New Arrivals · All Fiction

October 31, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Let sleeping dogs lie : a novel

October 30, 2014
Brown, Rita Mae.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
xxi, 272 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"On the Ides of March, an ill wind blows no good -- especially when it knocks down a tree limb in the oldest equine graveyard in America, revealing remains that are decidedly un-equine. It falls to Master of the Foxhunt, the indomitable "Sister" Jane Arnold and her trusty hounds to investigate an old murder with present day repercussions. To start off, the complicated relations between three old families and their prize thoroughbreds must be untangled. And when Sister's troublesome nemesis Crawford Howard sticks his nose in, she must make a difficult choice. Someone has killed and will kill again to keep a dark secret, but Sister Jane is not one to let sleeping dogs lie.."-- Provided by publisher.

Jesus Jackson

October 30, 2014
Daley, James Ryan, author.
©2014
viii, 267 pages ; 22 cm

Press play

October 30, 2014
Devine, Eric, author.
Philadelphia : RP Teens, [2014]
362 pages ; 21 cm
While making a documentary to get himself into film school, Greg accidentally captures footage of brutal and bloody hazing by the lacrosse team, and he must decide whether to release the film or keep the secret.

The indifference league

October 30, 2014
Scarsbrook, Richard, author.
Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2014.
266 pages ; 21 cm.

Wild rover no more : being the last recorded account of the life and times of Jacky Faber

October 30, 2014
Meyer, L. A. (Louis A.), 1942-
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
355 pages ; 22 cm.
"In 1809, just when it looks like Jacky Faber and her beloved Jaimy will finally find their romance, Jacky is accused of treason and must flee Boston while her friends attempt to clear her name. Of course that means wild adventures for our fun-loving heroine, who manages to secure a job as a governess--and run away with the circus"-- Provided by publisher.

Desert rage : a Lena Jones mystery

October 30, 2014
Webb, Betty, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
392 pages ; 23 cm
Ferociously ambitious U.S. Senatorial candidate Juliana Thorsson has been keeping a secret. The horrific slaughter of a prominent doctor, his wife, and their ten-year-old son inside their Scottsdale home brings Thorsson to Private Investigator Lena Jones. The slain family’s 14-year-old, Alison, and her boyfriend, Kyle, have confessed to the murders. Thorsson wants to hire Lena to discover if Alison is telling the truth, but before accepting the job, Lena demands to know why a rising political star wants to involve herself with the fate of a girl she’s never met. Desperate for Lena’s help, Thorsson reveals her explosive secret—that Alison is the candidate’s biological daughter, a fact she’s kept hidden for years. But that’s not all. Thorsson then confides something even more unusual than a mere hidden pregnancy, something that could ruin her political plans forever. Suspecting that Alison’s parents had secrets of their own that could have led to the murders, Lena finally accepts Thorsson’s assignment. But interviewing those who knew the family well soon puts Lena—now a strong defender of the two teens—in danger of her life.

The disappearance boy

October 30, 2014
Bartlett, Neil, 1958- author.
London : Bloomsbury Circus, 2014.
282 pages ; 22 cm
Reggie Rainbow is an angry young man who treads the backstage corridors of down-at-heel theatres for a living. Childhood polio has left him with a limp, but his strong arms and nimble fingers are put to perfect use behind the scenes, helping the illusionist Mr Brookes to 'disappear' a series of glamorous assistants twice nightly. But in 1953, bookings for magic acts are scarce, even in London. So when Mr Brookes is unexpectedly offered a slot at the Brighton Grand, Reggie finds himself back out on the road and living in a strange new town. The sea air begins to work its own peculiar kind of magic, and, as the bunting goes up in the streets outside the theatre for the Grand's forthcoming Coronation spectacular, Reggie begins to wonder just how much of his own life is an act--and what might have happened to somebody who disappeared from that life long ago.

Lizzy & Jane : [a novel]

October 30, 2014
Reay, Katherine, 1970-
Nashville [Tenn.] : Thomas Nelson, [2014]
344 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from cover.

If I knew you were going to be this beautiful, I never would have let you go

October 30, 2014
Chicurel, Judy.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
274 pages ; 24 cm
A novel in stories about a young woman's coming of age during the summer of 1972 in a gritty, working-class community on the brink of gentrification traces her hedonist associations with friends and her struggles to understand her Vietnam-haunted crush.

