New releases coming out this month that I want:
Lisa Kleypas‘ “Mine Til Midnight” (historical romance) – While I wasn’t hugely keen on her contemporary debut “Sugar Daddy” (I say that, but I’m probably still going to get its sequel), I loved her Wallflowers quartet. So I’m obviously going to get Cam Rohan’s story. Oh, this is the first time I’ve seen the UK cover (on the left) – I’ve to say this time around, I prefer the US one (right). The UK one looks a bit too boring, and IMO, doesn’t really fit the title as well – it may look better in person, though! I’ve seen an earlier version of the US cover, where the dress is white, instead of the deep blue, and I thought that was even prettier. I would have loved to have that cover. Maybe blue sells better! Excerpt here.
Charlaine Harris‘ “An Ice Cold Grave” (urban fantasy) – The third book in her Harper Connelly series – hmm… the first two books were titled “Grave Surprise” and “Grave Sight” respectively, but I guess they decided to take a different tack with this one. Despite the paranormal aspects of this series (Harper can see how someone died), this series reminds me more of Ms Harris’ Lily Bard mystery series than the Sookie Stackhouse books. The mood of the Harper Connelly and Lily Bard books tends towards the grim and depressing, while the Sookie books are lighter in tone and are more cheery. Excerpt here.
The Christmas anthology “An Enchanted Season” (paranormal romance) – Okay, I admit that I want this for one reason only – Nalini Singh‘s contribution. Until I read “Caressed by Ice”, I wasn’t really too bothered about this – I was vaguely aware of the planned anthology, but wasn’t planning on getting it. Then I read CBI, loved it, and now I want Tamsyn and Nate’s story. Excerpt here. Oh, and the other authors are Maggie Shayne, Erin McCarthy, and Jean Johnson.
Sharon Shinn‘s “General Winston’s Daughter” (YA fantasy) – A new Sharon Shinn 🙂 With an excellent cover. It is hardcover, unfortunately, but you can’t have everything… Her website very informatively – not – says that it’s set in a world like 19th century Britain. Luckily, there is a bit more information on Amazon:
When seventeen-year-old heiress Averie Winston travels with her guardian to faraway Chiarrin, she looks forward to a reunion with her father, who is a commanding general, seeing her handsome fiancé Morgan once more, and exploring the strange new country. What she finds is entirely different. Although the Chiarizzi appear to tolerate the invading army, rebels have already tried to destroy them; Morgan is not the man she thought he was; and she finds herself falling in love with Lieutenant Ket Du’kai, who himself comes from a conquered society. Can the irrepressible Averie remake herself in this new world? Sharon Shinn’s newest romance has an epic sweep, piquant humor, social commentary, and love to spare—just the thing when you want to lose yourself in another world.
One of her other YA fantasy novels, “Summers at Castle Auburn”, is amongst my all-time favourites, so I’m looking forward to this one.
And a couple of maybes:
Rachel Caine‘s “Midnight Alley” (YA urban fantasy) – Third book in her Morganville Vampires series. I think I’m going to wean myself off this series. It’s not a bad series or anything like that – Ms Caine tells a good story, but for some reason, I’m not completely hooked. And it’s not as though I’m running out of books to read. Hmm… maybe I just don’t like the premise of this series – a university town ruled by the vampire mafia. Excerpt here.
Tara Janzen‘s “On the Loose” (romantic suspense) – Seventh book in her Steele Street series. It’s been a while since the last book in this series came out, and though I liked the first few books in this series, I thought the last couple of books, well, weren’t great to put it mildly. I think I’ll wait for the reviews on this one. Excerpt here.