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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

h_byrne

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

h_duran

Meredith Duran

Luck Be a Lady
Rules for the Reckless series
August 25

h_forester

Amanda Forester

The Highlander’s Bride
Highland Trouble series
September 1

h_galen

Shana Galen

The Rogue You Know
Covent Garden Cubs series
September 1

h_hawkins

Karen Hawkins

The Prince and I
Oxenburg Princes series
August 25

h_ranney

Karen Ranney

Scotsman of My Dreams
MacIain series
August 25

h_welfonder

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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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

c_andrews

Mary Kay Andrews

Beach Town
Contemporary Romance
May 19

c_cabot

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.

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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.”

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Lilah Pace

Asking for It
June 2

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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.

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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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And, now what time is it? It’s time for those new upcoming books scheduled to be released between April 15 and May 14, 2015. And, what does Kay say? She says these are the release dates, not the date they will be hitting the library shelves.

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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Victoria Alexander

The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress
Millworth Manor series
April 28

h_bowen

Kelly Bowen

A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find
The Lords of Worth series
April 28

h_cambell

Anna Campbell

A Scoundrel by Moonlight
Sons of Sin series
April 28

h_elliott

Cara Elliott

Sinfully Yours
Hellions of High Street series
April 28

h_heath

Lorraine Heath

The Duke and the Lady in Red
Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Place series
April 28

h_lee

Jade Lee

50 Ways to Ruin a Rake
Not Quite Ladies series
May 5

h_shupe

Joanna Shupe

The Harlot Countess
Wicked Deceptions series
April 28

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Yes, it’s that time again! Here are a few of the upcoming releases for March 15 to April 14, 2015. And as before, dates listed are the release dates, not necessarily the dates a library as them.

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_beverley

Jo Beverley

Too Dangerous for a Lady
Rogue series
April 7

h_camp

Candace Camp

aka Lisa Gregory, Sharon Stephens, Kristin James
Pleasured
Secrets of the Loch Trilogy
March 24

h_elliott

Cara Elliott

Scandalously Yours
The Hellions of High Street series
March 31

h_james

Eloisa James

Four Nights with the Duke
Desperate Duchesses series
March 31

h_long

Julie Anne Long

It Started With a Scandal
Pennyroyal Green
March 31

h_quinn

Paula Quinn

The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor
The MacGregors: Highland Heirs series
March 31

h_rice

Patricia Rice

Formidable Lord Quentin
Rebellious Sons series
Ebook – Amazon and Ibook
March 24

h_scott

Amanda Scott

Devil’s Moon
Border Nights series
March 31

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