Category Archives: Andrew Shaffer

[REWIND] November 2020 Releases

If you stopped keeping updated on book stuff in 2020, this blog series is for you. A list, organised by month, of 2020 book releases. 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.

NOVEMBER 2020 RELEASES

Marta Acosta: Mad Dog Down the Road: Buy
V. C. Andrews: Whispering Hearts: Buy: Goodreads
Laura Bickle: Morrigan’s Bond: Buy
Kylie Chan: Guardian of Empire: Buy
Mina Hardy: After All I’ve Done: Buy: Goodreads
Megan Hart: True Lies About Love (also published as Naked): Buy
Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige: The Ravens: Buy
Andrew Shaffer: Secret Santa: Buy
Maria V. Snyder: Defending the Galaxy: Buy
Cecily von Ziegesar: Cobble Hill: Buy: Goodreads

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Keri Arthur: MAGIC MISLED: Paperback
Laura Bickle: SHIFTING SILENCE: Kindle Edition

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Keri Arthur: BROKEN BONDS: 26th October 2021: Kindle Edition
Simone Buchholz (translated by Rachel Ward): HOTEL CARTAGENA: 1st September 2021: Paperback
Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen: PATIENT ZERO: 26th October 2021: Kindle Edition
Krissy Kneen: THE THREE BURIALS OF LOTTY KNEEN: 4th May 2021: Kindle Edition
Demitria Lunetta: OUR BROKEN EARTH: 1st August 2021: Hardcover & Paperback
Carrie Mesrobian: THE WHITSUN DAUGHTERS: 24th August 2021: Paperback
Diana Peterfreund: IN THE STUDY WITH THE WRENCH: 28th September 2021: Paperback
Diana Peterfreund: IN THE BALLROOM WITH THE CANDLESTICK: 26th October 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Andrew Shaffer: LOOK MOM I’M A POET (AND SO IS MY CAT): 1st June 2021: Hardcover

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Shirley Jackson: THE SUMMER PEOPLE: Kindle Edition
Tiffany Reisz: THE CONFESSIONS: Paperback
Tiffany Reisz: THE RED: Paperback
Tiffany Reisz: MICHAEL’S WINGS: Paperback
Tiffany Reisz: THE CHATEAU: Paperback
Tiffany Reisz: PICTURE PERFECT COWBOY: Paperback
Andrew Shaffer: CATSBY: Paperback
Andrew Shaffer: THE SUMMER OF ’82: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Maria V. Snyder: THE EYES OF TAMBURAH: Paperback

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Kelley Armstrong: A STRANGER IN TOWN: 9th November 2021: Paperback
Claire Askew: A MATTER OF TIME: 2nd September 2021: Kindle Edition
Emma Cline: REWARDS: 25th February 2021: Kindle Edition
Christina Dalcher: FEMLANDIA: 19th October 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Nicci French: untitled: 26th October 2021: Hardcover & Paperback
Romy Hausmann: SLEEPLESS: 5th October 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen: PATIENT ZERO: 26th October 2021: Hardcover
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY: 26th October 2021: Paperback
Laura Lam & Elizabeth May: SEVEN DEVILS: 27th July 2021: Paperback
Marissa Meyer: GILDED: 2nd November 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Andrew Shaffer: LOOK MOM I’M A POET (AND SO IS MY CAT): 1st June 2021: Hardcover
Karin Slaughter: THE SILENT WIFE: 26th October 2021: Paperback
Maria V. Snyder: THE CITY OF ZIRDAI: 2nd June 2021: Kindle Edition
Paul Tremblay: SURVIVOR SONG: 28th September 2021: Paperback
Scott Westerfeld: MIRROR’S EDGE: 6th April 2021: Hardcover

[REWIND] April 2020 Releases

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If you stopped keeping updated on book stuff in 2020, this blog series is for you. A list, organised by month, of 2020 book releases. 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.

APRIL 2020 RELEASES

Darcey Bell: Something She’s Not Telling Us: Buy: Goodreads
Christina Dalcher: Master Class (also published as Q): Buy: Goodreads
R. Z. Held: Clean Install: Buy
Kristi Helvig: The Missing: Buy: Goodreads
L. A. Larkin: Prey: Buy
Veronica Roth: Chosen Ones: Buy
Andrew Shaffer: Let’s See Them Poems: Buy
Erica Spindler: The Final Seven: Buy: Goodreads

Now Available for US Pre-Order

These are all the books I added to my wishlist from July 1st onwards. Because I’m so behind, some of these books have already been published. So click what takes your fancy, and maybe you’ll be in luck to buy and read straight away.

