Category Archives: Abigail Barnette

January 2021 Releases

Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released January 2021. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.

JANUARY 2021 RELEASES

Abigail Barnette: Sophie: Buy
Simone Buchholz (translated by Rachel Ward): Hotel Cartagena: Buy
Megan Hart: All the Things We Need (previously published as Vanilla): Buy: Goodreads
Samantha Hayes: Single Mother: Buy
Kristi Helvig: Dreamscapes: Buy
Melanie Raabe (translated by Imogen Taylor): The Shadow: Buy: Goodreads
P. J. Tracy: Deep into the Dark: Buy
Paul Tremblay: The Little Sleep: Buy
Rachel Vincent: Every Single Lie: Buy

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Megan Abbott: YOU WILL KNOW ME: 26th July 2016: Buy (US)
Josephine Angelini: FIREWALKER (paperback): 6th September 2016: Buy (US)
Josephine Angelini: WITCH’S PYRE: 6th September 2016: Buy (US)
Abigail Barnette: THE BABY: 9th November 2015: Buy (US)
Steve Bein: DISCIPLE OF THE WIND (paperback): 3rd March 2016: Buy (US)
Laura Bickle: NINE OF STARS: 12th Aprill 2016: Buy (US)
Sharon Cameron: ROOK (paperback): 31st May 2016: Buy (US)
Naomi Clark: COLD NIGHT MOON: 14th November 2015: Buy (US)
Andrea Cremer: THE CONJURER’S RIDDLE (paperback): 2nd August 2016: Buy (US)
Sylvia Day: ONE WITH YOU: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Erica Hayes: SCARRED: 14th January 2016: Buy (US)
J. Kenner: STARK AFTER DARK: 9th February 2016: Buy (US)
Eileen Rendahl: DREIDELS AND DEMONS: 15th November 2015: Buy (US)
Beth Revis: PAPER HEARTS, VOLUME 2: SOME PUBLISHING ADVICE: 1st December 2015: Buy (US)
Laurie Faria Stolarz: RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE (paperback): 19th July 2016: Buy (US)
Karri Thompson: ASCENDANCY: 30th November 2015: Buy (US)
Carol Lynch Williams: NEVER SAID (paperback): 16th August 2016: Buy (US)

9 New Covers (Armstrong, Barnette, Kenner, Lam, Martin, Roth)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Keri Arthur: WICKED EMBERS: 7th July 2015: Buy (US)
Abigail Barnette: THE EX: 22nd November 2014: Buy (US)
Holly Black: THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST: 13th January 2015: Buy (US)
Megan Crewe: THOSE WHO LIVED: 2nd December 2014: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: SYMBIONT: 25th November 2014: Buy (US)
Erica Hayes: UNFORGIVEN: 16th November 2014: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover: MAYBE NOT: 24th November 2014: Buy (US)
Herman Koch: SUMMER HOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL (paperback): 28th April 2015: Buy (US)
Kass Morgan: HOMECOMING: 24th February 2015: Buy (US)
Kat Richardson: REVENANT (paperback): 4th August 2015: Buy (US)
Jennifer Rush: REBORN: 6th January 2015: Buy (US)

November 2014 Releases

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Done with October 2014 Releases? Here are November 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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Free Books on Amazon: Why & What

NOTE: For the purpose of this article, I don’t count “Free if you’re with Prime/Audible/etc” as free, on account of they’re conditional. E.g. Free-to-air TV has extra channels, but you can’t access them because they’re only compatible with high-definition televisions and you only have standard-definition.

A tech-giant recently released a new gadget, and possibly an updated operating system, and thus their affiliated online bookseller is marketing this as a great time for readers to stock up on some free books. (I don’t know who decides which books to make free, but I hope the publisher chooses, so the bookseller isn’t going rogue.)

Because of price-matching and whatnot, other booksellers are hosting the same deal. This is great, because I tried to download the software for the gadget’s affiliated bookseller, but apparently it’s not compatible with devices that aren’t affiliated with that particular tech-giant. (Yet their music software IS compatible…)

So I turned to Amazon, and they indeed have some of the same books for free. During my searches, I learned that offering the first-in-a-series for free – permanently, instead of just temporarily – is a great way to snag a potential reader’s interest, and self-publishers in particular are really going for this. And as self-publishers, these authors can change their prices if or when they want. (For traditional publishers, I figure their authors don’t get much say, but hopefully their publisher consults them about making a book available for free.)

Also, even traditional publishers offer short stories or novellas for free, to get readers interested in trying the full-length novels. Whether temporary or permanent, it’s a great opportunity for consumers.

Of course, in the past some self-published authors have been dismayed to learn that offering the first for free may not automatically boost sales for the author’s not-free books. So patience is a must – please understand that consumers may not immediately read something they just purchased, but buy so they have the OPTION of reading at any time. As much as publishers and authors may wish readers to read and review ASAP, readers actually have independent thought and decide what’s best for them.

As with any eBooks, geographical restrictions may prevent certain readers from accessing these stories. If books have the same publisher globally (such as in the case of self-published authors), there may not be restrictions. But if a book hasn’t sold World Rights or whatnot, that eBook may not even be available to PURCHASE in some regions, and certainly not free. Welcome to the world of geo-restrictions, which is an unfortunate hurdle that gets in the way of some people (e.g. me) buying some of the books we want to read. And because we only acquire books legally, we go without these eBooks.

