Booktopia Romance Buzz
July 2009 | Edition Three
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KATE'S MONTH AHEAD

Hello Gentle Readers!


I don't know if it's just me, but it seems like the publishers are doing their very best to give readers a little winter warm-up with their covers this month. Don't believe me? Scroll on down to Gena Showalter's Seduce the Darkness. Still not convinced? Try Maya Reynold's Bad Boy. In fact, almost the entire Erotic Romance section this month features some rather spectacularly shaped abs. It almost makes the stories unnecessary... almost.

Lots going on this month in Romancelandia - we wish good luck to all our Aussie authors (and the others, as well, of course) who are travelling to Washington DC for the annual Romance Writers of America Conference. I'll have the results from the RITAs in August's Buzz. Fingers crossed at least one of those gold statuettes comes Down Under!

My Book of the Month is Pamela Palmer's Desire UntamedI hadn't heard of Pamela and Anna in 2008Pamela until Anna Campbell handed me her first book with one word: 'Read!'. When I found out that Pamela's first three books were finally being published, I definitely had to feature her. However, rather than rambling on in my own way, I asked Anna if she would like to do an interview with her friend. Luckily for us readers, both she and Pamela were very pleased to, and you can read their interview here.
Pamela and Anna in 2008

It's a wonderful month for historicals - with a new Loretta Chase, and the release of Brisbane's Christine Well's third novel Wicked Little Game. Christine writes fantastically intelligent historical romances, with some of the best heroines in the genre. Find out who her inspirations are in the Spotlight section.

What I've just finished:
I've been on a real YA kick lately, thanks to a friend handing me Justine Larbalestier's How to Ditch Your Fairy. Don't worry - I can't pronounce her last name either, but wow was this book a lot of fun. Everyone in New Avalon has a fairy, and a fairy-related gift. Unfortunately for our 14-year-old protagonist, Charlie, having a parking fairy is pretty much the definition of useless. Terribly funny, and utterly charming, How to Ditch Your Fairy is the perfect book to order online - you won't have to even attempt the author's last name!

What I'm reading now:
After being told by a trusted friend (and fellow romance devotee) that SJ Day's Marked series is her pick for the best paranormal series of the year (in June! She made that call in June!), I had to give them a try. It certainly helped that SJ Day is also Sylvia Day, who writes positively steamy historical romances, including one of my all-time favourites Passion for the Game. I've got Eve of Darkness in my hands. I'll let you know how I go.

What I'm waiting impatiently for:
After reading Anna and Pamela's interview, I can't wait to get my hands on Sapphire Dream, Pamela's Golden-Heart winning novel. Time-travel? Scotland? Pirates? Yes, please!

To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful - Gaston Bachelard.

Until next time,
Kate Cuthbert
Editor
Romance Buzz

SPOTLIGHT ON
WICKED LITTLE GAME by Christine Wells

Now don't get me wrong, a good hero is crucial to a memorable romance novel. But sometimes I worry, what with all the alpha-, beta-, and paranormal men we have running around, that the heroine doesn't quite get the attention she deserves.

Luckily, we have Christine Wells to remind us. Though Christine's heroes are certainly worthy of note, it is with her heroines that she excels. Smart, proactive, and real, these are women worth reading about, women you wish you counted among your friends, women readers can relate to.

In this month's Wicked Little Game, we meet Sarah and the Marquis of Vane...and Sarah's husband, Brinsley, who makes Vane a dishonourable offer - but one that Vane can't bring himself to refuse.

Christine writes such compelling stories, that I had to ask her who her inspirations were. She graciously complied, offering us readers an insight with her top-ten most influential romance novels.

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - unmatched wit, keen observation and a fairytale ending - my introduction to the Regency world.

  2. Venetia by Georgette Heyer - one of the best 'rake's redemption' stories, ever.

  3. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase - no one does the battle of the sexes quite as well as Loretta Chase. An extraordinary romance.

  4. Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale - exquisite writing, deep passion, magnificent storytelling. Sheer brilliance.

  5. Welcome to Temptation by Jenny Crusie - snarky, subversive, a fantastic community novel... and some of the hottest love scenes around.

  6. The Devil to Pay by Liz Carlyle - Carlyle marries sophisticated sizzle with wit, deep emotion and a feel for the period which few surpass. Her heroes are particularly fabulous.

  7. Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell - deep, dark, wrenchingly emotional, Campbell took a risk writing a courtesan heroine that paid off in spades.

  8. Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney - Putney can plunge a reader into the pit of human despair and then fling her to the skies in triumph.

  9. A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh - Mary Balogh's sensual story of a very proper and repressed young lady's slow awakening should be required reading for historical writers.

  10. The Desperate Duchesses series by Eloisa James - I love the duality of James's novels. On the surface they are all wit and sophistication, but underneath is humanity - love and longing, desire and pain.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
DESIRE UNTAMED by Pamela Palmer

I asked Anna Campbell if she would like to ask Pam a few questions. Here's what happened:

Anna: I first met Pamela Palmer when we were both Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalists in 2006. The Golden Heart is the world’s most prestigious contest for unpublished romance novels and Pamela was short-listed FIVE times and won it once. Um, Pam, I think that might count as showing off!

We have since become fast friends and I am in awe of her talent and dedication. So I am delighted to introduce Pamela to Booktopia readers and talk about her fabulous new series The Feral Warriors.

Pamela, the first Feral Warriors book hits the shops in July. Can you tell us about Desire Untamed? By the way, I read this a couple of weeks ago and was absolutely hooked. Congratulations on a fabulous roller-coaster of paranormal romance.

Pamela: Thanks, Anna! It’s wonderful to be interviewed here at Booktopia, especially by my dear friend, the incomparable Anna Campbell.
Desire Untamed introduces readers to the Feral Warriors and their world. The books are urban fantasy romances, though I’m not sure that is a technical term. They take place in Virginia and Washington D.C., in our world, though humans are unaware that the immortal races live among us. These immortal races are capable of magic and shape-shifting, good and evil. Millennia ago, the immortal Therian race, the mighty shape-shifters, were forced to mortgage virtually all their great power to overcome the Daemon, Satanan, and save the world. Only one Therian among each of the ancient lines of shape-shifters was left with the power of his animal. Nine remain. They are the Feral Warriors.

In the first book,
Desire Untamed, the leader of the Ferals, Lyon, searches for the one woman who can save his race, the Therian woman marked by the goddess to be the new Radiant. When he finally finds her, he discovers a young woman who grew up human, miles away from the immortal enclaves. A woman unprepared for the role fate demands of her. A woman who stirs his passion and steals his heart.

Anna: Ooh, high stakes, save-the-world romance. Love it! The next two books, Obsession Untamed and Passion Untamed, come out in August and September, which is fabulous news for readers as they’ll be chomping at the bit for the next episodes in the series. Can you tell us about these books? Specifically the heroes. You have a wonderful way with a shape-shifting man, my friend!

Pamela: Imagine me smiling like the Cheshire Cat. I have to admit, writing about men whose wildest natures run so close to the surface is a huge amount of fun. Even when they haven’t entirely shifted, those claws and fangs erupt at the slightest provocation. Yet, at their hearts, the Ferals are good, honourable males. For the most part.

Tighe is the hero of
Obsession Untamed and as you can probably guess (well, Anna, you’ve read the first book so you know, but everyone else can probably guess), Tighe is a tiger shifter. Passion Untamed is Paenther’s book.

Anna: Pamela, is that the end of the series or is this going to be an ongoing franchise? I can already see numerous possibilities for great storylines in the future.

Pamela: The end of the series? Anna, dearest, perish the thought. No, there are definitely more Feral books in the works. I’m already hard at work on Book 4, Jag’s book, and Avon has bought Books 5 and 6 as well. In addition, I recently completed a Feral novella for the Valentine’s anthology, Bitten by Cupid, coming from Avon this January with authors Lynsay Sands and Jaime Rush.

