What’s in store for 2022?

Today is one of our favorite days because we get to give a shout out for books that we are looking forward to and show some cool cover art! Are any of these in your reading list?

Life Flight by Lynette Eason

Set to release January 4th. This new series will attract new fans to Eason’s writing while keeping her current fans begging for more! Find out more here!

Sunrise by Susan May Warren

Set to release January 4th. Another new series by Susan May Warren is in the works and multiple books are set to release throughout the year. Contemporary romance fans will want to make sure this in on their list! Find out more here!

Stone by Ronie Kendig

Set to release January 6th. This series strays a bit from Kendig’s typical military thrillers into a straight up romantic suspense, but don’t worry, it will be just as good! Find out more here!

Court by Tracy Wolff

Set to release February 1st. This has been our new vampire guilty pleasure series. While similar to other series, it is just unique enough to make us love it. Both the 4th and 5th books release in 2022. Find out more here!

Fires of Edo by Susan Spann

Set to release February 15th. It has been a long time since Spann released a new Hiro Hattori novel! This series following a Portuguese Jesuit priest and Samurai assassin has some of the best friendly banter found within its pages, but enough mystery and intrigue to keep readers pull in! Find out more here!

Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn

Set to release March 1st. A master of romantic suspense, Blackburn’s next installment in the Defend and Protect series is guaranteed to keep readers glued to the pages! Find out more here!

The Souls of Lost Lake by Jaime Jo Wright

Set to release April 5th. The balance between darkness and light in Wright’s books is unique. This new book will likely garner several new readers! Find out more here!

Dark Angel by Andrews & Wilson

Set to release April 5th. We just stumbled upon this author duo last year and can’t believe we haven’t run across them before. We made sure to get them in our to read pile from now on! Find out more here!

No More Lies by Kerry Lonsdale

Set to release May 10th. No More Words was left wide open to explore more about what happened to these characters and Lonsdale’s follow up in this series will do just that! Find out more here!

Elysium Tide by James R. Hannibal

Set to release June 7th. Hannibal is a master at stories filled with mystery, twists, and turns. Sometimes there is a hint of romance, but don’t be fooled into thinking that is the key theme! Find out more here!

The Blue Diamond by Leonard Goldberg

Set to release June 14th. The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series has become one of our absolute favorites every year. Readers will race against the characters to see if they can solver the mystery first! Find out more here!

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Set to release July 19th. We haven’t found anyone who can write mind blowing stories quite like Crouch. Even if your not an expert in quantum physics (like most if not all of us) these stories will grab a hold of readers and take them for a ride without slowing down in the least! Find out more here!

What She Found by Robert Dugoni

Set to release August 23rd. What year could be complete without a new Tracy Crosswhite novel? This is likely our favorite series of all time! If you haven’t read any of this series, we suggest to start today! Find out more here!

2021 Top Books of the Year

Happy New Years Eve to all our readers! And with the last day of the year comes our compiled list of our top reads. This is a bloggers biggest challenge of the year given the number of books that we go through, but we still managed to narrow it down. Hope you enjoyed these as much as we did!

Top PickAfter She Falls by Carmen Schober

We can’t say enough good this about this book. Suspense, romance, drama, and MMA fighting all wrapped up into one little package!

Runner Up – All That We Carried by Erin Bartels

Another fantastic read that was just shy of taking the top spot! The tension in this story is so tight that readers may become high strung by the end, but it is so worth it!

Runner Up – Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Every year needs a good sci/fi selection and Andy Weir is back at the top of his game. This is quite the lengthy story, but most readers will have it finished in a just a few days.

Runner Up – On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor by Jaime Jo Wright

A master of the time slip formula, Wright gives readers exactly what they expect from her and keep coming back for more!

Runner Up – The World Played Chess by Robert Dugoni

A master storyteller lacks nothing regardless of the genre he writes in. Fans of Dugoni will love this book as much as any other he has put out there.

Honorable Mention – No More Words by Kerry Lonsdale

Lonsdale’s writing on family drama might just make you forget yours is so bad for a little while. Peek into another messed up family’s life to take the edge off!

Honorable Mention – Rembrandt Stone Series by David James Warren

This entire series of six installments was released over 2021 and each book was better than the previous. Such a fantastic series that we can’t recommend it enough.

Honorable Mention – The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox

Another time slip makes it on the top list this year! With family secrets on the line, it’s easy to see why it ranks so high!

