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New Romance Fiction for August 2015

In paperback:

Fierce Enchantments by Janine Ashbless (3, Enchantment Collection) F, H, E
You Can't Escape by Nancy Bush C, M
A New Hope by Robyn Carr (8, Thunder Point) C
Sex Becomes Her by Regina Cole C, E
Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl (6:3, Jackson: Girls' Night Out) C
Opening Up by Lauren Dane (1, Ink & Chrome) C, E
Exit Strategy by Lena Diaz (1, Exit Strategy, Inc.) C, M
Trapped by Scandal by Jane Feather (2, Monmouth Rebellion) H
This Year's Black by Avery Flynn (2, Killer Style) C, M
Put Up Your Duke by Megan Frampton (2, Dukes Behaving Badly) H

New Speculative Fiction for August 2015

New to our shelves:

The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera by David Afsharirad, ed.
    (2015, Year's Best Military & Space Opera) SF (SF Year's 2015)
Cold Hillside by Nancy Baker F, M, H
Faces by E. C. Blake (3, The Masks of Aygrima) F, M
The King in Yellow, and Other Horror Stories by Robert W. Chambers with E. F. Bleiler, ed. H
Armada by Ernest Cline SF
The Flood by William C. Dietz (2, Halo) SF (SF Halo v.2)
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection by Gardner Dozois, ed.
    (32, The Year's Best Science Fiction) SF (SF Year's 32nd 2015)
The Hanged Man by P. N. Elrod (1, Her Majesty's Psychic Service) F, SF, A, M, R

Books within Worlds within Books...

"Wait ... people in a book are reading books? Is that even safe? What if they started reading themselves?"
     - comment on Jo Walton's Among Others

WheBooks within Booksn I was a young and tender librarian, I was asked for a book that didn't exist.  A patron called looking for a copy of The Book of Counted Sorrows by Stephen Crane, an old, hard-to-find (and purportedly cursed, so I learned) collection of poetry that horror author Dean Koontz referred to frequently for the epigraphs of his novels.  The patron had liked the snippets he'd seen fronting Koontz's works, and wanted to read more.  It took me three days (the Internet not being what it is now) to track down the reason it was so "hard to find:" it wasn't real. 

New Romance Fiction for July 2015

In paperback:

Summer on Lover's Island by Donna Alward (3, Jewel Cove) C
Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout (2, Frigid) C, NA (series begun as J. Lynn)
Only a Promise by Mary Balogh (5, Survivor's Club) H
Safe at Last by Maya Banks (3, Slow Burn) C, M, S, E
Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires by Sophie Barnes (1, Secrets of Thorncliff Manor) H
The Last True Vampire by Kate Baxter (1, Last True Vampire) C, S
A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find by Kelly Bowen (2, Lords of Worth) H
A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell (4, Sons of Sin) H, M
Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch by Emma Cane (6, Valentine Valley) C, W
All Played Out by Cora Carmack (3, Rusk University) C, NA

New Speculative Fiction for July 2015

New to our shelves:

Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett (2, Dark Eden) SF
Disciple of the Wind by Steve Bein (3, Fated Blades) F, M
The Darkling Child by Terry Brooks (2, Defenders of Shannara) F, M
Leviathan by Jack Campbell (5, The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier) SF
Pure Blooded by Amanda Carlson (5, Jessica McClain) F, H
The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato (2, Clockwork Dagger duology) F, SF, M, R
Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey (5, Expanse) SF, M
The Acolyte by Nick Cutter A, SF, M
Knight's Shadow by Sebastien De Castell (2, The Greatcoats) F, M
Dreams of Shreds and Tatters by Amanda Downum H, F, M, R

A Bath Getaway

Are you fatigued by the summer heat and noxious air of the City?  Has the Season's endless social whirl sapped your strength?  Perhaps you have an aged relative who would benefit from a spa's healthful waters?  My dear, you simply MUST visit Bath this summer!  What was that, madam?  No, no, not TAKE a bath (tsk, how vulgar these Americans are, referring to one's personal hygiene in mixed company!).  I refer, of course, to the venerable City of Bath, in Somerset, England.

New Romance Fiction for June 2015

In paperback:

Cherry Lane by Rochelle Alers (6, Cavanaugh Island) C, O
Wed to the Montana Cowboy by Carol Arens (Harlequin Historicals) H, W
Make You Mine by Jackie Ashenden (2, Nine Circles) C, E, M
All of Me by Jennifer Bernard (1, Love between the Bases) C
The Unlikely Lady by Valerie Bowman (3, Playful Brides) H
Way of the Warrior by Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catharine Mann, et al. C
      (Pbk-Romance Way)
Pleasured by Candace Camp (2, Secrets of the Loch) H
Back to You by Lauren Dane (3, Hurley Boys) C
Falling Hard by HelenKay Dimon (2, Bad Boys Undercover) C, M

New Speculative Fiction for June 2015

New to our shelves:

Straits of Hell by Taylor Anderson (10, Destroyermen) A (SF Anderson)
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi A, SF, M (SF Bacigalupi)
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (3, Book of the Art) H
Long Black Curl by Alex Bledsoe (3, Tufa) F, H, R
Elysium: or, the World After by Jennifer Marie Brissett SF, A, R
The Vorrh by B. Catling (1, The Vorrh) F, M, A
A Dance of Chaos by David Dalglish (6, Shadowdance) F, M
One Rainy Day in May by Mark Z. Danielewski (1, The Familiar) H, F
Day Shift by Charlaine Harris (2, Midnight, Texas) H, M
Eighth Grave after Dark by Darynda Jones (8, Charley Davidson) F, H, M, R

Here Be Dragons

For creatures of myth, dragons certainly get around.

As long as we've been writing the history of ourselves, we've been writing about dragons.  They're sculpted on Babylon's Ishtar Gate and described on Agamemnon's armor in the Iliad.  They adorn a temple in Teotihuacan and are depicted in seashells beside a Chinese grave over six thousand years old.  There are dragon legends from every continent except Antarctica (unless you count Dragon Glacier).  You've probably heard some of their names before: Lotan. Tiamat. Fei Lian. Ladon. Yamata-no-Orochi. Quetzalcoatl. Y Ddraig Goch. Fafnir. 

New Romance Fiction for May 2015

In paperback:

Blush by Cherry Adair C, M, E
The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress by Victoria Alexander (5, Millworth Manor) H
Bite at First Sight by Brooklyn Ann (3, Scandals with Bite) H, S
Fall with Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout (J. Lynn) (4, Wait for You) C, NA (Pbk-Romance Armentrout)
I Loved a Rogue by Katharine Ashenden (3, Prince Catchers) H, M, O
Married To a Perfect Stranger by Jane Ashford H
Force of Attraction by D. D. Ayres (2, K-9 Rescue) C, M
Too Dangerous for a Lady by Jo Beverley (16, Company of Rogues) H, M
His To Take by Shayla Black (9, Wicked Lovers) C, E, M
A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford (2, Breconridge Brothers) H, M

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