ETA: I’m rubbish – I completely forgot about Jo Beverley‘s “A Lady’s Secret” (historical romance). Seeing it in the bookstore today was a nice surprise! It’s set in the Georgian era, and I’m pretty sure it’s part of her Malloren family series. I’m also getting her two-in-one traditional regency reissues, “Lovers and Ladies”, when it appears on the shelves. Ms Beverley blogged a bit about “A Lady’s Secret” on Word Wenches, btw.
Excerpt here .
Books I want to get this month:
Elizabeth Vaughan‘s “Dagger-Star” (fantasy romance) – I loved her Chronicles of the Warlands trilogy, and am looking forward to this one, which is set in the same world but with a different cast of characters, from what I can gather. I think it’ll be interesting to see the Warlands from a different perspective. The cover’s very… bright. Striking. I’m pretty sure it’ll stand out on the shelves due to colour alone.
Excerpt here (out April 1).
Karen Chance‘s “Embrace the Night” (urban fantasy) – Third book in the Cassandra Palmer series. I really like this series – my thoughts on the second book “Claimed by Shadow” are here. I’ve uploaded both the UK and US covers – UK on the left, US on the right. Same picture, it’s just that they’ve gone for monochrome in the UK and changed the position and fonts used for the title and author’s name. No idea why.
Excerpt here (out April 1).
Lois McMaster Bujold‘s “Passages” (fantasy) – Third in her Sharing Knife series. After my little fangirl squee over “Legacy”, I’m obviously going to get “Passages” now. Not blown away by the cover, but I don’t think it’ll be the deciding factor for people buying this book.
Umm… can’t find an excerpt, but blurb here (out April 22).
Lisa Shearin‘s “Armed and Magical” (fantasy) – Second in her Raine Benares series. I wasn’t completely blown away by the first book “Magic Lost, Trouble Found”, but I thought the ending was clever and that this series had potential. I love the cover too – it captures Raine’s attitude perfectly, IMO.
Excerpt here (out April 29 – so I suppose this is technically a May book).
Elizabeth Peters‘ “Night Train to Memphis” (mystery) – Heh. This is not a new release, but a re-issue. It’s the one Vicky Bliss book I haven’t yet read (until the new one comes out in September!). I have been searching everywhere for this one, so I’m super-happy they’re reissuing it (out 24 April).
I’m wondering about:
Sherry Thomas‘ “Private Arrangements” (historical romance) – I can’t remember the latest book that got so much buzz in blogland. Maybe Joanna Bourne’s “The Spymaster’s Lady”? Which err… is sitting in my TBR pile. And has been since Jan. Sigh. I’ll probably get this one too, but not just yet. I like the cover, but to me, it conveys this medieval feel. And I’m pretty sure it’s set in the late 1800s.