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New Romance Fiction for January 2012

In paperback:

Silver Sparks by Starr Ambrose C, M
Devil's Kiss by Zoe Archer (1, Hellraisers) H, S
Scandal at the Cahill Saloon by Carol Arens (4, Harlequin Historicals: Cahill Cowboys) H, W
Dead by Nightfall by Beverly Barton (3, Dead By trilogy) C, M
Changing the Game by Jaci Burton (2, Play by Play) C
Hidden Summit by Robyn Carr (15, Virgin River) C
Recklessly Yours by Allison Chase (3, Her Majesty's Secret Servants) H, M
Daybreak by Ellen Connor (3, Dark Age Dawning) SF, A, F, S
The Price of Temptation by Lecia Cornwall H, M
Love in Play by Zuri Day C, O

New Speculative Fiction for January 2012

New to our shelves:

Salvation's Reach by Dan Abnett (13, Warhammer 40K: Gaunt's Ghosts) SF
Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper by Robert Bloch H
The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark (1, Callie McFay) F, R, H
New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird by Paula Guran, ed. (3, Recent Monster anthologies) H
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill H
Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James H
The Gravedigger's Ball by Solomon Jones (2, Coletti) H, M
The Third Section by Jasper Kent (3, Danilov quintet) H
Dragon Mound by Richard A. Knaak (1, Knight in Shadow trilogy) F, M

Heavenly Bodies

Happy New Year, everyone!  I wish you all good health and good reads for the coming year.  I've seen a number of "best of 2011" lists circulating on the web this week (if you're interested, click here for a collection of lists), but today, on the cusp of the New Year, I'm more interested in looking forward than looking back.  I don't know about you, but I'm already anticipating a lot of great books and new series slated for 2012.  What new genre trends would YOU like to see in the coming year?

Here's my big prediction: I think paranormal romance is due for a major shake-up.  Shapeshifters are still going strong, but the vampire craze is on the way out.  They're not quite dead yet (if you'll excuse the pun), but it's beginning to feel like all the possible changes have been rung on tall, dark, and toothsome heroes.  Zombies were fun, but they don't really cut it as romantic leads.  (Sure, they'll give you their hearts-- literally-- but then they want to eat your brains, and that makes a "happily ever after" kind of hard.)  I'm certainly ready for something new.

High Fantasy: Getting into The Hobbit

Fantasy buffs have been waiting a long time for this, and now... we have to wait a year longer.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, allow me to enlighten you:

New Romance Fiction for December 2011

X= Holiday title

In paperback:

Hide from Evil by Jami Alden (2, Beg for Mercy) C, M
Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks (2, Highlander) H, M
Baby, Don't Go by Stephanie Bond (3, Southern Roads) C
The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne (4, Spymaster's Lady) H, M
The Virtuoso by Grace Burrowes (3, Duke's Obsession) H
The Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton (1, The Killer series) C, M
Razor's Edge by Shannon K. Butcher (2, Edge) C, M
Ripe for Scandal by Isobel Carr (2, League of Second Sons) H, M
Desired by Nicola Cornick (5, Scandalous Women of the Ton) H

New Speculative Fiction for December 2011

New to our shelves:

Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook (2, The Iron Seas) A, SF, M, R
Stands a Shadow by Col Buchanan (2, Heart of the World) F
Saints Astray by Jacqueline Carey (2, Santa Olivia) SF, CB, R, A
A Fighting Chance by William C. Dietz (9, Legion of the Damned) SF
The Devil's Diadem by Sara Douglass F
When the Saints by Dave Duncan (2, Brothers Magnus) F
Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater (2, As the World Dies) H, A
Tricks of the Trade by Laura Anne Gilman (3, Paranormal Scene Investigations) F, M, R
Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel H, SF, R, A

Baby, It's Cold Outside...

While most of you stayed sensibly snug in your beds this morning, I'll bet a hardy few got up in the wee hours to get a head start on your holiday shopping.  At the library, though, our shopping's already done! 

Since October, the librarian elves have been busily at work ordering the latest Christmas romances.  Most of them have already arrived and been processed by our technical services elves, and our circulation elves stand ready to check them out to you!  (And you thought elves just made shoes and toys!)

When you're out braving the cold and traffic this month for last-minute gifts, don't forget to stop at the library and pick up a gift for yourself-- a toasty seasonal read to curl up with.  Whether you're looking for something new, an old favorite, or something you might have missed, we've got plenty of titles for your wish list!  (Sorry, no gift-wrapping, but we'd be happy to throw in a free bookmark or two.) 

The mercury may be falling outside, but in the romance section it's warm hearts from cover to cover!

In Space, No One Can Hear You Laugh

Can you feel it?  It's waiting for you.  It's creeping closer, ever closer, day by day.  Tension hangs in the air, its dreadful keen followiing you everywhere: in the supermarket, at the mall.  You can try to run, but there's no escaping it.  Like Sisyphus, you are doomed to watch in despair as it slips from your hold and crushes you beneath its awful weight once again.  It's.... THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

Okay, okay, I'm (mostly) kidding.  While some people probably do see the holidays as a Sisyphean burden, for most people it's a time to relax, enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, be with friends and loved ones, and eat way more than they usually do.  Still, the coming months are not without their stressors-- the shopping, the traffic, the extra preparations to visit or be visited.  (And there's always that relative you really love better at a distance.)  But I've got some helpful tips for you, and a speculative fiction list, too!

New Romance Fiction for November 2011

NOTE: It's getting to be that time of year again!  Holiday titles are noted with an X.

In paperback:

Bound by Blood by Amanda Ashley (2, Bound) S, C
Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks (3, Highlander) H, M
To Pleasure a Duke by Sara Bennett (3, Husband Hunters Club) H
Inferno's Kiss by Monica Burns (3, Order of the Sicari) C, S, A, M
Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes H, X
The Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton (1, The Killer series) C, M
A Winter Scandal by Candace Camp (1, Legend of St. Dwynwen) H, M, X
Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr (14, Virgin River) C, X

New Speculative Fiction for November 2011

New to our shelves:

Angels of Darkness by Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, & Sharon Shinn
      (Guild Hunter) F, H, R (Fantasy Angels)
Machine Man by Max Barry SF
The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe F, H
The Traitor's Daughter by Paula Brandon (1, The Veiled Isles) F, R
The Infernals by John Connolly (2, Samuel Johnson vs. the Devil) F, H
Blood and Other Cravings by Ellen Datlow, ed. H, SF (Horror Blood)
The Night Eternal by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan (3, Strain trilogy) H (Horror Toro)
The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham (3, Acacia trilogy) F

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