June 2023 New Releases

Summertime is here! As June begins, Mascot Books is excited to welcome many titles to our catalog. Check out the new releases below. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!


The latest book from our distinguished Subplot Books fiction imprint is Into the Gorge: When the perilous journeys of a beautiful Austrian woman and a wayward Australian commando collide, the two discover escaping a war is only half the battle . . . they still have to find their way home. The explosive events that follow will determine whether physical chasms can ever separate true love.

Mascot Books

Our latest Mascot Books titles both explore complicated stories from across the cosmos, from two unique perspectives. Read the descriptions at the links below and select which one will be the next summer read you can’t put down.


Mascot Kids

June’s new picture books cover a wide variety of exciting topics, including important messages for people of all ages, fun voyages, adorable animals adventures, and lessons about real-world concerns, appropriate for little ones. Choose your favorite below to get your summer off to the right start! 

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May 2023 New Releases

“April showers bring May flowers,” and many months (or years) of hard work bring May books! As we begin the month of May, Mascot Books is excited to welcome many titles to our catalog. Check out the new releases below. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Mascot Books

Our latest Mascot Books titles, both fiction and non-fiction, explore the mysteries of life: from love and meaning, to big conspiracies and small-town crime. If you want to learn more about yourself or the world around you, dive into one of these new releases this month! 


Mascot Kids

April’s new children’s books are a unique blend. From adventures with furry friends and imaginary creatures, to grounding yourself through meditation and empowerment, these books contain special life lessons for little ones—or anyone—to enjoy. Let your imagination play with the books below! 


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April 2023 New Releases

Welcome to April! As we enter the spring season, we are thrilled to add more books for little ones, teens, and everyone in between to our catalog. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on our latest releases.

Mascot Kids

April’s new releases for young people (and those young at heart) cover a wide variety of topics, from accepting others’ differences, treating people with kindness, and loss and grieving…even surviving an attack from a vicious alien race! Click below on to learn more about our latest titles and join us in celebrating their release day! 




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March 2023 New Releases

It’s hard to believe it’s March already! We are proud to welcome many new titles to our catalog this month. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on our latest releases.

Mascot Books

The latest Mascot fiction releases center strong women, the captivating magic within them, and the fates they must face. We are proud to announce these new additions to our far-out catalog of Fantasy and Sci-Fi titles—including one story designed just for young adult readers (or, those young at heart!)

Destiny   For the Protection of a Woman   Ten Percent Magic

Our new nonfiction Mascot Books titles center on lives well-lived: that of one of history’s most fascinating and elusive artists, Leon Schulman Gaspard, and that of Christiana Cioffi, a real woman on her journey to find true love before reaching forty. Whether you’re seeking history of humor, Mascot Books will be able to help this month. 

Leon Schulman Gaspard: The Real Story   An Unapologetic Spinster: True Modern Dating Stories

Mascot Kids

March’s picture books share stories about family, furry friends, and fun—while imparting lessons to the next generation about important topics such as the power of positive thinking, what to do when a family member is sick, and being kind to others. We are also excited to see many additions to existing Mascot Kids series. Help us welcome these latest releases to our shelves! 



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October 2022 New Releases

As October begins, we are welcoming many new titles from three different imprints—Mascot Books, Mascot Kids, and Subplot Publishing. With a wide variety of books to choose from, it might be time to cozy up and add these books to your autumn “TBR” list. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on our latest releases!

Subplot Publishing

A Knock on the Door is the exciting October release from our newest imprint for contemporary fiction, Subplot Publishing! When the protagonist’s husband dies in a tragic accident, her life is turned upside down. What unfolds is a thrilling investigation that leads to one of the most powerful men in the country. But who will believe her story? And how many more will die before they do? Now, she must decide if she has the courage—and the ability—to finish what she started.

Mascot Books

Our nonfiction Mascot Books titles this month share hard-hitting stories that may change how you think about the world around you. Whether you’re trying to live a more stress-free life, coping with a life-changing discovery, or curious to learn about a slice of American history, this selection may have something for you. 


Meanwhile, the latest Mascot fiction releases take readers around the world for a series of exciting plots that will sweep you off your feet—from a stunning action thriller with impossible stakes, to an emotional and raw story about love in the face of grief, to tales of faith and devotion from the Buddhist tradition. 


