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New Romance Fiction for September 2016

In paperback:

A Bee in Her Bonnet by Jennifer Beckstrand (2, Honeybee Sisters) C, I
Like a Bee to Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand (3, Honeybee Sisters) C, I
Wicked for You by Shayla Black (10, Wicked Lovers) C, E, M
Ruthless by Lexi Blake (1, Lawless) C, M, E
A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen (2, A Season for Scandal) H, M
A Season of Ruin by Anna Bradley (2, Sutherland Scandals) H
Don't Let Go by Jaci Burton (6, Hope) C
The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne (3, Victorian Rebels) H, M
Illusion Town by Jayne Castle (9, Harmony) SF, S, M
Into Dust by B. J. Daniels (5, Montana Hamiltons) C, W, M

New Speculative Fiction for September 2016

New to our shelves:

Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong (4, Cainsville/Omens and Shadows) F, M, R
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Eight by Ellen Datlow, ed. (8, Best Horror of the Year)
      H (Horror Best v.8)
Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan (30, Dark/Carpathians) F, H, R
Four Roads Cross by Max Gladstone (4, Craft Sequence) F, M
The Ghoul King by Guy Haley (2, Dreaming Cities) F, H, SF, A, M
The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (2, Broken Earth) F, M
Dragonmark by Sherrilyn Kenyon (26:1, Dark-Hunters: Dragons Rising) F, H, R
Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal A, F, M, H
False Hearts by Laura Lam SF, M
The Gentleman by Forrest Leo F, H, M, R

New Romance Fiction for August 2016

In paperback:

Dirty for Me by Jackie Ashenden (1, Motor City Royals) C, E
His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie Barnes (3, Secrets of Thorncliff Manor) H, M
Sweet as Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand (1, Honeybee Sisters) C, I
Drive You Wild by Jennifer Bernard (3, Love between the Bases) C
Falling in Deeper by Shayla Black (11, Wicked Lovers) C, E, M
Shift by Sidney Bristol (2, Hot Rides) C, M
Always My Girl by Samantha Chase (3, Shaughnessy Brothers) C
Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton (2, Hudson Valley) C, E
Under the Wire by HelenKay Dimon (4, Bad Boys Undercover) C, M
Redemption by Kate Douglas (2, Intimate Relations) C, M, E

New Speculative Fiction for August 2016

New to our shelves:

The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF by David Afsharirad, ed. (2015, Year's Best
      Military & Adventure SF
) SF (SF Year's)
Company Town by Madeline Ashby SF, A
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester SF
The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone H
Dark Run by Mike Brooks (1, Keiko) SF
The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman H
Imprudence by Gail Carriger (2, The Custard Protocol) F, M, A
The Mercy Journals by Claudia Casper A, SF
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (1, Small, Angry Planet) SF
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch SF, M
The Devourers by Indra Das H, F

New Romance Fiction for July 2016

In paperback:

Big Rock by Lauren Blakely (1, Big Rock) C, E
Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden H, I
Calendar Girl, Volume 3 (July-August-September) by Audrey Carlan (3, Calendar Girl omnibus) C, E
Calendar Girl, Volume 4 (October-November-December) by Audrey Carlan
    (4, Calendar Girl omnibus) C, E
Jordan's Return by Samantha Chase C
Magic and Desire by Portia Da Costa, Janine Ashbless, and Olivia Knight F, E (Pbk-Romance Magic)
    (contains Ill Met by Moonlight, The House of Dust, and The Dragon Lord)
Test Drive by Marie Harte (1, Body Shop Bad Boys) C
A Measure of Love by Sophie Jackson (3, A Pound of Flesh) C

New Speculative Fiction for July 2016

New to our shelves:

The Broken Hours: A Novel of H. P. Lovecraft by Jacqueline Baker H, M
The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds SF (SF Baxter)
Shattered Spear by Jack Campbell (4, The Lost Fleet: The Lost Stars) SF
Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis C. Chen (1, Kangaroo) SF, M
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (1, The Invisible Library) A, F, M, H
The Cure by JG Faherty H, F
Jericho by Alex Gordon (2, Gideon, IL) H, F, M
Dr. DOA by Simon R. Green (10, Secret Histories) F, H, M
Throneworld by Guy Haley and Ben Counter (5, Warhammer 40K: The Beast Arises) SF, F (SF Haley)

Hearts of Fire

Firefighters in fire training exerciseAre you looking to meet your perfect match, the one who makes you feel that bright spark of connection?  Maybe your last relationship lacked sizzle, and you're burning for a lover with passion.  Or perhaps you're still carrying a torch for an old flame?

If you're looking for a really hot romance, the heroes in this month's featured titles will certainly light your fire.  (And then put it out again, before anybody gets hurt.)  In honor of the 4th of July holiday, I'm featuring romances this month starring America's Bravest: firefighters.

New Romance Fiction for June 2016

In paperback:

Rocky Retreat by Vivian Arend (7.5, Six Pack Ranch) C, W, E
Rivals of Fortune / The Impetuous Heiress by Jane Ashford H
      (contains Rivals of Fortune and The Impetuous Heiress)
Every Bride Has Her Day by Lynnette Austin (2, Magnolia Brides) C
Rival Forces by D. D. Ayres (5, K-9 Rescue) C, M
Only Beloved by Mary Balogh (7, Survivor's Club) H
Dominated by Maya Banks (2, Enforcers) C, E
Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires by Sophie Barnes (1, Secrets of Thorncliff Manor) H
At Any Cost by Mandy Baxter (4, U.S. Marshals) C, M
Big Easy Temptation by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake (3, Perfect Gentlemen)

New Speculative Fiction for June 2016

New to our shelves:

The Last Wall by David Annandale (4, Warhammer 40K: The Beast Arises) SF
The Sorcerer's Daughter by Terry Brooks (3, Defenders of Shannara) F, M
Titan's Fall by Zachary Brown (2, Icarus Corps) SF
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (3, The Passage trilogy) SF, A, H
Bloodline by Claudia Gray (3, Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens) SF, F, R
All Fixed Up by Linda Grimes (4, Ceil Halligan/In a Fix) F, M, R
The Pier Falls and Other Stories by Mark Haddon F, H, SF, A
The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig (2, Fire Sermon) SF, M
Night Shift by Charlaine Harris (3, Midnight, Texas) H, M
My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix H

Close to Home

By Alex Bellink from Westchester County, New York (Tappen Zee), via Wikimedia Commons

Call it the "Sleepy Hollow" effect.

Lately I've noticed a minor spate of locally-set titles appearing in the two genres I order for the library-- romance and speculative fiction.  What I find the most curious about this current crop of novels is that, as far as I've been able to determine, none of the authors are local to our area.  (Thomas Olde Heuvelt isn't even from this continent-- he's Dutch.)

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