Family Matters in These Bonus Freebies!
Our selection of November bonus freebies is here to fill your virtual library with books that feature families. Whether it’s a family you’re born into or one you choose, every bookworm will find freebies in their favorite genres.
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By Vera Nazarian
Earth is doomed. Nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl Gwen Lark and her three siblings must compete in deadly trials against all other Earth teens, including her school crush, in order to Qualify for interplanetary rescue from an asteroid apocalypse. Can she save everyone she loves and impress her arrogant commanding officer? Optioned for Film!
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
Fantasy / Paranormal
The Legend of the Lost Child
By Annie O’Connell
With a new family and new name, he is returning to the home he thought he lost. Learning he is being hunted, his survival requires him to learn to control his powers at an accelerated rate. Failure could mean death for him, his family, and his friends.
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
Criminally, Lovingly, Cross-stitched
By J. Traveler Pelton
The Pum’s hope that bad times are behind them with the dispersal of the professor and his wayward students, but find themselves enmeshed in a more personal and dangerous mystery rooted in their own family past. If you enjoy small towns, zoos, romance, cozy mysteries, and happy endings, you are going to love book two of our Melody’s Zoo mysteries.
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
There’s Always a Catch
By Stephanie Taylor
When stagnation threatens the future of her beloved island, mayor Holly goes head-to-head with the community’s elderly retirees. But no matter how much they disagree on progress, they can always agree on one thing: that the inhabitants of this tiny island – decorated all year long for the holidays – are a family. Take a trip to the tropics today!
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Dark Psychological Drama
Sweet Baby Mine
By Maria Daversa
Set in Paris, Sweet Baby Mine is about the secrets, lies, and mental illnesses that take a toll on two people who once thought they’d found true love. The tale is oftentimes heartbreaking, but always hopeful in its message. On the road to self-discovery, you’ll quickly realize you are deserving love.
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
Biography & Memoir
Don’t Call Me Jupiter: Memoir of a Reluctant Hippie Kid
By Tom J. Bross
A true coming-of-age story of psychedelic adventure about growing up in a vagabond family led by a self-absorbed, eccentric hippie mother during the age of Aquarius. Devastating family drama, abandonment, and drugs are balanced with laugh-out-loud humor that will keep you turning pages. You’ll laugh, cry, cringe, and be left begging for more.
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
In the Shape of a Man
By Paul Clayton
A genre-bending novel of modern alienation and evil. Two families, losers, innocents, a classic outcast, and Hell’s Angels… all circle the drain of failure, coming closer and closer till they crush up against one another in a National Enquirer-type ending that stays with the reader long after they put the book down.
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
Sweet Contemporary Romance
Love on the Line
By Kirsten Fullmer
Andrea left her home and family to take a job building a pipelining with her estranged grandpa, Buck. She’s curious about his job and why her mother dislikes him so much. She didn’t expect the job to be so difficult, or to discover long buried family secrets. Most of all, she didn’t know she’d be the only women on the job site.
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
A Life for a Life
By Lynda McDaniel
“I was done being a crime reporter in D.C., tired of all the violence. So I moved to Laurel Falls, a quiet town in N.C. Seemed like heaven to me—ancient mountains brimming with tall trees and songbirds, peace and quiet. Until I found the body.” ~Della Kincaid “A real treat, highly recommended for its fine attention to detail.” ~Midwest Book Review
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Contemporary Western Romance
By M. Lee Prescott
Headed home, Ben Morgan runs into Maggie Williams and his ailing heart skips a beat. Maggie has struggled to forget him, raising their daughter, Emma alone. He’s gorgeous as ever and she swears he’ll not break her heart again. Jump into this beloved series and read through to #10, A Valley Christmas then on to the Morgan’s Fire spin-off series!
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
The Island Affair
By Helena Halme
After their son’s tragic death, Alicia and her husband travel to the Nordic islands where Alicia was raised. As family secrets are revealed, can she find a way to embrace life once more? Book one in a “sensational” (NetGalley) series.
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
Biography & Memoir
By Christy Texeira
The story of a family pushed to the brink, as they face their daughter’s rare life-threatening illness. The Texeiras discovered the most essential ingredients in surviving great adversity: faith, gratitude, and inner strength. The Texeira family shows us, life isn’t planned-it is lived. There is more to being a family than just being alive.
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
Legacy of Secrets
By Helen Starbuck
Kate Earnshaw’s family passes down painful riddles without answers, where secrets disappear from one generation to the next. Kate’s father’s suicide has left many unanswered questions and revealed how little she knew about him. Her quest for answers leads to a small town in eastern Colorado and Evan Hastings, who helps her find the answers.
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
Sweet Contemporary Romance
Under the Maui Sky
By Kellie Coates Gilbert
Aloha! Welcome to the heart-tugging Maui Island Series, where the dramas of everyday life keep the Briscoe family and their friends laughing, crying, and falling in love. Binge-worthy stories great for fans of Robyn Carr and Sherryl Woods.
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
A Full Quiver
By D. A. Callahan
A power couple becomes guardians to four unrelated children from diverse backgrounds. They must overcome many obstacles on their way to becoming a family but sinister forces are working against them. Can they protect their children and become the family they hope to be?
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
Queenie Lost Circus Dog
By Averie Rousseau
Queenie Lost Circus Dog is an enchanting, beautifully illustrated book based on a true chapter from the childhood of Averie Rousseau’s mother. Katie is surprised with a puppy for her seventh birthday. Timing is everything as Grandma decides to tell Katie the incredible story of how she came to adopt her first dog.
This deal is good on November 13, 2022
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It’s that time of year again when the leaves change color and we cuddle up with blankets and good reads. If you love reading about paranormal creatures or anything that falls under the spooky umbrella, then you’ll love this list of paranormal romance books for adults.
What are Paranormal Romance Books for Adults?
Paranormal romance books are a great way to get your fix of spooky stories without being too scared. These types of romance novels often have elements of paranormal or fantasy mixed into the story for an intriguing plot you won’t be able to put down. There’s always a focus on characters with superpowers, otherworldly beings, or a combination of the two. Witches, ghosts, faeries, and fallen angels are just some of the types of creatures that you can find in these books. As mentioned in an article by Smashbear, “while certain elements of a paranormal romance book are fantastical, the world they’re set in is not.”
Whether you’re looking for a light-hearted paranormal romance or something a little more sinister and spicy, there’s something on this list to suit your tastes.
1. Darkness Unknown
by Selina A. Fenech
Back in her hometown after her mother’s death, Everly has a plan to get in and out fast. Watching a monster kill Rylan, the boy who broke her heart, wasn’t part of that plan. Now, his body is missing and her dreams are where his soul is trapped. Will Everly be able to figure things out and save Rylan?
