Books of the Month March 2021
The start of each new year is always hectic, but by March when everyone is back into the swing of things there's always a bit more time to read. Of course, our readers never need an excuse to lose themselves in a good bock and March is certainly no exception. March is also a month of new beginnings for many, which makes it a great time to get back into reading if you have been missing out. Here are the best books of the Month for March 2021 as chosen by our readers to get you started.
by Nancy Warren
The Sheriff's Sweet Surrender by Nancy Warren is part of her very popular Take a Chance series of romance novels. The book can also be read as a standalone novel for those who have yet to try out the series. It is set in Hidden Falls, Oregon where a burned-out Seattle cop named James Chance has come home to settle for a quiet life as a sheriff. Also living in Hidden Falls is Kimberly Parker, who came to town for a fresh start and to leave behind the shame of her past. However, she discovers that it was the town sheriff who she fell for at a wedding and has been avoiding ever since. Working at his sister's bakery means Kimberly sees Sheriff James Chance every day, but can she keep her secrets and heart safe from him?
Best Action & Adventure
by Scott Conrad
Track Down Africa is the first book in the Brad Jacobs Thriller series by Scott Conrad. The protagonist, Brad Jacobs, has made a career out of "kill or be killed" but this changes when he is informed that his cousin, Jessica Paul, is lost in the African jungle. Although he is told that the 26-year old treasure hunter ran off with some local tribe after becoming disoriented, Brad knows his cousin better. Determined to save her, Jack and his crack team of military buddies head for the Ubangi Jungle in a land of deadly diseases, man-eating beasts, and terrorist militias.
Best Mystery & Thriller
by Jana DeLeon
Malevolent is the first novel in the Shaye Archer thriller series by Jana DeLeon. The story is set nine years after Shaye Archer is found by the police beaten and abused in an alley. Shaye had no memory of the previous fifteen years of her life, not even her name when the police found her but have since become a licensed private investigator. Shaye specializes in getting answers for her clients when there arent' supposed to be any, but she is also determined to one day get answers for herself. In this novel, she investigates the case of a woman who killed her abusive husband thinking it would end her nightmare. However, when someone begins stalking her and tormenting her with mementos from the past she turns to Shaye for help.
by Emma Gracie
Blue Girl by Emma Gracie is the story of how the author was accidentally flung into the world of healthcare in 1997, just before she turned 16. Despite it being an unexpected journey, it lit a fire in the author that would carry her through the next 23 years of nursing as she dealt with birth, deaths, and everything in between. In her biography, Emma Grace talks about the extraordinary characters who she has met and learned from during the experiences that made her Blue Girl.
Best Children's Book
by Darcy Pattison
When Kittens Go Viral is the first book in The KittyTubers series by Darcy Pattison. This delightful book tells the story, in the first person, of a cat named Angel Persian. She is a resident of Kittywood and was born into a famous cat family who made their acting careers starring in videos on KittyTube for human audiences. Through Angel's account, readers get to experience what life is like for a kitten star. When Kittens Go Viral is a great children's book for the young and young at heart who enjoy watching cat videos.
Best Young Adult
by Ron Vitale
Ahab's Daughter by Ron Vitale is the first book in his Werewhale Saga. It is the story of Morgan, daughter of Captain Ahab, who sets sail to break a family curse on the Island of Nightmares. Morgan is determined to not let her twin brother the same fate as their father, but he can't resist the siren song of the sea and rumors of untold treasure on the Island of Nightmares. Of course, things go very wrong, and it is up to Morgan and her father's old crewmate Ishmael to save his life. They have their work cut out or them, though, as he has the same stubborn streak as Captain Ahab.
by E. D. Robson
Soul for Dinner by E. D. Robson is a light-hearted tale of romance, demonic murder, and travel to hell. In this first novel in The Souleater Witches series, readers are introduced to Edgar Bright and Millicent Souleater. When Edgar shows up to an interview for a house to share the last thing he expects is that it is actually an induction test for Millicent to join her mother's coven. Unfortunately, the test goes wrong and results in Edgar and Millie exchanging small parts of each other's souls. This exchange causes a romantic connection between the two, requiring a quest to hell to rectify matters.
Best Historical Fiction
by Hassia Knaani
Resistance Girl by Hassia Knaani is set in Poland of 1942 and sees the life of a seventeen-year-old daydreamer, named Chaya, turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis. Chaya is banished to the ghetto along with her mother when both her father and brother are brutally murdered. However, Chaya manages to escape from the ghetto unseen and after numerous hardships end up joining a partisan uprising force. It is here that she also develops a deep emotional connection with a man named Yehuda.
Best Literary Fiction
by Neil S. Plakcy
Natural Predators is part of the Mahu Investigations series by Neil S. Plakcy. It is set on the beautiful tropical island of O'ahu where the body of an island patrician is found in a warehouse fire. Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa'aka and his detective partner Ray Donne have to dig deep into the history of Hawai'i as they attempt to understand the victim, his killer, and their motives. Kimo and his partner Mike also become foster parents to the homeless teen who witnessed the crime as they prepare to become dads themselves.
Best Science Fiction
by C. Gockel
Worlds of Wonder by C. Gockel is a collection of three full-length novels along with a novella and three short stories. It serves as a great introduction to this author and is filled with imaginative tales. From Commander Nao Sato desperately trying to save her people from genocide with the aid of a pleasure bot and a ten-legged venomous weasel to Loki taking on Odin, there's plenty of variety to be found in this compilation.
Second Nature is the first book in the Shape-Shifter series by Jae. Jorie Price is a solitary novelist who writes paranormal romances about shape-shifting creatures, while Griffin Westmore is an actual shape-shifter who along with the rest of her kin is secretly living among humans. However, when Jorie's writing gets a little too close to the truth it is Griffin who is sent in to investigate and kill the author if she is in danger of exposing the shape-shifters. Things take an unexpected turn when Griffin unexpectedly finds herself drawn to Jorie and ends up falling in love with her.
by Malik Hazima
The Secret Symbols of the Great Law of Attraction by Malik Hazima is a book dedicated to helping people find inner peace and achieve their dreams. To reach peace it is important to learn how to control fear, conceit, anger, and arrogance within yourself before making all your dreams come true. The authors have applied the learnings of this book to their own lives and are written in an easy-to-understand format.