The boy who killed demons : a novel

October 30, 2014
Zeltserman, Dave, 1959-
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2014.
288 pages ; 24 cm

Hiding in plain sight

October 30, 2014
Farah, Nuruddin, 1945- author.
New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"When Bella learns of the murder of her beloved half brother by political extremists in Mogadiscio, she's in Rome. The two had different fathers but shared a Somali mother, from whom Bella's inherited her freewheeling ways. An internationally known fashion photographer, dazzling but aloof, she comes and goes as she pleases, juggling three lovers. But with her teenage niece and nephew effectively orphaned - their mother abandoned them years ago--she feels an unfamiliar surge of protective feeling. Putting her life on hold, she journeys to Nairobi, where the two are in boarding school, uncertain whether she can--or must--come to their rescue. When their mother resurfaces, reasserting her maternal rights and bringing with her a gale of chaos and confusion that mirror the deepening political instability in the region, Bella has to decide how far she will go to obey the call of sisterly responsibility" -- from publisher's web site.

Indian Hill 3 : conquest

October 30, 2014
Tufo, Mark.
[S.l.] : CreateSpace, c2012.
428 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
"A Michael Talbot adventure"--Cover.
Michael Talbot thought he was done with the Arena. He was wrong. Handed over by those who were supposed to protect him, Mike finds himself -- once again -- aboard the Progerian ship facing the prospect of yet another death match. But all is not as it seems within the alien ranks and Paul Ginson has the Progerians' number. Before long Mike finds himself back where this story began: Indian Hill. War is no longer coming. It has arrived and things aren't going well for the hometeam. Most of the major cities have been destroyed. The armies of the world have been reduced to a shadow of their former strength. Paul's militia, designed to be a first line of defense is now Earth's last hope for a stalemate. And with the help of an unexpected ally, it might just barely be enough.

All days are night

October 30, 2014
Stamm, Peter, 1963-
New York : Other Press, 2014.
185 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in German as Nacht Ist der Tag by S. Fischer Verlag in 2013."
"All Days are Night is the story of Gillian, a successful and beautiful TV host, content with her marriage to Matthias, even if she feels restless at times. One night following an argument, the couple has a terrible car accident: Matthias, who is drunk, hits a deer on the wet road and dies in the crash. Gillian wakes up in the hospital completely disfigured. Only slowly, after many twists and turns, does she put her life back together, and reconnects with a love interest from the past who becomes a possible future, or so it seems."--from cover, page [2].

Snow White red-handed

October 30, 2014
Chance, Maia, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
328 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes excerpt from: Cinderella six feet under (pages [319]-328).
"Miss Ophelia Flax is a Victorian actress who knows all about making quick changes and even quicker exits. But to solve a fairy-tale crime in the haunted Black Forest, she'll need more than a bit of charm. 1867: After being fired from her latest variety hall engagement, Ophelia acts her way into a lady's maid position for a crass American millionaire. But when her new job whisks her off to a foreboding castle straight out of a Grimm tale, she begins to wonder if her fast-talking ways might have been too hasty. The vast grounds contain the suspected remains of Snow White's cottage, along with a disturbing dwarf skeleton. And when her millionaire boss turns up dead--poisoned by an apple--the fantastic setting turns into a once upon a crime scene. To keep from rising to the top of the suspect list, Ophelia fights through a bramble of elegant lies, sinister folklore, and priceless treasure, with only a dashing but mysterious scholar as her ally. And as the clock ticks towards midnight, she'll have to break a cunning killer's spell before her own time runs out"--Page [4] of cover.

Edge of betrayal

October 30, 2014
Butcher, Shannon K
New York : Signet Eclipse, 2014
360 p. ; 18 cm.
"The covert organization known as the Edge is in full rescue mode, having been ordered to find the victims of the dreaded Threshold Project-- and also to bring Adam Brink into the fold. Brink previously worked for Threshold, and may know how to stop the terror. Even as Mira secretly seeks to prove Adam is still a traitor, Adam has his own agenda that no one must discover. But when the two find their goals pointing in the same direction, Mira will be tested to believe in the one man she can't trust. The one man she can't resist...."--Author's website.

