Thursday, August 22, 2019

August Reading List #mystery #horror #zombie #apocalypse

Yes, I've been remiss in posting... hey, it's the last of summer! Actually, I've been writing, working on a mystery so I'm in a different frame of mind right now. But I still like to read and find new books and new-to-me books. Here's some I hope are new to you, too!

I also like to ask friends on Facebook what they're reading, as it's a good way to come across books I haven't heard about and I've discovered a few interesting ones that way... So this is definitely an intriguing mix this time...


Classics Remixed, New spins on classic tales -  New takes of old tales with horror - sci fi- thriller - supernatural and more twists. (Great concept!)

Wonderland: An Anthology - Stories inspired by Alice in Wonderland  - (Releases Sept. 17)  Various authors tackle Alice with horror, fantasy, historical, nightmare approaches and more. 



Black Death at the Golden Gate, The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague, David K. Randall - The rush to stop what could've been a virulent aplocalypse when a man in Chinatown is found dead with the tell-tale sings of plague in 1900. Based on true events. 

Vox, Christina Dalcher -  The government decrees women can't say more than 100 words a day.. and then more laws... One woman's fight to protect her and her daughter. (Wow, someone mentioned this and it sounds incredible. Timely. And being a talker, I'd find this impossible.)

Monsters: A Christopher Wren Thriller, Mike Grist -  A wave of cruelty floods America... During a midnight brawl in a fake Arizona town, cult leader and freelance CIA agent Christopher Wren receives disturbing news. - a near-mythical cabal of elite child abusers operating in the recesses of the 'dark' Internet has lashed out in the real world. Now an anti-pedophile activist is dead, two more have been captured, and only Wren recognizes what's happening. The monsters are coming out into the plain light of day. 
Fantasy - Sci Fi


His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass Book 1, Phillip Pullman - Witch clans, armored bears and stolen children... Lyra is rushing to find her friend while her uncle tries to build a bridge to the parallel world... 

Journey to Where, Steven Paul Leiva -  An experiment destroys time and the team find themselves in an alternate universe where dinosaurs are the smart ones. and humans never became dominant. And the "mad" scientist responsible for it all is with them and seeks to rise to power,. even if it means their deaths..


Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution's Women, Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Sophie Perinot, Heather Webb, E. Knight - (Releases Oct. 1) Six authors (pen a tale of the hopes and dreams of women from all walks of life who previously had no voice in 18th century France as revolution rises... (This sounds fascinating and there are some big names in historic writing here. I  love historic novels and this is an interesting time period.)


Horror and zombie books giveaway from assorted authors. 

Horror - YA/NA


The Coven History (Coven Series book 4), Lily Luchesi (Pre-order, Releases Aug. 27)
When the Coven King falls deathly ill, Harley must search through his history, and the history of everyone she once knew, in order to find the cure.

As a child, Salem Sinclair was never meant to amount to much, until he met a girl named Daphne Fraser. As Light as he was Dark, he fell in love at first sight and would do anything to please her, even if his love makes him a target. But there is a Darkness growing, and Daphne is at the center of the conflict. Salem must pick a side and do what is right to save the girl he loves.

See where it starts...
The Coven Princess, Lily Luchesi  (On Sale!) - Orphaned at age 3 when her parents are killed, Harley Torrance begins developing strange powers. At 14, she brews a potion strong enough to get the attention of the Coven King. She's not human, she's a witch. Now part of the magical community, Harley must learn to control her powers lest the Darkness already in her blood overcomes her. Can she dampen her lust for power in order to stop the Dark from taking over the Coven and killing everyone in their way?



Backstab, Francesa Vierling Mystery Book 1, Elaine Viets - St. Louis Gazette reporter is close to revealing a secret someone's killed to keep... And if she keeps digging, they'll have to kill her, too... 

Mumbo Gumbo Murder (Scrapbooking Mystery Book 16), Laura Childs & Terrie Farley Moran - Jazz Fest, giant puppets... and murder.  Carmella and Ava are determined to catch who killed their fellow shopkeeper, but the suspect list is long - and they may be added to that list...

Murder is Binding, Booktown Mystery 1, Lorna Barrett - New bookstore owner Tricia Miles finds her new adopted town friendly and cordial... and then her neighboring shopkeeper is found dead and the locals think she's the killer...  (Just read this one and enjoyed it, so looking forward to reading more in the series.)

The Dead of Summer  (Piper Maxwell Book 3), Jean Rabe - New Release! Latest in the Piper Maxwell series has the new sheriff tested to her limits with a county fair accident and a horrific murder.

The Price of Time, Tim Tigner - Would you change for better or worse if you had all the money and time in the world? Would finding the Fountain of Youth be a blessing - or a curse? (Came across this and it sounds fascinating!) 


2019-2020 Weekly-Monthly Planner - Because it has zombies on the cover! Who doesn't need this?

2020 Spooky Planner - Calendar - 6" x 9"  compact size with a spooky cover! (Tempting!)


Arguing with Zombies, Economics, Politics and the Fight for a Better Future, Paul Krugman - (Pre-order, Releases Jan. 24, 2020) - Nobel prize winner expands on his New York Times columns on national health care, the housing crisis, all the big issues today, including what he calls the "ultimate zombie" - that tax cuts for the rich will benefit all.  (Timely, educational, and a unique zombie tie-in.)

Broken Lands, Jonathan Maberry - Gabriella "Gutsy" Gomez finds her mother undead on her doorstep while Benny Imura and friends (from the Rot & Ruin series) find new undead horrors in the wild outside their fortified town. (Lost Roads, book 2 of the Broken Lands series is also on pre-sale. Pre-order, Releases May 2020.)

Childhood's End, Shore Haven Short Story, Jennifer Reynolds - (Free story) Kayla was your typical high school student until her school closed, her family died, and the world filled with creatures she couldn’t dream of surviving on her own. She does, though, but only by doing the unthinkable


Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete - (On sale!) A dysfunctional family, greed, murder... and zombies? In August, 1892, Lizzie Borden took an axe... what if she did it because her father and stepmother had already become... zombies?

The Bone Houses, Emily Lloyd-Jones - (Pre-order, Releases Sept. 24) The risen corpses are known as "bone houses," and legend says that they're the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?