New Releases Dec. 10 – 15

Dear Readers,

More new books for the TBR pile.  I need to take all of 2019 off from my job just to read everyday.  Then maybe I will be half way through my stack.

Happy Reading,

The Making of Mrs. Hale – Carolyn Miller – Regency Brides/A Promise of Hope – Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn’t turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn’t know where–or if he’s ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to the family she betrayed by eloping and to hope they’ll forgive her. Especially now that she might be carrying a baby from her brief marriage.

The Cairo Brief – Fiona Veitch Smith – #4 Poppy Denby Investigates – Intrepid reporter sleuth Poppy Denby is invited to attend the auction of the Death Mask of Nefertiti. The auction is to be held on the country estate of Sir James Maddox, a famous explorer and Egyptologist. Representatives of the world’s leading museums will be bidding on the mask which was found, in Egypt, under murderous circumstances. Poppy and her colleagues from The Daily Globe, who are trying to stay one step ahead of their rivals from The London Courier, dismiss rumors of an ancient curse. But when one of the auction party is murdered, and someone starts stalking Poppy, the race is on to find the killer before “the curse” can strike again.

Prince Edward’s Warrant – Mel Starr – #11 The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon – Master Hugh won the Black Prince’s favour when he helped ease the prince’s illness. Now, in the autumn of 1372, the prince is suffering a relapse and sends to Bampton for Master Hugh to attend him. While at dinner in Kennington Palace, Sir Giles, the knight who escorted Hugh to London, is stricken and dies. Poison! Sir Giles is not popular, and there are many who would gladly see the fellow done away with… except for Prince Edward. The Black Prince feels a debt to the slain man because of his heroic behaviour at the Battle of Crecy, where the knight stood firm with the prince when the fight seemed of uncertain outcome. Despite caring little for Sir Giles, Master Hugh must once again place himself in jeopardy and seek to uncover the perpetrator of the crime…

Firing Line – Mike Hollow – #4 The Blitz Detective – Flames leap skyward from a blitzed factory in West Ham as an air raid destroys all in its path. When the blaze threatens neighbouring houses a volunteer fireman breaks in to rescue a trapped resident – but instead finds only the body of a young woman, strangled in her bedroom. For Detective Inspector John Jago the scene brings back memories of the Soho Strangler. He suspects this woman had a secret – that she is not what she seems – and that this may be the root of her untimely end. Investigation reveals a drunken sailor may hold the key to what happened in Joan Watson’s flat. But his information points Jago towards family jealousies, violence, robbery, and the underworld of political terrorism. Was Joan as innocent as her friends claim, or was she mixed up in crime? Jago must unpick multifarious motives if he hopes to reach the truth.

All That Glitters – Les Cowan – Tati thought she was escaping Belarus; she had scraped and saved the $15,000 that she was told she needed to start again. Instead, she walks into a trap. She tries to resist, but her captors made it clear that until she gives the men they send her what they want she will be beaten daily, or left to die. In Edinburgh, Pastor David Hidalgo is attempting to get his life back together after facing the gang who killed his wife. He is determined to stay away from danger until a desperate woman approaches him. Her husband has been discovered dead and the police have found child pornography on his computer. The woman is inconsolable but certain her husband – who was investigating the finances of a new charismatic church in Edinburgh – has been framed. David is determined to ensure the new church is sound but on visiting doubts the authenticity of its charismatic leader. Could something more sinister be lurking behind the church’s polished veneer? The only hope that Tati has is a name she has been given “David Hidalgo” – perhaps this man will be her rescuer? But David has no knowledge of Tati’s existence. However, as he starts to investigate the new church their two worlds seem set to collide. Will both come out unscathed?

Death of a Jester – Deb Richardson-Moore – #4 A Branigan Powers Mystery -The police cannot decide if the clown sightings reported around Grambling pose a threat or are just a hoax—that is, until a young homeless boy is lured away from his parents in the dead of night. Malachi has been dreaming of the little boy he could not save in Afghanistan. He is pulled between the deep need to drink and drown his past and his desire to try and help save the little boy who was snatched from Tent City, under his nose. Then a man dressed in a clown’s outfit is found bludgeoned to death. Branigan reports and watches in horror as the crime is connected to her property and members of her own family are once again suspects. Can Branigan and Malachi help to bring the truth to light before the little boy is harmed, and before the wrong person is convicted of murder?

