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[REWIND] August 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.

AUGUST 2020 RELEASES

Janet Edwards: Earth Prime: Buy
R. Z. Held: Unjust Theft: Buy
Kristi Helvig: Strange Skies: Buy
Kristi Helvig: The House on 6th Street: Buy: Goodreads
Alex Kava: Hidden Creed: Buy: Goodreads
Laura Lam & Elizabeth May: Seven Devils: Buy
Kate McLaughlin (also published as Kady Cross): The Girl in the Steel Corset: Buy: Goodreads
Carrie Mesrobian: The Whitsun Daughters: Buy
Stephenie Meyer: Midnight Sun: Buy
Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons: Set Fire to the Gods: Buy
Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates): Betrayal: Buy: Goodreads
Karin Slaughter: The Silent Wife: Buy

Now Available for US Pre-Order

NOW AVAILABLE
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

NOW AVAILABLE FOR US PRE-ORDER
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

July 2020 Releases

Madeline Ashby: ReV: Kindle Edition; Paperback

Chris Beckett: Two Tribes: Kindle Edition

Oyinkan Braithwaite: Treasure: Kindle Edition

Nicci French: Until It’s Over: Kindle Edition; Paperback

Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel: In the Woods: Paperback

Lydia Kang: Opium and Absinthe: Kindle Edition; Paperback

Tom Perrotta: Me and Carlos: Kindle Edition

Tiffany Reisz: A Midwinter Night’s Dream: Kindle Edition

Madeleine Roux: Tomb of Ancients: Paperback

Lisa Scottoline: Exposed: Paperback

Karin Slaughter: The Last Widow: Paperback

Amy Tintera: All These Monsters: Kindle Edition; Hardcover

Paul Tremblay: Survivor Song: Kindle Edition; Hardcover

Danielle Vega: The Unleashed: Kindle Edition; Hardcover

Robin Wasserman: Mother Daughter Widow Wife: Kindle Edition; Hardcover

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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[REVIEW] Cleaning the Gold – Karin Slaughter & Lee Child

Karin Slaughter & Lee Child
Cleaning the Gold (Will Trent & Jack Reacher; short story)
HarperCollins William Morrow (US & CA: 28th January 2020; UK: 16th May 2019; AU: 9th May 2019)
Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (AU eBook) Buy (AU Paperback) Buy (Worldwide)

I read Triptych years ago, while the next handful of Will Trent installments remain unread on my shelf. (I prioritise reading library books.) I remember nothing of Triptych. I may have only remembered that Will Trent is with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation from reading book descriptions.

I have no interest in the works of Lee Child, and after reading this novella I still have no inclination. Nothing personal against the author or his character, Jack Reacher.

Interesting to learn about Fort Knox, which I’d heard OF before but knew nothing.

Not sure if this novella is canon, so not sure if it affects either of the two series’s full-length stories.

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.

9 New Deals (Frost, Jay, Jones, Wedel, Kern, Lewis, Miller, Oakes, Slaughter)

Jeaniene Frost‘s Realmwalker to Harlequin in a 3-book deal. A young woman discovers she’s the last member of an ancient line with an unwanted destiny, and that her only ally – a mysterious young man – is destined to betray her…and doom the world.

Stacey Jay‘s Juliet Immortal to ABC Family (TV). A paranormal love story revolving around Romeo and Juliet, who meet again – as enemies. Juliet was murdered by her new husband, Romeo, as a sacrifice to ensure his immortality. What he didn’t anticipate, however, is that Juliet would be granted eternity and spend her days fighting her former beloved to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent.

Carrie Jones‘ two teen SF thrillers to Tor Teen.

Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel‘s YA horror novel to Tor Teen (NA) for publication in 2014. Told from alternating perspectives. Chrystal is no stranger to the unexplainable, and when she moves to Oklahoma she must join forces with local teen Logan to protect their small farming town from whatever/whoever has been terrorising it.

Peggy Kern‘s Little Peach (2014) to HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray (NA). The gritty tale of a 14-year-old runaway who flees to New York City to escape her addicted mother, only to find herself lured into prostitution by a manipulative pimp.

R. C. LewisStitching Snow to Disney-Hyperion in a 2-book deal, for publication in 2014. A royal teen runaway is scraping together a living in a mining settlement on the far side of the universe, until she is discovered and “rescued” against her will…a rescue operation that just might kill her.

