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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Jose Carlos SomozaZig Zag
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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Fresh Pick | LINE OF FIRE by Jo Davis

Line of Fire

Firefighters of Station Five, #4

May 2010
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Featuring: Tommy Skyler; Shea Ford
320 pages
ISBN: 0451229789
EAN: 9780451229786
Paperback
$6.99

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Jo DavisLine of Fire
by Jo Davis

Some passions are all-consuming…

To his fellow firemen, Tommy Skyler has it all. But the golden boy of Station Five hides a private pain. He was once a star quarterback until tragedy derailed his dream. Since then, he’s struggled with his choices – including his decision to become a firefighter. His one ray of light shines in beautiful nurse Shea Ford.

When a dangerous rescue lands Tommy in the ER, what better opportunity to win her over? But when a conspiracy culminates in deadly arson, Tommy realizes that a ruthless enemy is closing in, threatening to destroy the couple’s love – and their lives.

Brad Pitt look-alike is a hunky firefighter and a great lover.

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Fresh Pick | DISASTER STATUS by Candace Calvert

Disaster Status

Mercy Hospital #2

April 2010
On Sale: April 1, 2010
Featuring: Erin Quinn; Scott McKenna
352 pages
ISBN: 1414325444
EAN: 9781414325446
Paperback
$12.99

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Candace CalvertDisaster Status
by Candace Calvert

Charge nurse Erin Quinn escaped personal turmoil to work on the peaceful California coast. But when a hazardous material spill places Pacific Mercy Hospital on disaster status and stresses staff, she’s put to the test. And thrown into conflict with the fire department’s handsome incident commander, who thinks her strategy is out of line.

Fire Captain Scott McKenna has felt the toxic effects of tragedy; he’s learned to go strictly by the book to advance his career, heal his family, and protect his wounded heart. When he’s forced to team with the passionately determined ER charge nurse, sparks fly. As they work to save lives, can they handle the attraction kindled between them . . . without getting burned?

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Chapter One
Fire captain Scott McKenna bolted through the doors of Pacific Mercy ER, his boots thudding and heart pounding as the unconscious child began to stiffen and jerk in his arms. He cradled her close as her small spine arched and her head thumped over and over against his chest. “Need help here. Seizure!”

“This way.” A staff person beckoned. “The code room. Someone page respiratory therapy stat!”

Scott jogged behind a trio of staff in green scrubs to a glassed-in room, laid the child on a gurney, and stepped back, his breath escaping in a rush of relief. He swiped a trickle of sweat from his forehead and tried to catch a glimpse of the girl’s face. He’d swept her up too fast to get a good look at her. Now, with merciful distance, Scott’s heart tugged Read More… Previous Picks

Fresh Pick | EMBERS by Laura Bickle

Embers

Fire #1
April 2010
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Featuring: Anya Kalinczyk
368 pages
ISBN: 1439167656
EAN: 9781439167656
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99

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Laura BickleEmbers
by Laura Bickle

Detroit is burning…but it’s just the beginning.

A sizzling debut depicts a Detroit where phantoms invade urban life and a supernatural arsonist seeks an ancient power to leave the city in cinders.

Unemployment, despair, anger–visible and invisible unrest feed the undercurrent of Detroit’s unease. A city increasingly invaded by phantoms now faces a malevolent force that further stokes fear and chaos throughout the city.

Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters. Anya–who is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern–suspects a supernatural arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient entity that will leave the city in cinders. By Devil’s Night, the spell will be complete, unless Anya–with the help of her salamander familiar and the paranormal investigating team–can stop it.

Anya’s accustomed to danger and believes herself inured to loneliness and loss. But this time she’s risking everything: her city, her soul, and a man who sees and accepts her for everything she is. Keeping all three safe will be the biggest challenge she’s ever faced.

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Chapter One

Truth burned.

It always burned, even in the dark, cold hours of the morning when nearly everything slept.

Anya stood on the doorstep of the haunted house, hands jammed into her pockets, stifling a yawn. She’d taken a cab, not wanting her license plates to be seen and recorded in the vicinity. The cab had peeled away, red lights receding down the gray street. The two-story brown brick house before her looked like every other house on the block, windows and doors ribboned in iron bars. Cables from the beat-up panel van parked curbside snaked under the front door, but no light shined inside. Empty plastic bags drifted over the cracked sidewalk until trapped by a low iron fence.

She poked the doorbell. Inside, she heard the echo of the chime, the responding scrape of Read More…

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Fresh Pick | THE MARKS OF CAIN by Tom Knox

The Marks Of Cain

May 2010
On Sale: May 6, 2010
Featuring: David Martinez
448 pages
ISBN: 0670021911
EAN: 9780670021918
Hardcover
$26.95

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Tom KnoxThe Marks Of Cain
by Tom Knox

A thrilling and startling novel from the author of the international bestseller The Genesis Secret

When David Martinez, a young lawyer, receives an ancient map from his dying grandfather, the mysteries of his past begin to open up before him. The map leads David into the heart of the dangerous Basque mountains, where a genetic curse lies buried and a frightening secret about the Western world’s past is hidden.

Meanwhile, London journalist Simon Quinn may have found his big break. A wealthy, elderly woman has been murdered in the most horrific fashion, and another homicide soon follows. Both victims came from villages in the Basque region, both were interred at a top-secret Nazi camp, both have been silenced for what they know about the experiments conducted on the Basques, the Jews, and a dwindling mystical tribe of pre-Caucasian locals called Cagots.

From the North Sea islands to the Arizona desert, from the graveyards of the Basque countryside to the heart of colonial Africa, Martinez’s and Quinn’s quests intersect to reveal the shocking roots of racial persecution, human violence, and war.

The Genesis Secret-already in its fourth hardcover printing and appearing on several bestseller lists- immediately established Tom Knox as a searing, brilliant new voice in commercial fiction. The Marks of Cain dares to raise the bar even higher and promises to be an even greater success.

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