspire readers.

A Flock of Fun by Raven Howell

01 January 2019 | By Raven Howell | Filed in: landscaping.

Enter for a chance to win one of twenty author signed A Flock of Fun picture books! When a sleepless child attempts to count rowdy sheep and then switches to slow, boring, slimy snails, he discovers that sometimes, a little mischief-making and creativity can be the ticket to help release the day's events and doze off.

You Can't Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie

01 January 2019 | By Catherine McKenzie | Filed in: taxation.

Win an Advanced Reader Copy of Catherine Catherine McKenzie's You Can't Catch Me!

When the game is deception, nothing is as it seems in this novel of cunning psychological suspense by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell.

Do you want to play a game?

Twelve years ago Jessica Williams escaped a cult. Thanks to the private detective who rescued her, she reintegrated into society, endured an uncomfortable notoriety, and tried to put it all behind her. Then, at an airport bar, Jessica meets a woman with an identical name and birth date. It appears to be just an odd coincidence—until a week later, when Jessica finds her bank account drained and her personal information stolen.

Following a trail of the grifter’s victims, each with the same name, Jessica gathers players—one by one—for her own game. According to her plan, they’ll set a trap and wait for the impostor to strike again. But plans can go awry, and trust can fray, and as Jessica tries to escape the shadows of her childhood, the risks are greater than she imagined. Now, confronting the casualties of her past, Jessica can’t help but wonder…

Who will pay the price?

The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety by Timothy R. Clark

01 January 2019 | By Timothy R. Clark | Filed in: womens-fiction.

Win 1 of 50 Signed paperback copies of The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety.
Video-trailer: https://www.leaderfactor.com/the4stag...
Psychological safety is a condition in which human beings feel:
(1) included
(2) safe to learn
(3) safe to contribute
(4) safe to challenge the status quo
--all without fear of being embarrassed, marginalized, or punished in some way.

The 4 stages of psychological safety is a universal pattern that reflects the natural progression of human needs in social settings. When teams, organizations, and social units of all kinds progress through the four stages, they create deeply inclusive environments, accelerate learning, increase contribution, and stimulate innovation.

Who’s the book for?
Leaders & managers, employees & teams, innovators & entrepreneurs, coaches & players, teachers & students, moms & dads, politicians & public servants--just about everyone.

“This is not just a book, it is an urgent invitation to the kind of rigorous self-examination that will lead to breakthroughs in every relationship of your life. Timothy Clark offers us both a case for an a path to creating the kind of healthy social systems that all of us crave and that modern corporate flourishing demands."
Joseph Grenny,
Co-author the New York Best-selling book, Crucial Conversations

Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan

01 January 2019 | By Maria Scrivan | Filed in: reverse-harem.

Making friends isn't easy, but losing them is even harder! Enter for a chance to win an advance reader's copy of Maria Scrivan's debut contemporary (and hilarious) middle-grade graphic novel, NAT ENOUGH!

Cheater's Game by Paul Levine

01 January 2019 | By Paul Levine | Filed in: m-m-supernatural.


Jake Lassiter Tackles the College Admissions Scandal.

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 10 Advance Reader Copies of Paul Levine’s latest Jake Lassiter thriller, CHEATER’S GAME, on-sale April 20th.

Rich parents will pay anything to get their kids into college...

For a price, Kip Lassiter can get a perfect score on any test...

And Kip's heartbroken uncle Jake must defend an unwinnable case.

"CHEATER'S GAME is a top-notch tale from Paul Levine, and his Lassiter is my kind of lawyer!" -Michael Connelly, author of THE LINCOLN LAWYER

"Lassiter is the lawyer we all want on our side and on the page." -Lee Child

Beyond Betrayal by Phil Waldrep

01 January 2019 | By Phil Waldrep | Filed in: dragonlance.

Recieve a FREE SIGNED copy of Beyond Betrayal by Phil Waldrep!

For years following, Waldrep sought to heal the wounds of this broken relationship and confront the pain he felt in the aftermath of this betrayal. Along the way, he discovered God’s solutions to overcoming resentment.

Whether you’ve been hurt by a family member, friend, colleague, or trusted leader, you are not alone. Even Jesus was betrayed. You don’t have to let past hurts limit your future relationships—you can move beyond betrayal.

