New Book Tuesday: November 23rd

Here are the new books coming out for this week on New Book Tuesday. Click each book for more information and to purchase. Which are you planning to read? Do you have a favorite of all the new titles being released this week? Tell us in the comments section below.

Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson

About the Book:

Spensa’s life as a Defiant Defense Force pilot has been far from ordinary. She proved herself one of the best starfighters in the human enclave of Detritus and she saved her people from extermination at the hands of the Krell—the enigmatic alien species that has been holding them captive for decades. What’s more, she traveled light-years from home as an undercover spy to infiltrate the Superiority, where she learned of the galaxy beyond her small, desolate planet home.

Now, the Superiority—the governing galactic alliance bent on dominating all human life—has started a galaxy-wide war. And Spensa’s seen the weapons they plan to use to end it: the Delvers. Ancient, mysterious alien forces that can wipe out entire planetary systems in an instant. Spensa knows that no matter how many pilots the DDF has, there is no defeating this predator.

Except that Spensa is Cytonic. She faced down a Delver and saw something eerily familiar about it. And maybe, if she’s able to figure out what she is, she could be more than just another pilot in this unfolding war. She could save the galaxy.

The only way she can discover what she really is, though, is to leave behind all she knows and enter the Nowhere. A place from which few ever return.

To have courage means facing fear. And this mission is terrifying.

About the Author:

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor’s Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time® sequence.

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

About the Book:

Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She’s always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories.

Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he’s been cast from home. He’s found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake.

Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli’s best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven’t been in centuries.

And there are some who will kill to keep them apart.

About the Author:

Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache writer with a PhD in oceanography. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Elatsoe, was featured in Time Magazine as one of the best 100 fantasy novels of all time. Darcie’s short fiction, nonfiction and comics have appeared in multiple places, including Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, Nightmare Magazine, Strange Horizons, and The Dark.

Still With Me by Jessica Cunsolo 

About the Book:

Love has never been easy for Amelia Collins and Aiden Parker. They’ve faced every imaginable challenge: car wrecks, stalker attacks, evil fathers, wicked rivals, falling for each other, and finally giving in to their feelings.

So it’s no surprise that just as Aiden and Amelia begin to plan their future, a new threat emerges that could destroy everything. As Amelia once again attempts to protect those she loves, she inadvertently leaves a trail of clues behind, and her stalker is hot on her trail.

Faced with an impossible choice between love and survival, Amelia and Aiden’s devotion to each other is tested like never before. But it may be no match for a cold-blooded killer.

About the Author:

Jessica Cunsolo is from a small town near Toronto, Canada. Her first young adult novel titled She’s With Me, under the name “AvaViolet” has amassed over 100 million reads. It has since won the 2016 Wattys award, the 2016 Fiction Awards “Best Teen Fiction,” and has been published in French and Spanish. It will make it’s English debut January 7, 2020.

Jessica graduated with a B.A. in Law and Society. She enjoys the outdoors, cuddling with her dog Leo, and transforming her real life awkward situations into plot-lines for her viral stories.

Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy volume 11 by Stephen McCranie

About the Book:

Oliver is faced with the choice that will drive the course for the rest of his life, as the young boy needs to learn to cope with the new world around him.

On top of that, the saga of the Arno and the mysterious Artifact thickens, and the people on Earth struggle to find answers.

With shocking reveals and moments that pull at your heartstrings, this is not a volume you will want to miss.

About the Author:

Stephen McCranie is the author and illustrator for Mal and Chad, an all-ages graphic novel series. He is currently working on Space Boy, a sci-fi comic about a love that crosses light-years. His stated goal as an artist is to make “Comics that Nourish.”

Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy 

About the Book:

Huda and her family just moved to Dearborn, Michigan, a small town with a big Muslim population. In her old town, Huda knew exactly who she was: She was the hijabi girl. But in Dearborn, everyone is the hijabi girl.

Huda is lost in a sea of hijabis, and she can’t rely on her hijab to define her anymore. She has to define herself. So she tries on a bunch of cliques, but she isn’t a hijabi fashionista or a hijabi athlete or a hijabi gamer. She’s not the one who knows everything about her religion or the one all the guys like. She’s miscellaneous, which makes her feel like no one at all. Until she realizes that it’ll take finding out who she isn’t to figure out who she is.

