Isolde, newly coronated queen, has finally found a king worthy of her in the vampire Adrian. But their love for each other has cost Isolde her father and her homeland. With two opposing goddesses playing mortals and vampires like chess pieces against one another, Isolde is uncertain who her allies are in the vampire stronghold of Revekka. Now, as politics in the Red Palace grow more underhanded and a deadly blood mist threatens all of Cordova, Isolde must trust in the bond she’s formed with Adrian, even as she learns troubling information about his complicated past.
Author Erika Bolstad was shocked to learn she had inherited mineral rights in North Dakota in the throes of an oil bonanza. Determined to unearth the story behind her unexpected inheritance, she followed the trail to her great-grandmother, Anna, who her family had painted to be a courageous homesteader who paved her way in the unforgiving American West.
But, Bolstad discovers a darker truth about Anna than her family had ever shared. With journalistic rigor, she unearths a history of environmental exploitation and genocide as well as the modern-day consequences of the Great Plains Dream: we could be rich.
Monsters Born and Made
Sixteen-year-old Koral and her older brother Emrik risk their lives each day to capture the monstrous maristags that live in the black seas around their island. When the last maristag of the year escapes and Koral has no new maristag to sell, her family’s financial situation takes a turn for the worse and they can’t afford medicine for her chronically ill little sister. Koral’s only choice is to do what no one in the world has ever dared: cheat her way into the Glory Race. As a rebellion rises and rogues attack Koral to try and force her to drop out, she must choose—her life or her sister’s—before the whole island burns.
In the winter of 1969, the bodies of four young women were discovered in a cemetery near the tip of Cape Cod. In a place once known as Helltown, the victims had been shot, stabbed, dismembered, and mutilated. As investigators would soon learn, the perpetrator was a young, handsome, serial killer named Tony Costa. A bizarre former taxidermist with a split personality and penchant for violence, Costa ultimately mobilized friends in the hippie community for support and retribution and captivated literary icons and rivals Kurt Vonnegut and Norman Mailer. Costa embarked on a daring cat-and-mouse game with investigators, who—as the body count kept growing—were desperate to put an end to the killing season on Cape Cod.
Never Been Kissed
Wren Roland has never been kissed, let alone been in love like all the characters in his favorite movies. On the eve of going home to help run his hometown drive-in, he drunkenly send emails to all the boys he (ahem) loved before he came out. It only makes sense that Derick Haverford, Wren’s #1 pre-coming-out-crush and the drive-in’s new social media marketing intern, is a recipient of one of those emails. And to make matters worse, he doesn’t even remember the infamous high school almost-kiss that Wren’s been pining away over. Now Wren must team up with Derick to make a big promotional push for the drive-in’s annual Dusk-til-Dawn Moviethon. But what started as a professional partnership helps rekindle their old friendship, which might just be Wren’s first step towards finally getting his magical kiss-before-the-credits.
DEPARTMENT OF RARE BOOKS AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
Liesl Weiss has been (mostly) happy working in the rare books department of a large university, managing details and working behind the scenes to make the head of the department look good. But when her boss has a stroke and she’s left to run things, she discovers that the library’s most prized manuscript is missing. Liesl tries to sound the alarm and inform the police about the missing priceless book but is told repeatedly to keep quiet to keep the doors open and the donors happy. But then a librarian goes missing as well. Liesl must investigate both disappearances, unspooling her colleagues’ pasts like the threads of a rare book binding as it becomes clear that someone in the department must be responsible for the theft. What Liesl discovers about the dusty manuscripts she has worked among for so long—and about the people who preserve and revere them—shakes the very foundation on which she has built her life.
Dark Things I Adore
The hunted becomes the hunter in this ferocious tale of atonement ideal for readers who connected with the issues of grooming and trauma raised by novels like My Dark Vanessa, Age of Consent, and Trust Exercise. This carefully plotted thriller flips the narrative and eviscerates the notion that a powerful man may simply apologize for his transgressions. Told in dual timelines that collide in a shocking conclusion, Dark Things I Adore paints a deliciously dark picture of ambition, narcissism, and revenge set deep in the Maine wilderness where a brilliant art student’s masterful final thesis will blow her professor’s mind. She isn’t the first student to capture his interest outside the lecture hall, but after a carefully planned weekend at her luxe private home, she intends to be the last.
The Girls Who Stepped Out Of Line
For fans of Radium Girls and history and WWII buffs, The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line takes you inside the lives and experiences of 15 unknown women heroes from the Greatest Generation, the women who served, fought, struggled, and made things happen during WWII—in and out of uniform, for theirs is a legacy destined to embolden generations of women to come.
For readers of Hidden Figures and Something Wonderful, Footnotes is the story of New York in the roaring twenties and the first Broadway show with an all-Black cast and creative team to achieve success—and its impact on our popular culture.
Motherhood So White
When Nefertiti Austin, a single African-American woman, decided she wanted to adopt a Black baby boy out of the foster care system, she was unprepared for the fact that there is no place for Black women in the “mommy wars.” She soon realized that she would not only have to navigate skepticism from the adoption community, who deal almost exclusively with white women, but surprisingly, from her own family and friends as well. In this unflinching account of her parenting journey, Nefertiti examines the history of adoption in the African American community, faces off against stereotypes of single, Black motherhood, and confronts the reality of raising children of color in racially charged, modern-day America.