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  • Jenny Shank 3:30 pm on 2019/01/21 Permalink
    Tags: Fiction, new voices   

    6 Literary Debuts to Read in 2019 

    We all love a book by an old favorite writer who never disappoints, but those lifelong reading relationships have to start somewhere. Debut novels offer the promise of not only encountering a new voice, but of beginning a beautiful friendship. Here are six debuts with globe-spanning settings that should be on your radar this year.

    Golden Child by Claire Adam (January 29)
    Those of us who were blown away by A Place for Us, Fatima Farheen Mirza’s affecting debut novel of a Muslim family in California that was Sarah Jessica Parker’s first choice for her new book imprint, are ready to follow Parker wherever she leads us next. Her second release as the Editorial Director for Hogarth’s SJP is Golden Child, Claire Adam’s debut novel set in Trinidad. Like A Place for Us, it concerns a father trying to connect with a wayward son he has never understood, a young man named Paul who disappears in the bush one day. Author Adam grew up in Trinidad, studied physics at Brown University, and currently lives in London.

    We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (January 29)
    Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s debut will please lovers of biting political satire. An unnamed black narrator works at a law firm where he serves as proof of their “committment to diversity,” and becomes the center of a publicity campaign pushed by a shareholder. Meanwhile, the narrator encourages his son to apply skin lightening cream in the hopes that he can be spared some of the violence, racism, and indignity his father has dealt with all his life. We Cast A Shadow seems poised to contribute to the thriving artistic movement literary critic Sheri-Marie Harrison has called the “new black Gothic,” including such exemplars as the movie Get Out, Jesmyn Ward’s novel Sing, Unburied Sing, and Childish Gambino’s song and video “This is America.”

    The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer (February 5)
    Whitney Scharer’s debut focuses on Lee Miller, a larger-than-life figure who worked as a fashion model in 1920s New York, before traveling to Paris in 1929 and apprenticing herself to photographer Man Ray. She eventually became his collaborator, lover, and muse as she developed her art and started her own photography studio. During World War II, she was a war correspondent photojournalist for Vogue, and that’s only a handful of the twists and turns of this dynamic woman’s trajectory. Scharer earned her MFA from the University of Washington, has published stories in literary magazines, and works as a graphic designer as well as a writer. The Age of Light is poised to become a historical fiction hit, appealing to fans of Paula McClain’s books.

    The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (March 26)
    Even before publishing a book, Namwali Serpell has been racking up honors including the Caine Prize for African writing and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. The Zambia-raised, California-based writer seems set to fulfill her early promise with debut novel The Old Drift, an epic set in the colonial settlement known as Old Drift, near Victoria Falls. The book spans more than a hundred years, detailing the clashes and struggles of three Zambian families sparked by a mistake an Old Drift settler makes in 1904.

    Walking on the Ceiling by Ayşegül Savaş (April 30)
    Nunu is a young woman living in Paris at a time in her life when she has no discernible direction. She has parted ways with her college boyfriend and sold her mother’s apartment in Istanbul following her death. She decides to move to Paris and enroll in a literature program—but not attend any classes. While she wanders the city’s streets, she meets M., an older British writer who takes an interest in Nunu because he’s writing a novel set in Turkey, and they strike up a friendship. As the book opens, Nunu recalls how she would “hold a square mirror up to the ceiling. I examined every inch of this flat, white expanse, entirely removed from the jagged world on the opposite pole where people lived in shadows, weighed down by troubles. I understood that all anyone can do in the midst of darkness is retreat to their own, bright landscapes.” If you enjoyed the off-kilter, low-key philosophical musings of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot or the friendship between an older male writer and a young woman in Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry, Walking on the Ceiling looks like a promising debut.

    Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Artnett (June 9)
    Kristen Artnett’s debut novel tells the story of Jessa-Lynn Morton, who finds her father’s body one day in the family taxidermy shop. In the wake of her dad’s suicide, Jessa-Lynn steps up to take over the taxidermy business, while struggling with her affections for her brother’s wife and puzzling over her mother’s increasingly bizarre artwork. Karen Russell, an authority on all things strange and funny, called it “one of the strangest and funniest and most surprising first novels I’ve ever read.”

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  • Jenny Shank 5:00 pm on 2019/01/04 Permalink
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    6 Short Story Collections to Look Forward to in 2019 

    Fiction readers who overlook short stories are missing out. Not only do some of our best writers get started in the form before moving on to novels (think George Saunders and Jhumpa Lahiri), but some writers are such masters of the short story that they write them exclusively (including Alice Munro and Lucia Berlin). Many of the most celebrated books of recent years have been story collections, from Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties to Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women. Here are six story collections due out between now and April that just might become the next big thing.

    Mouthful of Birds, by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell (January 8)
    Buenos Aires–raised, Berlin-based Samanta Schweblin caught the attention of international lit fans when her novel Fever Dream made the shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize in 2017. She’s back with a collection of otherworldly short stories, newly translated into English, that should appeal to readers who loved the feminist, horror-tinged fairy tales in Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties. Mouthful of Birds opens with a bride abandoned at a highway gas station by her new husband—along with dozens of other jilted women—in “Headlights.” In “Butterflies,” girls transform into the title creatures, but some fathers don’t have the sense to respect their fragile wings. In the title story, a teenage girl’s transformation into a young woman who needs to eat live birds to thrive horrifies her parents, who cannot stomach what their daughter is becoming.

    You Know You Want This: “Cat Person” and Other Stories, by Kristen Roupenian (January 15)
    Kristen Roupenian is the author of an exceedingly rare phenomenon: a viral short story. In December 2017, the New Yorker published her story “Cat Person,” and it immediately became the magazine’s most-read story of the year, while igniting fierce social media debate about its merits and meaning. “Cat Person” plunges the reader inside the experience of Margot, a white, middle-class college student trying to puzzle out Robert, an older man she begins dating. Her only clues are the limited information she can glean from his texts and their strained communication. Roupenian’s debut collection proves her knack for shocking, unsettling, and riveting readers was not a one-story deal, with stories including “Bad Boy,” about a couple who make a sex game out of controlling their recently dumped friend, their actions spiraling into violence, and “Look at Your Game, Girl,” a haunting suspense tale about a girl who meets a creepy older man at a skatepark.

    This Is Not a Love Song, by Brendan Mathews (February 5)
    This story collection, which follows Matthews’ debut 2017 novel The World of Tomorrow, showcases Matthews’ knack for getting to the heart of a story through unusual structures and perspectives. In the funny, quirky “My Last Attempt to Explain to You What Happened with the Lion Tamer,” the narrator, an “old clown” at a circus, addresses the “new girl on the flying trapeze” who stole his heart, giving his version of the events that led to a preening lion tamer’s untimely demise. The title story begins, “She was Kitty to her parents, Katherine to the nuns in high school, Kate when she was in college. But to anyone who knew her then—Chicago in the first years of the nineties, her hands tearing at her guitar like a kid unwrapping a Christmas present—she had already become Kat.” The narrator, a photographer, chronicles Kat’s rise to fame in gritty Chicago indie clubs when it was going to be “the next Seattle.”

    Aerialists, by Mark Mayer (February 19)
    In Mark Mayer’s debut collection, he displays dark humor in stories such as “The Clown,” in which a clown is intent on murdering a couple in their 30s who wear Apple watches and want to buy a new house with “granite counters, sectional couches, [and] a pop-up soccer goal.” Mayer, who studied writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has garnered praise from Marilynne Robinson, who wrote, “His stories are singular, as detached and intimate as dreaming.”

