Books That Deserve To Be Read

There are more than half a million books published each year in the US alone. Not all of them make the best seller lists. We are on a quest to find the books that deserve to be in the best seller list.

Eli Brown: The Intake

The story begins…

Set high on the northern moors Outlayer’s survive for three generations in near total isolation. Odd and different they have started to develop paranormal powers

Eli Brown lives in the Outlayer village called Smarsett Scar. He is a new breed of human and is ready leave the village and make his mark and, once he does, nothing will ever be the same….

A dystopian story set in the near future.

Turn About is Fair Play

For the past five years, Tracy Raymond she has been obsessed with international rock star Jake Benjamin. But with her Plain Jane looks, she knows that her chances of winning his affections are slim.

But a fortuitous encounter with an enigmatic merchant will change her life forever. The mysterious old woman sells Tracy a pricey love potion that guarantees to snag the affections of anyone who consumes it. Tracy manages to finagle her way into Jake’s inner circle to slip him the elixir. Her plan to live happily ever is put in motion but the mysterious potion quickly turn the man of her dreams into her worst nightmare.

Darkness Over Me

Moira appeared to be a confident, self-reliant young psychiatrist who devoted her life to helping others. She refused to let anyone know about her secrets, including her best friend. But when she met a charming and handsome older man, life as she knew it was threatened to be exposed as a lie.

Landon Rides The Subway

Join Landon as he rides on the subway! There are many adventures waiting for him in the big city he loves so much. Follow Landon as he rides the subway to his favorite museum and discovers a whole new world that lies under the city! The illustrations in Landon Rides the Subway are truly a work of art, and the story is a lovely tale for children of all ages! Get your ticket…and ride!

The Book of M: A Novel

Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.

Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.

As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure.

Like The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down.

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety—perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive.

When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States; there, in Chicago, their lives diverged. Though their bond remained unbreakable, Claire, who had for so long protected and provided for Clemantine, was a single mother struggling to make ends meet, while Clemantine was taken in by a family who raised her as their own. She seemed to live the American dream: attending private school, taking up cheerleading, and, ultimately, graduating from Yale. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased. She felt at the same time six years old and one hundred years old.

In The Girl Who Smiled Beads, Clemantine provokes us to look beyond the label of “victim” and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.

Emma: Ancestors’ Tales

Emma discovers at an early age that she’s been gifted with the ability to see and speak to her departed ancestors. If you’ve ever wished you could ask your great-grandparent to clear up an old mystery, you will love meeting someone who gets to study the old family stories and explain the way things really happened. Of course, it’s never as easy as simply asking–Emma has to work on it, often while dealing with those who refuse to believe in her abilities and ridicule her for it.

Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier

From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu, a fascinating, wild, and wonder-filled journey into Alaska, America’s last frontier

In 1899, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman organized a most unusual summer voyage to the wilds of Alaska: He converted a steamship into a luxury “floating university,” populated by some of America’s best and brightest scientists and writers, including the anti-capitalist eco-prophet John Muir. Those aboard encountered a land of immeasurable beauty and impending environmental calamity. More than a hundred years later, Alaska is still America’s most sublime wilderness, both the lure that draws one million tourists annually on Inside Passage cruises and as a natural resources larder waiting to be raided. As ever, it remains a magnet for weirdos and dreamers.

Armed with Dramamine and an industrial-strength mosquito net, Mark Adams sets out to retrace the 1899 expedition. Traveling town to town by water, Adams ventures three thousand miles north through Wrangell, Juneau, and Glacier Bay, then continues west into the colder and stranger regions of the Aleutians and the Arctic Circle. Along the way, he encounters dozens of unusual characters (and a couple of very hungry bears) and investigates how lessons learned in 1899 might relate to Alaska’s current struggles in adapting to the pressures of a changing climate and world.

Star of the North: A Novel

“A thrilling tale of abduction and escape in North Korea….highly entertaining.” —The Washington Post

A propulsive and ambitious thriller about a woman trying to rescue her twin sister from captivity in North Korea, and the North Korean citizens with whom she forms an unlikely alliance

Star of the North opens in 1998, when a Korean American teenager is kidnapped from a South Korean beach by North Korean operatives. Twelve years later, her brilliant twin sister, Jenna, is still searching for her, and ends up on the radar of the CIA. When evidence that her sister may still be alive in North Korea comes to light, Jenna will do anything possible to rescue her–including undertaking a daring mission into the heart of the regime. Her story is masterfully braided together with two other narrative threads. In one, a North Korean peasant woman finds a forbidden international aid balloon and uses the valuables inside to launch a dangerously lucrative black-market business. In the other, a high-ranking North Korean official discovers, to his horror, that he may be descended from a traitor, a fact that could mean his death if it is revealed. As the novel progresses, these narrative strands converge and connect in surprising ways, ultimately building to an explosive and unforgettable climax.

