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I know, I know, it’s still warm out. But publishing companies want to make sure you have those books you need to get you through those cold winter nights that are just around the corner. Here is the list of upcoming books for the period of September 15 to October 14, 2015. Those are the publishing dates, not the dates they will appear at a library near you.

Historical romances take place before 1945. A heavy emphasis is placed on the development of a romantic relationship. Subgenres include medievals, American West and regencies.

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Jennifer Ashley

The Stolen Mackenzie Bride
Mackenzies series
September 29

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Suzanne Enoch

Some Like it Scot
Scandalous Highlanders series
October 6

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Madeline Hunter

Tall, Dark and Wicked
Wicked series
October 6

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Eva Leigh aka Zoe Archer

Forever Your Earl
Wicked Quills of London series
September 29

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Julie Anne Long

The Legend of Lyon Redmond
Pennyroyal Green series
September 29

Historical Fiction normally takes place before 1945. Focus is on the lives, scandals and issues facing the characters, light emphasis on romance. A large percentage of these stories are fictionalized stories of real people. Phillipa Gregory is a HF author.

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Jane Thynne

The Scent of Secrets
September 15

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Adriana Trigiani

All the Stars in the Heavens
October 13

Contemporary Romance is in modern times; these stories place an emphasis on the development of a romantic relationship. Vary in tone, sensuality and content – may contain light suspense. Settings vary, but most take place in North America.
Mainstream Fiction are usually set in the present day, though occasionally will be set at any time after WWII, and the development of a romantic relationship is not a main focus of the plot. Subgenres include women’s fiction, chick lit, lad lit and literary fiction.

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Corban Addison

The Tears of Dark Water
Mainstream
October 13

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Diane Chamberlain

Pretending to Dance
Mainstream
October 6

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Sonali Dev

The Bollywood Bride
Contemporary Romance
September 29

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Susan Fox

Love Somebody Like You
Caribou Crossing series
Contemporary Romance
September 29

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Elin Hilderbrand

Winter Stroll
sequel to Winter Street
Mainstream
October 13

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Debbie Mason

Snowbound at Christmas
Christmas, Colorado series
Contemporary
September 29

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Kate Meader

Playing with Fire
Hot in Chicago series
Contemporary
September 29

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Jeanette Murray

Against the Ropes
First to Fight series
Contemporary Romance
October 6

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Carla Neggers

A Knights Bridge Christmas
Swift River Valley series
Contemporary Romance
September 29

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Jill Shalvis

All I Want
Animal Magnetism series
Contemporary Romance
October 6

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Fiona Sussman

Another Woman’s Daughter
Mainstream
October 6

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Sherryl Woods

Willow Brook Road
Chesapeake Shores series
Contemporary Romance
September 29

Mysteries take place in different settings and time periods, but solving a mystery (often, but not always, a murder) is the main focus of the plot.
Thrillers take place in all different locations and time periods. The primary focus of the plot revolves around a major threat. Usually there is a time limit in which lives must be saved. These books may include a romantic subplot, but it does not drive the main story.
Suspense takes place in all different settings and time periods. Like mysteries, there is a truth to uncover or a criminal to find, but the why is emphasized as opposed to the who. Romance may be included, but is not the focus.
Romantic Suspense places a heavy emphasis on the development of a romantic relationship as jeopardy, lies, deceit and killers often stalk the hero or heroine. The sensuality and violence varies from book to book depending on the author.

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Tasha Alexander

The Adventuress
Lady Emily series
Mystery
October 13

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Laurien Berenson

The Bark Before Christmas
Melanie Travis series
Mystery
September 29

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Heather Blake

Ghost of a Potion
Magic Potion Mystery series
Mystery
October 6

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Jessica Clare

Jen Frederick

Last Hope
Hitman series
Romantic Suspense
September 29

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Catherine Coulter

J.T. Ellison

The End Game
A Brit in the FBI series
Suspense
September 15

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John Fortunato

Dark Reservations
Debut
Mystery
October 13

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Peter James

Your are Dead
Roy Grace series
Mystery
October 6

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Iris Johansen

Shadow Play
Eve Duncan series
Suspense
September 29

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Jon Land

Strong Light of Day
Caitlin Strong series
Thriller
October 13

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Anne Perry

Corridors of the Night
William Monk series
Mystery
September 15

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Julie Rowe

Lethal Game
Biological Response Team series
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Romantic Suspense
October 12

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Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls
Thrillers
September 29