Plagued by quilt

October 30, 2014
MacRae, Molly, author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, 2014.
342 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes and knitting pattern (pages [329]-333) and excerpt from: Knit the usual suspects (pages [337]-342).
"An Obsidian mystery."
"The latest novel in the national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series Yarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is at a historic farm in Blue Plum, Tennessee, volunteering for the high school program Hands on History. But when a long-buried murder is uncovered on the property, Kath needs help from Geneva the ghost to solve a crime that time forgot... Kath and her needlework group TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Fiber) are preparing to teach a workshop at the Holston Homeplace Living History Farm, but their lesson in crazy quilts is no match for the crazy antics of the assistant director, Phillip Bell. Hamming it up with equal parts history and histrionics, Phillip leads an archaeological dig of the farm's original dump site--until one student stops the show by uncovering some human bones. When a full skeleton is later excavated, Kath can't help but wonder if it's somehow connected to Geneva, the ghost who haunts her shop, and whom she met at this very site. After Phillip is found dead, it's up to Kath to thread the clues together before someone else becomes history"--Page [4] of cover.

My sister's grave

October 30, 2014
Dugoni, Robert, author.
©2014
410 pages ; 21 cm
Seattle police officer Tracy Crosswhite lost her sister Sarah over 20 years ago, and she has never forgiven herself. With no corpse discovered, there was still enough evidence to convict the man thought responsible for Sarah's disappearance. Now a body has been found and Tracy learns the remains are of her sister. Tracy has had her doubts about the guilt of the man behind bars, and she's absolutely sure there is a murderer still loose.

The chocolate clown corpse : a chocoholic mystery

October 30, 2014
Carl, JoAnna.
New York : Obsidian, [2014]
227 pages ; 22 cm.
"Revenge is sweet for a killer on the loose-and it all started with the murder of Warner Pier's most hated clown.... Everyone who knew the bozo wanted him dead. Odd, then, that a complete stranger was accused of bursting Moe Davidson's balloons. But it's been a month since the miserable shop owner of Clowning Around was killed, and everybody's moving on, including Lee Woodyard. Her chocolate shop, TenHuis Chocolade, is next door to Moe's shuttered tourist trap, and it's giving her delicious ideas to expand. But over whose dead body? Moe's widow, Emma, and her two stepchildren list the property for sale, but when Lee tours the building, she finds Emma unconscious. Now Lee wonders whether Moe's real killer is still at large and is taking care of unfinished business. Unfortunately, since the town is celebrating Clown Week, there are so many potential suspects in grease paint and floppy shoes it's not even funny. For Lee, protecting Emma, freeing an innocent man, and rolling out hundreds of her clown-themed chocolates is a pretty tall order. But so is staying alive long enough to find out which one of her neighbors is a killer in disguise. Includes Tasty Chocolate Trivia!"-- Provided by publisher.

A dream of home

October 30, 2014
Clipston, Amy.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2014]
xii, 306 pages : genealogical table ; 22 cm.

The Descartes Highlands : a novel

October 30, 2014
Gamalinda, Eric, 1956- author.
©2014
319 pages ; 21 cm
Two brothers, Jordan and Mathieu, born in the Philippines but sold to different adoptive families by their father, search for their history.

Black karma : a White Ginger novel

October 30, 2014
Robinson, Thatcher, 1952-
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, 2014.
247 pages ; 21 cm
"Dark humor, adventure, and romance characterize this action-packed series featuring a young female Buddhist with formidable martial arts skills in the underworld of San Francisco's Chinatown"-- Provided by publisher.

Citizens Creek : a novel

October 30, 2014
Tademy, Lalita, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
420 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Buying his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian wars, Cow Tom builds a remarkable life and legacy that is sustained by his courageous granddaughter.

Petite mort

October 30, 2014
Hitchman, Beatrice, 1980- author.
London : Serpent's Tail, 2013.
329 pages ; 20 cm.
A silent film, destroyed in a fire in 1914, before it was seen by its director. A lowly seamstress who believes her talent - and the secret she keeps - will soon get her a dressing room of her own. A beautiful house in Paris, with a curving staircase, a lake and locked rooms. A famous creator of cinematic illusions, husband to a beautiful actress, the most adored icon of the Parisian studios. All fit together, like scenes in a movie. And as you will see, this plot has a twist we beg you not to disclose.

Knot guilty

October 30, 2014
Hechtman, Betty, 1947- author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
294 pages ; 21 cm.

