Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sizzle by Julie Garwood

Lyra Prescott just got home from spending the weekend at her Grandma's in San Diego when she realizes her roommate, Sidney, is being held hostage in their apartment. To make matters worst it sounds like the two men are actually there for her and not Sidney. Lyra is just a student trying to be a documentary filmmaker. Why would anyone want to kidnap her?

Sam Kincaid is an FBI agent who is just trying to get through his lecture circuit. When his friend and fellow agent Alec Buchanan (Murder List) calls in a favor, Sam agrees to help him. He is to play bodyguard for Alec's sister's roommate, Lyra Prescott. She was almost kidnapped and no one seems to know why.

When Sam and Lyra meet for the first time it is lust at first sight. But Sam doesn't want a relationship and Lyra has relationship written all over her. So he will stay for a day or two until a new bodyguard can take over. But Lyra worms her way into his heart and when a new, movie star looking bodyguard shows up, Sam isn't having it. He will be the one protect Lyra and figure out what is going on. And when they think they have finally figured out what is going they are wrong. And the results could be deadly.

I couldn't wait for the newest Julie Garwood book and I was not disappointed. Sizzle is everything a romantic suspense novel should be!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 1/26/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Big Girls Do Cry by Carl Weber
Blood Ties by Kay Hooper
The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd
Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
The Fifth Servant by Kenneth Wishnia
Gater A-Go-Go by Tim Dorsey
Here Comes Trouble by Donna Kaufmann
Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
Original Sin by Allison Brennan
Viking in Love by Sandra Hill
What a Demon Wants by Kathy Love
Wicked Craving by G.A. McKevett

Monday, January 25, 2010

Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford

The first in a new series, Jane Bites Back is set in present day New York and centers around protagonist, Jane Austen (yes, that Jane Austen), who is a 200 year old vampire/bookstore owner. No one knows yet her true identity, not even her employee Lucy or potential love interest Walter, as she has been living under the name Jane Fairfax.

Over last several years, Jane has been trying to get her manuscript, Constance, which was written while she was still alive, published. After 116 rejections, publisher Kelley Littlejohn finally agrees to pickup her novel. Not only is he publishing it, he is also sending Jane on a multiple city press tour, convinced that is will become an instant bestseller. Although ecstatic about the direction her career is turning, it doesn't come without complications.

Jane's former lover, Lord Byron (yes that Lord Byron), who has also been living as a vampire under a pseudonym, is back in the picture and wants to take Jane in as his lover. Jane, still angry with him for turning her into a vampire, tries to resist his advances, but finds it difficult when he threatens to change Lucy and Walter into vampires. In addition to her Byron dilemma, she also has to deal with a crazy Bronte fanatic who claims that Jane plagiarized the work. How can Jane deny the accusations without revealing who she is?

Successful both as a humorous vampire novel and an Austen-esque story, readers won't be able to put this one down. The back of book also contains an excerpt from the next book in the series, Jane Goes Batty. The publication date for this is not yet known, but I am looking forward to reading it when it is released!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz

Chloe Harper can read a person's dreamlight. As soon as Jack Winters walks in to her PI office in Seattle, Chloe is instantly attracted to him which puzzles her. He needs Chloe to find a family heirloom, the Burning Lamp. While he is there Chloe reads his dreamlight and sees that he killed a man recently. He is sure he was protecting someone from a killer. Jack explains that he has had blackouts and hallucinations and that is why he needs the Burning Lamp. It is supposed to help him from becoming a monster and Chloe is the one who has to control the Lamp.

Chloe finds the Lamp almost immediately. It is in the private collection of an aging rocker, Drake Stone. He lives in Las Vegas and Chloe is going but Jack insists on coming along. They get the Lamp and Chloe works it and it helps Jack. But of course the evil group Nightshade tries everything to get the Lamp. They finally succeed and also kidnap Chloe.

Jack, with the help of Fallon Jones the owner of Jones & Jones investigation, figures out where Chloe is being held. But before he can rescue her, Chloe is given a deadly drug and told to make the Lamp work. If she doesn't, Chloe will die.

Fired Up is the first book of a trilogy and also part of the Arcane Society series. The next book will be Burning Lamp written under Jayne's historical romance pseudonym Amanda Quick.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Claim of Her Own by Stephanie Whitson

A Claim of Her Own by Stephanie Whitson is the story of Mattie O'Keefe who is running away from an overbearing boss to live with her brother on his gold claim in Deadwood, South Dakota. It is 1876 and on arrival, she finds a rough town, and her brother is dead, and she needs to make a quick decision to sell his claim or try prospecting herself.