Paranormal Romance takes place in all different settings and time periods. The focus of the plot is on the effect of supernatural or paranormal elements on the characters’ lives as they pursue a romantic relationship. Usually vampire, werewolf, shapeshifters, ghosts involved in romance.
Fantasy takes place in all different settings and time periods. The focus of the plot is primarily on the effect of magical elements on the characters’ lives, often while the characters are on a quest. Some popular themes are historical fantasy, mythical creatures and magical abilities.
Science Fiction takes place in all different settings and time periods. The focus of the plot is primarily on the effect of science innovations, or imagined scientific principles, on the characters lives.
Urban Fantasy are most often told in first-person narration. This person has to deal with supernatural and paranormal elements that are incorporated into our own world. The tales usually continue throughout a series rather than being finished in a single book. These novels are most frequently set in contemporary times, often in large urban areas. Strong women are a feature in this genre.

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Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut’s Windlass
The Cinder Spires series
Fantasy
September 29

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Jan DeLima

Autumn Moon
Celtic Wolves series
Paranormal
September 29

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Jacquelyn Frank

Bound by Sin
Immortal Brothers series
Paranormal
September 29

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Laura Anne Gilman

Silver on the Road
The Devils West series
Fantasy
October 6

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Heather Graham

The Hidden
Krewe of Hunters series
Paranormal
September 29

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Ann Leckie

Ancillary Mercy
Imperial Radch trilogy
Science Fiction
October 6

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Erin Lindsey

The Bloodforged
Bloodbound series
Fantasy
September 29

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Ilana C. Myer

Last Song Before Night
Fantasy
September 29

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Diana Rowland

White Trash Zombie Gone Wild
White Trash Zombie series
Urban Fantasy
October 6

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Greg Van Eekhout

Dragon Coast
Sequel to  California Bonesand Pacific Fire
Fantasy
September 15

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Rachel Vincent

Menagerie
Menagerie series
Fantasy
September 29

Young Adult books generally focus on teenage heroes and heroines and can be part of any subgenre.

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Kelley Armstrong

The Masked Truth
Suspense
October 13

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Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows
Grisha trilogy spinoff
Fantasy
September 29

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Kendare Blake

Ungodly
Fantasy
September 22

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Sarah Crossan

One
September 15

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Alex Flinn

Mirrored
Paranormal
September 15

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Aaron Hartzler

What We Saw
Debut
September 22

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Julie Murphy

Dumplin’
September 15

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Sarah Prineas

Ash & Bramble
September 15

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Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series
Paranormal
September 22

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Sherry Thomas

The Immortal Heights
Elemental trilogy
Fantasy
October 13

Erotica takes place in different settings and time periods. The focus of the story is evolves around a variety of sexual exploits and not always is there a “happily ever after.”

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Jackie Ashenden

You Are Mine
Circle Nine series
October 6

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Shayla Black

Wicked for You
Wicked Lovers series
October 6

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Sarah Castille

Sinner’s Steel
Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series
October 6

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HelenKay Dimon

Mine
Holton Woods series
October 6

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Christina Lauren

Dark Wild Night
Wild seasons series
September 15

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M. O’Keefe

Everything I Left Unsaid
Everything I Left Unsaid series
October 13

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Meredith Wild

Hard Love
Hacker series
September 15

Inspirational Fiction take place across many different time periods and genres. Most contain strong religious themes and are predominantly Christian. Rarely are sex scenes included in these stories. However, some novels in the subcategories of suspense and thriller may contain some scenes of violence.

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Ted Dekker

A.D. 33
Historical
October 6

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Lynne Gentry

Valley of Decision
The Carthage Chronicles series
Historical
September 15

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Shelley Shepherd Gray

A Wedding at Orange Blossom Inn
Amish Brides of Pinecraft series
September 15

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Lisa Harris

Vendetta
Nikki Boyd Files series
Suspense
September 29

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Dorothy Love

A Respectable Actress
Historical
October 13

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Kim Vogel Sawyer

When Love Returns
Old Order Mennonites of Arborville series
September 22

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Lauraine Snelling

Streams of Mercy
Songs of Blessing series
Historical
October 6

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We’ve all heard the cliché about books being able to transport us to another time and place. And like most clichés, it’s a cliché because it’s true. There’s nothing like a book to transport you to somewhere you’ve never been. Sometimes books take us somewhere we could go, if we had enough time off work and money for the plane ticket. But sometimes, books take us somewhere that exists only in the imagination of the author, and those are often the places we would most like to visit. So here’s a list of a few places I would love to go see, if only they were real.

