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New Speculative Fiction for March 2016

New to our shelves:

Son of the Morning by Mark Alder (a.k.a. M. D. Lachlan) (1, Banners of Blood) F, H
Otherworld Secrets: An Anthology by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld) H, R
The Life of Elves by Muriel Barbery F
The Tale of Tales by Giambattista Basile, with Nancy L. Canepa, trans. F, H (Fantasy Basile)
Lamp Black, Wolf Grey by Paula Brackston (1.5, Witch) F, H, R
The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky (1, Olympus Bound) F, M
Morning Star by Pierce Brown (3, Red Rising trilogy) SF
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold (14, Miles Vorkosigan Saga) SF, R
Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney (1, Palace of Dreams) F, H, M, R

Kiss me, I'm Irish!

Emerald HeartDo you secretly long for a rogue with a brogue?  Do gingers spark your interest?  If you're looking to put a little Irish in your life in honor of St. Patrick's Day this March, give the green beer a miss (yuck!) and check out one of these romances instead! 

New Romance Fiction for February 2016

In paperback:

To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander (1, Belle Meade Plantation) H, I
Heir to the Duke by Jane Ashford (1, Duke's Sons) H
First Season / Bride To Be by Jane Ashford H
The Earl's Complete Surrender by Sophie Barnes (2, Secrets at Thorncliff Manor) H, M
Caught by You by Jennifer Bernard (2, Love between the Bases) C
Seduction in Session by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake (2, Perfect Gentlemen) C, M, E
Enraptured by Candace Camp (3, Secrets of the Loch) H, M
Appealed by Emma Chase (3, Legal Briefs) C
Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase (4, Dressmakers) H
The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev C, O
The Lost Art of Falling in Love by Kate Donovan C

New Speculative Fiction for February 2016

New to our shelves:

I Am Slaughter by Dan Abnett (1, Warhammer 40K: The Beast Arises) SF, F
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders F, SF, H
Charlotte's Story by Laura Benedict (2, Bliss House) H, M
City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett (2, The Divine Cities) F, M
The Last Dream Keeper by Amber Benson (2, Echo Park Coven) F, H, M
Come the Revolution by Frank Chadwick (2, Sasha Naradnyo) SF, M
Ancestral Machines by Michael Cobley (4, Humanity's Fire) SF
Dark Victory by Brendan DuBois (1, Alien Resistance) SF, M
The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster (7, Star Wars) SF
Lost Stars by Claudia Gray (2, Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens) SF, F, R

WHEN GENRES COLLIDE: ROMANCE IN SF

Starry HeartsIt had to happen one of these days.  My two genre blogs ("Care to Speculate," on Speculative Fiction, and "Romance In The Air," on Romance) are meeting head-on this month and, well... I'm afraid they're falling ridiculously in love with each other.  I'm scheduled to blog on SF (and so I shall!), but with Valentine's Day so close, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to sneak in a little romance.  So for this month, I'm focusing on romance found in speculative fiction.

New Romance Fiction for January 2016

(X= Holiday title)

In paperback:

The Best Laid Wedding Plans by Lynnette Austin (1, Magnolia Brides) C
Mastered by Maya Banks (1, Enforcers) C, E, BDSM
The Warrior Vampire by Kate Baxter (2, The Last True Vampire) C, S
Hard Beat by K. Bromberg (7, Driven) C, M
Wild Cowboy Ways by Carolyn Brown (1, Lucky Penny Ranch) C, W
Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton (5, Hope) C
The Muse by Anne Calhoun (2, Irresistable) C, E
An Amish Christmas Gift by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin
      (2.5, Amish of Bee County) C, I, X (Pbk-Romance Amish)

New Speculative Fiction for January 2016

New to our shelves:

Death Wave by Ben Bova (16:3, Planet: The Grand Tour of the Universe: New Earth) SF, M
Corsair by James L. Cambias SF
Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole (15, Immortals after Dark) F, H, R
A Wild Swan: and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham with Yuko Shimizu F (Fantasy Cunningham)
Skyborn by David Dalglish (1, Seraphim) F, A
A Daughter of No Nation by A. M. Dellamonica (2, Stormwrack) F
Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher F, H
Dead Ringers by Christoper Golden H, F
The Geomancer by Clay & Susan Griffith (4:1, Vampire Empire: Gareth and Adele) F, H, A
Ruin by John Gwynne (3, The Faithful and the Fallen) F

Loathe at First Sight

"What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?"
-Benedick, Much Ado about Nothing, Act I, scene 1

Beatrice and Benedick. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Leia and Han. Swoon-worthy couples and romances for the ages, all of them, but what else do they have in common? At the beginning of their stories, each of these couples absolutely detested each other.

To be clear, I'm not referring to impersonal enmity, here-- these are (for the most part) not people placed at odds by warring nations, class conflicts, or clan feuds. (You'll note Romeo and Juliet didn't make this list-- they had family problems, sure, but they loved each other straight away). No, I'm talking about couples who pretty much do the opposite of "hitting it off" when they first meet. This is the classic "enemies-to-lovers" trope, and it's one of my personal favorites.

New Romance Fiction for December 2015

(X= Holiday title)

In paperback:

Forever with You by Jennifer L. Armentrout (5, Wait for You) C, NA
You Are Mine by Jackie Ashenden (3, Nine Circles) C, E, M
The Stolen Mackenzie Bride by Jennifer Ashley (8, Highland Pleasures) H
His Kind of Trouble by Terri L. Austin (2, Beauty and the Brit) C, E
Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks (10, KGI) C, M
One Wild Winter's Eve by Anne Barton (4, Honeycote) H, M
One Touch More by Mandy Baxter (3, U.S. Marshals) C
Just One Spark by Jenna Bayley-Burke (1, Just One…) C, X
Wicked for You by Shayla Black (10, Wicked Lovers) C, E, M

New Speculative Fiction for December 2015

New to our shelves:

Yarrick by David Annandale (Warhammer 40K: Imperial Creed) SF
Killing Titan by Greg Bear (2, War Dogs) SF, M
Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen (a.k.a. Delilah S. Dawson) (1, Shadow) F, H
Severance by Chris Bucholz SF, M
The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron (3, The Traitor Son cycle) F, M
The Devious Dr. Jekyll by Viola Carr (2, Electric Empire) F, A, SF, M, R
The Way into Chaos by Harry Connolly (1, Great Way trilogy) F, M
Night Music by John Connolly (2, Nocturnes) H
Undead and Unforgiven by MaryJanice Davidson (14, Queen Betsy) H, R
The King's Justice: Two Novellas by Stephen R. Donaldson (1-2, The King's Justice) F, M

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