New Books

18 June, 2018

WILD CHILD by A.S. Green

Providing private security for a celebrity wedding is nothing new…until I come face-to-face with Natalie O’Brien. The woman who chose someone else and kicked me to the curb six years ago. Time has done nothing to tame her. She’s a red-headed beauty with a sharp tongue and nerves of steel who could seriously knock me off my game…

When my assistant bails, Natalie jumps at the chance to get off her tiny island. Now we’re stuck criss-crossing the country in my SUV, with her tantalizing scent filling the cab and her smart mouth making me very…uncomfortable.

I survived a tour in Afghanistan, so working with Natalie should be a breeze for me…but after six years apart, she still makes me hope for all the things I never thought I wanted. I’m not sure I can breathe if she walks out that door again.  (Entanged Embrace)

A.S. Green lives in the cold upper Midwest with her husband and three children. She spend summers on Lake Superior and is a sucker for down-to-earth heroes who work with their hands (if they play guitar, that’s an added bonus). She enjoy all things Irish–particularly music, dancing, and Jameson. When she’s not writing or reading romance stories, she’s traveling, camping, blogging for Writer Unboxed, and writing young adult books (under my real name). If you liked WILD CHILD, SUMMER GIRL and REAL MAN, don’t miss A.S. Green’s sexy novella, MAKING WAVES. You can keep up with A.S. Green and her upcoming books on her websiteInstagramTwitterPinterest, or Facebook


6 June, 2018

SHAME NATION by Sue Scheff with Melissa Schorr

Now available in paperback!

“Smart. Timely. Essential. The era’s must-read to renew Internet civility.” — Michele Borba ED.D, author of Unselfie

An essential toolkit to help everyone — from parents to teenagers to educators — take charge of their digital lives.

Online shame comes in many forms, and it’s surprising how much of an effect a simple tweet might have on your business, love life, or school peers. A rogue tweet might bring down a CEO; an army of trolls can run an individual off-line; and virtual harassment might cause real psychological damage. In Shame Nation, parent advocate and internet safety expert Sue Scheff presents an eye-opening examination around the rise in online shaming, and offers practical advice and tips including:

• Preventing digital disasters
• Defending your online reputation
• Building digital resilience
• Reclaiming online civility

Armed with the right knowledge and skills, everyone can play a positive part in the prevention and protection against online cruelty, and become more courageous and empathetic in their communities.

Shame Nation holds that elusive key to stopping the trend of online hate so kindness and compassion can prevail.” — Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama, Hands Free Life, and Only Love Today

“Scheff offers the latest insight as to why people publicly shame each other and will equip readers with the tools to protect themselves from what has now become the new Scarlet Letter.” — Ross Ellis, Founder and CEO, STOMP Out Bullying


22 May, 2018

FREYJA’S DAUGHTER (Wild Women #1) by Rachel Pudelek

“Strong characters. Smart writing. The most fun I’ve had between the pages in a long time! Pudelek’s debut is not to be missed!” ~New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins

Faline Frey is a bounty-hunter, more comfortable relying on perp files and handcuffs than using her huldra powers to take down a suspect. No sense in catching the unwanted attention of her local Hunter authority, a group of holy soldiers born to police the supernatural and keep Wild Women—huldras, mermaids, succubi, rusalki and harpies—in check.

All that changes the night she heads out for a date, hoping to get lucky. Instead, she gets screwed.

Now her sister is missing, along with Wild Women from all over the country. The Hunters are on her tail and the one person offering to help is her ex-lover, Officer Marcus Garcia, who has just enough ties to the supernatural world. To unite her enemies against their common foe, Faline will need to convince the Wild Women to do the one thing she fears most—exhume their power buried deep beneath centuries of oppression. That is, if she can keep them from killing each other.

