New Book Releases July 16th, 2019

by Sean Frankel

Here are some of the top new books that are coming out this week! #titletuesday


The New Release Titles:
A Grave End by Wendy Roberts – Mystery
A Pinch of Phoenix by Heidi Lang – Children’s Mystery
Atmosphaera Incognita by Neal Stephenson – Science Fiction
Bark of Night by David Rosenfelt – Mystery
Buried by Ellison Cooper – Thriller
Changeling by William Ritter – Young Adult
Earth by Ben Bova – Science Fiction
File Zero by Jack Mars – Thriller
Iron Will by Bj Daniels – Romance
Jack of Spades by Diane Capri – Thriller
Judge Not by Ciara Graves – Fantasy
Just My Luck by Jennifer Honeybourn – Young Adult
Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber – Contemporary Romance
Red Metal by Mark Greaney – Military Thriller
Rules of War by Matthew J Betley – Thriller
Shamed by Linda Castillo – Amish Mystery Thriller
Skin Deep by Karen Chance – Urban Fantasy
Sophia, Princess Among Beasts by James Patterson – Fantasy
Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews – Urban Fantasy
Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman – Mystery Thriller
Temptations Darling by Johanna Lindsay – Historical Romance
The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E Ladd – Historical Christian Fiction
The New Girl by Daniel Silva – Thriller
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead – Historical Fiction
The Other Mrs. Miller by Allison Dickson – Thriller
The Pawful Truth by Miranda James – Cozy Mystery
The Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin – Young Adult
The Second Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith – Humor Fiction
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – Sci/Fi
Untamed Delights by Suzanne Wright – Paranormal Romance
When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal – Fiction
Window On The Bay by Debbie Macomber – Romance

Road Trip Reading Recommendations

By Ashley Owens

‘Tis the season to go traveling!

Guess who finally took a vacation! That’s right – my partner, our little one, and I went up to the Washington mountains in the Pacific Northwest for over a week! We went to the beach, did some book shopping, hit a couple of breweries, went hiking multiple times, and also just relaxed & did nothing in the family house! My daughter discovered her love of the beach, and macaroni & cheese. It was a beautiful time.

Because I’m a bookworm, and also because I’m hecka extra, I packed 6 books AND my kindle. We drove up to Washington from California – a 12 hour drive in total – but split it over 2 days and stayed in Oregon on our way there and back. So I feel like I was totally justified in bringing all of those books! That’s a lot of time in the car! And that doesn’t even include all of our smaller trips when we were actually in Washington. Plus I’m a mood reader, so I like to have many options available to me while I’m away to make sure I have a good time while I’m reading.

This got me thinking though, about which books may be more conducive to road trip reading. So without further ado, here are some road trip reading recommendations!

Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee

I have definitive proof that this trilogy is very much readable on a road trip; my best friend read ALL 3 BOOKS when we were driving home from Washington to California (yes, I clearly make this trip a lot). They’re short, gripping, full of action, all-consuming, and clearly totally addicting. And lots of the plot takes place on the road… albeit walking & hiking through a post-apocalyptic world, but still!

This series follows Penryn Young, a 17-year-old San Franciscan, as she tries to navigate the world that has suddenly come apart around her as a result of fallen angels feuding with each other. She’s a badass heroine, who also happens to be a super loyal older sister and falls (reluctantly) for one of the afore-mention fallen angels, named Raffe.

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This is another book that I can vouch for it’s road trip readability, as I read it on a road trip to Lake Tahoe in May! 2 months later and I am literally still thinking about this book every damn day. It’s a super cute, fun, quick read that still manages to hit you in the feels. The main characters talk like real people – something I feel like never happens in YA or NA books – which makes it relatable as heck. I laughed, I cried, what a time I had.

This book is about Alex and Henry, the first son of the US and the Prince of England respectively, in a sort of alternate reality where a female is the President of America. That’s right – it’s gay! (are you shocked) It features one of my all-time favorite tropes: the hate-to-love romance.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Is it cheating to include a book about a road trip in this list? Even if it is, I don’t care because this book is the only road trip book I have ever actually liked.

