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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: Shiny New Releases for the Second Half of 2023


Besides seasonal TBR lists, my most favorite Top Ten Tuesday prompts are the ones about upcoming new releases. It's always fun to see what books loom on the publishing horizon and which titles everyone is excited about. This topic will be dangerous for my already overwhelming TBR pile mountain mountain chain, but I'm here for it!

My list is heavy on mysteries and thrillers, which is no surprise. Fall seems to be the time when lots of readers are in the mood for darker reads. I'm always up for a suspenseful novel and there seem to be many of them coming out soon. I've already mentioned a number of new releases I'm excited for in recent posts, so this list will be focused on ones I haven't talked about yet. 

As always, TTT is hosted by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Make sure you click over there and give her some love. 

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books Releasing During the Second Half of 2023


1. Thicker Than Water by Megan Collins (available July 11)—Sienna and Julia are not just best friends, they're also business partners and sisters-in-law. Although they believe their unique bond can never be broken, it starts to bend when Jason—Sienna's beloved brother and Julia's imperfect husband—is accused of a brutal crime. Comatose Jason can't answer any questions, so it's up to the two women who love him most to clear his name. If he is, indeed, innocent, which is looking less and less likely...


2. Cutting Teeth by Chandler Baker (available July 18)—This one sounds a little zany, but still intriguing. It's about four moms who send their darling toddlers to the same preschool. When the pupils are overtaken by a strange medical condition that has them craving blood, their mothers are a bit...taken aback. Then, the kids' teacher is found dead. Suddenly, the moms and their adorable little bloodsuckers are all suspects in the murder.


3. Women of the Post by Joshunda Sanders (available July 18)—Inspired by the real story of the only all-Black battalion of women in the Women's Army Corps to serve overseas during World War II, this novel focuses on several American women who are sent to England with their unit to do the important task of sorting over one million pieces of mail for the troops. The assignment quickly becomes personal as the ladies get to know each other and discover a mysterious letter addressed to one of them. 


4. I'll Tell You No Lies by Amanda McCrina (available August 1)—After a devastating accident kills her mother, 18-year-old Shelby Blaine is wracked with grief. Adding insult to injury, her Air Force intelligence officer father receives a new assignment that requires them to move from West Germany to New York. It's 1955 and Shelby's dad is tasked with interrogating an escaped Soviet pilot. When Shelby meets the accused, she becomes hopelessly entangled in his story. As the stakes stack higher and higher against him, she must decide where her loyalties lie.


5. Just Another Missing Person by Gillian McAllister (available August 1)—When a young woman is kidnapped, a detective starts searching for her. Then, the policewoman's family is threatened and she knows that solving the case will mean dooming everyone she loves most. Does she have the strength not to seek truth and justice? Can she really go through with framing an innocent person in order to save her family?


6. A Council of Dolls by Mona Susan Power (available August 8)—This triple-timeline novel tells the story of three generations of Yanktonai Dakota women in part through the eyes of the dolls they turned to for comfort in difficult times.


7. Midnight is the Darkest Hour by Ashley Winstead (available October 5)—I'll read anything described as "Southern gothic" and this one sounds especially compelling. It's set in a small, God-fearing Louisana town that is steeped in eerie stories and superstition. When a skull is found in a swamp next to strange carved symbols, it puts the entire town on edge. Ruth, a librarian and the daughter of the town's charismatic preacher, soon realizes it's up to her and an old friend to confront their hometown's secrets in order to keep them all safe.


8. Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity by Elizabeth C. Bunce (available October 24)—I've mentioned how much I love this middle-grade mystery series before. It's super fun, especially on audio with the talented Bethan Rose Young narrating. This installment, #5, sees Myrtle accompanying Miss Judson to the estate the governess has just inherited on a remote Scottish island. Myrtle is thrilled to find out that not only is the old house rumored to be haunted, but also that it hides multiple mysteries. 