Mascot Kids

Our newest children’s books share age-appropriate lessons about facts of life, friendship, and even financial literacy while engaging young readers through memorable stories and colorful characters. 










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What Our Staff is Reading in June

There’s nothing everyone loves more than finding a good book to read on your porch, the beach, or even your couch in the summer. And our staff is no exception. Everyone has been busy diving into new books outside of office hours, and this month we are sharing not only what we are reading but also some of our thoughts on our choices. 

The Power of ConflictOur CEO, Naren, is currently reading The Power of Conflict: Speak Your Mind and Get the Results You Want by Jon Taffer. Taffer believes the key to a happy workplace is to embrace conflict and give it purpose. Though we consider our office to be a constructive and supportive environment, we look forward to Naren sharing Taffer’s toolkit with our staff.

To find out what the rest of our staff is reading, check out the list below.


Ben didn’t have a theme for the books he read in May, but two of his favorites were A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost and Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork by Reeves Wiedeman. So far, he has finished 42 books this year and is well on his way to hitting his goal of reading 100 books in 2022. 

Jess just finished What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman, a travel memoir from a television writer that is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking. Jess related to using travel as medicine and found it bittersweet to read the story post-COVID when travel remains very different. She would recommend it to anyone who is nostalgic about the early to mid-2000s or is a solo traveler looking for empowerment.

Kortney is reading The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim for her book club. She has just started and will share her thoughts next month! 


Aditya is reading Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi, a literary debut about mothers and daughters set in India, and If An Egyptian Cannot Speak English by Noor Naga, a novel about love as a weapon of empire. Hooked Sutton Foster

Gillian is reading the The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han, which is about a teenage girl growing up over the course of three summers. Gillian would recommend this series to people who want a quick YA beach read or who like watching TV show adaptations, as the series was just adapted by Amazon!

Jenna is leaning into summer thrillers and recently finished The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanan, and is currently reading The Wife Between Us by the same authors. She is also currently reading Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life by Sutton Foster, one of Jenna’s theater idols, who also attended her high school.

Tyler is currently enjoying Homesick For Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh. It is a collection of unsettling (and sometimes depressing or frustrating) short stories. 

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Caitlin is listening to the audiobook edition of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and recommends it! “The characters feel real and authentic, and the story is incredibly eye-opening.” 

David is reading SMASH! Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, + the ’90s Punk Explosion by Ian Winwood and says, “If you love ’90s punk, you should definitely read this.”

Matt is reading Scoundrels, Cads, and Other Great Artists by Jeffrey K. Smith and describes it as “almost like the art history version of TMZ.” He’d recommend it to art fans who want to learn more about the drama and wild lives of famous artists.


Caitie is reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. She would recommend Six of Crows if “you like found families, heists, and a little bit of romance set in a fantasy world. I had a hard time putting this down!” 

book blind dateHeather just finished Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. This “gem of a novel” weaves literary and speculative fiction together. Next on her list is Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead.

Kat is currently in “research mode” and is reading The Story of Egypt by Joann Fletcher. When she needs a break, she plans to read Once & Future by A. R. Capetta and Cory McCarthy. 

Michelle is reading Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron and The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter—two “weird, creepy stories about obsession.” She’d highly recommend The Photographer to anyone who’s a fan of disturbing psychological thrillers. “The protagonist is compelling, manipulative, unreliable, and a little unhinged, which I personally love in a book.” This was a page-turner that Michelle had a hard time putting down. 

Sky is reading Alien Virus Love Disaster by Abbey Mei Otis. She bought it recently on a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, where she visited Malaprop’s Bookstore and Alien Virus Love Disaster was a blind date with a book! It ended up being perfect for her trip as the short stories made it easy to read in bits and pieces while she traveled. “The stories are strange, topical, and dark. Recommended for fans of Parable of the Sower, Margaret Atwood, Brave New World.”

Taylor just finished The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn. This is her fourth book by Quinn, and each read has been just as good as the last. She has a hard time putting these stories down and is constantly encouraging her friends, family, and you to read them. 