    Lot, by Bryan Washington (March 19)
    Washington’s debut book depicts the city of Houston in all its sprawling, low-rent glory. Washington focuses on a recurring cast of characters—a young man who narrates many stories has a black mother, a philandering Latino father, and an older brother and sister. They work in their family restaurant, the narrator picking up the slack whenever his dad disappears, while trying to figure out his place in his family and the world. Washington captures the vivid atmosphere of Houston—”East End in the evening is a bottle of noise, with the strays scaling the fences and the viejos garbling on porches”—but leaves space amid the realism for touches of whimsy, such as in “Bayou,” when two down-on-their-luck friends manage to capture a very worn-out Chupacabra and hope it will change their fortunes.

    Sabrina & Corina, by Kali Farjado-Anstine (April 2)
    Kali Farjado-Anstine’s debut story collection arrives with lavish praise from beloved writers including Sandra Cisneros (“Here are stories that blaze like wildfires”) and Julia Alvarez (“masterful storytelling”). Farjado-Anstine’s characters are Latina women with deep roots in Colorado who are contending with the difficulties of modern life, from a former graffiti writer who can’t quite give up the thrill of spray paint to a stripper who moves her daughter to California to try to reinvent herself, but finds that wherever she goes, there she is.

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  • Sarah Skilton 3:00 pm on 2019/01/02 Permalink
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    January’s Best New Fiction 

    Kicking off 2019 is a Gilded Age story about the American heiress who scandalized two nations prior to giving birth to Winston Churchill, and three World War II-era novels centered on women: Hedy Lamarr, movie star and secret STEM pioneer; a pair of sisters working at an Armory factory; and the ten women who served as Hitler’s food tasters. Contemporary fans will devour author Kristen “Cat Person” Roupenian’s first collection of short stories and Jane Corry’s twisty mystery about a missing ex-husband.

    The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict
    She was born Hedwig “Hedy” Kiesler and survived a domineering husband and the Third Reich, but you know her as Hedy Lamarr, glamorous movie star. That one woman could be both those things, as well as a world-changing scientist, proves the adage that truth is stranger than fiction. Benedict has made a name for herself shining a spotlight on the oft-hidden contributions of women in STEM. Her previous historical novels revealed the influence of Einstein’s wife and Andrew Carnegie’s maid on the course of human events. The tale of Hedy Lamarr is no less fascinating, as the eventual MGM actress outmaneuvers Nazis and eventually creates an invention that assists the Allied forces in World War II.

    Turning Point, by Danielle Steel
    The most highly regarded trauma doctors in San Francisco get the chance of a lifetime to participate in a mass-casualty training exchange in Paris. When a terrible shooting in their adopted city forces them to use their new skills under shocking circumstances, their lives are forever changed. As usual, Steel’s characters are both relatable and extraordinary, and you’ll be rooting for the troubled ER physicians as they attempt to balance relationships and professional obligations while saving as many victims as possible after the tragic attack.

    The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker
    The entire town of Santa Lora, California, is forced into quarantine when several college students succumb to a mysterious, deadly disease that keeps people asleep but dreaming—and the dreams have lives of their own. When Mei, a freshman, discovers that her roommate cannot be woken, she joins forces with another student to do all she can to help. Within the houses surrounding the university are friends, neighbors, families, and children desperate to protect one another. This looks to be a richly haunting and immersive read.

    The Wartime Sisters, by Lynda Cohen Loigman
    Estranged sisters Millie and Ruth are forced into each other’s orbits while working at an Armory factory in Springfield during World War II. Widowed Millie was known as “the pretty one” during her youth, doted on and indulged by everyone in her Brooklyn neighborhood in the 1930s. Ruth’s experience in the same household felt like a different world; her intelligence was diminished and dismissed, her attempts at dating thwarted (suitors always ended up pursuing Millie). As adults, Ruth appears to have come out on top with her role as the wife of a high-ranking Armory scientist, while Millie toils in production. But the sisters will never truly reconcile until they confront the painful secrets of the past. As with Loigman’s debut, The Two-Family House, this appears to be a deeply compelling historical.