Don't Turn Back by D.S. Butler

01 January 2019 | By D.S. Butler | Filed in: adult.

You can cover up the truth but it won’t stay buried forever.

A man is found bludgeoned to death in woodland by the village of Canwick, and the close-knit community is sent into shock. Detective Karen Hart, still haunted by the tragic loss of her husband and daughter nearby, is brought in to investigate the horrific murder.

It soon becomes clear that dark secrets lie behind Canwick’s unspoiled appearance. When Hart begins to suspect that a modern-day slavery ring has been hiding in plain sight among the villagers, she faces a race to find proof before the culprits slip from her grasp. But when key witnesses start disappearing, it’s obvious that there’s a deep-rooted conspiracy to keep prying eyes away from the truth.

But in a village where everyone knows everyone, who knows more than they are letting on—and who can Hart really trust? She’s in deep and she’s never been more alone. She must confront the tragedy of her own past if she wants to catch the killers before it’s too late. Because one thing’s for certain—there’s no turning back…

The Future Leader by Jacob Morgan

01 January 2019 | By Jacob Morgan | Filed in: queer-studies.

Based on exclusive interviews with 140 of the world's top CEOs from companies like Audi, Ritz Carlton, MasterCard, Oracle, Kaiser, Verizon, SAP, Best Buy, and over a hundred others.

Enter to win one of the first copies of, The Future Leader, The book outlines the specific skills and mindsets that future leaders need to possess to be successful and how to go about mastering them.

What if you could sit down with the people who actually lead some of the best companies in the world, and ask them what really makes a great leader? What if you could tap the wisdom born of experience? Well, with this book you can! Whether you're a current leader or someone looking to grow into a leadership position this book will be a valuable resource for you.

Marshall Goldsmith, "If every leader read this book, the world would be a better place!"

Huber Joly, CEO, Best Buy, "A tour de force. This may be the most thoroughly researched and comprehensive thought piece on this critical topic out there."

Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever, "This is the guidebook for the next generation of leaders around the world."

Ajay Banga, CEO, MasterCard, "Whether you're a current or future leader, this book is one that you should read and keep near you."

Good luck!

Code 44 by S.D. Crockett

01 January 2019 | By S.D. Crockett | Filed in: young-readers.

Enter for a chance to win one of 100 copies of newly released thriller Code 44 by S.D. Crockett.

The year is 2029. Nick Winston's life is about to change. Recruited by a resistance group to go undercover at the NSA, Nick walks a dangerous tightrope to expose a plot that the U.S. government, partnered with largest social and search networks, are executing a top-secret plan to hack into people's minds through the neural implant, commonly known as the brain chip. Nick slowly descends into a whistleblower's worst nightmare where each action becomes a choice to save his own life or save society.

A modern thriller, Code 44 portrays the subtleties of a dystopian nightmare where the culture of mass surveillance and neurocapitalism hammers the last nail in the coffin of privacy. In the vein of George Orwell's 1984 where big brother is always watching, this suspense novel will have you at the edge of your seat.

The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin

01 January 2019 | By Emily Giffin | Filed in: near-future.

Enter for a chance to win an advance reader copy of THE LIES THAT BIND from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Emily Giffin!

In the irresistible new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted and Something Borrowed, a young woman falls hard for an impossibly perfect man before he disappears without a trace . . .

The Lies That Bind is a mesmerizing and emotionally resonant exploration of the never-ending search for love and truth--in our relationships, careers, and deep within our own hearts.

Little America by Epic Magazine

01 January 2019 | By Epic Magazine | Filed in: witches.

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 25 copies of LITTLE AMERICA!

From the pages of Epic magazine come the true stories that Inspired the Apple Original Series.

Includes nearly a hundred color photographs and a Foreword by Kumail Nanjiani.

Nearly everyone in America came from somewhere else. This is a fundamental part of the American idea―an identity and place open to everyone. People arrive from all points distant, speaking a thousand languages, carrying every culture, each with their own reason for uprooting themselves to try something new.

Everyone has their own unique story. Little America is a collection of those stories, told by the people who lived them. Together, they form a wholly original, at times unexpected portrait of America’s immigrants―and thereby a portrait of America itself.