Anna: Ooh, can’t wait! The paranormal genre seems to be getting more and more popular. Have you any ideas why readers are so crazy about vamps and were-critters?

Pamela: Absolutely! Although they’re just my opinion, of course. I think interest in the paranormal exploded with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. With the greater human psyche enthralled with the boy wizard, all aspects of the paranormal saw a huge resurgence in popularity. It seems that every other movie out of Hollywood in past years has been paranormal in one way or another and the teen and young adult book markets are crawling with the supernatural. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series (vampires and werewolves), Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series (dragons), and P.C. and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series (vampires) are just a few examples.

The rise in popularity of paranormals in the romance genre stems, in my opinion, from the age-old allure of the Bad Boy. There is something incredibly, visceral about the idea of a powerful, dangerous male willing to sacrifice for love, often even his own life. In our modern, relatively civilised world, powerful, dangerous males are hard to come by. I think that’s why historical romances remain so popular. While modern-day doctors and lawyers wield a certain amount of cultural power, against a sword-wielding pirate or a fang-dropping immortal, they’re lunch meat. Women have always gravitated toward the most powerful male. In today’s romance market, that male, often as not, has fangs.

Anna: Pam, you write wonderful Time Travel romance under your pseudonym Pamela Montgomerie. Your debut hits the shelves in July – you’ve got an exciting month coming up, haven’t you? Can you tell us about Sapphire Dream? Which by the way, I’ve also read and loved. You’re going to fill a whole shelf of my bookcase soon!

Pamela: Anna, m’dear, I’m delighted to be filling your bookcase shelf since you’re already well on your way to filling my keeper shelf! I can’t wait to get my hands on your next book, Captive of Sin, this northern fall. And, yes, this is an incredibly exciting summer for me. Four books coming out in the space of three months!

Sapphire Dream is a particular favourite of mine. It is the story of a young Scottish woman who grew up in America and returns to Scotland in search of answers about her past, only to wake up in the hold of a seventeenth-century pirate ship. In the past, she discovers magic and danger, a surly pirate who steals her heart, and a mystery about who she really is that deepens with each passing hour. I actually started this book nearly ten years ago, back when I was first learning how to put together a story. Several times I set it aside as I honed my skills and worked on other projects, but in 2004, I finally knew the story I wanted to tell and I pulled it back out and finished it. In July 2005, Sapphire Dream won RWA’s Golden Heart for Best Unpublished Paranormal Manuscript and was requested by an editor at Berkley. Soon after, that editor left and the manuscript languished for over two years before a new editor found it and fell in love. After that long, difficult journey, Sapphire Dream is finally about to be published and I couldn’t be happier.

Lovely chatting with you, Anna, and lovely being here at Booktopia!

Anna: Thanks for your great answers to my questions, Pamela! And thanks for those kind words about my output! Booktopia readers, grab the Feral Warriors! They’re a blast!


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NOT TO BE MISSED
HEART AND CRAFT edited by Valerie Parv

Love to read romance? Every wondered if you could write your own?

Might I suggest this collection from some of Australia's best home-grown talent - the ultimate 'how-to' book on romance writing written by some of the most successful romance writers in the world and edited by one of the Grand Ladies of Australian Romance Fiction, Valerie Parv.

Valerie has drawn together a dream team of romance writers who each share their secrets to writing successful romance fiction. Valerie and her co-contributors - all successful romance writers whose books have appeared on international best-seller lists - answer the questions most often asked of published authors. Based on the contributors' considerable experience and hundreds of published books, and aimed at both new and experienced writers studying the craft, this fascinating guide will give you everything you need to know about writing romance and getting published.

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PULSE-POUNDING PARANORMALS
BRANDED BY FIRE
Psy-Changelings 6 by Nalini Singh

Well-planned, well-written, and downright fantastic, Nalini Singh's Psy-Changelings universe is the cream of the crop when it comes to paranormal series.

Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he's a wolf, she's a cat, and they're both used to being on top.

But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young man - before his shadowy captors decide he's no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it'll leave them both branded by fire.

This series is so delectable, do yourself a favour and start from the beginning, with Slave to Sensation.


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UNDEAD AND UNWELCOME

STAKES AND STILETTOS
Queen Betsy 8

MaryJanice Davidson

Betsy Taylor has problems that only a vampire queen/suburban wife could possibly understand. Such as the taking of the body of her werewolf friend Antonia - who died in her service - to Cape Cod, where she's not sure if the Wyndham werewolves will welcome her with fangs or friendship. Meanwhile, her posse back in St. Paul is sending frantic e-mails alerting Betsy to her half-sister's increasingly erratic behaviour. Looks like the devil's daughter is coming into her own - and raising hell.

Queen Betsy makes her first appearance in Undead and Unwed.

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Immortality Bites 4

Michelle Rowen

Newly vamped Sarah Dearly wants her normal life back, but fate is fighting against her. She tries to get a regular job and gets staked in the interview, only to be rescued by a masked vampire who calls himself the Red Devil. Then a wallflower-turned-witch curses her, making her a bloodthirsty, sun-allergic nightwalker - the worst vampire there is. As if all that weren't enough, she can't get married because her 600-year-old boyfriend, Thierry, is in a centuries-long marriage of convenience he can't escape.

Been Bitten and Smitten yet? Check out all four of these fantastically funny reads.

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EDGE OF DAWN

SOME GIRLS BITE

TAKEN BY SIN
Light Warriors 3

Patty O'Shea

Glass artist Shona Blackwood has lost her ability to create, but instead of panic, all she feels is apathy. Her detachment is shaken when she narrowly avoids being mugged, thanks to a timely rescue by a man who makes all her senses come roaring to life.

Logan Andrews is a magical troubleshooter assigned to protect Shona from an unseen enemy. Shona is unaware that magic actually exists and Logan is under orders not to tell her, but it isn't long before he finds his loyalty torn between his people and the passionate woman he is guarding.

He thought this would be a straightforward job, but Logan quickly realises that in an edgy contest between magic and passion, love is destined to win.

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Chicagoland Vampires 1

Chloe Neill

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but Merit was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker - and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.

Turns out her saviour was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she's learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan 'Lord o' the Manor' Sullivan, who, while charming, unfortunately expects her gratitude - and servitude. But these are the least of her concerns. Someone's still out to get her.

The debut novel from a hot new voice in paranormals.

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Jaci Burton

It's a mission that could cost him his career and his life. But the woman he just rescued - his lover for one unforgettable night - has something Dalton needs desperately. That's why the fearless demon hunter is risking everything to spirit Isabelle to a secret hideaway in the Louisiana bayou. Saving her is one thing. Banishing the demon inside her is another. Especially when this gorgeous seductress brings out the devil in him.

Isabelle can see the passion roaring inside Dalton - and it both frightens and arouses her. Is Dalton her enemy or her savior? All she knows is he's beyond seductive and igniting all sorts of conflicting feelings. All Dalton knows is that they're both in big trouble.

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WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE by Kim Harrison

The Hollows 7

The latest in Harrison's Hollows series sees Rachel's reputation in tatters - to save humanity, she used powers that are considered evil, and she's still devastated by the mysterious death of her boyfriend six months earlier. Her attempts to solve his murder bleed into a case involving an emotion-sucking banshee, and soon Rachel has to bring in her PI partners - Ivy, a bisexual vampire, and Jenks, a pixie in existential crisis - along with empathic psychiatrist Ford and the banshee victim's father, Federal Inderland Bureau captain Edden.

Fantastic, but complex world-building and deep character development means interested readers should probably start with the beginning with this series - Dead Witch Walking.

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DARKNESS CALLS

EVE OF CHAOS
Marjorie M Liu

Nomad born and bred, demon hunter Maxine Kiss has always relied upon herself to fight the darkness that surrounds her, the predators - human, zombie, and otherwise - who threaten the earth. But one man has penetrated her lonely life.

Grant, the last of his kind, with music he is able to control any living creature - including demons. And now his life is in danger.