Tara Altebrando: TAKE ME WITH YOU: 1st June 2021: US Paperback

V. C. Andrews: THE UMBRELLA LADY: 2nd February 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Kelley Armstrong: CURSED LUCK: 4th May 2021: US Kindle Edition

Keri Arthur: MAGIC MISLED: 23rd February 2021: US Kindle Edition

Claire Askew: NOVELISTA: 15th October 2020: US Kindle Edition

Chris Beckett: TWO TRIBES: US Kindle Edition

Oyinkan Braithwaite: TREASURE: US Kindle Edition

Kylie Chan: SCALES OF EMPIRE: 1st September 2020: US Paperback

Naomi Clark: THE WITCH’S GUIDE TO WEREWOLVES: US Kindle Edition

Katelyn Detweiler: THE PEOPLE WE CHOOSE: 4th May 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Janet Edwards: EARTH PRIME: US Kindle Edition

Nicci French: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR: 27th April 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Tess Gerritsen & Gary Braver: CHOOSE ME: 22nd June 2021: US Kindle Edition

R. Z. Held: UNJUST THEFT: US Kindle Edition

Kristi Helvig: STRANGE SKIES: US Kindle Edition

Karen Ann Hopkins: BLOODY TIES: 22nd September 2020: US Kindle Edition

Emiko Jean: TOKYO EVER AFTER: 25th May 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Seanan McGuire: CALCULATED RISKS: 23rd February 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Seanan McGuire: ANGEL OF THE OVERPASS: 11th May 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Saundra Mitchell: ALL THE THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK: 16th February 2021: US Paperback

Francine Pascal: LITTLE CREW OF BUTCHERS: 25th May 2021: US Paperback

Parker Peevyhouse: STRANGE EXIT: 27th April 2021: US Paperback

Tiffany Reisz: A MIDWINTER NIGHT’S DREAM: 1st December 2020: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Tiffany Reisz: A WINTER SYMPHONY: 1st December 2020: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Tiffany Reisz: THE PEARL: 1st December 2020: US Paperback

Laura Ruby: THIRTEEN DOORWAYS, WOLVES BEHIND THEM ALL: 27th April 2021: US Paperback

Lisa Scottoline: EXPOSED: 29th December 2020: US Paperback

Lisa Scottoline: ETERNAL: 23rd March 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Andrew Shaffer: LOOK MOM I’M A POET (AND SO IS MY CAT): 11th May 2021: US Paperback

Lilja Sigurðardóttir: BETRAYAL: 1st May 2021: US Paperback

Karin Slaughter: THE SILENT WIFE: 20th April 2021: US Paperback

Maria V. Snyder: DEFENDING THE GALAXY: 2nd December 2020: Australian Kindle Edition

Victoria Helen Stone: THE LAST ONE HOME: 23rd March 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Amy Tintera: ALL THESE MONSTERS: 15th June 2021: US Paperback

Paul Tremblay: NO SLEEP TILL WONDERLAND: 20th April 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Andy Weir: PROJECT HAIL MARY: 4th May 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Francesca Zappia: NOW ENTERING ADDAMSVILLE: 13th April 2021: US Paperback

Book Releases: 1st June 2020 – Onward

Think I stopped sharing pre-order links at some stage, but don’t know when. So I’ll just go through the alphabet, and post books released on or after 1st June 2020.

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May 2020 Releases

The following is a list of books released in May 2020, which was last month.

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April 2020 Releases

The following is a thread of books released in April 2020, which was last month.

Darcey Bell: SOMETHING SHE’S NOT TELLING US: US Kindle Edition; US Hardcover; US Paperback; UK Hardcover; UK Paperback; CA Kindle Edition; AU Hardcover; AU Paperback; Worldwide Hardcover; Worldwide Paperback

Christina Dalcher: MASTER CLASS/Q: US Kindle Edition; US Hardcover; UK Kindle Edition; UK Hardcover; CA Kindle Edition; AU eBook; AU Hardcover; Worldwide Hardcover; Worldwide Paperback

Megan Hart: ALL THE HARDEST CHOICES: US Kindle Edition; UK Kindle Edition; CA Kindle Edition

Megan Hart: REASON ENOUGH: US Kindle Edition; UK Kindle Edition; CA Kindle Edition

Kristi Helvig: THE MISSING: US Kindle Edition; UK Kindle Edition; CA Kindle Edition

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: AURORA RISING: US Paperback; UK Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: AURORA BURNING: AU eBook; AU Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Alex Kava: LOST CREED: US Paperback; UK Paperback; CA Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Alex Kava: DESPERATE CREED: US Paperback; UK Paperback; CA Paperback

Laura Lam: GOLDILOCKS: UK Kindle Edition; UK Hardcover; AU eBook; AU Paperback; Worldwide Hardcover; Worldwide Paperback

