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Take a look at some of the latest additions to our New and Featured Fiction collections! We check in new books nearly every day—check out the First Floor's LibraryThing account where we log all of our newest arrivals!

 

New Fiction - February 2015

Bell, David
The Forgotten Girl
The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’s door…
…and it’s his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor—she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town.
But Hayden never returns.
And her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason’s past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister’s life—and possible death—deepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them and the secrets that should be taken to the grave.

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Carroll, Jonathan
Bathing the Lion
In Jonathan Carroll's surreal masterpiece, Bathing the Lion, five people who live in the same New England town go to sleep one night and all share the same hyper-realistic dream. Some of these people know each other; some don’t.
When they wake the next day all of them know what has happened. All five were at one time “mechanics,” a kind of cosmic repairman whose job is to keep order in the universe and clean up the messes made both by sentient beings and the utterly fearsome yet inevitable Chaos that periodically rolls through, wreaking mayhem wherever it touches down—a kind of infinitely powerful, merciless tornado. Because the job of a mechanic is grueling and exhausting, after a certain period all of them are retired and sent to different parts of the cosmos to live out their days as "civilians." Their memories are wiped clean and new identities are created for them that fit the places they go to live out their natural lives to the end.
For the first time all retired mechanics are being brought back to duty: Chaos has a new plan, and it's not looking good for mankind...

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Huddle, David
The Faulkes Chronicle
A work of uncanny originality, David Huddle's nineteenth book is the account of an extraordinary death trip taken by a charismatic and beloved woman, her husband, and an astonishing number of offspring, from infants to young adults. The Faulkes Chronicle explores how children grieve, and shows how the wit and courage of even the littlest brothers and sisters can be a source of resilience. Familial conversation composes an intimate requiem, transforming loss into comprehension. Only one of our finest writers could manage this delicate material. The Faulkes Chronicle is a brief, autumnal novel — made of momentary details yet with an encompassing grandeur.

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Jacobson, Howard
J
Set in a world where collective memory has vanished and the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a boldly inventive love story, both tender and terrifying. Howard Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career.

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Kinsella, Sophie
Shopaholic to the Stars
Sophie Kinsella returns to her beloved Shopaholic series with Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) newly arrived in Hollywood and starry-eyed. She and her two-year-old daughter, Minnie, have relocated to L.A. to join Becky’s husband, Luke, who is there to handle PR for famous actress Sage Seymour. Becky can’t wait to start living the A-list lifestyle, complete with celebrity sightings, yoga retreats, and shopping trips to Rodeo Drive. But she really hopes to become a personal stylist—Sage’s personal stylist—if only Luke would set up an introduction. Then, unexpectedly, Becky is offered the chance to dress Sage’s archrival, and though things become a bit more complicated, it’s a dream come true!

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MacDonald, Patricia
I See You
How well do you know the people closest to you? Hannah, Adam and adorable young Sydney Wickes are living under assumed identities in West Philadelphia. Although she's found it hard to adjust to life in the city, at least Hannah and her family are safe and slowly beginning to build new lives for themselves. But all that changes when an unexpected tragedy throws the harsh spotlight of publicity onto the Wickes family, putting them in serious danger. Because Hannah and those she loves are hiding a dark secret in their past, a secret that has torn their lives apart. For what do you do when the person you should love the most poses the greatest threat? The Wickes' sinister family secret is destined to catch up with them — with terrifying consequences.

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Maden, Mike
Blue Warrior (A Troy Pearce Novel)
A brutal conflict in Mali and an international race for rare elements sets the stage for Troy Pearce and his drone technology to rescue an old friend in this adrenaline-fueled series. Blue Warrior is set in the remote Sahara Desert, where a recently discovered deposit of strategically indispensable Rare Earth Elements (REEs) ignites an international rush to secure them. Standing in the way are the Tuaregs, the fierce tribe of warrior nomads of the desert wasteland, who are fighting for their independence. The Chinese offer to help the Malian government crush the rebellion by the Tuaregs in order to gain a foothold in the area, and Al-Qaeda jihadis join the fight. In the midst of all this chaos are Troy Pearce's closest friend and a mysterious woman from his past who ask him for help. Deploying his team and his newest drones to rescue his friends and save the rebellion, Troy finds that he might need more than technology to survive the battle and root out the real puppet masters behind the Tuareg genocide.