Haunted by the past, determined to change the future, Maxine soon understands that to save Grant, she has only one choice - to lose control, and release her own powers of darkness.

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Marked 3

SJ Day

A friend told me that this series has her vote for best paranormals of the year.

How do you tell Satan that you ran over his hellhound? Evangeline Hollis has no idea and she doesn't want to find out. Living with the Mark of Cain - and the two sexy brothers who come with it - is trouble enough. She doesn't need to borrow more. Too bad Satan is too pissed to oblige her.

How can a Mark drafted by God strike a bargain with the Devil? Eve's about to find out...

You might want to savour this series from the beginning, starting with Eve of Darkness.

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DRAGONS PREFER BLONDES

MIDNIGHT'S MASTER

SUCCUBUS IN NEW  YORK
Caruthers sisters 2

Candace Havens

Alex Caruthers is a sassy socialite who knows when it's time to turn in her dancing shoes and kick some serious dragon booty. But when Ginjin - the dragon warrior who's tried to kill her numerous times - chooses her as his mate, Alex finds herself in a situation that's too hot to handle.

For help she turns to Jake, head of Caruthers security - and a total hottie in a suit - and asks him to pose as her boyfriend. Their relationship might be fake, but Alex can't deny that one touch from Jake makes her burn hotter than any dragon could.

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Midnight 3

Cynthia Eden

Tall, dark, and formidable, Niol Lapen is the last demon on earth most people would ask for a favour, yet the sexy little reporter who wanders into his club dares to do exactly that. Holly Storm already knows too much about his kind, and Niol has no wish to help her get in deeper over her head.

Holly has seen first-hand what Niol is capable of, but that doesn't frighten her nearly as much as her body's instinctive reaction to him, or the wild, fierce passion that would tempt her to follow him through hell itself.


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Succubus 2

Nina Harper

Love is a tough game when you're in the succubus business - and Lily's been left mourning the departure of her dashing PI, Nathan. But being one of Satan's Chosen has its perks, and she and her stylishly-shod cohorts throw themselves back into soul-collecting with a vengeance - until they realise that someone in the ranks of the Hierarchy of Hell is gunning for their downfall. Meanwhile, Lily's best friend's demon boyfriend is kidnapped, the girls hire Nathan to help find him, and Lily's tropical vacation fling is back on the scene.


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RAPTURE
BLOODLINE
FORBIDDEN NIGHTS WITH A VAMPIRE
The Shadow-dwellers 2

Jacquelyn Frank

Magnus is a man of contradictions - a spiritual leader in a warrior's body. To him, laws are for enforcing and visions must be followed - even if that means freeing a beautiful slave and making her his reluctant handmaiden. Betrayed once before, Magnus can barely bring himself to trust another woman. Yet Daenaira's fiery innocence is drawing them both into a reckless inferno of desire. Daenaira grew up hearing tales of a fearsome priest who seemed more myth than reality. But Magnus is very real - every inch of him - and so is the treachery surrounding them. Beneath Sanctuary's calm surface, an enemy is scheming to unleash havoc on the Shadowdwellers, unless Magnus trusts in a union ordained by fate, and sealed by unending bliss.

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Wings in the Night

Maggie Shayne

Lilith awakens cold, naked and alone, knowing nothing - not even who she is - except that she has to run, run for her life - because someone is after her.

When Ethan discovers the terrified woman hiding on his ranch, he knows immediately not only who she is, but what. He's never forgotten her, not in all the time since he escaped their joint prison, a clandestine CIA facility where humans are bred into vampires willing to kill on command. He refused to accept that fate, and since he won his freedom he's become a legend to those he left behind. With her own escape, Lilith has become a legend, too, and now - together - they have no choice but to fight those who would become a legend by killing one.

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Love at Stake 7

Kerrelyn Sparks

Vanda Barkowski is in trouble.

As the owner of a hot nightclub, she's more unconventional than most of her fellow vampires, and if some think her a little out of control, then so be it. But after three former employees filed a complaint about her temper, Vanda is sentenced to an anger management class. Worse, Phil Jones agreed to be her sponsor. Phil, the mortal who is forbidden to her...

If Vanda knew who - or what - Phil really is, she'd reconsider her attraction to him, for his true nature is wilder than anything she'd ever imagined. He has tackled the beast within and now is the perfect person to help Vanda with her rage... if only he can keep his cool when she makes him so undeniably hot. But with rogue vamps on the loose, will they ever have their forbidden nights?

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ATLANTIS UNMASKED

SEDUCE THE DARKNESS
Warriors of Poseidon 4

Alyssa Day

Alexios survived two years of unspeakable torture at the hands of a vampire goddess. Now he's been ordered to team up with a beautiful warrior and take on the most dangerous mission of his life: to retrieve the Vampire's Bane. Without it, Atlantis can't ascend to the surface and take its rightful place in the world. But when evil threatens, will Alexios be led by duty - or his heart?

A descendant of Diana…Grace is part of the rebellion against the vampires and shape-shifters trying to take over her world. She is deadly with her bow, because when she takes aim, she never misses her target. But suddenly she's focused on a damaged Atlantean warrior who sees her as a weapon, not as a woman. When thousands of lives are on the line, will passion overrule, or will her aim still be true?

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Alien Huntress 4

Gena Showalter

The war between otherworlders and humans changed Earth beyond recognition. It also saved Bride McKells's life. Before, the gorgeous vampire was a target for every fanatic with a stake and a crucifix. Now, she's free to roam the streets - and desperate to find others of her kind. One man claims to have the answers she seeks. Devyn, King of the Targons, is a warrior and a womaniser, and he makes no secret of how much he wants Bride -- and how dangerous he could be to her in every way.

An avid collector of women, Devyn easily seduces human and otherworlder alike. Until now. Not only does Bride resist him, but she leaves Devyn feeling something entirely new... a bone-deep need bordering on obsession. Her blood is the key to curing a vicious alien disease, but helping Bride uncover her origins will compel her to choose between electrifying passion and a destiny that could tear her from Devyn's side forever.

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HIDDEN CURRENTS
Drake Sisters 7

Christine Feehan

In her Drake Sisters novels, New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan always delivers. Now, she exceeds expectations as the fate of all seven sisters depends on the destiny of one.

From afar, Sheriff Jackson Deveau has always loved Elle Drake, the youngest telepath of seven sisters. After a long time away she's finally returning home to the small coastal village of Sea Haven. But someone has been following Elle, someone who doesn't want her to make it back. And when Elle fails to arrive, her disappearance strikes fear in the hearts of everyone who loves her. Now it's left to Jackson to uncover the mystery of Elle's vanishing, and rescue her from an unseen danger. But Sea Haven is no longer safe for anyone, and it'll take the powers of all the Drake sisters and their men to survive the coming storm.

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POISON STUDY by Maria V Snyder

Study 1

One of my favourite reads of the year so far, Poison Study is a breath-taking blend of the beautiful and the deadly - which is almost a perfect description of both main characters.

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust, and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and she develops magical powers she can't control. Her life's at stake again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear.

Prepare to be swept away by this novel - the most un-putdownable of the year.

And, just as an added bonus, the enchanting cover makes it an aesthetic choice for any bookshelf! Later in the year, also look out for the next in the series, Magic Study and Fire Study.

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SPINE-TINGLING SUSPENSE
Our suspense section starts off with a Linda Howard classic double-header plus a brand new one! Add to that a few new-to-paperback releases, some brand new thrillers from top-notch authors, and one very funny story to tie up a series, and you've got yourself a bone-chilling weekend!

AT RISK

BURN
Linda Howard

Two stories from the queen of romantic suspense:

Tears Of The Renegade
Susan has never known anyone like Cord Blackstone. His pale blue eyes shine with temptation and dark menace. Cord has a score to settle with his family, the same genteel clan' that sheltered Susan after her husband's death. He will stop at nothing to punish the Blackstones even if it means ruining the one woman who can't stop loving him.

