One Year of Ugly by Caroline Mackenzie

One Year of Ugly by Caroline MackenzieHaving escaped crumbling, socialist Venezuela, Yola Palacio hopes she and her family can finally settle into a peaceful new life in Trinidad. And so what if they’re there illegally – them and half the island! But life for the Palacios is never quiet, and when Yola’s formidable Aunt Celia dies, the family once again find themselves living on the edge. For Celia had been keeping a very big secret – a local criminal called Ugly to whom Celia owes an awful lot of money. Without the funds to pay him off, Ugly forces the entire family to do his bidding until Celia’s debt is settled. What Ugly says, the Palacios do, otherwise death could lurk on the other side.

What follows is a year that turns the Palacios’ lives upside down. But in the midst of the turmoil strolls Roman – Ugly’s distractingly gorgeous right-hand man. And although she knows it’s a terrible idea and a dangerous betrayal of her family’s predicament, Yola just can’t help herself... Where, though, does Roman’s loyalty lie? And could this wild, deitful romance turn out to be the saving grace of a terrible year of Ugly?

One Year of Ugly is a delightfully fun, enormously fresh debut about dysfunctional families and messy romance, exploring cross-cultural struggles from a unique immigrant perspective. It brings the vivacious spark of Junot Diaz, the captivating wit of Maria Semple and through Yola, our feisty, young narrator, we’re introduced to an exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.

Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu

Aftershocks by Nadia OwusuThis poetic, genre-bending work—blending memoir with cultural history—from Whiting Award winner Nadia Owusu grapples with the fault lines of identity, the meaning of home, black womanhood, and the ripple effects, both personal and generational, of emotional trauma.

Nadia Owusu grew up all over the world—from Rome and London to Dar-es-Salaam and Kampala. When her mother abandoned her when she was two years old, the rejection caused Nadia to be confused about her identity. Even after her father died when she was thirteen and she was raised by her stepmother, she was unable to come to terms with who she was since she still felt motherless and alone.

When Nadia went to university in America when she was eighteen she still felt as if she had so many competing personas that she couldn’t keep track of them all without cracking under the pressure of trying to hold herself together. A powerful coming-of-age story that explores timely and universal themes of identity, Aftershocks follows Nadia’s life as she hauls herself out of the wreckage and begins to understand that the only ground firm enough to count on is the one she writes into existence.

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

The Lost Man by Jane HarperEnter for a chance to win a copy of the New York Times bestselling novel!

Two brothers meet in the remote Australian outback when the third brother is found dead, in this stunning new standalone novel from Jane Harper.

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

Like a Love Story by Abdi NazemianEnter for a chance to win 1 of 10 copies of the paperback edition of LIKE A LOVE STORY. Giveaway is in celebration of the paperback release and of the book receiving a Stonewall Honor and being a Walden Award finalist. Books will be sent from Bookshop to support indie bookstores, so they won't be signed.

Blowback '63 by Brian Meehl

Blowback '63 by Brian MeehlBlueink Review gave BLOWBACK ’63 a coveted RED-STAR, saying, “The second in the entertaining Blowback trilogy is twice the fun…a delightful fantasy series.” LitPick declared, “It’s difficult to follow up a great first book with an equally thrilling second, but that’s exactly what Meehl has done.” Kirkus Reviews sets the scene with, “A quirky and engaging crossroads for fans of baseball, the Civil War, and time travel.”

Enter for a chance to win a copy of BLOWBACK ’63. Each book will be dedicated to the winner, signed by the author and include a set of Blowback bookmarks.

The Blowback trilogy follows the adventures of clashing teenage twins, Iris and Arky, as they chase the mystery of their missing mother. Their quest began in BLOWBACK ’07 when Iris discovered an ancient family heirloom—the “Horn of Angels”—and sent Arky’s friend, Matt, to 1907 and the origins of modern football. In BLOWBACK ’63, the battle between the twins explodes into war—the Civil War—when Iris sends Arky and another friend to 1863 and the “doubleheader” of baseball and war being waged on the same field.

Steeped in compelling historical fiction and the tug of war between present and past, this young adult page-turner for millennials and beyond will transport you to the perils and pleasures of another age. After all, it’s a good time to shelter in a book. So, grab your chance to shelter in BLOWBACK ’63.

Forever Only Once by Carrie Ann Ryan

Forever Only Once by Carrie Ann RyanEnter to win a SIGNED COPY of FOREVER ONLY ONCE (Promise Me Book 1)!

