The spookiest month of the year is coming to an end and with a new month comes many new releases! We picked a few books we're most excited about!
Starting with November 1st, we have the one that we're most anticipating for the year (but we’re a bit biased!). Honeymoon for One by our very own Rachel Bowdler is an incredibly amazing, soft and funny sapphic Christmas romance. (This was written by Ivy; not Rachel tooting her own horn!)
A cancelled engagement. A non-refundable honeymoon. A Christmas Robin will never forget.
Robin Ellis has had a year she'd like to forget. She's tired, overworked and most definitely not ready to spend the holidays with her rowdy family in Manchester. So when she discovers she forgot to cancel her honeymoon she sees this as the perfect opportunity to get away; it's time to relax and embrace adventure!
The last thing she expects is to clash with standoffish ski instructor Neve. But despite their rocky start these two unlikely people can't help but fall for each other under the starry Canadian skies.
They know that holiday romances don't last, and Robin has had her heart broken one too many times before, but can they overcome the distance between them and find a happily ever after together?
November 1st also brings us a Christmas enemies-to-lovers YA sapphic rom-com: How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow.
It all starts when Shani runs into May. Like, literally. With her mom’s Subaru.
Attempted vehicular manslaughter was not part of Shani’s plan. She was supposed to be focusing on her monthlong paleoichthyology internship. She was going to spend all her time thinking about dead fish and not at all about how she was unceremoniously dumped days before winter break.
It could be going better.
But when a dog-walking gig puts her back in May’s path, the fossils she’s meant to be diligently studying are pushed to the side—along with the breakup.
Then they’re snowed in together on Christmas Eve. As things start to feel more serious, though, Shani’s hurt over her ex-girlfriend’s rejection comes rushing back. Is she ready to try a committed relationship again, or is she okay with this just being a passing winter fling?
Esme Symes-Smith comes with Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston on November 8th, a middle-grade fantasy set in a magical medieval world filled with dragons, shape-shifters, and witches. It follows a twelve-year-old nonbinary hopeful knight who battles for the heart of their kingdom.
When their ex-hero dad is summoned back to the royal capital of Helston to train a hopeless crown prince, Callie lunges at the opportunity to finally prove themself worthy to the kingdom’s “great and powerful.” Except the intolerant great and powerful look at nonbinary Callie and only see girl. But Callie has always known exactly what they want to be, and they’re not about to let anything stand in their way.
Trapped in Helston’s rigid hierarchy where girls learn magic and boys train as knights, Callie dis
covers they aren’t alone—there’s Elowen, the chancellor’s brilliant daughter, whose unparalleled power is being stifled; Edwyn, Elowen’s twin brother desperate to win his father’s approval; and Willow, the crown prince who was never meant to be king.
In this start to an epic series packed with action, humor, and heart, Callie and their new friends quickly find themselves embedded in an ancient war—and their only hope to defeat the threats outside the kingdom lies in first defeating the bigotry within.
Camp, spooky queer YA horror story, Wicked Little Things by Justin Arnold, is coming out on November 15th.
Join a coven.
Catch a killer.
Get a makeover...?
When his cousin is murdered, recently outed 16-year-old Dane Craven is forced to return to his unbearably small hometown of Jasper Hollow. It would be easy enough for him to keep his head down if it weren't for three inescapable facts.
One, Dane is a witch with fiery powers he has little ability to control.
Two, Dane thinks he's responsible for the death of his cousin.
And three, he's already been claimed by a coven of fashion-forward 'mean girls' desperate to give him a makeover.
Being the gay best friend to a trio of teenage witches wasn't ever high on Dane's list of aspirations, but fortunately for him these girls have the necromantic powers he needs to figure out who killed his cousin. Plus, he could do with some new clothes.
While on the hunt for his cousin's killer Dane discovers life in Jasper Hollow isn't all bad. There's the cute boy who works at the local coffee shop and enjoys long walks in the woods, for one.
But when the rabbit-faced killer comes for Dane, he'll be forced to come to terms with who he is and where he belongs before it's too late for him and everyone in Jasper Hollow.
On November 22nd, we have another much-anticipated read: Astrid Parker Doesn't Fail by Ashley Herring Blake. This is the follow-up from Delilah Green Doesn't Care, a series of new adult sapphic romance books with a little spice.
For Astrid Parker, failure is unacceptable. Ever since she broke up with her fiancé a year ago, she's been focused on her career. So when Pru Everwood asks her to be the designer for the Everwood Inn's renovation, which will be featured on a hugely popular home makeover show, Astrid is thrilled. Not only will the project distract her from her failed engagement and help her struggling business, but her perpetually displeased mother might finally give her a nod of approval.
However, Astrid never planned on Jordan Everwood, Pru's granddaughter and the lead carpenter for the renovation, who despises every modern design decision Astrid makes. Jordan is determined to preserve the history of her family's inn, particularly as the rest of her life is in shambles. When that determination turns into some light sabotage to ruffle Astrid's perfect little feathers, the showrunners ask them to play up the tension. But somewhere along the way, their dislike for each other evolves into something quite different, and Astrid must decide what success truly means. Is she going to pursue the life that she's expected to lead or the one that she really wants?
And last but not least is Farm to Fabre by Dehlia Donovan, a second-chance romance novella set in Scotland that features an asexual MC and releases November 30th.
When Andriana Milne-Marchetti kisses an old family friend under an apple tree, she never imagines he'll run halfway around the world and stay gone for three years.
Thirty-five-year-old asexual Andie runs a small remote family farm in Scotland. She's happy with her fruit trees and berries. Her Airedale terrier, Rupert, provides all the companionship she needs.
But her heart longs for one man, who probably never felt more than friendship for her.
Silver fox Docherty Fabre returns home to Scotland, hoping to break through a year-long battle with writer's block. He's taking up residence in a tiny cottage on the Milne-Marchetti farm. Now, if he can avoid embarrassing himself for a second time in front of Andie, everything will be fine.
Their second chance at romance comes from a year-long lockdown that prevents them from running away from their feelings.
With no one else around, can they find love in the orchard one more time?
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