You Have Arrived at Your Destination by Amor Towles (Forward collection) Requirements: epub reader, 363 kb Overview: Nature or nurture? Neither. Discover a bold new way to raise a child in this unsettling story of the near future by the New York Times bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow. When Sam’s wife first tells him about Vitek, a twenty-first-century fertility lab, he sees it as the natural next step in trying to help their future child get a “leg up” in a competitive world. But the more Sam considers the lives that his child could lead, the more he begins to question his own relationships and the choices he has made in his life. Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Bolt by Bryan Cassiday Requirements: epub reader, 382 kb Overview: Is her husband playing the field or is he trying to drive her mad with self-doubt and paranoia? Or worse–is he trying to kill her? Power-broker Hollywood talent manager Lyndon Fox’s wife Deirdre hires epileptic LA private detective Scott Brody after a previous private detective she assigned to keep tabs on her husband’s suspected infidelity is killed in Cabo San Lucas when she and her husband vacation there. An unknown assailant stalks her after she returns home. A secretive FBI agent named Peltz tells Brody that Lyndon Fox is involved with a cabal burrowed inside the FBI who, with the help of the deep state, are conspiring to take down the president of the United States. Peltz wants Brody to help him obtain evidence to expose Fox, as assailants ramp up their terrorism of the Fox family. As Deirdre’s world collapses around her, she must find out the truth about who is responsible before she loses everything–including her life. Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Cydonia Rising by Dave Walsh (Andlios Book 2) Requirements: epub reader, 512 kb Overview: The Emperor has fallen. Poisoned by his son bent on claiming the galaxy for himself. Katrijn is the heir to the throne, or was, until her brother killed their father and claimed it for himself. She had promised her father to restore order only to end up in exile, dodging her brother’s assassins. Now she must fulfill her father’s dying wish: bring freedom to the Republic. On the other side of the Republic, a lost Krigan princess conspires with her former enemies to take the galaxy back for themselves, for the good of the people of Andlios. Is it too late to save the galaxy? Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The Balance Bringer Chronicles by Debra Kristi (2-3) Requirements: epub reader, 1.8 mb Overview: USA Today bestselling and Award-Winning author, Debra Kristi was born and raised a Southern California girl. She still resides in the sunny state with her husband, two kids, and four schizophrenic cats. Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
2. Awakening – The secrets have been exposed. Ana knows who and what she is meant to be and meant to do. She has yet to decide if she will embrace her foretold destiny, but one point to which she remains steadfast is that she will fight until her dying breath for the safety of those she loves. It is the salvation of Ana’s loved ones that has lead her to the world of Hiddenkel. Her intentions…save her sisters Crystia and Kaia. For them, she left behind her high school life and the only world she has ever known. And, due to unfortunate circumstances, she also ended up leaving her mother. Ana thinks she understands the sacrifices required to become the Balance Bringer. And whether she wanted to or not, she has already paid a hefty price. But creation does not keep score nor play fair, and there is much Ana must learn, about herself and her awakening abilities. But when the life of Ana’s best friend and brother ends up in jeopardy, goals and needs will be reevaluated, and priorities will shift. An intense sense of urgency pushes her to make her way toward the rescue and recovery of her sisters, yet an equally weighted need pushes her to secure the health of her brother. Can Ana save them all, sisters and brother, while struggling with her physical changes of becoming the Balance Bringer and dealing with her internal conflict that is her attraction to her Tracer and the pull to the dream incubus that would make her his own?
3. Empowering – Fingers of darkness are spreading over the world of Hiddenkel, corrupting everything they touch and threatening every other world in the realm. Only Ana, the Balance Bringer, can stop it. But Ana isn’t ready to fulfill her destiny. Her powers are just awakening. If she has any hope of winning this war against the darkness, she must find Madame Marrouske, the mysterious mystic who has trained all previous Balance Bringers. The journey to meet the mystic is rife with danger, not only for Ana but for her allies as well. She isn’t even safe in her dreams, where her wicked aunt Dreya unleashes psychological attacks that leave Ana weak and confused. As her confusion blossoms into paranoia, Ana lashes out against her friends.Something inside her is shifting, threatening to unravel. How can Ana possibly return balance to Hiddenkel when she herself has been touched by darkness?
