Stacking the Shelves

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.

Review Titles

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.

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  1. Thanks for linking to my review, and I hope you enjoy reading Mistress Managed (and all your other books too!)

    On a side note, I was certain that I was already following your blog and I was surprised to just find out that I wasn’t. I have now fixed that!!!

    Happy reading 🙂

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    1. Oh, I believe in giving credit where credit is due. I’m not sure I would have leaped on Mistress Managed if I hadn’t seen your review. 🙂

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  2. I also got the email about Belle Vue. I’m debating whether to read it or not, but since you’ve read the author before and enjoyed her book, I may have just decided😁

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  3. Ugh – I know just what you mean about the quarantine. Shops closed, Library closed – your only option left being online purchases or actually (goddess forbids) going through your own books for something to read.

    Anyway I loved If it Bleeds but who doesn’t love a good Stephen King right? Enjoy your books 🙂

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  4. Ugh – I get what you mean about the Quarentine. No Shops. No Library. Our only options being online shopping (SO e-books only) or (goddess forbids) having to go into our own piles of books for something to read.

    Anyway I really loved If it Bleeds – sure you will to.

    Be Safe!

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  5. Oh lots of great books! I’ve also mentioned ‘If It Bleeds’ and have to say I LOVE your cover, much better than the UK version. (I am assuming that is why they differ!)

    Here’s my Sunday post. Hope you have a great week ahead!

    By the way, I just followed your blog. I am not new to Stacking the Shelves, but haven’t joined in for a while, so for people that don’t know me I probably look like the newbie lol x

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