Fresh Pick | VACATIONS FROM HELL by Sarah Mlynowski, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson

Vacations From Hell
June 2009
On Sale: June 1, 2009
320 pages
ISBN: 006168872X
EAN: 9780061688720
Paperback
$6.69

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Sarah MlynowskiVacations From Hell
by Sarah Mlynowski, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson

Life’s a beach . . . and then you’re undead?

In this must-have collection, five of today’s hottest writers—Libba Bray (A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY), Cassandra Clare (CITY OF BONES), Claudia Gray (EVERNIGHT), Maureen Johnson (13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES), and Sarah Mlynowski (BRAS & BROOMSTICKS)—tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds a grudge. And a sunburn might be embarrassing and painful, but it doesn’t last as long as a curse. Of course, even in the most hellish of situations, love can thrive. . . .

From light and funny to dark and creepy, these stories have something for everyone. You definitely won’t want to leave this collection at home!

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Fresh Pick | TAKEN BEYOND TEMPTATION by Cara Summers

Taken Beyond Temptation

Twice Forbidden
June 2010
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Featuring: Jillian Brightman; Ian MacFarland
224 pages
ISBN: 0373795513
EAN: 9780373795512
Mass Market Paperback
$4.99

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Cara SummersTaken Beyond Temptation
by Cara Summers

Jillian Brightman has a forbidden fantasy. She’s always dreamed of being swept away and seduced by a mysterious stranger. But the resort she owns with her sisters keeps her too busy to indulge in any kind of fantasy, let alone a forbidden one.

At least, until Ian MacFarland comes to Belle Island. And once she sees him, Jillian knows he’s the perfect man for a onetime indulgence…no strings attached.

Only Ian wants a lot more. And each moment Jillian spends moaning under his touch, she realizes one night won’t be enough. Ian is fulfilling cravings she never dreamed she had. Could this be more than a fling?

It might be — if Ian was actually the man he said he was….

A sensual sizzler full of scalding sex and an exciting mystery.

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Fourteen months earlier

The moment Jillian stepped into the tower room, she knew she wasn't alone. It wasn't just the steady dip in the temperature as she'd climbed the circular iron staircase. Although that was a big clue. According to the research she'd done, haunted houses were known for those cold spots.

Another big clue was she suddenly had goose bumps and the hairs on the back of her neck were snapping to attention like soldiers at the first sound of reveille.

Jillian peered into the gloom. The grime on the windows that circled the outer wall cut down on the amount of sunlight. But there was definitely someone else here.

"Hello?"

The only answer was the muted sound of the Atlantic sweeping into the rocks below.

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Fresh Pick | PLEASURE ISLAND by Lorie O’Clare

Pleasure Island

June 2009
On Sale: June 1, 2009
Featuring: Natalie Green; Nicholas; Tomas
304 pages
ISBN: 0758234473
EAN: 9780758234476
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$13.95

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Lorie O'ClarePleasure Island
by Lorie O’Clare

Paradise Island seems like the ideal getaway for Natalie Green. She can’t wait to fulfill her secret sexual fantasies, and once she’s read the contract, she’s ready to sign on the dotted line for two weeks of pure carnal ecstasy. Now all she has to do is choose the perfect men.

With their hard bodies and skilled fingers, Nicolas and Tomas take turns pleasuring Natalie in ways she’s never felt before. And when the three of them embark on a wild ride of passion together, it’s the most erotic experience she’s ever felt. But that’s when she discovers the perfect deception.

Mind-blowing sex is incredible, yet Natalie senses something is not quite right with the men in her life. And when she explores the island, she discovers the truth – and the incredible secret about Paradise Island…

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Fresh Pick | IT HAD TO BE YOU by Francis Ray

It Had To Be You

Grayson Friends #4
May 2010
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Featuring: Laurel Raineau; Zachary Wilder
304 pages
ISBN: 0312365071
EAN: 9780312365073
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$7.99

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Francis RayIt Had To Be You
by Francis Ray

Most musicians would do anything to work with the hot, young record producer known as Rolling Deep. R.D. can pick and choose any artist he wants and he wants Laurel Raineau. A classical violinist, Laurel plays soaring music that touches R.D. to his very soul. But the last thing Laurel wants is to work with someone whose exploits with the ladies appear in the tabloids every week.