Whitney Miller‘s The Terror to Flux in a 2-book deal. The daughter of a charismatic cult leader leads a sheltered life but has visions of a dizzying, blood-soaked alternate reality that just might be coming true.

Stephanie OakesMinnow (2014) to Dial Books for Young Readers (World) in a 2-book deal. Loosely based on the Grimm tale The Handless Maiden, a girl must rebuild her life after escaping from a religious commune and being imprisoned in a juvenile detention centre.

Karin Slaughter‘s Will Trent books, starting with Triptych, to Yellowbird. They will work closely with Slaughter, who will write the first script and will also co-executive-produce. The series takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, and features Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent Will Trent, his partner Faith Mitchell, and their legendary boss Amanda Wagner. Will shoot on location in Atlanta.

7 New Deals (Barnes, Grant, Johnson, Meding, Parker, Smibert, Slaughter)

Jennifer Lynn Barnes‘s new thriller series in a 2-book deal to Hyperion (US) & Quercus (UK). Begins with The Naturals, pitched as a YA version of Criminal Minds where 3 teens are recruited to work as profilers for the FBI to stop a serial killer.

Mira Grant‘s Parasitology & Symbiogenesis (a duology of science fiction medical thrillers in the tradition of Frankenstein & Jurassic Park, in which parasites intended to bolster human immune systems rebel against their hosts), along with 3 novellas set in the universe of the Newsflesh series, to Orbit (World English).

Alaya Dawn Johnson‘s The Summer Prince (2013) in a 2-book deal to Arthur A. Levine Books. Set in a utopian city on the lush coast of a futuristic Brazil, a coming-of-age story about a rebellious young artist & her unlikely friendship with the city’s “summer king”, who is destined to be sacrificed after 1 year of rule, as together they spark a revolution that threatens to overturn the entire city.

Kelly Meding‘s next 2 books in the MetaWars superhero urban fantasy series to Pocket Star, for publication in 2013.

Amy Christine Parker‘s The Silo (2013) in a 2-book deal to Random House (World Rights). Teenaged Lyla has been living in a religious cult after her sister’s disappearance. While her parents are hopelessly under the sway of the group’s leader, Pioneer, Lyla is drawn into a dangerous situation when she begins to question Pioneer’s prophecy about the impending apocalypse.

Angie Smibert‘s The Meme Plague (2013), to Marshall Cavendish (World). The last title in the Memento Nora trilogy, wherein a group of teens fight to expose the truth about the city’s mandatory ID program & the ID chips’ ability to implant false memories.

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TV DEAL

Rights to Karin Slaughter‘s Grant County series sold. To go into development immediately, with the author co-writing the pilot script. Tez Says: Lena Adams is a plum role – not the lead character, but the one with all the fascinating, screwed-up plotlines.

8 New Deals (Aguirre, Dane, Landers, Mead, Slaughter, Spann, Tracey)

Ann Aguirre‘s Horde (2013) to Feiwel & Friends (World English). Final book in the dystopian Razorland trilogy.

Ann Aguirre‘s edgy paranormal revenge trilogy to Feiwel & Friends (World English). Doctor Faustus meets Mean Girls, set in a dark world of secret societies, twisted bargains & forbidden love. Book 1: Mortal Beauty (2014). Book 2: Dire Charm (2015). Book 3: Dead Lovely (2016).

Lauren Dane‘s Going Under to Berkley in a 2-book deal to Berkley, for publication beginning 2013. Both books continue the Bound by Magick series.

Melissa Landers‘s Alienated in a 2-book deal to Disney-Hyperion (World). A high school valedictorian takes in an extraterrestrial exchange student in order to receive a college scholarship, prompting a national controversy that spins out of control, only to find herself falling for her mysterious alien friend.

Richelle Mead‘s Gameboard of the Gods in a 2-book deal to Dutton (World). 1st novel in new adult paranormal series, Age of X, featuring an unlikely pair charged with investigating mystical phenomena in a futuristic world that was nearly destroyed by religious extremists.

Karin Slaughter‘s next untitled book (2013) to Delacorte (NA).

Susan Spann‘s Shinobi in a 3-book deal to Thomas Dunne Books. A new samurai mystery series featuring a Samurai & a Portuguese priest, who must clear a teahouse entertainer of murder, with each book focusing on a different aspect of 16th-century Japanese culture.

Scott Tracey‘s Moonset (2013) in a 2-book deal to Flux (World English). 5 children of warlock terrorists must struggle against the destructive legacy left by their parents, all the while resisting their own capacity for darkness.