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Ruland, Jim
Forest Of Fortune
Forest of Fortune tells the story of three haunted souls—an alcoholic, an epileptic, and a gambling addict—who try to turn their luck around at a decrepit Indian casino. But something's not right at Thunderclap Casino. As the three of them come to terms with the ways in which they are haunted by the past and struggle with their addictions, they must confront the malevolent force that won't rest until old wrongs have been made right.

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Steel, Danielle
Pegasus
In a rich historical novel of family and World War II, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel unfurls a powerful saga that spans generations and continents. This is a story of courage, friendship, and fate as two families face the challenges of war . . . and the magnificent stallion that will link them forever.

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Zellar, Brad
House of Coates
Washed up in the shadow of a refinery, Lester B. Morrison, legendary recluse, documents his life in a series of photographs taken with a disposable camera. In a landscape of off ramps, warehouses, and SRO hotels occupied by terminally lonely men, love and faith break in, quietly offering human connection and the possibility of redemption.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy - February 2015

Wallace, Sean
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures
Looking to the future through the lens of the past, here is a second fantastic collection of over 30 typically anarchic mash-ups that push the boundaries of steampunk from the same editor of the bestselling Mammoth Book of Steampunk. Includes an introduction by Ann VanderMeer, along with stories by Tobias S. Buckell, A.C. Wise, Cherie Priest, Jay Lake, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Christopher Barzak, Carrie Vaughn, Jonathan Wood, Chris Roberson, C.S.E. Cooney, E. Catherine Tobler, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Gord Sellar, Tony Pi, Aliette de Bodard, Nisi Shawl, Lisa L. Hannett, Genevieve Valentine, Sofia Samatar, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Cat Rambo, K.W. Jeter, Margaret Ronald, Samantha Henderson, and Ken Liu.

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Niven, Larry
Red Tide
Loosely based on Larry Niven's 1973 novella "Flash Crowd," Red Tide continues to examine the social consequences of the impact of having instantaneous teleportation, where humans can instantly travel long distances in milliseconds. This is a theme that has fascinated the author throughout his career and even appears in his seminal work Ringworld, where the central character celebrates his birthday by instantly teleporting himself to different time zones, extending his "birthday." The author also discusses the impact of such instantaneous transportation in his essay, "Exercise in Speculation: The Theory and Practice of Teleportation." Larry Niven is joined by two younger writers, Brad R. Torgersen and Matthew J. Harrington, as they take on this challenging idea and further develop the theories and concepts that Niven originally presented in "Flash Crowd."

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Scalzi, John
Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome
This intriguing companion novella expands the backstory behind Scalzi's provocative near-future science fiction novel Lock In. Originally mistaken for bird flu, "The Great Flu" killed 400 million around the world, and left millions more "locked in" their bodies, unable to communicate with the outside world. When the First Lady, Margaret Haden, was stricken, the flu came to be called "Haden's Syndrome," prompting President Benjamin Haden to stump tirelessly for a major medical and technological effort-a new "Moon Shot"-to find a way to help Haden's victims. Scalzi presents both pro and con insider views of the Haden Research Initiative Act, its priorities, and its stipulations that all research would be shared in an open database and all products would be cross-licensed, available for everyone to exploit equally. Researchers, businessmen, politicians, and human rights activists clash in this skillfully written novella about one of the most fascinating SF scenarios created in recent years.

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Schwab, V. E.
Vicious
A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers. Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end? In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn't automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

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New Mysteries - February 2015

Daniel, John M.
Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery
Hooperman Johnson is a tall, bushy-bearded man of few words. He works as a bookstore cop, catching shoplifters in the act. It's a difficult job for a man with a stammer, but somebody's got to do it, because Maxwell's Books is getting ripped off big-time. And, more and more, it looks like the thief works for the store. Set in the summer of 1972, the summer of the Watergate break-in, Hooperman is a bookstore mystery without a murder, but full of plot, oddball characters, laughs—and love, some of it poignant, some of it steamy.

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Estleman, Loren D.
The Adventure of the Plated Spoon and Other Tales of Sherlock Holmes
A collection of classic reprints and four original stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. In bringing to a close the adventures of my friend Sherlock Holmes, I am perforce reminded that he never, save on the occasion which, as you will now hear, brought his singular career to an end, consented to act in any mystery which was concerned with persons who made a livelihood by their pen. "I am not particular about the people I mix among for business purposes," he would say, "but at literary characters I draw the line." We were in our rooms in Baker Street one evening. I was (I remember) by the centre table writing out "The Adventure of the Man Without a Cork Leg" (which had so puzzled the Royal Society and all the other scientific bodies of Europe), and Holmes was amusing himself with a little revolver practice. It was his custom of a summer evening to fire round my head, just shaving my face, until he had made a photograph of me on the opposite wall, and it is a slight proof of his skill that many of these portraits in pistol shots are considered admirable likenesses.

