Fresh Pick | HOW HIGH THE MOON by Sandra Kring

How High the MoonSandra KringHow High the Moon by Sandra Kring

In this tender novel set in 1955 Mill Town, Wisconsin, Sandra Kring explores the complicated bond between mothers and daughters, the pressure to conform, and the meaning of friendship and family.

From the author of “The Book of Bright Ideas, How High the Moon” illustrates that each person is both teacher and student–and that the only opinion that really matters is the one a person has of herself.

Ten-year-old Isabella “Teaspoon” Marlene has been a handful ever since her mother, Catty, dumped her with an old boyfriend and ran off to Hollywood. Teaspoon fights, fibs, never stops singing, and is as unpredictable and fearless as a puppy off its leash. Still, Teddy Favors, a man who has taken his share of kicks, is determined to raise her right.

Teaspoon wants to be better for Teddy—even if that means agreeing to take part in a do-gooder mentorship program and being paired up with Brenda Bloom, the beautiful reigning Sweetheart of Mill Town. Against all odds, as the summer passes, this unlikely duo discover a special friendship as they face personal challenges, determined to follow their hearts instead of convention.

It’s while Brenda and Teaspoon are putting together the grandest show the Starlight Theater has ever seen that Catty returns to Mill Town, shattering illusions and testing loyalties. But by the final curtain call, one determined little girl shows an entire town the healing that can happen when you let your heart take center stage.

April 2010
On Sale: April 6, 2010
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Featuring: Isabella Marlene (Teaspoon); Teddy Favors; Brenda Bloom
368 pages
ISBN: 0385341210
EAN: 9780385341219
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Fresh Pick | THE MAPPING OF LOVE AND DEATH by Jacqueline Winspear

The Mapping Of Love And Death

Maisie Dobbs #7

May 2010
On Sale: April 22, 2010
Featuring: Maisie Dobbs
352 pages
ISBN: 0061727660
EAN: 9780061727665

Mystery Historical
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Jacqueline Winspear The Mapping Of Love And Death
by Jacqueline Winspear

In 1932 London, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death–an investigation that leads her to a doomed affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.

In the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death—an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.

August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe. Michael—the youngest son of an expatriate Englishman—puts duty first and sails for his father’s native country to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed among those missing in action.

April 1932. London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs is retained by Michael’s parents, who have recently learned that their son’s remains have been unearthed in France. They want Maisie to find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among Michael’s belongings—a quest that takes Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love. Her inquiries, and the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his trench, unleash a web of intrigue and violence that threatens to engulf the soldier’s family and even Maisie herself. Over the course of her investigation, Maisie must cope with the approaching loss of her mentor, Maurice Blanche, and her growing awareness that she is once again falling in love.

Following the critically acclaimed bestseller Among the Mad, The Mapping of Love and Death delivers the most gripping and satisfying chapter yet in the life of Maisie Dobbs.

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Fresh Pick | IN A GILDED CAGE by Rhys Bowen

In A Gilded Cage

Molly Murphy

March 2009
On Sale: March 17, 2009
Featuring: Molly Murphy
288 pages
ISBN: 031238534X
EAN: 9780312385347

Mystery Historical, Mystery Woman Sleuth
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Rhys Bowen In A Gilded Cage
by Rhys Bowen

Irish immigrant Molly Murphy and her New York City P.I. business are in the midst of a sweeping influenza epidemic and a fight for women’s suffrage that lands her in jail. Her betrothed, Police Captain Daniel Sullivan, finds her, but he hardly has time to bail her out, what with Chinese gangs battling for control of a thriving opium trade. The only consolation Molly can take from her vexing afternoon in the clink is that it made her some new friends among the Vassar suffragists—and brought her a pair of new cases.

For the first, Emily Boswell is convinced her miserly uncle stole her inheritance and wants Molly to uncover the truth behind her parents’ lives and deaths. Second, Emily’s college roommate Fanny Poindexter wants Molly to find proof of her husband’s philandering so that she can leave him without one red cent. But when Fanny dies and her husband claims she’s a victim of the epidemic, it’s more than Molly’s conscience can take.