9. The Search for Us by Susan Azim Boyer (available October 24)—As a genealogist and an adoptive mother, I'm always intrigued by stories about DNA, adoption, long-lost family reunions, etc. This YA novel sounds right up my alley. It's about two half-siblings who are brought together through a DNA test. Together, they launch a search for the biological father neither of them has ever known, with whom they hope to reconnect for varying reasons. 


10. The Fiction Writer by Jillian Cantor (available November 28)—Nothing is going right for novelist Olivia Fitzgerald. Not only is her writing career in jeopardy, but her personal life is in tatters as well. When her publisher offers her a tantalizing and mysterious ghostwriting job, she jumps at the chance. Nothing is quite as it seems at the billionaire's estate where she will be working, nor is its owner...

There you go, ten new releases I can't wait to read. Which up-and-comers are you most excited for? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor. I also reply to TTT comments made here (although I'm still behind from last week).

Happy TTT!

65 comments:

  1. So many interesting-looking books on your TTT list this week! I feel my TBR list growing longer as I speak. ;D

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    1. Right? The best/worst thing about TTT is how much my TBR pile grows every week!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

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  2. Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity looks fun. Hope you like all of these.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

    Lydia

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    1. The Myrtle series is super fun. It makes me laugh. I especially enjoy it on audio because the narrator is just so good!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lydia!

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  3. I love that cover for The Fiction Writer! Makes me want to read it. I hope you love all of these.

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    1. It is evocative, isn't it? You just KNOW something sinister is going on in that fancy house on the cliff! I love covers that are subtly creepy...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

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  4. Wow, these sound really good! I've added a few of these to my TBR, since I also tend to read darker themed books in the cooler months. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get to read them.

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    1. I mean, I don't discriminate—I'll read darker themed books any time of the year! They do seem especially suited to Fall/Winter, though.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leah!

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    1. I hope so too!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Bree!

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  6. I hope they're all thrilling and mysterious! :)

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    1. Me too! Those are my favorite kinds of reads :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, AJ!

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  7. Great list, Susan. So many good looking titles on this list. Women of the Post really caught my eye. Hope you get to read all these.

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    1. I was excited to learn about WOMEN OF THE POST, too. It sounds like a unique story. I always love learning about behind-the-scenes heroes.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cheryl!

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  8. These books sound interesting. I hope you enjoy them. Happy reading! 😀

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    1. Same! I've enjoyed 3 1/2 of them so far, so I'm off to a good start :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

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  9. I just recently came across The Search for Us somewhere (maybe on Goodreads?) and thought it sounded interesting. Hope you enjoy all of these!

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    1. I'm a sucker for DNA family reunion stories! I just can't resist. At. All.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Tanya!

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  10. I really love the Myrtle books too (and the narration is soo good!) so I'm really excited for Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity too.

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    1. I've only "read" the books on audio. I would have loved them in print, too, but the narration is so fantastic on audio that that's the only way I've wanted to experience them. I hope we both love the newest Myrtle (little doubt about that)!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Louise!

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  11. I have not heard of these but they do look interesting! I hope you enjoy them all when you get an opportunity to read them!

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    1. I hope so, too. It's always so disappointing when a book looks/sounds REALLY good and then it's...not! Ha ha.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

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  12. It IS interesting that fall does seem to be the time for darker reads. :)

    Good luck with your list and happy reading!

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    1. I read mysteries and thrillers all year round, but Fall/Winter seems especially suited for them.

      Thanks for popping by, Jaime!

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  13. Ooooh! I like the sound of The Fiction Writer.

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    1. Same! I hope it's as good as it sounds :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deb!

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  14. Cutting Teeth sounds like it could be really fun -- can't wait to hear more about it!

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    1. Right? It sounds like it might be more of an allegory about motherhood than anything else. Whatever it is, I'm totally intrigued by its premise!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lisa!

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  15. These sound very good! I forgot to add Fiction Writer to my list. I pre-ordered that one during a Target book sale. Can't wait!

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    1. Nice! I requested the e-ARC on NetGalley, so we'll see what happens...