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Fraser, Anthea
Justice Postponed: A Rona Parish Mystery
A tragic incident from the past threatens to derail Rona Parish's latest project. 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.

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Jacobson, Alan
Spectrum (The Karen Vail Series)
New York City: home to world-renowned museums, theater, restaurants, iconic sports franchises. Central Park. Wall Street. And an infamous serial killer who's terrorized the Big Apple for decades. The year is 1995 and the NYPD has just graduated a promising new patrol officer named Karen Vail. The rookie's first day on the job is anything but easy when she finds herself at the crime scene of a young woman murdered in an unusual manner. Vail is unsure of what she's looking at or what it means—but it's a case that will weigh on her mind for nearly twenty years. As the years pass, Vail's career takes unexpected twists and turns—as does the case that's come to be known as Hades. Now a skilled FBI profiler, will Vail be in a better position to catch the killer? Or will Hades prove to be Karen Vail's hell on earth? The character who has captivated readers worldwide—and who won the praise of literary giants Michael Connelly, James Patterson, and Nelson DeMille—returns in a story that captures the experiences that shaped the revered profiler and made her the top cop she is today.

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New Horror - February 2015

Alexander, Maria
Mr. Wicker
Alicia Baum is missing a deadly childhood memory. Located beyond life, The Library of Lost Childhood Memories holds the answer. The Librarian is Mr. Wicker—a seductive yet sinister creature with an unthinkable past and an agenda just as lethal.

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Bonaventura
The Nightwatches of Bonaventura
First published in German in 1804, under the nom de plume "Bonaventura," The Nightwatches of Bonaventura is a dark, twisted, and comic novel, one part Poe and one part Beckett.

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New World Fiction - February 2015

Di Piazza, Giuseppe
The Four Corners of Palermo
Palermo in the 1980s. Fourteen hours from any place in what one might call the civilized world, a city of great beauty but torn by the second great Mafia gang wars. A perfect place for a young crime reporter to get his start. As our crime reporter looks back on his own youth, he lyrically retells four tragic stories that marked him: a Mafioso who refused to become a professional killer; a model whom he loved and couldn't save; a father who succumbed to hatred and jealousy; and a daughter in search of her lost honor. In The Four Corners of Palermo, Giuseppe Di Piazza brilliantly evokes the smell of blood and gunpowder, the averted gazes of a city in lock-down, and the forced hilarity of young people growing up in a Mafia reign of terror who, surrounded by death on all sides, affirm their humanity in each other's arms and beds.

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Halfon, Eduardo
Monastery
In Monastery, the nomadic narrator of Eduardo Halfon's critically-acclaimed The Polish Boxer returns to travel from Guatemalan cities, villages, coffee plantations, and border towns to a private jazz concert in New York's Harlem, a former German U-Boat base on the French Breton coast, and Israel, where he escapes from his sister's Orthodox Jewish wedding into an erotic adventure with the enigmatic Tamara. His passing encounters are unforgettable; his relationships, problematic. At once a world citizen and a writer who mistrusts the power of language, he is pursued by history's ghosts and unanswerable questions. He is a cartographer of identity on a compelling journey to an uncertain destination. As he draws and redraws his boundaries, he confronts us with the limitations of our own.

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Nakamura, Fuminori
Last Winter We Parted
Instantly reminiscent of the work of Osamu Dazai and Patricia Highsmith, Fuminori Nakamura's latest novel is a dark and twisting house of mirrors that philosophically explores the violence of aesthetics and the horrors of identity. A young writer arrives at a prison to interview a convict. The writer has been commissioned to write a full account of the case, from the bizarre and grisly details of the crime to the nature of the man behind it. The suspect, a world-renowned photographer named Kiharazaka, has a deeply unsettling portfolio—lurking beneath the surface of each photograph is an acutely obsessive fascination with his subject. He stands accused of murdering two women—both burned alive—and will likely face the death penalty. But something isn't quite right. As the young writer probes further, his doubts about this man as a killer intensify, and he struggles to maintain his sense of reason and justice. Is Kiharazaka truly guilty, or will he die to protect someone else? Evoking Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and Ryunosuke Akutagawa's "Hell Screen," Fuminori Nakamura has crafted a twisted talea that asks a deceptively sinister question: Is it possible to truly capture the essence of another human being?