Diamond Bay
The heat was intense, much too hot for sleeping. Staring into the dark ocean surf, Rachel couldn't see anything, but she sensed that something was out there. And then he floated up to the shore - unconscious. He was barely alive. Someone had shot him twice. Trusting her instincts, she did not call the police. Her sixth sense told her that she was his only hope. With him lying unconscious before her, Rachel had to decide his future, as well as her own. But someone wanted this man dead. Was she putting her own life in danger for a man she didn't even know?.

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Linda Howard

Money changes everything. And in Linda Howard's red-hot novel Burn, the changes come fast, furious, and downright sexy.

Money certainly changes Jenner Redwine's life when she wins a lottery jackpot. But it also costs her plenty: Her father rips her off and disappears, her fortune-hunting boyfriend soon becomes her ex, and friends-turned-freeloaders give her the cold shoulder when she stops paying for everything.

Luckily she finds an ally - and a guide to the rarefied realm of privilege - in shy, kind-hearted heiress Sydney Hazlett, who quickly becomes Jenner's confidante and surrogate sister.

When Sydney invites Jenner on a charity cruise aboard a luxury liner, Jenner reluctantly agrees. But she's taken hostage by a menacing stranger and drawn into a game of dizzying intrigue and harrowing danger. But as her panic gives way to exhilaration, and fear of her captor turns to fascination, Jenner rediscovers feelings she hasn't had in years - and realises she's found a life worth living. If she survives.

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TRUST ME by Brenda Novak

Last Stand 1

Four years ago Skye Kellerman was attacked in her own bed. She managed to fend off her knife-wielding assailant, but the trauma changed everything about her life. As a result of that night, she joined two friends - also survivors - in starting The Last Stand, an organisation to help victims of crime.

But now her would-be rapist is getting out of prison. Skye knows that Dr. Oliver Burke hasn't forgotten that her testimony cost him his reputation - and his freedom.

Sacramento detective David Willis, who investigated her case, believes Burke is a clear and present danger - and guilty of at least two unsolved murders.

And now Burke is free to terrorise Skye again. Unless David can stop him. Unless Skye can fight back. Because Oliver Burke has every intention of finishing what he started. And that's a promise.

Novak delivers the chills and thrills in this, the first book in her Last Stand series.

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THE LEGEND OF THE CRYSTAL LENS

UNDER THE SURFACE

ONE DEADLY SIN
Samantha Graves

For museum curator Jillian Talbot, her ability to see an object's history is her little secret. She never expects it to land her in the middle of a deadly battle for money and power between dangerous underground elements. The object of their greed: an ancient crystal lens that can unlock mysteries from the past... but only for someone with the sight. The one person who doesn't seem to want her dead is a cynical tomb raider who Jillian can only hope is worthy of her trust...

Simon Bonner has paid the last of his debts and is out of the looting game... until the lens lands on his doorstep. The other half of the crystal's secret is locked inside the eyes of a strait-laced psychic who still believes in doing the right thing. Now he must track the mystery deep into Mexico, where his desire to stay alive and his growing passion for the sexy seer make every move a dance with danger.

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Erica Spindler

Two suspenseful tales from Erica Spindler.

Dead Run
Liz Ames' sister, Rachel, pastor of Paradise Christian Church in Key West, Florida, has disappeared and a girl that Rachel was counselling is found brutally murdered.

Could the teen's murder be related to Rachel's disappearance? Liz turns to Rick Wells, a former Miami cop, for answers and together they peel away layers of deception to reveal a terrifying adversary.

Bone Cold
Twenty-three years ago, Anna North survived a living nightmare. A madman kidnapped her, cut off her pinkie, then vanished. Today Anna lives in New Orleans, writing dark thrillers under another name. She finally feels safe.

Then letters start to arrive from a disturbed fan. A close friend disappears. Anna turns to homicide detective Quentin Malone, before the killer finishes what he started so many years ago.

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Annie Solomon

Revenge. Edie Swann has hungered for it since she fled her hometown as a little girl. Now she's returned, ready for payback. Armed with a list of names, she leaves each one a chilling sign that they have blood on their hands. Her father's blood. What happens next turns her own blood cold: one by one, the men she's targeted start dying.

Sheriff Holt Drennen knows Edie is hiding something. She has a haunted look in her eyes and a defiant spirit, yet he can't believe she's a murderer. As the body count rises and all evidence points to Edie, Holt is torn between the town he's sworn to protect and the woman he's come to desire. But nothing is what it seems. Long buried secrets begin to surface, and a killer won't be satisfied until the sins of the past are paid in full - this time with Edie's blood.

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I SHOT YOU BABE

ICE
Greatest Hits 4

Lesley Langtry

Coney Bombay is one hot assassin with an Ivy League PhD who travels the world operating carnival rides. He also likes to knit and has a pet guinea pig named Sartre. Even in his wild family of killers, Cy stands out. But after a series of run-ins with perennial grad student Veronica Gale, the cool cat is starting to feel a little hot under the collar.

In her research, Ronnie Gale has seen a lot. Problem is, she hasn't actually done a lot. The mysterious Cy Bombay seems about to change all that with a whirlwind adventure that will take them from a small-town county fair to the outer reaches of Mongolia. But when love is on the line and there's a murder to be solved, will Ronnie really be willing to climb out of the ivory tower and get a little down and dirty?

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Stephanie Rowe

Most people find beauty in Alaska's  mountains. To Kaylie Fletcher, there is only death — her whole family gone after a disastrous climbing expedition. Then again, maybe not. A raspy call in the middle of the night leads Kaylie to believe her mother might still be alive. For now…

A strange message in a bar. A bloody knife. A fiery explosion. There's a killer inching closer, but Kaylie has nowhere to run. Except straight into the arms of Cord McClaine. The rugged bush pilot is too much of an adrenaline junkie to be considered safe, but Kaylie can't resist the heat of his touch amid the bitter cold.

Caught in a high-stakes race against a murderous madman, Kaylie and Cort know that with one wrong step they too will be on ice.

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BETRAYALS
Carla Neggers

Rebecca Blackburn caught a glimpse of the famed Jupiter Stones as a small child. Unaware of their significance, she forgot about them — until she discovered the priceless, long-missing gems were the key to a deadly chain of events spanning thirty years and three continents sparing no one.

When a seemingly innocent photograph reignites one man's simmering desire for vengeance, Rebecca turns to Jared Sloan, the love she lost to tragedy and scandal. His own life has changed forever because of the secrets buried deep by their two families.

Their relentless quest for the truth will dredge up bitter memories and shocking revelations of misplaced loyalty, dangerous pride and naked ambition… and they will stop at nothing to expose a cold-blooded killer.

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KEEPING IT CONTEMPORARY
A brand new Rachel Gibson! A brand new Rachel Gibson! You'll have to excuse my happy dance over here - but a new Rachel Gibson is cause for celebration. Especially when she returns to the hockey arena - an area unvisited since her fantastic See Jane Score. Susan Mallery fans will be pleased to see books 2 and 3 of her Lone Star Sisters trilogy, and we've got the first in the Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries from a debut author.

TRUE LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS
Rachel Gibson

Disaster Number One: Men
Hard knocks and hunger taught Faith Duffy not to believe in love. Still, when she married her very wealthy — and very old — husband, she became the perfect wife. And then he went to that big bank in the sky, leaving Faith with lonely nights, a pile of money, and a total mess of a pro hockey team. Heck, Faith doesn't even watch hockey!

Disaster Number Two: Passion
But most of America and half of Canada is watching Ty Savage. His lethal sex appeal and deadly right hook make him the favourite of fans. For most of Ty's life, he's dreamed of winning the Stanley Cup. The last thing he needs is a bimbo messing up his plans.

Disaster Number Three: Love
Faith loathes Ty on sight, but she can't stop thinking about him all day... and night. Then a moment of temptation ends with Faith in Ty's bed, and she begins to see there's more to him than sex appeal. Ty discovers there's far more to Faith than beauty and billions. But a relationship with Faith is impossible, and falling in love — that would be a disaster.