This urban fantasy from author Selina A. Fenech features a slow-burn romance mixed with a mystery as Everly tries to save the only man she has ever loved. There are plenty of vampires and shifters in this book and trilogy, and readers are raving about it. As described in one Amazon review, the book is “a fantastic tale that immediately transports the reader from the normal and mundane into a reality that twists and melts like a Dali painting.” Don’t wait to add this to your virtual library!Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
2. Lucifer’s Daughter
by Kel Carpenter
Tattoo artist Ruby Morningstar is a half-succubus demon who lives in Portland with her best friend, Moira, who is a banshee, and their pet raccoon. They believed that was who she is for all 23 years of her life, but her world turns upside down after a handsome stranger bails her out of jail. Suddenly Ruby learns that she’s the bringer of the apocalypse—not the Four Horsemen.
Written by USA Today bestselling author Kel Carpenter, Lucifer’s Daughter features the Four Horsemen. One of the hundreds of highly rated Amazon reviews says, “I would recommend giving this a try if you like strong female characters with some magic and action, and I’m not just talking about bedroom action.” If demons are your cup of tea when it comes to paranormal romances, Lucifer’s Daughter is a must-read!Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
3. Savage Mates
by Allie Santos
Liana is a werewolf who doesn’t have the ability to shift. Often overlooked, her pack doesn’t care for her—she’s an omega. But when she shifted, she got her true mates. Refusing their pity as they didn’t want her, Liana leaves for human society. When her mates seek her out, she refuses to submit to her three savage mates. Afterall, she has claws and she’s not afraid to use them.
Fans of possessive werewolves and rejected mates are sure to love Savage Mates. Between the steamy scenes and some tear-jerking scenes, this standalone book offers a new take on omegas. One rave review says that there are “so many amazing things about this book!”Buy on Amazon
4. Dragon’s Kitty
by Eve Langlais
Israfil isn’t exactly a people person, much less a cat person. Yet somehow, he acquires a feline after he’s released from his prison. But the cat ends up being nothing compared to Serafina, a treasure hunter who won’t even let a horseman of the apocalypse—and his cat—get in her way. As they search dangerous catacombs for an artifact, Serafina will have to keep an eye out for traps and her attraction to Israfil…
Eve Langlais is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Dragon’s Kitty is the latest book in her Dragon Point series. This fun paranormal romance features a dragon shifter and magic, and it’s an overall fun read; there are even some moments from the cat’s perspective! It’s no wonder why many of the Amazon reviews mention that they “love the adventure, the humor and of course the steamy bits!”Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
5. Lover Arisen
by J.R. Ward
Balthazar is s a thief who never expected his heart to be stolen by a human. While on the hunt for the Book of Spells, he has to fight his undeniable attraction to homicide detective Erika Saunders. Something otherworldly is happening in Caldwell, New York and Erika’s nightmares involve being hunted by shadows and a mysterious man. Will the thing bringing Balthazar and Erika together destroy the Brotherhood?
Lover Arisen is part of J.R. Ward’s New York Times bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. As mentioned in a rave review from the Philadelphia Inquirer, “it is the reemergence of an old enemy and the heartbreaking sacrifice of a longtime fan favorite that leaves you stunned and facing a torturous wait for answers in the next book. It’s another thrilling entry in the long-running series.”Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
6. Her Alien Angel
by Michele Mills
Evie has no idea why a winged and satanic-looking male left his baby outside her door. She’s the only female human on Salo for miles and she does her best to care for the baby. When something possessive quietly comes into her home, she finally sees the baby’s father. Her breath is caught when his white wings wrap around her. Evie’s fingers map his body at night, but he flies off every morning. When he eventually leaves for good, will the baby go with him?
With nearly 700 five-star reviews on Amazon, Her Alien Angel is a must-read if you’re looking to add a paranormal romance with angels to your TBR list. As one reviewer puts it, “A Hyrokkin with wings? Yes, please! This whole story just flowed like a magical dream.” Don’t wait to download the book readers describe as hot and impossible to put down!Buy on Amazon
Are You Ready For More?
Mental health books comprise a genre rich with diverse voices, perspectives, and approaches. Books about mental health come in many forms, and there’s an abundance of great choices for everyone.
Types of Mental Health Books
Mental health books come in all forms. There are biographies, like Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind, a compelling account of her experience with bipolar disorder. And similar books about living with specific diagnoses, like anxiety, depression, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophrenia.
There are books about the history of mental illness and its treatments, like Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness by the sociologist Andrew Scull. You can even find books of poetry about mental health. The Carrying by Poet Laureate Ada Limón includes verses about the grief of infertility.
Some mental health titles fall into the self-improvement category, like Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.
How to Pick a Book About Mental Health
When picking a book about mental health, you will be presented with a plethora of options. These questions will help you identify which read is right for you:
1. What is my goal? Am I looking for tips on mental healthcare? Do I want to feel understood? Do I want to understand someone else? To understand the history of mental health and diagnoses?
2. Am I looking for a narrative story? Advice or instructions? A historical or medical account?
3. Consider who is writing the book—what expertise do they have?
1. Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?
by Julie Smith, Ph.D.
In Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? The Tik-Tok famous clinical psychologist Julie Smith details how the mind, body, and emotions work together to influence every ounce of our lives. In short chapters, Smith unpacks her mental health toolbox and demonstrates how all the gadgets work.
Readers will walk away better at caring for their mental health and with techniques to manage anxiety, depression, and self-doubt. Plus, they’ll learn to cultivate resilience, motivation and inspiration, self-confidence, and forgiveness.Buy on Amazon Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
2. Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle
by Amelia Nagoski, Ph.D., and Emily Nagoski
If you’re a working American, it’s very likely you’ve experienced burnout at some point. According to Deloitte, 77% of workers in the US have experienced burnout in their jobs, and those who are burned out say unmanageable stress negatively affects their work and their personal lives.
Burnout is specifically targeted at helping women minimize burnout and its effects, but everyone will get something from this book. Readers will learn how to “complete” the stress cycle, appreciate and love your body, and monitor your emotions to better use them for your benefit.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
3. The Body Keeps the Score
by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a psychiatrist and clinical researcher with decades of experience working with patients who have experienced severe forms of trauma. The Body Keeps the Score is a powerful account of the far-reaching effect of trauma, both mental and physical, and how his patients have learned to heal.
This wonderfully readable and powerful mental health book comprises both narrative patient stories and histories of medical research and treatment.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
4. The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help You Deserve
by Rheeda Walker, Ph.D.