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New Releases Nov. 26 – Dec. 1

Dear Readers,

More books!! More books!!! When is that not a happy sentence.  Hmm… NEVER.

Happy Reading,

The Color of Lies – C.J. Lyons -High school senior Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses—her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella’s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read.  Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals the real reason why he sought her out—he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths, the parents that Ella had always been told died in a fire. Alec turns Ella’s world upside down when he tells her their deaths were definitely not an accident.  After learning her entire life has been a lie, Ella doesn’t know who she can trust or even who she really is. With her adoptive family keeping secrets and the evidence mixing fact and fiction, the only way for Ella to learn the truth about her past is to find a killer.

The Crown Lord – William Sirls – After a successful revolt in 1846 that reversed the roles of slaves and masters, modern-day America is now dominated by a wealthy, black ruling class and whites are dealing with decades of oppression and prejudice.  When his father, a civil rights attorney, is killed after defending a white man, seventeen-year-old Willie Gibbons is forced to move to Michigan with his uncle and thrust into the heart of the racial divide.  The search for his father’s killer lands Willie on the wrong side of a powerful and shadowy black supremacist group known as The Crown, a dangerous place for any man—black or white.

A Seat by the Hearth – Amy Clipston – #3 An Amish Homestead Novel – In order to escape an abusive boyfriend, Priscilla Allgyer returns to the community she thought she’d left behind forever–returning with her six-year-old son after being excommunicated and estranged from her family for years. Her mother welcomes them, but her father is cold, only allowing her to live with them if she dresses plainly, confesses her sins, and agrees to marry within the community. Once again, she feels suffocated and trapped.  Priscilla reluctantly completes her shunning but notices Mark Riehl, a farmer with a playboy reputation, remaining kind to her and her son. After her father and the bishop catch Mark and Priscilla in a compromising situation, the two are compelled to enter an awkward engagement that neither had planned.

Tell Her no Lies – Kelly Irvin – Nina Fischer carries a camera wherever she goes–so she can view life through a filter. Safely. After her mother abandoned her to the streets, Nina has kept people at a distance, including her uncle, who adopted Nina and her sister. Wealthy and proud, he is a good man, a fair judge, and someone many in San Antonio admire.  But when he is murdered, and the detective assigned to the case accuses Nina of the crime, she knows she must act. She’s determined to use her journalism background to find the real killer. The two men in her life want to help, but can she trust them? She’s known Rick since they were children, but now he’s an attorney whose political aspirations seem more important than Nina’s tragic loss. And then there’s Aaron, a news videographer; using their friendship could break the biggest story of his career.

 

New Releases Nov. 19 – 24

Dear Readers,

Now that the holiday shopping season has officially started, it is time to make sure your family and friend know which books you ‘need’ for Christmas.   Here are a few to get you started.

Happy Reading,

Enclave – Thomas Locke – Nearly one hundred years have passed since the Great Crash. What was once America is now a collection of enclaves, governed at the local level and only loosely tied together by the farce of a federal government.  Catawba, one of the largest and most affluent enclaves in the southern region, is relatively stable. It maintains successful business relations with nearby enclaves. But when a new vein of gold is discovered beneath the feet of its citizens, it’s only a matter of time before trouble finds them.

North By Starlight – David and Diane Munson – Attorney Madison Stone is racing to Starlight, Vermont from her D.C. law firm to save the inheritance of Jordan Star, sole heir of his late grandfather’s Star Mountain ski resort. Maddie arrives in the winter wonderland ready to defeat the claim of Jordan’s mystery relative. Instead, she finds surprising struggles and diversions in the idyllic town during the Christmas season when her ex-boyfriend, attorney Stewart Dunham shows up to represent the interloper. Maddie sharpens her legal skills in outwitting him and a greedy mining enterprise bent on changing Starlight forever. She and Jordan form an alliance, and the ensuing legal battle leaves her emotionally vulnerable until Trevor Kirk, a geologist, focuses her mind back to what is important, saving the town and finding her heart.

