Smith’s Pick of the Month, plus a Quintet of Inspirational Romance | Christian Fiction Reviews, September 1, 2015


Today’s Christian romances offer a variety of scenarios in which characters endure trying and relatable situations. Finding the ones that resonate depends on patron reading tastes.

Betwixt and Between: New Adult Fiction | Collection Development, September 1, 2015


New adult (NA) is one of the most loved and fiercely hated trends to emerge this decade. Many decry NA as a mere marketing ploy, while others are excited that an overlooked demographic is finally getting its share of the spotlight. These 33 sources will give patrons plenty to ponder.

LJ Fiction Reviews: September 1, 2015


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


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


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


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


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