Alison is reading The Forgetful’s Reminders On Love, Loss, Lunacy & Leaving by Tom Rush. It is a collection of song lyrics and poetry written by one of her friends from college. 

Emily has just finished a book and is looking forward to starting The Book of Cold Cases by Simon St. James! 

Helen is still reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and loving it. She said, “It’s a wonderful story and has great detail. However, Tolkein can be a bit long winded in his descriptions.” And being the tome that it is, she has also started B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton for when she needs a break.

We will see you next month with more books from the office. In the meantime, what are you reading? Leave your answers in the comments here or on social media! You can also see our June reads and past selections in our Bookshop store.

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June 2022 New Releases

Often, our new releases find a serendipitous harmony. This month, many of our latest books revolve around introspection and reflection. Whether it is parents teaching their children about loss and sharing nostalgia for the past, or adults meditating on life or financial concerns—with so much going on in the world, everyone needs to step back and look inward once in a while. Take a moment now to explore our June releases. 

As always, please leave us comments or reviews of this month’s books; we love to hear from readers, and our authors do too!

Amplify Publishing

Women Wise: The Essential Guide to Financial and Lifestyle Decisions as We Age by Eleanor Blayney and Marjorie L. Fox is our latest Amplify release. This project is the culmination of a collaboration between financial experts Blayney and Fox, our Amplify team, and our CEO Naren Aryal. Finances can be challenging, especially as we age, but Fox and Blayney have created the essential guide to women’s financial decisions. As they say, “when it comes to retirement advice, one size does not fit all.”

Women Wise Eleanor Blayney Marjorie Fox


We are excited to release The Art of Traveling Strangers by Zoe Disigny in paperback this month. This way, wherever your summer travels take you, you can bring this popular fiction story—filled with art and historical places—along with you. 
Art of Traveling Strangers Zoe Disigny

Mascot Books 

From Mascot Books, five exciting titles will be released this month. These diverse books explore themes of introspection and finding the motivation to move forward—whether the challenge is running with cerebral palsy, living with chronic illness, grappling with history, finding compassion in the world, exploring your own skills, or stretching yourself at work. 
Better Together Shaun Evans         From Me To you Deidra Moor-Janvier        Part of You, Not All of You Jenneh Rishe

Pulling Each Other Along Todd Civin Doug Cornfield         Presence: The Great Equalizer

Mascot Kids

In addition to the usual plethora of adorable animals, this month’s children’s books also dive deep: from learning about the stock market and dealing with death, to overcoming fears and literally jumping into the pool this summer. This collection has something for everyone, with colorful adventures in Orange S’more-ange, confidence building in Chloe Cha Chas in London, and nostalgic baseball cards in My Shoebox
Riley Rabbit Learns About Death Ashley Hall        Five Mile Charlie: Charlie Goes to the Library  Kimberly Adams        

Just Jump In Christine Davis        My Shoebox Laura Fleming       

Orange S'more-ange Patty Becker         Chloe Cha Chas in London Carolina Orlovsky Corky Ballas

Three Fairies Erin Amico        Ella Bakes!: The Secret Ingredient Lisa Lessi


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A Knock on the Door Excerpt

A Knock on the DoorWe are thrilled to share a sneak preview of the latest page turner from Subplot, our imprint focused on literary fiction. A Knock on the Door (coming October 2022) tells the story of Lori Crawford, a small town journalist whose world is turned upside down by the death of her husband, Jack. After twenty-five years of marriage, she thought the rest of her life would be spent in an uncomplicated, happy life. But just as Lori feels she’s coming out on the other side of her grief, Jack’s former assistant, Rita Johnson, discovers information that convinces Lori that Jack was murdered.

The two women vow to bring the perpetrator to justice, but time is dwindling, and both of their names are on someone’s kill list… 

Chapter 47

Rita had been driving for a few hours when she pulled her car into the parking lot of a seedy motel along the edge of the highway. She got out of her car and strolled into the office. 

Jacob had left thirty minutes ahead of her, so he should already be at the rendezvous point they had identified from a Google webcam search. She thought she spotted a quick flash of light, letting her know he was parked at a partially hidden spot across the street from the motel. 

They had counted on Rita’s phone being tapped, and on Trench Coat Man following her to this place. The red SUV turned off his headlights and pulled in between two cars at the far end of the motel’s parking lot. 

