New Release: AN UNSUITABLE DUCHESS by Kathleen Buckley

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Historical Romance

Released May 19, 2017 by The Wild Rose Press

After her guardian’s death, Anne Sinclair comes to Town seeking a man with broad interests, rather than broad estates. She possesses a competence and a pretty face, so why did her late guardian think it might be difficult for her to make a match? The question becomes urgent when she discovers that London can be perilous for a young lady of inquiring mind—especially when she has a hidden enemy.

Lord John Anniscote unexpectedly inherits the title and responsibilities of his dissolute brother, the Duke of Guysbridge, including houses, servants, tenants, and the need to provide himself with an heir. Formerly poor, cynical, and carefree, he finds himself hunted by marriage-minded females. When a plot against a young lady up from the country touches his honor, can the new duke safeguard her reputation and repair his own?

Author Bio:  When she was three years old, Kathleen Buckley’s father bought a set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Big books! With all kinds of words (and pictures) in them! By the age of twelve, she knew she wanted to write fiction (she also wanted to be a journalist, a spy and a spaceperson—but NASA wasn’t accepting female spacepersons then. She never became a journalist because she hates asking pushy questions, nor a spy, because she’s not good with foreign languages, has bad eyes and is not athletic. In semi-retirement, she began to write full-time, at least when not pursuing her other hobbies: reading, cats, cooking, costume, and spinning wheel repair. And no, she can’t spin. That will have to come after the spinning wheel repair. 

New Release & Excerpt: MAGIC IN HER EYES by Donna Dalton

perf5.000x8.000.inddMAGIC IN HER EYES by Donna Dalton / Spicy Historical / Released June 23, 2017 by The Wild Rose Press


“Do you also have an aversion to being touched?”
Meredith looked up and met the lieutenant’s taunting gaze. It was a challenge she couldn’t ignore. She hefted her chin. “Not if I have given permission to be touched.”
One corner of his mouth twitched. Surely that wasn’t a smile. From what she’d seen, the most his lips could manage were frowns. 
He held out his hand. “May I help you into the wagon, Miss Talbot? In the name of expediency?”
Straw rustled behind her. One child hummed. Another thrummed on the wagon boards. The children were getting restless. She could contain herself long enough to be lifted onto the wagon.
“Very well. I give my permission.”
His hands curled around her waist. Heat seeped through her blouse and branded her skin. Her stomach started doing odd little summersaults like the ones she’d seen Chinese acrobats perform at a local fair. So much for containing herself.
His grip tightened, and he lifted her up and onto the wagon bed as if she weighed no more than a rag doll. His hands lingered a moment before he released her. Gray-brown eyes fused with hers. A strange connection churned between them like the rush crowding the air before a storm.

New Release: A WARLOCK’S SECRETS by Tena Stetler

AWarlocksSecrets_w11589_750A WARLOCK’S SECRETS by Tena Stetler / Spicy Paranormal Romance / Released June 14, 2017 by The Wild Rose Press

Years ago, a sacred ceremony at the Dragon’s Moon Coven turned deadly. Son of the high priestess, Tristian Shandie’s life changed forever. With a price on his head and revenge in his heart, he has no choice but to follow in his father’s footsteps to a profession shrouded in secrets. Now his skills as an enforcer for the Demon Overlord are second to none. But dangerous secrets he harbors are a liability he can no longer afford.

A chance meeting with a woman he finds irresistible flips Tristian’s world upside down. Hannah is a cyber security specialist with secrets of her own. Bad boys never appealed to her until Tristian, who changes everything. In his darkest hours, she is dragged into his magical world.

If they survive, is she strong enough to heal his heart and tame the warlock? Or will their secrets destroy them?



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tena7 300-2TENA STETLER is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, Tena sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of paranormal creatures telling her their tales. Colorado is her home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle. Any evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn. Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them.

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New Release: THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS by Emily Barr

9780399547010THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS by Emily Barr / YA / Released May 2017 by Penguin Random House

It’s not a lie if you can’t remember the truth.

“Mesmerizing, electric, and achingly lovely, The One Memory of Flora Banks is unforgettable. One of the best YA novels I’ve read in a very long time.”
–Jennifer Niven, 
New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So, when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world—in Svalbard, Norway—Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

But will following Drake be the key to unlocking Flora’s memory? Or will the journey reveal that nothing is quite as it seems?

