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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
ebook
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

ya_hartzler

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

ya_riggs

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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“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

h_dare

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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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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If you are going to read this series here is the order you should read it in: The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes A Bride and The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London. I didn’t. If I had, I may not have finished the entire series.

Road trip! Road trip! This book comes with a warning — you are either going to like this book or not. Why, pray tell, would that be? 9780373779512_p0_v2_s260x420Well, because The Scoundrel and the Debutante covers a period of only four days tops — at least the road trip falling in love part. So, there is a bit of a suspension of disbelief involved in this particular story. While this book worked for me, it may not work for others. But hey! This is about me, and I loved this story! Let’s take a gander, shall we?

If you have been following this series, it is the third installment of the Cabot sisters and it seems that even though I purchased the other two books for some reason I didn’t read them. Oh dear! Although, now that I go back and look at the covers, there seems to have been some adjusting of original covers vs. released covers and some last minute change of titles — which I didn’t catch. So, I when I go back and read those missed books  I will probably learn a valuable lesson about things that change. This also might explain why I couldn’t recall a single thing about the previous books when I was reading The Scoundrel and the Debutante. I digress.

In this story we have Prudence Cabot, the straight arrow sister who is sad (sniff) because she’s not married. She blames her scandalous sisters for this; she pouts, she crumbles, she resents. She just doesn’t understand why men are not flocking around her — she is the beauty of the family after all. She actually sounds a little stuck on herself, doesn’t she? Well, anyway she’s decided to visit a friend in the countryside who has just had a baby, which will make her even more depressed because she doesn’t like to be around happily married people. She is waiting for her carriage to pick her up. By the way, this was when I knew I would have to leave historical accuracy behind — a young unmarried woman waiting for a carriage unchaperoned, puleese. Anyway, she’s waiting for the carriage and what should happen while she’s waiting? The public coach pulls up and who should disembark? The biggest, brawniest, handsomest man she’s ever seen, and he’s lost. You see, he’s American and he doesn’t understand English, or at least the English that’s spoken in England. After assisting him in finding his proper direction, Prudence has some kind of epiphany. This is not a small gentle epiphany, but more of a giant lightning bolt. She decides to chuck it all for an adventure with this man who has stunned her senseless, our hero, Roan Matheson.

By the way, isn’t Roan another name for a horse? Ummm, I wonder — horse — stallion — big — ummmm. Roan Matheson is on a mission. He’s searching for his sister Aurora who seems to be quite a bother. She’s left her fiancé in America and came to England to — I don’t know — hang out with the rich people and parrrrr-ty. Roan also has an almost fiancée back home, but he doesn’t really know her and she doesn’t really light any bulbs, trip any triggers, send any shivers through him. Nope, when he gets back home he intends to marry her and seal a business proposition between her family and his. You see, Roan’s family has money, but they want more. And, now he’s in this country where the city of West Lee is actually Weslay and he’s headed south when he should be going north. He’s grumpy. Then he is saved by a gorgeous angel, Prudence, and thoughts of his sister seem to just fly out of his head.

Well, it isn’t too long before these two people who are so wrong for each other are on a road trip adventure. A romp through the countryside where all the standard Romanceville things happen to them. Thanks to Julia London’s remarkable writing this standard romance yarn rises above the rest. This journey seemed longer than the few days it actually was. And, even though Prudence did things that were not at all in her character, I didn’t mind. Prudence and Roan shared adventures, they shared stories, they shared truths and they shared a good time. They even admit their love for each other.  The road adventure is bright, shiny, fun; but as they continue there is a growing bleakness that takes place because they know that when their adventure ends they will separate. This was one time when a marriage proposal is turned down, I found the rejection understandable.

There was a lot more to this book, but I’m not going to go into everything except to say Aurora was a really self-centered girl. There were some other secondary characters, but they didn’t overwhelm any of the storytelling. The Scoundrel and the Debutante is first and foremost a tale about Roan and Prudence. If you can get past the four day fall in love thing, you should enjoy this book. And, obviously you don’t need to read the other two to read this one.
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Yes, another round of new books is about to be released! For your edification, here are a few of the upcoming books that are coming to a store/library/whatever near you. The release date for these are between June 15 and July 14, 2015.