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Pavlov, Oleg
The Matiushin Case
The Matiushin Case is among the most powerful recent works of Russian fiction. It follows Matiushin, a young man damaged by brutality at home and then in the army. Drawing on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's labor-camp writing, Oleg Pavlov builds a unique tension between the horrors of conscription and the dreamlike, timeless mode of his writing. Matiushin's "crime and punishment" thus emerge with compelling inevitability; the victim turns killer. This hell is above all psychological-and no less universal than those of Dante or Dostoevsky. Oleg Pavlov is one of the most highly-regarded contemporary Russian writers. He won the Russian Booker Prize in 2002 and the Solzhenitsyn Prize in 2012.
 

New GLBTQ Fiction - February 2015

Grey, Cornelia
The Circus of the Damned
Magician Gilbert Blake has spent his entire life conning drunkards in the seediest pubs in the darkest towns, careful to hide the true depths of his power. But when he spends a little too much time in Shadowsea and the infamous slumlord Count Reuben gets wind of his abilities, hiding within the Circus of the Damned may be Gilbert's only chance at survival.

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Henry, Lisa
Sweetwater
Wyoming Territory, 1870. Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he's deaf, but that's not his only problem. Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden. Harlan Crane, owner of the Empire saloon, knows Elijah for what he is--and for all the ungodly things he wants. But Crane isn't the only one. Grady Mullins desires Elijah too, but unlike Crane, he refuses to push the kid. When violence shatters Elijah's world, he is caught between two very different men and two devastating urges: revenge, and despair. In a boomtown teetering on the edge of a bust, Elijah must face what it means to be a man in control of his own destiny, and choose a course that might end his life . . . or truly begin it for the very first time.

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New African-American Fiction - February 2015

Birch, Dywane D.
From My Soul to Yours
A much-anticipated sequel that is a steamy, page-turning story of friendship, drama, and love tossed about in the storms of life. Readers are brought back into the lives of friends and lovers Indera, Britton, Damascus, and Chyna, all who continue to struggle with their desires and demons in life. As their lives intertwine with others, delicious and dirty secrets start to overflow, threatening the orderly world they've worked to create for themselves. Indera is learning that some matters of the heart are beyond her control, and that, rather than clinging to revenge, her path to freedom is found in forgiveness. Damascus believes he's found his soulmate in Indera, but wonders if her crazy antics will send him running. Britton is recovering from yet another failed relationship and learns the disturbing truth about the mother of his twin boys. And Chyna and Sarina, mother and daughter, come to odds as Chyna must separate from her daughter or risk losing herself to Sarina's increasingly unstable world of paranoia. Lastly is Celeste, a woman with a mysterious past who tries to manipulate events among the many friends, only to get entangled in her own trap. With volatile emotion brewing in everyone's hearts and explosive decisions being forced in every moment, From My Soul to Yours is an engrossing tale of the shelters people seek during troubled times — sure to delight, entertain, and enlighten Dywane D. Birch's fans.

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Mychea
He Loves Me, He Loves You Not 3: In Love Lies Misery
Phylicia hits the ground running in this highly anticipated sequel to He Loves Me, He Loves You Not 2: Puppetmaster. Back to set the record straight and claim what's hers, Phylicia continues her pursuit of Trent. Not caring who or what gets destroyed in the process, she lands in the rural city of Greensboro, North Carolina to fulfill her undying obsession of him. A wrench is thrown into her plans when a man named Elliott forces her to rethink her plight and dares to show her what true love can really feel like. Elliott, a man with a past; recently relocated to Greensboro, North Carolina where he is aiming for a fresh start to his abnormal and chaotic life. Trying to put the pieces back together after a heart wrenching tragedy took his family away from him, he has sworn off dating until he can get past old demons that continue to plague his mind, body, spirit and life. That is until he meets one woman that he cannot deny his attraction for and shows him what happens when an unstoppable force meets an unmovable object. Once again Mychea takes readers imaginations on an emotional ride so turbulent that your heart won't be able to stop racing. Rejoin the lives of the characters you love to root for and discover if love can ever triumph... or if revenge scores to settle die hard.

