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Karen Ostertag's blog

"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

New Speculative Fiction for February 2016

New to our shelves:

I Am Slaughter by Dan Abnett (1, Warhammer 40K: The Beast Arises) SF, F
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders F, SF, H
Charlotte's Story by Laura Benedict (2, Bliss House) H, M
City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett (2, The Divine Cities) F, M
The Last Dream Keeper by Amber Benson (2, Echo Park Coven) F, H, M
Come the Revolution by Frank Chadwick (2, Sasha Naradnyo) SF, M
Ancestral Machines by Michael Cobley (4, Humanity's Fire) SF
Dark Victory by Brendan DuBois (1, Alien Resistance) SF, M
The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster (7, Star Wars) SF
Lost Stars by Claudia Gray (2, Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens) SF, F, R

WHEN GENRES COLLIDE: ROMANCE IN SF

Starry HeartsIt had to happen one of these days.  My two genre blogs ("Care to Speculate," on Speculative Fiction, and "Romance In The Air," on Romance) are meeting head-on this month and, well... I'm afraid they're falling ridiculously in love with each other.  I'm scheduled to blog on SF (and so I shall!), but with Valentine's Day so close, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to sneak in a little romance.  So for this month, I'm focusing on romance found in speculative fiction.

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