Rita told the manager she’d be staying for what was left of the night and leaving later than the normal checkout. He eyed her carefully as she paid with her credit card. There weren’t many people checking in that wanted to stay more than a few hours or that didn’t pay in cash. He figured he’d treat her to one of his nicer rooms in the back. 

She emerged a few minutes later with the key to room 183 and spotted the red SUV hiding in the back of the lot. Perfect! She casually glanced up toward Jacob’s car as she got her empty roller bag out of the trunk to signal him that she would just be a few minutes. Jacob kept his eyes trained on the red SUV while Rita walked around the side of the motel toward the rooms in the back. 

The smell of cigarette smoke and stale beer overwhelmed her when she opened the door. In the bathroom, she briefly turned on the shower, wet the towels a bit, and put a couple of pieces of toilet paper in the toilet. Then, she walked over to the bed and rumpled the sheets and pillows. The filthy comforter made her gag. She placed a half empty can of soda on the nightstand. 

Rita parted the curtains slightly and scanned for anyone loitering. Seeing no one, she used her burner phone to call Jacob. He confirmed that the man was still in his car. 

This was her opportunity. She took the roller bag and trotted quickly across the back embankment of the hotel property and over to the next block where Jacob was waiting for her. She crawled into the car and melted into the front seat, allowing the adrenaline to subside. They headed back to Cooperville, wondering how long Trench Coat Man would watch her car in the morning before he got suspicious.

Chapter 48

At 8 A.M., the phone in Nathan’s cubicle started ringing. Nathan didn’t have to be psychic to know who would be on the other end. 

“Nathan Schilling.” He was completely prepared for how this call was going to go. Stay calm and in control. 

“Who the hell do you think you are? Making the deaths of two of my employees a sensational story worthy of the National Enquirer? Where’s your respect? Do you realize that SpringWare is the economic pillar of this community? Run another headline like that, and you’ll be talking to my lawyers!” Mason’s tirade seemed to go on forever. The longer he went on, the bigger Nathan’s smile grew. 

Just the reaction I was expecting

“Mr. Mason? I understand your concern, sir. I think you might be interested in some new information that has come to my attention since I wrote that article. Are you in your office? I’d like to come over and talk to you about it.” 

“Yes, I am . . . I mean, no,” Mason stammered. “Whatever you have to say to me, you can say on the phone.” 

“All right,” said Nathan. “I have confirmation from the ME’s office that George Packwood’s death was a murder, not a suicide . . . that certainly changes things, don’t you think, Mr. Mason?” 

Total silence. Gotcha! 

“Mr. Mason? Are you there?” Nathan thought for a minute that he might have hung up or passed out. 

“Uh, yes. I . . . I have no comment.” The call abruptly ended. 

Without giving anything away, we’ll just say: this is a riveting thriller that will surprise readers at every turn. A Knock on the Door is available for preorder now exclusively through our bookstore and will be available for purchase through major retailers on October 4, 2022. Looking for more stories like this one? Check out our other Subplot titles here

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What Our Staff is Reading

It has been a busy month for our staff as we continue to evaluate submissions, edit manuscripts, and market our incredible books. However, that work has not kept everyone from reading some incredible, thought-provoking books in their free time. 

Our CEO, Naren, is continuing to expand his knowledge of the nonfiction space by diving into the bestseller Think Again by Adam Grant. To find out what the rest of our staff is reading, check out the list below. Some choices might surprise you…


How to Beat a Broken GameBen deemed last month “Athletic April” and spent his time reading Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, How to Beat a Broken Game: The Rise of the Dodgers in a League on the Brink by Pedro Moura, and Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman

Jess is reading The Glass Queen by Gena Showalter

Kortney is reading Life on the Rocks by Juli Berwald


Gillian is reading The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg. The Hunting Wives

Julia is reading The Hunting Wives by May Cobb

Lauren recently finished White Noise by Don DeLillo and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.

Nina is reading The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse.

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David just finished The Godfather by Mario Puzo and is now reading A Time to Kill by John Grisham

Matt is reading The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein


CultishCaitie is reading The Woman Outside My Door by Rachel Ryan

Francys is reading The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Kristin is reading The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

Michelle is reading This World is Not Your Home by Matthew Vollmer, one of her former professors at Virginia Tech. 

is reading
Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell. 

