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Hide Your Wallet: September 5th Release Week!

It’s Tuesday! I hope everyone in the States enjoyed the long weekend and maybe even got some reading done.

It’s a short release week for us at SBTB HQ, though next week is looking rather beefy. We have a contemporary romance, some horror that Carrie just reviewed and enjoyed, and some witchy historical fiction.

What’s on your TBR pile for this week?

  • The Long Game

    The Long Game by Elena Armas

    Author: Elena Armas
    Released: September 5, 2023 by Atria Books
    Genre: ,

    A disgraced soccer exec reluctantly enlists the help of a retired soccer star in coaching a children’s team in this smalltown love story in the vein of Ted Lasso and It Happened One Summer — from the New York Times bestselling author of The Spanish Love Deception.

    Adalyn Reyes has spent years perfecting her daily routine: wake up at dawn, drive to the Miami Flames FC offices, try her hardest to leave a mark, go home, and repeat.

    But her routine is disrupted when a video of her in an altercation with the team’s mascot goes viral. Rather than fire her, the team’s owner—who happens to be her father—sends Adalyn to middle-of-nowhere North Carolina, where she’s tasked with turning around the struggling local soccer team, the Green Warriors, as a way to redeem herself. Her plans crumble upon discovering that the players wear tutus to practice (impractical), keep pet goats (messy), and are terrified of Adalyn (counterproductive), and are nine-year-old kids.

    To make things worse, also in town is Cameron Caldani, goalkeeping prodigy whose presence is somewhat of a mystery. Cam is the perfect candidate to help Adalyn, but after one very unfortunate first encounter involving a rooster, Cam’s leg, and Adalyn’s bumper, he’s also set on running her out of town. But banishment is not an option for Adalyn. Not again. Helping this ragtag children’s team is her road to redemption, and she is playing the long game. With or without Cam’s help.

    Seeing a lot of romance fans and writers talking about this one!

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  • The September House

    The September House by Carissa Orlando

    Author: Carissa Orlando
    Released: September 5, 2023 by Berkley

    A woman is determined to stay in her dream home even after it becomes a haunted nightmare in this compulsively readable, twisty, and layered debut novel.

    When Margaret and her husband Hal bought the large Victorian house on Hawthorn Street—for sale at a surprisingly reasonable price—they couldn’t believe they finally had a home of their own. Then they discovered the hauntings. Every September, the walls drip blood. The ghosts of former inhabitants appear, and all of them are terrified of something that lurks in the basement. Most people would flee.

    Margaret is not most people.

    Margaret is staying. It’s her house. But after four years Hal can’t take it anymore, and he leaves abruptly. Now, he’s not returning calls, and their daughter Katherine—who knows nothing about the hauntings—arrives, intent on looking for her missing father. To make things worse, September has just begun, and with every attempt Margaret and Katherine make at finding Hal, the hauntings grow more harrowing, because there are some secrets the house needs to keep.

    Amanda: I’ve heard good things about dark comedy in this haunted house story.

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  • The Witching Tide

    The Witching Tide by Margaret Meyer

    Author: Margaret Meyer
    Released: September 5, 2023 by Scribner
    Genre: , ,

    For readers of Margaret Atwood and Hilary Mantel, an immersive literary debut inspired by historical events—a deadly witch hunt in 17th-century England—that claimed many innocent lives.

    East Anglia, 1645. Martha Hallybread, a midwife, healer, and servant, has lived peacefully for more than four decades in her beloved coastal village of Cleftwater. Rendered voiceless as a child, Martha has not spoken a word in years.

    One autumn morning, a sinister newcomer appears. The witchfinder, Silas Makepeace, has been blazing a trail of destruction along the coast, and now has Cleftwater in his sights. His arrival strikes fear into the heart of the community. Within a day, local women are being captured and detained, and Martha finds herself a silent witness to the hunt.

