Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be physical or digital. This includes books bought (my wife would say I buy too many), borrowed (a rare occurrence), and received for review (which I’m trying to reign in).
New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures
Well, I managed to stay away from the bookstores this week, so no new purchases for me.
Wow, what an amazing week for review titles. In fact, I believe I may have over-indulged, meaning I either need to get reading faster or start showing a little more restraint! Let’s start with the physical copies that arrived in the mail…
First up we have a finished hardcover copy of The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (publishing Feb 11th). It’s historical fiction, inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch trials, with lesbian romance at the heart.
Next up is a print ARC of Far Away Bird by Douglas A. Burton (publishing Feb 6th). Inspired by true events, it follows Empress Theodora through her rise from actress-prostitute to Byzantine Empress and explores the sweeping reforms she influenced that began codifying women’s rights and setting protections down in law.
Finally we have a finished trade paperback of Voodoo Shanghai by Kristi Charish (publishing Feb 18th). The third (and sadly final) installment in the Kincaid Strange saga sees our beloved heroine in pursuit of the ghost of a serial killer.
On the digital ARC front, first up is Succubus Dungeon: Divine Overlord, the latest Lewd Saga Adventure by Eden Redd (published Jan 15th) that I received as part of her Redd Light District ARC Group. It’s an erotic fantasy of dark magic, dungeon building, succubi, lewd situations, necromancy, devilish tastes and questionable philosophies.
Next would be Behind the Sun, Above the Moon edited by Taylor Barto (publishing Feb 17th) is a title I requested last weekend after meeting Sara Codair, one of the authors, on Twitter. It’s a collection of science fiction, science fantasy, contemporary, fabulism and magical realism stories that celebrate Non-binary and Transgender characters
After that comes Unknown 9: Genesis by Layton Green (publishing March 13th). I’ve been enjoying his books for about 7 years now, having binged the first 3 Dominic Grey stories in short order, but I’m even more excited by the idea of a brilliant but troubled young woman joining a deadly global treasure hunt.
An ARC that I am beyond excited to have, so much so that I’m struggling not to push aside everything else and read it right now, is The Queen’s Bargain by Anne Bishop (publishing Mar 10th). The tenth installment in the Black Jewels saga, and part of a new two-part saga, is a tale of stormy marriages, splintering minds, Daemon Warlords, and the Witch Queen.
Looking the farthest ahead, we have Every Sky a Grave by Jay Posey (publishing July 7th). The first in a new space epic, it follows a powerful woman who can destroy planets with a single word, who is suddenly faced with an adversary that threatens the entire known universe.
Finally, on the digital review front, we begin with Travelers, the first Nel Bently story, by V. S. Holmes (published 2016), an X-FILES meets LARA CROFT adventure featuring a foul-mouthed female archaeologist.
Next we have Let Them In by Lisah Walden (published Oct 31st), a collection of horror short stories and flash fiction that caught my eye with the promise of horror at a Victorian tea party, a doll maker, and a one-night stand with ominous consequences.
Wrapping things up is Love in an Undead Age by A. M. Geever (published Aug 1st), which she was kind enough to send me in preparation for the release of Damage in an Undead Age (publishing May 19th). Compared to the secrets of the human heart, killing zombies is a snap.
New Acquisitions: Digital Titles
A nice little handful of the erotic and exotic this week…
I already have the first 2 books in the The Centaur’s Pony Collection by Alexis Furr, and just finished reading the first the other night, but it’ll be nice to review the trilogy as a whole.
Nick and the Tentacle Empress, the second book of Madame Zabina’s Massage Parlor by Sarafina Rose, was free this weekend so I naturally made sure to buy the first, Brittanie’s Futa Slave, so I can read them together.
Star Pirate by Mia Archer is one I literally just stumbled upon, but I love the idea of an earth girl abducted from a sci-fi con, thrown into a life of piracy, only to fall in love with the princess she’s trying to rob.