Rake's handbook : including field guide

October 30, 2014
Orr, Sally, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014].
345 pages ; 18 cm
"The definitive guide to seduction...The Rake's Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies--who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook--but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross's notoriety is working against him, and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart. Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross's country estate. She's appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industral plans. Elinor is sure her heart is immune to Ross's seductive ways. But he keeps coming around...impressing her with his vision for England's future and stunning her with his smiles. How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?"--Page [4] of cover.

Slow hand

October 30, 2014
Vane, Victoria, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014]
309 pages ; 18 cm
Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who's torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He's on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She's a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs. Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds-until her father's death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can't resist a cowboy with a slow hand...

Scratched : an Algy Temple mystery

October 30, 2014
Partridge, J. J. (John J.) author.
©2014
304 pages ; 23 cm
"As Algy Temple, the deft pool player, sleuth, and Ivy League university lawyer, investigates the suspicious death of a retired professor, it coincides with his involvement in a high stakes pool tournament in Providence, where old world shadows hang heavily in the air. Unexpectedly, he finds himself on a path that leads him to Rome and the Boot of Italy where he confronts the dreaded 'Ndrangheta crime family and discovers a past haunted by vendetta and conspiracy. Mobsters and shylocks, a Ponzi scheme, an outraged Italo-American community locked in a culture war with the University, a pool hustler's last gambit for recognition, and his fiancé's, the sassy and beautiful Nadie Winokur, focus on their upcoming wedding add complexity to the suspenseful tension. Algy picks his way through dark alleys of moral corruption and the murky world of big time pool where the match becomes a wager of life and death."--Provided by publisher.

Justice postponed

October 30, 2014
Fraser, Anthea, author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
187 pages ; 23 cm.
"The Rona Parish mysteries."
Biographer Rona Parish has a new project, contributing a series for the local glossy magazine, Chiltern Life, documenting life changing experiences from those who have lived through them. When her father suggests she speaks to his friend Frank Hathaway, who was in Iraq during the invasion of Kuwait, Rona decides to pay him a visit. But Frank was also badly injured in a failed rescue attempt following a car crash the previous year, and has been tormented by flashbacks ever since. As Frank's flashbacks start to yield more clues as to what happened on that fateful night, Rona finds herself drawn into another dark and compelling mystery.

The last shootist

October 30, 2014
Swarthout, Miles Hood, author.
New York : Forge, 2014.
350 pages ; 22 cm
"The sequel to Glendon Swarthout's classic Western The shootist."--Cover.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Young Gillom Rogers has just given the coup de grace to a famous gunfighter involved in a bloody saloon shootout in 1901 El Paso, Texas. After swiping J.B. Books's matched Remington pistols off his body, Gillom thinks he may be able to ride this spectacle to fame and glory as the last shootist. But Gillom is an eighteen-year-old with lots of growing up to do, and showing off his new pistols quickly gets him into a gunfight he didn't bargain for.

Driftwood : a novel

October 30, 2014
Dutton, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, c2014.
241 pages : 24 cm.
After the death of her rock star father leaves her with a stack of enigmatic letters, Clem embarks on a California-wide road trip to discover the truth about her father and the meaning of family.

The fire seekers

October 30, 2014
Farr, Richard, 1960- author.
©2014
325 pages : map ; 22 cm
"The time of our immortality is at hand. An undeciphered language in Crete. A rash of mysterious disappearances, from Bolivia to Japan. An ancient warning at the ruins of Babel. And a new spiritual leader, who claims that human history as we understand it is about to come to an end. Seventeen-year-old Daniel Calder's world falls apart when a freak accident brings personal tragedy--and he discovers there's a link between the accident and a wildly successful new cult, the Seraphim. Catapulted into a violent struggle for humanity's past and future, he's not even sure who the enemy is, or if he's battling a phantom that doesn't exist. But as Daniel puts his life on the line, he is forced to conclude that our very survival as a species will depend on who, and what, we choose to believe."--Publisher's website.

The poison that purifies you

October 30, 2014
Kadetsky, Elizabeth, author.
©2014
196 pages ; 23 cm
An incident at the plaza -- Loup garou -- Men more than mortal -- The poison that purifies you -- Il negro -- The Indian friend -- It was only clay -- Dermagraphia -- What we saw -- Geography.

