Articles tagged "romantic suspense"

Happy #BookBday (5/30/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these bestselling authors & series!

COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
A June 2017 Indie Next pick! When Mustang-tough Bodine Longbow’s long-missing aunt returns to the family ranch in Montana 25 years later with a story of abduction and abuse, Bodine realizes that something really bad is lurking in the mountains. “Roberts always tells a good story that balances romance and suspense, but in this title, the narrative is deeper, the mystery is more layered, and with Alice, Roberts moves into another level of exploring physical and emotional trauma and the powerful balm of family and love.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES by Daniel Wallace
A June 2017 Indie Next pick! From the New York Times bestselling author of BIG FISH comes a novel about an ordinary man who wins a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida, and has seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him (ideally, his true love). “Witty, winsome, and wise, Wallace’s tale of pluck and luck is a sweet, satisfying diversion.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Romance Roundup (1/11/17)

Baby, it’s cold outside! Snuggle up with one of these romances to get your heart racing:

THE HERO by Donna Grant (Sons of Texas #1)
“Grant delivers an adrenaline-fueled combination of heat and heart in her stellar first Sons of Texas contemporary military romance. Grant grabs the reader by the throat early on with a plausible and suspenseful plot, characters readers will root for, and snappy prose, and she doesn’t let up until the cliff-hanger ending. This first-class thrill ride will leave readers wanting more.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

NICO by Sarah Castille (Ruin & Revenge #1)
“In this super-sexy Romeo and Juliet for the 21st century, the first in the Ruin and Revenge romantic suspense series, Castille combines raw passion and barely leashed violence. She skillfully draws her hero and heroine and several in their close circles in intriguing and realistic shades of gray. This is a deftly plotted page-turner that will leave readers panting for the next installment.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

All’s Fair in Love – LJ Genre Spotlight on Romance

Love is in the air at Library Journal! Their recent genre spotlight on romance includes these steamy Macmillan reads:
HISTORY OR HER STORY?

Kerrigan Byrne’s THE DUKE (St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), the fourth installment in her “Victorian Rebels” series, features a nurse by day/spy by night who gets tangled up with a duke who has lost a hand as a prisoner of war.

PLAYTIME

Addison Fox’s AT LAST (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Nov.) stars a former NFL hero who walks away from the pros and clashes with a Brooklyn brewery owner.

While the traditional games will continue to thrive, the genre is broadening to include new and ever more exciting sports. Consider Rebecca Yarros’s WILDER (Entangled, Sept.), which features a five-time X Games (extreme sports) champion.

MORE THAN BRAWN

Romantic suspense is also getting tech-savvy with a heroine computer hacker in Sarah Castille’s new “Ruin & Revenge” series, which begins with NICO (St. Martin’s, Dec.).

Even our favorite professionals, librarians, are coming out in force with Dawn Ryder’s suspenseful DEEP INTO TROUBLE (St. Martins, Mar. 2017). This third title in her “Unbroken Heroes” series matches up a library worker with a special agent.

LOVE FROM ANOTHER WORLD

Romance writers have taken on the epic fantasy and sf tales with crossovers that transcend genre boundaries. Jacqueline Carey is no stranger to epic fantasy that also delights romance readers with strongly sensual, erotic plots, such as her “­Kushiel’s Legacy Trilogies.” Carey here retells Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a tale of forbidden love, MIRANDA AND CALIBAN (Tor, Feb. 2017).

For sf romance lovers, marriage and divorce give way to seven-year contracts in Erin Lyon’s I LOVE YOU SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (Forge, Jan. 2017).

Paranormal romance interest remains strong. Cathy Clamp’s second “Luna Lake” title, ILLICIT (Tor, Nov.), features shifters from dueling bear clans.

HIT AND MYTH

Fairy tale and myth retellings are also keeping paranormal romance in view. Monique Patterson, executive editor and editorial director of romance for St. Martin’s Press, thinks that “retellings never waned in romance and have been happening across all the romance subgenres.” The press is releasing Kerrelyn Sparks’s new “Embraced” series, which opens with a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (Mar. 2017).

Christine Warren proves that animals are not the only shifters around with HARD TO HANDLE (St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), the fifth entry in her “Gargoyles” series.

In debut author Madhuri Pavamani’s new dark and erotic “The Keeper” series, an assassin must kill a target that has nine lives. The series begins with DUTCH (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), quickly followed by JUMA (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Mar. 2017).

A DIVERSE UNIVERSE

All readers deserve books that represent their individuality. For years, many publishers have developed imprints dedicated to multicultural fiction, others to ­LGBTQ+ works, while still others increasingly offer a broader selection of materials, whether related to ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities, age, or body type. Diverse titles we’ve seen are predominantly from African American authors (and feature African American characters).

