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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

    Deception by Gaslight by Kate Belli

    Author: Kate Belli
    Released: October 6, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
    Genre: , ,
    Series: Gilded Gotham Mystery #1

    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.

    Source: Goodreads ad

    Wait a gosh darn second? Is this Batman inspired with a bit of romance, because the series is called Gilded Gotham Mysteries?

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  • London Royal

    London Royal by Nana Malone

    Author: Nana Malone
    Released: October 22, 2019 by Sankofa Girl
    Genre: ,
    Series: London Royal #1

    Rich.
    Entitled.
    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.

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  • McSweeney’s Issue 62: The Queer Fiction Issue

    McSweeney’s Issue 62: The Queer Fiction Issue by Patti Yumi Cottrell

    Author: Patti Yumi Cottrell
    Released: November 24, 2020 by McSweeney's Quarterly Concern
    Genre: ,

    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:
    Eileen Myles
    Bryan Washington
    Emma Copley Eisenberg
    Christopher James Llego
    K-Ming Chang
    Venita Blackburn
    hurmat kazmi
    Juli Delgado Lopera
    Kristen N. Arnett
    Gabrielle Bellot
    Paul Dalla Rosa
    Timi Odueso
    Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
    Vi Khi Nao
    Dennis Norris II
    Sarah Gerard
    Bridget Brewer

    Full-color comics by:
    Garrett Young
    Lee Lai

    Full-color illustrations throughout by:
    Derek Abella

    And letters by:
    RL Goldberg
    Amanda Monti
    Aarushi Agni
    Drew Pham
    Emerson Whitney

    Cover by:
    Angie Wang

    Title-page and table-of-contents illustrations by:
    Ariel Davis

    Source: @McSweeneys on Twitter

    I love their collections. They’re always wonderful to read and the designs are gorgeous – great for gifts or for yourself.

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  • Vengeance, Chaos, Power

    Vengeance, Chaos, Power by Anna Carven

    Author: Anna Carven
    Released: May 8, 2020
    Genre: , ,
    Series: Dark Scions #1-3

    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.

    Source: @Has_Bookpushers on Twitter

    A new fantasy romance that comes from a trusted source for romance recs!

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  1. 1
    Ren Benton says:
    +10

    Via Kalynn Bayron on Twitter, the gorgeous cover of her forthcoming book THIS POISON HEART, which “reimagines The Secret Garden with dark magic.”

    https://twitter.com/KalynnBayron/status/1339240090162311168

  2. 2
    Arijo says:
    +3

    LOVE McSweeney’s! Their Quarterly (along with The Believer magazine and Popshot) are pretty much the only things I subscribe to.

  3. 3
    kkw says:
    +4

    I was so happy that the pierced and perfumed concubine was a dude for a change, but a closer look indicates the Dark Scions is not m/m

  4. 4
    MaryK says:
    +9

    @kkw – No, but, per Goodreads reviews, she kills the “man who has terrorized and subjugated my people” which is a change.

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