This book is both cute and sad at times. It’s one of those Young Adult books that actually has substantive writing and characters. I liked the ways I got to know Amy and Roger, Roger in particular is so crush-worthy to me. The story’s pacing is one you can completely fall into and follow along with well. Amy is a very thoughtful character and that shows in the writing, but there are also these super adorable little “road trip” themed moments specifically that make this great for a car ride: playlists, grocery shopping lists, car games, etc.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I would actually recommend this audiobook specifically for a road trip. The narrator is superb, and the silliness & adventure of the book comes across as this adventure story being told to you by a story-teller. It’s got everything; pirates, queer characters, science, robberies, smut. It’s amazing.

The Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Or really any of his books. They’re fantastic and like a slightly older Harry Potter but full of Greek mythology. Like, it’s my favorite series of all time, so I don’t know how else to sell you on them, but I guarantee you will be hooked.

Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

Why are these books not more well-known?! They are a riot! And they have history and fantasy and steampunk and steamy times. They make for some amazing stories to get engrossed in and laugh out loud at, and just have a great time with it while stuck in the car.

My Lady Jane by Cythnia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

Very similarly to “Gentleman’s Guide,” this book is surprisingly hilarious. I would also recommend this as an audiobook too! The absurdity of this book and the funny lines will keep you entertained on your road trip!

Blood For Blood trilogy by Catherine Doyle

This is the most addictive series I have ever read, without question. It’s basically Romeo & Juliet but with the Italian mafia in Chicago in modern days. Like, these books are ridiculously dramatic, and I LIVE for it. I guarantee you that you will not want to do anything but be consumed with these books when you read them! The love triangle alone is enough to engross you.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

So the first appealing thing about this book is that it’s short – so no matter how long your car ride is, you can probably finish it within the trip. Secondly, it’s FULL of plot twists… so to say that you will be hooked is an understatement And thirdly, just holy cow is this a page turner!


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New Book Releases :: Week of July 2nd, 2019

by Sean Frankel

Below is a list of all the popular books releasing the week of July 2nd, 2019.

A Fatal Game by Nicholas Searle 
A Grave for Two by Anne Holt 
Across the Void by S K Vaughn 
Almost Midnight by Paul Doiron
Alpha and Omega by Harry Turtledove
Any Way The Wind Blows by Seanan McGuire
Betrayal in Time by Julie McElwain
Booking the Crook by Laurie Cass
Colorado Cowboy SEAL by Laurie Marie Altom
Deep River by Karl Marlantes
Dragonslayer by Duncan M Hamilton
Edge of Valor by Josh Hayes
Emperor of the Universe by David Lubar
Eye Spy by Mercedes Lackey
Fire Girl, Forest Boy by Chloe Daykin
Fractured Hopes by Greg Alldredge
Ghost House by Pandora Pine
Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger
Growing Things by Paul Tremblay
Hadassah, Queen Esther of Persia by Diana Wallis Taylor
Heart of Blackness by Spencer Quinn
Heart of Hell by Wayne Barlowe
Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin
Home on the Ranch: Oklahoma Bull Rider by Christine Wenger
Home on the Ranch: The Rancher’s Surprise by Pamela Britton
HOT SEAL Hero by Lynn Raye Harris
It Wasn’t Me by Lani Lynn Vale
Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn by  Andrei Codrescu, Lafcadio Hearn and Jack Zipes
Lawfully Trusted by Marie Higgins
Layover by David Bell
Married to a Stranger by Laura V Hilton
Milady by Laura L Sullivan
My Dog Made Me Write This Book by Elizabeth Fensham
Never Look Back by A L Gaylin
Off The Grid by Robert McCaw
Paper Son by S J Rozan
Plague World by Alex Scarrow
Pretend You’re Mine by River Laurent
Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estrep 
River Of Night by Mike Massa
Serafina and the Seven Star by Robert Beatty
Slugger by Martin Holmen
Someone to Honour by Mary Balogh
Starfall by Mark Gardner
Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear
Storm Rising by Ronie Kendig
Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer
Tangle by Adriana Locke
Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia
The Book of Lies by Melissa McShane
The Day of the Jackelope by Eldritch Black
The Echo Park Castaways by M G Hennessey
The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar
The Four Guardians by Matt Laney
The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman
The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger
The Hard Stuff by David Gordon
The Heart Keeper by Alex Dahl
The Labyrinth of the Faun by Cornelia Funke
The Mountain Master of Sha Tin by Ian Hamilton
The Odd Sisters by Serena Valentino 
The Shameless by Ace Atkins
The Sheikh’s Forbidden Tryst by Lara Hunter and Holly Rayner
Through The Night by Tamsen Schultz
To Spell With It by Amanda M Lee
Under Currents by Nora Roberts
Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
When You Need to Move a Mountain by Linda Evans Shepherd
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

New Title Tuesday :: Week of June 25th, 2019

By Sean Frankel

We decided to start posting the new releases for every week on every Tuesday! We are going to give you a list of the new releases that should be on your radar every week!