Not one to take no for an answer, R.D. keeps trying and failing to let Laurel know that he’s not the player he’s made out to be. So he introduces himself to her by his real name, Zachary Wilder, hoping to win her over. But it’s Zach who falls under this beauty’s spell. Now it’s only a matter of time before Laurel learns who the man she’s losing her heart to really is, but can she walk away from a passion that feels so right?

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Fresh Pick | THE BIKINI DIARIES by Lacey Alexander

The Bikini Diaries

February 2009
On Sale: February 3, 2009
Featuring: Wendy Carnes
320 pages
ISBN: 0451225902
EAN: 9780451225900
Trade Size
$15.00

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The Bikini Diaries
by Lacey Alexander

No strings attached…

While on business at Florida’s gorgeous Emerald Coast, Wendy Carnes spots a woman who unknowingly changes her life. “White Bikini Babe” is the personification of sex, clearly ready for action—and watching her makes Wendy wonder: If she put on a sexy bikini and got a new attitude, could she get a hot beach guy of her own? Could she really indulge in casual sex for the mere sport of it?

Armed with a daring new bikini and a new attitude—along with the journal in which she records her secret thoughts on the whole adventure—Wendy soon finds herself engaging in a wild and very naughty affair with her perfect fantasy man, who pushes her to new sexual extremes she’s never even imagined. But at what point does the game become reality? When does the person you pretend to be become the person you really are? And worse, what happens when your private diary falls into the wrong hands?

“Lacey Alexander takes blissful hedonism to a whole new level”(eCata Romance) and her fans can’t wait to follow her.

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Fresh Pick | A WIDOW IN PARADISE by Donna Birdsell

A Widow In Paradise

January 2010
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Featuring: Dannie Treat
464 pages
ISBN: 0373230796
EAN: 9780373230792
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$14.95

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Donna BirdsellA Widow In Paradise
by Donna Birdsell

There are few problems that can’t be fixed by a golf bag full of money.

At least, that’s what overwhelmed mom of four Dannie Treat thinks when she stumbles on the cash stashed in her garage. But she soon discovers that the bills are about as fake as her missing husband’s supposed death.

The paper trail leads her to Guy Loughran, whose wife also disappeared recently…along with the mob money Guy borrowed to open his own saloon. Now, less than twenty-four hours after meeting Guy, they are headed to the Caribbean in search of the truth.

Maybe it’s the umbrella drinks or the dirty dancing, but Dannie is about to become a widow in paradise. Good times…

Free bonus book in this volume! Suburban Secrets by Donna Birdsell—Truth or Dare: it’s not just for slumber parties anymore.

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Dannie Treat braced herself for the news. As she suspected, it wasn’t good.

“I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but she’s dying. I did what I could, but she won’t last long.” The man in the white coat spoke in a solemn tone.

Dannie bit her lower lip to keep from crying. “There’s no way to save her?”

“I’m afraid not.”

Dannie’s five-year-old son, Richard, reached up and took her hand. “Is it my fault, Mommy?”

“Not this time, honey. She’s just old.”

Dannie gave the ancient water heater a pat and followed the technician from Plumbing Doctor up the basement stairs into the kitchen.

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Fresh Pick | ASSASSIN’S HONOR by Monica Burns

Assassin's Honor

Order of the Sicari #1
June 2010
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Featuring: Emma Zale; Ares DeLuca
352 pages
ISBN: 0425234169
EAN: 9780425234167
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$15.00

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Monica BurnsAssassin’s Honor
by Monica Burns

Bound by honor. Redeemed by passion.

A sexy new adventure-packed romance with a paranormal twist-from the award-winning author. Archeologist Emma Zale sees the past when she touches ancient relics. It’s how she uncovered evidence of an ancient order of assassins-the Sicari. When a sinfully dark stranger shows up on her Chicago doorstep demanding an ancient artifact she doesn’t have, he drags her into a world where telekinesis and empaths are the norm. Now someone wants her dead, and her only hope of survival is an assassin who’s every bit as dangerous to her body as he is to her heart.

Ares DeLuca comes from an ancient Roman bloodline of telekinetic assassins.
A Sicari, he’s honor bound to kill only in the name of justice. But when the woman he loved was murdered, Ares broke the Sicari code and used his sword for revenge. Love cost him dearly once before, and he’s not willing to pay the price again. At least not until hot, sweet, delectable Emma walked into his life. Not only does she hold the key to a valuable Sicari relic, she might just hold the key to his heart.

