Pub Day Shout-Outs! for August 17, 2021, featuring Moreno-Garcia, Moyes, and Parker
by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)
Here are three books coming out today from authors I love that I'm excited to read!
Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Velvet Was the Night (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
Description from Publisher:
"1970s, Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger.
"Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.
"Meanwhile, someone else is also looking for Leonora at the behest of his boss, a shadowy figure who commands goon squads dedicated to squashing political activists. Elvis is an eccentric criminal who longs to escape his own life: He loathes violence and loves old movies and rock ’n’ roll. But as Elvis searches for the missing woman, he watches Maite from a distance—and comes to regard her as a kindred spirit who shares his love of music and the unspoken loneliness of his heart.
"Now as Maite and Elvis come closer to discovering the truth behind Leonora’s disappearance, they can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives, with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies all aiming to protect Leonora’s secrets—at gunpoint.
"Velvet Was the Night is an edgy, simmering historical novel for lovers of smoky noirs and anti-heroes."
Why I want to read it: Moreno-Garcia has impressed me with her ability to jump from genre to genre—fantasy, horror, noir—so I'm looking forward to reading this newest manifestation of that talent. I loved Untamed Shore, which was the first noir book I read by the author, so I can't wait to see what she accomplishes next.
Jojo Moyes's Night Music (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
Description from Publisher:
"Now published in the United States for the first time—an early novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars
"Isabel Delancey, a classical violinist, has always taken her comfortable life for granted. But when her husband dies suddenly, leaving her with a mountain of debt, she and her two children are forced to abandon their home and move to the Spanish House, a now-dilapidated manor Isabel inherited in the English countryside.
"With the house falling down around them, and the last of her savings disappearing fast, Isabel turns to her neighbors for help, not knowing that her mere presence there has stirred up long-standing obsessions.
"As she fights to make her house a home, passions and lives collide. Isabel will discover an instinct for survival she never knew she had—and that a heart can play a new song. . . ."
Why I want to read it: Jojo Moyes is, for me, a consistently strong storyteller, and I've been working through her backlist gradually. I can't wait, therefore, for this early novel whose synopsis sounds so intriguing.
Lucy Parker's Battle Royal (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
Description from Publisher:
"Four years ago, Sylvie Fairchild charmed the world as a contestant on the hit baking show, Operation Cake. Her ingenious, creations captivated viewers and intrigued all but one of the judges, Dominic De Vere. When Sylvie's unicorn cake went spectacularly sideways, Dominic was quick to vote her off the show. Since then, Sylvie has used her fame to fulfill her dream of opening a bakery. The toast of Instagram, Sugar Fair has captured the attention of the Operation Cake producers and a princess.
"Dominic is His Majesty the King’s favorite baker and a veritable British institution. He’s brilliant, talented, hard-working. And an icy, starchy grouch. Learning that Sylvie will be joining him on the Operation Cake judging panel is enough to make the famously dour baker even more grim. Her fantastical baking is only slightly more troublesome than the fact that he can’t stop thinking about her pink-streaked hair and irrepressible dimple.
"When Dominic and Sylvie learn they will be fighting for the once in a lifetime opportunity to bake a cake for the upcoming wedding of Princess Rose, the flour begins to fly as they fight to come out on top.
"The bride adores Sylvie’s quirky style. The palace wants Dominic’s classic perfection.
"In this royal battle, can there be room for two?"
Why I want to read it: Lucy Parker's London Celebrities series is an amazing collection of romance novels featuring thoughtful, intriguing characters. Since I love reality tv, I'm really looking forward to all that I love about Parker's romance novels set in a reality-tv world.
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