  • A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards
  • A Nearly Normal Family: A Novel by M.T. Edvardsson and Rachel Willson-Broyles
  • A Rainbow Above Us by Sharon Sala
  • After the End by Clare Mackintosh
  • After the Fall by E C Myers
  • Backlash by Brad Thor
  • Bad Things by Nancy Bush
  • Bewitched and Betrothed by Juliet Blackwell
  • Beyond the Limit by Cindy Dees
  • Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
  • Breathless by Helen Hardt
  • Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Cygnet: A Novel by Season Butler
  • Dating by the Book by Mary Ann Marlowe
  • Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle
  • Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion by Tanisha C. Ford
  • Emperors of the Deep: The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians by William McKeever
  • Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket by Fraser MacDonald
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
  • Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce
  • Gone Too Long: A Novel by Lori Roy
  • Here Is What You Do: Stories by Chris Dennis
  • Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee
  • How Could She: A Novel by Lauren Mechling
  • I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum
  • Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym Martineau
  • Lost And Found by Danielle Steel
  • Murder in the Crooked House by Soji Shimada and Louise Heal Kawai
  • Once Upon a Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson
  • Paranoid by Lisa Jackson
  • Project Duchess by Sabrina Jeffries
  • Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
  • Return To Zero by Pittacus Lore
  • Say No to the Duke: The Wildes of Lindow Castle by Eloisa James
  • Slow Dancing at Sunrise by Jo McNally
  • Summer Cover by Nora Roberts
  • Sweet Heat by Zuri Day
  • Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson
  • Texas Home by Debbie Macomber
  • That Other World: Nabokov and the Puzzle of Exile by Azar Nafisi, Lotfali Khonji (Translator)
  • The Bookshop On Shore by Jenny Colgan
  • The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs: A Novel by Katherine Howe
  • The Drama of Celebrity by Sharon Marcus
  • The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter
  • The Friend: A Novel by Joakim Zander
  • The Gone Dead: A Novel by Chanelle Benz
  • The Great Unexpected by Dan Mooney
  • The Iron Dragon’s Mother by Michael Swanwick
  • The Journal I Did Not Keep: New and Selected Writing by Lore Segal
  • The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
  • The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin
  • The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
  • The Not Good Enough Mother by Sharon Lamb
  • The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate
  • The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India’s Quest for Independence by Anita Anand
  • The Snakes by Sadie Jones
  • The Solar War by A G Riddle
  • The Summer It Begins by Sheila Roberts and Susan Wiggs
  • The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean
  • The Virtue of Sin by Shannon Schuren
  • The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast by Andrew Blum
  • This Is Not a T-Shirt: A Brand, a Culture, a Community–a Life in Streetwear by Bobby Hundreds
  • This Wicked Tongue by Elise Levine
  • Time’s Convert (Paperback Release) by Deborah Harkness
  • Total Mayhem by John Gilstrap
  • Twisted Family Values by V.C. Chickering
  • Unleashed by Diana Palmer
  • Wherever She Goes by Kelly Armstrong
  • Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Our 7 Favorite New Book Releases In June 2019

By Sean Frankel

Summer has officially kicked off! It is definitely time to start picking up those new trendy summer reads to take with you on your vacation(s). Here are a few of the new releases this month that the Bounty Books team have put on our summer TBR (to be read) list.


1. Magic for liars by sarah gailey

Everything about this book that I have read so far has me acting like a little kid who is impatiently waiting for grandma to give me candy. Magic For Liars has everything you would want in a book –murder, magical academy, amazingly gifted magical professors, and estranged private investigator siblings. The book follows the character Ivy –someone who dislikes magic– and how she is investigating a murder, but also investigating the life she could have had… Releases June 4th, 2019.


2. Recursion by blake crouch

Blake Crouch is back at it again with another mind blowing novel. This novel takes everything we think about how the brain works and our memories and twists it in to a new phenomenon of thrills. By giving us the adventure of a neuroscientist who is working on a device to save people’s memories forever –allowing them to relive their first kiss or the greatest day of their life– but also uncovering ‘False Memory Syndrome’ which forces people’s brains to live a life they never lived, but while driving them absolutely crazy. Releases June 11th, 2019.