Entrance

Clarissa Moone’s a smart, quirky art history grad with an almost unhealthy obsession for vintage clothes. When she lands a job working for the enigmatic Aidan Thornhill, she doesn’t quite know what to expect—but certainly not romance.

Aidan is a self-made billionaire whose early life is shrouded in mystery. Fleeing a scandal, he joined the army and, years later, returned from Afghanistan with a head full of bad memories and a million dollars left to him by a dead friend. Now, he’s one of LA’s wealthiest bachelors—and he’s also smoking hot.

But even this billionaire veteran didn’t count on the voluptuous Clarissa. With rumors already circulating, Aidan breaks his golden rule: one steamy night on his private yacht, he seduces Clarissa. When he discovers her lack of experience, instead of running, he takes control. Things are about to get filthier than Clarissa ever imagined.

Aidan’s dark past is never far behind. Determined to stir trouble, three figures—an old army comrade, a spurned ex-con, and a spoiled old flame with sharp claws—emerge to reap revenge.
Rising to defend his new lover, the former soldier charges headlong into battle, determined to have Clarissa even if it means losing everything, while she must choose whether to ignore the rumors and continue to bathe in Aidan’s charms… Or leave her dream job.

An Undesirable Marriage

At the outbreak of the First World War, Samuel Singleton, a farmer’s son, enlists in the army, when only seventeen, together with his friend and neighbour, Richard Lewis. They are sent to the Western Front. Sam serves in the trenches and the Royal Flying Corps. After being shot down and severely wounded, he is awarded the Military Cross.

Mary Davies went to school with Sam and fell in love with him the first time they met. She writes to him during the war years and he learns that his family farm was devastated by Foot and Mouth and that the horses were conscripted by the army. After the war, Sam goes with Richard to buy horses in an army remount depot: by a thousand-to-one chance, he finds his beloved mare, Bella.

Mary expects that they will marry and is heartbroken when he leaves to start a new life in Malaya as a rubber planter. He promises to send for her as soon as possible.

Ruth Birley has just come down from Oxford and is returning to Singapore where her father is Chief Health Officer. She meets Sam on the sea voyage and is very attracted to him. Although torn by his conscience, Sam is fascinated by the glamorous Ruth, and they marry.

Mary has not told Sam that she is pregnant, and when she learns that he is getting married to Ruth Birley, she attempts suicide by jumping off a bridge on Sam’s mare, Bella, but is saved by Richard Lewis. Mary and the unborn child survive and she agrees to marry Richard. They bring up the child, Andrew, as their own.

Ruth becomes bored with plantation life and has an affair with the young doctor on the rubber estate, John Griffiths. She has a child, Stephanie, who is sent to school in England.

When the Japanese invade Malaya in 1941, Sam joins the guerrillas, but is captured and interned in Changi prison camp. Ruth is evacuated to Australia, where she finds fulfilment in a lesbian relationship. At the end of the Second World War, Sam joins Ruth in Australia, but returns to England when he hears that the Lewis’ farm is for sale after Richard was killed in an accident.

While Stephanie is training to be a nurse at a London teaching hospital, she meets a medical student, Andrew Lewis, and discovers that they are neighbours. They fall in love and Stephanie becomes pregnant. When they tell Sam’s parents that they are planning to marry, they decide they must tell Sam that Mary’s son, Andrew, is his son and therefore Stephanie’s half brother, and that Stephanie and Andrew must end their relationship. Stephanie overhears and tries to emulate Mary’s suicide but Ruth now confesses that John Griffiths, not Sam, was Stephanie’s father, and that Andrew and Stephanie are therefore not related and can marry.

Realising that her own marriage has finally ended, Ruth returns to Australia.

There may be a future together for Sam and Mary.

Disturbing His Peace: The Academy

She’s got probable cause to make her move . . .

Danika Silva can’t stand Lt. Greer Burns. Her roommate’s older brother may be sexy as hell, but he’s also a cold, unfeeling robot. She just wants to graduate and forget about her scowling superior. But when a dangerous mistake lands Danika on probation—under Greer’s watch—she’s forced to interact with the big, hulking jerk. Call him daily to check in? Done. Ride shotgun in his cruiser every night? Done. Try not to climb into his giant, muscular lap and kiss him? Umm…

Greer doesn’t let anything—or anyone—distract him from the job. Except lately, all he can think about is Danika. He’s wanted the beautiful, cocky recruit since the moment he saw her. But she’s reckless and unpredictable, and Greer is painfully aware of what can happen when an officer doesn’t follow the rules. Probation seemed like a good idea, but now Danika’s scent is in his car and he’s replayed her voicemails twenty times. Christ, he’s a goner.

Danika’s melting Greer’s stone-cold exterior one ride-along at a time. Being together could have serious consequences… but breaking a few rules never hurt anybody, right?

Tempest (Old West)

From USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins comes a new novel in a mesmerizing series set in the Old West, where an arranged marriage becomes a grand passion . . .