Taylor just finished Left of Boom by Douglas Laux and the second book in the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn. She has picked up Persuasion by Jane Austen for the second time in preparation for the upcoming film adaptation. 


Emily is reading Redwall by Brian Jaques and Love that Story by Jonathan Van Ness

Helen is still reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and has also started Cats Are Not Peas: A Calico History of Genetics by Laura Gould for when she needs a break.

We will see you next month with more books from the office. In the meantime, what are you reading? Leave your answers in the comments here or on social media! 

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May 2022 New Releases

For many, May is a period of renewal and taking things slowly—when it isn’t quite summer yet, but you’re feeling the warmth of spring. The books below will keep readers occupied, entertained, and learning throughout the month and into the summertime. As always, please leave us comments or reviews of this month’s books; we love to hear from readers, and our authors do too!


RealClear Publishing

With the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020, healthcare has become one of the most salient issues in our country—both for everyday people and policymakers. And with that, questions continue to arise about how to navigate US healthcare and insurance plans. In his new book The Healthcare Labyrinth: A Guide to Navigating Health Plans and Fixing American Health Insurance, health plan expert Marc S. Ryan outlines how to navigate this complicated system and offers pathways to reform for our seemingly broken healthcare system. 

The Healthcare Labyrinth

The Healthcare Labyrinth by Marc S. Ryan

Amplify Publishing


Healthcare continues to play an important role in the Amplify Publishing releases, as seen in Cutthroat: A Surgeon’s Fight against Big Government, Corrupt Businessmen, and a Broken Healthcare System by Dr. Steven J. Cyr. Available May 24, this book shares a surgeon’s perspective on the healthcare industry and how he must  fight for his patients and his practice within a corrupt  system.

This month’s new Amplify releases also include two stunning examinations of how individuals can succeed, despite hardships in their lives and work: The Waymakers: Clearing the Path to Workplace Equity with Competence and Confidence and Why I Find You Irritating: Navigating Generational Friction at Work. The Waymakers, written by leading equity strategist Tara Jaye Frank, looks at what really drives workplace equity and inclusion, including how historically excluded professionals have been helped by others and how future leaders can do the same for those who come after them. Why I Find You Irritating helps readers navigate challenging relationships at work, especially those with generational gaps, using advice from organizational behavior expert Chris De Santis.


Why I Find You Irritating

Why I Find You Irritating by Chris De Santis

The Waymakers

The Waymakers by Tara Jaye Frank


Releasing May 24. Cutthroat by Steven J. Cyr, MD


Mascot Books

Our newest titles from Mascot Books include everything from memoirs to wellness guides to conspiracy thrillers. Spring is a good time to refresh and improve your life—whether that’s through practical advice and storytelling or by finding joy and adventure in the form of a historical mystery. 

Unseen Arms

Unseen Arms by Evelyn Hausknecht

The Churchill Conspiracy

The Churchill Conspiracy by James D.E. Macpherson

Natural Beauties

Natural Beauties by Marita and Mimina Meza


Mascot Kids

As spring turns into summer, this month’s Mascot Kids books feature a plethora of adorable animals. Plus, these new releases help young readers learn to take care of their possessions, stay positive, love their families, and enjoy the unique aspects of different cultures. In case you missed it, be sure to read last week’s feature on
The Indian Dance Show, then take the time to check out the other incredible new additions to our bookstore. Mascot Kids May ReleasesSleepyheads by Selin Istanbullouglu – The Bear and the Hug by Melissa Cannioto – Shoes Have Feelings Too by Bee Daniel – Adventure Cat Meets the Flying Monkeys by Vicki Gasperini

The Adventures of Humfrey the Hummingbird by Betty Holland – The View From Above by Amy Humann – Are You A Pineapple by Kathryn A. Zolman – The Indian Dance Show by Radhika Sen

Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles and Lots and Lots of Noodles by Steven Joseph – Yet by Gina GiordanoThe Warrenville Nine by Matt HarrisSuzie and the Icky, Yucky, Smelly Quest for a Kitten by Jacqui Maxwell


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