Tracy Brown’s BOSS (Griffin: St. Martin’s, Jan. 2017), a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, has been likened to the immensely popular TV shows Empire and Scandal. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (9/8/16 Edition)

thrillerthurs-9-8-16Happy #ThrillerThursday to series regulars and new mysteries:

THE WHITE MIRROR by Elsa Hart
THREE starred reviews! “Hart seamlessly melds the complex politics of 18th-century Asia with a superior fair-play plot in her second whodunit featuring Chinese librarian Li Du.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

BECAUSE I’M WATCHING by Christina Dodd
THREE starred reviews! “Dodd continues her flawless pivoting from romance to suspense with the third book in her riveting series set in the small Washington town of Virtue Falls. Scary, sexy, and smartly written, BECAUSE I’M WATCHING is Dodd at the top of her game.” — Booklist, starred review

KAROLINA’S TWINS by Ronald H. Balson
A saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland and find two sisters lost during World War II. “Readers who crave more books like Balson’s ONCE WE WERE BROTHERS and Kristin Hannah’s best-selling THE NIGHTINGALE will be enthralled by KAROLINA’S TWINS.”
Booklist, starred review

STRIPPED BARE by Shannon Baker
Featured in a recent Library Journal mystery spotlight, STRIPPED BARE stars Kate Fox, a female Walt Longmire in Nebraska’s cattle country, who must find the person who shot her cheating husband, the county sheriff. “Baker’s writing evokes the beauty of the Nebraska Sandhills, and her colorful cast of secondary characters adds a depth of charm. Devotees of Craig Johnson’s ‘Walt Longmire’ series and fans of Judy Clemens are sure to appreciate this title.” — Library Journal, starred review & September 2016 Pick of the Month  readmoreremove

Oh My (Mystery) Stars!

The *stars* are piling up for these six outstanding mysteries:

BECAUSE I’M WATCHING by Christina Dodd — THREE STARS!
“Dodd continues her flawless pivoting from romance to suspense with the third book in her riveting series set in the small Washington town of Virtue Falls. Scary, sexy, and smartly written, BECAUSE I’M WATCHING is Dodd at the top of her game.”
Booklist, starred review

“Two emotionally damaged characters find hope, self-forgiveness, and love in this exquisitely crafted, modern version of Gaslight that hooks readers and keeps them mesmerized until the end. A chilling and gripping tale, beautifully done. ” — Library Journal, starred review

“Romantic suspense favorite Dodd heads back to Virtue Falls for another smart, dramatic mystery that will keep readers flipping pages until the very end, with unexpected twists, psychological tension, and emotional depth. Another Virtue Falls winner.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE WHITE MIRROR by Elsa Hart — THREE STARS!
“Hart seamlessly melds the complex politics of 18th-century Asia with a superior fair-play plot in her second whodunit featuring Chinese librarian Li Du. The isolated and eerie manor setting is reminiscent of a classic golden age puzzle mystery, and Hart populates it with well-rounded characters.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Fans of the first book who wished to know more about the enigmatic Li Du will be well rewarded here. Readers who appreciate historical mysteries, especially the classic ‘Judge Dee’ series by Robert van Gulik, will be enthralled by this fascinating mystery.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Hart is a gifted storyteller… Her writing is intensely detailed, and vivid images range from the bells and bright red plumes of the caravan donkeys to the demon-inspired ornamentation of a mountaintop monastery. Highly recommended for fans of Robert Van Gulik’s venerated Judge Dee stories, and readers lamenting the conclusion of Laura Joh Rowland’s Sano Ichiro series.” — Booklist, starred review

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris
An August 2016 LibraryReads & Indie Next pick! “Debut-novelist Paris adroitly toggles between the recent past and the present in building the suspense of Grace’s increasingly unbearable situation, as time becomes critical and her possible solutions narrow. This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” — Booklist, starred review

“Making her smash debut, Paris switches chapters between the present and the recent past, taking us along on Grace’s journey and keeping the suspense level high. In the same vein as GONE GIRL or GIRL ON THE TRAIN, this is a can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE DRY by Jane Harper
A Library Journal “Summer Promise — Debut Novels” pick!A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.” — Booklist, starred review

“From the ominous opening paragraphs, all the more chilling for their matter-of-factness, Harper, a journalist who writes for Melbourne’s Herald Sun, spins a suspenseful tale of sound and fury as riveting as it is horrific.” — Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review
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NYPL F15 Romance Book Buzz

NYPL romance buzz-Nov 2015This morning Anne presented her favorite new and upcoming romance novels at a New York Public Library Romance Book Buzz.

While she only discussed the titles listed below in detail, there’s a full Edelweiss collection of 200+ red-hot reads spanning contemporary/paranormal/historical romance to sizzling hot erotica, New Adult, and books OK for YA!