3. Dear wife by kimberly belle

This might be the next big psycho-thriller everyone has been waiting for after The Woman In the Window by A.J. Finn. This story is told in multiple perspectives and follows a plot that has many twists and turns. It will keep you guessing throughout the whole book and it will have you on a read-a-thon.


4. Sorcery of thorns by margaret rogerson

This book makes my life at the bookstore look like a travesty –because why can’t I be a battle ready bookseller who guards it from evil? Don’t get me wrong the love story part is all fine and dandy too, but I just want to slay demons. Okay, and maybe I want to live in a huge mansion too. Releases on June 4th, 2019.


5. Fix Her up by Tessa bailey

An old baseball star, Travis, gets injured and has to start anew. Travis goes back to his hometown to hammer out his frustrations in life working for a construction company that flips houses. He reconnects with old friends –especially his best-friends younger sister Georgie– who have all grown in to people that he doesn’t recognize anymore. This is a love story about re-connection, friendship morality, and re-discovery –everything that is perfect for a summer read! Releases June 11th, 2019.


6. Summer of ’69 by elin hilderbrand

This is the perfect flashback to the free love era. I mean, what happens when you go on vacation to enjoy chill vibes and have a good time on Nantucket Beach? The perfect summer read for all –full of drama and fun times– even being that it is a Historical Fiction Novel. Elin really did a great job taking us all back to 1969 and re-living a time that gave us Woodstock, short skirts, lava lamps, and Jimi Hendrix.. Releases June 18th, 2019.


7. Storm and fury by jennifer l. armentrout

Witches… Gargoyles… Ghosts… Angels… Demons… and a blind girl who can still see and communicate with them. A dangerous gift that Demons and Wardens are trying to devour to enhance their own power(s). A minor love story that is bound to develop through the rest of the series… This book is a spin-off from the Dark Elements series, and definitely brings in the cameos from characters in her other series as well. Jennifer has done a beautiful job at building her own fantasy world and making it come to life. Releases June 11th, 2019.

Independent Book Store Day

By Sean Frankel

A national celebration for readers everywhere to go out and have a party. Independent bookstores almost went away at a point –with bookstores closing left and right across the country up until 2009. After that, a facade ideology that indie bookstores are going extinct swept the country. But according to the statistics indie book stores have been opening up in the masses since. In 2009 there were only 1,651 indie book store locations operated by 1,401 companies. As of 2018, there are now 2,470 indie book store locations being operated by 1,835 companies. That is some huge growth! So to celebrate the fact that indie bookstores are still around –we celebrate!

So why are indie bookstores important?

Independent bookstores are becoming the center of their local communities more and more. By getting involved in every which way possible,e.g, hosting events, supporting schools, volunteering in community events, and much more. Indie bookstores are a home away from home for the avid reader. A place of inspiration that anyone can get lost in for hours. Not to mention, independent bookstores are the gateway(s) to the reading community. The staffs are always way more knowledgeable, passionate, and personable about everything book related. It is just a different experience than anything else in the world because they are growing and expanding for you!

How do I participate in Independent Bookstore Day?

Well it is quite easy. All you have to do is find all of your local independent bookstores and head out to them. Some cities and stores organize bookstore crawls that you can show up and be a part of. It may require some travel to go from one city to the next for book crawls, but you will definitely get to meet some people. A lot of stores are going to be hosting author signings, book launch parties, holding big sales, and potentially doing giveaways. This will definitely be a fun way to connect and make some new friends!

What can I do to support my local indie bookstore YEAR ROUND?

Share them with your friends, show up to some author signings, and spread your love for your local indie bookstore all over social media. By getting the word spread about your local indie bookstore you are helping them grow, and helping them grow your local community. I am sure everyone has suggestions too for their local indie bookstore, so help them out by sending them notes and sharing your thoughts with them. I am sure they would love to hear how they could better service YOU!

What else?

Bookstores are going to continue to thrive because they do for the reader what Amazon and other big box retailers can not do. That is being there to personalize your experience and help you out on your reading adventures. So make sure to go out make some new book worm friends and get involved in an amazing community of book addicts that will blow your mind.