Clinical psychologist Rheeda Walker pulls back the curtain to shine a light on the Black mental health crisis created by a system that is not designed to provide equal healthcare to all. Readers will learn how to identify the symptoms of mental illness, find psychological healing, foster community, and find the help they need. Walker also offers tools and strategies to mitigate stress and enrich emotional wellness.
The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health is a must-read for every person of color and the allies that stand with them.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
5. Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health
by Thomas Insel, M.D.
As a neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Thomas Insel has seen the inner machinery of the mental health system and knows first-hand why it’s failing so many people who desperately need care.
In Healing, Insel shifts the focus from the biological and chemical influences on mental health to how we can prevent and heal from the effects of mental illness. The book explores why the quality of mental healthcare varies so widely, why many practitioners lack accountability, and why we’ve become so resigned to treating symptoms rather than problems.
Insel lays out the brokenness of the mental health system and how it can be made right, with what he calls the three Ps: people, place, and purpose.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
6. How We Heal: Uncover Your Power and Set Yourself Free
by Alexandra Elle
Everyone has a need to heal in some way. Whether it’s healing from an acute traumatic experience, the loss of a loved one, the dissolution of a relationship, or simply damaging beliefs about oneself. In How We Heal, Alexandra Elle presents a four-part framework for healing and offers practical advice readers can apply in their own lives, like journaling, meditation, and boundary-setting.Buy on Amazon Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
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One of the most enjoyable things that you can do when you have time to yourself is to curl up with a good book, and there are no better books to do so with than cozy mysteries! If you’re looking to add some lighthearted mysteries with a dose of sweetness to your TBR list, we have you covered. Here are the top 8 cozy mystery series that are perfect for curling up with.
How Are Cozy Mysteries Different From Mysteries?
Cozy mysteries are a lighter take on the typical crime mystery. They don’t have as much of the gore, or violence that a classic whodunit has. These books often take place in friendly small towns and feature amateur sleuths—and even animal sidekicks in some books! The lovable characters band together to solve crimes and catch the culprits. Plus, cozy mystery series tend to have titles full of puns!
As mentioned in a Publisher’s Weekly article, “the heart of why readers love cozies is they know what they are getting. They know they will have a sleuth who is pulled into the crime because that sleuth cares about other people, they know that the sleuth’s friends and family will help and hinder the investigation, they know that humor will abound, and they know that in the end, through all the twists and turns, the killer will be caught.”
1. Daphne Jones Mysteries
by Phillipa Nefri Clark
The outback town of Little Bridges is the perfect location for the wedding Daphne Jones is set to officiate, but someone is determined to stop the union. When a member of the bridal party is found dead in a swimming pool, Daphne’s gut knows this was not an accident. A celebrant sleuth with a love of puzzles, Daphne has a number of suspects after learning of family feuds and missing money. She refuses to give up… unless the killer gets to her first.
This fun cozy mystery series features a traveling wedding officiant with a heart of gold in Australia. One five star review for Till Daph Do Us Part, the first book in the series, says, “there is much to love about this book. The author has an excellent writing style. The plot moves nicely. The characters are interesting and well-developed.” If you’re looking for a series filled with quirky characters, don’t wait to add this series to your virtual library!Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
2. A Bookish Cafe Mystery
by Harper Lin
Bookseller Maggie Bell works in a charming Connecticut bookstore. When her boss passes away, his son, Joshua Whitfield, has plans to turn part of the bookstore into a vampire and silly romance book themed cafe. In the middle of the renovation, an electrician is killed. Joshua becomes the prime suspect and Maggie has to put aside their differences to help clear his name. But as her attraction to Joshua grows, will she be able to fall for this man who doesn’t even enjoy reading?
From a USA Today bestselling author comes a series that has it all: a bookstore setting, a cute black cat, and a dash of romance. A highly rated Amazon review says, “Harper Lin does a masterful job of weaving a story with plenty of murder suspects for the armchair sleuth consider… I definitely plan to enjoy more of this author’s books.” Start this series today!Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
3. A Raina Sun Mystery
by Anne R. Tan
Raina Sun is a graduate student doing her best as bills roll in and her college adviser cons her, but her luck is running out. She ends up finding her advisor’s dead body, becomes the prime suspect, and then her ex reappears as the case’s lead detective. On top of that, Raina’s grandmother shows up at her tiny apartment with her own trouble in store. As she hones her sleuthing skills, Raina learns that when it comes to murder, there isn’t room for amateurs.
With eleven books in the series, you won’t be short on hilarious cozies that feature a Chinese-American protagonist and characters that feel very real. As one rave review puts it, “The twists and turns delivered repeatedly so that I didn’t have a moment to grow bored with this mystery. I will read it again and again, and I can’t wait to read more in this series.” The 11 books in this cozy series are perfect for any bookworm!Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
4. The Murder, Curlers Series
by Arlene McFarlane
Valentine Beaumont is a beautician who is struggling to revive her business after a perm gone wrong. After a socialite is strangled while waiting for her facial, Valentine knows she needs to start figuring out the clues. Despite warnings from a detective who is hard-headed and sexy, Valentine commits to clearing her name before another one of her clients is murdered.
If you’re a fan of cozy mysteries that have laugh-out-loud banter and a little bit of romance thrown in the mix, you won’t want to miss this series from USA Today bestselling author Arlene McFarlane! Highly rated reviews on Amazon describe Murder, Curlers, and Cream as delightful and humorous, and one review states, “If you’re looking for an entertaining escape – this book is for you.” Add this cozy mystery series to your TBR list today!Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
5. Moonstone Bay
by Amanda M. Lee
Hadley Hunter lived a normal life up until a grandmother she never knew passes away and leaves her with a lighthouse on Moonstone Bay Island. Ready for adventure, she goes to check out the lighthouse and is intrigued by what she sees. But when she notices magical things happening and sees a body on the beach, it looks like the island has a killer and they’re stalking Hadley, Moonstone Bay’s newest witch.
Witchin’ USA is the first of ten books in the Moonstone Bay series. One rave review puts it perfectly: “This was so much fun to read, expertly written with a whole house full of drama, snark, sass, determination and a background setting that is drool worthy.” What more could you want in a fun and paranormal cozy mystery? Don’t wait to grab this series and add some magic to your virtual library!Buy on Amazon
6. Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
by M. C. Beaton
Lady Jane Winters is a widow with a gossip column. After joining a fishing class, Lady Jane wastes no time in using her sharp tongue to ruffle the feathers of the others in the class, including Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Hamish believed nobody would silence the widow—that is until her strangled body is found. Hamish may be in over his head as he works through a list of suspects. After all, knowledge is power and killers usually strike more than once…
Visit the Scotland Highlands in this cozy mystery series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and Queen of Crime, M. C. Beaton! Well-written and full of quirky characters in a beautiful setting, it’s no wonder why readers are hooked. With over 30 books in the series, you’ll never be short on intriguing mysteries. Download Death of a Gossip and get captivated by this cozy series.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
7. Lady Hardcastle
by T. E. Kinsey
It’s 1908 and widow Lady Emily Hardcastle has moved from London to the country in the hopes of living a quiet life with her maid, Florence Armstrong. Once a body is discovered in the woods, Lady Hardcastle and Flo discover a web of intrigue, learning about resentment and rivalries. Surrounded by suspicion and uncertainty, only one thing is for sure: there is no quiet life in the country.