Hogwarts from the Harry Potter books by J.K Rowlingharrypotter

Moving staircases, potion-making, friendly ghosts, spell casting, a Forbidden Forest, and house elves to do your laundry. Who wouldn’t want to go to school at Hogwarts? (Minus the evil megalomaniac trying to take over the world and kill all the Muggles, of course.)

Twelve Oaks from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchellgonewiththewind

The equally loved and despised Scarlett O’Hara may have lived at Tara, but it’s Ashley Wilkes’ antebellum home that I would most like to see. While the movie version of Gone with the Wind presents Tara as a classic Southern plantation home, the book describes it differently, saying “the house had been built according to no architectural plan whatever, with extra rooms added when and where it seemed convenient.” Twelve Oaks, on the other hand, is described as “tall of columns, wide of verandas, flat of roof, beautiful as a woman is beautiful who is so sure of her charm that she can be generous and gracious to all. Scarlett loved Twelve Oaks even more than Tara, for it had a stately beauty, a mellowed dignity that Gerald’s house [Tara] did not possess.”

Pemberley (Darcy’s home) from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austenprideandprejudice

When Elizabeth Bennet goes to tour Pemberley, she has already thoroughly and emphatically rejected a marriage proposal from its owner. Upon seeing the house she thinks, “And of this place … I might have been mistress! With these rooms I might now have been familiarly acquainted! Instead of viewing them as a stranger, I might have rejoiced in them as my own.” It must be quite the house to make her show a bit of regret over a man she turned down with such intense conviction. (Okay, we know she really liked him deep down, but still, the house must have been pretty great.)

Avonlea from the Anne books by L.M. Montgomeryanne

The fictional town of Avonlea is set in the actual province of Prince Edward Island in Canada, which is known to be an exceptionally beautiful place. But beyond that, Montgomery paints a picture of a charmingly old-fashioned little town, where friends and neighbors are noisy and opinionated, but ultimately helpful and reliable when one is in need; life is simple (or at least simpler); and days and seasons pass gently and quietly. A week or two there sounds just like the vacation I need!

The Gatsby Mansion from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgeraldthegreatgatsby

If The Great Gatsby teaches us anything, it’s that money can’t buy happiness. And while I wouldn’t want to live the life of the filthy rich during the Roaring Twenties, I would love to take a peek into their lifestyle and get a tour of Gatsby’s mansion.

So, how about you? Which fictional place would you love to visit?

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“Sing along with us
Dee dee dee-dee dee
Dah dah dah-dah dah
Yeah we’re hap-happy
Dah dah-dah
Dee-dah-do dee-dah-do dah-do-dah
Dah-do-dah-dah-dah
Dah-dah-dah do-dah-dah

We’re no threat, people
We’re not dirty, we’re not mean
We love everybody but we do as we please
When the weather’s fine
We go fishin’ or go swimmin’ in the sea
We’re always happy
Life’s for livin’ yeah, that’s our philosophy” – Mungo Jerry

Time for a great song!! Time for an upcoming book! New releases coming for August 15, 2015 and September 14, 2015. These dates are publishing dates. And now before summer ends, sing along to that meaningful classic In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry … ahhh the ’70s.

Historical romances take place before 1945. A heavy emphasis is placed on the development of a romantic relationship. Subgenres include medievals, American West and regencies.

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Mary Balogh

Only a Kiss
Survivor’s Club series
September 1

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Kerrigan Byrne

The Highwayman
To Tempt a Highlander series
September 1

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Tessa Dare

When a Scot Ties the Knot
Castles Ever After series
August 25

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Meredith Duran

Luck Be a Lady
Rules for the Reckless series
August 25

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Amanda Forester

The Highlander’s Bride
Highland Trouble series
September 1

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Shana Galen

The Rogue You Know
Covent Garden Cubs series
September 1

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Karen Hawkins

The Prince and I
Oxenburg Princes series
August 25

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Karen Ranney

Scotsman of My Dreams
MacIain series
August 25

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Sue-Ellen Welfonder

To Desire a Highlander
Scandalous Scots series
August 25

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You know sometimes you fall into a reading rut. Sometimes, you find yourself being less then happy over all the new books that you’re reading. Are you bored with the book that’s in your little hands? Do you find yourself asking: “How did this ever get published?” A lot of people who find themselves in a reading rut will change reading genres. I on the other hand pick up an oldie but goodie — a comfort read, shall we say.  Time for a cleansing breath.