    Powerless to protest, Martha is enlisted to search the accused women for “devil’s marks.” Now she is caught between suspicion and betrayal, having to choose between protecting herself or condemning the women of the village. In desperation, she revives a wax witching doll that belonged to her mother, in the hope that it will bring protection. But the doll’s true powers are unknowable, Martha harbors a terrible secret that could cost her own freedom/life, and the gallows are looming…

    Set over the course of just a few weeks that forever change the people of this village, The Witching Tide offers powerful and psychologically astute insights about the exigencies of friendship and the nature of loyalty, and heralds the arrival of a striking new voice in fiction.

    Elyse: I’m always down for witchy historical fiction.

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  1. flchen1 says:

    Thrilled that Full Moon Over Freedom (Milagro Street Book 2) by Angelina M. Lopez has just landed on my e-reader!

  2. Sunflower says:

    In addition to the Elena Armas, I have been looking forward to Lucy Score’s Things We Left Behind.

  3. catscatscats says:

    Am emphatically not a sports person, but The Long Game does sound strangely appealing. I probably need a figure for percentage of book that is sports before I risk it though. Donna Andrews has a children’s sports team cosy mystery (Die Like an Eagle) where the sports content was fairly manageable for me (ie, fewer people running about and more details of how to organise practices).

    Payback in Death has just arrived on my Kindle (JD Robb) but am trying to block it from my mind until next week, because of All the Things this week.

  4. DiscoDollyDeb says:

    I only have one book on my TBR this week (which is just as well because work demands have left me far behind on the books I already have lined up): YOURS CRUELLY (September 7) is the second in Winter Renshaw’s Paper Cuts series of angsty romances. This one features antagonists-to-lovers and an unplanned pregnancy. Renshaw’s books are well-written and very well-plotted. She does a great job of keeping her plot strands clear.

  5. MaryK says:

    Today is the re-release day for Martha Wells’ City of Bones. I love this book and already have a copy I picked up at a library sale but have taken this opportunity to support a favorite author. The book has apparently been lightly revised and is billed as “the author’s preferred version.” I’m a little nervous about that, but I heard her say in an interview that the changes are minor.

    PS – This book doesn’t have a romance, and I’m very okay with that. I say this as a reader who generally thinks most books are better if they include a romantic relationship.

  6. Lisa F says:

    Witching Tide and The Long Game are on my TBR!

  7. DonnaMarie says:


    Can you tell I’m excited? My book bf and I found out a month too late that Lucy Score is going to be at a local library tonight. No tickets left so we have been discussing camping out in the parking lot after work. Is that too stalkery?

    Also, the latest Gunny Rose book, ALL THE DEAD SHALL WEEP, is waiting for me at the GBPL drive thru. Sorely missed Elizabeth in the last installment, so I’m happy to see her front and center again.

    Lastly, and not a romance, William Kent Kruger’s THE RIVER WE REMEMBER. I cannot adequately describe how much I love his way with words. He is a master of capturing a time period: its rhythms, its sensibilities, while plotting out a twisty, compelling mystery.

  8. Maureen says:

    @DonnaMarie-I LOVE Lucy Score, and I would totally camp out in the parking lot. Do you get her newsletters? They are delightful!

  9. Maeve says:

    The newest Seanan McGuire book (Sleep no More) is out today!

  10. Ely says:

    Holy moly, the Kindle format of SLEEP NO MORE is US$16.99!!!!! BACK IN MY DAY … But seriously, I’m really struggling with this price. I don’t enjoy reading hardback books, so maybe I have to wait for the paperback version to be released. I’ll only buy $10+ kindle books for authors I know, so technically this is in my price range, but dang. This feels really expensive.

    Also, @Maeve, it looks like book 18 is being released in about 6 weeks. I didn’t know we were getting 2 new releases so close together!

  11. ReadKnitSnark says:

    Lauren Dane’s IGNITION releases today! Yay! More second generation characters!

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