On Magnolia Lane – Denise Hunter – A Blue Ridge Romance – After two years of counseling sessions with Daisy Pendleton, Pastor Jack McReady has earned a permanent spot in her life as a spiritual leader–and nothing more. Jack would never risk losing her trust by exposing the depths of his heart, but he’s hopelessly in love with her.  Daisy loves her southern small-town life and her job at her family-run flower shop, but she doesn’t have the thing she longs for most: someone to share it with. Her recent foray into online dating has been a disaster–until she meets TJ.  Jack could kill his friend Noah for using his initials and some indistinct photos to set up a profile on the dating app Daisy is using. But when he’s finally afforded the opportunity to show her a different side of himself, he’s sucked into the plan before he has time for second thoughts.

Dead Sea Rising – Jerry Jenkins – #1 Dead Sea Rising – Nicole Berman is an archaeologist on the brink of a world-changing discovery. During her first dig in Jordan, she believes she has found concrete evidence of a biblical patriarch that could change history books forever. But someone doesn’t want the truth revealed. While urgently trying to connect pieces of an ancient puzzle, a dangerous enemy is out to stop her.

Chosen People – Robert Whitlow – During a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her four-year-old daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child.  Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, typically uses her multi-language skills to represent international clients for an Atlanta law firm. When her boss is contacted by Jakob Brodsky, a young Jewish lawyer aggressively pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of the family under the US Anti-Terrorism laws, he calls on Hana’s expertise to take point on the case. After careful prayer, she joins forces with Jakob, and they quickly realize the need to bring in a third member for their team, an Arab investigator named Daud Hasan, based in Israel.  To unravel the case, this team of investigators goes from the streets of Atlanta to the alleys of Jerusalem, a world where hidden motives thrive, the risk of death is real, and the search for truth has many faces. What they will uncover will forever change their understanding of justice, heritage, and what it means to be chosen for a greater purpose.

New Releases – Nov. 12 – 17

Dear Readers,

Thanksgiving is this week.  I know that this is the time of year you are suppose to say what you are thankful for.  I think this is something we should do all year round.

But to jump on the bandwagon, I am thankful for family and friends.  I am thankful for my job.  I am thankful for each one of you that comes and visits my little blog and I am thankful that each week I can do a list of new titles that are released.

Happy Reading,

The Man Who Broke into St. Peter’s – Chick Yuill -When the caretaker of St Peter’s finds that the church has been broken into early on the Saturday morning after Christmas, and that the elderly intruder is still in the building and kneeling at the Communion rail, no one is quite sure what to do.  What’s more, the man’s startling resemblance to the picture of the suffering Christ that has hung in the church for fifty years unsettles all who catch sight of him. But this is nothing compared to the disturbing impact of his continuing presence on the church and the town.  As his identity becomes clear and his story unfolds, long-hidden truths emerge, and life in Penford can never be quite the same again . . .

Stratagem – Robin Caroll – Deep in the gritty underbelly of New Orleans, psychologist Grayson Thibodeaux loses everything when his wife leaves him to climb her company’s corporate ladder. He buries himself in his job of creating mind-bending adventure games for businesses as team-building explorations. When his ex-wife’s company hires Grayson’s to create an elaborate game, he doesn’t see how things can get worse. Until she dies during the course of the game he created…making him the prime suspect for murder.

North by Starlight – David and Diane Munson – Attorney Madison Stone races to Starlight, Vermont from her D.C. law firm to save the inheritance of Jordan Star, sole heir of his late grandfather’s Star Mountain ski resort. Maddie arrives in the winter wonderland ready to defeat the claim of Jordan’s mystery relative. Instead, she finds surprising struggles and diversions in the idyllic town during the Christmas season when her ex-boyfriend, attorney Stewart Dunham shows up to represent the interloper. Maddie sharpens her legal skills in outwitting him and a greedy mining enterprise bent on changing Starlight forever. She and Jordan form an alliance, and the ensuing legal battle leaves her emotionally vulnerable until Trevor Kirk, a geologist, focuses her mind back to what is important, saving the town and finding her heart.

