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
While I miss spending hours browsing the nooks and crannies of a used bookstore, online ordering with curbside pickup is pretty neat (and I even got a nice canvas tote bag from Booksmart Books).
Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett I’ve heard good things about, reimagining Shakespeare’s The Tempest as a queer love story; What Doesn’t Kill You, Live to See Tomorrow, and Your Next Breath fill out my Catherine Ling collection by Iris Johansen.
This Scepter’d Isle by Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis is a series I’ve always wanted to read; The Rainbow Cadenza by J. Neil Schulman is a Heinlein-esque Utopian satire I discovered through TVTropes; The Short Victorious War is the 3rd Honor Harrington book by David Weber; and Running Wild by Cathryn Fox and Delilah Devlin was an impulse buy that just caught my eye.
This isolation/quarantine crap hit me hard this week when I realized I couldn’t just pop into the Coles at the mall and buy the new Stephen King, so I ordered If It Bleeds online and tacked on Wicked by Gregory Maguire, which I’ve always wanted to read, to qualify for free shipping.
A solid little week on the review front with one highly-anticipated (and pre-approved) ARC, an upcoming release that I’m excited about, and 2 review requests that I just couldn’t turn down.
As soon as I heard Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse [coming Oct 13, 2020] was available over on Edelweiss, I rushed over to request it . . . and found I was already pre-approved. An epic adventure inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic, this is a must-read.
Having enjoyed her debut novella, Power, earlier this year, I was quick to jump on the email from Crystal Lake Publishing about Belle Vue by C.S. Alleyne [coming Aug 25, 2020] – an historical horror novel in the vein of Hill House, set in what was once a Victorian lunatic asylum known for its cruelty and satanic practices.
Forward by Elizabeth Fyre [coming May 1, 2020] was pitched to me as a BWWM MFM time travel romance full of weird technology, crazy radicals, sexy androids, daring propositions and heartbreaking consequences.
Mistress Managed – Book One by B.J. Frazier I was already interested in, having read the glowing reviews over at Chrissies Romance Reviews, so the pitch of an exotic and thoughtful female-led fiction for the connoisseur of the dominant woman was just icing on the cake.
New Acquisitions: Digital Titles
A few digital discoveries this week…
There is Gold and Steel by Darklord Swashbuckler sounds like a gender-flipped Gor novel, with a young warrior who travels to a world ruled by women who have decided that technology makes males obsolete.
Days of High Adventure by Daniel R. Robichaud came up in a search for transgender themed sword-and-sorcery, and the comparisons to Leiber, Moorcock, and Howard sealed the deal.
Priestess of Ishana by Judith Starkston was a book I’d already had my eye on – drawing on the true-life of a remarkable but little-known Hittite queen – so I jumped when I saw it was temporarily free.
Through the Gates by Jessica Short is a collection of three erotic fantasy novellas about a Blood Princess and her all female team of adventurers.
Mistress in Boots 1: Baptism by Fire by P.J. La Botte was a freebie that caught my eye, a full-length novel about a young man’s introduction to the strange and unfamiliar world of female dominance.
Finally, Violet’s Evil Succubus Tales by Elizabeth Violet was another promotional freebie, this one featuring three short erotic stories centered around devilishly seductive succubi.