OBSESSION FALLS by Christina Dodd (Virtue Falls series) | Romantic Suspense | Available Now
THE HIGHWAYMAN by Kerrigan Byrne | Historical Romance | Available Now
BROWN-EYED GIRL by Lisa Kleypas (The Travises series) | Contemporary Romance | Available Now
HEARTSONG COTTAGE by Emily March | Contemporary Romance | Available Now
THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson series) | Paranormal Romance/Mystery | On Sale 1/12/16
THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth | Contemporary Women’s Fiction | On Sale 1/19/16
EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau | Contemporary Women’s Fiction | On Sale 2/9/16
ONE WITH YOU by Sylvia Day (Crossfire series) | Contemporary Romance | On Sale 4/5/16
DIRTY by Kylie Scott (Dive Bar series) | Contemporary Romance | On Sale 4/5/16
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo | YA Romance| On Sale 5/3/16
SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS edited by Stephanie Perkins | YA Romance| On Sale 5/17/16
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour | YA Romance| On Sale 6/7/16

Download the handout of presented titles (including three pages of backlist essentials) and don’t forget to check out the Edelweiss collection!

Friday Reads: Starred Review Roundup

Happy Friday! Check out these forthcoming books raking in the starred reviews:

OBSESSION FALLS by Christina Dodd (The Virtue Falls series)
“After wowing both mystery and romance readers with VIRTUE FALLS, Dodd delivers another white-knuckle tale of romantic suspense that moves her even closer to the thriller end of the literary spectrum. The plot’s twists and turns are handled with a positively Hitchcockian touch, while the brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor are pure Dodd.” — Booklist, starred review

“Stunning description, startling violence, nonstop action, and an inventive plot drive this riveting Native American lore-infused page-turner. With a gritty, resourceful heroine, a whip-smart, determined hero, and an equally dazzling miscreant, this one is impossible to put down. A remarkable, mesmerizing series.” — Library Journal, starred review

FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE AND FANCY SUITS by David Wong
“The day that barista Zoey Ashe inherits a fortune from her estranged billionaire father, she also earns a high-dollar contract on her head and a prime spot in the middle of a futuristic Mob war. Well-timed humor and explosive thrills, a smart backbone, and witty wordsmithing make this new release by Cracked.com’s pseudonym-wielding Jason Pargin (JOHN DIES AT THE END) as fun as it gets. Steer this one toward readers of SF with a sense of humor, and fans of Max Barry’s satirical futuristic novels.” — Booklist, starred review

“Cracked.com executive editor Wong (THIS BOOK IS FULL OF SPIDERS) unabashedly trolls everyone and lampoons everything in this beautifully outrageous science fiction adventure. Biting humor and blatant digs at modern society overlay a subtly brilliant and thoughtful plot focused on one young woman’s growth and survival against all odds.” Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Romance Roundup

We’re lovers, not fighters! Unless we’re arguing about which romance novel to read next. Here are upcoming titles ready to sizzle your shelves:

Contemporary Romance
HEARTSONG COTTAGE by Emily March (Eternity Springs series)
FOREVER THIS TIME by Maggie McGinnis
WIN ME OVER by Nicole Michaels
TEXAS THUNDER by Kimberly Raye

For Fans of 50 SHADES OF GREY
BURNED DEEP by Calista Fox
WICKED HEART by Leisa Rayven
FOR HIS PLEASURE by Suzanne Rock
YOU ARE MINE by Jackie Ashenden (Nine Circles series)

Erotica
STEPBROTHER, MINE by Opal Carew

Romantic Suspense
WICKED LIES by Lora Leigh
OBSESSION FALLS by Christina Dodd
FIRST TOUCH by Laurelin Page
INTIMATE by Kate Douglas

Historical Romance
SOME LIKE IT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch (Scandalous Highlanders series)
HANNAH AND THE HIGHLANDER by Sabrina York
THE IRRESISTIBLE ROGUE by Valerie Bowman (Playful Brides series)
THE HIGHWAYMAN by Kerrigan Byrne
GOOD EARL GONE BAD by Manda Collins (Lords of Anarchy trilogy)
HEARTLESS by Kat Martin
BELLA AND THE BEAST by Olivia Drake

Paranormal Romance
PASSION IGNITES by Donna Grant (Dark Kings series)
TALL, DARK AND IMMORTAL by Cat Devon
FOR LOVE OR MAGIC by Lucy March
THE WARRIOR VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

Anthologies, Holiday & Other Themes
HOT ALPHAS by Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker & Kate Douglas
ON THE NAUGHTY LIST by Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Sugar Jamison & Beth Ciotta
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Lily Everett
SINNER’S STEEL by Sarah Castille (Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series)
PRIMAL FORCE by D.D. Ayres (K-9 Rescue series)

Download a handout of these titles.

Thriller Thursday (Stars Edition)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks are superSTARS!