To get out of my downward book spiral, I decided to reread 9780060549312_p0_v1_s260x420Something About Emmaline by Elizabeth Boyle from 2005.  My memory is really hazy when it comes to this book. All I remember is the first time I read it, it made me smile — maybe even laugh. I think I always give a higher nod to books that make me laugh. This story has an amusing set-up. Our hero, Alexander Denford, Baron Sedgwick, is tired of marriage-minded people. Everywhere he turns he’s tripping over some nubile girl with wedding bells on her mind. And if she doesn’t have those wedding bell tunes, her mother and even his grandmother have plans to see him wed. What’s a fella to do? Well, he and his drink-too-much buddy Jack come up with a foolproof plan that will stop all of these women from bothering him. He pretends to have a wife, Emmaline. He makes up a story about his sickly wife who can never make an appearance in society — why she’s almost at death’s door. But not completely because he has to keep her alive to keep all the women away. And, it works — or at least he thinks it works. Little does he know that he and Jack were overheard when they were coming up with their grandiose scheme.

Just when Alex is all comfy in his no-women-bothering-me-dream-world, he starts getting bills. Bills from carpenters, drapers, painters and dressmakers. It seems that his fake wife Emmaline is spending his money. It’s not long before he’s off to London to confront the imposter and the fun begins.

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Glass DemonBook Review:  The Glass Demon by Helen Grant

“Teenager Lin Fox is a stranger in a strange land — Germany, where her father has come on a quixotic quest to locate a priceless artifact. The medieval (and possibly mythical) Allerheiligen stained glass is believed by some to be lost, by others to have been destroyed, and by virtually all to be haunted. A mysterious letter persuades Dr. Oliver Fox that he can be the one to find it — but someone else is determined to ensure that the glass stays hidden forever.

First, an elderly stranger is found dead in an orchard, then one of Oliver’s contacts is mysteriously drowned — both bodies inexplicably surrounded by shards of colored glass. As dark superstitions simmer, Lin embarks on her own search to find the glass. As her life comes to resemble the grimmest of fairy tales, she realizes that what she must find is not only the truth about the legendary glass but a way to save the lives of those she loves.”  Book description.

A suspenseful blend of legend, mystery, and horror – Grant certainly demonstrates a deft touch in her storytelling.  I loved the legend of the Allerheiligen stained glass, as well as the Gothic setting with its crumbling ruins, dark forests, and brooding priests.  Claustrophobic, eerie, and nicely plotted, the only aspect of the book that didn’t quite convince me was the relationship between Lin and Michael; it was a bit jumpy, but it didn’t detract from the story.  I must add that I desperately wanted to see the Allerheiligen stained glass for myself – I’ll have to settle for googling images of the Steinfeld stained glass windows from which Grant drew inspiration for the story.  Looking forward to reading her first book, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden!

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Stephen King is one of my favorite writers. I credit that to finding Night Shift on our family bookcase in high school and devouring it late at night. It was terrifying. Then I discovered The Stand. I was hooked!

I commuted to Indianapolis for graduate school and discovered audiobooks. It was a perfect distraction from the painfully boring drive between Fort Wayne and our state capital — especially on the drive home when there was nothing good on the radio. I listened to many books on tape during that time.

I have now moved on to downloadable audio that you can use through our OverDrive service with your library card. I download audiobooks to my phone and then listen to them as I walk and drive. I still can’t listen at home, though — I get too distracted.

I was absolutely delighted to learn that Stephen King was releasing a new story on audio only, months before the print version comes out. This is certainly not the norm, but an author of his standing can do whatever he wants. 🙂 Here is a nice write-up in the New York Times.

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From the author’s Facebook page

Drunken Fireworks was really funny. Hearing the Maine accent, instead of trying to conjure it in your head, is irreplaceable. Tim Sample was the perfect narrator. It was a short story (90 minutes), and well worth the listen.

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Giddy-up lil’ cowpokes, it’s time for the next round-up of a few upcoming releases! And, listen pardner, these here are the release dates not the dates they might be in a library near you.

Historical romances take place before 1945. A heavy emphasis is placed on the development of a romantic relationship. Subgenres include medievals, American West and regencies.

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GRACE BURROWS

Tremaine’s True Love
True Gentlemen series
August 8

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K.J. CHARLES

A Fashionable Indulgence
Society of Gentleman series
August 11, 2015

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MEREDITH DURAN

Lady Be Good
Rules for the Reckless series
July 28

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ALYSSA EVERETT

The Marriage Act, ebook
July 27

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HANNAH HOWELL

If He’s Noble
Wherlocke series
July 28

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SABRINA JEFFRIES

The Art of Sinning
Sinful Suitors series
July 21

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LYNSAY SANDS

The Highlander Takes a Bride
July 28

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Lauren Willig

The Lure of the Moonflower
Pink Carnation series
August 4

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