Rachel Pudelek is a dog-hugger and tree-lover. Growing up with three sisters sparked her passion for both women’s history and women’s advocacy, which led to her career as a birth doula and childbirth educator. These days she channels those passions into researching and writing fiction, concentrating on birthing books rather than babies. The idea for her debut novel, FREYJA’S DAUGHTER, book #1 in the Wild Women series to be published by City Owl Press, came about while researching how women in folklore have devolved from powerful to weak due to political/and or religious changes in history. Through her stories, Rachel hopes to help women reclaim their powerful folklore and see themselves in the archetypes it produces.

When she’s not writing, Rachel works in circulation services at a public library. She also enjoys hiking, wine tasting, attempting to grow her own food, and reading. She lives near Seattle, Washington with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, a cat, and two well-fed guinea pigs. FREYJA’S DAUGHTER is her debut novel.

Keep up with Rachel and her Wild Women at her website.

You can also find her on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.


22 May, 2018

REAL MAN by A.S. Green

REAL MAN is the latest installment in Carina Press’ “TheDirty Bits.” Designed to be read in an hour or two, these sexy microromances are guaranteed to pack a punch and deliver a happily-ever-after.

A broken-down Mercedes is not what lawyer Claire Sweeney needs at this particular moment in time. The mechanic sent to collect her, though, is just right: tall and solid—a real man.

The kind of guy who shows you how he is in bed just by the way he walks.

Michael DaBruzzi assumes he knows all there is to know about Claire. Silk blouse, pencil skirt, take-me heels. She’s rich. An elitist. Probably never lifted a finger to do any real work her whole entitled life.

Definitely not a screamer.

But Claire’s hiding a lot under her fancy clothes and composed facade. From the moment she climbs into his truck, Claire’s out to show Michael the truth: she’s no princess, and she’s not afraid to get dirty.

If you liked REAL MAN, don’t miss A.S. Green’s sexy novella, MAKING WAVES. You can keep up with A.S. Green and her upcoming books on her websiteInstagramTwitter, Pinterest, or Facebook


11 May, 2018

NAKED MARRIAGE, JoAnneh Nagler

A road map to having a vibrant, long-term love affair–with your spouse.

Marriage is an exercise in busy. It’s not―by any stretch of the imagination―a spontaneous experience. Unlike the dating years, when we willingly flung every responsibility to the wind to be in our lover’s arms, marriage conspires to pull us earth-bound, distracting us from love with weighty responsibilities, insistent duties, and insane time pressures. We’ve got jobs and family obligations. We’ve got dinners to make, a house to vacuum, laundry to do, yard work, and when you add kids to the equation, the to-do list grows exponentially. How can we maintain an amorous life through all of the crazy, pressure-filled marital stuff we live through each week?

Naked Marriage:  How to Have a Lifetime of Love, Sex, Joy and Happiness (Skyhorse, May, 2018) covers all of the topics that we need to have a healthy, intimate, and sexual life:

  • A weekly “date” with an undisturbed hour or two for being intimate and sexual with each other
  • Access to soul-ease experiences and fun or romance
  • Sex grounded in mutual fulfilment, so we want to come back for more
  • Affection guidelines that help keep us in our sensuality, even when we’re busy
  • Easy-on-the-soul strategies for checking in with each other
  • Clear strategies for our money, parenting, and lifestyle choices, so financial and family pressures don’t block our pathway to the bedroom

    Author JoAnneh Nagler offers practical strategies to get the gifts of marriage―intimacy, sex, closeness―into your hearts, hands, souls, and bodies. Nagler, who shares the story of losing the love of her life and then getting him back years later, shows you the steps to create passion in a busy life.