Honorable Mention – Never Miss by Melissa Koslin

Romantic suspense at its best and a debut novel to boot! Koslin is making our watch list for 2022!

Honorable Mention – Dark Intercept by Andrews & Wilson

Got to love suspense thrillers and we can’t believe we haven’t picked up on this duo before!

2021 Top Comtemporary

Every year we have a genre with so many good books that we simply can’t narrow it down to just five. And why should we? Each of these authors brings a unique voice to their craft that makes us simply blend into the story and forget about reality for a little while! Enjoy our top picks for 2021!

After She Falls by Carmen Schober

Our top pick follows a young mixed martial artist who trades love for her passion only to find herself trapped in an abusive marriage. Readers will see not only fighting in the octagon but fighting internal battles as well!

Read the full review.

All That We Carried by Erin Bartels

If you want a story with tension and conflict, this is the book for you! Two sisters with years of hurt and anger between them finally have a confrontation in the middle of the Michigan wilderness. The raw emotion as well as beautiful scenery will draw readers in for the long haul.

Read the full review!

No More Words by Kerry Lonsdale

This start of this new trilogy begins with what Lonsdale does best, bringing family drama out front and center. Readers will be jumping to the wrong conclusions throughout the pages only to be shocked by the revelation at the end!

Read the full review!

The World Played Chess by Robert Dugoni

Dugoni is no stranger is our suspense/thriller list, but every once in a while he brings out a book in a different genre that is just as good. He has a way of writing a story that goes deeper than most and characters that will pull you by the heartstrings.

Read the full review!

A Piece of the Moon by Chris Fabry

Fabry has a way of making readers feel a part of the story and this is no exception. The first chapter will have readers hooked and then tag along with the different groups hunting for treasure.

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Provenance by Carla Laureano

Who doesn’t love an unlikely romance discovered in a small town nestled in the Colorado Rockies? With loveable characters and some references to past novels, this is one of her best!

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Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Every time we pick up a Catherine Ryan Hyde novel, I am reminded why she is one of out favorites. The way Hyde writes these stories pulls me in and has us turning the pages as if we’re reading a thriller. Seven Perfect Things is by far our favorite of her novels, it didn’t take more than two pages to pull us into the story and kept us hooked the whole way through.

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The Letter Keeper by Charles Martin

Martin’s writing is like none other. All his stories are just feel good type stores, but the Murphy Shepherd series has such action and suspense packed in, it’s almost difficult to keep it tied to one genre. This is his best series so far and we can’t wait to see what comes next!

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Mona Passage by Thomas Bardenwerper

Another story laced with internal conflict. Plus it’s set in Puerto Rico, which is a past roaming ground, so it was fun to see the accuracy of the island throughout the pages!

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Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti

A story full of heart, faith, strength, and a longing to survive even during the hardest of circumstances.

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2021 Top Romantic Suspense

The New Year can bring romance, but it can also bring suspense. So why not celebrate with our top choices for the Romantic Suspense genre! Several repeat authors are appearing on this list because they are just so good at what they do!

Never Miss by Melissa Koslin

An absolutely fantastic debut novel! So much suspense, action and truly believable moments. Can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.

Read the full review!

Active Defense & Hostile Intent by Lynette Eason

Two more fantastic installments in the Danger Never Sleeps series! Lynette Eason has done it again; her writing puts her on a whole new level with this series. No better time for readers to discover one of the very best in romantic suspense!

Read the full review of Active Defense!

Read the full review of Hostile Intent!

Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon

We’ve read a lot of Irene Hannon books over the years, but we must say this is going to take the top spot out of all her books. The premise hooked us right away! The idea of a female detective that is always mistaken for someone much younger than they are and able to use that to their advantage to go undercover brought her writing to a whole new level!

Read the full review!

Unknown Threat by Lynn Blackburn

The start of this new series by Lynn Blackburn is her best work yet!! So much action, drama, suspense, tension, with just a little bit of romance at all the right spots. We absolutely loved the way this story started with a bang and didn’t let up.

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Breach of Honor by Janice Cantore

A fantastic police procedural that had us hooked from page one with fantastic character connections and an adrenaline laced story!

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Obsession by Patricia Bradley

A fantastic suspense read with tension at all the right spots! Fans of Patricia Bradley will not want to miss this one. Patricia Bradley is a fantastic Romantic Suspense author and her Natchez Trace series is continuing to be one of our favorites.