The biographical dictionary of literary failure

October 30, 2014
Rose, C. D., author.
Brooklyn, New York : Melville House, 2014.
xvi, 175 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Includes index.

Favorite son

October 30, 2014
Freshwater, Will, author.
Tallahassee, FL : Dreamspinner Press, 2014.
188 pages ; 23 cm
"Born into a blue-collar family, John Wells beat the odds and came out a winner. As chief of staff to Patrick Donovan, a US senator and aspiring presidential candidate, he enjoys all the power and privilege of a DC insider. But while riding high on a wave of success, he's blindsided by a series of betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, John's perfect life unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Following a final, devastating blow, John assumes a new identity as "Peter" and flees to Provincetown, where a tight-knit community of eclectic characters slowly transforms him. Peter finds himself drawn to Danny Cavanaugh, an enigmatic carpenter who is struggling to come to terms with his own troubled past. As they work together to renovate a local landmark, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that blossoms into love and becomes the foundation for a new life they hope to build together. But when a reversal of fortune pulls John back to DC, the treacherous world of politics he thought he'd left behind threatens to destroy his chance at true happiness."--Page 4 of cover.

Truth and nothing but

October 30, 2014
Moore, Stephanie Perry.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
153 pages ; 20 cm.
"Sloan is the youngest of Stanley Sharp's daughters and her dream is to be a reporter. She soon discovers learning the truth is harder than she imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

Turn up for real

October 30, 2014
Moore, Stephanie Perry.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014].
159 pages ; 20 cm.
Sixteen-year-old Slade dreams of being a singing sensation but as the middle daughter of a mayoral candidate and a habitual loner she faces many challenges as she learns just how difficult surviving as an artist can be.

A la recherche du temps perdu

October 30, 2014
Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922.
[Paris] : Gallimard, c1999.
2400 p. ; 21 cm.
Du côté de chez Swann -- Á l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs -- Le Côté de Guermantes -- Sodome et Gomorrhe -- La Prisonnière -- Albertine disparue -- Le Temps retrouvé.

Confessions of a thug

December 21, 2014
Taylor, Meadows, 1808-1876.
London : Folio Society, 1974.
372 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Maps on lining papers.

A New York Christmas : a novel

October 29, 2014
Perry, Anne.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
164 pages ; 20 cm
"December, 1904. Jemima Pitt, now twenty-two, agrees to act as a "suitable companion" to her friend Delphinia, who is traveling to New York to be married to Brent Albright, toast of New York high society. Jemima is excited about the prospect of a Christmas adventure in a strange big city, but little does she expect to be enlisted on a top secret mission by Brent's brother Harley, to track down Delphinia's estranged mother. After some detective work and a little luck, they manage to locate her lodgings--but to their horror, they find Maria dead. Truly her parents' daughter, Jemima is determined to unmask the killer, and enlists the aid of handsome young police officer Patrick Flannery to do it. And along the way she comes to learn an important lesson about staying true to oneself, no matter the cost."-- Provided by publisher.

Blue labyrinth

October 29, 2014
Preston, Douglas J.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
403 pages ; 24 cm
"A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is soon stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. In short order, Pendergast is caught in a wickedly clever plot, which will leave him stricken in mind and body...and may well end with his death"-- Provided by publisher.

The retribution of Mara Dyer : volume 3 of the Mara Dyer trilogy

October 29, 2014
Hodkin, Michelle, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster BYFR, [2014]
472 pages ; 22 cm.
"Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this ... conclusion to Mara Dyer's story"-- Provided by publisher.

Sons of Sparta

October 29, 2014
Siger, Jeffrey, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press 2014.
241 pages ; 23 cm.
"Did the warriors of ancient Sparta simply vanish without a trace along with their city, or did they find sanctuary at the tip of the mountainous Peloponnese? That stark, unforgiving region's roots today run deep with a history of pirates, highwaymen, and neighbors ferociously repelling any foreigner foolishly bent on occupying this part of Greece. Less well- recorded are the Mani's families' strict code of honor and their history of endless vendettas with neighbors and with their own relatives. No wonder their farms look like fortresses. When Special Crimes Division Detective Yiannis Kouros is summoned from Athens to the Mani by his uncle, Kouros fears his loyalty to his boss, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, is about be to be tested by family pressure on the detective to act in some new vendetta, for this uncle once headed the Mani's most significant criminal enterprise. Instead, Kouros learns the family is about to become rich through the sale of its property-- until the uncle is killed, and thus the deal. Acting swiftly to head off a new cycle of violence, Kouros satisfactorily solves the murder. Or so it seems until, back in Athens, Kaldis' probe into deeply entrenched government corruption leads straight back to the Mani. Both cops now confront a host of unexpected twists, unanticipated players, unanswered questions--and people yet to die" -- from publisher's web site.