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White, Silk
Tears of a Hustler 6: The Return of the Wolf
The Wolf is back!... Months after the gruesome death of his daughter, Wolf is back and vows to make anybody who had anything to do with his daughter's death pay. But he's not alone, his fiancé, Ivy wants to help get revenge for the loss of her daughter and won't take no for an answer. The person responsible for Wolf's and Ivy's daughter's death is no other than, Pauleena. A ruthless drug queen pin with an army of soldiers willing to risk their lives just to save hers. Wolf and Ivy are willing to go up against an entire army in the name of revenge for their daughter, but in the end will it all be worth it? Join Best Selling Author Silk White as he takes you on a bloody ride that readers won't soon forget...

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New Historical Fiction - February 2015

Bell Jr., Albert A.
The Eyes of Aurora: A Fifth Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger
Pliny's servant Aurora, who is also the forbidden love of his life, has played Good Samaritan to a woman who claims to be searching for her missing husband. Thinking he can help the woman, Pliny steps in, assisted, as usual, by his friend Tacitus. But the situation turns into a web of deception and intrigue when they discover evidence of a horrific murder while searching in the countryside for clues to the whereabouts of the missing man. After Aurora is injured, Pliny's involvement becomes personal. He's even desperate enough to ask Regulus, his longtime sworn enemy, for help when the case brings him to the malevolent attention of the emperor Domitian.

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Hauser, Thomas
The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens
England, 1870: His health failing, his most important work all but done, Charles Dickens is readying for the final bed. But there is one more story that he must tell. The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens blends a historically-accurate telling of Dickens's life with a gripping portrait of betrayal, murder, corruption, obsession, and love. It's the story of Dickens's coming of age, caught between the worlds of England's ruling elite and the seamy underside of London society. The novel captures a full range of Dickensian characters: Dickens; the hauntingly beautiful Amanda Wingate; Geoffrey Wingate, Amanda's scheming financial-swindler husband; and Florence Spriggs, a mutilated prostitute whose once-lovely face has been carved into a mask of horror. Meticulously researched and masterfully told, The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens captures the voice of the beloved author, the divided city of London, and the uncertain tenor of the times.

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Humphreys, C. C.
The French Executioner
The last thing Jean Rombaud expects upon being summoned to behead Anne Boleyn is to dedicate his life to her. But the ill-fated queen has a mysterious request for her executioner: that after taking her life he also take her infamous six-fingered hand and bury it at a sacred crossroads in France. His oath will set Jean on the most dangerous journey of his life.
In The French Executioner, C.C. Humphreys once again brings the past to life in all its glory and peril. This thrilling novel captures the breathtaking story of how courage, love, and loyalty bound Anne Boleyn to the man who ended her life—and saved her legacy.

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New Short Stories - February 2015

Aidt, Naja Marie
Baboon
Beginning in the middle of crisis, then accelerating through plots that grow stranger by the page, Naja Marie Aidt's stories have a feel all their own. Though they are built around the common themes of sex, love, desire, and gender, Aidt pushes them into her own desperate, frantic realm. The first book from the widely lauded Aidt to reach the English language, Baboon delivers audacious writing that careens toward bizarre, yet utterly truthful, realizations.

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McKinty, Adrian (editor)
Belfast Noir
"The choices made by editors McKinty and Neville celebrate lowlifes, convicts, hookers, private eyes, cops and reporters, and, above all, the gray city at the heart of each story." - Kirkus Reviews "Belfast, with its bleak, murderous history, at last gets an entry in Akashic's acclaimed noir series." - Publishers Weekly

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Dick, Philip K.
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale
This fifth and final deluxe collection of Dick's short stories contains numerous examples of why he continues to rank as one of the most influential authors of SF. Written between 1963 and 1981, the stories bridge the cultural shifts of the 1960s and 1970s, which provide lush terrain for forceful tales. In "Faith of Our Fathers," Dick blends together hallucinogenic drugs, the Cold War, God, orgies, and alien invasions in a feverish storm of imagery, while the haunting "Electric Ant," in which an android discovers it is not human, reworks Dick's familiar theme of reality vs. unreality with a melancholy loveliness and an unnerving conclusion. "A Little Something for Us Tempunauts" reverberates with disillusionment in a time-loop story that is as sad as it is inventive. Even "The Pre-Persons," a viciously misogynistic anti-abortion fable, manages to be distressingly successful. This volume makes the case that Dick's last works were some of his most provocative.