L. A. Larkin: PREY: US Kindle Edition; US Paperback; UK Kindle Edition; UK Paperback; CA Kindle Edition; AU eBook; AU Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Tiffany Reisz: THE PRIEST: US Paperback; UK Paperback; AU Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Veronica Roth’s CHOSEN ONES: US Kindle Edition; US Hardcover; UK Kindle Edition; UK Hardcover; UK Paperback; CA Kindle Edition; AU eBook; AU Hardcover; AU Paperback; Worldwide Hardcover; Worldwide Paperback

Lisa Scottoline: EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES: US Paperback; UK Paperback; AU Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Andrew Shaffer: LET’S SEE THEM POEMS: US Kindle Edition; CA Kindle Edition

Lilja Sigurðardóttir: CAGE: US Paperback; AU Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Erica Spindler: THE FINAL SEVEN: US Kindle Edition; CA Kindle Edition

Wendy Walker: THE NIGHT BEFORE: US Paperback; UK Paperback; AU Paperback; Worldwide Paperback

Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews’s WHISPERING HEARTS (6th October 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1501162608?tag=tesa06-20
Kelley Armstrong’s ALONE IN THE WILD paperback (17th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/125075349X?tag=tesa06-20
Kelley Armstrong’s WOLF’S CURSE paperback (31st March 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1989046169?tag=tesa06-20
Keri Arthur’s DEADLY VOWS (23rd June 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084P12125?tag=tesa06-20
Darcey Bell’s SOMETHING SHE’S NOT TELLING US (7th April 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062953931?tag=tesa06-20
Simone Buchholz’s MEXICO STREET paperback (1st October 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1913193152?tag=tesa06-20
Mina Hardy’s AFTER ALL I’VE DONE (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1643854704?tag=tesa06-20
Megan Hart’s REASON ENOUGH (27th April 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084WTXSZB?tag=tesa06-20
Shirley Jackson’s MEN WITH THEIR BIG SHOES (2nd June 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1250771536?tag=tesa06-20
Katharine McGee’s MAJESTY (1st September 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/198483021X?tag=tesa06-20
Diana Peterfreund’s IN THE HALL WITH THE KNIFE paperback (15th September 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1419746960?tag=tesa06-20
Diana Peterfreund’s IN THE STUDY WITH THE WRENCH (13th October 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/141973976X?tag=tesa06-20
Jodi Picoult’s THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS (22nd September 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/198481835X?tag=tesa06-20
Madeleine Roux’s RECLAIMED (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/0451491858?tag=tesa06-20
Andrew Shaffer’s SECRET SANTA (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1683692055?tag=tesa06-20
Megan Shepherd’s MIDNIGHT BEAUTIES paperback (3rd November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/0358434653?tag=tesa06-20
Maggie Stiefvater’s as-yet-untitled 2nd Dreamer novel (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1338188364?tag=tesa06-20
Cecily von Ziegesar’s COBBLE HILL (20th October 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1982147032?tag=tesa06-20

[REVIEW] Hope Rides Again – Andrew Shaffer

Andrew Shaffer
Hope Rides Again (Obama Biden Mysteries, Book 2)
Penguin Random House Quirk Books (US & CA: 9th July 2019; AU: 16th July 2019)
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In the Obama Biden Mysteries ‘verse, the events of Hope Never Dies (in the real world) have been fictionalised into Murder on the Amtrak Express – which is, according to character Joe Biden, “a bunch of malarkey.”

Yep, author Andrew Shaffer roasts his own book, his own writing, and his own self (“hack”). Love it!

Hope Rides Again chronicles one eventful day in Chicago. A missing BlackBerry, a shooting, freight containers of weapons from out of state…and it all goes down in a show-stopping luxury yacht scene.

We spend more time with Michelle Obama, who has Resting Concerned Face whenever Joe’s around, and meet Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago is a “Democrat-run” city, as critics like to point out as they claim there are shootings every night. And there probably are. But to understand why is not as simple as conservatives pretend. Illinois has stricter firearms laws than other states, and right-wingers say that’s why there’s so much gun violence, and if residents could legally own and carry weapons crime would be down.

They love talking about Chicago’s gun violence. But they don’t mourn victims, hold vigils, or fundraise for families affected. That would mean doing something helpful, rather than just being smug and blaming left-wingers.

The problem isn’t Illinois as much as it is that other American states have looser laws. That’s why Australia doesn’t have the same gun problem as the USA. While farmers have legal firearms, your average Australian (not part of the crime family ganglands) does not. Fewer accidental shootings, fewer suicides-by-shooting, and fewer intentional shooting of others. We don’t have the same attachment to firearms, because not only do we not want to be victims of gun violence, but we also don’t want the temptation to COMMIT it. Whereas the pro-pew-pew in the USA aren’t willing to acknowledge that they could ever be perpetrators. They only see themselves as potential victims. They aren’t willing to confront their own potential to become the bad guy. That they may already be the bad guy.

Fun book, though.