    At the Wolf’s Table, by Rosella Postorino (translated by Leah Janeczko)
    The winner of Italy’s Premio Campiello Literary Prize, Table tells the story of Adolf Hitler’s food tasters, a group of ten women forced to eat the Fuhrer’s meals before he does, in case they are poisoned. Twenty-something Berliner Rosa Sauer narrates the fraught tale, set in Hitler’s secret headquarters near the countryside of Gross-Partsch, where Rosa has relocated to live with her in-laws in light of her husband’s service on the frontlines. Rather than comforting and relying on one another, the group of tasters form segregated factions based on their views of Hitler and the war, and Rosa finds herself, in her loneliness, turning to her SS supervisor for a terrible, guilt-ridden type of comfort.

    You Know You Want This, by Kristen Roupenian
    Roupenian’s short story, “Cat Person,” went viral after the New Yorker published it in 2017, but even if you memorized it (someone probably has, right?), there are lots of surprises awaiting you in Roupenian’s debut short story collection. Highlighting characters who are dark, hilarious, awful, and amazing, these tales will make you shriek with discomfort and enjoyment, daring you to revel in the anti-hero and -heroines’ downright frightening behavior and relationships.

    That Churchill Woman, by Stephanie Barron
    Megan Markle and Prince Harry have got nothin’ on Jennie Jerome: the impetuous, 20-year-old American heiress raised in Gilded Age splendor who married Lord Randolph Spencer-Churchill—after knowing him for three days. Although the lavish excesses of Jennie’s life may seem glorious, they also served to prevent her from having a voice, and Jennie, raised to be independent, is not having it. That Jennie gives birth to future Prime Minister Winston Churchill is almost beside the point in this exhilarating historical about a woman who scandalized and intrigued two nations while living life on her own terms.

    The Dead Ex, by Jane Corry
    The author of My Husband’s Wife and Blood Sisters is back with a mystery thriller about an aromatherapist, Vicki, whose former husband, an abusive, manipulative man, goes missing. Vicki claims she hasn’t seen David in years, but the police are skeptical, particularly because Vicki’s epilepsy may have affected her memory. David’s current wife, Tanya, is hiding something as well. Vicki’s tribulations as suspect number one are juxtaposed with an earlier timeline depicting the saga of young Scarlet, whose beloved albeit drug dealing mother, Zelda, is arrested, forcing Scarlet into dubious foster care. How Scarlet and Zelda’s path intertwines with that of Vicki, David, and Tanya’s is just one of the questions that will grip readers.

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:17 pm on 2018/12/04 Permalink
    Tags: , Fiction, helena hunting, , janna mcgregor, , , , , , , , , tara sivec   

    Romance Roundup: Prisoners of War, Long-Lost Heiresses, and Beauty Salon Owners 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a former prisoner of war who is determined to have his happy ending, a lady who gets a very interesting house-sitting gig, and a angsty California rancher who returns home to find some peace and love.

    Earl to the Rescue, by Jane Ashford
    Originally published as “Gwendeline,” this revised version of Ashford’s debut novel features Gwendeline Gregory, a young woman trying to survive a London Season. It’s not easy, to say the least. For one, there’s a creepy dude who might want to, ahem, cause her great scandal. Plus there’s the fact that London high society can be SO judgmental. (Sending you all of the positive vibes, Gwendeline!) The drama is about to hit the fan, but then Alex St. Audley, Earl of Merryn shows up looking so fine and ready to give her a helping hand. (He DOES have very nice hands!) This looks promising indeed, but Gwendeline is not a hundred percent sure she can trust him. Here’s hoping that Alex has a solid plan in place with good intentions, and that it all involves him rocking her world and walking her down the aisle! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Cajun Cowboy, by Sandra Hill
    Beauty salon owner Charmaine LeDeux has a bit of a loan shark problem, so she needs to go in hiding for a bit. Fortunately, she’s still married to Raoul Lanier, and they’ve just inherited a ranch. (Well, she WAS pretty mad to find out that they were still married, but at least she now has a secure place to stay!) Raoul is a rancher, and let’s just say his flock (or herd?) of steer isn’t looking too great. (This isn’t metaphorical talk. We’re literally talking about cows here. There’s nothing wrong with Raoul or his body. He is divine.) Anyway, Raoul still has the hots for Charmaine, and she still has feelings for him, even though she doesn’t want to admit it. The thing is, she has decided she’s a born-again virgin. Raoul is going to have to work very, very hard to convince Charmaine that he’s the only man for her. This is the second book in Hill’s Cajun series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Story of Us, by Tara Sivec
    This reprint features Eli, a soldier who just survived five years as a prisoner of war. (Dude, the next round of beers is on us!) The main thing that kept him going all that time was the thoughtand the many wonderful memoriesof Shelby Eubanks. They were crazy in love back in the day, and he’s never, ever forgotten her. Now that Eli has finally been freed, he’s determined to win his lady back. (That’s the spirit, buddy! Don’t let anything stifle your dreams!) The only thing is, Shelby is not the woman he left behind. She’s become a total conformist who lives her life according to other people’s wishes. (Shelby, who do we need to sneer at? Just point us in the right direction!) Eli, you’ve already been through so much, but it looks like you’ll need to push even harder to make things the way they should be. You can do this, buddy! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Shacking Up, by Helena Hunting
    Ruby Scott was having a great time at a party and even got to make out with a super duper hot guy. Then he coughed on her. The result: She got too sick to successfully audition for a role she really, really needed. (She miiiiight be having money trouble, and she miiiiight have banked everything on this one audition.) Then she gets the opportunity to house-sit and pet-sit for hotel magnate Bancroft Mills. He lives in a high-falutin’ penthouse apartment, so she’ll get to work in style. (Ruby, please give us some HGTV-worthy descriptions about kitchen fixtures and bathroom amenities!) When she realizes that Bancroft is the same guy who unintentionally got her sick and botched her audition and ruined her life (okay, maybe that was a bit much) she still realizes that she wants to see him nekkid. Ruby, forgive him! And Bancroft, pull some strings and help her get another audition! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Silent Scream, by Karen Harper  
    The romanceand adventure and intriguebetween wife-and-husband team Claire Britten and Nick Markwood continues! Claire, a forensic psychologist, just got the opportunity to work on an archaeological site. (Cool!) Oh, and it’s located at a Florida peat bog. (Claire, we are thrilled for you and will cheer you on from the comfort of our air-conditioned homes and offices!) Things are going dandy until bodies start coming up out of the bog. It turns out these bodies just might be connected to a murder case Nick is working on – and that someone doesn’t want Nick sticking his handsome face in their murder business. Here’s hoping that Claire and Nick manage to dodge whatever bad guys are involved in these murders, that Claire still manages to live out her “Jurassic Park” digging fantasies, and that she and Nick take a relaxing, dead body-free vacation when it’s all over! This is the fifth book in Harper’s South Shores series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Someone Like You, by Leigh Greenwood
    Rafe Jerry was banished from his family’s California ranch, and he was all like “Peace out, I hated you all anyway!” He decided to go to war (yep, that sounds like one way to get your mind off of things) and it’s turned him into a lean, mean, emotionally-damaged machine. When the war ends, he decides to go back home and claim his land. (That’s right, Rafe! You fight for what’s yours!) His journey brings him face-to-face with Maria de la Guerra, the woman who might hold the key to Rafe’s blackened heart. She’s, like, a really nice person, which makes her WAY different from the other people Rafe has known throughout his life. Rafe, dude, let go of the past and embrace a future with this lovely, kind-hearted woman! This is the fourth book in Greenwood’s Night Riders series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    See How She Dies, by Lisa Jackson  
    An heiress named London Danvers was kidnapped about 20 years ago when she was just four years old, and many, many ladies have come forward over the years pretending to be her. Zachary Danvers, however, is convinced that Adria Nash just might be who she claims to be. (Don’t worryeven though he and London may have the same last names this does not appear to be a Game of Thrones situation!) Adria knows a lot of things about London that no one else does, and she bears a strong resemblance to London’s mother. She just might be able to inherit London’s fortune. That is, if someone doesn’t succeed in killing her first. Adriaer, London? Or should we stick with Adria?whatever happens, you watch your back and keep your trusted ones close! Especially Zachary! Because he is F.I.N.E.! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Western Hearts, by Debbie Macomber and Jodi Thomas
    Two stories in one! In “Montana” by Debbie Macomber, Molly packs up her two sons and moves to Sweetgrass, Montana to be with her sick grandfather. There she meets Sam Dakota, a hunky guy who is currently working on her grandfather’s ranch. (Sam, you can work on our ranchesboth literal and proverbialany day of the week!) Oh, Molly, please, please get to know this Sam guy in every sense and consider embracing a new life in Big Sky Country! In “Ransom Canyon” by Jodi Thomas, rancher Staten Kirkland is having a hard time keeping his emotions in check. He’s had a rough past, and let’s just say it’s been really hard to let that rough past go. (Staten, we’re sending you all of the hugs!) The one woman who might be able to help him find some peace is Quinn O’Grady. Staten and Quinn, you two seek some solitude and get down to expressing your feelings! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Good, The Bad, and The Duke, by Janna MacGregor
    Lady Daphne Hallworth was accidentally left behind at home for the holidays, so she decides to work on opening a home for unwed mothers. (Daphne, you are awesome and we want to make donations!) Her project puts her in the path of the very handsome Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. Paul used to be best buds with her brother, and now he’s officially in Family Enemy Territory. (Paul, dude, what did you do?!) It turns out that Paul wants to open a hospital on the same slot of land as Daphne’s future women’s shelter. Oh, and he wants Daphne’s help in restoring his damaged reputation. During this philanthropic journey, all kinds of feelings start to emerge. Here’s hoping they manage to resolve their respective issuesand that they find a nice middle ground on the, er, ground they both want! This is the fourth book in MacGregor’s Cavensham Heiresses series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Hard Night, by Jackie Ashenden  
    Jacob Night is all about high-level rescue missions. He is, after all, a ex-Black Ops guy, plus the owner of a billion-dollar security company, plus the leader of the 11th Hour, a group of deliciously masculine guys who are ready to fight for justice any day of the week. (Oh, Jacob, we all wouldn’t mind having at least a smidgeon of your concern and protection!) Jacob has never been able to find his missing brother, though, so he sets off on his own personal mission, one that involves finding his brother’s ex, Faith. Trouble is, Faith has no memory, and so she can’t exactly help Jacob right now. As they become more involved, and as a group of men try to kill Faith, she and Jacob will have to question everything they know if they’re going to survive. Here’s hoping they manage to stay alive, that Faith turns out to be a good lady worthy of Jacob, and that they move forward to have a beautiful life together! This is the third book in Ashenden’s 11th Hour series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:39 pm on 2018/11/27 Permalink
    Tags: , celia kyle, christy carlyle, , , , Fiction, , , , , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Magical Wedding Dresses, Christmas Romances, and Dog Lovers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a widow who falls for a younger man, a tiger shifter who wants to protect his people and his woman, and a lady who loses her heart to a baseball player and a cuddly Husky.

