October: Recent and Upcoming Releases

Bantam Press

I am excited to be writing about a whole load of new novels being released soon and there are some fantastic sounding titles in my list this week.

Coming out on 29th October is the latest Jack Reacher novel from Lee Child. It’s called Blue Moon.

Two rival criminal gangs are competing for control. They have not counted on Jack Reacher.

He is trained to notice things; like the elderly man sitting near him on the Greyhound bus with an envelope full of money and the other passenger hoping to get rich. He had not counted on Jack Reacher either.

I have to put my hands up and admit that I have not read a Jack Reacher novel but I may have to start as this sounds brilliant.

I saw the movie and didn’t hate it as I know a few people did. Are you a fan of Jack Reacher?

Let me know why and which book I should start with in the comments below.



From Lee Child to the Queen of crime novels. The latest novel from Martina Cole, No Mercy has been released this week.

This is another author I don’t know a lot about which is strange considering I love my crime novels but my Mum loved her books.

In No Mercy, Diana Davies has been head of the family business since her husband died. She’s a woman in a man’s world but no one would dare mess with her.

Her only son is about to enter the business and even though he a born criminal, this doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have to earn his mother’s trust along with everyone else.

His blind spot is his wife and three children. He has a painful truth to learn.


The Puzzle of You is the latest novel from author, Leah Mercer and is due to be released on 1st November and is a book that sounds totally up my alley.

Lake Union Publishing

When Charlotte McKay wakes up in hospital with no memory of how she got there, all she wants to do is go home.

Her husband, David is by her side but so is a three year old girl and she is calling Charlotte, Mummy.

Charlotte panics. When did she have a child?

She is trying to get used to her now unfamiliar world, trying to piece together the mystery.

Can she be happy in a life she can’t remember or didn’t want to have?


The next book on my list is So Lucky by Dawn O’ Porter and this is due to be released on 31st October.


A quick summary of this novel; Beth hasn’t had sex in a year. Ruby feels like she is failing and Lauren’s success is fake news.

It takes one shocking event to make the truth come tumbling out.

I have this book to review and I am excited to read it. It sounds great.


Let me hear a cheer. Becky Bloomwood is BACK!

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella has been released today in the UK and I really can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. Becky and Christmas. I am sold.

Becky is back and she loves Christmas and its many traditions.

Bantam Press

Her Mum and Dad host, carols play and her mother pretends she’s made the Christmas pudding.

Now with online shopping and sales, life in the festive season has been made even easier.

That is, until Becky’s parents ask her to host. What could possibly go wrong?

Can Becky manage comfort and joy at Christmas?


The final book in my list for today is by Peter F. Hamilton and is called Salvation Lost, the sequel to Salvation.

My husband loves these books and so it is like having an excited child on Christmas Eve in my house at the moment as he waits for this to be released on 31st October.


In this book, humanity rises to meet a powerful alien threat.

In the 23rd century, humanity is enjoying a comparative utopia but earth is about to change forever when the worst threat to face mankind is discovered and we have no time to fight back.

Which books are you looking forward to reading the most? Is there one I’ve left off the list? Let me know in the comments.


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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