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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Rosanne Bittner

Do Not Forsake Me
Outlaw Hearts series
July 7

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Jane Feather

Trapped by Scandal
Trapped series
June 23

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Alexandra Hawkins

A Duke But No Gentleman
Masters of Seduction series
June 30

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Johanna Lindsey

Wildfire in His Arms
spinoff of One Heart to Win
June 16

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Kaki Warner

Home by Morning
Heroes of Heartbreak Creek trilogy
July 7

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Mary Wine

A Sword for His Lady
Courtly Love series
July 7

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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Lisa Chaplin

The Tide Watchers
June 30

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Beatriz Williams

Tiny Little Thing
June 23

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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Kristen Ashley

Ride Steady
Chaos Motorcycle Club series
Contemporary Romance
June 30

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ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Mama’s Boy
Mainstream
July 7

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Jackie Collins

The Santangelos
Santagelos series
Mainstream
June 16

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Jane Green

Summer Secrets
Mainstream
June 30

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Patti Callahan Henry

The Idea of Love
Mainstream
June 23

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Erika Kelly

I Want You to Want Me
Rock Star series
Contemporary Romance
July 7

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Susan Mallery

Kiss Me
Fool’s Gold series
Contemporary Romance
June 30

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Fern Michaels

In Plain Sight
Sisterhood series
Mainstream
June 30

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Erin Nicholas

Getting Lucky
Sapphire Falls series
Contemporary Romance
June 23

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Matthew Quick

Love May Fail
Mainstream
June 16

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Christie Ridgway

Can’t Fight This Feeling
Cabin Fever series
Contemporary Romance
June 30

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Jill Shalvis

Second Chance Summer
Cedar Ridge series
Contemporary Romance
June 30

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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Paul Doiron

The Precipice
Mike Bowditch series
Mystery
June 16

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Roy Johansen and Iris Johansen

The Naked Eye
Suspense
July 14

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Lisa Renee Jones

Infinite Possibilities
The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series
Romantic Suspense
July 7

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Laura Kaye

Hard to Let Go
Hard Ink series
Romantic Suspense
June 30

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Eleanor Kuhns

Death in Salem
William Rees Mystery series
Mystery
June 16

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Patrick Lee

Signal
Sam Dryden series
Thriller
July 7

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Gayle Lynds

The Assassins
Mystery
June 30

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Aimee and David Thurlo

Looking Through Darkness
Trading Post series
Romantic Suspense
July 7

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Kate White

The Wrong Man
Suspense
June 16

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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Amanda Carlson

Pure Blooded
Jessica McCain series
Urban Fantasy
June 16

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Wesley Chu

Time Salvager
Paranormal
July 7

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Christine Feehan

Earth Bound
Sea Haven series
Paranormal
July 7

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Carolyn Ives Gilman

Dark Orbit
Science Fiction
July 14

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Heather Graham

The Silenced
Krewe of Hunters series
Paranormal
June 30

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Clay and Susan Griffin

The Undying Legion
Crown and Key series
Urban Fantasy
June 30

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C.S. Pacat

Prince’s Gambit
Captive Prince series
Paranormal
July 7

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Lilith Saintcrow

Trailer Park Fae
Gallow and Ragged series
Urban Fantasy
June 23

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Jo Walton

The Philosopher Kings
The Just City series
Fantasy
June 30

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

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M. Beth Bloom

Don’t Ever Change
July 7

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Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone
The Great Libraries series
July 7

ya_cooney

Caroline B. Cooney

No Such Person
July 14

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Amanda Sun

Storm
The Paper Gods series
Fantasy
June 30

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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Regina Cole

Sex Becomes Her
June 30

e_dane

Lauren Dane

Opening Up
Ink and Chrome series
June 16

e_james

Lorelei James

Caged
The Mastered series
July 14

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Monica Murphy

Taming Lily
Fowler Sisters series
July 7

e_petrova

Em Petrova

Ropin’ Hearts, ebook
Boot Knockers Ranch series
June 9

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Jayne Rylon

Long Time Coming
Hot Rods series
July 7

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.

i_alexander Tamera Alexander
Dorothy Love
Shelley Gray
Elizabeth Musser
Among the Fair Magnolias
Historical anthology
July 14
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Molly Jebber

Change of Heart
Historical
June 30

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Sarah E. Ladd

The Curiosity Keeper
The Treasures of Surrey Novel series
July 7

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Laura McNeill

Center of Gravity
Suspense
July 14

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Beth Wiseman

Her Brother’s Keeper
Amish Secrets Novel series
July 7

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Avast ye’ matey, it be time for those scurvy upcomin’ releases. Fer yur perusal here are some of those books, not all o’ them mine ye. Fer May 15 to June 14, 2015. And, like in the past, them’s publishing dates, not when the liberry gets ’em.