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
Penny’s highly anticipated tenth Chief Inspector Gamache novel is here! Booklist and Library Journal loved it with the latter warning, “The heartbreaking conclusion will leave series readers blinking back tears.” Keep an eye out for upcoming major media for THE LONG WAY HOME, including NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Washington Post, and much more!

SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller
In Keller’s third Bell Elkins novel, a spate of violent crimes cast suspicion on a struggling young woman’s family while Bell must deal with her sister’s release from prison. Booklist and Library Journal gave it starred reviews with the latter saying, “The gritty Appalachian setting and plot will keep readers’ attention locked on the pages. This title will especially appeal to fans of such rural noir authors as Tom Bouman and Daniel Woodrell.”

NINE DAYS by Minerva Koenig
On Sale: September 9, 2014
“Texas architect Koenig’s complex and intriguing suspense debut introduces ‘Julia Kalas’—the name the WITSEC program assigned her after neo-Nazis made her a widow. Fans of distinctive female characters like Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon and Becky Masterman’s Brigid Quinn will be thrilled to add Koenig to their ranks.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Small-town Texas is vividly brought to life in this atmospheric and entertaining debut that also introduces a memorable and unusual protagonist. It’s bound to delight fans of Tricia Fields, Lori G. Armstrong, or James Lee Burke’s ‘Hackberry Holland’ books.” — Library Journal, starred review
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NYPL Romance Book Buzz

Anne sweet teeth SpiethIt might be a week before Valentine's Day, but we're already feeling the love!

This morning Anne "the Sweet Teeth" Spieth presented all the latest and greatest titles at the New York Public Library Romance Book Buzz. She also brought homemade chocolate chip cookies in lieu of books saying, "My mom always told me the fastest way to someone's heart is through their stomach."

While sadly we can't share any of her cookies with you, we CAN share our love of great romance titles (har har!): everything from contemporary/paranormal/historical romance to sizzling hot erotica, New Adult, and books OK for YA!

Take a look at the full Edelweiss collection, which has even more red-hot reads than what was presented (120+ titles!!!), download the handout of presented titles, and check out the hijinx that ensued while live-tweeting the buzz at #RomanceNYPL.

Without further ado, here's what's hot in 2014: 

Contemporary Romance: 

SWEET TALK ME by Kieran Kramer, 9781250009913 (On Sale: 3/25/14)
LOVE IN BLOOM by Sheila Roberts (Mass Market reissue), 9781250046475 (On Sale: 3/25/14)
BIKINI SEASON by Sheila Roberts (Mass Market reissue), 9781250051110 (On Sale: 6/3/14)
SMALL CHANGE by Sheila Roberts (Mass Market reissue), 9781250043764 

Sanctuary Island series
SANCTUARY ISLAND by Lily Everett (#1), 9781250018373
SHORELINE DRIVE by Lily Everett (#2), 9781250018397 

Perfect Fit series
DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD by Sugar Jamison (#1), 9781250032973
THROWN FOR A CURVE by Sugar Jamison (#2), 9781250032980 (On Sale: 2/25/14)
GENTLEMEN PREFER CURVES by Sugar Jamison (#3), 9781250032997 (On Sale: 9/30/14) 

New Adult: 

BREATHE INTO ME by Sara Fawkes, 9781250048516 (On Sale: 7/29/14) 

Stage Dive series
LICK by Kylie Scott (#1), 9781250052360 (On Sale: 5/6/14)
PLAY by Kylie Scott (#2), 9781250052377 (On Sale: 8/26/14) 

OK for YA (more titles available under Books for Teens): 

A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS by Catherine Linka, 9781250039293 (On Sale: 5/6/14)
REBORN by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark series #1), 9781250035912 (On Sale: 5/20/14) 

Erotica: 

HIS TO COMMAND by Opal Carew, 9780312674632
HIS TO POSSESS by Opal Carew, 9780312674649 (On Sale: 3/18/14)
HIS TO CLAIM by Opal Carew, 9781250052827 (On Sale: 9/2/14)
ANYTHING HE WANTS by Sara Fawkes, 9781250035332
UNBOUND by Susan Donovan & Celeste Bradley, 9781250032645
TAKEN by Lora Leigh, 9781250045454 (On Sale: 7/22/14) 

Romantic Suspense: 

The Cutter Cay series 

UNDERTOW by Cherry Adair (#1), 9780312371920
RIPTIDE by Cherry Adair (#2), 9780312371982
VORTEX by Cherry Adair (#3), 9780312371951 

The Navy SEALs series 

DANGEROUS GAMES by Lora Leigh (#1; Trade Paperback reissue), 9781250036704
HIDDEN AGENDAS by Lora Leigh (#2; Trade Paperback reissue), 9781250036711 (On Sale: 3/4/14)
KILLER SECRETS by Lora Leigh (#3; Trade Paperback reissue), 9781250036728 (On Sale: 5/13/14) readmoreremove

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