Rhys Bowen’s Agatha and Anthony Award–winning historical series continues to breathe life into the past with its wit and charm and its complete sense of early-twentieth-century New York, which makes In a Gilded Cage her most accomplished mystery yet.

Not Just the Luck of the Irish at work…

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Fresh Pick | A DUTY TO THE DEAD by Charles Todd

A Duty To The Dead

A Bess Crawford Mystery #1

September 2009
On Sale: September 1, 2009
Featuring: Bess Crawford; Jonathan Graham
336 pages
ISBN: 0061791768
EAN: 9780061791765

Mystery, Mystery Historical
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Charles ToddA Duty To The Dead
by Charles Todd

From the brilliantly imaginative New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd comes an unforgettable new character in an exceptional new series

England, 1916.
Independent-minded Bess Crawford’s upbringing is far different from that of the usual upper-middle-class British gentlewoman. Growing up in India, she learned the importance of responsibility, honor, and duty from her offi­cer father. At the outbreak of World War I, she followed in his footsteps and volunteered for the nursing corps, serving from the battlefields of France to the doomed hospital ship Britannic.

On one voyage, Bess grows fond of the young, gravely wounded Lieutenant Arthur Graham. Something rests heavily on his conscience, and to give him a little peace as he dies, she promises to deliver a message to his brother. It is some months before she can carry out this duty, and when she’s next in England, she herself is recovering from a wound.

When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother’s last wishes with surprising indifference. Neither his mother nor his brother Timothy seems to think it has any significance. Unsettled by this, Bess is about to take her leave when sudden tragedy envelops her. She quickly discovers that fulfilling this duty to the dead has thrust her into a maelstrom of intrigue and murder that will endanger her own life and test her courage as not even war has.

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Fresh Pick | SHAMELESS by Karen Robards


Banning Sisters Trilogy #3

April 2010
On Sale: April 13, 2010
Featuring: Elizabeth Banning; Neil Severin
400 pages
ISBN: 0743410610
EAN: 9780743410618

Romance Historical
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Karen RobardsShameless
by Karen Robards

Three broken engagements in a search for true love. Elizabeth Banning finds herself risking everything to win the one man who doesn’t want her.

In Regency England, a beautiful young woman finds her life thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a handsome scoundrel. Lady Elizabeth, the youngest and most headstrong of the three Banning sisters, has been engaged three times, and has most scandalously broken off all three engagements. Her fear of becoming any man’s property has kept her from marriage and earned her a reputation in the ton as a heartbreaking flirt.

Neil Severin is a wicked rogue, black of heart and black of reputation. A man of no morals, devoid of compassion, he is a government sanctioned assassin. And his newest target is a man Beth holds dear. When the flame-haired beauty thwarts his plan, Neil exacts his own brand of spicy revenge.

Beth despises him. Neil doesn’t care. But circumstances most unexpectedly throw them together, and with Beth’s life in danger, Neil finds himself in the unexpected role of hero, racing to save her before it’s too late.

What he never expects is the twist fate hands him: instead of his saving her, Beth winds up saving him. When the ruthless organization he works for turns its agents loose on him, only Beth stands between him and a death he thought he didn’t fear.

In a fight for their lives, Neil and Beth travel the British countryside, fleeing the ruthless killers out for Neil’s blood, the men after Beth, and their growing attraction to each other. Can Neil forgive himself for his past and accept Beth’s love? Can Beth overcome her fear and trust Neil? Will she have to choose between him and her family? And most important, can they both survive long enough to begin a new life together?

The third in the Banning Sisters trilogy that began with the New York Times bestsellers Scandalous and Irresistible, Shameless marks a dazzling return to historical fiction for Karen Robards.