Enclave – Thomas Locke – It’s been 50 years since the Great Crash and what was once America is now a collection of enclaves, governed on the local level and only loosely tied together by the farce of a federal government. Catawba, one of the largest and most affluent enclaves in the southern states, is relatively stable and maintains a successful business of trade with nearby enclaves, including the one at Charlotte Township. But when a new vein of gold is found beneath the feet of those in Catawba, it’s only a matter of time before trouble finds them.  Now the future of Catawba may be in the hands of an untried 21-year-old trader named Caleb. And Caleb knows that if his secret were ever to come out, he would never see another dawn.

 

New Releases – Nov. 5 – 10

Dear Readers,

With the passing of the Christy’s my focus becomes the Holiday season.  There are so many great new titles to put on your Christmas list.  Here are a few more.

Happy Reading,

A Season of Grace – Lauraine Snelling – #3 Under the Northern Skies – Nilda Carlson’s dreams are coming true. Though her first few months in America were difficult, her life now resembles the images that filled her daydreams in Norway. Together, she and her family work their farm and fell trees for lumber. Everything is finally going right.  When Nilda is offered a job by a wealthy businesswoman in the nearby town of Blackduck, she can’t believe her luck. Here is an opportunity to learn how to navigate the worlds of commerce and high society. But life in town comes with a catch: the man who tried to assault Nilda in Norway has arrived in Blackduck. He claims to have turned over a new leaf, but every time she sees him, her fears come flooding back. Can she learn to forgive him and move on, or will she always be stuck in the past? And can he truly be trusted?

Wait for Me – Susan May Warren – #6 Montana Skies – Pete Brooks can’t believe he’s waited an entire year for EMT Jess Tagg to return to Montana, only to have her break his heart. Worse, a series of mistakes on the job has cost lives, and Pete isn’t sure he wants to continue to work in search and rescue. Maybe if he can just get over Jess, he can figure out how to move forward.  When a terrible fight between Jess and Pete sparks an impulsive decision, Jess finds herself crashed on the side of a highway along with two others. Just when Jess thinks things couldn’t get any worse, they are taken captive and dragged into the untamed Montana wilderness–with murderous intent.   Now Pete will have to call on everything he’s learned to find them–and pray that his past mistakes don’t cost him the life of the woman he can’t stop loving.

Things Left Unsaid – Courtney Walsh – Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her best—and worst—memories. It’s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it’s the other secrets she’s buried that have kept her from moving on.  But Lyndie isn’t the only one with secrets.  Cassie’s mother, father and brother, still struggling with the loss, have been drifting further and further apart. And Elle herself, the last to see Cassie alive, carries an impossible burden of guilt. Now reunited, each of them has a choice: to reveal the truths of that night or continue to live in its shadow. That means embarking on a personal journey of the heart—to escape the darkness and all its regrets and to finally come to terms with the past and, especially, with each other.

Through Chaos – Joshua A.  Johnson – #3 The Chronicles of Sarco – Captain Jared Carter and the Navy cruiser Hattan have helped liberate an alien race from the clutches of darkness, but at a terrible cost of lives and ships. While regrouping, they receive word that a shocking fate has befallen the Confederacy during the Hattan’s distant campaign. Jared and his crew face the prospect that their home as they knew it is no more.  Danger now threatens them on two fronts: ahead, in the empire of the Domain, and behind, in the warring factions of the former Confederacy. The Hattan battle fleet must split up in hopes of combating both evils–their separate destinations leading to a singular enemy . .

New Releases – Oct. 29 – Nov. 3

Dear Readers,

Fall is in full swing here.  Fall reading is also.  I was reading outside a couple weeks ago and then this past weekend I sat in my library by the window watching it rain/snow and generally be yucky.  But that is fall reading for you.