A Quiet Life in the Country is the first book in the Lady Hardcastle series. One highly rated review mentions that the “excellent use of humor combined with a well-written plot and erudite vocabulary” are what make the first book such an enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a witty cozy mystery that’s both relaxing and entertaining, you don’t want to miss this beloved series by T. E. Kinsey!Buy on Amazon
8. Florida Keys Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery
by Danielle Collins
Located in the Florida Keys is the bed and breakfast that Eva Stewart runs with her parrot. While Eva loves reading murder mystery books and hosting her book club, she unexpectedly ends up with an actual murder mystery on her hands when a body is found near the B&B. Using what she knows from her favorite books, will she be able to help crack the case?
Your next murder mystery is waiting for you in this series written by bestselling author Danielle Collins! There are six books and the most recent one was published in March 2022. With over 1000 five star ratings on Amazon for the first book, this fast-paced cozy mystery is sure to hook you with its unexpected twists. Described as “engaging” and “realistic” by reviewers, you won’t want to skip this series.Buy on Amazon
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As you pack your bags for your next trip to the beach, the one thing you cannot forget to pack is a great book, or three. Take your pick from this list of some of our favorite beach books.
What Makes A Good Beach Read?
The best beach reads are page turners. It’s the kind of book that makes you lose track of time. Maybe it’s because a love story is so captivating, a mystery so puzzling, or an adventure so exciting.
Books for the beach come in all forms, genres, and lengths. And though beach reads are typically lighter in subject matter, as you’ll see in this list, there are worthwhile beach reads from the world of mental health and true crime.
Our list includes both easy-reading novels and great nonfiction books that will keep you glued to the pages.
1. My Killer Vacation
by Tessa Bailey
A relaxing vacation on Cape Cod turns into a murder mystery when Taylor finds a body in the rental house she is supposed to share with her brother. When a handsome and dangerous bounty hunter shows up, Taylor, a true crime fanatic, insists on helping him track down the killer.
Romantic and suspenseful, My Killer Vacation is the perfect excuse to plant yourself on the beach all day. According to one Goodreads reviewer, “This was the light and funny read I needed… but make it spicy & murder mystery. I wanted a quick and captivating book and this hit the perfect spot.”Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
2. World Travel: An Irreverent Guide
by Anthony Bourdain with Laurie Woolever
Maybe the nearest beach, or even the local pool, is as far as your summer travels will take you. The good news is, World Travel, a collection of writings and thoughts by the late chef and writer Anthony Bourdain, will take you just about anywhere in the world you want to go.
Part travel guide, part cultural reflection, this book is a good choice for the reader who likes short, snackable bits. The collection also features essays from Bourdain’s friends, family, and colleagues on food, travel, and personal exploration.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
3. French Exit
by Patrick DeWitt
Patrick DeWitt’s short and delightful novel French Exit is for lovers of wit, sarcasm, and dark humor. When an aristocratic Upper East Side widow finds herself at the end of her rope socially and financially, she takes her childish adult son to Paris, the City of Light, in the hopes of starting over. But it turns out things aren’t so easy, and our main characters get caught up in the wry friction of Parisian high society.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
4. Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
by Robert Kolker
The history of the Galvin family is a page turner if there ever was one. Hidden Valley Road is the story of an American family rocked by a string of diagnoses—over a decade, six of the twelve Galvin children are diagnosed with schizophrenia.
This is the tragic yet completely enrapturing story of the family whose contributions to the science of mental health are unmatched, yet in many ways unauthorized.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
5. The Summer I Turned Pretty
by Jenny Han
Summers at Cousins Beach are always magical for Isabel “Belly” Conklin. Her world revolves around the small beach town and the friends there who have become like family, including Conrad and Jeremiah, two brothers Belly has known since childhood. But as they’ve grown, the relationships have changed. Could one of them be more than a friend? This YA romance novel is full of the genre’s favorite tropes and golden settings—and it just begs to be read.
You may know Jenny Han from her best-selling book and Netflix movie of the same name: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. And if you can’t get enough, you’re in luck! The Summer I Turned Pretty is the first book in Han’s summer trilogy, which includes It’s Not Summer Without You and We’ll Always Have Summer.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
6. The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm
by Hilarie Burton Morgan
When the actress Hilarie Burton Morgan became pregnant with her first child, she and her partner, the actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, decided it was time to opt out of the glamorous life they had been leading between New York City and Los Angeles, and instead move to a working farm in rural Hudson Valley, New York. On Mischief Farm, the Morgans have raised a family, a bunch of animals, and plenty of hell.
Readers needn’t be familiar with the Morgans or their work to love this charming, tender, and often hilarious memoir that reflects on love, parenting, ambition, and what it means to fall in love with a community.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
7. Reason and Romance
by Terrance Layhew
George Austen believes romance novels are beneath him. Ever concerned with being a “serious” author, a rival goads him into writing his own romance book. So George must begin at the beginning, by asking, is romance more than a genre?
A contemporary romance novel for readers who resist, or even frown upon, the contemporary romance novel, Reason and Romance will delight and charm.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
8. Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders
by Kathryn Miles
In 1996, two women were murdered while backpacking in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Forest. Both were skilled and experienced outdoorswomen. Twenty years later, journalist Kathryn Miles tries to crack open the case that went cold long ago.
In her book, Miles eliminates previous suspects and identifies new ones, discovers potential cover-ups, and gains access to key witnesses and documents. The story is consuming and endlessly readable. True crime fans will love Miles’s earnest and thoughtful investigation of the crime and her reflection on the dangers that women face in the wilderness and in U.S. national parks, and why crime investigations fail so many women.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
9. Painting Time
by Maylis de Kerangal
Painting Time is the story of Paula Karst, a blossoming artist on the verge of a great artistic breakthrough and mastery of craft. Yet in many ways Paula is lost—young, still living with her parents, and unsure of where her work will take her. This coming-of-age novel is a rich and atmospheric journey into the world of art and painting, and across Europe.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
10. On Rotation
by Shirlene Obuobi
Angela “Angie” Appiah has everything she’s supposed to: medical school, a promising career, a successful boyfriend, and successful friends. When her world starts falling apart, Angie realizes these aren’t the things she wants, but the things she has been told she should want.