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LIP SERVICE

STRAIGHT FROM THE HIP
Lone Star Sisters 2

Susan Mallery

Skye Titan's wealthy father thinks he can still dictate his daughter's choice in men. Now widowed and a single mother, Skye isn't the yes-girl she once was. Especially since the love of her life is back in Texas after eight long years. He won't like the answers to the questions he's asking. About why she left him at the altar. And about her eight-year-old daughter.

Former navy SEAL Mitch Cassidy comes home to find nearly everything different. His wounds from battle have changed the way people treat him. His cattle ranch is suddenly organic. But time hasn't touched his desire for Skye — or the sting of her betrayal. Forget lip service. He's asking that luscious mouth of hers to reveal the truth. But will Mitch be able to put the past aside to help Skye get out from under her father's thumb… and help himself recover from a broken heart?

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Lone Star Sisters 3

Susan Mallery

Izzy has always been the fearless Titan sister. But when an oil rig blows up, leaving her barely able to see, her sisters find themselves as concerned by her emotional withdrawal as by the possibility that the explosion was no accident. Are the mind games their long-lost brother Garth has been playing turning physical? Or is someone else out to get them?

When her sisters enroll her in a survivor training camp, Izzy is not happy. Nick, her instructor, is determined that she won't be left in the dark. In more ways than one. But if he tells her the terrible truth behind why he's helping her, he'll never see her again. Unless they're both willing to take the biggest risk of all.

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INSTANT GRATIFICATION by Jill Shalvis

Wishful, California, is 3000 miles from Dr. Emma Sinclair's last job in a New York City ER. It may as well be another galaxy. Here, running her father's clinic for a summer, Emma treats bee stings, stomach flu, and the occasional pet cat. Plus, she has to contend with patients like Stone Wilder: gorgeous, laid-back, and irritating beyond belief. The man laughs at her. A lot. And Emma loathes him. All except that tiny part of her that wants to throw him on her examining table and break every doctor-patient rule in the book. When Stones tries to help Emma learn to loosen up a bit, he pictures white-water rafting or scenic mountain hikes. Not a mind-blowing affair that shakes them both to the core. Emma's sure she has no place in a town like Wishful, but Stone knows different. Emma belongs here - in this town, in his life. It is convincing that this strong-minded, stubborn, sexy woman of that fact will be a challenge no Wilder man could resist.

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RETURN TO SENDER

START ME UP

WHILE MY PRETTY ONE KNITS
Zoe Barnes

The double christening of her sisters' two kids gets Holly Bennett thinking. She would seriously love to have a baby one day, but for the first time in ages being adopted has become a stumbling block for her. Does she want to start a family of her own when she doesn't even know who she really is or where she's come from? With an on-off boyfriend who she's swiftly falling out of lust with, Holly decides to move back to her home town to be near her adopted family. Who knows, it may be the change she needs to get her life back on track - and the place to be if she wants to begin tracing her roots. But these roots prove trickier to trace than Holly has expected. That is, until she hires her own oh-so-sexy private investigator to take charge.

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Victoria Dahl

Lori always planned to get out of tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado, but when her late dad left her his beloved auto body shop, she'd stayed. Now, according to her crazy best friend, Molly, what Lori needs is some excitement, in the form of hot, no-strings-attached sex… and lots of it.

Quinn Jennings has buildings on the brain — not love and romance. A serious architect, he's delighted to discover that Lori is willing to skip dating protocols and head straight for the sheets. And aided by the steamy books on Lori's bedside table, he's busy indulging both of their wildest fantasies. But when life in Tumble Creek takes a dangerous turn for Lori, Quinn's protective instincts kick in.

Suddenly he cares. More than either of them ever expected.

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Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries

Anne Canadeo

A debut novel!

The Black Sheep Knitters - Maggie, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe - meet once a week without fail, sharing the varied and colourful skeins of their lives as much as knitting tips, recipes, and small-town gossip, and creating an intricate, durable pattern of friendship. Now a shocking murder has peaceful Plum Harbour, Massachusetts, in knots - and the Black Sheep women must herd together to protect one of their own from a scandalous frame-up.

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MARRIED LOVERS

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Jackie Collins

Three high-powered Hollywood couples. Two hot affairs. And one crime of passion…

Personal trainer Cameron Paradise flees Hawaii and her abusive champion-surfer husband, Gregg, and makes her way to L.A. With her to-die-for looks, it doesn’t take Cameron long to find a job at an exclusive private fitness club. Every man she meets comes on to her, but Cameron is more focused on opening her own studio one day than getting caught up in the L.A. scene of wild parties and recreational drugs.

Then Cameron meets Ryan Richards, a successful movie producer who happens to be married to Mandy, the princess daughter of Hollywood mogul Hamilton J. Heckerling. Ryan has never cheated on Mandy, but after he meets Cameron, all bets are off.

What happens when love and lust collide with fame and ambition?

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Fern Michaels

For generations, the Windsors have lived on the family's grand estate in Crestwood, South Carolina, as intertwined with local life as sweet tea and pecan pie. Now, on the anniversary of her daughter Emily's death, Sarabess Windsor believes she may be the last to carry the family name - unless she can find her second daughter, Trinity, who disappeared fifteen years ago. But the town has never forgotten her... especially not handsome lawyer Jake Forrest. Trinity swore never to return to Crestwood. But some ties - to a place, to a past, to the people we once were and dreams we once had - can never be fully broken. And as family secrets are revealed, and desires old and new come to light, Trinity may discover the one thing she never expected to find in Crestwood: a place to call home at last.

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LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT

BENDING THE RULES
Marie Force

What if the guy in the airplane seat next to you turned out to be the love of your life?

Juliana, happy in her career as a hair stylist, is on her way to visit her boyfriend of ten years who's working out of state. Michael is going to his fiancée's parents' home for an engagement party he doesn't want.

They sit together on the plane, and discover they're on the same flight coming back. When the weekend is a disaster for each of them, they bond on the plane ride home. But life is full of complications, including their exes, who don't want to let go.

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Susan Andersen

Tall, dark and intense, Detective Jason de Sanges excites all kinds of fantasies in Poppy Calloway. But when she suggests the three teens caught spray-painting a Seattle neighbourhood be given art-related community service and he just wants to see them pay—all bets are off.

With the men in his family always in and out of the slammer, Jase was raised in foster care. He knows what it takes to walk the line. And his number one self-imposed rule? Avoid his hunger for sexy, irresistible Poppy, who challenges him on everything. But it's a vow that's getting harder and harder to keep.

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ELECTRIFYING EROTIC ROMANCE
I wasn't kidding when I said the Erotic Romance covers were all kinds of hot this month... just give them a browse! This month it's all about the anthologies, with some great collections featuring well-established and up-and-coming erotic romance authors. Lora Leigh fans will rejoice at the release of the fourth in her very naughty Nauti series. And, being a fan of historical romances, I'll definitely be checking out Jess Michael's Taboo.

DANGEROUS TIES

TEMPTED BY A COWBOY

SAND, SUN... SEDUCTION
Anthology

This title includes three stories that include "Personal Possessions" by Devyn Quinn, "Captive Heat" by Jodi Lynn Copeland, and "Rapture Bound" by Anya Howard.

In "Personal Possessions" a bad girl on the run meets a master of domination in a mysterious town called Helle - and Nikki Malone is about to be introduced to the most exquisite sensations by a man like no other. Jackson Sullivan meets her more than halfway... I

In "Captive Heat" Leia is compelled to explore her innermost desire: to be held captive by a dark, sensual god of a man. Sebastian's uncommon sexual skills are so potent she is ready to submit to him in every way...

In "Rapture Bound" Gillian Nordstrom doesn't fear Bruce Wolff's hard body or his masterful touch. She craves the intense pleasure that only a dominant lover can give... and in return, she willingly obeys as he strips her down and satisfies all her secret desires...