Bibliomancer by James Hunter, Dakota Krout (Wolfman Warlock Book 1) Requirements: epub reader, 452 kb Overview: The vaunted power of the Mage’s College. Unbounded freedom among the Wolfmen. The best of both worlds. Recent college grad Sam King was hoping for a backpacking trip across Europe as a graduation present. Instead he’s going to get a different kind of trip: a three-month stint in the ultimate immersive gaming experience. As a lifelong geek, gamer, and outsider, it’s a better gift then he’d ever dreamed. But when he jumps feetfirst into the world of Eternium, run by CAL, the Certified Altruistic Lexicon, it’s not exactly what he expected. All he wants is to quest, game, grind some levels, and get his hands on awesome loot. You know, have fun! But the Mage’s College seems to have a very different definition of fun, one involving study, blisteringly strict regulations, aristocratic hierarchy, and tons of pay to play. Sam crosses the College and finds himself running for his life with a back-talking book that is far more than it seems and a class that no one has even heard of. If he can navigate the deadly College politics and the looming war with the barbaric Wolfmen, he might just find the fun and adventure he was looking for. Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Vacuum Pressure by Jonathan Paul Isaacs (The Quantum War Book 2) Requirements: epub reader, 320 kb Overview: The zombie apocalypse didn’t start on Earth. Can one man keep it that way? Planet Juliet is swarming with infected colonists. The alien disease "constriction" shreds the minds of its victims and is seemingly transmitted with nothing more than a glance. Lieutenant Wyatt Wills may have escaped the outbreak on the surface, but his problems are just beginning. The spaceborne fleet that is supposed to be watching the system has vanished. And without their help, Wyatt and his strike force don’t stand a chance against the pandemic. Fortunately, two unlikely allies may hold the key to a solution. Dr. Jack Bell is the government official behind the brutal efforts to contain constriction. And Annika Hewitt is an eight-year-old girl seemingly immune to its effects. Together they have stumbled onto hints of a cure that could ultimately save millions of lives. But they will face a furious race against the clock if they are to earn the chance to try. For those still in power understand what it would mean if constriction gets outside the system, and they’re determined to stop it at all costs. Even if it means destroying the ones who came to save them. Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The Haunting of Roan Mountain by S. A. Jacobs (The Paranormal Archaeologist Book 2) Requirements: epub reader, 281 kb Overview: For paranormal investigator David Spur, nothing is as dangerous as home. A lot has changed for David since the events of The Demon of Mansfeld Manor. He now spends his time traveling to the nation’s most notorious haunted sites for his popular television show. But when he returns to Tennessee for a much-needed break, he quickly realizes this vacation is going to be anything but relaxing. Something is going on in the idyllic town of Roan Mountain. His childhood friend Melanie is sleeping in the woods rather than her newly-purchased mountain home. And something seems to be drawing her to the ruins of a centuries-old hotel. David will soon learn that this mystery goes deeper than his usual case. An ancient evil is stirring in Roan Mountain, and it may be tied to his father’s disappearance twenty years ago. To help his friend, David will have to face both the ghosts of an old hotel and the ghosts of his past. Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Randomize by Andy Weir (Forward collection) Requirements: epub reader, 292 kb Overview: In the near future, if Vegas games are ingeniously scam-proof, then the heists have to be too, in this imaginative and whip-smart story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Martian. An IT whiz at the Babylon Casino is enlisted to upgrade security for the game of keno and its random-number generator. The new quantum computer system is foolproof. But someone on the inside is no fool. For once the odds may not favor the house—unless human ingenuity isn’t entirely a thing of the past. Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Emergency Skin by N. K. Jemisin (Forward collection) Requirements: epub reader, 290 kb Overview: What will become of our self-destructed planet? The answer shatters all expectations in this subversive speculation from the Hugo Award–winning author of the Broken Earth trilogy. An explorer returns to gather information from a climate-ravaged Earth that his ancestors, and others among the planet’s finest, fled centuries ago. The mission comes with a warning: a graveyard world awaits him. But so do those left behind—hopeless and unbeautiful wastes of humanity who should have died out ages ago. After all this time, there’s no telling how they’ve devolved. Steel yourself, soldier. Get in. Get out. And try not to stare. Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay (Forward collection) Requirements: epub reader, 245 kb Overview: What’s more frightening: Not knowing who you are? Or finding out? A Bram Stoker Award–winning author explores the answer in a chilling story about identity and human consciousness. Imagine you’ve woken up in an unfamiliar room with no memory of who you are, how you got there, or where you were before. All you have is the disconnected voice of an attentive caretaker. Dr. Kuhn is there to help you—physically, emotionally, and psychologically. She’ll help you remember everything. She’ll make sure you reclaim your lost identity. Now answer one question: Are you sure you want to? Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy