Fresh Pick | MURDER OF A WEDDING BELLE by Denise Swanson

Murder Of A Wedding Belle

Scumble River #12
April 2010
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Featuring: Skye Denison; Wally
272 pages
ISBN: 0451229614
EAN: 9780451229618
Paperback
$6.99

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Denise SwansonMurder Of A Wedding Belle
by Denise Swanson

School psychologist Skye Denison is already in a tizzy of indecision contemplating her boyfriend Wally’s marriage proposal when she very reluctantly agrees to act as maid of honor in her California cousin’s over-the-top platinum-style wedding. What’s more, she’s expected to assist the control-freak wedding planner, which means being available to help 24-7. There goes Skye’s much-needed summer break….

Then Skye discovers the flawlessly chic wedding planner lying not so flawlessly dead less than a week before the big event. Suddenly Skye is working double duty on two fronts: making sure every elaborate nuptial detail is executed perfectly, from the butterfly release to the martini luge, and helping the police find out who hated the bossy bridal consultant enough to bash her on the head. Can Skye get her cousin to the church on time — and save herself from a killer who may actually be on the guest list?

Who Killed the Wedding Planner??

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Fresh Pick | WEDDING BELL BLUES by Meg Benjamin

Wedding Bell Blues

Konigsburg #2
May 2010
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Featuring: Pete Toleffson; Janie Dupree
272 pages
ISBN: 1605047163
EAN: 9781605047164
Trade Size
$15.00

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Wedding Bell Blues
by Meg Benjamin

Who knew you could find the love of your life at the wedding from hell…

Janie Dupree will do anything to make sure her best friend has the wedding of her dreams, even if it means relinquishing what every bridesmaid covets and never gets—the perfect maid-of-honor dress. Problem is, family drama as tangled as a clump of Texas prickly pear cactus threatens to send the skittish bride hopping aboard the elopement express.

Janie could use a hand, but the best man’s “help” is only making things worse.

Pete Toleffson just wants to get through his brother’s wedding and get back to his county attorney job in Des Moines. He never expected to be the engineer on a wedding train that’s derailing straight toward hell. Janie’s the kind of girl he’d like to get close to—but her self-induced role as “Miss Fix-It” is as infuriating as it is adorable.

If they can just fend off meddling parents, vindictive in-laws, spiteful ex-boyfriends, and a greyhound named Olive long enough to achieve matrimonial lift-off, maybe they can admit they’re head-over-heels in love.

Excerpt

Blissful people made Pete Toleffson want to puke. Normally, he spent his days getting bad guys convicted and saving good people from being victimized. He considered that world to be the real world and “bliss world” to be something like a parallel universe for the clueless. Blissful people lived in la-la land. Blissful people needed to be rapped upside the head.

Which was unfortunate because his brother Cal was currently the most blissful person in Konigsburg, Texas. Well, maybe the second most, after his fiancée, Docia Kent.

Pete studied his brother as he sat smiling beside him in the booth at the Dew Drop Inn. Cal was so blissful he made Pete’s teeth hurt. At least Docia hadn’t come in yet. The two of them together could induce sugar shock.

Pete felt like telling them to get a room, but Read More…

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Fresh Pick | FLOOD by Stephen Baxter

Flood

May 2009
On Sale: May 5, 2009
496 pages
ISBN: 0451462718
EAN: 9780451462718
Hardcover
$24.95

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Stephen BaxterFlood
by Stephen Baxter

The “deeply scary”(BBC Focus) new novel from a national bestselling and critically acclaimed author.

Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this…

The world they have returned to has been transformed by water—and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth’s mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And finally, the dreadful truth is revealed: before fifty years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run…

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Fresh Pick | FATAL SYSTEM ERROR by Joseph Menn

Fatal System Error

February 2010
On Sale: January 26, 2010
304 pages
ISBN: 1586487485
EAN: 9781586487485
Hardcover
$25.95

Joseph MennFatal System Error
by Joseph Menn

The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who are Bringing Down the Internet

In this disquieting cyber thriller, Joseph Menn takes readers into the murky hacker underground, traveling the globe from San Francisco to Costa Rica and London to Russia. His guides are California surfer and computer whiz Barrett Lyon and a fearless British high-tech agent. Through these heroes, Menn shows the evolution of cyber- crime from small-time thieving to sophisticated, organized gangs, who began by attacking corporate websites but increasingly steal financial data from consumers and defense secrets from governments.

Using unprecedented access to Mob businesses and Russian officials, the book reveals how top criminals earned protection from the Russian government. Fatal System Error penetrates both the Russian cyber-mob and La Cosa Nostra as the two fight over the Internet’s massive spoils. The cloak-and-dagger adventure shows why cyber-crime is much worse than you thought—and why the Internet might not survive.

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Fresh Pick | DIRECTIVE 51 by John Barnes

Directive 51

April 2010
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Featuring: Heather O’Grainne
496 pages
ISBN: 044101822X
EAN: 9780441018222
Hardcover
$25.95

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John Barnes Directive 51
by John Barnes

The first book in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy from a master of the genre

Heather O’Grainne is the Assistant Secretary in the Office of Future Threat Assessment, investigating rumors surrounding something called Daybreak. The group is diverse and radical, and its members have only one thing in common-their hatred for the Big System and their desire to take it down.
Now, seemingly random events simultaneously occurring around the world are in fact connected as part of Daybreak’s plan to destroy modern civilization-a plan that will eliminate America’s top government personnel, leaving the nation no choice but to implement its emergency contingency program…Directive 51.

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Fresh Pick | FREEDOM (TM) by Daniel Suarez

Freedom (TM)

sequel to DAEMON

January 2010
On Sale: January 7, 2010
Featuring: Pete Sebeck
416 pages
ISBN: 0525951571
EAN: 9780525951575
Hardcover
$26.95

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Daniel SuarezFreedom (TM)
by Daniel Suarez

Everything is under control. Everything…

Modern Civilization is about to experience a cold reboot …
In one of the most buzzed-about debuts of 2009, Daniel Suarez introduced a terrifying vision of a new world order, controlled by the Daemon, an insidious computer program unleashed by a dying hi-tech wunderkind. Daemon captured the attention of the tech community, became a New York Times and Indie bestseller, and left readers hungry for more.

Well, more is here, and it’s even more gripping than its predecessor.
In the opening chapters of FreedomTM, the Daemon is firmly in control, using an expanded network of dispossessed operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew. As civil disorder spreads through the American Midwest, former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon’s most influential yet reluctant-operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans in a populist movement designed to protect the new social network. But the private armies of global business are preparing to crush the Daemon once and for all.

In a world of conflicted loyalties, and rapidly diminishing human authority, what’s at stake is nothing less than democracy’s last hope to survive the technology revolution.

Daemon. Freedom. Must reads!

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Fresh Pick | WWW: WATCH by Robert J. Sawyer

WWW: Watch

WWW #2
April 2010
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Featuring: Caitlin Decter
368 pages
ISBN: 0441018181
EAN: 9780441018185
Hardcover
$24.95

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Robert J. Sawyer WWW: Watch
by Robert J. Sawyer

Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer continues his “wildly though- provoking” science fiction saga of a sentient World Wide Web.

One of the foremost science fiction writers of our generation(SF Site) comes to Ace with a trilogy of the Web’s awakening.

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math-and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin’s brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something-some other-lurking in the background. And it’s getting more and more intelligent with each passing day.

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Fresh Pick | ZIG ZAG by Jose Carlos Somoza

Zig Zag

August 2008
On Sale: August 1, 2008
Featuring: Elisa Robledo
496 pages
ISBN: 0061193739
EAN: 9780061193736
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99

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by Jose Carlos Somoza

While studying advanced physics at a prestigious European university, Elisa Robledo was invited to join a select research team on a secret project to manipulate String Theory. It was the opportunity of a lifetime for the eager young scientist—the chance to actually view monumental events from the far distant past: dinosaurs roaming the Earth, life during the Stone Age, the crucifixion of Christ. But on a remote island in the Indian Ocean, the team’s experiments went horribly awry . . . and something terrible was awakened.

Now, years later, Elisa’s former colleagues are dying, one by one. The nightmare they created by meddling with Time is taking a shocking and gruesome toll. And only by uncovering the sinister truth behind the science can Elisa hope to survive the dark, devouring forces that mean to destroy her and the world she knows.

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Fresh Pick | MEN ON FIRE by Susan Lyons, Rachelle Chase, Jodi Lynn Copeland

Men On Fire

November 2009
On Sale: October 27, 2009
320 pages
ISBN: 0758238010
EAN: 9780758238016
Paperback
$12.95

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Susan LyonsMen On Fire
by Susan Lyons, Rachelle Chase, Jodi Lynn Copeland

Feel the heat…

Brave, bold, and dangerously sexy, firefighters are every woman’s fantasy. Meet three hot heroes who take scorching desire to a whole new level…Executive Jade Rousseau needs to find a fake fiance to parade around her company’s social events. When her friends bid on red-hot firefighter Quinn O’Malley at a benefit auction, Jade bids higher. The man has to be hers – and she can’t wait to feel the passion…

When fashion designer Delta Ballantyne asks firefighter Evan Marshall to model her sexy line of men’s underwear, she can’t stop the sizzling fantasies running through her mind, beginning with sophisticated foreplay…and ending with the ultimate climax…

Ever since Erica Donelson’s ex-husband left her, his former best buddy, firefighter Lincoln Gabriel, has been there for her. But before long, their warm friendship heats up to a burning lust that won’t be denied…

Brave, bold, and dangerously sexy, firefighters are every woman’s fantasy.

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[Jade Rousseau, the heroine, needs a fake fiancé to impress her family values employer, and there’s nary a guy in her life right now. Her girlfriends Kimberly and Amarjeet persuade her to go to the Raining Men bachelor auction, for charity. All the men come out on stage and Jade makes a list of her four top picks, all nice conservative, white-collar guys. Even though the one man who really turns her on is firefighter Quinn O’Malley. After all the men have taken their turn, it’s time to start the bidding. She’s enlisted her girlfriends to bid for her, because her boss’s wife is at the auction and Jade can’t let her see her “buying” a man she’s soon going to introduce as her fiancé.]

Cara, the red-dressed emcee, took the stage. “Thanks again to all Read More…

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Fresh Pick | WILD HEAT by Bella Andre

Wild Heat

Hot Shots: Men on Fire #1
May 2009
On Sale: April 28, 2009
Featuring: Maya Jackson; Logan Cain
352 pages
ISBN: 0440245001
EAN: 9780440245001
Mass Market Paperback
$6.99

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Bella AndreWild Heat
by Bella Andre

Addicted to risk-and to each other. Danger doesn’t get any hotter than this.

He’s a hotshot firefighter addicted to risk.
She’s the sultry beauty he never saw coming.

Maya Jackson doesn’t sleep with strangers. Until the night grief sent her to the nearest bar and into the arms of the most explosive lover she’s ever had. Six months later, the dedicated arson investigator is coming face-to-face with him again. Gorgeous, grinning Logan Cain. Her biggest mistake. Now her number one suspect in a string of deadly wildfires.

Risking his life on a daily basis is what gets Logan up in the morning. As the leader of the elite Tahoe Pines Hotshot Crew, he won’t back down from a blaze—or from beautiful, lethal Maya Jackson. She may have seduced him with her tears and her passion, but it’ll be a cold day in hell before Logan lets down his guard again. But when Maya’s life is threatened, his natural-born-hero instincts kick in, and Logan vows to protect the woman sworn to bring him down. And as desire reignites, nothing—not the killer fire nor the killer hot on their trail—can douse the flames.…

Explosive, sizzling start to a great new series about hot and sexy firefighters.

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