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Taking her with him was the last thing he wanted to do. Emma Zale meant trouble. And problems he could do without. She’d only complicate matters for him.

“I’m not going anywhere with you.” Her mouth tightened in a rebellious pout.

“Unfortunately, you don’t have a choice.”

“That’s what you think,” Emma snapped. With a vicious shove, she knocked him off balance and leaped toward the door.

“Deus id damno, woman.”

He quickly recovered his equilibrium then reached out with his mind to stop her. She stumbled as he forced her to face him. Gritting his teeth, Ares narrowed his eyes at her. It was time Emma Zale realized exactly what she was up against. Slowly, he pulled her toward him.

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Fresh Pick | CHIMERA by Rob Thurman

Chimera

June 2010
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Featuring: Stefan Korsak; Lukas
352 pages
ISBN: 0451463420
EAN: 9780451463425
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$7.99

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Rob Thurman
Chimera
by Rob Thurman

Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak’s younger brother was kidnapped. No one knew who took Lukas, or why. He was simply gone. But not a day has passed that Stefan hasn’t thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him.

But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth–his brother is no longer his brother. He is a killer. Trained, brainwashed, and genetically transformed into a flesh-and-blood machine with only one purpose–assassination. Now, those who created him…will do anything to reclaim him.

And the closer Stefan grows to his brother, the more he realizes that saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him…

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Fresh Pick | DARK HUNGER by Rita Herron

Dark Hunger

Demonborn #2
August 2009
On Sale: August 1, 2009
Featuring: Annabelle Armstrong; Quinton Valtrez
320 pages
ISBN: 0446199486
EAN: 9780446199483
Mass Market Paperback
$6.99

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Rita HerronDark Hunger
by Rita Herron

He’s everything she fears…she’s everything he craves…

Telepath Quinton Valtrez wants nothing from Annabelle Armstrong except her luscious body. One peek into her mind, however, and he knows that that this CNN reporter has uncovered his identity as a government assassin and is determined to expose all of his dark secrets, one by one. He’ll never let that happen, his uncontrollable hunger for her be damned. But when a bomber strikes as they’re both in range, killing hundreds, Annabelle devotes herself entirely to the story.

Thrown together by danger and desperate to stop the violence, Quinton and Annabelle uncover that the serial bomber is a supernatural attack, perpetrated by an evil force that exerts mind control over people and turns them into killers. But when the forces of evil unite to overpower them, targeting Annabelle in order to ensnare him, Quinton must face his own destiny as one of the Demonborn and join forces with his brother Vincent (from Insatiable Desire) to save Annabelle and fight the evil threatening to overtake them.

Vultures announce a deadly game.

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Chapter One

All Hallow’s Eve – Midnight – Savannah, Georgia

Quinton Valtrez was a killer.

A loner. A man without a conscience. A man who roamed the world as a ghostly gun for hire.

He needed no one. Wanted no one to need him.

But it was All Hallow’s Eve and dammit, he was going to get laid.

Still, the Glock inside his jacket rubbed against his chest, taunting him with the fact that he could never relax. That evil never died.

That it was his mission to stop it at all costs. Even if he didn’t survive.

And all Hallow’s eve was the time when the veil between the world and the underworld was thinnest, when the spirit world could mingle with the humans and Read More…

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Fresh Pick | HIS DARKEST HUNGER by Juliana Stone

His Darkest Hunger

April 2010
On Sale: March 30, 2010
Featuring: Jaxon Castille; Libby Jamieson
384 pages
ISBN: 0061808776
EAN: 9780061808777
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$7.99

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Juliana StoneHis Darkest Hunger
by Juliana Stone

Jaxon Castille: jaguar shifter, warrior, assassin. He has long hungered for the chance to make his former lover, Libby Jamieson, pay for her deadly betrayal. After three long years he’s finally found her. The hunt is over . . .

But the Libby that he finds is not what he expected. She has no memory of their tumultuous affair, of her treachery, of anything beyond her own name. A shadowy and deadly clan has marked them both for death, and in an instant, he game changes: the hunter has become the hunted.

On the run, with the ghosts of their past between them and a dark, desperate hunger quickly reclaiming their bodies and souls, Libby and Jaxon must discover the truth behind the dark forces working against them. Together, they must grab hold of a destiny that has the power to either heal them or destroy them.

But the truth is far more shattering than anyone could imagine . . .

Interesting mythological lore, intense action & attention to detail set this book apart.

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