When she finds herself wanting Ricky Gutierrez, the kind of partner she never envisioned for herself, Angie has to recast herself in the story of her life—in a role that she chooses. Obuobi’s debut novel is funny, romantic, and deliciously readable from start to finish.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
11. Diner of Lost Souls
by Graham Diamond and Hedy Campeas
Cora Drakos is the owner of the Athena Diner—and a part-time sleuth. Her work takes her around the world, from New York to Athens and every dangerous corner in between. The latest mystery, though, has come dangerously close to home. Cora is on a mission to track down the person who brutally beat a homeless man near the diner, a would-be murderer who wanted the anonymous man dead.
This short indie title is a must-read for those who love an international mystery thriller.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
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Fantasy novel devotees may already have a handful of LGBTQ titles on their shelves. The genre is full of great authors writing powerful stories with casts of characters that reflect the spectrum of human sexual orientation and gender identity.
If you want an introduction to the fantasy realm, we recommend giving LGBTQ fantasy books a try.
What are LGBTQ Fantasy Books?
LGBTQ fantasy books are books that fall in the fantasy genre and feature characters—usually main characters—who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. For example, these stories might feature a queer romance, a community of trans celestials, or gay vampires. You might also hear these called queer fantasy books. Many fantasy books incorporate themes, tropes, and symbols from other genres as well, like romance, sci-fi, dystopian, supernatural, and horror.
Check out these eight LGBTQ fantasy titles you should add to your TBR list.
1. The Once and Future Queen
by Adam P. Knave and Dj Kirkbride, and illustrated by Nickolas Brokenshire
This graphic novel’s hero Rani Arturus, is a teenage chess prodigy who falls into an epic reimagination of the King Arthur legend and becomes a world-saving hero. The Once and Future Queen combines Camelot, alien invasion, romance, and mind games into an adventurous story full of multi-ethnic characters with diverse orientations.
The graphic novel has won a slew of awards, including the 2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Nominee, and was named one of Comicon’s Most Progressive Comics of 2017.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
2. Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor
by Xiran Jay Zhao
When Zachary Ying sets out to explore his Chinese heritage, he uncovers an amazing discovery about his identity. Now a hero in the making, he must journey across China to fulfill his quest: Close the portal to the underworld before it blows open and destroys the mortal realm. Along the way, he must free himself from a Chinese emperor who has attached himself to Zack’s VR headset, rescue his mother from the demons who kidnapped her soul, and learn to harness his powers for good.
If you’re a fantasy reader, you may already know Zhao, who is the New York Times best-selling author of the Iron Widow series. Zachary Ying is written for middle-grade readers, but the action in this book is appealing to all.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
3. Forbidden Throne
by Jennifer Laslie
As the heir apparent to her father’s throne, Rosalyn is prepared to wear the crown and find her king. But when she sees the dragon princess Helena, she realizes she doesn’t want to rule with a king, but with Helena by her side. Will Rosalyn be able to change the kingdom’s archaic beliefs about gender roles? Will Helena have her?
This short, magical romance is an easy yet exciting read from a prolific indie author who is known for writing bold female protagonists and crafting spicy romance plots.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
4. The Seep
by Chana Porter
The world has been invaded by a mysterious force that calls itself The Seep. The world as we know it is gone—new economic systems, new governments, and even new technologies shape our lives. Trina, a trans woman, and her wife Deeba live under the seemingly benevolent rule of The Seep. When Deeba decides to pursue a rebirth, Trina is left behind to fill the void, resist The Seep, and save others from its powers.
The Seep is a quick, dystopian read that casts human emotions in a world ruled by an emotionless being. Characters must relearn what it means to be human, what it means to be in relationship with each other.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
5. Prince of the Sorrows
by Kellen Graves
This queer fantasy romance is pure Dark Academia. Traded away from his birth parents in exchange for their own good luck, Saffron has lived quietly in the high fey world of Morrígan Academy in Alfidel. Unless he can get a recommendation that protects his right to stay, Saffron risks being banished back to the human realm in which he was born, a cold, hateful one he has never really known.
Goodreads reviewers gush over Graves’s beautiful rendering of a fae love story that just begs to be read, one full of diverse characters, secret identities, changelings, lore, and slow-burning romance.Buy on Amazon
6. This Wicked Fate
by Kalynn Bayron
In This Wicked Fate, Briseis must defeat her enemies and win the remaining pieces of the deadly Absyrtus Heart, lest her mother die. To win this battle, Briseis must tap into her family’s ancient magic and embark on a journey that threatens her life at every turn.
Bayron is the best-selling author of Cinderella Is Dead and This Poison Heart, which is the prequel to This Wicked Fate. She’s known for writing boundary-busting, Black female characters who stop at nothing to conquer the darkness.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
7. Little Thieves
by Margaret Owen
Vanja Schmidt is on a deadline to pay back her debt and break the curse on her life. Vanja’s mothers have demanded she repay them for taking care of her, so in order to spare her own life, Vanja decides to steal the life of another. This leads Vanja to a scrappy life of grifting, until she crosses the wrong deity, who curses her, adding to her growing list of problems.
Little Thieves is a story filled with double lives, private detectives, thieves, and vendettas. Readers will enjoy the LGBTQ romance subplots in a queernorm world.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
8. Evensong’s Heir
by L.S. Baird
Evensong’s Heir is the story of Willim, a prisoner in the Temple of Valnon, a place where young men yearn to be chosen as Songbirds, but even fewer dare to envy the title of Dove. Dedicated to his role as a Bird and concerned with little else, Willim is surprised to find the Temple on the brink of war and at the mercy of an ancient prophecy. The good news is, he’s been saved by the heroic swordsman Nicholas Grayson. Willim may be able to stop the impending destruction of the temple—as long as he can summon the power of the ancient Saint Alveron.
This indie LGBTQ fantasy novel is a tasteful romance in a richly painted story of music, ambition, and love, with plenty of world-building and history-building.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
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Books are one of the best ways to teach kids about the world. They can be used for educational purposes, to help with their reading skills, or just to give them a story to enjoy. Reading will open your child’s mind to all that they can learn about the world around them.
The Benefits Of Read Along Books for Kids
Books are an important part of a child’s development. Through reading books, children are able to understand new words and phrases, increase their vocabulary, and develop imagination through reading. Reading also has many other benefits like improving attention span, comprehension skills, and confidence.