What kind of mail-order bride greets her intended with a bullet instead of a kiss? One like Regan Carmichael—an independent spirit equally at home in denims and dresses. Shooting Dr. Colton Lee in the shoulder is an honest error, but soon Regan wonders if her entire plan to marry a man she’s never met is a mistake. Colton, who buried his heart along with his first wife, insists he only wants someone to care for his daughter. Yet Regan is drawn to the unmistakable desire in his gaze.

Regan’s far from the docile bride Colton was expecting. Still, few women would brave the wilds of Wyoming Territory for an uncertain future with a widower and his child. The thought of having a bold, forthright woman like Regan in his life—and in his arms—begins to inspire a new dream. And despite his family’s disapproval and an unseen enemy, he’ll risk all to make this match a real union of body and soul.

The Robots of Gotham

A thrilling adventure in a world one step away from total subjugation by machines

After long years of war, the United States has sued for peace, yielding to a brutal coalition of nations ruled by fascist machines. One quarter of the country is under foreign occupation. Manhattan has been annexed by a weird robot monarchy, and in Tennessee, a permanent peace is being delicately negotiated between the battered remnants of the U.S. government and an envoy of implacable machines.
Canadian businessman Barry Simcoe arrives in occupied Chicago days before his hotel is attacked by a rogue war machine. In the aftermath, he meets a dedicated Russian medic with the occupying army, and 19 Black Winter, a badly damaged robot. Together they stumble on a machine conspiracy to unleash a horrific plague—and learn that the fabled American resistance is not as extinct as everyone believes. Simcoe races against time to prevent the extermination of all life on the continent . . . and uncover a secret that America’s machine conquerors are desperate to keep hidden.

Greeks Bearing Gifts (A Bernie Gunther Novel)

A vicious murder puts Bernie Gunther on the trail of World War 2 criminals in Greece in this riveting historical thriller in Philip Kerr’s New York Times bestselling series.

Munich, 1956. Bernie Gunther has a new name, a chip on his shoulder, and a dead-end career when an old friend arrives to repay a debt and encourages “Christoph Ganz” to take a job as a claims adjuster in a major German insurance company with a client in Athens, Greece.

Under the cover of his new identity, Bernie begins to investigate a claim by Siegfried Witzel, a brutish former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war. Witzel’s claimed losses are large , and, even worse, they may be the stolen spoils of Greek Jews deported to Auschwitz. But when Bernie tries to confront Witzel, he finds that someone else has gotten to him first, leaving a corpse in his place.

Enter Lieutenant Leventis, who recognizes in this case the highly grotesque style of a killer he investigated during the height of the war. Back then, a young Leventis suspected an S.S. officer whose connection to the German government made him untouchable. He’s kept that man’s name in his memory all these years, waiting for his second chance at justice…

Working together, Leventis and Bernie hope to put their cases–new and old–to bed. But there’s a much more sinister truth to acknowledge: A killer has returned to Athens…one who may have never left.

Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One)

Discover the origin story of one of the realm’s most powerful mages in the first book in the Numair Chronicles.

Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting trouble. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram realizes that one day–soon–he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

“I take more comfort from and as great a pleasure in Tamora Pierce’s Tortall novels as I do from Game of Thrones.”
–The Washington Post

The Video Game Adventures of Monte McGnarly

Monte McGnarly is a ten-year-old boy who lives the gamer’s dream– he ventures INSIDE his video games! Follow Monte as he traverses new worlds inspired by gaming classics from the past. Lighthearted, lyrical, original tales that will have you digging through storage for your own brown boxes of old games, “The Video Game Adventures of Monte McGnarly” are good fun for gamers of all ages.

To the gamers from way back,
And the fans of games old,
Come along for new stories,
Dear adventures, retold.

For a boy with a hat,
Monte McGnarly, his name,
Through the wonders of magic,
Plays inside his video games!

Whether expert or a newb,
Or an enthusiast of rhyme,
Come reminisce gaming classics,
My favorite games of all-time.

Want You (The Garner Brothers)

The smart and sexy Garner brothers have turned Glory Junction into California’s hottest extreme sports town—and a thrilling adventure of the heart is always part of the deal . . .

The savvy CEO behind his family’s outdoor sporting empire, TJ Garner has his choice of women. But the only one he wants is way out of bounds. Deb Bennett has been his brother Win’s on and off girl since they were teenagers. And Deb’s still waiting for Win to quit fooling around and realize she’s The One . . .

Deb carves the ski slopes and rides the rapids like a champion—it’s getting her every day life in order that’s the real challenge. When she turns to Win’s big brother for financial advice, TJ spontaneously offers the hard-working waitress an executive job at Garner Adventure. To Deb’s surprise, the job is a blast—and so is working for TJ. She always knew he was a heartthrob, just like all the Garners, but he’s charming and attentive too. Of course, given the choice between him and Win there’s no contest—or is there? . . .

Praise for Need You

“Well paced, well-written, a romantic delight!”
—Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author