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Anthology

This title contains three stories that include "Mustang Man" by Vonna Harper, "Long Hard Ride" by Mellisa MacNeal, and "Hot Blooded" by Delilah Devlin.

In "Mustang Man" acclaimed horse trainer Miguel Perez is used to the unexpected from his work with wild mustangs. But nothing prepares him for the bolt of desire he feels when he meets Dawn Glass, as he's eager to work his sexual healing on her in every possible way.

In "Long Hard Ride" rodeo rider Michael White House is grateful when Diana Grant stops to pick him up in the middle of a rainstorm. But with one touch his gratitude quickly turns to lust and an uncontrollable desire to lay her down and ride her hard all night long.

In "Hot Blooded" rancher Adam Youngblood is always happy to help a damsel in distress. But before he'll pull the sweetly curvaceous and fiercely independent Cass McIntyre to safety, he demands promises of unconditional sexual surrender.

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Anthology

What is it about the wrong man that feels so right? This title includes "Enticed" by Stephanie Bond, "Propositioned" by Leslie Kelly, and "Fevered" by Lori Wilde.

"Enticed" features attorney Kimber Karlton, who's already stressed enough before she's a day late and a boat short for her own romantic getaway at a secluded island retreat. Enter rugged rogue Finn Meyers: ship's captain, jungle guide… sex god.

In "Propositioned" Liz Talbot left her cheating husband and demanding career to tend bar in St. Lucia, and nothing could lure her back. Even handsome millionaire Jack Beaumont and his propositions — business and otherwise —c an't tempt her… or can they?

In "Fevered" investigative journalist Macy Gatwick wants Armando Cutler so badly she can taste it. For a story, of course — a juicy exposé about the corporate wunderkind's exile to Costa Rica. But her objectivity and inhibitions dissolve amidst the steam of the jungle.

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WILD INSTINCT
Wild Anthologies

Sarah McCarty


Three desperate women, hunted and on the run, bring out the animal instincts in the males who promise them more than just rescue…

Garrett — Shunned by werewolf society because of his human blood, he’s been promised pack status in return for saving three women from doom.

Daire — A powerful rogue who rejected the strict rules of werewolf society, he was resigned to never finding a mate. Then he joins forces on an unusual rescue mission, saving the woman of his dreams.

Curran — His job is simple: find the fugitive were-woman. Trapping his bounty has never been a problem, yet this time his prey is a haunting woman possessing terrible secrets—and lush sensuality.

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WOLF TALES VIII

SEXY BEAST VI
Wolf Tales

Kate Douglas

In the shadows they transform into beasts possessed of boundless sexual energy, with the strength and stamina to indulge every primal urge. Now, six new Chanku have appeared - bold, brash, and very much in need of their elders' wisdom. It is decided to split the young pack: three will travel to Montana to learn from Anton Cheval, and three to Colorado to be mentored by Ulrich Mason and his mate, Millie... Having weathered a series of vicious attacks, the Montana pack welcomes the distraction of breaking in the novices. But everything changes with the arrival of a mysterious stranger whose connection to Millie will bring the she-wolf, her partner, and their protégés - including Matt, the sensitive alpha Millie has brought to his sexual peak - to Montana. The time has come for Millie to confront her past, even as the young Chanku prepare for a future of power, pride, and pure pleasure.

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Sexy Beast

Anthology

This title contains three stories that include "Chanku Honor" by Kate Douglas, "Wings of The Swan" by Anya Howard, and "Animal Instinct" by Lydia Parks.

In "Chanku Honor" by invitation of Mik, Tala and AJ, a new group of six young people are discovering their Chanku heritage. They call themselves the Wolfpack, with Logan, the leader, Jazzy Blue, his lover, and Deacon, the outsider. Together they will learn of their shape-shifting power and their amazingly sensual legacy...

In "Wings of The Swan" deep in the northern woods, a Saxon chieftain comes upon a hidden waterfall - and watches in amazement as a woman lovelier than a swan appears underneath it. Can this vision of sensual grace be human? Her body is utterly dazzling, and when their sexual longings are satisfied at last, she shows him the ultimate in carnal pleasure...

"Animal Instinct" features Rachel McNeil - assigned to look into a series of deadly maulings, while trying to conceal the animal-like attraction she feels for the sexy Russian detective she's called to help with the case. But Nikolai arouses feelings in her she has never imagined, and she craves his touch and the erotic bliss she knows it will bring...

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NAUTI INTENTIONS by Lora Leigh

Nauti Boys 4

Since he saw Janey Mackay taking a dip in her bikini, Major Alex Jansen has had to quell the fire she ignites in him. Even touching her would mean death at the hands of the Mackay men. Until now, the girl of his dreams — and fantasies — has lived in a vacuum of affection, shying away from the danger she thinks men represent. Alex sets out to prove her wrong, with his tortuously slow caresses.

Everyone thinks Janey’s safe now, with her abusers dead. But when someone starts leaving spine chilling notes, Alex won’t rest until she’s completely safe. And completely his — body and soul.

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MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT

TABOO

BOUND TO PLEASE
Devyn Quinn

Dani Wallace forged her powers as a guardian of light - but it is darkness that tempts her most strongly. Drawn to her fiery beauty and brilliance, Casedren, the prince of a mysterious underworld, initiates her into erotic rites designed to mould her into his compliant consort. Yet Dani refuses to surrender at once. But she cannot resist a man so masterful. The slightest touch of her enigmatic captor ignites an uncontrollable passion to know all of him - and the forbidden secrets he teaches...

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Jess Michaels

Cassandra Willows has made a name for herself as one of London's most sought-after seamstresses — and as the creator of intimate "toys" much beloved in the bed chambers of elite ladies and lords.

Nathan Manning, Earl of Blackhearth, will never forgive the exquisite Cassandra for abandoning him without a word on the day they were to elope. Now he is back in London and hungry for revenge.

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Lilli Feisty

Ruby Scott is a beautiful, quiet event planner leading a quiet life. Yet her secret fantasies are anything but. She has every intention of keeping her desires under wraps - until she meets a gorgeous, hard-muscled man ten years her junior. Mark St. Crow is a gifted, up-and-coming musician who loves to "play" women as much as his piano. After one night of uninhibited passion, Ruby realises there's no turning back. But as she surrenders to Mark, her passion for him builds. Can the wild, intoxicating nights they share lead to a love that will last forever?

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TAKE ME TWO TIMES

DARKNESS BURNING
Karen Kelley

New to the art recovery world, agent Gwen Davies takes on her very first “repo” assignment: restoring a solid gold, bejeweled Venetian mask to its rightful owner. But she’s mortified to find that she’s stolen back a fake and worse yet, the client is her ex, Quinn Lawson. Both are forced to team up in order to find the real mask, leading them to the twisting canals of old Venice — and also in harm’s way because of a centuries-old curse. Someone seems to want this mask even more than they do, and the growing danger forces them closer together than they ever expected to be — again.

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Delilah Devlin

An apocalyptic storm has transformed New Orleans into a city of lawless terror — and Mikaela Jones is standing in the centre of the nightmare.

For seven centuries Alex Broussard has been waiting for the chance to free himself from the threat of the matriarchal undead society that seeks his destruction. And now, finally, that time is at hand — until the opportunity is ruined by the stunning, innocent, human interloper Alex is compelled to rescue from certain doom. Now they are joined, for good or ill, as they give in to the burning need that neither can resist — risking everything to experience the ultimate sensual release as the darkness rises all around them.

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SCREAM MY NAME

BAD BOY
ENDANGERED
Kimberley Kaye Terry


Tall, built, and blue-eyed developer Brandan Walters is one hell of a man. Too bad he and Leila James are on opposite sides of an important issue - he has plans for the neighbourhood around her new cafe. In fact, she ought to consider him her enemy. But Leila's blown away just watching him walk toward her: talk about sexy. Brandan's deep baritone is as easy as a long, lazy summer day - the kind of day when two hot people oughta get nice and wet. And what she sees in his eyes when he looks at her is hotter than the blazing sun. Leila will persuade him to see things her way. When her cafe opens for business, it's going to be a very popular place. A place where lovers meet - and passionate affairs get started.

