The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1)
By: Tessa Dare
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…
Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.
His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.
But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…
It’s been a while since I’ve read a historical romance so when the first two books in Tessa Dare’s Girl Meets Duke series recently went on sale, I snatched them up 🙂
The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)
By: John Scalzi
Format/Source: eBook courtesy of the Tor.com book club
Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible — until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars.
Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war — and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.
The Flow is eternal — but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals — a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency — are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.
I don’t read nearly as much Scalzi as I should lol. Then this book popped up in Tor.com’s First-In-a-Series book club (or whatever it’s called…it’s something along those lines) so I decided to check it out 🙂
Hello! Meet my fourth poetry collection, Scrawled Stars. It was formally released at the start of July when I received the proof copy and everything was clear to go 🙂
A bit of a story about this collection–or maybe not–but this was actually supposed to have been released last year with my last collection, With Quiet Ardency (see post). But last year was all kinds of a mess so I never got around to compiling anything. So the collection of poems featured here were written around…2017? 2018? thereabouts. Unlike the last collection, which was very thematic, this one is just a general collection of thoughts and feelings and themes (though you may suspect a trend later on as there is a group of poems that are friendship-related; it was a bad time then).
Scrawled Stars should be out on all book retailers soon (end of the month, maybe?) but in the meantime you can definitely pick up a copy via Lulu.com at the following link: Scralwed Stars 🙂
Meanwhile, here’s a snippet of what to expect in this collection (from what I posted so far on my poetry account, @shallibeapoetinstead):
By: Ann Leckie
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase
Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege, and birthright.
A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.
Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world before they are lost to her for good.
The premise of this book intrigued me, as well as the fact that the book is a standalone. Ann Leckie’s work so far as been great–even though the last book in her Imperial Radch trilogy didn’t grip me as much as the first volume–so naturally I kept a lookout for this title 🙂
By: Michael Avon Oeming (Text), Dan Berman (Text), Scott Kolins (Illustrations), Andrea Di Vito (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
Three Asgardian epics in one legendary volume! In a tale from Asgard’s glory days, Thor stands beside his brothers-in-arms when the Warriors Three are put on trial for murder – and ties himself to their fate! Years later, the end is nigh for the gods – and only Thor and his Avengers allies might be able to stave off Ragnarok, the end of all things! But will the Odinson be Asgard’s savior, or the architect of its downfall? And will noble alien warrior Beta Ray Bill escape the end of one world – only to face the end of his own? Bill must face a creature of who turns his enemies to dust to fuel the stars! Can he save his people from cosmic immolation?
COLLECTING: THOR: BLOOD OATH 1-6, THOR (1998) 80-85, STORMBREAKER: THE SAGA OF BETA RAY BILL 1-6
Thor. Ragnarok. What more can I say, of course I’m onboard for a volume like this! 🙂