She decides to stay, quickly learning to cook, pan for gold, and survive alone on her claim. Mattie finds it difficult to trust people and is constantly worried her boss will come looking for her, but she soon makes friends with some of the locals in town, including a handsome preacher. Mattie is beginning to start a new life, but is planning on leaving as soon as she has earned enough gold. Can she learn to trust again? Can she forget her past and learn to have faith?

Fans of pioneer fiction will enjoy this novel.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 1/19/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Be Careful What You Pray For by Kimberla Lawson Roby
The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell
Kisser by Stuart Woods
Merry Wives of Maggody by Joan Hess
Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs by Blaize Clement
Silencer by James W. Hall
Small Wars by Sadie Jones
The Wolf at the Door by Jack Higgins

Monday, January 18, 2010

Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky

Delinsky's newest page-turner centers around single-mother Susan Tate and her seventeen year-old daughter, Lily, who has just announced that she is pregnant. What's worse is that Susan quickly learns that along with Lily, Julia and Mary Kate, Lily's best friends, are also pregnant. The girls formed a pregnancy pact and intentionally conceived. It also happens that the three girls mothers are close friends whom go way back and whom also have a mutual business interest in P&C Wool.

Per the terms of the pact and out of loyalty to her friends, Lily does not want to reveal the fathers who impregnated them nor which friend instigated the pact. The plan is to keep it secret until the end of the school year. However, word leaks out when a fourth friend, Abby, blows their cover at school, where the rumor quickly spreads.

What the girls didn't plan for is the out lash it would cause for their mothers, especially for Susan, who is the their high school principal. Susan, who also had Lily out of wedlock as a teenager, is being blamed for Lily's pregnancy, which places her career and everything she has worked for in jeopardy. Furthermore, the stress of the situation causes further disagreement and strife between Susan and her friends at P&C Wool. This is an issue that has set an entire small town community on alarm, and Susan must decide how to respond with so much at stake.

Although the pregnancy pact is key to the novel, the root of the story really focuses on relationships between mothers and daughters over generations. What I like about Delinsky's books is her ability to really get inside her characters heads. I could have lived without the knitting details, but this is an added bonus for avid knitters. Not My Daughter is another though-provoking winner which will intrigue both fans and new readers.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

This new book by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet is fast paced and sure to please even reluctant teen readers. Witch and Wizard is the story of Whit and Wisty Allgood, teenage brother and sister, who suddenly find their world changed. The New Order (N.O.) has taken over and they are arresting anyone who doesn't fit the mold of their rigid society, especially young people who may have magical powers. Whit and Wisty are arrested and taken to a horrible prison filled with children, but they soon discover they have magical powers. Their parents always said they were special, but they had no idea they were a witch and wizard.

As Whit and Wisty learn to what they can do and control their powers, they escape from prison and meet up with other children determined to fight the N.O. and release all the children from prison. Whit and Wisty also desperately want to find their parents. But the N.O. is also determined to find the entire Allgood family and have them executed.

This was a light, fun read and the first in the series. The ending definitely makes you wonder what will happen next. I'm sure fans of Patterson's Maximum Ride series will enjoy this one too.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 01/12/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
Bitten By Cupid by Lynsay Sands
Burn by Ted Dekker
The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig
Death of a Valentine by M.C. Beaton
The First Rule by Robert Crais
The Godfather of Kathmandu by John Burdett
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Sleepless by Charlie Huston
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
Treasure Hunt By John Lescroart
Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom

Monday, January 11, 2010

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

This third book of the Twilight series finds Bella back in Forks anxiously awaiting her high school graduation. This is a momentous occasion because Edward has agreed to turn Bella into a vampire so that they can be together for all eternity. Despite his better judgment, Edward has agreed to make Bella a vampire under one condition: that she marries him. Bella, however, is reluctant to get married at such a young age, as she doesn't want to be that girl (i.e. a girl from a small town who gets married right after high school).

Bella and Edward's intense romantic issues are the least of their problems for right now. There have been a rash of killings in nearby Seattle, which Carlise suspects is the work of newborn vampires. The Cullens have to take matters in their own hands before these killings reach the Volturi. They can't do it alone, so the the Cullens and the Quilette werewolves agree on a temporary truce in order to take out this evil villain that is reeking havoc near Forks. Bella wonders, though, if these recent killings are the work of Victoria, the vampire who seeks to avenge her lover by killing her.

Of course, the love triangle between Edward, Bella, and werewolf Jacob Black continues, with Jacob much more at the forefront than he has been at the past, but don't expect much resolution there quite yet.