Read along books provide a good opportunity for parents to model reading. Kids might feel frustrated when they need help sounding out words on paper, or they may be fearful of making mistakes. Books with read along stories solve these problems by giving you the opportunity to read aloud while also providing audio narration. Kids are more likely to read themselves if they see you enjoying it too. After all, kids learn by example! Here are some of our favorite read along books for kids.
1. Wiggly the Worm
by Arnie Lightning
Follow Wiggly Worm and his best friends, Snarky Snail, Rattle Snake, and Munch Mosquito, as they live their lives in the backyard garden. When they decide to explore the world outside of the backyard, where will their adventures take them?
This book includes five fun short stories, “just for fun” activities, and so much more! Let best-selling children’s book author Arnie Lightning guide you and your children through a comfortable and entertaining environment in which you’ll learn plenty of valuable lessons along the way.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
2. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things
Part of DK’s My Very Important Encyclopedias Series, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things is full of many interesting facts about the world, people, animals, plants, and so much more! The book serves as an introduction to what the world is and what it encompasses.
Written in a storybook format with exciting graphic novel elements, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things is a collection of fun facts ranging from the galaxy to dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, and beyond. You may find yourself learning new things alongside your child, and soon they’ll be reading this engaging book all on their own!Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
3. A House for a Mouse
by Lisette Starr & Gustyawan
This is a story for younger children about friendship, kindness, and generosity. A boy hears a noise under his bed and fears that there may be a monster coming out of the dark. Instead, the sound has been caused by an inquisitive mouse looking for somewhere warm to sleep in the night- not some horrible creature at all! This book combines brilliant illustrations with rhyming text to make a perfect bedtime story. This book also serves as the perfect guide for children just starting on their reading journey.
A House for a Mouse is part of a greater series called Red Beetle Books. These books are designed to teach children important life lessons in the form of fun and exciting stories that each have a moral woven throughout. These books will help children develop their emotional intelligence while also introducing and instilling in them a love of books and reading.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
4. I Am Enough
by Grace Byers & Keturah A. Bobo
The perfect gift to all, this gorgeous, lyrical book celebrates loving who you are, respecting others around you, and being kind to one another. “The title and picture alone will do wonders for little girls that resemble this picture. While the message and pictures can and will appeal to many different faces…the message will resonate and empower young girls who are learning to embrace their individuality and celebrate who they are as they are!”
Grace Bryers, a well-known actress and activist, drew inspiration from her childhood for I Am Enough. The bullying she experienced while growing up led to the creation of this beautifully poetic ode to the empowerment of young girls. She also has a follow-up book titled I Believe I Can, meant to celebrate boys and girls as they strive to reach their highest potential.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
6. Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes
by James Dean & Kimberly Dean
Can Pete and his friends find the missing cupcakes? In this edition of the Pete the Cat series, Pete and his friends are baking cupcakes for a party where Pete is planning to perform with his band. But, as it gets closer to the start of the party, they discover that some of the cupcakes are missing. Can Pete and his friends find out who took the cupcakes before it’s time for him to perform?
With over 50 Pete The Cat books to choose from, this fun and engaging series is perfect for children in their reading journey, featuring a lesson in every fun adventure! Kimberly and James Dean are the married duo behind the book series. Both are long-time writers and authors, with James being the original creator and illustrator of the character while Kimberly began collaborating with James and helped to publish the first book in the series.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
by Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen
A heartfelt and adventurous story about the friendship between a boy and his fox. This story, written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen, will surely make the whole family fall in love with reading.
Pax was very young when his family was killed and he was rescued by a boy named Peter. Years later, Peter has to move to his grandfather’s house and has to leave Pax behind. But after only one night in his new home, Peter is determined to find Pax and bring him back with him. Will Peter and Pax find their way back to each other in a country ravaged by war?Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
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Interested in some new steamy book finds penned by Black authors? We got all your wildest fantasies with these recommendations. Erotica, unfortunately, gets a bad rep, but there are so many benefits of reading erotica that this genre deserves a second look.
Why You Should Read Erotica Books
According to mental health and sexuality educator Sarah Jane, reading arousing material can help you shift your stress or anxiety into positive emotions with a rush of dopamine. As life’s daily woes can take a hit on a person’s mind, they can even trickle down into an individual’s sex life. A good erotica book find can take a turn for the better in the bedroom. Additionally, reading erotica books can provide a safe space for sexual exploration. Sex and masturbation have had a long-term connection to shame and taboo.
However, reading erotica is always a reader’s sexual imagination and reinforces readers are worthy of sexual exploration. According to Dr. Risa Kagan, a gynecologist at Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, about 1 in 10 women have a low sex drive and are distressed by it. A study conducted in the National Library of Medicine found that 90 percent of women used ‘mental framing’ (also known as scenario conjuring) to get aroused. Since erotica provides literary contextualization to characters versus a visual foundation, women erotica readers can connect differently to erotica titles compared to male readers.
Here are 5 of the best erotica books that will leave you wanting more!
1. Hoop Dreams
by Aaliyah Jackson
When Gemini’s boyfriend, Darius, threatens his promising NBA career by getting caught up with friends from his old neighborhood, it’s up to Gemini to try to get him back on track so he can focus on getting paid and starting a family with her. However, when Darius turns an injury into a major advantage and an NBA deal is finally brought to the table, every clout chaser and side chick in the area is trying to steal Gemini’s man – even the woman she thought she could trust most.
Aaliyah Jackson’s Hoop Dreams is the first book in the three-part series that follows the tumultuous ups and downs of Darius’ love life whilst juggling his NBA career. One five-star review says the book was “very well written, plenty of drama, intrigue, and mystery.”Free on Amazon Free on Nook Free on Kobo
2. A Passionate Love
by Delaney Diamond
Simone Brooks is a wealthy socialite looking for a suitable husband. A man with the right pedigree and economic status that matches her own. Simone runs into Cameron Bennett, part-owner of the hottest nightclub in Atlanta. Cameron loves cooking, the outdoors, and women, not necessarily in that order. After one night together, their sizzling chemistry makes it difficult to stay away. Then comes the hard part—navigating their differences to salvage a relationship that, while it may be imperfect, overflows with love and passion.
USA Today Bestselling Author Delaney Diamond leads the Brooks Family series with A Passionate Love. The journey to the steamy romance between Cameron and Simone is one worth taking and completely unexpected! A reader states, “as with all of Delaney Diamond’s stories, character chemistry is on point and the story flows smoothly from beginning to end. This is a definite must-read!”Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
3. Scandalous Affairs
by Lady Legacy
After almost six years, Maceo and Chrissy King’s marriage could be over with. Maceo has completely ignored his vows. Cheating is his side hobby, and being faithful doesn’t exist. The King’s marriage looks perfect from the outside looking in. However, everything that glitters ain’t gold. Big trouble is brewing. Maceo is wilding out with his late-night creeps. Things get crazy, as a side chick goes to dangerous lengths to make Maceo her man.
