The Most Anticipated Diverse Book Releases of September 2021

Good morning, everyone! Today I’m coming to you with my monthly new releases post, where I bring you some of the most anticipated diverse book releases of the upcoming month. If anything looks exciting to you, make sure to show the author some support by getting one of their books or following them on social media! I’ve also tried to include some pre-order gifts for books that might have them. Extra incentive for you to pre-order!

โ— Bonus โ— This month there are a bunch of pre-order campaigns happening. Make sure to pre-order some of these and submit your receipt for some free stuff! I’ve linked the campaigns below each book that has one!

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Diverse Book Releases

No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull

Quick Take

One October morning, Laina gets the news that her brother was shot and killed by Boston cops. But what looks like a case of police brutality soon reveals something much stranger. Monsters are real. And they want everyone to know it.

  • ๐Ÿ’€ Dark Content
  • ๐Ÿ“– Couldn’t Put It Down
  • ๐Ÿ’ญ Speculative Fiction
  • ๐Ÿ“š First in Series

Review | Goodreads | Amazon |  Book Depository

Why pick up this book?

Cadwell Turnbull’s short fiction has appeared in many magazines & anthologies. His Nightmare story โ€œLoneliness is in Your Bloodโ€ was selected for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018. His Lightspeed story โ€œJumpโ€ was selected for The Yearโ€™s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 and was featured on LeVar Burton Reads. His novel The Lesson was the winner of the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Award in the debut category. The Lesson was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell Award and longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award.

release date: September 7, 2021

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian

Quick Take

Chloe’s a normal teenage girl with normal teenage habits, except for the fact that she is planning on murdering her childhood friend who wronged her. She’s a part of a clinical study at her university studying people with no empathy, and when one of the students in the study is murdered, Chloe suddenly goes from predator to prey.

  • ๐Ÿ”Ž Mystery/Thriller
  • ๐Ÿ’€ Dark Content
  • โฑ๏ธ Fast Paced
  • ๐Ÿฅ€ Flawed Characters

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Why pick up this book?

Vera Kurian is a writer and scientist based in Washington DC. Her short fiction has been published in magazines such as Glimmer Train, Day One, and The Pinch. She was born and raised in the mid-Atlantic region, before stints in NYC and LA returned her to her rightful home of DC where sheโ€™s lived for most of her adult life. She has a PhD in Social Psychology, where she studied intergroup relations, ideology, and quantitative methods.

release date: September 7, 2021

The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed

Quick Take

A woman infected by a mysterious, mind-altering parasite must decide whether to pursue an opportunity to go to the last surviving pre-climate disaster city or to stay at home and help the community she knows rebuild.

  • ๐Ÿ’€ Dark Content
  • ๐Ÿ˜ญ Emotional
  • ๐Ÿ’ญ Speculative Fiction
  • ๐Ÿค” Thought Provoking

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Why pick up this book?

Premee Mohamed was a Capital City Press Featured Writer for 2019/2020 with the Edmonton Public Library. Her guest editing positions include novellas with Interstellar Flight Press and short fiction with Apparition Lit. Her debut novel, ‘Beneath the Rising’ was a finalist for the Crawford Award, the Aurora Award, and the Locus Award. Her short fiction has appeared in print and audio venues including Analog, Escape Pod, Augur, Nightmare Magazine, Shoreline of Infinity, and PodCastle.

Release Date: September 28, 2021

Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

Quick Take

To escape damnation, Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to deliver seven violin prodigies to trade their soul for success. When she meets Lan Tran, she starts to redefine what her soul might be worth.

  • ๐Ÿ’– Queer Romance
  • ๐Ÿ’ญ Speculative Fiction
  • ๐ŸŒผ Self Discovery
  • ๐Ÿ”ฎ Magical

Goodreads Amazon | Book Depository

Pre-order Goodies:

If you pre-order Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki, make sure to save and submit your receipt to Tor, for an absolutely stunning enamel pin to come along with your purchase!

Why pick up this book?