She watched him still, her expression severe. “If you are a burglar, I must warn you that you are quite out in your timing: the house is full of people. There is a ball in progress just at this moment, you know. And perhaps this would be a good time to mention, too, that I have only to scream, and a hundred people will instantly come rushing to my aid.”

“Why don’t you, then?” he asked, genuinely curious. He almost wished she would scream. He would be upon her before the sound left her throat, of course, silencing her quickly and forever, his hand pushed by necessity, which would make this easier. It had been many years since he’d felt any hesitation at all about killing anyone, but he was conscious of having to deliberately keep reminding himself that in the name of self-preservation he Read More…

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Fresh Pick | THE SUMMER OF YOU by Kate Noble

The Summer Of You

April 2010 On Sale: April 6, 2010 Featuring: Jane Cummings; Byrne Worth 368 pages ISBN: 0425232395 EAN: 9780425232392 Trade Size $15.00
Romance Historical

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The Summer Of You by Kate Noble

A summer to remember…

From the acclaimed author of Revealed comes a tale of first loves and second chances.

Lady Jane Cummings is certain that her summer is ruined when she is forced to reside at isolated Merrymere Lake with her reckless brother and ailing father. Her fast-paced London society is replaced with a small town grapevine. But one bit of gossip catches Jane’s attention- rumors that the lake’s brooding new resident is also an elusive highwayman.

Jane must face the much discussed mysterioso after he saves her brother from a pub brawl. She immediately recognizes him from London: Byrne Worth, war hero and apparent hermit-whom she finds strangely charming. The two build a fast friendship, and soon nothing can keep this Lady away from Merrymere’s most wanted. Convinced of his innocence, Jane is determined to clear Byrne’s name-and maybe have a little fun this summer after all.

Lady Jane Cummings must deal with

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Fresh Pick | SOMETHING SCANDALOUS by Christie Kelley

Something Scandalous

April 2010
On Sale: April 1, 2010
352 pages
ISBN: 142010876X
EAN: 9781420108767

Romance Historical
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Christie Kelley Something Scandalous
by Christie Kelley

Her Shocking Past. . .
Raised as the youngest daughter of the Duke of Kendal, Elizabeth learns a devastating truth on his deathbed: he wasn’t her father at all. And because the Duke had no sons, his title and fortune must go to his only male heir: a distant cousin who left England for America long ago. Anticipating the man’s imminent occupation of her home, Elizabeth anxiously searches for her mother’s diary, and the secret of her paternity. . .

Her Unexpected Future. . .
Arriving in London with his seven siblings, William Atherton intends to sell everything and return to his beloved Virginia farm, and his fiancée, as quickly as possible. But as Elizabeth shows William an England he never knew, and graciously introduces his siblings to London society, it becomes clear the two are meant for each other. Soon, Elizabeth finds herself determined to seduce the man who can save not only her family name but her heart. . .


London, 1817

As the door to Elizabeth’s home slammed shut, she braced herself for the inevitable confrontation. They hadn’t even waited for the butler or footman to open the door and announce them. Loud footsteps preceded their entry. Her heart raced as she attempted to rein in her emotions. Glancing up from her needlework, she watched Richard enter the salon with his wife Caroline following behind him.

“Elizabeth, we have given you six months and still you have refused to comply with my—our simple request,” Caroline said as she sank to the sofa with a deep sigh.

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Fresh Pick | ROGUE IN MY ARMS by Celeste Bradley

Rogue In My Arms

Runaway Brides #2

April 2010
On Sale: March 30, 2010
Featuring: Colin Lambert; Prudence Filby
352 pages
ISBN: 0312943091
EAN: 9780312943097

Romance Historical
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Celeste BradleyRogue In My Arms
by Celeste Bradley

When Sir Colin Lambert learns that the little girl left on the steps of his gentleman’s club belongs to one of its members, he’s filled with hope. Could Melody be the daughter of the beautiful, impulsive actress who broke his heart? Colin is determined to find out with the help of his lost love’s former seamstress, Miss Prudence Filby. But soon, Pru’s disarming manner and seductive voice are stirring all manner of doubts in his mind—as well as some delicious fantasies…