      Thanks for stopping in, Diana!

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  16. I'll Tell You No Lies and Midnight is the Darkest Hour both sound really good! The cover for Midnight is the Darkest Hour is creepy good.

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    1. Right? It looks more like a fantasy cover than a mystery, so I'm wondering if some supernatural elements come to play in the story. Either way, I'm in!

      Thanks for popping by!

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  17. These sound fun! I hope you enjoy them!

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    1. I'm sure I will! At least SOME of them are sure to be hits for me, right??

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

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  18. The Search for Us sounds cute and emotional, all sounds great

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    1. I agree! It just seems like the kind of read I really like. I hope it's a good one for me :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Vero!

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  19. The Fiction Writer sounds amazing. Happy reading! My TTT https://readwithstefani.com/mid-year-book-freak-out-tag-2023/

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    1. I agree. I hope it's as good as it looks!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Stefani!

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  20. Women of the Post sounds really good!

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    1. I was lucky enough to get an e-ARC of the book through NetGalley. I'm excited to dip in!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lisa!

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  21. The Fiction Writer by Jillian Cantor (available November 28) sounds amazing! I had not heard of it before. Great list.

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    1. I've read and enjoyed at least one other book by Cantor, so I'm excited for her newest. It sounds very mysterious and compelling! Just the kind of read I love...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Rebecca!

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  22. Some good sounding books on this list, Susan. I have four of them on my TBR already, but this is one of those weeks, that my shelf will grow a lot. I hope you enjoy all of these selections.

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    1. The best/worst thing about TTT is what it does to my already overwhelming TBR list!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carla!

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  23. I'm excited for that new Ashley Winstead book. The last thriller I read from her really impressed me.

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    1. I haven't read anything by her yet, but I've heard really good things about her books. I can't wait to see what I think of her!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Suzanne!

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  24. I read a contemporary romance by Ashley Winstead, but I'm more interested in her thrillers! Midnight is the Darkest Hour sounds good, and yes anything that's described as Southern gothic captures my interest too! Great list here, Susan!

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    1. Oh really? I didn't know Winstead wrote romances. Interesting. And, yes, Southern gothic books always appeal!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Rachel!

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  25. An interesting list. The cutting teeth one and the Council of Dolls one sound a bit scary in a good way!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

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    1. True, true! I like a *little* bit of scary in my mysteries and thrillers, but not too much since I'm kind of a wimp. LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Emily!

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  26. I'm really intrigued by Cutting Teeth! Thanks for stopping by my TTT.

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    1. Right? It sounds so interesting. I hope it's a good read. Fingers crossed!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Ellie!

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  27. I prefer the lighter mysteries. Cozies are about 95% of what I read year-round. And I understand about the mountain chain. :-)

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    1. I hear you! Sometimes the darker mysteries and thrillers are just too much. Cozies are a nice, light option when I want a less heavy reading experience.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Meezan!

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  28. I'm looking forward to so many of these books. Thanks for sharing this list.

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    1. I hope we both love them!

      Thanks for popping by, Romance Reader!

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  29. It looks like you have a great variety of books ahead of you, enjoy!

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  30. None of these are on my TBR yet so I'm taking lots of notes! So many good looking reads - especially thriller-wise.

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  31. Women of The Post sounds amazing, I'm so glad you've brought that one to my attention, I'd not heard of it!

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  32. I have an ARC for The Search For Us. Very excited about that one, too. I've only read the first Myrtle book, but I really enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get to them.

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  33. I have more than a few of these on my TBR list.

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  34. It's always so fun to look at the upcoming releases we're excited about! I hope you enjoy ALL of these (I think only one author is familiar to me) and thanks a bunch for visiting my website on this week's topic. :)

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  35. These all sound wonderful and I hope you enjoy them all, Susan. I only have three of them on my TBR, but that is okay as I have so many others. Enjoy your weekend.

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  36. The Search For Us sounds so good - I was just on Ancestry.com looking at my DNA stuff. It's sooo fascinating! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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