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Thanksgiving, Television and lots to read in November!

This fall, ABC-TV is airing Women's Murder Club, based on a series of books written by James Patterson, with actress Angie Harmon playing the title role of Det. Lindsay Boxer. It is currently scheduled to run for 13 episodes. I've seen several installments of the show and enjoyed them. We'll see what the critics have to say about Women's Murder Club and whether it will continue until the end of the season. A television drama that I really like a lot and never miss is Fox-TV's Bones, with characters based on novels written by Kathy Reichs.

Allen and I took the motor home to Colorado in October and enjoyed the fall colors and spectacular scenery around Loveland, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding area. It was beautiful. We even saw snow in the higher elevations. I got to do some reading on our long drives across Kansas, which included several ARCs for reviewing, as well as one personal book I want to recommend -- Lois Greiman's UNMANNED (Dell), which went on sale October 30, 2007. What a fun and witty story, and a wonderful addition to this quirky mystery series.

Lately, a big promo idea used by authors has been video trailers for their books. Some are very classy, some a bit graphic, but I got a really big laugh out of the one for Julianne MacLean's IN MY WILDEST DREAMS (Avon, 10/30/07). It has both a short version (funny) and a longer Director's Cut (hiliarious). You have to check this one out!

As the weather gets cooler and we want to stay in more, you should be able to find ample reading material in the following releases set for this month.

Stephanie Rowe continues her hilarious Immortally Sexy series November 1, 2007, with SEX AND THE IMMORTAL BAD BOY (Warner Forever). Paige has finally left her boss from Hell -- Satan -- who unfortunately cursed her with losing her soul. It seems the only way she can keep from dying is to skinny dip in one of Heaven's moats -- which have some pretty strong defenses against that happening. Enter Jed, a shadow warrior who's on a fast track to Hell...so what does he have to lose if he helps Paige? It seems plenty, but what a hot, sexy ride it will be for both of them.

Nora Roberts' next J. D. Robb futuristic suspense novel in the In Death series will be CREATION IN DEATH (Putnam hardcover) with a November 6, 2007 release date. This time, NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is hunting for the serial killer known as "The Groom" before he takes his next intended victim -- Eve. Nora has also penned a novella, Eternity in Death, in this futuristic series for the October 30, 2007, paranormal anthology DEAD OF NIGHT (Jove). This time Eve is in a supernatural showdown with a most unusual criminal -- a man who believes he's a vampire.

Jennifer Estep follows up KARMA GIRL (Berkley trade paper, 5/07) with HOT MAMA, set to go on sale November 6, 2007. This new book in her Bigtime series focuses on super-hot superhero Fiera, who, by night, melts steel with her bare hands, while she works as couture designer Fiona during the day. Jennifer's third comical Bigtime novel, JINX, is set for an September 1, 2008, release and features Bella, a fashion designer and artist whose superpower of luck is more a curse than a blessing.

Alex Cross rejoins the police force to face the most diabolical villain he's ever encountered -- a serial killer with a hunger for mega-celebrity -- in James Patterson's new hardcover release, DOUBLE CROSS (Little, Brown), on sale November 13, 2007.

A GENTLE RAIN (BelleBooks) is the title of Deborah Smith's new novel set for release November 15, 2007. An heiress from Connecticut, learning that she's adopted, searches for her birth parents on a cattle ranch in Florida, where she ends up discovering a surprising romance with the owner of the ranch.

November 27, 2007, hairstylist Marla Shore returns in Nancy J. Cohen's KILLER KNOTS (Kensington hardcover). When Marla and her fiancé Dalton Vail set sail on the Tropical Sun for their first Caribbean cruise, troubled waters lurk ahead. Not only do they have to deal with a killer onboard, but Dalton's daughter and parents have decided to join in the fun.

Also coming November 27, 2007 is Susan Squire's ONE WITH THE SHADOWS (St. Martin's), the fifth book in her sensual vampire series set in Regency England and a follow-up to her April book, ONE WITH THE NIGHT.

Gaelen Foley continues her Spice Trilogy on November 27, 2007, with the release of HER SECRET FANTASY (Ballantine), Derek Knight's story. Then watch for Gabriel Knight's story, HER EVERY PLEASURE (Ballantine), set for publication in spring 2008. These are the Knight cousins who arrive in Regency London from India.

The Midnight Breed return November 27, 2007, in MIDNIGHT AWAKENING (Dell), book three in Lara Adrian's sexy vampire series. Darkhaven beauty Elise prowls Boston's streets in search of Rogue vampires. She tracks her prey using her psychic gift. But she has to learn to harness this gift, and only one man can help her with that -- the deadly Breed warrior Tegan. Their unholy alliance will plunge them into danger and desire and forever link them in the darkest passion of the heart.