Pru’s only motivation in helping Colin is to reclaim the wages she’s owed. Or at least, it was, before days and nights traveling together draw them into a heated, thrilling intimacy. But as soon as Pru discovers his noble status, she suspects she’s been a fool. To a man of his standing, she can hardly be more than a dalliance, even if their scorching passion makes her long to take center stage in his life—and in his arms…

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Fresh Pick | VICTOR by Julia Templeton


Rakehells of Rochester #2

April 2010
On Sale: April 1, 2010
Featuring: Victor Rayborne; Lily Winthrop
352 pages
ISBN: 0758238169
EAN: 9780758238160

Romance Erotica Sensual, Romance Historical
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Julia Templeton Victor
by Julia Templeton

Irresitible desire is his vice…

Three brothers—each as wickedly handsome and scandalous as the next—must wed or surrender their fortunes. They’re the Rayborne men, and their quest for the perfect woman will send them on an unforgettable excursion of pleasure and excitement…

Her Thirst For Passion…

Lily Winthrop’s marriage to her recently deceased husband was a loveless one. She wishes to never wed again. But when she meets the devilishly charming Victor Rayborne, he stirs a scorching hunger deep within her. She yearns to be taken by him, to feel the heat of his body entwined with hers…

His Irresistible Desire…

The fact that Lily is older than him does not deter Victor from seeking out her lovely company. Instead, he finds the alluring woman a welcome breath of fresh air amid the insufferably dull prospects paraded before him in the ton. And when he kisses Lily, an overwhelming lust is ignited—one that begs to consume them beyond all control.


Chapter One

Victor Rayborne looked out over the grounds of his family’s country estate. It had been a fortnight since his mother had made the announcement that he and his brothers must find brides or lose everything. His eldest sibling, Sinjin, had succeeded in winning the hand of the beautiful Katelyn Davenport, a woman who at the beginning of said party had been engaged to another man.

A man who now lay dead by his own hand.

Releasing a sigh, he scrubbed a hand over his face. Unlike his brother who had fallen in love so quickly, Victor had not found a woman who caught his fancy among the young debutantes that his mother had brought to Claymoore Hall. However, he had found a chaperone who intrigued him.

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Lady Arabella's Scandalous Marriage

April 2010
On Sale: April 1, 2010
Featuring: Arabella St. Claire; Darius Wynter
288 pages
ISBN: 0373295871
EAN: 9780373295876

Romance Historical
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Carole Mortimer Lady Arabella’s Scandalous Marriage
by Carole Mortimer

You are cordially invited

to the marriage of

Darius Wynter, Duke of Carlyne

Dark and dangerous, Darius has a reputation riddled with unsavory rumor…


Lady Arabella St. Claire

Headstrong and feisty, yet more innocent than she’ll ever admit…

What is Lady Arabella letting herself in for? Sinister whispers surround the death of Darius’s first wife—could Arabella be in jeopardy? Or will the infamous duke prove all of society wrong?

One thing’s for sure—after the compromising situation that led to this marriage, Arabella will soon discover the exquisite pleasures of the marriage bed….


How I have come to hate weddings!’ Lady Arabella St Claire muttered inelegantly as her partner in the waltz—a dance still considered slightly risqué by the older members of the ton—swept her assuredly amongst the two hundred or so other wedding guests milling about the candlelit ballroom of St Claire House in London.

‘Could that be because in the past year you have been three times the sister of the groom rather than being the bride?’ drawled Darius Wynter, the Duke of Carlyne.

Arabella looked up sharply, intending to give him a set-down for the mockery she detected in his cynically bored tone. That was her intention, but instead Arabella found her attention caught and held by the hard and perfect male beauty of his face—a face Arabella had once described to one of her sisters-in-law as being that of Read More…

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