About the Author:

Huda Fahmy is a hijab-clad Muslim woman who was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She is the illustrator of the internationally successful webcomic, Yes, I’m Hot in This. Between drawing and googling “breathable cotton dresses,” Huda enjoys spending time at home in Houston with her husband, Gehad, and their son.

The Ballad of Dinah Caldwell by Kate Brauning

About the Book:

Dinah Caldwell has been filling her father’s role since he abandoned their family four years ago. She and her grief-stricken mom run their subsistence farm deep in the Ozarks, making sure her younger brother never has to worry. Until the day Gabriel Gates, who owns everyone in Charlotte County, kills her mother to steal her family’s well.

Homeless, heartbroken, and alone, Dinah only has a single razor-sharp goal: revenge. And now that Gates has put a ten-thousand-dollar bounty on her head, she can’t trust anyone, but she also can’t take down the most powerful man in the mountains
by herself.

Her only allies are Kara, Dinah’s best friend and secret crush, and Johnny, a young bootlegger who has as much reason to hate Gates as Dinah does. With their help and resources, and maybe even love, she can spark a revolution and set the whole county free―if their combined secrets don’t get them all killed first.

About the Author:

Kate Brauning writes YA suspense and romance, reads everything, and never gets over a great story. She loves bright colors, fall leaves, unusual people, and all kinds of music. She believes wine is best rich and red, chocolate is best smooth and dark, and books are best bittersweet. She’s almost always listening to music, and one of these days, she’ll learn to play the guitar.

Kate has written novels since she was a teen, but it wasn’t until she studied literature in college that she fell in love with young adult books. She now works in publishing and pursues her lifelong dream of telling stories she’d want to read.

The Trials of Ascension by Brendan Noble

About the Book:

Rise. Otylia will never forget the betrayer’s blade slicing across her throat. Nor will she forgive.

Trapped by Weles in the underworld of Nawia, she is further from Waclaw and Dziewanna than ever. The Trials of Ascension are Otylia’s only hope to escape her father’s grasp, but is she ready to pay the price of immortality?

Fall. Waclaw would do anything to get Otylia back. But no demon has ever entered Nawia’s paradise.

Marching west with the nomadic clans, Waclaw senses the darkness inside him growing with his power. As Marzanna threatens his hopes of saving both Otylia and his tribe, will he surrender to the demon’s call or resist as the world he knows burns before him?

About the Author:

Brendan Noble is a Polish and German-American author currently writing fantasy inspired by Slavic mythology: The Frostmarked Chronicles. Through these books and his “Slavic Saturday” post series on YouTube and his website, he hopes to bring the often-forgotten stories of eastern Europe into new light.

Shortly after beginning his writing career in 2019 with the publication of his debut novel, The Fractured Prism (Book 1 of The Prism Files), Brendan married his wife Andrea and moved to Rockford, Illinois from his hometown in Michigan. Since then, he has published six full-length novels, including four in The Prism Files and two in The Frostmarked Chronicles, along with a novella for the latter series.

Brendan founded Eight-One-Five Publishing in 2021, wishing to inspire and help authors in the Rockford area write, publish, and distribute their works, regardless of socio-economic status.

Outside of writing, Brendan is a data analyst, soccer referee, and the vice-president of Rockford FC (Rockford’s semi-pro soccer club). His top interests include German, Polish, and American soccer/football, Formula 1, analyzing political elections across the world, playing extremely nerdy strategy video games, exploring with his wife, and reading.

Girl, Unstrung Paperback by Claire Handscombe

About the Book:

You might think it’s fun to grow up around Hollywood with semi-famous parents. You’d be wrong, and Clara Cassidy would be the first to tell you so.

She’s fourteen, figuring out life with three siblings and a new stepmom, and navigating her freshman year at a stupid high school where she doesn’t even want to be. She was supposed to be at arts school by now.

It’s fine, though, totally fine: she’s going to practice her viola extra hard and get into LACHSA next year. She’s definitely 100 percent focused and not even slightly going to get distracted by Tim, the sophomore Scrabble champion with the swoopy hair and the chin dimple. Nope. Not her.

About the Author:

Claire Handscombe moved from Europe to DC in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA in Creative Writing, but actually – let’s be honest – because of an obsession with The West Wing.

She is the author of Unscripted, a novel about a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan, and the editor of Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives.

Claire also hosts the Brit Lit Podcast, a fortnightly show of news and views from British books and publishing.

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