But I digress.

Going through my author checklist today, some of their works are currently free on Amazon. (If the links don’t work for you, they may be geo-restricted.) Some may be free permanently, and others temporarily, so please check the price before automatically clicking the Buy button when it appears:

Maree Anderson: Freaks of Greenfield High
Abigail Barnette: The Boss
Kylie Chan: White Tiger
Debra Driza: The Fire
Colleen Hoover: Finding Cinderella
Katie McGarry: Red at Night
Richelle Mead: Bloodlines
Robert Muchamore: Rock War: The Audition
Diana Peterfreund: The First Star to Fall
Jodi Picoult: Where There’s Smoke
Veronica Roth: Free Four
Carrie Ryan: Flotsam & Jetsam
Karin Slaughter: Blindsighted

But these are just the authors I’m interested in, so use your own author checklist to find some legally free goodness.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Keri Arthur: DARKNESS FALLS: 2nd December 2014: Buy (US)
Abigail Barnette: THE BRIDE (paperback): 9th April 2014: Buy (US)
Ally Condie: as-yet-untitled new novel: 4th November 2014: Buy (US)
Kim Harrison: THE WITCH WITH NO NAME: 9th September 2014: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: LOVELY WILD: 25th November 2014: Buy (US)
Mark Henry: BEACH BLANKET BLOODBATH: 4th April 2014: Buy (US)
Nancy Holzner: FIRESTORM: 25th November 2014: Buy (US)
Sophie Littlefield: INFECTED: 6th January 2015: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: CRESS (paperback): 3rd February 2015: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: WINTER: 3rd February 2015: Buy (US)
Kathleen Peacock: THORNHILL (paperback): 6th January 2015: Buy (US)
Kathleen Peacock: WILLOWGROVE: 6th January 2015: Buy (US)
Lissa Price: ENDERS (paperback): 6th January 2015: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: THE KING: 25th November 2014: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: THE SCARLETS: 5th August 2014: Buy (US)

Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews: GYPSY EYES: 27th January 2015: Buy (US)
Madeline Ashby: COMPANY TOWN: 30th September 2014: Buy (US)
Abigail Barnette: THE BRIDE: 4th March 2014: Buy (US)
Amy Rose Capetta: UNMADE: 13th January 2015: Buy (US)
CAPTIVATED (Megan Hart’s LETTING GO & Tiffany Reisz’s SEIZE THE NIGHT): 28th October 2014: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: EVERY PART OF YOU (paperback): 2nd January 2015: Buy (US)
Kim Harrison: THE WITCH WITH NO NAME: 9th September 2014: Buy (US)
K. L. Kincy: DEADLY DELICIOUS: 23rd March 2014: Buy (US)
Justine Larbalestier: RAZORHUST: 25th June 2014: Buy (AU)
Katie McGarry: RED AT NIGHT: 1st April 2014: Buy (AU)
Kelly Meade: BLACK ROOK: 15th July 2014: Buy (US)
Kelly Meade: WHITE KNIGHT: 1st January 2015: Buy (US)
Veronica Rossi: INTO THE STILL BLUE (paperback): 23rd December 2014: Buy (US)
Megan Shepherd: HER DARK CURIOSITY (paperback): 23rd December 2014: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: untitled 3rd Raven Cycle novel: 28th October 2014: Buy (US)

3 New Covers (Baggott, Barnette, Koch)

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[REVIEW] The Hook-Up – Abigail Barnette

Abigail Barnette
The Hook-Up (The Boss, short story)
Abigail Barnette (US: 8th December 2013)
Free (Worldwide) (legally free – price set by the author)

Since I haven’t read the novels yet, this free short story (set after The Boss and The Girlfriend) is my introduction to the “Boss-verse”. Rumour has it the series was created as an “anti-Fifty Shades of Grey” – Dom/sub, boss/employee, billionaire/middle-class, but without the abuse. That seems fair, but it does mean the inclusion of tropes that piss me off: Both parties in a couple are never truly happy without the other, the most insecure in the relationship is the most loved, etc.

I think I’ve read so much erotic romance (m/f, m/f/m, m/m/f) that I’m getting bored. Maybe because of the groupings, but also the lack of conflict. A romance guarantees everyone (or at least the main couple) lives happily ever after, which means any conflict in the story doesn’t feel real, because you know it’ll be solved/tolerated in the end. This is why I prefer erotic FICTION (rather than erotic ROMANCE), but hey – The Hook-Up is free, so I gave it a chance.

So yeah, the beginning and ending don’t work for me because they’re Neil/Sophie lovey/lusty talk. But the middle with Neil and Emir is AWESOME and actually ground-breaking for me as a reader. Condoms and lube are both common in the romances I’ve read – as they should be – but The Hook-Up also features condom-oral, dental dams, and latex gloves (which I’ve never read in fiction unless a sex worker is involved). Sure, Neil and Sophie probably go unprotected because One True Love, but this is the story’s unspoken nod that infections do exist in Fictionland after all. (Perhaps even unwanted pregnancies; who knows?)

Overall, a pretty great introduction to the Boss-verse, and at such a fabulous price (it’s legally free) it shouldn’t be missed.