Scandalous Affairs is the first book of the Scandalous Affairs trilogy. When the side chick enters the equation, you know you’re in for a story full of surprises. Maceo and Chrissy’s story was originally released summer of 2017 but was re-released with a whole new set of surprises in February 2021 and it’s a thrilling conclusion to this first book, which readers describe as “action-packed from beginning to mind-bending end.”Free on Amazon Free on Kobo
4. No Love, Just Sex
Melissa was a quiet, shy girl that no one noticed. Her only friends were her roommate since freshmen year Carissa and Chantel who was the only friend that she’s had since her childhood. At the beginning of her junior year in college, she meets this guy named August who’s known for only wanting one thing from girls—sex. But August sees something different in Melissa and he’s willing to try committing with her.
Written by Lashea Miko, No Love, Just Sex is the first installment of the Her series. The book is far from typical; Melissa faces a sea of trouble including shootings, kidnappings, and even a health scare while in the midst of figuring out her newfound love with August. One five-star review states, “this book had me at the edge of my seat with every turn of the page! Can’t wait to get the second book!”Free on Amazon Free on Apple
5. Her Billion Dollar Man
by Rochelle Williams
Debra was the product of a broken home. With an absent father and a mother who overdosed on drugs when she was eight, group homes were all she knew. Derek Mitchell had risen to stardom by sheer determination through his talent as a singer and songwriter. Now a worldwide star with a billion-dollar empire, the world is his oyster. But when he meets Debra through his younger brother, he knows he’s just found the woman he needs to complete his life. But will she feel the same?
Her Billion Dollar Man is the first book of the Debra and Derek series. Debra and Derek experience love at first sight like no other. Debra is a volunteer worker at a local group home while Derek is an aspiring musician. As their polar opposite worlds come together, as the saying goes, love conquers all. A five-star reviewer shares, “on a scale of 1-5, I will give it a 10. I enjoyed reading it over and over again.”Free on Amazon Free on Apple Free on Nook Free on Kobo
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If you’re in the mood for an erotic, thrilling, and often mysterious love story that will have you on the edge of your seat, paranormal erotic romance books are exactly what you need! These tales mix fantasy, horror, and romance to create a storyline unlike anything else. From vampires to werewolves to deities, these stories are guaranteed to keep you reading!
What is Paranormal Erotic Romance?
Paranormal romance books are a popular genre of fiction, especially among young adults and teenagers. Paranormal erotic romance is just the steamier, grown-up, version of this genre. They’re a heady mix of forbidden romance, danger, and the unknown, and often involve a love story between humans who fall in love with other beings such as vampires, werewolves, witches, angels, demons, etc. Readers get to experience fear, excitement, and passion during these thrilling stories, making them the perfect evening read. Check out our favorite paranormal erotic books!
1. Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles Book 1)
by Amelia Hutchins
On a strange new assignment, Synthia is thrown into the world of the Fae. The old Celtic legends describe the Fae as beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures, but what exactly is killing the Fae and Witches alike? As Synthia and her friends are thrown deeper into the gruesome murder mysteries, they quickly realize that no one and nothing is as it seems. With gruesome murders at every turn, the Prince of the Dark Fae is determined to get Synthia to work for him – their undeniable chemistry pulling Synthia deep under his spell – and secrets about herself threatening to rise to the surface. Will Synthia and her friends be able to find who the killer is?
Amelia Hutchins is a WSJ and USAT Bestselling author of the Monsters, The Fae Chronicles, and Lacy of the Nine Realms series. Writing fast-paced books that go against traditional romance standards is what Amelia thrives at. Sometimes stories are not just about romance; they’re about rising to a challenge, breaking through, and shaking up entire worlds just to discover who they are, what matters most… So, if you like intense, dominant, alpha male characters in a dark and disturbing setting, with a soul-crushing, tear-jerking story that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat – this first in series is for you.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
2. Bloodlaced (Youkai Bloodlines Book 1)
by Courtney Maguire
When Asagi is sold into the house of a young nobleman, Mahiro, after failing to protect a boy from their abuser, life is forever changed. Asagi is different. Both man and woman. Asagi has always been a servant, never knowing kindness or generosity. Mahiro is also different. He is a youkai, a demon feeding on the blood of innocents. When Mahiro and Asagi’s friendship blooms into something more and their new relationship is threatened, Mahiro turns Asagi into a youkai to save his life. But when the boy, now a man, Asagi failed to protect, reappears, Asagi must determine what it means to be human and protect what he loves most.
The Youkai Bloodlines series is a three-part series featuring demons, love, blood, and hard-hitting decisions. “This is one of those stories that doesn’t fit neatly into a category. It has a love story but isn’t a romance. It has scary scenes but isn’t a horror tale. It has vampires, but isn’t a typical paranormal story. What it is, is a fantastic and tragic story that is all-encompassing and heart-wrenching and definitely a book that will stay with you after you finish it. It will be so interesting to see where Maguire takes this series if this is our introduction!” – Paranormal Romance GuildBuy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
3. Alpha’s Temptation (Bad Boy Alphas Book 1)
by Renee Rose & Lee Savino
This first book in the twelve-part Bad Boy Alphas series, Alpha’s Temptation, is a standalone billionaire werewolf romance. Jackson King, the CEO and founder of a data security company, has been alone and unhappy for the better part of his life. But when Jackson finds himself stuck in an elevator with Kylie McDaniel, a new hire, his world is thrown upside down. With an undeniable attraction, two consequential secrets, and dangers at every turn, can these two fight the feelings pulling them together and survive each other?