I really enjoyed Eclipse and can't wait to read the final chapter, Breaking Dawn! Plenty of action and romance make this a fast-paced read. We haven't learned much of Jasper or Rosalie's history yet, and Eclipse gives the reader an inside glimpse into how these two became vampires. Jasper also plays a pivotal role in the war against the newborn vampires. Furthermore, Meyer has written a detailed history of the Quilette spirit warrior legend in which we discover how the vampires and werewolves came to be such enemies.Also , be on the lookout for the movie release of Eclispe, set for 6/30/2010!

Friday, January 8, 2010

To Catch a Bride by Anne Gracie

Rafe Ramsey does not want to deal with his supposed responsibilities. Instead he agrees to help Lady Cleeve find her long lost granddaughter. The reports were she died six years ago in Cairo but Lady Cleeve has heard new information claiming she is alive. Rafe sets out from London to travel to Cairo to find her.

Ayisha Cleeve has been living as a boy for six years. Her parents died and she had nowhere to turn so to protect herself she assumes that disguise. She was resigned to her life until an Englishman showed up offering her a new one. Ayisha takes it after Rafe agrees to help her "family", a woman named Laila and a young boy named Ali.

Now on a ship bound for England, Ayisha and Rafe discover they have feelings for each. But of course they don't tell each other. And when Rafe becomes ill and Ayisha refuses to believe it is the plague and won't allow the other passengers to dump Rafe off on a deserted island, she locks herself in his room with him and nurses him back to health. This leads to them being engaged to be married because of society's rules. Ayisha is weary of this because she wants Rafe to love her and Rafe is excited because he does love her.

They decided to get married in England and not on the boat so Ayisha's grandmother can be there. But when they finally arrive at Lady Cleeve's for the reunion it does not go as planned. And then Ayisha disappears and Rafe will do anything to find her.

Another terrific book by Anne Gracie. This is the third book in the Devil Riders series. If you love historical romance then pick up any Anne Gracie novel.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 01/05/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Arms-Commander by L.E. Modesitt
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
Domino Pattern by Timothy Zahn
The Five Greatest Warriors by Matthew Reilly
The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny by Simon R. Green
Impact by Douglas Preston
An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor
Iron River by T. Jefferson Parker
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky
Paganini's Ghost by Paul Adam
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
The Sweet By and By by Sara Evans
A Whisper to the Living by Stuart Kaminsky

Monday, January 4, 2010

Easy on the Eyes by Jane Porter

As a broadcast journalist for America Tonight, a fictitious ET type show, Tiana Tomilson's contract is getting close to ending, and she is being pushed by studio execs and her agent to get plastic surgery if she wants to stay in this line of work. Adding to the pressure is a new, and much younger, broadcaster named Shelby who the show is trying to add as Tiana's co-host. At thirty-eight, Tiana's not sure if she is quite ready to go under the knife yet but knows that in order thrive in this industry, keeping up your looks is a necessity.

Despite the media attention, being in the spotlight does have its bonuses, as Tiana gets to go all of L.A.'s star-studded events from private parties to red carpet award shows. However, it is unfortunate that her path keeps crossing with plastic surgeon Michael O'Sullivan, surgeon to the stars, and a man that Tiana detests, not only for his line of work, but for his good looks and even better looking arm candy.

What also has Tiana disheartened is the lack of quality journalism her show provides. She is determined to get back into journalism that matters and talks her boss into letting her travel to Africa to interview people who are making a difference in the world with their humanitarian efforts. In fact, one of the organizations she will be highlighting is Rx Smile, a mission that Michael just happens to be involved with. Perhaps Tiana misjudged him, but falling in love with Michael requires her to let go of past pain and open herself to getting hurt again; can she risk her heart again for the sake of love?

A coworker and regular patron both have raved about Porter's books, so perhaps my expectations going in were too high, but I was disappointed in a seasoned chick lit author's latest offering. The last 30 pages or so were rushed and totally predictable: Tiana is in a freak accident that requires plastic surgery. Can you guess who becomes her doctor?

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Novels set in Amish communities are very popular with well known authors such as Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter. Here is a new novel by Suzanne Fisher Woods called The Choice. Carrie, a young Amish woman living in Lancaster County, is struggling to decide if she should leave her community to marry Sol who is pursuing a career as a baseball player. When her father suddenly dies, she instead decides to marry a man she does not love because it would have made her father happy.

As the novel progresses, Carrie is faced with more choices due to family tragedies, struggling with her faith and forgiveness, and influence from outside her community. Those around her are also faced with choices surrounding long kept secrets. It was interesting to see how Carrie and her family and friends changed by the end of the book.

I found this to be an emotional read with both humor and sadness and a wonderful glimpse into the Amish way of life. This is the first in a new series called Lancaster County Secrets. The next book, The Waiting, is due in October 2010.