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New Romance Fiction for November 2015

X= Holiday title

In paperback:

Running Wild by Susan Andersen C, M
Just a Summer Fling by Cate Cameron (1, Lake Sullivan) C
Made for Us by Samantha Chase (1, Shaughnessy Brothers) C
Nuts by Alice Clayton (1, Hudson Valley) C, E
Wild Horses by B. J. Daniels (1, Montana Hamiltons) C, W, M
Facing Fire by HelenKay Dimon (3, Bad Boys Undercover) C, M
Christmas Bride at Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray (4, Brides of Pinecraft) C, I, X
Falling into Bed with a Duke by Lorraine Heath (1, Hellions of Havisham) H
A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter (1, Hawthorne House) H, I

New Speculative Fiction for November 2015

New to our shelves:

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 by John Joseph Adams and Joe Hill, eds.
    (1, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy) SF, F (SF/Fant Best 2015)
Brother by Ania Ahlborn H
Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong by Kelley Armstrong F, H, R
Nod by Adrian Barnes H, SF, M
Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu (1, The Song of Shattered Sands) F
The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher (1, The Cinder Spires) F, SF, M
The Monstrous by Ellen Datlow, ed. H, F (Horror Monstrous)
Last Light by Troy Denning (10, Halo) SF (SF Halo v.10)
Ghost Summer: Stories by Tananarive Due H

Wounded Warriors

Man Holding Purple Heart War MedalAre you holding out for a hero?  I know many of you are looking forward to a weekend of spooky delights, but it's worth remembering that Veteran's Day is less than two weeks away, on Nov. 11th.  In honor of our veterans, the romances I'm spotlighting this month all feature characters who have earned the title of "hero" or "heroine" -- wounded warriors who not only saw combat, but shed blood on the battlefield in service to their country.

A Little Dark Reading

Skull and bookWhat are you afraid of?  I don't mean your day-to-day worries and trepidations-- what truly scares you?  What things freeze you in your tracks and twist your stomach, make your breath come short, your heart race, your limbs tremble, your blood run cold?  Come now, even the bravest of us have things that they fear.  (As John Wayne used to say, "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.") 

New Romance Fiction for October 2015

In paperback:

The Scandalous MacKenzies by Jennifer Ashley (5.5, 6.5, Highland Pleasures) H
    (contains The Untamed MacKenzie and Scandal and the Duchess)
Primal Force by D. D. Ayres (3, K-9 Rescue) C, M
Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh (6, Survivor's Club) H
You're the Earl That I Want by Kelly Bowen (3, Lords of Worth) H, M
Hot Point by M. L. Buchman (6:3, Firehawks: Emily Beale trilogy) C, M
Tremaine's True Love by Grace Burrowes (1, True Gentlemen) H
The Duke and His Duchess / The Courtship by Grace Burrowes (0.5, 0.6, Windham Sisters) H
    (contains The Courtship and The Duke and His Duchess)

New Speculative Fiction for October 2015

New to our shelves:

Loosed upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction by John Joseph Adams SF, A (SF Loosed)
The Secrets of Blood and Bone by Rebecca Alexander (2, The Secrets of Life and Death) F, H, M, R
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (0, Positron) A, SF
Lamp Black, Wolf Grey by Paula Brackston (1.5, Witch) F, H, R
Crossbones by John L. Campbell (4, Omega Days) H
The Shores of Spain by J. Kathleen Cheney (3, Golden City) F, M, R
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (1, Sorcerer Royal) F, M, R
Hunters in the Dark by Peter David (9, Halo) SF (SF Halo v. 9)
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard F, A, M

A Word of Difference

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.

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