    Someone to Trust, by Mary Balogh
    Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, is a widow, and she decides her next step will be to find another suitable husband of whom society will approve and will have a respectable name and BOOOOORRRIIIIING!!! (Elizabeth, we would not judge you AT ALL for wanting to kick up your heels a bit!) She meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges at a Christmas party and the two soon form a bit of a bond. Oh, and they share a snow-melting kiss. Only thing is, she is nine years older than him, so neither of them really think there’s a future there. (Elizabeth and Colin, stop creating drama where there is no drama!) They reunite during London’s next Season, and let’s just say that neither of them has forgotten the other. All it takes is one waltz for them to realize that an age difference doesn’t matter and that they’d like to be nekkid together for many years to come! This is the fifth book in Balogh’s Westcott series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    Keep You Close, by Nora Roberts
    Two fan favorite stories in one! In “Night Shift,” late-night radio announcer Cilla O’Roarke is in major trouble thanks to a creepy caller. Detective Boyd Fletcher is on the case, and let’s just say no woman would mind having him on her side in a jam. (Or on top of her. Or under. Any way would work, really.) Boyd is eager to do his job, but he is also eager to get to know our gal better and perhaps arrange a more permanent romantic situation. In “Night Moves,” Maggie Fitzgerald used to live a very fast-paced life. Then it all just kind of caught up with her and left her broken-hearted, so she decides to isolate herself for a bit. (Maggie, if you need/want book recommendations, we’ve got tons!) She meets landscaper Cliff Delaney, who likes to keep things nice and trim in just about every aspect of his life expect for the bedroom. Is Maggie about to get the peace and tranquility she’s looking for, along with a super duper yummy guy? (Available in paperback on November 27.)