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Maya Reynolds

As the owner and editor-in-chief of Heat, Dallas’ hottest new e-zine, Leah Reece will do anything to get her story, even venture into the shady underworld of 69, an erotic club which caters to the needs of those with enough money to get anything they want. Leah expected to get her scoop and run, but didn’t count on getting sidetracked by a sinful encounter with a dark and sultry bad boy.

Quin Perez is a bodyguard at 69. He can’t afford to lose his concentration for a second, but he can’t help lusting after the sexy editor who stumbles across his path. Now Quin is asking Leah questions she doesn’t want to answer—and making her do things she never dared.

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En Series 3

Kathleen Dante


Cyn Malva found her calling as a homicide detective and her skill in antipersonnel battle magics also earned her a place in the city’s Tactical Unit. She also enjoys the ease and acceptance offered by Rio, her sometimes lover.

Special-ops sniper Rio Rafael is accustomed to being underestimated because of his good looks and is well aware of his lack of suitability in the eyes of Cyn’s friends and family. But while he’s always thought of their no-strings–attached relationship as ideal Rio is ready to change the rules.

But while tracking down a gang using illegal magic, the police discover three bodies — the victims of a serial killer. The case is assigned to Cyn, which brings her to the killer’s attention and she becomes his next target.

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HEART-WARMING HISTORICALS
If you thought my dance for a new Rachel Gibson was happy, you're in for a shock when you see what I come up with for a new Loretta Chase! Christine was right...no one does battle of the sexes like Loretta. Add to that a new Gaelen Foley, the finale of Sabrina Jeffries School for Heiresses series, and a brand new western from Ana Leigh, and you have one very happy reader!

DON'T TEMPT ME
Loretta Chase

Spunky English girl overcomes impossible odds and outsmarts heathen villains.

That's the headline when Zoe Lexham returns to England. After twelve years in the exotic east, she's shockingly adept in the sensual arts. She knows everything a young lady shouldn't and nothing she ought to know. She's a walking scandal, with no hope of a future... unless someone can civilise her.

Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont, is no knight in shining armor. He's cynical, easily bored, and dangerous to women. He charms, seduces, and leaves them — with parting gifts of expensive jewellery to dry their tears. But good looks, combined with money and rank, makes him welcome everywhere. The most popular bachelor in the Beau Monde can easily save Zoe's risqué reputation... if the wayward beauty doesn't lead him into temptation, and a passion that could ruin them both.

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LOVING A LOST LORD

NO CHOICE BUT SEDUCTION
Lost Lords 1

Mary Jo Putney

Battered by the sea, Adam remembers nothing of his past, his ducal rank, nor the shipwreck that almost claimed his life. However, he's delighted to hear that the golden-haired vision tending his wounds is his wife. Mariah's name and face may be familiar, but her touch, her warmth, feel deliciously right. When Mariah Clarke prayed for a way to deter a bullying suitor, she didn't imagine she'd find the answer washed ashore on a desolate beach. Convincing Adam that he is her husband is surprisingly easy. Resisting the temptation to act his wife, in every way, will prove anything but. And now a passion begun in fantasy has become dangerously real - and completely irresistible.

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A Malory Novel

Johanna Lindsey

After her mother died, vivacious Katey Tyler fled her dull Connecticut town. She had no idea that her life-changing travels would have both in spades - as well as danger and intrigue - when she catches the eye of ship owner Boyd Anderson and inadvertently stumbles upon a high-stakes kidnapping.

When Sir Anthony Malory's young daughter is abducted from London's Hyde Park, her kidnapper mistakenly sends the ransom note to the Boyd Anderson. Searching for the girl with Anthony, the notoriously hot-headed American sea captain fully intends to make the foolhardy villain pay. But he hardly expects to find exquisite Katey Tyler, recently a passenger on his ship - and at the center of the plot.

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TAKEN AND SEDUCED

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO

WHEN HIS KISS IS WICKED
Raised to be a Bladesman 1

Julia Latham


He was seeking justice for those he loved...

Adam Hilliard, secret Earl of Keswick, lives for one thing: to kill the man who slew his parents. Raised in secrecy by the League of the Blade, he would do anything to restore his family's honour.

She was desperate to escape propriety...

Lady Florence Becket is the key to his revenge. But when he kidnaps her, Florrie is neither frightened nor furious, as most other young ladies would be. The bold and powerful stranger who spirited her from her father's castle could give her the freedom and adventure she craves.

They would find far more than they ever desired...

She is moved by his quest. He is captivated by her courage. They have no defence against the passion ignited by a single kiss. Adam has taken her from all she's ever known — but now Florrie will delight in her scandalous seduction.

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The Frasers 5

Ana Leigh

Rico Fraser would love to return to the Fraser clan's California home, find a good woman, and start a family of his own. But first he must deal out some frontier justice to Ben Slatter, who brutally murdered Rico's mother three years earlier. So when Slatter and his gang abduct a young ranch heiress, Rico seizes his chance to bring his adversary in - dead or alive.

Breathtakingly lovely Jenny Burke was born into privilege, and sentenced to a life devoid of excitement... until she is kidnapped. When Rico Fraser courageously saves her from Slatter, Jenny is indebted to the tough, rugged hero - but also very curious about the arrogant bounty hunter with revenge in his eyes. And as her innocent awareness grows into passion, she realises Rico Fraser has changed her life forever. But can a man determined to fulfil a brutal vow at all costs find room in his heart for love?

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Hamilton Sisters 1

Kaitlin O'Riley


After her father's death, Colette Hamilton is left with four sisters, an invalid mother and a failing bookshop.

The only way she can save the family business is with her unconventional ideas - or let her uncle marry her off.

As for the handsome stranger in her bookshop? He's Lucien Sinclair, son of an earl, and a known rogue uninterested in marriage.

Unknown to Colette, Lucien has begun an urgent search for a bride, so that his ailing father might see him married before he dies. He knows what he wants - a plain, biddable woman without the curse of beauty to endanger his heart. Yet no matter how he tries, Lucien finds himself unable to stay away from Colette. And as sinful pleasure lures them ever closer to the edge of ruin, the only question that matters is whether they can survive the fall.

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FOUR DUKES AND A DEVIL

Anthology

Fall in love with the unpredictable and irresistible dukes (and one dog named Duke) of Four Dukes and a Devil. Join New York Times bestselling authors Cathy Maxwell, Jeaniene Frost, and Tracy Anne Warren, along with USA Today bestselling author Elaine Fox and RITA Award winner Sophia Nash, for tales of noble danger and devilish desire.

Delicate young ladies must be protected from him. First he steals her clothes, then he steals her heart. Most would be terrified of this powerful vampire—but not him. He's "the catch of the century"... but she's the only one he can't have. A young miss demands a kiss. But he won't rest once she's touched her lips to his.

With four dukes and one devil (did I mention the cute dog?), there's no limit on love.

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THE SECRET WEDDING

AN UNWILLING CONQUEST
Jo Beverley

When is a rake not a rake? When he's seducing his wife?

He had never intended to marry, but at the age of seventeen Christian Hill impulsively defended a maid’s honor only to be blamed for defaming it, and was coerced into marrying Dorcas Froggatt.

Home from a decade of war, Christian, Major Lord Grandiston wants to enjoy bachelor pleasures, but his father is wooing a rich woman on his behalf. Embarrassing, when he might already have a wife. Is Dorcas Froggatt alive, and if so, will she be his salvation or an even worse burden? He heads north to the industrial town of Sheffield to find out, but soon he's on the run from the law with a woman who's nothing but trouble, especially when they're joined by a very peculiar cat.

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Stephanie Laurens

A Stephanie Lauren backlist - finally reissued!