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Aftermath by Terri Blackstock

It has been a long wait for a new Terri Blackstock book, and we have to say she did not disappoint with Aftermath.  The writing was very well done and kept the suspense throughout all while writing a clean and engaging story.

Read the full review!

2021 Top Time-Slip Novels

Do you want to slip away to another time? Or prefer the present? Or both? Fortunately, there was no shortage of stories that allowed readers to do just that! Here are our top picks!

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox

Amanda Cox shows how secrets tear a family down instead of keeping it secure. Told from two point of views at different times, this story is sure to be a repeat read for many!

Read the full review!

The Nature of Small Birds by Susie Finkbeiner

What’s better than a time slip with set in two time periods? One set in three time periods! This masterful work is told from three different viewpoints spanning decades apart and the central character isn’t any of the POVs!

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On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor by Jaime Jo Wright

Jaime Jo Wright will probably always make the top of our list with her writing that is both dark, yet enlightening. She always manages to weave two seemingly separate storylines into one that readers will be tearing up the pages to discover the connection!

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The Orchard House by Heidi Chiavaroli

Not only is this a great story about Louise May Alcott, but another time slip set in three periods. The author paid so much detail to the time periods that I felt like I was back in high school during the 90s. With great character development, we would love to see a continuation of this.

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The English Wife by Adrienne Chin

Set in Newfoundland in both current day and September 11, 2001, this story shows why secrets are a dangerous thing. This book manages to truly come full circle.

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2021 Top Speculative Fiction

We hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas! We won’t speculate about what you may or may not have gotten, but will instead share our top picks for Speculative Fiction for 2021!

The Rembrandt Stone Series by David James Warren

It’s a little bit time travel, a little bit futuristic, and a whole lot of excitement. With all six installments released in 2021, it was quite the ride that kept us waiting for the next book every two months. This series was so much fun that we can only hope the authors team up again!

Read the full review!

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

If you loved Andy Weir’s debut novel The Martian then you’ll love reading his new story involving a lone hero on a mission to save the human race from mass extinction. This is Weir at this best!

Read the full review!

The Future is Yours by Dan Frey

Who doesn’t love a story involving quantum computing? Especially when it lets you see a year into the future. Could you change the outcome? Or would your actions to change the outcome actually cause the events to take place?

Read the full review!

The Other Me by Sarah Zachrich Jeng

When a women begins to live two between two timelines, she has trouble deciding which one she wants to be permanent. The twist in this story is amazing and will leave readers begging for another story ASAP!

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Forgive Us by E.T. Gunnarsson

Set in a dystopian version of the future of the United States, this book follows three seemingly unconnected timelines, until the very end. Well written and engaging, this book will keep you guessing!

Read the full review!

2021 Top Suspense Thriller

Merry Christmas Eve! And as one of most suspenseful days of the year, why not celebrate by releasing our top picks for Suspense Thrillers!

Dark Intercept by Brian Andrews & Jeffrey Wilson

An absolute hit and fantastic start to a new series by a powerhouse author team. This is a great, fast-paced military thriller with a spiritual aspect that gets dark but keeps the light. Once you read it, you’ll see why it was our top pick for the year!

Read the full review!

In Her Tracks by Robert Dugoni

It’s hard to beat a Tracy Crosswhite novel! This newest addition in this fantastic series comes close to the first installment in terms of being our favorite! Fans of the series, and thrillers in general, will not want to miss this one!

Read the full review!

Play Dead by Ted Dekker

It has been a long time since we have had a true Dekker suspense novel and this one is classic Dekker. What that means is you are getting a top-notch thriller with a deep message about Virtual Reality, what awaits us in this life and the afterlife, and maybe even a little more.

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The Paris Betrayal by James Hannibal

A fast action, spy thriller that had us hooked and our hearts racing until the final chapter! Hannibal stepped up his game in 2021 and let us thirsty for more!

Read the full review!

Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill

The second installment in the Amara Alvarez series starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. This is our kind of suspense novel, a top-notch strong female protagonist that will stop at nothing to do her job and prove others wrong.

Read the full review!

2021 Top YA Fiction

Our next category needs no introduction as the grounds for young readers entertainment. But make no mistake, even lifelong readers will find these stories enjoyable and maybe even a new author or two!