The opal crown

October 29, 2014
Lundquist, Jenny.
Philadelphia : RP Teens, Running Press Teens, 2014.
367 pages ; 21 cm
The sequel to: The Princess in the Opal Mask.
A year after her betrothal to the Kyrenican prince, no one has suspected that Princess Wilha has been a decoy--and that Elara, her secret twin sister, has been pretending to be Wilha all along. Back in Galandria, their kingdom is deteriorating, and returning home could bring peace--or add fuel to the slow-burning fire. When their father, the king, mysteriously dies and Elara and Wilha's younger brother, Andrei, claims the Galandrian throne, he reveals the girls' deception. Viewed as traitors, they realize they are now fighting for their lives--and for their country.

Mortal heart

October 29, 2014
LaFevers, Robin.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
444 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Annith's worst fears are realized when she discovers that, despite her lifelong training to be an assassin, she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever shut up in the convent of Saint Mortain.

Destiny's captive

October 29, 2014
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
New York : Avon Books, [2014].
370 pages ; 18 cm
"Noah Yates fully believes in the joys of a happy family and a good wife. But that's not the life for him. No, he would much rather sail the wild seas in search of adventure, not tied down. But then the unthinkable happens . . . he finds himself literally tied down. To a bed. By a woman. And Pilar isn't just an ordinary woman. She's descended from pirates. And after giving him one of the worst nights of his life, she steals his ship! Now Noah is on the hunt, and he'll stop at nothing to find this extraordinary woman . . . and make her his"-- Provided by publisher.

Sleigh bells in Valentine Valley

October 29, 2014
Cane, Emma, author.
[New York] : Avon Books, 2014.
355 pages ; 18 cm.
"Return to Valentine Valley, where Christmas lights are twinkling and first love burns brighter the second time around . . . When Tony De Luca's ex, Kate Fenelli, waltzes through the door of his tavern and pulls up a bar stool, she turns his balanced world on end. Once they'd been each other's first love, first everything. But then life happened, and they walked away with broken hearts. Now Kate is back in Valentine, and they can't seem to stay out of each other's way. When Tony begins wondering what would happen if they rekindled the sparks, he knows he's in big trouble. Kate can't believe she's sitting at Tony's bar spilling her life-changing problems to him. He's as gorgeous as ever, and she can't seem to forget how incredible he always made her feel. Still, the door on that chapter of their lives closed long ago. Yet with Christmas buzzing in the air, Kate can't help wondering if anything is possible--even a second chance with the only man she's ever loved" -- from publisher's web site.

The viscount who lived down the lane

October 29, 2014
Boyle, Elizabeth.
New York : Avon Books, c2014.
374 p. ; 18 cm.
"As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights. Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her 'improvements,' and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he's scorned society ever since his return ... until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance."--from cover, page [4].

Christmas at Twilight : a Twilight, Texas novel

October 29, 2014
Wilde, Lori, author.
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
viii, 384 pages ; 18 cm.
It's Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator Hutch Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home... only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious-looking stranger who's taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn't easy--he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well. Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret--she's really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he'd do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle--but what price will they pay?

Treasure on Lilac Lane

October 29, 2014
Alward, Donna, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2014.
330 pages ; 18 cm.
"Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand...until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store... Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service...then again, Jess isn't that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them--one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined--both are wary about opening their hearts to love...and loss. But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart--or can love find a way to heal them both?"-- From back cover.

The accidental countess

October 29, 2014
Bowman, Valerie, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2014.
312 pages ; 18 cm
"St. Martin's Paperbacks historical romance"--Spine.
After returning home from battle to an unwanted arranged marriage, Captain Julian Swift finds himself falling for Lady Cassandra Monroe, his fiancée's cousin, who, unbeknownst to him, has been in love with him for years.

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