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Banned Books Week 2015If you're just joining us, we're in the middle of Banned Books Week 2015, the week that librarians and booksellers set aside every year to promote the benefits of free and open access to information and underscore the dangers of censorship.  Banned Books Week honors a right we never, ever want to lose-- our Constitutionally guaranteed freedom to read.  This year, Banned Books Week is focusing on one of the most-frequently challenged categories of literature: young adult books.

New Romance Fiction for September 2015

In paperback:

Rocky Mountain Romance by Vivian Arend (7, Six Pack Ranch) C, W, E
Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake (1, Perfect Gentlemen) C, E, M
Not by Sight by Kate Breslin H, M, I
All Wound Up by Jaci Burton (10, Play by Play) C, E
Siren's Call by Jayne Castle (4, Harmony: Rainshadow) SF, S, M
Better When He's Brave by Jay Crownover (3, Welcome to the Point) C, NA
Falling Under by Lauren Dane (2, Ink & Chrome) C, E
When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare (3, Castles Ever After) H
Just One Lie by Kyra Davis (2, Just One Night) C, E
Dangerous Alliance by Kyra Davis (2, Pure Sin) C, E

New Speculative Fiction for September 2015

New to our shelves:

Half a War by Joe Abercrombie (3, Shattered Sea) F
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (8, Kate Daniels) F, H, M, R
Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong (3, Cainsville/Omens and Shadows) F, M, R
Ultima by Stephen Baxter (2, Proxima) SF
Ascendance by Dave Birmingham (3, Dave vs. The Monsters) F, H
The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway H, F, M
The Fold by Peter Clines SF, A, M, H
The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey H, M
The Best Horror of the Year 2015 by Ellen Datlow, ed. (7 (2015), Best Horror of the Year) H (Horror Best v.7)
The Eternal World by Christopher Farnsworth F, H, M

Outland-ish Reads

Scottish time travelWe're on the cusp of autumn, and you know what that means.... the regular TV season is starting back up soon! (Not what you expected to hear from a librarian, was it?)  But there are a lot of fantastic shows on now that have been adapted from books (or from book series).  Unfortunately, fans of one of the hottest new shows on cable-- the adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series-- are going to have to wait a little longer.  Season 2, already in production, isn't slated to debut until sometime in 2016.

New Romance Fiction for August 2015

In paperback:

Fierce Enchantments by Janine Ashbless (3, Enchantment Collection) F, H, E
You Can't Escape by Nancy Bush C, M
A New Hope by Robyn Carr (8, Thunder Point) C
Sex Becomes Her by Regina Cole C, E
Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl (6:3, Jackson: Girls' Night Out) C
Opening Up by Lauren Dane (1, Ink & Chrome) C, E
Exit Strategy by Lena Diaz (1, Exit Strategy, Inc.) C, M
Trapped by Scandal by Jane Feather (2, Monmouth Rebellion) H
This Year's Black by Avery Flynn (2, Killer Style) C, M
Put Up Your Duke by Megan Frampton (2, Dukes Behaving Badly) H

New Speculative Fiction for August 2015

New to our shelves:

The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera by David Afsharirad, ed.
    (2015, Year's Best Military & Space Opera) SF (SF Year's 2015)
Cold Hillside by Nancy Baker F, M, H
Faces by E. C. Blake (3, The Masks of Aygrima) F, M
The King in Yellow, and Other Horror Stories by Robert W. Chambers with E. F. Bleiler, ed. H
Armada by Ernest Cline SF
The Flood by William C. Dietz (2, Halo) SF (SF Halo v.2)
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection by Gardner Dozois, ed.
    (32, The Year's Best Science Fiction) SF (SF Year's 32nd 2015)
The Hanged Man by P. N. Elrod (1, Her Majesty's Psychic Service) F, SF, A, M, R

Books within Worlds within Books...

"Wait ... people in a book are reading books? Is that even safe? What if they started reading themselves?"
     - comment on Jo Walton's Among Others

WheBooks within Booksn I was a young and tender librarian, I was asked for a book that didn't exist.  A patron called looking for a copy of The Book of Counted Sorrows by Stephen Crane, an old, hard-to-find (and purportedly cursed, so I learned) collection of poetry that horror author Dean Koontz referred to frequently for the epigraphs of his novels.  The patron had liked the snippets he'd seen fronting Koontz's works, and wanted to read more.  It took me three days (the Internet not being what it is now) to track down the reason it was so "hard to find:" it wasn't real. 

New Romance Fiction for July 2015

In paperback:

Summer on Lover's Island by Donna Alward (3, Jewel Cove) C
Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout (2, Frigid) C, NA (series begun as J. Lynn)
Only a Promise by Mary Balogh (5, Survivor's Club) H
Safe at Last by Maya Banks (3, Slow Burn) C, M, S, E
Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires by Sophie Barnes (1, Secrets of Thorncliff Manor) H
The Last True Vampire by Kate Baxter (1, Last True Vampire) C, S
A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find by Kelly Bowen (2, Lords of Worth) H
A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell (4, Sons of Sin) H, M
Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch by Emma Cane (6, Valentine Valley) C, W
All Played Out by Cora Carmack (3, Rusk University) C, NA

New Speculative Fiction for July 2015

New to our shelves:

Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett (2, Dark Eden) SF
Disciple of the Wind by Steve Bein (3, Fated Blades) F, M
The Darkling Child by Terry Brooks (2, Defenders of Shannara) F, M
Leviathan by Jack Campbell (5, The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier) SF
Pure Blooded by Amanda Carlson (5, Jessica McClain) F, H
The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato (2, Clockwork Dagger duology) F, SF, M, R
Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey (5, Expanse) SF, M
The Acolyte by Nick Cutter A, SF, M
Knight's Shadow by Sebastien De Castell (2, The Greatcoats) F, M
Dreams of Shreds and Tatters by Amanda Downum H, F, M, R

A Bath Getaway

Are you fatigued by the summer heat and noxious air of the City?  Has the Season's endless social whirl sapped your strength?  Perhaps you have an aged relative who would benefit from a spa's healthful waters?  My dear, you simply MUST visit Bath this summer!  What was that, madam?  No, no, not TAKE a bath (tsk, how vulgar these Americans are, referring to one's personal hygiene in mixed company!).  I refer, of course, to the venerable City of Bath, in Somerset, England.

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