    The Man You’ll Marry: An Anthology, by Debbie Macomber
    Two more fan favorites in one volume! So there’s this wedding dress, right? And basically when a single lady comes in contact with this wedding dress, the next guy she meets turns out to be the man she’s destined to be with forever. In “The First Man You Meet,” Shelly Hansen is absolutely terrified when she receives her great-aunt’s wedding dress because, quite frankly, she wanted to stay independent and never marry. Then she meets Mark Brady, who makes her feel all kinds of feelings. (Shelly, you can still be yourself AND be married! Open yourself to all of the possibilities!) In “The Man You Marry,” Jill Morrison receives that same dress from a friend when she’s in Hawaii. Now, Jill has already met Jordan Wilcox, who – and we’re being totally honest here – is a big crankypants who would benefit greatly from Jill’s love. As for Jill, she doesn’t think he’s meant to be The One, but then she realizes she just might be able to turn his [many, many] frowns upside down! (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    Tiger’s Claim, by Celia Kyle
    Jaguar shifter Stella Moore is on a mission to take down an anti-shifter organization that did horrible things to her family. (If there’s one thing the world should know about our gal, it’s that no one messes with her family and gets away with it!) A wrench is thrown in her plans, however, and that wrench takes the chiseled form of billionaire playboy Cole Turner. Cole is a tiger shifter, and he is on his own mission, one that involves protecting his kind. Cole and Stella need to escape to a tropical island and pretend to be lovers in order for their mission to succeed, which sounds like the most win-win situation of all the win-win situations on the planet. Here’s hoping they manage to defeat their enemies and that they also manage to make sweet, sweet love (multiple times) along the way. This is the second book in Kyle’s Shifter Rogues series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    You Had Me at Cowboy, by Jennie Marts
    Rancher Mason James is sick and tired of women using him to get to his brother, Rock, who left the family ranch to play professional hockey. (This family is clearly gifted with exceptional genes!) But Mason’s guarded heart melts when he meets Tessa Kane at his brother’s wedding. Little does Mason know that Tessa is a reporter trying to get a scoop on his brother, and little does Tessa realize how hard she’s going to fall for Mason. (Ah, gotta love it when two sexy people don’t realize at first just how gosh darn perfect they are for each other!) Tessa, we hope you still manage to get a scoop that will help your career. And Mason, we hope you won’t be too upset with Tessa – and that you show her why so many women were fools to go after your brother instead of you! This is the second book in Marts’ Cowboys of Creedence series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    Fatal Invasion, by Marie Force
    Washington, DC’s hottest married couple, Lieutenant Sam Holland and Vice President Nick Cappuano, are back in action! Our gal Sam has quite the tragic case on her hands – a home was invaded, and the and eyewitnesses are five-year-old twins. Sam has a big heart, and she’s determined to do everything she can to help these tiny cuties. (Sam, you are a hero to us all!) To make matters worse, Sam’s sergeant colleague is battling some inner demons, and so he’s not totally fit to serve and protect at the moment. Sam is doing everything she can to keep it all together. Fortunately, her husband Nick is the total package: smart, kind-hearted, supportive, and all kinds of yummy. Nick, you help your woman get through this latest round of job-related drama! And when it’s over, make sure she gets all of the flowers and the spa day she deserves! This is the latest book in Force’s Fatal series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    The Duke That I Marry, by Cathy Maxwell
    Miss Willa Reverly may be an heiress with tons of moolah, but she would much rather stay single than marry for any reason other than love. (Good for you, Willa! Follow your heart and never settle!) She ends up becoming promised to Matthew Addison, the Duke of Camberly. He has quite a bit on his plate. His newly-inherited estate is broke, for one, and his bride-to-be, Willa, is a tad too demanding. (Matthew, what Willa wants are called “feelings.” She wants you to feel loving emotions. For her. In your heart. And other places, of course.) Willa and Matthew are going to have to overcome many obstacles before they can enjoy their happy ending, so here’s hoping they realize they are better together than apart! This is the third book in Maxwell’s Spinster Heiresses series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    A Duke Changes Everything, by Christy Carlyle
    Nicholas Lyon worked—and gambled—really, really hard to amass his wealth and acquire a London gentlemen’s club. Then his evil brother dies, which leaves Nicholas to inherit his family’s estate. Nicholas does NOT want the estate. (#awfulupbringing) He just wants to do what he has to do to get rid of it and then go back to his life in London. He does go back home, though, and there he meets Thomasina Thorne. (Oh, Nicholas, you are in for a major treat!) She’s the steward of the estate, and while we can’t imagine she enjoyed working for Nicholas’ brother, she still likes working and doesn’t want to lose her job now that the new heir is in town. (Thomasina, major kudos to you and to all of the hard-working women of every time period!) Thomasina wants Nicholas to change his mind, and Nicholas wants to get out of dodge. Nicholas, please sort out your priorities and see what a gem you have found in Thomasina! This is the first book in Carlyle’s Duke’s Den series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    Coming Home for Christmas, by Fern Michaels
    Three holiday stories in one! In “Silver Bells,” movie star Amy Lee decides to ditch her Hollywood life for the holidays and go back home to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania. (Sounds quiet! And idyllic!) She ends up reconnecting with her high school boyfriend, and let’s just say he’s aged very, very well. In “Snow Angels,” Olympic skier Max Jorgenson gets an unexpected surprise when social worker Grace Landry ends up finding refuge in his log cabin. (Oh, Max, you can make your way into our Olympic Village any day of the week!) Here’s hoping Max has a nice bottle of wine and a big fire going on! In “Holiday Magic,” ski shop manager Stephanie Marshall is on the market – for a bonus. She wants to put a down payment on a house for her and her daughters. Will her hunky boss Eddie O’Brien give her a helping hand? And steamy kisses for the rest of their lives together? (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    My Forever Home, by Debbie Burns

    Tess Grasso may have dropped out of veterinary school, but that will NOT stop her from following her dream of owning a pet therapy business. (Don’t give up on your dreams, Tess!) She decides to work for a bit at a no-kill animal shelter. Here, she meets Mason Redding, a baseball player who is recovering from a major accident. He doesn’t want to share too much about himself these days, because he may have done something bad, but he soon realizes he wants to share his whole life with Tess. Plus, a really cute stray Husky dog enters the picture, which quickens their friendship. Tess and Mason, just bare your souls—and bodies—to each other and realize that you’re perfect for each other and that you need to band together and give that adorable Husky a loving home! This is the third book in Burns’ Rescue Me series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

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