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New Romance - February 2015

Jackson, A. L.
Come to Me Quietly: The Closer to You Series
Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It’s been six years since she’s seen her brother’s best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it’s time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…
 
McCarthy, Erin
Sweet (True Believers)
Erin McCarthy stunned audiences with her passionate New Adult romance, True. Now she returns with a seductive and touching tale of finding love in all the wrong places. Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally free her from her parents' constant judgments, but if anything, it's made her realize she can't go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann's house. Sarcastic and cocky, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working in construction all day. He seems like the completely wrong guy for Jessica, but Riley hides a sensitive side and a family burden behind his self-assured grin. As Jessica helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall for each other, and she is forced to question what she's hiding herself. But when it comes down to showing Riley how she truly feels, Jessica's fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing and the best guy to ever happen to her.

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Meader, Kate
All Fired Up
Cool as a Chicago winter, private events planner Cara DeLuca is a model of self-control . . . until she meets the one temptation she can't resist: Shane Doyle. The sexy, Irish pastry chef is too hot, too sure, too young, and after a crazy night in Vegas-her new husband. While at first Cara wants nothing more than a way out of her sham marriage to Shane, she soon finds that beneath his farm boy demeanor lies a man who can match her drive, both in and out of the bedroom. How can the wrong guy feel so deliciously right? Shane has carefully structured his career and life around one goal: connecting with the family that doesn't know he exists. Marrying a woman with more issues than a magazine stand wasn't part of the plan, but melting Cara's icy exterior is so worth the detour. Now as the annulment date nears and long-buried secrets are revealed, Shane will have to fight for the one thing guaranteeing the perfect life he craves . . . the current Mrs. Shane Doyle.

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Novak, Brenda
A Matter of Grave Concern
Bestselling author Brenda Novak unearths love in the darkest of places. When Maximillian Wilder hides his noble identity and joins the notorious body snatchers known as the London Supply Company, the last thing on his mind is love. He's worried about Madeline, his vanished half sister, who was last seen in the company of Jack Hurtsill, the gang's conscienceless leader. Raiding graveyards, stealing corpses, and selling them to medical colleges as dissection material is dirty work, but Max knows he must gain Jack's trust. He's determined to find out what happened to Madeline--and to bring Jack to justice if she was murdered for the coin her body could earn. Beautiful, spirited Abigail Hale, daughter of the surgeon at Aldersgate School of Medicine, detests the challenging, hard-bargaining Max almost as much as Jack. But she must procure the necessary specimens if she is to save the college and her father's career. She believes she is going to be successful—until Jack double-crosses her. Then she's swept into a plot of danger and intrigue, one where Max must intervene to protect her, no matter the risk to his plan...or his heart.

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New Inspirational Fiction - February 2015

Cabot, Amanda
At Bluebonnet Lake
Marketing maven Kate Sherwood's world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is slow down to a crawl at Rainbow's End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. But she cannot deny her ailing grandmother's request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week (albeit fifty years ago). There Kate meets Greg Vange, the resort's handyman. But there's more to Greg than meets the eye—billions more, in fact, as he recently sold his successful software company and is at the resort in search of what's next for his life. Kate isn't looking for romance, but she can't deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. She even starts to see potential in the rundown resort. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate's long-sought promotion take her back to the big city? Amanda Cabot invites readers to step away from the pressures of the daily grind. They might be surprised by what they find at Rainbow's End.

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Davis, Ed
The Psalms of Israel Jones
Secrets and snakes, rock and gospel, guilt and grace. The Psalms of Israel Jones is the story of a father and son's journey towards spiritual redemption. This novel tells the tale of a famous father trapped inside the suffocating world of rock and roll, and his son who is stranded within the bounds of conventional religion. When Reverend Thomas Johnson receives an anonymous phone call, he learns his Dylanesque rock star father is acting deranged on stage, where he's being worshipped by a cult of young people who slash their faces during performances. In his declining years, Israel Jones has begun to incite his fans to violence. They no longer want to watch the show—they want to be the show. Eager to escape troubles with his congregation as well as gain an apology from his dad for abandoning his family, Reverend Johnson leaves town and joins Israel Jones's Eternal Tour. This decision propels him to the center of a rock and roll hell, giving him one last chance to reconnect with his father, wife, congregation and maybe even God.

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Hatcher, Robin Lee
Love Without End (A King's Meadow Romance)
Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again? Chet Leonard's life was forever changed when his seventeen year old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men. Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious fifteen-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King's Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of become involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man. When 84-year-old Anna McKenna returns to King's Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet's families at last discover a love without end.

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Hilton, Laura V.
The Snow Globe (Amish of Jamesport)
As youngsters, Esther Beachy and Viktor Petersheim were at odds, but a reunion over a decade later awakens unexpected feelings in both of them.

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