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan comes a sexy new contemporary stand-alone series.

Hazel Noble has survived horrors she wouldn’t inflict on her worst enemy. Since then, she’s healed, found herself, and connected with a group of women she’s proud to call her friends. However, when they make a pact to start looking for love, Hazel finds herself not only up first but also forced to face a past she thought she’d escaped.

Cross Brady has no need for a relationship. As the oldest of five, he’s always been the one his family can rely on. Now, all he wants is to work in peace and live his life. His priorities shift dramatically, though, when Cross finds himself in Hazel’s path.

Though the two initially fight their connection, they soon learn that it’s safer to fall for each other than keep running from what’s holding them back—not to mention, who wants them dead.

Around the Sun by Eric Michael Bovim

Around the Sun by Eric Michael BovimEnter for a change to win one of 20 copies of what Kirkus calls an "engrossing" debut novel by Eric Michael Bovim, "Around the Sun."

Set at intervals in present-day New York, San Francisco, Barbados, Italy, and Barcelona, "Around the Sun" is told in lush, graceful prose, a portrait of grief and hope in the age of social media, globalization, and artistic decadence.

Mr. Memory and Other Stories of Wonder by Paul Michael Peters

Mr. Memory and Other Stories of Wonder by Paul Michael PetersA magical collection of short stories that stay with the reader. Imaginative and original they make you think, laugh and fall in love. The tales are short and quickly read, perfect for coffee breaks but beware; like chocolate, they lure the reader into just one more.

There is a talent for the 'short and sweet,' and often times, 'bitter sweet.' These are stories with a heart, the kind you want to hug, and yet they're firmly grounded in the real world - or the world we wish were real.

25 SIGNED PAPERBACK COPIES WILL BE REWARDED FOR THIS GIVEAWAY

Hooking Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Hooking Him by Aurora Rose ReynoldsFrom New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aurora Rose Reynolds comes the sizzling final installment to the humorous and heart-filled How to Catch an Alpha series.

Anna McAlister needs a new life. But that doesn’t mean she needs a new man. After leaving her fiancé and Chicago behind, she promises herself no dating until she finds what she’s looking for. But meeting one seriously hot and determined detective has her questioning herself.

Calvin Miller is that detective, and he’s been burned by women in the past. It’s easy for him to sleep alone and focus on his work, but the moment he lays eyes on Anna, he starts imagining sexy nights with her wrapped in his sheets. Maybe it’s time to get back out there.

But just as the attraction between them begins to sizzle, Anna’s past shows up to create trouble. And to make matters worse, a string of murders forces Calvin to juggle his new relationship and his career. His worst fear? That the two are somehow connected.

Can they find love together, or will her past and his duty sink their hopes?

More Than Love by Natasha Gregson Wagner

More Than Love by Natasha Gregson WagnerEnter for a chance to win one of 100 digital copies of MORE THAN LOVE, a memoir from classic Hollywood star Natalie Wood's daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner.

"In More Than Love, Natasha Gregson Wagner brings to life her extraordinarily talented and devoted movie-star mother, Natalie Wood, their magical life before Natalie’s tragic drowning when Natasha was eleven, and Natasha’s struggle to grow up after. The book is moving, powerful, and so honest. Natasha Gregson Wagner is a bright life force as was her mother."
—Delia Ephron, author of Siracusa

The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea by Kerrelyn Sparks

The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea by Kerrelyn SparksEnter for your chance to win a copy of THE SIREN AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Kerrelyn Sparks!

Four sisters have become queens, rulers of all that Aerthlan’s two moons embrace. The last sister will forge her own path…

Raised on the magic-seeped Isle of Moon, Maeve is used to unusual powers—and the way they fuel the politics of her world. But when she discovers an ability to shape-shift at will, she knows who she wants to share it with first. Brody, the enigmatic, infuriating shifter-spy has always made time for Maeve. But it’s been almost two months since she’s seen him. And though no one else believes Brody is in danger, Maeve is more than ready to rescue him herself.

The rumors Brody’s investigating are terrifying: a secret army of magic-users, in the service of the cruel Circle of Five. But when he uncovers the identity of one of the Five, the mission becomes personal. Cursed as a boy by the Sea Witch, Brody can spend only two hours a day in his human form, a restriction that limits his future and muzzles his heart. Plus Maeve teases him for being such a pretty doggy instead of appreciating his manly charms. To win his freedom, he must take on a terrible disguise. And when Maeve finds out, she’ll unleash a tempest like no other…

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