Already a bestselling debut in the UK, this unforgettable novel is Mementomeets We Were Liars and will have you racing through the pages to unravel the truth.

New Release: FLAME IN THE MIST by Renee Ahdieh

9780399171635FLAME IN THE MIST by Renee Ahdieh / YA / Released May 2017 by Penguin Random House

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Throne of Glass.

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

New Release: ONCE AND FOR ALL by Sarah Dessen

9780425290330ONCE AND FOR ALL by Sarah Dessen / YA / Released June 6, 2017 by Penguin Random House

From Sarah Dessen, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of SAINT ANYTHING and JUST LISTEN, comes a new novel set in the world of wedding planning!

Is it really better to have loved and lost?  Louna’s summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically.  But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged now that he’s met the one he really  wants.  Maybe Louna’s second chance is standing right in front of her.
Sarah Dessen’s many fans will adore this latest novel, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story with humor, romance, and an ending that is so much more than happily-ever-after.

A look at Alt-Sherlock Holmes Stories by Roberta Rogow

Between the British television series “Sherlock” and the American series “Elementary”, there has been a spate of Alt-Sherlock Holmes novels and anthologies. Here are a few that have come up in the last few years:

51b4FPM4JiLBaker Street Irregulars, edited by Michael Ventrella and Jonathan Maberry (Wildside Press, 2017, $16.99) brings a variety of authors together to find new and unusual ways to approach the Sherlock Holmes character and his (and sometimes her!) world. Jody Lynn Nye and David Gerrold envision Holmes as a being from another planet; Keith deCandido and Helen McLaughlin have a female Holmes, Mike Strauss has Holmes as a contemporary television host, while Austin Farmer’s Holmes helps Beethoven find his baton for the first performance of his Ninth Symphony. The best and weirdest story has Holmes in a birdcage!  It’s a gathering of the weird, the wonderful and the wacky,  well worth the read!

51j0UEk3MDL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Three more Sf/Fantasy authors take on Sherlock Holmes in alt.sherlock.holmes (Abbadon Books, 2016, $9.99. Jamie Wyman has Homes (under the name Sanford “Crash” Haus) running a down-and-out carnival in Depression-era Indiana, with Watson as an African-American World War I veteran with both physical and mental wounds. Gini Koch’s Holmes is female, working in contemporary Los Angeles, where she and ex-soldier Watson find a murderer backstage at a television reality show. In Glen Mehn’s version, Holmes and Watson are gay lovers in the decadent New York City of the late 1960’s, finding conspiracies in the decadent cult surrounding Andy Warhol. Irine Adler pops up everywhere, and Homes is always Holmes, always in pursuit of justice. Not for the squeamish, but definitely fascinating.


Also not for the squeamish is Robert Ryan’s series, Dr. Watson Thrillers, which finds Dr. John Watson back in the military in World War I. Dead Man’s Land ((Simon and Schuster, 2013, $15.00) finds Watson in the trenches, where he comes upon a body with injuries that could not have been inflicted by gunfire.



In The Dead Can Wait (Simon and Schuster, 2014,$15.00), he’s back in England, where  stumbles upon a deadly secret in what is supposed to be a super-secure testing ground for a new weapon, one that will change the face of war for all time.



In A Study in Murder (Simon and Schuster, 2015, $15.00), Watson is taken prisoner, and discovers a dark conspiracy in a German PoW camp.


51Dne8qNT9LThe Sign of Fear (Simon and Schuster, 2016, $16..00) gets Watson involved with a series of hideous mutilations and the disappearance of a ship carrying wounded men supposedly torpedoes in the English Channel en route to home. Sherlock, now retired and keeping bees in Susses, turns up, as does brother Mycroft, and there are exuberant cameos by Winston Churchill. Watch out for a particularly deadly German spy, a fiendishly clever assassin, and a few old friends from The Canon. The last novel ended on a cliffhanger (in more ways than one!), so we may expect to see at least one more adventure for Dr. Watson before his wartime duty ends.

Roberta Rogow is a retired librarian who enjoys books with characters that grab you, often set in exotic places or in other times.  She reads a lot of historical mysteries, but also enjoys Alternate History, and has been known to indulge in an orgy of“cozy crafty” mysteries, set in small-town America or villages in Great Britain.