Nora Roberts is currently working on a new trilogy called The Sign of Seven, which starts November 27, 2007 with the release of BLOOD BROTHERS (Jove). The setting is a fictional place she's based loosely on Boonsboro, Maryland, a town not far from where she lives. In Hawkins Hollow, three best friends share the same birthday, 7/7/77. The evening before turning 10, they sneak into the woods for a sleepover. But their celebration turns into a night of horror as the blood brother oath they take unleashes a 300-year curse. For the past 21 years, Cal Hawkins and his friends have seen their town plagued by a week of unexplainable evil events twice -- every seven years. With the clock winding down on the third set of seven years, someone else has taken an interest in the town's folklore. Quinn, a well-known scholar of local legends, is delving into the mystery despite Cal's protests. But when the first signs of evil appear months early, Cal must do whatever it takes to protect the town, as well as his heart. Subsequent titles will include THE HOLLOW, set for release May 2008, and THE PAGAN in December 2008.

Linnea Sinclair's November 27, 2007, paranormal release, THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES (Bantam Spectra), features a new setting for this author: Earth. While Linnea's science fiction romances are set on starships and space stations, this new book takes place in tropical Bahia Vista, Florida. Sexy homicide detective Theo Petrakos is anticipating a quiet Christmas when he's assigned a case involving a mummified body and a very unusual laptop computer. Enter Guardian Force Commander Jorie Mikkalah, who needs to retrieve that computer undetected by Theo AND the zombies, biomechanical intergalactic monsters who consider humans tasty snacks.

November 27, 2007, is the release date of the third installment in Madelyn Alt's Bewitching Mysteries series, HEX MARKS THE SPOT (Berkley Prime Crime). Madelyn describes her unique books this way, "The Bewitching Mysteries feature small- town single-girl and fledgling empath Maggie O'Neill, her witchy boss, and her circle of ghost hunting friends, the N.I.G.H.T.S., as they investigate increasing levels of paranormal disturbance -- not to mention a series of unrelated murders -- in Maggie's hometown of Stony Mill, Indiana."

Another November 27, 2007, release is Connie Mason's historical romance THE PRICE OF PLEASURE (Leisure). Though it takes place mostly in England, the first few chapters are set in a French prison during the Revolution. Close to death, an English operative is rescued by a mysterious woman dubbed the Black Widow by the other prisoners. After she nurses him back to health, they flee to London where many surprises are in store for both of them. Connie is currently working on her next book, VIKING WARRIOR, set in Norway and Denmark. In August, Connie's husband of 57 years unexpectedly died. She says she's still mourning his loss. We extend our deepest condolences to Connie.

On sale December 1, 2007, will be THE MORCAI BATTALION (Luna hardcover) by Diana Palmer. This sci-fi fantasy was originally published in 1980 by Manor Books and written under Diana's pseudonym Susan S. Kyle. This new version has been updated to almost twice its original length. She describes the plot as, "A rag-tag band of humans from the Terravegan colonies fights the Rojok invaders and their ship is destroyed. Rescued by the Centaurian commander of the terror-inspiring Holconcom, the humans must learn to live with their hostile alien counterparts when they are captured by the Rojoks and thrown into the galaxy's most horrible prison camp. The female exobiologist has to save the life of the alien commander in order to save her captain, her comrades and herself."

Bonnie Vanak is starting a new venture by writing two paranormals for Silhouette's Nocturne line. The first book, titled THE EMPATH and set for release December 1, 2007, is about a veterinarian who's a gentle-natured creature until she's seduced by an embittered warrior werewolf. He has to mate with her and turn her into a killer to destroy the shapeshifters destroying his pack. The second book will be a sequel to the first. Bonnie is also writing two more Egyptian historicals for Dorchester. THE SCORPION & THE SEDUCER is the story of Jasmine, Badra's daughter, who punched out Tommy in THE PANTHER & THE PYRAMID. The book is a Romeo & Juliet type tale of forbidden love. Tommy, known now as Mac and a wealthy earl's son, is pressured to marry a blue-blooded aristocrat, but he falls in love with Jasmine. Jasmine, scorned by English high society for her Egyptian heritage, has desperately tried fitting into their world. This prolific author also writes erotic romance for Ellora's Cave under the name Blair Valentine.

As friends and family gather for the Thanksgiving holiday, I hope all of you have many things to be thankful for and much to celebrate.

Until next month...Tanzey

 

 

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