Reviews:

“JoAnneh Nagler’s Naked Marriage invites couples to strip down and successfully tackle the most notoriously troubling parts of married life with quick, practical, and proven tools that promote easy connection and maintain oh-so elusive physical intimacy.” ―Carolyn Evans, MSW, author of Forty Beads: The Simple Sexy Secret for Transforming Your Marriage and founder of Couplosity.com

Naked Marriage is a brand new twist on intimacy. The upshot: our sensual learning never stops. This book is a must-read for anyone beginning or already in a long term relationship.” ―Lewis Wyatt, M.D., author of No More Clueless Sex

“Nagler infuses exquisite sensitivity with courageous honesty in this wise counsel about the most intimate matters confronted in marriage. Rather than a guidebook for falling in love, Naked Marriage implores the willingness necessary for staying in love.” ―Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, Director of Jewish Community and Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, 92nd Street Y
JoAnneh Nagler has a degree in psychology, a master’s degree in metaphysical counseling, a practitioner’s counseling license, and a minister’s license. She has been a life coach addressing personal happiness, creativity, and relationships for twelve years. She is also the author of The Debt-Free Spending Plan and How to Be an Artist Without Losing Your Mind, Your Shirt, or Your Creative Compass. She lives in Burlingame, California.


1 May, 2018

Across the Dark Water, Riders of the Realm Book #1, by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

A new and exciting fantasy novel—the first in a trilogy—from the imagination of Guardian Herd series author Jennifer Lynn Alvarez. Perfect for fans of Lisa McMann’s Going Wild, Brandon Mull’s Wild Born, or Erin Hunter’s Warriors series.

Deep in the jungles of the Realm, the Sandwen clan live amongst deadly spit dragons and hordes of warring giants. But with their winged battle horses, they manage to keep their people safe.

Twelve-year-old Rahkki is a stable groom for the Riders in the Sandwen army, taking care of his brother’s winged stallion. The Sandwens believe they have tamed all the wild pegasi in their land, and turned them into flying warhorses. But when a herd of wild steeds flies over their village, Rahkki and his clanmates are stunned.

Meanwhile, a small herd of pegasi have journeyed across a treacherous ocean to settle in a new, and free, land. Led by Echofrost and Hazelwind, the Storm Herd steeds are unaware of the Sandwens. But when the unthinkable happens, Echofrost and the rest of Storm Herd will have to come to trust the Sandwens, or both may not survive.


1 May, 2018

Starting with Goodbye, Lisa Romeo

“Lisa Romeo’s compelling memoir is both a loving tribute to her adored father and a clear-eyed portrait of their complicated relationship. Reading it, you can’t help but reflect on your own familial bonds—but you may also find, as I did, that Lisa’s lovely writing and startling insights lead you into deeper territory, as she wrestles with questions of identity, mortality, and the vagaries of love.”  —Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World

Starting with Goodbye begins with loss and ends with love, as a midlife daughter rediscovers her enigmatic father after his death. Lisa has little time for grief, but when her dead dad drops in for “conversations,” his absent presence invites Lisa to examine why the parent she had turned away from in life now holds her spellbound.

Lisa reconsiders the affluent upbringing he financed (filled with horses, lavish vacations, bulging closets), and the emotional distance that grew when he retired to Las Vegas and she remained in New Jersey where she and her husband earn moderate incomes. She also confronts death rituals, navigates new family dynamics, while living both in memory and the unfolding moment.

In this brutally honest yet compelling portrayal and tribute, Lisa searches for meaning, reconciling the Italian-American father—self-made textile manufacturer who liked newspapers, smoking, Las Vegas craps tables, and solitude—with the complex man she discovers influenced everything, from career choice to spouse.

By forging a new father-daughter “relationship,” grief is transformed to hopeful life-affirming redemption. In poignant, often lyrical prose, this powerful, honest book proves that when we dare to love the parent who challenged us most, it’s never too late.


25 April, 2018

SWIMMING BETWEEN WORLDS, Elaine Neil Orr

From the critically acclaimed writer of A Different Sun, a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement…

One of Buzzfeed’s “7 coming-of-age tales to pick up this April” (Berkley/April 2018)

Kate Monroe’s parents have died, leaving her the family home and the right connections in her Southern town. But a trove of disturbing letters sends her searching for the truth behind the comfortable life she’s been bequeathed.