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

Who doesn’t love a good thriller? And when you can bring teens and young adults into the genre, it makes it even better. We couldn’t put this one day and it was our favorite of the year!

Read the full review!

Easy Target by Tim Shoemaker

A perfect, high-paced read for young adults dealing with bullying and the difficulties they face in school and the complications of social media. Easy Target starts out nice and slow, but in the best way, there isn’t too much action right away and for a YA/middle grade audience it has a nice pace. 

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Millie Maven Series by Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is a name several readers know for his suspense thrillers that bridge into the supernatural. His new middle grade series Millie Maven will bring young readers into his world and might even learn a thing or two.

Read the full review for Millie Maven and the Bronze Medallion.

Read the full review for Millie Maven and the Golden Vial.

Read the full review for Millie Maven and the White Sword.

Heartless Heirs by MarcyKate Connolly

A fantastic follow up to one of our favorite books from last year. So much action, drama, tension, and character connection to love!

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Escape from the Everglades by Tim Shoemaker

A fantastic thriller for young adults that is fierce, gripping, and full of more suspense and less fluff, making for a wonderful read! We loved the action and suspense, especially for a young adult. 

Read the full review!

2021 Top Historical Fiction

It’s that time of year again! Time for Christmas festivities and year end events. And with that comes our top selections for different reading genre’s for the year! Kicking it off with historical fiction. So many great books were released this year and none of them disappointed, so it is always difficult to narrow it down to a select few, but we do our best!

Whom Gods Destroy by Vincent B. Davis II

This has been a fantastic series and this installment continues the journey of Quintus Sertoris. This book changes direction that the series has been heading, but readers will likely see that it is for the better. We can’t wait for the next book!

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Night Bird Calling by Cathy Gohlke

Fantastic character development mixed with interracial tensions make this story a lesson that many could learn from in today’s culture. Readers will quickly fall in love with the main character and her story and cheer her on in her crusade to make her community a better place.

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When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin

What historical fiction list is complete without a World War II era novel. And who better to bring one of the best than Sarah Sundin. This is a change for her typical approach by focusing on the rise of the Nazi party instead of events going on during the war. All to say, this is the beginning of a great new series!

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The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron

Can we have a list without Kristy Cambron? In short answer, of course not! Her dual timeline storytelling is masterful and this story set in France during World War II is no exception. Instead of a true time slip, her timelines converge on one another with the same characters making it doubly enjoyable!

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If It Rains by Jennifer L. Wright

Our final pick finds the characters set in the Oklahoma panhandle during the dust bowl. The story of two sisters: one who is trapped into a marriage and one who is forced to leave her home behind. The character growth of both women is phenomenal as is the settings readers will experience throughout this story of hardship.

Read the full review!

What’s in Store for 2021?

As we branch out to the next year of the decade, we can only hope to find some sense of normalcy. Well, that and more great books for us to escape reality. Here is just an example of what we are looking forward to in 2021.

Releases January 5th.

Lynette Eason continues to make each new book our favorite and we have no doubt that this next one will take the number one spot!

Find out more here.

Releases February 9th.

We are thrilled for this new series by several of our favorite authors. We can’t wait to find out how it plays out!

Find out more here.

Releases March 2nd.

A year without a Lynn Blackburn goodie? Thankfully 2021 has her back in action!

Find out more here.

Releases April 6th.

Chris Fabry writes awesome stories! Maybe that’s what happened in 2020? Either way, we are super excited to have a new story by him this year!

Find out more here.

Releases April 20th.

Another Tracy Crosswhite Novel? Yes please! We can’t get enough of our favorite protagonist and her exciting yet relatable life!

Find out more here.

Releases May 4th.

If you love science fiction, then chances are you are an Andy Weir fan. We’ve loved everything he has written so far and hope this is no different.

Find out more here.

Releases June 1st

Jamie Jo Wright’s stories always have a bit of darkness that finds it way to the light. She is continually at the top of the list for a reason!

Find out more here.

Releases June 8th.

We absolutely loved Murphy Shepard’s first recorded adventure and can’t wait to see what lies in store for the second!

Find out more here.

Releases July 6th.

Kerry Lonsdale always writes an escape story and we plan on this one being one of her best yet. Just look at that cover!

Find out more here.

Expected in July.

Janice Cantore is back in 2021 and her knowledge of the police force will no doubt keep us intruded through he whole story!

Find out more here.