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.

h_balogh

Mary Balogh

Only a Promise
Survivors’ Club series
June 9

h_cooper

Isabelle Cooper

Night of the Highland Dragon
June 2

h_elliott

Cara Elliott

Passionately Yours
Hellions of High Street series
May 26

h_gracie

Anne Gracie

The Spring Bride
Chance Sisters Romance series
June 2

h_hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt

Dearest Rogue
Maiden Lane series
May 26

h_marlowe

Mia Marlowe

Never Resist a Rake
Somerfield Park series
June 2

h_shupe

Joanna Shupe

The Lady Hellion
Wicked Deceptions series
May 26

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 an HF author.

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Laura Andersen

The Virgin’s Daughter
Tudor Legacy series
May 26

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Vanessa Lafaye

Under a Dark Summer Sky
June 9

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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Rochelle Alers

Cherry Lane
Cavanaugh Island series
Contemporary Romance
May 26

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Mary Kay Andrews

Beach Town
Contemporary Romance
May 19

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Meg Cabot

Royal Wedding
Princess Diaries series
Mainstream
June 2

c_dane

Lauren Dane

Back to You
Hurley Boys series
Contemporary Romance
May 26

c_delinsky

Barbara Delinsky

Blueprints
Mainstream
June 9

c_monroe

Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer’s End
Lowcountry Summer series
Contemporary Romance
May 19

c_porter

Jane Porter

It’s You
Mainstream
June 2

c_probst

Jennifer Probst

Searching for Beautiful
Searching series
Contemporary Romance
May 26

c_sala

Sharon Sala

I’ll Stand by You
Contemporary Romance
June 2

c_wright

Kim Wright

The Canterbury Sisters
Mainstream
May 19

c_young

Samantha Young

Moonlight on Nightingale Way
On Dublin Street series
Contemporary Romance
June 2

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.

m_bolton

Sharon Bolton

Little Black Lies
Mystery
May 19

m_carlisle

Kate Carlisle

Ripped from the Pages
The Bibliophile Mysteries
June 2

m_casey

Jane Casey

The Kill
Maeve Kerrigan series
Mystery
June 2

m_dimon

HelenKay Dimon

Falling Hard
Bay Boys series
Romantic Suspense
May 26

m_donoghue

Clare Donoghue

No Place to Die
Mike Lockyer series
Suspense
June 9

m_elliot

Kendra Elliot

Spiraled
Callahan and McLane series
Romantic Suspense
June 2

n_ellison

J.T. Ellison

What Lies Beneath
Dr. Samantha Owens series
Thriller
May 26

m_grecian

Alex Grecian

The Harvest Man
Scotland Yard Murder Squad
Mystery
May 19

m_kennedy

Elle Kennedy

Midnight Captive
Killer Instincts series
Romantic Suspense
June 2

m_stuart

Anne Stuart

Consumed by Fire
Fire series
Romantic Suspense
May 26

m_toussaint

Maggie Toussaint

Bubba Done It
Dream Walkers series
Mystery
May 20

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.
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.

p_cast

Kristin Cast

Amber Smoke
Escaped series
Paranormal, New Adult
June 9

p_cato

Beth Cato

The Clockwork Crown
The Clockwork Dagger series
Urban Fantasy
June 9

p_elrod

P.N. Elrod

The Hanged Man
Majestic Psyche Service series
Fantasy Steampunk
May 19

p_francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Edge of Dreams
Diamond City Magic series
Urban Fantasy
ebook
April 15 – Oops, missed last month