This book has received an incredible raving review from Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky, The City in the Middle of the Night, and Victories Greater than Death. Ryka Aoki has appeared or been recognized in Vogue, Elle, Publisher’s Weekly, Bustle, Popsugar, Autostraddle, The Daily Dot, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The San Francisco Bay Times, and The Huffington Post. She was honored to work with the American Association of Hiroshima Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors, where two of her compositions were adopted as the organizationโ€™s official โ€œsongs of peace.โ€

release date: September 28, 2021

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The All Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw

Quick Take

A group of former criminals get back together to solve the mystery of their last, disastrous mission and to save their lost comrade. But they’re not the only ones seeking to solve the mysteries of Dimmuborgir, highly intelligent AI are willing to do anything to make sure humans never rule the universe again.

  • ๐Ÿ’€ Dark Content
  • ๐Ÿค– Robots
  • ๐Ÿ’ญ Speculative Fiction
  • ๐Ÿ’ฃ Heist

Goodreads Amazon | Book Depository

Pre-Order Goodies:

If you pre-order The all Consuming World, you will receive a free game! Cassandra Khaw is an award-winning game designer, so on publication day, you will also receive a game with your copy! Email info@erewhonbooks.com with the following information: Name, email address, and proof of purchase, digital or physical. Offer is valid for all preorders and purchases within the first week of publication. More details here.

Why pick up this book?

Cassandra Khaw is an award-winning game designer, whose fiction work has been nominated for several awards. You can find their fiction in places like F&SF, Year’s Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Tor.com. 

release date: September 7, 2021

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Grey

Quick Take

Fate binds two Black teenagers, Ekon and Koffi, together as they strike a dangerous alliance to hunt down the ancient creature menacing their home–and discover much more than they bargained for.

  • ๐ŸŒ Pan African Mythology
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ YA Fantasy
  • ๐Ÿ’€ Dark Content
  • ๐Ÿ’ซ Atmospheric

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Why pick up this book?

Ayana Gray is an author of speculative works and lover of all things monsters, mythos, and #MelaninMagic. Originally from Atlanta, she now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas where she reads avidly, follows Formula 1 racing, and worries over her adopted baby black rhino, Apollo.

release date: September 28, 2021

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Quick Take

Mari is moving with her newly blended family from California to the Midwest, where she will now have to share a house with her new step-sister Piper. Strange things start happening in the house, from things disappearing to doors opening on their own, and Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone…

  • ๐Ÿ‘ป Spooky
  • ๐Ÿ’ซ Atmospheric
  • ๐Ÿค” Thought Provoking
  • ๐Ÿ“– Couldn’t Put It Down

Goodreads | Amazon Book Depository

Pre-order Goodies:

If you pre-order White Smoke, make sure to save your receipt so you can receive a free keychain from Epic Reads!

Why pick up this book?

Tiffany D Jackson has over a decade of experience in the television industry, working for various networks and media companies including National Geographic (focused on documentaries such as Lockdown, a prison subculture series) Roc Nation, BET, FUSE, BBC AMERICA, and EPIX.  From managing live events, concerts, festival showcases such as BET AWARDS and SXSW Music Show Case, to TV series, specials, and pilots such as FUSE: TOP 20 Countdown, Trending 10, The Hustle: After Party Live and in-studio concert series to producing hip-hop documentaries and artist promotional spots.

release date: September 14, 2021

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

Quick Take

Wu Zetian’s life mission is to avenge her sister’s death by murdering the man who killed her. To get the job done, she offers herself to be a concubine pilot, a job that nearly always kills women pilots from the strain, but ends up getting her vengeance in a way that no one expected.

  • ๐Ÿ’ช Feminist
  • ๐Ÿ† Strong Female Lead
  • ๐Ÿฅ€ Flawed Characters
  • ๐Ÿ’– Queer Romance

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Why pick up this book?

Passionate about Chinese history, Xiran Jay Zhao reimagines the only female emperor in China’s history in Iron Widow. They are a first-generation immigrant from a small town in China who will talk about anime, books, or Chinese history. They believe other reimaginings of Wu Zetian’s stories have been unjust, and they wanted to give her the credit she deserves.

release date: September 21, 2021


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Honorable Mentions

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Beasts and Beauty by Somin Chainani

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The Inheritance of Orquรญdea Divina by Zoraida Cรณrdova

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It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi

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Steelstriker by Marie Lu

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Act Cool by Tobly McSmith

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Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach

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The Sweetest Remedy by Jane Igharo

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Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma

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This is a great list of diverse titles to look out for in September!