Little Scratch by Rebecca Watson

01 January 2019 | By Rebecca Watson | Filed in: wildlife.

*GALLEY GIVEAWAY*

In the formally experimental tradition of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers and Ducks, Newburyport comes a dazzlingly original shot-in-the-arm of a debut that reveals a young woman's every thought over the course of one deceptively mundane day.

She wakes up, goes to work. Watches the clock and checks her phone. But underneath this monotony there's something else going on: something under her skin.


Relayed in interweaving columns that chart the feedback loop of memory, the senses, and modern distractions with wit and precision, our narrator becomes increasingly anxious as the day moves on: Is she overusing the heart emoji? Can drinking eight glasses of water a day really fix everything? Why is the etiquette of the women's bathroom be so fraught? How does she define "rape"? And why can't she stop scratching?

Fiercely moving and slyly profound, little scratch is a defiantly playful look at how our minds function in--and survive--the darkest moments.

Defending Zara by Susan Stoker

01 January 2019 | By Susan Stoker | Filed in: zimbabwe.

For a Mountain Mercenary and a desperate woman, love becomes a dangerous refuge in New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker’s novel of heart-gripping suspense.

Mountain Mercenary Hunter “Meat” Snow has a mission: eliminate the human traffickers scouring the barrios of Lima for vulnerable prey. But it’s Meat who’s taken down. Separated from his team and beaten within an inch of his life, he’s left for dead. When he wakes, it’s to the intimate care of a beautiful stranger who knows all about survival.

Zara Layne was a child when a brutal murder left her orphaned and abandoned in Peru. Ever since, she’s fended for herself on the streets, outrunning its predators. Trusting men is not in Zara’s blood…until it warms to the exhilarating touch of the wounded hero who promises deliverance. As each other’s rescuers, they return to Colorado for a new normal.

But when Meat disappears, Zara discovers how ruthless the past can be. With the help of the loyal Mercenaries, she’s drawing on her own skills of endurance to find him. And for Zara, there’s no danger great enough to come between her and the man she loves.

In Bed with the Earl by Christi Caldwell

01 January 2019 | By Christi Caldwell | Filed in: catholic.

Christi Caldwell, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Wicked Wallflowers series, combs London’s underground and finds romance and danger for a missing lord and the lady who loves him.

To solve a mystery that’s become the talk of the ton, no clues run too deep for willful reporter Verity Lovelace. Not even in the sewers of London. That’s precisely where she finds happily self-sufficient scavenger Malcom North, lost heir to the Earl of Maxwell. Now that Verity’s made him front-page news, what will he make of her?

Kidnapped as a child, with no memories of his well-heeled past, Malcom prefers the grimy spoils of the culverts to the gilded riches of society. Damn the feisty beauty who exposed the contented tosher to a parade of fortune-hunting matchmakers. How to keep them at bay? Verity must pretend to be his wife. She owes him.

The intimacy of this necessary arrangement—Verity and Malcom thrust together in close quarters—soon sparks an irresistible heat. But when the charade ends, the danger begins. Will love be enough to protect them from a treacherous plot devised to ruin them?

This Terrible Beauty by Katrin Schumann

01 January 2019 | By Katrin Schumann | Filed in: zombies.

From the bestselling author of The Forgotten Hours comes an unforgettable story of one woman’s journey to reclaim what she lost in a country torn apart by the devastating legacy of WWII.

On the windswept shores of an East German island, Bettina Heilstrom struggles to build a life from the ashes. World War II has ended, and her country is torn apart. Longing for a family, she marries Werner, an older bureaucrat who adores her. But after joining the fledgling secret police, he is drawn deep into its dark mission and becomes a dangerous man.

When Bettina falls in love with an idealistic young renegade, Werner discovers her infidelity and forces her to make a terrible choice: spend her life in prison or leave her home forever. Either way she loses both her lover and child.

Ten years later, Bettina has reinvented herself as a celebrated photographer in Chicago, but she’s never stopped yearning for the baby she left behind. Surprised by an unexpected visitor from her past, she resolves to return to her ravaged homeland to reclaim her daughter and uncover her beloved’s fate, whatever the cost.