I enjoyed a lot of diverse reading this past month both in my personal
choices and in ARCs for reviewing. I’ve been a fan of Laura Levine since
her first Jaine Austin mystery was released by Kensington, THIS PEN FOR HIRE
(mass market, 6/03), followed by LAST WRITES (mass market, 5/04). In my
to-be-read stack of books were the two latest installments, KILLER BLONDE (mass
market, 5/05) and SHOES TO DIE FOR (hardcover, 6/05). I devoured both of them in
one day. I can’t wait to read the fifth installment, THE PMS MURDER, due to go
on sale in hardcover June 6, 2006. This is a really fun mystery series with a
quirky female sleuth and a delightful supporting cast of characters.
In that huge pile of books, I also found TO LOVE A THIEF (Silhouette
Intimate Moments #1225, 6/03) by Merline Lovelace.
Since I’d just gotten her DIAMONDS CAN BE DEADLY (#1411, 4/06) and both of these
books are installments in her exciting Code Name: Danger series, I devoted
myself to reading both of them in one day, too. This entire series of books is
on my keeper shelf. I love the international intrigue and the undercover
operatives, as well as the romantic relationships.
My other choice for personal reading was A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER (Pocket
Star, 4/06) by Kresley
Cole. Wow, this was one hot and compelling paranormal romance with some
very diverse characters and unusual world-building by this talented author. At
first, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to endure the fierce storyline, but the longer
I read, the more involved I became and the harder it was to put down. It took a
lot of concentration on my part, and the experience was well worth it. Now, I
can’t wait for the sequel, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, coming October 2006.
The first of April, I was told a bit of sad news for us long-time readers.
Talented suspense author Christiane Heggan
informed her publicist that after her next book, she’s going to retire. She says
she wants to spend more time with her young grandsons and help her son with
their activities. MIRA has told her the door is open whenever she wants to
return to writing. And the gifted Millie Criswell is
also going to retire and enjoy life after her next book. I know these two
popular authors are going to be greatly missed in the industry.
The first week of April, I received a large shipment of advance galleys from
Penguin Putnam and one of them was a June release under the Berkley Jam banner.
Assuming this was their new YA line, but wanting to make sure I had the correct
info about this imprint, I contacted Editor Cindy Hwang. Here’s her response,
"You’re right, Berkley Jam is our new young adult imprint, and NAL is also
publishing teen titles under NAL Jam. Basically, most of our teen titles are
geared to girls 13+, and they’ll range from edgier books (like Gossip Girls) to
light and funny. Some of our already established adult writers are writing these
books -- for instance, MaryJanice Davidson
Mancusi." This month’s release is BRACED 2 BITE by debut author Serena Robar and
will be the first in a series about teenager Colby Blanchard -- cheerleader,
smart student, fashionista, vampire.
has a new book, titled ETERNAL NIGHTS, coming in August 2006 from Love Spell.
This new novel is a loosely linked sequel to her award-winning debut futuristic
romance RAVYN’S FLIGHT, which Love Spell is going to reissue in August 2006 with
the same cover and the same ISBN to coincide with the release of the new book.
After contributing slam-bang installments in two best-selling paranormal action
series -- 2176 (THE POWER OF TWO) and Crimson City (THROUGH A CRIMSON VEIL) --
Patti is a hot commodity and a great author to read.
Romance Writers of America has announced their 2006 RITA Finalists. The
1,000 romance novels entered in this year’s contest were narrowed down to 94
finalists in 13 categories. Winners will be revealed in a special gala on
Saturday evening, July 29, 2006, at RWA’s 26th Annual National
Conference in Atlanta. (See list at https://www.rwanational.org)
In July 2006, Marjorie M. Liu’s
third book in her paranormal Dirk & Steele series -- THE RED HEART OF JADE --
will be released by Love Spell. Then in September 2006, the fourth installment
will be the novella A Dream of Stone and Shadows in the DARK DREAMERS
anthology with Christine
Feehan. Dirk & Steele #5 -- EYE OF HEAVEN -- is slated for release in
December 2006. We have some great reading to look forward in the last half of
this year from this talented author. I can’t wait!
Janzen’s Crazy series continues June 27, 2006, with CRAZY LOVE (Dell),
which tells the story of Dylan and Skeeter. This is the one I’ve been waiting
for! Then CRAZY SWEET is set to arrive in bookstores October 31, 2006.
July 18, 2006, the next installment in Kay Hooper’s eerily
chilling series featuring FBI Special Agent Noah Bishop and his Special Crimes
Unit is set for release. Titled SLEEPING WITH FEAR (Bantam hardcover), it
introduces a new member of the team -- a clairvoyant woman Bishop has
hand-picked to investigate a brutal, sacrificial murder in a remote North
Carolina town. I’ve already read the ARC, and I don’t think anyone is more
expert at combining suspense with the supernatural than Hooper.
Another favorite author of mine is Karin Slaughter,
and she has a new novel coming August 15, 2006, that will not be a part of her
Grant County series. This stand-alone book, titled TRIPTYCH (Delacorte
hardcover), centers on the murder of a small-town woman and the two men involved
in solving the sadistic crime.
Sofie Metropolis returns this month in DIRTY LAUNDRY (Forge hardcover) by Tori Carrington.
And fans of this series, which began with SOPHIE METROPOLIS, will be delighted
to know that books three and four have recently been contracted to Forge/Tor.
The final book in Kathryn Caskie’s
Featherton sisters’ quartet -- LOVE IS IN THE HEIR -- will be in stores the end
of this month. Then in October 2006, watch for the beginning of her new romantic
comedy Regency-set trilogy with HOW TO SEDUCE A DUKE.
starts a new summer trilogy in June featuring the Edge brothers -- unique men
with a Scottish heritage and supernatural abilities who share an ancient family
curse. They are part of a new super-secret unit of T-FLAC. The first book is
EDGE OF DANGER, then in July EDGE OF FEAR, followed in August by EDGE OF
DARKNESS. Sounds exciting and intriguing, doesn’t it?
Macomber, who is celebrating her 24th year as a published
author, has a new hardcover this month from MIRA titled SUSANNAH’S GARDEN. She
says this book is especially close to her heart as it deals with emotions and
issues she experienced losing her parents during the past two years. In
September, MIRA will release the next book in her Cedar Cove series -- 6 RAINIER
DRIVE -- in mass market paperback.
As always, check back next month...
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