p_strohl

Kami Garcia

and

Margaret Stohl

Dangerous Deception
Beautiful Creatures spinoff
Paranormal
May 19

 p_green

Simon R. Green

From a Drood to a Kill
Secret Histories series
Urban Fantasy
June 2

p_greenwood

Ed Greenwood

The Iron Assassin
Fantasy
June 9

p_ivy

Alexandra Ivy

When Darkness Ends
Guardians of Eternity series
Paranormal Romance
May 26

p_jones

Darynda Jones

Eighth Grave After Dark
Charley Davidson series
Urban Fantasy
May 19

p_kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy

The Talon of the Hawk
Twelve Kingdoms series
Fantasy
May 26

p_lackey

Mercedes Lackey

From a High Tower
Elemental Masters series
Fantasy
June 2

p_Lawrence

Mark Lawrence

The Liar’s Key
Red Queen’s War series
Fantasy
May 26

p_novik

Naomi Novik

Uprooted
Fantasy
May 19

p_singh

Nalini Singh

Shards of Hope
Psy-changeling series
Paranormal Romance
June 2

p_turner

Marc Turner

When the Heavens Fall
Fantasy
May 19

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

ya_berry

Nina Berry

The Notorious Pagan Jones
May 26

ya_maetani

Valyne E. Maetani

Ink and Ashes, debut
Mystery
June 1

ya_mccary

Katie McGarry

Nowhere but Here
Thunder Road series
May 26

ya_rabb

Margo Rabb

Kissing in America
May 26

ya_ryan

Carrie Ryan

Daughter of Deep Silence
Thriller
May 26

ya_schmidt

Tiffany Schmidt

Hold Me Like a Breath
Once Upon a Crime Family series
Thriller
May 19

ya_weber

Mary Weber

Siren’s Fury
Storm Siren’s Trilogy
Fantasy
June 2

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

e_pace

Lilah Pace

Asking for It
June 2

e_stein

Charlotte Stein

Sweet Agony
May 23

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.

i_beckstrand

Jennifer Beckstrand

Huckleberry Harvest
Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series
May 26

i_dickerson

Melanie Dickerson

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
Medieval Fairy Tale Romance
Historical
May 15

i_eicher

Jerry S. Eicher

A Blessing for Miriam
Land of Promise series
June 1

i_everson

Eva Marie Everson

Five Brides
Historical
June 1

i_hedlund

Jody Hedlund

Hearts Made Whole
Historical
June 2

i_hinton

Lynne Hinton

The Case of the Sin City Sister
Mystery
May 26

i_martin

Charles Martin

Water from My Heart
Mainstream
May 19

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Wicked, My Love, by Susanna Ives, was a breath of fresh air. At last, a 9781402283604_p0_v2_s260x420book with humor in it! Before I continue, let me preface all of this by saying comedy/humor/funny is very subjective and what tickles one person’s funny bone will only make another person groan disgustedly. Wicked My Love is the second book in Ms. Ives’ Wicked Little Secret series, and I confess I sort of forgot the first book, although I did read it. So, when I had a laugh-so-hard-I-cried moment in the beginning of this book, I stopped. I was a little afraid that having laughed so hard at the beginning I might run into problems later — so I checked out my review of her other book and then I remembered. I remembered there were a few what I call Jerry Lewis syndrome moments in that book (that is not knowing when to stop), so I crossed my fingers. I have to say that Ms. Ives’ writing has entered a new level. Was it silly? Was it farcical? Was the humor sometimes over the top? Yes, yes and yes, but I smiled alllll the way through the book because not only was there some funny stuff in this book but the characters were more than just something to bounce humor off of. Both Isabella and Randall were well-developed, interesting characters, and that proved a counterbalance to some of the silliness. It was a very enjoyable book.

Isabella and Randall have known each other since they were children, and as children there was a strong animosity between them — they just didn’t get along. Always trying to get the better of each other, always trying to be the one who is right. That doesn’t change much as they grow older; however, now there is sexual tension just below the surface. Isabella is a shy person. She keeps all of her emotions bottled up inside and she believes that at 29 she will never have a fulfilling life. That fulfilling life includes a husband and children. She has a mind that understands finance, and through the encouragement of her aunt Judith she has written a bestselling book. Now this book has made her sort of a folk hero to a lot of women; in fact she has quite a fan base. However, because of her shyness she is not all that eager to meet her fans, and sometimes she is embarrassed with their enthusiasm. She is also a partner in a banking venture and one of her partners is Randall.

Randall, on the other hand, is all about emotions. He is a politician, and he just exudes charm. He comes to Isabella for some help in saving his career, and along the way they team up to find out who is passing fraudulent bonds. However, that plot is only an excuse to get these two together for a fun adventure. Along the way we get to meet a variety of great supporting characters, especially Isabella’s maiden Aunt Judith. Aunt Judith isn’t all that fond of men. She has founded the Mary Wollstonecraft Society Against the Injurious Treatment of Women Whose Rights Have Been Unjustly Usurped by the Tyrannical and Ignorant Regime of the Male Kind. She has educated Isabella in the ways of a woman’s “sacred vessel” and a “man’s dangly parts.” So, Isabella’s outlook on biology is a tad bit slanted — but don’t worry, Randall helps her sort through most of it.

If you want a laugh or two you should pick up Wicked My Love. But, I think you will get more than just a few guffaws. This book has a very delightful couple in Isabella and Randall. Even with all of the chortles there are some emotional depths explored by both Isabella and Randall by the end of this tale. Wicked My Love was a pleasure to read.

Time/Place: 1847 England

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