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New Romance Fiction for May 2016

In paperback:

Rocky Mountain Shelter by Vivian Arend (8, Six Pack Ranch) C, W, E
His To Keep by Terri L. Austin (3, Beauty and the Brit) C, E
How the Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell (1, The Disgraceful Dukes) H
Wrapped in You by Jules Bennett (1, Monroes) C
The Viscount Needs a Wife by Jo Beverley (16, Company of Rogues) H, M
In Bed with the Duke by Annie Burrows (Harlequin Historicals) H
Calendar Girl v. 1 (January-February-March) by Audrey Carlan (1, Calendar Girl omnibus) C, E
I Dream of Dragons by Ashlyn Chase (1, Boston Dragons) C, F
Love Walks In by Samantha Chase (2, Shaughnessy Brothers) C
Good Dukes Wear Black by Manda Collins (3, Lords of Anarchy) H, M

New Speculative Fiction for May 2016

New to our shelves:

Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie (World of the First Law) F
The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories by Joan Aiken F, M
The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel (1, Central Corps) SF, M, R
In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan (4, Memoirs of Lady Trent) F, M, R
Ghosts of Bergen County by Dana Cann H, M
Fellside by M. R. Carey (2, The Girl with All the Gifts) SF, H, M
Visitor by C. J. Cherryh (17:2, Foreigner 6) SF, M
The Way into Magic by Harry Connolly (2, Great Way trilogy) F, M
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt H, F
In Shining Armor by Elliott James (4, Pax Arcana) F, M
The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey F, H

"I was born in a small town..."

house porch
With the publication earlier this week of Best of My Love, number 20 in her Fool's Gold series, author Susan Mallery has brought the most extensive and popular small-town romance series since Robyn Carr's Virgin River to a close.  With 22 novels (two Christmas titles were considered "in-betweeners"), 6 e-only novellas, and a storified cookbook, Mallery has given us plenty of opportunities to get to know the residents of Fool's Gold, California, that small (fictional) town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada that couldn't seem to hold on to its men... until they started falling in love with them.  To my surprise, I discovered that Fool's Gold hasn't actually been around that long-- Mallery only started the series in 2010, but made up for lost time by publishing an impressive 4 to 5 titles per year. 

New Romance Fiction for April 2016

In paperback:

Wed to the Texas Outlaw by Carol Arens (2, Harlequin Historicals: The Walker Twins) H, W
The Rogue by Katharine Ashe (1, Devil's Duke) H, M
Kidnapped by the Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden (4, Nine Circles) C, E, M
Tall, Dark, Billionaire Texan by Mandy Baxter (1-4, Billionaires' Club) C, W, M
      (contains The Billionaire Cowboy, The Billion Dollar Player, Rocked by the Billionaire,
      and The Billionaire Sheriff)
A Reckless Desire by Isabella Bradford (3, Breconridge Brothers) H
Drive by Sidney Bristol (1, Hot Rides) C, M
One Texas Cowboy Too Many by Carolyn Brown (3, Burnt Boot, TX) C, W

New Speculative Fiction for April 2016

New to our shelves:

The Spider's War by Daniel Abraham (5, Dagger and the Coin) F, M
Overfiend by David Annandale (Warhammer 40K: Space Marine Battles) SF, F
Borderline by Mishell Baker (1, Arcadia Project) F, A, M
Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop (4, The Others) F, H, A, R
The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston (5, Witch) F, H, A, M, R
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (9, Mercy Thompson) F, H, R
Dark Promises by Christine Feehan (29, Dark/Carpathians) F, H, R
New Blood by Matt Forbeck (8, Halo) SF (SF Halo v.8)
The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster F
Transgalactic by James Gunn (2, Transcendental) SF, M

Welcoming Our Robot Overlords

Cthulhu 2016 - When you're tired of choosing the lesser of two evilsAre you trepidatious about Trump? Not happy with Hillary? Over your crush on Cruz? Are you just not "feeling the Bern"?  You may not be alone.  A lot of people have been expressing their disenchantment with the American political process of late.  Happily, Speculative Fiction is here to remind you... things could always be worse.

New Romance Fiction for March 2016

In paperback:

Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander (1, Misty Willow) C, M, I
To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander (2, Belle Meade Plantation) H, I
Duke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen (1, A Season for Scandal) H
The Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle (5, Rhymes with Love) H
By Break of Day by M. L. Buchman (7, Night Stalkers) C, M
Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton (11, Play by Play) C, E
The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne (2, Victorian Rebels) H, M
Hometown Hero by Cate Cameron (2, Sullivan Lake Romance) C
No Exit by Lena Diaz (2, Exit, Inc.) C, M, O
Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake (1, True Heroes) C, M

New Speculative Fiction for March 2016

New to our shelves:

Son of the Morning by Mark Alder (a.k.a. M. D. Lachlan) (1, Banners of Blood) F, H
Otherworld Secrets: An Anthology by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld) H, R
The Life of Elves by Muriel Barbery F
The Tale of Tales by Giambattista Basile, with Nancy L. Canepa, trans. F, H (Fantasy Basile)
Lamp Black, Wolf Grey by Paula Brackston (1.5, Witch) F, H, R
The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky (1, Olympus Bound) F, M
Morning Star by Pierce Brown (3, Red Rising trilogy) SF
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold (14, Miles Vorkosigan Saga) SF, R
Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney (1, Palace of Dreams) F, H, M, R

Kiss me, I'm Irish!

Emerald HeartDo you secretly long for a rogue with a brogue?  Do gingers spark your interest?  If you're looking to put a little Irish in your life in honor of St. Patrick's Day this March, give the green beer a miss (yuck!) and check out one of these romances instead! 

New Romance Fiction for February 2016

In paperback:

To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander (1, Belle Meade Plantation) H, I
Heir to the Duke by Jane Ashford (1, Duke's Sons) H
First Season / Bride To Be by Jane Ashford H
The Earl's Complete Surrender by Sophie Barnes (2, Secrets at Thorncliff Manor) H, M
Caught by You by Jennifer Bernard (2, Love between the Bases) C
Seduction in Session by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake (2, Perfect Gentlemen) C, M, E
Enraptured by Candace Camp (3, Secrets of the Loch) H, M
Appealed by Emma Chase (3, Legal Briefs) C
Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase (4, Dressmakers) H
The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev C, O
The Lost Art of Falling in Love by Kate Donovan C

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