On the same morning but at different moments, Tacker and Kate encounter a young African-American, Gaines Townson, and their stories converge with his. As Winston-Salem is pulled into the tumultuous 1960s, these three Americans find themselves at the center of the civil rights struggle, coming to terms with the legacies of their pasts as they search for an ennobling future.

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3 April, 2018

Cold Hard Truth by Anne Greenwood Brown

Emmie O’Brien is a former good girl now on the fringe. She spent a crazy year involved with Nick, her mom’s drug dealer; after her arrest she was lucky to go back to her old life. But she’s haunted

by the choices she made—first, to be with Nick, and then later, to testify against him. Max Shepherd is a senior varsity hockey player with serious anger issues. His grief over the death of his girlfriend causes him to see injustice wherever he looks. When they meet in community service, Max is drawn to Emmie’s calm energy, but Emmie knows better than to get too close to anyone. When friends of Nick show up seeking revenge, Emmie is forced to come to terms with her past, while Max has to control his protective instincts. They must trust one another, especially when Emmie’s situation takes a dangerous turn.

“Brown’s latest is brimming with passion and suspense as Emmie and Max fight their demons of emotional abuse and anger management and become closer romantically. Reminiscent of Katie McGarry’s Say You’ll Remember Me (2018), the book reveals Emmie’s emotional abuse from Nick that she has to overcome as she tries to open her heart to Max. With a gripping plot from the beginning, Brown’s enticing novel reads from both Max’s and Emmie’s perspectives as they both slowly reveal their pasts.” — Booklist 

Anne Greenwood Brown is an attorney by day and young adult novelist by night. Her works include the Lies Beneath trilogy and Girl Last Seen, which she coauthored with Heather Anastasiu. Anne lives in Minnesota.


29 March, 2018

The Gospel of Mary, Philip Freeman

A young Irish nun finds herself the guardian of a mysterious manuscript claiming to be the lost gospel of Mary, when she realizes that church authorities are willing to kill to get their hands on it . . .

An old and dying nun has turned up at Deirdre’s monastery in Ireland with an ancient manuscript on a papyrus roll. When Deirdre reads the first line, she realizes it claims to be a previously unknown gospel written by Mary, the mother of Jesus. The church authorities in Rome have been seeking to destroy this gospel for centuries, claiming it is a forgery that threatens the very foundations of the faith.

Deirdre begins to translate the gospel, but when a delegate of the pope arrives in Kildare searching for the text, she must set out across Ireland seeking safety as the church and its henchmen are hot on her trail. What does the gospel say? And why is the church so afraid of it?

This is the third mystery set in Celtic times, in the early days of Christianity, featuring Sister Deirdre, by Philip Freeman. The first is St. Brigid’s Bones followed by Sacrifice. All three titles are from Pegasus.

[The Gospel of Mary] moves at a crackling pace and is surprisingly packed with excitement, emotion, and colorful characters. This is as much a mother’s―and woman’s―story as it is a historical and religious adventure. Freeman does a very impressive job considering he is neither.”
Criminal Element

“This is a generous-spirited, gracefully written book. Sure it is a page-turning mystery story, but it is also a warm hearted look at what people need from religion. It is also a compelling, critical look at the structures and hierarchies that surround religion.”
Irish American News

“Freeman creates another atmospherically absorbing mystery fortified by biblical and historical fact. By unraveling the plot of the translated text alongside Sister Deirdre’s mission, this briskly paced narrative becomes even more dark and dangerous.”
Shelf Awareness

“Freeman’s command of life in the ancient world is impressive, and he has an admirably efficient way with a plot. An absorbing story.”
Historical Novels Review

“A strong atmosphere, absorbing, well-drawn characters, and a compelling plot. ”
Library Journal [Praise for the Sister Deirdre Mystery Series]

“This is a goodly yarn, complete with its fascinating and colorful historical and cultural context, not to mention its dangers and horrors. ”
The Providence Journal [Praise for the Sister Deirdre Mystery Series]

Philip Freeman is the Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Classical Philology and Celtic Languages and Literature. His books have been reviewed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other national publications.