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Book Beat aims to highlight other books that we may hear about through friends, social media, or other sources. We could see a gorgeous ad! Or find a new-to-us author on a list of underrated romances! Think of Book Beat as Teen Beat or Tiger Beat, but for books. And no staples to open to get the fold-out poster.
Deception by Gaslight
Glittering Gilded-Age New York holds its lavish charms–and a litany of deadly sins–as intrepid reporter Genevieve Stewart uncovers a trail of corruption and murder.
As a chill sets in on New York City in the winter of 1888, a jewel thief dubbed the “Robin Hood of the Lower East Side” has been stealing from the city’s wealthiest and giving to the poor. Genevieve Stewart–a young woman whose family is part of Mrs. Astor’s famed 400 but who has forged a life of her own as a reporter–decides to chase the story, but gets more than she bargained for: a murder victim sprawled in a dark alley in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood.
A handsome neighborhood tough comes to her rescue–but when she encounters the same man at a glamorous ball a few nights later, she realizes he’s society scion Daniel McCaffrey. Could this be her Robin Hood? When two more murders rock the Knickerbocker world, it becomes apparent that something much more sinister is afoot than a few stolen diamond necklaces. Genevieve is determined to prove that Daniel is Robin Hood–but she’s loath to believe he is a killer as well. From the glittering lights of Fifth Avenue to the sordid back alleys of Five Points, the truth is just one murder away.
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Wait a gosh darn second? Is this Batman inspired with a bit of romance, because the series is called Gilded Gotham Mysteries?
Possessive pain in my ass.
I know exactly what I don’t want.
I escaped to London under the cover of night, never thinking I’d run smack into a man who would turn me inside out.
I had a plan. Simple, really.
Step one: Follow my dream, away from from the demons of my past.
Step two: Land on my own two feet, preferably far, far, away from the man who hurt me and broke my heart.
Step three: Live a little and avoid all men with dark secrets.
So far, I’m not doing so hot.
He’s a royal amongst peasants, and the last kind of trouble I need–a filthy rich alpha who can see straight into my soul. Our secrets hold us both captive.
Something tells me I’ll be powerless to stop his magnetic pull, especially when he tells me I’m going to be his, damn the consequences.
Source: @NanaMalone on Twitter
Nana revealed her new covers for these duets and wowzas.
McSweeney’s Issue 62: The Queer Fiction Issue
McSweeney’s 62: The Queer Fiction Issue collects absurd, bold, bleak, humorous, and astonishing works of fiction and art by queer writers of all orientations. Inside this luxurious hardcover, you’ll find stories about storm chasers and Colombian supermodels, about talking plants and DIY bands and camboys and encounters with the dead. Contributors include Bryan Washington, Eileen Myles, Kristen Arnett, Sarah Gerard, Juli Delgado Lopera, Gabby Bellot, Dennis Norris II, Emma Copley Eisenberg, K-Ming Chang, and many more, with dazzling full-color illustrations throughout by Derek Abella. Guest-edited and featuring an introduction by Patty Yumi Cottrell, and filled to a surfeit with letters, stories, and dazzling full-color comics and art, you’ll be jealously hoarding this collection for decades to come.
Featuring original stories by:
Emma Copley Eisenberg
Christopher James Llego
Juli Delgado Lopera
Kristen N. Arnett
Paul Dalla Rosa
Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
Vi Khi Nao
Dennis Norris II
Full-color comics by:
Full-color illustrations throughout by:
And letters by:
Title-page and table-of-contents illustrations by:
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I love their collections. They’re always wonderful to read and the designs are gorgeous – great for gifts or for yourself.
Vengeance, Chaos, Power
They took my world from me.
It wasn’t much of a world to begin with, but the forest village where I was born and raised is everything to me.
They took me away from there, wrapped me in silks, and pierced my flesh with their glittering trinkets.
They made me an object of desire, to be given to a man who has terrorized and subjugated my people.
He thinks he can defy the gods, but I have other ideas.
I don’t care what happens to me anymore. Nobody’s going to save me.
I just want to make him pay.
This book is a compilation, combining books 1-3 of the Dark Scions Series into a single edition to make a complete trilogy. The three books (Vengeance, Chaos, and Power) span a single story arc, and feature the same main characters. Book 3 ends in HEA. Fantasy romance. 194,000 words.
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A new fantasy romance that comes from a trusted source for romance recs!