Renee Rose and Lee Savino are the two authors responsible for this sexy, smoldering, bad boy series. Renee, a USA Today bestselling author loves writing about dirty-talking alpha heroes with varying levels of kink. Lee, also a bestselling author, a mom, and self-proclaimed chocoholic, is all about writing smexy romance books. That’s smart and sexy banter. With their combined voices and romantic expertise, their Bad Boy Alpha series is sure to keep you reading!Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
4. A Touch of Darkness (Hades X Persephone Book 1)
by Scarlett St. Clair
The first book in the three-part Hades x Persephone series, A Touch of Darkness tells the reimagined contemporary story of Persephone and Hades. Persephone, known as the goddess of spring, leads an unassuming “mortal” life in New Athens as a journalist. But when she sits down in a forbidden nightclub to play a hand of cards with a mysterious and hypnotic man, her life completely changes. Hades, the god of the dead, has built an empire in the mortal realm in which he offers people bets that are rumored to be unbeatable. This pastime of his has surely kept him entertained, but when Persephone offers him an intriguing bargain, he can’t resist. Persephone must create life in the underworld or lose her freedom forever. The only problem? Flowers have only shriveled at her touch since she was a little girl. As she struggles to beat the bargain she’s made, a forbidden and bewitching love takes hold of the goddess’s heart.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
5. The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark Book 1)
by Kresley Cole
The Warlord Wants Forever, the first book in an expansive new world in the Immortals After Dark series, tells the story of Nikolai, a vampire general, and Myst who is famed as the most beautiful Valkyrie of all. All Nikolai seeks to find is his bride in body and soul. Not out of love, but for his desire of the sheer strength and power finding one’s bride brings. When he discovers his bride is Myst, the game is on. Myst has dedicated her life to two things. She has sworn to protect a magical jewel and to fight vampires at every turn. So, when Myst learns of the fated connection between Nikolai and herself, she makes it her mission to torment the warlord by fleeing him. Having denied him for five years, Myst is forced into his grip when Nikolai takes hold of her precious jewel. But then Nikolai realizes he wants more than vengeance and lets Myst go. Will their fates become intertwined by a decision to come back? Or will Myst’s sworn fight against all vampires keep her from surrendering to the agonizing lust that connects her to her mate?
Kresley Cole is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of four paranormal, adult, and young adult paranormal series, with five award-winning historical romances and publications in 23 countries. To say she is an expert in the world of paranormal romance books is an understatement! Don’t miss out on this enticing series. We promise you won’t regret it!Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
6. Monsters After Dark
by Isoellen, Ophelia Bell, Nora Ash, L.V. Lane, Leann Ryans, Godiva Glenn, Leslie Chase, V.T. Bonds, Merel Pierce, and Cass Alex
Written by over six authors, Monsters After Dark is a beastly paranormal romance anthology. With plenty of steamy encounters featuring teeth, claws, and creatures of all kinds, this read is sure to leave you wanting more. With these ten short stories packed into one book, you’ll want to be sure to snag yourself a limited edition copy before it’s too late!
Don’t just take our word for how great this book is, check out these glowing 5-star reviews! “PNR elite authors here giving you dark and delicious stories guaranteed to make you thirsty” – Karen Harris. “The monsters are sex in flames, fangs, claws, horns, and more” – Saucy Sierra. “Such a great group of writers with captivating stories. Each one is different and refreshingly original and brings something special to the selection of stories” – Ridwaana Allen.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
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Have you ever had a spiritual awakening? It’s an amazing feeling of wholeness and peace. A true spiritual awakening is a profound experience that can bring about radical changes in one’s life. But how do they happen? And why is it so hard to find the right spiritual awakening book to help you through the journey? Enjoy our eclectic collection of spiritual awakening books! We’re sure that regardless of your spiritual journey or religious orientation, there’s something that is sure to inspire and awaken something inside of you here.
1. Buddhism for Beginners: Learn the Way of the Buddha & Take Your First Steps on the Noble Path
by Luna Sidana
In this beginner’s book, you’ll learn the fundamental outlines of the worldview that underpins Buddhist practice. One by one, key concepts and terms will be introduced. It will be easier to understand how Buddhists view the world and the nature of human existence in this way.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
2. Witchcraft for Beginners
by Bridget Bishop, John Titus
There is so much more magic and wonder in this world than most people ever experience, but if you’ve decided to read this book, you already know there’s more. Witchcraft is the key to unlocking the door to this new world. This is the entrance you’ve been looking for. It doesn’t have to be difficult or frightening to take your first steps into the world of magic. Witchcraft for Beginners explains what you need to know in simple terms and provides step-by-step instructions for getting started.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
3. Nobody Left Out: Jesus & the Way of Sorrows
by Michael Murray
We all wish to live in a world where God protects us from harm. However, Jesus’ final day on earth serves as a reminder that God is suffering alongside us. Light glimmers in the darkness and hope peeks forth from despair as we walk the damaged road with Jesus. Nobody Left Out: Jesus & the Way of Sorrows will take you on a journey with Jesus through his final 18 hours on Earth. It is guided by the Scriptural Stations of the Cross, a devotional activity that is followed in various Christian traditions.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
4. Chakras for Beginners: A Guide to Understanding 7 Chakras of the Body
by Rohit Sahu
Chakras are multi-dimensional in nature. Their physical existence is one dimension, but they also have a spiritual dimension. When a chakra is disrupted or obstructed, the flow of life force is disrupted as well, resulting in the onset of mental and physical diseases. When the seven chakras’ harmonious balance is disrupted or broken, it can lead to a variety of issues in our life, including physical, emotional, and mental health issues. Our bodies will function at their best if all of our chakras are balanced and in harmony. Chakras for Beginners is the perfect place to start learning.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
5. Theology Without Walls
by Jerry L. Martin
The pursuit of ultimate reality is becoming more transreligious. The discovery of divine truths in different traditions eventually leads to a transreligious turn. Anyone with internet access can access the complete variety of religious views and practices thanks to global communications. Furthermore, the rise of the “nones” and individuals who identify as “spiritual but not religious” necessitates the development of theological thinking free of imposed beliefs and established practices. Theology Without Walls addresses this critical need.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
6. Quran in English
by Talal Itani
Perhaps the best English translation of the Quran. It’s easy to read and understand because it employs today’s English language and vocabulary, and it’s pretty close to the Arabic original. It closely resembles the Arabic text and frequently reminds the reader of the original Arabic text. The flow is easy to follow, the phrase structure is straightforward, and the meaning is clear.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
7. The New American Haggadah: A Simple Passover Seder for the Whole Family
by Ken Royal, Lauren Royal
A Haggadah that can be read from beginning to end. No decisions! There will be no skipping! No remorse! A Haggadah that is long enough to include everything while also being short enough to avoid boredom. Even for individuals who have never led or attended a Seder before, this Haggadah is simple to follow. A Haggadah that encourages everyone to participate while also ensuring that no one is confused about who says what. A Haggadah that honors liberty. A Haggadah that combines traditional Jewish beliefs with contemporary American ideals. A Haggadah that answers all of your questions!Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
8. Spirit Guides for Beginners
by Layla Moon
Layla Moon’s brilliant book is ideal for anyone wishing to begin their own spiritual path with solid insight interwoven with personal experience. She not only explains how everything works and how the spiritual cosmos works, but she does so in an easy-to-understand manner that anyone can follow along with. Start your journey with Spirit Guides for Beginners.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
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