Here are some new titles to add to your list.

Happy Reading,

Miles From Where We Started – Cynthia Ruchti – Weeks away from their one-year anniversary, Mallory and Connor Duncan can’t even agree on how to end their marriage. But when a last-minute crisis lands them on a three-thousand-mile road trip together, Mallory wonders if their story may not be over after all.  The trip begins to unravel before the key is even in the ignition, and an at-risk, trouble-seeking missile of an eleven-year-old is unexpectedly launched into their travel plans. Close quarters get even tighter, and the couple believes this whole experience will spell disaster.  But as new challenges pop up around each bend, Mallory and Connor are surprised by the strengths they see in one another–and how they complement each other. Their first year of marriage hasn’t been the arm-in-arm togetherness they expected . . . but can they find a new beginning when the road ends?

In Too Deep – Lynn H. Blackburn – #2 Dive Team – When the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team is called in to recover a body from a submerged car, they aren’t prepared to find an encrypted laptop–or an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the dead accountant.   Adam turns to his friend Dr. Sabrina Fleming to recover the files from the laptop. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier the investigation becomes. When evidence implicates members of Adam’s own family, he and Sabrina will have to risk everything to solve the case.  The truth could set hundreds free–but someone is willing to do whatever it takes to silence anyone who threatens to reveal their secrets.

Mark of the Raven – Morgan L. Busse – Lady Selene is heir to the House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. Soon after the gifting, however, Selene discovers that the Ravenwood women have been secretly using their gift to gather information or to assassinate those responsible for the fall of House Ravenwood to the Dominia Empire hundreds of years ago.   As she becomes more entrenched in Ravenwood’s dark past, Selene longs to find out the true reason behind her family’s gift, believing that its original intent could not have been for such evil purposes, but she is torn about upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people. Selene’s dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations–but who is also prophesied to bring about the downfall of her own house.  One path holds glory and power and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and likely death. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

Jerusalem’s Queen – Angela Hunt – #3 The Silent Years – A Novel of Salome Alexandra -Born in the small village of Modein, a place made famous by the warrior Maccabees, Salome Alexandra knows better than to harbor grand dreams for her future. She pales in comparison to her beautiful older sister, and though she learns to read at an early age, girls are not valued for their intellectual ability. However, when her father and sister are killed, John Hyrcanus, a distant relative, invites Salome and her mother to live with his family in Jerusalem, where her thirst for knowledge is noticed and indulged.  When her guardian betroths her to a pagan prince, she questions HaShem’s plan. When Hyrcanus finally marries her to a boy half her age, she questions her guardian’s sanity. Though Salome Alexandra spends much of her life as a pawn ordered about by powerful men, she learns that a woman committed to HaShem can change the world.

 

New Releases Oct. 22 – 27

Dear Readers,

I am spending this coming weekend talking books with librarians.  I know Again!  To me I could spend everyday talking books, oh wait that is what I do and I love it.  It is my favorite thing.  Oh wait, reading books is my favorite, but talking books?  A close second.

Happy Reading,

When the Heart Sings – Liz Tolsma – The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their Polish farm to a labor camp. Separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and her husband Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules–and the consequences for disobeying them–Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.  But then Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear–but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price.

The Cumberland Bride – Shannon McNear – The Daughters of the Mayflower series – In 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to learn and live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence. She sets her sights on learning more about their guide, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But naive Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s Shawnee connections than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

Enchanting Nicholette – Dawn Crandall – #1 The Everstone Chronicles – Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again–this time for love…and to someone safe.  As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can’t help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of “what if” at bay?

Sparkle of Silver – Liz Johnson – #1 Georgia Coast Romance – Millie Sullivan plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of a palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia, where her great-grandmother was a real guest ninety years ago. When Millie learns of a lost diary that may contain the location of a hidden treasure on the estate and reveal the identity of her great-grandfather, she sets out to find the truth of her heritage–and the fortune she desperately needs. But it won’t be easy.  When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate’s private library, he threatens to have her fired. Still, her story seems too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up.