LJ Fiction Reviews: September 1, 2015

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New fiction titles to be reviewed in the September 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal. The list includes pertinent publisher and bibliographic information for your convenience.

E-Originals from Charles, Keyes, Matthews, Maxwell, Rose, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Historical atmosphere and suspense from Charles, a disingenuous hero from Keyes, cozy romance and an amateur sleuth from Matthews, Maxwell opens a series with an e-novella, a promising debut from Meredith, more sports fun from Rose

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare | LJ Review

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Dare, Tessa. When a Scot Ties the Knot. Avon. (Castles Ever After, Bk. 3). Sept. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780062349026. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062349033. HISTORICAL ROMANCE Terrified to the point of paralysis at the thought of enduring her first London season, 16-year-old Madeline Gracechurch invents a fiancé and the love of her life—a heart-stopping Highlander […]

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen | LJ Review

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Bowen, Lila. Wake of Vultures. Orbit: Hachette. (Shadow, Bk. 1). 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780316264310. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780316264303. FANTASY Bowen’s debut,  a fantastical coming-of-age Western, introduces half-Native American, half-African American teenager Nettie Lonesome. Raised by foster parents who treat her like a slave, Nettie learned early on how to take care of herself, and she isn’t […]

E-Originals from Blake, Sinead, and Trentham, with two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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An enticing series entry from Blake; steamy romance, body art, and a little intrigue in Cole’s debut; Henry’s debut is steeped in Russian traditions; Sinead’s political romance is timely; Trentham offers danger, intrigue, and passionate love

Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron | LJ Review

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Byron, Ellen. Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery. Crooked Lane. Aug. 2015. ISBN 9781629532509. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781629532516. M Having returned to Louisiana after a humiliating breakup and the derailment of her Manhattan career, Maggie Crozat now helps her parents run their plantation bed-and-breakfast. When two guests drop dead within minutes of each other, her […]

A Genre Takes Flight | Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction

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SF/fantasy is enjoying a pop cuilture moment. Leading trends include epics, dark and light alike; secondary world urban fantasies; comebacks for hard, military, and near future sf, and aerial adventure.

Librarians Get Romanced in New York | RWA 2015

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Librarians’ Day panels at Romance Writers of America 2015 conference in New York City

Summertime Spotlights Byrne, Dane, Dare, Novak | Romance Reviews, August 2015

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There’s still time to indulge in a few late-summer romances. So grab your favorite cooler, find a place in the shade, and put the world on hold as you relax with these intoxicating charmers.

E-Originals from Aicher, Drewry, Kennedy, Krulewitch, & Silver, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Well-developed characters from Aicher; Drewry’s slow build leads to a lightning strike; debuter Goodman enters foodie fiction with a “bam”; Kennedy’s latest is fast-paced, hot, and intense; Krulewitch’s series outing offers a nice twisty plot