A successful horse breeder and self-proclaimed rake, Harry Lester samples women like wines. But after having his heart trampled upon by someone he actually loved, he has no intention of falling for a woman again, let alone be ensnared by the trap of marriage. Now, with a large inheritance to his name, Harry knows that he'd best start running from London's matchmaking mothers and widows.

Harry heads for the racing town of Newmarket, only to encounter Mrs. Lucinda Babbacombe, a beautiful, independent widow. And before he knows it, Harry vows to protect Lucinda from the town full of lonely gambling men, despite her refusal to accept his countless offers of help. Lucinda is extraordinary - an intelligent, tender, marriage worthy woman - but will Harry let himself be taken prisoner in this most passionate of traps?

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SEDUCED BY YOUR SPELL

DESERT HEAT

THE ANGEL AND THE HIGHLANDER
Lois Greiman

To London society, they were nothing more than a group of well-bred ladies gathering to gossip about the bachelors of the ton. But the women of Lavender House share an uncommon gift.

She is the most ravishing creature in all of London, known for her demure smile and angelic demeanor. But Madeline Fallon, Lady Redcomb, is no mere blushing beauty. Blessed with a remarkable and mysterious talent, she is determined to discover the truth behind the recent kidnapping of a young girl. She will not be stopped by any man — even the haunted, handsome Jasper Reeves.

Sworn to keep the secrets of Lavender House, Jasper joins Maddie on her investigation, claiming his only concern is her safety. But his motives are not pure. Engulfed by desire, praying for passion's sweet release, he would do anything to be near her.

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Bobbi Smith

As a child, Lorelei Spencer worshipped Rand McAllister — until she spied him in an embrace that proved he was an arrogant scoundrel. Seven years in St. Louis have transformed Lorelei into a confident young woman, eager to return to Arizona to run her late father's gold mine. Discovering that Rand is now her legal guardian is an unwelcome surprise — for the virile deputy marshal still fascinates her, his every kiss a promise that leaves her aching with need.

Scarred by betrayal, Rand has no wish to get entangled with another woman. But he can't ignore his duty toward the maddeningly independent Lorelei, or his body's hungry response to hers. Now, drawn to her by fierce desire and a fragile sliver of trust, Rand must find a way to keep Lorelei safe from ruthless enemies — and claim her proud heart for his own

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Donna Fletcher

The fearless warrior has finally met his match...

When Alyce Bunnock's father tried to marry her off, she fled, taking shelter at Everagis Abbey, donning a nun's habit, and renaming herself Sister Terese. But when Lachlan Sinclare arrives to restore her to her family, the safety of the convent is shattered. At the sight of the handsome Highlander, Alyce fears for her freedom — and weakens with desire.

Lachlan has been tasked with finding shrewish Alyce, but can think only of beautiful Terese. Yet with every forbidden touch, Lachlan comes closer to the truth. And once her secret is revealed, Alyce must choose between the independence she's always craved and the tempting man she cannot resist.

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NIGHT SONG

WED HIM BEFORE YOU BED HIM

SURRENDER TO THE DEVIL
Beverly Jenkins

Cara Lee Henson knows no soldier can be trusted to stay in one place - and that includes handsome Sergeant Chase Jefferson of the Tenth Cavalry. Dallying with the dashing man in blue could cost the pretty, independent Kansas schoolteacher her job and her reputation. So Cara is determined to repel Chase's advances - even though her aloof facade barely masks her smoldering desire. The strong-willed ebony beauty, however, will not surrender easily. But with tender words and soulful caresses, Chase intends to conquer the reluctant schoolmarm's misgivings - and teach her how to love fully, sensuously - and forever.

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The School for Heiresses 6

Sabrina Jeffries

YAY! In the final novel in this truly fabulous series, Sabrina Jeffries delivers a dazzling finale imbued with surprise for headmistress Charlotte Harris.

At eighteen, Charlotte Page made a life-altering mistake - she wronged a man in an impulsive act that she came to deeply regret. Unbeknownst to her, that man is now her anonymous benefactor, the mysterious "Cousin Michael." His masquerade began as preparation for a devastating revenge, but became a labor of love. Now Charlotte desperately needs his help. Can he save her from disaster as his real self without revealing the ugly secret behind his charade? Or will the mistakes of both their pasts tear them apart forever?

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Scoundrels of St James 3

Lorraine Heath

Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets - surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own — safe, that is, until he strides into her world.

To bed her but not wed her. That's what Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone, wants. But Frannie abhors arrogant aristocrats interested only in their own pleasure. So why then does the thought of an illicit tryst with the devilish duke leave her trembling with desire?

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MEMOIRS OF A SCANDALOUS RED DRESS

MY WICKED MARQUESS
Bachelor Chronicles 3

Elizabeth Boyle

What if all you have are the memories of a pirate and the scandalous red dress that nearly brought you to ruin? Remembrances of the kisses he stole? Or his seductive, rakish smile as he charmed his way into your bed, stole your innocence and your heart? To proper and respectable Philippa, Lady Gossett such memories are best locked away. At least so she thought until a stranger arrives on her doorstep and offers her a chance to tempt fate once again... to tempt Dash back into her life and quite possibly into her bed.

But the man Pippin loved all those years ago, and the man she discovers are hardly the same. Captain Thomas Dashwell has a score to settle with the now widowed Lady Gossett, the vision in red who has haunted his life for so long — ever since that fateful night when she betrayed him and married another. She’s the one woman he’s vowed to hate until the end of his days... and the one woman he can never forget.

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The Inferno Club 1

Gaelen Foley


To restore family honour the Marquess of Rotherstone faces his most dangerous mission — finding the perfect bride .

To London's aristocracy, the Inferno Club is a scandalous society of men no proper young lady would acknowledge. But though they are publicly notorious for pursuing all manner of debauchery, in private they are warriors who would do anything to protect king and country.

The Marquess of Rotherstone has decided it's time to restore the family's good name. But as a member of the Inferno Club, he knows there is only one way to redeem himself in Society's eyes: marry a lady of impeccable beauty and breeding with a spotless reputation.

Someone quite unlike Daphne Starling. True, she's temptingly lovely, but a jilted suitor has nearly ruined her reputation. Still, Max cannot resist her allure — or the challenge of proving London's gossips wrong. He would do anything to win her hand... and show that even a wicked marquess can make a perfect husband.

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WINNING YA
Did I mention I was big into YA at the moment? It's just that there's so much good stuff on offer. I hope to make this section bigger in the future, but, as a start, check out some of the new(ish!) releases to which I've become completely addicted...

HUNTED
UNTAMED
CHOSEN
House of Night 5

Kristin Cast

The good news: Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. The bad news: Ancient evil with the face of an angel has been let loose – that and various other nasties (whose faces aren’t so angelic). Grandma Redbird is in trouble. Heath is in trouble. The House of Night is in trouble. Okay, let’s face it – Zoey’s whole world is in trouble! But when the trouble comes from a being who appears to be beauty personified, will the world believe it? Especially when only a teenager and a group of misfits are the only ones who really understand the danger he brings. Will Zoey have the strength and wisdom to reveal the truth? Especially when, in the House of Night, the truth is often hard to come by.

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House of Night 4

Kristin Cast

Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in PC and Kristin Cast's spellbinding fourth House of Night novel.

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House of Night 3

Kristin Cast

Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies. And oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends. Zoey’s mettle will be tested like never before. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey doesn’t have a clue how to help her, but she does know that anything she and Stevie Rae discover must be kept secret from everyone else at the House of Night, where trust has become a rare commodity. Speaking of rare: Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare position of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster.

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ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY
Madison Avery 1

Kim Harrison

Kim is best known to readers for her Hollows series, featuring kick-ass (well most of the time!) PI and white witch (well most of the time!) Rachel Morgan. This is her first foray into YA.

Madison's prom was killer — literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper — yeah, that kind of reaper intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.

Now she's stuck on Earth — dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.

With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe... ), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.

Well, if she believed in that stuff.

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